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Pick up a copy of the May 18 issue of The Carroll County Messenger. Inside you will find information on Malvern and Minerva high school graduation ceremonies, high school sports and other school news. A salute to senior citizens is included, along with council news, classifieds and more. To receive The Messenger in your inbox or mailbox, call the office at 330-476-6343.

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Teen proposes building dog park for scout award

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter A village teen would like to build a dog park in the village. Kaylee Joseph, a junior at Carrollton High School, visited Carrollton Council during the May 9 meeting. She has been a member of Girl Scouts for nearly 12 years and is working on her Gold award, which is equivalent to the Eagle Scout award.  She told council she would like to build

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Hardware owners: Happy, helpful and full of life

By Carol McIntire Editor If it’s a tiny not-often found part for a sink, dryer or even a new screen for a window, you’re looking for, you’ll find it and much more, at Dellroy Hardware! Brothers Greg and Jon Young and Jon’s wife, Doe are the owners of the 5 E. Main St., Dellroy, business where they are enjoying their second career in life. Greg, the more vocal of the

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Malvern students named Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based match of year

Two Malvern School students were recently recognized as Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Match of the Year for East Central Ohio.    Tristan Phillips and Jack McFall were selected from hundreds of matches covering eight different school districts. The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program has been thriving in Brown Local Schools for several years creating friendships and memories that can last a lifetime.  Phillips is a senior and McFall a seventh

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Dellroy man, 32, indicted on 43 sex-related crimes

A Dellroy man was indicted by a Carroll County grand jury for 43 sex-related charges, including first degree felony rape.  Michael Ray Merrill, 32, of 4228 Graph Rd., Dellroy, was indicted May 5 on two counts of Rape, five counts of Gross Sexual Imposition, all fourth-degree felonies (F4), 18 counts of Illegal use of a Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material (F2) and 18 counts of Illegal Use of a Minor in

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Jazz music, arts & crafts and more featured at Minerva festival

The 10th annual Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival comes to Minerva’s historic North Market Street May 14, featuring a wide range of musical styles, as well as interactive art activities for all ages, food, and fine crafts. Professional bands scheduled to perform include Henrique Alvim at 12:30 p.m., playing Brazilian jazz guitar; Erbo & the Buzz Factor at 3 p.m., playing jazz with steel drums; and the Alliance Symphony

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Pair charged with Malvern laundromat theft

A pair of out-of-county residents were scheduled to appear before Carroll County Municipal Court Judge Gary Willen Monday afternoon (May 9), following their arrest late in the evening of May 7. Carroll County sheriff deputies arrested Roy A. Boyd, 37, of Mineral City and Jennifer S. Mosley, 32 of Bolivar near Atwood Lake. Before Boyd could be transported to jail, he was rescued by deputies when he became stuck in

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Leggett defeats Nuzzolillo in Republican race for county commissioner

By Carol McIntire Editor In the only local contested race on the May 3 primary election ballot, Carroll County Republicans chose Donald Leggett, II as their candidate for the Jan. 1 term of county commissioner. Leggett garnered 65 percent of the 3,464 votes cast to defeat political newcomer Ronald Nuzzolillo 2,242-1,222. No Democrats filed petitions for the seat, leaving Leggett the only candidate on the November ballot. Anyone wishing to

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Salute to Agriculture

Pick up a copy of the May 4 issue of The Carroll County Messenger on newsstands this afternoon. Find out the latest news on agriculture and read about an area farm family and other farmers. Catch up on council news, school news and see who was named prom king and queen. The OVAC softball championship winner and winners from the Larry Cogan Track Invitational are inside. To get the news

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Health district agrees to sell 2nd St. building

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter The Carroll County General Health District (Health District) will begin negotiations to sell property, enforce an order issued by the board and institute new septage regulations. The board met April 20 and approved a resolution allowing Kelly Engelhart, health commissioner, to sell and negotiate proceeds from the sale with the Carroll County Commissioners for property located at 24 2nd St. NE, Carrollton.  The building

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Pair of services planned May 5 for National Day of Prayer

Two National Day of Prayer observances are planned in Carroll County this week.  Carroll County Ministerial Association will once again host an observance in the village. All county residents are invited to gather May 5 on Public Square at noon as local communities and the country are lifted up in prayer. Anyone with a need for personal prayer is asked to remain after the event when organizers will be available

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The invention called the Devil’s rope

BARBWIRE By Barb Lumley  Years ago, if the settlers wanted to build a corral or fence to confine their livestock the choice of materials was limited. They might use small trees, branches, hand-cut rails or pickets or even stones. In the western states livestock owned by ranchers could travel for miles over acres and acres of land and then would have to be rounded up before they could be sold.

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Meeting birth family ‘was like coming home’

For Perry Township resident Sherry McCort By Carol McIntire Editor To say the past few months have been a whirlwind for Sherry McCort would be an understatement. Nearly seven years to the day after Ohio unsealed birth records of people whose adoptions were finalized between 1964 and 1996, the Perry Township, Carroll County, woman met members of her birth family for the first time.  “I was adopted in 1968 at

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Lady Rockets advance to OVAC championship game

The Conotton Valley Lady Rockets advanced to the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) 1A championship game with a win Monday night. Conotton Valley shut out Paden City 10-0 April 25 in semi-final competition at I-470 Complex in Wheeling, WV. Sophomore pitcher Masy Baker threw a perfect five-inning game striking out 13 and throwing 51 pitches.   The Lady Rockets will face Beallsville April 29 at 5 p.m. at the I-470 Complex

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On sale Tuesday!

The April 27 issue of The Carroll County Messenger can be picked up on newsstands Tuesday afternoon. Inside you will find information on the May 3 primary election, area council reports, school news and more. Learn about an area family who share a love of martial arts, activities and dinners planned and catch up on area sports teams. To subscribe, call The Messenger office at 330-476-6343.

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Truck destroyed by fire; Bible survives with minor damage

Great Trail firefighters were called to the truck fire on Water St. at 6:16 p.m. Upon arrival two minutes later, they found the truck, a 2018 Ford F-150, completely engulfed in flames.  The truck was owned by Austin Meese, a local pipeline worker who lived in a rental property on Bridge Street.   Meese provided details on how the fire started. “I parked my truck up close to the house like I

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Family passes down love of martial arts

Clendenin children follow in footsteps of dad, grandpa  By Leigh Ann Rutledge Associate Editor A love of karate runs deep in the Clendenin family of Carroll County. For Ella, Mason and Charles Clendenin, karate is a family affair. The three train at Tri-County Martial Arts in Waynesburg with Master Wayne Burley and Master Bill Corn.  Ella, 11, and Mason, 7, train with their dad, Charles. Charles’ father, practiced karate,

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Beaver sets powerlifting mark

Logan Beaver set a state powerlifting record at his first competition in Youngstown. Beaver, 16, and his lifting partner, Brandon Cline participated in the USPA Powerlifting competition recently. Beaver set state records in the 220 lbs. weight class for bench with 292.3 lbs.; deadlift, 523.5 lbs. and total 1,223 lbs. (which included his 407.8 lbs. squat). A junior at Carrollton, Beaver is a member of the varsity football team and

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Judge hands down consecutive sentences in horse starvation case

By Carol McIntire Editor Carroll County Municipal Court Judge Gary Willen handed down the stiffest sentence Diane Sibaugh has received to date for starving horses, but not until after he expressed his disgust in the case. “There is not a reason in the world for this. You could have contacted the Humane Society and said ‘I can’t handle this’ and they would have found somebody. Didn’t work. You didn’t do

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Go green!

The April 20 issue of The Carroll County Messenger features a “Go Green” and “Earth Day” special section. Learn how your household can go green and read about a new business started by an area teen who can also help you go green. Read the latest court news, sport and school news and find out how many meals the Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry organization has provided. The new

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Campbell and K-9 Nuke become crime-fighting team

Carroll County Deputy Micah Campbell has partnered with K-9 Nuke in the K-9 department of the Sheriff’s department.  K-9 Nuke, 3, is a Dutch Shepherd who has been with the department and was formerly teamed with Deputy Kyle Trisnar. Campbell joined the department in October 2019 and became interested in working with Trsinar and Nuke in narcotics. When Trisnar left the department, Sheriff Dale Williams asked Campbell if he would

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Dog bite leads to new charges for convicted felons

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter Two Malvern neighbors were arraigned last week in Carroll County Municipal Court after an incident involving a dog bite April 6. David L. Menegay, 62, of 4131 Bonnie Dr., Malvern, was arraigned April 13 for weapons under disability, a Felony of the third degree (F3) and a $25,000 OR (own recognizance) bond was set. Corey A. Thompson, 37, of 4143 Bonnie Dr. NW, Malvern,

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Splash pad on wish list for 5th St. park

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter Children may soon have a “splashing” good time at 5th St. Park. Taylor Kolanko, a representative from DWA Recreation, visited Carrollton Council during the April 11 meeting to discuss an addition to the park.  Kolanko worked with village officials on the installation of playground equipment at Kiddie Land Park.  He also worked with the village on the purchase of playground equipment for Ann

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Huebner Subaru ‘Share the Love’ charity presented $21,000 check

Huebner Subaru and Subaru of America, Inc. donated to Carroll County Caring Hands as part of the 2021 Subaru Share the Love event.  A check for $21,000 was donated to the organization by Josh and Scott Cole, owners of Huebner Subaru in Carrollton.  “The total we are donating to Carroll County Caring Hands is $21,000 this year,” Josh and Scott said. “We are very excited to be able to present

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Levengood takes over activities director duties

Kasey Levengood has been named activity director at Carroll Golden Age Retreat.  Levengood began working at the Golden Age Retreat in July 2019, training with Kathy Horn, then activities director, until her retirement in December. She recently completed her national Activity Professional training course and worked as a nurse aide for 10 years prior to starting at the Golden Age Retreat.  “I am hoping to bring new and exciting experiences

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Everyday heroes

Emergency services personnel, local citizens recognized for heroic efforts By Carol McIntire Editor Nine Carroll County emergency service personnel were recognized for their efforts to save lives during a ceremony April 4 in the county commissioners meeting room.  Fox Township Firefighter Zeph Casper received a Gallantry award for his efforts in saving the life of a county resident at a fire Dec. 6 just outside of Sherrodsville. Commissioner Bob Wirkner,

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19 indictments returned in full-day grand jury session

A Minerva man who led Carroll County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase was one of 19 people indicted during a full-day session of the grand jury April 6.  Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Steven D. Barnett said the grand jury heard evidence from 20 witnesses in 19 cases and indictments were returned in all cases. The grand jury, which was been meeting monthly for the past few years, did not

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Nature enthusiasts sought to assist with Ohio Forest Sanctuaries workday

Ohio Forest Sanctuaries is seeking volunteers for its first volunteer workday Sunday, May 15, from 1-4 p.m. at 5173 Knight Rd., Malvern.  Volunteers will make signs, participate in invasive species control and help with trail cutting. Refreshments will be provided and volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in a button making craft activity.  Carpooling is appreciated, as parking is limited.  Ohio Forest Sanctuaries’ mission is to acquire, protect and steward

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Guys with Ties youth grade Buckeye’s leadership skills

Present picks with ties, wristbands following OSU spring football practice Guys with Ties members representing Carrollton and Conotton Valley Schools experienced a Division I college football practice up close March 26. Carrollton Elementary students Stone Turkovich, a fifth-grade student, and the son of Skip Turkovich and Jessica Stone and Grant Macke, a third-grade student and the son of Grant Macke and Wendy Macke, along with Conotton Valley students R.J. Higgenbotham,

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102-year-old Johnny Fenstermaker shares lifetime of memories, secret to a long life

By Leigh Ann Rutledge  Associate Editor Lewis “Johnny” Fenstermaker is looking forward to celebrating his 103rd birthday April 10.  The East Springfield resident, who now calls Centreville Village in Carrollton his home, was born in the 1919, in Portage County, Nelson Twp. near Garrettsville, and is the youngest child of the late Anna and Lewis Fenstermaker. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Lewis wasn’t able to celebrate his 102nd birthday with

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Silbaugh changes plea; jury trial cancelled

By Carol McIntire Editor A sentencing date has been set in Carroll County Municipal Court for the woman charged with starving four horses.  Diane K. Silbaugh, 69, who resided in a camper at ABC Campgrounds in Carroll County, withdrew not guilty pleas to four counts of cruelty to animals and entered no contest pleas March 31. Municipal Court Judge Gary Willen ordered a pre-sentencing investigation be completed and scheduled a

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Drive-thru ‘Eggstravaganza’ planned April 9 at fairgrounds

The public is invited to Carroll County’s Drive-Thru Eggstravaganza April 9 from 9-11 a.m. at the Carroll County Fairgrounds on SR 9.  Community organizations will give fun presentations and distribute goodies at each stop as vehicles drive-thru. The Easter Bunny will be a special guest, safely greeting visitors from outside vehicles.  Participants should enter from the south gate near the Carroll County Friendship Center.  Carroll County organizations assisting include Farm

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Spring Sports Preview!

Pick up a copy of the March 30 issue of The Carroll County Messenger on newsstands Tuesday afternoon featuring spring athletes from Carrollton, Conotton Valley, Malvern and Minerva schools. Read the biographies of four men who will be inducted into the Carrollton High School Academic Hall of Fame, along with other school news, court news and more. Why not get a subscription? Call 330-476-6343 to get The Messenger delivered to

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Bird droppings continue to pose problem at courthouse

By Carol McIntire Editor Carroll County Commissioners discussed building improvement projects with the county’s maintenance supervisor last week, including one involving bird droppings.  Ed Eick approached the ongoing problem of pigeon droppings on the courthouse balcony.  “In 2013 when the new roofing material was put on, material was put on the balcony that was sloped to carry the droppings to the gutters. The slope isn’t sufficient to carry the amount

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Gnadenhutten man accepts plea deal in dog, cat abuse case

Eddy Lee Starnes, III of Gnadenhutten was sentenced to three years of community control sanctions and ordered to complete a four-to-six-month program at the Eastern Ohio Corrections Center (EOCC) after pleading guilty to nine felony counts involving the care of companion animals (dogs and cats).  Starnes, 27 was found guilty of nine counts of Prohibitions Concerning Companion Animals (all fifth-degree felonies) March 1 after he withdrew not guilty pleas and

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Atkinson sentenced to life in prison

By Leigh Ann Rutledge Associate Editor A Malvern man, sentenced to life in prison for the 2021 death of his roommate, was offered words of forgiveness from the roommate’s family during a March 17 sentencing hearing in Carroll County Common Pleas Court. A brother of Scot Hupp, who died Jan. 23, 2021, after Arlen A. Atkinson poured gasoline on Hupp’s body, bed and his room, lit the gas on fire

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Deadline to register, make changes to voter registration for primary is April 4

The deadline to register to vote or make address and name changes for the May 3 Primary Election is Monday, April 4 by 9 p.m.  The Carroll County Board of Elections office will be open from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. that day to accommodate voters. Election officials noted a person is qualified to vote if he or she is a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old

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Get your news from The Messenger

Featured in the March 16 issue, you will find state wrestling information for area wrestlers, a section on spring home improvement which includes a local couple who assist you inside and outside your home. Read court news, classifieds and more. The Carroll County Messenger is available on newsstands this afternoon or can be delivered in the mail on Wednesday or to your inbox via email. Find out more by calling

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Woman charged with starving horses

Two animals dead; Diane Silbaugh facing cruelty charges By Carol McIntire Editor A Carrollton area woman charged with starving four horses, appeared via video from the county jail for an arraignment hearing March 10 in Carroll County Municipal Court.  Two of the horses are dead and the other two are being nursed back to health in foster care facilities. Diane K. Silbaugh, 69, who told Judge Gary Willen she lives

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On newsstands today!

Pick up a copy of the March 9 issue of The Carroll County Messenger on newsstands today. Inside you will find information on the Next Generation 911 system, court news and a special spring auto section. Updates on area athletes and their trek to state tournaments can be found inside, along with council stories, school boards and more. To subscribe to The Messenger, call 330-476-6343 today.

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Opinion

To the Editor: According to a recent story in the Carroll County Messenger (March 1, 2022), the 2020 census did not bode well for Ohio. Two-thirds of Ohio counties lost population in the past decade, with the largest population drop of 8.7 percent occurring in Harrison County.  Columbiana was down 5.5 percent, Carroll was down 7.3 percent, and Jefferson was down 6.4 percent. This is important because county populations affect grants,

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Testing begins for Texting 2 911

Officials note calling 911 remains the best option; but texting is a valuable tool By Carol McIntire Editor Carroll County is taking the final steps to complete its move to the Next Generation 911 system.  Testing was scheduled to begin March 9 on the segment to add Texting 2 911 to the  system.  “This has been nine years in the making,” said Commissioner Bob Wirkner, speaking during the presentation which was

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2020 Census: Residents migrate away from rural counties

Carroll and four of the five surrounding counties experienced a decrease in population over the last decade, according to 2020 Census figures. The data showed Carroll County lost 2,115 residents over the last decade, after staying nearly stagnant for the previous 10-year cycle.  The 2020 figure of 26,721 is down 7.3 percent from the 2010 population of 28,836.   Stark County had a minimal decline of .2 percent or 733 residents. The

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Local news, local views

Pick up a copy of the March 2 issue of The Carroll County Messenger on newsstands this afternoon. This week features area sports teams and the accomplishments of the high school athletes. Carrollton cheerleaders competed at state, Carrollton and Minerva bowling teams are headed to state and area wrestlers head to districts to see who win berths to state. The Hornets boys basketball team won their 16th consecutive sectional title

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Local news, local views

Pick up a copy of Feb. 23 issue of The Carroll County Messenger on newsstands Tuesday afternoon. Celebrate area athletes as they win Eastern Buckeye Conference (EBC) titles and see who is heading to district and state competitions. Catch up on village council meetings, township meetings and school information. This week features part two of the special feature on area small businesses.  Like what you see and read? Call 330-476-6343

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Perry Twp. trustees, fire department reach short- term funding agreement

By Carol McIntire Editor Perry Township trustees and township fire department officials came to a short-term agreement on funding last week.  The two entities are at odds over how the township should disburse revenues from two township levies for fire protection. Trustees would like to compensate Carrollton Village Fire Department for mutual aid runs in the township. Fire department officials want trustees to transfer the entire amount to their bank

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Opinion

To the Editor: Grit is defined as courage, resolve, and strength of character. Without a doubt, our snowplow drivers and emergency services personnel had true Carroll County grit on display during Winter Storm Landon. The relentless winter weather we experienced last week began with a deluge of rain during the day Wednesday before temperatures fell below freezing overnight. Thursday, we saw nonstop freezing rain and sleeting throughout the day. In

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Conotton Valley student killed, another injured in SR 212 crash

CCM Staff Report The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an accident that claimed the life of a Conotton Valley student and seriously injured another Feb. 16. According to Sheriff Dale Williams, Braylen Novak was killed in the crash, which occurred at about 2:21 p.m. on SR 212 between Sherrodsville and the high school.  Novak, who was the driver of the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Dr.

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Scio man indicted by grand jury for sexual imposition

A Scio man was indicted last week by a Carroll County grand jury for gross sexual imposition, voyeurism and tampering with evidence.  MICHAEL RAY MERRILL, 31, of 7305 Scio Road, Scio,  was  indicted on one count of Gross Sexual Imposition, three counts of Voyeurism and one count of Tampering With Evidence. Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Steven D. Barnett said Merrill is accused of secretly video taping a 14-year-old female in a state

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Pre-construction work continues on K-5 school

By Carol McIntire Editor Carrollton Schools Superintendent Dr. David Quattrochi expressed his desire to conduct a board of education work session to discuss progress on the new K-5 school building during the Feb. 8 meeting.  The district contracted with Lesko Architects of Cleveland to design the new building, which will attach to the present middle school/high school on Scio Rd.  Greenspace Construction Services, also of Cleveland, was the low bidder

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