From our Files

Published 1:33 am Sunday, May 14, 2023

100 YEARS AGO –1923

• Boyle County Board of Education pushed the work as rapidly as possible on the new Junction City High School. The new building would contain 12 classrooms, an auditorium, gymnasium, manual training rooms, domestic science rooms and other feature.William

• An auction sale of 15 building lots in the Ingleman Addition were sold at prices raining from $150 to $840 each.

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• Charles Cecil Jr.,  a Danville Republican, filed as a candidate for the nomination for  office state commissioner of agriculture.

• Professor J.W. Bate was appointed principal for the summer school  for colored students to be held for six weeks in Danville.

• Snow and hail set new record for Danville weather when the thermometer registered 32.6 degrees. Snow flurries, sleet and hail accompanied a 52-mile wind and brought a 33 degree drop in temperature.

75 YEARS AGO — 1948

• Plans were discussed for mail delivery after rumors of a railroad strike for Kentucky and four other states. Cincinnati was the key point in an emergency mail service using trucks and airplanes.

• More than $2,000 in cash was stolen from a safe at Jones Bros. Grocery  on West Walnut Street after thieves gained entrance through a back door.

• Balcony seats at Kentucky Theater were made available for colored patrons for the Artist Series  Season.

Superette Mart, Danville’s newest modern food store, opened on Main Street. Charles Hudson, former Kroger store manager, and Herman Kaelin, former meat department manger of Jones Brothers store, were owners.

50 YEARS AGO –  1973

• A subdivision plan for land off Burgin Road was approved by the Danville-Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission. The plan 158 houses in Colonial Heights subdivision was submitted by landowner Joe Pyles. It was estimated it would take up to 10 years for the first section to be completed.

• Kentucky School for the Deaf retired five basketball jerseys to hang on the gymnasium walls for the first time. The jerseys were  for Ernie Epps, leading scorer in 1971; Barbara Bailey, 1992 graduate, and national deaf player of the year; Richelle Stone, 1995 graduate who played five Mason-Dixie tournaments; David Hamilton, 1982 graduate who held the school scoring record for 14 years; and Patrick Harris, a 1966 graduate who held the boys school scoring record of 2,450.

• Three local Democrats sought the seat of state Representative Joe Clarke, Danville, who retired  after 30 years. John W.D. Bowling, Terry Crowley and Harold McKinney ran in the May Primary seat to face  state Rep. Mike Harmon who had no opposition.

• Vladimir Baranov of Russia, general director of a boiler  manufacturing plant in Perm, Russia, stopped by Sellers Engineering on Walnut Street for a chat with company president Tom Sellers and toured the plant.

25 YEARS AGO —1998

• Danville and Boyle County Planning and Zoning Commission approved a subdivision plan for land off Burgin Road. The proposal, submitted by Joe Pyles, land  owner, was for 60 houses to be built.

• Central Kentucky Cancer Program at Ephraim McDowell Regional Hospital invited people to join a support group of cancer patients, survivors, their relatives and friends. The groups offered support for the ability to meet other in a similar circumstance, coping, developing new relationships in time of isolation.

• Danville High School Admirals baseball team outscored Boyle County High Rebels with a score of 11-0 for their first win over the Rebels since the 1995 45th District Tournament.

• Kentucky School for the Deaf’s Jacobs Hall, the oldest building on the campus, was named winner of the 1998 Cecil Dulin Wallace Award for Preservation presented by the Heart of Danville.

• Actor George Clooney was a surprise guest for his grandmother Dica Warren, Perryville, on her 80th birthday.  The party was held at Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg.