Local Archives August 2002

Assistant library director decides it's time to retire
Keeping Abby at home: Family struggles to pay for care
County may get new radio system
Area officials still believe in D.A.R.E.
Unclear if woman contracted West Nile locally
MHS grad gains national notoriety from stargazing
Marysville School Board hears of progress
First case of West Nile confirmed
Numerous levies, issues filed
Property maintenance code returns
Man dies as result of gunshot wound
Junior volunteers recognized
Man Shot in Courthouse parking lot
North Union programs evaluated
Trustees debate code of conduct
Marysville Schools Bus Routes
Scott stays active despite dialysis
Rumblings at the JDC
Marysville just missed getting new employer
Family taking active role in battle against diabetes
Richwood has some nibbles on industrial park
Waste water department chief resigns
Apprentice art students get intimate look at an artist's life
City will stick with RITA
Community Care Day scheduled
New Code would tone down meetings
Union County's bicentennial plans moving along
Catching up with dad
Former meteorologist enjoying life in Marysville
Area lottery winner comes forward
New School, principal await students
Richwood researcher indicted
Workers shocked at ORW

Assistant library director decides it's time to retire
Kay Glassburn, a 23-year employee of the Marysville Public Library,
retired Friday from her position as assistant library director.
Glassburn had worked at O.M. Scott and Son after graduation from
Marysville High School. She spent 16 years as a stay-at-home mother and
community volunteer before joining the library staff in 1979 in a
part-time position as one of eight employees. In 1983 she was appointed
assistant director.
Her duties included filling in for the director when needed,
cataloguing, material processing and working the circulation desk. In
1986 and 1987 she attended one-week management development programs for
library administrators at Miami University.
After the move to the new building in 1988, the staff grew to 12 and
Glassburn took on handling and booking the meeting room, ordering
supplies and also working as needed one evening a week, a Saturday and a
In 1991 the first automated system was installed and Glassburn entered
her first record into the automated cataloging module in 1992. In 1994
she added personnel and human resources to her duties, preparing monthly
schedules and handling personnel matters for the 14 employees.
Glassburn said one of her most satisfying accomplishments was compiling
the first personnel handbook for the Marysville and Raymond libraries.
"I have worked under three directors, Jean Grooms, Pat Amis and Sue
Banks, and many hard-working and dedicated board member," she said.
"Today we have a total of 31 employees on staff and it is really
encouraging for me to leave with such a positive and friendly staff on
Glassburn has been married to her husband, Terry, for 42 years. They
have a son, Doug, of Grandview, a daughter, Leslie (Jeff) Berridge of
Hilliard, and three grandchildren.
A potluck dinner will be held in Glassburn's honor at 5 p.m. Thursday at
Eljer Park and the public is invited to attend and take a covered dish.

Keeping Abby at home: Family struggles to pay for care
All Shelly and Michael Scheiderer want is to keep their dying daughter
at home, but they can't do it alone.
Fourteen-month-old Abby can't cry, eat or even breathe on her own. She
lies limply wherever she is put with her little mouth hanging open. To
take her anywhere a wheelchair accessible van or emergency squad must be
borrowed or rented.
She was born with a very rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy
type 1. There is no cure and she needs round-the-clock care.
Death in the majority of children with type 1 S.M.A. usually occurs by
two years of age, according to literature from the Families of Spinal
Muscular Atrophy in Libertyville, Ill.
Abby has a feeding pump, a ventilator and tracheotomy to help her
breathe and a pulse oximeter which constantly measures the amount of
oxygen in her blood. Her parents keep track of how she is doing by her
heart rate. She receives three breathing treatments a day and a suction
machine clears her mouth, nose and trachea. Her nursery furniture
includes a $5,000 wheel chair custom designed for her and four shelves
filled with medical supplies.In-home nursing costs $12,000 a month.
A nurse had been coming to their Second Street home for about 100 hours
a month so they can sleep and go to work. Trips to the doctor's office
also require a nurse.
That all ended in July when the family's insurance coverage for the
service was used up for this year. While appealing the insurance
decision, the family received help from the Union County Board of Mental
Retardation/Developmental Disability. MR/DD came forward to pay for June
and July. However, on Aug. 8, the family learned that MR/DD would not
pay past the week of July 29.
The family has been on a waiting list for a year to receive a Medicaid
home-care waiver. They are one of 3,500 people in the state on the list.
The wait is generally 14 months.
This past month the family has been desperate to find help as they try
to care for their daughter at home, her twin brother, go to work to pay
the mounting bills and get a little sleep.
"She could die if someone who isn't trained wasn't with her," Mrs.
Scheiderer said.
Abbigail Elizabeth Marie Scheiderer and her twin, Evan Bricker Lee
Scheiderer, were born one minute apart on June 27, 2001, after a normal
pregnancy. They are the Scheiderer's only children.
Soon after Abby entered the world her parents knew something was wrong
with their 5-pound 11-ounce daughter because she was having difficulty
breathing. After going directly to Memorial Hospital of Union County's
intensive care unit, she was transferred to Children's Hospital in
The day before she was diagnosed, her parents approved a tracheotomy and
"It's a choice everyone has to make," said Mrs. Scheiderer. "I believe
in life."
The harsh reality is that if Abby could be readmitted to the hospital or
put in foster care or a nursing home, there would be financial
assistance but her family wants desperately to keep her at home.
They had all but given up hope last week after contacting the Union
County Department of Job and Family Services when they learned they
qualify for a "spend-down liability on regular Medicaid." What that
means is if they can pay $2,000 a month, they can get help.
With a monthly take-home income of $2,500 this option seemed impossible
until MR/DD and the Union County Department of Job and Family Services
got together. Working together, it appears that MR/DD can provide
financial assistance for the Scheiderers so Abby can stay in her home.
Mrs. Scheiderer learned Monday that in-home nursing will begin again in
"I believe in miracles," Mrs. Scheiderer said.

County may get
new radio system

Would be first local community to use technology
>From staff and wire reports
Union County could be the first and only local agency in the United
States to be linked to a state-of-the art communication system.
Union County is in line to receive $500,000 in equipment, said Sheriff
John Overly to the Union County Commissioners Thursday, to join the
Multi-Agency Radio Communications System, an 800-megahertz digital
communication network.
Under the plan being developed by the Department of Administrative
Services, local governments would have to pay a fee for police and fire
departments, emergency management agencies and hospitals to be part of
the system. They also would have to pay for compatible equipment.
As the first non-state entity to join the system, Union County is being
offered 200 radios that cost from $2,000 to $3,000 each plus other
"Communication is our weakest link in disasters," Overly said.
With MARCS, Overly said, local authorities can talk on one radio to the
highway patrol, ODOT and state emergency medical personnel as well as
the local hospital, health department, city and all fire departments in
the county.
Union County Communications Director Paul Slaughter said a $328 million
radio communications system will save "a considerable amount" of money
for the county because the state already has paid for the towers.
As local officials discuss the possibility of Union County joining the
group and accepting the offer of free equipment, there is still a
question of just how much each entity will have to pay to be a member.
The state plans to charge local agencies to use the new $328 million
radio communications system ultimately designed to link law enforcement
departments across Ohio.
The 13 state agencies that already are a part of the radio system,
including the Ohio Highway Patrol and state prisons, pay user fees.
Project manager Daryl Anderson said the amount of the fee will be
determined by the end of September.
The fee would help pay for the $5 million to $10 million yearly
operating cost to the state.
The program has been criticized in the last few years as its cost
increased from its original $175 million estimate to $328 million,
including the cost of dozens of communication towers around the state.
Senator Eric Fingerhut, a frequent critic of the project, said local
agencies should be part of any statewide communications system because
they typically are first to respond in an emergency. But they should not
have to look to their tight budgets for the money to join, he said.
Fingerhut said has resigned himself to the idea that the system will
become the state's main communications network, but he is not convinced
it will be effective.
"The point is that they designed a hugely expensive statewide system
that does not, in their cost estimate, include the cost of local
responders," he said. "And those are the people who are our first line
of defense in an emergency."
"This can't be something where we simply say to each county and each
agency, 'Hey, we've got this great system, come and join it if you can
afford it'," the Cleveland Democrat said.
Anderson said the money that agencies save by switching to the statewide
radio system could be used to pay the fee and to buy equipment or they
could use federal money set aside for local governments to prepare for
The project is scheduled for completion in late 2004 and operations
manager Todd Barn house said the first of three phases will be finished
by the year's end when digital radio towers will be functioning in 13
central Ohio counties. It also will include a global positioning system
to track and dispatch troopers and in-car mobile-data terminals from
which troopers can check driver's licenses and criminal records

Area officials still believe in D.A.R.E.
Despite the widespread popularity of D.A.R.E., in recent years local
communities have begun to question its effectiveness of keeping kids on
the right side of the war on drugs.
D.A.R.E., an acronym for Drug Abuse Resistance Education, was created in
1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified
School District. It has since become the standard for drug education.
However, law enforcement agencies in communities across the country have
been looking closely at its cost, content and reliability.
In the process, some cities such as Oakland, Cal. and Fayetteville, N.C.
determined the program was not living up to their expectations and
terminated its use in their school systems.
While government entities are reporting some studies may indicate the
program is falling short, the Marysville Police Department is among
those cities still standing proudly behind the drug prevention class.
"I feel it's a very good program," Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer
said. "Besides, I think something like this works better in a smaller
rather than a bigger city."
The problem with D.A.R.E in cities with higher populations, which
studies frequently focus upon, is that it with a larger student
population too many students can fall through the cracks, he said.
Although with a population of 4,700 students in the Marysville school
district, a focus needs to be placed on drug education, Mayer said.
"That's a small community," Mayer said about the student numbers. "I
remember when there were less than 4,000 people living in the entire
city of Marysville."
In order to be certified to instruct D.A.R.E., a police officer is first
interviewed by a panel of police executives, D.A.R.E. Officers and
school administrators.  If approved, the officer must then complete two
weeks (80 hours) of intensive training by Ohio's accredited Training
Local D.A.R.E. Officer Art Johnson added that no program is going to be
perfect, but he believes locally D.A.R.E. does have its effect on the
"The biggest thing is that that the kids get to know me," Johnson said.
"They can get to know a police officer in something other than an
adversarial way."
Many of the negative studies circulating in the media, he said, were
completed before recent changes took effect in the program's approach.
"The new program is coming out in 2003," Johnson said. "They plan to
change the focus from fifth graders to seventh graders."
D.A.R.E. organizers feel that if the program is going to be used as a
one shot deal it might have a better effect on seventh graders rather
than fifth graders in terms of maturity levels.
Although D.A.R.E. principally targets fifth graders, plans are also
afoot in some communities to expand it to both higher and lower grades.
Some police departments are even planning to offer a D.A.R.E. version
for parents.
Johnson reported Creekview Elementary school is looking to enact the
D.A.R.E. for parents program this year. He is working with Dublin police
to help it along.
Yet negativity continues to surround D.A.R.E. nationwide. The program's
cost is another aspect some feel works against its usefulness. An
estimated $750,000,000 is spent each year across the country on the
It has been said that officers teaching D.A.R.E. in schools might be
better off patrolling the streets against crime.
Mayer disagrees.
"What is police work?," he said. "It is more than just sitting behind
the wheel driving a cruiser. We need to interact."
"We as police are there to help create a safe environment," Mayer said.
"And D.A.R.E. helps reinforce our role . In fact, I'd like to have more
manpower to put into the schools."
The last version of D.A.R.E. at the Marysville intermediate school had a
class of more than 400 students, he said,  but what was just as
important were the parents that attended the last D.A.R.E. graduation.
"(The parents) filled the gym," Mayer said. "That itself is very
It is also important to note that not all studies find D.A.R.E. to be
lacking, Johnson said.
A recent study published by the Washington-based Journal of the National
Medical Association showed that the non-smoking components of the
D.A.R.E. program are highly effective among elementary school children.
Since smoking is the single most preventable cause of death, this is
The study found that students that completed the program were five times
less likely to start smoking compared to juveniles who did not

Unclear if woman contractedn West Nile locally
>From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Health Department has released more information on the
recent report of a county resident who was diagnosed with the West Nile
Health commissioner Anne Davy said the woman, who is from the southern
part of the county, had returned from vacation and called her doctor
because she was suffering from a headache, rash and gastrointestinal
upset. A blood test confirmed that she did have West Nile virus.
Davy said it is unclear where the woman contracted the virus but the
health department is now trapping mosquitos in southern Union County.
She said mosquitos taken from the west side of Marysville earlier this
week proved positive.
Davy said only 20 percent of people exposed to the virus experience
symptoms. She said the symptoms typically last three to six days and can
be treated with over-the-counter medicines. Other symptoms include
fever, eye pain, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea and swollen lymph
Only one in 150 people bitten by a virus-carrying mosquito show symptoms
severe enough to require hospitalization, Davy said, but anyone with
symptoms should contact his doctor.
Davy said it is difficult to find mosquitos this year because of the dry
weather, but the health department has been sampling mosquitos since
last year. A dead blue jay found last fall tested positive for West Nile
virus and this year two dead birds tested positive.
The Ohio Department of Health has no more space for dead birds, Davy
said, but the local health department is requesting that residents
continue to report any they find. A report is being compiled so the
virus can be tracked in the county.
Davy said the best protection against getting the virus is to prevent
being bitten by wearing long sleeves and pants and using bug repellent.
Removing standing water from properties will help keep mosquitos from
nesting near homes.
Davy said there are no plans to spray for mosquitos. She said spraying
has little effect, lasting only two to three hours if there is no wind.
Additionally, there is the danger of exposing residents to the
The health department's West Nile Virus Hotline number is 642-0801, ext.
14, or (888) 333-9461, ext. 14.

MHS grad gains national notoriety from stargazing
A short movie clip of a rare asteroid has brought national attention to
a Marysville woman.
Brandy Heflin, a 21-year-old Yale University undergraduate, was at the
Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Ariz., the night of Aug. 15
with graduate student Bing Zhao. The two were conducting research on
exotic binary stars through the center's WIYN 0.9-meter telescope as
part of an independent study program when they decided to focus on a
bright object they noticed moving across the sky.
As the asteroid passed northwest through the constellation Aquarius,
Heflin photographed it for two hours at various intervals while the
burning rock traveled a distance roughly equal to the radius of the
Known as 2002 NY40, the asteroid is estimated to be 1/2 mile across and
can be seen from earth only once every 50 years. Astronomers first
spotted the asteroid on July 14, using a large telescope in New Mexico.
>From there things began to move fast, Heflin said.
The digital movie of the asteroid was created by Doug Isabell of the
Public Affairs and Educational Outreach Department at the National
Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) in Tucson. He took Heflin and
Zhao's photographs and formed them into a digital movie clip. The NOAO
then sent out a press release nationwide on the incident.
Soon thousands of people were seeing the movie on space.com and CNN.com
through links located on the sites.
"Wow! I just took those images for kicks and giggles and look how far
it's gone!" That was the e-mail Heflin sent to her father, Brent, after
she realized how much attention the pictures were getting in her field.
"They took me a bit by surprise, but we want to encourage students to
take the initiative and they did a very nice job," Heflin's professor
Charles Bailyn reported in a press release.
There is also some real science to be gleaned from these observations in
terms of brightness fluctuations and the rotational period of the
asteroid, he said. The significance of documenting the asteroid means
that now astronomers will be able to track its orbital path for hundreds
of years.
Heflin said she is taking her newfound notoriety in stride.
Things haven't changed much, she said, although classmates now stop her
from time to time to say congratulations.
To her, the significance of the asteroid was that it was exactly what
her study at the Tucson observatory intended.
"The idea is to explore and have fun while doing research," Heflin said
over telephone on Friday from her parents Marysville home.
The program which brought Heflin to Tucson is an independent study class
funded through the Yale Astronomy Department over the summer. She is
pursuing her bachelor of science in astronomy and physics at Yale.
Ironically, the observatory is open to undergraduates at this time
because it is considered monsoon season in the area when the visibility
is low.
In the case of that Aug. 15 night, skies were fairly clear, Heflin said.

Heflin was involved with the Tucson program from Aug. 12-21. She spent
every night at Kitt Peak from twilight to sunrise, studying the stars.
Two nights later, during its closest approach to Earth, the asteroid was
moving across the sky about 20 times faster. It passed by Earth on the
night of Aug. 17 at a distance of approximately 524,000 kilometers away.
In layman's terms, this means if a person were able to see the Earth
from the asteroid, it would appear three times larger than the
moon.Arriving back in Marysville Thursday, Heflin visited her family and
friends and stopped to visit her former teachers at Marysville High
Heflin said she plans to continue her studies and eventually attend grad
school to continue her education of the stars.
"My sister says to tell you I'm going into NASA, but that's not right,"
she joked.


Marysville School Board hears of progress
The Marysville Board of Education heard from curriculum coordinator
Yvonne Boyd Monday about the district's progress in incorporating the
Ohio Academic Content standards into the curriculum.
She presented board members with the state standards for K-12
English/language arts and mathematics and draft copies for science,
along with the Marysville district's draft courses for K-12
English/language arts, mathematics and science which align with the
state standards.
Boyd said the Ohio Department of Education is developing diagnostic and
achievement tests for K-8 and the Ohio Graduation Test that this year's
eighth graders will take in March of their sophomore year. She said
draft courses are being developed by the district so they can be
incorporated into classroom instruction.
Boyd said that as the state department of education completes its
diagnostic, achievement, graduation test and K-12 science and social
studies academic Content Standards, the Marysville district will
complete the draft courses and present them for board approval.
Assistant superintendent Neal Handler explained the district's mentoring
program to the board. He said that effective with the 2002-03 school
year, districts are required to have a mentoring program in place which
meets the needs of teachers in their first year of teaching. A state
evaluator will come into their classes to assess them as to whether they
should move to a five-year professional teacher's license from a
two-year provisional license.
Teachers are assessed by state assessors over information called
PATHWISE which contains elements of good teaching covering four areas.
The mentors in the program have been trained in PATHWISE so they can
effectively assist the new teachers.
The board also heard that several district residents were recognized as
"I Make a Difference" award winners at a recent staff meeting. They are:

 . John McClain for his contributions to the Land Lab at Raymond
 . Grant Kearns for his contribution to the Raymond Land Lab and the
landscaping project at Creekview Intermediate School.
 . Kim Andrews for her National Wrestling Coach Wife of the Year Award
and all she has done for the Marysville athletic program.
 . James Moots for his role in bringing technology to all new buildings
in the district.
 . Karen Rogers for her outstanding leadership as the first PTO
president at Creekview and her contribution to the landscaping project
at the new entrance to the middle school.
 . Pat McNeal for 30 years of dedicated work in the special education
 . Cal Adams and Jack Ruetty for their quick reactions and CPR that
saved the life of a high school student.
In other business the board:
 . Approved an increase in lunch prices to $1.75 for elementary; $2 for
secondary and 35 cents for milk. This is the first increase in cost
since 1997.
 . Renewed a contract with Memorial Hospital of Union County to provide
athletic trainer services.
 . Accepted a Learn and Serve America Grant of $10,000 for the Positive
Alternative to School Suspension (Pass) program for 2003.
 . Renewed a contract with the Union County Board of MR/DD for school
psychologist services.
 . Approved a contract with Robyn Fillman to provide bailing and
tutoring services for a blind student.
 . Approved a contract with Catherine Wright to provide physical therapy
services for students.
 . Approved a contract with the Children's Center for Developmental
Enrichment for an alternative educational placement program for children
with disabilities.
 . Accepted donations of furniture from the Farmers Insurance Group;
$8,082.88 from the Quarterback Club for hiring two assistant football
coaches; $543 from the Diamond Club to the high school athletic
department; $3,243 from the Quarterback Club to the high school athletic
department; $500 from Mr. and Mrs. Bill Olson for the Edgewood library.
In personnel matters, the board:
 . Accepted resignations from Richard Baird, high school English, and
Kim Henderson, Edgewood.
 . Approved contracts for Matt Gerdeman, high school English; Amanda
Griffith, Edgewood; Jenna Stuebs and Michelle Jenkins, Navin; and Diane
McMahon and Sharon Wade, PASS teachers.
 . Created a network engineer position and approved a contract for Kevin
 . Created an EMS/data management coordinator position and approved a
contract for Francis Groach Jr.
 . Created a district programmer position and approved a contract for
Gregory Miller.
 . Approved as substitute teachers Melanie Behrens, Terra Byrd, Mandy
Carper, Doris Conrad, Dorothy Jean Conrad, Karen Creviston, Barbara
Demming, Diane Dunn, Steven Fannin, Jennifer Ferrell, Kisha Franz,
Allyson Frasher, Paden Green, Laurie Heery, Betty Hull, Dustin Jasinski,
Shannon Kemper, Amy Knepper, Linda Lybarger, John Lykins, Kelly
Magnuson, Mark Mayers, Michelle Page, Heidi Ritchie, Julie Rumler,
Marjeanne Taulbee, Elizabeth Wheatley and Jeffrey Zupp.
 . Approved as home instructors Angela Eberly, Doris Conrad, Dorothy
Jean Conrad and Janet Porter and approved Pat McNeal as a tutor.
 . Approved as building literacy coordinators at a salary of $1,250 Kari
Ketter, Creekview; Sue Katz, East; Carol Lentz, Mill Valley; Sue
Millice, Edgewood; Beth Ann Morey, Raymond; and Lori Poling, Navin.
 . Approved as building leadership team members at a salary of $500
Nancy White, Dawn Burns, Nancy Carlson, Rich Holton, Dennis McKee and
Jyl Secrest, high school; Carrie Cook, Penny Stires, Angie Loftus, Laura
Koke, Jackie Lazenby and Luanne Coder, middle school; Bethany Shellin,
Roger Brake, Mary Jo Browning, Lisa Cotner, Barb Russ, Greg Rohrs and
Suzi Clarridge, Creekview; Ruth Shortell, Jan Short, Debbie Johnston,
Amy Seeberger, Jody Springer, Deb Carmichael and Becky Binkley, East;
Cindy Teske, Jennifer Ridgeway, Stephanie Coler, Janice Good and Lynn
Ellis, Edgewood; Mary Davis, Ryan Ferriman, Cindy Gordon, Lisa Melish,
Dawn Shoemaker and Hollie Moots, Mill Valley; Sue Carl, Charlene Flint,
Linda Paver, Renee Roth and Julie Arnold, Raymond; and Sue Tillman,
Karen Heflin, Karen Hanson, Becky Yurasek, Melissa Penhorwood and
Barbara Early, Navin.
A list of supplemental contracts will be published in Friday's education

First case of West Nile confirmed
>From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Health Department has received word from the Ohio
Department of Health of a confirmed case of West Nile virus in Union
County. The resident has recovered from symptoms.
Health commissioner Anne Davy said the resident is one of the 20 percent
who, when exposed, develop mild symptoms and most exposed people will
show no signs or symptoms. Those with weakened immune systems are most
at risk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention health
Advisory, symptoms usually last three to six days and can include fever,
headache, swollen lymph nodes, rash on the neck, trunk arms or legs, eye
pain, sore muscles, generalized weakness, loss of appetite, nausea and
vomiting. Anyone noticing one or more of the symptoms should contact his
Paul Pryor, director of environmental health, said that the health
department identified three positive birds July 26 and had confirmation
of positive mosquitoes Aug. 23.
"It is not surprising that one of our residents developed a positive
case," he said.
The health department continues to sample mosquitos throughout the
county and recommends precautions to help reduce an exposure to
mosquito-borne illnesses:
 . Wear long sleeves and pants outside, especially in the evening.
Remember that using vitamin B, ultrasonic devices, incense and bug
zappers have not been shown to be effective preventions.
 . Limit time outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active.
 . Use over-the-counter insect repellent. When using repellents
containing DEET, use 10 percent or less for children and no more than 30
percent for adults. DEET  is effective for about four hours and should
not be used excessively or for prolonged periods. It should not be used
on infants or pregnant women. When applying to children, do not use it
directly, rather, apply to someone's hands and rub on the child.
 . Reduce mosquitos around the home by making sure that doors and
windows are tight; remove tires, cans and other objects which hold
water; clean clogged gutters; clean and chlorinate swimming pools,
saunas and hot tubs and cover when not used; change birdbath water; turn
over water-holding items when not in use; and eliminate standing water
on the ground.
The Union County Health Department has a West Nile Virus Information
Line at 642-0801, ext. 14, or (888) 333-9461, ext. 13. The line is a
voice-recorded message offering basic facts on the virus, personal
protection information and additional information.
The same information can be found on the website, www.uchd.net.

Wings Enrichment Center celebrates
An old block storage building has been transformed into a haven of hope
for Union County's mental health consumers.
The Wings Enrichment Center, 729 S. Walnut St., celebrated the
completion of a $250,000 remodeling project Thursday that was funded
through a capital grant by the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Michael Witzky, executive director of the Union County Mental Health and
Recovery Board, perhaps was best able to put the moment into perspective
when he shared a story about the first person he hospitalized in Union
County 20 years ago when he was clinical director of the Charles B.
Mills Center.
His client, named Bob, was very friendly and reached out to everyone,
but not many people would reach back.
"I could give Bob the best counseling we had and the best medication,
but I couldn't give him a place to feel normal and friends," Witzky
Wings is that place.
Established in 1998 in a former storage building, Wings is a place for
mental health consumers to interact, meet needs, get support, have fun
and learn new skills.
Current programs include a book club, as well as groups for individuals
interested in sports, reading, art and cooking. Other groups focus on
emotions and spiritual growth and relapse prevention.
With the new building,
Wings will be expanding its hours and services with computer software
now available and plans to find opportunities for consumers to be
"Union County has moved into an elite group of communities," said Dr.
Michael Hogan, director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health during
Thursday's afternoon celebration.
Laurel Labodie, director of the Wings Center, said the building
represents hope.
For more information about Wings Enrichment Center call 642-9555.


Numerous levies,
 issues filed

Cindy Brake
The November general election will see one contested race, one
countywide issue, numerous township and village issues and one city
The seat for probate/juvenile judge is the only contested race.
Dennis A. Schulze, 18606 Boerger Road is the Republican candidate and
Charlotte Coleman Eufinger, 1329 E. Fifth St., is the Democratic
The countywide issue is for the Union County General Health District.
They are seeking to replace a .5-mill, 10-year levy. This levy commences
this year and is due in 2003.
This replacement levy is estimated to generate $475,900 and increase the
annual cost for a $100,000 property by $5.62. The old levy cost a
$100,000 property $9.70 annually. The new levy will cost $15.32.
City of Marysville residents are being asked to increase the city income
tax by amending Ordinance 36-02 for an increase of .6 of one percent to
a total 1.6 percent income tax. The continuing tax will be used to repay
debt associated with future capital improvements, new buildings, street
improvements, parks and fire apparatus.
Questions are also before voters in the villages of Richwood and
Unionville Center.
Richwood residents will be asked if candidates for election as officers
of the village can be nonpartisan.
Unionville Center residents are being asked to renew  a 2.95-mill,
five-year levy for current operating expenses. This levy commences this
year and is due in 2003. The new levy would generate $4,080 and the
owner of a $100,000 property would continue to pay $63.12, as in the
Townships seeking levies for fire protection include Allen, Liberty and
Allen Township is seeking to replace and increase a 1-mill levy by
3-mills for a total of 4-mills for three years commencing this year and
due in 2003. The increase would cost the owner of a $100,000
approximately $100 more annually than the old levy. The old levy cost
$22.70 annually, while the new levy will cost $122.50. The new levy
would generate approximately $566,430, states the Union County Auditor's
Liberty is seeking to renew a 4-mill, five-year levy commencing in 2003
and due in 2004. The renewed levy would collect $199,800. The owner of a
$100,000 property would continue to pay $90.48 annually.
Taylor is seeking to renew a 4-mill, five-year levy commencing in 2003
and due in 2004. The renewed levy will generate $93,200 and continue to
cost the owner of a $100,000 property $91.94.
Union Township including the village of Milford Center is seeking to
replace a 1-mill, five-year levy for cemetery operations and
maintenance. The levy commences in 2003 and is due in 2004. The
replacement levy would generate $28,500 and increase the cost to a
$100,000 property by $8.12. The old levy cost a $100,000 property owner
$22.50 annually. The replacement will cost a property owner $30.62.
York Township is seeking to renew a 1-mill, five-year levy for current
operating expenses. The levy commences this year and is due in 2003. The
renewed levy will collect $14,400 and continue to cost the owner of a
$100,000 property $17.98.
Candidates running uncontested in the general election are:
Richard E. Parrott (incumbent), 16366 Allen Center Road, who is seeking
a seat as judge for the Union County Common Pleas Court.
Gary J. Lee, 17421 Waldo Road, is seeking a seat on the Board of Union
County Commissioners.
Mary H. Snider (incumbent), 293 Residence Dr., is seeking the office of
Union County Auditor.
Other matters on a statewide level before voters include the following
races and candidates:
Governor and Lt. Gov. - (D) Timothy J. Hagan and Charleta B. Tavares,
(R) Bob Taft and Jennette Bradley, John Eastman and Sadie Stewart
Attorney General - (D) Leigh Herington, (R) Jim Petro
Auditor of the State - (D) Helen Knipe Smith,(R) Betty Montgomery
Secretary of State - (D) Bryan Flannery, (R) J. Kenneth Blackwell
Treasurer of State - (D) Mary O. Boyle, (R) Joseph T. Deters
Representative to Congress (15th District) - (D) Mark P. Brown of
Columbus, (R) Deborah Pryce of Columbus
Supreme Court Judge - (D) Tim Black, (R) Maureen O'Connor
Supreme Court Judge - (D) Janet Burnside, (R) Evelyn L. Stratton
Court of Appeals Judge (Third District) - (R) Robert R. Cupp of Lima
State Representative (83rd District) - (D) Stacy A. Roberts of
Bellefontaine; (R) Anthony E. Core of Rushsylvania

Property maintenance code returns
City council will consider reworked legislation
Marysville's exterior property maintenance code has seen more stops and
starts than a subway train.
After more than a year of work, the proposed code will be surfacing
again for its public hearing at Marysville City Council's tonight.
The exterior property maintenance code first came to council, sponsored
by Mayor Steve Lowe and councilman Mark Reams, on July 26 of last year.
>From there it was referred to the city Public Safety Committee who had
some changes in mind.
On Sept. 13 it returned for another reading and was then tabled
indefinitely as it underwent another review.
When it came back on Nov. 8 it started over from scratch and actually
made it through three readings and was voted through, before the code
was subsequently vetoed by Lowe on Dec. 27.
Reportedly, he and administration decided it no longer resembled the
original idea and needed further work.
Council then discussed whether to override the mayor's veto and decided
the best route was to simply get together and meet in the middle.
"We've been working on it ever since then," council member and public
safety committee chairman Barbara Bushong said.
The committee, made up of councilmen John Marshall, Dan Fogt, city
planning director Kathy Leidich, city law director Tim Aslaner, city
administrator Bob Schaumleffel, and citizens John Burrows and Steve
Smith, sat down and hashed it out.
The end result, Bushong said, is something the committee feels will be a
code both council and city administration can support.
But more importantly citizens need to support the new code.
Bushong said she does not expect a lot of public backlash on the code's
"We've worked so hard on this," she said. The fact that so many
different groups had equal input is what makes the code better than
Shaumleffel, who initially had problems with the property maintenance
code, now agrees with her.
"Some council members felt it didn't go far enough while others felt it
went too far," Schaumleffel said. "So we sat back down and looked at the
areas in conflict and tried to come to some sort of consensus."
Conflicts over the maintenance code mainly stemmed from definitions and
its language specifics, he said.
The idea of placing laws on exterior property maintenance is not
something new, Schaumleffel said. He has worked with cities in Wyoming
and Wisconsin during the 1980s on codes such as this. It can help
regulate problem areas in the city.
The code came to fruition after requests were made by residents and
business associations who felt the city needed some structure.
At the Aug. 8 council meeting resident Bob Daniels described an unmowed
and unkept area by Marysville Steel which had been drawing groundhogs,
raccoons, and rats. It was out of control, he said.
The proposed ordinance is expected to uphold a standard making sure
areas like this are regulated and will not get out of hand over long
periods of time.
Council member Dan Fogt commented at the meeting that the ordinance
would enable the city to require properties to be cleaned up. Member
John Marshall said he felt the Public Safety Committee did a good job of
reaching an agreeable compromise with administration by making the code
fair to everyone and felt it would not cause undue burden for anyone.
"We'll give it a year and see if it works," Schaumleffel said, if the
ordinance is voted through.
If it doesn't, he said, both council and administration will sit back
down and fix any problems.

Man dies as result of gunshot wound
>From J-T staff reports:
The man who attempted suicide in the Union County Courthouse parking lot
died yesterday from his wounds.
Kenneth W. Sperry, 36, of the northwest side of Columbus died Wednesday
at 12:16 p.m. according to Lt. Jamie Patton of the Union County Sheriff
Department. He had shot himself in the temple with what was believed to
be a 9 mm hand gun. The bullet passed through his head, through the door
of his vehicle and then lodged into the vehicle door parked to the
Sperry was reportedly still alive during his transport to Memorial
Hospital of Union County and during the trip to Grant Medical Center in
Columbus by MedFlight.
Patton could not verify that a suicide note was found in Sperry's
"There were papers left in the car," Patton said. "Currently we are
analyzing whether there was a suicide note or notes to the family among
Sperry had been indicted by the Union County Grand Jury on May 15 with
one count of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition and two counts
of sexual battery against a juvenile female under the age of 13 which
occurred throughout 2000 and 2001. The initial Dublin police report
states he was first charged with rape on March 20 and was arrested on
May 9 at 12:33 p.m. on Riverside Drive in Nelsonville.
He was at the Union County Courthouse Wednesday for a 10 a.m. competency
hearing which never took place.
The sheriff's department and courthouse have reportedly not enacted any
changes to their security measuresbecause of the incident. Security had
been highly updated when the offices moved from the old Seventh Street
school building to 221 W Fifth St. There is a camera outside of the
courthouse trained on the building, but no camera focused on the parking
Patton reported Sperry's autopsy is being held this morning at the
Franklin County Coroner's Office and a detective from the Union County
Sheriff's Department was present.

Man Shot in Courthouse parking lot
Appears to have been self inflicted
>From J-T staff reports:
An apparent attempted suicide occurred in the Union County Courthouse
parking lot shortly after 10 a.m. today.
Kenneth W. Sperry, 36, of the northwest side of Columbus was found in
his vehicle, with a gunshot wound. He had apparently shot himself
somewhere in the head or chest with a handgun.
Dublin Police Department Lt. Heinz Von Eckersburg identified the victim
as Sperry and said he had been indicted by the Union County Grand Jury
on one count of rape, one count of gross sexual imposition and two
counts of sexual battery. Von Eckersburg said the charges involve one
juvenile victim. Union County Prosecutor Alison Boggs said the shooting
victim was to be at the courthouse today for a 10 a.m. competency
"Nothing has happened like this before," Boggs said about the shooting.
Union County Sheriff John Overly was one of the first on the scene.
Overly said he was pulling his vehicle into the parking lot when he
heard the pop of a gun.
"He was still moving when I got there," Overly said.
Von Eckersburg said Sperry had been transferred to Grant Medical Center
in Columbus by MedFlight from Memorial Hospital of Union County. He was
listed in critical condition at presstime.
Today's scene was especially tense in the wake of a murder/suicide near
Delaware County offices on Monday when a a 42-year-old Morral man shot a
49-year-old Columbus man and then turned the gun on himself.
Courthouse operations were not interrupted by today's incident.

Junior volunteers recognized
at Memorial Hospital picnic
Memorial Hospital of Union County recognized junior volunteers at a
picnic dinner Aug. 12.
Volunteer coordinator Debbie George said that in 2001 the volunteer
services department recorded 49,000 hours with 3,800 by junior
This is up from 1999, when junior volunteers had 2,400 hours. The junior
volunteers have clocked in more than 3,500 hours this year with five
months of the year to come.
George pointed out many career choices within the health system and
numerous departments for youth to volunteer in, including ambulatory
care, emergency room, gift shop, human resources, health information
management, information desks,, information systems, Kidzlink,
occupational heath center, mobile meals, nursing/patient care, OB,
public relations/volunteers, surgery, radiology, physician offices, The
Gables and food and nutrition services.
Youth recognized during the dinner were:
Honorable mention - Gary Bearden, Megan Carroll, Kate Casto, Amanda
Daniels, Matthew Earl, Megan Epp, Kristen Farley, Jenny Fite, Sarah
Francis, Anna Marie Franke, Rachel Harbold, Kelsey Heyob, Angela Higdon,
Zachary Hughett, Donald Hunter, Kristine Jensen, Amy Jewel, Beth
Mannasmith, Gwen Mannasmith, Nick McCarty, Zach Morrison, Casey
Palivoda, Amy Randall, Brad Schellin, Emily Schellin, Will Schellin,
Sarah Snook, David Snyder, Jay Sowers, Caleb Speicher, Joe Sweeney,
Whitney Walls, Sam Walter and Kate Wilmoth.
50 hours - Cindy Bearden, Ally Diaz, Jessica Diaz, Angela Franke,
Jessica George, Marina Gorokhovskaya, Katie Greiner, Hannah Hackett,
Melanie Helton, Justine Lamneck, Maxwell Morrison, Brittany Noland,
Tyler Pattone, Kylen Rausch, Kristen Spain, Leah Story, Kristy
Watson-Ables and Lisa Watson-Ables
100 hours - Christopher Earl, Megan Eastridge, Letitia George, Brittany
Kwiatkowski, Danielle Nichols and Danielle Whittington
150 hours - Virginia Carroll, Bethany Cross, Wade Dewitt, Christine
Hayes, Hannah Mickelson, Danielle Tompkins and John Welty
200 hours - Michael George and Tyler Green
250 hours - Amber Haynes, Kristina Mohn, Alex Nichols and Chad Olivier
300 hours - Lauren Brake
350 hours - Ashley Horch and Chelsey Morgan
400 hours - Aaron Haynes
"It is comforting to know that the future of our world is in the hands
of children such as these, who have taken the time to share of
themselves," George said.
Special recognition was given to Ashley Horch for volunteering the most
hours in the shortest time.
Working at The Gables she accumulated 350 hours since June 2001.
Wade Dewitt was honored as the newest volunteer with the most hours.
Working at Kidzlink, he accumulated 176 hours in three months.


North Union programs evaluated

The Richwood School Board was given a peek into what students, parents
and staff think of all-day kindergarten and special education programs
Monday night.
Michael Traugh, former superintendent of Galion schools and current
member of the Ashland University staff, presented his findings on
evaluations of both programs at Monday's monthly board meeting.
The study was conducted as part of the district's continuous improvement
Traugh said there is a definite upward trend in the graduation rate of
special education students. The graduation rate in 1998 was 57 percent,
but the figure has risen to 85  percent in 2002.
Traugh said the rise in graduation rate is closing the gap between
special education and traditional students. He said in 1998 the
graduation rate for traditional students was 14 percentage points higher
than special education students, but that figure has been trimmed to
just five percentage points now.
"Obviously improvement has been happening," Traugh said.
He said the satisfaction level of students, parents and faculty with the
special education programs is high, but teachers do feel there is room
for improvement. Traugh also pointed out that satisfaction with the
special ed programs was high in 1997, one year before the 57 percent
graduation rate was recorded.
Traugh was also hired to study the results of moving from half-day to
full-day kindergarten five years ago. He said actually the results of
the move seem to be minor.
He said the change in standardized test scores is statistically
insignificant. Three areas of the testing have seen slightly higher
scores while two areas have seen slightly lower scores.
The greatest improvement was made by students who require some extra
attention. Traugh said the number of students in special education
dropped as did the number of children being held back a year as a result
of the full-day kindergarten. The number of students requiring extra
help in reading also fell.
Traugh said these areas showed improvement because teachers had the
extra time to dedicate to students needing additional instruction.
He said students, parents and teachers generally like the all-day
kindergarten program, although some staff members noted that it was hard
for the young students to stay focused late in the day.
Traugh recommended that data collection continue in both programs. He
said that the special education programs require additional research to
determine exactly what has led to the dramatic rise in graduation rate.
He recommended that the all-day kindergarten continue on a short term
basis and then be re-evaluated in the future.
The board also dealt with an issue it has been struggling with for some
time. Ken Larkin approached the board seeking a solution to a problem
involving his children riding the bus to school.
After two years of being picked up at a daycare providers home, the
district informed the family that it will not longer provide the
service. District policy states that children will be picked up at their
homes, unless the daycare provider's home lies within a route already
traveled by a bus.
The Larkins' provider is about a mile from an established route.
Larkin explained that he has gone through the chain of command, hoping
to work out a solution to the problem but no middle ground has been
Board member Kevin Crosthwaite made a motion that the board make an
exception to current policy to allow the Larkins' children to be picked
Member Andy Middlesworth said sidestepping this policy would result in
numerous similar requests from other parents in the district. Fellow
board member Jon Hall said the cost associated with picking up students
from daycare is a detriment. The state only provides a certain amount of
financial reimbursement for busing and that money is only provided for
routes that travel to students' homes.
Member Marcy Elliott said she has a problem with picking and choosing
who board policy applies to. She said if the entire policy needs
reworked then that should be done rather then creating exceptions.
Member Steve Goodwin said he thought the policy needed reworked so that
every student could be picked up, even at daycare, if it is within the
district boundaries.
The board voted the motion down 2-3, with Hall, Middlesworth and Elliott
voting no.
In other business, the board:
.Voted 4-1 to extend the contract of superintendent Carol Young for
three more years. Elliott cast the no vote and did not wish to comment.
.Sent a letter of appreciation to Scotts for its donation of weather
radios to each school.
.Heard updates on the sale of bonds for the new school building and
preparations for the start of school.
.Approved William Donald Harmon as a 2002 graduate of North Union.
.Heard about two eagle scout projects that will include landscaping
around the North Union High School.
.Voted to set the substitute teacher pay rates at $85 per day for
regular subs and $100 per day for premium subs.
.Approved a $6,207 change order for the high school resurfacing project.

.Voted 4-1 to approve the job description for literacy coordinator and
appoint Margo Shipp to the position. Elliott voted no and did not wish
to comment.
.Accepted the resignation of Larry Joseph as high school art teacher
after 30 years of service.
.Voted unanimously to employ Dainta Teeple, high school art, and Angela
Wilson, elementary school teacher, on one-year contracts.
.Voted to employ Rebecca Ransome as an educational aide, Melissa Arthur
as a school nurse, Teresa Lust as a cafeteria worker, Kristin Barry as a
cafeteria worker and Kyle Griffith as a substitute teacher.
.Approved Brent Wygant as LPDC clerk.
.Approved a list of substitute personnel.

Trustees debate code of conduct
Tradition says that Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
History may someday show that Jerome's three trustees and residents
bickered while their township was annexed away.
During Monday's regular meeting trustees Ron Rhodes, Sharon Sue Wolfe
and Freeman May seemed to debate and disagree on most matters.
Two hours into the meeting - which had focused primarily on a proposed
code of conduct - Les Gates asked the trustees what, if anything, they
were doing about another 1,200 to 2,000 acres of township land that is
"under conversation" for annexation by the city of Dublin.
Wolfe said this was the first she had heard about the proposed
annexation. Rhodes said he had heard rumors.
"We haven't time to fool around with referendums" or "comprehensive
plans," Rhodes said.
Union County Prosecuting Attorney Alison Boggs told the officials she is
ready to "fight long and hard for you all."
"If Dublin continues to annex. Dublin rules," she warned. "You need to
find out why property owners are contacting Dublin (about annexing) ....
Acre by acre you are going to dwindle down."
Deane Bishop offered answers to Bogg's question.
"Jesse is the one to thank," she said, explaining that there have been
too many referendums, initiated by township resident Jesse Dickinson,
which prevent property owners from changing their land's zoning to allow
development. Bishop said that when she was told she could not sell her
land for development she chose annexation. "Now my land is going to have
houses and a high school."
Late in the meeting another frustrated township resident living on Kyle
Road asked the trustees if they were doing anything about a proposed
four-story "burning" building that Washington Township of Franklin
County may build on nearby land in Darby Township. She noted this could
lead to further annexations if it became a reality.
Wolfe said she had just learned that Washington Township has placed a
$2,500 deposit on 2 1/2 acres zoned commercial to build the fire
training facility. She said the planning is in the beginning stages. The
Kyle Road resident said she was appalled to hear the bickering of the
trustees who were letting this matter slip through the cracks. She added
that by 10 p.m. many residents who had come to discuss this concern had
After the meeting Rhodes voiced frustration over the meeting.
"I am very disappointed that ... there was absolutely no business
conducted that was pertinent to the future and the direction of the
township.... We spent over two hours trying to review a code of conduct
... that is meaningless, unenforceable and not public friendly.
Thankfully, it was pointed out by the Union County Prosecutor's office
that it could have very legal consequences. We have real issues in this
township and I have been trying to get these addressed for over eight
and one-half months. It is time we either wake up now or lose the
township to Dublin and Columbus," Rhodes stated.
The proposed code of conduct for meetings, discussed for the first time
Monday, is an 11-page document prepared by Franklin County attorney
Susan Kyte who has been hired by the township to handle administrative
matters. Items of most concern to the public centered on the president's
role and public speaking.
"What happened to common decency?" asked a resident from the back of the
room after Rhodes had pointed out numerous problems with the document
while referring often to a five-page letter from the Union County
Prosecutor's office.
"My stomach is churning," Charlotte Gibbons said about the proposed
Mary Gates said the code gives the board president a  "dictatorship."
Glen Hochstetler said, "The document brings shame on the township. I
hate to see it go this way."
Assistant prosecuting attorney John Heinkel said he had "never seen
anything like it."
One woman who identified herself as a relative to May defended the draft
code as a "starting point."
In other business:
. Road Maintenance Supervisor Denzil Collier and his assistant Jeff
Collier submitted letters of resignation. All three trustees commended
him for a job well done and said they regretted his decision to leave.
Denzil Collier had been employed by the township for more than 20 years.
The trustees passed a resolution to install two crosswalks and three
stop bars on New California Drive for approximately $300.
. The trustees approved installing a basketball pole with light behind
the fire department for $1,900.
. The trustees unanimously approved a resolution for zoning inspector
Norm Puntenney to start proceedings to bring a property at 9540 Warner
Road into compliance. Puntenney said a business is operating on land
that is not properly zoned and has a drive-way that is in violation.
. In a split vote, the trustees approved improvements to the township
building totaling $5,814 by Hochstetler. Wolfe voted against the motion
saying she wanted to get a couple other bids.
. Gibbons said installers are expected this week to begin work on
playground equipment purchased in April.
. Action concerning the public safety officer program was tabled until
Clerk Robert Caldwell could provide more information.
. May and Rhodes agreed that the township can do nothing about a request
by a property owner to bury an electric line on private property.
. The next regular meeting will be Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. because the
regularly scheduled date falls on Labor Day.


High school/middle school/Creekview
Bus 1 - 7 a.m., Maple St./Milford Ave; 7:03 a.m., (Milfordview) Claudia
Lane/Rebecca Lane/Lora Lee; 7:09 a.m., (Milford Estates)
Milstone/Milington Way/Milridge/Milford Ave.; 7:20, Rt. 31 to middle
school; 7:35 a.m., high school; 7:45 a.m., Third Street/Scott's Circle;
7:47 a.m., Grand/Third; 7:50, Edgewood Elementary; 7:55,
Windmill/Southwood/Windsor; 8 a.m., London Avenue; 8:05, Kidz Links.
Bus 2 - 6:50 a.m., Rt. 31 N; 6:55 a.m., Cotton Slash Road; 7:02 a.m.,
Brown School Road; 7:08 a.m., Rt. 31; 7:13 a.m. Mill Road; 7:15 a.m.,
Village Drive group stop; 7:17 a.m., Mill Park Drive; 7:18 a.m.,
Tarragon Drive.
Bus 3 - 6:27 a.m., Storms Road; 6:29 a.m., Hover Bault Road; 6:30 a.m.,
Coder Holloway Road; 6:34 a.m., Morse Road; 6:37 a.m., Hoover Bault;
6:42 a.m., Rt. 739; 6:44 a.m. Titus Road; 6:47 a.m., Raymond Road; 6:50
a.m., Peoria group before railroad; 6:52, a.m., Group at Loop Road; 7:05
a.m., Marantha; 7:06 a.m., Stop at Eagle Court; 7:08 a.m., Stop at
second stop sign; 7:10 a.m., Stop at Collins and Palm.
Bus 5 - Creekview only - 7:05 a.m., Elwood Avenue; 7:07 a.m., N. Main
trailer park; 7:09 a.m., Singer Station; 7:11 a.m., First Street; 7:15
a.m., Quail Hollow; 7:18 a.m., The Meadows.
Bus 6 - 7 a.m., Corner Glen Ellyn and Echo; 7:05 a.m., Corner of Mill
Wood and Deer Crossing; 7:07 a.m., Penwood; 7:09 a.m., Deer Crossing;
7:10 a.m., Corner of Fawnbrook and Woodside; 7:11 a.m., Corner of
Woodside and Lone Rise; 7:13 a.m., Corner of Woodside and Fawn Meadow;
7:14 a.m., Corner of Fawn Meadow and Millwood; 7:15 a.m., Poppy; 7:16
a.m., Corner of Poppy and Sassafras; 7:17 a.m., Corner of Poppy and Bay
Laurel; 7:18 a.m., Corner of Bay Laurel and Curry; 7:21 a.m., Millwood.
Bus 7 - 6:53 a.m., Bridgewater and Watkins roads; 6:54 a.m., Watkins
Glen Blvd. and Watkins Road; 6:56 a.m., Crossings at Watkins Glenn; 6:58
a.m., Fells and Sycamore; 7:04 a.m., Valleyview and Greenwood; 7:15
a.m., Marysville Middle School.
Bus 8 - 6:39 a.m., West Darby Road; 6:43 a.m., Smokey Road; 6:48 a.m.,
Darby-Pottersburg; 6:53 a.m., Holycross-Epps Road; 7:02 a.m., Allen
Center Road; 7:07 a.m., Bear Swamp Road; 7:25 a.m., Amrine Mill Road;
7:35 a.m., Marysville Middle School.
Bus 9 - 6:51 a.m., Hinton Mill Road; 6:57 a.m., Oxford Drive; 7:01 a.m.,
Greenwood Blvd.; 7:10 a.m., Walnut Street; 7:18 a.m., Marysville Middle
School. High school students switch buses, bus goes onto Creekview.
Bus 10 - 6:36 a.m., Cherry Street; 6:39 a.m., 17325 Waldo Road; 6:46
a.m., Mackan Road; 6:48 a.m., Rt. 36; 6:53 a.m., Delaware Avenue; 6:55
a.m., Connolly/Buerger; 6:58 a.m., Cherry Street Apartments; 7:09 a.m.,
Victory Center; 7:11 a.m., Marysville Middle School. High school
students change buses, bus proceeds to Creekview.
Bus 12 - 6:45 a.m., Chestnut/10th; 6:52 a.m., Weaver Road; 7:00 a.m.,
Hillcrest Trailer Park (Club House).
Bus 14 - 6:20 a.m., Lunda Road; 6:32 a.m., Perkins Road; 6:38 a.m.,
Newton Perkins; 6:43 a.m., Lunda Road; 6:55 a.m., Rt. 347; 7 a.m.,
Church beside Raymond School; 7:08 a.m., Rt. 347.
Bus 17 - 6:25 a.m., Liberty West; 6:31 a.m., Herd McElroy; 6:35 a.m.,
Bear Swamp Road; 6:37 a.m. Rt. 739; 6:46 a.m., Rapp-Dean Road; 6:51
a.m., Johnson Road; 7:10 a.m., Marysville Middle School. Creekview
students change buses, bus continues to high school.
Bus 18 - 7 a.m., Maple/Third/Arbor's (pick up at mailboxes); 7:07 a.m.,
Buckeye; 7:08 a.m., Maple/Fifth; 7:13 a.m., Beside County Court House;
7:20 a.m., Mill Road and Northwoods; 7:25 a.m., Pepper and Mill Road.
Bus 20 - 6:12 a.m., Rt. 31; 6:26 a.m., Patrick Brush Run; 6:29 a.m.,
Ford Reed Road; 6:36 a.m., Rt. 347; 6:38 a.m., Claibourne; 6:41 a.m.,
Gandy-Eddy; 6:45 a.m., Wolford-Maskill; 6:45 a.m., Wheeler-Green; 7
a.m., Martin Welch; 7:15 a.m., Northwoods at Mill Valley; 7:18 a.m.,
Stop between Valley and Cinnamon.
Bus 22 - 6:29 a.m., Pelomar Lane; 6:35 a.m., Johnson Road; 6:40 a.m.,
Benton Road; 6:45 a.m., Shirk Road; 6:47 a.m., Darby Pottersburg; 6:55
a.m., Bear Swamp; 7:01 a.m., Westlake Lee; 7:05 a.m., Poling Road; 7:08
a.m., Northwest Parkway; 7:17 a.m., Marysville Middle School. Creekview
students change buses, bus continues to high school.
Bus 23 - 6:29 a.m.,
Collins/Payne/Coleman-Brake/Payne/Southard/Boerger/Rt. 38/Timber
Trails/Fairway Drive/Rt. 736; 6:58 a.m., Links Lane/Windmill/Millcrest;
7:15 a.m., Marysville Middle School. Creekview students change bus. Bus
proceeds to high school.
Bus 24 - 6:31 a.m., Myers Road; 6:36 a.m., Hinton Mill Road; 6:41 a.m.,
Fish Road; 6:47 a.m., Springdale Road; 6:58 a.m., Hinton Mill Road; 7:05
a.m., Watkins Road; 7:06 a.m., Watkins Glen (group stop); 7:07 a.m.,
Bridgewater (group stop); 7:10 a.m., Marysville Middle School.
Bus 25 - 6:55 a.m., Hickory/Catalpa; 6:58 a.m., Hickory; 7:02 a.m.,
Windsor Drive; 7:04 a.m., Greenwood Blvd.; 7:06 a.m.,
Rosewood/Collingwood, Prairie; 7:10 a.m., Woodline/Marysville Middle
School. Creekview students change bus. Bus proceeds to high school.
Bus 26 - 6:33 a.m., New Dover Estates; 6:35 a.m.,
Springdale/Leeper-Perkins/Delaware County Line; 6:46 a.m., Merry Road;
6:55 a.m., Trailer Court/Rt. 36; 7:19 a.m., Marysville Middle School.
Creekview students change bus. Bus proceeds to high school.
Bus 27 - 6:23 a.m., Rt. 245; 6:32 a.m., Allen Center Road; 6:43 a.m.,
Wilbur Road/Rt. 245; 6:52 a.m., Hunter's Run; 7:02 a.m., Paver-Barnes
Road; 7:25 a.m., Marysville Middle School. Creekview students change
bus. Bus proceeds to high school.
Bus 28 - 6:24 a.m., Whitestone Road; 6:35 a.m., Leeper-Perkins
Road/Kaiser Road; 6:40 a.m., Whitestone/Leeper-Perkins; 6:43 a.m.,
Easton/County Home/Whitestone; 6:57 a.m., Black Road; Apple Street (into
New Dover Estates) old shelter house/Middle School School. High school
students change bus. Bus proceeds to Creekview.
Bus 30 - 6:50 a.m., Windsor; 6:54 a.m., Milford Avenue; 6:56 a.m.,
Collins or Court; 7:03 a.m., Elmwood Villas; 7:13 a.m., Marysville
Middle School. High school students change bus. Bus proceeds to high
Bus 31 - 6:49 a.m., Fifth/ Park/Parkway; 6:51 a.m., Third/Grand; 6:53
a.m., Grove Street at Edgweood School entrance/ Eighth/Grove/Collins;
6:55 a.m., Grove/Sherwood/Hickory/VanKirk/Hickory; 6:58 a.m.,
Hickory/Collins; 6:59 a.m., Fairwood/Collins; 7:01 a.m., Collins/Maple;
7:10 a.m., Marysville Middle School. Creekview students change bus. Bus
proceeds to high school.
Bus 32 - 6:15 a.m., Wheeler-Green Road/Reed Road; 6:25 a.m., Yearsley
Road; 6:33 a.m., Rt. 739; 6:40 a.m., Storms Road/Evans Road; 6:52 a.m.,
Rt. 739 S; 7 a.m., Rt. 347; 7:10 a.m. Marysville Middle School.
Creekview students change bus. Bus proceeds to high school.
Bus 34 - 6:28 a.m., County Home Road; 6:30 a.m., Woodview; 6:38 a.m.,
Parrott Blvd. stop at first road on left; 6:39 a.m., Wolford-Maskill;
6:41 a.m., Macklin; 6:44 a.m., Rt. 4; 6:48 a.m., Hillview/Blues
Creek/Blues Creek Road; 6:53 a.m., Hillview/Pine Lane; 7:12 a.m.,
Springwood Avenue; 7:16 a.m., Taylor Avenue Apartments/Marysville Middle
School. High school students change bus. Bus proceeds to Creekview.
Bus 35 - 6:25 a.m., Cradler-Turner Road; 6:32 a.m., Dog Leg Road; 6:35
a.m., Barker Road; 6:45 a.m., Collins Road/Rainbow; 6:48 a.m.,
Rainbow/Garden/Apple/Restoration; 6:50 a.m., Restoration/Emmaus; 6:54
a.m., Damascus/corner of Grace Dr./Morningstar/Dove; 6:57 a.m.,
Dove/Carmel/corner of Crown/Carmel/Pearl/Grace/Damascus; 7:02 a.m.,
Damascus then A+ Daycare/Marysville Middle School.
Bus 36 - 7:10 a.m., Seventh Street; 7:15 a.m., Chestnut pick up at East
Elementary; 7:20 a.m., Marysville Middle School; 7:30 a.m., High school;
7:45 a.m., Leave for Hi-Point; 8:20 a.m., High Point. Creekview students
change bus. Bus proceeds to high school.
Bus 37 - 6:28 a.m., Paver Barnes Road; 6:36 a.m., Westlake Lee Road;
6:37 a.m., Dog Leg Road; 6:43 a.m., Shirk Road/Raymond Road; 6:50 a.m.,
Dog Leg Road; 6:53 a.m., Bellville Road; 6:58 a.m., Raymond Road; 7:04
a.m., Dog Leg Road; 7:09 a.m., Damascus Drive/Residence Drive; Damascus
Drive/Retreat/Marysville Middle School. High school students change bus.
Bus proceeds to Creekview.
Elementary schools
Bus 2 - Raymond - 7:42 a.m., Cotton Slash Road; 7:48 a.m., Shirk Road;
7:53 a.m., Dog Leg Road; 7:58 a.m., Dog Leg Road; 8:05 a.m., Belleville
Road; 8:12 a.m., Raymond Road.
Bus 3 - Raymond - 8:01 a.m., Northwest Parkway; 8:07 a.m.,
Darby-Pottersburg Road; 8:11 a.m., Bear Swamp Road; 8:15 a.m., Shirk
Road; 8:17 a.m., Bear Swamp Road; 8:22 a.m., Poling Road; 8:25 a.m.,
Westlake-lee Road; 8:28 a.m., Paver-Barnes Road; 8:32 a.m., Raymond
Road; 8:40 a.m., Rt. 347.
Bus 5 - Raymond - 8 a.m., Bear Swamp Rd.; 8:05 a.m., Wilbur Road; 8:10
a.m., Rt. 245; 8;15 a.m., Allen Center Road; 8:20 a.m., Holycross-Epps
Road; 8:30 a.m., Smokey Road (back); 8:35 a.m., Smokey Road (by Honda).
Bus 6 - Navin - 8 a.m., Third/Maple (Arbor's at mailboxes); 8:07 a.m.,
Kidz Links Daycare; 8:12 a.m., Third Street; 8:15 a.m., Elwood Avenue;
8:17 a.m., Second Street; 8:19 a.m., First Street; 8:22 a.m., North Main
trailer park (south).
Bus 7 - Navin/Trinity/East - 8:15 a.m., Ashton Meadows; 8:25 a.m., N.
Main trailer park (north); 8:40 a.m., Navin Elementary. Shuttle to
Bus 8 - Edgewood - 8:15 a.m., Court Street; 8:16 a.m., Ninth Street;
8:19 a.m., Milford Ave. (Vanover Village Apartments); 8:22 a.m., Milford
Ave./Ninth Street; 8:24 a.m., London Avenue; 8:27 a.m.,
Windmill/Milcrest; 8:28 a.m., Windmill (Marysville Green Apartments);
8:31 a.m., Windsor/Southwood; 8:32 a.m., Southwood/Rosehill; 8:35 a.m.,
Bus 9 - East - 8:13 a.m., Hinton Mill Road; 8:15 a.m., Oxford Drive;
8:17 a.m., Hinton Mill Road; 8:20 a.m., Watkins Road; 8:24 a.m.,
Greenwood/Meadowbrook; 8:26 a.m., Watkins Glen/Bridgewater; 8:35 a.m.,
Walnut Street; 8:38 a.m., Chestnut Street; 8:40 a.m. Chestnut Street.
Bus 10 - Navin - 8:05 a.m., Mackan Road; 8:11 a.m., Rt. 36; 8:14 a.m.,
School Street; 8:15 a.m. Church Street; 8:17 a.m. Rt. 36; 8:20 a.m., KFC
shelter next to TSC; 8:22 a.m., Elmwood Villa Apartments (pick up at
playground); 8:26 a.m., Children's Inc.
Bus 12 - East - 8 a.m., Buerger/Lakeview; 8:04 a.m., 807 Lakeview; 8:08
a.m., Surrey/Wagon Wheel; 8:10 a.m., 565 Surrey Lane; 8:15 a.m.
Children's Inc./Hillcrest Trailer Park (Woodcrest Dr. first stop sign);
8:27 a.m., Parking lot; 8:29 a.m., Northcrest Drive (first stop sign);
8:31 a.m., Hillcrest Drive (club house); 8:35 a.m., Scottslawn Rd.; 8:37
a.m., Weaver Road; 8:45 a.m., East Elementary.
Bus 14 - Raymond - 8:05 a.m., Rt. 347; 8:10 a.m., Lunda Road; 8:12 a.m.,
Perkins; 8:15 a.m., Lunda Road; 8:20 a.m., Morse Road; 8:25 a.m., Storms
Road; 8:40 a.m., Rt. 347 to Raymond Elementary.
Bus 17 - Raymond - 8 a.m., Johnson Road; 8:04 a.m., Rapp Dean Road; 8:16
a.m., Wheeler Road; 8:20 a.m., Rt. 739; 8:26 a.m., Herd-McElroy; 8:28
a.m., Liberty West; 8:33 a.m., Bear Swamp Road; 8:35 a.m. Rt. 739; 8:40
a.m., Rt. 347.
Bus 20 - Raymond - 7:52 a.m., Rt. 31; 7:57 a.m., Martin Welch; 8:02
a.m., McAdow; 8:05 a.m., Wheeler Green; 8:07 a.m., Wolford Maskill; 8:19
a.m., Gandy Eddy; 8:25 a.m., Ford Reed; 8:33 a.m., Patrick Brush; 8:37
a.m., Rt. 31; 8:45 a.m., Raymond Elementary.
 Bus 23 - Edgewood - 8:05 a.m., Payne/Coleman-Brake; 8:10 a.m., Payne
Road; 8:15 a.m., Boerger Road; 8:25 a.m., Rt. 38; 8:30 a.m., Links Lane
at office/Timberview; 8:33 a.m., Wedgewood; 8:35 a.m., Rt. 38; 8:40
a.m., Grove.
Bus 24 - East - 8 a.m., Myers Road; 8:07 a.m., Hinton Mill Road; 8:13
a.m., Springdale Road; 8:16 a.m., Hinton Mill; 8:17 a.m., Watkins Road;
8:25 a.m., Chestnut.
Bus 25 - Mill Valley and Navin - 7:50 a.m., A+ Mill Valley/Navin; 8
a.m., Mill Road; 8:05 a.m., Raymond Road; 8:10 a.m., Cotton Slash/Brown
School; 8:25 a.m., Quail Hollow.
Bus 26 - Navin - 8:06 a.m., Delaware County Line Road; 8:13 a.m.,
Springdale Road; 8:19 a.m., Merry Road; 8:25 aljl, New Dover Trailer
Court; 8:30 a.m., Rt. 36 W; 8:40 a.m., Navin Elementary.
Bus 27 - Navin - 7:50 a.m.,  Cradler-Turner Road; 7:55 a.m., Dog Leg
Road; 8 a.m., Barker Road; 8:10 a.m., Paver-Barnes Road; 8:15 a.m., Rt.
245; 8:20 a.m., Hunter's Run; 8:26 a.m., Rt. 245; 8:29 a.m., Boord Road;
8:32 a.m., Poling Road; 8:43 a.m., Navin Elementary.
Bus 28 - Navin - 8:05 a.m., Whitestone Road; 8:08 a.m., Black Road (turn
around at Springdale); 8:15 a.m., Whitestone Road; 8:18 a.m., Bonnet
Road; 8:21 a.m., Whitestone Road; 8:26 a.m., Leeper-Perkins; 8:31 a.m.,
Easton Road; 8:36 a.m., County Home Road.
Bus 30 - Edgewood - 8:15 a.m., Milford Avenue; 8:19 a.m., Milington Way;
8:22 a.m., Milestone; 8:24 a.m., Milford Avenue; 8:26 a.m., Claudia;
8:28 a.m., Rebecca/Lora Lee; 8:34 a.m., Milford Avenue; 8:40 a.m.,
Bus 31 - Edgewood - 8:15 a.m., Catalpa; 8:25 a.m., Accacia Drive; 8:33
a.m., Rainbow Drive; 8:36 a.m., Apple Drive; 8:39 a.m.,
Emmaus/Restoration; 8:42 a.m., Rainbow; 8:48 a.m., Drop at Edgewood
Bus 32 - Raymond - 8:02 a.m., Wheeler-Green Road; 8:05 a.m., Reed Road;
8:10 a.m., Rt. 347; 8:13 a.m., Yearsley Rd.; 8:22 a.m., Rt. 739; 8:25
a.m., Patrick Brush; 8:28 a.m., Rt. 347; 8:30 a.m., Rt. 739; 8:36 a.m.,
Rt. 347.
Bus 34 - Navin - 8 a.m., Parrott Blvd.; 8:02 a.m., Wolford-Maskill; 8:06
a.m., Macklin Road; 8:12 a.m., Pine Lane; 8:16 a.m., Leeper-Perkins;
8:19 a.m., Hillview Road; 8:40 a.m., Navin.
Bus 35 - Edgewood - 8:21 a.m., Rt. 36/4 S; 8:25 a.m., Palm Dr.; 8:29
a.m., Emmaus; 8:30 a.m., Morning Star; 8:32 a.m., Dove; 8:34 a.m.,
Crown/Carmel; 8:36 a.m., Damascus; 8:37 a.m., A+ Daycare.
Bus 37 - Mill Valley - 8:20 a.m., Meadows Apartments; 8:25 a.m., Echo
Drive; 8:27 a.m., Mill Valley Area (non-walkers)

Rumblings at the JDC
Dividing a detention center is not easy.
With Logan County's decision to pull out of the Five County Joint
Juvenile Detention Center on Route 4, a joint board met late Thursday
afternoon to discuss a settlement and future funding. The joint board
includes representatives of Union, Madison, Delaware, Champaign and
Logan counties.
Logan County, the last county to join the district 30 years ago, is the
first to step out of the agreement - something that has never been done
before. In 1999 Logan County commissioners voiced their intentions to
convert an adult facility into a juvenile detention center. Construction
began a year ago and a formal request to withdraw from the joint board
was presented in 2001.
Logan County wants to be absolved of any ongoing cost and compensated
for equity in the facility.
Equity appears to be the stumbling block.
All agree the facility is a losing proposition and it would probably be
more economical to close it and pay to house youths in other facilities.
The remaining members, however, said they are committed to keeping this
center open.
They are offering Logan County the opportunity to leave with no further
obligation except to pay for their share of a $240,000 debt and receive
no compensation for any equity in a facility that is struggling to keep
its doors open.
The facility is not state of the art, costs more to operate than a new
facility would and there is no other use for it, explained Union County
Commissioner Tom McCarthy. With Logan County leaving, the four remaining
counties are gaining nothing and actually taking on more debt and
"Equity is hard to define," he said.
Union County Commissioner Don Fraser suggested that a true appraisal -
unlike one done by Logan County - should be two-fold. It should
determine the value of the land and the value of the ongoing business,
which all agree would be a negative number. He estimated that the two
appraisals would cost between $10,000 and $15,000.
Logan County's commissioners have suggested asking the court to settle
the matter. Others, however, are not interested in going to court.
"If we have to go to court and battle over this, then we might as well
close the doors," said Jim Ward of Delaware County.
On the flip side, Logan County's officials are concerned about what
their voters might think if they walk away from the Joint Center with
"We'll be all out the door if we just walk away," said Michael Yoder,
Logan County Auditor.
Fraser suggested a middle ground where Logan County could not force a
sale and have no stake in the ongoing operations, but if the property
were sold it would share equally in the proceeds.
Logan County officials asked for an agreement to be put in writing. An
answer is expected at the November quarterly meeting.
A second critical issue discussed by the members on Thursday was how to
fund the center.
Operating expenses are currently paid on a per capita basis with each
county paying for the number of children placed in the facility. With
Logan pulling out and Champaign County's usage declining, the current
method is not covering costs.
McCarthy said the finance committee has decided that "each member has an
obligation to pay some portion of the center, irregardless of use."
The discussion was tabled.
The local crunch appears to be a symptom of a bigger problem. The state
now finds itself with an oversupply of beds for juveniles.
McCarthy said Logan, Marion and Clark counties are all on line to open
new facilities to house youth. Licking County, which had been one of the
bigger renters of the Joint Juvenile Center, has also built its own
facility. Morrow County has been contacted about taking Logan County's
place at the center but said they are laying people off and do not have
the money.
When the joint juvenile detention center was opened in 1972 it was the
first of its kind in the state. Juveniles were previously housed in
county jails with adult offenders.

Scott stays active despite dialysis

Compared to what Karyl Scott has been through the past 26 years, she
should have no trouble handling the heat on Sept. 8 when her friends
plan to roast her.
 She is the longest-surviving patient on kidney dialysis at The Ohio
State University Hospitals Clinic in Columbus. For 26 years, Scott of
Marysville has traveled 35 miles each way three times a week to spend
four hours in dialysis to cleanse her blood because her kidneys are
"This is my life," she said. "If I don't go down there I lose my life.
It's a job."
She adds, "It's 50 percent mental. You've got to make yourself realize
if you want to live you have to do what you have to do."
Since she was diagnosed at age16 with Glomerulonephritis, she has been
doing just that.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday she is up by 4 a.m. and heading to
Columbus by 5 a.m. so she can be on the dialysis machine by 6 or 6:30
a.m. She is poked with a 15-gauge needle which is about the size of
pencil lead and then has 5 ccs of blood rush in and out of her body a
minute until 10:30 a.m. She's been told four hours of dialysis is equal
to eight hours of hard labor.
Scott underwent a kidney transplant in 1977, using a kidney donated by
her mother, but her body rejected the new organ. Later that year, her
older sister Kim also suffered renal failure and died after an
unsuccessful transplant using a kidney donated by her father.
Scott has been in the hospital too many times to count and she has tried
multiple types of dialysis. A few years ago she almost died from a heart
infection, has sustained nerve and carpal damage and has low blood
pressure and arthritis. She also must use hearing aids in both ears.
Scott's friend, Dee Dee Houdashelt, calls her "an unsung hero."
"I think it's a wonderful idea to recognize community heroes while they
are still with us," Houdashelt adds. "She has touched so many lives."
When Scott is not hooked up to a dialysis machine or driving to
Columbus, she leads an active life.
She volunteers weekly at Memorial Hospital of Union County in the gift
shop and print shop. She has volunteered 1,500 hours over the past five
years. Monthly she decorates bulletin boards at The Gables at Green
Pastures and the OSU dialysis department.
An active member of the Central Ohio Emmaus Community, she has served on
teams, worked in the kitchen and provided flowers for the weekend
events. She also keeps busy with needlepoint projects that she shares
with others and lends a hand for community musical productions, selling
tickets and playing flute in the orchestra.
Scott even played a part in creating a Kidney Kamp in Ohio.
After attending a camp in Georgia, she approached her nephrologist and
in 1981 the Ohio Kidney Kamp became a reality.
"Today it's still going strong ... kids with renal progblems are still
able to go to a camp where they are treated like real kids, but also
have their medical needs met."
Her dialysis hasn't kept her from traveling, either.
Thanks to the generosity of friends, she has been to Florida and has
traveled to California for the Rose Bowl. She sets her treatment up with
units close to where she is going. Her dream is to someday go on a
dialysis cruise.
"I've been put here and this way for a reason," says the diminuative
Scott, who weighs 90 pounds and is 5 feet tall. "I wanted to be a mother
and teach school, but I never got that chance," she said.
Scott doesn't consider herself to be sick and doesn't want pity from
others, although she admits there are times when coping with a chronic
disease is very difficult.


Marysville just missed getting new employer

From J-T staff reports:
Union County just missed out on having a new major employer in the area.
Union County Economic Development Director Eric Phillips told Richwood
Village Council Monday that Marysville was on a list of four sites being
considered for a 1.3-million-square-foot Target Distribution Center that
decided to locate in West Jefferson.
The center is expected to employ up to 1,000 people and serve as a
warehousing facility for the company. Average salaries have been listed
in the $27,000-$30,000 range.
The business would have pumped an estimated $1.2 million in property
taxes and $250,000 in income taxes into local coffers annually.
The West Jefferson facility will be located at a site near U.S. 40 and
Route 29. Phillips said the company was looking at other sites in
Delaware, Akron and Pennsylvania.
Locally, the company had its eye on a piece of land on Industrial
Parkway in order to have easy access to U.S. 33.
Phillips said the company cited Union County's lack of a labor force as
one reason the Marysville site was not chosen. Apparently the county's
low unemployment rate led company officials to deem there were not
enough available workers in the area.
Strangely, however, the Ohio Job and Family Services website lists
county-by-county unemployment figures and shows that Union and Madison
counties had similar unemployment rates in June - 4.1 percent. Phillips
said West Jefferson allows the company to draw from not only the
Columbus labor force, but also from the Springfield/Dayton area.
Phillips also said that Target was concerned with being the "big fish,"
the largest employer within a community. With Honda and Scotts already
in Marysville, Target would not have been the third largest employer.
Despite missing out on a large volume of tax dollars and jobs, Phillips
said there is a bright spot to the negotiations. He said city and county
officials worked diligently to put together an incentive package to
entice the company.
With the time spent working through such a project, local officials will
be ready the next time a prospective business comes to town, Phillips
"It's actually a good exercise to go through," he said.


Family taking active role in battle against diabetes
Shawn and Kim Neel are doing all they can to find a cure for their 2
1/2-year-old son.
Cody was diagnosed with Type 1 juvenile diabetes on May 1.
"The most heart-wrenching and cruel thing about this disease is that
even if we tightly control Cody's diet and sugar levels, over time, he
is still more likely to have heart disease, kidney disease, blindness
and a shortened lifespan of 15 years," wrote Shawn and Kim Neel of
Richwood in a July 18 letter. "It's very tough to take."
After learning all they could about managing the disease, the Neels
decided "to do more than just hope for a cure."
They are taking to the streets Oct. 5 and asking everyone they know to
join them in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure
"There are two ways you can help make a difference for Cody and for
everyone living with diabetes," the Neels wrote. "You can join our
family that consists of family and friends who collect pledges and walk
with us," or send a tax deductible contribution of any amount and made
payable to JDRF.
Their goal is to raise more than $2,000 for diabetes research.
"Every dollar will help bring us one step closer to the cure," they
As the Neels wait and walk for a cure, they are learning to manage
Cody's diabetes and make his childhood as normal as possible even though
he is insulin-dependent for the rest of his life.
"Our son is required to constantly check his blood sugar by pricking his
tiny little fingers five or more times a day and have two to three shots
of insulin per day. By the time he graduates high school he will have
received over 12,000 insulin injections and pricked his fingers over
35,000 times. In addition, a tightly controlled diet and scheduled food
intake is now part of Cody's everyday life."
Insulin, however, is not a cure, just a life support.
A change in appetite was the first sign that something was seriously
wrong with Cody. Usually a picky eater, he began eating all the time and
lost 10 pounds in a week.
At the same time, he had been on double antibiotics for an ear infection
when he came down with a mouth irritation. After going to Convenient
Care and changing his medicine, the virus ran its course but Cody
remained lethargic and was breathing deeply.
Out of frustration, the family asked for a blood test. The doctor
discovered Cody was diabetic with a dangerously high blood sugar count.
A normal blood sugar count range is 80 to 120. That day Cody's count was
555. He was lifeflighted to Children's Hospital in Columbus immediately
and stayed in the hospital for five days.
Cody was put on a schedule for his diet and his parents took lessons on
giving shots. The family credits his roommate, Jacob, for encouraging
him to eat.
Because of his condition, Cody's grandmother, Pam Neel, has resigned as
a teacher's aid so she can now stay home with Cody during the day. Cody
can't be left with just anyone. Stress, heat, humidity, exercise, diet
and insulin all affect his health, which is still precarious at times.
As the family learns to deal with the day-to-day details of diabetes,
they are hopeful a cure will be found soon.


Richwood has some nibbles on industrial park
With the country facing an economic downturn, the Richwood Industrial
Park appears to be holding its own.
While no offers are on the table for businesses to move into the park,
Union County Economic Development Director Eric Phillips told Richwood
Council Monday night that there have been businesses looking at the
Phillips reported that there are three solid prospects looking at the
industrial park, one being a "substantial" sized business in the
aviation field. He said the other two prospects are also good fits for
the village and would each bring in 25 to 30 jobs.
He did note that all three of the companies are taking hard looks are
other sites in Union County, including Marysville and Jerome Township.
Phillips said that while nothing is set in stone, it is nice to see that
the interest in the industrial park is picking up despite the economy.
He said that trend seems to be holding true in all of Union County.
Richwood Mayor Bill Nibert said that interest has not come without
effort. He said he visits Phillips two to three times a week, prodding
him and helping him find prospective businesses.
"Things are sounding good," Nibert said. "It's just a slow process."
Phillips said it takes a lot of effort to draw prospects to the site. He
noted that a recent mailing about the Richwood Industrial Park was sent
out to 200 businesses and just four responses were sent back.
Village administrator Ron Polen addressed the village on changing the
way water meters readings are recorded. He said the current way the
village reads meters is getting outdated.
Currently a village employee walks around and records the numbers shown
on a remote meter outside the home. He said the problem is that some of
the remote meters do not record the water usage accurately.
This makes it necessary for readers to check the inside meter
periodically to ensure the usage figures are accurate. Polen said it is
often difficult to find a resident at home during the day to allow the
reader to check the inside meter.
He said a more accurate method would be a newer type of remote meter in
which the reader needs only to touch a special recording device to a
sensor on the outside of the home.
Polen said the only real expense is $4,000 for a sensor and the computer
software to handle the data. He said the cost of the actual meter itself
is only slightly higher.
Council approved the move to the new meters.
In other business, the council:
. Learned the status of some grant applications from Phillips.
. Heard from Eagle Scout candidate Caleb Delp on his project to spruce
up Richwood Park. He said he would be placing tree identification
plaques in the park as well as performing work on the grass and picnic
tables. The project requires 100 hours of community service but Delp
said he would stick with the job through completion if it required
additional hours.
. Heard from council member George Showalter on progress with
constructing a new ball field at Richwood Park.
. Held a discussion on various issues pertaining to water and sewer
tap-in fees.
. Heard an issue brought up by council member Arlene Blue regarding
health concerns at a village home where numerous dogs live. Blue also
expressed frustration that the county dog warden would not respond to
this and other complaints in the north end of the county.
. Heard council member Peg Wiley compliment Polen for the hard work
village employees have been putting in on patching up streets. She also
complimented Showalter on his efforts at the recent Park Day event. Blue
also acknowledged the community for the outpouring of cakes and pies for
the annual auction at Park Day.

Waste water department chief resigns
Marysville is now looking for someone passionate about waste water
According to reports, local plant superintendent Charlie Tatman has
tendered his resignation effective Thursday.
With all the negative attention focused on Marysville's waste water
treatment plant after recent floods, the loss is significant.
While the reason for Tatman's departure was not specifically commented
on by city administration and some members of city council had not heard
of the resignation, the city's human resources director Brian Dostanko
did submit a public statement on the issue.
The letter stated: "The city of Marysville regrets to announce that a
long standing employee submitted a letter of resignation. Charles Tatman
was the acting waste water superintendent and previously a lab
technician. Chief operator Richard Shane has been appointed as acting
waste water superintendent. The city is actively entering a recruitment
process for a full time replacement as of today. We wish Charles nothing
but success in all his future endeavors."
"I'm very pleased to have the opportunity," Shane said. "We do have a
few problems we will have to start addressing. But I'm real pleased to
be given the opportunity."
When asked if he knew of Tatman's reasons for his resignation, Shane
said he would have to refer that to the city administration.

Apprentice art students get intimate look at an artist's life
When two college students return to class later this month, they won't
have the typical summer job stories to share.
Magdolene Kelada-Sedra and Melissa Swabb spent the summer as apprentices
to artist educator Jim Mellick on his Maple Ridge Road farm.
Swabb, 22, is a fifth-year art education student at Ohio Northern
University in Ada. She is originally from Laura, near Dayton.
Kelada-Sedra, 20, is an art/biology major at Houghton College in
Houghton, N.Y. She is originally from St. Catherine's, Ont., Canada.
As apprentices their days included four hours of sculpting every day
plus a lot more such as helping to shear llamas, watching eight puppies
being born, growing a garden from seeds, teaching art classes to
elementary-age children, visiting art festivals and even insulating a
"They got quite a bit more than they bargained for," Mellick said.
More than anything, both apprentices got to experience an artist's life,
Mellick said, and become part of his extended family. The apprentices
lived with Mellick and his wife, receiving room, board and instruction
in exchange for their work around the property.
"There was a lot of informal instruction about the pluses and minuses,"
he said about the casual discussions the girls heard around the dining
room table.
The apprentices rattle off a few of the lessons they've learned, "Be
realistic ... stay with your specialty ... don't bite off more than you
can chew."
Mellick adds that an artist always remembers his name is on the project
and he can never short change the project.
As an abstract sculptor, Kelada-Sedra's first project this summer was to
carve an alabaster stone. She estimates the project involved 60 hours of
work over three weeks beginning with a drawing and working with a
handheld chisel and pneumatic grinder. She also learned - the hard way -
how soft alabaster is when a pointed section broke.
"You learn, then you do better the next time," Mellick said about the
She also mimicked the art form of Henry Moore in taking a human form and
creating a two-piece abstract wood-laminated sculpture. She estimates
this project involved more than two weeks of work.
Her greatest lesson of the summer was to clarify what she really wants
to do with her life.
Watching the puppies birth confirmed to Kelada-Sedra that she did not
want to become a physician, something that she had considered
previously. Instead, she now plans to teach art.
Kelada-Sedra and Swabb said they will use their summer work in senior
shows during the coming year.
Swabb's sculptures were influenced greatly by Mellick's llama named
She, like Kelada-Sedra, experienced a few frustrating moments with her
Swabb learned the hard way that dish soap and hand soap are not the
"My mold was a disaster," she said.
Her 60 hours of work, however, was not wasted and she now is looking
forward to creating a series of plaster molds featuring a llama face.
Mellick is already planning his apprentice program for next year. This
year's students came to him by faculty recommendations. He has taught at
Houghton and will be teaching at Ohio Northern this year.


City will stick with RITA

Although council has previously expressed concern over Marysville's
income tax collection company, it has decided to allow the agency to
continue its collection services.
Marysville contracted with Regional Income Tax Agency at the beginning
of the year, with renewal of the contract set for July 24. The city's
agreement with the financial company was then extended to July 31 to
give more time for council and administration to decide if they would
continue with its services.
A meeting of city officials to decide on whether to continue the
association with RITA was canceled just before the deadline, apparently
because the decision on the issue had already been made.
While both city finance director John Morehart and council president
John Gore were unable to return phone calls before press time, clerk of
council Connie Patterson reported that Gore confirmed the city will
stick with the financial company.
On July 23, before the last council meeting of July, Morehart visited
associates of RITA to go over the city's concerns and came back with
good news. Morehart said that during his meeting all the issues were
addressed. He said RITA plans to make major changes in its systems.
"Overall," Morehart said, "I was very impressed with the visit."
There were ongoing timing differences between when the income tax money
was collected and when the city actually received it. In addition, both
residents and CPAs in Marysville had complained about what were
considered overly-complicated tax forms.
The topic of the tax forms was a point Gore particularly felt needed to
be addressed.   Morehart added that RITA is making changes to its form
and is coming up with a type of "E-Z form." He also said RITA has always
maintained that if anyone had troubles with the form, RITA would help
residents fill them out. The company also holds free seminars for local
CPAs on how to fill out the forms.

Community Care Day scheduled
Journal-Tribune intern
 The United Way of Union County is kicking off its annual fund raising
campaign with its sixth Community Care Day Sept. 10.
During the care day last year, held on Sept. 12, 120 people volunteered
their time to complete 70 jobs around Union County in the shadow of the
tragic events of the day before.
Projects during Community Care Day typically involve providing
housekeeping or lawn care for senior citizens. Other projects may
include weeding in community parks or helping local agencies with
special needs.
Brien Dickson is one of the volunteers involved with Community Care Day
and Thelma Callicoat is the person who benefited from Dickson's
Callicoat, 75, has lived in a house by herself on Watkins Road since the
death of her husband.
"I live alone, but my daughter lives next door and there are people down
the street and across the street who keep an eye on me," Callicoat said.
"I still cook and clean as much as I can, but I can't do things like I
used to."
Community Care Day gives volunteer workers the opportunity to help
people like Callicoat throughout Union County.
"There are a lot of things we take for granted and for many people it
isn't as easy," Dickson said.
Dickson and Callicoat have both been involved with Community Care Day
for three years but did not cross paths until last year.
"Last year I got a chance to help Thelma," Dickson said.
"A fella' named Brien and another young man came over and painted for
me," Callicoat recalls.
"We painted the kitchen, the hallway and the bathroom ceiling," Dickson
Callicoat had already purchased the paint but had not looked at the
color until Dickson and the high school student helping him opened the
can. When the can of paint was opened everyone in the room was surprised
to see an unusual shade of green.
"I wanted the room green, but not this shade." Callicoat explained.
"I'm not sure she liked the color," Dickson said.
Callicoat had no way of purchasing more paint. The room needed to be
painted and her helpers would be gone if she decided to wait for
different paint to arrive.
"It wasn't their fault that I had the wrong color, so I just had them
paint it the color I had," Callicoat said.
While Dickson and his high school helper began painting, Callicoat tried
to help as much as she could.
"I taped around the window and moved the knick-knacks out of the way,"
Callicoat recalls.
At lunch time the duo took a break and recruited two more helpers.
"They came back with two girls," Callicoat remembers.
After lunch things went a lot faster with the extra help and there was
time for fun.
"When we were finished and in the back yard cleaning the paint brushes,
the girls started playing," Dickson remembers
"I looked and the girls were carrying on with the hose in the back,"
Callicoat said. "I thought, 'let them have a good time.' They never did
nothing 'til they were all through."
After Dickson and his helpers left, Callicoat and her grandson put up a
border to help neutralize the green paint.
This year she has another project ready to be tackled. The little
bedroom in her house needs to be painted. There won't be any more green,
though. This room will be white.
"I hope this year Brien can come back and look at the kitchen and see
how it turned out," Callicoat
"It is such a rewarding experience to help people," Dickson said.
There is still time to register a Community Care Day project with the
United Way. There is also time left to sign up to volunteer. The day
begins with breakfast at 7:45 a.m. at the Catholic Community Center.
To register a project or to become a volunteer, please contact the
United Way office at 644-8381 or toll free at (877) 644-8381


New Code would tone down meetings

Jerome Township Board of Trustee meetings may be changing if a proposed
code of conduct is approved.
During Monday's regular board meeting an 11-page draft, prepared by
Columbus attorney Susan Kyte, was distributed to the three trustees.
Since January  - and the election of two new trustees - the township
meetings, held twice a month, have been tumultuous and at times
confrontational with limited business conducted. The proposed code comes
three weeks after Kyte said she has told all three trustees at various
times that they are out of line, accusing them once of behaving like
children that night.
The proposed code defines the role of the board president, how motions
are noticed, the right to speak, rules of debate and demeanor of board
According to the draft, the board's president holds much of the power
and the code appears to curtail the public's participation in the
"The general public is welcome to attend, but has no right to
participate in the meetings ....," states the document on page three.
The public may "be granted leave to address a meeting" but a request
must be delivered, orally or in writing, to the board president "no
later than 3 p.m. on the day preceding the board meeting."
The draft would limit public comment to two speakers on any one item
with one speaker in support and one in opposition. Speakers are limited
to three minutes, however, a two-minute extension may be granted by the
president. The president can also prohibit the circulation of documents
or notes by the public.
Of course, there are exceptions. A board member may ask that a person be
allowed to speak but a majority of the board must agree that the person
be heard.
The draft code would also limit how new business is introduced. Each
trustee must be given notice in writing at least 96 hours before the
Under the section concerning motions, the draft would limit the number
of speeches and require trustees and board members to ask questions only
through the president. Trustees would be prohibited from disclosing
information that is not public or prior to it becoming public.
If the code is approved as written, the president can require an
out-of-order trustee to apologize and be expelled from a meeting. If
disorder by or among the public occurs, the president can adjourn the
meeting and expel the offending members, even with force if need be.
Trustees are considered out of order if they assault or threaten another
trustee or person at the meeting; make a motion or amendment that has an
unlawful purpose; insult, denigrate or make personal reflections to
another trustee, staff member or general public; or say or do something
that is inconsistent with maintaining order at the meeting.
The public is considered out of order if they interrupt the meeting
audibly, by displaying documents or by their behavior.
During Monday's meeting, the board:
. Renewed a public safety officer contract that expires in August but
tabled until the next meeting a decision of entering into an agreement
with Millcreek Township for sharing the cost of three officers and
possibly adding a fourth.
Union County Sheriff John Overly told the board that Millcreek has voted
to continue the public officer program with a proposed 25/75 split in
cost. He pointed out that Jerome has a population of 3,950, as compared
to 1,261 residents in Millcreek; two times more highway; experienced 85
percent more calls for service from 1998 to 2001 and 79 percent more 911
calls; and has 91 percent more businesses.
 "We're looking for a fair split," Overly said.
. Agreed to pay $2,600 for the installation of two large pieces of
playground equipment that were purchased in December and have been
sitting in the township garage since April.
Sharon Sue Wolfe, board president, questioned several times the need to
spend the money after a park committee was created.
. Authorized Napier Tree Service of Plain City to cut and remove a tree
on Montgomery Drive for $395. The agreement does not include stump
. Rescinded a previous motion, upon the advice of the county health
department, to make the water at the new well at Jerome Cemetery
Trustee Ron Rhodes questioned why the township would not spend $284.25
for an application to make the water safe after spending $3,200 to dig
the well. Rhodes also wondered if a sign at the cemetery stating that
the water is not safe for drinking should be in two languages. Attorney
Kyte said that was not necessary.
. Authorized Mike Clark to cross an alley in Jerome to repair a tile.
. Agreed to rent portable restrooms from a new supplier for $10 less
than they are currently paying and to remove the one unit from Jerome
Park and install it at Jerome Cemetery.
Rhodes questioned the need for toilet facilities at the cemetery and
voted no. Wolfe said she knew of other cemeteries with toilets and said
she had been contacted by senior citizens who voiced a need for
facilities when visiting the cemetery.
. Received a list of insurance carriers from clerk Robert Caldwell.
. Agreed that a letter should be sent to a business on Heritage Drive
that is unloading heavy equipment on the road and damaging the road.
. Agreed to advertise for a part-time road maintenance supervisor
Rhodes suggested the individual be certified for fire and emergency
medical services. Over the past 10 years, Rhodes said, individuals
holding the position have been certified for fire and EMS. Trustee
Freeman and Wolfe objected to the suggestion. Applications will be
accepted until Aug. 31.
. Renewed a contract for spraying cemeteries and ditches.

Union County's bicentennial plans moving along
From J-T staff reports:
The state's bicentennial is a year away and plans are moving ahead with
Union County's part in the party.
Planning is now underway for a public wedding with a unique twist, a
wagon train that will cross the county from south to north and a bell
casting at the Union County Fair.
Other events under consideration include holding an old-time gathering
with a parade and ice cream social, a sports weekend featuring a 1922
baseball team, historical tours of county sites and Marysville homes,
creating a county calendar that lists significant events and sponsoring
a royalty pageant, said Crista Miller, a member of the Committee for
Ohio's Bicentennial in Union County.
More volunteers, however, are needed to turn these ideas into reality.
The next committee meeting is Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Marysville Public
Library. Individuals can also contact Miller at work by calling 644-3622
or stopping at 893 Delaware Ave.
In addition to volunteers, the committee is looking for a couple
interested in a unique wedding ceremony.
The wedding will be set in the historic time period of the early 1800s
when the state of Ohio and Union County were founded. The idea
originated from a 1903 newspaper article describing a public wedding
that occurred in Marysville's town square during the state's centennial
The article dated July 9, 1903, states, "There were more people here
than were ever seen in Marysville before. It is estimated 5,000 people
were present on our streets during the day."
The committee is looking for an unmarried couple with Union County
connections to be the bicentennial bride and groom. The couple will be
selected from those who apply based on their applications and
For fun, wedding guests and the public attending the wedding will be
encouraged to wear period attire. Ladies would have worn Empire dresses
that had high waistlines and long skirts. Gentlemen would have work the
newest fashion trends of the time - long pantaloons. Previously
gentlemen wore short breeches that buckled at the knee, Miller said.
In the early 1800s, Miller said, Union County and Ohio were mostly
wooded and unsettled.
Residents wanting to display their pride in the state's celebration can
purchase an official Ohio Bicentennial flag from the committee in
September. To recognize Ohio being admitted into the Union as the 17th
state, the committee is offering 17 flags at a discount.
Union County will also have its own flag. The committee is enlisting the
help of local students to design a flag for the county.
Bret Atkins, a member of the local bicentennial committee, is creating
two videos documenting highlights preparations for the local
celebration, as well as the establishment, settlement and history of the
The committee hopes to raise enough money to donate the balance to the
Union County Historical Society for the relocation of the Academy
Building which would serve as the long-term symbol of the state's

Catching up with dad

A son and father caught up on three years of past events Saturday,
discussing Sept. 11 as well as family happenings.
"We're all having some troubles, Dad. This is not a happy time in the
history of our nation."
Robert Beightler II spoke quietly to his father at a gravesite in
Oakdale Cemetery, as if the general were sitting in the grass in front
of him, listening. Army Gen. Robert Beightler, who died in 1978, is
known as one of Marysville's most distinguished military leaders, having
a National Guard Armory near Linworth named after him.
Beightler, 80, who now lives in California, has traveled to the
gravesite 25 times. He spent time working on upkeep of the site, ate
lunch with some local veterans and visited the Veterans Memorial
Auditorium. He had not visited the gravesite in Oakdale Cemetery since
1999 and it took him a while to catch up on the events which have
occurred since Sept. 11. Beightler spent an hour conversing with his
"I forgot to mention the Pentagon, Dad," Beightler mentioned later in
the conversation. He felt it important to mention the event, as both he
and his father served at the Pentagon.
His father's record of military service was long. His military life
began in 1911 when he enlisted in the Army Infantry and rose through the
ranks of corporal, sergeant, first sergeant and second lieutenant. He
served on the Mexican border from 1916-17 and in World War I with the
166th Infantry, 42nd division, from which he was mustered out as
He then moved his way through the ranks of the National Guard and from
1920 to 1939 he rose from major to major general. From 1939 to 1945 he
served as commanding general, 37th division, and was the only National
Guard division commander to serve continuously throughout World War II.
He is known for commanding the combat troops which did most of the
fighting in capturing Manila.
>From 1945 to 1953 he served as commanding general in the Far East and
ended his military career as governor and commanding general in Okinawa.

He received various decorations through his career including the
Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest honor awarded by the
military. A likeness of the cross is carved into Beightler's headstone.
The younger Beightler's record of military service is just as long as
his father's. He retired from Army service in 1973 as a colonel of the
parachute infantry. The West Point graduate was a member of the first
class of the military academy to be graduated early in order to enter
World War II.
Beightler recalled seeking out his father two times during World War II,
the most dramatic involving a trip in which a jeep right behind his was
destroyed by a mine.
While the stone on Beightler's grave may read "beloved commander," his
son remembers him as a beloved father. He described his father as a
strict but kind man.
"He was a great man, my father," Beightler said. "He was the greatest
man I've ever known."
Beightler said Marysville was a special place for his father and he felt
the town probably held his father in the same regard. Because of that he
decided to part with his favorite possession.
Beightler donated an oil painting of his father, made in 1945, to be
placed in the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
"In his hometown, I'm going to sacrifice my favorite portrait of my
father," Beightler said.
The painting will be dedicated at a special ceremony during the Four
Chaplains service in February.

Former meteorologist enjoying life in Marysville

These days the only reason former television weatherman Bret Atkins
turns his eye to the sky is for his garden along Bear Swamp Road.
Atkins, a certified meteorologist, moved to Marysville three years ago
when he decided to look for a home outside of Columbus. For 13 years he
informed central Ohio television viewers about their daily weather on
the Channel 4 morning news show from 1985 to 1997.
A native of Florida, Atkins said he had never known cold weather until
he moved to Ohio, where he learned the hard way about Ohio's cold
He said that in Florida it is a common practice to turn the heat off in
your house everytime you leave because temperatures rarely drop below 30
degrees Fahrenheit. So that is what he did over one Christmas weekend in
Ohio. He returned home to find the vegetable oil in his kitchen cupboard
solid and the indoor temperature at 30 degrees. It was 12 degrees below
zero outside. Fortunately, he didn't have any frozen water pipes.
"I could see the breath in my own house," Atkins said. "It was a quick
As the morning weatherman Atkins said he would usually get to work
between 2:30 and 3 a.m. and work until 1 p.m. with some personal
appearances later in the day.
He recalls going to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands after Hurricane Hugo
in the late 1980s when the island was rebuilding, as well as the World's
Fair in 1992 and Germany to cover Army war games.
During his tenure, Atkins said the business of news reporting changed a
lot with more news shows. Originally he would give three one-minute
weather casts. By the time he left, his job required nine one minute
Most of the time, he jokes that he said "hazy, hot and humid, a lot."
Atkins said he decided to step out from in front of the television
camera when the job wasn't fun anymore.
Instead, he decided to become part of "a new thing called the Internet."

He considered it a "once in a lifetime experience." He said the
challenge was to be as fast as television and radio news, yet as deep as
newspaper and magazine news.
Four years ago, though, Atkins to began purchasing video equipment to
pursue a college dream to own his own video business. He left corporate
America in 2001 to start a business that lets the "common, ordinary
person tell their story for their descendants."
"Few people know the fourth generation back," Atkins said.
His personal documentaries and family history videos, which he has
dubbed "aural" history, preserve the past for the future. The business
has since expanded to include pet memories video.
Atkins is now working on a two-part documentary for the Union County
Bicentennial Committee. One part will highlight the history of Union
County, while the second will show what the county is doing for next
year's celebration.
Atkins' career began as a country music disc jockey and has included
stints as a television reporter, police spokesman and programming
webcasts. Along the way he earned a master's degree in journalism from
The Ohio State University and a certificate in meteorology from
Mississippi State University. He is also a licensed pilot and scuba
When he is not busy documenting other people's stories, Atkins enjoys
working in his garden and traveling with his wife, Lori.

Area lottery winner comes forward
A Marysville man claimed millions Tuesday in lottery winnings.
Thomas G. Grigsby's winning ticket for the June 29 Super Lotto Plus
jackpot totaled $9 million. Grigsby, however, chose the cash option and
received instead $2,752,200 after taxes.
The odds of matching all six numbers are 1 in 13,983,816.
Grigsby used the auto lotto feature for the winning numbers of
5-7-8-12-22-47. The bonus ball was 3.
The ticket was purchased at CJ's Market in Milford Center. CJ's received
a $9,000 agent bonus for selling the winning ticket.
This is the largest winning ticket sold at CJ's, although the local
business has had a $100,000 kicker winner and a $1 million instant

New School, principal await students

By Patricia Rengifo
Journal-Tribune intern
The former assistant principal at Creekview Intermediate School is
moving from one new school to another. Trent Bower is excited to begin
the new school year as principal at Navin Elementary School.
"Things are coming together," Bower said.
The school will house 415 kindergarten through fourth-grade students
this year and within four years it will probably be filled to its
capacity of 650 students.
Students and staff will be moving to Navin from three other elementary
schools in the district. Teachers have been moving into their new
classrooms for several weeks.
"There will be quite a few old faces," said Bower.
About two out of three teachers are from the district, with the rest
being new hires. One third of the students are from Edgewood, one third
are from East and one third are from Mill Valley.
"Our goal is to make it feel like home for both students and staff,"
Bower said.
The school has received several donations to make the facility feel more
like home. A former teacher in the district donated a large collection
of books for the library and a local family donated two pianos.
"We were very fortunate to receive donations," Bower said.
The PTOs from other schools in the district have also donated items for
the school.
"We want to make the students comfortable here and take care of their
needs," Bower said. "They have to feel comfortable before they can
 The school is prepared to handle the needs of its students. The staff
will include three intervention specialists and one reading specialist.
Special needs students will spend part of the day in one of three
special needs classrooms and the remainder of the day will be spent with
their regular teachers.
Bower is planning to put an emphasis on the three "Three Cs," Child
Center, Community and Character.
The community portion will begin Aug. 19 with the first PTO meeting of
the school year. There will also be an open house Aug. 20 from 3 to 6
p.m. This will be a chance for parents and students to meet the teachers
and tour the building before the first day of school.
Navin Elementary School, located on County Home Road, is the third new
school to open in the Marysville Exempted Village School District in
four years. Mill Valley Elementary School has been open for four years
and Creekview Intermediate School, which houses fifth and sixth graders,
opened its doors at the beginning of the 2001-02 school year.
The Marysville schools will open this fall with almost 2,700 students in
the elementary and intermediate schools and more than 2,000 in the
middle school and high school.

Richwood researcher indicted
staff and wire reports
A federal grand jury indicted Marilyn A. Coleman of Richwood for her
"magic bullet egg powder" on Wednesday.
A press release from the Office of the United States Attorney Southern
District of Ohio states that Coleman, her company OvImmune Inc. of
Richwood and partner, plastic surgeon Mitchell V. Kaminski of Niles,
Ill., face a 26-count indictment.
The charges allege comspiracy to commit mail fraud and to distribute an
unapproved and misbranded drug with intent to defraud.
The drug is described as eggs and egg powders allegedly containing
antibodies to various diseases in humans. The eggs and egg powders
described as "magic bullets" were allegedly distributed to cure,
mitigate, treat or prevent various diseases including candida,
chlamydia, attention deficit disorder, autism, cancer, AIDS, chronic
fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and Alzheimer's disease, states the
The charges carry maximum sentences ranging from one to five years in
prison plus one to three years of probation and fines of $100,000 to
Also on Tuesday  a former OvImmune distributor, Raymond A. Suen and For
Your Health Inc. both of Seattle, pleaded guilty in the United States
District Court at Columbus to charges of conspiracy to distribute
unapproved and misbranded drugs in interstate commerce involving an
anti-candida egg powder.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney's office states that Suen and For
Your Health were solicited by Coleman, Kaminski and OvImmune to fund
development of one of its egg powders, a treatment for candida yeast
infections. The resulting product was sold as CandidaTx in Suen's
Seattle-based health food store and on the Internet.
Authorities said a former Web site advertised the eggs as "magic
bullets" and said the powdered yolk could treat yeast infections,
autism, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome and AIDS. By law, a food
supplement becomes a drug when it is advertised as treating a disease
and must go through the rigorous drug approval process.
Coleman has said For Your Health ran the Web site and her attorneys
ordered the company to stop making claims that the powdered yolk could
cure diseases.
In an April 2001 Marysville Journal-Tribune article Coleman said she and
Kaminski were the first to discover that by eating a chicken egg with
antibody properties certain diseases could be successfully treated.
'Chickens are a God-made resource. They normally produce antibodies
which can be purified. Immunized chickens produce eggs rich in
antibodies which can cure mastitis, toenail fungus and rheumatoid
arthritis. We've also had proven success with patients suffering from
chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and similar chronic ailments,"
Coleman said in 2001.
Coleman said then that over the past 33 years as she traveled to 87
countries she protected herself from regional viruses by eating the
local eggs and yogurt. She explained that she took this concept one step
further with an additional vaccination for the chicken which helps
people suffering from vaginitis and candidiasis.
Coleman said her products are considered food and not a drug. They are
approved by the USDA and FDA as generally regarded as safe.
A year ago, agents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raided
Coleman's farm and took all documents related to OvImmune and her second
business, a livestock consulting service she says is unrelated.
Coleman sold baggies full of the pale yellow powder to undercover
agents, the indictment said. One bought $200 worth for rheumatoid
arthritis and the other $25 worth to treat his wife's toenail fungus.
Coleman and Kaminski also contracted with a Seattle company the
indictment does not name to pay for an effectiveness study. The two did
not report to the company that the University of Texas researcher hired
to do the study found the powder ineffective, the indictment said.
Coleman, 56, formed OvImmune in 1993. She has said she sought advice
from the FDA on legal steps she needed to market her product. After
receiving no response, she relied on a 1998 letter from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture that the egg powder was a nutritional
supplement, not a drug.
She started researching egg antibodies while an assistant professor of
poultry science at The Ohio State University from 1977-82.
Contacted Wednesday afternoon, Coleman said she was unaware of the
indictment and asked for a copy before making a comment.
Kaminski declined comment because he hadn't seen the indictment.
Messages were left Wednesday at Suen's office in Seattle for Kaminski's
Columbus attorney, Thomas Tyack.
Fred Alverson with the U.S. Attorney General's office said U.S. Senior
Judge John Holschuh will now set an arraignment hearing date for the
defendants to enter pleas.

Workers shocked at ORW
From J-T staff reports:
Three people were shocked while working at the Ohio Reformatory for
Women on Wednesday.
Only two of the three required medical treatment from the incident,
which occurred at around 2 p.m.
According to Maralene Sines, ORW's public information officer, a crew
from the Jess Howard Electric Company was at the prison working to
replace a transformer damaged by the last heavy storm. The ORW has been
running on a generator since the storm knocked the transformer out.
"There must have been some kind of electrical mishap," Sines said, when
the crew attempted to fix the problem.
The Marysville Fire Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol both
responded to the call.
The first man, John Nibert, was Medflighted to Ohio State University
Hospital after suffering burns and smoke inhalation from the shock. The
second man, listed only as S. Woodruff, was Medflighted to OSU for
similar injuries.
The hospital reported that Nibert was treated and released, while
Woodruff remains in fair condition.
Marysville Fire Chief Gary Johnson reported that they were hit with 480
volts of electricity.
The exact cause of their injuries is under investigation.

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