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Take a look back at news and photos that occurred 25, 50, and 100 years ago on June 13th.

25 years Ago:

Monday, June 13, 1994

“New ‘Go Karts’ go over big first week-end”

Chambersburg – Keep both hands on the wheel, keep eyes straight ahead, and reduce speed nearing the curves. That’s the advice given by drivers to people eagerly waiting their turn for the 4½ minute ride in the metallic colored go-karts.

Mike Jackson, of Chambersburg, couldn’t stand still. He walked from one end of the entrance to the next. When it was his turn, he was in a kart with the seat buckled before the others could climb in their seats.

“I’m going again,” he said to his mother after the ride as he towards the entrance. “It’s fun, fun, fun. I haven’t seen anything like it. I’m going to be here a lot this summer.”

The track, owned and operated by John and Sandy Kyner, opened to a continuous line of people—young and old. Many were driving karts, which go up to 22 mph, for the first time. The Kyners own and operate Cluggy’s.

The fiberglass karts run around a kidney-shaped track in front of Penn National Race Course Off-Track Wagering, off of Walker Road. The next closest rack is in Carlisle.

“We put it in to give people in the area a different type of entertainment,” John said. “It’s something the whole family can enjoy.” When karts slide or bump into each other, the others are slowed to a stop by a person at the commander box.

The go-karts will be open from noon to 11 pm daily. Rides cost $4. Drivers must be at least 10 years old and 4 feet 10 inches tall. Rules are posted outside the track.

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50 Years Ago:

Friday, June 13, 1969

“COZY HOME”

Shippensburg –– Birds discovered that the safest home they could have was the “O” in the sign of John Franklin bottled gas distributors, located on West King street, Shippensburg. While the nest is easily seen from the street, the feathered friends are oblivious, cause they’re safe and warm. (Picture by Virginia De Boldt – Public Opinion)



100 Years Ago

Friday, June 13, 1919

Waynesboro Bank Buys the Werner Hotel for $50,000”

ChambersburgThe near approach of the dry wave had its first effect in Franklin County Realty, as it was announced that the Peoples National Bank of Waynesboro had bought and paid $50,000 Warner Hotel property on the northwest corner of the public square in Waynesboro. It was sold by Mrs. Nora Curran, daughter of the late Aaron Werner, who owned the hotel since 1903. Fred O. Bartholow has been the proprietor of the hotel for the last six years. He began his career as a bartender at the Leland Hotel and has made much money at the Werner as its saloon does big business.

As hotel proper, the Werner is not modern and in view of the oncoming dryness, it could not be profitably operated unless improvements were made. The bank plans to raze the present hotel building and erect a modern business and a bank on the site. It gets permission on August 1, but has no details yet for its new building.

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