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Childhood dream becomes reality for Doug Ash

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Doug Ash is carving a model of Shasta, a Golden Retriever from Golden Acres, nursing 10 puppies. The finished carving will go to Shasta’s owner, Mary Ann Smith.

PERRYSVILLE – A school field trip left a lasting impression on a young boy who, years later, is embarking on a new career.

Doug Ash of Perrysville has been drawing since he could hold a pencil in his hand. In second grade, his class toured the Warther Museum in Dover. Ernest “Mooney” Warther’s carvings made such an impression, Ash said, “From then I wanted to be a wood carver. They would give out one small pair of carved pliers to a lucky child in the class. I didn’t get them.”

Ash feels he has taken steps in his life that have led him to opening a wood carving business. He does not have an official name yet, but he is in the process of establishing the business side. Often times, his creations can be seen in his yard located at 7037 Scio Rd. near Perrysville.

Ash began whittling wood and took art class in high school, graduating from Carrollton in 2000. After high school, he held some miscellaneous jobs before coming back to his artistic talent. He became a tattoo artist and, with his fiancé, Erica Burrier, opened a shop in Minerva.

While in Minerva, he met Joel Bowman who owns Bowman Tree Service. Bowman now supplies the pine logs Ash uses for carving.

Warrior girls qualify for regional meet in nine events

The Warriors 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams, comprised of (from left) Micah Donley, Jillian Rinkes, Cindy Lewis and Bri Burkhart, set two new meet records.

MARIETTA – The Carrollton girls track team found success at the Division I district meet last week at Marietta.

Competing for the first time in several years at the Division I level, the Warriors advanced three relay teams and six individuals to the regional meet this week at Pickerington North High School. The girls will compete this Wednesday and Friday.

The Warriors set three district and two school records at Marietta.

The 4×200 and 4×100 relay teams, comprised of Bri Burkhart, Jilliam Rinkes, Cindy Lewis and Micah Donley both set new records. The 4×2 time of 1:44.60 beat the previous district record of 1:47.99 set in 2016. The 4×1 time of 50.72 beat the old record of 51.01 set in 2013. Both marks were also new school records.

4×100 relay team leads Warrior boys regional qualifiers

The Warriors 4×100 relay team, comprised of (from left) Jose Diaz, Bryce Carte, Chase Flanagan and Calob Dalton, won the district title.

WEST HOLMES – Ten Carrollton boys who comprise three relay teams and five individuals are heading to the Division II regional track meet this week at Muskingum College.

The Warriors 4×1 relay team continued its dominance of the event one week after winning the Northeastern Buckeye Conference title with a district win. The team of Jose Diaz, Bryce Carte, Chase Flanagan and Calob Dalton turned in a winning time of 44:05.

Three of the team members earned All-Ohio status by placing sixth in the state last year. Carte is the new addition to the team. He replaced Brenton Miller, who graduated last year, on the team this year.

“The guys have a clear goal of climbing on the podium again June 2 (state meet) and this weekend was the first step to realizing that goal,” said Coach Mike Aukerman. “Our hand offs were much better and everyone did their job. Dalton had an incredible finish, leaning to the line and going head over heels to make sure we won. That kind of effort and competitiveness embodies the mindset of every guy on that relay.”

WWII veteran poised to receive high school diploma with class of 2018

By Carol McIntire


At age 92, Roy Gallatin is scheduled to receive his high school diploma from Carrollton High School Friday during commencement exercises.

When the 2018 graduating class of Carrollton High School walks across the stage May 25 to receive their diplomas they will be joined by a special guest – 92-year-old Roy Gallatin – who will also receive his diploma.

Gallatin’s story is one of bravery, survival, success and happiness.

After leaving school, he served in the military, married his sweetheart, obtained employment at a power plant in Minerva that led to a long career as an operating engineer, raised a family and served his community.

Gallatin, now a Lordstown resident, was born on a farm near Carrollton and attended Carrollton Schools through his junior year in high school. Following his junior year, at the age of 17, he quit school to get a job and help his family.

“We needed all the money we could get to help keep us alive,” he recalled during an interview last week at the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, just after he learned he would receive his diploma. “I worked at Isaly’s, where I was an assistant manager, and also worked at the bowling alley.”

On August 13, 1943, just two days before his 18th birthday, Gallatin joined the U.S. Marines Corps. Like many others, he wanted to do his part for his country.

He completed basic training at Paris Island, NC, as a private first class, which afforded him the opportunity to choose where he went next. His selection was sea school in San Diego, CA. He didn’t realize it then, but training he would receive in sea school would save his life just over a year later.

Gregg student earns top prize in state art contest

Fatima Smuck (left) presents a certicate to Madison Summerville, who won a statewide art contest.

John Gregg Elementary fifth-grader Madison Summerville is gaining some recognition for her artistic skills after winning a state contest.

Summerville, the daughter of Matt and Chris Summerville of Richmond, was one of five students selected for the Ohio Department of Education’s “My Favorite Breakfast” artwork contest in March.

Students across the state were asked to design a poster commemorating National School Breakfast Week and the most important meal of the day and Summerville joined other winners selected from Woodland Elementary in the Lakota Local School District; Minford Middle School in Minford Local School District; General Johnnie Wilson Middle School in the Lorain City School District, and Fairfield Local Middle School in the Fairfield Local School District.

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