FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK
Area schools had been closed for inclement weather. All three school districts, Canton Local, Sandy Valley and Osnaburg, had used the allowed five days. A photo showed East Canton High School students Ian Mundy, Andrew Showalter and Brennan Showalter snow boarding.
Many past Scouts and leader were present at East Sparta United Methodist Church as Boy Scout Troop 38 celebrated 70 years as an entity. All of the troop's Eagle Scouts posed for a picture. They were: Todd Bowman, Ike Kuhns, Bob Lung, Bill Farber, Ronald Brown, Nelson Keeney, John Coates, Brandon Muir, Scott Bowman, Rex Broad, Kevin Ferrell, Jerry Shilling and Mike Medley.
Canton South senior Joann Schneider participated in the annual Kent State University High School All-Star Band Weekend. She was chosen from over 140 applicants from over 40 high schools.
10 YEARS AGO
Sam Medley was retiring after 44 years of cutting hair in East Sparta next to the post office. Dave Naus was taking over the business. Medley reminisced about having cut hair on up to five generations in some families.
East Canton Troop 36 Boy Scout Eric Roth earned the council-wide Young American Award. Volunteer work that helped earn him the award was done at STEAM Railroad Museum, Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, East Canton High School and Habitat for Humanity.
Canton South's Jimmy Laughlin was the champion in the 112 pound weight class at the sectional wrestling tournament. Head coach Carl Busnick described him as "focused." Others placing well were Jon Stock, Phil Natale, Brandon Neff and Cody Dickerhoof.
25 YEARS AGO
Heidi Royer was the homecoming queen in East Canton. Her escort was Ed Worstall. Unfortunately, the Hornets lost to Minerva, 84-75 in the homecoming game. They still had a trio of players with double figures-- Jerry Harris, 24; Jim Young, 23; and Cris Kopp, 10. Even with the loss, the Hornets received the number two seed in the Chippewa Division IV sectional.
Canton Township Trustee Mike Krebs was pictured standing at a boundary sign for LTV Steel property, which was slated to become a hazardous waste landfill. Opposition to the landfill had been strong in the township.
The Sandy Valley gymnastic team was a perfect 12-0, against such large schools as McKinley, Massillon, Glenoak and Carrollton. First-year coach Kim Nicholson said it was the balance and the closeness on her team that made them so successful. Team members were Stephanie Mosberger, Tiffany Almasy, Carrie Cerett, Kay Betz, Paulette Hoskinson, Tricia Knoch and Danette Bosh.
50 YEARS AGO
The family of Arthur Wagner, of Magnolia, was a "real Scout family." Wagner, the Scoutmaster of Magnolia Troop 157, had three of his four boys in Scouting. Robert Parrot was a Boy Scout, and James and Randy Parrot were Cub Scouts. Mikie Wagner, the youngest was just 5, and not quite old enough yet to join. The families five girls, Sandra Wagner, Elizabeth Parrot and Vickie Wagner were Girl Scouts, and Nancy Wagner and Denise Parrot were Brownies. Mary, the mom in the family, was a den mother of Pack 157. The family, minus mom, all attended the EUB Church on Sunday to celebrate Scout Sunday. Mom was in the hospital after the Feb. 8 birth of little Maureen (who was bound to be a Scout as well).
Linda Cornett was crowned as the East Canton basketball queen at a dance held on a Friday evening. The dance was sponsored by the school's Lettermen's Club, The Sandy Valley High School Band (that is right Sandy Valley HS) provided music for the dance and a floor show was presented by the new members of the Letterman's Club.
The Canton South Wildcats clinched the Class AA League title with victories over Marlington and Glenwood, on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively. South had a perfect 10-0 record in the league and were 13-1 overall. Jim Warstler took over the league's individual scoring lead, which had been held by Jackson's Ernie Baich. Warstler scored 15 and 14 in the two games to bring his total to 157, two better than Baich.
100 YEARS AGO
East Sparta people were deeply interested in the suits filed by North Industry people against the city of Canton for pollution of the Nimishillen.
The Christian Church, of Waynesburg, was reopened, after a gift from US Congressman J.J. Whitacre made it possible. Rev. Young and his wife of Philadelphia Bible Institute had been hired,
Sparks from the stove in Benjamin Wallicks's bedroom at the residents of Mrs. LG Kemp, of Magnolia, on a Sunday morning ignited the bed clothing and he was greatly surprised when he returned a few minutes later to find the room filled with dense smoke. All the bedding was damaged.