Looking back at Greene County history

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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: Jan. 6-12, 2008

Audit finds multiple violations in J-M field house project


An audit released this week by the state auditor general’s office found that Jefferson-Morgan School District failed to comply with the school code when it constructed a field house several years ago at the district’s athletic field.


The district and the nonprofit corporation it formed to complete the project violated the law by using its own employees to do much of the work, by failing to require contractors to pay prevailing wages and use domestically produced steel and by paying some workers in cash “under the table,” the audit said.


The building, started in 2002, was constructed using district employees, volunteers and contracted work.



No changes made


at organizational meeting


WAYNESBURG – The board of commissioners welcomed a new member but kept its leadership and other matters largely the same at the organizational meeting Monday.


Archie Trader, a Republican, will serve as minority commissioner alongside Democrats Dave Coder and Pam Snyder. Monday’s meeting was the first of their four-year terms.


It has been customary to award the board chairman post to the commissioner who attracted the most votes in the general election. The new board adhered to that tradition and reappointed Snyder to the chair.


Coder will be vice-chairman and Trader will serve as secretary. Other posts will remain unchanged. Gene Lee will stay as chief clerk; Farley Toothman will remain solicitor; Widmer Engineering will continue to be the county engineer; and Harry Cancelmi will remain public defender.


10 years ago: Jan. 5-11, 2003

Developer


promises Walmart


While a development team continues to work to bring a major retail development to county-owned property near Greene County Airport, a second developer is preparing similar plans for a nearby site.


That developer, The Widewaters Group of DeWitt, N.Y., is attempting to put together a large retail development on a 30-acre parcel of land off Route 21 next to Comfort Inn.


One of the tenants Widewaters hopes to lure to the site is Wal-Mart, the retailer often cited as a prospective tenant for the county’s proposed retail development less than half a mile east of Widewaters’ property.



Authorities probing


burglaries at college


WAYNESBURG – Laptop computers and keys were stolen from four buildings on the Waynesburg College campus during the past week, and several buildings sustained interior damage.


Two classroom buildings, Stewart Hall and Buhl Hall; Stover Center and the college gymnasium were entered between Dec. 31 and Sunday, Waynesburg Borough police said.


Seven laptop computers, three sets of keys and food were stolen in the burglaries. Four of the computers and two sets of keys have since been recovered by police, Police Chief Tim Hawfield said Wednesday.


25 years ago: Jan. 6-12, 1988

County names Love


operations manager


WAYNESBURG – At its first meeting Monday, the new board of Greene County Commissioners appointed a county operations and fiscal manager and announced that the county faces unpaid obligations of almost $600,000 going into 1988.


Stephen C. Love, 31, a former resident of the county who has been an investment banker in Boca Raton, Fla., for the past five years, was appointed to the new $30,000-a-year post that amounts to a position as county executive, the commissioner said.


As one of their first actions, Commissioners Kelce Mosley, James Rizor and Lloyd Rohanna issued a statement saying the county has unpaid obligations of $570,271 going into 19887 with the possibility of having to pay additional IRS and state Revenue Department fines and penalties of $89,000.


45 years ago: Jan. 6-12, 1968

Fluctuating absenteeism


in CG schools


With the exception of the Central Greene School District, the flu-like virus which is affecting Southwestern Pennsylvania has not made any deep inroads on school attendance in Greene County.


Howard C. Douds, supervising principal of the Central Greene District, said there were 447 students absent Tuesday, with 175 of them being from the high school and 272 from the elementary schools, representing about 20 percent of the total enrollment.


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