These are some highlights from the News Journal on May 17, 1976:
• ‘Emmy Awards to be distributed’
“LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences hopes less will mean more at its 28th annual Emmy Awards tonight” as Academy officials are “embarrassed by a steady decline in the show’s TV audience over the past five years”, so they streamlined the program and will televise fewer awards. Mary Tyler Moore and John Denver are the hosts with entertainment by George Burns, Lola Falana, John Sebastian, Marvin Hamlisch, and 24 dancers.
The mini-series “Rich Man Poor Man” garnered a record 23 nominations. Up for best actress in a comedy series are Moore, Valerie harper of “Rhoda” and Cloris Leachman of “Phyllis”, Beatrice Arthur of “Maude” and Lee Grant of the short-lived “Fay.”
• King and Queen Michael R. Greene and Karen Howell were crowned at the Wilmington High School Junior-Senior Prom. Also shown were attendees Ellen Cartwright, Tim Bennington and Melinda McMullen; and at pre-prom parties were Beverly Lehr, Brian Williams, Gary Losey, Jane Asher, Tony Berlin and Tami Hill and. In another photo were prom-goers Vivian Handy, Shelley Newman, Allen Holbrook, Dave Nelson, Amy Kersey, Jay Gregory and Julie Haubert.
• The WHS tennis team finished the season 12-0; pictured were teammates Mike Tunner, Son Ngo, Linda Robinson, Amy Carey, John McMullen, Linh Ngo, Randy Stephens, Steve Brewer, Rick Godlove, Jeff Kesey, Charles Mires and coach Larry Hildebrand.
• “Miss Taryn Hunter of Columbus was the winner of the 18th annual Miss Southwestern Ohio pageant held at Boyd Auditorium, sponsored by the Wilmington Area Jaycees.” Robbie O’Neil of Wilmington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O’Neil, was second runner-up, with Brenda Beegle of Wilmington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Beegle, third runner-up.
• Due to the death of Karl E. Buckley, both Buckley Bros. stores — in Wilmington and New Antioch — were to close at noon the next day. Other deaths included Rev. Henry Lynd, former pastor of the New Vienna UMC; J. Vinton Wolfe of New Vienna; David Robinson of Blanchester; and Troy Stone, 28, of Latham, who died “as a result of an accident while working in timber.” His wife was Patricia Bennett Stone, originally of the Wilmington area.
• At the Murphy Theatre was a return showing of “The Exorcist”.