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Caring Hands formed to lend a helping hand

By Carol McIntire


Carroll County Caring Hands Board Member Carol McIntire (left) accepts the organization’s first funds from Abigail Matoszkia. Matoszkia made Christmas ornaments and two pictures, which she sold, and donated the proceeds to the organization.

Carroll County residents in need of a helping hand have somewhere to turn, thanks to a new local, non-profit agency.

Carroll County Caring Hands (CCCH) was formed just over a year ago and obtained non-profit status with the state of Ohio in July.

A group of seasoned fundraisers saw a need in the county for this type of service and acted upon it.

“We volunteered our time for a national non-profit organization for many years,” said CCCH President Melanie Campbell. “We raised a lot of money that was sent out of the county with only a very small percentage returned to help our local residents through the programs they offered. There was a void. We had local residents who needed help and couldn’t get it. It was frustrating. We got together and decided to do something about it. That’s how Caring Hands was born.”

The group’s first donation came from Abigail Matoszkia in a small tie-string bag. Her $20 donation came from money she raised making Christmas ornaments and a couple pictures and selling them.

“Our goal from the start was to raise funds locally and then keep them local for disbursement, to families who need a helping hand,” said Debbie Herrington, a board member.

All good things come to an end, but the memories last forever

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


When rock band Motley Crue announced their final tour they said, “All bad things must come to an end.”

When Chris Jones, Coley’s Reunion committee member, announced the final Coley’s Stag Reunion, he stated, “All good things must come to an end.”

Like Crue fans, Coley’s patrons, friends and family members will have a final blow-out, complete with t-shirts, and a chance to look back on 20 years of reunions.

Those attending the Nov. 24 reunion will share, not only reunion memories but, memories from the original establishment which was called, “An Institution of Higher Learning.”

Warrior football team sits down at banquet table

By Carol McIntire


Football players who received special awards during the annual banquet are shown above. From left are: Parker Crim, Jose Diaz, Kyle Amstutz and Chase Flanagan. Tavis Rutledge was absent when the photo was taken.

Coach Phil Mauro thanked members of the Carrollton Warriors football team for their perseverance and inner strength during the 2017 campaign.

“Because of those two qualities and your determination never to quit, we finished the season on a 2-0 winning streak. We were the only team in the NBC (Northeastern Buckeye Conference) to do that,” Mauro told his team, families and friends gathered in Bell-Herron Middle School Sunday evening for the annual banquet.

Special awards were presented to the following players:

Academic Award: Tavis Rutledge, who Mauro said, “is an example of what we want in the classroom.”

Warrior Award: Kyle Amstutz, who Mauro said, “is the best example of the concept of team. His role changed from week to week and he didn’t challenge his role, he worked with it.”

Iron Warrior Award: Jose Diaz. The award coordinated with summer testing and scoring. Diaz scored 98 out of a possible 100 points.

Favor for family leads to business venture

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Kristen Huffman fills a pan with cake batter as she prepares to fill an order for “Kristen’s Confections”.

CARROLL COUNTY – A favor for a relative resulted in a career for Kristen Huffman.

In May 2015, Huffman’s aunt asked her to make a graduation cake for her preschool class. She decided on a three-layer cake with a nursery rhyme theme featuring Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffett and Hey Diddle Diddle. Each layer was a different color and at the top sat Humpty Dumpty on his wall. Little did Huffman know, that was the beginning of Kristen’s Confections.

Huffman has been working out of her home and recently purchased a home in Hanoverton. She has also been working on remodeling a building in Minerva where she will open a bakery.

Huffman comes from a large family who cooks and bakes, but no one specifically made cakes. After creating the preschool graduation cake, Huffman began searching for cake recipes to try. Finding a chocolate recipe was easy, she admitted. But she had to try several before she found a vanilla recipe she liked. She bakes from scratch and tries to buy ingredients locally, such as butter and eggs.

Having no formal training, Huffman watched videos, researched and practiced. She makes a variety of flavors of cakes for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings or family gatherings.

Judge urges civilians to fulfill their obligations to veterans

By Carol McIntire


John Lucas (left), a Korean War veteran, and Carl Miller, a World War II veteran, placed the wreath at the Veterans Memorial in Westview Cemetery Saturday with assistance from a member of Save 22 and Debbie Newbold (far right).

CARROLLTON – Dominick E. Olivito Jr. spoke of the commitment veterans and soldiers make to the United States through the words of former presidents during the annual Veterans Day observance in Carrollton.

Olivito, Carroll County Common Pleas Court judge, shared President Lincoln’s words who said the debt owed veterans could never be repaid.

He used the words of George Washington, who sent a letter to the governors of the 13 colonies in 1783 urging them to care for soldiers returning from war.

“They (the soldiers) purchased liberty with the price of their blood,” he said.

“In the words of Washington, we share the commitment to men and women who serve and we must carry that commitment forward,” Olivito said. “Your presence here today echoes those words.”

He ask guest to fast forward to President Eisenhower, who said the country’s commitment to veterans has never waivered and shall never waiver.

The judge said in the world today, he does not feel civilians have shared the burden with soldiers and have not fulfilled their responsibility.

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