Column published March 29, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger

100 Years Ago
"If plans which are now underway, materialize, Mexico will be on the great projected National Highway, which stretches clear across the continent. As now proposed the highway would drop into Illinois to the southern part of the State and enter Missouri at St. Louis and then swing across the State over the old Boone's Lick road to Kansas City."
50 Years Ago
"The style show titled Cuttin' 'N Struttin,' for Audrain County Homemakers, drew a crowd of 450 at the Mexico High School auditorium yesterday afternoon. The event was sponsored by the Home Economics Extension Council and all garments were made and modeled by 69 club members or members of their families. As one of the special interest meetings held for club women this year, the program opened with Mrs. Louis Smithey, presiding. Spring hats were modeled and narrated by Frances Horton. During the afternoon, music was provided by Mrs. John Conner. Attendance prizes were given to three women: Mrs. Wilbur Stuart of Rush Hill Boosters Extension Club won the Hat donated by Horton's Hat Shop, and Mrs. C.T. Lierheimer of Town & Country Extension Club and Mrs. V.E. Newbrough of the Carter Farmerettes Extension Club each won a dress length donated by Lucille's Fabric Shop.The planning committee that planned the afternoon included Mrs. E.L. Northcutt, chairman; Mrs. Harold Maxwell, Mrs. Harold Barnes, Mrs. Frank Kropf, Mrs. Wayne Shellabarger, Mrs. Ray Graue, and Mrs. James Boyd. Lucille's Fabric Shop furnished fabrics for display, and also co-operating with the committee on some of the furnishings was Fredendall's."
25 Years Ago
"Officials of Brookstone Co., a national retailer headquartered in Peterborough, N.H., today announced plans to move their catalog sales distribution center to a 16.9-acre site in Mexico's Industrial Park. The new facility is expected to generate 135 new jobs within the first year of operation. Construction already has begun on a 100,000-square-foot facility to house the Brookstone operation, officials announced at a presss conference. Total investment in the project will approach $9.5 million. In Mexico today for the announcement were Gov. John Ashcroft; Brookstone President Douglas Anderson; Frank O'Keefe, vice president of operations; Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Carl Koupal; representatives of U.S. sens. Christopher Bond and John Danforth and state Sen. Norman Merrell; and developer Charles Silvers, whose Silverline Industries began construction of the facility last week. The facility will be owned by Silverline and leased to Brookstone. The city received notification last week that it had been awarded a $500,000 state grant to extend streets, water lines and sewer lines to the site on Lakeview Road. After receiving news of the award, acting City Manager Tom Herron went to Brookstone's headquarters in New Hampshire to finalize plans for the new facility. Construction is due to be completed this July, which will allow Brookstone to begin operations in time for distribution of products purchased for the Christmas season."
10 Years Ago
"An agreement signed on Friday between Hannibal-LaGrange College and Linn State Technical College will bring a new adult education program to the Advanced Technology Center in Mexico next year. 'This is a unique opportunity for this area and we're pleased to have it,' said Randy Etters, executive director of the ATC. The ADVANCE Program, sponsored by Hannibal-LaGrange College, 'gives the opportunity for those with technical training or an associate's degree new options to get a bachelor's degree,' said Marc Hurt, director of ADVANCE. ADVANCE is geared toward adults who work full-time. Classes meet one night a week, one class at a time, over an 18-month period. Students enrolled in ADVANCE will have the opportunity to seek either a bachelor of science or bachelor of applied science degree. 'This is great for people who are stuck out there. There are people who need a bachelor's degree to advance in their career, but they can't afford to quit their job or go to more school. That's where our program comes in,' said Hurt. Classes will be held in a seminar and workshop style. Hurt said that the emphasis would be on practical and applied learning. As part of the agreement with Linn State, two programs that the ATC offer, Integrated Manufacturing Technology and Laser/Photonics Technology will be fully accepted as credit by HLG toward a bachelor's degree. Up to 76 hours of credit will be accepted by HLG.
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