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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.

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.”

Romeo, Days crowned fair king, queen

By Carol McIntire


Members of the 2017 Carroll County Fair Royalty Court are shown above. Seated from left are: King Jacob Romeo and Queen Eliza Days. Standing from left are King Second Runner-Up Spencer Varney, Prince Austin Lozier, King first runner-up Dakota Walters, Queen First Runner-up Bailey McKarns, Queen Second Runner-up Sadie Romeo, Princess Runner-up Monica Lozier and Princess Lucy Pridemore.

An aspiring actor and a college student were crowned Carroll County Fair king and queen during a ceremony Tuesday, the opening day of the 167th annual expo.

Jacob Romeo, who was runner-up to the fair king last year, was crowned king and Eliza Days, a student at the University of Mount Union, was crowned queen.

Romeo, 17, is the son of Roger and Allison Romeo of Bowerston. He is a seven-year 4-H honor member, and has served as president of the Teen Leaders, treasurer of the Sharp Shooters and A-Z clubs, and vice president of Skills USA at Buckeye Career Center. He is a four-time 4-H State Fair participant, shows lambs and chickens and completes still projects through the 4-H program. He has been named to the 4-H Outstanding Court twice.

He attends Kent State University at Tuscarawas and Carrollton High School. He will be a senior this fall and plans to graduate from college with a degree in theater and become an actor.

Days, 19, is the daughter of Rodney and Connie Days of Carrollton. She is a graduate of Carrollton High School and will be a sophomore at the University of Mount Union this fall where she is majoring in Human Resource Management and Marketing with a minor in Business Administration.

At CHS, she was active in student council, FFA and sports. During her 4-H career, she has shown dairy heifers and cows, market hogs, carcass hogs, market chickens and a pet rabbit. She also participated in the diary products programs.

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.

Matt Fockler named principal at Buckeye Career Center

Buckeye Career Center (BCC) has a new principal for the 2017-2018 school year.

The board of education recently hired Matt Fockler to fill the position vacated by former Principal Jay Davis at the end of the 2016-2017 school year.

Fockler comes to Buckeye after serving as the Newcomerstown High School principal for the past four years. He also previously served as assistant principal and principal at Dover Middle School.

“I’ve seen many students benefit from Buckeye Career Center and have had outstanding relationships with the staff here and I’m very excited to be a part of that,” said Fockler.

In outlining his top priorities, Fockler wants to keep students at the top of his list.

“My goal is to put students in the best position they can be to be successful and meet the challenges that are in the workforce.”

Fockler began his duties this month. He and his family reside in Dover.



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