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Consumers Bank to open branch in Bergholz

MINERVA– Consumers National Bank received approval from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to operate a new full-service branch office at 256 2nd St., Bergholz.

The approval marks the bank’s first location in Jefferson County and its 13th branch in the bank’s network. Consumers National Bank anticipates banking operations at the new Bergholz office will begin in May.

“Opening this new office in Bergholz will enable Consumers National Bank to serve new personal, business, and agricultural customers in northern Jefferson County, southern Columbiana and eastern Carroll counties. By expanding into Jefferson County, we are demonstrating our commitment to bring community banking to under-served, but viable markets,” said Ralph J. Lober, II, president and CEO of Consumers National Bank. “Bank management worked with the village of Bergholz and the local business leaders to establish a lease agreement for the facility and a prospective customer base. The enthusiasm and commitment to a local banking option was impressive,” he added.

Monday fire destroys Morges home, garage

Fire destroyed a Bachelor Rd. home and garage Monday evening and damaged a nearby home.

Fire destroyed a Bachelor Rd. home and garage Monday evening and damaged a nearby home.

 By Leigh Ann Rutledge
Accent Editor

A fire severly damaged one home and caused damage to another in Monday evening in Morges.

The Magnolia Fire Department was toned out by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center at 7:52 p.m. for a detached garage fire at the home of Dave and Amy Carnes, 8027 Bachelor Rd., Waynesburg.

Prior to the department’s arrival, they learned the fire had spread to the back and east side of the Carnes’ two-story home.
Firefighters found the garage roof was gone and the fire had spread to the neighbor’s home on the east side causing a small fire at the base of the home. That fire was extinguished but the neighboring home and garage received extensive melting damage to the siding.

Magnolia Chief Don Nicholson, Jr. said a representative from the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s office was on site Tuesday morning and ruled the cause undetermined. Magnolia received assistance from Dellroy, Great Trail, Carroll County and Mohawk Valley fire departments.
Nicholson said 57 firefighters were on scene until approximately 11:30 p.m. A firefighter from Mohawk Valley was transported to the hospital for probable heat exhaustion and was kept overnight. Nicholson noted, “Every one of the firemen are unpaid volunteers.”
The Carnes and their children are staying with family. The home was insured.

By Nancy Schaar

FPS Correspondent

Poster boards on display during a public meeting last week at The Bluffs (formerly Atwood Lodge) outlined the timeline for the opening of the facility.

Poster boards on display during a public meeting last week at The Bluffs (formerly Atwood Lodge) outlined the timeline for the opening of the facility.


DELLROY – The former Atwood Lake Lodge and Resort has a new owner, a new name and a new life.

The facility, now known as The Bluffs, is schedule to open July 1.  It will offer 150 beds for clients who need alcohol or drug addiction rehabilitation treatment.  Construction and remodeling is expected to begin April 1 and be completed by June 1 of this year.

The property was purchased by Bill Burns at a public auction from county commissioners  last August. It has been leased to Addiction Campuses. Brent Clements is the chief executive officer of Addiction Campuses and Eric Mitchell serves as chief marketing officer for the company.

Clements announced during a community meeting held at The Bluffs last week that Addiction Campuses has a lease for the property, but is in partnership with Burns at this time. He said investment partners will purchase the real estate in the coming months and Addiction Campuses will own the 75-acre property.

Monroe Township trustees previously hosted two meetings with local residents to address safety and other issues regarding the business.

The Thursday meeting, held in the dining room of the former lodge, had more than 100 people in attendance. Many questions were asked and answered.  Only a few residents were still concerned about their safety from the clients who will be staying at The Bluffs.

Clements patiently explained again the clients sign in for a 30-day treatment plan and continue with a one-year long follow-up program.

“These aren’t criminals.  These aren’t people who are sent here by a court order. These are people who have decided they need to make a big change in their life and they are committed to doing that,” said Clements.

Carrollton school board approves armed staff in safety zone

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent


CARROLLTON – With three board members present, the Carrollton Exempted Village School District board of education approved a one-sentence agenda item that allows armed staff in the school safety zone.

The sentence read: “That the board resolve to allow selected and trained armed staff in school safety zone as presented.”

The issue was on the agenda at the February board meeting, but was tabled. It was not listed on the agenda publicized prior to the March 14 meeting, but listed on an addendum to the agenda handed out at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I spoke to the sheriff and police chief. I wanted to make sure we were on the same page. We discussed training that will take place with these individuals. I will work closely with the police on this matter. When it’s time to select, I will ask the sheriff and police chief to be involved with that process. I have other items I want to look at too. What qualifications for those to go to the three-day training?” said Superintendent Dave Quattrochi.

Quattrochi criticized an article and headline in The Free Press Standard (FPS) following the February meeting which stated the board was considering having trained, armed staff at the schools.

“This shouldn’t be headlines. This is a safety plan used to keep our student safe.  Many schools have done this,” continued Quattrochi.

Last month the Free Press asked Quattrochi who suggested the resolution, when was it suggested, when was it discussed, who will make these decisions, is there an application, does the person have to have a concealed carry permit, when will it go in effect, and for what period of time will the permit be approved?

The questions were not answered at the February meeting and were not answered again at the March meeting.

Quattrochi said it is not a matter of public record, it is a school safety issue, and no further information will be provided.

Board members Eric Roberts and Helen Skinner were not present at the meeting.  Board president Rose Seck, Michael Pozderac, and Wendy Gotschall voted in favor of the resolution.

Autopsy ordered to determine cause of motor vehicle crash

MALVERN – An investigation continues into a one-vehicle accident that occurred March 11 in Lake Mohawk.

Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said an autopsy will be conducted by the Stark County Coroner to determine if David Hank, 68, of 25 Iroquois Trail, Malvern, died in the crash or if Hank died of a medical condition and then crashed his vehicle.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Dept. dispatch center received a call at 5:33 p.m. of a crash with injuries at 158 West Mohawk Dr. Williams said Hank’s home is located on a hill at Lake Mohawk. His vehicle ran over the mailbox at the end of his driveway and continued down over a steep hill covered in rocks and trees. The vehicle came to rest on West Mohawk Dr.

Carroll County Coroner Dr. Mandal Haas pronounced Hank dead at the scene. Assistance was provided at the scene by Carroll County Sheriff deputies, EMT Ambulance, Great Trail and Sandy Creek fire departments and Ruegg Brothers Towing.

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