Today is the 272nd day of 2012. There are 94 days left in the year.

Five years ago — 2007 — Some businesses would receive inspection less frequently than before, thanks to a change to the food service establishment inspection policy. Not much changed for full-service restaurants.

Ten years ago — 2002 — Elizabeth Timberlake was crowned Halifax Academy’s Homecoming Queen.

Fifteen years ago — 1997 — Big Lots, a nationwide close-out store, announced it would be opening a store in Roanoke Rapids.

Twenty years ago — 1992 — An official with the Weldon-based Howell Steel Inc. announced the company would permanently close in December because of decline in commercial construction.

Twenty-five years ago — 1987 — Lynn Little, fire prevention and training officer for the Roanoke Rapids Fire Department, was presented a certificate of appreciation for 15 years of service. Also, Calvin Lashley, driver operator for Station 2, was presented a certificate of appreciation for 10 years of service.

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