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20 Years Ago

All seniors 50 years and older are invited to attend the “55 Alive/Mature Driving Class” being sponsored by AARP and coordinated by the Kings County Commission on Aging Council. Improve your knowledge and safety regarding the rules of the road. Most insurance companies provide discounts to those who complete this course.

Officer Robert Flores received the first-ever Lemoore Police Department Lifesaving award at the beginning of Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Flores saved the life of baby Esmeralda Magana when the infant choked and stopped breathing on August 5.

25 Years Ago

Pizza Hut Restaurant, located directly south of Taco Bell, is expected to open in mid-October as construction of the facility enters its final stages. Construction workers said the building would be finished in two weeks. Then hiring and training of a staff will begin in anticipation of the opening.

Jeffery M. Reid, a 1977 graduate of Lemoore High School, has been appointed undersecretary of the Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency for the state of California. The announcement of Reid’s appointment was made by Gov. Pete Wilson. Reid is the son of Don and Barbara Reid of Lemoore.

30 Years Ago

Busing, or rather the lack of it, occupied about 50 parents’ thoughts and words Tuesday night, Sept. 13, as they pleaded with the Lemoore Elementary School District board of trustees to return to its policy of providing a bus ride to school for every child who wants one. In a move to save $20,000 over nine months, the board earlier this year imposed walking distances of one mile for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, and 1 ½ miles for grades six through eight.

Milk silos that will hold 60,000 gallons each were put in place by a giant crane at Leprino Foods plant in downtown Lemoore. The six silos are part of a $10 million expansion that will double the processing capability of the facility which makes mozzarella cheese for the food service industry. When the expansion is completed, the Lemoore plant will be processing 2 million pounds of milk into 200,000 pounds of cheese daily.

Ann Lee Harris will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Coalinga Woman’s Club on Sept. 21. Following her talk, Mrs. Harris will autograph copies of her recently published book, “Load the Wagon.” On Thursday and Friday, Mrs. Harris will be at the Advance Stationers in downtown Lemoore. Mrs. Harris has written the biography of her late husband, Jack A. Harris, a leader in the world of agri-business. Mr. Harris started Harris Farms in the late 1930s, and subsequently built Harris Feeding Company, near Coalinga, with a capacity for 100,000 head of cattle. When Interstate 5 was built through the Valley, Mrs. Harris saw the need for services on the freeway, and with her husband’s backing originated the Harris Ranch Restaurant and development complex. Mrs. Harris still maintains her home near Coalinga. Having suffered damage to her own home, she is sympathetic to the continuing need to repair earthquake damage in the town of Coalinga.

35 Years Ago

Dewatering of Tulare lake has been delayed until the end of the month. A list of requirements – supplied by the state’s water quality control board – must be met. Requirements were not specified by the control board, but a spokesman said that the project cannot cause “impairments” for downstream beneficial uses.” This might include the introduction of bottom silt, organic matter, or white bass in the Sacramento Delta area, or a dissolved oxygen problem.

A local gridiron “legend” will be back on the field tomorrow night. Jim Hammond, the most successful varsity football coach in Lemoore High history, is returning to Tiger Stadium after an eight year absence. Speaking for the city’s high school sports fans, we’re glad to have him back. And win, lose, or draw, it will definitely be an interesting year.

75 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Abbott, who observed their Golden Wedding Anniversary late last month left yesterday for Pontiac, Michigan, where they were married in 1893. The well-known couple came to Kings County in 1907, when the Laguna de Tache grant was opened for settlement.

“Coney Island” featuring Betty Grable, George Montgomery and Cesar Romero will open tonight at the local theatre for a two-day run. Filmed in color, the picture is light and enjoyable entertainment, full of music and fun. Saturday’s double bill will consist of “King of the Cowboys” and “The Devil With Hitler.” Roy Rogers and the world’s smartest horse, “Trigger” will play in the cowboy feature.

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