These are some highlights from the News Journal on July 8, 1974:
• ‘Justices Hear Tapes Case; Power of Presidency on line’
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski argues today that if President Nixon or any president is free to rule that the Constitution ‘means what he says it does’ without Supreme Court review, then Americans are no longer equal under the law.
“Nixon’s lawyer, James D. St. Clair, contends that the President will no longer be ‘master in his own house’ if he is forced to comply with a federal court order to yield tape recordings and documents covering 64 White House conversations, as evidence in the upcoming Watergate cover-up trial.”
• Emerging tennis stars Jimmy Connors, 21, and his fiance Chris Evert, 19, were the winners of the individual championships at Wimbledon.
• The Cincinnati Reds swept a doubleheader from the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 and 11-2 led by strong pitching performances by rookie Tom Carroll in his debut and by Don Gullett before 46,016 attendees. However, the Reds remained 10 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West.
• “A culvert was installed to temporarily replace a 12-foot span and culvert which a B&O Railroad spokesman said apparently washed out following a heavy rainfall June 22. Twenty-nine freight cars derailed there early June 23, just east of Stone Road near Melvin.”
• Students receiving degrees in the spring from The Ohio State University included Robert Laughhunn of Clarksville; Becky Haddix of Cuba; David Roehm of New Vienna; Jonathan Terrell of New Vienna; Jeffrey Wright of Sabina; Darrel Wilt of Hiney Road; and Dean Palm of North Road.
• Children born at Clinton Memorial Hospital over weekend included: a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Robinson of Martinsville; a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Lynd of New Vienna; and a son to Mr. and Mrs. William Thompson of Sabina.
• Deaths included Robie R. Smith, 52, of South SR 73; Charlotte Kerr, 74, of Lancaster and formerly of Wilmington; and Jeffrey Smith, 18, of Midland, “who drowned Thursday at Rocky Fork Lake in Highland County.”
• An ad from Producers Stockyards in Wilmington about the “strong arm regulation of the USDA” portrayed a pig saying, “Please Mr. Farmer, I’m Happy This Way, I Don’t Want To Be Tattooed.”