News Events of 1998
12-4-1998 -- Lebanon High School won the state football championship, defeating Coldwater in the Division IV competition.
12-6-1998 -- First part of DDN series, "Tract 19: The Invisible Poor," by Charlise Lyles.
12-8-1998 -- Sidney resident Melodie Gutman was shot and killed in her home by her estranged husband, police said. The body of Danny J. Gutman was also found at the scene. Police said Gutman shot his wife and then committed suicide.
12-13-1998 -- Part one of the DDN series, "Equal Work, Less Pay -- America's Rising Storm," by Wes Hills, Rob Modic and Mike Wagner.
12-15-1998 -- A disciplinary panel of the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously dismissed an ethics complaint against State Rep. Marilyn Reid. The ruling did not find that she misled state liquor officials in filing papers for a Beavercreek restaurant.
12-16-1998 -- U.S. military forces launched airstrikes against Iraq. Congress delayed its impending impeachment vote.
12-17-1998 -- Troy resident Tara S. Latimer was fatally stabbed in her home in the presence of two small children. Police said the attacker may have been a burglar.
12-17-1998 -- In what investigators described as an incident of "road rage," a motorist was shot near Courthouse Square. Robert Curtiss, 32, Dayton was shot once in the stomach after an altercation with another motorist.
12-19-1998: President Clinton was impeached on two counts by the U.S. House of Representatives. Democratic members of the House walked out in protest. Also, Rep. Bob Livingston, who was to be the next Speaker, announced he would resign as a result of revelations that he had had numerous extra-marital affairs.
12-24-1998 -- DDN publishes "I Guess You Had To Be There," the annual Christmas short story by DDN writer Jim DeBrosse.
12-31-1998 -- Nancy Hollister became Ohio's first woman governor, but will only serve for 11 days. Hollister was lieutenant governor under George Voinovich, who resigned shortly before his term expired so he could take his seat as a U.S. Senator.
12-31-1998 -- On his last day on the bench, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Lee Bixler granted an early release from prison for two men convicted of crimes against children. Aaron Grillot was serving four years for attempted rape of a 4-year-old, and Joseph Arnett was serving four years in a shaken-baby death.