These are some highlights from the News Journal on April 8, 1959:
• ‘Ohio Vice Crackdown Near, DiSalle Warns’
“COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A statewide crackdown on gambling and vice is imminent, Gov. Michael V. DiSalle said today. He disclosed to newsmen that liquor agents and other state employees have been making reports on all counties since late January. The thick volume of reports compiled for DiSalle showed evidence of gambling, prostitution, illegal narcotics, still operations and other illicit activities.”
• ‘New Ruling to Give Women, Men Equal Pay for Work’’
“COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It has been a long time coming, ladies, but equality between the sexes is just around the corner. In a couple of days, a bill will reach Gov. Michael V. DiSalle’s desk requiring most big Ohio employers to pay women equal wages if they do the same work as men.”
• Pictured for the upcoming performance of the comedy “Boarding House Reach” at Simon Kenton School were Roselee Smith, Nancy Bernard, Donna Thompson, Diana Flint, Mary Ann Dewey, Diana Haines, Emma Hoffer, rosemary Georges, Geraldine Georges, Orville Shoemaker, James Holmes, James Larrick, Robert Walker, William Brackney, David Erskine and John Myers. James Plummer was director.
• The Wilmington High School baseball team, leading Hillsboro 13-11 in the seventh inning, lost the game 11-10 because the game was called because of darkness with the score reverting back to the last complete inning. Walt Simkins had 3 hits for the ‘Cane. Port William defeated Bryan 4-1 as “the Vernon Hooper led Liberty nine” was led by Donnie Fields pitching a complete game and the bats of Lou Martin and Junior Hughes.
• Kenneth Lee Nichols was presented with his Eagle Scout medallion as parents Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Nichols and Scoutmaster Edwin Stults looked on during the Troop Court of Honor of the Webelos Den of Cub Pack 42 and Boy Scout Troop 46 of Wilmington. Tenderfoot rank was awarded to James Tate, Wendell Robinson, James Gumley, Terry Carman, Eric Peterson, John Edwards and Michael Pobst. Promoted to First Class level were Scott Nichols and Robert Allen.
• Thomas McMillan of Wilmington was shown in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as a candidate for the Outstanding Young Farmer award.
• “Wilmington police today are looking for a Peeping Tom (or Toms) who was making some campus rounds early this morning.” He was described as “older than a college student” who was wearing a handkerchief over his face and shouted “in a language other than English” as he ran from a night watchman.
•An ad for Buckley Bros. in Wilmington stated, “Hey, everybody’s crowing about it! Tuxedo Chick Mash Feeds are now Taste-Tested!”