March on Polio, Bobcats win title, water main issues


Editor’s note — We’re continuing our tradition of taking a look back each Saturday at some of the important, interesting or even odd events as they were reported during the same week throughout the years, along with interesting advertising features from years gone by.

This week in 1958, The News-Herald in Hillsboro reported that about $505,950 worth of residential, industrial and commercial construction work was either started or finished in the prior year, as a total of 92 permits were issued in 1957, according to a summary by city officials.

Arnold Elzey, Rocky Fork Lake superintendent, announced a public hearing by the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks, where they planned to discuss possible new rules and regulations pertaining to boat and marine equipment operation at the lake.

Highland County received its portion of the auto tag fees “for the improvement and maintenance of city and village streets, and county and township roads,” with the county receiving $334,199.43.

Four Hillsboro High School art students — Joyce Moon, Arlene Miller, Susan Miller and William Storer — won different awards and honors at the 31st Annual Scholastic Art Awards for students in 20 Ohio and three Kentucky counties.

The 1958 Mothers’ March on Polio was scheduled to be held in Hillsboro and surrounding towns like Lynchburg, Leesburg, East Monroe and Mowrystown, where the march planned to ask for contributions for aid and rehabilitation for polio patients.

The remodeling plans of the Hillsboro City Building for the municipal court offices and additional city offices were discussed, with plans including the construction of an office for the clerk of courts, an office for the municipal court judge and multiple bathrooms, among others.

Ten boys from Highland County participated in the Sheep Shearing school for beginners that was held at Jeffersonville High School, with the school being run by the Fayette County Shepherds Club and the Vocational Agricultural Department at the school.

In sports, the Lynchburg Bobcats held onto their lead of the league title thanks to its defeat of the Belfast Rockets by a score of 48-44, with the loss mathematically eliminating the Rockets from a chance at the league title.

Chakere’s Colony Theatre, located in Hillsboro, advertised multiple films including “Pal Joey,” starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak, and “Outlaw’s Son,” starring Ben Cooper and Lori Nelson.

C. & W. Shoe Store advertised its “Final Clearance on Discontinued Style” with multiple products, including men’s work shoes for $4.99 per pair and brown and black ladies’ flats and loafers for $1.99 and $2.99.

This week in 2004, The Times-Gazette reported that the 11th New Directions telethon raised $15,431, which was reportedly the second-highest total that had ever been raised during the telethon.

Ralph Holt, a longtime resident of Hillsboro, was appointed to the position of safety/service director by Hillsboro Mayor Dick Zink.

Greg Schottelkotte, the Greenfield fire chief, said that he believed the department’s fire prevention efforts were the reason that the city saw a 23 percent drop in responded calls, with calls down from 425 in 2002 to 376 in 2003.

Highland District Hospital planned to hold a complimentary pancake breakfast with free bone density screenings” in an effort to draw attention to the HDH Foundation’s ongoing fundraising efforts.”

A boil alert was ordered in Leesburg for a few days after a break in the town’s main water line temperature “shut down water service to the west side of the village,” with the recent cold weather and then “notably warmer temperatures” as the likely cause of the line break.

Greg Hawk, the Lynchburg-Clay superintendent, reported to the board of education about a possible $28,000 carryover from bond interest from building and renovation projects that would help with a purchase of an emergency generator.

Star Cinemas, located at 211 Harry Sauner Rd. in Hillsboro, advertised multiple films including “Miracle,” starring Kurt Russell and Patrick O’Brien Demsey, and “The Butterfly Effect,” starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart.

In sports, the Whiteoak High School girls’ basketball team decimated West Union by a score of 57-17 thanks to 20 points from Jackie Hauke, with the matchup “so lopsided that just after the second half started, and with snow as accumulating outside, the officials decided to play the remainder of the game with a running clock.”

LocalNet, an internet access provider, advertised its internet service with five email boxes, Webmail, Instant Messaging and free setup software that “makes connecting fast and easy” for $9.95 per month.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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