This mid-1970s photo shows Lions Club members (l to r) Don Brown, Dayne Lehman and Phil VanSickle putting a new bicycle rack into place at Cy Young Park. (Photo submitted by Janet Bush)

TEN YEARS AGO - 1999

Public Utilities of Ohio approved toll-free calling between Newcomerstown and the Tuscarawas County seat area of Dover/New Philadelphia. Anne Komorowski initiated a petition drive for a public hearing to request the extended service and some 350 residents attended the meeting at the David Barber Civic Center.

NHS students singing with the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir were Trevor Biggs, Becky Marlatt, Estella McKinney, Sarah Hogue, Sarah Kaiser and Jeremy Troyer.

Deaths: Frederick J. Zimmerman, 83; Gail C. Campbell, 80; Marie C. Shuck, 87; Shirley L. Garrett, 73; Robert Earl Daniels, 79.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1989

Area football teams gearing up for coming season with pre-season scrimmages. Newcomerstown defeated Zanesville Rosecrans and Tusky Valley, Indian Valley defeated Newark Catholic and lost to Licking Valley, and Ridgewood won over Conotton Valley and lost to Danville.

Melba Guy, president of Newcomerstown 100 Club, presented check for $1,000 to James Overholt, local elementary principal, for playground equipment.

Rev. Robert Hildreth accepted a seat on Port Washington Village Council to fill position held by Justin Dichler, who resigned.

Deaths: Cpl. Donald Scott Tyson, 21; Charles Scott Kinkade, 41; Ressa P. Garber, 87; Erma M. Day, 62.

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1979

County officials and consulting engineers advised to replace Coshocton Co. Rd. 9 bridge, west of Newcomerstown, when they addressed a crowd of residents at Isleta United Methodist Church during a meeting concerning the fate of the bridge.

William Ourant, Newcomerstown, received lifetime prisoner of war license plates from the License Bureau. He spent time in three prison camps during World War II after the B-17 he was piloting was shot down over Germany on March 9, 1945.

Ellen Hogue, daughter of the John Hogue's, Newcomerstown, left for Costa Rica as a Rotary Club exchange student.

Elaine Heston, Kimbolton, won outstanding project honors for second consecutive year at Ohio State Fair.

Newcomerstown schools preparing for opening day Aug. 29.

Married: Teresa Kay Hart and Timothy A. Pritchard, June 9; Dixie Lee Jewell and Robert A. Bourne, July 21; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Woodard, Newcomerstown, 60th anniversary, Aug. 2; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hartline, Newcomerstown, 45th anniversary, Aug. 15.

Deaths: Ernest Poland, 84; Mrs. Gladys Love, 55; Ruth Corbett, 63; Ida B. Stevens, 90.

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1969

Water tower, built in 1937 at the Heller Tool Division plant, dismantled.

Repair costs for flood damaged Bridge St. projected at $22,000.

Annual Elks picnic enjoyed by 575 members and families at Atkinson cottage.

Deaths: Robert M. Brode, 49; Mrs. Odessa Croy Norman, 84; Melinda Sue Gardner, infant daughter of Richard and Sandra Huston Gardner.

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1959

Football clinic planned here for Trojan football team.

Council approves appointment of Robert Renner as street foreman.

Ralph Robinson wins The News golf tournament, his third victory in 11 years.

Married: Marilyn Meeks and Eugene Nolan; Shirley DeWitt and Michael D. Oliver.

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1949

W.E. Ourant Funeral Home selected by Affiliated Morticians of America as its approved funeral home in this community. Mr. Ourant received the Award of Merit for 1949-50.

Robert Stoffer wins Jaycee Golf Tournament.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard Law purchased the Ritz News Stand from Clarence Chance and changed the name to Ritz Sandwich Shop.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1939

Three-mill levy for school purposes will be placed on November ballot.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1929

Rotary is host to the Barnesville club.

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1919

Harry Atkinson, 17, son of Mr. and Mrs. Uriah Atkinson, seriously injured when crushed by wheels of lumber truck.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1909

Class of 1904 holds reunion at Gnadenhutten Grove.