TEN YEARS AGO - 2008
It was announced that the First Presbyterian Church on Canal Street in Newcomerstown was closing as of the Dec. 28 service. The church was organized in 1876 and the original one-room church building was completed in 1878.
Two people were killed in a two-car accident on Coshocton County Road 16 in an area known as Miller’s Dip. According to the Ohio State Patrol, neither victim was wearing a seat belt. The driver of the second vehicle was wearing a seat belt and was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office released pictures of items worn by the victim who was found burned in Sandy Township.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morgan Jr., Newcomerstown, are pictured for their 25th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Herbert, West Lafayette, are pictured for their 60th wedding anniversary.
Deaths: Donald R. Morrison, 37, formerly of Port Washington and Newcomerstown; Doris Vierheller Trueblood, 91; Mary Jane Wheeler, 67, Warsaw; Jean E. McKim, 87, Cambridge; Eleanor B. Bunn, 89, formerly of Kimbolton.
Winners announced for the Newcomerstown Senior Center’s annual Halloween Party included: Jim Hill, inflatable ballerina; Betty Popadak, penguin; and Elizabeth Hammersley, witch.
The Newcomerstown Trojans defeated Coshocton in the season opener, 69-62. Curtis Blind led the winners with 20 points while Caleb Rankin added 18, Chase Addy had 17 and J.C. Rine added 10. The Trojans lost to Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 48-45 and to Garaway, 43-35, to go to 1-2 on the season.
Indian Valley bested Manchester in its season opener, 48-39. Jordan Frey led the team with 21 points.
Ridgewood lost games to Strasburg, 59-53, and to Hiland, 79-71. Ryan Gress, Brett Marlatt and Tyler McCullough each had 12 against Strasburg and Jared Kreitzer had 22 pounds against Hiland.
On the girls side, Newcomerstown lost to Conotton Valley, with Steph Felton having 13 points; and to Strasburg, 50-23, with Felton having nine. Ridgewood defeated Malvern, with Brittany Moyer scoring 17.
In wrestling, Newcomerstown was fourth in the Malvern Invite with championships for Casey Dressler, Marcus Mardis and Ed Lyons.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1998
Robert James scored 39 points in Trojans 90-58 win over Tuscarawas Central Catholic and became Newcomerstown’s all-time leading scorer with his career 1,101 points.
Ridgewood Generals 4-0 on season with wins of 84-41 over Jewett-Scio and 67-49 at Lakeland.
Tuscarawas County Chamber of Commerce announced David Stiles, agricultural education instructor at Indian Valley High in Gnadenhutten, winner of the "Educator of the Year" Award.
Candice McMath, Gnadenhutten, Indian Valley High sophomore, selected Hugh O’ Brian Youth Foundation Leadershiop.
Married: Cynthia Rae Heston and David Scott Sievers, Sept. 26; Mr. and Mrs. Mark (Sara) Ashcraft, Newcomerstown, 25th anniversary, Dec. 15.
Deaths: Marjorie M. Randles, 94; Glenn Johnson, 92; Joan E. Swain, 69; John W. Calvin, 52; Inez R. Robertson, 75.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1988
Bob Hunt named president of Newcomerstown Senior Center.
Trojans in first place in Inter Valley Conference with 64-50 win over Malvern.
Indian Valley Braves lost 46-45 in last second of game against Garaway.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell (Melva) Marquand, West Lafayette, 50th anniversary, Jan 7.
Deaths: Neilan N. Landis, 68; Wilber H. Dayton, 83; Lawrence C. Howell, 68; F. Rebecca Endlich, 35.
FORTY YEARS AGO - 1978
Newcomerstown Council passed a fair housing ordinance for the village.
Coach Gary Sterrett’s Trojans upset undefeated Indian Valley South Rebels 49-42, and lost to Tuscarawas Central Catholic 78-67.
The Chris K. Yanai Tax Office in 35th year of accounting and tax service.
Married: Rebekka Annon and William F. Larrick, Dec. 8.
Death: Mrs. Leona Snyder, 43.
FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1968
Newcomerstown area of Interstate-77 to be opened in late 1969.
Columbia Gas of Ohio plans $24,000 investment for Newcomerstown customers to receive better service, according to local manager, Calvin Danford.
Tuscarawas County Budget Commission allocated $14,500 to Newcomerstown Public Library.
Army Chief Warrant Officer Arthur J. Miller, Port Washington, receives Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in Vietnam.
Married: Miss Charlotte Marlene Simmerman and George D. Osborne.
Trojans clobber Ridgewood Generals 70-45; Indian Valley South defeats Dover St. Joe 55-54 overtime.
SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1958
Automatic gates, flasher lights and bells to be installed at railroad crossings at Goodrich, River and College streets.
Pvt. Robert Cross gets parachutist wings.
Jane E. Benedum, recent graduate of White Cross School of Nursing, passes State Board nurse exam.
Married: Connie Lee Shull and Donald Urban; Joan Jones and Donald O. Ferrell; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rennard, golden anniversary.
Deaths: Frank Neff, 71; Ross E. Swagger, 76; Ivan E. Ellis, 26; Daniel A. Overholt, 87; Charles Reppart, 76; William McCormick, 88.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1948
Clow plant Christmas bonuses amount to $350,000 for Newcomerstown and Coshocton plants.
Elmer Portz, R.D. 1, named Tuscarawas County corn growing champion.
Wibb Little, attending Kent State University, named on Ohio Conference All-Star team.
Married: Jean Brenneman and John Heller, Fern Quillen and Raymond Herbert; Eva Murphy and Charles Grove; Mr.and Mrs. J.E. Kaiser, golden anniversary.
Virgil G. Knowles, 74, dies at his home on Chestnut St.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1938
Misses Bess Evans, Thelma Thompson and Mary Foust, local teachers, spent Christmas in Florida.
NINETY YEARS AGO - 1928
American Legion will present "Bound in Morocco" at high school auditorium.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1918
Fr. Arthur Zuker, pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church, is transferred to Sugar Grove, Ohio.
Novelty Brick and Coal Co. placed in hands of receivers.