The Harry Potter novels raise debates by local ministers and parents questioning the sorcery and black magic-based books.

Newcomerstown Police Chief Brian Hursey states to council an increase in breaking and entering of garages.

Wendell W. and Norma Landis Sr., Lancaster, S.C., former local residents, celebrate 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 2.

Trojans beat Hiland 72-67 and Malvern 63-57; Ridgewood loses in double over-time to Tuscarawas Central Catholic 52-47 and lose to Columbus West 107-58; and Indian Valley loses to Cambridge 64-41 and Garaway 66-59 in overtime.

In girls basketball action: Trojans beat Tuscarawas Central Catholic 43-35; Indian Valley over Ridgewood 41-38 and Braves 50-44 over Sandy Valley.

Trojan wrestlers beat Garaway.

Deaths: Lillian A. Ruby, 86; Frankie Goode Turner, 75.


Crowd turns out in bitter cold weather for local march to honor the memory and cause of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Mayor Gordon DeMarco proclaimed Sunday, Jan. 19 as Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Newcomerstown.

Ridgewood Highs Elks Students of the Month for January were Amy Lahna, daughter of Chuck and Connie Lahna, West Lafayette, and Timothy McNeal, son of Nathan and Christine McNeal, Guernsey.

Boys basketball: Newcomerstown lost to Lakeland Raiders 85-40 and to Jewett-Scio 58-45; Indian Valley Braves defeated Tuscarawas Central Catholic 78-35; Ridgewood Generals lost to Hiland 94-61 and to Garaway 69-48.

Married: Carla Lynn Krebs and Michael Ray Berger, Sept. 7; Theresa Ann Hogue and Robert Clayton Wolf, Oct. 12.

Deaths: Florence Moore, 75; Virginia M. Johns, 76; Chester E. Harbold, 81; Laurie Heater.


Ice jams at Newcomerstown, Gnadenhutten and west of Orange caused massive flooding along the Tuscarawas River. Heavy rains heightened water levels and forced several families to evacuate homes situated near the river.

Newcomerstown Police Chief John Lawver reconsidered his retirement from the Newcomerstown Police Department and withdrew his resignation.

Phyllis Knight installed as worthy advisor of Rainbow Girls.

Loretta Couts named president of the Port Washington Historical Society.

Trojans pulled out of their season slump with a pair of victories. Bill Thompson sank a 28-foot bank shot at the buzzer for a 64-63 win over Conotton Valley, and Jerry Triplett scored 20 points to lead the Trojans to their second win of the season, 54-39 at Malvern.

Indian Valley South defeated Tuscarawas Central Catholic 54-53 and East Knox Bulldogs 64-32.

Ridgewood Generals beat Strasburg 53-41.

Sonny Lahmers, Port Washington, selected for delegation by attending the National Pork Producers Council meeting with legislators in Washington, D.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl (Pat) Smith, Newcomerstown, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Feb. 6.

Deaths: Willis G. Lawrence, 76; Mrs. Delbert (Lilly) Wise, 85; Earl E. Platell, 87; Mrs. Charles (Gladys) Braniger, 70.


Robert P. Snyder family, Newcomerstown R.D. 1, named Farmers Home Administration Cadiz Area Farm Family of the Year for 1971.

Mike Wise, a junior in the Newcomerstown Trojan Band, selected with 100 other outstanding high school musicians to participate in the Northern Ohio All-Band.

Trojans lose barn burner to state-ranked Strasburg Tigers.

Ray Funk, Newcomerstown, installed as president of Coshocton Shrine Club.

Deaths: Edward A. Warner, 80; Loresa Colvin, 3.


The Mothers March for Newcomerstown March of Dimes is Jan. 30.

Mary Jo Dorsey is Newcomerstown Highs winner in the Betty Crocker Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow.

Trojans grab fourth victory by defeating Tuslaw 56-55.

Willard McCrone promoted to position of production supervisor at Seiberling Rubber Company.

College Street Methodist Church to burn mortgage.

Married: Madge Dillehay and Fred Trees; Linda L. Sedgman and Norman L. Frank.


Charles Opphile, 62, fatally injured when struck by car on E. State Street.

The permanent appointment of Loren Stocker as street commissioner approved by council.

March of Dimes dances will be held at the Elks, Moose, Buckhorn Grange and World War II Vets club.

Donald E. Norman presented Eagle badge at Boy Scout Court of Honor at Trinity Methodist Church.

Norma Jean Sweitzer and Robert McClure are married.

Deaths: Russell J. Lewis, 42; Dianna Louise Thornton, infant; Albert Grooves, 82; Gary Calvin Freetage, 12.


Weddings: Mollie Gainor and Robert Thompson; Mary Foust and Vernon Walrath; Helen Norman and Frank Lenzo; Edith Fowler and William Thomas Jr.

Over five tons of wastepaper collected her for National Defense.

Band Mothers sponsor concert for home defense.


Grafton Ames named street commissioner by council.

Kroger Store moves from the Emerson building to the Ortt building.

Food prices: Beans, 3 cents per pound; 2 pounds of peanut butter, 25 cents; potatoes, 75 cents per bushel; and 10 pounds of sugar, 48 cents.


Deaths: John A. Burris, 75, former postmaster; Albert Robinson, Civil War veteran.

Presbyterian Church honors 25th anniversary of the Rev. and Mrs. MacQueen.

Tuscarawas County Scout Masters Association meeting at home of Charles Lieser.