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Canton Rd. booming with construction activity

By Carol McIntire


Traffic has been restricted and delayed along Canton Rd. at the north end of the village of Carrollton as construction is underway on an existing business as well as a new business.

CARROLLTON – Motorists driving on Canton Rd. at the north end of the village of Carrollton may experience delays as construction progresses on renovations to an existing business and a new business.

The Speedway North gas station/convenience store is undergoing a renovation that is nearing completion.

John Saranzak, project manager, said the renovation includes adding a separate island for diesel trucks and driveway that wraps around the back of the building. Large trucks will now enter at an entrance near the Pizza Hut restaurant.

Garden Club bringing floral aspect to art displays

Suburban Garden Club members Liz Sweeney (left) and Linda Shotwell stand by a watercolor painting on display at the Carroll County Arts Center and a floral display interpretation. More paintings and floral interpretations will be on display in the Arts Center during the Flower Show Aug. 17-19.

Two area non-profits have joined forces to bring “Posies and Paintings,” a flower and art show to the public.

The Suburban Garden Club is working in conjunction with the Carroll County Arts on the community outreach project. For the show, garden club members will choose a painting and make a floral interpretation to be placed nearby. The display will be held Aug. 17-19 in the Carroll County Arts Center in Carrollton.

The Suburban Garden Club does several other community outreach projects annually. They plant and tend flowerbeds at the Carrollton Safety Building, Kiddie Land Park and on S. Lisbon St. beside the McCook House Civil War Museum.

Club members send birthday cards and flowers to residents at the Carroll Golden Age Retreat on Kensington Rd. The club donated bouquets for the Carroll County Fair Royalty and Carrollton High School Homecoming Queen.

They make and decorate a themed tree for the McCook House Christmas Open House, hang holiday wreaths on village street sign posts and donate to Community Christmas and Coats for Kids.

The Suburban Garden Club was instrumental in placing and landscaping a Blue Star Memorial marker honoring members of the Armed Forces who have served, are serving or will serve. The Blue Star marker is located at the south end of Public Square and is part of a national project of garden clubs across the United States.

Free lending library added to Mechanicstown park

Marty Jones (left) shows Jim Means the notebook in the Little Free Library for comments regarding the library box.

MECHANICSTOWN – A Little Free Library has found a home in Mechanicstown.

The small, front-yard book exchange libraries number 36,000 around the world in 70 countries – from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan and are a global phenomenon. Now a new Little Free Library at the park in Mechanicstown has joined the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers.

Earlier in the summer, Marty Jones approached The Great Divide Ruritan Club of Mechanicstown about starting a Little Free Library in the corner park the Ruritans maintain.

Shop tax-free this weekend!

The Ohio Sales Tax Holiday is back for 2017 and will be held Aug. 4-6.

All shoes and clothing priced less than $75 will be exempt from state and local sales and use taxes during the period. School supplies and instructional materials pricedat $20 or less will also be tax exempt. On-line vendors will also waive local and state taxes during the three-day tax holiday.

Ohio’s Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled to provide optimal savings for parents, families and educators. Ohio Senator Jay Hottinger (Republican 31st District), who co-sponsored the legislation, said the event is designed to “ease the burden for families and ensure students have the items necessary to succeed in the classroom.”

Two years ago, the Tax Free Holiday was enacted as a pilot project to see how Ohio would respond. “That was a success,” Hottinger said, “ as Ohioans saved millions of dollars and retailers saw a significant boost in sales. We renewed that program in 2016 and Ohio families were once again able to save money while buying necessities.”

For additional information on which items qualify for savings, visit the Ohio Department of Taxation’s web site at

Preparations underway for 2017 CHS football season under new head coach

By Carol McIntire


CARROLLTON – Practice for the 2017 football season is officially underway.

Under Ohio High School Athletic Association guidelines, summer conditioning and 10 days of coaching concluded last week and the Warriors hit the field early Monday morning for their first official practice.

Coach Phil Mauro said 63 athletes turned out early Monday morning, including 21 freshmen.

“We will have a separate freshmen team that will play a separate schedule,” he said at the conclusion of the second of the two-a-day practice sessions. “We also have good numbers on the 8th grade level.”

The varsity team will be led by 14 seniors with a mix of sophomores and juniors rounding out the squad.

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