Indian Valley High seniors Matt Davis and Mark Davis, and junior Cody Pancher win in the local judging of the Voice of Democracy audio essay contest.

Five Ridgewood students earn the top five honors in the county on the American Legion Americanism test. The students, first through fifth, are Stella Barney, Tom Fenn, Matt Hanna, Dawn Arnder and Mike Laflin.

Trojans split two games, winning over Conotton Valley, 79-65, and losing to Indian Valley, 55-52.

Indian Valley drops a tense 47-45 game to New Philadelphia. Ridgewood rolled over by Hiland, 69-40.

Lady Trojans win in over-time by defeating Strasburg, 52-51.

Deaths: Alice M. Chilensky, 68; Clara E. Hughes, 80; Yolanda E. Johnson, 90; Max L. Smith, 78; Virginia L. Main, 77; Catherine V. Ames, 12; and Carma H. Rogers, 99.


Massive drug arrests were made in Tuscarawas and Guernsey counties by members of SENT (Southeastern Narcotics Team). Among law enforcement officers participating in the drug busts were Newcomerstown Police Chief Jim Friel, and local officers Sgt. Brian Hursey and his police dog Cody, Sgt. Gene Edwards and Ptl. Damon Gould.

Marvin Lawver, Newcomerstown, was appointed assistant state director of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons).

Marian Frank succeeded Celia Hennis as president of Newcomerstown AARP Chapter 4575.

Christmas Comes to Miss Woods, a play written and directed by Linda Hren, director of the Newcomerstown Public Library, was presented Dec. 14 at the Newcomerstown Middle School.

Geneva Keffer was the winner of $100 in the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce Lucky Barrel drawing.

Ridgewood Future Farmers of American (FFA) Parliamentary Procedure Team received the highest rating of gold and placed third out of 25 schools in the District 8 FFA Parliamentary Procedure Contest at Harrison Hills Career Center. Members of the Ridgewood team were Hank Hughes, president; Tim McNeal, vice president; Teresa Saylor, reporter; Staci Mizer, secretary; Nathan Barr, student advisor; Christie Lyons, treasurer; Brian Leindecker, sentinel; and Tom Smith, Andy Brenneman, Carrie Linton, Rob Nelson and Brandi Mizer.

Eight Indian Valley FFA members attending the national FFA Convention in Kansas City, Mo., included Sommer Everett, Terry Halter, Machael John, Harry Kenny, Eric Kinsey, Jeremy Rummell, Fred Smith, and Raye Williams. The chapter received the Silver Chapter Award.

Shirley Wolff, Doris Donley and Florence Denham hosted the Port Washington Homemakers Christmas party at the Bamboo House, Dover.

Boys basketball: Newcomerstown defeated Strasburg 50-46, with Mel Lahmers scoring 11 points and Chris Belt and David Harris each scoring 10 points for the Trojans; the Trojans lost to Lakeland Raiders 68-49; Indian Valley Braves won in overtime 50-48 over Sandy Valley.

Trojan wrestlers lost their season opener 54-21 to Tuscarawas Central Catholic.

Girls basketball: Lady Trojans lost to Strasburg, 57-43; Indian Valley won 55-4 over Conotton Valley; and Ridgewood lost to Jewett-Scio, 59-56.

Mr. and Mrs. Garry (Sue) Marlatt, Newcomerstown, observed their 30th wedding anniversary, Dec. 17.

Deaths: Glenn M. Tipple, 78; George S. Hursey, 76; Carl L. Latham, 65.


A mobile home owned by Steve and Susan Craig on Oxford Township Road 252B, Newcomerstown, was destroyed by fire. No one was injured in the blaze.

Mike Gunther, head basketball coach of the Newcomerstown Trojans, discussed the local basketball program when he was guest speaker at the Newcomerstown Business and Professional Mens Club meeting.

Phil Schrickel, Newcomerstown, graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was associated with Addy Funeral Home of Newcomerstown.

Indian Valley South Rebels defeated the Trojans, 60-50. Trojan Jerry Triplett scored 17 points and teammate Bill Thompson scored 15. For the Rebels, Eric Huston scored 16 points.

River View won the girls RNRVC Holiday Tournament. Coshocton finished second, Ridgewood was third, and Newcomerstown was fourth.

Matthew Lenzo, Richard Bradford and Roger Buchanan, all of Newcomerstown, and Steve Bradford of West Lafayette escaped uninjured from an explosion at an oil drilling rig near New Concord. The equipment was owned by the J.L. Coats Drilling Co. and damages were estimated at over $1,000,000.

F. Dean Huff of Alexandria, and a native of Newcomerstown, was retiring from Nationwide Insurance after 35 years.

The Indian Valley Future Farmers of America chapter was awarded a gold rating for the 16th consecutive year at the District Six Parliamentary Procedure Contest. Terry Hiller was advisor of the local chapter.

Mrs. Ralph Gunn hosted a group of 20 when the Birmingham United Methodist Women met in her home.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Zinkon, West Lafayette, was decorated throughout for the holiday season when Pioneer Farm Council 3-A met there for a Christmas covered dish luncheon Dec. 21.

Deaths: Mary Ann Steed, 38; Dodie Marie Chase, 15-month-old daughter of Robert Chase and Sandra McKim; Howard E. Corbett, 76; Roland E. Baker, 64; Ralph W. Beabout, 59.