1 YEAR AGO Dec. 2, 2010: Lincoln’s gang presence obvious but police say it’s not a big problem – The presence of Lincoln gangs can be seen lately by graffiti on fences and walls throughout Lincoln. “There is not much gang violence in Lincoln but there are gang members here,” Lincoln interim Police Chief Joel Neves said. “Lincoln is fortunate that we don’t see a lot of impacts from the gang activity other than graffiti. When I came here, I was surprised to see that much tagging and gang graffiti. The obvious indication is that those folks are here and we need to be ever so cognizant of that.” The graffiti ranges from numbers associated with gangs to more serious messages from one gang to another. 10 YEARS AGO Nov. 29, 2001: Zebras bag honors – Lincoln has 13 players named to all-GEL team – Lincoln High’s Bobby Usher and Nate Baker love football. They love it so much that they used to mow the church lawn when they were younger just so they had a place to play. That passion has made them accomplished prep players, and both were rewarded one more time recently for their efforts. Baker and Usher, along with a host of other Lincoln players, were rewarded for their gridiron prowess as the Golden Empire League announced its all-league selections. Besides these two long-time friends getting end-of-the-year honors, running back Bobby Lopez, receiver Will Mann, tight end Chris Bombard and lineman Josh Fife and Brandon Cook were selected to the first team as well. Lineman Will Johnson and running back Anthony Virrueta made the second team. 20 YEARS AGO Nov. 28, 1991: Bohemia sale final: 20 workers laid off – The waiting is over for employees at Bohemia Inc. in Lincoln, now that the sale of the plant to Sierra Pacific Industries is final. The company took over the wood products plant recently with changes resulting in removal of Bohemia business signs and layoff of 20 of the plant’s 201 workers. An employee of the plant said new signs were ordered that have the Sierra Pacific Industries name. Included in the sale to Sierra Pacific were Bohemia’s sawmill in Grass Valley which was closed recently, ending jobs for all 65 workers. A Bohemia fiberboard plant in Rocklin remained open with no layoffs. However, the Bohemia signs came down and were replaced with the name SierraPine. 50 YEARS AGO Nov. 30, 1961: City Studies RR Crossing Guard Plans – The feasibility of crossing gates at the Fifth street railroad crossing, and possibly also at Third street, was discussed at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the city council, and City Administrator Kenneth Thompson was instructed to contact the Southern Pacific railroad company to determine their thoughts in the matter. The council action followed on the heels of a car-train crash Sunday which took the lives of a Lincoln man and his son. Restricted view at Fifth street, and heavy use by school children at the Third street crossing, were cited by the city administrator as reasons for selecting these two crossings. 75 YEARS AGO Dec. 3, 1936: Grammar School To Give Operetta For Milk Fund – The Lincoln Union Grammar School will present the operetta, “The Adventures of Pinocchio” in three-acts on Friday, December 11, in the civic auditorium under the sponsorship of the P.T.A. This is the dramatized story of a bad boy of the same name, which many, no doubt, have read and which is very interesting, especially to children and young people, even grown-ups will appreciate it. There are some 235 children taking part – the costumes and make-ups will be worth seeing and the plot of the play is very discernible and carries a moral which is also very appreciable. There are many characters to be portrayed, soldiers, who open the first scene; marionettes, fairies, peasants, crickets, fishes, donkies and many things, too numerous to mention. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.