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Local Archived News  August 2005

City awarded  grant for skate park
Two candidates will not appear on ballot
North Union to induct three into Hall of Pride
Fairbanks takes advantage of Fulbright exchange program
Semi slams into apartment
United Way helps fund Union County Cancer Society
November  ballot set
Deputies make unexpected discovery
Rate increase doesn't bring public outcry
Burglary suspect caught after fleeing into field
Hubbs to be honored by business journal
Five-year sentence given to drug offender
Hunting in the city limits?
Woman to open the 'Disney' of daycare
Bar manager gets five years
Semi plows into asphalt roller; one injured
Update on city projects issued
No sweat - For some workers heat is just a challenge of the business
A new era for Jonathan Alder - Students reported to new high school today
Big Brothers Big Sisters forms matches made in heaven
Marysville board looks at future construction
Community Care Day scheduled for Sept. 13
Civic leader, Jack Scott, dies at 82
Jerome ignores advice, holds meeting
Honda keeps eye on environment
Area schools make the grade
Sheriff to step up drunk driving enforcement
Fairbanks will be on November ballot
Triad ready for students
North Union superintendent discusses duties
United Way to kick off campaign
Growth comes with a price
'Annie Get  Your Gun' showcases local talent
Joint vocational school changes name
Agencies hold mock disaster
Jon Alder's new athletic facilities ready for season
Purchase of pig reveals interesting story
Sale of Countryside only a rumor
Former area teacher to be inducted into Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame
Local cast will take stage to perform 'Annie Get Your Gun'
Fairbanks board OKs  repairs for building - Work should allow elementary school to last until it can be retired
Richwood to get new business
Deputy shooting ruled justified
Fence flap surfaces in Mill Valley
Learning to roll with progress
City eyeing sewer rate hike
Man flees with child; is charged
School issue approved
North Lewisburg poised for November levy attempt
Alleged scandal taints lamb show
A look back at a big weekend for Union County
Scam targets the civic minded
Jerome appoints new commission member
Nine records set at sale - Record total of $218,000 brought in at livestock auction
Ride for Kids raises $114,000
Man on quest to set fair visit record

City awarded  grant for skate park
By RYAN HORNS
Thanks to a state grant, the skateboarders of Marysville will finally
have a permanent place to call home.
On Aug. 15, Mayor Tom Kruse received a letter from the Ohio Department
of Natural Resources, congratulating the city for receiving a state
grant for $53,620 to construct a skate park.
"On behalf of Governor (Bob) Taft, and for all of us at the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources, I congratulate you on your successful
project proposal," Ohio Department of Natural resources Director Samuel
Speck wrote. Speck reported the funding will come from Ohio's NatureWorks project
grant. Kruse announced the grant award publicly at the Aug. 25 city council
meeting. He said that the city will have to chip in 25 percent of the
cost, in order to receive the grant. "I'm quite proud of that," Kruse said.
Marysville City Parks and Recreation Superintendent Steve Conley said
that a total of approximately $71,000 will be going toward the new skate park construction.
The city prepared ahead last year and the 25 percent needed to match the
grant is already in this year's budget, city administrator Kathy House said.
She said their hope that the city would be selected paid off.
Last year parents and skateboarders got together in order to construct a
skate park at McCarthy Park on Cherry Street. Working with the city, the
group was able to use equipment which had been abandoned after the Union
County YMCA stopped using its skatepark.
Conley said the Cherry Street skatepark was eventually shut down because
the equipment was too worn out and was no longer safe. He said instead
of equipment made out of wood and heavy plastics, the new skatepark will
be made for long-term outdoor use. Jumps and ramps will be specifically
made of steel, iron and materials that won't rot from the weather.
Without the use of the Cherry Street park, Kruse said there was still
"tremendous interest from skateboarders" to have a new park in Marysville.
This time around, he said, the city is hoping to place the new skate
facility at Eljer Park. There are plenty of lights, it is already
equipped with video security and there are not many residents who live near the area.
Conley said the exact location is expected to be on the parking lot closest to Ninth Street.
Kruse said there will probably be some complaints from nearby residents
who do not like the idea of the park going in nearby.
"You're always going to have at least one person who is not happy," he said.
However, Kruse said the sport of skateboarding is very positive for
kids. He added that it is considered the most popular sport in the United States.
"I find that to be a remarkable piece of information," he said.
Kruse said the new location at Eljer will provide for a safer spot for
skaters to enjoy the sport, while also providing security for the area.
Conley said next step is to start the ball rolling on construction.
He said in order to do this the city will create an "implementation
committee." On this board will be several local skaters to help pick
equipment. They also hope to include Eljer Park neighbors, parents and
any interested people who would like to help out. As soon as they decide
what equipment to purchase, work will begin.
Conley said the first meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the
Public Service Center located at 455 N. Maple Street at 7:30 p.m.
The city will be working closely with the state's Division of Real
Estate and Land Management (REALM). The group will be coordinating the
NatureWorks grant activity and making sure the project is completed successfully.
"We hope to get things going before the weather turns bad this winter," House said.

Two candidates will not appear on ballot
Issues raised over signatures on petitions
From J-T staff reports:
Not all who filed for the Nov. 8 general election will be on the ballot.
The Union County Board of Elections met Monday afternoon and found two
candidates failed to meet the "validity and sufficiency" requirement.
Not appearing on the November ballot will be Star Simpson of Unionville
Center and Richard A. Pugh of West Mansfield.
Simpson had filed for the Fairbanks Board of Education. She submitted 31
signatures, but only 23 were found valid. A total of 25 signatures were required.
Pugh had filed for the York Township Board of Trustees. The signatures
on his two-part petition were found invalid. Election officials
explained that each circulator of a petition signs the petition stating
that they witnessed each individual sign their name. In Pugh's case it
was obvious that one individual had signed for more than one person on the petitions.
Making the ruling were Jack Foust, Dave Moots, Max Robinson and Robert
Parrott. Unintentionally omitted from this week's article about issues and
candidates to appear on the November ballot were several candidates, a
county-wide issue and township option.
The Union County Board of Commissioners have submitted a request for a
.9-mill, five-year levy to support senior citizen services. The new levy
is expected to generate $848,000 annually and cost $27.56 to an owner
occupied improved lot with $100,000 valuation and 2 1/2 percent
reduction taken. Funds will provide services for residents age 60 years
and older for personal care, respite care, homemaker, adult day, health,
transportation, home delivery, meals, emergency response, minor home
repair, health promotion, care giver support, information and referral
and care management. Managing the funds will be the Union County Council
on Aging and Home and Community Based Care for Union County.
Marian Jacques, 11990 Watkins Road, has filed for a seat on the
Millcreek Township Board of Trustees. She is one of two candidates
seeking the two open seats on the board.
Stephen C. Ormeroid, 629 W. Fourth St., has filed for a seat on the
Paris Township Board of Trustees. He is one of three candidates seeking
two open seats. Roy Burns, 21283 Sabine Bigelow Road, Milford Center, is seeking a seat
on the Union Township Board of Trustees. He is one of four candidates
seeking two open seats. Robert G. Mitchell Jr., 63 Center St., Milford Center, is seeking a seat
on the Milford Center Village Council. He is one of seven candidates
seeking four open seats. The Richwood Village Council is seeking a 1.5-mill, five-year
replacement levy for current operating expenses and an additional tax of
2 mills for five years for street maintenance and improvements.
Union Township, north precinct only, voters will be asked to approve a
local option for Sunday sales of beer at Darby Creek Golf Course.

North Union to induct three into Hall of Pride
 North Union High School has selected Kathryn Sieg Heinzerling, Dr.
Thomas E. Baker, and  John D. McEl-heny as the  2005-2006 Hall of Pride inductees.
Nomi-nees were reviewed for their accomplishments, honors or recognition
in athletics, business, education, humanitarian pursuits or service to others.
  On Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, during  pre-game ceremonies at the North
Union versus Cardington football game, these individuals will be
inducted into the North Union Hall of Pride.
  Dr. Thomas E. Baker graduated from Byhalia High School in 1965.  He
attended The Ohio State University and also the Philadelphia Osteopathic
Medical School.  He was selected as the secretary/treasurer for the
Union County Medical Staff, which acts as a liaison between the
physicians and the hospital's administration and board.  Dr.
Baker has also been honored as one of the state's top  sports team
physicians, working closely with Dublin Coffman, Dublin Scioto and
Marys-ville high schools.
  Kathryn Sieg Heinzerling graduated from Richwood High School in 1951. She
attended Miami University for one year and graduated from The Ohio State
University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  Her
contributions have included assistance to the Heinzerling Foundation,
Rotary International, The Ohio State University, and various church programs.
  John D. McElheny is a 1932 graduate of Richwood High School.  He
graduated from the United States Military Academy and holds a Master's Degree in
Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He also
earned a law degree from the same school.  McElheny served in World War II under
General Dwight D. Eisenhower and distinguished himself in defense of our
country while stationed overseas. He established the McElheny Family
Foundation which provides quality books to top students at North Union
High School after seeing a similar program used at MIT.
The Hall of Pride, a new program started in 2004, was designed to honor
past graduates from any high school that is part of the North Union
School District for their lifetime achievements.

Fairbanks takes advantage of Fulbright exchange program
From J-T staff reports:
Lynn Taylor, foreign language teacher at Fairbanks High School, has been
awarded a Fulbright grant to teach in la Rochelle France for the 2005-2006 academic year.
She is one of 10 grantees in the United States who has traveled to
France. Taylor, who teaches French, will teach English in France. Her
exchange partner, Isabelle Pilon, is teaching French at Fairbanks. They
met for the first time when they attended an orientation program
recently in Washington, D.C.
In addition to teaching at FHS, Mademoiselle Pilon will be available to
assist with cultural activities in the district. Community organizations
also may request her to speak at their meetings.
The Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program provides opportunities for
qualified educators to participate in direct exchanges of positions with
colleagues from other countries for six weeks, a semester, or a full academic year.
Taylor and Pilon opted for an entire school year, which is nine months.
Taylor will begin her school year Friday, although she is in France now.
Pilon's school year began last week.
The purpose of the program is to promote mutual understanding between
the people of the United States and the people of other countries. In
exchanging positions with foreign teachers, program participants have
the opportunity to live and work in the cultures of their host
countries, an experience which has benefits for the teachers, their
schools, and their communities.
Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or
professional achievement and because they have demonstrated leadership
potential in their fields. Since 1946, the Fulbright Teacher and
Administrator Exchange Program has helped nearly 23,000 teachers and
administrators contribute to mutual understanding between the United
States and countries around the world. For more information contact the
Fulbright Web site at
http://www.grad.usda.gov/International/fulbrit2.html.
The teacher exchange is funded completely by the Fulbright Foundation
and the U.S. State Department. There are no costs to the school district.

Semi slams into apartment
By RYAN HORNS
A woman in the middle of feeding her 8-month-old child, got the surprise
of her life when a semi truck suddenly crashed through her apartment
wall this morning. No serious injuries have been reported after a semi truck drove off of
U.S. 33 and went straight into the Watkins Glen apartment complex.
Police dispatch reported the crash at around 8:40 a.m.
On the scene, the entire cab of the truck was lodged inside a couple
apartments, while the trailer fell on its side.
Marysville police and fire, along with the State Highway Patrol, closed
off the area and looked for the driver of the semi. Crews opened up
surrounding apartments while searching for the front of the rig amongst
the rubble; the driver came crawling out on his own.
The driver was secured by medics and transported for possible injuries.
Tim Cantrell, a resident in the apartment grouping next door to the
crash said he happened to look out his window at U.S. 33  just in time
to see the semi truck heading eastbound.
He said it suddenly veered off the left side of the road, went across
the median, drove through the westbound lanes of traffic and then came
hurtling down the embankment before crashing into parked cars and the apartment building.
"I thought to myself, 'Hell. He's into those apartments," Cantrell said. He said the semi went
down the embankment into the ditch, drove over two
fences, knocked out an electrical power ground unit. At that point the
truck went across the parking lot, struck a couple cars and then
collided straight into the apartment located underneath the address 895.
Cantrell said it looked as though the driver may have fallen asleep. But
Marysville police said they did not know yet why the man crashed.
"A couple with a young child live there," he said. "I think they are
working right now. At least I hope they are."
Neighbors said that the apartment which took the biggest hit was vacant.
The truck went all the way through that residence and came through the
wall of the apartment connected behind it.
A female resident, who gave her name as Tara, said she was inside at the
time, but was not injured. She did not wish to provide her last name.
"I was feeding my baby," Tara said. "When I heard the noise, I thought
it must have been the weather."
She said the truck came through the wall and debris fell on top of her.
"I held my baby to protect her and ran out of the apartment," Tara said.
As she stood in the rain explaining the crash, her husband arrived on
the scene to find the damage, but his family safe.
"They are blessed to still be here," neighbor Chris Alloway said.
Alloway said he lives directly above Tara and that he had been laying in
bed after getting off of work at 6 a.m.
"Then the whole building shook. The bed shook. Everything shook," he said.
Alloway said he grabbed his dog and tried to get it to calm down, as he
threw on some clothes and ran outside. Inside his apartment, he said
there was no damage.
Residents surrounding the crash, came out of the apartments to view the
damage. Many had been left without power after the truck knocked out the
electrical ground unit. Several said that it was only a matter of time
before something like this happened. With the apartments located right
on the curve of the highway, several said they were not surprised a
truck went off the road. Several years ago, a car reportedly went off
the same stretch of road and drove into apartments.
More information on the crash will be available inside Wednesday's
edition of the Marysville Journal-Tribune.

United Way helps fund Union County Cancer Society
Editor's note: This is the third in a weekly series of articles
submitted by the United Way of Union County that will run during the
course of its annual campaign. Each week will feature a different United
Way program. This week's article features the Union County Cancer Society.
Editor's note: This is the third in a weekly series of articles
submitted by the United Way of Union County that will run during the
course of its annual campaign. Each week will feature a different United
Way program. This week's article features the Union County Cancer Society.
"Cancer" is not technically a four-letter word. But it can be just as dirty as any expletive.
"It's the most vicious word in the English language," said Evelyn Rausch.
Rausch knows firsthand. Within the span of a year, the Milford Center
widow watched as her brother died of prostate cancer and her
daughter-in-law underwent breast cancer surgery. Then, when she was at
the doctor getting her high blood pressure checked, she herself was
diagnosed with colon cancer.
"I thought, 'Oh my God, this can't be,'" Rausch said. "I always thought
I'd die of heart problems. I never dreamed about cancer."
The last year and a half has been an emotional roller coaster of medical
ups and downs for Rausch. She says she's not constantly sick. Some days
are better than others, but there are times when she doesn't have much
energy. Rausch does have plenty of support from friends and family. Her
daughter, Christi, lives with her and has arranged a work and school
schedule around her mother's chemotherapy treatments.
Rausch also has plenty of support from people she doesn't even know. In
October, she connected with the Union County Cancer Society, a United
Way Member Agency.
Since then, she's received financial assistance to help her with the
expenses she's incurred with her illness. Even though Rausch has
insurance and Medicare, her costs still exceed $200 a month for co-pays
on medicine, transportation to and from chemotherapy treatments, and
other supplies such as a new wig for when she lost her hair. Rausch said
the support she's received from the Union County Cancer Society has
allowed her to live as normal a life as possible.
"Sometimes I wonder if it's worth all the expense and trouble to keep an
old lady alive for a few extra months," Rausch said. "Then I get a call
from my granddaughter. She calls me crying, saying, 'Promise me,
Grandma, that you won't die.' And I tell her, 'Jenny, I can't promise
you that I won't die. But I can promise you that I won't give up."
An original Member Agency of the United Way of Union County since 1958,
the Union County Cancer Society has been helping families of cancer
patients make ends meet.
Families like David and Sharon Ormeroid of Marysville. When David was
diagnosed with lung cancer last summer, he required continual treatments
in Columbus. Because of his illness, he lost his job and subsequently,
his insurance coverage. It was critical that Sharon maintain her
employment, but how was David to get to Columbus everyday?
The Union County Cancer Society stepped in and reimbursed the couple for
transportation provided by UCATS to the James Cancer Hospital.
"It kept us from going under," Sharon said. "There was no way I could
have taken him everyday and continued to work. You never realize all of
the things you're going to need help with when something like that comes
around. Transportation was the last thing on your mind."
The Union County Cancer Society serves about 200 families each year, but
those numbers are rising because of increased usage and referral. As a
result, the agency has had to decrease the amount of money it can
provide its clients for reimbursements by as much as 50-percent in some
areas. For example, mileage for transportation to treatments has been
reduced to 10 cents a mile with a maximum reimbursement of $200 a year.
That's down from 20 cents a mile up to $400 a year. Reimbursements for
supplies and equipment are down from $75 a month to $50 a month.
Funding for the Union County Cancer Society comes primarily from the
United Way of Union County's annual campaign, with more than $30,000
allocated for 2005. The agency is constantly clarifying that it is not
related to the American Cancer Society and receives no funding from
events such as the popular Relay for Life fundraiser held each spring.
Only the Union County Cancer Society provides financial assistance to
local patients, and they'll tell you that it makes a real impact in
their fight against the disease.
"When you're not endowed financially, it almost makes you want to give
up," said Rausch of the monthly bills piling up as a result of the
cancer. "But there are people in this world who care. They give a darn!"
Fast facts about the Union County Cancer Society:
.2005 United Way allocation was $30,000.
.The rest of its revenue comes from residents who make memorial
donations to the organization.
.70 percent of the clients they serve are elderly on fixed incomes.
.In an effort to raise awareness and dollars for the Union County Cancer
Society, Drs. Charita and Patrick Cooper of Buckeye Sports and Family
Chiropractic Center in Marysville are donating their services to the
cause. Through the end of August, new patients can make an appointment
at 642-4400 and mention this article or the Cancer Society to receive an
exam, x-rays if necessary, and a report of findings, a $250 value, for
only $25. That $25 will be donated to the Union County Cancer Society
via the United Way. For more information, those interested may contact the Union County
Cancer Society at 642-3910 or visit
www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org.

November  ballot set
From J-T staff reports:
Candidates and issues for the November general election filed by  last
Thursday's deadline include:
Marysville Council-At-Large (three seats open) - Todd a. Dibble, 1672
Curry Lane; John F. Gore Jr., 875 Lantern Drive; Nevin L. Taylor, 232 W.
Fifth St.; Mark A. Reams, 354 Restoration Dr.; Leah J. Sellers, 1477
Hickory Gate; Brian P. Elmore, 1453 Westbrook Dr.
Marysville Law Director - Tim M. Aslaner, 13980 13980 Southard Rd.
Magnetic Springs Council (four open seats) - no filings
Milford Center Village Council (four open seats) - Ronald G. Payne, 173
W. State St., Milford Center; Jeff William Parren, 6 Reed St., Milford
Center; Christopher W. Burger, 36 S. Mill St., Milford Center; Howard H.
VanDyke, 263 W. State St., Milford Center; Aimee M. Robles, 259 W. State
St., Milford Center; Dale M. Pyles, 24 W. State St., Milford Center.
Richwood Village Council (four open seats) - James I. Dew, Sr., 95 Lynn
St. Richwood; Wade E. McCalf, 125 S. Franklin St., Richwood; Julie A.
Tumeo, 118 W. Bomford St., Richwood; George E. Showalter, Jr., 223 E.
Ottawa St., Richwood; Wanda Arlene Blue, 154 S. Franklin St., Richwood;
Peggy P. Wiley, 1 Edgewood Drive, Richwood; James K. Thompson, 113 E.
Ottawa St., Richwood; Cynthia K. Blackburn, 348 N. Franklin St., Richwood.
Unionville Center Council (four open seats) - Ronald E. Griffith, 308
Darbyview, P.O. Box 141, Unionville Center; John P. McCoy, 433 Railroad
St., Unionville Center; Nancy J. Salsbury-Rice, 550 Third St.,
Unionville Center; Peggy S. Williamson, 237 Cross St., Unionville
Center; Ronald E. Griffith, 308 Darbyview Road, Unionville Center; Becky
G. Troyer, 100 Main St., Unionville Center.
Plain City Council (four open seats) - no filings
Municipal Court Judge - Michael J. Grigsby, 397 Hickory Drive
Allen Township Trustee (two open seats) - Ronald D. Chapman, 22468
Holycross Epps Road; Karen A. Foli, 17819 Bear Swamp Road; Jack E.
Rausch, 17017 Paver Barnes Road.
Claibourne Township Trustee (two open seats) - Jim Wiley, 200 W. Bomford
St., Richwood; Joe Wiley, 27605 Route 37, Richwood; Douglas L. Wilson,
15369 Route 47 W., Richwood.
Darby Township Trustee (two open seats) - Roger L. Davenport, 15375
Middleburg Plain City Road; Dennis Blumenschein, 13680 Route 736.
Dover Township Trustee (two open seats) - Danny Westlake, 17183 Mackan
Road; Barry T. Moffett, 19191 Springdale Road.
Jackson Township Trustee (two open seats) - Larry L. Anderson, 12400
Huber Hazen Road, Richwood; Charles Ehert, 3363 Fields Road, Richwood;
Richard D. Carpenter, 33125 Route 37 N., Richwood.
Jerome Township Trustee (two open seats) - Andy Thomas, 10070 Warner
Road, Plain City; Robert A. Merkle, 13200 Hickory Ridge Road, Plain
City; Freeman E. May, 9260 Brock Road, Plain City; Sharon Sue Wolfe,
6747 Weldon Road, Plain City
Leesburg Township Trustee (two open seats) - William R. Lowe, 20721
Springdale Road; Jeffrey L. Robinson, 22451 Route 4.
Liberty Township Trustee (two open seats) - Pamela A. Jones, 23387
Dayton Ave., Raymond; David L. Thornton, 25516 Coder Holloway Road,
Raymond; Karen C. Johnson, 22460 Route 347, Raymond.
Millcreek Township Trustee (two open seats) - Keith Conroy, 10181 Watkins Road
Paris Township Trustee (two open seats) - Donald R. Lowe, 209 Fairhaven
Ave.; Steven Westlake, 19055 Route 4.
Taylor Township Trustee (two open seats) - Guy L. Green, 18564 Wheeler
Green Road; Ronald W. Steele, 19200 Route 347, Broadway.
Union Township Trustee (two open seats) - Charles Richard Brake, 19851
Orchard Road; Rob Thompson, 10200 Streng Road, Milford Center; Jeffrey
L. Clark, 76 Pleasant St., Milford Center; Dwight R. Thompson, 10200 Streng Road.
Washington Township Trustee (two open seats) - Thomas J. Meister, 20351
Route 739, Richwood; Randy G. Sullivan, 31781 Route 31, West Mansfield;
Ron R. Jones, 31289 Route 31, Richwood.
York Township Trustee (two open seats) - Judy Christian, 28302 Route
739, West Mansfield; Joseph T. Ewing, 30200 Route 31, Richwood; Kenneth
L. Etherington, 29817 Hoover-Moffitt Road, West Mansfield; Michael W.
Brake, 30298 Osbourne Road.
Fairbanks Board of Education (three open seats) - Star L. Simpson, 122
W. Main St., P.O. Box 22, Unionville Center; Jaynie Lambert, 20160
Coleman Brake Road, Milford Center; Kevin H. Green, 10944 Darby Blvd., Plain City.
Marysville Board of Education (three open seats) - Jeffrey A. Mabee,
1457 Pepper Lane; Tom Brower, 22722 Holycross Epps Road; James S.
Johnson, 1628 Meadowlark Lane.
Jonathan Alder Board of Education (three open seats) - John E. Adams II,
8678 U.S. 42 N., Plain City; Sean Alexander Martin, 9703 Mojave Circle, Plain City.
North Union Board of Education (three open seats) - Donald J. Tumeo, 118
W. Bomford St., Richwood; Dennis W. Hall, 15780 Route 347; Kevin R.
Crosthwaite, 13899 Route 347.
Delaware-Union Education Service Center (three open seats) - Thomas E.
Zimmerman, 15130 Middleburg Plain City Road, Plain City; R. Gene Wiley,
1 Edgewood Drive, Richwood.
Issues
Marysville City Council is seeking approval of recommendations by the
Charter Review Board.
Fairbanks Local School District is seeking an income tax and bond issue
to raise $300,000 additionally per year for permanent improvements and
$16,190,000 over 28 years for the construction of school facilities.
Paris Township is seeking a four year, 4.6-mill replacement levy for
fire protection.
Taylor Township is seeking a three year, 1.5-mill additional levy for
fire protection. Taylor Township is seeking a four year, .5-mill
replacement levy expected to generate $16,500.
Magnetic Springs is seeking a five year, 5-mill replacement levy and an
additional 10-mill levy for current operating expenses.
Washington Township is seeking a five year, 1.8-mill replacement levy
for current operating expenses. It is projected to generate $19,600.
York Township (excluding Northern Union County Fire District Area) is
seeking a five year, 2.5-mill replacement levy and a 3.5-mill additional
levy for fire protection.
North Union Local School District is seeking a proposed tax levy renewal
providing emergency requirements of the school district. The 5.8-mill,
five year levy is projected to generate $680,000.
Millcreek Township is seeking a three year, 4.8-mill replacement levy
for fire protection. The levy is projected to generate $156,000.
Liberty Township is seeking a two year, 1.75-mill additional levy for
fire and emergency services. It is projected to generate $98,130.
Referendums
Darby Township residents are being asked to approve action by the board
of trustees concerning proposed zoning amendment.
Jerome Township residents have two referendums to consider.
One concerns the rezoning of 108.315 acres on the west side of
Industrial Parkway from rural to planned unit development approved Oct.
4, 2004, by the township trustees. The PUD is identified as The Reserve
at New California and includes 165 homes.
The second concerns rezoning of 41.836 acres at 10045 Brock Road from
rural to planned unit development. The PUD, submitted by Cambrian
Development Co. LLC,  is identified as Woodbine Village and includes 64 homes.

Deputies make unexpected discovery
Wife of burglary suspect found in field a day later
From J-T staff reports:
Instead of finding discarded stolen items hidden in a county soybean
field after a burglary arrest, deputies ended up with something entirely unexpected.
Friday at 4:39 p.m. Union County Sheriff's deputies found Janie R.
Curtis, the wife of burglary suspect Delbert Curtis, Jr., hiding in the
same soybean field where her husband had been arrested the day before.
She had reportedly been with Curtis following the burglary and she had
stayed hidden amongst the soybean stalks as he was taken off to jail by
deputies. She then stayed hidden in the field all night long in the rain
and well into the next day.
It was unknown whether Mrs. Curtis had been searching for discarded
stolen items from her husband's burglary or if she had simply feared
being arrested and stayed hidden.
Deputies reported that at 1:29 p.m. on Thursday dispatchers received a
call about a suspicious vehicle on State Road, between Long and Hinton
Mill roads. A homeowner then called to report his house had been
burglarized in the 14000 block of State Road. Soon afterwards, he
witnessed a man crawling through the nearby soybean field and called
deputies. After a chase and a bit of hide and seek, Curtis was located
in the field and arrested on burglary charges and evading law enforcement.
According to sheriff's reports, deputies returned to the field on Friday
afternoon to locate any stolen items Curtis may have discarded before
his arrest. Instead, Union County Sheriff's Deputy Scott Robinson and
his canine unit "Jordy" found a white woman, sitting in the field - her
head barely visible above the soybean stalks. She later admitted to being Curtis' wife.
Potential charges are expected against Janie Curtis, regarding her
association with the burglary the day before. She was transported back
to the sheriff's office for questioning.
"She did claim to have been out there all night, scared and frightened
to come out when she heard law enforcement," Lt. Jamie Patton said this
morning. "She claimed to have been with her husband."
The burglary case against Delbert Curtis, Jr. goes before the Union
County Grand Jury today. Patton said deputies are still investigating charges against his wife.

Rate increase doesn't bring public outcry
Only one man shows up  for hearing
By RYAN HORNS
Even though a significant sewer rate increase will affect the entire
population of Marysville, only one man showed up to the public hearing with questions.
City council held the second reading on an ordinance to increase sewer
rates at Thursday night's meeting. The ordinance would increase rates
over the next five years, beginning in 2006. The reason is to finance
the debt toward building a new wastewater treatment plant and the
expensive task of putting in new sewer lines.
Resident Lloyd Baker asked Mayor Tom Kruse for clarification on what he
felt were vague areas of the legislation. To begin with, he asked the
city to start referring to the rate change as "monthly increases." He
said the total impact on someone like himself, with an average monthly
bill of $34.75,  would be an additional $23.90 per month. It would bring
a $280 a year increase for sewer services.
"I do think that in getting this information out to the public, maybe
there hasn't been enough clarification," Baker said. "I'm not suggesting
there is any (malicious intent), but emphasize that when you talk about
the rates of 2006 it is a monthly rate. Because I have heard some
discussion of people who thought that was the annual rate."
Baker said homeowners are currently "besieged with rising gas prices and
rising taxes." "Some incomes just aren't keeping up with inflation," he said.
"Was it an oversight on our side? Probably," Kruse said. "We'll try and
be more forthcoming on that when we refer to them in the future. I guess
we assumed everybody knew that they were paying monthly rates."
Baker also noted that there is confusion over whether rates will go back
to normal at the end of five years.
The city originally supplied an information sheet on the proposal,
labeling the rate increases from 2006 to 2010 and has consistently
referred to the increases in a five-year process.
Kruse confirmed that the increases will stay in affect after the five
years elapse. However, he did not clarify why the rate change has never
been referred to as permanent.
Baker also said city councilman Dan Fogt has questioned whether the city
should be looking into increasing tap-in fees for future new
developments. He said it was one way to divert the cost burden from residents.
"The comment was made that it has been two years since the tap fees were
raised and that it seems like a short period of time to again raise
them," Baker said. "By the same token, we as citizens have just - within
the last six months, even less than that - come to the first five-year
round of rate increases on water and sewer rates and that's even more
recent than the two-year tap-in fee increases. So I think that deserves
some consideration." Kruse said the fact is that the city wastewater treatment plant has been
on its last legs. If the new one isn't built, the Ohio EPA will shut the
old one down. "We're anticipating that future growth is going to help us raise some of
the cost of this," he said. Kruse said that if city officials went with tap-in fee increases and
there was a sudden downturn in the housing industry, the city would have
trouble paying off the bond debt for the plant construction. This would
make tap-in fees an undependable source of revenue.
He explained that the city enacted Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
legislation on certain new developments and that without that TIF
revenue, the sewer rates would have doubled over the next three years,
as opposed to what they are going to be now.
Andy Brossart, the bond underwriter for Fifth Third Securities,
reported that the once vulnerable TIF outlet for creating city funding
is now more stable. "I am confident that it will preserve what we set out to do," he said.
Councilman Nevin Taylor asked him if TIF financing will be dependable for the city.
Brossart said it was "innovative financing" and that many professionals
throughout the state have given TIF use their blessing.
"I want to point out," Kruse said, "if we don't have any growth to help
us with this problem, we only have one source of revenue to go to in
order to build the plant and that's back to the people. There's no other place to go."
In other discussions:
. A resident near Mill Road Park said that the parking lots are not
paved like other parks and that dust is covering properties in the area
and speeding drivers are making it worse.
Councilman and Mill Valley ward representative John Marshall said the
park is scheduled to be paved in 2008 at a cost of $30,000. He noted
that Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden was in attendance and has
indicated he would do something about speeding in the area.
. Marysville Municipal Court Judge Michael Grigsby approached council
about hiring a full-time judicial employee for his court. He said
Marysville is one of four courts in Ohio that hears cases from the
entire county. He also finds himself in conflicts of interest brought on
by the fact that he is also an area attorney who deals with his
colleagues as they come before him in court. He has obtained support for
hiring another employee from the Ohio Supreme Court and state
representatives and has now requested  council's approval.
. Kruse announced that city administrator Kathy House will become acting
mayor throughout the month of September. He will be going on a trip to
Nova Scotia at the beginning of the month.

Burglary suspect caught after fleeing into field
From J-T staff reports:
A chase across a Union County soybean field ended in the arrest of a
Columbus man Thursday afternoon.
Delbert Curtis, Jr., 40 was arrested now faces charges for aggravated
burglary and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police
officer. He was arraigned this morning.
According to Union County Sheriff's reports, at 1:29 p.m. Thursday
dispatchers received a call of a suspicious vehicle on State Road,
between Long and Hinton Mill roads in Millcreek Township.
The caller reported a white male, who was driving a white Dodge Dynasty
in the area, had parked in the local cemetery. At 1:35 p.m. the
sheriff's office received a call from a homeowner at 14875 State Road,
reporting his home had been burglarized.
The victim of the burglary reported that he found forced entry to the
rear of his house. A safe and other property were discovered sitting
near his driveway.
Deputies reported that the victim called back several minutes later to
report that he was observing a possible suspect crawling through a
nearby bean field. The caller gave a physical description of the man and
Union County deputies responded to the scene.
Upon their arrival, lawmen found the suspect, who in turn fled across
the field. Public Safety Officer Scott Anspach chased the suspect down
in a foot pursuit east of State Road.
Other responding deputies from Union and Delaware counties and troopers
from the Marysville Highway Patrol Post established a perimeter around
the scene. Deputies called in the canine unit to conduct a ground
search, while a Columbus Police Department helicopter aided from the
sky. After a short search, deputies found Curtis hiding in a bean field
underneath a pile of bean stalks. He was taken into custody without
further resistance.

Hubbs to be honored by business journal
By KARYLYN BYERS
Memorial Hospital of Union County President/CEO Chip Hubbs will be
honored in Columbus Sept. 22 as one of Columbus Business First business
journal's "40 Under 40" selections. The honor was noted at the Memorial Hospital
of Union County board meeting Thursday night. Hubbs, 34, has been president/CEO
of Memorial Hospital since March 2004. He succeeded Danny Boggs in that capacity.
Business First yearly recognizes individuals throughout Columbus and
surrounding areas for special achievements and community involvement.
Now in its 13th year, "40 Under 40" has honored more than 400 individuals.
Because of September's ceremony, board members agreed to reschedule the
board meeting, which was originally set for Sept. 22. It will now be held Sept. 29.
Board members also agreed to reschedule November's meeting from the 24th
to the 17th because of Thanksgiving. They decided to leave the Dec. 22 meeting as is.
Board members also heard that an ice cream social will be held Wednesday
from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the hospital's village civic room to debut the
hospital's new logo to the staff.
A new advertising campaign, including the logo, will begin Monday on
radio, television and in the print media, including the Journal-Tribune
and Richwood Gazette, and also will be featured on billboards along U.S.
33 and in Bellefontaine and Urbana, according to Nancy Conklin, vice
president of public relations, marketing and development.
In other business, the board:
.Approved initial appointments for Melinda Murray, DO and third-year
resident; and Constance Cox and Dennis Pinkozie, Certified Registered
Nurse Anesthetist (RNA), department of surgery.
.Approved policies regarding consents, (revised the policy to be
compliant with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Joint
Commission standards and Ohio law); notification of chain of command;
and the patient safety chain of command.
.Discussed the Oct. 27 board training, which will be held from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. at the Columbus Athletic Club. Dinner will follow at the Hyde
Park restaurant. Any board business will be conducted that day. There
will be no evening board meeting.
.Went into executive session to discuss trade secrets of a county
hospital as allowed under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 339. No further
action was taken.

Five-year sentence given to drug offender
By RYAN HORNS
A man considered to be the "number two" offender of the spring Union
County drug sweeps, received five years in prison for his crimes.
Wednesday afternoon David J. Bergman, 37, of 18580 White Stone Road,
changed his plea to guilty. He had been arrested on 18 drug-related
charges, stemming from alleged possession and drug trafficking activity in the county.
As a result of the change in plea, Bergman admitted to four of the
charges. The remaining charges were dismissed for sentencing purposes.
Bergman was convicted of two fifth-degree felony trafficking in cocaine
charges; A fourth-degree felony trafficking in drugs charge; and a
fourth-degree felony possession of cocaine charge.
Union County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Parrott ruled that Bergman
will serve 18 months in prison on each fourth-degree felony and 12
months in prison on each fifth-degree felony, each to be served
consecutively to one another.
As part of the sentence, Bergman was ordered to pay all costs of
prosecution, any court appointed counsel costs, including $500 to Union
County as reimbursement for counsel. He was also ordered to pay a fine
of $2,000 on each fourth and fifth degree felony charges.
Bergman will also have to foot the bill for the "buy money" Union County
Sheriff's deputies made when purchasing his illegal drugs undercover.
That amount was listed as $2,200, plus five percent interest. The
sheriff's office will also seize $17,500 from his funds.
Sheriff's investigators reported that Bergman changed his plea because
he would have faced a much larger amount of prison time out of the 18
charges. Some of those charges were made worse by the fact that he was
on probation out of Delaware County.
Union County Sheriff's deputies reported Bergman had sold 18 ecstasy
tablets in Marysville on July 13, 2004. He was initially arrested for
this drug trafficking offense, but that changed as the investigation progressed.
Investigators said Bergman was also charged with crimes as serious as
manufacturing cocaine into crack cocaine in his residence. These charges
were also dismissed in favor of the guilty plea.
Parrott found that the shortest prison term possible "would demean the
seriousness of the offenses and would not protect the public."
He said the maximum term sentence on each offense was necessary because
Bergman posed the greatest likelihood of committing future crimes - as
determined by his criminal history.
Parrot scolded Bergman as he read the sentence, after it appeared
Bergman was not even listening.
"That behavior is what got you here in the first place," Parrott told him.
Bergman has been in jail for the past 141 days, since his arrest after
drug sweeps in the county on April 6.
He was defended by Columbus attorney Jim Owens and Union County
Assistant Prosecutor Terry Hord represented the county.

Hunting in the city limits?
Idea gets consideration among officials in Marysville
By RYAN HORNS
As Marysville annexes land around the edge of the city a new problem is
popping up. What do landowners do about wild animals on their property?
Police Chief Floyd Golden said that last year he had several residents
approach him for permission to hunt nuisance animals on their property.
Golden said he decided to do some research and discovered that the
current law simply does not allow him to give such permission, so he
proposed making some changes to city code.
Over the past several months, special committees have met and discussed
how to make it possible for some residents to hunt on their land, while
still maintaining control over how, where and when they do it.
During Thursday's Marysville City Council meeting the first reading on
an ordinance amending Chapter 505 of the codified city ordinances was
held. The change would allow hunting in designated areas of the city.
"Recreational hunting is prohibited in the City of Marysville," The
ordinances states. "However, wildlife populations that present a danger
or nuisance to persons or property may be controlled by hunting in
certain areas of the city of Marysville."
The changes in the ordinance open the possibility for landowners in more
rural areas of the city to hunt deer, rabbits or other animals damaging
their land. They must also stipulate what weapon they will be using.
The ordinance then goes on to explain that the grants for hunting will
only be issued on a "case by case basis," approved by the Marysville
Chief of Police. These hunts can only be done in areas designated by
Mayor Tom Kruse. But Kruse said he is not in favor of the hunting ordinance changes.
"It's just bad policy," he said Allowing people to fire weapons in the city would be a "horrible
mistake." He added that he may not agree with it, but he doesn't plan on
vetoing the legislation. Kruse explained that the ordinance is still vague in areas. The language
forbids firing rifles, but vaguely allows guns, archery and trapping.
The problem is that by specifying only these methods, it doesn't really
forbid other uses of hunting.
What if he designates an area for hunting and then the city continues to
develop? He would then have to continually monitor all the areas
designated to be sure they have not grown too populated and have to be
changed. Golden said that is a good point.
Ultimately, he said that the ordinance seemed to be a good clarification
of previous problems with the city hunting laws. He said the changes
would help the city control where and when hunting would occur.
An incident that spurred the discussion about hunting nuisance animals
started recently with the Homeowner's Association of the Woods at Mill
Valley. Board members had planned to trap stray cats in the area, but
were soon informed it was illegal by state law. This continues to be illegal.
Golden said the reality is that the city has annexed significant amounts
of land that are on the outskirts of town. These are areas that used to
be allowed to hunt and continue to face the same problems with nuisance
wildlife. If the legislation passes, residents will be allowed to
continue hunting with the city's permission.

Woman to open the 'Disney' of daycare
By CINDY BRAKE
One mother's dream for quality day care could transform an open field
along Echo Drive into a place where children want to play and learn.
Design plans for Tonya Stump's Enchanted Care Learning Center and Kids
Campus at 17650 Echo Drive have been approved by the Marysville Planning
Commission and a landscape plan by the Shade Tree Commission. A utility
plan needs to be approved before a zoning permit is issued, Marysville
Zoning Inspector Barb McCoy said.
The learning center and campus will be the "Disney" of day care and far
exceed state standards, Stump said.
"We strive to meet and exceed the National Association for the Education
of Young Children's guidelines," she writes.
This will be her sixth facility. Similar "state-of-the-art
child-oriented centers" are currently operating in the communities of
Dublin, Hilliard, Powell, Westerville and Lewis Center.
The centers and campuses feature colorful and cheery decor with bright,
spacious classrooms featuring whimsical murals; child-friendly windows,
water fountains and bathrooms; hot lunches; coded entries; camera
surveillance; and low teacher/child ratios for more one-on-one interaction.
"Marysville is getting the best of the best," said builder Srinath
(Mike) Balakrishnan, president of Celmark Development Group Inc. in
Dublin, who has built all of Stump's facilities.
Submitted plans are for two brick and hardy-plank buildings on two acres
with 53 parking spaces. The 10,000-square-foot learning center is for
infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The 6,000-square-foot kids campus
will provide care for children from kindergarten through age 13 years.
Stump said she hadn't planned on getting into the child-care business
until 10 years ago. "I was a working mother with two small children. Like many of you, I
dreamed of finding a special place that would provide my little ones
with the very best care and education in a magical environment while I
was away at work. I searched far and wide only to discover that what I
was seeking simply did not exist," she writes.
So she decided to start her own child care center with a mission that
each child receives care that goes beyond just meeting their basic needs
to include nurturing, compassion and teaching by highly qualified,
skilled educators and stimulating play in an age-appropriate environment
designed specifically for them.
Her first two facilities were located in shopping centers at Powell and
Dublin. Five years ago after outgrowing these spaces she decided to
design free-standing facilities. The first prototype was built in Lewis Center.
"I set out to create a magical place that would provide a safe,
nurturing environment where the children could play, grow and learn. I
researched countless centers and combined their best qualities with
features and amenities that I felt were necessities for today's parents."
The Powell facilities known as the Kingdom have gone even a step further
with a fantasy-like castle setting including a moat. Amenities include a
hair salon, coffee shop, sick child infirmary, nursing area, gift shop,
portrait studio, dance studio, themed playgrounds, computer lab and more.
As her own children grew, so did her vision to expand the learning
centers to include campuses for latch-key care of school-age children.
Stump said her decision to locate in Marysville came after the
encouragement of two employees who live in the area, as well as her
builder who began his career in the area.
Balakrishnan said he hopes to break ground in September and have the
learning center and campus open by Spring.

Bar manager gets five years
Marijuana, valued at more than $8,000, found at  Tack Room
By RYAN HORNS
Shaking his head in dismay, Kenton defense attorney Gary Frischmann
listened as Union County Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott handed out a
stiff sentence for his client.
Fred E. Ray III, 41, of 627 E. Franklin Street, Kenton, was sentenced to
five years in prison and ordered to pay $16,000 in fines for selling drugs.
Union County prosecuting attorney David Phillips explained that Ray was
the manager of the Tack Room, a bar and topless dance club in Magnetic Springs.
Ray was charged with one third-degree felony possession of marijuana
charge, one fourth-degree felony possession of cocaine charge, one
fourth-degree felony attempted trafficking in marijuana and one
fifth-degree felony attempted trafficking in cocaine.
The jury deliberated the case for quite some time, Phillips said. They
left the courtroom at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and didn't return with a
verdict until four hours later.
The drug seizure was made following a joint investigation by the
Department of Public Safety, the Division of Liquor Control and the
Union County Sheriff's Department.
Phillips said law enforcement first learned of possible drug activity at
the bar when an officer responded to Ray's home for a dispute he was
having with his wife, Lesa Ray. She had revealed that her husband had
drugs on the scene and police found the narcotics.
Phillips said the information was forwarded by the Kenton Police
Department to the Union County Sheriff's Office, who requested Liquor
Control agents to conduct an administrative search of the Tack Room.
"Agents found drugs in the store room and a search warrant was
obtained," Phillips said.
Ray refused to allow police to search the store room and he was
subsequently arrested for obstructing official police business. Inside
the store room, authorities uncovered more than two pounds of marijuana
hidden in the attic, of which access was made through an opening in the
ceiling. Eight grams of cocaine were found, along with scales and other
drug paraphernalia.
Phillips said the attic space was covered in dust, however, the two bags
of marijuana were dust-free.
"The marijuana weighed just over one kilogram, with a street value of
$8,000 to $10,000," the prosecutor said. "This was a significant seizure."
Phillips credits the work of the sheriff's office and Liquor Control
agents for acting quickly on the information.
To make matters worse for himself, Phillips said during the
investigation a desperate Ray attempted to bribe one of his employees to
testify on his behalf. Ray offered the person $200 but the move
backfired when the employee reported the bribe and later testified
against him in court.
During sentencing Wednesday afternoon, Phillips asked the court for
consecutive terms on the charges, amounting to a total of seven years
and one month in jail. He reported that Ray has a long history of
drug-related and felony crimes, including aggravated burglary in 1982,
drug trafficking in both 1983 and 1996 and drug abuse in 1999.
The sheriff's office reported this morning that additional bribery
charges against Ray are under review by Phillips.
Frischmann defended Ray, telling Parrott that by law the marijuana
police found was "just barely" over one kilogram.
"This is the least serious form of that conduct," he said. "A prison
term is not mandatory."
He also pointed out that Ray has many children that he supports and
should be allowed to continue providing for them.
Ray defended himself in his statement to the court.
"I'm a good parent," he said. "I have eight kids and I'm a single
parent. Unfortunately, I've been in a situation today that I don't feel
I should be in. I want to apologize for my actions and go forward."
Regarding the Tack Room, which remains open, there were also complaints
filed about alleged prostitution going on at the bar.
Phillips said the allegations never came up in court because Ray had not
been charged for those crimes. But he said the next step is the
possibility of filing a civil action lawsuit against the establishment
as a nuisance business to the community.

Semi plows into asphalt roller; one injured
From J-T staff reports:
A Columbus man is lucky to be alive today, according to state highway
patrol officials, after the asphalt roller he was operating Wednesday
afternoon was struck by a semi truck.
Michael Threatt, 45, was seriously injured when the mishap occurred
shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Route 31, just north of Somersville.
Initial reports indicated that the semi had struck a pedestrian. When
troopers arrived on the scene, however, they discovered that the semi
had collided with the asphalt roller.
According to reports, Threatt was driving a small 2000 Hiester roller,
used for flattening asphalt on roads at around 3:40 p.m. At the same
time, Jimmy Newland, 60, of Waverly was heading northbound on Route 31
behind him, driving a 1991 Peterbuilt semi truck.
Waverly reportedly drove into the back of the asphalt roller. The semi
overturned and slid on its side, off the left side of the road. The
asphalt roller also overturned and went off the right side of the highway.
Following the mishap, road workers helped divert traffic. The semi had
fallen directly across the roadway with its front end in a corn field
and its engine torn apart. The roller looked relatively unscathed for
such a crash. The Ohio Department of Transportation was called to the
scene to help control traffic and to close the stretch of highway. They
also repaired the road, which suffered a large dent in the pavement
caused by the collision.
Threatt was MedFlighted to Columbus and was listed in serious condition
this morning at Grant Medical Hospital.
The helicopter he was transported in was one of two called to the scene.
The first one could not be used due to a malfunctioning loading gear.
Newland was not injured in the crash and refused medical treatment.
He was cited for failure to leave assured clear distance ahead.

Update on city projects issued
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville city administrators want to make residents aware of several
items of current interest: The street intersection at Collins Avenue and Grove Street will be
permanently converted to a four-way stop. This decision was reached
after several episodes when the traffic light there was not operational.
During these temporary episodes, the city received a great deal of
positive feedback in favor of a permanent conversion to a four-way stop
from neighbors and motorists who regularly use this intersection.
In addition, consultations with school officials and the police division
revealed that the safety of the intersection was not compromised during
the temporary four-way stop configurations. As a result, city crews will
permanently convert the intersection within the week.
In coordination with the street repaving, city crews have been
converting many sidewalk and curb connections into disability accessible
ramps. The process of conversion takes several days and in the interest
of safety, orange cones are used to warn pedestrians of sections where
old concrete has been removed or new concrete is curing.
Over the past month, 20 of these cones each valued at $28 have been
stolen from these areas. In addition, a portable stop sign (valued at
$200) was also stolen from a street intersection. These thefts have cost
the city and its taxpayers more than $750. Police reports have been
filed for the thefts and any people found to be in possession of the
items will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Additional street paving will not begin until after Labor Day. The
Shelly Company, which was awarded the contract, has been delayed in
completing work in another community and will not begin in Marysville
until September. In preparation for repaving part of Third Street, water crews will
replace existing water lines in the intersection of Third and Maple
Streets beginning Monday through approximately Sept. 12. Motorists
should be prepared to detour around this area using Mary Place, Fifth
Street, Main Street and Elwood Avenue.
"We thank residents for their patience in dealing with the inconvenience
of several street closures as we insure continued excellent water
service in this area," city administrator Kathy House said.

No sweat - For some workers heat is just a challenge of the business
Editor's note: Although temperatures this week have fallen, intern Natalie Troyer spent
some of the hotter days in August learning how some workers deal with extreme heat.
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune Intern
I've come to appreciate the air-conditioned newsroom this summer.
Especially over the last few weeks when temperatures reached the upper 90s.
Yet, perhaps I should feel somewhat guilty.
While I've been sitting  comfortably in a 75-degree office, many local
laborers have spent their summer months toiling away in the scorching heat.
My thoughts: "How did these workers survive without the luxury of a
temperature-controlled office building?" and "What did they do to evade
heat stroke and dehydration?"
With nine days in August having already topped 90 degrees,  I decided to
take a few days, leave the newsroom, and find out.
I made my first stop at the Marysville Fire Department.
I knew going in that these guys wear some heavy armor. In elementary
school, I remember a fireman coming one day and letting us try on his
fire-jacket. This time, I would get the full effect.
Not more than 10 minutes after my arrival at the station, I was trading
in my high-heels for fire boots and my purse for an ax.
I felt like a little girl playing dress-up. Lt. Todd Disbennett kept
handing me items to put on.
Clad in a firesuit, helmet, boots, gloves and suspenders; oxygen tank
strapped to my back; ax in one hand and flashlight in the other, I
looked like I was ready to face danger.
Then, Disbennett told me to try walking.
I hobbled a few feet, defying my body's urge to fall to the ground under
the weight of the fire getup which weighed nearly 75  pounds. By this
point, I was already sweating like I'd just finished a triathlon.
Disbennett then asked, "So, you want to try running some stairs?"
Thinking he was joking and that there was no way my legs would make it
past the first step, I smiled and said, "Sure."
"All right, follow me," he replied, and started walking toward the back
of the station. Swiping away a stream of sweat from my face, I followed, hoping the
stair-stepper aerobics I'd done the night before would aid me in this feat.
Let's just say one set was enough for me.
Smirking, Disbennett replied, "OK, let's get you out of that gear."
"That gear" - which he said is worth nearly $24,000 - looked a whole lot
better when it was finally off my now-sweat-soaked body.
However, I was curious: "I can't imagine what it's like for you guys
fighting fires in this heat. How hot does it usually get?" I asked Disbennett.
The temperature, in a small fire, can get up to 200 degrees, while in a
larger fire, it can reach up to 1,200 degrees, he said. The average
temperature of a fire is about 400 to 600 degrees.
And I thought I was drenched.
When a crew gets back from fighting a fire, Disbennett said the men
immediately go into what is known as "rehab" for 20 minutes or longer,
depending on how each one feels.
"They just sit down and get re-hydrated," he said. "It's like running a
marathon. Afterwards, you need a breather."
An EMS squad is usually on hand to assist during rehab.
To beat potential dehydration, Disbennett and his crew each drink about
two gallons of water a day.
Fireman Steve Rausch even admitted to once drinking out of a fire hydrant.
Luckily, there was a bottle of water waiting for me once I finished the
stair routine. I needed my own "rehab."
Disbennett said the station receives an average of nine to 11 reported
fire calls per day. Once a call comes in, timing is everything. Each
responding fireman must be in a truck - in full  gear - in at least two
minutes. The goal, however, is to be out the door in 60 seconds.
"We've left guys behind if they don't make the two-minute deadline,"
Disbennett said.
I definitely wouldn't have made it on that truck. It took me about 10
minutes to get all that gear on  and that was with assistance. At my
request, 47-year-old Disbennett timed himself performing the same task.
 He showed me up with a time of 1:05 ... pretty good for having to get
that heavy gear over an already-sticky body.
"That's just one of the job's challenges in the summer," Rausch said.
Down the road from the fire department, another crew was tackling a
challenging job in the mid-day heat - pouring and smoothing a concrete
sidewalk on Fifth Street.
They might not have to worry about 75 pounds of gear but these concrete
layers do spend about eight or nine hours each day in direct sunlight.
They usually do so without shirts, opening themselves to the potential
for a painful sunburn.
"Or, a nice tan," said 28-year-old Jason McNeal, of DeGraff.
He and the rest of the crew often begin working at 6:30 or 7 a.m. when
it's cooler, which makes the job is a little easier.
The biggest challenge, McNeal said, is "trying to get the job finished when it's hot out."
The trick, he said, is just to "stay busy and try and forget about the heat."
A large supply of water is handy for crew members.
There's still another Marysville crew that works despite the weather
conditions. Regardless of sun, rain, or snow, members of this uniformed
posse trek around town, delivering magazines, letters, and bills to
residents along the way.
Mail carriers begin the day as early as 7:15 a.m. and don't finish until
3:30 or 4 p.m., said Jim Lockwood, 55, who's been a mail carrier for 32 years.
In-town carriers like Lockwood don't have the luxury of an
air-conditioned car to beat the summer heat. A good pair of walking
shoes gets them around.
When I spotted Lockwood delivering mail to a local resident, he was also
sporting a pair of sunglasses, shorts, a baseball cap and a bandanna
which, he said, keeps sweat from running down his face.
To beat the heat, Lockwood said he usually drinks about a jug of water
each day when he goes home for lunch. He also finds a shady spot along
his route to rest at least once or twice a day.
Back in his "younger mail-carrying days," Lockwood said he was a lot
faster on the job. He used to run from house to house, delivering mail,
even in the smoldering heat.
But, he recalled one time when this strategy didn't work to his advantage.
"I was running my route when I started feeling like I was going to pass
out, so I stopped underneath a tree in the back of a woman's yard to
rest... The next thing I remember is the woman coming out of her house
with a cold drink because she said I 'looked like I was about to faint.'
After that, I started walking."
Lockwood said he considers working outside to be a perk, though.
"It only stinks when the temperature gets below 25 or above 85-degrees."
As fall approaches, and temperatures are dropping, laborers are probably
letting out a sigh of relief. Temperatures this week will average in the upper 70s and lower 80s. That
will peak slightly on Saturday with a high in the upper 80s. I returned to the air-conditioned
newsroom with a greater respect for these outdoor labor enthusiasts. And, no longer will I
complain about the heat. Not until I have to put on another firesuit or walk a mail route in 98-degree weather.

A new era for Jonathan Alder - Students reported to new high school today
By CORINNE BIX
Freshmen won't be the only ones wide-eyed on the first day of classes at
Jonathan Alder High School Tuesday.
The new district high school, at 9200 U.S. 42 S., opened its doors to
students and staff today. The new building boasts 127,000 square feet,
as opposed to the old building which was less than half the space at 62,0000 square feet.
One of the biggest changes from the old to the new building is the way
in which students will eat their lunch.
Rather than a traditional cafeteria, students will eat in what's called an auditeria.
The auditeria will serve as both the school's lunchroom and auditorium
for special events.
  Phil Harris, who begins his 22nd year as Alder's high school
principal, explained the auditeria makes better use of the school's
space, not to mention better use of the district's money.
The Ohio School Facilities Commission helps fund building projects for
Ohio's public schools. However, certain parts of school building
projects can't be funded by OSFC funds, including auditoriums.
Harris explained that while in the initial planning stages, this posed a
potential problem given that Jonathan Alder is a big performing arts
community.
Harris, along with Superintendent Doug Carpenter and the high school's
music directors, visited surrounding schools with auditerias to aid in
making their decision. "It put all of our concerns to rest because it (the auditeria) has state
of the art lighting and sound," Harris said.
The auditeria has five tiers of seating which 90 percent of the time
will be set up with tables and chairs for lunch time seating.
However, the room can be converted to accommodate 760 people in padded
seats with armrests. Harris said the only downside will be when a theatrical production
requires that there be a faster conversion from cafeteria to auditorium.
But the district saved $3.2 million by making it a multi-purpose space.
"This will only come up three to four times a year," Harris explained,
"It's just going to take manpower."
The new building has two gymnasiums, a main and an auxiliary to help with scheduling.
The main gym seats approximately 350 more people with the ability to add
an additional 350 seats in the mezzanine as the school grows.
The high school's stadium has also made quite a leap in size. The home
stands have more than doubled their capacity and will seat approximately
2,067 Pioneer fans while the visitor stands will seat around 300 more
people when compared to the old high school stadium.
"We are not goal line to goal line yet on the bleachers so we still have
room to grow," Harris said.
Parking has also increased from 450 to 700 spots in the paved lot and
300 to 720 in the overflow lot. The stadium's field house, set to be
completed by the first few home games, will also feature permanent public restrooms.
"The other showpiece of the school is the courtyard that adjoins the auditeria," Harris said.
The hope is that the courtyard will become a senior privilege. Seniors
who have completed their lunches will be allowed to enjoy the outdoor area.
Additional new features include three computer labs with 104 computer stations.
English classrooms will have four student computers per room, and all
classrooms will feature a teacher computer, a 17-inch television and
850-900 square feet of space.
The school's media center has an automated retrieval program in which
teachers can request that certain instructional videos be programmed to
come on at a certain time in their classrooms.
The yearbook and newspaper classrooms are connected by an adjoining prep
room with computers to be shared by students in the two related classes.
The new building also has a staff dining room, second art room and the
ability to eventually house a school store.
Currently, Jonathan Alder High School has 530 students with around 20
additional students being added each year. The student population has
increased over the past two years due to open enrollment, which has now
closed at the high school for the 2005-2006 school year.
The new building has the capacity for 760 students total.

Big Brothers Big Sisters forms matches made in heaven
Editor's note: This is the second in a weekly series of articles submitted by the United Way of
Union County that will run during the course of its annual campaign. Each week will feature a different United
Way program. This week's article features Big Brothers Big Sisters of Union County.
Like any 12-year old, Samantha of Marysville enjoys all-night sleepovers
at the home of one of her friends. The pair spends afternoons biking and
rollerblading. They bake cookies, wash the car, and go to church
together. Unlike most 12-year-olds, Samantha's friend is three times her age.
Samantha is one of 51 children matched with an adult mentor in the Big
Brothers Big Sisters Union County Program, a United Way Member Agency.
For the last four years, she's been paired with Plain City's Beth
Gingerich, and the duo has forged a friendship that impacts both participants.
"Samantha is not only my little sister, but someone I enjoy doing stuff
with," said Gingerich. "It's been challenging to me to be a good role
model for a younger person. I have become more thankful that I grew up
in a stable home with my Mom and Dad."
Gingerich volunteered to become a mentor after being encouraged by a
friend who was a Big Sister in the program. She thought it would be a
good opportunity to make a difference in someone's life. It has. She was
paired with Samantha, who is the oldest of three sisters and who was
described as someone who "forgot how to be a kid." Program coordinators
say Gingerich has made a difference in Samantha's choices and lifestyle.
Gingerich has seen the difference herself.
"Samantha has grown up a lot since I've known her," Gingerich said. "She
was 7 when I met her in July 2001 and now she's nearly 12. She has
become more cooperative and willing to try new things. I think she's
also grown in respect for others."
Gingerich's story is like most others in the Big Brothers Big Sisters
program. Children are between the ages of five and 14 when they come
into the program. Typically, they are "at-risk" youth in need of an
adult role model. It used to be that they came from single-parent
families, but that's no longer the case. The children, known as
"littles," are then paired with "bigs," the adult role models who have
gone through a screening process and background check. Ideally, a
long-term relationship ensues.
"Anyone who knows how to be a friend can be a big," said Marian Jacques,
Program Manager. "It's that simple. You don't have to be Mother Teresa.
It's just about being a friend to a child, having fun, being a kid
yourself again, and having a good time."
The success of the program has been documented by a national research
study conducted by Public Private Ventures. It found that "littles" are
46-percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27-percent less
likely to begin using alcohol, 52-percent less likely to skip school,
37-percent less likely to skip a class, more confident of their
performance in schoolwork, 33-percent less likely to hit someone, and
better able to get along with their peers and families.
Couples or families can also be "bigs." It doesn't take any special
training. Just a big heart. The "littles" on the list are just looking
for someone to talk with, to take them to new places, and to expose them to new ideas.
"I encourage others to consider involvement with Big Brothers Big
Sisters," said Gingerich. "Those of us who have grown up in stable homes
have a lot to share with a child who doesn't have that."
Potential volunteers who may not have the ability to commit to a
long-term relationship can tutor children at their school in the
organization's School-Based Mentoring Program.  The Friend-to-Friend
Program matches adults and kids on the waiting list in short-term
situations, perhaps for one-day special events.
Fast facts about Big Brothers Big Sisters Union County Program:
.2005 United Way allocation was $26,000, or 35% of its budget.
.Additional funding is provided by the annual Bowl for Kids Sake fund
raiser (conducted the first Saturday of March at Marysville Lanes) and
the Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Central Ohio.
.51 children ages 6-18 ("littles") are currently matched with adult
mentors ("bigs") meeting at least twice a month for fun, one-on-one activities.
 .Big Brothers Big Sisters has been mentoring children for 101 years. It
began when Ernest Coulter, a court clerk in New York City, became
increasingly appalled by the suffering and misery of the thousands of
children who came through the system. Later that year, he appeared
before a group of civic and business leaders and described a boy about
to be jailed: "There is only one way to save that youngster, and that is
to have some earnest, true man volunteer to be his Big Brother, to look
after him, help him to do right, make the little chap feel that there is
at least one human being in this great city who takes a personal
interest in him. Someone who cares whether he lives or dies. I call for
a volunteer!" Every man in the room raised his hand.
.Big Brothers Big Sisters expanded into Columbus in 1933 and eventually
became a United Way of Union County Member Agency with its current local
program established in Marysville in 1998.
For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Union County call
their office at (937) 642-2157 or visit
www.marysville-ohio.com/bbbs.

Marysville board looks at future construction
By KARLYN BYERS
Specifications have been put out for bids for the Marysville School
District's addition to Creekview Intermediate School, superintendent
Larry Zimmerman said Friday afternoon during the board's regular monthly meeting.
And just in the nick of time. Zimmerman reported sixth grade enrollment
in the school increased by 70 pupils.
"Creekview is really feeling the pressure," he said, adding that
classrooms have been created out of closets and on the stage.
A special board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 10 at 8:30 a.m. to go over those bids.
Zimmerman also reported on other construction projects planned for the
district. He said another elementary is in the works and will be located
beside Creekview. The project will be put out to bid in the fall, with
the hope that it can open in fall 2007.
After that, the district will need to get rolling on a second middle
school and another intermediate school, he said, with a fall 2008
opening in sight. Locations for these schools still have to be determined.
Also planned for a fall 2008 opening is the second high school addition.
Zimmerman and board members also talked about the "excellent" rating the
school district received on the annual Ohio Department of Education
report card. The district met all 23 of the performance standards used
for the ranking. "I can't be more pleased," Zimmerman said. "It's great for the district
and it's great for the community."
In other business, the board:
.Approved two resolutions for the issuance of school improvement bonds,
the first in the amount of $41 million and the second in the amount of
$25 million. Both are the result of voter approval of the school
district's 5.2-mill bond issue on Aug. 2.
.Employed Eric Puffenberger as teacher; Crystal Ropp, special education
aide; Sandy Spletter, building aide, building aide; Kathryn Wacker,
special education aide; Sally Bowes, interpreter; Tamara Cox, building
aide; Theresa Ravencraft, special education aide; Linda Schywyn, Ohio
Reads building volunteer coordinator; William McConaha, bus driver.
.Adjusted the contract work days for school psychologists Meredith
Mundell, Tabatha Walls and Kara Socha from 225 to 220 days.
.Employed the following as certified substitutes/home instructors on an
as needed basis - Sheri Baker, Michael Ball, Sara Benge, Melissa Botkin,
Briann Boyd, Angela Brooks, Monica Carmean, Becky Charles, Barb Cingle,
Barbara Demming, Steve Fannin, Kirsten Fisher, Morgan Hallwachs, Olivia
Harvey, Anna Johnson, Srica Karsher, Katie Mabry, Heather Mitten, Diana
Payne, Amy Rabjohn, Sheila Sullivan-Passwaters, Lindsay Reed, Carrie
Reese, Linda Roberts, M. Yolanda Russell, Ricki Schultz, Linda Schwyn,
Beverly Stange, Brad Taracuk, Sharon Thobe, Shirley Tornberg, Kate
Walters, Andrea Weaver, Derick Alspach, Trina Soller and Kristine Wigglesworth.
.Employed the following as home instructors on an as needed basis -
Candy Parke, Kim Allen, Melissa Bailey Hughes, Josh Montgomery, Kay
Bishop, Jyl Secrest, Jackie Underwood and Stacy (Boster) Grandstaff.
.Employed the following as classified employees on an as needed basis -
Ruby Anderson, Duayne Barrett, Barbara Demming, Stephanie Drake, Krista
Fannin, Berry Frederick, Chris Hoehn, Marsha Rausch, Patrick Richardson,
Katey Rowland and Donna Sharp.
.Approved unpaid leaves of absence to Meggin Overbey (anticipated
effective dates of Nov. 10-Dec. 7) and Kim Allen (anticipated effective
dates of Feb. 20-March 24).
.Accepted the resignations of Judy Guthrie, building aide; Jacqueline
Erwin, cashier; Phyllisa Jeffrey, bus driver; and Joyce Frey, noon kindergarten bus route.
.Employed the following supplemental contracts - Cathy Alder, East K-4
science chair; Karen Rogers, Creekview Drama Club; Tonya Stevens,
Creekview Student Council; Christina Fleming, Creekview newsletter;
Brooke Yoder, middle school assistant football cheerleading; Mike
Robertson, high school choir combo director; Ed Starling, high school
baseball head coach (one-half); John Carder and Kevin Brandfass, high
school assistant baseball; Brock Walden high school assistant boys
basketball and freshman baseball; Chris Shirer, high school softball
head coach; Dale Corbin and Jim Lockwood, high school assistant
softball; Jessica Knox, freshman softball; Jason Wirth, high school boys
tennis head coach; John Merriman, high school assistant boys tennis;
Christian Barnett, high school boys track head coach; Kevin Rees and
Chris Terzis, high school assistant boys track; Jim Gannon, high school
girls track head coach; Lisa Coburn and Tom Borawski, high school
assistant girls track (one-half each); Matt Fockler, high school assistant football;
Also, Jason Adams, faculty manager (fall one-half); Jim Kaufman, faculty
manager (fall one-half) and winter; Jim Kaufman, faculty manager
(spring); Chris Hoehn, high school baseball head coach (one-half);
Rodolfo Perez, high school assistant boys soccer (one-half); Sarah Knox,
high school assistant girls soccer; Angela Gibson Ross, freshman
volleyball; Jim Huffman, Edgewood Web master; Elizabeth Claggett,
Edgewood instructional technology facilitator; Sherri Mabee, Marysville
Web master; Mandy Carper, Randy Barker, Marg Tullis and Cathy Alder,
middle school volleyball; Shawn Andrews and Bob Sements, middle school
head football; Sonny Green, Adam Kunkle, Mike Mulholland, Gary Murdock,
Eric Puffenberger and Bruce Valentino, middle school assistant football;
Cheri Barker and Gordon Kunkler, middle school cross country; Sue Wyman,
Randall Goodwin and William Bradley, middle school golf; and Dawn Burns,
high school Web master, high school Web club advisor and high school
building technology facilitator.
.Accepted the following donations - a baby grand piano valued at $3,000
from John and Janice Freudenberg; $2,500 from Liberty TechSystems LLC.
.Approved the 2005-2006 tuition rate of $5,805.90 ($645.10 per month).
This rate is set by the state of Ohio.
.Accepted the resignations of the following supplemental personnel -
Brian Ash, high school show choir combo director; Duane VanDuzen,
Creekview Intermediate technology facilitator; and Laurie Will, East
Elementary science department chair.
.Approved payment to the following teacher mentors - Tier I (new
teachers), Renee Bushong, Aaron Cook, Angie Loftus, Melissa Hughes, Lisa
Coburn, Susan Jack, Christine Todd, Stephanie Williams, Linda Overly,
Bill Keck and Nan Streng; Tier II (experienced teachers new to the
school district), Carrie Foust, Katie Hritz, Lindsay Williamson, Darlene
McChesney, Meg Hall, Candy Parke, John Carl, Jennifer Watts, Stacy
(Boser) Grandstaff and Pete Kain.
.Approved the annual spring trip to Cocoa, Fla., for the varsity and
junior varsity baseball programs.
.Approved a trip to Springfield, Mass., so the FFA parliamentary
procedure team can compete in the to the Eastern States Exposition Sept. 15-17.
.Granted approval for a Marysville delegation to travel to the National
FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 25-29. Use of the school van is planned.
.Approved a contractual service agreement with the Logan Educational
Service Center for vision impaired services and with Catherine L.
Wright, PT, for physical therapy services.
.Granted payment in lieu of transportation to Robert Boggs for the
transportation of Keith and Frances Boggs and to Debbie Warnock for the
transportation of Paige Warnock.
.Recognized Joe Altizer and Scott Draughn, middle school football, as volunteers.
.Approved the annual Nestles candy sale fund-raiser.
.Approved the 2005-2006 middle school staff handbook.

Community Care Day scheduled for Sept. 13
From J-T staff reports:
Ninth annual Day of Caring set for Sept. 13
Community Care Day, presented by Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and Honda of
America, is the United Way of Union County's annual day of caring.
Each year, United Way brings neighbors together to improve lives and
make a real, noticeable impact in our community. Participants help
elderly residents do odd jobs around the house, clean area parks, aid
social service agencies, conduct a food drive, and more.
Last year, more than 200 volunteers from 51 different businesses and
organizations completed 108 social service projects in a single day.
They painted, washed windows, weeded gardens, scrubbed vans, collected
gently used clothing and more.
Community Care Day is returning for the ninth straight year on Sept. 13.
Volunteers are needed and can work in together groups of five or enough
advance notice is given.
Otherwise, volunteers will choose projects in smaller groups of two or
three the day of the event. All projects have been coordinated in
advance by United Way staff with directions to each location, contact
information upon arrival, and general supplies needed to complete most
projects. Volunteers pick projects they feel comfortable working on and
will be able to view job descriptions, locations, and necessary
supplies/tools prior to signing up for a job.
Chris Cakes will be on hand to serve up flying flapjacks for breakfast.
And United Way will provide lunch to all who participate. The day will
get started about 7:45 a.m. at the Catholic Community Center in
Marysville and run through mid-afternoon.
To sign up for Community Care Day, visit the United Way Web site at
www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org and complete the online form or call 644-8381.

Civic leader, Jack Scott, dies at 82
From J-T staff reports:
Jack Scott, longtime community leader and familiar face in Marysville
and Union County, died at 82 Thursday at The Gables at Green Pastures.
He had been in declining health.
He was well known as originator of the All Ohio Balloon Festival and
enjoyed working on the committee for many years. He also served as
president of the Marysville Area Chamber of Commerce and as its
executive director for four years.
For 25 years, he operated Jack Scott Nationwide Insurance. He received
many awards, including the Presidents Club Award 15 times and numerous
Challenger Club awards. He also received the company's Community Service
Award and was top agent in the United States twice and runner-up once.
He grew up in Dover Township and served as a Dover Township trustee. He
was past chairman of the Union County Trustees and Clerks Association,
and past state director of the township trustees and clerks.
He was a member of Springdale Baptist Church.
A member of the Marysville Lions Club, he received the Lion of the Year
Award and was a Melvin Jones recipient. He also was awarded the
Ambassador of Good Will Award from the international president. He
served as district governor of the Lions Club, council chairman and was
president of the local club.
A volunteer extraordinaire, he was a former YMCA of Union County board
member, and served on the board of Memorial Hospital of Union County and
Marysville Housing Inc., where he guided the construction of more than
200 units of Windsor Manor apartments, offering affordable housing for the elderly.
He was a former director of the Huntington Bank and past president of
the Logan, Union Champaign Regional Planning Committee.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was past
commander of the American Legion and was a member of 40 et 8 and the VFW.
Calling hours will be Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. at Underwood Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Springdale Baptist Church.
A complete obituary will appear in Saturday's newspaper.

Jerome ignores advice, holds meeting
By CINDY BRAKE
If it looks like a meeting and sounds like a meeting, is it a legal meeting?
Jerome Township Board of Trustee Ron Rhodes said no. Trustees Freeman
May and Sharon Sue Wolfe said yes.
The Ohio Revised Code states that it all depends on the type of meeting
and how the public is notified.
The troubled three-member board gathered in special session for "general
purpose" Wednesday. Monday's regular meeting was canceled because May
and Wolfe could not attend, clerk Robert Caldwell said.
The ORC specifically states that "the notice requirement for a special
meeting is that public bodies must establish by rule a reasonable method
that allows the public to determine the time, place and purpose of a
special meeting. The rule must require at least 24 hours advance
notification to all media outlets that have requested such notification."
Caldwell said the board passed a resolution Jan. 3 for special meeting
notices to be posted on the side and front entrance of the township
building and in an information box. He said a township employee posted
the notices Monday. Minutes after the meeting started no notice was
visible on the side door. Rhodes said he did not see a notice before the meeting.
"When I arrived at 7:05 p.m. (there was) no notice on the door," Rhodes said.
Regardless, posting a notice on the door does not comply with the law,
according to Union County chief assistant prosecuting attorney Terry L. Hord.
In a letter to Wolfe on April 26, Hord wrote, "Posting notice of a
special meeting on the township hall bulletin board or door is not in
compliance with the Sunshine Law. (R.C. 121.22) See attached memo. If
you proceed without proper notice of a special meeting ..., you will be
violating the Sunshine Law and subject to the penalties ..., as well as,
the potential invalidating of your actions."
Prior to the start of Wednesday's "special meeting," Rhodes said, "It is
my intent to notify trustees Sharon Sue Wolfe, Freeman E. May and anyone
participating in this meeting the parameters for an open meeting have
not been met under the law. It also must be noted that any action taken
or discussion on any subject may be subject to scrutiny under the law
and deemed invalid. It must also be further noted that all of the Jerome
Township Trustees have been notified by the Union County Prosecutor's
Office in previous correspondence and opinions this meeting does not
meet the requirements for a valid meeting under Section 121.22 of the Ohio Revised Code."
Wolfe, May and Caldwell, however, chose to ignore Rhodes' warning and proceeded with business.
Wolfe and May tabled recommendations from the zoning board to accept a
map and create engine braking legislation; scheduled a public
hearing/open house for mandatory, township-wide, trash collection;
agreed to the appointment of Barry Moffett, president of the Union
County Township Association, as a township government representative to
the 911 Countywide Technical Advisory Committee; set a public hearing to
establish exterior lighting standards recommended by the zoning
commission; appointed Lloyd S. Linkhorn as an alternative to the zoning
board of appeals; passed a resolution to crack seal roads; and passed a
resolution to install speed limit signs on three streets.

Honda keeps eye on environment
By RYAN HORNS
In the late 1990s, Honda began emphasizing a global effort to become an
operation that leaves a big footprint in the world economy, yet an
opposite mark on the environment.
On Wednesday afternoon national and regional media were invited to take
a tour of areas encompassing Honda's Marysville and East Liberty sites.
The reason was to explain what makes Honda one of the most
environmentally friendly manufacturing companies in the world.
In order to succeed, Honda had to be something that "society wants to
exist," senior vice president and general manager of procurement Larry
Jutte said. The company strives to simultaneously succeed in product
quality, efficiency, safety and environmental issues.
Honda's global Green Factory initiative was launched in 1998. The result
was a focus on studying the details and documenting every operation down
to the minute. Honda officials then determined what was working, what
could be replaced and what was being wasted.
In recent years Honda has been awarded for its successes:
. Over the last five years plant water usage has been reduced by 5 percent.
. Die Lube recycling saves over 3 million gallons of water each year.
. Over the last five years, plant emissions have been reduced by 4 percent.
. The future Honda paint shop in Marysville will reduce VOC emissions by 41 percent.
. Since the mid-1990s hazardous waste has been reduced by 95 percent and
off-site waste has been reduced by 66 percent.
. Each of the vehicles produced at Honda plants exceeds 90 percent use
of recycling returnable containers.
. Honda manages more than 8,000 acres of underdeveloped land in Logan
and Union counties, including 500 acres of wetlands, 1,400 acres of
forest lands and 3,000 acres of farmland.
. Among its competition, Honda consistently comes out on top for its
environmental focus. It currently leads the field in its production and
engineering of alternative fuel vehicles, such as the upcoming Honda GX
which runs on natural gas, as well as its different hybrid vehicles
already in production.
Locally, Honda has made it a goal to lessen its impact on Marysville and
the areas surrounding its plants. This includes using less water,
building some 500 acres of wetlands, recycling everything possible,
using its land for farming, planting trees and reducing waste emissions.
Throughout the tour, Honda managers explained how different facets of
the Green Factory policy have been working and why.
"Wetlands are Mother Nature's great filtration device," water program
leader and staff engineer, Greg Morgan said. "A lot of people just think
wetlands are where mosquitoes breed."
He said wetlands clean wastewater as it goes back into the ground. By
the time water heads back into the Big Darby Watershed, wastes have been
significantly reduced.
Morgan explained that recycling water is a main focus. Stormwater run
off from parking lots drains directly into special ponds they created as
buffers for the watershed. Pond floors are covered in black liners to
prevent water from draining into the ground. Water is cleaned of wastes
and filtered back through wastewater treatment plants, then pumped back
into the plant for use in bathrooms or to irrigate landscaping. The
ponds are also used to fuel several cooling tower systems, providing air
conditioning for employees throughout the complex.
Morgan said the company has saved more than 21 million gallons of water
in the past eight months by using the ponds.
In order to reduce soil erosion caused by asphalt and construction,
Honda planted thousands of pounds of grass seed on its property. It also
instituted a farming program. High quality soy beans are grown and
exported back to Japan for use in making soy sauce and other products.
People driving down U.S. 33 may have noticed a lot of pine trees
growing, Morgan said. The reason is because when a new Honda employee
comes on board, it is considered a symbol of "putting down roots in the
company" by planting a new tree. To date, there are more than 15,000
pines growing on the property.
Morgan said in areas like fuel stations, which are often chemical spill
threats, new engineer designs make sure the areas are self-contained and
can hold spills until they can be cleaned.
Standing in front of walls of operational charts, facility manager Bill
Holtsberry, showed how engineers are able to monitor production activity
in real-time. "We have saved a lot of energy at this plant," Holtsberry said.
He said the plant recycles paint sludge for use as feedstock. The result
of other work has been creating new products out of recyclable, such as
zinc-based fertilizers for gardening and auto glass and plastics that
can be melted down and returned into production.
Holtsberry said managers have been able to turn off systems that aren't
essential and replace systems with new streamlined versions.
Assistant chief engineer and Green Factory coordinator Karen Heyob said
replacing outdated systems on production levels has become a large focus
on keeping the company on track into the future. Energy wasting
hydraulic and pneumatic robots systems have since been replaced with
ones run by electricity. They have also reduced the use of machines run
on compressed air.
When asked if there are any areas of which Honda hopes to improve upon,
Lietzke said the entire Green Factory process is an ongoing plan to keep
an eye on conservation. In the future the company hopes to continuing
finding new ways to do things better and be a better neighbor to Marysville.

Area schools make the grade
Districts see how they stack up on state report cards
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune Intern
Students aren't the only ones receiving report cards.
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) released its annual report cards
for school districts and individual public schools Tuesday, giving each
school and school district one of five state ratings - excellent,
effective, continuous improvement, academic watch or academic emergency.
Comparable to a grading scale, an "excellent" rating can be seen as an
"A," while "academic emergency" matches the equivalent of an "F."
Did Union County schools make the grade?
Marysville
Marysville School District received an "excellent" rating for the second
consecutive year for exceeding federal improvement standards for student
achievement scores.
The district met all 23 of the ODE's performance standards used for its ranking.
Districts and schools earn their grade based on how many  indicators
they meet. Such indicators are: passing rates on 21 state tests (75
percent is the goal), graduation rate (90 percent is the goal) and
attendance rate (93 percent is the goal).
Three other ways to earn ratings are through the "performance index," a
calculation of how well students are performing; by improving the
performance index over three years; and by meeting No Child Left Behind standards.
A school that earns a low score faces pressure from the state that might
include reorganizing the staff, instituting new curriculum and turning
over operation to the state.
Marysville Schools superintendent Larry Zimmerman gives credit to staff
and parents for helping the district meet all the standards.
"We've got a great staff that cares about our students," he said. "And,
parents need to be thanked for the help they give their students at home
and for getting their kids to school on a regular basis."
High school principal Greg Hanson said teachers have been working
one-on-one with students, both in and out of the classroom.
"With added practice and added support, we've gotten our students to
where they need to be performing, academically," he said.
One rating up from last year is the percentage of students who scored
proficient or higher on the fourth grade math proficiency test. The
percentage in 2004-05 was 80.9 percent - an increase from 66 percent in
2003-04. Also up is the percentage of students who scored proficient or
higher on the sixth grade reading proficiency. During 2004-05, the
percentage was 80.6, while in 2003-04 the percentage was 75.4. Both
student attendance and graduation rates are up from 2003-04 as well.
The high school also met all five standards for the Ohio Graduation Test
(citizenship, math, reading, writing and science).
Triad
Triad Schools also received its same rating as last year - "continuous
improvement." That is the equivalent of a C. The schools met 10 of the 23 standards.
Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger particularly noted that the high school
has made an "incredible improvement"  from academic watch to excellent.
Last year, the high school only met three standards, while this year
that number jumped to seven.
"To make that kind of improvement is incredible," Kaffenbarger said,
adding the high school faculty and staff have altered the curriculum and
are placing a more concentrated effort in preparing students for the Ohio Graduation Test.
Kaffenbarger said ratings were up in all areas but two - percentage of
students who scored proficient or higher on the third grade reading
achievement test and the sixth grade reading proficiency.
One notable percentage increase was on the fourth grade science
proficiency test, where the percentage of students who scored proficient
or higher for 2004-05 was 79.3, compared to 63.3 in 2003-04. Another
increase came in the percentage of tenth grade students who scored
proficient or higher on the reading Ohio Graduation Test. In 2004-05,
the percentage was 96.1, compared to 86.5 in 2003-04. Both student
attendance and graduation rates are up for 2004-05, as well.
Jonathan Alder
Jonathan Alder received the same "effective" rating as it did last year.
The school district scored well on 19 of the 23 standards.
The high school met all five requirements for the Ohio Graduation Test.
Superintendent Doug Carpenter said the key to successful ratings is
reaching students at a young age.
"If we can get our elementary students interested in academics -
particularly in math and science - at an early age, the rest will follow," he said.
Math scores are higher, said Beth Beech, director of teaching and
learning at Jonathan Alder. The percentage of tenth grade students who
scored proficient or higher on the math Ohio Graduation Test in 2004-05
was 90.8, compared to 80 percent in 2003-04.
Another increase was the percentage of tenth grade students who scored
proficient or higher on the reading Ohio Graduation Test. In 2004-05,
the percentage was 96.1, compared to 80.8 percent in 2003-04. Student
attendance and graduation rates have remained consistent, with
attendance around 95 percent, and graduation around 92.
Carpenter said he is pleased with this year's report card.
"Our scores have been consistently good over the years. I think we're
doing well, compared to other state and local schools."
Fairbanks
Fairbanks also received the same "effective" rating as it did last year.
The school district met 15 of the 23 standards.
Superintendent Jim Craycraft was pleased that 80.9 percent of sophomores
passed all five sections of the Ohio Graduation Test. The high school
met all five standards of the test.
"That was really the highlight of this year's report card results," he
said. "All other ratings are very similar to last year."
The percentage of students who scored proficient or higher on the fourth
grade citizenship proficiency jumped from 76.9 percent in 2003-04 to
77.4 percent in 2004-05. Another increase was the percentage of students
who scored proficient or higher on the fourth grade math proficiency
test. In 2004-05, the percentage was 66.1, compared to 63.1 in 2003-04.
Student attendance rates have remained the same at 95 percent and
student graduation rates remained about the same at 97 percent.
A number of changes have been made within the school in the past year,
Craycraft noted. Last year, more individualized tutoring sessions were
made available to students wanting extra help. A reading specialist at
the elementary level has been added for the upcoming year, as well as a
new special needs program in the high school.
One of the challenges the school faces is the high concentration of
special needs students in the middle school, Craycraft said, "because
their scores are factored in with our other student's scores."
North Union
North Union was given a district rating of "continuous improvement" -
the same rating as last year. The school district met 12 of the 23 standards.
Superintendent Carol Young noted that Ohio Graduation Test scores are
better this year. The high school met all five standards for the test.
No standards were met at the third and fourth grade level. Young said
she realizes this is an issue.
"Our young children are not as ready as we'd like them to be right now,"
she said. "But, we're making a dedicated effort to teaching within the
content areas stressed on the proficiency tests."
Four out of five standards were met for the sixth grade - all except
math. One marked increase was the percentage of students who scored
proficient or higher on the sixth grade writing proficiency test - from
84 percent in 2003-04 to 94.5 percent in 2004-05.
The percentage of students who scored proficient or higher on the sixth
grade reading proficiency was 82.6 percent in 2004-05, compared to 70.6
percent in 2003-04. Student attendance rates have remained the same at
about 96 percent, and graduation rates are at 94 percent, slightly lower
than the 97.2 percent one year before.
Young said she has high expectations for the future.
"I think the 'excellent' rating is just within our reach," she said.
"We're aligning our content more with Ohio standards and we're working
more at preparing our young students."
The Department of Education said 96 percent of districts earned the
state's middle ranking of "continuous improvement" or better. That
figure is approximately the equivalent of last year and up from 89
percent two years ago.
Five districts were given a rating of "academic emergency," one more
than last year but down from 16 in the 2002-03 school year. Districts
receiving the rating this year were Cleveland Municipal, Dayton, East
Cleveland, Jefferson Township, and Youngstown.
A total of 113 Ohio schools were given "excellent" ratings. Among them
were several area school districts, including Worthington, Upper Arlington and Dublin.

Sheriff to step up drunk driving enforcement
The end of summer is fast approaching. Schools will be back in session
and the long Labor Day weekend signaling the end of summer is almost
upon us. The end of summer also marks the beginning of the "You Drink,
You Drive, You Lose" campaign.
It begins Aug. 19 and will continue through Sept. 5. The Union County
Sheriff's Office will be working overtime hours to protect citizens during this campaign.
"Impaired driving is no accident - it's a crime. Law enforcement will be
working diligently during this time period to protect all citizens from
impaired drivers. We will take a zero tolerance approach toward those
driving impaired and not wearing their seat belt," Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson said.
In Ohio in 2004, there were 17,244 alcohol-related fatal crash and 28
injury crashes. Total, there were 56 alcohol-related crashes in 2004,
according to Ohio Department  of Public Safety statistics.
"Even one death or injury is one too many," Nelson said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 97
percent of Americans view drunk driving as a major threat to the
community. In addition, two-third of Americans strongly endorse the use
of stricter and more sever penalties against drunk drivers. The goal of
the You Drink, You Drive, You Lose campaign is to work with communities
in Ohio and across the nation to stop impaired driving and save lives.
The sheriff' office reminds everyone:
. Don't risk it - If you plan to drink, don't drive.
. Choose a sober designated driver.
. Call a cab or sober friend.
. Spend the night where the activity is being held.
. Report impaired drivers to law enforcement by using 1-877-7-PATROL or
calling by 9-1-1 on your cell phone.

Fairbanks will be on November ballot
By KARLYN BYERS
Voters in the Fairbanks School District will be asked to support a 0.25
percent income tax and a 7.0-mill bond issue Nov. 8.
Board members Star Simpson, Jaynie Lambert, Sherry Shoots, Alan Phelps
and board president Kevin Green voted 5-0 to place the issue on the
ballot Tuesday night during the school district's monthly board meeting.
The bond issue will generate $16,190,000 which will fund a new
elementary school, enhance existing facilities, complete the air
conditioning in the current fifth through 12th grade building, furnish
and equip facilities, and landscape and make site improvements. It will
expire in 28 years.
The income tax would raise an additional $300,000 a year to pay for
permanent improvements in the school district. It would expire after five years.
If the levy passes and the construction phase goes according to
schedule, the new elementary could open in the fall of 2008, according
to preliminary reports.
The board also discussed a proposal submitted by William Bowers of
Quality Masonry Company Inc. and Quality Maintenance Company of Marion
for the repair of brick facings, parapet walls and other miscellaneous
deterioration at the district's elementary school in Milford Center.
Three bids were submitted, a base proposal of $47,050, and two alternate
proposals of $11,210 and $16,350. Superintendent Jim Craycraft said
personnel at TMP Architecture, the Powell firm selected to help
Fairbanks determine building needs, were examining the proposals and
would make a recommendation soon.
On Aug. 8, board members passed a resolution of necessity authorizing
repairs to the 90-year-old brick building.
Board members Shoots and Star suggested saving the concrete
ornamentation on the parapets, as well as the inscribed cement tablets
on the front top of the building to place in the exterior of the new
elementary when constructed.
In other business:
.The board was introduced to Marvin Founds and Patrick King of A.G.
Edwards & Sons Inc. The firm will act as underwriter in connection with
the district's bond issue. Founds was treasurer at Fairbanks in 1990.
.Transferred $12,500 from the general fund to the athletic fund.
.Approved the expenditure of $12,000 for a School Resource Officer at
Fairbanks Middle and High schools. The officer will be provided by the
Union County Sheriff's Office.
.Agreed to use the Milford Center United Methodist Church for
pre-kindergarten and PAWS programs. No rent will be charged, according
to a letter to Craycraft from Milford Center Elementary Principal Mark
Lotycz. Children will be transported to and from the elementary school
to the church by school bus for safety reasons.
.Approved Kelly Hall and Karen Benedict as substitute cooks, educational
aides and secretaries; Susan Sexton, substitute secretary; Linda
Lemaster and Martha Shepard, substitute cooks; Teri Dunlap and Jennifer
Picklesimer, substitute educational aides, preschool aides and
substitute secretaries; Becky Bennett, substitute educational aide and
cook; Lester Robinson, substitute custodian; Chandra Reau, substitute
secretary; Marla Arnold, AESOP manager; and Steve Garrabrant, Lester
Copeland, Dwayne Walk, Marsha Whetstone and Nelson Mills as substitute bus drivers.
.Reimbursed Pat Lucas $317 for course work taken.
.Approved a medical leave for Sarah Scott from the beginning of the
school year until Nov. 14.
.Accepted Bruna Yuemi Kuba Sawada as a foreign exchange student from Brazil.
.Discussed implementing breakfast at the elementary and middle school.
Some children are on a school bus more than one hour, Craycraft said,
and arrive at school hungry. And recent scientific research released by
the Food Research & Action Center shows the link between children's
nutrition and academic performance.
.Heard the middle school was awarded the Governor's Buckeye Best Healthy
School Silver Award for the 2004-2005 school year. Sponsored by the Ohio
Department of Health and the American Cancer Society, the award
recognizes schools which address the health and well being of students
and staff through curriculum.
.Approved substitute teachers previously approved by the Delaware/Union
Education Center for the 2005-2006 school year.

Triad ready for students
By CORINNE BIX
Triad Schools are ready and waiting for students to start classes a week from today.
Earlier this month  board member Randy Moore did the annual walk-through
of the district buildings with Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger along
with the district's building supervisor.
"Overall the buildings are in excellent shape," Moore said.
On Monday night, Moore did report that there were some minor repairs to
be done such as weather stripping exterior doors and working on
controlling bees around the school grounds.
Superintendent Kaffenbarger told the board that the sophomore class at
the high school ranked number one in writing, reading, and social
studies in all of Champaign County on the state mandated OGT (Ohio
Graduation Test.)
"They did very well," Kaffenbarger said, "Seventy-nine percent of the
class passed all five parts of the test which again was tops in the county."
He added that the positive performance by these students is attributed
to all the hard work by the teachers and staff at all three building in
sufficiently preparing them to excel.
Craig Meredith, elementary principal, was presented an award from the
board for his research article that was published in the Ohio ASCD Journal.
Meredith's research was based on the STEPS  (Students using Tools to
Evaluate Progress Towards Success) program, which was used for the
second time this past year at the elementary.
The progress-monitoring program allows students, struggling in a subject
area, to meet frequently one-on-one with a teacher or staff member.
Together the student and tutor set a goal and actively work to improve
the student's aptitude using a progress-monitoring graph.
"We are working on a systematic change in the building by using in-house
training to build capacity by creating 'grade level experts' to work
with the students," Meredith explained.
Kaffenbarger reported that the high school soccer fields would not be
ready this year to host home games. The grass hasn't grown adequately
due to the lack of rain. Kaffenbarger said the district might need to
look into irrigating the fields next year.
This will be the first year that the soccer team will be playing a
varsity schedule. The past two years the team has competed as a club
sport. Kaffenbarger said that once the fields are ready for play, they
would be the only fields in the area used exclusively for soccer.
The district staff meeting will be held on Monday, August 22 during the
teacher workday.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel and
pending court action.
The next regular board meeting is Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the elementary building.
In other news, the board:
.Approved Meredith Ford as an extended day coordinator for 95 days at
$40 a day. Contract to be paid by the Early Literacy Grant.
.Approved Jane Runyan as intervention coordinator for 100 days at $90 a
day. Contract to be paid by the Early Literacy Grant.
.Approved Jeff McCuen for OCBOA 34 services in the amount of $1,750.00
for fiscal year 2005.
.Granted elementary and middle school principals' six-vacation days per
year beginning with the 2005-2006 school year.
.Accepted the resignation of Deb McKenzie as two hour cook effective immediately.
.Approved Tina Wells as bus driver for one and a half hours per day plus
15 minutes prep time Monday through Friday for Lawnview route.
.Accepted $500 soccer donation from Midwest Express Inc.
.Approved Title I  fiscal year 2006 grant correcting entry from the July
18 board agenda. The correct Title I allocation is $47,258.90.
.Approved an increase to the general fund in the amount of $22,000.
.Approved the elementary student and staff handbooks for the 2005-2006 school years.
.Approved the following list of classified supplemental positions for
the 2005-2006 school year contingent upon the groups being self-funded:
Richard Kraemer - eighth grade tour organizer and National Honor Society
(H.S.); Alicia Daugherty - junior class advisor; Mike Braun, Kevin
Franke and Danny Pratt - football assistants; Matt Bailey, Donny
Coleman, Mike Hupp and Joe Linscott - football volunteers.

North Union superintendent discusses duties
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
North Union Superintendent Carol Young gave the school board some
insight into her job Monday night.
Young, who has announced that she will retire at the end of the school
year, discussed her daily, weekly, monthly and yearly duties with the
board at its regularly scheduled meeting.
Young's presentation will help the board as it prepares for the process
of finding her replacement in the coming year.
She said that the superintendent at North Union is more of a "working"
position, directly involved with the daily operations, rather than
simply overseeing the district. She said the superintendent is a public
figure who is also charged with maintaining the public trust.
The position essentially leads every operation of the district. The
superintendent is the chief officer of the district and advisor to the
school board as well as the administrative head and educational leader.
Young said the superintendent must oversee personnel, curriculum, budget
issues, facility planning, community relations and professional development.
Neil Kirkpatrick of MKC Associates updated the board on the progress
with the high school addition. He said work is on schedule and the
second floor of the addition should be completed by Aug. 26.
He said the building will have its temporary occupancy permit soon so
that the second floor may be utilized while the first floor is
completed. He said the entire project is about six weeks from
completion. Kirkpatrick said the only snag the project has had recently has been a
problem with a sprinkler system hookup which had to be relocated to the front of the building.
In other business, the board:
.Reviewed start-up activities planned for the coming school year.
.Learned about the district's new Family Activities Card. The idea
behind the card is that families can earn stickers by attending various
named events. When enough stickers are earned, a family is eligible for
an end-of-the-year drawing for prizes.
.Voted to authorize the treasurer to advertise for the sale of the
former four-office modular building at North Union High School. The
value of the building is estimated at less than $10,000.
.Accepted the donation of $500 from Cheryl Cooley to the Craig Cooley Scholarship Fund.
.Approved a service provider contract with Consolidated Care  Inc. for
psychoeducational group services under the Drug Free School project.
.Approved Alyssa Johnson and Sarah Fohl as students residing in another
district but attending North Union without tuition under the grandparent clause.
.Voted to employ Valorie Clapsaddle, second grade, and Kellie
Golinghorst, fourth grade, on one-year teaching contracts.
.Voted to employ Steve Davis on a one-year classified contract as a teacher aide.
.Extended one-year expiring supplemental contracts to: Mike Adams,
assistant varsity football; Jennifer Davis, freshman volleyball; Brandi
Miller, assistant varsity volleyball; Greg White, assistant varsity
football; and Charles Whitt, middle school cross country.
.Approved lists of substitute teachers and classified personnel. The
list was approved 4-0 with board member Marcy Elliott abstaining.
.Approved one-year expiring pupil activity contracts to: Brad Feasel,
assistant varsity football; Don Wasserbeck, assistant varsity football;
and Amy Wilson, assistant athletic director at the middle school.
.Approved one-year classified contracts for: Sherry Rhea, SACC
coordinator; Lisa Bumgarner, SACC assistant; Rachel Davis, SACC
assistant; and Teresa Lust, SACC team leader. The contracts were
approved 4-0 with board member Bryan Bumgarner abstaining.

United Way to kick off campaign
Editor's note:  This is the first in a weekly series of articles submitted by the United Way of
Union County that will run during the course of its annual campaign. Each week will feature
a different United Way program. This week's article features the United Way itself.
When the United Way of Union County begins its annual campaign at a pair
of kickoff events this week, a pair of dedicated volunteers will be
doing all they can to make sure that everyone in Union County has the
opportunity to learn about the organization and make a gift.
Marysville native Tony Eufinger of the Marysville School District and
Sky Bank's Ellen Pond have agreed to co-chair this year's Campaign Committee.
Research shows that the number one reason why people don't give to
United Way is simply because they're not asked. The duo will work to
inform as many people as they can about the role United Way has played
in the community since 1958.
"I want to help people to look at United Way as an investment," Eufinger
said. "At some point in our lives, we're all going to be touched by a
United Way Agency. Whether it's when we join the YMCA, when we have a
child in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts, know a friend who loses their home
in a fire, or neighbors who are going without a paycheck for a
particular month. It's important that we invest in this so United Way
can continue to provide that kind of support to the community."
"What really gets me excited about United Way is the satisfaction of
knowing that you're helping people," Pond said. "That you're reaching
out to people who didn't know about United Way, weren't familiar with
the Member Agencies, and people who could benefit from United Way in
their everyday lives."
Eufinger's work on the United Way campaign at Marysville schools helped
to more than double pledges by district employees. Pond has been a key
participant on the Campaign Committee that has helped United Way raise
$1.4 million in the last two years.
United Way staff and volunteers face the challenging task of helping the
local organization raise more than three quarters of a million dollars
in the next three and a half months. That's a far cry from a decade ago
when the campaign goal was exactly half that total. But Union County is
the third fastest growing county in the state with a population some
predict will double over the next 25 years. With population growth comes
different and increased social service needs.
"A simple look next door at Delaware County shows what may happen here
as Columbus and Dublin expansion spreads further north," said Shari
Marsh, Executive Director of the United Way of Union County.  "Much of
the publicized growth includes high-end housing and upper-class society.
But hundreds of new jobs will be created by expanded retail and
service-oriented businesses that are also on the way. These jobs tend to
bring additional wage earners to a community who will not be a part of
those high-end housing communities, but who may struggle to make ends
meet in a market where affordable housing is at a minimum."
Marsh also states that many social service needs know no socio-economic
bounds, such as domestic violence and support for cancer patients. Thus
as the community grows, so too must its capacity for caring.
An analysis of the budget requests from United Way's 25 Member Agencies
shows that $830,000 is needed to meet their wish lists and cover the
United Way's own programming and administrative costs. While an official
campaign goal will be established at a Board Meeting this week, it will
certainly be higher than the $740,774 the organization raised last fall.
Requests for assistance are at all-time highs at several United Way
agencies. In many instances, it's the working poor who are being
served.  Seventy five percent of the 118 households served by The
Salvation Army's Homeless Prevention Program are working women with
children. Four hundred families a month have been utilizing the Union
County Personal Needs Pantry. And the Union County Cancer Society has
had to cut financial aid for certain services as much as 50 percent
because of increased usage and referral.
Still, United Way officials are optimistic at the beginning of a new campaign.
"This is a generous community where neighbors step in and help those who
need help," said Dave Bezusko, United Way's Campaign and Public
Relations Director. "We just need help on a lot larger scale than we used to."
Fast facts about the United Way of Union County:
.United Way raised an all-time high $740,774 in 2004.  More than 3,400
households invested with an average gift of $132.  Just 10 years ago,
the organization raised $379,069.
.More than 16,000 individuals are touched by United Way of Union County
programs and services each year, or two of every five people you pass on the street.
.United Way supports 25 Member Agencies supporting four major impact
areas: emergency and basic needs, health and human services, youth
services, and senior services.
.There are more than 1,700 volunteers involved in the United Way family
of Member Agencies.
.The United Way of Union County is the only Union County non-profit
organization to apply for and meet all 20 of the Better Business
Bureau's new Charitable Accountability Standards.
.86 percent of the money given to the United Way of Union County goes
directly to needed programs and services, making the United Way of Union
County an effective and efficient way to give back to your community,
well above the accepted Better Business Bureau standard of 65 percent.
.New to this year's campaign, United Way is unveiling an incentive to
help increase giving. Those who pledge $100 or more to the United Way of
Union County will receive a Community Care Card as a thank you for
giving back to the community through United Way. Nine local businesses
(Buckeye Sports & Family Chiropractic, Dave's Pharmacy, eWaves Wireless,
Family Time Video, Funtrail, Hickory Lane Farms, House Medic Handyman
Service, Marysville Cinema, and Stockyard Steakhouse) are offering free
or discounted services to cardholders through next August. Visit
www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org for more details.

Growth comes with a price
Council discusses necessities associated with population boom
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville's growing pains brought several issues to the forefront at
city council's meeting Thursday night.
Topics such as how to fund the future wastewater treatment plant and how
to prepare for proper business development were discussed.
The first reading was held on the proposed ordinance amending sewer
rates for the city's Public Utility Division.
The public hearing for the proposed rate increase is scheduled for the
next council meeting on Aug. 25. Residents wishing to ask questions will
be provided five minutes each.
Mayor Tom Kruse explained to council how important it is that the city
acquires a way to fund the rehabilitation of the city's wastewater needs.
"There will be sewer rate increases if this ordinance passes and it
would create increases every year for the next five years beginning in
2006," Kruse said. "The reason, very simply, is that in order to finance
the debt on the new wastewater treatment plant and associated
appurtenance to that, we need to establish cash flow and a revenue
stream in order to sell our bonds."
He said that the original estimates had rates increasing 30 percent each
year, as opposed to the much lower rates outlined in the ordinance.
"We did a great deal of refining the debt structure to make this thing
happen," Kruse said, "so that we could bring the rates down."
After the announcement of the proposed sewer rate increase last week,
some residents called the Journal-Tribune office over concerns about the
details of the increase. The main confusion was if rates would be added
together from year to year.
According to the city, the proposed rate increases would start at $6.04
in 2006, then increase $7.02 in 2007, $8.20 in 2008, $1.32 in 2009 and
then end with $1.32 in 2010.
Kruse reported that in fact the rate increases would be added together
each year, meaning the result at the end of five years would be equal to
a $23.90 increase in rates for the average home. Then rates would return
to its current state.
On Tuesday, Kruse, city administrator Kathy House and council president
John Gore met at city hall to discuss the rate increases with the Journal-Tribune.
Kruse said the city would be in a difficult position if council voted
against the ordinance. He said without the funding to pay for the new
wastewater facility, the result would be that "nobody flushes."
House said that the Ohio EPA has specific guidelines in place for the
city to meet. If the guidelines aren't met, fines would start being enforced.
"Pun not intended," House said. "But the city would go down the toilet."
"Somewhere along the line it has to be paid for," Kruse said.
"You have to be able to pay it back before you borrow it," Gore said.
"There is no revenue source to pay back the loan."
In another discussion, Economic Development Director Eric Phillips
explained the first reading of a resolution approving an Economic
Development Incentive Policy.
Phillips said work sessions began a few months ago on the proposal. It
involves three school districts, two municipalities and the county
coming together in agreement on future business development. It comes as
a result of the Incentive Action Plan developed three years ago.
He said the plan would give this area "a more business-like approach"
when dealing with new business and industry looking to locate here. It
also provides more of a consensus throughout the county. The plan would
make this region one of the first in Ohio.
"We're breaking ground here if we all agree on this economic incentive
policy," Phillips said.
He said it will promote partnerships among local businesses and keep
this region competitive with outside areas.
Kruse, who sponsored the ordinance, said his administration was very
much involved in development of the document.
"There was a lot of hard work and meetings to come up with this
document, I am very impressed from the standpoint that there are now
standards when a prospective company comes to the city looking to see
what may be available . we're all going to be playing by the same rules."
. City finance director John Morehart reported to council that the city
was recently awarded another CHIP grant. It will provide another
$500,000 for residents to apply for in order to make improvements on
their homes. He said the new grant money will be available starting next
month and the city will begin advertising in order to encourage people
to come out and apply.
. Clerk Connie Patterson reported that the future Applebee's, going into
the former Skating Palace, applied for a D5I liquor permit to serve
alcoholic beverages until 2:30 a.m.
. The Union County Chamber of Commerce donated a $1,000 check to the
Marysville Parks and Recreation department for its work helping things
go smoothly during Honda Homecoming.
. Council held the first reading on an ordinance reviewing the City
Charter. It is a process that takes place every four years. Any proposed
changes to the charter will be placed on the ballot for vote in
November. The recommendations have to be filed with the Board of
Elections by Aug. 25.

'Annie Get  Your Gun' showcases local talent
Editor's note: The following review is submitted by Kay Liggett.
"Annie Get Your Gun," Irving Berlin's long running popular Broadway
show, is now playing in Marysville for four more productions.
It is truly a great show!
Katie Mae Mabry (Annie Oakley) - now graduated from college - was indeed
a talented performance of the feisty, gun-toting female. Singing with a
maturing voice, Mabry can really belt out a song.
The Kids' Chorus - jillions of tiny little kids on stage - is adorable,
smiling, singing and enjoying it all.
Frank Butler, Annie's heartthrob, is played by Ryan Nicol. We have
enjoyed this singer/actor and talented musician in other shows. Don't
miss him in this one!
Buffalo Bill Cody is played by Don Wight, who became involved in the
theater in productions right here. He is now a seasoned, accomplished
actor and perfect in this wily character role.
Anna Ahlborn - acting must be in her genes. Studying voice and theater
as her major in college, you know she is enjoying the role of the wily
seductress. We'll be seeing more of her.
Chief Sitting Bull is worth the price of admission! Max Bingman has been
bitten by the stage. We've seen him in other shows as he's come up the
line into acting. Three cheers to the costume crew who found that
full-length terrific feather headpiece.
Choreography is directed by the marvelous talented John Clark. His
routines are fresh and innovative and his creative help makes it all a
memorable experience.
Stage director Scott Underwood keeps it all humming with his enthusiasm
and talent, and Sherri Hauer's voice and piano helped put all the
singing together - what a job!
The costume crew must have searched endlessly everywhere and sewed
forever to put together clothes for all those bodies!
And the orchestra was great! Directed by Mick Giere, who helped install
the sound system in many Marysville churches, as well as the Union
County Memorial Auditorium. What a talented community we have!
What a great theater opportunity for us right here in Marysville. It
takes more than just the acting to pull a production off. People show up
to help whenever, wherever and however to pull off a show.
You must see this production to appreciate all the hours, talents, and
effort our community has freely given to entertain us.
Performances include Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. and Aug. 18-20
at 7 p.m. - all at the Union County Veterans Memorial Auditorium on West
Sixth Street. Proceeds will benefit the Union County YMCA's Playground Fund. For
tickets, call Creative Traveline, 108 N. Court St., at (800) 242-8188.

Joint vocational school changes name
From J-T staff reports:
After 31 years, the Central Ohio Joint Vocational School District exists
no more. Last week, the Ohio Department of Education approved a new
name, Tolles Career & Technical Center.
Board members are excited about the new name, according to Tolles Board
of Education President Star Simpson (representing the Fairbanks School District).
"This is more than just changing our name. It's a change in philosophy,
reflecting the new mission of career and technical education. To
continue to provide quality programming to the communities we serve, we
need to be proactive, innovative and forward in our thinking. Changing
our name is merely the beginning."
Known for traditional programs such as welding and auto technology,
Tolles Career & Technical Center has expanded to include programs geared
towards the college-bound student.
"We needed a name that was truly reflective of the changes we have made
to better prepare students for both college and careers," said Carl
Berg, Tolles Career & Technical Center superintendent. "Having the same
name for the building and the district will also alleviate some
confusion with regard to who we are."
The center serves students from 10 area high schools. Those served are
Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Fairbanks, Hilliard Darby,
Hilliard Davidson, Jonathan Alder, London, Madison Plains and West Jefferson.
Thirty years ago, most career and technical students entered the
workforce upon graduation from high school; however, the current trend
of career and technical students continuing their education at the
university level is evident at career centers statewide, including Tolles.
With the addition of college preparatory academics and articulation
agreements with local colleges, Tolles Career & Technical Center
students have a myriad of options from which to choose.
A new logo is in the process of being designed.
"We want a logo that will capture the excitement and opportunities that
await students at Tolles," Berg said.

Agencies hold mock disaster
From J-T staff reports:
A planned exercise today had county and emergency responders on their
toes, as they attempted to fight an invisible adversary.
According to the Union County Health Department spokesman Jason Orcena,
visitors from state and neighboring county disaster response agencies
came to the Union County Services building today to observe the actions
of the Emergency Operations Center, or EOC.
Thought often a participant, the health department took the stage for
the first time as the lead agency in this regional emergency response
exercise that focused on a mock biological disaster. The exercise
included first responders, health departments, hospitals and other
emergency response agencies from Union, Madison, Logan and Delaware
counties. "Local health departments are responsible for coordinating response
efforts when the disaster surrounds a biologic," Union County health
Commissioner Martin Tremmel said.
The health department reported that a biologic agent, such as a disease,
that can cause mass casualties in much the same way a natural disaster
or explosion would. Pandemic flu, small pox and anthrax exposures are
all public health concerns that health officials try to prepare for
during these exercises.
"We are very fortunate to have worked with seasoned professionals like
own our Union County Emergency Management Agency, law enforcement and
EMS in the efforts," Tremmel said. "This exercise demonstrated public
health's commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our
residents. The exercise was planned to take place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Jon Alder's new athletic facilities ready for season
By CORINNE BIX
Jonathan Alder fans can look forward to enjoying all their favorite fall
sports on the new high school athletic fields.
John Adams, board member and facilities spokesperson, reported to the
board on Monday night that the fields are ready for the fall season.
Monday marked the official start date for fall athletics and despite
work left to be done on the practice fields, the game fields are complete.
In addition, Adams said some interior work needs to be finished on both
the ticket booth and concession stand. However, he has received an
outpouring of volunteer support from various members of the community to
finish up the projects.
Adams also reported that the high school open house held this past
Saturday was an overwhelming success. It was estimated that there were
more than 400 people in attendance.
Adams finished by thanking Superintendent Doug Carpenter and high school
principal for all their extra efforts in the building and transition
process involved with the new high school.
Board members approved several textbooks and two new courses of study
for the new school year.
There will be a new forensic science course. The semester course will be
primarily for junior and senior students. Currently more than 30
students are signed up.
The high school will also offer a ninth grade "honors" integrated science course.
Beth Beach, director of teaching and learning, gave the summer
intervention report. Overall attendance has been up this year in grades
K-8 with a total of 137 students enrolled up from 110 students in 2004.
The only grade levels that suffered low attendance were the seventh and eighth grades.
Beach also gave the preliminary results from the state report card.
"Jonathan Alder has done exceptionally well," Beach said.
The district met 19 or the 23 indicators including all of the Ohio
Graduation Test (OGT) indicators as well as all of the graduation and
attendance indicators. Overall the district  was given an effective rating.
James Phillips, board member, gave the Tolles Technical Center report.
Tolles will be officially changing its name to the Tolles Career and
Technical Center effective immeadiatley.
Tolles superintedent, Carl Berg, was approved for a new five-year
contract through 2010. The center also approved a two-year lease with
Columbus State Community College for the use of five classrooms.
There will be an ice cream social open house before the next Tolles
regular board meeting on Aug. 18. The public is welcome.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss employment. No
action was taken. The next regular board meeting will be Sept. 12 at 7p.m.
In other news, the board:
.Commended the district custodial staff for its contributions in moving
to the new high school building.
.Commended students Courtney Yutzy (12th grade English) and Travis
Newsed (American Literature) for perfect scores on Advanced Placement Exams.
.Approved the financial report for July, 2005.
.Approved music textbook "Spotlight on Music" from McMillan/Macgraw (2005).
.Approved of NW science book for new ninth grade integrated science
"honors" course.
.Approved of criminalistic textbook (2004) for new forensic science course.
.Approved newly aligned technology course of study.
.Approved Shelley Bope and Shannon Gatsch for summer intervention
kindergarten to first grade transition. program ? running Aug. 1-Aug. 12
at $20 per hour.
.Approved Charlie Wrightsel as assistant junior football volunteer.
.Accepted four additional students under open enrollment.
.Accepted Lauren Tomlison under the grandparent clause upon release from
Mechanicsburg schools.
.Approved Dr. John Adams as delegate and Steve Votaw as alternate for
the OSBA conference in  Columbus in November.

Purchase of pig reveals interesting story
By CINDY BRAKE
To whom it may concern,
Thank you for buying my pig at the fair. This was my first year in 4-H
and I learned a lot about my pig. My grandpa had pig fascia used in him
a few months ago. I hope my pig can help other people like my grandpa.
Thank you for supporting the Union County Fair.
Sincerely, Charity Jackson
First-year 4-Her Charity Jackson's wish has come true, thanks to the
Marysville Ohio Surgical Center.
While her full-blooded Duroc named Baby Rose will not be used for pig
fascia because Richwood Quality Meats does not harvest fascia graft
pigs, all 147 pounds of processed meat is slated to become one-pound
packages of sausage and will be donated to the Marysville Food Pantry.
"Charity's pig is going to help a lot of people," said Jo Ellen Braden,
RN and administrator of the local surgical center.
Braden said it was pure coincidence that she happened to make the
winning bid on Jackson's pig, but a nice surprise to learn that the
Jackson family had first-hand knowledge of pig fascia.
Fascia is a fibrous membrane covering, supporting and separating
muscles, Braden said according to Taber's Medical Dictionary. Medical
uses of porcine fascia grafts include rotator cuff reinforcement, hernia
repairs, vaginal and penile reconstruction, vocal cord injections,
pelvic reconstruction and tympanic membrane (ear drum) reconstruction.
"In orthopedics, we use porcine grafts for rotator cuff reinforcement on
occasional cases. As a former 4-H member and Junior Fair showman, I
think it's interesting that we would buy a pig from a child whose
grandfather had a porcine graft," said Dr. Thomas Baker, D.O.
Jody Jackson, Charity's mother, explained that a porcine fascia graft
was the only thing that helped her father, Jerry Neer of Urbana, after
an abdominal hernia the size of a basketball was removed nearly a year
ago. After dealing with infections and an emergency surgery, his body
rejected a mesh graft and the porcine fascia was used. She said he is
slated to come home today, thanks to a pig and a lot of doctors.
Charity said she has good memories from her first 4-H experience and is
already planning for next year. The Triad fourth-grader is banking some
of this year' profits to purchase another pig and planning to buy a
couple outfits for school.
She wrinkles her nose when thinking about the weekly barn cleaning, but
giggles when she remembers one time when Baby Rose decided to take off
into a field while they were out for a walk. Her mother said Baby Rose
appeared to recognize Charity's voice when she came to feed and water daily.
With the help of her mom, Charity and her brother, Tyler, took their 4-H
projects seriously and studied the parts of a pig. Their mom traced a
pig, labeled the parts and then tested the children. Charity got all the
answers right when she took a skillathon test. Ear notching was a bonus
question on the skillathon and Charity found it to be a little confusing, said her mother.
"It is so good to see kids do good things," Braden said about Charity.

Sale of Countryside only a rumor
Park manager says she has been getting 50 to 60 calls per week about issue
From J-T staff reports:
Countryside Mobile Home Park and Marysville Estates have not been sold.
Rumors this past week have been flying about park residents receiving
letters that the park was sold and they had to move in 90 days. The
problem is that no one had actually seen the letters.
Calls to park manager Kathy Wood and regional property manager Scott
Bennett confirmed that the rumors are unfounded.
"There are no plans of selling the parks," Bennett said late Tuesday. He
said the only plans Choice Properties of Michigan has is to upgrade and
make the two Marysville Mobile Home parks better.
Bennett added that Countryside and Marysville Estates are "very close to
the owner's heart" because they were two of the first parks he
purchased. Choice Properties owns 40 parks, Bennett said.
Wood, who lives in a park herself, said the rumor comes as no surprise
to her. She estimates that she receives 50 to 60 calls a week asking if
the parks are being sold. Bennett concurs that he has received his share
of calls lately and in fact called the corporate office just to check.
Wood and Bennett believe the rumors began with the recent sale of 38
undeveloped acres adjacent to Countryside.
Records at the Union County Auditor reveal that Keystone Crossing LLC of
Columbus purchased 38 acres from Choice Properties of Michigan for
$767,200 on March 2.
Tammy Penhorwood of the Marysville zoning department said the city has
accepted a final plat on the property. The final plat is for a proposed
residential subdivision called Keystone Crossing. The land is zoned R2
and R3. The final plat is for 133 lots of single family homes valued
from $120,000 to $150,000.
Penhorwood added that the Keystone Crossing project is currently on hold
until the final plat is approved. Approval is being held up because of
the city's self-imposed sewer moratorium.

Former area teacher to be inducted into Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame
From J-T staff reports:
Clarence J. Cunningham, who began his career teaching vocational
agriculture at Northwestern High School in Raymond from 1953 to 1955,
will be inducted into the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame Friday at the
Rhodes Youth Center at the Ohio State Fair.
A press release announcing Cunningham's induction states that he
"distinguished himself through lifelong work in 4-H leadership and
agricultural extension service. He holds bachelor, master and doctorate
degrees from The Ohio State University.
After teaching in Raymond, Cunningham enlisted in the US Army and spent
1955 to 1957 in military intelligence. Cunningham then worked from 1957
to 1960 as a 4-H extension educator in Pickaway County before becoming
an OSU 4-H state faculty member. As a faculty member for 28 years held
the position of leader of professional improvement, assistant director
extension, associate director of extension and twice served as acting
director of extension. During much of this time, he was a professor,
teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in agricultural education
and was active in national Extension and 4-H associations.
Since retirement in 1998, Cunningham has worked with Prudential Calhoon
Company Realtors. He volunteers on the steering committee for the
Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, as director of the Wesley
Glen Retirement Community, Northwest United Methodist Church, Kiwanis
Club of Hilliard, Boy Scouts and Hilliard Public Schools
He and his wife live in Hilliard and have two grown sons.
Others to be inducted include Neal F. Schirm, Robert W. Teater and John
D. Weaver. Teater was director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for four
years and led several international natural resource development projects.
Schirm earned local, state and national recognition as an exemplary
Jersey cattle breeder, dairy producer and farmer. He opened his Canal
Winchester farm to students, boards and visitors from around the country
and world. Weaver has been the driving force behind the success of nationally
recognized egg production facility Weaver Brothers in Versailles since
the early 1950s. He was instrumental in the development of the United
Egg Production Association and a founding member and president of the
American Egg Board.

Local cast will take stage to perform 'Annie Get Your Gun'
From J-T staff reports:
Irving Berlin's classic "Annie Get Your Gun" is scheduled for seven
performances at the Union County Veterans Memorial Auditorium on West Sixth Street.
Based on the life of Annie Oakley, the musical follows an Ohio farm girl
as she joins Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. There she finds fame and
fortune (and yes, love) in the wonderful world of show business.
The show's big production numbers were choreographed to mimic the 1999
Broadway revival which showcased Bernadette Peters. Performances are
under the guidance of local dance instructor/choreographer John Clark.
"Annie Get Your Gun" includes the timeless classics "There's No Business
Like Show Business," "Doin' What Comes Natur'lly," "I Got the Sun in the
Morning," "I Can Do Anything You Can Do Better," "You Can't Get a Man
with a Gun," and many more. Musical numbers are performed by a 20-piece
orchestra of local musicians under the direction of Mick Giere. Sherri
Hauer is vocal director.
Scott Underwood once again lends his time and talent, directing a cast
of more than 50 characters. Annie Oakley is portrayed by Katie Mae Mabry
and Ryan Nicol plays Frank Butler. Other leads include Don Wight as
Buffalo Bill Cody, Grant Underwood as Charlie Davenport and Anna Ahlborn
as Dolly Tate. Amanda Schrader and Tanner Chapman play young lovebirds
Winnie and Tommy.
An ensemble of 50 youths costumed as cowboys and American Indians flood
the stage for a musical reprise of "There's No Business Like Show
Business" at the end of intermission.
The seven performances will begin Thursday at 7 p.m. Other dates include
Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., and Aug. 18-20 at 7
p.m. Proceeds from the production will benefit the Union County YMCA's
Playground Fund. For tickets call Creative Traveline, 108 N. Court St., at (800) 242-8188.

Fairbanks board OKs  repairs for building
Work should allow elementary school to last until it can be retired
By KARLYN BYERS
A casual walk around the Fairbanks Elementary School grounds in Milford
Center in July led superintendent Jim Craycraft to express concern about
the 90-year-old building's exterior.
"The whole front of the building looked bad," Craycraft said Monday
afternoon during a special board meeting at the school.
Craycraft, board members Jaynie Lambert, Alan Phelps and Sherry Shoots,
board president Kevin Green, district treasurer Aaron Johnson, masonry
consultants and others attended the meeting.
Craycraft wanted those attending to see firsthand what attrition, time
and water damage had done to the building in Milford Center.
After his July discovery, Craycraft said he conferred with Kevin
Harrison, principal architect of TMP Architecture, the Powell firm
selected to help Fairbanks determine building needs. That led to an
inspection by Jezerinac, Geers & Associates of Dublin, which in turn led
to Monday's special meeting.
Darren Cook of Jezerinac, Geers & Associates attended that meeting, as
well as William Bowers of Quality Masonry Co. Inc. and Quality
Maintenance Co. of Marion. Both men said the building needs attention.
" ... the building has just about had it as a useable structure," Cook said.
But, with a "little bit of maintenance," he said, the district could get
the solid clay masonry building "through a couple more years."
In a report given to Craycraft, Cook said that his firm's inspection
revealed all elevations of the three-story building "exhibit varying
degrees of masonry degradation."
The parapet wall at the front of the building "was found to be leaning
over the roof by about 12 inches," according to the report, and the
steel lintels over all openings were severely corroded.
"While we feel that the overall condition of the exterior of the
building is satisfactory, there are significant restoration issues that
should be addressed prior to, and during, the upcoming school year," the
report stated. "It is likely that these efforts will improve the
situation and allow the building to be used until it can be retired."
With school scheduled to begin Aug. 23, board members passed 4-0 a
resolution of necessity authorizing the repair of brick facings, parapet
walls, and other miscellaneous deterioration.
If necessary, temporary coverings can be erected at building entries
until repairs are made. "The first step in solving a problem is recognizing you have one,"
Bowers said. "None of this damage happened the last week or last year," Cook said.
"It's been here for quite some time."

Richwood to get new business
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Richwood will reportedly be getting a new business in the coming months.
Village solicitor Rick Rodger reported that Cornerstone LLC has
announced plans to buy 2.38 acres on East Blagrove Street, in the
location of a former bowling alley. Mayor Bill Nibert said the location
has been tabbed for a Family Dollar store.
Roger said the company contacted the village to confirm that the area
was zoned appropriate for a retail business. The solicitor said the
property is currently zoned M-1, which would allow such a business.
The 11,600-square-foot facility will reportedly use a portion of the
former structure located on the property.
Rodger said he company said it a second business will also likely locate
on the property, but it was not named by the prospective buyer.
This second business caused some concern among council member, but
Rodger said any business opening on the property would need to meet
zoning guidelines.
Council also discussed a problem with visibility when leaving the Marry
Industries property on West Ottawa Street. Nibert said the business has
complained that semis leaving the business can not see past trees
growing the village tree lawn.
Nibert said this problem forces semis to pull forward farther and, in
turn, swing out wider when turning from the property. Council members
Peg Wiley and Wade McCalf said they had each visited the property and
reported that the lack of visibility is a problem for all motorists.
Nibert estimated that four trees would need to be removed to correct the
problems. Council decided to notify are property owners of its decision
to remove the trees.
In other business, council:
.Decided to discontinue using a landscaping firm which has recently
turned in a $3,400 bill for four jobs recently completed. It was also
noted during this discussion that the mayor, in the absence of a village
administrator, has the authority to approve payment of bills.
.Decided to discontinue use of a separate landscaping firm which was
performing mowing duties in the village. It was noted that the firm was
used because manpower at the village was down, but it is now back up to
a full compliment and the village crews can mow the grass.
.Heard an update on village project from Ed Bischoff of Bischoff and
Associates. Council voted 6-0 to pay an $11,000 bill from Bischoff from
grant funds recently secured.
.Discussed a backup generator at the water plant which may not have
enough power for its purpose.
.Learned that the safety committee will be meeting to review seven
applicants vying for a full-time and part-time position at the village police department.
.Learned that a new environmentally friendly dust control measure for
village alleys could be purchase for 56 cents per gallon applied. Each
gallon would cover between one and two yards of road. It was noted that
the cost could climb very high if the village did not set a priority
list. No decision was made on the issue.
.Decided that a proposed street levy to appear on the November ballot
will be a five-year, renewable, issue. No duration was set on the
measure at the previous council meeting.

Deputy shooting ruled justified
Grand jury does not return with charges against local lawman

By RYAN HORNS
The Union County Grand Jury has decided that a sheriff's deputy was
justified when he shot a man after a standoff near New Dover in May.
Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Stephen Pronai was called in to act
as special prosecutor for the case. He went into detail this morning
about who testified and what may have led to the jury's final decision,
which was reached at about 6 p.m. Thursday.
A total of 18 witnesses took the stand and court ran from 9 a.m. to
early evening when jurors announced their decision. Union County
sheriff's deputy Thomas "TC" Underwood was among those who testified.
Union County prosecuting attorney David Phillips said today that cases
involving an officer-involved shooting should always be presented to the grand jury.
"Ultimately, it is up to the citizens of Union County to judge the
actions of the deputy. After a careful consideration of the evidence
surrounding this shooting, the grand jury found that Deputy Underwood
acted appropriately in defending himself," Phillips said.
Phillips noted that the case was investigated by agents from the Bureau
of Criminal Identification and Investigation and presented by Pronai,
who had been appointed - at Phillips' request - by Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott.
"Having an outside agency investigate the shooting and a special
prosecutor present the case to the grand jury insures a fair and
impartial investigation and presentation of the evidence," Phillips said.
Phillips said that Ropp, who has since brought a federal civil rights
suit against the county, was subpoenaed to testify but did not appear.
Pronai said Ropp's attorney stated his client was physically unable to
make it to the courtroom.
Others who testified included Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson, Ropp's
parents, his girlfriend, two neighbors, two BCI agents and numerous
Union County deputies.
"There were a lot of factors that went into (the jury's) decision," Pronai said.
He said the first pertained to the initial 911 call made to dispatchers
the evening of May 23 from Ropp's home on U.S. 36.
From the tape, jurors learned what deputies first knew about the
situation. Ropp's father reported his son was emotionally disturbed, had
cut himself on the wrist during a possible suicide attempt, had to be
physically restrained, had been arguing with his girlfriend and had
apparently attempted to strangle her.
Pronai said deputies were also told that Ropp may have had guns in the
house. After the shooting, it was discovered that Ropp was unarmed. When
deputies arrived on the scene, however, he had barricaded himself in the
home with his girlfriend.
Pronai said blood tests also showed Ropp had a blood alcohol level of .30.
Phillips said that a drug called Hydrocodone was also found in his system.
"So they had a drunk, violent and suicidal man who may have had
weapons," Pronai said.
Another question people have asked is how soon did Underwood pull the
trigger on the shotgun?
Pronai said deputies reported that the distance from the door where Ropp
came out of the house to where Underwood was standing was 33 feet.
Underwood pulled the trigger at a distance of six feet.
"He held off as long as he could," Pronai said.
Some testimonies claimed Ropp was running and others suggested he was
just walking at a fast pace. Deputies reported they were yelling for
Ropp to get down. He reportedly continued moving with his hands cupped
at his sides. Deputies were unsure at that time whether he was armed.
"After looking at the proper protocol," Pronai said, "Underwood did
exactly what he was trained to do."
Pronai said the deputy followed the policy of not only Union County, but
policy for law enforcement everywhere.
Another factor in the decision is that Underwood was given a shotgun to
use as his weapon. At a distance of six feet there was no time for him
to pull out a taser or baton. When firing, officers are trained to shoot
for the torso. All of these factors played a role in the shooting.
Pronai said he believed that members of Ropp's family who testified may
not have understood the situation faced by deputies.
Regarding the legality of the shooting, Phillips said "This investigation is closed."
For now, the Ropp family still has a lawsuit pending against the county.
No charges have been filed against Ropp at this time.

Fence flap surfaces in Mill Valley
By RYAN HORNS
While the size of fences in the Woods at Mill Valley may not be as
intriguing as "cat-hunting," it appears to be an issue that has many in
the neighborhood fuming.
Resident Kelli Willie said she is among 60 residents in the neighborhood
who received a letter in the mail July 11 from the Woods at Mill Valley
Homeowner's Association. Their fences are either too tall, or made of
vinyl, which are both reportedly in violation of deed requirements.
The residents were expected to correct the violation within 30 days or
be charged heavy fines. If they don't pay, liens could be placed on
their homes and the matter could eventually end up in court.
Understandably, many who received the letters had numerous questions.
The problem is that since the neighborhood went up several years ago,
deed restrictions had seldom been enforced until recently.
Willie said five years ago her fence was built by a local company that
has since ceased operation. The company did other fences at the same
time around the Woods at Mill Valley and many understood the work had
been approved by the Woods at Mill Valley Design Review Board. However,
no one can reportedly prove that now.
A petition is currently being circulated requesting that the homeowner's
association hold a special meeting on Aug. 25 to discuss the language
contained in the deed restrictions. The problem, though, is that the
30-day time limit to fix the fences ends on Aug. 22 for many residents.
If residents wait until the Aug. 25 meeting and find out their
violations isn't reversed, they will have to pay $85 for not making
repairs in 30 days. They will also either have to cut their wooden
fences down to size or get rid of the vinyl fencing.
Willie said the main problem is that language contained within the deed
restrictions is vague. For example, she said, definitions require fence
heights to be 60 inches above the "finished grade."
The homeowner's association claims the grade is measured from the bottom
of the fence. However, Willie said she asked two different developers
and looked up "finished grade" in a builder's dictionary. She said every
reference described it as being "where the house meets the ground."
If that's the case, her fence and many others are in compliance with the regulations.
Another reportedly vague point concerns the issue of residents needing a
two-thirds majority vote to change any deed restrictions. No one,
though, seems to be able to explain whether that refers to two-thirds of
all the homeowners in the neighborhood, or just two-thirds of the people
who actually paid their dues and voted.
The difference, again, could mean residents aren't in violation.
The deed also states that variances for violators would be granted in
the case of "hardship." Again, no one seems to be able to clarify that issue.
Willie said her overall point is that the restrictions are entirely up for interpretation.
"The Design Review Board and the trustees of the homeowner's association
seem to be interpreting it so that everyone is in violation," Willie
said. "The new president of the association is on a power trip and the
whole community is up in arms about it."
Coupled with the recent cat-trapping debate, she said, it has caused
some residents to question the motives of the new neighborhood administrators.
"There are good things that homeowner associations stand for," Willie
said. "But these scalloped fences are very pretty and professional looking."
Homeowner's Association President Patrick Soller said to understand
where the organization is now, a person needs to understand its history.
He said several years ago the association was being run by Dominion Homes.
"I guess they felt it was not politically correct to send out violation
letters," Soller said. "There was no enforcement."
Dominion Homes then stepped aside and for two years there was no
homeowner's association at all, he said.
In 2004, a group of trustees came in and began assessing the
organization. Now they are trying to correct years of neglect.
Soller said they began collecting unpaid bills from residents and spent
the past year sending out surveys. They have also started projects to
fix fountains and to make the area a nicer environment in which to live.
According to the deeds of the subdivision, Soller said, fences that are
vinyl or over 60 inches are not allowed unless there is a pool. The rule
has existed since the development of the neighborhood.
"Why have a homeowner's association if nothing is going to get
enforced?" Soller said.
If residents feel that the Woods at Mill Valley association is being
hard on them, he said, they should take a look at the Mill Valley North
Homeowner's Association.
"They don't allow fences of any type over there, unless there is a
pool," he said. "The rules are even more restrictive."
Soller said the issue of cutting down fences to fit the size limitation
is not entirely a done deal. If people have received a violation letter
and have questions, they should contact the association. In some cases
he is able to make exceptions. If a family is planning on putting in a
pool they can keep their fence, as long as they provide a time frame for
its construction. "I understand it is a hardship," Soller said. "We are certainly willing
to work with homeowners." Ultimately, he said, taking the issue to court is an option.
"We do have the law on our side," Soller claimed.
Willie said all she is asking is that the association be realistic and
grandfather in current fences. She added that cutting them down would
ruin the aesthetic quality of residents' homes and decrease property values.
"This association is supposed to be there to keep the neighborhood
looking nice," Willie said. "How nice is it going to look when 60 people
take hacksaws to the tops of their fences?"
In the meantime, discussion on the neighborhood on-line message board
has gone from polite to hostile.
Willie said resolution of the issue will either take place during the
future meeting as a result of the petition, or many residents said they
will pursue court action.

Learning to roll with progress
Couple reflects on 12 years of ownership of Skating Palace
By RYAN HORNS and NATALIE TROYER
After 12 years of operation, the Marysville Skating Palace has
officially announced it will be closing to make way for a commercial retail shopping center.
Skating Palace owners Luella and Carl Drumm sold the establishment to
Doppco Development Company, Inc. on Wednesday for $1 million, according
to Doppco President Alan Berger.
Berger said his company will be constructing an 18,500 square foot facility.
Around seven retail businesses will be included in the shopping center.
At this time he could only confirm that Verizon and First Choice Hair
Salon are businesses which have signed on.
According to zoning papers, at one point Applebee's Restaurant was
considered for inclusion.
Berger could not confirm this, but said in two weeks he will have more
information on businesses that have committed to the project.
"Until then," he said, "We don't feel right announcing it."
Mr. and Mrs. Drumm said leaving the skating business will be "bittersweet."
"We've had a lot of good years, but it's time to move on," Mrs. Drumm
said, adding that she doesn't know what her and her husband's next "venture" will be.
When she and her husband bought the building in 1993, it had previously
been a skating rink. But, at the time, they had no intention of keeping
it as one. In fact, Mrs. Drumm said she and her husband bought the
building without knowing what they'd use it for.
"We just saw it as a good investment that happened to be in an excellent
location," she said.
But, not long after they purchased the building, the couple received a
signed petition from a number of local middle and high school students
asking for the building to be put back into a skating rink.
So, the couple complied, even though they knew nothing about running a
skating business.
Looking back, though, Mrs. Drumm said she and her husband don't regret a
minute of it. "It's been a lot of hard work, but we've had fun with it," she said.
With business slowing down in the past several years, though, the couple
began seriously considering the possibility of selling the building,
after Doppco approached the couple about 7 months ago.
Mrs. Drumm added: "There's a lot for students to do around here and our
business just couldn't compete with that."
The couple are giving skates and a variety of other items from the
Skating Palace to a local couple, Ron and Kathy Robinson, who've
expressed interest in opening a new skating rink in Marysville in the near future.
At this stage, the development for the shopping center has passed the
Marysville Planning Commission and the next step would be to move into
the permit process. Mr. and Mrs. Drumm said the building will be cleaned out, and ready for
Dopco, by Aug. 22. Berger said the process of working with the city of Marysville has been easy.
"The city has really been wonderful to work with," he said. "Their
representatives have been great."
He said the help of city administrator Kathy House and city engineer
Phil Roush made everything enjoyable.
"We are excited to be in Marysville," Berger said. "I think people will
really appreciate the great look of the building and the convenient
access to the new stores." Expanding the tax base of the city and bringing in new jobs and new
business are also attributes for the development, he said.
"We expect to be under construction sometime in the next two months," Berger said.
The Drumm's said they appreciated the support of the local community over the past 12 years.
"It's been great, but I guess all good things must eventually come to an end," Mrs. Drumm said.

City eyeing sewer rate hike
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville city administrators will soon be asking residents to make a trade.
Over the next five years the city is proposing increased sewer rates.
The rate would be highest in the first three years and would then
decrease over the final two years.
It would include a 17.5 percent increase, followed by two years of 17.1
percent and then another two years at a reduced 2.3 percent increase. In
return, the city will finally be able to complete a long list of
projects associated with building a new wastewater and stormwater
processing plant system. It is a situation the city has been leading up
to for the past two years.
The finance committee met Tuesday afternoon to discuss introducing new
legislation at city council's Aug. 11 meeting to amend sewer rates for
the Public Utility Division.
According to the legislation language, the city needs to construct a new
wastewater plant. In order to pay for construction and debt service for
the new facility, the cost will exceed the available and future revenues
currently being collected into the wastewater treatment funds.
To give residents a perspective, homeowner wastewater usage bills would
stay the same this year. However, rates from the years 2006 to 2010 would increase.
The state of Ohio EPA reported that the typical household uses an
average of 1,037 cubic feet of wastewater flow per month. Based on this
format (rounded down to 1000), bills for similar wastewater usage would
be $34.76 per month under the current rates.
The proposed increases residents would pay include:
. $6.04 more in 2006
. $7.02 more in 2007
. $8.20 more in 2008
. $1.32 more in 2009
. $1.32 more in 2010
Before residents start taking to the streets to complain about rate
increases, public service director Tracie Davies said people should keep
something in mind. Administrators were originally planning on issuing a
30 percent increase on sewer rates and have since been able to whittle
that figure down to 13 percent.
City administrator Kathy House said officials have "exhausted" every
option they know of to bring that number down.
Davies said the sewer rate increase would allow the city to borrow $110
million at the beginning of next year to pay for purchasing the property
for the new wastewater plant, constructing a 6 to 8 million gallon per
day facility, construct a new effluent sewer line, make engineering
designs for the new plant, complete construction engineering for the new
plant, construct a new Industrial Parkway sewer, make engineering
designs for a new trunk sewer and complete construction engineering for
the new trunk sewer.
The total cost for all the projects is $119,290,654  - which has
increased from original estimates of $91,283,000 because of inflation,
construction costs and modifications to the original designs. It has
been two years since the city started the ball rolling to repair the
sewer and wastewater problems. Other factors in the price increase have
to do with the city deciding to build a plant and trunk sewer that can
be expanded to 24 MGD and prepare Marysville for growth long into the future.
Out of the current price tag, the city has already used existing funds
to cover $9,290,654 of the costs, placing them at the $110 million the
city hopes to borrow.
Council member Dan Fogt said there is still the option of raising tap-in
fees for new developments.
Davies, though, pointed out that it has only been two years since the
fees were last raised and to do it again might scare away new businesses
which would be hit the hardest by increased tap-in fees.
"At the present moment we're where we should be," Davies said.
The city is designing an 8 MGD wastewater plant and will build at least
a 6 MGD facility to begin with, instead of a 4 MGD plant as originally proposed.
Davies said the engineers will have the facility designs "hopefully done
by the end of the year."
Finance director John Morehart reported that the city will save millions
of dollars in debt service costs because Marysville recently received a
higher investment rating.
"Over 30 years that could translate into millions in savings," he said.
The first step was getting council member Edward Pleasant to sponsor the
ordinance and now the legislation will receive three readings before it
is voted through or turned down.

Man flees with child; is charged
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville Police were able to put a quick end to a reported kidnapping of a 4-month-old girl.
Marshall C. Miller, 21, whose last known local address was 635 London
Ave., was arrested by Juno, Alaska police Wednesday evening. He is
currently being charged on a fifth-degree felony charge of interfering with child custody.
Marshall reportedly is the non-custodial father of the child. He was
allowed visitation rights to see her last Friday evening and was to
return her to her mother on Sunday. Instead Miller allegedly took the
infant to his mother's residence in Juno.
On Monday, the child's mother in Marysville reported the kidnapping.
Local detectives were able to determine that Miller had gone to Alaska.
They notified the Juno Police Department of Miller's possible location.
He was found with the child and arrested.
Marysville police officials reported today that the infant is in "good
condition" and is currently in the custody of the Alaskan office of Children's Services.
Miller is expected to be extradited back to Marysville where he could be charged with kidnapping.

School issue approved
Voters give big thumbs up with 74 percent casting "yes" votes
By KARLYN BYERS
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman and Marysville Exempted Village School
District received a big vote of confidence Tuesday, when voters approved
the district's 5.2-mill bond issue by an unofficial vote of 2,815-947.
"It's a good feeling," Zimmerman told the Journal-Tribune this morning.
Although, he added, "I think the community is the one that should be happiest."
According to Union County Board of Election results, 22.43 percent of
the district's registered voters turned out for the special election in
the school district's 25 precincts.
Tuesday's approval of the 26-year bond issue will secure $27 million in
extra state payments and will finance a second addition to the
district's high school. It resets values in the school district at a
higher level and locks in more direct payments from the state.
The savings are possible because of recent changes in Ohio's tax code.
The state will calculate future direct payments to local school
districts based on property tax values and levies on the books as of Sept. 1.
"I think we got our message across to the community," Zimmerman said. "I
think the people who came out understood it."
Zimmerman said it became apparent Tuesday night at the board of
elections office that the bond issue was going to pass. A little past 9
p.m., the results were final.
"I've always found Marysville voters want the information ...  give them
the information and let them make a decision ... communicate fairly and
straight," Zimmerman said, even when the issues are complex such as Tuesday's bond issue.
He said the next step is to "figure out what this new tax issue does on the operating side."
The elimination of the tangible personal property tax and other tax
changes implemented in House Bill 66, which went into effect July 1,
will cost Marysville Schools one-third of its operating budget.
Zimmerman has called it "the most significant tax change in 50 years."
Zimmerman estimated the special election cost the school district
roughly $18,000. While that total sounds steep, he said, when balanced
with the $27 million the district saved, "It's a cost we had to take," Zimmerman said.
Marysville will see an increase of about 300 new pupils in the 2005-2006
school year. Meanwhile, the school administration anticipated no increase in state funding.
State legislators need to realize how school districts and communities
are impacted by population increases, Zimmerman said.
"I'm OK with growth ... but as you grow your schools and county services
and other services are going to be stretched," he said.
"Growth should pay for itself. We can't continue to fund state
government at the expense of local communities."
Construction on the high school addition won't start "for a couple more
years," Zimmerman said. Whether it will be an actual addition, a
freshman building or a freshman wing hasn't been decided. But the
building or renovation will have to be open by fall 2008, he said.
The current high school enrollment is 1,400.
Zimmerman also plans to remain involved in his efforts to get school funding revised.
"Hopefully we can get some corrections at the state level and be part of
the participation and discussion."

North Lewisburg poised for November levy attempt
By CORINNE BIX
North Lewisburg residents may be voting on a new tax in November.
At Tuesday evening's council meeting, Mayor Dick Willis proposed for
consideration either a .5 percent income tax or a five-mil levy on real estate.
Both options would generate about $95,000 annually for the village.
Barry First, village administrator, said the village hasn't seen any new
money from taxpayers since 1994.  Currently, emergency services take
almost half of the village's total operating budget.
Additional reasons for the proposed tax include the price of propane,
which has gone up almost three times within the last four years, and the
rising cost of policing as a result of a union contract increase. The
village is also preparing to continue with the bike path and wastewater treatment projects.
"We need additional revenue from somewhere," First said, "I would lean
towards the income tax because the real estate tax only affects the property owners."
The village currently only receives the mandatory 1.2 inside millage
from taxpayers as is required by the state. First reported that
neighboring communities receive anywhere from 7.2 mils in Mechanicsburg
to 9.3 mils in St. Paris from their residents along with one percent
income tax in both communities.
He added that the village has only begun to charge for water what it
should have charged 10 years ago when the new water system went in place
in 1995. Steve Wilson, council president, suggested a work session devoted to
further discussion of the tax issue.
Council members will meet on Aug. 11 to discuss the topic further. If
they approve moving forward with the emergency services tax before the
Champaign County Board of Election Aug.15 deadline, the issue will go
before the voters in November.
The Ohio EPA continues to rear its ugly head for the village. Council
members were made aware that the village has lost its .25 percent
interest rate reduction for the wastewater treatment plant project as
awarded to the village last year through the Ohio EPA.
The program allows municipalities to sponsor the preservation of
waterways in exchange for a lower interest rate on money borrowed for wastewater treatment.
The village was awarded the funds but because of a hold-up by the EPA in
regard to changing the classification of Spain's Creek to an exceptional
cold-water habitat, the wastewater treatment project has come to a halt,
due to new restrictions in regard to discharge limits etc. that have
since been applied to the creek given the new classification.
Council members were disheartened to hear the news after aggressively
pursuing the unique grant program. Since they were just made aware of
losing the funds the village missed the deadline to apply for this year's grant money.
Rick Carfagna with Time Warner Cable presented to council in regard to a
cable franchise renewal contract with the village.
Time Warner's contract ended with the village this past May. Carfagna is
hoping to negotiate a 15-year renewal, which would include complimentary
cable service to all village government buildings and complementary
roadrunner connections to area schools and libraries.
In addition, the village would be able to collect a franchise fee, which
is capped at five percent of all revenues collected by Time Warner.
Carfagna explained that under law the village is entitled to collect
these funds but the cost is passed onto the consumer.
First told Council and Carfagna that after consulting with the village
law director the village has been advised to not sign onto a lengthy 15-year agreement.
Carfagna explained that the now expired agreement was for 20 years and
that the contract is not all inclusive therefore allowing competing
cable companies to offer services in the village. "We need something else," First said.
Carfagna said he would consult with his superiors and report back to First.
Gary Silcott updated the board on the Jackson's Landing condominium
community on east corporate edge of the village on Route 245.
The village will only be responsible for sanitary sewer and water for
the community as required by the state. The property owners will assume
all other responsibilities for the maintenance of streets as detailed in
the condo regulations.
Officer Glenn Kemp reported that progress is being made on cleaning up
unsightly properties within the village.
Both 23 West Street and 405 North Sycamore are being pursued by the
village, county building department, county health department and, in
the case of the West Street property, a court order.
Council members Chris Woodard, Steve Wilson, Curtis Burton and Nancy
Stuart will all be seeking reelection in November when their terms expire this year.
Office Glenn Kemp gave the Champaign County Sheriff's report for the
month of July for the village. There were 11 traffic citations issued,
10 warnings issued for traffic violations, 24 incident reports, 36 cases
of assistance given to citizens, 18 arrests made, nine civil and
criminal papers served, 77 follow-up investigations completed, two open
doors, five instances of juvenile contact, and two civic activities.
The next council meeting will be Tuesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Alleged scandal taints lamb show
By CINDY BRAKE
Minutes before the junior fair lamb show began Thursday, a
hastily-called meeting was held behind locked doors before the Union
County Senior Fairboard banned three junior fair exhibitors from showing their projects.
Dale Madison, senior fairboard president, confirmed Monday that the
board banned the Dan Westlake family from exhibiting for three years
because a lamb was "drenched" during the fair. This is the first year
that a family has been banned.
Madison said the family was not asked by the board to remove their
animals from the barn.
Drenching, according to veterinarian Dr. Margaret Masterson, is a
process to force animals to drink any liquid. She said drenching is used
to administer some medications. Rules state that drenching of lambs is
permitted for a medicinal condition at an exhibition when diagnosed by a licensed veterinarian.
Masterson said the board had asked her to define the law and collect evidence.
Dick Cryder, chairman of the General Livestock Committee, said he
received a telephone call at work from Union County Extension Agent John
Hixson Thursday afternoon saying a question about an issue had come up
and he needed to get to the fair as soon as possible.
When he arrived, Cryder said he was locked out of the senior fairboard
office and not able to hear the accusations or vote on the matter.
Cryder said he was uncertain about who from his committee was present at
the meeting. He did state that a resolution was passed that an offense
had occurred and the family should not show.
Hixson is reportedly on vacation this week and was not available for
comment. A day after the decision, local 4-H extension agent Christy
Leeds said she was aware of the matter but not involved.
Madison said the senior fairboard considered more than one written
statement. He refused to release the names of who made the statements or
what was written. He also refused to provide the names of what board
members were present and voted on the ban.
Bonnie Cantrell of Plain City contacted the Marysville Journal-Tribune
twice during the fair and said her husband, Scot, had witnessed the incident.
Dan Westlake said today his family has done nothing wrong.
"We are very proud of our family, our kids, our sheep business and
association with the Union County Fair for over 50 years. Neither I nor
any member of my family have ever cheated, will never cheat at a
livestock show or tolerate those who do. We understand the fairboard was
under a great deal of pressure and did the best they could at the time,
but with a complete investigation of the facts we are sure that the
Westlake family will be welcomed back at the Union County fair and will
be showing next year."
Cryder said his committee serves as an advisory branch to the senior
fairboard and routinely deals with livestock issues. This year he said
the committee considered three other issues. They included a question
about hogs, a steer and another sheep.
The senior fairboard is officially known as the Union County Board of
Directors for the Union County Agriculture Society and includes 22
representatives from each township, the Marysville district and six
at-large members. Currently there are five vacancies on the board. Each
term is for three years.
Directors and the townships they represent include: Crystal Ropp, Ron
Shilling, Kim Butcher, John Ropp, John R. Wolfe, Todd Phlipot, Kay
Griffith, Billy Jo Humble, Dwayne Smith, Dale Madison, Ruby Anderson,
Gene Kirby, Dave Cook, Amanda Grove, Marcia Dreiseidel, Marge
Gillenwater and Mike Butcher.

A look back at a big weekend for Union County
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune Intern
It's safe to say that the city of Marysville didn't get much sleep this past weekend.
While the Union County Fair was winding down, motorcycle engines were
revving up for Honda HomeComing, which had a near-record crowd of 15,000
Thursday through Sunday.
A record 604 motorcycles formed the Light Parade from the Marysville
Motorcycle Plant to Bellefontaine on Thursday night. Another record of
979 motorcycles was set Friday night in the Light Parade to Marysville,
according to a press release from Honda spokesman Don Hensley.
The line,  which left from the plant around 9 p.m., passed through
downtown Marysville around 9:20 p.m., as thousands of residents stood by to watch.
Hensley said that, while the annual light parade was part of Honda
HomeComing, non-Honda bikes - such as Harley Davidson and Yamaha -
participated as well. With the parade came the need for extra staff on crowd control, though,
said Marysville police chief Floyd Golden.
Approximately 26 officers from the Marysville Police and nine deputies
with the sheriff's office worked Friday evening to keep guests under
control and traffic to a minimum.
Golden said the crowd this year was "pretty orderly and cooperative."
The only complaint Golden had was in regards to the amount of traffic
congestion after the parade. Traffic didn't die down, he said, until around 10:45 p.m.
"If we can improve on anything next year, it'll be keeping this
congestion down," he said. "We had a lot of cooperation and patience
from the citizens of Marysville, though."
Hensley said one of the most exciting things about the weekend was the
Guiness World Record set during the VTX Ride-In.
Hundreds of VTX 1800 cruiser motorcycles - 594 to be exact - departed at
11 a.m. Friday morning from the Wal-Mart parking lot in Marysville and
rode through the motorcycle plant's gates around 11:30 a.m. That set a
Guiness World Record for the largest, single model ride-in for one
location. The ride broke a previous record, set by the Valkyrie owners
club at the 2003 Honda HomeComing.
The Honda HomeComing festivities ended Saturday evening at 6 p.m. with a
closing ceremony and dinner, where David Palmer of Berrien Springs,
Mich. was announced the winner of the 30th anniversary Gold Wing GL1800
Giveaway. More than 3,600 visitors registered for the drawing.
Most riders and guests left town after the ceremony Saturday evening.
A number of local businesses were pleased with Honda HomeComing,
particularly because it brought them an increase in revenue.
Business at Benny's Pizza was up "about five to 10 percent," said owner
Fred Neumeier. Managers at both Amerihost and Hampton Inn in Marysville said their
rooms were completely booked from Thursday to Sunday evening.
Planning is already underway for Honda HomeComing 2006. The first
meeting was held Monday. Hensley said: "We start planning 364 days in advance."
Union County Fair director Kay Griffith echoed this sentiment in regards
to planning for the 2006 exposition.
"We were getting ready for next year's fair during last week's fair," she said.
The fair closed its gates at 10 p.m. Sunday. Griffith said attendance
was "way up over last year." She attributed that to several factors.
"Participation from the local community was strong," she said. "We also
had a lot of new displays and new concessions."
Griffith, in her 22nd year as director, said that - despite the heat and
cancellation of the parade due to weather - she was pleased overall with the fair.
"We had very few crowd problems; our rides company was happy and all of
our Junior Fair judges showed up, for once," she said.
Despite her lack of sleep, Griffith and others are still busy cleaning up from the week.
"We're all very tired... but there were eight board members out cleaning
at 7 a.m. this morning," Griffith said Monday.
With the additional help from people from the Ohio Reformatory for
Women, Griffith estimated the grounds should be completely clean by this evening..
Next year is the 160th anniversary for the Union County Fair, which is
set for July 24-30.
"We'll be doing some special things next year to celebrate the anniversary," Griffith said.

Scam targets the civic minded
From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Sheriff's Office is getting the word out that a group
is attempting to scam county residents.
Callers from out of state have been preying upon civic minded residents
to raise money for something that doesn't exist.
Deputies said a woman in Delaware recently received a phone call from a
woman who claimed she was from a shelter for battered women and abused
children in the Sunbury area. The Delaware woman said she was told that
the shelter was in danger of closing and for a one-time donation of
$34.95 on her credit card (in an over the phone transaction) she could
help stop the shelter from closing.
According to a media report provided by sheriff's Lt. Jamie Patton, the
resident already knew that there was no shelter in Sunbury, so she asked
more questions and was told by the caller that no further information on
the shelter could be revealed because it was "confidential." But after
more questions the caller admitted that she was actually calling from Phoenix, AZ.
"This is a scam," Patton said. "The only shelter serving the Delaware
County area is Turning Point. While Turning Point does fund raising, it
does not hire outside solicitors and it does not ask for specific amounts."
The sheriff's office is telling residents that if they receive a call
regarding this or any other questionable fund raising, to know that it
is not legitimate and to contact local law enforcement with details.

Jerome appoints new commission member
By CINDY BRAKE
A clerk isn't a trustee, even in Jerome Towship.
The Jerome Township Board of Trustees has been advised by the Union
County prosecuting attorney that it can not appoint the township clerk
to the 911 Planning Commission.
At a previous meeting, trustees Freeman May and Sharon Sue Wolfe voted
to appoint clerk Robert Caldwell as the township's representative even
after trustee Ron Rhodes said he would serve on the commission.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson attended the meeting and said the
board needed to appoint someone this week so the commission could begin
its work. Law dictates that the commission include a representative of
the county's most populous township which is Jerome.
Rhodes volunteered again. May nominated Wolfe. Wolfe said she didn't
want to do it. Wolfe then seconded Rhodes' nomination of himself, but
said she thought he should abstain from a vote because he nominated
himself. Rhodes pointed out that Wolfe voted for herself as chairman.
The nomination passed 2-1 with May voting no.
Attorney Donald Brosius was invited to meet with the trustees at the
request of the zoning board. Joe Sullivan, vice chairman of the zoning
board, said Brosius was the most experienced attorney in zoning.
Seated at a table with the trustees, Brosius opened the meeting by
saying that he was not interested in working for the township without
the full support of the board.
"This township has had issues... It's no secret," Brosius said."
Rhodes said that until Monday it has appeared that repeated attempts to
hire an attorney are to benefit certain individuals.
"I cannot be assured that will not happen," Rhodes said. No one disputed his claims.
May and Wolfe said they supported the hiring of an attorney.
Caldwell said he thought it was "very sad for .... the township that one
individual can bully this township ... just a sad situation."
Later in the meeting during the public comment period, one individual
voiced concern that the clerk's comments were inappropriate and reminded
him that he was not a trustee. Caldwell then appeared to become defensive.
Wolfe again raised a concern - mentioned at previous meetings - about
the Union County prosecutor's office not responding to requests from the
township. She said one case was sent to the prosecutor at the beginning
of the year. "We haven't heard squat," she said.

Nine records set at sale - Record total of $218,000 brought in at livestock auction
By CINDY BRAKE
When the bidding ended Saturday night nine record prices were set at the
2005 Union County Junior Fair Livestock Sale.
Records prices were paid for the grand and reserve champion rabbits,
grand and reserve champion chickens, grand and reserve champion turkeys,
grand and reserve champion barrows and grand champion gilt.
Dick Cryder, chairman of the General Livestock Committee, opened the
two-part auction Saturday afternoon by calling it "a new adventure." In
the past, the auction began in the evening and continued late into the
night. This year, the auction began at 2:30 p.m. with goats, rabbits,
broilers and turkeys. A short dinner break followed with the second
auction starting at 5:30 p.m. for steers, market heifers, dairy
products, dairy feeders, hogs and lambs. All, but one of the records was
set during the afternoon auction.
A total of 300 youth auctioned their 4-H or FFA projects with 145 buyers
paying $218,000, topping last year's total by $20,000.
Connolly Construction, 179 Emmaus Road, broke the first record of the
day with the purchase of Megan Swaney's grand champion pen of three
rabbits. The previous record of $925 was set in 1996.
B & Company Salon & Day Spa, 1038 Columbus Ave., quickly followed suit
with the second record breaking purchase of Garret Mohler's reserve
champion pen of three rabbits for $775. The previous record of $725 was set in 1996.
Record breaking prices continued when Deere Short Excavating of
Marysville topped their previous record-setting bid and purchased
Stephen Carl's grand champion pen of four meat chickens for $1,625.
Deere Short Excavating has purchased the grand champion pen of chickens
since 2002 and in 1997, setting the previous record in 2004 at $1,050.
John Hinderer Honda of Heath made its presence known throughout the day
with the purchase of the reserve champion pen of four meat chickens,
grand champion turkey, grand champion market steer and grand champion
barrow - breaking past records for the chickens, turkey and barrow.
Hinderer Honda purchased Neal Seymour's grand champion turkey for
$1,300. The past record of $1,100 was set in 2003. The Heath dealer bid
$3.50 a pound for the grand champion steer which weighed 1,297 pounds;
and $8 a pound for the grand champion barrow which weighed 265 pounds.
The previous record barrow champion sold for $6.25 a pound in 2001.
Hinderer paid $1,100 for the chickens. The previous record was $900 set
in 2004  The record steer sold in 2003 for $21 a pound.
North Main Motors of Marysville bought three reserve champions and broke
two records, purchasing Courtney Lippencott's 245-pound reserve barrow
for $7 a pound, Emma Burnside's reserve champion turkey for $1,125 and
Lindsey Grzeskowiak's 98-pound reserve champion goat for $5 a pound. The
previous record for reserve champion turkey was set in 2003 at $825 and
the previous record price for reserve champion barrow was set in 2003 at
$5.50 a pound. The record goat sold in 996 for $1,400.
Other buyers at the auctions included:
Lambert Jewelers purchased Christy Bohlman's grand champion market goat
for $6.75 a pound. The record was set in 1996 at $1,400.
Nelson Auto Group purchased Jared Kuhlwein's reserve champion gilt for
$4.50 a pound. The record was set in 2004 at $6.20 a pound. Nelson also
purchased Tyler Swaney's grand champion ewe for $6.50 a pound. The
record was set in 2004 at $10.25 a pound.
A group of four buyers pooled their resources to purchased Luke
Redmond's grand champion wether for $13.50 a pound. The buyers were Kale
Marketing, Ron Burns Farm, Roy Burns Stable and Marysville Lanes. The
record was set in 2003 at $21 a pound.
First Monarch Mortgage purchased Nicole Fout's reserve champion wether
for $9 a pound. The record was set in 2002 at $11 a pound. First Monarch
Mortgage also purchased the dairy exhibitor's basket for $1,500 with
Select Sires chipping in an additional $100 to the four exhibitors.
Honda Marysville purchased the reserve champion steer from Janelle
Yunker for $3.50 a pound. The record for reserve champion steer was set
in1998 at $3.60 a pound. Delaware Meats and Parrott Implement purchased the grand champion dairy
feeder for $4 a pound, tying the previous record set in 1996.
Bob Chapman Ford purchased Ali Meddles' reserve champion dairy feeder
for $2.50 a pound. The previous record was set in 1996 at $3.20 a pound.

Ride for Kids raises $114,000
Editor's note: The following information was supplied by Honda of America.
At age four, Matt Howdyshell was diagnosed with a pediatric brain tumor.
Now a 17-year-old high school senior, Howdyshell hiked more than 80
miles in rugged New Mexico with his Boy Scout troop a few weeks ago and
on July 30 was one of the brain tumor survivors to lead the 14th annual
Ride for Kids charity ride at Honda of America Mfg.'s Marysville Motorcycle Plant.
More than 400 riders participated in the ride sponsored by the Pediatric
Brain Tumor Foundation, raising a total of $114,566. Held in conjunction
with the Honda HomeComing , it is one of 36 Ride for Kids events across
the country this year. American Honda Motor Co. has been the presenting
sponsor for the rides since 1991.
"When the foundation was formed, not much could be done for children
battling brain tumors," said Altrece Hogans, a Honda of America
associate who coordinates the event. "Through research and sharing of
information, we see children surviving this deadly disease. It's a great
feeling when we see them return. We know we've made a difference in their lives."
"The kids are so courageous," said Howdyshell's father, Lee, an
associate at Honda of America. "The battle never really goes away. It
means a lot to see so many people come to this event. It tells us that we are not alone."
Another returning "star" was Seth Thuman, 5-year-old son of Jackie and
Todd Thuman of Wapakoneta.
"If there's going to be a cure for this disease, the Pediatric Brain
Tumor Foundation will find it," Todd Thuman said. "The kids are tough
and have such a great spirit, even though they are so sick. We
appreciate all the people who work so hard and contribute so generously
to help the kids."
Facilitating the 90-minute ride were the sheriff's departments from
Union and Logan counties, the West Liberty Police Department and the
Union County Engineer's Office.
Top Fundraisers
The top individual fundraisers at the event were Carol and Ken Denman of
Marysville who have raised funds for Ride for Kids for the past 13
years. They raised $12,400, much from employees at O.M. Scotts, where
Ken recently retired. They also received money from a car show at Sam
Jackson's Auto  Body Repairs and Collision Service. Tom and Opal Bartels
from Hamilton, Ohio were second with $4,360.
The friendly rivalry continued between the Gold Wing Road Riders
Association Chapter B-2 from Bellefontaine and Chapter D-3 from
Marysville. The Bellefontaine chapter nudged out Marysville $17,603 to $15,044.
Wing Dreams Associates from Bellefontaine was the top dealer by raising
$16,500. Richard Bell from Coeymans Hollow, N.Y. won the drawing for a
Honda 250 Rebel motorcycle.

Man on quest to set fair visit record
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune Intern
For William Richardson, visiting the Union County Fair wasn't an option
if he wants to get his name in the book. The Guinness World Records book, that is.
Richardson, 33, is starting what he hopes is a world record for the most
Ohio fairs visited in one year and the most Ohio fairs visited in five years or less.
His goal  is to visit 24 fairs in one year and 95 fairs in five years or
less. This includes all county and independent fairs, as well as the state fair.
"It's an adventure," he said during an interview Thursday at the fair.
"It's allowing me to see all of these sights in Ohio that I never knew about."
Richardson, who resides in Troy, began the challenge midway through last summer.
"At first, I was just bored, so I started attending any county fairs I
could get to on my days off of work," he said.
Wondering whether there was currently a record for the most fairs
visited in Ohio, he contacted Guinness World Records and discovered no
such record existed. To attain the world record, Richardson was informed
that he would need to save all the ticket stubs and program books from
each fair he visited - which he'd already been doing because  he
initially just wanted to make a scrapbook of his journeys.
Purchasing an atlas and an Ohio Agricultural Fair guide, Richardson
began mapping out a plan for when he could make an appearance at each fair.
"I've divided Ohio into four categories," he said. "I've mainly visited
fairs in the northwest quadrant this year... next year, I'll move to the northeast."
He's already been to 11 fairs this summer and plans to attend 13 more.
Richardson spends one full day at each fair and budgets himself only $20
for the day. That money goes towards gate cost, food and drinks for the day.
"I never play games or ride rides," he added.
Working the late shift at MT Picture Display Corporation in Troy,
Richardson said he gets off work around 6:30 a.m. At least four days out
of the week, he usually leaves straight from work to get to a fair. He
often packs a change of clothes and sleeps in his truck if he has
another fair to attend the next day.
"There are always shower facilities at fairgrounds," he said.
Last year, alone, Richardson put about 5,000 miles on his truck,
traveling to fairs. He hasn't kept track of how much he's spent on gasoline.
In all his travels, he only recalls getting lost once, on his way to the Ottawa County Fair.
"I got confused as to where the fairgrounds were. I only got about two
miles out of town, though, before I realized I needed to turn around and
ask somebody."
Richardson said the best fair he's been to so far was the Mahoning
County Fair because of its size. "It had 17 midways," he said.
The worst fair, he said, was Paulding County because it didn't have any
rides and hardly any concessions.
While Richardson said he enjoys seeing new communities and visiting
different places in Ohio, he said there are some downsides to his weekly adventures.
"It can get boring and lonely when you're traveling by yourself and
walking around alone all day at a fair where you don't know anybody."
However, Richardson said the experience is teaching him one thing.
"There's a lot of stuff I can see and do without having to leave the state of Ohio."