Author: Leigh Ann Rutledge

Investigation begins into early morning fatal fire

On Sept. 29 at 4:19 a.m., the Great Tral Fire District was dispatched to a shed fire at 2256 Alliance Rd., Malvern, where there was a fatality. The shed was being used as a residence. “The building was fully engulfed,” said Chief Ralph Castellucci. “This is a fatality, fire units are working with the State Fire Marshall, coroner’s office and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.”

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Joseph Ellison Schier

Joseph Ellison Schier, 73, of Carrollton, Ohio passed away following a brief illness on Sept. 25, 2022, with his family by his side. He was born in Chesterfield, SC to Harry and Myrtle Schier on Aug. 1, 1949. After graduating from Chesterfield High School, he moved to Ohio in 1967. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and served as a Military Police Officer in Vietnam, earning several commendations and campaign

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Minerva to host Oktoberfest on Oct. 1 at Municipal Park

The fall season will be celebrated at Minerva’s Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 1, noon-7 p.m., in Municipal Park.There is no admission charge to attend the festival.The day’s activities begin with a Walk to End Alzheimer’s, 9 a.m.-noon, in the park, organized by Minerva Memory Makers. For more information about the walk, contact Theresa Linder, 330-205-5561.Live music begins at noon with The Polka Pirates, playing polkas and other tunes, followed by

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Homecomings

Members of the Carrollton High School 2022 Fall Homecoming Court were announced last week. The queen will be crowned during pre-game festivities of the Carrollton vs. Alliance football game Sept. 30 beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.Members of the court include: Madilynn (Madi) Baker, daughter of Brent and Shannon Baker of Carrollton and the late Jennifer Baker; Molly Brace, daughter of Beau and Marissa Brace of Carrollton; Maddie Burgett, daughter of

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Witherow sets new passing mark; Malvern shuts out Strasburg

By Carol McIntireEditorJared Witherow is etching his name in the Malvern football history book.The sophomore quarterback set a new single game passing record Friday with 350 yards through the air against the Strasburg Tigers Friday at Malvern. The new mark is 13 yards better than the previous record of 337 yards set in 2010 by Shawn Ball.The 6-4, 175-pounder completed 21 of 25 passes, including four touchdowns, in the Hornets

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Warriors claim third consecutive EBC championship

Carrollton defeated runner-up West Branch by 331 strokes to win its four consecutive Eastern Buckeye Conference (EBC) boys golf championship Sept. 19 at Salem Country Club.Carrollton recorded a team score of 308 while West Branch tallied a 339, Marlington 343, Minerva 388, Salem 404 and Alliance 455.The season-ending tournament also marked the third time the Warriors were undefeated in regular season play. The team finished the 2019 season with a

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Growing up in Malvern, 1960s style

Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter Dr. Tom Romano shared his insider’s view of his father’s Red’s Night Club and Bowling Alley as well as a bird’s eye view of 1960s Malvern hosted by The Malvern Historical Society on Sept. 16.  Romano is a professor at Miami University of Ohio and has written seven books. He began recalling childhood memories and wrote 30 prominent ones and stuck them on a board.  Romano

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Calvin Graham appointed acting sheriff

By Carol McIntireEditor Colonel Calvin Graham was appointed Acting Carroll County Sheriff during the Sept. 26 meeting of county commissioners. Graham fills the position left vacant by the death of Sheriff Dale Williams Sept. 24.He was sworn in immediately by Common Pleas Judge Michael V. Repella, II.According to Carroll County Board of Elections officials, since Williams was a Democrat, the Carroll County Democrat Central and Executive Committee has not less

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Sheriff Dale Williams remembered as a dedicated public servant

CCM Staff Report Carroll County Sheriff Dale R. Williams is being remembered as a man of dedication to his county, his profession and those he served.The office he led for the last 18 years announced his death on Facebook the morning of Sept. 24, saying, “It is with our deepest sympathy that we inform the community that after 18 years of proudly serving Carroll County as your sheriff, Dale R.

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Dale R. Williams

Dale R. Williams, sheriff of Carroll County, loving husband, and father of two children, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. He was 74. Dale was born on August 22, 1948, the second of twins, and lived his entire life in Carroll County. He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1966 and began his career in law enforcement in 1969 as a dispatcher for then Carroll County Sheriff Dean Yeager.

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Rita Ann Mehrman

Rita Ann Mehrman, 78, of East Canton, passed away at Mercy Medical Center on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.   Rita was born in Bellevue, Ohio on October 13, 1943 to Russell and Vivian (Frost) Keller.   Rita loved to travel and taking care of her family.  Rita is survived by three daughters:  Tamara (Todd) Lama of East Canton, Robin (Jeff) Boone of Waynesburg, and Tonya (Steve) Hoiland of Massillon; 11 grandchildren; 37

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Angela K. Bowie

Angela K. Bowie, 48, of Dellroy, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Canton, OH, from injuries sustained from a vehicle accident. She was born on Aug. 20, 1974, in Gallipolis, Ohio to Sandy Robinson and James Edward Bush. Angie was a member of the Theophilus Church in Louisville. She enjoyed watching her daughter play basketball, as well as taking care of her family and their two pugs, Doug and

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Lorrie L. Kaltenbaugh

Lorrie L. Kaltenbaugh, 50, of Strasburg, formerly of Carrollton, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2022 in her home. A daughter of Robert and Shirley (Davis) Hendrix, she was born on Aug. 24, 1972, in Canton, Ohio.  Lorrie worked at Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital for eleven years as a Medical Assistant.  She loved having fun and traveling, especially to the ocean. Above all, she loved her family and spending time with them,

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Alfred Joseph Burford

Alfred Joseph Burford, 94, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022.  He was born in Malvern, Ohio on May 15, 1928, to Earl and Gladys (Norris) Burford.  Joe graduated from Malvern High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After discharge from the Navy, Joe and his wife moved to Charlottesville where he attended UVA, earning a BS in Electronical Engineering. Joe worked at Sperry, NRAO, and FSTC in Charlottesville. He was

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Earl J. Ledford

Earl J. Ledford, 96, a longtime Dellroy, Ohio resident, died Monday evening, Sept. 19, 2022.  He was a jack of all trades, a Christmas light connoisseur, a master at the two-finger wave, he never met a stranger, and his smile would light up a room. A self-taught electrician, carpenter, and plumber there truly was nothing he could not do. If you had the pleasure of sitting with him on his

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Van Horne Grand Tea Room readied for first anniversary celebration

The historic Van Horne building sits at the corner of West Main and North Lisbon Sts. in Carrollton exactly as it did when construction was completed in 1827.It is an elegantly simple building that has witnessed countless changes to the landscape and makeup of Carrolton. It has been home to simple shops and elegant balls and has been both the center of local culture and at times has sat abandoned

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VFW Post 3301 auxiliary receives state’s top honor

V.F.W. Fighting McCook Post 3301 Auxiliary and President Tammy Newbold received the State of Ohio V.F.W. Auxiliary Award, the highest honors for the state of Ohio.Awards were presented at the 2022 convention held in Sandusky.There are 200 auxiliaries in the state of Ohio and out of that five receive outstanding president awards, five receive runner-up presidential awards, and President Tammy Newbold received the top honor.Auxiliaries are required to complete all

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Rockets knock off once-beaten Bridgeport Bulldogs

By Carol McIntireEditorIn 1978, Conotton Valley Football Coach Don Hertler was a sophomore at North Canton Hoover High School. His junior varsity coach was Dick Gross.Friday, Gross, who retired from coaching in 2011, was on the sidelines watching his former player lead his Rockets to a 42-18 win over the previously once-beaten Bridgeport Bulldogs.“When Don was a sophomore our quarterback was Todd Blackledge: ever heard that name?” Gross asked leaning

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Turnovers translate into early scores as Warriors rout Garfield

By Carol McIntireEditorCarrollton turned two early Garfield fumbles into touchdowns and cruised to a 49-18 non-conference win in a rare Saturday afternoon game at Akron Sept. 17.A quick touchdown by junior Ryan Kiko after the visiting Warriors pounced on a Rams fumble on the second play of the game and a one yard score by senior Ben Zinda on a third-and-13 play on Garfield’s next possession gave the Warriors a

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Church corn maze offers fun, Biblical message

The Perrysville Church is hosting The Amazing Grace Maze on the following Saturdays, Sept. 24, Oct. 8 and Oct. 22, 4-7 p.m. A community wiener roast will be held Sunday, Oct. 30, 4-5:30 p.m.The maze has eight rooms and goes from the book of Genesis to Revelations.“Last year we did not have corn and had to use cardboard,” said Pastor Dixie Hendricks. “This year we planted an actual corn maze.”Those

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Sherrodsville man’s good deed does not go unnoticed

By Thomas ClapperReporterChester and Shannan Francois of Francois Enterprises, LLC. surprised Toys For Tots Coordinator and Marine Bob Stratton of Sherrodsville with a free makeover of his Toys For Tots car.Stratton lost his business, Lincolns and Things, his cars and Toys For Tots toys to a fire on Dec. 6, 2021. Approximately 8,000 toys for the Tuscarawas County Toys for Tots program were lost in the fire.Mechanically Stratton’s car could

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Charles Alan Morckel

Charles Alan Morckel, age 63 of East Rochester, passed away at Aultman Health Foundation on Sunday, September 18, 2022.  Charles was born in Alliance, Ohio on August 25, 1959 to David O. Morckel and the late Mary (Walters) Hartshorne. Charles was a truck driver.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.Charles is survived by three daughters:  Jessica (Arsell) Allen of East Rochester, Felicia Morckel of Salem, and Danielle Gandee of Salem; two

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Franklin “Jack” Graber

Franklin “Jack” Graber, 90, of Mechanicstown, grew up in a Mennonite community and has always been a religious person. After moving into the area, he joined the First United Methodist Church of Carrollton. Born Jan. 24, 1932, on a farm near Pretty Prairie, Kansas to John and Katie Graber. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served in Germany. He graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1959 with a

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Ethel Marie Espasandin

Ethel Marie Espasandin, 91, of Malvern, passed away at Aultman Compassionate Care Center on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022.   Ethel was born in Yorkville, Ohio on February 1, 1931 to George and Elizabeth (Walengisky) Atsalis.   Ethel enjoyed fishing, bingo, and camping. She and her husband traveled across the United States three times and across Canada once.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ethel is survived by her husband

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Wilbur W. Griffith

Wilbur W. Griffith age 72 of Salineville passed away Friday, Sept. 16, 2022. He was born Sept. 17, 1949, to the late Wilbur and Floris Griffith.  He joined the Army where he was stationed in Germany, where he earned the National Defense Medal. Wilbur loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed doing mechanical work. In his spare time, he listened to old country music, attended flea markets and watched

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Kenneth C. Shick, Sr.

Kenneth C. Shick, Sr., 87, of Paris, died Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, in Aultman Hospital.  He was born June 23, 1935, in New Salem, PA, to Harris and Mildred (Kline) Shick. He was raised in New Salem, New Bethlehem and Dayton, PA and graduated from Dayton, PA High School in 1953.  In the 60’s, he and his family moved to Ohio to continue his career in the car business. He

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Dustin J. Teeters

Dustin J. Teeters, 33, passed away suddenly Sept. 16, 2022. He was born Sept.17, 1988, to David and Melanie Teeters.  Dustin enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served his country in Afghanistan. He will be remembered for his passion for life, his love of motorcycles and music, and his solid faith in Jesus Christ, which helped to lead many friends and family to come to know the Lord. His

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Connie Jo Butterfield

Connie Jo Butterfield, age 53 of Minerva, passed away at on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022.  Connie was born in Canton April 11, 1969, to Joyce (Croston) Newman and the late Dennis Newman. Connie enjoyed singing and playing the piano.  She worked as a beautician and nail technician at Salon Revive in Minerva and was a member of New Covenant Church under Pastor Ron Mayle. Connie is survived by her mother,

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Rockets soar over Strasburg 50-22

Conotton Valley senior Evan Rice ran for five touchdowns as the Rockets routed Strasburg 50-22  Friday in an Inter Valley Conference (IVC) matchup.  Rice ran for 306 yards on 25 carries and added two 2-point conversions. The Rockets started fast and kept their foot on the accelerator, scoring 28 points in the first quarter and 16 in the second to hold a 38-8 halftime lead. Strasburg cut the lead to 38-22

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Warrior girls win team title at Dover Invitational

Elizabeth Funkhouser led the Carrollton girls to the championship title for large schools at the Dover Invitational Sept. 10. Athletes ran together in the boys and girls divisions and results were then broken down into large and small school division. Carrollton tallied 36 points in the six-team field to win the girls team trophy. Funkhouser, a senior, placed second overall in the girls race (first in the team competition) with

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Malvern celebrates with Dancing in the Park, funds raised go to community improvements

The Malvern Community Development Fund (MCDF) sponsored the annual Dancing in the Park event Sept. 10 that included stage performances by Luke Shreffler, Liberty Bridge Band, Saxy Rob and DJ’s Big Band. There was children’s play area, basket raffle, beer garden, as well as several food and craft vendors. The 911 Traveling Memorial was available for viewing to honor those who lost their lives in the tragic attack. With the

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New downtown Malvern mural honors village’s heritage

By Thomas Clapper, reporter Downtown Malvern is now home to a large mural honoring the village heritage by the Malvern Community Development Fund (MCDF) and several volunteers.  The project came about last year when the idea was brought to the committee and approved as the MCDF 2021 project for Dancing in the Park. MCDF Vice President Doug Wood came up with an online link for anyone to give input and

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Services AvailableOffstreet parking available in downtown Carrollton. Paved lot. Close to Courthouse and Public Square. Reasonable rates. Call 330-691-0118 or 330-805-7642.BUYINGTop prices paid for clean pre-owned guns, rifles, handguns and Thompson center muzzleloaders, estate purchases also. RUNZO’S Outdoor Sports on the strip St. Rt. 62 in Beloit 330-537-2137. Check Us Out on FB.Wanted Standing TimberStanding Timber & Walnut Trees. CALL Carroll County Logging 330-738-2050 or 440-897-0863 Local and 25 Years

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Thomas Cecil Garrison II, 38

Thomas Cecil Garrison II, 38, of Scio, passed away from an apparent reaction to a bee sting, at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.30, 2022, in the Emergency Room of Trinity Twin City Hospital in Dennison. He was born Oct. 8, 1983, in Alliance, son of Thomas Cecil Garrison Jr. and Andrea (Brewster) (fka Garrison) Bable. Although Thomas was born in Alliance, he spent most of his time in Scio and surrounding

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James A. Long, 86

James A. Long, 86, of Carrollton, entered into his eternal rest Aug. 22, 2022. Born Sept. 5, 1935, in Canton, he was the son of the late Frank and Lucille Long Jones.  He was a member of Dellroy United Methodist Church and was a certified lay speaker for 25 years. He was a member of Carroll County Genealogical Society and Carroll First Families, Carroll County Historical Society and Ohio Historical

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Offstreet parking Offstreet parking available in downtown Carrollton.  Paved lot. Close to Courthouse and Public Square.  Reasonable rates.  Call 330-691-0118  or 330-805-7642. Buying guns Top prices paid for clean pre-owned guns, rifles, handguns and Thompson center muzzleloaders, estate purchases also. RUNZO’S Outdoor Sports on the strip St. Rt. 62 in Beloit  330-537-2137.  Check Us Out on FB. Wanted Standing Timber & Walnut Trees. CALL Carroll County Logging 330-738-2050  or 440-897-0863 Local and 25 Years Experience! Household Bed-In-Box

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Step back in time to the French, Indian era at Great Trail Festival

The 41st annual Great Trail Festival will take place Aug. 27, 28 and Sept. 3-5 at the festival grounds on SR 43 outside of Malvern.The festival is a French and Indian era re-creation near the famous Great Indian Trail. It is a special celebration of American Folk Art with contemporary and country crafting, including Storybook Craft Village, where visitors will find handcrafted gifts and keepsakes.The State of Ohio Tomahawk Throwing

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Fall sports highlights

Football, soccer, volleyball, golf and cross country highlights are featured in this week’s issue of The Messenger. Follow the fall athletes from Carrollton, Conotton Valley, Malvern and Minerva schools.

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First car remains a member of Dunlap family

Gene Dunlap can proudly say he still owns his first car, a 1969 Camaro.  Dunlap’s dad brought the Fathom Green Chevy home from North Carolina and sold it to the late Scott Reed. Scott had the car painted Inca Gold by well-known painter, the late Dick Reed. When Scott decided to sell the car, Dunlap, who was 15, purchased it.  It sat for a year until he was old enough

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Manbeck says ’68 Camaro SS is ‘home to stay’

By Carol McIntire Editor Bob Manbeck’s “Kool Ride” dates back to his high school days.  The Kilgore area man was in junior high school when Chevrolet produced the 1968 Camaro SS which sported a 396 engine with a four-speed on the floor. A few years after he graduated from Jewett-Scio High School in 1974, in the late 1970s, he purchased one of those “muscle cars.” “My cousin owned the car,”

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Alice Rutledge Poplin, 66

Alice Rutledge Poplin, 66, of Carrollton, passed away Sunday afternoon Aug. 14, 2022, at Aultman Hospital in Canton following a brief illness. Born Dec. 6, 1955, in Canton, she was a daughter of the late R. Herb and Pat Eick Rutledge.  Alice was a 1974 graduate of Carrollton High School. After graduation she went on to earn her degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from The Ohio State University in 1978,

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Ellen Mary Kump, 98

Ellen Mary Kump, 98, of Minerva, passed away at her home Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022.  Born Sept. 26, 1923, in Limaville, OH, she was a daughter to Walter Earl and Estella Scyrmantha (Freshly) Bedford. Ellen Mary was a member of Minerva United Methodist Church. She worked a total of 45 years as a nurse with most of those years at the Alliance City Hospital. She also worked at the Minerva

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Around the county…

Mondays – Lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. by donation at the Warren Twp. Community Center on SR 212 in New Cumberland. Includes many sides, dessert and a drink. Plus, The Loft Resale Shop is open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.    Tuesdays – Carrollton Rotary Club meets at St. John’s Villa at noon.  Tuesdays – Narcotics Anonymous meets weekly at 7 p.m. at Carrollton Bible Chapel, 365 Steubenville Rd., Carrollton. 

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Canton man dies from injuries in SR 212 crash

A Canton man died Aug. 20 from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle crash on SR 212 in Carroll County.  Sergeant Gary Wolfe of the New Philadelphia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred at approximately 5:37 p.m.  seven-tenths of mile east of the Tuscarawas County line.  Wolfe said Paul V. Tuzzio, 53, was westbound on SR 212. While negotiating a curve to the left, his 2007

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Heading to the Big Apple

Emily Phillips realizes her dream with scholarship to Columbia University; embarks on career in medicine By Carol McIntire Editor When Emily Phillips packs her bags and heads to New York City to attend Columbia University later this week, she will embark on a path not many from this area have experienced.  Phillips, the daughter of Jim and Jamie Phillips of Amsterdam, was among the lowest percentage of students ever accepted

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Patricia E. Moyer, 80

Patricia E. Moyer (Pat), 80, of East Canton passed away peacefully with her family by her side Aug. 13, 2022.  Born May 3, 1942, she was the daughter of William and Lucille Schrecengost. Pat loved life, her family, friends and her grandchildren. She loved to camp, fish, hunt, play cards and embroidery, just to mention a few. Family and many friends will miss her baking, especially her homemade bread and

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Fall Sports Preview

Pick up a copy of the Aug. 17 issue of The Carroll County Messenger on newsstands Tuesday afternoon. The issue features the fall sports preview for Carrollton, Conotton Valley, Malvern and Minerva schools. Read about the upcoming expectations for football, golf, soccer, cross country and volleyball for the schools. Also The Messenger has upcoming events, council news, classifieds and more. To get The Messenger delivered to your mailbox or inbox,

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Council accepting letters for open seat

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter Carrollton Council announced the village is accepting letters of intent to fill a vacant council seat during the Aug. 8 meeting.  Letters must be received by Aug. 19 at noon. They can be dropped off at the Municipal Building on 2nd St. NE or emailed to clerk@villageofcarrollton.com. The vacant seat is that of the late Tom Parker. Council has 30 days to fill the

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 Off-street parking Offstreet parking available in downtown Carrollton.  Paved lot. Close to Courthouse and Public Square.  Reasonable rates.  Call 330-691-0118  or 330-805-7642. Buying guns Top prices paid for clean pre-owned guns, rifles, handguns and Thompson center muzzleloaders, estate purchases also. RUNZO’S Outdoor Sports on the strip St. Rt. 62 in Beloit  330-537-2137.  Check Us Out on FB. Wanted Standing Timber & Walnut Trees. CALL Carroll County Logging 330-738-2050  or 440-897-0863 Local and 25 Years Experience! Household

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Hornet football goals: improve each day, compete for IVC title

Malvern Football Head Coach Matt Chiurco will lead a young team this year but, he has a lot of experience returning.  Of the 13 lettermen returning, only two are seniors. The team lost several to graduation, including Tristan Phillips, Bryson White, KJ Thomas, Noah Ball (IVC North Player of the Year), Sam Foster, Will Steinberg, Kaden Grinder, Johnny Walker and Trevor Slider.  “We have 11 guys who at least started

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