20 Years Ago AUGUST 18, 1993 GERNAAT ANNOUNCES\u00a0INSURANCE RATE DROP Lansing \u2013 Michigan motorists will see their auto insurance rates drop an average of 16 percent starting in August of next year under a major reform measure approved recently by the Legislature, said an area lawmaker who supported the bill. \u201cThe Stalemate has been broken, and I am proud to say that rate relief finally is on its way,\u201d said Rep. John Gernaat, of McBain. \u201cConsumers have been saddled with exorbitant premiums for too long, and I am pleased the House was able to put aside its differences and come through for the overburdened ratepayer.\u201d HB 4156 would roll back insurance rates to November 1, 1992 levels, saving Michigan\u2019s 6 million drivers roughly $100 annually. It also would: -freeze the new rate for six months. -create good driver, auto safety and anti-theft discounts. -require drivers to carry at least $1 million in medical and rehabilitation protection but allows optional coverage of up to $5 million. -prevent motorists who are more than 50 percent at fault from suing. -improve access to insurance in urban areas. -control medical costs by limiting the amount hospitals can overcharge auto insurers for medical care of accident victims. Some now charge as much as 135 percent of actual cost to compensate for Medicaid losses. 50 Years Ago AUGUST 15, 1963 HAPPENINGS OF NOTE Army Sgt. Richard A. Smith, son of Mrs. Viola F. Coleman, of Evart, participated with other members of the 24th Infantry Division\u2019s (Mechanized) 70th Armor, in a 19-day field training exercise in German which ended a few weeks ago. Smith, 22, is a tank commander in Company B, of the armor\u2019s 1st Battalion in Germany. The Class of 1943 will hold a reunion at the Evart Public School on Sunday. There will be a potluck dinner at noon. Graduates in the Class of 1943 and their families and any teachers who were on the staff at that time are welcome. Dr. Boleslaw Krawsck, recently completing his internship at Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids, plans to start a general Practice of Medicine in Reed City sometime in the near future, in the offices last occupied by the late Dr. Chess. Mrs. John Austin, area representative for Western Michigan spoke to about 100 prospective host parents of the Youth for Understanding, Teen Age Exchange Program. The meeting was held in Muskegon on Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Tietz, who will be host parents to a girl from England and Mr. and Mrs. Truman Huntoon who will have a boy from Sweden attended the meeting from Evart. 70 Years Ago AUGUST 18, 1943 REED CITY\u00a0COURT NEWS Reed City - Two Evart juveniles were found guilty of being delinquent children Tuesday, by the jury in the first jury trial to be held by Probate Judge August Johnson in his 12 years in office. The five men and one woman, all from Reed city, were drawn for jury duty after Judson E. Richardson had demanded a jury trial for his youthful clients. Herbert Sebring, Evart\u2019s marshal had preferred charges of being on the streets at late hours without being on lawful business.