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25 Years Ago

The California State Assembly passed a “Three Strikes, You’re Out” measure Monday that mandates harsh penalties for repeat violent offenders. The measure now moves to the State Senate. The proposed new law, AB971, is co-authored by Assemblyman Bill Jones, R-Fresno and Assemblyman Jim Costa D-Hanford. It would increase penalties for repeat offenders and require those convicted of their third serious or violent felony to serve life sentences.

The Lemoore Police Department reports that graffiti is not art, an innocent pastime, or an acceptable form of entertainment for young people. Rather, LPD is getting the word out that graffiti is an ugly reminder of the presence of crime, gangs, and drugs in our neighborhoods and many youngsters believe acts of violence and destruction are accomplishments.

30 Years Ago

Stratford was well represented in the 17th annual Miss Kings County Pageant held Saturday night in the Hanford Civic Auditorium. And Kings County will have a very talented representative when the 1989 Miss Kings County Melanie Pedro appears in the Miss California Pageant to be held in San Diego in June. The talented vocalist was crowned by the outgoing Miss Kings County of 1988, Dolores Medrano.

The Jackson Lakes Golf Course is scheduled to close later this month and owner Charlie Hudson will be moving to Coalinga to re-open the Polvadero Country Club for the Coalinga-Huron Recreation and Parks.

35 Years Ago

The P.W. Engvall eighth grade math team placed third in the Kings County Junior High Math-a-thon finals held last Thursday night at Hanford’s Presentation Center. Sponsored by the Hanford Elementary School District, 13 schools started the competition on Jan. 19. The top five—including Engvall—then moved on to the finals last week. Team members included Jenifer Bowden, David Holst, Keith Randhahn, Beth Connell, Frank Snell, and Karen Shafer.

A reminder, “Blithe Spirit” opens in the Temple Theatre next week, Feb. 9-11 and Feb. 16-18. Three locals are appearing in the play, Kathie Palermo, Nancy Contreras, and Bill Schmalfeldt.

The first apartments of developer Walt Miller’s $10 million “Lakeview” residential complex—located at 18th Avenue and the Cinnamon Drive extension—will be available for rent by May. A total of 286 units are under construction, ranging from studio dwellings to three bedroom apartments. Miller told The Advance the nine-month project—which employed over 300 men at times—has a schedule completion date of August. Phil Souza, presently the Hanford Chamber of Commerce manager, will manage the complex.

P.W. Engvall “Citizens of the Week” for the week ending Jan. 27 were Sandy Lomelino and Shannon Pike.

Island School “Citizens of the Week” for the week ending Jan. 27 were Jason Cain, kindergarten; Sadie Bates, first grade; Karina Orazco, second grade; Travis Lopes, third grade; Lori Davis, fourth grade.

Although everybody knows about the “Cabbage Patch” dolls, not all understand why they’re so called. It has nothing to do with vegetable ground. “Cabbage” is the term for those odd patches of fabric traditionally kept by tailors after the garments are done.

Christopher Columbus visited Iceland long before he ever set sail for America. The Vikings beat him there, too.

65 Years Ago

A 20-inch long, 6 ½ -pound big-mouthed black bass was caught in the rain last Friday noon at Clear Lake by fisherman Clyde Floyd of Lemoore who says he had a time with this one. The local angler also caught some smaller bass, 5- and 3 ½- pounders.

The Cub Scouts of Stratford area and their parents attended a potluck dinner on Friday evening. Stratford Cubmaster Fred Reinhardt presented Bobcat awards to new Cub Scouts Ray Dias, Larry Jones, Mike Orton, Ernest Drewry, Douglas Fabry, Tony Rodrigues, Johnny Squire, and Danny Newton.

Phillip Plank was host on Saturday noon at BeLinda’s when he entertained a group of schoolmates at a luncheon. The occasion was his 10th birthday. Guests were Bruce Lowe, Bobby Taylor, Tommie Kleinhammer, Bobbie Vaughn, Chris Buckley, and Joe Carvalho.

80 Years Ago

With rainfall for the last three days totaling .53 inches, the Lemoore area’s rainfall total for the season comes to 4.29 inches. Other areas in the county received a heavier precipitation during the storm with Armona getting a light hailstorm.

On sale at Lincoln Market are Best Foods Mayonnaise, pint 26 cents, quart 45 cents; sirloin or rib steak, 19 cents per pound; Hills Bros. Red Can coffee, four pounds, $1.04; and Wesson Oil, half gallon, 72 cents.

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