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Looking Back…in our files

From 1958 FPS Files

Carrollton’s newly-elected mayor, five council members and clerk took office Jan. 1. They included Robert Frampton, who served as mayor from 1942 to 1956, succeeding Lee Stafford who held the office the past two years; Councilmen Willis Dillon, Robert Price, Coe Smith, William Bass and John Ashton and Clerk Paul G. Groves

Richard D. Mills, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mills of Rt. 1, Minerva, graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture.

Navy Lt. Cdr Charles Moreland Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Moreland of Carrollton, was serving aboard the Atlantic Amphibious Force tank-landing ship USS Washoe County as commanding officer.

The Roy and Goldie King house in Perrysville won first place in the Christmas home decorating contest sponsored by the Perry Twp. Grange.

Steeple to Street

The angel Gabriel sent from God to Mary from Luke 1:28-38 from the Amplified New Testament translation:

“And He came to her and said, ‘Hail O favored one (eluded with grace), the Lord with you! Blessed, favored of God are you before all other women!’ But when she saw him, she was greatly troubled and disturbed and confused at what he said, and kept revolving in her mind what such a greeting might mean. And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace – absolute favor and loving kindness and goodwill – with God. And listen! You will become pregnant and will give birth to a Son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord will give to Him the throne of His forefather David. And Mary said to the angel, How can this be since I have (no intimacy with any man as a) husband? Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power the Most High will overshadow you (as a shining cloud); and so the holy (pure, sinless) one which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.

Then Mary said, Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord; let it be done to me according to what you have said.

And the angel left her.”

The beautiful and somewhat frightening Annunciation and Mary’s acceptance of the will of God for her life.

It’s good for us to think about the many aspects of this fact for her, and what it means for our lives.


Pastor Grace Baughman

Carrollton Nazarene Church

Steeple to Street

Wise Men Still Seek Him

In Matthew 2:1-12, we read the verses that tell the story of the wise men who searched for the newborn King. These men were apparently students of all kinds of philosophies and scientific data available in those days. They studied prophecies of Old Testament in Micah 5:2, Daniel, Isaiah 9:6, Ezekiel 17:22-24 and Numbers 24:17.

God never lacks a means to guide earnest inquiries. He permits every heart to come to Him, in spite of its imperfections and errors. He speaks to each of us as we are capable of understanding and He calls us out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Some people go through life seeing nothing of God or Christ and some just see the exterior, the building in which Christ dwells. Then, there are those who find Him at every turn because they have opened their hearts to Him.

The wise men saw the star…there were probably many others who saw the star, but saw no meaning in it. Have you seen His star? Are you seeking the reality of His life within your heart?

Pastor Grace Baughman

Carrollton Church of the Nazarene

Looking Back…in our files

From 1957 FPS Files

A sign of progress is noted in Carrollton with the establishment of Carroll Heights Allotment No. 1, owned by Glenn C. and Joanne J. Reed and Al’s IGA Foodliner, Inc., Kenneth H. Jones, president, and Glenn C. Reed, secretary.

A not for profit corporation charter was issued by Ohio Secretary of State Ted. W. Brown to the Calvary Methodist Church of Sherrodsville.

Webelos awards were presented to Vic Arbogast, Billy Roberts, Tommy Wagner, Dick Wallace, Bobby Couch, Allen Roudebush and Larry Ledford, all members of Carrollton’s Cub Scout Pack.

Richard D. Mills of Pattersonville received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture from Ohio State University.

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:

Remember Obama and his economy. “Hey, you know what? We have to manage the decline. America’s best days are behind us.” They didn’t use those exact words. What they said was that America’s great, roiling, rollicking economic past was artificial. It wasn’t real. It was built on a bunch of phoniness. It was built on stealing and theft of resources of other nations. It was not legitimate. The U.S. is not legitimate from the days of our founding. And this new economy of 1% growth with America’s healthcare system being managed by the government, that was the new norm, you were to adjust to it.

Donald Trump was elected president because he refused to buy such nonsense, and now we’re on the verge of 4% economic growth. When Trump and his budget projected 6% economic growth, media economists and media analysts and deep state analysts wanted to impeach Trump over that. He was terribly misleading the people.

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