Top headlines for the year 2012

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January

•Kathy Almasy sworn in as new East Canton Mayor.

•Canton South wrestlers win title at Stichco Invitational.

•Michael Stephens named the new Mayor of East Sparta.

•Sgt. Shanteen Chance returns home from Afghanistan and surprises her son, Blake, age 7, at school.

•Hornets crown homecoming royalty (Jesse Tilton and Sammy Lyon.)

•East Canton names gymnasium after former coaching great Tom Davis.

February

•Canton South Key Bank robbed.

•Spc. Travis Bair returns home from Afghanistan to surprise wife on her 21st birthday.

•CS and SV name homecoming kings and queens (Ronnie Owens III and Katie Beem for CS, Cody Changet and Natalie Morris for SV.)

•Rocky Bourquin honored for 30 years of service to Canton South.

•East Canton legend William Powell honored with release of children's book.

March

SBltCS wrestling qualifies three for State tournament, DJ Schoeppner takes third (Schoeppner, Ken Hodge, John Hunt.)

•Sam Groff of Sandy Valley takes third in his third year for a run at the State title.

•St. Mary/St. Benedict donates 7,000 books to Nigerian children.

•Faircrest student Nathan Dugan qualifies for Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

•Canton South Issue 14 is voted down on the March ballot.

•EC sophomore students raise $1,000 to help families of victims in the Chardon shooting.

•Press-News celebrates 25 years in publication.

April

•"Miracle Child" Hunter Oyster beats rare blood disorder.

•Canton South holds baseball tournament in honor of the late Johnny Miller.

•EC coach Tom Davis inducted into Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association.

•Town and Country IGA closes its doors after 22 years of business.

•Magnolia firefighters Kevin Downes and Scott Eckinger named Carroll County Firefighters of the Year.

May

•Ben Lehotay sets SV school record in 3200 meter race in track.

•Local couple travels 2,000 miles to adopt their new baby girl.

•"Our Moms are the best!"

•CS sprinter Imani Bush breaks three NBC records.

•Sandy Valley graduate Elissa Prazer named Pro Football HOF Festival Queen.

•Canton South graduate Tyler Rockstroh walks across stage for diploma after near-paralyzing accident two years prior.

•Donna Robinson named East Canton "Citizen of the Year."

June

•Track athletes succeed at State:

•Andrew Milhoan - First Place (Long jump) - SV

•Briana Schubert - Sixth Place (Long jump) - SV

•Duke Taylor - Second Place (Discus), Eighth Place (Shot Put) - EC

•Kyle Jensen - Fourth Place (110 Hurdles) - EC

•Austin Tekip - Fifth Place (Pole Vault) - EC

•4x200, 4x100 Relay Team - Seventh Place, Third Place (Alexis Lancaster, Taylor Thompkins, Sydney Vaughn, Imani Bush) - CS

•Father and son travel to England for memories, take The Press-News with them.

•Magnolia resident Justin Baum wins first ever Canton Marathon.

•"Sunny Saturday" brings out crowds in East Sparta.

•Canton South band directors, both veterans, meet Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer (Beth and John Rivers.)

July

•Sandy Valley softball coach Jill Williams honored as one of the 40 most influential women in softball.

•Jackie Truax honored as East Sparta "Person of the Year."

•Local filmmaker Joe Siebert makes documentary on Cleveland's "Sax Man."

•Remembering Harry Steel, local resident who won gold in the 1924 Olympic Games.

•162nd Carroll County Fair occurs with winners from the area.

August

SBltWaynesburg residents remember their roots.

•Pro Football HOF Festival kicks off.

•Walker fourth grader Calista Ring wins national dance contest.

•Kevin Greer named Magnolia's Outstanding Citizen for 2012.

•Sandy and Beaver Canal Days held

•Ohio State University President Gordon Gee visits local Magnolia farm.

•Press-News visits: Ireland, Hawaii, Mrytle Beach, Bahamas, Wisconsin and Mexico.

•Melschiemer school restoration gets good reviews from State.

September

•Stark County Fair brings bands, animals and a good time to the area.

•Local family helps save the life of a young cyclist.

•Local people join national groups to speak out against "fracking."

•Magnolia man (the late George Downes) inducted into Ohio State University Hall of Fame.

•EC freshman battling liver disease (Erik Loy) creates "Changing Lives" project.

•Sandy Valley names fall homecoming royalty (Sam Groff and Hannah Huston.)

October

•Honor flight taken for WWII veterans

•CS names fall homecoming royalty (Trey Taylor and Stephanie Balsley.)

•Magnolia Lions Club has a 70-year history of giving to others.

•EC names fall homecoming royalty (Chad Nicholson and Felisa Markoski.)

•Albert DiLoreto and Valerie Novelli win the Press-News "Take Your Hometown on Vacation" photo contest.

•Firefighters honor fallen heroes at Magnolia service.

November

•Incumbent Barack Obama defeats challenger Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election for another four-year term.

•SV cross country senior Ben Lehotay qualifies for the State meet and takes 15th.

•Hurricane Sandy makes her mark on the Press-News area.

•Local schools remember and honor those who have served on Veterans' Day.

•Sandy Valley fund-raiser aids Haitian children who are victims of poverty.

December

•The Lincoln Highway turns 100.

•East Canton community raises $22,000 for Erik Loy and his family as he battles liver disease.

•Melschiemer School bell rings again after renovation.

•East Canton performs "A Christmas Carol" to continue a local tradition.

•SV coach John Groff honored after retiring from 36 years of coaching.

•A tragic shooting occurs in Newtown, CT at Sandy Hook Elementary School; many in the area and around the nation honor and mourn the 26 casualties of that day.

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