TEN YEARS AGO - 2008

The village of West Lafayette announced new water and sewer rates would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2009. Village Administrator David Kadri said the increase would be about 50 to 60 cents more on the monthly bill.

The granddaughters of Greg and Georgiana Mason of Newcomerstown, Brittney and Layla Salla in Carroll County, collected enough items to send 31 boxes to troops serving overseas.

The Restore the Pride Committee at Newcomerstown High School was inviting residents to a reception about plans to renovate the high school locker rooms.

The Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard announced plans to observe Pearl Harbor Day with a military salute at West Lawn Cemetery.

The Newcomerstown High School Class of 1953 had its 55th year reunion. Attending were Dolores Hickenbottom Alexander, Shirley Haver Apple, Frances Hildebrand Baker, Doris Stocker Best, Noreene Ford Johnson, June Postlewait Hart, Caroline Regula Wolfe, Margaret Kehl Shook, Norma McCormick Baker, Shirley Clemens Burky, Jeannie Doss Gaumer, Sue Kohl Neal, Patsy Beiter Gallion, June Carney Little, Marjorie Joy Groff, Doris Lyons Baker, Donna Whyde Colton, Dora Ann Meek Quillin, Sally Russell Maddox, Clifford E. Lehman, Dennis G. Belle, Larry Dale Longsworth, Rolland Babe Snell, Richard C. Roe, David McQueen, Donald Eugene Norman, Scott Joseph Martin, Earl E. Etter, William H. Burky, Robert Lee Hashman.

Deaths: Mary E. Snell, 74, Newcomerstown; Charmagne B. Berger, 71, Newcomerstown; Wayne F. Baab, 81, Newcomerstown; Doris V. Riddle, 88, Newcomerstown; Janice Garrett, 70, Peoli.

Norazella and John Gunn of Newcomerstown are featured in a story about their lives, written by William Casteel, correspondent.

The Newcomerstown girls’ team dropped the season opener in a close game to the Indian Valley Braves, 42-41. Stephany Felton led the Trojans with eight points. Stacy Bond led Indian Valley with 12 points.

The Newcomerstown Public Library is featuring "A Christmas Carol" as a holiday offering.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998

Some 60 area residents attended a town meeting hosted by Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce to discuss results of a community-wide survey regarding the village.

A portion of Newcomerstown Moose Lodge heavily damaged by fire possibly caused from a burning cigarette in trash can. Damaged estimated $60,000.

Basketball: Jason Bryant’s buzzer shot gave the Trojans a 57-56 season opening win over Monroe Central, and Trojan Robert James hit the 1,000 career points mark; Indian Valley Braves lost 54-43 to Minerva and 72-40 to Garaway; Lady Trojans 3-0 season with 39-37 win over Strasburg; Ridgewood Lady Generals 4-0 on season with 54-38 win over Jewett-Scio.

Married: Dr. Sunshine Numrich and Dr. Kevin Lahmers, June 13; Mr. and Mrs. John H. (Jean) Heller, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary, Dec. 10.

Death: William J. Peters Sr., 76.

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988

Newcomerstown American Legion Post 431 announced Americanism contest winners, seniors Alan Bambeck and Jerri Miner, juniors Kevin Lahmers and Jamey Lower, and sophomores William Belle and Patricia Loader.

Pacemaker Plastics Co. Inc. of Newcomerstown announced plans to erect a 20,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant on Enterprise Drive in newly established Newcomerstown Industrial Park.

Ridgewood High’s Voice of Democracy contest winners were Trista McNeal, Julie Barker and Katrina VanBibber.

Local area basketball: Trojans won 66-61 over Strasburg and lost to Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 57-35; Indian Valley Braves beat Jewett-Scio 77-38 and lost to Tusky Valley 65-49; Ridgewood lost to Tuscarawas Central Catholic 68-49.

Married: Rev. Joy Lynn Greenawalt and David Franklin Miller Jr., June 18.

Deaths: Robert V. "Rob" Brown, 34; Virginia E. Little, 63; Mabel H. Tufford, 83; Lester E. John, 88; Wayne Jacob Stephen, 63; Lester Taylor Swigert, 62; Hester Treasure Duff, 76.

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978

Gary Myers, a 1973 graduate of NHS, named manager of Newcomerstown office of City Loan and Savings.

Tuscarawas County registered 840 deer killed during six-day gun season, up from 1977 figure of 819. Statewide deer kill totaled 19,751.

Mrs. Robert Denham installed as worthy matron of Oriental Chapter 106 Eastern Star, Newcomerstown.

Area basketball scores: Trojans over Tusky Valley 61-54; Ridgewood over Newcomerstown 66-65; Indian Valley South upped their record to 4-0 with wins of 76-62 over East Knox and 32-30 at Strasburg.

Death: Dale C. Everhart, 41.

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968

A state highway department plan to abandon U.S. Rt. 21 between Newcomerstown and the Green Gables interchange of New Philadelphia protested at public hearing.

Frank J. Sherry named plant manager of The General Tire & Rubber Co. plant here.

James Gibson, Kimbolton, treated at Guernsey Memorial Hospital and a Madeconia was fatally injured in two-car crash at Dunlap Creek.

Rev. Wesley Fredrick, pastor of local Church of the Nazarene, elected president of Ministerial Assn.

Trojans beat Dennison St. Mary’s 74-66 and lost to Claymont 40-34; Indian Valley South defeats St. Mary’s 69-57.

Married: Miss Thelma Fisher and Keith Russell; Miss Theresa Cox and Robert E. Shepherd; Mr. and Mrs. Orval DeWitt, Port Washington, golden anniversary.

Deaths: Orville J. Hoover, 59; Fredrick Seibert Sr., 58; Doris McCollum, 64; Lillie Bryan, 87; Lucy George Sproul, 94; Lester F. Gephart, 57; Patrick James McKinley, infant.

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958

Harvey J. Ortt and Oliver Ortt repurchase Newcomerstown Cable System from James H. Rich and Bernard Friedman, who bought it Oct. 1.

Temperature of nine degrees below zero as cold blast hits area.

Newcomerstown receives auto safety awards for fourth consecutive year.

Deaths: Mrs. Grant Norris, 82; Mrs. Anna Reidenbach, 80; Larry Steven McCoun, infant; Mrs. Laura E. Skaer, 82; C.C. Russell, 68.

Melvin Noe, Main St., sufferes broken arm when car crashes into his Puritan Laundry truck.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948

William E. Ourant, Cincinnati, buys Jones, Lydick and Castle Funeral Home here.

Oxford Township voted dry.

Trojans win from West Lafayette 45-44.

Married: Miss Rachel Neighbor and Stanley Hines; Miss Dorothy West and Charles Rodenstine; Miss Hazel Rush and Robert Kinkade; Miss Evelyn DeRing and Alfred Huff.

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Norman celebrate 50th wedding anniversary.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938

Citizens vote against paying flood taxes.

Chamber of Commerce plans 1,500 treats fro local children at Christmas.

Lois Zimmer named head of Ohio State U. Alumni.

Married: Marjorie May Huston and V. Eugene Hackenbracht; Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Brown, Dec. 3.

NINETY YEARS AGO -1928

Local schools closed because of unusual amount of illness.

Reception held for Rev. Ira Bashford, new pastor of First Baptist Church.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918

Warren Jones buys furniture stock of J.A. Rippeth.

Charles Bodenheimer reported slightly injured in action. Roy Norris dies of shell shock in France. William Mentzer reported killed in action.