TEN YEARS AGO - 2008

Newcomerstown’s street sweeper caught on fire and was totaled on the last day of work for 27-year employee Pete Williams.

Newcomerstown native Ryan Styer was elected Tuscarawas County Prosecutor, defeating Amanda Spies by over 9,000 votes.

Voters in the Indian Valley School District approved a renewal levy for current expenses.

Randy and Janet Addy are pictured with a hot air ballon that landed in their horse pasture. The children of Ralph and Louise Gibbs had surprised their father with a ride from Fresno to Newcomerstown, provided by Gibboney’s Aerostation.

Deaths: Clyde Carruthers, 77, Newcomerstown; Patricia "Susie" Johnson, 50, Newcomerstown; Virgil D. Bliss, 80, Newcomerstown; Helen P. Huff, 97, formerly of Newcomerstown; Betty L. Thompson, 65, formerly of Freno; Elizabeth Wright, 61, Newcomerstown.

Newcomerstown is being transformed into the North Pole as part of the annual Polar Express train ride.

Marjorie Miller is pictured presenting books to Michelle Groves and Bonnie Tidrick for the Newcomerstown Public Library in memory of the late Mary B. Swigert.

Dakota Fixel, a sixth grader at Ridgewood Middle School, won a poster contest sponsored by the West Lafayette Lions Club.

Newcomerstown High School presented its fall sports awards. Golf: Cameron Wolf, medalist; Austin Gibson, rookie of the year. Football: Coaches Award, Davy Swails; Iron Man, Tyler Amore; Offensive Lineman, Andy Hill, Defensive Lineman, Jess Yoho; Offensive Back, Josh Miller; Defensive Back, Serafin Sanchez; Most Improved, Matt Ayers; 4-Year Letterman, Taylor Brandon. Cross Country: MVP, Michael Amore; Most Improved, Jacob Everhart. Cheerleading: Captain’s Award, Chanelle McMasters. Volleyball: Offensive Player, Allison Snyder; Defensive Player, Devan Belt; Coaches Award, Brandi Crank; Most Improved, Krystin Raach.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998

Morris Crossing development, including a hotel and restaurants, planned on north side of Rt. 36 near Interstate 77, Newcomerstown.

Undefeated Ridgewood Generals Inter Valley Conference champion and their coach Terry Guilliams was named "Coach of the Year." Generals Chad Marlatt, Josh Lahmers, Josh Zickefoose, Ray Border and Justin Shroyer named first team IVC. Runnerup Newcomerstown first time picks were Robert James, Gary Stahl, Adam Johnson and Craig Hickman.

Married: Kari L. Welz and Tim R. Johnson, Aug. 1; Dawn Marie Grewell and Ty Anthony Hicks, Oct 10; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Eugene (Vivian Jean) Beall, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary Nov. 22.

Death: Edith Norris, 79.

 

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988

Mayor Gordon DeMarco proclaimed Nov. 13-19 as "American Education Week" and presented a proclamation to Supt. Gary Sterrett and Craig Collins, president of Newcomerstown Teachers Assn.

Fire departments from Newcomerstown, Port Washington, Bakersville and West Lafayette fought a fire that destroyed a barn on the Robert and Rebecca Dorsey farm in Oxford Twp.

Mary A. Butler, Dresden, named Port Washington Postmaster, taking over for June Miller of Westy Lafayette who had been in charge.

Rev. Vince DelRe appointed pastor of Newcomerstown Foursquare Gospel Church.

Married: Cheri Lynne Casteel and William G. Jones, Sept 4; Amy Sue Groff and Charles A. Bosson,  Sept. 3; Patricia Ann Moore and Walter E. Rotruck, Oct. 22; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon (Lucille) Powell, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary, Dec. 7.

Deaths: Arthur Wise Oaklief, 74.

 

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978

Trojan cross country runners, Dan and J.P. Mozena two of only five selected for Eastern District All-Star team.

Rotary Club presented "Mr. Rotarian" award to Virgil Ervin and "Mr. Congeniality" award to Vic Park. Membership plaques were awarded to John Atkinson, 44 years, and Bill Heifner, 40 years.

Indian Valley Future Farmers of America Parliamentary Procedure Team placed second in National FFA Convention in Kansas City. Mo.

Bridge on Rt. 83 over Wills Creek collapsed after dump truck bed struck overhead beams - new bridge expected to be completed mid-July.

Married: Gina Marie Baker and Harold G. Malterer, Oct. 28.

Deaths: Mrs. Kenneth (Helen) Milligan, 63; Ernest A. Asher, 85.

 

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968

New arch road suspension at Stocker’s Ridge passing over Interstate-77 reported to be the largest of its type in Ohio.

Supt. Edward Hamsher announced that as a result of the undefeated football team a $6,000 donation was being offered by an unnamed person for athletics here.

Stone Creek to acquire new post office.

Local A & P Store closes Nov. 16 after 44 years in business here. Francis Martin , manager, transfers to Marion store.

Lions Club sells 185 dozen roses in annual Rose Day project.

Deaths: John E. Stewart, 76; George Quarles, 64; Mrs. Rollin (Goldie) Barthalow, 75; Mrs. Leota Craigo, 76; Mrs. Freda Davies, 58.

 

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958

"Around the World in 80 Books" American  Education Week theme in local schools.

Beta Sigma Phi float takes first prize in Halloween parade.

Mr. and Mrs. John Wiandt mark 40th anniversary.

Mary Reinhardt and Herbert L. Floyd married Nov. 2.

Deaths: Norma Lynn Duggy, infant; Charles L. Baxter, 83; Mrs. Samuel Robinson, 93.

 

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948

2,000 see last football game of season; Dennison defeats Trojans 3-0.

Trojan football players, cheerleaders and drivers to see Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers play at Cleveland.

Janet Portz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Portz, named Girl Scout of the month.

A.M. Dull sells plumbing business to J.B. Budd.

W. Stewart Hursey, 69, N. Chestnut St., dies from injuries received when struck by auto.

Carl Dudley opens jewelry store on W. Main St.

 

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938

Five generations sponsor plans for banquet for Trojan grid champions.

Home of Lorin Berkshire, Smith St., destroyed by fire.

Death: Joseph Twyman, 75, former city marshal.

Council buys $1,505 worth of pipe for local WPA projects.

L.B. Palmer elected president and C.E. Ashelman secretary treasurer of Tuscarawas County Banker’s Assn.

 

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928

Mrs. Jacob Shearer found dead at her home on Carlysle St. by her daughter.

William Buck, 37, brakeman on C & M Railroad, crushed to death when caught between two cars.

John Atkinson, OSU student, appointed second lieutenant in ROTC.

 

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918

Mrs. Carrie Dougherty notified of death of her brother, Walter, from wounds received in action.

Jesse Walters, former News linotype operator, first local man discharged from service at end of war.

Howard Thomas, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas, killed in action.

Schools reopened after being closed several weeks because of influenza.