Immediately after the close of the current show at the Danville Opera House, John B. Stout will begin remodeling the house for the coming season, when he expects to have a large number of very high class attractions. Among improvements to be made will be the installation of an individual apparatus for fire protection, and one of the latest and most effective asbestos curtains.
75 YEARS AGO - 1933
Two men from Mitchellsburg were caught passing counterfeit quarters and are being held in the Boyle County jail under $5,000 bonds each. They will be held to the federal grand jury in Richmond. The men were "mugged" by the United States officials and were returned to the jail after being severely grilled. Officers are continuing their investigation.
Under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's National Recover Act plan, Danville employers have certain hiring rules to follow. Local postmaster Ben Herndon was busy distributing to Danville business firms and employers copies of the presidents Re-employment Agreement and are to be signed by persons who employ more than two people. Rules of employment include: Minors 14 to 16 years old can only work three hours daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; general, office and sales clerks, 40 hours per week with a minimum of $14 per week; factory and mechanical workers, 35 hours per week and not more than 40 hours from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31 with a minimum of 40 cents per hour; exempted classes include managers, executives professionals earning more than $35 per week. Weekly compensation exceeding minimum are not to be reduced on account of less hours, but pay is to be increased to meet the minimum wherever now lower.
More than 100 Danville residents are expected to take part in the local Chamber of Commerce Booster trip to the Mercer County Fair. The delegation will leave at 2 p.m. and travel in cars as a group to the fair. Anyone wanting to go to the fair is asked to be at the courthouse on time.
50 YEARS AGO - 1958
Close to a dozen local housewives have found persons to help with jobs around their homes and yards and as many local residents have gained employment through the free service offered by the local Employment Service office located on East Broadway, according to employment interviewer Odel Tumey. Since more people are still signed up as prospective household help to do yard work, window washing, ironing and all other types of casual labor around the home, it is urged that local women who need such help call Mrs. Tumey at 2786.
The North Third Street Sewer Project is underway and the new lines will serve North Third Street from about the old city limits line to the new city limits line right past Old Shakertown Road. Most of the cost of the project will be paid by the City of Danville, but some costs will be assessed against property owners and some complications have arisen. A suit is now pending to determine the fair and equitable method for levying these assessments.
An estimated 50-mile-per-hour windstorm and nearly an inch of rain hit Boyle County and caused some damage and power outages, as well as knocking out phone service. With the coming of the storm, a decrease in temperature was also felt. During the heat of the day, the temperature was 91 degrees and dropped to 67 degrees that evening.
25 YEARS AGO - 1983
Acclaimed country pop singer Sylvia is scheduled to perform at this year's Pioneer Days in Harrodsburg. Recognized by the Country Music Association as the top female vocalist of the year last year, Sylvia will perform at the Mercer County grandstands and arrangements are being made to use the Mercer County High School gym for the concert in case it rains. She is best known for her hit song, "Nobody."
Veteran umpire Norman Bartleson, who had worked regularly for 12 years calling softball league games, decided to give it up following last season and he is being missed. When he was asked why he stopped umpiring, Bartleson said, "I mainly wanted to be able to devote more time to my church wok and church activities. I also thought our family needed to be together more in places other than the ballpark." Bartleson said, "When you're involved daily with people the way I was over the past 12 years, they get to be like family. Any time you get this close to people you have to miss being around them."
The Harrodsburg City Commission has approved a nearly $1.7 million budget. The city entered the new fiscal year, which began July 1, with an estimated balance of $8,200 in the general fund. In adopting an ordinance approving the budget, Mayor Charles Carr said the 1983-84 general fund budget is basically the same as last year. The city estimates it will receive revenues totaling $1,675,300.