25 Years Ago

Neutra Elementary School needs help. The Kestrels of Strike Fighter Squadron 137 are providing it. VFA-137 adopted Neutra School last week during an emotional ceremony one school official said took patriotism “to a higher level.” Doug True, Neutra assistant principal, said the officers and enlisted personnel of VFA-137 will provide a much-needed boost to the school’s efforts to reach students who are deemed at-risk of either dropping out or being hindered in the educational process. Members of the Kestrels are playing an active role in the school’s Drug Awareness and Resistance Educational Program (DARE), and are becoming the driving force behind a fledgling computer program at the campus. That’s in addition to their role as tutors.

30 Years Ago

The city of Stratford has enjoyed the use of a library since the early 1920s. According to Gene Yenger, a longtime resident, the first library was built around 1921. Kings County is planning to replace the old brick building in downtown Stratford with what will be the town’s third library. As near as can be determined, the first library was a woodframe building that lasted for nearly 30 years before it was torn down and replaced with the existing brick structure in 1949 or ’50.

Watch out, American hamburger, that Italian upstart—pizza—is gaining on you. There are now more pizza parlors than hamburger shops in the United States, and statistics show that Americans eat one million slices of pizza a month. It is estimated that nearly 96 percent of all American households now eat pizza about 30 times a year. Industry experts say the sale of pizza totals $15 billion annually

35 Years Ago

In years past, presentation of the “Citizen of the Year” award has most often been to those who are well known in the community, involved in city politics, or with the better known civic organizations and activities. With the presentation award to Kathleen Hurst Palermo last Saturday night, there’s been a change. A teacher—of drama, English, and speech—at Lemoore High School since 1970, Palermo is probably best known by the students of the high school and their parents. Although she has no children of her own, Palermo’s affectionately called “Mom” or Mrs. P by her students, can be found surrounded by her “kids.”

Lemoore High’s Allyson Delk captured first place honors Feb. 1 at the Kings-Tulare FFA Sectional Creed Recitation and Public Speaking Contest. The 14-year-old daughter of Lee and Marion Delk, by earning the first place honor, qualifies for the Feb. 25 regional competition against three other sectional winners at Kings River Community College.

Seven Lemoore BMX racers went to the National Bicycle Association’s Supernationals race in Los Angeles during the weekend of Jan. 28-29. The races, held in Griffith Park, attracted over 2,500 participants and 6,000 spectators. Chris Liscomb raced his way through four preliminary races to be included in a semifinal heat in the 13 Year Old Expert class. Lance DeArmond made it all the way to the main in which he finished seventh in the 10 Year Old Intermediate class. Lorean, Lance’s older brother, enjoyed a highly successful weekend also, finishing in third in the 15 Year Old Novice Class.

80 Years Ago

Sale of the grocery and meat departments in Hall’s Market in the Island district to George F. Kerth has been announced by Delbert Hall, owner of the property. Hall’s fountain and drug department at the Island location will continue under the management of Ray Billingsley. Carl Kurtz is now associated with Mr. Kerth at the Island market.

The Lemoore debate teams have reached the semifinal round of the debate league and will meet Fresno Technical High School this afternoon at 1 p.m. The team for the affirmative will be June Odale and Bob Hibberd, while Mildred Harrington and Arthur Anderson will uphold the negative side against Fresno debaters. Debate coach is Ruth Lee.

95 Years Ago

Mrs. L. Martin brought into our office copies of Illustrated Almanacs of 1859, 1864 and 1883, old relics of her grandfather, who resided in Indiana. The copy of 1864 gives some very interesting records of the Rebellion—and also some very startling information on the science of medicine.

The Banks are closed today in Lemoore in honor of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. Walter Boles is spending the day in his garden, impersonating the Man with the Hoe.

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