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20 Years Ago

Well, it’s that time of year again, folks. It seems like it’s been a quiet year in Lemoore, The Island, Stratford, and the Santa Rosa Rancheria, but when one stops to take stock, one realizes that 1998 has been a full year, packed with joy and humor as well as sorrow and misadventure. In the Mar. 26 issue, we reported our first major story of the year. “At about 11 o’clock Monday morning, the Lemoore Police Department started roping off Fox between C and D streets. What appeared to be four explosive devices had been brought in to the station by a citizen, and LPD wasn’t taking any chances.” The bomb scare – which, thankfully, turned out to be nothing more than that – shut down Lemoore’s business district for a couple of hours at midday that Monday while the Fresno Police Department’s bomb squad checked out the suspected blast boxes.

1998 was a year that saw the people of Lemoore prove their support of education with the passage of measure G, a bond to build a new West Hills campus near Lemoore; the election of a local educator to the top county education administration position; the declaration of two more of our schools as California Distinguished schools; and the completion of the groundbreaking inter-school agreements of the Goals 2000 program.

25 Years Ago

Lemoore’s police chief has a few choice words for any youngster contemplating riding a bike without a helmet, hitching a ride in the back of a pickup truck, or taking a drink before driving: Don’t do it. Lemoore’s police chief Ken Marvin, took the time Tuesday to point out that several new laws will take effect on Jan. 1 designed to emphasize safety.

Former Tiger Gene Smith, and Tommy and Charlie Jones looked good in Saturday’s Aloha Bowl. Smith led the Bulldogs with 10 tackles while, Charlie Jones caught six passes for 84 yards. Only David Dune, who caught nine, had more receptions. Tommy Jones did an excellent job from his position at cornerback. The talented Tiger prevented at least two touchdowns. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs lost to Colorado 41-30 Saturday in what was billed as perhaps the biggest game in Fresno State’s history.

35 Years Ago

Nineteen hundred and eighty-three. What will Lemoore residents remember most about the past 365 days? For starters, Lemoore’s growth was probably the top story of 1983. After several years of limited building construction within the city, the housing boom took off in dramatic fashion. Through the first 11 months of the year, construction was either completed or site plans approved for over 500 apartment units and a number of single-family dwellings. And the second top story of 1983? The dewatering of Tulare Lake—and accompanying side effects—easily earns the distinction. The third significant story was probably the Coalinga earthquake. Although the quake did not impact Lemoore directly, many residents opened their hearts and pocketbooks to Coalinga residents.

45 Years Ago

The nearby office of the California Highway Patrol reminds New Year’s vacationers that the switch to 55 miles per hour maximum speed limit will become effective on Jan. 1. “Enforcement will begin Jan. 1,” Cmdr. Joseph Replodge stated. “Drivers will not be able to use ignorance of the law as an excuse. The Patrol will be on special watch for drunk drivers and those exceeding the new speed limit during and after the New Year’s holiday.”

55 Years Ago

A trace of rain and a wider range of temperature than has been common in recent weeks have marked the weather picture in Lemoore recently. The rain, just enough to dampen sidewalks and streets, fell early Saturday. This Monday morning, the season’s second frost in Lemoore brought a reading of 31 degrees.

Ballots for selection of a new board of directors for the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce will be mailed out to members during the first week of January according to chamber secretary Lee McDowell. Candidates include R.S. “Shorty” Faubion, Corby Dale, E.W. Zimmerman, Robert House, Don Letbetter, Jerry Harlan, Arthur Johnson, and Cmdr. Herbert O. Haley.

80 Years Ago

For Sale—Repossessed—seven room house nicely located in Lemoore, 2 lots, price $2000, $200 down, balance $14.40 a month including 5 percent interest.

120 Years Ago

A. Mooney is now having a well sunk on his property just north of the park. The addition he has been placing on the house is also completed.

Maggie and William Scally, who have been attending college at San Jose and Santa Clara, returned home last week to spend the holidays.

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