Sgt. Andrew Brace spent part of his two-week leave visiting with students at M.I. Day Elementary. Brace, the son of kindergarten teacher Ellen Brace and Todd Brace, told the students how much he enjoyed the letters he received from the second, third and fifth graders. He visited and answered questions they asked in their letters. He also presented a slide show highlighting military aircraft, tanks and architecture.
Representing Brown Local Schools at the Carroll County Spelling Bee are Marcus Johnson, Joshua Kuhn, Amber Clark, Abby Wood, Logan Sellers and Douglas Bly.
An auction held Dec. 13 in Minerva to settle the estate of prolific local artist Jean Calerdine Browne, included the sale of 162 of her works of art. Mrs. Browne's granddaughter, Kimberly Felton of Coosbay, Oreg., was in town for the sale. She took time to present one of her grandmother's paintings, featuring Minerva's restored caboose at the Valley Street railway depot, to Wanda Garee, secretary of Minerva's Wheeling and Lake Erie Depot Committee. The oil painting will hang in the Minerva Train Depot in Mrs. Browne's memory.
Natalie Kowal of Malvern was selected to be part of the staff for the half-time show of the Citrus Bowl. Kowal assisted in choreography and instruction as well as performed at the Jan. 1 event. The 1995 Malvern High School graduate was offered the staff positions at the Citrus Bowl in Florida and the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Because of college classes, she was not able to attend the Pro Bowl. Two years ago, Kowal was one of the participants in the Aloha Bowl half time performance. Now as a staff member, she says she is very thrilled with how far she has come. Attending Ohio Northern University, she has a double major in mathematics and sociology and an option in secondary education. She is a resident assistant and captain of the Ohio Northern University varsity dance team.
First, second and third prizes of $50, $25 and $25, and four honorable mention prizes of $10 each have been awarded in the freshman writing contest conducted by the Walsh College Department of English. The essay contest was open to students in Walsh's freshman composition courses. The prize winners included Jeff A. Dine of Paris. He received the third prize for "Mousey," an essay about a mouse. Dine, who is majoring in communication arts, is a graduate of Minerva High School.
Paul Bortz of the Malvern Auxiliary Police Department retired recently after 17 years of service. In appreciation of his dedication, Police Chief Dean Offenberger presented him with a plaque designed with one of Bortz' shields embedded in the center, with the words Malvern Police Dept. 1969-1986 Paul Bortz.
Miss Jill Snively, a junior at the Massillon City Hospital School of Nursing, has been elected "Miss Student Nurse" by her classmates and will represent the school in state competition for the same title at the Student Nurse Association of Ohio conference in Cincinnati in March. She was judged on the basis on an essay, "Involvement...What A Student Nurse Can't Do"; scholastic achievement; organizational activities and community services and public speaking.
Spurgeon (Sam) Kimrey of Old Canal Lane in Oneida is one of a reported persons throughout the United States to have received an official, engraved invitation to the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Kimrey stated that he was pleased and amazed to have been singularly chosen to attend the inauguration of Jimmy Carter as the 38th President of the United States. A registered Democrat, Mr. Kimrey feels perhaps the work he accomplished for the Carroll County Democratic party during the election campaign may have been the reason for his having received the inaugural invitation. Mr. Dewey Breckenridge of Malvern is Chairman of the Carroll County Democratic, and it was under his direction that Mr. Kimrey distributed literature during the campaign and transported voters to the polls.
Temperatures in Minerva zoomed to 65 degrees at 3 p.m. Monday. Citizens were is their light-weight sweaters and the balmy weather kept this way till nightfall. The temperature reading on Jan. 23 is the first we have had way above normal averages since January 1950. Canton weathermen reported the record in this century was recorded in the year 1906 when temperatures on Jan. 23 of that year zoomed to a high of 73 degrees.
Seven members of the Minerva High School concert band will participate in the District VIII Music Conference at Carrollton High School. Jack Shaffer, Minerva director, is president of district. MHS band members to take part are Lee Kopp, Linda Remsey, Chris Powell, Gary Shotwell, Cathy Francis, Randy Elton and Jim Hockenberger.
Miss Cathy Sue Capper and Miss Carolyn Mundy, piano pupils of Mrs. Arlene Tournoux, appeared in the winter recital held at Rodman's Theatre, Mount Union College. Miss Capper played "Alla Tarentella" and Miss Mundy played "The Sleigh Ride." Attending the recital from here were the girls parents Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Capper and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mundy.
The fifth grade pupils visited the New York Central Railroad Yards. They were conducted on a tour by Mr. Finicul. He explained the various activities carried on and then gave the children a ride on the turntable. They were divided into three groups, entered the cars of three diesel engines and taken for a ride through the yards. The group was accompanied by their teacher, Mrs. Jeanette McAvoy and student teacher Mrs. Strachan. This was a part of their study of transportation.
Eleven new street lights were turned on last night in Augusta, something that the citizens have wanted for a long time. Many of the citizens, despite the cold weather, turned out to inspect the finished job by walking from one end of town to the other-no one seemed dissatisfied. The new light circuit furnishes 250 watt bulbs on Main, Hanoverton and Mill streets during the hours of darkness.
Richard Masters, 16, of Youngstown, nephew of Mrs. J.A. Grunder, Jr., 438 North Market Street, narrowly escaped kidnapping on Jan. 13 when would-be-kidnappers failed to keep an appointment with him. Don Frohner and Arthur Chapman, fellow high school students, who were indicted by a Mahoning County Grand Jury on charges of first-degree murder Tuesday afternoon for the slaying of William S. Spieth of Ashtabula, disclosed that they had planned to kidnap the Masters youth for $5,000 ransom. Masters, whose grandmother, Mrs. D.M. Masters, resides with her daughter, Mrs. Grunder, said Frohner and Chapman, with whom he was well acquainted, had asked him to meet them at 7:20 p.m., Jan. 13. He said he waited 25 minutes and then went to a basketball game. At that time the pair were being sought by police officials for the murder of Mr. Spieth.