FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
• The family of Laverda Dearman, of Canton Township, was given a life-saving award during a banquet in the area. Amy Simon, the daughter of Laverda, said it was "the help of God," along with her CPR training that helped her save her mother's life on May 20, 2007. She was shown in a photo with her son, Brice, and husband, Brian, as well as with her mother.
• Royalty at the Sandy Valley Winter Homecoming included queen Paige Dagenhard and king Mike Murphy. In the basketball game, the Cardinals topped Ridgewood, 49-34. Jordan Tozzi led all scorers, with his 21 points.
• The East Canton Wizards clinched the Portage Trail Conference championship title, with a win over Mogodore. Two senior players, Kristin Kalsek and Vanessa Gantz, had double-doubles. Kalsek had 23 points, and Gantz had 19, while each pulled down 10 caroms.
10 YEARS AGO
• Scott Schwab, a junior at East Canton High School, had just bowled a perfect game in his team's sectional tournament play. The team was coached by Scott's mother, Marie. This was the second year for East Canton to have a bowling team and they qualified for districts. Other members of the team were Steve Orwick, Ryan Vaughn, Joe Cerrato, Joe Shimek, Kirk Greaves and Craig Houck.
• East Canton High School celebrated homecoming with Alyssa Aguredakes and Earl Breese reigning as queen and king. Others on the court were Adam Melegari, Kristi Garman, Pete Foltz, Brianna McCartney, Nathan Irwin, Rachel Garrott, Chad Bowling and Samantha Griggs.
• Three Canton Local band directors were honored with alumni achievements awards from Kent State University's college of fine and professional arts. Shown holding plaques were Ted Wenger, Marty Biviano and Jack Bair.
• The Sandy Valley boys basketball team defeated Malvern 69-41 for a 7-6 record in the IVC. Top scorers were Josh Mutigli with 20 and Doug Welch with 18. Michael Tozzi grabbed seven rebounds.
25 YEARS AGO
• Hannon Electric Company, in the Waco area, had been in business since 1926. Tim Hannon, the company's president, said some people jokingly called the family-owned business, St. Timothy's Church, due to the beautiful, new expansion including a few stained-glass windows. The company's major function at the time was to rebuild and service electrical and mechanical rotating equipment.
• The former Pied Type column, for the Press-News, was now becoming known as "The Talk of the Towns." Correspondents for the column included Jean Willis of Robertsville, Debbie Edwards of North Industry, Theresa Rich of Magnolia and Eileen Ross of Waynesburg. Reporters for East Sparta and East Canton were being sought.
• Sandy Valley topped Canton South in a gymnastic meet. Paulette Hoskinson led the Cardinals with firsts in beam, floor exercise and all-around. Kay Betz was second in all around. Tina Viola of South was third in the all-around.
50 YEARS AGO
• The East Canton Hornets "picked up their old sting" with two wins during the week over Northwest and Strasburg. The Friday night game at Northwest was a 66-65 overtime win. Bob Farnsworth and Jim Barrick led in scoring, with 234 and 17 points, respectively.
• The Canton South Wildcats remained undefeated in Class AA when they defeated the Sandy Valley Cardinals. Dick Cunningham led the South scoring with 22 points, and Dave Boyd was Sandy's top scorer with 23 points.
• Waynesburg native Clyde R. Hahn was inducted into the Greater Canton Old-Timers Baseball Association. As a young man, Clyde played with the then, well-known Waynesburg Greys team, which the newspaper said was one of the best teams ever assembled. He also played for the Waynesburg Buick team. After moving to Canton, he continued to become an excellent catcher and he played with such teams as Waco, Crystal Park, Buckeye Tailors and Douglas Tailors.
100 YEARS AGO
• In February, a new nickel would be put into circulation. One one side would be a reproduction of the head of an Indian. At the top left will be the word Liberty and at the bottom the year. On the other side will be a figure of a buffalo and the denomination of the coin. The design was said to be severely simple but was regarded by treasury officials as one of the most artistic pieces ever turned out.
• Mrs. Sarah Branfield, 110 years old and formerly of Waynesburg, died in the county infirmary at Cadiz on a Monday. Mrs. Branfield's death was due to an accident she sustained a few days earlier when she slipped and fell on the ice fracturing her hip.
• When it came to "hitting a nail on the head, with a single blow, Congressman Whitacre is entitled to the prize," said an article in the newspaper. In a new congressional publication, Whitacre had one of the shortest biographies, compared to some long pieces submitted by others. His said: John Whitacre, Democrat, of Canton, was born Dec. 28, 1863; is married, was elected to the 62nd Congress on Nov. 8, 1910. The shortest biography in the directory was that of Congressman Lindbergh, of Minnesota, who wrote: "Charles A. Lindbergh, Republican, of Little Falls."