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Local Archived News June 2005

Families host students from abroad
Storms cause damage in county
County endures hot, dry June
Woman finds life in gift from another
The myths associated with organ donation
Fairbanks dealing with the details - School board  trying to decide on building options
Residents turn out to fight one-way street
Summer weather brings home improvement scams
New plant isn't only sewer upgrade - Getting lines to the new facility is a big project
Dancing in the sky
City road project update
Patience on the pavement
Fire claims home in northern Union County
School board  hears grim financial picture
Hospital eyes land transfer
Area Fourth of July activities set
Police Dept. is member of organization
Airport to host aerobatic competition
YMCA executive director named
Jerome trustees discuss fire/EMS issue
Triad eyes rehiring retired A.D.
Milford Center Council hears water meter complaint
Suspect leaves child in car, flees
'Jack and the Beanstalk' showcases community talent
Some in Jerome don't like deal on water/sewer
Lawmen dealing with high gas prices
County's first Serious Youth Offender sentenced
Church bursting at the seams
U.S. 42 bypass plans progressing
Richwood gears up for Springenfest
Marysville man sentenced to 10 years in prison
Richwood pinpoints sources of sewer inflow
Collins Avenue light stalled by state
Street repaving to begin Monday
Union County Sheriff greets president
Third Fridays events take shape
Big headache over Big Darby
A look at Union County's four covered bridges
Court action involves recent drug sweep
Teen gets six years in prison
Youth minister creates own board game
North Union honors top graduating seniors
Veterans committee gathering data
Fairbanks names H.S. principal
Judge rules sex offender registration law too vague
EPA move snags N.L. sewer plant progress
Jerome discusses hiring administrator
Local thespians to put on - 'Jack and the Beanstalk'
Hazardous waste drive has high turnout
Summer crisis program begins
Teams place in international competition
Cable Alert: Lifesaver or nuisance?
Jail officials discuss difficult inmates
Water/sewer deal draws flak
Young inventor honored
Shooting investigation in final stages
Triad lists valedictorian, salutatorian and award winners
Mill Valley residents organize
Man shot by deputy remains in serious condition
Marysville honors top graduates, award winners

Families host students from abroad
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune intern
Armed with a passport and an eager mind, a number of foreign exchange
students will step off an airplane this fall, ready to immerse
themselves in the American culture and educational system.
Anxiously awaiting their arrival is local resident Joy Bingman.
Bingman was recently named the area's International Exchange Coordinator
for a student exchange program called the EF Foundation for Foreign Study.
The EF Foundation is one of three exchange programs that send students
to area high schools. Each year, the foundation sends foreign students
between the ages of 15 and 18, from 40 different countries, to the
United States to study for an academic year or semester.
As a volunteer coordinator, Bingman will spend this summer seeking local
families willing to open their homes to  students. Families are expected
to provide only room and board. Throughout the school year, she will act
as a liaison for the students, host families and schools.
"I'm looking for families that can provide a safe but exciting cultural
experience for the students," she said. "I see a need for loving, caring
host families and that's a need I hope to help fill."
The exchange experience can be an eye-opener for both the host family
and student, Bingman said.
"It really makes you take a fresh look at your surroundings," she said.
"I think most families would agree that they end up discovering things
about the American culture that they might, on any other day, have
simply overlooked."
As a teacher's aid, Bingman has seen many international students come
and go. She even hosted a student named Julio from Mexico for several weeks.
"Learning about Julio and hearing about his home culture firsthand was
incredible to me," Bingman said. "I'd always heard about exchange
programs, but the experience itself made it very personal."
Another Marysville family also found its hosting experience to be quite incredible.
Ginger and Steve Cichy first met New Zealand exchange student Renee
Talaimanu in January. Talaimanu found many common interests between her
home culture and life in America.
At home in Auckland, New Zealand, the teen-ager lives with her father,
mother and younger brother. Her father is a professional rugby coach and
her mother is a schoolteacher.
The Cichy family, like the Talaimanus, includes two parents and two
children, William, 18, and Andrew, 15. Talaimanu's athletic nature also
meshed well with the Cichy's interests.
"Renee blended well into our family because of her connection with
rugby," said Mr. Cichy, a high school rugby club coach. "She's also very
athletic and has a younger brother, so she was used to being around boys."
For Mrs. Cichy, it was nice to get a break from the testosterone.
"It was great for me because I had a girl around the house to talk to," she said.
A family doesn't need to have a teen-ager in the household in order to
be a host, Bingman said, and it also does not have to be traditional.
"We've had empty-nesters and single parent households serve as hosters,"
she said, adding that an open mind and a compassionate heart are the
only requirements for host families.
Bingman explains that her own motivation is beyond anything monetary.
With a son overseas, she knows how it feels to be a parent on the other end.
"My son, Brandon, is in China right now, teaching English to the
Chinese...I know how it feels to sit at home, constantly wondering, 'Is
my kid safe over there?' My motivation is simply to find reliable
families that will provide a safe and enjoyable experience for these
students, so parents don't have to worry."
Like Bingman, host families aren't awarded any money for their duties.
"Families aren't making anything by hosting a student; in fact, they
might be out a little bit in the end, but hopefully, the experience
itself should be enough of a reward," she said.
Families interested in hosting a student can contact Bingman at
644-0976.The process then begins with an application, which asks the
family a variety of questions, like their religious affiliation, if they
have any pets and whether or not they enjoy the outdoors.
"Obviously, we'd want to match a student's similar interests to that of
their host family's," Bingman said.
Following the application, Bingman will meet with the prospective host
family in its home for an interview. From there, he or she will work
closely with the family to select the best possible student for it to host.
Then, several weeks before the start of the school year, the student arrives.
"That's when the adventure really begins," Bingman said. "It's
incredible. The very education and cultural experience that the student
comes for is what he or she ends up giving back to the family. I guess
that's why they call it an 'exchange' program.

Storms cause damage in county
By JOEY SECREST Journal-Tribune intern
While storms through the area brought much-needed rainfall, they also
caused damage to residents in the northeastern side of the county.
The home of Ryan and Melanie Peterson, 20313 Whitestone Road, was hit by
a storm from the north at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.
"I was in the garage and the door was open," Mr. Peterson said. "The
wind wasn't blowing in the garage. Then all of the sudden I could see
things blowing by."
At this point, Peterson said he was trying to get the dogs inside the house.
"The trees were bending like fishing poles," Mr. Peterson said. "The
wind was blowing so hard it was hard to walk. I heard a big boom and
then everything was laying in the yard."
The big boom was three tall trees and one large limb that collapsed in
the yard of the residence. One limb fell across the front yard, over a
Jeep Liberty and came to rest on the roof of the home causing damage to
the roof, porch and window screen. The house and yard of the residence
were weather-beaten and debris covered the lawn. The Jeep Liberty was
dented, along with the state vehicle of Mr. Peterson who is a wildlife officer.
The wind blew for a total of 15 minutes and it rained for about 15 to 20
minutes. After the rain, the Petersons began to evaluate the damage and
began the clean-up process.
"We got really lucky on people helping us out," Mr. Peterson said. "It
was really nice for people to help."
His dad and father-in-law both went to the residence with chain saws. A
neighbor saw the damage and men from their church went to the residence
with chain saws. Doug Ropp of the Marysville Police Department and
neighborhood children also helped.
Even with help from the community, the project has just begun for the Petersons.
A contractor through their insurance company has to look at the roof and
porch. Dave Kiss is going to the residence to cut logs and sweep brush.
A beekeeper from Richwood is collecting bees from hives that were in the
trees that are now broken.
"I get to go get my chain saw and have fun today," Mr. Peterson said.
However, the Peterson's were not the only residence in the area to be damaged.
The residence of Bill and Tami Lowe, 20721 Springdale Road, was also a
victim of wind damage.
Their home is on the Master Gardener's Home Tour on July 10.
"Yesterday the home was spotless, there wasn't a leaf on the ground"
Mrs. Lowe said. "It's amazing how that storm came up."
She said she thought the storm hit at about 3:30 p.m. from the northwest.
"The wind just whirled, you didn't even know what direction to go," she
said. "You could just hear the cracks of limbs. The wind just cut any
plants with any height at the root."
Mrs. Lowe said that there are about 20 hanging baskets around the house
that were upside down. Leaf and stick debris has to be raked out of the
yard, the back of the house needs washed and debris needs taken out of
the trees before the tour, according to Mrs. Lowe.
She said everything would be fine as long as another storm does not come
again today.
"I guess the only blessing is we needed the rain," Mrs. Lowe said.
According to the National Weather Service, New California got no
rainfall, Allen Center received .08 inches and Pharisburg had 2.21
inches of rain.

County endures hot, dry June
By CINDY BRAKE and RYAN HORNS
Heat wave or just plain hot, call it what you want, the past 29 days
have been the hottest and driest June since the turn of the century.
Records show that June 2005 has had the least rainfall since 2000 and
the most 90 degree days.
According to records supplied by weather service volunteer Dave Bordner
of the Marysville Water Department, this June has had .61 inches of rain
with half of it (.33 inches) falling on one day, June 6. There have been
six 90 degree days. Bordner documents daily weather for the National
Weather Service at the Marysville station.
June 2004 had a total rainfall of 5.86 inches and two 90 degree days.
June 2003 had 4.00 inches of rain and three 90 degree days. June 2002
had 2.86 inches and five 90 degree days. June 2000 had 3.65 inches and
three 90 degree days. Records for 2001 were not available.
The village of North Lewisburg has been operating under a water ban
since Friday. Restrictions permit only household use and watering of
gardens and flowers.
Andy Yoder, water supervisor, explained that with level billing and no
meters in place, residents will go through the 400,000 gallons of water
stored in the village's two tanks in one day. He explained the
restriction is a deterrent to conserve water.
The city of Marysville, on the other hand, has no water bans in place.
Marysville City Administrator Kathy House said Monday afternoon that the
city has been fielding a lot of calls from residents wondering if they
should be monitoring how much water they use to keep their lawns green
in the past several weeks of low rain.
The reason for the spike in paranoia may have something to do with the
water ban going on in Delaware County.
Marysville Public Service Director, and Delaware resident, Tracie Davies
said the ban in the neighboring county is actually something that
happens quite frequently in the summer.
Fortunately, Davies said, it is not something that occurs in Marysville.
"What people have to understand is that Marysville is not a typical
city," she said.
Delaware is like many other cities, in that it has a private water
company. There is usually a ban in effect, in which even and odd number
houses alternate days in which they can water their lawns. No one is
allowed to water on Mondays.
Davies said Marysville is in a unique situation because it takes water
from both ground and surface levels.
"Obviously, the creek (level) is not so good," she said, "So they take
it from the ground water."
From example, a typical daily flow average of water going through the
treatment plant is around 2.1 to 2.5 million gallons per day. This week
the average has been around 3.6 million gallons per day being used.
"There has been a spike," Davies said, "We're treating a higher rate of
water, but it's not an issue at this point."
The water situation in Marysville will even get better after the city
reservoir is built. It will be able to hold enough extra water for the
city to keep going for another year, despite a drought.
"The reservoir design has been completed," House said. "We expect to
begin construction some time next year (on the reservoir) but have not
determined exactly when. We will be working out a firm schedule later
this year."
"It's not a cause for concern at this time," Davies said about water
levels in the city. "But if it keeps up this way for another month, then
we may have to have a different conversation."
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company of Marysville recommend that during times of
drought the lawn will not only slow down its growth, but will wilt, turn
straw-colored and become dormant. Most lawns do recover when the dry
period ends, but the grass will look fairly brown until then. This is a
natural reaction by the grass when there is no water.
"Make sure your lawn is well fertilized," recommends Scott's spokesman
Su Lok. "A lawn that has the proper nutrients grows dense, deep roots
and recovers from a drought quicker. It will also be healthier and
greener than unfed lawns. Contrary to popular belief, it is safe to
apply fertilizer during summer as long as you are using a special summer
fertilizer. Choose a fertilizer that will protect your lawn from the
tiny insects that can cause it to thin and turn brown."
It is also a good idea to increase mowing height during the summer. This
helps the grass keep in moisture and also promotes deep, healthy roots.
If residents plan to water their lawns, Lok suggests that it be done
early in the morning and at least half an inch twice a week.
This year's extreme heat and low rainfall are beginning to affect field
and garden crops.
Union County Extension John Hixson said the "really exceptional warm
temperature has shut the wheat crop down," although it is hard to tell
how the yield will be affected. Corn, Hixson said, is curling and
"hurting a lot now," although conditions vary throughout the county
depending upon rainfall. He said the central and northern areas of the
county are suffering the most from the weather conditions. Soybeans are
more durable and are "not hurt quite as much." He predicts that the
second cutting of hay will be affected by the current weather extreme.
He cautions pond owners to be careful if applying aquatic herbicides.
With warmer water, vegetation dies quicker. He adds that more vegetation
results in a greater use of oxygen.
To maintain health gardens, Hixson said, gardens need an average of one
to one and a fourth inches of rain a week. Steady rain is especially
critical for tomato and pepper production.
Dale Benedict with the Union County Farmer's Market said strawberries
were "stressed" by the heat and ripened faster this year. He said
overall production of most crops is at least average.
Cabbage is really nice, Benedict said. He said producers at the Saturday
morning market currently have a supply of cherries, broccoli, beets,
turnips, radishes and green onions, plus raw honey, range-raised eggs,
homemade preserves, flowering plants and herbs. He said cucumbers and
green beans should be available within a couple weeks.
A beekeeper, Benedict, said honey harvest slows down with the heat
because bees, like most people, get a little irritable in the heat.

Woman finds life in gift from another
By KARLYN BYERS
Thanks to a courageous decision made by a grieving family, Ruth Vollrath
has been given the gift of life.
The Chuckery-area resident underwent a heart transplant May 2, replacing
her badly damaged congestive heart with a strong young heart from a
Cleveland-area person.
"I am extremely thankful and grateful to the donor family who made this
loving decision," Vollrath, 60, said recently.
Seven other individuals benefited from the generous gift of that person,
said Heather Blausey, public relations specialist with Lifeline of Ohio,
which promotes organ and tissue donations. Lungs, kidneys, the pancreas,
the small bowel and the liver also were donated.
Congestive heart failure can strike at any age, Blausey said. Victims
have been as young as 18 years old. Vollrath's heart problems began
several years before she received a pacemaker at age 45. As her heart
weakened, she was placed on the Lifeline of Ohio waiting list for people
needing organ replacements. She remained on that list for one and
one-half years.
She was fortunate. Her condition didn't deteriorate significantly,
thanks mainly to the solicitous care of Dr. David Feldman, heart failure
and transplant cardiologist at Ross Heart Hospital on the Ohio State
University campus, Vollrath said.
That is why she and husband Phil Vollrath traveled to Rochester, Minn.,
in late April to visit their son Jonathan, his wife, Laura, and their
2-year-old daughter, Emily.
While in Rochester, in the wee hours of May 2, Ruth's cell phone rang.
The Ross Heart Hospital transplant team was calling. Problem was, no one
heard the ring. The cell phone was in Ruth's purse in the kitchen. Ruth
and Phil were sleeping in the basement guest room and Jonathan and his
family were sleeping in the main floor bedrooms.
Two hours later, the transplant team called again. This time, Laura
Vollrath, who was up with her ailing daughter, heard the phone. The
message was brief and to the point. "We have a very good transplant
heart for you."
Phil and Jonathan made arrangements for the flight home. Ruth and Phil
left Rochester about 6:30 a.m. and arrived at Don Scott Airport in
Columbus at 8:30 a.m. Their daughter Marie VanGordon and son Dan
Vollrath took their parents to the heart hospital, where a transplant
team waited.
Ruth's surgery began at 3:30 p.m. and was finished just three hours
later. She was released from the hospital on May 11, and her recovery
has been nothing short of "miraculous," Ruth said.
"I have to say I feel younger now, stronger than I have for a long
time," she said from her Streng Road home.
She walks daily, gradually increasing the duration of each walk. And she
watches her diet, restricting sodium intake.
Ruth also must undergo regular heart biopsies to test for rejection.
That's because "biopsies are the best way to detect rejection," Blausey said.
More than 88,000 people are on the national waiting list for organ
transplants, according to Blausey. Of that total, only 27,000 people a
year will receive a transplant. Every day, 18 people die while waiting
for an organ.
Once every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies while waiting. In the past 10 years,
more than 2,000 Ohioans have died while waiting for a transplant.
The state of Ohio established the Ohio Donor Registry in 2002.
Registering as an organ donor is easy; just tell the clerk when getting
or renewing a driver's license. A Donor Registry Enrollment Form also
may be accessed at the Web-site
www.lifelineofohio.org.
Numerous organs may be donated, including the heart, lungs, kidneys,
pancreas, liver and small bowel. Tissue donations also are needed, to
supply the following uses: Cornea transplants to restore sight; for oral
and maxillofacial surgery; as grafts for spinal surgery and to repair
deformities of the face and body; to use as a "bandage" for adults and
children who have lost their own skin through burns or other injury; to
replace diseased or damaged heart valves in adults and children; to
replace damaged or diseased blood vessels; in urological surgeries; to
make repairs in the head and neck due to disease or traumatic injury;
and to repair sports injuries by rebuilding joints and restoring mobility.
In fact, Blausey said, several members of the Columbus Crew soccer team
and at least a couple OSU football players had injuries repaired with
donated connective tissue.
Organ donation is a confidential process. Very few details are released
about the donor. As previously stated, the Vollraths know Ruth's donor
is from the Cleveland area.
Mrs. Vollrath has thanked the family for its courageous and
compassionate donation, sending correspondence through Lifeline of Ohio.
Some day, if that family is willing, she may get to express her thanks in person.
For now, she's looking forward to continuing good health, to spending
time with her seven grandchildren and going to their ball games and traveling.

The myths associated with organ donation
From J-T staff reports:
Inevitably, when a conversation about organ and tissue donation arises,
at least one myth will surface, said Heather Blausey, public relations
specialist with Lifeline of Ohio, which promotes organ and tissue
donations. Inaccurate information may prevent many donations from
occurring, she said.
Blausey addresses some of the more frequent myths below:
Myth: I won't be able to have an open casket funeral if I donate my
organs or tissues.
Fact: The recovery of organs and tissue is a surgical procedure that
ensures the donor is treated with dignity and respect. An open casket
funeral is still possible because outward appearance is unchanged.
Myth: Donation is against my religion.
Fact: All major religions support organ and tissue donation as a
humanitarian and charitable act. If you have questions, you are
encouraged to consult your church, synagogue or religious organization.
Myth: The quality of medical care that I receive will be compromised if
the hospital knows I want to be an organ donor.
Fact: Medical professionals are concerned with saving lives. It is only
after every effort has been made to save your life and death occurs that
the option of organ donation, and therefore saving someone's life, is
considered. The doctors and nurses working to save your life are only
involved with saving your life; they do not have anything to do with
organ donation. Likewise, transplant surgeons only participate in the
donation/transplantation process and not patient care for the donor.
Myth: Organs only go to rich or famous people.
Fact: Organ donation is an anonymous process that ensures your gift will
go to the person who needs it most. Patients are matched to donor organs
based on a number of factors, including blood and tissue typing, medical
urgency, time on the waiting list and geographical location. The waiting
list does not consider socio-economic status when matching organs to
recipients. They are looking for the best match, regardless of who the
donor or recipient might be.
Myth: The expenses associated with donation will cost my family too much money.
Fact: There is no cost to the donor or to the donor family. All costs
associated with organ and tissue donation are paid for by the organ
procurement organization.
Myth: I am too old to donate.
Fact: There are no age limits on organ donation. Senior citizens as well
as newborns have shared the gift of life. Medical suitability for
donation is determined at the time of death. The deciding factor is the
person's physical condition, not age. People under 18 years of age must
have the consent of a parent or guardian.
For more information on organ and tissue donation and the Ohio Donor
Registry, visit
www.lifelineofohio.org or call (800)525-5667.

Fairbanks dealing with the details
School board  trying to decide on building options
BY KARLYN BYERS
For those unfamiliar with the word "auditeria," it may sound a little bizarre.
But Fairbanks School Board members are daily becoming more familiar with
the word which describes "a student dining area with the characteristics
of an auditorium: sounds, acoustical treatment, lighting etc."
Board members Kevin Green, Jaynie Lambert, Alan Phelps, Sherry Shoots
and Star Simpson agreed that any new K-8 building the board considers
should have the performing arts option, along with a competition size
gymnasium and air conditioning in the existing building.
"I'm afraid if we tell people we're going to fund the gym and then think
about the (auditeria) people are going to be angry," Simpson said.
Board members discussed options presented by Kevin Harrison, TMP
Architecture principal architect at Monday's board meeting. The Powell
firm was selected in February to handle the district's design planning.
Harrison gave board members three construction options, including  600-,
650- and 700-pupil capacities ranging from $13 million to $13.9 million
to $14.8 million.
He also presented three auditeria options, including "adequate,"
"improved" and "rich" acoustics, sound and lighting for prices ranging
from $738,600 to $1.7 million and $2.3 million. A competition size
gymnasium would cost an estimated $994,500.
Board members liked the 600-pupil school, "improved" auditeria options
and gradual phasing in of air conditioning at the existing structure.
The new building will be sited near the existing high school. The
district owns 60 acres on that site, which means it could handle the
requirements of a kindergarten through 12th grade building with an
enrollment of 1,500 pupils or an elementary school and a building for
sixth- through 12th-graders, as long as the enrollment doesn't exceed 1,500.
Superintendent Jim Craycraft said it is important to keep the bond levy
which will finance construction to about 5 mills.
"People who are going to pass or fail the levy are going to look at the
millage," Phelps said.
Craycraft also proposed a new traffic pattern for the middle and high
schools for the 2005-2006 school year that would reduce the chances of
someone getting hit or vehicles colliding with each other.
That plan includes directing all school buses to the front of the
building, where they will park two abreast facing north. All student
drop-off and pick-up traffic will be directed to the rear of the
building between the hours of 7:30-8:15 a.m. and 2:30-3 p.m.
Speed humps - not bumps which are narrower and more susceptible to
deterioration - will be installed at the front and north and south sides
of the building, and a flashing caution light will be installed at the
beginning of the driveway leading to the rear of the building, which
will become one-way access.
Craycraft said he is getting estimates and work will hopefully be
completed by the beginning of school.
In other action, the board:
.Heard the five-year financial forecast by treasurer Aaron Johnson, who
said this year's revenues and expenses "are coming in a bit higher" than
predicted.
Next year, the first full year the school district tax levy will be
collected, Johnson said things should look better. That levy expires in
2009, however, he added, so long-term projections should cause "a little concern."
.Approved Mademoiselle Isabelle Pilon as a Fulbright Teacher to teach
all of the French curriculum for the 2005-2006 school year while Lynn
Taylor is a Fulbright Teacher in France.
.Hired B.J. Thaman, technology coordinator; Richard M. Rausch, high
school intervention specialist; Beth Morse, middle school language arts
teacher; Lisa Studenmund, middle school guidance counselor; and Tina
Hall, full-time literacy coordinator/reading specialist.
.Hired Jeff Powell as high school English teacher for the 2005-2006
school year to replace Dena Komula, who is on a one-year leave of
absence; and Lori Phelps, substitute teacher. Board member Alan Phelps abstained.
.Approve athletic contracts for Jeff Powell and Richard M. Rausch,
assistant football coaches; and Lori Phelps, head girls basketball
coach. Board member Alan Phelps abstained.
.Approved a supplemental contract for Eric Stauffer, summer band camp
assistant for the 2005-2006 school year.
.Set school fees for the 2005-2006 school year to include $20,
kindergarten; $40, grades one-four; $40, grades five-eight; and from $15
to $3  in high school, depending on the course taken.
.Approve trips by the boys golf team to Salt Fork State Park, July
10-11, and the football team to Ohio Northern University July 20-23.
.Approved tuition reimbursements for Marion Boggs, Carleton Cotner, Ben
Keller and Joetta Shellabarger.
.Set school lunch prices as $2, elementary; $2.25, middle school; $2.50,
adult lunch, no milk; and 35 cents, milk.
.Entered into an agreement with the Central Ohio Special Education
Regional Resource Center (COSERRC) for the provision of special
education services.
.Approved payment of 60 days accrued vacation pay to Dale Bymaster.
.Approved tuition-free attendance by any child of a full-time employee.
.Approve Lyndean Agner as substitute secretary for the 2004-2005 and
2005-2006 school years.
.Approved Lisa F. Schoen as a foreign exchange student from Austria for
the 2005-2006 school year.
.Approved student handbooks for the elementary, middle and high schools.
According to the handbooks, the wearing of "flip flops" will no longer be allowed.
.Approved textbooks for the 2005-2006 school year.
.Conducted the first reading on media center (library) books for
elementary, middle school and high school pupils.
.Entered into executive session for the discussion of personnel matters.

Residents turn out to fight one-way street
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Word that Lynn Street in Richwood might be changed to a one-way
thoroughfare brought much discussion at Monday's village council meeting
- and the opinions expressed also leaned one-way.
Residents of the street, in the area of the Richwood Park, said they
felt  restricting the traffic on the street was a terrible idea. Clement
Ross presented council with a list of nearly every homeowner on Lynn
Street, and several other residents of nearby Grove Street, who opposed
the move. Ross said Grove Street would also be impacted because of
increased traffic if the move to one-way was completed.
Ross said he was not sure who the village contacted when researching the
proposed switch, but residents in the area were overwhelmingly opposed
to the move. He said he was told that the village was making the move to
cut down on speeding in the area of the park, but he and other residents
don't feel making Lynn a one-way street would have that effect.
Ross did commend council for addressing the problem of speeding
motorists, noting that he believes some drivers approach 60 and 70 mph
on the road. Ross said his informal poll of residents found that most
would support the addition of speed bumps to the road.
Council member Scott Jerew, who heads the village street committee, said
he has heard of several suggestions from residents on how to control
speeding motorists on Lynn Street. He said the most common answer is
increased police enforcement.
Mayor Bill Nibert said he has spent time with village lawmen as they
watch for speeding in the area of the park. He said when a cruiser is
present, motorists don't speed. It was noted that with the prevalence of
cell phones, radar detectors and police scanners makes it difficult for
officers to catch speeding motorists.
Jerew said he has also heard speed bumps suggested but such additions
make plowing snow difficult for village road crews. It was also reported
that constructing the speedbumps in the area could cost up to $6,000 and
the village street department coffers are nearly empty.
Jerew said some have suggested a three-way stop be installed midway down
the street, near the exit from the park. Many in the small crowd of Lynn
Street residents on hand at the meeting felt this solution would have a
positive affect.
Council voted 5-0 to place a three-way stop, not only at the park
entrance, but also near the intersection with Veteran's Way.
Nibert noted that another reason for the move was to cut down on school
bus traffic in the area. Bus traffic is reportedly damaging the narrow road.
Nibert said he has talked about the issue with North Union officials but
has gotten little response. He urged citizens to approach school
district officials about the issue.
In other business, council:
.Heard an update on village projects from Ed Bischoff of the engineering
firm Bischoff, Miller and Associates. Issues discussed included inflow
and infiltration into the sanitary sewer lines, problems with village
water meters and the proposed widening of Grove Street.
.Heard a request from Hastings Street residents to make the road
one-way. The issue was turned over to the street committee.
.Learned from village financial officer Don Jolliff that the deadline
for placing issues on the November ballot is Aug. 17.
.Voted 5-0 to provide $1,000 to help fund a Downtown Assessment Resource
Team (DART) study of the Richwood downtown area. The total cost of the
study is $2,500.
.Discussed legislation that would limit construction hours within the
village from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Council disagreed on how many days in a
week construction could take place so the issue was tabled.
.Voted 5-0 on third reading of an ordinance to institute mandatory drug
screenings and physicals prior to the hiring of new village employees.
.Held an executive session to discuss land acquisition.

Summer weather brings home improvement scams
From J-T staff reports:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, warns Union County
Sheriff Rocky Nelson.
Nelson urges residents to be aware of potential scam artists offering
fraudulent home improvement services. Con work can vary from paved
driveways, barn painting and lightening rod installation and repair to
other types of home improvement repairs.
The sheriff's office has had cases in the past where the con artists
will make the sale of services, requests to be paid on the spot, receive
the check and are at the bank cashing it before the work has even begun.
As the consumer, always insist on a written contract and ask questions.
If the company is legitimate, they will not have a problem answering
your questions.
Con artists are experts in human psychology and behavior, Nelson states,
and know how to gain your confidence with their smooth talking and
self-assured mannerisms.
"You cannot recognize a con by the way he or she looks, but you can be
on the lookout for the most common consumer frauds," Nelson said.
He offers the following suggestions:
. Always get several estimates for a home improvement job or repair and
compare prices and terms. Check to see if there is a charge for estimates.
. Ask your friends for recommendations.
. Request references from the company and then check them.
. Look to see if the business is listed in the Yellow Pages.
. Contact the Better Business Bureau at (800) 759-2400 to find out if
there have been any complaints filed against the contractor.
. Be suspicious of high-pressure sales tactics.
. Pay by check, never with cash. Arrange to make payments in
installments: One-third at the beginning, one-third when the work is
nearly completed and the remainder when the job is finished.
. Get a written guarantee on any work that is to be done.

New plant isn't only sewer upgrade
Getting lines to the new facility is a big project
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville is alive with activity, from road paving to the digging of
developments. But one project in particular could have the biggest
impact on the city's future.
Marysville Public Service Director, Tracie Davies, explained that the
Trunk Interceptor Project (TIP) is how the city will align the old
wastewater system to the new plant - now called the Marysville Water
Reclamation Facility (MWRF).
On June 7, Davies held an informational open house to discuss these plans.
A fact sheet handed out at the meeting explained that the TIP will
transport the existing flow from the old plant to the new one. The sewer
will also be designed to intercept flow from existing pump stations in
the vicinity of the project area and will allow these pump stations to
be closed later on.
The TIP alignment will begin at the future plant location, cross U.S 33,
go parallel along Adelsberger Road, turn to the northwest, then parallel
along Industrial Parkway, traverse through the Five Points area and
ultimately end up at the existing treatment plant.
Construction on the TIP is expected to include a lot of digging. Open
trench construction consists of digging along the sewer alignment from
the ground surface to the proposed sewer depth, installing the pipe, and
filling the trench back in.
City engineer Phil Roush said the open trench work could go as deep as
50 feet into the ground.
During the meeting, Davies reported that the trenchless construction
will also be used. This method consists of installing circular or
rectangular vertical shafts that average around 20 feet in
diameter/width from the surface to the sewer depth and excavating along
a horizontal plane that is located at the sewer depth. This method
reduces surface disruption as a trench is not required along the length
of the sewer, rather the sewer is installed underground and is not
visible from the surface.
Marysville city administrator Kathy House also explained that when
trenches are dug, it is a lot like digging a hole in the sand at the
beach. The deeper you go, the more ground water appears. She said this
water will have to be removed during the construction work, but it will
not affect ground water tables or residential wells.
One aspect of the project has had limited public discussion, but is
expected to include the most public involvement of the entire project.
Easements will be acquired for each property that the sewer alignment
crosses, unless a sewer/utility easement currently exists and extends
through the area required for the TIP.
The TIP fact sheet shows that two different types of easements will be
acquired, depending on different factors such as the specific
construction method needed, sewer depth, existing easements and
rights-of-way.
The two easement types are:
. Permanent Sewer Easement - This is 30 feet in width (15 feet on either
side of the centerline of the pipe) ? for a sewer line only. A larger
permanent easement may be necessary at connection structures and at
select manhole sites. These permanent easements will not be greater, in
area, than the temporary construction easements.
. Temporary Construction Easement - These are approximately 150 feet
wide and will run the length of the property in open trench construction
areas and other access sites will be square/rectangle shape of
approximately 0.6 acres to 1.0 acres in trenchless construction areas.
During the construction of the future TIP, the city reported that that
traffic patterns will remain relatively the same in the areas, but the
quantity of traffic will increase due to construction equipment.
Visibility of the sewer after installation is complete will be
relatively minor. Manholes will be noticeable but the top of the manhole
will be at or near surface grade.
 Other aspects of the construction will include construction noise. The
TIP fact sheet explained that open trench construction noise will be
evident throughout the open trench area. Trenchless construction noise
will be limited to access sites (or shafts/pits) that are located at
approximately 700-foot intervals along the alignment.
Construction work hours in open trench areas will be confined to the
hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Construction work hours in trenchless
locations may be required to occur 24 hours per day.
Davies reported that sewage will not flow through the TIP sewer until
the entire alignment is constructed and the new Water Reclamation
Facility is online and accepting flow. As a result, no odor should be
present during construction.
Subsequent projects will tie the existing sewers and pump stations along
Industrial Parkway into the new TIP, eliminating the current odor
treatment required at these sites and the elimination of the Main Street
Pump Station, redirecting the flow from that pump station to the new TIP
and reducing or eliminating odor in the area.

Patience on the pavement
City officials ask motorists to be understanding as road work is completed
By RYAN HORNS
Annoyance, or just a means to an end?
This was the question council members and city administrators discussed
on street repaving in Marysville.
Council vice president, Nevin Taylor said patience is important.
"Be kind. They're out there trying to make a difference," he said.
"The last day or two is has been very hectic. I agree with that,"
council president John Gore said. "But it's long overdue."
Mayor Tom Kruse said the residents of Marysville have been very patient
with the construction crews closing off roads to do their work.
"This will go on all summer," Kruse said, "but it will be very nice when
it's completed."
Councilman Mark Reams asked if the street repaving would still be
concluded in July?
City engineer Phil Roush said that rains and cold weather made for a
later start to the work. As a result, work will go into July. He added
that the second round of street paving work is going to take place
throughout August and September.
Thanks to a streak of nice weather, Gore said, everything has been
moving quickly lately.
In other issues dealing with roads, city administrators and residents
have been putting as much pressure as they can on the state to complete
work at the dangerous intersection of Collins Avenue at Route 4. The
pressure may have worked.
Roush said that a small victory was won, in that ODOT announced it is
looking into putting up the traffic light, and will forgo the road
widening until a later date. Originally, the Ohio Department of
Transportation agreed to put in a traffic light at the intersection,
until they realized they were going to have to widen the road and the
cost became higher than expected.
After considerable debate, council members decided to approve an
ordinance to accept the annexation of 9.8 acres of land in Paris
Township to the city.
Councilman Mark Reams said the developers need to share the cost of any
future traffic impact on Route 4 because of the planned M/I home development.
Developers reportedly said the annexation will be "insignificant" to traffic.
"I feel, in my opinion, that is the wrong answer," Reams said.
He is against the annexation, until developers are willing to take
responsibility for future traffic concerns.
To date, Roush said, M/I Homes has already put down $10,000 for future
use on traffic improvements.
Developer Jason Isaacs and city administrators said that this annexation
ordinance is only in the beginning stages. The plan for the area has
already changed twice. The debate on traffic impact is something that
will occur later on.
"We spend a lot of time with the Planning Commission to talk about these
issues," Isaacs said.
He added that if it is determined there is an impact on traffic, the
company will contribute.
. The public hearing was held on an ordinance to appropriate $28,800
from unappropriated state highway funds, to pay for an engineering study
to see if U.S. 33 embankment slippage will require "major" or "minor"
repair work. The difference could mean, either Marysville or ODOT would
foot the bill.
Roush said after 30 to 40 years, slippage like this is expected, but the
work could be expensive. He added that either way, ODOT may have some
funds to contribute, but that is being investigated.
"Hopefully we will have something rolling by the end of the year," Roush said.
In other discussions:
 . Kruse and several members of council declared the inaugural "Third
Friday" event in downtown Marysville to be a "huge success."
Vendors selling ribs and other foods reportedly sold out because of some
600 in attendance throughout the evening. The event will be held every
month on the same day and will feature bands, food and beverages as a
way of providing entertainment and options for residents to come
experience downtown Marysville.
. The first reading of an ordinance affecting how people solicit charity
from the public on the roadways was held. Essentially the legislation
offers the police the ability to evaluate the occurrences.
"It's more for safety than anything else," Kruse said.
Taylor clarified that the ordinance will not affect charity drives such
as The Shriners and similar collections.
. The public hearing was held on an ordinance to accept the annexation
of 87.692 acres in Darby Township to the city.
Property owner and Boerger Road resident John Bunsold said there is a
possible development in the works, but nothing is firm.
Kruse said he is very much in support of the annexation. He said that 15
years ago Bunsold was good enough to agree to annex part of his property
into Marysville. Because of the importance of the annexation at the
time, it was agreed that if Bunsold wanted to annex more land in the
future the city would be supportive. A presentation on the ordinance
will be held at the July 14 council meeting.
. Pay for the position of City Law Director will increase after the
first of the year. Problems with compensation had the position, over a
period of time, receiving less money than the assistant law director
position.

Dancing in the sky
A J-T photographer and reporter take flight
Editor's note: Journal-Tribune intern Natalie Troyer and photographer
Patrick Dundr decided to take up a stunt pilot on his offer for a ride.
The following is Troyer's first-person account of the experience. The
Union County Airport will be hosting an aerobatic competition this
weekend. The event is open to the public.
By NATALIE TROYER
Journal-Tribune intern
Call me adventurous. Call me daring. Some have even called me delirious.
But, Thursday afternoon, I went dancing in the skies.
Well, at least that's how 75-year-old stunt pilot Joe Haycraft refers to it.
Yes, that's right. You read that adjective in front of 'pilot'
correctly. It was a two-seater stunt plane and I was the passenger.
It all began Thursday morning around 10 a.m. With the aerobatics
competition taking place this weekend, one generous pilot had called,
opening up his plane to any bold Journal-Tribune reporter looking to get
a break from the newsroom.
With some reluctance, I mentioned that I might be interested. Before I
had time to think about what I had volunteered for, photographer Patrick
Dundr was on the phone with the pilot, arranging a time for take-off.
"We've got two hours." Patrick said to me, hanging up the phone. "I'll
go get the Dramamine."
So, noon arrived, and there I was at the Union County Airport, with a
Dramamine in my system and parachute snugly strapped to my back.
Patrick and I were introduced to our pilot, Brett Hunter, who showed us
the tiny, fire-engine red stunt plane we'd be joining him in. It looked
rather harmless. Maybe this wouldn't be as bad as I thought.
But, my stomach didn't seem to agree.
"I ate lunch today. Do you think I should have done that?" I asked
Brett, hesitantly.
"Yeah," he answered. "I mean, you probably wouldn't want to eat a big,
Mexican dinner or anything, but, it's actually better to fly with a
little food in your stomach than none at all."
Hmm, I thought. Good thing I just came from Casa Fiesta.
Luckily, Patrick agreed to go up with Brett first, allowing me a few
more minutes to try and calm the nerves.
After their take-off, I stood near the runway, watching that "harmless"
plane looping, spinning and twirling nearly 3,000 feet above the ground.
"It's like a choreographed dance routine in the air," said a gray-haired
man to my left, who later identified himself as Joe Haycraft.
All of a sudden, that belly dancing class at the YMCA sounded a lot more
appealing.
I couldn't cop out, though. If this 75-year-old guy could handle it,
then I, at my ripe age of 20, would surely be fine. Right?
Well, it came time for me to find out. It wasn't longer than twenty
minutes before Brett and Patrick were safely back on the runway, and I
was being strapped into the passenger seat. With my microphone headset
on and seatbelt straps as tight as they could go, I took one last good
look at the ground.
"You ready, Natalie?" Brett asked.
"Give me an experience I can write a story on," I said.
Brett shut the glass hood, revved up the engine, and we were off down
the runway. It wasn't more than a minute, then, before the plane was off
the ground, and I heard Brett through my headset.
"All right, now we're gonna reach an altitude of about 2,500 feet and
start doing some stunts." Gulp.
We started out with what Brett referred to as the "basics" - some spins
and loop rolls. Basically, we were doing some backward somersaults and
cartwheels at 180 miles per hour, doubling the amount of g's on our body
in the process. No big deal.
Brett then informed me that he'd be completely turning the plane over on
it's top and flying directly over the runway. Double checking my
seatbelt straps, I braced myself for a head-rush. Wow, that upside-down
view of the city was pretty incredible.
Turning right-side over, then, Brett proceeded to take me through a
variety of other stunts that are typically performed in aerobatics
competitions - the hammerhead, Cuban 8, and snap roll. It felt like a
roller coaster in slow motion, with each loop and twist suspended in the
air for several seconds.
I heard Brett through my headset again, "Anything else you wanna try?"
"Yeah, I want to do some twisty things," I replied back, sounding highly
un-technical.
Thank God for that Dramamine. My stomach was actually handling the
stunts pretty well. Well, up until I made this last request.
Brett turned the plane on its back, and then informed me that he would
be stalling the engine to perform this stunt. All I remember after that
is the beeping from inside the cockpit, warning us that the engine was
stalling, followed by a series of fast "twisty things". Once Brett
completed the stunt, and our plane was right-side up again, I'm pretty
sure the motion sickness medicine had worn off.
"How ya feelin'"? Brett asked me again.
"Umm...where'd you say that puke bag was?"
Needless to say, my pilot decided it was time to land. Thankfully, with
some fresh air upon hitting the runway, my nausea subsided and the bag
didn't need to serve it's function.
I was able to step out of that plane with a sense of accomplishment.
When asked why he enjoys stunt flying so much, Brett responded, "It's
all about controlling the uncontrollable. Airplanes aren't supposed to
be doing this stuff! But, I say, 'why not?'"
 I guess you could say Patrick and I survived the uncontrollable. We
danced to the synchronized rhythm of the skies - and I kept my Mexican
food down in the process.

City road project update
From J-T staff reports:
The City of Marysville has offered an update on several road projects.
"We thank residents for their continued patience as an abundance of fair
weather work is completed in the city," city administrator Kathy House wrote.
She reported that the final course of asphalt will be laid along the
balance of Fifth Street from Monday through approximately Wednesday
which will be followed by the painting of traffic lines on that street.
On Thursday, crews will begin grinding off the surface asphalt on North
Main Street from Elwood Avenue to the State Route 4 off-ramp.
In other projects, at the Scottslawn Road railroad crossing, CSX crews
are expected to complete their work on Saturday, June 25.
City crews will begin repaving the approaches to the crossing as the
final task at this site.
House said paving will continue there through Wednesday. It is hoped
that the crossing will be open to vehicle traffic on June 30.

Fire claims home in northern Union County
From J-T staff reports:
The rural Richwood home of a former Union County official was destroyed
by fire Thursday. No one was injured.
Thursday at 8:14 a.m. the Northern Union County Fire Department received
a call about smoke-filled windows in the upper floor of 11300 Boundary
Road, outside of Richwood.
Chief Todd German said this morning that the home belonged to former
Union County Recorder Beth Temple. She was not home at the time of the
fire. Reportedly the fire took the life of her dog and two cats.
A fund to help the family has reportedly been set up at the Richwood Bank.
German said when the crews arrived there was heavy smoke conditions and
the second story attic space had burned a hole through to the roof.
"It didn't quite burn down," German said about the home. "But it looks
to be a total loss."
Fortunately, he said, Temple's insurance will be able to cover the costs.
He said the State Fire Marshall was called to investigate the blaze and
later determined the fire had started inside a wall near the ceiling
above an electrical connection. It was determined to be accidental.
Mutual aid was provided by Green Camp, Battle Run, Scioto Village and
Leesburg Township fire departments.
German said one firefighter received minor injuries after a piece of
wood struck him in the nose while crews were sawing debris. He was
treated at the scene.

School board  hears grim financial picture
Despite enrollment growth, district  will get only tiny increase in state funds
By KARLYN BYERS
Marysville Exempted Village Schools will receive no increased state
funds in fiscal year 2005-2006 and only a 1.5 percent increase in funds
in the 2006-2007 school year, board members were told Thursday afternoon.
Fairbanks School District will receive 0.6 percent both fiscal years,
but North Union School District will receive 3.8 and 3.4 percent
increases in the same fiscal years, according to a chart distributed by
Marysville Superintendent Larry Zimmerman.
During the same time span, Zimmerman said, Marysville will likely see an
increased pupil population of almost 500. That will necessitate hiring
at least four more teachers.
Ohio's financing of public school districts has been a frustrating
experience for many school administrators, Zimmerman most certainly
included. He has been very outspoken in his criticism of tax code
changes that will adversely affect Ohio's school districts.
Zimmerman testified before the Ohio Senate Finance and Financial
Institutions Committee in May.
The Marysville School District will be hit especially hard by the
elimination of the personal tangible property tax, one of the components
of the budget, because of its high reliance on this tax and rapidly
increasing student enrollment, according to district spokesman Tony
Eufinger in an e-mail message earlier this week.
"Marysville School District voters, however, will have an opportunity
Aug. 2 to approve a bond levy that could save local property taxpayers
$27 million. This is because the state will calculate its replacement
'hold harmless' payments to school districts based on property values on
the books as of Sept. 1," Eufinger said.
The bill which authorizes the tax changes is waiting for Gov. Bob Taft's
signature, Zimmerman said. Those changes will eliminate the personal
tangible property tax paid by industries and businesses on equipment,
machinery, inventory and furnishings.
 "I think we've whined enough and made our points," Zimmerman continued.
"I think we made some significant points ... at least we can go from there."
The board met in regular session Thursday, with board members Steve
Ader, Bill Hayes and Mike Guthrie present. Board member Jane McClain and
president Roy Fraker were absent. The meeting was delayed about 30
minutes until Hayes could arrive and a quorum could be met.
Board members also heard reports on the district's science and math
curriculums and met Mock Trial team members Aaron Fancey, Amy Randall,
Larsa Ramsini, Virginia Rogers and Zach Stillings. Kathy Connolly and
Teresa Kim also were members of the team but were not present at
Thursday's meeting.
Participants traveled to Charlotte, N.C., this spring to compete in the
national competition after finishing first in state competition. This
was a first for the Marysville team.
Although the team didn't finish well in the national contest, said
advisor Dick Smith, the team did well.
"We felt like we stood toe to toe with every team we competed against,"
Smith said.
Forty-two states were represented, as well as Guam and the Mariana
Islands, he said. The Marysville team competed against Oregon, Wyoming,
Texas and Hawaii, the latter of which finished second in the competition
behind California.
Other Marysville Mock Trial team advisors included Connie Strebe, Laura
Teresky and Laurel LaFrance.
In other action, the board:
.Employed Kathryn Albert, Matt Fockler and Matthew Beany, intervention
specialists; Regina Bliss, Denene Keifer and Tracy Zoldak, special
education aides; A. Paden Green and Lisa Smith, building aides; Jeffrey
Lenczowski, Chanelle McCampbell, Jennifer McCleese, Eric Pearson and
Jacquelyn Yoast, teachers; Amanda Perry, speech/language pathologist;
Kathleen Riley, occupational therapist; David Wells, network engineer;
Mitchell Valerio, Amy Mosier, Kenny Overfield and Kathryn Wacker,
seasonal workers.
.Granted additional days beyond their contracts Rebecca Tucker, Heather
Romesberg and Michelle Coder, office aides; Mary Ann Conley, guidance
counselor; Chris Hoehn and Nancy Weiskircher, counselors; Elizabeth
Claggett and Denise Kouri, library aides.
.Moved Candy Weikle from high school building aide to high school
guidance assistant and Mickie Daniel from half-time teacher to full-time
teacher, both effective with the 2005-2006 school year.
.Approved the donation of 154 library books purchased with a $300
donation from the Raymond PTO and $200 from the Northwest Lions Club for
the Raymond Elementary Library.
.Approved FFA trips to the World Paint Horse Judging Contest in Fort
Worth, Texas June 28-July 3; the Eastern Regional Parliamentary
Procedure Contest in Springfield, Mass., Sept. 14-16; and the National
FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 24-30.
.Granted extended time to Jacquelyn Yoast, family consumer science,
seven days.
.Approved as a volunteer Matthew Baessler of Dublin, who will be student
teaching at the eight grade level during the fall.
.Granted stipends through grant funds for building leadership team
responsibilities to Nancy White, Dawn Burns, Rich Holton, Dave Herrmann,
Jyl Secrest, Corrie McDonald, Matt Gerdeman, Stephanie Williams, Bill
Keck, Shelly Hasser, Carrie Cook, Adam Kunkle, Kerrie Schweinfurth,
Angie Loftus, Laura Koke, Jackie Lazenby, Meg Hall, Lori Hicks, Mary
Davis, Trisha Dearwester, Ann Rausch, Barb Russ, Ruth Shortell, Rebecca
Trefz, Jan Short, Heidi Woolard, Amy Seeberger, Jody Springer, Martha
Scott McGraner, Jennifer Ridgway, Elizabeth Ratliff, Courtney Potts,
Tiffany Brandenburg, Tammy Gould, Terri Roman, Ryan Ferriman, Cindy
Gordon, Kathy Savage, Lisa Melish, Don Shoemaker, Sue Carl, Charlene
Flint, Linda Paver, Renee Roth, Julie Arnold, Anda Smith, Lara Cordell,
Karen Heflin, Jenna Stuebs, Heather Pryor, Amy McGlenn, Angie Adkins and
Barb Early.
.Deleted an item from the agenda which would have authorized bids for
the construction of an addition to Creekview Intermediate School.
.Entered into executive session to discuss personnel issues and the
purchase of land.

Hospital eyes land transfer
MHUC board discusses sale of Richwood site
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune intern
Memorial Hospital of Union County is working to sell a piece of property
to the village of Richwood for $10,000, the hospital Board of Trustees
announced Thursday evening during a regular meeting.
In exchange for the property, located at 286 S. Franklin St., Richwood,
the hospital will also gain access to land at the entrance of Richwood
Industrial Park to construct signs, Memorial Hospital Chief Executive
Officer Chip Hubbs said.
The hospital will have use of the property for 30 to 35 years to
construct signs for advertising and promotion. Richwood will then be
given an undetermined number of years to pay back the hospital for the
Richwood property.
Hubbs noted that his biggest concern with the property leasing is the
current network value of $10,000.
"We don't otherwise have a need for the land, but we're also not
interested in taking a loss on our books," he said.
In other matters, it was announced that Kathy Hepner was promoted from
director of home health care to director of residence care at the
Gables, and Debbie Whiteside was promoted from assistant director of
home health care to director of home health care. These changes took
place between May 27 and June 10.
Hubbs announced that all board members should be receiving invitations
to the Women's Health Center naming on July 18.
A letter from Judy Powel, former vice president of patient care
services, was next presented to the board. She was diagnosed with normal
pressure hydrocephalus, a neurological condition causing an accumulation
of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Powel expressed appreciation for
the board's letters and prayers, and to inform others of the symptoms of
the condition.
In new business, medical staff appointments were announced for Nagah
Elarossi, internal medicine, department of medicine, active provisional
status; Catherine Hoffman, department of surgery, allied health
provisional status; Trista Schrickel Feller, department of surgery,
active provisional status; Jon Veith, department of surgery, allied
health provisional status; Samuel Agubosim, department of surgery,
provisional status; and Alan Kover, department of surgery, provisional status.
Resignations were announced for hospital employees Alayne Sundstrom,
Jessica Spelman and David J. Ballingham.
Completion of proctoring was noted for Lisa Smithers, vaginal
deliveries; and David Applegate, neonatal circumcision.
A resolution was passed giving Jeff Ehlers, chief financial officer, the
authority to execute and find rates for the lease purchase of a central
fetal monitoring system.
Hubbs gave an update on the smoke-free campus concern. He announced
that, since the last meeting, research has been done on other hospitals
in Franklin and surrounding counties in regards to current policies for
smoking on hospital grounds.
For all Ohio health hospitals, Hubbs said employees are restricted to
smoke on the grounds, but there are designated smoking areas on the
grounds for patients and visitors. Memorial Hospital of Union County
currently has no restrictions for employees or visitors regarding
smoking on the hospital campus, so such a policy is being discussed.
Motion to approve a policy refraining hospital employees from having
contact with opposing legal councils or representatives in a case
involving the hospital or Gables was also presented and passed. The
policy is effective immediately, and employees in violation of this
policy will thus be personally liable for his or her actions.
Chairperson Ann Allen, Vice Chairperson Jacqueline Lazenby, Secretary
Gerald Westlake, and board members Chad Hoffman, Dennis Stone, Gregory
Traucht, Pamela Wenning-Earp and Sue Alderman were present at the
meeting.

Area Fourth of July activities set
From J-T staff reports:
Fireworks, flea market, horse show, kiddie tractor pull, a parade and
pick-up mud run are all part of this year's July 4 celebration at the
Union County Fairgrounds.
Activities begin at 9 a.m. when gates open for the flea market. An open
horse funshow starts at 10:30 a.m. with a parade starting at 2:30 p.m.
As in the past, the parade entrants will gather in the County Office
Building parking lot off of Sixth Street and travel to the fairgrounds
via Main and Elwood streets, entering at the Route 31 entrance. A bike
decorating contest will be held prior to the start of the parade.
Free family entertainment at the fairgrounds includes a Kiddie Tractor
Pull and four blow-up rooms.
A timed pick-up mud run starts at 5 p.m. in front of the grandstand.
Entrance to the fairgrounds is free until 2 p.m. After 2 p.m. entrants
ages 6 years and over will be charged $5 to cover the cost of the mud
run. After 9 p.m. the cost to enter the fairgrounds is $1.
Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Police Dept. is member of organization
From J-T staff reports:
A new program at the Marysville Police Department could ease the efforts
of finding missing children in the area. All it takes is a phone.
Marysville Assistant Police Chief, Glenn Nicol reported that the
department has been accepted by the Child is Missing organization.
A Child is Missing organization calls several phones in a locale with a
prerecorded message for missing children or others that may be in
jeopardy due to their mental or physical condition such as Alzheimer's
or autism. This service should not normally be utilized for runaway juvenile incidents.
An officer calls the organization and then a technician will obtain the
necessary information and initiate the process. A recorded message is
sent out. Recipients are directed to report relevant information to the
correct agency. The officer will be required to complete a follow-up
report to the organization.
Criteria to keep in mind in utilizing this service are the timeliness of
the incident to the call and the condition of the missing person such as
age, mental or physical ability and available descriptors. Calls may
also be placed by the organization in the area of the suspected destination.
The Child Missing website reports 104 safe recoveries with 45 percent
occurring in the past 14 months. Four recoveries were reported in Ohio.
On Feb. 17, a 5-year-old boy in Toronto, Ohio, was reported missing by a
family new to the city when the child didn't get off of the bus at the
right location. A Child Is Missing placed hundreds of calls over the
area where the boy was last seen and 23 residents responded to the call,
five of whom has positive leads to where the child was. He was back in
the care of his parents within 45 minutes of the calls going out.
On Nov. 17, a 11-year-old girl was reported missing in Norwood. Homes
and businesses were contacted in the area where the child had last been
seen. The police department received approximately 10 calls from
residents. A call came to a neighbor's house about two blocks away where
the child was playing with the call recipient's daughter. The neighbor
notified the police and the missing girl was returned moments after the calls were launched.
On May 4, 2004, a 14-year-old girl in need of medication went missing
from Aurora. A Child is Missing placed 1,046 calls within a one-mile
radius The child was safely recovered within 2 1/2 hours after she was
reported missing. On Dec. 17, 2003, a 12-year-old boy was reported
missing in Columbus. By pulling up a satellite imagery map, a technician
was able to locate the missing boy at Wendy's in only an hour after the
boy was reported missing. The technician had taken into consideration
that it was cold and there was a need to be inside a public building no
one would question. More detailed information about the organization can be found at
www.achildmissing.org.

Airport to host aerobatic competition
By JOEY SECREST Journal-Tribune intern
Anyone looking for something to do this weekend, might look to the skies.
The International Aerobatic Club will present the 2005 Ohio Aerobatic
Open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
the Union County Airport.
The aerobatic competition is open to the public and free of charge.
About 30 competitors are expected to participate.
"Families are welcome to come and watch, just keep a close reign on your
kids," said Lee-Anne Harris, airport manager. "People are more than
welcome to come out to the airport anytime, no matter what."
Harris added that Barry from Barry's Perch and More will have a food stand available.
Lorrie Penner, secretary of IAC, said that the most common misconception
is that the public thinks that this is an air show. It is an aerobatic
competition funded by the IAC, a national organization.
Penner compared the competition to an Olympic sport like iceskating. She
said there are different categories that the competitors are judged in
based on a rule book created by the IAC. The five judges - from New
York, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio - are looking for lines of symmetry,
rates of roll and round loops.
Each category of competitors, primary, sportsman, intermediate, advanced
and unlimited, has a structure of rules. Primary contestants are
beginner and unlimited pilots are the caliber that would be featured at
an air show. Flying will be limited to a box marked on the ground of the
airport, which is 3,300 square feet. The top of the box is 3,500 feet above the ground.
The competitors have three sequences of flight they must perform.
"Each competitor in each category has a set of aerobatic figures they
must fly (for the preliminary sequence)," Penner said.
The second sequence of flight is based on a series of figures that the
competitors have developed themselves from guidelines in the IAC rule
book describing the "freestyle" program criteria.
The third flight sequence includes the more experienced competitors in
an "unknown" program that is introduced 18-hours before they are
expected to fly. Competitors only study the sequence, they are not able
to practice it in the air.
According to Penner, one reason Union County Airport was chosen for the
competition is because of the low number of houses surrounding the airport.
"We're not trying to bother people," Penner said. "We want to be
conscious of our neighbors." Airport open flight training, regular airport functions  and
introduction flights for a fee will be available during the weekend despite the competition.

YMCA executive director named
From J-T staff reports:
Suzanne Zumwalde has been named executive director of the Union County Family YMCA.
Zumwalde was the unanimous recommendation of an eight-person search
committee. The committee considered 45 candidates over a four month period.
"Suzy stood out as an exceptional candidate," said Chip Hubbs, YMCA
board member and chair of the board's search committee. "She has a
strong record as a YMCA leader and a community advocate."
Hubbs added that it was important to the committee that the new director
be prepared to lead not only the YMCA but also be a significant
contributor of leadership talent to the larger community.
Zumwalde, 38, is a native of the Cincinnati area and a graduate of
Marietta College. She has focused all 16 years of her professional
career on the YMCA working in the Cincinnati area, New Hampshire and
most recently in Port Lavaca, Texas. In Texas, she supervised more than
60 employees, developed programs through community partnerships,
increased memberships and raised funds through grants and donations.
Zumwalde has finalized plans to live in Marysville and will assume the
permanent role as executive director on Aug. 11. She will replace Ron
Smith, who served as interim director during the search period.
When asked why she wanted the job in Marysville, Zumwalde's response was candid.
"I want to advance my career within the YMCA and be closer to my
family," she said. "On top of that, Marysville and Union County seem
like a terrific place to raise my daughter and that's a priority to me."
Zumwalde said that it is her desire to develop a strategic plan for the
local facility by the end of the year.
"I'm really excited to be joining the team that is already assembled,"
Zumwalde said. "The board and staff are obviously very dedicated to
making our YMCA the best in the region. That positive energy will be
terrific as we evaluate where we are, what we offer and what we can improve on."
The Union County Family YMCA is celebrating 30 years of service to the
community. The $5.5 million expansion in 2002 added approximately 35,000
square feet to the building and improved the workout and aquatic
facilities. Through a variety of sports, exercise and other programs,
they help bring people together, strengthening families and the
community. The Y  has more than 4,600 members and a $1.3 million budget.

Jerome trustees discuss fire/EMS issue
By CINDY BRAKE
With so many attorneys coming and going lately in Jerome Township, the
board of trustees might consider installing a revolving door in the
community building.
Four different Franklin County attorneys have attended the past three
regular board of trustee meetings and more are expected to come to the
next. All want the township's board to sign a blanket service agreement
that would give away all first-responder privileges to any land annexed
into the city of Dublin.
While trustee Sharon Sue Wolfe has said she is against the township
losing land through annexation, she appeared anxious to have the matter
closed and the contract signed at Monday's regular meeting. Trustee Ron
Rhodes questioned the reason for the contract.
"Why are we annexing?" questioned Rhodes. Rhodes noted that the land
currently in question has water and sewer services available, as well as
police, fire and emergency services.
Attorney Glenn Dugger, who said he represented a developer, admitted
that the developer has no strong preference who provides services, but
that the township's history of zoning difficulties played a part in the request.
Currently two referendum petitions are pending in Jerome Township and
more than nine have come before voters in recent years. All the
referendums challenged rezonings. Only one rezoning challenged by
referendum has been allowed since the late 1990s.
Annexations to Dublin have become more common since the referendums.
Since 1988 the southern Union County township has lost nearly 1,300
acres to annexation by either the city of Dublin or village of Plain
City. These figures don't include another 1,000 acres purchased within
Jerome Township over the past few years by Columbus Metro Parks.
Under previous laws, when land is annexed the tax revenue goes from the
former township - Jerome - and into the annexing municipality.
The pending contract states that Jerome Township shall continue to
collect taxes from annexed properties. At a previous meeting, another
attorney representing the developer said the annexed properties would
have an additional assessment to cover the taxes for Jerome and
Washington services.
Attorney Stephen J. Smith, who said he was Dublin's assistant law
director, thanked the board for inviting him to Monday's regular meeting
and noted that the service agreement in question will set a precedent for the future.
He admitted that Dublin has had a "general policy" for a number of years
to not accept land through annexation unless Washington Township
provides fire and emergency services. He noted that it is only a policy
and not part of the city's charter.
"Why are we playing around with this agreement?" Wolfe asked. She said
she believed Dublin could take the land through annexation without the
township agreeing to the service agreement.
Trustee Freeman May asked if the service agreement needed a unanimous
vote to be approved.
Rhodes repeated a concern voiced at previous meetings that the
township's legal council needs to review the contract.
In other business:
. Wolfe and May agreed that the township should be represented by a
zoning board member at a July 27 meeting at the Union County Courthouse.
Paris Township is seeking to draft model zoning ordinances dealing with
anticipated development in respective townships. Rhodes said he would
also attend the meeting.
. Wolfe suggested that clerk Robert Caldwell begin negotiations for
contracts with the public safety officer and fire union.
. Wolfe said she had no update on the Ketch Road project because she was
unable to contact the consulting engineer.
. May and Rhodes discussed problems with the cemetery near the New
California United Presbyterian Church.
. A citizen said to Wolfe, " I would like to have your resignation."
Wolfe said she had signed on for four years and it would be a "cold day"
before she left office. Her term expires in November.
. Clerk Robert Caldwell said actual receipts to date are $925,000.
Actual expenditures are $1.1 million. Expenditures include $165,000 for a medic unit.

Triad eyes rehiring retired A.D.
By CORINNE BIX
The Triad Board of Education held a public meeting on Monday night
during its regular board meeting to discuss the issue of the employment
of William McDaniel as athletic director.
McDaniel's resignation for the purpose of retirement was approved at
last month's meeting. McDaniel is seeking re-employment with the
district as part-time athletic director.
Several district residents were on hand prepared with questions about
the possible rehire of the retired athletic director.
The overriding concern became what the total cost to the district would
be if McDaniel is rehired.
Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger explained that the board has two choices
in regard to the hiring of an athletic director.
McDaniel worked for the district for 38 years and served this past
school year under a teacher's contract. He had a full-time position
serving as the dean of students at the high school and as athletic
director.  His total salary with extended time was around $60,000 per year.
If McDaniel weren't rehired as part time athletic director the district
would look internally for a candidate to teach part time and work as
athletic director part time. Then half of the internal candidate's
teaching duties would need to be absorbed by hiring a new part time math
or science teacher. A new part-time teacher's salary would cost the district around $30,000.
Kaffenbarger explained that it would be near impossible to find a
certified math or science teacher who would be willing to work only part
time. The cost of a full-time math or science teacher would run the
district around $53,000 annually.
If McDaniel is rehired his salary would range from $30,000 to $42,000
depending on if he opted for benefits through the district. Kaffenbarger
explained that even at a maximum of $42,000, McDaniel's pay would only
be on par with other area athletic directors.
Several board members expressed their support of McDaniel's rehire due
to his experience as the district comes up on it's first year with pay
to participate along with a new high school principal.
Jim Reid said it would be helpful to have McDaniel on hand for a transitional year.
All the board members were very receptive to the public's questions.
"It's refreshing to have you all here," Randy Moore, board member, said.
Jill Smith, treasurer, reported that the district should end in the
black for this fiscal year. The lunchroom balance is higher than
originally anticipated.
Kaffenbarger reported that although the final numbers have not been
released from the state in regard to the proficiency tests the tentative
scores look good.
"Overall we saw improvement and many times significant improvement in
all but two areas," Kaffenbarger said.
The board ratified the contract with the Triad Board of Education and
Triad Education Association for July 1, 2005 ? June 30, 2008. No
significant changes were made with the teacher's union. The teacher's
agreed to a wage freeze for the next year and then the contract will be
reopened annually for the discussion of wages and benefits.
"We hope that next year we are in the financial position to consider
giving the teachers an increase in their salary," Kaffenbarger said.
The board approved by a three to two vote the hiring of Tim Lacy as
varsity boys basketball coach and Mark Smith as assistant varsity boys
basketball coach. Board members Chris Millice and Randy Moore opposed the motion.
Dan Kaffenbarger updated the board on last week's mediation in regard to
the district's lawsuit against the architectural firm of Blunden,
Barclay, and Robbie that assessed the Triad school buildings for the
Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) in 1999.
Kaffenbarger said the opposing lawyers continue to be in negotiations.
Kaffenbarger will be in negotiations on Tuesday and Thursday of this
week with the district's classified personnel union to discuss their
contracts. Kaffenbarger said he only anticipates routine changes in
regard to language and procedures. The next board meeting will be July 18 at 7 p.m.
Editor's note: Additional information from Monday's meeting can be found
on Friday's school pages

Milford Center Council hears water meter complaint
By NATALIE TROYER Journal-Tribune intern
An issue regarding a resident's water meter dominated Milford Center
Village Council's discussion during Monday's regular meeting.
Village Administrator Bill Blevins reported that a female resident was
complaining that her meter for outdoor water usage was not deducting the
full amount from her water bill. The resident apparently ended up with
two regular water meters when she had installers put a second meter in.
Council noted that whoever installed the meter didn't code it according
to village requirements, so the resident's deduct meter never actually
worked. Therefore, she was only being charged for minimum water and
minimum sewer usage.
The resident is now requesting that one of her meters function as a
deduct meter, but council members say the village is only required to
pay for one of her meters.
"The meter she had installed is a regular meter...and, the village only
puts in one meter per household," councilman Jeff Parren said. "If this
resident wants the other one to function as a deduct meter, she needs to
pay for its service."
Parren also noted that council should call the plumbers who installed
the second meter and see how many times they've given a second meter to residents.
Councilman Josh Combs made a motion to write the resident a letter,
informing her that she received the wrong type of meter by mistake and
that arrangements will be made for someone to come take that second meter out.
The motion was seconded, and councilmen also discussed the idea of, in
the future, charging a minimum fee for deduct meters to be installed.
In other business, councilman Ron Payne reported that Purdam Blacktop
company was contacted to take care of street repairs. Payne also moved
that "the streets committee be authorized to not spend more than
$14,999" on smaller repair projects.
But, councilman Chris Burger questioned the current estimates.
"We're looking at about $20,000 for each street in need of repair, which
would total roughly $80,000," he said.
Councilman Payne said he will bring estimates for street repairs, as
well as estimates for the placing of speed bumps on Reed Street, to the next meeting.
Payne then read resolution R-2-05, which authorized village mayor Cheryl
DeMatteo to prepare and submit an application to participate in the Ohio
Public Works Commission (OPWC) State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP)
or Local Transportation Improvement Programs (LTIP) for funds to use
towards capital improvement projects for water improvements on Mill,
Reed and Short streets. The resolution passed.
Councilman Payne informed sheriff's deputy Matt Warden of several
residential complaints. An east State Street resident was complaining of
noise from dirt bikes in the village.
Deputy Warden said he will check on the ordinances, as he believes the
village prohibits ATVs and motor bikes, but if the noise persists,
possible charges for disorderly conduct or disturbing peace could be
charged. Councilman Payne also noted that a storm drain behind an east State
Street residence is in need of repair. In old business, Mayor DeMatteo said the Trinity
Church lot will be mowed for July, and in new business, a motion was passed to reimburse
Mayor DeMatteo a check for $200 for a bill she submitted for removal of a tree stump.

Suspect leaves child in car, flees
From J-T staff reports:
Police are on the look-out for a Marysville man who fled from police,
leaving not only his car behind but a young girl.
Stephen T. Boyer, 26, of 460 Windmill Drive is believed to have been the
suspect in the incident Friday at 11:33 p.m.
According to Marysville Police, at that time a vehicle was observed
speeding in the 1400 block of Milford Avenue. Officers pulled the car
over, and the person pulled the car into a driveway.
At that time, police said the male ran from the vehicle. Canine units
were called to track the male, but he was not found. The vehicle was
discovered to have been stolen out of Columbus.
Inside the car, the man left behind a 7-year-old girl who was reportedly
"hysterical." She was later placed in the care of her mother. Her
relationship to the suspect is unknown.
At this time Boyer is at large. Charges are pending for obstruction of
official police business, driving under suspension, receiving stolen
property, endangering children and criminal trespassing.

'Jack and the Beanstalk' showcases community talent
Editor's note: The following review is supplied by Kay Liggett, a member
of the Union County Community Concert Association.
The most wonderful magical music show is in town!
The final two performances of "Jack and the Beanstalk" will be staged
Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Union County Veterans Memorial
Auditorium on West Sixth Street.
Proceeds will benefit the Union County Veteran Remembrance Committee's
efforts to erect a monument at the northeast corner of the Union County Courthouse.
A cast full of kids, friends and neighbors - all having a great time
entertaining the audience - is directed by the multi-talented Grant
Underwood. This young man just graduated from Marysville High School and
is off to college this fall.
Poor ol' Jack is conned into selling the family cow for some magic beans
- tricked by the Evil Baron, brilliantly played by Don Wight, an actor
who has evolved into a great stage presence with the several shows he's done here.
Jack is played by Reid Schroyer, a Marysville High School sophomore. His
performance was a delight. A mother-son duet, performed with Reid's
real-life mother Andrea Weaver, was really touching. Weaver has a
beautiful soprano voice.
The Golden Harp (Helen Ahlborn) was worth the price of admission! Her
costume was sensational, and her singing was a hoot! Her husband Fred
Ahlborn played The Giant, and he really looked like a giant. Singing
about his wife, The Harp, he warbled, "And her mother was a cello!"
The Golden Goose, played by Molly Rossetti, really belted out her songs.
Performing in a terrific goose costume, she was really loved by the
audience. Rossetti has honed her acting career in many, many Marysville
stage shows. She performed her role with much gusto.
Orchestra conductor Scott Underwood was proud to be working with his
son. A synthesizer was used, giving a perfect eerie weave to the music.
Talented Caroline Ohnsman performed the piano score brilliantly.
Percussionist Jim Paluch was a talent, knowing just how to accent the
singing roles and score.
A stage full of people, familiar faces, the youth chorus, sparkly,
glittery, colorful costumes created by the talented imaginations of the
costume crew, the beanstalk - "50 miles high," and marvelous music and
dialogue are all showcased in this original off-Broadway 1960s show. You'll love it!

Some in Jerome don't like deal on water/sewer
By CINDY BRAKE
Residents say they are "losing the heart of our township," a Jerome
Township trustee said Thursday during a public meeting about a new
water/sewer agreement.
 Jerome Township board of trustee Sharon Sue Wolfe and Jesse Dickinson,
a citizen activist living in Jerome Township, repeatedly voiced fears
about their township losing land to annexation because of the agreement.
Jerome Township trustee Freeman May and his wife, Karolina, also listed
concerns about a negative impact.
Officials from the city of Marysville and Union County announced plans
in May for a new way of providing water and sewer services to unannexed
areas. The proposal includes a map identifying a dedicated growth area
for the city that stretches into Jerome, Millcreek, Paris and Dover
townships. It also includes an exclusive service area. In the growth
area the city is the exclusive provider and "may require" annexation or
agreement to annex for new residences when properties are contiguous to
the city. The map is for projected growth in 30 to 50 years.
John Gore, president of the Marysville City Council, said the majority
of council is not in favor of annexation.
Union County Engineer Steve Stolte and Union County Commissioner Gary
Lee said the proposal opens the doors for townships to manage growth.
"I think the agreement opens a lot of opportunities," Stolte said.
Stolte and Lee displayed charts showing how tap fees and rates will drop
immediately for county users. The agreement also offers stable sewer
rates for a number of years, plus a critical piece to a water quality
plan mandated by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Citizens are the ultimate winner, said Marysville City Councilman David Burke.
Union County Health Commissioner Martin Tremmel added that the environment also wins.
The county's "very heavy clay soils" are not a good soil chemistry for
sewage treatment plants. He said the best solution is to put sewage in a
pipe and let Marysville deal with it.
The Union County Board of Health is in full support of the agreement and
so are members of the 175 businesses in the Industrial Parkway Association.
Jerome Township Trustee Ron Rhodes called it "positive, positive, positive."
Thursday's meeting was the idea of Wolfe. She told the Union County
Commissioners at an earlier, unscheduled meeting that they had "opened a
big can of worms in the township" and she had received 75 phone calls
over a weekend about the proposal. Approximately 35 individuals attended
last night's meeting, most were developers, elected officials or
activist citizens. The proposed agreement has yet to be put into writing and approved by
city and county officials. If approved the deal would mean services to unannexed areas, lower rates
to county customers and a guaranteed growth area for the city.
At a previous meeting, commissioner Tom McCarthy said the agreement
takes no rights away from township residents. Attorney Mark Landis said
it offers rural residents "more options."
Rick Shortell, president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce has
called it a "fantastic proposal" that will open the door to quality,
controlled growth.

Lawmen dealing with high gas prices
From J-T staff reports:
John Q. Public may be feeling the pinch from gas prices affecting his
vacation drive to Florida, but imagine having to pay for dozens of cars
driving around 24 hours a day.
The effect of gasoline prices on law enforcement budgets has put some
limits on how they patrol the county. In Union County, some police
departments have been forced to make some tough decisions.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson said that in 2004 the cost of filling
his cruisers per month was $5,991.13. He said the cost per month in 2005
went up to $6,526.22. As a result some changes had to be made.
"What we've done here in the last few months is we have doubled up some
guys when we could, so that saved a considerable amount," Nelson said.
"The other side of that is that there are less patrolman we have out in
the county, of course. We've still tried to continue patrolling the
county as well as we can, but still looking at the price of fuel and
trying to keep within our budget."
The Richwood Police Department reportedly suffers similar problems with
gasoline affecting how many vehicles are patrolling the village.
Much has been said during past Marysville City Council meetings of the
wear and tear that can develop on police cruisers from constant low
speed travel in the city. Cruisers burn gas faster at the low speeds and
the constant city travel can wear down the engines as well.
It has been well known to be expensive for departments to keep cruisers
safe and dependable on the road. Most cities have budgets designed to
replace their vehicles every year - if cities can come up with the cost.
In Marysville, much of the problem has had to do with trying to budget
the purchase of new cruisers, along with the effect of gasoline prices.
City administrators have said that are trying to turn this around. This
year a new cruiser will be purchased to replace an old one. In the years
following that, they are going to try to put a rotation of cars in order
to weed out the older ones and keep them running smoothly.

County's first Serious Youth Offender sentenced
By RYAN HORNS
A teenager will spend years in state custody for the rape of a
4-year-old girl, but he can avoid life in prison after he turns 21-years-old.
The 14-year-old male, whose name will not be released due to his age,
was given two different sentences because of being ruled a Serious Youth
Offender by the Union County Juvenile Court system. Depending on how he
behaves in juvenile custody will determine if his adult sentence will be served.
Under the adult portion of his sentence, Judge Charlotte
Coleman-Eufinger handed down mandatory life in prison for two counts of
first-degree felony rape charges against him. The juvenile was also
sentenced to one year in prison for one count of third-degree felony
gross sexual imposition. Those will be served concurrently.
Regarding the juvenile portion of sentencing, Coleman-Eufinger ruled
that the male serve in state custody until he turns 21-years-old under
the Department of Youth Services.
However, both prosecution and defense attorneys agreed that the juvenile
needs therapy for the wrong decisions he made. As a result, the judge
ruled he undergo treatment as  a sexual offender at the Miami Valley
group counseling service.
In the first case involving a Serious Youth Offender in Union County,
the suspect changed his plea to guilty in court last month. During
pre-trial negotiations a fourth charge of third-degree felony tampering
with evidence, was dismissed.
The Union County Sheriff's Office first reported the case when deputies
responded to the 11000 block of U.S. 36 on the evening of March 22. The
charges stem from sexual contact the male allegedly had with a
4-year-old female victim, reportedly a friend of his family.
The judge found the 14-year-old to be a sexual offender, but not a sexual predator.
During the sentencing, county prosecutor Dave Phillips and co-council
Rick Roger reported that the male had a previous history with the
juvenile justice system. He had been found guilty of criminal mischief
in 2003, which later became a burglary charge.
Phillips said the 14-year-old was still on probation for those charges
when he committed the rape. He added that at no point had the juvenile
owned up to the rape.
"He has shown no empathy to the victim whatsoever," he said.
A letter read aloud in court, written by the victim's mother, said that
the girl has suffered psychological harm since the rape. She now suffers
from nightmares, often cries for her father, and has begun sucking her thumb.
"He robbed her of her sense of security," the mother wrote. "He did
something to a little girl that no adult should have to suffer."
She asked that the judge impose the maximum sentence and that he receive
psychological treatment while in custody.
Defense attorney Perry Parsons disagreed that the juvenile had not shown
any remorse for the crime. He said the juvenile has done a bad thing,
"but he is not a bad kid."
The 14-year-old's mother spoke on behalf of her son, saying that anyone
who knows him has something nice to say. He is an honor roll student,
who loves the outdoors, art and poetry and is good at skateboarding. She
said teachers often use the word "joy" to describe his personality.
She said what worries her the most is that in sentencing him, the court
will ruin anything positive her son has going, along with his self-esteem.
"He is a young teen and he has too much life in him yet to do," she said.
The juvenile's maternal grandmother also spoke.
"I blame myself partly for this. If I could I would take (his) place,"
she said. "He needs to go to a facility that will have positive results on his future."
After sentencing the juvenile, Coleman-Eufinger said she wanted to be
sure that the male understood the significance of what he faced. There
is the likelihood that he will go to prison and be on probation for the
rest of his life. She said his behavior until he turns 21 can make or
break him.

Church bursting at the seams
Catholic church in Plain City eyes expansion projects
By NATALIE TROYER
When Walter and Beverly Cooper first began attending St. Joseph's
Catholic church in 1973, they made up one of only 50 families in the
congregation. Today, 32 years later, the Plain City couple is one of
approximately 320 families attending the church's services throughout the week.
Located on 140 West Ave. in Plain City, St. Joseph's parish has
virtually doubled in size over the past six years alone. Built in 1899
and with a seating capacity of only 150, the small church has tried to
accommodate for this growth by going from two Masses on a weekend to
four. Yet, with the building nearly reaching its capacity, the parish
development committee has come to a different solution - to build both a
new church and a new parish activities center.
Joe Hofbauer, founder of the Plain City Historical Society and member of
St. Joseph's for 69 years, attributes the growth of the parish to the
growth of the town.
"Since 1995, the church has grown considerably with all the new
additions and houses in Plain City," he said. "This is also a big
transit town, so people are in and out of here quite a bit and we tend
to see a lot of people come and go within the church."
Hofbauer remembers when, in 1936, there were only five or six people in
attendance on a typical Sunday morning.
"We've gone from a handful of people then to now, if you don't get to
the church in time, you'll be clear in the back of the church during mass," he said.
The new church and parish activities center will be built on thirty
acres of land on Route 161, near the village fire station. Plans for a
Rosary Memorial Garden and a Catholic school are also being discussed.
The new parish activities center will replace the current parish office,
located on 6604 Perry Pike in Plain City, which functions as a social
hall and classroom setting for religious education (CCD). Construction
for the center should begin sometime in August, and by next Easter, the
building should be complete.
Father Patrick Toner, priest at St. Joseph's for seven years, said
construction for the new church will not begin for another ten years or
so, once the new center is completely paid off. The new church's
capacity is to be at least four times what it is now, with seating for
600 people, and expandability for at least 1,200.
"Then, once the new center is up and running, and the heavy equipment is
gone, we'll begin working on the Rosary Memorial Garden," he said.
The Rosary Garden will be a place of prayer and a source of fresh
flowers for the church. The garden will have paths for all four sets of
mysteries of the rosary, and meditation benches will be placed at each mystery.
The parish activities center is estimated to cost about $1.2 million and
the church is estimated at $3 million. St. Joseph's has currently raised
$800,000 in a capitol pledge campaign, and with individual
contributions, as well as help from the archdiocese, Father Toner
guesses that the $1.2 million for the center will be paid off in five years or less.
Father Toner said the building of this new church is practically inevitable.
"On a typical Sunday morning, we have people parking three or four
blocks away, and we can't add any more masses because I'm only allowed
to perform four on the weekends," he said. "So, since we don't ever
anticipate having a second priest, the only thing we can do is to add
more seats to the church."
Father Toner believes that with every new opportunity comes new
blessings, though, and he expresses enthusiasm about the growth of St.
Joseph's and hopes to use it to bring back 'fallen-away Catholics.'
"The second-largest group of Christians in the world are fallen-away
Catholics," he said. "I think once we have a place to accommodate more
people, our first goal is to find and invite the fallen-away Catholics
back home. Each person also has their own gifts, and it's been exciting
to see how people have used them at St. Joseph's so far. I think the
future would be exciting even if we didn't grow, but I'm excited to be
able to accommodate more people because new people will inevitably bring
new gifts to our parish."

U.S. 42 bypass plans progressing
From J-T staff reports:
Final plans for the U.S. 42 relocation are expected to be completed by
Oct. 31 and the project is expected to go up for bid by Sept. 24, 2006.
Andrea Hernandez, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Transportation
District Six, said the project is progressing. The process of obtaining
right of ways is nearly completed.
Construction is expected to take two years with the new roadway ready
for traffic in 2008.
The proposed new alignment of U.S. 42 extends northward from Main Street
in Plain City and will eliminate the current intersection of Gray
Street. This posed the challenge of how to best provide for future
ingress and egress to Gray Street and Johnson Court. To solve this, the
decision was made to provide a new street starting at Johnson Court and
going south to intersect with Main Street.
Plain City residents have petitioned the state for years to alleviate
the excessive truck traffic that must go directly through the village.
Trucks and other vehicles using U.S. 42 block oncoming traffic as they
swing wide to negotiate the two sharp curves where the highway winds
through the village creating noise and diesel fume problems, as well as
a hazard for children crossing the street to the elementary school
A traffic survey in 1990 counted 10,625 vehicles passing the 100 block
of West Main Street daily and more than 1,000 were commercial vehicles.
That year residents conducted a letter writing campaign to ODOT asking for a bypass.
In 1997 an article in the Marysville Journal-Tribune reported that the
bypass project was moving forward with the Phase I environmental study
completed. Phase II entailed identification of historical and
archaeological structures in the area, as well as ecological and other concerns.
Phase III involves holding a series of public hearings to discuss the
information found in the two studies. The preliminary work was slated to
be completed by December of 1998 at a total cost of $24,500.
ODOT was then slated to begin preparations for the construction of the bypass.

Richwood gears up for Springenfest
From J-T staff reports:
The 28th annual Springenfest weekend is Friday and Saturday beginning at
5 p.m. on the main streets of Richwood.
All proceeds from the weekend events go to North Union Athletic Complex
group, the board that governs Springenfest, to provide athletic
facilities and equipment.
"The money (from Springenfest) is spent to better the sports complex
facilities for North Union," said Scott McNamee, president of NUAC.
"Springenfest has raised around $375,000 since the beginning in 1977."
Proceeds from this year's event will go specifically for a new pole
vault pit and long jump runway estimated to cost $15,000.
"It's been three years since our pole vault has been outdated," McNamee
said. "We're trying to get teams back in the Richwood Relays."
Springenfest offers something for everyone. Attendees can participate in
athletic competitions, enjoy a variety of food, music, games, Bingo or
take a chance on the raffle prizes.
Festivities kick off with registration for the 5K Sun Walk and Sun Run
Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Union County Health Department added
the Sun Walk to the favorite tradition of the Sun Run. They will begin
following registration around 7 p.m.
After the run, the Radio Pirates will perform music at 8 p.m. The band
plays classics from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Scheduled events for Saturday include the grand auction from 5 to 7 p.m.
Many items for the auction were donated by local businesses. After the
auction, the local band "Noonan" will perform at 8 p.m. Earlier in the
day there will be a hole-in-one shootout at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of
Hoskins and Route 4. Those interested may contact Eric Shields at (740)
943-1355 for more information. A three-on-three basketball competition
will also be held Saturday. For details about basketball contact Bud
McMahon at (740) 943-3805 or Tyler Tingley at (740) 815-6797.
Attendees can contribute to Springenfest through the drawing as well.
The grand prize is two Ohio State University season tickets for the
seven home football games. The second prize is $500 and third prize is
$200. Tickets will be on sale all weekend for $5 or five tickets for
$20. The drawing will be at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Miniature golf, moonwalk and games will be featured for the younger
attendees and bingo will be available both nights.
Springenfest would not be complete without the annual signature creme
puffs. Other menu items include lemonade, brats, chicken sandwiches, hot
dogs, hamburgers, pork tenderloins, fried bologna and french fries.
Community support enables Springenfest to be a success. McNamee said
that all Springenfest needs is good weather and a lot of people.

Marysville man sentenced to 10 years in prison
By RYAN HORNS
A Marysville man will spend the next 10 years in prison for a series of sex for hire plots.
Danny C. Adrian, 61, of 844 Hickory Drive was sentenced in the Champaign
County Court of Common Pleas recently. He was charged with six felony
counts and ultimately was sentenced for five of those.
According to Champaign County Prosecutor Nick Selvaggio, Adrian was
charged with the attempted rape of an 8-year-old female; kidnapping an
8-year-old victim; attempted rape of a 10-year-old female; compelling to
commit prostitution of a 15 and a 16-year-old female; complicity to
prostitution and another charge of complicity to prostitution. The
charges came out of the planned intention and execution of a sexual crime.
Adrian was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the rape charge; seven
years for kidnapping and four years and 120 days for the three
prostitution counts. Those sentences will run concurrently, resulting in
the 10 years of jail time.
Selvaggio said the jury found Adrian guilty on all charges except the
attempted rape of a 10-year-old female victim. There was reportedly not
enough evidence in this charge, when compared with the attempted rape of
the 8-year-old female. Adrian was also listed as a sexual predator and,
upon his release, must register with the county sheriff's office.
He said the case centered upon Adrian's desire to use his 28-year-old
female friend in Piqua to arrange sexual encounters with young girls for him.
Selvaggio said the female friend was shocked by the requests and began
recording their conversations and soon handed the tapes into sheriff's
deputies. She then worked with law enforcement and made up a fictitious
victim for him to meet.
Adrian was reportedly expecting the Piqua woman to set up a sexual
encounter in a van for him with an 8-year-old girl. The meeting was set
to take place in St. Paris.
Selvaggio said Adrian's plan, which the Piqua woman was asked to carry
out, was to have the 8-year-old girl drugged and unconscious inside the
van. The Piqua woman was going to be paid $200 for setting the whole
thing up for him.
But when Adrian arrived at the van the night of Dec. 22, 2004 expecting
the girl, instead he found sheriff's deputies waiting inside. He was
promptly arrested.
Selvaggio said the remainder of the case against Adrian involved his
attempts to have a sexual encounter set up for him with a 10-year-old
female victim. This incident was supposed to have the juvenile playing a
"sleeping game," as part of his fantasy.
Another incident Adrian was charged for included using a 40-year-old
female friend to arrange for two teenage girls to meet him. He
reportedly paid the two juvenile girls $20 for sex. The two went to his
airport hangar at the Urbana Airport, took the money, but declined any
sexual activity.
Defense attorney Sam Shamansky reported that the taped conversations
Adrian had with the older female friends was nothing more than "sexual
fantasy" and his client never intended to do any of it. Instead, Adrian
thought the 28-year-old Piqua woman was be in the van waiting for him,
not a juvenile. The conversations were just a fantasy situation and
never intended to be made into reality.
Adrian has already reportedly filed for an appeal in the jury's decision.

Richwood pinpoints sources of sewer inflow
 CHAD WILLIAMSON
When you see minnows swimming in a manhole there is a problem.
Engineers have identified some of the major infiltration problems that
have spiked flows at the Richwood sewer plant recently.
Ed Bischoff of Bischoff, Miller and Associates, told village council
members at Monday's meeting that a thorough inspection of the lines has
been completed and several problems were found.
Bischoff had said at previous meetings that he suspected a problem with
a sewer line that runs under Ash Run. Inspection of the area confirmed his suspicion.
Bischoff said standing water was found in manholes on each side of Ash
Run, meaning that water from the creek is filtering into cracks in the
sewer line. The cracks are apparently fairly substantial because
Bischoff also noted that there were minnows swimming in one of the manholes.
The inspection of the lines also found a couple of places where storm
sewer lines connect to the sanitary sewer lines, bumping the amount of
water being sent to the sewer plant.
The village is already in the process of securing grant funding to put
chimney seals, a fix that should cut down on some water leaking into the
system through manhole covers.
Bischoff said he would have a list of all the items which require work compiled by July.
He assured council that the corrective measures would not be overly
expensive, by comparison to other sewer projects. He said the work could
be done for less than $300,000, with the biggest portion of that money
being chewed up by the Ash Run project.
Bischoff added that the work should be completed before the end of the year.
A discussion about lack of upkeep at the park spiraled out of control
until officials were hurling around accusations of secret dealings and insubordination.
Park committee chairman George Showalter said the park is not receiving
the attention it needs. Councilwoman Arlene Blue noted that during the
summer months a village employee is to spend 40 hours per week on upkeep
of the park.
Village administrator Jim Thompson, who has retired but is holding the
position until a replacement can be found, said the lack of manpower on
village work crews has meant that employees are busy with other jobs. He
said he had two men in place to be hired, but council blocked the move.
Neither man was named.
Blue said that council had put in place mandatory drug screening and
physicals for all new village employees. Thompson responded that council
had only discussed the move and it had not had three readings yet, to
which Blue rebutted that the administrator knew the wishes of council
and purposely ignored it.
During a special meeting on a Saturday in May, council met to discuss
the potential hirings. Council informed Thompson not to hire the individuals.
It was then noted that Thompson, Mayor Bill Nibert and councilwoman Peg
Wiley did not attend the meeting. The three each gave reasons for not
attending, to which Blue said village officials are supposed to act as a unit.
"Two or three are running the whole show," she said.
Thompson noted that the prospective worker has not been released to
perform full work duties if hired. He said both men have passed a drug
screening and physical.
Council voted to hire one of the prospective employees but Scott Jerew,
Blue and Showalter voted no on the other, meaning his hiring was not approved.
Council then opted to create a committee to assist with the hiring of
village employees. Showalter, Wade McCalf and Jerew volunteered for the
committee.
Council also discussed doing away with the current process for upkeep of
the park. Currently a full-time village employee receives half of his
compensation from the park fund.
Council discussed abolishing the payment from the park fund and
contracting an outside entity for upkeep of the park. Village solicitor
Rick Rodger said the village could need to solicit bids for the services.
In other business, council:
.Discussed the planned widening project for Grove Street and a $34,000
grant that may cover the expense.
.Discussed a problem with the EPA in receiving reports from the village.
Bischoff said the village is doing everything correctly and the problem
lies within the EPA computers.
.Learned that the $280 bill for landscaping after the recent water line
improvement will be paid from funds yet to be disbursed to the contractor.
.Heard from resident Gene Kleiber about concerns in the Kells Lane area.
He asked about mowing of high grass in the area and drainage concerns.
He also asked about the progress on a time restriction for construction
projects which is in the works. He followed up on a request for a
cul-de-sac in the area and was told the project was too expensive.
.Fielded numerous complaints from citizens and council members about the
police department. One resident spoke about positive dealings with the
department. McCalf, who is chairman of the safety committee, said he
would set up a meeting to deal with the concerns.
. Learned that the Richwood Area Business Association was in the initial
phases of mainstreet revitalization plan.
.Heard second reading on an ordinance to put drug screenings and
physicals in place for prospective village employees.
.Heard second reading on an ordinance to put random drug screenings in
place for village employees.
.Heard from the mayor that an issue with a drainage tile which runs from
the village and into Claibourne Townships will need attention.
.Recinded a contract to place a bait machine in the village park.
Apparently a conflict of interest was determined because Jerew was
supplying the machine. .Decided to make Lynn Street one-way, for north to south traffic only.
.Held and executive session to discuss personnel.

Collins Avenue light stalled by state
By RYAN HORNS
The issue of putting up a traffic light at the intersection of Collins
Avenue and Route 4 came up again, as Marysville Public Service Committee
met Monday night.
According to e-mails between city engineer Phil Roush and ODOT's
District Traffic Engineer Greg Channel, ODOT reported that the work to
add in a traffic light is too expensive.
Channel said that Ohio Law dictates that they "cannot use our own forces
if the total project cost (is) more than $25,000 per lane mile." His
estimates ran at about $35,000 and with the added labor and equipment
cost, the price without the traffic signal was roughly $107,000 - much
higher than anticipated.
Channel said ODOT would have to initiate the project into their 2009
budget. In the meantime, he could try to work on getting the traffic
signal up, since funding may be available for that separately.
"We would encourage ODOT to pursue the signal installation even before
the road work can be completed," Roush wrote.
During the last city council meeting residents and city officials were
asked to contact representatives at the Ohio Department of
Transportation. The state agency has reported the project cannot be
completed unless the road is widened - putting the plans out of reach
for the next four years.
Citizens interested in calling ODOT and requesting the work to fix the
Route 4/Collins Avenue intersection can call ODOT District 6, 400 E.
William St. in Delaware, OH. 43015 toll free at 1-800-372-7714. Names to
ask for are Channel; District Deputy Director Jack Marchbanks;
Transportation Planning Program Administrator Valerie Croasmun, or
Production Administrator Herb Ligocki.
Committee members also talked about contacting state representatives and
senators. The idea is to have as many people possible use their weight
to let the state know this issue is important to the city.
"We're just little old Marysville," Roush said.
"Yeah, but sometimes the squeaky wheel gets the grease," House said.
Another option they discussed was speaking with the director of the Ohio
Reformatory for Women. Because the prison is reportedly going to be
utilized more on a statewide basis, state reps may be more willing to
provide money to keep the intersection safe. They surmised that there
has been a 67 percent increase in traffic in that area in the past 10 years.
"That's a dangerous intersection," Fogt said. "It has been since I've (lived) here."
They said that maybe they could picket at the intersection to show they're serious.
"I don't want to stand there," Reams joked. "It's too dangerous."
Discussions also fell on the future reservoir for the ever-expanding region.
Roush said the plans for the project have been completed. At this time
there are still six easements that need to be purchased before work can begin.
According to the Marysville Five Year Capital Improvement Plan, the
reservoir construction is slated to cost $16 million and it could begin
"two years from June."
Committee member, Mark Reams, said he has been thinking of the distant
future and that he wondered if the reservoir will be sized right in 20
years. With the county going in on services and a potential expanded
service area, a second reservoir will be in order.
"I'm concerned about our capacity," Reams said. "We're a little on the small side."
Both Davies and Roush explained that the reservoir is designed to be
easily expandable. Another reservoir could be hooked up to it.
In other issues:
. The string of basements flooding and raw sewage turning up in homes
over the past few years is hopefully a thing of the past.
City administrator Kathy House said the problem is that there haven't
been many storms dumping enough water to cause similar floods yet.
Since last year, Roush said, a lot of work has been done to rectify the
problem by repairing faulty sewer lines and fixing bad sewer line
connections. In some areas stormwater lines were connected directly into
raw sewage lines - the main cause of the sewage ending up in homes. Many
of these conditions have been fixed. But he agreed they won't know for
sure until heavier rains test the lines.
As they look into future stormwater projects, councilman Ed Pleasant
said he hopes that they will focus on why the utility was created in the
first place: To solve flooding in residential areas. Many of those
problem locations are in his ward.

Jonathan Alder Board hears update on school construction
BY CORINNE BIX
Everything is moving according to plan on Jonathan Alder's new high
school set to open its doors this fall, according to district
superintendent Doug Carpenter.
The Jonathan Alder Board of Education met for their regular June meeting
in the new high school conference room. Board members took turns giving
their reports.
James Phillips updated everyone on the Tolles Technical Center
certification ceremony held on June 2. Phillips said the ceremony was a
success and reported that various students from the arts and
communication discipline were awarded a record total of more than
$264,000 in scholarships.
Dr. John Adams reported on facilities, updating the board on the
continued progress on the high school construction along with the
surrounding athletic fields, dugouts and concession stands.
Steve Votaw reported on legislation. He said that the state budget is
currently in conference committee and appropriations for the school
district don't look promising. Carpenter said if the budget passes as
is, the district would be flat lined for the next two years with no
additional state income.
The board took time to present a commendation to Tatum Cook. Cook is a
deaf student in the district who attends the Ohio School for the Deaf.
She is a junior in high school and was commended for receiving the coaches' award.
The board approved the bus bids for Edwin H. Davis and Sons, Inc. in the
amount of $57,673 per bus. The district has budgeted for three busses
total, one to replace an old bus and two additional ones in anticipation of new routes.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss employment. No
action was taken. The next regular board meeting will be July 11 in the
new high school conference room.
In other news, the board approved:
. The May financial report
. A $32,626 contract and membership with the Metropolitan Education
Council (MEC) for fiscal services for the 2005-2006 school year
. A contract with Marsh, Inc. for liability and property insurance for
the 2005-2006 school year in the amount of $48,648.
. A contract with Gates-McDonald as workers compensation representative
for the 2005-2006 school year in the amount of $17,366.
. Transfer and advances as requested by the treasurer.
. Final appropriations as requested by the treasurer.
. Temporary appropriations as requested by the treasurer.
. A memorandum of agreement with JAEA for expenses to be reiumbursed for
serving on jury duty.
. Employment of special education work study coordinator/administrative
assistant for the 2005-2006 school year.
. Employment of an additional football coach due to having more than 80
players for the upcoming year.
. The resignation of Rose Clem as an aide at Canaan Elementary.
. Employment the following teachers for the 2005-2006 school year:
Marianna Hein as K-4 guidance counselor; Alycia Brehm as biology
teacher; Susanne Lynch as 5th grade math; Kathleen Grindrod as 5th grade
language arts.
. Donna Jackson for a 20-day contract with days worked specified for the superintendent.
. Judy Walker to score 2nd grade cognitive abilities tests at $20 per hour.
. ESC tutors Roxanne Royer, Beth Randall and Heidi Stillings at $20 per hour.
. Summer intervention staff coordinator Janet Johnson at $1,500;
teachers Karen Campbell, Meredith Abbott, Libby Krummery, Angie
Reninger, Michelle Hughes, Jenna Meyer, Amy Palmer and Tom McCullochat
$20 per hour; aides Sue Burgett and Shannon Gatsch at $10 per hour.
. Hired Edward Pate, Shelley Bope, Jodi Palmer, Josh Bope, Molly Harris,
Bill McCartney, Alexanne Holcombe and Jenna Walk for summer painting for
approximately four weeks at eight hours per day, five days per week at $10 per hour.
. Employed Nathan Conner as technology summer help for approximately 200
hours at $7.50 an hour.
. Employed Mike Baird as summer physical education instructor with a $1,500 stipend.
. Coaching staff for the 2005-2006 school year: Ivan Mast Jr. -
assistant boys soccer; Cristy L. Gray ? eighth grade volleyball coach;
Ivan Mast Jr. ? assistant boys soccer; Chris Clapham- volunteer boys
soccer; Frank Smith, Steve Coate and Boyd Harbage ? football volunteers;
Donnie Glick ? freshman football; Brent Thomas, Scott Palmer, Sr., Zach
Wurschmidt and Bobby Vanover ? football volunteers; Bart Andrews ?
reserve boys basketball; Chris Neptune ? freshman boys basketball; Andy
Clark ? varsity assistant boys basketball; Ron Thomas Jr. ? assistant
wrestling; Chip Seely ? head track coach; Sue Palmer and Ray Russell ?
assistant track coaches; Matt Gilkerson ? head baseball coach; Tony
Caldwell ? head softball coach; Jay Ferguson ? reserve girls basketball;
Gayle Carter ? seventh grade coach.
. Appointment of Kathy Welch as district representative for the central
Ohio special education regional resource center for the 2005-2006 school year.
. Out-of-town requests: Band ? Shenandoah Apple Blossom festival from
5/4/06-5/7/06; Softball ? Fort Meyers, Florida over spring break 2006;
Ski Club (if there is enough interest) ? Seven Springs, PA from
2/3/06-2/4/06; Baseball for an overnight weekend trip to Cincinnati during the season,
. Open enrollment for eighth grader Chris Holben, son of Ann Holben, a staff member at the high school.

Street repaving to begin Monday
By RYAN HORNS
"The street paving will begin on Monday," Marysville administrator Kathy
House announced at the Thursday night city council meeting.
Councilman Dave Burke commented that it is going to feel like a new city
around here pretty soon.
House released a statement Thursday afternoon outlining the official
order of streets to be completed. She added that the second round of
street paving will happen in late summer to early fall.
According to a recent press release, House said that The Chemcote
Company has been awarded the first $1 million of work and will start
with Fifth Street at Grove Street and work through the Five Points
Intersection, with the exception of Main Street, which, along with
Elwood Avenue, will be repaved next summer as part of the ODOT Urban
Paving project.
With Fifth Street finished, House said crews will move to North Main
Street and repave from Elwood Avenue to the Route 4 off-ramp. That will
be followed by work on Hickory Drive, from Collins Avenue to Edgewood
Drive, as well as Edgewood Drive from Hickory to Grove Street.
Next is Mill Wood Boulevard, she said, from Route 31 to its west end,
which will be repaved, followed by a small section of Scottslawn Road at the US 33 overpass.
Chemcote will then move to the south and west, repaving Greenwood
Boulevard, from Clover Knoll Court to its east end, and Collins Avenue,
from Route 4 to the pavement change just east of Beech Drive.
House said 10th Street, from Chestnut Street to its east end, will be
next. The last sections to be repaved in this first round will be Maple
Street, from the Collins Avenue intersection to Eighth Street, and
Eighth Street, from Maple to Court Street.
The second round of paving will include (not in order of completion):
 1. Collins/Milford Avenues from Maple St. to Eighth St.
 2. Collingwood Dr. from London Ave. to south end
 3. Columbus Avenue from Five Points to Dunham Avenue
 4. Delaware Avenue from Coleman's Crossing project east to the ramps
 5. Eighth Street from Maple Street to Grove Street
 6. First Street from Main Street to Elwood Ave.
 7. Fourth Street from Maple Street to Main Street
 8. Grand Avenue from Fifth Street to Concrete roadway section
 9. Mill Road from Mill Park to Cobblestone Dr. - Sections 1-3
10. Morey Drive from London Ave. to the new pavement
11. Mound Street from Third Street to north end
12. Oak Street from Sixth Street to Seventh Street
13. Quail Hollow Drive from SR 31 to west end
14. Seventh Street from Main Street to Chestnut Street
15. Sixth Street from Grove Street to Cherry Street - Sections 1-4
16. Third Street from Maple Street to Grand Ave.
17. Timberview Drive from London Ave. to west end
In other related discussions:
. House said she received word that the traffic light expected to go in
at Route 4 and Collins Avenue will not be happening. The Ohio Department
of Transportation requires a lane widening when traffic lights go in.
Because of this, it could take another four to five years to happen.
House said that the mayor has already begun contacting state officials
for their assistance and she asked that council members do the same.
Councilman John Marshall asked if there is a contact number for the
public to call, noting that state officials are receiving their
paychecks from taxpayers and the light is something the "community
definitely needs."
House said she would try to find the number and make that public.
. On the touchy subject of Tax Increment Financing, City Finance
Director John Morehart had some good news to report. He said the state
budget has seen some changes, more notably to the stance on TIFs.
"The initial language in the House Bill version is not in the Senate
Bill version," he said. "I'm encouraged by that."

Union County Sheriff greets president
By RYAN HORNS
Union County was represented as part of the greeting contingent when
President George W. Bush stepped off Air Force One in Columbus Thursday morning.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson was among a select few of state
officials and citizens who greeted Bush as he arrived at the Port
Columbus International Airport just before 11 a.m.
"It was pretty neat," Nelson said, as Air Force One loomed in the
background. "I'm pretty excited right now."
Nelson said he was surprised at how personal the event ended up being.
He was expecting to be among a long line of people, behind a rope. He
said he had once before shaken hands with Bush, but it was during a
rushed greeting, with many other people.
"It was kind of nice that he takes the time to stand there and talk to
you and have a conversation," Nelson said. "I didn't know what to say."
He spoke with Bush and told him his wife wished she could be there to say hello.
"You make sure and tell her I said 'Hi' back," he said Bush responded.
Nelson was given the opportunity to meet the president through
Congresswoman Deborah Pryce's office, who set up the meeting.
"I'm really grateful for that," Nelson said. "It never would have
happened without her office."
Secret Service agents assigned to the Columbus visit reported that Bush
is known for being early or right on time to similar events across the country.
Stepping off the plane, the president waved to a handful of dignitaries
and shook hands with Gov. Bob Taft, Nelson, Mt. Gilead Mayor Tom
Whiston, Madison County Engineer Dave Brand, Columbus hair salon owner
Charles A. Penzone, a relative of Mike Dewine and others, before
stepping into the presidential limo for his next stop. He was scheduled
for an appearance at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy to discuss the Patriot Act.
While in Columbus, Bush presented the President's Volunteer Service Award to Dianne Garrett.
Garrett received the award from Bush personally, underneath Air Force One.
The award is available to youths ages 14 and under, who have completed
50 or more hours of volunteer service; to people 15 and older who have
completed 100 or more hours; and to families or groups who have
completed 200 or more hours. For eight years Garrett has been a
volunteer for the Whitehall Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
and the Whitehall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
To thank volunteers for making a difference in the lives of others, Bush
has reportedly met with more than 400 people around the country who have
contributed to similar volunteer work.
Garrett helps with administrative duties, support services and charity
fund raising. She is also trained as a CERT instructor and assists with
local disasters and emergencies. She helped staff an emergency shelter
for senior citizens during a six-day power outage in December 2004, and
helped prepare 500 meals for community members. Garrett volunteered more
than 1,800 hours for community safety services in 2004.

Third Fridays events take shape
The Marysville Uptown Renewal Team (URT) has unveiled the schedule for
the Third Fridays Uptown Concert Series.
The event is being held to promote the businesses in Historic Uptown
Marysville and to benefit the Uptown Marysville Renewal Project.
Union County Economic Development Director Eric Phillips encouraged
citizens, employees, and visitors to meet on the Union County Courthouse
lawn along Court Street to experience music Uptown style:
. Friday, June 17, 2005 ? Third Fridays Uptown Goes Bluegrass
. Friday, July 15, 2005 ? Third Fridays Uptown Goes Abroad
. Friday, August 19, 2005 ? Third Fridays Goes Back to Class
. Friday, September 16, 2005- Third Fridays Goes to the Game
The first of these concerts occurs will feature the bluegrass band
"Tradin' Up" from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  Additionally, residents can
enjoy food ? including a rib cook-off between the Stockyard Steakhouse
Restaurant and Philly's Bar and Grill ? and enjoy beverages from 5 p.m.
until 8 p.m. Phillips asked for residents to tell friends, colleagues, and neighbors
about this concert series. Posters promoting this event can be picked up
at the Chamber of Commerce offices. URT has teamed up with the Marysville Business Association, City of
Marysville, and the Union County Chamber of Commerce to make this a reality.

Big headache over Big Darby
Replacing bridge has been a challenge for engineer's office
By CINDY BRAKE
Looking out his old office window to Seventh Street, assistant county
engineer Jeff Stauch can see a house where covered bridge builder Reuben
Partridge lived more than a century ago. Stauch doubts if Partridge ever
had to deal with as many challenges as he has in trying to build a
modern-day covered bridge in Union County.
Stauch is project engineer for a new covered bridge that would replace
an 85-year-old, iron-truss bridge crossing the Big Darby Creek along Buck Run Road.
Plans began nearly two years ago with hopes that the first covered
bridge built in more than 100 years would be in place by the end of the
year. It isn't going to happen.
Stauch said the three bids opened June 2 are too high and the window of
opportunity for this year has closed.
Union County Engineer Steve Stolte and Stauch both say that they knew
before they started that this bridge replacement would be anything but
ordinary. The project has two unique aspects to it. The bridge spans the
Big Darby, a state and national scenic river, and it will be a covered bridge.
Stolte said this project has been the most environmentally challenging
of the 240 bridge replacements and rehabilitations which he has overseen
in his 21 years as county engineer. He speculates more time has been
spent on environmental issues than design.
"We want to be environmentally conscious, but believe the pendulum has
swung too far," Stolte said about the myriad of regulators they have had to appease.
He said there may come a day when engineers will not be able to replace
bridges if regulations continue to increase as they have in the past few
decades. He likens the regulations to a "2000-pound gorilla."
Stauch ticked off the names of the agencies he has dealt with. They
include the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife,
National Park Service, Army Corp of Engineers, Ohio Environmental
Protection Agency, Ohio Department of Transportation environmental
division and state historic preservation office.
In fact the day before they were scheduled to open bids, Stauch and
Stolte were awaiting one more telephone call to clear the way.
Stolte said one of the more "comical" suggestions the county received
was from the National Park Service. A NPS official wondered why the new
bridge couldn't be constructed from a barge. Officials wanted to keep
construction equipment out of the stream bed.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that the Darby is home
to 86 species of fish, five considered endangered in Ohio including the
federally endangered Scioto Madtom and 41 species of mollusks, eight on
the Ohio endangered list.
Eventually, the county got permission to place two temporary work pads
or clean stones on the creek bed to allow equipment to work.
A required mussel/fish study meant that a subcontractor with scuba gear
dove to the bottom of the creek and retrieved 129 mussels. They were
marked and moved up stream 300 feet. They will be checked on for the
next two years. All at a cost of $16,000.
The fish study meant shocking the water to gather a sample of species.
Then there were the Indiana Bat trees to deal with.
While no one in the engineer's department or ODOT environmental staff
has ever seen an Indiana Bat in the area, several trees near the bridge
were considered potential habitats for the critters. The trees have holes in them
The National Wildlife Federation states that the Indiana Bat population
has been declining since the 1960s. They breed in forests near wetlands,
which are affected by development and logging - or in this case a new bridge.
Stolte said about a dozen trees of substantial size were cut down before
April 15. The bats nest from April 15 to July 15.
Then the county learned that if they were going to build a bridge it had
to be during low flow periods - July 1 to December 1 - when fish are not
spawning. Originally they were given a three-month window to work in the
stream, August to October, however, it was extended slightly because of
the impossibility of building a bridge in three months.
Other requirements from the NPS included a spill prevention plan,
erosion control plan, no wastewater is to be discharged and all
construction debris and litter is to be removed daily.
Once the project is done, the contractor will need to replant the site
with vegetation from an approved list of shrubs and trees, not
particularly the type people would plant in their yards, Stauch said.
But first, they need to get started. Stauch is hopeful that the county can seek
bids early next year. The project is estimated to cost more than $1 million.

A look at Union County's four covered bridges
From J-T staff reports:
Union County has four historic covered bridges, all built in the late
1860s or the 1870s. All are still in use as part of the county highway system.
A fifth structure, Reed Bridge, once the longest, was built in 1884. It
collapsed August 19, 1993. It had been by-passed since 1963 and had been
under the control of the Union County Historical Society and the Union
County Commissioners prior to its collapse.
All of the remaining Union County covered bridges were designed and
built by Reuben L. Partridge (1823-1900), and are based on a design
patented by him in 1872. Mr. Partridge lived in Marysville from 1836
until he died in 1900 as a result of a fall from a bridge he was
building north of Marysville. The four Union County bridges and one in
adjoining Franklin County are the only remaining bridges built from Mr.
Partridge's patented design.
The four Union County covered bridges all have "windows" cut into the
siding. This is not original It was done with the advent of automobile
traffic to increase visibility. These windows have roofs or awnings to
further protect the trusses from the weather.
The Union County covered bridges are located in:
. Allen Township, County Road 164-C, North Lewisburg Road, over Big
Darby two miles southwest of Pottersburg built in 1868 by R. L.
Partridge, 105' Partridge truss.
. Allen Township, County Road 163-B, Inskeep Cratty Road, over Spain
Creek, two and one-half miles west-south-west of Allen Center built in
1870's by R. L. Partridge 75' Partridge truss Bridge has been renovated.
. Union Township, Township Road 82, Winget Road, over Little Darby,
Winget Road/Treacle Creek Bridge CR 82 (dead end) Treacle Creek three
miles south of Milford Center built in 1868 by R. L. Partridge 100'
partridge truss. (Note: this bridge was moved here many years ago, but
no one seems to know where it came from originally). Bridge has been
renovated. . Union Township, County Road 87-A, Axe Handle Road, over Little Darby,
Axe Handle Road/Little Darby Bridge CR 87 Little Darby Creek four miles
south of Milford Center built in 1873 by R L. Partridge, 114' Partridge truss. Bridge has been renovated.

Court action involves recent drug sweep
From J-T staff reports:
Another round of suspects, arrested out of the recent county drug sweep,
made their way through the Union County Court of Common Pleas on Friday.
Throughout the day, only one person sidestepped a guilty plea in order
to take his case to trial.
David J. Bergman pleaded not guilty to 18 felony counts ranging from
fifth to first degree felonies.
The charges against him are listed as trafficking and possession in
cocaine, marijuana and a second-degree count of manufacturing illegal
drugs. Included in those counts is a first-degree charge of engaging in
a pattern of criminal activity. Bergman is scheduled to go on trial in late August.
 Others brought before the court Friday afternoon included many who
chose to change their pleas to guilty.
Christopher Wagner, otherwise known as "Popeye," pleaded guilty to one
fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in cocaine. He could receive
anywhere from 6 to 18 months in prison during his sentencing hearing on Aug. 10.
Stephen R. Boerger pleaded guilty to four felony counts, including one
fourth-degree felony possession of cocaine charge, one fourth-degree
felony trafficking in cocaine charge, one fifth-degree felony possession
of cocaine charge and one second-degree felony possession of crack cocaine charge.
Boerger could received anywhere from six to 18 months in prison for each
fourth-degree felony; six to 12 months for each fifth-degree felony and
two to eight years in prison for each second-degree felony.
He is scheduled for sentencing on July 27.
Anthony Cook withdrew his plea of not guilty and entered a guilty plea
regarding one fourth-degree felony possession of cocaine charge and one
fifth-degree felony possession of cocaine charge. He could receive
anywhere from six to 18 months in prison for the fourth-degree felony
and six to 12 months for the fifth-degree felony.
Cook is scheduled to have his sentence hearing on July 27.

Teen gets six years in prison
From J-T staff reports:
A Marysville man who was found guilty of abduction and aggravated
robbery on May 3 will spend the next six years in prison.
Union County assistant prosecutor Terry Hord said that Lance Grimes, 18,
was found guilty of one third-degree felony abduction charge with a gun
specification and two counts of first-degree felony aggravated robbery.
Grimes was found not guilty of a possible kidnapping charge while
robbing two juvenile victims.
Court files show that for each count of aggravated robbery, Grimes will
serve three years prison time. However, those years will be served
concurrently along with the sentence of one year in prison received for
the abduction charge.
Hord said the court found that Grimes will serve the three years prison
term consecutively with the three years handed down for the gun
specification. This decision resulted in a total of six years in prison.
The charges stem from a Feb. 16 incident, when Grimes robbed two
15-year-old males at gun point, taking cash, illegal drugs and a pair of
boots.

Youth minister creates own board game
By KARLYN BYERS
It's been said the road to life is under construction.
Children's minister Jay Woodford prefers to think the road to life - or
at least the road to a Christian education - is an adventure.
"One of the first values we have is that of fun," the 1993 graduate of
Marysville High School said. "We let kids know coming to church is a fun
thing to do. It's not the boring, sit-in-your-pews-wait-until-the-sermon-is-over kind of thing."
Woodford, 29, is children's minister at Marysville Christian Church on
Waldo Road. He and fellow minister Marty Sheckler ride motorcycles to
work and organize motorcycle road trips for church members.
Nathan Pugh is student and young adults minister. Woodford said all
three eschew the formal titles that go along with their profession.
"One of the things we don't like is titles because we think we're all
ministers to the gospel," he said.
  Maybe it was only logical Woodford invented "Road Trip 2005," a game
which introduces a summer's worth of recreational activities to children
"3 to 300." A senior at Mount Vernon Nazarene College - Woodford will
graduate in December - he began planning the summer program, including
the board game, accompanying calendar and field trips, in February.
Using boxes purchased at the local UPS store, rubber cement, inexpensive
plastic markers and props purchased at a discount store, a color printer
and computer finesse, Woodford created a game which encourages
youngsters to explore their faith in a variety of outings, including
trips to the Columbus Zoo, Wyandot Lake, the Ohio Caverns and a swimming
party at his folks' house, Journal-Tribune ad director Marie Woodford
and her husband Joby. The game board took about 40 hours from creation to completion. Woodford
called on family members, including his parents, wife Candi and children
Jalyn, 7, and Evan, 5, to assemble the kits, all 65 of them. Fifty have
since been distributed. The summer activities tie in with this year's vacation Bible school,
"Ramblin' Road Trip," which will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 18-22.
"We challenge kids where they're at," Woodford said. "We're meeting the
kids where they are and helping them to be what they were created to
be." The game kits are free to church and community members.
"You just have to attend church one Sunday morning and pick one up,"
Woodford said. Additional information about Woodford's game, church activities or
motorcycle or field trips may be obtained by phoning Marysville Christian Church at 642-9838.

North Union honors top graduating seniors
Benjamin A. Lewis, Richwood, has been named 2005 class valedictorian at
North Union High School, and Sarah A. Wright was named salutatorian.
Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Friday at North Union High
School. The event will be held at the athletic complex (weather
permitting) or inside the gymnasium at 7 p.m.
The son of Steve and Ruth Lewis, Benjamin hopes to attend Ohio Northern
University and plans to major in engineering.
During his high school career, his extra curricular activities included
FFA four years; wrestling two years; football four years, where he was
named Scout Player of the Year and was a senior captain; and track one
year. He also was selected Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference (MOAC) Scholar
Athlete three years. His academic accomplishments have netted him straight As honor roll
status and membership in the National Honor Society. The November
Student of the Month also earned the Burnside-Imbody-Fish Scholarship,
Dan B. Kyle Memorial Scholarship, nominee for Wendy's High School
Heisman Award, Ohio Academic Scholarship, Union County Bar Association
Government Student Award, Student Athlete Certificate, Award of Merit
(college prep), honors diploma, perfect attendance, NU Senior
Sportsmanship Award, Marysville Elks Male Student of the Year Award, and
Ohio Northern University Honors Scholarship.
During his senior year, Benjamin was an advanced biology silver
medalist, agri-business gold medalist, calculus bronze medalist, French
3 gold medalist, government gold medalist, college prep English 4 silver
medalist and McElheny Book Award (English).
He received an academic plaque and has been listed in the "Who's Who
Among American High School Students" for four years.
Sarah is the daughter of Deb Wright of Richwood and Eric Wright of
Columbus. She will enroll at Ohio State University Marion and plans to
major in education. The honoree was the 2004-05 fall homecoming queen.
Wright most enjoyed extra curricular activities during her four years
at North Union, including volleyball four years, MOAC Scholastic
Excellence three years, prom committee, In The Know one year and Student
Council four years. Her academic accomplishments earned her October Student of the Month
honors, four-year Student Council Award; straight As honor roll status
and membership in the National Honor Society, Burnside-Imbody-Fish
Scholarship, nominee for Wendy's High School Heisman Award, DAR Good
Citizenship Essay contestant, nominee for Zonta Outstanding Young Woman
Award, Richwood-North Union Alumni Scholarship, Craig Cooley Memorial
Scholarship, National Student Athlete Certificate, Award of Merit
(college prep), honors diploma, VFW Post No. 870 Scholar-Athlete Award,
Marion Area Business Outstanding Career Passport Award for the teaching
professions,  North Union Senior Leadership Award, Marysville Elks
Student of the Year, Books and Pizza Scholarship, Franklin B. Walter
Award nominee, Certificate of Mastery in Teaching Professions Academy,
and Tri-Rivers Certificate of Distinction.

Veterans committee gathering data
The Union County Veterans Remembrance Committee is hard at work to make
the planned Monument honoring all Union County Veterans a reality. Along
with planning the monument, developing a website
www.co.union.oh.us, and
raising the needed funds ($500,000), the committee is seeking names and
data for all Union County Veterans.
Presently the emphasis is on those veterans who were killed in action,
missing in action or prisoners of war at any time since the
Revolutionary War. These names will be engraved on the back of the
granite monument as an eternal reminder of their service.
In addition, an estimated 15,000 Union County Veterans will be cataloged
in a searchable computer database at the Veterans Plaza. Because the
names of the KIAs, MIAs and POWs will be engraved on the monument these
names must be in the data base before the monument is constructed in the
summer of 2006. Very few of the names presently listed contain complete information.
The information sought to be include in the database include name, date
of birth, highest rank, branch of service, units assigned to, service
dates, wars and/or conflicts served in, location and special information
on overseas service, decorations, residence (both current and at time of
entering military), schools attended, church affiliation, burial
cemetery (if deceased), date of death and a picture of the veteran.
The following is the current list of names of Union County Veterans who
were/are KIA, MIA or POW.
Vietnam
Killed in Action - Charles George Bowersmith, William Bernard Decker,
Ralph Raymond Evilsizor, David Herbert Fisher, Ronald Lloyd Hamilton,
John Edwin Hisey, James Edward Kandel, Roger Ray Kerns, William Edward
Price, Michele McCord Roseberry, Calvin Eugene Newell, John Albert
Warren, Virgil Webb Jr.
Korea
Killed in Action - James M. Couchenour.
Prisoners of War - James M. Couchenour, Lyman E. Lewis.
World War II
Killed in Action - Joseph Bainer, Dana L. Baker, Paul A. Beeney, Joe W.
Bishop, Robert W. Bonham, William Broderick, Harold R. Brush, Robert W.
Chain, Donald D. Claar, Robert T. Coe, William L. Cooperider, Thomas
Cornell, Donald W. Disbennett, Herman Jack Duckler, Richard Elsbree,
Stanley W. Fields, Dudley Clair Forry, Willard O. Gammell, Eugene S.
George, Paul W. Haffner, Carlton E. Harris, Warren K. Harsh, Paul Glenn
Hough, George F. Howard, Charles Hughes, Richard F. Issler, Albert C.
Jolliff, Edwin Jones, Forest Jones, Donald Kneisley, Francis M. Leigh,
Clair Lewis Jr., Paul M. Lininger, Harold Lowe, Gerald Marine, John
McCubbin, Ralph McKinley, George Stanley Miller, Jesse Zimmer Miller,
Orville R. Miller, Floyd Milligan, Walter Moder, Roy William Murray Jr.,
Harold W. Neibler, Dwight Orahood, Andrew J. Overly, Rolland E. Palmer,
George W. Porter, John Porter, William D. Potts, Burnham E. Reed,
Herbert A. Rhoads, Alvin F. Roberts, Franics M. Rosebrook, Oliver F.
Schneider, George V. Stillings, Clifford A. Stratton, Roy Turner, Virgil
(Ralph) Webb, Travis Darrell Wells, John W. Wenger, Curtis L. Wolford,
Carroll Wood.
Prisoners of War - Walter R. Allgower, Chester E. Baker, Lawrence C.
Baldwin, Herman Blumenschein, Donald L. Borland, Gerald Bump, Charles
Carey, Arthur C. Charlton, Frank Clevenger, Kenneth Coons, Paul E.
Cowgill, Ernest Crum, Adam Fedroe, Clarence Gamble, Richard B. Graham,
Lanson Harris, Ralph Hay, Thurman E. Hughes, Donald Knisley, Lewis
Lowry, Tommie Parker, Leonidas Penhorwood, James Radabaugh, Charles G.
Riedmiller, John Ritchie, Paul D. Rubeck, James Sheares, Ralph B. Shoup,
Adam Shuman, Charles Snead, Glen J. Stillings, Bernard Swinburne, Paul
W. Thompson, Harold A. Tillman, Raymond S. Veley.
World War I
Killed in Action - Frederick L. Anderson, Charles Beecher, Ralph Berger,
Dyer J. Bird, Grover C. Blaney, Harry Boyd, Orville Bratton, Elisha W.
Carr, James Harold Detwiler, Ralph Ewing, Carl Fausnaugh, Harry Gordon,
Henry Green, Earl A. Hammond, Harry Hilbert, George Leffler, Roy A.
Moran, Duane Pyrrell, Pearl Seaman, Carl Shephard, Edgar Sherwood, John
M. Temple, John turner, Asa B. Walke, Mark Winget.
Civil War
Killed in Action - Silas Acret, James Adams, John Adams, Alvin Allen,
Emerson Allen, Franklin P. Allen, Homer Allen, Amos Amrine, David
Anderson, James Anderson, James Anderson, William Anderson, Anson
Andrews, Andrew Argo, Thomas Armstrong, Wellington Armstrong, P.H. Atha,
David Bair, A. Baldwin, George Baldwin, John Barbour, Adams Bassell,
William S. Battees, P.H. Bauer, G. Beam, S.B. Beard, W.W. Beardsley,
William M. Beck, S.G. Beem, William Bellentine, Benjamin Belt, E. Beltz,
William Beltz, J.B. Benedict.
J.W. Bird, James Bird, Henry Black, H.W. Blake, John T. Blake, John T.
Blake, Samuel H. Blake, Peter Bland, Samuel Blue, Wilson Blue, Gottlieb,
Boehm, H.C. Bonham, Leet Bonham, John Nelson Bonnett, S.W. Bonnett, John
T. Bothwell, Lewis Bowen, R.H. Bowie, J.C. Boyd, Martin Brant, John C.
Brennan, Elias Brobeck, James Brobeck, William C. Brooks, George W.
Brown, George Brown, Maxim Brown, S.R. Brown, William Brown, George
Buehler, H.C. Burnham, Henry L. Burnham, William Burns, Enoch Burress.
H.D. Burrows, D.M. Cahill, Isaac Cahill, James A. Cahill, Harrison
Carpenter, Levi Carter, William Carter, Eli Casey, D.G. Cassil, John
Cassil, Charles P. Cavis, O.S. Chandler, William S. Channell, J.H.
Chapman, James H. Chapman, Alonzo Cheney, John M. Cheney, Isaac Cherry,
Isaac Child, Jacob Clapsadle, James Clark, John R. Clark, Reuben Clark,
Abraham Cobb, James Riley Cole, Kiley Cole, John Coll, Joseph Columber,
Otway B. Cone, David Conklin, George Conklin, J.M. Conklin, James E.
Conklin, Miller Conklin.
H.G. Convers, David Cook, T. Cooledge, Aaron Coolridge, Silas Cope, J.E.
Corey, W.George Courtright, Samuel Covey, J.G. Cowgill, Matthew
Crabtree, William Cranston, Edward Crawford, Abraham Crider, A.B. Crist,
Alfred Crist, David B. Croy, Joseph Culver, Adison Curry, James A.
Curry, Elmer Danforth, James P. Darling, Samuel Darrah, A. Davis,
Alexander Davis, J.W. Davis, William T. Davis, George W. Deals, James
Dean, Amos Dial, Amos Dial, Isaac N. Dillon, Isaiah N. Dillon, Williams
Dines, Elisha Dobbins.
Andrew A. Dockum, Daniel M. Donaldson, John Doran, Grafton Downer, A.C.
Drake, William H. Drake, Henry Draper, Riley Draper, Hamlet Duvall,
Charles Eaton, E.E. Eaton, John B. Elliott, Uriah Elliott, David W.
Ellis, S. Emry, John Engle, F.Z. Ennes, William Enoch, John W. Epps,
John G. Erwin, Levi Estep, Walter Evans, S.S. Everingham, James S.
Ewing, John Ewing, William Falk, Felix Fields, Thomas J. Fields, A.M.
Figley, Thomas Figley, John Fitzgerald, Robert F. Fleming, Thomas I. Foots, A.J. Foute.
C.O. Freeman, William Freet, John Freshwater, W.C. Freshwater, Jacob
Fritz, Michael Fritz, William Fulk, Willard H. Fulton, John Fultz,
Benjamin Gamble, William Gamble, Francis Gardner, French Garwood,
Solomon W. Gay, Hannibal George, N. Gibson, Stewart Gibson, William
Gibson, James Gill, A.C. Glasscock, Perry Goldsberry, W. Golesberry,
James E. Gowan, William J. Graham, John H. Gray, Stephen H. Gray, Caleb
Green, James Green, John Green, W.J. Green, Jeremiah Griffith, John H.
Griffith, Benjamin C. Grubb, Joseph K. Guthrie.
W.D. Haggard, John E. Hamilton, T.B. Hamilton, Isaac Hamler, John
Hamler, Joseph Hammond, James Hardin, Elisha Harper, Thomas M. Hartley,
John Hartman, James D. Hatcher, Benjamin Hathaway, Joseph G. Hawkins,
Valorus D. Hawley, R.D. Haynes, James Heasley, W.P. Heasley, William P.
Heasley, Peter Heldman, William L. Helm, Henry Hensil, William Hieer,
Joseph A. Higgins, Edward Hill, James Hill, Jeremiah Hines, N.H.
Hinkens, George Hoffman, William H. Holden, William Holden, George
Holycross, Henry Holycross, L.M. Holycross, Lester Holycross.
Joseph A. Hommans, James Honaker, Adam Hoover, Henry Hoover, Samuel
Hoover, C. Hornbeck, J. Horney, E.C. Horr, Harrison Hosack, Joseph
Houtz, Ira Hubbard, James Hudson, Joseph Hudson, William Hudson, George
W. Huffman, W.E. Huffman, Christopher Hurley, G.W. Hyde, Levi Ireland,
A.J. Irwin, C.L. Irwin, John R. Irwin, George Jackson, William H.
Jackson, E. Jenkins, Rice Jewett, Than Jewett, H. Johnson, J.H. Johnson,
Joseph Johnson, Joseph Johnson, P. Johnson, Robert Johnson, Samuel Johnson.
George W. Joliff, Francis Jones, George Kennedy, H.B. Kennedy, H.N.
Kennedy, David Kent, George Kent, A.H. Kepler, O.D. Kepler, Gideon
Kernes, Levi Ketch, Lewis J. Ketch, Rufus Ketner, Silas Kimball,
Jeremiah Kirk, Jeremiah Knickelson, William Knox, John Kuhlman, Simon
Kyle, William B. Langhead, Justin O. Langstaff, H. Lansdown, Harrison
Lansdown, L. Larkum, W.H. LaRue, William Laughead, Hiram Laughrey, O.D.
Lawler, M.C. Lawrence, David D. Laymaster, William E. Layton, James
League, Elijah Lenox, J.S. Lentz. T.J. Lewallen, Alfred P. Liggett, Alfred Lister, E. Liston, John Little,
George W. Livingston, H.H. Livingston, E. Lockwood, C. Low, B.F. Lucas,
Benjamin H. Lucas, Jefferson Mahaffey, M.G. Mallory, Henry Mannon, John
G. Marks, Joseph P. Marriott, David Marsh, James Martin, John Martin,
Theodore Martin, J.M. Mayberry, William H. McAdams, James W. McAdow,
Nelson McAllister, Thomas McBride, James McCoy, B.F. McCreary, William
McCumber, Zeno McCumber, Jesse V. McDowell, Joseph McEldary, Jonathan
McEldery, William McEldery, Silas McFadden.
Hugh McGregor, David W. McIlroy, William McIlroy, Frank McIntire, George
F. McIntire, J.K. McIntire, James McIntire, Joseph McIntire, L.G.
McIntosh, L. McIntosh, William McIntosh, George W. McIntyre, William W.
McKee, Davie McKim, James H. McKim, James McKim, McLean, Samuel
McMillen, Z. Meeks, Alfred Mercer, S.T. Merritt, B. Merser, Ezekiel
Millan, Caleb B. Miller, D.D. Miller, D.S. Miller, J.C. Miller, J.G.
Miller, Jacob Miller, John P. Miller, L.D. Millington, S.N. Millington,
Albert Mitchell, B. Mitchell. S.H. Mitchell, William B. Mitchell, William D.W. Mitchell, John Mobley,
Robert Moody, William H. Moody, Simon Moore, Thomas Moore, Henry Morman,
Lewis Morman, Henry Morrow, Ezekiel Mullen, Daniel Mulvane, Daniel
Muffy, S.M. Nash, A.D. Neal, William Newgent, William Newland,
Christopher Nick, Jacob Nonemaker, Jamb Nonnemaker, J.A.W. Norvell, John
Nowell, Amos Orahood, Milton Orahood, A.S. Orr, Reuben Orrahood, Thomas
Patrick, Charles M. Patterson, John Patterson, Robert Patterson, George
Pearl, Wesley Pearse, Atlas Perkins. Jesse Perry, John G. Perry, Luther Perry, James K. Peters, A.G.
Phillips, Edward Phillips, R.A. Pierce, George Poland, William Polen,
Alvin Porter, John A. Porter, John Ports, William Potts, L. Predmire,
John D. Price, C.L. Pugh, John Ralston, W.W. Ramery, Robert Rea, Cyrus
H. Reed, George H. Reed, John B. Reed, Lewis J. Reed, Ransom Reed,
Robert Reed, T. Reed, John Reischling, George W. Reuhlen, George Richey,
Leonard Richey, John Richmond, Henry Rider, Henry Riderner, William P.
Rigdon. B.F. Roberts, George Roberts, David G. Robinson, Delmore Robinson,
Deville Rose, A.E. Rosecrans, James Russell, James Ryan, Nathaniel Ryan,
Edwin Sager, F.M. Sager, George M. Sager, John W. Sayers, Ferdinand
Schrock, Alexander Scott, David S. Scott, Fred Scott, John Scott,
William Scott, P.L. Seaman, Mathew Severn, William Shackelford, William
H. Sharp, James F. Shearer, H. Shenneman, J.H. Shepherd, V.M. Sherman,
David Shineman, Benjamin Shirk, H.T. Shirk, John Shirk, Frank Shuck,
William H. Sidell. Solomon Simpson, William Sinsel, George Skidmore, Lyman B. Skinner,
Henry Smeck, A.J. Smith, D. Smith, David Smith, Jacob Smith, James D.
Smith, James V. Smith, John Smith, Thomas Smith, William Snedeker,
Robert Snodgrass, Silas Snodgrass, Green S. Southard, Joseph Southard,
L.A. Southard, Duncan Spain, R.T. Spain, William D. Spain, Charles F.
Spanks, George Sparks, John Sparks, William Sparks, William Speck,
Joseph Spicer, William Spicer, Andrew S. Sprauge, John Starr, Darius
Sterling, James Stevens. Jackson Stevenson, George Stierhoff, Lewis Stillings, George Stithem,
Leonard Stithem, Alvin Stone, George Stout, John Strickney, Jonah J.
Sullivan, Joseph Swartz, Winfield Swartz, Harrison Taborn, M. Tarbox,
C.C. Taylor, David O. Taylor, James W. Taylor, M.F. Thomas, W. Thomas,
Charles Thompson, Cyrus Thompson, O.A. Thompson, T.J. Thompson, Z.R.
Thornton, James K. Titsworth, William Tobey, William Toby, Christopher
Trickey, Asberry Turner, Sampson Turner, Stephen Turner, W.H. Turner,
William N. Turner, William Turner. Thomas P. Urton, Samuel Van Gordon, J.J. Van Sant, James Van Sint,
Joseph Vany, John H. Vigor, John H. Voris, James Walker, George W.
Walters, John Walters, Samuel Walters, Joseph Warford, H.D. Warner, A.
Weaver, Samuel Weaver, Emmet Webb, James E. Webb, Jeremiah D. Webster,
Lester L. Webster, Royal Webster, D.F. Wells, Daniel W. Wells, David E.
Wells, David F. Wells, Edward Wells, William Wells, Franklin Welsh,
Daniel Werth, S.R. Westlake, C.H. Wharton, William H. Wheeler, Isaac White, Joseph White.
Albert Wilcox, Almiron Wilcox, Charles Wilcox, Richard Wilcox, David
Williams, S.M. Williams, W. Williams, William H. Williams, John Wilmoth,
George Wilson, Hiram Wilson, Matthew Wilson, William H. Wilson, William
Wilson, C.R. Winget, Calvin M. Winget, William H. Winner, William Wise,
D.E. Wolford, Daniel Wolford, Levi Wolford, Marion Wolford, William
Wolford, A.J. Wollam, Aaron Wood, David Wood, David H. Woodburn, George
C. Woodruff, S.H. Woodruff, Andrew Woolan, David Wooly, David Worley,
Allen Wright, William Wright.
J.J. Yantiss, E. Yarrington, Isaac Yarrington, George Yates, Nathan Yearsley, Thomas Young.
Prisoners of War - William Acton, Nelson Adair, H.D. Adams, P.C. Adams,
A.B. Allen, John Aller, Alfred Amrine, R.P.
Amrine, J.H. Armstrong, Alexander Baker, Nathan Baker, William S. Baker,
Charles W. Bell, William Bennett, J.D. Bosh, W.J. Bosh, John Brennan,
Stephen Brown, T.W. Burns, W.E. Burrows, Thomas Buxton, Cornelius Byers,
John R. Cameron, David C. Clark, S.P. Clark, James C. Cone, S.B. Cone,
Thomas J. Conner, Robert M. Cooper, L.A.N. Craig, E.W. Cue, William L.
Curry, James Cutler, William H. Davis.
John W. Debolt, T.C. Doty, Thomas Eakin, D.T. Elliott, Thomas L. Evan,
Charles W. Filler, Thomas B. Flago, Michael Forry, S.G. Fry, Edward
Furrow, James Furrow, Alexander Gandy, Edward C. Garner, E.P. Gillespie,
Mordecai Gladhill, Amos Godfrey, Presley E. Goff, William H. Goff, Jason
Gregory, J.M. Grindle, Joseph Guy, William M. Haines, Jasper Hale,
Josiah Hamilton, Joshua Harriman, Hiram S. Hawley, James Henry, J.D.
Henson, Levi Hill, Solomon Hisey, Ira Hommans, Thornton Horn, Charles W.
Huffman, J.G. Huffman. Andrew Jackson, Ashley Kightlinger, George Kinney, S.D. Laird, John
Lake, J.D. Leeper, Elijah Lister, George Lockhart, Emery Loring, James
M. Lucas, D.D. Mather, William Matthews, F.M. McClaskey, Robert N.
McDowell, T.C. McDowell, A.M. McGinnis, David McGoon, C. McIntire,
William McIntire, E.C. McMullan, Daniel McNeal, William H. McNier,
William McNier, S.G. McWade, James Merryman, D.D. Miller, John A.
Mitchell, Albert Moore, Marshall Morris, Lorenzo Moses, Theodore Mullen,
Jacob Myers, W.M. Myers, W.W. Myers.
James H. Neal, David Nedrow, John Newlove, D.C. Parish, H.D. Parmeter,
Eslie Patch, George F. Peters, John A. Philips, E.L. Price, Joseph
Price, John V. Reeder, Orville Rhoads, John B. Robinson, J.W. Romine,
Albert Ross, Heath Stewart Saddler, A.L. Sessler, William R. Sherwood,
J.M. Simpson, Oliver Simpson, James Slagle, William L. Smith, Martin
Snyder, J.E. Southard, William Speck, B. Sprague, H.S. Sprague, Andrew
S. Sprauge, Gideon Stark, Nelson F. Swank, A.A. Tallman, B.L. Talmage,
J.H. Tanner, William Thompson.
A.S. Turner, W.T. Tway, John VanPease, Isasc Vany, Dwight Webb,
Frederick Wedo, Alvin Whaley, R.H. White, David Williams, William H.
Williams, Isaac Wilson, James S. Winters, John F. Winters, Albert Wood,
H.S. Wood, Theodore Wood, James Wright, John J. Wyant, D.M. Wynegar, Elliott Young.
War of 1812
Prisoner of War - Simon Shover.
If you have any knowledge of any of the listed veterans or if you know
of someone who should be included but is not on this list, please
contact Bob Clevenger at (937) 349-3577 or
clevenger@imetweb.net.

Fairbanks names H.S. principal
By NATALIE TROYER
Journal-Tribune intern
Fairbanks School Board approved a three-year high school principal
contract, effective July 1, for Jeff Parker, of Eaton during a special
board of education meeting Tuesday.
Parker comes to Fairbanks after receiving both a bachelor's in 1986, in
secondary education social studies comprehensive, and a master's in
1997, in educational leadership, from Wright State University.
Receiving his principal's certificate, from Wright State, in June of
1998, Parker then entered Eaton High School as assistant principal until
2000 when he began serving as principal.
Prior to his service at Eaton High School, Parker held numerous
administrative and coaching positions, including athletic director,
assistant football coach, head baseball coach and American
history/civics/world geography teacher at Tri-County North High School
and physical education professor, assistant football, assistant
baseball, and head baseball coach at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.
Leaving his position as principal of Eaton High School, Parker will
enter Fairbanks during the 2005-2006 academic year at a salary of
$83,000.  In year 2006-2007, his salary will increase to $87,150 and to
$91,508 in year 2007-2008.
Parker notes that he is enthusiastic about joining the Fairbanks
administration, as he feels that both Eaton and Fairbanks have similar characteristics.
"I'm from a very rural, conservative community, which is what Eaton was
and what Fairbanks also seems to be," he said.  "The only difference is
that Eaton - with about 700 students - is slightly bigger."
Parker also noted that he is impressed with how high student's test
scores are and that he doesn't intend to make any major changes at the
start of next year.
"The high school is switching from block scheduling back to eight
periods a day, so that will already be an adjustment for faculty, staff,
and students," he said.
A husband and father of three children, Parker said his family has been
supportive in his decision to accept the position at Fairbanks.
Parker will replace Tom Goodney, who served as Fairbanks' principal for
one year.  Goodney resigned July 31 to take a position with the Franklin
County Educational Service Center.
Board member Star Simpson was absent from the meeting Tuesday.
In other personnel action, the board:
. Approved administrative salary compensation for elementary school
principal Mark Lotycz: 2005-2006, $75,639; 2006-2007, $79, 421;
2007-2008, $83,392; middle school principal Pat Lucas: 2005-2006,
$78,586; 2006-2007, $82,515; 2007-2008, $86,641; curriculum coordinator
Gloria Werline: 2005-2006, $68,458; 2006-2007, $71,881; 2007-2008,
$75,475; technology coordinator BJ Thaman: 2005-2006, $50,123;
2006-2007, $52,629; 2007-2008, $55,260.
. Approved a 3.75 percent salary increase per year for classified staff
for the 2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008 school years, plus an additional step at year 15.
. Approved supplemental contracts for the 2005-2006 school year for
Shannon Runyon as assistant marching band director, Angela Vertucci as
guard coordinator, John Williams as band camp assistant, Amanda Risner
as band camp assistant, Chris Skinner as Saturday School supervisor,
Carleton Cotner as Saturday School supervisor, Barbara Croft as Saturday
School supervisor, Larry Morris as co-ed intramural coordinator, Mitzi
Noland as FHS art club advisor and play director, John Finney as
volunteer FCA advisor and volunteer ski club advisor, Jenny Harral as
volunteer FCCLA advisor, Nevin Taylor as volunteer FFA advisor, National
Honor Society advisor, and senior class advisor, Rob Riddle as volunteer
FFA advisor and student council advisor, Karen Saffle as mock trial club
advisor, Steve Conley as ski club advisor, Renee Matusik as
international club advisor, and Marion Boggs as science club advisor.
. Approved a 2005-2006 school year athletic contract for Dave Clinger as
head high school boys basketball coach.
. Approved the high school trip to France leaving on June 8, 2005
through June 16, 2005 and band camp at Ohio Wesleyan from July 31, 2005
to August 5, 2005.

Judge rules sex offender registration law too vague
Prosecutor says he will appeal the decision
By RYAN HORNS
The case against a man accused of failing to register as a sexual
offender while allegedly living in Union County has officially been
dismissed on the grounds of being unconstitutional.
On June 2 Union County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Parrott ruled
that the case of the State of Ohio vs. Richard F. Sommerfield be
dismissed "based upon the statute requiring sexual offender registration
being unconstitutionally vague."
The end of the case could make waves across the state of Ohio, possibly
forcing state legislators to go back and clear up the vague law on
sexual predator registration as defined in House Bill 180.
The debate started after Sommerfield, 44, went before the Union County
Common Pleas Court for trial in late April for allegedly living at the
home of his then-fiance in the 700 block of Quail Hollow Drive. The
trial eventually ended in a hung jury, after eight hours of
deliberation. What jurors wanted defined was exactly what does the law
mean by the "five day" law stipulating when registered sex offenders
were forced to register within a county.
The motion to dismiss was filed by Sommerfield's attorney Michael J.
Streng, of the Marysville law firm Cannizzaro, Fraser, Bridges and
Jillisky. Streng has not returned phone calls to discuss the turn of events.
Union County Prosecutor David Phillips said this morning that he plans
to appeal the decision with the Third District Court of Appeals in Lima
and has given notice to the Ohio Attorney General's Office in a "Friend
of the Court" brief. Regarding the potential of state repercussions, Phillips said that while
the Union County Common Pleas Court decision may have "persuasive value"
across the state, it does not set precedent for other courts to follow.
He said the Ohio Supreme Court has already found HB 180 to be
constitutional in other decisions, but has not faced the proposed
"vagueness" of the law.
Parrott laid out the reasoning for his dismissal in a court summary.
"The Ohio legislature apparently passed the statute without adequately
setting forth the prohibited length of residency. During the trial of
this matter while jury deliberations were being conducted, the jury
requested further instruction as to whether 'more than five days'
referred to in the statute at issue meant 'more than five consecutive
days' or meant 'more than five days residency in a lifetime.' This
court, unable to obtain any guidance from the statute and certainly
unable to read the minds of the legislature, could not respond to the
jury question posed," Parrott wrote. "There is little doubt that the
legislators meant to prohibit non-registration by a sexual offender when
that person takes up residency in our county. "
Parrot said the question remains, at what exact point in time is an
offender required to declare his or her presence by registration.
"We hear of 'activist' judges making law, but a criminal case involving
constitutional rights of defendants is certainly not appropriate to do
so," he wrote. "To be perfectly clear, this court applauds the efforts of the
prosecuting attorney and his staff to enforce the provisions of this
obviously flawed statute and comments that law enforcement can only work
with what law it receives from the legislature. In this case, no
definitive measure of time appears in the statute. There is not one
citizen who wishes to be charged with a felony, when the underlying
statute is vague and incomplete."
When a sexual predator or a court ordered habitual sex offender moves
into Union County, the person must register with the sheriff's office,
as ruled by House Bill 180 guidelines. The sheriff's office is then
required to give notification to public agencies within the school
district where the sexual predator has moved.

EPA move snags N.L. sewer plant progress
By CORINNE BIX
The road to a better wastewater treatment plant has been a bumpy one for
the village of North Lewisburg, courtesy of the Ohio EPA.
Last year the village was awarded grant money through the Ohio EPA
through a program that allows municipalities to sponsor the preservation
of waterways in exchange for a lower interest rate on money borrowed for
wastewater treatment. The EPA has since tested and changed the classification of Spain's Creek
to an exceptional pristine cold-water habitat, which creates strict
discharge limits specifically in the case of ammonia, which has been
decreased by 150 percent.
Council, along with the EPA, met in a work session last month with the
hope of working with the agency to create more reasonable discharge
limits that are both environmentally sound and feasible to obtain.
Village administrator Barry Firstreported at this time no change has
been made and the limits will remain at the strict cut-off.
It is protocol that the EPA holds a public hearing in regard to upcoming
projects within a designated municipality.
The EPA's public hearing on the future wastewater treatment plant has
been changed from June 29 to July 27. Officials will be on hand to
record citizens' concerns.
The change in the public hearing date will only delay the start time for
the wastewater treatment plant construction. Earlier this year, it was
estimated that groundbreaking would occur as early as this fall whereas
next year is now a realistic start date.
Village engineer Gary Silcott updated council on upcoming EPA mandates
as the wastewater treatment plant progresses.
The village will be required to write and produce a wellhead protection
plan, which assists in protecting the wellheads from contamination. The
total cost of this plan will be approximately $7,000, which includes an
education management portion to help increase community awareness in
protecting the water source. The village will likely be required to initiate a storm water management
plan, which protects all streams from the potential of contaminants from
storm water runoff. The cost of implementing the plan will be partially absorbed by village
residents and businesses through storm water utility. Rates are usually
based on usage where a resident would pay less than a commercial
business with more square footage. The total cost of this program is $20,000.
Silcott said the village would also be needed to address the growth in
the village through a future water study. A water study would determine
the needs and associated costs to sustain the growth experienced by the
municipality. The total cost of the study is estimated at $55,000.
Council expressed concerns that the EPA mandates were creating constant
roadblocks towards the goal of building and providing better wastewater
treatment for the village.
The council also discussed the possibility of selling the current
wastewater treatment plant generator to the county to be used for the
future county emergency/911 facility.
After much discussion it was decided that the current generator could
properly run the new plant. The current generator was purchased in 1992
and has a 250 kilowatt capacity.
Champaign County deputy Glenn Kemp gave the sheriff's April for the
village. There were 39 traffic citations issued, seven warnings issued
for traffic violations, 14 incident reports, 37 cases of assistance
given to citizens, three arrests made, 10 civil and criminal papers
served, 37 follow-up investigations completed, one open door, four
instances of juvenile contact and two civic activities completed.
Council adjourned into executive session to discuss land acquisition for
the wastewater treatment plant. No action was taken. The next council
meeting will be Tuesday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.
In other news:
.Mayor Willis updated council on his recent trip to Toledo for the Ohio
Association of Mayor's Meeting.
.Heard annual presentation by Deb Mays from the Champaign County
Commissioners office on fair housing
.Summerfest in the Park on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.
.Retirement party for Patty Woodruff on Sunday, July 17 from 2-4 p.m. at the municipal building.

Jerome discusses hiring administrator
By CINDY BRAKE
Reruns played in Jerome Township Monday night when the board of trustees
met in regular session.
Trustees Sharon Sue Wolfe, Freeman May and Ron Rhodes revisited
discussions on hiring an administrator/attorney, establishing
township-wide trash service and creating an annexation agreement with
Dublin for fire and emergency services.
During the lengthy meeting emotions ran high occasionally with Wolfe
calling a five-minute recess.
For a second meeting in a row, a private attorney approached the board
with a proposal that Jerome Township turn fire and emergency services
over to Washington Township for all property that is annexed into the
city of Dublin. Both attorneys claim that under new annexation laws the
land will remain in the township and the township will continue to collect taxes.
Rhodes said the Ohio Township Association informed him that the law has
yet to be tested in court and the attorney agreed.
Both attorneys from the Columbus law firm of Smith and Hale have stated
that they represent a developer interested in annexing approximately 100
acres into the city of Dublin. The land is bordered by McKitrick,
Jerome, Brock and Hyland Croy roads. Dublin reportedly has stated it
will not annex land that is not serviced by the Washington Township Fire and EMS.
The proposed contract would be for this annexation and all future
annexations. The contract allegedly is between the city of Dublin and the township.
Wolfe and May appear interested in proceeding with discussions. Rhodes
voiced concern that the township is not legally represented. He said
that the township's legal counsel, the Union County Prosecuting
Attorney, should be consulted for an opinion. Wolfe amended his motion
to exclude mention of the prosecutor and state only that an attorney be consulted.
Numerous times during the night Rhodes attempted to open an agenda item
about hiring an administrator/attorney. This item was the next to the
last listed and Wolfe refused to open the discussion until other topics had been handled.
When she allowed discussion on the administrator/attorney subject, Wolfe
said more and more townships are hiring administrators.
"We really need it," Wolfe said.
She said four townships have saved a lot of money with administrators.
When asked to name the four townships, Wolfe said she would fax the information.
Trustees Rhodes said hiring an administrator is "an admission we're not
doing our job." He added that the current budget does not include the
cost for an administrator/attorney and he considered it an
"inappropriate" expenditure for trustees with only six months left in
their terms. Terms for Wolfe and May expire in November.
"I know you're going to do it," Rhodes said, asking, "Who are you hiring?"
A citizen in the audience pointed out that the last attorney hired by
May and Wolfe is now serving time in the Ohio Reformatory for Women. The
attorney, Susan J. Kyte,  pleaded guilty to 19 felony counts in the
Franklin County Common Pleas Court in 2004. She wrote 119 checks to
herself for more than $221,000 from nine political candidates' accounts.
The original charges of embezzling included money laundering, election
falsification, theft and filing of false state income-tax returns. None
involved her work for the Jerome Township Board of Trustees in 2002 or
the several referendums she prepared for the Committee for the
Preservation of Rural Living, a local political action committee. Wolfe defended Kyte.
"She did nothing wrong. She did only good for this township," Wolfe said about Kyte.
May seemed ready to present a motion to hire an attorney. Wolfe cut him
short, saying that she thought the zoning board should present a
recommendation to the trustees. It was mentioned that the topic will be
discussed an upcoming tri-board meeting.
In other business:
. Wolfe and May passed a resolution stating they were in favor of Dublin
annexing 2.754 acres from the township. Rhodes said he was not in favor
of this annexation or any annexation. He added that the resolution is
moot because the township has no annexation authority. May said he
favored the annexation because Dublin said they will construct a water
tower on the land. Rhodes countered by saying that Dublin could change
their plans. The land is located along Hyland Croy road near the Glacier
Ridge Metro Park entrance.
. Wolfe said the township needs to hire another part-time secretary
because things are not getting done in a timely manner. Rhodes said he
had not received any complaints.
. Wolfe and May passed a resolution to move forward in providing
exclusive trash service to the township. Rhodes was concerned about
citizens who did not want to go with the selected trash provider or may
have problems with service.
. The board unanimously agreed to remove two small trees in the Jerome
Cemetery that created a burial problem.
. The board unanimously agreed to set a public hearing for June 22 at
7:30 p.m. to consider a recommendation from the zoning commission. The
recommendation is to accept sections in the zoning code for litter,
nuisance, refuse, rubbish and objectionable uses.
. The board unanimously agreed to send a proposed zoning map back to the
zoning board. Wolfe said it has several inaccuracies.
. Wolfe and Rhodes passed a resolution to apply hot mix on Hill and
Wells Road and cold mix on Weldon Road. Engineer Steve Stolte said pot
holes, severe cracks and eroding curbs on Weldon should be repaired
before repaving begins. . The board received a request for night fishing at the Industrial
Parkway pond. All agreed that it was all right. . Karolina May said she was misquoted and never
said "We'd rather go to Dublin" in a previous Journal-Tribune story.
Wolfe announced a tri-board meeting on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. and  a water
meeting on June 16 at 7 p.m. Ohio Edison representatives will discuss
concerns about wires over the township  ballfield Thursday at 1 p.m.

Local thespians to put on 'Jack and the Beanstalk'
From J-T staff reports:
The musical "Jack and the Beanstalk" will open June 16 at the Union
County Veterans Memorial Auditorium on West Sixth Street for a six-performance run.
Proceeds will benefit the Union County Veteran Remembrance Committee's
efforts to erect a monument at the northeast corner of the Union County Courthouse.
Set in medieval England, the comedy staged with all local actors
features the adventurous Jack Sprague (Reid Schroyer) climbing the
fabled beanstalk, only to find a friendly, lovable giant (Fred Ahlborn),
a tap-dancing golden goose (Molly Rossetti) and a "high-strung" golden
harp (Helen Ahlborn). Along the way, Jack encounters his long-lost
father (Jason Sinclair) and a villainous baron (Don Wright).
The fairy tale also stars Reid Schroyer's real-life mother, Andrea
Weaver, as his stage mom, Mrs. Sprague. The mother and son duo lead a
cast of 50 singers and dancers under the director of Grant Underwood and
with choreography by Megan McCarthy.
The production features colorful costumes, vibrant sets, lively
characters and a dynamic youth chorus, according to organizers.
Many "Jack and the Beanstalk" faces will be familiar to the Marysville
community because they have been in recent local productions, including
Fred Ahlborn (Daddy Warbucks in the last two performances of "Annie")
and Wright, who played Mayor Shinn in "The Music Man" two years ago on
the same stage. Tickets are $5 each and may be reserved by calling Creative Traveline at
800-242-8188 or by directly ordering them at the office at 106 North Court Street.

Hazardous waste drive has high turnout
From J-T staff reports:
More than 651 vehicles came through Union Recyclers Inc. Saturday to
properly dispose of household hazardous waste and tires. This marked the
highest participation since the event's debut in 1995.
"Although there was a continuous flow of vehicles, it appeared no one
had to wait for a long period of time. At the height of the traffic,
people maybe had to wait 30 minutes to dispose of their materials," said
Shawn Sech, program specialist for the Union County Health Department
Office of Recycling and Litter Prevention. "Everyone we spoke with was
friendly and simply happy this service was being provided to them."
Tires, pesticides, household cleaning chemicals, mercury thermometers,
and batteries were just a few of the many materials collected during the
event.  Complete details on the volume of materials collected will be
available in September 2005.
The Household Hazardous Waste and Tire Collection is an annual event
held the first Saturday in June. The collection is funded by the North
Central Ohio Solid Waste District, which is made up of six counties,
including Allen, Champaign, Hardin, Madison, Shelby and Union. The
district sponsors a hazardous waste collection in each county.
In 2004 the hazardous waste collection cost the solid waste district
$41,000 to provide for Union County residents.
For those who missed the event, there are still ways to properly dispose
of hazardous waste. Materials may be taken to the two remaining North
Central Ohio Solid Waste District events, including Champaign County,
June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Urbana fairgrounds, or Allen
County, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Allen County fairgrounds in Lima.
The same materials are collected at all events. Union Recyclers Inc.
also accepts paint, tires, and oil for a nominal fee throughout the
year.  Specifics may be obtained by contacting Union Recyclers at
642-7283. For additional information about household hazardous waste and tire
disposal in the county, please contact the Union County Health Department, Office of
Recycling and Litter Prevention at 642-2053 or visit the Web site at
www.uchd.net.

Summer crisis program begins
Editor's note: The following information is provided by the Community
Action Organization of Delaware, Madison and Union Counties.
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is available through Aug. 31.
The program is available to income eligible households with a family
member who is 60 years or older. It provides one payment for the
electric bill without a disconnect notice up to the clients' percentage
of income amount or the current bill, whichever is more, not to exceed $175.
Additionally the program will again offer one air conditioner per
household for those households who are eligible and have not received an
air conditioner during the last three program years.
To be eligible, a member of the household must have a current
respiratory disease or breathing problem verified by documentation from a medical professional.
Contact the Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison and Union
Counties at 642-4986 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Teams place in international competition
By KARLYN BYERS
Creekview Elementary pupils Stephanie Johnson, Kyle King, Tyler Miller,
Bryan Langlois and Chris Williams overcame the obstacles and earned
third place honors at the international Destination Imagination
competition May 25-28 in Knoxville, Tenn.
They were helped by "master driver" Danielle Langlois, a fourth-grader
at Mill Valley Elementary. Team managers were Curt Langlois and Scott Johnson.
A team from Marysville Middle School finished fourth in its division at
the international competition, performing a skit spoofing a 1950s radio
channel. Team members included Gabby Campisano, Liz Gates, Michelle
Gregory, Caroline Rogers, Gabby Walsh, Cara Clarridge and Evan
Zimmerman. Team manager was Linda Campisano.
Using vehicle No. 51 - representing the five fifth-graders and lone
fourth-grader on the team - the Creekview pupils performed a skit while
fulfilling requirements such as maneuvering around detours, adding a
passenger, changing drivers, changing directions and lifting the vehicle
off the floor without physically touching it.
Destination Imagination teams competing at the global tournament
represented 47 other states and 15 countries, including Turkey, the
United Kingdom and Korea.
It was like attending the Olympics, the middle schoolers said. There
were opening and closing ceremonies and participants were intent on
trading for as many commemorative pins as possible.
Creekview team members also mentioned trading pins - carrying messages
such as "Born to be a DIer" - as a highlight of the competition. That,
and a side trip to Pigeon Forge, said Chris Williams.
Destination Imagination competitions are held to nurture creative
thinking and problem solving, said Ellen Carter, Marysville Schools
coordinator for gifted services.
"We learned to think outside of the box," said Gabby Walsh.
The competition also fosters teamwork, Carter said, and that was evident
by the way the older pupils supported their younger counterparts. As the
Creekview team members were returning to their seats after being awarded
the third place medal, the middle school pupils lined up and gave them
hearty high fives, Carter said.
"I was actually more happy for them than I was for us," said Liz Gates
of the middle school team.
Members of the middle school team would like to continue in competition.
Their three-year record has been solid, with the team advancing to state level twice.
Creekview team members aren't totally sure, however. A long summer
beckons and it has been a long competition.
Perhaps Gabby Campisano summed it up best when she said, "It's really
hard to get there and it's really hard to place."

Cable Alert: Lifesaver or nuisance?
Police chief,  citizen say the answer is clear
By RYAN HORNS
It's the last five minutes of your favorite television show, when
suddenly a voice breaks in to announce an emergency in your neighborhood.
For some people that voice can be an annoyance. For others it can mean a
life or death situation.
The Community Alert System used by local Union County dispatchers allows
emergency crews to enlist the help of citizens in certain situations.
According to Time Warner representatives, the alert is utilized through
the city's local cable provider. It was established by the federal
government for community emergencies.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said the system is provided, free
of charge, for Union County law enforcement. Dispatchers are given a
password and special phone number, through which they can cut into
television programming and report emergencies in the area.
Golden said the city tests the system every Wednesday. In emergencies,
it is used primarily for severe weather and missing children alerts.
The system, however, also receives it's fair share of complaints from
dedicated television viewers. But for those who have been helped by the
emergency system, complaining TV fanatics are a small price to pay.
Mill Valley resident Rick Stevens said on May 27 at 7:55 p.m. he was
watching television with his wife when the screen suddenly went blank. A
voice came on and announced that a 3-year-old boy was reported missing
in his neighborhood.
"My wife and I both went outside and were hardly out of the driveway
before we saw (the boy) and his dog," Stevens said.
From there, he said, the family called 911 and alerted police that they
had found the young boy.
Stevens said the child had apparently walked out of his house with his
dog and didn't have a shirt or shoes on. A storm was kicking into high
gear and as people heard the notice on television they went out to look for him.
Golden said the cable emergency dispatch received a "massive response"
that day from residents in Mill Valley.
"It worked extremely well," Stevens said about the cable dispatcher
notice. "I think that should be emphasized."
But he said a remark from police officers at the scene left him concerned.
"The officer said they hardly ever use (the cable emergency alert)
because people get upset about it disrupting their TV," Stevens said.
He said he could hardly imagine anyone being upset by it, especially
when it concerns a missing child.
Without that service, Stevens said, there is no telling how long it
might have taken to find the boy. Within two minutes he and his wife had
found the missing child, within five minutes police arrived and as
little as 10 minutes later the boy's frantically worried mother could
relax knowing her son was safe.
Stevens said with so many things happening to children these days, the
emergency system should be put to good use.
"I know we weren't the only ones in the neighborhood outside looking for
the boy," he added. "It works pretty well. As long as they have their TV on," Golden said.
"In this case here it worked really fast. What more could you ask for
from residents? They really should be commended for going outside in the
rain to look."

Jail officials discuss difficult inmates
By RYAN HORNS
The Tri-County Jail in Mechanicsburg has had its fair share of difficult
inmates over the past month.
During its Thursday afternoon meeting, jail commissioners discussed the
procedure of handling suicidal patients. They also touched on the
difficulty of dealing with troublesome inmates, combined with having a limited staff.
Champaign County commissioner Bob Corbett wondered what determines
whether or not an inmate is placed on suicide watch.
Tri-County jail director Robert Beightler said sometimes a man might
tell guards that he may hurt himself if he is left alone.
"In that case they may put him on watch," Beightler said.
He said a new inmate was recently brought in, restrained to a bed board,
after he was arrested by Marysville Police. The man was suicidal and had
attempted to cut his wrists and later tried to chew the sutures off his
wrist while en route to the jail. The man was sent back to the hospital
and later came back and was placed on suicide watch.
Union County commissioner Gary Lee wondered who assesses the inmates for
suicide watch. Beightler said Consolidated Care is often called if there are concerns
over inmates. In many cases if an inmate is obviously abusing himself,
that is a clear sign a suicide watch needs to be initiated. The inmate
is then sent to the jail's psychological unit and put on a watch where
they can be checked as often as every five minutes.
A recent problem has been that in the past month, the jail population
peaked at 171 inmates, which Beightler said exceeds the facility's
approved capacity and can cause staffing problems.
With the increased population, the demands have increased on the jail's
guard staff. A total of four guards had to be placed on suicide watch,
which took them away from other needed areas.
"It is very labor intensive," Beightler said. "When you have people
acting out severely it can be very time consuming. This has been a busy month for us."
An inmate also caused recent concern after he took off running while he
was being transported into the jail. An officer was forced to pursue and
bring him back to the facility.
Beightler said the incident raised another question of how inmates are
transported. As a result, it is now recommended that leg restraints are
used for every inmate en route to the jail in order to prevent future
problems. In many cases inmates have only been given arm restraints
attached to their waists or behind their backs.
Beightler said another aspect of transporting troublesome inmates
concerned the question of whether or not transport guards should be
allowed to carry a weapon. For the past year guards have not been armed.
Whether or not they need to be armed is a difficult decision to make -
especially after an ORW guard committed suicide last week and in
Cleveland, a corrections officer accidentally discharged his weapon.
There is also the fact that weapons can be used against a guard by an inmate.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson admitted it is a difficult decision.
He said his first reaction was that all guards should be armed because
if they are in uniform people expect them to be armed. But the more he
thought about it, he said it was not such a simple decision. It is
difficult to know if a transport guard has the proper training to carry a weapon.
Beightler said training and a more thorough background screening program
would be needed if guards are to be armed.
"There are still a lot of answers that need to come across," jail
commissioner David Dhume said.
"The changes still need to be researched," Beightler said. In other business,
. Beightler reported that the jail's new fingerprinting machine has been
installed. He said there is no ink involved and the machine works well.
. Beightler said he will attend a meeting at the Marysville City Hall on
June 13 to demonstrate the "house arrest" ankle bracelets equipped with
Global Positioning Devices. Marysville Municipal Judge Michael Grigsby
and Union County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Parrott have also
planned to attend. Beightler said the issue of the jail's smoking policy is being
addressed. A new smoking area could be initiated that would help limit
employees going outside to their vehicles for smoke breaks. Additional
discussion also raised the question of whether or not smoke breaks
should be allowed. The prospect of holding a full scale fire drill at the jail was again
discussed. Details of the proposed drill are still being addressed.

Water/sewer deal draws flak
By CINDY BRAKE
Jerome Township Trustee Sharon Sue Wolfe wants to know more about a
water/sewer agreement between Marysville and Union County officials.
She hand delivered a two-page public information request to the Union
County Board of Commissioners Tuesday morning. Wolfe wants to see copies
of any and all public documents relating to a new agreement presented
May 27. The city/county deal would mean services to unannexed areas,
lower rates to county customers and a guaranteed growth area for the
city. The agreement has yet to be put into a contract or voted on by either entity.
In an unscheduled meeting Tuesday morning, Wolfe told the county's three
commissioners that they had "opened a big can of worms in the township."
She said she had received 75 phone calls over the weekend about the
proposal. Wolfe invited the commissioners to talk further about the plan at a
special Jerome Township meeting.
The commissioners welcomed the idea of holding a public meeting, but
stopped short of agreeing to conduct it in Jerome Township.
McCarthy recalled a previous meeting when county officials were "sandbagged."
"I don't want to be part of that," McCarthy said. He insisted that the
county conduct the meeting, adding that he wanted a meeting that was
businesslike and maintained decorum.
Wolfe had other ideas. "I want this a Jerome Township meeting," Wolfe said. She added that she
didn't like what McCarthy said.
Commissioner Charles Hall then suggested that residents in Paris,
Millcreek, Dover and even Darby townships might be interested in a
public meeting on the issue. A meeting is planned for June 16 at 7 p.m.
in the Union County Services Center.
Wolfe apparently isn't the only Jerome Township resident concerned about
the agreement. Karolina May, wife of Jerome Township Trustee Freeman May, was present
at the Tuesday discussion. She voiced worries about forced annexation to Marysville.
"It made me angry," May said. "We'd rather go to Dublin."
McCarthy told Mrs. May that there is nothing to fear in the new
agreement and no current resident living in the growth area will be forced to annex.
"This is not something new," McCarthy said. "This is a good agreement
... there are an awful lot of wins in this agreement."
Wolfe and May wanted  to know if developers had input into the agreement
or prior knowledge. The board assured them that no one but officials
from the city and county were involved in the discussions. They added
that the county had no "political agenda" behind the agreement.
McCarthy explained that the agreement was an unexpected and pleasant
surprise that resulted from a lawsuit filed by the county in late 2004.
The county had sued the city about a rate increase without public
notice. The court ordered mediation between the parties and the
agreement evolved through the discussions.
McCarthy said water and sewer services are purely driven by economics.
"The public investment has to be paid for," McCarthy explained.
McCarthy said county officials had contacted Dublin, Columbus and
Delaware about providing services to unannexed areas in Union County.
The county also considered building its own plant.
Dublin can not provide services to unincorporated areas without an
amendment to a contract they have with the city of Columbus, McCarthy
said. Dublin also is limited by trunk service issues. The city of
Columbus has a "full plate" and is "not even thinking of Union County."
The county had verbally agreed to look into the possibility of Delaware
providing limited services.
As for the county building their own wastewater treatment plant, the EPA
said they would not approve a stand-alone facility

Young inventor honored
French Toast Slicer earns Navin student a superior rating
From J-T staff reports:
Hart  Main is a second-grader at Navin Elementary. As a 7 year old who
also is left-handed, he finds it difficult to cut up his own French
toast using the traditional knife and fork method. So he created an
invention he calls the French Toast Slicer.
Hart entered his invention in the 2005 Invention Convention held May 21
at Veteran's Memorial in Columbus. His entry placed in the top fourth
of the inventors, earning a superior rating and winning a $50 savings
bond.  When Hart is not trying to make his life simpler, he is active in
baseball, soccer and tae kwon do. He enjoys school, particularly math
and problem solving. A record breaking 563 young inventors from grades kindergarten through
eighth showcased their creations, which were judged on the qualities of
originality, problem solving, inventiveness and communication. Each
participant must keep a journal of his work on the invention as a
scientist would keep notes on a discovery.
The convention marked the 10th year in Columbus as a program offered
free to schools in the area. Sponsors included Scotts, Battelle and Grange Insurance.

Shooting investigation in final stages
By RYAN HORNS
Within the week the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and Identification
is expected to conclude the investigation which began after a man was
shot by a sheriff's deputy in a stand off on U.S. 36 last week.
"I heard they are trying to have their investigation finished up later
this week," Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson said.
It has been two weeks since Michael P. Ropp, 24, of 14159 U.S.. 36 was
shot by Union County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas "TC" Underwood, 24, after
Ropp reportedly ran toward deputies during a stand off and potential hostage situation.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the shooting of Ropp was justified.
Regarding potential charges being filed against Ropp, Nelson said Union
County prosecutor David Phillips may be waiting for the investigation
results to come back. Phillips is reportedly out of office all week in seminars.
Nelson also addressed the question of deputy Underwood's experience in
law enforcement being a factor in the shooting.
"It's a tough situation to be in," Nelson said about the hostage
incident. "It doesn't matter if you have 20 years experience like I do
or 10 months. We've all had the same training. In fact, he had just
gotten back from street survival training before that happened."
According to Underwood's personnel file, he spent time as a Urbana City
Schools truant officer from July, 1, 2000 to Aug. 14, 2003; At the same
time he was a Tri-County Jail correction officer between Jan. 25, 2003
to Dec. 12, 2003; was a Mechanicsburg Police Officer between Feb. 1,
2003 to June 15, 2003. He was reportedly laid off from his job as a
deputy at the Champaign County Sheriff's Department between June 24,
2003 to Jan. 30, 2004. He stayed on as an auxiliary officer from Jan. 1.
2004 until he was hired at the Union County Sheriff's Office on Sept. 20, 2004.
During firing training, Underwood was described as "good overall
handling" in his "man with a gun" scenario at the Columbus State
Community College firing range evaluation. In a scenario called "5150
Crazy man" he received 100 percent, and reportedly "fired taser at
appropriate time."
Nelson said he heard Ropp underwent another surgery for the wound on
Tuesday. It's a position he finds difficult to be in, considering he
said part of him would like to visit the hospital personally and check
on his health. The other part of him knows that he needs to let the
investigation run its course.
After the shooting of Ropp, Underwood's personnel file shows he received
several letters from residents offering their support. Several described
Underwood as "very professional."
A resident in the Sugar Ridge addition also offered his support.
"My wife and I both were very impressed with Mr. Underwood .I observed
him talking to all the kids and drew the conclusion that he was very
well liked by all. I was truly saddened by the shooting involving Mr.
Underwood. I believe he had no choice in this matter and will still
stand behind him through it all. In a time of disrespect of law
enforcement officers and high crime, we need plenty more officers like
Mr. Underwood. He is professional, community minded and we feel a lot
safer with him on the job," he wrote.
An area teacher also wrote to the sheriff's office to offer his support for Underwood.
"I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate
what you do for the community and I have great respect for you guys.
"In light of a specific event that took place this past week, I thought
my expression of gratitude was long overdue. As a teacher, I am
questioned by some of the decisions I make in the classroom. However,
what I deal with is not near the intensity of questioning and criticism
you are faced with daily," the man wrote.
However, in Union County Deputy Richard A Crabtree's interview with
Ropp's girlfriend Emily Marshall, he wrote that she told officers she
was not being held captive at the time of the incident.
According to the officer's narrative supplement, Marshall explained that
she was with Ropp at a local bar at 4 p.m. on May 23. She was upset
because Ropp had been drinking and he had been trying to quit. She
decided to leave the bar and go to her mom's house and he became upset.
During an argument later at the Ropp residence on U.S. 36, she
reportedly said Ropp busted out the kitchen window with his fist and cut
his arm. She called his parents because she couldn't think of anything
else to do. After the parents arrived Ropp became involved in an
argument with his brother. Police soon arrived at the scene for a
domestic violence call. Marshall told Crabtree that while in the home Ropp took a shower for his
wound and she helped him out. After the shower Ropp saw all the police
outside with guns drawn and was too scared to come out. Marshall then
took her dog and went out the front door, while Ropp locked the door
behind her. Marshall told deputies on the scene, after leaving the house, that there
were no weapons in the house. Yet in interviews Larry Ropp, the
suspect's father, he told officers that "he thought there were two guns in the house."

Triad lists valedictorian, salutatorian and award winners
From J-T staff reports:
Ashlee Wynn and Nichole Armstrong were named valedictorian and
salutatorian respectively of the 2005 graduating class of Triad High School.
Commencement was held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Ashlee, the daughter of Jeffrey and Robin Wynn of Cable, will attend
Miami University and major in pre-medicine. She received the Ohio
Achievement Scholarship for $1,100 per year, the Ohio Leader Scholarship
for $6,702 per year and the Ohio Resident Scholarship for $4,850 per
year from Miami University.
She also received a trustees scholarship from the Ohio State University
for $750 per year, the alumni scholarship for $600 a year and the
Buckeye Community Scholars Scholarship for $600 per year.
Nichole Armstrong, daughter of Vicki Ambs of North Lewisburg, will
attend Ohio State University. In addition to being named salutatorian,
she was the senior class president.
Other scholarship recipients include:
Terry Lane Crabtree, son of Terry and Teresa Crabtree of North
Lewisburg, who received an $8,000 Urbana University football
scholarship. He is undecided about his major.
Aaron Louis Gall, son of Louis and Judy Gall, received a $500 award from
the Grace Carter Martin Memorial Music Education Trust. He will study
jazz performance at Ohio State University next year.
Clifford "Chip" Edge, son of Karen Edge of North Lewisburg, will attend
Kent State University in the fall. He received the access scholarship
for $1,500 per year for four years. He will study flight technology at
Kent State University.
Kelley Marie Hixson received the Ohio Academic Scholarship for $2,205
per year for four years. The daughter of Roderick and Linda Hixson also
received a Coca-Cola Scholarship for $600, and a trustees scholarship
from Ohio State University totaling $750 per year. She will major in
mathematics education at OSU.
Amy Kathleen Hoover will attend Ohio State University in the fall. She
is the daughter of Richard and Laurie Hoover and has received a trustees
scholarship for $750, a scarlet and gray scholarship for $1,480 and a
Coca Cola scholarship for $600. She will major in journalism.
Ryan E. Hunt, son of Mark and Carol Hunt of Cable, will attend Muskingum
College in the fall. He received a faculty scholarship for $7,000 per
year, an Ohio Choice Grant for $900 a year and a Muskingum grant for
$6,000 per year. He is undecided about his major.
William Brad Millice is the son of Chris and Andrea Millice of Cable. He
was awarded a $500 KTH Scholarship for KTH Parts Industries Inc. He will
attend Bowling Green State University this fall. His major is undecided.

Mill Valley residents organize
By CORINNE BIX
A group of Mill Valley residents want to improve the look of their
neighborhood. Concerned residents have met twice in the last three months to discuss
ways to promote better neighborly relations through the beautification
of the neighborhood as a whole.
John Marshall of Creekview Drive is heading up the group. Marshall, an
employee with Scotts also serves as ward one councilman for the city of Marysville.
Several concerned residents, who felt the value of their properties was
plummeting given the state of surrounding homes, approached Marshall
last year about starting a homeowner's association.
The Woods of Mill Valley neighborhood, which sits north of Mill Valley,
does have a homeowner's association. Residents of the Woods pay
association fees each year, which  go towards bettering the neighborhood
as a whole for example through the upkeep of general community areas
like green space and ponds.
Marshall explained that after researching homeowner's associations, he
found it was difficult if not near impossible to start an association
after the fact. Homeowner's associations need to be included in deed
restrictions before lots are sold to future homeowners.
Therefore, the new direction of the Mill Valley group  is a neighborhood
watch program. "We are working on a community grassroots policing of the neighborhood
to keep the community looking decent and safer," Marshall said, "We feel
a neighborhood watch would provide the framework to address the issues
that people have concern with."
Concerned residents first met back in early spring at Mill Valley
Elementary for a general question and answer session. A second meeting
was held May 23 with a formal agenda and minutes.
The May meeting began with discussion of monitoring unkempt yards and
junk vehicles. Marshall reported that the city has to be able to see code violations
from the sidewalk or street and the city cannot go into backyards.
Residents who wish to report unsightly lawns or abandoned vehicles
should contact John Marshall or Barb McCoy, zoning inspector with the
city of Marysville. Marshall also took time to update attendees on general city business.
Issues that will directly impact the neighborhood include the paving of
several streets within the development, the future building of
commercial real estate along Route 31.
A strip mall and medical facility are planned for the area between the
old and new vet clinics on the west side of Route 31. McDonald's also
owns the land north of the Mill Road and Route 31 intersection. There is
no timetable set for this project.
Zoning permit information was distributed giving details regarding what
structures require a city permit such as fences and sheds. A permit fee
schedule was also passed out.
Attendees were given reminder information regarding block party permits
and preferred trees as recommended by the shade tree commission.  A
reminder was also given about how pocket bikes and motorized scooters
are not allowed on the street or the park trails. Violators should be
reported to the local police.
Several residents expressed concerns over speeding vehicles along Mill
Road specifically traveling to the Mill Valley Park. Marshall noted that
the police are aware and a radar trailer has been used in hopes to
remind people of their speed.
It was also suggested that the bike patrol, which is now patrolling the
city, be utilized on the park trails to prevent damaging the asphalt
from the weight of police cruisers.
Marshall also encouraged attendees to support the "Third Fridays" effort
sponsored by the Uptown Renewal team. The URT is working to revitalize
downtown Marysville through organized events.
Marshall said the next Mill Valley community meeting would be scheduled
for later this summer before the new school year.
"I think it's a reasonable goal to have a representative from the police
department help layout a neighborhood watch program," Marshall
explained. If you would like more information about the Mill Valley community task
force contact John Marshall at 644-1787 or
john.marshall@marysvilleohio.org.

Man shot by deputy remains in serious condition
From J-T staff reports:
The man shot by a Union County sheriff's deputy during an alleged
standoff last week remains in serious condition.
Grant Medical Hospital in Columbus reported Tuesday morning that Michael
P. Ropp, 24, of 14159 U.S. 36 remains in serious condition within the
hospital's Intensive Care Unit.
On the evening of May 23, an emergency call was transferred from
Delaware County to Union County Sheriff's Office dispatchers. Ropp had
reportedly attempted suicide by cutting his wrists and had threatened his family members.
When deputies arrived, Ropp had barricaded the home from inside and was
allegedly holding his girlfriend, Emily Marshall, hostage. Marshall has
since claimed that she was not a hostage. The girl was let loose after
Ropp had cell phone conversations with deputies. Ropp then suddenly ran
from the home as well.
The circumstances surrounding his intentions while running from the home
are still under investigation.
Sheriff's deputies involved at the scene have reported Ropp charged
directly toward deputy Thomas "TC" Underwood, who then shot Ropp in the
abdomen. It was later discovered Ropp did not have a weapon on him,
although deputies reported a machete was found inside the home.
The Union County Sheriff's Office is looking into potential charges
against Ropp for allegedly holding his girlfriend hostage during the
standoff. The current status of the shooting is under investigation. More details
are expected to be reported this week.

Marysville honors top graduates, award winners
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville High School has named Larsa Ramsini and Grant Underwood as
valedictorians of this year's senior class.
Commencement will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the high school
stadium. If the weather does not cooperate, the ceremony will be moved into the gymnasium.
Larsa is the daughter of William and Hope Ramsini. In her four years of
high school she has been actively involved in many different
organizations, including the Leo Club, of which she served as
vice-president for one year.
She also has played volleyball for three years (lettered for two), and
been a member of Mock Trial for four years, where she earned five
outstanding witness awards and advanced to the state competition twice.
She also has been involved in government and politics in other ways,
including serving on the student levy committee her sophomore year and
being class secretary and attending Buckeye Girls State her junior year.
Larsa has been a member of the drama club, symphonic choir, National
Honor Society and show choir for two years, and chamber choir and
yearbook staff for one year. This past year, she traveled to France with
the Montpellier-Marysville Exchange Program for two and one-half weeks.
Her mock trail team also advanced to the national competition in North
Carolina for the first time in Marysville history.
Larsa is a member of the Marysville Swingers Unlimited this year, which
won Grand Champion at the Fairfield Crystal Classic. She tutors Mrs.
Marcia Brake's third-grade class at Mill Valley and works part time at
Sears Tuttle Crossing in her spare time.
She plans to attend Otterbein College next year and major in mathematics
and minor in French.
Grant Underwood is the son of Scott and Holly Underwood of Marysville.
He has served as senior class president and Student Council president at
the high school and is a member of the Marysville Mock Trail and the
Swingers Unlimited show choir.
As a member of the National Honor Society, he tutors third- and
fourth-graders at Edgewood Elementary semi-weekly. He was a district
qualifier in the 100 butterfly and was named most valuable player of the
boys varsity swim team in the 2004-2005 season, of which he served as captain.
He was recently appointed to the city of Marysville Charter Review
Committee and was elected auditor of state last year at Ohio Buckeye
Boys State. He is currently organist at First English Lutheran Church
and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville.
After graduation, Grant plans to attend the College of William and Mary,
Ohio State University or the University of Pennsylvania to major in
English and business.