August 4, 1891
Sidney is getting into the country at such a rate that some mode of rapid transit cannot be ignored much longer. The street commissioner has made a mile and a third of new streets in the western suburbs, and did it without drawing on the street fund of the corporation. Wilkinson, Highland, Foraker and Oak Avenues and North and Park Streets have been extended and graded, and it is a trip big enough for a city to travel them from the business center. Things are looking up in the Valley City.
August 4, 1916
It’s a test run for the fire department at 5:30 this morning, Safety Director Kenney reported the firemen made one of the quickest runs in history. Kenney said it took just 92 seconds from the time the alarm was turned in from Box 12 on South Ohio Avenue, until the firemen were on the scene.
August 4, 1941
City council at its special session last evening approved an ordinance restricting parking on certain streets near the Monarch Machine Tool Co. to three hours. The action was taken as an emergency measure due to the inconvenience in parking caused in that section of the city.
August 4, 1966
The 1966 Shelby County Fair was about to go into the record books today as “the best ever” – with possible exception of the Centennial event. Secretary William Stewart could not conceal his elation over the way in which the weather, the public and workers had cooperated. “Those skeptics who sometimes think the days of the county fair are numbered should have seen this one,” Stewart said.
August 4, 1991
WASHINGTON (AP) – Women aviators in the Air Force and Navy scored a major legislative victory in their battle to fly combat missions, but they still have hurdles to overcome before they take to the skies. The Senate voted 69-30 Wednesday to join the House in repealing a 1948 law that barred women from the two services from flying in combat. Both chambers said the military services should have the power to decide if and when women pilots fly. The Army is not covered by that law but has its own regulations preventing women from flying in combat.
ANNA – Anna United Methodist Church has kicked off a fund-raising campaign toward construction of an addition to the church to be ready by 1993. “His Education Building (HEB),” as the structure is called, would be built on vacant land immediately south of the present church at 201 W. North St., said the Rev. Dennis Baker, church pastor.
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