The Vindicator file photo / Nov. 15, 1979 | During dances classes at First Christian Church in November 1979 for young people with hearing and speech difficulties, internationally known dancer Billy Bray seems to catch Michael Wolff and Jackie Rocco off guard when he urges them to “move closer together.”    

November 15

1994: Mahoning Valley State Reps. Michael Verich, Robert Hagan and Ronald Gerberry will pursue leadership positions with the Democratic Party, which will be in the minority in the Ohio House in 1995 for the first time in 22 years.

The Packard Electric Division of General Motors, Ohio Division, adds 50 workers, pushing its hiring totals for 1994 to 1,273 hourly and 168 salaried employees. Packard now has 10,200 employees in Ohio.     

Youngstown State University's football Penguins are ranked No. 1 and are in the playoffs for the sixth straight year. ESPN will televise the first game from Stambaugh Stadium.

1979: The New Castle Area School Board announces a crackdown on absenteeism, which it says cost the district $517,996 in 1978-79.

USAir, formerly Allegheny Airlines, is studying the feasibility of resuming service to Youngstown Municipal Airport. 

Billy Bray and Frances Woods, internationally known dance team, hold dance classes at First Christian Church for children with speech and hearing difficulties.

1969: Marine Pfc. Ralph Dias, 19, of Washingtonville, is reported killed in action in the vicinity of Quang Nam, Vietnam.

Eljer Co. in Salem and its 510 employees mark 65 years in business, manufacturing plumbing and bathroom fixtures.     

Travelers’ warnings remain in effect in the Youngstown area after the first snowfall of the year dumps 3 inches of snow on top of a layer of ice.

Mahoning County's traffic fatality count for 1969 reached 50 when 19-year-old Mary Jane Berardi of  North Jackson is killed in a violent collision at Leffingwell Road and Route 45.

1944: Two workmen at the Ohio Works are scalded when a steam crane they were operating tipped over. George Koval, 47, is in serious condition and Stephen Swedic, 51, is in fair condition. 

Lt. Cmdr. Ralph W. Giles, back in Youngstown on leave to visit his wife, Kathryn, and son, Jim, describes the five days he spent in a life raft in the North Atlantic after his transport ship was sunk by an enemy torpedo.  Three of the nine men on the raft died while awaiting rescue. 

Struthers Iron and Steel Co. has banked its blast furnace at Struthers and there is no indication when production will be resumed. The company says it can't produce iron at prices allowed by the OPA.