2/14/2013 12:14:00 PM Pages of time from The Othello Outlook, Feb. 7
Ten years ago Feb. 6, 2003 This year, the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce was faced with a dilemma. The nominations came in for citizen of the year and the committee couldn't decide which person was more deserving of the annual award. Their solution - declare it a tie and give honor to both Terry Thompson and Kevin Byington at the annual awards banquet. Thompson, who said he was "dumbfounded" when he found out he won, is more than willing to share that honor with Byington. "Kevin is a good man," Thompson said. "There are many people who are deserving, so it's neat they gave it to two citizens." ***** The Othello High School basketball team needed to make a statement after losing its first CWAC South division game at Kiona-Benton Jan. 24. Consider the message delivered. The Huskies overcame arch rival Connell 60-49 at home Friday and blasted Toppenish 74-56 on the road Saturday to pull into second place behind Kiona-Benton through the first round of division play. ***** Othello High School softball coach Rudy Ochoa was named fast-pitch coach of 2002 by the Washington Softball Coaches Association. The award was presented to him at a ceremony over the weekend at Seatac. Ochoa piloted the Huskies to the 2A state championships in 2002. The Huskies also won the state championship in 1999. Ochoa led the team to the state tournament every season of his seven-year career.
Twenty years ago Feb. 3, 1993 Bill Briggs, a longtime Othello resident, participated in his first full Othello Hospital Board meeting after being unanimously elected to the board last Thursday night. Briggs was almost immediately appointed by 1993 chairman Wendall Kruger to the finance committee. The board and committee vacancy had been left last fall when Trevert Shelley resigned, announcing he had accepted a bank job in Nevada. ***** The city council must get cracking on a Well No. 4 repair decision since the state Department of Ecology's patience is wearing thin, city administrator Ken Bays warned Monday. The council will be researching its well repair options and, Monday, asked a local farmer to do more research regarding costs of linking up the city's water system or drilling a well to state requirements for a proposed subdivision south of town. ***** Reviewing the most recent testing results, Othello School Board members directed last Tuesday that the district explore the necessity of conducting national standardized tests in grades other than four, eight and 11. The responsibility was given to curriculum director Steven Muzik, who presented the apparently dropping scores. He also had to learn whether funding for any federal or state programs is tied to giving the standardized tests in the so-called "non-level" grades.
Thirty years ago Feb. 3, 1983 Judy Hawley, the City of Othello's clerk since 1974, this week announced her resignation, effective March 1. Hawley will be in charge of grain brokerage and bookkeeping at B&H Ag Chemical, the business partly owned by her husband Bud Hawley. Deputy clerk Phyllis Hewson will step in as acting clerk when Hawley leaves next month and the council will appoint a new clerk after applications are received.
Forty years ago Feb. 8, 1973 With March 20 selected as the date for a special levy election during a special session last week, Othello School Board directors are expected to make a decision on a levy amount when they meet during their regular session next Tuesday. Superintendent Tom Lyda said the levy amount will be on the agenda for the board meeting.
Fifty years ago Feb. 7, 1963 Othello youngsters expressed their delight at Othello's first snow storm of the winter last weekend by racing with their sleds after school to the hill on East Hemlock. The Othello Lions Club had announced earlier in the year that all kids would have an opportunity for safe sleighing in the event it snowed. True to their word, they worked with the Othello Police Department to block off the hilly section on Hemlock.
Sixty years ago Feb. 6, 1953 The annual Boy Scouts fund drive will get off to a flying start next week under the leadership of drive chairman Jim Martin. Martin, who is manager of Othello Furniture, will call his fund drive captains together for an early morning breakfast at the Presbyterian Church to officially kick off the drive for operations funds.