Vindicator file photo/ Dec. 22, 1994 | Newt Gingrich, speaker-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives was a popular visitor at Leetonia High School on Dec. 22, 1994.  Gingrich, who was in Leetonia visiting family, made an address at the school, where two of his nephews were students. 

December 21

1994: Newt Gingrich, the Speaker-elect of the House of Representatives, will visit Leetonia High School, where two of his nephews, Jon and Mark Heddleston, are students.

James A. Traficant, D-Poland, says Youngstown and Warren have been "screwed over for a third time" by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which rejected their applications for $3 million in economic development funds.

Mayor Patrick Ungaro has not yet selected a new city prosecutor to replace Maureen Cronin, who will be sworn in as a Mahoning County Common Pleas judge.  Cronin, 40, defeated Judge Bernard Wilkes in the November election.

1979: An electrical fire sweeps through a Westlawn apartment on Warren's South Side, taking the lives of three brothers, Dana, 4; Christopher, 2, and David, 1, the only children of Mr. and Mrs. Dana Henderson.

U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams, R-19th, says he's convinced that imports of cheap steel played a role in the decline of U.S. Steel's  Youngstown Works and he will demand that the Carter administration crackdown on unfair foreign competition.

Eugenia Atkinson is elected president of the Western Reserve Transit Authority board of trustees.

1969: More than 33,000 school children in Mahoning County are transported on 291 school buses covering 14,000 miles daily, according to Frank G. Solak, a state department of education official. Some 26,000 children are transported to public schools and nearly 7,000 go to parochial schools. 

Federal Street becomes Sesame Street for a day when a sign is replaced on Federal Street to emphasize that the educational children's program is due to air on WFMJ-TV. 

Mayor-elect Jack C. Hunter, who will take office on Jan. 1, will come to office with fewer political strings attached than any of his predecessors, but he is eager to see his Republican Party grow in Mahoning County.

1944: Mahoning Common Pleas Judge David G. Jenkins gives full approval to the proposal by Rayen School trustees to use the old Rayen School for the William Rayen Technical Institute of Youngstown College. 

War-busy Youngstown will tuck a sprig of holly behind its ear and take time off to enjoy the Christmas holiday. Gas stations and grocery stores will be closed and The Vindicator will not publish a Christmas Day edition because the holiday falls on a Monday.

With patients flooding military hospitals and the demand for nurses increasing overseas, at least 25 nurses should be recruited in the Youngstown district before Jan. 1.