Column published May 1, 2013 in The Mexico Ledger
100 Years Ago
"Earl G. Lotts, formerly of Mason City, Iowa, who moved to Mexico recently has bought the airdome from S.C. Thompson and will conduct it in the future. Mr. Lotts is an experienced show man and will give the public the best of licensed, moving pictures. The airdome will open on Monday night with 'From the Manger to the Cross.' Mr. Lotts paid $6500 for the playhouse."
50 Years Ago
"A number of Ledgerland projects are included in the 630.3 miles of work planned for the next fiscal year on the state's farm-to-market highway system. The secondary road program will cost an estimated $26,215,000 of which $22,444,900 is for construction of 422.5 miles and $3,770,100 for right of way purchases on 207.8 miles. Three of the road sections, all short, are in Audrain."
25 Years Ago
"Melissa Kropf broke one school record, Trevia Gardner a pair of meet marks Friday as Mexico High School track girls made their first appearance in the Camdenton Relays, one they won't soon forget. The Bulldogs racked up 144 points to lead the eight-team field. Waynesville was second with 121 and West Plains third with 91. The Bulldogs captured four of the 17 events, finishing second 10 times. Gardner's winning efforts of 35 feet, 3/4 inches in the shot put and 103-2 in the discus helped Mexico dominate the field events, but it also had its share of moments on the track. Such was the case in the 3,200-meter run where Kropf found herself in a fierce duel with a West Plans runner. Although she wound up almost six seconds off the winning pace, Kropf's clocking of 12 minutes, 10.26 seconds lowered her MHS standard."
10 Years Ago
"Mexico High School seniors Oakley Burson and Kara Groves are the recipients of The Mexico Ledger's Citizenship and Courtesy awards. Burson, daughter of Wayne and Barbara Burson, is the recipient of the Citizenship Award. Groves, daughter of Kenneth and Joanne Nelson and James and Kathy Groves, is the recipient of the Courtesy Award.
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