Teen injured by bull
The condition of an area teenager seriously injured by a
is not known.
MedFlight representative Todd Bailey confirmed
this morning that the
Allen Center helicopter squad transported a 17-year-old
male from the
area of Hidden Farms Road Saturday at 2:23 p.m.
"He was run
over by a bull," Bailey said.
Initial television news reports allegedly
stated that the male was gored
by the bull, which he said is not
Bailey said he could not provide the name of the injured male,
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) laws.
said the male was taken to the Ohio State University Medical
for care. Information on his condition is also unavailable from
hospital due to HIPAA laws.
The Marysville Fire Department would not
release any information
on the incident.
No report was filed concerning
the incident through the Union County
Sheriff's Office which reportedly sent
a deputy to the scene when the
MedFlight helicopter arrived.
OSBA to honor Richwood's Wiley
From J-T staff reports:
Gene Wiley, who recently retired from the
Delaware-Union Educational Service
Center (ESC) and Tri-Rivers Joint
Vocational School District (JVSD) boards,
is among five public school
board members named to the Ohio School Boards
Association's (OSBA) 2006
All-Ohio School Board. The board members will be
recognized with the
association's highest honor on Nov. 15 during the 51st
Capital Conference and Trade Show in Columbus.
OSBA names one board of education member from each of its
five regions -
Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest -
to the All-Ohio
School Board. The award recognizes outstanding service
to public education
and represents the dedication shown by thousands of
board members across the
Wiley, a 34-year school board veteran, represents OSBA's Central
He served 13 years on the Delaware-Union ESC and Tri-Rivers JVSD
and previously served 16 years on the North Union Local Schools
and five years on the old Union County board.
He was elected
president and vice president of all of those boards
numerous times through
the years, and was president of the
Delaware-Union ESC Governing Board when
he retired. The ESC serves seven
local school districts and career
Over his long career Wiley was involved in many school activities.
was the presenter for the Tri-Rivers Career Center Senior Awards and
Lautenslager Distinguished Service Awards, and was active in North
baseball. Delaware-Union ESC, in announcing his retirement, said, "As
member of the DUESC Governing Board, Wiley helped steer the ESC
a period of growth and changes, balancing the needs of students
making sound business decisions.
"During his tenure, Wiley was
instrumental in supporting and instituting
alternative education programs
that have gained state and national recognition."
He participated in the
OSBA Capital Conference, NSBA conferences and was
a three-time OSBA Board
Leadership Institute graduate. Wiley was honored
with the Ohio Educational
Service Center Award in 1995 and 2002, and was
recognized for his decades of
service by OSBA in 2002.
His community work includes service with the Free
& Accepted Masons,
Scottish Rite, Shriners and Richwood Fair Board. He
also is a member of
the U.S. Trotting Association.
His colleagues, in
nominating him for the All-Ohio School Board, wrote,
"One of (Wiley's) many
qualities is his willingness and ability to
engage others and listen to their
opinions. . Mr. Wiley is
well-respected by all he meets and interacts with.
He is able to find
common ground in critical discussions and has the unique
reflect enjoyment and meaning in what is being discussed or
"He always makes people feel appreciated and respected through
demeanor and responsiveness. He has a sincere regard for being
and organized for meetings and functions, and takes pride in his
a board member."
The other honorees and the districts they serve
are: Kathleen Bates,
Miamisburg City Schools; David Belden, Port Clinton City
Brooks, Mahoning County ESC and Mahoning County Career &
Center; and Larry Good, Muskingum Valley ESC.
Director Richard Lewis will recognize the All-Ohio School
Board members on
the final day of the Capital Conference, a four-day
convention that draws
more than 10,000 of the state's school board
treasurers, business officials and other school officials.
Board candidates are nominated by their respective
school boards; OSBA
regional committees then select the five winners.
A lifelong Union County
resident, Wiley and his wife Peg live in
Richwood. They have three
The Ohio School Boards Association is in its 51st year of service
public education and represents the state's public school
members. OSBA's services include management consulting,
education through training programs and workshops, policy
legal services, legislative initiatives, management
superintendent and other executive searches, information,
employee relations and communications.
Area resident to
Dorothy Ballard Parrott will celebrate her 100th birthday at an
house in her honor Sunday, Nov. 5, at Magnetic Springs United
Church from 3 to 5 p.m.
The event will be hosted by her
children, Richard (May) Parrott, William
(Sally) Parrott and Kay (John)
Mrs. Parrott was born Nov. 2, 1906, in Magnetic Springs at "The
Hive," a rooming house owned by her grandmother.
On April 4, 1931, she
married Donald D. Parrott, who died in 2002. He
was a co-founder of Parrott
Implement Company in Richwood.
The omission of gifts is requested.
City considers water rate increase
By RYAN HORNS
night city council meeting was full of debate
about raising water rates and
The first reading was held on an ordinance proposing to raise
rates again for the city of Marysville.
According to the ordinance,
"The Water Master Study recommends certain
fee increases to finance long-term
capital improvement needs." The
minimum monthly bill for a single family home
was $22.36 in January. The
changes would raise that rate to $24.15 in January
2007 and $26.08 in
January 2008. The ordinance is sponsored by councilman
David Burke and
mayor Tom Kruse.
Council President John Gore said that the
ordinance was not fully
endorsed by the finance committee.
"I wish it
would come with a lesser increase," councilman Dan Fogt said.
that lower increases now might lead to higher rate increases
The public hearing of the proposed water rate increase ordinance
scheduled for the Nov. 2 council meeting.
In another matter, Greenwood
Colony residents discussed flooding at
South Park located off Route
Roland Seymour, an Oak Knoll Court homeowner, said the nearby
Pointe Development has caused more flooding than ever before. He
the conditions have brought on some 250 geese.
"Now we have constant
water out there," Seymour said. "All of this could
Several other residents also voiced criticism of Adena Pointe and
increased flooding. Resident Mike Robinson said the issue of whether
not the park is a wetland keeps changing, depending upon whether or
it benefits a new development.
Gore said only the Army Corps of
Engineers can determine what is a
wetland, but agreed that something could be
done about relocating the
wetland to a more productive area. He added that
council plans to hold
Adena Pointe to fixing the flooding problem and that
the city also has
plans for drainage tile repairs. Gore referred the issue to
public service committee for further discussion.
topics, the first reading was held on a resolution for a system
incentive policy for expanding businesses and corporations.
would reportedly promote growth and development.
It would mean no increased
costs for residents, Burke said.
"Businesses can utilize system capacity fee
incentives in order to
realize savings up front and potentially invest
additional dollars into
their facilities or hire additional employees," the
Companies considered for this would need three of the
Create more than 50 jobs, have private investments exceeding
have an average yearly payroll exceeding $50,000 per employee,
total yearly average payroll of at least $5 million or be within
city's overall development plan.
In other business:
. Jim Cesa and
Kandy Burch of Community Action Partnership spoke about
their Home Energy
Assistance Program (HEAP) which offers help to area
residents dealing with
the high cost of heating and weatherizing their
homes. A total of $92,000 is
set aside for residents between Nov. 1 and
March 31 based on eligibility. For
more information, contact Burch or
Cesa online at www.caodmu.org or 642-4986.
Police Officer Don McGlenn was awarded employee of the
quarter for his work
in the drug investigation field and his community service.
. As gratitude
for enjoying life in Marysville for the past 25 years,
Hank and Marianne
Burbee donated 25,000 daffodil flower bulbs to the city.
. The Woods at
Mill Valley Homeowners Association representative Laura
Steven spoke to
council about installing speed bumps to control traffic
in the neighborhood.
Gore asked the Public safety Committee to take a
look at the issue and come
back with a decision.
Memorial Hospital renames support agency
Union County Hospital Association (UCHA) officially merged into
County Health System (UCHS) and donated $275,000 to Memorial Hospital
Union County with $20,000 earmarked for a museum display chronicling
hospital's heritage and history.
UCHA has been in existence for more
than 50 years and was originally
formed as a fundraising arm to support
construction of the hospital. The
group now support the hospital and has
partial ownership in Health
Partners, MPI, MPI Real Estate, The Marysville
Surgery Center, The Morey
Medical Building, among others.
The group is a
private not-for-profit organization with its own
Current board members include Dave Allen, Jesse
Conrad, Norm Renner, Gerry
Dackin, Jim Mayers, Karen Long, Norm Herron,
Kathleen Sehnert, Hank Berbee
and Jerry Born.
Chip Hubbs, CEO/president stated in an earlier correspondence
UCHS would be changing its name to UCHA given the more
historical name in the community.
During Thursday's regular
meeting, the hospital board remembered the
late Ann Allen who was a board
member since 1995.
Hubbs has asked the county commissioners to consider
naming two new
board members before the January scheduled board retreat to
Park Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. Hubbs said this would allow
incoming board members an opportunity to acquaint themselves with
other board members.
In other business:
. The hospital has signed a
new audit contract with Blue and Company.
Earlier this year the
administration said they were disappointed with
the auditing firm of Plante
and Moran and wanted to sever ties. Approval
from the State Auditor is
required for such an action. Hubbs informed
the board the hospital has
received state approval to sign with a new firm.
. The board selected the
winner of this year's holiday card design for
the hospital and the Gables at
Green Pastures from approximately 40
entries submitted by the North Union
School District students. The
winner will be contacted this week and will
receive a $50 gift
certificate to Toys-R Us and $50 savings bond.
board adjourned into executive session to discuss trade secrets
litigation. No action was taken.
. The board approved the 2007 operating
budget for the hospital and the
Gables at Green Pastures; the purchase of a
64-slice CT scanner; a
donation from the Plain City Lions Club for $1,000 to
be used towards
the CT scanner.
. Various medical staff matters were
approved including the appointment
of Dr. Charles Municrief as
secretary/treasurer of medical staff
leadership. Also approved were conflict
of interest disclosures for Dr.
Michael Conrad and Dr. Charles Municrief due
to changes in medical staff
leadership. Robin Slattman will be named the new
chief nursing officer.
She replaces Jackie Haverkamp, former vice president
of nursing. Hubbs
explained that only the job title has changed and that
have the same duties. Slattman formerly worked for Community
Hospital in Defiance. She will start on Dec. 11.
charities will receive $8,000. For a second year, the hospital
has opted to donate funds originally budgeted for holiday
gifts to medical
staff and board member to area not-for-profit groups.
The next board of
trustees meeting will be Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
Scaring for a cause
Local man's haunted house to benefit charity
Whalen's House -O-Screams is open to anyone looking for a good scare
Monday and Tuesday.
Halloween enthusiast Steve Whalen, 29, has been
working for weeks to
convert his two-car garage at 1041 Van Kirk Drive to a
He began planning in August while at the beach. His
two-fold ? "to share the fun" and to raise funds for the local
"If you want to hear something really scary talk to
rheumatoid arthritis," Whalen said.
Whalen should know. He
was diagnosed three years ago with rheumatoid arthritis.
devastated," Whalen said about the diagnosis.
The disease left him in
constant pain and unable to pick up his child or
play football. At one time
he was taking eight pills a day to control
the pain. After three years of
trying different medications, Whalen said
he takes three pills a week and is
just "kind of sore all the time."
A year ago when the pain became manageable,
he finally felt good enough
to swing a hammer and continue a boyhood
tradition of making haunted houses.
"It was a miracle," Whalen said when
he could raise his arms above his
head. "Like a prayer was
Whalen credits his older brother, Michael, with his fascination
fear. He said the brothers were "enemies" growing up, except
Halloween. "That was the only time we did something together. We
To their mother's frustration, the brothers created a haunted
attracted hundreds of people annually with broken windows and a
"We never went trick or treating," Whalen said.
But they always
ended up with at least one bag of candy that was dropped
by a scared person.
He said they hit the jackpot one year when four bags
were dropped. "We always
The brothers continued their scary ways throughout college, but
and health concerns led to a lapse of six years in their haunting.
with his training in mechanical engineering, the Whalen
is definitely high-tech with television screens, timers,
black lights, music and a fog machine. It also includes a
gravestones and spider web fence in the yard, plastic skull on a
and "bloody" board.
Those who make it through the haunted house will
have a chance to watch
other people going through via a live night-vision
camera. Whalen said
his brother will be helping him out with the haunting
Whalen warns that his haunted garage is scary, but not gory. He
want to create any nightmares, just to have people walk away with
smile on their face.
It is definitely not for small children, Whalen
adds. At the end of the
drive way, Whalen's wife, Andi, will oversee the
Treats for Tots corner.
Whalen's House-O-Screams is open Monday from 7 to
10 p.m. and Tuesday
from 6 to 10 p.m. All donations go to the local arthritis
"This is something I can do to help a cause," Whalen
City park to go smoke free
From J-T staff reports:
of Marysville in partnership with the Union County Health
announced today that beginning Nov. 1 Eljer Park will be a
Steve Conley, superintendent of parks and recreation
for the City of
Marysville, and Martin Tremmel, health commissioner for the
Health Department hope the new smoke-free environment will help
model healthy behaviors for youths.
"Tobacco kills more Americans
each year than alcohol, cocaine, heroin,
homicide, suicide, car accidents,
fires, and AIDS combined. It is our
goal to prevent youth from becoming
tobacco users. Role modeling
non-smoking behavior as well as providing
smoke-free environments will
assist in reaching this goal," said
Each day many children throughout Marysville and Union County
Eljer Park to take part in organized activities and to enjoy the
structures, making the park an ideal setting for promoting
"It is critical that we teach our children the dangers of smoking.
of the best ways to do this is through role modeling, and
smoke-free play environments is a big step in the right direction"
In addition to role modeling healthy behavior, city park
county health officials hope to preserve the beauty of the
scenic environments from discarded cigarette butts, which take
years to decompose.
While city park officials hope park patrons will
self-enforce this new
initiative, the restriction will be enforceable in the
same manner as
all other park rules, outlined in City Codified Ordinance
(1). The ordinance states that all park visitors must obey all
signs. A violation of this provision constitutes a minor
For more information on parks in the City of Marysville,
interested may call 642-0116. For information on stop smoking
developing smoke-free policies or other resources, please contact
Union County Health Department at 642-2053.
Stopped in their tracks
City caught off guard by closing of two rail
crossings at once
By RYAN HORNS
Monday saw the unexpected closure of both
the Main Street and the
Delaware railroad crossings. As a result, traffic
lined up in downtown Marysville.
Marysville city officials scrambled to
find out what was going on with
the CSX railroad crossing repairs. By Tuesday
the Main Street crossing
was open, then this morning at 8 a.m. the Main
Street crossing was closed again.
According to city officials, the
Delaware Avenue crossing is expected to
open later today.
To clear up any
confusion, Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse explained what has
been happening with
the CSX railroad crossing work. He said the CSX
office in Indianapolis
reportedly did not schedule the work time on the
tracks for the Marysville
CSX workers to get the job done on Delaware
Avenue. As a result, both
Delaware Avenue and Main Street ended up
closed at the same time.
said the city appeared to have no authority over the situation,
until he made
a call to Ohio Rail Authority representative Susan
Kirkland, and learned that
CSX should have asked the city before closing
down the Main Street
At the Marysville Police Department, assistant chief Glenn Nicol
officers will be out helping the drivers. The city has turned Maple
Elwood streets into three-way stops to facilitate traffic flow.
will also have officers out there at peak times." he said.
drivers to avoid the high traffic area by using Fifth
Street to get to the
Kruse said he learned CSX cannot close any city road without
permission. With this new information, he informed the CSX workers
they were to finish the work on Delaware Avenue before closing the
Street crossing for repairs. CSX workers had already begun tearing
the Main Street crossing, so they were told to put it back together
reopen the roadway by Tuesday. It was expected to stay open until
workers completed the work on Delaware Avenue. Despite that request
crossings were closed today at press time.
Kruse explained the
timeline for area railroad crossing repairs:
. The Delaware Avenue railroad
crossing will open this afternoon. On the
original schedule Delaware Avenue
would have opened this past Sunday.
. The Main Street railroad crossing will
be closed for repairs beginning
today at 8 a.m., after the school rush hour.
It will remain closed
throughout the weekend and will reopen sometime on
. The Industrial Parkway railroad crossing will close Monday at 8
and will remain closed throughout the week.
City engineer Phil Roush
said it was frustrating to go to Delaware
Avenue on Monday and discover no
"We get just as frustrated as the residents do," Roush
Kruse said there needs to be better planning and coordination within
for the road closures that effect major traffic flows within
"Our goal is to work cooperatively," he said.
the city has had a hard time "working through the bureaucracy."
the city appreciates the patience drivers have had and his staff
is trying to
facilitate the repairs, but ultimately the work is in the hands of
"We understand it has been a rough summer with all the work being
Kruse said. "But there is light at the end of the tunnel and it's
to be a lot better."
Kruse said the city will provide further
notices to residents regarding
the railroad crossing closures.
Fire Chief Gary Johnson said that the crossing closures have
problems for his staff responding to emergency situations and
times have not been delayed.
"I'm more concerned about the long-term
situation with the railroad
track and where it's placed." Johnson said. "It's
always been a concern."
Johnson said the crossing closures are a temporary
"It's going to be a lot nicer once they are done - and much
safer," he said.
UCSO to promote Halloween
From J-T staff reports:
October is well known as a time when ghosts
and goblins and many other
creatures will be wandering the streets in search
of that "trick or
treat." It is also a night to be aware of
According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies will be out
full force to make that a reality, with the help of a grant from
Ohio Department of Public Safety.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson
reported that in addition to having
extra patrol officers in county
neighborhoods, the sheriff's office will
also have extra deputies patrolling
the public highways in search of
impaired drivers. The extra patrols on the
highways are funded through
the state grant.
"As always, we will be in the
neighborhoods watching out for the safety
of the kids as they make their
rounds from house to house," Nelson said.
"Our goal is to make this a fun
night for the kids and parents to see
that everyone returns home
Grant coordinator, Sgt. Don Eubanks said, "our streets will be
with kids and parents as they celebrate this day and the last thing
need is an impaired driver on the road."
Nelson said parents can do a
few things to help make the night safe.
Some tips are:
. Make sure younger
children are accompanied by an adult.
. Older children should travel in pairs
. Parents should know the route of your children.
. Stay on the
sidewalks and do not cut across yards.
. Avoid unlit houses and dark and
. Make sure your children have on reflective material or carry
reflective bag and a flashlight or other illuminating device.
children not to eat the candy until you have physically inspected
all of it.
Throw away any unwrapped candy or any other suspicious
"Halloween can be a memorable night for the kids and the parents and
is our goal to make sure it does not become a nightmare for
anyone," Nelson said.
Nelson reported that anyone who spots or suspects an
impaired driver is
encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 937-645-4110 or
Harness racing to stay at fair
Board approves two nights of action
Harness racing will return to a two-day competition at the Union
The fair's board of directors voted 8 to 2 during Monday's
meeting to schedule harness racing in 2007 on Sunday, July 22, at 1
and Monday, July 23, at 5 p.m.
The decision comes a month after
rumors circulated that the fair
directors were thinking about eliminating the
long-time staple because
of financial concerns. The turn around in thinking
appears to come
largely from the work of a joint committee of horsemen and
directors who have been meeting weekly.
Prior to the vote, John
Fitzgerald, representing the horsemen, offered
reasons for two-day racing and
suggestions about increasing interest in
Fitzgerald said two-day racing increases the fair's attendance
wagering. Wagering in 2005, when the fair had two days of
equaled $2,959. Wagering this year, with one day of racing,
$837. Other financial benefits brought to the fair by local
include $1,600 in rental for each of the five barns and $2,600
Also present at the meeting was Jerry
Knappenberger, general manager of
the Ohio Harness Horseman's Association. He
said there is more wagering
on horses than ever, but most is going out of the
state. He encouraged
the group to work together.
Ideas to increase profits
included having harness racing on senior day,
increasing sponsorships, and
offering community involvement such as
school trumpeters calling races,
celebrity racing, pony racing, mule
racing and 4-H racing. A youth program
could include puzzles, horse
trivia and pictures, along with a coloring
In other business:
. Directors were sworn into office. Re-elected
were Dale Madison, Tony
Bowersmith, Dwayne Smith, Gene Kirby, Crystal Ropp,
Billie Jo Humble,
Ruby Anderson and Kay Griffith. Elected for first terms
Digney, Rhonda Holbrook and Patty Madison. Brandon Nace
. The board voted to send letters to directors Dave Cook
Walls, both have missed three meetings.
. Dale Madison was
re-elected president and Ron Schilling was elected vice president.
Laurel A. Aiyana of Milford Center was hired as secretary. The
$300 a month. She has been assisting the board with grant
writing and was
among four candidates interviewed for the position.
. Kay Griffith was
rehired as marketing director. The position pays $600 a month.
Butcher was rehired as treasurer. The position pays $300 a month.
. Billie Jo
Humble will serve as a voting delegate to the Western Ohio
with Ruby Anderson serving as an alternate.
. Kay Griffith said uncollected
funds to date are $3,000. This compares
to $10,000 at this time last
. City administrator Kathy House addressed the board about
temporary and permanent easements for a lift station. The city
seeking .681 acres in a permanent easement for $4,162.73 and .218
in a temporary easement for $133.26. She said the fair board owns
acres valued at $12,225 an acre. The board took no action on
. An executive committee was appointed to review the budget.
members include Dwayne Smith, Billie Jo Humble, Tony Bowersmith,
Kirby and Kay Griffith. Also participating will be Kim Butcher of
finance committee and vice president Ron Schilling.
The next regular
meeting is Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Fair Board Office.
Richwood eyes rate
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
When things get old, they break down and with
that in mind Richwood
Village Council is looking to the future of the village
Village council is looking at ways to begin building money
that will be needed for the aging water and sewer
"We're throwing good money after bad," village utility committee
Von Beal said.
Beal said the utility committee has been looking at
ways to generate
money for repairs because the cash flow is currently not
Outside of planning for aging lines, Beal mentioned other projects
need attention, including:
.Catch basin upkeep.
.Mapping of the
village utility lines.
.Repairs to stop inflow and infiltration.
valves at village wells.
.An audit of wiring at the village utility
.Line looping to increase water pressure.
Beal said grant money
for such projects is drying up and nearly the only
way to generate more funds
is an increase in water and sewer rates.
Beal said the committee is looking
at increasing water and sewer rates
by $2.50 each. He said the average user
in Richwood pays a $59 monthly
utility bill, which would increase to $64. The
village has 891 water and
Beal said the committee also
considered a larger monthly increase, a
scaled fee system for customers who
use more water and a built-in 3
percent annual increase. He said the village
need to take action on the
issue by the first of the year.
.Discussed contracting with the county to handle all
inspections in the village. Currently the county handles all
permits as well as residential water and electric inspections.
Bill Nibert said the state is forcing municipalities to enforce
building codes and the only options are to have the county do
inspections or the village can hire its own. Nibert said the
would lose money if it hired its own inspector because the volume
work in the village would not generate enough permit fees to cover
.Voted 6-0 as an emergency to approve an annexation into the
of land into the village. The property will serve as a
residential construction site.
.Voted 6-0 to renew the village's insurance
at a cost of $21,000 which
is $1,600 less than last year's premium. The
coverage does not include
.Voted 6-0 to approve the
amounts and rates of the village's four tax levies.
.Learned that the work
on the new furnace at the town hall will begin this week.
.Heard that Nov.
6 will be the last day of brush chipping for the season.
leaf pick-up will soon begin and residents are asked to
use paper bags to
help with the collection process.
.Heard that ODOT will be repaving Route 37
in the summer of 2008.
Main Street rail crossing to close Monday at noon
More news was released
regarding city railroad crossing closures, as
they undergo repairs conducted
Marysville City Administrator Kathy House reported that CSX
its schedule for the Marysville railroad crossing repairs in
She said the Main Street crossing will close Monday at noon for
to begin there and continue through until the next week.
delayed Delaware Avenue crossing repair status was also updated.
the concrete panels will be set by CSX on Wednesday and the
will be laid on Thursday, weather permitting.
"CSX hopes to reopen the
Delaware Avenue crossing late Thursday or early
Delaware Ave. railroad closure extended a
Marysville officials report that residents will need a little
patience dealing with the Delaware Avenue railroad closure.
administrator Kathy House said that CSX has recently informed the
the closure of the Delaware Avenue rail crossing has been
extended due to
CSX's scheduling issues.
House said the earliest opening will be the week of
October 30, which is
one week later than expected.
announced, barricades have been installed on both sides
of the crossing,
preventing through traffic, which allows full access to
She also reiterated that alternate routes for motorists include
Columbus Avenue and Industrial Parkway to get to Coleman's
Boulevard, or using the U.S. 33, Route 4, or U.S. 36 bypass around
"We appreciate your cooperation in dealing with this short
inconvenience," she said.
Local man sentenced for arson
By RYAN HORNS
A Marysville man will spend
the next seven years in prison for setting
his home on fire in an insurance
Harold Wolf, 46, of 277 Magnolia Drive, was found guilty on all
felony charges against him after a two-day trial earlier this week
the Union County Common Pleas Court. Wolf was sentenced by Common
Judge Richard Parrott to six years for aggravated arson; 12 months
arson, six months for attempted grand theft; and six months
insurance fraud. The two arson-related charges were ruled to be
consecutively and the remaining charges were ruled concurrently. He
expected to be ineligible for parole until he has served five
"It was clearly arson," Union County Prosecutor David Phillips said
morning. "All evidence leads to Mr. Wolf."
He said by setting the
trailer on fire, Wolf put firemen and surrounding
Phillips explained that on Oct. 9, 2005 there was an
explosion at 277
Magnolia Drive. A neighbor testified he saw Wolf running
away from the
home, covered in burns.
Throughout the trial, investigators
with the Marysville Fire and Police
Departments, the State Fire Marshall's
Office and State Farm insurance
were able to prove Wolf had poured gasoline
throughout the home. He then
set the house on fire.
Phillips said that
unfortunately for Wolf's plans, the house had been
closed shut. Windows were
shut, and two doors were bolted. The result
was that there was not enough
oxygen in the home to support the house
burning to the ground. So when Wolf
opened the door to his garage, a
backdraft exploded out toward him, causing
burns to his face, wrist and leg.
Investigators then found burn marks,
consistent with poured gasoline,
throughout the residence, Phillips said.
There was even another 6.6
gallon tank of gasoline sitting on the floor, with
a trail of gasoline
leading to it. If the plan had worked, the result could
have been a much
larger explosion, it was reported.
Phillips said Wolf's
stories of the explosion were inconsistent. He told
police he was blown out
of the home through the doorway. He told a
neighbor the gas can exploded and
blew him into the stove. He told
insurance investigators an entirely
He said investigators found no evidence of an explosion
contents inside the home. The explosion only went into the
caused by Wolf opening the door. The explosion even resulted in
garage door buckling outwards.
"Nothing else moved," Phillips said.
"His story didn't make any sense."
Near the stove, where Wolf was allegedly
blown into, a lamp was found
still standing, cobwebs still on a candle and
the curtains unmoved, Phillips said.
Another clear sign was that Wolf
reportedly removed clothes and emptied
drawers inside his house. He also went
camping and took his cats along -
something he had never done before.
reason was because he loved those cats," Phillips said.
believed Wolf planned to burn the house down and collect
$48,000 in insurance money.
After the explosion, Phillips said Wolf filed the
insurance claim, which
included the alleged lie about the cause of the
Prosecution also pulled out Wolf's former neighbor from prison, who
testified Wolf had mentioned burning down their homes, since both
their trailers were for sale.
City resident challenges sign
By RYAN HORNS
As political signs begin sprouting up around town,
many residents may
not realize those signs could be contrary to city
According to the city's ordinance, signs are not allowed to go up
18 days prior to an election - in this case, Friday, Oct. 20.
Sixth Street resident John Babik would like city officials to
ordinance. Babik says the law is unconstitutional.
He put political signs in
his yard earlier this month and was recently
asked by city employees to
remove them. While he admits the homemade
sign is larger than most in town,
it still falls within the "no larger
than 10-square feet" size limits of the
city's ordinance. He feels his
sign was targeted for political
"It is, without a doubt, a strong statement," Babik said about
signs. "But I see other signs up."
Despite a call from the city zoning
department, Babik said he decided to
keep his political signs right where
"That's the part that bothered me the most," he said. "I cannot
someone coming onto my yard and taking my signs down."
Kruse said the political sign ordinance language is unenforceable.
ordinance states "the community of Marysville prefers" that
the 18-day rule, Kruse said.
"Presently it has no force of law," Kruse
To explain its origins, the 2004 law was voted through Marysville
Council to deal with what was considered a rash of political signs
up all over town during the hotly debated presidential election.
members passed the ordinance to help reduce future
Marysville City Council President John Gore said very long
in Planning Commission meetings led to the sign ordinance.
hope that most of our citizens can respect our intent," he said.
one of the city's best traits is that residents have not
succumbed to the
"trashiness" of overdoing political signs, unlike other
cities. But if they
do, the law is set up to alleviate the problem.
"It's never been challenged
in Marysville," he said.
Gore said it doesn't help that the city
administration isn't enforcing
the ordinance as it should be.
explained that the Supreme Court has ruled that a city may pass no
regulating signs based on content - such as political signs.
"Any attempt to
do that, in light of the Supreme Court decision," Kruse
said, "would be an
abuse of my power."
Kruse said a city can do two things - regulate all kinds
including those for real estate or fundraising, or enforce aspects
safety toward the signs. For this reason the ordinance states
residents cannot place signs within the city right of way and
place signs which may block traffic visibility. If these rules
broken, the city will ask for the signs to be taken down and if
signs remain, then city staff will take them. The signs will then
held at the Public Service Center and if no one picks them up, they
Babik said he does not support any restriction on
putting up signs, even
if it means that more signs go up from his opposing
"I challenge (the city) to enforce it," he said.
feels the political sign issue is a great debate everyone should
Do the signs represent freedom of speech, or are they just
eye pollution? The
best argument he has heard from his opposition is
that political signs bring
a "trashy" look to the city. Some signs can
also stay up for months.
said it shouldn't matter either way.
"Do you want the heavy hand of local,
state or the federal government
telling you how you can exercise your right
to free speech?" he said.
Keeping children safe in a new world
Superintendents discuss safety measures
in wake of recent school
By CORINNE BIX
Students come first,
although it can be a difficult balance to keep
school buildings safe without
making the community feel closed out,
contend area superintendents.
light of recent school shootings, area superintendents took time to
on the issue of school violence and what is being done in Union
keep kids safe.
"In the effort to find a happy medium between being open to
community and keeping the children and staff safe, it will always be
challenge given the way life has changed since 9/11,"
Superintendent Jim Craycraft said.
Craycraft said that
Fairbanks' security process includes many different elements.
security cameras at all of the Fairbanks buildings along with
cameras and radios on each of the school buses. Administrators,
and custodians all carry walkie-talkies and the district
recently installed a
new all call phone system.
In addition the Fairbanks staff is trained in
Marysville schools also have a crisis plan in place and
safety drills with students similar to fire and tornado
"We do a lot of talking with students to explain to the kids what
going on," Superintendent Larry Zimmerman explained, "Kids need to
aware of what is occurring and for their protection they need to
North Union Superintendent Rick Smith said the
district does all it can
to make the school environment as safe as possible
"Our safety team will be reconvening this month to look at
make alignments to better our safety plan," Smith said.
three superintendents said there are two key elements to safety:
but one door locked during the school day while students are
in class and
requiring all visitors to sign in and get a visitor's badge
at the front
"We are definitely trying to monitor who comes and goes,"
Newer school buildings are being designed with safety in
mind. All three
superintendents cited their newer school buildings as some of
given that visitors cannot gain access to the building without
going through the front office.
All of the Marysville buildings with
the exception of Raymond elementary
and the high school have been designed or
modified with this feature in
mind, Zimmerman said. Raymond and the high
school will be modified in
the coming months.
Craycraft explained that
many of the older buildings were designed to be
convenient, not necessarily
"We require all guests to come directly to the office, sign in
receive a badge," Craycraft said.
Fairbanks is set to open its new
elementary building in fall of 2008.
The new building will be designed with
the only entrance through the
office as is North Union elementary which
opened in 2004.
"It all boils down to when the kids come in the building that
the law of loco-parentis," Zimmerman said, "They become our kids
are the parents and I would think district parents would want us
treat their kids as if they are our own."
The state of Ohio requires
that all schools have a safety plan in place
and filed with local law
Armory project defined
By RYAN HORNS
A meeting on the future Ohio Armory
National Guard provided details on
its partnership with Union County's
"This is an exciting time for our community," economic
director Eric Phillips said.
The Monday night meeting at the
YMCA was attended by dozens of officials
representing Marysville City Council
and administration, Union County
Commissioners and department heads,
Marysville Planning Commission and
design review board members, along with
other community leaders and residents.
Phillips said bringing the Ohio
Armory National Guard to Marysville
began four years ago when its
representatives sought out the town in
2002. From the beginning, the hope was
to have it work in conjunction
with the YMCA. The result of the planning and
discussion, once completed
and running, is expected to create a $9 million
investment to the city.
The design phase began last year and was to be
completed by fall 2006.
"It has been a long, but I think fruitful process,"
Assistant Quartermaster General Col. (Ret) Richard Dreiman
that the armory project is made up of two land parcels, one 12.75
and one 3 acres. The guard is waiting for a $69,000 sign off on
purchase agreement with the county for the land. Once the guard has
title, federal officials can release the funds to begin construction
the 42,500 square foot addition to the YMCA.
Dreiman said bids will
open in January. By the first or second week in
April, the groundbreaking
ceremony should be held. The whole project
should take eight months to a year
to complete and will cost $8.2 million.
For any organization wanting to
use the building in its off days,
Dreiman said, the guard sets up its
calendar of training events one year
ahead of time. It makes planning very
easy for the community.
Col. Robert Clouse, facilities management officer for
the armory, said
the idea of combining the guard with the community came
the guard does not use the building to the greatest extent.
training twice a month, the building "sits pretty empty." The idea
to offer the building to the public for gym spaces, classrooms, and
a kitchen area.
Clouse said the armory will train two units, 64 members of
the Air Force
Defense Artillery and 170 members of the Military Police.
full-time staffers will also be working inside. He said the
Guard has always been about the community; even the staff and
units will be living within a 30-mile radius of the
Phillips said the idea of mixing National Guard training centers
community spaces was first utilized in Minnesota. A trip up north
visit left a positive impression. Other cities such as Bowling Green
Cincinnati have already proven the partnership useful. The only
left to accomplish is Marysville purchasing the last remaining
established for the project, which is currently owned by Union
Phillips said early on the county commissioners took a positive
and purchased the land, based on the hope it would facilitate the
Project Architect Dan Behnfeldt of Cincinnati's KZF
the building's design was built around fitting into the
YMCA and nearby
Big Box retailers.
"It's pretty sleek. It's dynamic,"
Behnfeldt said about the armory
design. "It's symbolic of the dynamic nature
of the National Guard."
Phillips explained that, as a federal entity, the
National Guard does
not have to adhere to Marysville design standards, using
Behnfeldt said they would keep Marysville
standards in mind as they
continue their plans.
For security, he said,
that there would be an electronic system based on
motion detection. However,
he explained that only weapons will be stored
on the premises and they are
contained in a reinforced concrete bunker
room deep within the building. All
military vehicles are enclosed in
fencing, which is not visible from Delaware
Clouse assured the audience that National Guard buildings are
commitment to the cities they enter.
"Some of our facilities are almost
100 years old," he said.
Phillips said the entire Coleman's Crossing retail
brought Home Depot, Applebees and Wal-mart Super Center, would
have been possible if it weren't for the National Guard's interest
Marysville. He explained that the guard stated it would eventually
a roadway running along the building, providing direct access
Delaware Avenue, which the city decided to create with
Crossing. That roadway made it possible to bring in new
Jerome Township won't pursue charges against official
The Jerome Township Board of Trustees voted to not pursue
against the township's zoning commission chairman.
After months of
executive sessions to consider "employee discipline,
compensation," the three
trustees met once again after Monday's regular
meeting for the same reason.
When they returned from the 45-minute
closed session, chairman Bob Merkle
presented a motion to take no action
at this time against zoning commission
chairman Kent Anders. The motion
passed with fellow trustee Andrew Thomas
agreeing. Trustee Ron Rhodes
voted against the motion without
"The zoning commission represents the township and there can't be
evidence of impropriety on the point of any board member," Merkle
today. "The decision not to pursue charges at this time is based on
greater good of the township."
A document, signed by the three
trustees on March 1, notified Anders
that "certain charges have been made
against you and certain information
has come to the attention of the board of
township trustees regarding
the manner in which you have performed the duties
of your office.
"These charges and information are summarized as follows: On
February 13, 2006, you told an applicant in the parking lot of
Jerome Township Hall, that in order to receive a recommendation
approval on a pending zoning application the applicant must satisfy
demands of those in the township who in the past opposed the
application. On or about February 27, you violated the Ohio Open
Act and failed to conduct a Jerome Township Zoning Commission
Responding to a citizen's question, the trustees said they
continuing to talk with officials from the city of Marysville
development issues. Merkle said the-much-talked about Route 33
Accord is on-hold until January. Rhodes and Thomas added that
counsel has advised them that a memorandum of understanding prepared
the LUC Planning Commission for the Accord has "problems."
is a group of government officials who are interested in
development along U.S. Route 33 between Dublin and Marysville.
Half of the
area originally discussed is in Jerome Township. This has
elected officials some concern that officials from other
determine their community's fate.
Other members of the Accord include the
Union County Commissioners,
Marysville and Dublin mayors and councils,
trustees from Washington
Township in Franklin County and Millcreek and Dover
townships in Union
County, as well as Jerome Township. Allen and Darby
have also attended planning meetings, as well as elected
the village of Plain City.
Upcoming meetings include
informational sessions about a public safety
officer levy on Oct. 18 and 26
at the township hall and Oct. 23 at the
Jerome Methodist Church. All meetings
begin at 7 p.m. A developer,
Jerome Village, is hosting an open house on
Thursday at 7 p.m. at Made
In other business, Merkle said he
is beginning the process to plot the
final quadrant at the cemetery. Rhodes
and Thomas provided updates on
road work. Thomas said installation of the
aerator/fountain should begin
soon, weather permitting.
purchases web-based cafeteria data system
By CORINNE BIX
The Triad school
district has decided to purchase an electronic
cafeteria data system as
presented at last month's meeting.
The Lunch Box System from Business Data
Systems will connect all three
buildings and allow parents the flexibility of
depositing money through
the web-based system or through the school office.
The total cost of the
program is $11,900.
Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger
said the cost would be financed out of
the reserve cafeteria
Currently the district has a base electronic system at the
Kaffenbarger said that the replacement school bus
should be delivered by
the end of the week. The district is working to turn
over their fleet
one bus each year.
Kaffenbarger said that fleet
maintenance has become costly and the
district has spent an excess of $9,000
The bus that is being replaced is a 1990 handicap-equipped bus
wheelchair lift that was obtained from the state. Kaffenbarger said
bus was state provided therefore the district can either turn it
over to the state or keep it.
Kaffenbarger said the bus would remain
in the fleet as a back up.
Brenda Boyd, district curriculum coordinator,
presented to the board
information on the social studies curriculum.
showed the board supplemental materials that have been purchased to
district students better prepare for state-mandated tests.
In addition, the
district is set to choose a new social studies
curriculum for grades five
through 12 in the spring. They are currently
reviewing programs from
Harcourt-Brace, Prentice Hall and Glencoe.
The district is working through
both language arts and social studies to
improve district scores in regard to
informational text as measured by
the state achievement tests.
she didn't have any specific information in regard to the
total cost of a new
social studies curriculum.
Chris Millice, board president, asked if she could
information within the next several board
Kaffenbarger shared with board members a letter of recognition from
Ohio Department of Education commending Triad for moving up to
effective district on the state report card. The district was
recognized for moving 10 or more points on the performance
Kaffenbarger reported that the district has moved almost 18 points
the last three years.
The board approved a resolution in regard to
district employees wishing
to purchase or procure a tax-sheltered annuity for
payroll deduction. The resolution requires that at least
purchase from the same annuity to qualify for a payroll
deduction to be
administered by the district.
The next regular board
meeting will be Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in the high
news, the board:
. Heard a presentation from social studies teacher Amanda
students Alicia Danwood and Jordan Randall about the eighth grade
project on North Lewisburg and Champaign County history.
the following supplemental resignations: Norma Bottom, middle
advisor; Will Nichols, seventh grade girls basketball
Alexander, high school NHS and student council advisor.
. Approved the
following certified/classified supplemental personnel:
Erick Grasley, girls
assistant basketball coach; Melissa Lasley, middle
school yearbook advisor;
Randy Brown, seventh grade girls basketball;
and Terry Donohoe, assistant
. Approved Carol Nance as Ohio Reads volunteer coordinator
in the grant
funded supplemental position.
. Approved the increase of the
general fund appropriation of $87,866.02
as follows: $13,000, tuition
reimbursement requests; $29,079 MRDD
preschool excess costs; $41,651
additional billed by the Champaign
County ESC above the signed contract;
$1,000 for Champaign County Family
and Children First Cluster support;
$3,136.02 for books and professional
. Approved the five year
. Accepted the Ohio K-12 network program grant for FY2007 in the
. Accepted the donation of 36 lettered padded chairs for
school gym at $3,533 from the Triad junior basketball
. Approved use of facilities for girl scouts and youth
. Approved the 2006-2007 bus routes.
. Approved the 14-day trip
to the South Pacific for the gifted and
talented class with teacher Erica
Boone on the tentative timeline of
June 12-26. Currently six students are
scheduled to attend with all trip
fees to be the responsibility of the
student and their parents.
. Was informed that the school web-site www.triad.k12.oh.us has recently
enhanced and updated.
North Union eyes add-ons to high school renovation
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
North Union officials are finding that
balancing the wants and needs
list of a building project is a slippery
At Monday night's meeting school board members discussed
upgrades to the high school renovation project that will be funded
Superintendent Richard Smith said he had compiled a list
funded initiatives for the high school renovation project. After
to members of the community he shifted the priority of the
around a bit.
The prioritized list includes:
1. A pitched
roof, rather than a flat roof, which could cost $250,000.
2. Additional gym
space, which would not be a second gym.
3. High school swing space to be used
during the renovation.
4. Geothermal energy.
5. Additional classroom
6. A reconfiguring of the high school administration offices.
8. Improving site conditions.
Smith said he had some
reservations about moving additional gym space so
high on the list, but it
was consistently mentioned by community members
he spoke with. Board member
Dennis Hall asked why swing space wasn't the
number one item on the list.
Smith said the district knows it will have
to pay for temporary classroom
space as portions of the high school will
be closed during the renovations.
He said because the temporary
classroom costs are a guarantee, it was not
placed high on the priority list.
But one board member felt that the swing
space should not be a temporary
issue. Later in the meeting Kevin Crosthwaite
said the district was
throwing away money with its plan to lease modular
District treasurer Scott Maruniak said the district is looking to
six modular units for two years at a cost of about
Crosthwaite made a motion to amend the motion to seek modular
to instead build a permanent facility. After the meeting Maruniak
such a facility would cost $500,000 to $800,000.
Crosthwaite said he
would like to see the district retain some value
after the swing space is no
longer needed. Board member Jon Hall, and
other board members, said such a
building could be used for little more
than an athletics building after it
serves its purpose as classroom space.
Hall added that with less than $1.5
million to use toward locally funded
add-ons to the project, the district has
to limit big expenditures that
swallow large portions of that
Board member Donald Tumeo said he would rather see such money put
additional educational space, rather than put into a building that
eventually benefit athletics.
Crosthwaite's motion failed
The original motion, to pursue modular classroom space, was then
Smith laid out a timeline for the districts construction
including the high school renovation and new middle school
Smith said the state money for the high school renovation
should come in
December, with renovation beginning in the spring or summer of
renovation is slated to be completed in 2009.
The middle school
construction project will see design work this year
with a groundbreaking
slated in 2008. The new building will open in 2009.
United Way auction
United Way of Union County is seeking support with the first-ever
Bidding continues through 6 p.m. Oct. 30 and 100
percent of the sale of
all auction items will be used to support UW programs
and services in
To participate, go to www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org.
currently available include a DVD player, television, scooter and
An added incentive is the Community Care Card, available to
spends $100 or more on the auction. The card offers free and
services at 11 area businesses.
Monument groundbreaking set
Editor's note: The following information is
supplied by the Union County
Veteran's Remembrance Committee.
Union County Veterans Remembrance Committee's Monument Plaza Design
finally breathe a collective sigh of relief.
After six months of volunteer
effort, the detailed plans for the
Veterans Plaza and Monument, honoring all
Union County veterans, past,
present and future are now completed.
Design Team members Scott Underwood (chairman), Esther Carmany,
Scot Draughn and Juan Gimeno (architect and lead designer,
Architectural Solutions, Inc.), Clarence Durban, Rev. Jack
Groat, Le Herron,
Harold Hill, Karen Long, Sean Longstreth (Longstreth
Phillips, Randy Riffle, Alan Seymour, Dave Vollrath, Jim
Mitchell and Larry
Wright (architects, Meacham and Apel Architects,
Inc.) utilized their talents
to create a setting for the monument
incorporating pathways, landscaping,
seating and lighting to compliment
the existing Union County Courthouse. The
result is a visitor friendly
memorial that provides the community with a
touchstone of pride and
The groundbreaking ceremony
on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. on
the plaza site at Fifth and
Court streets in Marysville, will launch
this project into its next phase of
development. At 1:30 p.m. that day,
the Air National Guard Great Lakes Band
will perform a concert at the
Veterans Auditorium on Sixth Street. The
general public is invited to
attend both of these events.
groundbreaking, the construction of the plaza and monument
will begin, with
the official dedication ceremony scheduled from Armed
Forces Day, May 19,
2007 at 11 a.m. For those wishing to have their
donations and/or paver
purchases recognized as part of the ceremony, two
other key dates are
important to note: Jan. 15, 2007 - last date to
order a concrete or granite
paver and have it in place for the
dedication ceremony; and, March 15, 2007 -
last date for receipt of
Patriot Donations for inclusion in the dedication
brochure and newspaper
listing. These are deadlines for the official
dedication ceremony only,
so purchases or donations made after that time will
still be included in the monument.
For contracting purposes during the
construction phase of this project,
the Union County Veterans Remembrance
Committee incorporated as a
non-profit corporation under the name of The
Union County Veterans
Remembrance Commission. Upon completion of the project,
will donate the Monument Plaza to Union County. A financial
all future maintenance and updates will be held by the Union
At the present time, $460,000, has been raised toward
$500,000 goal for the primary phases of this project, which
the Union County Veterans Committee still needs help in reaching
target. For more information on how to purchase a paver, or on how
become a Patriot Donor, those interested may visit the Web site at
www.co.union.oh.us and select Veterans
Memorial. Additional information
can be found by contacting Esther Carmany at
Union County Foundation at (937) 642-9618. Donations can also be
The Veterans Remembrance Fund, c/o the Union County
Foundation, PO Box 608,
Marysville, Oh., 43040.
Next community concert will have a dose of
The Great Kaplan Show is coming to Union County on Oct. 26 as part
the 2006-07 community concert series.
Conceived and performed by
Kaplan, the virtuoso juggler, magician,
inventor, musician and physical
comedian are all wrapped up into one
eccentric performer who invites the
audience into the humorous show.
Whether he's juggling bean bag chairs,
playing a melody on concert
balloon or levitating a bowling ball, Kaplan's
preposterous blend of
dazzling skill and shameless gimmickry is sure to amaze
Notable shows include a recent performance as guest balloonist
Columbus Symphony Orchestra and network television appearances on
TV's "The View" and "The Statler Brothers Show" on TNN.
headlined internationally on major cruise lines from Alaska
Mediterranean to Tahiti. He has also opened shows for numerous
entertainers including Steven Wright, Dennis Miller, David
Redbone, David Brenner, Harry Blackstone Jr. and the
Since the early 1980s, Kaplan has delighted audiences of all ages
his highly original act. Inspired by the antics of Keaton,
Victor Borge and the illustrious Maxwell Smart among others,
delivers a most unique and hilarious spectacle.
talent may lie in his uncanny ability to appeal to a
wide cross-section of
the audience. Spectators, young and old are
welcomed into a wonderfully
strange world they will not soon forget.
He resides in Columbus with his wife
and two children.
Joining Kaplan is David Dewitt who has been playing
the age of five, starting out as a piano whiz. Over the
years, he has
become proficient on acoustic bass, organ, percussion, and
He has recently become enamored with the guitar.
meeting Kaplan more than 25 years ago, the two have become
the best of
friends and have corroborated on various musical endeavors,
steeldrum band "The Sun Kings." Dewitt has toured
nationally with Kim Pensyl,
and remains a revered fixture on the
Columbus jazz scene.
Strikers prepared for the 'long haul'
By RYAN HORNS
As negotiations with
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. remain in limbo
nationwide, United Steelworkers
Union members were camped out next to a
small fire Thursday morning in
Marysville, holding picket signs for
passing cars along Industrial
"There are no new developments in negotiations," Goodyear spokesman
Markey said Tuesday. "No formal talks are scheduled, although the
of communication remain open."
Company officials have reported that
the company will be maintaining
production at nonunion plants and will depend
on salaried employees and
imports at others.
Questions posed to the
Marysville Goodyear plant about the strike were
referred to Markey at the
company's national headquarters.
Workers at 16 Goodyear plants in 10 states
and Canada went on strike
Oct. 5 after the world's third largest tire maker
and the steelworkers
union failed to agree on a new labor contract. The old
Goodyear workers reportedly expired July 22 and both sides
agreed to an
indefinite day-to-day extension.
The United Steelworkers
Union has reported that the company's latest
proposal would have included two
plant closings - something workers did
not agree with. The union then issued
a 72-hour notice stating they
would terminate the contract at midday Oct. 5
if an agreement wasn't reached.
United Steelworkers Union Local 8436
spokesman John Rutherford said
Wednesday that he had just taken part in a
conference call regarding the
strike and that "not a whole lot is going on
right now" in negotiations.
"Everybody is still out there on the (picket)
line," he said.
Media reports have stated the union and Goodyear planned to
Saturday to continue negotiations. Rutherford reiterated that the
was not accurate, because workers still have issues with their
He explained that the union agreed to a plant closing in 2003. At
time workers gave up two years of seniority on their pensions,
an increase in medical co-pay costs and retirees also suffered in
After the workers gave in on those issues, he said,
the company turned
around and gave millions in salary bonuses to its top
they are asking workers to agree to more plant
"(The workers) felt pretty betrayed on that," Rutherford
On the other side, Goodyear officials have reported that the
refused to agree to help the company remain competitive in a
economy. It says its latest offer protected jobs and provided
retiree medical benefits.
In Marysville, workers are maintaining their
spots on the picket line at
the Goodyear plant on Industrial Parkway.
Standing along the street,
union member Rick Hendricks said workers will
continue to do what they
need to do during this strike.
"We gave in a lot
before," he said. "We don't want to give in this time."
that either way the union members are "prepared for the long haul."
union members, he said, workers know it is wise to save their money
in case a
strike comes along. While most do, others depend solely upon
For the most part, Rutherford said, people out on the picket lines
optimistic that the strike will be over in a relatively short amount
"No one is going to lose their homes over this," Hendricks
Rutherford said the larger issue has to do with the need for
government to protect American workers by making laws against
"Sooner or later they have to start doing
something to preserve jobs in
the United States," Rutherford said.
the Marysville Goodyear plant has allegedly been dealing with
the strike by
bringing in a number of salaried workers to help keep the
Salesmen who had been working on the road were called
in from such areas as
New Jersey, Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and
more to work at the plant.
He knows that the main plant presses have not
been started yet. Although two
other smaller units, such as for wires,
have been operational.
sure they knew how difficult it is to run the equipment,"
Out on the Industrial Parkway picket line, he said the
response has been positive. People have donated food, coffee and
as they drive by.
"I'm not going to lie, there have been one or
two negatives," Rutherford
said. "But for this area we have been doing very
City Gate's first occupants announced
Ground was officially broken this morning for the new City
development on the city's east side.
Developer Philip Connolly
invited city government officials, local
business owners, friends and family
for the event, which took place in
the former Pro-Rite Muffler building next
door to Burger King.
"We're really excited about today," Connolly
City Gate is a new upscale retail-commercial development designed
highlight and enhance the entry into Marysville's east side.
complete, it will be home host to several new restaurants, offices
retail businesses. The new development will fill a niche in
by offering premium lots in a high-visibility area, to
needing a small to mid-sized piece of ground.
To go along with
the groundbreaking was the announcement of the
following businesses, soon to
be coming to City Gate:
. Delaware County Bank
. White Castle
. Two medical office buildings by the Worthington
based company, D&L Development.
Out of 18 possible lots for the City
Gate development, Connolly said,
these businesses represent a small
percentage of what is to come. He
reported that more restaurants and a major
hotel will also be announcing
their new locations inside City
Speaking to everyone in attendance at the event, Connolly said
groundbreaking this morning culminates more than 12 years of work
planning to make his vision a reality. He said the event was made
more special by the fact that today is the 59th anniversary of
Connolly Construction Company.
Connolly is the second president and
owner of Connolly Construction Co.,
which he took over in 1977 from his
father Roscoe "Dutch" Connolly, who
started the company Oct. 13, 1947.
help with the groundbreaking ceremony, Connolly invited one of the
employees of the company to help turn the first shovel of dirt on
project. Dwight Story joined the development company at its
inception and was
one of Dutch Connolly's best friends. Story served
more than 30 years as a
Connolly said Story's involvement in the groundbreaking
remind everyone of the strong history in Marysville and the
people can make, working together as the city continues to
"It's always important for us to remember where we came from,"
said. "Dwight Story is a symbol of that to me."
He said part of
the City Gate site incorporates ground once home to
main office and shop facility. City Gate also
borders Connolly and Buerger
streets, which Dutch Connolly named for his
wife and his
Regarding businesses coming into City Gate, Delaware Avenue Burger
owner Dave Laslow said he is excited by the future of the city's
"People attract people," Laslow said. "What we have seen in
has just been wonderful."
Delaware County Bank president Jeff
Benton said he also looks forward to
his new branch going into City
"It's going to be a great entrance to the city," he said.
added that the Marysville branch of the Delaware County Bank will
at 1169 W. Fifth St. However, the downtown branch will be closing.
the inclusion of another Bob Evans restaurant, it is unknown at
what will happen to its current location on Delaware Avenue.
Pro-Rite Muffler has already opened up its new location on
West Ninth Street.
The former location will be used as a construction
headquarters, until it is
turned into the future Delaware County Bank site.
Connolly reported that
the first businesses of City gate are scheduled
to open in the summer of
Crossing opening to take longer than expected
Even with the announcement of federal funding paying for an upgrade
the East Fifth Street rail crossing, reopening the crossing is
to take longer than anticipated.
During Thursday night's
Marysville City Council meeting Mayor Tom Kruse
reported that railroad
authority CSX would not be making concrete panel
repairs to the closed east
The federal funding was going to enable the road to be
re-opened in a
little more than a year. However, without the concrete panel
included in the fall CSX repair schedule, it would mean delays after
upgrade is completed.
"I'm disappointed to hear that," councilman Dan
Fogt said. "Won't that
be a problem getting (CSX) back to do the repairs in a
Kruse explained that the railroad crossing is going to be
lights and crossing arms. When the work is ultimately
completed the road
would have to be widened and then CSX would have to move
lights and arms again. Until the upgrade is completed, he is not
to allow the concrete panel repairs.
At the Sept. 28 council meeting
council president John Gore had stated
$6,000 was allocated for the East
Fifth Street concrete railroad panels.
He wanted to see those ready to go
before the railroad is upgraded.
Kruse said once the East Fifth Street
upgrade is moving forward, the
city will take part in a pre-construction
meeting. At that time the
concrete panels will be dealt with.
discussions, Fogt also asked Kruse about the situation at South
across from the Timberview Golf Course. Water has been
collecting in the park
where it hasn't been collecting in the past. The
Treatment Plant reported only 1/2 inch of rain in
the last week ? not enough
to cause the flooding going on at the park.
Fogt said neighbors surrounding
the park have noted standing water on
higher ground, where there wasn't
before. The problem may be that Adena
Pointe developers cut off the
underground drainage tile, causing the
current flooding. He added that he
noticed Adena Pointe has three
drainage ponds mostly completed off of Weaver
Road and there should be
no reason for the increased flooding at South
"The drainage is not as good as it was two months ago," Fogt
He said he hopes Adena Pointe can at least make the area drain as
as it used to be. Because of the increased water, geese and ducks
also begun gathering, which is creating a mess.
Gore asked Fogt if he
knew for sure Adena Pointe had cut off a tile and
then suggested perhaps the
city look into it.
Kruse said he would have someone go out to the park and
"You know how those old tiles are," Kruse said. "Nobody seems to
where they are."
In other business:
. Council passed an ordinance
to double the current payment, from $25 to
$50, for compensation for members
of city boards and commissions. At the
Sept. 28 meeting, councilwoman Leah
Sellers' proposal to only raise the
fee to $35 failed in a council vote.
Economic Development Director Eric Phillips handed out the completed
Review Standards for the Uptown Marysville Historic District. He
booklet has been more than two years in the making and it ended
. Kruse appointed Pat Soller to the Planning Commission, effective
Oct. 31, 2010.
. Phillips also reported that the National Guard has
a meeting Monday at
5:30 p.m. at the YMCA to discuss details on the future
Armory. He said
the groundbreaking for the building should take place by the
first of the year.
. Gore addressed the topic of creating an ordinance
predators within Marysville. He appointed a committee to
look into a
future ordinance, to be headed up by council vice president Ed
The committee can take a look at ordinances from other cities in
to create their own.
. Councilman Dave Burke commended city finance
director John Morehart
for his impressive work on the 2005 budget. The post
audit was conducted
and no significant faults were found.
. Kruse hired
the city's new assistant city engineer, who will start in
two weeks. Terms
were also reached to hire the new city planner,
although no starting date has
. Kruse passed out advance copies of the 2007 budget for city
Tolles Tech worker arrested for alleged sex
From J-T staff reports:
A male employee in a career center just
outside of Union County could
face years in prison for alleged sexual contact
he had with a teenage student.
Lt. Roger Roberts of the Clark County
Sheriff's Office Investigations
Division said that a telephone tip led to the
arrest of Bob Freeze, 56,
of Springfield. Freeze was an employee of Tolles
Career and Technical
Center outside of Plain City.
He said Freeze has been
charged with one count of unlawful sexual
conduct with a minor, one count of
sexual battery and one count of
disseminating matter harmful to juveniles -
all of which are
Roberts said the investigation
into Freeze began after the Clark County
Sheriff's Office received a call
from a Tolles Career and Technical
Center Human Resources Department employee
reporting possible sexual
abuse. The school employee said that a 15-year-old
male told a school
counselor that Freeze had been sexually molesting him for
up to a year and a half.
Freeze has been employed as a technical
supervisor at Tolles Career and
Technical Center, located at 7877 on Route
42. He has held the position
since July, 2003. In addition, Freeze was a
school board member at
Northwestern Local Schools for the past 13 years. In
the past, he had
taught high school and middle school students and a former
adult education and business operations at the Springfield-Clark
Joint Vocational School.
"We conducted an investigation and based
on that we made
an arrest," Roberts said.
He said the sheriff's office
received the call on Oct. 6 and ended up
making the arrest the same day. As
to the details of the specific crimes
and why they believe Freeze was
involved, no information is available.
"I can't release information on that
at this point," Roberts said.
"However, the trial will go into it."
was placed into the Clark County Jail after his arrest and he was
Tuesday in court.
Roberts said no other court dates have been scheduled as of
morning that he knew of.
Donation benefits humane society
From J-T staff reports:
couple is helping the Union County Humane Society to
Sandy and Andy Ross made a contribution to purchase needed
equipment and a financial commitment to hire a part-time
"Spay/neuter programs are so vital. It's heart wrenching to see
unwanted animals overwhelming the shelters," said Sandy Ross. "We
to make a meaningful impact and we knew this was the way to do
The Ross' gift will enable the UCHS to ensure that all adopted dogs
cats are spayed or neutered before leaving the building.
"So many dogs
and cats end up in the shelter just because they were
born. The Ross' are
helping to end that vicious cycle," Rachel Finney,
UCHS executive director
"There are three things we can do to make sure that dogs and cats
safe and loving homes,", said. "The first is to provide
resources to ensure that people are making good decisions about
pets into their homes. The second is to provide the support needed
keep that pet successfully in the home when problems arise. The third
to promote spaying and neutering."
For the past two years, volunteer
veterinarians spayed or neutered -
surgically sterilized to prevent unwanted
litters - all cats adopted
from UCHS prior to adoption.
A lack of
resources - time, funds, supplies and physical space -
prevented UCHS from
surgically sterilizing the overwhelming number of
dogs. A coupon program was
used instead. If a dog were in-tact at the
time of adoption, adopters signed
a contract to have the dog spayed or
neutered within 30 days and received
coupon for a reduced-cost surgery
at local participating
More than 1,100 dogs and cats will enter the Union County
animal shelter this year, and the number is expected to
Al Burnard, UCHS operations manager, said, "With the county contract
stray dogs, we often operate at 150 percent or more capacity for
and that made it difficult for our volunteers to keep up with
The majority of adopters complied with the contract, but
not, Finney said.
"In essence, we were only furthering the
growing problem of companion
animal over-population in our community by
allowing in-tact dogs to
leave our building. It really hit home for me when a
dog we adopted-out
came to the shelter pregnant less than one year
The UCHS is a private 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our mission is
connect people with animals and enrich lives by providing care
resources while promoting respect and compassion.
Busy rail crossing to close for 10 days
By RYAN HORNS
crossing repairs are much-needed in Marysville, upcoming
road closures across
town will require a lot of patience from local residents.
According to a
city of Marysville press release, beginning Thursday,
Oct. 12, the Delaware
Avenue railroad crossing will be closed for
approximately 10 days as CSX
workers make repairs.
City administrator Kathy House reported this morning
that the city and
CSX will close the Delaware Avenue crossing by 8 a.m.
"Barricades will be installed on both sides of the
through traffic, which will still allow full access to
businesses," the city release states.
Marysville officials have
suggested these alternate routes in lieu of the closing:
. Drivers may
take Columbus Avenue to Industrial Parkway, as a way to
connect to Coleman's
Crossing Boulevard and the other side of Delaware Avenue.
. Drivers may
take such roads such as U.S. 33, Route 4 or the U.S. 36
bypass in order to
access the other side of Delaware Avenue.
"The City of Marysville and CSX
appreciate residents' patience during
this much needed repair project," the
With East Fifth Street already closed at the railroad
Delaware Avenue closure is expected to cause more traffic
the already congested area of Five Points and Coleman's
When asked if Marysville administration planned on re-opening the
Fifth Street railroad crossing to alleviate traffic congestion for
duration of the 10 day project, House said that will not happen.
East Fifth Street crossing will not be opened for any reason until
gates and lights have been installed per the PUCO and
recommendations," House said.
Both of the Ohio railroad authorities
have suggested keeping the East
Fifth Street crossing closed until the gates
and lights are installed in
approximately a year from now. Government grants
are expected to cover
the cost of those additions at that time.
provided an update on additional CSX railroad crossing
throughout the city. She said the Main Street crossing
is scheduled to be
closed next Wednesday morning, Oct. 18, also at 8 a.m.
"It is possible
that both of these crossings could be closed
simultaneously for a few
overlapping days," House said, referring to Delaware Avenue.
She said that
the Industrial Parkway railroad crossing will be closed
for repairs in
approximately two weeks. More details on that part of the
expected to be released later, although she said the
crossing rails for vehicles (concrete panels) will be
completed prior to its
Family takes in lost racing pigeon; sends it on its way
J-T staff reports:
A storm-tossed, weary traveler found rest at a Miller Road
before continuing on its journey.
A racing pigeon apparently
lost its way or became tired during the
weekend before finding help from the
Lynn Beeney Family.
Zach Beeney, 16, first noticed the "beautiful, shimmery
Saturday afternoon on the ground in their horse field. It was
them that the bird had been taken care of and appeared tame. It
three plastic bands around a leg.
The bird eventually meandered
to a machine shed where Lynn and 13
year-old son Matt were working. Fearing
that the bird might get injured,
Matt put the bird in a cage and Shelley
After searching on the Internet for 20 minutes and
information she found on the leg bands, Shelley discovered that
stood for a club that the bird probably belonged to. Not sure if she
on the right track, she called the club president at 10 p.m.
learned that the bird was one of 1,125 which left Freedom, Ind., on
for a 300-mile race to the Cleveland area. The first bird back
yards per minute or approximately 50 miles per hour.
"Our bird had two
permanent leg bands, one had his age, his number 2160
and the club name
GNEO," Shelley said.
The club president speculated that the bird that had
landed at the
Beeney Farm was a young bird and probably got lost or tired in
The Beeneys were asked to keep the bird for three
days and feed it whole
corn and sugar water. Then they were to release the
bird 10 miles from
their farm heading northeast.
The first day, the bird
slept. The second day it became more mobile and
by day three, it was "antsy,"
"We released him on Oct. 3. He was strong and flew away like he
where he was going," Shelley said.
The club president said he would
let them know when their visitor returned home.
Marysville residents will be giving out less directions to
drivers and Main Street traffic will be rid of constant semi
passing through, now that a bridge closed in Milford Center
The Ohio Department of Transportation reported that it has
$920,000 bridge deck replacement project on U.S. 36/Route 4 in
Center. Throughout construction, drivers have been detoured
Marysville's Main Street.
ODOT reported that the project, which
began in mid-June, required the
road to be completely closed during
construction. The route reopened to
traffic on Tuesday afternoon.
construction is completed, some cosmetic treatments will carry
over to next
construction season. Due to declining temperatures, bridge
return in 2007 to paint the bridge.
The original bridge was constructed in
1953. Becdir Construction Company
of Berlin Station was the prime contractor
on this project.
A implements savings measures
Refinances millions of dollars in bonds
In an effort to save the district $625,000, the Jonathan Alder
Education approved the refinancing of $24.9 million bonds over the
next 18 months.
Janis Thom, treasurer, reported that the 30-year-bonds
refinanced in two if not three installments at a savings of $20,000
25,000 per year. The four present board members approved the
Steve Votaw, board president, was absent from Monday night's
Plain City Elementary underwent its first security drill this past
Carpenter explained, after the meeting adjourned, that the district
had a crisis plan in effect for some time. However, in light of
school tragedies and to comply with government mandates the
will begin having routine security drills at all five
The board was informed of the "Battelle for Kids"
added pilot project
for the high school. Elementary students have been
participating in the
program for the past five years. "Battelle for Kids"
website states the
program is "a nonprofit organization committed to
learning by bringing clarity to school
Dave Thorbahn, Union County Chamber of Commerce, presented
proclamation recognizing the district's excellent state report
The board established procedures for compliance with Ohio
2909.33 in regard to the Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC.)
works with school districts to help fulfill administrative
including payroll, data processing, grades/attendance, and bidding
building projects. The resolution recognizes that Jonathan Alder
aware that the MEC will not hire vendors who are contributing to
benefiting from a terrorist organization.
The board adjourned into
executive session to consider the appointment,
promotion, demotion or compensation of a public
employee. No action was
taken. The next board meeting will be Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
In other news, the
Approved the financial report for September 2006 and the
Learned that Tolles Technical and Career Center will be
installing a new
sign featuring the center's updated logo.
following students for scoring in the top 5 percent of
all 1.4 million
student that took the PSAT last year and being named
"commended students" by
the National Merit Scholarship program - Clayton
Greenbaum, Destiny Gingerich
and Luke Benedict.
Recognized various students for passing Advanced Placement
tests given last spring.
Recognized the many volunteers who helped with
the Plain City Carnival.
Recognized Katie Troyer for exemplary safety as
noted by a parent.
Accepted the following resignations - Joe Higgins as
junior high head
wrestling coach and Doug Wampler as junior high assistant
Approved Kelly Urban as a limited English proficient
Approved Brynn Craney as a fifth grade language arts
Approved Wendi Mitchell as a long-term substitute for Rene
Approved Kimberly Smejkal as speech therapist.
certified/classified substitutes, PATS staff and
Approved Joshua Schrock, Kara Schrock and Cole Schrock as
Approved various in-lieu of transportation
requests for students
Accepted the donation of several volumes of literature
Dickman for the high school library.
fills two council positions
By AUDREY HALL
The village of Unionville
Center has two new councilmen, thanks to
action taken during Monday evening's
The two vacant seats were filled by the appointment of Jim Weese
Mary Lou Morris.
Weese is filling the seat formerly held by Denver
Thompson, who also
served as mayor, with a term expiration of 2008. Morris is
seat vacated by the resignation of Larry Burchett with a term
expiration of 2010.
Trick or Treat night will be Tuesday, October 31 from
6 to 8 p.m.
The estimate of $65 per hour for leaf pick up submitted by Todd
and Mike Kuhn, Jr. of Lawn Plus Property Maintenance was accepted.
date for pick up will be Saturday, November 11 with November 18 as
the rain date.
Lawn Plus Property Maintenance has also been hired to clean
sewer drops following leaf pick up.
A building permit for
additions of a room, garage and front porch as
well as aeration system tie in
for 512 Fourth Street requested by
Wendall and Judith Beachy was
Representing residents whose properties border the alley between
and Third Street, Weese suggested that the village neither grade nor
gravel to the alley since it is seldom used. Council agreed to make
improvements at this time but may consider them at a later
Estimates for snow removal will be accepted and opened at the
council meeting. Estimates must include proof of liability
In other business, council:
.Again tabled discussion of golf
carts within the village.
.Passed a resolution accepting property tax rates
and amounts as
determined by the Union County Budget Commission
a letter of support for the designation of Middleburg-Plain
City Road, which
within the village is Main Street, as part of the Ohio
Richwood Council hears update on BZA action
Richwood Village Council heard an update on questions previously
by citizens in regard to a conditional use permit for a business at
288 Grove St.
Residents had raised several concerns about the permit which
to a daycare facility/dance studio which is proposed for the
One concern raised was whether the BZA had authority to grant
conditional use permit to a building which was not being
Village Solicitor Victoria Stone Moledor said that a property does
have to be occupied for a conditional use permit to be
Another question raised was whether such a permit could be issued
two adjoining parcels. Stone Moledor said that a conditional use
can cover two parcels.
Other questions centered around the process
by which the permit was
granted, such as the fact that citizens were not
given a chance to
comment on the issue and no petition was circulated to
opinion. The solicitor said two public hearings were held to
citizens to comment and the BZA is not required to circulate a
There were also issues with the facility being developed in a
different than what was submitted to the BZA, essentially that
facility being built on the adjoining parcel is being staked
contrary to what the original plans stated. Stone Moledor said
structure must comply with Union County building permit codes and
that if the developer shows good faith to work within the limits of
conditional use permit it is not a violation.
Mayor Bill Nibert also
noted that council does not oversee the BZA.
Complaints about BZA action fall
under the jurisdiction of the Union
County Court of Common Pleas.
.Took no action on an ordinance to annex a 23.25 acre
parcel into the
village. A question arose about an easement on the property
opted to finalize that issue before accepting the
.Heard an update on village projects from engineer Ed
.Learned from village administrator Larry Baxa that the low bid for
town hall furnace project came in at $7,250.
.Discussed ownership of a
bridge on Gill Street. The bridge, which is
owned by the village, is
deteriorating and may need attention.
.Decided to deny a request of an
abatement of $13 from an area
accounting firm because of an income tax
.Held an executive session to discuss a personnel issue. After
session council decided to send the issue, which centered around
employees request for overtime pay, back to Baxa for
Hospital board member dies
Ann Allen died Monday following a courageous, five-year
Mrs. Allen currently served on the Memorial Hospital of Union
Board of Trustees, joining in 1995 and serving as the board's chair
for several years.
While under her watch the hospital underwent an
extensive expansion and
renovation in information technology, the emergency
room and the Miracle Life Center.
Among those surviving her are her
husband, local attorney, David F.
Allen of Marysville and two children, P.
David Allen II of Marquette,
Mich. and Catherine Allen of Falls Church,
Ghosts of Ohio author to appear in Marysville
Editor's note: The following
information is supplied by Nora Roughen,
Marketing Manager, Marysville Public
Professional paranormal investigator, published author and
Columbus-based "The Ghosts of Ohio," James A. Willis of Columbus
appear in Marysville at the Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, 233 W.
St., on Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Willis has been chasing after ghosts and
visiting crybaby bridges for
more than 20 years. In 1999, he moved to Ohio
and founded a nationally
recognized paranormal research organization, "The
Ghosts of Ohio"
(www.ghostsofohio.org). He has given
presentations throughout the state
on how one may hope to find evidence of
the existence of ghosts.
In addition to co-authoring "Weird Ohio," Willis was
also a contributing
author to "Weird US" (2004) and "Weird Hauntings" (2006).
In 2006, he
was inducted into the Grand Order of Weird Writers. He has been
in numerous publications, television and radio programs, and
Willis said "The Ghosts of Ohio" is headquartered in
fully-operational Ghost Outposts in Cincinnati and
Currently, there are more than 20 members located throughout the
"As far as current investigations go, we are involved with a
investigation in northeast Ohio as well as one in central Ohio and
in southern Ohio," Willis said.
Willis said Ohio has an unusually
large amount of paranormal activity
and legends of paranormal
"Personally, I think a lot of that has to do with Ohio being a
state - it's land-locked on the east and western sides and yet it
large bodies of water and waterways to the north and south. Plus,
in an unusually high number of Bigfoot sightings (third highest in
whole US) and dozens of Indian burial mound and you've got an area
for growing some good, old-fashioned ghost stories and
Willis said he can not remember the last time he was scared on
investigation or by anything related to ghosts.
"I tend to get freaked
out more by what I see while driving on Ohio's
highways. I never cease to be
amazed (and frightened) by the things we
human beings do to each other. It's
like I say, 'Ghosts I get. It's
humans that scare me.'"
humans can communicate with spirits.
"I think sometimes people get so caught
up in all the high-tech
equipment they forget that an integral part of
communicating is to just listen."
The most satisfying part of his work is
interacting with people,
especially individuals who contact him about
activity going on in their homes.
"Most people don't contact us to find a
ghost, but to provide them with
answers. Modern culture has given people a
pretty distorted view about
ghosts and what they can do. Being able to
provide people with a safe,
confidential place to go and get answers while
having their fears calmed
is incredibly rewarding," Willis said.
grueling part of his job is the paperwork.
"You would be amazed at how much
involved with a single investigation."
His favorite city/town
in Ohio for paranormal research is Athens and
pretty much all of Summit
county. He would like to do more research in
the Kirtland/Mentor area.
said writing and researching "Weird Ohio" was a pretty
"Having a background in ghosts and urban legends, it
was a blast to get
out into the land of the living and explore such roadside
the world's largest cuckoo clock, add my "piece" to the wall of
gaze upon a jar containing pickled human fingers!" he said.
said a "Ghosts of Ohio" book is in the planning stages now and he has
a contract to co-author "Weird Indiana."
He said the best thing about his job
that it fulfills his childhood dream.
"Ever since I was a child, I was
fascinated with ghosts and ghost
stories. I couldn't get enough of them. Now,
I am in a position where I
not only get to go and explore places where ghosts
are said to linger,
but people from all walks of life seek me out to share
stories with me. It doesn't get much better than
This is a free program, tickets are required. Tickets are available
the Marysville Public Library, Raymond Branch and at the Plain
Public Library. This program is appropriate for ages individuals ages
years and older. For more information, log on to www.marysvillelib.org
642-1876, extension 36
Man dies when moped hits van
From J-T staff
A Marysville man died this weekend as a result of injuries caused
collision between a moped and a van.
According to the Ohio State
Highway Patrol's Marysville Post, Charles
Troesch, 79, of 215 Windsor Court
was pronounced dead Sunday at 3:20
a.m. by doctors at the Ohio State
Reports show that Saturday at 4:38 p.m. Troesch was
riding his moped
southwest on Streng Road when he failed to stop for a stop
struck the side of a van.
Nannette Emmons, 36, of 22185 Buck Run
Road was driving the Honda
Odyssey van northwest on Middleburg Plain City
Road when Troesch struck the side.
Emmons was not injured in the crash,
and Troesch was MedFlighted from
the scene and later died from his
Marysville grad continues student service
By CORINNE BIX
For Jerry Tsai
politics is in his blood.
The 2003 Marysville High School graduate just began
his senior year at
University of Cincinnati as student body
Tsai, 21, said that he truly stands for the student government
"Together we will move UC forward."
The motto has reached beyond
the metaphorical meaning as Tsai and his
cabinet have helped to implement the
Bearcat Transportation System.
This fall marks the second quarter that the
transportation system has
been available to students.
Before spring of
2006, UC only offered a limited shuttle service to
students within the
The BTS buses students in and around campus including
neighborhoods and to local entertainment and nightlife.
it is estimated that approximately 4,000-5,000 students live
"The BTS allows safe and convenient transport for students to off
housing," Tsai said.
Currently Tsai and his staff are working on
marketing the BTS system by
getting information on the service out to the
Tsai said it has been exciting to watch the BTS project
"I saw where it came from and I've had the opportunity to watch
develop," Tsai said.
He said the next step in the project would be
working on enhancing the
BTS system as a whole.
Tsai served in student
government at MHS and was class president and
student body president his
Over his four years at UC, he has been active in student
serving as a senator at large and as chairperson of the
His desire to run as student body
president came naturally.
"It seemed like the natural next step to positively
university and the serve the students as a whole," Tsai
Next Spring, Tsai will have completed his course work for major
Political Science. At this point he plans on staying for a fifth year
UC to complete a minor in business.
After graduation he will look into
various graduate programs and down
the road he sees himself continuing to
serve in government.
"I would eventually like to run for elected office,"
Tsai said, "If so
fortunate to continue on in government I hope to eventually
larger groups of constituents and serve the good of the
No matter what Tsai knows that his future will be busy because he
rather "be busy than boring."
flu clinics set
The adult flu clinic schedule offers two options for
shots and nasal spray.
To date, the Centers for Disease
Control has not set any restrictions on
who is eligible for flu shots,
however, restrictions may be established
by the at any time during the flu
season. Adult clinics are only open to
persons 9 years of age and older.
Registration for clinics will not
begin until the specified time. All are
based on availability of vaccine
and may be cancelled with little notice if
vaccine is not available.
Clinics are scheduled for:
. Oct. 20 from 9 to
11 a.m. at the Richwood Fire House, 602 N. Franklin St, Richwood
. Oct. 24
from 10 to noon at the Union County Health Department, 940 London Ave.
Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jerome Township Building, 9777
Parkway, Plain City
. Nov. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at VFW Post 3320,
15237 Industrial Parkway
. Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the
. Nov. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the health department
Nov. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the health department
. Monday through Friday,
December through January, 8 to 9 a.m. at the
nasal spray is only available on Oct. 24, Nov. 3, 17, 21, 29
through January, Monday through Friday. To be eligible for
spray at a designated adult clinic, individuals must meet
all of the
following criteria: age 9 to 49 years, healthy and not pregnant.
county residents is $20 for flu shots; $24 for spray; and $30
An additional $5 per shot is required for all non-county
Medicare Part B and Medicaid will cover the cost of flu and
shots, but Medicare and Medicaid cards must be presented at the
Child flu shots are available during normal child immunization
at the Union County Health Department.
For additional information,
contact the Union County Health Department's
flu hot at 645-2028.
Marching Band having a successful season
Editor's note: The following story
is submitted by Michelle Kelley,
Director of Communication, Marysville
The 2006-2007 Marysville High School Band, Class AA, otherwise
the Marching Monarchs, had some pretty big shoes to fill this year.
shoes that is.
The 2005-2006 Marching Monarchs took a 1 (superior
rating) for state
finals last year with "El Toro Bonito" at Welcome Stadium
Well, so far, so good. This year's group of white-shoed high
competing with "Unfurl the Sails" has not only received Superior
for both contests they have participated in, but have taken
champion of both as well. This grants the 2006-2007 MHS Band
distinction of being the first band in Marysville history to
grand champion twice in one season.
Between both competitions the
band has also received honors for best
music, best percussion, best flag corp
and best general effect.
Receiving a superior rating during competition
allows the band to
qualify for state finals again this year, which these
did handily at their very first competition of the
The show's nautical theme seems to be a big hit with the crowds and
judges. The band will perform Saturday at the Kettering Fairmont
School Marching Band Classic, performance time should be shortly after
Raising pieces of history
Group uses old techniques to save aging barns
A Marysville man wants people to know that historic barns don't
end up as fallen wreckage among roadside scenery.
Gene Moore, an
employee of McAuliffe's ACE Hardware Store, is talking
about the Timber
Framers Guild - a group of carpenters set on restoring
historic barns using
the same methods farmers used before modern
machinery was invented.
recently returned from a trip to Carriage Hill Metro Park in
Dayton for a
workshop on timber framing. The workshop revolved around a
reassemble a barn taken down last fall.
He said the work shop included
sorting and moving timber, repairing old
barn timbers, cutting new sills that
included different joints and
cutting styles, frame assembly, followed by a
ceremonial transfer of
ownership from the previous barn owner to the new
owner, by driving the
first pegs. The project was concluded with a
traditional barn raising,
with help from a team of horses.
At lunch, Moore
said workers were treated to homemade farm-style dinners
as a thank you.
Dinnerware used was old time stoneware and mason jar
drinking glasses. The
meals were prepared and served by eight to 12
women wearing old fashion
traditional long dresses, who are part of the
Friends of Carriage Hill
organization. He said the entire process is
detailed on the guild's Web
Moore said the Timber Framer Guild that sponsored the work shop has
. To encourage and provide training in timber framing.
To disseminate information about timber framing and timber frame building
. To expose the art of timber framing to the public.
. To serve as
a center of information about timber framing.
While he has a passion for
restoring barns, Moore said, it is not
something he expects to make a living
at. Instead, it is about the
simple joy of doing the work. He hopes to
collect information on
historic barns in the area and use the knowledge to
help in any way he can.
"My intention is not to make barn building a
business," Moore said. "I
would be interested in keeping a list of barn
projects in the area and
be a source for barn building information."
became involved in saving old barns because of a barn belonging to
and an interest in timber framing. He also said it seemed
such a waste to let
"The rebuilding of barns is an interest of mine. Much the same
why anybody that I talk to wants to save the old barns," he said. "It
expensive to rebuild many barns as they have gone too long
repair. However, one must remember that a rebuilt barn is a new
and with today's foundation materials, proper placement, and a
planning ahead, these barns can have several more 100 year
The details of his work also fascinate him. He wants to learn how
old barns were laid out and how farmers back then cut with
precision. Even dealing with lumber that was cut down hundreds of
ago sparks his imagination.
"The age of wood in these barns is
history," Moore said.
Historic barns were often 300 years in the making, he
said. A barn might
have been built 150 years ago, plus there is the 150 years
it took to
grow the trees used to make it.
"What was going on in American
history 300 years ago?" he said. "The
story that these barns would tell if
they could talk. Many do have
something to say by markings on the timbers of
initials, number of days
for rain and snow, crop yields, and construction
changes over the years."
For more information on the Timber Framers Guild,
those interested may
contact Moore at 937-243-4646 or e-mail him at email@example.com. To
contact the guild
directly, those interested may call 888-453-0879 or
find them online at www.tfguild.com.
Another organization with
similar duties is the Friends of Ohio Barns,
which can be found at http://ohiobarns.osu.edu.
N.L. continues to seek funding change
By CORINNE BIX
North Lewisburg will
continue to fight for a more fair distribution of
government funds and revenue assistance.
Last month during a special meeting,
the council unanimously passed a
resolution that was presented to the
Champaign County Budget Commission
contesting the distribution of local
Mayor Dick Willis, village administrator Barry First,
officer Diane Davis and council member Jason Keeran met
with the budget
commission to present the resolution. The group reported back
that the current configuration of funds hasn't been revisited
1976. First said it was unclear to him as to what method or basis
being used to currently distribute funds.
North Lewisburg is
requesting that the distribution of funds be based on
population numbers and
recalculated with every census.
First said that currently, North Lewisburg
receives $22,000 in local
government funding while Mechanisburg receives over
$53,000 and St.
Paris receives $48,000. Both municipalities have comparable
to North Lewisburg.
The budget commission members explained
that the funding for the next
year is determined every August therefore if a
change is made it would
not take effect until 2008. The budget commission is
comprised of the
county auditor, treasurer and prosecutor.
First and Davis
will begin to regularly attend the monthly budget
were well received by the Champaign County Budget Commission and
willing to revisit and study the calculations by which the
funding is distributed countywide," First said.
For a change to occur all 21
political subdivisions within Champaign
County would have to vote and have a
51 percent majority vote. First
said that the commission did forewarn North
Lewisburg village officials
that there might be resistance to change since a
new calculation would
take from some and give to others.
council members of an upcoming countywide flu shot clinic
on Oct. 25 from 1
to 6 p.m. at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. The
clinic will serve as a
test-run in the event of a future pandemic. The
flu shots will be
administered in a drive-through fashion in which those
participating will not
leave their vehicles. They are projecting a
30-minute or less wait and the
cost will be $18. Those interested should
bring their license or
identification and Medicare/Medicaid cards. Cash
or check will be
The village has reached an agreement with The Meadows
housing development in regard to water meter installation. The
will provide 80 meters to the Meadows as long as they pay for
install all water meter system components. They will receive the
water/sewer services as other village residents. The Meadows will
be responsible for any re-stocking fees related to additional
The village will not be able to use a Community Development
(CDBG) for new playground equipment. The CDBG grant was denied
playground equipment because the scope of the project didn't benefit
large enough cross-section of the community as a whole. First
after the meeting adjourned that the highest priority criteria
obtaining CDBG grant money is to meet low to moderate income
which North Lewisburg is the contrary with some of the highest
levels in Champaign county.
The $27,000 in CDGB money will instead
be used to completely refurbish
the village park restrooms. First said, only
the existing concrete shell
will be used in the remodel project.
village has applied for a Natureworks grant through the Ohio
Natural Resources for $9,500, which if received will be
The council heard the first reading of two ordinanances
for water and
sewer rates. During last month's special meeting, the
unanimously agreed to the new water meter rate schedule to take
in January. The new base rate for water and sewer will be $45
include 3,000 gallons of water. This was increased from the
proposal of 2,000 gallons. The next 3,000 gallons used will be
at $3.06 for water and $5.68 for sewer. Every 3,000 gallons after
will be charged at $3.85 for water and $5.11 for sewer.
council meeting has yet to be determined due to election day.
. Deputy Glenn Kemp gave the Champaign County Sheriff's report for
month of September. It included 17 traffic citations, seven
issued for traffic violations, 13 incident reports, 34 cases
assistance give to citizens, nine arrests made, six civil and
papers served, 61 follow-up investigations, three open doors,
instances of juvenile contact, two civic activities completed and
auto accident reports taken.
. Beggar's Night will be Oct. 31 from
. Progress on the Wastewater Treatment Plant and water
installation continues with all water meters to be installed by the
of the month.
. The moving of the bridge project in conjunction with
should be completed by Thanksgiving.
. Council heard a
presentation by state representative candidate Adam
cautions about placement of campaign signs
Public encouraged not to place
signs along roadway
As election campaign signs begin to sprout up across the
state, the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) is reminding the public
that it is
illegal to post signs in the highway right of way.
time of year we see a plethora of illegal signs popping
up," said ODOT
District 6 Deputy Director Jack Marchbanks. "The signs
are a safety concern
because they can cause sight distance problems,
especially at intersections.
We are also concerned with the safety of
those people who pull off the side
of the road to place the signs."
"While we will not be patrolling
specifically for campaign signs, our
county crews will remove them if they
are working in the area where
signs are posted," said Thomas Lyden ODOT
District 6 highway management
administrator. "It's not just campaign signs
that are problematic; we
are concerned with businesses placing any
advertising signs along the roadway."
A good indication of the state right
of way is either the fence line or
mowing line. Sidewalks and utility poles
are typically located in the
state right of way. If the right of way cannot
be determined, a visit or
phone call should be made to the local ODOT county
garage for clarification.
Only those obstructions located on the state
right of way will be
removed. Illegal signs that are removed will be stored
at the ODOT
county garages for 30 days. Individuals can claim the signs
normal business hours.
Jerome Township honors fireman
By CINDY BRAKE
There were tears during
Jerome Township's Board of Trustees regular
meeting Monday night - tears for
the loss of a local fireman, father and friend.
Firemen dressed in formal
attire lined the back wall of the township
hall as Chief Scott Skeldon
presented framed reminders of fellow fireman
Jeff Collier who died in May of
lung cancer. His Unit #13 was formally
retired during the brief ceremony held
during the meeting.
"The silent guy" whose forte was equipment and training,
is how Skeldon
described Collier. A third-generation firefighter, Collier has
years and earned the rank of lieutenant. Trustee Ron Rhodes, who
worked closely with the fire department, said Collier "embodied
spirit of the program" and adding that there would be "no Station
without the Collier family."
Collier was a full-time firefighter for
the Washington Township Fire
Department in Dublin and had worked part time
for the Jerome Township
Fire Department and road crew.
presented to Collier's widow, Missy, and three sons -
Brayden, 8; Hunter, 9;
and Tyler, 11 - along with Jerome Township Fire
Captain Jay Olson and Trustee
Bob Merkle. The frames include a color
photograph of Collier, his unit number
and an inscribed plaque honoring
him for his dedicated service to the
township fire department and citizens.
Skeldon said Collier's name has
been inscribed on the Fallen Firefighter
Memorial in Colorado
Collier's father, Denzil, who heads up the township's road
said there were not enough words to thank the fire department for
they had done for the family.
In regular business, trustees Rhodes and
Merkle defended the township's
decision to hire an attorney for zoning
Former trustee Freeman May said it was "outrageous" for township
to be paying for an attorney to talk with developers while members
the township zoning commission and board of zoning appeals can not
with the attorney unless approved by the trustees. May's
Kent Anders, is chairman of the zoning commission. According to
minutes, Anders has that the procedures be given to him in
Merkle said Jeanette Harrington, chairman of the board of
appeals, has requested that the county prosecutor serve as legal
for that board. The trustees concurred.
Merkle said the trustees
are just trying to control costs.
"We're in a new league now," Rhodes
The trustees discussed a procedural matter concerning Zoning
Section 1021 and approved the transfer of $15,000 for health
Skeldon said an $8,000 grant will be used to purchase two new cots
the fire department's open house is Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Treat in the township will be celebrated Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.
trustees then recessed into executive session for 10 minutes to
personnel matters. Upon returning to open session, the board
voted to send a
letter to zoning commission member Mike Buchanan who has
meetings. He is being asked to notify township officials if
he is unable to
attend, so alternate members can be called, Merkle said.
upholds local ruling
From J-T staff reports:
A Union County woman
convicted of providing illegal drugs that led to
the death of a Marysville
teenager will remain in prison.
Union County Prosecutor, David Phillips
reported Monday that Marsha
Shoemaker, who was convicted of drug trafficking,
deception to obtain a
dangerous drug and involuntary manslaughter earlier
this year, will stay
in prison for the next 14 years for causing the death of
Fairbanks football player Justin Phelps.
Phillips said the result
was from a decision by the Third District Court
of Appeals, which affirmed
her conviction. The 30-page opinion, released
by the Court today, was
unanimous in affirming the jury's verdicts of guilty.
"I am very pleased
with the decision," Phillips said, who argued the
appeal before the Court of
Appeals. "This is an important case and
important decision. We had a young
man with promise who died as a direct
result of taking a lethal dose of
morphine provided to him by Marsha
Shoemaker. The appellate court affirmed
what I told the jury, 'the
person who was responsible for trafficking in
these drugs is responsible
for the death that follows.'"
defense reportedly argued that the drug trafficking charge
could not be used
as an underlying offense for involuntary manslaughter.
Phillips said the
appellate court rejected Shoemaker's argument and held
that the jurors could
readily have concluded beyond a reasonable doubt
that "Justin's death was
proximately caused by Shoemaker giving her
(morphine) pills to Justin."
said the court's opinion "makes it clear that drug traffickers can be
criminally responsible for their actions in putting these dangerous
The prosecutor said that during the initial investigation,
enforcement learned Shoemaker deceived her doctor to get a potent
of morphine prescribed to her and then diverted the morphine
providing it to the youth.
"The young man had no idea that this drug
was so dangerous," Phillips
said. "He took the drugs Shoemaker had given him,
overdosed and died."
Phillips noted that the local community has had a rash
"Diversion happens when someone gets a
prescription medication, and then
sells it on the street. It's illegal and
extremely dangerous. We've had
several deaths and overdoses related to abuse
of prescription medication
in Union county."
As a result of this case and
others, Phillips said that the legal,
law-enforcement and medical communities
have come together to try to
prevent future deaths.
"It's one thing to
send the drug-trafficker to prison," Phillips said,
"but if at all possible,
we'd rather prevent the death in the first place."
He said Union County
Coroner David Applegate, Sheriff Rocky Nelson,
Marysville Chief of Police
Floyd Golden and himself have met to develop
a strategy to prevent these
types of crime.
"As a result of these meetings, we are presenting local
training on recognizing and preventing drug diversion at the
medical staff meeting in December."
Phillips said the training
appears to be the first of its kind in the area.
Shoemaker was convicted
by a Union County jury after an extensive
investigation into the boy's
"Cases of this sort require teamwork and cooperation among the
agencies," Phillips said. "The excellent investigation by the
Office and forensic work by them and Coroner's Office made this
provable in court."
Shoemaker was represented in her appeal by former
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