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20 Years Ago

On Mar. 2, the Lemoore City Council authorized the city staff to send off two project proposals to the state asking for the appropriation of General Fund money from the 1999-2000 budget. One project calls for funds to be granted to the City of Lemoore to rehabilitate the Kings County Veterans Hall on D Street for use as a teen center, with the understanding that once the building has been rehabilitated, the city will take over its operation. The second project proposal asked for funds to purchase an electric golf cart charging system for the Lemoore Golf Course. Although the course does not currently have any electric carts, it foresees a future need for them.

The English author and public figure Gilbert Keith Chesterton once proposed a toast to a group of Irishmen with these words: “To great Gaels of Ireland, the men whom God made mad, for all their wars are merry and all their songs are sad.”

25 Years Ago

Those pushing for a Tulare-Kings-Fresno county commuter rail line will meet tonight in Lemoore to offer community members a chance to hear about the plans and ask questions. Organizers said the meeting is open to supporters and detractors alike. The rail plan revolves around establishing passenger service along the existing east-west railroad line crossing Kings County. The initial section of the corridor would link Visalia in Tulare County with Hanford, Lemoore, and Lemoore Naval Air Station before entering Fresno County on its way to Huron. The line would eventually run from Exeter in the east to Huron in the west.

The Lemoore Tree Committee along with the Hanford Garden Club planted 5 trees in local parks around Lemoore this past week. Along with Lemoore city employees, the Tree Committee and the Garden Club planted Valley Oaks which will supply shade to the parks. Lemoore Tree Committee members Salli Day, Judy Powers, and Adrianne Hodgson planted Valley Oaks in Heritage Park.

35 Years Ago

Naval aviation and the Pacific Fleet Light Attack Wing both had a banner year in terms of aviation safety. The Navy and Marine Corps lost 80 aircraft and suffered 100 fatalities in 1983 while flying over two million hours, while the Pacific Fleet Light Attack Wing—which includes operations at Lemoore, Fallon, VX-5 at China Lake, and Alameda—suffered four A-7E Corsair II accidents and one OV-10 crash. The wing figures are the lowest ever.

Cherie Macke captured the 1984 Miss Kings County pageant title Saturday night at the Hanford High Presentation Center. Macke, the daughter of Ralph and Janet Edwards, graduated from Lemoore High in 1981. Her sister, Susan, won the county pageant that same year, making the local duo the first sisters to capture the county crown. Earning the runner-up nod Saturday was Melanie Pedro of Stratford, the daughter of Tony and Mary Pedro.

90 Years Ago

Mr. L. Marvin of Armona, closed a deal last Monday, Mar. 11 for a long-term lease of the building known as the Liberty Theatre from the owner of the property, Frank Petty. Marvin commenced remodeling immediately upon signing the lease. Mr. Silva has charge of the work of raising the floor to the standard theatre requirements. New chairs will be installed and Marvin promises a modern comfortable and up-to-date theatre.

Mr. Ray Tremble, accompanied by his friend, Clifford Lindsay, arrived on The Island last Tuesday. They made the trip in Tremble’s aeroplane from Palo Alto. Tremble is now taking passengers up from his ranch.

The Stratford Elementary School fair will be held Friday evening, March 15. An excellent programme has been arranged and various booths will be running for the amusement of all who attend. Proceeds will help pay for the newly purchased school radio.

The human heart yearns for the beautiful in all ranks of life, and because beauty is as much appreciated in Lemoore as in other places, beauty shops are an indispensable prerequisite. At least many of us think so, and the writer of Town Topic ought not omit remarking that Lemoore has a new beauty shop. It was opened Monday last, upstairs in the First National Bank building, corner D and Heinlen streets. Miss Kathryn M. Williams is responsible for the new enterprise, and it is making a special offer to the first twenty-five customers.

115 Years Ago

Frank Bullard has had a new board sidewalk constructed in front of his store.

The city attorney has been instructed to draw up an ordinance limiting the number of saloons within the city of Lemoore to six.

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