TEN YEARS AGO - 2002

West School afterschool program named SWAT Team approved at the Newcomerstown Board of Education meeting.

Newcomerstown area only has state- and county-wide issues and candidates to be voted on in the Nov. 5 election, but Gnadenhutten will be voting on a 3-mill, 5-year renewal levy for current expenses.

Trojans win 37-7 over Sandy Valley; Ridgewood loses to Malvern, 13-6; and Braves fall prey to Dover Tornadoes, 40-0.

Deaths: John A. Braniger, 54, Kmbolton; Lester Lee Hanning, 67, Newcomerstown; and Mark W. Lyons, 31, Fresno.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1992

Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce announced plans for several community activities that included a "Christmas in the Village" craft show, alumni basketball game, a Halloween treat afternoon involving local merchants, and an ethnic food festival.

Newcomerstown Elks Lodge named Amy Whaley and Charles Bell as Newcomerstown High School's Students of the Month.

Over 500 attended the PACCT (Parents, Adolecents and Citizens in the Community Together) Halloween Carnival at Newcomerstown Middle School for the benefit of the county food basket.

Chris Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Smith, Port Washington, won the $25 second prize in the Tuscarawas Society for Children and Adults "Rainbow Connection" (formerly Easter Seals) poster contest. First place winner of $50 was Jason Andreas of Ragersville Elementary. Honorable mentions were Scott Dennis, Newcomerstown West School student, and April Briggs, a student at Port Washington Elementary.

Chuck and Judy Stocker, Newcomerstown, drove their semi-truck loaded with 40,000 pounds of donations from residents throughout District 13-G of Lions Club, to Florida as part of the relief effort for victims of Hurricane Andrew.

Richard Gunn was elected president of Local 496 of the United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum & Plastic Workers of America.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell (Christine) Myers, Newcomerstown, were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Oct. 22.

The home of the Bruce and Debbie Colvin family, Freedom Road, Kimbolton, was destroyed by a fire of undetermined origin.

Local area football: Trojans defeated 14-6 by Garaway Pirates; Ridgewood General lost to Strasburg 35-8; Indian Valley Braves defeated Coventry 32-0 and were 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the PAC-7.

Deaths: Robert L. Brelsford, 69; John J. Stone, 62; Audra P. Williams, 77.

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1982

Howard Caldwell, Newcomerstown, was named president of the Ohio State Grange. He was succeeded by James Ross of Coshocton and was installed during the 110th convention in Columbus. Caldwell and his wife, Marie, had served in various Grange capacities for several years, including 10 years as State Grange deputies for Tuscarawas County.

Republican Clarence J. Brown and Democrat Richard Celeste were heading up the Ohio Governor's race to be decided by voters Nov. 2.

The Newcomerstown Emergency Rescue Squad Inc. announced plans for a dedication ceremony for the David L. Barber Civic Center on E. State Street on Oct. 30. Barber, a former member of the squad, was killed in a car accident earlier in the year.

Trick or treat night was set for Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Newcomerstown.

Newcomerstown Mayor Dennis Belle signed a proclamation designating October as membership month for the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA). Mrs. Richard (Judy) Hill was PTA president.

Lois Young, food economist for IGA, was featured speaker at the McClain "consumer workshop" at the Lions Den in Newcomerstown. Guests included members of the Welcome Wagon and Junior Mothers clubs of Newcomerstown, and the Pandorian Club of West Lafayette.

Bob Reiser, Gnadenhutten R.D. 1, was winner of the 19-inch color television given away by the Cy Young Softball League. Mitch Bricker, Newcomerstown, won a microwave oven, and Alan Folkert, Newcomerstown R.D. 3, was winner of an electric grill.

Football results for the week: Trojans lost to Strasburg 24-6; Ridgewood Generals defeated Garaway 17-15; Indian Valley South Rebels lost to Canton Trinity Christian 20-16.

Married: Gayla Baker and Randy Miller, Sept. 25; Luann Fay Bowers and David Paul Snell, Oct. 2; Sharon L. Ott and Roger W. Bradshaw, Oct. 10; Laura Ann Anderson and Thomas John Weber, Oct. 2.

Deaths: Albert Endres, 74, Coshocton; Eileen June Snider, 55, Rayland; Sarah E. Howell, 88, West Lafayette; Mrs. Lloyd (Olive) Bender, 65, and Richard G. McKain, 61, both Port Washington.

(The News regrets that information was unavailable to provide a complete Memory Lane column this week.)