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Published: July 29, 2016 10:00 AM

FIVE YEARS AGO THIS WEEK

/ A portion of state Route 800 was closed until further notice in Pike Township after a crack appeared in the road. The Ohio Department of Transportation decided to close the road. A detour was set up for travelers to take Route 800 to Interstate 77 to Route 212 and back to Route 800 to go further south.

/ The Press-News area was well represented at the Greater Canton Old Timers Fast-Pitch Softball Association's Hall of Fame inductions. Those attending the event were Johnny Miller of Canton South; and brothers Gaylon and Roy Ferguson, Dick Haas and Sam Walter Sr, all former or current residents of East Canton. New inductees included Ray Gartland, Bud Kramer, Ferguson and Walter Sr.

/ Jackie Branch was honored for her years of service by fellow committee members during the 36th annual East Canton-Osnaburg Township Festival. Branch had been involved with the festival since its inception in 1976, when the community celebrated the nation's 200th birthday during the July 4 weekend.

10 YEARS AGO

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/ A prank by four teens in the Sandy Valley area drew attention from not only local law enforcement officers and media, but also from people throughout Ohio and other states. The crop circles created by the teens in a field near Sandyville drew the attention of television and radio stations and members of the Crop Circle Researchers Association. The teens said they were truly sorry, but for the weekend, the people of the area felt like they had been visited by extraterrestrials, as well as by visitors from all over the country.

/ The East Canton All-Star baseball team came in second in the Junior Hometown Tournament. Joe Cartwright, Brandon Slater and Josh Smith were three of the players who led the team during the tournament.

/ Kyle Foltz of Waynesburg had a grand champion steer at the Carroll County Fair. Others who earned top honors for their fair projects included Allison Larson, Alivia Trbovich and Marissa Geib.

25 YEARS AGO

/ Possible future medical doctors were pictured taking part in the first Medcamp at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. The students who were nominated by their Faircrest Memorial Middle School teachers to attend the camp were Mike Griffith, Emily Blachly, Diana King and Jenny Applegate.

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/ Three 4-H members from the East Canton area received top honors for their projects and two would be traveling to Ohio State University. Emily Michaels and David Schaeffer would have their projects in Columbus, while Kristen Thorn received a runner-up award for her project. All three were members of the Mapleton Variety 4-H Club.

/ The Ohio State University announced its honor roll for the spring quarter. Sandy Valley area students who earned special honors included Adam Miller, Lisa Dieringer Christine Woodward, Danette Bosh and Holly Sickafoose.

50 YEARS AGO

/ Governor James A. Rhodes would open a section of state Route 43, north of Waynesburg, at a Friday afternoon event. Sandy Valley Chamber of Commerce President James A. France announced the chamber would have federal, state, county and local officials participate. Sandy Valley organizations, instrumental in efforts to eliminate the hazardous portion of old Route 43, were also asked to be present. Ceramic products furnished by Whitacre-Greeer Fireproofing Company of Waynesburg and the NATCO Corporation in Magnolia would be removed from the highway to signify the opening rather than the usual ribbon-cutting ceremony.

/ Robin Jones of Warwickshire, England, was visiting Darryl Souers, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchel Souers, of the Canton South area. Robin was one of 62 young people from England who were returning visits made the prior April.

/ Chuck Hewitt of East Canton broke the record at Camp Tuscazoar when he swam a mile in 25 minutes. He was a member of the East Canton Boy Scout Troop 36.

100 YEARS AGO

/ East Sparta and Pike Township were presenting for the consideration of their Republican voters the candidacy of J. M. Howenstine. He was running for Stark County Commissioner. Howenstine was said to be "fully informed on all questions that would come up, had had a successful experience and is absolutely honest."

/ Finding the largest family in Stark County was the task being undertaken by the Canton Retail Merchants Association. So far, Charles E. Deckard's family of 11, who lived at RFD No. 4, Canton was considered the biggest. The association was also arranging the second annual community picnic at Meyer's Lake.

/ The first construction gang of the Sunnyside Electric Company had reached the Waynesburg area and were erecting high towers for the Wheeling-Canton Line.


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