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Throwback Thursday: Newsbeat Pete and the Sanitary Meat Market

By KEVIN GREEN - kgreen@thecouriertimes.com

Jan. 11, 2008

Ten years ago today, the lede story on the front page of The Courier-Times reported that a lawsuit filed by former police officer Tony Robbins against the Town of Middletown regarding termination of his employment was settled when Judge Mary Willis ruled in favor of the town.

The centerpiece was a three-photo combination of Sunnyside Elementary students playing Four Square. Those pictured included Layni Becker, Alisha Thompson, Kailey Leedy and Saydi Flynn.

Another front-pager shared information about the SNAP program, which was designed to make spaying or neutering local pets more affordable for the animals’ owners.

In the upper right corner, Riley Elementary student Phillip Roberts was pictured, along with the weather forecast.

Gas prices were listed on the bottom left of the page. The lowest price in the state was $2.75 and the highest was $3.28.

The soapbox question on the Opinion page asked respondents who they supported in the ongoing campaign for president. Tim Newman favored Republican Mitt Romney. Melissa Welborn, Betty Lee, Pete Norris and Ed Privett all said they were undecided.

Page A5 included a standalone photo of Russell Dicken, who won The Courier-Times “Name Our Mascot” contest. Dicken was shown standing next to what appeared to be a giant rolled up newspaper with legs, and the winning name was Newsbeat Pete.

The Sports page included coverage of the Rushville vs. Shenandoah girls basketball game, which Rushville won 63-52. Shenandoah’s Morgan Bousman was pictured driving to the basket. The story noted Raider starters Tyla Warner and Bousman were forced to sit out most of the first half of the contest after getting into foul trouble. Shenandoah’s Michelle Fites also was pictured as she battled a host of Lion defenders.

High school wrestling coverage included a match between New Castle and Shenandoah. Trojans Gauge Day, Alex Catron, Isaac New, Levi Rose, Dusty Bennett, Matt Oliver, Von Wasson and Matt Cole all won by pin.

Jan. 11, 2003

Fifteen years ago today, the lead story on the front page was about the possibility of 700 new jobs at Metaldyne. UAW Local 371 President Dan Hubble was quoted extensively.

The centerpiece story and photo were about Amazing Grace, a Christian book store, moving from Broad Street to a new location at the corner of 14th and Race streets. Tevvie Crabtree and grandson Cody Dobbs were pictured moving shelving and books from the old store to the new one.

Page A3 included two “flashback” photos. The first was from the World War II era and showed a large crowd gathered outside Sanitary Meat Market at 1417 Broad Street. Meat was scarce at the time, as were many items, and rationing was a common occurrence.

The other photo shared a “bird’s eye view” of downtown New Castle at a time when Broad Street was unpaved and travelers had to contend with dust or mud, depending on the weather at the time.

The top headline on Sports read: “NC buries Raiders in 3-point avalanche.” The Trojans won this boys basketball game 88-51. New Castle’s Ben Smith was pictured being defended by Raiders Matt Philhower and Brian Score. Smith had 16 points in the first quarter of the contest and finished the night with 28.

Another photo showed Eastern Hancock’s Derek Harmon deflecting the ball away from Blue River’s Kyle Brumley.

A sports brief in the left-hand rail reported that Knightstown’s Greg Freeman scored 32 points in a recent Panthers’ basketball outing.

A preview of the New Castle Chrysler High School’s gymnastics team dominated the second page of Sports. Those pictured included Tawnya Kelley, Haley Cook, Jessica Fall, Brittany Armstrong, Jordan Eversole, Brittni Spera, Brieanne Knowling, Shanna White, Victoria York, Katie Murphy, Stacy Davis, Jordan McCord, Teresa Gray and Greg and Tina Wood.