Melba Guy (left) and BJ McFadden (right) converse with a young lady in the serving line at the director's party for the 1999 Sweet Hearts Follies. Several Sweet Hearts Follies productions were presented in Newcomerstown with proceeds contributed to numerous community projects.

TEN YEARS AGO - 1999

Proposed water and sewer rate increase drew a full house and variety of responses at Newcomerstown Village Council meeting.

Local basketball: Coach Mark Wolff's Trojans won the Orange and Black Trophy and Robert James was named game MVP in 69-59 win over Ridgewood; Trojans beat Tuscarawas Central Catholic 58-40, and upset Garaway 63-61 shattering the Pirates hopes for the Inter Valley Conference title; Ridgewood beat Lakeland 65-54; Indian Valley Braves won 57-51 over Sandy Valley, lost to Claymont 61-54.

Deaths: Hazel P. Wise, 81; Jean E. Myers, 79; Doris J. Holdsworth, 69.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1989

Seventh annual Sweet Hearts Follies set for Feb. 9-10-11 at Newcomerstown Middle School; over 100 area residents to perform as singers and dancers.

Local area winners of Newcomerstown Elks Hoop Shoot were Miranda Patterson, J.R. Gray, Kasey Hendricks, Jason Lahna, Chip Fillman, Rich Porcher, Connie Shaw, Craig Brown, Aimee Lockard, Tom Dusenberry, Amy Whaley and Leslie Domer.

Robert Frank, Port Washington, honored by Arbutus Chapter Order of Eastern Star No. 288 for his 87th birthday and 50-year membership in the order.

Area basketball: Trojans lost to Lakeland 60-58, Tuscarawas Central Catholic 66-34 and Buckeye Trail 60-36; Ridgewood lost to Coshocton 67-57 and won over Jewett-Scio 67-45; Indian Valley Braves lost to Sandy Valley 54-52 and defeated Malvern 69-63.

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1979

Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce announced the revitalization committee had successfully raised funds towards a downtown renovation and remodeling project.

Three local youths charged in the Jan. 20 slaying of Shady Bend Tavern owner, Leonard Alexander.

Coshocton Co. Rd. 9 bridge west of Newcomerstown to be rebuilt, according to U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

Trojans, coached by Gary Sterrett, upset fourth ranked Buckeye Trail 53-47 and Guernsey Catholic Central 53-43; dtate-ranked Zanesville Rosecrans narrowly defeated the Trojans 42-38; Indian Valley claimed the Inter Valley Conference title with 42-40 overtime victory against top-ranked Tuscarawas Central Catholic; Ridgewood suffered two setbacks, 74-46 to Strasburg and 69-58 at Cadiz.

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1969

J.R. Barber bowled a 702 in Potschner Ford Classic at Emerald Lanes here.

Trojans lost 60-59 to Garaway; Indian Valley South defeated by Ridgewood 44-43.

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1959

Board of Education approves $377,777.70 budget for coming year.

Oxford and Dover National banks announced plans to consolidate.

Glen Miller named street foreman.

Announcement made of sale of Hafner's Store to Mr. and Mrs. James Treadwell.

C. Dale Johnson elected president of library board.

Program of dental health started in local schools.

Francis Bosold presided when Jaycees planned Bosses Night.

Deaths: Mrs. Aubiel, 94; W.A. Fenton, 68; Mrs. Craigo, 58.

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1949

Grade school band concert attended by 350.

Jerry Starker hired as traffic patrolman at River and State sts. intesection during school dismissal hours.

Trojans defeat Freeport 57-29.

Miss Eloise Norman and Daniel J. Kees are married.

Deaths: Duff Postel, 58; Mrs. Regina Wheeland, 91; Sylvester S. Becks, 84; David Gibson; Marion E. Eckfield, 43.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1939

Telephones in Newcomerstown reach new high with 470 in use.

Miss Mary Simoni chosen maid of honor at Otterbein Winter Homecoming.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1929

Dilfred Beiter and Joe Whiting appear on Station WEBBE Cambridge on program sponsored by J.R. Bean of the Baltimore Clothing Co.

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1919

Since the outbreak of the influenza epidemic, 786 cases have been reported.

Mrs. Martha Eckelberry and Mrs. Ray Parks die of influenza.

The Novelty Brick Works south of town has been sold to S. Casparts in Columbus.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1909

Twenty-seven scholars of St. Paul Lutheran Church have perfect attendance records in 1908.