FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
• The eldest Malavite in the Canton Township area, Nick Malavite, 93, reflected on his life. Malavite said his family came to the United States from Greece. Harry Malavite served in a war against Turkey and then came with his bride, Georgia, to the states in 1914. He purchased 25 acres of land on Briggle. He later purchased two other adjoining properties, which now has become known as Cricket Valley Ranch.
• Zach Ray, a junior at Sandy Valley, scored nearly half of the Cardinals' 100 points against Kidron Central Christian. He had 44 points in Sandy's 100-79 win over Kidron. He was one shy of the school record.
• The East Canton Wizards improved to 7-0 on the season with a 61-29 win over Dalton. Kristin Kalsek had one of the finest games of her career, with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Katy Momirovic had 11 points.
10 YEARS AGO
• Area high school varsity basketball teams had changed their schedules to accommodate the Friday evening Ohio State Buckeye's appearance in the Fiesta Bowl. Sandy Valley played Newcomerstown a day early on Jan. 2. Canton South rescheduled the game with Carrollton. East Canton moved the Coventry game to be a day later on Jan. 4.
•Area community leaders shared their thoughts and goals for the new year. Osnaburg trustee Glenn Ellington, said, "These three areas seem to be high priority for our residents, roads, fire department and zoning..." Hal Brumby, a Canton Local Board of Education member shared his concern for "those outside of the faith who have no commitment or desire to understand or believe what is in store for us after leaving this life in the flesh." David E. Stuckey, a Stark County Family Court Judge said, "My prayer is that as a community we begin to value our children and families as the most precious asset we have for a positive future."
25 YEARS AGO
• A live nativity scene was done at Peace Lutheran Church in Canton South. A few of those participating in the scene were Sue Childs, Roberta Slutz, Mary Kay and Mike Jezewski and Terry Slutz.
• Judith Zimmerman, art teacher at Sandy Valley Elementary Schools, was painting murals on the walls of Magnolia School. She had taken on the project to beautify the school. People going into the school would now be greeted by Mickey Mouse, Thumper, Sneezy, Grumpy, a unicorn and many more colorful characters.
• Joe Kress accepted an award for Kress IGA in East Canton for his community service to the E-Z Riders 4-H Club. Lori Hamilton of East Canton and Laura Ollis of Malvern were giving Kress and his store recognition for giving to the Stark County Hunger Task Force.
50 YEARS AGO
• Hugh L. Dryden, deputy administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said "Without religious faith, a man of the Space Age is incomplete, crippled, deformed. It is as if he has lost his sight, his hearing, his hands, Man, made in the image of God, has inherited a spiritual nature, which places moral values on the activities of life. We must make program toward a higher spiritual level in our lives if we are to live successfully in an expanding universe."
• A few area business that had New Year's greeting included Fritz Tire & BrakeTexaco, Bixler Food Market and Kreighbaum Funeral Home, all in North Industry.
• A new years eve party was planned by the Sandy Valley American Legion Post. Mr. and Mrs. Marraccini and Mrs. and Mrs. Geo. McGonagle were in charge of the entertainment. Noise makers and food would be provided, starting at 9 p.m.
100 YEARS AGO
• Glenn Frank was announcing his lecture on Friday, evening, Jan. 3, in East Sparta. He would speak in the Rice-Esterly Hall, and admission would be 25 cents.
• The 10th annual Farmer's Institute was held in Magnolia on Dec. 23. President Ralph Downes called the meeting to order and William F. Sherer "invoked the divine blessing," since the Rev. J.B. Kirsch was absent. J..A. Hammon, a state speaker, talked about feeding hogs for profit.
• The new years dance was a big success in Waynesburg.