FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
• After 24 years, the village of Waynesburg would be led by a new mayor. Mary Connelly had decided to step down from the position, but she was there to swear in and support the newly elected mayor Kenneth Flesher. Flesher had spent 14 years serving as a councilman before becoming mayor. Flesher said he would like to see Waynesburg have a more positive presence in the area.
• The East Canton Wizards defeated the Sandy Valley Lady Cardinals by a score of 66-34. Caitlin Sharp's hot hand helped the Wizards in their victory. She led all scorers with 23 points. Vanessa Gantz added 17 points. Danielle Grooms led the Cardinals, with 11 points.
• Canton South Lady Cats defeated the Sandy Valley Cardinals by the close score of 57-52. Sandy Valley's Carli Nicholson led all scorers with 19 points. For South, Brittany Lyon and Shavon Robinson each scored 14 points.
10 YEARS AGO
• Two Magnolia boys, Jakob Cusik and Teddy Ocheltree, were shown enjoying the snow that had fallen over the previous weekend. They were in the fourth grade at Waynesburg Elementary.
• Canton Township trustees approved to spend $100,000 on an addition to the township garage. This expenditure also included the re-roofing of the rest of the garage.
• The Wizards of East Canton claimed first place in the PAC-7 league standings with a 61-41 win over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy. Ashlee Currence scored 25 points, Ashlee Mundy had 10 points and 14 rebounds and Katy Arick put 19 points and 12 rebounds in the books for the team.
25 YEARS AGO
• Waynesburg Mayor Mary Connelly was pictured swearing in three new village officials. They were George (Lee) Anthony on the board of public affairs, Bill DeLuca and Robert Boggs, council members.
• The Sandy Valley Cardinals defeated the East Canton Hornets 61-53, with the help of Gary Offenberger's two, key three-pointers. Offenberger was the highest scorer, with 19 points. Steve Neisel added 17. Jim Young and Chris Kopp each had 20 points for the Hornets. Both Sandy and East Canton had 5-3 overall records.
• Stan Aukamp had 34 points to help the Wildcats defeat New Philadelphia, 75-60. He also blocked 10 shots and grabbed a near record 28 rebounds to move South to 6-1 on the season.
50 YEARS AGO
• The East Canton Hi-Y basketball team was tied with Canton South for first place in the Town and Country YMCA Hi-Y league. Other teams in the league included Minerva, Louisville and Malvern. Guy Baum was East Canton's leading scorer.
• John Wiscinick was the leading scorer on the Canton South Hi-Y basketball team that was tied with East Canton in the Town and Country YMCA Hi-Y league. He was averaging 14.3 points a game.
• At least 850 children, many accompanied by parents, gathered at the Waynesburg Grade School auditorium on a Friday evening, Dec. 21, to be greeted and treated by Santa Claus ( Harold Crowell) at the Christmas party sponsored by the Sandy Valley Post of the American Legion. Santa also visited a number of the children at their homes after the party. A half hour of Christmas music was presented by church choirs, under the direction of Mrs. Robert Elsass. Domie Mann was the special guest and master of ceremonies. He introduced Waynesburg Mayor Arthur Pontones who spoke. The idea for the party was brought from England by Raymond P. Rugani, a major in the U.S. Army. He had been active in the GI Social Club.
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.