Offenberger named state DJFS director of the year

By Nancy Schaar FPS Correspondent   Kate Offenberger, director of Carroll County Job and Family Services was recently named Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association 2017 Outstanding Director of the Year. More »

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Offenberger named state DJFS director of the year

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


Kate Offenberger (left), who was recently named Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director of the year, is shown with Commissioners Bob Wirkner, Lewis Mickley and Jeff Ohler, who presented her with a proclamation last week.

Kate Offenberger, director of Carroll County Job and Family Services was recently named Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association 2017 Outstanding Director of the Year.

The announcement was made at the Association’s Recognition Banquet Dec. 15 in Columbus.  The nomination for this award was made by her peers throughout the state and strongly supported by the Association’s Executive Committee.

Offenberger first worked as a student intern at the Stark County Department of Human Services and continued her education and received her degree in social work from the University of Akron.

She came to Carroll County in 1985 as a children services worker, social services supervisor, and assistant director.  She became director of Carroll County Job and Family Services in 2002.

Her responsibilities include administering the county’s public assistance, workforce development, child and adult protective services and more.

Seck re-elected to school board position

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


Members of the 2018 Carrollton Exempted Village School District are shown with officers elected for the year. Seated from left are: Rose Seck, president; and Helen Skinner, vice president. Standing behind are members Wendy Gotschall, Mike Pozderac and Tait Carter.

Rose Seck and Tait Carter took the oath of office when the Carrollton Exempted Village School District re-organized Jan. 9 for the new year.

Seck was re-elected to her position and Carter was elected as a new member during the November 2017 election.

Seck was chosen as president and Helen Skinner was named vice president.

Meetings will continue to be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Exceptions were noted for June 29 and November 6.

Skinner will serve as the liaison between the board and the Ohio School Boards Association. Carter will attend the Ohio School Boards Association annual meeting.

Committee appointments were made as follows: Transportation: Carter, Skinner; Athletic: Mike Pozderac, Wendy Gotschall; Policies: Skinner, Carter; Curriculum/Technology: Skinner, Seck; Building and Grounds: Gotschall, Pozderac; Finances: Gotschall, Pozderac; Core Team: Skinner, Seck.

Pridemore dumps in 15 points, Warriors top Garaway 65-51

By Carol McIntire


Carrollton senior Jaci Pridemore (20) puts up a shot over the outstretched arms of Zoc Johnson from Garaway. Pridemore led the Warriors with 15 points.

Senior Jaci Pridemore used her distinct height advantage to lead the Lady Warriors to a 65-51 non-league win over Garaway last week in the Carrollton gym.

Pridemore, a 6’-3” senior, scored 15 points that included a five-of-nine performance from the field, and sank five of six free-throw attempts. She also pulled down 13 rebounds.

“Jaci had a great game,” said Warrior Coach Craig Rodgers. “We knew they were smaller than us, but they made up for it in speed and grit.”

Rodgers was referring to the Pirates’ full-court press and quick passing that kept the game close through the first quarter and half.

Carrollton led 15-11 after the first quarter and outscored the Pirates 22-12 in the second quarter to take a 37-23 lead at the half.

“We did a pretty nice job of handling their full-court pressure and got some layups early on,” Rodgers said.

Carrollton’s zone defense kept the Pirates pretty much out of the lane all game, but didn’t have an answer for Sydney Mullet who pumped in eight shots from three-point range and ended the night leading all scorers with 26 points. She scored nine of her team’s 11 points in the first quarter.

Jury finds in favor of township trustees in Fox Twp. road trial

A Carroll County petit jury has found the ownership of a public road in Fox Twp. to be the Fox Twp. Board of Trustees.

The jury of eight women and one man returned a verdict Friday afternoon for the defendant, Fox Twp. Trustees, following one hour of deliberation. They also returned a verdict for the plaintiff for damages in the amount of $307.80.

The trial, which began Monday and continued Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, involved a complaint filed Jan. 25, 2016, by the State of Ohio and Robert D. Eish of 10258 Olive Rd. NE, Salineville, vs. the Fox Twp. Board of Trustees, who include Tim N. Dayton, Todd E. Brown and Ryan Roberts. In the complaint, Eish contested the ownership of a portion of Olive Rd. in which he claimed ownership.

Hospice hosting musical collaboration in Malvern

MALVERN – Community Hospice is presenting its first “Hospice Hallelujah” musical event Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. in the First Christian Church of Malvern.

The event is an opportunity to gather the community and share the warmth of friendship through the appreciation of music. Guests will hear a selection of area choirs, ensembles and praise bands. The grand finale will feature all participants gathered as a mass choir to sing under direction of guest conductor Mindy Domer.

She is a graduate of Carrollton High School and Mt. Union College, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education as a voice major and piano minor. She has taught in the Carrollton Schools district for 19 years.

Light refreshments will follow the performances and a free will offering collected.

For more information, contact Mona Sayre, Community Hospice fundraising and events coordinator, at 330-343-7605.

First Christian Church is located at 4046 Coral Rd. NW, Malvern.

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