Evan Brace wins Ohio motocross class; moves to national series

By Leigh Ann Rutledge Accent Editor   CARROLLTON – Evan Brace of Carrollton has his bags packed. Brace, 11, will be heading to South Carolina to compete in the ATVMX National Championship More »

Wrestlers find success in Columbus

By Carol McIntire Editor   COLUMBUS – Ben Pasiuk’s name was printed on the bottom line of the top half of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II 145 lb. state More »

Malvern students celebrate ‘Oklahoma!’ 75th anniversary

MALVERN – Take a trip out west when the Malvern Drama Department presents Oklahoma! March 23 and 24. Shows begin at 7 p.m. in the Malvern High School cafetorium. 2018 is the More »

Speedy appointed to health board seat

By Nancy Schaar FPS Correspondent   Carroll County Board of Health officials met with the General Health District Advisory Council, comprised of township trustees, president of county commissioners and mayors of the More »

Don’t Drown, Turn Around

By Carol McIntire Editor   Carroll County officials are urging motorists to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” in light of recent incidents involving high water on roadways. Sherrodsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Inc. members More »


Health commissioner resigns amid budget mess

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


CARROLLTON – Leann Cline has resigned from her duties as Carroll County Health Commissioner.

A press release was issued Monday by the Health Board announcing the resignation, which was effective March 10.

Employees were informed of the resignation Monday by Dr. Scott Stine, Health Board president, as they arrived at work.

Stine scheduled an emergency meeting of the health board this Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the upper level of the health department, located at 301 Moody Ave. SW, Carrollton.   The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the current status of the health department. The meeting is open to the public.

The FPS contacted Stine to ask if Cline provided a reason for leaving.

Evan Brace wins Ohio motocross class; moves to national series

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Evan Brace jumps a table during a 2017 competition. His efforts earned his the top spot for the year in his class.

CARROLLTON – Evan Brace of Carrollton has his bags packed.

Brace, 11, will be heading to South Carolina to compete in the ATVMX National Championship series. The event is set for March 24 and 25 at South of the Border in Hammer, SC, and will be Brace’s first ride in national competition.

He has competed in the Ohio Motocross Association for the past three years, placing first in his division each year. He was recognized at the association banquet in January at Ashland University.

Evan began riding ATVs when he was four years old. His dad, Beau, a rider, enjoyed it and turns the time into family time. When Evan and Beau attended a race friends were competing in, he was hooked.

“I want to do that,” Evan said.

Churches hosting array of Holy Week services

Carrollton First United Methodist Church and The Bridge will host a wide array of Holy Week and Easter Sunday worship experiences.

The public is invited to join the congregations Palm Sunday, March 25, at the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services at the church at 253 S. Lisbon St. and the 10 a.m. service at the Bridge located in the Rosebud Mining building at the Carroll County fairgrounds. A Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. March 29 at the church.

Stations of the Cross will be set up for visitors to journey their way to the cross with Jesus Good Friday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-5 p.m.

An Easter sunrise service will be held on Carrollton’s Public Square at 6:30 a.m. April 1, followed by Easter Sunday services at 8:15 and 10:45 at the church and at 10 a.m. at the Bridge.

Lady Warrior bowlers finish 14th at state tournament

COLUMBUS – The Carrollton High School girls bowling team placed 14th out of 16 teams at last Saturday’s Division I state bowling tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl in Columbus.

The Lady Warriors finished with a team score of 3,030.

Freshman Cailyn Bright led the Warriors with a three game score of 506 to place 65th. She was followed by senior Rachel Bright in 67th place with a score of 504, junior Mallory Fox was 69th with a score of 497, junior Rickee Stidom placed 74th with a score of 483, senior Kira Anderson 85th with a score of 308 and sophomore Meghan Harsh 95th with a score of 184.

Gahanna Lincoln won the team championship with a score of 3,389, while Troy was second with a score of 3,377 and Kettering Fairmont third with a score of 3,339.

The Warriors ended the season tied with Minerva for the championship of the Northeastern Buckeye Confernece (NBC) and won the Stark County Bowling Conference American Division.

Ruble’s calm demeanor earns her Mercy’s 2017 Star Performer honor

CANTON – Mercy Medical Center selected employee Melissa Ruble, RN, Mercy Intensive Care Unit (ICU), as its 2017 Star Performer of the Year.

Previously a Star Performer of the Month, Ruble, of Magnolia, was originally nominated for her calm and compassionate presence with a former patient who called the Mercy ICU in distress.

According to Laura Miller, MSN, BSN, RN, CCRN, director, Mercy ICU/Dialysis, Ruble helped keep the woman calm and on the phone until an ambulance arrived to transport her to the Mercy Emergency Department.

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