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Evan Brace wins Ohio motocross class; moves to national series

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Evan Brace jumps a table during a 2017 competition. His efforts earned his the top spot for the year in his class.

CARROLLTON – Evan Brace of Carrollton has his bags packed.

Brace, 11, will be heading to South Carolina to compete in the ATVMX National Championship series. The event is set for March 24 and 25 at South of the Border in Hammer, SC, and will be Brace’s first ride in national competition.

He has competed in the Ohio Motocross Association for the past three years, placing first in his division each year. He was recognized at the association banquet in January at Ashland University.

Evan began riding ATVs when he was four years old. His dad, Beau, a rider, enjoyed it and turns the time into family time. When Evan and Beau attended a race friends were competing in, he was hooked.

“I want to do that,” Evan said.

Wrestlers find success in Columbus

By Carol McIntire


Carrollton junior Brandon Daniels (black) takes down Xavier Torres of Wauseon in the battle for fifth place at the state wrestling tournament. Daniels posted the only point of the match, an escape, to earn a 1-0 decision and the third place spot on the podium.

Carrollton senior Justin Shaw (top) puts pressure on Isaac Yoho of Peninsula Woodridge in the match for third place at the state wrestling tournament. Shaw won by a 9-5 decision.

Carrollton junior Ben Pasiuk (stripes) and Mitch Moore of St. Paris Graham size each other up early in the 145 lb. championship match. Pasiuk lost 3-2 to finish second in the tournament.

COLUMBUS – Ben Pasiuk’s name was printed on the bottom line of the top half of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II 145 lb. state wrestling tournament bracket.

Mitch Moore’s name was printed on the bottom line of the lower bracket.

Fourteen names and 14 matches separated the two on a bracket that filtered down to two lines and then one line that read “First Place” underneath it.

What were the odds of the name on the bottom line of the top half and the name on the bottom line of the lower half appearing in the championship match the final evening of the event?

If you are a betting person, the odds were in your favor. After all, Moore, a senior at St. Paris Graham, was a three-time state champion. Pasiuk, a junior, was a two time state runner-up, finishing second to Moore last year at 132 lbs.

Malvern students celebrate ‘Oklahoma!’ 75th anniversary

MALVERN – Take a trip out west when the Malvern Drama Department presents Oklahoma! March 23 and 24.

Shows begin at 7 p.m. in the Malvern High School cafetorium.

2018 is the 75th anniversary of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s production, which has pleased crowds and shows America’s pioneering spirit just after the turn of the century.

Set in a western Indian territory on the verge of becoming a new state, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful backdrop to the love story between a cowboy, Curley, and Laurey, a fiery farm-girl.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling Julie Fairless at 330-863-1355, ext. 3136 or via email at

Shown above are cast members.

They are (from left): Jake Wise, Maggie Champer, Natalie Cox, Cailin Wade and Ike Moser. Vince Osborn was absent when the photo was taken.

Speedy appointed to health board seat

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


A portion of the crowd gathered in the Senior Friendship Center listens to explanations from county health board officials during the annual Advisory Council meeting.

Carroll County Board of Health officials met with the General Health District Advisory Council, comprised of township trustees, president of county commissioners and mayors of the seven villages in the county.

About 60 people were in attendance including the Board of Health members and health department officials. They are required to meet at least once a year.

Dave Seck, newly-elected Harrison Twp. trustee, was named chairman and Jeff Hawk was chosen as secretary for the advisory council.

There was only one nomination for an open seat on the Board of Health.  Sean Speedy was unanimously selected to fill the position.  The seat was held the past five years by Susan Haas.

Don’t Drown, Turn Around

By Carol McIntire


A car became submerged in water along SR 212 after the driver ignored a High Water sign, drove into flood water and attempted to turn around, once the driver realized the water was too deep to navigate.

Carroll County officials are urging motorists to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” in light of recent incidents involving high water on roadways.

Sherrodsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Inc. members were called to rescue two people who drove around a “high water” sign on Crane Rd. during the most recent flooding, about a week and a half ago.

Bill Booth, Sherrodsville VFD Inc., said three firefighters suited up in water suits and used the department’s 12-foot flat bottom to rescue the pair.

“They walked the boat out into the water and brought the two back to safety in it,” he said. “The water was about waist deep on the firefighters when they got to the truck,” he added.

County Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Cottis said another motorist ignored high water signs on SR 212 between Sherrodsville and Leesville during the same flood.

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