Letters to the Editor


To the Editor:

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, the final Coley’s Stag reunion will be held at Long’s storage units on Canton Rd. starting at 11 a.m.

The reunion committee has enjoyed putting on this annual event since 1997, but as they say, all good things must come to an end. And although the decision to end the reunion was a difficult one, it was one that we felt needed to be made.

We hope that everyone has enjoyed attending the event over the years as much as we have enjoyed putting it on. A lot of people have been through our doors and a lot of memories have been made.

The committee would like to invite you to come out one more time and help us honor the memories of Russ and Henry.

Chris Jones

Coley’s Stag Reunion Committee member


To the Editor

Saturday evening (Sept. 30), the Carrollton Warrior Marching Band hosted the 54th annual Carrollton Band Extravaganza. The Carrollton Band Boosters would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of those who participated in and supported this outstanding event.

First of all, to the staff and students of the nine bands who worked diligently to provide the community with quality performances.

Secondly, our advertising and signs and plaques for the individual bands were sponsored by local businesses. They are Carrollton Ace Hardware, McFadden Insurance Agency, Stoneman Law/Stoneman Title Agency, Braces, Paperworks & More, Huebner Chevrolet–Subaru, Pellegrino Music Center, Dr. Bruce E. Barker, DDS, Que Pasa, Ron Ruegg Automotive, Hair Gallery, Smitty’s Drilling, Fair Vision, Guess Motors, Deluxe Body Shop, Carrollton Country Flowers and Carson’s Napa Auto Parts.

Next we would like to thank those who provided vital services in order for our band show to run smoothly. They are Carroll County Sheriff’s Department who directed traffic for our show, EMT Ambulance was on hand to provide emergency services to all those who attended and the Carrollton FFA Alumni oversaw the parking for this event.

A huge thank you goes out to The Free Press Standard for putting together the inserts for the newspaper and providing those that were handed out at the show. To all the businesses and individuals who allowed the band to place signs in your yards, thank you for your support.

Mr. Craig Brooks graciously served as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Finally, thank you to Jon Rinkes of Rinkes Insurance for the dramatic fireworks finale that put the finish touch on what was a spectacular band show.

To our numerous parent volunteers who performed the various tasks planning, leading up to and during this event, your time and sacrifice do not go unnoticed. This is a community that has generously supported our instrumental music program in the past and continues to show its support to our outstanding young musicians that are a part of “The Pride of Carroll County …The Carrollton Warrior Marching Band!”

Anitra Meek

Band Booster President


To the editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in the recent Carroll County Republican Meet the Judges Reception.  Over 100 people attended the event with Judges from Carroll, Stark and Columbiana Counties together with Judges from the 7th and 5th District Courts of Appeals. The event was a fundraiser for the Carroll County Republican Central Committee Judicial Fund. The fund is established to assist qualified judicial candidates. Due to the high number of attendees and other concerned contributors, over $10,500 was collected.

These funds will help the Central Committee educate and inform the public about the records, philosophy and demeanor of all judicial candidates.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor has repeatedly emphasized the importance of a well-informed electorate in judicial elections. Public confidence in a fair and impartial judiciary is essential in protecting our freedoms.  The public must believe their judiciary is following the rule of law.

Thanks to Hart Mansion Restaurant management and staff in Minerva for providing excellent food and service in a beautiful, historic setting. Thanks also to the Carroll County Republican Women’s Organization, who  hosted the event. They recognize the importance of upcoming judicial elections.

Finally, thanks to the Minerva Police Department and the Carroll County Sheriff’s  Department  for  providing security  for all of those in attendance.

Jeff Mangun


Carroll County Republican Party


To the Editor:

The HARCATUS Carroll County Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the following for their very generous support during our recent summit: Kathy Greene, John and Eileen Miller, Ben Franklins in Carrollton, Hospice Browse and Buy in Carrollton, Shonda and Jimmy Sheppard, Larry and Stephanie Erwin, Bud’s Florist in Carrollton, County Flowers in Carrollton and Bonnie Shockley.

Their donations of a huge variety of items made our Tri-County Summit a success and will help many Carroll County families during our blanket give-away. We truly appreciate their support.

A special thank you to the guest speakers: Shari Bell, Ronnie Shockley, Patsy Varner and Chad representing the Boss Bison Ranch of Cadiz.

Marie Shire Ware

PAC chair

Susan Erwin

PAC secretary


To the Editor:

The Carrollton Area Missionaries (CAM) would like to thank everyone who helped with the funding of these projects:

Three families helped from the kindness of donations from area businesses and private individuals and churches.

These families have been burdened from serious illness and lack of finances.

Family number one needed skirting around the mobile home, shed roof repaired, lattice around porch, rear steps replaced, roof coating, wood box and a space heater.

Family number two needed partial funds to help install new storm windows.

Family number three needed help, with you generosity, to replace roof and coating to reseal.

None of this would have been accomplished without the help of loving and caring residents or our community, churches and businesses.

God bless all of you.

Kilgore Evangelical Church

CAM Missionaries