2015 was a year of celebration and change in Carroll County and surrounding communities. The pages of The Free Press Standard provided a look back at the events that shaped the year.
One of the highlights for the newspaper was the Jan. 16 sale of the 184-year old newspaper to Schloss Media, Inc. David and Emily Schloss purchased the paper from Maynard A. Buck. Buck and his late wife, Anne, purchased the Carrollton Standard Printing Company Oct. 31, 1975, which included a printing business and The FPS. Buck separated the two companies into Carrollton Graphics and The Free Press Standard, which he owned for 40 years.
The May 7 issue of The FPS brought more change as the paper width was trimmed down for easier handling, offered a new layout to make pages easier to read and navigate and a new printing company, Ogden Printing Center in Wheeling, WV, assumed the printing of the paper
However, the printing process returned to PM Graphics of Streetsboro, the longtime printer, with the Oct. 15 issue.
Highlights of the year (listed by the month) include:
*The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) predicted the flu season would be more severe than originally thought due to the fact the flu vaccine wasn’t well matched to two-thirds of the viruses circulating. The predominant strain was causing severe illness and mortality in older people and young children.
*Carroll County Commissioners approved a county budget of $27,198,302 for 2015, up more than $2.4 million over 2014.
*Carroll Visiting Nurse Association was named a top agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of top performing home health agencies in the United States. The HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 were elite.
*Russell Jewelers and Gifts in Minerva celebrated its 65th anniversary. The business was founded in 1889 in Minerva by W.E. Russell and was purchased by the late Herman Canestraro and his wife, Irene, Feb. 7, 1950. Today the business is owned and operated by Herman and Irene’s daughter, Adele Canestraro.
*Area school boards reorganized and elected the following presidents: Tami Hulit, Brown Local; Phil Gooding, Conotton Valley; Scott Lockhart, Edison; Robert (Bob) Foltz, Minerva; Dennis Corsi, Sandy Valley; and Francis Picchetti, Buckeye Career Center.
*Conotton Valley senior Olivia Bower became the Lady Rockets all-time leading scorer during a nonleague game against visiting Sandy Valley. Bower surpassed Tiffany Stocker, who scored 1,378 points in her four-year career at Conotton Valley. Bower’s points to date were 1,389.
*Derek Lumley, a sophomore at Carrollton High School, rolled a school record series 567 during a match against Massillon Washington High School. He also set a new school record for high single game with a 289. However, Zac Roberts rolled a 300 game later in the season against Canton Central Catholic.
*Leann Cline of Bloomingdale was named Carroll County Health Commissioner after Nick Cascarelli resigned in December 2014.
*After an eight-year absence, it was announced fireworks would return to the Carroll County Fairgrounds with help from the Ohio Appalachian Veterans Memorial and Community Center for a July 4th celebration in conjunction with the village of Carrollton’s Bicentennial Celebration.
*FFA Camp Muskingum began fundraising efforts for a new Muskingum Discovery Center. Groundbreaking for the $1,650,000 facility was scheduled for September.
*Angela Gonda was named to replace Judi Noble as Clerk-Treasurer for the village of Carrollton. Noble finished her 19-year career Feb. 28.
*The Carrollton Wrestling team was named Northeastern Buckeye Conference (NBC) champions after defeating archrival Minerva 55-12 in the Carrollton High School gymnasium.
*The Malvern Hornets boys basketball team kicked off post season play with a win in the sectional opener at New Philadelphia. The Hornets beat the Toronto Red Knights 85-46.
*Carrollton wrestlers won six individual championships and claimed the Claymont Division II sectional championship. Carrollton finished with 272 points. Claymont placed second with 251.50 points. Winning individual titles for Carrollton were Adam Shaw (132), Joey Knipp (138), Aidan Pasiuk (152), Jon Dunlap (182), Tyler Dodd (220) and Micah Campbell (285).
*Carroll County Doublebeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, received the “2014 Net to Gross Percent” award, the “Top Gross Banquet” award, placed ninth in the state and fourth in the state for “Highest Net Dollars” and received a “Golden Gobblers Award.”
*Tyler Dodd and Aidan Pasiuk headed to the state wrestling tournament in Columbus as district champions. Others earning the right to compete in Columbus included: Micah Campbell, Jimmy Galbraith and Brenton Miller. Dodd placed second and Pasiuk, third. Dodd was named NBC Wrestler of the Year.
*Caleb Pasiuk became the sixth player in CHS history to score over 1,000 points in his high school basketball career when he sank a shot in the second quarter against West Holmes during the Zanesville Division II sectional game.
*Minerva Lions wrestlers Dalton Hartshorn, district champion at 160 and Ben Zbasnik (132) earned the right to compete at the state wrestling tournament in Columbus. Hartshorn placed third.
*John Neider received the Distinguished Service Award during the Carroll County Dairy Promotion Board’s annual Dairy Banquet. Lynden Ferguson and Mallory Fox were crowned Dairy Princess and runner-up.
*Dr. Mandal Haas, who was to be the guest speaker at the Distinguished Service Award banquet, was named the recipient of the award.
*The Ohio Ballot Board certified the initiative sponsored by ResponsibleOhio concerning the legalization of marijuana as a single issue. Petitioners were required to collect 305,591 signatures to place the issue on the November ballot. The Ohio Attorney General’s office certified the petition for the proposed Cannabis Control Amendment to the Ohio Constitution June 17. The issue failed in the November election.
*The Carroll Aspiring Stage Theatrics (CAST) community theater group moved into its new home in the former Humane Society building at 1128 Antigua Rd., Carrollton. The first show in the new location was held April 16.
*Devin Herrington was named “Firefighter of the Year for 2014” by the Carroll County Volunteer Fire Department.
*Advanced Power announced they successfully arranged financing for an $899 million 700-mega watt power plant, powered by natural gas from the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio, in Carroll County. The groundbreaking ceremony took place July 21. Carrollton Schools Superintendent David Quattrochi noted the school district, county commissioners and Washington Twp. trustees negotiated an enterprise agreement that was to bring $1.3 million to the school district each year for the next 30 years.
*Carrollton High School junior Kady Davis set a new school record in the 800-meter run, coming in second with a time of 2:22.28 in the Sandy Valley Invitational.
*Bell-Herron Middle School girls track member Micah Donley set two new school records while leading the way for the Warrior win over visiting Salem. Donley placed first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.3 and the 400-meter dash with a time of 101.6. She was also part of the winning 1,600-meter relay team of Layna Pasiuk, Miranda Stonemetz and Allison Davis. The team finished with a time of 4:43. At state competition, Donley captured the titles for the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
*Four Carrollton High School graduates were inducted into the Hall of Fame during the CHS Alumni Foundation’s annual banquet. They included: the late Ronald Davis, Dorothy (Shepherd) Horrigan, Dr. Kent Thompson, and William (Bill) Wells.
*A groundbreaking ceremony was held May 8 for the CNG station which is located near the POWER (Providing Opportunities With Extraordinary Results) Training and Outdoor Center on SR 332. The center and CNG station are part of the Straight A Grant. The station opened for business mid-November.
*After a three-day search for suspected killer, Wesley “Buster” Clark, he was discovered hiding in a thicket near Clay Rd. by K-9 Deputy Oz and his partner, Shane Beohm. Clark was taken into custody without issue.
*The Carrollton Boys Track Team turned in its best performances ever to capture the Division II district championship at West Holmes High School. The Warriors finished with 141 points, 44 points better than runner-up Indian Valley. Earning championships were: Cole Lovett, 1,600-meter; 400-meter relay team made up of Bryce Mohn, Avery Wilson, Tyler Dodd and Zade Deitz; John Brown, 400-meter dash and long jump; Zach Fuhrer, 300-meter hurdles; 1,600-meter relay team of Deitz, Austin Keefer, Mohn and Brown; and Dodd, shot and discus. The team competed at the New Concord Division II regional Track and Field championships and earned the first regional championship with a total of 49 points, the first regional championship in any sport in the school’s history.
*Malvern’s Kelsi Hulit was crowned District III champion for discus with a throw of 115’2”.
*Abbey Wilson was named District II champion from the Carrollton Girls Track team when she won the discus competition with a throw of 126-feet and regional champion with a throw of 134’2”.
*The Carrollton Book Club celebrated its 70th anniversary with a meeting in the Ashton House Museum.
*The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) issued a ban on all poultry exhibits, shows and sales in Ohio due to a highly contagious avian flu. Close to 200 projects were absent from the Carroll County Fair. However, county 4-H members had other options for competing such as showmanship with stuffed animals and making posters. The ODA lifted the ban in December due to the fact Ohio had no confirmed cases and there was no immediate threat of the avian flu.
*Andra Lehotay, a junior at Sandy Valley High School, won the Division II 800-meter run with a time of 2:13.76 at the state championship.
*Tana Drew, 10, of Malvern and her horse, Digger, placed seventh in the Josey Jr. World Barrel Race at Marshall, TX, where she competed against 481 youth under age 20.
*After months of planning, Carrollton celebrated its Bicentennial birthday with a five-day celebration held in conjunction with the 4th of July festivities. Events included a parade, cake and ice cream, old-fashioned contests, fireworks and a Blue Star Memorial Marker dedication. The marker is part of a program established by the National Garden Club, which honors veterans-past, present and future in the United States Armed Services. The marker is located at the south end of Public Square in Carrollton. The Carrollton Garden Club and Suburban Garden Club worked together to acquire the marker. The goal of the Garden Club of Ohio is to have a marker in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.
*Four long-time 4-H members were named to the “Outstanding Court” prior to the 165th Carroll County Fair. They were Mariah Bell, Ryan Bowman, Dustie Kubankin and Dalton Ulman.
*Carroll County Fair Royalty included Susanna Martin, queen; Haley Kinney, runner-up, Matthew Yingling, prince; and Ginah Bolanz, princess.
In front of a sellout crowd. Butterfield was named Carrollton MVP and David Eick, a 1996 graduate of Minerva, was the Lion’s MVP.
*Voters in the Brown Local School District approved a 5.8 mill tax levy at a special election held Aug. 4 for emergency operating expenses. This was the third attempt to pass the levy.
*A record number of over 200 tractors hooked to the sled during the tractor pulls held at the annual Kilgore Homecoming Aug. 7 and 8.
*Those inducted into the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame included: Don Duvall, Gary Cogan, Lyle Drake, Andrea (Bregenzer) McClelland, Beth (McAbier) Jones and the 1940 Warrior Football team. The new members were inducted during a breakfast ceremony Aug. 29.
*CHS junior Maddie Dunlap led the Lady Warriors Cross Country team at the Pickerington CC Classic with a first place finish out of 277 runners with a time of 19:39, an early season best record for her.
*Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) officials unveiled a glimpse of a $160 million capital improvement project referred to as “the park master plan”. The plan will upgrade facilities and trails at campgrounds over the next 5-7 years, includes zipline, water features, and upgraded campgrounds. Funds will come from oil and gas revenues.
*John Walters, DVM, was inducted into the Carroll County Farm Bureau Hall of Fame during their annual meeting Sept. 8. Walters grew up on a 72-acre farm in Lee Twp. and worked his way through school, graduating from The Ohio State University and becoming a veterinarian in 1971. He was also named grand marshal of the Carrollton Christmas Parade held Nov. 28.
*Macey Stevens, a Bell-Herron Middle School student, was crowned reserve champion in National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Future Intermediate Reining for Individuals at the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) finals in Oklahoma City.
*Taylor Fair, the number one seed in her division, represented CHS at the East District Girls Tennis Sectional held at Dover City Park Sept. 28 and 29. She defeated McKenna Rose of Dover and retained her Division II Sectional Title. The sophomore competed in the district competition where she won the two matches needed to advance to the state tournament. She finished in top eight at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Girls Tennis State Championships held Oct. 16-17 at Lindner, OH. Fair was named to the Division II second team for the 2015 Ohio Tennis Coaches’ Association Girl’s All-State Tennis Team.
*FFA Camp Muskingum officials celebrated the first step in their campaign to construct a new Muskingum Discovery Center. A groundbreaking was held on the banks of Leesville Lake for a $2.8 million facility to replace the former Nature Center, which was destroyed by fire in 2001.
*Leesville officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the new $2.4 million waste water treatment plant Oct. 17. Mayor John Traxler said the project was actually started in 2004 and, with funding from the Ohio Water Development Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency and Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District, the plant is paid for and the village is debt free regarding it.
*The 8th grade Warriors earned their third NBC title in four years after defeating Canton South Wildcats 28-14.
*Lineal Industries of Pennsylvania donated $119,876 worth of materials to the Carrollton Board of Education to be used on the hiking and walking trails at the school property on Scio Rd.
*The Sandy Valley Cardinals football team ended regular season play with a 9-1 record. They earned the right to compete in the Division V Regional quarter finals beating East Palestine. Their historic season took them to the Division V Regional semifinals where they were defeated by Canton Central Catholic.
*The Carrollton FFA Livestock Judging Team placed 15th in the nation during the national contest held during the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY. The team consisted of Travis Johnson and Dylan Pape, 2015 CHS graduates, Kady Davis, a senior, and Adam Bryan, a junior. Kelli Pridemore is the FFA advisor.
*John Hoopingarner, executive director of MWCD, was appointed to the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission by Ohio Governor John Kasich. Hoopingarner’s term runs through June 29, 2021.
*An asphalt grinder ruptured a residential gas line at the intersection of SR 164 and SR 9, virtually shutting Kilgore down for several hours. The grinder cut the gas line, which was buried about 7.5 inches deep. Due to the bank being cut back by traffic and erosion, the ground cover was reduced over the line.
*Carroll County resident Jeff Hothem was named the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Puller of the Year during the 10th annual banquet held in Indianapolis. Hothem is a 14-year veteran of the sort and pulls the NAPA/Caarlyle Tools Fully Loaded Unlimited Alcohol Super Stock tractor.
*Officials of Sol Harris/Day Architecture of North Canton presented Carrollton School Board members with a feasibility study regarding construction of new K-12 buildings for the district. The design contains plans for a complete new facility, including elementary, middle and high schools classrooms. The first phase of the project is construction of a building to house grades 9-12.
*Karl Schumacher resigned as treasurer for Carrollton Rotary after 35 years of service. He will continue working with the club as an active member.
*The Conotton Valley Rockets boys basketball team scored 85+ points in victories at home. They defeated East Richland 92-24 and Shenandoah 86-77.
*Carrollton Police first asked the public to help identify a man who robbed the Carrollton Office of the Huntington Bank on Oct. 2. The man was described as African American, over 6 feet tall, around 150 pounds and in his mid-20s. He entered the bank around 5:10 p.m. and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The man did not show a gun but got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.