Mayor J.B. Fisher dealt a killing blow to the Wiedemann Brewing Co. of Newport when he refused to issue a license for the sale of beer in this city. The company already had rented the vacant storeroom of Malcom Weisiger on Fourth Street.
Professor W.C. Grinstead, principal of the public school, will conduct two county institutes. The will be in Glasgow and Campbellsville. He also will assist in a joint institute of Boyle and Garrard counties.
75 years ago - 1929
Fire destroyed the Torch Light Printing Co. on Walnut Street and gutted the black Odd Fellow's Hall that adjoined it. The fire threatened the Woods Motor Co., Danville Bakery and Gilcher Hotel. It was brought under control an hour after it started. Firefighter Burgin Sallee was injured slightly when a hose struck him in the chest. Grocer H.E. Roy, located on the ground floor of the Odd Fellows Hall, probably was the heaviest loser, as $3,500 in stock was destroyed.
An observance of international "Zero Hour" drew 109 members of the Danville Kiwanis Club and their dates to Crab Orchard Springs Hotel. After dinner and a program, a dance was held and bridge was played. The local club was joined by members of clubs in Mount Vernon and Somerset. The Mount Vernon club had charge of the music and Mr. Miller led the group in singing. The Mount Vernon "Krazy Kat" string quartet played several enjoyable numbers. The meeting was held to prepare for the Kentucky-Tennessee District Convention of the Kiwanis.
Music as well as drama and educational features will play a big part in the seven-day program of the Redpath Chautauqua. The event will be held in a tent on the Centre College campus. Lorna Doone Jackson, famed prima donna dramatic soprano, will give a varied program, including numbers from the opera "Carmen." On two other days, the Filipino collegians and Edna White and Her Trumpeters of Boston will appear.
50 years ago - 1954
Between 300 and 400 people were on hand to greet 45 people at the Danville Airport as part of a special air tour planned for Danville by the Aero Club of Louisville. The event was postponed from April because of weather. Boyle County Judge Samuel R. Cheek Jr. of Danville welcomed the visitors. Mayor W. Terry Griffin received a key to the city of Louisville.
Ed Lawrence of Danville wrote "Clover Passage," the story of the time of his life with Alaska as the background. The son of Dr. and Mrs. V.W. Lawrence of Lexington Avenue, he wrote about his experiences while fishing in a small, seagoing boat in Alaskan waters. It is said that he helped bring a much-maligned region into a more favorable light, having seen Alaska as a "green, seductive and hauntingly beautiful land." Lawrence, who spent 14 months working at the leading newspaper in Alaska, was a member of The Advocate-Messenger staff for several months. He moved to a cabin on the Kentucky River two years ago to write the book.
Eighteen men and women completed a week-long intensive training course for playground directors, with Superintendent Robert Haux of the Danville-Boyle County Recreation Department in charge. The group includes: Bill Blount, assistant to the superintendent; Sue Eberts, Maple Avenue; Wilma Huston, Junction City; Peggy Shackleford, Parksville; Don Harkins, Perryville; Dolores Revely, Bate-Wood; Bobby Dixon, Caldwell Manor; Doris Tewmey, Jennie Rogers; Mary Robinson, North End (Green Acres).
More than 100 Danville bicycle riders wheeled down Main Street and across the side streets in the bike safety parade. Arthur Logue of Junction City was the winner of the best-decorated bicycle award and received a three-speed English lightweight bike. Other winners were Billy Harlem, Darrell Terry, Norman Smith and Bobby Stigall, all of Danville.
25 years ago - 1979