This early 1940s photograph shows a wintertime view of Newcomerstown, looking south. The Heller Bros. building and large chimney is visible in the background. (Photo courtesy of William Casteel, West Lafayette)TEN YEARS AGO - 1999Marvin L. Beatty, 59, Mineral City, began a life sentence Christmas Eve in connection with the shooting death of his ex-wife, Kay I. Wood, 56, of Malvern, shot while at her secretarial job at Laborers Union Hall on Main St., Newcomerstown.Oxford Township Trustees voted to support annexation of property from the township to the village of Newcomerstown for the Morris Crossing development project.Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center of Cambridge was opening a specialty services medical office at Arrowhead Clinic in Newcomerstown. Staff was to include doctors Kevin Alten, Paul Wright, Michael Sarap, Jackson Flanigan and Clark Leslie.Local area basketball: Newcomerstown lost to Malvern 67-57; Ridgewood won 54-51 over Strasburg; Indian Valley Braves lost to New Philadelphia Quakers 63-34.Death: Juanita P. Brandon, 69.TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1989Mayor Gordon DeMarco issued his "State of the Village" report and stated the village became better in 1988 with newly paved streets, the Industrial Park, and a new pool to be constructed at Cy Young Park.Trojan wrestlers won their holiday invitational defeating Tusky Valley, Jewett-Scio, Waterford, Malvern and Tuscarawas Central Catholic. Jack Lenhoff upped his oveall record to 9-1 with fives wins for the Trojans.THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1979Newcomerstown's Woody Hayes was fired as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes after a skirmish with a Clemson University football player in the final moments of the Buckeyes loss at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. During his 28 years at OSU, Coach Hayes and the Buckeyes compiled a record off 198-57-9, four unbeaten teams, seven Big Ten championships and six co-championships.Married: Catherine Elizabeth Welch and Phillip B. Schrickel, Dec. 15.Deaths: Magdelene S. Johnson, 73; Richard L. Tipple Sr., 61; Mrs. Vernon (Nancy) Hathaway.FORTY YEARS AGO - 1969The Cross St. home of Dr. and Mrs. W.R. Agricola was destroyed by fire on Christmas Day. Damage was estimated at $45,000.Several hours without electricity brought a chilly Christmas Day to Newcomerstown residents.Local telephone exchange scheduled to get Direct Distance Dialing this year from Ohio Bell.Deaths: Harry M. Riggle, 82; John C. Davis, 84; Mrs. Della A. Gram, 96; Mrs. Mary A. Anderson, 78; Jesse Baker, 78.FIFTY YEARS AG0 - 1959Deaths: Mrs. Pearl Griffin, 75; Irvin Mizer, 88.SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1949Leo Heller announced his retirement after 33 years of service at Heller Bros. He was presented a watch and scroll.A barn on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Nave, Port Washington, destroyed by fire.Deaths: John S. Craigo, 83; Fred Tipton, 39; Mrs. Mary Hertel.SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1939Elks initiate 31 candidates with a crowd of 210 present.Theda Eloise Robey and Oliver W. Underwood married Dec. 31 in Newcomerstown by the bride's grandfather, Rev. T.J. Robey.EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1929Mrs. George Garrett, 74, dies while visiting her daughter at Crafton, Pa.Conley Taylor, Locan McCune, Frank Henderson and Ray Lewis return from deer hunting in Pennsylvania.A six-ton annealing plant has been installed at the Heller Bros. plant.NINETY YEARS AGO - 1919Mrs. Dorothy Rothenstine and Russell Gibson are married in Canton.John E. Milburn, 66, instantly killed when accidentally shot by a neighbor while butchering.ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1909Harry Paulun, 24, Wolf, drowns while skating on the Canal at New Philadelphia.The Tuscarawas River was frozen over last week.