FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
On Veterans Day, many were honored for their service to the country. Page-one photos showed programs held at Sandy Valley, East Canton and Canton South schools. Vic Varian and Jim Beck were shown bringing in the flags at East Canton. Vietnam veteran James Wood was pictured in Canton South. At Sandy Valley, a high school diploma was presented to Thomas D. House, who served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
A few of the Press-News football all-stars pictured in the newspaper were: Matt Trissel and Jamil Robinson, of South; Matt May and Cody Hughes, of Sandy Valley; and Ben Shankel and Ryan VanVoorhis, of East Canton.
A Medieval Feaste was done at Faircrest Memorial Middle School and Stephanie Balsley and Rebecca Burns were pictured dressed as court jesters. An authentic, five-course medieval meal was to be served and the crowd would be entertained by "King William the Lion and his Court."
10 YEARS AGO
Two of the children of Joe Bogdan Sr., Joe Jr. and Allison are featured in an article about the fact that these siblings are now athletic directors of rival schools. Joe was at East Canton High School, and Allison was at Sandy Valley High School. The father said he banned Monopoly from the home because all four were highly competitive children and the game always resulted in an argument.
Natalie Offenberger and Trisha Eichelberger were shown learning basketball skills at a Sandy Valley youth clinic.
In an article about area girls basketball coaches, Canton South's Kevin Meers was quoted as being given his work ethic from Red Ash and Bob Delap. Meers had been a coach for five years and he gave prospective basketball players this advice: "Do it because you love to compete, because it's just a game."
25 YEARS AGO
The Canton South Wildcats were in the playoffs, and the football team would play in Fawcett Stadium on Friday night. Letterman on the team who helped get the team to post season included Dave Cunningham, Don Franklin, Doug Lewis, Steve McBride, Barry Elliott, Joe Clymire, Eric Adams, Bryan Westfall, Chad Bowman, Rodney Mozden, Martin Smith, Dave Arthur, Mark Neff, Chris Sawyers and Nick Fry. The team was coached by Mike Miller.
Mike Dorto, of East Canton, helped lead his Hornet cross country team to a second-place finish at the state meet. Individually Mike was in second place, with a time of 16:08. Lee Sternberg coached the team who had the highest finish of any EC sports team ever at that time. Members of the team who also had top finishes included Larry Johnson, Joe Gorrell, Denny Snyder and Eric John.
Several Sandy Valley students joined students from Fairless and Tuslaw at the Crystal Light Restaurant in Canton for a leadership conference as a result of a drug-free schools grant. The Sandy students were Marc Williams, Mike Capobianco, Tiffany Almasy, Dan Herstine, Joe Crone, Chris Morrision and Jeff Ludwig.
50 YEARS AGO
The East Canton Hornets were honored as Stark County co-champions at a banquet, with about 250 people attending. A few of the seniors honored were Denny Williams, Grant Varian, Denny Myers, Walt Moulin, Ray Meese, Bob DeHoff, Chuck Crable and Jim Barrick.
Mike Cheek and John Kelly paced the Sandy Valley Cardinals to a 34-0 victory over the Tuscarawas Valley Trojans. Cheek, a junior, scored his 8th and 9th TDS of the year in the game. Kelly, a senior, also had two touchdowns. Denny DiDente was the quarterback.
Two area servicemen were participating in "Fallex" a large-scale NATO exercise in Germany. They were Army PFC Richard G;. Findlay, a Canton South graduate, and Army PFC Michael J. Pariano. a Sandy Valley graduate. This annual training session tested the overall combat readiness and effectiveness of NATO forces in Europe.
100 YEARS AGO
Members of the Waynesburg baseball team banqueted at the Hamilton House in Waynesburg. Ray Williams was elected manager for the 1913 season. A few of those in attendance included Howard Cain, George Janson, Emerson Spece, Harry Wagstaff and Dr. S.C. Scratton. They dined on picalilli, Queen olives, celery branches, roast chicken with oyster dressing, mashed potatoes with cream, browned sweet potatoes, peas, ice cream, cake, and much more. They were also given cigars and carnations.
Charles Walker and family of East Sparta were thanking friends and neighbors for their "many favors" since the fire that destroyed their house and contents a few weeks earlier.
Col. J. H Creighton, who was born in Waynesburg and grew up there, had died and many residents of the area came to pay their respects to him at his funeral. He had served as principal at the local schools for several years. Col Creighton, 82, when he died, had served in the Civil War.