Local Archived News November 2002


Dumpster ordinance ruled unconstitutional

Tour of Homes set for Dec. 7

Arraignment set in Mt.Victory murder

Armed robbery reported
Power of the mind shown by JA teacher
Parker hasn't let paralysis keep him out  of the classroom
Care Train gears up for auction
Group sees need for area homeless shelter
Santa Syd makes pit stop in Marysville for a makeover
Fairbanks' Sauner views the world with an artist's eye
National Guard to build two armories
New facilities will be built in Marysville and Delaware
Election results certified
County charges child support offenders under federal program
Council sets citizens advisory group
Committee can now get down to business of assessing city needs
Charges filed in Mt. Victory murder
Murder suspect enters insanity plea
New details surface about Levan shooting
Jerome Twp. gets road crew on board
Policy on keys to buildings reviewed at North Union
Governor commends Honda
 Taft pays tribute to auto maker's 20 years as a community partner and
industry leader
Three to achieve rank of Eagle Scout Sunday
Murder being investigated
North Lewisburg woman found with gunshot wound to chest
Local road crews ready for harsh winter weather
A story of perseverance: Maloy tells teens to set goals
Clear cut or cloudy: Domestic violence cases vary
Honda makes donation to United Way
Siren was silent in Richwood
Excessive radio traffic apparently left some in village unwarned about
tornado in area
Replica of original courthouse to be
built in Milford Center
Council authorizes construction of moveable structure
Committee will look at city needs
Local teen dies in house fire
Remote computers work way into MHS classrooms
Kiser suit against city dismissed
City tax is blasted
Eufinger wins judge race
County turnout is down
Health department levy passed by voters
Richwood non-partisan issue approved, Allen Twp. fire levy fails
Conduct code does not help Jerome Twp. meeting
Group puts on first production
Man hit  by three trucks
Youth groups play a big role in life of JA's Roberts
Family seeking help with kidney transplant costs
Clover Celebration marks 4-H's 100th birthday
Plans for Community Thanksgiving Dinner begin
Income tax effort has opposition
Mayor Lowe maintains improved services are worth the cost
Marysville marching band ready for state competition

 

Dumpster  ordinance ruled unconstitutional
By RYAN HORNS
 The Union County Court of Commons Pleas recently decided that a
Marysville ordinance regulating trash storage containers is in violation
of the United States Constitution.
 Judge Richard Parrott, in his decision, cited numerous comparison cases
as reasons for granting a summary judgment for defendants David R.
Moots, Karen S. Moots, Buyers Electronics Inc. and The Skating Palace
LLC, in lawsuits filed against them by the City of Marysville. Both the
city and the defendants filed motions for summary judgment.
 A summary judgment is rendered, according to the court, "if the
pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on
file, together with the affidavits, if any, show there is no genuine
issue as to any material fact and the moving party is entitled to
judgment as a matter of law."
 The ordinance in question states: All commercial, industrial and
multi-family residential uses that provide trash and/or garbage areas
shall be enclosed on at least three sides by a solid wall or fence a
minimum of four feet in height or one foot higher than the receptacles
therein if such area is not within an enclosed building or structure .
Provisions for adequate vehicular access to and from such area or areas
for collection of trash and/or garbage as determined by the zoning
inspector shall be required.
 Parrott's decision, filed on Nov. 21, states that the provisions of
Marysville Zoning Code Section 1139.07 are "unconstitutional, lacking
standards for adequacy and enforcement, being arbitrary, capricious and
violative of equal protection."
 Having found the ordinance unconstitutional, Parrott overruled the
city's summary judgment motion and subsequently granted the summary
judgment request of Moots and the other defendants.
 The defendants had requested that their attorney fees be paid if they
won, however, Parrott denied that request.
 The discussion over trash has been before city officials for a few
years. According to the lawsuits, Marysville Mayor Steve Lowe asked
zoning inspector Barb McCoy in March 2000 to start enforcing zoning
ordinance 1139.07 as it pertained to the required three walls for trash
areas. McCoy sent letters to area businesses informing them of the
enforcement on April 22, 2000. Buyers Electronics, Inc., which is owned
by the Mootses, received one.
 Businesses were given the opportunity to comply with the ordinance or
file an appeal. Moots failed to do so and was subsequently sent
violation letters on April 27, 2000, June 7, 2000, and Oct. 2, 2000.
After no action by Moots, Marysville City Law Director Tim Aslaner
mailed a fourth notice on May 3, 2001.
 In the memorandum filed by the defendants' attorneys Schulze, Phillips
and Chase, numerous problems with the ordinance were alleged as reasons
for their noncompliance. One allegation was that the ordinance, first
enacted in 1977, had gone 20 years without being enforced in an
organized way.
 Another allegation was that the city had selectively enforced the trash
code, which defendants believed was in violation of the equal protection
clause of the United States Constitution and section 2, article 1, of
the Ohio State Constitution.
 Court files indicate that McCoy distinguished between businesses which
were "located in the center business area down town" and those located
outside of this area. Those in the core area were allegedly not required
to comply while those outside were.
 Also reportedly exempted from the ordinance were East Point Plaza and
Marysville Plaza because Buckeye Waste sent a letter to McCoy indicating
the three-sided trash bin enclosures would be a "hardship" in the trash
collection process.
 A total of 34 businesses were allegedly exempted from the trash
ordinance, while more than 100 other businesses were not. The reason for
this lack of consistent enforcement was said to be due to vague
ordinance language which the defense also used to claim that the
ordinance was void. According to the defendants' memorandum, there were
no criteria to establish what sort of "fence" or "wall" could satisfy
the mandate of the ordinance and that the decision was left open for
McCoy to judge without any set standards.
 Parrott found that the ordinance failed to provide the zoning inspector
with any standards to judge what is "adequate." This led to unequal
enforcement, he said. Even the term "trash collection area" was believed
to be up for debate.
 Parrott also ruled that the ordinance was applied unequally to
similarly situated persons: "No person or class of persons shall be
denied the same protection of the law which is enjoyed by other persons
or other classes in the same place and under like circumstances."
 Other issues leading to Parrott's ruling were that defendants were not
given "a deadline to come into compliance." He also mentioned the fact
that the city had failed to enforce the ordinance for more than 20 years
and therefore the statute of limitations had passed.
 Whether the ruling means Marysville businesses which already had
complied with the ordinance will be able to remove the enclosures they
built is yet to be determined.

Tour of Homes set for Dec. 7
The Marysville Art League will hold its Tour of Homes from 11 a.m. to 5
p.m. Dec. 7.
The tour will begin at the Houston house, which is owned and operated by
the league, and will include light refreshments and displays of a Santa
collection and hobby horse tree.
The annual tour is the group's largest fund raiser. Tickets for the tour
will be $10 and may be purchased at Goodies Galore, The Wardrobe II, The
Copy Source and Curves for Women. Tickets purchased at the Houston House
on the day of the tour will be $12.
The homes on the tour this year are those of Thomas and Nancy Nagel of
Route 4 south of Milford Center; John and Dianna Kaminski, 1377 Valley
Drive; Eric and Alicia Milholland, 1296 Pearl Court; and Kevin and Tami
Carson, 19263 Northwest Parkway; and the Brodrick House Bed and
Breakfast, 275 W. Fifth St.

Arraignment set in Mt.Victory murder
By RYAN HORNS
The continued court arraignment of the man charged with murdering a
71-year-old Mount Victory council member is set for Monday morning in
the Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
Scott Dean Mosbacker, 31, was charged with two counts of aggravated
murder in the death of Evangeline Bealer, a council member and
unofficial town historian in Mount Victory. Bealer was found strangled
to death in her West Taylor Street home on Oct. 24.
Mosbacker and his girlfriend, Robin Gibson, 27, were arrested the
following day in Montgomery County after a brief police chase. They were
initially suspects in the murder as Mosbacker was living in the upstairs
of Bealer's home and police believed he and Gibson had stolen Bealer's
personal checks. They were found with her stolen vehicle after the
murder was discovered.
The indictment, containing 20 counts against Mosbacker, was presented to
the court by Hardin County Prosecutor Terry Hord on Monday in the Hardin
County Commons Pleas Court.
Mosbacker's court-appointed representation for the original Nov. 20
hearing, attorney Brad Bailey, will reportedly continue to serve as his
representation. Bailey asked for time to review the indictment against
his client and reportedly did not enter a plea on Monday.
According to Hardin County Common Pleas court files, the first charge of
aggravated murder was filed against Mosbacker for Bealer's strangulation
murder. The second was for doing so while committing aggravated robbery.

Other charges against Mosbacker include two counts of possession of
criminal tools. In this case, those tools were reportedly a rope and a
camera strap, which the indictment names as being used while committing
the homicide.
The remaining charges against Mosbacker include two counts of aggravated
robbery, possession of heroin, theft of a motor vehicle and fleeing a
police officer.
Mosbacker had originally been charged with nine counts relating to the
theft of personal checks belonging to Bealer. Hord indicated those
charges will be consolidated with the other 20 counts.
Hardin County Judge David Faulkner agreed to continue the hearing on
Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.  Bond was set at $100,000 cash.
The arraignment of Gibson, who is allegedly Mosbacker's girlfriend, took
place later in the day Monday. Gibson's court-appointed attorney Scott
Barrett presented a plea of not guilty to the 13 charges against her,
including receiving stolen property, possession of heroin, obstructing
justice and forgery.
Barrett was appointed to represent Gibson on the original charge
regarding complicity of receiving stolen property.
Faulkner set bond at $50,000 for Gibson and if she is released, she is
not to leave Hardin or Union counties and will be ordered to remain at
the home of her parents in Byhalia. She will be forbidden to make any
contact with Mosbacker as well.

Armed robbery reported
An unknown man wearing a ski mask allegedly ordered employees to lie on
the ground at gunpoint at the Buckeye Drive Thru and made off with cash
Tuesday night.
At approximately 9:50 p.m. a white male entered the store at 850
Delaware Ave. on foot and carrying a gun.
Two male employees, one aged 18 and the other 19, were working at the
time. He ordered one employee to shut the door and ordered the other to
get on the floor.
The suspect took cash from the register and fled on foot.
According to the Marysville Police Department, the store receipts are
still being counted to determine the amount the robber made off with. No
one was injured in the incident.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6-feet tall,
medium build, possibly curly blonde hair. He displayed a silver
handgun,  possibly a .45 caliber Ruger, although the exact make or model
is not known. He was wearing a 3/4 length hooded dark winter coat, blue
jeans and white athletic shoes.
The man was believed to have run to a vehicle in an adjacent parking
lot. No vehicle description is available.
Marysville police are asking anyone with information regarding the armed
robbery to contact the department at 642-3900

Power of the mind shown by JA teacher
Parker hasn't let paralysis keep him out  of the classroom

By CORINNE BIX
David Parker, like many educators, gets up each morning with a passion
and desire to make a difference in the lives of his students.
As a quadriplegic, no one knows better than Parker the capabilities of
the human mind.
Parker grew up in the Plain City area and graduated as salutatorian of
the 1985 Jonathan Alder High School class. He continued on to Ohio
Wesleyan on an academic scholarship and received his teaching
certificate upon graduating in 1989.
Parker, an accomplished athlete, played on the Ohio Weselyan Division
III national  championship basketball team during the 1987-1988 season.
After graduating from college, he began substitute teaching in Madison
County along with coaching basketball at Jonathan Alder.
It was in in November 1993 that gameplan for Parker's life took a
horrific turn.
Parker and his fiancee had just pulled into the driveway of his new
house in north Columbus when an armed man approached the car. He
demanded money and shot Parker in the neck. The gunman fled with only
$3.
"Right off the bat they didn't think I would live because the bullet
went through my spinal cord," Parker said. He explained that he was lucky
an ambulance was able to reach the scene quickly, but for the the first
few days were still very touch and go.
"After the first week I was still in critical condition and I then
stabilized," he said. "They were preparing my family for the reality
that I would be on a ventilator for the rest of my life,"
Within six months he was able to breath completely on his own and was
able to abandon the ventilator. It was the first of many successes
Parker would achieve.
"I was in the hospital for eight months," he said, "When I came home I
couldn't even sit up in the wheelchair - I had to be in a reclined
position."
Parker chose to move in with his parents in Plain City where his next
major step was getting a computer.
"I had to sit up to use the computer and I could only watch TV reclining
back, which was getting pretty boring," Parker said.
The first time he sat up for only 15 minutes and felt extremely dizzy
but with each try it became easier. Parker said it was good to occupy
his time using the computer and reading.
"The next step was getting out and doing things," Parker said. "It was
exhausting at first to be out of bed for long periods of time."
The combination of his strong will and the help of others allowed Parker
to start functioning as a quadriplegic.
"In September of 1994, the community held 'Dave Parker Day' which raised
a lot of money and helped to buy a van with a lift which enabled me to
get out," Parker said.
In the middle of the 1997 school year, Parker got a phone call that
ended up getting him out more than he had ever expected. He was asked by
Brenda Boyd, a teacher at Jonathan Alder, to help tutor one of her first
P.A.V.E. classes at the high school.
P.A.V.E. stands for Pioneers Achieving Via Excellence and was started
six years ago at Jonathan Alder by Boyd and Mike Palmer. The program was
modeled after similar programs used in Virginia and the Cincinnati area.

"We take kids who are middle of the road, as far as grades, coming out
of middle school but read at their grade level, have a good work ethic
and aren't in trouble," Parker said.
The program's purpose is to get the middle of the road student on the
right path in high school and prepare them for life after graduation.
Students admitted to the program have computer access and  can get
tutoring in any subject, along with access to various supplies from
paper and pencils to calculators and books on tape.
P.A.V.E. is for all students, with grade-appropriate classes devoted to
helping with the different academic challenges faced throughout high
school. Juniors and seniors receive help with the ACT and SAT along with
filling out college and scholarship applications and finding out about
financial aid.
"The kids have to hold up their end of the bargain by keeping their
grades up and staying out of trouble along with getting parental
support. The program helps students figure out their strengths and get
them organized," Parker said.
Parker began teaching two days a week but went to full-time teaching by
the 1998-1999 school year.
"At first it was a little weird coming back as a teacher in a
wheelchair," he said. "It was hard for the students to know what to
expect and I would have to ask for a lot of help getting books, putting
things away, even writing something on the board, and that took a lot of
getting used to."
Today, Parker teaches six periods every day. His morning begins at 7
a.m. when one of his two nurses arrives at his home. After being bathed
and dressed he works on range of motion exercises for his arms and legs.

His father helps him into his wheelchair at 8:30 a.m. and, accompanied
by a nurse, he heads to Jonathan Alder for his first class.
"I have kids every period except for my lunch period and I see over 50
kids a day." Parker said.
During the winter months, Parker serves as a volunteer assistant
basketball coach at Westland High school for the boy's junior varsity
and varsity teams. His brother, Todd, is the school's assistant varsity
coach.
He said his message to his students is simple.
"I think the biggest thing I want to get across is it really doesn't
matter how inconvenienced you are, like me in a wheelchair," Parker
said. "What really matters is how hard you work and how hard you try."
His hope is to encourage others to push themselves beyond what others
think or expect, as he has done over and over again in his life.
"If you don't push yourself you won't know how far you can go and what
you can accomplish," Parker said.
Currently, Parker is striving to accomplish yet another goal. He is
working on completing his master's degree in education.



Care Train gears up for auction
By CORINNE BIX
Not quite sure about how to get into the holiday spirit? How about
bidding on an item at the Community Care Train Auction.
The 17th annual Care Train auction will be held Dec. 14 from 9:30 am to
3 p.m. at McAuliffe's Ace Hardware
Dave Laslow serves as chair of the volunteer organization. He said the
purpose of the group is simple.
"Our aim is to provide age appropriate toys for children and food for
Christmas meals," he said.
Time Warner Cable will be broadcasting live on digital channel 9 or
cable channel 6 from McAuliffe's as will WUCO 1270.
"We believe this is a great cause and will lend support in any way
possible," said Barry Borders, spokesperson for Time Warner.
"Time Warner's donation of technology and the support it takes to run
the technology brings them to the primary sponsor for the Care Train and
will ensure that this year's auction is the best one ever and for many
years to come," Laslow said.
WUCO also continues to be a tremendous asset to the auction, Laslow
said.
"WUCO has been w1ith us for the past 16 years," Laslow said.  "They are
always willing to do whatever it takes to get the word out to the entire
area."
Laslow added that Mike Ramsey of WUCO sits on the Care Train committee
and not only works the auction but also solicits items and helps pick up
toys from various locations for distribution.
Sprint will provide phone equipment and services to the auction. Anyone
with a telephone can participate in the auction and Laslow said many of
the Care Train's best bids come from homebound individuals who want to
make a difference.
Some items up for bid this year include Blue Jacket tickets, autographed
items, gift certificates for food, Longaberger baskets, an OSU jacket,
art work, a decorated Christmas tree and two trip packages.
More than 75 items will be auctioned off this year by Dan Westlake.
"Dan is Union County's most recognizable auctioneer and he will be sure
to keep the bidding interesting," Laslow said.
The Care Train committee works in conjunction with the Community Action
Organization. The local non-profit group chooses the local families that
are helped by the Care Train.
"We anticipate a greater need this year due to the downturn in economy,"
Jim Cesa, new director for Community Action, said.
"Every year as the auction and toy/food distribution get closer, the
committee gets a little nervous," Laslow said. "Last year we were able
to give food vouchers totaling $29,000 to over 250 families."
He said the fund drive this year has generated about $2,500, leaving a
long way to go to match last year's total.
In years past the Care Train has not had to purchase many of the toys.
Laslow said the associates from various departments at Honda have
contributed toys for more than 200 children. Other local groups from
students to lodge organizations have helped to adopt families and
contribute to the Care Train's success.
"This is truly a community event," Laslow said. "People like the
Marysville Journal-Tribune, local businesses, associations,
professionals and the general public who give up their time and money
for such a great cause makes this a success,"
Anyone needing assistance from the Care Train this holiday season may
contact Community Action at 642-4986. Anyone wishing to donate items for
the auction or wanting further information should contact Dave Laslow at
642-7847.

Group sees need for area homeless shelter
By CINDY BRAKE
A little church in southern Union County has a big dream.
Living Waters Church of God, a congregation of about 250 people at 10910
U.S. 42, believes Union County needs a shelter for homeless individuals.

"It is our biggest hope and prayer," said bishop Jasper G. Marcum,
pastor. "There's a need."
He points to one recent situation when a church member received a call
about a family living in their car in Union County. The 6 year-old child
was ill and the father was waiting on an unemployment check.
"They had nowhere to go," Marcum said.
Church volunteers were able to arrange for the family to stay in a hotel
for four days until the check arrived. The family has since moved into
an apartment and the father has found work.
The story is just one of many like it.
Jill Carter of the Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison
and Union counties said her office received 24 calls over a three-month
period from people living on the streets in Union County. Many are
families from the southern United States looking for instant employment,
Carter said. A homeless shelter, she said, would take care of emergency
services to help families get settled.
The inspiration to locate a shelter in Union County began earlier this
year after two women of the church read an article about a Franklin
County woman's efforts to serve the homeless for many years. The
Franklin County woman had died and there was some question whether that
effort would continue. After asking members of Living Waters for money
and coats, the two women planned to take the items to the homeless
living on the streets of downtown Columbus.
"We had no idea," said Shelley Hall, vice president of Operation
Compassion and member of the Ladies Ministries, about that first trip.
Joining them was the Rev. Lutrell Yutzy, president of Operation
Compassion which is what the local effort is called.
Wearing dress shoes that first night, Yutzy laughed that the trio "put
our feet in the water" and walked in mud. After that first night, Yutzy
said he learned that overalls and work boots were more appropriate
attire.
Regardless of the conditions, the members "were touched" by the
experience and excited to return.
"We know we're called," Yutzy said.
Church members believe this is a training ground for the day when a
local shelter is opened.
"It's a learning process," Yutzy said.
Since that first trip in January, church members fill a van with
clothing and bags filled with food and personal items twice a month to
make five-hour trips to the inner city. Blankets donated by WarmUp
America are also distributed. Church members are now keeping a log with
the names of the approximately 30 people they meet at the four to five
campsites they stop at. They've also learned not to give money or to
pass judgment.
"We want to give them what they need, not an overabundance so they won't
hurt themselves," Marcum said. "It is not for us to ask why or how.
"We are there to minister to their need," he continued. "We all need a
little help."
In spite of all they do, the group admits their efforts are just a
temporary solution for a bigger problem.
"They have to decide to make a change," Yutzy said about the people they
meet living on the streets. "It is our job to show them kindness and
that there is a better way."
In the end, though, the congregation believes their mission lies in
Union County.
"People have needs here," Hall said. "We are looking for others to see
the vision of what we can do."
Specifically, they are in need of a cargo van and prayers.
"We are praying that the Lord will open doors for us here in our own
community," Hall said.

Fairbanks' Sauner views the world with an artist's eye
By CORINNE BIX
Blake Sauner has been drawing since before he can remember.
Sauner is a senior at Fairbanks High School and is already an
accomplished artist.
"You can't escape art in your everyday life," Sauner said. "No matter
where you go or who you are, from the architecture of a building to the
outside landscape."
He said he began drawing like any other child ? first drawing outside of
the lines, then inside them, until finally he was creating his own lines
to color within.
"I draw every day - kind of like brushing my teeth. The only difference
is I don't brush my teeth for hours," Sauner explains.
It was in elementary school that people started to notice Blake's
artistic gift. He can remember drawing a lot of cartoon and comic book
characters in the second grade..
"I drew a lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," he said.
Within recent years Sauner has started to focus on the human figure. He
is very proud of some of his Spiderman drawings and has done some
experimental designs exploring medical illustrations. Sauner got the
idea after looking through one of his mother's medical anatomy books.
"For example, I've done drawings detailing muscle and skeletal
structures and then integrating a strand of DNA," Sauner said.
Sauner's mother Theresa is a nurse. He lives with his mother, his father
Stephen and his younger brother Brent on Robinson Road outside of Plain
City. Sauner has a drawing table in the basement of the family home.
This past summer, Sauner attended a one-week residential workshop at the
Cleveland Institute of Art and Design entitled "Preliminary Structure."
It was suggested by his art teacher, Ms. Noland, that he attend the two-
and three-dimensional drawing course.
Sauner is accustomed to taking art classes outside of his regular art
class with Noland each day at school.
"I took classes at CCAD (Columbus College of Art and Design) from the
fifth to seventh grade," he said.
The Saturday morning classes would rotate every month between drawing,
painting and design.
Sauner said that although he feels comfortable painting or sculpting, he
prefers any drawing medium including pen, pastel and pencil. He also
enjoys working with computer programs which explore illustrating or
Photoshop programs.
Last year, Sauner worked with another student to repaint the mural in
the teacher's lounge at the high school.
"The mural was of a mountain scene with a forest. We worked with the
existing borders and created a new sky and mountain range to give it
more reality. It took about eight hours over a two-week period."
Sauner's work was well received and he has now been commissioned to work
on the Fairbanks boy's sports locker room. "They are going to remodel
inside and the idea is to make the locker room more spirited," he
explained.
Sauner and fellow student Andrea Heistand are going to project images on
the wall to trace. The students will then take creative license with the
lettering.
"One of our ideas is to paint a Panther head on the doorway to the gym
with the words 'Champions Enter Here'," Sauner said.
As a member of the drama club, he has also designed the logo for this
year's club T-shirts. The design features the word "drama" with a court
jester's face.
Sauner attended a National Portfolio Day at the Art Academy in
Cincinnati. About 30 schools from across the nation attended the open
forum. Sauner was able to take a portfolio of his work and receive
feedback from the different schools.
Sauner's drawing tablet is wide open to possibilities. He is most
interested in Columbus College of Art and Design, Cleveland Institute of
Art, Bowling Green State University and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
He would like to major in illustration or media studies, however, he is
keeping his options open within artistic fields.
"I have considered architecture and industrial design," Sauner said.

Santa Syd makes pit stop in Marysville for a makeover
By JOEY SECREST
Journal-Tribune  intern
Santa Syd has started his preparation for the night that all little boys
and girls are waiting for ? Christmas Eve.
Santa Syd was very guarded about giving up information about his life
that was 100 percent factual. Despite persistent questions aimed at
digging into the background of the Jolly Old Elf, Santa Syd kept mum on
personal information and delivered the Saint Nick company line.
Being a professional Santa Claus, Santa Syd says he is not permitted to
release his last name. He talked with the Journal-Tribune on Nov. 13 at
Off the Five Gallery and Salon, 122 S. Main St., where he spent four
hours having his hair and beard set and bleached white prior to his
six-week venture in preparation for Christmas.
Santa Syd and his wife, Mrs. Char Claus (also not her real name), moved
to East Liberty about a month ago from their previous home in Santa
Claus, Ind. The couple live there most of the year when not in their
Christmas preparation mode.
Santa Syd was recruited three years ago by a company called Naturally
Santas Incorporated to pose as the Jolly Old Elf at various locations
across the country. He was in town for his makeover prior to departing
Nov. 14 for the Haywood Mall in Greenville, S.C., where he will be
listening to the wish lists of little boys and girls for the next six
weeks.
He said that he has not shaved or cut his hair since 1960, explaining
the lushness of his hair and beard, a necessary look for an authentic
Santa Claus.
According to Santa Syd, after his Christmas venture, he is exhausted
from delivering presents and returns to the North Pole where he sleeps
for hours. Mrs. Claus then makes him snow cone soup and hot chocolate,
some of his favorite foods.
He also verified that he has a couple of dozen reindeer at the North
Pole but uses only nine on Christmas Eve. He said he has a dozen elves
who are very busy making toys, feeding reindeer and watching boys and
girls to see if they are naughty or nice, freeing Santa Syd for the more
important job of deciding which gifts go to which children.
Santa Syd says he never tires of lifting children to his lap.
"The greatest things in the world are kids," he emphasized.
Of course, Santa knows what everybody wants for Christmas so we asked
him what he wants.
"The best thing I could ever ask for is that everyone love each other
and have peace in the world," he said.
Before he left for South Carolina, Santa Syd sent his wish for holiday
cheer to Union County: "I wish that everybody will be happy and have a
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Ho! Ho! Ho

 

National Guard to build two armories
New facilities will be built in Marysville and Delaware
CINDY BRAKE
It's official - the Ohio Army National Guard wants to build a
Community/Readiness Center in Marysville - and Delaware.
In February the Guard presented a plan to Union County and city
officials that would have consolidated services for Delaware, Union and
Logan counties. The Guard said they were going to build a new style
facility that merges community needs with Guard space in either Delaware
or Marysville.
After considering the proposals from both Marysville and Delaware, the
Guard has decided that there is room for two centers and they plan to
build in both locations.
With Marysville's growing population, the Guard foresees additional
forces being formed and eventually calling the Marysville facility home.

Union County's Guard has been operating out of Delaware after the armory
on Fourth Street was sold in 1998 due to the poor condition of the
armory and personnel reductions caused by the end of the Cold War. The
building, now known as the Victory Center, was the first armory built in
the state of Ohio.
Guard spokesmen are cautious to say this is still just a plan and it wil
not be an easy process with many, many steps to reality. It could take
two to three years to finalize the plans that include formalizing the
plan and acquiring state and federal funding.
Capt. Neal O'Brien said, "the selection of a location was weighed in
light of current and projected recruiting demographics, anticipated
force structure changes and the stationing objectives of the Guard."
Based on the results of those evaluation, Maj. Gen. John Smith, adjutant
general of Ohio, has authorized the facilities team to proceed with
plans to place Readiness/Community Centers in both Marysville and
Delaware.
"The enthusiasm, determination and potential in both cities were major
factors in the decision to build the two shared-use community
facilities," said Brig. Gen. Ron Young, assistant adjutant general for
the Army.
Plans for the Marysville center would locate a 30,000-square-foot
facility off Delaware Avenue near the Union County YMCA. The Guard
center would include an assembly hall, classrooms and a mess hall.
Community groups would share the space when the guard is not occupying
the building. Possible partners include a senior center, library, day
care center and YMCA.
The Ohio National Guard includes more than 15,000 soldiers and airmen
serving in 56 counties statewide.

Election results certified
>From J-T staff reports:
November general election results are official with no changes in the
outcomes.
The Union County Board of Elections met Tuesday and declared the
official outcome of the Nov. 5 election.
Local results are as follows:
Commissioner - Gary Lee, 9,945 votes
Auditor - Mary H. Snider, 10,090
Common Pleas Judge - Richard E. Parrott, 9,388
Probate and Juvenile Judge - Charlotte Coleman Eufinger, 5,947; Dennis
Schulze, 5,592.
General Health District replacement levy - for, 6,823; against, 5,483.
Marysville income tax levy increase - for, 741; against, 3,288.
Richard village method of nominating candidates - yes, 358; no, 156.
Unionville Center renew current operating expenses - for, 46; against,
31.
Allen Township replacement/increase fire levy - for, 223; against, 377.
Liberty Township renew fire levy - for, 386; against, 226.
Taylor Township renew fire levy - for, 329; against, 143.
Union Township/Milford Center replace cemetery levy - for, 303; against,
265.
York Township renew operating levy - for, 206; against, 135.
Issue 1 Proposed Constitutional Amendment - yes, 3,407; no, 8,538.
Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court - Tim Black, 3,843; Maureen O'Connor,
7,577.
Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court - Janet R. Burnside, 4,146; Evelyn L.
Stratton, 7,136.
Court of Appeals District 3 - Robert E. Cupp, 9,388.
State Representative District 83 - Anthony E. Core, 8,429; Stacy A.
Roberts, 3,345.
U.S. Representative District 15 - Mark P. Brown, 2,929; Deborah Pryce,
9,103.
Treasurer of the State - Mary O. Boyle, 3,461; Joseph T. Deters, 8,494.
Secretary of State - J. Kenneth Blackwell, 8,941; Bryan Flannery, 2,929.

Attorney General - Leigh Herington, 2,545; Jim Petro, 9,416.
Governor - Bob Taft, 8,631; Timothy F. Hagan, 2,723; John A. Eastman,
762.
A total of 12,597 votes were cast in Union County among the 25,880
registered voters.
There are 47 countywide precincts, 13 in Marysville and 4 in Richwood.
Auditor of State - Betty Montgomery - 9,594; Helen Knipe Smith, 2,433


County charges child support offenders under federal program
By CINDY BRAKE
John Gallup of Virginia Beach returned to Union County last week with a
federal escort.
Owing more than $30,000 in child support, he is the first person Union
County officials are prosecuting under a federal program called Project
Save Our Children.
The program is designed to increase child support collections and assist
in child support enforcement by identifying the most flagrant criminal
non-support cases, states Judith A. Crowell, deputy director from the
office of child support, Ohio Department of Human Services.
In Union County, Gallup is one of the worst and is a perfect match for
the federal profile - he has failed to pay the court order for years and
appears to have intentionally fled the state to avoid the order.
Gallup was ordered in 1989 to pay $25 a week for two children. According
to recent court proceedings, he has failed to provide support since
January, 2000, has a prior felony conviction and avoided service for
three years on these charges. Another child support case against him is
in New York.
Sue Rae of the Union County Department of Job and Family Services said
the local agency had been searching for Gallup for years, finally
locating him when he returned to Ohio in March 2000. She said they were
within a day of picking him up, when he appearedto have been tipped off
and fled the state. That was when the federal government got involved
because it appeared that Gallup intentionally left the state to avoid
paying child support.
Rae said Gallup was located recently after he applied for a fast food
job.  He was taken in custody and appeared before a Union County Common
Pleas Magistrate on Nov. 14. Gallup has been charged with non-support of
dependents, a fourth-degree felony. It carries a maximum fine of $5,000
and possible sentence of up to 18 months.
After entering a not guilty plea on his behalf, the magistrate set a
$50,000 cash bond.
"Child support is a significant obligation," Rae said. "The focus is to
get money to be paid from one parent to another parent."
With Gallup's file, measuring several inches thick, in front of her, Rae
said this is not an average case.
"It is worst of the worst of the worst," she said.
Rae said a similar Union County case is now being pursued through
federal assistance in Indianapolis.
Among Ohio's 88 counties, Union ranks high in percentage of collections
and collection of arrearages, Rae said.
At the end of October, she said, the Union County Department of Job and
Family Services had 2,202 total child support cases, collecting
$547,791.74 in October. During the last fiscal year the local agency
collected $6.34 million

Council sets citizens advisory group
Committee can now get down to business of assessing city needs

By RYAN HORNS
Marysville City Council president John Gore announced the members of the
special committee to assess city needs at Thursday night's regular
council meeting.
Included in the new group are Deborah Groat, Larry Zimmerman, Chris
Schmenk, Debbie Bevington, Roger Yoder, Harry McMannis, Aaron Story,
Avanelle Oberlin, Jim Wimmers, Jr., Ginny Rosette, Dr. Tim Pelfrey,
Peter Griffin, Tony Coder, Danny Boggs, Stephen Ormeroid, John Gore and
ad hoc member Bob Schaumleffel.
The first meeting for the committee will be held on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in
council chambers.
A scheduling conflict will switch the location of the next public
meeting addressing the waste water treatment plant odors in the city.
Mayor Steve Lowe announced the meeting was also set for Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.
in council chambers. Because of this conflict, the meeting time and
location were changed to Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Public Service Center
located at 455 N. Maple St.
In other discussions, the Marysville Police Department is a little
worried about its communications tower crashing to the ground. An
ordinance requesting the transfer of $10,000 from unappropriated to
appropriated funds was added to the agenda upon the request of
Schaumleffel and Police Chief Eugene Mayer. The funds would be put
towards the initial short term repair and later a replacement tower.
The tower, located near City Hall, was recently inspected and it was
discovered it was leaning farther than expected and that the brackets
were coming loose.
"It could go down tomorrow or it could take a year," Mayer said about
the structure's stability.
The plan for resolving the tower woes is to replace it with a used
tower, as a new one would cost $18,000. First, he said, the city will
need to repair the brackets in order to stabilize it for the time being.

As the city of Marysville continues to grow, a new focus has started to
make sure walking to the local grocery store doesn't become a thing of
the past.
City planning director Kathy Leidich and the planning commission are
finalizing plans for the creation of a new "neighborhood commercial
district."
According to Leidich, the hope is to have the plan ready before the Dec.
5 council meeting.
The purpose behind the new district is to provide areas for retail,
personal or repair service establishments that cater to and can be
located close to residential districts without creating more vehicle
traffic, excessive noise or other adverse conditions.
According to city engineer Phil Roush, the exact areas the commission
hopes to initiate the districts are still in discussions. Ideas being
tossed around are those around the Woods at Mill Valley North and for
older sections in the city such as around Five Points.
"It is meant to be used as a kind of buffer between the residential
districts and the commercial districts," Roush said.
The retail establishments that are to be permitted are those which
primarily engage in selling merchandise or services for personal or
household use, Leidich said.
The hope, Leidich said, is to promote retail opportunities such as
grocery stores, meat and fish markets or drug stores. Establishments for
personal services such as child care, eating and drinking rooms, barber
shops, libraries or shoe and watch repair stores could also be easily
accessed.
"The design of the structure shall be complimentary and be of comparable
materials and architectural design to the surrounding area as deemed
appropriate by the planning commission," the planning and zoning code
language reads.
In other topics:
. The Mill Wood Boulevard light at Route 31 is fully operational. The
bids for the other traffic light at London Avenue and Ninth Street will
go out Dec. 3. It may take another three to four months after that in
order to match the poles used for the lights.
. The first reading was held on an ordinance amending Chapter 941 of the
Cemetery guidelines. The change reportedly will make it possible to
establish the proposed Cemetery Advisory Board.
. Marysville parks and recreation director Steve Conley reported that
the Frozen Nose Four Miler is scheduled for Jan. 18 at 1 p.m.

Charges filed in Mt. Victory murder
>From J-T staff reports:
Two suspects in the murder of Mount Victory councilwoman Evangeline
Bealer, 71, have officially been charged.
According to Hardin County prosecuting attorney Terry Hord, suspect
Scott Dean Mosbacker, 31, of Mount Victory has been charged with
aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and other lesser charges as
reflected in his indictment.
The Hardin County clerk of courts office reported Mosbacker is also
being charged with receiving stolen property, forgery, misuse of credit
cards, three counts of possession of drug abuse materials, two counts of
aggravated robbery, grand theft, failure to comply with a police order,
possession of heroin, intimidation of a witness and possession of
criminal tools.
The second suspect, Robin Lynn Gibson, 27, has been charged with
obstructing justice, tampering with drugs and other lesser charges as
reflected in her indictment. The clerk of courts office reported that
her additional charges included receiving stolen property, forgery,
misuse of credit cards, possession of heroin, possession of drug abuse
materials and possession of drugs, as well as four counts of obstructing
justice.
The Hardin County prosecuting attorney's office reported the cases will
be prosecuted in accordance with the law and no further information will
be provided to the media.
"Cases should not be tried or commented on prior to the trial,
especially in a small county such as Hardin County where it would
conceivably be difficult to seat a jury and obtain a fair and impartial
trial," Hord wrote in a press release Wednesday afternoon.
Mosbacker and Gibson entered not guilty pleas on charges of complicity
to receiving stolen property in Kenton Municipal Court on Oct. 28. They
have been held since then on $100,000 cash bonds.
The two are currently incarcerated in the Multipurpose Correctional
Center in Marion. They were arrested on Oct. 25 by deputies of the
Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
Hardin County Coroner Lawrence Kuk reported that Bealer had been
strangled to death in her home sometime between Oct. 19-24. Her body was
discovered in her residence on West Taylor Street.
Mosbacker and Gibson reportedly stole the victim's van and fled.
Mosbacker was initially a suspect because he had been living in Bealer's
home while she cared for a dying friend in Union County. When Bealer
returned she continued to allow Mosbacker to live in the upstairs and
help her  as a handyman. Some of Bealer's personal checks were
reportedly missing a few weeks prior to her murder.
The pair will appear for initial arraignment on the charges Monday at
9:30 a.m. in the Hardin County Common Pleas Court

Murder suspect enters insanity plea
New details surface about Levan shooting

By RYAN HORNS
The Marysville man who allegedly shot and killed his mother outside of
Heartland of Marysville Oct. 15 has pleaded not guilty by reason of
insanity.
A scheduling conference is set for Eric A. Jackson, 29, at 1:30 p.m.
Friday in the Union County Court of Common Pleas. The hearing had been
moved from Oct. 25 after Jackson appeared in court without a lawyer. By
law, Judge Richard Parrott set his plea for "not guilty."
Since the postponed hearing, Jackson has been provided the services of
public defender Jeff Holtschulte who filed the insanity plea on Friday.
It is expected Jackson will appear again at the scheduling hearing via
digital cameras on him at the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.

Court records paint a picture of Jackson as a troubled individual. Court
documents state Jackson had been receiving treatment for mental health
issues, such as rage management. Police statements show that cocaine was
present in his system when he shot his mother, Donna Levan, 56, of
Marysville.
Jackson is being charged with first degree felony aggravated murder and
a fifth degree felony of unlawful possession of dangerous ordnance. He
fired one deer slug from a sawed-off shotgun at close range. The bullet
passed through Levan's right hand and into her abdomen. Levan remained
in hospital care until she died  on Oct. 24.
The prosecution alleges Jackson did so purposely, with prior calculation
and design. The charges could result in life in prison for Jackson.
Although no reason as to why Jackson shot Levan had been provided by the
Marysville Police Department, court files provide some insight to the
events preceding the murder.
Witness statements claim that Jackson called Heartland on the morning of
Oct. 15 prior to the 11:50 a.m. shooting. He spoke to employee Jada
Kitchen who sestatement reports that a man called at 11:40 a.m. demanding
that she relay a message to Levan from him. Kitchen placed the man on
hold while she answered another call and he reportedly hung up and
called back. The man then told Kitchen to tell Levan he would meet her
at her car in the parking lot.
Kitchen then saw Levan in a hallway and told her about the call and that
the caller seemed upset. Levan reportedly told her not to worry as it
was only her son, Eric.
Kitchen reported that she told another employee, Alicia Davis, about the
phone incident. Davis then checked up on Levan in the parking lot and it
was discovered that Levan and Jackson were arguing outside. Davis then
called police shortly before the shot was heard.
Jackson's instability allegedly stemmed from the combination of possible
mental health issues and reported drug use. Compounding problems was the
fact that that he and his family were suffering financial hardship after
he had reportedly been fired from Honda for altering a doctor's slip.
Court files also report that Jackson had tried to commit suicide over
the weekend prior to Oct. 15. His stomach had reportedly been pumped at
the Memorial Hospital emergency room for an overdose of drugs.
A week prior to the overdose, court files report that Jackson had
contacted his brother, Steve Jackson, whom he allegedly rarely spoke to,
and presented him with pictures of their biological father who had died
16 years earlier in Florida. Jackson reportedly had guns with him during
the visit.
A witness report from a neighbor near Levan's home at 16650 Church St.
in New Dover reported that gun shots were being fired in the area of
Levan's home between 8 and 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 15 and Jackson's vehicle
was seen parked out back. Police investigations revealed evidence that
Jackson had been practicing with the shotgun at the residence. He had
also made statements as to wanting to kill his mother, although court
files do not specify who Jackson made the statements to or when.

Jerome Twp. gets road crew on board
By CINDY BRAKE
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow - Jerome Township has a road
maintenance crew once again.
After more than two months without any road staff, the township's
trustees voted to hire three employees at Monday's regular meeting. In
August the township's three road maintenance employees resigned,
including supervisor Denzil Collier who had worked for the township for
more than 20 years and his assistance Jeff Collier, who had also worked
for the township for numerous years.
Hired were Edward Willing of Grove City, John Kindall of Marysville and
James Medvec of Powell. Only Willing holds a CDL A license, which had
originally been a requirement for the position. The trustees had agreed
at a previous meeting that the positions pay $10 an hour and after a
90-day probationary period the rate will increase to $12 an hour. No
benefits will be provided, except for vacation after the 12-month
anniversary date.
Trustee Ron Rhodes voiced reservations about hiring Willing because the
township has no one to train him. Rhodes said Willing is 20 years old
and has limited experience. Trustee Sharon Sue Wolfe disagreed.
"If he is old enough to die for his country, he is old enough to drive a
snow plow," she said.
Trustee Freeman May said the job wasn't that hard and that he could
teach Willing. May, who was elected immediate supervisor of the road
division at the Nov. 4 meeting by himself and Wolfe, made it clear that
he was ready to hire anybody after doing most of the work over the past
few months.
Rhodes also questioned the township's liability, especially during snow
plowing season, because Kindall has a fulltime job and is available to
work for the township only from 3 to 11 p.m.
Kindall and Medvec were hired by a unanimous vote. Willing was hired
with Wolfe and May in favorand Rhodes voting no.
Hiring the employees was delayed after Rhodes raised the question of a
procedural error that occurred at the previous meeting involving the
hiring process. Rhodes said a motion to interview lacked a second and
thus was not valid. The topic of hiring was then delayed to the end of
the meeting after Wolfe called a recess to call attorney Susan Kyte.
Clerk Robert Caldwell said Kyte said the motion that lacked a second was
to interview and that the interviews were invalid.
Earlier in the meeting, May and Wolfe approved spending $55,000 to
revise the township's zoning and expand a land development plan.
Rhodes voted against the action.
"The same people who asked us to spend the $30,000 for the updating of
the zoning code and who helped write it were the same people who
referendumed it.," Rhodes said. "This I feel is a stall tactic to
prevent any development in this community. And now we would be out in
excess of $80,000 for what? We have lost to Dublin and the park system
over 2,500 acres that are gone forever. Included in that loss is the
Tartan Fields West Complex that is going to be built. I estimate
conservatively that this complex will have a net tax evaluation of $25
to 30 million. Lost revenue to the township will be in the area of
$400,000 per year. Gone forever."
Wolfe said the current zoning book is extremely lacking and needs to be
totally updated. She said previous attempts to update were reversed by
referendum because they failed to involve "the people." When asked by
resident Art Wesner who "the people" were, Wolfe did not give an answer,
instead calling for a vote.
Wolfe said she was "tickled pink" after voting to expend $26,000 of
township dollars towards Ketch Road flooding improvements.
Engineer Mark Cameron said the township has scored high for State Issue
II funds and would definitely receive assistance to rebuild the road and
divert water. He said construction should begin in July and be completed
by November. The motion passed unanimously with all trustees voting in
favor of the motion to pay for engineering costs.
Concerning another financial matter, Wolfe and May said the township
should not be responsible for a $1,945 bill to Crager Brothers Trucking
LTD. The township filled a pond in on the Canter property. Instead, they
said Rhodes is responsible.
"If anybody owes the bill, Mr. Rhodes owes the bill," Wolfe said, adding
that he had been warned repeatedly not to take things in his own hands.
In other matters:
. The trustees unanimously agreed that official meeting minutes will be
documented on audio tape. Rhodes recommended video taping procedures
that would limit individuals to be in clear view with no panning.
Recordings would be permitted at the start of the Pledge of Allegiance
and end when the meeting adjourned. Wolfe and May voted against the
video procedures.
. A developer has agreed to build a four-foot mound with trees on top in
stages between his project and Frazier Estates.
. Residents of Kimberly Woods, Frazier Estates and California Woods are
reminded that open burning violates EPA regulations
. A resident said he believed Charlotte Gibbons deserved a "hearty thank
you" from all the trustees for her long-term efforts in improving a
township playground. Wolfe said the resident was "nit picking" and said
Rhodes had thanked Gibbons enough. Wolfe then pointed out the efforts of
trustee Freeman May's wife who had served on a committee for a township
festival.

Policy on keys to buildings reviewed at North Union
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Keys were a topic of discussion at Monday's North Union School Board
meeting.
Parent Carmen Shields asked the board who in the district has the
authority to close gymnasiums and what the policy is for handing out
keys to the buildings.
Apparently the questions arose because of an incident over the weekend
at Leesburg Magnetic Elementary School. An unknown person vandalized the
school, also entering coolers and stealing food and drinks.
Leesburg principal Bruce Hoover said there were no signs of forced
entry, meaning the acts were committed by members of a group which had
keys to the facility.
Hoover said the gym was closed to extracurricular activities Monday
until school officials could determine which groups had used the school
over the weekend. Use of gymnasiums at Leesburg and Jackson elementaries
has always been an issue because there are no nighttime custodians on
duty to monitor the building.
Hoover said only groups and teams supervised by district employees are
permitted to have keys to the facilities. He said those employees must
also sign an agreement stating that they understand the responsibilities
and guidelines associated with having a key.
Hoover said there is also a schedule designed to monitor which groups
are using the facilities.
The district facilities were re-keyed two years ago and keys are of the
variety that cannot be copied.
Hoover said the district employee who was responsible for opening
Leesburg during the time it was vandalized has lost the opportunity to
use the facility.
>From dealing with a negative topic, the tone of the meeting changed
sharply when a parent addressed the board with praise.
Linda Gorsuch's son, Seth, attends North Union as a first grader,
despite the fact that the family lives in the Elgin School District.
Gorsuch chose to put her son in North Union through open enrollment
because she felt the district could better deal with his speech and
hearing difficulties.
Gorsuch said her son received a special set of goals in kindergarten
which he was able to achieve. Those goals were also met without treating
him differently from other students.
Gorsuch said that while many hearing-impaired students struggle with
school work, the staff at North Union has helped her son excel.
In other business, the board:
. Heard a presentation about a program that allows first and second
graders to work together once a month to create stories and work on
writing skills.
. Heard a presentation on new report cards being used in the district.
. Announced that the district is looking for input on the name for the
new elementary school which is scheduled to be constructed.
. Fielded a question about results of the fourth grade proficiency test.
Apparently the results of the test are at the same level as last year's
results.
. Explained a story in a Columbus newspaper which showed the North Union
general fund to have a great surplus. District treasurer Scott Maruniak
explained that school finances work on a cycle. While there may be a
surplus early in the cycle, that process will experience a downturn
which will eat into that money. He said the district finances are simply
"at the crest of a wave" right now.
. Voted 5-0 to approve a resolution accepting the amounts and rates and
certifying them to the county auditor.
. Unanimously approved the revision of several board policies.
. Voted 4-1 to employ MKC Associates Inc. to provide a supervisor for
the construction of the new elementary school. Steve Goodwin voted no on
the contract stating that he did not believe travel time should be
included in hours to be worked by the supervisor.
.Voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Kelly Davis from a
teaching contract.
. Approved 5-0 Jennifer Kemmer to fill a one-year teaching contract and
afforded her five days on an extended time contract.
. Voted 5-0 to employ Chiquita Kay Smith on a one-year contract as head
middle school cook.
. Extended supplemental contracts to Damien Gratz and Terry Tanner as
middle school wrestling coaches. The two are non-certificated.
. Voted 5-0 to accept the bid of $60,997 for a 71-passenger school bus
from Center City Mechanical Trucks Inc.

Governor commends Honda
 Taft pays tribute to auto maker's 20 years as a community partner and
industry leader
By RYAN HORNS
Ohio Governor Bob Taft joined Honda of America officials in celebrating
the 20th anniversary of the auto plant's presence in Marysville Friday.
Statewide leaders, along with local government and community leaders,
gathered Friday to recognize the automotive company's milestone.
"Honda is ahead of the curve in their own industry," Taft told roughly
150 community members gathered for the event. "I hold Honda of America
up as an example of an outstanding business partner for the state of
Ohio."
Taft celebrated Honda's flexible and dynamic engineering for its
effective manufacturing progress.
"The company's ability to quickly respond to the changing global market
place with high-quality products and technologically-advanced solutions
has cemented its place among Ohio's leading manufacturers and
employers," Taft said.
Taft noted that a 1982 article in the Wall Street Journal stated "Honda
Gambles," after the company opened its Marysville Auto Plant that year.
It was the first Japanese car assembly operation in the United States,
which paved the way for future international business relations in
America.
"This is a special anniversary," he said. "One that recognizes the
investment made by Honda in Ohio, as well as the investment made by Ohio
in Honda."
Honda of America President and CEO Koki Hirashima said a large part of
the growth Honda has seen in the state is due to its partnership with
the community.
He said a total of 64 workers assembled the Honda cars on the first
production line back then.
Today Honda of America operates two auto plants in Ohio, as well as the
original Marysville Motorcycle Plant and an automotive engine plant near
Anna. Honda employs 13,000 associates in its four plants.
In addition to manufacturing facilities and the Transportation Research
Center, Ohio is home to Honda Engineering North America; Honda
Transmission Mfg.; American Honda Motor Co. Sales and Distribution
Center; Honda Rider Training Center; Honda Trading America and Harmony
Agricultural products, Inc. In all its operations, Honda employs more
than 16,000 associates in Ohio.
Hirashima said it was always Honda's intention to become a positive part
of the community. This represents itself through the company's
charitable donations, endowments and grants to Ohio schools, its pursuit
to improve the local environment and its work with the Ohio State
Highway Patrol to promote safe driving.
Honda invested $4.4 billion in its four Ohio facilities and pumped a
combined total of $3.75 billion in parts and services to its 162
Ohio-located suppliers last year.
"We understand that every culture and every community is different,"
Hirashima said. "It is our job to understand that and to be a good
neighbor."
Hirashima arrived in Ohio in 1993 and five years later began his
position as Honda's president. He was met with applause when he
commented with a smile, "I've been here for almost 10 years . I hope
that qualifies me as a Buckeye."
 Honda of America Vice President Rick Schostek served as the community
day presentation's host. He commended former Governor James A. Rhodes
for being the company's first community partner and playing a large part
in bringing Honda to Ohio. Rhodes met with Honda Motor Co. founder
Soichiro Honda and Honda Motor Co. President Kiyoshi Kawashima in the
1970s as part of his "jobs and progress" initiative to convince
foreign-owned companies to set up operations in Ohio.
 Schostek noted it was the relationship Rhodes forged with the Japanese
business leaders that opened the doors for the milestone.
On Nov. 1 the Union County Board of Commissioners paid tribute to the
contributions Rhodes made by designating Honda Parkway as the James A.
Rhodes Memorial Parkway.

Three to achieve rank of Eagle Scout Sunday
>From J-T staff reports:
Three Marysville young men will receive their Eagle Scout ranks at a
Court of Honor at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints.
All are members of Troop 287 chartered by the church.
Michael Cardoza, son of Edmond and Shawna Cardoza, has served as
assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader and assistant patrol
leader in the troop. He enjoys camping and computers and works for
Aardvark sign Co., which he and his family operate at their home.
Cardoza's Eagle service project was the organization of a safety shoe
collection to provide shoes for those needing them for employment. After
graduating from high school in 2004, he plans to serve a two-year
mission for the church before entering college.
Jacob Froehlich has served as patrol leader and assistant patrol leader
and is currently senior patrol leader for Troop 287. He has been active
in Scouting since he was 8 years old and is a member of the Order of the
Arrow.
Froehlich, an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, created a picnic area for the church as his Eagle project. A
junior at Marysville High School, he is an honor roll student and
Scholar Athlete. He has been active in cross country, track, power
lifting peer tutoring and church basketball.
Froehlich, the son of Lee and Connie Froehlich, plans to study
engineering at Ohio State or Brigham Young University and at the age of
19, he hopes to serve a full-time mission.
John Rushmore, son of Dean and Penny Rushmore, has been a Boy Scout
since he was 13. He has served in the troop as senior patrol leader,
quarter master and librarian and for his Eagle project, he erected and
installed a flagpole in front of the LDS church.
He is a junior at MHS and is an honor roll student, member of the Leo
Club, a squad leader in the marching band and participates in the wind
ensemble and jazz band, playing the guitar and trumpet. He also plays
the piano and has earned several superior ratings at the annual OMEA
solo and ensemble contests.
Rushmore is an active member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Delaware
where he serves as an acolyte and lay reader. Active in 4-H for eight
years, he has been president of his club and has been a class winner
with his market lamb projects and earned Grand Champion for his pen of
two lambs.
Rushmore is interested in aviation and plans to purse a career in that
field.

Murder being investigated
North Lewisburg woman found with gunshot wound to chest
>From J-T staff reports:
A North Lewisburg woman was found dead in her home Thursday morning, an
apparent murder victim.
Sandra J. Furrow, 59, 151 Audas St., was found dead in her home Thursday
morning at 12:04 a.m. with a single gunshot wound to her chest.
A fax from Lt. Brent Emmons of the Champaign County Sheriff's
Department,  said deputies gained entrance to her home and found the
woman after co-workers became concerned over her absence from her job
Wednesday. There were no signs of forced entry to the home.
Furrow was pronounced dead at the scene by Champaign County Coroner Josh
Richards.
"No arrests have been made at this time," Champaign County Sheriff David
Deskins said. "There are currently no suspects."
Deskins would not provide any information in regard to what caliber
weapon was used, signs of a struggle in the home or witnesses.

Local road crews ready for harsh winter weather
By Joey Secrest
Journal-Tribune intern
With winter bringing its icy temperatures and hazardous weather
conditions city, county and state garages are gearing up to keep local
roadways safe.
State
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is prepared to battle
winter weather.
The Union County garage, located at 402 Chestnut St., has already
inspected equipment to make sure it is functioning and ready for harsh
winter weather.
The local ODOT garage has 17 trucks equipped with plows and salt
spreaders. Fifteen routes exist for plowing and treatments. County
manager Bernie Howard said there are 18 highway workers responsible for
the county.
ODOT is ready with 3,905 tons of salt and 10,902 gallons of salt brine,
a salt and water combination, on hand. The brine is effective because it
sticks well to the roadways and eliminates many environmental salt
concerns.
Prior to storm advisories, U.S. 33 will be pretreated with salt brine.
The brine will prevent snow from binding to surfaces and make an easier
clean-up.
>From Nov. 17 through March 8 a night shift of two people will be on hand
to prepare the roads for the morning rush hour.
"We're doing everything we can to keep the roadways safe," Howard said.
He suggested that drivers turn their headlights on, avoid passing, keep
at a safe distance when following plows and allow extra stopping
distance.
"We've got a tough job out there and appreciate any help we can get from
the traveling public," Howard said.
County
Union County has begun preparation by completing annual inspections.
The county is equipped with 19 dump trucks, two of which are new.  Three
trucks are used to haul salt brine to heavily-traveled roads.
Steve Stolte, Union County engineer, said there are 20 maintenance
workers and two mechanics employed on the road crew.
The county averages 2,000 to 3,000 tons of salt a year and orders it as
needed. Currently, the garage has 400 tons of salt on hand and is
ordering additional 1,000 tons.
On heavily traveled roads salt is spread the entire length, but on less
traveled roads salt is used only at stop signs and intersections.
"When it's snowing it's hard to see. Those guys do a great job," Stolte
said. "It's not as easy as people may think."
City
City of Marysville workers have finished their inspection of snow
removal equipment and there are 400 tons of salt on hand.
Salt brine is not used, but the possibility of using it in the future is
being looked into, according to Joe Tracey, head of city road crews.
The city street department division has 13 workers and in case of a
weather emergency, other city employees are on reserve.
Tracey said there are 15 plow trucks, nine of them equipped with salt
spreaders.
For more snow removal information, those interested may go to
www.marysvilleohio.org.

 

A story of perseverance: Maloy tells teens to set goals
By CORRINE BIX AND CINDY BRAKE
Maggie Maloy is a real-life survivor.
 While jogging at the age of 15, she was kidnapped, raped twice and shot
five times. Her jaw was broken and her arm left paralyzed. Tragedy
struck against when she was a college junior. Her pelvis was broken in
three places in a car accident and she had to learn how to walk all over
again.
And after all that she continued to run cross country, eventually coming
within seconds of breaking a college record.
"Sometimes you have to go through the worst to find the best," Maloy
said last week while speaking to the Teen PARENTS group at Marysville
High School. "It all comes down to choices you make."
Teen PARENTS (Providing Assistance, Resources and Encouragement Needed
To Succeed) is a support group for both expectant teens and teen parents
of preschoolers. The non-profit group meets twice a month at the high
school and operates on donations and fund-raisers.
Maloy was invited to speak to the group to show how powerful one's own
determination to succeed can affect the outcome of one's life.
"Ms. Maloy has overcome great adversity and she is a wonderful
inspiration to these young people who are about to have their lives
changed so dramatically at a young age," said Rachel Jones, creative
activities coordinator for Teen PARENTS. "Her story shows them that they
can do it,"
Maloy explained to the teens that her secret to overcoming is
three-fold. First, she said, bonds with others are very important.
"They can save your life," Maloy said.
Jones said this is a common theme at the Teen PARENTS meetings.
"We tell the teens over and over again that we are all just a phone call
away and that we volunteer our time because we really care and want to
be here for them," Jones said.
Maloy's second point is to take pride in who you are and whatever you do
and make the most of it.
"We all inspire each other. The inspiration is all inside us."
Third, Don't dwell on pain and negativity.
"You may be in it (pain), but don't dwell on it," she said. "Build on
it."
Guiding her through both tragedies was one goal: "To be Maggie Maloy,
the person making the most of an unfortunate situation."
After the attack, Maloy said she was in the hospital for 13 days and
returned to school within six weeks. Her goal was to be running cross
country by spring.
She did.
An avid runner, Maloy told the students that, to her, life is like a big
cross country race.
"You don't know what is ahead," she said. "All you know is how far
you've come."
After graduating from Galion High School in 1997, Maloy ran cross
country in college. She won her first college race during her junior
year. Two days later, she was in "delirious" pain in a hospital
emergency room after her car slid through a stop sign on ice and was
broadsided by a utility van.
Of the two events, Maloy said the car accident was the hardest to come
through.
"I was so mad at myself," Maloy said. "I felt such pity. It had the best
of me."
She remembers her doctor telling her that she would walk again and could
"try" to run. That was all she needed to hear. After learning how to
walk again, she was back at school in May and running when the gun went
off that fall.
Maloy said her greatest lesson, however, was in not reaching one of her
goals. She was determined as a senior to break the school's record in
the 1500 meter race. She fell short by two seconds.
She said it is so much better to have had a goal and not reach it than
to have never had a goal.
"Reaching the goal is a sweet little bonus," she said.
Maloy's message was meant to inspire the teens.
"Our goal is to help create and assist young parents in becoming
productive and responsible parents and members of the community," said
Tamara Boglino, who serves as Teen PARENTS lead coordinator.
Meeting topics reach beyond parenting and child rearing and include
subjects such as improving job skills, basic budgeting, child
development and healthy life choices.
"We utilize speakers, local programs and our own experiences to convey a
wealth of information," Boglino said.
Teen PARENTS works in conjunction with the GRADS (Graduation Reality And
Dual-Role Skills) program, a school-based program which encourages
pregnant and parenting teens to see the importance of finishing their
education.

Clear cut or cloudy: Domestic violence cases vary

By CINDY BRAKE
Domestic abuse knows no limits or timetables, yet no one need suffer
from the abuse of others - there is help.
The person in Union County who is more aware of this fact than anyone
else is Kathleen Nichols of the Victims of Crime Assistance Program of
Union County.
Every year several hundred domestic violence cases are prosecuted in
Union County, Nichols said, and every day her office receives a call or
two for information.
She is especially concerned because the level of violence seems to be
increasing.
"Without intervention the cycle will continue," Nichols said. "People
don't understand criminal behavior."
Nichols explains that physical and sexual abuse all focus on issues of
power and control. The abuse generally begins with emotional abuse,
intimidation, isolation, coercion and threats. Other signals of a
problem are use of economic abuse, using male privilege, minimizing,
denying and blaming or using children.
There is help out there, she said.
"We want to help."
Nichols can be reached at (800) 258-8278, ext, 4190, or 645-4190.
The story of family violence is all too familiar for Nichols, who goes
wherever there is a call for help.
One Monday in October found her in the Marysville Municipal Court
because violence had erupted within a family that lives in Tartan
Fields. Because the jury found the accused innocent, names will not be
used in this story.
A husband and wife found themselves in court after a verbal and physical
fight erupted between them. When officers arrived they found the wife
hysterical, crying, shaking and visibly upset. Her ear was bloodied and
there were marks on the wall from where her husband had pushed her.
In her statement, she wrote, "I tried to get him off by kicking at him
and he shoved me against another wall and onto the floor... He grabbed
me and shoved my head against the wall."
She said she was "very scared."
Officers found the husband upstairs behind a locked door with bloodshot
eyes and smelling of alcohol.
More than six weeks later at the trial, the wife and husband said they
couldn't recall many of the details about what they said or did that
night.
"I couldn't believe all this happened," he said at the trial. "It just
happened so quickly."
The husband said he was just trying to calm his wife down after she came
at him. The wife testified that she thought her husband had "made a
mistake and she had over reacted."
While the officers did remove him from the home that night, he returned
to the family home around 4 a.m. the next day and remains there with his
family. When asked if she loves her husband, the wife said yes.
The question posed to the jury was did the defendant cross the line
between a difficult family situation and committing a crime? An hour
after beginning deliberations, the jury of three women and five men
found the defendant innocent of the misdemeanor charge.
Other incidents of domestic violence are a bit more obvious, like that
of Trisha Welch and her son. They returned to Union County in February
to start out fresh. Both are survivors of domestic violence.
On Dec. 16 her son's father, in an alcoholic rage, began stomping,
beating and grabbing her for two hours while she lay in a fetal position
on the floor of her bedroom. Their 5-year-old son was forced to watch as
she cried out for help and no one came.
Each time her son attempted to run for help or threw his little body
over his mother, his father grabbed him and told him to stay. She
remembers her young son pleading with his dad to "just let us leave, I
pinkie promise." But the beating continued.
"He's sick, really sick," Welch said about her abuser who is now serving
time in the North Central Correctional Institution after being convicted
of domestic violence. "If it wasn't for my son, he would have killed me
that night."
Photographs of that night show a right eye blackened and swollen shut, a
fractured and bruised arm and marks on her ear.
"I had a perfect size 11 on my arm," Welch said about the boot marks
left on her by her attacker.
Welch and her attacker, unfortunately, are all too familiar with
violence in the home.
Welch, however, wants a better life for her sons. She also wants to tell
other women who find themselves in her place to be strong.
"They need to step up and stop it," she said.
She is the first to admit that it isn't easy.
This most recent attack on her wasn't the first sign of violence by her
attacker. She said his family was always feuding and one time he threw
his sister out of a car.
In their nine years together, Welch said there was only one other time
when he physically attacked her. He began rear-ending a car she was in.
She eventually got into his car with plans to take him home. Throughout
the ride he called her names, accused her of seeing other men and
punched her arm harder and harder. She said it got sore. That was when
she decided to go to the Marion Police Station. Inside the building, he
threw her down and started stomping on her. That time she was lucky ?
she had only bruises. He was charged and convicted of domestic violence
for that attack. He served six months.
Welch admits that after that first attack, she, like most victims,
blamed herself.
"I was in so much denial," she said.
Things are different this time, though, Welch said, and she knows there
is no one to blame but her attacker.
She has also come to realize that she can make it on her own.
After living in a shelter for a few months, she moved in with family for
a short time until she was able to get her own apartment. She is now
getting counseling and preparing for the day her attacker is released.
It is obvious, though, that after all she has been through, Welch's
feelings are mixed about her attacker.
"I hate him. I feel sorry for him," she said, while admitting that "when
he's not drinking you couldn't ask for a better father or friend."
The facts about domestic violence are that:
. Of all cases reported the victim is female in 85 percent; white in 64
percent; and the average age of the offender is 31 years.
. Each year, an estimated 3.3 million to 10 million children witness
domestic violence.
. Boys who witness domestic violence are more likely to batter their
female partners as adults than boys raised in nonviolent homes.
. Children in homes where domestic violence occurs may experience
cognitive or language problems, developmental delay, stress-related
physical ailments and hearing and speech problems.
. Elder abuse victims are most likely to be 75 years of age or older;
women; dependent on the abuser for basic needs; and/or suffering from a
mental or physical illness.
. Family violence can happen to families of any social or economic
class.

 

Honda makes donation to United Way
Gift is 33 percent of county's goal  for the year
Honda and its employees have stepped up again to give a large amount of
money to the United Way campaigns of area counties.
The combined Honda of America Mfg. associate contributions and company
matching funds for the 2003 United Way campaign totaled $1,727,338 ?
more than $127,000 above the $1.6 million goal. Associates gave $1.1
million, marking the fifth consecutive year that they have donated more
than $1 million to United Way. These funds were matched by the company
at 50 cents for each dollar.
Associate pledges earmarked for Union County totaled $152,892 which was
added with $76,446 to make the local contribution $229,338.
"Last year was a record-setting year for our United Way campaign because
of the extraordinary outpouring of support for the victims of the Sept.
11 attacks," said Rick Schostek, Honda of America Mfg. vice president of
support services and chairperson of Honda's United Way campaign.
"However, we were very pleased at the continuing spirit of caring that
our associates showed in this year's campaign, which was only slightly
below last year's $1.74 million."
Associate-directed pledges will go to 67 of Ohio's 88 counties and to 36
counties in other states.
"Every year when we ask associates to make a pledge to United Way, they
tell us how United Way agencies have helped their families or friends.
United Way gives them a way to say thank you and give back to those
agencies," said Sadie Hodge, Honda of America Mfg.'s Company
Communications Department and the 2003 campaign project leader.
Honda of America Mfg. employs 13,000 associates at its four plants in
West Central Ohio.
As expected, Honda's contribution gave a big push to the local United
Way drive for 2002. Honda's donations made up nearly 33 percent of the
goal for the year.
With Honda's contribution, the 2002 campaign has raised $365,398 which
is 52 percent of this year's $700,000 goal.
Union County United Way Executive Director Shari Marsh said the group is
hoping to wrap up the campaign by the end of November.

Siren was silent in Richwood
Excessive radio traffic apparently left some in village unwarned about
tornado in area
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
When Todd German heard of the severe weather heading toward the north
end of the county Sunday he jumped in his vehicle and headed west from
the village of Richwood to see what he could see.
It didn't take the Northern Union County Fire District Chief long to
spot trouble - a funnel cloud in the area of Miller Road and Happy Lane,
about three miles from the village.
German called the Union County Sheriff's Department with the report,
requested that the tornado sirens for the village be set off and then
waited.
He's still waiting.
Fifteen miles south, the city Marysville's sirens activated, warning
residents to seek cover, but the Richwood siren never wailed. While many
village residents were warned of the funnel cloud by television reports,
those engaged in other activities may never have known of the powerful
twister just a few miles, and one change in direction, away.
The topic drew discussion at Richwood Council Monday night, as village
officials wondered why the town's residents were not warned.
"That could have been a real problem," council member Wade McCalf, who
initiated the discussion, said.
Council member Arlene Blue agreed calling the incident a "big glitch"
and said she herself wouldn't have known of the tornado if it hadn't
been for television reports.
"It's up to us to protect the people in the village," Blue said.
The fact is the sheriff's department knew about the tornado. After
German called, dispatchers set off pagers to bring additional firemen
into the Northern Union County Fire Station as a precaution.
Union County Emergency Management Agency Director Randy Riffle said he
has been in meetings this morning to determine what went wrong. As a
Richwood resident and assistant chief at the Northern Union County
Department, Riffle also wants to know why the siren was silent.
The problem appears to be with the setup of the radio-controlled system
that sets off the village's lone tornado siren located in the village
hall. While the definitive cause is not known, it is now believed that
the high volume of radio traffic on Sunday led to the glitch.
The radio tone that automatically sets off the tornado siren is
broadcast over the same frequency as the fire department radio traffic.
This means that if the tone was sent out at the same time that other
radio traffic was broadcasting, the signal may not have gotten through.
Marysville has its tornado tones set up on a separate frequency from
other radio traffic.
Riffle said a test of the tornado siren this morning showed that it was
in working order. He is also reviewing a recording of the radio traffic
that night to ensure that the tone was broadcast. Riffle said he has
already received numerous reports that the tone, at least in part, was
broadcast.
Riffle said citizens should not blame radio dispatchers for the problem.
He said the dispatchers were swamped with phone calls and radio reports
of the severe weather sweeping through the county.
The problem lies with the setup of the system. Riffle said correcting
the problem is fairly simple - all tornado siren tones must be sent out
on a dedicated frequency that is free of other radio traffic.
Riffle said the issue is one that will be discussed at a meeting later
this week to asses the countywide response to Sunday's severe weather.
How the tornado siren  in Richwood is activated:
. A funnel cloud must first be verified by a trained storm spotter,
Emergency Management Agency member, fire official or law enforcement
officer. In some instances the National Weather Service in Wilmington
confirms a tornado from radar and calls for a warning.
. The tornado sighting is called in to the Union County Sheriff's
Department. Radio dispatchers there send out a radio tone that
automatically sets off the tornado siren.
. The tone is received by the siren, setting it off. This is where
Sunday's breakdown is believed to have occurred. Additional radio
traffic on the same frequency as the tone is believed to have disrupted
the signal.

Sunday storm damage still being assessed
>From J-T staff reports:
The damage continues to be assessed after storms ripped through Union
County on Sunday.
The American Red Cross is conducting damage assessment after tornados
and high winds destroyed homes in northern Union County. Many families
are staying with friends or family or are using hotel vouchers after
their homes were destroyed.
During walk arounds yesterday through damaged areas, Jeff Sites of the
National Weather Service reported the tornados that touched down in
Union County were mostly rated F3. Tornados are rated from F0 to F5 on
the Fujita Scale by the National Weather Service.
An F-3 rating describes funnels causing severe damage, with winds from
158-206 mph. Roofs and some walls are torn off well-constructed houses,
trains can be overturned, most trees in forests can be uprooted and the
winds can lift heavy cars off the ground and carry them some distance.
In the instance of the modular home being picked up and thrown on Newton
Perkins Road and injuring two people, Sites reported the funnel may have
reached F4. Winds can reach up to 207-260 mph in this instance.
According to Brad Gilbert of the Union County Emergency Management
Agency, 13 homes and properties were damaged. He said electric companies
are working to restore power to the areas affected.
The total estimated property damage from the storm has not been
determined, Gilbert said, although cost is expected to reach close to $1
million.
"We were lucky the tornados hit in a pretty rural area," he said.
The Red Cross is currently putting together a map of the tornado routes
as well, he said.
Associates of the East Liberty Honda Plant as well as the Marysville
Auto Plant are also breathing a sigh of relief.
According to Sharon VanWinkle in Honda's media relations, it was quite a
close call although no damage occurred to the plant.
"It ended up missing the East Liberty plant by five miles," she said.
"It was certainly an impacting experience."
Honda part suppliers in Union County were not as lucky. Jefferson
Industries in West Jefferson experienced a major power outage due to the
storms. The company provides frame parts for Honda.
"We did lose some production," she said.
Because of this, VanWinkle said, Honda first shift workers were sent
home early Monday.
Jefferson Industries was able to set up its back up generators and as a
result production was restored.

Replica of original courthouse to be
built in Milford Center
Council authorizes construction of moveable structure
By CINDY BRAKE
Union County is getting a new courthouse - a replica of the original
that once stood in Milford Center.
At Monday's regular meeting the Milford Center village council
authorized the construction of a replica of the original courthouse,
which was a fairly small building. The moveable structure will be
located at Liberty Park and built by volunteers. The cost of the project
is unknown.
Consulting Engineer Gary Silcott informed council that the village's
water plant is at capacity. The village is looking to double the plant's
capacity of 100 gallons per minute.
A new plant is estimated to cost $900,000, while expanding the existing
plant would cost approximately $300,000.
Silcott said construction of a new plant would penalize current
customers by increasing rates, while the cost of an expansion could be
covered by new tap fees. Another reason to expand the existing plant, he
said, is because the village is paying on that plant until 2020.
Silcott also pointed out that there might be future financing challenges
in obtaining grants because of 2002 census data.
The data shows the village's median household income at $40,938 with 232
homes in the village. Silcott and village officials questioned the
accuracy of the numbers, especially since there are 338 water and sewer
customers in the village. Silcott said the village can challenge the
data.
The village has received a 25-year loan from the Ohio Water Development
Authority for $242,400 for a new water tower, in addition to a $244,000
grant from the Ohio Water Development Authority. Construction by Phoenix
Fabricators and Erectors of Avon, Ind., is to begin next spring.
Village administrator Keith Watson explained that the problem of high
chlorine levels in the water has been corrected and was due to a
mechanical error. He added that hydrants have been flushed. Council also
accepted his offer to store excess village equipment at his barn so the
machinery will be protected form the weather. He expects to store the
roller, lawn mower and leaf vacuum. Council discussed the need to expand
the village's storage space and speculated that a 40- by 60-foot barn is
needed.
Council reviewed a contract for Water Quality Management Inc. The cost
increased $100 over a 1997 contract, but adds valve maintenance and
hydrant flushing to be done twice a year. The one-year contract is for
$1,100 a month. Watson said another company presented a similar contract
for $2,900 a month. Council accepted the contract with an amendment that
the company provide a current certificate of worker's compensation and
adequate liability insurance. It was noted at the meeting that Milford
Center is the company's only client.
Watson explained that four hydrants are covered because parts are
needed. Two of the hydrants date back to 1968 and new hydrants cost
$1,000 each, while parts cost $200.
Council passed the third reading of an ordinance concerning the repair
or removal of unsafe buildings.
After an extensive discussion, council amended the ordinance immediately
after approval to name the village zoning inspector as the building
inspector; that the building inspector is to bring information on any
building in question to council and council will then make a
recommendation to take action; and the ordinance title was changed.
Mayor Cheryl Dematteo impressed the need for such an ordinance by
sharing an incident she witnessed where dogs huddled in weeds as rats
ate out of the dog bowls.
The ordinance passed with four yeas by councilman Bob Mitchell, Ron
Payne, Chris Burger and Josh Combs. Councilman Jeff Parren was the only
dissenting vote. Councilman Roger Geer was absent. All present voted in
favor of the amendments.
The ordinance takes effect in 10 days.
In other business:
. The Christmas Parade in Milford Center, sponsored by township and fire
officials, is Nov. 24.
. Village solicitor Charlotte Eufinger was congratulated on her election
to the seat of Union County Probate and Juvenile Judge.
. A public relations committee was established and creation of a news
letter was discussed.
. Council discussed the unsightly appearance of trash cans on the
streets for several days at a time because there are two haulers in the
village. Council is looking into the possibility of contracting with one
carrier with the hope of saving residents money and beginning a
recycling program.
. Council accepted the amounts and rates as estimated by Union County
Auditor Mary Snider.
. Leroy Holt updated council on the Civil War Memorial restoration. He
said it is better than expected and the memorial committee is looking
into lighting the memorial and adding parking area.
. Council approved a one-year maintenance contract with Governmental
Systems of Columbus to correct Y2K problems with the utility billing
program. The cost is $650.
. Leaf pickup has been a much smoother process this year with the use of
a leaf vacuum from Perry Township. Watson said the former leaf vacuum
had an engine that predated 1963. Pickup will continue Wednesday.
. Council discussed the need and method of lighting the Liberty Park
shelter house

 

Committee will look at city needs
By RYAN HORNS
After Marysville voters crushed an income tax increase at the polls
Tuesday, city council members have decided on a new approach.
Council president John Gore announced Thursday night that a committee
has been formed to assess the city's financial needs.
"The world we live in is all about compromise and teamwork," Gore said.
"No one individual can achieve major accomplishments alone."
Under the authority of the rules of council, Gore said, he has formed a
special committee of up to 25 individuals to be chaired by council
member Ed Pleasant of the finance committee and Dan Fogt, vice president
of council.
"This team will assist in determining how to address these needs," he
said. "We will also ask this team to review the city's financial
strategy and offer alternative proposals to fund these needs."
Citizens who have already joined committee include Deborah Groat, Larry
Zimmerman, Chris Schmenk, Debbie Bevington, Roger Yoder, Jim Wimmers
Jr., Harry McMannis, Aaron Story and Avanelle Oberlin. Gore said he will
also be a part of the committee.
An organizational meeting will be scheduled, Gore said, at which time
the committee will discuss how it may broaden its scope.
The current financial strategy plan set its sights on fighting such
issues as the city's debt and fixing the streets, although many city
residents disapproved of plans for a $17 million justice center set to
house the Marysville Police Department and city administration offices.
The strategy was to be funded by the income tax levy, raising taxes 60
percent, as proposed by Mayor Steve Lowe. The levy would have raised an
additional $3,310,000 for the city annually. The income tax levy failed
on Tuesday, with 3,194 against and 707 votes for the issue.
Lowe was not present at the meeting. Members of the administration have
stated the failure of the income tax is partly due to the lack of a
citizen support committee. The only group formed addressing the levy was
in opposition.
In other discussions, economic development director Eric Phillips
reported that the economic development plan is near completion. Phillips
said the 200-page document discusses "things we can do to (improve) our
business environment."
The city's exterior property maintenance code has returned to council,
although only to address proposed amendments.
The first reading was passed on a new ordinance after it was discovered
that the previous ordinance inadvertently repealed a section addressing
litter on private property. The change would address the storage of
litter for health, safety and sanitation reasons.
An ordinance accepting the dedication of a sanitary lift station for
Watkins Glen subdivision on Watkins Road had its first reading. City
engineer Phil Roush reported that the sanitary lift in the subdivision
has been satisfactorily completed and inspected and is ready for public
use.
Roush said the lift has actually been in service for close to two years
and was originally intended to be given to the city. However, he said,
the criteria for the transfer to the city was not met until this past
June. Now that the appropriate changes have been made, the city has two
more readings to decide to take over the lift maintenance.
In other news:
. Parks and recreation representative Mark Reams reported that the plans
are being made for the Frozen Nose Five Mile Race in January although it
may have to be switched to a four-mile race due to race route
limitations.
. City finance director John Morehart announced a public meeting
regarding the 2003 budget to be held Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in council
chambers.
. The next city council meeting will be held Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
. Council met in executive session to discuss pending litigation with
city law director Tim Aslaner. No action was taken.

Local teen dies in house fire
Officials are  treating the incident as a suicide
>From J-T staff reports:
A Marysville teen reportedly took his own life in a fire at his
residence this morning.
According to information provided by the Marysville Police Department,
Stephen C. McConnell, 19, 271 Hardin Place, was pronounced dead at
Memorial Hospital of Union County today after allegedly setting himself
on fire. Police believe McConnell covered himself with an accelerant
before igniting the fire.
The residence is the home of Dr. and Mrs. Tom McConnell, the parents of
the victim.
According to officials, the incident is reportedly being treated as a
suicide.
Fire and police crews were called to the home at 10:27 a.m. today and
found an upstairs room ablaze. McConnell was found in that room and
removed from the home.
Crews administered CPR to McConnell in the garage of the home before he
was transported to Memorial Hospital.
Marysville fire and police crews were joined by Union Township and Allen
Township fire departments. The Union County Sheriff's Department was
also on the scene.
The fire was confined to the upstairs of the home. The flames were
contained at 10:45 a.m.
Officials continue to investigate the incident.

Remote computers work way into MHS classrooms
By CORINNE BIX
Randomly walk into a classroom at Marysville High School and you might
be surprised at what you see. Entire classes are now gaining access to
remote laptop computers intended to make the most out of classtime.
"Every day is precious in a school year and any day you lose only shorts
the kids," explained James Moots, director of technology for Marysville
schools.
This is the first year using the new computers in Marysville.
"The computers use a relatively new wireless technology that allows the
laptops to print and use the Internet free of wires," Moots said.
Teachers at both the middle and high schools now have the use of 20
remote computers per school, allowing more time for learning.
"When you take kids out of the classroom to the computer lab it can
disrupt the learning process because it is deviation from the norm,"
Moots said.
Stacy Boster agrees that the fewer distractions the better when it comes
to teaching her English students.
"The students stay quieter and seem to stay on task more," Boster said.
"The laptops also move a lot faster, allowing the students to access
information more quickly."
Maria Palumbo, a student in Boster's class, said she likes the fact that
the computers give students resources at their fingertips.
"It's a lot easier and a lot more convenient," Palumbo said.
Moots said that by bringing the computers into the classroom teachers
are able to integrate the technology into their curriculum. Boster said
she likes how the remote computers work with her teaching style, not
against it.
"It makes no sense to take space with computer labs. With classroom
space at a premium and the demand for technology increasing every day,
laptop carts make perfect sense so the technology can be brought to the
classroom," Moots said.
Currently students use the computers to write papers or perform
research. Plans in the near future could include their use in science
and math courses as well.
The remote computers have been in the works for a couple of years. They
were first budgeted for in December of 2001, Moots said.
Moots, who has been with the schools for the past two years, is a former
computer salesperson. Using his experience, he made sure to choose
computers that would be both reliable and available on a daily basis.
The computers are being used in the middle and high school buildings
with the hope to expand the program next year by adding more.
"It would be ideal if someday every student could have access to their
own laptop," Boster said, "They are a wonderful asset to the classroom."

When the computers are not in use they are returned to carts to recharge
so they will be ready for the next class.

Kiser suit against city dismissed
By RYAN HORNS
After more than two years of court battles, the litigation surrounding
the firing of former Marysville Police Chief Rollin Kiser has finally
been decided. A ruling of the United States District Court for the
Southern District of Ohio Eastern Division granted summary judgment for
Marysville Mayor Steve Lowe, the City of Marysville and the individual
members of council in office at the time of Kiser's termination. Unless
there is an appeal by Kiser, the matter is concluded.
The ruling was made by Judge Algenon L. Marbley and was filed with the
clerk of courts at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in Columbus.
A summary judgment is rendered, according to the court, "if the
pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on
file, together with the affidavits, if any, show there is no genuine
issue as to any material fact and the moving party (the mayor, city and
council members) is entitled to judgment as a matter of law."
"While we respect Judge Marbley's opinion, we are saddened that the true
facts behind Chief Kiser's firing will not be publicly known," said
Kiser's attorney, David Phillips, Friday. "We believed strongly in his
dedication to the people of Marysville and the Marysville Police
Department."
Phillips said that he felt Kiser had the right to tell city council his
side of the story before it decided to uphold his termination.
"Unfortunately, Rollin did not have and will not have that opportunity,"
Phillips said.
Phillips contended that throughout the course of the lawsuit, Lowe had
no facts to support the allegation that Kiser encouraged questionable
traffic stops and that the reasons for his firing were minor. He felt
that if council had allowed both sides of the story to have been told,
the problems could have been avoided.
Lowe said that he found out Thursday afternoon that the judge had ruled
in his and the city's favor. Although he declined to make any comments
on the case without first discussing the situation with City Law
Director Tim Aslaner or the city's insurance carrier, he did provide
some insight into the positive ruling.
"I don't take great pleasure in the fact that a man lost his job," Lowe
said. "All I can say is that I'm glad it's over and that I felt all
along that we (himself and city council) handled it properly."
The mayor said he had conferred with Aslaner before taking any action
against Kiser and had studied the Marysville City Charter and previous
cases to see how the issue had been handled in the past. He added that
he believed the decision to terminate Kiser was well within his power as
mayor and was done only with the city's best interest in mind.
"I felt we had a strong case from the beginning," Lowe said. "I'm
relieved it's over."
Kiser began his job as police chief on May 19, 1997 and was terminated
on Aug. 24, 2000 by Lowe. Council's consent was given at a special
meeting held Sept. 6, 2000.
Kiser sued the city claiming that he had not had a chance to clear his
name and answer the allegations against him, and that Lowe and the city
had violated Ohio's Sunshine Law in the process. In addition, Kiser
alleged that he had been slandered and that there were public policy
violations.
The federal district court ruled that Kiser was not protected by the
Ohio Revised Code from his termination. In addition, the court said that
Kiser "had no constitutional right to either a notice or a hearing
before his termination from employment."
As the position of Chief of Police is listed as an unclassified service
employee in the Marysville City Charter, the position is not afforded
the same rights as that of a classified employee.
Marbley's ruling also stated, "The court recognizes that the Charter
provision at issue is drafted in a somewhat unclear manner, and leads to
an arguable illogical result . The Marysville Charter may be a poorly
drafted (charter); but rewriting it is a job for (the Marysville
legislative body) if it is so inclined, and not for this court."
Regarding Kiser's claims that he was deprived of his civil rights
because he was not entitled a chance to clear his name, the court also
ruled against him. He was not able to prove the five required factors
used to establish that he was deprived of clearing his name, although
some did weigh in his favor.
In the claim that Lowe violated Ohio's Sunshine Laws when city
administration and council met to discuss his termination in executive
session, the court ruled that Kiser failed to request a public hearing
be held on the matter. Instead he had asked to be included in on the
executive session and was denied.
The court also ruled that "Kiser's slander claim must fail because the
record is devoid of evidence that mayor Lowe acted with actual malice .
(and) has presented no evidence tending to show that Mayor Lowe doubted
the truth of his statement."
Finally, under Kiser's claims of public policy violations, the court
ruled that because he is not subject to the protections granted by the
Ohio Revised Code , then his claim must fail.
"Throughout this litigation, Rollin has been pleased with the strong
outpouring of support for him from law enforcement officials and
citizens," Phillips said. "These persons believed Rollin was a good
police chief and a good man. They felt Rollin was treated unfairly. To
those people who supported Chief Kiser throughout this time, he extends
his thanks."
As Kiser's attorney, Phillips reported that the case may not be
concluded. He said at this time he and his client are reviewing the
judge's opinion and is evaluating the option to appeal the decision to
the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

City tax is blasted
>From J-T staff reports:
Marysville residents voted a resounding no against raising the city
income tax on Tuesday.
The ballot issue for a 60 percent increase was voted down 81 percent to
19 percent, or 3,194 votes to 707.
When the defeat figures first appeared on the projection screen at the
Veterans Memorial Auditorium Tuesday night, applause erupted from a
small group in the back of the theater. Mayor Steve Lowe was not in
attendance, reportedly viewing the results from home.
City council president John Gore was on hand to comment on the large
defeat.
"We wanted to give the people the opportunity to decide for themselves,"
he said. "I think the residents have spoken."
Council member Nevin Taylor said that despite the loss, there are still
city needs that have to be taken care of.
"We know that they just don't go away," Taylor said.
Council will try to address those issues, he said.
Gore would not comment on council's plans but said the levy defeat will
be addressed at Thursday's city council meeting.
Mayor Lowe was not at City Hall this morning and did not return calls
seeking comment on what the administration plans to do next to address
the city's needs.
The levy would have raised an additional $3,310,000 which would have
been used for a police and administration building, fire apparatus,
parks, streets and city maintenance operations. A portion of the money
would have also been used to build the city's reserve fund. It would
have roughly cost taxpayers an additional $275, based on the average
yearly income of city residents listed at $46,765.
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said today that capital demands and
money issues still exist in the city despite the levy defeat.
"We need to figure out where we go from here," he said.
Schaumleffel added that the city will now have to focus on making the
best of money raised from additional fees council already has passed,
such as those placed on EMS services and local hotels.
Both the Marysville city fire and police departments stood to gain new
building space and expansion. With the levy defeat, plans for extending
the departments froze.
"(The fire department) will try to work within the means the residents
have deemed fit for us," fire chief Gary Johnson said.
Police chief Eugene Mayer was not available for comment.

Eufinger wins judge race
By CINDY BRAKE
Attorney Charlotte Coleman Eufinger was elected Union County's Probate
and Juvenile Judge by 325 votes Tuesday.
Eufinger, a Democrat, received 5,844 votes or 51 percent of the votes,
while Republican challenger Dennis Schulze received 5,519 or 48.6
percent in an unusually positive campaign that pitted two friends
against each other.
Union County Probate and Juvenile Judge Gary McKinley, who has held the
position for 24 years, said today he was very proud of both of the
candidates who ran a very clean campaign. He said both were very highly
qualified and he would have been happy if either had won. McKinley said
he will begin showing Eufinger the ropes over the next three months
before she takes office officially on Feb. 9.
Eufinger agreed today that the race had been positive and her opponent
was an amazing individual.
"Union County couldn't go wrong," she said about the choices for judge.
Today, while admitting disappointment, Schulze said he hoped Eufinger
could make a positive impact so the county will come out ahead.
"My family and I are very disappointed. We dreamed about me occupying
this position for years. I felt I could work diligently for the county
and almost 50 percent of the voters agreed with me."
Eufinger said it has been a lifetime goal to hold this office because it
is a place that deals with relationships.
"I always wanted to be probate and juvenile judge," Eufinger said. "I am
looking forward to working with the schools, Job and Family Services and
lawn enforcement officials."
She is the second female to hold the position of probate and juvenile
judge in Union County. She is, however, the first female who is an
attorney to be elected to the position. Carrie Hornbeck, a former county
clerk, assumed the position of judge from 1932 to 1933 for Judge William
H. Husted, who held the post from 1921 to 1932. Sources are uncertain
why Husted stepped away from the bench.
With a strong background in family law and a 30-year legal career,
Eufinger said her own family served a central part in her win.
Her 26-year-old son, Tony, returned to Marysville Oct. 10 from England
to serve as her campaign manager. He had previously worked on a the
congressional campaign for Ted Strickland in southeastern Ohio. Eufinger
also credits her daughter, Mary, who worked very hard on the campaign,
her husband of 31 years and law partner John, who was very supportive
and her mother, Rose Anna Coleman, who joined her by attending dinners.
"The best part of the campaign was going door to door," Eufinger said.
She said that while she was meeting with the public, people often spoke
about her father, Bill, who was the State Democratic Chairman from 1956
to 1968 and ran for lieutenant governor. He also served as Union County
Prosecuting Attorney for two terms.
Eufinger practiced law for 10 years with her father and credits him for
being the reason she went into law.

County turnout is down
>From J-T staff reports:
Union County voter turnout was down Tuesday in comparison to past
elections, but was still relatively healthy.
Union County Board of Elections officer Rose Davenport said today that
Tuesday's voter turnout was 48 percent of the 25,880 registered voters
in the county. A total of 12,395 ballots were cast.
 Four years ago during the last gubernatorial race the local turnout was
56 percent of the 22,997 registered voters. A total of 12,930 ballots
were cast. During the most recent presidential election local turnout
was 66.5 percent of the 25,981 registered voters or 17,288 ballots cast.

While the percentage is down comparatively, Davenport said the election
was good and higher than expected. She said a 35 percent voter turnout
had been expected.
She added that there appears to be a lot of new interest with 209
provisional voters. Provisional voters are individuals who have moved
into or within the county. She said it has been a long time since that
number has topped 200

Health department levy passed by voters
Richwood non-partisan issue approved, Allen Twp. fire levy fails

>From J-T staff reports:
The health department .5-mill 10-year replacement levy for health
services and control of communicable diseases passed by a vote of 6,728
to 5,378.
The levy failed in only seven of the county's 47 precincts: Richwood 1,
Jackson, Plain City, Magnetic Springs, Liberty South, Milford Center and
Washington.
The levy replaces a 10-year levy which is due to expire in December
2003. It will generate about a $498,000 a year, according to county
auditor Mary Snider, and will cost the owner of a $100,000 property
$15.32 annually, an increase of less than $6.
Health commissioner Anne Davy said the levy funds are needed to cope
with the 21 percent increase in county population since 1993 and with
relocation costs when the department moves from its current offices to
the new county office facility on London Avenue. She said that increased
demands from the public and the state health department, especially
since Sept. 11, 2001, have increased the work of the health department.
Other issues
Candidates in the village of Richwood will no longer need to declare a
political affiliation.
Voters in the village approved a ballot issue Tuesday night that will
make elections in the village non-partisan by a vote of 355 to 154.
The measure means that candidates will no longer be required to file to
run in Democratic and Republican primaries prior to general elections.
The village could experience some monetary savings in that it will not
have to pay fees for primary elections.
The benefits to candidates, especially Democrats, could be even greater.
Under the partisan election system, candidates were required to obtain
50 signatures of registered voters within the village who belong to the
political party they represent in order to appear on the ballot.
That became especially troublesome as registered Democrats in the
village are few and far between.
The Allen Township Fire Department was dealt a big blow Tuesday as a
measure to increase a 1-mill fire levy to 4 mills for a period of three
years was defeated 221 to 371. That issue would have generated an
additional $566,430 for the fire department.
The existing levy will continue to generate $156,000 for one year when
it is scheduled to drop from the books.
Voters apparently saw the big hit they would take in the wallet, where
the annual tax bill would rise by about $100 for the owner of a $100,000
home.
Liberty and Taylor township residents were each asked to decide the
fates of identical five-year, 4-mill renewal levies for fire protection.

The Liberty Township measure was approved 384 to 225 while the Taylor
Township levy was passed 327 to 137. In Liberty Township the levy will
generate $199,800 per year as compared to the $99,000 per year which
will be generated in Taylor Township.
Unionville Center voters approved a 2.95-mill, five-year renewal levy
for operating expenses by a count of 45 to 31. The levy generates $4,080
annually.
Union Township voters approved a 1-mill, five-year replacement levy
which will generate $28,500 per year for operating and maintaining the
cemetery. The issue passed by a total vote of 303 to 263. Voters in the
village of Milford Center, however, voted 120 to 96 against the levy.
York Township voters approved a 1-mill, five-year renewal levy for
general operating expenses by a count of 205 to 133.
The levy will generate $14,400 annually.

Conduct code does not help Jerome Twp. meeting
By CINDY BRAKE
With a code of conduct firmly in place, the Jerome Township Board of
Trustees meeting Monday was as chaotic and confrontational as ever.
The 12-page code of conduct, originally presented Aug. 6, was passed
with no discussion or public presentation. Voting in favor of the code
with amendments were trustees Sharon Sue Wolfe and Freeman May. Trustee
Ron Rhodes, the lone dissenter, called the vote "a sham."
In theory, the object of the code is to provide for the orderly and
effective conduct of township business. Anything but that appeared to
occur during the marathon meeting with two trustees fumbling several
times when presenting motions while the township's attorney Susan Kyte
finally said they could discuss a matter without a motion. Another time,
one trustee stated one thing and then changed the motion at least twice
after it had been seconded. The original motion was rescinded numerous
times before an actual vote was taken. The meeting finally deteriorated
into personal attacks with Wolfe accusing Rhodes of doing little more
than creating "problems, problems, questions, problems."
The trustees weren't the only people present who were upset.
Several citizens of Fraser Estates voiced concerns about the future of
their neighborhood.
Edward Abercrombie, speaking on behalf of the Fraser Estates
neighborhood, said buffers between the residentially zoned area and
manufacturing area are not effective. Currently, one row of five-foot
trees planted approximately every 20 feet serves as a buffer. He also is
concerned about the natural flow of water which appears to have
increased on the residential properties.
Zoning Inspector Norm Puntenney said the Union County Engineer's office
is investigating the water flow problem and no additional  water is to
go onto the residential properties. As far as the buffer problem,
Puntenney apologized to the group.
"They don't have to do anything," Puntenney said. "With our lack of
adequate zoning, there is little we can do."
The current zoning requires buffers for properties with a setback of
less than 40 feet. The developer, in fact, is not required to even plant
the trees.
Wolfe, Puntenney and Abercrombie hope to meet with the Union County
Engineer and developer to discuss a possible resolution.
Several other Fraser Estates residents joined Abercrombie in his concern
about the neighborhood's future as presented in a land development plan
now being considered. The plan's map shows Fraser Estates as light
industrial - not residential - as other established neighborhoods along
Industrial Parkway appear which are surrounded by manufacturing areas.
"Are you fixing to run us out?" asked Terry Boyd of the Fraser Estates
neighborhood.
One of the planners explained that the neighborhood is surrounded by
manufacturing and the plan says it is all or nothing. If a developer
wants to move into the area in 20 years they must purchase every home to
rezone it from residential to manufacturing.
The citizens were encouraged to attend a Nov. 25 public information
session beginning at 7:30 p.m. when the township zoning board will
consider the plan.
Kermit Morse of the township's zoning board then recommended that the
trustees consider expanding the original Southeast Corridor Land
Development Plan to encompass the whole township and revise the
township's zoning with expanded public participation. Cost is $55,000
and could possibly be spread over two fiscal periods.
Rhodes, the first to speak, said he had several questions after the
presentation, in light of $45,000 already being spent in the past few
years, only to have the recommendations nullified by referendums.
"I'd rather ask questions than make a stupid mistake," Rhodes said.
May said he is against spending this kind of money.
"We spent a lot and not too much was done," May said.
Wolfe, on the other hand, was clearly in favor of the proposal, saying
"It's time to get off our duff ... This is about bringing zoning into
the 21st century." She added that the zoning board has an ample amount
of money. Rhodes confirmed that the board has $124,000.
No action was taken.
Under old business, May attempted to bring up the topic of hiring road
maintenance employees, but struggled with the proper wording for
motions. The township has been without any road maintenance employees
since Sept. 1 after the township's three part-time staff resigned. No
public reason was given for the resignations.
Eventually, the trustees voted 2 to 1 to modify job requirements to
permit the hiring of anyone with a CDL A or B license. The original
requirement was for only CDL A. The license is required by the state to
operate certain pieces of equipment owned by the township.
The trustees unanimously agreed to interview Edward Willing of Grove
City, Michael Alkire of Gahanna, John Kindall of Marysville and James
Medvec of Powell. Willing and Alkire hold CDL A licenses. Kindall and
Medvec hold CDL B licenses. Interviews are to be held at 6 p.m.
Wednesday.
The trustees also agreed that the position will pay $10 an hour and
after a 90-day probationary period, the rate will increase to $12 an
hour. No benefits will be provided, except for vacation to be pro-rated
on hours worked based on a 40-hour week after the 12-month anniversary
date.
Wolfe and May voted to name May as the immediate supervisor of the road
maintenance division. Rhodes abstained, pointing out that May has been
in office only 11 months and worked two hours on a snow plow.
A public hearing was set for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 to consider zoning
commission recommendations concerning drainage and ponds.
The meeting ended with Rhodes suggesting that local residents and
volunteers Charlotte and Mike Gibbons deserve special recognition for
their work in assembling play ground equipment recently. Ignoring
Rhodes' comments, Wolfe instead said May deserved thanks for his hard
work in hauling concrete for the project.

Group puts on first production
>From J-T staff reports:
A newly-formed theater group, Spotlight Theatre of Union County, will
stage its first production at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Nov. 15
and 16 at the Union County Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
"Steel Magnolias" is set in a beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., where all
the women who are "anyone" go to have their hair done.
The outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy, played by Teresa Flewwellin,
assisted by her new employee Annelle, Jean Kares, dispenses shampoos and
free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, portrayed by Carol
Raymond.
Other clients are Miss Clairee (Amy Dummitt), an eccentric millionaire
with a raging sweet tooth; local social leader, M'Lynn (Melissa Polley),
whose daughter Shelby, played by Cindy Carroll, is the prettiest girl in
town and is about to marry a "good ol' boy."
The play, filled with hilarious repartee and humorously revealing verbal
collisions, moves toward tragedy when Shelby, who is a diabetic, risks
pregnancy and the ensemble must deal with the consequences of her
actions.
Also included in the cast is Daniel Gamble, the voice of the radio DJ.
Nebbie Brown is the director of the play, assisted by Cindy walker and
Lisa Nicol. Doug Kilfian is in charge and lights and sound and Dave
Phillips is managing set construction. Other people working on the play
are Kathy McCormick and Karen Rogers, costumes; Joy Bingman, publicity;
and Tara Moore, graphics.

Man hit  by three trucks
>From J-T staff reports:
Marysville police are investigating how a man was struck by three
separate trucks Sunday on U.S. 33.
Authorities are currently investigating the incident which occurred at
7:50 p.m., as a possible suicide attempt.
According to reports, Brian Nissley, 37, of Plain City was traveling
eastbound on U.S. 33 in his 2000 Chevy truck when he drove into the
median and then into the westbound traffic and was struck by a semi
truck driven by Gary Roberts, 29, of West Liberty. The accident caused
minor damage to the semi and moderate damage to Nissley's truck.
At that point, Nissley ran from his vehicle across the median and into
the eastbound traffic lanes. He was sideswiped by a four-door Chevy
truck driven by Jill Unruh, 32, of Bexley.
Nissley proceeded across the eastbound lane until he reached the other
side. Reports state he ran back into the eastbound lanes of traffic
where he was struck by a semi truck driven by Scott Thummel, 44, of
Ladysmil, Wis.
Nissley was transported to Grant Medical Center by MedFlight and is
listed in serious condition.


Youth groups play a big role in life of JA's Roberts
By CORINNE BIX
Sarah Roberts, a senior at Jonathan Alder High School, enjoys a new
lease on "Young Life" as a member of the Christian youth group.
Roberts became involved with Young Life last school year. She learned
about the social group through friends who said it was a lot of fun and
a good time.
"Kids from Jonathan Alder get together and sing songs and act out skits
for fun," Roberts said of the gatherings. "Each meeting ends with a
Bible story."
Members of the group take turns hosting the club at their houses each
week. The group is led by four volunteer Young Life leaders from The
Ohio State University.
"I think it is great that our leaders take their time to come and talk
to us about God," Roberts said.
This year's Jonathan Alder Young Life group started in the middle of
October and Roberts has been so charged by her experience with the club
that she brought two friends to the first meeting.
She said she first became involved because she wanted to get back into
exploring her faith.
"I wasn't devoting time to God and I knew I wanted to become a
full-fledged Christian," Roberts said.
Over the summer, Roberts attended Young Life camp with her local
chapter. The students traveled by bus to Sharp Top Cove, Ga.
"We spent one week in July meeting other Young Life groups from all over
the world. One group traveled from Hong Kong," Roberts said.
In addition, the young people had a scheduled activity each day.
Activities included hiking, mountain biking, rappelling and a rope
course. In the evenings everyone gathered for a meeting similar to the
weekly meetings held during the school year.
Every night ended with "cabin time" when members had time to discuss
different questions and explore their personal relationships with God.
"It was the best week of my life. I decided then that I really wanted to
be a full-out Christian," Roberts said.
Kris Jerauld serves as one of the four volunteer leaders for the
Jonathan Alder Young Life club. She said Roberts was really quiet when
she first came to meetings but that changed at Young Life camp.
"Sarah is really a sweet girl," Jerauld said. "She has become a lot more
outgoing within the group."
Roberts went on another Young Life retreat recently. The "Fall Weekend"
was held at YMCA Camp Kern in Oregonia in southern Ohio. Roberts said
the purpose of the trip was to welcome new members.
"You get as many people as you can who are or aren't involved in Young
Life to a retreat in southern Ohio where they meet up with other Young
Life groups from around the state," Roberts said.
She didn't get a chance to go on the retreat last year and said she was
looking forward to this year's trip.
Through Young Life, Roberts has become involved with another group
called "Campaigners." She began attending the smaller Bible study group
over the summer.
"We meet once a week and take a story from the Bible and learn what it
is telling us," Roberts said.
Roberts is currently exploring different churches. She is thinking about
joining Cypress Wesleyan Christian Church near Hilliard. Her upcoming
plans include attending Young Life through the end of the school year
and Campaigners through next summer.
"I really want to go to college and study photography, graphic design or
multimedia," Roberts said.
Roberts is the youngest of four siblings. She lives with her parents Ron
and Beth off A.W. Wilson Road. Her father works for Honda and her mother
runs a sign business out of the family home.

Family seeking help with kidney transplant costs
Victoria Beckley is hoping that the third time will be a charm as she
prepares for her third kidney transplant in December.
The 28-year-old is married to North Union graduate Thomas Beckley, who
was her second donor.
Born with a kidney disease called reflux nephropathy, she has received
two transplants. Her father was her first kidney donor in July 1993. A
second transplant was required after the disease in the native kidneys
dropped into her dad's kidney. In April 1996, her husband donated a
kidney, however, it clotted six hours after surgery.
"I have been on peritoneal dialysis since October 1996," she said.
That means she carries around five to 10 pounds of fluid all day long
and then during the night the poisons are cleansed from her body as she
sleeps.
Unfortunately, she now has an infection in her catheter site and
dialysis may no longer be an option.
"This is something we have to do. It's life threatening," said her
mother-in-law, Carol Beckley of Richwood.
While the cost of the actual transplant is covered, the young couple is
in need of financial assistance to cover incidentals for food,
transportation and hotel rooms. Thomas also started a new job this year
and has no vacation if he wants to be with his wife of eight years
during this time.
To help the couple out family members are sponsoring all sorts of fund
raisers, including a home and garden party, selling candy bars and gift
certificates and a spaghetti supper.
Donations are also welcome to a special fund established at any National
City Bank. The account is known as the Holmes/Beckley Transplant Fund
and receipts are available for tax purposes.
The family is hopeful that this third transplant will provide Victoria
with a cure.
Her brother, Michael Holmes, has offered to donate a kidney. He is a
perfect match with all six antigens or identifiers matching. Her other
transplants had only four of the six matching.
"We are hopeful that this will be the last transplant I ever need,"
Victoria said. "I am looking forward to the day that I no longer have to
depend on a machine to keep me alive."


Clover Celebration marks 4-H's 100th birthday
By CINDY BRAKE
Everyone is invited to the Union County 4-H 100th birthday celebration
Nov. 25 at the Catholic Community Center.
Union County Extension Agent Christy Leeds said the Clover Celebration
is a fun and neat way to support 4-H during this anniversary year. The
banquet, catered by Der Dutchman, will include a live and silent auction
to benefit the Union County 4-H Endowment and Ohio 4-H Center. Tickets
are still available and seating is limited.
The more than 275 items to be auctioned include items for music lovers,
a concert by Kevin Mabry; beef eaters, a 300 pound side of beef; sports
enthusiasts, an OSU football signed by Jim Tressel, Andy Geiger and
Archie Griffith or four tickets to the Columbus Blue Jackets; or those
who like to have their head in the sky, a hot air balloon ride for two.
Of course, there are also plenty of items for 4-H fans, including an
Emily the 4-H collector doll and a 4-H Club quilt. All 65 clubs are
represented on the quilt which was hand quilted by 4-H advisor Dorothy
Nicol.
Silent auction categories include 4-H related and club items, home and
garden, eats and treats, collectibles and other treasures, animals and
agriculture, recreation and entertainment and other special stuff.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Union County 4-H Endowment and
Ohio 4-H Center.
The Ohio 4-H Center will be a facility for youth, adult volunteers,
community organizations and all other Ohio State University partners.
The Union County 4-H Endowment was officially established in 1999 to
maintain and expand high quality 4-H youth development programs for the
young people of Union County. The endowment supports youth development
programming such as teen leader club, project clinics, 4-H camp and
cultural exchange trips; teen and adult leader training like camp
counselor training and advisor updates; youth opportunity scholarships
for Ohio 4-H Sea Camp, Washington Focus and Buckeye Leadership Workshop;
and educational supplies including learning laboratory kits, curriculum
videos and school enrichment materials.
Doors open for the celebration at 6 p.m. when the silent auction begins.
The buffet dinner starts at 7:15 p.m. At 8 p.m. the silent auction ends
and a recognition program will be held. The live auction starts at 8:45
p.m.
Auction items include:
A 4-H camp scholarship; 2002 Ohio 4-H History Book; a three-foot
Christmas tree with 4-H decorations; Ohio 4-H Centennial Plate; 4-H tote
bag sewn by 4-H'er Caitlin Herron; three collectible 4-H bears; 4-H
Longaberger basket; six-foot picnic table; Thanksgiving Turkey
Collection includes a smoked frozen turkey and cookbook from the Wings &
Things 4-H Club.
A bird house bench created by 4-H member Aaron Crosser; A McCoy Smilie
face mug; Noah's ark pillow; poinsettia pillow; John Deere pillow; deer
pillow; small bench with handpainted scene; two hours and 10 members for
yard work from the Double H 4-H Club; 4-H Centennial wallhanging;
Madeline book bag and book; a lady's watch and gift certificate; dinner
for two; raking your yard by the Rabbits 'R Us 4-H Club; 4-H afghan;
basket of horse items; a goodie basket of tasty ready to eat desserts as
well as homemade mixes from the Wonder Wise Science Guys 4-H Club;
dessert of the month from Darby Debs 4-H Club; helpful homemade mixes; a
20-inch bicycle; three 10-speed bicycles; a gift certificate to Der
Dutchman and Bob Evans restaurants; sewing and alterations; sewing
custom window valances; aerosol glass cleaner; Santa and Snowman decor;
bird house with lighted and decorated post; a lap quilt; Christmas
baskets; wooden Christmas tree; wooden trash can; spreader with
fertilizer; cart with yard and garden products; ceramic earthworms; a
garage door opener; a baby quilt; toaster; bird feeding kit; basket of
gardening items.
A holiday hurricane silk arrangement; set of living room lamps;
emergency car kit; a 4-H garden stone; a convection oven; portable CD
system; grass trimmer; poem for the kitchen; Under the counter drinking
water system; large hanging basket; letterhead package of paper; smoker
grill; vinyl flooring; bulbs and more; a Christmas wreath; wireless
phone certificate; liquid soap dispenser; cheese basket; frozen steaks;
10-pound candy bar; pizza party; pizza coupons; gift certificates;
cookies of the month; backyard catered party for 50.
Coins; prints; a bicentennial flag; historical throw; stamps;
collectible model cars; hand wood carvings; candle holder; decorated
bowling pin; bales of straw; a 4-H pig for a swine project; seed
cleaning; a bucket of horse supplies; tools; a club lamb; a bull calf; a
processed market hog; veterinarian supplies or services; a load of
gravel; a coupon for rentals; manure compost; consulting services for
soil sampling or scouting; horse boarding; riding lessons; horse
halters.
A full body massage; rounds of golf; a motel room; books, athletic
season passes; fair passes; a bowling party; line dancing; towing; hair
conditioner; newspaper subscription; shirt; sunglasses and case; oil
change; tire rotation; coffee mugs; portrait sitting; backpack umbrella;
estate planning package; boiled wool mittens; sports bottles;
reupholstery, fold-up chairs; jacket and jewelry.
Tickets for the Clover Celebration are available at the Union County
Extension office, 246 W. Fifth St.
Advisory Council event hosts and planning committee members include Judy
Beery, Pam Bumgarner, Aaron Crosser, Gail Crosser, Margaret Cryder, Kay
Griffith, Michele Griffith, Beth Heflin, Tonya Jordan, Linda Paver,
Larry Paver Jr., Priscilla Powers, Linda Schilling, Derek Schwyn and
Paula Thomas.
Event sponsors include Union Rural Electric Cooperative, The Scotts Co.,
McAuliffe's Ace Rental and Marysville Printing Co.
For more information call 644-8117.

Plans for Community Thanksgiving Dinner begin
The Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on
Thanksgiving Day.
The dinner has become a tradition in the area. The meal is served free
of charge and organizers rely on donations of food and money from area
residents. No reservations are necessary and anyone wishing to share the
holiday with others is welcome to attend.
Free will donations will be accepted.
Donations of frozen turkeys, canned green beans, sweet potatoes,
cranberry sauce and canned fruits are needed, along with instant mashed
potatoes, pumpkin pies and other desserts and dinner rolls or loaves of
bread.
All items except turkeys can be delivered Nov. 25, 26 and 27 from 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m. at the Catholic Community Center. Turkeys will be accepted
only on Nov. 25.
Volunteer cooks are needed Nov. 27 and 28, drivers, servers and cleanup
crew on Nov. 28 cleanup crew Nov. 29 at noon.
Organizers ask to be contacted by anyone knowing of someone who may need
a meal delivered to them or of anyone who may need transportation to and
from the center.
Steph and Shirley France may be contacted at (614) 873-1925 for more
information.

Income tax effort has opposition
Mayor Lowe maintains improved services are worth the cost

By RYAN HORNS
On Tuesday Marysville residents will be asked to vote on an issue which
would raise the city income tax  from 1 percent to 1.6 percent.
Mayor Steve Lowe has outlined the need to amend ordinance 36-02 to repay
the current debt and the possible debt associated with future capital
improvements, including new buildings, street improvements, parks, fire
equipment and other amenities.
The levy money would be used for a police and administration building,
fire apparatus, parks, streets and city maintenance and operations. A
portion of the money would also be used to build the city's reserve
fund.
The city expects $3,310,000 to be raised by the additional income tax.
In 2001 the city pulled in roughly $5,100,000 and the additional funds
would bring the total amount generated by the income tax to  $8,410,000
per year.
On Aug. 8 Marysville's City Council passed the ordinance and that
ordinance by law must be voted on by Marysville residents. Council
members have stated that the issue was approved in order to let voters
decide the fate of the levy.
In opposition to the increase, the Marysville Taxpayers Association
established the web site www.nonewtaxes.com with the intention of
convincing the citizens of Marysville to reject the income tax increase.
The group has also purchased several newspaper advertisements.
The group was organized by Steve Omeriod. He did not return repeated
phone calls seeking comment on the levy.
Opposition has come from other citizens as well. In a letter to the
editor written by Carl Coe, a former Marysville City Council President
wrote, "These are not insignificant increases. The mayor's proposal
would raise a family's city income taxes by nearly $1,000 a year."
Lowe said this is not true, unless the average Marysville citizen made
$175,000 a year.
According to the 2000 census, he said, the average income for a
Marysville resident is $46,765. This would mean the yearly increase per
household would be roughly $275.
"I still think that is a good deal for the services provided," Lowe
said.
The opposition, however, questions Lowe's statement that Marysville has
grown greatly but is still collecting taxes at 1968 rates and therefore
an increase is essential.
"It appears the mayor wants to talk about how the income tax rate has
not increased since the income tax was passed. It seems he is attempting
to convince us that the city has no more money than it had in 1968. Even
a simpleton knows that as the population increases the tax base expands
resulting in more revenues. The fact is that while our population has
grown by approximately 300 percent, the income tax revenue has grown by
650 percent," the website says.
Lowe said that while the city income has increased with inflation, the
city still does not keep up with its costs. He said the city loses
approximately $2,000 for every new house that is built due to the
services the city will have to provide.
The opposition also questions fee increases on the website. Lowe said
the fees were raised in an attempt to avoid increasing the income tax.
Lowe said the administration will begin reviewing city fees yearly,
instead of once every decade as has been done in the past.
At the Oct. 11 council meeting, Lowe promoted the need for another
municipal court room because of the increase in cases passing through
Judge Michael Grigsby's court. In a letter to the editor printed in the
same edition, Grigsby wrote, ""I do not need a second courtroom. I am a
part-time judge and during the day the courtroom is seldom used for
hearings after noon."
As a result of the new information, Lowe reported Wednesday that the
court has since been eliminated from the Justice Center plans. Instead
of three floors and a basement to house the Marysville police, municipal
court and city administration, plans now call for two floors with a
basement.
Lowe said the figure for the cost of the building has now dropped from
$1.43 million in yearly debt service to $1.25 million from the change.
While those on both sides of the city income tax debate disagree on
money, they do agree that city services such as the police, fire and
administrative departments are running out of space to work in.
"While we are not in a position to dispute the possible need for
additional space, the expenditure of $17 million for a new city building
is clearly extravagant," the website states.
In defense of the income tax raise, Lowe compared Marysville total city
revenue to that of Union County and the Marysville city schools.
The county went from receiving $13.3 million in 1983 to $48.2 million in
2001. The city schools went from $7.6 million in revenue in 1983 to
$55.3 million in 2002, he said.
Lowe said the city of Marysville has gone from receiving $3.1 million in
1983 taxes, to $27.5 million in 2002.
However, he said, the city has increased the size of the land covered,
whereas the county and city schools have not.

Marysville marching band ready for state competition
>From J-T staff reports:
The Marysville High School marching band has qualified for the State
Marching Band Competition for the sixth consecutive year. The contest,
sponsored by the Ohio Music Educators Association, will be held this
weekend at Welcome Stadium on the university of Dayton campus and the
Monarchs will perform at 8:30 p.m. today.
Bands must receive a superior rating at a district-level band contest in
order to be invited to the contest. The Monarchs have performed at three
district competitions during the fall, achieving that rating Oct. 5 and
19.
The band opened its competitive season Sept. 28 at the Grove City
marching Band Invitational where it received an excellent rating overall
and earned superiors in percussion and flags. At the Springfield Shawnee
High School Band Contest Oct. 5 the band earned superior ratings in
music, general effect, percussion and flags.
The Bloom Carroll Invitational awarded it superior ratings in music,
marching, general effect and percussion and an overall rating of
superior. The flags earned an excellent rating and the band received the
highest score among all bands in the marching category. Special honors
went to field commanders Jerry Tsai, Melanie Sweeney and Aaron Rausch.
In the large school division, the Monarchs received the Best Field
Commanders trophy and the highest field commander score of the day. The
band has improved its overall score almost 30 points from its first
contest.
This year's show is titled A Suite of Jazz and includes Buddy Rich's
"Channel One Suite" and Ray Bauduc's "Big Noise from Winnetka." Featured
soloists include seniors Christina Rengifo on mellophone and Chris
Guthrie on drumset.
The MHS band is under the direction of Bill Thissen, Robb Hildreth,
Brian Ash and Joe Galvin. Percussion instructors are John "Maddog"
Maynard, Dan Jones and John Williams and flag instructors are Beckie
Craig and Bobbi Jo Daily.