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Regional bound!

Members of the Carrollton girls softball team display the championship plaque they received after defeating West Holmes and clinching the district championship last week.
By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Brenna Campbell watches as the ball sails toward the fence in centerfield before she leaves home plate to run the bases on a three-run home run against West Holmes in the district title game last week.

Brenna Campbell watches as the ball sails toward the fence in centerfield before she leaves home plate to run the bases on a three-run home run against West Holmes in the district title game last week.

Members of the Carrollton girls softball team display the championship plaque they received after defeating West Holmes and clinching the district championship last week.

Members of the Carrollton girls softball team display the championship plaque they received after defeating West Holmes and clinching the district championship last week.

STRASBURG -Carrollton’s girls softball team is making an appearance in the Division II regional tournament this week – the first time since 1994.

The Warriors earned the berth in the regional semi finals against Zanesville Maysville this Wednesday at Pickerington by defeating West Holmes 11-6 in the district title game at Strasburg May 18.

Against the Lady Knights, the Warriors built up an early lead and held off a West Holmes rally to secure the win.

Carrollton put two runs on the board in the top of the first inning with the help of two West Holmes errors and a hit off the bat of Shelbee Stidom.

The Warriors plated nine runs in the third inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by Brenna Campbell.

Zoe Drake hit a single and Shelbee Stidom drew a walk. Campbell attempted a bunt for her first strike. There was no mistake about her second swing as it connected with the pitch from Olivia Ferguson and sailed over the fence in center field to increase the Carrollton lead to 5-0.

Following a pitching change, Kendal McFarland was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a bunt by Courtney Shine. Kira Anderson was safe at first on a bunt single to load the bases.

Not Guilty of Murder

Kenneth Blancard (left) smiles at his attorney, Jeff Jakmides, before leaving the courtroom Monday.
By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Kenneth Blancard (left) smiles at his attorney, Jeff Jakmides, before leaving the courtroom Monday.

Kenneth Blancard (left) smiles at his attorney, Jeff Jakmides, before leaving the courtroom Monday.

CARROLLTON – As Judge Dominick E. Olivito Jr. read the verdict in the Kenneth Blanchard murder trial, Blanchard showed no emotion as he sat at the defense table, his hands folded. Michael Fairchild’s mother sobbed as she sat in the gallery.

Blanchard was found not guilty of murdering Fairchild Aug. 31, 2016, at a mobile home in Minerva by a jury of eight women and four men, who deliberated for about 10 hours. They received the case last Friday morning at the conclusion of closing arguments, about 10:30 a.m. They sent a note to Judge Olivito at 4:18 p.m. asking for deliberations to be recessed until Monday “due to juror No. 11 having to prepare for and attend a graduation party.” The request was granted.

Deliberations resumed Monday morning at 9:03 a.m. and concluded when the verdict was reached early in the afternoon.

“I never thought for a minute he’d be found guilty,” said Defense Attorney Jeff Jakmides. I thought he was innocent from day one. I don’t know if the jury felt it was self-defense or if they didn’t think the prosecution didn’t prove he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I told the jurors in closing arguments they didn’t have to agree on why he was not guilty, just that he was not guilty.”

Run to Columbus underway

The Carrollton Boys 4x8 relay team finished first and qualified for the Regional meet at Athens this week. Members are shown above with Coach Mike Aukerman. From left are: Aukerman, Quinton Huggett, Cole Lovett, Dan Lampe and Preston Berry.
By Bob Evans
FPS Correpondent 

 

The Carrollton Boys 4x8 relay team finished first and qualified for the Regional meet at Athens this week. Members are shown above with Coach Mike Aukerman. From left are: Aukerman, Quinton Huggett, Cole Lovett, Dan Lampe and Preston Berry.

The Carrollton Boys 4×8 relay team finished first and qualified for the Regional meet at Athens this week. Members are shown above with Coach Mike Aukerman. From left are: Aukerman, Quinton Huggett, Cole Lovett, Dan Lampe and Preston Berry.

MILLERSBURG – The Carrollton boys and girls track teams began their run to Columbus last Thursday and Saturday at the Division II District Track and Field championships at West Holmes High School.

The Lady Warriors defended their district championship, finishing with 127 points and will send nine athletes in ten events to the regional meet this weekend at The Plains in Athens.

The boys finished a solid third with 94 points and will have 10 representatives taking part in six events.

The top four placers in each event move on to Athens.

On the girl’s side, sophomore Micah Donley recorded four first place finishes.

Donley won the 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints with times of 12.72, 25.48 and 57.36 and was a member of the winning 3,200-meter relay team of senior Maddie Dunlap, junior Grace Bartlow and sophomore Allison Davis with a time of 9:49.36.

Dunlap was also the winner of the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs with times of 5:06.14 and 10:54.22.

New school groundbreaking

Elementary students who earned the opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking for the new school during the groundbreaking event May 18 are shown above digging the first shovels of dirt. 
Shown above from left are:  Demi Leary, Benjamin Hamilton, Dillon Hall, Kasee Gallo, Bryce Hartong, Abigail Zeedyk, Kolton Barker, Evan Brace, Kaden Hamilton, Connor Lowdermilk, Gavin Sanders and Dr. David Quattrochi, superintendent of Carrollton Schools.
By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent

 

Elementary students who earned the opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking for the new school during the groundbreaking event May 18 are shown above digging the first shovels of dirt.  Shown above from left are:  Demi Leary, Benjamin Hamilton, Dillon Hall, Kasee Gallo, Bryce Hartong, Abigail Zeedyk, Kolton Barker, Evan Brace, Kaden Hamilton, Connor Lowdermilk, Gavin Sanders and Dr. David Quattrochi, superintendent of Carrollton Schools.

Elementary students who earned the opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking for the new school during the groundbreaking event May 18 are shown above digging the first shovels of dirt.
Shown above from left are: Demi Leary, Benjamin Hamilton, Dillon Hall, Kasee Gallo, Bryce Hartong, Abigail Zeedyk, Kolton Barker, Evan Brace, Kaden Hamilton, Connor Lowdermilk, Gavin Sanders and Dr. David Quattrochi, superintendent of Carrollton Schools.

CARROLLTON – A beautiful blue sky, 80-degree temperatures and a cool breeze set the backdrop for the ground breaking ceremony to begin the construction of a new school for Carrollton Exempted Village School District.

Dr. David Quattrochi, school superintendent, welcomed board members, staff, students, county commissioners and representatives from Carroll County Energy.

Quattrochi said he was very discouraged when he first came to the district and was told “you’ll never pass a levy to get a new school.”

“And then two years ago, a miracle from Boston showed up at my door step,” said Quattrochi.

Sixty-one percent of the $38 million building project is being provided by Carroll County Energy, the miracle from Boston, which will be paid to the district at $1.3 million for 30 years.

County Commissioner President Jeff Ohler said he remembers the first time he, Quattrochi, and a few others met with Jonathan Winslow from Advanced Power. Ohler said he thought that Quattrochi might lead up to asking for help with the school but was shocked when Winslow asked Quattrochi what his company could do to help, what did they need? Quattrochi answered by saying, a new school. Ohler said Winslow was surprised but then it all worked out.

Prosecution, defense rest cases in Blanchard murder trial

By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Prosecutors Steven Barnett (right) and Paul Scarella review case materials as the defendant, Kenneth Blancard, sits at the defense table during Blanchard's murder trial May 18,

Prosecutors Steven Barnett (right) and Paul Scarella review case materials as the defendant, Kenneth Blancard, sits at the defense table during Blanchard’s murder trial May 18,

The prosecution and defense both rested their cases in the Kenneth E Blanchard murder trail Thursday.

Common Pleas Court Judge Dominick E Olivito, Jr. released the jury for the day just before 2 p.m., saying closing arguments and instructions to the jury would begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Judge Olivito denied a motion for judgment of acquittal under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29 immediately after the prosecution rested its case, just after 10:30 a.m.

Defense Attorney Jeff Jakmides asked for a direct judgment (acquittal) saying, “The state did not prove that Mr. Blanchard intended to cause the death of the decedent (Michael Fairchild).”

“I believe the evidence shows use of a deadly weapon, so there was intent to kill,” said Olivito.

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