TEN YEARS AGO - 2002
The 81st annual Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce Banquet recognizes community development. Winners of the President's Award were George Brode of Brode Construction in Newcomerstown, Dana Lewis of McDonalds in Newcomerstown, and the Coshocton County Memorial Hospital.
Donna Mason, administrative assistant to Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District Superintendent David Branch, was named Administrative Professional of the Year by the Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce.
George W. Brode, owner of Brode Construction of Newcomerstown, named to the Newcomerstown High School Citizen's Wall of Honor by the Newcomerstown Board of Education.
Track: Claymont beat Trojans.
Trojans shut out Conotton Valley, 14-0, in baseball action but fall to Buckeye Trail, 5-0.
Tigers shut out Lady Trojans, 15-0, in softball action.
Married: Angela Bebout and James Tedrow, Feb. 20.
Mrs. and Mrs. Harry Barthalow of Newcomerstown celebrated their 50th anniversary, April 19.
Deaths: Erma E. Ridgley, 78; Robert W. Moore, 75;Franklin W. Brandon, 67; and Steve Hammersley, 72.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1992
Wayne and Bonnie Mortine, Newcomerstown, were retiring from Thompson's IGA. They had been with Thompson's since its opening in Newcomerstown on Oct. 16, 1955, with Wayne being manager of the store for his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Thompson, and Bonnie handling all the bookkeeping and working check-out line.
The Knights of Columbus John F. Kennedy Council 5483 of Newcomerstown recognized area residents and members of the Francis de Sales Church at an awards banquet with Lou Vannus honored as "Citizen of the Year" and "Knight of the Year." Brian Bigg was also a "Knight of the Year," and he and his family was chosen as "Family of the Year." Cecil Renaud was "Women of the Year," and Dennis Belle was honored with the "Wise Owl" Award.
Elks Lodge students of the month included Janet Hickman, Newcomerstown High School, and Amy Gute and Patrick Clark, both of Ridgewood High School.
Julius Watt, West Lafayette, was grand prize winner of the West Lafayette Annual Commemorative Plate Design Contest. Rodney Stein, Bakersville, won first place, and his design was to appear on the cover of the 1992 West Lafayette Homecoming program. Tara Leas, a third grade student at West Lafayette Elementary won second place, and her design was to be printed on placemats promoting the Homecoming.
Trojans finished fourth in the Tornado Relays at Dover.
Raye Williams, Gnadenhutten, was crowned the Tuscarawas County Pork Producers 1992 Pork Queen. She was crowned by the 1991 Pork Queen Michelle McMullen, Newcomerstown.
Open house was held for the newly-remodeled Bank One branch office in Newcomerstown. The bank announced plans to have Saturday banking hours to their services.
Beryl DeRing resigned as president of the Newcomerstown Friends of the Library due to ill health.
Deaths: James C. Kedigh, 50; Ida O. Erskine, 87.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1982
Pittsburgh Steelers Steve Courson, Tyrone McGrift, Rich Martin, Frank Wilson, Russell Davis, Randy Grossman, Ted Peters and Bob Kohrs played a benefit basketball game against local coaches at Newcomerstown High School to help raise finds for new band uniforms. The Steelers signed numerous autographs. The coaches won the game.
Mental Health Month was announced for the for the month of May, and Mrs. Jean Bowman, Newcomerstown, was named Mental Health Bellringer chairman for the fundraising campaign in Newcomerstown. Chairmen for Port Washington were Dave Coulson and Dale Allen Veley, both of Port Washington.
Winners in the Newcomerstown 100 Club's community clean-up poster contest held at local elementary schools were Brandi James, Mike Smith, Heather Stein and Carla Hinds.
Larry Arnold was named "Knight of the Year" by the local Knights of Columbus.
Newcomerstown Trojans won the Class A division and the Ridgewood Generals took home the trophy for the Class AA competition at the Tornado Relays in Dover. Indian Valley South finished sixth in Class A.
Four Indian Valley Future Farmers of America members received the State Farmer Degree in Production Agriculture, the highest degree given by a state association. They were: Chuck Berger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Berger, Newcomerstown; Diane Wells, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wells, Gnadenhutten; Brent Hursey, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hursey, Newcomerstown; and Bruce Horsfall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Horsfall, Port Washington.
Cheech and Chong's "Nice Dreams" was the featured film showing at the Starlite Drive-In.
Married: Sonia Gulick and Ronnie Waggoner, March 20, at Fresno Bible Church.
Deaths: Willis W. Haver, 52; Mabel Hannahs, 82; Raymond Lee Peoples, 67; Harry Dale Wasson, 66; Delbert Quillen, 74.
(Note to readers: The News regrets additional information was unavailable for this week's Memory Lane column.)