LOOKING BACK: Clark County’s news of the past

Published 1:17 pm Thursday, May 9, 2019

15 years ago

May 5, 2004

— Clark County has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to house programs that serve nearly 200 special needs children and adults in the community. Judge-Executive John Myers received word from the governor’s office that an application for a federal Community Development Block Grant had been approved. The money will be used by the Clark County Association for Handicapped Citizens to renovate part of the former Odell Gross Elementary School.

— “It’s been a long time coming.” Those words were uttered in opening remarks by Kimberly Clay, executive director of Winchester First Inc., at a dedication ceremony Tuesday morning for the West Washington Linear Greenspace. Sixty or more people attended the ceremony at the site of the new greenspace and park located at the corner of West Washington and North Maple streets. The area used to be an abandoned railroad bed and vacant land filled with castoffs and trash.

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May 7, 2004

— Although she began as a documentarian of the history of Winchester, Kathryn Owen has become as interwoven in the community’s like as any of those she has studied. At the Winchester-Clark County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, she added one more distinction to her life. Owen was named the 2003 Citizen of the Year.

25 years ago

May 6, 1994

— Lisa Hicks, a junior at George Rogers Clark High School, placed first in business communication during the Future Business Leaders of America state competition in Louisville. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hicks.

May 9, 1994

— Winners of the third annual Southwind Derby Scramble were Pat Quisenberry, Tony Bumgarner, Billy Todd, Ed Slusher and Ralph Lawing. The four won the 15-team tournament with a 10-under-par 62.

May 10, 1994

— Byron Coulter was honored as Volunteer of the Year at the meeting of the Chapter 632 American Association of Retired Persons.

50 years ago

May 7, 1969

— Donnie R. Ritchie, son of Mrs. Ezekial Ritchie of Goff’s Corner, is on a tour of duty in Vietnam. He will spend 13 months there. HIs wife is the former Jo Della Hall of Clark County. Ritchie attended GRC and has been in the Army for one year.

— From the ads: At A&P, strawberries for 29 cents; apples, six for 59 cents; sirloin, 39 cents for a 5 ounce package; peach pie, 49 cents each; free plastic butter dish with the purchase of a Jane Parker all butter pound cake for 69 cents.

May 8, 1969

— Mrs. Elton Osborne, whose husband, the late Elton B. Osborne, served on the Winchester Police Department for 23 years, was presented with a special plaque recognizing his service at a meeting of the Kentucky Peace Officers Association.

— From the ads at Belks: Lace frosted prom dressed by Judy Gibbs for $32.99.

May 9, 1969

— A memorial fund in memory of Pvt. Willie Gene Aldridge in the amount of $500 has been presented on behalf of the True Blue Council No. 55, Daughters of America, to the swimming pool fund.

— Judy Stewart, a student at GRCHS, was judged overall county clothing champion at the recent 4-H style show.