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Local Archived News September 2006

 

9/30/06

     Municipal court bailiff Jim Payne retires

9/29/06

     Rail crossing will reopen

     Hospital sets aside money for charities

9/28/06

     Preserving the rural setting

9/27/06

     Program aims to get dads in school

9/26/06

     Now hold your horses

     Richwood officials discuss exotic animal ordinance

     Honda CR-V rolls off the line at Honda East Liberty

9/23/06

    Family, friends rally around injured pastor 

9/22/06

     Marysville controlling the tap

     EPA meeting focuses on wastewater facility

     Train fire sparks field blaze

9/21/06

     Rail crossing issue remains in limbo

     Juveniles implicated in pawn shop break-in

9/20/06

    Wastewater plant construction nears

    North Lewisburg  to contest tax distribution

     Gregory White earns rank of Eagle Scout

9/19/06

     Input sought on fate of school

     Triad considers upgrade in lunch system

     Jerome Twp. officials  deal with procedural issues

9/18/06

     Zwayer settles in as local OSP head

9/16/06

     Groundbreaking scheduled for veterans monument

9/15/06

     City updated on Gateway project

     Man leads police on high speed chase around city

9/14/06

     City sets uptown design standards

     Air Force band entertains crowd

     Move planned for another historic local building

9/13/06

     Tossing our life onto the lawn'

     Scotts CEO leaves

     Navin students to send quilts to Katrina victims

     Bank urges customers to  be cautious

9/12/06

     Cold blooded escapee on the loose in Richwood

     Jon Alder makes cuts

     Air Force Band to perform

     Miller earns rank of Eagle Scout

     Unionville Center has new clerk-treasurer

9/11/06

     Rogers named Union County Junior Miss

     Series of break-ins reported

9/9/06

     MHS Digital Yearbook Project launched

9/8/06

     Man stabbed during dispute

     Contestants announced for Union County's 2007 Junior Miss program

9/7/06

     Festifair to showcase work of area artists

9/6/06

     N.L. council looks into  sale of municipal building

     Judge sentences offender to four years

     Jerome Township continues to struggle with Route 33 Accord

9/5/06

     OSP focused on reducing accidents, fatalities

9/2/06

     4-H advisor sentenced for child molestation

     County residents trust Project Lifesaver

9/1/06

      Train, truck crash kills one

      New MRDD superintendent settling in


Municipal court bailiff Jim Payne retires
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville Municipal Court bailiff Jim Payne retired this week after six
years of service to Judge Michael Grigsby and other court magistrates.
After Payne's departure, former postal service employee Jim Lockwood
will become the new court bailiff.
But to Payne, the retirement means anything but relaxation.
"I'm just not going to go home and sit down in a rocker and waste away,"
he said. "I have to be doing something."
Oddly enough, being a bailiff was never something he considered doing as
a profession. When Michael Grigsby was elected Marysville Municipal
Court Judge in 2000, he asked Payne if he would be interested in taking the spot.
"I felt it was an honor to do it," Payne said. "Since then it has been
something I've really enjoyed."
The trail of careers and experiences Payne has accrued since the 1950s,
is all anyone needs to judge how busy the man has been. He started out
in the United States Air Force as an administrator during the Korean War
from 1952-53.
"I wanted to be a tail gunner, but I never made it," he said. "I'm color blind."
Through the Air Force Payne was able to travel and see places like
Korea, Japan, the Fiji Islands, Taiwan and France. He stayed with the
Air Force another 19 years, before he finally left in 1971 and came to
Union County so his wife could be closer to her family.
From there Payne joined Ashland Chemical in Dublin. The company then
sold to another company in Germany, becoming Shurex Chemical. He retired
from there in 1991.
Since then Payne said he has done "a bit of everything."
Marysville Police officers remember Payne working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher
for a couple years. He also worked at an area golf course and had a
stint as the Secretary Treasurer of the Ohio Elks Association before
joining the Marysville Municipal Court system.
"I might do something else down the road if it comes along and it's less
demanding," Payne said.
His son runs an accounting firm in Columbus, so he may help out there.
His daughter also runs a horse farm in Kentucky, where he plans to lend
a hand. Between them both, Payne said he should keep busy any way that he can.
"I'm just going to do what I want to do," he said.
With Marysville straining at the seams with growth, local law
enforcement has seen a dramatic rise in criminal activity. This rise
inevitably ends up right in the municipal courtroom.
Months ago police reports showed a man was frustrated and angry with his
sentence, so he threw the court podium across the room. The mark in the
wooden room divider is still there. However, violence in the courtroom is rare.
"It doesn't happen that often," Payne said.
When he first started as bailiff, there was a man being disruptive in
the holding cell, so Grigsby had the man removed. While they were taking
the man out he became combative and officers had to wrestle him down in
the hallway at City Hall.
Normally, Payne said, no trouble happens when Grigsby is on the stand.
Looking back over the past six years as bailiff, Payne said he is proud
of the changes he helped facilitate. When he started the court was only
in session three days a week and organizing the flood of people coming
in was stressful.
"It was chaotic," he said. "People were wall to wall (in the courtroom)."
Since then the court was able to expand to sessions five days a week and
the staff has created a fluid organized system.
"Things really run smooth now," Payne said.
Other changes he is proud to have seen are placing new seating in the
courtroom. He also helped with the replacement of the old analog
cassette recorder used for documenting court sessions. In its place went
state of the art digital recording equipment. Previously, Payne said he
had to lug around a 27-inch television mounted to a cabinet and then
move it around during court sessions so the witnesses, jury and audience
could see any video footage of police traffic stop evidence. That
television was then replaced by two 47-inch televisions mounted to the
walls of the courtroom, allowing easy viewing by everyone in the room.
"I'm really proud of that and the recording system," Payne said.
He said his retirement this week will only be difficult because of the
people he will be leaving behind.
"I've really enjoyed working with the court staff and I've met an awful
lot of people in law enforcement and other court bailiffs in surrounding
counties," Payne said. "I think it is important to note how we treat
people who come through those courtroom doors. We treat them with
respect. It doesn't matter who you are. We are courteous and polite to
everyone. That emanates from the judge on down. We just have very few
problems in there now and I think it has to do with how you treat people."

Rail crossing will reopen
ORDC comes through with full funding  for upgrades

By RYAN HORNS
It took a lot of debate to get there, but the warning devices for the
East Fifth Street railroad crossing will be installed at no cost to the
city of Marysville. It means the crossing could be reopened in a little
more than a year.
Marysville City Council president John Gore announced at Thursday
night's city council meeting that a letter from the Ohio Rail
Development Commission arrived Wednesday with the news on the crossing.
The letter states Marysville will receive 100 percent of the funding
needed to keep traffic flowing through East Fifth Street. It means the
installation of crossing lights and arms.
"As a result of your explanation of the city of Marysville's limited
General Fund Budget, the Ohio Rail Development Commission (ORDC) has
investigated methods by which the railroad warning devices at Fifth
Street can be improved at no cost to the community," Susan Kirkland
wrote, manager of the ORDC Safety Programs. "I am pleased to tell you
that the ORDC will fund the warning device installation at a 70 percent
level and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will cover the
remaining 20 percent along with assessing CSX a 10 percent share. Bonnie
Johrendt at the PUCO will initiate a contract outlining the scope and
funding scenario for the project."
Kirkland also noted that by adding PUCO and CSX into the funding scheme,
the project timeline would take longer.
"A PUCO order will be associated with the project and the railroad will
have one year to construct the warning devices from the date the order
is issued," Kirkland wrote.
She sad that leaving the crossing untouched is probably the best bet for
the time being.
"The ORDC recommends that the city keep the crossing closed until the
warning devices are in place at the crossing," Kirkland wrote.
Gore said he would like to thank city law director Tim Aslaner and
council vice president Dan Fogt for taking the lead on the railroad
crossing project, which ultimately led to ORDC's decision to fund the
warning devices.
"Your leg work on this is very appreciated," Gore said.
Gore also stressed that the traffic problems on the east side of the
city far from over. So when roadways are upgraded down the line, East
Fifth Street will be a part of that in some way.
Fogt brought up the concrete upgrade that was expected to be done by CSX
on the East Fifth Street crossing. He said it should be completed when
CSX comes back later on this fall when they upgrade other city crossings.
He said it could pose a problem if the crossing warning devices are
installed in the summer, but the concrete hasn't been repaired. It is
best to have it fixed with the rest this fall.
In other discussions:
. House reported that the street paving project for 2006 has been
completed. The designated streets were paved and all that remains are
the installation of markings on the asphalt for parking and lanes. She
added that the city parking lots will not be completed this year because
the paving company did not honor its original price quote for that part
of the project. As a result, the city lots will be paved during the 2007 program.
. The first reading was held on an ordinance to accept the agreement
between the Department of the Army and Marysville for design assistance
for the Marysville Reclamation Facility.
House said some $800,000 to $900,000 will come to the city in a grant
for the design. She said the sooner the ordinance is passed, the sooner
Marysville will receive the grant money to begin.
. Councilwoman Leah Sellers asked to amend the ordinance which would
have doubled the compensation fees for members of city boards and
commissions, from $50 a meeting to $35. The previous compensation has been $25.

Hospital sets aside money for charities
By CORINNE BIX
Memorial Hospital of Union County plans on donating up to $8,000 this
holiday season to local not-for-profit groups.
During Thursday's monthly meeting, the hospital board of trustees
supported a proposal brought by CEO/President Chip Hubbs that would
reallocate gift funds to support local charities. Local charities should
contact the hospital for more information.
The board approved the purchase of new exterior signage to reflect the
hospital's updated logo introduced last year. The exterior signage
project should take between six to 10 weeks and will include a campus
marker to sit at the corner of London and Ninth avenues.
Nathanial Schreiner was introduced as the new director of emergency
services. He began working with the hospital last month. He is a
graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in
nursing and a Masters degree in Health Systems Administration. Schreiner
formally worked for Parma General Hospital as the assistant director of
emergency services.
Laurie Whittington, Chief Operating Officer, has completed long-term
care licensure as required to serve as the licensed administrator for
The Gables at Green Pastures. Whittington spends 16 hours a
week at the Gables facility.
The board will no longer conduct closed 15-minute sessions during the
regular monthly meetings. As a public entity and to comply with the Open
Meetings Act and the Ohio Sunshine Laws, Hubbs said the period will be
removed from future agendas.
In other business, the board approved:
. Issuance of tax-exempt bonds with a do-not-exceed amount of $5 million
to refinance debt and gave Hubbs and Jeff Ehlers approval to sign a
declaration of intent in regard to these bonds in the interest of time constraints.
. The 2006 capital budget reallocation of $270,000 as follows -  $20,000
for the Mill Valley marketing as funding is not needed in 2006; $220,000
for the sleep lab expansion, total project cost was $270,000 with the
remaining $50,000 to be used for planning the Women's Center empty
space; $30,000 for cardiology, transferring an additional $30,000 and
leaving $25,000 for equipment purchases.
. Estimated costs for upcoming un-budgeted projects for 2006 include -
$7,000, pharmacy project overage; $25,000, physical therapy; $30,000,
physician's lounge; $8,000, pallet jack; $12,000, surgery bed; $40,000,
ultrasound for the OB department; $14,000 for HVAC roof top unit;
$21,000 for pathology renovation; $65,000 for signage overage.
. Dr. Michael Conrad as the department of surgery chair and Dr. Joe
Linscott as the department of medicine chair.
. Modification of privileges for: Dr. Phillip Garber, internal medicine,
department of surgery, active status, hospitalist privileges; Dr. Victor
Trianfo, family medicine, department of medicine, active status,
hospitalist privileges; Dr. Frank Raymond, DO, gynecology, department of
surgery, active status, committee approved removing OB privileges from
current OB/GYN Core and Non Core at Dr. Raymond's request.
. Approved intent to purchase, with no obligation to buy, a dual source
CT scanner from Siemens as a courtesy to Siemens to comply with their
year-end fiscal reports.
. Medical staff business - CRNA Core and Non Core; Convenient Care and
Urgent Care Core and Non-Core; Family Medicine Core; Gables
Credentialing Policy; volunteer licensed independent practitioner/allied
health disaster credentialing/privileging policy
. Committee reports for quality review and finance.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss pending
litigation. No action was taken.
The next board of trustees meeting will be Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.

Preserving the rural setting
Quail Hollow residents want to know why school district is taking down
trees

By RYAN HORNS
When old trees recently started going down to make way for a school bus
parking lot at Marysville High School, neighboring residents of Quail
Hollow wanted answers.
Wednesday night the residents received those answers in an open
discussion with Marysville Schools Superintendent Larry Zimmerman and
project architect Rod Watson.
More than a dozen Quail Hollow residents attended the meeting, many
walking away saying they felt better because of the session. However,
questions still remained whether the refiguring of the school's parking
lots will cause them increased flooding, noise or ruin the rural feel of
their neighborhood.
As the high school begins a several-year expansion project to make way
for its new Academic Center, Zimmerman said the schools and the
residents have to work together as closely as possible to make the best
decisions on the project.
Zimmerman said the bus turnaround and a new staff parking lot would be
completed by Thanksgiving. By Spring Break 2007 the school will begin
demolishing the current visitor/staff parking lot at the building's main
entrance. Construction will begin in April on the new academic building.
The current student parking lot area will be demolished by next summer
to make way for an entirely reconfigured student lot. Also during that
summer a staging area building and a physical education-athletic
building will go up. From there, connector buildings will be built. The
work should be completed by the start of the 2008-2009 school year.
Zimmerman explained that the school district is growing so fast a new
addition had to be made to fit more students.
He said after weighing all options, the only one feasible was to place
the new school bus turnaround lot nearest Quail Hollow and construct the
new school addition within the land currently occupied by staff/visitor
parking lot at the entrance.
Cutting down trees nearest Quail Hollow was the first phase of the
project. It also happened to be the quickest way to get the attention of homeowners.
"The high school is surrounded by aces of open field that could easily
have served the same purpose, but for some reason the current plans have
a bus turnaround running almost through the residents of Quail Hollow
backyards," resident Brian Richards wrote in a recent letter to the
editor in the Journal-Tribune.
"I worked like heck to keep those trees in that area. It just became our
worst nightmare," Zimmerman said. "We would have preferred none (be cut down)."
He said the trees had to come down, or risk them falling down on their
own from a damaged root systems caused by the construction. The good
news was that no more trees are scheduled to be cut down for the project.
Zimmerman also explained that landscape designs call for more trees to
be added. They will be smaller trees, but will do something to shield
"our house from yours."
Flooding in Quail Hollow was also a big concern expressed by many
residents.. One resident said his property floods waist deep during
heavy rains and he wanted to know if the situation could become worse.
Zimmerman and Watson explained that the new construction should actually
improve the situation at Quail Hollow. He said the flooding issue is
important because the only retainage and drainage for Quail Hollow right
now is a pond that is unfortunately located on school property.
"We would have loved to level that (pond) out for parking, but we can't
mess with it without affecting neighborhood flooding," he said.
He said Quail Hollow drainage was something Marysville city officials
should have prevented when the subdivision went in, but now it's on
school property and they have to work around it. Two of the Quail Hollow
homes probably should have been retainage ponds, but the developer
probably chose to sell the lots in order to make more money. Now
flooding is an issue.
Watson said that the plans could include a drainage path, dug between
the school and the neighborhood, to create a natural gravity flow for
the water to be retained elsewhere.
"It'll be a drastic improvement," Watson said.
"The last thing we want to do is flow water onto their property,"
Zimmerman said. "In fact, it's illegal."
Other residents at the meeting were not convinced and asked about other
locations on school property.
Zimmerman explained that the bus turnaround had to go near Quail Hollow.
There is an easement along that land, where buried water/sewer lines and
electricity are being pumped into Mill Valley.
"If those are disturbed then so are 1,200 other homes," Zimmerman said.
He said the city needs access to those lines, so digging through an
asphalt parking lot is easier to do than digging through school rooms.
A resident asked him what about putting the bus lot on the left side of the school.
Watson said the space was "too tight" for the buses to turn. Even trying
to go in another direction would end up disturbing drainage ponds used
to keep the neighborhoods from flooding.
Regarding the noise, one man pointed out that diesel engine buses are
loud and would be even worse when they sit there idling while students
get on and off.
A resident also said he thought the buses will wake up the neighborhood
coming in at 7 a.m. as they drive "20 yards from our bedroom windows."
Zimmerman said the buses normally have the students boarded or off the
bus in roughly eight or nine minutes. The rest of the time the engines
are off. But he said it could be an issue, s they will look for any ways
to lessen the noise.
One resident asked about building a wall along the property like they do
on highways. Several other people agreed that would be great.
"I would really rather muffle it naturally rather than build a wall," he said.
However, he will see if that is something plausible.
"Let us look at this and get back to you, Zimmerman said. "If we can
help you we will. we're kind of attached at the hip anyway because we're
collecting your water."
Zimmerman said another meeting could be held later on and he would be
happy to update anyone via e-mail or phone.

Program aims to get dads in school

By RYAN HORNS
A new program aims to help younger students become more confident and
make schools safer, just by allowing D.O.G.S. in the building.
Marysville's East Elementary staff will be kicking off  the first ever
Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program with a pizza party
Thursday at 6 p.m. at the school, 212 Chestnut St.
"This is your night to have fun and spend some quality time with your
kids," a recent press release stated.
The night will include games, prizes and an opportunity for fathers to
become Watch D.O.G.S. at East Elementary, said Lois Everitt, East
Elementary's PTO public relations official.
According to the national program's web-site, Watch D.O.G.S. was created
in response to the Jonesboro, Ark., school shooting in 1998. Since then,
the program has reportedly spread to hundreds of schools in more than 30 states.
"More positive male role models are sorely needed in the school
setting," the release states.
Everitt said fathers of East Elementary School students are invited to
sign up to spend one day this year volunteering, serving as a positive
male role model and helping to increase a sense of security in the
school building. During Watch D.O.G.S. Day dads will engage in various
activities such as welcoming students during arrival, reading to
classes, tutoring small groups of students, having fun at recess or
simply sitting down and connecting with students during lunch. Schools
can gain an extra set of eyes and ears which helps to create an
environment conducive to learning. Fathers can also spend more time with
their children in the school setting and gain a greater awareness of the
positive impact they can have on their child's life, just be being an involved dad.
Everitt said URE has even supported the program with a $1,000 grant to
help pay for T-shirts for Watch D.O.G.S. participants and to kick off
the program. Little Tony's has also provided discount pizza for the Thursday event.
A release from East Elementary explains that many children do not have a
father-figure present in their home and the number of male teachers has
been steadily declining in recent years.
"Sometimes the perception is that the PTO is a female only world, what
we're learning is that all we had to do was ask and the dads were more
than eager to participate," Everitt said.

Now hold your horses
Rumors about elimination of harness racing from county fair appear
unfounded

By TIM MILLER
The word on the streets over the past few days had members of the
community's harness racing circles up in arms.
The rumor is news to us ... so said members of the Union County Fair Board.
The board, meeting during its regular monthly session Monday evening,
addressed concerns from several visitors about a rumor circulating
through the community that the fair board will disband harness racing, a
long-time staple of the summer exposition.
Board president Dale Madison and member Kay Griffith were just two from
the governing body who said they hadn't heard that rumor and didn't know
where it came from.
Although no one on the board came out on record in opposition of harness
racing, there are some financial concerns about the sport.
"We have looked at the possibility of discontinuing harness racing if we
can't make a profit,"Madison said . "It's a business but no decision has
yet been made."
It was reported that board members had to take $4,500 from the fair's
general fund this year to help cover harness racing expenses.
With that, harness racing "technically broke even" for 2006, according
to board member Kim Butcher.
The sport has taken a hit over the past few years, it was reported, due
in part to declining attendance.
That prompted the fair board to eliminate one session of the two-day
racing card normally associated with the fair.
Of the 10 visitors at the meeting who had an interest in the issue,
several offered suggestions to help increase attendance.
Among them was switching dates for racing.
It was pointed out that a Monday afternoon race card - as was held this
summer - makes it difficult for working people to attend the races.
Griffith said that races had to be held Monday of this year's fair as
the saddle pads used here had to be at the Shelby County Fair by
Thursday of the same week.
It was suggested that racing be switched to the Sunday before the
official opening of the fair. Board members said, however, that would
interfere with exhibitors and vendors trying to get onto the grounds for set-up.
Another suggestion was to add more races to the card but it was pointed
out that the board would have to spend an additional $500 for each added
race. With that in mind, the fair cut costs by going to just a one-day card.
A switch to later days during fair week wouldn't be that practical,
board members said, as the track is used for a variety of activities.
By putting harness racing early in the week, the track is in good shape
for the event and horse trainers don't have to worry about racing on a rough track.
After further discussion, it was decided that three board members -
Billie Jo Humble, Crystal Ropp and Ruby Anderson - will meet within the
next few weeks with members of the harness racing community.
"Let's put together a committee to come up with some ideas for our
October meeting," said Madison.
"Again," he added, "we're not opposed to having harness races. We like harness racing."
"However," said board vice president Mike Butcher. "We can't keep taking
$4,500 from our general fund for harness racing. That would sacrifice
programs for our Junior Fair and that would be hard to explain to the kids."

Richwood officials discuss exotic animal ordinance
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Richwood Council continues to look at the issue of exotic animals being
kept as pets within the village.
Although council learned that a county agency may have regulations in
place to help govern the ownership of such animals, local legislation
may continue to be pursued.
The issue was first addressed at the Sept. 11 village council meeting
when it was noted that an alligator measuring three feet in length
escaped from local resident. It was also noted that village police
officers had previously responded to a possible break-in at the home
where the reptile was kept and entered the front door to find the
creature on the loose.
The alligator has since been captured after being located sunning itself
near a creekbed.
At the Sept. 11 meeting, council members felt that the owners of such
exotic pets should be required to notify area officials.
Village solicitor Victoria Stone Moledor reported that she was contacted
by the Union County Health Department which has a Ohio Revised
Code-backed ordinance which mandates owners of wild or exotic animals to
notify law enforcement officials if an animal escapes. Some of the
creatures listed in the regulations includes poisonous snakes, bears,
coyotes, tigers, elephants, apes, wolves and birds of prey. Alligators
are not specifically named in the regulation.
Village officials said they would like Moledor to look into additional
regulations. At the very least they said they would like the list of
notified agencies, upon an escape, to include the village itself and the
local fire department as well as the police department.
They would rather see the village put an ordinance in place to force
owners of such animals to notify emergency agencies and the village when
the pet is obtained. This would allow emergency responders to know such
an animal was in the residence if summoned for service.
Moledor said she would look into the issue to see if the village had
legal grounds for such an ordinance.
In other business, council:
.Passed third reading on the village's new parking regulation ordinance.
.Heard an update on a recent  bid opening from engineer Ed Bischoff of
Bischoff and Associates.
.Changed the date of trick or treat to coincide with Richwood Area
Business Association activities on Saturday, Oct. 28. Candy will be
passed out by area residents from 5-7 p.m.
.Heard an update from village administrator Larry Baxa on recent water
problems in the village. Apparently a well pump failed and a transducer
at the water tower also malfunctioned leading to a drop in pressure.
This situation was multiplied by a water line break. Baxa said the
quality of the water was never compromised through the events.
.Heard a question on a conditional use permit approved by the Board of
Zoning Appeals.
.Heard about an issue of overtime pay for a village employee.

Honda CR-V rolls off the line at Honda East Liberty
From J-T staff reports:
Honda production associates left their shift at the East Liberty Plant
this morning having finished production of the first U.S.-made Honda
CR-V, an all-new version of one of America's most popular sport utility vehicles.
Sixty units of the CR-V, all them in the color Nighthawk Black Pearl,
rolled off the same East Liberty assembly line where Honda associates
also build the Honda Civic Sedan and the Honda Element SUV.
"We're proud that our associates can build three distinctly different
vehicles on a common assembly line with Honda's commitment to quality,"
said John Pleiman, plant manager and vice president of Honda of America
Mfg. Inc. "Their dedication has been a key component of Honda,s flexible
manufacturing systems, which allow us to respond quickly to market changes."
Both shifts at East Liberty built the first batch of CR-Vs, which began
to take shape in the body welding shop. They emerged from the paint shop
on the first shift Monday and journeyed down the final assembly line.
The first model was driven off the line at 7:17 p.m. Eastern time.
"Communication is the key part of making flexibility work on the line,"
said associate Paula Wilson of Bellefontaine, who has worked at Honda
for 22 years and is one of the original associates at the East Liberty
Plant, which opened in 1989.
Roy Preston of Springfield, an original East Liberty associate who has
worked for Honda for 20 years, said: "This is the best start we,ve had
of any of the new models. We were more prepared for it, since our plant
has been flexible for so long."
Flexibility also is a key attribute of the nearby Marysville Auto Plant,
where Honda builds the Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe, Acura TL luxury
sports sedan and Acura RDX luxury sport utility vehicle.
Annual production volume of the CR-V at the East Liberty Plant will be
determined by customer demand. Truly a global product, the CR-V for the
North American market also is produced in the United Kingdom and Japan.
"There was a considerable amount of teamwork around the world in
redesigning and manufacturing the CR-V. Here at East Liberty, our
associates were empowered to suggest process changes that made this
vehicle fit in with the Civic and Element," said Dave Skidmore,
engineering project leader for the CR-V.
CR-Vs made at East Liberty come equipped with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder
i-VTEC engine produced 40 miles away at Honda,s Anna Engine Plant in
western Ohio.
Between 2003 and 2006, Honda has invested about $750 million to keep its
Ohio operations as state-of-the art facilities. Honda,s total U.S.
capital investment in research and development, design, manufacturing
and sales operations has risen to more than $8.5 billion since 1979,
when the company began U.S. manufacturing.
The East Liberty Plant inaugurated U.S. light truck production by Honda
in Ohio when the Element went into production in November 2002.
The 2007 CR-V goes on sale Thursday. The new crossover vehicle has a
dramatic new body structure. Under the aerodynamic look are safety
enhancements, including Honda's exclusive Advanced Compatibility
Engineering (ACE) body structure, six airbags, antilock brakes,
pedestrian safety design and Vehicle Stability Assist with rollover sensor.
Honda of America Mfg. Inc. was established in 1979 to build motorcycles,
adding car production in 1982. It's comprised of four manufacturing
plants ^ the Marysville Auto Plant, the East Liberty Auto Plant, the
Anna Engine Plant and the original facility, the Marysville Motorcycle Plant.
Honda employment in Ohio totals about 16,000. Major operations include
Honda R&D Americas Inc. in Raymond; Honda Transmission Mfg. Inc. in
Russells Point; Honda Engineering North America Inc. in Marysville and
Anna; and the American Honda Motor Co. Inc. service parts and
procurement center in Troy.
For more information those interested may visit hondanews.com.

Family, friends rally around injured pastor

By CINDY BRAKE
Slowly Pastor Marty Sheckler is waking up from a 10-week coma.
Meanwhile family and friends wait, watch and pray while planning a
Christian Celebration for the Sheckler family on Oct. 14 from noon to 8
p.m. at the Union County Fairgrounds. All proceeds will benefit the
family. The family includes wife, Julie, and children, Ashley, Ty, Evan
and Jordan. The celebration will include music, speakers, concessions, a
craft show and silent auction.
Sheckler, minister of the Marysville Christian Church, was critically
injured on his way home from the 2006 Promise Keepers and is still in
intensive care.
"Everybody loved Marty" is an oft repeated phrase when talking to anyone
that knew the unconventional pastor who always met people where they
were at in their lives, then built relationships to where they should
be. He had a great laugh and often laughed at himself. He loved people,
especially his family, Casa Fiesta food and motorcycles.
"He made everybody feel like they were his best friend," said wife Julie
who now wears his wedding band on a chain around her neck along with her
engagement ring.
The Shecklers moved to Marysville 3 1/2 years ago to serve the
250-member congregation that meets on Waldo Road. A pastor for 20 years,
Sheckler first worked as a welder before enrolling in Bible college and
joining the ministry. He has traveled to Zaire (The Congo), Africa and
the Ukraine for mission trips and also served numerous ministries in
Indiana and Michigan.
Life has been good for the Shecklers. They had just built a new home on
Leeper Perkins Road and Marty was planning to finish a few of the final
details - creating two bedrooms in the basement, seeding the lawn and
hauling in more gravel for the driveway. His oldest daughter was getting
ready to take driver's education. Sheckler, 46, had just had his second
hip replacement surgery and had just purchased a new Honda motorcycle in
April. It was his primary mode of transportation. By July he had
traveled 5,000 miles on the new motorcycle. He rode it everywhere, Julie
said. He told her it was relaxing and that he enjoyed the free feeling of the wind.
On July 14, Sheckler drove the motorcycle to the church before taking a
van load of men to a Promise Keepers event in Columbus. At 10:15 p.m. he
called home to say they were just leaving and it had been a good
evening. Julie had been up since 4:30 a.m. and decided to go to bed.
Then around 12:30 a.m. a good friend came to their house with his wife
and daughter. He worked for the Sheriff's Department. There had been an
accident. Sheckler had been taken by medical helicopter to The Ohio
State University Hospital.
Later the family would learn that he had been minutes from home when a
dog ran in front of him on County Home Road. His motorcycle rolled or
skidded into the ditch. Drivers saw the motorcycle on the road and found him.
"Bad things happen to good people," Julie said, adding that "God can use this."
She said she has seen blessings from thousands of people especially
through a Web site that offers updates on her husband's condition. The
address is www.xanga.com/martysheckler.
Julie, a registered nurse, shares that "medically, he's stable;
neurologically, we don't know."
In the past week, he has begun blinking his good eye and trying to
speak, but it is hard to know what he understands, Julie said.
"We don't plan ahead of time. The doctors have done all they can do.
Everything now is a miracle from God," she said.

Marysville controlling the tap
City may be trying to deter residential growth along Industrial Parkway

By CINDY BRAKE
Jerome Township may be master of its zoning, but the city of Marysville
controls the spigot for water and sewer services. And without water and
sewer lines, commercial and residential development is limited in the township.
During a public hearing Monday, the Jerome Township Board of Trustees
confirmed that Mayor Tom Kruse and his administration are refusing to
provide water and sewer services to The Reserve at Sugar Run, a
residential development planned for the northwest corner of Taylor Road
and Industrial Parkway.
Township resident Lisa Voit questioned whether the city has a right to
deny services to an area near her home.
"We just want more information," Voit said. After living for years near
Westland Mall, Voit said the last thing she wants is a strip mall near her home.
Kruse and his administration, reportedly, are denying services because
they want commercial development on the property.
"The mayor and city council have expressed concern in general about
residential development along the Industrial Parkway corridor ...
consuming prime industrial/commercial land," wrote  Marysville city
administrator Kathy House in an E-mail. "Sugar Run is the first
residential development along that corridor to be proposed since the
city purchased the water/sewer system in Jerome Township..."
House notes that the city has "absolutely no authority in zoning matters
in Jerome Township. The city's only authority there at this time is over
our water and sewer utility provision."
In 2005 the city and county signed an agreement that reportedly meant
lower rates to county customers and a guaranteed growth area for the
city with the city paying $4 million for the county's water/sewer lines
which were valued at $8 million. An item released in May, 2005, stated
one of the benefits of the plan was that the "existing township
residences within the city's growth area will be allowed water or sewer
service without any requirement to annex."
It was stated at the Monday hearing that The Reserve at Sugar Run is in
the guaranteed growth area. House confirmed that The Reserve is in the growth area.
The original plan for The Reserve was to include some commercial lots on
the 167 acre project along with single family and condominium housing.
After township residents voiced opposition to the commercial lots, the
plan was changed to exclude commercial lots with 250 single family home
and approximately 100 condominium units. Plans also call for a left turn
lane and 35 percent open space. Build out is projected for five years.
Regardless of the city's stance, the three township trustees voted
unanimously to approve the detailed plan and there were no negative
comments voiced by residents.
In fact at a previous meeting in June, trustee Bob Merkle said the
project will provide an affordable housing option for residents and
township resident Jesse Dickinson called the development "satisfactory."

EPA meeting focuses on wastewater facility
By RYAN HORNS
Will Marysville be granted the final permits to dig its connecting sewer
lines and build its future wastewater plant? The answer is in the hands
of the Ohio EPA.
More than a dozen landowners and representatives of Mill Creek Township
were at the information and public hearings, held by the EPA Thursday evening.
Ohio EPA Environmental Specialist Jeff Boyles said the purpose of the
meeting was to "gather public comment relative to the proposed lowering
of water quality prior to making a decision on the Section 401 Water
Quality Certification."
The permit, along with the 404 permit granted by the Army Corps of
Engineers, allows the city to continue its work.
Boyles said the project is located in Marysville and in Mill Creek
Township, and includes a new Wastewater Reclamation Facility northwest
of the intersection of Beecher-Gamble Road and U.S. 33. The proposed
route for associated pipelines will run from the existing plant in
Marysville to the new location and then north and empty into Mill Creek.
He explained that within the project limits a total of 6.11 acres of
wetlands and nine streams have been identified in its path. The
boundaries include a 100-acre parcel for the future plant, a 0.85 acre
parcel for the pump station and temporary and permanent easements for
the 6.1 mile interceptor pipeline, along with the 1.5 mile effluent
pipeline to the Mill Creek outfall construction zone.
By the response from the audience, Marysville should have no problems
earning its permits. For some landowners attending the meeting, finding
out where wetland areas are located on their property was first on their
minds. Some were unaware certain areas were considered wetlands.
"In farm language, we call it a swamp," one man said.
During the hearing portion of the meeting, Jesse Dickinson was the only
person to testify. He wanted to know how this project would affect a
possible hazardous materials dump located across from the Scott's
Miracle-Gro company. He said the dump was discovered when U.S. 33 was
constructed and then was buried again.
Boyles said he did not know the details about the hazardous materials
dump, but knows people who can check on that issue. The Ohio EPA will
take any comments from the public until Sept. 28. Then members will
consider the comments and make their decision on the 401 permit, leading
to the 404 permit through the Corps.
Boyles said there are three categories of wetlands. Category 1 are low
quality with minimal wildlife, Category 2 are moderate and Category 3
are high quality wetlands.
The proposed and preferred Ohio EPA project plans are to construct a
wastewater treatment plant and the associated utilities, impacting 0.37
acres of wetlands and 183 linear feet of streams within the project
limits. This alternative would impact only 0.03 acres of Category 3
wetlands along Mill Creek for the point heading into its waters.
The proposed Minimal Degradation Alternative would be to build a plant
impacting 0.34 acres of wetlands and 143 linear feet of streams. This
alternative eliminates the outfall structure at Mill Creek and would
directly affect one wetland area.
A third Proposed Non-Degradation Alternative builds a plant with no
direct discharge to Mill Creek. Effluent materials from the plant would
be placed in storage lagoons and held for use on farm fields for
irrigation. All pipelines would be constructed using trenchless methods.
For the project's affect on wetlands and streams, Boyles said Marysville
proposes to purchase 0.8 acres of mitigation credits at Little Scioto
Mitigation Bank ? an area set aside by the state for large amounts of
wetlands, which are expanded as other wetlands are taken away elsewhere.
It exists to balance the environment.
Marysville also proposes to restore the stream crossings to original
conditions where the pipelines are constructed and then perform a stream
bank restoration project and permanently protect 550 linear feet of Mill Creek.

Train fire sparks field blaze
From J-T staff reports:
The cause of a field fire in Bowling Green was extinguished in
Marysville early this morning.
Marysville fire reports indicate that today at 12:11 a.m. a train car
full of 100 tons of coal was reported on fire. Somehow the fire,
contained at the bottom of the coal, had also caused the fire in Bowling
Green. It remained on fire all the way down to Marysville.
The flames were reportedly only visible inside the tank from a hole and
firemen had to use a Thermal Imaging camera to find the exact location.
In order to solve the problem, Marysville firefighters asked the train
conductor to pull the 2,200 foot train with 62 cars to the CSX railroad
crossing at Westlake Lee Road so that they could extinguish the fire on
the 16th car.
The car was reportedly detached from the train. It's surrounding cars
were full of waste oil and concrete powder.

Rail crossing issue remains in limbo

By RYAN HORNS
Details of when and if the East Fifth Street railroad crossing will be
upgraded and reopened remain undetermined.
City law director Tim Aslaner reported at the Aug. 24 Marysville City
Council meeting that he had made headway on possible grant money
available to fix the East Fifth Street crossing, by working with the
Ohio Rail Development Authority's Susan Kirkland.
He said the city could receive certain percentages of funding from the
grant. The exact amount is unknown until the application comes back. If
the city is granted the federal aid, then a meeting would be set up
between city, council and railroad authorities in order to decide what
exactly needs to be improved on the crossing, as well as the costs involved.
Aslaner said at the meeting that Kirkland "understands the immediacy of
the situation" and will "get back with us in a couple of weeks" on the
result of the city's grant application.
However, he and city engineer Phil Roush confirmed on Wednesday that in
four weeks no word has come back yet from Kirkland and the application status.
Roush said he expects the city will hear more by early October.
On Monday the Public Service Committee met and discussed the East Fifth
Street railroad crossing and the status of the DLZ engineering traffic
study, which Roush explained is a separate issue.
According to the meeting minutes, city council member Dan Fogt discussed
the letter city administrator Kathy House sent to Susan Kirkland of the
Ohio Rail Development Commission regarding the crossing status.
House told him that the administration will contact Kirkland if another
week goes by with no response.
The minutes show that Roush also provided an update on the DLZ
engineering study on the East Fifth Street crossing. He plans to contact
DLZ to see when it will publish the final draft of the traffic study.
Fogt reportedly questioned the significance of the study results and
felt the city did not get value from its $25,000 price tag. He wants to
see the railroad crossing opened.
He noted that DLZ determined the railroad should be closed in its
initial study, but it did not address the last two or three goals noted in the study.
Fogt explained that a citizen at the August Public Service Committee
meeting noted there are there are eight questions on the first page of
the study and some of those questions were either not addressed or were
insufficiently addressed:
. If (the crossing is) reopened, what work is needed on Fifth Street?
. If (the crossing is) reopened, what work is needed for the railroad crossing?
. What are the impacts on the businesses on Fifth Street?
"I hope that the list of 8 questions will be more fully answered in the
final draft," Fogt said.
Roush said he hoped the issues would be addressed also.
He also confirmed with House that the concrete panels would be repaired
on the crossing when CSX comes back to town, as they have tentative
plans to return in October.
Another issue raised from the DLZ study was making another thoroughfare
to bi-pass the Five Points and Delaware Avenue congestion.
In the Monday public service meeting minutes, Roush proposed starting a
road at London Avenue at Ninth Street to provide a connector from that
area all the way to the east side of Marysville, so that the traffic
coming up London Avenue heading east does not have to "wind its way
through town on Fifth Street."
House said she would go a step further, taking it from London Avenue all
the way back to Milford Center.
Roush said the city needs to look at extending Ninth Street through to
Columbus Avenue, then connect it to the Fifth Street area, and then go
across that road.
Fogt said an earlier plan called for going from the corner of Maple
Street and Collins Avenue at Nestles and then go from Collins Avenue to
the Memorial Hospital of Union County, rather than Milford Avenue. He
said he sees more value in making Collins Avenue a direct route to the hospital.
Councilman Ed Pleasant summed it up by saying the city needs to "pursue
all of the long-range options."
Members also discussed the amount of lanes needed in this thoroughfare,
if four or five might be beneficial.
Councilman Mark Reams also raised a new option, which would be to make
East Fifth Street a one-way road going eastbound only. It could be a
temporary way of relieving traffic pressures off of Delaware Avenue. He
felt it would help the Five Points intersection.
Pleasant agreed with the option, but Fogt said it may not work for
business owners and customers on East Fifth Street.
Roush said he would discuss the one-way option with DLZ

Juveniles implicated in pawn shop break-in
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville Police have apprehended three juveniles who may have been
involved in the burglary of a downtown pawn shop.
The Marysville juvenile males, two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old,
were arrested Wednesday at 6:18 p.m. after police received complaints of
gun shots fired in the area of Mill Creek Park. The juveniles were
located by police and three handguns were located in the area. Two other
handguns were located in the bedrooms of two of the other juveniles.
Police reported this morning that the firearms police recovered had been
reported stolen during the breaking and entering of a pawn shop in the
500 block of North Main Street on Friday. The juveniles obtained the
ammunition for the weapons through a separate theft at a local gun shop.
Several felony charges are expected to be filed in juvenile court
related to the thefts and illegally discharging weapons within city limits.
The juveniles were released into the custody of their parents.

Wastewater plant construction nears

By RYAN HORNS
A decision by the EPA is all that remains before the City of Marysville
can go headlong into work on its future wastewater treatment plant construction.
Marysville administrators recently reported in a release that the city
has awarded the building contract to Kokosing Construction Company for
the future Marysville Water Reclamation Facility and its Plant Effluent
Line in the amount of $64,748,300.
As noted in a city press release, the contract includes building an 8
Million Gallon Per Day (MGD) Plant with a 60-inch effluent line.
Residents driving by the construction area may have already noticed
ground work has started.
"Site preparation work has begun at the plant site, located at the
intersection of Beecher Gamble Road and Rte. 33 and is surrounded by
orange fencing," the city release states. "Construction on the plant
effluent line has been delayed slightly due to some Ohio EPA permit issues."
Calls made to House and public service director Tracie Davies for
further details on the status of the treatment plant work were not
returned this week.
The city reported that construction will not begin before November on
the effluent line portion of the project.
A public hearing for the EPA will give county residents a chance to
voice their concerns over the future Marysville wastewater plant.
The Ohio EPA announced this week it will hold a public information
session and hearing on Thursday, Sept. 21 to answer questions and accept
comments on an application filed by the City of Marysville regarding the
water quality impacts to Mill Creek associated with the proposed
construction of the new Marysville Water Reclamation facility.
The information session begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the public
hearing. Both will be held at the Union County Service Center at 940
London Avenue.
Ohio EPA reported that the city plans to construct a new wastewater
treatment facility, new pump station, trunk interceptor pipeline, force
main pipelines, plant effluent pipeline and an outfall for discharging
treated wastewater. The treatment plant would be in Mill Creek Township.
Ohio EPA issued the discharge permit for the plant earlier this year,
after an October 2005 meeting to accept public comments. In addition,
Ohio EPA expects to soon issue a permit to construct the plant.
As required, the EPA reported that the city has submitted three
alternatives for impacting water quality in and around Mill Creek during
the construction of the plant effluent pipeline and an outfall. The
first would impact approximately 0.37 acres of wetland and about 183
feet of streams. The second would impact about 0.34 acres of wetland and
143 linear feet of streams . Mitigation, or replacement, of impacted
wetlands would be achieved by restoring wetlands in-place or purchasing
mitigation credits at the Little Scioto Mitigation Bank in Marion
County. Marysville also is proposing to restore all stream beds and
banks to pre-construction contours and conditions. The third alternative
would have no direct impact on waters of the state.
The EPA release on the meeting states that the first two alternatives,
while not exceeding the chemical-specific water quality standards that
protect aquatic life and human health, would result in a change to the
water quality of Mill Creek, two unnamed tributaries and five wetlands.
Therefor, Ohio EPA is required to consider the technical, social,
economic and environmental impacts of the proposed project.
Anyone wishing to comment by mail and/or be placed on an interested
parties mailing list for this project may do so by writing to Ohio EPA,
Division of Surface Water, Permits Processing Unit, P.O. Box 1049,
Columbus, OH. 43216-1049. Comments will be accepted through Thursday,
Sept. 28 and all comments will be considered by Ohio EPA before a final
decision is made.
Arrangements to review the application and related material at any OHIO
EPA district office can be made by calling Ohio EPA's Central Office in
Columbus at (614) 644-2001.

North Lewisburg  to contest tax distribution
By CORINNE BIX
The North Lewisburg Village Council is contesting the distribution of
state-funded local government funds and revenue assistance.
During a meeting Tuesday the five council members unanimously passed a
resolution to be presented to the Champaign County Budget Commission.
Jason Keeran, although not able to attend, sent a letter of support
contesting the current calculation. Keeran is attending the Ohio
Municipal League Conference in Cleveland.
Currently the village receives $27,800 or 1.654 percent in local
government funding despite being the third largest municipality in the
county as determined by the 2000 census.
Urbana as the largest municipality in Champaign County receives 28.1
percent and has a population of 11,600. North Lewisburg's current
population is estimated at more than 1,800.
"The only fair way to clean this up is to go by population and readjust
after every census," Barry First, village administrator, said.
First said between 1990 and 2000, North Lewisburg grew by 37 percent
while all other Champaign County municipalities decreased in population.
The current calculation by which local government funds are disbursed is
based on relative need.
"It is my belief that the calculation has never been changed since it
was first authorized by the state in the 1940s," First said.
First said other Champaign County municipalities such as St. Paris and
Mechanicsburg who are on par with North Lewisburg's population numbers
are receiving anywhere between 3.5 and 3.9 percent of local government funding.
"If they went to a calculation based on population our portion of local
government funds could potentially go to $59,600," First said.
The resolution will be presented to the Champaign County Budget
commission, which consists of the county auditor, treasurer and prosecutor.
In other action, the council unanimously agreed to the new water meter
rate schedule to take effect in January. The new base rate for water and
sewer will be $45 and include 3,000 gallons of water. This was increased
from the original proposal of 2,000 gallons. The next 3,000 gallons used
will be charged at $3.06 for water and $5.68 for sewer. Every 3,000
gallons after that will be charged at $3.85 for water and $5.11 for sewer.
In an update, council learned that the village was not able to purchase
119 East St. which was sold for $28,000. Council voted last month to
pursue the property at auction not to exceed $25,000. If purchased the
property, which sits adjacent to the municipal park would have been,
incorporated into the community greenspace.
The next regular council meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

Gregory White earns rank of Eagle Scout
Gregory B. White, 18, the son of Chuck and Cindy White of Marysville,
has achieved the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout.  Fewer than 4
percent of all Boy Scouts achieve the Eagle Scout rank.
He is a member of Troop 355, which meets weekly at the First
Presbyterian Church in Marysville. White has been in scouts since first
grade. While in Troop 355,  he has earned the Ordeal membership in the
Order of the Arrow, the 50-miler award for canoeing, and has earned 23
merit badges. White also earned the Triple Crown Award by attending all
three high adventure base camps including Seabase (kayaking and sailing)
in Florida, Philmont (hiking) in New Mexico and Northern Tier (canoeing)
in Minnesota.
He has served as Senior Patrol Leader, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster,
Chaplain's Aide, and Assistant Patrol Leader.
His Eagle project consisted of building and painting benches, painting
wheelbarrows, planting flowers, washing windows, and painting window
frames and sills at Pottersburg United Methodist Church.
Outside of Scouts, White is involved in Model UN, Mock Trial, 4-H,
National Honor Society, cross country, track and an active member of
Trinity Lutheran Church, helping with Bible School and participating in
the youth group Tall Cows.
Upon graduating in 2007, he wants to attend a four-year university to
study mathematics or engineering.
He has already been accepted at Ohio Northern University as a civil
engineering candidate.

Input sought on fate of school

N.U. officials want direction for future of Leesburg-Magnetic
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
North Union residents, especially those in Magnetic Springs, will have
an opportunity to weigh in on the future of one of the district's former
school buildings.
A meeting scheduled for Oct. 5 at Leesburg-Magnetic Elementary School
will serve as an information session and as a means to gather public
input on what the district should do with the building which was been
closed since the district opened the new North Union Elementary.
North Union superintendent Richard Smith said the district does not want
to get into a similar situation to the one which surrounded the district
when it closed the Byhalia school in the late 1970s. The school was
eventually sold to Washington Township and the school deteriorated to
the point where most of it was demolished. A small portion of the
building remains on site along Route 31 and serves as a township building.
Smith said the district wants to provide concerned residents with all
possible scenarios concerning the future of the Leesburg-Magnetic
building, which include selling it, demolishing it or retaining it.
Smith said the district has received estimates for the building which
place its value anywhere from $15,000 to just more than $100,000.
Demolition costs could be as much as $40,000.
Retaining the building is also an option and one that takes on more
weight considering the district's future building plans. Smith said that
when the district begins its large scale high school renovation some
classrooms will not be able to be used.
Smith said it is conceivable the Leesburg building could be used as
"swing space" for classroom areas which are off limits during the
renovation to the high school. Smith said this is not an attractive
option because upgrading the former elementary school to current
standards could cost up to $1 million.
Smith said the issue of swing space is one that the district will be
forced to quickly address. Even if the Leesburg building is not used,
the district must find space to offset unusable classrooms during the renovation.
He said other options could include leasing modular classrooms, building
a permanent structure or going to a split schedule.
Modulars would be the most cost effective option and would allow the
district to maintain its "campus style" setup where teachers and
students move from classroom to classroom. The downside to this option
would be that the district would have nothing to show for its money once
the modulars are no longer needed.
Building a permanent structure ahead of the renovation would allow the
district to invest its money in a structure that would retain some value
once the high school construction was completed. The cost of building a
permanent building would be much higher than the modular option.
The split session idea is one the district is not leaning toward, but
Smith felt the public should know that the district did consider it.
In that option, the entire renovation would be performed at one time and
the middle school space would be used for both middle and high school
classes. The school day would be shortened to 5 1/2 hours with one group
of students attending in the morning and one group attending in the afternoon.
Smith said this would be a costly plan for the district, including
expensive busing changes, and it would negatively impact the education
of students because of the shortened school day.
The board will come to decisions on the future of the Leesburg-Magnetic
building and the high school "swing space" issues at the October board meeting.
In other business, the board:
.Heard and update on the Gateway to Technology program.
.Heard first reading on several policy additions and revisions.
.Approved the bid of Center City International for the purchase of two
71-passengers school buses at a cost of $67,775 each.
.Accepted a memorandum of agreement with the North Union Education
Association concerning the use of district e-mail service.
.Voted to accept Algebra I offered to eighth graders to be accepted as
high school credit.
.Approved several lists of certified, non-certified and substitute personnel.

Triad considers upgrade in lunch system
By CORINNE BIX
The Triad School board is considering upgrading to an electronic
cafeteria data system to help streamline lunch service throughout the district.
On Monday evening the board heard a presentation on the Lunch Box system
from Business Data Systems. The district currently has as a basic
electronic system at the elementary building that allows parents to
deposit money into their student's lunch account.
The Lunch Box system, if purchased, would 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, which would come out of the district's cafeteria fund.
"There was enough of a carryover from last year and this year's trend
appears to be similar so I have no doubt that we have the money to cover
the cost," Dan Kaffenbarger, superintendent, said.
The district can choose to have students use pin numbers, lunch cards or
bio-medic finger scans for recognition by the electronic system. The
Lunch Box system representative explained that the finger scans were
very safe and not as complex as an authentic fingerprint scan used by
the police or federal government. Another advantage of the data system
allows parents to privately access individual accounts hence encouraging
families to apply for the free and reduced lunch program.
Becky Creighton, technology coordinator for the district, said she found
the system to be very smooth with a lot of good components including
ways to track inventory and nutritional food content. Creighton said the
district's current hardware could support the new program if purchased.
Business Data Systems also offers on-site training for district
employees as opposed to other companies that require out of state training.
The board plans on making a final decision on the system within the next several months.
Kaffenbarger informed the board that the first of eight delayed starts
for the district would begin Wednesday, Sept. 27. The normal two-hour
delay schedule will be observed on these days. The delayed starts, new
to the district, allow professional development training for teachers
and staff. In the past, three to four full school days each year were
scheduled to conduct training.
Kaffenbarger said the rationale behind the switch to late starts was
three fold; teachers and students will not lose full days of
instruction; staff members are fresh first thing in the morning for
shorter periods of time; and the advance notice allows parents to plan
appropriately for early morning child care. The eight late start dates
are as follows: Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 7,
March 28 and April 17.
Kaffenbarger also updated the board on equipment and maintenance issues.
The district will be purchasing a used handicap bus for around $20,000
to replace the current bus, which has become unsafe and requires regular
and expensive maintenance. He also informed the board that the current
water heaters district wide have required too frequent and expensive
maintenance and that replacing the units will likely be in the near future.
Kyle Huffman, high school principal, asked that the board consider
requiring all elementary and middle school students to have an adult
chaperone when attending home football games. Huffman said that there
has been some unruly behavior in the home football stands and the
administration is looking at ways to fence off and restrict certain
areas at the stadium to help maintain the student crowds.
Huffman said he has begun his formal evaluations of the four new
teachers at the high school and he is very pleased with their
performances thus far.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss employee
compensation, consideration of discipline of a student and consideration
of complaints against an employee. No action was taken. The next board
meeting will be Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the middle school library.
In other news:
. Pat Ferryman was recognized for 29 years of service as of her
retirement last month. She will be recognized with a clock from the board.
. Current enrollment is: elementary, 365-375; middle school, 344; high school 329
. Implementation of the Trans- Finder transportation system for district
buses should be completed within the next month. The total system was
purchased for less than $5,000 as compared to competitive systems that
were around $20,000.
.  Employment was approved for Kimberly Kerms as high school secretary
for the 2006-2007 school year.
. Resignations were accepted from Dan Pratt as 2006-2007 football
assistant effective immediately and Mark Hunt as custodian
. Various certified and classified supplemental and substitute positions were approved.
. 23 Ohio Integrated Systems Model (OISM) grants and two Adolescent
Literacy grants were approved.
. A contract with Mel Arnoff for consulting services on Oct. 13 and
distance support with elementary principal for Pro Ohio assessment
testing as preparation for state mandated testing from 10/06-6/07 to be
funded through combination of funds was approved.
. Grant funded consulting contract with Bethany Lambert and Lara Cordell
for full day training of Everyday Math was approved.
. Grant funded contract with Consolidated Care, Inc. to provide K-12
mental health counseling was approved.
. Grant from Job and Family Services in an amount not to exceed $76,000
for the purpose of conducting an after school intervention program for
high school and middle school students was approved.
. Contract with Real Life to oversee and conduct the STARs program at
the high school and middle school to be funded through the grant
received through Job and Family Services from 10/06-5/07 was approved.
. A memorandum of understanding concerning summer semester tuition
reimbursement was approved.
. A resolution, as presented by Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC),
was approved establishing procedures for compliance with ORC 2909.33,
material non-assistance for terrorist organization declarations, in
purchasing conducted through the MEC.
. Use of elementary cafeteria each Monday from Oct.r 9 through Nov. 13
was approved for Good News Club. Fee is waived as time schedule is
during regular custodial hours of operation.
. Donations accepted were: $4,800 to the athletic department from the
Marysville Eagles; $500 to the soccer program from the Marysville Moose
Lodge; $260 to purchase five game footballs to be raffled during home
football games from Castle Properties; weight equipment valued at
$17,875 from Urbana University.
. Property, fleet, and liability insurance rates approved in the amounts
of $19,725, $7,618, and $7,225 respectfully with the Ohio School plan
effective 7/1/06 through 7/1/07.
. Approved $500 stipend for Craig Meredith for federal program
coordinator of consolidated and federal grants.

Jerome Twp. officials  deal with procedural issues
By CINDY BRAKE
The Jerome Township Board of Trustees established procedures Monday
during its regular meeting to obtain legal opinions.
In an attempt to keep communications between boards open and legal costs
to a minimum, the three member board agreed that all requests for legal
opinions from zoning and land use attorney Don Brosius must be in
writing and go through the township's planning and zoning coordinator
Kathleen Crowley. Questions are not to be from individuals, but must be
included in the minutes of and passed by commissions. All communications
are to be copied to Crowley including e-mails. Crowley is also not to
edit any communications.
Crowley informed the board that she is investigating several complaints
of retail sales along Industrial Parkway which are in violation of zoning standards.
Specifically, she said she has been unable to notify through certified
or regular mail the property owner of 7400 Industrial Parkway that they
are in violation. Crowley added that the auditor also lacks a valid
address for the property owner. The board voted to permit her to put an
advertisement in the newspaper. Once notification has been made, the
matter can be referred to the prosecutor.
Crowley said she is also calling businesses about temporary
directional/advertising signs along Industrial Parkway that are in the right of way.
The board discussed nominating fire chief Scott Skeldon to represent the
township at the Union County Chamber of Commerce's third annual Salute
to Leaders. The township recently received a letter from the Ohio Fire
Chiefs' Association recognizing their support of Skeldon, who has been
involved in the organization for several years. He was president this past year.
"Scott's leadership, caring and devotion moved the association ahead and
improved fire safety and provided stronger response to Ohio's citizens.
During his presidency, a new Fire Code and Building Code were adopted by
the State of Ohio. The Fire Chief's State Emergency Response Plan was
utilized not only for response in the State of Ohio, but was utilized to
help the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita as Ohio sent teams to
St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana," states a letter from Chief George D.
Brown. "President Skeldon led by example as is evident by the number of
persons wearing Scott's wristbands that have the slogan 'do the right
thing,' his belief that by doing the right thing everyone wins."
Trustee Ron Rhodes also announced that Jeff Collier, a township native,
was inducted into the Fireman's Hall of Fame recently during an event in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
In other business, the board:
. Approved the transfer of $10,000 into the zoning, other expenses fund.
. The purchase of stackable cabinets for maps at a cost of $1,108.
. The purchase of a metal detector for the cemetery.
. A contract for dumpster service at the township hall with Flower Garbage.
. Installation of an aerator/fountain at a cost of $3,490.
. Took no action after a 45-minute executive session to discuss
compensation for personnel.

Zwayer settles in as local OSP head

By RYAN HORNS
A new face at the head of the Marysville State Highway Patrol Post hopes
to focus his new leadership on professionalism.
On July 24, Lt. Rick Zwayer began his new stint as commander after being
transferred to the Marysville Post to fill the vacancy created when
former post commander Lt. Marla Gaskill was promoted to Staff Lieutenant
in command of the State Patrol's Administrative Investigations Unit.
Zwayer said the transfer provided him the opportunity to work closely
with troopers in the field again after years working at the post
headquarters in Columbus, and to implement strategies for traffic safety
learned in the Public Affairs Department there.
Zwayer brings years of experience which he culled from a career which
started as a trooper at the Springfield OSP Post in 1993.
"I learned a great deal about patrol operations and general duties as a
trooper," he said.
While on duty in Springfield, he was given the patrol's ACE Award after
apprehending car thieves in 1996 and then in 1997 earned the Post
Trooper of the Year award.
Zwayer then transferred to the West Jefferson OSP Post in 1998, where he
earned the West Jefferson Post Trooper of the Year award in 1998 and
certificates of recognition from the Patrol and Norwich Township Fire
Department for administering CPR to a heart attack victim involved in a
crash on Interstate 270 in Hilliard.
"The victim, Carl Hand, survived and is doing well today," he said.
In 2000, Zwayer was promoted to Sergeant and served at the Chillicothe
and Marysville posts as an assistant Post Commander until he was
transferred to the Patrol's General Headquarters in 2003 to serve as a
spokesperson for the Patrol. From there he was promoted to Lieutenant in
command of the Patrol's Public Affairs Unit August of 2004, to oversee
media relations and assist in the traffic safety-education marketing.
Now heading up Marysville's post, Zwayer said he will continue his
distinguished career.
"Our goal at the Marysville Post is to provide the most professional
level of traffic safety services, while building new partnerships with
local law enforcement and the community. By focusing on this goal, our
intent is to provide better information to the public, so that they are
educated on the traffic safety issues facing them. And through their
better understanding of safety concerns and their assistance, we can
have the safest roadways possible. Our troopers will be focused on
reducing injuries and fatalities through strict enforcement of impaired
driving, crash causing behaviors and safety belt violations," he said.
Getting into law enforcement is something Zwayer said has been
fascinating to him since a very young age.
"I have been interested in law enforcement since I was young. But after
speaking with a trooper when I was a teen, I was impressed with his
professionalism, appearance, and knowledge. Because of that one positive
impression, and as I researched a law enforcement career, my first
choice was to try to become a trooper," he said. "Now our task as
troopers is to make that same positive impression on everyone we
contact.  With that there is great satisfaction."
Zwayer currently lives in northwestern Franklin County with his wife of
the past seven years and their three children (two boys and one girl).

Groundbreaking scheduled for veterans monument

A groundbreaking ceremony for the North Union District Veterans Memorial
in Richwood is planned for Saturday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m.
NU district veterans include military men and women from all branches of
service whether active duty, reservists, national guard or merchant
marine from any period of time. The veteran must have been born or lived
at any time in his/her life, attended any school, died or be buried in
any NU district cemetery. The NU district includes Essex, Pharisburg,
York, Byhalia, Richwood, Magnetic Springs and North Union.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the memorial's site, the
corner of Veteran's Way and Lynn Street at the Richwood Lake.
Speakers will include Dave Vollrath, executive director of the Union
County Foundation; Steve Patton, Jackson Township trustee; and Jerry
Belt, a Vietnam veteran.
To date, 92 percent or $83,000 of the $90,000 goal has been received.
Veteran bricks and sidewalk bricks and pavers for individuals, families,
organizations or businesses are still available to purchase through Jan.
31. Applications are at Parrott Implement, Richwood Bank, Richwood
Library and Pat's Print Shop.
Plans for the memorial began in July 2002 when Mr. and Mrs. John Hoskins
donated land behind the school bus complex and baseball diamond. A
Korean War veteran, Mr. Hoskins requested that the land be dedicated to
honor veterans. Gail DeGood-Guy agreed to lead the effort and be the
project manager. By January 2003 planning committees were formed.
Members of the veterans board were Paul McCrary, Larry Nibert and Jack
Moore. The design committee was chaired by Mr. Hoskins and included Bill
Moore, George Showalter, Sam Chapman and Larry Phipps. The finance
committee was chaired by Tom Guy and involved the late Bill Davis and
Ruth Simpson. Members at large were Bud Meddles, John Bell and GeorgeAnn Charles.
The group spent weeks developing a basic concept of what should be done
to remember veterans and dedicated months to solidify their ideas. After
making inquiries about possible architects, they contacted Beth Arden of
Schorr Architects. S he designed the memorial after reviewing their
rough sketches, the site and listening to the group's vision.
Fundraising kicked off April 2004.
To meet the goal, the group offered the sale of bricks and pavers. Funds
were also raised throughout the district with fish fries, yard sales,
golf outings, auctions, raffles, letter-writing campaigns, personal
contacts, radio spots, donation cans, displays and grant requests at various events.
Important contributors who designated contributions in memory of loved
ones include the families of Paydon Welsh, Don Ransome, Bill Davis, Bob
Howald Sr. and Kate Cramer.
The Richwood mayor and village council have also agreed to pay for the
memorial's lighting.

City updated on Gateway project
By RYAN HORNS
The list of projects going on in Marysville is extensive, so much so
that other projects could fall by the wayside unless the city gets outside help.
The first reading was held on an ordinance to appropriate $9,400 toward
the Gateway Marysville Project, which is expected to provide $80,000
toward beautification of the entrance area off of U.S. 33 and 36.
Economic Development Director Eric Phillips explained that there are a
lot of administrative and planning expenses that were not included in
the 2006 budget, which were necessary. But with so many projects in the
works, they will need to get an outside engineering company to work out the details.
City Administrator Kathy House said current city staff is overloaded.
Phillips said the planning cost bids were sent out twice and the city
chose the lowest one at $9,400. He added that there is a deadline for
the Gateway plans to be in place by Dec. 15.
Councilman Dan Fogt pointed out the amount of requests for appropriating
money lately and asked how the city stands financially for those requests.
City Finance Director John Morehart said that the city reserves are
"adequate" and more than $1.5 million remains for the end of the year,
which is what the mayor wanted.
"(The reserves) won't be threatened in any way," Morehart said.
"This project is pretty important for the city," councilman Mark Reams said.
"If we can't get the money we may lose out on this forever," Phillips said.
Phillips explained that the city was given the choice to go with having
ODOT handle everything, or having the city manage the project. By
choosing to go in-house, the city saved time and money.
Several council members expressed their disappointment that city staff
is unable to find time to do the work.
House said there is no way staff can handle it due to new housing
developments, the reservoir and the wastewater projects.
Concerning those projects, House provided a short update. She said
street paving is expected to be completed by the end of the month. Work
is still needed on Maple Street, Bay Laurel Drive, Park Avenue, Third
Street and the city parking lots.
House said the future Wastewater Reclamation Facility has recently begun
construction. For now workers have started excavating and the city is
working with the contractor.
In other discussions, Council members held the first reading on an
ordinance to double the compensation for attending city boards and
commissions they are appointed to. According to the ordinance, effective
Jan. 1, 2007, members of the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning
Appeals, Civil Service Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission and
the Design Review Board would go from earning $25 per meeting to $50 per
meeting. The ordinance will come back for public hearing at the next meeting.
Several council members pointed out that the $25 fee was rather out of date.
"I think it's long overdue," Councilman Mark Reams said.
Council member Leah Sellers asked how much more this raise would cost the city.
Finance director John Morehart said that fees for boards and commission
cost the city around $8,000 last year. He estimates the cost for 2007
would then become $16,000 per year.
Phillips addressed the passage of the "Design Guidelines for Historic
Uptown Marysville" during the Design Review Board's Thursday night
meeting. He acknowledged the work of the board, the Uptown Renewal Team,
city council, administration and the planning commission for their
efforts to make the document a reality.
Councilman John Gore asked about the process of getting rid of paint colors guidelines.
Phillips reiterated that there was "no way to really match up the
colors" without issuing a specific brand of paint for business owners to buy.
Gore pointed out that he recalled some 20 years ago there were paint
colors being enforced by the city, specifically shades of green - it did not go well.
"At one time they had the paint police," Gore said.
He remembers that business owners felt they were paying to have their
shops there and if they felt changing a color would help business, then
they should be allowed.
"I can't support telling folks there will be specific colors," Gore
said. "It's much better now."
Design Review Board Chairman Alan Seymour said the decision to not
include color standards was set. The original name of the document was
"Design and Color Guidelines," and the "color" was dropped from the title.
Also discussed:
. Council passed an ordinance to officially hire Victoria Moledor as the
new assistant law director.
. Gore asked Kathy House to speak to the mayor about the city engineer's
absence from city council meetings. It was something that used to happen frequently.
"It doesn't happen anymore," he said.
. Barbara Bushong was appointed to the Civil Service Commission.
Appointed to the Fire Code Board of Appeals were Jim Page, Don Martin,
Jim Hall, Travis Headings and Steve Streng.

Man leads police on high speed chase around city
From J-T staff reports:
Police arrested a man Thursday night who led officers on a high-speed
chase around the city.
Michael J. Stathas, 23, of Jackson Center was arrested and charged with
driving with an open container of alcohol, speeding, driving under
suspension, reckless operation of a vehicle, driving under OVI
suspension and felony fleeing and eluding.
According to Marysville Police reports, Stathas was seen driving at a
high rate of speed and passing other cars on North Main Street at around
1:19 p.m. Officers attempted to stop him on Square Drive, near Allenby
Drive when he fled at speeds in excess of 85 or 90 mph.
The chase led onto U.S. 33 to Scottslawn Road, where Stathas lost
control crossing the overpass to U.S. 33. He drove back westbound on
U.S. 33 in the eastbound lanes for a short distance, then crossed back
into the westbound lanes.
Stathas reportedly then exited back onto Delaware Avenue from U.S. 33
towards Marysville's downtown. Officers were able to track the vehicle
due to gouge marks left in the pavement from a damaged tire on the car.
The car was then observed on North Main Street driving across U.S. 33 to
Route 31 where it was lost due to the construction area traffic. Stathas
was found a short time later changing his tire behind a business on Route 31.
He fled on foot from officers into the Mill Valley subdivision where he
was finally caught.

City sets uptown design standards

By RYAN HORNS
It's been in the making for some 16 years, but Marysville now has design
guidelines for buildings in the Historic Uptown District.
Wednesday night the Marysville Design Review Board passed the "Design
Guidelines for Historic Uptown Marysville" document.
"After 16 years we finally got some guidelines," vice-chair Ken Kraus said.
"This is a great guide," chairman Alan Seymour said. "It's something
we've been looking for."
Kraus said the new document essentially gives the city something to go
by when making decisions for uptown businesses, such as how big signs
should be, what style of awning to use, lighting styles and façade issues
"It provides consistency," Kraus said.
He said if business owners come to the city with questions now, the
Design Review Board will have answers based on one document.
"It takes the personal feelings out," Kraus said.
Some last minute changes were also approved after discussions raised at
the previous board meeting. Namely, any references to specific colors
were dropped.
Seymour explained that the idea was to keep color guidelines vague.
"There are very few specifics," he said. "'Guideline' is the appropriate word."
As Marysville Zoning Inspector Barb McCoy explained that the board ran
into a problem when trying to pinpoint color specifics.
"If you start giving specific colors then you almost have to name
brands," McCoy said.
The city would like to avoid forcing business owners to use certain
brands. Officials plan to do research and look into how other
communities have bypassed this challenge.
McCoy has previously explained that for now any color will be
acceptable, as long as it does not make the building garish and out of place.
Cunningham said during the meeting that at some point the city will need
to create color guidelines. The code sites current business examples and
reference good choices made on buildings, such as pictures of the Patty
Berry's School of Dance awning; the façade of the Fiesta Grande Mexican
restaurant and numerous historic building tops that add character to the
uptown skyline.
A question one board member asked at the end of the meeting: Why is the
area being called "Uptown?"
Board members jokingly said they did not want to touch the issue and
called for a close to the meeting.
In other business, board members held discussion from the new business
agenda for Benny's Pizza adding an additional kitchen and rearrangement
of its parking lot.
Civil engineer Mike Williamson and Humble Construction's Wayne Ropp were
at the meeting on behalf of the owners of Benny's Pizza.
Williamson explained that on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights the
restaurant is so busy that there isn't enough room for the 13 to 15
kitchen staff members to move around. It has become frustrating for the owners.
So they have proposed building a separate structure for meal preparation
- however, kitchens will remain in both buildings.
The plan also calls for two nearby ponds to become one larger pond and
for a re-working of the parking lot to make official spaces where
customers currently park in the grass.


Air Force band entertains crowd
Editor's note: The following review is submitted by Union County
Community Concert  Association member Scott Underwood.
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"There's a feeling comes a-stealing, and it sets my brain a-reeling,
when I'm listening to the music of a military band. Any tune like
'Yankee Doodle' simply sets me off my noodle, it's that patriotic
something that no one can understand,"- 'You're A Grand Old Flag' by Cohan
Even in his day, George M. Cohan couldn't sum up the same indescribable,
patriotic sensations that a full house felt last night at the Marysville
High School auditorium.
The United States Air Force Band of Flight flew into Marysville
Wednesday for the opening of the Union County Community Concerts
Association season.
The band presented unofficial debuts of two arrangements written
specifically for the band. "An Airman's Symphony: No Finer Calling" in
three movements is a new composition written by Julie Giroux for the
Band of Flight. The band will officially play it for the first time Dec.
18 at the World Wide Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago. Last
night's sneak preview was thrilling. Sounds ranged from the first
movement's double bass, march-like qualities and the second movement's
blending of reed and horn to the third section's sensations of flight
and horizon. This arrangement portrayed in music, the three-core values
of service in the U.S. Air Force - integrity, service before self and
excellence in all we do. The symphony also salutes the 60th anniversary
of the Air Force for the year 2007.
The second unofficial debut piece entitled "Gardens of Stone" was
written by James Beckel, Jr., a member of the Indianapolis Symphony. The
melodies, in conjunction with the narration throughout the composition,
gave new honor and tribute to the graves at Arlington National Cemetery,
the beaches at Normandy and the cemetery at Gettysburg. The amazing
instrumental blends and talented musicianship portrayed a bone-chilling
firing of guns, falling soldiers and the sullenness of Taps.
 The Band of Flight provided a stunningly beautiful concert throughout
the two-hour long show, not just with a mastery of military march tunes,
but with a second act chock full of familiar, toe-tapping, big band and
World War II hits, featuring jazz instrumentalists and a quartet of vocalists.
The band wore spit-polished shoes with dress blues. Conductor, Lt. Col.
Alan Sierichs, led in a dress blue tailcoat. The crisp, clean,
regimented sight and sound of the Band of Flight, caused an appreciation
of military band's decorum, brass, shine and lively, beating strains of
a military band.
All night long, the upright tubas, with bells facing the audience, laid
a profound, full foundation to the music, often times offering
comforting pitches liking a ship's immense, deep horn surge. The
percussion section was remarkable, always matching entrances with the
horns and uplifting the band exactly where and when they needed to be.
The band travels nearly 70,000 miles each year from their home at
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to present almost 500 performances
before  military and civilian audiences. They have received four Air
Force Outstanding Unit Awards and two Air Force Organizational
Excellence Awards. Among its many civilian honors, the band is also a
two-time recipient of the Colonel George S. Howard Citation of Musical
Excellence for Military Concert bands presented by The John Philip Sousa Foundation.
Last night's rousing closing was faultless, allowing the piccolo player
to take a brief bow, during well-deserved applause and return to her
seat  before the final, big brass chorus of 'Hurrah for the Flag of the Free.'

Move planned for another historic local building
By RYAN HORNS
Following on the heels of the well-documented move of a former
Marysville doctor's historic home, plans are now in the works to
relocate the oldest known building in the city.
The Weller Log Cabin sits at 775 Milford Avenue and plans are in the
works to move the cabin to 246 W. Sixth St. on the grounds of the Union
County Historical Society. It will be used as an exhibit for display and
tour purposes. It will also be furnished with period furniture to
demonstrate pioneer life in Marysville and Union County.
The history of the cabin is extensive. The move application notes that
the cabin has "great historical value to the city."
In fact, the building is so old the historical society does not exactly
know when it was built. However, local historians estimate the age is
between 1820 and 1830 ? the earliest days of Marysville's history.
"Although at 175 years old, it is well preserved and is an outstanding
example of the first dwellings in Marysville," the application states.
At Wednesday night's Design Review Board meeting, historical society
member and cabin owner Larry Ohnsman proposed the plan.
"It will add a great deal to the community, I think, in terms of
history," he said.
Ohnsman said the museum aspect of the building is beneficial. Contacts
have already been made to move the cabin as soon as he gets the order to
proceed from the city. His plan is to move the cabin sometime next month.
The application for the move explains that Ohnsman intends to place the
cabin in the back portion of the Historical Society property, between
the museum and the research library. An herb garden currently exists in
front of the proposed area.
Design Review Board vice-chairman Ken Kraus explained that the Milford
Avenue property the cabin currently rests on has been sold to new owners
and Ohnsman needs to get the cabin out of there.
Aside from its historical importance, the cabin also has more specific
value, which is detailed in the application notes. In 1852 Edward Weller
purchased the cabin. On that property he established the Weller Pottery
Works, which became one of the leading businesses in the early days of
Marysville and is important in the history of pottery manufacturing in Ohio.
The historical society reported that the first tile produced in Union
County was made in the Weller kilns. Clay products, bricks and various
kinds of pottery were manufactured there.
The Union County Historical Society reportedly has a large collection
Weller products, which will be displayed in the cabin at the new location.
According to the application, in the 1970s Ellsworth Ohnsman purchased
the Weller Cabin and moved it across Milford Avenue to its present
location. Then he restored it to its former glory, with help from his
son Larry.
In 2005 the Ohnsman family offered to donate the cabin to the historical society.
"For this reason, the Union County Historical Society now desires to
accept the gift, continue the preservation of this early structure and
provide a safe location where it will remain for future generations,"
the application states.

Tossing our life onto the lawn'
Family, displaced to Marysville after Katrina, gives update on return
home

By CINDY BRAKE
Imagine ... a house with three-feet of mold growing on the walls ...
four children under the age of 5 years ... a mother and two children
with health problems ... and a father forced to live a state away
because of work.
This is reality for Steven and Denise Sabido of Metairie, La. A year ago
the Sabido family fled Hurricane Katrina, the deadliest hurricane in the
history of the United States, to live with family in Marysville.
"We know that we can handle whatever we are dealt and we will get
through it together and will come out stronger. We just try to stay
positive and take one day or even minute at a time," writes Denise in a
recent E-mail to the Marysville Journal-Tribune. A Sept. 8, 2005,
article chronicled their journey to Marysville.
Denise recently shared an update on how the family has fared this past year.
After spending a few weeks in the Mill Valley home of relatives, Steven
and Denise decided to return home.
"After three weeks away from home, we were all ready to return, although
still extremely grateful for the hospitality of everyone in Marysville,
especially David, LauraAshley and Brandon Sabido," writes Denise.
She adds that she wanted to return before the birth of the twins.
"I had spoken to my doctor from Ohio and he said that he would be able
to deliver the twins. Many of the New Orleans hospitals had major
damage, however the hospital in Metairie suffered little damage and
never lost power."
So on Sept. 21, Steven drove the family van, along with his mother and
the family dog, Voodoo, back to Louisiana.
"Everyone was worried that I wouldn't make the two-day drive, so the
rest of us were to fly home," Denise said. At the time, she was 34 weeks
pregnant. "My mom, Emily, 4 1/2, Kylie, 17 months and myself were to fly
home on Sept. 23."
That was the day Hurricane Rita was to ravage through southwestern
Louisiana. After five failed attempts to land at the New Orleans
airport, their plane flew to Jackson, Miss., to refuel. She explains
that Jackson is about 2 1/2 hours by car from their home and where they
started their evacuation journey. She said no hotel rooms or rental cars
were available because people were still there hiding from either
Hurricanes Katrina or Rita. The pilot again attempted to land in New Orleans.
"So again, we made many bumpy and scary approaches, but were Atlanta
bound," Denise writes.
Luckily, another one of Steven's brothers, Chris, lived in Atlanta. He
welcomed the foursome for the night until they caught another flight the
next morning.
"Finally, we landed safely in New Orleans. My mother and I were on an
emotional roller coaster... A trip that was supposed to take four hours
took two days."
The journey home, however, was just the beginning of the challenges
they've experienced.
The Sabido home had taken on a little over a foot of water. Mold had
grown three feet high in some places.
"Steven had thrown everything out on the lawn before we got home, so I
only saw the empty house with molded walls. Everything else was in a
stinky pile near the street along with the contents of our neighbors'
houses. Nothing could have prepared me for this. It was all very
depressing. Seeing the kids' toys and bedding on the lawn was the
worst," she writes.
Steven had worked from dark to dark in the house to gut it and prevent
the mold from growing any higher. She writes that he was emotionally
spent and physically exhausted after "tossing our life onto the lawn."
The most difficult part for him, Denise writes, was removing an armoire
that was from his late father who had passed away in 2005.
"My brother had to carry it out to the street. Steven couldn't do it,"
she writes. "I still can't imagine the water in my house. I feel as it
invaded our privacy and took away a large piece of our family."
Fortunately, neither of the homes of their mothers had suffered damage.
The family lived two weeks with Steven's mother and then moved into a
friend's house. A cesarean section was scheduled for Oct. 21.
"My emotions were all twisted ... knowing that we were going to have
four children and no place permanent to live was absolutely overwhelming."
Natalie Claire and Kasey Michelle arrived healthy and perfect. Denise,
however, had developed a hematoma caused by bleeding as a result of surgery.
"It was huge and I was in a lot of pain and tired. My color was
yellowish and the doctor said it was because the blood was in the wrong
spot. I needed a blood transfusion to replace the displaced blood," she writes.
Denise stayed in the hospital for nearly a week, while Steven juggled
hospital visits and the care of Emily and Kylie. Emily had just started
school and Kylie was used to having her mother.
Just two weeks after the twins' birth, Steven was due in Dallas for
work. The plan was for him to come home on weekends.
"Without my mom, I couldn't have done it. I would sleep at her house
during the week and then go back to the rental on the weekends with
Steven. It was just nuts having to pack up on Mondays just to do it
again on Fridays."
Then on Dec. 15, just two days before Steven was coming home for the
holidays, Natalie had to be hospitalized for four days for a respiratory virus.
"It was awful to see her go through all that trauma," Denise writes.
Kasey also had severe symptoms of respiratory virus, but fortunately did
not have to be hospitalized.
A contractor had been hired to repair the house, but progress was slow.
"It was frustrating because if Steven was in town, he could have done
most of the work at a faster rate and cheaper too. But, as the new year
rolled around, he once again had to return to Dallas for at least a
month without coming home. The day he left was very depressing."
From Jan. 3 through March 16, he was home about 15 days.
Their neighborhood looks like a trailer park, Denise writes.
"Nearly everyone on our dead-end block has or had a FEMA trailer. Some
people even had two because FEMA was slow to deliver them and they
needed a place to live so they bought their own. Over the past week,
though two of our neighbors had their trailers picked up."
Things calmed down a bit, Denise writes, and they had hope to be in
their home by Easter. That didn't happen.
On June 9, the family spent its first night at home in more than nine months.
"What a relief to be home. It was great to be with our neighbors and
live together as a family," Denise writes.
She adds that most of their friends and neighbors have stayed for now in
Louisiana. Some have talked about moving once things have settled down.
Louisiana, however for the Sabadies', is home. This is where they were
both born and raised.
"Moving any place else is not really what we want to do," she writes.
"Our strength has been tested and what doesn't kill us makes us
stronger. We have had a tough year, but tough people can handle what
they are given. We just thank God that we were able to flee from the
storm and our family was spared physical injuries."

Scotts CEO leaves
From J-T staff reports:
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company announced Tuesday the departure of Robert
Bernstock, president and chief operating officer.
A press release states the Marysville company is planning a new
organizational structure with operating units reporting directly to Jim
Hagedorn, chairman and chief executive officer. The company is
eliminating the role of COO.
In addition, chief financial officer Chris Nagel, 44, has been named
executive vice president of the North American consumer business, the
company's largest operating unit.
A new CFO is expected to be named within 45 days.
"The decision to make a leadership change was caused by differing views
on long-term strategy and the need to reinvigorate the culture of the
North American organization," Hagedorn states in the press release. He
said the company is likely to launch a national search for a chief strategy officer.
Hagedorn added that reaching the full-year earnings guidance is proving
to be more challenging than expected. Adding to the challenge, he states
in the press release, are costs associated with some organizational changes.
"Our team is working hard to meet the expectations that we set. With
double-digit growth in sales and consumer purchases, improved market
shares and earnings growth approaching 20 percent, it's clearly been a
good year for ScottsMiracle-Gro. Even if we fall slightly short of our
guidance, I'm proud of results."

Navin students to send quilts to Katrina victims
When Navin Elementary pupils heard of the devastation left in New
Orleans and surrounding areas by Hurricane Katrina last August, they
wanted to help.
They decided to send comfort and friendship to Katrina's victims in the
form of quilts. Navin art teacher Barb Early guided each Navin pupil in
creating a quilt piece using the theme "Lend a Helping Hand." Parent
Jamie Geyer, third-grader Jarod Geyer's mom, volunteered to purchase all
materials necessary to assemble the quilts and cut the quilt squares.
She also is constructing one of the quilts which will be used as an
auction item during the school's fall fundraiser.
Through additional funding from the Navin PTO, the dream became a reality.
The centerpiece of each quilt is a picture of all pupils and teachers at
Navin Elementary during the 2005-2006 school year. Approximately 450
quilt squares became 11 quilts ranging in sizes covering twin beds
through full-size beds.
All were assembled by a industrious group of quilters wanting to be
known only as "The Quilting Angels." A spokesperson of this group said
that each quilt was made with its own unique quilting stitch and style.
Through the project, pupils are learning what it means to help others
who are in need, said Navin teacher Teresa Jewell.
The quilts will be on display in the school showcases in the front
halls. Then they'll be bound for New Orleans.
"They're beautiful and they just need to go where they're supposed to
go," Jewell said.

Bank urges customers to  be cautious
From J-T staff reports:
Identity theft is real and in our area.
The Richwood Banking Company is warning everyone to be aware that
someone is pretending to be a bank employee and offering to help the
person protect their account.
"The caller talks about identity theft dangers, fraudulent activity,
etc.," states a press release from the bank. "The caller offers to help
protect the consumer for free, but he needs account number, routing
number and next check number in order to do this.
"Do not give any information," states the press release.
With the requested information, money can be taken out of the consumer's
account and it may be a month before the consumer would receive a
statement and know that any fraudulent activity has taken place.
"By this time, the person has the money and is gone." states the press release.
The bank would have to make the debit right and refund the money, but in
the mean time, the account could have bad activity, have an effect on
consumer's reputation and legal problems.
"If the person trying to obtain the money enters into fraudulent
activities with consumer's name and numbers, the authorities could
apprehend an innocent person until they could prove they were not the
person conducting the activities."
Consumers are reminded to safeguard their personal information.
"A bank will not call to obtain information on your account. They
already have your information."

Cold blooded escapee on the loose in Richwood

Missing alligator prompts council to look at exotic pets
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Richwood Council has put years into setting up ordinances that have some
"teeth."
Now it is faced with an issue that could bite back.
The council is looking at ways to regulate the ownership of exotic
animals after a pair of village police officers came face to face with a
pair of unexpected assailants during the investigation of a break-in.
According to police chief Rick Asher, Saturday evening the officers
responded to a home on Fulton Street after a television was seen
flickering in a home where the residents were to be on vacation.
A relative let the officers into the home where there were met by a
three-foot long alligator. The officers quickly backed out of the residence.
While a large anaconda in the residence was confined, the alligator was
free to roam the home. It was later determined that one of the animals
in the home had stepped on a remote control and turned on the
television.
Although no breaking and entering was found to have occurred at the
address, a few days later an escape was reported. The owner of the
animal has reported that the reptile has escaped or been stolen.
The alligator remains at large.
Village solicitor Victoria Stone-Moledor told council that there is no
way to require owners of exotic pets to register with the village. She
said a law that would allow such action is now before state legislators
but has not been passed.
Stone-Moledor said that some residents have has such animals for years
and trying to force them to get rid of them could be a chore. She added
that encouraging exotic pet owners to notify the village police
department and fire department is not out of line. This would assist the
agencies if a fire or crime occurs at their residence.
"Who knows what people have in their houses," Asher said.
In other business, council:
.Held second reading on the village's new parking regulations.
.Heard an update on village projects from engineer Ed Bischoff of
Bischoff and Associates.
.Learned that several repairs are needed at the village hall. The heat
exchangers on two of the bay heaters have gone bad and the main furnace
and water heater need replaced. The cost of the items could be more than
$10,000, however, council was not quick to approve the purchases. The
village safety committee will meet prior to the next council meeting to
recommend a course of action.
.Heard a complaint from Grove Street resident Rick Foley about a
conditional use permit which was approved by the village board of zoning
appeals. The permit was to allow a home on Grove Street to be used as a
day care center and dance studio. Foley said the home must be occupied
in order for such a permit to be approved. He said the property is being
renovated, but is not inhabited. Stone-Moledor said she would look into
the issue.
.Heard a complaint from Ottawa Street resident Tina Stone who said
recent utility renovations along her street had killed two trees.
Village officials said they would see if there was retainer money left
from the project to pay for the replacement of the trees.
.Set Trick or Treat for Sunday, Oct. 29 from 5-7 p.m.
.Learned that the Richwood Area Business Association is holding a
contest to create a new town slogan. Village officials agreed that while
the contest could be held, the village was under no obligation to change
its motto, "Richwood, where the clock strikes hospitality."
.Held an executive session to discuss personnel.

Jon Alder makes cuts
By CORINNE BIX
The Jonathan Alder Board of Education approved level one budget cuts
following three failed levy attempts.
Action came during Monday evening's meeting.
The cuts will eliminate more than $300,000 from this year's budget. The
19 cuts range from $2,500 to $45,000. The larger ticket items include
delaying the purchase of one school bus at $45,000, saving $30,000 on
retirement and fringe benefits paid to staff by hiring less experienced
personnel, and eliminating field trips at $25,000.
Other savings are being realized as follow: equipment, $32,581; delay
the purchase of textbooks, $22,000; delay the purchase of technology
$11,804; professional training/workshops, $23,000; testing
materials/scoring, $2,500; custodial salaries/overtime, $5,000; cell
phones for each building and superintendent, $2,500; voice mail,
superintendent and board, $2,856; building repairs/supplies, $18,000;
substitutes (permanent, secretarial, custodial, etc.) $25,000; vehicle
replacement, $7,500; supplies, instructional and office, $13,229;
management consultants, $4,000; facility maintenance/improvements,
$10,000; severance, $8,000; and building maintenance, $20,000. Total:
$307,970
Doug Carpenter, superintendent, said the cuts were inevitable.
"We've done as much as we can to not impact student learning with the
phase one cuts," Carpenter said.
At a special meeting held Aug. 21, the board voted to put a .75-percent
earned income tax levy on the November ballot instead of the previous
.5-percent income tax levies that failed in November 2005 and February
of this year.
Carpenter said the earned income tax levy is an attractive option
because it only taxes those that are currently earning money hence
seniors receiving pensions and/or retirement payments would not be
affected. In addition there is no tax on dividends or estates.
"If the levy passes in November we may be able to reinstate some of
these cuts," Carpenter said.
The board approved a contract extension with the Jonathan Alder
Education Association until Nov. 21.
Carpenter explained that the teacher association's contract has
officially expired, but in light of the upcoming levy the two groups
have agreed to an extension. He said until a levy is passed that
teacher's salaries would remain frozen.
The board also passed a resolution of urgent necessity to settle a
three-year disagreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission
(OSFC). When the Monroe school building was constructed, the district
chose to purchase barely-used fuel tanks as opposed to new tanks. By not
purchasing brand new tanks the district saved $30,000. However because
the district failed to buy new and follow the proper "bid" procedure,
the OSFC was denying Alder the credit for the fuel tanks. The urgent
necessity resolution resolved the issue and the district should now
receive credit from the state.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss a legal issue. No
action was taken.
The next regular board meeting will be Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
In other news, the board approved:
. The financial report for August and the budget for the current school
year.
. Resignation of Amanda Damratoski as teacher at the Cannan Building.
. Resignation of Joseph Beachy as a bus driver effective Aug. 25
. Maternity leave for Melissa Gordon and Stacy Sayre.
. Employment for various classified staff and extra/co-curricular
staffing positions.
. Certified and classified substitute list.
. Four open enrollment students.
. In-lieu of transportation for seven students.

Air Force Band to perform
From J-T staff reports:
The United States Air Force Band of Flight will kick off the 2006-2007
Community Concert Series Wednesday with a concert at Marysville High
School.
It will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Under the command of Lt. Col. Alan Sierichs, the Band of Flight travels
nearly 70,000 miles each year from its home at Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base, present almost 500 performances before military and civilian
audiences.  Its appearances have ranged from the Kentucky Derby parade,
the Indianapolis 500 parade and the Professional Football Hall of Fame
festival parade to annual appearances at the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival.
The band's area of responsibility reaches from Michigan to Kentucky and
from Indiana to West Virginia and includes almost one-quarter of the
nation's population.
The Band of Flight's 60 full-time musicians make up a number of groups
that can meet almost any musical requirement. The Concert Band performs
a wide spectrum of music, from the standard repertoire and commissioned
works to original arrangements of popular songs and Broadway show tunes.
The Night Flight Jazz Ensemble plays contemporary jazz and keeps Air
Force heritage alive by remembering the music of Major Glenn Miller.
Soaring Winds, the Band of Flight's newest chamber ensemble, uses
specially tailored arrangements., while the Huffman Prairie Winds
woodwind quintet performs the standard quintet literature, commissioned
works and special arrangements in a variety of chamber music settings.
The Wright Brass, a brass quintet plus percussionist, applies its
musicianship - often with a touch of humor- to styles ranging from Bach
to the Beatles. Systems Go, the Band of Flight's music combo, plays
everything form rock to rhythm and blues and from country to jazz. The
Kittyhawk Clarinet Quartet revitalizes chamber music old and new with
their unique instrumentation.
Since its founding in 1942, the United States Air Force Band of Flight
has performed for presidents and vice presidents, visiting heads of
state, cabinet officers, members of Congress, U.S. and foreign military
leaders, and millions of American and foreign citizens. It also has
performed with numerous celebrities and guest artists through the years,
including Walter Cronkite, Lee Greenwood, Glenn Campbell and aviation
pioneer Chuck Yeager.
The Band of Flight has received four Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards
and two Air Force Organizational Excellence Awards. Among its many
civilian honors, the band also is a two-time recipient of The Colonel
George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence for Military Concert
bands presented by The John Philip Sousa Foundation.
The concert is sponsored by the Union County Community Concerts
Association. Tickets are complimentary; call 644-1946.

Miller earns rank of Eagle Scout
From J-T staff reports:
Kyle Miller, 17, the son of Mike and Robin Houser of Marysville, and
Keith Miller of Grove City, has earned the highest rank in scouting,
Eagle Scout.
He is a member of Troop 355 which meets on Monday evenings at First
Presbyterian Church.
Kyle has been involved in scouting since second grade. He has earned 24
merit badges, the firem'n chit and totin chip, as well as the 50-mile
canoeing award. His Eagle project was to collect clothing for the
Marysville Clothes Closet.
Kyle has served as librarian, instructor and assistant patrol leader. He
is a senior at Marysville High School and employed at the Kroger Co.
His future plans are to attend college after graduation to obtain a
degree in electrical engineering.

Unionville Center has new clerk-treasurer
Monday night's Unionville Center Village Council meeting opened with a
moment of silence in remembrance of those who perished on 9-11.
Mayor Denver Thompson appointed Tracy Rausch as clerk-treasurer
replacing Karla Gingerich who moved from the community. Council member
Larry Burchett submitted a letter of resignation. Burchett cited limited
free time to devote to village concerns because of his work schedule.
There are currently two open seats on council. Residents interested in
the positions should contact the mayor.
Sealed estimates for leaf pick-up on Saturday, Nov. 11, are being
accepted and will be opened during the October meeting.  The estimates
may be given to any council member or brought to the meeting.
The storm sewer drains are expected to be cleaned this fall.
Council is planning to spread gravel on the alley between Second and
Third streets.
An ordinance regulating golf carts within the village was tabled again.
Thompson said that nothing will be done until the criteria for golf
carts is determined by the Union County Sheriff's Office.
 A building permit for a pole barn at 214 Cross St. was granted to Tony
Kurtz.
Mark Wile requested and received permission to install an aerator system
at 229 Cross St. and tap into the storm sewer system.
There was some preliminary discussion of budget items. A budget meeting
is scheduled for Oct. 23.
The date for Trick or Treat will be determined at the Oct. 9 meeting.

Rogers named Union County Junior Miss
From J-T staff reports:
Virginia Rogers was named Union County Junior Miss 2007 Sunday evening.
The Marysville High School student also received $900 in cash scholarships.
Nine teenage girls from the county competed in the contest, vying for a
share of $3,050 in college scholarships at the Veterans Auditorium in Marysville.
In addition to winning the title, Rogers won the Scholastic and
Self-Expression awards. She will go on to compete in the Ohio's Junior
Miss program on Feb. 23 and 24 in Mount Vernon.
First runner-up, Stephanie Devine of MHS received a $250 cash
scholarship She also received the "Be Your Best Self" essay runner-up
award and won the panel evaluation (interview) for a total of $550 in
cash scholarships.
Second runner-up Grace Underwood of MHS, received a $250 cash
scholarship. She also won the talent award and the fitness runner-up
award, for a total of $550 in cash scholarships.
Fitness winner and talent and self-expression runner-up was Aashley
Morgan of MHS. She received a total of $400 in cash scholarships.
Scholastics runner-up was Kimberly Leininger of MHS, who received a $100
cash scholarship. Interview runner-up was Stacy Alderman of Fairbanks
High School, receiving a $100 cash scholarship.
Special recognition awards were presented to Kylie Daniel of FHS
(leadership), Kimberly Leininger (Spirit of Junior Miss) and Stacy
Alderman, runner-up to the "Be Your Best Self." Each special recognition
winner received a $100 cash scholarship. Leininger also won the "Be Your
Best Self" essay award, receiving a $150 cash scholarship.
National sponsors of AJM include Coca-Cola,Tyson Foods, Inc., SeaWorld,
Busch Gardens, the Riverview Plaza Hotel, the City of Mobile, and Mobile
County.  National category sponsors include Mobile Gas and Regions
Bank.  Governmental support is furnished by the state of Alabama.
The 48th annual America's Junior Miss National Finals will be held in
Mobile, Alabama, in June.
Additional information may be obtained by calling (800) 256-5435 or by
visiting the AJM Web site at www.ajm.org.

Series of break-ins reported
From J-T staff reports:
Several attempted break ins over the weekend have prompted Marysville
Police to remind residents to keep their doors locked and be aware of
suspicious activity.
Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol reported this morning that
most of these attempted burglaries occurred in the Green Pastures area,
although homes and apartments were hit around the city this weekend.
Four residents in the 300 block of Retreat Lane reported to police
Sunday at 5:44 a.m. that an unknown suspect attempted to unsuccessfully
break into their apartments. At the same time and in the same block
area, police were told that the screen door of a garage was cut and a
suspect went inside a home and stole cash. Later, at 11:34 a.m. another
resident on that block told police a window screen was cut in the
garage, although no entry was made.
In other reports, an unknown person entered an apartment in the 400
block of Retreat Lane and stole cash from the homeowner's purse. The
crime was told to police Sunday at 8:34 a.m.
Sunday at 8:24 a.m. a resident in the 200 block of Oak Street reported
that someone had cut a screen and entered their home through a dining
room window. Nothing has been discovered stolen at presstime.
In another part of the city, a resident in the 17000 block of Route 31
reported that someone had attempted to enter her home through a window
on Thursday at 3 p.m. It was not reported if anything was stolen.
All of these reports are currently under investigation.
Nicol said if residents witness any suspicious activity or see what
might be someone attempting to break into a home, they should call the
police department immediately.

MHS Digital Yearbook Project launched
The Marysville Public Library Digital Year Book Collection is now
available for patrons to browse and search online 24/7.
The online digital collection contains more than 9,000 images of "The
Key," the Marysville High School yearbook from 1936-2000. There are a
few years "The Key" was not published - 1939, 1941-1944.
The collection is not only a resource for the casual browser but also
the historic researcher. It will allow individuals to both browse and
search the full text of the yearbooks from home, office or in the
library. Digitizing the yearbooks ensures that the documents will be
appreciated and available to future generations.
"Not only is digitizing printed material, such as our yearbook
collection, a necessary preservation method, it also brings
geographically isolated collections to the entire world.  Books tend to
deteriorate with time or can be destroyed by fire, water or disasters.
Digitizing the yearbooks is an excellent preventative measure. Just in
case," said Sue Keinbaum, Marysville Public Library reference assistant,
who  worked for several months scanning the yearbook images for the project.
The MHS Digital Yearbook Project is part of the Photohio.org collection.
The Union County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Union
County Historical Society, and the Marysville Public Library funded the
project. The collection also would not have been possible without the
Marysville Alumni Association providing access to missing volumes and
Marysville Public Schools granting the library copyright permission
earlier this year.
"This project is a great example of local organizations working together
to better serve our community," said Ryan McDonnell, Marysville Public
Library director.
The digital yearbooks are available through the library's research
databases link on the library Web site at www.marysvillelib.org.
For additional information or to access the digital collections directly
online go to www.marysvillelib.org/yearbook.htm
The Marysville Public Library is planning additional digital imaging
projects in the near future. For more information, or to get involved,
contact McDonnell.

Man stabbed during dispute
From J-T staff reports:
A Union County man who was stabbed in the neck Thursday during an
alleged domestic dispute will survive his wounds.
According to Union County Sheriff's investigators, the 911 Emergency
Center received an emergency call at 9:40 a.m. from a person in the
33000 block of Route 31 who reported a stabbing had occurred at a nearby residence.
Deputies were summoned to 33881 Route 31, where Rob McKinney, 30, and
Natasha Owens, 30 were reportedly involved in a domestic dispute. The
alleged fight resulted in McKinney being stabbed in the neck with a knife.
Investigators said McKinney and Owens were transported by medics to
Memorial Hospital of Union County, where they were treated for non-life
threatening injuries.
Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Chris Skinner reported this
morning that Owens was not believed to be injured by the knife. The
deputy did not report if Owens had stabbed McKinney during the dispute.
McKinney's wound to the neck resulted in several stitches.
Skinner said no charges have been filed at this time and the incident is
currently under investigation.

Contestants announced for Union County's 2007 Junior Miss program
From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Junior Miss Program has announced contestants who will
vie for the title of 2007 Union County Junior Miss.
The county's scholarship program will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at the
Veterans Auditorium on West Sixth Street. Competing this year will be
Virginia Rogers, Kimberly Leininger, Grace Underwood, Lori Distelhorst,
Stephanie Devine and Aashley Morgan, all of Marysville, and Morgan
Burns, Kylie Daniel and Stacy Alderman, all of Fairbanks.
The nine will compete for the title of Union County Junior Miss and a
share of more than $3,000 in college scholarships. The winner will go on
to compete in the Ohio Junior Miss program, an official preliminary of
the America's Junior Miss scholarship program.
Rogers is the daughter of Allen and Karen Rogers. She plans to become an
attorney and to attend a four-year liberal arts college. Her activities
at MHS include National Honor Society, Mock Trial (where she was awarded
"outstanding attorney"), Swingers Unlimited, symphonic choir, chamber
choir, youth group, soccer (varsity letter), piano, pointe, competition
dance team and musicals. Her talent presentation will feature a piano
solo of an excerpt from "Rustle of Spring" by Christian Sinding. Her
junior sister is Andrea Sattler.
Burns is the daughter of Ron and Terri Burns. She plans to become a
dental hygienist or architect after attending the Lima or Marion branch
of Ohio State University. Her school activities have included National
Honor Society, youth group, FFA (president), 4-H, varsity volleyball
(Brian Nicol Panther Award), basketball (coach's award), softball
(Richard Scheiderer Spirit Award) and football homecoming court. Her
junior sister is Kristin Burns. For her talent presentation she will
sing "Born to Fly."
Daniel, the daughter of Duane and Kelly Daniel, plans to pursue a career
in nursing, either at Otterbein College or Ohio Northern University. Her
activities at FHS include National Honor Society (president), Student
Council (president), FFA (first vice president), varsity softball
(Richard Scheiderer Spirit Award), cheerleading (captain), 4-H
(president, Outstanding Seamstress Award), Junior Fair Board
(president), parliamentary procedure, Mock Trial, yearbook, science
club, international club, volleyball and NWCC Varsity Academic Award.
For her talent presentation, Daniel will perform an Irish dancing
medley. Her junior sister is Christine Hoerig.
Leininger is the daughter of Mike and Sandy Leininger. She plans to
study middle education/special education at a Christian college or
university. Her interests/extra curricular activities include Student
Council (class vice president), National Honor Society, show choir
(Distinguished Freshman Award), youth group, school musicals, mission
trips, symphonic choir, chamber choir, FCCLA, volleyball (freshman
captain), praise band, scrapbooking, baking and jogging. She will sing
"Homeward Bound" as her talent presentation. Elise Vetanovetz is her junior sister.
Grace Underwood is the daughter of Scott and Holly Underwood. She plans
to major in musical education at the Ohio State University. Her
extracurricular activities include church, voice lessons, musicals,
symphonic choir (section leader), show choir (dance captain), Student
Council (president), painting, swim team (varsity letter), lifeguard and
yearbook club. For her talent presentation, she will sing "Taylor the
Latte Boy." Junior sister is Mindy Bogardus.
Stacy Alderman, the daughter of Doug and Sue Alderman, is undecided on
her college choice but she wants to study forensic
psychology/criminology. Her extracurricular activities include National
Honor Society, varsity basketball (scholar athlete, Teammate of the
Year), cross country (Panther Award), youth fellowship, International
Club (secretary), FCA (president, Outstanding Leadership Award), Student
Council (treasurer), 4-H (president, camp counselor), Mock Trial,
football homecoming court. She will sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
accompanied by her father as her talent presentation. Her junior sister
is Allison Conklin.
Lori Distelhorst is the daughter of Gary and Jenny Distelhorst. Her
career goal is to become an OB nurse, and she wants to attend Anderson
University or Belmont University. Her activities include National Honor
Society, show choir, hospital volunteer, church student leadership,
mission trips, youth group, symphonic choir, musicals and mock trial.
For her talent presentation she will sing "Come Down to Me" by Saving
Jane. Her junior sister is Ashley Gonzales.
Stephanie Devine is the daughter of Steve and Sue Devine. She hopes to
obtain a master's degree in special education/communication disorders at
a four-year private college. Her activities include youth group (student
leader) Mock Trial (outstanding witness), National Honor Society
(secretary), show choir, praise band leader, symphonic choir (section
leader), chamber choir, superior vocal solo ratings, guitar accompanist
and musicals. She will sing "Danny Boy" and play the guitar as her
talent presentation. Her junior sister is Breonna Scott.
Morgan, the daughter of Brad and Amy Morgan, plans to attend Belmont
University and major in vocal performance or music education.
Extracurricular activities include youth group student leader, National
Honor Society, Student Council (class secretary), show choir
(outstanding performer), competition dance team, school newspaper
(editor, OCC Excellence in Journalism Award), cheerleading, mock trial
(outstanding witness), drama club, musicals, "Pass Me the Mic,"
"Christmas Idol," "Monarch Idol," "Lip Sync" and "Battle of the Bands"
winner. She will sing "God Bless America" as her talent presentation.
Her junior sister is Rachel Craig.
Categories in which each contestant will be evaluated include
scholastics (20 percent), interview (25 percent), talent (25 percent),
fitness (15 percent) and self-expression (15 percent). The program's
goal is to honor young women who excel in all the areas and to encourage
them to continue on the path of excellence by completing their college
educations and assuming roles of leadership in the communities and
professions, thereby setting examples for other young women who follow.
Tickets will be available at the door for $7. Those wishing to sponsor a
scholarship may contact Kristin Gibson at 644-3957.
National sponsors of America's Junior Miss include Coca-Cola, Tyson
Foods Inc., SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, the Riverview Plaza Hotel, the City
of Mobile and Mobile County. National category sponsors include Mobile
Gas and Regions Bank. Governmental support is furnished by the state of
Alabama. The 48th annual America's Junior Miss National Finals will  be
held in Mobile, Ala., in June.

Festifair to showcase work of area artists
Event will take place Saturday

By CINDY BRAKE
Rain or shine, the 26th annual Festifair is set to open Saturday at 9 a.m.
Sponsored by the Marysville Uptown Renewal Team, the event will include
120 vendors selling arts, antiques and more.
"More" includes the return of long-time vendors like Twylah and Norbert
Hoehn of Lima and Twig Six, as well as newcomers, including Cub Scout
Pack 632 which will be raising funds to purchase a bullet-proof vest for
the Marysville Police Department's canine.
Seven-year-old Mathew Lenihan has been busy making cutout cookies shaped
like dog bones and dog licenses that he will be offering for sale. In
addition to offering a variety of baked goods, the scouts, ages 7
through 9 years, will raffle off dog items such as food, a bowl and
leash. Mathew's mother, Lisa, said the pack decided to help out the
canine unit after summer day camp when Kahn and Marysville Police
Officer Nist talked to the group. The vest is estimated to cost between
$1,800 and $2,500.
Twylah Hoehn and her husband, Norbert, will be returning to Marysville
with a variety of oak items. She said they first came to Marysville
because their son, Chris, lives and works here.
"It's not a job, it's a hobby," Mrs. Hoehn said, adding that her husband
"tinkers every day" in his garage, no matter what the temperature is
outside. She adds that she has lost most of her basement space to his hobby.
A brick mason by profession, Mr. Hoehn is very talented with a lot of
patience, she said. Mrs. Hoehn has helped paint seasonal items, although
recently she has been busy caring for her 3 year-old grandson, who
happens to share the same birthday with her.
The Hoehns will again bring hobby horses, shelves, lazy Susan's and
seasonal items plus corn boards.
Foot scrubbies, Bob Carson's lawn furniture and wife Miriam's concrete
leaves will also be available for purchase.
Twig Six has planned a fun raffle this year of two gift baskets - one
filled with Ohio State University memorabilia and another filled with
University of Michigan items. The local community concert organization
has even donated two tickets for the baskets. When asked which basket
they wanted them in, the answer was OSU, of course. A list of all the
items in each basket will be listed at the Festifair booth. After the
Festifair, both baskets will move to the hospital gift shop and the
winner selected the day before the big game, Nov. 17. All proceeds plus
$1,000 will be donated to Memorial Hospital of Union County.
Organizer Karen Page said she is also expecting the Marysville High
School band boosters, Union County Autism Support Group, Lion's Club,
Trinity, Historical Society, Senior Citizens and Farmer's Market.
In addition to the Festifair activities that continue until 4 p.m., the
Marysville Division of Fire will be host its eighth annual open house
from 9 a.m. to noon at 209 S. Main St. Activities include something for
both young and old.
Kids can pretend to be a firefighter with a real hose, helmet and coat.
Pictures will be taken and can be purchased. Free blood pressure checks
will be offered, as well as derma-scan and diabetes screening.
From 9 to 10 a.m., Kahn, the MPD canine officer and Officer Nist will be
on hand. Union Rural Electric Cooperative will offer a show called
"Flash and Bang!" at 10:30 a.m. From 10:45 a.m. to noon, Ronald McDonald
will be on hand, as well as a display by the Medflight helicopter and
ground transport. An auto extrication rescue demonstration begins at 11:30 a.m.
Fire, EMS, sheriff and police vehicles will be on display, along with
the safety house smoke crawl and safety demos. Fire extinguisher
demonstrations are also planned.

N.L. council looks into  sale of municipal building

By CORINNE BIX
North Lewisburg Village Council voted to take the next step in
considering the Northeast Champaign County Fire District's proposal to
buy the village municipal building at fair market value.
The council voted on Tuesday night, after an executive session, to
consider the proposal offered by the NEECFD at last week's monthly fire
board meeting by authorizing Barry First, village administrator, to
obtain an appraisal of the building.
First said he expects the appraisal process to take between 30 to 60
days and hopes to have the final numbers for council so that a decision
can be made by the end of the year.
In addition, the council voted to pursue the possible purchase of 119
East St. when it goes up for auction on Sept. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The
property sits adjacent to the municipal park and would be incorporated
into the community greenspace.
Mayor Dick Willis opened last night's meeting with a moment of silence
in remembrance of Dwight Thompson, former council president, who was
killed in a tractor accident last week. Thompson, 58, served the village
from 1986-2004.
Gary Silcott, village engineer with R.D. Zande and Associates, reported
that things are moving slow on the wastewater treatment plant project.
He said the project is stalled waiting for Dayton Power and Light to
upgrade the electric. First suggested that he arrange a meeting,
on-site, with DP&L to resolve the problem. He asked that council
president, Steve Wilson, and Silcott also attend.
Silcott also reported that there are still about 30 water meters that
need to be installed. The water service on the remaining properties is
located underneath the residential driveways or commercial parking lots.
There are between three and five businesses that are affected. It was
suggested that the water meters be located inside these homes or
businesses to avoid the added cost of digging up the cement, asphalt or
gravel driveways. A remote fixture can be attached to the outside of
these properties so that the reading of the meters is accessible like
the majority of the water meters, which are located outside. Silcott
said the only problem that inside water meters pose is in the event that
service needs to be performed, scheduling issues can occur.
Construction on the bike path will begin this week near East Street. The
village is considering using historic grant funding to relocate a train
depot near the bike path. The village has considered moving the train
depot from East Liberty. However logistically given the dilapidated
state, the move may not be feasible. The village is also trying to
locate the plans for the original train depot that stood by Gregory
Street. First said he will find out if grant funding would pay for the
reconstruction of a historic building. The original depot was razed in
the late 1970s.
The next village council meeting will be Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.
In other business:
.  Sheriff's report for August - 11 traffic citations, seven warnings
issued for traffic violations, 15 incident reports, 24 cases of
assistance give to citizens, 11 arrests made, two civil and criminal
papers served, 83 follow-up investigations, two open doors, four
instances of juvenile contact, one civic activity completed and one auto
accident report taken.
. An informational session is planned for Sept. 11 on emergency
preparedness, specifically pandemic flu planning. The county will also
be conducting mass flu immunizations with a tentative date of Oct. 25.
. Skate Park committee meeting is Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.
. Champaign County Historical Society recognized the village for its
participation in obtaining a historical marker for the Friends Church
outside of the village public library.


Judge sentences offender to four years
From J-T staff reports:
Union County Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott didn't follow a
sentencing recommendation Tuesday for a Union County farmer who had
entered a guilty plea to a sex offense.
The recommendation, submitted by Union County Prosecutor David W.
Phillips and defendant's attorney Gregory K. Lind, would have meant that
Joseph M. Morgan of Raymond could have avoided serving any time in
prison. However, after listening to a statement by Morgan and reviewing
reports, Parrott sentenced Morgan to four years in prison and a $5,000
fine. He also classified Morgan as a sexually-oriented offender.
Morgan entered a guilty plea  Aug. 14 to one count of gross sexual
imposition, a third-degree felony which carries a maximum possible
sentence of five years in prison and $10,000 fine. The charge stems from
Morgan's actions between Nov. 1, 2001 through Dec.31, 2002 involving a
child under the age of 13 years.
The state dismissed two counts of gross sexual imposition, both fourth degree felony.
The recommendation was to place the defendant on community control for
five years and if he violated the community control, the defendant would
be sentenced to prison for three years.
Prior to sentencing, Morgan said he was truly sorry and apologized "for
the mess I've made... I will never repeat this mistake." He said he had
already started an accredited program for sex offenders.
He told the court he owns a 587 acre farm in Union County. His attorney
said Morgan's employer, the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation
District, is prepared to continue his employment. He added that this was
the first time his client had ever been charged with a criminal offense.
Parrott asked the victim's parents if they wanted to make any statements
prior to sentencing.
Quoting Red Skelton, the victim's father said, "We're put here to build
and not destroy." He added that Morgan had "done some destruction" and
hoped that he would now get treatment and begin to build. The victim's
mother had nothing to add.

Jerome Township continues to struggle with Route 33 Accord
By CINDY BRAKE
The Jerome Township Board of Trustees continue to raise questions and
concerns about a much-talked about Route 33 Corridor Accord.
During Tuesday's regular meeting, trustee Andrew Thomas said a "few
things ... need addressed" in an Accord draft prepared by the LUC
Planning Commission. Trustee Robert Merkle concurred. Both agreed legal
counsel needs to review the document. Trustee Ron Rhodes was not present.
Thomas explained to those present that the Route 33 Accord is a group of
government officials who are interested in directing development along
U.S. Route 33 between Dublin and Marysville. Half of the area originally
discussed is in Jerome Township. This has caused Jerome's elected
officials some concern that officials from other jurisdictions would
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 Township officials
have also attended planning meetings, as well as elected officials from
the village of Plain City.
"There are valid reasons to work with the Accord. There are valid
reasons for Jerome Township to determine its own destiny," Merkle said.
First on Thomas's list of concerns was the question of LUC as a member
in the Accord, even though it is offering no financial contribution.
Merkle agreed that he thought LUC's function was to be a facilitator. He
added that LUC has also been responsible for preparing and distributing
minutes and agendas, both of which have been arriving just before the
next meeting. He suggested that LUC, which serves 43 townships, may have
too much of a work load to handle the administrative duties properly.
Thomas then asked for a definition of  "orderly, equitable process" and
"inkind services." Phrases that both appear in the draft.
"This needs to be ironed out," Thomas said.
Then there is the question of money.
The draft lists $250,000 as needed to being the planning process. Thomas
asked how this number was derived, who decided the percentage each
entity was responsible for and when the money is due.
Merkle then asked whether Jerome Township should complete their
comprehensive plan.
In other business:
. Merkle said the township can not use the existing wiring for the pond
aerator and must bring it up to code.
. Resident Freeman May questioned two bills - $38 for two electronic
sensor keys and $3,256 for legal counsel.
Fire Chief Scott Skeldon said the keys were purchased at cost and the
department always purchases two additional keys for new vehicles.
Merkle said the legal fees were for numerous meetings with various
individuals. "All the money was well spent," Merkle said. "I call it up
front money" that will protect the township and guarantee quality
development.
. May also voiced concern about township officials meeting in small
groups with the city of Marysville. He said this is one way of keeping
meeting closed. Merkle and Thomas assured him that no decisions are made
in small groups. May also questioned why planning and zoning coordinator
Kathleen Crowley, who is paid $22 an hour, is attending the meetings.
. Clerk Robert Caldwell said the township had received $290,000 in
estate taxes and $555,000 for the second half real estate taxes.
.Fire Chief Skeldon said the department is receiving an $8,000 state
grant; culvert replacement in front of the station will be Sept. 14-15;
and he will attend the International Chiefs Conference Sept. 13-16. The
department recently hosted a Box 15 meeting; is working with other
agencies in planning for a pandemic flu by coordinating joint purchases
for protective equipment; assisted in two running marathons; and
participated in a mocktail event.

OSP focused on reducing accidents, fatalities

From J-T staff reports:
As the fall season is fast approaching, The Marysville Post of the Ohio
State Highway Patrol would like to remind drivers of the importance of
traffic safety and the role they have in helping keep roadways as safe
as possible.
Reportedly more than 3,200 people die a day, worldwide due to traffic
crashes. Many are not aware that traffic crashes are the leading cause
of death for those between the ages of 10 and 30.
"On average, one person is killed every 6.7 hours in our state due to
traffic crashes which claimed 1,326 lives in 2005," Lt. Rick Zwayer
said. "We are asking you to help us by obeying all traffic laws, always
wear your safety belt and encourage others to do the same."
Zwayer reported that troopers throughout the state and locally have been
dedicated to a mission of reducing injuries and fatalities that result
from auto crashes.
"Currently, we are seeing a significant reduction in fatalities
statewide. But all too frequently, our troopers, local law enforcement,
and medics still see first hand the death and severe injury caused by
drivers involved in preventable crashes. These crashes are often the
result of seemingly minor violations of traffic law, driver
distractions, and carelessness.  Many of the most serious crashes
involve the use of alcohol or drugs, speeds over the limit, aggressive
driving, and drivers, passengers and children not wearing safety belts
or restraints," Zwayer said.
Troopers will be strictly enforcing safety belt laws, crash causing
traffic violations and assisting you as you travel, he said. They should
also be a reminder that safety should be the first priority when
driving.
"This is the time of year when our children are returning to school and
some families are finishing their summer by traveling during the Labor
Day holiday," Zwayer said. "Please plan for extra drive time during the
morning and evening commutes as there will again be school buses
stopping on some of our busiest routes. For those parents of newly
licensed teen drivers, we encourage you to talk to your young driver
frequently and often about safe driving habits including the use of
safety belts, driving safe speeds, and limiting distractions."
For residents wishing to report erratic or aggressive drivers, or who
need non-emergency assistance, call the Patrol's toll free number at
877-7PATROL.
For programs and additional information, visit the Patrol's Web site at
www.statepatrol.ohio.gov.

4-H advisor sentenced for child molestation

From J-T staff reports:
A Plain City man will spend the next two years in prison, after using
his role training horses with children to sexually touch a juvenile Ostrander girl.
David Shoaf, 58, of 13017 Adams Road, pleaded guilty and was sentenced
for one third-degree felony gross sexual imposition charge in lieu of
going through a grand jury trial. He faced a potential of five years in prison.
Union County Prosecutor David Phillips said his office first became
aware of Shoaf's crimes in April. As part of a Plain City 4-H program,
called the Pleasant Valley Horsemen, Shoaf worked with many children.
"Over time he got to know several young girls," Phillips explained.
Beginning in 2001, he said, Shoaf ended up kissing and fondling a girl
in the program who was between the ages of 11 and 13 years old at the
time. The behavior lasted over a four-year period. It began with hugs
and kisses, then ended with sexual touching and graphic discussions with
the young girl about his sex life with his wife.
"That's as far as he really went," Phillips said. "Ultimately (the
victim) said 'Get off me.'"
The crimes apparently happened mostly within Union County, he said, but
also may have occurred in Delaware County.
Phillips said that because the victim was unable to specifically
pinpoint the dates for each instance of sexual imposition, Shoaf was
only charged with one count.
He said law enforcement finally became involved when the victim
reportedly suffered depression in school and sought counseling. In April
the girl ended up telling Delaware County Children's Services counselors
about Shoaf, who then notified the Union County Sheriff's Office.
Union County Sheriff's Detective Jeff Stiers reportedly organized what
is called a "controlled call," in which the girl telephoned Shoaf, with
detectives listening. During the conversation Shoaf admitted to the crimes.
Phillips said Shoaf was having similar sexual contact with two
additional victims. Because they were older at the time, no charges were filed.
In court Thursday for his sentencing, Shoaf reportedly told Union County
Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Parrott how sorry he was for committing
the crimes. He said he eventually lost his wife, his home and the
respect of the community. He also apologized to his son, who had taken
him in to live in Hilliard.
After his release from prison, Shoaf will be required to register as a
sexually oriented offender.

County residents trust Project Lifesaver
By CINDY BRAKE
Jennifer and Lee Winn don't worry as much anymore. And neither does
Bobbie Combs.
All have a loved one that is now part of Project Lifesaver.
Project Lifesaver uses wristband transmitters to locate wandering and
lost adults and children. Each individual is given a three digit
frequency. Union County joined the national program earlier this year
and is offering the free service to any Union County resident.
"It gives us more peace of mind," Mr. Winn said. The Winns' 6-year-old
son Chase has been diagnosed with autism.
Mrs. Combs agrees.
"I'm just thankful for it. It does give you more peace of mind," said
Mrs. Combs. Mrs. Combs' 87-year-old husband, James, has been diagnosed
with Alzheimer's Disease.
Both James and Chase wear a plastic gray band with a battery-operated transmitter.
"He likes to take walks around the block," Mrs. Combs said, especially
during the evenings.
Her greatest fear is that he would wander off and not know that he is
lost or how to get home. Living in the small village of Milford Center
and near family has helped her keep track of James so far. Her son also
installed alarms on the house doors to let her know if he walks out of
the house. However, during a grocery shopping trip he promised to sit on
a bench while she ran to get some milk. When she returned minutes later,
Mrs. Combs found him wandering in the parking lot.
Since starting Project Lifesaver, Mrs. Combs has called the Union County
Sheriff's Office once. Fortunately, she located James before the
Lifesaver team was activated. The team includes seven trained deputies,
the canine unit and if additional assistance is needed, the Marion
County Sheriff's Department will provide a helicopter. All fire and
police departments are also available to provide assistance. Deputy
Zacharias visits each Project Lifesaver client once a month to change
the battery. Family members test the batteries daily.
"Quickness is the key," said Deputy Zacharias.
Mr. Combs said the plastic band he wears on his wrist is just like a
watch and doesn't bother him.
Chase Winn, however, did not like the band on his wrist. Very sensitive
to touch, he slipped the first one off in minutes and then chewed a
second off. When a third was put on very tightly he asked for scissors.
That was when Deputy Zacharias and Chase's mom thought about putting it
on his ankle. That seems acceptable to him.
Mrs. Winn said statistics show that autistic children tend to wander off
and can get hurt. Their biggest fear is that Chase might wander off and
couldn't call for help or even know he needs help. She said he lacks a
fear of danger.
She said Chase once wandered away from home after getting through an
unlocked gate. He was found in the neighbor's pasture and when his
parents ran after him, he continued to run. Before Project Lifesaver,
the Winns had installed alarms and locks on their doors and fenced in
their back yard. They had even purchased a much weaker monitor than the
one he now wears.
As the Winns planned a trip to New York recently, Deputy Zacharias
explained that if Chase would disappear the program could be immediately activated.
"I feel he is more safe if he would get lost," Mrs. Winn said.

Train, truck crash kills on
By RYAN HORNS
A Johnstown man was killed Thursday afternoon after the vehicle he was
driving was struck by a train at a little known Marysville crossing on
Walnut Street.
Marysville Police reported this morning that at approximately 2:12 p.m.
Curtis Romans, 69, died after he drove a 1991 Ford truck southbound onto
the north Walnut Street railroad crossing and was struck by a CSX train.
Police said no other injuries were reported, contrary to some media
speculation that Romans' wife was inside the truck at the time of the collision.
Police reported the train sustained slight damage. It was reportedly
heading through Marysville on a local route, carrying 10 cars of general
freight. No other railroad crossings were affected in the city.
Police said this morning the crash remains under investigation. They
also described the turn of events that led up to the fatal crash. Many
witnesses have reported to police that Romans may not have noticed the
train was coming.
Marysville Police detective Don McGlenn said Romans arrived in
Marysville just before 10 a.m. He had driven to Marysville with his wife
and brother-in-law for the sole purpose of going to an auction held by
Marysville Masonry.
"He had no ties to the area," McGlenn said.
He said Romans purchased the truck during the auction. He had been
bidding on the truck against another man, until the other man gave up
and let Romans have it.
At that point, McGlenn said Romans got into the truck and began driving
off, with his wife and brother-in-law following behind in the car that
brought them to Marysville.
"He had an auction number in his pocket," detective Chad Seeberg said.
Police reported that the man who almost bought the truck said he watched
Romans pull away as he heard a train coming down the tracks. He told
police that Romans "crawled" the truck over the tracks. He saw Romans
was not stopping. When he started yelling, he knew the sound was buried
by the loud horn.
McGlenn said all the reports from witnesses reveal that the train
conductor was sounding the horn the entire way through town, so it
wasn't a case of going through unnoticed. As far as why Romans did not
hear the train or the people yelling, officers still have no answers.
"I don't know if it was because it was a new vehicle or what," McGlenn said.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden provided information this morning
from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) Web site, which
shows photos and information on the crossing. The information on the Web
site and reports from Marysville city engineer Phil Roush, explain that
the crossing is private and for commercial purposes. It is owned by CSX
and has a crossing angle of 60 to 90 degrees. It has the standard
crossbucks sign, although on the scene the sign appears damaged and has
fallen slightly over to one side. There are no crossing arms or warning
lights. The actual crossing had also recently been repaired with fresh asphalt.
On the scene after the accident, law enforcement investigators and
medical officials taped off the area where the collision occurred.
Marysville Police Department, Union County Sheriff's Office, Marysville
Fire Department, Union County prosecutor David Phillips and Union County
Coroner Dr. David Applegate were on hand.
While Marysville residents debate the safety of the East Fifth Street
railroad crossing, the safety of the Walnut Street crossing has not been
discussed in recent public forums.
According to PUCO, Ohio has the fourth largest rail traffic in the
country. Marysville reportedly has an estimated one train passing
through town per hour, with the majority going through during the night.
No information was available before press time on the record of crashes
listed at the Walnut Street CSX crossing in its history.


New MRDD superintendent settling in
By CINDY BRAKE
Kim Miller is the new superintendent of the Union County Board of Mental
Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
The experienced professional and Union County resident officially joined
the board July 17 with plans of better integrating the local program
into the community.
"We need to be a better partner with the community ... We don't exist in
isolation ... We need to build those bridges, create those relationships
," Miller said during a recent interview with the Journal-Tribune.  "We
embrace the involvement of others."
Examples of better partnerships include public schools, mental health
agencies and council on aging as possible places to start. He hopes to
take a closer look at where and when services can be blended to avoid a
duplication of services. Miller also wants to take a closer look at how
to better transition children into the public school system and from the
public school system into adult programs.
"We can't plan in isolation ... it is not effective or efficient," Miller said.
His first step has been to meet community leaders and begin asking
questions for a strategic plan.
His goal is to create a program that everyone takes ownership of.
"This needs to be the community's program ... what is best for families
with disabilities," Miller said.
An original work of art hangs near his desk as a reminder of the
possibilities for all MRDD consumers. The colorful painting is by Joseph
A. Greene, 47, of Lancaster, who is an active artist working in Blue
Shoe Arts. He has been drawing cartoons since he was 4 years old and
attended the Ohio School for the Deaf for 10 years, winning first place
nine of those years - the 10th year he won second.
Miller's painting was a gift and portrays his interest in golfing along
with Greene's quirky perspective.
An author and public speaker, Miller most recently was a consultant with
the Ohio Association of County Boards of MRDD. He served as
superintendent of the Hardin County Board of MRDD from 1984 to 1993 and
has also worked as a residential supervisor in Wood County and physical
development specialist in Wood and Ottawa counties, director of Quality
Improvement for ViaQuest, an associate director for Champaign
Residential Services and residential director in Hancock County.
Miller has both a bachelor and master degrees from Bowling Green State University.
Miller's family includes his four children - Megan, Brian, Alex and Nick.

 

 

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