From the June 27, 1999 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

  • The cause of the Golden Inn Motel’s fire was still undetermined. The motel was a total loss, with damage estimated at $515,000. Several guests lost their belongings, and Golden Inn’s manager said they were looking into reimbursing the guests.
  • State approval was given for more money to be provided for work and land purchases toward the Athens-to-Darwin Route 33 project. The latest cost estimate for the project increased to $77.9 million. There remained opposition from the Coalition Against Superfluous Highways (CASH).
  • Ohio University trustees approved another tuition increase. Tuition had nearly doubled from 1989 to 1999, along with students paying fees to finance construction of the Ping Recreation Center.
  • Linda Rolli, Trimble Elementary’s principal, switched to becoming the Chauncey Elementary principal. The outgoing principal of Chauncey, Sharon Parsons, was to become director of curriculum and instruction for the Athens City School District.

From the June 26, 1949 edition of the Athens Sunday Messenger:

  • On orders from the city prosecutor, sheriff’s deputies in Jefferson County (Steubenville) searched the area for pinball machines. Said the prosecutor: “Any gaming device that offers free or extra amusement is a gambling device and illegal.”
  • In advertising: The Peoples Stone (“in the old Zenner location on N. Court St.”) hosted a going-out-of-business sale. The store offered men’s dress shirts for $1.98 apiece and infants washcloths for 9 cents apiece.
  • At the Movies: The Valley Drive-In Theatre on Route 33 (eight miles north of Athens) showed “The Babe Ruth Story,” starring William Bendrix.
  • In sports: Dow Finsterwald was in a quest for his second-straight Southeast Ohio Golf Championship. He led by one stroke with one 18-hole round left to play at the Marietta Country Club. Finsterwald, then an Ohio University freshman, had already won the Athens County Club championship.
  • Banks Sports Shop at 5 N. Court St. hosted a fishing contest for kids and adults, with hundreds of dollars offered in prizes. “Anglers, it really pays to play!”
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