Author: Leigh Ann Rutledge

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Pick up a copy of the Dec. 1 issue of The Carroll County Messenger for holiday information, including the gift guide, parade results and more.  Find out the new “item” you can borrow from the Carroll County District Library and see winter sports teams opening games. 

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Health department investigating E.coli outbreak at Stony Lake

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter The Carroll County General Health District (health department) board learned of an E. coli issue at Stony Lake during the Nov. 17 meeting.  According to Courtney Grossman, director of environmental health, there could be several reasons for the issue. She noted the lake has been drained due to a dam issue and a lot of the homes are up for sale. The lots are

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Classifieds

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! Real Estate Take advantage

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Warrior bowling teams earn split in opening week action

Carrollton varsity bowling teams couldn’t muster enough pins to get past Perry on the opening day of the 2021-22 regular season but rebounded the following day to earn wins over Jackson. The boys team fell to Perry 2,759-2,571 at Hall of Fame Lanes in Canton and defeated Jackson 2,476-2,360 at Parke Center while the Lady Warriors fell by 33 pins to Perry, 2,565 – 2,532 and downed Jackson 2,291-1642. Boys

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Audrey Cole murder trial scheduled to begin Dec. 6

The jury trial of Audrey Cole, also known as Audrey Branch, is scheduled to begin Dec. 6 in Carroll County Common Pleas Court.  Cole, 34, has been held in the county jail since being charged with murder and felonious assault in the May 3 shooting death of Matthew Michael Mott, with whom she resided, at 6344 Arbor Rd. NE, Mechanicstown. Cole is represented by Attorney April Campbell and Atty. Chase

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COVID booster doses available

 A booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is now available for individuals who have received the first and second doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine only at least 6 months ago (or a third dose if immunocompromised), and at least 18 years old. Booster doses are also authorized for all recipients of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months following the initial dose, or at least

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Around the county…

December – 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 open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Tuesdays – Carrollton Rotary Club meets at St. John’s Villa at noon.  Dec. 4 – Community Breakfast at Loudon Twp. Community Center 7:30-10 a.m. Includes eggs, bacon, sausage, French

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Holiday Event Calendar

Activities Carrollton The Ashton House Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 24. Decorated for the season. Located at 120 3rd St. NW, Carrollton.  Dec. 3 & 4 – McCook House Civil War Museum ‘Unveiling of the Trees’ at the museum in Carrollton from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free. Donations are welcome. Dec. 2 – Christmas Favors Make & Take class at

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Evening Christmas parade a hit!

By  Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Associate Editor Like a scene from a Hallmark movie, a light snow fell as people lined the streets in Carrollton for the first night Christmas parade.  Bundled up against the chill in the air, parade goers of all ages waited for the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Their “sleigh”, a restored 1931 Chevrolet fire engine owned by Ron and JoAnn Dennis. On cue, when the

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Dana R. Elifritz, 57

Dana R. Elifritz, 57, of Carrollton, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 23, 2021, in Cleveland Clinic Mercy Medical Center at Canton following a brief illness. Born Feb. 13, 1964, in East Liverpool, she was the daughter of the late Duane Russ and Sharon Lou Steele McLean. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter Kylie Brianne Elifritz.  Dana served as a paramedic for 19 years and taught

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Robert L. Lucas, 62

Robert “Bob” L. Lucas, 62, of Carrollton, passed away in his home Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Born Feb. 14, 1959, in Canton, he was a son of the late William R. and Dolores R. Wigley Lucas. During his life Bob enjoyed fishing and worked for the Ohio Poly Corporation for over 20 years. He is survived by his brother, Wayne (Kim) Lucas; two sisters, Cheryl Mercurio and Tanya Schuck; and

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Gerald H. Snyder, 88

Gerald “Jerry” H. Snyder, 88, of Carrollton passed away Monday morning Nov. 22, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. Born Sept. 10, 1933, in Massillon, he was a son of the late William and Mary Hershberger Snyder. Jerry loved sports. He was a coach of several different sports for kids of all ages in the Carrollton and Minerva area. When he wasn’t coaching or watching sports, he enjoyed spending

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The news you want – from the people you know.

The Nov. 24 issue of The Carroll County Messenger is packed with information for the holiday season and the winter sports season. A list of area holiday events is inside, along with school news and community government reports. Read about your favorite sports teams, who is returning, promising newcomers and more. On newsstands today.

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Injuries reported in house fire

A mother and her four children are homeless after a fire destroyed their home in the early morning hours Nov. 20.  Ralph Castellucci, chief of Great Trail Fire Department, said the department was toned out at 2:26 a.m. for a fully involved structure fire at 49 Arbor Rd., Minerva.  Castellucci said both floors of the two-story home were engulfed when they arrived on scene.  The occupants were out of the

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Evening parade kicks off holiday events in Carrollton

Amsterdam, Minerva hosting December parades CCM Staff Report It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in area communities.  The first light snowfall of the season blanketed parts of the county Nov. 14, setting the mood for the holiday season.  It’s all about lights this year in Carrollton with a Public Square lighting ceremony planned Nov. 27 at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Christmas parade,

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Minerva merchants plan Shop Small Saturday event

Minerva will celebrate Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and ensure communities stay strong and vibrant. On Nov. 27, a wide variety of businesses throughout the village will offer discounts, giveaways, door prizes, activities and more. A map of all participating businesses, their hours and special offers will be available at the businesses and on the Minerva Area Chamber of

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Assistance available with winter heating bills through HEAP

The Ohio Department of Development and HARCATUS Tri-County Community Action Organization, Inc. are reminding Ohioans assistance is available to help with home energy bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps Ohioans at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines pay heating bills. Ohioans who are threatened with disconnection, have been disconnected from their utility service, transferring services, establishing new services, at or below 25 percent fuel, or

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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! Real Estate

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Herman proposes CV students attend core classes at home school, tech classes at BCC

By Jacquie Humphrey  CCM Correspondent Conotton Valley Local School District Superintendent Todd Herman presented school board members with the option of having Conotton Valley students who attend Buckeye Career Center complete the academic portion of their classes at Conotton Valley. Herman presented statistics he’d compiled on both attendance and financials of the arrangement. Herman stressed he is “not trying to compete with Buckeye as far as skills (training)” goes but

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Dale E. Hull, 93

Dale Eugene Hull, 93, died Nov. 21, 2021, peacefully at Mercy Hospital, Canton. Born Oct. 3, 1928, at home on the family farm in Fox Township, Carroll County, he was a son to father, George E. Hull and mother, Mabel (Ray) Hull.  Dale is survived by his two sons, Skip (Pam) Hull of Los Lunas, NM, and Randy (Linda) Hull of Carrollton; three grandchildren, Scott Hull of Canton, Keri (Hull)

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George K. Butler, 89

George K. Butler, 89, of Salineville, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.  Born Feb. 7, 1932, in Norfolk, OH, he was a son to G. Ross and Grace (Kelley) Butler.  He had worked for Hercules Motors in Canton and the Tennessee Gas Company and was the owner of the Hoot Owl Inn in Malvern.  He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1950 and was a US Army veteran having served in

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Sandra J. Busler, 86

Sandra Jane (Simmons) Busler, 86 of Dallas, OR, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, from complications of Lewy-Body Dementia with her daughters by her side.  Never a dull moment with Sandy as she will been seen driving her golf cart with a bag of clubs, her beloved fishing poles and tackle box, and sewing machine, behind her.  Sandy retired after 30 years teaching in the Carrollton Exempted Village School District.  She began

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2022 county dog license go on sale Dec. 1

Carroll County dog licenses will be on sale Dec. 1 through Jan. 31, 2022, for the 2022 year. Late fees will apply to all tags purchased after Jan. 31, 2022. Cost is $16 for a one-year tag, $48 for a three-year tag, $80 for a kennel license and $160 for a permanent tag. Kennel licenses must be purchased in the Auditor’s office and the applicant must have a valid vendors

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Holiday event listing

Thanksgiving has arrived and holiday events will begin. A listing is provided below.  Activities Carrollton: The Ashton House Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Dec. 24. Decorated for the season. Located at 120 3rd St. NW, Carrollton.  Nov. 26 – Jonathan White Christmas Concert at 6:30 p.m. at Carrollton Bible Chapel, 365 Steubenville Rd. SE, Carrollton. Public invited with a cookie reception following. Admission is gloves

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Around the county…

November – 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 open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.   Tuesdays – Carrollton Rotary Club meets at St. John’s Villa at noon.  Thursdays – Women for Christ-Give Back Ministries will host a talk at 5 p.m. about what is

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Isaiah K. Meek, 22

Isaiah Kristofer Meek, 22, of Carrollton passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at University Hospital in Cleveland surrounded by family after a brief battle with COVID-19.  The son of Shane and Anitra Meek, Isaiah was a 2018 graduate of Carrollton High School and Buckeye Career Center’s Graphic Arts Program. His talent as an artist was one of his greatest accomplishments. He loved to entertain and beguiled audiences with his larger-than-life stage presence

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Local News, Local Views

The Nov. 17 issue of The Carroll County Messenger is filled with information, including business, school, sports and more. Read about GPS’s expansion project, economic development updates, a new business and area council meetings. Read about area resident Ed Tasker’s recently published book and where to purchase your copy.

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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! Real Estate Take

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Free Thanksgiving meal offered Saturday at Amsterdam church

A free Thanksgiving dinner is planned, Saturday, Nov. 20, at Amsterdam Community Church of God, located at 8247 Bear Rd, SE, from 4-6 p.m.   Pastor David Guess said one of the main purposes of the dinner is to foster community in the area and express thankfulness to God for the past year.  The meal consists of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, roll and dessert.  The event is an eat-in-only

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Students inducted into National Honor Society

Several students were inducted into the Malvern High School National Honor Society recently. They included (front from left): Frank McClelland, Shane Rodgers, Samuel Foster, Seth Kandel, Daniel Untch, Ibai Garcia-Echeverria and Tristan Phillips. Back row: Marella Smith, Maddie Powers, Isabelle Witherow, Savannah Klotz, Gabrielle Ritter and Abigail Young. Absent Rhea El-Hayek.

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Students inducted into National Honor Society

The Carrollton High School National Honor Society (NHS) induction ceremony was held recently at the high school. Twenty-nine students were inducted. Parker Varney, president of the Carrollton chapter, served as emcee. Erin King, vice president, spoke on scholarship; Jessi Cramer, secretary, service; Josie Burgett and Kendall Mallarnee, historians, leadership and character, respectively. The chamber chorus performed the Star Spangled Banner, CHS alma mater and “Be A Light.” Jason Paxton serves

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CHS fall sports wrap up

Carrollton High School sports teams recently wrapped up successful fall sports seasons.  Here’s a wrap up of all teams, including junior high.  Varsity Football Regular season record: 7-3. OHSAA playoffs: Defeated Cambridge 37-21 in the first round; lost to St. Clairsville 38-9 in the second round.  Finished second in the Eastern Buckeye Conference with a 4-2 record. League Standings: 1.) West Branch 6-0; 2.) Carrollton 4-2; 3.) Alliance 3-3; 4.)

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You dream it, E-Z Graphics designs it

Kevin Ketchum expands internet business, opens shop in downtown Carrollton By Carol McIntire Editor Kevin Ketchum is putting a new twist on the traditional t-shirt shack.  The Mechanicstown native opened E-Z Graphics and Print at 86 W. Main St. Carrollton, about three months ago and is applying graphics to just about anything a customer wants.  “I’ve been interested in graphics and designs for a long time. I started playing around

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Around the county…

November – 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 open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Nov. 17 – “Owls and Hawks” by Nancy Owen at Carroll County District Library at 5:30 p.m. Registration required at 330-627-2613. Nov. 19 – Giving Thanks Story Time at

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‘Rocks and Bottles’ stories fill pages of book

By Leigh Ann Rutledge Associate Editor A chat with a neighbor at the fence between their backyards led to a 30+ year career in law enforcement for Ed Tasker.  A memoir written for his children, detailing those 30+ years, resulted in “Rocks and Bottles”, a recently published book. Tasker, who now resides in Perry Twp., began jotting down the true account of his years in law enforcement nearly five years

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GPS celebrates expansion project with ribbon cutting

CCM Staff Report Golden Protective Services (GPS) celebrated a move to the company’s new location on SR 332 last week with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the new facility. Charles James, National Accounts/Ohio Operations for GPS, expressed his appreciation to those who made the project possible. “GPS was fortunate enough to have an elite team of contractors and services, as well as state and local government officials who

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Harry L. Shoemaker, 70

Harry L. Shoemaker, 70, of Dellroy, was taken home by the good Lord Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born Oct. 14, 1951, in the state of New York, he was a son to the late Harry Shoemaker and Dorothy Tunison.  Harry was a self-employed trucker with Shoemaker Trucking for many years. He loved to work on demolition derby cars and enjoyed sports like football, hunting,

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Kay L. Turvey, 84

Kay Louise Turvey, 84, of New Castle, PA, passed away Nov. 13, 2021.  Born Sept. 8, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Dwight and Muriel Hanson.  She is survived by a sister, Karen Bray of Bergholz; sons, Jerry R. Lewis of Akron and Jeff L. (Sheridan) Lewis of Rock Springs, WY; and grandsons, Mike R. Lewis and family of Carrollton, and Chris Lewis and spouse of Atlanta, GA.

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Sister Agnes Pisarchick, 82

Sister Agnes Pisarchick, a Sister of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Canton.  Born in Brockway, PA, Feb. 1, 1939, Sr. Agnes entered religious life July 19, 1959, in Erie, PA. She made her temporary profession in 1962 and final profession in 1965. She was preceded in deathbyher parents, Francis J. and Maria Pisarchick.  Sister Agnes received a bachelor’s

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MaryLee Vahalik, 87

MaryLee Vahalik, 87, of Amsterdam passed away Sunday afternoon Nov. 7, 2021, in her home.  Born June 15, 1934, in Amsterdam, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Hazel Lee Gooderl.  Mary worked all her life as a farmwife, raising her family and helping her husband operate the family farm. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amsterdam and the Catholic Women’s Club.  She is

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Sandra J. Findley, 77

Sandra J. Findley, 77, of Waynesburg, passed away in her home Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Sandra Jean “Sandy” Findley, the daughter of George and Charlotte (Steffy) Lenarz was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Canton.   She graduated from Hoover High School, North Canton in 1962.  On June 8, 1968, Sandy was united in marriage with William “Bill” Findley in Canton.    Sandy was a member of Carrollton Bible Chapel, serving on several committees. She volunteered with Farm

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James J. McVerry, 87

James Joseph McVerry, 87, of Malvern, died Nov. 11, 2021, at his residence.   He was born May 26, 1934, in Allegheny, PA. James served in the Navy. Following his discharge, James worked as a pharmacist at different hospitals.  James is survived by his stepdaughter, Vonne Michel of Malvern. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by wife, Patricia, and his brother, Dennis. Per his request, there will be

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Nancy E. Pellegrene, 87

Nancy Elizabeth Pellegrene, 87, of Malvern, passed away Nov. 10, 2021, at Carroll Healthcare Center on.  Born Feb. 7, 1934, in Canton, she was a daughter to Robert and Francess (McInally) SwearingenNancy was a member of First Christian Church of Malvern where she sang in the choir. She was a stay-at-home mom while her children were being raised. She later worked as a gate guard at Lake Mohawk for 16

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Edward Barnhart, Sr., 83

Edward Barnhart Sr., 83, of Cadiz, went home to the Lord Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021, at home, with his wife by his side. Born June 17, 1938, he was a son of the late Clarence and Laura Dalrymple Barnhart. Edward was a retired employee of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Pentecostal by faith, owner of Barnhart Auction Service and a U.S. Army veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in

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Kenneth Beatty, 70

Kenneth “Kenny” Beatty, 70, of Carrollton, passed away after a brief illness Nov. 8, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center. Born Feb. 25, 1951, in Jefferson County, Ohio, he was a son of the late Roy and Dorothy Hill Beatty.  Kenny was a graduate of Carrollton High School and was employed by the Ohio Department of Transportation for 34 years. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and a good game of euchre, but

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Willa M. Pait, 75

Willa Mae Pait, 75, of Canton, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center.   Born July 11, 1946, in Wilkinson, WV, she was a daughter to James and Mary (Muncy) Williams.  Willa is survived by a daughter, Sabrina (Roger) Perry of Whitman, WV; two sons, Franklin  (Linda) Fitzgerald of Massillon and Clark Cordell Fitzgerald of Canton; nine grandchildren, Scott (Christine) Serry, Jennifer (Larry) Payne, Michael (Tiffany) Fitzgerald, Matthew

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Robert L. Warner, Jr., 69

Robert Lawrence Warner Jr., 69, of Dellroy, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Cleveland Clinic.   Born June 17, 1952, in Massillon, he was a son to the late Robert L. Sr. and Eleanor (Ramsire) Warner.    Robert worked for the government as a draftsman.  After he retired, he worked for Carrollton Autozone. Robert is survived by his wife, Janice Warner of Dellroy; a daughter, Debra (David) Schneider of Dellroy; a son,

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The news you want…from the people you know.

The Nov. 10 issue of The Carroll County Messenger salutes US veterans in recognition of Veterans Day 2021. Celebrate the Lady Lions cross country state championship, see what is up with the county Commerce Park, grand jury indictments and more.

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Alan Jones shares story of fiery USS Forrestal experience

By Leigh Ann Rutledge Associate Editor According to an official U.S. Navy website, history.Navy.mil, “within five seconds of the accidental firing of a Zuni 5-inch rocket which slammed into an A-4E Skyhawk (fighter jet) and caught fire Skyhawks on either side of the wounded aircraft were rapidly engulfed by fire.” This was the beginning of a horrific tragedy July 29, 1967, on the USS Forrestal, a Navy aircraft carrier stationed

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Grand jury indictments

A Canton man who fled law enforcement after a high-speed chase Oct. 28 in Carroll County was one of 11 indictments handed down by a Carroll County grand jury Nov. 3. Kaleb Scott Armstrong was indicted for Failure to Comply With the Signal of a Police Officer, a third-degree felony, and remains at large.  Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Steven D. Barnett said Armstrong fled from a sheriff deputy who attempted

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