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A look at some of the headlines gracing the pages of the Observer-Reporter and Waynesburg Republican this week in Greene County history:


5 years ago: March 23-29, 2008

RJ Lee to build tire recycling plant, plans indicate


The RJ Lee Group has presented plans to Greene County Planning Commission to construct a tire recycling plant at Paisley Industrial Park in Cumberland Township.


The company earlier had applied for a state permit for the plant, which will employ a new method the company has developed and patented to recycle used tires.


Plans submitted to the commission indicate the company will construct two buildings, together containing 44,500 square feet of floor space, on a 10-acre site on Areford Boulevard in the park.


RJ Lee will use its “depolymerization” process to break down rubber from tires into an oil that can be used for heating fuel and carbon black, a material used to produce new tires and other rubber products.


10 years ago: March 23-29, 2003

Rendell agrees to reconsider SCI-Waynesburg situation


Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration agreed Wednesday to halt further steps to close the state Correctional Institution at Waynesburg until it has time to review proposals to reduce operating costs at the minimum-security prison.


The decision came after a meeting with Rendell’s staff requested by state Sen. J. Barry Stout, D-Bentleyville, and state Rep. H. William DeWeese, D-Waynesburg, Stout spokeswoman Sharon Thomas said.


Stout and DeWeese presented an “impassioned case” in favor of keeping the prison open, speaking about the impact the loss of jobs would have on the county as well as the need for cells to handle the growing prison population, Thomas said.


The state Department of Corrections announced earlier this month that SCI-Waynesburg and SCI-Pittsburgh would be closed before the end of the year because of spending constraints included in Rendell’s budget.


25 years ago: March 24-30, 1988

Spring brings snowstorm to county


WAYNESBURG – Spring came to Greene County Monday with an overnight snowstorm that left the county covered with 2 to 4 inches of snow by early morning.


State police said icy highways resulted in several “fender bender” accidents during the early morning hours before a warm sun and rising temperatures took care of the problem.


“We had salt and cinder trucks on the road by 10:30 a.m. Sunday when the snow began to build up, and the roads were still pretty bad this morning,” said Don Bedillion, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintenance foreman.


Two school districts delayed the start of classes due to road conditions.


45 years ago: March 24-30, 1968

Dr. Darrell Lewis named grid coach at Waynesburg


Dr. Darrell Lewis, head freshman grid coach at the University of Pittsburgh for the past year, was named Monday as head football coach at Waynesburg College.


He succeeds Carl DePasqua, who joined the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.


Lewis has been head coach of the Pitt freshmen for only one year, but was also associated with the freshmen gridders while in dental school at Pitt during 1957 and with the varsity team in 1960 and 1961.


“My overall system is basically the same as the previous coaches at Waynesburg used and I don’t foresee any difficulties along that line,” he said.


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