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Carrollton youth invited to represent Tuscarawas County at All-American Soap Box Derby

Nate Stoffer prepares to leave the starting line at the Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby in a Carrollton Schools car sponsored by EMT Ambulance. Stoffer placed third in the Stock Division at the Akron Gravity Challenge in May

CARROLLTON – The Carrollton Soap Box Derby Club, an after-school STEM event based at the POWER Training Center of Carrollton Schools, recently completed their third season, which was very successful. Members competed in the Gravity Racing Challenge at Derby Downs in Akron May 20 and  at Sugarcreek June 24 in the  63rd  annual Tuscarawas County Soap Box Derby.

At the Tuscarawas County event, held at Sugarcreek, Cauy Brammer, a seventh grader and Derby Club alumni, was invited to represent Tuscarawas County in the Master’s Division of the race. In his maiden appearance, he finished in first place and was invited to compete in the All American Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs in Akron later this summer.

More than 30 drivers raced down Main Street in Sugarcreek during the event. Carrollton was represented by Nate Stoffer, whose car was sponsored by Carrollton EMT. Nate finished in the top eight overall.

Rotary Club, football players brighten up Public Square

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


Carrollton Football Coach Philip G. Mauro (left) received assistance from Tavis Rutledge, and Brendon Prince painting a picnic table on Public Square as other football players and members of the Carrollton Rotary Club paint tables and the gazebo.

CARROLLTON – As you drive around Public Square in downtown Carrollton, you can’t help but notice the fresh paint on the gazebo, picnic tables and benches.

The new coat of paint came last month, thanks to a community service project by members of the Rotary Club and the Carrollton High School football team.

Rotarians and football players gathered early and were ready to work.

They scraped, cleaned and sanded the surfaces and applied a fresh coat of paint on the community items while dodging a few rain drops that fell during the morning.

Rotary Club members Jeff Ohler, Jeff Yeager, Alan Miller, Dr. David Quattrochi and Rick Carlton joined the boys and got the project done.

“The Carrollton Rotarians are grateful to have our high school football team be part of the beautification project of the square. Great things happen when civic organizations and the school district work together,” said Quattrochi, Rotary president and superintendent of Carrollton Schools.

“We like doing projects that will help out the community. That’s part of our motto. We painted the gazebo a few years ago but it needed an upgrade. We still have some to finish up but it’s nice when we can work with the schools to help the community. It was a fun day,” said Ohler.

New Carrollton head football coach Philip Mauro brought about a dozen football players with him for the work detail.

Ace Hardware and Sherwin Williams donated paint and supplies.



Classic car comes back to life

Students gathered around the finished project at Buckeye Career Center. From left are: Owner Tweed Vorhees, Anthony Harbold (New Phila), Beau McNutt (Carrollton), Zac Nedrow (Dover), Zach Roberts (Carrollton), Sam Natcher (Carrollton), Damien Shoup (New Phila), Jason Darby (Tusky Valley), and Instructor Jeff Newsome.

NEW PHILADELPHIA – Carrollton students attending Buckeye Career Center (BCC) were instrumental in making a Dover man’s dream come true.

Dover resident Tweed Vorhees had a vision when he dropped off his 1968 Oldsmobile F85 Ramrod at BCC three years ago. That vision has come to life.

Students enrolled in BCC’s Auto Collision Repair program completed the project last week. “We fabricated, completed body work and painted it. This year we did a lot of the painting and polishing process in class,” said Auto Collision Repair Instructor Jeff Newsome.

According to Vorhees, the vehicle raced in the 1968 NHRA Spring Nationals and was the first modern-day Oldsmobile to win a national meet. The car, raced by Vorhees’ teammate was wrecked, rebuilt and sat in storage since 1987. “It was mostly disassembled but in good shape when I found it five years ago,” said Vorhees. He brought the car to Buckeye because of previous auto work completed by Newsome. “He had done some work on other cars for me and we thought it would be a good project. It’s great because it is entirely a student project,” said Vorhees.

Vorhees still plans to have the vehicle lettered to match the original lettering work completed by his father.

He wants to have the car back to its original condition by November 2017.

14-year-old finds success in oval track kart racing

By Bailey McKarns
FPS Correspondent


Talen Timberlake stands beside the kart he races on weekends at area tracks. The trophies he won for placing third and second in his division the past two years are displayed at left.

For two years now, racing go-karts has been 14-year-old Talen Timberlake’s passion.

The son of Tim and Mikki Timberlake of Carrollton started racing in the summer of 2015 after visiting a go-kart show at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia with his dad. After taking in all the karts at the show, Talen decided it would be an enjoyable hobby to do in his free time.

Talen learned to drive by going out to the tracks with his dad, Tim, and practicing when there weren’t races going on. Shortly after starting, Talen earned the Junior third place champion in 2015 and the Junior runner-up in 2016. He has his sights on winning first place this year.

Racing classes are divided by age, meter and the type of kart. Talen races in the Junior Champion class. He competes every other Saturday at the I70-I77 Speedway track and every other Sunday at the Midvale race track.

Before each competition, Talen and his dad work on the karts together, making sure that they are sound and ready for the track. Talen then must clean the karts and load them into the trailer. Once at the track, his job is to unload the karts, make sure they are fueled up, and get them ready to race. Talen races two types of karts, one with an Animal racing engine and the other with a FlatHead racing engine. He races on an asphalt oval track that is 3/10 of a mile long.

“My favorite thing about racing is meeting a lot of new people and being able to compete with them.” He plans on karting until he can race cars in the next few years.

Talen will be a freshman at Carrollton High School this fall.



Local man pens book of lessons learned

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor


Jim Painting holds his book “My Bumpy Journey on the Road to Find God!.”He is holding a book signing July 8 in the Ashton House Museum.

CARROLLTON – Like most children, Jim Painting was curious as a child. He is now telling on himself.

Painting, of Carrollton, has written a book of these adventures titled, “My Bumpy Journey on the Road to Find God! (Recollections of a Wayward Pipsqueak)”. The book has many humorous stories and each chapter ends with a spiritual message.

He is holding a book signing July 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ashton House Museum, 120 Third St. NW, Carrollton. Books will be available to purchase. Cost is $20.

Painting grew up in Olmstead Falls in an area similar to Carrollton. He was always outside in the woods or fields.

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