100 Years Ago (1918)

A serious wreck occurred on the Alliance Division of the New York Central Railroad at 6:40 a.m. about 1,000 feet south of the Mount Union station when an extra northbound freight train ran into two cabooses attached to a doubleheader freight also northbound that was standing on the main track. Fog contriubuted to the accident that instantly killed Clarence W. Mack, 27, a brakeman who lived in the 700 block of Walnut Street. Six others were hurt, including fireman Charles Fryfogle, a resident of the first block of Freedom Avenue, who sustained potentially fatal injuries as he was crushed and burned. The others were listed with cuts and bruises.

Sebring constable Charles Baumgartner announced that the "anti-spitting on the sidewalk law" would be rigidly enforced during the duration of the influenza epidemic which had been very mild in Sebring. All churches were ordered closed and public as well as private gatherings were forbidden.

75 Years Ago (1943)

Alliance produce merchants were blaming black market operations on the shortage or oranges in the city. Retailers said they were receiving one-half to one-fifth of their normal shipments at 44 to 90 cents a dozen as most of the fruit was being sold on the black market at $9 a box, an increase of $3 over the prevalent prices at Cleveland fruit auctions.

Ralph Burson, a 1938 graduate of Alliance High, earned his silver wings and a commission of second lieutenant after completing training for action in P-38 twin-engine, single-fighter planes. Enlisting in 1939, Burson entered mechanics school and later saw action in Hawaii where he was decorated and commended for bravery.

50 Years Ago (1968)

Cathie Franks, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, was crowned homecoming queen at Mount Union. However, festivities were marred when seven students were injured — three seriously — in a one-car crash on campus in the early morning after a 1966 Mustang driven by Jeff Nickel slammed into a tree on the east side of Miller Avenue, just north of West College Street.

Margaret Wade was crowned the Sebring McKinley homecoming queen.