60 Years Ago (1959)
The first part of the renovation project of the Ashland schoolhouse was completed in time so that school was able to reopen Monday, Jan. 12, as planned. An Aug. 5 windstorm and six-inch rainfall tore away some 5,360 square feet of the school roof, and soaked 26 major classrooms and 13 minor rooms, which included hallways and restrooms. Cleanup of the water alone took about 200 man-hours of work. A new roof over the damaged area was installed, the entire electrical system was inspected and renovated and all electrical appliances and motors, typewriters, sewing machines, business machines and students’ desks were renovated.
A record-breaking 60 degrees Tuesday afternoon showed that the “January thaw” had come to this area after a moderate week of winter. No precipitation has come since the first day of the year.
50 Years Ago (1969)
Four high schools – Ashland, Wahoo, Fremont Bergan and Blair – participated in an invitational wrestling tournament Saturday in Blair. Ashland’s Scott McClatchey, 127 pounds, and Rick Lutz, 154 pounds, came home champions in their respective weight classes.
The Hanson Brothers of Ashland and Frank Stander of rural Greenwood have been entered in the 1968 DeKalb Masters Club, the company has announced. The Hanson Brothers yielded 6.946.1 pounds of sorghum per acre. The Stander family had a verified yield of 5,798.98 pounds of sorghum per acre.
40 Years Ago (1979)
Elner Stroh, newly elected member of the board of education, and Del Starns and Reginald Yates, re-elected members, were sworn into four-year terms Monday night by Dr. Gary Amen at the January school board meeting at the superintendent’s office. Stroh was elected board president for the ensuing year, with Yates as vice president and Helen Greene as secretary. New contracts for teachers joining the staff with the start of the second semester were approved. Don Headless will teach seventh grade mathematics and Steve Reeves will teach seventh and eighth grade social studies and be assistant boys’ basketball coach.
30 Years Ago (1989)
The Chamber of Commerce opened its first central office on Friday. The office is located in the City Offices Building. In other chamber news, it was announced that Gov. Kay Orr will speak in Ashland at the chamber’s annual dinner Feb. 1. The chamber also recently elected new officers. The new officers are: Matthew Anderson, president; Joe Beer, first vice president; Kent Rung, second vice president; Joan Nellson, secretary/treasurer. New board members for the chamber are Jean Davis, Maureen Williams and John Bateman.
Local businessman Gay Boan has acquired another interest in town. Country Market, formerly known as Kookie’s Kwiki, was opened under the new name this weekend.
20 Years Ago (1999)
Ashland City Administrator Chris Anderson gave members of the Ashland City Council a rundown on how the computer phenomenon, Y2K, could affect the community, at the council’s regular meeting. The computer glitch could possibly affect many municipal functions, such as payroll and billing, as well as police, fire, rescue and dispatch services. Anderson said he was not making any recommendations at this time, but said that he wanted the council to be aware of the situation, and to begin to look into what they may wish to do.
A group of about 10 Ashland-area youth attended a meeting and participated in an open discussion with members of the CLEAN-UP (Community Looking to End Alcohol and Narcotics Use Permanently) group about what possible directions and projects the group might undertake during the coming year to help combat drug and alcohol use in Ashland. The youth were all enrolled in a Southeast Community College class taught by Bette Starns who will be focusing on problem-solving skills in three areas: teenage pregnancy, alcohol and close-mindedness. Starns said that the students would be formulating possible solutions to the problems, and would be sharing their reports with the school board, city council and planning commission.
10 Years Ago (2009)
The Ashland-Greenwood wrestling team defeated Elkhorn Mount Michael 51-17 in a dual last Tuesday and then lost a 60-15 dual to Arlington. Ashland-Greenwood hosted an eight-team invitational on Friday in which the Bluejays placed third with three medalists.
The Ashland-Greenwood girls’ basketball team opened a 10-point lead after one quarter in a 54-36 win over Elmwood-Murdock Thursday night and then outscored Fort Calhoun by 15 points in the first period of Saturday’s 74-34 Capitol Conference victory.
The boys’ basketball team allowed Elmwood-Murdock to rally for a 45-40 win on Thursday and could not recover from a 29-point deficit two nights later in a 69-66 loss to Fort Calhoun. Ashland-Greenwood slipped to 2-7 on the season, with six of those losses coming by a total of 27 points.