Column published April 17, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"The second invitational track and field meet of the McMillan High School will be held April 26th. Invitations have been sent out to twenty-seven first-class high schools and it is expected a large number of athletes will be here for the meet. The annual class meet of the high school will be held Monday afternoon."
50 Years Ago
"A long range plan for upgrading secondary highways, including $3,963,000 in Audrain County work, has been approved by the Missouri State Highway Commission. The commission says that 176 miles out of Audrain's 245 miles of secondary (farm-to-market) highways are substandard and that eight bridges are inadequate for modern day traffic, and it will take a number of years to improve them all. In Monroe County, the program calls for $4,384,000 of work, and $1,574,000 in Montgomery County."
25 Years Ago
"In a special meeting Saturday morning, Mexico's Board of Education unanimously selected George K.Baum & Co. of Kansas City to provide financing for a $5 million bond issue/tax levy increase to be placed before the voters in June. If approved, the levy increase will be used to finance expansion of the district's three elementary schools and renovation of the existing high school building. The bond issue would finance construction of a high school gymnasium/fine arts complex."
10 Years Ago
"Population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau for 2002 show Audrain County to be declining slightly in population. The estimates, which cover the period between the April 1, 2000 census and July 1, 2002, reveal a loss of .8 percent or 214 of Audrain's 25,853 people. The figure is a reversal of Audrain County's slight growth in the 1990s. From 1990 to 2000, the population grew from 23,599 to 25,853. The Census estimates Audrain County's 2002 population to be 25,639. The 2002 figures drop Audrain from 40th in the state in population to 41st, right behind Warren County."
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