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Retro Headlines February 1920

The headlines in Monroe, Michigan, during February 1920 included the Prohibition-era raid of a home where raisin mash, whisky and a still were found; a teacher shortage across Michigan and the latest "cure" for influenza. These news reports were published in The Monroe Evening News. Audio production by Paula Wethington.


Retro Headlines January 1920

The following is an audio production of news and headlines during January 1920 in Monroe, Michigan, from the files of The Monroe News, known at the time as The Monroe Evening News. There are descriptions of New Year's parties, the crazy high prices for muskrat skins and meat, the start of St. Joseph Catholic Church (now the site of Oaks of Righteousness), and how to "get rid of" Canadian currency that was showing up in southeast Michigan. Audio production by Paula Wethington for The Monroe...


Retro Headlines December 1919

The headlines from Monroe, Michigan, during December 1919 included damage from a severe windstorm, complaints about "dirty" paper money, and the impact of a coal strike and labor shortage. But Christmas plans as noticed in shops and in the community were said to be merrier than in December 1918; and the city had on display its largest community Christmas tree yet with 200 electric lights. Audio production by Paula Wethington for The Monroe News.


Headlines from November 1919

Headlines from The Monroe Evening Evening News of Monroe, Michigan, during November 1919 included a typical Thanksgiving dinner for the local residents, preparations for the Christmas shopping season and the fact that more than 50 girls were practicing in hopes of making the Monroe High School girls' basketball team. Audio production by Paula Wethington for The Monroe News.


Rep Walberg in Dundee

Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Michigan, gave a town hall meeting Oct. 1 in Dundee, Michigan. The Monroe News heard from some readers after the article was published Oct. 2 that they would like to hear more of the comments and conversations; and so, here are the some excerpts of the program. Here's the article. Audio production by Paula Wethington for The Monroe News.


Retro Headlines October 1919

If you were following the recent renegade alligator story from Temperance, Michigan, you might be interested in our lead story for the Retro Headlines podcast featuring news from October 1919 in Monroe, Michigan. 100 years ago, there was an alligator on the loose in the City of Monroe. Other headlines in this podcast include the formation of Monroe Country Club and the latest fashions as stylish women were looking for alternatives to corsets. Audio production by Paula Wethington / Monroe News


Retro Headlines September 1919

The Monroe County Road Commissioners faced an angry crowd of farmers during the decision to pave Ready Road instead of Egypt Road in fall 1919. In addition, the frog leg harvest along the River Raisin was said to be among the "best in years." Listen to these and other headlines from The Monroe Evening News of Monroe, Michigan; forerunner to The Monroe News. This podcast feature is based on the "100 Years Ago" column that runs monthly in The Monroe News. Audio production by Paula Wethington.


A roll call of grandparent names

Congratulations! You're a new grandparent. What name will you be known by? This question isn't as obvious as it may have been a generation or two ago - as a national study says only about half of today's grandparents are known by Grandma or Grandpa. Here are some of the names that readers of The Monroe News in Monroe, Michigan, said they are known by, or would like to be known by. Audio production by Paula Wethington for The Monroe News. The article link is...


Miss Monroe County 2019

Probably no one was more surprised than Madalyn Poupard that she won Miss Monroe County 2019. Here's the announcement of the finalists and titleholder, and her backstage interview. Audio production by Paula Wethington for The Monroe News.


Miss Monroe County Outstanding Teen 2019

Kristen Kruzel of Luna Pier was named Miss Monroe County Outstanding Teen 2019. This audio clip is the announcement of the runners-up and then the winner when the pageant took place Aug. 14 at the La-Z-Boy Center.


Introducing Habitat's FREE Day

FREE - Financial Resource Education Event - will take place 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the La-Z-Boy Center at Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Michigan. In this interview, Jeanette McDonald from Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County's Habitat HOPE Financial Coaching program, talks to Paula Wethington of The Monroe News about the event and what visitors can look for that day. All services and resources that will be provided on site are free through the help of these sponsors: Fifth...


August 1919 Retro Headlines

One of the most popular features in The Monroe News is our "100 Years Ago" column; which runs monthly. This podcast includes some of the articles from The Monroe Evening News from August 1919. They include aeroplane rides, World War I veterans settling into new gigs such as a local physician practice, and concern that Oldport School might not be able to have classes in the fall for lack of a teacher. Audio production by Paula Wethington for The Monroe News.


Monroe County 2019 4H Royalty

The Monroe County (MI) 2019 4H Royalty members were announced July 31, 2019, at the Monroe County Fair. Listen to the introductions for Prince Brandon Fisher, Princess Sydney Linn, King Devin Finnerty and Queen Alivia Funchion. Audio production by Paula Wethington for The Monroe News.


Retro Headlines - Moon Landing July 1969

The following is a special edition of The Monroe News' Retro Headlines podcast; providing reactions of residents of Monroe County, Michigan, gave to The Monroe Evening News during July 1969 of the historic moonwalk. The newspaper article related here in audio format featured comments from school teachers, homemakers, farmers and students. "This kind of thing only happens once in a lifetime," Charles Roelant of South Rockwood said about the Apollo moon mission. Audio production by Paula...


Retro Headlines July 1919

The headlines in Monroe, Michigan, during July 1919, included the naming of the local American Legion post in honor of of Carl F. Payson of Monroe, killed in the recent war. Taking a ride in an airplane was the latest trend in Monroe; and electricity lines were starting to be extended just past the city limits. A "skyrocket" struck a woman who was standing on the piers; she was not seriously injured. And residents of Petersburg and Deerfield were making investments into what would be called...


'Quality of Life' panel at Monroe County Chamber breakfast

A lively discussion about Monroe County's possibilities and its future spun into promises of follow up action when the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce held its breakfast program today. The panel speakers, under the topic of "Quality of Life" were Bart Lydy, president of the Home Builders Association of Monroe County; Jon Standifer, a real estate agent with Century 21 Allstar Real Estate Team; and Jason Morgan, unit supervisor at Sterling State Park. The emcee was Matt Budds, chairperson of...


Retro Headlines June 1919

When Monroe, Michigan's temperatures hit 101 in June 1919, residents sought relief in the Lake Erie waters at Monroe piers and Toledo Beach. The ice cream parlors and "near beer" emporiums also had a brisk business. And did you know there was a time when the bounty on rat heads turned in to local authorities was at least 5 cents a head? These are among the headlines that were in The Monroe Evening News in June 1919; and part of our monthly "100 years ago" column. Audio production by Paula...


2020 Census - Interview with Margo Anderson

Preparations have begun for the 2020 Census. As part of that effort, The Poynter Institute along with its sponsors hosted a conference, "Covering the 2020 Census," June 3 and 4 in Detroit. About 40 journalists from across Michigan, including Paula Wethington from The Monroe News, attended the workshop. This podcast is an interview with one of the speakers, Margo Anderson of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, on her specialty of the history of the Census. Her book is "The American Census...


Michigan Auto Insurance Reform Passes

After decades of complaints from residents, and arguments in Lansing about the details, the Michigan House and Senate both today passed a bill that would dramatically cut car insurance premiums that have been called the highest in the country. This podcast gives some of the details of Senate Bill 1, which at the time of the recording had not yet been signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but was expected to get her approval. There also are reactions from Monroe County's lawmakers in Lansing, all...


River Raisin Jazz Festival Finale

UPDATE: With grassroots support and one more push to clear the logistics, the River Raisin Jazz Festival will return in 2019 as a one-day event on Aug. 10; and plans are in the works to continue it for many years to come although in a new format. ORIGINAL NOTE: It's the end of an era, as the River Raisin Jazz Festival will not happen again after having been a summer tradition for years in downtown Monroe, Michigan. Brad Schreiber, who was one of the people involved with the project, read...