1994: School bus shortage in 'crisis stage'
100 years ago
September 18, 1919
A meeting of all citizens in the county who are interested in the matter of a cooperative highway system providing truck highways that will be within easy reach of every community in the county is being called by Judge Wallace for Sept. 26. The meeting will be held in the circuit court rooms in the courthouse, and is for the purpose of hearing from every part of the county, and a general discussion of the needs of all the communities over a period of from three to five years.
Last Saturday evening, six carloads of cattle were shipped to the Portland market from Prineville. The shippers were George Dickson of Prineville, two cars; Isaac Blann of Mitchell, one car; Jim Cram of Roberts, two cars; George Russell, of Prineville, one car. They all expressed themselves as well pleased with the trail this way and also with the yard and loading facilities at this point.
75 years ago
September 14, 1944
Members of Oregon's highway commission and administrative officers of the state highway department stopped in Prineville Monday evening during an inspection tour of Central and Eastern Oregon highways. During their brief stay they were guests of the Prineville-Crook county Chamber of Commerce Highway Committee at an informal reception at the Ochoco Inn.
Miss Helen Louise Farrant of Prineville has been awarded a four-year scholarship at Linfield College in McMinnville, she has been notified by Harry L. Dillin, president of the college. The award was based on her outstanding high school record. The four-year award has a value of $400.
Organization of a beginners band, with instruction each school day from 4 to 4:30 pm., was announced this week by Principal Norton of Crook County High School, director of the school band. It is open to both high school and elementary school pupils, as is the advanced band of 60 pieces, and students will move from the beginners to the advanced as soon as they have progressed far enough to play with that group.
50 years ago
September 18, 1969
New associates of Bodie, Minturn, and Glantz Lawfirm of Prineville is James C. VanVoorhees, West Caldwell, N.J. VanVoorhees attended undergraduate school at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. He studied law and was awarded his Doctor of Jurisprudence at Willamette University in Salem. Having moved to Central Oregon because he liked the area and the people, VanVoorhees hopes to make Prineville his permanent home.
Prineville-Madras Community Concert Association will hold its annual one-week membership drive Monday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 27. Volunteer workers in the two communities will be calling on all present members to renew their memberships and are also inviting many other friends to join for the first time.
Voters approval of a $700,000 bond issue will assure taxpayers of more than $1.2 million in state building funds, according to Central Oregon Community College president Dr. Fredrick Boyle. COCC district voters will consider the bond issue on Nov. 19. If approved, it will be used to finance construction of a vocational-technical education building and a physical education building on the COCC campus.
25 years ago
September 15, 1994
The Crook County Court decided this past Wednesday to ask voters this November to increase the county's tax base, and if voters pass the measure, the law and library levies voters passed earlier this year would be scrapped. The new tax base would save the county money, said Crook County Sheriff Rodd Clark, because with the new tax base, the county would not have to spend money on holding levy elections in the coming years after the library and law levies are completed.
The Crook County Court, on a two to one vote, decided not to appoint the county planning department as the collector of the Crook County Parks and Recreation District's system development charges for new home construction. No public discussion regarding the issue was allowed prior to the voting procedure. Crook County Parks and Recreation District Director Gary Ward would not officially comment on the court's decision but indicated he was not at all pleased with the court's decision.
The Crook County School District is in a "crisis stage" over a shortage of bus drivers, according to Gil Stewart, business manager. If substitute bus drivers aren't soon found for regular morning and afternoon school bus runs, some high school athletic teams likely will be drive to away games in chartered buses at a cost of about $400 or more, depending on the trip.
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