TEN YEARS AGO - 2009

Newcomerstown Schools received a $1.2 million grant to install solar panels that West School Principal Pat Cadle said would save the district more than $25,000  a year in utility bills.

The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce will be organizing local efforts for Toys for Local Tots, with a goal of at least $4,000, according to Janet Chaney.

Newcomerstown varsity cheerleaders are pictured on the front page of The News: Taylor Lehman, Jessie Rexroad, Brooke Fanti, Morgan McAfee, Krystin Raach and Lexy Long. Ridgewood cheerleaders pictured are Kayla Tomon, Candice Jennings, Jade Brown, Allison Norman, Hannah Pepping, Darci Wilson and Joy Heller.

Movies showing at the Shelby Theatre are "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" and "Old Dogs."

Anniveraries: Vane Scott and the former Sue Cutlip, Newcomerstown, 30th anniversary on Nov. 25; Mr. and Mrs. Dick (Bev Bowers) Poorman, Newcomerstown, 50th annivesrary on Oct. 24.

Deaths: Kathy McAfee, 57, Newcomerstown; Elizabeth Eleanor Sweitzer, 66, Newcomerstown.

The Ridgewood football team improved to 13-0 with a 21-14 victory over Fredericktown in the Division V Region 19 football championship. Jake Conrad of the Generals was named the Division V Eastern District Offensive Player of the Year.

TWENTY YEARS AGO - 1999

John "Big Dawg" Thompson, famed head dawg of the Cleveland Browns’ Dawg Pound, made a special visit to Liz Schumacher’s class at the Port Washington Elementary in recognition of the class leading in a PTO fundraiser.

Newcomerstown High School fall sports recognition awards went to Derek McCune, Steve Butler, Jason Bryant, DJ Grewell and Andrew Branch in football; Caine Bricker, Jeremy Welsh and Rick Almen in golf; Lindsey Donehue, cheerleader; Mike Myers, Lisa Wolff, Marcy Eicholtz and Michael Lawrence in cross country; Bekah Jones, Tana McIntire and Misti Hamilton in volleyball.

Annniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Russell (Wilma) Hawk, Dover, 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 13.

Deaths: Charles E. Seevers, 76; Nicky L. Milligan, 49; Francis E. "Gene" Stewart, 85; Carl Billings, 62.

THIRTY YEARS AGO - 1989

Newcomerstown High School athletes are honored at the fall sports awards ceremony. The Trojan football team won the Inter-Valley Conference with Darren Belt receiving the Coach’s Award. Chris Thogmartin of the conference runner-up golf team was awarded the Medalist Trophy. Kevin Glazer was named most valuable cross country runner. Special recognition for volleyball went to Molly McKibben, Terri Russell and Sharla Dobson. Jennifer Bates was named most outstanding cheerleader.

Darren Fillman, member of the IVC championship football team, named 1989 Associated Press Div. IV All-Ohio first team defensive back.

Two Church of Love leaders who bilked thousands of men out of $4.5 million in mail order sex-fantasy scam that allegedly included plans for a retreat near Port Washington, were convicted in federal court in Illinois and sentenced to prison.

The Newcomerstown basketball team opened the season with an 88-73 loss to Shenandoah.

Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Fred (Frances) Greathouse, Newcomerstown, 50th wedding anniversary, Dec. 2.

Deaths: Rev. Barynt E. Braden, 85; Lee Anne McIntire, infant; R. Dean Wigfield, 79; Robert H. Eagon, 73; Orlan H. Stocker, 82; Irene I. Neal, 80; Forest Booth Swigert, 83; Virginia T. Marlowe, 87.

FORTY YEARS AGO - 1979

Ridgewood Generals head football coach Russ Ashkettle was named Class AA Coach of the Year for the Eastern District and the Inter-Valley Conference after posting a 10-0 record for the league title. Brad Nolan, senior lineman for Newcomerstown, was named Class A District Lineman of the Year.

Other players receiving Eastern District football recognition included Doug Bell and Tim Rine, Newcomerstown; Rob Hoobler, Jim Lee, Jerry Gress and Dave Overholt from Ridgewood and Jeff Cox and Scott Urban of Indian Valley South.

Peoples National Bank in Newcomerstown had its name changed to Bank One.

Santa Claus was welcomed to Newcomerstown by an estimated 600 people along the parade route. Community Christmas trees were displayed at Riverside Manor Nursing and Care Center and at Valley View Baptist Church.

Indian Valley South Rebels won the opening basketball game, 61-42, over Kidron Central Christian.

Anniversaries: Mr. and Mrs. Allen Eddy, Kimbolton, 40th anniversary on Nov. 10; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith, Newcomerstown, 35th anniversary on Nov. 24.

Deaths: Lillie Mae Walters, 74; Mrs. H. Leslie (Eva Mary) Bliss, 84; Miss Sarah "Sally" Lyons, 86; Harry H. Smith, 73; George H. Angle, 85.

FIFTY YEARS AGO - 1969

Newcomertown village council gave first reading to ordinance prohibiting trains from blocking railroad crossings for more than five minutes.

Newcomerstown voters warned by Supt. Harold Shingler that schools could be forced to close unless a five-mill operating levy passes at a Dec. 9 special election.

Newcomerstown Lions sell 3,300 roses in annual Rose Day sales.

Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Smith, 25th wedding anniversary.

Deaths: W.V. Greenwood, 83.

SIXTY YEARS AGO - 1959

Movies of scenes from Newcomerstown are to shown at the Ritz Theatre.

Rep. Kenneth Berry addresses Newcomerstown Rotary Club.

Newcomerstown Trojans lose first basketball game to Gnadenhutten, 66-39.

Christmas lights in Newcomerstown are put up this week by Chamber of Commerce members.

Newcomerstown Youth Club Inc. seeks 1,000 members.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO - 1949

Funeral services held in Miami, Fla., for Joseph V. Knezevich, 38, former Newcomerstown resident who lost his life in a plane crash in the Everglades.

George Hodapp elected treasurer and president of Heller Bros. Co.

John C. Ross re-elected president of the Tuscarawas County Real Estate Board.

Newcomerstown Trojans basketball team defeats West Lafayette, 47-27.

Rev. George Shurtz announces he is a candidate for Ohio State Senate.

Mrs. Fred Shepherd announces the marriage of her daughter, Velma, to Cpl. Fred Clements in Tucson, Ariz.

Deaths: James H. Shaffer; Mrs. Floyd Farrar, 54; Victoria Smock.

EIGHTY YEARS AGO - 1939

Earl Treasure becomes Newcomerstown mayor.

Heller plant is ready for expansion and has over 800 employees.

Newcomerstown Trojans won their first basketball game, 26-23 in overtime over Dexter City.

John S. Ross opens an insurance agency in the office of his father, John C. Ross.

Milk prices are increased from 10 cents to 11 cents a quart.

NINETY YEARS AGO - 1929

The bridge over the Tuscarawas River west of Newcomerstown is closed for a few days.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO - 1919

Sgt. Paul Korns receives a citation for bravery from the French government.

ONE HUNDRED AND TEN YEARS AGO - 1909

Loren Vogenitz returns from Chicago where he graduated from Mechano Therapy School.