Rail line gets $2M, new softball field, land sold to utility


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 1937, The Greenfield Daily Times reported that caterpillar tractors, scrapers and dump carts from the state highway division visited the municipal playgrounds for the purpose of finishing the softball diamond field.

Major J. Edwin Hull, stationed at the University of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, as an ROTC instructor and visiting relatives in the area, was scheduled to address the Greenfield Rotary Club at its regular luncheon meeting.

The Rand Theatre announced that it planned to install an air-conditioning and cooling system which were the first “in a series of improvements” that were to mark the movie theater’s half-year anniversary.

The Sugar Creek Quarries planned to enlarge its capacity for the purpose of supplying the resurfacing project of Rt. 70 from Greenfield to the intersection of the New Martinsburg Pike with crushed stone.

Greenfield schools received $7,426.58 from the Ohio Department of Education for its payment of notes that were issued in February “in anticipation of sales tax revenues,” with Highland County overall allotted $15,773 of a share.

The Rand Theatre, located in Greenfield, advertised its new Technicolor technology and “A Star is Born,” directed by William Wellman and starred Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolph Menjou and May Robson.

Preston’s Complete Food Market advertised multiple products, including three cantaloupes for 25 cents, 10 pounds of home-grown potatoes for 15 cents, seven ounces of mixed tea for 25 cents and chuck roast for 19 cents per pound.

This week in 1964, The Press-Gazette reported that the Highland County Board of Commissioners accepted an annual budget of $1,153,721 for “costs of operating various units of county government.

The Lynchburg Village Council advised the Highland County Board of Commissioners of their choice of a new location for a covered bridge owned by both Clinton and Highland counties in the center of the village.

The Highland County Board of Commissioners closed a deal with the Hillsboro Elks Lodge for the organization’s old building to be used as a county office building, with the contract to be finished “in a few days.”

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce announced the approval for the sale of 22 acres of land found on the western side of the city owned by the Chamber of Commerce to the Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Company.

In sports, the Hillsboro Merchants, the city’s local women’s softball team, was scheduled to play the Mowrystown side at the Hillsboro City Park, which would be the first time the two would play locally in their new uniforms donated by local merchants.

Chakere’s Colony Theatre, located in Hillsboro, advertised multiple films, including “Hud,” starring Paul Newman and Patricia Neal, and “Last Train from Gun Hill,” starring Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn.

Owens’ Super ‘E’ Market, located on the corner of South High Street and West Walnut streets in Hillsboro, advertised multiple products, including a pound of Hormel-smoked pork chops for 69 cents and “jumbo” golden-ripe bananas for 10 cents per pound.

This week in 1988, The Press-Gazette reported that Libby Langston, vice president of the Hillsboro Retail Merchants Association, announced that more Christmas decorations were purchased by people and businesses than poles available to hang them on in the specific uptown Hillsboro area.

The Hillsboro and Highland County area saw “heavy rainfall” that would work to “help improve water supplies and increase crop potentials” following the results of a long drought, but the drought would not be “erased” according to local officials.

The Hillsboro District Hospital announced new contract language that included the addition of a first-floor supply room and a second-floor shell’s construction that would then be turned into a surgery room later.

Highland County raised $1,417.52 from the American Heart Association’s Carnation Sale which was for the benefit of children’s heart research.

In sports, The Hillsboro American Legion Post 129 baseball team was required to win three straight games to win the District 7 Legion Tournament and advance to the state tournament following its loss in the final game of the winner’s bracket.

Chakere’s Colony Theatre, located in Hillsboro, advertised “The Dead Pool,” directed by Buddy Van Horn and starring Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson and Liam Neeson, with tickets costing $2.50 for all seats prior to 6 p.m.

Bob and Carl’s Fine Foods, located at the Southridge Center, the Rombach Center and the Hillsboro Center in Wilmington and Hillsboro, advertised multiple products, including a four-roll pack of bath tissues for 89 cents and a dozen sour-cream donuts for $1.69.

This week in 2013, The Times-Gazette reported that new three-year contracts with the two unions that represent the personnel of Hillsboro City Schools were unanimously approved by the board of education.

Greenfield was awarded more than $2 million by the Economic Development Administration to complete a $3.8 million grant package that would help repair and upgrade its 29-mile rail line.

In sports, Mackenzie Conlon, a sophomore at Hillsboro High School, qualified to compete at the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Greensboro, North Caroline, following his third-place finish in the 2,000-meter steeplechase at the Junior Olympics Track and Field Regionals in Olivet, Michigan.

Star Cinemas, located at 211 Harry Sauner Rd. in Hillsboro, advertised multiple films, including “Pacific Rim,” starring Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, and “The Conjuring,” starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

Abe’s Used Cars, LLC., located in 8345 U.S. Route 50 East in Hillsboro, advertised multiple vehicles, including a 2004 Chevy Tracker for $4,195, a 1995 Ford Escort SW for $1,095 and a 1999 Chevy Metro for $2,095.

Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.

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