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Sniper shooting on the turnpike big news 40 years ago

The exits on The Nostalgia Highway are at 10 year increments. Enjoy the trip through the pages of The Press.

February 2003
News: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted Great Lakes’ water levels would continue a downward trend as El Nino dominated weather in the Pacific Ocean. The phenomenon has pushed the Great Lakes region into a moderate to severe drought which is expected to last at least through April. The corps cautioned boaters to be aware of the lower water levels and conscious of shallow reefs and harbors.

In February 2003, the Northwest Ohio Peace Coalition held
a rally at the corner of Starr and E. Broadway, protesting
the war in Iraq. (Press file photo by Ken Grosjean)

According to Lucas County Auditor Larry Kaczala, the most popular dog in the county was the Labrador. Licenses issued—4,666. Second most popular? The Rottweiler—1,778 licenses.

Former space shuttle pilot Tom Henricks was named keynote speaker for the June celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of the Brush Wellman manufacturing facility in Elmore.

Sports: Mark Gastineau, former All-Pro member of the legendary New York Jets Sack Exchange, made an appearance at Woodville Mall to promote his book.

Clay honored two all-state players: Tyler Wasserman, baseball, and Matt Warner, track.

Antonio Guerra won his fourth consecutive title leading Waite to the City League Wrestling Championship.

Dick Heller’s Oak Harbor girls’ basketball team, led by Megan Bodnar, Jen Moor, Katie Mapes and Mandy Quisno, finished the regular season at 20-0.

Price check: Genoa Motors sold a 2003 Taurus SE for $16,200 with 0 percent financing; Lee Williams sold filet mignon for $5.30 lb.

Hot then, gone now:  Cupid’s Closet, Northwood; Aussie Pies, Woodville Mall.

February 1993
News: Thousands stood in line as Meijer took job applications for its nearly-completed store on Curtice Road in Oregon.

The Woodville Mall and The Press Newspapers held their Fifth Annual Auto Show.

Battery H at Cold Harbor, the famous Gilbert Gaul painting owned by the Oregon Jerusalem Historical Society, was on loan to the Tennessee State Museum.

Oregon City Council renamed the recreation complex after William P. Coontz, the city’s first rec director and the man who built the first baseball field and started many of the city rec programs.

Sports: Clay hockey, 18-2-1 under coach Jim Gramza, won the Metro Hockey League for the seventh time in nine years.

Becky Riseborough, Woodmore, and Shawn Sheehy, Cardinal Stritch were on the Owens Tech girls basketball team, the first such team the junior college fielded in 11 years. The team had a 15-8 record and was tied for first in the league.

Price check: Nu-Tel Phone Mart sold a Panasonic Cordless phone for $89.99; MidAm Bank offered a 18 month fixed rate CD at 4.25 percent interest.

Hot then, gone now: Gossips Restaurant and The Ritz Supper Club, Oregon.

February 1983
News: The sniper shooting of a Wisconsin truck driver on the Ohio Turnpike was February’s Crime of the Month for the Wood County Crime Stoppers. The shooting occurred five miles west of Exit 5. This was the third sniper incident to occur in a 15-mile area of the turnpike after the independent truckers began their strike.

The five elementary schools in the Oregon District received “an almost straight A report card” from the Ohio Department of Education, according to Lawrence Morgan, assistant superintendent. The remodeling of Coy School was referred to as “a masterpiece of school reconstruction.”

Genoa Bank introduced its Money Anytime Machine, a 24-hour automated teller.

Sports: Former Clay students and athletes held a recognition dinner for Dick Wallace, the former teacher who started the school’s football program and compiled a record of 54-14-6. Wallace also coached basketball and his teams had a record of 50-30. He started teaching at Clay in 1936.

Price check: Citizens Savings Bank, Pemberville, offered 10.5 percent interest on a money market account. Haylo Market sold Nafziger half gallon butter pecan ice cream for $1.69.  

Hot then, gone now: Schrader Stoves of Northwood; Rainbow Glass Station, Millbury.

February 1973
News: Elmore Village Council announced it would proceed with plans to purchase land from Penn-Central for $32,000 in an effort to preserve the railroad depot building and provide park land and recreation for residents. Farmers Elevator wanted the land to expand grain operations.

Rick Hemmer, manager of Suburban Press, announced Press offices would be moved from downtown Genoa to Route 51 in Genoa next to the Wishy Washy Car Wash.

Sports: Ron Hammye was leading the 15-0 Genoa Comets, averaging 16 points and 17 rebounds a game. Jeff Shaneck averaged 14 points per game and Dan Hodulik 10 assists per game.

Price check: Banky’s Sales in Graytown offered an 8-horse Case compact tractor for $750. Mel-O-Crème announced a season opening special of a chocolate sundae for 29 cents.

Hot then, gone now:  Bobbie Ann’s Florist, Luckey; Kirsh Sporting Goods, Gibsonburg.

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