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Offenberger named state DJFS director of the year

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


Kate Offenberger (left), who was recently named Ohio Department of Job and Family Services director of the year, is shown with Commissioners Bob Wirkner, Lewis Mickley and Jeff Ohler, who presented her with a proclamation last week.

Kate Offenberger, director of Carroll County Job and Family Services was recently named Ohio Job and Family Services Directors’ Association 2017 Outstanding Director of the Year.

The announcement was made at the Association’s Recognition Banquet Dec. 15 in Columbus.  The nomination for this award was made by her peers throughout the state and strongly supported by the Association’s Executive Committee.

Offenberger first worked as a student intern at the Stark County Department of Human Services and continued her education and received her degree in social work from the University of Akron.

She came to Carroll County in 1985 as a children services worker, social services supervisor, and assistant director.  She became director of Carroll County Job and Family Services in 2002.

Her responsibilities include administering the county’s public assistance, workforce development, child and adult protective services and more.

Jury finds in favor of township trustees in Fox Twp. road trial

A Carroll County petit jury has found the ownership of a public road in Fox Twp. to be the Fox Twp. Board of Trustees.

The jury of eight women and one man returned a verdict Friday afternoon for the defendant, Fox Twp. Trustees, following one hour of deliberation. They also returned a verdict for the plaintiff for damages in the amount of $307.80.

The trial, which began Monday and continued Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, involved a complaint filed Jan. 25, 2016, by the State of Ohio and Robert D. Eish of 10258 Olive Rd. NE, Salineville, vs. the Fox Twp. Board of Trustees, who include Tim N. Dayton, Todd E. Brown and Ryan Roberts. In the complaint, Eish contested the ownership of a portion of Olive Rd. in which he claimed ownership.

Deadline to file election petitions nears

Potential candidates for the 2018 primary and general elections are reminded Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m. is the deadline to file petitions with the Carroll County Board of Elections.

The three county office terms expiring this year are the Jan. 1 term of Carroll County Commissioner, Carroll County Auditor and Carroll County Common Pleas Court Judge General Division.

Also, persons wishing to seek a seat on the county Democrat or Republican Central Committees are required to file a Declaration of Intent by the Feb. 7 deadline.

Village firefighters seeking 2-mil levy on May primary ballot

By Leigh Ann Rutledge
FPS Reporter


Carrollton Council welcomed two new members and two returning members during the Jan. 8 meeting

Mayor Bill Stoneman administered the oath of office to newcomers Brittany Tangler and Corey Yeager, along with Wilma Lambert and Tom Parker, who were re-elected.

Stoneman presented members with the rules for council for 2018 and assigned members to committees. They include: Finance/Legislative/Audit: Lambert, chairman, Christopher Modranski and Chris Barto; Personnel/Safety: Barto, chairman, Parker and Lambert; and Public Works: Parker, chairman, Yeager and Tangler.

Trial underway in Common Pleas Court

A Carroll County petit jury of seven women and one man is deciding the ownership of a “Disputed Road” in Fox Twp.

The jury trial, which got underway Monday in Carroll County Common Pleas Court, involves a complaint filed Jan. 25, 2016, by the State of Ohio and Robert D. Eish of 10258 Olive Rd. NE, Salineville, vs. the Fox Twp. Board of Trustees, who include Tim N. Dayton, Todd E. Brown and Ryan Roberts.

Also named as defendants are John A. Stephenson of 9072 Salineville Rd. NE, Salineville, Charles W. Madison of 3 Cleveland Ave., Salineville, and William G. Beadnell of 10084 Olive Rd. NE, Salineville.

Eish is seeking a declaratory judgment that Fox Twp. has no interest in the disputed road, of which he claims ownership.

Following selection of jury Monday, Eish was the first witness called to offer testimony before the jury.

According to records in the Carroll County Clerk of Courts office, a total of nine witnesses are subpoenaed for the plaintiff and 12 for the defendants. The three-day trial is scheduled to extend through this Wednesday and possibly Friday if needed.

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