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Barkan, Brace reign over winter homecoming festivities

By Carol McIntireEditorMolly Brace and Micah Barkan were crowned 2023 Carrollton High School Winter Homecoming queen and king during a January 27 ceremony.The two seniors were crowned by 2022 Homecoming Queen Maya Keyser prior to the Carrollton vs. Salem boys basketball game in the CHS gym.Brace is the daughter of Beau and Marissa Brace of Carrollton and is active in athletics and community clubs at Carrollton, including Caring Helping Sharing

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McClelland, Moore
named CHS January
students of the month

Colton Moore and Bayley McClelland are Carrollton High School’s Senior Students of the Month for January.Colton is the son of Brooke and Chad Moore, of Mechanicstown and he has a sister, Jada Moore in the ninth grade.Moore is on the golf team and is the chamber choir president. His hobbies include cooking.He is currently undecided but plans on going to Walsh University or Malone University. He plans to get his

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Resolution requires county residents to tie in to Amsterdam sewer project

CCM Staff ReportCarroll County Commissioners revisited a request for a resolution regarding hooking on to the Amsterdam Sewer Project during the Jan. 23 meeting.Courtney Grossman, director of Environmental Health for the Carroll County General Health District, previously asked for the resolution and it was decided to give residents one year from the time the sewer becomes available to tie-in, but action was tabled on passing the resolution.During the meeting, Grossman

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Penny Hodgson
sets out to rebuild local Special Olympics program

By Carol McIntireEditorPenny Hodgson is excited about her new position with the Carroll County Board of DD, but her eyes light up when she talks about her duties as Special Olympics coordinator.Although she’s a newcomer to the coordinator, she’s well versed in the ins and outs of the program and well-prepared to begin the task of rebuilding the program.“My son was involved in Special Olympics and I have a longtime

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Naylor gets school board nod to fill seat

By Carol McIntireEditorJonathan Naylor was named to fill a vacant seat on the Carrollton Schools board of education during a special meeting Jan. 25.Naylor, a Carrollton resident, was selected from a field of 12 applicants during a 25-minute executive session that kicked off the meeting, held in the CHS extended learning space. He fills the seat vacated by the resignation of Mike Pozderac Jan. 1. Pozderac was indicted by a

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Winter homecoming crowning set Friday

Activities are underway this week at Carrollton High School as students gear up for the 2023 winter homecoming crowning and dance.Spirit week will culminate with a pep rally at school Jan. 27 and crowning of the king and queen between the junior varsity and varsity basketball games that evening. The junior varsity game begins at 5:30 p.m. when the Warriors host Salem.The festivities will culminate with a dance, “Winter Wonderland,”

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Expansion project planned at Utica Shale Academy

The Utica Shale Academy is looking to expand and has applied for $2.4 million to construct a new building in Salineville.Superintendent Bill Watson said an application was made to the Governor’s Office on Appalachia and would match current funds to help erect a $4.8 million, two-story facility on grounds that USA owns along East Main St. The site, which is located adjacent to the Hutson Building, would feature 5,090 square

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Build a snowman with non-snow materials

Carroll County Convention and Visitors Bureau officials are inviting community individuals, businesses clubs and organizations to get their creative juices flowing for a one-of-a kind contest: Snowmen on the Square.The unique contest offers the opportunity to build a snowman from non-snow materials and display their artwork on Public Square Feb. 19-March 5.Rules are as follows:Set up March 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Judging will be conducted at 3

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Fires ruled arson

By Carol McIntireEditorOfficials with the State Fire Marshal’s Office ruled two fires of suspicious origin in the early morning hours of Jan. 14 arson and are offering a reward for information leading to the identification of the person or persons responsible for setting the fires.Andy Ellinger, public information officer with the fire marshal’s office, said a fire on Myers Rd. in West Twp., Columbiana County, and another on Apollo Rd.

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Lambert re-elected to lead council

By Thomas ClapperReporterCarrollton Village Council held its first meeting of the new year on Jan. 9. Council voted Wilma Lambert once again president pro-tem of council.Village Administrator Mark Wells reported he attended OPWC District 14 Integrating Committee meeting. He received documentation indicating the village’s 3rd St. storm water improvement project has received funding requested, including a $100,000 grant and a zero percent interest loan of $79,750.The remaining balance of the

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Area wrestlers crowned Top Gun champs

CCM Staff ReportCarrollton crowned two champions and Minerva one at the 26th annual Top Gun wrestling tournament Jan. 13 and 14 at Alliance.2023 marked the return of the top-rated tournament after a two-year absence due to COVID.The Warriors earned third place in the team standings with 125.5 points, narrowly missing the runner-up spot, claimed by Streetsboro with 128.5 points. Nordonia won the title with 163 points. Minerva placed 12th with

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John Gregg students recognized for excellence

John Gregg Elementary is taking time to recognize students who strive for excellence in classwork, behavior and attendance.Principal Tammy Burchfield said the school has always placed its focus on supporting students’ needs but is now touting those who go the extra mile. This year, pupils who stand out are touted during their lunchtimes and receive “Burchfield Bucks” to save or purchase popcorn and items from the Spirit Corner store operated

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Malvern man joins Veterans Service Commission board

Sergeant Preston G. Anderson is joining the Veterans Service Commission of Carroll County as an at-large member.Anderson, a Malvern resident, was sworn in by Carroll County Common Pleas Judge Michael Repella, II during a ceremony Jan. 12.As per law, Repella appoints members to the commission.He is a 12-year army veteran, having served in Iraq IOF 1 and is active in the Malvern American Legion and Minerva Veterans of Foreign Wars

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‘Locomotion’ propels
Bowery to spelling bee title

By Thomas ClapperCCM ReporterCarrollton Middle School has two champions from its Jan. 11 spelling bee at the Carrollton Schools PAC.Aubrie Raines is the winner of the fifth-grade bee with the word “address” and Brayden Bowery is the winner of six through eight-grade bee with the word “locomotion.”Rose Seck served as pronouncer and judges were Acting Superintendent Dave Davis, Director of Special Services Tricia Green and Elementary Principal Matt Nicholas.The fifth-grade

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Commissioners set
timeline for Great Trail
Fire to migrate to MARCS

By Thomas ClapperCCM ReporterCarroll County Commissioners approved a motion to cease use of the 400 radio system by Dec. 31 and entirely use the Multi-Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) in Carroll County.The action will affect one fire district in Carroll County, Great Trail Fire District (GTFD) in Malvern,which still uses the 400 radio system.Commissioners previously purchased MARCS pagers and amplification bases for all fire departments in the county. at a

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Heartland On Heritage owners add open air building to bring outdoors indoors

Heartland on Heritage in Magnolia is taking on the new year with several construction projects and improvements including a 5,000 square foot, under roof, open-air facility.“We are definitely excited for the changes, and this is an exciting new step for us moving forward,” said co-owner Jenny Petersen.The open-air facility will bring the outdoors to the indoors all year round. It is enclosable during inclement weather with 24-foot double sliding barn

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Wirkner elected president of multi-county commissioners, engineers association

By Carol McIntireEditorCarroll County Commissioner Robert “Bob” Wirkner is looking forward to his tenure as president of the Southeast District of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) and County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO) known as the Southeast Ohio Commissioners & Engineers Association.The veteran commissioner was elected to lead the group for a one-year term during the annual CCAO winter conference held Dec.7-9 in Columbus.The southeast district includes Athens,

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Grand jury hands down indictments

A Carroll County grand jury handed down nine indictments during a half -day session Jan. 3 with all but one case carrying drug-related charges.Prosecuting Attorney Steven D. Barnett said indictments were returned against the following:HEATHER D. BLANCHARD, 49, of Cambridge, Aggravated Possession of Drugs and Possessing Drug Abuse. Blanchard was found in possession of methamphetamine and a syringe used to administer drugs following a traffic stop in Carrollton July 6,

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Pozderac resigns, school board seeks to fill seat

CCM Staff ReportCarrollton Schools officials are looking to fill a vacant seat on the board of education.The action comes following the resignation of board member Michael Pozderac, effective Jan. 1, 2023. Pozderac is one of three school officials indicted by a Carroll County grand jury for illegally selling air purifiers to the district and attempting to hide the transaction.Letters of interest will be accepted until 3 p.m. Jan. 20. A

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School officials released on bond at arraignment hearing

By Carol McIntire Editor Four persons charged in connection with a scheme to sell air purifiers to Carrollton Schools and conceal the transaction faced a judge for the first time Jan. 5. School Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi, whose resignation was accepted Dec. 9 by the board of education, School Board Member Michael Pozderac, Teacher Jackie Pozderac and Gus Nickolas all appeared for arraignment hearing before Common Pleas Judge Michael V.

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Ohler says good-byes during
final commissioners session

CCM Staff Report Carroll County Commissioner Jeff Ohler attended his last meeting as commissioner at the Dec. 29 end of year meeting. Ohler is retiring from office after serving 12 years as a county commissioner.“It has certainly been a pleasure,” said Ohler. “I have learned a lot and we are very fortunate to have a great set of officers who take care of their offices and a great set of

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Freeland retires from Stark Parks Board

Two members of the Stark Parks Board of Park Commissioners recently retired after several years of volunteer service. Denise Freeland of Minerva and Patricia Quick of Canton saw a lot of progress and firsts for Stark Parks during their board tenure.  Freeland served nine years (2014-2022) as a board member and several as chairperson while Quick served six years on the board (2017-2022). Major accomplishments during their time included the opening of

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Stackhouse named BCC Student of the Month

Adult Education student Allison Stackhouse of Carrollton was named Buckeye Career Center December Student of the month.Stackhouse is a Carrollton High School graduate and enrolled in the BCC Dental Assisting program in order to get her start in the dental field. She attends school and works part-time. Stackhouse was nominated by her instructor Mrs. Crystal Polen.“Stackhouse goes above and beyond what is expected of her. She is always working ahead and

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Donald Leggett II sworn in as commissioner

Donald “Pete” Leggett II was sworn in by Judge Gary Willen as the new Carroll County commissioner on Dec. 20. Joined in the commissioner’s chambers by his wife, Becky, Leggett was elected commissioner in the Nov. 8 election. He thanked everyone for the opportunity and wished all a Merry Christmas.

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Firefighters and American Legion 375 bring Santa to kids

The American Legion #375 of Malvern has been working with the Great Trail Fire District and Santa Claus to make this year’s Santa visit special at the North Station.Hundreds of toys will be given to children after they visit Santa on Dec. 21.“Each child will receive one toy after visiting Santa Claus and will get a ticket for the drawing of a bike or a scooter,” said Legion member and

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Malvern man dies in early morning fire

A Malvern man died in an early morning fire Dec. 22 in the 300 block of E. Grant St. Great Trail Fire Department Chief Ralph Castellucci said his department was dispatched to the single family home at 5:46 a.m. Upon arrival, firefighters found fire venting from the home with multiple explosions from oxygen tanks in the home, used by a male resident who lived there. That resident was found deceased.

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Allstate meets increased need for coats

Thomas Turnipseed’s Allstate Insurance has given out approximately 560 coats for this winter holiday season to date after holding a two-day event at Mercy Catholic Church banquet hall on Moody Ave. Dec. 8 and 9.“We will probably give 25-50 more before the year is over,” said Thomas Turnipseed. “This year we gave 110 more coats than last year. On Dec. 8 we gave out 356 coats, and on Friday we

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Carroll Electric, Buckeye Career Center collaborate, bring new life to aging Christmas displays

By Thomas ClapperReporterCarroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. opened its doors to Buckeye Career Center’s Electrical Systems Technology students Dec. 14 for a tour and pizza party in return for the class restoring an outdoor Christmas light display.Electrical Systems Technology Instructor Jeremy Burdick brought students Grant Hopkins, Drake Naylor, Aden Trushell, Connor Marshall, Micky Betts, Elijah Forrest and Mason Ohler to Carroll Electric. Those who worked on the project but could not

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Warriors get long-awaited win over West Branch

By Carol McIntireEditorCoach Nik Schweikert’s young team felt the sting of defeat Wednesday when they hosted the unbeaten Salem Quakers, 58-33 and rebounded for a 42-41 overtime road win against West Branch Saturday in their second overtime contest within a week. One week earlier the Warriors outlasted Alliance 76-69 in a game that took four overtime periods to decide the winner.Carrollton got off to a fast start in a home

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Local man discovers vivipary tomato

Gary Anguish could hardly believe his eyes when he walked into the kitchen of his Carrollton home last week and found green sprouts growing out of a tomato on the counter.Anguish said he and his wife purchased the tomato about two weeks ago with plans to eat it in near future.“It sat there longer than I expected it to, but it wasn’t soft and rotten,” he said while visiting The

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New Chamber of Commerce,Visitors Bureau staff hit the ground running

The newly hired Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Office Administrator Chelsa Slutz and Carroll County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Marketing Coordinator Tielle Miller have the same goal of promoting all Carroll County has to offer.“We are both working together to revamp what the agencies can do for the county,” said Miller. “We want to see a lot of success for Carrollton and we want to promote tourism.”“We are trying to

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Carrollton Schools officials indicted in scheme to sell air purifiers to district through shell companies

Editor’s note: The following news release was posted on Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber’s website this afternoon. Three Carrollton Exempted Village Schools officials have been indicted for their involvement in a scheme to sell air purifiers to the District using two shell companies, Auditor of State Keith Faber announced Friday. Superintendent David Quattrochi, school board member Michael Pozderac, and teacher Mary “Jackie” Pozderac, along with a fourth individual, Gus

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Quattrochi submits resignation, school board calls emergency meeting

By Carol McIntire, Editor Following a published story earlier today on grand jury indictments filed against Carrollton Schools Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi, Board Member Mike Pozderac and his wife, Jackie Pozderac, a teacher in the district, the board released a statement saying Quattrochi submitted his resignation. An emergency meeting of the board is scheduled Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Bell-Herron meeting room in the middle school/high school on

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Carrollton Schools superintendent, board member, teacher indicted on felony charges

By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton Schools Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi, School Board Member Mike Pozderac and Pozderac’s wife, Jackie, a teacher in the school district, were secretly indicted by a Carroll County grand jury Dec. 7. All three were indicted on 10 counts, including Theft in Office, Grand Theft by Deception, three counts of Having an Unlawful Interest in a Public Contract, Telecommunications Fraud, Money Laundering, Engaging in a Pattern

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Edison Jr. High bands to perform Dec. 14

Edison Jr. High School musicians will celebrate the sounds of the season during a Christmas concert on Dec. 14. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain rises in the auditorium at 7 p.m., where audience members can enjoy a bevy of holiday tunes by the seventh- and eighth-grade bands and junior high jazz band. The event is by donation only and proceeds will help purchase music and instruments for

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Christ Community Church plans live nativity Dec. 17

Live Nativity scenes and programs have been popular for hundreds of years. In today’s busy culture it’s easy to get caught up in the shopping, decorating, gifts and get- togethers of the Christmas season and forget about the real meaning of Christmas.Christ Community Church in Dellroy is offering an opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle and experience the sights and sounds of a simpler time: a time

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James Lowther and Elizabeth Mayle named Carrollton HS Students of the Month

James M. Lowther and Elizabeth Mayle were named the Carrollton High School November Students of the Month.Lowther is the son of Robin Lowther of Carrollton. He has one brother age 18 and two sisters, ages 25 and 24.In school he is involved in National Honor Society, Band, Blessing in a Backpack, and he is a cafeteria helper. His hobbies include video games.Lowther plans on attending Kent State for computer programming.Who

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Minerva parade rings in holiday season

Minerva’s Downtown Winter Wonderland and Christmas Parade held Dec. 3 kicked off the village festivities on a brisk Saturday.Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus rode into town and stopped in Minerva Historical Society’s Haas Museum for photos with local children by Ryan Miller Photography.The Presbyterian women tied knitted scarves around the lamp posts for paradegoers and visitors in need. Pleasant Grove and Stillfork Presybterian 4-H Club had a live nativity scene.

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Holiday lights for all ages!

By Thomas ClapperReporterEvery holiday season is a special time for Gene Scott.The Magnolia mantakes approximately a month every year to set up his home Christmas lights display walk-through.Scott’s current display of over 200,000 lights began as an idea four years ago when his nephew was in town.“My nephew was in town and wanted to see Christmas lights, but nobody really had them out at the time,” said Scott. “I had

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Carroll County Toys for Tots Program to distribute toys Dec. 5

Families in need have one more week to sign up for the county Toys for Tots distribution.For the ninth year, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association and its members are partnering with Toys for Tots to help on distribution days across eastern and southeastern Ohio.Carroll County’s distribution, hosted by EOG Resources, is scheduled Monday, Dec. 5, in Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Hall at 616 Roswell Rd. NW, Carrollton.Toys for Tots

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Two-day Coats for Kids distribution planned

Thomas Turnipseed’s Allstate Insurance is once again distributing for the annual Coats For Kids on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Friday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church banquet hall on Moody Ave.Coats will be handed out to anyone in need with size ranges from 2T up to 2XL in adult size. There will be a large variety of hats and gloves to choose from as

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Santa, Mrs. Claus plan Minerva visit Dec. 3

Minerva’s historic North Market Street will be transformed into a Downtown Wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 3, 3-6 p.m., with a wide variety of free Christmas treats, crafts, activities, music and more, as well as the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.The Christmas parade will step off at 3 p.m. from Minerva Elementary School, proceeding up Bonnieview, to Line Street, to North Market Street, and ending in the Minerva Schools bus

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Ringing in the holiday season

Christmas officially arrived in Carrollton Saturday as the village kicked off the season with a variety of events.Merchants celebrated Small Business Saturday, civic organizations and the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) revealed decorated business windows, the Carrollton Business Women lit up the night with the lighting of Public Square and Santa and Mrs. Claus made their first official visit to the village as part

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1884 Goodwin painting sells for $6,000

Caroll County Animal Protection League (CCAPL) member Karen Polony, of Canton, purchased a painting with the idea of possibly selling it at the association’s 2018 benefit dinner and silent auction in October.Members looked at the painting closely and started looking up the artist to discover the painting might be of significant value, so it was not put in the silent auction. The painting was “On the Pond” by Richard La

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Holiday Event Calendar

The Christmas season is underway and several events are planned to celebrate.Organizations planning activities can submit information by emailing ccmessengernews@gmail.com.Nov. 26: The 52nd annual Jewett Craft Show 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Over 80 tables of homemade crafts, farmhouse décor, prims, jewelry gifts, various food stands, and free parking sponsored by Jewett Volunteer Fire Department located in Jewett Fire Station and Wildcat Community Center at 208 and 117 W. Main St., Jewett.

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Christmas
village comes
to life

Holiday events officially kick off in Carrollton Nov. 26 with the reveal of window displays in local buildings, ceremonial lighting of Public Square and the annual Christmas parade.The events begin at 4 p.m. with the window reveal, followed by judging of the displays by the Carrollton Business Women.Colorful displays will light up Public Square at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Christmas parade at 6 p.m. The parade is sponsored by

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John’s Bakery and Café opens in former Classic ’57 building

By Thomas ClapperReporterJohn’s Bakery and Café is open and continues to provide the same services as the previous Classic ’57, but with the promise of future additions.John Myers returned to his hometown of Minerva after 35 years and multiple successful businesses in San Antonio, Texas, with the intention of retiring. In the past Myers had a restaurant in Hanoverton and in Texas he ran an event center for catering and

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Carrollton FFA Chapter attends 95th annual National FFA convention

The Carrollton FFA Chapter recently attended the 95th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October. Fourteen members attended the convention sessions, toured Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NCAA Hall of Champions and Fastenal.Brooke Fritz, a 2020 Carrollton High School graduate, earned her American FFA degree.The daughter of Byron and Christina Fritz, she is a college student studying Ag Business. She is a past president of the Carrollton FFA Chapter and exhibited steers at

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Carrollton elementary programs also provide history lessons

By Carol McIntireEditorCarrollton elementary students honored veterans and received a lesson in history from those who served during Nov. 11 ceremonies.Students in grades 1-5 gathered in the gymnasium for the annual celebration, kicked off with individual readings by students. Fifth grader Haylee Lucas capped off the readings by introducing her guest for the day, her cousin, Ben Bryan, the keynote speaker.Bryan, a member of the Ohio National Guard, turned his

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School board agrees to release report from earlier Quattrochi investigation

By Carol McIntireEditorCarrollton School Board of Education members met in executive session for an hour and 45 minutes immediately after opening the Nov. 8 meeting.The session was to discuss compensation and investigation.The board did not take action following the session, but as its final agenda item of the meeting, approved a resolution to release Attorney Lauren Tompkin’s final investigation report of allegations made against Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi by school

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