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Way Back When

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By Robin Smiley

10 years ago . . .

Births announced this week are: Brandi Dawn Ballinger, April 13, daughter of Fred and Rita Ballinger; Devon Alex Cracraft, March 30, son of Stephen and Stella Cracraft; Michael Connor Rose, April 5, son of George and Susan Rose; Kethan Russell Todd Johnson, March 26, son of Todd and Darla Johnson.

The bell that has been on the roof of the Cynthiana City Hall is being taken to Harrison Machine Shop to be cleaned. It will be displayed with a historical marker beside city hall. The bell was used for many years to alert firefighters of a fire.

A new produce grading, packing, and marketing facility for the Central Kentucky Growers Association broke ground for the new facility in Georgetown. The association received a $180,000 grant from the Agriculture Commission. This is one of three grants totaling $650,000 that is being given to the vegetable associations in the state to develop infrastructure for Kentucky's emerging vegetable crops.

25 years ago, April 26, 1973: The ROTC unit from Harrison County High School, along with police, fire and hospital personnel, took part in a mock tornado disaster; John Pierce set a new school record with a 171' 2 1/2" discuss throw.

50 years ago, April 22, 1948: Damage continues to be reported from last week's flooding.

25 years ago . . .

Births announced this week are: Amber Dawn Curran, April 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Curran; Elizabeth Craig Willhoit, April 10, daughter of Marilyn and Ronnie Willhoit; Joseph Clayton Valentine, April 18, son of James and Dorothy Valentine; April May Honeycutt, April 22, daughter of C.B. and Beverly Honeycutt.

P&Z board seeking ruling on boundaries. The commission is seeking a declaratory judgment clarifying authority of planning and zoning outside the boundaries of Cynthiana and Berry. A state statue states that "an independent city planning unit may exercise extra-territorial jurisdiction for the purpose of subdivision regulations and with the consent of the fiscal court other regulations up to five miles from all points upon the city's boundary." The commission's decision to go ahead with legal proceedings came after complaints of junkyards and enforcement of subdivision regulations were received.

Chamber of Commerce award winners were: Harold Bowman, Farmer of the Year; Virgil Florence, Businessman of the Year; Frank LeBus Jr., Citizen of the Year; special recognition award went to Benny Morgan, Marion Vest, and the late Sue Rogers; and Bill Nichols, Teacher of the Year.

Burgess and Sons Tire Distributor, US 25, Corinth, announces their grand opening sale now going on.

50 years ago . . .

Births announced this week are: Michael Dean Sidles, April 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sidles; Larry B. Fowler, April 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville B. Fowler; Margaret McDowell Hicks, April 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hicks; Chris Karrol Lawson, April 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Lawson; John Michael Fryman, April 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Fryman; Patricia Hicks, April 19, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Hicks.

The Board of City Commissioners voted to annex property which adjoins Belmont for the purpose of construction of low-rent housing units. The property lies along Riggs Avenue and consists of approximately nine acres and proposed for construction of 70 public housing units. One of the requisites of the Housing Commission is that the property be taken into the city before any development can begin.

The Perrin Construction Co. of Cynthiana was awarded highway work for 11 miles in Daviess County of Owensboro and Whitesville Road. The amount of the winning bid was $1,215,000. Construction to begin May 15.

A new privately-owned parking lot on South Walnut Street, just completed, not only is an improvement to the city but makes a contribution toward relieving the downtown traffic congestion. The lot will hold 12 cars with space for four to six more to be added later. The lot is owned by E.N. McCracken and J. Milburn Taylor.

Henry E. Toadvine announces that he is now in business for himself as a contracting builder. Toadvine also served as a City Commissioner.

Did You Know. . .

The State Penitentiary at Eddyville often called the "Castle on the Cumberland," received first prisoners in 1885.