FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
• John and Betty Lebold, married for half a century, were the Valentine couple, highlighted in the Press-News. The two met in "Mr. Bartley's fifth-grade class at Sandyville School." They dated all through high school and married in 1957. She was a Cardinal queen and he played basketball for Sandy Valley.
• Lindsay Helems and Thomas Cogswell were royalty at East Canton High School. The Hornets defeated Mogodore during their homecoming game, as they nailed 10 three-pointers. Joe Cartwright and Zell Bradley each had 18 points.
• Canton South graduate Marissa Hollinger, a student at Mount Union College, wrote a story, published in the Press-News, about Kevin Powell, an author and hip-hip historian who was speaking at the college during Black History Month.
10 YEARS AGO
• Newly elected State Senator Kirk Schuring visited the Canton Local Board of Education meeting to meet board members and discuss school funding issues. Kindergarten teachers Dru Barger, Annie Donahue, Meagan Smith and Tonya Van Voorhis gave a presentation on all-day kindergarten. In other business the board accepted the retirement of Barb Cush as high school secretary.
• Raylena Bevington, an East Canton High School student, was recognized for her six-time, first-place 4-H awards. Among her accomplishments were blue ribbons in creative writing, photography and cake decorating.
• Waynesburg students shared with The Press-News, "What they love." Jessica Rich loved her mom because she lets her have candy and play on her PlayStation. Ryder Morris loved "Dodge Vipers because they go really fast." Brittney Evans loved her cat Snorkle because "she is so lovable."
25 YEARS AGO
• Albert and Laura Wolf of East Canton had been Valentines for more than 65 years when their story was told in the Press-News. They had been married on April 4, 1922, on Laura's birthday. Their first time they were together was when Albert had to pick up his dad and asked Laura, who lived nearby, if she wanted to ride along in his 1920 Ford. "From that day on," Laura said, "It was me and not Mildred (one of his old girlfriends.)"
• Lisa Dieringer was the homecoming queen at the Sandy Valley Winter Homecoming celebration. She was escorted by Gary Offenberger, a captain of the basketball team. The Cardinals dropped their homecoming game to Dover. Offenberger led the Cards, with 20 points, and Greg Provance added 17.
• The Canton South Wildcats got some respect for the Div. II tournament when they defeated the Perry Panthers, in overtime, by a score of 49-46. Only McKinley and Wooster had beaten the Panthers during the season. Ty Ross led the Cats with 15 points, and coach Jack Fuller was pleased with his team's defense.
50 YEARS AGO
• A fire completely destroyed a home in Magnolia owned by Victor Syler of Tunnel Hill Road. Magnolia Chief Robert Gotshall said the fire started in the basement, probably from an overheated coal furnace. Two teenage daughters, Sharon, 15, and Linda 14, were home, but rushed out of the home carrying an overstuffed chair, which was the only thing saved. Firemen from Magnolia, Waynesburg and East Sparta fought the fire.
• The Osnaburg Local Board of Education approved building plans for a two-story, seven-room primary building, which would include a cafeteria. It would replace the old structure to the rear of the primary building on Liberty and Market streets. Donald J. Thoma, executive head of Osnaburg Schools, said he hoped construction would begin just after school is out in May.
• Student announcers for the Canton South High School variety show would be Ardythe Kensinger and Carol Wolak. Soloists would include Gary Baad playing "Topsy, Part II" on drums, a tap dance by Susan Eberhart and Nancy Mallette and George Momirov would play a guitar duet called "Oahu Boogie."
100 YEARS AGO
• The first real pictures of the war between Italy and Turkey, taken on the big battlefields while great fighting was in progress, would be exhibited in the finest moving pictures at the township hall in Waynesburg on a Saturday night. There would be four big reels, fine music and admission would be 25 cents and children under 10, would pay 15 cents.
• Minnie M. VanVoorhis of Waynesburg, as guardian of Lucille and Mary VanVoorhis, filed suit in common pleas court against Cyrus E. and Isabel VanVoorhis for partition of property left as a part of the estate of the late Abraff VanVoorhis.
• Quite a number of people from Indian Run area attended revival services in Mapleton on a Thursday night.
• Indian Run residents were also advised to get their sleighs ready because the groundhog said winter is here.