Fair attendance expected to be record
By MAC CORDELL
Mild weather and high
gas prices are being credited for record high
attendance at this year's Union
"I thought the fair went really well," said Kay Griffith,
director for the fair.
Griffith said attendance through Friday
was up 16 percent. Numbers for
the weekend have not been tabulated yet, but
Griffith expects they will
be high also.
"We were absolutely packed
Friday, Saturday and Sunday," she said.
Griffith expressed gratitude to the
community for its support.
"By the numbers, I would say people were staying
close to home and
coming to the fair, with the price of gas and the wonderful
weather," Griffith said.
She said she believes the increased attendance
resulted in increased gate receipts.
"I would assume we are up money,"
Griffith said. "Because of the rise in
attendance numbers, it seems the money
would be up as well."
Christy Leeds, Ohio State University Extension office
4-H educator for
Union County, said Junior Fair events were a success. Many
saw increased participation. Leeds specifically mentioned the
interest categories, along with the goat department and the dairy
department as those growing. She said the self-determined class of
special interest division is gaining popularity.
"It really offers a
lot of flexibility to the kids," Leeds said.
She said special interest
projects are attractive to the 4-H
participants who do not live on
"You do have a lot of different kind of kids who
participate in 4-H,"
Leeds said. "Special interest is great for the kids that
don't have 10
acres to raise an animal, but have plenty of room for these
types of projects."
She added that a lot of the participants who show
"companion projects" in the special interest division.
our fair, kids tend to be involved in multiple areas," Leeds said.
livestock divisions continue to draw support from the community, Leeds
"Livestock shows were packed with people," Griffith said.
the senior citizen's day and the veteran's day were
Griffith said the fair board will look at some new
for a pair of evenings.
"Those two nights have not
been decided yet," Griffith said.
She said entertainment options will be
reviewed at the fair convention in January.
One entertainment option that
will not be left out next year is the Teen
Idol competition, which fair
organizers called, "a big success."
Kylie Ross beat 19 other competitors to
take this year's top honors and $300 cash.
"It is in the works to step up
the prizes and things for next year
because it was such a success," Griffith
She said there were a few problems at the fair, but said that is to
expected at any fair. One problem the fair board is looking to
rectify is parking.
"The major problem we have at the fair is the
parking," Griffith said.
"We are going to try to address that over the winter
in the livestock area."
Leeds said she does not expect
any major changes in next year's junior fair.
Groat plans to run for
seat on Marysville City Council
From J-T staff reports:
For the past
several years resident Deborah Groat has been working on
local boards and
commissions, but now she has her eyes on Marysville City Council.
recently announced she will be running for Marysville City
Council's Ward 3
position currently held by councilman David Burke. The
spot will be open for
election because Burke does not plan to run again.
Instead he plans to run
for state representative.
Groat said that in 2001 she first decided to get
involved in Marysville
government. She started off by attending city council
meetings to learn
more about the process and the issues the city
From there she has served as commissioner of the Marysville Parks
Recreation Committee, a role she has held since 2003; and served as
member of Marysville's ad hoc subcommittee in the spring of 2003
study the financial needs of the city. She also currently serves on
city's Utility Claims Board, which she has been involved with
A teacher at Marysville High School since 1976, Groat has also
the superintendent's committee to select the high school
1988-89; the weighted grades investigation committee, 1989-90;
principal's in-service and advisory committees throughout the 1990s;
and many more.
"I have no personal axe to grind," Groat offered as
wanting to be on council. "Marysville is on the cusp of
larger city . we need quality personnel on every level."
growth inevitable, Groat said she would like to make sure
competitive with other communities. It needs to attract
city staff members that can bring Marysville into the
In addition, she said, Marysville's police and fire department are
understaffed and work in outdated buildings. That will need attention
order for them to effectively do their jobs.
"I'm a proud wife of a
Marysville Police officer and I'm not going to
hide that," Groat said.
her concerns do not end there. She worries about the city's
Back in 2003, Groat said the Marysville ad hoc committee she
involved with "foresaw financial difficulties. It was the elephant
in the living room."
"If my home were in the same financial difficulty
that the city is in
I'd be getting a second job," Groat said. "We have to
our long term financial goals."
Another issue is
communication between council and the public, she said.
With such a
history in education, she hopes to use her skills to fully
affecting the city, then explain those to the public
in clear and concise
Groat graduated from Huntington East High School in 1972
valedictorian and graduated in 1976 from Marshall University - Summa
Laude with a degree in education, focused on English, Latin
mathematics. She received a masters degree in education from
State University in 1994 and has continued to work in
courses to this day.
Groat has been married the past 28 years
to police officer Jeffrey Groat
Sr., and they have three children.
Ride for Kids raises $81,233
From J-T staff reports
Nearly 300 Honda
motorcycles filled the roads of Union County on
Saturday for a very good
Honda HomeComing's Ride for Kids raised $81,233 to benefit the
Brain Tumor Foundation as 298 bikes participated in the
Associates from Honda of America Mfg., Inc. and Honda Research
Development Ohio Center raised $21,970. That money was matched 50
on the dollar by Honda, bringing the total raised by the company
associates to $32,955.
This year's $81,233 is a decrease from last
year's Ride for Kids, which
raised more than $104,000 for PBTF.
had hoped to top last year's numbers, but recognized some
play a role.
"One reason for the decrease is there are other ride for kids
Ohio now," said Ron Lietzke, Honda spokesman, specifically
ride near Cleveland.
"People used to come down and
participate here, but they have their own
mow that they participate
Lietzke said he did not know what effect the weather may have had
Following a scenic route through Union, Champaign
and Logan counties,
riders returned to the Marysville Motorcycle Plant for a
Life" ceremony. The celebration featured brain tumor
family members sharing personal insights.
arrested at party for underage drinking
Dozens of juveniles were charged
after Union County Sheriff's deputies
discovered a party going on in a field
over the weekend.
On Sunday at 12:59 a.m., deputies reportedly received a
suspicious activity in the area of the 21000 block of Liberty West
The caller told officers that there were cars driving up and down
roadway and heading back to a field.
Once deputies arrived on the
scene, they found a large party going on,
involving up to 30 people.
result of the discovery, underage drinking charges are pending
juvenile females and a juvenile male. Numerous adults were
underage drinking as well, including Jesse Smith, 19, of
Simpson, 20, of Columbus; Laura Stayton, 18, of
Hilliard; Travis Cressonie,
20, of Columbus; Thomas Clime III, 19, of
Hilliard; Spencer Brusk, 20, of
Grove City; Derek Glick, 20, of
Hilliard; Natalie Husch, 19, of Galloway;
Joshua Guyton, 20, of
Galloway; Corey McClurkin, 19, of Hilliard; Matthew
Eder, 20, of
Columbus; Matthew Anderson, 19, of Hilliard; Zachary Pike, 19,
Hilliard; Jeffrey Estep II, 18, of Grove City; Katie Karnes, 18,
Hilliard; Ryan Brown, 19, of Columbus; and Amanda Gruett, 19,
Deputies reported this morning that property owner Richard
of 205 E. 11th St. was also charged with allowing juveniles to
alcohol illegally on his property.
Union County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Officer Chris Skinner
said that the charges against
Garwood have been referred to county and
city prosecutors. He said they will
determine if Garwood will face one
general charge for allowing the drinking
to occur, or will face
individual charges for each separate
Abel Five to bring Cincinnati sound to Balloon Festival
Cincinnati based band Abel Five is ready and able to move from a
band to an all-original project within the next calendar year.
will be the featured band on Friday, Aug. 17, at the All Ohio
Festival from 6-10 p.m.
"We are very excited about the Balloon Fest," Joe
The band formed two years ago after Leonard went
to hear the Rick
Douglas Band, an acoustic duo in the Cincinnati area.
turned out in addition to music, Leonard, Rick Hamilton and Doug
all shared a common career, mortgage brokering.
The three men started a trio
band with Leonard on drums, Hamilton on
guitar and Blackburn as lead
Before long, Kris Bredwell, bass and Kevin Lambert, keys, joined
group and Abel Five became a staple band at the Mt. Lookout Tavern
Cincinnati, not to mention other venues around the Tri-State
Leonard said the group's name came from the name of a space monkey
died five days after her first mission in space in 1959.
has become a symbol for the band and appears on its
At this point the band averages about two shows a month making
take time for the young families of the band members.
the band's number one influence would be O.A.R. (Of a
Revolution) a band
which began at Ohio State Univerisity.
He said the song that seems to get the
most response from the crowd is
the band's rendition of OAR's "Crazy Game of
Leonard said the band classifies itself as a mainstream pop/rock
and compares its sound to the likes of Coldplay, The Fray and the
Currently the band is moving towards creating a
business plan and
putting together an all-original album.
information about Abel Five, those interested may visit its
website at www.abelfive.com.
PUCO, CSX officials visit rail crossing
Design phase will begin for E.
Fifth St. project
By RYAN HORNS
At Thursday night's Marysville City
Council meeting resident and
business owner Harold Green asked for an update
on the East Fifth Street
The roadway was closed last
year by Mayor Tom Kruse, who felt the
crossing was too dangerous.
Administrator Kathy House said that PUCO and CSX officials came to
last week to do a site visit.
"They looked at where the gates and the lights
would go," House said.
Another observation was that the roadway will need to
be widened at the
railroad crossing from 19 feet to 24 feet, she said. With
the amount of
traffic expected to use the road, it will eventually need to be
enough to support it.
House said the PUCO and CSX officials plan to
go back with the
information they gathered to use toward "design
"We have no idea when we will hear from them next," she said. "In
their visit last week was a surprise."
Council members then
discussed how long it would take before
work would begin.
House said that
a letter from PUCO to CSX asked them to hurry things
along. CSX was given 90
days to respond in April.
Councilman Dan Fogt said that CSX has delayed the
along with other projects around the state. So it is
not something only
Marysville has had to deal with.
"The legal department
has been very, very slow to respond," he said.
He said the East Fifth Street
crossing project should have been resolved
"Instead it is
probably going to be dragged out until March or April," Fogt said.
member John Gore pointed out that despite their disappointment
with the time
it is taking, without PUCO getting involved they "would be
Council president Ed Pleasant explained to Green that because of
involvement the cost for upgrading the crossing has been divided
the city, PUCO, and CSX. It will mean a lower price tag for the
He assured Green that council will keep updated on the issue.
on our radar," Pleasant said.
Honda unsure of cost of legislation
A farm subsidies bill passed Friday in House of Representatives
causing some concern for local businesses.
The bill imposes new taxes
on certain multinational companies with U.S.
subsidiaries. The tax would
raise about $4 billion to help fund an
increase in food stamp and other
nutrition programs as part of the
subsidies bill. Republicans opposed the
bill funding offset because it
was introduced at the last minute and could
not be studied. They said
the increased tax would hurt businesses and cost
jobs in America.
On the floor of the House, Congresswoman Deborah Pryce, who
Union County, expressed her displeasure with the way the farm
funding offset was introduced. After its passage, she said it
impossible to know what type of impact it might have on local
like Honda and Nestles.
"I don't know yet, and I am not sure
Honda has even been able to
calculate its impact," Pryce wrote in an e-mail
Friday after the bill
passed. "That is in part why so many of us cried foul
when the tax hike
on subsidiaries was announced. Typically, these impacts are
during committee markups and hearings and review. Unfortunately,
process was completely circumvented, and 48 hours after House
announced their $7.5 billion tax hike, we were forced to vote on
Ed Miller, Honda spokesman, said the company had not yet determined
financial impact, if any, the offset may have on the company. He
company officials had been meeting throughout the day to try to
the potential ramifications.
The bill, which passed 231-191, devotes
more money to conservation,
renewable energy, nutrition and specialty crop
programs than in the
past, but leaves in place - and in some cases increases
- subsidies to
producers of major crops such as corn and soybeans. Many in
fought against leaving those subsidies in place because farmers
receiving record high prices on those crops.
The legislation bans
subsidies to farmers whose income averages more
than $1 million a year, down
from the current limit of $2.5 million. It
also would stop farmers from
collecting payments for multiple farm
businesses. Still, it includes about
$42 billion in assistance to farmers.
Farm subsidies bills have, in the
past, received almost unilateral
support from lawmakers. This measure seemed
destined to do the same
until democrats added the 11th hour funding offset
addition to the bill.
Democrats said they were closing a loophole and
cracking down on foreign
tax-dodgers, while Republicans called it a massive
tax hike that would
affect manufacturers that provide millions of jobs in
Republicans said the bills financing offset is a violation
of U.S. foreign treaties.
Honda North America Inc. and Nestle USA, Inc.
are both part the
Organization for International Investing, a business
representing U.S. subsidiaries of companies headquartered abroad.
organization wrote a letter to lawmakers Thursday expressing
disapproval with the farm bill and the tax increase.
subsidiaries of companies based abroad play an important role in
and vitality of the U.S. economy. They provide high-paying
jobs for five
million Americans and account for almost one-fifth of all
U.S. exports. A
discriminatory and significant tax increase sends a
hostile signal to
international investors and will certainly dissuade
these companies from
choosing the United States as a location for job
U.S. Chamber of Commerce also expressed its concerns about the bill
potential problems it could create..
"This type of protectionist legislation,
which would raise taxes on
foreign corporations that invest and create jobs
in the U.S., would
discourage foreign investment in the U.S., override
treaties, damage U.S. relationships with major trading
could prompt retaliation by foreign governments against U.S.
operating abroad, further aggravating already jittery
markets," wrote R. Bruce Josten, executive vice-president for
affairs of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a letter to
a time when governments around the world are enhancing their
competitiveness by cutting corporate taxes, this proposal creates
even more hostile tax environment in the U.S. and sends precisely
wrong message to those wanting to invest here."
Pryce said the impact
on local jobs will not be know for some time, but
said the offset is bad
"Regardless, the tax is punitive, anti-competitive, and a job
Pryce said. "Honda is an absolutely essential component of the
of Marysville and Ohio, and to sock them with this tax hike will
Honda and hurt Ohio."
County, hospital to explore
By CORINNE BIX
The Memorial Hospital of Union County board
of trustees and the Union
County commissioners agree that it's time to
explore the possibility of
the hospital becoming a private nonprofit
Tom McCarthy, county commissioner, presented to the
MHUC board of
trustees a revised draft requesting proposals from
organizations to evaluate the financial and legal aspects and the
benefits and organization of a possible change in the hospital's
Currently, MHUC is a public county-owned hospital and has
been since it
was initially started more than 50 years ago.
MHUC CEO/President, said this morning that while the
hospital is a government
entity as a county hospital, it is financially
self-sufficient and receives
no taxpayer support.
If the hospital became a private nonprofit charitable
501 ( c ) ( 3), legally the hospital would be structured
similar to the
Union County Family YMCA or United Way of Union
"This is a joint venture and the board along with the
commissioners need to all be actively involved in the process,"
McCarthy said it was important that throughout the whole
community be involved.
Carman Wirtz, VP of human resources,
MHUC, suggested that language be
added to the proposal that would update and
educate employees and
solicit employee feedback.
Hubbs agreed that a
similar item be included to address the involvement
of medical staff.
was the consensus by all that only changes that would be good for
employees would be good to the hospital as a whole.
that the entire decision making process would take
anywhere from 12 to 18
months to complete.
He added that this would be one of the most important
decisions made by
the commissioners and the board of trustees on behalf of
the county over
the last 100 years.
"This is talking about what the very
essence of the hospital will be,"
McCarthy said. "The hospital is a part of
the fabric of what Marysville
is all about."
Board members Chris Schmenk
and Rick Shortell, along with Hubbs, will
serve as the hospital's
representation on the selection committee to
choose a firm that will explore
all the issues involved with possibly
moving from public to private.
selection committee will also include all three county commissioners.
to hire the independent firm has yet to be released and will either
for by the county or the cost will be shared between the two entities.
proposal clearly states that the commissioners and the trustees have
interest in selling the hospital to a third party and all governance
authority will remain local to maintain MHUC's identity and strong
Chris Schmenk said the board is working on behalf of the
remain competitive in a growing health care industry.
to open this door to further this positive trend and preserve
all the good
things," Schmenk said.
The final draft of the proposal request is scheduled
to be sent out next
week. The deadline for submitting proposals will be Aug.
The next regular board of trustees meeting will be Aug. 23 at 8
In other news, the board:
.Appointed Dr. Matt Hazelbaker as
department of surgery chair to replace
Dr. Michael Conrad who retired last
.Introduced Tori Palivoda, RN, as new director of resident care at
Gables. Palivoda has 22 years experience, 11 with The
.Approved the following finance and joint conference
.Received information from customer service
.Approved the initial appointment of Dr. Brian Dorner, plastic
department of surgery, courtesy provisional; Dr. Leslie
hem/oncology, dept. of medicine, courtesy provisional; Dr.
Rasheed, hem/oncology, dept. of medicine, courtesy provisional; and
Steven Tornik, family medicine, dept. of medicine, active
.Approved the conclusion of provisional status for Dr. Neil
OB/GYN, dept. of surgery, active provisional; Dr. Justin
internal medicine/pediatrics, dept. of medicine, active provisional;
John Tzagournis, gastroenterology, dept. of medicine,
consulting provisional status.
City to annex Cook
property off Route 4
By RYAN HORNS
With the Glacier West development
expected to move forward in the area,
plans for another large development in
Marysville have surfaced.
At Thursday night's Marysville City Council meeting
the first reading
was held on an ordinance to annex a total of 171.531 acres
Township to the city, currently owned by resident David E.
The proposed site is located in the area of Route 4 at County Home
and Scott Farms Boulevard. A petition was filed with the Union
Commissioners, who granted the annexation.
According to the
Conceptual Land Use Plan for the Cook Property, the
development will open the
door for a large retail site, a neighborhood
retail center, and a large
multi-family residential area to be situated
along Millwood Boulevard. In
addition there are office lots to be
located across from the pond, and three
smaller retail/office sections
to be located along Route 4. A larger freeway
orientated office and
retail section will go up at U.S. 33.
businesses expected to go into the future development were
not discussed. The
second reading and public hearing will take place at
the Aug. 9 city council
With even more expansion set for Marysville, the topic of how fire
police will be able to respond to emergencies has been coming up
frequently. Some council members and administrators said the time
come to ask residents to raise the income tax level.
held a presentation on the need to expand the Marysville
Fire Department to
meet the needs for the growing city. The purpose of
the presentation was to
show the current status of the fire department,
progress being made, review
the need for a new fire station, review
proposed station locations and the
rationale behind them, review the
staffing and funding necessary to operate
two stations and to discuss
council's commitment to move forward on
Marshall explained that the current fire station was built back in
horse and buggy days. Sections of that original building are still
use and have remained relatively unchanged.
"There have probably been
some updates in technology since then,"
With a city radius
of more than 14 1/2 square miles and a mutual aid
area of up to 86, he said
that cities equal in size to Marysville
normally have two or three fire
stations. But firefighters have to
contend with a railroad cutting through
town, bringing up to 20 trains a
day, which tie up traffic and slow their
response times. He said that
the main problem right now is a lack of staff at
the fire department.
Fire Chief Gary Johnson told council that last week
people were caught
in a stuck elevator at City Hall, but all the firefighters
on call somewhere else. He said it didn't look good that
to call for mutual aid from another township, just to respond
emergency located right across the street from the fire department.
is a reality that firemen have depend on mutual aid more and more,
for routine calls.
Marshall said that in May last year an odor of
smoke was reported at 64
Sumac Drive. But all the firemen, expect one, were
already tied up on
medic runs. A single firemen went to the house with a
equipped to put out grass fires, and discovered a working fire.
put the call in for a full alarm fire, the first help that arrived
that of mutual aid - 15 minutes later.
Marshall said the proposed plan
is for the station to add nine
additional full-time firefighters, replace the
old station with a new
one at a site on the ORW property, eventually add a
second fire station
to better address future needs. Even with all the changes
would still have to rely on mutual aid, but to a much lesser
He said the current status is that architects Kellam Associates
will provide a proposal for the design of the new fire station
funding for that has already been included in the city budget.
would like to proceed on plans to choose the ORW site as the
Visually it may look like the station would be further
away from key
response areas in the city, but putting the station at the ORW
provide access to highways. It will allow firefighters to
railroads and have a faster route to all areas of the
Councilman John Gore said that he completely agrees that the city
to update its fire and police stations. But he said they have to
themselves how they plan to pay for it. Between the future
treatment plant project, the reservoir and the new water plant the
has accrued $180 million in debt.
"We cannot continue to run this
city on a 1 percent income tax," he said.
Both he and city administrator
Kathy House explained that Marysville is
one of the largest communities in
the state still operating on a 1
percent income tax. House said there are
very few communities that offer
as many services with such little funding in
the entire state.
"I think the time has come," Gore said. "This is what we
got to do - let
the voters decide."
He recommended that the city hold a
public meeting to discuss whether or
not residents would support raising the
income tax to help create more
funding for fire and police
Custom Honda a showstopper
By MAC CORDELL
The scene was
typical, a large group of Honda enthusiasts - a cross
section of America -
stood admiring a Honda.
"Wow," said a rider from Sharon,
Peter Jutz, of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin added, "It's really
The "it" Jutz is speaking of is what makes the scene atypical. The it
a one-of-a-kind, associate-designed, factory custom-painted 2007
VTX1300. It is a Pearl Hot-Rod Yellow with a black tribal
starting on the tank and moving all the way down. The 1300 cc,
motorcycle will be raffled off and given away at Saturday's
The design is the brain-child of Honda Motorcycle Plant
Cattell, both literally and figuratively. Each year Honda gives
motorcycle at Honda HomeComing. Two years ago, Cattell approached
Gansheimer, senior manager of manufacturing at the motorcycle
about the possibility of giving away a custom-designed
Earlier this summer, plant associates learned they would be
and building the bike to be given away.
"We wanted to make the
connection between our associates and the
customers even more personal this
year," said Gansheimer in a release.
"This bike that was designed and
custom-painted by our associates is a
great way to demonstrate the creativity
and skills that we have here. In
fact, our associates build every bike here
for one special customer."
But who would get it started? That would be up to
the associates to decide.
Each associate was given the opportunity to
design his or her own paint scheme.
It didn't take much convincing to get
Cattell to enter his design.
"I wanted to do it," Cattell said. "Basically I
have already done what I
want to mine."
The very-proud father of three has
customized his own bike using a Nova
blue paint job with black flames
outlined in baby blue. He has added
hundreds of LED lights.
Cattell to customize his own bike is the same thing that led
him to the Honda
paint shop. The Springfield native joined Honda 21
years ago, in the weld
division at the automobile plant. He transferred
to the motorcycle plant
about 15 years ago. After moving up the ladder,
he decided to make another
transfer, this time within the motorcycle plant.
"I wanted to learn to do
something else," Cattell said. "I wanted to
learn to paint."
He has become
a sort-of jack of all trades in the paint shop and enjoys
the art of
He said the design is just part of the thrill of motorcycles.
to just try to make it your own," he said. "You're just looking
different. You have designs in your head that you know you like."
submitted his design. It was placed with all the other designs
to the associates who voted on their favorites.
Once voting was over, Cattell
learned that it would be his honor to
design the give-away bike he proposed
two years earlier.
The task of making his design a reality was more
Cattell had anticipated. With just two weeks to get the bike
he said the associates really stepped up.
"It really was a lot
of work, by a lot of people. You can come up with a
great idea, but if you
don't have the people to do it, you can't finish
it," Cattell said.
"Basically that goes with our philosophy here - team
effort. That's what it
took here. It was a team effort to finish what I had started."
included a core group of customizes with specific talents as
well as over 550
other associates who worked on the bike through its production.
He said he
was proud when he saw the bike in real life.
"It looks even better off the
paper than on," Cattell said. "It was
awesome to watch the design come
Some might think the hard work and personal nature of the bike
make it hard to give away Saturday. Not for Cattell. He will be the
to pull the lucky-winner's name.
"I'll actually be happy to take it
and give it away to someone," Cattell said.
He added that he will know "by
the look in their eye" if the winner will
take as much pride in the bike as
"I want the winner to really take ownership of the bike," Cattell
"I want them to say 'This is my bike now and it was built for
Even after his baby is gone, Cattell said he will have the
"I think this will be another accomplishment I have had the
to achieve here," Cattell said. "I have had a lot of
that Honda has given me."
He mentioned specifically the
chance to learn about computers and to
have an idea patented. Cattell added
though that the custom-designed
bike would be "something I'll share with my
kids and grandkids."
HomeComing guests can register free for the bike from
7:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. today and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The drawing
is at 5
p.m. Saturday and the winner must be present to win.
admission is free and the public is invited to participate in
the events at
the motorcycle plant. Motorcycle riders enter Gate A to
park at the event.
Guests in cars enter Gate B for parking and take a
shuttle to the events.
Guilty verdict reached in gun case
By RYAN HORNS
"I got nothing to hide,"
Lee Alderson said Wednesday, when he took the
stand in his defense at the
Union County Common Pleas Court.
But later that day, the owner of
Marysville's Lee Dog's Locker Room was
found guilty for allegedly pulling a
gun on a man inside Stephen's
Lounge during an argument. After two and a half
hours of deliberation,
the jury came back with double guilty verdicts against
Alderson, 38, of Richwood.
He faced one fifth-degree felony illegal
possession of a firearm in a
liquor permit premises charge and one
third-degree felony carrying a
concealed weapon charge.
Prosecutor David Phillips said that Alderson could serve
anywhere from six to
12 months in prison for the fifth-degree felony
charge and up to four years
for the third-degree felony. If the charges
are combined, Alderson could be
in prison for up to five years, with
more than $12,500 in fines.
Pleas Court Judge Richard Parrott said he was going to sentence
Alderson at a
later date. He said he would first like to organize a
Phillips brought numerous witnesses to the stand who testified
saw Alderson pull a small silver hand gun out of his pocket and
up to the neck of Danny Snyder.
On April 2 Alderson allegedly had
been arguing with Snyder over a woman
named Ricia Hay, with whom Alderson
used to be in a relationship. The
argument led to a short fight in the rear
of Stephen's Lounge, during
which Alderson and Snyder reportedly exchanged
punches. Later that
night, Alderson allegedly left his own bar, walked across
the street and
went into Stephen's Lounge. The two then became involved in
"He got ready to leave. He started to go to the door,
when he turned
around and took out a small caliber hand gun and held it up to
said Snyder. "He said if I ever talked to (Hay) again he'd kill me.
told him to get that out of my face."
Stephen's Lounge bartender Judith
Bowland reportedly began yelling
"Don't shoot" and to "Put the gun away." So
Alderson left the bar and
went back to his own establishment. Bowland then
called the police.
Numerous witnesses testified that they saw the gun.
Bowland said that
she saw Alderson put the silver handgun to Snyder's neck.
Bobbi Hevelin, who did not know either man involved, said she was
Stephen's Lounge with her husband when a man held a silver hand gun
another man's neck. Former Locker Room bartender Sheila Wyatt
Alderson showed her a silver hand gun and said "Looky here," just
heading over to Stephen's Lounge.
"If I was ever asked about it,"
Wyatt said, "he said he wanted me to say
that he had keys in his hand or
Hay testified that when Alderson returned to the Locker Room,
admitted to pulling the weapon.
"He said that he put a gun underneath
Danny's chin and told him never to
talk to me again," Hay said.
said that he was not interested in pursuing charges against
pulling the gun out, or the fight before that. He said
Alderson had punched
him numerous times before and the two always got
over it and went back to
Throughout the trial, Alderson maintained his innocence. He
was never a gun, he never held anything up to Snyder's neck and
during the fight earlier in the evening Snyder was the one who
"I was at (my) bar all evening," Alderson said. "I just left
time to tell Snyder that he wasn't welcome in my bar anymore . I
put nothing up to his throat."
Defense attorney J. C. Ratliff said
that perhaps people in the bar
mistook Alderson's silver cell phone for a
hand gun. He brought up
several witnesses who were playing pool with
Alderson, just before the
league matches began at 7 p.m. They all testified
that Alderson was in
his normal cheerful mood and did not remember him
leaving the bar.
Seniors honored at Union County Fair
After answering numerous questions on the pavilion stage, in front
their peers, two Milcrest Nursing Home residents, won royal
Wednesday at the Union County Fair.
John Sandusky, a veteran
formerly from Richwood, was crowned "King for
the day" and Ruby Thomas,
formerly from Plain City won "Queen for the day."
Both ended up at the
fair after a nomination and survey process.
"Last year we decided to honor
residents who don't have the opportunity
to get out much," said Kristi Eads,
admission & discharge coordinator
for The Gables. "It gives a lot of
these people a chance to get out,
socialize, think back about childhood
memories, and of course eat junk food."
Queen Ruby said she enjoys coming
out to the fair.
"It's a great time," she said.
Ruby won her title by
warming the hearts of the judges when she was
asked the question "if you
could do one thing, what would it be?"
Ruby responded, "I want to learn to
Judge Sharon McFarlane, adult protective services, was touched
by her answer.
"It just gave me goose bumps," she said.
included Mindy Stice, Union County Health Department and
Ruby suffered five strokes and was told she would never walk
She also has lost mobility of her left arm, but she says she
exercises everyday at Milcrest to help strengthen it.
highlight for Ruby was shopping at one of the vendor stands
"She's our jewelry queen," said Sandy Baker, Milcrest social
"I got me a bracelet here at the fair," said Ruby. "I love it,
According to Eads, approximately 350 seniors came out to play
the fair while cheering on the royal court.
They got in free of
charge, enjoyed a picnic lunch, lemon shake-ups, and
plenty of bingo
Cash prizes, donated by local nursing facilities and businesses
awarded to bingo winners.
Residents from The Gables, Heartland of
Marysville, Carriage Court, and
Milcrest were invited to the fair as well as
all senior citizens of Union County.
"The weather made it a perfect day
for everyone to come out to the fair," said Eads.
on former GI Plasteks plant
From J-T staff reports
Former GI Plasteks
employees aren't the only ones finding it difficult
to get answers after the
company laid them off and vanished to the east coast.
Monday afternoon the
Union County Common Pleas Court granted default on
a foreclosure case against
former Marysville-based GI Plasteks in the
amount of $71,857.75, for
delinquent real estate taxes, including all
penalties and interest due and
all court costs and sheriff's fees incurred.
According to court files,
G.I. Plastek, after being served with the
complaint, failed to answer and
failed to appear in court.
"(GI Plasteks) did not answer after 28 days," the
states, "as they have failed to answer the Plaintiff's
otherwise enter an appearance."
In the winter of 2006 GI
Plasteks, located at 692 Clymer Road, gave its
employees 30 minutes to gather
their things and go. The company laid off
its workers and then moved its
offices out of the city in favor of the
east coast. Despite claims of
bankruptcy, the company then opened
The owners offered
no word on it's Marysville worker's vacation buyouts
that were owed or how
employees with medical issues would get their
health care. Many of those
employees tried in vein to get in touch with
their GI Plasteks bosses, with
But former employees aren't the only ones having a hard time of
On Feb. 23, Assistant Union County Prosecutor Rick Rodger, filed
complaint through the Union County Common Pleas Court for
foreclosure on the roughly 4 acres of property where the GI
plant stands, due to delinquent real estate taxes.
that following judgment being granted, the real estate
property will now be
sold at a future Union County Sheriff's auction. He
said the minimum bid
would be at least $71,857.75, plus all court costs
One pleads guilty, one sentenced in related drug cases
A pair of those indicted as part of an organized crime operation
out of Lee Dog's Saloon in Marysville were in court Monday, one to
his sentence, the other to plead guilty.
Dennis G. Smith, 33, whose
only listed address is the Tri-County
Regional Address in Mechanicsburg, and
Ricia Hay, also known as Ricia
Cain or Ricia Marrs, of 141 Hemlock Dr.,
Marysville, were both in the
Union County Court of Common Pleas.
set for a scheduling conference Monday, but instead entered
guilty pleas to
trafficking in cocaine, a fourth-degree felony, and
engaging in a pattern of
corrupt activity, a felony of the first degree.
She faces as many as 111/2
years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
Union County Common Pleas Court Judge
Richard Parrott ordered a
presentence investigation. Hay is set to be
sentenced Aug. 16.
According to court documents, between July 29, 2006, and
Feb. 11, 2007,
Hay participated in, directly or indirectly, a pattern of
behavior. The documents also indicate that on Sept. 9, 2006, Hay sold
offered to sell cocaine to an undercover Marysville Police
while in the vicinity of a school.
While Hay won't know her fate
for several weeks, Smith learned Monday
that he will spend the next five
years in a state penitentiary.
Smith pleaded guilty in June to five counts of
trafficking in cocaine
and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt
activity. The engaging
in a pattern of corrupt activity charge is a felony of
the first degree.
Of the trafficking charges, one is a second-degree felony,
one is a
third-degree felony and three are felonies of the fourth degree.
charges were enhanced because the offense occurred in the vicinity of
school. In exchange for Smith's guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed
fourth-degree felony charge of trafficking in cocaine.
court documents, on six occasions between Sept. 9, 2006 and
Feb. 11, 2007,
Smith sold a total of 30.66 grams of cocaine to an
undercover agent working
with the Marysville Police Department.
The five-year sentence was part of an
agreed upon sentence. Smith could
have been sentenced to 27.5 years in prison
along with a fine of
$65,000. As a part of that sentence, Smith agreed to
take the stand
against his codefendants.
"This defendant is expected to
testify in any trial coming out of the
Lee Dog's investigation," said Union
County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Terry Hord.
Defense attorney Perry
Parsons said his client is ready to take
responsibility for his
"Mr. Smith acknowledges he should not have been involved with
activity," Parsons told the judge.
Parsons added that Smith, "has
cooperated with prosecutors, answered any
questions and is prepared to
testify, if that is what is necessary."
Joshua S. Bradley and Lee A. Alderson
were also indicted as a result of
Bradley, whose court listed address is the Delaware County
charged with one count of fourth degree felony trafficking in
and one count of a first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of
activity. He is set for jury trial Aug. 1.
Alderson, 37, of 18205
Harmon Patrick Road, Richwood, is charged with
aggravated trafficking in
drugs, a felony of the fourth degree,
trafficking in drugs, a felony of the
fifth degree, two counts of
fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse and one
count of a
first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity,
first-degree felony. A story about Alderson regarding an
charges appears at the top of Page 1.
The indictments came down
in May as law enforcement officials concluded
a undercover investigation into
the bar at 109 N. Main St.
County may try to entice Don Scott Airfield
By MAC CORDELL
officials want to begin talks with the Don Scott Airfield
in Columbus about a
Union County Economic Development Director Eric Phillips
commissioners Monday that he would contact officials at the Don
Airfield in northern Columbus. Jane Brautigam, city manager for
told the commissioners that Don Scott airfield, which is owned by
Ohio State University, was now surrounded by development and
"Just don't get in the situation they are in,"
Brautigam told the
commissioners regarding the Union County Airport.
added that surrounding communities are voicing opposition to
even to the current level of activity at the Don Scott Airfield.
of that airstrip could be fortunate for Union County airport,
commissioners said. They said Union County Airport could offer an
alternative for those corporate jets not wanting to use
Brautigam said 15 minutes is about the maximum corporate
to drive from the airport to their destination. She said U.S.
great connectivity from Marysville to Columbus.
"I think Union
County can really provide a great service," Brautigam said.
with the commissioners began surrounding the Union County
Airport and its
possible expansion or relocation. Following Brautigam's
words of advice, the
conversation shifted slightly and ultimately ended
with Phillips' decision to
contact Don Scott officials about the
possibility of moving the airfield from
its current landlocked position
to Union County. Also to be included in the
discussions is the
possibility of Don Scott lightening its load by
transferring some jets
and flights to Union County's airport.
said discussions regarding the expansion or relocation of Union
airport have been ongoing for some time.
Commissioner Tom McCarthy said the
airport will soon be out of land to expand.
"There is a problem in
extending the runways," McCarthy said.
The longest runway at the Union County
Airport is 4,200 feet long. For
larger jets to land, runways need to be at
least 6,000 feet. McCarthy
said development around the airport, along with
surrounding roads make
adding the 1,800 feet difficult.
Scotts has shown interest in using the airport, if it can
be made to
accommodate larger jets.
"There has been interest shown by Honda as well,"
The commissioners noted that in addition to runway length,
considering housing jets at the airport consider technology,
hangar size and lease rates.
McCarthy said the Union County
Airport does not currently have the
mechanic facilities or the infrastructure
to make it a viable option for
many corporate jets.
"The operation of the
airport and the things that allow you to make a
living are not there,"
He did say the airport was in the process of borrowing money
additional hangar space.
"You have to think about 20 years down the
line and what is going to be
needed then," Brautigam said.
As future needs
are considered, she said now, "may be the time to make
Phillips said any relocation site would need easy access to 33 but
far enough away from development that it won't be surrounded in
McCarthy said making a move is not that easy. He said there was
done in the past and a major push six or seven years ago to have
"It is not for a lack of study or a lack of
effort," McCarthy said of
the county's inability to move the airport.
said those looking to facilitate the move, "have all walked away
just can't be done."
"It is not that easy to site a new airport," McCarthy
gets excited except the people right next
Allegedly abusive inmate given 11 months
By MAC CORDELL
East Liberty man will spend nearly a year in prison following a
conviction of harassment by an inmate.
Billy J. Salmons. 27, of 3293 S. Main
St., East Liberty, was sentenced
to 11 months in prison Monday. In June he
pleaded guilty to one count of
harassment by an inmate, a felony of the
According to court documents, Salmons was arrested by
on the night of Jan. 4. He was charged with failure to
control of a motor vehicle.
"Salmons was mildly
resistive at the scene, refusing to get into the
patrol car," according to
Salmons began to harass the arresting officer, becoming
"Once at the station he was placed inside the
holding cell and cuffed,
he continued to scream and yell,' according to court
documents. "He was
repeatedly told to calm down but continued. Salmons
provoked the officer."
While cuffed and in a cell, Salmons
continued to verbally berate the
officer. He threatened to track the officer
down off duty and attack him.
"Salmons continued on in this manner for
several minutes, threatening
the officer, calling him names and being
belligerent," according to
court documents. "When this manner of conduct
failed to get a reaction
from the officer, Billy J. Salmons leaned into the
officer and spit in his face."
Salmons was indicted in May and pleaded
guilty June 27.
Union County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard E. Parrott
asked the man
"It was a mistake," Salmons said. "I am just
trying to get over this and move on."
The judge asked for specifics about
The defendant said he went out drinking and got arrested.
just said a lot of things I shouldn't have said," Salmons told the
said he also called the officer names.
"Really?" Parrot asked. "That was
"I also spit on him," Salmons admitted.
The judge said he knew that
but wanted to see if the defendant remembered it.
The judge then asked if
this behavior was a first for Salmons. Salmons
said he had been convicted
once before of harassment by an inmate. He
said he was sentenced to complete
an alcohol treatment program at the
West Central Community Based Correctional
"I have done really good, I just had another bad time," Salmons
told the judge.
The defendant said since his time at West Central he has
and is coaching several youth sports.
Salmons if he thought that gave him "a free pass" to
behave that way.
defendant said it did not and again blamed his actions on alcohol.
"I did way
too much that night," Salmons said.
Prosecutors and the defendant agreed on a
10-month prison sentence, with
a possibility of judicial release in 45
Parrott sentenced the man to 11 months in prison, one month short of
maximum sentence. He made no mention of judicial release.
then issued a warning to Salmons.
"You come back here with any kind of
violation -any kind - you are going
to do the whole sentence and I mean it,"
Parrott said. "Enough of this horsing around."
"He has made great strides
in his life where he is working regularly and
providing for his family," said
defense attorney Cliff Valentine.
Tri-County Jail to host open
By MAC CORDELL
A lot of otherwise normal people could be giving up
part of their
weekend to spend time in the Tri-County Regional Jail in
The jail, 4099 State Route 559, will host an open house
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
"Grand juries in Ohio are required
to tour the jail," said Robert
Beightler, executive director of the jail. "I
am always interested in
the reactions we get. Their perception of what the
jail looks like comes
from T.V. Those perceptions aren't really true. I find
people have a lot
of interesting questions and they leave here with a lot
"Since we are funded by the public, we feel letting
the public come and
see the jail would allow them to draw their own
Union County Commissioner Gary Lee and Sheriff Rocky Nelson
very supportive of the idea at the last jail board
Nelson said he feels the public has a right to see the jail, because
is operated with public funds.
The jail was available for tours prior
to its opening six years ago, but
has not been open to the public
Beightler said he does not expect any problems between visitors
"I have worked in this field for 30 years," Beightler said.
taken tours of the prisons in the past. Given that, we have not had
lot of problems with inmates or visitors.
"I think those that don't want
to be seen will go to their little areas
alone and others will probably be
looking back as the visitors are
looking at them."
The jail open house
will follow certain guidelines, including:
. visitors must be 16 years of age
or older. Visitors under 18 must be
accompanied by an adult;
must have a picture ID;
. visitors must leave personal items in their
vehicles or lockers. Only
picture ID & car keys will be permitted;
visitors must pass through a metal detector. In addition visitors must
aware they are subject to search;
. persons currently on probation or parole
will not be permitted to tour;
. visitors must dress
Those with a relative currently serving time at the jail will
allowed to tour the facility.
At its last meeting, the jail board
members discussed allowing those
under 21 years old tour the jail.
day, they are going to be an adult," Lee said. "It might give them
to think about."
Beightler said additional security measures will be
The jail will also be spiffed up.
"Obviously, we keep the
cleanliness of the jail at inspection level,
most of the time, but anytime
you have people coming you want to make
sure everything looks nice and make a
good impression," Beightler said.
The executive director said open houses
also serve another, more
"One of the things I
find is that this is an excellent way to recruit
new employees," Beightler
He said seeing the operation helps recruit potential future
"It can be difficult to recruit employees because people don't
have an idea what we do here," Beightler said.
"I think the open
house kind of eases their mind that 'yes I can do this.'"
he does not know how many visitors to expect, but thinks
interest in jails will draw people.
"Jails, historically, are a curiosity,"
Beightler said. "I think if
someone has never been arrested, never been to
jail, they would have a
curiosity to see what it looks like, a curiosity to
see what goes on in the jail."
He added, "We are here to serve the public.
By opening the doors and
letting the people see the place, they will see we
are completing our
mission and serving the people of Union, Madison and
Marysville may hold athletes to code even in summer
Athletic director Cal Adams addressed the Marysville School Board
night, talking about the high school's new athletic code.
said if school board members approve the code changes at their
meeting, the athletic code will regulate student athletes' behavior
The current code governs student behavior during the academic
Adams said of the 30 Ohio Capital Conference schools in
division, only Marysville and one other school do not regulate
behavior year round.
"We don't want these kids to do alcohol and
drugs at any time of the year," he said.
Adams added that coaches and
school administrators want to keep students
on the "straight and
Adams also talked about the revised athletic handbook which will
distributed to high school coaches.
"I don't think (it contains)
anything really controversial, just
bringing the policies up to date," he
Board members also heard from Ruscilli Construction Manager Adam
about Northwood Elementary, which will open in August, and the
square-foot high school addition.
Temporary occupancy has been
granted at Northwood, Drexel said, and
furnishings are being moved in. But
grass planting will be held off
until fall because of the dry
Marysville has scheduled an Aug. 5 dedication ceremony at
which is located in the Mill Valley subdivision. It will be held
from 2 to 5 p.m.
The dry summer has been ideal for the high school
Drexel said, although dust has been somewhat of a
problem. Crews are
wetting the ground down to minimize the situation.
other action, the board:
.Approved a resolution to extend the suspension of
head mechanic Robert
Fraker without pay through Aug. 27. At their June 25
board members unanimously voted to suspend Fraker without pay
Monday, July 23. The extended suspension will go into effect
.Employed Sarah Hutson, teacher; L. Cheryl Sheehan,
pathologist; Susan Gase, special education aide; Tina
assistant; Amanda Boerger, special education aide; Kenny
maintenance; Gary Miller, teacher; Hollie Moots, computer
Gregg Stubbs, title grants coordinator; Danielle Caldwell and
.Accepted the resignation of Shelly Maag,
teacher; Aaron Cook, middle
school athletic director and teacher; Danielle
pathologist; Fred Bruney, teacher; Amy McCarthy,
health care consultant;
Diane Tackett, bus driver; and Amanda Alice,
.Accepted, with appreciation, a monetary donation from the Diamond
to be used to hire three additional baseball coaches for the
.Awarded supplemental contracts for the 2007-2008 school year
Forney, middle school athletic director; Chris Shirer, high
softball; Dale Corbin and Jim Lockwood, high school assistant
Jessica Knox, freshman softball; John Merriman, boys had tennis;
Ash, boys assistant tennis; Kevin and Chris Terzis, high
assistant boys track; James Cooper, high school head boys track;
Borawski, high school assistant girls track; Ed Starling, high
head baseball; Chris Hoehn, Kevin Brandfass and Brock Walden,
school assistant baseball (the latter paid by donation); Lori
high school girls track; Ryan Sawmiller and Steve Wilcox,
baseball (both financed by donation); Sara Shaffer, high
assistant girls soccer; Nick Bowshier, high school assistant
soccer; Mary Ann Corbin, high school store coordinator; Christine
high school special education department chair; and Neal Shaffer,
school assistant girls soccer.
.Awarded extended time, effective with
the 2007-2008 school year, to Kim
Allen, teacher on special assignment; Scott
Forney, middle school
athletic director; and Tammy Cooper, Work Transition
.Approved a National Board Certification supplement
contract to Mary
Davis, Karen Hyland, Teri Leitwein, Carol Lentz, Laurie
Steele and Judy Van Duzen.
.Approved Melissa Hughes and Peter
Kain as Tier I school mentors and
Carol Isaacs, Laura Falk and Christine Todd
as Tier II mentors.
.Extended the consulting contract of Michael Biggs,
and Consulting LLC, for bus routing.
Rusiska, David Boggs, Keitha Dugan, Katie Esthus, Linda
Miller, Suzanne Olson, Susan Hatch Miller, Paul Powers,
Monica Carmean and
Julie Adams as certified substitutes/home instructors
and Catherine Bice as a
.Granted payments in lieu of transportation for
Katelyn and Madison
Morgan, Aaron T. Conn, Clark and Andrew D. Sabula, Paige
Amanda and Matthew Fuson and Frances and Keith
.Contracted with Memorial Hospital of Union County to provide
.Recognized Aaron Rossi, Richard Knisley, Gary
Miller and Larry Fox,
high school football, Randy Ianni, Gloyd Ayers and J.R.
school basketball, and John Carl, FFA, as district
Man sentenced for break-ins
Changes mind after pleading,
but judge holds him to five-year term
By MAC CORDELL
A Marysville man
will spend the next five years in prison after pleading
guilty to a series of
Union County business break-ins.
Jonathan M. Vandall, 21, of 1424 Westbrook
Drive, was sentenced Monday
to 60 months in prison - 10 months each for six
counts of fifth-degree
felony breaking and entering, to be served
consecutively. He was also
sentenced to another 27 months for another count
of breaking and
entering and one count of vandalism. That sentence is to be
concurrently with the 60 month sentence.
Despite the term being an
agreed upon sentence between the defendant and
prosecutors, Vandall said he
did not want to serve the five-year sentence.
"I would like to not go to
prison for the five years," Vandall told
Union County Common Pleas Court
Judge Richard E. Parrott.
The defendant explained that he had a job offer,
making $10 per hour,
and had a safe place to live.
"If I could get out
relatively soon," Vandall said.
He requested that instead of being forced to
honor the sentence he
agreed to, he wanted to be sent to the West Central
Correctional Facility where he hoped to receive assistance
for his drug addiction.
"I did a lot of that because of drugs," Vandall
told the judge.
Defense attorney Cliff Valentine said his client's actions
result of bad choices, brought on by his substance abuse.
Vandall is obviously a young man, making some poor decisions," Valentine
He reiterated his client's desire for drug rehabilitation.
hoping to get some assistance for that problem through the
corrections," Valentine told the judge.
Despite the defendant's wishes,
Parrott sentences the man to 60 months
in prison. He called the term, "just
exactly what you agreed to."
The judge also ordered Vandall to pay
restitution in the amount of
$25,600.31, plus court costs.
indicted in March. He admitted to investigators that he,
with the assistance
of another, broke into at least seven Union County
businesses - six in
Marysville and one in the village of Broadway - on
at least eight occasions
between September 22, 2005, and February 28, 2007.
Most of the break-ins
involved businesses broken into during the night.
One of the charges involved
an incident where Vandall and his partner
hid in a store on Christmas Eve
2006 until the store was closed. The
pair then turned off the security
system, took items, then broke out of the store.
The final break-in was
unsuccessful as a neighbor of the business in
Broadway heard the would-be
cash and cigarette thieves breaking glass.
The neighbor yelled at the pair
and scared them off.
Vandall pleaded guilty to the charges in June. In
exchange for the
guilty plea, prosecutors dropped one breaking and entering
complicity to breaking and entering charge and one charge of
of criminal tools, all felonies of the fifth degree. If found
all charges, Vandall could have been sentenced to a total
11-and-a-half years in prison.
Following the sentencing hearing,
Vandall asked how quickly he would be
eligible for early release. Parrott
explained that he could make an
application to be released in four
Fairbanks gives treasurer a pay bump
Fairbanks Local School District Board of Education accepted
resignation Monday of district treasurer Aaron Johnson.
resignation, however, was short-lived as the district, in the same
that accepted his resignation, rehired Johnson to a three-year
Johnson's resignation was simply a procedural formality so the
sign him to a new contract.
"The board wanted to bring him up competitive to
other districts in the
area," Superintendent Jim Craycraft said.
current contract, Johnson makes $60,770 per year. The new
takes effect Aug. 1, calls for Johnson to receive a
9-percent raise. That
will bring his salary to an estimated $66,240 per
year. Next year, Johnson's
salary will increase to $72,200 per year.
Salary for his third year will be
negotiated in the future. Craycraft
said district officials polled eight
comparable districts and determined
about $72,000 per year to be a "middle of
the pack" salary for the
2006-2007 school year.
The school board also
approved the updated athletic handbook, which will
be effective for the
2007-2008 school year.
Craycraft said it was clear the athletic director put
into the project. He told board members the updates
clarifies a lot of
issues, including academic eligibility for
"As I look at it, he has done a lot of work clearing things
giving guidance for our coaches and parents," Craycraft
Parent Steve DeRoads asked the board if it had made any plans
practice fields for the football team.
He said the football team is
practicing on the lawn in front of the
school. That field has not been
watered regularly, DeRoads said.
Craycraft said that lawn is in the watering
DeRoads said the grass is brittle and will break soon.
soon to be in bad condition," DeRoads said.
"The grass isn't going to hold up
and it is going to get pretty dirt like."
DeRoads said he spoke with
Craycraft about the issues.
"Mr. Craycraft said we need to be patient and I
agree," DeRoads said.
He said he understands it is a problem that comes with
growth, but said
he has a solution.
"We need to spend some money and get
the football team a little better
practice facility for them, since they do
bring in a little money for
us, I feel," DeRoads said.
Craycraft said the
football team has held workouts on the front lawn and
coaches registered no
"They know, if they need a fence built along the road, we will
fence," Craycraft said. "We will move them somewhere, or trade with
band. They just need to let us know."
The superintendent said plans
for the new school facilities include a
practice field for the football team.
That practice field should be
ready for the 2008 football season.
school board approved a new cell phone policy for district
The new policy provides a stipend for select
including the superintendent ($600 per year)
the treasurer ($600), the high
school principal ($600), the middle
school principal ($600), the elementary
school principal ($600), the
district technology coordinator ($600), the
athletic director ($500) and
the transportation coordinator ($500).
curriculum director will also receive a cell phone stipend, however
amount has not been determined
Richwood Council looks at village's
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
The most interesting topic to be
addressed at Monday's Richwood Village
Council meeting drew almost no
Village administrator Larry Baxa passed out a list of
improvement needs compiled recently during a meeting of
officials. The list will be used to help the officials develop a
to 10-year plan for the village.
Although many items on the list
have little or no chance of
materializing, all were listed. Councilman Von
Beal said the next step
is to prioritize the items on the list.
included on the list were:
.Municipal building - with the police building
deteriorating the village
may have to combine village offices and the police
department into a
single new building.
.Streets - annual funds should be
set aside for a repaving program.
Repairing and replacing curbs should be a
priority and a street sweeper
with a vacuum is needed.
expansion - would allow inside storage or village
.Sidewalks - repair/replacement may become a legislative issue in
.Sewers - line maintenance and rehabilitation is needed. A new
allowing crews to jet, root cut and video the lines as
.Water line extensions - will allow the village to loop lines
and increase pressure.
.Public works vehicles - the village needs a
replacement schedule for
.Water plant update - the water
plant needs a standby generator and the
existing power distribution panel
.Miscellaneous - Replace or reconstruct dry well at Richwood
use by the fire department. Reconstruct Marriott and West
streets. Look into annexation around the village. Construct a
drain line for the Richwood Lake to maintain a set level to
flooding and erosion. Consider purchasing middle school property
house village administration, police department and park area. Clean
Ash Run. Consider future of Town Hall.
In other business,
.Approved resurfacing of Fulton and Clinton streets.
that plans to flush the village hydrants were delayed due to
.Voted to grant a three-day extension on a water bill.
a complaint from a Herbert Street resident about the new
.Learned that the village has been putting a chemical
in catch basins to
control mosquito reproduction.
.Heard from police chief
Monte Asher that the bicycle officers have
begun patrolling village streets.
Asher also reported that a youth was
caught vandalizing the Richwood Park and
was placed in the Juvenile Detention Center.
.Heard from financial officer
Don Jolliff that Ohio Public Works is
requesting repayment of a $47,000 loan,
used to investigate inflow and
infiltration, by 2010. Jolliff said the
village will need to set aside
$16,000 per year to make payments.
from councilman George Showalter that a representative from an
will bring two Bengal tigers to Park Day on Aug. 5. The
animals will be caged
and individuals will not be allowed to approach the animals.
the agreement between the village and Memorial Hospital of
Union County for
the village administration building. The hospital owns
the property and had
previously discussed giving it to the village in
exchange for a right-of-way
agreement to allow the hospital to advertise
in the area of the industrial
City certified to designate historic areas
By RYAN HORNS
protecting Marysville's historic past may get a little
easier from now
City Planner Greg DeLong said Marysville has recently been certified
the State of Ohio under the Certified Local Government (CLG) program.
said it could help facilitate the designation of local historical
and expand the registration of those sites to residential areas.
was excited to see we were approved already," DeLong said at a
City Council meeting earlier this month.
DeLong had recently been working
with Union County Director of Business
Development, Joe Clase, on the
preliminary submission. They soon learned
the process of getting certified
moved faster than they expected. At the
council meeting the first reading was
held on an ordinance to expand the
historic focus of the city to also include
"This allows us to apply for grant funds?" councilman Mark
DeLong said that was correct; Marysville will be included as one
cities which have been certified to be eligible for grant funds in
state. He stressed that the grants are not large ones, limited
$7,000 to $16,000, out of $80,000 in funding made available from
National Park Service. But the grants will make it easier to
historical markers for such locations as original Scotts
buildings and other sites found across the city.
DeLong said the
grants are awarded on a 60/40 matching basis, explaining
that it may
constitute up to 60 percent of the project cost, with the
city having to
provide the remaining 40 percent through any combination
of cash, in-kind and
donated services and materials.
"The CLG program recognizes that local
efforts need support and that
communities can benefit from working with the
state and federal partners
who share the same goal," the Ohio Historical
Society release stated.
The historical group continued that the CLG allows
certain cities to
become eligible for grant money to identify historic,
archeological resources through surveys, nominate eligible
and districts to the National Register of Historic Places,
community education on historic preservation and preserve
rehabilitate historic properties.
DeLong said that being certified
allows a city such as Marysville to
help provide workshops for property
owners or technical training for
community officials, publish historical site
guidelines, and make walking tour brochures.
program requirements met by Marysville includes:
. Having a qualified
commission of at least five people who designate
historic properties and
review proposed changes to the historic environment.
. An ordinance
designed to protect historic resources and offer guidance
to those wishing to
make changes to historic buildings, sites, and districts.
. A procedure
for identifying historic properties by which they can be
recorded, designated locally and nominated to the National
. A public participation program which invites and encourages
to participate in the community's historic preservation
All Ohio Balloon Festival to continue rich history
note: This is the first of a three-part series about the All
Festival. Additional stories will run on the next two Mondays.
Mark you calendars for Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18 for the
Ohio Balloon Festival, a Marysville tradition since 1974.
Festival returns this year to the Union County Airport with
a full slate of
activities planned for both Friday and Saturday evening.
Gates open each
day at 5 p.m. and festivities kick-off at 6 p.m. with a
"This year we are having 21 balloonists and the purple people
balloon is back," Marie Woodford, balloon festival committee
There will be several balloon launches over the weekend
each evening at 6 p.m.
The family friendly event will
feature "Kid City" which will include two
jump houses, a bubble machine and
The event will also offer lots of food, beer and great
"All the food is reasonably priced so that you can bring the
family," Woodford said.
There will be everything from pulled pork by
Rick's Grill, fish by
Barry's Perch and More, BBQ and even a baked potato
For those who have a sweet tooth there will be cheesecake on a
funnel cakes and kettle corn.
Friday night's live entertainment
will feature the band "Abel Five" from
Cincinnati and Saturday night Central
Ohio staple "The Danger Brothers"
will be rocking the main stage.
is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets so that they
enjoy the music and the balloon glow, which is scheduled
for 8:30 p.m. on
both Friday and Saturday evenings.
During the "glow" 10 to 12 balloons will
be tethered to the ground while
firing their propane burners, which creates a
beautiful lighted effect,
"The goal is to make this a fun
family event that creates memories and
give local residents a sense of
community," she added.
"Part of the net proceeds go to the United Way of
Union County," she
said, "We also encourage folks to do business with
sponsors of the event
because it takes everyone to make it such a
Dave Bezusko, Campaign and Public Relations Director for the United
of Union County, said the group is excited to participate in the
for a second year.
Bezusko and a group of 15 to 20 volunteers will
help direct traffic and
park cars for the two evening event.
"We are glad
the Balloon Festival Committee chose the United Way to be
the recipient of
the charitable donations," he said, "It helps to kick
off our annual
fundraising campaign along with bringing awareness to
Last year, the United Way received $1,340 in donations
from the Balloon
Festival. Union Rural Electric also returns as a major
Bezusko said that in addition to being a great fund-raiser the
group found that by
working together to coordinate parking ultimately
created a positive
interaction between board members and volunteers.
actually ended up being a team building exercise that we hadn't
planned," Bezusko said.
Woodford said the success of last year's
Balloon Festival has allowed
the committee to expand the event this
Planning for this year's event began more than a year ago and any
garnered from the weekend's festivities are put back into funding
next year's Balloon Festival.
"It's a huge task," Woodford said,
"However it's all worth it to bring
the community together to keep what Jack
Scott started over thirty year
ago alive and growing in
Bezusko said the more events that bring your community together
stronger your community will be.
Weekend passes for the All Ohio
Balloon Festival are $5 and children 12
and under are free. Parking is free
and a valid ID is required to buy alcohol.
More information is available
Believe it or Not exhibit coming to local library
From J-T staff
Tim O'Brien, VP Communications for Ripley Entertainment Inc., the
of the former television show "Believe It or Not!" brand, will present
bevy of oddities, stories, and film clips when he visits
Marysville's Public Library.
O'Brien said that he will be in Marysville on
Wednesday. In addition,
his plans are to bring the show to a total of four
libraries in Central
Ohio, today through Wednesday.
He will visit:
Fairfield County District Library on today at 7 p.m.
. Pickaway County
District Public Library on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
. London Public Library on
Wednesday at 2 p.m.
. Marysville Public Library on Wednesday at 7
"Most people are aware of Ripley's Believe It or Not! because of
successful television shows, the Believe It or Not! books that we
grew up with, and the cartoon strip that has been running since
O'Brien said. "However, few in this part of the country have had
opportunity to see Ripley's iconic exhibit item, a genuine Jivaro
shrunken head, up close and personal. Here's their chance!"
said he will discuss how the company acquires items, how they
acts and people to feature in their books and TV shows, and
several film clips that were shot by Ripley himself during
one of his
A limited number of Ripley's two newest books,
Ripley's Believe It or
Not! The Remarkable Revealed, and Ripley's Believe It
or Not! Amusement
Park Oddities & Trivia, will be available for purchase
with a portion of
the proceeds going to the library.
Inc. (www.ripleys.com) is a leading
attractions company with annual attendance of more than 13
guests. In addition to its 60-plus attractions in 11
including 29 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando-based
has publishing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects
the global syndicated Believe it or Not! television show, best
books, and the world's oldest continuously run comic strip,
"Believe It or Not!" Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company,
third-largest privately held company in Canada.
Student, teacher affair results in lawsuit
By MAC CORDELL
Jonathan Alder student is seeking more than $50,000 after the
with his education engaged in sex with him.
William H. Troutman, now a
20-year-old inmate at North Central
Correctional Institution, has filed suit
in the Madison County Court of
Common Pleas against the Jonathan Alder Board
of Education, the Jonathan
Alder Local School District, Jonathan Alder's
special education program
and former Alder tutor Angela Angus-Koppes. The
suit also lists 10 John
Does, who may or may not be named
Troutman's suit lists five counts, including negligent
negligent retention, wrongful disclosure of confidential
invasion of privacy - public disclosure of private facts,
infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of
distress, assault and battery - childhood sexual abuse, assault
battery -sexual conduct by mental health professional and
Angus-Koppes pleaded guilty in April to two counts of attempted
battery, both felonies of the fourth degree. The charges stemmed
the 2004-2005 school year. Troutman had been kicked out of
Alder High School because of his behavior. Angus-Koppes was hired by
district to tutor Troutman. The tutoring sessions were to be held in
Plain City public library, but at some point the sessions were moved
Angus-Koppes' home, with the permission of the district. During
year, the relationship turned sexual. Angus-Koppes also purchased
alcohol and other gifts for the boy and his friends.
2005, Troutman's mother contacted law enforcement officials
and in May of
2006 she was indicted on two counts of sexual battery,
felonies. In exchange for her guilty plea in April,
the charges were
Also in September of 2005, according to the lawsuit, the Jonathan
School District released a newsletter.
"The newsletter revealed a
'personal relationship' between defendant
Angus-Koppes and plaintiff and
described plaintiff as a '17-year old
student' who 'had been (and continues
to be) in trouble with the legal system.'"
The lawsuit claims the
newsletter was released "in an effort to
Troutman's suit alleges that the district "had a
duty to supervise and
monitor," Angus-Koppes "to ensure the well being and
safety of students."
It also alleges that the district had knowledge or
should have had
knowledge of Angus-Koppes' behavior with the student.
result of Angus-Koppes' actions and the district failing to
terminate her, Troutman "was prevented from receiving an
appropriate social services as promised by defendants and
suffered great pain
of body and mind."
Troutman's suit, filed by attorney Kort W. Gatterdam, also
district's disclosure of information in the newsletter "was
by law," because the victim was a juvenile.
The lawsuit says
the information was "embarrassing."
"The publication of such information was
not a legitimate concern to the
public and was done by defendants to deflect
responsibility for their
own failures, including but not limited to: hiring
defendant Angus-Koppes; permitting defendant Angus-Koppes to
provide mental health services to plaintiff in her home; failing
properly supervise and monitor the special education program,
thereby allowed defendant Angus-Koppes to have sexual relations
plaintiff to provide alcohol and illegal drugs to plaintiff and
improperly and incompetently tutor plaintiff and provide him with
Troutman claims he, "suffered mental anguish,
emotional distress, grief,
or loss of enjoyment of life," because of the
actions of Angus-Koppes
and the district.
The suit seeks "a sum in excess
of $25,000 for compensatory damages,
punitive damages, attorney fees, costs
and any other relief allowed by
law," from both Angus-Koppes and the district
and its representatives.
Officials from Jonathan Alder could not be reached
Angus-Koppes is currently serving a six-month sentence in the
Reformatory for Women in Marysville. She is set to be released Oct.
of this year.
Troutman is in North Central Correctional Institution,
serving a five
year sentence for aggravated robbery in Union County. He is
be released in October 2010
Former Heilig Meyers building
will have a new, historic look
Front of building will have the look of a
structure from the 1930s
By RYAN HORNS
Big changes could be ahead for a
decidedly 1970s-era downtown Marysville building.
After the Union County
Commissioners purchased the former Heilig Meyers,
located at 128 S. Main St.,
they spoke of renovating the building for office use.
out of the June and July Design Review Board
meetings shows that the
commissioners have more in mind than simply
making room for office space. The
building will reportedly receive a
compete indoor and outdoor
Design Review Board member Alan Seymour said the location is
get a significant change in architectural style and
"It will be first class and very much in keeping with our
uptown buildings," Seymour said. "The new look is about
architecture. A great choice in era selection."
On June 13, the
Marysville Design Review Board approved a certificate of
the Historic Uptown area for the architecture firm
Meacham & Apel
Architects to modify the exterior of the building.
Seymour said the firm is
the same company the county has used in
Commissioner Gary Lee said the plans couldn't be going
better. He said the
commissioners had definite ideas in mind when the
property was purchased and
they are glad that blueprints have been
received well by the Marysville
Design Review Board members.
"We are extremely pleased with the front of the
building," Lee said. "We
asked the architects to draw the design for the
outside of the building
so it looks like it was, and belongs, in uptown
Lee also explained what services will be included in the new
building, once construction is competed.
He said there will be
rooms for permanent record storage, room for the
expansion of the Union
County Juvenile Probate Court, the Union County
Sheriff's Office detective
bureau, the Union County Coroner's Office
will be moved there
Lee said there will be space in the front of the building for a
professional business, such as an engineering or architectural firm.
hope is to encourage more professional businesses to look at locating
The next phase for the project will be to approve
the final design plans
this month and then open up bids for the project
sometime in September, he said.
Lee stressed that the renovation plans on
the outside will not take long
to do and could be completed between October
and early November. By
December the commissioners hope to have work begin
inside the building -
work which is expected to take longer to
According to the June 13 Marysville Design Review Board meeting
the architects said the current building is "very contemporary"
needs work. The other buildings and offices on Marysville's Main
have nice flow of windows and they have tried to repeat that in
designs. They want to upgrade and move the entrance to the center of
building, preserve the existing canopy, have a stone lower level on
outside walls, that will wrap around the structure to the East
Sixth Street side.
Architects explained that there are two versions of the
plans for the
East Sixth Street side. One includes false windows to break up
expanse of concrete. The other includes half the false windows
but leaves room for a possible mural, similar to artwork found
Lee said the county has been discussing the option of
the mural with the
Uptown Renewal Team.
Big Darby Watershed goes
From J-T staff reports
Residents and landowners in the Big Darby
Watershed have a new option
for getting information regarding plans for the
waterways and surrounding land.
The Big Darby Creek Watershed Project has
created a Web site,
www.darbywatershed.com, to help relay
information about the group and
its projects to those who have an interest in
the preservation of water
quality within the Darby Creek Watershed.
officials say this is a must visit Web site for any resident or
the Darby Creek watershed.
"This is valuable information," said Katherine
Skalak, Darby Watershed
coordinator for the Darby Joint Board of Soil and
District Supervisors. "If you have a problem in the
watershed, you can
go to this Web site and anything you need is all there.
This site is all
inclusive. There are a lot of Web sites out there that deal
Darby, but this one is geared to the people, not just to
This one lets people know how to get involved and be active in
community-based watershed planning process."
The board was formed in
2000 to create and implement a community-based
watershed plan that will
maintain and enhance the water quality of Big
and Little Darby creeks and
their tributaries. The plan is to be the
compilation of the ideas of local
residents and land owners. Like a land
use plan, the watershed plan would be
a guide, but would not be binding.
Skalak said the board is hoping to get
local approval, then state
approval for the plan.
The board also addresses
water quality in the Big Darby Creek Watershed.
In addition to the Joint
Board, there is a planning team that also works
on this project. The planning
team consists of interested volunteer
landowners who review the subwatershed
plans prior to Joint Board approval.
Skalak said the board received a
$2,500 grant to help with the public's
awareness of the project and the need
for the public's input.
"After having a number of meetings, we didn't have
the turnout that we
would like," Skalak said.
Members of the planning
group discussed how to more effectively
communicate with the public. Skalak
said an older gentleman, who does
not own a computer, suggested the use of
"He said 'we need a Web page,'" Skalak said. "I thought good,
we are in
the 21st Century now. I thought if someone like that is willing to
the library to look this up, I think everybody would be willing
Skalak said the Web site offers, "a more convenient way to get
plans out there."
The Web site contains information about the Darby
the downloadable watershed inventory, watershed plans.
information on various United States Department of Agriculture
conservation programs as well as Darby Watershed Low Interest
program which offers landowners below-market interest rate loans
agricultural equipment and practices that improve water quality of
The Web site also contains historical testing data from the
Environmental Protection Agency and pictures at various locations
each subwatershed are also featured on the site.
Web site views will
have the opportunity to participate in the public
input process. The site has
an electronic version of the landowner
survey handed out at the public
meetings. It also has an area for public
comments about the potential
"Anybody can make a contact and I will get back to them," Skalak
Skalak, who created the Web site, said it was designed with a mind
the fact that 74 percent of the land in the Darby watershed
agricultural and another 22 percent is wooded.
"Most of the people
interested in the Web site will be farmers, based on
land use," Skalak
Cities and villages in watershed include Marysville, Milford
Plain City, North Lewisburg, Woodstock, Mechanicsburg, West
WUCO moving studio,
Tower will remain but operations will relocate to Columbus
J-T staff reports
The office and studio of St. Gabriel Catholic Radio will
moving out of it's current location in downtown
According to a press release, the Catholic-based local radio
will "relocate from Marysville to Columbus to position for its
which will feature expanded broadcast coverage throughout much of
the state of Ohio."
The relocation is expected to take place Monday and
should be completed
before Aug. 1, the realease reported.
towers will remain near the city and weekly
broadcasting of Saturday masses
from Marysville's Our Lady of Lourdes
parish will continue. On-air
identification will continue to identify
the station as broadcasting from
Marysville and North-Central Ohio.
"Being a nonprofit station, we need to
recruit and utilize a volunteer
network of Catholics to come in and help us
in our efforts. The
Marysville office location has limited parking and the
space is not well
configured for our current needs," WUCO executive director
said. "Much of our volunteer base is in the Columbus area, so it
also be easier to get people to come in to help us. We also got a
deal on the rental rate for the new space, so we will be able to
more efficiently and cost-effectively."
O'Horo said that the exact
location for the projected expansion coverage
area will be determined in the
coming weeks, but the area should cover
all of Central and North-Central
Efforts are now underway to raise money for the expansion, she
"We are working to make Catholic radio a reality throughout much of
state," WUCO station manager Mike Barone said. "Just as Our Lord
was born of Mary, The Blessed Virgin, so we like to think of The Word
God going forth from Marysville. We look forward to continuing
mission while servicing the greater Columbus Catholic community."
new address for St. Gabriel Radio WUCO 1270 AM will be 1585 Bethel
Suite 101-LL in Columbus.
Triad hires elementary principal
The Triad Local School Board unanimously selected Lee Claypool to
over for outgoing principal and newly appointed district treasurer
Meredith Wednesday night.
Claypool has worked for the district for
15 years as the vocal music
teacher and choir director for grades five
"The board has been extremely supportive," she said.
she is looking forward to getting to know the elementary staff.
awarded a two-year contract and her salary will be $60,000 annually.
board also hired Paul Waibel as the new vocal music teacher and
director for the upcoming school year.
Claypool said she is ecstatic that
Waibel was hired to replace her.
"His philosophy about music education and
his demeanor with the students
is impeccable," she said.
Dan Kaffenbarger reported on the moisture in the high
school lobby. He said
tests have come back extremely high.
The district has researched the problem
with the concrete and tile
cracking in the high school for the last several
years. The original
concrete and tile were laid incorrectly and were repaired
in 2003 after
the building had been opened. The lobby is 3,500 square
The district waited until summer - traditionally the driest season
the year - to test the moisture levels, which registered between
and 10 points above normal.
Kaffenbarger presented the board with
three flooring options ranging in
price from $31,000 to $53,000. This cost
would not include the initial
demolition cost to tear the floor down to the
concrete, correct the
moisture problem and seal the floor. The estimated cost
for the tear
down and repair is between $5,000 and $7,000.
said the problem has to be fixed before school starts in
late August. The
district may have to get approval from the Ohio
Department of Education to
classify the project as that of "urgent
necessity" so that the bid process
can be eliminated.
Kaffenbarger also updated the board on the Virtual
(VLA) to be implemented in the 2007-2008 school year.
will offer on-line courses and teacher support for students who may
dropped out before completing requirements for graduation.
The program is
currently being offered as a summer school alternative
and 28 students have
enrolled in a variety of courses.
Kaffenbarger reported that those interested
in the VLA program should
contact Patrick Johnson at the district's central
The next regular board meeting will be Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in the
modular board room.
In other business, the board:
.Approved an initial
one-year contract to Sue Reeves as intervention specialist.
certified supplemental positions for Kyle Huffman and John
mentors; Becky Crieighton, Mike Henson, Patrick
Johnson, Doug Kitchen and Pat
Graham, high school department chairs; and
Nancy Dunham, high school
.Approved classified supplemental positions for Mandy Alexander,
school cheerleading football, and Darcy Watkins, seventh
.Approved a contract adjustment for Harry Alltop
increasing compensation to $169.36 a day for 248
.Approved Ryan Thompson as summer technology help with compensation
at $8 per hour.
.Approved Doug Miller and Sue Reeves for corrective
reading training on
Aug. 17 at the rate of $100 per day.
certified personnel Patrick Johnson, Jason Malone and Julie
professional development training for the new social studies
program on July
31 at a rate of $100 per day.
.Approved virtual learning academy teachers
Norma Bottom, Patrick
Johnson, Katherine Manley, Jan Ferryman, Doug Kitchen
Schlabach at a rate of $150 per student.
retention meeting and disposal of historical records
for fiscal year
.Approved a resolution for permanent appropriations and
.Approved facility use for PeeWee football and
(high school football, filed house and concession stand)
on Sept. 1,
Sept. 15, and one day yet to be determined for the purpose of
football games (organization to be responsible for extra custodial
needed); Triad football program to use the high school gym, weight
lobby and locker rooms from July 22 through July 29 for the purpose
football camp (fee waived by the athletic director).
up for Honda HomeComing
By MAC CORDELL
The indelible roar of thousands of
Honda motorcycles is growing ever closer.
Honda HomeComing 2007 is on its
way, and this year, visitors will get a
little more flavor of Marysville than
in years past.
"We have greatly expanded the activities we host in
Union County Chamber of Commerce Public Relations and
Christy J. Clark.
She said the larger role puts increased
responsibilities on the
residents of Marysville.
"We really want to try to
give these visitors that hometown feel," Clark
said. "We need to welcome
these visitors. We have a wonderful community.
Everyone is really friendly
here. We need to continue to be friendly. To
help visitors with directions
and recommending places to shop and to eat
when they ask. I think it is a big
thing just for our community to say
'hello' to these people."
Gansheimer, senior manager for the motorcycle plant, said the
history of taking ownership of the event has lead to the
increased role in
the event's production.
"I think in the past the local communities have
stepped up and made it
their own," Gansheimer said. "Our focus at Honda is on
and the consumers who buy our products. The communities can
showing the great points of the city to the visitors."
the community's increased involvement is intentional.
"What they want to do
is get the communities involved because they want
the communities to reap a
little more of the benefits," Clark said.
"We are really happy Honda is
giving us the opportunity to expand our role."
Clark did urge patience
from the residents. She said traffic will be
tighter and lines to get in to
restaurants and out of other businesses will be longer.
"But that is
good," Clark said. "That is money that is coming in to our
helps our restaurants and businesses."
Last year, Clark said the Honda
HomeComing brought a conservatively
estimated $176,464 into Marysville from
"That is a considerable amount of money," Clark
She added that many community nonprofit organizations such as the
Cross and the United Way benefit from the visitors.
"We have had an
influx of community groups taking advantage of the
HomeComing and I think
that makes it even more of a community event."
A national charity that
receives a boost from HomeComing is the
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Last year the HomeComing's Ride for
Kids raised more than $104,000 for
"This year we are hoping to beat that," Gansheimer said "If the
cooperates, we should have lots of participation."
Beginning at 9
a.m. Saturday, hundreds of riders will travel a scenic
route through Union,
Champaign and Logan counties before returning to
the Marysville Motorcycle
Plant for a "Celebration of Life" ceremony.
The celebration features brain
tumor survivors and family members
sharing personal insights. Top fundraisers
will also be recognized.
While some charities and merchants see increased
businesses do not. Rorie Dingey, owner of Fifth Street Deli,
will lose about $1,000 worth of business over the course of
"We are very busy on Saturday," Dingey said. "We do a lot
Saturday. During the week it (HomeComing) takes away from our
No one can park and there are food vendors right there."
that, Dingey said she enjoys the event.
"I like it a lot," Dingey said. "I
really only lose about three days
worth of business, but it is exciting. You
get to meet a lot of new
people. The hub-bub of Saturday makes it worthwhile
She added that while she does not make money she knows the HomeComing
a boom for the community's economy.
How much of a boom depends on
Mother Nature. Clark said the city will
see between 5,000 and 10,000
additional people for the HomeComing.
"It depends on the weather," Clark
said. "It really is weather dependent."
In addition to the increased focus
on community, this year's HomeComing
will be more family friendly.
added so much more to the kids' area this year," Clark said.
Events at the
Kidz Korner, from 5-8:30 p.m. Friday at Main and Fifth
streets, include a
climbing wall, games, characters, a bouncy house, a
reptile show and other
activities. The Wheelie Wizard will be performing
creative motorcycle stunts
on the square. Lighthouse Bookstore will host
family events throughout the
day Saturday. Families may also want to
participate in the cornhole
tournament, the Ride for Kids or one of the
many parties and socials being
held throughout the weekend.
The true motorcycle enthusiast will also have
plenty to do.
Guided and self-guided tours of the motorcycle plant will be
"That is the number one reason people give for
coming to HomeComing is
the tour," said Gansheimer said.
She added that
while visitors enjoy them, the tours mean as much, if not
more, to the
"For Honda, the benefit of HomeComing is getting the customers
associates together," Gansheimer said. "It is inspirational for
associates to get to meet the people who buy the products they
"We enjoy it a great deal," she added.
Little Tony's will host a
custom bike show where participants can
compete in several categories for
more than $1,000 in prizes.
As this is the last year of production motorcycle
model, the county will
present a tribute to the Shadow from 10 a.m. through 5
p.m. Thursday and
Friday at the Union County Service Center.
As in years
past the Honda plant will host motorcycle safety and
education seminars and
demonstrations. Those looking to buy a new bike
will be able to test drive
All this entertainment does not come without at least some
cost to the
communities. Clark said those costs are not so much physical
the cost of labor.
"The big cost is when you have the sheriff's
office help out, the police
department help out, the fire department," Clark
said. "They have to be
on call continually because you have this large influx
Clark said the visiting motorcyclists appreciate the efforts of
community. That, she said, is what the light parade, Friday at 9
p.m., is about.
"They want to put the light parade on for us, to show us
appreciation," Clark said.
Clark reiterated that she hopes the
community will reciprocate that appreciation
"We really want people to
show our pride," Clark said.
Another $800,000 secured for sewer plant
By RYAN HORNS
Deborah Pryce confirmed Wednesday that her office has
secured $800,000 to go
toward Marysville's future wastewater plant project.
According to Pryce's
office, the funding was included within the Fiscal
Year 2008 Energy and Water
Appropriations bill. Pryce had previously
obtained $1 million for the same
project in the FY2006 bill.
Marysville City Administrator Kathy House and
mayor Tom Kruse were
unavailable for comment Wednesday. House later said she
had not heard
the funding had come through yet and planned to verify the
through Pryce's office.
During the July 12 Marysville City
Council meeting, councilman John Gore
announced that Pryce may have been able
to secure funding. He said he
was waiting to hear confirmation this
On Tuesday the Energy and Water Appropriations bill, H.R. 2641,
through the House by a vote of 312-112.
"I truly appreciate what
congresswoman Pryce has been able to do for
Marysville and Union County,"
Gore said. "Hopefully we will be able to
continue working together with her
toward bigger and better things."
Pryce's office reported that funding levels
in the appropriations
measure will be finalized after a conference agreement
is reached with
the Senate and the bill is signed by the President Goerge W.
"This water project is enormously important to the economic
commercial futures of Marysville and Union County, yet it is
for local governments to bear the incredible costs of it alone,"
said. "I am elated that the federal government will continue to play
meaningful role in helping to meet the community's needs.
operational, the wastewater facility should accommodate the
expected growth in coming years and I am grateful that
appropriators agreed with the high priority I placed on this
Pryce said that the continued growth of Marysville has put
strains on its aging wastewater facility, becoming particularly
during heavy rains. The facility was designed to accommodate a
flow of 4 million gallons of water per day (MGD). But during
rains the facility has been inundated with up to 20 MGD. The
$79 million Marysville Water Reclamation Facility is expected to
operations in late 2008.
Gore said the funding Pryce has been able
to secure for the city will
have an effect on the wastewater project,
although it would not affect
the project's timeline.
"We're going to keep
going forward as is," he said. "But it does assist
the process along. Every
little bit helps."
Union County Fair begins Monday
The tents are up, the grass is mowed, the trees trimmed, the
has been chipped and sealed. Final preparations are being completed
the 161st annual Union County Fair, which runs from Monday through
"We are headed to the starting line," said Kay Griffith,
director for the Union County Fair.
She is not the only one
"It is the best fair around in the state of Ohio," Griffith said.
just a very nice, family-oriented fair."
"You can come out, see
your neighbors and friends. People can go from a
swine show, to a dairy show,
to a nutrition judging, to a style show,
and it is all right there. The fair
is neat and organized. I would think
anyone who enjoys fairs would want to
come out at least one day."
Griffith said the fair will be filled with
traditional favorites -
rides, vendors and "plenty of food."
stressed it is the support from the community that makes the
Fair so outstanding.
"We have wonderful support from the community - just
from the community," Griffith said. "The parents are very
volunteer to help. They are just wonderful."
Fair week always
features motorcycles prominently. This year they will
be invading even events
on the fairgrounds. The fair will feature a pair
of motorcycle shows - the
Team Extreme jump-off and the 2007 Ohio County
There will be two shows for the jump-off, 5 p.m. and 7:30
Wednesday. The motocross will be held July 29 with practice beginning
4 p.m. and races starting at 5:30. Practice is open to fairgoers.
year was a first for the jump-off at the fair. The motocross has
from the fair for several years, but fair officials decided
to bring it back
based on its popularity.
"A lot of people are looking forward to that because
they really enjoyed
it," Griffith said.
Another favorite at the fair is
the parade, to be held at 5 p.m. Monday.
"We have always had great
participation in our fair parade," Griffith said.
She is hoping that
continues as parade participants do not need to register.
"Just show up.
We are looking for people to participate in the parade,"
Griffith said. "We
are looking for anybody. We have bands, dance groups,
4-H groups, lots of
horses, lots of churches do floats, lots of ball
teams, the sheriff's office,
the fire departments."
Line-up for the parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the
county parking lot.
All parade participants receive a ribbon.
The ribbon grants them
admittance to the fair Monday night.
A new favorite
is the teen idol contest. This is the first year for the
competition, but fair director Gene Kirby said there has
been a lot of
"We just thought, 'Lets do it,'" Kirby said. "It seems to be
popular now with everyone, so we thought 'Why not here?'"
the excitement is a $300 cash prize for the winner.
Participants must be
between 13 and 19 years old, live in Union County,
have parental permission
and bring their own accompaniment (live or
recorded). The competition will be
held at 5 p.m., July 29 in the
pavilion, but participants must register
before the close of the fair
Monday. Entry forms may be picked up at the fair
Kirby said contest hopefuls have a little time left to register
he is expecting a rush on Monday evening.
"We really don't know
what to expect, because this is our first year,'
Kirby said. "We know there
are a lot of teenagers who want to perform,
that just haven't signed up
Those who are not into the Teen Idol competition or the motorcycles
still have plenty to entertain them. Grandstand events include
racing Monday, truck and tractor pulls on Tuesday and Friday,
riding Thursday and a demolition derby on Saturday.
"We seem to fill
the grandstand with these type of events," Griffith
said. "We don't usually
do as well when we bring in bands or bigger singers."
As always, the fair
will offer dozens of open class judging for items
ranging from fruits and
vegetables to hand sewn items to baked and
canned goods to drawing and
photography to flowers and decorating.
Griffith said entries in the open
classes are down, but she is expecting
an influx of them by the weekend. All
participants must be entered and
on the grounds by Saturday.
junior fair board entries are, "up beyond all expectations."
There has been a
change in the judging.
Judging will begin Sunday, Griffith said, because, "We
just didn't have
enough room to put all of the non livestock judging so we
are going to
have two days of that."
Additional information and event
schedules are available at
County on solid ground financially
By MAC CORDELL
Union County is looking
pretty good financially, the county board of
Bob Fry, an independent contractor hired by the commissioners
evaluate the county's financial position, offered his evaluation of
county's financial position through the first half of the year
"All in all, it is a very good picture," Fry told the
Fry said revenue, through the first two quarters of 2007
is at 49 percent of his projections for the entire year
He said grants are down as is revenue from property
"Everything else is running right on schedule," Fry said.
added that in the past, grant revenue has been higher in the second
the year than the first.
Union County Commissioner Charles Hall noted that
declining revenue from
grants is a trend in recent years.
Fry said the
decrease in property transfer revenues, "is really telling
The slow home buying could signal lower property valuations from
The commissioners noted that income from sales tax
has not increased the
way they hoped it would, given the new retail options
in the county.
On the appropriations side, Fry expressed slight
"We are spending a little more than we are taking in," he
The consultant explained that some expenses have exceeded
based on a pro-rated year, but will be correct at the end of
"More than a few items have reached 100 percent," he said.
one time expenses are already paid," he added, specifying insurance
and a lot
of grant dollars.
As a whole, Fry was pleased.
"We are right on target
which is certainly nice to say," Fry said.
The consultant said that if trends
continue, revenue should exceed
spending for 2007.
"You should end up
about $18 million, which will give you a surplus
again, probably of about a
half million," Fry said.
He said the county had an approximately $500,000
surplus in 2006.
"I am not sure there are many counties in the state talking
surpluses," Fry said, reiterating that the county has "a
Hall said the commissioners are,
"We are in better shape than a lot of counties,"
said Hall. "At the same
time, we are somewhat concerned because costs are
growing faster than
what the income is growing."
He credited office
holders in the county with being fiscally responsible.
"We have encouraged
our office holders to do their best to hold the line
on their expense and
they have done an excellent, excellent job," Hall said.
Commissioner Tom McCarthy said there are areas the county
needs to examine
"We have not funded the seniors at a level we probably ought
McCarthy said. "We have stepped it up, but when do you say, we need
ask for a special tax?"
He also stressed that the county needs to
increase funding for troubled families.
The commissioners told Fry they
want to begin working on the 2008 budget
in August. They asked him to begin
preparing for that process.
"It is so hard to get a feel for where '08 is
at," Fry told the commissioners.
"But that is where we are at," Hall said.
"We have to or we won't get it done."
Fry said he needed at least numbers
through the third quarter before he
could begin to make projections for next
City announces summer paving plan
From J-T staff
Summer brings nice weather, no school for the kids and ultimately
smell of hot asphalt in the sun.
The city of Marysville announced
Monday the 2007 Repaving Program will
begin Thursday by paving contractor The
Shelly Company. The workers will
begin with milling work, which removes the
top layers of pavement to
prepare for the paving.
"Traffic will be
maintained as all work is being completed," city
administrator Kathy House
said. "There will be public release updates as
also included a list of streets which are scheduled to be repaved.
consideration of upcoming city events such as Honda Homecoming, House
that Delaware Avenue and the Uptown public parking lots will not be
until after the events are over.
Roads to receive work are (listed in no
. Boerger Road (all except 750 feet closest to London
. McAuliffe Place
. Milford Avenue (Stocksdale to Ninth
. Charles Lane (east end)
. Scottslawn Road (city limit to the
. Chestnut and Weaver (Tenth Street south to new
. Delaware Avenue (Five Points to Coleman's Crossing)
Road (Route 31 to pavement change)
. South Walnut Street
Drive (Milford Avenue to pavement change)
. Park, Parkway and Grand (concrete
sections removed and converted to
. Plum Street (Eighth Street
through Ninth Street intersection)
. Three public parking lots Uptown
Sanitation Facility parking lot
House explained that three additional roads
set to receive paving have
been set aside, contingent on funding. Those roads
. Prairie Drive (Collingwood to Woodline)
. Plum Street (Main to
. Poplar Street
MHS grad named Pepsi's Gimme the Mike
From J-T staff reports:
Aashley Morgan, 18, a recent Marysville
High School graduate, was named
the winner of Pepsi's Gimme the Mike Columbus
Season 4 Tuesday night.
Morgan auditioned for the show in April at the
Buckeye Hall of Fame Café
and was picked as one of 20 contestants and three
alternates to appear
on the show.
During her preliminary show, which aired
July 10, she wowed the judges
with her rendition of Christina Aguilera's
"Mercy On Me." After her win,
Morgan was set to appear as one of five
finalists and one wildcard on
the finale show Tuesday.
Friends and family
attended the event, as Morgan sang "Home" by Marc
Broussard to capture the
title. The competition was strong, Morgan said,
and the event nerve-racking -
Morgan won by a mere point with a score of
39 out of 40 points.
$18,000 prize pack included an i-Pod Nano, $2,500, and central Ohio
tickets from Pepsi, a $600 sofa from Sofa Express, a recording
Marko Records, $250 worth of services and Paul Mitchell
products from the
Ohio Academy of Paul Mitchell Partner School, and a
two-year lease on a 2007
Ford Fusion from Ricart Automotive.
"I feel incredibly blessed to have won
this competition and have so much
love and support from my friends, family
and community," Morgan said in
an e-mail message to the Journal-Tribune this
morning. "This was such an
awesome experience and I'm super excited about the
Morgan won the Delaware County Divas and Dudes contest as a
sophomore and competed this spring in the WCOL-92.3 radio Senior
She plans to attend Belmont University in the fall and major
commercial music with an emphasis in vocal performance.
The finale show
will air again on ABC 6 Saturday night at 11:30 p.m.
Those interested also
may check the Gimme the Mike Web site at
www.wsyx6.com and clicking on the link.
Man caught after breaking into home
From J-T staff reports:
man is behind bars today after allegedly attempting to
break into a local
Joseph A. Miller, 36, of 140 Hemlock Drive, was arrested about 2:55
today. He is charged with one count of aggravated burglary, a felony
the first degree, and two counts of theft, felonies of the
degree. If convicted, Miller faces as many as 13 years in
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said the man allegedly broke
window in the rear of a home in the 200 block of West Third Street.
occupant of the home heard the man and went to the front of the house
call for help. While the resident was on the phone with law
officials, Miller allegedly came through the front door.
almost knocked her (the occupant) over when he came in," Golden said.
pushed a couple of people who tried to subdue him," the chief
After a brief scuffle, Miller allegedly grabbed medication,
least two prescription medicines, from a drawer and ran from the
"Whether the man knew where the medicines were or not, I do not
Marysville Police Sgt. Terry Basinger arrived at the
Neighbors told the officer it was Miller who broke into the
pointed Miller out to the officer.
"He was ordered to stop
repeatedly," Golden said.
Basinger eventually caught the man after a short
chase on foot. The
officer held Miller to the ground until back-up arrived to
Medications taken from the home were found in Miller's pocket.
sent to a crime lab for confirmation.
The report does not
indicate that Miller was armed. It is unknown if the
victim's knew the
The matter remains under investigation.
Armory to be
Ground broken for $8.2 million facility
"Today, this is about coming back to the community," Maj. Gen.
L. Wyat said to the crowd gathered behind the YMCA building at
1150 Charles Lane.
This morning the Ohio National Guard and area officials
official groundbreaking for the future Ohio National Guard
Armory in Marysville.
Wyat said that in 1910 the Ohio National Guard was
located in downtown
Marysville, in what is currently known as the Victory
"In the early 1900s the National Guard was the center of the
he said. "It was where people would come for dances and to
see basketball games."
Union County Commissioner Gary Lee said he
remembered those days fondly.
He also recalled that when the Ohio National
Guard Armory finally left
Marysville "my heart sank." He said that is why
working with state, city
and federal officials in building the new Ohio
National Guard Armory has
been "a very rewarding experience."
YMCA Executive Director Suzy Zumwalde said the new $8.2
million facility will
encompass nearly 41,000 square feet situated on
about 20 acres and will
replace aging guard facilities in both Delaware and Bellefontaine.
said that the center will accommodate more than 200 soldiers from
Army National Guard units - the 585th Military Police Company
and Battery C,
1st Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment - and
will share space
with the YMCA located adjacent to the property.
The space will include an
assembly hall large enough to accommodate
basketball and volleyball
activities, Zumwalde said, as well as
classrooms suitable for a variety of
instructional and recreational
activities. The two facilities will be linked
by an enclosed corridor to
facilitate easy access to anyone using the
The Ohio Adjutant General's Department reported that the training
community center was funded by the federal government, the State of
and the Union County Family YMCA. The land was purchased by the State
Ohio, with assistance from the Union County Commissioners. The
combined training and community centers are part of an Ohio
Guard initiative to better integrate into the local
Economic Development Director Eric Phillips said having the
and state working together on bringing the Armory to the city
helped make it a true community goal.
Phillips said that about late
2001 into 2002 the possibility of the
Armory first came up. At that time he
went up to Minnesota with other
former Marysville officials in order to check
out National Guard
facilities there. By the time they returned they knew it
essential for the city.
"It really was an eye awakening
experience," Phillips said. "We wanted
one of those in Marysville . It was
something we really had to compete for."
He said plans went into affect
locally to make Marysville more
attractive to the Ohio National Guard after
it announced it was looking
at both Marysville and Delaware to construct new
said The Union County Commissioners even went so far as
to help buy the
land to make it a reality. Part of the conditions for the
included having a road connect Delaware Avenue to East Fifth
"It set the stage for the Coleman's Crossing Development,"
The Armory, he said, was the key in the progression of new
growth which has revitalized Marysville's east side.
glad to have the guard back in the community," Phillips said.
answer costs man nine months
By MAC CORDELL
An admission of marijuana use
is going to cost a Union County man
another nine months in
Nicholas P. Martinez, 29, whose court listed address is the
Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg, was sentenced Monday to serve
months in the penitentiary. That time is the remainder of a
sentence initially imposed by Union County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Richard E. Parrott in December.
Martinez was indicted in
November of 2006, charged with four counts of
nonsupport of dependents, all
felonies of the fifth degree. According to
court documents, on four separate
occasions between June of 2003 and
November of 2006, Martinez failed to pay
child support for 26 of 104
consecutive weeks, accumulating arrearages
At his arraignment in December, Martinez declined
counsel and pleaded
guilty to all four counts. He was sentenced to 11 months
in prison on
each count, to be served concurrently. On Feb. 2, of this year,
was granted judicial release and placed on post release control. He
ordered to pay $299.84 per month towards his late child
payments. As part of his post release control, he was to
community service, make regular reports to his parole officer and
no contact with drugs or alcohol.
Martinez has made all his support
and arrearage payments.
Earlier this year, Franklin County parole authorities
home in that county. They reported that Martinez was not
the home smelled of marijuana and there was an open bottle of
Union County officials brought Martinez in to speak with him. While
had never failed a drug test on parole, the defendant was told there
zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol.
At a later meeting, Martinez's
parole officer said the defendant was
going to be tested for drugs. He asked
Martinez if he would test dirty.
Martinez said he thought he would test
clean, but admitted that he had
taken a drag from a marijuana joint.
test came back clean, but Dave Siebeneck of Union County Adult
notified the court that Martinez had violated the terms
and conditions of his
The allegation also included information that Martinez was
completing his community service as required.
Defense attorney Perry
Parsons told the judge Monday that his client
owns a concrete business. Since
his work is seasonal, Martinez completed
65.25 hours of community service the
first month he was released.
Parsons said Martinez had talked to a community
service coordinator who
said Martinez could wait to complete the remainder of
the work until his
business slowed down.
"I think you are yanking my
chain," Parrott told the man.
Parrott could not confirm the man's story
because the woman the
defendant spoke to was on vacation.
he (his parole officer) has ever asked me, I have
Martinez said. "In this case, it has come back to bite me."
reiterated that he has never failed a drug test and that the
for alcohol and drugs in his home had been kicked out.
"We have made changes
to the way we live," Martinez said. "I am trying
to follow these
Chief Assistant Union County Prosecutor Terry Horrid said Martinez
making child support payments. Hord said he is reluctant to
incarceration for someone who is making their payments, because
often cannot continue to support their children from behind
Parrott said he understood that, but also had to enforce
zero-tolerance policy imposed by the parole office.
"We are past zero
at this point," Parrott told the defendant.
Parrott refused to approve any
type of early release program for the defendant.
If he had served his
entire 11 month sentence when it was imposed,
Martinez would have been
scheduled for release Nov. 4, 2007. Now he will
not be eligible for release
until April of 2008
NU board hears report card data
The North Union School Board heard an update on local report card
data Monday night.
Superintendent Richard Smith said the data remains raw
but some trends are emerging. He said the data helps show if
are progressing at a consistent level.
Smith reported that it
appears students are showing a consistent
improvement in math and reading
skills, but science skills appear to be lagging.
Smith looked at other
area schools to see if the science issue is
consistent among other districts.
He said Marysville and Elgin appear to
have similar issues, but Fairbanks and
Pleasant are turning in solid scores.
"I want to know 'what did they do,'"
Smith said the shortcoming in science is understandable as the
has put extra attention on math, reading and writing. Smith said
and social studies will now require a focus.
The board also voted
unanimously to hire a dean of students at the
middle school who may
eventually help the district look at trend data
like the report card
Michael McDonough comes from Delaware and has two masters
said he has experience in compiling and assessing data about
Bryan Bumgarner asked what exactly the position of
dean of students
does. Smith said currently that McDonough will teach two to
classes per day and will also handle discipline issues.
the coming years Smith sees the position changing. He said
the job will
likely take on more responsibilities regarding data
interpretation so that
the district may better focus its resources.
The board voted 5-0 to hire
McDonough as dean of students. He was also
approved as middle school athletic
In other business, the board:
.Voted 5-0 to transfer $500,000
from the general fund to the permanent
additions and revisions to board policy.
.Voted 5-0 to contract with MKC
Associates for possible additional
building design services at a fee not to
.Approved the contract documents for the high school
.Approved a memorandum of understanding with the
North Union Education
Association regarding a concession on the years of
experience granted to
the position of speech therapist.
revisions to the employee handbook.
.Voted to approve a revised
.Accepted the resignation of Linda Carrel. She is
elementary school secretary after 23 years of service to the
.Accepted the resignation of Charles Bleakmore from his
contract as assistant varsity football coach.
compensation for district administrators.
.Voted 5-0 to employ Denise Castle
on a one-year limited teaching
contract as a fourth grade teacher.
5-0 to employ Kathleen Walker on a one-year limited teaching
contract as a
district speech-language therapist.
.Voted 5-0 to employ Ashley Wolf on a
one-year limited contract as a
substitute for grades 3-5.
.Voted 5-0 to
approve Cynthia Grove on a one-year limited contract as a
.Approved Matt Burggraf, JV boys basketball coach, Pam Ensign,
coordinator, and Bruce Hoover, drug-free schools director, to
limited expiring supplemental contracts.
.Voted 5-0 to employ
Lynette Gibson on a one-year limited teaching
contract as special education
A wish on wheels
Local girl's Make-a-Wish request is for a golf cart
If you happen to see a Monarch decorated golf cart around town
bet that 10-year-old Briana LaCella is behind the wheel.
diagnosed in 2005 with cancer, was just granted her wish for a
cart from the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central Ohio.
The golf cart came at a
great time because the LaCella family has cause
to celebrate, as Briana will
end two years of chemotherapy on Aug. 10.
Briana first made her request in
March. The Make-a-Wish foundation
grants the wishes of children ages 2 1/2-18
The organization's purpose is to
enrich the human experience with hope,
strength and joy.
goal is to provide each child and his or her family
with a wonderful
experience ? a bright oasis of happiness and normalcy
in the midst of a
difficult time," explains the Make-A-Wish Foundation
of Central Ohio's
Briana's mom, Lori, said that Briana began wanting a golf
cart last summer.
The LaCella family had traveled to a kids with cancer
camp in Morrow
County where campers and their families had access to golf
carts to get
around the campgrounds.
The seed was planted and Briana's
wish evolved from there.
The golf cart arrived on July 7 from Minnesota and
within five days,
Briana has gone through her first tank of gas.
is decorated blue and white and features Monarch paw prints and
on the front.
"She absolutely loves it and drives it non-stop," Lori
The cost of the golf cart is estimated between $8,000-$10,000,
said. Part of the cost of the cart was donated by BCT Golf Cart and
remainder was funded by Make-a- Wish.
Make-A-Wish receives funds
through local donations from individuals,
churches, schools, businesses and
civic organizations. The foundation
was originally founded in 1980 and the
central Ohio chapter was formed
in 1997 and serves 34 counties in
Upon granting a wish, the foundation sends out one of their "wish
which is a group of volunteers who meet with the child and learn
one true wish.
Briana will turn 11 on Aug. 22, two weeks after her
She will continue to have monthly blood work and CT scans
months to monitor her recovery.
Lori said that 18 days into
Briana's chemotherapy treatments in 2005,
her daughter was considered in
remission because her scans came up cancer-free.
The family continues to
pray that after ending treatment, the scans will
continue to have only good
"Despite the joy of Briana having her wish come true with golf cart
ultimate wish is that Briana continues to be healthy and cancer
free," Lori said.
Briana will start sixth grade this fall at Creekview
more information on Briana's story and recovery, those
A port-less port authority?
Economic development director believes such a
group would open up
By MAC CORDELL
When the Marysville
YMCA sought additional finances, it went to the
Marion County Port Authority
to help secure a bond.
"Our Y went to another county and gave another county
money to make this
funding a reality," Union County Economic Development
Director Eric Phillips said.
He hopes that doesn't need to happen
"Just because we don't have a river or a major airport, doesn't mean
can't have a port authority," Phillips told the Union County Board
Commissioners on Thursday.
Phillips said the idea of creating a port
authority in Union County had
been discussed in the past, but nothing ever
came of those discussions.
"It has come to light again as an issue we need to
look at," Phillips said.
He explained that port authorities were
originally created to monitor
sea, rail, land and airports. They have evolved
subdivisions with taxing authority and an ability to help fund
and private projects. It has a lot more financing options than a
government or its economic development arm.
"It can really make
financing a reality," Phillips said.
He said a port authority can help with
financing for up to $10 million
for non-profit organizations.
said the Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority markets itself
around the state
and, through its financing fees, brings revenue into the county.
explained that the port authority is a pass through funding entity
therefore liability for a deal that goes bad would fall entirely on
organization being funded, not the authority.
Phillips said he has already
met with Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse about
the possibility of a port
Phillips said it would cost about $1,500 in legal fees to establish
port authority. After that, there would be no cost to the county.
Union County Community Improvement Corporation would administrate
"What do we gain," asked Union County Commissioner Tom
"I mean, a couple of thousand dollars here or there is nice, but
not the reason to do it," McCarthy said. "The reason to do it is that
would give you some ability."
Phillips said the port authority would
be, "a tool in your tool belt."
He said the port authority's ability to
provide funding for projects
would help attract industry and jobs to the
"You would have local people making local decisions," he added.
local people making those decisions would be a board of directors.
recommended that the board include no elected officials, only
said a port authority board must have an odd number of
members and seven is
Phillips also recommended a joint board so the authority would
Union County and Marysville. He explained that if Union County
a port authority first, the city could not establish one at all. If
city established one first, the county could create one in the
around the city.
Phillips said it would be up to the commissioners to
restrict some of
the authorities extensive powers, which include the power to
on the ballot and the power to seize land by eminent
"You may want to limit its eminent domain powers," Phillips said,
that commissioners could require their approval before a tax issue
placed on the ballot.
He said while many port authorities have those
power, they rarely use
them. Only two port authorities in the state have
taxes and only one has
ever taken property. That exercise of eminent domain
authority a two-year lawsuit that is still unsettled.
commissioners asked Phillips to prepare a sheet that would compare
potential port authority with the county's current CIC. They
requested a list of pros and cons associated with a port authority
and its creation.
Commissioners suggested hosting a work session with both
the board of
commissioners and city council
Classes at Houston House help local individuals develop their
By RYAN HORNS
A community of artists growing in Marysville has
recently added to the
legacy of a local historic home.
"When you come here
you can't help but be creative. It has a lot of
atmosphere and creative
energy," art teacher Rodolfo Perez said. "The
The Marysville Art League announced it has moved classes to the
House at 264 W. Fifth St. after renovation construction began at
Marysville Public Library last year. Built in 1872 by
Houston, the home once stood amongst a Marysville community of
people, compared to more than 6,000 today.
The Marysville Art League,
a non-profit tax exempt organization,
acquired the home in 1982.
and his family once held a deep appreciation of the arts, along
active in local social and political realms. One of the goals
of the Art
League is to continue to provide a facility to support the
arts in Union
The only thing keeping the Marysville Art League classes from
out is a lack of proper promotion, Perez said.
Marysville Art League Board member as well as his
student, said the group is
hoping to inform residents that adults and
children are welcome to attend art
classes every Saturday. Children's
sessions running from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and
adult sessions run from 12 to 2 p.m.
All of the classes are geared toward
moving students forward, Perez
said, and developing their own unique
Kreeger said the area is lucky to have an art teacher as diverse
"What is neat about Rodolfo is that he has the ability to work
number of different media styles, whether it's carving, acrylics
drawing," Kreeger said.
This experience makes it possible to teach
students numerous styles, she
said, or allows them to pick and choose which
ones they want to focus on.
"He is able to keep up with all of us
somehow," Kreeger laughed.
A few years after moving to Marysville with his
wife and children in
2000, Perez held a showing of his sculptures at the
Library. He soon became involved with teaching numerous
local budding artists for the Marysville Art League.
said he turned away from methods of forcing students to learn all
styles of art, instead letting them guide what they would like
to learn. He
said the change in focus resulted in his students
developing their own unique
styles and their own artistic personalities.
Perez said the whole point
of the art classes is to keep students moving
forward. The children are
taught to become ready for high school level
art. Older students and adults
are taught how to improve their
portfolios to continue their work into
college and maybe future art
careers. Some students have gone on to be
accepted by prestigious art
institutes such as the Cleveland Institute of
Art, the Columbus College
of Art and Design, Ohio State University or Miami
"That's a real success story," Kreeger said.
Her own day job
with the Union County Board of Developmental
Disabilities shows that closet
artists can be found all over Marysville.
She said the Houston House classes
can help guide their skills.
Perez said that in order to accommodate regional
artists, the Marysville
Arts League plans to expand classes to take place on
Fridays as well.
In addition, the Houston House will offer other events.
every second Friday of the month musical jam sessions are held
Front Porch Players at 7 p.m., and the front room of the home is
being used as a music studio for teaching piano, brass, wood
For more information on classes with the
Marysville Art League, those
interested may call Rodolfo Perez at (937)
Glacier West pushing forward
Local officials announced they are ready to kick the future Glacier
development into high gear.
Talk of the 2,000 acre Easton-style
development at U.S 42 and U.S. 33
has been around since 2005. Judging from
the city council audience
filled with property owners, township officials and
appears discussions have been moving faster than many
At Thursday night's Marysville City Council meeting, mayor Tom
said that he has already met with Glacier West developers several
Together, they have hashed out an outline for a possible Joint
Development District (JEDD). The document could help ensure that
entities involved in the project are happy.
Kruse said the JEDD
write-up outlines exactly what the city wants out of
development of Easton-style commercial and residential
would be set to offer water and sewer services to the
project. The developers
also voiced their support for the terms.
"This document is the outgrowth of
(those discussions)," Kruse said to
council members. "We're happy with the
document. Now we're at the point
where we need input from council. Glacier
intends to get together with
the townships. But it's going to take all of us
getting together at some point."
Kruse said throughout the entire process
they have always kept in mind
how Millcreek and Jerome townships would fit
into the scenario, as well
as how the development would affect the needs of
the Fairbanks School District.
"It looks good to me," councilman John Gore
said, after looking through the document.
If everyone is on the same
page, he said, then they should all sit down
in one room and hash it out.
What he does not want to see is all the
entities meeting separately, and then
trying to meet back and forth to
discuss the issues.
"We would still be
talking by next year," Gore said. "Let's get
something going and not dilly
Councilman David Burke, who scheduled the meeting with Glacier
before that night, said the developers have been the driving force
get the agreements in place this time.
"That's what makes it
different," he said, referring to past discussions
on the development which
Millcreek Township trustee Bill Lynch said that trustees have
met with Glacier West numerous times since February. Now the township
ready to sit down and discuss it all.
"In a nutshell, let's pour some
gas on this and light it," councilman
John Marshall said. "Let's cut to the
chase and get it done."
Council president Ed Pleasant suggested that council
meet in a special
ad hoc committee to discuss the JEDD proposal with Glacier
Making up that committee will be council volunteers Gore, Burke and
"I think this is a real step forward. I think we can move
into a project
that gets off the ground real quickly," Kruse said.
other council news discussed:
. Gore reported that congress woman Deborah
Pryce's office notified him
that there is $800,000 set aside to help pay for
project in a bill being considered for approval next
. The first reading was held on an ordinance to set the salary
future city council members before the next Ward elections.
Mark Reams explained that the salary limits have only been
modified once in
20 years. He said city human resources director Brian
matching the middle ground of salary set by
similarly sized cities and they
will go with a figure beneath that.
.Economic Development Director Eric
Phillips reported that construction
work has begun at the City Gate
development off Delaware Avenue, for the
future Bob Evans. He added that the
official groundbreaking ceremony for
the National Guard building across the
street is scheduled for Tuesday
at 9:30 a.m.
Audit finds issues on
Trip to Vegas reimbursed; coroner disagrees with findings
Ohio Auditor of State Mary Taylor released a report Thursday
several areas of concern with the finances of Union
Emily K. Frazee, spokesman for the auditor's office, said the
found a pair of issues when it reviewed the financial condition of
"Money has been misspent and misused and we have asked for it
repaid to the county," Frazee said Thursday.
The two issues involved
a Las Vegas trip taken by Union County Coroner
Dr. David Applegate and his
wife, and the county's accounting of sick
leave and vacation
According to the report, Applegate appointed his wife, Mary, as
coroner for Union County in 2001. In 2006 he took her to a conference
"We found that was not the correct public purpose and asked
money to be paid back," Frazee said. The auditor's report referenced
June 2005 letter sent to Applegate from the Ohio Ethics Commission.
letter said that Applegate's wife could not receive any compensation
her position as deputy coroner. It specifically referenced
expenses as being prohibited.
Union County Commissioner Tom
McCarthy said the commissioners and the
county auditor approved the trip
before the Applegates took it.
"All of us thought it was an appropriate trip
based on the purpose of
the conference," McCarthy said.
"It is a gray
area," he said. "If there was a mistake made, it was an
honest mistake. It
Applegate has repaid the county $1,521.19. That covered the
travel expenses for his wife, plus 10 percent.
"I think that
speaks volumes for Dr. Applegate's integrity," McCarthy said.
defended his integrity in a response, included in the
"I expressly deny any wrongdoing, illegal or unethical behavior in
matters. I reimbursed county funds only to avoid any suggestion
disgraceful behavior until this matter can be appropriately
Applegate wrote in response to the report.
"I, personally, have
been harmed by this finding and I submit the county
is harmed, too,"
according to Applegate's response.
He wrote that it is difficult to get
physicians to take the deputy
coroner's position. Applegate's wife is not
compensated for her work.
Applegate said the conference was training for his
"It is my opinion that the taxpayers of this county will be harmed
the loss of a trained professional non-compensated deputy coroner. It
unprofessional for this office holder to allow any staff to act in
untrained or unprofessional manner and continuing education
"Thus, I submit, it was and is only Union county who
benefit of my spouse's training and education and therefore
moral and ethical fabric of the ORC (Ohio Revised Code) to be
legitimate and legal county expenditure."
Frazee said all findings for
recovery are submitted to the Ohio Attorney
feel they need to pursue it legally, that is really up to
She said this matter was also submitted to the Ohio Ethic's
for review. She said that is not standard practice, but the
office felt this situation deserved additional scrutiny.
gave the appearance of a possible ethics violation so we submitted
it to the
ethics commission for their attention," Frazee said.
She added, "It is their
prerogative to see if they want to conduct an investigation."
concluded its findings on the matter stating, "Dr. Applegate
is bound by the
opinion of the Ohio Ethics Commission (OEC), whether he
agrees with it or
not. In the face of the opinion, he should have sought
further guidance from
the Ohio Ethics Commission prior to approving a
trip to Las Vegas for his
The auditor's office called the second issue, involving
off-time, a "significant deficiency." McCarthy called it "a
The auditor's review of employee leave accrual records in
auditor's payroll system revealed that throughout the year
corrections were made to leave balances.
"One example resulted in
an excess accumulation of vacation leave for
the Director of Veteran Services
during the years of 2001 through 2006,"
according to the state auditor's
report. "This leave was then taken by
the Director of Veteran Services. This
error was detected during 2007
and as a result the Director of Veteran
Services made a repayment of
$3,954.44 to the County to correct the
McCarthy said the clerical error led to the director accruing
time faster than she was entitled to.
"It was an honest mistake,"
he said. "She thought she was acting
appropriately. She thought she had the
Frazee said the auditor's office has made some suggestions to
officials to make certain the errors do not take place in the
"We recommended they put some controls in place - software,
checks," Frazee said. "Maybe have someone run the numbers, then
another person check them to make sure they are accurate."
county's response, also listed in the report, stated, "we have
departments to review all total leave accruals which
includes sick, vacation,
and comp time."
McCarthy said he was surprised by "the tone" of the auditor's
said county officials around the state are trying to adjust to
procedures of the new auditor.
"In both cases, there was corrective
action taking place before the
audit ever took place," McCarthy
Frazee said Taylor has taken a more aggressive approach to some of
"Auditor Taylor feels it is very important to keep government
accountable for how they are spending the county's money," Frazee
McCarthy said he can appreciate that.
"Our practice is to always
take to heart what the state auditor tells
us," McCarthy said. "We take it
seriously. We are dealing with tax-payer
money. We always want to go well
above the standard of what the state requires."
He added that the county
is taking steps, unique in Ohio, to make
certain it is in compliance with
future requirements of the state.
Taylor to run for city council
From J-T staff reports:
Today a former Marysville City Council member
officially declared his
intentions to come back.
Resident Nevin Taylor
announced his plans to run for Marysville's Ward 4
in the next election. He
said when current council president Ed Pleasant
announced he was not running
for another term, "my opportunity was opened."
Known as a "people person,"
Taylor was a council member from 2002 to
2006 and served as vice president
for two years and president for one
year. He also held positions as finance
committee chairman for two
years, Parks and Recreation Committee member for
one year and chairman
of the Public Safety Committee for one year.
said he hopes to rejoin council and help find a way for people to
pride in being from Marysville.
"We have a great community with a strong rich
heritage that needs to be
promoted again," Taylor said. "I will have more
time this term as I'm
retired and thus can be full-time to the citizens and
He also stressed the importance of trying to regain
the "trust factor"
residents have toward local government.
Taylor is chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals, which he
has been involved
with since 2006.
In his time with council, Taylor said that he helped with
officials, the Union County Chamber of Commerce and other communities
enhance communication channels. He said his major concerns and
service were based upon "putting growth under pressure to reduce
quality decisions or hurry up approaches to development without
long term results."
Taylor retired in June as the agricultural education
Fairbanks High School - a position he held for 30 years. He was
Ohio State Fair Superintendent for 18 years in Public Relations
Taylor explained that he has previous city
government experience and
knows well the experience needed to keep the city
Other highlights of Taylor's involvement with the
. Former OHSAA wrestling and football official for 26 years.
Served on the Union County Fair Board for 16 years, four as president.
Former State President of Ohio Agricultural Education of
. Served as Ohio State University teacher trainer
for 16 years.
. Member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he has served on
as property supervisor.
. Graduated from Ohio State University
and "bleeds scarlet and gray."
Speeding: Perception versus reality
Police chief says city does not have a
problem, regardless of complaints
By RYAN HORNS
"There is speeding,"
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said. "And
then there is the perception
Tuesday night members of the Marysville Public Safety Committee
about the issue of fast drivers in residential areas. The complaints
coming in from different neighborhoods, so it is clear the issue
exists - or does it?
Golden explained that there are two sides to the
issue and they are
conflicting. He said studies made by the United States
Justice show measures to reduce the speed limit from 35 to 25
little affect on drivers. Those measures have been to lower the
speed, putting up stop signs, adding speed bumps, etc. He said
results only showed a difference of 1 mph in the average driver
Increasing fines didn't work either, he said, and putting stop signs
just made drivers gun their motors more often and even raised
the average speed.
For months the Marysville Police Department has been
residential speed studies of its own, Golden said. The unpopular
that neighborhoods "do not have a problem with speeding."
the average person is driving at the posted limit "or less." A
study on Bay
Laurel Drive checked the speed of 600 cars. The average
speed was just 23.1
miles per hour ? on a 25 mph road.
Golden said the U.S. Department of Justice
took different speeding
solutions, such as adding more stop signs, reducing
the speed limit,
making road bumps, three-way stops, etc.
were met with limited effectiveness," Golden said.
"Drivers just make up for
the lost time by speeding in between road devices."
Golden said it was
interesting to note that one factor did change after
adding speed devices:
Citizen complaints stopped.
The irony, he said, is that while road devices
made matters worse, their
presence reduced complaint calls from residents.
The reason was the
perception that something was being done.
"How do you
fight the perception versus the reality?" committee chairman
"Sooner or later (speeders) get caught in their own pattern,"
The Marysville Police Department has the average reports, but
have the details. Officers can pinpoint individual drivers, some
at speeds of more than 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. By narrowing
violations to certain times of the day, police can eventually find
offenders. They could be coming home from work at the same time
evening. Or rushing to drop their children off at school and get to
in the morning.
Golden said police can focus on that mode for finding
Until then, he said Delaware City Council recently passed a
establishing a policy for the consideration of installing
multi-way stop signs in residential neighborhoods.
resolution explains that Delaware residents often call their city
about putting up more stop signs, which have no impact. As a
result of the
legislation, residents now have to submit the traffic sign
request in writing
and present a signed petition of at least 75 percent
of the nearby property
owners. The proposed roadway must have a traffic
count of less than 1000 cars
per day and speeders must be documented at
an average 5 mph over the limit.
Only then will the request meet with a
"thorough examination of the
intersection" by city officials ? and the
city will still retain the right to
remove the sign if any negative impacts arise.
But committee member and
councilwoman Leah Sellers said that she sees a
problem with Marysville
pursuing similar legislation.
"It could anger residents who see one driver
going 40 mph, but the radar
averages show nothing," she said.
As a result,
the committee agreed to look further into the issue and
mull over possible
legislation ideas to put some policy in place for
Jury returns guilty verdict on sex, corruption charges
A local man already serving a 34-month prison term is facing
additional 12 1/2 years in prison.
Cordell J. Hicks, 20, was convicted
Wednesday of one count of gross
sexual imposition, a felony of the third
degree, and one count of
corrupting another with drugs, a felony of the
fourth degree. The jury
acquitted Hicks of a second count of gross sexual
Moments before the trial began Monday, Hicks pleaded guilty to
counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, all felonies of
fourth degree. Those charges stemmed from a March 2006
involving Hicks and a 13 year-old girl which occurred in
Hicks is currently serving a 34 month sentence in prison for
earlier this year on charges of theft, receiving stolen property
tampering with evidence.
In December, Hicks was convicted of
misdemeanor sexual imposition with a
The case that led
to Wednesday's convictions began after a teacher at
the Marysville Middle
School took a note from a friend of the victim. In
the note, the victim, who
was 12 at the time, detailed events that had
happened at a local motel in
Monday, the victim testified that on that day she had stolen
her mother. She said she gave the money to Hicks to pay for a room
the motel, where the couple and several others spent the night. The
told jurors that once at the motel, she and Hicks engaged in
sexually related activities.
She also testified that Hicks left at
some point to purchase marijuana.
When he returned, the group smoked the
newly purchased drugs.
The girl admitted to defense attorney Kerry Donahue
that she had lied on
numerous occasions about the events of that evening. She
said she had
been charged with falsification after she told Marysville Police
lied in her grand jury testimony. She later said much of her grand
testimony was truthful and she recanted that testimony only because
feared Hicks would break up with her.
Other witnesses at the party
testified that Hicks and the girl were
flirting with each other. One witness
said Hicks and the victim were
"friends with benefits." Some of the witnesses
said they remembered
seeing Hicks and the girl in the same bed.
brother told the jury he did not remember seeing his brother in
bed with the
girl. He also told the jury it was him who purchased and
The defendant, who was 18 at the time of the offense, chose not to
take the stand.
During closing arguments, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Terry
details of the sexual relationship between Hicks and the
victim. He said
the inconsistencies in the victim's statement were because,
still in love with Cordell Hicks."
He asked the jury to, "keep in
mind, all this time Cordell Hicks is the
adult," and to "use common sense"
Donahue asked the jury to remember the victim as a
"We know (the victim) lies to everyone," Donahue said. "We know she
to her mother. We know she lies to get out of trouble. We know she
to police. We know she lies under oath. We know she lies to
"The state of Ohio can't prove anyone guilty beyond a reasonable
based on that witness because she is not truthful"
questioned the state's motive for continuing to prosecute his client.
had somebody say they lied to grand jury," Donahue said. "Why not
He asked the jury to drop the charges.
"This is a serious
matter, this is a serious case," Donahue said. "You
have to prove this beyond
a reasonable doubt and they haven't done that."
Following the verdict,
which took five hours over two days for the
six-man six-woman jury to reach,
Donahue asked Union County Common Pleas
Court Judge Richard E. Parrott to
override the jury and dismiss the
charge's himself based on a lack of
Parrott refused, but said he was not going to sentence the man yet.
said it is customary for him to sentence defendants
following a guilty verdict. The reason for the derivation,
is a new law which imposes new classification requirements for
offenders. A portion of the law became effective July 1, and a
will not be effective until Jan. 1, 2008.
"We are under the new
law, and we are under the old law for six months,"
Parrott said. "Which just
lets you know, you wonder what's going on at
Fairbanks awards building contracts
From J-T staff
In a special meeting Wednesday night at the district's
offices, Fairbanks School Board members awarded four more
the new elementary school.
Thomas & Marker Construction
Co. was the "lowest responsible bidder"
for general trades work at the new
facility to be located behind the
current middle/high school on Route 38. Its
winning general trades bid
was $4,777,000. Slagle Mechanical submitted the
winning plumbing and
HVAC bid, $2.1 million, and Gaylor Electric and S.A.
the winning electrical and fire protection bids at $1.5
Superintendent Jim Craycraft requested
board members meet with him Aug.
1 at 11 a.m. to discuss alternative bid
packages, such as playground
equipment, landscaping, etc.
was supposed to begin June 20 but encountered drainage
issues raised by the
Environmental Protection Agency. Approval should be
forthcoming, according to
project manager Adam Drexel of Ruscilli
Construction and architect Kevin
Harrison of TMP Architecture LLC. Once
approval is granted, the school should
take about 13 1/2 months to complete.
In other business, the
.Contracted with Honeywell International Inc. for installation of
Instant Alert system. The Honeywell system was the most user
system reviewed by administrators, Craycraft said, and offered
options for notification of parents, students, school personnel,
in emergency situations. It will cost the school district $2,400
the 2007-2008 school year and $3,600 each for the 2008-2009
2009-2010 school years.
.Granted Naomi Ruth Kidney a one-year contract
as consumer science teacher.
.Conducted the first reading of a new cell
phone policy which will put
the school district in compliance with
recommendations by the Internal
The next regular board of
education meeting will be July 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Day in the Park is
From J-T staff reports:
Summer is a time for swimming pools and
plenty of sun. But thanks to
Marysville's "Day in the Park" it's also a time
for city officials to
serve hot dogs to citizens.
This Saturday Marysville
will hold its annual park appreciation event
from noon to 4 p.m. at the
American Legion Park, located at the corner
of Fifth Street and Park
Residents can enjoy live entertainment from regional success
Howard, clowns making balloon animals, free food, beverages, ice
and free swimming at the municipal pool until 4 p.m.
The event is
also known for bringing Marysville City Council members out
of City Hall and
into their aprons, as volunteer cooks and food servers.
Marysville officials, many United Way affiliated non-profit
will be on hand to provide information and games for all ages.
The "Day in
the Park" event is produced by the city of Marysville Parks
Division, Nestles R&D, Kinetico Water, the United Way of
McAuliffe's Ace Hardware, and many more. A complete list
of sponsors will be
posted at the event.
Plans for new fire station at a standstill
By RYAN HORNS
The wheels may
have stopped spinning on plans to build a new Marysville
the Tuesday night Public Safety Committee meeting, members decided to
public forum on the future fire station at the July 26 Marysville
Council meeting. The meeting will focus on the proposed future site
near the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
Marysville Fire Chief Gary Johnson
recommended the site last year, after
compiling "cold hard facts" figuring
out what location would best fit
the needs of the city and ensure the safety
of the public.
"We believe the evidence . is compelling," Marysville city
Roush said. "It was pretty clear that ORW was the best site
since last year."
"At some point we have to put a spot on the map and say,
it's going to go,'" committee chairman John Marshall
Aside from Johnson, Marshall and Roush, the committee also includes
administrator Kathy House, councilwoman Leah Sellers, councilman
Reams, Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden, city law director
Aslaner and assistant engineer Brian Palmer.
Members spent the
majority of the two-hour meeting mulling over the
obstacles leading up to the
design plans and the eventual funding of the
new building. A $23,000
architectural study is first on the to-do list
for the station.
said she was interested in making sure no tax-payer money is
frivolous studies. She also stressed they need to get things
done. She fears
the study may waste time by telling them what they
explained that for $23,000, the Newark architectural firm Kellam
Inc. plans to spend 15 percent of the work on the site
soil stability. The remaining 80 percent of work
would be spent doing
interviews with fire department officials about the
building needs and the
eventual master plans for the building layout. He
assured it was not going to
be wasted money.
By the end of the discussion, Sellers offered her support
and said she
was ready to move forward on it.
Regarding the site, Johnson
said the ORW location makes the most sense
because it fits into the overall
future goal of having two fire stations
in Marysville. He said other cities
the size of Marysville often have
two or three stations by now.
He said by
placing a station at ORW, firemen would have quick access to
the highways. It
would also cover the west side of town and eventually
the second station
would cover the east side. Covering the city from
east to west follows the
natural trend of where growth is occurring.
Johnson said that the increase in
calls for service have become an
issue. Earlier on Tuesday crews went out to
serious auto accident.
Meanwhile, back at the station, there was a person who
walked in looking
for help and there was no one there.
serious and it's been going on a long time," he said. "I
don't want to wait
another year before we decide what to do."
"What I want is to have some
movement forward," Marshall said.
Sellers stressed that process can only
begin when city council passes
legislation to purchase a site they have all
agreed upon. So she
proposed that they focus on what council needs to do
Reams said each year a different site seems to be the "good idea."
just wants to be sure they are picking the right one.
out a large packet of facts from the fact-finding work
that has been
conducted. The facts point toward the ORW site. He asked
the committee to
look over the information and get back to him with any questions.
discussion also focused on whether or not the city should plan to
stations at once.
With a fire department budget of $3.2 million, House said,
would essentially have to double.
Marshall said funding the
station is the biggest hurdle, designing the
station is not. So they need to
start laying out a financial plan now.
He said they need to get public input
early on. Would residents be
willing to support a possible First Responders
"It's never a popular thing to talk about," Marshall said
about a levy.
"But let's not forget that the police department has issues
and response time too. The levy can include both."
there is also the option of forming some kind of fire
district to help share
the cost for emergency services.
Plain City officials keeping an
eye on street issues
By MAC CORDELL
Plain City Village Council spent much
of Monday night's meeting
addressing street issues in the village.
Administrator Steve Hilbert reminded residents that several
would be closed Friday evening for the Steam Threshers
parade. He said
streets would begin closing about 5:40 p.m. The parade
will follow its
traditional route from the north entrance of the park,
south on U.S. 42 to
Noteman Road, east on Noteman Road to North Avenue,
south on North Avenue to
Main Street, west on Main Street to Park Avenue
and north back to the
Streets will not be closed this year for a weekly farmers market,
Sandra Adkins reported. She said there would be no village
market this year.
"They have not been able to get those who were
involved with it last
year to do it again," Adkins said.
She added that
those who helped last year spent every Saturday at the
event, "because there
weren't enough volunteers."
Donald North of 530 Gray St., complained that
construction of the bypass
is making life difficult for those who live in the
area. He called the
area, "a hazard."
"We have a lot of problem back there
with dust and mud," North said.
He added that construction vehicles have had
his street backed up, even
blocked since last year.
North said the
construction has caused run off issues in the area. He
said when it rains,
the water floods halfway up his driveway.
"They should be mitigating that
soon," said Council President Pro-Tem Bob Walter.
Adkins said she
appreciated the residents' patience and has spoken with
the Ohio Department
of Transportation about making as many
accommodations in the area, so
residents, "are not totally put out by the construction."
added, "that is one of the evils of progress."
"The work has to proceed and
needs to get done as quick as it can,"
Adkins told the resident.
the bypass is expected to be completed in October.
"We are really sorry about
the mess," Adkins said. "We are trying our best."
Hilbert said North
Chillicothe Street (U.S 42) will also be under
construction in the next
couple of months. He said the road is becoming
in disrepair and ODOT feels
much of the problem, "other than the obvious
truck traffic" is the
"We have some areas on North Chillicothe Street with some real
Hilbert said. "If we don't get it done soon, it is just continuing
deteriorate the road."
Hilbert said village employees will be working
to repair and improve the
storm sewers on the street. He said it will be
completed while the
bridge on 42, just north of the village, is closed and
"We are trying to minimize the impact on traffic,"
He also said ODOT will be repairing and repaving the street
Plain City Police Lt. Jim Hill reported the department will be
up patrols" on Noteman Road. He said residents have complained
traffic speeding through the are and not obeying traffic signs.
reminded residents the speed limit in that area is 25 miles per
Six apply for clerk-treasurer position in Unionville
By AUDREY HALL
Unionville Center will hold its annual community
yard sale Aug. 18, it
was decided at Monday night's village council
Village council will share advertising costs with the Unionville
United Methodist Church which holds a summer social on the same
Families who wish to participate should set up a yard sale at
Six people have applied for the clerk-treasurer
non-residents of the village. In order for Mayor Denver
appoint a non-resident, an ordinance must be passed making
clerk-treasurer a non-elected position.
Thompson will research the
exact criteria of a potential ordinance.
Tracy Rausch will continue to serve
as clerk-treasurer until the
position is filled.
An incident of four dogs
attacking a family member was reported by
resident Michelle Snyder. She was
advised to contact Union County Dog
Warden Mary Beth Hall at (937) 645-3016.
In addition, the mayor will
post a reminder to all residents that a leash law
is in effect.
In other business, council:
.Discussed an estimate for
installing a sidewalk on The Green. Council
determined that there are more
pressing concerns for the village and the
money would be better spent
elsewhere. Storm water drainage problems in
the southern part of the village
remain a major concern.
.Heard that village financial records are due for the
biennial audit by
the auditor of state.
.Heard that the mayor's seat and
two council seats are up for election
in November. Petitions soliciting voter
signatures can be obtained at
the Union County Board of Elections. The signed
petitions must be
submitted to the board by Aug. 23.
The next regular
scheduled meeting will be Aug. 14.
Council members present were Ron Griffith,
Mary Lou Morris, Phil Rausch,
Brenda Terry and Peggy Williamson.
It may be hard to overlook Plain City's Bicentennial Park
By MAC CORDELL
Plain City Village Council discussed
Monday the need to address sight
issues at the village's flatiron.
safety issue, that whole thing needs addressed, that whole
councilman Wes Gibson.
He said that unless drivers are in an taller vehicle,
is significantly impaired by the brick, elevated flower bed
flagpole in front of the municipal building. The area sits in the
just south of Main Street, between South Chillicothe Street, Gay
and Bigelow Avenue. The area is also called the flatiron or
"If you are not in an SUV, you cannot see," Gibson
He said village residents have approached him about the safety of
The issue came to discussion at the meeting as council members
a white fence that had been removed from the village's Bicentennial
in the downtown area.
Council President Pro-Tem Bob Walter said the
flatiron safety issue was
"outside the scope" of council's discussions about
the fence. He added
that he would like to see council come back to the
"I think we have to look at the safety in the long run, but I think
is more the flatiron, not the fence."
Council members moved to allow
a citizen group to reinstall a white
vinyl fence around Bicentennial Park.
Earlier this summer council
instructed Village Administrator Steve Hilbert to
have the fence
removed, saying its erection had not been approved and it was
potential visual obstruction for those driving around the
Stephanie Ferguson and another member of Citizens
Concerned About Their
Town came before council Monday, at Walter's request.
that CCATT had placed the fence around the park to replace
removed. The group has undertaken the task of helping to maintain
parks in the village and placing flowers in the downtown and the
She said the group replaced the old wooden fence because, "it was
rotty and falling apart."
"We actually had trouble keeping it
together," she added.
She said the fence serves to conceal smaller weeds and
flowers that have
died. It also offers an area to decorate or post
"We really do need that fence up there," she said.
She said the
vinyl fence was donated and was easier for the group
because it needs no
maintenance. She asked council what they wanted to
see. Ferguson said CCATT
would try to find a fence that council would
like better, if council would
tell the group what it would like to see.
"What would please council?" she
Mayor Sandra Adkins said she liked that the old fence blended in
the wall and the flowers. Councilman Mark Hostetler said he never
there was a fence around the park, a testament to how well it
it. He said he preferred that, but asked if the fence was higher
than the flowers.
"No, actually the flowers are higher," Ferguson
Hostetler said the fence was a moot point if that is true.
long as it is no higher than the flowers, because if you can't see
flowers, there is no difference," Hostetler said.
Walter offered a compromise
that CCATT could re-erect the fence, but
would need to talk to council before
"What we really need to do is plan in advance," Walter
He suggested the group apply for advanced budgeting for next
Council is working on a form that could be distributed to any group
wishes to be included in the budgeting process. The form will
groups to detail projects for the benefit of the village and
funds from the village for those projects. Hilbert said CCATT is one
the groups that annually requests funds, as does the Music in the
The form will allow groups to formalize their requests and
hopefully improve communication between the village and the
Hilbert said he believes the form will be approved at the next
meeting. Several members of council noted that improved dialog
the groups and the village was vital to improving the
Richwood won't go easy on past due utility accounts
Richwood residents who run up pricey water bills will find
waiting with a shutoff notice rather than a payoff
Village administrator Larry Baxa came to Monday night's village
meeting with an idea about allowing those with large bills to set up
payment plan rather than having their water shut off. He said
individuals would have to sign an agreement to pay a certain portion
the bill each week, as well as paying for current charges on
Baxa said the option would be for individuals who
have bills in excess
of $300. He said the village could also charge interest
on the past due balance.
Village financial officer Don Jolliff was against
the idea from the start.
"We're not a finance company," Jolliff
Jolliff said the village has no need for such a financing option.
said the village administrator and billing clerk have always
past due balances. Jolliff said in the past the village has shut off
water on past due accounts, forcing customers to pay or lose use of
Baxa noted that when the water is shut off the village may
payment on the account if the individual moves. He noted that by
up a payment option the village would receive some type of
Jolliff said that people who run up such high bill do so on a
basis. He said the same names show up on the shutoff list month
Baxa said the payment option would not be set up for habitual
He said it was more for people who have undetected water leaks or
softener problems who experience a one-time spike in their
Council member Peg Wiley asked why a plan must be put in place for
issues when council has handled them in the past. She said those
receive such large bills often approach council about the issue.
members then try to come to a reasonable solution.
Jolliff also noted
that this is not the time to be lax on shutting off
service on unpaid
accounts. He said there are currently about $12,000 in
unpaid utility bills
owed to the village.
Mayor Bill Nibert said the village will continue its
policy of shutting
off water service rather than installing the payment plan.
He said the
next round of shutoffs will occur on July 23.
Mike Williams attended the meeting to complain about
motorcycle traffic in
the village. He said on the Fourth of July
motorcycles raced around the
streets of the village at unsafe speeds.
Williams said village police
officers should have been able to hear
offenders even if they couldn't be
"Racing on motorcycles really went rampant on the ," Williams
Williams said he called police about the issue, but after his calls
motorcycles wouldn't be seen for a while. He believes the riders
police scanners and are warned when officers are called.
point was emphasized earlier in the meeting as a pair of
riders raced down
the street in front of the administration building
where the meeting was
held. One of the riders popped a wheelie and rode
it down the
"These kids are completely out of hand," Williams said.
Police Chief Monte Asher said if his officers can clock the
radar, they will be given a ticket. It is sometimes hard to
riders misbehaving because they are orderly when a
police cruiser is in the
Asher noted that one of the offending riders was given two tickets
village officers last week.
"Somebody's going to get killed," Wiley
In other business, council:
.Learned that the village is continuing
to work toward repairing the
.Learned that the police
department's bike patrol is nearly ready to hit the streets.
the village will receive $31,000 in CDBG money to repave Gill
.Heard that letters will be sent soon about parking ticket
JA will allow schools to be used as voting precincts
The Jonathan Alder School Board approved the use of district
as voting polls in future elections.
The Madison County Board of
Elections had requested that the school
board approve the use of Plain City
Junior High for one voting precinct
and Plain City High School for two
The three precincts were housed at various community
including the VFW and the fire department, in past elections. The
of elections is requesting the use of the school buildings
accommodate parking and to better meet requirements set by the
Disabilities Act (ADA.)
It was not specified when the county
would like to begin using the
Board members had
several concerns in regard to security issues and the
possible disruption of
Superintendent Doug Carpenter said he didn't foresee any
security or space at the high school. The high school building
2005 and was designed with a security system that allows for
entry to only specified parts of the building.
junior high school, the administration will work on
accommodating the board
of elections in the best way possible while not
disturbing class schedules or
"As far as I'm concerned, we should make the buildings
work out the details later with the building principals,"
Elizabeth Beach, director of teaching and learning,
presented to the
board the Ohio Achievement test results for the
District students in grades three through eight all tested above
state averages in reading, math, science and social studies.
the district averages were 12 percent above the state average.
In grade five,
math scores were 20 percent above the state average and
social studies scores
were up by 22 percent. In grade six, math scores
were up by 19 percent and in
grade eight, math was up by 18 percent and
science by 17 percent.
said the unofficial Ohio Graduation Test results were all above
averages in all five subject areas. The district scored the
writing with a 94 percent.
The board also approved three district policy
revisions to comply with
state mandates regarding the distribution/student
medicines/medications, attendance and
The bullying/harassment/intimidation policy
includes the controlling and
disciplining of students who bully others, name
call, harass, threaten,
attempt to intimidate, use ethnic slurs or other
that demean the person(s) at whom they are
Discipline for such actions will be administered by the
principal for any violations at school, on school property or at
school sponsored events.
The policy also includes cyber-bullying or
harassment delivered via
computer, e-mail, Internet Web sites, cellular
phones or other
electronic devises. Cyber-bullying on or off school property
will not be permitted.
In other business, the board:
resignation of Priscilla Dulgar as high school secretary.
Dulgar has been
with the district for 27 years.
.Also accepted the resignations of Emma
Salyer, secretary at Monroe
(retire/rehire) and Mary Anne Roberts, cafeteria
.Approved employment of Lora Siershula,
speech therapist; Heather
Fischer, 2/3 split CSR at Monroe; Erin Hatten,
at Monroe; Wendi Mitchell, summer intervention;
Colleen Murdock, library
aide at JAJHS; Kristen Lewis, Spanish teacher at
JAHS; Dave Parker,
part-time social studies teacher at JAHS; Kelly Behrmenn,
tutor at JAHS;
Alicia Tremayne, math teacher at JAJHS; Mark Piatak, math
JAJHS; Lindsay Reid, special education teacher at JAJHS;
Armitage, split custodian at JAJHS and Plain City
.Approved release time education by the Plain City church
the 2007-2008 school year.
.Approved the request for
re-appointment of Jane Thompson Grow for the
Plain City Library Board.
next Jonathan Alder School Board meeting will be Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.
County finalizes grant requests
Money will go to projects in Richwood,
Milford Center and Taylor
By MAC CORDELL
The Union County
Commissioners will request funding for three local
projects through the
state's community development block grant program.
The commissioners today
voted to request $35,000 to help Taylor Township
demolish its unused school
building, $31,000 for the village of Richwood
for improvements and repaving
of Gill Street and $5,000 to Milford
Center for a manual transfer switch for
power to the village's water
Additionally, the county
will request $10,000 in administrative fees and
$4,000 for fair housing
The three political subdivisions submitted their requests to the
Union Champaign Regional Planning Commission for review. The
presented the requests to the commissioners. LUC must complete
submit the application for grant money by Friday.
three entities had requested $119,759 for the three
projects - $47,759 for
Richwood, $42,000 for Taylor Township and $30,000
for Milford Center. Taylor
Township had also requested $5,400 for the
demolition and disposal of a
private barn that had become a nuisance.
Jenny Snapp of LUC said that project
did not qualify for CDBG money.
Snapp told the commissioners the state had
allocated $71,000 for CDBG
projects in Union County. She said the
commissioners needed to whittle
the requested amounts down to meet the
$71,000 figure. She said they
could request additional funds later if any
where available. She also
said the commissioners could amend their requests
at a later date, if they desired.
The commissioners had initially
discussed giving Taylor Township $1,000
more dollars and Richwood $1,000
less. However, state guidelines require
that a majority of the grant dollars
go to projects that would benefit
low to moderate income families. The Taylor
Township school project did
not qualify. To meet the state requirement, the
commissioners moved the
$1,000 from the Taylor Township project to the Gill
Street project which
does benefit low to moderate income families.
village would like to make improvements to Gill Street from South
Street to the corporation limits. Village officials, in their
they believe the project will take a week to complete.
The street is the
primary entrance to the Richwood Fairgrounds.
"That is heavily used and it is
not in good shape," commissioner Charles Hall said.
Wes Dodds, of LUC,
said Richwood had requested two other projects also
be considered for CDBG
funding, but rescinded those requests.
"I am sure they have money to
supplement what we don't fund," Dodds told
Center had originally requested money for a generator and an
transfer switch, in case of a power outage. Dodds said Milford
Center had gas
powered generator that was not in working order. The Ohio
Protection Agency suggested the village acquire a new
generator since the gas
power one sat too close to the drinking water supply.
Randy Riffle, head
of maintenance for the county, suggested funding a
manual transfer switch
that would allow Milford Center to plug into
Marysville power in case of an
outage. He said Milford Center had not
had a major problem at the water
treatment facility in 10 years.
"If both (Marysville and Milford Center) go
down at the same time for
major disaster, we have got bigger problems than
drinking water," Riffle said.
According to Milford Center's request, the
village has $3,000 to put to
the project. That money, coupled with $5,000
from the state, "ought to
cover it," Commissioner Tom McCarthy said.
commissioners asked Taylor Township Trustee Ron Steele if the
any money it could use for the school building project.
"We have some money
we could use," Steele said. He added that money had
not yet been allocated
for the project. He said the township would have
just helps us when you can offer matching funds for the project on
level," said McCarthy. "It helps us fund more projects."
Steele said the
township estimates it will cost $30,000 to get the
building "on the ground."
He said the township would like use the debris
from the building to fill the
building's partial basement. Steele said
there would be additional costs for
removal of the rest of the debris.
"I think we need to find money to help you
tear down the building, but
we need to make sure we have money to complete
it," said McCarthy.
Steele said any help would be appreciated
P.C. prepares for steam threshers show
By MAC CORDELL
chug-chug-chug of the steam engine is a noise of the past.
But for one
weekend a year, the sound that reminds so many of their
youth on the farm
returns to Plain City.
This coming week, the Miami Valley Steam Threshers
Association will hold
its 58th annual show and reunion on the grounds of
Plain City's Pastime
park. The show begins Thursday at 10 a.m. with a
welcoming ceremony and
will run through the weekend, concluding Sunday, July
"This is really a great show," said Plain City Village
Steve Hilbert. "It brings a lot of people into our village and
seems to have a good time. Everybody always enjoys themselves. It
caters and fosters our rural culture in the community."
Gallimore, president of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers
"It really is a great time," he said.
The show is expected to
feature 300-400 tractors, as many as 200
hit-miss engines, 140 flea market
vendors, plenty of food, saw milling,
shingle making, arts, crafts, veneer
milling, threshing, bailing, draft
horses, an operating blacksmith shop,
model engines and many other
activities, including those for children.
highlight of the show will be grand parade through the downtown.
construction, the parade will follow its traditional route from
entrance of the park, south on U.S. 42 to Noteman Road, east
on Noteman Road
to North Avenue, south on North Avenue to Main Street,
west on Main Street to
Park Avenue and north back to the park.
Gallimore said he is pleased to have
the national Rumely expo held in
connection with this steam threshers show.
He said he is hoping for 100
at the show.
"It is a pretty big deal for
them and for us," said Gallimore.
He added that show-goers will have the
opportunity to see many rare and
several one-of-a-kind tractors at the
"Not many of them are around anymore," he said.
"They became the
gasoline power right after the steam," Gallimore explained.
He noted that
Rumelys reached their heyday from the early 1920s to the
early 1930s. He said
the original Rumelys were built on steam engine chassis.
the show has a lot to offer even those who are not as
familiar with the
history of the engines. Even those who know nothing
about tractors or farming
will find the show worth attending.
"For someone who did not come from this
type of background, it is quite
an education," said Gallimore. "Your
ancestors, my ancestors, all of our
ancestors were involved in this type of
work. Even if they were town
folks, they knew about this type of work and
this type of machinery. The
purpose of the association and the show is to
educate people, educate
everyone what our ancestors went through just to
He said it is important to educate the younger generations about
took to make a living in days past.
"Now we just push a button to
do the same job," Gallimore said.
Gallimore said the opportunity for people
to learn about this lifestyle
"It seems we don't have as
many exhibitors anymore," he said. "We do
this show out of the goodness of
our heart and because we enjoy it, but
some of these people are getting older
and can't handle moving the
equipment like they used to."
He stressed that
those at the show need to ask questions and learn while
always take time to answer any questions," Gallimore said. "If we
the answer or can't answer, there is always someone who can."
He said the
event, for the exhibitors and the old-timers, is more about
"We really look forward to seeing each other once a year,"
He added that as much as they like to see one another,
they love to see
new people at the show.
"You won't find a stranger at the
show," said Gallimore. "When we see
someone new, we welcome them and get them
involved. Before they leave,
they are part of us."
Gallimore said he
believes the show will bring 14,000 to 15,000 people
to the park.
said the attendance figures will fluctuate from year to year.
"It is pretty
dependent on the weather and the featured tractor," said
Hilbert. "We always
plan for a big show and they always have a big
crowd, but how big depends on
a lot of things."
Gallimore and Hilbert remind those looking to attend the
show that the
bridge on U.S. Route 42, just north of the village is under
and therefore not in use.
"Just follow the detour," Hilbert
The detour takes traffic off U.S. 42 onto U.S. 33 south to Route 161
brings you into the village from the east.
"It is obviously going to
eliminate any traffic coming from the north on
42," Hilbert said. He added,
"it will increase some of the traffic in
town when they are coming and going
from the show."
Inmate phone card plan put on
By MAC CORDELL
The Tri-County Corrections Commission tabled
discussion on a plan that
would allow inmates to purchase phone cards at the
Tri-County Regional Jail Director Bob Beightler told the
board he wanted
to begin selling phone cards in the commissary. He said
inmates need to have family members call into the jail to establish
account. Once that account has been established, the inmate may
calls, but only to the individuals who established the account.
inmates purchased the phone cards, they would be able to enter
personal identification number (PIN) located on the card, and make
to any number.
"That is cumbersome," Beightler said of the current
phone system. "With
the phone cards, they can just put in a PIN number and
get on the line."
"It makes it easier to get out on the phone lines and
also generate some
revenue," Beightler said.
Champaign County Common Pleas
Court Judge Roger B. Wilson objected.
"And call anyone they want," he
Wilson said the inmate could call the court or a crime
Beightler confirmed inmates would be able to call anyone they
but it would also allow jail officials to monitor the calls of
inmates. He said law enforcement officials often request a recording
calls from a specific inmate. Currently, while all calls are
jail officials must listen to hours of calls to try to identify
requested inmate. With the PIN number, that inmate's calls can
He added that inmates currently circumvent the system using
Beightler said he knows of several confinement
facilities that use phone
"From the facilities I have
checked, they have worked pretty well.
Champaign County Sheriff Dave Deskins
said, "it would be nice to be able
to track those phone calls."
also introduced the 2008 budget. The jail's $4,187,109
includes a $193,000 increase over the 2007 budget.
He said the budget did not
need approved until the next board meeting,
but "wanted to get this out and
give you an opportunity to review it,"
he told the board members.
primary increases are in employee salaries, food service operations
equipment money," Beightler said.
The director said he may need an additional
increase in equipment funds.
He said the jail is now seven years old and
equipment is now starting to
show wear. He specifically noted locks, heating
and air conditioning
equipment, computers and video arraignment technology.
provided board members with a list of other capital expenditures he
expecting for 2008.
"Take time to review it (the budget) before next
meeting," said Union
County Commissioner Gary Lee, who was filling in for
David Dhume, who could not be at the meeting. "We will
probably need to
pass this at the next so we can get this to Champaign County
budget process and everybody else."
In other business:
board voted to give the director authority to approve temporary
Beightler said a situation arose as the state auditor's office
the jail's books. During a period when a position was open
responsibilities were placed on another employee,
Beightler gave that
employee additional salary to compensate for the
additional work. The auditor
reported that as a violation since all
raises needed to be approved by the
Champaign County Commissioner Bob Corbett said he feels the
needs to have the authority to issue a temporary raise. Corbett
Beightler should bring the move to the board at its next meeting
"A permanent raise I think should wait until the
board meets," Corbett said.
. The jail has hired a part time clerical
worker and contracted with an
accountant to help get several financial items
in compliance with the
state auditor's office recommendations. Beightler
requested the hiring
of a couple additional employees that could fill in
employees receive required additional training.
director would like to host an open house at the jail.
"Most people who come
in here and visit, just don't know what to
expect," Beightler said. "When
they come in here, most of what they
expect comes from what they see on TV
and that just isn't happening."
He said there would need to be some
restrictions on who could attend the
open house, including no one on
probation and no one with a relative in
the jail. Board members discussed
allowing those under 21 years old tour
"Some day, they are going
to be an adult," Lee said. "It might give them
something to think
Beightler said he was not certain the jail could legally allow
under 21 in the jail.
. Lee said Union County's newly installed
video arraignment equipment
is working properly and the process has been
"We have not had any problems," Lee reported.
He said he had
spoken with Union County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard
Parrott who said
the system is "working perfectly."
. The board, at the insistence of the
state auditor's office, created
two new budget line items for indigent
commissary use. Beightler said
the jail is required to provide certain items
to inmates who are indigent.
"We will supply them with basic hygiene
needs, as required, like
toothpaste, soap, ect.," Beightler told the
He said expenses for the items given to those inmates are paid from
profit off commissary items purchased by other inmates. The
said funds for the indigent's commissary items will still come out
the regular commissary's profit, but separate line items, an
and a revenues item, need created to separate those expenses.
Beightler said he is planning to have a "full-scale" fire drill
the near future. Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson suggested
of a bomb threat drill. The director said his staff just
self-defense training, including cell extraction.
"You never know what is
going to happen and it is better to be
prepared," Beightler said.
next board meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, at the
Sheriff's K9 dog euthanized
Editor's note: The following
information is supplied by Scott Underwood.
Deputies from The
Union County Sheriff's Office lowered the American
flag to half staff today
as the agency mourned the loss of one of its
own law enforcers.
Sheriff's Office's 6-year-old canine deputy, Jordy, was euthanized
afternoon as a result of a sudden illness causing permanent
death leaves the office without a K9 unit and in grief.
Yordy), was a Belgian Malinois and a deputy for the
office since May 2004. He
and his handler, Sgt. Bob Roberts, were
responsible for scores of searches
and accomplished numerous
apprehensions during Jordy's tenure.
"This is a
heartbreaking time for our staff and for Sgt. Roberts," said
Nelson. "Jordy's relationship with Roberts was one of a
life-protecting, law enforcement partnership."
Born in Scandinavia in 2001,
Jordy was a dual-purpose canine purchased
by the Sheriff's Office with drug
seizure monies. He and his handler
were certified through the State of Ohio
and North American Police Work
Dog Association (NAPWDA). He was trained in
obedience, drug and evidence
detection, building searches, area searches,
apprehension and handler protection.
Malinois is known as an intelligent, courageous, and alert
unwavering devotion to their masters. They are used today
for herding and as
therapy and search and rescue dogs, among other things.
Malinois also is known as a high-energy breed with a need
for regular mental
and physical stimulation. It is believed to be an
ideal watchdog and guard
dog. It is aloof with strangers and can be
aggressive toward other dogs and
animals. When confined, it often runs
in sweeping circles in an effort to
stay on the move. It is protective
of its home and family.
presenting many public demonstrations throughout the county
at fairs, schools
and service organizations, Jordy assisted other Union
County law enforcement
agencies in addition to the Sheriff's Office.
Among his many accomplishments,
he helped the Marysville Division of
Police track the location of a suicide
He assisted other agencies with seven felony drug arrests and
misdemeanor drug arrests in 2007 alone. He also helped the Federal
with the arrest of suspects and seizure of 173 pounds of
Jordy received unwavering care from the sheriff's office staff and
handler and showed no previous indications of any particular
problems. On Wednesday morning, Jordy began to display sudden signs
paralysis. He was taken immediately to a local veterinarian who
Jordy to a specialist in Worthington.
After examination, the
doctor's diagnosis was that Jordy suffered a
(FCE). This is a stroke to the spinal cord,
caused by some tissue from the
spinal disc entering the spine's veins
and putting pressure where the nerves
leave the cord for the limbs,
damaging them. The paralysis caused by a FCE
is immediate with
permanent dysfunction. The decision to euthanize Jordy was
According to Sheriff Rocky Nelson and Lt. Jeff Frisch, efforts to
Jordy's replacement will be made as soon as possible.
to us how valuable a K9 unit is to the sheriff's office
and other law
enforcement agencies in our county. We certainly won't be
able to replace
Jordy's own demeanor, but in honor of him and his proven
record, we need to
carry on his legacy," Frisch said.
A public memorial service will be held
Wednesday at 11 a.m., at the
American Legion Park Sean Doebert Memorial
representatives from other first responder organizations
County, K9 units from around the state are expected to pay tribute
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County
K9 Program, Attention Alicia Bosch, 221 W. Fifth St.,
Marysville, OH 43040.
For further information, contact Lt. Frisch at
645-4150 or Underwood
Funeral Home, which is assisting the sheriff's office
arrangements, at 642-7039.
Wind farms not planned
Other counties in area have better conditions
The immense silhouette of rotating propellors could soon define
skyline of northwestern Ohio.
Unlike the quaint windmills that dot the
landscape of our fairy tales,
these newer, sleeker wind turbines stand nearly
400 feet tall, and
occupy very little ground space.
Already a staple of
the western United States, talk is mounting about
construction of several of
the utility-grade wind turbines in Logan and
this year, Dennis Elliott, principal research scientist at the
Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory,
statement indicating that many portions of Ohio were windier
believed, causing utility companies to take another look
at the Buckeye
Despite their potential appearance in neighboring counties, Union
is not likely to get swept up by the wind mills.
downfall is that it isn't high enough. That is to say,
portions of Hardin,
Logan and Champaign Counties lie on a glacial ridge,
an area created by a
glacier as it moved across the area. Because the
ridge is elevated, it sees
higher wind speeds, a prerequisite for
construction of the wind
"Union County has just a slight tip in Washington Township," said
County Commissioner Charles Hall. "I don't think Union County, per
is in the line of sight of this wind thing. This is not a strong
He added, "I know there is quite a lot of discussion going on in
County, but Union County has not been strongly effected by
windmills they seem to be putting in."
Green Energy Ohio confirmed
that Union County has several applications
for residential windmills.
However, the utility grade wind turbines are
much bigger and require
significantly more wind than the simple residential model.
mechanism for the turbines are complex, the concept behind
them is simple. As
wind blows across the blades of the propellor, it
causes them to spin. As the
blades rotate, they turn a shaft connected
to the center of the propellor.
The turning shaft spins a generator to make electricity.
The American Wind
Energy Association has projected that wind energy
could supply 20 percent of
the U.S. electricity needs by 2030. That
seems ambitious as current wind
generated electricity makes up less than
1 percent of all electricity in the
U.S. However, the leap may not be as
great as it initially seems.
the evidence of Ohio's wind production, Elliott predicted that
if Ohio were
to utilize 20 percent of the states windy land areas,
"provide approximately 20 percent of Ohio's electric
needs and would only
require the development of about 0.03 percent of
the state's total land
Christine Real de Azua, spokesman for AWEA, said wind power is part
the answer to America's dependence on foreign oil. She also said
wind mills could be constructed relatively quickly and operated
cost-free, with little to no impact on the environment.
is economically sound," Real de Azua said. "The
environmental impact is small
and actually beneficial and it strengthens
our domestic energy
Real de Azua said, environmentally, wind power is an outstanding
No fuel is consumed to produce wind generated power, therefore,
byproduct released into the environment. No fuel is needed to
the power either.
Real de Azua, like Hall, didn't seem to think
Union County would host a
utility-grade wind turbine anytime soon.
simply the wind speed," Real de Azua said of what makes a good
wind mills. "You want to make sure there is enough wind and
that it is steady
enough, throughout the year, to make it economically
viable to put up these
The wind speed does not need to be excessive on the ground to
turbines a possibility.
"The reason the turbines are getting
taller and more powerful is that
winds are obviously better the higher up you
go," Real de Azua.
She concluded saying she is encouraged by the outlook for
the wind power industry.
"Right now, wind power is small," Real de Azua
said. "But it is growing fast."
At least for a while, however, if Union
County residents want to glimpse
the future of how we are to end our energy
crisis, they will have to drive to do it.
N. Lewisburg to celebrate
opening of path
By CORINNE BIX
North Lewisburg will host a ribbon cutting
ceremony Aug. 18 at 11 a.m.
to celebrate the recently opened 1.9-mile
multi-purpose path which runs
from East Street to Inskeep Cratty Road just
inside the Union County border.
On June 21 the village participated in a
with the Union County engineer's office to
celebrate the multi-purpose
path and several other projects. These included
the move and
rehabilitation of the Pottersburg Bridge to the multi-purpose
along with the construction of a new North Lewisburg bridge and the
Buck Run Road covered bridge.
The celebration became a five-fold event
when the Big Darby Plains
Scenic Byway committee learned that the newly
established corridor had
received its new designation in May.
village resident, suggested that a smaller ceremony be
planned to allow
village residents an opportunity to participate in the
walking and biking trail.
Council also discussed hosting a community potluck
to follow the ribbon
cutting. More information is expected at the August
Gary Silcott, village engineer of R.D. Zande and Associates,
that the water meter installation is wrapping up and a final count
completed last week.
The wastewater treatment plant is moving along
and is expected to be
finished this summer.
Water bills based on usage
will begin this month.
Those customers who didn't receive two preview bills
will only pay the
base rate of $45 per month for the months of July and
The base rate for water and sewer includes 3,000 gallons of water.
former flat rate for water and sewer prior to water meters was $54
Tim Maxhimer, parks and recreation, reported that the
planning to locate the playground equipment near the shelter
The playground equipment should arrive within the next four to
weeks. Three-quarters of the funding for the equipment came from
Maxhimer said he estimates it will take two weeks to
playground with village residents and the Triad Junior baseball
donating labor. He said labor donated to the project is counted
the village's 25 percent match on the project.
reported that the skateboard committee has submitted to
the village a plan
for a proposed skateboard park to be located off the
East Street parking lot
by the multi-purpose path entrance.
The Floyd Holycross memorial baseball
tournament will be held Friday and
Saturday at the village baseball field.
The 15th annual tournament will
feature homemade ice cream and chicken and
noodles. Fireworks will be at
dusk on Saturday night.
talked to council about "Random Acts of Kindness" month.
Churches of Christ and Christian Union, along with other
churches in the
community, will join together for the fundraiser "Jesus
Cares, Do You?" All
money from the month-long event will benefit the
Children's Hospital oncology
department and the Ronald McDonald house.
Events include a bake sale from
9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday at
Citizen's National Bank, a bike-a-thon from
8-11 a.m. on July 14 and a
walk-a-thon on July 21 from 8-11 a.m., both to be
held at the multi-use
path. A bazaar/rummage sale will be held at the village
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 28. A recognition service will be
held at 4
p.m. at the Victory Chapel CCU.
Jason Keeran, council president,
gave an update on the village Web site,
which is expected to be up and
running later this summer. Those
interested in submitting information to the
Web site should drop it off
at the village municipal building.
village council meeting will be Aug. 7 at 7 p.m.
Hospital looks at going private
Officials are looking at what it would
take to move away from being
By MAC CORDELL
Hospital of Union County is preparing to explore the
possibility of becoming
a private organization.
Hospital officials Monday presented the Union County
Commissioners with a draft copy request for proposal. The request
bids on a study to move the hospital from a county entity to
governed by a nonprofit board of directors.
"The distinction seems
small, but really there is a lot that goes into
this," said Union County
Commissioner Tom McCarthy.
He said requirements on how a county must operate
a hospital, and its
manage its doctors, can be restrictive.
"There is a
reason, there aren't many county run hospitals anymore,"
The possibility of privatizing the hospital came out of a
planning session. McCarthy said hospital officials were examining
they wanted to take the hospital, then wondered if the best way to
there was as a public hospital. County officials said before they
millions of dollars into improving or expanding hospital
they want an answer to that question.
McCarthy said he wants
residents to understand that no decision has been
made yet, as the consultant
has not even been hired to investigate the possibility.
"It is certainly
not a foregone conclusion that we want to do this, but
in our due diligence
to the public, we have to explore it," McCarthy said.
hospital officials said they had very few answers
about the process of
privatization, that is why they are hiring the consultant.
will help define what the costs will be and what the
benefits will be to the
county and to the employees," McCarthy said.
Hospital Chief Executive Officer
Chip Hubbs told the commissioners he
has kept hospital employees apprised of
the possibility of moving the
hospital to a private organization. The biggest
issue hospital employees
would likely face is how the possible move would
effect their public
employee retirement and benefits.
"That is what the
bottom line is," said Hubbs. "That is the what the
employees are going to
Commissioner Charles Hall added that people generally hate
Hubbs said no matter how loyal an employee is, they will always look
for themselves and their family first. He said the key will be to
the employees how the change could benefit them. Hubbs said a series
townhall style meetings could be planning to make certain all
have complete and accurate information.
McCarthy said the
hospital's employees are its best asset and the
hospital needs to keep them
"We need to assure people we are trying to do what's in the
interest of the organization as a whole, but also we need to
sensitive to how this effects them on a personal level," said
He added that he wants to "reassure people that for the long run,
doing what is best for them."
Hubbs told the commissioners that
hospital officials will categorize
received responses into proposals they
like, proposals they do not like
and proposals in the middle. He did not give
a timeline for hiring a
consultant. He said he did not know what the study
would cost, but told
commissioners to expect hourly fees similar to legal
fees. He said the
final contract would be drawn with an hourly rate, but a
clause that the
consultant was not to exceed a certain dollar amount.
said the hospital board had not yet approved the request for
Hospital officials are scheduled to continue discussions with
commissioners at the meeting Monday.
Sewer project moves ahead
By RYAN HORNS
"They have all begun," Marysville
City Administrator Kathy House said
with a smile on her face.
office at City Hall Thursday, House said she was happy to
announce that the
three separate projects that make up the future Water
for wastewater treatment are underway.
She said the goal is to have the 8
million gallons per day (MGD)
Marysville Water Reclamation Facility open by
December 2008. The plant
can later be expanded to a full 24 MGD, if needed,
which creates an
essential pathway for growth to unfold in Union
Before it can open, House said, current wastewater crews will have to
properly trained to work with the new equipment. She does not expect
hire any additional employees because the new plant will be much
House said the current Marysville Wastewater Plant is
equipped to handle
4 million gallons per day, but the plant has been taking
in more than
that on a daily basis.
For almost a decade the city has been
working toward expanding its
wastewater capacity in this fast growing
community. In the process, the
city faced many well-documented hurdles, such
as acquiring easements
from landowners and dealing with water rate increase
debates needed to
fund the plant.
"We are very excited that everything is
finally moving forward," House said.
She explained that construction has
begun on the trunk interceptor sewer
lines that will connect the new and old
wastewater plants, the pump
station that helps the flow on its way and the
force main lines which
take the material from the pumps to the plant for
addition, work has started on the effluent line which
treated water from the plant back to Mill Creek.
that contractors Super Excavators of Wisconsin will be
digging the trunk
interceptor sewer line 40 feet underground.
"The route of the sewer will
generally follow Cherry Street to Columbus
Avenue/Industrial Parkway and
across Scottslawn Road to the Crosses Run
Pump Station, which is also in the
initial stages of construction," she said.
City engineer Phil Roush said
the trunk interceptor sewer project is
expected to be finished in April,
2009. He said the cost estimate for
the project is roughly $35
House said that beginning today that project subcontractor,
Seismic, will be conducting a preconstruction video on the alignment
the proposed sanitary sewer. As part of the preconstruction work,
said Super Excavators will also be conducting building inspections
properties within 200 feet of shaft locations and 100 feet of
sanitary sewer centerline.
Roush said the work is expected to ensure
safekeeping of residential
property during the process of
"In the unlikely event that tunneling or shaft construction
damage to any property or improvements, the videos and inspections
document the damage for the insurance company and will greatly speed
the processing of any claims and repair work," House said.
that for further safekeeping, geotechnical instrumentation
will be installed
along the entire length of the project to monitor
ground movement during the
tunneling process to further document any
potential for damage to nearby
properties. Residents who have any
questions or concerns may contact SEI at
642-1393 or visit the company's
office, located at 840 E. Fifth St.
said the only evidence residents will see of this work is drivers
dirt away in trucks, man holes leading to shafts, and a few open
the ground in less populated areas. The shaft holes will be
fenced off and
only opened during work hours. At times crews will work
24 hours a
"There will be very limited noise and dust," House said.
the pump station, House said it is being contracted by Kirk
Inc. out of Alvada, Ohio. Excavation work has already
begun, which drivers
may have spotted on Industrial Parkway, outside the
entrance to the Scotts
Miracle-Gro Park and pool area.
She said the project was postponed six months
as the city debated over
water rate fees. As a result, the station is
expected to be completed by
mid-2009 instead of late 2008. Crews will be at
work 10 hours a day,
Monday through Thursday.
The force main project is
being contracted by George J. Igel and
Company, Inc. located out of Columbus,
House said. The work will bury
two sewer lines, running side by side down
Adelsberger Road then under
U.S. 33 taking wastewater for processing at the
water reclamation facility.
"This project is not as complex and should be
done before all the
others," she said.
Throughout all the work, House said
that residents will see very little
in terms of inconvenience because of the
use of tunneling instead of
digging large trenches. The force main project
may result in Industrial
Parkway going into one lane at times. There may also
be some increased
traffic congestion at the Five Points Intersection from
trucks hauling dirt.
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