TEN YEARS AGO - 2008
A dream is becoming a reality for Bryce Lenzo of Newcomerstown as the youth was named to the International Team of the North American Federation of Martial Arts, based in Edgewater Park, N.J. In 2006, Lenzo placed first in all events in his age group in a state-wide tournament and later won four gold medals in a national competition.
Terry Veselenak of Terry’s Pizza Shop is pictured donating money to the Newcomerstown cheerleaders towards helping defray their costs to compete in a national competition in Florida.
The theme for the 2008 "Relay for Life" was announced as "Boot Out Cancer." The event will be June 21-22 at Lee Stadium in Newcomerstown.
Mayor Tom Gardner outlined a list of projects to be completed in Port Washington this year.
Death: Grace (Bonnie) Y. Couts Green, 70, West Lafayette.
Officials said it was a "suspicious" fire that destroyed a vacant home on Main Street in Kimbolton. Liberty Volunteer Fire Chief Tim Johnson called it a total loss.
Penny Clark from the American Red Cross brought Scrubby Bear with her to the Newcomerstown East School to help illustrate the importance of washing hands.
Newcomerstown boys dropped an overtime contest to Strasburg, 55-51. Chase Addy returned from a three-week illness layoff to lead the Trojans with 19 and J.C. had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ridgewood knocked off Conotton Valley, 56-47, and Indian Valley nipped Cambridge, 43-41.
In girls basketball, Newcomerstown lost to Strasburg and Central Catholic while Indian Valley lost to River View and Meadowbrook. Ridgewood girls got wins over Central Catholic, with Kayla Patterson having 17 points, and Conotton Valley, with Steffinee Powers scoring 19.
Newcomerstown wrestlers defeated Conotton Valley with pins by David Wilme, Jess Yoho and Ed Lyons.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998
Newcomerstown Public Library Board of Trustees, with Lou Vannucci as board president, kicked off "The Little Library That Could" fund-raising project for building a new library
Eight-year-old Orville Phillabaum, Newcomerstown, died of injuries suffered in a farming accident.
Private services were held in Columbus for Anne Gross Hayes, 83, widow of former Ohio State football coach and Newcomerstown native Woody Hayes, who died in 1987.
West Lafayette’s Janusian Club’s December meeting included a tour of the 22-room restored Riggle Mansion in Port Washington.
Ridgewood defeated Newcomerstown, 61-54, at the "Dome" in West Lafayette to claim the Orange and Black Trophy with General Chris Cabot scoring 17 and Dirk Gadd scoring 18 for the Trojans. Newcomerstown defeated Jewett-Scio, 47-41; Hiland defeated Ridgewood, 72-52; Indian Valley lost at Claymont, 64-50, with Scott Smith scoring 16 for the Braves.
Married: Cathy Lynn Yoder and Matthew D. Ringer, Nov. 29, 1997; Donna J. Grewell and Forrest F. Simmons, Jr., Oct. 28, 1997.
Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. William (Cindy Gates) Welch, New Philadelphia, 25 years.
Deaths; Leonard Leidig, 83; Mary I. Veley, 89; Eleanor L. Doss, 87; Blance "Bee" Kosinski, 85; Wilma L. Gilmore, 62; Benjamin H. Westhafer, 54; Bonnie L. Ford, 64.
THIRTY YEARS AGO — 1988
Parmi Nous Club hosts third annual Washington’s Birthday and Valentine musicale and tea with theme of "Famous Couples."
Newcomerstown Trojans defeated Ridgewood 54-51 at West Lafayette with Mike Styer named the MVP. Ridgewood defeated Lakeland, 63-49; Indian Valley South improved to 12-0 with wins of 91-64 over Conotton Valley and 90-43 over Malvern.
Robert Hamilton was re-elected president of the Ridgewood school board and Donald Potts is vice president.
Deaths: Elizabeth A. Cathan, 69; Addie E. VanScyoc, 94; Mrs. Robert (Ann Heller) Fales.
FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978
Voter registration became mandatory; countywide registration dates set at all 135 county precincts.
Blizzard conditions nearly paralyzed the state, closing roads, work places and schools.
Former village councilman B.B. "Bud" Bowling rejoined council, replacing Ronald Berkshire, who resigned.
Newcomerstown High’s star tackle, Rick Wright, named to the South team in the Ohio All-Star North-South football game in Canton, to be played in August.
Indian Valley South’s Rebels improved to 11-0 and are ranked second in the state in both the UPI and AP polls after defeating Jewett-Scio, 85-61, and Bellaire St. Johns, 70-60.
Trojans lost in the final seconds to Lakeland, 43-41; Ridgewood was defeated by Central Catholic, 66-52.
Married: Tanya Nelson Harbold and Leroy Elliott III, Dec. 18.
Deaths: Inez Loader Stahl, 73; Donald F. Howell, 85.
FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968
Silco Store to be constructe on corner of Main and River streets in Newcomerstown.
Local area covered by a 17-inch snowfall, deepest since 20-inch snowfall recorded in 1950.
Old River Street bridge being torn down and a new bridge is being built.
Indian Valley South’s Jeff Huston is the leading scorer in Tuscarawas County Class A basketball, averaging 18.9 points.
Bernard Booth of Newcomerstown announced plans to construct a nine-unit apartment complex at the corner of Bridge and Neighbor streets.
Married: Miss Sandra Lee Szabo and William R. Heifner; Miss Alice Jones and William Phillips.
SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958
Newcomerstown Trojans lost to Gnadenhutten, 53-45 and to West Lafayette, 71-61.
G.B. Brode re-elected president of First National Bank.
Mrs. G.F. Leonard installed as president of the Blue Star Mothers.
Deaths: Mrs. Thomas Banks, 91; Mrs. D.W. Dawson, 83; Matilda Klein, 92.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948
Goshen Brick employees receive a seven-cent pay increase; second raise in 12 months.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938
Few residents indicate an intention to pay flood tax.
NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928
Several farmers have already done some of their spring plowing.
Margaret Hill, 18-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hill, dies after eating pills.
Dr. E.V Berry resumes practice after a long illness.
Miss Nettie Alexander and Ray Hilborn announced their marriage of Sept. 2, 1927.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918
Married: Miss Mabel Pace to Carl Secrist of Coshocton; Miss Novell Titus and Lt. Ray Lambert.
James Ragen Mulvane observes 80th birthday.
Death: Mrs. Clyde Huffman, 29.
ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS AGO - 1908
Port Washington voted dry by a difference of 40 votes
The 57th birthday of R.L. Shoemaker was celebrated with a party.
S.B. Mulvane was elected district representative of Grand Lodge IOOF.