A look at some of the headlines gracing the pages of the Observer-Reporter and Waynesburg Republican this week in Greene County history:
5 years ago: Dec. 9-15, 2007
Fire department: High
school needs sprinklers
WAYNESBURG – When the $22.8 million renovation of Waynesburg Central High School is complete, the building will have state-of-the-art science labs, an expanded music suite and various other improvements. But, one thing it probably won’t have is a fire sprinkler system.
That omission would be a mistake, according to Bob Fox, president of Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department.
“We never want to see anyone lose a life because of lack of fire safety,” Fox told Central Greene school directors Tuesday. “Safety, along with a good education, is the best thing that this school board can do for the children.”
10 years ago: Dec. 8-14, 2002
talk trash with council
WAYNESBURG – Walk around the borough’s streets and you might find sites similar to what is found on a property neighboring Mark and Terry Rohanna’s Northside home – old mattresses, household trash and maybe even a few rats.
The debris piled around this house along Ross Street, as well as other unkempt properties in the borough, are evidence of absentee landowners, the couple told borough council at its meeting Monday. It’s a widespread problem that has been driving down property values and driving people away from Waynesburg, according to the Rohannas.
“If you go around and ask people if they want to move into the borough, not only are they going to say, ‘No,’ but they’re going say ‘Hell, no,’” Mark Rohanna said.
•Snow blankets county
WAYNESBURG – The first major winter storm of the season blanketed Greene County with at least 9 inches of snow early Thursday, forcing all five county school districts to cancel classes and making early morning driving treacherous.
Many commuters faced snow-covered roads as they left for work early Thursday, but apparently drivers were able to navigate the roads fairly well considering the low number of traffic accidents.
Pennsylvania state police reported only one non-reportable accident Thursday morning, though a spokeswoman said troopers were called several times to assist motorists whose vehicles had become stuck in snow.
25 years ago: Dec. 9-15, 1987
County agencies combine
effort to help women
WAYNESBURG – Several years ago Greene County was ranked second among counties in Pennsylvania for its rate of infant mortality.
The high rate was due primarily to low birth weights and the fact some women were having children at a very young age.
Although the problems persist, Greene County’s ranking for infant mortality among other counties in the state has dropped to about fifth.
Several agencies in the county have been attempting to lower that rate further by providing necessary health services to women and children.
45 years ago: Dec. 9-15, 1967
Greene County Fair costs
It cost $32,418 to stage the 1966 Greene County Fair, according to a report submitted to the county commissioners by fair secretary Charles R. Clark.
The largest single expenditure was $12,245 for harness and running races purses, with the second largest single item being $6,782 paid out in class premiums to exhibitors.