A look back at Greene County history
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. 13-19, 2008
to assess project
WAYNESBURG – Central Greene School Board members will tour the high school, where a $22.8 million renovation project has begun, at their meeting next month.
Work began a few weeks ago on the project, which will feature a new science wing and an expanded music suite. It is supposed to be finished by the start of the 2009-10 school year.
The board recently has entertained at least two requests for changes to the renovation project. Bob Fox, president of Waynesburg-Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department, told the board last month that it should consider installing a fire sprinkler system.
On Tuesday, Robert Born, high school agricultural teacher, asked for an expansion of the shop area, both for storage and safety reasons.
Born, who has been a teacher for more than 32 years, said the lack of space has been a perennial problem through the years. The problem became worse about 15 years ago, when the district moved the wood and metal shop classes to the agricultural facilities, Born said.
•Martin trial set for April
WAYNESBURG – Jeffrey Martin, the Fayette County man charged with killing 12-year-old Gabrielle Bechen of Greensboro, is scheduled for trial in April. After a conference between prosecution and defense attorneys Friday in Judge H. Terry Grimes’ chambers, the judge decided that jury selection would begin April 23.
Martin has been charged with homicide, child rape and other charges. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
The girl went missing from her home in Dunkard Township June 13, 2006. State police led a massive search for the girl for five days before volunteer searchers discovered her all-terrain vehicle buried on the horse farm where Martin worked as a caretaker.
State police troopers arrested Martin after the ATV was found and he eventually confessed that he strangled the girl when she threatened to tell her parents that he molested her. He also told police that he used farm equipment to dig a 6-foot-deep grave, where he placed the girl’s body.
10 years ago: Jan. 12-19, 2003
Shop ‘n Save to open
new store Sunday
WAYNESBURG – A 45,000 square foot Shop ‘n Save supermarket will open its doors at 7 a.m. Sunday at its new location in Waynesburg Plaza, Route 19 and Sugar Run Road. A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will follow at 8 a.m.
The store will employ about 100 area residents, according to store owner Tom Jamieson.
“We’re glad to be a part of the Waynesburg community,” Jamieson said. “Our goal is to satisfy the needs of our local customers by giving them a grocery shopping option in town, while at the same time bringing new business into the area from the surrounding Southwest Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia region,” he said.
Jamieson and his wife, Debbie, also own stores in Dunbar, Uniontown and Fairchance, as well as several others in West Virginia.
The Waynesburg store, which will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., will offer many of the same amenities found in those other stores.
•Carmichaels board hires
firm for renovation study
CARMICHAELS – Carmichaels Area School Board hired an architectural firm Thursday to complete a feasibility study on the district’s two buildings as it considers a possible renovation project.
The board requested the study after it received $780,000 several months ago as a result of a bond refinancing. The board is required to use the money for capital improvements.
“We really don’t know what we’ll be looking at (in terms of a renovation project),” Superintendent Jim Zalar said. “The board is now just gathering information on what needs to be done,” he said.
The junior high section of the junior-senior high school was constructed in 1928 and the senior high section in 1965. The district’s elementary school was built in 1990.
25 years ago: Jan. 13-19, 1988
Mine workers set up picket
lines at Nemacolin
CARMICHAELS – Employeews of the LTV Steel Corporation’s Nemacolin MIne in Greene County have set up informatioinal picket lines at the gates of the mine’s No. 1 and No. 4 shafts.
The workers began picketing the sites Jan. 4, hoping to inform t he public and members of the crews that will begin demolishing the facility that the mine still has much good coal in it to be permanently sealed.
“This (the picket line) is not only for Nemacolin but for Clyde also,” said Chuck Enlow, an officer with Nemacolin Local 6290.
45 years ago: Jan. 13-19, 1968
Youth care center
A day care center for trainable children will be established at Waynesburg by the Greene County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children.
It will be set up at St. George’s Episcopal Church on Bonar Avenue, with association officials anticipating that it will be in operation by sometime in February.
The center will admit bioys and girls between the ages of 6 and 12 qith IQ’s of less than 60.