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On newsstands today!

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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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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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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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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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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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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Health Dept. offering COVID-19 booster shots

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 18

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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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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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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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‘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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Buckeye students assist with preparations for arrival of Vietnam Traveling Wall

Members of the Buckeye Career Center Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration program put their hands and backs to work today in preparation for the arrival of a traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. The New Philadelphia VFW Post 1445 is the host location of the AVTT traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall, which will be on display Thursday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) through the weekend. Prior to the wall’s arrival, 22 HVAC-R students

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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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GOP plans candidate forum

The Carroll County Republican Central and Executive Committee is planning a 2022 candidate forum and town hall meeting Nov. 11 in Good Shepherd Hall at Malvern. A meet and greet is scheduled for 5 p.m. followed by the candidate event at 6 p.m. The following candidates (subject to change) or their representative are scheduled to attend:  Congress: Bill Johnson. Governor: Mike DeWine, Jim Renacci and Joe Blystone. Senate: Mike Gibbons, Josh

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STATE CHAMPIONS!

Lady Lions bring home Division II trophy The Minerva girls cross country team won the first Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) state championship in school history Nov. 6 at Fortress Obetz. The girls won the Division II title by defeating Granville by three points, 136-139. Adding to the excitement was Connor Shingleton, who placed third in the Division II boys race. “To bring the first team OHSAA state championship home

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Buckeye Career Center plans sophomore visits, fall open house

Over 1,000 sophomores from Tuscarawas, Carroll, and Holmes counties will explore careers and programs at Buckeye Career Center (BCC) Nov. 15-17.  The Sophomore Career Exploration Days allow high school sophomores to tour Buckeye Career Center and visit five of over 30 high school programs offered for their final two years of high school.  Buckeye Career Center public relations coordinator Shyanne Carroll explains the program is a continuation of prior experiences

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Seeking holiday event listings

Planning a holiday activity, gathering or concert? Email The Messenger at ccmessengernews@ gmail.com to get listed in our holiday events section. For questions, call 330-476-6343.

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UPDATED ELECTION RESULTS (issues)

Two countywide levies and several village, township and school levies were on the Nov. 2 ballot. Updates results with 5,096 ballots counted are as follows: Countywide Levies: •Golden Age Retreat Replacement Levy: 1.4mills for 5 years, beginning with tax year 2022, first due in calendar year 2023: 3,438 for, 1,591 against. •Carroll County Park District: New .2 mill levy for 10 years for the purpose of improving, maintaining and preserving

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UPDATED ELECTION RESULTS (candidates)

The Carroll County Board of Elections has released the third set of election totals for Carroll County. These totals are cumulative. All results are unofficial. As of this release, 5,096 ballots were cast, or 27.8 percent of the 18,319 registered voters in the county. Municipal Court Judge: Gary Willen                4075 Carrollton Council (4 to elect) Wilma Lambert                                               286 Sharon Ott                                                      220 Thomas W. Parker                                          417 Brittany Tangler                                             

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On sale Tuesday!

Pick up a copy of the Nov. 3 issue of The Carroll County Messenger on newsstands Tuesday around the county. Read about county resident Duane Abel’s Christmas film, receive a Carrollton history lesson and stay updated on holiday activities. Learn about the Minerva Lions cross country teams and football playoffs.

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Cruise-in raises $3,000 in honor of former resident

By Eric Lowe CCM Correspondent The Village of Amsterdam recently received a generous donation in memory of former resident John Tiziani.  The funds will go to the Amsterdam Volunteer Fire Department and the police department. Husband and wife, Matt and Hannah Boggs, along with their daughter, Adyn Boggs, appeared as guests during the October council meeting. They presented the donation acquired from a Cruise-In held at Rogers Park in Amsterdam

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On to round 2: Warriors top Cambridge 37-21

By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton Warriors vs. St. Clairsville Red Devils – Round II – will take place this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Red Devils’ stadium. The two teams met 12 weeks ago in the first game of the 2021 high school football season on the Warriors’ home turf. In a shoot-out, the Red Devils scored in the final minutes to claim a 42-35 victory.  The rematch was

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County Christmas parade scheduled Nov. 27, moves to evening time slot

The annual Christmas parade will return to the streets of Carrollton later this month.  The Carroll County Chamber of Commerce agreed last week to oversee the annual parade and scheduled it Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The Carrollton Rotary Club sponsored the parade for several years, but due to COVID-19, opted not to sponsor the event last year. Local merchants organized a stationary parade, which was held at the county

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Local cartoonist transitions to the big screen

Duane Abel appears in holiday romance, ‘Christmas Collision’ By Carol McIntire Editor Duane Abel remembers attending Carrollton High School (CHS) musicals as a young child with his mother.  “All I ever wanted to do was be on the stage of a Carrollton High School musical,” he said during the recent interview with The Messenger. “My thoughts and dreams never extended beyond that.” Abel fulfilled his dream on the stage at

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Fall Festival Party planned at Perrysville United Methodist Church

Perrysville United Methodist Church is hosting a Fall Festival Party Oct. 30 in the church parking lot/pavilion from 4-6 p.m. featuring a one-of-a-kind Treat Truck and an Amazing Grace Maze. There will be a wiener roast, corn hole games, coin toss game, bowling and smores. The church is located on SR 164 in Perrysville.  

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Veteran suicide motivates Indiana man to make 3,000 mile trek

By Carol McIntire Editor Kyle Killinger is closing in on the final leg of a 3,000-mile, four-month journey across the United States to bring awareness to veteran suicide.  He made a stop in Carrollton Saturday, visiting the Blue Star Memorial at the top of Public Square. He was met there by a family whose loved one, a veteran, was lost to suicide.  That’s what it’s about,” Killinger, a veteran himself,

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Fall Fest planned Oct. 30

The Carroll County 4-H Committee and Ohio State University Extension are hosting a Fall Fest Oct. 30 at the county fairgrounds.  The event will be held in conjunction with trunk-or-treat, sponsored by The Bridge, and include the presentation of county 4-H awards, line and square dancing and refreshments. The awards presentation begins at 1 p.m. in the new show arena, followed by trunk-or-treat from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Bud and

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Area cross country runners regional bound

Four teams and two individuals are advancing to the Regional Cross Country meet Saturday at Pickerington.  Minerva is sending its girls and boys teams and Carrollton and Sandy Valley will send their girls teams in Division II, while Malvern is sending Lanie Bower and Landyn Huffman in Division III. The Lady Lions swept second through sixth places to clinch the team title with 20 points Saturday at the East District

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The news you want – from people you know

The Oct. 27 issue of The Carroll County Messenger features the special section “Women in Business”. Pick up a copy and see how area women have overcome hardships, worked hard and are reaping the benefits of owning and operating their own businesses. Also inside, readers will find updates on fall sports, information regarding the upcoming election, school news and more.

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COVID-19 at-home test kits available at Mercy Cleveland Clinic Carrollton Statcare

The Carroll County General Health District is partnering with Mercy Cleveland Clinic Carrollton to provide BINAXNow at-home test kits for COVID-19 testing. Health officials have seen an increase in symptomatic individuals who are testing for the COVID-19 virus possibly too early to detect infection. If testing to done too soon (the same day or one day after symptoms begin), the results may not detect the virus and will appear negative

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News you want from people you know

Pick up a copy of the Oct. 20 issue of The Carroll County Messenger on newsstands today. Read about our stellar youth athletes, Halloween events, grand jury results and more from around the county.

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Area Halloween events

TRUNK-OR-TREAT AUGUSTA:  Oct. 24 from 2-4 p.m. with activities for kids at Augusta Community Park (former school grounds). A costume contest and refreshments will follow from 4-5 p.m. the event is sponsored by area churches and is open to the public.  MINERVA: Trunk-or-Treat Oct. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Great Trail Community Church of God, 16561 Liberty Church St. SE, Minerva.  MALVERN:  First Christian Church of Malvern Oct. 30 from 1-4 p.m.

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Youngstown man leads authorities on chase, rams police cruiser

A chase that led law enforcement through two counties landed a Youngstown man in jail. While on patrol Nov. 9, a Carrollton Police officer witnessed a silver van approach the cruiser and make an abrupt turn into a W. Main St. convenience store. The driver, wearing a dark shirt, grey sweatpants and hat, went into the store and then returned to the van. A report filed by Patrolman Lionel Woods

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Scarecrows come to life through mind of local girl, leads her to author book series

By Leigh Ann Rutledge Associate Editor An annual Carrollton event inspired a hometown girl to put pen to paper and publish two novellas.  Carrollton resident Laura Benington was 15 years old when she first visited “Scarecrows on the Square”. Having fun with her best friend, Sarah, they posed with the scarecrows, not realizing how the event would become instilled in their lives.  Each year, they visited the scarecrows and took photos.

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Tree decorators sought for McCook House unveiling

The McCook House Museum is seeking clubs and/or groups to decorate trees for the Christmas open house, “The Unveiling of the Trees,” Friday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  The museum will be open Nov. 26 and 27 and Dec. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The gift shop will be stocked with Algonquin Mill Festival goodies. The museum is also in need of a

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Police chief addresses golf carts, parking meters, political signs

Carrollton Police Chief Tim Timberlake is issuing a notice to village of Carrollton residents that driving golf carts on village streets is illegal. Timberlake said he is aware some residents are driving golf carts on village streets and has received requests for inspections from residents so they can be driven on streets.  “That’s premature,” he told The Messenger. “The village does not have an ordinance permitting them on village streets,

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Grand jury indicts four for vehicle thefts

Indictments for those involved in the theft of vehicles and tools from two Carroll County locations were included in the 15 returned by a Carroll County grand jury Oct.13. Prosecuting Attorney Steven D. Barnett said the grand jury heard testimony from 13 witnesses during the half day session. Three men and one woman were indicted for the vehicle thefts including Timothy Daniel Sechrist, 37 of North Canton, Kamryn K. Frasier,

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