One of my favorite research resources are small town (and a few larger city) newspapers to find news of my ancestors and long lost family members. Something that I've learned is to NOT restrict my search for information to a specific year. A lot of these old newspapers have "10 years ago this week," "25 years ago today," or "100 years ago today" features. I've discovered tidbits about family members in these more recent newspapers.
So, if you get stuck or can't find a newspaper for the date you are seeking, try the newspapers on that date at 10, 20, 25, 50 and 100 years in the future. You might get lucky!