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Sunday, August 9, 2020
  • Walmart held 1st job fair
    Twenty-five years ago this week, prospective workers lined up to apply for jobs at the Walmart store that was being constructed on the north side of Portland.
  • Retrospect: Reitenour was honored for long-distance races
    Twenty-five years ago this week, a local man was honored for his cross-continent drives.
  • Volunteers built house in Portland
    Twenty-five years ago this week, local volunteers were working on a Habitat for Humanity home on Franklin St. in Portland.
  • Head Start honored Rines
    Twenty-five years ago this week, a local woman was being honored for her nearly 30 years in service to children.
  • Bike show was ready to begin
    Twenty-five years ago this week, visitors to the Vintage Motor Bike Club meet at Jay County Fairgrounds were already in the county several days ahead of the event’s opening date.
  • Early deficit doomed Jay
    A semifinal win over Yorktown gave the Patriots a chance at their third regional title in four years. An early deficit kept them from reaching that goal.
  • Soldier’s sacrifice
    A display at Museum of the Soldier in Portland honors Pfc. Milo William “Bill” Ludy, who died when his plane went down in the D-Day invasion in 1944. Adjacent is another display of another soldier with Jay County ties who lost his life that day.
  • Retrospect: Defense struggled in loss to SAHS
    A poor defensive performance crippled the Jay County High School baseball team 25 years ago this week.
  • Retrospect: Geneva got new firetruck
    More than four years of planning and fundraising came to fruition a quarter century ago. 
  • As Jay School Board members grapple with school closings, their counterparts 40 years ago this week faced a very different decision. 
  • Retrospect: Ice shut down the county
    The winter of 2018-19 has been remarkably snow-free thus far. Fifty years ago this week, it was freezing rain, not snow, that shut down the county.
  • Short pants considered fad
    Sixty-five years ago this week, a new fashion trend for men was being debated locally.
  • Retrospect: Citizens Bank unveiled remodel
    Everybody was invited 70 years ago this week to take a look at the newly remodeled Citizens Bank in Portland.
  • JCHS girls rolled to victory
    The Patriots and the Starfires were competing on the hardwood long before they became conference rivals in the 2014-2015 season. 
  • Community center needed work
    Twenty-five years ago this week, a group was working to raise money to make improvements at Bryant Area Community Center. 
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