25 Years Ago (week of Oct. 1-7, 1967):
* The Howard County Board of Education appointed a new administrative assistant for planning. School Board President Edward L. Cochran had expressed concern that planning for new schools was one of the county education system's weakest areas. The new school planner, R. J. Ossie, would be paid $12,000 per year. He was an administrative assistant at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and brought a background in law and mechanical engineering to his new position.
* Circuit Court Judge T. Hunt Mayfield dismissed last month's attempt by the State's Attorney to compel self-proclaimed Ku Klux Klan leader Francis Xavier Edwards to undergo a mental examination at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital. Edwards was facing six counts of petty larceny related to a June theft in the Laurel area. A trial date for Edwards was still not set. Edwards, however, announced his intention to sue the county for $500,000 as a result of the attempt to force him to undergo the examination.
50 Years Ago (week of Oct. 4-10, 1942):
* It was announced this week that renewal books of gasoline rationing coupons would be distributed by the Howard County Rationing Board. The books could be picked up, on designated dates, at Elkridge High School, Savage High School, Lisbon High School, West Friendship School, Clarksville High School or the Ellicott City office of the Rationing Board.
* A hearing was held this week to determine the feasibility of removing a county trash incinerator from its location next to the Ellicott City Elementary School. Residents complained that the smoke from the burning refuse posed a potential health hazard for children at the school, particularly when they were outdoors on the playground.