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‘Tabby’ takes no chances as it checks out a fake mouse during the 1969 Paris Cat Show.

25 Years

(Jan. 6-10, 1994)

State Rep. E.C. Tillman, D-Brunswick, told The News he hoped to help revive the L Street project, meant to widen the thoroughfare from U.S. Highway 17 to U.S. Highway 341.

“L Street is vital to this city and county — not only as an east-west corridor, but also for facilitating transportation from St. Simons Island to the mainland,” Tillman said.

He said it tied into the widening project for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“(The L Street project) will also help revitalize and area which is depressed and drug-infested,” Tillman said.

The Glynn County commissioners voted in August 1993 to scrap the project, which was projected to cost $1.2 million. Tillman said there were state dollars specifically set aside for it, and if Brunswick didn’t use them, that money would go elsewhere.

It was a busy week on the sports front, as the NCAA placed Texas A&M on five years’ probation and a one-year TV and bowl ban after the discovery that nine football players received payment for no-show jobs. Auburn signed head football coach Terry Bowden to a five-year extension following the Tigers’ undefeated season, which was accomplished while on probation with their own TV and bowl ban.

Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler decided to leave Knoxville and enter the NFL Draft, and Les Koenning Jr. — a college coaching journeyman if there ever was one — was named wide receivers coach at Duke.

There was also an assault upon Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

The AP reported, “Police were searching for a 6-foot man wearing a black leather jacket who attacked Kerrigan. His motive is unknown, but (Dr. Steven) Plomaritis said the assailant clearly wanted to debilitate the 24-year-old skater.”

50 Years

(Jan. 9, 1969)

Sometimes crime not only doesn’t pay, it hurts.

The News reported, “An attempted burglary of the Albany Street Tavern early this morning resulted in one serious injury from a shotgun blast and recovery of two guns taken from ‘The Piddlers’ store Dec. 28.

“Harry Spencer told police that shortly after 2 a.m. someone broke into the back door of the tavern at 1604 Albany St. After the subject had broken in, Spencer told police he shot the man with a shotgun. The wounded man was said to have been helped from the scene by persons unknown.”

Police later found the alleged burglar, discovering in his possession the guns, two screwdrivers, and $12.01 in change that included 36 quarters, 26 dimes, eight nickels and a penny.

75 Years

(Jan. 6-7, 1944)

As the war overseas went on, the Battle of the Booze continued on the homefront.

The AP reported the Waycross City Commission voted 3-2 to return the town to “bone-dry” status, ending the licensing of liquor, wine and beer dealers as of March 1.

“It was the first time a Georgia city in a wet county has taken such an action, Eugene Cook, state revenue commissioner, said in Atlanta today,” according to the report. “Cook said his office would be unable to issue state licenses to dealers here because state law requires them to obtain a local license before a state license is issued.”

Over in Alabama, the locals were told to cut back because of lack of supply.

“Alabama liquor registrants will be limited starting Monday to one quart of whiskey monthly at state stores instead of the old ration of one pint a week,” the AP reported. “In addition to the quart of whiskey, state store customers may purchase one quart of run, gin or brandy. Wine is unrationed by coupon, although sales are limited to two bottles per person.”

100 Years

(Jan. 9-11, 1919)

America’s first Red Scare was on the ground and running, as wire dispatches painted Russia’s Bolsheviks in the most disturbing terms.

“Vilna has fallen into the hands of the Bolsheviki army, several thousand strong,” stated a report out of Poland. “The Bolsheviki drove out the Polish military and the massacre of civilians started at once. The slaughter seems to have been general.”

That news was followed the next day by a report from Archangel, on the Onega Bay, roughly 780 miles north of Moscow.

“The monks of the Kojozero monastery, in the district of Onega, have reported to the church authorities in Archangel that a part of 25 Bolsheviki soldiers recently broke into the monastery, murdered the superior and three monks and looted the monastery.”

Reports also carried news of a government formed of different Cossack groups and others opposed to Bolshevik rule taking shape in southern Russia and the Caucasus Mountains area.

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