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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.

Notebook project aids in learning

Third and fourth grade students at the Carroll County Christian Academy are shown with the animal project book they created. Seated from left are: Ella Barkan, Hayden Berardinelli, David Powell, Rhemee Beadnell and Katelyn Haas.
Standing behind: Abigail Huggins, Eva Green, Hannah Pickens, Miranda Snyder, Malia Schaar and Traegan Swonger.

Third and fourth grade students at the Carroll County Christian Academy are studying the classification of animals in science class. To help them understand animal families, each student created a science notebook of animal pictures. There are six sections in the book, one for each vertebrate classification and one for invertebrate. Each section consisted of a title page, characteristics page, a report on one animal and at least five pictures of different animals.

The project has a dual purpose as it also teaches beginning organizational skills and following project instructions to the students.

“It was an enjoyable project and an important learning experience,” said Teacher Joan Dawson.

Trailer park residents looking for miracle to stop scheduled water shutoff

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


Water is scheduled to be shut off to homes in Sandy Creek Mobile Homes Estates (formerly Kiddler Mobile Home Park) Jan. 22.

Sandy Creek Mobile Home Estates (formerly Kidder Mobile Home Park) residents will have water shut off to their homes Jan. 22, unless a miracle shows up.

“I don’t know what we’re supposed to do.  We found out just before Christmas the owner is months behind in the water bill and can’t pay it.  The water bill is included in our rent.  Where are we supposed to go?” asked trailer park resident Candace Shepherd.

The trailer park has 43 lots available but only 28 are currently occupied.  A resident said many of the empty homes are owned by Russell Reed, but are not inhabitable.

Warrior girls take over 2nd place in NBC

By Carol McIntire


Carrollton senior Maycie Rogers (4) is fouled by Echo Mayer-Kutz (21) as she goes up for a shot during a Jan. 6 game in the CHS gym.

Carrollton took over sole possession of second place in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) Saturday with a 52-37 win over the Salem Quakers.

Both teams previously lost to the West Branch Warriors, who lead the league with a perfect record.

“It was a good win for us,” said Carrollton Coach Craig Rodgers. “We took control early, which is what we wanted to do.”

After Kyla Jamison gave the Quakers a 4-0 lead early in the first quarter, the Warriors tied the game on two free throws by Cailee Husted and a drive inside by Darci Leary.

The teams traded three-point shots by Salem’s Casey Johnson and Mikayla Poole before Husted sank two three-point shots to give the Warriors a lead they never relinquished.

Husted scored eight of her 15 game points in the first quarter and helped give the Warriors a 16-10 lead after one quarter.

Carrollton pulled away in the second quarter on the strength of 10 points from Poole, a field goal by Maysie Rogers and foul shots by Kierra Gubesch and Leary and held a commanding 31-20 lead at intermission. Poole finished the game with 17 points, including four from three-point range.

Farm Bureau sets policies for 2018

Caroll County Farm Bureau representatives attended the Ohio Farm Bureau 99th annual meeting in Columbus in December.
They include: Bernie Heffelbower, county president; Nicki Gordon-Coy, Bill Findlay, Kim Davis, Dan Kirk and Jerry Lahmers, District 13 state trustee.

Delegates at the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) 99th annual meeting held Dec. 6-8 in the Columbus Convention Center set the organizations priorities for 2018.

Along with Carroll County Farm Bureau President Bernie Heffelbower, Nicki Gordon-Coy, Bill Findlay, Kim Davis and Dan Kirk represented the county at the event with more than 600 members and guests in attendance.

The priorities approved by the 358 delegates who represented all county Farm Bureaus include: Helping beginning farmers get a start, protecting landowners’ rights and coping with rural drug problems.

The OFBF is the state’s largest and most influential farm and food organization that establishes its policy on important state and federal issues, elects leaders and recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and the organization.

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