DARE shut down, The Orpheum and disc jockey of year

A look back at news and advertising items through the years

By Jacob Clary - [email protected]

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 1913, The News-Herald in Hillsboro reported that Hillsboro was scheduled to be the host of a lecture course featuring a variety of topics during the winter and included speakers such as Ernest Ray Oneal, Thomas Fletcher and the Kryl Company.

School statistics were collected by the county auditor and sent to the state superintendent of public schools, with the total value of all of the property in Highland County being $29,614,821 and the schools in the county having, as of Sept. 1, 1912, a balance of $74,850.39.

The Highland County Street Exposition opened in Hillsboro featuring booths of all types with pumpkins, vegetables, fruit and squash on South High Street and the Corn Palace, a “unique building,” featured on the public square.

In sports, a baseball game played between Hillsboro and the Cincy All-Stars at the “Fair Ground” saw Hillsboro win by a score of 3-2.

The Orpheum advertised a showing of “His Better Self,” starring Lottie Briscoe and Arthur Johnson, and a showing of “Broncho Billy’s Mistake.”

Humphrey’s Specific’s, an apothecary store, advertised multiple products including a cough, cold and bronchitis solution for 25 cents and a kidney disease remedy for 25 cents.

This week in 1940, The Greenfield Daily Times reported that Elks Greenfield Lodge 717, alongside Smart Post 298, American Legion, was planning to sponsor a community Americanism program at the Greenfield Auditorium.

The number of new people filing for unemployment compensation during September, a total of 148 new claims, was a fall of 10.3 percent compared to the August number of claims.

Harold Burton, the current mayor of Cleveland and the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator, visited the office of the newspaper and attended a Women’s Club meeting in Chillicothe.

F.R. Harris was elected as the permanent chairperson of the Highland County Draft Board by the five assembled members, after being named the temporary chairperson only a week prior.

In sports, the McClain Tigers defeated the Wilmington Hurricane, 20-6 thanks to “a ground and aerial attack that brought as many touchdowns,” with Eldon Newland scoring two of the three.

The Rand Theatre, located in Greenfield, advertised multiple showings including “Dr. Christian Meets the Woman,” starring Jean Hersholt, and “Military Academy,” starring Tommy Kelly.

Kroger advertised multiple products including two cans of tomatoes for 15 cents, 10 pounds of Ohio apples for 29 cents and each pound of bologna costing 15 cents apiece.

This week in 1995, The Press-Gazette reported that Bill Cornetet, WSRW Radio news director, was voted by Airplay International of Nashville, Tennessee as the disc jockey of the year and was given the 1994-95 King Eagle Special Industry Award.

Southern State Community College hosted the second annual Walktoberfest with Nick Thompson, Hillsboro police chief, escorting the parade of people through the route.

The local version of the Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (DARE) program was discontinued “until further notice” because of a staffing shortage at the Hillsboro Police Department.

Construction along North High Street between Spring Lake Avenue and the Hillsboro Shopping Center to place fiber optics cable on the west side of North High Street was nearing completion.

In sports, the Hillsboro varsity football team demolished the Bethel-Tate Tigers, 54-2, with the win moving Hillsboro to a 7-0 record and 4-0 in the Southern Buckeye Conference.

Star Cinemas, located at 211 Harry Sauner Rd. in Hillsboro, advertised multiple films including “Seven,” starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, and “Jade,” starring David Caruso.

Great Scot Supermarkets, located at 245 Main St. in Hillsboro, advertised multiple products, including a dozen “fresh-baked” chocolate chip cookies for $1.99 and a pound of beef cube steaks for $2.29.

This week in 2015, The Times-Gazette reported that rumors of Shaffer Park closing, changing focus or changing ownership had no basis, according to city officials.

Dean Otworth, Highland County engineer, announced that Hobart Road on the north side of Hillsboro would be opened to two-way traffic later that week, also saying that the roundabout turning restriction was removed.

Rodney and Charlotte Pack announced that the two planned to open the Music Makers Museum in their home in eastern Highland County in the spring, with the couple playing host to multiple items like a 1946 jukebox, wire recorders, radios and more.

A pedestrian bridge was placed near Walgreens and Taco Bell on North High Street “in order to make foot traffic more accessible,” and was part of a plan by the city to make a footpath from Hillsboro uptown area to Southern State Community College.

In sports, the McClain Tigers lost to the Washington Blue Lions, 35-27, despite the Tigers giving the Blue Lions “a run for their money.”

Dish Network advertised its satellite installation service, with free premium channels for three months like HBO, Cinemax and Showtime, for “as low as” $19.99 per month for 12 months.

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A look back at news and advertising items through the years

By Jacob Clary

[email protected]