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Local Archived News  10/2005



     Full slate of trustee candidates to be on ballot

     Funeral director lends a hand in Louisiana


     Five injured in crash on U.S. 33


     Tense hours in Mill Valley

     City, county begin process of combining services


     Frozen airman has local ties

     Officials complete domestic violence protocol update


     Board of Health sets fees for vaccines

     Organist wows crowd

     Population could double in 25 years
     Schools eye use for purchased land
     Council candidate feels singled out
     Mental Health Association helps the troubled find answers
     Pursuit results in crash,  arrest
     Ghost hunter to speak at local library
     Flu shot restrictions to be lifted Monday
     Second Community Concert scheduled
     Local Goodyear plant thrives
     Speaker to address issues of middle age
     Junior Miss program to be held Sunday
     Flu clinics scheduled
     Trying to preserve the family farm
     The history of the Renner Farm
     Residents want to save village
     NU High School addition close to getting temporary occupancy
     Triad hires new treasurer
     Fairbanks gearing up for levy attempt
     Eagle returns to courthouse
     Child Care Network has resources for families
     UCSO October campaign continues
     Bidding farewell to St. John's
     The Rev. Thomas Hackett will deliver his final sermon Sunday
     Council approves sewer rate hike
     Fairbanks board ponders fate of building
     Library group seeks new member
     Sewer rate hike to be addressed tonight
     Pleasant Valley Fire Dept. to hold open house
     Awwwww shucks!
     Area residents take top honors in corn husking competition
     Two arrested after robbery
     JA board ponders event fee request
     Richwood to ask for extension on grant
     Local man dies in Delaware  area crash
     Arson believed to be cause of Sunday fire
     Personal Needs Pantry helps out with necessities
     City to start house arrest monitoring program
     Full scale fire drill held at county jail
     N.L. residents asked for input on tax issue
     Shy student steps up for Katrina Victims
     Authorities rounding up dead-beat parents
     Tour of Homes set for weekend
     Magnetic Springs: the ebb and flow
     Unionville Center nixes contract with county
     Jerome Township extends PSO program through end of year
     Magnetic Springs to dissolve
     Woman arrested  after incident at local fire department
     Fire chief warns of dangers of candles
     Turning Point offers abused women support they need
     Hospital  to sell medical building
     Keeping tabs on those who wander


Full slate of trustee candidates to be on ballot
Editor's note: The Marysville Journal-Tribune offers a preview of
candidates seeking two seats on each township board of trustees. Stories
on additional races will appear each day this week.

Allen Township
Ronald D. Chapman, 22460 Holycross Epps Road, has served Allen Township
for 30 years and is currently serving his fourth term as township
trustee. Prior to being elected trustee, Chapman served 14 years on the
Board of Zoning Appeals.
During his tenure as trustee, Chapman was involved in creating the
township's full-time fire department, designing and building the fire
station, designing and building the township community building,
designing and building the park and bringing Med Flight into the
community. In addition, the trustees have maintained and improved many
miles of township roads.
He supports the effort to continue good zoning practices.
"There is a delicate balance trying to preserve the rural character of
our township, while at the same time trying to accomodate all those who
wish to join us in coming here to live and work. Through the development
and implementation of our new long range comprehensive zoning plan, we
hope to incorporate the desires of our residents into the future growth
of the township," he writes.
Chapman has been in the earth-moving and road construction business for
more than 47 years. He uses this experience to help oversee the township
road construction and maintenance program. Recently retired from the
construction company he owned and operated since 1972, Chapman said he
has time to devote full attention to township duties, if required.
He is married to Carolyn. Their family includes four adult children and
11 grandchildren.
Jack Rausch, 17071 Paver Barnes Road, has served four times as chairman
of the Allen Township Board of Trustees; been a member of the zoning
appeals board and chaired many township functions.
"During my working career I have served as a business administrator for
the State of Ohio, a sales rep for seed companies, an independent
business owner and a small farmer," he writes.
During his tenure in office, Rausch states that he has worked with
others to bring many improvements, was instrumental in buying all the
land that the township complex now sits on, building the first
maintenance and zoning building, purchasing the first snow plow and
mower, starting the community park and working with the fire department.

"Our township was the first to start a community clean-up day and have
enjoyed a community potluck for several years. We were instrumental in
bringing Med Flight to our community where we lease them space and have
always tried to lead our community in the future."
He considers his biggest accomplishment as a trustee to be able to say
that all facilities and projects in the township have always been paid
for as we go. "We have never borrowed money to finance anything and my
goal is to continue this. Experience and financial responsibility is an
asset I bring to you during this election," he writes.
Karen Foli, 17819 Bear Swamp Road, said she will provide new leadership
guided by residents' input.
"I campaign door-to-door in order to give voters an opportunity to
discuss important issues. I want to increase communication by providing
meeting minutes, financial and zoning information via our township
website and newsletter. Allen Township is one of the fastest growing
areas in Union County. Residents have indicated they desire controlled
growth, larger lot sizes and conservation-designed development. In
addition, important issues to the community are maintaining and
improving our roads, maintaining our fire/emergency services and funding
a public safety officer."
Foli has attended Ohio Township Association conferences and presently
serves as Zoning Appeals Alternate since January 2004. She also attend
meetings of trustees, zoning, zoning appeals and comprehensive planning
to stay current on issues.
"My business background with an insurance company gives me experience in
accounting, payroll and customer service. Presently, I have no paid
employment and will dedicate my full attention to serving as Allen
Township Trustee."
Claibourne Township
Jim Wiley, 200 S. Bomford St., Richwood, is service manager at Parrott
Implement Co. and involved with the Northern Union County Fire and EMS.
"I have always enjoyed helping and assisting others. I feel that this
would be another step for me to serve the public and I am also very
interested and concerned in what happens in Claibourne Township," he
In addition to his high school diploma, Wiley has several years of
training in fire and EMS management and agriculture and consumer
He has lived in Claibourne Township for 29 years and is proud of what
the township has accomplished and the way it looks.
"I am not running for township trustee to promise to change things, I am
running to serve the township residents to the best of my abilities. I
want to continue to improve the township just as the former trustees
were doing. Times are changing and we need to stay on top of these
changes. I feel with my background and determination I will be a good
asset for Claibourne Township."
Joe Wiley, 27605 Route 37, Richwood, is a farmer. He is currently
serving as secretary of Union County Pheasants Forever and a trustee
with the Richwood First United Methodist Church.
"My families are longtime residents and with pride I will continue to
live and work here. I care about what happens in Claibourne Township and
surrounding areas. Public service is a great opportunity to give back to
your community," he writes.
Wiley is a 1970 graduate of North Union High School and a 1974 graduate
of Capital University. He taught school for three years and has served
three terms on the Union County Soil and Water Board. He is also a past
president of the North Union Softball Association.
"Fire protection, roads, law enforcement, cemetery maintenance and
emergency services are vital to a community, grassroot government with
people who are responsible, accountable and accessible accomplishes the
most. As a Claibourne Township Trustee I will continue to keep our
township a great place to call home," Wiley writes.
Doug Wilson, 15369 Route 47 West, Richwood, is a farmer and North Union
A life resident of Claibourne Township, Wilson is seeking office to help
maintain the quality of Claibourne Township.
"I will address the concerns of Claibourne Township with the best of my
ability," Wilson writes.
Darby Township
Dennis Blumenschein, 13680 Route 736, has worked as a dairy farmer for
more than 40 years and served two terms as Darby Township trustee.
Blumenschein "wants to work with the community in making decisions now
that will be still appropriate in 20 years for both agriculture and
Incumbent Roger Davenport, 15375 Middleburg Plain City Road, has resided
in Darby Township for 40 years.
He is a building superintendent and has been with Dublin Building
Systems for 34 years and in construction work for 42 years involving
roads, sewers, bridge repairs, dirt grades and grade check, surveys and
meeting all required regulations.
He is a member of the Unionville Center United Methodist Church where he
has served as trustee for many years.
Dover Township
Candidates Gerald Daniel Westlake. 17183 Mackan Road, and Barry T.
Moffett, 19191 Springdale Road, did not submit information.
Jackson Township
Larry L. Anderson, 12400 Huber Hazen Road, Richwood, is employed in
agriculture and a high school graduate with several other courses.
"I am proud to be your current trustee and have held this office for the
past 11 years. I have gained valuable experience in working with Union
County officials and the sheriff's department," he writes.
Anderson said he wants to continue the agenda started 11-plus years ago
to use money wisely. Examples include construction of a new township
building, an addition to that building, paving drives in the cemetery,
installing water in the cemetery and purchasing a new truck and new
Richard Carpenter, 33125 Route 37, Richwood, is a farmer, high school
graduate and lifelong resident of Jackson Township.
"I feel my qualifications to run for this office come from my years of
running my farming operation. My experience in dealing with budgets,
construction projects, as well as dealing with county officials are
parallel to some of the responsibility township officials must face. As
a landowner in Jackson Township as well as other townships, I have
experienced new ideas, problems and concerns that all townships are
experiencing and how they are addressing these issues both residential
and rural."
Carpenter said his reason for seeking office is to serve and share in
conducting the business of the township.
"I hope to keep our township a place where we can raise our families and
be proud of our community."
Chuck Ehret, 3363 Fields Road, Richwood, has been a resident of Jackson
Township most of his life.
"I have a goal and an interest in maintaining the township for community
growth. Input from the community and open communication will be used,"
he writes.
Ehret is a 1973 graduate of North Union High School, serving as
treasurer for the FFA, Young Farmers of America. He is employed with
Whirlpool  Corp. and a church trustee for the Richwood Church of Christ.
He also was a Little League Baseball coach for a number of years.
"As a trustee for Jackson Township, I'll use good leadership skills and
judgment to assure that Price and Chaney cemeteries, the township hall,
Essex and the township roads are properly maintained. I will accept the
responsibility to serve on any extra outside board if needed such as the
fire board and will work with the public safety officials. While working
with the other elected trustees, listening to the community, I will do
my best to work toward community growth."
Jerome Township
Freeman May, 9260 Brock Road, Plain City, is seeking re-election. He has
been a trustee for the past four years.
"My reasons for seeking this office is that I feel this is a very
important and fragile time for our township and we need to elect
trustees that will put the township first. We need trustees that have
only the best interest of the township at heart, that are dedicated,
honest, fair minded, hard working and have the ability to look to the
future and stand up and speak out for what they believe. We need
trustees that have the time and are willing to spend it to take care of
the township business and who are willing to work with the surrounding
entities to establish a working relationship that is good for all.
"The residents already know that I have worked hard for this township
and that I stand up for what I believe, that I am honest and fair
minded, not afraid to speak out and the township always comes first with
me. I also have the ability to look to the future and do what's best for
Jerome Township."

Robert "Bob" A. Merkle, 13200 Hickory Ridge Road, Plain City, is a
former educator and now works part time at Yoder's True Value Hardware
in Plain City.
He has served the township on the zoning board for 17 years and was a
past chairman. He also was a representative to the zoning rewrite
committee for the comprehensive plan project.
Merkle writes that he wants "to bring respect and pride back to our
township. I believe I have the qualifications, experience and commitment
to make Jerome Township trustee meetings a place where the trustees and
residents may express concerns, share opinions, hold discussions and air
differences in a rational manner, thereby providing an opportunity for
reasonable, legal and informed decisions."
Born in southern Indiana, he moved to Union County when he was
4-years-old and has lived in Jerome Township for 34 years. He attended
St. Paul Lutheran School, a one-room school with his father as the
teacher for seven years of his education. He graduated from Chuckery
Darby High School in Unionville Center (now part of Fairbanks Local
Schools) in 1958. He received a bachelors and masters degree in
education from The Ohio State University.
Merkle's career in education was spent in the South Western City Schools
(Southwestern Franklin County) for 36 years where he was a teacher,
reading coordinator and elementary school principal for the final 30
years. He states that his organizational skills will transfer to the
role of trustee, as well as his knowledge of long and short-term budget
planning, goal setting, personnel management, listening and
He adds that he is not connected with any political action committee and
will strive to represent the views of all residents.
"For the record, I did support and promote a Jerome Township Zoning
Board and Trustee approved zoning change through membership on a Ballot
Issue Committee six years ago. The 'Golden Rule' has always served me
well and I will continue to use it as a guiding principle of service -
'do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'"
If elected, he promises to respect the views of all township residents;
to conduct all township business in accordance with the Ohio Revised
Code; to provide timely notification of all special township meetings;
to work to obtain funding for the public safety officers program; to
maintain positive relationships with officials of all surrounding cities
and townships; to strive for a balance of residential and commercial
development to maintain a tax base that supports township services as
well as schools and county services; to strive to encourage development
that preserves open spaces and roadside views; to pursue the publication
of an annual report of the township to be mailed to all residences and
businesses; and to work with the appointed township boards in the best
interest of the township.
"It would be my goal to keep Jerome Township territory in Jerome
Township," Merkle writes. "Let's work together to bring pride to our
Andrew "Andy" F. Thomas, 10070 Warner Road, Plain City, has been a
resident of Jerome Township all his life. He was raised and currently
lives on his family's farm with his wife and two sons.
He is currently a self-employed farmer, raising corn, wheat, soybeans
and beef cattle. He also is a subcontracting appraiser for the USDA-Farm
Service Agency, an ag lender for BancOhio (National City Bank) and real
estate agent.
Thomas is currently chairman of the Jerome Township Board of Zoning
Appeals, a member of the Plain City Public Library Board of Trustees and
member and trustee of the Plain City Presbyterian Church.
He is a graduate of Jonathan Alder High School and earned a bachelor of
science degree in agricultural economics from The Ohio State University.
He also recently completed the two-year LEAD Program through OSU.
"Jerome Township needs decisive, productive leadership. I believe using
common sense and giving respect to township residents is crucial. For
too long our township has suffered inner fighting and it has made us a
laughing stock in the county. This constant conflict isn't good for our
community or its residents. It makes taking care of our interests much
harder than it has to be; therefore it is time for a change. Our
township is in a unique situation because of our location. Public
safety, taxes and zoning are all very important issues to our residents
and to me. It takes someone who can work with the public and all levels
of government to insure correct decisions are made.
"Voting for a Jerome Township Trustee means you place your trust in that
person to do the job effectively and responsibly. I will be that person
and that kind of trustee," Thomas states.
Susie Wolfe, 6747 Weldon Road, Plain City, Ohio, is seeking re-election.
She has served four years as the board president, owned and operated her
own business for 35 years and is now retired. She also was an inventory
control specialist for seven years for a large tool manufacturer.
"I am seeking re-election because Jerome Township is just on the edge of
changing forever, development is coming and it will be at a very rapid
pace. Without experienced and hard working trustees, Jerome Township
will get lost in the massive changes. The new changes will benefit
Marysville and Dublin at the cost of the township unless Jerome Township
has Trustees that have the strength and the courage to stand up for the
township and do what the people want done. I firmly believe the township
belongs to the people not the politicians. If your Trustees won't help
protect your township, who will? Marysville? Dublin? Developers?"

Funeral director lends a hand in Louisiana
From J-T staff reports:
Easing people through the heartbreak of losing a loved one is Lisa Bruns
regular job. It also was a task she willingly took on this month when
she volunteered in Louisiana, helping identify victims of Hurricane
Bruns is a funeral director and embalmer at Ferguson Funeral Home in
Plain City. On Oct. 5, she received a telephone call from the National
Funeral Directors Association asking if she would be willing to lend a
hand at the Louisiana Family Assistance Center. Bruns had previously
expressed an interest in assisting the Disaster Mortuary Operational
Response Team (DMORT).
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is coordinating and
facilitating the management of volunteers to assist with a portion of
mortuary services in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
DMORT is a branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Mortuary teams are summoned when a disaster's death toll overwhelms
local resources.
Teams are composed of private citizens from a multitude of professions,
including pathologists, coroners, forensic anthropologists, forensic
orthodontists, dentists, fingerprint specialists and funeral directors.
"These are not paid positions," Bruns said. "You are not compensated for
your time and do not receive a salary. The Ferguson Family made
arrangements and changed their schedules to make the trip a possibility
for me. Jay Ferguson even provided assistance for me. If it wasn't for
the entire family's support, I would not have been able to go."
The federal government made arrangements for travel, lodging and food.
"Your normal comforts were not available," said Brun. "But I knew that I
would have a place to sleep and food to eat, at the minimum."
DMORT is operating a makeshift morgue for hurricane victims in St.
Gabriel, La., about 75 miles northwest of New Orleans. Bruns anticipates
the morgue will be operating for a long time yet.
Funeral directors and mental health professionals are needed to
interview families in person or by telephone and to input their data
into a computer database. When contacting the families of the missing,
the call center volunteers document identifying marks, including
tattoos, birth marks, body piercings, clothing and medical devices such
as pacemakers, pins and hips replacements. They compare these details
against the database of unidentified bodies in the morgue and run
searches on the Internet to cross reference hospitals.
Bruns said when she arrived in Louisiana there were more than 7,000
missing persons reports. Some of those people were actually alive and
living in shelters. Thanks to volunteer efforts, the families of those
missing people now know that.
Still, Bruns said, there are probably between 900 and 1,000 bodies in
the morgue.
"I'm not really clear of how many deceased there are, but I've heard
from 900 to 1,000," she said.
Bruns said the devastation is "overwhelming."
"I was heartbroken," she said. "The only thing I can imagine compare to
it is a tornado."
Every single house and business in some communities would be smashed
flat, while some communities that appeared fairly normal would be devoid
of humans, she added.
Bruns was asked to remain with the operation for a minimum of two weeks.
She was told she would probably work 12-hour shifts with only one day
off. In actuality, she said, she didn't work 12 hours most days; only on
the weekends and Mondays, which turned out to be the days when most
families arrived to identify victims.
Upon arrival, she completed the necessary paperwork and was sworn in so
she could perform the services of a funeral director in Louisiana while
volunteering with the U.S. government.
Would she do it again? Bruns was asked.
"Yes, I would. It was a little disheartening with the red tape and lack
of organization. But we really did help people and it was a necessary
end," she said.

Five injured in crash on U.S. 33
Four of the  occupants were ejected from the vehicle
From J-T staff reports:
Five people were injured in a rollover crash on U.S. 33 Friday morning.
Just after 11 a.m. Friday a four door car drove off the road as it was
heading eastbound on U.S. 33 at Route 31. The car rolled over and
crashed into a ditch just off the road. As a result of the crash, four
of the five females were ejected.
At this time a full explanation of the crash has not been released by
law enforcement.
The Marysville Police Department, which is investigating the crash,
reported at the scene that two of the victims were transported by
MedFlight to Grant Medical Center, two were transported by MedFlight to
Riverside Methodist Hospital and one was taken by Marysville medics to
Memorial Hospital of Union County. Names and ages of the female victims
have not been released at this time.
As MedFlight helicopters made their way to the scene, police closed off
the eastbound lanes of U.S. 33 and officers directed traffic through to
downtown Marysville. Traffic piled up in both directions as far as the
eye could see.
Marysville Assistant Police Chief, Glenn Nicol, said that a full report
on the crash would be available on Monday.
On the scene, thick tire marks on the asphalt show where the driver
braked. The car appeared to have crashed into the cement median between
the eastbound and westbound lanes, then lost control and went off the
right side of the road.
It is unknown at this time if the female victims were all adults, or if
children were involved.

Tense hours in Mill Valley
After being placed under arrest, man bolts from officers  and grabs gun
A Marysville man held a gun to his head for four hours Thursday evening,
threatening to shoot himself and police officers during a standoff that
stemmed from authorities attempting to serve a warrant on a drug charge.

Michael B. Queen, 36, of 1520 Valley Drive was arraigned this morning in
the Marysville Municipal Court on one third-degree felony drug
trafficking charge, stepping from the incident.
Glenn Nicol, assistant chief of the Marysville Police Department, said
today that more charges are expected to be filed, possibly inducing
panic, obstructing official police business and more drug charges.
In court this morning, Union County assistant prosecutor Melissa Chase
and Judge Michael Grigsby reported that Queen faces up to five years in
prison on the charge and up to $10,000 in fines.
Chase also highlighted the seriousness of holding police at bay for four
hours with a 9 mm hand gun, "that he held to his head, threatening to
kill himself."
Queen's bail was set at $250,000. He is expected to have his preliminary
hearing on Nov. 4 at 8 a.m.
Chase said that when Queen was being taken into custody after the
standoff he remarked to one deputy that, "You should have pulled the
According to police reports, the standoff began with a traffic stop at
7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Officers stopped Queen outside his home on Valley Drive. They ended up
taking him inside the house without incident and he was cooperative as
officers interviewed him during their investigation on alleged drug
A teen-age neighbor of Queen's confirmed the account. The teen refused
to give his name.
The teen reported that when Queen's car pulled into the driveway of the
home, plain-clothed officers surrounded it and took him into custody.
"They told us it was safe," the youth said. "They had him in handcuffs."

Shortly after their search of the home began, Nicol said, the law
enforcement special response teams left the home when it appeared the
situation was under control. Investigators continued their search at the
Chase told Grigsby that as a result of the search, law enforcement found
numerous weapons, two pounds of marijuana, 28-30 grams of cocaine,
steroids and syringes and almost $1,000 in cash.
During this entire time, Queen was handcuffed with his arms secured in
front of him. Nicol said that officers were in the process of moving him
to the kitchen and were arranging a chair for him.
"It was then that he bolted away from the officer, up a short flight of
stairs, to a hidden handgun in his bedroom," Nicol said.
As Queen ran, a taser, which did not effectively connect, was fired at
him by an officer.
The teen-age neighbor reported that at about this time he left his home
and saw more officers scrambling around the home.
"The cops words were 'something went horribly wrong,'" the youth said.
For the next four hours, Queen held the handgun to his head, threatening
to shoot himself or law enforcement officers.
Nicol said Queen stayed in his bedroom while officers talked to him over
the next several hours. At around 12:30 a.m. today, law enforcement
special response teams were called back to the scene and several homes
near Queen's residence were evacuated.
"Then he laid the gun down on the floor," Nicol said. "When it appeared
that he was going to retrieve the weapon again, officers stunned him
with a 12-gauge bean bag round (fired from a shotgun)."
Nicol said that Queen was subdued, taken into custody and transported to
Memorial Hospital of Union County. There, he was treated for minor
visible injuries from the bean bag shot and released into police
Nicol said the Marysville Police worked in a joint effort with the Union
County Sheriff's Office and the Union County EMA during the tense
Queen has a previous record of domestic violence from a 1998 charge. He
is currently unemployed and reportedly has a list of five previous
residences over several counties. The neighbor reported that he had five
children who did not live with him and had recently lost his job at
Honda after seven years.
The neighbor's description of Queen, who was reportedly called Brian by
those who know him, differed greatly from the incident Thursday night.
He called Queen "a great guy," noting that he would baby-sit children in
the area.
"I'd trust him with my life," the teen said. "He's one of those guys
that when you've got a flat tire, you call Brian."
Law enforcement first started looking into Queen in April, Nicol said,
which is when they first became aware of possible drug activities.

City, county begin process of combining services
It took more than a year to bring it all together, but Marysville City
Council held first reading on a  future water service agreement with the
county Thursday.
Marysville and Union County officials agree that both will benefit from
consolidating the county and city water and sewer systems.
The city is beginning the borrowing process for the first $55 million to
begin building its new wastewater treatment plant ? an issue that had
its second reading and public hearing that night. The resolution comes
on the cusp of expected future development and population growth for the
Marysville City Council members commented that the resolution shows that
the city and county are preparing to work together well in the future.
Within the resolution agreement, Union County will sell and transfer to
Marysville its rights and interest in the water distribution and sewage
collection facilities lying outside the boundaries of Marysville.
Council president John Gore said he recently attended a U.S. 33 corridor
meeting and the subject of the water purchase agreement came up. He said
representatives from other central Ohio cities at the meeting praised
the Marysville and Union County for working so closely on the issue to
provide the service to residents. He said it was amazing how far the two
entities have come to be able to work together like this.
"People are noticing that," Gore said.
Councilman David Burke wanted to clarify that the new agreement does not
mean increased rates for water and sewage treatment for residents.
"We're not (raising the rates) at this point," Kruse said. "Obviously
that potential is there, although the potential was there before."
Gore commented that Maryville would even see an increase in revenue from
the agreement because it had been selling the service to the county at
bulk rates, which would not be necessary with the new agreement. Before
the first reading could be passed, councilman Nevin Taylor pointed out
that the purchase agreement contained some mistakes with monetary
figures and needed to be amended before they went any further. The
figures contained a $15,000 difference that should be corrected.
In other issues, on the ballot in November are proposed amendments to
the city charter for residents to consider. The changes would require
the city administrator position to be filled by a person with specific
degrees and qualifications. Many people have found fault with the
change. Kruse has said previously that it would extremely limit a
mayor's options to find a local person to serve the role.
Joining in on the criticism Thursday night was Rick Shortell, of the
Union County Chamber of Commerce.
"The chamber feels that putting job qualifications in the charter is the
wrong place to have it," he said. "The proposed amendment could tie the
hands of the mayor in the future."
He asked, what if a local retired Fortune 500 chairman wanted the
position? "The person couldn't be hired ? although they may be very
capable," Shortell said.
He said that he supports issues three and four of the amendments, but
the Chamber does not support issues one and two, dealing with City
Administrator qualifications.
On the issue of eminent domain, city council voted to table an ordinance
to enact Chapter 739, Eminent Domain, of the city Codified Ordinances.
The changes are intended to protect property owners from the city using
eminent domain to take land for private use, such as strip malls or
housing developments. The state has been dealing with the same issue and
recently called a moratorium on all eminent domain seizures until the
end of 2006.
Councilman Dan Fogt said that without the protection in place locally,
any church could be replaced with a retail store.
"Citizens of Marysville have the right to own their property without the
fear of having that property taken from them for private use," he said.
Pleasant said he agrees with Fogt in philosophy, but added that he is
not in favor of the legislation because city council already has the
power to prevent such eminent domain from happening.
"As an agricultural type of person, I don't like the term eminent
domain," Taylor said.
He recommended tabling the ordinance for 30 days in order to see if the
state makes any more amendments to allowing eminent domain to protect
private developers.
Fogt said he did not expect the state to make any more changes in such a
short amount of time, but agreed to support tabling the issue for now.

Frozen airman has local ties
From staff and AP reports:
The frozen body of a World War II airman discovered recently may be the
great-uncle of a Marysville resident.
Joee Brandfass of Marysville said her mother called Saturday during the
OSU football game with news that the unidentified airman was Ernest
"Glenn" Munn, her mother's uncle and grandmother's brother.
Munn died in 1942 when a training plane he was traveling in crashed on a
glacier. Munn and three other men, including a pilot from Ohio, were not
found, states printed reports.
"My great uncle died when my mom was only 1. As a kid, my parents
traveled a lot and I remember that my grandmother hated to know that my
mom was in a plane. I knew that her (my grandmother) brother died in a
plane crash, but not much more was said about it. It was a pretty touchy
subject. My mom knew all the details, but I did not," Brandfass said.
She said the family's reaction to the news depends on the generation
that you talk to.
Brandfass said her grandmother, Sarah Zeyer, and two sisters are
relieved and heartbroken.
"This news brings back memories. She says that it feels like he just
died last week.
Brandfass said her mother is glad that they will all have some closure
as well.
"The story is somewhat different for me. The fact that they found a
well-preserved body from 60 years ago is fascinating. The fact that it
is a relative of mine is amazing," Brandfass said. "I love that my
children get to experience such a huge event and show them how they are
linked to the past. My kids have told people at school and I don't think
they really believe them because this is so huge."
Mountain climbers found the airman's head and arm jutting out of the
solid ice of the receding glacier in California's Kings Canyon National
Park on Oct. 16. The body was flown Monday to Hickam Air Force Base on
Oahu, Hawaii, where it is being examined at the Joint POW-MIA Accounting
Command, which identifies the remains of lost soldiers.
Forensic anthropologists there said they have a lot to work with. The
ice preserved the body's skin and muscle, as well as the man's
sun-bleached hair and his green uniform.
A search team also recovered a pen, small notebook, comb and coins from
inside the airman's Army uniform. A badly corroded name badge on the
uniform also will be examined.
Military officials said the identification process would take a minimum
of weeks, possibly months. They also cautioned that the airman might not
be blond at all and that his hair could have been discolored by the sun.

Military officials reportedly say they don't want to jump to
conclusions, but acknowledge that the body's location has provided a
good lead. The military has not contacted the family, but from a
description the family is hopeful.
If the airman is her brother, Pyle said the Munn family would like the
military to fly his body back to Ohio for burial in a family plot.
Munn, who would have been 87 now, was the oldest child of Joseph and
Sadie Munn. The couple also had three daughters and raised the family on
a small farm near St. Clairsville, across the Ohio River from Wheeling,

Officials complete domestic violence protocol update
"We had a victim who said she fell down the stairs, when there were no
stairs in the house," Union County prosecutor David Phillips said.
These are some of the difficulties law enforcement faces when dealing
with domestic violence, he explained. The issue has made domestic
violence cases some of the hardest to prosecute.
Because of this, representatives of county law enforcement, health and
victims advocacy groups met together on Wednesday afternoon at the
Marysville Municipal Court to commit their involvement to the newly
organized domestic violence protocol group for Union County. The event
comes during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Victims of Crime Assistance (VOCA) program director Kathleen Nichols
said when the original domestic violence protocol was assembled in 1999,
"victims weren't being served well because the service was broken."
She said local law enforcement and government agencies were not on the
same page and some groups did not get along with the other. This has
changed over the past six years.
Phillips said new protocol guidelines now outline procedures for
dispatchers, officers, prosecutors, and victim's advocates.
"It offers standards to working with all victims of family violence,
including men, women, children, the elderly and disabled," he said.
"Victims of domestic violence should expect a consistent response."
Nichols said that all county law enforcement departments will be trained
in the new guidelines. She also thanked local police and deputies for
treating every domestic violence call with respect - even when they are
called to the same house numerous times.
She said domestic violence incidents are "getting more violent" in the
county and that dangerous weapons are being involved on a more frequent
basis. The guidelines in the new protocol are intended to facilitate
communication between the groups who assist victims, helping them work
together to be more effective.
Nichols explained that a new section has been added to the protocol for
working with victims who have a disability. Many are not even aware of
the law, or how to realize that a crime has been committed. These
victims can experience domestic violence 10 times more than the rest of
the population.
Other inclusions into the protocol system are that of local businesses
getting on board. They can be trained to see evidence of domestic
violence in the workplace and how to help their employees stuck in a bad
"Domestic violence is a serious crime that adversely affects not only
the individuals directly involved, but their children, their extended
family and the community as a whole," Nichols said. "Effective and
consistent investigation, enforcement prosecution of crimes of domestic
violence, support for victims of domestic violence and promotion of
police officer safety in responding to reports of domestic violence are
important objectives of the parties to this agreement."
Marysville city prosecutor Tim Aslaner also spoke at the meeting,
explaining the new protocol as "a very important event."
He said that part of the troubles prosecutors have with domestic
violence cases is that the victims can sometimes be uncooperative with
law enforcement. They can feel threatened or coerced by their abusers
into dropping charges or claiming they made everything up.
"We really have to figure out why," Aslaner said. "That is definitely
one of the tasks we have."
He commended the work of VOCA for its efforts to help domestic violence
Phillips brought the seriousness of domestic violence to heart, when he
explained that his office handled a case involving a woman who had been
on the ground as she was repeatedly kicked by her husband. In the end,
she chose to stay in the abusive relationship. Law enforcement then
discovered that her husband had previously committed a homicide out of
jealousy in a previous relationship. It's a chain that needs to be

Board of Health sets fees for vaccines
From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Board of Health adopted a fee schedule for flu vaccines
during its recent regular meeting.
Vaccinations will be available for $20 a person for the traditional
injection or $24 for FluMist, the nasal inhalant being offered for the
first time this year. An additional $5 will be added to both for
non-Union County residents, it was decided.
The board also renewed its contract with Liberty TechSystems LLC to
provide networking support and a contract with Allen, William & Hughes
Company to provide programming and data environment consultation.
Wilmington College Peace Resource Center also was granted a contract to
provide conflict resolution training to local schools.
The next board of health meeting will be Nov. 16 at 7:30 a.m. in the
Union County Services Building, 940 London Ave.
For more information, contact the health department at 642-2053.

Organist wows crowd
Editor's note: The following review is submitted by Kay Liggett of the
Community Concert Association.
The magic of music was indeed magic at Monday's Union County Community
Concert. Guest performer was organist Hector Olivera.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Olivera started playing the pipe
organ at age 3 and at age 6 entered the Buenos Aires Conservatory to
study harmony, counterpoint and fugue. By age 9 he had composed a suite
for oboe and string orchestra that was performed by the Buenos Aires
Symphony Orchestra.
He has performed in Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland,
Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United
States, Mexico and throughout Latin America.
What an amazing musician! We all felt in awe of his unusual talent,
skill and versatility.
What a concert it was! Olivera is a spellbinding musician and showman at
his spectacular new Roland Atelier AT-902 organ. We felt enriched as
well as entertained.
A goodly crowd showed up in spite of the nasty turn of the weather. We
certainly were rewarded. Olivera warmed us all with his amazing skill.
Never has an organist been so talented and versatile.
He began with jazz band toe-tapping stuff. It really sounded like a real
jazz ensemble of voice, piano, brass, bass and even the frenzied
percussion solo. We giggled at the sound track.
Then a tour of Europe to a Milan cathedral. The organ music was truly a
grand church choir with trumpets and a real soprano voice! Amazing!
Olivera also played George Gershwin music at a concert piano, doing
"Rhapsody in Blue" with a full symphony. It was electrifying! He pulled
out all the stops on this one.
Broadway selections and Hollywood film music from a John Williams score
from the movie "E.T." were part of the performance. The music  played
was featured in the scene where all the children on their bicycles
escorted E.T. back to his world - awesome.
"Music of the Night" from Andrew Lloyd Weber's production "Phantom of
the Opera" was included. Such passionate music of solos and the whole
chorus. The auditorium was filled with glorious sounds!
Closing it all was "Battle Hymn of the Republic" with all stops out.
Wow! What a concert!
The next concert is scheduled for March 10. Circle you calendar for the
River City Ramblers Dixieland jazz band.

Population could double in 25 years
Meeting focuses on growth in Union County
It took Union County some 200 years to reach the development and
population levels it has now. But at the current rate of growth, the
county could double that in just 25 years.
The realization of that eventuality is what brought the Mid Ohio
Regional Planning Commission to Marysville Tuesday night as part of the
Regional Connections Project.
For many at the meeting, the concept of growth in Union County is one
thing, but just where the growth is expected to go is much more
MORPC representative, Kimberly Gibson, explained to some 70 local and
regional leaders about coming up with a growth plan for the seven county
area that makes up Central Ohio. The region MORPC is focusing on
includes Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and
Union counties. While everyone expects Franklin County to continue its
extensive growth, the key is what counties will experience the most run
In Union County, several maps of different types of growth, show
business and development coming up along U.S. 33 and filling in the
southeast areas of the county, including Jerome Township and Pleasant
Valley. The maps also show Marysville growing, along with all the other
separate cities in the county.
Gibson said the whole concept for Regional Connections was launched and
directed by a 64-member steering committee made up of people from each
of the seven central Ohio counties. Through this approach, MORPC has
been able to piece together maps of Union County which show different
paths for different types of growth. They came about their figures by
combining projected growth of sewer and water systems, economic
development plans currently in the books, environmental constraints
(such as agricultural easements and flood plains) and suggested growth
areas along major roadways.
In these maps, MORPC has discovered that Fairfield County is entirely
covered in future development.
The Regional Connections project began with Phase I, during which
stakeholders from all seven counties collected data and viewpoints
necessary to get an accurate picture of opportunities and threats facing
central Ohio.
In 2004 the steering committee accomplished things like preparing a
regional fact book, the first ever GIS regional land use model,
conducted three regional workshops, held stakeholder meetings in each
county, conducted focus groups for under-represented groups, conducted a
random telephone survey of regional residents, illustrated development
trends and scenarios utilizing the model, conducted training of local
government staffs on the model, prepared vision statements, prepared
nearly 100 strategies to support the vision statements.
Gibson explained that the mission of the Regional Growth Strategy of
MORPC is to "create a common understanding of the significant change
anticipated for the Central Ohio region over the next 20 to 30 years.
With this understanding, shape an approach to growth and development for
the seven county regional community that enhances the quality of life."
By using an electronic poling system, the majority in attendance -
including Marysville city council members, county government officials
and surrounding county officials - approved of the concept outlined by
Regional Connections.
Gibson said that their approach has four elements:
. People: A diverse population that is civic-minded, enjoys the
environment, has access to affordable housing, employment choices, and
cultural amenities.
. Place: An environment that has room for future growth, with high
quality neighborhoods, communities, with careful management of natural
resources and agricultural land.
. Prosperity: A diverse, healthy economy that provides job opportunities
for residents and revenues to government to support quality community
services and facilities.
. Leadership: Leadership that is defined by shared understanding and all
levels of government working on the same page.
More information on Regional Connections can be found at

Schools eye use for purchased land
The Marysville Board of Education learned about upcoming construction
projects Monday prior to the regular monthly meeting.
Architect Andrew S. Maletz, who is vice president of Steed Hammond Paul
of Grove City, detailed plans for constructing a new middle school and
intermediate school along Fifth Street; additions and renovations to the
high school; additions to Creekview Intermediate; renovating the Middle
School; and constructing a new elementary along Creekview Drive.
Plans for the $1.8 million MacIvor Oakland Farm along West Fifth Street
include keeping the barn and silo for the high school's vocational
agricultural program and for storage. An existing four-acre pond could
be the possible site of a geothermal system and also used as a retention
pond. A second middle school and intermediate school is planned to be
built on 34 of the 41.376 acre site. The board voted at the Sept. 27
meeting to purchase the property for $45,000 per acre.
Board member Jane McClain raised the question of whether school traffic
will be released when Honda traffic is going through the main
thoroughfare. Other board members voiced concerns that the property has
only one entrance and exit. Board member Bill Hayes said an emergency
egress should be planned. He speculated that if an emergency such as a
chemical spill occurred along Fifth Street then the whole campus would
be shut down. A walking path appears to be a possibility near Lutz Plaza
and onto Damascus Road, but it would have to cross a protected creek
which is overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army
Corp of Engineers.
"Traffic in Marysville is a challenge," superintendent Larry Zimmerman
said. "I don't know the solution."
The two separate buildings would each be built for 500-plus students
with plans for expansion of up to 800. Zimmerman said the two buildings
could possibly share a kitchen, mechanical facilities, band room and
media center. Completion is projected for 2008.
Another addition to the current high school is also being considered.
Maletz said existing issues were considered in developing three options.

Issues with the existing high school include no lockdown capacity
because of multiple student entry points; media center utilization; an
administrative area that is too small; difficult hallway circulation
pattern; and an undersized events lobby especially during simultaneous
activities. Exterior issues were - inadequate separation of bus and
vehicle traffic; poor supervision of the student lot; the need for a
dedicated staff parking area; and poor site signage.
None of the options dealt with the auditorium being too small for the
more than 1,330 students. The auditorium is built for 800 capacity.
Maletz called option one the "simple scenario" and "not ideal." It
includes the addition of a freshman wing with a bridge to the existing
building and selected renovations. Option two also includes a freshman
wing in another location to the existing building. Option three is the
most "radical" addition to the building, Maletz said. It extends the
current freshman wing and creates a new front to the current building.
"We are a long way from what we are going to have," Maletz said,
although he asked board members to offer opinions by February on the
options. The additions would expand the building to handle 450 more
"That's a big high school, I know, but manageable," Zimmerman said. He
said 1,800 to 2,000 students could be housed in one high school.
Zimmerman predicted that this would be the last addition to the current
high school before a second high school would be constructed. Some board
members questioned why not build a second high school now. Zimmerman
pointed to cost of operation.  He also suggested that high school
courses in the future will "become different looking" with more distance
learning which could lesson the demand for facilities.
The Creekview addition of 9,260 square feet is under construction and
expected to be completed by spring break.
Zimmerman said the seven new classrooms and staff workroom will be used
as an overflow space, but eventually dedicated as a special needs area.
He said the building's cafeteria can handle the additional students. The
building will have capacity for 900 students.
Middle School renovations include locker rooms and additional special
education space. Construction is to be completed by Fall 2006, Maletz
Zimmerman added that improvements could possibly include the cafeteria.
He said safety issues are of primary concern for this project, noting
that the upper level bleachers are not safe.
A new elementary is planned to be constructed on 15 acres north of the
intermediate school. The 65,000 square-foot building would be built for
500 students with the ability to be expanded for up to 700 students.
Zimmerman said he expected 400 students when the building opens.
Construction is projected to be completed by Fall 2007. The new
elementary would include 25 general classrooms and four special
education rooms. Zimmerman said it will probably house multi-handicap
units now located at other buildings.
Information about the regular board meeting will be on Friday's school

Council candidate feels singled out
A candidate for Richwood Village Council feels she was singled out over
a zoning violation she received at her business.
Julie Tumeo, who will be seeking one of four seats on the council in
November, said she is being singled out by the violation. She addressed
council at Monday's regularly scheduled meeting.
Tumeo said she feels there was a reason she has been cited while other
businesses have not. Council member Scott Jerew said the village has
recently hired a new zoning inspector who is beginning to bring Richwood
businesses and residences into compliance with village zoning codes.
New zoning inspector Jim Dew filed the notice of violation. Tumeo
received a photo of the sign at her business and a copy of the village
codes regarding such signs but claimed she was not told what the
violation was in regard to.
Dew said the sign for her business, Hair Haven on Bomford Street,
extended into the public right of way. Tumeo said other signs in the
village are similar to hers and asked if all such businesses would be
Council members explained that, per village codes, operations within the
downtown business district has special relaxed regulations on signs.
Upon a review of the village zoning maps it was determined that Tumeo's
business is two lots away from the downtown business district.
Tumeo was told her only recourse is to seek a variance from the board of
zoning appeals.
Council also voted to allow two building permits it had denied at a
previous council meeting.
Builder Jason Wills was at the meeting to ask council to reconsider its
decision on the matter. Council denied the permits because of issues
with the subdivision in question.
The Greenwood Subdivision's street has yet to be paved, in compliance
with a previous agreement between the village and developers Jeff and
Jason Wills.
Wills told council that he wants to pave the street but can not do so
without the revenue from homes. He said if building permits are not
issued, he will never have the cash flow to pave the street.
Wills and village solicitor Rick Rodger agreed to form a contract that
legally binds the developer to the paving of the street. Rodger said if
Wills defaults on the contract , the village can sue him.
An issue over the timeline for the paving of the streets then surfaced.
The only guarantee Wills would offer is that he would have the street
completed by the time phase one of the subdivision is completed. Phase
one includes seven houses.
Councilwoman Arlene Blue said that leaves the village with little
guarantee, noting that a few houses could be finished and sold and the
project abandoned. Jerew said the village is trying to protect itself
from having numerous homes served by a gravel street, which ultimately
the village would be responsible for paving.
Wills said he owns other properties in town that he wants to build on
and defaulting on his agreement would not bode well for getting future
building permits.
Council eventually voted 5-0 to allow the two building permits.
In other business, council:
.Heard an update on village projects from Ed Bischoff of the engineering
firm Bischoff and Associates.
.Heard a presentation from Chad Hoffman from the Richwood Bank.
Apparently, the bank is initiating a company that could take over
payroll duties for the village.
.Heard a complained about speeding on Grove Street.
.Heard a complaint about unlicensed vehicles on Ottawa Street.
.Learned that the restrooms at the village park have been closed for the
.Learned that the village was given an extension on its $132,000 grant
for infrastructure improvements at the industrial park.
.Learned that the village chipper was damaged by a resident putting a
large piece of metal in with the curbside debris. It was also noted that
chipping services will end for the season on Nov. 7.
.Heard that curbside leaf pickup will begin soon. Residents may not rake
leaves into the street, but may bag the leave in paper or clear plastic
for curbside pickup.

Mental Health Association helps the troubled find answers
Editor's note: This is the tenth in a weekly series of articles
submitted by the United Way of Union County that will run during the
course of its annual campaign. Each week will feature a different United
Way program. This week's article features the Mental Health Association
of Union County.

Being in the right place at the right time is commonplace for Deloris
Bills and Carolyn Ohler. Every time the duo sets up the display for the
Mental Health Association of Union County at a health fair or local
shopping center, a person will usually stop by to pick up some valuable
information that might turn his or her life around.
"Last year when we had the display set up at an area workplace, one of
the employees took the screening test for depression," Bills said. "The
individual asked if we could meet at our office. When the person came
in, it become apparent that the employee was having suicidal thoughts. I
immediately phoned Consolidated Care, who counseled the person."
"After I took this display to the library and set it up, I went to look
at some books," Ohler said. "Then I came back and there was a teenager
looking at the bipolar materials. Whether it was for him or someone
else, I don't know. But a lot of times, people take material for
Perhaps it's because most people can relate to the personal issues the
Mental Health Association addresses. Statistics show that one in five
people have depression. A growing number of the population will
experience Seasonal Affective Disorder during the upcoming winter
months. Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, self-mutilation and
suicide are more serious mental health illnesses.
Whatever a person's problem, the Mental Health Association acts as a
catalyst and a first-step to get people connected with the professional
resources they need. A free phone call to the office or hotline will
result in an assessment of a person's immediate needs, symptoms and
potential solutions. Most times it is a number of factors that can lead
to the root of the stress.
"We'll talk about your situation," Ohler said. "How is your day going?
Who have you been with? What's happened to you? Are you eating? Are you
sleeping? How's your job going? How are your kids? We want to give you
the time to sort things out. Maybe your car broke down. Maybe your job
isn't going well. Is your lease up? Have you maxed out your credit
cards? Did you go to the casino two weeks ago and lose more money than
you thought you would? Has your relationship gone bad?"
"We realize it takes a lot of courage for someone to pick up the phone
to call us," Bills said. "Or someone else is making them make the call.
For them to call us, they don't have to have insurance. We'll try to
help them find help."
Since 80 percent of those who seek treatment for mental illnesses can be
cured, it's important to make sure that people are aware that resources
are available. In addition to raising awareness in public settings,
Bills, who is speaking next month at an international conference on
mental illness in Indianapolis, makes a number of presentations a year
at area workplaces and organizations. The Mental Health Association also
sponsors a free weekly Depression Support Group that meets each Tuesday
at Consolidated Care at 6 p.m. for those suffering from depression or
those who have loved ones dealing with the illness. Here, the group
setting creates a sense of community among those who might try
alternative methods to overcome their feelings of hopelessness.
"Some try to self-medicate and when you do that it can be very dangerous
to your health, to your families, and to other people," Ohler said.
"They do it by mixing alcohol and over-the-counter medicine and try to
operate a vehicle. And that only compounds the problem, sometimes with
deadly results."
"Depression can lead to suicide," Bills said. "And unfortunately a
temporary solution becomes permanent. A suicide attempt is a desperate
cry for help to end overwhelming pain and feelings of helplessness.
Hopefully they will have a friend or relative who will recognize the
symptoms and will seek some help."
.2005 United Way allocation was $10,000 or 23 percent of its budget.
.Is one of the original member agencies of the United Way of Union
County, dating back to 1958.
.The agency served approximately 1,700 Union County residents last year.

.The agency presented to 78 different community groups last year to
educate and increase awareness.
.October is National Depression Awareness Month. Symptoms of clinical
depression can include a persistent sad or empty mood, sleeping too much
or too little, reduced or increased appetite and significant weight gain
or loss, loss of pleasure in activities once enjoyed, restlessness and
irritability, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, fatigue or
loss of energy, feeling guilty or worthless, thoughts of suicide or
.If you or someone you know has five or more of these symptoms for two
weeks or more, it may be a case of clinical depression and a doctor of
qualified mental health professional should be consulted.
.You can contact the Mental Health Association of Union County at
642-0935. A 24-hour crisis hotline is also available at (800) 731-5577.

Pursuit results in crash,  arrest
From J-T staff reports:
A high speed pursuit into Marion County ended up in a crash and one
person arrested over the weekend.
According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, William E. Wampler, 28,
of Richwood was charged with felony fleeing/eluding, driving outside of
marked lanes of traffic, speeding, operating a vehicle intoxicated,
driving under suspension and reckless operating of a vehicle.
Reports state that at 2:36 a.m. Saturday a sheriff's deputy witnessed a
vehicle driving outside of marked lanes at Route 4 and Hillview Road.
The car was stopped and while the deputy was retrieving information on
the vehicle registration, the driver sped off.
Other law enforcement officers joined the pursuit northbound on Route 4,
where it continued into Marion County. Among the agencies offering
assistance were the Richwood Police Department, Marion County sheriff's
office and the Marion post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
 At a curve in the road near a stone quarry on Route 4 in Marion County,
Wampler lost control of the vehicle and went off the side of the road.
Wampler, who was injured in the mishap, was arrested and transported to
Memorial Hospital of Union County.
He was treated and released and later transported to Tri-County Jail in

Ghost hunter to speak at local library
From J-T staff reports:
The Ghosts of Ohio founder James A. Willis will visit the Marysville
Public Library Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. to talk about paranormal research
(ghost hunting) and the equipment that is used.
Willis was born and raised in the Hudson Valley area of New York, an
area rich in ghost stories and folklore. Hudson Valley is not far from
Tarrytown, which was used as the town in Washington Irving's "The Legend
of Sleepy Hollow."
In was in New York that he first began chasing things "that go bump in
the night" about 20 years ago. He's also been involved with
investigations in Georgia, where he began a longtime association with
the American Ghost Society.
In 1999, he founded The Ghosts of Ohio organization and it has been in
continuous operation ever since. Headquartered in Columbus, The Ghosts
of Ohio has approximately 20 members throughout the state of Ohio, and
operates a fully functional "ghost outpost" in Cincinnati. Plans also
are underway to open another outpost in Northern Ohio.
Willis' new book, "Weird Ohio," was co-authored with Andrew Henderson
who heads up "Forgotten Ohio," and Loren Coleman, who is considered an
expert in the field of crypto-zoology.
Willis spent close to a year traveling across Ohio in search of strange,
spooky or just plain weird events. He said Athens and Cleveland are two
specific areas where there is a great deal of paranormal activity
"In general, we get a lot of reported activity in the northeast part of
Ohio. Indeed, many of the requests we get for private investigations of
peoples' homes come from that area," he said in an interview with
Marysville Library Marketing Manager Nora Roughen.
He has never actually communicated with a ghost, Willis said. But, "when
something unexplainable happens during an investigation, the sensation
is a combination of pure excitement and general uneasiness."
He also dispelled the common belief that animals see ghosts.
"The rationale is that unlike humans, animals don't have a society that
tells them that ghosts do not exist. So, while humans might see
something and convince themselves that they really don't see anything at
all, animals are believed to simply accept what they see."
The Ghosts of Ohio organization operates under a strict code of bylaws
which forbids associates from making information about private
investigations public, Willis said. That is done so people can contact
The Ghosts of Ohio without worry about having their private lives on
display on a Web site.
"For me, it is a wonderful and sometimes humbling experience to have
people in need reach out to me, knowing that at the very least I can
calm their fears and perhaps bring a bit of tranquility back into our
lives," he said.
Willis said, from a paranormal research perspective, libraries are a
wonderful source of research materials, including books and newspaper
He will bring slides and videos of his experiences Tuesday. Registration
is required. Call the library at 642-1876 extension 36.

Flu shot restrictions to be lifted Monday
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced Friday that restrictions
on flu vaccine will be lifted Monday.
This means that any interested person is eligible to receive a flu shot
beginning on that day.
During the Union County Health Department's adult flu clinics any
individual age 9 years and older is eligible to receive a flu shot.
People age 9 to 49 may choose to receive FluMist nasal spray instead of
a shot.
The next adult flu clinic is scheduled for Monday at the Jerome Township
Building in New California from 1-3 p.m.
The first adult flu clinic scheduled for Marysville will be Nov. 7 from
10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Union County Services Building, 940 London Ave.
 During the Union County Health Department's child flu clinics, children
ages 6 months to 18 years are eligible for flu shots, and children ages
5 to 18 years may opt for FluMist nasal spray.
Some individuals may be unable to receive a flu shot due to an existing
allergy or medical condition.
The first Union County Health Department Child flu Clinic will be
Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Union County Health Department.

Second Community Concert scheduled
Organist Hector Olivera is the scheduled performer in the second
performance of the Union County Community Concerts series.
He will perform Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Marysville High School
Auditorium, 800 Amrine Mill Road.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Olivera's first musical studies
began with his father. He started playing the pipe organ at age 3, was
appointed organist for the Church of the Immaculate Conception two years
later, and at age 6 entered the Buenos Aires Conservatory to study
harmony, counterpoint and fugue.
It was there he began to develop the art of improvisation and by the age
of 9, had composed a suite for oboe and string orchestra that was
performed by the Buenos Aires Symphony Orchestra.
He entered the University of Buenos Aires at age 12. By 18, he had
performed more than 300 concerts throughout Latin America and had
appeared frequently on national radio and television. During this time,
Olivera also served for three years as the senior improvisational
accompanist for the Collegium Musicum in Buenos Aires.
In 1965, he was offered a scholarship to Julliard School of Music in New
York and moved to the United States. Three years later, he won the
national improvisation contest sponsored by the American Guild of
Organists and began a concert career that spans decades.
In addition to concerts in the United States, he has performed in
Australia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Italy, Japan, New
Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Mexico and throughout Latin
Notable venues include the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Carnegie Hall, the
Royal Albert Hall, the Crystal Cathedral, Spivey Hall, Constitution
Hall, Balboa Park and the Myerson Concert Hall in Dallas.
Other performances scheduled for this year's concert series include the
River City Ramblers Dixieland band on March 10; the Montana Mandolin
Society on April 11; and Quartetto Gelato's eclectic performance May 9.
Season tickets are available, as well as student and family tickets.
Season ticket holders may claim their tickets at the door. Single
performance tickets may be purchased at the door. Checks should be made
payable to the Union County Community Concerts Association.

Local Goodyear plant thrives
Elsewhere around the globe company is downsizing
The Goodyear Marysville plant continues experiencing significant growth
despite hints that the manufacturing company is down-sizing around the
Breaking production records have been a common occurrence at his
location these days, said Marysville Goodyear plant manager Mark Miller.
Since late 2003 and early 2004 the service market made a great rebound.
Twice this year the plant has broken monthly records for productivity.
"Orders have reached unprecedented levels," Miller said. "We have set a
new plant record for manufacturing this year."
What this means for the Marysville facility is the addition of numerous
jobs and has a very positive future.
To better serve the growing market, Goodyear Engineered Products
reported recently that it has added production capacity to its
Marysville conveyor belt plant. It is the second time in two years the
global manufacturer has added production capacity for heavy-duty steel-
and fabric-reinforced conveyor belts.
Miller said the new press provides more versatility to the facility.
"Business is strong and customer needs vary greatly," he said. "The new
press is capable of making fabric belts up to 102 inches wide, adding
capacity and reducing product-changeover downtime by freeing up other
equipment for longer production runs."
Miller explained that the new equipment also enhances product quality,
using state-of-the-art control processes.
According to the Associated Press, on Sept. 23 Goodyear Tire and Rubber
Co. announced it will close an undisclosed number of plants as part of a
"sweeping restructuring aimed at improving its North American tire
business and saving up to $1 billion over the next three years.
Based in Akron and considered the world's largest tire marker, the
article did not report at the time how many jobs would be affected.
Jonathan Rich, president of Goodyear North American Tire, has told press
that Goodyear will identify its underperforming product lines and fix or
eliminate those that do not fit Goodyear's strategy. Underperforming
plants would be closed.
Goodyear spokesman, Keith Price, explained on Wednesday that the media
has written a lot "in various degrees of accuracy" about the results of
a Sept. 23 investors meeting held in New York.
Price said at the meeting they announced Goodyear "is expecting to
eliminate 8 to 12 percent of its high cost manufacturing capacity
He stressed the term "globally," and added that plant locations that
could see reductions have not been decided yet.
"They are still in the review process," Price said.
Mike Braucher, marketing manager for Goodyear's conveyor belt business,
said the first product being cured on the new Marysville press is
Goodyear Plyon Plus, a premium fabric belt that will be shipped to a
copper mine.
"In addition to the capacity increase," said Braucher, "the new
equipment frees up other cure capacity, including the press used to
produce Goodyear Flexsteel steel-cable-reinforced belts, which
ultimately can translate into shorter lead times for customers."
Goodyear also manufactures heavy-duty conveyor belts at facilities in
Canada, Brazil, South Africa and Australia, and lightweight belts at
Spring Hope, N.C. For more information, visit

Speaker to address issues of middle age
From J-T staff reports:
Coach, speaker and athlete April Goyer will be the guest speaker at
Saturday's "It's Not Downhill After 40: Ten Truths For Transforming Your
Health and Recapturing Your Life" from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at First
Presbyterian Church's Kennedy Hall.
Sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of the Development
Council of Memorial Hospital, the event promotes healthier, more
empowered lives for women. Tickets are $5 each and are available at the
Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, Lambert Jewelers, Curves for Women and
Dutch Mill Greenhouse.
A Union County native, Goyer now lives near Powell. She is president of
Avancez, a company dedicated to helping women move forward in their
lives, and creator of "It's Not Downhill After 40!"
She offers focused, motivational, and content rich programs that get
results. In "It's Not Downhill After 40," she uses a four-step system to
help individuals define a personal picture of health, believe that they
can have what they want, create an action plan for realizing goals, and
stay on track.
As a young person, Goyer excelled scholastically and artistically. Her
accomplishments ranged from high school senior class salutatorian to
Walt Disney World dancer. She began her corporate career in medical
sales. By her early 30s, she was an executive for Huntington National
Bank, headquartered in Columbus.
"As a corporate executive, I thrived on pressure, but my overall health
was suffering from stress," she wrote in a recent communiqué. "As a
mother of a young child, my second job began when I got home from work.
I had little time or stamina for anything other than getting through
each evening."
She said as an athlete and dancer she had sustained neck injuries that
caused periodic pain and limited her ability to carry even light
objects. As a result, her weight increased and her self-esteem
decreased. Depression resulted.
"I decided I had to make a change. Through education, determination and
the help of a good coach, I was able to transform myself. I am now as
strong, fit and healthy, both mentally and physically, as I've ever been
... and I achieved these goals after the age of 40!"
Over a period of time, she formulated a plan to help her leave her
corporate career, become a certified professional coach and launch her
own business.
She graduated from the Ohio State University and the Coaches Training
Institute. Goyer also is a Certified Personal Trainer through the
Aerobics and Fitness Association of America and a leader for the "Strong
Women Stay Young" program.
"I am a believer that you can significantly improve your health at any
age and use your new found strength as a springboard for making other
powerful life changes. The reality is that healthy, energetic, more
confident people are more likely to achieve their goals and dreams," she
Goyer's Web site at gives detailed
information about her background and professional approach.
She said she "absolutely promise(s)" that individuals leaving her
presentation Saturday will be inspired to take action, will feel
empowered from learning proven techniques to transform their health and
will be able to recapture their lives and reach their potential.


Junior Miss program to be held Sunday
Eight contestants will compete for the title of Union County Junior Miss
at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
The winner will compete in the Ohio Junior Miss finals in February in
Mount Vernon. The national finals will take place in Mobile, Ala., where
the program originated in 1958.
Contestants will present "Swingin' On A Star - A Salute to the 1940s" as
part of Sunday's program. The individual contestants are:
.Emilie Noland, Fairbanks High School, the daughter of Mike and Mitzi
Noland. Emilie wants to become an elementary school teacher. Her college
choice is undecided.
School and community activities include golf (three year letterman),
drama club (lead in "Meet Me In St. Louis"), FCA, show choir, National
Honor Society (treasurer), 4-H, Student Council (treasurer), Jerome
United Methodist Youth Group and Praise Team member.
She will sing "I Know Who You Are" by Ginny Owens as her talent
presentation. Her Junior Sister is Ashley Zanko.
.Mandy Crosser, Fairbanks High School, the daughter of Blaine and Gail
Crosser. She, too, wants to be an elementary school teacher and also is
undecided on her college choice.
Mandy's activities include drama club, FFA, FCA, Student Council
(secretary), National Honor Society (secretary), show choir, 4-H
(president), In Step Dance Competition Team, Rally Sunday Team, Young
Kids Bible School Team, Choristers and the high school choir.
Her talent presentation will be a lyrical dance to "I Hope You Dance."
Her Junior Sister is Kylie Daniel.
.Ashley Short, Fairbanks High School, the daughter of Alfred and Annie
Short. Ashley's career goal is to become a veterinarian. She plans to
attend the Ohio State University or Capital University.
School and community activities include track and field, FFA, FCCLA,
4-H, FCA and Buckeye Girls State delegate.
She will sing "A Whole New World" from the movie "Aladdin" as her talent
presentation. Her Junior Sister is Kaylann Scheiderer.
.Julie Vandre, Fairbanks High School, the daughter of Jim and Marlene
Vandre. Julie is contemplating a future in radio broadcasting or
advertising. Colleges under consideration include Ohio University and
Bowling Green State University.
School and community activities include FFA, FCA, drama club, mock
trial, Student Council, NHS, cross country (outstanding runner),
homecoming queen, track and 4-H.
Her talent presentation will be an original poem, "The Best Veteran."
Her Junior Sister is Sheila Barnhardt.
.Megan Smith, North Union High School, the daughter of Jovonny and Merry
Smith. Megan's career aspirations include political analyst/reporter.
She is undecided about what college she would like to attend.
Activities include drama club, show choir, mock trial (outstanding
attorney), band (council president), Student Council (president), NHS,
Buckeye Girls State delegate, VFW Voice of Democracy winner, HOBY
ambassador, homecoming queen.
She will sing "It Might As Well Be Spring" from "State Fair" as her
talent presentation. Her Junior Sister is Casey Retterer.
.Jessica George, Marysville High School, the daughter of Larry and
Debbie George. Jessica would like a career in elementary education. Her
choice of college also is undecided.
School and community activities include National Honor Society, choir,
FCA, peer tutoring, school musicals, Memorial Hospital volunteer, youth
group, student leadership, chamber choir, praise band and swing choir.
She will sing "Held" by Nataile Grant as her talent presentation. Her
Junior Sister is Aashley Morgan.
.Brittani Mitton, Fairbanks High School, the daughter of James and
Billie Mitton. Brittani would like a career in elementary education.
She, too, is undecided about her choice of college.
Activities include FCCLA, yearbook, FCA, show choir, drama club, 4-H
(Ohio State Fair award). Her Junior Sister is Stacy Alderman.
Brittani's talent presentation will be the recitation of an original
.Rachel Adkins, Fairbanks High School, the daughter of Roger Adkins.
Rachel would like a career in social work and is considering attendance
at Capital University or Valparaiso University.
School and community activities include drama club, FFA (vice-president,
leadership award, scholarship award), NHS, girls golf (three-year
letterman), FCA, show choir, junior class homecoming attendant, Trinity
Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and Higher Praise Worship Team.
She will sing "Be Unto Your Name" by Gary Sadler and Lynn Deshazo as her
talent presentation. Junior Sister is Morgan Burns.
The Junior Miss Program is a nationwide scholarship competition for high
school senior girls. At all levels, the standards, format and method for
evaluating the participants and selecting the winners are the same: 25
percent for a judge's panel interview; 25 percent for talent; 15 percent
for fitness; 15 percent for self-expression; and 20 percent for

Flu clinics scheduled
The Union County Health Department in partnership with Memorial Hospital
of Union County, has released its adult flu clinic schedule.
This year's adult clinics offer two options for flu immunization; flu
shots and FluMist nasal spray. As directed by the Ohio Department of
Health, flu shots are only available to high risk groups.
The nasal spray is only available to recommended groups at designated
Pneumonia shots also will be available to eligible individuals.
To be eligible for a flu shot at an adult clinic, individuals must meet
of the following criteria:
--Age 65 or older
--Age 9 years or older and have a chronic medical condition such as
diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.
--Resident of a nursing home or other long-term care facility
--Health care worker giving direct patient care
--Caregiver or family member of a child age 6 months or younger.
To be eligible for FluMist) nasal spray at an adult clinic, an
individual must meet  of the following criteria:
--Age 9 to 49 years
The following clinics have been scheduled at this time. All clinics are
based on availability of vaccine and may be canceled with little notice
if vaccine is not available. Registration for clinics will not begin
until the specified time.
--Monday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Jerome Township Building, New
--Monday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Union County Services Building, 940
London Ave.*
--Monday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., county services building, 940 London
--Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Navin Elementary School
-- Monday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., county services building, 940 London
--Monday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 940 London Ave.*
--Monday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., 940 London Ave.*
--Monday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. -11 a.m., 940 London Ave.*
--Monday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., 940 London Ave.*
FluMist nasal spray is only available at the clinics marked with an
The cost of immunization for Union County residents is $20 for flu
shots; $24 for FluMist nasal spray; and $26 for pneumonia shots.
An additional $5 per shot is required for all non-Union County
residents. Medicare Part B and Medicaid will cover the cost of flu and
pneumonia shots, but Medicare and Medicaid cards must be presented at
the clinic.
Separate clinic times will be available for children. Those interested
may contact the Union County Health Department at 642-0801 or 333-9461.
For additional information on influenza or flu clinics, contact the
health department at 642-0801.

Trying to preserve the family farm
Arno Renner took steps to maintain his legacy, but the city of
Marysville has other plans

Arno Renner thought his family's farm would be protected forever. If the
state doesn't step forward, he may be wrong.
Renner is the fourth-generation to own and work the 231 acres of prime
farmland at 13260 Industrial Parkway. Two years ago, in October 2003, he
was the first Union County resident to create a perpetual agricultural
easement. The easement, donated to the Ohio Department of Agriculture,
was valued at $3 million.
In spite of the easement, engineering crews entered onto the property
with heavy drilling equipment without permission this year and destroyed
crops. The city of Marysville is threatening to dig a 40-foot trench
similar to strip mining.
State officials who hold the easement say they are "gathering facts."
City officials say they could use eminent domain.
Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse was contacted by the Marysville
Journal-Tribune to comment on this topic. His staff states that he is
awaiting answers from the engineering firm.
Tracie Davies, public service director for the city of Marysville, wrote
in a memo today to Mayor Kruse that four routes initially were
considered for the TIP. Three routes were eliminated because they would
have cost approximately $3.5 million to $5.5 million more than the
chosen route.
The other routes included two alignments crossing Scottslawn Road and
turning down Route 33; one on the northeast side of Route 33; and one on
the southwest side of Route 33. Also discussed were alignments that went
down Industrial Parkway with one crossing around Adelsberger Road and
the other crossing further down Industrial Parkway south of Adelsberger
Davies writes that the city's main goal was to stay within the right of
way or close to the right of way as much as reasonably possible.
Meanwhile the 85-year-old Renner has paid thousands out of his own
pocket to protect his property from a 78-inch sanitary sewer being
buried  the length of his farm, concrete pads, manholes and a 150-foot
construction easement. The pipe is part of the Marysville Trunk
Interceptor Project (TIP) and would extend to the proposed wastewater
treatment plant that the city is planning to begin building next year.
"If it saves the farm it's worth it," Renner said. "I have spent my life
improving this land and its productivity. TIP would ruin the land."
Soil specialists unanimously agree such an action would diminish the
quality of the soil and cropland productivity for generations. Legal
specialists say trenching is not permitted under the state's easement.
Mayor Tom Kruse disagrees.
"We simply do not agree that the soil and its surroundings cannot be
returned to its previous state," writes Kruse in an Aug. 4 letter.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Union Soil and Water
Conservation District, Land Heritage Trust of Union County and Union
County Farm Bureau say Kruse is wrong.
"The natural soil structure will be destroyed in the subsoil in all
areas where the soil is removed and then replaced," states David
Hanselmann, ODNR, Division of Soil Water Conservation, in a Sept. 28
letter to Fred Dailey, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
Matt Staley, chairman of the Union Soil and Water Conservation District
board of supervisors, states that the damage will be permanent and
"The alteration of Mr. Renner's easement agreement could have
far-reaching implications for Ohio's Farmland Preservation program as a
whole. The Union Soil and Water Conservation District believes that
valid studies have shown that Marysville's Trunk Interceptor Project
(TIP) cannot pass through Mr. Renner's property without causing
permanent and irreparable damage to its value as farmland.
"Mr. Renner donated this easement to the State of Ohio with the
understanding that it would be preserved in perpetuity; to break this
agreement would likely cause landowners to reconsider farmland easement
donations in the future. We understand the TIP is important to
Marysville's growth and development, but it would be a mistake to
violate a permanent agricultural easement between a private landowner
and the state of Ohio when alternative routes for the project exist,"
Staley writes.
An Ohio Department of Agriculture spokesman said agricultural easements
have never been tested to this level. Past issues have included phone
lines, power lines and cell phone towers - "but nothing similar to
Peggy Kirk Hall, an attorney and chairman of the Land Heritage Trust of
Union County, states in a letter to Dailey that the Marysville project
violates the intent and the terms of the Renner easement, and will have
a substantial impact on the productivity of the soil.
"For these reasons, we solidly support the Ohio Department of
Agriculture's assertion of its rights under the agricultural easement
... We believe that Union County residents will one day appreciate Mr.
Renner's selfless visionary decision to commit his land permanently to
agriculture," Hall writes.
Agronomist Harold Watters explains the creation of productive soils
takes thousands of years. He said the top six to eight inches of soil is
the most productive and "very much alive" with more organisms existing
than all the people in Union County. He confirmed that a trenching
project like the Marysville TIP would destroy much of that life.
The next 20 inches below the top soil is "somewhat alive" and just as
critical for plant life. Five feet below that is an area that is
somewhat alive, but a critical area for internal drainage. A ditch
running through the Renner farm drains approximately 500 acres.
Watters said he can still see differences in plant growth and soil
appearance on his Union County property after changes he made in 1981.
Renner land where drills were installed earlier this year lies barren.
Digging a trench the depth of the Liggett Building on Fifth Street would
disturb the process. Watters said soil is much more than the surface
that people see.
"This is an impossible feat," writes Staley to Dailey in a June 10
letter about returning the soil and surroundings to the previous state
after excavation.
Staley states that subsoils will be disturbed and compacted preventing
natural percolation and drainage in this area forever. In addition, he
states, that top soil likely will be lost or mixed with the subsoil
during excavation.
Dan Erwin, president of the Union County Farm Bureau Board of Trustees,
wrote in an Oct. 10 letter to Dailey, "We urge you to act upon this
issue as soon as possible and will support any activity from your Office
that upholds the integrity of the original Easement on the Renner
Kruse states in the Aug. 4 letter that it is the city's opinion that
they have the ability to acquire an easement by eminent domain. He also
states that alternative routes were evaluated and the route through the
Renner farm was the "most cost effective and feasible."
Attorney Robert Moore of Dublin states in an Aug. 23 letter that Kruse
is "simply wrong" about eminent domain.
"The only way the TIP can be installed on Mr. Renner's property is if
ODA relinquishes its easement or otherwise gives permission for the
installation," Moore writes.
Moore points out that the agricultural easement specifically states
"there shall be no ditching, draining, diking, filling, excavating,
removal of top soil, sand, gravel, rock or other materials or any change
in the topography of the land in any manner unless in accordance with
the farm conservation plan .... clearly the TIP would violate Section
3.5 of the easement."
Krista Magaw with the Tecumseh Land Trust states that "an easement
cannot be waived, but it can be amended in cases where the amendment
will make the conservation values stronger."
Meanwhile the Arno Renner family prepares for another season of harvest
amid an uncertain future.
Fast facts
Who: Arno Renner, an 85-year-old farmer, is the fourth generation of his
family to own and care for the more than 200 acres at 12860 Industrial
What: The city of Marysville wants to bury a 78-inch sewer pipe 40 feet
deep on more than 10 percent of the prime farmland that is protected by
an agricultural easement held by the state. The Ohio Department of
Agriculture is waiting for answers from the city to 20 questions called
a Prime Farmland Restoration Plan. A meeting will be scheduled after the
city responds.
Why: Mayor Tom Kruse said the path is the quickest and cheapest.
Why not: Attorney Robert Moore writes that the digging and trenching is
in violation of the Ohio Revised Code's agricultural easement rules.
Numerous agricultural entities said the land's production will be
diminished, as well as the value of agricultural easements in the state
of Ohio.
When: The city of Marysville plans to begin construction in 2006 on the
proposed wastewater treatment facility.

The history of the Renner Farm
A brief history of the Arno Renner Farm as prepared by The Ohio
Department of Agriculture in 2003 when he donated a $3.1 million
agricultural easement to the state.
 Mr. Arno Renner saw his 80th birthday a few years ago. He is a Union
County farmer near Marysville and, since 1838, is the fourth generation
to continue the development of this profitable 235 acre farm. His well
care for home, fields and equipment speak of his ability as a manager
and reflect his love for his homeplace. His faith and his roots in his
community are deep and abiding. One hundred and fourteen years ago his
grandfather donated a large white oak tree from the farm that became the
flooring beams of the massive St. John's Lutheran Church, a pillar of
this rural society, where Arno continues as an active member today.
Month after month, for over 165 years, the Renner family and the Rausch
family labored through every kind of weather condition and market
uncertainty to keep their dream alive. During the past eight decades
Arno figures he too has put a lot of himself into the farm. With deep
humility he reflects on what it means to be connected to the land at
this level. With bitter sweetness he recalls how, as a young man, he
handed over to his parents an inheritance his uncle had left him for a
medical school education so that the farm could be kept out of
foreclosure. He hints at opportunities lost as he gave up a lot of his
social life, and worked for IOU's for years - to save the family farm.
In his early years Arno made a living raising alfalfa and hay, shocking,
husking and shredding corn by hand. By living frugally and doing well
through long hours and much labor he was the first one around to get a
shredder, then a mechanized silage cutter. This enabled him to do some
custom work for others. He invested in systematic tiling of his farm
draining the whole acreage, improving and doubling his yield to an
unheard of 160 bushels of corn per acre. He also milked cows twice a day
for years and stayed married to his operation without a vacation or time
off. Practicing good husbandry he tested his soils, limed his fields and
took the lead to implement conservation upgrades. It's easy to see this
is more than 'just farmland.' One could consider his farm to be highly
Today Mr. Renner is land rich, but with the recent acquisition of a good
dog he has all that he wants or needs. He is in casual disregard for the
enormous value of his land created by its speculative potential. He
notes, 'This farm represents me. I like to see it stay a farm. For a
farm to be in the family this long means a lot.' He plans to leave the
farm to his relatives but is worried that paying the taxes on the
inheritance might require that the estate be sold.
He is also concerned that some future owner might one day sacrifice this
land to the bulldozer to raise a terminal crop of homes or a brick and
steel industrial plant. This was a thought he could not abide.
In August of 2002 Mr. Renner began a dialogue with the Ohio Department
of Agriculture to permanently protect his farmland. In October 2003 with
the support of his local government officials, he implemented the
ultimate farm succession plan. He donated a permanent agricultural
easement on the farm to the agriculture department's Office of Farmland
Preservation which promptly teamed up with the Union County Soil and
Water Conservation District Office for help in monitoring the easement
in perpetuity.
When Arno orders his seed and fertilizer for next spring, one thing he
won't have to work about is whether or not his family farm will continue
in agriculture. He's solved that program.

Residents want to save village
Magnetic Springs Council hears from constituent
Some Magnetic Springs residents are ready to make a miracle happen.
Approximately 40 people packed the Leesburg Township Fire House meeting
room Monday to say they didn't want their village to dissolve and they
were ready to help.
"It's going to take a miracle ... but I believe if we work together we
can save our town," said Tanya Crist, who came to the meeting with her
father Campbell Crist. "I love this town."
On Oct. 2 the village council voted to request for the state to step in
and dissolve the village. Struggling finances and citizen apathy led to
the drastic move.
"We are unable to act as a governing body any longer," stated a letter
signed by council members Carol Verity, Rex Pierce, Rick Murphy and
Kathy Cantrell and Mayor Robert L. Baughman.
At Monday's regular council meeting Baughman said it will take a vote of
the people to dissolve the village. He suggested that council wait until
the November election to see if a levy is passed. If the levy fails, he
recommended beginning the dissolution process.
"We really don't know what is going to happen," Baughman said.
Council and the Mayor had contacted the Ohio Attorney General about
dissolving the village. Baughman said the Attorney General's office had
contacted him and said they could not get involved because the village
fails to meet any of the six criteria for dissolution.
Councilman Melissa Stiles said Monday that she didn't want the village
to dissolve. Her sentiments echoed in hushed comments throughout the
narrow room. Several people volunteered to serve vacancies on council,
as a financial officer and zoning officer.
The village has been without a treasurer for three years. Don Jolliff
who lives outside the village, was hired to handle village finances, but
has not attended the past three meetings. He is quitting in December,
Baughman said.
Jolliff was absent again Monday and had left no information about bills
needing to be paid. Clearly frustrated by the lack of information,
Council passed a resolution to pay bills even though they had no
information. Baughman said he had sent two notes to the financial
officer, but received no responses.
"We can not go on like this," Baughman said. "If someone wants the job,
they are welcome to it."
One name was mentioned and village resident Melinda Ritchie, who was at
the meeting, said she would help with the finances. Ritchie has been a
bookkeeper for 15 years for a private business.
Council voted to meet with Jolliff on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. and invited
Ritchie to attend.
Baughman also said the village has been without legal representation for
five years.
"We've got to have a lawyer... We need an attorney. We need one bad,"
Baughman said.
Of equal concern is the need for a zoning officer. The village has been
without a zoning officer for more than a year.
Councilman Verity pointed out that one local business has refused to pay
$1,000 for permits after receiving three registered letters. Others
voiced frustration about a house in the village that has a tree growing
in the middle of it.
"It doesn't do any good to send letters," Baughman said. "We have no
teeth to do anything."
Another concern is the fact that council has had open seats for many
years and no one runs for election. No candidates filed for the November
election. A couple individuals spoke up during the meeting and said they
would serve. Councilman Stiles said she didn't file to run because she
thought she would just be reappointed.
Baughman said he believes a special election should be held to allow all
interested parties to file.

NU High School addition close to getting temporary occupancy

North Union learned the latest news on its high school building addition
during a regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
Neil Kirkpatrick of MKC Associates said the project is one week behind
schedule. He noted that the electrical contractor on the project is no
yet finished with its work.
Kirkpatrick said an issue with concrete floors also set the project back
a bit, but he said the he should be able to obtain the temporary
occupancy permit by the end of the week.
It was also noted later in the meeting that the Celebrate North Union
event is planned for Nov. 5. At that event, titled "Partners in Pride,"
a ribbon cutting for the new wing, which includes a new library and
several classrooms,  is scheduled. The event will also feature various
activities and student work will be showcased.
In other business, the board:
. Held its annual Academic Award presentation for students who have a
sustained level of achievement.
. Noted that a renewal levy is on the November ballot. North Union
Superintendent Carol Young stressed that the issue is not a new tax.
. Confirmed dates and times for upcoming board and committee meetings.
. Heard first reading on several policy revisions and additions.
. Voted 5-0 to approve a memorandum of understanding with MKC Associates
for design services related to remaining renovations and additions at
the high school and construction of a new middle school.
. Unanimously approved an overnight trip for the North Union FFA to the
national convention in Louisville, Ky., for Oct. 26-29.
. Voted 5-0 to approve a contract for education of a student with
disabilities residing in foster care within the Marysville Exempted
School District.
. Voted to extend supplemental contracts to the following certificated
individuals: Morgan Cotter, head baseball coach; Dawn Draper, head
softball coach; Teresa Henn, junior class advisor; Cy Kincaid,
co-assistant baseball coach; and Brandi Miller, middle school student
council. The vote on the contracts was 4-1 with Marcy Elliott casting
the dissenting vote.
. Voted to extend pupil activity contracts to the following
non-certificated individuals: Keith Davis, middle school wrestling
co-coach; Damian Gratz, assistant middle school football coach; Terry
Setser, assistant softball co-coach; Joel Smith, assistant baseball
co-coach; and Brandi Williams, assistant high school cheerleading
advisor. The vote on the contracts was 4-1 with Marcy Elliott casting
the dissenting vote.
. Approved a list of substitute personnel.
. The board also held an executive session for the purpose of a
grievance hearing. After the session the board voted to deny a grievance
presented by North Union Education Association regarding grievance

Triad hires new treasurer
Triad school board hired a new treasurer for the district on Monday
Maureen Scott was approved by a 4-1 vote by board members. Jim Reid,
board vice-president, voted no.
Scott was one of 14 candidates who applied for the position being
vacated by Jill Smith. Board members narrowed the candidates to three
contenders and conducted interviews Thursday during a special meeting.
The board adjourned into an hour-long executive session before approving
Scott as the new treasurer.
"There were still some outstanding issues that needed to be discussed,"
Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger explained.
Scott, of Lakeview, has 19 years experience with the state auditor's
office where she was previously employed as an audit manager. She also
has a valid treasurer's license.
This will be her first job as a school treasurer.
"I think she has had a wealth of experience in school finance,"
Kaffenbarger said.
Scott will officially start in her new position today.
Smith, the outgoing treasurer, gave the financial report. She reported
that the five-year forecast for the district was submitted to the state
last Friday.
"We seem to be sitting fairly well given the tightening up we've done
over the last few years," Smith said.
Rick Smith, board president, echoed the board's sentiments from last
meeting that Smith will be missed.
"Good luck, you've been really great," Smith said.
Kaffenbarger gave an update on pending state legislation that would
require state mandated health insurance for public school employees.
Triad is currently part of a health insurance consortium, which is
comprised of fewer that 5,000 members.
If the legislation becomes law, only those districts which are members
of consortiums with 5,000 or more members will be exempt from being part
of the state-mandated insurance pool.
Triad has recently met with several other groups, which could possibly
result in a future merger, therefore giving them enough members for the
Kaffenbarger said that since the legislation is still pending, the
district is at this point only exploring options.
Board members were shown a certificate of commendation awarded to the
district by the state for moving up more than 10 points on its
performance index score as part of the state report card.
The performance index score is calculated by averaging every student's
test scores in the district.
"This is an absolutely phenomenal achievement," Kaffenbarger said, "This
is a credit to our teachers."
Jan Ferryman, seventh grade science teacher, presented to the board on
the Strategic Instructional Model (SIM) being used in the middle school
classrooms to increase student reading aptitude.
The program is designed around taking unknown words in context and
breaking them down into smaller parts to facilitate easier pronunciation
and comprehension.
"Students are already showing progress," Ferryman said.
She ended by inviting board members to stop by and see the strategies in
The next board meeting will be Nov. 21 in the high school library.
In other news, the board:
. Approved the certified substitute list and the aide substitute list as
presented by the Madison-Champaign County Educational Service Center.
. Approved a nine-day trip to England, Ireland and Wales for the gifted
and talented class with teacher Erica Boone on June 12-21. No cost will
be incurred by the school.
. Approved bus specifications for fiscal year 2006 bid.
. Accepted the resignations of David Marenberg as middle school
wrestling coach and Tim Deady as head wrestling coach ? both effective
. Approved the following 2005-2006 classified supplemental contracts
(should an activity not be offered due to lack of adequate funding, all
contracts for that activity will be considered null and void): Chuck
Adams ? seventh grade boys basketball; Harry Alltop ? eighth grade boys
basketball; Jason Malone ? eighth grade girls basketball; Mike Braun ?
. Approved Ohio Integrated Systems Model (OISM) grant in the amount of
$7,000 for Triad Elementary participation in model program
. Accepted $500 grant money from Ohio Association of Secondary School
administrators for elementary role in positive behavior workshops. To be
used to implement a school-wide positive behavior support plan. To be
deposited in the elementary principal fund.
. Accepted the resignation of Linda Hixson as substitute aide, nurse,
and secretary effective immediately.
. Approved the per diem payment of $40.22 per day to Missy Graves for
substitute volleyball coach.
. Approved bus routes for the 2005-2006 school year

Fairbanks gearing up for levy attempt
Yard signs promoting the Nov. 8 Fairbanks Local Schools bond/income tax
issue will be placed throughout the district this week, as levy
committee workers continue their efforts to inform the community of the
school district's needs.
Superintendent Jim Craycraft discussed details of the levy campaign
during Monday night's regular school board meeting. He also reminded
board members to make use of the campaign signs, which use variations of
the theme "Our Children, Our Community, Our Future!"
Money from passage of the 28-year bond issue would be used to construct
a new pre-kindergarten through eighth grade facility located behind the
district's fifth through 12th grade complex on Route 38. The five-year
0.25 percent income tax will be used for furnishing the facility.
The board also heard committee reports from board members Star Simpson,
Tolles Technical Center; Sherry Shoots, policy; Jaynie Lambert,
legislative; and from superintendent James Craycraft,
communications/public relations.
Simpson said Tolles will add an 18-month massage therapy course to its
adult education program. Craycraft said the location of the National
School Boards Association annual meeting has been changed from New
Orleans to Chicago. He also mentioned a grant from the Union County
Health Department will allow "fitness breaks" - brief intervals of
calisthenics - to be implemented into the school curriculum.
In other business, the board:
.Heard Craycraft report that a recent "sweep" of the Route 38 facility
by the Union County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit was "clean." Craycraft
noted that pupils had to leave their backpacks and coats in the
classrooms when they entered the hallways while the searches were being
.Employed Mark Cartwright, interim psychologist; Mark Mehl, substitute
bus driver; Virginia Locke-Young, full-time bus driver, one-year
contract; and Teresa "Michelle" Scholl, Panther PAWS coordinator.
.Approved athletic contracts for Dan Stillings, head high school girls
softball coach; Nevin Taylor, assistant high school girls softball
coach; Jeff Powell, head high school track coach; Carleton Cotner,
winter and spring weightlifting advisor; Lynn Martin, assistant boys
high school basketball coach; David Saffle and Larry Albanese, volunteer
wrestling coaches; Lindsey Phoenix, seventh grade girls basketball
coach; and Jenny Harrel, eighth grade girls basketball coach.
.Approved supplemental contracts for Marion Boggs, volunteer sophomore
class advisor; Gail Crosser, assistant play director; Janet Nicol, swing
choir director; Chris Skinner, assistant mock trial advisor; Sandy
Bunsold, high school yearbook advisor; and Richard Rausch, junior
class/prom director.
.Accepted the resignation of Mark A. Blodgett, full-time bus driver.
.Approved a high school ski club overnight trip to Peak-n-Peek Ski
Resort in Finley, N.Y., on Jan. 6 and 7.
.Approved an increase from 42 cents per mile to 60 cents per mile for
bus use.
.Approved an employee paid vision insurance plan through VSP vision
.Approved non-public pupil transportation reimbursement for Meghan
Calder of Brown Road and Pamela Severance of Wilderness Trail to
Immaculate Conception School, Columbus.
.Continued membership in the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy for
the 2005-2006 school year

Eagle returns to courthouse
From J-T staff reports:
A bird has taken up residence on the third floor of the Union County
One of three original eagles that graced the Union County Courthouse has
returned, said Robert Parrott of the Union County Historical Soceity.
When the courthouse was completed in 1883, it included three zinc eagles
located on pedestals above the dormers on the roof.  Over the years, the
eagles were damaged by high winds and it was determined that they should
be taken down for safety reasons, Parrott wrote.
The exact date the eagles were removed has not yet been found, but it
occurred at about 1900.
Richard Turner, owner of the Marysville Foundry, agreed to remove the
eagles. He saved one that was still in good condition. Eventually the
one surviving eagle ended up in the garden of the Turner Greenhouse on
Route 31 where it remained for about 100 years.
During the renovation of the courthouse in the early 1990s, the Union
County Bar Association contacted Marvin and Mary Beth Twigg, the owners
of the greenhouse, to see if they would donate the eagle back to the
county to be restored and placed on display in the renovated courthouse.
The Twiggs agreed and the sculpture was obtained by the county for
restoration. In this process, the eagle was first sent to a firm in New
York, but that company determined it could not repair the zinc statue.
Several other companies were contacted but declined to take on the
project. Finally, a Marion County company accepted the challenge that
took a number of years to complete.
Local carpenter Larry Ohnsman designed a base using parts from the
original pedestal. The statue's paint is based on eagles Ohnsman had
seen and photographed on a recent trip to Alaska.
 "The Courthouse Eagle is an excellent example of historical art and
local patriotic Americana. Through the preservation and generosity of
the Turner family, it is once again decorating our county courthouse as
it was intended," Parrott said.
The project was a cooperative effort of the Union County Bar
Association, Common Pleas Court and the Union County Commissioners.

Child Care Network has resources for families
Editor's note: This is the ninth in a weekly series of articles
submitted by the United Way of Union County that will run during the
course of its annual campaign. Each week will feature a different United
Way program. This week's article features the Child Care Network.
It's a catch-22 for many families with children not yet of school age.
Mom and Dad need to work to pay the bills. But if one of those bills is
for day care to watch their children while they're at work, covering the
cost often requires too much of their income.
"When you're only making $6 an hour, the thought of child care is
insane," said Crystal Hileman. "By the time you get your paycheck, you
just end up putting all of your money into someone else watching your
child. You could have been home watching your child yourself."
Hileman knows first hand that working to pay for day care doesn't make
sense. She tried that route before, trying to juggle a work schedule
around her daughter, Kennedie. She found it was a struggle not only to
make ends meet, but also to even find a child care provider that she was
comfortable leaving her daughter with.
Then she discovered the Child Care Network, a United Way Member Agency
based out of the Union County Department of Job and Family Services
office on London Avenue. The agency offers a wide array of services for
working Moms and Dads, including free referrals to child care providers
and financial assistance for child care through state, federal and
United Way funding for families that qualify.
"Not so long ago it was feasible for a mother or grandmother to care for
their family in their home," said Misty Perry, a child care specialist
with Child Care Network. "Unfortunately, we are in a situation these
days where family members are not able to care for children in their
home and not feel that loss of income. For most working families child
care is the second largest expense in their budget after rent or
mortgage. If a two-parent family earning minimum wage was even able to
budget 10 percent of their income to child care, they would still be
left thousands of dollars short of the average cost of child care."
Hileman said the assistance the agency provided took away some of her
stress. At one point, her monthly co-pay for day care was only $22.
Since then, Hileman obtained her GED, and last year, set up her own
in-home business as a child care provider. She received training and
certification through Child Care Network and can care for up to five
children in addition to her own. The arrangement allows her to stay home
to watch her daughter and earn a living at the same time. The Child Care
Network refers many of the clients she serves to her.
"I have a parent who works second shift at Honda and she doesn't get off
work until 1:30 in the morning," Hileman said. "And even though it's
only two days a week, she couldn't find anyone to take her daughter.
It's hard enough to find a provider you like or trust for first shift.
Most providers all want the regular nine to five jobs. Most providers I
know now have a time limit that they set and won't watch your child past
that time. That's what makes this job so worthwhile, because I know what
these parents who need assistance are going through."
Child Care Network provides a number of free services for all Union
County families needing child care, regardless of income level. These
services include providing a personalized referral list of child care
providers near the applicant's home. The process takes only a few
minutes to complete and can be done online at
The agency also has free information on choosing child care, child
development issues and creating a child-safe environment.
"Choosing child care is a very important decision for parents," Perry
said. "Meet with the provider that you are considering, ask for
references, and tour the facility. We also recommend that you visit when
care is being provided so that you can see how the routine runs and
witness the provider caring for children.
.2005 United Way allocation was $30,000, or 100 percent of its budget
for assisting families beyond the government maximum.
.There are four types of child care providers: certified providers,
registered providers, licensed centers, and unregulated providers.
.Certified providers care for up to six children in their home and meet
health and safety standards established by the Ohio Department of Job
and Family Services. In addition, all adults in the residence have
completed a criminal record check that includes fingerprinting.
Certified providers complete yearly training and may participate in the
Child and Adult Care Food Program. They are monitored throughout the
year by child care staff and are re-certified on a yearly basis.
.Registered providers are not certified but have completed a health and
safety self-evaluation. They are required to have on file for parent
inspection a fire escape plan and three letters of reference. The agency
has on file a provider application and a conviction statement signed by
all adults residing in the home.
.Centers are licensed by either Ohio Department of Education or Ohio
Department of Job and Family Services. Licensed providers include day
care centers, Head Start, preschool, summer camp, and school age
.An unregulated child care provider is working under their own
jurisdiction and is not associated with any organization that monitors
the care being provided.
.United Way funds are available to help eligible Union County families
with the cost of child care for employment or job training. You may be
eligible for child care assistance if your family's gross income is at
or below a maximum level (ex. For a family of two, the maximum monthly
income for assistance would be $2,140.). To see if you qualify, call the
Child Care Network at 644-1010 ext. 2204.

UCSO October campaign continues
The Union County Sheriff's Office is about halfway through a fall
campaign that targets alcohol related offenses committed during high
school homecoming weekends and Halloween.
As a result of aggressive overtime enforcement, the sheriff's office has
already filed charges against two individuals for underage consumption
or possession of alcohol. Operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OVI) is
a first degree misdemeanor in the state of Ohio.
"Union County has already experienced at least one fatal crash this year
that resulted from drunk driving," Union County Sheriff Rocky nelson
said, "this is one too many."
Homecomings and Halloween are special fall events that create memories
for the future. Getting arrested or hurting someone as a result of your
choice to drink and drive creates memories also. The kind most people do
not want to have. Overtime enforcement is a result of the sheriff's
office obtaining a grant through the Ohio Department of Public Safety
and the Governor's Highway Safety Office.
"Traffic safety is very important to the overall mission of our office,"
grant coordinator and sheriff's Lt. Jeff Frisch said. "We cannot do it
alone. We need the support of our community in trying to prevent motor
vehicle crashes, deaths and injuries."


Bidding farewell to St. John's
The Rev. Thomas Hackett will deliver his final sermon Sunday

A man described as "quite a servant" will leave the Marysville area
Monday, taking with him many memories and leaving behind a sad, but
blessed community.
The Rev. Thomas Hackett, who has been at St. John's Lutheran Church for
22 years, will deliver his last sermon there Sunday. He and his wife of
35 years, Sharon, are moving to Florida to be closer to Rev. Hackett's
father, who lives in Port St. Lucia.
"I'm overwhelmed with emotion," said Rosemary Sparks, Hackett's
secretary of 10 years. "He's a wonderful person and easy to work with.
He's been an inspiration for me."
A lasagna dinner is planned after the service Sunday, and more than 670
people have made reservations. The meal was originally planned for the
St. John's School cafeteria, but so many reservations have poured in
that the church sanctuary also will be pressed into use as a dining
hall. In addition, a live simulcast is planned so those in the sanctuary
will not be excluded from the ceremony in the cafeteria.
It will be quite an occasion for a man who thrives on modesty. Hackett
declined an offer to be interviewed, saying he was too busy preparing
for his move.
Longtime friend and parishioner Gary Jobe said Hackett would be much
more comfortable just delivering his sermon and then walking out the
"He is the most humble person around," said Jobe, who will deliver one
of Sunday's farewell speeches. "His whole life is not about him."
Perhaps no one feels Hackett's departure more keenly than Jobe, for it
was he who received one of the pastor's kidneys in a four-hour operation
five years ago.
Jobe, then 51, had been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease 34
years previously. He had been nearly a year on dialysis when Hackett
offered to donate a kidney to his ailing friend.
The reason for that action was simple, Hackett told a Journal-Tribune
reporter two weeks after the surgery; he was just doing what Jesus would
"He's tried to live his life like Christ in every aspect of his life,"
Jobe said. "He came to St. John's and came to Marysville to bring people
closer to Christ ... that was his whole objective."
Jobe also has high praise for Hackett's wife. He called her "a wonderful
wife who supports (Pastor Hackett's) efforts. She is an extraordinary
"He's a great man. He's had a lot of influence over St. John's
spirituality," Jim Vandre, 16-year church member and an elder in the
congregation of 1,504 members, says of his senior pastor. "He
consistently is the Christ-like figure in our lives."
"The congregation as a whole is really going to miss him tremendously,"
said Rolly Rausch, a St. John's member since birth 61 years ago. "He's
been a very important part of our lives for 22 years."
Hackett is a graduate of Concordia Junior College in Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Concordia Theological
Seminary of Springfield, Ill., where in 1976 he received a Master of
Divinity Degree.
Prior to coming to St. John's he served as an associate pastor of
Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Neb., and served a pastorate in St.
Luke Lutheran Church of Rensselaer, Ind.
The Hacketts are the parents of six children, Sarah, 31, and Joshua, 27,
both of Arlington, Va., Thomas, 30, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Micah, 25, of
Ann Arbor, Mich.; Rebekah (Nathan) Schipper, 23, of Holland, Mich.; and
Hannah, 18, who is a freshman at Hope College in Holland, Mich.
"I hope and pray that God will find him another church in Florida that
he can serve as well as he's served us," Vandre said. "That is his
God-given talent and he needs to do that."

Council approves sewer rate hike
Members of Marysville council voted unanimously Thursday night to give
the go ahead for sewer rate increases in the city.
Council President John Gore said it has been a tough job making sure
they made the correct decision but they were confident they made the
right one.
Over the course of the sewer rate discussions, Gore said he heard people
saying they didn't want increases.
"I don't want them either," he said.
Gore explained that more than a year ago a person could smell Marysville
five miles away when coming east on U.S. 36. It became embarrassing to
invite friends over. Since then the city hired a new wastewater
treatment plant manager who has done an "outstanding job" in upgrades
and day-to-day maintenance of the facility. Work has been done to fix
many sewer line problems.
Gore said city infrastructure has been neglected over the years. Homes
were flooding with sewage and nothing was being accomplished.
Today, he said, the situation has already improved. Flooding has
decreased and so have the odors. The sewer rate increase is part of
these improvements - with the larger goal of improving the quality of
life in the city.
"I don't know how we can do anything differently," Gore said.
Councilman and finance committee member Ed Pleasant said that since the
Sept. 8 council meeting when the legislation was tabled, the committee
has held two meetings on sewer rates. Both were open to the public for
questions and concerns. If a topic came up, council examined and
explained the situation.
During those meetings, Pleasant said, a Malcolm Pirnie finance expert
and a Fifth Third Securities representative out of Cincinnati spoke on
any possible alternatives for the rate increase. Their background in
determining the best possible course of action was considered
Pleasant said that the experts used computer scenarios to show the
results of financial alternatives. Each route - aside from the proposed
rate increase - ended with the city in a worse condition.
He said that critics have described the sewer rate increase as a "cash
"This is not a cash cow," Pleasant said. "This proposal is to the bare
He announced that the finance committee's recommendation was to pass the
Every member of city council expressed his interpretation of why the
rate increase is the best avenue to take the city into the future.
However, they explained that the examination into the city's rates does
not end with their vote.
Councilman Nevin Taylor said that residents can expect the city to
examine how the rate increase is working. They will be looking closely
to ensure that the funding is adequate and that it is all being directed
exactly where it should be going.
Councilmen Dave Burke and Dan Fogt said that their next goal is to make
sure that new development from here on out is going to pay for itself.
Burke said he does not want to lose sleep at night thinking of residents
paying the difference because some new development comes to town.
Fogt said that is why more should happen. The city sewer tap-in fees
should be looked into for new developments, as well as the development
of impact fees.
"I think it needs to be done soon," he said.
Fogt said he figured he would be paying $4.50 more a month because of
the sewer rate increases. After five years it will have raised to $17 a
"I don't like raising rates this much," he said, "but it is necessary to
get the project done."
Fogt said the city has exhausted all other options to avoid the
In other discussions:
. The first reading was held on an ordinance to borrow $55 million for
the future wastewater treatment facility on Beecher Gamble Road in
Millcreek Township.
City finance director John Morehart said it is the first ordinance
toward the new facility. In total, the project is expected to cost $110
. The first reading on an ordinance to terminate the Enterprise Zone
Agreement with local company Timco Products, Inc. was read.
Economic development director Eric Phillips explained that the company
signed an agreement in 1997 to invest $200,000 in real estate and
$364,000 in machinery and equipment and to create 20 new jobs. While the
company has exceeded its real and personal property pledged investments
levels, it has failed to create the required number of positions.
Mayor Tom Kruse said that while the city appreciates Timco's
achievements, the city must hold true to the agreement. He said what is
important for residents to understand is that all the agreements are
being reviewed. There are currently seven other Enterprise Zone
agreements that will continue into 2006.

Fairbanks board ponders fate of building
What does the future hold for the aging elementary school building at
Milford Center? Is it overdue for total demolition? Partial demolition?
Or should the building be sold?
Those attending a special Fairbanks community meeting Thursday night
grappled with these questions and more.
About 25 people attended the meeting held in the school gymnasium.
Many of those in attendance also had been to at least one of the
information meetings hosted by the school board earlier this year.
Those meeting were held to discern what facilities school district
residents wanted in the future and how much they were willing to pay.
Three community concerns arose from those meetings, according to
Fairbanks Superintendent Jim Craycraft: Strengthen the arts and music
programs, build more practice facilities and retire the old elementary.
Feedback from those community meetings also indicated residents wanted a
K-8 educational facility located at the current middle/high school site,
a good multi-purpose facility, enhanced physical education and kitchen
areas, a totally air conditioned 5-12 building and a combined
property/income tax funding package.
On Nov. 8, voters in the Fairbanks School District will be asked to
approve a combination bond issue/income tax which will generate
"The reason we're putting up a tax issue is not because the board said
so, it's because the community said so," Craycraft said.
Now it's time for the community to decide what to do with the aging
Milford Center facility, one which is inadequate for education today.
Craycraft said the school district has several options: To do nothing,
which means the site would likely become a community eyesore; to sell
the building and forfeit any control over the facility; to authorize a
"total teardown;"  to tear down the older section built in 1915; or
utilize all or parts of the facility to house district administrators or
pupil overflow.
The latter option seemed to strike a resonate chord with those
attending, especially the idea of tearing down the old section,
retaining the gymnasium and adding a section that would not only house
district administrators but also contain public restrooms.
"This building has no sentimental value to me but we need to keep
something here," said longtime Fairbanks science teacher Ray Chappelear,
who is retired.
"It would be irresponsible to leave it as an eyesore," said resident Ron
Craycraft estimated it would cost the district roughly $358,000 to tear
down the existing facility. That is because there are asbestos concerns.

To tear down the older section - leaving the gymnasium - would cost
about $250,000.
The elementary site houses a ball diamond that's used by the Fairbanks
High School girls softball team and the school district's youth baseball
and softball programs. The school district's school bus facility also is
located there, and the gymnasium is home to the district's "Biddy
Basketball" program.
The Milford Center building was originally a high school. It was built
to accommodate 312 students. Currently, Craycraft said, it houses 339.
Twenty-four fourth-graders are housed in two modular classrooms, another
fourth grade class is located in a basement locker room,
pre-kindergarten and Latch Key children are housed in the Milford Center
United Methodist Church and art classes are held in the cafeteria.
In the past two years, the school district has shelled out $100,000 to
repair the building's roof, boiler and furnace. Just this fall, an
additional $50,000 was spent to shore up the exterior brick of the
building, according to Craycraft.

Library group seeks new member
From J-T staff reports:
The Marysville Library Board of Trustees is seeking a new member to take
office in January.
Applications are being accepted through Nov. 1. Forms are available at
the library at 231 S. Plum St., at the Raymond branch and online at
Applicants should recognize the library's importance as a center of
information and of community culture, recreation and continuing
education. They should have an interest in the work of the public
library, a commitment to its goals, the ability to work as a team
member, a willingness to ask questions, and to offer criticism and make
They also should have the courage to plan creatively and to withstand
pressures, prejudices and provincialism. A commitment to intellectual
freedom is essential.
The board seeks a diversity of interests, a balance of age, sex, ethnic
background and socioeconomic levels; and experience and/or knowledge in
a variety of fields. Political savvy and common sense are welcome
attributes and consideration will be given to people who are active in
community affairs. A readiness to devote time and effort to carrying out
the duties of trusteeship is necessary.
The library board is a "working board," requiring every member to lend
his/her time and talents, energy and enthusiasm. Attendance will be
required at special meetings as well as regular meetings, long-range
planning workshops, etc.
Those interested may call Ryan McDonnell at 937-642-1876, extension 33
or contact him via e-mail at
To learn more about the library and to read the 2003-2006 Strategic
Plan, visit the library's Web site at

Sewer rate hike to be addressed tonight
This week, discussions and legislation on sewer rates and EPA guidelines
could swing the future of Marysville in one of two drastically different
Mayor Tom Kruse said one path would mean a bright future and the other
would be "devastating."
Marysville City Council will hold the third and final reading tonight on
an ordinance amending sewer rates for the city's Public Utility
Division. The ordinance was tabled on Sept. 8 by council members who
said they wanted to find answers to some questions they still had.
Back from a vacation, Kruse said on Tuesday that he was surprised to
hear the sewer rate ordinance had been tabled. He said council has been
involved with every aspect of the work that led up to the ordinance.
He explained that two years ago the city's Wastewater Master Plan was
created by a committee made up of Kruse and his staff, two city council
members, environmental specialists from The Scotts Company and Honda
Manufacturing and engineering firm representatives from Malcolm Pirnie.
There were public hearings conducted to get more input and the plan was
finally adopted. They sought land for purchase - eventually settling on
the current location off of Beecher Gamble Road in Millcreek Township.
Then the committee decided on what kind of sewer plant would work best
for the city's future. All those plans have been finalized now.
Kruse said a rate study was done to determine how the city could afford
to build the plant, which outlined a 30 percent rate increase over the
first three years. Only with the implementation of Tax Increment
Financing (TIF) districts funding infrastructure in new developments was
the sewer rate hike dropped to 17 percent.
For council to suddenly question the rate ordinance now is confusing to
the mayor because they have always been involved, Kruse said.
"In the event that those rates aren't approved," he said, "the
repercussions for the city are horrendous."
The only reason the city is in such a dire situation now, he said, was
because past administrations did not start the ball rolling when they
should have. Now the city is playing catch up.
Kruse did acknowledge that the initial information the city released on
the sewer rate increase was considered vague by critics.
Residents such as Lloyd Baker pointed out at several council meetings
that the rate increases would actually build on each other per year,
adding up to a 68 percent increase over five years. Baker also noted
that the city never explained that the increase would be permanent.
Kruse said that he has apologized for the lack of initial details on the
rate hike. He added that any vagueness was not intentional. He explained
that if the rates aren't approved, not only would the Ohio EPA shut the
city down for any new developments but they would still have to build
the plant and be forced to raise rates even higher.
Also included in tonight's council agenda is an ordinance seeking to
borrow $55 million before the end of the year in order to begin work on
the wastewater treatment plant projects.
Kruse said if council does not pass the sewer rate legislation then the
city would be forced to get rid of the legislation to borrow that money
because they wouldn't be able to pay it back. The result would mean even
higher rates for residents.
In related issues, the Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing today at 6:30
p.m. as a forum for public comments on the future plant location.
Residents wishing to speak on how the plant might affect the waterways
and environment of the area were notified to contact the Ohio EPA to
request time.
City public service director Tracie Davies said Wednesday that the city
officially lifted the moratorium on new developments that would send
wastewater into the Main Street lift station on Sept. 15. The Ohio EPA
sent a letter back to the city on Oct. 3 confirming its support for the
Tonight's council meeting will see the first reading on nine new
ordinances, which would protect the TIFs set in place for residential
developments put on hold years ago when the moratorium was enacted. The
legislation would ensure the TIFs do not expire by Jan. 1.
Kruse said if council votes to kill the sewer rate hike ordinance, the
result would mean a windfall of changes. He said the moratorium would
have to be put back in place, the developments would halt again and the
city would receive no TIF funds.

Pleasant Valley Fire Dept. to hold open house
From J-T staff reports:
The Pleasant Valley Fire Department will be holding an open house to
demonstrate what the station's firefighters do best.
The event will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
According to a press release from the department, events scheduled will
be auto extrication demonstrations, a fire extinguisher class, the
MedFlight medical helicopter will be on hand, fire safety educational
material, free hot dogs, snacks and refreshments will also be served.
Plain City area Kiwanis, in cooperation with Pleasant Valley Fire
Department and Lovejoy's Market, Yoder's Hardware, ASE Feeds and Sutphen
Corporation will provide and install batteries and smoke detectors for
those in the area who have the need. Residents are asked to contact the
fire department to make arrangements. The Kiwanis club members will be
available to help install the new smoke detectors for those in need.
The Plain City area is home to two companies directly related to fire
service. The Sutphen Corporation is home to the oldest family owned fire
engine company in the United States. Started in 1890 by CH Sutphen, it
is now under the leadership of the fourth generation of Sutphens. The
fifth generation of the family is employed at the company, waiting in
the wings.
Sutphen is reportedly comprised of five factories with the main office
on Industrial Parkway. If you visit the Pleasant Valley Fire station
during the upcoming open house, a Sutphen fire engine will be there,
which was made just minutes away.
The second fire-related company is Invensys Controls designs, which
develops and tests smoke detectors called FireX. The plant is on U.S. 42
where Ranco Controls used to be located. If residents are in need of a
smoke detector, they may receive an Invensys Control detector from the
Pleasant Valley Fire station and Plain City area Kiwanis Fire Prevention

Awwwww shucks!
Area residents take top honors in corn husking competition

Sisters Mary Burns and Doris Rausch are outstanding in their field - of
corn, that is.
The two Marysville-area women earned first place in their respective
divisions at Saturday's Ohio Hand Corn Husking Contest at the Wyandot
County Fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky.
Mrs. Burns finished first in the Women's Senior division, husking 85.36
net pounds in 20 minutes. Mrs. Rausch shucked 118.75 pounds in 20
minutes, finishing first in the Women's division.
Their brother, Carl McCarty of Plain City, finished second in the Men's
Open division, shucking 308.85 pounds in 30 minutes.
Richwood-area resident Brian Matterson finished second in the Men's
Youth division, husking 77.04 net pounds in 10 minutes.
Husking, or "shucking," is accomplished with the aid of a hand peg, palm
hook or thumb hook. A few hardy souls husk bare-handed.
In a husking contest, competitors are accompanied down rows of standing
corn by a team of draft horses or mules pulling a "box" wagon with a
"bang board" attached. As the contestant walks the rows of corn, he or
she tears each ear of corn from its shank, the woody portion attaching
the ear to the corn stalk. At the same time, the contestant tears the
husks off the ear then tosses it into the wagon, sometimes bouncing it
off the bang board.
Each contestant is accompanied by a timekeeper and a "gleaner" who picks
up dropped or missed ears and stuffs them into a feed bag. Husks left on
the ears and corn missed in the field are counted against the husker.
Contests are held rain or shine, in hot humid weather and in raw chilly
weather. Saturday's weather fit the latter description to a T.
Rausch said she husked worse Saturday than she has ever husked in her
life. The corn was planted very late and it was green and tough. The
ears hadn't dropped yet - a sign of drying corn - and the husks hugged
the ears tightly.
Rausch and her siblings represent 235 years of life experience and just
about that many years of experience shucking corn. They grew up on a
small farm near Irwin, where their dad was the hired man. The house is
where all seven children in the family were born.
"We were the next thing to a church mouse, we were so poor," McCarty
said. "But I've never complained of my upbringing."
"We always had food and a place to sleep," Rausch said.
The eldest of those children, McCarty remembers hitching up the mules -
named Sam and Myrt - and spending all morning in the fields filling up a
farm wagon with ears husked from standing corn. He would then unload the
wagon with a scoop shovel, drive the mules back to the field, and begin
"We always had to work," said Burns, the second oldest.
Hard work and farming stayed in their blood, however. Although Burns and
McCarty now lease their land to other farmers, Rausch still helps on the
family dairy farm on Industrial Parkway, feeding "bottle calves" morning
and night.
The McCarty family also includes sisters Betty, Doris and Arleta and
brothers Glen and Ray Jr. All but Glen, who resides in Naples, Fla.,
live in and around Marysville. The siblings try to get together monthly
for dinner and fellowship.
Today's corn husking contests are reminiscent of the large competitions
held in the days before mechanized harvesting. Competitions then drew
hundreds of spectators, according to McCarty and his sisters.
They were not only an event where fit young farm men could show off
their prowess but also served as a social function.
The national hand corn husking contest will be held in Marshall, Mo.,
this weekend. It will draw contestants from nine states, including Ohio,
Indiana, Nebraska, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, and

Two arrested after robbery
From J-T staff reports:
Two people have been arrested after a woman was beaten and robbed at
Lewis Park Monday night.
Marysville Police have arrested a 17-year-old male from the 800 block of
Collins Avenue and William Troutman, 18, of 209 Windsor Court for
aggravated robbery.
According to police reports, a woman was exercising on the tracks at
Lewis Park Monday at 11:22 p.m. As she was walking around the track she
noticed two males were also in the area. She passed them twice and on
the third time, one of the men struck her in the face and then the
second person began assaulting her.
The woman reported she fell to the ground and one of the men began
trying to choke her. She struggled and the suspects then asked for any
money or property she was carrying. She gave them the money and was let
The woman said the suspects told her to "leave and not to look back."
But the woman did look back as she left and saw the two suspects
standing near the apartments beside Lewis Park at Grove Street. She was
able to walk to a nearby house and call for help. She had received a
laceration to the face from the assault and was later transported by
Marysville medics for care at Memorial Hospital of Union County. She was
treated and later released.
Police were later able to use her information on the location of the
suspects to make the arrests.
When police received the call from dispatchers they arrived on the scene
at the Lewis Park location and saw signs of a struggle on the walking
tracks. Officers then noticed a suspicious man go into the second unit
of a nearby apartment complex.
Police reported they questioned the man and noticed his legs had wet
grass stains on them.
Inside the apartment was another man, who had similar wet grass stains
on his legs and feet.
Both were arrested and held until the woman was able to confirm they
were the suspects who had robbed her.

JA board ponders event fee request
Jonathan Alder School Board members were met with an interesting
suggestion during the pubic comments portion of last evening's meeting.
Billy McCartney, a Jonathan Alder graduate, asked the board to consider
allowing student admission rates for college students attending high
school sporting events.
McCartney is a student at The Ohio State University.
Only current high school students are eligible for the student rate at
sporting events. McCartney felt it would be fair to also give the
discount to college students able to present a valid student ID.
He cited that many college students, specifically those just out of high
school, are in much the same financial situation that many high students
are in, i.e. covered by their parents' insurance and going to school
John Adams, board member, brought up the point that people at various
stages of their lives are now returning to college therefore possessing
valid student IDs.
"Where do you cut it off?" Adams asked.
McCartney also suggested that the district reconsider selling family
value passes to cover admissions to athletic events.
He cited his own family when he was a student, in which he and his
siblings were in simultaneous sports causing his parents to invest quite
a bit of money into weekly sporting event admissions.
"It's sad to think a family wouldn't be able to see their kid play,"
McCartney said.
Superintendent Doug Carpenter said the family pass has been tried in the
past with little success.
Several board members suggested that perhaps a school group, for example
Student Council, could consider a family pass sale as a fund-raiser.
"I think there is a lot of merit into looking into it and seeing what
the possibilities are," board member Stever Votaw said.
McCartney said he would be happy to help in any way he could.
Votaw reminded the board during his legislative report about the
upcoming Madison County Commissioners meeting to be held at Tolles
Career and Technical Center. James Phillips, board member, said he would
be in attendance.
Phillips gave the Tolles Career and Technical Center report. The
center's new name is gaining attention and has had a positive reception.

He also reported that at September's meeting, the Tolles board approved
Dean Ortlieb as public safety services coordinator for the adult
education program.
Phillips also commented that at a recent meeting for high school
basketball officials he was approached by several officials who were at
Jonathan Alder's first home football game.
Phillips said the officials commended the school for providing a
pleasant experience especially in regard to good sportsmanship. This
year Jonathan Alder launched a new sportsmanship program, which includes
the reading of the sportsmanship mission statement before each Pioneer
sporting event.
"It obviously left a positive impression in that they sought me out,"
Phillips said.
The board approved a revision of the drug and alcohol testing of bus
drivers which is policy No. 4171.
Carpenter explained that the district was advised by its insurance
company to change the language to safeguard against the tampering of
specimens used to test for drug and alcohol use.
Carpenter also asked that the board pass a motion of urgent necessity
for companies working on the volunteer athletic field. Carpenter said
the urgency of the motion was only due to timelines in regard to the
finishing of the high school athletic fields in conjunction with the
start of the fall sports season.
The board adjourned into executive session to consider the appointment,
dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of a public
employee. No action was taken.
The next regular board meeting will be Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.
In other news, the board:
. Approved the five year forecast.
. Presented commendations to Mary Ann Roberts for her work on installing
the cafeteria debit system and to Travis Newsad for outstanding PSAT
. Received congratulatory plaque from architects McDonald, Cassell and
. Accepted the resignation of Rick Kitchen as assistant softball coach.
. Approved employment of substitute teachers Dustin Bair, Karey Barnes,
Julie Beachy, Jason Benton, Angela Buckley, Charles Benesh, Jennifer
Brill, Jeffrey Burwell, Alice Chambly Stephanie Fitz, Amanda Griener,
Holly Ingle, Jack Sanford, Martha D. Schenk, Beth Smith, Joyce Schmid,
Danielle Whited and Mary D. Yoder.
. Approved employment of extra curricular staff Kelly Hicks ? P.C.
Student Council; Alison Benton ? P.C. Declamation advisor; Elizabeth
MacDowell ? P.C. volunteer Declamation; Anne Krummrey ? MON Student
Council; Janet Johnston ? MON Declamation advisor; Alycia Brehm ?
science club advisor; John Glatz ? P.A.T. teacher for Jessica Kuthy at
$1565 no exp.; Sue Palmer ? Bold advisor.
. Approved to employ Lynn Whatley and Meredith Abbott as daily building
substitute teachers; Alissa Wilson as a teacher; Monica Whaley as an ESL
tutor at $20 per hour (not to exceed 20 hours per week).
. Approved employment of junior high coaching staff Harry Shade ?
seventh grade girls basketball coach; Robert Wehner ? eighth grade girls
basketball coach; Tom Vargo ? Jr. High track coach; Ron Thomas Sr. ?
junior high assistant track coach; Cindy Wolfe ? pep club advisor for
grades fifth through eighth; Steve Votaw ? volunteer freshman basketball
coach; John Snively ? varsity softball assistant; Steffanie Contini -
volunteer cheerleading (tumbling and choreography); Bruce Gerber ?
volunteer girls basketball; Elizabeth Kienle ? girls basketball; Chris
Herring ? assistant JV baseball coach; Sean Martin ? assistant varsity
baseball coach; Chris Ford ? volunteer baseball coach.
. Approved the service agreement with the Madison County Board of Mental
Disabilities for the 2005-2006 school year.
. Approved in-lieu of transportation requests for Elaine Hays for Hunter
Hays (third grade) and Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Hedgecock for Benjamin
Hedgecock (second grade) ? both students to attend the Marburn Academy

Richwood to ask for extension on grant
The village of Richwood is in a use it or lose it situation.
The village is currently sitting on $132,000 of grant money that was to
be used for infrastructure improvements at the Richwood Industrial Park.
But the grant is slated to expire in November and the village has no
project in motion to spend the dollars.
Union County Economic Development Director Eric Phillips said there is a
project the village could initiate with the funds, but it would require
an extension to be granted from the state. Phillips said the odds of the
state approving such an extension on the grant are 50/50 but added that
he is crafting a request that could work.
He said the industrial park is in need of a pump station for sewage, an
issue debated by the designer of the park and former village
administrators. Poggemeyer Design Group has maintained that the pump
station is necessary, according to Phillips but village officials felt
it was not.
Phillips said the cost of the pump station and the additional sewer
lines to complete the park would cost $203,000. The money would cover
the cost of the pump station alone, however, estimated at $118,000.
Phillips said with the pump station in place, the village can secure
grants for the additional lines if additional businesses commit to the
Phillips was also at the meeting to update the officials on enterprise
agreements. The village has currently allowed two such tax abatements,
one to Marcy Industries and one to MAI Manufacturing.
Phillips said the Marcy Industries was given the abatement in March of
2004 for capital improvements it was planning to make which would have
resulted in additional jobs for the village. The work fell through and
the jobs were never created.
The Tax Incentive Review Council recommended rescinding the abatement, a
move Marcy Industries agrees with. Council voted 6-0 to rescind the
offer and the issue will now go on to the county commissioners for a
final decision.
Council also voted 6-0 to continue a tax abatement for MAI
In other business, council:
. Accepted the bid of Rinehart, Walters, Danner and Associates to
provide insurance for the village at a cost of a little more than
$23,000 per year.
. Received an updated draft o the Union County Economic Development
agreement. Council will either approve or reject the draft at the later
. Dealt with a parking issue on Ottawa Street in which a resident
received a parking ticket despite having receiving council approval in
1985 to park in the space.
. Rejected two permit applications submitted by an area builder. Council
members voted 6-0 against the applications after several members noted
that the previous project by the company was not completed in a
satisfactory manner.
. Heard from police chief Rick Asher that he would like to see the fines
for parking tickets increased. Current tickets carry a $5 fine and he
would like it increased to the $100 range.
. Learned that the Union County Sheriff and Union County Commissioners
have donated a 2001 Ford Explorer to the village police department.
.Voted 6-0 to hire James Dew as the new village zoning inspector

Local man dies in Delaware  area crash
From J-T staff reports:
A Marysville man died over the weekend as a result of a one-car crash in
The Delaware Police Department reported this morning that Paul A.
Troesch, 24, of 17015 Robinson Road died as a result of injuries
suffered in a crash Saturday at 2:26 a.m.
Troesch was reportedly speeding in his vehicle as he drove northbound on
Troy Road in Delaware. He attempted to make a right hand turn but lost
control, going into the front yard of 515 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Police reported that Troesch then made a large "doughnut" turn in the
yard and continued eastbound on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The crash was allegedly caused after Troesch reached speeds of around 60
mph in a 25 mph zone and his vehicle vaulted over some railroad tracks
on the road. He lost control and slid sideways into a telephone pole.
The pole struck the driver side door of the vehicle, causing extensive
injuries to Troesch.
A passenger in the vehicle, Jaison Kridler, 26, of Delaware was  injured
in the crash.
Both were reportedly transported by medics to Grady Memorial Hospital
for care. Troesch was then MedFlighted to Grant Medical Hospital, where
he died later that day from his injuries.
Delaware Police reported that alcohol appears to have been a factor in
the crash.

Arson believed to be cause of Sunday fire
A homeowner suffered minor injuries after his mobile home was set on
fire by an unknown person Sunday.
Marysville Fire Chief Gary Johnson said this morning that an
investigation has begun concerning arson at 277 Magnolia Drive.
Assistant Marysville police chief Glenn Nicol reported that the
homeowner returned to the home at around 10:40 p.m. and reported to
dispatchers that a "sudden fire" began at his house.
The man received slight injuries as a result of the fire and was
transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County for treatment. He was
later released from care.
Nicol reported that sometime during the fire the man's car was also
stolen from the property. The vehicle was later found at 6 a.m. today a
couple blocks away on Spruce Drive.
Details on the arson have not been released at this time and the
investigation continues.

Personal Needs Pantry helps out with necessities
Editor's note: This is the eighth in a weekly series of articles
submitted by the United Way of Union County that will run during the
course of its annual campaign. Each week will feature a different United
Way program. This week's article features the Union County Personal
Needs Pantry.
Cinda Speakman took her full shopping bag and boarded the UCATS van to
head home. The 80-year old resident of the Richwood Civic Center was one
of a dozen senior citizens who made the monthly van trip to the Union
County Personal Needs Pantry last week to stock up on cleaning supplies
and bathroom necessities such as toothpaste and deodorant.
"I'm on a limited income and any of the stuff I get is helpful,"
Speakman said. "I probably would have to go without it until I would get
my check the first of the month."
Speakman is one of the hundreds of individuals and families who will
utilize the United Way Member Agency this month to supplement their own
stock of personal hygiene and household cleaning items. The Pantry
provides items that can't be purchased with food stamps, including basic
necessities such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo, trash bags, laundry
detergent, and dish soap. What began as an outreach program of Trinity
Lutheran Church in Marysville in 2000 has become a countywide program
that serves over 400 households a month. That's 10 times more than the
40 families a month that were helped five years ago.
"I would say that over half of the families who utilize the pantry are
working poor," said Barb Snodgres, a Pantry volunteer and Task Force
Member. "They have a job, but it may be something that pays not much
more than minimum wage. A lot of them are single mothers. If there are
two adults in the family, one has typically just lost their job. The
senior citizens who use it are typically those who are trying to live
off of social security.
"I think Union County has always been perceived as a low-unemployment
area. And it is. But that has made our cost of living higher than a lot
of the surrounding areas. So we have this group of people who are having
to pay high rent, and they don't have the income to support it."
The Union County Personal Needs Pantry helps those on fixed incomes to
stretch their budget, providing a modest amount of items to get them
through the month. Products typically will not be name brand, but are
most appreciated by the clients who access the Pantry after being
referred there by another social service agency, school, church, or
"We had a lady who actually counted and knew how many squares of toilet
paper she would need to get her to the end of the month," Snodgres said.
"She said she was ashamed to admit that she would sometimes go into a
public restroom, pull off so many sheets of toilet paper, and stuff them
in her purse.
"There are mothers who really have to count the diapers and be frugal
with the diaper wipes," Snodgres added. "I'll think about that when I'm
changing my grandson's diapers. These mothers know the baby has a dirty
diaper, but he just has to sit in it for awhile because they don't have
any more money and they have to make this pack of diapers last until the
end of the week. Or maybe the baby has diaper rash and there's no cream
to put on. It just breaks my heart because I can't imagine not being
able to do that for the baby."
Snodgres says that in addition to its annual United Way allocation, the
Pantry needs consistent support from the community throughout the year
to keep the shelves stocked. Both financial and actual donations are
needed. Baby items, diapers, and deodorant are always in high-demand.
The Pantry recently applied for $5,000 in emergency funding from the
United Way of Union County on top of its regular quarterly allocation to
get them through the year. But because of depleted funds, United Way was
unable to provide the grant. United Way did award a $5,000 in additional
emergency funding in 2004.
Fast facts about the Union County Peronsal Needs Pantry:
.2005 United Way allocation was $20,000 (or 44 percent of its budget).
.Is staffed entirely by volunteers.
.The Pantry stocks the following items:  toothpaste, toothbrushes,
shampoo, deodorant, facial tissues, toilet paper, feminine needs, paper
towels, bleach, dish detergent, laundry soap, baby diapers, baby wipes,
trash bags, Band-Aids, light bulbs, cotton balls, Q-Tips, hair brushes,
combs, and cleaning supplies.
.The Pantry is open Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9
a.m. to Noon. It's also open on the first Thursday of every month from
noon to 2 p.m.
.The Pantry is located at 209 S. Oak St. in Marysville and online at

City to start house arrest monitoring program
From J-T staff reports:
A Marysville Municipal Court probation officer acted as the guinea pig
for a newly announced program to help curb jail population through house
Judge Michael Grigsby announced Wednesday that the city will start an
electronically monitored house arrest program for non-violent offenders.

A press release explains that the program works by allowing certain
offenders the option of electronically monitored house arrest for a
specified time in lieu of serving jail time. The offender agrees to the
conditions of the program, the probation department writes a schedule of
allowed activities for the offender and enters the schedule into the
central monitoring site. Part of those rules can include rules such as
being forbidden to drink alcoholic beverages.
The release states that a tamper-resistant bracelet is placed on the
offender's ankle or wrist during their time to serve. The bracelet works
with the person's home phone and constantly monitors the offender's
activity, such as the time they leave or return home, or if the person
attempts to tamper with or remove the bracelet. The central monitoring
site then compares the reported activity from the offender with the
allowed activity and reports unauthorized moves to the probation
If a violation is reported, the probation department investigates the
activity and takes appropriate action.
During the time specified in the schedule, the offender manages to make
no violations the person has successfully completed the program.
It is something that has been in ongoing discussions with Tri-County
Regional Jail director Robert Beightler. The director has been urging
area court systems to use the program, because prior cities have seen
its positive results.
Marysville chief probation officer Craig Resch put the program to the
test in his own home.
"I wore the ankle bracelet," Resch said. "And then I set up a schedule
of when I was supposed to be at home."
He discovered the system worked out well. The bracelet works in
conjunction with the phone system, which randomly calls to check on the
offender's presence at the house.
At one point, Resch said he decided to leave and violate the schedule he
set up. He explained that if a offender going through house arrest
violates the ordered schedule then a report is immediately filed with
the court system. In the morning the violation is investigated.
Resch said when he left his home the system reported the exact amount of
time he was gone and when he returned. He said if it were an actual
offender, a similar violation would mean going back in front of the
court. The person could either get jail time or receive a full sentence
for violating parole.
Beightler has reported that the program could feasibly reduce jail
population; the expense to the public of supporting offenders; provide
real sanctions by limiting the activities of offenders while allowing
them to work; allow offenders to support their families and meet their
The Marysville Municipal Court reported the house arrest system is
primarily funded through user fees paid by offenders and compliments the
court's existing call-in monitoring system.

Full scale fire drill held at county jail
The plan was to evacuate every single prisoner at the Tri-County
Regional Jail for a full scale fire drill. The only problem is that it
was going to be the first time in the jail's history that administrators
had ever attempted to do it.
For months jail director Robert Beightler planned the fire drill
evacuation, seeking approval from jail board members and making sure
security was going to be in place. The date and time of the drill was
even changed several times to keep people on their toes.
At the Thursday afternoon jail board meeting, assistant director James
Davis reported that the fire evacuation was finally pulled off.
"It went very well," Davis said.
He said they chose an early morning time to avoid many security issues.
After all was said and done, the administrators were able to evacuate
inmates successfully.
According to Davis' break down of the drill:
. 7:05 a.m. - Inmates and staff were called to evacuate.
. 7:10 a.m. - All inmates were secured outside.
. 7:15 a.m. - Everyone was counted and documented.
. 7:29 a.m. - All 130 inmates were back inside their cells and the drill
was over.
Davis explained that the evacuation did not include "high risk/high
security" inmates, because of obvious reasons. They stayed put, with
security watching over.
Holding fire drills is not new for the jail, he said, as they are
required to be held quarterly. But this was the first full scale
evacuation of the prison.
"Not a lot of (prisons) do that," Davis said. "I'm sure that some have,
but not to my knowledge."
He said the purpose of the drill was to fine tune their policies
regarding the evacuation. The only issues that arose were the need to
repair a malfunctioning county radio microphone and to make sure all
staff are properly accounted for throughout the event.
In other discussions at the bi-monthly jail meeting:
. Members approved and passed the 2006 jail budget.
. Discussion was held on state budget House Bill 66, concerning jail
inmate medical costs. A new permanent section in the law would limit the
county's costs for medical services provided to jail inmates off site
and outside of the jail. If the jail doctor determines that an inmate
needs care that cannot be provided at the jail, the outside health care
provider (hospital, doctor, laboratory or pharmacy) may only charge a
price that does not exceed the Medicaid reimbursement rate established
for that service or drug.
Board members felt the new section of the law could save the jail money.

"This should have a substantial impact," Davis said.
. Davis reported that Urbana University will be sending an intern to the
jail. Student Kim Baisden will be a new intern, conducting interviews
with inmates in order to analyze what programs can be created to help
them better themselves during their prison stay. She will begin on
. A representative from the Ohio Reformatory for Women will begin a
parenting class for inmates. It is scheduled to last six weeks and will
teach such issues as financing and life skills along with parenting
help. It will be free of charge.
The only issue concerning the program, Davis said, is that the average
time inmates stay at the jail is 11 days. They will need to determine
which inmates would be available to complete the entire course.

N.L. residents asked for input on tax issue
North Lewisburg residents will have a chance next week to attend an
Income Tax Public Hearing at the village municipal building.
Last month during a special meeting, Council passed a motion to put a .5
percent income tax levy on the Nov. 8 ballot.
If passed, the money generated from the income tax will go toward
emergency services for the village.
Mayor Dick Willis explained the urgency of the issue at Thursday's
regular council meeting .
"It's important that we find new money in our community to continue to
provide the current services and we feel the income tax is the fairest
means and in the best interest of our community," Willis said.
The Income Tax Public Hearing will be held on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The
village administrator and mayor are encouraging residents to stop by and
ask questions.
Gary Silcott, village engineer, reported that the waterline project for
the new wastewater treatment plant went out to bid last month.
Silcott recommended to council that it pass a motion to accept the
lowest of the seven bids, which was received from Howard Contractors.
Howard came in at $28,200 under the engineer's estimated cost for the
waterline project.
In contrast, the village only received one bid on the water meter
project, which was almost $200,000 over the engineer's estimated cost.
The bidding was limited due to requiring a certain water meter or
equivalent be used.
Silcott recommended to council that it re-bid the project and open it up
to all interested meter companies. He also asked that the money saved on
the waterline project be added to the estimated cost of the water meter
project bringing the new estimated cost up to $328,200.
Silcott also reported that talks with the Ohio EPA which have been
routinely slowing down the wastewater treatment project have become more
The EPA has run tests and has unofficially changed the classification of
Spain's Creek to an exceptional pristine cold-water habitat. It has
since been using this new unofficial classification to impose very rigid
discharge limits specifically in the case of ammonia.
The new limits, which are the strictest in the state, decrease the
current limits by 150 percent. Since the stream's classification will
not be officially changed for some time, the EPA has agreed to allow the
village to keep its current limits until 2007. The EPA has also
increased the allowable levels of suspended solids and loading limits
for the future plant.
Ideally if construction goes as planned, the new plant will be in
operation for six months before the new limits take effect.
The council passed a resolution to support State Issue 1 on the November
ballot. The issue will authorize the state of Ohio to issue $1.35
billion in bonds to pay for or help local governments pay for the cost
of public infrastructure capital improvements.
Issue One's predecessor program has helped to fund 14 projects in North
Lewisburg since 1990 at a total of $4.2 million. Only $1 million had to
be paid back all in zero interest loans.
Curtis Burton, council member, announced that the North Lewisburg
Business Association would be sponsoring a Halloween pumpkin decorating
contest and a costume contest. Those wishing to enter the
pumpkin-decorating contest will be able to pick up their pumpkins on the
afternoon of Oct.22.
The next council meeting will be Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
In other news:
. Leaf Pick-Up will be from Oct. 21-Nov. 21.
.Beggar's Night will be Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. The pumpkin-decorating
contest and costume contest will be before trick or treating.
. The North Lewisburg Business Association will be sponsoring activities
before the Winterfest Christmas Parade on Dec. 17. Council plans to put
together a float for the event.
. The North Lewisburg Business Association will meet on Nov. 7 to begin
discussing plans for the 2006 community fall festival.


Shy student steps up for Katrina Victims
Because a normally reserved pupil stepped out of her comfort zone and
organized a fund-raiser, victims of Hurricane Katrina will receive
blessings from St. John's Lutheran School.
Bethany Elchert, an eight-grader at the parochial school on Route 736,
raised $1,262 for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Fifty percent of
that money was matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for a total
of $1,893. The money was sent to Luthern World Relief.
Bethany's idea was "Wear A Hat to School Day." Pupils and adults were
allowed to wear a hat to school if they contributed $1 or more to a fund
for hurricane victims. Her idea created a whole lot of fun at the
school, according to principal Herb Mock.
"The way they came in in the morning was really neat," Mock said. "They
all showed up with hats in good taste. They had a blast."
Bethany, described by Mock as "bashful," felt compelled to reach out to
those in need after seeing the devastation left by the massive storm
while viewing television with her mother.
In the process, she fulfilled an eighth grade religion class requirement
to complete a service project. She outlined her idea in letters
addressed to Pastor Jack Heino, who teaches the religion class, and
Once she received their approval, she made an announcement at chapel and
saw that parents were notified via a flier sent home with the pupils.
Finally, Bethany stood in the doorway wearing a "bucket" hat she
purchased at Old Navy collecting money as the pupils paraded into the
school sporting head coverings of all shapes and varieties.
"I was surprised," Bethany said of the satisfying amount of money
collected. "I was only expecting about $200 or $300, but I guess a lot
of the parents and teachers chipped in."
"I think she was kind of overwhelmed with the response," Mock, also a
St. John's math teacher, added. "She also grew as a result of it. She
allowed the opportunity for a lot of the kids to shine."
 "Even the youngest of our students responded with a great joy in
giving," said school secretary Charlene McKay in a school newsletter.
She was writing about Michael Powers, a kindergarten pupil, who brought
in the entire contents of his piggybank to give to the flood victims.

Authorities rounding up dead-beat parents
$180,000-plus owed for support
Area law enforcement recently put the clamp down on deadbeat parents in
Union County, who owe a combined $186,052 in child support.
Deputies from the Union County Sheriff's Office and officers from the
Marysville Police Department worked together Tuesday searching for 13
suspects accused of not paying court-ordered child support to Union
County children. The move was part of a statewide Child Support
"This is a combined effort between the Union County Prosecutor's Office,
the Union County Child Support Enforcement Agency and law enforcement,"
Union County Prosecutor David Phillips said, after announcing his office
would participate in the program. "We've made the prosecution of
criminal non-support cases a higher priority ...  CSEA has exhausted its
efforts to get compliance with the court orders and all of their effort
has gone for naught. We have little choice but to now use the criminal
justice system."
The 13 persons sought to be arrested as part of the round-up are
reported to owe 18 children a total of $186,052.64 in support.
According to the Union County Prosecutor's Office, the child support
sweep resulted in the arrests of:
. Jeffrey E. Feucht, 282 Magnolia Drive, who owed $16,524.75 for one
charge and $14,046.73 for another.
. Corey S. Baldwin, already incarcerated in Orient, who owed $11,143.80.

. Jennifer Kearns, no address available, was arrested on Sept. 27 for
owing $9,710.78.
. Jason Hendrickson, who is believed to be from Milford Center, for
owing $4,802.07 and $7,259.68 on two counts.
. Michael Kater, 21821 Raymond Road, for owing $14,445.98.
. Brett Conley, no address available, was arrested on Sept. 28, for
owing $12,359.92.
Law enforcement officers are still looking for:
. Chad Welch, 137 Hemlock Drive, for owing $21,604.26.
. Damien Sharp of Westerville for owing $15,687.71.
. Richard Ogden, 199 Taylor Ave., for owing $9,422.53.
. Richard King of Hilliard for owing $11,103.94.
. Erica Webb of Cardington for owing $20,658.47.
. Todd Gaunt of Westerville for owing $13,170.24.
. Tracy Lansing, 120 Bridgewater Drive, for owing $4,111.78.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said even though once a year the
issue gets more attention, the round up is something law enforcement has
been working up to for some time.
"Something like today brings it to everyone's attention," Golden
explained. "But it is an ongoing process."
He said that officers have been working on indictments for more than a
month regarding the 13 nonsupport suspects.
Golden said some of the suspects were already incarcerated and were
located in other prisons around the state. He also touched upon why some
parents do not keep up with child support. Is it a case of parents
refusing to pay, or simply not paying because they cannot afford it?
He said the answer is a combination of both. Some avoid paying child
support from the beginning and move away to avoid detection. Others try
to pay but get so far behind in payments that they stop paying
"Ultimately, it comes down to their character and integrity," Golden
When people shirk their responsibility as parents, he said, sometimes
the law has to step in, in order to hold them responsible.
"Children have to be our first responsibility," he said.
Phillips said his office has taken over representation of the Child
Support Enforcement Agency at the request of Department of Jobs and
Family Services director Joe Float, and said he has an assistant
prosecutor assigned to the child support division.
"Joe and I both felt that having the prosecutor's office represent the
agency was a win-win situation. We have better coordination of
enforcement efforts than in the past," Phillips said.

Tour of Homes set for weekend
The 2005 Union County Tour of Homes at Walker Meadows is Saturday and
Nine custom homes - some are completed and others are in various stages
of construction - will be open, plus a series of family events presented
by Walker Meadows' developers, builders and realtors and the Union
County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Walker Meadows is located off of Route 38 near Boerger Road. Homes are
located at: 705 Meadow Ridge Way and 920, 975, 959, 945, 939 and 929
Walker Woods Lane.
Walker Meadows is the newest executive housing development in Union
County. When completed, the 45-acre residential development will feature
56 custom-built homes - many on expansive treed lots overlooking the
greens of Marysville Golf Club - water fountains and peaceful wooded
reserves. The community will also feature 26 luxury condominiums.
The tour will feature several family events, including:
. A 5 K walk-run for United Way of Union County.
. Honda's latest models by Honda of Marysville.
. Union County Humane Society Adopt-a-Pet and Designer Dog Houses.
. Children's Activity Zone by the Child Care Network of Union County.
. Farmer's Market.
. Pumpkin Patch.
. Safety, fire and police displays.
. An electric interactive display by Union Rural Electric.
. ReMax hot air balloons.
. Custom home tours.
Admission and parking are free of charge.
The tour will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on
Sponsors of the event include Memorial Hospital of Union County (which
will provide family health information), Sky Bank, Lawyers Title, Sonny
& Sons Sprinkler Systems, HER/Real Living in Marysville, ReMax Winners
in Marysville, Giuliani Builders, Dyas Homes and Ross Realtors.

Magnetic Springs: the ebb and flow
Once a booming resort community, officials look to disband village
Magnetic Springs is a village of 350 residents, built on a water
industry that dried up years ago.
More than 125 years after the first spring was discovered the village
may soon be absorbed into Leesburg Township. Council members voted
unanimously Sunday night to contact the state about dissolving the
"The village council at Magnetic Springs has had to deal with these
problems for many years. Most of the problems are completely outside the
control of the council. How do you completely reestablish the economy of
a town without any business or industry? How do you repair streets,
remove snow, provide fire protection and carry out all the other duties
for the town without a financial base?", asks attorney Robert Parrott,
who volunteered as the village's solicitor for 10 years. "We tried."
The town of Magnetic Springs is different from most other communities.
Its entire economy and structure was based on just one industry. When
mineral springs were discovered in 1879, people started coming to the
area to drink the water and use the magnetic water to bathe in as a cure
for various ailments. So many came for this purpose that a town was soon
established to accommodate those visiting the springs, writes Parrott, a
local historian whose grandparents lived near the community during its
Magnetic Springs was originally called Kokosing after a tribe of Wyandot
Indians. However on Jan. 31, 1881, the name was changed to Magnetic
Springs because of the magnetism and medical qualities of the water,
wrote the late Ted and Mae Hall who documented the community's history
several years ago.
The springs were apparently discovered accidentally when Ed Newhouse was
planting a nursery. In digging out a bed of fine gravel, a pit was left
and a fish pond created. In the first season, additional water was
needed so Newhouse and his partner, Millard Langstaff, decided to drill
a well. They were rewarded with a bubbling sparkling flow of water,
wrote the Halls.
"The water was strongly invested with magnetic qualities so that a knife
blade dipped in it would lift and hold a nail for some time," wrote the
Halls. "Surveyors ran into difficulties when they laid out the lots.
Round and round the compass or needle would always point toward the
A Presbyterian preacher from Richwood was the first person to receive
help from the unusual water. He visited the spring daily, drinking the
water and bathing in barrels. He reported a complete cure from his
serious kidney disease and reportedly told Newhouse that he was
committing a sin by not using the waters in a greater way to heal the
When word spread of the miraculous cure, others came with their wooden
tubs and a community was born. Within three years a total of 14,000
baths were reportedly given.
Several springs were dug with each reportedly offering its own curative
powers. People sought treatment for neuritis, rheumatism, nervous
disorders, Bright's Disease and polio.
"People came from great distances when the news was passed around.
Everyone would carry the water home to drink," the Halls wrote.
The Prince of Iran reportedly visited the springs in 1918 and U.S.
President Warren G. Harding was a regular visitor. President Grover
Cleveland had casks of water from Magnetic Springs delivered and served
on the White House table. Guests would arrive by carriage or car, take
the trolley to town or fly into the airport at Magnetic Springs, Parrott
Seven hotels would eventually be built in the Leesburg Township
community located along Route 37, along with a skating rink, many bath
houses, dozens of rooming houses and cottages, archery ranges, a dance
pavilion, vaudeville stage, golf course, grocery, hardware, drugstores,
livery stables, hacklines, jewelers, billiard hall, bakery, restaurants,
photo gallery, meat market and creamery. "Fancy trees" from Michigan
were purchased for a public park that included a bandstand and large
Boat races, horse shoe tournaments and a trolly line from Delaware,
along with steam boat rides were also available, along with an amusement
park that included an alligator pond and lion.
The Halls wrote, "Newhouse dammed the creek for a small steamboat ride
up and down the water. The price of the ride was 50 cents, but only six
or eight (people) could ride at a time. Above a steep ramp ...
horsepower pulled the boat from the stream and by greasing it with soft
soap this oversize rowboat could cause more excitement with your best
girl on a holiday or Sunday afternoon than any other attraction for
miles around as it slid into the creek. The water would splash
interested bystanders before they moved away. The hack would bring folks
here from the interurban and it added to the novelty of the place."
Parrott writes that Magnetic Springs had great success as a spa resort
from 1879 to the 1940s. Reportedly during prohibition, gambling moved
from Columbus to the top floor of a hotel in Magnetic Springs with FBI
raids a regular event.
Things began to change for the community after World War II when
significant advancements were made in medicine. New drugs were developed
which replaced the use of mineral water as a treatment for ailments.
Bath houses and hotels closed. Other businesses moved out of town. By
the 1970s and 1980s the town was left with rundown hotels, useless
boarding houses and cottages and few businesses. Many of the community's
younger members moved from the town.
With the old boarding houses too large for homes and the cottages too
small for residents, the properties became rentals and the town soon had
a larger than average non-permanent population, Parrott writes.
As a teen visiting his grandparent's farm near the village, Parrott said
Magnetic Springs was the "greatest ghost town."
Long-time resident and former mayor Jesse Conrad, whose grandfather
built one of the hotels, said Monday that the council's action came as
no big surprise.
"You can't run a village with no funds available. I hate to see it
happen," Conrad said.
With no building code, the village is dotted with houses in disrepair
and wells with sewage.
Mayor Robert Baughman said two wells in the village had to be redrilled
when sewage was found in them. A condemned house needs to be removed but
the village doesn't have the $7,000 needed to take it down. Baughman
said the storm sewer system is 100 years old. When the county installed
a sewer drop a couple years ago they found that half of a 24-inch line
was filled with mud.
The village currently operates on a 5-mill levy that collects $11,000
for the general fund. Baughman said annual expenses include $4,500 for
liability insurance and $3,440 for salaries, leaving the balance to
cover gas and electric costs plus the fee for a financial officer. The
village has no zoning officer or solicitor.
Residents will no longer pay the levy if the village is dissolved,
Baughman said, although they will pay a township levy. He predicts the
biggest changes could mean speed limit changes, the elimination of
mosquito fogging and snow plowing.
John Mahoney with the Ohio Municipal League said it is rare for villages
to seek dissolution. He speculated that over the past 50 years only a
dozen villages in Ohio have dissolved their incorporation powers. More
common, he said, are villages that become absorbed into larger cities.
He said he believes the dissolution will require a vote of village
A representative of the Ohio Attorney General has been invited to the
Oct. 17 meeting at Magnetic Springs to discuss the process.

Unionville Center nixes contract with county
J-T correspondent
The Unionville Center Village Council held an unadvertised special
meeting on Sept. 19 to review property nuisance ordinances.
During this meeting, which may have been held in violation of the Ohio
Sunshine Law, council also voted not to contract with Union County for
building inspections and went into executive session to discussion
personnel matters. Minutes of the special meeting were read at the
regular meeting on Oct. 3.
Mayor Gary Drumm did request that the clerk advertise future special
meetings in the legal notices section of the newspaper.
Nuisance ordinance 521.10 sections A through F are being invoked against
Arthur D. Burchett regarding his property at 340 Railroad St. The
unoccupied building is reportedly in disrepair and has been labeled a
health risk by the Union County Health Department.
At the October meeting, council voted to send Burchett a certified
letter requiring that he show some action toward removing the building
within two weeks from receipt of the letter with work completed at the
conclusion of 30 days from the end of the initial two week period.
Burchett was present at the meeting and stated that he would be
contacting his attorney about the situation.
Drumm said the lawsuit involving the property owners of the Third Street
extension is still pending. Attorney Jeffrey Merklin will be at the Nov.
7 meeting to answer any questions concerning the lawsuit.
One snow removal bid was received but it was rejected because the salt
portion of the bid was too high. Council is again calling for sealed
bids for snow removal to be opened at the Nov. 7 meeting. All bids
should include proof of insurance. Bids can be given to clerk Karla
Gingerich or brought to the meeting.
Beggars Night will be on Monday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Council members and residents met on The Green prior to the meeting to
determine a permanent location for the stage. The stage will be moved
farther east along Main Street from its current location and back
slightly from the street. A railing will be built around the sides,
skirting will be added around the bottom and a roof added.  The
electrical service on The Green is inadequate for usage during the
Charles W. Fairbanks Family Festival. The service will be increased to
200 amps and an underground wire will be run to the stage.
Resident Wanda Daum offered to donate the materials to replace the front
step to the council building. Council accepted her offer and council
members will do the installation work.
Council discussed the need for an ordinance prohibiting living in a
camper. The matter was tabled for later action.

Jerome Township extends PSO program through end of year
The Jerome Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously during Monday's
regular meeting to extend the public safety officer program through the
end of the year in spite of financial concerns.
The township's contract expired with the Union County Sheriff's Office
on Sept. 30.
Jerome is not alone in its struggle to balance increasing costs for
officers to patrol just its community. The Public Safety Officer (PSO)
program began several years ago through a federal grant whereby
townships were responsible for a portion of the officer's salary. The
Union County  Commissioners agreed to cover the cost of an officer's
vehicle and equipment. The grants have since expired and townships are
now responsible for the total cost of the officer's salary.
For Jerome Township that means nearly $150,000 annually for three
officers to patrol the township 16 hours a day, seven days a week. One
day of the week - Saturdays - the township has 24-hour coverage.
Jerome splits the cost 75 to 25 percent with Millcreek Township.
Millcreek reportedly has approved the three-year contract.
Tom Morgan, chief deputy, presented a contract that was similar to the
previous contract, but trustees Sharon Sue Wolfe and Freeman May said
they were not ready to vote.
"I've got a problem with signing it tonight," May repeatedly said.
Wolfe, in previous meetings, has voiced concern that the officers are
spending more time serving the businesses in the community, than the
Morgan's statistics told a different story.
Calls for service from Sept. 1, 2004 through Sept. 1, 2005 totaled 3,319
with 470 coming from the business district and 2,849 from the rest of
the township.
Trustee Ron Rhodes presented a motion to accept the contract, but the
motion died for lack of a second.
Wolfe asked clerk Robert Caldwell about the condition of the township's
general fund. Caldwell said the township's reserves in the general fund
are approximately $500,000 and renewing this contract would cost
$140,000 from that total in 2006. He affirmed Rhodes comment that the
Union County Auditor has told the township they have plenty of reserves
until July 2006.
When it appeared that Wolfe was ready to move on to other business,
Caldwell pointed out that the contract had expired and the township
would be without coverage other than the basic services. Wolfe didn't
seem bothered by the situation, asking, "Are they going to go on
Concurring with Caldwell, Rhodes said, "The contract is over with the
PSO program... We have no PSO program."
He then presented a motion to extend the PSO contract through January
2006. Wolfe and May said they would agree to Dec. 31. The motion passed
Morgan then asked when the sheriff's department should return to discuss
the contract. Rhodes suggested returning after the November election.
May and Wolfe are both running for re-election.
Rhodes later asked about action taken at an "emergency meeting" on Sept.
23. Rhodes was not at the meeting and noted that emergency meetings are
to be called only in matters concerning the health, safety and welfare
of the township residents. Wolfe and May hired an interim zoning
inspector at the meeting. Wolfe said she couldn't remember the pay
scale. May stated that Bill Berry was being paid $20 an hour and working
only by appointments. The past zoning inspector was paid $8.60 an hour
and required to maintain office hours.
Rhodes asked Wolfe to justify the salary. She offered none.
Rhodes voiced concern about a zoning hearing that needs to be conducted
prior to Oct. 20. Wolfe and May apparently are not going to be
available. Wolfe said as of tomorrow morning she was "unavailable for
the rest of the month." May said he would be available until Friday.
In other business:
. Sheriff's deputy Scott Anspaugh shared his experiences in Gulf Port,
Miss., recovering bodies after Hurricane Katrina.
. May and Wolfe passed a resolution stating that the county engineer
staff is not to repair any signs unless a resolution is passed by the
board. Rhodes abstained.
. Trick or treat in the township was set to coordinate with that of
Dublin and Plain City. It is Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
. Following the recommendation of the Union County Engineer, the board
unanimously agreed to establish a 25-mile per hour speed limit on Ward


Magnetic Springs to dissolve
From J-T staff reports:
Magnetic Springs may soon be no more.
The council of Magnetic Springs is requesting that the state of Ohio
step in and dissolve the village.
Four of the five council members along with Mayor Robert L. Baughman met
Sunday in a special meeting for 30 minutes to unanimously pass a
resolution that sets in motion the village's dissolution.
"I hate to see it," Baughman said today.
Struggling finances and citizen apathy has finally led to this drastic
"We are unable to act as a governing body any longer," states a letter
to the Ohio Attorney General and signed by council members Carol Verity,
Rex Pierce, Rick Murphy and Kathy Cantrell and Mayor Baughman.
Reasons for this drastic move include:
. The fact that there have been open seats on council many years and no
one runs. Every councilman, except one, has been appointed. No
candidates have filed for the council's open seats in this November
. The village has been without a treasurer for three years because no
one is qualified or wants the job. "We had to hire someone from outside
the village and he is quitting at the end of this year."
. The clerk's position was appointed when a financial officer was hired.

. The village has been without a zoning officer for more than a year.
. The village has been operating on a 5-mill tax levy and that is not
enough. It expires this year. "We have a 15-mill on for November and the
outcome is doubtful."
. No one comes to the meetings and hasn't for years.
. The village has no legal representation because it can't find someone
and can't afford to pay for the service.
"We are tired of beating our heads against a wall," states the letter.
A representative of the Attorney General has been invited to the next
council meeting on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. to discuss the dissolution.

Woman arrested  after incident at local fire department
From J-T staff reports:
Police were called to the Marysville Fire Department over the weekend,
after a woman carrying a butcher's knife smashed the glass door of the
Charges are currently pending against Taffyne Steinhoff, 37, of 230
Cypress Drive for vandalism and felonious assault for the incident.
According to Marysville police reports, Saturday at 6:21 a.m.
dispatchers received a call from the fire department concerning a woman
who had just broken out the door. She was carrying a large butcher's
knife in her right hand. During the incident the woman had repeated cut
her wrists and body with the butcher's knife and a large amount of blood
was reported at the scene.
When police arrived, Steinhoff was still holding the knife and began
threatening officers with the weapon. Officers stunned Steinhoff
repeatedly with a tazer while placing her under arrest. Drugs and
alcohol were not believed to have been a factor in the incident.
Officers had taped off the crime scene as they made their investigation.

Fire chief warns of dangers of candles
Editor's note: The following information was supplied by the Marysville
Fire Department.
Marysville Fire Chief Gary Johnson warns the public to use candles
"As your fire chief, I want you to recognize this danger and learn the
ways you can prevent a candle fire in your home," Johnson said.
Used safely, candles can offer fragrance and create a calming and
welcome mood, adding a glow to the holidays and be an important part of
religious observances, but easily start a fire if left unattended.
 A burning candle without human supervision is a disaster waiting to
happen, Johnson writes.
The most important thing to remember is to make sure candles are used
safely. If you use candles, follow this safety advice:
. Place candles on stable furniture, in sturdy holders that will catch
dripping wax.
. Never leave a candle unattended.
. If the power goes out, use flashlights for illumination, not candles.
. Keep candles away from all things that can catch fire.
. Place candles on higher furniture, where they won't be knocked over by
children or pets.
. Never place lit candles in windows, where they could ignite blinds or
. Don't allow children or teens to have candles in their bedrooms.
. Ask questions about the candles and candle-holders you buy.  There are
new standards that major suppliers will follow, to make sure the candles
and candle-holders won't break, tip over, or otherwise malfunction in
ordinary use.
. Extinguish candles carefully, using a long-handled candle snuffer or a
soft, directed breath. Be careful not to splatter wax when
Our department is joining forces with NFPA during Fire Prevention Week
"Use Candles With Care - When you go out, blow out!" October 9-15, 2005
to raise awareness of important causes of home fires and the steps
people can take to avoid them. Candle safety is one of our top fire
safety priorities here in Marysville, during Fire Prevention Week and
all year long.
"If you use candles in your home, please 'candle with care.'"

Turning Point offers abused women support they need
Editor's note: This is the seventh in a weekly series of articles
submitted by the United Way of Union County that will run during the
course of its annual campaign. Each week will feature a different United
Way program. This week's article features Turning Point.
She knew it was going to be a bad night by the way he slammed the car
door shut when he got home. She'd been living in fear all day, knowing
what kind of night it might be when he came home from work. Sure enough,
she could tell by the way he walked in the door. The sound of his
footsteps told the kids that it was time to split, get out of the way,
or hide.
She'd been sneaking calls to the hotline for weeks. He'd recently gotten
out of jail for a domestic violence charge and now was more controlling
than ever. He would call her every 20 minutes to make sure she was home
and wasn't on the phone. As soon as he hung up, she would call the
hotline and talk for a few minutes, then nervously get off the line to
await his next check-in. She wasn't allowed to go anywhere without him.
She had no car keys. She was literally a prisoner in her own home.
These tales of fear were related by Donna Thomas, Victims' Rights
Coordinator for Turning Point, a United Way Member Agency that offers a
number of programs for victims of domestic violence. She assists women
and their children through real life nightmares, helping those who
remain in abusive relationships cope with the daily struggle and helping
those who get out of their abusive relationships rebuild their lives.
"I had a client who had a broken jaw," Thomas said. "We took her to the
hospital to have the jaw re-wired and the entire time we were at the
hospital, she kept saying that she needed to talk to the jail chaplain.
So when we got back, we made that connection. She wanted the chaplain to
tell her husband that she would not cooperate with the prosecutor. Her
level of fear was so intense because she knew he wasn't going to be in
jail forever, so she wanted to make sure that he knew she wasn't going
to cooperate with the prosecutor."
Thomas says that after an immediate crisis of danger has passed, victims
often wonder if they made the right move by leaving a relationship. They
become overwhelmed, thinking about how they're going to pay the rent,
find day care, feed the kids and pay the bills "if he's not here."
That's where Turning Point can help. Providing emergency shelter, food,
transportation, individual and group education, support groups, victims'
rights advocacy, information, referral, and children's programs, Turning
Point offers women a safe, viable option to the terror they are living
with at home.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, providing another
opportunity to inform and educate the general population about the
magnitude of the problem. Turning Point served 378 Union County
residents last year and is on pace to surpass that total in 2005.
Statistics show that the issue crosses socio-economic lines, affecting
low-income, middle class, and wealthy families alike. Turning Point
officials say that there is an increase in the number of older women
utilizing its services. Women in their 50's who have waited until their
children have grown up and left the house before ending the relationship
with their abusive spouse.
Perpetrators are not necessarily the young adult male stumbling home
from a bar with alcohol on his breath abusing his wife when he gets
"He's not the stereotypical character," said Thomas. "He's an executive.
He's a doctor. He's your plumber. He's the helpful guy at the store who
always goes to find what you need."
That's why Thomas says it's critical that family members and friends who
know someone in an abusive relationship lend an ear, listen and believe
the stories they are being told.
"It starts out with emotional abuse," Thomas said. "People who are
abusers have low self-esteem and a low self-image. They are very
fearful. So they need control of their surroundings to feel comfortable.
That's one of their reasons for isolating their victims. They make it so
their victim no longer has friends and is uncomfortable going to family.
Then there's nobody telling her that this doesn't look right.
Victims can utilize Turning Point services even if they are still in the
abusive relationship. They don't even have to go to the Marion shelter
for help. Turning Point offers a weekly Peer Support Group that meets
confidentially in each of the six counties it serves. Victims can also
schedule one-on-one meetings with professionals who will meet secretly
with them to discuss their situations. Thomas says the agency can even
help those who recognize their own fault.
"I had a call one day from a young man who called because he saw that he
was starting to treat his girlfriend the way his father treated his
mother. I started talking about our services and he responded by saying
he already knew about our services because 'I was there in your shelter
with my mother when I was younger.' He reached out for help and
recognized what he was doing."
.2005 United Way allocation was $20,000 (or 2 percent of its budget).
.Staffs a 24-hour, 7-day a week crisis hotline at (800) 232-6505.
.Offers a Web site at .
.Turning Point recently moved into a new facility which has more space
for clients and office space. Twenty two rooms in a former assisted
living facility have been converted for use.
.98 percent of domestic violence victims are women.

Hospital  to sell medical building
From J-T staff reports:
Memorial Hospital of Union County will sell a medical building it owns
at 279 Stocksdale Drive.
Board of trustee members heard Thursday night that the property,
currently leased by Northwest Oral and Facial Surgeons, will be
purchased by that group for $205,000.
Trustees also heard that plans for a Mill Valley facility are moving
along. Tenants are being sought and it is hoped ground can be broken
before winter.
In other business, the board:
.Heard Memorial Hospital President/Chief Executive Officer Chip Hubbs
say that Memorial Physicians Inc., (MPI) has formally dissolved. The
local medical corporation went out of business after nearly 10 years of
service in Marysville.
.Heard Hubbs say land owned by the Union County Commissioners at
Coleman's Crossing is not the ideal place at this time for an urgent
care center. A reasonable short-term compromise would be to locate the
center in an office already operated by Dr. Thomas Baker.
.Heard Hubbs say the hospital declined an invitation from the Tri-County
Regional Jail to supply medical care to its inmates.
.Approved the following medical staff appointments - John Craker,
certified nurse anesthetist; Laurie Reiley, physician assistant; James
Sample, DO, third year residency; and Cory Vaudt, DO, third year
.Granted an additional privilege to Gregory Knudson, MD, urology, to
include laparoscopic nephrectomy.
.Tabled an extension of provisional status to Marla Maxwell, MD, family
.Heard about an article in Business First magazine which describes a
new1,500 acre medical facility in Dublin that will be operated in
conjunction with the Ohio State University Medical Center. The news both
surprised and caused him concern, Hubbs said.

Keeping tabs on those who wander
Program will allow deputies to find lost citizens with mental disorders
A new program beginning at the Union County Sheriff's Office could help
keep victims of mental disorders safe and give their families some piece
of mind.
Sheriff Rocky Nelson announced that a program called "Project Lifesaver"
will soon be available in Union County. It is geared to help victims
with mental disorders or degenerative diseases who are in their
"wandering" stages.
According to a sheriff's office press release, a lost person with
Alzheimer's or other dementia-related illnesses can represent a critical
emergency for law enforcement.
"They are unaware of their situation; they do not call out for help and
do not respond to people calling out to them," the department reported.
As a result, nearly half of these victims will die and many can become
injured or fall victim to predators if they are not located within 24
Reportedly, more than 5 million people in the United States have
Alzheimer's. That number is expected to triple by 2050. Well over 50
percent of these people wander and become lost.
Nelson explained that Project Lifesaver relies on radio technology and
Union County deputies who are specially trained in search and rescue.
The clients that are enrolled in the program wear a personalized
wristband which emits a tracking signal. When caregivers notify the
sheriff's office that their family member is missing, law enforcement
begins searching with a mobile locator tracking system.
He said Project Lifesaver has reduced the search time for victims from
hours and days to just minutes. In more than 1,000 searches there have
been no reported serious injuries or deaths.
"Most often, the person who is located will be disoriented, anxious and
untrusting," Nelson said. "Our rescue teams are well trained on how to
approach the person and return them home safely."
According to organizer Dick Douglass, in the springtime Nelson contacted
him about the possibility of starting up the program in Union County.
Douglass said the Union County Council on Aging immediately decided to
provide funding toward the project and will soon hold training sessions
at the Agricultural Services building. He also began speaking with law
enforcement in Ross County, where Project Lifesaver has been in effect
for several years.
"Right away I was interested," Douglass said. "Because there are a
number of seniors in the community and I knew it would be attractive to
He discovered it was a "proven program" that showed results fast. Ross
County has seen dramatic improvement on locating wandering patients
since starting the program in its community. The Union County program
will also include help for children and adults suffering from autism.
Douglass said expanding the program to include other forms of dementia
was exciting for the amount of good it could bring. He said the program
was too important to "wait and see, while people sat around and talked
about it."
He is now working with Nelson to get Project Lifesaver up and running in
the county by the end of the year. Deputies from Ross County will be
providing training to local law enforcement.
"It's an honor to be a part of this program," Nelson said.
County residents interested in enrolling in the program before it
officially begins, may contact the Project Lifesaver coordinator and
sheriff's deputy Kim Zacharias at 645-4100 (ext. 4471).
Zacharias will send an application form to the interested caregiver. The
completed application must include a letter of support from the victim's
physician. Upon receipt of the application and the physician's letter, a
board of qualified professionals will review the application and
determine if the candidate is appropriate for inclusion in the program.
Once the application is approved, Zacharias will meet with caregivers to
fill out a candidate profile and program contract.
When these forms are completed, the candidate will be outfitted with a
transmitter and the caregiver will be introduced to a Public Safety
Officer who will conduct a monthly check and replace batteries.