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Entertainment, food, fun planned at Art, Jazz festival in Minerva

Buckeye Woodturners will be on hand at the Arts & Jazz Festival in Minerva to demonstrate their trade.

Buckeye Woodturners will be on hand at the Arts & Jazz Festival in Minerva to demonstrate their trade.

The seventh annual Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival comes to Minerva’s historic N. Market St., May 20, featuring a wide range of musical styles, as well as interactive arts activities for all ages.

Live music will begin before the festival officially opens, with saxophonist Denny Ott playing during set up, at 9 a.m. High-school jazz bands will perform during the day, including: Minerva, 9:45 a.m.; Sandy Valley, 10:30 a.m.; Northwest, 12:45 p.m; Jackson, 2:45 p.m.; and Beaver Local, 5 p.m.

Professional bands include: Musical Memories Orchestra at 11:30 a.m., playing jazz from the 30s and 40s; AZJazz at 1:30 p.m., playing straight-ahead jazz; The John Trapani Big Band at 3:45 p.m.; and Moustache Yourself, playing Gypsy jazz at 6 p.m.

Defense says Kenneth Blanchard shot Michael Fairchild in self-defense

By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Kenneth Blanchard (right) sits at the defense table with Attorney Stephen Kandel.

Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Barnett said the murder trial of Kenneth Blanchard is not a case of “who done it by any means because Blanchard admitted he shot a man.”

Defense Attorney Jeff Jakmides said it’s a case of self-defense.

The attorneys made the statements Wednesday morning during opening statements of the Blanchard trial in Carroll County Common Pleas Court. Blanchard is charged with murder in the death of Michael Fairchild Aug. 31, 2016.

Barnett said the evidence will show Blanchard and Fairchild were not strangers. “In fact, Fairchild is the father of the defendant’s grandchild,” he said.

The prosecutor provided a timeline of the events of Aug. 31 for the 12-member jury comprised of four men and eight women, saying the Minerva Police Department received a call from a neighbor of the 323 Valley St., Minerva, mobile home where the shooting occurred. Within 30 seconds, he said officer Dan Griffiths was on the scene where he was met by a hysterical female who told him, “He shot someone inside.”

Edison FFA plans tractor show May 13

Edison High School FFA chapter will host its 11th annual Classic Tractor Show and Car Cruise-in May 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the high school on SR 152, just east of Richmond.

This year’s event, open to the public, will feature both classic farm equipment and vehicles while a variety of classic cars will be exhibited at the cruise-in.

The event is a community service show where students are able to use their leadership, planning and organization skills to raise funds for a good cause, while Edison FFA Boosters will help supply and set up tents, manage the chuck wagon food booth and provide general support for the festivities, according to Gage Ziarko, FFA member and committee chairman.

Free will donations taken at the gate and sales from the chuck wagon will benefit the Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society on behalf of Olivia Ault, a student with the condition.

Boosters will also hold their 10th annual silent auction, a Chinese auction and a 50-50 raffle in conjunction with the show to raise money for the FFA scholarship fund. “About a dozen businesses have donated various items and will also auction off a Dave Barnhouse painting,” Ziarko added.

 

Cold, rain doesn’t deter hikers

Tom Indorf (left) and Byron Rogers led the SAVE22 hike Saturday morning.
By Carol McIntire and
Leigh Ann Rutledge

 

Members of 22 2 None from Michigan wait with their backpacks and flags for step off of the SAVE22 hike Saturday. They are (from left): Ben Gunderson, Dave Winkle, Ray McDaniel (between the flags) and a security man.

Members of 22 2 None from Michigan wait with their backpacks and flags for step off of the SAVE22 hike Saturday. They are (from left): Ben Gunderson, Dave Winkle, Ray McDaniel (between the flags) and a security man.

Three veterans from northern Illinois participated in the SAVE22 hike Saturday morning. They are (from left): David Long, Dan Fessler and Jody “Rooster” Payne.

Three veterans from northern Illinois participated in the SAVE22 hike Saturday morning. They are (from left): David Long, Dan Fessler and Jody “Rooster” Payne.

Walkers head toward Brenner Rd., beginning the seven-mile hike to bring awareness to veteran suicide Saturday morning.

Walkers head toward Brenner Rd., beginning the seven-mile hike to bring awareness to veteran suicide Saturday morning.

Tom Indorf (left) and Byron Rogers led the SAVE22 hike Saturday morning.

Tom Indorf (left) and Byron Rogers led the SAVE22 hike Saturday morning.

Despite rain and chilly temperatures,396 people arrived at the Carroll County Vet’s Club on Brenner Rd. Saturday morning to participate in the second SAVE22 Hike.

The hike is held to bring awareness to veteran suicide.

“Even though numbers were down for the hike, we had a good event,” Tom Indorf of SAVE 22 said. “We sold around 400 tickets for the Mushroomhead concert which was moved under the grandstand (due to weather) and was very nice.”

Indorf said SAVE22 is busy planning more events to bring awareness to veteran suicide. A poker run is planned for June 3 and begins at Atwood Lake Park. Indorf is also working with a group to put on a hike in South Carolina.

New pumper truck offers needed equipment for FD

Loudon Twp. Fire Department Chief John Beckley Jr. stands in front of the department’s new pumper truck acquired with assistance from a Federal Emergency Management  Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).

Loudon Twp. Fire Department Chief John Beckley Jr. stands in front of the department’s new pumper truck acquired with assistance from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG).

KILGORE – Loudon Twp. firefighters recently added new equipment to the department’s fire fighting arsenal.

With assistance from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant, the department purchased a 2017 Ford 550 equipped with a Fouts Brothers plastic mini pumper body.

Chief John Beckley Jr. said the new truck offers the department needed services.

“It holds 300 gallons of water and pumps 1,000 gallons per minute,” he said. “It also carries the jaws of life, which are new to the department.”

The truck is equipped with a 40-gallon foam tank and carries four Scott air packs.

Beckley noted the truck is a welcome addition.

“This truck replaced a 1983 Chevrolet, which was the first new truck the department purchased,” he said. “It is also replacing an army vehicle we used in the last few years.”

The FEMA grant provided $185,000 toward the purchase price. The department provided a five percent match, or $8,800.

The new truck joins a 1996 Freightliner engine and a 2000 Freightliner tanker in the department’s firefighting line.

The department includes 13 members who conduct a variety of fundraisers throughout the year at the department grounds, located on SR 9 just south of Kilgore. A transfer sled tractor pull will kick off the summer event schedule May 20.

Beckley said the department is looking for new members.

Anyone interested should contact him by calling 740-512-6212.

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