These are some highlights from the News Journal on December 4, 1971:
• Four-year-old Alice Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Jones of Wilmington Route 1, was pictured trying to make up her mind what to ask Santa Claus for Christmas at the Wilmington Plaza Shopping Center. She said all she wanted was a crumpet doll.
• Letters to Santa were printed and kids’ requests included: Melinda McKitrick, Barbie clothes and Betty Crocker cake mix (and frosting); Arnold and Mike O’Dell (ages 5 and 2, respectively), a training wheel bike and an electric train, with Arnold adding, “We are real smart for our ages. Please come and see us.”; Kimmy Kay Hull and Tony Jay Hull of Morrisville, a live-action P.J. doll and a Fisher-Price record player and garage, respectively; Lisa Jalene Shuttleworth, a Barbie camper and a Timey-tell; and David Thornburg, a model AMT Turnpike Train.
• Wilmington High School’s varsity basketball team had 24 turnovers and fell to Washington 58-50. Robert Raizk led the ‘Cane with 11 points and Chris Breuleux had 16 rebounds. Wilmington’s JV’s fell 66-56 despite 18 points by Kippy Collins and 15 by Tim Haley. East Clinton defeated Piketon 75-48 led by Doug Barton’s 26 points while Kevin Neel had 11 points and 16 rebounds, and Joe Davis scored 15 with 12 rebounds. Blanchester fell to Mason 54-50 in overtime despite 21 points from Jim Compton and 10 by Jim Bates.
• Mrs. M.C. Drake was elected president of the Six and Twenty Club at the home of outgoing President Mrs. Maynard Davids along with 1st Vice President Mrs. James McMullen, 2nd Vice President Mrs. Lawrence Lyons, Secretary Mrs. O. Linton Hunnicutt, Assistant Secretary Mrs. Thomas McMillan and Treasurer Mrs. Herman Cartwright Jr.
• Playing at the Murphy Theatre was “Dr. Zhivago.”