From the Navigator & Journal-Register

1 year ago - August 14, 2019

- The Grayville Days Committee faced a setback, as they had to cancel their contract with the carnival company they were planning on using due to the fact the company wasn’t licensed in the State of Illinois and hadn’t been showing up to other contracted events, to include an Albion event. In lieu of the carnival, the Grayville Days Committee proposed using inflatables, but needed assistance from the City of Grayville to help offset the cost, and were granted $7,500.

- The Edwards County Community Unit School District #1 Board of Education Superintendent David Cowger informed the Board of Education about the process made on returning vocational classes back into the school, to include the automotive class at their August 2019 goal-setting meeting.

- On Aug. 12, 2019, the Edwards County Emergency Medical Services Board met and expressed their frustrations after the County Board of Commissioners voted  on Aug. 5 2019 to pursue an agreement with Wabash General Hospital.

From the Navigator & Journal-Register

5 years ago - August 12, 2015

- It was reported that the 2015 Pork Days event was expanded to three days, and questions about changes that needed to be made were discussed at the August 2015 Edwards County Board of Commissioners meeting. Specifically, how the courthouse lawn ended up torn up each year.

- The City Attorney for Grayville, Jay Walden announced at the Aug. 10, 2015 Grayville City Council meeting he was in the process of drafting an amendment redesign what constituted a ‘structure’ after a recent meeting with the City’s zoning board. He said, “if you’re adding something, plan on getting a building permit.”

- The West Salem Chowder took place on Aug. 15, 2015 and featured a ‘Hometown Proud’ themed parade, ‘Cutest Child’ contest and chowder.

From the Navigator & Journal-Register

10 years ago - August 11, 2010

- Don Woods, who had served on the County Fair Board for over 40 years, tendered his resignation to the Edwards County Commissioners on Aug. 10, 2010.

- Doug Anderson, the Farm Bureau Manager for both Wayne and White Counties, re-certified to continue his designation of Farm Bureau Certified Manager in August 2010.

- It was reported that the Edwards County High School Future Business Leaders of America attended and competed at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. during July 2010.

From the Albion Journal-Register

25 years ago - August 9, 1995

- Edwards County 4-H Ambassadors, Seth Fearn, Amy Peach, Abby Ibbotson, Nancy Rector and Amanda Speir, who assisted with the “Help Me Grow” campaign spearheaded by then Governor Jim Edgar’s wife, Brenda Edgar, were invited to the Governor’s Executive Mansion in Springfield for a ‘thank you’ reception on Aug. 18, 1995.

- By a 4-1 vote, the Albion City Council adopted a water rate increase for the first time in 16 years on Aug. 7, 1995. This equated to an approximate 36 percent hike.

- The fence at the Old Albion Cemetery was deemed too cost prohibitive to replace by the Albion City Council during their August 1995 regular meeting. The replacement had a $45,000 price tag.

From the Albion Journal-Register

50 years ago - August 12, 1970

- O.R. Evans paid record price of $410 for his grandson’s (Philip Green) Grand Champion market barrow at the 1970 4-H livestock sale. It was the highest price in the 11 year history of the event.

- At around 12 noon on Aug. 7, 1970, then-Sheriff Francis Curtis received a call about an “armed burglary” at Albion City Hall while he was escorting tractors to the pulling contest after being weighed. Upon investigation, it was burglary, as $55 was taken from a cash drop box just inside rear door.

- Edwards County were on are TV channel 14 at 6:55 a.m. Aug. 17-22, 1970. Special guests were Richard Metcalfe, Albion Ruritan President and Jake Larch, the Swine Day chairman. Pictures were televised of Swine Day activities and the 4-H Fair. Sergeant Ben Jo Behler from State Highway Safety also discussed problems facing police officers in “today’s” society.

From the Albion Journal-Register

75 years ago - August 9, 1945

- W.A. Morgan, one of the oldest native residents of Bone Gap, and generally known as the “father of Bone Gap” passed away on Aug. 4, 1945 at the age of 87 years, 5 months and 13 days.

- The members of there Albion Woman’s Club had as their special guest at the August 1945 meeting, the Chairman of the 24th District Federation, Mrs. Robert Brown of Carmi.

- It was reported that “vacant lots in town have grown up in weeds, until passersby complain that they get chiggers on their pedal extremity from walking by. Several owners of vacant lots have mowed their weeds. But not all.”

From the Grayville Mercury-Independent 

100 years ago - August 12, 1920

- It was reported that a needed rain fell on Saturday afternoon (Aug. 7, 1920) which “all were glad to see.” It was hoped that the farmers would have a chance to plow for wheat.

- The Grayville Mercury-Independent presses were reported as operating with a new electric motor, which had been installed around Aug. 9, 1920. It was hoped this power would prove more convenient and efficient the the gasoline power which had been used in the past.

- A White County tree, located in Norris City, was added to the Hall of Fame for Trees, as announced by there American Forestry Association of Washington D.C. The ‘vaulting pole’ cottonwood was nominated by J.J. Risen of Norris City. It was 105 years old, and started as a handspike of cottonwood that was vaulted in a contest back in the spring of 1815. The tree had a 30-foot circumference and was 175-foot tall with a very large hollow in the base which had been used as a housing for setting hens, a kennel for dogs and a playhouse for children.