TEN YEARS AGO - 2008
Rick Raach will be taking over as superintendent in the Ridgewood Local School District, as William Caudill is stepping down.
Pictured with cards that Newcomerstown West School fifth graders made for service personnel are Lucas Barrington, Jonathon Beckett, Brandon Brown and Miranda Thurston.
Indian Valley members of the Future Farmers of America said their annual fruit sales were successful. Pictured are Bryer Schupp, Dakota Huebner and Mike Ferguson.
The Reeves Foundation announced grants, including $20,000 for improvements to the baseball fields at Gnadenhutten; $15,000 for the Indian Valley Lead the Way Project; $10,111 for a concrete parking area for the Stone Creek Volunteer Fire Department; $7,550 for new band uniforms at Newcomerstown High School; and $4,750 for a new roof for the Gnadenhutten Historical Society.
Deaths: M. Annabelle Stocker, 86, Newcomerstown; Russell Hawk, 80, Dover; Dale "Dolly" McMasters, 84, Gnadenhutten; M. Bernice Hothem, 98, Newcomerstown; Scott Hickenbottom, 23, formerly of Kimbolton; Marie E. Stein, 92, Newcomerstown.
Ridgewood defeated Newcomerstown in West Lafayette, 56-51. Thomas Ellis led the Generals with 20 while J.C. Rine and Caleb Rankin led the Trojans with 18 each.
Indian Valley lost to Cuyahoga Valley, 62-37. Jordan Frey led the Braves with 14 points.
Newcomerstown’s Lady Trojans lost to Sandy Valley, 44-35, with Stephany Felton and Amber Gibson both in double figures.
Ridgewood Lady Generals lost to River View, 49-35, as the Black Bears remained undefeated at 8-0.
TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1999
Marvin L. Beatty, 59, Mineral City, began a life sentence Christmas Eve in connection with the shooting death of his ex-wife, Kay I. Wood, 56, of Malvern, shot while at her secretarial job at Laborers Union Hall on Main St., Newcomerstown.
Oxford Township Trustees voted to support annexation of property from the township to the village of Newcomerstown for the Morris Crossing development project.
Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center of Cambridge was opening a specialty service medical office at Arrowhead Clinic in Newcomerstown. Staff was to include doctors Kevin Alten, Paul Wright, Michael Sarap, Jackson Flanigan and Clark Leslie.
Local area basketball: Newcomerstown lost to Malvern 67-57; Ridgewood won 54-51 over Strasburg; Indian Valley Braves lost to New Philadelphia Quakers 63-34.
Death: Juanita P. Brandon, 69.
THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1989
Mayor Gordon DeMarco issued his "State of the Village" report and stated the village became better in 1988 with newly paved streets, the Industrial Park, and a new pool to be constructed at Cy Young Park.
Trojan wrestlers won their holiday invitational defeating Tusky Valley, Jewett-Scio, Waterford, Malvern and Tuscarawas Central Catholic. Jack Lenhoff upped his overall record to 9-1 with fives wins for the Trojans.
FORTY YEARS AGO - 1979
Newcomerstown’s Woody Hayes was fired as head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes after a skirmish with a Clemson University football player in the final moments of the Buckeyes loss at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. During his 28 years at OSU Coach Hayes and the Buckeyes compiled a record of 198-57-9, four unbeaten teams, seven Big Ten championships and six co-championships.
Married: Catherine Elizabeth Welch and Phillip B. Schrickel, Dec. 15.
Deaths: Magdelene S. Johnson, 73; Richard L. Tipple Sr., 61; Mrs. Vernon (Nancy) Hathaway.
FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1969
The Cross St. home of Dr. and Mrs. W.R. Agricola was destroyed by fire on Christmas Day. Damage was estimated at $45,000.
Several hours without electricity brought a chilly Christmas Day to Newcomerstown residents.
Local telephone exchange scheduled to get Direct Distance Dialing this year from Ohio Bell.
Deaths: Harry M. Riggle, 82; John C. Davis, 84; Mrs. Della A. Gram, 96; Mrs. Mary A. Anderson, 78; Jesse Baker, 78.
SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1959
Deaths: Mrs. Pearl Griffin, 75; Irvin Mizer, 88.
SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1949
Leo Heller announced his retirement after 33 years of service at Heller Bros. He was presented a watch and scroll.
A barn on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Nave, Port Washington, destroyed by fire.
Deaths: John S. Craigo, 83; Fred Tipton, 39; Mrs. Mary Hertel.
EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1939
Elks initiate 31 candidates with a crowd of 210 present.
Theda Eloise Robey and Oliver W. Underwood married Dec. 31 in Newcomerstown by the bride’s grandfather, Rev. T.J. Robey.
NINETY YEARS AGO - 1929
Mrs. George Garrett, 74, dies while visiting her daughter at Crafton, Pa.
Conley Taylor, Locan McCune, Frank Henderson and Ray Lewis return from deer hunting in Pennsylvania.
A six-ton annealing plant has been installed at the Heller Bros. plant.
ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1919
Mrs. Dorothy Rothenstine and Russell Gibson are married in Canton.
John E. Milburn, 66, instantly killed when accidentally shot by a neighbor while butchering.