West Lafayette Mayor Jack Patterson said he has received concerns regarding gas testing being planned in the area after an area resident reported reading a story from The Newcomerstown News.

Jim Thomas of the Newcomerstown Emergency Rescue Squad is pictured with a new 2008 E-1 Cyclone II Heavy Rescue Truck that replaced a 1986 International model.

William E. "Bill" Ourant, proprietor of Ourant Funeral Home in Newcomerstown, passed away on Saturday, March 29, at the age of 89. Other deaths included: James Campbell, 83, Port Washington; Grace E. Harding, 78, Columbus; Beatrice (Moner) Silverthorn, 86, Newcomerstown.

Port Washington Mayor Tom Gardner said village police would begin handing out clean-up notices.

The Ohio State Martial Arts Championship was to be held at the David Barber Civic Center in Newcomerstown on April 5.

The marriage of Darin J. Overholser and Crystal Lynn Rayls was announced.

Brian Pritchard, son of Tim and Teresa Pritchard of Newcomerstown, was announced as the Elks "Student of the Month" for April.

Harold George was presented a "Hometown Hero" award at a luncheon at the Guernsey County Senior Center. The award was presented by Kathy Cramer of Modern Woodmen of Lore City Camp.

Planning continued for the 2008 "Relay for Life" to be held at Lee Stadium June 21-22.

The Newcomerstown fifth grade boys team won the Ridgewood Shoot-Out. Members included Lincoln Shaw, Damian Myers, Zach Gibson, Logan Norman, Dustin Stringer, Chase Eggleston, Cole Hinton, Nate Bourne, Kezden Jarvis, Collin Webber, Austen Zufelt and Jared Brooks.


Baker’s Foods and East Elementary School co-sponsored a chicken dinner that raised over $1,000 for Newcomerstown Public Library’s building fund.

Elks Lodge to sponsor Easter egg hunt April 4 on the grounds of Newcomerstown High School.

Adam Riggle was elected president of Fry’s Valley Buckeyes 4-H Club.

Married: Summer Williamson and Mark D. Whiting, Dec. 27, 1997; Brooke George and Tre’ Stratton, Dec. 19, 1997.

Deaths: Michael Joseph Craigo, 38; Ethel E. Bethel, 93; Walter T. Kellett, 74.



Bret McVay, 17, Coshocton, and Dan Fyffe, 15, Toledo, admitted killing Fred Koman, 84, of Coshocton, then drove to Newcomerstown where they threw the body in the Tuscarawas River. A search for the body was continuing.

Newcomerstown High’s Spring Court candidates were seniors Vickie Chaney, Emily Everhart and Lorrie Porcher, Attendants were Angie Wilkin, junior; Jennifer Bates, sophomore; and Julie Mizer, freshman.

David Spinks, Newcomerstown Water Dept. superintendent for 10 years resigned.

Newcomerstown boys track team defeated Ridgewood 83.5 to 47.5, and Ridgewood Lady Generals defeated the Lady Trojans 71.5 to 55.5.

Postage stamps increasing from 22 cents to 25 cents and postal card stamps from 14 cents to 15 cents.

Mr. and Mrs. Karl L. Steinbach, Port Washington R.D. 1, celebrating 63rd wedding anniversary April 2.

Deaths: Mary Evans, 86; Wilford Edwards, 69; Carl R. Jackson, 77.



John F. Kennedy Council 5483, Knights of Columbus, Newcomerstown, awarded Tom Simmons, Gnadenhutten, the Blue Coat Award, and Gary King, Newcomerstown, the Citizen of the Year Award during the annual awards night banquet at the Holiday Inn, New Philadelphia.

NHS students selected for Buckeye Girls State were Kelly Hall, Nancy Rehard and Sue Stocker, and Boys State delegates were Richard Varner and Scott Holdsworth.

Annual Easter egg hunt, canceled several times due to rain, held in ideal weather at Cy Young Park. Silver dollar winners were Eddie Cole, Joey Eggleston, Tina Norman, Ryan Nigro, Missy Everhart, Chuck Garabrandt, Kevin Scarbrough, Susanna Segalavich and Amy Kohl.

Deaths: Twin sons of William and Teresa Hursey Powell; Mrs. Cora Wolfarth, 73; Hershel McNurlin; George W. Umstott, 90; Wilbur Parker, 83.



48th annual Chamber of Commerce banquet slated for April 16.

American Legion Easter egg hunt to be held April 13 at Cy Young Park.

Luther M. Wiandt, 147 Neighbor St., received 50-year Masonic award.

Coach Dave Milburn’s Trojans track team defeated Coshocton 101-25.

Married: Beverly Casteel and Walter Brenneman; Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ellis, Liberty St., observed their 50th wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Cecil F. Rose, 72; Mrs. Florence Hale, 79; Mrs. Geraldine Walker, 39; Alburt Mullen, 76; Eugene L. Summerville, 62.



Career Day set for April 25 at NHS.

Earl Titus appointed Civil Defense director, and Graham Marshall, Red Cross Disaster chairman.

Deaths: John G. Stoffer, 69; Edward H. Tish, 76; Howard Beeks, 96; Mrs. Myrtle F. Greathouse, 54; Carl D. Neal, 64.



Cy Young celebrates 81rst birthday, quietly.

$40,000 fire destroys store rooms at Linden Valley ranch near Port Washington.

Senior class of 1948 largest in local school history with 84 graduating.

Miss Clara Helder, 64, well-known school teacher in Port Washington, dies at Coshocton Hospital.

Maried: Gertrude Fitzgerald and Forest Baker; Martha J. Brown and Frank Cramlet.



Ex-governor George White to be guest speaker at Chamber of Commerce dinner.

Tuscarawas district council court of honor for Boy Scouts held here.

Mrs. Harriett Ellen Smith Norris died in Canton.



The News Printing Co. purchases the Newcomerstown Index from E. Duff.

Welch and Marlowe Store moves from Peek building on River St. to Ortt building on Main St.

Earl Sieber dies of injuries received when struck by an auto while aligning a school bus.

"Minstrel Flasher" presented by American Legion at high school auditorium.

Death: Jacob Walkenspaw, 57.



Darrel O. Beiter, Fred Rodenstine and John O. Harbold leave this week as members of second draft.

George B. Brode accepts commission from War Dept. as captain in the Quartermaster Contonment Construction.

Joint meeting of county and district school superintendents to effect permanent organization held here.

Aubrey Lindsey of 161st Aero Squadron is in England.

Judge Nichols of Coshocton makes patriotic address at the Opera House.

Ralph Dillon, George and Victor Yingling are home from college for Easter holiday.

Miss Mary Beers receives appointment through the Civil Service for clerical work in the War Dept. at Washington, D.C.

Death: Edwin Mackey, 25.



John T. Duff appointed on Board of Trustees of Ohio University by Governor Harris.

Earl Lockard and Margaret Rusk married.