Column published September 13, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"Those who are finding so much fault with the increase in the insurance rates should not criticize the local agents. As a matter of fact, the local agents had nothing to do with the change in the rate, and the amount of money they receive as commission is very little more than it was under the old rate. ... The farmers in southeastern Audrain are making a move to gravel the roads. ... Vandalia merchants have raised sufficient money to erect a White Way on their main street. Vandalia is always progressive."
50 Years Ago
"So many changes have come to pass since the public library here was built in 1913 that the Mexico-Audrain County Library is in need of an addition to its facilities, Curt Bohling, librarian, told the Rotary Club today. Bohling estimates within 20 years the library will need another 15,000 square feet and today mentioned the need for a street level entrance. Expansion of the facilities has been endorsed for the past several years by the Chamber of Commerce, he pointed out."
25 Years Ago
"Down to their last strike, the St. Louis Cardinals struck back for their biggest victory of the season and changed the momentum in the National League East. Held to just a bunt single for 8 2/3 innings, the visiting Cardinals scored three times with two outs in the ninth to tie it and then got two runs in the 10th Friday night to beat the New York Mets 6-4. Terry Pendleton's two-run homer capped the ninth-inning rally and stunned the sellout crowd of 51,795. Then Tom Herr singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th."
10 Years Ago
"Driving to success in drag racing, a sport dominated by adult men, proved no problem Sept. 7 for Mexico High School sophomore Jessica Bell, who took second place in the Pro Comp division at Kansas City's Thundervalley Nationals. Bell, 15, started her automotive exploits on a four-wheeler around age 8 and with the help of family and friends is now driving a 615-cubic inch big block Chevrolet, producing more than 1,000 horsepower using alcohol as fuel. Busy almost every weekend around Missouri and even in neighboring states during the racing season, Bell covers 100 yards in less than 3.5 seconds at speeds nearing 100 mph. The Thundervalley Nationals represented her biggest success story yet."
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