From the May 9, 1999 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

  • The “17-year locusts” were set to return to the area. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources offered details about the “periodical cicadas.”
  • Construction was underway for the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway’s new engine house, worth $210,000. The Railway’s president in 1999 was Larry Blake.
  • Grace Academy school in Athens announced plans to expand to including 7th and 8th grade students.
  • In advertising, the Spartan Booster Club presented “MusicFest ‘99,” with acts such as country music performer Joe Diffle, Country Remedy, Blue Jeans, J.J. Holcombe and The Kaman Wendt Band
  • Tom Hendrix of the Hocking Correctional Facility won a Correctional Officer of the Year award.
  • In sports, the Lancers won a sectional tournament baseball game, 8-7. Keith Caroll earned the win. The team’s coach was Ricky Brunty.
  • Also in sports, VFW Post #7174 in The Plains offered a $10,000 donation to a local food bank contingent on the Athens Bulldogs football team going 10-0 in 1999. Besides that bet, VFW pledged guaranteed donations per touchdown, field goal and forced turnover recorded.

From the May 8, 1949 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

  • In sports, the horse “Ponder” won the Ke
  • ntucky Derby. Ponder was the son of pervious winner “Pensive.”
  • A total of 193 students were to graduate from all Athens County high schools. The county superintendent at the time was Glen M. Hanes.
  • Also in sports, the Athens Bulldogs baseball team defeated Lancaster in a postseason baseball game, 4-3. Down a run with two men on base, Sam Henderson hit a blooper to left field and two Lancaster players collided trying to catch the ball. Both runs scored and Athens walked off with the win.
  • New books were added to the Nelsonville Public Library collection, according to a report from Messenger correspondent Ma
  • rjorie Hill.
  • In advertising, the Athens VFW requested members meet at the clubroom that Sunday for a Mother’s Day program. “Show you care — be there!”
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