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Published 1:47 pm Monday, November 28, 2022

100 YEARS AGO — 1922

• Burley Tobacco Growers’ Cooperative  Association was preparing to receive  the 1922 crop in December. The association had 73,265 members.

• The Community Interest Drive in Danville and Boyle County for  Centre College and Kentucky College for Women went over the amount the goal of $175,000.  The drive went over the goal by $8,000 and  $183,312 were the closing figures.

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• Halsey Powell, a Centre graduate of Harrodsburg, in command if the U.S. Destroyer  Exall, an American vessel in Eastern waters at the time of the Turkish invasion, received special commendation from Edwin Denby, secretary of the Navy, for his participation in relief work in Symrna. He was in charge of  efforts to evacuate about 200,000 refugees.

• Ben D. Herndon, who has been associated with the Crescent Lumber Company, purchased half interest in the coal business with R.G. Wilmott Coal Company at the old Dillehay Brick Yards.

75 YEARS AGO — 1947

• Dr. Walter A. Groves was inaugurated as the 16th president of Centre College during a four-day event  and annual homecoming events. Carolyn McLean of Mercer County, a senior at Centre, was chosen as  homecoming queen.

• Ground was broken for the new $359,000 overhead bridge which was to connect  the western part of Main Street with Perryville-Springfield Road and Lebanon Road.

• Two horses bred by Reverie Knoll Farm of Danville, took top honors at the National Show at Madison Square Garden in New York. The horses were owned by Jane Gardner’s Daneshall Stables in Louisville.  Frank Bradshaw of Danville showed the horses in New York.

• The Goodall Company announced plans for an addition to the local plant on Stanford Road and hiring of 50 more workers.

• Eighteen large cartons packed with 82 school boxes, including shoes and warm clothing, have been shipped from Danville to 6-to-12-year -old school children in Europe. The Woman’s Mission Social Union of Danville, sponsored by the project with the local Y-Teens.

50 YEARS AGO  —1972

• Fire destroyed the two-story Pearce house, a historical landmark, on East Lexington Avenue. Dr. Hugh Manning owned the house which was vacant.

• More than 6,800 of the 9,659 registered voters in Boyle County went to the polls.  The 309 absent voters were the largest number in the history of the local election.  Dr. William L.Pesci, and Russell Goodaker  won seat s for the Danville Board of Education and Robert L. Williams, Clyde Matherly, Jack Harmon were re-elected to the Boyle County school board.

• John Hancock was elected president of Citizens National Bank. He had been with the bank since 1966.

• Several new businesses have opened on South Fourth Street including Duke’s Coin Laundromat, Pizza Hut,  automatic car wash with gasoline service and Scottie’s Restaurant.

• William H. Balden of Danville was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Agriculture. Balden, a prominent Boyle County farmer, was president of the state Council for Burley Tobacco.

25 YEARS AGO —1997

• Boyle County Health Department got a $22,560 grant on a matching basis to fund public awareness efforts and education, and provide free tests kits to homeowners.

• It was estimated that 90 percent of the dogs in Boyle County were unlicensed. Dog licenses are the official register of dogs and are required by state law. The county had only 654 dogs licensed. A state coordinator with  the state dog program said the real number of  dogs in Boyle County without license was closer to 7,000.

• Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center paid $300,000 for two and three-quarter  acres of land in Mercer County.

• Danville Police Department implemented a coded frequency to make it harder for scanners  to tune into police calls. Cost was estimated at $27,2144.