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Published 10:30 am Wednesday, August 25, 2021


100 YEARS AGO —1921

The South District Baptist Association will convene in its 119th annual session with Deep Creek Baptist Church in Mercer County. Letters were read and the annual sermon was by the Rev. J.C. Taylor of Stanford. The association is composed of 29 churches with a membership of 1,655.

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The McKinney Spoke Factory in McKinney burned to the ground. It was along the Southern Railroad tracks and adjoined the McKinney Flour Mill, which was saved with the work of the bucket brigade.The loss was $4,000.

A 19-feet hemp stalk was displayed at Boyle Bank and Trust Company. It was grown on the Sugar Creek Farm, owned by Jesse Walden in Garrard County. Walden has 50 acres of hemp.

Final arrangements for the Swimming Carnival have been completed. Several good swimmers from out of town have signified their intention of entering the contests. Two large watermelons are “sitting” pretty” on ice at the Shop Perfect, waiting to be eaten by the friends of the successful competitors. Prizes will be watermelons and boxes of candy donated by merchants. A picnic supper will follow.

50 years ago —1971

The annual orientation program of the Air Force Junior Reserve Office Training Corp Cadet program met at Danville High School in conjunction with the school orientation and information program. Colonel Carl Lochner and C-MSgt. Sam Korb provided detailed information on matters pertaining to the aerospace curriculum and policies. Lochner said the benefits to the cadet, his family and the school and community include a better understanding of responsibilities and the leadership qualities associated with the space age American citizens, and scholarship opportunities available under the program. Two former DHS cadets are currently the Air force academy and three are in college ROTC programs.

Missy and Mark Evans, children of Mr. and Mrs. Phelps Evans, hosted a pet show at their home on Lebanon Road. Trophies were earned by Annette and Timmy Ellis for their cat entry, and Patty and Ann Bonta won a trophy for their dog. Ribbon winners were Scott Russell, Beth Reynolds, Robin Hafley, Judy Ellis, and Mark, Missy and Matthew Evans. Animals entered were dogs, cats, hamsters, white mice and fish.

Football and watermelons were the main points of interest at Boyle County High School Friday night with about 500 fans gathering for the “get acquainted” program in the school’s football field. The team was introduced and a scrimmage contest between Boyle and Bath County was held. Football Coach John Buchanan and the new basketball Coach Gippy Graham were each presented half a beef by the Boyle Quarterback Club. The watermelon feast followed.

The United community Fund budget of $69,000 was approved and included an 11 percent increase. Harold Crawford, chairman of the budget committee, and members Robert Webb, Nelson Powell, James Wilson, Joe Rosel, Mrs.Clifton Rodes, Ethel Mahaffey, Ronald Holland, Hughes Jackson Jr. and Wiley Mowery worked out the budget. Eleven agencies will benefit from the funds.

The third and final unit of the Danville Bypass is scheduled to open in September. The section extends from Hustonville Road to Stanford Road and cost was $1,203,415. The total cost of the project was $3,433,131 million and the entire distance is 8.443 miles.

The Danville Laundry, established in 1885 on North Third Street, will operate from a new location, according to its owners, John Short and Jim Naylor. The business will operate at the former Swiss Sanitary Milk Company at the corner of East Main Street and McGroty Avenue. The same quality of service will be offered and more parking is available.

Boyle County High School enrolled 2,202 students on the opening day. A new elementary school opened for the first time and registered 498 students.Danville schools enrolled 2,591 including 817 at Danville High; and 437 at Bate Jr. High; Mary G. Hogsett ,372; Edna L. Toliver 465; Jennie Rogers, 500.

25 YEARS AGO —1996

Boyle County Jail officials have begun implementing a state crime-victims notification law. The”Confinement Release Notification” bill, passed by the General Assembly, was designed to let victims of serious crimes or other interested parties, know when prisoners charged with those crimes are released from jails. The jail scheduled to be part of the system between October and December. The jail officials began telephoning people in June if they wished to know when inmates were released.

Land owned by Kentucky School for the Deaf could be earmarked for use as a public park soon. The 80 acres of land fronting on Stanford Road has been drafted in several executive sessions involving Danville City Commission, Boyle Fiscal Court and KSD. The 80 acres of KSD land is next to a closed Danville landfill, which will become part of the park land. Another tract that may be added to the park land is on Danville city school property near Bate Middle School.

Boyle Fiscal Court decided it was out of the business of helping other communities. By a tie vote, the court turned down a request from Perryville for help in improving drainage and burying utility lines on historic Merchants row. Perryville council asked for the use of a county backhoe, city engineer and county workers. The state Transportation Cabinet provided $25,000 to pay for the work.

Burning candles apparently ignited paint thinner fumes in a fire that heavily damaged a one-story house on Hartland Drive. No one was injured. Four rooms of the house were damaged. Firefighters were on the scene about an hour and half.

Awards of $5,000 went to Doric Masonic Lodge No.18, Clifton Baptist Church and Doram-Sledd House, which is being restored by the Federation of Women’s Clubs in Danville. The state funds were given for the restoration. The church and lodge put in matching funds or in-kind services. The Doram-Sledd House has to have funds or in-kind gifts and the work has to be done in three months.

Indian Hills Christian Church broke ground for an addition to the church building. The project will add 8,000 square feet to to the building. It will provide more classroom and office space and expand the sanctuary. The cost was $650,000.