Turning Back the Clock 3-24-11

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15 Years Ago

March 21, 1996
With two weeks left in the general session, hope for positive changes in Kentucky’s health care reform law look dim. After three months of tinkering with health care relief proposals, the resulting bill, SB 343, was the combination of the governor’s proposal and other legislation formed by members of the committee. The committee bill gutted all major reform efforts of the governor’s proposal.

Maja Kajan is one of a group of Bosnian students who came to Northern Kentucky as part of Project Shelter. Maja Kajan still stifles back tears when talking about the time her father spent six months in prison, all because he was a Muslim. The Amands of Williamstown are trying to help Kajan recapture the fun of being a teenager.

25 Years Ago

March 20, 1986

Efforts to encourage the formation of county-wide recreation and park commission are being spearheaded by the Grant County YMCA. The ultimate decision to form such a commission rests with the Grant County Fiscal Court. According to the YMCA director, Rick Foltz, the need for varied recreational programs simply exceeds the capabilities of the YMCA.

Hundreds of Kentucky women have worked on the Kentucky Flowerbasket Quilt and now Grant Countians have a chance to put in a stitch or two. The quilt, 31 foot square, is on a giant quilting frame in the community room of the library. The quilt was conceived as an artistic tribute to Kentucky women and is on a statewide tour. Natalie Lahner is in charge of the project for Grant County.

50 Years Ago

March 17, 1961

Fire of unknown origin destroyed an eight-room section of Mason Elementary. Supt. Marion Gardner said it was impossible to estimate the loss. All schools in the county were closed for the state basketball tournament. Gardner said a state fire marshal made a thorough investigation and his report indicated that the fire started between the beneath the seventh grade room and the floor. There was no evidence of arson.

President Kennedy’s first legislative opposition has been organized by his own  Roman Catholic Church. There are many members of the Catholic faith who agree that tax money cannot be used to aid parochial or private schools. This is not the position of the leaders of the Catholic Church. The argument is that a loan to a school is not federal aid to the school, but the loan would bear a low interest rate.