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20 Years Ago

When is it a foggy day for Lemoore schools? According to Tim Grubb, transportation director for Lemoore-area schools, the State of California has enacted legislation that demands schools adjust their schedules when visibility is at 200 feet or less. Just how that determination is made is left up to the local school boards. Here in the Lemoore area, the school boards have given that power to Grubb, the person in charge of the buses that have to drive through the fog.

Lemoore smokers, like tobacco consumers all over California, were hit with a triple whammy in 1998. In February, most cigarette manufacturers boosted the price of a carton (10 packs of 20 cigarettes each) by about $2.50. In November, manufacturers raised the price of a carton by another $4.50 to pay for an out-of-court settlement with attorneys general for most of the U.S. states to cover public health costs associated with tobacco smoking. Finally, with the end of the old year and the beginning of 1999, a new $5-a-carton cigarette tax went into effect in California. The net effect? Cigarette prices here have increased by $12 a carton in the last year.

30 Years Ago

Nearly 90 military facilities across the United States are earmarked for closure to save about $700 million in government spending. Lemoore isn’t one of them. The list of facilities involved was recently released and Dennis McGrath, NAS Lemoore public information officer, said he wasn’t surprised to see that Lemoore wasn’t among them. “We felt OK,” he said. “We’re the newest and most modern facility. It wouldn’t make sense to shut us down.”

Judge Ronald J. Maciel, newly elected Judge for the Lemoore Judicial District, was sworn in Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 12:30 p.m. during a ceremony conducted at the Lemoore Justice Building.

35 Years Ago

What a difference a year makes. One year ago, the 1982 City of Lemoore building report showed only 36 dwelling units—valued at $2.69 million—constructed during that 12-month span. As for 1983, well it’s a whole different story. According to Lemoore public works director Gary Misenhimer, permits for 657 dwelling units were issued in 1983—meaning the units are either under construction or completed—with a total valuation of $21.4 million. Both figures are records for the city. Misenhimer told The Advance, the enormous 1983 growth was “a matter of catching up after two real slow years in 1981 and 1982 when there was very little building. He added “we haven’t had any apartment construction since 1980. So a lot of it was catch-up.”

Cdr. Chris Gates will assume command of Lemoore Naval Air Station based VA-147 during ceremonies scheduled tomorrow in hanger three aboard Lemoore Naval Air Station. Gates is relieving Cdr. Eric Vanderpoel, who will report to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

“I still have a dream, it is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream…” Those were the words of Martin Luther King at the largest civil rights rally in the history of the U.S. An estimated 200,000 people showed up that day in 1963. Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated every third Monday in January. We celebrate this holiday to honor a great man who believed in equality and freedom for all people.

70 Years Ago

Daylight saving time will end in California at 2 o’clock Saturday morning Jan. 1, 1949. Clocks will be turned back one hour, restoring to California the hour they lost on March 14 when daylight saving was invoked as an emergency measure to conserve hydroelectric power.

Midshipman Danforth Clement left today by plane for Annapolis after spending the Christmas holiday with his parents Judge and Mrs. Clark Clement. Danforth was honored at a farewell party Tuesday evening. The affair was given at the Hanford home of Dr. and Mrs. George Cobb. During the evening 40 friends from Hanford and Lemoore called to bid Clement farewell.

J.J. Smith of Champion Street was honored at a surprise party given last night by his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. D.N. McClanahan. Smith, a resident of Lemoore for the past 61 years, observed his 89th natal day.

90 Years Ago

When the horse he was riding stumbled and fell with him, Henry Martin, the 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Martin of Stratford, sustained a broken left wrist. The little fellow was taken to Lemoore for medical attention.

A.J. Overstreet of the Kings County traffic squad will be at the Chevrolet garage Jan. 11 to 25 for the purpose of renewing chauffeur’s licenses for 1929.

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