Column published March 6, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"Have you seen the new nickel? It has arrived in Mexico. It is thoroughly American, the low relief designs on the two sides depicting, respectively, an American bison and an American Indian. The place of the classical figure of Liberty, with regular features and Grecian nose, which decorates the old 5-cent piece, is taken by the head of an Indian. On the opposite side appears the bison. There is no capital "V" on the new nickel. Instead, under the buffalo, appears the words "Five Cents." On the same side is the rest of the legal inscription, "United States of America" and "E Pluribus Unum.' "
50 Years Ago
"Another stretch of Interstate Route 70, in Callaway County, is included in the state highway bid call for March 29. The commission is asking for bids for 10.8 miles of grading, bridging, both single and dual lane concrete pavements, and signing, from Auxvasse Creek east to Route YY. The project includes a 37-foot continuous plate girder and I-beam bridge over Auxvasse Creek, a 198-foot continuous I-beam underpass at Routes Z and CC, a double culvert at Whetstone Creek, 206-foot continuous I-beam underpass at Route D, and a 198-foot underpass at Williamsburg Road."
25 Years Ago
"Officials of the Van-Far R-1 School District received a pleasant surprise on Thursday when they were notified that the district had been chosen to receive a $242,000 combination grant/loan for the removal of asbestos from the high school building. The award consists of a $111,712 grant and a loan of about $132,000, to be used to remove 40,000 square feet of asbestos-containing ceiling materials from 17 classrooms, five hallways, the library, the music room, the cafeteria, three storage rooms and the administrative offices."
10 Years Ago
"The Community R-6 FBLA Chapter competed in the District 7 Contests on Feb. 27. The contests were hosted by the Hannibal-LaGrange PBL Chapter. District winners are: Missy Becker, Brandon Schafer, Matt Dubbert, Ambry Schuessler, Kayle Wieberg, Rick Hollowood, Derek Stuckenschneider, Curtis Willingham, Kyle Fennewald, Kaylee Gieseker, Tiffany DeOrnellis, Jill Stuckenschneider and Karl Frank."
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