Looking back at Winchester and Clark County

10 years ago

April 21, 2009

— Investigators worked to determine the cause of a minor leak in an oil pipeline in the Muddy Creek areas of Clark County. The leak was reported to Marathon officials, who were able to control and contain the leak. The pipeline runs from Owensboro to Catlettsburg.

April 22, 2009

— The Winchester Board of Commissioners voted 3-1 to remove the property at 21, 23 and 25 W. Lexington Ave., known as the Blanton Building, from the city’s Historic District Overlay, a set of historical conservation restrictions on dozens of buildings along Main Street. Speedway planned to purchase the property, demolish an 80-year-old building and the site and extend its store and pumps.

— William G. Baker, a retired corporate manager who served as an interim city commissioner last year, has been appointed to a recently-opened seat on the Winchester Municipal Utilities Commission.

— A Michigan development firm is now focusing on Winchester as the final site for a proposed $341 million sports and entertainment center. But local officials are still awaiting word of a solid financial deal.

April 23, 2009

— There will be a new George Rogers Clark High School. Following a four-hour special meeting filled with public discussion, numbers and opinions, the Clark County Board of Education voted 4-1 to move forward with plans to build a new school on Old Boonesboro Road. Board chairwoman Judy Hicks cast the dissenting vote.

25 years ago

April 24, 1994

— Clark’s unemployment rate plummeted 2.2 percent from February 1994 to March 1994. March’s rate of 5.6 percent was down from Februarys’ rate of 7.8 percent.

— Saturday’s county-wide cleanup day attracted 20 groups who collected 505 bags of trash.

April 26, 1994

— Three Clark County farmers were named master conservationists and four other people received special district recognition at the the annual meeting of the Clark County Conservation District. Named master conservationists were Jeff Adams, Danny Shimfessel and Nan Price. Receiving special recognition were Marie Chism, Bill Chapman, The Rickard Seed Co. and Melissa Rowland, a junior at GRC.

50 years ago

April 21, 1969

— Ballots have been mailed for election of three directs to serve three-year terms on the board of the United Community Fund of Winchester and Clark County. Nominated for director are Mrs. Ira L. Routine, Lionel Johnson, Charles Baize, S.B. (Bib) Tracy, Mrs. Nora M. Linville and the Rev. Edward H. Mesta.

April 22, 1969

— From the Belk Simpson Founder’s Day advertising special section: Lady Archduke blouses, 2 for $5; Bra-dresses plus new pant shifts, $6.88; B’Casual Jamaicas, 2 for $5; Lace bra and panty girdle, $3.99; No-iron poplin slacks, $3.88; No-iron men’s Bermudas, $2.88; and no-iron play shorts, $1.88.

— Vanessa Oaks and Carol Bell, freshmen at GRC, earned gold pins and superior ratings at the Kentucky High School Speech League State Debate and Speech Festival at the University of Kentucky. Oaks told a story and Bell read poetry. Other local students who earned superior ratings included: Julia Hylton and Graig Collins, sophomores; Karen Davis, senior, and Barbara Norris and Melissa Keffer, freshmen.

— Colette Skinner, Winchester, has won the third preliminary and a place in the May 19 finals of the 1969 WHAS Crusade Talent King and Talent Queen contest. The 14-year-old daughter of Mrs. Inez P. Skinner sang “Ebb Tide” in there try for the Queen’s crown.

April 26, 1969

— Robert Campbell, principal of George Rogers Clark High School, and Mrs. Walter Raney Jr. received honorary memberships in the Future Homemakers of America Chapter at the high school.

75 years ago

April 1944

— Mrs. Clarence Bloomfield was in Cincinnati Tuesday to attend the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago Cubs.

— Thirty-one persons from Winchester and Clark County have contributed blood at the American Red Cross mobile blood donor unit which is at the First Presbyterian Church at Paris, the Clark County chapter  of  the American Red Cross, announced.