TEN YEARS AGO - 2008
Newcomerstown Utility Superintendent reported a fire hydrant on W. State Street is "fully functional." It was reported that Randy Smith of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency did a Sanitary Survey Evaluation and said there were no deficiencies but made some recommendations.
Tom Cinefro of Newcomerstown was featured on a tribute CD for Rick Springfield with a song and video, "Kristina." Cinefro was pictured with Springfield, who he’s worked with as a guitar technician for several years.
Teacher Rita Lahmers received a grant for a "field trip without a bus," allowing students to learn about 10 area agencies while remaining in the classroom. West School Principal Pat Cadle said West Elementary is one of the first schools in the state to receive the grant through the Ohio Farm Bureau.
West Lafayette council accepted the resignation of Grant Daugherty as village administrator.
Mabel Pollock was pictured playing music at the Newcomerstown Senior Center for Valentine’s Day.
Kristen Fenton was named a leadership delegate for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership seminar.
Donelle Billman of Newcomerstown was named first runner-up in the National Hereford Queen contest in Denver, Colorado. She had been named the Ohio Hereford Queen last year.
Deaths: Harold ‘Jake’ Franklin Haver, 83, Newcomerstown; J. Edward Belcher, 66, Newcomerstown; Charles H. Barthalow, 80, Kimbolton; Elaine Laura Folkert, 92, formerly of New Philadelphia.
Lynn Hamm and June Eckelberry are pictured with choir director Lori Stevens at Christ United Methodist Church promoting a "Singspiration."
Gary Chaney of Newcomerstown is featured in an article promoting Newcomerstown’s "heritage, community spirit."
Garaway defeats Newcomerstown boys’ basketball team, 75-24, in the Division III sectional tournament. J.C. Rine led Newcomerstown with seven points. Ridgewood knocked off Bellaire Big Red in the sectional, 63-43, with Jared Kreitzer scoring 26 points.
Indian Valley wrestlers finished third in district competition. Ridgewood was fourth in the Division III sectional.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998
The "Little Library That Could" reached $390,000 toward the $400,000 goal to build the new Newcomerstown Public Library with a matching $500,000 federal grant.
West Lafayette’s Burt Park received three grants amounting to more than $66,000 for renovations including gazebos, bandstand and landscaping.
David Daugherty won Newcomerstown Middle School’s Rachel Stoffer Spelling Bee, with Corey Spring, second and Aaron Cochran, third.
Basketball: Coach Mark Wolff’s Trojans upset Ridgewood 75-61 and won the Orange and Black trophy, with Trojan Robert James scoring 31 points and General Chris Cabot, 32; Coach Todd Stoffer’s Ridgewood Generals defeated Hiland 51-48; Indian Valley Braves lost to Claymont 74-69. Brave Thomas Wright 27 points; Newcomerstown won 64-44 over Tuscarawas Valley, led by Ryan Hendershot with 16 points; Trojans lost to Jewett-Scio 75-65.
Married: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth L. (Martha) Welch, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary, Feb. 28; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis "Luke" (Gloria) Johnson, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary, Jan. 31.
Deaths: Fay B. Hyslop, 90; L. Marcella Parks, 83; Lucille Hamilton, 77; Joseph Griffith Jr., 77.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988
Cecil R. Haver, 84, Newcomerstown businessman and community leader, killed in auto accident in Medina County.
Leman Clark II held grand opening for new Cy Young Lanes bowling center in Newcomerstown.
Trojans won last two basketball games, 59-58 over Caldwell and 58-48 against Lakeland; Ridgewood lost to Garaway 66-30.
Deaths: Larry Joseph Johnson, 40, former mayor of Kimbolton; Dean Milburn.
FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978
Lengthy coal miners strike developing energy crisis as Ohio’s electric companies fuel supply shortened; public threatened with electricity rationing if pleas for conservation unheeded.
Kelly King installed as worthy advisor of Rainbow Girls.
New zoning ordinance becomes effective in Port Washington.
Elks Hoop Shoot winners were Kenny Shaw, Skip Landis, Kenny Stocker, John Buss, Mark Ridgway, Eldon Hughes, Sherry Baker, Kathy Bundy, Terrie Frye, Darla Meek, Bobbie Davis and Roberta Little.
Mrs. James Wolff, Heart Drive chairman for Newcomerstown, announced Feb. 26 as Heart Sunday.
Coach Gary Sterrett’s Trojans closed season 2-16 after 69-66 overtime win over Ridgewood and 62-47 loss at Strasburg. In Class A sectional tournament at River View, Trojans ousted by Guernsey Catholic Central 64-47.
Ridgewood finished season with 5-13 mark after losing to Bridgeport 69-68.
Ayersville Pilots ruined Indian Valley South’s perfect season with a 61-53 upset. Rebel Larry Huggins scored 27 points and teammate Doug Weir, 18. South closed season 16-1.
Married: Marilyn Sue Peoples and Terrance Allen Eddy, Dec. 3; Shirley R. Clark and Robert G. Nutter.
Deaths: Dr. Roy D. Hildebrand, 70; Dennis K. Welch; Eugene Bussard; Bessie Tennant; Rohland Snyder, 81; Fred S. Rollstin, 89; John H. Rietz, 97.
FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968
New high school gym initiated with 1300 spectators on hand for basketball game between the Trojans and Hiland. Trojans lost by one point, 52-51.
NHS Science Fair winners were Clifford Morrison, Bonnie Jacobs and Chris Hart, all of Wheeling Local, and Richard Ellis, Jim Russell, Pam Lenzo, Lynnsaye Shaw and Sharon Miller, all of NHS.
Dave Gress named president of local Jaycees.
Married: Miss Edith Smart and Paul Triplett.
Deaths: Frank C. Wier, 69; George Rothenstine, 65; Herman Hoffman, 80; Frank Eckfield, 84; George R. Landon, 53; Charles O. Arbogast, 77.
SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958
Starting Feb. 21, money must be put into parking meters until 9 p.m.
Trojans end cage season with 4-14 record.
Miss Dorothy Annwyn Woods and Kenneth R. Taylor married in South Carolina.
Deaths: Anthony McKinley, 79; Mrs. Ella Geisinger, 75; Mrs. S.J. Cochran, 72; Howard Casteel, 72.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948
Mr. and Mrs. John Hampton, Downs Ave., purchase Dots Style Shop from Mrs. John McKean.
Mrs. Gladys Beall, East building teacher, appointed East principal to fill expired term of Miss Bess Evans.
Hagan Smith, 48, R.D. 2, fatally injured when his truck is struck by train at Wagner’s Crossing.
Mercury drops to 15 degrees below zero here.
Trojans beat Carrollton 58-50.
Married: Nellie Mae Kiste and Harry Cordey; Mrs. Nora B. Gardner and Charles L. Pumphrey.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938
New Post Office building opens to the public Saturday.
Mary J. Beers appointed to Board of U.S. Civil Service Examiners in Washington, D.C.
Clark Schworm and Miss Irene Finley married.
Trojans end season 12-4.
NINETY YEARS AGO -1928
Campaign started to move Heller Bros. plant from Newark, N.J. to Newcomerstown.
Bryan B. Murphy, 31, dies from burns received in kitchen stove fire.
Rotary Club sponsors Boy Scout troop of 52 boys organized here.
Death: Harrison Booth, 41.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918
532 men registered in Tuscarawas County by draft board.
James B. Clow and Sons give employees 10 percent increase in wages.
Charles Bodenheimer and Miss Lydia Regula married.
ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS AGO - 1908
Rex File and Saw Co. receives $1,400 order from Japan.
Postmaster J.R. McElroy, Mayor M.B. Kennedy, Willis Tschudy, Calvin Hartline, S.F. Pace, M.C. Julien, F.D. Mulvane, Jack Thalheimer and M.O. Julien attend fourth annual Lincoln Day banquet at New Philadelphia.