Local Archived News October 2004


Tutoring key to Marysville's high rating (10/30)
City can't find takers for free cash (10/30)
Group ready to unveil monument design (10/30)
Car slams into house (10/29)
City tries to spread the word about tax issue (10/29)
Body found in car deemed suicide (10/28)
Officer safety vs. public service
Tragedy puts focus on policies for lawmen
(10/27)
Deer crashes on the rise(10/27)
Sunday liquor sales flood ballot
Candidates all running uncontested
(1027)
Marysville schools eye new funding approach
TIF money would allow pursuit of lease/purchase agreement  (10/26)

Richwood housing development gets plat approval  (10/26)
Details issued on murder/suicide(10/25)
Taking a little walk with Madison
Father, daughter will participate in Heart Walk to celebrate young girl's recovery (10/23)

Murder-suicide -Police investigating at The Links (10/22)
Fairbanks voters to decide on operating levy (10/22)
Darby Zoning Commission still working on map (10/22)
Counties agree on sewer plant
Will help with problems in Peoria, Raymond  (10/21)

Triad comes back to voters with income tax
Editor's note: This is the first in a six-part election package
highlighting local, state and and national issues and candidates before voters on Nov. 2.  (10/21)

Univenture up and running (10/20)
Rain slows work on Coleman's Crossing  (10/20)
District outlines plan for grant
M.C. concerned over sewer tap-ins
North Union gets ball rolling on high school renovation
Parents voice concerns at Triad board meeting
Man with area ties sets electric car speed record
Oct. 17-23 is school bus safety week
Officials digest Liberty Township surveys
Health department receives flu vaccine
North end manhunt
Alleged cop killer believed spotted; North Union Schools affected

Process of sewer upgrade begun
Marysville ready to set aside $7 million to get ball rolling

Local lawmen help look for killer
MHS band judged 'Grand Champion'
A lifetime spent creating
Whether on canvas or plate, Fisher brings visions to life

Big Darby called an   'exceptional watershed'
Richwood may not fill position
A Scout with honor
Weis has been involved with Boy Scouts,  community projects for several decades

West Central changing lives
United Way campaign off to fast start
Area boy found after nationwide Amber Alert
N.L. will not sell hall to fire  district
Marysville district gets grant
Drivers must be alert during harvest
Hospital, health dept. team up

Leader Awards  to be given
Dollars over dedication

Tutoring key to Marysville's high rating
From J-T staff reports:
Practice apparently makes perfect when it comes to improving school
ratings by the state.
Marysville school officials point to a new tutoring program as the
secret to achieving an excellent rating from the state. The extra
practice has helped many Marysville students pass state proficiency
tests, according to a press release from the school.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said the data from past tests showed that
a lot of students just barely missed the minimum proficiency test scores
so ways were developed to get more practice for those students.
Shirley Tornberg, who coordinates the district's tutoring program, said
tutoring is especially important for elementary school students.
She said the time and resources devoted to tutoring a child are small
investments compared to the big pay-off. Tutoring can help prevent
drop-outs and make sure that when students graduate they will have the
skills they need to enter into the job market or an institution of
higher learning.
Not satisfied with past state ratings, school staff and administrators
used student data to create a comprehensive plan that included tutoring
coaches to work with students who were falling short of passing state
proficiency tests. Teachers also identified students who passed the
tests but could benefit from some extra help.
All schools then placed an extra emphasis on improving student reading
and writing skills, seeking the help of volunteer reading tutors. Dozens
of employees from The Scotts Co. offered to lend a hand and a peer
reading buddies program was begun. The approach paid off big at East
Elementary, which went from an academic emergency rating to excellent in
one year.
Across the district, fourth and sixth graders showed significant
academic progress, states the press release, with third graders
achieving an 86 percent passage rate. The state average was 75 percent.
The improved rating caught the attention of Ohio Auditor of State Betty
Montgomery who recently met with district staff to learn more about
programs that helped earn the state's top rating.
The State Report Card on education measures such factors as graduation
rates, attendance and passage of proficiency tests. Marysville was
previously designated as a continuous improvement school district by
meeting just more than half of the state indicators.

City can't find takers for free cash
By RYAN HORNS
The city of Marysville has thousands of dollars to give away.
Ironically, they are have a hard time finding people who want it.
City administrator Kathy House reported at Thursday night's city council
meeting that the city is concerned about being able to disperse $60,000
left in CHIP funds to Marysville residents.
Only Marysville citizens can apply for the thousands of dollars worth of
funding for home repairs, and toward down payments on new homes.
"We're under the gun and feeling the pinch," House said. "If we don't
'draw down' at least 60 percent of our available funds by the end of
March then we cannot apply for the next CHIP grant in April."
She explained there are three funding options through CHIP ? a grant for
minor home repair up to $8,000, a forgivable loan of up to $35,000 for
home rehabilitation or a forgivable loan of up to $16,000 for down
payment assistance.
Open houses were held and articles and ads were published in the
beginning stages o       fthefunddistributiontoinformresidents.During
those meetings several citizens were awarded grants and those projects
are currently underway.
Kathy Werkmeister, a representative of MORPC, spoke to council about the
matter, saying that perhaps flyers in grocery stores, churches or the
food pantry would be the next step.
House said the city is hoping word of mouth will see the funds
distributed to citizens from Mill Valley to old Marysville. Residents
wondering if they are eligible for the CHIP funds may call Barb McCoy in
the city's zoning department at 645-1028 for further details.
Concerning the construction work on Delaware Avenue, House said the
Coleman's Crossing development is on schedule after last week's rain
delays. Paving work should be completed today with Delaware Avenue
reopening early next week.
She said the next steps in implementation of the Wastewater Master Plan
will be to conduct interviews with engineering firms to design
short-term upgrades at the current plant, the design of a new plant and
trunk sewers to connect the collection system to a new plant.
"We hope to award the contracts for the design firms soon," House said.
In other discussions, the final reading passed on an ordinance
authorizing the issuance of $7 million in notes for the designing and
engineering of a new wastewater treatment plant, the existing wastewater
plant, the Industrial Parkway trunk sewer and for the purchase of land
for the future plant
Councilman Dan Fogt stressed that this stage of the project is "just the
beginning,    notthetotalcost."
Council vice president John Gore said the work was a step the community
was long overdue for.
Councilman Mark Reams emphasized that this authorization will
essentially help with the immediate needs of the existing wastewater
plant.
 Other topics included:
. Gore said that the current city skate park at McCarthy Park has seen
better days. He noticed that not much of the equipment placed there last
year remains. The first reading was read on an ordinance authorizing
mayor Tom Kruse to submit an application to the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources for financial aid under the Nature Works Program.
The city would still like to provide a skate park for residents and
children in the city, Gore said.
"I can't use it," he joked, "But a lot of kids can."
He said no location has been decided upon yet if the city is awarded
money for a skate park.
. Councilman Dave Burke and Gore urged all residents to exercise their
right to vote and get out to the booths on Tuesday.
. City finance director John Morehart told council that he hopes
Marysville citizens will get out to the polls and vote to approve the
only Marysville city item on the ballot. Because of changes at the state
level, the city will not be able to tax S Corporations and may lose
money from their funds next year. He said Marysville S Corporations have
always been taxed, but now they can only continue if voters agree.
"We want to get the word out that this is not an increase on taxes. It
is a continuation," Morehart said.


Group ready to unveil monument design
From J-T staff reports:
A special program will be held at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium at
7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. After almost two years of work, the Union County
Veterans Remembrance Committee will unveil a design for a permanent
memorial to county veterans.
The monument will be located at the northeast corner of the Union County
Courthouse grounds on a site authorized by the Union County
Commissioners. It will be paid for entirely by donations, which will be
tax deductible.
Committee secretary Esther Carmany said five designs for the monument
were submitted, three of them from professionals and two from local
individuals. The design selected was by Sean Longstreth of Rock of Ages
in Morrow County. The monument will be made of granite and will weigh
about 51 tons.
The monument will be inscribed with the names of all Union County
veterans who served or will serve in the future in any branch of the
armed forces. Names of veterans who were killed in action, KIA, those
held prisoner of war, POW, and those listed as missing in action, MIA,
will be included.
A unique feature of the monument will be the use of an expandable
website and computer database for storing records permanently. It will
list names and other veterans' information, along with photos when
available. The Union County Commissioners have authorized the assistance
of county IT personnel to make this possible.
The committee has joined the Union County Commissioners to use the Union
County Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, to handle the
funds so that all contributions will be properly accounted for.
The Veterans Service Commission, comprised of Max Amrine, Clarence
Durban, Hubert Fry, Robert Jordan, Leo Speicher and Gail DeGood Guy,
have endorsed the project.
The Union County Veterans Remembrance Committee includes retired Maj.
Gen. Oscar C. Decker, chairman; Harold Hill, vice chairman and
treasurer; and Carmany, secretary. The group's website is
www3.co.union.oh.us/vetmemorial.
www.diggyinsurance.com.
The unveiling program will include entertainment, information and light
refreshments.

 

Car slams into house
Driver is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Sometimes timing is everything.
A month ago, chances are that Leslie Grunden would have been sitting in
his house in Peoria working on his computer on a Wednesday afternoon.
His move into a new home in Marysville a few weeks ago may have averted
tragedy Wednesday as an alleged drunk driver rammed a 1999 Ford Taurus
into Grunden's former home at 1:45 p.m.
"My mother's going to say 'oh, I'm so glad you moved,'" Grunden's wife
Sherri said while looking at the damage Wednesday.
Residents from the area lined the roadway to survey the damage as well.
The Grundens were planning to rent the house to a new tenant the first
of November but those plans will have to wait.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol reports, James A. Tackett, 36, of
West Mansfield was driving south on Raymond Road when he went off the
right side of the road, then came back across the left side of the road
and aimed straight for 21756 Raymond Road.
Tackett's car missed several trees but exploded through a decorative
stone wishing well five feet in diameter before slamming into the home.
The state patrol report did not list an estimated speed but the car hit
the home with enough force to bury it to the back doors.
A neighbor who did not give her name said she witnessed Tackett exit the
vehicle from the passenger side of the car and fall into a bush. Reports
also indicate that Tackett then allegedly flagged down a passing
motorist and attempted to leave the scene but  was forced from the
vehicle by the screams of the female driver.
Tackett was later found at the scene and was transported to Memorial
Hospital of Union County by medics. He has been charged with failure to
control and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Grunden said he is glad that the first person to alert him to the crash
didn't have all of the information.
"The first call said 'you've got a dead body in your house,'" Grunden
said. "Thank goodness that didn't happen."
After receiving word of the crash, Grunden called his wife who was in
the middle of her route as a Fairbanks school bus driver. She secured a
substitute to finish her route and then she and her husband went to the
scene.
The spot where Tackett's vehicle impacted the house had previously been
Sherri Grunden's computer room.
"It's gone," Grunden said of the room. "If she'd been sitting at her
desk she'd be gone."
Grunden said the couple did have insurance on the home.


City tries to spread the word about tax issue
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville residents should not be afraid of an income tax issue they
will see on the ballot on Nov. 2.
"This is not an additional income tax," Marysville city finance director
John Morehart explained.
The issue residents will see is essentially a continuing income tax that
has already been in effect for some time.
The ballot language states, "Shall the City of Marysville continue to
tax an S Corporation shareholders Ohio source distributive share of net
profits of the S Corporation to the extent that is currently permitted
and was previously permitted prior to Dec. 6, 2002, by the City of
Marysville Municipal Income Tax Ordinance."
An S Corporation is a corporate form of organization permitted for small
businesses with fewer than 75 shareholders. S Corporation net profits
pass through and are taxed as ordinary income similar to a sole
proprietorship or partnership.
Details on how many S Corporations are within the city or exact amounts
raised in taxing them, Morehart said, are not known at this time because
the facts are still in the hands of the Regional Income Tax Authority.
He said having this type of information at hand will change once
newly-appointed city income tax administrator Rebecca Arnott takes over
the city's income tax administration on Jan. 1.
Morehart explained that last year the Ohio General Assembly passed House
Bill 127 which changed the manner in how municipalities can tax S
Corporations.
Arnott said that the General Assembly's intention is to help make income
tax laws more consistent in Ohio. As a result, some areas of taxation
were streamlined. House Bill 127 ended up taking away the right for
Marysville to tax its S Corporations, yet the bill also allows for
continued taxing of S Corporations if the electors vote to continue the
taxing of S Corporations net profits. Marysville's income tax ordinance,
as of Dec. 6, 2002, and its current ordinance still permit the taxing of
S Corporations
Now the city is before the voters asking for their approval. City
council passed an ordinance in August to put the issue before voters
Tuesday. Morehart stressed that voting yes on the issue "is neither a
new or additional tax nor an increase to the current tax rate."
"The city feels all businesses operating in the City of Marysville
should be subject to the city income tax," Morehart said. "All
businesses should be treated consistently and fairly, especially
regarding their city income tax obligations."
He said voting against the issue could put S Corporations at an
advantage over other forms of businesses in the city by providing them
with preferential tax treatment and the city could lose the income tax
revenue currently generated by S Corporations.
Any questions may be directed to Rebecca Shipley-Arnott, income tax
administrator, at 645-1043 or John Morehart, finance director at
645-1030.



Body found in car deemed suicide
By RYAN HORNS
The body of a Richwood teenager who apparently committed suicide was
found in a car parked just off Hinton Mill Road Wednesday.
The body of Caleb Delp, 19, was found inside the car with a gun in his
lap. The caliber of the weapon has not been reported.
Delp had recently graduated from North Union High School and had been
living in the Bridgewater Apartments complex  in Marysville for the
summer. He was reportedly a straight-A student who had been on the
school football team.
"It was an apparent suicide," Union County Coroner Dr. David Applegate
said, "With a single bullet hole to the head."
He pronounced Delp dead at 1:17 p.m. as a result of the self-inflicted
gun shot. An autopsy is scheduled with the Licking County Coroner's
Office today and further investigation is pending.
Applegate said Delp was last seen by friends at 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
He said it is unknown at what point Delp shot himself Wednesday.
Authorities have talked to Delp's parents and roommate and have learned
he may have been having numerous problems. Applegate said a suicide note
was found in his apartment but would not comment on what information the
note contained.
Applegate reported that Delp may have been in the vehicle parked on
Hinton Mill Road as early as 7:45 a.m.
At the investigation scene cars were rerouted off Hinton Mill road onto
Myers Road. As one man drove off he commented that the vehicle had been
parked there all day.
It wasn't until around noon that a passing driver stopped and decided to
check inside the vehicle. At 12:43 p.m. the Union County Sheriff's
Office received a call that a man sitting in a car parked just off the
roadway appeared to be dead, with a gun lying in his lap.
Union County Sheriff's deputies closed off a quarter mile of roadway as
investigators looked inside and around Delp's gray four-door vehicle.
Union County Prosecutor Alison Boggs, Sheriff Rocky Nelson, Marysville
Police Chief Floyd Golden and medics were on the scene. Deputies then
prepared Delp's body for transportation and wheeled him away on a
stretcher and a tow truck took his vehicle away.
Assistant police chief Glenn Nicol said Marysville police officers
assisted with the search of Delp's Bridgewater residence and spoke with
his male roommate.
Police were also investigating a possibly related incident of breaking
and entering at the Culligan Water business in the 16000 block of
Allenby Drive reported earlier in the day. The register had been forced
open and cash was reported missing. Police surmised that anywhere
between $700 to $1500 had been taken.
Delp reportedly worked at the company but police stress his involvement
is not known and the incident is still under investigation.
Nicol said none of the cash was found in Delp's clothing and that their
investigation continues.

Officer safety vs. public service
Tragedy puts focus on policies for lawmen
By RYAN HORNS
After the recent killing of Marion County Sheriff's deputy Brandy
Winfield, officers may be forced to change the way they routinely deal
with the public.
On Oct. 14 Winfield stopped in the early morning hours to help two
stranded motorists get gasoline for their disabled vehicle on Route 423
at Bethlehem Road in Marion County. It is unclear what happened next, as
Winfield's radio transmissions stopped. He was found shot in the head in
his cruiser, which had run off the road and landed on its top off Route
423.
It is not known whether simply patting down the two pedestrians would
have avoided the murder or if the suspects were indeed patted down and
the weapon was missed. The murder has revealed that anything can happen
to officers patrolling the roads.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden has a law enforcement career
spanning the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Union County Sheriff's
Department before coming to the city. He said that Winfield's murder
does come as a wake-up call.
"When a tragedy like that happens," Golden said, "it reminds you that
this can happen to us. You read about it happening in other places but
when it's right in your own back yard it really makes you more aware and
makes you more cautious."
Marysville Assistant Chief Glenn Nicol said dealing with routine stops
for the public is something officers have been talking about recently.
"All of them said they have done the exact same thing repeatedly, just
picking someone up to help them," Nicol said. "It could have happened to
any of us."
Union County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Eric Yoakam said not much can be done
to prepare and not much could have prevented what happened to Winfield.
"I think it's a good topic," he said, "because there is no set
procedure."
"We have quite a few (procedures) for transporting prisoners but for the
general public it's not quite as direct," Nicol said. "It's left up the
officer's discretion on each event."
According to Marysville Police policy 08.04 concerning aid to stranded
motorists, "When a vehicle is disabled or towed, leaving occupants
stranded, it is policy to ensure they are afforded the opportunity to be
taken to a place of safety and/or comfort until they can arrange for
repairs or suitable transportation."
Nicol reported that good police procedure requires officers coming upon
such vehicles to:
1. Conduct a Records and Wanted Check on the vehicle.
2. Ascertain the identity of all individuals.
3. Inquire about the nature of the problem.
4. Notify dispatchers of the situation and disposition.
5. Document the contact.
It is unknown whether Winfield's murder suspect became violent during a
similar identification procedure.
Yoakam said that dealing with a situation such as helping someone with a
stranded vehicle is different for every officer or deputy. The minute a
deputy gets out of the cruiser the rules change. Because of this, it is
not something that has been outlined through procedure.
"From my experience, situations vary from officer to officer," Yoakam
said. "There is no standard stop. It depends upon a lot of different
factors."
For example, an officer may approach a driver from one side and find
himself in danger from passing traffic. The next time he may approach
from the passenger side door to avoid that danger. Situations such as
weather, time of day and location can all play a factor. In cases of the
new Concealed Carry Weapon laws, officers have a new set of rules to
learn. They may approach from the passenger side door so that they can
safely view the driver's hands. An officer may even angle his cruiser
when stopping on a side road, in order to be prepared for defensive
situations.
"But the foremost on their mind is safety," Yoakam said, "safety for
themselves and safety for the public."
He said that during his career he spent 15 years patrolling the roads
and came away with the knowledge that every day is a new learning
experience.


Deer crashes on the rise
Deer-vehicle accidents increased nearly 5 percent across Ohio in 2003.
Stet traffic figures show deer-vehicle collisions totaled 31,729, up 4.7
percent from 2002. Seven fatalities and 989 injuries were reported last
year.
Most deer-vehicle collisions occur between October and December during
the breeding season. State wildlife biologists estimate Ohio's deer
population at 700,000, up from 681,000 last year. Densities are highest
in the east central and southeast parts of the state. Last year, more
than half the accidents occurred between 5 p.m. and midnight and more
than 20 percent occurred between 5 and 7 a.m.
Vehicle damage amounted to more than $65 million Most insurers cover
these losses under the comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy
and normally don't single out deer-vehicle collision losses in
determining premium adjustments.
Tips for motorists
 . One deer on or near a road usually means that other will follow. Slow
down and be alert.
 . Use high beams when possible. They will illuminate the eyes of deer
nearby and provide greater motorist reaction time.
 . Wear a seal belt and drive at a sensible speed.
 . If a collision with a deer seems probably, hit it while maintaining
control of the vehicle. Swerving could take a car into another car or
object.
 . Stay alert. Deer often dart into traffic on busy highways in cities.
 . Report collisions to a local law enforcement agency or a state
wildlife officer within 24 hours.


Sunday liquor sales flood ballot
Candidates all running uncontested
From J-T staff reports:
A new liquor law that loosened rules for Sunday sales has opened the
door for several questions on the November ballot in Union County. Ohio
is the 31st state to allow Sunday liquor sales.
Voters in Marysville Precincts 7 and 10, Jerome Central B, Leesburg and
Plain City will be asked to approve various liquor questions including
Sunday sales.
The Kroger Company is requesting a Sunday sale permit for wine and mixed
beverages from 10 a.m. to midnight in Marysville Precinct 7. Bluescreek
Golf Course is seeking a permit for Sunday sales in Leesburg Precinct,
while Moose Lodge 1651 in Marysville Precinct 10 and Lovejoy's Food Mart
Inc. in Plain City are also seeking Sunday sales.
In addition to the question of Sunday sales, Jerome Central B voters
will be asked to approve the sale of hard liquor by the glass and wine
and mixed beverages.
In other local matters, the Pleasant Valley Joint Fire Departmentis
seeking a 10-mill, five-year replacement levy for fire and emergency
medical services. Pleasant Valley serves parts of Madison and Union
counties.
Jerome Central B, Jerome East A and Jerome East B will help decide the
fate of a proposed bond issue for the Dublin City School District. The
bond issue is for repairs, renovations, construction, land purchase and
equipment for 15 years. It would levy a property tax of 1.82 mills,
commencing in 2004 and first due in 2005, and levy an additional
property tax not to exceed 7.9 mills to pay current operating expenses
for a continuing period of time commencing in 2005 first due in 2006.
All county candidates are running uncontested. They are commissioner
term to begin Jan. 2, 2005, Tom McCarthy (R); commissioner term to begin
Jan. 3, 20       05,CharlesA.Hall  prosecuting attorney, David W.
Phillips (R); clerk of courts, Paula Pyers Warner (R); sheriff, Rocky W.
Nelson (R); recorder, Teresa L. Markham (R); treasurer, Tamara K. Lowe
(R); engineer, Steve A. Stolte (R); coroner, David T. Applegate II (R).
Partisan races include:
President and vice president - George W. Bush and Dick Cheney (R); John
F. Kerry and John Edwards (D); Michael Anthony Peroutka and Chuck
Baldwin.
U.S. Senate - Eric D. Fingerhut (D); George V. Voinovich (R).
U.S. Representative District 15 - Mark P. Brown (D); Deborah Pryce (R).
State Senator 26th District - Larry Mumper (R).
State Representative 83rd District - Anthony E. Core (R); Geoff Lane
(D).
Non-Partisan races include:
State Board of Education District 1 - Eric J. Green, Lou Ann Harrold and
Charles A. Knight.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court term beginning Jan.    1,2005-C.
Ellen Connally; Thomas J. Moyer.
Justice of the Supreme Court term beginning Jan.     1,2005-NancyA.
Fuerst; Judith Ann Lanzinger.
Justice of the Supreme Court term beginning Jan.     2,2005-PaulE.
Pfeifer.
Justice of the Supreme Court term unexpired term ending Dec. 31, 2006 -
Terrence O'Donnell; William O'Neill.
Court of Appeals Judge, third district, term beginning Feb   .9,2005-
Richard Rogers.
Court of Appeals Judge, third district, term beginning Feb   .11,2005-
Stephen R. Shaw.

Marysville schools eye new funding approach
TIF money would allow pursuit of lease/purchase agreement
By JUDY BOEHLER
The Marysville Board of Education heard a presentation at Monday night's
meeting on a way to fund school construction without going to the
voters.
John Adams of Fifth Third Bank and Dennis Schwallie of Peck, Shaffer and
Williams, the school's bonding attorneys, gave the board information on
COP, or Certificate of Participation construction funding. Schwallie
said that method of financing capital improvements has long been used in
the business world but is relatively new to school districts. He said
about 10 percent of Ohio's school districts are using the program.
In a COP, the district transfers the parcel of land where it wants to
build to a leasing agent who takes the construction project to a bank to
sell to investors, much as in a construction bond levy project. The
district then leases the property back for a period of 15 or 20 years,
making payments at an interest rate which is 1/8 to 1/4 percent higher
than a bond interest rate.
Adams said that a $6.5 million lease would involve payments of $600,000
for 15 years at an interest rate of 3.9 percent. He said COPs are a good
option for school districts which have income other than state and levy
funding because that alternative income can be used for the yearly
payments.
The Marysville schools will soon be collecting Tax Increment Financing
money from Coleman's Crossing in the amount of $155,000 per year and
from Honda Lock at $91,000 a year. Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said
the lease payments could come from those TIF funds. He called it "making
growth pay for growth."
Adams said that if Marysville should decide to fund construction with a
COP, the money would be available within two months.
Zimmerman told the board he wanted them to be aware of this type of
funding as they prepare for the next round of construction projects. He
said district treasurer Dee Cramer will redo the five-year forecast to
incorporate a lease payment and present it at the next meeting.
Zimmerman also presented the board with information on residential TIFs.
He said he is talking with the city and county about that proposal.
In other business, the board:
. Approved a resolution to authorize advertising for architectural
services for future design work.
. Heard a presentation by East Elementary staff on the Quality Tools
program to help improve student performance and a presentation by the
high school group, Close Up, on their trip to Washington, D.C.
. Presented Marysville Middle School building aide Janie Martindale with
the September Employee of the Month Award.
. Approved a March 27 to April 2 trip to Florida for the MHS baseball
team.
 . Approved a request to establish a chapter of S.A.D.D. (Students
Against Destructive Behavior) chapter at MHS.
 . Approved the Creekview Snowboard and Ski club for the 2004-05 school
year.
 . Approved recommended district bus stops for the school year.
 . Accepted donations: $200 to the MHS Teen Parents from the Honda
Heroes program; $400 to Edgewood Elementary for Honda.
In personnel matters, the board:
. Approved as substitute teachers Deborah Carrier, Sharon Chuvalis,
Christine Kokoruda, James MacIvor, Ann Scott, Clint Wagner, Ami Wenger,
Lori Mesi, Kate Carroll and Tom (Eric) Carroll.
 . Approved as home instructors Molly Balch, Greg Rohrs and Jackie
Underwood.
 . Approved supplemental contracts for Dave Hensinger, middle school
girls basketball; Heath Butler, middle school boys basketball; Tara
Gilbert and Bethany Hill, middle school cheerleading; Deb Stubbs,
Creekview Destination Imagination (DI) team manager; Maryann Lange, Mill
Valley DI; middle school DI; Dawn Burns, technology club; Angie Peake
and Linda Curry, class of 2008 advisors; Bev Staley and Faith Still,
class of 2006 advisors; Shawn Andrews, assistant high school wrestling;
Paul Palivoda, middle school wrestling.
 . Approved the addition of an LPN job category to the classified salary
schedule.

Richwood housing development gets
plat approval
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Richwood Village council and an area developer reached a deal Monday
which will allow a long-delayed project to proceed.
For more than two years Jeff Wills of Wills Construction has tried to
get approval of the final plat phase two of the Greenwood subdivision in
the area of Edgewood Drive. Phase one included one home, while phase two
will involve about 10 lots and the final phase will push the total to 20
houses.
Progress on the home has been snarled over design issues and Wills'
inability to obtain a bond to guarantee that work on the street in the
subdivision will be completed.
But Wills produced a leveraging point when he found that a sewer line
which runs across the subdivision to a business in the village does not
have the appropriate easement. Apparently, while a village easement
exists on the property, it is in a different spot than the utility
lines.
After negotiations with Wills, village solicitor Rick Rodger, acting
village administrator Jim Thompson and contracted village engineer Ed
Bischoff recommended a compromise to council. That compromise would
allow Wills to have final plat approval and set in place a contract that
Wills must finish paving the street in the first portion of the
subdivision by May 2005.
As part of the contract the previous easement will be abandoned and a
new one established at the correct location of the utility lines in
exchange for the village waiving $2,500 in inspection fees.
Village council member Arlene Blue said she was not comfortable
approving the plat without a bond. Wills said he could not get a bond
for the street because the location is currently on private property and
bonding companies do not like to secure money for such projects.
Blue said she is concerned that if the construction company declares
bankruptcy the village could be held responsible for the street
installation. Rodger said if the company does not put in the street the
village would sue but if the company is bankrupt that would do little
good. He said the benefit of the agreement is to get the project moving
forward and to get the easement problem fixed.
Blue was fine with all aspects of the agreement except waiving the fee.
She made a motion to accept the agreement but still hold Wills liable
for the inspection fees. Wills said he would not agree to such a
compromise.
Despite that, council voted 4-2, with council member Wade McCalf and Jim
Ford voting no, to approve the agreement without waiving the fee.
Near the end of the meeting, Jason Wills of Wills Construction said
council did not realize the type of value it was getting had it waived
the fee. He said purchasing the easement could cost thousands of dollars
more than the $2,500 inspection fees.
Jeff Wills also had another trump card in his deck. He noted that in the
original agreement to run a village-owned sewer line through the
property the village agreed to waive water and sewer tap fees for the
property. That agreement, filed with the county, could cost the village
$2,000 per home built in the development.
In light of that, Blue made a motion to change her previous motion and
allow the $2,500 in fees to be waived in agreement for the transfer of
the easement. The amendment passed 6-0 and the plat was signed at the
end of the meeting.
In other business, council:
. Learned that an audit of village finances found few problems.
. Voted 6-0 to approve the annual amounts and rates of the village tax
levies.
. Voted 6-0 to adopt a 4 percent payment plan for the village PERS.
. Decided not to waive a $175 charge for late income tax payments
connected to a village business.
.Learned that $660 has been received from memorial contributions to the
village in the name of the late Helen Collier. Collier's wishes were
that the money be used for upkeep of the town hall clock.
. Commended council member George Showalter for the work at Richwood
Park, specifically, park improvements and the planting of several new
trees.
. Heard an update on funding for a proposed $600,000 wastewater plant
improvement and a $600,000 water plant improvement.
. Heard from Blue, who said she was upset that the village solicits free
labor from certain village businesses for certain projects but does not
give those companies consideration when a paying contract is awarded.
. Began the process of looking for a new village administrator.
. Decided to approve Rodger for another year as village solicitor.
Rodger made council aware that he would be working for the county
prosecutor's office at the first of the year but should be able to
continue working for the village.

Details issued on murder/suicide
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville Police reported today that preliminary autopsy reports
recently released concluded that Charles Wolfe strangled his wife before
taking his own life Thursday at the Links Apartment complex.
Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol reported this morning that
the preliminary autopsy results listed "manual strangulation." The
autopsy was completed Friday afternoon in Licking County and it is not
known when more information from the tests will be released. Union
County Coroner David Applegate was not available for comment before
press time.
The call over the dispatch Thursday at 4:30 p.m. simply reported a
"suicide" at 422 Gallery Drive. A neighbor reportedly noticed a suicide
note on the door and called authorities.
After police forced entry they found Charles W. Wolfe, 31, dead from a
single self-inflicted 12-gauge gunshot wound to the chest and his wife
Christina D. Wolfe, 29, dead in the bedroom.
It was not immediately evident how Mrs. Wolfe had died. Police reported
she had been covered in blood, but it was not immediately known if she
had been shot.
Police are looking to fill in the details of what led Charles Wolfe to
kill himself and his wife. A previous domestic violence incident was
reported from the address in the past six months.
"We know that they had some difficulties," Nicol said. "We're still
trying to confirm speculations as to what happened."
He said investigators still have a few more leads to exhaust before he
can release any more information on the murder that occurred while their
5-year-old child was being watched by another family outside of the
city.

Taking a little walk with Madison
Father, daughter will participate in Heart Walk to celebrate young
girl's recovery
By CORINNE BIX
Jeremy Stokes will be walking this Sunday in celebration of his little
girl's life.
Stokes, 30, along with his 4-year-old daughter Madison, will be
participating this weekend in the Union and Marion County Heart
Walk-A-Thon. The walk will begin at 1 p.     m.atLincolnParkinMarion.
Jeremy and Amity Stokes learned when Madison was only 3 months old that
she had a heart defect.
"They found a heart murmur and referred us to a heart specialist," Mr.
Stokes explained.
The family was living in Wichita, Kan,. and quickly began prepping
themselves and their baby for major heart surgery. Three valves were
repaired with patches in Madison's heart, however, one was later found
to be leaking.
"They said as she gets older she will either grow out of it or they will
have to go back in to repair it again," Stokes said
The Stokes family moved back to their hometown of North Lewisburg in
2003. They continue to visit a heart specialist every six months at
Children's Hospital in Columbus to monitor Madison's health.
Stokes said Madison's heart condition prevents her from playing like a
normal preschooler.
"She gets tired and worn out easily," he said.
Madison is also more prone to getting sick and the family closely
monitors any cuts or scrapes. Her teeth have suffered from medicine
prescribed for her condition. At the age of 2, she underwent a full root
canal and has had four of her upper teeth replaced with veneers. A
recent tooth infection made her very sick and required further dental
intervention.
"Madison also suffers from migraines," Stokes said. In total, the young
girl takes heart medicine three times a day and medication for her
migraines once a day.
Stokes said that his desire to participate in the American Heart
Association walk comes from wanting to celebrate his daughter's will to
survive.
"I'm doing the walk for her," he explained.
As an employee at Wal-Mart in Marysville, Stokes has joined with other
store associates to raise money for the walk.
Stokes collected $430, which was over half of the store's total of $762.

Nancy Shaw serves as community coordinator for the Marysville Wal-Mart.
She said around a dozen employees helped to raise money for the walk and
along with Stokes, some will be participating in Sunday's walk.
"Our store is trying to give a $1,000 bonus grant to the American Heart
Association along with a $1,500 holiday grant," Shaw said. "We will know
the exact amount of how we are able to contribute by the end of
November."
Stokes and Madison will walk together wearing matching T-shirts. Madison
will also don a special red hat designating her as a heart surgery
survivor. Madison will turn five in June 5. The Stokeses also have a
1-year-old son named Sam.

Murder-suicide
Police investigating at The Links
By CINDY BRAKE
A 31 year-old husband apparently murdered his wife Thursday and then
killed himself after leaving a suicide note on an apartment door.
Marysville Police responded to 422 Gallery Drive Thursday at 4:31 p.m.
after a neighbor noticed the note. Officers forced entry into the
apartment and found Charles W. Wolfe Jr. and Christina D. Wolfe, 29,
dead in a bedroom.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Wolfe Jr. apparently
murdered Mrs. Wolfe and then took his own life, said Glenn Nicol,
assistant chief of the Marysville Police Department.
Nicol said Mr. Wolfe died of a shotgun wound but it does not appear that
Mrs. Wolfe was shot. Autopsies are expected to be performed by the
Licking County Coroner's Office sometime today.
The couple had a 5 year-old child who was with another family member
outside of Marysville during the incident.
Mrs. Wolfe was a Honda associate and Mr. Wolfe worked for Target in West
Jefferson, Nicol said, adding that officers had been called to the
residence in the past six months for a domestic violence complaint by
Mrs. Wolfe.
Nicol said that he does not recall a murder suicide occurring in
Marysville since he joined the department in 1979.
The Ohio Bureau of Investigation and Identification and the Union County
Coroner are assisting in the investigation.



Fairbanks voters to decide on operating levy
By JUDY BOEHLER
The Fairbanks Local School District has placed a renewal and increase
levy on the Nov. 2 ballot that would generate $1.339 million per year.
The money will be used for operating expenses such as supplies,
materials, repairs, staffing needs and capital improvements to maintain
existing programs. There are no plans for expansion of programs in the
five-year plan, said superintendent Jim Craycraft.
He said the additional money will not be used for construction of new
buildings. Although the existing buildings are aging and are at or near
capacity, the board feels that it must get the districts finances in
order before making facility decisions.
Craycraft said a projected deficit is caused by inflation, state
mandated programs, lower interest rates on investments and changes in
how schools are funded. Student enrollment, collective bargaining,
health insurance rates and residential, commercial and industrial growth
in the community are other factors affecting budget projections.
He said Fairbanks has been operating on a lean budget for a long time
and there is very little that can be cut. The district has reduced
expenditures by creating an energy conservation project that saves the
district about $62,000 a year and changing the high school lunch
program, which lost $77,000 in 2000 and $44,000 in 2001, to an a la
carte process. Other cost-saving measures include going to a health
insurance consortium and enrolling part-time students to bring in more
state foundation money.
Craycraft said that reducing staff in a small district like Fairbanks is
difficult because high school and middle school programs are
specialized, making it hard to combine staff or teaching chores. Each
elementary grade has about 60 students per class, with three teachers at
each level.
In addition, based on a minimal growth potential of 20 new houses each
year, with an average of 1.3 children per residence, enrollment will
grow by at least 230 students in the next 10 years. Craycraft said that
residential growth generates more money for schools but increased
property valuation decreases state funding.
If the levy is not passed Nov. 2 to be collected beginning in January,
the district will go back to the voters in May with a request for a
higher increase. Craycraft said that is because the district would then
have only two years to catch up on deficit spending.
If the district needs to cut any programs, he said, they would be
optional ones, those not mandated by the state. Those might include high
school busing, board athletic funds, foreign language, vocational
programs, field trips, non-athletic supplemental contracts, elementary
and middle school guidance, student resource office and elementary music
and physical education. Staff cuts could include teacher aides, a
principal, dean of students, transportation coordinator and technology
instructor.
This levy is a little out of the ordinary in that it replaces one that
still has a year of collection remaining. Craycraft said this method was
chosen because the district needs money now to offset a projected
deficit in the 2006-07 fiscal year.
The levy request would renew a $640,000 existing levy and increase it by
$699,000, for a total of $1.339 million. It will be for a period of five
years, first due in January 2005. The increase portion of the levy will
cost the owner of a $100,000 property $151 per year which would be added
to the $140 cost of the existing levy. If the levy is passed, the
existing levy, which was first passed in 1996 and was renewed in 2000,
will go off the books at the end of the year.
Fairbanks is holding town meetings at 7 p.m. Tueday at the Jerome
Township Hall and Wednesday at the Millcreek Township Hall to provide
further information to the public.


Darby Zoning Commission still working on map
By CINDY BRAKE
It was back to the drawing board for the Darby Township Zoning
Commission this week but they didn't do a whole lot of drawing.
Their mission is to decide how to color a zoning map that will please
the community. Each color defines just what can and cannot be done on
the land.
The township's three trustees, who have the final say about the coloring
job, thought an earlier map needed a bit more color. That map was denied
and sent back to the zoning commission.
The map, denied by the trustees, had no dark green or farm residential
(FR) districts - just a touch of red (business, B2) and purple
(Unionville Center), some blue (light industrial, LI), dabs of yellow
(residential, R1) and a lot of light green (agricultural, A1). The map
pretty much reflects what the township looks like right now except the
A1 ground is U1, undeveloped.
Currently, the zoning commission wants to add an additional color called
A1 to the zoning box and rename the U1 district to FR.
 Both A1 and FR allow for agricultural uses as defined by the Ohio
Revised Code, as well as stables and ponds. The primary difference is in
development standards.
FR permits one house for every five acres. A1 allows one dwelling for
every 20 acres in a parcel, thus limiting the number of buildable lots
on a property. A1 lots could range from two to five acres.
Someone in the standing-room-only crowd at the township building in
Unionville Center likened the commission's job to playing God.
Commission chair David Gruenbaum opened the Tuesday meeting with his own
ideas for FR districts, although he didn't offer any explanation for his
suggestions. Gruenbaum suggested FR districts be created along Kandel,
Scottslawn, Fladt and Brown Moder roads and Route 736.
He said the recommended changes were meant to slow down roadside
developments.
Commission member Don Bailey said the changes are in response to a
citizen's survey that said people wanted to keep the township the way it
is. He added that the changes are not meant to stop development.
Land owners offered differing opinions on what they think is best for
the township.
George Nichols from the southern part of the township said he was
against the FR districts and that all the U1 ground should be zoned A1.
Gruenbaum reminded Nichols that the commission had tried that once and
the trustees had turned it down.
"Make the developers come to the trustees ... lock this thing down,"
Nichols said.
Landowner Bob Beck from the northeastern part of the township said, "FR
is the only thing fair for farmers."
He suggested that zoning A1 would be like what has happened in
neighboring Jerome Township which has been riddled with citizen unrest
and referendums while farmers are unable to sell their land for the true
value.
Others shouted out ideas, including the option of letting all landowners
choose what zoning they want for their own property. Hawn Road land
owner Doug Dittus suggested FR circles be drawn around existing R
districts, while land owner Bev Grener voiced frustration with the whole
process. She said many of those surveyed are transients who will move
out after telling longtime landowners what they can do with their land.
Landowner Russell Harris, who is developing the 70-home Pleasant View
subdivision near Robinson and Hagenderfer roads, suggested that the
township needs to make development as easy as possible, otherwise
developers will just skip over the township and go directly to the
county.
Harris said rezoning applications cost $2,000 and do not come with a
guarantee that the land will be rezoned. Rezonings are then open to a
citizen's referendum. On the flip side, he said, a developer can spend a
similar amount of money for an architect and go directly to the county
without fear of referendum.
The zoning commission voted to continue the meeting to Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
and said they would have a proposed zoning map posted on the LUC
website, www.lucplanning.com.

 

Counties agree on sewer plant
Will help with problems in Peoria, Raymond
By CINDY BRAKE
A solution appears to be on the way for longtime wastewater problems in
Raymond and Peoria.
Union and Logan County officials met Wednesday and unofficially agreed
to move forward with plans for a multi-million dollar wastewater
treatment plant, said Jim Cox, retired Logan County engineer and former
Logan Union Champaign Planning Commission director.
Cox said officials have agreed to start pursuing financing and develop a
contractual agreement that would solve wastewater problems for the
unincorporated villages of East Liberty and Middleburg in Logan County
and Peoria and Raymond in Union County. All the communities, he said,
are old with small lots and wells that are threatened.
He predicted that phase one could begin as early as this year in
Middleburg with waste being routed to the TRC treatment plant.
Cox said the initial plans are for Logan County to build and operate the
plant and Union County, by contract, will have the right to have
wastewater treated. The plan is to build a half-million-gallon plant,
Union County Assistant Engineer Mary Sampsel said, which provides room
for growth. This compares to the Marysville plant that has a
4-million-gallon capacity. It is uncertain just what the actual cost of
the plant will be for Union County. Sampsel estimates that the 180
dwellings in Raymond and Peoria will need a capacity of 40,000 gallons.
Cost estimates to construct collection systems in Union County are $1.5
million, Sampsel estimates. Collection systems include lines and pump
stations.
The county has been attempting to fix the unsanitary conditions caused
by failing septic systems for almost 10 years, said Sampsel. Because the
villages are unincorporated the wastewater management is the
responsibility of the county.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency filed a notice of violation in
1995 stating that "black putrescent deposits" were discovered in
drainage swales on the east side of Peoria and other problems were cited
on an eastside Raymond roadside ditch south of Route 347. Water
pollution was also discovered in Peoria.
Paul Pryor of the Union County Health Department wrote in a 1995 letter
that several instances of raw or partially treated sewage were
discovered in ditches and storm tiles, adding that home sewage systems
are old, undersized or nonexistent.
County officials then hired a consultant, conducted a feasibility study
and income survey and held public meetings. The best solution appeared
to be sending the wastewater to Marysville. A line along Northwest
Parkway was going to be utilized and Honda had agreed to share some of
their capacity to resolve the problem.
That plan was killed in 2001 when then mayor Steve C. Lowe wrote that
the city "cannot accept additional sewage from areas outside of the
city" due to the rapid rate of growth.
County officials then attempted to find a location to construct a small
package plant. This plan was unsuccessful, Sampsel said, because much of
the land in the area falls in the flood plain and land prices were
prohibitive.
Then Logan County approached Union County with the idea to build a
bigger facility that would solve both of their problems.
Officials began informal talks last year, Cox said, but with Logan
involved in two other projects this was put on the back burner until
now. A "conceptual" plan was prepared this year by Logan County, Cox
said.
Present at Wednesday's meeting were Cox, Logan County Commissioner Dave
Knight, Union County Commissioner Gary Lee, Union County Engineer Steve
Stolte and Sampsel.


Triad comes back to voters with income tax
Editor's note: This is the first in a six-part election package
highlighting local, state and and national issues and candidates before
voters on Nov. 2.
By CORINNE BIX
The Triad school district is asking the voters once again to support the
.5 percent income tax levy that failed this past March. The levy is for
a five-year period and would raise $433,000 per year.
"The levy is needed in order to maintain our current level of service,"
superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger said. "Without it, we will be forced to
make additional staff cuts and with every cut we have made, there is an
impact on the overall learning environment."
In March, the school board approved cuts to the district budget due in
part to the failed income tax levy along with the continued lack of
expected increases in state funding.
The cuts included not hiring a high school principal to take over for
incoming superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger. Kaffenbarger took over as
superintendent this past summer and also serves as high school
principal.
Additional cuts included the restructuring of the elementary school
staff to allow for all-day kindergarten and an increase in student fees.

The board also approved the layoff of 10 school aides and the creation
of a new math position at the high school utilizing current staff as
opposed to replacing the position of retiring teacher Doug Hill. The
district also instituted an alternative custodial staff to cut costs.
Kaffenbarger said the district has worked hard since March to make the
community aware of the overwhelming need to pass this levy.
"The failure in the spring many have been due to the lack of information
disseminated to the members of the community," Kaffenbarger said. "The
Citizens for Triad Schools was formed late last spring to help get more
information out before this election."
Kaffenbarger explained the reasoning behind the proposed income tax levy
versus a property tax renewal levy.
"We opted for an income tax levy based on the success of our current 1
percent income tax," Kaffenbarger said. "It has essentially kept us from
asking for additional operating money for 14 years and allows for growth
during times of economic prosperity."
He added that it was agreed that the income tax was more fair because it
takes into account all those who are working.
Kaffenbarger said the reasons for needing more money for the district
are many but the largest contributor to the district's bleak finances is
the state of Ohio.
"I know in hearing members of the state legislature speak that school
districts are going to be waiting a long time to get the kind of revenue
relief we need," Kaffenbarger explained.
He said their strategy can be distilled down to creating a tax-friendly
business environment so businesses will invest in the state, thus
generating more state income tax. As this money trickles down to the
state, it will eventually be distributed to the schools in the form of
state aid.
"The problem is it will take too long to grow a state-wide economy. The
financial crisis of public schools is immediate," Kaffenbarger said,
"therefore, we are forced as a district to go back to the local
community and request additional revenues at an unprecedented rate."
In addition, the district was forced to borrow $1.3 million in 2002
after the architectural firm of Blunden, Barclay and Robbie provided the
district with an incomplete assessment for the building of the new high
school and renovation of the two existing school buildings.
In January of this year, the school board authorized the law firm of
Bricker and Eckler to file suit against the architectural firm which was
hired by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, a state agency, to
assess properties as part of a state-mandated appraisal program.
Kaffenbarger said the original assessment of $16 million dictated the
amount, which was put on the ballot and passed in November 1999. It was
later determined that the original assessment didn't address more than
$5 million in items, including onsite sewage treatment, fire protection,
a sanitary piping upgrade, propane service loop and improvement of site
circulation.
In regard to the lawsuit, progress has been slow but steady. "We will be
in mediation by January of 2005," Kaffenbarger reported.
Kaffenbarger told board members in September that regardless of whether
or not the levy passes in November, some cuts may be necessary given the
district's finances and the continued lack of state funding.
If state increases of $400 per enrolled student had come through,
approximately one half million dollars would have been generated for the
district.
In October, the school board approved a contingency plan to be used if
the levy fails in November.
The contingency plan consists of three parts. The first would be an
initiation of a pay-for participation program for all extracurricular
activities. Next, six teaching positions would be eliminated to be
determined at a later date and lastly the high school cafeteria would
close.
"The citizens of the Triad community have a long history of positively
supporting their schools," Kaffenbarger said, "If passed, we will use
the money that this tax issue will generate prudently as we continue to
provide the highest quality education possible for all of our students."

Univenture up and running
Company operating in part of old Rockwell plant
From J-T staff reports:
Machines were rhythmically humming away Tuesday with clear plastic cases
containing compact discs shooting out at lighting speed. Meanwhile a
blue 610-ton injection molding machine sat silently on the 10-foot thick
concrete floor awaiting its partner.
Univenture Inc. has arrived in Marysville at 13311 Industrial Parkway,
the site of the former Rockwell plant.
CEO and founder Ross Youngs said the move of his corporate headquarters
and main manufacturing facilities from Columbus to Union County began
Oct. 6 and has taken longer and cost more than he had expected. He said
all his operations at the former Roberts Road location will be in the
Industrial Parkway facility by the end of the month.
"This is an important step for our company's future and the growth of
our business,"  Youngs said. "This new facility will provide much needed
space and give us a better opportunity to serve our local, national and
international customers."
The move to Marysville allows the company to consolidate operations from
three Columbus buildings on Roberts Road under one roof. It also allows
room to grow. The company's former facilities operated in 105,000 square
feet. The Marysville operation provides 136,000 square feet.
Univenture was founded in 1988. It provides technology for manufacturing
packaging and storage products for compact discs. The company has three
separate utility patents from the U.S. and more than 80 patents
worldwide pending.
With plants in Ireland and Reno, Nev., Univenture manufactures the first
operable loose-leaf binder made out of 100 percent plastic.
Univenture has received numerous industry awards and accolades for its
innovation, commitment to customers and sales growth. The company has
repeatedly been listed on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private
companies and Ross Youngs has been named Small Business Person of the
Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Manufacturing
Entrepreneur of the Year.


Rain slows work on Coleman's Crossing
The City of Marysville has released an update on construction resulting
from the development of Coleman's Crossing.
According to city administrator Kathy House, new storm sewer lines are
being installed and grading is progressing for the addition of traffic
lanes on Delaware Avenue. She said repaving will follow the underground
work.
With recent rain, she explained, the completion and reopening of this
roadway is slightly behind schedule but still expected prior to the end
of this month.
Industrial Parkway is being widened to accommodate a turn lane into the
development at what will be the south end of the new Coleman's Crossing
Boulevard near the VFW facility.  Construction of this lane has begun
with completion, weather permitting, projected for early next week.
"We thank residents for their patience and understanding as this project
unfolds," House said.

District outlines plan for grant
Marysville's 'No Child Left Behind' funds to be used  to promote health
Marysville schools are preparing to raise the bar on student health and
physical fitness, following news that the Marysville School District won
a highly competitive "No Child Left Behind" grant from the U.S.
Department of Education. Only two other school districts in the state
qualified for similar federal grants.
This week, Marysville school officials outlined how they plan to invest
the $436,749 grant over the next three years. Working in partnership
with Memorial Hospital of Union County, the district will conduct
regular physical fitness assessments and create a personal health and
fitness portfolio for every student. The data in these portfolios will
help students analyze their progress and develop new goals toward
achieving a healthier lifestyle.
"One of our goals is for students to take responsibility for their
health and fitness in the same way we encourage them take responsibility
for their own learning," said Greg Stubbs, who coordinates grants and
planning for the Marysville School District. "By the time this project
is fully implemented, every student will have a personal fitness plan
with goals and benchmarks to help them track their progress. The grant
will also help our schools provide safe, structured environments for our
kids to put their fitness plans into action."
Memorial Hospital will provide a facility for medically at-risk kids to
exercise. Physical education teachers and other school staff will also
engage in more intensive professional development aimed at creating a
healthier school environment.
Marysville schools faced stiff national competition to earn the federal
fitness grant. Out of hundreds of Ohio school districts, only two others
qualified for similar fitness grants. Marysville schools superintendent
Larry Zimmerman attributed the district's success to the teaching staff.

"This grant is the direct result of more than two years of planning,
setting goals and effort on behalf of our physical education teachers,"
said Zimmerman. "It recognizes both the high quality of our existing
health and fitness services and goals, plus our potential to do even
more for our students."
"Many of our students already show great initiative toward staying
physically fit," Zimmerman said. "The quality of our athletic programs
is a reflection of that fact. But we want to work with all of our kids
and their parents to provide a whole new level of assessment and support
that will help them live healthier lives. Good health and personal
fitness are essential to a child's overall ability to learn."


M.C. concerned over sewer tap-ins
Council told city of Marysville allowing access to village line
By CINDY BRAKE
Milford Center's village fathers revisited old sewage issues during
Monday's regular meeting.
Council is concerned with the city of Marysville tapping into the
Milford Center force main and not compensating the village or seeking
permission. Added to that issue is the fact that the city of Marysville
built a lift station on Southard Road, without permission, and that
station is now causing problems for the Milford Center facilities.
Village administrator Keith Watson explained that the issue, which has
been discussed numerous times over the years with no resolution, was
being revisited because earlier this year the city of Marysville had
contacted the village about rerouting the village's force main.
Mayor Cheryl DeMatteo explained that three contracts concerning the city
and village's agreement exist but only one is signed by the lending
institution.
 Councilman Bob Mitchell, who was mayor at the time of the signing, said
the original contract allowed only homes in Timber Trails to tap into
the force main and in exchange the city of Marysville would provide
maintenance on the lines. The city, however, has since added other homes
outside of Timber Trails onto the main.
Council asked Watson to find out the estimated number of taps onto the
Milford Center force main and the estimated cost of maintaining the
Milford Center force main.
Watson said he is seeking estimates to remove diseased and unsafe trees
in the village. Many of the addresses include multiple trees needing
trimming or removal.
Trees identified as needing to be removed are located at 88, 123, 122,
179, 227 State St.; 206 Center St.; 23 West St.; 9, 16, 27 Pleasant St.;
62, 72, 99 E. State St. starting at Commercial St.; 9, 56, 61 Commercial
St. and also on Commercial street two trees by the brown house at the
corner and one tree by the gray house; 32, 72 E. Center St.; three
removals at 87 Pleasant St. to vacant; 19 London St.; 65 Railroad St.
and house on the curve at Railroad St.; house at Corner and Center
streets.
Trees marked to be trimmed are identified at 156, 170, 161, 186, 179,
195, 227, 55, church, 68, 80 89, brown house, 107, 123, 122 and 130 W.
State St.; 164, 192 and 206 Center St.; 23 West St.; 58, 52, 46, 32, 12
E. State.; 21 Pleasant St. and white house with no number; 107, 99, 98,
94, gray house, 80, 75, 72 and 62 E. State St.; 61, 56, 29, 23, gray
house and 9 Commercial St.; 149, 133, 96, 77, 71, 63, corner and 4 Mill
St.; 108, 92, 83, 72, 64, 64 to stop sign, 47, 33 and 15  E. Center St.;
60, 64 and 68 Pleasant St.; 66 and blue house, brown house and 8 Short
St.; greenhouse and 81 London St.; 48 and 49 W. State St.; 24, 26, 70
Railroad St., brown fence yard and before curve; 139, 125, 105, 79, 27
Center St. and Corner St.
Watson reported that water will be off on Greenfield Drive from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Wednesday for the installation of a fire hydrant. A drainage
ditch in the Sugar Ridge area will also receive a final grade and be
seeded.
Speed limit signs are on order, as are "Slow Children At Play" signs.
Cost of the signs is $921.
Leaf pickup is to begin within the next two weeks, Watson said, after
equipment is readied.
Several council members learned that the public safety officer does not
document his time in jurisdictions. One councilman said he has been off
work for a month and has not seen the officer. Other councilmen said
they had received citizen complaints about the lack of an officer in the
village.
Council discussed the village's poor water quality. Solutions include
installing an iron filter, costing approximately $9,600, and looping
water lines on Greenfield Drive and Oyster Lane.
At an Oct. 9 special meeting council hired Bob McCarty as a temporary
part-time maintenance worker. He is to work 16 hours a week and receive
$9 an hour. Council is still looking to hire a permanent employee,
although they have not yet decided if the position is full or part time.

Mayor DeMatteo said the village audit has been completed and cost
$5,700.
Present at Monday's meeting were councilmen Bob Mitchell, Chris Burger,
Josh Combs and Russell Clark.


North Union gets ball rolling on high school renovation
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
One building project down, two to go.
After having a dream project, free of delays and cost overruns, when it
constructed its new elementary school, the North Union School district
is ready to begin its nex   tphaseofbuilding.
In fact, because North Union's elementary school came in under budget,
it is now able to begin work on a high school renovation before state
money for the project is released. When voters passed a $13 million bond
issue to construct the elementary school, they did so with the knowledge
that sometime before 2010 the state would be chipping in enough of its
own money to construct a new middle school and renovate the high school.

North Union was able to come in at $1.7 under budget on its elementary
project and will now be able to begin the first phase of the high school
renovation. Although the 21,000-square-foot addition will cost about
$2.7, the remaining costs will be handled on a lease/purchase basis,
with the district spreading out the payments over time.
The first phase of the high school renovation will involve construction
of a two-floor addition on the south side of the existing facility. The
first floor will consist of a new library and science and computer labs.
The second floor will have six new traditional classrooms, a special
education room and a teacher workroom. There will also be some bid
alternates included in the project that could result in better windows,
improved roofing and additional security cameras.
Dave Zeller of MKC Architects said the project will be put out for bid
late this months with bids to be awarded in November. He said the
project will take 10 months to complete but the much of the project
should be done by the start of the school year in 2005.
Zeller said the second floor classrooms should be in use by the start of
next school year, with the science labs and library being completed
about a month later.
He added that the construction documents have strict regulations about
the progression of the project so that classes will not be affected. He
also noted that precautions have been taken to ensure that workers and
students do not interact.
The second phase of the high school renovation will involve an upgrade
of the entire building. Additional vocational space is planned as well
as windows and heating and cooling improvements to the facility. That
phase of construction will cost approximately $6 million and will not be
started until the state money is released for the project.
In other business, the board:
. Heard a presentation about the use of technology in the middle school.

. Handed out its academic awards for the 2003-04 school year.
. Presented diplomas to Korean War veterans Ora Payne and George
Freeman.
. Heard a request from Scott McMahan that the district look into forming
a softball program at the middle school.
. Held first reading on revisions to several board policies.
. Authorized bids for the first phase of the high school renovation.
. Authorized bids for the demolition of the Claibourne-Richwood
Elementary School.
. Approved a revised course of study for the college tech pre financial
services and risk management program.
. Approved Amber Richardson on a one-year teaching contract.
. Approved supplemental contracts for Anton Wilson, freshman girls
basketball, and Jennifer Compton, elementary music program advisor for
fall, winter and spring.
. Accepted non-certificated pupil activity contracts for Kelly Jerew, JV
cheerleading advisor, Nikki Marvin, eighth grade girls basketball coach,
Scott McMahan, seventh grade girls basketball coach, and Louanna Wykoff,
varsity cheerleading advisor.
. Approved Mark Clevenger, varsity football, Kim Schroeder, girls
basketball, and Joel Smith, girls basketball, as volunteers in the
athletic department.

Parents voice concerns at Triad board meeting
By CORINNE BIX
Many disgruntled parents of the seventh and eighth grade volleyball
teams came to speak their piece at Monday night's Triad school board
meeting.
Lou Ann Russell led the charge against the middle school girl's
volleyball coaching staff. She shared with board members several
incidents in which she felt coaches Tracie House and Brian House
mistreated her daughter along with other members of the junior high
teams.
Several other parents supported Russell's claims and one parent
presented the board with a memo detailing many incidents in which the
parents felt their children were not treated fairly.
Board president Rick Smith explained to the parents that since the board
was not made aware of their complaints until the day of the meeting, the
board could only take their comments into consideration and investigate
the alleged problem.
All the parents requested that the coaching staff be required to present
a formal written apology to all members of the volleyball teams.
Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger said he would speak with middle school
principal Scott Blackburn and athletic director Bill McDaniel and
present the board with more thorough information before November's
meeting.
Head baseball and softball coaches Will Nichols and Shari Dixon
presented to the board estimated baseball and softball field costs to be
funded by the teams' booster club.
Total estimated costs for the fields is $5,500 and the boosters have
allotted the baseball and softball fields committee $8,000. These
estimates do not include fencing.
Nichols explained to board members that the committee is being very
cautious by taking "baby steps" and applying for grant money. All of the
fields' costs will be 100 percent booster or grant funded.
Staff member Erica Boone presented to the board a proposed overseas trip
for gifted students in the seventh, eighth and ninth graders in June.
Boone said that of 15 eligible students, at least six would be needed to
take the 10-day trip to Greece and Italy. Fundraisers and the students
themselves would absorb the total cost of around $2,000 per student. The
district would have no financial responsibility. Boone will conduct an
informational meeting with interested students and their parents.
Treasurer Jill Smith presented the board with the district five-year
forecast. She explained that she was very conservative with her numbers
given in part to changes in state funding.
"Even if the issue (levy on the ballot) passes we are still going to be
running tight," Smith said, "It takes a good 18 months for the .5
percent to be received into the district."
Board members asked that Smith add in $70,000 in fiscal years 2006 and
2008 for new school buses.
The next board meeting will be Nov. 15. The last levy meeting will be on
Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. A chili supper will precede the meeting at 6 p.m. Levy
volunteers will be participating in district-wide phone calls to every
registered voter on Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 1.
In other business, the board:
.Heard correspondence from United Methodist Church in regard to the
Carolyn Wiant Memorial and the Flood Bucket Project.
.Elected Chris Millice to represent the school board at the OSBA
Legislative Platform on Nov. 8  at the Greater Columbus Convention
Center.
.Approved David Marenberg as head wrestling coach for the 2004-2005
school year.
.Approved certified continuing contract changes for Patrick Graham and
Carrie Mason.
.Approved Lucille Middleton as substitute teacher and tutor for the
2004-2005 school year.
.Approved Janice Millice as substitute secretary and aide for the
2004-2005 school year.
.Approved Barbara McDaniel as support staff for Missy Masters in
curriculum issues paid by grant money.
.Approved Craig Meredith as CCIP (consolidated continuous improvement
plan) coordinator for the 2004-2005 school year.
.Approved Carol Nance as Ohio Reads volunteer coordinator for the
2004-2005 school year paid by grant money.
.Accepted the SIGS/STEPS II grant for an unspecified amount with costs
associated with grant being paid by the WCO-SERRC acting as grant fiscal
agent.
.Approved the five-year forecast as presented by the treasurer.
.Accepted an Ohio Reads grant in the amount of $2000.
.Approved the 2004-2005 bus routes as presented by the transportation
coordinator.

Man with area ties sets electric car speed record
From J-T staff reports:
The son of a Marysville couple set a world electric land speed record
recently in Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah.
Sherwood Schroer of Marysville said Thursday that his son, Roger of East
Liberty, drove 271 mph in the Buckeye Bullet, the fastest electric
vehicle ever recorded. The current national record is 256.894 mph and
was set by the Bullet on Oct. 17, 2003.
The Ohio State University's electric land speed vehicle, the Buckeye
Bullet, has been designed, built and maintained by undergraduate and
graduate students at OSU.
The elder Schroer said his son was inducted into the exclusive 200 mph
club following his record-setting speed.
Schroer has been a test/development performance driver at the
Transportation Research Center in East Liberty for more than 20 years,
according to information posted on the Buckeye Bullet website.
He competes in SCCA amateur road racing at the regional and national
level and currently campaigns a Honda Civic in the showroom stock class.

At TRC he has used his experience to create a multi-level driver
development program to provide auto industry professionals with training
to improve their understanding/skill levels related to vehicle
performance testing.
The Bullet runs twice a year at Bonneville Salt Flats. In August, the
Bullet runs for the national record and it runs for the international
record in October. The actual speed run consists of two consecutive
runs. A seven-mile course is set up on the salt with the first two miles
for acceleration, the next three for recording speeds and the last two
for braking. The third, fourth and fifth mile of the course are
monitored to record the average speed of each individual mile. Of these
three speeds, the fastest is kept, states the web site. Within one hour
(four hours for national) of the first run the vehicle must turn around
and run this course in the opposite direction. The fastest speed from
this turn is taken and averaged with the first. This final speed is what
is used to determine a world or national record.
Vehicle specifications include a 400+ electric motor, two parachutes for
braking, four-wheel independent suspension, GPS navigation and chassis
designed around the driver. The carbon-fiber polymer composite body
measures 31 feet long, 30 inches wide and 24 inches high.


Oct. 17-23 is school bus safety week
 "Flashing Red Means Stop Ahead" will be the theme for National School
Bus Safety Week Oct. 17-23.
Red flashing lights and the extended stop arm on a school bus indicate
that it has stopped for children to get on or off the bus.
Ohio law requires motorists approaching from either direction to stop at
least 10 feet from a stopped school bus until the bus resumes motion. If
a bus is stopped on a road divided into four or more lanes, only traffic
driving in the same direction as the bus must stop.
Motorists who receive a citation must appear in person in court to
answer the charge. Potential penalties include a fine of up to $500 and
possible suspension of driving privileges.
In Ohio, more than 17,000 school buses transport more than 1.3 million
students to and from school every days.
A variety of pupil transportation-related resources and information
is                available at   www.ode.state.oh.us/school
finance/transportation/.


Officials digest Liberty Township surveys
By CINDY BRAKE
Liberty Township citizens have spoken and officials are listening.
Township officials are in the process of updating zoning resolutions to
better reflect the concerns voiced by registered voters in a four-page
survey conducted last year. A town meeting was also held, as well as
three focus groups. Small businesses, industries and clubs were also
asked to share their opinions.
Areas needing the most improvement, in the opinion of those surveyed,
were a lack of infrastructure and the need to clean up junk and trash.
Almost 60 percent of the respondents said they liked the township's
country feel and thought the 3-acre minimum lots with 250-foot frontage
were just right.
As a result of the survey, township trustees have hired the Logan Union
Champaign (LUC) Regional Planning Commission to develop a comprehensive
plan, something that 89 percent of the 214 surveyed thought was
important. Meanwhile, work on a land use plan, which is part of the
comprehensive plan, is expected to begin at th    efirstoftheyear.
Meanwhile, the zoning commission is working to update the zoning
resolutions to give the township more enforcement over trash and junk
properties, said Jenny Snapp, LUC director. Trustees will hold a public
hearing to consider the amendments that include expanded definitions on
the meaning of trash, debris, litter, rubbish and refuse, plus new
sections about adult entertainment, telecommunication towers and planned
unit developments.
Dave Thomas, chairman of the zoning commission, said the changes are
"good strict regulations" that will help the township keep ahead of the
curve. Snapp said Liberty Township is definitely breaking new ground in
comparison to other townships in the county when it comes to trash/junk
control.
Section 1080 on page 50 of the resolution book states that "no trash,
debris, litter, rubbish, unused property, discarded materials, junk
vehicles, vehicle parts, rags, lumber, building materials, equipment
and/or parts thereof, or any other garbage, refuse or junk shall be
permitted to accumulate on any lot or portion thereof which creates an
eyesore, hazard or nuisance to the township or general public."
The zoning amendments, if approved, will include definitions for anyone
who might have a problem understanding just what junk is. In Liberty
Township, junk means "old scrap copper, brass, rope, rags, trash, waste,
batteries, paper, rubber, junked, dismantled or junked automobiles or
parts thereof, iron, steel and other old or scrap ferrous or non-ferrous
materials."
Litter on the other hand means "garbage, trash, waste, rubbish, ashes,
cans, bottles, wire, paper, cartons, boxes, automobile parts, furniture,
glass or anything else of an unsightly or unsanitary nature thrown,
dropped, discarded, placed or deposited by a person on public property,
private property or in or on waters of the state." Refuse and
rubbish/trash is combustible or noncombustible waste materials.
A nuisance, on the other hand, is "a building or property that is
structurally unsafe, unsanitary or not provided with safe egress; that
constitutes a fire hazard, is otherwise dangerous to human life, or is
otherwise no longer fit and habitable; or that, in relation to its
existing use, constitute a hazard to the public health, welfare, or
safety by reason of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence
or abandonment. A nuisance could constitute an offense activity on a
property that reduces the property value of neighboring properties or
results in a lessening or normal use and enjoyment to neighboring
properties. Examples include noise, junk, automobile storage,
accumulation of rodents and/or insects or mosquitoes, rubbish, refuse
and debris."
Thomas said the expanded definitions are a direct response to citizen
concerns and will give authorities "more teeth" when pursuing problem
properties, especially in court. He notes that the changes are "not an
end-all solution" because the resolution is a living document that needs
to be reviewed on an annual basis.
Thomas said the addition of planned unit developments to the zoning
resolution will give the township more control and negotiation abilities
with developers when it comes to questions about lot sizes and set
backs.
Snapp said that the Ohio Revised Code mandates that every community
determine where they will allow adult entertainment and
telecommunication towers and that was the reason why these topics had to
be added to the resolutions.
The complete zoning resolution can be viewed at the Raymond Library or
going online to the LUC website at www.lucplanning.com and clicking on
the Liberty Township site.


Health department receives flu vaccine
Will only be used for high risk individuals
The Union County Health Department received 730 doses of flu vaccine
from the Ohio Department of Health Wednesday to round out its supply of
vaccine for the 2004-05 flu season.
Director of nursing Dee Houdashelt said there had been some concern that
due to the national shortage, a portion of Union County's allotment
would be directed to another health department.
The Ohio Department of Health is still directing that all state provided
vaccine be used only for high risk individuals. These include:
 . Adults age 65 or older
 . Persons with chronic medical conditions
 . Pregnant women
 . Resident of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
 . Health care workers giving direct patient care
 . Out-of-home caregivers and family members of children age 6 months or
less
 . Children age 6 months to 23 months. These children can receive the
vaccine only during the department's regularly scheduled child
immunization clinic.
Careful and frequent hand washing, covering the mouth and nose when
coughing or sneezing and staying home from work when ill will help
prevent the spread of flu.
Questions may be directed to the flu hotline at 645-2028 or the nursing
division at 642-0801.

North end manhunt
Alleged cop killer believed spotted; North Union Schools affected
By TIM MILLER
and RYAN HORNS
A manhunt for a suspected Marion County cop killer centered on the
northeast and northwest quadrants of Union and Delaware counties
Thursday afternoon after a Route 4 resident saw a suspicious man
wandering at the edge of a nearby woods.
Officers from the Union and Delaware sheriff's offices, the Richwood
Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol converged on the
area shortly before 1 p.m. when it was reported that a man wearing a red
jersey-type shirt (with a white number 5) and red baseball cap was
spotted near the woods off Route 4, east of Richwood.
The description reportedly matched that of one of the suspects,
21-year-old Juan Carlos Cruz of Marion, who was linked to the early
Thursday morning slaying of Marion County sheriff's deputy Brandy
Winfield.
Cruz is believed to be armed, dangerous and described as "fearless."
Winfield, 29, was gunned down near the Marion County village of Waldo
after he reportedly stopped to check on what was believed to be a
disabled vehicle.
According to reports, Winfield radioed in that he was helping stranded
motorists when the sheriff's office lost communications with him.
His body was later found behind the steering wheel of his cruiser, which
had flipped over in a ditch on Route 423. He was pronounced dead at
Marion General Hospital. Deputies confirmed that he had been shot in the
back of the head.
The investigation is ongoing and no motive for the slaying has been
reported.
Although Winfield was a deputy in a neighboring county, he was known to
several local lawmen.
His wife, Sarah, served five years as a dispatcher with the Union County
sheriff's office. She is now an employee of the Union County MR/DD. The
family, which includes two small children, had lived in Richwood before
moving to Marion.
"He was a good guy and a good family man," said Union County sheriff's
sergeant Eric Yoakam.
Reports throughout Thursday morning conflicted on the number of suspects
involved in the homicide. Early indications were that Marion County
authorities were questioning two individuals, while a third was being
treated for injuries at a local hospital.
Reports Friday morning indicated that Marion officers had one suspect,
whose name was not released, in custody. The spotting of the individual
in the red shirt and cap brought Union and Delaware county authorities
to Thursday afternoon's scene.
K-9 units from the two counties, the state patrol's Special Response
Team, plus the city of Marysville were dispatched, as was a state patrol
helicopter. Authorities established an outer perimeter that encompassed
several roads in rural Union and Delaware counties.
The perimeter was estimated to be between six and seven square miles. It
included Tawa, Neel and Fulton Creek roads in Union County and Mooney,
Smokey, Donovan and Taway Roads in Delaware County.
The manhunt was complicated by the wide search area, the fact that corn
crops were still on two fields and the woods were in fall coloring,
making it possible for the suspect to blend into the scenery.
The OSP helicopter was in the air for about two hours but that portion
of the search came up empty.
As mid-afternoon approached, there was concern for the safety of North
Union school students, who ride on buses that travel in the general area
of the search.
The district, which had been under a lockdown beginning at 1  30p.m.,
held up buses that travel in that direction, said Kenneth Burkard, who
is one of the school's custodians.
"Buses 3, 6 and 10 were affected," Burkard said. "I'm not sure how many
students were involved."
Students who live along those bus routes were held at their respective
schools but were released later in the day. Burkard said some parents
went to the schools and picked up their children.
"I think others were allowed to go to things such as football practice,"
he said.
Resident Harry "Mack" McIntyre said he had come home from the doctor's
office to find a Union County deputy standing on a gravel mound on his
property watching the fields with binoculars.
"I saw guys with shotguns walking around and I thought to myself, 'Is it
deer season already?'" McIntyre joked.
Ernest D. Jenkins, who lives across the street, was not as jovial.
Standing on his porch he said he hoped the snipers would get the suspect
to save everyone the tax dollars.
The search for Cruz continued into the early morning hours of Friday.
Late reports this morning indicated that the search is now focusing on
Franklin County.


Process of sewer upgrade begun
Marysville ready to set aside $7 million to get ball rolling
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville is taking an important step toward fixing its wastewater
treatment problems.
Thursday night city council heard the first reading on an ordinance to
issue $7 million in notes for bonds to pay toward a portion of the costs
for major treatment plant renovation and relocation projects.
What members wanted to stress is that although the price seems like a
lot of money, it is only a part of the overall cost.
"Seven million dollars doesn't solve the problem," councilman John Gore
said.
"But it's a step in the right direction," president Nevin Taylor
finished.
The $7 million would begin work on designing and engineering a new
wastewater treatment plant, design engineering at the existing
wastewater treatment plant, design engineering for a new Industrial
Parkway trunk sewer, and acquiring land for the a new wastewater
treatment plant.
Mayor Tom Kruse explained that the legislation is part of the city's
wastewater treatment study and master plan. There is an aggressive
schedule toward beginning the work in order for the city to be in
compliance with the Ohio EPA.
Councilman Dan Fogt explained that expediting the passage of this
ordinance would save the city money.  Bonds sold in November would get a
better interest rate than those sold in December.
"If one week helps, then let's do that," he said.
Administrators hope to enter into contracts with selected firms for the
design engineering in November or early December of this year.
Following the completion of the design engineering, actual construction
of upgrades at the existing plant are proposed in the 2005 budget.  The
city anticipates purchasing approximately 100 acres of land during 2005
upon which the new treatment plant would eventually be located.
In other discussions, a sensitive annual issue for the city was raised
concerning the date for Beggars Night in Marysville. This year the night
falls on a Sunday. Meadowlark Lane resident Sherri Madson told council
that she finds conflict between the holiday and church worship.
Village Drive resident Camy Cox also spoke to council about the issue.
She said the church should not have to cancel services for
trick-or-treating.
"One might have to ask where (the city's) priorities are," Cox said.
Another question was if the holiday was appropriate to have on the
Sabbath.
"If we allow trick-or-treating on the Sabbath, what else will we allow?"
she asked.
Gore said ultimately it was too late for the city to do anything about
Beggars Night this year.
"It's a difficult issue," Kruse said. "You wouldn't think so."
As a former mayor of the city for eight years in the 1980s and 1990s, he
said this is the ninth time he has set the date for Beggars Night and
every year there is a segment of the community that does not agree with
his choice.
For example, he said, the Jewish community has had problems with the
holiday being on Saturday. Others have complained when it's on a Friday.
Putting it on a school night has also made many people upset.
"I don't have an adequate solution to please everyone," Kruse said.
He decided that the only way to fix the problem was to let Beggars Night
fall on Halloween.
"Halloween will be what Halloween is," he said. "Everyone is going to be
adversely affected one way or another. I don't have a good answer to
satisfy what you are asking. I don't know what to do with it. I guess I
thought . it was as good a solution as any."
Taylor complemented both Cox and Madson for their politeness in
broaching the subject because, he said, usually people are not.
Other topics touched upon at the meeting included:
. Former Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer was awarded a special
retirement plaque by Kruse as thanks for his service to the community.
. The city will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.
in council chambers to discuss the 2005 budget before it is brought
before council.
. The Uptown Renewal Team has scheduled meeting dates for Nov. 18, Dec.
2 and Dec. 16. The purpose will be to get public to attend and voice
their opinions.
. Taylor said many residents have asked him about a potential
development at Routes 736 and 38. Reports have indicated a gas station
and shopping strip are being requested. Taylor said he is still
researching the subject and it is too soon for him to comment. He said
people in the neighborhood have voiced their feeling that the
development could upset the character of the neighborhood.
. The Marysville city auction will take place Saturday at 9 a.m. at the
Public Service Center

Local lawmen help look for killer
Slain Marion County deputy had local ties
BY RYAN HORNS
At the Marysville Police Department officers placed black bands over
their badges in mourning of a Marion County sheriff's deputy who was
shot and killed today.
Deputy Brandy Winfield, 29, reportedly died this morning at around 5:30
a.m. at a location just off of U.S. 23 near Waldo.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and sheriff departments from Delaware,
Marion and Union counties have been searching for two men seen in a
white minivan, according to Marion County Sheriff's Office reports. The
van reportedly has the license plate number DBY4213.
While information is minimal, it was reported that Winfield allegedly
stopped to help a stranded motorist along Route 423 and Bethlehem Road.
Two Mexican males were allegedly walking along Route 423. He may have
assisted them in getting gasoline for their vehicle. There was no
further radio traffic with the deputy.
At some point Winfield was shot and killed and was found inside a
cruiser in a ditch off  Route 423 and on its top. The sheriff's office
said that no other vehicle or person was located at the scene.
Authorities found Winfield and transported him to Marion General
Hospital for care. He was pronounced dead from an apparent gunshot
wound.
A statewide alert resulted in the suspects' vehicle being located. Two
suspects were reportedly being questioned and authorities are still
searching for a third person who allegedly ran into the woods near
Central Marine Service on U.S. 23, north of Delaware.
Reports have stated that the nearby Buckeye Valley School District was
under lock down until further notice.
According to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Route 423 is closed
from Newmans-Cardington Road to the village of Waldo It is anticipated
the route may remain closed until late afternoon. Traffic is being
detoured onto U.S. 23, Route 98, Barks Road and Route 4.
Sgt. Eric Yoakam of the Union County Sheriff's Department said local
authorities were initially asked to join the search for the two men.
Currently no deputies are involved, but he said the department will
provide any assistance as needed.
Winfield was a six-year veteran of the Marion County Sheriff's Office
road patrol. He is survived by his wife and two children. His father and
brother are officers with the Marion Police Department, according to
printed reports.
Yoakam reported that many Union County deputies knew Winfield personally
because his wife used to work at the department in Marysville.
"It is just such a tragedy," he said. "I knew him


MHS band judged 'Grand Champion'
Editor's note: The following article was submitted by Debbie and Barry
Brown.
On Saturday, The Marysville Monarchs marching band began a long day,
traveling 60 miles south to compete in the Miami-Trace High School
Invitational.
The Monarchs' contest show, featuring Stevie Wonder songs expressively
arranged by Lisa Galvin, was a definite crowd pleaser. The performance
impressed not only the crowd, but also the judges as the Monarchs won
first place in the AA division and also captured the awards for Best
Overall Music and Best Overall General Effect and were named Grand
Champion of the contests. The MHS Marching Band also broke a school
record, receiving a score of 268.
The band members had to hear the announcements from their already loaded
buses though, as they needed to make a quick departure in order to get
to their next destination, the Westerville Central Classic.
Another 60 miles later and the Monarchs were warming up again to take on
some fierce competition. Nine bands competed in the AA division at the
contest held at the new Westerville High School, including a band from
Syracuse, N.Y., and one from West Virginia.
The Marysville band looked and sounded spectacular under the clear
evening skies and ended up placing fifth. The band earned a "1", the
coveted Superior rating, at both contests and has now garnered three
Superior ratings this season.
The band will perform the famous Script Ohio at the Homecoming football
game Friday.  The band boosters will hold a mum and pumpkin fundraising
sale on Saturday outside CVS Pharmacy on West Fifth Street.


A lifetime spent creating
Whether on canvas or plate, Fisher brings visions to life
By CORINNE BIX
Steven Fisher is bringing his art home to where it all began.
Fisher, 34, will be the featured artist at an open house this Friday
from 6 to 9 p.m. at About the House, 119 S. Main Street in Marysville.
The open house will kick off a month long showing of the local artist's
works.
"I grew up in Marysville and art has always been a part of my life for
as long as I can remember," Fisher said, a 1988 graduate of Marysville
High School.
Fisher attended classes at Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD)
while a middle and high school student. After high school graduation, he
spent one year at CCAD before transferring to Bowling Green State
University.
After receiving his bachelor's degree in fine arts in 1993, Fisher
headed off to Chicago where he worked as a graphic arts manager for a
large format printer. He explained that his focus in college was both
two-dimensional art with an emphasis on painting along with computer
art.
"At that time I didn't push the gallery thing," Fisher said, however,
per the advice of his college advisor he tried to make time every day to
paint.
"I made time because I didn't want it to become a hobby," he said.
Fisher continued to work in the graphic arts field before he found yet
another way to express his artistic side, cooking. In 2000, he started
developing his culinary skills.
"Cooking is an edible canvas," Fisher said, "I started hounding some
chefs in Chicago and eventually got a job."
In addition to helping to open a high profile restaurant in Chicago,
Fisher had the opportunity to travel to Ireland where he also cooked
professionally.
"I love the people and I love the island," he explained.
After a whirlwind decade, Fisher decided it was time to slow down. He
chose to return to Marysville in 2002 to give his art the focus he felt
it needed.
"As an artist, it's not about wanting to paint, it's about the need to
create," he said.
Since moving back to central Ohio, Fisher has worked as a chef to allow
for more time on the evenings and weekends to paint. He worked for a
year and a half at The Refectory off Bethel Road in Columbus.
Since early this year he has been working at the McConnell Heart Center
Café. This allows him even more time to hone his craft, given the steady
Monday through Friday daytime schedule.
Fisher, who works out of his studio on Wolford-Maskill Road, said a lot
of his motivation to create comes from nature but a lot just comes from
life.
"The inspiration comes from something that burns inside you while the
influences come from sensory experiences, for example, different shapes,
colors, textures, etc." Fisher said.
Paint tends to be his primary medium but he doesn't limit his
creativity. He said each piece he creates is an original and he always
strives to make the next one that much better.
Fisher said his proudest achievement to date comes on a personal level.
His brother recently purchased one of his pieces.
"I would have given it to him but the fact that he wanted to pay for it
really meant a lot to me," Fisher said.
On a professional level, during a recent showing of some of his pieces
at The Refectory, one of the well-known French winemaking Giugal
brothers purchased a watercolor.
Fisher is excited about his upcoming show at About the House which will
mark his second major showing since August of this year. Fisher had the
opportunity to participate in the Gold Coast Art Fest in Chicago late
this summer.
His Marysville show will feature 20 to 30 of his original works,
including two three-dimensional light box pieces.
"I think it's exciting that more opportunities are becoming available
for the arts in Marysville and I encourage everyone to come out and take
a look," Fisher said.
For more information on Steven Fisher visit his website at
www.fisherartworks.com.

Big Darby called an   'exceptional watershed'
By CINDY BRAKE
The data is in on the Big Darby Creek Watershed and the news is good.
A 700-plus page report by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency found
that 66 percent or 84 of the sampling sites were in full attainment and
only 10 percent or 12 sites didn't have the minimum number of bugs, fish
and habitat set by state standards. Attainment is a term describing the
degree to which environmental indicators (fish, bugs, habitat) are
either above or below criteria specified by Ohio Water Quality
Standards.
"It's an exceptional watershed," said Benjamin Webb, Darby Creek
Watershed coordinator.
The report, "Biological and Water Quality Study of the Big Darby Creek
Watershed," tested 127 sites within the 555-square-mile watershed that
covers Logan, Union, Champaign, Madison, Franklin and Pickaway counties.

This report, released in June, appears to reaffirm an earlier report
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that states, "most of the
Darby stream system was in good to excellent condition ... The intense
agricultural use of most of the land of the watershed appears to have
harmed the streams and their natural communities in occasional places,
but overall very little. In comparison to what other land uses might
have done, agrictultural use is thought to have protected the stream
system."
The data is good news to local farmer and property owner Bob Scott.
"The OEPA study is a snapshot of the watershed and I like what I see,"
said Scott. "Agriculture is the key to the watershed's past and future."

Scott adds that "drainage shares the same importance as seed and
fertilizers to agriculture and agriculture has always viewed the
watershed as drainage. Now with OEPA's study, agriculture can look at
the watershed biologically and realize the two are compatible."
He explains that the presence of mussel populations in the waterway are
indicators of excellent water quality.
"Over the past few years, I have burned a lot of midnight oil trying to
understand how OEPA determines water quality," Scott said. "Mussel
populations are indicators of excellent water quality."
Webb notes that the diversity of the mussel population is the true
indicator of good water quality.
"I know there are portions of the Darby that may have only one or two
species surviving (both of which are highly tolerant to sediment and
polluted waters). However other stretches of the Darby may have up to 20
to 25 species which indicates exceptionally clean water.
Webb said the study is the first step in establishing Total Maximum
Daily Loads. TMDLs are calculations of the maximum amount of a pollutant
a water body can receive and still meet water quality standards set by
the state.
"This information makes landowners aware of the unique resource in their
backyard," he said, pointing out that the OEPA has no enforcement
authority and land use changes will occur only through local zoning.
Webb said he is concerned with two proposed developments - one for 71
lots and another for six lots - in the Robinson Run area of the
watershed and the negative effects that development can have on water
quality.
He said a proposed Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program that
included the Darby Watershed could provide enhanced incentives for
farmers and other land owners to increase buffers and filter strips.

Richwood may not fill position
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Richwood may find itself without a new village administrator as some
officials feel the position is unnecessary.
Mayor Bill Nibert and councilwoman Peg Wiley spoke freely at Monday's
council meeting about the prospect of not filling the position vacated
by Ron Polen.
Polen resigned from his position on June 7 and was later charged with
theft in office, a fifth degree felony, after he was accused of taking
guardrails and supports that the village paid for. Polen later accepted
a diversion and dismissal agreement that will allow the issue to go away
if he performs 200 hours of community service.
Since Polen left, village employee Jim Thompson has been handling the
administrative duties. While he received a $2 per hour raise for the
services, his wages do not equal Polen's salary.
Thompson noted that the village has saved $20,000 in payroll in the four
months since he took over the duties.
The issue came to a head because officials received a recommended job
description for a village administrator. The description was compiled by
the Bischoff and Associates engineering firm which assists the village
with various projects.
In fact, the village is now without an employee with a class two water
operators license and a class two sewer license, which are required by
the EPA. The village has been using an engineer from Bischoff and
Associates to sign off on the reports required by the EPA.
Wiley noted that the village could really use the money that is being
saved by not hiring an administrator. She said the village has never
looked better and expressed confidence that Thompson could perform the
duties.
She and Nibert felt that the village could continue to operate with a
little help from Bischoff and Associates from time to time.
Councilwoman Arlene Blue was adamant that the village needs to fill the
position. She said Richwood needs someone with engineering, managerial
and budgetary experience to oversee its water, sewer and street crews.
She said the village needs someone who is looking out for the best
interests of the village, rather than just signing off on reports.
"I don't want to get our heads stuck in another noose," Blue said.
Thompson said getting someone with the appropriate licenses,
qualifications and experience will be costly and the present system is
working fine.
Apparently many of Polen's former duties are being spread out over a
variety of workers. Council member George Showalter said he would like
to see the village water and sewer billing clerk receive a raise because
of the extra duties she has taken on.
The clerk is apparently working with engineers and the EPA to prepare
the water and sewer reports that are required.
Blue said this is the type of thing that the village administrator
should be handling. She added that she would support a temporary raise
until a solution is reached.
Also pushing the decision on the village administrator position is the
fact that the 2005 budget is looming. Blue, the head of the finance
committee, said a decision needs to be made so the money for the wages
can be set aside in the budget.
The officials decided to table the decision until the next council
meeting on Oct. 25.

A Scout with honor
Weis has been involved with Boy Scouts,  community projects for
several decades
By CORINNE BIX
Rick Weis was brought up believing that giving back to one's community
just makes for a better life.
Weis took his upbringing to heart and has spent the majority of his 81
years volunteering for and with a wide variety of civic organizations
including Boy Scouts of America, the United Way and the Disabled
American Veterans Commander Club.
Weis was born in 1923 in Akron and first became involved with the Boy
Scouts in his early teens.
"I was brought up with parents who were involved with things that
pertained to the enrichment of the family," Weis explained.
He said that as a young man during World War II he could have chosen to
have dropped out of the Scouting program but decided to instead use his
skills to help serve his country.
"I feel the skills that I learned in the Scouts proved invaluable for my
time in the service," Weis said.
He said he feels the Scouts provided him with a background in first aid,
map reading and compass use, all of which were very useful during his 3
1/2-year service in the Army Engineers.
"There isn't another program I know of that takes young men and teaches
them leadership skills through the catalyst of the outdoors," Weis said,
"Many of our nation's leaders have been involved in scouting."
Weis worked for seven years after his time in the service before
accepting a position in sales that allowed him and his wife Marilyn the
flexibility of choosing anywhere in the state to raise their family.
"Before we settled here in 1956 we traveled around the state looking for
a place to call home," Weis said.
The couple had actually looked once at Marysville and passed, only to
return after someone told them to take a second look.
The Weises happened to be staying a motel in Clyde owned by the brother
of Warren Widner. Widner was the Marysville High School principal, and
was at the motel helping with his brother's business.
The couple hit it off with the local principal and returned to
Marysville for a guided tour and, as Weis put it, they "felt right at
home."
Weis has given back to his hometown for almost 50 years, devoting time
and service to the Marysville Chamber of Commerce, United Way and the
Union County and Ohio Board of Realtors
He served on the United Way board of directors from 1971-1984 and served
as president in 1979. His longest civic contribution has been to the
Scouts, spanning more than 67 years of service, including 17 years as
the Union County district chairman and 19 years as an executive board
member for the Central Ohio Boy scouts.
In 1972, Weis was recognized for his contribution to scouting with the
Silver Beaver Award, central Ohio's highest recognition for an adult
volunteer. He was also awarded the District Award of Merit in 1975.
Today, Weis remains active as a member of the Boy Scouts district
committee and Silver Beaver nominating committee. He is also an avid
bridge player and exercises three times a week at the Memorial Hospital
Health Center.
However, Weis is most proud of his role as a father to four sons, two of
whom are living, and five grandchildren. Three of his sons obtained the
Eagle Scout Award, the Boy Scouts' highest honor.

West Central changing lives
Executive director, former residents tout five years of success
By RYAN HORNS
For the past five years the West Central Community Correctional Facility
has made a concerted effort toward showing felons that they can change
the direction of their lives - if they are willing to work.
On Friday the Union County minimum security prison will celebrate its
fifth anniversary with events and guest speakers.
Executive director Dave Ervin said the choice between going to a state
prison and a "therapeutic community" such as West Central is sometimes a
hard one for felons.
While prison can mean free cable television, free food and a lot of
sitting around, West Central offers structure, work and really taking a
hard look at their lives. The prison is geared to be the last stop for
criminals and only non-violent felons eligible for community control are
selected to serve time. It receives inmates from common pleas court
judges from eight Ohio counties, Morrow, Marion, Delaware, Logan,
Champaign, Clark, Madison and Union. There are 18 similar facilities in
Ohio.
Ervin said two Ohio prisons have recently closed down due partly to the
fact that centers such as West Central are working at reforming
criminals. When West Central inmates leave, only 21 percent may go back
to a life of crime. In contrast, prisons in Ohio often see 50 percent of
their inmates go right back into the system.
Ervin said the idea for West Central began in1996.
"We worked from the ground up to see that funds were flowing into the
project," Ervin said.
Under his guidance, staff members were found and the procedures,
supplies and organization were set in place. What he makes clear is that
the goal is about molding the future of their inmates or "residents," as
he calls them.
"Many are deserving of the opportunity of getting their lives turned
around," Ervin said.
He said what many criminals have in common is a lack of structure in
their lives. Many come from abusive and dysfunctional homes that most
people could not begin to under       stand.Becauseofthis,helooksatthe
inmates as people who need help out of a hole, instead of a slap on the
wrist.
During their stay they are expected to earn their GED and overcome drugs
and meet with staff psychologists and psychiatrists to work on anger
management, parenting and their own family issues. They are also
expected to get involved in community service and to always be looking
toward employment when they get out. Another important aspect is getting
in touch with their spirituality.
"They haven't learned how to deal with things appropriately," Ervin
said. "Many have not had to deal with life on its own terms."
When faced with challenges most got angry and quit, became involved in
drugs and gave up or simply got angry and struck out.
"Some of their stories have really been tragic," Ervin said. "We give
them a whole set of values they haven't had before."
Jacob Marshall served almost six months at West Central in 2000 for
forgery. Four years later he said he is still doing well and spends his
time running a cheesecake business. The life he has now was not what he
saw in his future.
"I was going through a rough time. I had just lost both of my parents
and I just did not care about anything," Marshall said. "They taught me
a way to deal with my grief."
He said what West Central does is make people stop and think instead of
reacting on instinct. He was given the opportunity to further his
education and even learned the ropes in the business world.
"What they do is give them a choice. There is always a choice," Marshall
said. "Anybody can go to prison. But if you really need help they can
give it to you - and only if they are willing to accept it."
Marshall said another great aspect of West Central is that they are
still there for him. There were times after his release that life got
him down.
"They are always there," he said. "All I have to do is call and talk."
Another former inmate, Mike Ross of Delaware, said many inmates had
never held down a job, had supportive families or even used silverware.
West Central puts them in a position to experience every day life.
He ended up working community service for the city of Marysville while
serving his time. As a result, after his released he was offered a job
by Joe Tracy and Terry Moore in the street department. He said it was
because of their confidence in him that he is successful today.
"It's like evolution," Ross said. "Without West Central I would never
have been where I am now."

United Way campaign off to fast start
Early results from the United Way of Union County's 2004 fundraising
campaign are giving the organization's volunteers reasons to believe it
can raise a record-setting $750,000 this fall. United Way has already
raised $52,371 through the first seven weeks of the campaign, a dramatic
improvement over last year at this same time when $13,891 had been
pledged.
While this year's pledges amount to only 7 percent of the United Way's
goal, just two of the top 20 campaigns have completed their efforts and
reported results. 11 of the 12 campaigns that have wrapped up report
higher results from last year, and those who have participated thus far
show a 26 percent increase in giving from last year. In addition, nine
new small businesses have pledged corporate gifts. The campaign runs
through November 30.
Dave Bezusko, Campaign and Public Relations Director, says there is
reason for optimism at this early stage in the campaign.
"Not only are pledges up, but they're up at record-setting levels," he
said. "Employees at Memorial Hospital, the Gables at Green Pastures,
Fairbanks Schools, North Union Schools, Industrial Ceramic Products,
National City Bank, and Sky Bank have all invested at their all-time
highs. And we're just getting started."
A big reason for the early success has been the effort put forth by
United Way's volunteers who have been out canvassing the county to raise
money.
"Our Campaign Committee has been a very dedicated group and has been
working very well together in trying to get the word out about United
Way," said Michele Mercer, 2004 volunteer Campaign Chair. "This is a
growing community, the third fastest growing in the state. And there's a
lot of people who aren't aware of the United Way of Union County and
we're working hard to ensure that they do know we exist and who we help
in the community. And I think we've been really successful so far this
year."

Area boy found after nationwide Amber Alert
A 10-year-old area boy who was taken by his mother and was the subject
of a nationwide Amber Alert was found safe near Columbia, S.C., about
noon Wednesday.
Christopher Hess, whose sister, Kasey Winn, 21, of Milford Center, has
legal custody of the boy, was taken by his mother, Mary Kathryn Winn of
Marysville, 37, from his father's house near Mechanicsburg. Authorities
were concerned because Mary Kathryn Winn had previously threatened to
kill herself and the boy, reports indicate.
The mother was visiting the boy and made up their beds to make them seem
occupied. Relatives discovered that they were missing about 8:15 a.m.
Wednesday. They had last been seen at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Mary Kathryn Winn was assumed to be driving to her father's home in Port
Orange, Fla. A cellular phone company traced calls she had made and
police stopped her car and arrested her.
She will be charged with interference with custody, which is a
fifth-degree felony carrying a penalty of six to 12 months in prison,
Emmons said.

N.L. will not sell hall to fire  district
By CORINNE BIX
It was decided on Tuesday night that the village of North Lewisburg
would not be considering an option to sell their municipal building to
the Northeast Champaign County Fire Department.
At last month's council meeting members considered a request to sell
their municipal building to the NECCFD. For some time the village, along
with the fire district, has been actively seeking funding for a new fire
station to keep up with the growing community.
It is estimated by representatives from the NECCFD that a new fire
station would cost between $1 and 1.5 million to build and maintain. The
fire district is exploring all possible options.
It was suggested at a fire board meeting that the idea of buying and
renovating the village municipal building be presented to council. In
September village council decided that a possible sale would be
considered only if the fire board agreed to pay for a commercial
appraisal of the building.
Barry First, village administrator, reported to the council Tuesday
night that the fire board would pay for a commercial estimate only if
the council agreed beforehand to sell.
First, who serves as a voting member on the fire board, told the board
at their last meeting that he wouldn't even vote to recommend that they
pay the estimated $1,500-$2,000 for a commercial estimate.
"We just feel there are a lot of variables here that wouldn't make this
building suitable for their needs," he said.
The village council agreed that if the board wouldn't pay for the
appraisal, they couldn't begin to consider a possible sale.
Council member Dave Scott asked council to consider increasing street
lighting around the village.
He presented to the council research he had conducted pinpointing about
a dozen areas around the community which are poorly lighted. Scott said
this issue was brought to him by residents who felt unsafe in certain
areas at night.
The council agreed to research the possibilities of improving lighting
in the village.
Mayor Richard Willis and Barry First will attend a local government and
funding meeting Thursday evening in Sydney. They will be accompanying
the Champaign County commissioners and various other county elected
officials to explore ways to replace state funding if it is cut in the
next year.
First explained that the village receives about $30,000 from the state.
If these funds are cut the village will have to find a way to recoup the
loss through either income or real estate tax. First said a small income
tax increase would make up for the possible loss.
The council agreed to a proposal by Farmer's Equipment in regard to the
village tractor. The tractor purchased last year for $51,000 will be
traded in early next year for a new model at the cost of around $1,800.
By trading in the tractor, the village will maintain its bumper to
bumper warranty on the vehicle. The tractor's use is mostly related to
street maintenance in the village.
Deputy Glenn Kemp informed the council of the new location of the
sheriff's department satellite office. He said the move from the water
plant to the village maintenance building on East Street was successful
and provides for a more concise operation.
Kemp also gave the Champaign County Sheriff's office report for the
village. In September 2004 there were six traffic citations issued, four
warnings issued for traffic violations, 12 incident reports taken, 33
cases of assistance given to citizens, 10 arrests made, five civil and
criminal papers served, 14 follow-up investigations completed, one open
door, five instances of juvenile contact, two civic activities completed
and four auto accident reports taken.
In other business, council:
 . Announced a planning board meeting set for 2 p.m. Oct. 21 to discuss
updating zoning and subdivision regulations
 . The annual Christmas parade will be Dec. 19 from 5-7 p.m.
 . Beggar's night will be Oct. 28 from 6-8 p.m.


Marysville district gets grant
From J-T staff reports:
The Marysville Exempted Village Schools will receive a $438,000 No Child
Left Behind three-year grant aimed at making children healthier and
decreasing childhood obesity.
"When children are unhealthy, they are not ready to learn," said U.S.
Secretary of Education Rod Paige. "Millions of our K-12 students are out
of shape and many are overweight or obese."
Paige said the reasons for this are the consumption of high-fat,
high-calorie foods and drinks, lack of physical exercise and too much
time playing video or computer games and watching television.
"We can change this and we must," Paige said. "President Bush has
directed that our schools work to make our children healthier through a
new initiative, the 'Schools for a HealthierUS Challenge.'
He said the right incentive, some common sense and a resolute will can
make this happen.
The Carol M. White Physical Education Program, part of the No Child Left
Behind Act, provides grants to local school districts and
community-based organizations to initiate, expand or improve physical
education programs, including after-school programs for students in
grades K-12. This year, the program will award a total for 237 new
grants worth nearly $69 million.
The No Child Left Behind Act is the bipartisan education reform law
designed to change the culture of America's schools by closing the
achievement gap among groups of students. States must describe how they
will close the achievement gap and make sure all students, including
those with disabilities, achieve academically.

Drivers must be alert during harvest
By CINDY BRAKE
Glenn Irwin of the Union County Farm Bureau states that a car traveling
at 55 mph will close the length of a football field and overtake a
tractor moving at 15 mph in about five seconds. If the car is traveling
at 65 mph, the time drops to four seconds.
The most common equipment/motorist accidents occur when a slow-moving
vehicle is making a left turn and the motorists begins to pass.
Motorists can avoid this type of accident by watching hand signals and
not assuming the slow moving vehicle pulling off to the right is going
to turn right. Many types of large equipment need to turn right briefly
before making a left-hand turn to give their equipment clearance. A
vehicle moving to the right slightly does not automatically mean that
they are letting you pass.
Most importantly, when you spot a vehicle that isn't a car or a truck,
slow down right away and approach cautiously.
Irwin suggests the following tips for motorists sharing the road with
country neighbors:
. Watch for Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) signs. They are a triangular
orange emblem bordered in red on each side. When you see one, slow down
and be cautious. It is just like approaching a stop light.
. Avoid using SMV sign as driveway markers or in any other use than to
mark a slow-moving vehicle. To do so is illegal.
. Be extra cautious when driving on hilly roads and during dusk, sunset
and sunrise.
. Slow down when you see flashing signals or turn signals on a
slow-moving vehicle.
. Be patient. Most farm equipment cannot travel faster than 25 mph and
it is not easy for equipment operators to move aside and let you pass.
. Pass with caution even after checking the road in front and behind
you.
Farmers can also drive defensively and do their part to protect
themselves and motorists by:
. Replacing worn or faded SMV signs.
. Marking equipment with approved safety reflective tape.
. Regularly inspecting and cleaning lights, reflective tape and SMV
signs.
 . Using lights at all times you are on the road, especially from sunset
to sunrise. Even better, avoid driving between dusk and dawn whenever
possible.
. Allowing extra time to turn.
. Being courteous. Allow approaching cars to pass before you enter the
road, be alert for dips in the road and allow time to pull over to let
other cars pass when possible.
. Using turn signals or hand signals.
. Using extreme caution when making a wide left from the road.

Hospital, health dept. team up
New clinic for those in need the result of  collaboration
From J-T staff reports:
The first county-based health clinic for un- and underinsured
individuals is scheduled to open Monday.
With a healthy dose of cooperation and collaboration, Memorial Hospital
of Union County and the Union County Health Department have teamed up to
form of a county-based health clinic staffed by Connie Warren, M.D.
One objective of the clinic is to encourage patients who are
experiencing mild symptoms of an illness to seek medical attention
sooner.
"Many times people put off seeing a doctor right away due to financial
concerns. Too often, the problem becomes more critical with time and not
only costs that patient more money in the long run but also costs them a
piece of their long-term health," remarks Hubbs. "Thus providing medical
assistance at the first sign of trouble is best - and the best for each
patient is exactly what we're after."
For a Monday or Thursday appointment with Dr. Warren, those interested
may call 642-0801. The clinic is located in the Union County Health
Department's Suite 1100, located within the Union County Services
Building at 940 London Ave., just south of Memorial Hospital. Same day
appointments will be accommodated as needed.
The only patients not suited for care at the clinic are those who should
report directly to an emergency department. That includes those
experiencing trauma (i.e. broken bones, deep wounds, etc.), severe
headaches and severe abdominal pain, to name a few.
"These patients likely need treatment via IV and we are not able to
address such a need at this time," said Dee Houdashelt, director of
nursing at the Union County Health Department.
The clinic will not stock narcotics or controlled drugs.
 Dr. Warren has 20 years of experience in family practice and emergency
cares. She is a graduate of Wright State University School of Medicine.
By definition, uninsured are those with no insurance whatsoever. The
underinsured include Medicaid or "medical card" patients, those on
Medicare without supplementary insurance and people with an unaffordable
co-pay or deductible. The clinic will also accept insured patients with
payment of the standard physician office visit co-pay. A sliding fee
scale is available for all qualified patients, regardless of insurance
status.
Memorial Hospital is actively addressing the community's need for
additional primary care and pediatric physicians. It is well understood
that many patients - insured, uninsured and underinsured, alike - are on
local physician waiting lists. They can remain on the waiting list of
the physician of their choice and still make an appointment at the
clinic to receive care now. Patients' care and their medical records
will transfer seamlessly.
The hospital and health department will be assisting patients in finding
solutions to other barriers to accessing care. That may include the
financial challenge some patients face but likewise includes
transportation, childcare and the yet undetermined issues.
"We're committed to helping our Union County residents receive the care
they need now," Houdashelt said. "Sometimes that means more than
providing a patient with an exam room and a physician."
Under the partnership agreement initiated between Chip Hubbs, Memorial
Hospital's CEO, and Martin Tremmel, Union County Health Commissioner,
the county-owned hospital is offering the physician, administrative
services and selected supplies and the county health department is
providing the facility for the clinic, nursing staff, appointment
scheduling, case management and supplies

Leader Awards  to be given
From J-T staff reports:
Leaders from Allen Township to York and nearly everywhere else in the
county will be honored Oct. 25 at the first annual Salute to Leaders
Award Banquet.
A total of 27 leaders were selected in nine categories and for cities,
villages and townships. They include:
Gary Wallace, Allen Township; Clarece Philo, Dover Township; Martha
McNamee, Jackson Township; Malcolm Manville, Leesburg Township; Virgil
and Jennie Poling, Liberty Township; Andy Ross, Millcreek Township;
Beckie Congrove, Taylor Township; Rachel Robinson, Union Township; Peg
Gray, Washington Township; John Holloway Jr., York Township. Each was
selected for making a positive impact in the quality of life in their
townships.
Jack Scott, Marysville; Ray Chappelear, Milford Center; Mary Mitchell,
Plain City; Pat Hamilton, Richwood. Each was selected for making a
positive impact in his municipality.
Dave Laslow, civic, an individual or organization that exemplifies
citizenship including non-elected individuals working for government or
volunteering in civic organizations.
Marysville High School Band, education, an individual or organization
that has made a contribution in the educational field including
educators, fund raisers, concerned citizens, organizations and advocacy.

John Rockenbaugh, environmental, an individual or organization that has
made an impact on improving the environmental quality of life in Union
County.
Dave and Ann Allen, health/health care, an individual or organization
that has made an impact to the health and wellness of our citizens
including agencies, outreach programs, professionals and advocacy.
Roberta Simpson, human services, an individual, organization, agency or
program that has made a contribution to the needs and concerns of our
citizens in Union County.
Jesse Conrad, leadership, an individual or organization that has made an
impact through their leadership in improving the quality of life in our
county.
George Showalter, parks and recreation, an individual or organization
that has made an impact on improving preservation and development of
green space or by providing recreational opportunities for the citizens
of our county.
Farm Bureau, rural interests, an individual or organization that has
made an impact on improving the quality of life for individuals  who
live in the rural areas of the county.
Jack Groat, safety and justice, an individual, organization or project
that has made an impact on the safety and well being of our citizens
including special safety related projects, fire protection, EMS services
and law enforcement.
Kay Liggett, senior leadership, a senior citizen or senior citizen
organization that has made an impact through their leadership in
improving the quality of life in our county.
Scott Underwood, culture/arts, an individual or organization that has
made a positive impact in the quality of life in our county through
enlightenment, music, theatrical entertainment and the arts.
The awards banquet is at the Union County Service Center building, 940
S. London Ave., from 6:30 to 9 p.m. To make a reservation call 642-6279
or (800) 642-0087. Seating is limited and prepaid reservations are
required.
The banquet is sponsored by Memorial Hospital of Union County.

Dollars over dedication
Ranco workers rally as they watch their jobs go to China
By RYAN HORNS
The signs read "100 percent American. 100 percent unemployed" and "For a
lifetime of work: No Pension. No Insurance. No more out-sourcing."
Thursday was the final day for 200 Ranco workers laid off due to recent
out-sourcing at the company. Another 50 to 60 are expected to follow in
the next two to four weeks. Their production jobs have been moved to
China, reportedly saving the company 40 percent in labor costs.
A rally was held at noon across the street from Ranco in a church
parking lot. People waved signs and sang protest songs to passing cars.
One of the highlights for workers was going to be speaking with House
Assistant Minority Leader, Joyce Beatty. Many expressed their
disappointment after they realized Beatty was not going to show up.
Ranco makes valves for commercial and residential heat pumps and
manufactures smaller line refrigeration pressure switches. According to
representatives, the average American at Ranco receives $15.50 an hour,
while the average Chinese worker will receive 50 cents an hour.
Gale Maxwell, director of manufacturing, has said that Ranco had to make
the decision to out-source or risk loss of significant business to
lower-priced competitors.
In spite of the plant closing, approximately 125 employees will remain
at the U.S. 42 facility. They include engineering and lab personnel, as
well as finance, accounting, marketing, customer service, human
resources, purchasing and facilities workers.
The reason for the rally was to make sure someone noticed what happened
to Ranco and to show how out-sourcing has stolen jobs from Union County.
Yet what most said they will miss the most is the friendship they gained
working with the same people for the past 30 to 40 years. Ranco has been
in Plain City since 1953.
Former employee Linda Addis said she started working at the company 35
years ago when she was in her early twenties. She helped organize
Thursday's gathering with William Eby, a candidate for the 84th District
of the Ohio House of Representatives.
"It's kind of sad," Addis said. "Look around and notice how everyone
acts with each other. We are all like a family. There have been a lot of
tears flying around today and a lot of hugs and kisses."
Addis said some of those laid off will try to get training and find a
similar job elsewhere, while others are simply retiring early. While she
understands the need for a business to make money, she does not see the
need to hurt those who helped build the business up.
She said getting people organized for the rally was not met with overall
approval at first.
"I don't think people really grasped what was going on," she said. "This
last week they've come around because I think they realize this is the
real thing."
While people retiring will get by, she said those hit the hardest were
husband and wife couples. There are 11 couples who will have no steady
income coming into their families.
Gary and Liz Kronk are one of those couples. Gary Kronk said employees
received 60 days notice that layoffs were going to happen on July 2.
That date was then postponed to Aug. 6  and then again to Sept. 30,
He said he can't blame the administrators at Ranco because he doesn't
believe any of them are happy to see their production line leaving.
Another reason is because they may know their jobs could be next. He
said the future of Ranco in Plain City isn't expected to be a long one.
The lack of an organized union hints at better times in Ranco's past
when employees felt they didn't need representation. These days it would
have been a good idea.
A woman nearby held a sign that read, "Florida hit by Ivan, Ohio hit by
Bush." Many employees were also sporting political buttons supporting
their presidential candidate.
Kronk, a republican, said he sees out-sourcing as neither a Democratic
nor Republican issue.
"It's something they both need to look at and respond to," he said.