Blast from the Past

March 01, 2006

Week of Feb. 26, 1956

The row of old frame stables on the south side of the Fairgrounds, including a few between Mulberry and Cannon Avenue just outside the grounds proper, are slated to be removed as soon as the two new horse barns now under construction are completed.

Folks in the North Cannon Avenue section won't be sorry to see the stables removed and needless to say they will welcome the nice link-chain fence that will be installed as a barrier.

Mayor Elmer Koontz of Sharpsburg doesn't mind the publicity because everybody in his hometown probably knows about his trial and acquittal on reckless driving charges this week.

Mayor Koontz was accused by a fellow citizen in a warrant of reckless driving. The case came to a hearing before Magistrate Jesse Shank sitting at Sharpsburg, who had no difficulty with the verdict of not guilty.


Hagerstown attorneys Norman Broadwater and Irving H. Rutledge, along with others, have been spending part of their lunch times acquiring skill with a bow and arrow, practicing in a room on the second floor of the Shockey furniture store building.

They are becoming so proficient with a bow and arrow that they plan to go hunting next fall armed only with the type of weapons that apparently proved satisfactory to the Indians.

Week of Feb. 26, 1981

The Washington County Commissioners found themselves "between a rock and a hard place" Tuesday over a request by the county museum for an extra $22,000.

The Washington County Museum is holding up payroll checks and other bills after it got itself into a financial bind this year, according to Peter Daniels, its treasurer.

The museum's grant of $117,000 from the county government this year was $22,000 less than they had asked of the county.

It's a rare day when parents and teen-agers agree, but parents came to the support of South High seniors at Tuesday's board meeting at Bester School. More than 200 parents of an expected graduating class of 315 signed petitions favoring the students' plea to keep their traditional 10 a.m. graduating time.

The school board decided against parents and students by a three-to-two vote. School board members Marie Byers and Bob Barnhart voted with students and parents.

- Compiled by Jean Baraclough

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