Column published September 24, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"There is no call for any personalities in the library proposition. The people have voted to maintain a free library and the members of the Council as representatives of the people, will do their best to carry out their wishes."
50 Years Ago
"Ray Hagan, operator of the Air Park Motel here, was elected vice president (president-elect) of the National Highway 54 Association at its convention in Camdenton Saturday. He was also chosen secretary-treasurer of the Missouri section. Mr. Hagan and B. Turner Williams, a former president of the national 54 organization, attended the meeting from Mexico. Five states were represented at the meeting."
25 Years Ago
"The 1987 Soybean Festival begins Friday, and sponsors are predicting that this year's event will be bigger and better than ever. Festival Chairman Larry Bedford said he is expecting about 5,000 people to visit Mexico for the two-day event, sponsored by the Mexico Jaycees. Scheduled highlights include the traditional Saturday morning parade, the Little Miss Audrain County contest, and a brick-skidding contest sponsored by National Refractories. Established in 1961 as the Soybean and Livestock Festival, the event was held annually until 1965, then discontinued when the Chamber of Commerce withdrew its sponsorhship. The Jaycees revived the tradition in 1980, restoring it as an annual event."
10 Years Ago
"Attendance and the number of full time students have increased this fall at Mexico's Advanced Technology Center. The ATC, a combined technical and junior college opened in 1999, has seen attendance rise every year since its inception. This semester the ATC has 457 students enrolled in college credit courses, 242 of them from Mexico. In addition, 4,571 credit hours are being taken this semester, an increase of 35 percent from last fall.

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