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New owners take over 82-year-old livestock auction

Larry Nisly, manager of Carrollton Livestock Auction, sells round bales of hay during a recent Monday auction.
By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Larry Nisly, manager of Carrollton Livestock Auction, sells round bales of hay during a recent Monday auction.

Larry Nisly, manager of Carrollton Livestock Auction, sells round bales of hay during a recent Monday auction.

Carrollton – Since the early 1930s, the Carrollton Livestock Auction has been a hub of activity on Monday.

The business was established at its present location, 1011 N. Lisbon St. in 1935 by Curt Shreve and his son, Glenn. For a couple years prior to that, the auction was held in a barn across the street at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

In 1946, Glenn Bircher joined his brother-in-law (Glenn Shreve) in the management of the business. In 1971, he acquired sole ownership of the business. In 1988, Jack Bircher purchased the family business and operated it until 1992 when it was sold to the Raymond Piergallini family from near Smithfield.

In August 2005, the longtime business changed owners. Wayne Falb, an auctioneer and cattleman, purchased the business and operated it until Nov. 6, 2016, when the business and nearly five acres of land were purchased by Eugene Nisly of Missouri.

Eugene’s brother, Larry Nisly of Quaker City (near Barnsville) managers the operation of the business.

Larry is an auctioneer and a cattlemen who has been around sale barns for most of his life.

“I got my first job in a sale barn at Zanesville when I was 16,” he said. “My wife is the cousin of Wayne’s wife, so we knew them and knew he wanted to sell the business. It worked out for all of us.”

Warriors break seven records at NBC meet

Carrollton’s Cole Lovett crosses the finish line first, ahead of Louisville brothers Noah (left) and Nick Chaplick in the 1,600. All three broke the record time, set by Louisville’s Jarrod Williams of 4:20.15 in 2009.
By Bob Evans
FPS Correspondent

 

Maddie Dunlap

Maddie Dunlap

Carrollton’s Cole Lovett crosses the finish line first, ahead of Louisville brothers Noah (left) and Nick Chaplick in the 1,600. All three broke the record time, set by Louisville’s Jarrod Williams of 4:20.15 in 2009.

Carrollton’s Cole Lovett crosses the finish line first, ahead of Louisville brothers Noah (left) and Nick Chaplick in the 1,600. All three broke the record time, set by Louisville’s Jarrod Williams of 4:20.15 in 2009.

SALEM – It was a record setting day for the Carrollton girls track team at last Friday’s Northeastern Buckeye Conference Track and Field Championships on a near perfect day at Rielly Stadium in Salem.

The Lady Warriors set six new NBC records, while placing second to Louisville. The Leopards won the final event of the day – the 4×400 relay – to capture the title 132-129.5 over the Warriors.

The Warriors held a slim 1.5 lead over the Leopards heading into the final event. Carrollton needed to finish second or higher to get the win, while Louisville needed to place first or second.

Louisville won and Carrollton finished in third in the event.

Senior Maddie Dunlap and sophomore Micah Donley each set two individual records and were on the record setting 3,200-meter relay team.

Junior Alivia Bentley set a new mark in the shot put.

Dunlap won the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs with times of 5:02.2 and 11:04.4.

Attorney illness leads to delayed start of Blanchard trial

By Don Rutledge
FPS Associate Editor

 

CARROLLTON -A jury of four men and eight women will decide the fate of a 69-year-old Minerva man who is facing a murder charge.

The 12-member petit jury was impaneled Monday afternoon after State and Defense attorneys examined 51 potential jurors in the murder trial of Kenneth L. Blanchard of 612 N. Market St., Minerva.

Blanchard was indicted Sept. 7, 2016, by a Carroll County grand jury on one count of murder with a gun specification, an unclassified felony, in connection with the shooting death of his daughter’s 35-year-old ex-boyfriend, Michael Fairchild. The shooting occurred at 323 Valley St. in Minerva.

Groundbreaking set for school

An architect’s rendering of the new Carrollton high school/middle school.
An architect’s rendering of the new Carrollton high school/middle school.

An architect’s rendering of the new Carrollton high school/middle school.

CARROLLTON – Groundbreaking is this Thursday for a new Carrollton schools complex – to be paid for with no local tax dollars.

The 6 p.m. public groundbreaking will be held on the north yard and front porch of the Carrollton Exempted Village School District administration office on SR 332, just south of Carrollton.

The program will include a welcome by Ed Robinson, director of Special Programs; the singing of the National Anthem and Carrollton High School Alma Mater led by the CHS Marching band.

Remarks will be given by Carrollton Schools Supt. Dr. David Quattrochi, Carroll County Commissioner Jeff Ohler and a representative from Carroll County Energy.

Kenneth Blanchard (right) sits at the defense table with Attorney Stephen Kandel.
By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Kenneth Blanchard (right) sits at the defense table with Attorney Stephen Kandel.

Kenneth Blanchard (right) sits at the defense table with Attorney Stephen Kandel.

Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Steven Barnett said the murder trial of Kenneth Blanchard is not a case of “who done it by any means because Blanchard admitted he shot a man.”

Defense Attorney Jeff Jakmides said it’s a case of self-defense.

The attorneys made the statements Wednesday morning during opening statements of the Blanchard trial in Carroll County Common Pleas Court. Blanchard is charged with murder in the death of Michael Fairchild Aug. 31, 2016.

Barnett said the evidence will show Blanchard and Fairchild were not strangers. “In fact, Fairchild is the father of the defendant’s grandchild,” he said.

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