From Our Files: May 15, 2024

May 16, 1974

Only a few Foster residents have heard Twilo Scofield pluck the entrancing sounds of the psaltery, but recently she was asked to perform at the World’s Fair ‘Expo 74’ in Spokane, Wash. Scofield first heard the psaltery played nearly six years ago, which compelled her to travel thousands of miles in search of lessons, the instrument itself and anyone who played.

Dale Douglas Lepper, 18, of Albany, was killed when he fell from the truck of a car and was struck by the following vehicle on Quartzville Road. Lepper was riding on the back of a car operated by Larry Leon Wolf, 18, when he fell under the wheels of a vehicle driven by Toni Lee Miner, 17. Police stated Wolf’s vehicle had an overheated engine and was being pushed westbound by Miner’s car.

Construction is well under way at the A&W Drive In, owned by Del and Donna Moen. The new addition just east of the present structure will feature carpeting and upholstered booths to seat 60 people, and will be accented by a gas log fireplace. Individual phone systems will be installed in each booth.


May 19, 1999

The Sweet Home Rodeo may soon have a new home. City Council decided to put the current rodeo grounds, located on 49th Avenue, on the market. The Chamber of Commerce is in the final stages of securing a new location for the rodeo which runs as part of Sportsman’s Holiday. The chamber began seeking a new location for the rodeo in 1996 after they and City Council learned the rodeo conflicted with other uses in the area. The chamber needs the city to be involved in three particular parts of the move, including access for parking and emergency vehicles, installing laterals and a meter to the property, and provision of electricity. An estimated $10-15,000 in assistance would be necessary.

The Mid-Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross awarded James Mellein with a certificate for saving the life of a 15 year old boy. Mellein, School District 55 aquatic director, pulled Jason Funk from the pool at Sweet Home High School and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to him until paramedics arrived. Funk had suffered from a seizure while in the pool.