Looking Back at Clark County for April 11, 2019

Published 9:17 am Thursday, April 11, 2019

10 years ago

April 9, 2009

In a 5-3 vote, the Clark County Fiscal Court passed a resolution asking the Clark County Health Board to meet with a committee of business owners, residents and community leaders and examine changes to the community-wide smoking ban that has drawn the ire of some business owners.

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When J.B. Epperson went into the furniture business in 1946, things were little simpler. But nearly 63 years late, the business landscape is changing, and J.B. and his wife, Virginia, said they knew the time had come to close up shop for good. On March 31, with little fanfare, Winchester bid goodbye to a downtown landmark.

April 10, 2009

The first Clark County Courthouse was a two-room log cabin and cost $16 to build. “They looked up and down the street and everything else was log cabins, so they decided to do that, too,” Frank Vermillion said. Vermillion, a local historian, and former teacher, spoke on the history of the courthouse at the April Second Thursday program at the Bluegrass Heritage Museum.

The George Rogers Clark softball team reached a milestone in an 11-2 win over Harrison County at Cardinal Heights. The victory gage Clark coach Jackie McCloud his 400th career victory as the teams’ coach. The Lady Cards began playing fast-pitch softball in 195, and McCloud had been Clark’s coach since the transition from slow-pitch to fast-pitch.

April 13, 2009

Since January, four restaurants have closed in the local community due to a combination of down economy and evolving business plans. The trend is sparking fears about which establishment will go next. Restaurants closing included Sid’s Place in Colby Plaza, Quizno’s and Vittorino’s Italian Restaurant and the Corner Drug grill in downtown Winchester.

50 years ago

April 9, 1969

Approximately 700 workers remained on strike today at the North American Rockwell Corp.’s transmission and axle plant here. Company officials have termed the action “a wildcat strike.” The workers are members of Local 1537, United Auto Workers.

No new developments were reported this morning in a walk-out at Leggett and Platt, Inc. involving 250 members of Local 619 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Issues involve higher wages, insurance and a guaranteed 40-hour work week.

Advertised at Leeds: “The Night They Raided Minsky’s,” and “Unshakable,” featuring Sammy Davis Jr.

April 10, 1969

The GRC department of theater arts announced the choices for leading roles in the high school production of “Splendor in the Grass.” Mary Helen Riggs has been picked for the role of Deanie Loomis, a frustrated teenager, and Larry Shearer has been chosen to portray Bud Stamper, Deanie’s boyfriend and the young athletic hero.

Area employment increased in February, according to a report from L.A. Banning, manager of the Employment Security Office Nonagricutlure employment in the Winchester area for February was estimated at 22,600, for an increase of more than 400 over January.

April 11, 1969

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Castle and children, Mike and Ronda Jo, have returned to their home on Boonesboro Road after spending a week at Palm Beach, Fla. While there, Mr. Castle, attended the Florida State Trap School.