21 WFMJ archives / March 20, 1972 | New members of the Strouss 25-year club received diamond watches while being honored at a dinner 52 years ago at the Southern Park Mall. Seated, from left, Rose Camardo, Grace Russell, Mary Kusman, Antoinette DeAugustine, Ann Marie Bish, Dorothy Remner, Frances Lowery, Ann Strycott, and Mary J. Carlson; standing, Eleanor Scannell, George Mihalcak, Albert Vari, Michael Tkach, Joseph Rudge, Earl Pratt, Neil Davis, Carley Thompson, Mildred Geidner, and Rita Chapman.

March 20

1999: Megan McFall, an eighth grader representing the Trumbull Education Association of Christian Homeschools, repeats as a champion of The Vindicator Spelling Bee, topping a field of 120 spellers from Mahoning and Trumbull counties. 

A survey released by Catholics for Free Choice found that 82 percent of 589 Catholic hospitals surveyed would not provide emergency contraception to women, including those being treated for rape. St. Elizabeth in Youngstown, St. Francis in New Castle, and St. Joseph in Warren say the study misrepresented their practices, which allow emergency contraception if it has been determined that conception has not yet occurred. 

Barbara Burton, Youngstown's finance director, says the city will enforce the requirement that city taxpayers who are not subject to employer withholding pay quarterly, just as they have to for federal taxes. About 2,000 to 3,000 taxpayers have been waiting until the end of the year to file a single report. 

1984: The Columbiana, Trumbull, and Mahoning United Autoworkers Community Action Program Council endorses Mahoning County Sheriff James A. Traficant Jr. for Congress, apparently won over by his proposed tax on Americans who buy foreign cars and tax credits for those who buy American-made. 

Edward H. Arnaudin is named the CEO of Copperweld Steel Co. in Warren.

U.S. Rep. Lyle Williams, R-17th, welcomes the U.S. House Select Committee on Aging, which held a hearing at the Multipurpose Senior Center on Fifth Avenue. Among the 600 attendees were George Bunjac of Girard and William J. Leon Sr. of Warren, who called for eliminating notch years, which reduce Social Security benefits paid to retirees born between 1917 and 1921.

1974: Youngstown Mayor Jack C. Hunter announces a crackdown on property owners who abandon dilapidated houses, which must then be razed at city expense. 

Nationally syndicated columnist Jim Bishop makes a Canfield woman, Mrs. Charles Sittig, the focus of his column. Mrs. Sittig, a choir director who has been battling cancer of the tongue, wrote Bishop an eloquent letter after he made a flip comment about cancer in a column. 

Former NBC broadcaster Chet Huntley, who retired to Montana to develop the Big Sky resort area, dies at 62 of abdominal cancer. 

1949: A New York engineering firm reports that a floodway connecting the Mahoning and Grand Rivers would solve most of the troublesome water problems that plague Northeastern Ohio in both dry and wet and wet seasons. 

The Lorain County sheriff is using radar, the magic device that helped win World War II, to catch speeders. Several hundred motorists were surprised to receive cards in the mail telling them they had been clocked at above the speed limit. The sheriff says fines will start later.

New York policemen smash thousands of pinball machines valued at more than $1 million, and the police commissioner vows that no more will be allowed in the city.