Category: Local

Local teams earn top-three placings in pony pull

Two feet separated the top two teams in the 52-inch class of the open to the world pony pull, held Saturday morning. Bill Cole of Mt. Vernon earned the win as his team of ponies, named Fred and Maggie, pulled the sled three-feet six-inches with 7,000 pound of weight loaded on it. Second place went to Bob Frances with a distance of one-feet, six-inches.  Third went to Camden Mattos of

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Recycled family items become ‘best of show’ winners

Jason Ulman began “recycling” when he was included in a video waste management filmed when he attended Willis Elementary School. Now an adult, Ulman of Salineville continues the practice. He received a Best in Show for his scarecrows, Irene and Ivan, in the Up-cycled or Recycled Division in the any other item made from recycled material. Previously, Ulman grew a garden and needed something to keep the crows away. Irene

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Youth make pulling debut at county fair

Among the many pullers at the Carroll County Fair Monday evening tractor pull were two boys who made their “maiden voyage” down the pulling track. One boy hopes to start a tradition, while the other one is the third generation of his family to pull transfer at the Carroll County. Landon Barna, 11, and Case Rector, 11, hooked to the Track Boss sled for the first of many hooks to

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Around the county…

July 28 – Free Community Blessings Drive-Thru Dinner 5-8 p.m. at Perry Twp. Hall in Perrysville. Sponsored by Perrysville and Pleasant Hill United Methodist churches.July 29 – Create a cement leaf bowl at Carroll County District Library at 5:30 p.m. Class may be messy; wear play clothes.July 31 – “Trust and Obey” Vacation Bible School 1-5 p.m. with music, games, stories & crafts at Perrysville United Methodist Church. Weiner roast

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Monster truck show tops fair attendance

By Carol McIntire Editor Carroll County Ag Society officials were over the top happy with attendance figures from the 2021 expo, which closed with a lot of noise and smoke Sunday night. Jessica Edie, who managed admission gates along with Rick Popadak and Bethany Davis, said 225,806 people paid admission at the gate, which does not include membership and exhibitor tickets or 4-H members. Tammy Sanderson, interim secretary said over

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Pick up your copy today!

Pick up the July 28 issue of The Carroll County Messenger on newsstands today! Read about the Carroll County Fair including attendance, junior fair results and other activities. Other features include the Baker trial, the 9-11 ceremony study, classifieds and auctions and much, much more. The news you want from people you know!

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Jury hears from eyewitness, 911 caller and deputy coroner on first day of testimony in Baker trial

By Carol McIntire Editor Jurors heard from the Stark County deputy coroner who performed the autopsy on Robert S. “Bobby” Sikon, III, the man who made the 911 call standing along SR 171 and the woman who was driving the truck Sikon was riding in Nov. 16, 2019: the day he was shot and killed by Carroll County Sheriff Deputy Jacob E. Baker. Baker is facing one charge of involuntary

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Teens competing this week at National High School Finals Rodeo

Tana Drew, of Malvern, earned a position on the Ohio National High School rodeo team and is competing this week in Lincoln, NE, in the 73rd annual National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). A sophomore at Malvern Hornet Digital Academy, she is competing in girls cutting, breakaway roping and goat tying. Also competing at the NHSFR, are Dalton Walling, Isaiah Tullius , Chance Fryer and Cooper Smitley. Walling, the 2021

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County 4-H members earn opportunity to compete at state fair

Carroll County 4-H members who earned outstanding and/or state fair berths were recognized July 14 during a ceremony. To be eligible for an outstanding and/or state fair berth, members must have received an excellent at still project judging July 10. Members included: Cake Decorating Outstanding of the day: Hannah Romeo,  Roselle Fisher, Anna Miller and Olivia Maher. Jr. state fair delegate: Olivia Maher, delegate and Anna Miller, alternate.  Sr. state

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Transit hours temporarily cut due to employee shortage

By Carol McIntire Editor Hours at Carroll County Transit are being temporarily cut due to an employment shortage. Director Sonja Trbovich told county commissioners July 15 the lack of employees is forcing her to cut back hours to 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until she can hire additional employees. “I know it is going affect us because there is a need for service from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” she

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Around the county…

July 22 – Book discussion “The Essex Serpent” by Sarah Perry at Carroll County District Library from 6-7 p.m. July 24 – 3D Monarch Painting at 1 p.m. with Cheri Bell at Carroll County Arts Center. New technique with hot glue and acrylic. See sample on Facebook page. Cost is $35 and includes all supplies.  July 26 – Card making at Carroll County District Library at 1:30 p.m. July 27

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Bees create buzz on Main St.

As beekeepers remove hive from old tree By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter What was all the buzz on W. Main St. in Carrollton July 12? Bees, bees and more bees! A tree located near the intersection of W. Main St. and Moody Ave. was slated for removal. However, two honey bee hives were located in two separate branches. Property owners Jeff and Leslie Lucas wanted the bees moved before

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New half-million dollar show arena primed to welcome competitors

$.5 million structure mimics Rosebud Mining Complex Construction of a new half million dollar show arena at the Carroll County Fair Grounds was completed just in time for the 2021 expo. The new 70×140 foot building is a duplicate of the Rosebud Mining Complex (built in 2012) and is located on the site of the former Metal Barn at the north end of the fair grounds. Fair Board member Ray

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Fair Tab is on newsstands!

The July 14 issue of The Carroll County Messenger inlcudes a 40-page Fair Tab featuring fair schedules, event information, people who participate in fair events and those who make the fair run smoothly. Pick up your copy today!

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Alumni plans return to CHS for July 16 basketball fundraiser

Rosters are taking shape for the inaugural Carrollton Basketball Fundraiser Alumni Game. The games are scheduled to take place July 16 in the high school gym. Action begins at 6 p.m. with a girls alumni contest followed by the boys game. Those scheduled to play in the girls game as of July 9 includes Abby Laizure (class of 2021), Rachel Devine, Jessica Ujcich, Ali Poole, Cailee Husted, Tessa Isom (2012),

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Duane Abel adds screenwriter to his resume

Local cartoonist Duane M. Abel recently signed with United Front Films as a screenwriter, with his first project “A Papermill Pond Romance” to begin filming in the spring of 2022. The romantic comedy will be helmed by Lana Read, who last directed Abel in the upcoming “An Unintentional Christmas”. Abel resides in Carroll County with his wife and two boys. His comic strip series ZED appears in over 40 publications spanning 24 states

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OFCC approves funding for new elementary school

Award contingent upon Controlling Board approval A new Carrollton elementary school (pre-K-5th grade) is one of nine school construction projects approved by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) last week. The commission approved more than $242 million in state funding for nine projects. Combined with $208 million in local funding, the projects represent more than $450 million in public school construction work. Carrollton Exempted Village School District was approved for

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1880s document turns up in probate court

By Carol McIntire Editor A set of documents that have been sitting on a shelf in Carroll County Probate and Juvenile Court for likely more than 100 years were uncovered recently and shed light on events that took place in the 1880s in the county. Commissioner President Bob Wirkner displayed the documents during the July 8 meeting, saying they provided some interesting insight into the construction of the courthouse and

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Manslaughter trial begins next week

By Carol McIntire Editor The jury trial of a Carroll County sheriff deputy accused of the shooting death of Robert S. (Bobby) Sikon, III is scheduled to begin next week in common pleas court. Deputy Jacob Baker, 30, of Carrollton is charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the Nov. 16, 2019, death of Sikon, also a Carrollton resident, during a traffic stop on SR 171 in New Harrisburg. The

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This week The Messenger features stories on electronic monitoring, outstanding Hornet athletes, Kevin Butterfield’s new business venture, find a yard sale or auction and more.

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Butterfield treats your vehicle like his own

By Leigh Ann Rutledge Associate Editor According to statista.com, U.S. motor vehicle sales reached between 14 and 15 million units in 2020. With individuals often owning more than one vehicle and families owning several, who has time to clean and properly care for all these vehicles? Kevin Butterfield has the time and experience, having been involved in detailing and mechanics his entire life. He opened Butterfield’s Auto Detailing at his

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Alive Festival returns to Atwood Park

The Alive Musical Festival will take place July 15-18 at Atwood Lake Park. The Christian music festival begins Thursday, July 15, with performances by We the Kingdom at 7 p.m. and For King and County, both on the main stage. Friday, July 16 entertainment will be held on three stages, Main Stage, the new Woods Stage and the Family Fun Stage and feature performers such as Skillet, Andy Mineo, Kirk

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Around the county…

July – Mondays – Lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. by donation at the West Twp. Community Center on SR 212 in New Cumberland.  Includes many sides, dessert and a drink. Plus, The Loft Resale Shop open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Tuesdays – Carrollton Rotary Club meets at St. John’s Villa at noon. July 8 – Stargazing event at 9 p.m. at Great Trail Golf Course in Minerva. Sponsored

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Chase lands Richmond man in county jail

A Richmond man who led authorities on a three-county chase June 3 entered no contest pleas to several charges and is serving jail time. Christopher Cutri, 31, of 5844 SR 152, Richmond, was charged by Amsterdam Police with Failure to Comply with the Signal or Order of a Police Officer, a third degree felony, after he sped away from Police Chief Tyler Yoho as he attempted a traffic stop on

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Lyme disease cases increase

Health officials encourage residents to protect themselves from ticks CCM Staff Report The number of cases of Lyme disease in Ohio and Carroll County has increased significantly over the last 10 years. According to the Ohio Department of Health, in 2010, 44 cases of human Lyme disease were reported. In 2019, that number jumped to 468. From 2018 to 2019, cases increased from 293-468. In comparison, Carroll County reported 35

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Around the county…

July – Mondays – Lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. by donation at the West Twp. Community Center on SR 212 in New Cumberland.  Includes many sides, dessert and a drink. Plus, The Loft Resale Shop open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Tuesdays – Carrollton Rotary Club meets at St. John’s Villa at noon. July 3 – All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at Loudon Twp. Community Center 7:30-10 a.m. Dine in or carryout

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Civic Club back in action; plan Coley’s Stag Reunion

By Carol McIntire Editor The Carrollton Civic Club is back on the parade trail after a one-year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. The group of civic-minded community members participated in the Memorial Day Parade with the traditional tossing of grilled hog dogs to parade goers. Dodds Funeral Home donated 1,500 hot dogs and buns for the occasion. Club officials said the supply was exhausted by the time the Big

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On Sale Now!

Find out how to protect yourself from ticks, get updated on area council news, how the Carrollton trap shooters scored at the state tournament and much, much more.

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Fair office opens July 7; passes on sale

The Carroll County Fair is less than three weeks away. Fair board interim secretary Tammy Sanderson is preparing for the July 20-25 expo by opening the secretary’s office next week. Hours prior to the fair include July 7, 8, 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. until noon, the week of July 12 -17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The office, located under the grandstand, will be open fair week

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Viewpoint

To the Editor: Now that the warmer weather is here, a few tips to keep your dog(s) safe! Warm weather and heated vehicles: It is a known fact that the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 100 degrees or more even if the temperature outside is 75 degrees or above if the vehicle is parked in the sun. Even a vehicle parked in the shade can heat up quickly if

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Flag retirement ceremony

A Flag Retirement ceremony was held June 14 at the VFW Fighting McCooks Post 3301 on Chase Rd., Carrollton. Commander James Newbold offered a brief history of Flag Day, which was officially established in 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson. Newbold noted, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution June 14, 1777. The resolution states, “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white” and “the union

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June is Dairy Month!

Just for fun…. How much do you know about the dairy industry? We gathered some fun facts, with the help of the American Dairy Association Mideast, to share what most readers aren’t aware. Enjoy! *About 73 percent of calcium available in the food supply is provided by milk and milk products. *Milk is paced with essential nutrients, including protein, calcium and vitamin D. *Chocolate milk’s combination of fluids, carbs and

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Second motion filed to dismiss Baker manslaughter case

A motion to dismiss the voluntary manslaughter case against a Carroll County sheriff deputy has been filed for the second time. The motion was filed June 19 by Kimberly Kendall Corral, attorney for deputy Jacob E. Baker, in the clerk of courts office following what was scheduled as the final pre-trial hearing before Baker’s two-week trial begins July 19. Corral and Special Prosecutor Jason P. Reese of Canton met behind

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Motorcyclist lifeflighted following crash

A motorcycle accident June 12 closed SR 39 between Dellroy and Sherrodsville for nearly two hours. Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said the crash occurred at 11:49 a.m. near the intersection of Fable Rd. A report filed by Officer James Lemonte said Andrew E. Hylton, 58 of 7218 Ravenna Ave. SE, Waynesburg was driving a 2021 Harley Davidson motorcycle southeast on SR 39. The motorcycle went off the right side

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Augusta parade draws large crowd, 32 entries

People lined the parade route June 11 for the Augusta Strawberry Festival parade which brought out 32 entries.Winners included:Heavy Duty Engine, 1,250 gallons per minute (GPM) and over: Hanover Twp. Fire Dept. (FD).Engines and mini pumpers (1,000 GPM and under): Bergholz FD.Tanker: Fox Twp. FD.Emergency medical unit or rescue unit: Carroll County Hazmat.Oldest Fire Truck: 1947 Dodge WJ-57, Craig and Stephanie Speedy.Four Wheel Drive (grass or brush fire type unit):

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If at first you don’t succeed…don’t give up!

Bob Johnson lands first feature win after nine years in the driver’s seat By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter May 15 was a special day for Bob Johnson. Johnson, of Harlem Springs, won the Mini Truck Class feature race at Midvale Speedway. His first feature win in a lengthy racing career. He began racing in the street stock class in 1994 and ran until 2002 with his dad, Bob; uncle,

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Around the county…

 Tuesdays – Carrollton Rotary Club meets at St. John’s Villa at noon. June – Mondays – Lunch 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. by donation at the West Twp. Community Center on SR 212 in New Cumberland.  Includes many sides, dessert and a drink. Plus, The Loft Resale Shop open 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 18 – Oil painting “Mountain Ridge” with Scott Taggart at 6 p.m. at Carroll

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Pennock honored for BOE service

Minerva Local School District (MLSD) Superintendent Gary Chaddock presented Stan Pennock a Small Town America Civic Volunteer Award (STACVA) in recognition of his 28 years of service on the board of education during the May 25 Minerva Village Council meeting. The national STACVA program honored 100 extraordinary public service volunteers in localities with populations of less than 5,000 people. Pennock’s nomination, which was submitted by MLSD, the village of Minerva

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Wind and water: two of John Slunt’s favorite things

By Carol McIntire Editor Ask John Slunt what he’s doing on any given day of the week and the reply you’ll likely get is, “Going fishing!” When Slunt, a Harlem Springs resident, is not on an area lake in his bass fishing boat, he’s likely on the water sailing one of his three sail boats. “I love the water and I love being outside,” Slunt enthusiastically stated during a recent

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Grand jury returns 16 indictments in full-day session

A Carroll County grand jury handed out 16 indictments during a full-day session June 2, including murder and felonious assault charges against a Mechanicstown woman in a chase that was bound over to Common Pleas Court from Municipal Court. Audrey Jean Cole, also known as Audrey Jean Branch, 34 of Arbor Rd. NE, was indicted on one count of murder with a firearm specification, and one count of felonious assault.

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Richmond man leads law enforcement on three-county chase

CCM Staff Report A Richmond man led law enforcement on a three-county chase last week before crashing a vehicle at the intersection of Miller Station Rd. and SR 646 in Harrison County June 3. The driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old Christopher Cutri of 5844 SR 152, Richmond, is facing charges of a third degree felony charge of Failure to Comply with the Order or Signal of a Police Officer in

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Scouting program opens doors for local teen

Gold award boosts Air Force entry rank for Hailey Edie When Hailey Edie joined Girl Scouts in second grade, the 2021 Carrollton High School graduate had no idea how far the organization could take her, she was simply following in her mother’s footsteps. “Mom was a Girl Scout and she wanted me to join as well so, in second grade, I did,” Edie said during a phone interview last week,

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Around the county…

Tuesdays – Carrollton Rotary meets at noon at St. John’s Villa. May 26 – Free Community Blessings Dinner at Perry Twp. Hall from 5-7 p.m. Drive-thru only. For information, call 330-627-7593. Sponsored by Perrysville and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Churches. May 28 – Friday night dinner at Vet’s Club on Brenner Rd. featuring Swiss chicken from 5-8 p.m. Open to the public. June – Mondays – Lunch 11 a.m. –

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Horn steps back in time to manage McCook House Civil War Museum

Memorial Day weekend opening planned By Leigh Ann Rutledge Associate Editor The “Home of the Fighting McCooks” is opening Memorial Day weekend for the season under the guidance of a new manager. The Carroll County Historical Society (CCHS), which operates the McCook House Civil War Museum in Carrollton, appointed Kathy Horn as the manager. She replaces Shirley Anderson, who retired in December 2019. (Due to COVID-19, the McCook House was

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Memorial Day events planned at Carrollton, Malvern, Augusta

Remembering the fallen Decorated Vietnam veteran Michael Maiorca is scheduled to speak during the Carrollton Memorial Day service May 31 at Westview Cemetery. Maiorca was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army when he graduated from Youngstown State University in 1968. The Carrollton resident attended officer training at Fort Benning, GA, and Jump School at Fort Sherman, Panama. He was then stationed at Fort Hood, TX, where he was

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Gary D. Lee sentence reduced

Gary D. Lee, Jr.’s prison sentence on child pornography convictions was reduced seven years during a resentencing hearing Monday in Carroll County Common Pleas Court. Lee, of Carrollton, was found guilty of two counts of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor and two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor by a county petit jury Jan. 27, 2020. Judge Michael V. Repella, II sentenced Lee to 10 years in

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Auditions set in Minerva

Minerva’s Roxy Theatre will hold auditions for its next stage production, “Deathtrap,” Tuesday and Wednesday, June 1 and 2, at 6 p.m. Those auditioning should prepare a short piece to perform. The cast includes three males and two females, and production dates are Sept. 10 and 11, and 17 and 18. “Deathtrap” is the story of Sidney Bruhl, a once successful playwright whose latest stage production flops on its opening

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Branch murder case bound over to grand jury

By Leigh Ann Rutledge CCM Reporter The murder case of Audrey Branch was bound over to the grand jury during a preliminary hearing in Carroll County Municipal Court May 12. Branch, 34, of 6344 Arbor Rd. NE, Mechanicstown, is charged with murder and felonious assault in connection with the shooting death of Matthew Michael Mott, 32, of the same address May 3. Branch, who appeared in court, was represented by

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