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New members elected to County Agricultural Society board

October 7, 2012
Salem News

LISBON - Three new members have been elected to the board of the Columbiana County Agriculture Society.

The vote for the fair board directors was a day-long event Wednesday at the county fairgrounds, an event board president Don Humphrey called "a great day for the fair family to get together."

Humphrey said 231 people cast ballots for five seats on the board. The 15 board members serve three-year terms, and five positions are voted on each year.

In this week's voting, two incumbents were returned to their board seats:

- Sharen Cope of Butler Township, the top vote-getter with 161.

- Elmer Zimmerman of Fairfield Township with 116.

The three new members are:

- Scott Stear of Unity Township, 141 votes.

- John Karlen of Butler Township, a former board member, with 113.

- Katie McCoy Garren of Liverpool Township, 99 votes.

Also running, and their vote totals, were: Jonathan Croft, Madison Township, 88 votes; Kay Mangus, Salem Township, 67; Greg Cusick, Unity Township, 61; and David A. Johnson, Middleton Township, 44.

Perhaps even more well-known than the ones running for office are the names of the three men who did not.

Three board members are retiring this year and did not seek re-election.

They included the board president, Humphrey of Hanover Township, who has been on the board for 12 years.

Bob Stark of Salem Township also is retiring as is Don McCoy of Middleton Township, who has served about 20 years.

The new board members will take office in mid-November.

Humphrey has no qualms about the current board, although he noted "they will have a lot of work to do before the next fair."

Among the decisions, Humphrey said, is deciding on whether to renovate the grandstands or replace them with a new structure.

Also, the fair board is working with the county engineer's department on a plan to place an iron bridge across the creek in the back of the fairgrounds.

The bridge will connect the main section of the fairgrounds with the campground area.

The old bridge is currently, and has been for some time, laying next to the Little Beaver Creek off South Market Street in the village.

County Engineer Bert Dawson has obtained state funding for the project, Humphrey said.



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