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20 Years Ago

JULY 6, 1994


Crews expected to wrap-up streetscape in next week

Work crews are expected to have the bulk of streetscape work done by the end of the month – with an eye on a possible July 17 completion date, according to Evart city officials.

Crews from McNeilly Contracting, of Farwell, were working on the downtown streets late last week.

“I would say it’s probably about 75 percent complete and the sidewalks are about 90 percent complete, said Alan Bengry, a member of the Evart Downtown Development Authority, the lead agency for the renovation project.

“So far everybody I’ve talked to has been real positive about what’s happening down town. A lot of people are coming in from out of town and their first reaction is to complain about all the dirt and the dust. Then they say that it will sure look nice when it’s all done,” Bengry said.

Mayor Roger Elkins said the project “looks great” so far, but cautioned that it’s not the end-all for Evart’s economy.

“We attended a seminar about six months ago where they talked about the idea that ‘build it and they will come.’ That’s not true. We still have more to do,” Elkins said.

40 Years Ago

JULY 4, 1974


L. W. “Bill” Wright has been named vice-president of the American Logging Tool Corporation.

Wright, a Navy veteran who holds an equivalency degree in nuclear physics, assumed his new position in mid-June after retiring from a similar position with a metal fabricating plant in Indiana.

A native of Michigan, Wright and his family live in Riverdale. He indicated he plans to undertake expanded workload volumes and plant diversification as primary duties of his new position.


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Several area students were among the 2,477 graduates of Ferris State College during the 1973-74 academic year. The following students graduated in their respective fields.

From Sears – William E. Jones, A.A.S. Auto Service.

From Evart – Charles J. Brown, B.S. Business Admin., A.A.S. Insurance, A.A.S. Marketing; Douglas Cousineau, A.A.S. Radio Television Service; Dennis Greg, B.S. Science Education; Stephen Hall, B.S. Law Enforcement; Rodger A. Maguire, B.S. Business Admin.; David McKay, A.A.S. Refrigeration, Heating, Air Conditioning; Douglas L. Rosser, B.S. Pharmacy; Phillip V. Vanassche, B.S. Auto and Heavy Equipment Service.