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One Year Ago
June 20, 2013
A building in downtown Grant will be coming to life and taking on a whole new look. The building most recently occupied by Melody’s Cafe, is becoming a retail outlet.
Reese Appliance owners Jason and Adair Reese purchased the building during an auction on June 1. The space in the 200 block of Central Avenue will become a showroom for a full line of GE appliances which are currently located where the couple runs their other businesses—Reese Mechanical and AR Salon.

Ten Years Ago
June 24, 2004
Retired Grant High School boys basketball coach Larry Pritchett is dusting off his play book with plans to return to the court this fall to take up where he left off four years ago.
Pritchett has been at the helm of boys basketball for 20 of his 27 years in Grant. Even though he officially retired as head coach in the spring of 2000, he has remained the school’s athletic director.

Twenty-five Years Ago
June 21, 1989
Economic Future charted at Madrid—Organizer Ron Regier reported that on a vote of 27-yes, 2-no and one abstaining, citizens approved the idea of developing a county-wide coordinator position to work with the different communities to enhance economic development.
Secondly, the group unanimously approved the idea of forming a County Development Committee.
Local school district to study reorganization issue—The first in what likely will be a series of joint meetings between the District 74 and 33 Boards of Education was held Monday night to look into ways of consolidating the two districts and sharing administrative personnel. The boards met to determine if there was an interest in proceeding with the idea.
Afterwards, at the regular meeting of the District 74 Board of Education, they went on record saying they were willing to share administrative personnel with the provision of the possibility that the two districts eventually combine into one K-12 district.

Fifty Years Ago
June 25, 1964
Two of the best known buildings in downtown Grant were sold Monday, June 22 at a sheriff’s sale at the courthouse.
The Lyon’s building on Central Ave. was sold for $3,100 to the Grant Rural Fire Department.
The Grant Theatre building across the street from the Lyon building was sold to W.C. Conover, the only bidder, for $500.

Seventy-Five Years Ago
June 22, 1939
Two young ladies from Utah were sent out to Grant, Neb to teach swimming lessons to children ages eight to 17. Children younger than seven were not allowed to be taught lessons, and lifeguards were still required to be taught the lessons.
Today, lifeguards teach children of any age. Lifeguards do not have to take swimming lessons but they must go through a physical training day in order to become a lifeguard. Lifeguards also are the ones who teach the lessons instead of nation-wide teachers.