FIVE YEARS AGO
At 3 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, Sam and Nancy Gillingham, of East Canton, had received a frantic phone call from their daughter Abbi. A gunman had entered the Youth With a Mission training center in Arvada, Colo., where Gillingham was training for mission work. She asked her parents to pray as she and several other students were hiding in the rest room. Five were killed and five wounded in the incident. Gillingham escaped injury.
The Canton Local Board of Education honored Harold Brumby as he retired from many years of service as a board member. He received a plaque from superintendent Teresa Purses and a player-signed basketball from the varsity basketball team.
The Sandy Valley Wrestling team started strong as they beat Tusky Valley 54-12. Vissoc in the 140 weight class, Moyer in the 160 weight class and Hamsher in the 215 weight class all had pins.
10 YEARS AGO
The Pike Township Historical Society acquired the log house on the corner of Westbrook and state Route 800. The group was formed in 2000 and this was its most prestigious acquisition thus far. Kay Weisen was the president of the group.
The Canton Local Board of Education agreed to name the gymnasium in the high school after long-time head basketball coach and teacher, Charles "Red" Ash Superintendent Teresa Purses cited Ash's "legacy of basketball excellence" as the reason for the honor.
The East Canton Wizards beat United Local and Tusky Valley but lost a close one to Dalton. Senior Ashley Currence had 23 points and freshman Katy Arick had 22 points in the United game.
25 YEARS AGO
Area bands and choirs were pictured rehearsing for Christmas performances. At South, the choir included Kim Froelich, Mike Hanna and Steve Young and the director was Mary Grovemiller. At East Canton, the A Capella Choir included David Barrett, Jeremiah Banta and Pam Ellington. Jolene Moody was the director.
Canton South High School freshman Denise Wharton was already an award-winning cook. She was spotlighted in the Home on the Range column by Carol Corbi. As a Girl Scout, she was the first of her age from the area to place fourth against more than 3,400 entries in the Canton area Girl Scout cookie baking contest.
The Sandy Valley boys basketball team had a successful weekend, defeating both Tuslaw (69-38) and Strasburg (76-56). Gary Offenberger tallied 29 points against Tuslaw. Offenberger had 25 the next night, and Richard Otte added 22.
50 YEARS AGO
The East Canton Hornets were off to a great start in their season as they won 47-44 (did not say who they played). The Hornets had the lead through most of the game, and they were led by Dean Burkhart, who had 19 points, and Jim Barrick, who had 13.
Fred Filliez, former star athlete at Canton South High School, was one of the sparks at Malone College during its basketball season. He was showing himself to be one of the most aggressive players on the team. Which was not surprising, because his scoring record of 40 points in one game still had not been broken at South.
Five guys shared top honors for the Sandy Valley football team when the banquet was held in the high school cafeteria. Mike Cheek was the top offensive back; Tom Reed the top defensive back; Gene Ulis offensive lineman; and Fred Stevens and John Kelly tied as best defensive lineman. Head Coach Tom Winkhart announced that Cheek and center Frank Albery would be next year's co-captains.
100 YEARS AGO
Dolls, sleds, wagons, doll carts, skates, trains, books, games and all kinds of toys to please the little folks at Christmas were advertised by Young's store in Magnolia.
The paper said Magnolia's high school football team denied that Waynesburg had the championship of Sandy Township. Magnolia said they defeated Waynesburg two of three games during the season.
Professor Montgomery of North Industry was a caller Sunday evening at the Little home in East Sparta. The paper said it was probably to gather some additional knowledge about methods of teaching. "Our teachers are very liberal and enjoy helping their fellow teachers," the ES reporter said.