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From 1957 FPS Files

Edgar Manfull was elected president of the Carrollton Lions Club, succeeding Lesley Rinehart.

Nancy Jo Kean, a Carrollton High School senior who was awarded the deFord Memorial Scholarship, planned to attend Wittenberg College and major in special education.

Robert Herron was elected president of the Carroll County junior fair board while Phyllis Mills was named vice president and Polly Ann Sandefur was elected secretary-treasurer.

Carl Miller was re-elected commander of Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 3301 and Jean Miller was elected president of the VFW Auxiliary.


From 1967 FPS Files

A final master plan for the Carroll County Airport was approved and filed with proper state authorities in Columbus.

Lynn A. Morrison of Malvern was named the new plant manager at Carrollton’s Howmet refractory plant which employed approximately 60 people.

A photo marking the 50th anniversary of city mail delivery in Carrollton included Archie Markley, the village’s first regular mail carrier, discussing mail sorting with acting Postmaster Harry R. Anderson and carriers John Moody, Charles Snively and David Thomas.

“Bye Bye Birdie” was being performed by the Malvern High School music department. Cast members included Billie Sue Dunn, Roger Tubaugh, Sam Petracca, Patricia Campbell, Vickie Karcher, Fred Campbell, Donna Earley and James Yockey.


From 1977 FPS Files

Scholarships totaling $4,000 were awarded by the Bell-Herron Scholarship Foundation to nine Carrollton High School seniors and three CHS graduates. Recipients included Teena Slack, Tammy Bratton, Deb Cassidy, Carol Morrow, Gerald Kirkpatrick, Steve Huffman, Tom Tucker, Darrell Ulman, Lee Rutledge, Mary Jurkiewicz, Diane Oyer and Barbara (Woods) McElroy.

Tad Courtright of Wood Rd. purchased the local Ford Mercury agency, owned since 1974 by Huebner Ford, Inc. at 747 Canton Rd. The purchase marked the third generation of Courtrights to own the local car agency, having been operated from 1922 to 1958 by M. V. Courtright and his son, Ralph V. Courtright, Tad’s grandfather and father, respectively.

Four Carrollton High School students who were members of the Buckeye FFA chapter received their State Farmers Degrees at the 49th annual Ohio FFA Association’s convention in Columbus. They included Mike Zwick, Mike Bolanz, Mark Devitt and Tim Hawk. Debbie Kohler, a freshman at CHS, was selected to play clarinet in the Ohio FFA band.

From 1987 FPS Files

Debbie Favri reigned as queen of Carrollton High School’s junior-senior prom. Members of her court were Stephanie Kell, Karolyn Mallarnee, Danette Schofield and Kristie Nye.

Crowned as queen and king of Malvern High School’s junior-senior prom were Tricia Knapp and Michael Burkhart. Chosen as prince and princess were Eric Hahn and Tracy Burkhart, both juniors.

Minerva’s Brenda Michael tossed the shot put 32 feet-7 inches to set a new school record as the Minerva ladies track team swept nine events to defeat Sandy Valley 112-16.

Mike Chiurco, a freshman at Ohio State University and son of Bill and Shelva Chiurco of Carrollton, was accepted as a student trainer on the OSU training staff.

From 1997 FPS Files

The razing of the Washington township building brought with it the closing of a chapter of Carroll County history. The building, which was most recently the home of the Washington Township Trustee meetings, was the last standing building in the village known as Eckley.

LaDonna Schmachtenberger and Gerald Grimes were awarded Certificates of Appreciation for faithful service to the Community Meals on Wheels program.

Richard (Tim) Johnston and Mrs. Patricia Hornberger received plaques from the Carrollton Board of Education upon their retirements with 30 and 37 years, respectively, as teachers in the Carrollton Exempted Village School District.

Carrollton’s Zach Casper turned in another school record tying performance in the pole vault at 13 feet.

From 2007 FPS Files

Cindy Olivito was installed as president of the Carroll County Democratic Women’s Club.

The musical, “Wind in the Willows”, was being performed at Conotton Valley High School. Cast members included Alisha Cooper, Zach Helms, Emily Henry, Derrick Beamer, Wade Burnsworth and Chris Bente.

Pastor Barry Koenitzer of Ottawa, IL, accepted a call as pastor of Carrollton Bible Chapel.

Ally Lowdermilk and Matt Sheldon were named Students of the Month for April at Carrollton High School where both were seniors.


Steeple to Street

Jesus had risen from the dead. This is a fact. Before Jesus ascends into Heaven over 500 brethren have seen him alive. Peter, the rest of the Apostles, then James his half brother, and finally Paul all witnessed the risen Christ. (1 Corinthians 15: 1-8) On the first day of his resurrection, Jesus appears in the midst of them. For the next 40 days Jesus appeared to his disciples showing Himself alive by “many infallible proofs.” (Acts 1:3)

Ascending into Heaven with his disciples and Apostles watching, two angels stood by them and admonished them, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into Heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into Heaven.”   They were encouraging them to go to Jerusalem as Jesus instructed and get to work.

How were they supposed to do His work without Him present? In the same chapter in Acts, Jesus told them to wait for the “promise of the Father” that He had already told them. The “promise” was the coming of the Holy Spirit and He did come as promised on the Feast of Pentecost.

The Gospel of John, chapter 14 tells us that the Holy Spirit will be another helper, that He is the Spirit of Truth, He will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all things that Jesus taught them. In other places He is the encourager, brings peace, is our counselor, convicts us of sin, and helps us to pray.

All these things Jesus also did while He was alive in His ministry. Even though He ascended into Heaven, He sits at the right hand of the Father and yet “… where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” There He is again in the midst of His people.

We do not need to feel alone. Even though Jesus ascended into Heaven, where there are two or three or more gathered together in His name, He is there, right in the midst of us. Like on a Sunday morning in worship or on a Wednesday evening Bible study, or in a small group study in your home, He is there.

Last week was Easter and many of our churches had full pews. Don’t be like those who only attend church on Christmas and Easter. Go back to church this week and experience the peace and encouragement that being together with other believers can bring. And don’t forget. Jesus will be there in the midst of you all and that is news good enough to take to a world that is looking for hope.

If you don’t go to church or have a church home, call me. I think I can recommend a good one for you. If we cannot help you then I can recommend one of our churches in our great community. What are you waiting for? Sunday is coming.


Dr. Chuck Wilson,

Senior Pastor

Carrollton Bible Chapel



Letter to the Editor

To the Editor

I am originally from Carroll County. Last week I had reason to tour both the assisted living facilities in the Carroll County area, Golden Age Retreat assisted living and Centreville Village assisted living. The staff at both facilities greeted me warmly and took the time to give me a personal tour. (This includes Tippy the facility dog at Centreville!).

The residents of both centers were busy and happy and appeared, just like they are – at home. I was pleased to find that I still knew some of the staff and residents at both places and we were able to reminisce.

As a social worker in healthcare facilities for many years in multiple areas, I want to commend Carroll County for the quality of living it offers its residents needing assisted living. Both facilities have the charm of a home with rural living amenities and a caring staff.

Residents that most often have lived all of their lives in Carroll County and have been involved in the making of the community; being cared for by those in the community in this next generation. If every county had fine assisted living opportunities such as these, our seniors would be healthier and happier. Hats off to Carroll County Assisted Living facilities.


Melanie Scheetz, LSW

Hennis Care Centre of Dover


Looking Back

From 1957 FPS Files

Marcella Kerr, 14, a Carrollton eighth grader, out spelled 30 other contestants to win the local spelling contest while Jerlette Nolan, also an eighth grader, placed second.

The cast of Carrollton High School’s junior class play, “The Red House Mystery”, directed by Frank Pendleton, included Mary Lou Fawcett, Dick Haugh, Becky Moore, Dick Manfull, Linda Beamer, John Adams, Janet Hardgrove, Charles James, Judy Miller, Ruth Gottsman, Sandra Grubbs, Bea Allison, Doris Mathews, Eugene Keplinger and Bob Russell.

Carrollton High School instrumentalists who received superior (I) ratings at the state solo and ensemble contest included Gail Wilson, trombone; a flute trio comprised of Linda Marshall, Kaye Ellen Smith and Janice Niemiec, and a woodwind quintet whose members were Frances Shotwell, Tim Cole, Charlene McCully, June Deets and William Rogers.

Delegates from Conotton Valley High School selected to attend Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State were Ben Sell and June Mull.

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor:

I recently ended my employment at Gordon’s Graphics in Malvern. I left grateful for my years there, for a career satisfied, for experience gained, for meeting friends and customers like you, for contributing to the community who raised me and for so much and more.

My reason for this public letter is to serve two intentions: one, is to thank you for your support during my presence there; two, is to ask for your continued support in my absence.

I worked 22 years there. I worked four years under the original owners, Paul and Jan Gordon; 10 years under partners Jerry Hinton and Brad Lewis, and eight years with Jerry Hinton as sole owner. My role as graphic designer, signmaker, artist-in-residence, evolved greatly. What started from one table, stool, and supplies in the beginning, to learning the computer and vinyl signmaking, to managing multiple orders with very different specs, and increasing orders every year, became a sign department with community support. Thank you! It grew because you came, you called, you faxed, you emailed, you purchased over and over again. Thank you individuals, businesses, schools, offices, clubs, contractors, political candidates, industries, neighborhoods and villages, local counties to out of state. Gordon’s Graphics is grateful for your support.

Presently, in a time when other print shops have closed, Gordon’s Graphics is still open. I credit each employee past and present for having contributed to its growth. I credit the community for having supported it with purchases. I credit Jerry Hinton, as owner, for keeping it going. He is an excellent press man. He knows his work. Tiffiny Howell from Carrollton is the congenial personality most customers see/hear when visiting/calling the store. She has the most consistently cheerful attitude of anyone I know. She is capable in multitasking and physically completing orders. She’ll take good care of your orders. Stephanie Pellegrene from Malvern is the graphic designer who has taken my place on the computer for designing orders. While still in college, she worked as an intern with me for a couple summers. She continues now as a graphic design graduate. We are lucky to have her. Her youthful, on-trend style will keep the designs fresh.

I give you this inside information as incentive to keep this business supported with your orders. Malvern needs this business. Carroll County needs this business. I must believe all of you familiar with us want to keep getting what you count on from us, so you need this business. And for those of you not familiar with Gordon’s Graphics, I invite you to stop in or call for the many services you can receive there. It’s a pretty special place, however humble and modest it is. We can boast we’re still here, in 2017, our 30th year. You’ll notice I included myself. I will continue to think of myself in the Gordon’s Graphics family of employees. I ask you to include yourself/your business in the Gordon’s Graphics family of customers.


Thank you from “The Sign Lady”

(“Captain Sign” to some others),

Diana Yost

Graphic designer, artist, signmaker

Malvern, OH



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