5 years ago
• Several teachers have left the Seneca R-7 School District since the end of the 2011-12 academic year due to retirement and wanting to work closer to their homes.
• On Friday afternoon, Josh Hembree, a Seneca public works crew member, found 21 street signs behind the residence at 203 Red Fern Dr. “They were found in a pile on the ground,” said Leo Hirdler, public works director. The public works crew is re-installing the signs this week. Each sign costs $30 and the city has already bought two for replacement.
• The first annual Seneca Summer Fest was a big hit with people of all ages. “It was jut outstanding,” said Mark Bennett, Seneca mayor. “It reminded me of a miniature county fair and was great for the community.’’ Several people from Seneca and surrounding communities came out to enjoy the many activities that were held Saturday, June 16, at the the Seneca City Park to celebrate the News-Dispatch’s 130th anniversary.
10 years ago
• The recent flood in Seneca happened in just hours, and some businesses and residents were left with just a few feet of dry land between them and damaging flood water. Around 9 a.m. it started to rain in Seneca and by 10 a.m. the sides of the main road through Seneca (Hwy. 43) was flooded with almost a foot of water that stretched approximately 12 feet wide from Wyandotte Street to Big Lost Creek.
• At 1:08 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, the Seneca Fire Department was dispatched to 509 Peoria St. in Seneca. Seneca Fire Protection District and the Redings Mill Fire Department were dispatched as mutual aid.
15 years ago
• The Seneca Caring Communities Program is planning a fun-filled day on the 4th of July for children of all ages. Children’s activities will begin immediately following the parade and will include the annual turtle race, hula hoop contest and various other games and races.
• The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is now registering cyclists for the 2001 MS 150 Bike Tour taking place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16. The annual bike tour will take riders trough 150 miles of scenic Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma countryside while raising money for a great cause.
20 years ago
• The Swars Prairie and Seneca United Methodist churches have recently been appointed a new minister, James L. Gerken.
• Uninsured motorists should think twice before driving on Missouri streets after July 1, the date the motor vehicle mandatory insurance law goes into effect.
• Bobby and Kandi Vermillion announced the birth of an 8 pound, 14 ounce son. He was born June 4 at Freeman Hospital and was named Shiloh Joel.
30 years ago
• United States Senator Christopher S. (Kit) Bond will be at Seneca City Hall at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 21, to give a preview of possible legislation that could prevent Indian gambling in Missouri.
• Citizens for Property Tax Equalization of Newton County Missouri have called a tax forum for Thursday, June 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Neosho City Auditorium.
40 years ago
• Gov. Joseph P. Teasdale has termed the 1977 legislative session overall productive for the citizens of the state of Missouri.
• A proposed 35 cents tax levy increase for the Newton County Highway Commission was defeated by more than a three-to-one margin in a special election Tuesday, June 14.
• The Newton County Red Cross Bloodmobile will visit Seneca Tuesday, June 28. The visit is being sponsored by the senior citizens organization.
50 years ago
• Mrs. Joyce Underwood, of Kansas City, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr and Mrs. Morgan Anderson.
• Cliff Helm, a surgical patient at Freeman hospital recently, is recovering satisfactorily and is expected to be dismissed this weekend, according to reports from family. Helm would appreciate hearing from his friends.
• Darrell Wayne Chester, of Seneca, was among the students named to the Dean’s Honor List for the second semester, 1966-67, at Crowder College as announced by Dean Marion Gibbins.
(compiled by MyraGale Sexton)