Glance Back

Glance Back (From The Washington Evening Journal, Friday, Aug. 22, 2008)

10 Years ago

Washington County residents had their first of three opportunities to voice their opinions about zoning to the Washington County Zoning Commission, Monday evening. Approximately 30 people attended the public hearing and all of them were invited by the county?s zoning consultant Gary Lozano of RDG Planning and Design to speak.

With Washington school board president Eric Turner saying the goal is to hire an interim superintendent for the district this month, the full board interviewed a retired school superintendent during a special meeting Tuesday.

David Sextro, who, according to the American Association of School Administrators website is the former superintendent of the Albia school districts, attended the closed session meeting with his wife, Anne.

Following about an hour of discussion on Wednesday evening, the Washington City Council was split 3-3 on a motion to place a hotel/motel tax referendum on the Nov. 4, general election ballot.

The motion regarding a proposed 7 percent tax on clients of motels and bed-and-breakfasts made during the regular council meeting at the Washington Library failed for lack of a majority.

20 Years ago

A missing family photograph ? blown away when a tornado hit the Washington area May 15 ? has returned home. This past Monday afternoon, Olin, Iowa, area farmer Glen McAtee returned that 8-by-10, color family photo to its owner ? Connie Cheney, of Washington.

Election officials will be getting a pay raise, and Washington County?s emergency management coordinator will likely be getting a pay hike this fall.

Brian Stegall has redefined kicking at Washington High School. Following in the footsteps of highly successful Jeremy Hauser, who now kicks at Coe College, Stegall has done nothing except make 91 percent of his extra point attempts, including the first 36 of his varsity career.

Maria Kimes, manager of the Federal Emergency Management?s (FEMA) disaster recovery mobile unit, expected some traffic during the unit?s four-day visit in Washington. But the number of visitors exceeded her expectations.

?I?m surprised we?ve had so many people,? she said Monday just two hours before the end of the unit?s visit.

30 Years ago

It was announced yesterday that Washington County has been approved for the Emergency Conservation Program. Farms experiencing severe drought conditions may be eligible for cost-sharing assistance under this program.

Monday?s high of 106 degrees in the city, recorded by Bob Logan, official weather observer, shattered the previous best on Aug. 15 of 101 degrees in 1936. Yesterday?s mark also holds the dubious distinction of being the warmest day of the year thus far in Washington. This is the fifth time this summer an all-time Washington record was shattered.

Lori Riggan, of Ainsworth, has been notified by the Iowa Board of Accountancy that she has successfully passed her certified public accounting examination. She will receive her CPA certificate at the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants? fall recognition dinner to be held this September in Iowa City. Riggan, daughter of Rich and Lois Riggan, joined the local CPA firm of Koller and Yotty as a staff accountant on June 1.

40 Years ago

Keith L. Vetter, of Washington, has been reappointed to the Iowa School Budget Review Committee. Announcement of the appointment came from the office of Governor Robert Ray.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wagenknecht attended the Eastern Iowa Rebekah and IOOF picnic in Fairfield on Sunday.

Sheila Foor, of Washington, will serve in 1978-79 as local coordinator for community education classes offered by Kirkwood Community College, in cooperation with the Washington Community School District.

50 Years ago

The official high temperature in Washington Tuesday was 95 degrees ? but that hardly gives a true picture of the discomfort suffered by area residents, because of the humidity, which made it a very depressing day.

Workmen were expected to complete the hookup of the sewer line from the new Crane Co. factory here, to the lift station north of Washington.

Barbara Radda won first place in the All-Iowa Fair tall-corn contest at Cedar Rapids with a stalk measuring 15 feet, 1/2-inch long.