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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 »

 

Prosecution, defense rest cases in Blanchard murder trial

By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Prosecutors Steven Barnett (right) and Paul Scarella review case materials as the defendant, Kenneth Blancard, sits at the defense table during Blanchard's murder trial May 18,

Prosecutors Steven Barnett (right) and Paul Scarella review case materials as the defendant, Kenneth Blancard, sits at the defense table during Blanchard’s murder trial May 18,

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 for the day just before 2 p.m., saying closing arguments and instructions to the jury would begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Judge Olivito denied a motion for judgment of acquittal under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29 immediately after the prosecution rested its case, just after 10:30 a.m.

Defense Attorney Jeff Jakmides asked for a direct judgment (acquittal) saying, “The state did not prove that Mr. Blanchard intended to cause the death of the decedent (Michael Fairchild).”

“I believe the evidence shows use of a deadly weapon, so there was intent to kill,” said Olivito.

New owners take over 82-year-old livestock auction

By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Larry Nisly, manager of Carrollton Livestock Auction, sells round bales of hay during a recent Monday auction.

Larry Nisly, manager of Carrollton Livestock Auction, sells round bales of hay during a recent Monday auction.

Carrollton – Since the early 1930s, the Carrollton Livestock Auction has been a hub of activity on Monday.

The business was established at its present location, 1011 N. Lisbon St. in 1935 by Curt Shreve and his son, Glenn. For a couple years prior to that, the auction was held in a barn across the street at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

In 1946, Glenn Bircher joined his brother-in-law (Glenn Shreve) in the management of the business. In 1971, he acquired sole ownership of the business. In 1988, Jack Bircher purchased the family business and operated it until 1992 when it was sold to the Raymond Piergallini family from near Smithfield.

In August 2005, the longtime business changed owners. Wayne Falb, an auctioneer and cattleman, purchased the business and operated it until Nov. 6, 2016, when the business and nearly five acres of land were purchased by Eugene Nisly of Missouri.

Eugene’s brother, Larry Nisly of Quaker City (near Barnsville) managers the operation of the business.

Larry is an auctioneer and a cattlemen who has been around sale barns for most of his life.

“I got my first job in a sale barn at Zanesville when I was 16,” he said. “My wife is the cousin of Wayne’s wife, so we knew them and knew he wanted to sell the business. It worked out for all of us.”

Warriors break seven records at NBC meet

By Bob Evans
FPS Correspondent

 

Maddie Dunlap

Maddie Dunlap

Carrollton’s Cole Lovett crosses the finish line first, ahead of Louisville brothers Noah (left) and Nick Chaplick in the 1,600. All three broke the record time, set by Louisville’s Jarrod Williams of 4:20.15 in 2009.

Carrollton’s Cole Lovett crosses the finish line first, ahead of Louisville brothers Noah (left) and Nick Chaplick in the 1,600. All three broke the record time, set by Louisville’s Jarrod Williams of 4:20.15 in 2009.

SALEM – It was a record setting day for the Carrollton girls track team at last Friday’s Northeastern Buckeye Conference Track and Field Championships on a near perfect day at Rielly Stadium in Salem.

The Lady Warriors set six new NBC records, while placing second to Louisville. The Leopards won the final event of the day – the 4×400 relay – to capture the title 132-129.5 over the Warriors.

The Warriors held a slim 1.5 lead over the Leopards heading into the final event. Carrollton needed to finish second or higher to get the win, while Louisville needed to place first or second.

Louisville won and Carrollton finished in third in the event.

Senior Maddie Dunlap and sophomore Micah Donley each set two individual records and were on the record setting 3,200-meter relay team.

Junior Alivia Bentley set a new mark in the shot put.

Dunlap won the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs with times of 5:02.2 and 11:04.4.

Effort underway to recognize historic farms

Carroll County Recorder Patricia Oyer is continuing her effort to boost the number of historic farms in Carroll County.

A program known as Ohio’s Historic Family Farms was established in 1991 by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA). The program strives to recognize farms that have been in the same family for more than 100 years. In 2016, the program expanded to include the Ohio Sesquicentennial Farm designation. To include all three designations now awarded – century (100-149 years), sesquicentennial (150-199) and bicentennial (200 years and more) – the program title was changed to Ohio Historic Family Farms. More than 1,350 family farms have been recognized across the state.

Qualified registrants receive an heirloom certificate signed by the governor and director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Band Boosters want to tap into Athletic Booster funds

By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent

 

Rose Kienzle spoke on behalf of the Band Boosters to members of the Carrollton Exempted Village School District Board of Education last week.

Kienzle said the group has been raising money for several years to buy new band uniforms and made the down payment of $17,000. The uniforms have been ordered and delivery is expected in September.

Through continued fundraisers and working the gate at the county fair, the group has about $41,000 in anticipated revenues to pay on the remaining bill of $56,500.  That leaves a shortfall of $15,500.

“We have taken care of 73% of the cost for new uniforms. We don’t receive money from the board.  We are not part of the athletic booster club or any of the money they raise, since band is not a sport,” stated Kienzle.

Kienzle gave examples from other school districts regarding the funding for band, noting other districts receive money from the school budget.

The board was asked to consider making the band be part of the athletic fund.

Superintendent Dr. Dave Quattrochi pointed out the school board does pay for the busing of students at away events.

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