Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News

An intentional fire and a hoax bomb threat put a damper on the last day of school at Homer High School. Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters went to a report of smoke from a boys bathroom and found out someone lit a paper roll dispenser and a roll of paper towels on fire. The school fire alarm also failed to go off during the incident, and officials had to issue an evacuation order using the public address system. Later, someone found a message scrawled in lipstick in another restroom saying the school would be blown up. Homer Police investigated and found no bombs.

— From the issue of June 3, 1999

30 years ago in the Homer News

Homer Police arrested Odie Walters for murder in the shooting death of Neil Miller. They found Walters broke into his ex-wife’s home on June 1 and confronted her. Police said Tamara Walters bolted out a side door and Odie Walters shot Miller with a 30.06 rifle. Walters followed his wife to a neighbor’s home. Tamara Walters managed to call 911. Police found Tamara Walters unconscious and beaten so badly they thought she had been shot in the face. Walters had previously violated five protective orders against him by his ex-wife and received five suspended sentences.

— From the issue of June 8, 1989

50 years ago in the Homer News

The June 3, 1969, issue is missing from the Homer News archives.