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Published 3:15 pm Tuesday, May 28, 2024

100 YEARS AGO —1924

  • Danville’s newest police radio system operated, providing two-way communication between the police headquarters on South Fourth Street and three mobile units.
  • The Perryville High School juniors began rehearsals for a play titled “The Daffy-dills,” a three-act comedy. William Wilson portrayed a widower who leaves on a business trip. Mrs. J.D. Alexander was the director of the play.
  • The schools in Danville, Bate, and Boyle County voted to allow teachers to attend the Kentucky Negro Education Association’s annual meeting at the Quinn Chapel AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church in Louisville.
  • Police investigated the vandalism of suspects who ransacked several parked automobiles and shot marbles through the windows of local residences.
  • Gem Store, the newest sporting goods and appliance store on Main Street advertised special prices for garden tools, fishing rods, and appliances during their grand opening.

75 YEARS AGO — 1949

  • Contracts were approved for the construction of a pumping and distribution system, and a water tower for the new Perryville water works by the City Council. The Henry Bickel Company of Louisville got a $61,800 contract for the system and the W.E. Caldwell Company of Louisville got a $9,550 contract for the new water tower.
  • W.C. Stephens, former principal at Forkland High School, ran as a candidate in the Democratic Primary for deputy commissioner with Roy W. Arnold.
  • Someone broke into Burke’s Bakery on South Fourth Street and took $50 in cash and about 10 dozen iced cakes. The thieves also broke eggs and other ingredients and threw them on the walls and floors.

50 YEARS AGO — 1974

  • The state sold 988 acres of surplus farm property at Kentucky State Hospital. The land brought in $968,310.
  • Employees Glen Wilson, Jackie Lee, and Art Brown received an Award of Excellence from the Danville Division of Whirlpool Corp. which made trash compactors.
  • Work was delayed at Dix Dam because of a delay by the contractor who handled the repairs on the ongoing leakage control program. The work was expected to take about six weeks.
  • The annual Rotary Club Pancake Fry made $1,000 to help support the club’s activities. The crowd consumed about 6,500 pancakes, 350 pounds of sausage, and 288 12-ounce syrup bottles.

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25 YEARS AGO — 1999

  • Danville and Boyle County law enforcement officers suggested that security guards should be assigned to schools to prevent violent acts by students or intruders.
  • The Perryville Battlefield Association bought 96 acres of land. The group used a grant of $214,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Act to pay for the land.
  • Rebecca A. Goode was named principal at Hogsett Elementary School.
  • The Northpoint Training Center on Burgin Road planned a $30 million expansion, enabling it to increase the inmate population by more than 1,700.
  • The Boyle Fiscal Court planned to get suggestions from farmers on how zoning regulations should apply to farmers.