The late Barbara Scott and the late William Ourant were honored at the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce banquet. Mrs. Scott, her husband Vane Scott and daughter Gayle Opphile received a Chief Netawates Award for their work on USS Radford National Naval Museum in Newcomerstown. Mr. Ourant received the Kelly Ault Memorial Patriotism Award, accepted by his son, John Ourant. Hometown Hero awards went to Dr. Christopher Coulson and Mary Watts.

Devony Pugh and Donavyn Montgomery were crowned royalty at the Newcomerstown High School prom. Kelsey Emler and Michael Caldwell were crowned royalty at the Indian Valley High School prom.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hannahs, Newcomerstown, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

The Ridgewood High School Drama Class was to present "Our Town," directed by Jill Collins and Jeff Gill.

Deaths: Barbara J. Scott, 75, Newcomerstown; Thomas K. Evans, Sr., 67, Bakersville.

Maj. Malcolm S. Ritchie, Newcomerstown, was to be the speaker for the annual Memorial Service at Bethel Cemetery.

As of May 12, Newcomerstown village council had not made a decision on who to hire to cap the village landfill.

Newcomerstown’s baseball team improved to 16-6 with a victory over Ridgewood. Scott Hannahs was the winning pitcher. The Trojans got another win, besting Coshocton in the sectional opener.


Awards recipients at local Knights of Columbus banquet included Bill Thompson, Wise Owl; Jeff Spalding, Knight of the Year, and Brenda Berry, Woman of the Year.

Ridgewood won the 31st annual Inter Valley Conference boys track meet at Newcomerstown’s Lee Stadium with 134 1/2 points; Newcomerstown finished third with 56 points, Garaway girls won the 31st annual girls IVC meet here with 140 points, followed by Newcomerstown with 109 points; Lady Trojan Jamie Welch broke the IVC’s 100 meter dash record.

Ron Hickman, Newcomerstown, completed training to become an auctioneer.

Aaron Stull, Port Washington, earned his Eagle Scout Award.

West Lafayette American Legion Auxiliary announced plans for "Poppy Days" May 15-16 with Haley Evans of West Lafayette chosen "Poppy Girl."

Glenn V. James, 36, Fresno, killed in car crash near Ragersville.

Married: Marilyn Rodrick and Jeff Miller, Oct. 25, 1997.

Deaths: John V. Stephen, 72; Joseph Hal Reed, 49; Ronald W. Kidd; Carol P. Abbuhl, 78.



106th graduation of Newcomerstown High School set for May 29 at Lee Stadium with Lorie Porcher and Brooks Ross, co-valedictorians, and Beth Hartel, Salutatorian.

Final graduation for Indian Valley South High School in Gnadenhutten announced for June 4 with Kelly Starcher, valedictorian, and Jamie Jackson and Larry Leisure, co-salutatorians. Indian Valley South and Indian Valley North to consolidate next school year.

Ridgewood High School graduation scheduled for May 29. Top five percent to be honored were Lori Brill, Chris Charpentier, Christy Evans, Tim Foster, Michael Overholt, Christy Spillman and Jennifer Walton.



Large Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame Celebration being planned in Newcomerstown July 13-16.

Trojans track team placed second in sectional finals at Shadyside. Barry and Brad Nolan, Kevin Hannahs, Scott Schrickel, John Mozena, Eric Gault and Ron Smith qualified for district competition.

Rev. William O. Calvert, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Newcomerstown, honored for 30 years in the pastorate at dinner attended by 120.

Some 60 Bakersville residents attended Ridgewood school board meeting to express opposition to closing Bakersville School.

Col. John F. Hampton, a 1949 graduate of Newcomerstown, named commander of 381st Strategic Missile Wing at McConnell AFB, Kansas.

Daniel E. Decker, son of Mr. and Mrs.  Henry Decker, Newcomerstown R.D. 1, promoted to rank of major in U.S. Air Force.

Married: Constance E. Goodwill and Larry J. Moore, May 6; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lacey, New Concord, formerly of Newcomerstown, 60th anniversary, May 29; Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Martha) Burch, 40th anniversary, May 26; Mr. and Mrs. George A. (Twila) Whyde, Newcomerstown, 50th anniversary, May 29.

Deaths: Mrs. Marge Wilson, 66; Mrs. John (Lillie Belle) Pogue, 98; Roger D. Smith, 73.



Some 80 Wheeling Local School students to be transferred into Newcomerstown school district.

Kathy Berg and Kathy Ervin named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for NHS 1968 class.

Woody Hayes, head football coach at Ohio State University, and a graduate of Newcomerstown High, to speak at annual sports banquet here.

Annual junior-senior prom attended by 220 with theme "Land of the Alps."

American Legion Post 431 and VFW Post 3303 purchased American flags for NHS classrooms.

Deaths: Rev. Paul Smithson; Walter K. Clark, 24; Vicki Lynn Garbrandt, seven-month-old daughter of Garry and Ruth Garbrandt.



Norman Bel Geddes, 68, world famous artist and designer, and a former Newcomerstown resident, dies of heart attack in New York.

Goshen Brick plant hit by fire damage of $350,000. Plans made to rebuild.

Assembly of God Church receives new electronic organ, a gift of Claude Foster, Cleveland millionaire.

Miss Sally Russell and Robert Dale Maddox married at Taft, Calif.

Deaths: Clarence Renner, 67; Harry Dean Williams, 58, retired publisher of Freeport Press.



Mrs. Mary Hayes North speaker at junior-senior banquet with 210 attending.

Village officials move into new town hall.

John Garver, Strasburg, will speak at Memorial Day services.

Senior class gives "Stardust" as play.

Death: Frank Schwab, 69.

Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Phillips, State St., celebrate 50th anniversary.



Rev. D.A. Morris elected president of Rotary Club.

Burglars steal small amount of cash and cigarettes at Athletic Club.



Pupils of East and West schools present operetta "The Lands of the Dolls."

Miss Mildred Miskimen, missionary to India, home on furlough.



Rev. M.L. Oliver officiates marriage of Miss Helen Dorsey and Earl Pope.



Frank Palmer shoots large hawk with wing span of four feet, six inches.

Rev. E.E. Patterson resigns as pastor of Presbyterian Church to accept pastorate of Presbyterian Church in Frazeysburg.