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Carrollton Middle School students earn superior ratings

Several Carrollton Middle School students earned superior ratings the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) adjudicated event April 13.Those receiving superior ratings are shown above. Front Row (from left): Jaden Logan, Mya Ruggieri and Brooklyn Detchon. Second Row: Leah McDonald, Gianna Fritz, Madelyn Lovette, Eva Nicholas and Isabella Chappell. Third Row:  Jasmine Schissler, Bray Jones, Jakob Husk, Ellie Shafer and Gracen Modranski. Not pictured: Destiny Burge.

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Belle’s Adult Day Center to open May 6

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter   Belle’s Adult Day Center will open May 6 to care for Carroll County residents suffering from physical or cognitive disabilities.  Owner/Manager Mindy Weiland also owns Belle’s House assisted living and wanted to have a space to help more of those in need.  “I got the idea to open Belle’s Adult Day Center when I noticed that a lot of seniors were moving into Belle’s

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All-inclusive basketball program planned at Malvern

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter Malvern Village Council met with Teresa and Devin Swisher at its April 15 meeting to discuss a summer basketball program at Malvern Village Park.  The Swishers said this would be the second year doing this and last year was a success for what they wanted to do. They came to the meeting with a date and wanted to talk to Council about what they are

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Geckler gets 8-12 yearsin prison for shooting

By Carol McIntireEditorA Massillon man will spend the next eight to 12 years in prison for shooting a Carrollton teen with a bow and arrow and stabbing him last September.During a sentencing hearing April 15 in Carroll County Common Pleas Court, Judge Michael V. Repella sentenced Michael J. Geckler, 20, to prison after Geckler accepted a plea deal.Under the terms of the agreement, the prosecution agreed to nolle one charge

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ROAD CLOSING

State Route 183 will close on Monday, April 22, through Tuesday, April 23, just east of Magnolia, for repairs to the bridge over Sandy Creek. The detour is SR 542 south to SR 212 west, SR 212 west to SR 800 north, SR 800 north back to SR 183, and reverse. All work is weather permitting.

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Council approves purchase of license plate cameras

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter Carrollton Village Council agreed to move forward with the purchase of a Flock Camera system and discussed the parking situation in the village April 8. Community member and local business owner Grant Bake met with other business owners talking about parking structure and how it is affecting businesses downtown and customers. The top three responses to a survey conducted is there is no parking, it

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Library added to new elementary school

By Carol McIntire Editor   Carrollton Schools officials excitedly announced the addition of a library to the new elementary school during the April board of education meeting.  Superintendent Dave Davis kicked off the meeting with the announcement, saying the addition was made possible because the furniture bid came in under the estimate. “We met with the architect and Mrs. Dodds (Holly) and Mrs. Moyer (Tracy) chose the space and the

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Smiles, laughs abound as retirees gather

By Carol McIntire Editor When the kids were away school retirees had a chance to play last week at Carrollton Schools! Carrollton middle and high school students were not in session April 10, which offered a perfect opportunity for a group of school retirees to take over the commons (cafeteria area) for a get-together and luncheon.  Assistant Athletic Director Ron Colaprete organized the event with 51 persons attending.  “Many of

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Built By Pottsy LLC celebrates 15 year anniversary

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter   Built By Pottsy LLC is celebrating its 15th year of operation on April 9 after building over 15,000 flowers.  “Honestly it feels pretty good to be doing this for 15 years,” said Aaron “Pottsy” Potts. “I never thought I would be 53 years old building metal flowers. It is cool my daughter Elizabeth is going to be 20 in May. She grew up seeing

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CHS athletes named students of the month honors

Mackenzie Rummell and Hayden Jenkins are Carrollton High School’s April Senior Students of the Month.  Mackenzie Rummell is the daughter of Mike and Jen Rummell of Carrollton. She has one older sister, Nikki Rummell, 21, who is in college.  Rummell is involved in bowling, golf, theater program, Girl Scouts, National Honor Society, competitive dance, Student Council and trap shooting.  Her hobbies include cooking and painting.  She plans on attending college

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Malvern man facing sex-related charges

A Malvern man was indicted on sex-related charges during a half-day session of a Carroll County grand jury April 3. JEREMY C. MARSH, 46, of 5071 Citrus Road NW, Lot 15, Malvern, Ohio, was indicted on six counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor, each a second-degree felony, and six counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor, each a fourth-degree felony.  Prosecuting Attorney Steven D. Barnett

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Longtime village mowers honored for 40 years of dedicated service

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter   Parke and Betty Butterfield were honored with a plaque for their 40 years of service to the village at Carrollton Village Council’s March 25 meeting.  The Butterfield’s are stepping down after 40 years of mowing, Mayor Bill Stoneman and Village Administrator Mark Wells presented a plaque to the couple and offered their thanks and appreciation on behalf of the village. Parke and Betty have

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Former Colfor Mfg. property transfers twice in one week

The former Colfor Manufacturing facility in Brown Township was transferred to new owners March 27 and two days later, transferred again.According to a real estate transfer recorded in the Carroll County Recorder’s office March 27, Reserve Energy Exploration Company of Chagrin Falls purchased two tracts, 2.97 acres and 11.143 acres for $2 million.The same property was transferred to EOG Resources March 29 with no money exchanged.The facility is located at

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The Millstone Grind & Cafe to hold grand opening

By Thomas ClapperCCM ReporterNew business owners Andrew and Jenna Powell are realizing a lifelong dream by opening The Millstone Grind & Café in the former The Market at Milo restaurant.The business “soft opened” last week and is planning a grand opening April 16.“I always wanted to do a coffee shop for many years,” said Andrew Powell. “My wife Jenna and I put an order for gift cards from The Market

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Ohio’s Hospice celebrates Spring Spectacular Treasures of Time

Ohio’s Hospice celebrated its Spring Spectacular Treasures of Time March 16 with food, entertainment, silent and live auctions and as always, celebrity servers.  Celebrity servers have become the mainstays of the annual event which raised funds for local hospice care. 2024 celebrity servers, who raised a total of $36,671, included Gary and Nicole Chaddock, Brad Eick, Rick and Holly Morgan, Matt Kishman, Kate Offenberger, Janet Smith, Katie DeLane, Allan Furbee,

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Warriors win opening day thriller

By Dan Ries Sports Reporter With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Carrollton’s Hunter Allison hit a single up the middle, scoring Cooper Haun from second for a 1-0 opening day win over the Garaway Pirates. A large home opening day crowd enjoyed the early spring warm weather March 25 with a strong breeze coming out of left field that would make any popup an adventure. Things didn’t

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How much of Carroll County will be in viewing area?

By Carol McIntire Editor Just how much of the April 8 total solar eclipse Carroll County residents will be able to view varies according to different maps, but it is still generating a great deal of interest. “Carroll County is not in the full or partial totality areas and is listed as outside the totality area,” noted Tom Cottis, Carroll County Emergency Management (EMA) director. “Because of the way people

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Driver at fault in fatal crash had multiple DUI convictions

By Carol McIntire Editor   The driver at fault in a March 20 fatal crash was sentenced just six days earlier on a reduced charge stemming from a felony indictment for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs and released. Patrick Snow, 71, of Malvern died in the crash, which occurred on Andora Rd. (County Rd. 10) in Augusta Twp. at 7:05 p.m. According to Sergeant Clinton D. Armstrong

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Malvern Preschool awarded 5-Star rating

Malvern Preschool was recently awarded a 5-star rating for meeting the quality standards established by the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education.   Step Up to Quality (SUTQ) is a 5-star quality rating and improvement system which recognizes and promotes early learning and development programs that exceed the minimum health and safety licensing regulations.  Five-star programs exemplify high quality levels of developmentally appropriate instruction,

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Hillari Baker, Andrew Lane named CHS students of the month

Hillari Baker and Andrew Lane are the Carrollton High School Senior Students of the Month for March.  Baker is the daughter of Kelli and JR Baker of Carrollton. She has one sister age 22. She is involved in basketball, student council, NHS and has been a 4-year office aide. Her hobbies include collecting shoes and playing cards. She plans to go to college at Wheeling University and major in criminal

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Easter week services

Following is information on Easter week services submitted to The Messenger: Community Good Friday Service March 29: The public is invited to attend the annual Community Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. at Cumberland Methodist Church. New Cumberland Methodist Church, Sherrodsville Wesleyan Church, Lake Drive Fellowship Church and Sherrodsville Calvary Church come together in unity each year for the service. The message will be brought forth by Pastor Dan Parson.

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Malvern man killed in Andora Rd. crash

Carroll County recorded its first fatal crash of 2024 when a Malvern man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Carroll County yesterday evening. According to a report filed by Sergeant Clinton D. Armstrong of the new Philadelphia Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Patrick Snow, 71, of Malvern, was pronounced dead at Aultman Hospital following the crash, which occurred at 7:05 p.m. The driver of the other vehicle,

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Voter turnout just over 26 percent in Carroll County in primary election

By Carol McIntire- Editor Just over 25 percent of the 18,048 voters in Carroll County cast ballots in the March 19 primary election. According to unofficial results from the Carroll County Board of Elections, a total of 4,801 ballots were cast. That number includes 878 early in-person and absentee ballots, 3,843 Republican ballots, 901 Democrats and 57 non-partisan ballots were cast. Board of Elections Director Cheri Whipkey wasn’t surprised with

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Ron Ruegg Automotive celebrates 25th anniversary

Ron Ruegg Automotive is celebrating its 25th year anniversary of serving the community in 2024.  The business has been a family-owned business since 1999. Since Ron Ruegg was 10 years old, all he wanted to do was work and repair vehicles. He started at Wendell Ford in Waynesburg when he was younger washing vehicles. While he was attending Circleville Bible College to obtain his Associates Degree in Education, he also

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Malvern junior lands a spot in Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition

Artwork created by Malvern High School junior Sarah Rodgers was selected to be exhibited in Columbus as part of the Ohio Governor’s Youth Art Exhibition.Rodgers’ artwork was titled “The Chop” and was judged over the past several weeks through regional and state rounds. The piece was selected as one of the top 249 pieces to be displayed in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 East Broad Street, Columbus,

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Village, council officials introduced to Flock cameras

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter Carrollton Council welcomed village officials at its March 11 meeting for a presentation on Flock Cameras that could be installed in the village.  “I want to thank Commissioner Robert Wirkner and Sheriff Calvin Graham for being here,” said Mayor William Stoneman. “It will be a united village-wide effort with cooperation with the commissioners, the sheriff and others to bring these cameras to Carrollton.” Police Chief

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Easter Egg Hunts

March 29: Easter Egg Hunt at Senior Suites at Century Farms, 1111 Canton Rd., Carrollton, from 3-4 p.m. The Easter Bunny will be hopping by for pictures and handing out sack bags. Open to the public. March 30: East Egg Hunt at Fox Twp. Homecoming Grounds at 1 p.m. Refreshments and prizes. Sponsored by Great Divide Ruritan Club. March 30: Minerva Community Easter Egg Hunt at Municipal Park at 2

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SWCD settling into new home

By Carol McIntireEditorCarroll Soil and Water Conservation District is settling into its new quarters at 1029 Countryside Dr., Carrollton, and planning an expansion project at the same time.The agency was previously located on N. High St. and shared the office space with the U. S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for several years.“The two agencies shared that office since September 1985,” explained District Administrator Amanda Tubaugh. “The building was sold

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Opinion

To the Editor: Property owners across Ohio are feeling the pain with record high property tax bills and are looking for help to ease their burden. Ohio’s county auditors are often blamed for higher property taxes from increased property values and voter approved levies. In the journey for tax relief, county auditors are actually the property owners’ best friend and are here to help the Ohio Legislature pass meaningful policy

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Foundation grant brings music to school hallways

John Gregg Elementary students are playing a new tune after the school received nearly $1,500 for its music program. Music teacher Kathy Ramsey received a $1,480.25 allocation from the Bergholz Community Foundation to purchase four keyboard kits complete with instruments, stands, benches, pedals and headphones and her goal is to expand offerings for students to learn. She works with 380 pupils in preschool to sixth grade and plans to give all

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Cousins launch new venture,T&K Enterprises Concrete LLC

Cousins Troy Wallace and Kaleb George of T&K Enterprises Concrete LLC have realized their dream of starting a business to fulfill the needs of the local community. T&K Enterprises Concrete LLC offers concrete sidewalks, retaining walls, footers, steps and more. They also specialize in excavating, land clearing, driveway grading, asphalt sealing and French drain installation (culvert pipe).What Wallace and George enjoy most is doing quality work in a timely manner

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Frozen Jr. comes to CHS stage next week

Carrollton students are busy preparing for the upcoming production of Frozen, Jr., a musical adaptation of Disney’s animated film “Frozen,” next weekend in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) The cast and crew of Frozen, Jr. are presenting “Cupcakes with Characters” preceding the 7 p.m. performance on Thursday, March 21.  The Cupcake event, 6-6:30 p.m. will offer cupcakes and character meet-and-greet opportunities for all of Thursday’s ticketed patrons.  The Saturday performances are

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Warren resident indicted for sixth, seventh DUI charge

A Warren resident was indicted on his sixth and seventh DUI (Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs) charge by a Carroll County grand jury March 6.According to Prosecuting Attorney Steven D. Barnett, MACKENZIE G. ROOD, 36, was indicted on two counts of Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, each a fourth-degree felony, and a specification to each count that Rood has been convicted of five

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Group offers land to village for parks, recreation

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter Carrollton Village Council was visited by Jacob Priest of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy Group at its Feb. 26 meeting regarding potential land available to the village.  Priest said Our Lady of Mercy sought out Western Reserve Land Conservancy Group and offered 15.5 acres of land behind Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospial Urgent- Outpatient Care  of Carrollton.  The land also borders SR 39.  “Our main concern is conservancy,”

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Mike and Fran DeWine: Imagination Library comes to Malvern

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter   Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and his wife, Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine visited Malvern Branch Library for the first time and held a special book reading of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle on Feb. 29.  This was done to promote Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Ohio and celebrate every eligible child in the Village of Malvern is receiving books from this program. 

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Driver in triple fatality found guilty

By Carol McIntireEditorThe jury trial of a Beloit man charged in connection with the deaths of three individuals in a 2023 traffic crash was canceled last week after a plea agreement was reached.Douglas R. Mackey of 26550 Northshore Dr., agreed to withdraw a guilty plea and entered a no contest plea to three counts of vehicular manslaughter, second-degree misdemeanors, and one count of driving an unsafe vehicle, a minor misdemeanor.

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Laney Johnson wins Minerva Middle School spelling bee

Minerva seventh-grader Laney Johnson became the middle school spelling bee champion Feb. 14 after spelling the word “maggot” correctly in the 17th round.Seventh-grader Naomi Hackbart was the runner-up.The students in the bee qualified by scoring in the top category of spellers after two rounds of written exams. Twenty students out of 423 in the middle school made it to the 29th annual event.Laney’s first-place win entitles her to represent Minerva

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Carroll farm bureau to hostlivestock seminar for youth

Carroll County Farm Bureau will host a Show Stock Seminar April 20 at the Carrollton Livestock Auction.The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is free and open to any youth exhibitor planning to show chickens, sheep, hogs, goats and cattle.Speakers will present live demonstrations on how to get the best out of a livestock project.Topics including showmanship, grooming, feeding, animal management and what to expect

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Amsterdam man charged with murderof cellmate

An Amsterdam man charged with murdering his cellmate at the Jefferson County Jail is claiming insanity as his defense.  Ronald D. Smith, whose address is listed as Cricket St., Amsterdam, entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea during an arraignment hearing Feb. 14 in Jefferson County Common Pleas Court. Bond was set at $1 million.  Attorney Steven A. Stickles was appointed to represent Smith in all further proceedings. The

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‘God’s hand was in this’: Leesville returns kindness to community that assisted Tusky Valley in deadly I-70 bus crash‘God’s hand was in this’:

By Carol McIntire Editor      About 62 children from Grace Fellowship Church were expecting to spend the weekend of February 16-18 at FFA Camp Muskingum as part of their church’s winter Christian Trip.  What the kids and church staff experienced was the kindness of other humans, overnight “camp out” on church pews and came away with memories and stories that will last a lifetime.  “This is what the kingdom of God

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‘God’s hand was in this’: Leesville returns kindness to community that assisted Tusky Valley in deadly I-70 bus crash‘God’s hand was in this’:

By Carol McIntire Editor      About 62 children from Grace Fellowship Church were expecting to spend the weekend of February 16-18 at FFA Camp Muskingum as part of their church’s winter Christian Trip.  What the kids and church staff experienced was the kindness of other humans, overnight “camp out” on church pews and came away with memories and stories that will last a lifetime.  “This is what the kingdom of God

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Firefighters battle structure fire in Bergholz

Area fire departments assisted Bergholz VFD battle a blaze on 2nd St. in Bergholz twice this week.Bergholz was called to a fire in an apartment above the Bergholz Diner (Marshall’s Restaurant) Sunday afternoon (Feb. 18) at 2:30 p.m.Fox and Amsterdam departments assisted with that fire from Carroll County.It was reported there were no injuries.The departments were recalled to the site Monday morning for a rekindle of the blaze.No other details

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Kamryn Sears crowned Edison semi formal queen

Kamryn Sears was crowned the 2024 Edison High School semi formal queen during halftime of the Wildcats basketball game with Buckeye Local  Feb. 13. Sears is the daughter of Michele Anderson and Willis Sears of Pleasant Hill. Other candidates included Cheyanne Coil, Pressly Meadows, Abby Cunningham, Lily Larkins and Kenzie Everhart.

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Carrollton raises sewer, water rates to keep up with costs

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter Carrollton Village Council unanimously agreed to raise the sewer and water bill at its Feb. 12 council meeting.  “This is one of those things we don’t like to talk about, but we have to do it,” said Village Administrator Mark Wells. “We have been charging a low amount, but costs have gone up. Just a hydrant has gone up approximately $1,000 more than before.” The

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Schools split on decision to close for solar eclipse

Carrollton and Brown Local schools have joined the growing list of districts announcing plans to close April 8, the day of the full solar eclipse – the first since 1806. Carrollton Superintendent Dave Davis’ report made the announcement during the Feb. 12 school board meeting and Brown Local Superintendent Mark Scott sent a communication to parents Feb. 14. Both superintendents said the decision to close was made after consulting with

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‘Back to its former glory’ : Air bnb, retail space, ballrooom included in Van Horne upstairs restoration

By Thomas Clapper CCM Reporter   Renovations are underway on the Van Horne building’s second and third floors to add air bnbs, a ballroom event center and more.  The downtown Carrollton building was a grand hotel in the height of its glory in 1826 with 56 rooms upstairs. “We want to bring it back to its former glory,” said Randi Bake, who along with her son, Grant Bake, are renovating

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Southern Local Schools Dulaneyis finalist in custodian contest

Southern Local Schools staff member Beverly Dulaney could make a clean sweep as a finalist in the Tennant Company’s Fifth Annual Custodians are Key Contest. Dulaney, who has been employed with the district for the past 28 years, is among 12 others who were nominated from around the country. The finalists each receive a $500 gift card, but one has a chance to earn the grand prize this spring, which

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Class action lawsuit settled: Michigan attorney confidents those entitled to a check received one

By Carol McIntire Editor The recent settlement of a class action lawsuit against APEX Environmental left many Amsterdam residents feeling left out and upset when they didn’t receive a check. Settlement checks for $5,158.03 each were mailed to residents within a four-mile radius of the landfill who joined the civil lawsuit. The checks were mailed in January to 353 addresses or about one-third of the total class. The lawsuit was

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Harry and Dee Horstman:A love story 60 yearsin the making

By Carol McIntire Editor Harry and Dee Horstman share a love story that has spanned more than six decades. The Scio couple, who will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary June 13, met at a young age, became engaged when she told him she wanted to date someone else and have experienced the good and bad in life together into their golden years.  “We were both from Scio so we knew

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FIRE CALL

Carrollton Village firefighters are en route to a brush fire in the 5000 block of Alamo Rd.

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