Twenty years ago — 1998

In an effort to break free of its parent company and implement its own plan of reorganization, AL Tech Specialty Steel Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Operations at AL Tech are expected to continue and employee wages and benefits will continue to be paid, according to company officials. At the same time, AL Tech filed for an injunction to prevent its parent South Korean and Canadian entities from “interfering with the company’s operation and its efforts to reorganize.” According to Jim Park, chief operating officer, AL Tech expects to emerge as an “independent, solvent company owned by its creditors and future investors.”

Thirty years ago — 1988

Student of the Week is Todd McFadden, president of the senior class at Brocton Central School. He is the 18-year-old son of Donald and Joan McFadden of Fay Street, Brocton. Todd is also president of the Student Council and was selected to represent Brocton at Boys State. Active in sports, he was co-captain of the varsity football team this year and was chosen as a member of the Division Nine All-Star Football Team. He is also a member of the swimming team, tennis team and Block B. His future plans include attending a New York State University to study computer science.

Forty years ago — 1978

An appropriation of $40,000 for the new fiscal affairs department is included in the city of Dunkirk’s 1978 budget of $5.4 million. The fiscal affairs department is a new office at city hall created by the new city charter that took effect on New Year’s Day.

Fifty years ago — 1968

Residents have appealed to the Dunkirk Common Council for stop signs at the intersection of Doughty and King streets. Sixty-six petitioners from the King and Doughty streets area and nearby neighborhood requested the council to replace the stop signs, which had been removed in the fall of last year. The residents complained of speeding by motorists who approach the intersection in order to beat the traffic light at Lincoln Avenue.