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The Suburbanite
  • Carroll County Collage: Businessman, farmer honored for distinguished service

  • Jim Long likes to keep busy. As if running the Ed Long tractor and farm store in Carrollton isn’t enough, he continues to wrangle a 375-acre, 65-head Angus beef farm in Union Township.

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  • Jim Long likes to keep busy. As if running the Ed Long tractor and farm store in Carrollton isn’t enough, he continues to wrangle a 375-acre, 65-head Angus beef farm in Union Township.
    The Carrollton Civic Club decided he was an ideal recipient for the club’s Distinguished Service Award and surprised him with the award recently at the club’s annual dinner at the Atwood Yacht Club.
    “I had no idea” (he would receive the honor), he said. “They mentioned Ohio State, and that could have been several people, but when they mentioned the Angus cattle, then I knew it was me.”
    Long, 66, seems to get his fingerprints on a lot of what happens in Carrollton and the county. He has been a member of the Carroll County Fair Board since 1976 and presided over the group eight times. He is a member of the local, state and national Cattlemen’s Association, a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board of directors of the Carrollton Farmers Exchange for about 15 years.
    Long hasn’t sat on the laurels of his successful businesses, but continues to add on. He built several storage buildings on Canton Road. He added another large building there for storing his collection of antique tractors and other farm equipment. The public got its first look inside at the annual Coley’s Stag Bar reunion. Long had hosted the reunion at his tractor store on Second Street SW for about a dozen years, but decided to move it to the new building.
    “It has a lot more room, for one, and we don’t have to keep clearing out our repair shop and setting it back up every year,” he said. “We’d have to take out every welder, every press. It’s too much for a bunch of old guys.”
    Long graduated from Carrollton High School in 1964 and had a cup of coffee at Ohio State University before becoming ensconced in the business his father started in 1955.
    He has been married to Marcia for 38 years, and they have three children; Chris (Ali), Jamie (Nate) and Pan.
    BACKSTEIN? REALLY?
    Sean Fenbers never will forget how to spell that word, which is a type of cheese. Unfortunately, not knowing how to spell it at The Repository’s Regional Spelling Bee at GlenOak High School cost him a chance to advance to Washington, D.C., for the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee in late May.
    Fenbers, an eighth-grader at Malvern Middle School, is the son of Larry and Diane Fenbers. After his misspell, he could only watch and listen as Scott Markle, an eighth-grader at Lake Center Christian School in Stark County, correctly spelled “terrapin” to take the title.
    Page 2 of 3 - As runner-up, Sean won a trophy and a Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. (Here’s the irony — Backstein is not listed in the dictionary he won.) If for any reason Markle can’t make the national bee, Sean would be his replacement.
    MORGAN’S RAIDERS
    It has been 150 years since John Hunt Morgan brought his Raiders into Carroll County and met his fate. A committee has been formed to lay out a drive-it-yourself-tour of sites in Carroll, Jefferson and Columbiana counties. The dates are July 25 and 26.
    The tour, dubbed “The Last Night and Day,” starts at Two Ridge Presbyterian Church near Wintersville and proceeds to “Old Nebo” (Bergholz), where the Raiders last camped as free men. You can view the graves of two Confederate soldiers, a John Miller and an unknown youth, at the West Grove Cemetery near Salineville.
    Near there is a marker noting the northernmost extend of the raid that reads, “Final Engagement at Sharp’s Farm.” It happened July 26, 1863. Union troops under Maj. William B. Way spotted Morgan’s troops near Riley’s Church and chased them down.
    The next stop is Bethesda Presbyterian Church near Summitville, and the tour continues to “The Surrender Point” near Lisbon. Morgan and his Raiders were captured and taken to jail at Wellsville, which is the final stop on the tour.
    Lester Horwitz, author of “The Longest Raid of the Civil War,” will speak at Bergholz on July 25 and Wellsville on July 26. I’ll keep you informed as more details are finalized in the coming weeks.
    RURITANS HONORED
    The Dellroy Ruritans received the American Red Cross award for their work in the community. They, and Carrollton Boy Scout Troop No. 141 (my old troop), each received the Impact Award.
    “It was more or less for the academic scholarships we’ve given to Carrollton graduates who went through Dellroy School,” said Earl Ledford, Ruritan member. “We also help the Boy Scouts and the Dellroy Hot Stove baseball team. What money we take in, we put back into the community.”
    PARTIES PARTY
    The Carroll County Republican Party’s spring dinner is Friday at the Great Trail Tee House in Minerva. State Auditor Dave Yost is the guest speaker. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by Monday from any Central Committee member or by calling George Keyser at 330-575-0695.
    Ohio Democrat Party Chairman Chris Redfern is the speaker at the Dems spring dinner April 9 at Atwood Yacht Club. Tickets are $30 each and available from any Central Committee member or by calling Ruby Gilliam at 330-868-7634.
    REGISTER TO VOTE
    Just a reminder: The last day to register to vote for the May 7 primary election is April 8. You can register at the Carroll County Board of Elections office in the county courthouse.
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