TEN YEARS AGO - 2008
Newcomerstown Mayor Steve Guy conducted his first meeting, naming Dave Hickman as Mayor Pro Tempore and Janet Bush as Clerk Pro Tempore.
The State Route 258 bridge north of Newcomerstown re-opened to traffic after being closed since mid-October.
Serviceman DJ Grewell, son of Doug and Brenda Grewell of Newcomerstown, visited the elementary class of Erin Peoples after returning from a tour in Iraq. The class had sent him a teddy bear while he was in Iraq and Grewell sent back pictures of the teddy bear at various locations where he was serving.
Deaths: Hazel Virginia Johnson, 93, Cambridge; Janice A. Riley, 79, Newcomerstown; Helen L. Thompson, 70, Kimbolton; James Robert Gallagher, 78, Newcomerstown.
The Newcomerstown boys basketball team got their first win, defeating Ridgewood at the "Dome" in West Lafayette, 54-34. Josh Miller led the Trojans with 16 points while Curtis Blind had 12 and J.C. Rine added 11. Ridgewood also lost to Garaway, 67-32, while Indian Valley defeated Coshocton, 62-59, but lost to River View, 54-47.
Eric Brock was named the new head football coach for Newcomerstown; he had been defensive assistant coach at Waynedale High School.
The Newcomerstown girls team lost to Sandy Valley, 52-22 and to Beallsville, 58-23. Indian Valley lost to Claymont, 38-27, and to New Philadelphia, 39-20. Ridgewood defeated Strasburg, 46-41, and Malvern, 68-41, but lost to Hiland, 63-30.
Arlene Mayhew was elected president of the Newcomerstown Board of Education.
Al Miskimen was named president and Gregg Shivers vice president of the Newcomerstown Board of Public Affairs.
TWENTY YEARS AGO -1998
Several local groups, including the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce and Newcomerstown Lions Club pledge support for Newcomerstown Public Library Board of Trustees fund-raising endeavor for building a new library.
Aden J. Yoder, 52, Fresno, killed in logging accident.
Tom Gardner elected president of Port Washington Village Council.
Karen Brown named president of Ridgewood Board of Education.
Basketball: Coach Mark Wolff’s Trojan won two games - 51-45 over Strasburg, led by Robert James with 28 points, and 88-77 over Lakeland with James scoring 25 and Ryan Hendershot, 24; Indian Valley Braves defeated Meadowbrook 60-57, led by Jason Simmerman’s 22 points; Ridgewood won 55-50 over Garaway, but lost to Tuscarawas Central Catholic 58-51.
Deaths: Sylvia Violet Warden, 90; Orvil D. Phillabaum, eight; Terence C. Postel, 76; Hazella Street, 90; Ethel Cogar, 66.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988
Newcomerstown 100 Club announced a choice of five nights in Florida, three nights in Las Vegas, or $500 as part of Sweet Hearts Follies promotion.
Local area basketball: Newcomerstown defeated Jewett-Scio 44-43 and lost to Indian Valley South 66-41; Indian Valley South beat Indian Valley North 71-49; Ridgewood won 86-59 over Malvern and lost to Cadiz 57-56.
Brenda Burger and Todd Brown, 1987 graduates of Ridgewood High, among 140 All-Ohio State Fair Alumni Choir marchers in 99th Tournament of Roses Parade New Year’s Day.
Deaths: Raymond Shivers, 47; Roy B. Allen, 52; Golda M. Williams; Frank Maxwell Oldt, 78; Mary Alice Worthing, 79; Pauline Speer, 89; Ella L. Herberholz.
FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978
Thirteen inches of new snow fell in the area complicating removal efforts. Locally, village workers were running out of disposal space as some locations were piled 10-feet high. Accumulation of 23 inches recorded for first 18 days of January.
Police Chief John Lawver reported $1,283.20 collected in fines, costs, and forfeitures, and 45 arrests in December.
Newcomerstown High musicians Connie Hannahs, Barrilynn Watson, Bonnie Ellis, Brenda Booth, Nancy Rehard, and Connie Hart selected to participate in 28th annual High School Music Festival at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Gary Baker, president of Newcomerstown Business & Professional Men’s group, led discussion on village politics during meeting at Johns’ Restaurant.
Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau set goal of 1,000 members. Cy McMullen, Port Washington, and John McKean, Newcomerstown, compromise membership committee.
Deaths: Roger L. Stoffer, 76; Mrs. Richard (Mabel) Wells, 83; Myron Hanly, 62; Roy E. Williams, 66; Henry Jones, 71.
FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne D. Darr, Newcomerstown R.D.3, presidents of Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Women’s Auxiliary, attend presentation ceremony for Gov. James A. Rhodes.
Indian Valley School District voters defeat proposed 4.9 mill levy for sixth time by vote of 1029-907.
Mrs. Edward Hamsher and Mrs. James Styer named co-chairmen of local March of Dimes drive.
Linda Kinkade installed as worthy advisor of Rainbow Girls.
Mr. and Mrs. D.O. Beiter of here won second place in Chamber of Commerce Christmas display contest at their winter home in Imperial Harbor, Fla.
Deaths: Andrew J. Wilson, 73; Rev. C.A. Portz, 77; Mrs. Ina Lawrence, 89; Charles W. Hothem, 52; Homer Lewis, 68; Stella Scherer, 89.
SIXTY YEARS AGO -1958
Real estate values here jump $92,110 in a year.
Frank Lenzo named promotion man for Ohio Fuel Gas.
Trojans win at Zanesville 68-62; lost to Cambridge 70-58.
Deaths: Lewis Loader, 75; Mrs. Lucinda Porchers, 72; Earl Wiggins, 60; Mrs. Minnie Davis, 78.
Married: Miss Sonja Ann McMillen and AB 2-C Carl Joseph Miller, Miss Juanita King and Robert F. Clark.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948
Temperatures drop to 10 below zero.
Mrs. Estella Jones, 38, North Salem, killed when car crashed at Dunlap Creek bridge.
Mr. and Mrs. Roelof Smith purchase the Charles H. Miller meat market and grocery on Main St.
Leslie Besst re-elected president of Board of Education.
Benjamin Miller, Port Washington R.D. 1, dies of injuries received in Dec. 15 car crash in which his wife and daughter were killed.
Trojans lost to Midvale 39-38 and to Carrollton 42-35.
Village appropriations for 1948 total $103,489.32.
Married: Della Louise Bush and Paul Myron Jones; Miss Jean Cunningham and Kenneth E. Brown.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO -1938
Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Tufford announce marriage of their daughter, Mavis to Robert VanSickle.
Miss Mary Simoni, student at Otterbein College, selected delegate to National Christian Association held at Oxford, Ohio.
Dave Gorby’s Trojans win two and lose one game over weekend.
NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928
West Lafayette Bank closed for audit.
Miss Virginia Conrad wins second place in Prince of Peace Contest at Massillon.
Mrs. Jose Edwards remodels building at corner of Bridge and Church streets into appartments.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO -1918
Henry Wolf, former local resident, is on the Italian front.
Mrs. Mary Davis, 63, dies at home on Goodrich St.
L.B. Palmer purchases interest of W.J. Williams in the Palmer Williams Grocery.
Dr. R.M. Quigley returns to France as veterinarian in the French Army.
ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS AGO - 1908
Mrs. Emil Hardy, 60, dies at home west of town.
The president, directors and employees of Rex File plant enjoy banquet at the plant.
Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Creter leave this week to spend winter in Louisiana.