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Looking Back… in our files

From 1957 FPS Files

A May 12 celebration was set to observe the 125th anniversary of Stillfork United Presbyterian Church in Augusta where Douglas Carner, the church pastor, was a senior at Mt. Union College.

Mrs. Glenn Woods of Malvern announced the opening of her new dress shop, The Fashionette, on Reed Ave.

Trophies were presented by Director Del Baroni to the following senior members of the Carrollton High School band at their spring concert: Janet Smith, William Lucas, Jeanne Aston, Richard McLaughlin, Robert Anthony, Linda Yoder, Karen Newell, Charlene McCully, Carol Johnston, Claireen Peoples, Judy Boylan, June Deets, Nancy Jones, Mary Ann Peoples, Barbara Finley, Rita Winings, Rodney Miller, Ann Lincke and Richard Niemiec.

Fourteen Conotton Valley High School students were among the more than 1,000 high school students in northeast Ohio who took the final district-state scholarship tests at Mount Union College. They included James Smith, Robert McBride, Bill Sell, Lewis Kanouff, Larry Allen, Earl Heavlin, Jack Copeland, Paul Hadorn, Sharen Leath, Emma Lou Demuth, Suzanne Spahr, Beatrice Ann Harding, Sandra Seith and David Milliken.


From 1967 FPS Files

At a special election May 2, voters in the Carrollton Exempted Village School District approved an additional 4-mill tax levy while residents of Brown Local School District gave there approval to an additional 8.5-mill tax levy. Both were for current operating expenses.

Alan Rummell, a freshman at Carrollton High School, was the winner of the juvenile division of the Ohio Department of Highway’s 1967 traffic safety slogan essay contest.

Senior members of the Carrollton High School National Honor Society honored at a recognition dinner held at the Atwood Yacht Club included Elizabeth Baillie, Evelyn Lambert, Carol Borland, Patty Rinehart, Elaine Harless, Stephanie Papai, Donald Warner, Stan Frey, Scott McClester, Neil McClester, Byron Barnes, Charles Hornbeck, Dale (Skip) Hull, Robin Hutchison, Beverly Marteney, Ellyn Atchison, Delores Capper, JoAnne Manfull, Darlene Baker, Nancy Scott, Connie Stewart, Joyce Mahoney, Susan Fox, Karan Ankrom, Pam Kertel and Charlene Hinton.

Senor members of the Malvern High School National Honor Society honored at the banquet included Karyl Burwell, Nancy Robertson, Don Nigro and Tom Howell.


From 1977 FPS Files

Mrs. Donald (Elizabeth) Lilley of Carrollton was appointed the Golden Buckeye Card coordinator for Carroll County by the Ohio Commission on Aging.

Selected as Outstanding Young Men of America from this area were Craig Lee Winters and David Lynn Dunlap, both of the Carrollton area, and Ray Alan George of Rhode Island, formerly of Carrollton.

Penni Hartong of Dellroy Girl Scout Troop 137 and Marcia Paxton, a member of Augusta Troop 481, won first places in their respective divisions in the annual Girl Scout bake off contest.

Record setters in the 100-yard dash for Carrollton High School’s girls track team were Deb Pisklo and Jane Turvey.


From 1987 FPS Files

Fr. Robert Kawa, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Carrollton, was named a Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II.

Brenda Mackey and Chris Bower were crowned the 1987 Conotton Valley High School prom queen and king.

Carrollton High School juniors Laura Brink, Wes King and Eric Stevenson scored among the upper 50,000 (top five percent) of more than one million students who took the preliminary Scholastic Aptitude National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.

The musical “Seven Brides of Seven Brothers” was being staged at Minerva High School. Cast members included Miriam Pentz, Debbie Massey, Karisa Merrick, Heather Becknell, Amy Zwahlen, Marcy Ramsey, Tracy Spoonemore, Lance Laubacher, Craig Fletcher, Jim Ickes, Scott Walter, Buddy McNutt, David Smith and Darren Milliken.


From 1997 FPS Files

Erin Burkhart and Joel Schneiders reigned as Carrollton High School’s 1997 prom queen and king.

Soloists for the Carroll County Chorale’s spring concert directed by Mindy Domer included Brian Domer, June Davis and Lynn Capper with piano accompaniment by Judy Capper.

Minerva’s Assistant Fire Chief Richard “Skip” Everett was named “Firefighter of the Year” by the Carroll County Firefighters Association.

The musical “My Fair Lady” was being staged at Minerva High School. The three lead cast members were Val Kemerer, Ryan Bell and Joseph Ellis.


From 2007 FPS Files

Bluebird Farm, operated by Joyce Hannon, received an Eastern Ohio Development Alliance Excellence award.

Josh Carrick and Katie Anna Hutchison reigned as Carrollton High School’s 2007 junior-senior prom king and queen.

McFadden Insurance Agency, established in Carrollton in 1951, was the recipient of the President’s award at the 31st annual banquet of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by Chamber President William (Bill) Wohlwend and accepted by Chris Jones and Rick Truman, co-owners of the longtime insurance firm.

Robert Herron, who served as a Carroll County commissioner since 1997, announced he plans to retire at the end of his current term Dec. 31, 2008.


Letter to the Editor

To The Editor:

I would like to clear up a few misconceptions about the Carroll County Humane Society that have been brought to my attention.

First, let me say that our name was chosen because of the area we serve, we are not a county entity. We receive absolutely no support from the county, villages or state.

The Humane Society of the United States supports themselves and none of the money given to them comes to this area. We get our money from donations and fundraisers. And 100% of that money is spent on animals in this county.

It is truly amazing how seemingly everyone feels what we do should be done free. You want more, give more, it’s that simple.

There are many animal related programs needed in this county, however, they all cost money and that money has to come from you, the people of this county. It sure doesn’t come from your tax dollars.

We paid almost $200,000 over the last 20 plus years for the spay/neuter program, but had to close it due to lack of support. It was available to county residents and many used that program, some more than once. It served a purpose. It slashed the over population of unwanted pets.

With such widespread use it should have been supported by the citizens it served. Well, it wasn’t because everyone remembers a bequeath we were awarded over 20 years ago. They don’t remember we had to go to court to get it and that was substantially less then we were left. All of that money and more was used for the spay/neuter and other animal programs. Continued support for continued services, that’s how it works.

People ask why there are no resources for cats. The answer is simple. Cats are predatory animals. They will hunt and seek out what they need. They need food, water and shelter, sometimes they find that in your back yard. Having free reign they will do what is instinctual to them, eat, sleep and breed.

One female cat can have 15 to 20 kittens a year. Her offspring begins having litters at the ripe old age of four months. You do the math, keeping in mind there are thousands of females breeding. It would be extremely difficult to monitor cats. If you feed them you are responsible for them, and part of that responsibility is to spay/neuter. People who drop animals off along the road should be reported and will be prosecuted, but proof is a must.

Dogs are completely dependant on humans to provide their needs. Therefore because of human faults, they are licensed and required to be restricted to their owner’s property.

We currently provide animal cruelty investigation and low cost rabies clinics. Animal cruelty is a deliberate act to cause harm to an animal. We go after the people responsible for doing that, the animal is the evidence. We DO NOT pick up animals unless they are involved in cruelty case. We have little foster space making owner relinquish impossible. We DO NOT pick up stray animals of any kind. If a pet owner must go to the hospital or to jail, we do not feed their animals for them until they get out. That’s what friends and family are for. And last but not least, we DO NOT pick dead animals off the roadways so please stop calling us to do that.

When we investigate cruelty cases we adhere to the law of the great state of Ohio. Please ask to see an ID badge, if not provided, from anyone who claims to be there due to a complaint on your animals. I am the only legitimate agent for Carroll County. I have received calls from people asking how they can get their animals back and I had not taken them. If I do remove an animal, notice is posted on the property and charges are filed within the 10-day period described by the law.

Not everyone that deals with animals are connected to the Humane Society. If you have an issue, call and ask. You will be given an honest answer to the best of our ability. We have no control over what people do or say. If you are not sure call to find out, don’t call us names and tell everyone how bad we are, that is childish.

In caring for animals there is a huge difference between legal and moral. Most people look at animal’s care morally and that is good, but their idea of cruelty is not the same as the legal definition. Yes, we have the Goddard Law and except for changing the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony, the laws remain basically the same, only the wording has changed. The laws are subject to interpretation by the lawyers and judges, not us.

We must be able to provide beyond a shadow of doubt that a crime has been committed and by whom. An example of that would be your neighbor has a skinny dog so you call that in expecting that we will come in and swoop the dog away. In reality, we go to your neighbor and learn that he feeds his dog every day. Maybe it’s a dog food that is mostly grain or maybe the dog has a health problem that is not caused by negligence, or maybe it’s just a skinny dog. Taking an animal from their owner is a last resort. We offer suggestions and most cooperate. The ones that are dire, or the owner refuses to comply, will be taken to court.

We have three rabies shot clinics in three areas within the county to provide the vaccine at a low cost. This year has been a challenge as to location. We normally have them at Malvern Park, Magnolia Park and fairgrounds. We have done this many years. Now, all of a sudden we are expected to pay a rental fee.

Magnolia was worry free, a heartfelt thank you to them. After some trying, we’ve also reached an agreement with Malvern, so no change there either. Carrollton site is still pending. We normally use the fairgrounds but the fair board wants $200 for two hours. Perhaps it is not known that we must buy the medicine and needle and pay the veterinarian, to there is very little left to pay rent. We are providing a community service.

I guess time will tell if the residents of Carroll County want animals protected from their would-be abusers.

Sheri Berry

Cruelty Investigator

Carroll County Humane Society


Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.”

Pet owners’ efforts are critical when you consider the number of Postal Service employees attacked by dogs last year reached 6,755 – more than 200 higher than the year before. Within the Northern Ohio District there have been 74 dog bites or incidents since the beginning of the year.

My concern is not only for our employees, but with the general population as well. Here are three critical points to remember.

– If a letter carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.

– Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from letter carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the letter carrier handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.

– The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a letter carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the letter carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If the dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.

I am asking everyone to become a responsible pet owner during the coming summer in order to ensure the safety of all of our citizens. Together, we can safeguard all from unnecessary and potentially devastating dog attacks.

Thank you for your help with this very important issue.

Randall S. Balsley


Carrollton, OH 44615


Looking Back … in our files

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



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