What happened in the Midlands on this day? Here’s a sampling from the World-Herald archives.
school board waits ruling on club edict
November 19, 1938: School board members decided to reserve judgment on the Omaha Central High School interpretation of board regulations against self-perpetuating secret clubs after board member George Pratt declared himself favorable to outright lifting of the fraternity sorority ban. The club question, modified materially by the Central High announcement that social organizations formed for a year’s duration and composed of students of the same school class would be permitted, was not mentioned at the committee meeting.
1962: Nebraskans faced the prospect of paying a flat-rate individual income tax to finance their State Government if the Legislature followed the advice of a tax expert it hired to make a $30,000 study. Dr. Harold F. McClelland, associate professor of Economics at Claremont (Cal.) Men’s College and the Claremont Graduate School, recommended such a tax in a 300-page report made public by the Legislative Council. He also proposed extensive changes in the property tax, including repeal of the taxes on household goods, miscellaneous personal property and dogs.
1997: Public libraries across the state were worried that property-tax rate caps would shrink library funds, affecting library services and staff salaries, state senators were told. The Legislature’s General Affairs Committee was studying what impact the 50-cent rate limit for cities and counties, mandated by a law passed as Legislative Bill 1114 in 1996, would have on Nebraska’s more than 260 public libraries. To help offset the expected stagnation or decrease in library funding, the Nebraska Library Association planned to introduce legislation to establish regional library federations across county lines, allowing libraries to pool their resources to provide services more efficiently, said Randy Moody, a lobbyist for the group.
2008: A new system of 23 cameras and 46 sensors set up around the Omaha area would give roads employees the ability to pinpoint highway trouble spots as fast as they pop up. The Nebraska Roads Department unveiled the first of eight centers for controlling traffic across Nebraska. After the trouble spots are identified, the best routes for avoiding traffic snarls are posted on one of 17 message boards on Omaha-area roads so drivers can change their routes, said Gary Foreman, the operations center manager. “Basically, this traffic management center is designed with the main goal of moving people and goods as safely and as efficiently as possible,” Foreman said.