What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
$500,000 FOR RELIEF LIKELY FOR NEBRASKA
June 15, 1933: Nebraska may get $500,000 during the coming year, in the opinion of Tax Commissioner W.H. Smith, as its share of the federal relief funds to be granted on the basis of money spent for public charity by states in the past. He made the estimate during a conference with Sen. Thompson, National Committeeman Arthur Mullen and congressmen. Nebraska’s $500,000, he explained, would be paid at the rate of $125,000 a quarter, but he added that his estimate was not certain.
1967: If a report that Omaha would be included in the first “model city program” turned out to be true, Mayor A.V. Sorensen and City Planning Director Alden Aust would be pleased. J.F. Ter Horst reported that Omaha was one of 60 to 70 cities picked by the Federal Housing and Urban Development Department. Mayor Sorensen said he had received no confirmation that Omaha’s application had been approved. However, he said, HUD officials had reported to him that “our proposal was one of the best they had received.”
1993: Bob Ripley acknowledges that at $54.84 a square yard, the carpeting that would be installed in Nebraska’s legislative chamber wasn’t cheap. However, Ripley, the Capitol’s restoration manager, says that what the state would get for the overall $125,000 cost was a custom-made wool carpet that would match the original carpet. “You could find cheaper carpet, no question. But on a custom Wilton carpet, I don’t know that Mrs. B could provide any better,” Ripley said. The new carpeting was the last phase of a $3 million renovation and restoration project started in the Capitol in 1989. The carpet would replace a worn, 25-year-old red carpet that Ripley said detracted from the chamber’s beauty.
2001: Narcotics officers found a pound of methamphetamine inside a hollowed-out pillar candle, Sgt. Mark Langan said. They found it on a night stand in a bedroom on the southeastern edge of Omaha, he said. It took some carving to create that cubbyhole, Langan said. “Someone has way too much time on their hands,” he said. “Now it’s time wasted.” Officers also found $7,000 in cash, scales and packaging materials in the house.