60 years ago

Contract awarded, work started on new gym: Preliminary work started this week with the prospect that Liberty Union High School's new gym will be ready for use by the 1953-54 basketball season.

The contract was awarded last week to Floyd G. Borchard of Stockton, on a low bid of $237,7000 with the provision that work was to start within five days and the completion date stipulated is 210 days after work is started.

Borchard's bid was one of eight, and was somewhat lower than the architect's estimate for the work. Of the eight, three were within $1,500 of each other.

The building is to be erected just north of the present gym, and will provide a larger playing floor, modern locker rooms, classrooms and facilities for its use for other student activities.

25 years ago

Pitt student spells way to fourth place in county spelling bee: The winning word was "tractate" for Las Lomas High School junior Connie Hammond, who took honors in the countrywide spelling bee held here Thursday. The contest was sponsored by the County Office of Education.

About 75 high school students struggled with words not even found in most dictionaries. But the harrowing times came when judges resorted to the "killer bee list" -- words not on any of the lists students had been studying for weeks. Words like "thixotropy" "rachitic" and "entrechat" could be found on the killer list.


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Pittsburg High School's Arthur McKune came in fourth among the 75 contestants from the 25 public and private high school students on the stage of Bristow Community Theater. This is his second year as competitor and McKune said he was "surprised" to have done as well as he did this time.

Hammond, 17, has entered spelling bees before, she said, but this in the first time she has won. The three top winners -- Hammond, Olson and Dalvinder of De Anza High School in Richmond -- will represent the county in the statewide spelling bee to be held May14 at Diablo Valley College.

-- Brentwood News files