Jan. 18 - Newcomertown Mayor Pat Cadle issued a "State of the Village" report that included: However, the positive events and achievements far outweigh the negative. The village employees got a lot of things fixed and done. The biggest and most significant event was the formal release of our village from Fiscal Emergency with the State of Ohio. That achievement is due to the excellent organization and work of Lisa Stiteler, our fiscal officer.
Jan. 18 - Newcomerstown Board of Education has organizational meeting: The Newcomerstown Board of Education recently held their annual organizational meeting on Jan. 11. Randy Addy was nominated as this year’s Board President, and Steven Brode was nominated as Vice-President. Both Addy and Brode accepted their nominations and were then approved by the other Board members. Addy also later accepted two other positions for the 2017 calendar year, one as Board of Education OSBA Legislative Liaison, and the other as Board of Education OSBA Student Achievement Liaison.
The following Board committees were established for 2017: Finance: Dave Archer, Tom Addy; Transportation: Tom Addy, Steven Brode; Buildings & Grounds: Tom Addy, Steven Brode; Lee Stadium: Randy Addy, Dave Archer; Policy & Curriculum: Randy Addy, Arlene Mayhew; Negotiations, Certified: Dave Archer, Arlene Mayhew; Negotiations, Classified: Randy Addy, Tom Addy; Negotiations, Alternate: Steven Brode; Athletic Council: Arlene Mayhew, Steven Brode; Music Council: David Archer, Tom Addy; Tax Incentive Review Council: Dave Archer; Wall of Honor: Randy Addy, Arlene Mayhew; Safety: Randy Addy, Dave Archer.
Feb. 1 - Dave Leading, former Newcomerstown Fire Chief, was recognized by the village.
Feb. 1 - The Newcomerstown High School girls’ basketball team was to host a fundraiser for the 5-month-old niece of their varsity coach, Walt Cerrato. The fundraiser was to take place on Feb. 7 at Newcomerstown High School during the boys’ basketball game against their rival, Ridgewood.
Feb. 8 - The annual state of the village summary was recently presented by West Lafayette Mayor, Stephen Bordenkircher. According to the summary, the village dealt with several financial challenges last year. In spite of those challenges, the village was reportedly able to carry over money, and all village funds remained in positive status as they went into 2017. The carry-over total was reported as $1,813,406.
Feb. 8 - GateHouse Media, which operates 121 daily newspapers, numerous weekly and niche publications and is a nationwide leader in website services, has purchased the newspaper division of Dix Communications that includes The Newcomerstown News.
Feb. 15 - Former Newcomerstown council member Earl McCormick was recently surprised by the village council with recognition for his years of loyal service to the Village of Newcomerstown. McCormick had been an actively, involved village council member for the past fifteen years and had resigned from his council seat earlier this year due to ill health.
Feb. 15 - John and Dora Cole, and Corey and Debbie Rehard attended the Ohio Festival and Events Association convention November 18-20, 2016. Cy Young Days Festival has been a member of OFEA for six years. At the convention, the Cy Young Days Festival was presented a certificate and recognized for its 15-plus years of exemplary commitment to the community.
Feb. 22 - Mayor Tom Gardner and Council Members expressed gratitude for the gift of property on W. Arch Street. Terry and Jan Bates made a generous donation to the Village of Port Washington of four lots; in which the village intends to develop a T-Ball Field and community park area. The Bates family has continually shown their support to the community over the years and the administration appreciates the positive impact that they have made on the community.
March 8 - Eight bowlers represented Tuscarawas County Special Olympics at the National Unified Bowling Tournament held in Las Vegas, Nev., and the results were astounding. The bowlers were divided into two four-person teams (two unified partners paired with two Special Olympic athletes) for the first day of competition and both were awarded gold medal honors in their respective divisions. On the second day of competition, the eight bowlers were divided into four sets of doubles; each pair was comprised of one unified partner and one Special Olympic athlete. The double pairs of Adam Lefler and Chelsea Lefler, as well as Janel Travis and Shane York, both snagged gold for Tuscarawas County. The pairing of Coney DiGenova and Conner DiGenova won bronze while the team of Bob Glasgow and Travis Glasgow was awarded fifth in a packed division.
March 15 - Newcomerstown High School choirs participated in in competition Saturday, March 11 at Lake High School in Uniontown. The women’s chorus received two superiors on the floor and an excellent rating overall. The concert choir received all superior ratings on the floor and qualified for state competition. The choirs are under the direction of Andrew Hall.
March 22 - Village council members recently discussed their regrets with the recently announced impending loss of Caito Foods which is scheduled to close on May 15, 2017. Sixty-two job positions will be lost.
Mayor Pat Cadle said that they (the village) are hopeful that another business will move into the area and occupy the building after Caito closes. It was reported that Spartan-Nash, a large food distributor based out of Byron Center, Michigan has purchased Caito, and has the intention of possibly selling, leasing, or repurposing the Caito building. Caito is currently the third highest tax contributor for Newcomerstown, which will be a substantial loss of revenue for the village. It was announced that Quanex Building Products of Cambridge is interested in potential hire of some of the displaced Caito employees.
March 29 - Cy Young was raised on a farm in eastern Ohio and he was pretty green when it came to the big leagues. When the pitcher left home he was known as Dent Young, Before long, he was nicknamed Cy, as in Cyclone, because of his blinding fastball.
Young’s first stop on the road to national acclaim was Canton in the Tri-State League. The rookie compiled a 15-15 record and soon was being offered the majors for $500. Only the Spiders were willing to take the gamble. Before long a national sports weekly recorded: "Young, the new pitcher of the Cleveland club, is a big, strong countryman who was a rail-splitter before he played ball. He is said to be speedier than Hutchinson (Bill Hutchinson of Chicago) and has a drop ball that is a killer."
During a 22-year career that produced 511 triumphs, Cy reached or topped the 20-victory mark sixteen times and exceeded the 30-win plateau five times. Three of his victories were no-hitters, the first a 6-0 decision over Cincinnati in 1897 in which Young walked one batter. Cy’s second no-hitter was a masterpiece. In 1904, he defeated Rube Waddell and the Philadelphia A’s, 3-0, without permitting a base runner. The right-hander concentrated so intently on the job at hand that he did not realize he had pitched the perfect game until outfielder Chick Stahl presented him with the last ball of the game. Young was 41 in 1908 when he hurled his third gem in an 8-0 triumph over New York. Young, who aided his own cause with three hits, allowed only one baserunner on a walk.
Cy moved with the Spiders franchise to St. Louis in 1899. He was earning the National League’s maximum salary of $2,400 a year and was in a receptive mood when Ben Johnson, forming the American League as a new major circuit, offered him a $600-a-year raise to jump to the Boston Red Sox in 1901. Cy accepted.
April 5 - NEWCOMERSTOWN — A hometown boy will be taking over the position of head football coach at Newcomerstown High next season, with Dirk Gadd being tabbed to guide the Trojans’ program at a recent Newcomerstown Exempted Village Schools board meeting.
Gadd is a 1998 graduate of NHS where he played both football and basketball during his prep career. Gadd then attended Muskingum College and played football for four years under Jeff Heacock, graduating in 2003.
"I just feel like this community has offered me so much growing up here," Gadd explained. "This is my chance to give back and pass on some of the many valuable lessons I learned here that have carried me through my life. I’m home now and I feel very honored to have this opportunity."
April 5 - The Newcomerstown Thespians and ARTSNCT will present the broadway musical You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. The multi-talented cast includes Luke Bordner, as Charlie Brown; Mackenzie Hursey as Lucy; Nash Bricker as Snoopy; Kobe Lower as Linus; Sarah Gamble as Sally; Blade Mitchell as Schroeder; Madison Rehard as Violet; Destiny Davis as Peppermint Patty; Cameron Dodd as Frieda.
April 12 - During the regular council session on Monday night it was reported that the building that houses the Newcomerstown Emergency Rescue Squad/?Fire Department, located on College Street, is in need of repair. It was reported that due to the style of construction of the building that the roof and walls have been collecting water over the years, and has this been slowly eroding the brick and mortar walls. The building was reportedly constructed over one hundred years ago and was originally part of the Clow Pipe Works that began the business in Newcomerstown around 1897.
It was later mentioned that there may be a future possibility that the NERS/?Fire Department may relocate/?rebuild at a different site once options and funding can be explored. The building is also reportedly becoming less feasible with the larger size of the newer emergency vehicles, and additional equipment that needs to be housed inside.
April 19 - Bryan J. Eubanks, 37, a 14-year officer with the Newcomerstown Police Department, admitted under questioning that he had made up a story that he had been shot to cover up a failed suicide attempt.
At a press conference, Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell said Eubanks could face multiple charges, including inducing panic and theft, because he went to a hospital for treatment of his injury and reported it as work-related.
Newcomerstown Police Chief Gary Holland said Eubanks was terminated as an officer.
April 22 - At the 88th Annual Commanders Banquet on April 8, Dennis G. Belle, more commonly known as Denny Belle, was named Outstanding Tuscarawas County Veteran of the Year.
May 3 - Members of the Newcomerstown Board of Education recently hired a new principal for the East Elementary, and an assistant principal for the high school, both positions effective starting with the 2017-18 school year.
Brian Collins was hired as Principal and Buildings & Grounds/?Transportation Supervisor at the East Elementary with a three-year contract at a yearly salary of $80,000.
Dirk Gadd, who was recently hired as the High School Football Coach, was hired as Assistant Principal with a three-year contract at a yearly salary of $60,000.
May 24 - Newcomerstown native Fletcher Shryock blew away the field in winning the Major League Fishing Challenge Cup Elimination Round tournament at Lake Eufaula, Alabama in a program that aired on the Outdoor Channel on Saturday.
Fishing against nine other anglers, Shryock caught 11 fish that weighed 23 pounds, 5 ounces.
Nay 31 - NEW PHILADELPHIA — It’s "all systems go" with the new-look Inter-Valley Conference which will unveil its 14-team league when the 2017-18 school year begins.
IVC Commissioner Chuck Rest, who has been in that role since 1998, sat down with area media to unveil details regarding the first year of the revamped league.
"This has been three or three and a half years in the works," said Rest. "It started when one superintendent down south felt his school was spending too much in travel expenses to the schools up north and they discussed the possibility of forming a smaller league that would be more location-friendly. We got involved to come up with a solution and after a lot of time and effort, the expanded IVC has become a reality.
May 31 - Two individuals are facing criminal charges in connection with the murder and disappearance of Michael L. Hamm, 26, a Coshocton resident, earlier this month.
Jordan Lee Green, 31, Newcomerstown, is facing one count of murder while Anthony L.S. Estvanko, 30, Coshocton, has been charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.
Green remained incarcerated in the Coshocton County Jail on a $1 million bond. Meanwhile, bond for Estvanko was set at $15,000 when he appeared in court.
JUNE 7 - The Village of Newcomerstown commemorated Memorial Day with a service at the West Lawn Cemetery on Monday, May 29.
The Master of Ceremony, Jason Miller, opened the ceremony by introducing the Posting of Colors presented by the Honor Guard, commanded by Vane Scott III. Jason Miller then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance, which was proceeded by the Newcomerstown High School Band performing the "Star Spangled Banner," directed by Joel Hillwig. The invocation was led by Pastor Eric Miller of Calvary United Methodist and Kings Churches.
JUNE 14 - Jack McDowell felt like a rock star again this past weekend.
McDowell, the 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner, was the featured guest and Grand Marshal of the Cy Young Days Festival luncheon and parade Saturday in Newcomerstown.
"I’m really excited about this," said McDowell in a telephone interview from his home in Charlotte, N.C. "This is a pretty cool thing. We’re (my family) made a weekend of it."
June 28 - Earlier this year, Conner DiGenova of New Philadelphia and Chelsea Lefler of Newcomerstown had their dreams come true.
The two students had been selected to attend the National Special Olympics Bowling Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they eventually won team gold and doubles bronze and gold, respectively.
However, wanting to help make the trip extra special, Coney DiGenova (father of Conner and Unified Bowling partner) contacted Leaps n Boundz in Los Angeles, California, to see if it would be possible for the two athletes to visit the set of one of their favorite television shows, "Born This Way."
July 12 - With "Old Glory" waving in a bright blue sky, Newcomerstown was presented another piece of history on Tuesday, the Fourth of July.
Through efforts of Roger Seitz of Baker’s IGA and Denny Ross and the rest of the Newcomerstown Honor Guard and American Legion, a new 12x18 flag was dedicated at Cy Young Park on July 4. The new flag flies atop a new 60 foot flagpole, located near the Cy Young Monument and the baseball fields at Cy Young Park.
July 12 - Newcomerstown High School Principal Matt Fockler has accepted a new position as principal at Buckeye Career Center.
The BCC Board of Education recently hired Fockler to fill the position vacated by former Principal Jay Davis at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
Fockler comes to Buckeye after serving as the Newcomerstown High School principal for the past four years. He also previously served as assistant principal and principal at Dover Middle School.
July 19 - A 5-year-old near drowning victim was reportedly flown by medical helicopter to an undisclosed hospital for further treatment after initially being treated at Southeastern Med in Cambridge last week.
The child was reportedly swimming at a pool at the Rocky Fork Resort on Broadhead Road in northern Guernsey County when she stopped breathing while under water.
According to a dispatch activity log at the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, the child was not breathing when she was pulled from the pool. The caller reported CPR was being administered at the scene.
July 19 - The summer of 2017 has so far proven to be rather active as far as thunderstorm activity is concerned.
This is because of the jet stream being positioned just north of or in Ohio. Cool dry air from Canada tries to make its way into Ohio while very warm or hot muggy air from the south tries to move north. It’s this conflict between the two air masses that produces the in-climate weather.
July 26 - The village of West Lafayette will be marking a historical milestone during this year’s West Lafayette Homecoming Festival (July 27-29, 2017).
It will be the first time that the village has held a fireworks display. According to village Mayor Stephen Bordenkircher there has been no fireworks display held in West Lafayette in at least the past 40 years. Lifelong resident June Markley supports that information, saying there has been no fireworks display in West Lafayette for at least 75 years. Markley and her husband, Dan, are local historians and believe that there has never been any public fireworks displays held in West Lafayette.
Aug. 2 - The village of West Lafayette will soon be losing long-time village solicitor, Bill Owens, and welcoming a new village solicitor. Owens, announced that he is not actually retiring from law practice just yet, but is moving in a different direction with his practice. He said that he is going to be working less with public law, and focusing more on real estate, and probate court. Owens thanked the village for the opportunity to work in the capacity of village solicitor for West Lafayette.
Aug. 9 - Fire investigators have classified a blaze that heavily damaged a vacant residence on Chestnut Street on July 29 as "suspicious in nature."
The structure at 450 S. Chestnut Street sustained extensive fire, smoke and water damage. The residence had been vacant for eight or nine years, according to reports.
Aug. 23 - Recent controversy over Confederate statues and clashes between white nationalists and those who oppose them has resulted in a painting of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan being taken down at Salt Fork Lodge.
During the Civil War, General Morgan led a raid into Ohio, which went through Guernsey County before Morgan and his men were captured near East Liverpool. In the painting, General Morgan is depicted leading his men in battle. Morgan’s Raid has been a part of Guernsey County lore ever since the incidents in July of 1863.
The decision to take down the painting came through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Sept. 6 - Approximately 50 people attended a public meeting Wednesday to hear the pros and cons of a chemical company locating in the Newcomerstown Industrial Park.
Reagent Chemical Co., Ringoes, N.J., is hoping to build a transfer station in the park. The development would mean from 15 to 20 new jobs in the community. Of those, about half would be truck drivers and the balance would work at the station.
Once completed, the station would accept hydrochloric acid (HCL) by rail and transfer it to trucks that would then transport it to its final destination.
Sept. 13 - A 1-year-old child was seriously injured when she was stepped on by a horse at a Pebble Road property in northern Guernsey County.
The girl was reportedly flown by MedFlight to an undisclosed hospital because she was having difficulty breathing after being stepped on by the horse.
Sept. 20 - On Thursday morning, Coshocton County sheriff’s deputies and Newcomerstown police arrested two men and a woman who were wanted in connection with an armed robbery that took place in Newcomerstown.
The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office reported deputies went to the 1400 block of S. 14th Street to look for the suspects, and all three were at the residence. The suspects then fled on foot.
After a short pursuit, one male suspect was taken into custody.
The female suspect was taken into custody near the residence while the final male suspect was later found by the sheriff’s office K-9 unit in a wooded area nearby.
A post on the Newcomerstown Police Department’s Facebook Thursday identified the suspects as Travis Queen, 32; Cassandra Queen, 30; and Colt Joseph "CJ" Shoults, 34, all of Coshocton. Newcomerstown police reported all three face one count of aggravated robbery.
Sept. 20 - Neighbors expressed sorrow and concern on Monday afternoon as police officers examined a front lawn where a man’s body was found in the morning.
According to a news release from the Newcomerstown Police Department, officers responded to a call at 7:24 a.m. of an unresponsive man laying in the front yard of a residence at 511 Tuscarawas Ave.
Police described him as a young adult man with a gunshot wound to the back. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A press release issued Wednesday morning by the Newcomerstown Police Department identified the male shooting victim as 19-year-old Luke Cabbage of New Philadelphia.
Sept. 27 - The Tuscarawas County Senior Center has announced nominees for the seventh annual Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Award, with two of the four nominees being from Newcomerstown.
The Hall of Fame Award will be presented on Oct. 20 at the Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Gala. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Luncheon tickets for the event are $10, which includes entertainment by Bob Airgood, door prizes and a plated lunch with desert.
All proceeds from the event will go toward the "Support Our Seniors" program, which assists qualifying senior citizens with transportation costs, heating fuel, and utility service etc.
This year’s nominees John Parr of Newcomerstown and James "Denny" Ross of Newcomerstown
Oct. 18 - On Sept. 22, Patios For Patriots surprised a Newcomerstown resident and Vietnam veteran Bud Rawlings and his wife Janet with a complete renovation of his backyard. Bud lost both his legs in the war. Maintaining the hillside backyard had become impossible.
Patios For Patriots, Inc. is a nonprofit company in the state of Ohio. They receive letters from folks recommending candidates. In Bud’s case, the recommendation came from a Becky Workinger, Class of 1966 Green High School in Green, Ohio just north of Canton. Patios For Patriots decided Bud’s situation deserved the makeover.
Oct. 25 - Tuscarawas County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Styer announced Friday that on Thursday the Tuscarawas County grand jury handed down indictments against Arnoldo M. Orduno, 19, of Dillonvale, Jordan C. Robinson, 20, of Bloomingdale, and Kyle G. Boyd, 22, of Mingo Junction, in connection with the Sept. 11 death of Luke Cabbage, 19, of New Philadelphia.
Nov. 15 - A former Newcomerstown police officer pleaded guilty to charges accusing him of fabricating a story about being shot in the line of duty, according to an announcement from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
Bryan Eubanks, 37, pleaded guilty to several charges.
Dec. 12 - The Tuscarawas County Health Department was notified by the Tuscarawas County Coroner’s Office late Friday afternoon of a death resulting from a probable case of bacterial meningitis.
Due to the clinical presentation and preliminary autopsy results the probable cause of death is likely to be bacterial meningitis, however, culture confirmation is pending and will take at least 48 hours.
Bacterial Meningitis is a Class B reportable disease meaning it must be reported by the close of next business day to the local public health department where the patient resides.
DEc. 22 - It takes an army of volunteers - both youth and adults - to keep the Polar Express running from the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum to the North Pole (Newcomerstown) for two weekends every year in December.
Depot Executive Director Wendy Zucal estimates that 300 area residents are needed each day to work the trains and another 200 to work behind the scenes - from storytellers, to elves, to safety personnel, to the people who make hot chocolate for visitors to enjoy.
Dec. 27 - A Jan. 23 trial has been scheduled for a 32-year-old man accused of killing his mother and severely beating his sister in 2016, according to Tuscarawas County Prosecutor Ryan Styer.
Charles A. Plants has been restored to competency to stand trial after spending a year in a state mental hospital, Styer said.
Plants is charged with aggravated murder, murder, attempted murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence and obstructing official business.
The charges arose from the July 22, 2016, death of his mother, Jane Davis, 53, and assault of his sister, Cynthia Smith, at their Nugent Street home in Newcomerstown. Both were beaten with a hammer.