From the pages of the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times, March 21, 1990


From the Sun-Times
March 21, 1990

Smyrna council purchases meter readers for billing

By John Flood

A new way to read water and electric meters should mean savings for Smyrna.

Smyrna Town Council approved the purchase Monday night of $26,000 worth of Itron meter readers, related hardware, software and training....

The meter readers will save time and reduce errors in several ways, according to Town Manager C. Donald Hodge....

Wessell wins local geography contest

Rick Wessell, a fourth grader at Clayton Elementary, will compete at the state level of the National Geography Bee. Wessell won at the school level, then tested to qualify at the state level....

Wessell, the son of Beth and Bob Wessell, says he simply enjoys geography.

“I like to study maps, look through atlases, read about the world,” he said....

Glovick named FFA Star Greenhand

By Jay Davis
FFA reporter

The Smyrna FFA Chapter had a star made on Tuesday, March 13 at the State FFA Convention. This year the State FFA Association awarded Greg Glovick, a junior here at Smyrna High, the State Star Greenhand Award....

Greg also won several other awards including the proficiency award for placement in agriculture which came with a $100 check. The other two awards were creed speaking and parliamentary procedure.

Fifty FFA members at state convention

By Jay Davis
FFA reporter

Fifty members of the Smyrna FFA Chapter attended the 60th annual State FFA Convention at the Delaware State College on Tuesday, March 13....

The afternoon session brought the announcement of the State FFA Degree Award winners. The Smyrna chapter received 12 of the 21 degrees presented. Those receiving the State FFA Degree were Charlie Baker, Josette Bell, Theresa Blanchfield, Scott Brossmann, Jay Davis, Sharon McDonald, Amy Ruppert, Ginger Ryan, Christy Seger, Angela Shrewsbury, Jessica Smith and Gary Thompson.

The State FFA also presented proficiency awards to four members of Smyrna’s chapter: Lee Dulin, Leo Sache, Greg Glovick and Jay Davis....

It’s Oscar time again – who will win?

By Jonathan Vendrick
The Smyrna High School Eagle Eye

It’s that time of year again when the motion picture industry awaits the awarding of the coveted Oscar. And the Oscar for best picture always draws the most attention.

This year’s nominations for best picture range from the survival of a Vietnam vet (“Born on the Fourth of July”) to an English teacher’s “carpe diem” teaching methods (“Dead Poets’ Society).

“Dead Poets’ Society,” filmed at St. Andrews in Middletown, is an excellent contender. Robin Williams combined a serious acting ability with a spice of comedy to bring the English professor to life....

In “Field of Dreams,” Kevin Costner’s role as a baseball fan who searches for the dead baseball players heaven was a bore....

The best part of the movie was the spirit-raising (literally) ending. “Field of Dreams” is a good movie for true baseball fans, but otherwise save your money and stay home to watch t.v.

“Born on the Fourth of July,” directed by Oliver Stone, is a great movie. Tom Cruise, playing the real life story of a Vietnam veteran who turned anti-war activist Ron Kovac, exhibited his best acting so far....

“Driving Miss Daisy,” the movie that shows a developing relationship between an elderly white Georgian woman and her black chauffeur, was slow moving and not worth having to sit for 1 1/2 hours in the theaters....

The fifth movie nominated for an Academy Award – “My Left Foot” – has not been seen by this reviewer, but if it wins I promise you a review....