Centerville celebrated its 50th Anniversary on December 2, as that was the official date the city transitioned from a village to a city. The celebration was held in conjunction with the 26th annual tree lighting ceremony at Benham s Grove.
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10 things to know about Centerville’s year-long celebration marking 50 years

“In 1968 the city had a population of just over 5,000 and today the population stands at a little over 24,000,” Mayor Brooks Compton said. “Centerville has come a long way in 50 years.”

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At the anniversary ceremony, Compton read a proclamation from President Donald Trump.

“For 50 years the city of Centerville has contributed to the unique American story of freedom and democracy,” the proclamation read. “I am grateful to your community’s enduring spirit, which strengthens our nation, honors our past, and ensures the promise of American greatness for future generations.”

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10 things to know about Centerville’s 50th city status anniversary celebration:

1. Although Centerville was founded in 1796, it was in 1968 that Centerville reached city status—based on the November 1968 general election number of Centerville electors.

2. In celebration of its 50th anniversary as a city, 50 events were held throughout the year commemorating the milestone.

3. A tree lighting ceremony was held on the actual date Centerville became a city: Dec. 2.

4. More than 60 sponsors supported events throughout the year.

5. A council member from 1968, John Zengel, was recognized at the Dec. 17, 2018, city council meeting.

6. Centerville-Washington History is featuring an exhibit featuring 1968 Centerville at the Asahel Wright House.

7. Bill’s Donuts offered three commemorative donuts in recognition of the 50th anniversary.

8. The City Council adopted the Red Horse Chestnut as the city’s official tree. In April, as part of the Arbor Day celebration, 50 local third grade students planted 50 trees in honor of the anniversary.

9. Centerville Public Works designed and installed the new park at Alex-Bell and State Route 48.

10. Anniversary banners were installed throughout the City of Centerville during the year to salute the 50th anniversary.

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