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Bomb threat leads to evacuation of county courthouse

By Carol McIntire



The Carroll County Courthouse was evacuated July 19 as a precaution after an envelope was received in the mail containing “white powder” and a bomb threat.

Sheriff Dale Williams said the envelope was received by a clerk in the Clerk of Courts office. The clerk gave the letter to Clerk of Court Bill Wohlwend, who immediately contacted Williams.

“We contacted BCI, FBI and the HAZMAT team from Stark County,” Williams said, adding the investigation continued with the group gathering at the county fire station. “As the investigation continued, we learned a similar envelope was also received at courthouses in Coshocton and Columbus. The material in those envelopes was tested quickly and it was learned the white powder was a sugar substitute.”

Williams said once officials learned the white powder was not dangerous,  the envelope was opened and a note was found inside saying the courthouse was going to be bombed.

“As a precaution, we evacuated the courthouse in the afternoon and searched the building and nearby vehicles. Nothing was found.”

Williams said the FBI continues to investigate the case.

4-H members named to 2017 Outstanding Court

Eight long-time 4-H members were named to the 2017 Outstanding Court and introduced during the Project Exhibit Day awards ceremony held July 16.

Michelle Moon, Carroll County 4-H program assistant, told the crowd, to apply for outstanding court, members must be at least 16 years old, have been a member of 4-H a minimum of five years and been an honor member for at least three years.

An extensive application must be submitted requiring “My 4-H Story,” a two-page paper, activity checklist, awards, leadership and committee involvement and offices held. Also citizenship and community service projects participated in through 4-H.

“These are the best of the best,” Moon stated.

Shown at right are the members of the 2017 Outstanding Court. They are (front from left): SadieAnn Romeo, Olivia Romeo and Dominque Costarella.

Standing behind are: Dalton Ulman, Joseph Thompson, Cassidy Bajornas and Jacob Romeo. Spencer Varney was absent when the photo was taken.

Local girl’s talent shines in national dance competition

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Emily Grove does a chin stand in competition.

To say Emily Grove likes dance is an understatement.

The energetic, flexible 10-year old, can walk-the-walk and talk-the-talk. Not only is she able to bend, tuck, roll and flip, she is very articulate in explaining what dance competitions involve.

Grove competed in the Showstoppers National Finals in Sandusky the end of June and placed fifth overall in the nation out of 55 competitors in the 9-11 age group.

The fifth place honor was achieved by combining the scores of the different categories for her age group in the finals. Emily place first in the character category. This category required her to use dance, acrobatics and tumbling to act out a character. She also competes in the open category where participants can do all types of dance. There are 12 different types of dance in the competitions. Routines are usually 2 minutes and 45 seconds to three minutes long.

She chose Evie from the Disney show “The Descendents”. The Disney website describes Evie as, “the daughter of the Evil Queen. She is great at creating her own fashions and can communicate with her magic mirror.”

“I chose Evie because she is all about fashion and style,” Emily explained. “I was taught at a young age about beauty. Plus she has blue hair.”

Rodeo scheduled in Minerva July 15

MINERVA – The second annual Minerva Chamber Rodeo comes to Minerva Municipal Park July 15 with activities for the whole family.

Children’s activities begin at 3 p.m. with pony rides, a petting zoo, stick-horse making and other crafts, and food and commercial vendors.

Kids’ rodeo events, sponsored by Minerva Area YMCA and Minerva Rotary Club, begin in the arena with stick-horse races and preliminaries for mutton busting, in which children weighing 50 pounds or less compete to see who can stay on the back of a sheep the longest. Helmets and vests are provided.

At 7 p.m., the rodeo, presented by Buckeye Rodeo Company, begins with Minerva’s Kyle Hudson singing the national anthem. In addition to bull riding, sponsored by Ricky Corbett of Matco Tools; bareback bronc riding, The Hart Mansion Restaurant; saddle bronc riding, Red Barn Home Furnishings; calf roping, Kiko Company; team roping, Uptown Auto Service; steer wrestling, Mapes State Farm; and barrel racing, Studio C Salon; the mutton busting finals and the calf scramble for kids will take place.

Family gathers for centennial reunion

Descendants of the Wadsworth family gathered for the 100th Family Reunion July 4 at Malvern Community Park. Reunions have been held at the park in Malvern since 1958.
Tawanna Anderson is shown in the front row, fourth from the right.

MALVERN – For 100 years, members of the Wadsworth family have celebrated the 4th of July with a family reunion.

This year was no exception.

They have gathered at Malvern Park since 1958. The family originated in the area, living in Malvern, Minerva, New Harrisburg and Waynesburg. Tawanna Anderson of Louisville, a descendent and event organizer, gave a brief history of the reunion, stating for many years the reunion was held on what is now the Great Trail Farm outside Malvern. The farm was part of the original family farm and was owned by “Uncle Jake.”

Anderson’s grandmother, Velma Wadsworth Masters Jones, attended the first reunion in 1917, and was the last surviving member of the group. Velma grew up in Waynesburg. She passed away in 2015 at age 102.

A few family members live in the Malvern-Minerva area. Others are scattered around Ohio. Family from Atlanta, GA, and Virginia came to be a part of the 100th family reunion.

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