Vindicator file photo/ Dec. 31, 1983 | While Fiddlin’ Rocky and his Rhythm Ranchers played in the background, Sadie Hoagland, executive director of the Federal Plaza, holds a tiring Anne Marie Marino, 21 months, at the downtown Youngstown New Year’s Eve celebration. Gabriel Winebrenner, 5, is waiting for the cue to put on his New Year’s hat. 

December 31

1994: The redesigned and Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cavalier is the best new car model in the under-$12,000 category in the American Automobile Association's 1995 annual ranking of new vehicles.

The Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber of Commerce hires James Cossler, president of the Better Business Bureau of the Mahoning Valley, to head a new division that will help answer research questions for businesses. 

The Ohio Supreme Court rules that it is illegal to listen in on wireless telephone calls, but it refuses to overturn the conviction of a Mayfield Heights man convicted of rape after the mother of the rape victim eavesdropped on cordless phone calls using a baby monitor that was on the same frequency.

1979: Joseph Cicero, the new Democratic mayor of Niles, is sworn in by Municipal Judge Charles Zubyk at the McKinley Memorial. Daniel J. Sferra takes the oath of mayor of Warren. 

Deportation hearings are being set for eight to 10 Iranian students at Youngstown State University who have been found in violation of their student visas by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Cleveland. 

Gilbert Schnurrenberger receives a pin from the Grand Lodge of Ohio for 65 years as an active Freemason. A Master Mason since 1915, he assisted in the formation of Argus Temple and was a charter member of Meander Lodge 765.

1969: Youngstown's Venereal Disease Clinic closes its doors until further notice, referring 29 patients who showed up the day of the closing to private physicians. Whether the clinic, which was operated for 50 years, will reopen is up to the city's new health commissioner. 

Counterfeit $20 bills are circulating in Youngstown and Hubbard. The bills were printed by a Cleveland man who was arrested two weeks ago.

Youngstown police capture two men believed to have been involved in an unarmed robbery and beating of a W. Warren Avenue man, William Ackworth.

1944: Dr. Luther M. Schliesser of Zion Lutheran Church in Houston accepts a call to Martin Luther Lutheran church in Youngstown.

Two Youngstown soldiers are reported killed in action, S/Sgt. Robert O'Horo, 20, and T/5 Stephen F. Olenick, 23.

Afternoon and evening conferences will be held at the Red Cross Chapter House for Youngstown nurses, part of a nationwide effort to recruit 10,000 urgently needed military nurses.

Police are hunting for a 14-year-old boy who allegedly attacked an 11-year-old West End girl as she and her younger sister were taking a short cut through a field near Wirt Street and Lexington Avenue.