Local Archived News November 2004

Remains thought  not to be  of missing local woman
Christmas begins in Marysville - Tree lighting kicks off downtown Christmas Walk
Program deals with bullying
Tour of homes set for Dec.4
Police investigate death
Honda recalls 257,000 Accords
YMCA pumping out 'fit kids'
J-T program familiarizes students with newspaper
Deputies negotiate peaceful end to standoff
MPD on the lookout for funny money
Suspects in school thefts caught
City budget to be in the red
Attack  on teen found to be a hoax
Split sessions an option for Triad
Levy defeat has administrators facing tough decisions

Car strikes buggy
Local woman is top national seller of fundraising cookbook
Family Cooking for a Cure proceeds go to Fanconi Anemia Research Fund

Surgical center is cutting edge
Dull-Mart? - City wants Wal-Mart to jazz up building design
Playground safety questioned
Jerome trustees OK pricey fence
Flu clinics rescheduled
Veterans of  'Forgotten War' remembered
Holiday Remembrance   Program to be offered
Flu clinics to  be cancelled
County building codes to change
Deputy's widow discusses community support
A sweeter sewer deal
Delaware may have better offer for county needs

Veterans Day events
Bill Arthur's legacy of chords
What is reward for free labor?
NU agronomy team honored
Former Jerome Twp. attorney pleads guilty
Home energy assistance available
TIFs aren't new to the area
Tax grab or smart business ?
What is a TIF?
Super Wal-Mart to open in early 2006
Donations, volunteers needed for Thanksgiving Community Dinner
County carryover to be tapped
Care Train enters 18th holiday season
Local school issues split
Fairbanks passes; Triad goes down

County sees 5,000 new voters
Two's not company in Jerome Township
With one trustee absent, other two get little accomplished

Chamber honors community leaders

Remains thought  not to be  of missing local woman
From J-T staff reports:
The skeletal remains found in Delaware County this weekend may have
created more of a mystery about the disappearance of a Marysville woman
than before.
Delaware County Sheriff Al Meyers reported Monday that the physical
dimensions of the bones found on Saturday do not point to Adkins,
although authorities have not ruled out the possibility.
"They said they are not 100 percent sure," Union County Sheriff's Lt.
Jamie Patton said, "But they are not consistent with Adkins, who was 5
foot 9 inches tall when the bones are of a 5-foot-3-inch tall woman."
Reports also state the bones possibly belong to a woman between the ages
of 35 and 50. Adkins was 29 when she disappeared in June of 2001.
The remains reportedly have signs of extensive dental work, such as
possible braces at one point. The teeth were in good condition. Signs of
possible bone disease or injury to the left ankle and of broken ribs
were also discovered. It is not known at this time how those injuries
may relate to Adkins' health history.
Law enforcement has used the scientific help of an Ohio University
anthropologist to figure out who the female could be. The Delaware
sheriff's office is asking the public for information to help identify
the woman.
Patton said they submitted Adkins' dental records, which are still being
investigated. Since the bones were found Saturday, the Union County
Sheriff's department has been working with Delaware authorities for the
possible tie to Adkins. With this new information on the mystery
skeletal remains, her case remains open.
"We're still actively working on Patti's disappearance," Patton said.
"We'll continue to work it."
Meyers reported that investigators have not determined either a cause or
a date of death of the woman. They have been able to surmise that the
remains had been there for more than two years. The way the bones were
found also leads investigators to conclude the body was not a suicide,
probably was not washed ashore from the Scioto River and probably was
not a hunting accident. The case remains under investigation.

Christmas begins in Marysville
Tree lighting kicks off downtown Christmas Walk
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville officials hope that Monday's tree-lighting ceremony to
kickoff the Marysville Christmas Walk will not be the last.
Gary Jobe and Pamela Endsley of Shearer-Banks Insurance, 118 W. Sixth
St., connected power to the 20-foot white pine located in front of City
Hall at 5 p.m. Monday.
The insurance company representatives were chosen because Shearer-Banks
donated the tree to the city. According to Jobe, the tree was located in
a courtyard behind the business but was getting too big for the space
and was growing into nearby power lines.
"It was just getting pretty big," Jobe said.
Instead of removing the tree, the business contacted the city about
donating the tree. City officials accepted the offer and sent street
department crews to remove the tree and haul it the short distance to
City Hall, 125 E. Sixth St.
A temporary tree stand was erected and some decorative stone and mulch
were added at the base. Lights and red bows make the tree distinctive
but not gaudy.
Officials believe it has been three years since the city has had an
official Christmas tree. It was reported that the city already has a
tree lined up for next year, so the tradition will carry over at least
until 2005.
The tree lighting kicked off the Home for the Holidays uptown Christmas
Walk Monday night from 5-8 p.m. Nearly all of the retail stores in the
downtown business district remained open for holiday shoppers.
Participants could find Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and even a llama
strolling uptown and horse-drawn carriage rides were offered. Shoppers
could take part in a scavenger hunt, watch a dance demonstration or eat
seasonal food items offered by the retailers.
Marysville's annual Christmas parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday. The
parade will form in the parking lot behind the middle school and will
march to the downtown via Elwood Avenue and North Main Street.


Program deals with bullying
From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Health Department's Conflict Resolution program is
sponsoring two bullying workshops for parents with children up to the
eighth grade.
Presenter Madeleine Trichel, who has worked for more than 20 years in
conflict management and violence prevention, will speak on how bullying
has consequences for the aggressive child, the targeted child and the
bystanders. She will teach parents ways to help children learn to
identify and handle bullying situations.
Jim Bisenius will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 at the same location.
His presentation will deal with practical things parents can do at home
to help their children avoid becoming a bully or a victim.
Bisenius has nine years of experience as a child and adolescent
therapist. He will visit Marysville Middle School that day to talk to
students and children and will also talk to district bus drivers.
The first program will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in
conference room A/B at the Union County Services Center, 940 London Ave.

More information about the workshops may be obtained by contacting Amy
at 642-2053 or at awermert@odh.ohio.gov.

Tour of homes set for Dec.4
The Marysville Art League will hold its annual Holiday Homes Tour from
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 4.
The Houston House at 264 W. Fifth St. will display the work of several
local artists during the tour and the public is invited to view the art
and meet the artists.
The business location in this year's tour is the recently-opened Karen's
Event Center at 16701 Square Drive behind the Bob Evans Restaurants. The
facility can accommodate small groups and groups up to 700 people. A
sampling of Karen's foods will be available.
The Bob and Nancy Lewis home is located at 722 Wedgewood Drive in
Timberview. They moved into the wide-open home with mostly marble floors
in 2001 and found that its design is good for showing off their
collections of antiques and artwork, including Marysville memorabilia,
the work of a primitive Cuban artist, Mario Sanchez, English bulldog
collectibles and many pieces of Ann Entis' work. The home will be
decorated with many Christmas trees and children's toys from their
Sharon Weller's contemporary two-story home at 1874 Deer Crossing in
Mill Valley contains space on five levels and features cathedral
ceilings, faux finishes, many colors and a very open architectural
design. On the main floor are found a den, great room, dining area,
kitchen, laundry room and half bath and a lower half level contains the
family room and fifth bedroom and bath. During the tour, a 12-foot
Christmas tree will be displayed, along with collections and art work.
More than a dozen Chirstmas trees will be displayed at the home of Jeff
and Cheryl Daniels, including the snowman tree in the front window and a
western tree, wildlife tree and grandchildren's trees. Even the baths
and hallways of the 12-year-old house will be full of Christmas
decorations. The house is located at 1313 Valley Drive in Mill Valley.
The fourth house on the tour is a brick colonial at 720 W. Seventh St.,
the home of Allen and Karen Rogers. The home was built in 1948 by Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Spitler and some of the finest construction materials
were used. There are three fireplaces, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and
two staircases. A curved staircase, wormy chestnut millwork in the den,
a marble fireplace in the parlor, wainscot in the den and dining room,
marble windowsills and stained glass are other features.

Police investigate death
Marysville Police reported that a man was found deceased in his home
this morning on Mulberry Street.
According to Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden, Mark Schmidt, 39, of
120 Mulberry St. died sometime overnight. He said the cause may have
been due to a possible drug overdose. Golden said that this cause will
not be known for sure until the Union County Coroner finishes the
Reports state that at 6:04 a.m. Schmidt's girlfriend, Kim Cline, called
911 after she awoke to find him apparently dead.
Golden said officers are currently trying to contact Schmidt's next of
kin and family. Anyone with information on his family is asked to
contact the Marysville Police Department at 644-9176 and speak to the


Honda recalls 257,000 Accords
From J-T staff reports:
The majority of the 257,616 Accord sedans being recalled by Honda Motor
Co. had their start in Union County.
Mike Spencer, spokesman for American Honda of Torrence, Calif., said the
recall involves only four-door sedans with four-cylinder engines that
are 2004 and 2005 models. The recall is for a potentially faulty air
Spencer said the recall resulted from an "unusual scenario" and that no
real world incidents have occurred.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was conducting
compatibility tests with large vehicles crashing into smaller vehicles
at a high rate of speed. Two times a tear occurred in the driver's side
front air bag of the Accords, Spencer said. Honda has not been able to
replicate the tests.
He adds that the new generation air bags are not defective and that the
recall is proactive.
Parts, now being shipped to local dealers, entail installing a
protective sheath over the air bag, Spencer explained.

YMCA pumping out 'fit kids'
Tyler Freshcorn is a fit kid, thanks to a new program at the Union
County YMCA.
The YMCA kicked off a pilot program this fall to deal with the weighty
issue of childhood obesity.
"Almost every kid is at risk of being overweight," said Bob Commings,
executive director of the Union County YMCA.
The number of overweight children has nearly doubled during the past
decades and the situation seems to be worsening, states the National
School Fitness Foundation website. An American College of Sports
Medicine press release states that "Experts say the climbing youth
obesity rate is leading to the largest public health crisis in history."

Commings said that children born today can expect to die in large
numbers before their parents because of obesity-related illnesses that
include heart disease and diabetes. The good news is that obesity is
easily preventable and correctable.
And Tyler is living proof.
Tyler's mom, Teresa, said her son has always been in the upper
percentile of weight and height but by fourth grade she and her husband,
Jeff, became concerned about his health. They consulted a physician and
after keeping a food journal they discovered Tyler wasn't eating too
much and most of what he was eating was healthy.
Since Tyler was a naturally sedentary child, the doctor recommended 30
minutes of physical activity and reducing his daily calories below the
recommended level.
So Tyler tried soccer, wrestling, swimming and bicycling. None of them
worked for him or his family.
And he kept growing.
The final straw was this summer, said his mom, when he jumped two pants
sizes in two months.
When a flyer came home from school about the YMCA's pilot program,
Teresa said, she signed him up.
"He was the perfect candidate with significant weight gain. Nothing else
had worked," Teresa said.
Tyler didn't want to go and even tried to make a deal with his parents
to avoid the Y's new program.
But on the first day of the pilot program, Tyler found a group of kids
just like him. And he had fun.
They started with kick boxing moves and punches, followed by weight
lifting and time on treadmills and ended with a game of kickball.
Tyler had fun, made a new friend and over the past eight weeks dropped
three pants sizes.
"It's an awesome program," said Tyler's dad, Jeff.
"I don't know what they are doing but it works," said his mother,
Fitness coordinator Adrienne Elkins said there is no big secret.
"We try to make it fun for them," Elkins said. She and Julie Ellerbrock
were class trainers and Shelly Detwiler led the nutrition class.
Commings said the program teaches boys and girls in grades three through
eight about better nutrition, strength training and cardiovascular
exercises. The twice a week, 1 1/2 hour sessions are fast paced and
filled with fun, friends and fitness.
"It is a small introduction to a lifelong healthy lifestyle," Commings
said. "We know we're only scratching the surface."
The program specifically avoids creating a competitive environment,
focusing more on fun.
"It's not about numbers. It's about learning healthy habits, learning
there are alternatives that are healthy," Commings said.
Another eight-week session is scheduled to begin Jan. 18.

J-T program familiarizes students with newspaper
When a student in Deb Danals' class at  the Marysville Middle School
takes out the newspaper and starts reading it in class, she doesn't
protest - in fact, she encourages it.
Danals' class is one of many in school districts across the county that
are taking part in the Marysville Journal-Tribune's Newspapers in
Education program in which schools receive free publications for use in
the curriculum.
The newspapers, about 650 total, are delivered to Marysville High
School, Marysville Middle School, Creekview Intermediate, Mill Valley
Elementary, Raymond Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, East Elementary,
Fairbanks High School, Fairbanks Middle School, Fairbanks Elementary,
Trinity and St. John's. Fifty papers are given to each school every day
and principals determine which classes will use them.
Danals' class is a model for the program, as the students in her class
use the newspapers during third period each day. Danals adopted a
supplemental curriculum called "explore the newspaper" to weave use of
the newspaper into her lesson plans.
"We use them in about every subject," Danals said.
Danals' students use newspapers to supplement learning in areas ranging
from English to geography. During English lessons students might scour
the newspaper for nouns and verbs while math lessons could involve
financial stories or stock quotes. The newspaper is even used in
geography lessons as students use the datelines on stories to pinpoint
locations on maps.
Danals said the newspapers give her students a hands-on tool to carry
out activities that fit into the academic content standards of the
Marysville school district.
The papers also work out well because of the needs in students in her
class. In the T.R.A.I.L.S. (Teaching Responsibility and Individual
Learning Styles) Program instructors take core subjects and give lesson
plans a twist to help students with different learning styles.
Kevin Behrens, business manager at the Journal-Tribune, said the program
evolved from one which was more generic and involved world news. In
previous years the students were shown film strips of world events but
more recently a DVD version was made available.
Behrens said the old program was used but wasn't wholeheartedly embraced
by local teachers. In an effort to provide a fresh approach and bring
the program a focus more centered around Union County, the idea of
putting newspapers in the children's hands was developed.
Behrens coordinated the program with the school districts and then set
up a distribution schedule. Additional advertising helps offset the cost
of printing the additional newspapers.
While most teachers don't use the newspapers every day, many work them
in somewhere during the course of the week like St. John's teacher Josh
Swartz. His students in sixth through eighth grades use the newspaper in
more of a traditional sense, the way a subscriber would.
His students are required to read the newspaper for local, state and
national news and then discuss the articles. He said the idea is to get
students away from the television and computer for a while to focus on
current events.
Swartz said comics and sports stories, which typically appeal to younger
readers, draw a lot of interest but students were also focused on
stories on the war and recent presidential election. He said anything
with an angle on the local community was also popular.
Danals said her students tend to have a more focused goal when using the
newspapers in class. While they typically do not read every story in
each edition, one activity does carry over from day to day.
If a student finds a misspelled word in the newspaper he receives extra
credit. She said one student this year has already padded his grade by
coming forward with a mistake.

Deputies negotiate peaceful end to standoff
Union County sheriff's deputies successfully subdued an armed man
threatening to harm himself during a standoff Friday night.
Michael C. Gardiner, 50, of West Mansfield was charged with disorderly
conduct and using weapons while intoxicated from the incident.
According to sheriff's reports, a man with a gun was threatening to
cause bodily harm to himself.
He also reportedly said he would harm any officers that stood in his
Deputies set up a perimeter around the scene and were able to intervene,
peacefully resolving Gardiner's threats after talking with him from
Friday at 11:54 p.m. when the call came in to 2:49 a.m. Saturday.
Gardiner was then taken into custody and transported to a medical
facility for evaluation.

MPD on the lookout for funny money
When it comes to counterfeit money, someone always gets the short end of
the stick. Once fake bills enter the cash registers they will keep
changing hands until someone catches on.
The last person holding it usually discovers they owe money for
something they thought they already paid for.
 Recently in Union County and Marysville, counterfeit $20 bills have
been popping up at banks. On Nov. 10 employees at Holiday Inn Express
reported receiving a fake $20 bill by someone sometime after midnight.
On Nov. 12 National City Bank reported finding a similar bill after a
female claimed she received the bill from the ATM outside and asked for
it to be exchanged. The bank did not comply. On Tuesday another fake $20
bill was discovered by National City Bank employees. On Thursday the
Delaware County Bank reported receiving a counterfeit $20 bill.
In the past year, Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol said,
there have been nine reports of counterfeit bills in the city.
"One of the things that hinders us is that the bills aren't found at the
first passing," Nicol said. "Usually they will keep going until the
banks notice it."
Locally, the $20 bills can be spotted due to their lighter color, size
and lack of embedded details. He said police deal with counterfeit cases
by handing over their evidence to the Secret Service. Its counterfeit
department has exclusive jurisdiction for investigations involving the
counterfeiting of United States obligations and securities.
Secret Service information reported that the counterfeiting of money is
one of the oldest crimes in history. At some periods in early history,
it was considered treasonous and was punishable by death.
A national currency was adopted in 1862 to resolve the counterfeiting
problem. That currency was soon counterfeited and circulated on an
extensive level. On July 5, 1865, the United States Secret Service was
established to suppress the widespread counterfeiting. While the crime
was substantially suppressed after the Secret Service became involved,
it still represents a potential danger to the nation's economy.
The Secret Service reports that counterfeiting is once again is on the
rise. One reason for this is the ease and speed with which large
quantities of counterfeit currency can be produced using modern
photographic and printing equipment.
Several tips are offered to help tell a real bill from a false:
. Citizens can help guard against this threat by being more familiar
with the currency. Only with the public's cooperation and the aid of
local law enforcement agencies can the United States Secret Service hope
to reduce and control this crime.
. Look at the money received. Compare a suspect note with a genuine note
of the same denomination and series, paying attention to the quality of
printing and paper characteristics. Look for differences, not
. The genuine portrait appears life-like and stands out distinctly from
the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat.
Details merge into the background which is often too dark or mottled.
. On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and
Treasury seals are clear, distinct and sharp. The counterfeit seals may
have uneven, blunt or broken saw-tooth points.
. The fine lines in the border of a genuine bill are clear and unbroken.
On the counterfeit, the lines in the outer margin and scrollwork may be
blurred and indistinct.
. Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced.
The serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury
seal. On a counterfeit, the serial numbers may differ in color or shade
of ink from the Treasury seal. The numbers may not be uniformly spaced
or aligned.
. Genuine currency paper has tiny red and blue fibers embedded
throughout. Often counterfeiters try to simulate these fibers by
printing tiny red and blue lines on their paper. Close inspection
reveals, however, that on the counterfeit note the lines are printed on
the surface, not embedded in the paper. It is illegal to reproduce the
distinctive paper used in the manufacturing of United States currency.
Marysville and Union County residents who believe they may have received
a counterfeit bill should also follow some guidelines. Do not return the
bill to the passer and, if possible, try to delay him. Observe his
description, as well as that of any companions, and the license numbers
of any vehicles used. Then contact the police department or United
States Secret Service field office in Columbus at (614) 469-7370.
After that holders should write their initials and the date in the white
border areas of the suspect note and limit the handling of it. Carefully
place it in a protective covering, such as an envelope and then
surrender the note or coin to a properly identified police officer or a
U.S. Secret Service special agent.

Suspects in school thefts caught
From J-T staff reports:
Suspects in thefts at schools around Delaware County were apprehended
Friday by Marysville Police.
According to Marysville assistant police chief Glenn Nicol, officers
responded to East Elementary School at approximately 10:20 a.m. Friday
to assist Delaware & Union County deputies who observed suspects in
recent Delaware county thefts enter the building during their
Nicol said the suspects had previously entered schools and business in
the Delaware area to steal wallets and purses containing checks and
credit cards.
Their apparent procedure was to get inside the school and pose as new
residents moving into the area. Then they would be given a brief tour of
the building.
But at east Elementary the suspects found themselves escorted from the
building and confronted by officers outside in the parking lot. The
suspects were then taken back to Delaware by Delaware County
authorities. No thefts were committed at the East School.  "The local
school personnel should be commended for the excellent job they did in
not allowing the individuals to be alone in the building and following
all safety precautions for preventing the possibility of any crimes
occurring in the school," Nicol said. "Because of the adherence to
policies and plans created for this type of criminal activity, no child
or property were at risk."
Names of the suspects have not been released at this time.

City budget to be in the red
Marysville City Council held the first reading on adopting an annual
operating budget for 2005 and the results of the budget showed a
Councilman Dan Fogt commented that the city is proposing a budget that
is $274,000 in the hole. He said fortunately the city's reserves fund
will be able to cover that. In a Nov. 10 budget hearing Fogt said he
didn't feel comfortable passing a deficit budget, especially when the
salary increases for the police are not included yet.
The city has been working to eliminate comp time for all city employees.
The benefit has been costing the city a lot of money annually,
especially within the police and fire departments. The fire department
negotiations have already concluded.
Council vice president John Gore said that he is hoping the city is
trying to keep employees on an even level. Administrators said that they
City administrator Kathy House said that there are many capital needs in
all departments that have gone unmet for at least five years. She said
city finance director John Morehart reported that in the 2005 general
and street funds budgets, the city cut more than $700,000 of capital
submitted from department and division Heads. They were able to keep
$417,783 in the proposed 2005 budget, however, this is not sufficient
because catch up is expensive.
Morehart explained during the meeting that economic development going on
now will benefit the city in 2005. He cited a factor of 6 percent growth
in income tax revenue, which factors 3 percent growth plus 3 percent
cost of living for residents that have salary increases.
Morehart also reported that the 2005 capital budget showed that there
was additional money available to go into street repairs, money that
will put the city over its $1 million set aside for the project. An
estimated $197,000 in capital funds will go to the street division.
House explained that paving is being done only with the original $1
million set aside but the extra will be spent next year.
After all discussions on the budget ordinances the first readings were
passed without any council amendments.
Another aspect of generating revenue for the city in 2005 comes in the
form of first reading on legislation removing the city's income tax
credit. According to council president Nevin Taylor, the legislation
"will affect those residents who currently have been receiving a city
income tax credit from the city of Marysville for working in another
municipality that has a local income tax."
Taylor said the move is expected to increase the city's revenue resource
and basically close a possible tax loophole. He said it will help
address the growing needs of the community. He said closing the loophole
could bring in an estimated $400,000 to $450,000 to be used for city
capital needs such as streets, balancing funds or adding additional
tornado emergency sirens.
In other discussions, council held the first readings on three
ordinances dealing with land rezoning. The first rezones 64.597 acres at
14180 Route 38 from Agricultural Zoning District (A-R) to Suburban
Residential Zoning District (S-R) for future housing.
The second will rezone 18.240 acres on Weaver Road from U-1 Township
Zoning to Medium Density Single Family Residential District (R-2). Belva
Call and Linda Owens, who are proposing to turn the land into a
residential neighborhood called Adena Pointe, own the land.
The third would rezone 45.33 acres on Route 38 at the junction of Route
736 from Agricultural Zoning District (A-R) to Suburban Residential
Zoning District (S-R). The proposed development is Galbury Meadows,
which would include 60 single-family lots on the S-R zoned section and
152 condominiums on the A-R zoned section. One aspect of this venture is
that developers plan to move the current intersection where Route 38
meets Boerger Road. The intersection has long been considered dangerous
for drivers.
Fogt said a negative aspect to all three proposals is the impact that
more development will have on the city's wastewater system which is
already at capacity.
"With the Main Street pump station near capacity and the wastewater
treatment plant near capacity, can we really be entertaining more
residential development?" he asked. "I don't see how we can entertain
this unless we build the waste water treatment plant."
House said all the developers have been told if the sewer line goes into
the Main Street tributary that there is a moratorium through February
2005 at the least. She said the Ohio EPA has been pleased with the
city's progress in eliminating sanitary sewer overflows at the Main
Street pump station but no decisions have been made authorizing the
moratorium to be removed.
House said that only the Weaver Road development would go into the Main
Street pump station if sewer lines went into the city. The other two
would be routed to the Southard Road pump station.
Fogt then requested a signed letter from city law director Tim Aslaner
and attorney John Eufinger for their opinions on the development
possibly tapping into Milford Center sewer lines, something he said
Milford center officials are not happy with.
"We need to know what we are going to do," Fogt said. "We've been
talking about this for the past five or seven years."
Councilman John Marshall agreed, saying that city council has been
having a hard time being able to manage growth because it lacks the
power. He also noted that there is a disconnect between council and
planning commission on zoning issues.
Marshall said he would like to open debate on whether adding a couple of
hundred more homes to the area is really worth it. He would also like to
hear from planning commission members at the Dec. 2 public hearing on
the rezoning ordinances.
A special public hearing for the land rezoning legislations was set for
Dec. 30 at 6:15 p.m.
In other topics:
. House reported that the speed limit on London Avenue from Timberview
to Walker Woods Drive will be reduced from 55 mph to 35 mph within the
month as the result of speed limit studies done on Marysville roads. The
study examined Route 4 and U.S. 31, but deemed they were not subject to

Attack  on teen found to be a hoax
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville Police recently reported that a claim made two months ago by
a 15-year-old female that she had been abducted was a hoax.
Police reported they have closed their investigation on the reported
abduction filed by a juvenile on September 29.
Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol said after several days of
investigation into the incident by officers the juvenile admitted she
made up the story to cover her truancy from class. Charges against the
juvenile may be filed for falsification and obstruction of official
business in Union County Juvenile Court.
Nicol said the female involved had initially reported that the abduction
occurred near Marysville High School around 11 a.m. as she was walking
back to school from a dentist appointment. She was approaching the
middle school when she heard a noise behind her at 690 Amrine Mill Road
and was knocked to the ground and dragged by an unknown man.
She described the suspect as a 6-foot-tall white male weighing around
200 pounds. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and a red stocking cap and
blue jeans. He was believed to be between the ages of 40 and 50 with a
graying goatee.
Marysville schools set letters home with children to alert parents to
the alleged incident.
Reports indicated there were no signs of injury on the student, although
she claimed to have twisted her ankle in her attempt to escape.
Police reportedly patrolled the area after the report was filed and no
person matching the description was found.

Split sessions an option for Triad
Levy defeat has administrators facing tough decisions
Things are not looking good at Triad
Dr. Dan Kaffenbarger, superintendent, presented the board with options
during a work session on Monday night regarding possible district cuts
given the failure of the Nov. 2 levy. The district has plans to put the
levy on the ballot in May of next year.
The first option would eliminate four teaching positions and two
classified positions and implement a pay-to-participate for all
extracurricular activities.
The second option would eliminate all extracurricular activities at a
savings of $190,000 to the district. Kaffenbarger said the board needed
further information on how many students could be lost to open
enrollment if extracurriculars were taken away and students opted to
enroll in other districts.
The second option would also include eliminating up to 12 teaching
positions of which nine would be teachers, one support staff and two
classified positions. The elimination of teaching positions could be
reduced if fewer students leave the district.
The third option presented would explore closing the high school at the
semester break in January. High school students and middle school
students would attend classes in shifts in the middle school building.
The third option would also institute the pay-to-participate program and
cut two teachers.
Lastly, the board was presented with a plan if the levy issue fails
again next May. In this case they would carry out options one or two
along with closing the high school to save on operating costs.
"Many have asked, 'Why close the high school?'. Because it is the
largest district building that is serving the least amount of students,"
Kaffenbarger explained.
Rick Smith, board president, said it is very discouraging that the levy
failed and the district is presented with these very tough choices.
"The biggest concern is the students because they are the future." Smith
Smith presented a rebuttal statement in response to a unanimous letter
opposing the levy distributed to district voters the Sunday before the
Nov. 2 election.
"I normally wouldn't give a rebuttal but I felt that many were misguided
by false information and the people needed to hear the facts so they
have the correct information when it the issue comes up on the May
ballot," he said.
Some of the incorrect information included stating that the district
receives $6,000 per student from the state when in reality they receive
only $5,275.
The letter also stated that districts without income tax moneys qualify
for the state GAAP grant. Smith said that although this is true, a GAAP
grant would only decrease funds since the district is already receiving
money from the current 1 percent income tax.
To qualify for the GAAP grant they would have to eliminate the income
tax income. The current income tax generates $860,000 for the district
while a GAAP grant would generate only $440,000.
The board met in two executive sessions before and after Monday's
meetings to discuss employment of personnel and employee compensation.
No action was taken at either session. The board plans to meet again on
Dec. 1 at 5:30 for a work session and no action will be taken.
A special board meeting has been scheduled for Dec. 6 at 6 p.m.
Kaffenbarger said the current plan is to announce the decisions
regarding the district cuts at this meeting. The regular monthly board
meeting will be held on Dec. 20.
In other business, the board:
 . Approved the following supplemental classified personnel: Bill
McDaniel ? ninth grade boys basketball volunteer coach; Chuck Adams ?
seventh grade boys basketball coach; Faith Malone ? eighth grade girls
basketball volunteer assistant; Richard Tillman ? wrestling assistant;
Payton Printz ? H.S. PAC Dept. Chair (phys ed/health/athletics)
 . Approved a trip abroad for gifted and talented students as presented
by Erica Boone
 . Approved a continuing contract and 15 days of vacation for Harry
Alltop, assistant technology, retroactive to beginning of 2003-2004
school year
 . Approved a one-year contract for Carole Combs as transportation
coordinator for 2004-2005 school year
 . Approved the following certified personnel as home instruction tutors
for the 2004-2005 school year: Erica Boone, and Terra Byrd-Grupe
 . Accepted the Martha Holden Jennings grant in the amount of $2,400 for
the accelerated reader program.

Car strikes buggy
The stretch of road along Route 739 from Mount Victory has long been a
troubled area for the fear of cars colliding with Amish buggies.
Today at 6:25 a.m. a vehicle reportedly crashed into the rear end of a
buggy containing three Amish males traveling on the road through Jackson
According to Ohio State Patrol reports, Daniel Miller, 22, of Mount
Victory was traveling southwest in a black buggy. At the same time,
Charles L. Nickels, 50, of Richwood was traveling in the same direction
and reportedly did not see the buggy.
No one was reported injured. Nickels was cited for failure to leave
assured clear distance ahead.

Local woman is top national seller of fundraising cookbook
Family Cooking for a Cure proceeds go to Fanconi Anemia Research Fund
Just in time for the holidays the FAmily Cooking for a Cure cookbook has
arrived in Marysville.Connie Simpson of Marysville sold the most books
in the nation with orders from many Union County residents, as well as
people from Texas, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Virginia and Arkansas.
All proceeds benefit the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund.
This book includes a special section from recipe contributors about
their children with Fanconi Anemia.
Simpson shares the following: "My son, Kyle Simpson, passed away April
17, 2001, at the age of 10 from complications during transplant. His
beautiful light still shines as we all remember his happy and generous
smile and all that he shared with us while he was here. We continue to
pray for all those families and children who struggle every day with
Page after page is filled with comments from other families sharing
their situations.
Kim and John Connelly write about 21/2 year-old Evan who has undergone
seven surgeries, physical, occupational and speech therapies, lab draws,
bone marrow biopsies and so many doctor's appointments it is hard to
keep track, yet he is determined not to miss one minute of his life.
They call him the "bravest individual we know ... We are truly blessed
to be his family."
Kenneth and JoAnn Ducck share that they have four children - two
diagnosed with FA. Vangie was diagnosed at the age of 5 and died a year
later. Their youngest, Tammy, was born six weeks after Vangie died and
diagnosed with FA. She is now 10 and doing well, writes her family.
Karen Magrath and Steve Perkins write, "Not a day goes by that I don't
think about and pray for all of the folks in our FA family. I am awed
and humbled by the strength these families possess and the compassion,
kindness and hope they share, even in the midst of their own
difficulties. I hate that our families have FA in common, but am so
thankful that none of us has to be alone in this."
The book includes 171 pages filled with recipes for appetizers and
beverages, soups and salads, vegetables and side dishes, main dishes,
breads and rolls, desserts, cookies and candy and this and that.
Simpson submitted a recipe for blueberry bars:1/2 stick butter
melted;1/2 c. brown sugar;1/2 c. sugar; 1 egg; 1 tsp. vanilla; 1 c.
flour; 1 tsp. baking powder;1/2 tsp. cinnamon;1/2 c. water;1/2 c. frozen
or fresh blueberries.
Melt butter and just mix in all other ingredients except berries until
smooth. Add berries. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Simpson said a few books are still available for purchase. To contact
her call 642-1421.

Surgical center is cutting edge
The medical wave of the future has rolled into Marysville with the
opening of the Marysville Surgical Center, 122 Professional Parkway.
The highly specialized center is especially designed for outpatient
surgery with state-of-the-art equipment and physician owners. Other
owners include the Union County Health System, a support organization
for Memorial Hospital of Union County, and Nueterra Health Care, a
health care management company.
Dr. Charlotte Agnone, one of the 18 doctor owners, describes the center
as the wave of the future. She said similar facilities are located in
the Columbus area near Grant, Mount Carmel, Riverside and Children's
One thing that makes the Marysville Surgical Center stand out from other
area surgery centers is equipment like the Infiniti Vision System, a
breakthrough technology that gently washes away cataracts with a sterile
balanced salt solution. Tom Clancy of Alcon in Fort Worth, Texas, said
this is one of the first machines in the area. Others in Ohio are
located at the Cleveland Clinic and Cincinnati Eye Institute.
A concern for quality patient care drives everything at the surgical
center, said Jo Ellen Braden, R.N., center administrator.
"From the pictures on the wall to state-of-the-art equipment, the
Marysville Surgical Center is designed for outpatient care," Braden
said. "A lot of thought went into the development of the center."
Even the layout of the 10,000-square-foot building has the patient and
his family in mind. The center includes a welcoming waiting area, three
operating rooms, a pre-op area, step-down or recovery area and private
"It is all geared for surgery and efficiency," Braden said.
The staff includes specialized support staff, surgical technologists and
cross-trained registered nurses certified in advanced cardiac life
Support and pediatric life support.
Braden said another difference for patients is the method of billing.
Before a patient arrives at the business office, all the details of
financing have been worked out. She adds that the surgical center, which
is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the Ohio
Department of Health, provides care at a lower cost.
Practicing at the multi-specialty center are the following doctor
Dr. Agnone, ophthalmology; Dr. Anath Annamraju, urology; Dr. Thomas
Baker, orthopedics; Dr. Bradley Bryan, general surgery and GI endoscopy;
Dr. Michael Conrad, urology; Dr. Jane Graebner, podiatry; Dr. Matthew
Hazelbaker, gynecology; Dr. Gregory Knudson, urology; Dr. Jennifer
Morrison, ophthalmology; Dr. Robert Mueller, orthopedics; Dr. Irineo
Pantangco, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat); Dr. Timothy Pelfrey,
general surgery; Dr. John Phillips, podiatry; Dr. Frank Raymond,
gynecology; Dr. Norman Raymond, gynecology; Dr. George Rutan, podiatry;
Dr. Mark Stover, orthopedics; and Dr. Susan Yu, podiatry.
All of the physicians will continue to perform surgeries at the local
Donald L. Benton of Marysville had the honor of becoming the first
patient Sept. 30 when Bryan performed a hernia operation. Prior to
entering the operating room, Benton was honored with balloons and a
"My wife and I are very pleased to be a part of the history of your new
facility," Benton wrote in a letter to the center after his surgery.
"This new facility is long overdue and will be of great benefit and
value to our community.

City wants Wal-Mart to jazz up building design
After some urging by members of the Marysville Planning Commission, the
design for the upcoming Wal-Mart Supercenter may end up more
complimentary to the city's hopes for its final appearance.
Marysville zoning inspector Barb McCoy reported that the Nov. 10 design
review meeting with Wal-Mart architects went very well.
She said commission members were able to express their desire for a more
upscale design, considering the store is set to go into the Coleman's
Crossing retail development - an area of high visibility when entering
Marysville from the U.S. 33. They must also keep in mind that Honda of
America reportedly plans to make its upcoming dealership a national
example in design.
McCoy said that city officials have spoken to Wal-Mart architects and
engineers during a meeting about possible changes in the plans to
reflect hopes for the area. Wal-Mart representatives reportedly said
they were willing to go back to the drawing board and agreed to more
brick and other features which commission members had in mind.
According to commission member John Cunningham, the design originally
submitted was significantly less attractive than those used in other
communities across the country. Instead of brick, architects opted for a
kind of stucco and that design was considered rather industrial by
"I think we can do better," Cunningham said.
Design charts showed the proposed building consisting of the grocery
center on the left side, with the super center in the middle. Further to
the right is the tire center and the garden center. The building has a
brick-colored "reddened earth" style in certain areas, however, there is
no brick design proposed. The design itself is an elongated rectangle
shape with peaks over entrances.
The initial design, though, was not what commissioners had in mind to
represent Coleman's Crossing.
"We really were seeing Coleman's Crossing as a kind of gateway to
Marysville," Cunningham said.
Commissioners hope to make the super center's colors more sophisticated
and its design more "classy" by using more stone or natural-looking
Wal-Mart architects reportedly plan to go back and add 40 percent more
premium materials to their design. The results will be presented at the
next Planning Commission meeting on Dec. 8.
Cunningham said the changes may really help drive what kind of buildings
go into other areas of the Coleman's Crossing.
"It will really say a lot about how Marysville is moving up," he said.
He added that he was proud of how planning commission members worked as
a team negotiating with Wal-Mart on the design change.
"They did a heck of a job," he said.


Playground safety questioned
NU parent says son cut head on  cast iron pieces on equipment
The safety of playground equipment at the new North Union Elementary
School was called into question at Monday's district school board
Parent Kevin Huff told the board that on Oct. 26 his 5-year-old son,
Jacob, lost his balance while playing on some of the equipment and fell
against a support bar. The supports and collars which hold the equipment
together are made of iron, Huff reported.
When the kindergartner struck his head on one of the iron collars he
sustained a head wound which required three medical staples to close.
"I'm not happy about this," Huff said.
Huff said he looked over the equipment where his son was injured and
found much of the structure composed of iron rather than plastic or
rubber. To compound the problem, Huff said, many of the iron pieces have
sharp corners and even burs that have not been filed down.
"Our kids are not really safe at this school," Huff said today.
Huff said he has made repeated calls to the schools over the past three
weeks and nothing has been corrected, other than a chain being removed
from one piece of equipment.
School board president Jon Hall said that while nothing has physically
done to the equipment, the matter is drawing discussion among officials.
He said steps are being taken in regard to the issue but did not
North Union Superintendent Carol Young said the equipment was installed
to industry specifications. If the equipment was not up to code, the
contractor would be responsible for corrective measures.
She said the district has asked for the equipment to be re-inspected.
Representatives of the Union County Health Department said the entire
school is scheduled for a safety inspection on Friday.
The only thing the department has inspected at the school so far is the
food service operation.
Marcia Dreiseidel, sanitarian for the health department, said inspectors
look over playground equipment for obvious safety hazards, but they are
not certified to perform complete inspections. She said things such as
cracked or broken equipment and fall zones are checked, but beyond that
the department doesn't have much authority over playground equipment.
She felt that the Ohio School Facilities Commission or the Ohio
Department of Education might have officials qualified to give full
inspections to playground equipment.
Young said there is always a potential for accidents on playground
equipment and the district protects itself by ensuring the structures
meet code requirements.
That does not seem like enough to Huff.
Huff said that he didn't feel that his concerns were taken seriously by
district officials.
"They want to pin the blame on someone else," Huff said.
Huff wasn't sure exactly where he would take the matter if safety
measures aren't taken. He said for now his goal is to inform parents,
through other media outlets, that he feels the playground is not safe.
In other business, the board:
.Learned from treasurer Scott Maruniak that energy costs at the new
elementary school have been higher than expected.
.Presented awards to the North Union FFA agronomy team in recognition of
their second place finish in the national judging competition.
.Accepted a gift from the senior class of a podium/public address
.Heard a request from district grandparent Audrey Bevis that she feels
middle school basketball teams should not cut participants.
.Learned that the demolition of the Claibourne Elementary School should
be completed within three weeks by the Titan Wrecking Company at a cost
of $166,200. The bid was felt to be low as estimates had been placed at
.Discussed sessions board members attended at the annual Ohio School
Board Association conference.
.Received on update on district athletic programs.
.Honored Pat Morse for his service to the district.
.Heard first reading on several policy revisions and implementations.
.Approved the bid of Center City International for two 71-passenger
school buses at a cost of $56,400 each.
.Approved several resolutions in regard to the design phase review of
the high school renovation by the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
.Approved several revisions to board policy.
.Approved an overnight trip to Celina for the girls basketball team for
Nov. 19-20.
.Voted to accept the resignation of  bus driver and aid Sheila Kitchen
and to commend her for her 30 years of service to the district.
.Extended one-year supplemental contracts to the following certificated
individuals: Brent Chapman, head varsity track coach; Morgan Cotter,
head varsity baseball coach; Dawn Newell, head varsity softball coach;
Aaron Patterson, J.V. boys basketball coach; and Matt Rankin, assistant
boys basketball coach.
.Extended one-year supplemental contracts to the following
non-certificated individuals: Damian Gratz, middle school co-wrestling
coach; Matt Hall, eighth grade boys basketball coach; Ernie Jamison,
seventh grade boys basketball coach; Joel Smith, varsity coordinator for
basketball; and Terry Tanner, middle school co-wrestling coach.

Jerome trustees OK pricey fence
Jerome Township residents can thank two of their trustees for a $48,102
fence and electric gate that will go around three sides of a cemetery.
During Monday's regular meeting, trustees Freeman May and Sharon Sue
Wolfe voted to construct part of a fence around Jerome Cemetery even
after a citizen and two elected officials questioned the cost and need.
Calling it "an awful lot of money," Clerk Robert Caldwell asked May and
Wolfe how they could justify the cost to the public, especially when it
was only for half a fence.
Wolfe said she wanted to preserve the cemetery. May said the cemetery
serves as a "lover's lane" for some and provides access for a landlocked
May added that the fence would be "a nice thing."
Caldwell said the proposed fence could be easily jumped and asked if
there had been an increase in vandalism at the cemetery.
"If there is a problem, when have we contacted the sheriff?" Caldwell
asked. No documentation or statistics were provided by either May or
The Union County Sheriff's Department reported today that deputies
regularly patrol the cemetery. A review of records since 2000 show no
reports of vandalism. The sheriff's department reports receiving several
requests from trustees in 2000 and 2001 to keep an eye on the cemetery
but no official complaints in the past two years. The only arrests
occurred in 2000 with two open container charges. In October 2003 and
April 2004 deputies investigated two suspicious vehicles at the
cemetery. One was gone when the officers arrived and the second involved
youths visiting a friend's burial site. No action was taken.
Before voting, Wolfe asked township resident Jeannette Harrington for
her opinion. Harrington also questioned the cost.
Trustee Ron Rhodes suggested that the public funds would better serve
the health, welfare and safety of all residents by the purchase of
rescue tools for the fire department.
Despite the concerns, questions and lack of information, Wolfe and May
voted to extend a contract to Yoder's Vinyl Fencing of Plain City for a
four-foot fence to extend 460 feet across the front of the cemetery and
635 feet along the north side. A high tension wire fence will be
constructed in the back of the cemetery and an electric gate will be
installed at the cemetery's entrance. The south side of the cemetery
will remain open.
Earlier in the meeting, May and Wolfe approved appropriating $10,000 to
the township zoning board. The money will be used to hire an attorney,
Wolfe said.
Voting against the measure, Rhodes said zoning minutes and Wolfe,
herself, have said this attorney will be used to create a Cooperative
Economic Development Agreement with Dublin.
"I disagree with this totally," Rhodes said. "This is taking the
people's money to take the township land away."
He also reminded May and Wolfe of another private attorney they hired,
namely Susan J. Kyte, 47, of Columbus. Kite pleaded guilty this month to
19 felony counts in the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
In response, May said, "Ron, I don't want to hear from you." Wolfe said
she "didn't want to go down memory lane."
Rhodes suggested that newly elected Union County Prosecuting Attorney
David Phillips's office could assist the zoning commission at no
additional cost to the township. Wolfe said "This township may have a
conflict of interest with the prosecutor."
When asked what that conflict may be, Wolfe refused to explain.
Wolfe admitted that she had concerns with the zoning commission's
attorney representing only the commission and not the board. She said
zoning commission chairman Michael Buchanan had not responded to her
Another expenditure proposed during the night was resurfacing the
township building parking lot. Wolfe and Rhodes said it was too late in
the season, while May said he could still get it done. No action was
Other topics raised by May was a desire to attach specific projects to
the $200,000 recently set aside in a newly created capital improvement
fund; that the costs for the public safety officers should be part of
the fire levy; and to create an architectural review board.
The board recessed into executive session for 35 minutes with the clerk
and Union County Prosecuting Attorney Alison Boggs to discuss pending
Immediately after returning to open session, Wolfe continued to conduct
the meeting while May had a private conversation with Boggs. After Wolfe
dismissed Boggs, Wolfe followed Boggs out of the building even though
the meeting was still in session. May then recessed the meeting, saying
Wolfe was "sick," although she appeared healthy when she returned five
minutes later to continue the meeting and no mention was made by her of
being ill.
Later in the meeting, Rhodes left the building during the public comment
time and Wolfe told the clerk to mark him absent.
In other business:
. Revenue to date is $1.85 million and expenditures are $1.7 million.
. A $1,000 application fee for rezoning was refunded to Columbus
Basketball Club Inc.
. A resolution was amended to contribute an additional $22 to the
Glacier Ridge Metro Park for equipment. The township had originally
donated $1,000 for bike racks and the park said the cost with shipping
is $1,022. Rhodes voted against the measure.
. Rhodes and Wolfe approved a contract with Time Warner with the
township to receive a 3 percent franchise fee. May voted against the
measure. Rhodes inquired about the township receiving free service to
the township building.
. No decision was made about hiring an additional public safety officer.
Wolfe suggested that a joint meeting be held with the sheriff and
Millcreek Township officials.

Flu clinics rescheduled
Two flu clinics have been rescheduled for Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
and Dec. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Union County Health Department, 940
London Ave.
"Lower than expected turnouts at Saturday's and Monday's clinics have
left us with enough vaccine to do a few more clinics," said Martin
Tremmel, health commissioner.
Vaccinations will continue based upon availability of vaccine.
Individuals who are considered high risk are eligible for shots. They
include: adults ages 65 years and older; persons with chronic medical
conditions i.e. diabetes, heart disease or cancer; pregnant women;
residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities; health
care worker giving direct patient care; out-of-home caregivers and
family members of children age six months and younger; and persons with
a prescription for a flu shot from their doctor.
Medicare is accepted. Medicare cards must be presented at the clinic.
For additional information, contact the flu hotline at 645-2028 or the
health department at 642-0801.

Veterans of  'Forgotten War' remembered
Veterans of the Korean War were honored at a program Saturday at the
Union County Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
The occasion was the dedication of the book "Heroes from the Heartland ?
Korean War," compiled by the Heroes from the Heartland Organization.
Heroes from the Heartland began three years ago when Fairbanks Middle
School teacher Claudia Robinson Bartow, assisted by her eighth grade
students, put together "Heroes from the Heartland ? World War II."
More than 200 veterans submitted their stories to that first book and
the Korean War book contains information from more than 150 veterans.
Close to 30 percent of the men are veterans of both wars. Proceeds from
the first book paid for publication of the second.
The veterans were asked to submit information on their time in the
service, including enlistment, training, buddies and memorable
Some excerpts are humorous while others are poignant.
One veteran wrote that his basic training was at Fort Hood, Texas, "a
godforsaken place that only the devil would claim." Another told of
meeting his future wife while he was stationed at Camp Roberts, Calif.,
dating for a few months and marrying in December 1951. He next saw her
in June 1953 and they have been married more than 52 years.
"I will always remember the refugees," noted another veteran. "Old men,
women and children on those duty, muddy roads carrying their belongings,
half naked, heading toward Seoul."
Another veteran wrote, "It was the first time a nation had the weapons
and ability to win a war and chose not to win. Good? Bad? Long-term
history will decide."
On Saturday, more than 50 Korean War veterans were honored with
patriotic music, tributes, speakers and a picture video. Speaker Al
Walters of Marion, a Vietnam War veteran and 13-year Green Beret talked
about his desire to live up to his older brother, a Korean War vet. He
said the Korean War is known as the Forgotten War and he urged the
audience to honor these veterans as well as those who are returning from
the war in Iraq.
After the program, the veterans sat in the front of the auditorium to
autograph books purchased by members of the audience.
"Heroes from the Heartland - Korean War" is available for purchase for
$10 at the Stocksdale Barber Shop, Underwood Funeral Home, Fairbanks
administration office and Holbrook and Manter accounting office. Books
may also be ordered by mailing a check or money order for $14 to Karen
Dodge, 11541 Industrial Parkway, Marysville.

Holiday Remembrance   Program to be offered
Mannasmith Funeral Homes of Marysville and West Mansfield are announcing
their 10th annual Holiday Remembrance Program. The event will be held
Sunday at 2 p.m. in the second floor conference room at the Marysville
First United Methodist Church.
The Holiday Remembrance Program continues as a service for those in the
community who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The gathering
acknowledges the individuality of grief and supports mourners of all
ages and relationships to understand and cope with feelings of grief,
loss and uncertainty, especially during the holiday season.
The featured speaker will be Todd Little, one of five full-time licensed
professionals in the field of aftercare in the state of Ohio. He serves
as the director of Bereavement Services with Toland-Herzig Funeral Homes
in the New Philadelphia area and has been in the social and human
services professions for more than 25 years. Little is a graduate of the
University of Akron and has completed additional graduate level work at
Kent State University and Penn State University.
Little's work with the bereaved has received statewide, national and
international acclaim. He is a highly sought after speaker and has been
the featured writer in many national and professional publications.
"We are truly fortunate to be able to bring someone of Todd's caliber to
our families here in Union County," Roger Mannasmith, owner of
Mannasmith Funeral Homes, said.
Yet, with all of his years of experience, classroom study and personal
accolades, nothing has given Little the true insight into the needs of
the bereaved more than his own journey through personal tragedy. Todd's
wife, Linn, died in 1994, just nine days after delivering triplet boys.
The compassion offered by his funeral director and a reflection of his
own experiences encouraged him to consider this important calling to the
"The Holiday Remembrance Program is an invaluable part of our aftercare.
We know the hurt does not end with the funeral. This service gives
families the opportunity to re-celebrate and re-honor their loved one
and more importantly allows us to compassionately address the needs of
survivors as the holiday season approaches," said Derric Brown, funeral
director with Mannasmith Funeral Homes.
In addition to the speaker, the service will welcome those in attendance
to decorate the Holiday Remembrance Tree with memorial keepsake
ornaments in honor of their loved ones. A candle lighting ceremony will
take place, and Steph France will be the featured vocalist
This is a service for the community. Anyone who has experienced a loss
may attend. Refreshments will be served and transportation will be made
Reservations to attend should be made by Friday by calling Roger
Mannasmith or Derric Brown at 642-1751 or 355-3341.

Flu clinics to  be cancelled
From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Health Department and Memorial Hospital of Union County
announced Wednesday that flu clinics will be canceled after the Monday
clinic due to dwindling quantities of vaccine.
Health commissioner Martin Tremmel said the vaccine supply will be
reevaluated after Monday's clinic to determine if future clinics can be
scheduled. "The cancellation of remaining clinics has been done to
ensure that we continue to serve high risk persons to the best of our
ability," he said.
The two remaining clinics will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday and 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday. The doors will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and
clients are asked not to arrive before that hour as there will be no
heated area in which to wait. Vaccinations will continue based upon
availability of vaccine. The average wait has been between a half hour
and an hour and a half.
To date, more than 1,600 shots have been given to high risk persons,
Adults age 65 or older; persons with chronic medical conditions;
pregnant women; residents of nursing homes and other long-term care
facilities; health care workers giving direct patient care; and
out-of-home caregivers and family members of children age 6 months or
Medicare is accepted if the client presents a card at the clinic.
More information may be obtained by calling the flu hotline at 645-2028.

County building codes to change
The rules are changing in the world of residential building codes and
Union County building official Sonny Montgomery wants to tell everyone
about it at a builders meeting Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Union County
Veteran's Auditorium.
Montgomery explained that the Union County building codes are based on
standards established by the International Code Council (ICC). With the
ICC updating existing building codes every three years, it is time for
Union County to do the same.
The Union County codes need to be in place by March 1 for the county to
receive the best insurance rating.
"If we don't adopt, everyone may suffer across the board," Montgomery
Neighboring counties are in the process or have already adopted the
recommended changes. Montgomery said Logan County and Columbus have
already adopted the revisions, while Champaign County, Delaware and
Dublin expect to have the changes in place by Jan. 1.
Public hearings will be held in Union County before the board of
commissioners on Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m. and Dec. 16 at 4 p.m.
Most of the changes are "bookkeeping" such as simplifying the joists and
rafter span tables.
Montgomery said a major new requirement is a tightening up of wall
bracing. The changes are due to a history of buildings across the
country racking in the wind.
"In the world we build in today, it is almost impossible without a code
book," Montgomery said. "You can't remember it all."

Deputy's widow discusses community support
After the October murder of Marion sheriff's deputy Brandy Winfield, his
name has been kept at the forefront of discussion as fundraisers are
held throughout the area to support his family.
Sara Winfield, his wife, said she is glad his name is the focus because
it reminds people of her husband's support of his community instead of
drawing more attention to the man charged with shooting Winfield on
Route 243 in Marion County on Oct. 14.
Brandy Winfield was killed after helping out what he may have believed
were two people stranded without gas in their vehicle. Prime suspect
Juan C. Cruz, 20, is currently being held at the Multi-County
Correctional Center. He was arrested after a search spanning several
Fundraisers held for Winfield's family have stretched Sara's time thin
with events to attend and many people to thank but she couldn't be more
appreciative of the support her family has received.
At the time of Brandy's murder he was raising two young children with
his wife. Thanks to law enforcement benefits and the kindness of the
public, Winfield's children are being looked after.
Several new fundraising opportunities will be held later this month to
lend support to the Brandy L. Winfield Children's Trust. A pancake
breakfast will be held between 8 a.m. and noon Wednesday at the Northern
Union County Fire Department at 602 N. Franklin St. in Richwood and on
Saturday two bands will perform, a 50/50 raffle will be held, kids games
will be going on and T-shirts showing support for Brandy will be for
sale at the Marion Coliseum starting at noon.
Donations to the trust can also be made through the Fahey Bank at 127 N.
Main St. in Marion or through PayPal set up at www.mariononline.com.
Sara said she appreciates the people of Union County who have come
forward to pay their respects, offer a kind word or gesture, or sent
cards, flowers or monetary donations to her family since October.
"Throughout this time we have heard many times that Brandy was a caring,
compassionate young man with an infectious smile. We would like to share
with the community that not only was he that but he was a great son,
wonderful brother, dear friend and an even greater husband and father,"
she said. "Brandy always made time for his family even if it meant going
without sleep. Brandy worked two jobs to support his family and achieve
the dreams he had for his family. He never complained and gave himself
By keeping Brandy's name alive, Sara said, she hopes to show what kind
of a person he was. Even the decision to allow her husband's funeral to
be on television was done to show how law enforcement officers stick
"We wanted the funeral on TV so people could see," Sara said. "I wanted
them to show how much support law enforcement has for each other."
Her hopes did not go unnoticed. While Brandy's funeral was aired on
television, people across the country watched several hundred officers
from across the state of Ohio show up to pay respect. The cruisers lined
the street and the people filled the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the
Marion County Fairgrounds.
Sara said she even received letters of support from officers as far away
as Honolulu, Hawaii.
Winfield grew into a man who followed the morals his father, Rick,
showed him.
"Rick always taught . Brandy to treat everyone the way they would want
to be treated, even the ones they arrest. He taught them they might find
they hate the things that people do but not the person that does them.
Rick taught his family that there is good in every person," Sarah said.
"We have all struggled with the reason why a wonderful person was taken
from us so senselessly. We have many times asked why. He was only
helping someone, giving them a ride."


A sweeter sewer deal
Delaware may have better offer for county needs
What to do with waste water? That is the question Union County officials
are wrestling with and there are several directions the waste can flow
-  to Marysville which means ever increasing rates and fees; to Delaware
County; or to a new county-owned facility.
Coming to an answer is not simple.
With more and more property owners from the southeastern end of the
county asking for water and sewer services, documented waste problems in
the unincorporated village of Jerome and a bad contract with Marysville
which has a failing sewer system and the certainty of increasing fees,
the Union County Board of Commissioners commissioned a study that looks
at the possibility of the county creating its own sewer plant.
The 30+ page report prepared by Poggemeyer Design Group Inc. of Bowling
Green finds that a county-owned facility could pay for itself given the
current construction pattern and rates. Yet county officials are
cautious about investing millions in a county-owned facility.
"The major stumbling block is zoning,"  said Union County Commissioner
Gary Lee. "If Jerome Township had a plan and was committed to
development the decision would be much easier."
Another option being considered by the three county commissioners is
directing wastewater toward Delaware County which has more stable
charges than the city of Marysville and is interested in servicing the
Union County land.
"We're hoping through this process we could save people money in the
long run," said Union County Engineer Steve Stolte.
Delaware County officials are proposing the construction of a treatment
plant approximately two miles east of Union County on the Scioto River
south of Home Road.
Stolte and Lee said Union County expects to give Delaware a preliminary
answer of whether they are interested in joining the venture by the end
of the month and a firmer commitment next year. Stolte said the Delaware
plant would be constructed by a private businessman who would retain a
certain amount of capacity.
Also under consideration is utilizing an existing agreement with the
city of Marysville, but the county is wary of expanding this wastewater
agreement given what everyone agrees is a bad contract that promises
ever increasing rates.
Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse agrees with the county board of commissioners
and engineer that the county-city contract is bad.
"No contract is good unless both parties are happy," Kruse said.
However, Kruse said, the city is happy with the contract. He described
the contract as a "cash cow for us."
Commissioner Tom McCarthy says county users are being discriminated
"We're paying twice," McCarthy said. "The rate disparity between the
city and county ... it's just nuts... We bought into a bad deal."
Besides concerns with the existing contract, county officials are
troubled by Marysville's plan to borrow $212 million for the
construction of a new treatment plant and infrastructure improvements.
Approximately half of the $212 million is for a new plant and half is
for replumbing of the city, Stolte said.
County officials question why county users must pay higher fees for the
city to improve their own lines.
"I'm extremely concerned about what is going on," Stolte said.
Whatever the solution, it will take time for a plant to come on line.
Stolte estimates that if all goes well construction for the proposed
Delaware plant would begin in 2007. Construction of a county plant is
also years out and would have to pass through several steps plus be tied
to available funding. The city did not respond to inquiries of when they
expect to have their new plant on line.

Veterans Day events
The Union County Veterans Remembrance Committee will host a Veterans Day
service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Union County Veterans Memorial
The design for the county veterans monument will be unveiled. The
ceremony will include information on the monument, entertainment and
light refreshments.
Fairbanks Middle School
A Veterans Day program will be held at 8 a.m. at Fairbanks Middle
School. Coffee and donuts will be served from 8 to 8:20 a.m., followed
by a short assembly in the gymnasium. All veterans are invited to
Veterans are asked to remain after the assembly to autograph Veterans
Day booklets made by the students.
Plain City
Plain City will celebrate Veterans Day with a ceremony at 10:30 a.m.
Nov. 11 at the flag at the northeast corner of North Chillicothe Street
and East Main street in Plain City.
Music will be provided by the Jonathan Alder High School band and a
guest speaker will deliver an address.
The event is sponsored by Darby VFW Post 3268.
The website is www.VFW3268.org.
North Lewisburg
American Legion Post 258 in North Lewisburg will hold Veterans Day
services at 5 p.m. at the Veterans Monument. Legion Commander Robert
Henry will speak and the Triad marching band will provide music.
Veterans and their families are invited to share fellowship after the
service in the Municipal Building. Cardinal Pizza will supply the
The public is invited to join in the observance.
Ostrander Veterans Day services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday,
beginning with an assembly at Buckeye Valley Elementary School and a
march to the Veterans Board at the center of town.
Delaware County Commissioner James Ward will be master of ceremonies and
a special appearance will be made by Michael Stults. Elementary school
students, Delaware Hayes ROTC, pastor Mike Norris, Mollie Garrett, Larry
Krile, John Rieske and Jerry Stults will take part in the ceremony. Col.
Christopher Acker will be the guest speaker.

Bill Arthur's legacy of chords
Since the late 1940s Bill Arthur has been playing and collecting
guitars. Some he picked up from pawn shops. Others he bought at guitar
shows. Now with a simple advertisement in the local paper, he is hoping
to sell his collection of dozens of guitars and spend the remaining
years of his life looking back with no regrets.
When Arthur shows the guitars around his home it's like a musical egg
hunt. Some guitars are obscured behind chairs. To the left five guitars
in cases line the wall in the living room. One sits on the kitchen
counter being worked on.
"After a while you discover you have too many," he said.
The 77-year-old has performed in bands throughout the heydays of rock
and roll, punk, new age, heavy metal, rap, techno and boy bands. But his
style of choice has always been the standards.
Arthur said songs like "It had to be you" and "Born to lose" were what
he always loved. Then he stopped talking and played an impromptu jazz
version of "Girl from Ipanema" on his favorite Brunswick guitar - the
only guitar he refuses to sell.
"I always liked songs with a lot of chords," he said. "In rock and roll
they play about three or four chords and just strum them all night long.
Where's the fun in that? If I did that I'd be bored out of my mind."
Arthur comes from a musical family - his father played guitar and sang.
"I picked it up almost immediately and yet I can't read music," he said.
"I've loved music all my life. When I was 7 years old, an age when most
parents were trying to get their children to find a hobby and get
involved with something, my parents were always asking me if I would lay
down that guitar and do something else for a while."
Mostly, Arthur said, he played music because he wasn't good at anything
else. He didn't finish high school and ended up joining the Navy at the
age of 17. He found himself fighting in World War II on a destroyer in
the Atlantic and when he came back, music was where he wanted to stay.
"I always played in combos, with up to four people. They called it pop
music back then. I'm not sure anyone knows what that is now. People say
it's old fashioned," he said. "And I say, 'I was just born that way'."
The life spent traveling from show to show was tough at times, he said,
but it was never boring. It was never easy either.
Arthur raised seven children and often held several jobs just to make
sure he could play music professionally. He spent the past 60 years
performing at barn concerts, square dances, bars, clubs and any place
that would have him around Ohio. At one point he worked during the day
and then perform seven nights a week at a club on Parsons Avenue.
"I had a good time at it," he said. "I've had a full life. There is a
lot of stories I could tell but I don't want to. I don't think you could
print it."
Arthur won't tell you the good stories about the parties and the women
because he's afraid his deceased wife may get mad at him from the great
beyond. Instead he will tell you about playing a show once that went all
day Friday, into all day Saturday and then all day Sunday.
"My wife ended up calling the State Patrol on Monday trying to find out
where I was," he said.
He'll also tell you about how much trouble having a hot-headed
personality gave him.
Arthur said he remembers that one night during his Parsons Avenue stint
three wrestlers came in the bar looking to start trouble.
"They came in with their own bottles of beer," he said, "which is a no
Instead of getting their way, he said, the wrestlers found themselves
confronted by Arthur and the manager. The wrestlers eventually decided a
peaceful route was best and they left.
"You encounter all kinds of people," he said.
In the late 1940s he said his band used to hold barn dances in
Reynoldsburg. During his set one night he saw a man hitting his wife. He
walked off the stage mid-song and went into the crowd to convince the
man to look elsewhere.
But the following Saturday night, during the first song of the set, his
band mate suddenly shouted, "For God's sake, Bill, look out!"
The man had returned and threw a beer bottle at him through an open
window. The bottle missed Arthur and he ran out and chased the man
through the corn fields outside. The man got away and Arthur came back
covered in mud and sweat and had to finish the night that way.
"I have a lot of stories," he said. "But I'm not going to tell you all
of them."
After performing for all those years, why does Arthur plan to sell his
guitars and look back now?
He said his own mortality made him realize that it was time to sell his
collection in order to make it easier on his family to deal with his
guitars when he dies. Some he is giving away to family. The rest he
plans to sell over time.
"If you don't use it you might as well get rid of it," he said.
Arthur said he will keep his favorite guitar for Tuesday nights when he
sometimes sits in on jam sessions at a local bar.
Another reason for the sale is because he has finally decided to slow
down. He is the last of his band buddies still around.
"Honestly, I know I don't have too long to go," he said. "I figured I
should downsize now . Everybody I used to play with are all dead now.
It's just me. Now I'm too old to fight and too slow to know to keep my
mouth shut."
He said one bandmate died of a heart attack at the age of 37 and two
others died in car accidents in the late 1960s. He outlasted them all
and now the memories are what he treasures the most.
"But it's been a good life. I'm not interested in playing anymore,"
Arthur said. "My guys are all gone. But I'm still around."
For a viewing of Arthur's collection, residents can call 614-873-8089.


What is reward for free labor?
Does performing free services for village projects secure a spot at the
front of the line for paying jobs?
That was the question debated by Richwood Village Council Monday as
officials lined up to give their opinions.
The issue was touched on at a previous council meeting as council member
Arlene Blue mentioned that the some area contractors had offered to
perform free roofing work for the Richwood Park shelter houses but had
since changed their minds. She said the turnaround came because a paying
job performing roof work to the village administration building was
given to another company.
Acting village administrator Jim Thompson spoke on the issue at Monday's
meeting, saying he took estimates for the work at the administration
building and awarded the contract to the lowest bidder. Thompson said
that whenever possible he tries to buy products and services from local
companies but he cannot simply give out jobs to companies that do
volunteer work for the village.
Blue said the project did not meet the $15,000 price limit that requires
a mandatory bidding process. She said she feels it is a slap in the face
to ask contractors for free labor and then ignore them for jobs which
Blue added that the issue likely cost the village free labor on the
shelter houses. She said one of the contractors has already refused to
perform the volunteer work and another is leaning that way.
Mayor Bill Nibert said the village cannot legally promise contract work
to those who perform services to the village.
Council member Scott Jerew, a village business owner, said he found
himself in a similar situation. He said he performed some lettering work
for a village police cruiser and received no recognition for the work.
He said businesses owners who donate can be hurt if the work is not
In other business, council:
. Was reminded of a meeting with attorneys over the village industrial
park/Kells Lane issue.
. Was updated on village projects by engineer Ed Bischoff of Bischoff
and Associates.
. Discussed the water bill problems of a homeowner in the area of East
Blagrove and Clinton streets.
. Discussed limiting parking on Maple Street during winter months.
Thompson said it is impossible to get a snow plow down the street when
residents park on both sides of the road.
. Discussed a problem with trucks traveling left-of-center on South
Franklin Street. It was mentioned that any changes in the traffic
pattern or parking would have to come from the state.
. Heard Thompson note that homeowners must bag leaves for village
pickup. He said raking the leaves to the curb only serves to clog the
village storm drains.
. Heard an update on the Christmas light project at the village park.
Anyone with extra working lights may contact councilman George Showalter
about a possible donation.
. Heard a request for a representative of the police department to
attend the next council meeting to discuss the new speed monitoring
. Learned that the power was off for half the village hall on Monday. A
discussion on who to award the contract for work to followed the update.

NU agronomy team honored
Rusty Lowe doesn't eat tomatoes but he knew enough about growing them
and a whole lot more, including how to select a good chili pepper, to be
named the top individual in the national agronomy judging contest at
this year's National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
Lowe and his three team members all placed in the top 10 at the national
convention taking home second place as a team.
Each received a scholarship for his individual accomplishments.
Lowe received a $900 scholarship and said the funds will assist in his
firefighter studies at Hocking Technical School. After school, Lowe said
he plans to return to his family's grain operation on Springdale Road
and also work as a firefighter.
Brett Sheets, a senior, placed fourth and received a $750 scholarship.
Tyler Patton, a sophomore, placed eighth and received a $500
scholarship. Junior Jake Davis placed 10th and received a $500
The payoff for team coach Jared Evans, a 1998 graduate of North Union
High School, was pure revenge. When he was a senior in high school, the
team he was on placed second in the state and did not make it to the
national contest.
A total of 31 teams competed in this year's two-day National FFA
Agronomy Career Development Event. To compete each team had to win its
state contest.
Lowe, a graduate of North Union High School, said he was totally shocked
when he was named the top winner. When asked what made the difference
this year, he said, "I decided to start studying." Even though he is now
a graduate, Lowe was a member of last year's team and was eligible to
compete at the national contest held Oct. 27-28.
Questions included a team activity on irrigating a tomato field in
California and a crop evaluation of chili peppers and hay. Lowe said he
knew how to evaluate hay but when it came to chili peppers he "kind of
winged it" by looking at size, color and mold.
The contest included identifying plants, seeds, insects and diseases, as
well as knowing general information about pesticide application.
Coach Evans said North Union has a rich history in agronomy
competitions, dating back to the 1970s. National competitions began in
2000 and the Union County team has competed nationally in three of those
years. The team placed second nationally in 2000, 2003 and 2004.
The four-member team began preparing in September. Evans estimates that
the team spent more than 100 years in preparation. Earlier in the year
they competed and won five invitationals before taking the state title.

Former Jerome Twp. attorney pleads guilty
Attorney Susan J. Kyte, who worked for Jerome Township and a local
political action committee, pleaded guilty to 19 felony counts Friday in
the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
Kyte, 47,  admitted that she wrote 119 checks to herself for more than
$221,000 from nine political candidates' accounts since 1998. The
original charges of embezzling, filed in August, include money
laundering, election falsification, theft and filing of false state
income-tax returns. None involved her work for the Jerome Township Board
of Trustees in 2002 or the several referendums she prepared for the
Committee for the Preservation of Rural Living, a local political action
According to printed reports, Kyte's attorney, Michael Miller, offered
no explanation for her actions or what she did with the money, although
he said the question of why would be addressed on Jan. 7 when she is
The prosecution said restitution will be requested and Kyte could face
up to 30 years in prison. Kyte remains free on a $50,000 bond until her
Miller said Kyte will likely lose her license. Ohio law does not permit
convicted felons to practice law.
According to printed reports, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien
said that there is no evidence of any typical uses of embezzled money -
no extravagant lifestyle or vices. Banks records indicate the money was
basically used for living expenses.
Kyte reportedly is a former resident of German Village now living out of
state with her mother and working in a department store for minimum
Subpoenas were issued by the Franklin County Grand Jury in June after a
complaint was filed by Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell with the
elections commission, county prosecutor and Supreme Court disciplinary
In June the Ohio Elections Commission voted  5-1 against taking action
against Kyte for election-law violations.
Information from the Republican National Lawyers Association states that
Kyte is a 1984 graduate of Capital University and native of New York.

Home energy assistance available
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will again be available to
assist consumers with their home heating bills during the winter of
2004-05. Households whose gross income is at or below 150 percent of
federal guidelines are eligible for the program.
HEAP is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department
of Development Office of Community Services. It is designed to help
eligible low-income households to meet the high costs of home heating
with a one-time payment for use during the current winter season.
Vouchers will be issued to those whose heating source is bulk fuel.
Applications will be accepted through March 31. The emergency portion of
HEAP will begin Nov. 1 and        endMarch31.Tobeeligible,ahousehold
must be disconnected, threatened with disconnection or have less than a
10-day supply of bulk fuel. A face-to-face interview must be held.
Income guidelines are as follows:
Questions may be directed to Candy Burch, Community Action Organization
of Delaware, Madison and Union Counties, at 642-4986.

TIFs aren't new to the area
Marysville's proposal to create a residential Tax Increment Financing
District is not a first for the county. The city of Dublin created a
residential TIF earlier this year in the Tartan West Development.
The 250-acre project is expected to generate $14 million to fund water,
sewer, roadway and intersection improvements, said Marsha Grigsby,
Dublin director of finance.
This was news to Union County Board of MR/DD Superintendent Jerry
Buerger. He is not alone. Union County Health Commissioner Martin
Tremmel said this week was the first time he heard of the Dublin
residential TIF.
"The Union County Board of MR/DD has no idea how the Dublin TIF is
affecting our levy revenue. The first time we heard about the Dublin TIF
was at Tuesday's meeting when Mr. McCarthy made the statement. This is a
concern with the TIF programs. Only the city and the local school
districts have to be informed about the process and they make the
decisions. Any other affected property taxing entities (911, library,
mental health, health department, etc.) are not included. The same
situation was true with Coleman's Crossing. MR/DD was not contacted
about that project until near the end of planning and other taxing
entites were not informed at all according to information we have
received," Buerger wrote in an e-mail.
Buerger is not alone in his concern.
"We can't rob Peter to pay Paul," said Mike Witzky, executive director
of the Union County Mental Health and Recovery Board. "It's not right.
There is nothing I can do about it except speak out."
Witzky estimates that for every five to six homes built in a TIF
district, the city and school would realize $179 from the Mental Health
and Recovery Board's .5-mill levy. If that levy is replaced, the city
and schools would get the increase, not the agency.
"The reality, rich or poor, people are going to move into the county and
bring their family problems. As the community grows, so do the human
And there is a price tag for all those programs, said Tremmel.
Tremmel believes it is too early to tell what residential TIFs mean to
the community, although he said it doesn't seem to be very equitable. He
is scheduled to meet with Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse next week and has
been researching Union County properties in the Dublin TIF area.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson, like other officials, said he
understands why the city administration is wanting to create a
residential TIF but is concerned about how it will effect the 911 Levy.
Under a TIF, for every new $1 million market valuation, the city and
schools would collect about $3,500 of property taxes that is marked for
other entities. Union County Auditor Mary Snider reports the following
taxes collected per $1 million market valuation: county general, 3.4
mills, $1,071; county health, 1.147 mills, $361.30; county mental
health, .3686 mills, $116.10; MR/DD, 5.6996 mills, $1,795.38; and County
911, .4923 mills, $155.06.
Council is still learning about the residential TIF, said president
Nevin Taylor, according to Council Clerk Connie Patterson, and still has
questions that need to be answered.
According to Patterson, Taylor said TIFs look to be a win win situation,
but he is concerned about some agencies.

Tax grab or smart business ?
Talk of creating a residential Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in
Marysville has created a bit of a tiff among governmental agencies.
 People living in TIF districts pay taxes just like everyone else but
their taxes go only to the city and schools and not to other taxing
entities like the health department and MR/DD. This has caused some
concern to the Union County Commissioners and social service agencies.
"The reason we find residential TIFs offensive," said Union County
Commissioner Tom McCarthy, "is that they redirect revenue from new homes
to just the city or schools, leaving other agencies without income
Even city officials recognize that TIF districts can adversely affect
the flow of funds into social agencies.
The draft minutes from an Oct. 21 special meeting of Marysville City
Council states "The downside is you are taking away from the other
taxing districts... The county won't get their millage ... The losers
with the TIF would be the library, MR/DD, the county and their share,
JVS and Mental Health."
Marysville schools superintendent Larry Zimmerman, however, said Tuesday
at a meeting with the other entities that the schools would be willing
to share the wealth if possible.
"I know what it does to the rest of you," Zimmerman said. "It takes tax
dollars away from other agencies."
Present at the meeting were McCarthy, Union County Commissioner Gary
Lee, Mental Health Association executive director Mike Witzky, MR/DD
superintendent Jerry Buerger and associate director Laura Zureich,
Chamber president Rick Shortell, health commissioner Martin Tremmel,
Marysville councilman John Marshall and chamber staff.
Zimmerman added that he believed there are ways to make a TIF work for
"I strongly believe there are ways to make everybody a winner in this,"
Zimmerman said. "We're all in this together. We can't have agencies
fighting agencies."
The city of Marysville, however, does not plan to share the wealth, said
Mayor Tom Kruse, who was not at the Tuesday meeting.
"He can do what he wants with his money. The city has no plans to
include these agencies," Kruse said.
Kruse foresees the creation of several residential TIF districts for
most new developments in the next few years within the city's
corporation limits. He said TIFS may include five or six developments
that would expand the Mill Valley and Greenwood Colony neighborhoods.
During a special council meeting on Oct. 21 the unapproved minutes state
that the "city is looking at the following subdivisions as possibly
being involved with these residential incentive districts: Keystone
Crossing, Chestnut Park, Greenwood Colony, Galbury Meadows, Woods of
Mill Valley traditional homes and the Woods of Mill Valley Celebration
"I intend to do what is best for the city of Marysville and if I can do
what is best for Union County then I'll do that, too" Kruse said.
Kruse takes credit for the idea of creating residential TIFs.
"It was our idea," he said.
Zimmerman explained Tuesday that the first time he heard about
residential TIFs was when school and city officials met in June at a
Columbus law firm to work out the Coleman's Crossing agreement which is
a commercial TIF.
A residential TIF allows growth to help pay for itself, Zimmerman
explained, and creates a stable funding stream from which the schools
could borrow. Zimmerman foresees residential TIFs being used for new
construction. Kruse said the city would use the residential TIF money in
part to finance sewer improvements.
On Monday the Union County Board of Commissioners held a separate
meeting with two attorneys to learn more about residential TIFs.
"A TIF is a revenue grab," said commissioner McCarthy and attorney Price
Finley concurred.
Most troubling to the county officials is the creation of a select
neighborhood that would not support all community services. Current
property owners would continue to be responsible for all county
services, while funds from future homeowners in TIF districts will go
only to city and school coffers.
"A residential TIF should be a last resort," McCarthy said.
 Several at the table Monday agreed that sound policy is based on having
the people who benefit from a service pay for it. The creation of a TIF
shifts the burden and could jeopardize other county services to the
benefit of the city, said McCarthy.
"It may be legal .... (but it) is inherent bad public policy," McCarthy
said about the proposed residential TIF. "It's a quandry."

What is a TIF?
Tax Increment Financing is taking a piece of land and the increased
value of that land and diverting those taxes to a city tax increment
fund for public infrastructure.
TIFs allow a city to collect all the property taxes from a given area
and use that money for infrastructure improvements. New homeowners in
the TIFs pay taxes just as in non-TIF neighborhoods. The difference is
that non-TIF property's support all of the community's services, while
TIF property taxes pay for just a specific project. Marysville Schools
say they would use TIF dollars to construct new buildings and the city
of Marysville would use the TIF money to finance, in part, wastewater
TIFs can run as long as 30 years.

Super Wal-Mart to open in early 2006
Information on the future of a Wal-Mart Super Center in Marysville can
finally put an end to the slew of rumors circulating in the community.
Recently the store's name popped up on a Planning Commission meeting
agenda for design review discussion.
City economic development director Eric Phillips reported to Marysville
city council that the projected date for the store opening should be in
the first quarter of 2006. He said construction is expected to begin
soon after d          esignreviewandplansarepassed.Thestorewillbelocated
within the Coleman's Crossing development currently under construction.
Phillips said the Super Center will retain jobs from the current store
and could create up to 150 to 300 more. The company is planning to
construct a 204,000-square-foot facility.
"Everyone agrees we need a new grocery store," council vice president
John Gore said. "It's good to know that it's actually happening."
Gore said people continually ask him and other council members about the
status of bringing a grocery store and more restaurants to the city. He
asked if council could be continually updated on this progress so that
members may have answers for citizens.
Mayor Tom Kruse explained that his goal is to keep council updated on
the projects.
"Sometimes until a project realizes a certain point it's not for public
knowledge," he said.
Kruse said companies make the city privy to information and because of
the company's business goals and competition the city has to keep those
things private. Philips said that until a prospective company decides to
make its business goals public themselves they must respect that.
"We all knew it was coming," Phillips explained. "When they choose to
make it public, then we can make it public."
He also informed council on the status of other developments within the
. Univenture on Industrial Parkway is up and running and will create 90
new jobs.
. Goodyear Tire and Rubber, on the same road, is expected to hire 60 new
. The Sumitomo research and development facility now under construction
on Square Drive will bring 35 new jobs to the city and retain 12.
. Nestle Research and Development on Collins Avenue is planning to hire
20 new people.
. The Honda Lock and Key Company will bring 19 new jobs and is
purchasing land on Marysville Square to begin construction within 90
Phillips said that once Coleman's Crossing is completed a total of 500
new jobs will be created in the city.
Misunderstandings concerning traffic light issues at Marysville High
School were discussed. Kruse reported that the traffic light which was
torn down as the result of a traffic accident at the intersection of
Amrine Mill Road and Route 31 will be replaced.
City finance director John Morehart added that he spoke to city service
director Tracie Davies, who said it could go up as early as Friday.
"I received a call the next morning from a citizen who was really
perturbed at the city for taking it down," Kruse said. "I explained to
him that another citizen accomplished that for us."
Council president Nevin Taylor asked whether the person who crashed into
the light pole will be billed for the light replacement.
According to police reports, the driver has not been cited for the crash
because it was due to a health condition, not driver fault.
Kruse said billing her insurance company seems "entirely reasonable."
In other discussions:
. Morehart introduced Becky Arnott, the new city income tax
administrator, to council members. He also reported that 1,600 letters
will be sent out to citizens who have not filed their city income taxes
yet. The subpoena program initiated by RITA last year was very
successful in amending the absent tax filings.
. Taylor reported that a spot is still open for Ward One residents
wishing to represent their area on the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Interested residents can contact the city at 642-6015.
. A public hearing will be held on the 2005 city budget Wednesday at 7
p.m. in council chambers.

Donations, volunteers needed for Thanksgiving Community Dinner
From J-T staff reports:
The Thanksgiving Community Dinner will once again be held at the
Catholic Community Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 25.
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner is planned and there is no charge. The
meal is open to anyone who would like to share a meal with others. This
event is coordinated by volunteer efforts and most of the food comes
from donations. Last year, more than 1,200 meals were served.
Donations needed include frozen turkeys, canned green beans, sweet
potatoes, cranberry sauce and fruit, instant mashed potatoes, pumpkin
pies and other desserts and dinner rolls or loaves of bread.
Frozen turkeys may be taken to the Catholic Community Center from noon
to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 22. All other items may
be delivered Nov. 22 through Nov. 24 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Volunteer cooks are needed Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to midnight, Nov. 24 from
noon to 5:30 p.m. and Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Others can volunteer
their time Nov. 23 and 24 in increments of two hours and on Nov. 25 from
8 a.m. to noon and noon to 4 p.m.
Servers and cleanup crew are needed Thanksgiving Day and cleanup crew
and people to deliver food to area food pantries can volunteer at 10
a.m. Nov. 26.
Drivers will be needed Nov. 25 beginning at 10:   30a.m.andanyone
wishing to volunteer to drive may call (614) 873-3986. Anyone who knows
of someone who needs a meal or needs transportation may call Gil Tipple
at 642-9072. All other volunteers may call Shirley France at (614)

County carryover to be tapped
Union County officials are spending more than what is coming in and the
county's cash carryover is expected to be cut in half by the end of the
During a routine staff meeting this week, the Union County Commissioners
told office holders that this year's expenditures are up due in part to
27 pay periods while the county sales tax for the first time in many
years is not growing.
Bob Fry, who assists the commissioners in budgeting, explained that
county revenue this year is $1 million less than expenses. Fry said 2004
appropriations are $16,947,000 and revenue is $15,700,000. Looking at
the third quarter numbers, Fry added that 71 percent of appropriations
or more than 75 percent were spent as of September.
Commissioner Jim Mitchell said the county had a $3 million cash
carryover at the beginning of this year and it appears that figure could
be cut in half by the end of the year. Commissioner Gary Lee explained
that the carryover has offered the county the luxury to prepare fairer
budgets and without that option budgets would become leaner in order to
meet state mandates.
"We're not trying to be chicken little," said commissioner Tom McCarthy,
but trying to be "prudent and conservative."
McCarthy said he is most concerned with this year's sales tax numbers.
 He said that in 2002 the county collected $5.7 million and 2003 was an
extraordinary year with $7.4 million coming into the county's coffers.
This year, as of September, the sales tax total was $4.5 million. Fry
projects the end of the year figure will be $6.2 million.
In preparation for budget hearings, McCarthy suggested that office
holders hold off on capital projects in 2005 and look at their core
expenses. Because of the 27 pay period this year, the commissioners said
that if the salary line items remain at 0 percent in 2005 it will still
allow for a 3.7 percent increase in salaries because pay periods return
to 26. Commissioners even hinted that they may suggest a 1 percent
decrease in the salary line items which would still allow for 3 percent
pay increases.
On the bright side for county employees, McCarthy said the lowest health
care plan is better than many top plans in other counties. He also said
the county's dental plan which has been 60/40 this year will increase to
80/20 next year.
Budget hearings are scheduled to begin this    monthwithcountyofficials.

Present at Monday's meeting were Sheriff Rocky Nelson, treasurer Tam
Lowe, recorder-elect Theresa Markham, veteran services executive
director Gail DeGood-Guy, coroner Dr. David Applegate, clerk of courts
Paula Warner, auditor Mary Snider, Probate Court administrator Eric
Roush and facilities manager Randy Riffle.

Care Train enters 18th holiday season
All aboard for the Community Care Train of Union County as the local
fundraiser celebrates its 18th year making the holidays a little
brighter for those in need.
The Care Train auction and telethon will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11 at
McAulliffe's Ace Hardware from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dan Westlake will return
as the event's auctioneer.
"We made a decision that the second Saturday of every December will be
Union County Community Care Train Day," Dave Laslow said.
Laslow founded the organization in 1986 after the Christmas Clearing
House was no longer able to sponsor the community event. He explained
that the purpose of the Care Train is to provide age-appropriate toys
for children and food vouchers for holiday meals.
As in years past, the auction will be broadcast live on WUCO 1270 and
Time Warner's community access channel.
"This year we are dedicating the auction to the members of the community
we serve," Laslow said.
The group is currently in the process of getting more auction items for
the event. Current items include a one-week mini-van donation from John
Hinderer Honda, an OSU mini-bike donated by an anonymous donor and a
45-minute airplane ride over Union County. Laslow said each of these
one-of-a-kind items are great examples of what makes the Care Train such
a special event.
"We are encouraging everyone to think outside the box for unique ways to
help us raise money for the Care Train," Laslow said.
The Care Train is teaming up this year with the National Honor Society
groups at the three county high schools. Denise Castner, NHS co-advisor
at Marysville, said it was the NHS officers and student committee
members who named increasing service hours, most specifically in the
community, as an overall goal for this year's group.
"The officers and committee members hope the Care Train becomes an
ongoing project for NHS," Castner explained.
Kathy Connolly, NHS president, said she and group's vice president, Neil
Drake, brought the idea to the 65 members of NHS at Marysville high
school. Connolly explained that both she and Drake's parents have been
involved with the Care Train for many years.
"I've known about the Care Train my whole life," Connolly said, "We are
excited to be helping out because eventually we will be the ones running
the Care Train."
Laslow said that the next six weeks are going to be busy for the
all-volunteer Care Train committee that consists of 20 community
business leaders and concerned local residents. They will be collecting
toys, auction items and donations.
"We feel this is a true community project and everything the members of
the community can contribute helps," Laslow said.
The group also plans to have a drive-thru during the auction on December
11 where folks can drop off donations.
Laslow said he still cannot believe how every year improves upon the
year before. "I enjoy doing it and it amazes me how giving our community
can be year after year."
Last year's Care Train raised more $50,000 and 1,400 individuals were
helped, of which 150 were elderly residents. Anyone wishing to donate
items for the auction or wanting further information should contact the
Care Train at 642-7847.

Local school issues split
Fairbanks passes; Triad goes down
Two area school levies were on the ballot Tuesday but only one was
The Fairbanks levy, a renewal of an existing levy which brings in
$640,000 a year and an increase of $699,000, passed with a vote of 1,900
to 1,332 or 58.79 percent to 41.21 percent. The vote in Madison County
was 133 for and 110 against the levy.
"Sixty-forty (percent) is almost a mandate in a school levy," said
superintendent Jim Craycraft.
The levy money will allow the district to stay in the black through the
2006-07 fiscal year. Due to inflation, state mandated programs, lower
interest rates on investments and changes in state and federal funding,
the district would have been operating in the red without passage of the
The levy was needed, Craycraft said, because district expenses had been
cut as much as they can be without reducing the level of education
offered. He said an energy conservation project, changes in the high
school lunch program and joining an insurance consortium have saved
money in the district.
Residential growth is beginning to affect the district,Craycraft said.
Such growth generates more money for the schools but, on the reverse
side, increased property valuation decreases state funding per pupil.
The levy funds will be used only for operating expenses, Craycraft said,
such as supplies, materials, repairs, staffing needs and capital
improvements. There are no plans for expansion of programs but only for
maintaining the district's current programs.
The additional funds will not be used for construction of new buildings,
he said.
The Triad School Board has some hard decisions to make after the narrow
defeat of a .5 percent income tax levy.
Union County voters passed the issue at 64 to 48 but Champaign County
residents voted it down 1,119 to 1,040.
"It's real unfortunate. All the cuts we have made to this point have
been painful because they've involved people (aides, teacher's
assistants) valuable to the school system," superintendent Dan
Kaffenbarger said. "Now the cuts are going to involve classroom
In September the board passed a contingency plan for reducing
expenditures for fiscal year 2006 in the event the levy failed. That
plan includes eliminating six teaching positions.
Kaffenbarger said he has personally spoken to 12 teachers who could be
affected by this cut.
"I felt it was important to let these teachers know that they may be
impacted," he explained.
Kaffenbarger said the district would try to assist those teachers
affected by the cut in finding outside employment. As for the remaining
teachers, Kaffenbarger said it would be very unlikely that the district
will be able to offer them much as far a raises after the failing of the
The second part of the plan would be the initiation of a
pay-for-participation program for all extra-curricular activities. At
the present time these activities would not include co-curricular
activities such as band and choir.
Lastly, the high school cafeteria would close and only vending machines
would be available. This would eliminate the cost of staffing and
maintenance of food.
"The board would have the official right to review this plan and make
changes," Kaffenbarger said, "however, at this point I don't see
anything that would change their mind."
The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 with a work session to
begin at  6p.m.
Kaffenbarger said he didn't think the board would act on any cuts until
December or January pending the receipt of more information regarding
state funding.

County sees 5,000 new voters
A record number of votes were cast across Union County during Tuesday's
general election.
Union County Board of Election officials report that 22,515 votes were
cast or 74.55 percent of the 30,200 registered voters.
This compares to 17,288 votes cast in the 2000 presidential election;
15,244 in 1996; and 14,994 in 1992. The percentage of voters this year,
however, did not break the 1992 record of 80.9 percent.
Voter turnout in 2000 was 66.54 of all registered voters or 25,981 votes
cast; in 1996, 74.66 or 15,244 votes; and in 1992, 80.9 percent or
14,994 registered voters.
Local political races held no surprises in Tuesday's election with no
contested candidates.
Incumbent county coroner David Applegate II (Republican) received the
most votes (16,886) and incumbent sheriff Rocky W. Nelson (R) was a
close second (16,638).
Other uncontested candidates and their vote counts were:
. Incumbent treasurer Tamara K. Lowe (R) - 16,464
. Incumbent engineer Steve A. Stolte (R) - 15,986
. Incumbent commissioner Tom McCarthy (R) - 15,445
. Incumbent clerk of courts Paula Pyers Warner (R) - 15,372
. Prosecutor David W. Phillips (R) - 15,274
. Recorder Teresa L. Markham (R) - 15,154
. Commissioner Charles A. Hall - 13,543
Sunday liquor sales were approved for Kroger, the Moose Lodge, Lovejoy's
Mart and Blues Creek Golf Course.
Voters in Marysville Precinct 7 voted 224 to 161 for an option that
allows Sunday sales from 10 a.m. to midnight at Kroger. Voters in
Marysville Precinct 10 voted 286 to 215 in favor of an option for Sunday
sales at the Moose Lodge. Plain City voters passed the local option by
246 to 119 and Leesburg Precinct voters approved the Blues Creek option
by 309 to 288.
Three option requests in Jerome failed.
The option for Sunday sales failed 101 to 170; Sunday off premises
failed 106 to 169; and spirituous liquor by the glass failed by 103 to
Marysville voters overwhelmingly approved a proposed ordinance to
continue to tax S corporation shareholders. The request passed 4,100 to
Locally, voters supported Issue 1 which defined marriage. A total of
15,410 votes were cast in favor of the constitutional amendment and
6,432 voted no.
In the presidential contest, the Union County electorate cast 15,593
votes for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Democratic challenger John Kerry and John Edwards received 6,546.

Two's not company in Jerome Township
With one trustee absent, other two get little accomplished
For a while the Monday night meeting of the Jerome Township Board of
Trustees appeared to be a game of Mother May I.
Trustee Freeman May, who was acting chairman in the absence of Sharon
Sue Wolfe, told fellow trustee Ron Rhodes twice that he could not speak
without permission and once to sit down.
The two trustees exchanged barbs early in the meeting when Rhodes
attempted to speak to Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson. Eventually
Rhodes asked May if he could ask the sheriff a question and May granted
him permission.
Rhodes asked Nelson how soon the sheriff's department needed to know
whether the township wanted to hire an additional officer. Nelson said
there was no rush.
Prior to the question, Rhodes had presented a motion to hire an
additional officer. The motion failed for lack of a second. May then
presented a motion to table the matter. That motion also failed for lack
of a second.
The hiring question had been tabled at the Oct. 18 meeting. Nelson said
the suggestion for an additional officer is in response to increased
traffic concerns in the area. He has suggested that Jerome and Millcreek
townships share the cost of the new officer as they have done with other
officers. He has offered three options - to hire a public safety
officer, a new hire traffic officer or a traffic officer with 21 years
Later in the meeting, Rhodes wanted to talk to consulting engineer Mark
Cameron but May cut Rhodes short and said he could not speak without
permission. Rhodes then stood up and May told him to sit down. When
Rhodes refused to sit or ask permission to stand, May adjourned the
meeting for five minutes. Rhodes continued to stand the whole time and
stated that he believed the township had a legal obligation for a full
and accurate accounting of the Ketch Road project. At the end of the
five minutes, May adjourned the meeting without a second.
Prior to May's actions, Rhodes had asked Cameron to submit a bill to the
township for any additional time and engineering required because the
scope of the Ketch Road project had changed several times.
"We owe the man. We pay the man," Rhodes said.
May said he had a problem with paying Cameron more money.
Cameron said Rhodes was correct and his company had incurred additional
costs but had not billed the township. He said the additional hours were
incurred because the original plan had been to work within existing
right of ways but the project later required additional rights of way
and easements.
In other business:
. Fire Chief Scott Skeldon said he was talking with Ohio Health this
week about a new hospital planned in the Dublin area and emergency
services the department would like to see in the facility.
. In response to a citizen's question, Skeldon said a ladder truck is a
"need" for the fire district and he is looking into financing options
with plans to purchase the vehicle in two to three years. Skeldon added
that a quint or combination ladder/emergency truck is preferred.
. Additional material costs of $1,575 for the Ketch Road project were
. The board approved the purchase of a $1,311 computer for the zoning
. The board established a capital improvement fund and put $200,000 in
the fund. Clerk Robert Caldwell said the transfer would meet the
requirements of the Budget Commission which earlier this year said the
township could risk losing revenue because of $600,000 in excess general
funds. Since then the township has spent $150,000, Caldwell said.
. Caldwell said 2004 receipts to date are $1,423,000 and expenses are
. A contract for street lighting with Ohio Edison was approved. Caldwell
noted that the rate will triple over the next three years under this

Chamber honors community leaders
The Union County Chamber of Commerce held its first annual Salute of
Leaders award banquet  at the Union County Service Center last week.
The event, sponsored by the Memorial Hospital of Union County, honored
individuals in three categories - township (selected by the
participating trustees), incorporated villages and city (selected by the
business associations and 11 special categories (selected by a Chamber
Township award winners were: Gary Wallace, Allen; Clarice Philo, Dover;
Martha McNamee, Jackson; Malcolm Manville, Leesburg; Virgil and Jennie
Poling, Liberty; Andy Ross, Millcreek; Beckie Congrove, Taylor; Rachel
Robinson, Union; Peg Gray, Washington; and John Holloway Jr., York.
Incorporated villages and city award winners were: Jack Scott,
Marysville; Ray Chappelear, Milford Center; Mary Mitchell, Plain City;
and Pat Hamilton.
Special category winners were: Dave Laslow, civic; Marysville High
School Band, education; John Rockenbaugh, environmental; Dave and Ann
Allen, health/health care; Roberta Simpson, human services; Jesse
Conrad, leadership; George Showalter, parks and recreation; Union County
Farm Bureau, rural interests; the Rev. Jack Groat, safety and justice;
Kay Liggett, senior leadership; and Scott Underwood, culture and arts.
 Biographies on each honoree were read by Bob Whitman, chamber director
of programs and membership; Steve Stolte, county engineer; and Chip
Hubbs, CEO of Memorial Hospital of Union County. Awards were presented
by Rick Shortell, chamber president; and Eric Phillips, chamber CEO and
director of economic development.