21 WFMJ archives / Feb. 1, 1989 | Retired probate Judge Charles P. Henderson, left, looks on as a portrait was unveiled  35 years ago by Mahoning County probate Judge Leo Morley and Atty. Thomas Wilson, president of the Mahoning County Bar Association.  The portrait was hung in the probate courtroom where Henderson presided for 20 years.
 
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1999: Two Texas companies plan to tap at least nine Ohio landfills, including two in Mahoning County, to generate electricity from the methane gas the landfills produce.   
 
Big Muskie, a 27-million pound mining machine that operated for 22 years near Columbus, is being dismantled. Some preservationists had hoped to have the giant machine moved to an animal preserve known as The Wilds two miles away, but that proved impractical. Even saving the 220-cubic yard bucket may not be possible. 
 
Bank robberies in the Mahoning Valley ballooned in 1998, growing to 14, compared to four in 1997.
 
1984: FBI affidavits filed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland allege that Youngstown mobster Joey Naples gave the go-ahead for a robbery at a Youngstown greenhouse. The robbery would have ended in the death of the nurseryman if FBI agents who were shadowing the robbers had not intervened. 
 
U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams, R-Lordstown, says he opposes redistricting of the state's congressional districts ordered by an appeals court that found maps approved in 1982 were unconstitutional. Williams represents the 17th District, which includes all of Mahoning County, much of Trumbull County, and two townships in Columbiana County.
 
The Ohio Development Financing Advisory Board approves a $1 million loan to Dietrich Industries Inc. to buy the vacant Wean United plant on N. River Road in Howland Township.
 
1974: Mahoning County Judge Charles P. Henderson is elected president of the Mahoning Valley Association of Churches. He was also recently elected president of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges. 
 
Gilbert Hopkins, a senior at South High School, wins the 1974 mayoral speakers contest and will preside as mayor at the YMCA's annual Civics Day in March. 
 
As a strike by independent strikers continues, some Shenango Valley gasoline dealers have run out of gas. 
 
1949: Deputies of Sheriff Paul J. Langley raid the Coffee Shop at 102 South Ave., confiscating lottery slips and arresting a bug man. 
 
Structural Iron Workers of America, Local 207, ended a six-week strike with an agreement that increased the hourly rate from $2.25  to $2.50.
 
More than 100 families jam Youngstown City Council chambers to ask councilmen to approve the construction of low-cost homes to alleviate a housing shortage. Residents of Florida Avenue have protested the construction of $6,000  homes in their area.