Glance Back: From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, May 15, 2009

10 Years Ago

A work crew for the city of Washington began excavating on Monday in Central Park to lay a sewer line, and came across what was originally thought to be a large well.

“It’s not a well. Something that big would have to be a cistern,” Mike Zahs, a history teacher at Washington Junior High, said after viewing the 12-foot-wide, 30-foot-deep void in the corner of Central Park.

The National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) has named Storm, a 2-year-old dog belonging to Washington Police Officer Brett Sorrells, as the 2009 NASAR K9 of the year.

Storm is one of two dogs, both Belgian Malinois, handled by Sorrells. Storm, a female, and Rex, a male, serve distinctly different functions for the police department. Rex, an older dog who will be retiring soon, does narcotics detection, search and handler protection. Storm is strictly a search-and-rescue dog.

The Washington School Board will be asked to approve the names of the 2009 graduating class from Washington High School during the regular school board meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Washington School District Administration Building.

A list of 146 graduation candidates is included in the board packet for the school board to vote on.

20 Years Ago

DES MOINES (AP) – State officials fear millennium-related computer problems could hit Iowa government computers months before Jan. 1, 2000.

The state follows a fiscal year in collecting and spending taxes, and its computers are programmed accordingly. July 1 marks the beginning of fiscal 2000.

The official dates for the 2000 Iowa Beef Expo have been announced as being Feb. 13-20 by Mike Nolin, Iowa Beef Breeds Council president.

The Washington Pamida store has a new owner.

ShopKo Stores Inc. said Tuesday it has purchased the Pamida Holdings Corp., which operates 147 stores in Iowa and 14 other states.

30 Years Ago

WAYLAND – The controversial central site land will no longer be a thorn in the side of the WACO School District as the school board voted to proceed with sale of the property in a board meeting Thursday night. At the center of the dispute was the location of a proposed new junior-senior high school building. A judge’s ruling last year declared a 1979 bond issue to be valid, paving the way for construction of the school in Wayland and bringing the district’s need for a central site to an end.

Washington City Council members swept a pair of long-standing agenda items into the city code during Tuesday night’s meeting. Laws governing the operation of bicycles will cover skateboards with the addition of barring the use of skateboards on Highway 92 and the city square; and an ordinance amendment hiking city water rates to help finance the construction of the proposed $1.5 million water treatment plant was adopted.

MT. PLEASANT – Matthew Beenblossom, son of Lloyd and Betty Beenblossom of Washington, received the Wall Street Journal Award for excellence in finance at Iowa Wesleyan College Awards Day this week.

40 Years Ago

Joe Rosien was installed as new president of the Washington Future Farmers of America Chapter and a number of awards were presented Saturday night as the Washington High School group members and their parents attended the annual parent-member banquet at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Washington.

Randall K. Crone, of Washington, has been named the winner of a four-year Sheller Globe Corporation Merit Scholarship, it was announced today by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation of Evanston, Ill. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Crone, of Washington.

50 Years Ago

Washington High School seniors, along with senior class members from other high schools in the county, gathered in the courtroom at the courthouse today for the annual Court Day program, sponsored by the Washington County Bar Association.

Marion S. “Charlie” McAvoy, local manager of the telephone company, was awarded the Rotarian Community Award May 10.

As part of Washington County’s fight against measles, Lincoln Elementary School was turned into a vaccination center Thursday afternoon. The measles clinic inoculated 440 children from the age of 1 year and up.