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Published: March 2, 2017 12:00 AM

2007

"Unbelievable. We ran out of words," said Ray Davis, Minerva Middle School vice principal and coordinator of the district spelling bee. Twenty-one sixth, seventh and eighth graders spelled through an entire booklet of words, causing Principal Richard Mikes, pronouncer, to have to dip into a second booklet, something that has never happened before, he said. Eighth grader Marisa Lally came out on top of the tough competition in round 25 spelling 'dulcet' correctly to win the spelling bee. Eighth grader Jacob Anderson was district runner-up and will serve as alternate for the regional bee. Marisa also came in as runner up in the Regional Bee.

The Carroll County Board of MR/DD said good-bye to their interim superintendent, Jerry Baker, and thanked him for doing a superb job. They welcomed aboard Matt Campbell, who assumed the superintendency March 1. John Miller of Carrollton was sworn in as a board member.

1997

The Minerva varsity girls basketball team has accomplished something no other basketball team has ever done in Minerva history. They have won a district title. The Lady Lions defeated Central Catholic 35-34 March 1 to become the schools first regional qualifiers in basketball. That includes both the boys and girls programs. "This is a very exciting time not only for the team but the community as well," noted Head Coach Pepper Locke.

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The First Christian Church of Malvern has some exciting news for its congregation as well as the Malvern community. According to Senior Minister Eric Crites, the church will be building a Family Life Center, which will house an indoor gymnasium as well as five classrooms. The $475,230 project will break ground in April with hopes of completion set for the month of October.

1987

The Minerva American Legion Post 357 and their Ladies Auxiliary group celebrated the 68th birthday anniversary of the American Legion, when 68 legionnaires, their wives and guests assembled Saturday evening at the Minerva Methodist Church social hall for a dinner and program. Serving as toastmaster for the special occasion was second vice commander Jesse Jones. He presented a cake knife to auxiliary president Eunice Offenberger to cut the red, white and blue decorated birthday anniversary cake. Speaker for the program was Charles "Chuck" Pearson of the Minerva American Legion Post, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 21 years. Captain Pearson gave an informative message on the organization of the American Legion, having its origin in Paris, France in February 1919, and the beginning of the organization of the first Post in the U.S. a month later known as the George Washington Post No. 1.

There are grapefruit...and there are grapefruit! Ivan Cupp of Paris Ave., S.E., received a three and one-half pound grapefruit that his son recently sent him from Florida. Daniel Cupp of Hobe Sound, Fl., has a grapefruit tree in his backyard, and this grapefruit came from that tree.

1977

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Sunday, Feb. 27 was Wilbur G. Hirst Day at Bayard Community Methodist Church. This was a very appropriate day to honor Wilbur as he had celebrated his 75th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 26. "We at the 'little white church on the hill' have chosen this day to pay tribute to Mr. Wilbur Hirst, who has dedicated his life to Christ and this church. Wilbur has served faithfully for over 40 years as treasurer. In addition to this demanding position, he has devoted additional time over the years to serve in any capacity in which there was a need.

Jeff Dean of Malvern and a sophomore at Malvern High School will be making a guest appearance on the Gene Carroll Show to be televised on Sunday, March 6 on Channel 5. Jeff, who will be singing and playing the guitar, has made several appearances on the show at the station's invitation.

1967

Lee Russell Kopp, senior at Minerva High School, has been selected to participate in the 1967 European concert tour of The American Youth Band and Chorus. Members of this outstanding organization were selected through a series of nation-wide additions based on musicianship, scholarship and character. Members will leave the United States on June 15 and arrive in Amsterdam, Holland for a series of rehearsal clinics in preparation for the concert series in Europe.

A new modern service is now being offered to the public at the Minerva Public Library. A dry photo copying machine has been installed. Copies can be made of almost any printed material such as: blueprints, letters, legal documents and page from books and magazines. Students are finding it very useful for copying reference materials which cannot be taken from the library.

1957

Emerson O. Becknell, a member of Minerva's Civil Defense Auxiliary Police Unit, has volunteered his services as a CD policeman to do school patrol duty at the intersection of Market and Line Streets. The responsibility of guarding this school crossing was assumed by the CD unit when the regular paid school zone traffic policeman was discontinued by council as an economy measure. Mr. Becknell is custodian at the Methodist church serving in this capacity for the past seven years. He joined the CD unit when it was organized in May 1956.

Sometime between 9:30 Wednesday night and midnight, the plate glass in the display window in the Myers Music Store was smashed and a $35 guitar stolen. Nothing else was reported taken from the window according to the owner, Archie Myers. Several women passing the store at midnight discovered broken glass on the sidewalk. Night officer Kenneth Thompson investigated. Two years ago the same window was broken. At that time the loss was $225.

1947

Accounting for 28 points against Canton Central Catholic High recently, Joe Davis, MHS offensive star, ran his total to 270 points for the season and chalked up a new scoring record for future Tri-County League cagers to shoot at. Averaging 15.9 points per game in 17 games, Davis bettered the old mark established by Joe Sponseller, stellar Minerva hardwood and grid star, during the season of 1939-40. Sponseller racked up 246 tallies in 16 contests. The previous record had been set by Dick Fisher of Columbiana, later All-American gridder at Ohio State, who collected 234 points in 17 engagements several sessions before.

Miss Norma Jean Coy, a member of Robertsville Grange, took top honors in an oratory contest conducted at the recent 74th annual state grange convention in Columbus. She won the event with her presentation of "The Five Bases of Peace," by J.L. Sherman. A graduate of Minerva High School with the class of 1945, Miss Coy is a sophomore at The Ohio State University. She has been a member of Robertsville Grange for nearly ten years.


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