H.E. Woolfolk, who has been superintendent of the Danville City Water Works for a year, has gotten all his accounts ready for an audit. He has a great record during his year on the job. The streets are in the best condition ever. He has repaired almost all the meters in town. Hubert McGoodwin, superintendent elect, will take over next week.
E.W. Lillard, a local druggist, is on trial for refusing to keep an accurate register of every sale of liquor made by him and his clerks. His defense is that there is no local option law in effect at this time. The case is attracting a lot of attention because if his plea is upheld, local option, which has been in effect for 25 years, will be a dead letter and Boyle would assume the attitude of a whisky county.
75 years ago - 1929
The manual arts department at Danville High School will give an exhibition of some of the projects the boys have made. Projects include toys, cabinets, furniture weaving, wood turning and upholstery. The drawing classes also will have exhibits. Last year's exhibit created quite a stir and it should be more exciting this year because the high school has installed a wood lathe. The machine enables the boys to make table lamps, bridge lamps and candlesticks.
The two graded schools of Danville will observe May Day as play day. All the grades will assemble at Centre College. Miss Keep, the physical director of Kentucky College for Women, will be in charge. Mothers of the children are invited to attend. Everyone will bring lunch and eat at the college. Blue ribbons will be given in the afternoon.
A fire threatened to destroy the historic town of Perryville. The Danville Fire Department kept the blaze confined to the Southern Star Roller Mills where about $15,000 in damage was done. The grain elevator at the mill and about 2,500 bushels of wheat in it were destroyed. Charles Coyle, owner, had a small amount of insurance. Edgar Rupley's residence and other adjoining buildings were threatened. Water was pumped from the Chaplin River. The Danville engine pumped for four hours.
Plans for a beauty pageant at Stout's dance pavilion and theater have been completed. The winner will be crowned "Miss Danville." Expenses will be paid for her and a chaperone to go to Louisville to compete in the state contest. Miss Kentucky will go to Galveston, Texas, in June to compete in the International Pageant of Pulchritude. The Danville winner will receive several handsome awards and a silver loving cup.
50 years ago - 1954
The Harrodsburg plant of Corning Glass Works announced the successful casting and assembly of the heaviest glass windows in the world. The window will be used to protect atomic plant employees working on experiments in a program to develop an atomic-powered airplane. The windows will go to the National Reactor Testing Station west of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Danville's Sixth Street area recreation grounds will be put to use this year. Bob Haux, recreation director, said that a new road to the playground area should allow the department to go ahead with plans to build a softball field. The road will be 16 feet wide and will extend High Street from Sixth Street.
The King Brothers Circus, the second largest on the road, held a parade down Main Street. A truck and a band led the way. The parade ended at Martin Show Grounds on South Fourth Street. The show offers a chance to see several animals, including the elephants that appeared in the parade.
Boyle County's campaign for Centre College's new music and art building has raised $32,500 toward its $40,000 goal. Steve Thurman, Kentucky Utilities executive, is chairman of the campaign and oversees 16 solicitation teams. The building will cost about $180,000. Local funds will supplement a $40,000 gift by the late Emma Weisiger.
25 years ago - 1979