THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1989: Gympie Mayor Joan Dodt and Administration and Finance Committee chairman Gary Davison go back to school as part of Local Government Awareness Week with Central State School students (from left) Melanie Stratford, Clinton McIvor, Darren Liddicoat, Kelli Anson, Caroline Pedder and Hayley Smith.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1989: Gympie Mayor Joan Dodt and Administration and Finance Committee chairman Gary Davison go back to school as part of Local Government Awareness Week with Central State School students (from left) Melanie Stratford, Clinton McIvor, Darren Liddicoat, Kelli Anson, Caroline Pedder and Hayley Smith. Rowena Robertson

What was making headlines 25, 50 and 100 years ago

25 YEARS AGO

SERGEANT Pat Armstrong and Constable Sharon Tebbutt will go down in the history of the Adopt a Cop program as being the first officers adopted by a high school in the Gympie district.

Saint Patrick's College welcomed their officers yesterday in an official ceremony held in the school grounds.

Learning about traffic regulations, road safety and the law in general is now easier for students in Gympie with the introduction of the 1992 Adopt a Cop program.

Various schools in the region are taking part in the program each year aiming to make students more aware of the role police officers play in the community.

A Foster Cop scheme, which usually involved trainee officers who were only in the town or city for eight or nine months is also up and running in Gympie.

Sgt Armstrong said the Foster Cop program gave trainee officers an insight into the Adopt a Cop program.

GYMPIE Traders Association last night voted unanimously that coupon parking was the best and only feasible parking for the city's central business district.

Twelve members of the association were present at the meeting with no other traders from CBD attending.

Members discussed the matter for more than 45 minutes and they saw only three options; continue with coupons, re-install meters for which the minimum would be $1 or have regulated parking with the Gympie ratepayers to foot the bill of $67,000.

This amount was made up of wages for the parking attendants and associated costs.

New meter heads are only made to take $1 coins, and all agreed the meters would not suit the beautified Mary Street.

5O YEARS AGO

THE well-known Gympie firm of Abdy Bros. has launched out on a new and important phase of service with the setting up of a permanent colour and home decoration centre with a specially trained colour consultant.

Mr Herb Abdy announced yesterday that Miss Fay McIntosh, who has been on their staff for several years, has recently completed a course at the Berger Mayfair Colour Centre in Brisbane where she trained in the art of colour planning and home decorating.

Now her services are offered free to all householders without obligation.

Miss McIntosh and Mr Kev Jocumsen, another well-known staff member, are available exclusively for advice on painting and colour planning.

100 YEARS AGO

THE Sports Committee in connection with the celebrating of Gympie's jubilee in October met in the Town Hall on Saturday evening.

Seventeen delegates present represented the local Friendly Societies, together with Gympie and Widgee councillors who were deputized to draw up a sports programme.

It was stated that all the Friendly Societies have agreed to fall in with the movement in every way.

It was decided to hold fortnightly committee meetings and to canvas for subscriptions.

LIEUT Norman McGhie, who was severely wounded in the Somme battle, returned home and was in Gympie yesterday.

FROSTS have been experienced throughout the district during the present week and the herbages has been cut up on the low-lying country.

On Gympie, white frost was seen on Monday, Tuesday and yesterday, the weather forecast indicates another cold night.

For so early in the year, this is a rather long spell of frosty nights.

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