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Carrollton businessman, farmer, friend of Civic Club receives DSA award

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Jim Long
DSA RECIPIENT. Jim Long (center) accepts the Carrollton Civic Club Distinguished Service Award from Bill Wohlwend (left) as Denny Roudebush looks on.

A lifelong Carroll County resident and supporter of the Carrollton Civic Club was presented with the club’s Distinguished Service Award (DSA) last week.

The recipient, Jim Long, owns Ed Long. Inc. and Long’s Lockup, both of Carrollton, as well as a 375-acre beef operation in Union Twp. For several years, he provided a location for the Civic Club to host the annual Coley’s Stag Reunion in the back section of Ed. Long Inc. Last year, Long constructed a new building on Canton Rd. which has become the new home of the reunion.

In introducing Long, Civic Club Treasurer Denny Roudebush noted Long has a fondness for antique farm equipment and “collects rarities from time to time.”

Roudebush noted Long is a member of the Carrollton Farmers Exchange Board of Directors, has been a member of the Carroll County Ag Society (Fairboard) since 1976, serving several years as president; and is a member of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and holds memberships in the Cattlemen’s Association on the local, state and national level.

He is a 1964 graduate of Carrollton High School and spent “ a little time on the OSU campus,” according to Roudebush.

He and his wife of 38 years, Marcia, have three adult children, Chris (wife Ali), Jamie (husband Nate) and Pam.

“Jim takes extreme pride in his family, his farm and his community and is always willing to hand to those in need,” Roudebush noted.

Long was nominated by Roudebush and fellow Civic Club members Bill Wohlwend and Chris Jones.

Ryan Dean, senior manager of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy, was the speaker for the dinner, held in Atwood Yacht Club.

Dean provided an update on oil and gas drilling activity in the County.

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