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 July 20-26, 2008

Water line work nears completion


WAYNESBURG – The installation of new water lines in Waynesburg during the past few months has resulted in traffic tie-ups and some pretty rough roads for area motorists.


However, things soon should begin to get better as work is completed and the main thoroughfares on which the lines have been replaced are repaired.


The $3.4 million water line project remains on schedule, said Joe Simatic, director of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority.


The work on Richhill Street is finished and a new line has been installed the entire length of Greene Street, though the trench dug for the Greene Street line must still be re-paved, he said.


The work on Washington Street, a smaller project, began Monday, while work on High Street is continuing, Simatic said.


The High Street line, which is the longest segment and runs from just west of West Street to Route 188 near Sheetz, will be the last to be completed because of its length, Simatic said.



Greene County couple auctioning off wedding sponsorship on eBay


WAYNESBURG – People regularly buy and sell wedding dresses, rings and cake toppers on eBay, so a Waynesburg bride-to-be thought, why not the wedding itself?


Danielle King is hoping a business will see her July 4, 2009, nuptials as a prime advertising vehicle. She is auctioning off the opportunity to sponsor the “All-American Wedding” on the popular Web site eBay.com.


King and her college sweetheart, David Shrader of West Finley, became engaged a few months ago, and they quickly realized that having a big traditional wedding isn’t cheap. King said it will cost at least $20,000.


The couple plan to get married at Church of the Nazarene in Waynesburg, and the reception will be held at Lakeside Party Center in Uniontown.


“I look at it every day, and I’ve tried to look into where we can cut corners, but unfortunately it’s just very expensive,” King said in a telephone interview.


King wants to offset some of the costs through a wedding sponsor. King first put the wedding up for bid earlier this month, but that auction fell through and she relisted it this week.


The auction, which can be found by searching for “All American Wedding” on eBay.com, ends July 31. It has a minimum bid of $2,000 and a buy it now price of $10,000.


10 years ago July 20-26, 2003

S.E. Greene building opponents prepare for public hearing


GREENSBORO – At least 150 Southeastern Greene School District residents gathered Monday to prepare a message: They do not want a new school building and the higher taxes that go along with the idea.


When school directors assemble for their regular meeting Wednesday, the group promised to loudly deliver that message to the board.


“I don’t care if you’re spending $100 on school taxes or $4,000. If you can’t afford these taxes, we’re all in the same boat,” said Tom Fox, who held the event – part rally, part community barbecue – outside his Greensboro home.


Many of the residents were appalled when Southeastern Greene School Board voted last month to proceed with plans to build a new school to house students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The larger building, which would replace Bobtown Elementary and Mapletown High School, is expected to cost $18 million.


School officials said a new building is needed because of the poor condition of existing schools and because renovation costs would almost equal the costs of a new building.


Fox and many of those who spoke publicly Monday argued that the solution lies not with a new building, but with a merger. The group has at least one ally on the board.



Miss Rain Day turning in crown for college textbooks


WAYNESBURG – Rachel Burack’s yearlong whirlwind reign as Miss Rain Day 2002 will come to an end Sunday.


Burack, daughter of Charles and Cyndee Burack of Greensboro, will pass the torch to one of the 15 Miss Rain Day contestants who will be competing for the title at Waynesburg Central High School’s auditorium.


It’s been quite a year for the 18-year-old Mapletown High School graduate. Not only will Burack relinquish her Miss Rain Day title, she already has parted with her Miss Riverfest crown, and in August, she will give up her Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal Queen title.


Burack, who will attend California University this fall, is the only young lady to win those three titles in the same year.


First, her name was called at the Miss Riverfest Pageant; then again at Miss Rain Day, and finally at the Coal Queen Pageant.


“I kept saying to myself, ‘this is not happening.’ Usually, I do well, but there is always someone else who wins,” she said.


Of the three pageants, Burack said Rain Day was the most personal for her. She used to live in Waynesburg and still takes dance lessons here.


And the one thing for which she is most appreciative is that the pageant gave her confidence in herself.


25 years ago July 21-27, 1988

Recent scattered rains give hope to farmers


WAYNESBURG – The recent scattered rains may have given area farmers some hope, judging by the number of cattle being sold at this week’s Pennsylvania Livestock Auction in Waynesburg.


“Runs are down, there’s not as many this week – not according to what it should be with this drought,” said Joseph Friend, who owns the auction.


“People are still holding on pretty tight, but if they don’t get rain in the next couple of weeks they’re going to have to sell.”


Friend speculated that the recent rains, however scant, might account for the farmer’s reluctance to sell just yet.


45 years ago July 21-27, 1968

Waynesburg water line construction under way


The Southwestern Pennsylvania Water Authority has initiated construction of a 12-inch water line to hook the former Waynesburg Water Company system into the Southwestern system, which draws its water from the Monongahela River.


Southwestern, which is based at Jefferson, purchased the Waynesburg water Company in December 1967. Since then it has been utilizing the Waynesburg Company’s storage facilities and treatment plant on Ten Mile Creek in West Waynesburg.


Jack Seals, Southwestern manager, said the new 12-inch line will tie into existing lines in the vicinity of the Youth Development Center near Jefferson. The line will be laid along Route 188 to Waynesburg.


Once the job is completed, he said, plans are to furnish Waynesburg with water from Southwestern’s filtration plant along the river. This will give Waynesburg fluoridated water, since Southwestern has been adding fluoride to its water for some years.


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