From our Files

Published 12:52 pm Monday, February 20, 2023


100 YEARS AGO — 1923

• Boyle County residents have had their taxes increased by 180 percent since 1917 which prompted County Judge G.W. Coulter and the local Farm Bureau to go to Frankfort to proposed raise in tax assessment which would cost county taxpayers a million dollars.

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• The Rev. J.W. Edwards of Parksville, who gained the name of the “Marrying Parson” was busy Saturday when he united seven couples.

• Judge Alben W. Barkley, Democratic leader, orator and statesman, opened his campaign for governor  in Danville.

• When the University of Kentucky defense crumbled in the second half of the basketball game with the Centre College Colonels forged ahead and won by 17 to 10, winning the state intercollegiate championship.

• Sheriff W. Logan Wood and Chief of Police George Thurmond rounded up an improvised still in the old Seminary Building.

75 YEARS AGO — 1948

• The Advocate-Messenger completed installation of its new Goss Cox-O-Type printing press, and the first issue came printed on the finest flat-bed web perfecting press obtainable on Friday the 13th.The printing press took 18 months to build.

• A quota of $15,125 was set for the 1948 Red Cross Fund campaign which ran through March 1.

• Danville High School Home Economics Department clubs sponsored a Valentine dance, carnival and floor show  with proceeds going to the Home Economics Department. Centre College Band furnished music. Eben C. Henson of Danville, a student of a dramatics school in New York City,  was master of ceremonies and helped with a floor show featuring DHS  students and graduates.

• Bate High School  Coach Summers’”Whiz Kids,” played in one of their best games to date when they defeated Somerset High School 42 to 40 in a nip-and-tuck basketball game. Highlight of the sideline action was the Bate Cheerleaders who put on a fine show for the fans with their antics drawing rounds of applause.

• Local dog owners were asked to comply with  a 90-day quarantine of all dogs in Boyle County. Owners were asked to keep their dogs on their property or on leash. Health officials said no person nor animal ever recovered from rabies.

50 YEARS AGO — 1973

• Jerry Feather of  Parksville filed as a Democrat candidate for magistrate from Alum Springs District 2 and joined 17 other candidates running for office in the May Primary. He was appointed in December 1972 to fill the unexpired term of his grandfather, Clifford  “Chick” feather .Dr. James W.Ramey  also filed as a Republican candidate for coroner, and Jimmy  Coulter of Parksville filed as a Democratic candidate for magistrate in Precincts 4, 5, and 6 in the Alum Springs district.

• Talu Arik, Tom Sagar, Ray Ackerman and Jim Akin, officers of the Danville High School Key Club, staged a clean-up campaign on Faulconer’s Lane. The  four spent three hours and removed 20 trash bags of cans, bottles and paper, plus a car door, TV, tire and ironing board from along the highway.

• Danville High Admirals basketball team defeated Laurel County Cardinals 74-68. The Boyle County High Rebels defeated the Garrard Golden Lions by a 61-53 score.

25 YEARS AGO — 1998

• State Rep. Joe Clarke of Danville, sponsored a bill that would allow an individual precinct in Danville to hold its own wet-dry election under a bill intended to fix a “quirk” in Kentucky’s Kentucky’s existingexisting local-option law..

• Sue Richardson, co-owner of Piggly Wiggly grocery store of Danville, was named Woman of the Year at the National Grocers Association  convention in Las Vegas. She has been in the grocery business  since  1971.

• Girl Scout Troop 92 and 16 Brownie Girl Scouts served Valentine’s Day goodies to residents at Arnold Towers. “We just wanted to do something for the residents that said, ‘Hey, we’re thinking of you,” said Scout Leader Schultz.

• The Salvation Army of Danville broke ground for a youth center on its property on South Fourth Street.

• Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center got a mobile unit for mammographics, and  health screenings.  The $270,000 unit joined another one based in Louisvile. The Danville mobile unit was to be used by 10 counties in central Kentucky.