TEN YEARS AGO - 2004

Robert James, son of Ron and Kathy James, Newcomerstown, graduated Dec. 13, 2003, from Kent State University, Kent, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and computer information systems.

Kyle Little of the Newcomerstown Trojans had two pins as the Trojans swept a double dual meet against Beallsville and Steubenville Central Catholic.

Jim Williams, of the Newcomerstown School District, officially retires his post after 25 years as caretaker on Dec. 31, 2003.

The Indian Valley wrestling team rolled to first place at the Coshocton Asics Classic.

Deaths: Bonnie Lou Hickenbottom, 74, Newcomerstown; and Francis James Hurless Sr., 85, West Lafayette.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1994

New Mayor Wayne "Packy" McFarland eliminated Mayor's Court in Newcomerstown, sending all citations to Southern District Court in Uhrichsville.

Delaware Valley Fire District firemen, with mutual aid from Newcomerstown and Stone Creek firemen, battled a blaze that destroyed the Vernon Stillion home on West Hill Road, Port Washington.

Local basketball: Trojans lost to Caldwell, 60-32; Indian Valley Braves defeated Ridgewood Generals, 70-50.

Among youngsters winning at several businesses in The Newcomerstown News Christmas Coloring Contest were Tara Belt, Lake Stocker and Tommy Corbett.

Deaths: Rev. Fr. John Kempf; Betty L. King, 53; Mabel I. Hamilton, 91; Arthur E. Rehard, 75; Richard A. Cummings, 79.

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1984

Outgoing mayor Dennis Belle administered the oath of office to Newcomerstown's new mayor, Charles Yingling.

Newcomerstown 100 Club voted to donate $1,000 for new lighting at Newcomerstown Middle School. The club's Sweet Hearts Follies was set for Feb. 16-18.

Don Hoffman, Gnadenhutten R.D. 1, named president of Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau for 1983-1984.

Basketball: Fort Frye narrowly defeated Indian Valley South 32-30; Trojans nipped 55-53 by Caldwell.

Claude Hinds, Newcomerstown, honored at 1983 Eastern Ohio Angus Association annual meeting in St. Clairsville.

Phil Conn, Plainfield, a junior at Ridgwood High School, named winner of 35th annual Voice of Democracy contest sponsored at Ridgewood by West Lafayette Post 1130 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary.

Deaths: Rissa B. Mathews, 90; Dorsell D. Babcock, 50; Clarence H. Degen, 84.

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1974

Lorin Gadd, president of Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce, reported the Newcomerstown area was blessed with excellent industry and the general forecast for the new year was for expansion, improvements and progress.

New York fashion designer, Shannon Rodgers, one of Newcomerstown's favorite sons, along with his fashion partner, Jerry Silverman, made major financial contributions to the Newcomerstown Historical Society.

Starting Jan. 2, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, implemented a new color photography driver's license.

Trojans lost in overtime 58-57 to Zanesville Rosecrans.

Ridgewood edged by Strasburg 75-67.

Death: M. Gayle Barger, 54.

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1964

Local Jaycees and Jaycee Wives bring yule joy to many local children through "Toys for Tots.

Deaths: Ray C. Hogg, 58; Jacob Reidenbach, 82; James C. Hursey, 79.

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1954

Dilford Beiter, N. College Street, wins first prize and Eugene Riffle won second prize in December Home Decorating Contest.

Vernon Lee renamed solicitor when council holds first meeting of 1954.

Groundbreaking ceremony for new plastics plant to be held Jan. 9.

Total of $17,659.59 received in the industrial fund for the new Seiberling Plant, W.E. Ourant, Chamber of Commerce president, announces.

Deaths: George Myers, 50, Dec. 21; Mrs. Mary M. Gainor, 87, Dec. 30; Mrs. Lislie Little, 65, Dec. 23; Mrs. Boyd C. Adams, 75, Dec. 25; Ross Carson, 87, Dec. 30; Mrs. F.W. Langell; Mrs. John Peters, 75; Mrs. Rankin Alexander, 68.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1944

USO drives nets $2,284.44; Christmas Seals $510.45.

Heller pays days are changed to Saturdays.

Henry Zimmer, 91, veteran lumber dealer, dies.

Richard C. Spear, son of Dr. and Mrs. E.C. Spear, is commissioned as first lieutenant.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1934

Nearly 1,700 treats given out to children by Chamber of Commerce.

Ohio Fuel Gas Co. lays one mile of new mains in town.

Elks' lodge distributes baskets to needy families.

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1924

Scio wins over Trojans by one point.

The girls at Rex File Company hold Kid Party.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1914

J.W. Murphy retires from partnership of Murphy Dillehay.

Owing to increased population more houses are needed here.