The Vindicator file photo / Nov. 1979 | Internationally known dancers Billy Bray and his wife, Frances Woods, who was born totally deaf, taught children with speech and hearing difficulties how to dance from 3 to 4: 30 p.m. each Sunday at First Christian Church in Youngstown in November 1979. In a career that began in 1926, the couple played theaters and hotels throughout the United States and Europe (and did shows for the armed forces during World War II). The couple returned to Youngstown, where they opened a dance studio. They continued to teach and perform at schools and nursing homes into their 80s.


November 14

1994: Columbiana County Juvenile Court Judge C. Ashley Pike graduated from Columbiana High School in 1968; now he holds court in what had been his high school typing classroom. The county bought the old school building for $125,000 and converted it into a juvenile justice center. 

Reflecting a local and nationwide trend, Crown Ford in Warren reports that 60 percent of its new vehicle sales are for pickups, vans and sport utilities.

The second edition of "Strength of Materials," a textbook by Dr. John N. Cernica, professor of civil engineering at Youngstown State University, has been translated into Chinese. The first edition, also translated, sold 300,000 copies in China.  

1979: William H. Kirwan, general superintendent of U.S. Steel's Youngstown Works, confirms that the Ohio Works will be shut down from Nov. 21 to Dec. 2, to adjust for excess inventory.

Shenango Valley Osteopathic Hospital asks Health Systems Inc. of Northwest Pennsylvania to approve a $5 million expansion-renovation project.

Marcus Marek, Ohio State University’s outstanding freshman linebacker from Brookfield High School, is named Big Ten Player of the Week for his performance in OSU's 35-7 win over Iowa.

1969: Atty. Robert R. Machuga is named Youngstown's urban renewal director by Mayor Anthony B. Flask.   
Henry Holberson of Elm Street, Youngstown, is elected vice president of Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. He had been vice president of a Sheet & Tube subsidiary, Youngstown Metal Products. 

Pfc. Thomas Jenkins, 18, who served in Germany and was due to leave for Vietnam, is killed in an accident at Lake Milton. 

1944:  Frank L. Wert, 65, the first publicity man for a utility company in Youngstown and one of the first in the country,  dies of pneumonia in North Side Hospital.

Lt. (j.g.) Merrill Alders Jr., 27, a Navy dive bomber from Youngstown has crash-landed in the sea twice and had narrow escapes from a Japanese submarine and sharks during the recent naval engagement. 

Thousands of motorists and bus drivers "sweat it out" again as thick smog continues to blanket the area.  Traffic Commissioner Clarence Coopersmith makes several radio appeals for motorists to stay at home.

A Birmingham to Pittsburgh airliner with 17 passengers makes a safe landing at Youngstown Municipal Airport when smog virtually shut down air traffic.