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New brewery opens in Minerva

By Leigh Ann Rutledge

Accent Editor

Andy and Amanda Conrad stand in front of the fermenting tanks in Sandy Springs Brewing Company in Minerva.

MINERVA – An interest in home brewing beer led a Minerva couple to build their own brewery.

Andy and Amanda Conrad opened Sandy Springs Brewing Company, located at 232 N. Market St., Minerva, Nov. 4. Beginning the end of December, they expanded their hours on Fridays to open for lunch. The menu includes a selection of appetizers, flatbreads and sandwiches. Non-alcoholic beverages, such as coffee, flavored sodas and craft root beer is available along with Strongbow Gold Apple Cider, for those with a gluten allergy.

Big screen televisions line the walls and various forms of entertainment are offered.


The couple, graduates of Minerva High School, watched a pharmacology professor brew beer and, liking different kinds of beer, began home brewing and creating recipes during college.

Andy and Amanda received college degrees in Physical Therapy and headed west to work. As traveling therapists, they saw a lot of small craft breweries. They spent three years out west tasting a variety of beers, learning different brewing techniques and experiencing the atmosphere of each brewery.

Frigid temperatures hamper efforts to battle New Year’s Day garage fire

By Carol McIntire

Firefighters from several departments assisted Loudon Twp.firefighters at the scene of a garage fire Jan. 1 on Troy Rd.

KILGORE – Frigid temperatures hampered firefighters’ efforts to battle a garage fire at 7030 Troy Rd. SW, Carrollton, on the first day of 2018.

Loudon Twp. Fire Chief John Beckley said his department was called to the scene at 12:47 p.m. for a garage fire at the John Tiziani residence.

“When we arrived the fire was burning pretty good,” Beckley said. “The back wall of the garage had burnt through already.”

Efforts to fight the blaze were hampered by near zero temperatures, which caused the lines on fire trucks to freeze.

Buckeye students continue sharing tradition

Buckeye Career Center teacher Matt McGraw’s Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration class won a contest at the school to see who could collect the most canned food items. Students are shown above with the 1,300 items they collected.

NEW PHILADELPHIA – The Christmas season is a time for giving and Buckeye Career Center (BCC) students and staff are helping in multiple ways.

SkillsUSA, one of BCC’s career technical student organizations, recently held a canned food drive to benefit Share-A-Christmas, collecting 3,493 items. The collection was a contest among all high school labs, with Matt McGraw’s Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration lab coming out on top with a donation of 1,300 items. The class will receive a pizza party for the effort.

Buckeye students delivered donations to Share-A-Christmas volunteers Dec. 12 and will return later to help distribute donations to needy families. Cosmetology senior and SkillsUSA Secretary Carlie Cardani (Indian Valley) was one of the students who helped unload the donations at Tuscora Park. Cardani believes the effort was worthwhile for herself and her classmates. “I know I can come home and I have food. Some people don’t have that. As a school, community and club, we are helping people who aren’t as fortunate,” said Cardani. Cardani alone contributed 350 food items. Also donating to the cause was BCC Leadership Council. Members held a “hat day” this fall and collected $250 to donate.

Another career technical organization within Buckeye currently working on a service project, is FCCLA or (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America). The group held a donation drive to fill backpacks for needy children entering foster care in Tuscarawas County. The bags will be filled with school supplies, games, pajamas and other items donated by Buckeye students and staff. Approximately 30 backpacks will be distributed in January.

Five consecutive pins lift Warriors to 47-21 victory

By Carol McIntire


Warrior Alex Carrothers (stripes) earned back points for this hold on Josh Aebi-Manion in the 182 lb. class last week in a match against Marlington. Carrothers went on to post an 11-1 major decision.

Marlington put points on the board in the first three weight classes and built a 15-0 lead last Thursday at Carrollton. The Warriors took it from there and rolled to a 47-21 win.

It was the second Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) victory of the season for Carrollton, versus the second loss for Marlington.

Marius Brown put the Dukes on the board in the 106 lb. match when he pinned Carrollton sophomore Jayden Zbuca in 4:11. They added another six points at 113 lbs. when Brenden Hamilton won by forfeit. Marson McCarty gave the Dukes a 15-0 lead with an 11-7 decision over Carrollton sophomore Nathan Blake.

The Warriors took over from there and dominated the remainder of the way, winning the next five matches by pin.

Historic barn to come down – piece by piece

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


A barn built on school board property in the 1800s will be distmantled and moved in January. The barn was sold in November at a public auction.

The old barn on Carrollton’s Exempted Village School District property on SR 332 will soon be just a memory.

The barn built in the 1870’s will be dismantled piece by piece and removed by ECO Deconstruction of Robertsville about the second week of January.  The project is expected to be completed in 10 to 14 days.

The barn was sold at public auction Nov. 18 by Newell Realty and Auctions. Twenty-five bidders showed up that day, but only one bid – ECO Deconstruction at $2,000.

ECO Deconstruction Owner Jeff Albert told Director of Programs Ed Robinson every piece from the old barn will be re-purposed, redesigned, and given new life.  Much of the old barn wood he purchases is used for flooring.

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