Lewis E. Gilbert, 28, of Newcomerstown, already on Oklahomas death row for the murder of Roxy Ruddell, a security guard, was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder of a Missouri couple, William and Flossie Brewer. He is also a suspect in the disappearance and suspected death of Ruth Loader of Port Washington. Eric A. Elliott of Newcomerstown, who was 16 at the time of the slayings, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Ruddells death and is serving a life sentence.

A lawsuit is brought against Simonds Industries, Inc. by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in connection with groundwater contamination.

Trojans win Orange and Black trophy after pounding Ridgewood, 59-38. In other weeks action, Indian Valley falls to Meadowbrook 78-72 and Sandy Valley defeats Ridgewood 73-54.

In local ladies games of the week, Trojans post a 47-42 win over Sandy Valley. Generals stomp Conotton Valley 93-37, and Braves in overtime beat New Philadelphia 40-38.

Len and Tammy Nardozzi celebrate 25th wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Gwendolyn I. Osler, 79; Earl H. Beatenhead, 64; George H. Damm, 91; Eric A. Jarvis, 17; Florence E. Miller, 94; Dorothy D. Dornseif, 77; Gilbert Wm. Husk, 66.


Newcomerstown Village Council started the new year with several appointments, including Kelly Ault as council president.

Cecil Lawrence was retained as president of Tri-County Sportsmans Club of Newcomerstown.

Boys basketball: Trojans won 53-51 over Tuscarawas Central Catholic, and lost to Garaway 79-68; Ridgewood defeated Jewett-Scio 60-58 and lost to Lakeland 86-55; Indian Valley Braves won 74-42 over Zanesville Rosecrans and 64-58 over John Glenn.

Newcomerstown Trojan wrestlers lost to Coshocton 49-15.

Harry Barthalow, Newcomerstown barber, retired from GenCorp Polymer Products in Newcomerstown with 18 years of service.

Death: Robert L. Folkert, 80.


No injuries were reported after a Newcomerstown school bus slid into a ditch on ice-covered Park Hill Drive. Snow and freezing winds closed schools in the area.

Lisa Nay, a trombonist and daughter of Robert Nay, Newcomerstown R.D. 1, was selected for membership in the U.S. Collegiate Wind Band, scheduled for a summer concert tour of England and several European countries.

Ridgewood was 10-2 on the season with a 73-69 upset of the Indian Valley South Rebels. General Todd Bradford and Rebel Eric Huston each scored 24 points. In another contest, the Rebels won their eighth game against Massillon Christian Catholic 79-51.

Newcomerstown lost 56-46 to Lakeland Raiders. Trojan Bill Thompson scored 23 points.

D. Michael McPeak, a graduate of Newcomerstown High School and son of Mr. and Mrs. Dana McPeak, Coshocton, formerly of Newcomerstown, received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa.

Charles Arth, Newcomerstown R.D. 1, was re-elected chairman of the Tuscarawas County Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service committee.

Deaths: Ward E. Lanning, 78; Walter Leighninger, 73; James Philabaum, 39; Mrs. Robert (Helen) Shaw, 56; Mrs. Raymond (Mary Ruth) Shearrow, 52.


Local JayCees sponsor Mile of Dimes fund-raiser with Michael Butler, chairman.

Harold Huff named president of the board of education.

Trojans lost to Garaway 92-52.

Married: Linda J. Baker and Terry A. Myers; Mr. and Mrs. Ivan McMullen, Port Washington, R.D. 2, observe 25th wedding anniversary.

Deaths: Mrs. Jesse Farra, 81; Mrs. Zula Widder, 78; Elizabeth Danley, 89; Warner J. Mackey, 70.


Newcomerstown Board of Education re-elects Henry Falken as president.

Local police report 361 arrests for last year 215 fewer than 1960.

Winters coldest weather hit Newcomerstown and vicinity as mercury sinks to nine degrees below zero.

Paul VanVoorhis dies after receiving second and third degree burns over 90 percent of his body when the furnace at his home exploded.

Married: Martha Jane Ott and John F. Philabaum; Sue Ann Milburn and Garry Marlatt; Karen Winkleman and Gary Carney.

Deaths: Charles W. Hormell, 75; Mrs. Nancy Scott.


John Atkinson elected president of local board of education.

Council passes $111,308 appropriation ordinance to run village in 1952.

Vernon Lee elected village attorney.

Thirty-two fires reported here during 1951.

Trojans defeat Carrollton 55-50.

Washington-Salem schools district to vote on $44,000 school bond at special election in February.

Rev. Henry Holyoak elected president of the Youth Center.

Fire completely destroys the Clyde Lapp home near Isleta.

Married: Miss Barbara Proud and Harold D. Hannahs.

Mrs. Matilda Palmer dies at her home in Coshocton.


All village officers are retained by council.

Mrs. S.L. Stowe wins gas range at Food Show.

Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Beers leave on extended auto trip that included Mexico.

Cars stall and pipes freeze as mercury dips to 22 degrees below.

Weddings of the week: Edith Carol Trees and Roger Widder; Dorothy Asher and Ellwood Martin; Irene Morris and Dean Beauregard; Maxine Maurer and Chester Schlarb.


High school quintet defeats Carrollton and loses to Byevsille.

Miss Mary West and Jacob Huffman are married by Rev. Harold Lee.

G.T. Tufford enters the general trucking business.

American Legion is collecting clothes for needy families.


First council meeting of year held with Walter Banning as mayor.

T.J. Stahler erecting a fine two-story house on Cross Street.

Miss Celia Neighbor and John Payne are married at MP Parsonage by Rev. L.C. Momberg.

Frank Wilson selected president of school board.


The AIU was planning to hold an oyster supper for members and friends.

The Girl of the Golden West will play at the Opera House this week.

The K of P county convention is being held this week.

J.E. Rogers accepted a position at the Cutshall bakery at West Lafayette.