TEN YEARS AGO - 2008

An assessment of lights and hydrants in Newcomerstown was completed. Council member Dave Hickman said some of the darker areas in the village may be the result of overgrown trees and not the lack of street lights. Mayor Steve Guy said the village needed to have old files removed because of the space they’re taking

There was a picture of flooding along Wills Creek on Bridge Road in northern Guernsey County.

Demolition began on the former home of Marian and Lois Craig at the corner of E. State Road beside Riverside Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The home is being torn down to allow for the expansion at Riverside Manor.

The position of Ridgewood school treasurer was filled by Lori Statler, a resident of New Philadelphia.

Rylee Beaver, 6 year old daughter of Dave Beaver and Ralph and Melissa Rhones, all of Newcomerstown, donated over 10 inches of hair the Locks of Love Foundation.

Brandon W. Ogden of Birmingham was recognized with the Eagle Scout award.

Cydney McMillan, a seventh grader at Newcomerstown Middle School, entered a karaoke contest in a March of Dimes fundraiser and qualified for the finals in March.

Ira Yoder-Miller of Baltic wrote a humorous column about making a visit to Newcomerstown.

Deaths: Shirley Jo Thomas, 70, Newcomerstown; Harold E. "Booty" Moore, Lexington, Oklahoma; Sean Finnegan, Sr., 43, Merritt Island, Florida.

Erin Burrier won an essay contest sponsored by the Newcomerstown Elks Lodge. Other place winners were Nathaniel Robert Bourne, Cole Hinton, Jessica Little, Bret Mounts, and Katelin Stringer.

The Newcomerstown boys basketball team lost to Garaway and Strasburg while Ridgewood lost to Tuscarawas Central Catholic and Malvern but defeated Conotton Valley. Indian Valley defeated Cambridge to finish at 11-9 in the regular season.

Ridgewood dropped a close 46-44 game to Steubenville Central Catholic in the Division III tournament opener. Indian Valley lost to Garaway in the tournament and Newcomerstown lost to Hiland.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998

Boy Scouts Arrowhead District representative Don Norman of Newcomerstown presented the "District Award of Merit" to Kathy and George Everhart for outstanding volunteerism to Scouting.

In only three weeks the "Little Library That Could" fund-raiser was up to $330,000 toward the $400,000 needed for a matching federal grant to build a new Newcomerstown Public Library.

Local area basketball: Robert James scored 32 points in the Trojans narrow 75-73 loss to Malvern; General Chris Cabot scored his 1,000th career point in his 24-point scoring performance in Ridgewood’s 63-38 win over Strasburg, and 34 points in the Generals 72-45 win over Jewett-Scio; Brave Josh Weir scored 19 points in Indian Valley Braves 46-43 loss to New Philadelphia.

Married: Julie Riffle and Jesse Hardy, Oct. 11; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Steinbach, Port Washington, 52nd anniversary.

Deaths: Homer R. Chambers, 80; Robert K. Burrows, 67; Foster R. Raines, 96; Charles V. Cradlebaugh, 84; Charles D. (Don) Clarke, 79; Harriet A. Barolow, 85.

 

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988

Newcomerstown school board voted to place a 2.3 mill, 23 year bond issue on May primary ballot for new classrooms at Newcomerstown High School and West Elementary.

Indian Valley School District voted to realign North and South schools, effective the first day of the 1988-89 school year Aug. 29.

Dorothy Hothem elected president of West Lafayette Sorosis.

Area basketball: Tuscarawas Central Catholic pulled out a come-from-behind 68-64 win over the Trojans, and Indian Valley North defeated the Trojans 75-68; Ridgewood won at Jewett-Scio 67-58; Indian Valley South beat Malvern 67-52 for an 18-0 season record, 10-0 in Inter Valley Conference.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean A. Shugart, Newcomerstown R.D. 1, observed their 40th anniversary Feb. 21.

Deaths: Joseph Leonard Dougherty, 80; Jean Brown, 64; Maxine Kenney, 67; Kenneth E.  Meek, 71; Larry D. Maloy, 48; Doyle Hunt, 56; M. Kathleen "Katie" Opphile, 67; Orville A. Silverthorne, 84; Robert Shurtz, 81.

 

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978

Appalachian Exploration Inc. firm, explorer and producer of natural gas and oil, moved into new office building in Port Washington.

Newcomerstown cagers lost to Hiland 66-58, Guernsey Catholic Central 64-57 and Indian Valley South 49-32. South won 79-62 over Cadiz and 72-58 over Tuscarawas Central Catholic.

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968

NHS’s new 1400-seat gymnasium to be used for first time Feb. 16 in game against Hiland Hawks.

Trojans lost to Ridgewood 73-66; Indian Valley South lost to Dennison St. Mary’s 88-76 and to Madison 104-77.

 

SIXTY YEARS AGO -1958

March of Dimes nets $226 here and $282 in Port Washington.

Trojans defeat Millersburg 70-61.

 

SEVENTY YEARS AGO -1948

Over 100 dogs inoculated against rabies by Dr. J.L.  Burt, sponsored by Tri-County Sportsmen League.

Ohio Bell Telephone Co. requests rate increased.

Trojans defeat West Lafayette 51-45.

Deaths: Miss Bess Evans, local teacher for past 40 years; Mrs. Dora Mae Folkert, 62, Guernsey; Lowell Dana Loader, nine month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Loader, dies after several hours illness.

Mr. and Mrs. George A. Rothenstein announce Nov. 28, 1947, marriage of their daughter, Luella to James Huston, Port Washington, in Greenup, Ky.

 

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938

Council rejects withdrawal of Muskingum Watershed Conservancy appeal.

Chamber of Commerce reduces dues from $7.50 to $5.

Ed Lee appointed fire chief to succeed Clarence Warner.

Edith Mae Craigo and George Stonebrook united in marriage by Rev. Charles Foust.

 

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928

Charles E. Martin passes pharmacy exam.

Local Scout troop ready to organize.

 

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918

Wittaker Tidrick dies at home on W. State St.

Welfare Dept. at James B. Clow plant enlarged;  Miss Alice Wimmer employed as visiting nurse.

 

ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS AGO - 1908

Mrs. E.S. Duff and Mrs. C.A. Shannon entertain the Social Club members and husbands with a progressive Pedro party.

Miss Ella Mercer has taken charge of the Globe Hotel.

Oxford Tent, K.O.T., holds public installation in Crater building on Main St.

Death: William Kip, 67, former resident and ticket agent at Pennsylvania Railroad, Coshocton, dies.