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Published 3:30 pm Monday, March 11, 2024

100 YEARS AGO — 1924

  • The Centre College basketball team closed a three-day jaunt by defeating St. Thomas quintet of Louisville 35 to 29.  Although St. Thomas was the game favorite, Centre jumped into the lead early in the game and never relinquished the advantage. Centre won two of the three games but lost to Western Normal of Bowling Green.
  • A $200 reward was offered for the arrest and conviction of the person who took 2,000 pounds of tobacco from the R.W. Gwinn barn on Shakertown Pike.
  • Professor Madison J. Lee succeeded E.A. Stevenson as principal of the Literary Department at Kentucky School for the Deaf. Stevenson was appointed superintendent of the Minnesota State School for the Deaf.
  • Two “moonshiners” were arrested in Shelby City near the Lincoln County line.
  • Danville City Council decided to build two 12-inch pipelines under the river at the pumping station a short distance from the current water plant.
  • More than 150 cases of measles were reported in Danville in the past  two weeks.

75 YEARS AGO – 1949

  • Dr. Claire M. Stewart, vice president of Centre College, offered a formula of vision, knowledge, faith and convictions for perpetuating the American way of life. He made the points as he talked with the local Kiwanis Club.
  • Boyle County, second in the state for gains in the 1948 Tuberculosis Christmas Seal sale, had collected $2,526, the largest amount collected in the county.
  • Singler Gulf station on East Main Street and McGrorty Avenue, formerly owned by Joe Single and Kenneth Welch, sold to Cecil and Carter Wood of Maple Avenue.
  • Bricks and stones were used to do damage to 15 to 20 windshields on vehicles parked in Danville.  The vandalism occurred again Sunday afternoon to five more vehicles parked in the Kroger lot.

50 YEARS AGO  —1974

  • David M. Hughes, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Hughes of Boone Trail, was elected to the Omicron Delta Kappa, intercollegiate honor society for men at Wake-Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was a student in the religion departmental honors program and had studied in the university’s interdisciplinary honors program.
  • 150 people attended the Kentucky Club’s tea at the Masonic Temple club room on Walnut Street, as a forerunner to the club’s bicentennial benefit planned later.
  • Several hundred Baptists from 15 churches in the South District  Association took a religious survey in Danville and five neighboring counties.  The survey was shared with surrounding counties.
  • Mayor Roy Arnold and City Manager Sam Garnett broke ground for planting  the first of 100 silver maple trees in Henry Jackson Park.
  • Local farmers began voting on a burley quota for the next three successive crops to decide in the referendum whether marketing quotas and price support will continue for the next three crops of tobacco.

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25 YEARS AGO  — 1999

  • Danville Admiral Stadium was the scene of felony vandalism. Estimated damages to the door, windows, running track, benches, doors and light fixtures were between $300 and $500.
  • A “Read to Me” program offered to newborns and families in area school systems  was sponsored by Danville-Boyle County Community Education, Ephraim McDowell Regional Hospital, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., and other organizations.
  • Local Black educators Helen Fisher-Frye, Deborah Johnson and James Atkins talked candidly about their life in the segregated society and discussed segregation and reform during Black History Month.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court denied without comment death row inmate Frank Tamme’s appeal of a double murder conviction. Tamme, a Boyle County resident, was accused of murdering two people in a marijuana field.
  • The Housing Authority of Danville was named the Public Housing Authority of the Year for Kentucky. Rachel White, who was in charge of the  authority  for 12  years, accepted the award.