On Feb. 6, 11 Minerva teachers, coaches and administrators braved the cold weather to help boy Scout Joey Jones make the schools a safer place. Jones, an eighth grade student at Minerva Middle School and Life Scout of Troop 150, is working on his Eagle project and is planning to donate automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to the middle and high schools. In order to install AEDs in the Minerva schools, Jones coordinated CPR and AED training for staff members.
The pavilion and playground at Hilltop Learning Center/Malvern United Methodist Church will become handicap accessible thanks to a matching grant from the Carroll County Foundation and McCauley Tree Farm. Hilltop Learning Center/UMC Administrator and Director Lesa Kemp accepted the check for $1,350 from Carroll County Foundation President Rick Hannon and board member Gary Pearce. McCauley Tree Farm is donating the excavation work to make the pavilion and playground handicap accessible and install sidewalks. McCauley Tree Farm is providing labor as part of its grant.
Art Guy congratulated Ralph Norman as the passing of the pulpit occurs for the first time in 38 years at the Minerva First Christian Church. While it is customary in the early reformation church that pastors after serving a church for three years would the be reassigned to another church, Minerva First Christian has been able to duck that policy for 38 years with the longevity of Art's spiritual leadership.
The Malvern High School Academic Challenge Team will compete on March 8 in the Jefferson County division. The 1997 team includes: Kristen Boyd, Sarah Richards, Megan Kocher, Emily Rittmaier, Angela Rittmaier, Christy Sevier, Sam Dunn, Ryan Alder, Christina Archer, Mark Smith, Taylor Theiss and Kelli Richards. The team advisor is Jeff Shanklin.
Robertsville boosts its own star, Tyann Marie Benyo, who danced away with first place trophies in competition in Columbus. She is a student of Hazen Junior High School. Tyann won three first-place trophies in Lyrical Dancing, Group and Duet Pointe. She also placed first in highest score overall with 29 groups competing in the Regional Rising Star Competition. These honors entitle her to compete in Kentucky at a later date. She studies dance under the direction of Jeanne Ann Mahaffie at the Judy Bourne School of Dance in Canton. Her duet partner is Megan Atkin of Louisville.
Carroll County Sheriff William Offenberger delivered a citation to fifth graders at Malvern elementary for "good behavior" following their trip to tour the jail house and court rooms. The students visited the facilities at Carrollton as apart of Rotary Career week. Accepting the letter of commendation on behalf of the students is fifth grade teacher Mr. Jeff Bennett and student Charlie Moag and Amy Sebek. The letter, which has been framed and now hangs with other certificates of merit is the hallway next to the office, reads: "All the Malvern Schools Fifth Grades: I received many of your thank you cards in regards to you tour of the jail and the courthouse. First of all, thanks as they were all very nifty, secondly, such a large and well behaved group. We certainly did enjoy having you with us, and do hope that you return again, only to visit. Your friend, Bill Offenberger, Sheriff.
Outstanding speakers representing Minerva High School who qualified for the Ohio Speech League Tournament are Diana Rogers for oratorical declamation, Mark Hahlen for extemporaneous speaking, and Nancy Glaus for original oratory. The MHS speech team participated in the District Speech Tournament held February 26 at Dover High School, placing fifth in competition.
Mrs. Sarah Reed, wife of Charlie Reed of Malvern, was in Cleveland March 4 for the final hearing on her petition for naturalization. She took the Oath of Allegiance at the hearing and became a United States citizen. Mrs. Reed came to the United States in July 1971 and has been a resident of Malvern since her arrival. She is originally from London, England, where she and her husband were married after he had completed a four-year tour of duty with the United States Navy. Mrs. Reed has been editor of the Malvern Community News since 1974.
Ted Isue, a 1960 Minerva high school graduate and a member of the Navarre school faculty, has been granted one of five $1,000 scholarships by the American Association of Teachers of French, a national organization. A 1965 graduate of Kent State University, Mr. Isue is an instructor of French for the 7-8th grades at the Navarre Elementary School. He and his wife Patricia reside in Canton and she is a fourth grade teacher at Beach City.
Ellen Donaldson, of Minerva, participated in Mozart's "Requiem" given by The Collegiate Chorale and Orchestra at Mount Union College. The "Requiem" Mozart's final composition, was presented at Memorial Hall. Miss Donaldson, a senior, is majoring in music education.
William A. Weir, cashier of The Minerva Banking Co., has announced that the board of directors has purchased the former Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ossler property on the southeast corner of North Main and West High Streets and plan to have erected there a new and modern $75,000 bank building. The large frame house is to be torn down within the next 30 days. Plans are now being prepared for the new building, size 40x70, one floor, with a basement. Bank personnel besides Mr. Weir is Oscar Shaw, assistant cashier, tellers Miss Myrtle Cross, Miss Wanda Oyer and Mrs. Bruce Haines, bookkeepers are Miss Marlene Doak and Mrs. William Bush.
Ralph Hazen, life insurance agent, who lives on the first farm north of town on route 80, has something rare to hold, admire and feed. Mr. Hazen has among his sheep and half dozen lambs, twin black lambs. One of the lambs is all black and the other one has spots of white on the nose and head. Mr. Hazen has turned his sheep out in the field along the west side of route 80, where the two young black lambs really are noticeable among the white wool sheep.
Hawkin's Restaurant will open, March 18 in its new location at 215 N. Market St., just across the street from its former site, 212 N. Market St. H.C. Hawkins who began the restaurant here in 1937, plans to continue with the same line of business in the new location. The building vacated by Mr. Hawkins was recently purchased by Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Sherlock, who plan to commence remodeling next week for their restaurant.
Daughters of America lodge of Minerva celebrated its 22nd anniversary with a covered dish supper in the Odd Fellows Hall. The four charter members present, Mrs. Laura Manfull, Mrs. Pearl Burns, Mrs. Esther Kelly and Mrs. Nellie Gamble, were presented sweet pea corsages. Out of town guests were Helen Breen state past president, Mr. Irene Quinn, deputy and Mrs. Tessie Wetzel, all of Canton.