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Published 5:45 pm Friday, June 21, 2024

100 YEARS AGO  — 1924

  • A great blast deposited 80,000 cubic yards of rock in Dix River Dam. The enormous rock cliff fell into the dam area and remained undisturbed. Very few rocks fell outside the intended location. Workers used 90,000 pounds of blasting powder in the explosion.
  • Dr. R. Ames Montgomery, president of Centre College, and Dr. McDowell and Dr. J.J. Rice, faculty, spoke at Centre’s 101st graduation.
  • Graduating exercises at the 63rd commencement at  Kentucky College for Women took place at Second Presbyterian Church with  Dr. Benjamin J. Bush, pastor of the church as speaker.
  • Kentucky Utilities Company, owners of the local electric plant in Danville, purchased the local gas plant from Commonwealth Railway Power and Light Company.


75 YEARS AGO — 1949

  • Frances Caldwell of Danville was crowned queen at the 46th consecutive  Centre College Carnival at the Farris stadium.
  • Playgrounds at Maple Avenue and Bate schools and Salvation Army opened for the summer. Hart Rapier, chairman of the local recreation commission, announced Ernest Woford, former athletic director and coach at Danville, was director of the sites.
  • Centre College made plans to raise the $250,000 needed to finish the college’s physical education auditorium building under construction.
  • Boyle County students who got bachelor of arts degrees from the University were Allen White of Perryville, William Burke, Charlotte Erskine, Carl Foster, Alvina Griffin, Betty Guinanugh, Kern Hamilton, Estill Ishmaell, James G. Sheehan, Doris Lee Tipton, and James Volner.

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50 YEARS AGO — 1974

  • The families of Gov. Isaac Shelby and Dr. Ephraim McDowell planned reunions during the state bicentennial observation, including a tea at Grayson’s Tavern.
  • Southern Railway Company filed three lawsuits in Boyle Circuit Court to condemn 15.08 acres of land north of Danville. An appraiser determined the property’s value at $17,200.
  • John H. Marshall of near Parksville celebrated his 106th  birthday. Six generations of the family planned a gathering for Father’s Day. Marshall is retired from L&N Railroad.
  • The Danville Board of Education awarded The Trucker Co. in Lexington a bid of $380,565 to complete the athletic-recreation facilities at Bate Middle School.
  • The Selective Service office, established in 1948 in the Chinn building on North Third Street, closed.


25 YEARS GO — 1999

  • Bill Mitchell, who came from Carroll County CDC, was hired as the Community Development Council of Boyle County’s new chief executive officer. He replaced Brenda DeWitt.
  • Work began at the Millennium Park site. The Boyle Fiscal Court and Danville City Commission split the park costs equally.
  • Boyle Fiscal Court adjourned in memory of Tyndale H. Brown, a former state police trooper and later provided security in Boyle Circuit Court.
  • The 10th Great American Brass Band Festival featured 18 bands, a balloon race with 30 hot-air balloons, a 5K race, and a history conference.
  • Boyle County School Board approved a three percent salary increase and a 13-to-29 percent increase for substitute teachers.