Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.
25 years ago
Oct. 13, 1987
The Echo, Oneonta High School’s newspaper, won four awards at the Empire State School Press Association convention this month for work done during the 1986-1987 school year.
The newspaper took third place for Best Newspaper among high schools in the state with an enrollment under 1,000. Also, senior Lisa Alex, co-editor, received honorable mention for Best Interview Story, and adviser Joseph Hartmann was presented with the Adviser of the Year award.
In addition, the newspaper placed third in the Best Use of Advertising category. Miss Alex said she and the entire newspaper staff were excited about the awards in general, and especially about the award won by Hartmann, whom they had nominated. While Hartmann said he was pleased with the newspaper’s performance, he would like to see the Echo receive funds from the Oneonta Board of Education that would allow it to improve the appearance of the paper.
Hartmann said the newspaper has not received any funds from the school board because the students are too independent to ask for district support. He cannot ask for funds unless the student editors authorize it.
Miss Alex said the newspaper has always had to support itself through selling ads, and although it has been a struggle, the Echo now has almost more ads than it can handle.
“We’re proud of it,” she said. “It just makes our paper.”
50 years ago
Oct. 13, 1962
WALTON — Walton police will soon qualify as cowboys. Friday, Oct. 12, two horses were seen running wild down the main thoroughfare, Delaware Street, at 2 a.m.
Since two horses aren’t easy to catch, Patrolman Walter Kelsey enlisted the help of James Olmstead and Bucky Campbell.
After the animals were finally caught they were tied up in the local parking lot next to the police station for the owner to claim.
Eventually it was found Harold Wallace was the owner and the horses had escaped from their pasture on the old Townsend flat.
Many months ago the police had to rope a lost cow wandering down Delaware Street and that time the animal was tied to a parking meter to await its owner.
Police are wondering “what next!”