25 Years Ago (Week of Jan. 12-18, 1969):
* Democrat Omar Jones, principal of Howard County High School, was elected as Howard County's first county executive, defeating Republican opponent Jack L. Larrimore. Democrats William S. Hanna, Edward Cochran and J. Hugh Nichols were elected as the first County Council.
* Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi was declared safe for ice skating. Recent cold weather had allowed the ice on the lake to become five inches thick, the minimum allowed for skating.
50 Years Ago (week of Jan. 16-22, 1944):
* The Howard County Medical Society went on record to oppose the Wagner-Murray-Dingell bill pending in Congress. The purpose of the bill was to "permit a wider distribution of medical care in the United States."
Information for this column was compiled by Diane Mullaly from the Howard County Historical Society library.