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Malvern’s Zoe Moser runs her way to top spot on Division III podium

By Carol McIntire


Zoe Moser earned the Division III state title in the 200-meter dash and placed second in the 100.

COLUMBUS – Malvern crowned its second state track champion in school history during the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Meet in Columbus Saturday.

Zoe Moser, a sophomore, won the Division III 200-meter dash championship at Jesse Owens Stadium with a time of 24.88. She had the fastest qualifying time in the preliminaries at 25.42.

Earlier in the day, Moser finished second in the 100 with a time of 12.14, which was a personal best for her and broke the school record of 12.22, which she set. Last year, Moser finished sixth in the 100.

Moser’s championship was the first for the school since Karen Larke won back-to-back titles in the long jump in 1984 and 1985.

Moser’s teammate, senior Kelsi Hulit, placed second in the discus with a throw of 137’6” and fifth in the shot put with distance of 40’3.25”. As a junior, Hulit placed sixth in the discus and 10th in the shot put.

From flowers to fairies, Becky Day’s gardens offer array of aesthetic beauty

The National Garden Clubs, Inc. is sponsoring National Garden Week June 3-9. The theme is “Help Us Plant America.”

In accordance with the week long celebration, The FPS toured the gardens at the home of Becky Day which were included in the Carroll County Arts “Garden Art Stroll” last August.



By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


ABOVE: Becky Day (left) and her sister, Chris Herd, take a break on a bench in the shade on one of the gardens at Day’s home in Carrollton.

CARROLLTON – To say Becky Day has a green thumb is an understatement.

The flower gardens at her Meadowbrook Rd., Carrollton, home are filled with blooms of vibrant colors, ornamental grasses and hidden surprises.

The gardens are situated on three tiers with walkways and benches located throughout. Taking a tour of the gardens on a hot, sunny day, Becky and her sister, Chris Herd, banter back and forth over who is the most creative of the two.

The sisters grew up on a farm in Hartville. Both worked in the large family garden and Chris also liked to draw and paint. Today their artistic talents meld into creations both inside and outside the home.

Day collected dolls for years before one day switching to fairies. (She likes the magic of them.) Several fairy gardens are hidden among the assortment of perennials in the gardens. Day claims Herd is the creative one, thinking up ideas for the fairy garden designs. Herd, of course, disagrees.

Ten departments battle scrap yard blaze

Firefighters from 10 area departments battled a fire at Countryside Recycling from the front (left picture) and the back (right picture) last Thursday.

CARROLLTON – Black smoke filled the sky and explosions could be heard for miles when a pile of scrap vehicles caught fire at Countryside Recycling Service May 31.

Carrollton Village Fire Department was called to the 1236 Lincoln Ave., Carrollton, business at 2:28 p.m. Fire Chief Shane Thomas said a track-hoe was being used to move scrap vehicles when a gas tank ignited and the fire spread.

Brian Shuman, owner of the business, stated there were no injuries and no damage to any buildings. Cars, semi trailers and school busses were burnt. Tires from the trailers and busses, as well as a few gas tanks, exploded.

“I am still sorting out the mess, salvaging all the copper and aluminum I can,” Shuman explained. “The number of cars destroyed is around 600. We saved another 300 by clearing a fire break before firemen arrived.”

Thomas said nearly 80 firefighters from Carrollton Village, Carroll County, Fox Twp., Loudon Twp., Dellroy, Leesville, Sherrodsville, Augusta, Minerva and Great Trail fire departments worked the fire scene.

Minerva Fire Dept. supplied their Ladder 3 truck because of the height and extent of the flames, Thomas noted.

Graduates encouraged to follow their passion, seize the moment

By Carol McIntire


Carrollton teacher Craig Brooks (left) shares a handshake with graduate Mike Yoder as the class of 2018 marched into Bell-Herron gym Friday evening.

Taylor Fair challenged 2018 Carrollton High School graduates to step outside their comfort zone as they go forward in life and Emmett Davis encouraged them to seize the moment during commencement exercises Friday in the Bell-Herron gymnasium.

Fair, valedictorian, told the 170 graduates there are many new experiences out there waiting for them if they are willing to take the chance.

“This class is full of talent and potential and I can’t wait to see how everyone’s lives have changed when we unite for our class reunions,” she said.

She shared a quote she holds dear: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire,” she said. “As you go through life, follow your passion or find a new one. It might not always be easy, and you might have to go the extra mile, but I know each and every one of you are more than capable. It may seem like hard work, but you will never regret a time when you have stepped up to the challenge, only those that you have shied away from. “

Davis, salutatorian who said he loves movies, told fellow graduates he couldn’t miss an opportunity to mention one during the program.

“Dead Poet Society is about a group of boys inspired by their teacher, John Keating, to pursue their dreams and break free of the expectations and restrictions that are laid upon them.”

Six Warriors qualify for state track meet

Micah Donley will compete in the 200 and 400-meter dashes.

Alivia Bentley will compete in the shot put and discus.

Calob Dalton, who archors the 4×100 relay team, will run in the 200.

Chase Flanagan will compete in the long jump and 4×100 relay.

The Warrior boys 4×100 relay team of Jose Diaz, Bryce Carte, Chase Flanagan and Calob Dalton earned a berth in the state meet this weekend in Columbus.

Six athletes will represent Carrollton at the Ohio High School Athletic Association state track meet this weekend in Columbus.

Micah Donley, Alivia Bentley and Chase Flanagan will each compete in two events. Bryce Carte and Jose Diaz will compete in one event.

Donley and Bentley punched their ticket to the state’s top meet during the Division I girls regional meet at Pickerington North High School last Wednesday and Friday.

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