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Regional bound!

By Carol McIntire Editor   STRASBURG -Carrollton’s girls softball team is making an appearance in the Division II regional tournament this week – the first time since 1994. The Warriors earned the More »

Not Guilty of Murder

By Carol McIntire Editor   CARROLLTON – As Judge Dominick E. Olivito Jr. read the verdict in the Kenneth Blanchard murder trial, Blanchard showed no emotion as he sat at the defense More »

Run to Columbus underway

By Bob Evans FPS Correpondent    MILLERSBURG – The Carrollton boys and girls track teams began their run to Columbus last Thursday and Saturday at the Division II District Track and Field championships More »

New school groundbreaking

By Nancy Schaar FPS Correspondent   CARROLLTON – A beautiful blue sky, 80-degree temperatures and a cool breeze set the backdrop for the ground breaking ceremony to begin the construction of a More »

Prosecution, defense rest cases in Blanchard murder trial

By Carol McIntire Editor   The prosecution and defense both rested their cases in the Kenneth E Blanchard murder trail Thursday. Common Pleas Court Judge Dominick E Olivito, Jr. released the jury More »

 

Not Guilty of Murder

By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Kenneth Blancard (left) smiles at his attorney, Jeff Jakmides, before leaving the courtroom Monday.

Kenneth Blancard (left) smiles at his attorney, Jeff Jakmides, before leaving the courtroom Monday.

CARROLLTON – As Judge Dominick E. Olivito Jr. read the verdict in the Kenneth Blanchard murder trial, Blanchard showed no emotion as he sat at the defense table, his hands folded. Michael Fairchild’s mother sobbed as she sat in the gallery.

Blanchard was found not guilty of murdering Fairchild Aug. 31, 2016, at a mobile home in Minerva by a jury of eight women and four men, who deliberated for about 10 hours. They received the case last Friday morning at the conclusion of closing arguments, about 10:30 a.m. They sent a note to Judge Olivito at 4:18 p.m. asking for deliberations to be recessed until Monday “due to juror No. 11 having to prepare for and attend a graduation party.” The request was granted.

Deliberations resumed Monday morning at 9:03 a.m. and concluded when the verdict was reached early in the afternoon.

“I never thought for a minute he’d be found guilty,” said Defense Attorney Jeff Jakmides. I thought he was innocent from day one. I don’t know if the jury felt it was self-defense or if they didn’t think the prosecution didn’t prove he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I told the jurors in closing arguments they didn’t have to agree on why he was not guilty, just that he was not guilty.”

Civil War era quilts on display at McCook House

Dave Lewis (left) and Charlene Good hold a McCook Family themed quilt which will be on display in the McCook House through July.

Dave Lewis (left) and Charlene Good hold a McCook Family themed quilt which will be on display in the McCook House through July.

The McCook House Civil War Museum will open Memorial Day weekend for the summer season.

A quilt exhibit with over 50 quilts will be on display beginning May 26 through July during regular business hours. The museum is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

The first floor will feature quilts pertaining to the Civil War, such as cot quilts, quilts with Civil War themes, such as honoring the McCook Family and Mother Bickerdyke. Two original Civil War era quilts, one from the north and one from the south, will be on display along with a “crazy quilt” dating to the period after the war. The second floor will feature other quilts.

Each quilt will be identified with the owner’s name, year made if known, type such as pieced or appliqued, original design or made from a pattern, hand or machine quilted and maker’s name.

A cotton quilt will be placed on a frame and quilters will be able to quilt on it. Once it is completed it will become part of the museum’s collection.

Admission is $3 for adult and $1 for children age 6-12 years. Donations are welcome.

The McCook House is located at the top of Public Square in Carrollton.

 

CIC agrees to sell 20 acres of Commerce Park property to ODOT for new highway garage

CARROLLTON – The Carroll County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) agreed to sell 20 acres of property in the Commerce Park located at the southwest corner of the intersection of SR 171 and SR 9 (across SR 171 from the RMC) to the Ohio Department of Transportation for $300,000.

ODOT will also provide $1 million for the installation of water and sewer to the property.

ODOT agreed to transfer ownership of the six and one half acres they own on SR 9 just outside Carrollton, if the county so desires, for the sum of $1.   The county could not accept the ODOT property until one year after ODOT leaves that facility.

Working with the village of Carrollton, this will guarantee the installation of village water and sewer to the SR 171 property for ODOT.

Run to Columbus underway

By Bob Evans
FPS Correpondent 

 

The Carrollton Boys 4x8 relay team finished first and qualified for the Regional meet at Athens this week. Members are shown above with Coach Mike Aukerman. From left are: Aukerman, Quinton Huggett, Cole Lovett, Dan Lampe and Preston Berry.

The Carrollton Boys 4×8 relay team finished first and qualified for the Regional meet at Athens this week. Members are shown above with Coach Mike Aukerman. From left are: Aukerman, Quinton Huggett, Cole Lovett, Dan Lampe and Preston Berry.

MILLERSBURG – The Carrollton boys and girls track teams began their run to Columbus last Thursday and Saturday at the Division II District Track and Field championships at West Holmes High School.

The Lady Warriors defended their district championship, finishing with 127 points and will send nine athletes in ten events to the regional meet this weekend at The Plains in Athens.

The boys finished a solid third with 94 points and will have 10 representatives taking part in six events.

The top four placers in each event move on to Athens.

On the girl’s side, sophomore Micah Donley recorded four first place finishes.

Donley won the 100, 200 and 400-meter sprints with times of 12.72, 25.48 and 57.36 and was a member of the winning 3,200-meter relay team of senior Maddie Dunlap, junior Grace Bartlow and sophomore Allison Davis with a time of 9:49.36.

Dunlap was also the winner of the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs with times of 5:06.14 and 10:54.22.

New school groundbreaking

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent

 

Elementary students who earned the opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking for the new school during the groundbreaking event May 18 are shown above digging the first shovels of dirt.  Shown above from left are:  Demi Leary, Benjamin Hamilton, Dillon Hall, Kasee Gallo, Bryce Hartong, Abigail Zeedyk, Kolton Barker, Evan Brace, Kaden Hamilton, Connor Lowdermilk, Gavin Sanders and Dr. David Quattrochi, superintendent of Carrollton Schools.

Elementary students who earned the opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking for the new school during the groundbreaking event May 18 are shown above digging the first shovels of dirt.
Shown above from left are: Demi Leary, Benjamin Hamilton, Dillon Hall, Kasee Gallo, Bryce Hartong, Abigail Zeedyk, Kolton Barker, Evan Brace, Kaden Hamilton, Connor Lowdermilk, Gavin Sanders and Dr. David Quattrochi, superintendent of Carrollton Schools.

CARROLLTON – A beautiful blue sky, 80-degree temperatures and a cool breeze set the backdrop for the ground breaking ceremony to begin the construction of a new school for Carrollton Exempted Village School District.

Dr. David Quattrochi, school superintendent, welcomed board members, staff, students, county commissioners and representatives from Carroll County Energy.

Quattrochi said he was very discouraged when he first came to the district and was told “you’ll never pass a levy to get a new school.”

“And then two years ago, a miracle from Boston showed up at my door step,” said Quattrochi.

Sixty-one percent of the $38 million building project is being provided by Carroll County Energy, the miracle from Boston, which will be paid to the district at $1.3 million for 30 years.

County Commissioner President Jeff Ohler said he remembers the first time he, Quattrochi, and a few others met with Jonathan Winslow from Advanced Power. Ohler said he thought that Quattrochi might lead up to asking for help with the school but was shocked when Winslow asked Quattrochi what his company could do to help, what did they need? Quattrochi answered by saying, a new school. Ohler said Winslow was surprised but then it all worked out.

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