21 WFMJ archives / February 5, 1987 | St. Christine School’s students and teachers marked Catholic Schools Week 37 years ago by launching hundreds of balloons with notes attached.

February 7

1999: The Vindicator will spend 1999 taking a look at the Mahoning Valley's past, publishing a history of each decade every month. The decade of 1901 to 1910 was one of industrial growth, with the construction of steel mills and three companies manufacturing automobiles. Youngstown Mayor George McKelvey, who had said he would oppose any water hike, says he could support a small increase in the rate the Mahoning Valley Sanitary District charges its member cities. The MVSD is preparing to refinance a $29 million loan taken out for improvements made in 1994. 

Liz Hauger, who scored 1,468 points on the Youngstown State women’s basketball team and was one of only two Penguins to earn Player of the Year awards in the Mid-Continent Conference, is an assistant to head coach Ed DiGregorio. After graduating, she had taken a job as an accountant when athletic director Jim Tressel called and asked her to interview for the assistant's job. 

1984: General Motors Corp. reports 1983 earnings of $3.7 billion, breaking a company record of $3.5 billion set in 1978. The U.S. auto industry entered a four-year slump in 1979.  

A 20-member committee appointed by Gov. Richard Celeste to investigate organized crime will not have representatives from Mahoning or Trumbull counties. The names of some Mahoning Valley politicians were recently raised during a U.S. Senate hearing on crime in the Valley. 

Coming to the Richfield Coliseum, "Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom on Ice" starring Olympic medalist Linda Fratianne. Tickets at The Vindicator's special price are $3.50, $5, and $6.50, a savings of $2 per ticket.

1974: Only 22 candidates, 17 Democrats, and four Republicans file to be on the primary ballot to fill 10 positions in the 1974 elections in Mahoning County.

Some 40 Mahoning County deputy sheriffs clad in riot gear join 20 highway patrolmen and Ohio National Guardsmen in a show of force to reopen the Penn-Ohio Truck Stop in North Lima. They set afire a shanty used by dissident truckers. 

The Youngstown Board of Education will meet in executive session to discuss a demand by the NAACP that the city schools be desegregated by September. 

1949: Youngstown railroad car loadings for 1948 reached 290,893, almost 100,000 cars above the peak years of World War II. 

Cosmopolitan Housing Corp. files suit to force Mayor Charles P. Henderson to grant building permits for "thrift homes" in the Cochran Park area.

The commission, headed by former President Herbert Hoover, urges combining 65 U.S. bureaus into 20 and putting all under the firm control of the president.