TEN YEARS AGO - 2004

A state law took effect Jan. 1 starting that anyone convicted of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol but given restricted driving privileges, must now display on their automobiles license plates with a yellow background and red lettering.

After falling behind 40-32 at the end of three quarters, the Newcomerstown Trojans made a valiant attempt at a comeback victory but visiting Tuscarawas Central Catholic held on for a thrilling 48-47 IVC decision.

In bowling six mens' teams tied for first place: Groovfold Inc., 9; Joe Grewell Construction, 9; Halliburton Energy, 9; Forest Hill Septic, 9; Haver Supply Co., 9; Cy Young Lanes, 9; TMK Farms, 6-1/2; and Old Farts, 3-1/2.

Ninety-four percent of Ohio's seniors (117,551 of 125,157) have passed all five parts of the Ninth-Grade Proficiency Tests required for high school graduation, according to the October 2003 administration results released Jan. 21 by the Ohio Department of Education.

Deaths: Gregory L. Fuller, 50, Raleigh, N.C.; and Clara A. Hoffman, 83, Gnadenhutten.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1994

Newcomerstown 100 Club announced plans for the Sweet Heart Follies "Meet the Director" party at Newcomerstown High School Previous Sweet Hearts Follies had raised $40,000 for community projects.

Newcomerstown Tourism Unlimited Inc. formed with Audrey Hanni, president.

M&W Plastic Recycling Inc. was opening in West Lafayette under the co-partnership of Ray Morris, Newcomerstown, and Mike Willis, Bethesda.

Local basketball: Trojans lost to Strasburg, 80-53; Indian Valley Braves defeated Sandy Valley, 65-32; Ridgewood won 80-68 over Tuscarawas Central Catholic.

Deaths: Mrs. Charles (Charity) Risher, 71; Lillian L. Dichler, 78; Robert K. Hahn, 63; Enola Y. Stoffer, 87.

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1984

Break in weather sent temperatures to nearly 50 degrees.

Community residents were working on the annual Sweet Hearts Follies to be presented Feb. 16-18 at Newcomerstown Middle School, under direction of P.R. Swango, professional director from Jerome Cargill Production Organization of New York.

Newcomerstown Elks Lodge 1555 to host the 14 lodges of the Southeast District at winter meeting Feb. 18-19.

Robert Schuler, Newcomerstown, Yandata District "Cub Scout Leader of the Year."

Elizabeth Fish, daughter of Stan and Shirley Fish, Newcomerstown, installed as worthy advisor of Rainbow Girls at the 101st installation.

Basketball: Trojans beat Indian Valley South Rebels 43-42 in double-overtime, and lost to Hiland 50-41; Ridgewood won two, blasting Lakeland Raiders 66-42 and Dover 69-49; Indian Valley South lost to Buckeye Trail 26-22 and to Kidron Christian 48-47.

Keith Millhone, principal of Indian Valley High School, installed as president of Gnadenhutten Chamber of Commerce.

Deaths: Oliver "Doc" Underwood, 80; Mrs. Eula Albaugh, 69; Bessie Riggle Reinhardt, 90.

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1974

Trojans upped their record to 11-2 with 79-75 win over Ridgewood and 58-51 win over Hiland. Trojans received the Orange and Black trophy in the Ridgewood contest and Trojan Rick Seibert was awarded the MVP trophy. Seibert and teammate Gary Hawk scored 26 points each and General Rich Babcock scored 32 points.

In other basketball action: Indian Valley South lost to powerful Garaway 63-42; Ridgewood was defeated by Malvern 85-83, but won in overtime at Conotton Valley.

Kenneth Duhamel, Newcomerstown, named plant manager at local division of Kurz-Kasch Inc.

Deaths: Mrs. Albert (Goldie) Mullett, 85; Harry M. Kochenderfer; and Justin T. Johnson, 76.

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1964

William Ervin named top Jaycee and Mrs. Richard Glunt, Outstanding Jaycee Wife of 1963.

Trojans whip Port Washington 67-52. Unbeaten Zanesville Rosecrans, second best Class A team in Ohio, beats Trojans 73-61.

Fire believed to have started in a defective chimney damaged outside of house on old Cy Young farm on Newcomerstown R.D. 1.

Deaths: Clarence Vernon Wigfield, 65; Lawrence F. Clouse, 79; Mrs. Charles Lahna, 71.

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1954

Total of $18,500 raised for Chamber of Commerce Industrial Fund.

Newcomerstown's quota in Tuscarawas County Heart Fund is $683.

Deaths: Mrs. Sarah Lyons, 86; John C. Fisher, 82; Mrs. Jane Oldham, 71.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1944

Philip Sheets, well-known contractor, dies.

Rev. Charles Foust elected president of Public Library board.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1934

Council approves reappointment of Night Marshall Upton Kyte.

Dr. S.B. Hayes, former local physician, dies at his home in Columbus.

O.J. Beiter elected clerk of board of education.

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1924

Council votes to buy chemical firetruck.

Grocery of Lewis and Salliday purchased by E. Rothenstein.

Superintendent J.C. Dayton of Pennsylvania Railroad wins $600 prize on his division.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1914

Lutheran Church purchases property adjoining church from J.W. Mugford.

"Golden Gulch" home talent play to be presented at Opera House Friday and Saturday evenings.