Number of infant deaths concerns local officials
Health department launches
safe sleeping campaign
By RYAN HORNS
Union County Coroner Dr. David
Applegate said there have been "more
(infant) deaths than normal" in the
county over the last few years.
After a 7-month old boy was found dead
Wednesday morning on West Third
Street, he said the issue has become even
Applegate said the preliminary autopsy results determined the
of asphyxiation as a result of rolling over while sleeping on an
bed. But the main condition that caused the death was a history of
"demyelinating disease" or ongoing medical problem that affected
child's nerve cells. He said the disease prevented the child
rolling over on his own.
Applegate said the child's death was a "sad
result" of how increased
communication is needed for parents, on the care and
of their infant children.
Union County Health
Department Commissioner Martin Tremmel said the
problem is that many new
parents often feel that their baby's comfort
depends upon providing lots of
soft and thick cushioning. In reality, it
is the opposite.
"Less is best
in these cribs," Tremmel said.
Newborns do not need any more than a standard
baby mat in their crib and
a light blanket, he said.
that whether or not the infant deaths were related to
SIDS or by asphyxiation
from poor sleeping conditions, the community
needs to be educated to help
prevent more deaths.
The pattern of infant deaths in the county has led to
the launch of a
new campaign by area health officials. Tremmel said in the
years there have been five infant deaths in the county, either
to asphyxiation or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
very important," he said. "We felt like we needed to create a
The Health Department started a campaign two months ago trying to
education to help make a difference.
Tremmel said the department
placed a large billboard with the message
"Back to Sleep - Tummy to Play" in
order to reach drivers along U.S. 33.
The phrase refers to how infants need
to be placed on their backs while
sleeping and should have plenty of time on
their stomachs during the day for playing.
"It helps with the child's
balance," Tremmel explained.
But the billboard is just the beginning of the
providing parents with ongoing support, he said, which
will soon go into
full swing. By July and August the health department's will
media outlets, radio and medical buildings with the
Tremmel said an even stronger push will take place at local
The campaign includes a "Safe Sleep" program, which the
department offers to give newly registered parents a nurse
periodically checks in to answer any questions. Registered nurses
also come to the family's home as part of the "Help me Grow" program,
which they look over the home environment and offer solutions
guidance to help keep the child safe.
Tremmel said this program can be
particularly helpful to "at risk"
children who suffer from developmental
health issues and need extra care.
In 2006 he said a total of 104 parents
utilized the Help Me Grow and
Safe Sleep programs and 160 parents took part
in the home visit service.
Parents involved can receive a children's bib
with a safe sleeping
message on the front, or a digital thermometer with the
Health Department logo on it.
Applegate said that charges are often not
filed in many infant death
cases, because the loss of a newborn can be
punishment enough. But in
the case of parents who are intoxicated on drugs or
alcohol and are
acting negligent toward their child's welfare, charges are
Conrad retiring from Memorial Hospital; will go into
By CORINNE BIX
Dr. Michael Conrad may be retiring from urology
at Memorial Hospital of
Union County (MHUC), but he's just getting started on
the next chapter of his life.
Conrad, 52, will officially retire from MHUC
at the end of June after 20
years with the local hospital. He was honored
twice on Thursday for his
career in urology, first with a reception tea in
the afternoon and then
at the evening board of trustees meeting.
said before he and his wife, Nanette, came to Ohio in 1987 the
natives had never been to the Buckeye State.
He wasn't sure before coming to
interview but, upon arrival, knew it was
the right place to raise a
"We loved it, loved the people and loved the area," Conrad
Conrad, a graduate of the University of Illinois School of
Health, completed both his residency and internship at the Michael
Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago.
One of 10 children, Conrad
was awarded the Chick Evans "Golf Caddy"
Scholarship before entering
Conrad said the Evans scholarship is awarded to eligible "honor"
who meet various criteria including excellent grades and financial
It was on the golf course that Conrad began to consider a career
"I always loved it (medicine) and was actually quoted in my
yearbook as saying I wanted to someday be a doctor," Conrad
He enjoyed meeting physicians on the golf course and admired how
were respected among their peers.
Conrad said he chose urology, as a
specialty, given its many varied aspects.
"I enjoy working with the
patients as well as performing surgeries," he
said, "The specialty really
resonated with me."
In two decades, Conrad, with the help of his wife, has
grown his one-man
practice to now include five doctors and three
However, he feels that it is time to make a life change that will
include his love for medicine.
The Conrads are working on once again
starting their own company, which
would specialize in consulting and giving
They are in the process of selling their Dublin home and
relocate back to their roots in Chicago.
"I still feel
young and vibrant and I'm ready for the next chapter," Conrad said.
said combination retirement and move are bittersweet given that he
really miss the area and his colleagues.
Dr. Gregory Knudson, Conrad's
partner for the past 15 years, will be
taking over the practice.
great guy," Conrad said, "They are not going to be wanting for
Currently, Conrad is helping recruit another urologist to
take his place in the MHUC family.
Over the next year, he will
be acting as a locum-tenen or traveling
physician and is looking forward to
working in medical centers around
"I've had a wonderful
career here," Conrad said.
The Conrads plan on visiting the central Ohio area
often as two of their
three grown children plan on staying. Their oldest
daughter lives in the
"We have too many friends here not to
come back for visits," he said.
His hope is to also bring his new business
back to Memorial Hospital.
"I may come here for my first seminar given the
friendly confines," he said.
Glacier Ridge may be back on
By RYAN HORNS
In 2005 a development company, with a Marysville
family at the helm,
announced plans for an Easton-sized commercial and real
planned for Marysville and Union County.
Schrader said Glacier Ridge developers, currently known
as Glacier West, were
ready to begin developing 2,000 acres south of
Marysville bordering U.S. 33,
Harriott Road and U.S. 42.
He reported that the vision included upscale
shopping similar to the
Easton mall complex located near New Albany. Plans
called for the
creation of restaurants, entertainment, education facilities,
offices, a place to live, work, shop and play. It was expected to be
largest commercial undertaking in the Midwest.
during 2006 the discussions and rumors disappeared.
At Thursday night's
Marysville council meeting member David Burke said
Glacier West developers
have once again approached the city hoping to
"formally put something
Burke said that he is proposing city council and administration
with the developers at the end of the July 12 city council
He proposed council invite area government officials such as
commissioners and trustees from interested townships, so they could
stay on the same page throughout discussions.
"It looks promising this
time," Burke said. "We have the opportunity to
get that ball rolling
He said that developers are interested in forming Joint
Development Districts (JEDDs), or areas which could benefit the
county and townships by working together.
"It is just a very loose
and open dialogue at this point," Burke said.
He noted that since the last
time Glacier West came around Marysville
has matured more as a city,
especially on the standpoint of its utilities.
Mayor Tom Kruse wanted to
emphasize that the meeting should not be a
"I don't think
it is the time for public input on this yet," he said.
At some point the
issue will take form as legislation, Kruse said, and
citizens could come
before council at that point and have the
opportunity to speak about the
"They could observe the meeting for now," Kruse said. "We may get a
In other discussion held:
. Burke said that the city
offers funding to help air condition homes
for the elderly, just as it helps
them during the winter months for
heating. With temperatures reaching such
high degrees, he wanted to get
the word out to those people for their own
. The city's plans to amend zoning codes against POD storage units
officially voted down by council, upon the recommendation of
planner Greg DeLong.
The planner said he met with POD
representatives, who have been
"stepping up" efforts to work with the city,
regarding customers leaving
PODs on their property for extended periods of
time. The two parties
have reached a consensus and DeLong said the plan is to
scratch and have new legislation return to council sometime in
Crash leads to power outage
From J-T staff reports:
man possibly driving while intoxicated crashed his car early this
causing power outages across the east side of Marysville.
Marysville Police reports, at 2:16 a.m. driver Gregory A.
Long, 25, of 12285
Watkins Road was traveling in a 1985 Ford pick-up
truck southbound on
Columbus Avenue near the Five Points intersection.
Assistant Police Chief
Glenn Nicol said that Long failed to negotiate a
curve and went off the road,
striking a utility pole at the Marathon Gas Station.
"It caused power
outages on the east half of town," Nicol said. "Alcohol
is suspected to have
been a factor."
He said the outages spanned from Elwood to Ninth streets and
Street out east.
Any alcohol-related charges are still under
investigation and pending
blood alcohol tests, Nicol said, and for now Long
has only been cited
for failure to control his vehicle.
Long was then
transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County for care
minor injuries fro the crash. He was treated and later released.
Power and Light representatives did not return phone calls this
regarding how many customers lost power today and how long it
power was restored.
As of 10 a.m. Nicol said that some areas on the east side
remain without power.
Hospital to move forward with Mill
By CORINNE BIX
Memorial Hospital of Union County received
final approval from the Union
County commissioners to proceed with the Mill
Valley medical building
project, Chip Hubbs, hospital president/CEO, reported
Hospital trustees approved a resolution requested by the
prosecutor to proceed with the project. However, in order to comply
meet the public purpose of the Ohio Revised Code, it was necessary
the board pass another resolution which states that the intent of
project is for the public purpose of health and welfare of
Since MHUC is a public entity and it is entering an
agreement with a
private developer, Healthplex, it is necessary to be in
compliance with the ORC.
The Mill Valley building is expected to be
contain 10-11,000 square
feet. In April the board agreed to a 15-year lease
of the property to be
developed on Route 31.
The $1.5 to $2 million
project will be paid for by the developers; there
will be no cost to the
hospital. Once the building is up and running the
hospital's only cost will
be to lease the building. Those costs have yet
to be determined.
also reported that the new sleep lab would be completed no later
The project was started in March and will expand the current unit
two to four beds and will be moved to the lower level of the
The lab is used to help diagnose sleep
The board heard a report about the updated hospital Web site.
technology department is working to create a secured site for all
members, which will be accessed by using a password.
site would be accessed by members to obtain meeting
calendar of events and contact information.
The hospital's legal counsel,
Catherine Ballard of Bricker and Eckler,
was on hand to express possible
concerns in creating a secured site,
given that the hospital is a public
entity and all information, with the
exception of personal contact
information, has to be publicly accessible.
Ballard said she would
research the issue and get back with a final answer.
The next meeting
between AMDC, a strategic facility planning
organization, and the advisory
planning committee will be July 9.
The hospital has been working with AMDC
over the last several months to
develop future options for the hospital's
Hubbs said the groups are coming close to presenting the various
and he has had the opportunity to review various rough draft
AMDC is set to give its final recommendations within the next
Last night's board meeting was held at The Gables at Green
Prior to the meeting, the board had an opportunity to tour the
owned retirement community.
The next board meeting will be July
26 at 8 p.m.
In other business, the board:
.Approved the purchase of new
cataract surgery equipment for $64,000
because the old equipment is
.Honored retiring Dr. Michael Conrad for his 20 years with
.Approved standing items and committee reports for the following
finance, joint conference, and customer service data.
appointment of the following - Dr. Theodore Comas,
third year, urgent care
family medicine, department of medicine, ER/UC
provisional; Dr. Roopa Kartan,
pediatrics, department of medicine,
provisional status to be extended for one year for Dr. Martin
anesthesiology, department of surgery, active provisional.
curriculum changes for the following - ACLS and PALS
.Approved non core radiology curriculum.
2008 United Way proposal for mobile/community meals
.Heard that on-line bill pay is up and
Defendant claims 14-year-old girl took advantage of him
takes 20 minutes to find him guilty of improper sexual conduct with
By MAC CORDELL
It took a jury of his peers less than half an hour to
find a local man
guilty of having sex with a 14-year old.
Eric W. Brown,
33, of 104 Park Avenue, in Marysville, was found guilty
Thursday of improper
sexual conduct with a minor, a felony of the third
degree. After just 20
minutes of deliberation, the nine-woman, three-man
jury returned with its
As a result of the decision, Union County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Richard E. Parrott sentenced Brown to four years in prison,
year short of a maximum sentence. Parrott also classified Brown
sexually oriented offender. Brown must register with the sheriff of
county of residence and employment at least once a year for the
During the one-day trial, the victim, now 16, testified that
on May 8,
2005, she was sitting on a couch, following a party celebrating
birth of her mother's live-in boyfriend's daughter with his wife.
victim said there had been alcohol at the party and many of the
had passed out. She testified that Brown came and sat next to
"He started to mess with my feet and then went further up my
to my private parts," the victim testified.
intercourse between Brown and herself.
"I told him to stop," the girl
She continued to say that he did not stop.
The victim said she
went upstairs and took a shower. When her mother
woke up, the girl told her
On cross examination, defense attorney Cliff Valentine asked
the girl if
she remembered instigating any of the contact.
"No, I didn't
do that," she replied.
Valentine asked the girl how she could remember events
more than two years ago.
"I kind of blacked that out," the
girl said. "I tried not to think about
them. Getting the court papers,
getting subpoenaed, brought the memories
back. I have been doing all I can
not to think about them."
In the afternoon, Brown took the stand in his own
He told the jury he was at the party and that he had been awake
drinking most of the weekend. He said he went to the couch and
asleep. Several hours later he was awakened.
"I looked up and there
was (the victim) on top of me rocking back and
The defendant said he had no idea how his pants came off and
surprised to learn they were. He said he did not intentionally touch
girl. He said he pushed her off and she rolled back on top of
"Did you realize what you were doing?" Valentine asked his
"No, not at the time. Not until later," Brown said.
"I was under the influence of alcohol and lack of sleep,"
Brown testified that after 15 minutes, he pushed the girl
off. He said
he covered up and watched television for "a couple of hours,"
then he left.
"Basically, what you are telling this jury is that it was
14-year-old girl's fault?" Union County Prosecutor David Phillips
on cross examination.
"Yes," Brown answered.
"You were just lying
there and she took advantage of you?" Phillips questioned.
"Strange as it
sounds, yes," the defendant confirmed.
Detective Don McGlenn of the
Marysville Police Department testified for
the prosecution. He told the jury
that three days after the alleged
events, he met with the victim. He then met
with Brown. McGlenn said
Brown told him he was nearly passed out when he felt
instigate contact. The detective said Brown admitted to having sex
the girl, though he said she was the aggressor.
McGlenn said Brown
gave "a couple" of different versions of the events,
the order, and his
knowledge of the events as they were happening.
"It was the most
uncomfortable situation I have ever been in," Brown
wrote in his statement to
At the conclusion of testimony, Phillips told jurors it didn't
matter if they believed the victims version of the events or
defendants. Both constitute the offense of improper sexual conduct
with a minor.
"He tries to blame it on the 14-year-old girl," Phillips
told the jury
as part of closing arguments. "He tries to blame it on
the state of Ohio, neither of these is a
Following the verdict, the court turned its attention to the
phase. Phillips told the judge that Brown "utterly lacks remorse."
added that the defendant has prior convictions for operating a
intoxicated, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft. He said
was charged two years ago with contributing to the delinquency of
minor, but had the charge dropped in exchange for a guilty plea
another offense. Phillips recommended a four-year sentence.
requested a one-year prison term, noting that Brown has a
child on the way
and none of his prior crimes were sex related.
"I am trying to get my life
back in order," Brown told the judge.
Parrott told the defendant he was
"concerned" that Brown had not
accepted responsibility for his
"For you to tell this jury that you were being taken advantage of
this young girl, that just kind of stretches the imagination," the
Marysville High School seal approved
By KARLYN BYERS
An idea that first
formed when soon-to-be Marysville High School
Principal Matt Chrispin arrived
at the school four years ago has come to fruition.
Marysville School Board
members unanimously approved Monday night the
Marysville High School seal
design proposed by Chrispin.
Assistant principal until Aug. 1, Chrispin said
he began researching the
high school's history, traditions, rituals and
symbols shortly after he
came to Marysville. He was selected as the 15th
principal of Marysville
High School this spring and will succeed longtime MHS
Hanson when Hanson retires.
"In any healthy family or
organization, symbols provide a sense of
history and tradition," Chrispin
e-mailed in response to a
"Journal-Tribune" inquiry. "The MHS seal does just
communicates the essence of who we are as a school, which
reflects our values as a community."
Chrispin, local attorney
and historian Robert Parrott and local funeral
director Scott Underwood
bounced ideas off each other in the initial
stages of the seal's design,
discussing various sentiments and symbols
from the past which could be
Scot Draughn of Creative Architectural Solutions took those ideas
put them to form. Chrispin said he and Draughn met several
throughout the school year, fine-tuning the ideas and coming up with
a color scheme.
"(Draughn's) time and efforts are to be commended,"
"As we came closer to the final design," Chrispin added,
teachers who were MHS alumni were consulted, as well as Crista
president of the MHS Alumni Association. It was a tedious process,
we wanted to be sure to capture the essence of Marysville High
The finished design features the shield and rays pictured on the
of the 1936 MHS yearbook (the school's first yearbook) and the
colors of red and royal blue.
The seal is divided into four
quadrants featuring a lyre and mask
representing the arts; a cog and wheat
representative of agriculture and
technology; a block "M" and a winged foot
to represent student
activities and athletics; and a scroll and keys
scholarship/academia and the school yearbook, "The Key."
design also features the numeral "1879" which represents the first
graduating class, and four diamonds representing the four murals at
Street High School - now the Veterans' Memorial. Those murals
transportation, agriculture, industry and spirituality.
"Those not familiar
with MHS will see in our seal a commitment to
academia, student activities
and athletics, agriculture and technology,
and the fine arts," Chrispin
Initially, it will be used on school communications and by the
association. Other possibilities include displaying it as a mosaic on
wall in the present high school main entry, as part of the tile in
building's new entry or commons or as stained glass window.
alumni, we hope the seal is a great source of pride and serves
as a catalyst
to fond memories of their time at MHS," Chrispin said.
Decision leads to felony counts against Springfield man
A Springfield man is facing a decade in prison because he
wanted to finish his crack before pulling over for law
Kevin M. Earles, 26, of 2671 Allen Drive in
Springfield, pleaded guilty
Wednesday to one count of failure to comply with
the signal or order of
a police officer and one count of tampering with
evidence. Both charges
are felonies of the third degree, punishable by as
many as five years in
prison for each.
In addition, the defendant will
lose his driver's license for a minimum
of three years and possibly for the
remainder of his life.
Earles was indicted in May and is set for sentencing
July 23 at 10:45
a.m. Union County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard E.
a presentence investigation to be completed.
court documents, on April 13, a deputy from the Union
County Sheriff's Office
was patrolling northbound on Route 4 when he
pulled behind Earles, who was
driving below the speed limit, but erratically.
The deputy activated his
lights and the vehicle began to pull over near
the intersection of Collins
Road. The car suddenly pulled back onto the
road and continued to drive. The
deputy turned on his siren, but Earles
continued to drive. Earles continued
into Marysville, running several
red lights and stop signs, reaching speeds
of more than 60 miles per
hour and narrowly avoiding numerous
Spike sticks were deployed in an attempt to stop Earles' vehicle,
while the man stuck them, he continued driving on the flattened
"Earles continued on through the downtown square of Marysville
several pedestrians were along the streets," according to a bill
particulars filed with the Union County Common Pleas Court. "Earles
the red light at Main Street and almost struck another vehicle in
intersection. Earles did not slow for the red light and his speed
now at 50 miles per hour.
Earles reached the east side of Marysville
where he continued on to U.S.
36 East, all the while with tires down to the
rims with sparks showing."
Earles finally stopped his vehicle on U.S. 36
near Mackan Road. At that
time, he locked all his doors.
approached the vehicle, they determined Earles was smoking a
pipe and he
refused to exit his vehicle.
"Earles remained in the vehicle for 10 to 15
minutes, ignoring the
commands of law enforcement to exit the vehicle and
continued to smoke
on his pipe and held a pair of scissors to his neck to
hold off law
enforcement," according to the bill of particulars.
enforcement officials eventually broke the vehicle windows. They
to use their stun guns to pull the man from the car. On the
seat next to the
man, officers found a crack pipe with burnt residue.
"When Earles was asked
by officers why he didn't stop, he answered, 'I
just wanted to smoke my
crack, when it gets a hold of you, you don't
want to stop,'" according to the
bill of particulars.
Earles said he knew his actions were dangerous, saying,
"Yes it was a
stupid mistake, but crack hits hard," according to court
Earles was charged with tampering with evidence because he smoked
crack before law enforcement officials could examine it.
trafficking charges could result in 27-year sentence
By MAC CORDELL
first of six individuals charged with trafficking cocaine as part of
organized crime operation pleaded guilty Wednesday in Union County
Dennis G. Smith, 33, whose only listed address is the
Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg, pleaded guilty to five counts
trafficking in cocaine and one count of engaging in a pattern of
activity. The engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity charge is
felony of the first degree. Of the trafficking charges, one is
second-degree felony, one is a third-degree felony and three
felonies of the fourth degree. The charges were enhanced because
offense occurred in the vicinity of a school.
Smith faces as many as
271/2 years in prison along with a fine of $65,000.
In exchange for
Smith's guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed a
fourth-degree felony charge of
trafficking in cocaine.
Union County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard E.
Parrott ordered a
presentence investigation. Smith is scheduled to be
sentenced July 23 at
10:30 a.m. He remains in Tri-County Regional Jail in
lieu of $100,000 bond.
Smith was indicted in May as law enforcement
officials concluded a
undercover investigation into Lee Dog's Lockerroom, 109
N. Main Street.
According to court documents, on six occasions between Sept.
9 and Feb.
11 Smith sold a total of 30.66 grams of cocaine to an undercover
working with the Marysville Police Department.
As a result of law
enforcement's investigation Smith was charged, along
with Sheila L. Wyatt,
Ricia Cain, Joshua S. Bradley and Lee A. Alderson.
Wyatt is charged with
one count of second degree felony trafficking in
cocaine and one count of a
first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of
corrupt activity. She is set for
jury trial July 20.
Cain, also known as Ricia Hay or Ricia Marrs, is charged
with one count
of fourth degree felony trafficking in cocaine and one count
first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. She
due in court July 23 for a pretrial hearing.
Bradley is charged with
one count of fourth degree felony trafficking in
cocaine and one count of a
first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of
corrupt activity. He is due in
court for a pretrial conference Friday.
Alderson, 37, of 18205 Harmon Patrick
Road in Richwood, is charged with
aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony
of the fourth degree,
trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fifth degree, two
fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse and one count of
first-degree felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity,
first-degree felony. He is set for trial July 24.
City may put squeeze on sex offenders
Marysville may enact more strict
guidelines on where predators can live
By RYAN HORNS
After a homeless
sexual predator legally took up residence on a park
bench in uptown
Marysville last year, city officials and residents have
been discussing what
to do about the issue.
Federal laws state that sexual offenders may not live
within 1,000 feet
of a school. But communities have been extending those laws
in hopes of
protecting their children from repeat offenders.
Part of Betsy
Spain's duties at the Union County Sheriff's Office is to
sexual offenders. She said there are currently 34 sexual
predators living in
Union County. A recent list of those offenders shows
that 14 reside in
Marysville, not including several more who only work in town
City Council's Ad Hoc Committee has been working since
October 2006 to expand
local laws to place that 1,000 feet limitation
around libraries, parks and
daycare facilities. The group met again
Tuesday night to move forward on its
Committee member Ed Pleasant explained that last year, some
called asking what the city's policy was toward sexual offenders.
then did council discover that there was no local policy, so
committee began looking into creating one.
By the end of the meeting
Tuesday, the committee decided to have city
law director Tim Aslaner draft
two ordinances for city council's future consideration.
The issue, though,
is not without controversy. If the two ordinances
pass it could mean some of
those offenders would have to sell their homes and move.
going to be . interesting," Spain said about the repercussions.
members Leah Sellers said that the problem with expanding on
predator laws is trying to avoid violating civil
liberties. She said the
issue is complex and the debate is how far to
go. If the point of the laws
are to protect children in the community
from repeat offenders, would the
committee be better off trying to put
together better neighborhood watch
Sellers said that when dealing with sexual predators there
can be a kind
of "hysteria" involved. Yet the hysteria is not entirely
She said scientific research has shown that some sexual
be rehabilitated, which is why even after serving time in
jail there are
laws to govern where offenders can live.
enforcement, Spain said if Marysville expands its laws, her
job would be to
work with the new guidelines. She plans to seek some
guidance from officials
in other cities, such as Upper Arlington, who
have already faced the same
Spain added that the issue will become more complex in July when
federal government plans to begin changing how it classifies
crimes. Those changes should go into effect by Jan. 1, 2008. Such
as "sexual offender" and "sexual predator" will instead be classified
Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. No criteria has been set for any of
Because of changes in the federal sexual predator laws, the ad
committee chose to limit the language of the ordinances to refer
felony sexual crimes.
Committee members reviewed a map of Marysville
during the meeting
Tuesday night, trying to determine where offenders could
feasibly live -
if there is anywhere within the city. The worry was that the
restrictions would blanket the city, essentially preventing all of
from living in town. After review, they decided there were still
areas the offenders could live.
Committee member David Burke also
wondered about any negative impacts
the changes might bring upon the
"Do those people have any recourse?" he said about offenders who
have to move.
"There is nothing to keep someone from suing us, that's
for sure," Aslaner said.
He said as long as the new changes do not prevent
someone from living in
the city, then it is justifiable.
Burke also raised
the issue of what to do about someone currently living
in accordance with the
law, but who may have to move if the city changes
go into effect. The main
question could be ... would the city need to
provide a time period for
offenders to move?
Aslaner said he plans to look into case studies from other
have created their own standards for dealing with sexual
"I think we've done a good job defining what was initially
definitions," Burke said. "I think this is on the
Depending upon His word
Teller says trust in Jesus guided
his 13 years at First United Methodist
By CORINNE BIX
life, Pastor Dick Teller has looked to his favorite
Christian hymn for
inspiration, a hymn which says "Through it All I've
learned to trust in Jesus
. I've learned to depend upon His Word."
Teller, 80, retired Sunday as the
visitation pastor at Marysville First
United Methodist Church on Court
Street. Teller and his wife of 47
years, Jan, were both honored for their 13
years of service to the congregation.
His retirement was by no means
celebrated quietly, as the church took
the opportunity to express gratitude
to the much-loved pastor by
re-naming the church chapel.
Teller said he
was overwhelmed by the honor and joked about the newly
named A. Richard
"I told them they just couldn't call it the Teller Memorial
because I'm still living," Teller said.
The church surprised the
Tellers with a special bronze plaque, which
will be placed in the chapel. The
plaque includes a drawing of Teller
along with the words to the hymn "Through
Teller has lived a very full life, spending 57 years in
Originally born in Cleveland, he moved and lived with his family
Philadelphia, where he graduated high school.
He moved on and graduated
from Colgate University and Union Theological
Seminary in New York before
returning to Ohio to begin his almost six
decades of ministry.
to 1994 I worked in full time ministry all over the western
half of Ohio,"
Teller said. "I worked in churches as far north as
Findlay, as far south as
Portsmouth, east in Delaware and west in Dayton."
In 1994, he officially
retired at 67 years of age and chose to stay in
the central Ohio area so that
he and Jan could be near their son and his
family in Hilliard.
have three children, two sons and a daughter. Their oldest
son lives in
Northern Virginia with five children and their daughter
lives in Boston with
"We found a house that we loved at the corner of Sherwood and
Teller said. "At 67, I showed faith by taking out a 30 year
As a clergy member, Teller and his family had always lived in
parsonage provided by the church where he was a pastor. This marked
first time that the Tellers needed to actually purchase a home.
started at Marysville First United Methodist part time upon
arriving in the
area and has averaged a 20-hour workweek for the last 13 years.
about the many changes in pastors at the Methodist Church since
he has been
there. It was between 1999-2002 that the church had several
in pastors, which Teller said is very unusual for the Methodist
Teller, along with the assistant pastor at the time, did their best
hold things together and create a constant for the
"We tried to keep an even keel," Teller
In recent years, Teller said he feels the church has strong
in current pastor Ken Daft and assistant pastor Tom
"The church is in really good hands," he said.
Teller said he and
Jan have recently experienced more health problems,
and it's just time to
He and his wife are looking forward to staying in Marysville as
members of the church that they have both grown to love so
Retirement will be a big change, but Teller said he knows he
"I have mixed feelings," he said. "It's going to be
because since 1950 this has basically been my whole
Teller will remain on the church finance committee and looks forward
enjoying time with his 10 grandchildren. In the fall, he will
spending Saturdays cheering on the Buckeyes and Sundays trusting
Teachers get pay raise
Marysville superintendent receives five-year
By KARLYN BYERS
Teachers in the Marysville School
District will receive a 2 1/2 percent
pay increase in the 2007-2008 school
year, thanks to action taken by the
board of education Monday night at its
regularly scheduled meeting.
Board members also granted a five-year
administrative contract and a 2
1/2 percent pay increase to Superintendent
Larry Zimmerman. It will
become effective Aug. 1 and continue through July
31, 2012, at which
time Zimmerman said his youngest child will be a freshman
in college and
he will have put in 40 years as an educator and
Zimmerman's salary for the 2007-2008 school year will be
Also approved were salary schedules for administrators,
supplemental, Latchkey, hourly and substitute personnel - all
1/2 percent pay increases.
The agreement is through Dec.
"We didn't want to negotiate further because (Dec. 31) is when
health insurance contract expires," Zimmerman said in an
communication this morning. "We settled on a 2 1/2 percent
increase for next year but we will review insurance this
Marysville School District employees currently pay a high
plan and a percentage of their insurance, Zimmerman said in the
"Whether that percentage changes when the insurance contract ends
December will be determined then and largely be determined on
our insurance rates go up or not," he wrote.
Under the new pay
schedule, a beginning teacher with a bachelor's degree
and no experience will
receive $32,800 per year. A teacher with a
master's degree and no teaching
experience will receive $37,048.
Zimmerman said the pay increase was designed
to compete with the Central
"Our goal is (to) keep and
attract a quality staff. If we don't stay
competitive in salary and benefits
we will never be able to keep the
quality staff we have now. There are just
too many growing school
districts in the northwest Columbus region who will
hire away our staff
if we don't at least stay competitive," Zimmerman
Board members also unanimously voted to suspend the contract of
Fraker, the district's head mechanic, for 30 days without pay.
suspension goes into effect today and will continue through July 23,
the second step in an investigative process, Zimmerman told
"Journal-Tribune" after Monday's school board meeting.
confirmed Wednesday that Fraker had been placed on paid
pending an investigation into allegations that
Fraker allegedly misused a
school computer. That action was taken after
several district employees
reported that Fraker had been using the
computer in the bus garage to access
In other action, the board:
Ziegler as administrative assistant in charge of
July 1. Ziegler is currently director of
development and communications at
Memorial Hospital of Union County. She
will be paid $58,500 in the 2007-2008
.Employed Karen Collins, interpreter/aide; Amy Morgan and Anna
on-the-bus instructors; Courtney Mabee, Julie Adams, Belinda
Loretta Weeks, Cody Preston, all seasonal help; Jodie Clark, director
transportation; Janice Smith, Pace tutor; Chad Sines, teacher;
Chaffin, cook; Heather Blevins, teacher; Aaron Rossi, teacher;
Shaw, speech/language pathologist; Joseph Crozier, custodian;
Kudrak and Carrie Trouten, teachers; Michelle Thrust, secretary;
Schneider, Andrea Lotycz and Jessica Wagner, teachers; Craig
custodian; Linda Schilling, cook/cashier; Leslie Kinney,
Lorinda Hobbs, social worker; Heidi Dunbar, aide; Jason Kinney
Meredith Andrews, teachers; Nathan Edwards, custodian; Darlena
and Loretta Pullins, bus drivers; Shari Moffett, Jennifer Rabe and
Walters, teachers; and Beckie Craig and Evetta Edwards, seasonal
.Accepted the resignations of Amanda MacConnell,
pathologist; Chad Redmon, middle school athletic director;
teacher; Kelly McGraw, fiscal support; Casey Palivoda, seasonal
and Beverly Dyers, teacher; and accepted the retirement of
.Granted an unpaid leave to Faith Still,
anticipated dates of Sept. 12
through Nov. 9.
.Approved assignment changes
for Carla Steele from teacher on special
assignment to the position of
director of elementary curriculum; Candy
Weikle from her current guidance
assistant position to the position of
attendance; Bart Taylor from bus driver
to custodian; and Doris Woodson
from cook to head cook.
Richards, intervention teacher; Amanda Davis, Victoria
Andrews, Joe Crowley, Kathryn Earl, Heather Sherrick,
Melissa Hughes, Mary
Davis, Meredith Burkhart, Teri Leitwein, Kristopher
Crawmer, Greg Rohrs, Mary
Boehm, Anda Smith, Dustin Jasinski, Joe
McSwords, Fred Bruney and Matthew
Beans as teachers; and Tori Lewis,
Lori Mesi, Richard Knisley, Angela
Lenhart, Anne Annan, Katherine
Church, Heather Pryor, Bethany Lambert, Kara
Wood and Monica Carmean as
substitute teachers on the summer school
.Added the salary category of social worker.
.Awarded extended time
contracts to teachers Mary Davis, Rachel Hill and
Josh Montgomery and aide
.Granted extended time to Aaron Cook, middle school
Rachel Hill, alternative education coordinator; and Shari
.Employed Josh Montgomery and Anne Annan
as certificated substitutes and
Amanda Boerger and Kim Jackson as classified
substitutes for the summer
school autism program.
.Contracted with Naomi
Shaw to provide speech and language therapy
services on an as-needed
.Agreed to make payment to Tier I mentors Brooke Yoder, Carol
Lara Cordell, Janet Rohrs, Judy VanDuzen, Mary Jo Browning, Greg
Meg Hall, Laura Koke, Adam Kunkle, Linda Sommerfield, Lisa Watkins
Amanda Wynk; and to Tier II mentors Jan Short, Rebecca Trefz,
Teske, Sue Millice, Darlene McChesney, Natalie Askew and Beth
.Modified the position of Lisa Coburn as Tier I mentor from sharing
position to the full position for the 2006-2007 school year.
"The Americans: Reconstruction to the 21st Century" and
Numerical, Algebraic" as new textbooks in the
American history and AP
.Approved a contract with Student Data Analysis System for
development and implementation of a kindergarten through sixth
system at a cost of $13,225.
.Approved an Aug. 29-Sept. 10 cookie
dough fundraiser at East Elementary.
.Accepted the donation of a $670 Sure
Snap mechanical center snap for
the football program from the Quarterback
Club; a $495 Magnatag 3-foot
by 4-foot magnetic whiteboard and magnets used
as a depth chart for the
football program from the Quarterback Club; of eight
wireless VGA to TV
converters and two Smart Boards and projectors from the
Mill Valley PTO
to Mill Valley Elementary; of Scholastic books to the Mill
library from the CAPP Program and Union Rural Electric; the
a disc CD player and DVD player purchased with teacher/classroom
from the Raymond PTO.
.Adjourned into executive session to discuss
personnel. No action was taken.
Judge yanks offender's CBCF
By MAC CORDELL
A Celina man, called "a druggie still" by a Union
County judge, will
spend nearly a year in an Ohio penitentiary.
Michael Smith, 46, of 815 W. South St., Celina, was sentenced
Monday by Union
County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard E. Parrott.
Smith, who pleaded
guilty in May to one count of fifth-degree felony
possession of cocaine, was
sentenced to 11 months in prison, just one
month short of the maximum
Defense attorney Cliff Valentine told the judge his
client had some
prior run-ins with the law.
"But in the most recent past,
he has tried to be a law abiding citizen,"
Valentine told Parrott.
questioned the judge, saying the recommendations of the
investigation were not in line with what he had been told
would be the
state's recommendation. Parrott said he had not made any
the defendant. Parrott also reminded Smith that as the
of the state or the presentence investigation are
not binding upon
The judge said he had initially intended to place the defendant
rehabilitation at West Central Community Based Correctional
However, Parrott said he learned Smith told WCCBCF officials he did
want to participate in the program.
Calling beds at WCCBCF "precious,"
Parrott told Smith, "we don't send
people who are lukewarm."
called the facility one of the premier rehabilitation centers in the
"And you just kicked it in the teeth," Parrott told Smith.
judge learned of Smith's reluctance to participate in WCCBCF's
reviewed the defendant's criminal history. Parrott said the
man had prior
convictions for arson, grand theft, trafficking and as
recently as 2006, drug
"That tells me you are a druggie still," Parrott said. "Is
"Yep," Smith replied.
"Just so we understand each other,"
The judge then ordered Smith to serve 11 months in prison and
$1,000 fine. Parrott said he would not approve any type of early
Smith was arrested Sunday Nov. 19, after he was stopped
by a trooper
from the Ohio Highway Patrol for a vehicle defect.
Michael Smith, the driver, was excessively nervous and had
in narcotics convictions," according to court
A canine unit was
called to the scene and indicated the presence of drugs.
"A probable cause
search revealed a crack pipe, chore boy, crack
cocaine, marijuana and cocaine
was found in the driver's door console,
wrapped in a rag," according to Court
The suspected cocaine was sent to the Ohio State Highway Patrol
Lab, where it tested positive.
Richwood Council looks at golf
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
The village of Richwood is trying to stay
on par with other
municipalities when it comes to allowing golf carts on the
Village solicitor Victoria Stone-Moledor said the Union County
Department is establishing a system by which to inspect golf carts
see that they are safe to drive on the roads of municipalities.
vehicles must apparently be registered with the state and street
to be driven on roadways.
Richwood Police Chief Monte Asher said his
department already inspects
golf carts within the village, making sure they
are equipped with turn
signals, lights, a horn and windshield, as well as
insurance. Asher said
there are currently three golf carts registered to
drive on village streets.
Stone-Moledor said that simply registering the
vehicles may not mean
they can be driven on village streets. She said her
understanding of the
law is that the village must specifically put an
ordinance in place
allowing them to be driven in Richwood.
issue has been discussed before, no council member could
recall that such an
ordinance had been passed. Stone-Moledor said she
could write a draft of such
an ordinance for council to read.
Even if such an ordinance is approved, some
village thoroughfares will
remain off limits. Stone-Moledor said golf carts
may not be driven on
state routes, meaning routes 37 and 47 would be off
Asher was asked if golf carts could be driven on the sidewalks on
state routes. He said they could not, because the carts must be
legal, meaning they are treated no differently than a car if
driving on a sidewalk.
Council member George Showalter asked what a
resident could be cited for
if found driving a non-street legal golf cart.
Asher said in such a case
the driver would be cited for driving an
Councilman Scott Jerew said he had reservations about
allowing the golf
carts on village streets because it would lead to other
ATVs and snowmobiles, being driven in town.
.Learned that the village mosquito fogger has been
calibrated and will
be used when needed.
.Learned that the village has
submitted to projects to the State Capital
Improvement Program. One is to
resurface Beatty Avenue and the other is
to reconstruct Veterans
.Learned from Asher that the police department is having issues with
of the village's bars.
.Heard that the village may be purchasing a
laser speed detection device
to help the police department catch speeding
.Learned that a cornhole tournament will be part of Park Day.
practice and lessons will be offered at the Richwood Park on
nights at 6 p.m.
.Learned that the new veterans monument in the
park is covered under the
village's insurance policy.
Stone-Moledor that she finished the draft of the letter to
be sent to
residents eligible for a parking fine refund.
.Heard from councilman Von Beal
that he has been fielding questions
about the feasibility of opening the
Richwood Lake beach area for
swimming. Mayor Bill Nibert said he will be
meeting with the village's
insurance company next month and he will inquire
about the necessary
steps to open the beach again.
Theft gets man a
year in prison
From J-T staff reports:
A stolen generator has led to a
nearly year-long prison term for a local man.
Michael Schaffer, 36, whose
court-listed address is Tri-County Regional
Jail in Mechanicsburg, was
sentenced Monday to 11 months in a state penitentiary.
In May, Schaffer
pleaded guilty to theft, a fifth-degree felony. In
exchange for his guilty
plea, prosecutors dismissed a fifth-degree
felony charge of breaking and
entering. Schaffer was initially indicted
on the pair of charges in November
of last year.
If he had not pleaded, a jury trial was set for
According to court documents, Schaffer was arrested after
enforcement officials determined that on May 12, 2005, Schaffer and
other men broke into an unoccupied house in the 900 block of
Woods in Marysville.
While in the home, which was under
construction, the three men took a
generator, valued at $1,712. The men
planned to sell the generator for
$400, it was reported.
sentencing hearing, defense attorney Perry Parsons told
Union County Court of
Common Pleas Court Judge Richard E. Parrott that
the defendant had simply
fallen in with a bad crowd.
"Mr. Schaffer realizes he should not have been
involved with the people
he was involved with that day," said
Schaffer apologized to the court.
"I was in the wrong," Schaffer
said, adding, "I'd like to get on with my life, clear."
Parrott said the
presentence investigation was "substantially" in the
defendant's favor. He
sentenced Schaffer to 11 months in prison and said
he would not allow
Schaffer to be enrolled in an early release program.
Restitution was not
ordered in the case because the generator was recovered.
defendant was led from the courtroom, Parrott offered him a
"I'd stick with what you said in the presentence investigation,"
said "It was pretty impressive, as long as you are not just
Woman indicted for role in overdose
From J-T staff reports:
County Court of Common Pleas recently indicted a Plain City
woman for her
alleged role in a drug-related death that occurred last year.
afternoon Aerial Nicole May, 20, of 267 apt. B North Ave., was
eight felony charges. The most significant of those being
felony involuntary manslaughter charge, as a result of
committing the felony of aggravated trafficking in drugs
drug abuse that may have led to the death of a Hilliard man.
faces three fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking in
drugs charges, one
fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse charge, and
felony deception to obtain a dangerous drug charges.
All of which stem from
her allegedly purchasing drugs such as Avinza,
Fentanyl and Oxycodone on or
about April 1 through May 3 that year.
According to the indictment, the
charges against May are a result of the
night of April 24 to April 25 in
Union County Coroner Dr. David Applegate said that on April 25 he
called to the scene for the prescription drug overdose death of
Amend, 24, of Hilliard. Plain City Police were also called to the
Applegate said Amend died after consuming several
such as morphine, fentanyl and percocet. He said the case
deals with her alleged involvement in obtaining the drugs Amends
She was apparently with Amend the night he died.
Plain City Police
Department's Lt. Jim Hill reported that he could not
comment on the case at
May is expected to be arraigned on June 29 at 3:15 p.m. in the
County Court of Common Pleas.
Man sentenced to
By MAC CORDELL
A Marysville man has been sentenced to spend
the next three years in an Ohio prison.
In May, David R. Moots Jr., 39, of
851 Catalpa Place, pleaded guilty to
three counts of burglary, all felonies
of the fourth degree. This
morning he learned his fate.
Union County Court
of Common Pleas Judge Richard E. Parrott sentenced
him to 12 months in prison
on each count. The sentences are to be served
consecutively, giving Moots an
aggregate sentence of three years. Moots
faced a maximum of 41/2 years in
Defense attorney Michael Streng said his client was "a pillar of
community" with no prior criminal record.
"The crimes that were
committed here were not of his normal character,"
Streng told the
The attorney explained that his client had some physical problems
which he took medication that he ultimately became addicted to.
put those prescription medications before everything he held dear in
life," Streng said.
David Creviston, whose home was broken into, addressed
"The only thing I have asked is that the defendant admits how he
my property," Creviston said.
Parrott asked the man if he had
anything he wanted to say before
sentence was imposed. After stumbling with
his words a few moments,
Moots said he had done a lot of thinking about his
"I can stand here and say I am blue in the face," Moots said. "I
even deserve to have that considered. My true apology has to come in
future with my actions. I want to get through this so I can get
home with my family."
The judge told Moots it would be "proper and
appropriate," to answer
Creviston's concerns. Moots said, as he has all
along, that he entered
through an unlocked back door.
Creviston told the
judge that he was not satisfied.
"Somehow Mr. Moots entered my property, but
not using the back patio
door," Creviston said, noting again that the back
door had been locked for months.
After ordering Moots to serve three years
in the penitentiary, Parrott
noted that Moots had been "a law abiding citizen
up to this point." He
said the defendant was in "the small minority" of
defendants who have
substantial support from family and friends.
said he would allow the defendant to be assessed for
admittance to West
Central Community Based Correctional Facility.
Parrott noted that the
allowance for WCCBCF was due in large part to
Moots' family support and his
crime free past.
Moots was arrested Thursday, April 12, after his law
officials quickly connected him to the burglary of Creviston's
earlier that day. The defendant pleaded guilty to that burglary as
as one which occurred between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30 and one which
on Jan. 17.
'Marysville is my quiet time'
Local artist finds slow pace of area perfect
for drawing inspiration
By MAC CORDELL
An area artist is crediting the
serenity of Union County for her success in Florida.
A collection of 39
landscape paintings, "Three Women - Three Friends"
features Marysville summer
resident Jan Fetters, along with a pair of
her friends and art students Willa
Campbell and Char Revera Leipply. The
exhibit went on display June 7 at the
Lake Wales Art Center in Lake
Wales, Fla., and will run through July
"This is a huge honor," said Fetters. "It is such an honor to be
We don't know exactly why we were asked, It was just such a big
She said if she had to guess, it was because the three women
friends and had painted together at several other local art
Fetters is a painting teacher in central Florida and recently took
"best in show" honors at Highlands Art Festival and the Helen
Memorial Award at the Lake Wales Art Show.
As proud as she is of
her own work, she said the advancements of her
students offers "deep personal
"It feels really good when your students have progressed to
that they can show and sell their paintings," Fetters said. "You
their work progress and improve and that makes you feel good as
Gayle Barnum, of the Lake Wales Art Center, said the exhibit
"very well," received.
"These women are well known and well
liked in this community," Barnum said.
Fetters, is a lifelong central Ohio
resident who now spends six months a
year at her Marysville home and studio
and six months at her winter home
in Lake Wales, a strong arts community
about 40 miles south of Orlando.
"I do my painting in Ohio," Fetters
"Ohio is my quiet time, my time to paint. I teach and do shows
Florida. By the time I come to Ohio, I am tired. I need my quiet
Marysville is my quiet time."
Originally from Ridgeway, Fetters is a
retired postal manager. She has a
daughter who lives near
"Because our daughter lives here, we decided to relocate here,"
She said Marysville has proved to be the perfect community
to be creative.
"For me, it is a very peaceful place," Fetters said. "I
love it here."
Adding to the inspirational setting of her home she said is a
window in her studio that offers a panoramic view of the woods that
"It is beautiful," the artist said. "I have music piped in
and it is
just a great place to paint and be inspired. I can really get away
use my vision and let my brush go."
Though known primarily for her
watercolors, "Three Women - Three
Friends" also showcases Fetters' ability to
paint with oils and acrylics.
"I teach and show watercolors," Fetters
said. "I do oils for fun.
"My watercolors are loosely painted and are bright
and colorful. When I
put the paint on the paper, I let the water move the
paint around and
that creates beautiful colors because they
Fetters realizes that most area residents will not have the
to enjoy the exhibit in Florida, but said those who want to see
can do so locally.
"They would have to call and could come to my
studio by invitation,"
said Fetters. "I have some pieces here and am working
on some pieces. I
also have some prints here."
Those wishing to contact
Fetters may call 642-4646.
Red Cross puts out a call for blood
From J-T staff reports:
A number of
serious traumas this week have drained the local blood
supply, leaving the
Red Cross unable to fill hospital requests.
Since Monday, 13 patients at just
three area hospitals have used 264
blood products to survive serious
injuries. This extraordinary blood
usage has left the Red Cross with just
hours worth of four of the eight
blood types, according to an e-mail
As of Thursday, the Red Cross reported there were no O-negative
which is the universal red blood cell, left in its inventory. Even
emergency supply of O-negative, usually reserved just for
patients, has been used to try to fill the void. Hospital requests
blood have outpaced the supply available.
The summer months bring a
critical need for blood due to an increase in
motor vehicle crashes and
traumatic injuries. With a number of
critically injured local patients in
June using extraordinary amounts of
blood to survive, the local inventory is
stressed. The local Red Cross
has requested help from the Red Cross in
Cleveland, but there is not
enough blood to share, as shortages are being
seen across the country.
"High blood utilization and low donor turnout have
resulted in a
critical situation," said Rodney Wilson, Red Cross
spokesperson. "If we
do not see an increase in the number of donors, our
ability to continue
to supply hospitals with needed blood will be
Central Ohio has seen a sustained dip in blood donations since
June. Of greatest concern for the local Red Cross is a
limited availability of type O-negative red blood cells, which
generally safe for patients of all types and used most with
patients. Ideally, the Red Cross tries to have a three to five
supply of blood available, but currently there is less than a
supply of four of the eight blood types.
Emergency rooms can use
four to 40 units of blood to treat an auto
accident victim just in the first
hour, and approximately 8,000 people
are injured in traffic accidents each
day. Right now, one seriously
injured trauma patient would stress the supply
beyond its limits.
All blood types are needed, with a special need for type
Added Bonus for donors:
Community partners have teamed up to help
provide an added incentive for
people to give blood. All presenting blood
donors this summer in
Central Ohio can enjoy these thank you gifts: A lease
on a 2007 Saturn
AURA, donated by Saturn of Columbus; a $25 gas card after
when you test drive any Saturn vehicle at a Saturn of Columbus
an $8 off coupon on a Cedar Point ticket, donated by Cedar
For more information on blood donation or to schedule an appointment
donate, call (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit the Central Ohio Region's Web
donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh at least 110
pounds, and be in
general good health
Bridges, trail dedicated
North Lewisburg had a lot to celebrate Thursday morning as
community hosted a dedication celebration for its own multi-use
along with several covered bridges and the Big Darby Plains
Officials from Union and Champaign counties and the state
were on hand
to properly dedicate the new public landmarks.
"It's a great
day for the village of North Lewisburg," Mayor Dick Willis
wonderful anytime a small village can partner up with
another county as well
as ODOT District 6 to accomplish a big project
such as this."
It has been
more than two years in the making, but North Lewisburg can
now boast an
almost two-mile walking and biking trail running from East
Street to Inskeep
Cratty Road just inside the Union County border.
In addition, North Lewisburg
worked with the Union County Engineer's
office to rehabilitate and move the
Pottersburg Bridge originally
located at the North Lewisburg site, along with
construction of a new
North Lewisburg bridge and the new Buck Run Road
The celebration became a five-fold event when the Big Darby
Scenic Byway committee learned that the newly established corridor
received its new designation just last month.
The Byway committee
included members from all the participating
counties, townships and
municipalities that are identified on the
corridor's main 27-mile route along
existing county, township and state routes.
"Ohio now has 26 scenic
by-ways," said Sue Irwin, Union County
Engineer's office business manager.
"The Big Darby Plains Scenic Byway
and its spurs is actually 49 miles long
and spans four counties, Union,
Champaign, Madison and a little bit of
Irwin said the corridor runs parallel to Big Darby Creek, which
designated a state and national scenic river.
Irwin added that
the byway has been described as having panoramic views
of some of the most
fertile farmland, vistas of the Big Darby Creek, six
covered bridges, three
nature preserves, historic homes, century old
farms and pioneer
Thursday's dedication also christened three covered bridges, one
old and two new.
The transplanted Pottersburg Bridge now sits on the North
The Pottersburg Bridge was originally built in
the late 1860s- early
1870s. The canopy was added in 1937 and extensive
repairs were made to
the structure in 1949.
The Shaw and Holter Company of
Lancaster constructed the two-mile
multi-use trail and rehabilitated the
Pottersburg Bridge at a cost of
$640,000. A federal transportation
enhancement grant totaling $448,000
paid for 80 percent of the cost while the
remaining balance was shared
by the village, Union and Champaign county
commissioners and the Union
County engineer's office.
constructed North Lewisburg Road covered bridge and Buck Run
are both located in Union County close to the Champaign
choice to build wood covered bridges was a well-researched one,
Steve Stolte, Union County engineer.
"A typical conventional bridge would not
work because we were prevented
by ODNR (Ohio Department of Natural Resources)
and other environmental
agencies from installing any permanent structures in
the water," Stolte
said. "In order to meet that requirement, we had to
that would span the entire width of Big Darby Creek and
non-conventional bridges such as steel trusses, covered wood
cable-stayed or cable suspension, or cantilever types would
Stolte said after completing a comparative study of the different
types, it was determined that although not the cheapest initial
the covered wood truss bridges were the most cost efficient per
cost based on present worth analysis.
Both bridges accommodate two
lanes of traffic and were designed by
Smollen Engineering of Jefferson, and
were constructed by the Righter
Company of Columbus.
The North Lewisburg
Bridge is 135 feet long and was built to handle
legal loads, including modern
truck traffic, as explained by the Union
County Engineer's office.
new Buck Run Road covered bridge is officially the longest single
bridge built to carry legal loads in Ohio and spans 160 feet
of the Big Darby
Creek," Stolte stated in a May press release.
The total cost of both bridges
was approximately $3.2 million and 80
percent was paid for with federal
grants generated from federal gasoline taxes.
The Union County
Commissioners contributed $307,000 and state gas tax
and license plate fees
were used for the remaining local share.
Union County has a total of six
covered bridges and the new Buck Run
road covered bridge is currently the
longest single span wooden bridge
in Ohio which can carry legal
Driver killed in deer crash
From J-T staff reports:
deer crashed into the windshield of a car driving in Union County,
Dublin man and injuring members of his family Thursday night.
OSP reports, at 11:40 p.m. driver Frank A. Perry, 44, of
pronounced dead at the scene by Union County Coroner Dr.
Perry had been heading east on Route 161 in a 2001 GMC
Sierra pickup truck
when he struck a deer in the roadway.
Reports show that the deer was thrown
through the windshield, causing
injuries to those inside the truck, and then
exited through the rear
window and landing in the bed of the truck.
state patrol clarified that the deer was not trapped inside the cab
truck, meaning Perry was not killed as a result of being kicked
animal. Reports state that the deer struck Perry as it initially
the windshield and then it immediately went out the back window.
collision, Perry continued off the right side of the road and
fences before the truck came to rest in a corn field.
Front seat passenger,
Tamara L. Perry, 45, of Dublin was injured and
transported by MedFlight to
Grant Medical Center. She sustained non-life
passenger Angelina Perry, 3, of Dublin was transported to Union
Memorial Hospital by Union Township EMS. She also sustained
The Union County Sheriff' Office assisted at the scene
and the crash
remains under investigation.
The OSP Marysville Post
reported that this is the fourth fatal crash in
Union County this year.
additional Union County Sheriff's report filed this morning also
that there was an injured dog at the scene of the crash.
reported this morning that the dog had been inside the
truck during the crash
and was also injured. As a result, a sheriff's
deputy was subsequently bitten
by the dog as he tried to move it out of
the roadway for its own
Triad finds a treasurer in one of its building principals
Triad has a new treasurer with a familiar name.
Meredith, elementary school principal, will be the district's new
business beginning in August.
Meredith is qualified to be a superintendent
and has previously
completed course work in school finance and school
He needs to complete nine hours of accounting to be certified as
treasurer and plans on having his remaining courses and internship
the district current interim treasurer, Jill Smith, by December.
extremely excited about the opportunity," Meredith said, "I am
the confidence that the board of education has in me."
In March, the board
approved the employment of interim treasurer Jill
Smith, following the March
resignation of Maureen Scott.
Smith was treasurer for the district from
1999-2005. She is currently
employed as treasurer for West Jefferson Local
Meredith was approved for a three-year contract at a salary of
per day for the 2007-2008 school year.
Kaffenbarger said the board would more than likely
appoint someone from
within the district to the position of elementary
school principal by the
July board meeting.
Kaffenbarger presented to the board a proposal to include
Chinese as a foreign language option beginning as early as the
The Ohio Department of Education is offering an
opportunity to school
districts to participate in a two-year visiting teacher
jump-start a Mandarin Chinese curriculum.
Cost to the district
is approximately $20,000 annually to cover various
costs, including insurance
and transportation. The district is also
required to find a host family to
house the visiting teacher.
Kaffenbarger said this is a savings, because with
salary and benefits a
foreign language teacher would cost $50,000. At the end
of the ODE
visiting teacher program the district would need to hire a
Mandarin Chinese teacher.
The district would need to take parent
surveys and put together focus
groups before the program can be fully
Kaffenbarger said research has shown that students who learn a
language earlier in their education are more than likely to
increased test scores, higher levels of cognitive development and
better prepared for post-secondary education.
If implemented, the
program would begin with grades kindergarten through
fourth and progressively
add grade levels each year.
The district is expected to get an additional
$162. per student or
$162,000 total in state funding once the budget is
passed at the end of this month.
Kaffenbarger said the district also is
expected to get approximately $.5
million in parity aide from the state
Parity aide is awarded to districts that have lower property
as compared to other school districts statewide. Kaffenbarger
would have more information later this summer.
The district will
reduce its overall transportation operational expenses
for next school
Kaffenbarger said the district would combine and eliminate some
routes at a savings of $25,000.
Last year the district purchased
software which features high-tech mapping
and comprehensive tools with
the intent to help bus drivers be both efficient
and cost effective when
The next regular board
meeting will be July 19 at 7 p.m. in the modular
business, the board:
.Accepted the financial statement as presented by the
.Approved initial one-year certified contracts for Beth Campbell
kindergarten teacher and Nancy Dunham as English teacher for
2007-2008 school year.
.Approved an initial one-year classified
contract for Michelle McConnell
as elementary library aide for the 2007-2008
.Approved a one-year contracted service agreement to Darlene
food service program coordinator for the 2007-2008 school
Compensation is to be $13.44 per hour.
supplemental employment for Peg Green (2006-2007),
teacher mentor; Roxie
Nauman, eighth grade tour organizer and eighth
grade department chair; Norma
Bottom, middle school activities manager,
middle school NHS, middle school
Student Council; Michell Sidner, JV
cheerleading advisor for basketball and
Spanish club advisor; Ken Ford,
freshmen class advisor; Doug Kitchen, senior
class advisor; Tara Perry,
fifth grade department chair; Julie Jenkins, sixth
chair; Shawna Cardoza, seventh grade department chair; Janet
middle school specials department chair; John Sharritts,
music director and pep band; Ben Moore, assistant instrumental
director; Patrick Johnson, high school NHS advisor; Deb
elementary safety patrol; Erica Boone, elementary yearbook; and
Lasley, middle school yearbook.
.Approved a supplemental
classified position for Shannon Rodgers as
eighth grade volleyball coach for
the 2007-2008 school year.
. Approved certified stipend positions for Patrick
Johnson as virtual
learning academy coordinator at $1500., as OGT coordinator
at $500., as
summer OGT intervention for social studies at $15. per hour;
Bottom as summer OGT intervention for math at $15. per hour; and
Lasley as summer OGT intervention for science at $15. per hour.
summer intervention teachers will only be employed per interest
students in the program.
.Approved the following certified personnel to
development efforts for the 2007-2008 school year in Triad
Communities for a stipend of $400 - Erica Boone, Norma Bottom,
Boyd, Jill Brown, Terra Byrd-Grupe, Shawna Cardoza, Shari Dixon,
Huffman, Doug Kitchen; Melissa Lasley; Will Nichols; Tara Perry;
Quirk, Jennifer Reminder and Tammy Walls.
Payable at the end of
the school year. If the staff members participate
in two days of leadership
training and planning, they will be paid an
additional $100. Compensation
will come from building block funds
through the state foundation
the following certified and classified personnel for
training on Aug. 17 at a rate of $100 for the day -
Cindy Alltop, Barb Boggs,
Tina Campbell, Sherri Crowder, Meredith Ford,
Deb Hayslip, Joyce Holland, Don
Moore, Lindsay Quirk and Tammy Walls.
.Approved the following classified
personnel for summer employment as
custodian and maintenance - Sally Coleman
($8 per hour) and Mike Wagner
($8.50 per hour).
.Approved the following
classified personnel for summer substitute
employment - Shaun Dunlap,
office/custodian/aide; Jon Simonelli,
.Approved a salary of $25,000 for the transportation
coordinator for the
2007-2008 school year to comply with requirement of the
O.R.C. and Fair
Labor Standard Act.
.Approved an extension of the current
unpaid leave of absence of Nancy
Thompson as bus driver through Sept.
.Accepted with regret the resignation of Nancy Thompson as bus
for the purpose of retirement, effective Sept. 4.
unpaid leave of absence for Lori James as bus driver for
the 2007-2008 school
year to pursue education.
.Approved the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C.
from May 13 to May 17, 2008.
.Approved student and faculty handbooks for
the elementary and high
school with changes presented by each building
.Accepted the bid from Nickles Bakery to provide bread products
Smith's Dairy to provide dairy products for the 2007-2008 school year
presented by Metropolitan Educational Council (MEC.)
.Approved the use
of the high school gym on June 21 and June 22 and the
middle school gym on
June 25, June 27, July 23 and July 25 for the
purpose of volleyball camps and
practices. Fee waived per athletic
gratitude the donation and installation of wall mats from
the Triad Junior
Basketball Association for all gymnasiums valued at $13,000.
revised certificate of estimated resources and appropriation
presented by the interim treasurer.
.Approved Naomi Nance from Woodstock bus
route to North Lewisburg bus
route beginning the 2007-2008 school
School employee suspended over alleged misuse of computer
Officials from the Marysville School District are investigating
misuse of a district computer by one of its employees.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman confirmed Wednesday that
mechanic Bob Fraker had been placed on paid administrative
leave pending the
investigation. He said Fraker, who makes $54,000 per
year, was placed on
leave Tuesday, June 5.
"We have an investigation going on and we are trying
to confirm some of
the items that have been alleged," said Zimmerman.
later wrote in an e-mail, "These are serious allegations and we will
them that way. We will have no tolerance if the allegations are
and we will act accordingly."
The superintendent said several district
employees notified the district
that Fraker had been using the computer in
the bus garage to access
"inappropriate material." Zimmerman would not
specify the nature of that
material, but said it did not involve juveniles or
any type of criminal activity.
"If at some point in our investigation we
find that there is anything
criminal here, we will notify the police
department and quickly," Zimmerman said.
He added that law enforcement
officials were made aware of the district's investigation.
"As we dug into
it, we found enough that we felt it appropriate to put
him on leave,"
Zimmerman said. "That could turn into something totally
different. If what is
alleged is found and confirmed, it cannot and will not be
Despite this incident, Zimmerman said parents need not worry
students can access inappropriate material on school computers.
won't happen in the buildings," the superintendent said. "It can't.
Zimmerman explained that the computer in the bus garage did not
with the same filtering system as other district computers. Because
computer downloaded large blueprints, manuals and other materials,
filtering system was minimized. He stressed all computers that
and students have access to are safeguarded so offensive
inappropriate material cannot be accessed.
"There is a series of
firewalls and filters that are there," Zimmerman
said. "Those filters just do
not allow you to go to those sites that
aren't allowed or contain content
that is not allowed. These filters are
maintained by our own technology
"This occurred in the bus garage. That particular computer had
access than any computer available to the students."
superintendent said the district has a written policy regarding Internet
"The Internet is to be used for business and education purposes. Not
any other purposes," Zimmerman said.
He added that the policy, "talks
specifically about materials that would
be offensive. Those type of sites
that contain that material are specifically prohibited."
Violations of the
policy, Zimmerman said, would be met with, "discipline. Period."
said he hoped the investigation would be concluded quickly,
but added that
thoroughness and accuracy was more important than
expediency. Once the
investigation is complete, the superintendent will
make a recommendation to
the board regarding Fraker's future with the district.
Fraker has been
with the district "about 10 years," Zimmerman said. The
confirmed Fraker had "a few" discipline problems in the past.
to this degree."
Dry well makes reservoir a priority
By RYAN HORNS
Work on the Marysville
reservoir project is expected to begin just in time.
Kathy House said recently that the town's oldest
water well has recently
dried up. The development has made the reservoir
House said the city asked the Ohio EPA if it could start drilling a
well, which the environmental group then denied. She said that
Marysville with four wells left, along with Mill Creek, to service
The lack of the city's oldest well is not a dire situation, but
if the ongoing summer draught continues it could potentially pose
"We may be faced with a decision to make about rationing
water," House said.
Asking residents to ration water would not only annoy
said, but it would hurt the city as well. Some future projects
funded through revenue expected to come from water rates. Then there
the issue of having to keep track of policing resident's water use.
would be bad all around," House said.
Even if the EPA granted its approval to
drill another well, she said, it
is a lengthy process. The most recent well,
which became the city's
fifth, was initiated in late 2004 and was completed
Amidst these issues the city of Marysville has begun moving forward
its reservoir project. It will be located off Raymond Road on a piece
land the city has owned and rented out for agricultural use since
1990s. House said that rental process stopped last summer when the
started work demolishing a house and getting rid of some trees in
the projected area.
She said the city has been working with consultants to
get a new look at
the details of the four projects associated with the
projects include the reservoir itself, a dam to be
Mill Creek, a pump station to send water to the water
plant near Mill
Creek (to be located just west of Poppy and Sassafras lanes)
the underground water lines.
She said the entire construction
process for the four projects is
expected to last 18 to 24 months.
takes time to dig out enough earth to hold a billion gallons of
She said the estimated cost for all four projects is at $25 million.
bids for each project will go out separately to different contractors
order to make sure that all of the projects begin at the same
Over the years, the cost of the reservoir project has risen.
engineer Phil Roush explained that back in the late 1990s the
reservoir project cost was expected to be $9 million - just for
alone. He explained that when he joined the city
administration in 2001 the
estimate for all associated reservoir
projects was $17 million. That is the
figure the city has used until
recently. He said inflation was part of the
cause for the ongoing price
hike, however, other factors such as the high
cost of steel and
electrical equipment were also to blame.
Roush said that
Marysville may have to get its two-year reservoir
construction permit from
the Army Corps of Engineers extended after it
expires this summer. Other
permits are required, such as one from the
Ohio Department of Natural
Resources, the Ohio EPA and the Department of
Fish and Wildlife.
the construction process, House said that some residents may
inconvenienced by road closures on Raymond Road and a
dismantling of the Jim Simmons Trail during construction of the
Ultimately, she said that the finished reservoir will look
rather like a
smaller Delaware Lake, as people drive by on Raymond Road. The
will not be visible from the roadway because of mounds built up
the water. Where it differs is that the Marysville's reservoir will
be open to public recreation. This way the city can keep the
conditions stable and prevent Union County Sheriff's deputies
having to police the area.
Fairbanks awards bids for new
By KARLYN BYERS
Fairbanks School Board members accepted bids for
site work on the new
elementary school Tuesday evening, as well as bids for
at the existing high school/middle school.
Star Simpson, Dave Huber, Jaynie Lambert, Mark Lippencott
and Kevin Green
awarded a contract to Trucco Construction of Powell for
Trucco's winning bid was $778,460.
They also accepted a $748,987 bid from
Haslett Heating and Cooling of
Columbus for mechanical work and a $308,888
bid from Electrical
Solutions for electrical work at the middle/high
The next regularly scheduled board of education meeting will be
at 7:30 p.m. in the board office.
In other business, the
.Employed Kristen Bond-Moxley and Joshua Rine, both
specialists; Michelle Burns, part-time reading tutor; and Sara
second grade teacher. All were approved as one-year contracts for
2007-2008 school year.
.Accepted resignations from Jennifer Harral,
middle and high school
Family and Consumer Science teacher; Joy Ballard,
middle school math
teacher; Michelle Burns, elementary teacher; and John
Finney, cross country coach.
.Approved athletic contracts for the
2007-2008 school year to Andy
Pinkerton, assistant boys soccer coach;
Jennifer Thrush, reserve girls
basketball coach; Kevin Kilfin, freshman girls
basketball coach; Shannon
Runyon, assistant band directors; Eric Stauffer,
Darin Hurst and Brad
Jerew, band camp assistant; Bob Williams, assistant golf
Vanwinkle, high school cross country coach; Kris Moder, middle
football cheerleading coach; Krista Fogle, seventh grade middle
volleyball coach; Allison Gorton, eight grade middle school
coach; Kyle Burns and Richard Rausch, volunteer middle school
coaches; and Dustin Green, middle school football coach.
president Kevin Green abstained.)
.Employed Dustin Francis as
reserve baseball coach for the 2007-2008
Pizza to showcase new facility during charity events
By RYAN HORNS
off of a new expansion project, Marysville's Benny's Pizza will
Ninth Annual Cruise In.
Located at 968 Columbus Ave. the restaurant will host
the event on
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
According to the owners, all
proceeds from the Cruise In and a Poker Run
scheduled for July 14 will be
donated to a Special Wish Foundation.
There will also be door prizes, a
silent auction, Benny's Choice trophy
and a 50/50 raffle.
November of 2005 Benny's Pizza owner Fred Neumeier began the
expansion of his
business to accommodate a growing customer base in the
area. He said 2007 is
expected the be the busiest year to date for the
restaurant and new customers
will see the difference in service.
Neumeier spent 15 years at Bogey Inn in
Columbus before buying Benny's
Pizza in the mid-1990s. There has already
been a seating and an outdoor
However, he said two years
ago they noticed a lag in wait times from his
kitchen and a lack of space was
a large part of the cause. So he sat
down with an architect and planned what
became the most recent
expansion. The result houses a new carryout kitchen,
new menu items, staff and extra areas for dining. The new
opened on June 6.
Neumeier said the 3,000 square feet and roughly
$700,000 expansion for
the new carryout building has allowed Benny's to add a
for items like Carolina chicken and hickory smoked roast
He said he is excited to see the project take shape in time for
year's Cruise In and Poker Run.
"It is all about making a wish come
true for terminally ill children. It
takes approximately $3,500 per wish,"
Neumeier said. "Our Cruise In this
year will break the $100,000 mark in
donations to the Special Wish
Foundation, which we are very proud of,
especially since the first
annual Car Cruise In was $1,500."
if it weren't for the support of countless Marysville and
businesses and all of the motorcyclists their goal to help
would not have been possible.
He said the charity does not solicit funds from
the public, it depends
solely on donations by motivated people. Donations can
be sent to: A
Special Wish Foundation, 1250 Memory Lane, Suite B, Columbus,
Honda modifies smoking policy
Employees will be allowed to light up in
personal vehicles and in
By MAC CORDELL
America is not softening its stance on employee smoking.
However, the company
is offering a "modification of our smoking policy,"
said Ed Miller, Honda
"Starting today (Monday), we are creating some smoking areas on
property," he said.
The modification also allows employees and
visitors to smoke in their
The entire Honda campus went
smoke-free Feb. 8, in response to the
statewide smoking ban passed by Ohio
voters in November. That policy led
some associates, contractors and visitors
to drive off Honda property
and park along Honda Parkway and other
surrounding roads so they could smoke.
Miller said the Union County
Sheriff's Office conveyed concerns to Honda
management, which set out create
a safer policy.
"I know that we had multiple meetings with Honda
express our concerns about associates that would leave the
smoke," said Tom Morgan, Union County Sheriff's Office chief
"Obviously, we had concerns about not only the cars parking out
but we also had pedestrians standing out there. We had concerns that
would have more accidents out there and more pedestrians hit along
Miller did not know how many of the smoking areas would be
said it would be, "as few as possible, but enough to alleviate
"We know our solution isn't perfect, but we wanted to make
modifications," Miller said. "We thought what we had was a public
hazard because there just was no other place to go."
He added, "we
saw this as essentially a public safety issue and nothing
trumps safety at
Miller said he believes the modification will make the situation
"We hope to see less and less of the people parking out there
standing out there to smoke," Miller said. "I hope this takes care
the issue. This gives those associates the opportunity not to
Honda property to smoke. We appreciate the opportunity to work
Honda administration to try to maintain the safety of the
Honda leaders feel the company has the same policy it had in
just with the modification of some new smoking areas. Miller added
the company also remains committed to "a pretty robust
"Our tobacco ban remains in effect in all our
buildings in compliance
with the state regulations," Miller said. "Meanwhile,
we are encouraging
all our associates who smoke to join our anti-smoking
classes and we are
encouraging them to bring their families along and the
work with are invited to join our smoking cessation
Honda offers several classes providing nicotine education and
in quitting. Those who participate are offered nicotine
Employees are also offered hypnotherapy and acupuncture to assist
City has several ongoing studies
Storm water, streets and traffic issues were brought up to date
members Dan Fogt and Mark Reams, city administrator Kathy House and
engineer Phil Roush during the Monday evening Marysville Public
Committee. The outlook was better than expected.
Roush said that
the study for east side storm water lines should be
completed and published
by the end of the month. For the most part, he
said, the line conditions are
good because of work over the past few
years to repairs the lines and stop
flooding in homes.
"Most of the neighborhood stuff is much better than I
expected," Roush said.
He said the older lines underneath Fourth and Fifth
streets have issues
with age. The problems were discovered by using
television cameras to
view the interior or the lines. The rest of the storm
water lines within
the east side study were adequate to sustain a 100-year
Fogt mentioned that Upper Arlington just had to deal with a water
break because of storm water problems caused by an aging
"It's not only our city that has that has problems," Fogt
Roush said the city would hire a firm in the fall to finish the
Reams recommended that the city include the oldest portion of
Valley in the storm water studies. He said there was supposed to be
detention pond where the current school sits on Millwood
Apparently the storm water has been dumping right into Mill Creek.
may have been considered the right thing to do at the time, but
since been discredited. Now the area is left without proper
"We could take a look at it as part of the study," Roush
In another discussion, members dealt with traffic count studies.
administrators and council members have noted in past city meetings
as the city grows traffic is an issue that is only going to get
Roush said the plan is to use studies to be completed by an
firm, which can highlight "key needs" and traffic problem areas.
the city could enact an impact fee towards new business to
funds to use on those specific projects.
Reams said the east side
traffic concerns are the most important and the
impact fees could help pay
Roush added that a traffic study would be needed for the annexation
the Cook property off Route 4 on the city's northside. Eventually
can link all the studies together for an entire glimpse into
flow throughout Marysville.
Reams said at some point the city
needs to finally do something about
the intersection at Milford Avenue and
Maple Street near the Community Market.
As odd as that intersection is,
Roush said, there are no car crashes
there. That fact could make acquiring an
ODOT grant difficult to help
defer the cost. He said the engineering will be
included in the July
budget discussions and the project can be added to the
He should have some direction to take on it by the end of the
summer or by fall.
In other news:
. The city's new sidewalk repair
program has reportedly been off to slow
start. Only a few phone calls have
been made by businesses and residents
seeking the "free money" of $500 to
share the cost of repairing aging
sidewalks in Marysville's Historic Uptown
Members felt that not enough Marysville residents know about the
and they will discuss ways to fix that.
Residents have numerous ways to stay informed
From J-T staff reports
Marysville Fire Department recently explained numerous in the ways
alerting residents about emergency situations.
In the case of storm and
tornado warnings, the city incorporates an
outdoor warning device, called the
Early Warning System (EWS) which is
commonly referred to as "tornado sirens."
The service consists of a
networked system of 10 sirens.
reported that these undergo "silent testing" on a daily
basis, are audibly
tested on a weekly basis and once a month by a
back-up system located at the
Union County Dispatch Center. The test is
a steady siren for a 15 to 30
In the event of an actual tornado warning the sirens will
sound for a
three minute period in a steady mode. This is repeated every 10
until the warning is canceled by the appropriate authority.
of the cancellation is made through the cable TV community alert
The city of Marysville, in partnership with Union County, has
instituted the new Code Red System. This is a system where thousands
homes can be notified in the span of a few minutes, alerting them to
an emergency requiring prompt action.
The department reported that
recently came online with another means to
keep the community informed.
Citizens of Marysville can tune into AM
Radio 1650 to receive emergency
broadcasts and other useful information
regarding traffic, city services, and
"This system is also directly tied to our 'tornado sirens'
so that when
they are activated, an emergency alert/message is also
well," the fire department explained in a notice.
Emergency Alter Radio Station (EARS) is designed to keep citizens
Marysville better informed of not only threatening weather, but
important community information and events.
"This system will
gradually evolve over the next 30 days," the
department reported, "and after
that be updated as needed to keep you
better informed and prepared, to meet
the sudden threat of severe
ahead for Goodyear
Marysville plant among portion of company which is sold to
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville's division of Goodyear Tire and Rubber is
soon expected to
sell it's "Rubber" portion to a new company.
night, Marysville City Council members passed a resolution
to approve the
transfer of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company's
Enterprise Zone Tax
Incentive Agreement to its future owner EPD, Inc.
which is an affiliate of
the Carlyle Group, a private equity fund.
The resolution explains that
Goodyear will sell its Engineered Products
Division, which focuses on rubber
conveyor belt production, to the Carlyle Group.
Director Eric Phillips explained that the transfer
will not affect the name
of the company.
The resolution states that EPD would then be required to meet
and conditions of the city's Enterprise Agreement already in place
Goodyear. This entails promising to hire a certain amount of
and/or expand services within a certain time period.
Dave Wheeland is currently the company's plant controller and
will soon work
under EPD. He explained that meeting these terms would
not be a problem,
especially since Goodyear has already met them. He
said the sale would allow
the conveyor belt factory to continue on and
even expand. As a result, it
could continue to thrive in the Marysville community.
"We're the 'and
Rubber' portion," Wheeland said. "The Marysville
facility produces 50 percent
of our whole portfolio. We're the largest
selling business in the
Phillips said that EPD plans to invest $12 to $17 million in the
and streamline operating systems. That could result in the loss of
Councilmen John Gore and John Marshall both said that
always been a vital part of the community and they look forward
continuing that relationship with EPD as well.
Council members then
passed the emergency Enterprise Zone Agreement
other business, the proprietors of Portable Storage Devices (PODs)
meet with council and hash out a plan on how long the units can
At the May 24 city council meeting, members made steps
to prevent the
amount of time POD's sit in driveways. A few citizen
explained that the bins were sitting in some driveways for months
- one as long as a year. The concept of requiring people to pay for
permit before renting a POD was discussed. This way the city
control removing PODs that stay too long, it was reported.
Thursday night's meeting, representatives from the regional POD
that the city reconsider the permits. POD has worked with
on the issue and in Columbus the bins are only
permitted to stay for 14
consecutive days. If issues arise with PODs
staying too long, the cities work
directly with POD representatives
instead of requiring a
Representatives said the problem with a permit is that out of 209
delivered to customers in Marysville, only 5 to 10 percent of
violated the time period. The permit would burden 95 percent of
clients. Residents keeping them for a year is extremely rare and
average time on properties is six days. In addition, a $25 city
fee would raise the price of renting PODs by 30 percent.
your customers when they come to rent that they can only have
them for 30
days," Gore said. "It's just a thought."
"I think both sides have some valid
points that we can probably mesh
together," Marshall said.
volunteered to "act as a liaison" between the two parties
and find some
resolution. As a result, POD representatives, along with
councilman Dan Fogt, will come up with a plan to present by
the June 28 city
Other news discussed:
. City administrator Kathy House
provided an update on city projects.
She said the construction of the city's
future Wastewater Treatment
Plant is moving along nicely. To date, builder
Korna Kokosing is only
one week behind schedule. Workers have already poured
13,000 yards of
concrete and a total of 250 workers are expected to be
She said many residents have asked about the large tower crane,
visible from U.S. 33. She said the tower is 100 feet tall and
counter-weight boom extends out 250 feet.
. House explained the cause
of a recent natural gas leak, which occurred
Monday on Taylor Avenue. She
said a mislabeled gas main was struck by
city crews as they worked on a storm
water project. As a result, much of
the surrounding area homes had their gas
turned off for up to six hours
as the line was repaired.
She said it
provided a good opportunity to inform residents of the
situation through the
new Code Red system, in which residents can
receive telephone calls regarding
emergency situations in their
neighborhoods. More information on the service
can be found on the
city's Web site.
. House reported that Marysville's
Third Friday Nights will kick off
tonight. A rib cookoff will be held, along
with live music and other
events. The party will take place on the Union
County Courthouse lawn,
at the intersection of Court and Fifth
Springenfest set for this weekend
By CORINNE BIX
This weekend will mark
the 30th anniversary of Richwood's Springenfest
sponsored by the North Union
Athletic Complex group.
Festivities will begin on Friday night in downtown
Richwood with the
return of the chicken dinner, a favorite from years
Sherryl Sheets, NUAC secretary, said the chicken dinners will be
Friday night only with a la carte items available both
including hamburgers, hot dogs, fried bologna, pork tenderloins,
cream puffs and lemonade.
The Annual Sun Run 5K and one mile fun
run will begin at 6:30 p.m. There
will be square and line dancing from
Friday night's entertainment will feature the band "Amanda
from Marysville at 8 p.m.
Sheets said members from the Marion
Mayhem, professional arena football
team, will be stopping by on Friday to
sign autographs from 7-8 p.m.
Members of the Marysville Meteors basketball
team are scheduled to stop
by on Saturday night to sign
Saturday's activities will begin at 9 a.m. with a
basketball tournament at the middle school outdoor basketball
A cornhole tournament will begin at 1 p.m. on South Franklin
Sheets said those interested in either of the tournaments can sign up
Saturday if they wish to participate by arriving a half-hour early
From 5-7 p.m. on Saturday evening the grand auction will be
Johnny Regula volunteering as auctioneer.
Sheets said there will
be a variety of merchandise, services and gift
certificates from area
businesses to be auctioned off.
Saturday night will also feature the
announcement of the winners of the
raffle drawing. The grand prize will be a
pair of Ohio State Football
tickets to all the 2007 home games.
said that members of NUAC are expecting to receive the tickets in
however in the event the tickets are not obtained for reasons out
control the first prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize.
place winner will receive $300 and the third place winner
will receive $150.
Sheets said the winners don't need to be present to win.
Fogery Run will
be the featured band on Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m.
there will be Bingo both evenings along with kid's games,
miniature golf and
an inflatable MoonWalk.
Proceeds from Springenfest directly benefit the North
Athletic Association and NUAC has raised more than $400,000
last three decades.
Some NUAC projects have included the building
of the football stadium,
track, baseball and softball fields and the NUAC
sports complex adjacent
to the high school athletic fields.
money in our athletic department budget so that our student's
have never had
to pay to play," Sheets explained, "We are one the only
few in the MOAC
athletic conference that can say that."
Shriners taking to the
From J-T staff reports
The Union County Shrine Club will be
canvassing donations for "Shriners
Hospitals for Children" on June 13, 14, 15
and 16 throughout Marysville,
Richwood and Plain City.
recognize any Shriner by looking for the "Red Fez" hat
that he will be
wearing. The Union County Shrine Club is one of 52 clubs
Aladdin Temple in Columbus.
Along with the support of the local club efforts
are more than 400,000
Shriners nationwide who work all year to support 22
for Children throughout the United States, Canada and
The cost of maintaining these hospitals is $23 per second
per day) and they are dedicated to giving free care to children
old and under suffering with orthopedic conditions, burns of
degrees, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate problems in
family-centered hospital environment.
For more than 85 years,
approximately 835,000 children have been treated
by Shriners Hospitals. There
are currently 15 local children throughout
Union County who are under
Shriners Hospital care.
The Union County Shrine Club maintains a program
called "Cans for Kids,"
collecting aluminum cans throughout Union County and
aluminum waste is
dedicated by Honda of America to the club in meeting its
Through the efforts and support of its 123 members, local
merchants and residents, the Union County Shrine Club has turned
most funding for the past two years of any of the members clubs in
Columbus Aladdin. In 2005, $55,000 was raised, $71,000 in 2006 and
are approaching in excess of $100,000 for 2007.
leads to 121 citations
From J-T staff reports
The Union County Sheriff's
Office reported the recent "What's Holding
you back?" enforcement campaign,
which ran from May 21 to June 3,
resulted in 121 citations for drivers not
wearing a safety belt.
The increased enforcement was part of a statewide goal
to raise seat
belt usage to 85 percent all across Ohio in 2007. This
awareness placed on this two-week period coincided with the
holiday and the traditional beginning of the summer travel
"We are continuing our zero tolerance approach to those not
their seat belts," Sheriff Rocky Nelson said. "It's a plain and
fact - seat belts save lives and it is our job to get this message
to the motoring public. In cooperation with the Governor's
Safety Office and the media, we make every effort to educate the
about this important issue. If handing out citations is what it takes
get this job done, we are prepared to do so."
In addition to the seat
belt citations, deputies also issued two
citations for not having children
properly restrained in a child safety
seat, arrested 17 impaired drivers,
cited 14 unlicensed drivers, made
four felony arrests, issued 30 other
traffic citations and wrote 253
enforcement operations were possible due to grants
received from the Ohio
Department of Public safety and the Governor's
Office of Highway Safety.
Family shocked by parole board decision
By RYAN HORNS
community support, Marysville's Ann Lowe said it was
not enough to keep her
brother's murderer in jail.
"We had a lot of support and help," Lowe said.
"But it was obviously cut
and dry. (The parole board) had made their decision
before we even got there."
Convicted murderer Robert Strausbaugh was
granted his release Monday at
a hearing before the Ohio Adult Parole Board in
After the board announced Strausbaugh's release, Lowe said she did
hear anything else.
"We lost all contact because we just started
crying," she said.
On March 1, 1981 a reportedly intoxicated Strausbaugh
Lowe's 19-year-old brother, George Shockey, six times in the
back with a
.357 Magnum over a money-related dispute. Shockey had been
shift for another worker at the former Omega Oil gas station, now
location of Advance Auto Parts on Delaware Avenue. He had just become
father seven days earlier.
Sentenced to 17 years to life for the crime,
Strausbaugh, now 48, has
spent the past 26 years behind bars in the Allen
Institution in Lima.
The Ohio Parole Board's decision
statement explained, "All release
factors . were considered at today's
hearing. The offender has served
above the suggested guideline range, and has
programming to reduce his risk to the community.
institutional conduct has been acceptable. Based on
these factors, the
full board has determined that release is appropriate at
The document also details Strausbaugh's conviction of the murder,
well as a charge for having a weapon under disability for
in the smuggling of a weapon and ammunition into a
Strausbaugh was originally set to be released from
prison on Aug. 31,
but the date was changed to Aug. 13 after it caused an
uproar among the
"I told them, 'Not on my mom's birthday
you don't,'" Lowe said.
Shockey's surviving relatives believed that a life
sentence should mean
a life sentence. They also expressed worry over
Strausbaugh returning to
live in their community. The Monday hearing was
intended to give the
parole board more details before officially granting
Lowe said the sisters went to the hearing and tried
to persuade the
board with dozens of letters and petitions to keep
Strausbaugh in jail
but it wasn't enough. Her family attended the hearing,
along with Union
County Common Pleas Court's Victim Advocate Connie Sabins.
were also armed with 25 letters culled from Union County
also requested that Strausbaugh stay in prison.
they didn't stop there, as the sisters then went around the
for support and ended up culling a petition of 370 people
who joined their
Union County Prosecutor David Phillips and former county
Larry Schneider both submitted letters strongly opposing
Lowe said her family members, Rachel Miller and
Angie Davidson, spoke
before the board and raised a number of concerns the
family had about
Strausbaugh's potential release. She said none of those
addressed at the hearing.
Lowe said she never got a response
to the complaint that when
Strausbaugh was released from prison the first
time, he ended up killing
her brother. Released from the Franklin County jail
from a previous
prison term, Strausbaugh was let loose with the understanding
would be closely supervised and could be a reliable informant to
critical drug investigation. Three days into that release, he
Shockey while he was intoxicated.
"It's pretty obvious that he was
not being watched," she said. "Who is
going to watch him?"
At the hearing,
Strausbaugh's sister explained to the board that her
brother is a changed man
and is ready to be released. She was joined in
support by a lawyer and a
The board then adjourned from the courtroom to make its
Lowe said dealing with knowing her brother's murderer will be out
is not easy.
Honda of America co-sponsors
statewide education conference
Editor's note: The following information is
supplied by Honda of America
From a mock parent-teacher conference
to unique learning environments,
students, teachers, administrators and
school board members from local
schools throughout Ohio demonstrated
innovations in education Monday at
a statewide conference near
More than 500 educators from throughout the state attended the
annual Ohio Quality in Education conference, co-sponsored by Honda
America Mfg., Inc. and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).
conference featured top educators, along with students and
teachers and administrators who presented classroom innovations that
taking education to new levels.
Sessions included team activities and
collaboration in quality tools
that are designed to make education more
effective. The sessions
included panel discussions on new roles for school
board members and
school administrators to support teaching in the
Students from Kenton City Schools helped open the conference with
parent-teacher's conference. In addition to taking responsibility
present to their parents and teacher what they accomplished,
students used their unique new-world electronic tools to convey
information. In addition, teachers, administrators and students
Marysville, Tecumseh, Lake, West Liberty-Salem, Liberty-Benton and
River schools participated in the workshops and other sessions,
with the Butler Technology and Career Development School District.
key theme at the conference was to look for ways to strengthen
among parents, teachers and students and to include
participation of school
administrators and school board members in this
partnership. For the first
time, a panel of school board members
discussed their involvement in
implementing quality-based initiatives.
When considering how a company could
best support public education,
Honda started by looking at its own strengths,
said Lynn Dennison, Honda
of America Mfg. vice president of Company Services.
focused on the quality tools Honda uses to assess a situation
come up with the best path forward. Importantly, these tools
encourage students, school administrators and teachers to
additional responsibility to plan and develop their own learning.
Honda of America, we believe that quality schools are just as
quality products," said Dennison said. "As a member of our
have a responsibility to support our schools in ways to
make them more
effective at teaching critical life skills."
Honda of America's Education
Outreach Program started in 1999 to provide
Total Quality Management (TQM)
training and continuous improvement
planning to public schools in west
central Ohio. The program has
expanded to enrich student achievement in the
classrooms, where the same
tools encourage students to plan and take
responsibility for their own learning.
Since 1999, more than 16,500
administrators, teachers and students have
received quality-based training
through Honda's education outreach
programs. The program continues to evolve
and add new initiatives as
Honda works with local schools in partnerships to
Honda and the Ohio Department of
Education sponsored the first Ohio
Quality in Education Conference in 2003 to
further support development
of quality initiatives in schools throughout
Unionville Center continues search for clerk-treasurer
Mayor Denver Thompson announced at Tuesday night's Unionville
Village Council that a new clerk-treasurer has not been
Tracy Rausch submitted her resignation at last month's meeting to
effective June 12. Rausch agreed to continue the duties until
replacement is selected. Thompson expects to name a replacement
Union County Dog Warden Mary Beth Hall introduced herself to
She is new to her position and has been visiting the communities
townships within the county.
The dog warden is a one-person department
that reports directly to the
county commissioners. The warden's office is at
the Union County Ag Center.
Dogs that are picked up are taken to the
Humane Society. Animal control
problems may be reported at (937) 645-3016 or
the Union County Sheriff's
Deputy Robert Partlow informed
council that golf cart guidelines are
still being reviewed by chief deputy
Representative to the Pleasant Valley Fire District Phil Rausch
council that the bridge over the Big Darby at U.S. 42 near
intersection with Route 736 will be closed on June 25 for a
replacement. The closure is projected to last 120 days. The
Valley and Jerome fire district have a reciprocal agreement to
fire and emergency medical service coverage in areas affected by
The installation of a new sidewalk on the Main Street side of
was discussed. Council will investigate the financial
There was discussion but no action taken regarding the cars that
along Main Street and block the view of oncoming traffic.
discussion, Council reiterated that a building ordinance is in
building permit is required for all new structures of any type
Council members present were Ron Griffith, Mary Lou
Morris, Phil Rausch,
Brenda Terry, and Peggy Williamson.
scheduled meeting will be on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Two fires in three months
Flames break out at 617 E. Sixth St. again
For the second time in the last few months, firefighters were
the same property in Marysville for a fire.
are now looking into how the blaze started at 617 E.
Sixth St. Monday and why
it is the second time crews have responded to
On March 30 at
8:30 p.m., fire crews were called there after a garage on
the property caught
fire, threatening to destroy nearby homes. It was
later determined to be
arson and the case remains under investigation.
"That case is not closed,"
Marysville fire investigator Keith Watson
said. "It is still suspected to be
Regarding Monday's fire, Fire Chief Gary Johnson said that
first received the report at 3:57 p.m.
"We were initially told
that there were people trapped inside," Johnson said.
first indicated that a woman and a young girl were still
On the scene, neighbors gathered on their lawns along East Sixth
to watch as smoke billowed out of the two-story home. Many
watched with tears, hugging one another, waiting to see if any
were going to be pulled out of the fire. Medics stood nearby with
stretcher in case that occurred. Some neighbors commented how the
of the house often baby-sat children and many people could still
Despite initial reports, Johnson said, the house was empty at
the fire erupted.
However, he said the trouble with believing
that victims are still
inside a burning building is that firefighters and law
officials often do things they normally wouldn't do, disregarding
in hopes of saving anyone inside.
As a result of those efforts, a
Marysville Police officer reportedly
received six stitches on his hand after
reaching into a broken window. A
Marysville firefighter also received heat
exhaustion and was treated by medics.
Watson said that the cause of
Monday's house fire remains under investigation.
"We've narrowed the point
of origin to being in or near a stand up
freezer," he said.
officials do not know if the cause was faulty electrical
wiring. He added
that it does not appear to be arson.
"I'm pretty certain we have ruled out
any incendiary cause," Watson said.
Johnson said fire crews had the fire
contained by 4:47 p.m. and they
remained on the scene until 7:30 p.m. to make
sure any hot spots did not re-ignite.
He said fire crews did a great job
containing the blaze and that no
surrounding homes were damaged.
expressed his thanks to Marysville Police officers for helping out.
responding to the fire were crews from Allen, Union, Jerome and
Shotgun fired into home
From J-T staff
Marysville police officers are investigating a drive-by shooting
occurred Monday night police on a normally quiet city
Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol said this morning that
1:29 a.m., police responded to 1013 Clover Knoll Court "after
suspects fired at least three shotgun rounds into the
He said no one was injured in the incident and police are
investigate the crime.
Buckshot reportedly struck an
upstairs window and the front door of the
residence, Nicol said. An
11-year-old male was awake in an upstairs room
at the time the house was
fired upon and was sprayed with broken glass
from the upstairs
Nicol said the boy was examined by medics, who determined he
only minor injuries. They treated at the child at the
Three other family members were home when the suspect began firing
the building, Nicol said.
"Witnesses saw a silver light-colored
vehicle leave the area," Nicol
said. "The case remains under
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said that Clover Knoll
normally a quiet street and that crimes occur did not often occur in
JA board approves two projects
The Jonathan Alder school board approved two building projects at
The board accepted a bid from Strawser Paving
Company for the building
of four tennis courts at the high school. Total cost
of the project will be $132,950.
Superintendent Doug Carpenter said the
tennis courts were originally
included in the building plans for the high
school, which was completed in 2005.
However, the project was put on hold
until after the school levy passed.
The .75 percent-earned income tax levy
passed in November of last year
after three failed levy attempts in November
2005, February 2006 and August 2006.
Carpenter explained that the bid came
in well under the architect's
original estimate for the project, which was
$180,000 and included lighting.
The Strawser bid does not include
The project is set to begin within the next several months. This
a first for the district, as they have not had tennis courts in
The board also accepted a quote for dropped ceilings and lights
halls and cafeteria of the Plain City Elementary from the Myron
Company of Columbus. Total cost of this project will be
Carpenter said this would complete phase two of the Plain
Elementary renovation, which was started last year.
He explained that
because it is an older building, lighting needed to be
improved along with
cosmetic ceiling work to hide excessive wiring and
cords which are associated
with updating an older building with new technology.
The board voted to
grandfather in two classified district employees so
that they could take
advantage of the retire/rehire policy.
Both classified employees have been
affected by recent changes by the
State Teachers Retirement System which now
counts years served in terms
of actual hours worked.
occurred after the two classified employees had been
working towards the
original requirements for qualified retirement.
"We just try to take care of
our people and treat them fairly,"
Carpenter said, "We didn't think it was
fair under the new system that
they should be penalized."
Jamie Pund, new
director of teaching and learning, presented to the
board on several new
Pund will be replacing Elizabeth Beach, who will be
retiring at the end
of her contract.
Beach has been in education for 37
years, of which 35 have been at Jonathan Alder.
Pund presented information
on Holt's French book "Bien Diet" levels one
to three, Holt's Spanish
"Expresate" levels one to four, Prentice Hall's
"Problems of Democracy" from
MacGruder's American Government and
Harcourt's Science grades K-5 from Ohio
The board approved the new curriculum for the new Honors
to be offered at the high school and received information on
recommended text "BSCS Biology, an Ecological Approach."
recognized Lynne Farmwald who retired as principal of Plain
at the end of the school year. Farmwald has been with
the district for 32
Kelly Hicks, who was a teacher in the building, will replace
The board moved to go into executive session to consider
appointment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or
of a public employee. No action was taken
The next regular
meeting will be July 9 at 7 p.m.
In other news:
financial reports as presented by the treasurer
.Approved property, fleet and
liability insurance for the 2007-2008
fiscal year with Ohio school plan in
the amount of $49,554.00
.Approved the revised teacher evaluation
.Approved second resolution for the Plain City Library Board
if necessary to levy the tax.
.Approved the resignation of Tonya
Grove as cafeteria aide, D. Robin
Brown as intervention teacher at Monroe and
Sarah Devore as Spanish teacher
.Approved Tammy Robinson as a nurse's aide
at $17 per hour, two hours
per day for 179 days per year.
Lanka as math teacher at Canaan
.Approved David Lanka and Becky Leonard as
summer intervention teachers
.Approved Meg Wood as student council supervisor
at Plain City
Elementary for the 2007-2008 school year.
following employment for the 2007-2008 school year at
Jonathan Alder Junior
High: Harriet Merriman - student council advisor
and declamation advisor;
Patricia Brately ? seventh grade spelling
coach; Ron Thomas, Sr. -seventh
grade football coach and assistant
track coach; Tom Vargo - eighth grade
football coach and track coach;
Ron Thomas, Jr. - assistant football coach;
Mike Baird ? assistant
football coach; Gayle Carter - seventh grade
volleyball; Sara Kennedy ?
eighth grade volleyball; Danielle Bray - fall
cheerleading advisor; Nate
McDowell - assistant wrestling coach; Sam McDowell
- assistant wrestling
coach; Rich Gray - seventh grade boys basketball coach;
- junior high athletic director and eighth grade boys basketball
Robert Wehner - eighth grade girls basketball coach; Jamie Wallace
intervention specialist at Canaan; Keely Armstrong - language
teacher at Cannan; Robin Brown - library aide at Monroe; Brynn Craney -
spelling coach at Cannan; Shannon Gatsch - first grade teacher at
City Elementary; John Snively - assistant high school football
Keesha Knox and Joyce Schrock - cheerleading volunteers.
policy revisions on the following to comply with state
mandates, to be
approved at an upcoming meeting: distribution/student
.Commended physical education
teachers Kim Sinkhorn, Zetabarbara
Holcombe and Erin Farmwald for helping
raise $7,252.22 for the Central
Ohio Chapter of the American Heart
Richwood clock tower broken
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
might have to change its town slogan.
The village motto "Richwood where the
clock strikes hospitality" appears
off base as the 104-year-old clock tower
isn't striking at all.
Village administrator Larry Baxa reported to village
council Monday that
his work crews spent much of last week attempting to get
the clock back
in working order. The workers' best effort resulted in the
from noon until 8 p.m. before it stopped working again.
said the gear mechanism itself seems to be working fine, but a
that stretches two stories up into the clock tower may be the
added that there appears to be some water damage up in the tower.
financial officer Don Jolliff told Baxa that there is some money
set aside in
village funds for repairs of the clock. The money was set
aside for the
village in the estate of a village resident who died.
Council member Scott
Jerew also noted that there is money set aside for
repairs at village hall
where the clock is located. There was some
debate over whether or not the
money could be used for repairs to the
clock or if it was only for structural
repairs. Council agreed that at
the very least the money could be used to fix
the leak that has led to
the water damage.
Baxa was told the use the money
from the memorial gift to try to get the
clock back in working
Vandalism at the village park continues to be a problem.
reported that he is looking into installing a fence around a lift
the park. Someone apparently used an unknown object to beat
on the control
panel serving the lift station.
Inside that box are high voltage wires,
prompting Baxa to look into
having more than $1,000 worth of fencing placed
around it. Council told
Baxa to solicit additional quote for the fencing, but
went on to discuss
the vandalism problem at length.
Also, flotation rings
at the park continue to be stolen and concrete
benches have been tipped
The recently built bathroom facility at the park continues to be
target of vandals. Council member George Showalter said someone
removed the entire faucet system from one of the restrooms, but
oddly returned it.
"Apparently it didn't work at their house,"
The individual then removed another faucet at the
"And it hasn't come back," Showalter said.
Council said the only
way to stop the vandalism at the park is for
residents to take an active role
in watching for crimes.
"I don't understand with all the people in that park
how nobody has seen
anything," council member Jim Thompson said.
member Peg Wiley urged residents who witness vandalism at the
park to call
the village police department. Mayor Bill Nibert added that
assist police in identifying individuals at the park who
are performing the
In other business, council:
.Was invited to attend the dedication of
the North Union District
Veterans Memorial on July 4 at 11 a.m. Project
manager Gail DeGood-Guy
said the monument was set on its base on Monday and
only some small
projects remain to be completed.
.Voted 5-0, with council
member Wade McCalf absent from the meeting, to
enter into an agreement with
R.D. Zande and Associates for engineering
work in the village.
from Jolliff that there are more than $3,000 in bills for
engineering work at
the industrial park that are due. Jolliff said he
was told the village would
need to pay the bills and then solicit
reimbursement from the state for the
.Learned that the village police department will have its bicycle
back in service soon. Apparently there are some uniform and
issues that must be resolved before officers can use the bicycle
Village to give back parking fines
From J-T staff
Richwood residents who paid fines for parking citations between Nov.
and May 15 may get their money back.
Village council member Von Beal
explained that roughly $3,700 in fines
were collected improperly because the
village failed to follow the
proper procedure when putting the parking
regulations into law.
Beal indicated that the village put the parking
regulations in place to
improve the safety and appearance of Richwood. He
said the move was not
intended to be a money making venture.
that although council held three readings on the parking
ordinances prior to
November, the wording of the legislation was not
published in a newspaper
until mid April. The legislation should not
have officially been in place
until 30 days after it was published.
Beal said that because of this he
believes any fines collected before
May 15 should be returned. Council voted
5-0, with member Wade McCalf
absent, to approve the refunds.
was then held on how to best go about returning the money.
officer Don Jolliff said the names and license numbers
of the individuals
ticketed by the police department are on file. He
said the village could run
the license numbers through the police
department computer to find addresses
for those who paid fines.
Village solicitor Victoria Stone-Moledor said she
would advise against
sending out checks to various addresses. She recommended
to residents who received tickets during that time frame to
that they were eligible for a refund.
She said this puts the
responsibility on those individuals to collect their refunds.
recommended working on the letter that indicated that all
are currently enforceable and the refund does not
indicate that the action
leading to the ticket is acceptable.
Grill sparks house fire
Family escapes home unharmed
From J-T staff
A barbecue grill ignited a fire which burned down a house in Plain
early Sunday morning.
Pleasant Valley Fire Chief Greg Pinney said
that at around 4:51 a.m., a
husband and wife were asleep at 819 Murlay Drive
when they were awakened
by the noise and smoke after a barbecue smoke cooker
caught the back
porch on fire.
The flames overtook the porch and went up
the side of the house to the
roof. The family members were able to get out of
the house in time.
Pinney said that no one was injured from the blaze and
remained on the scene until 9:47 a.m. At around 5 a.m. today, the
rekindled for a short time and crews responded to extinguish
remaining hot spots.
"The house was a total loss," Pinney
He said at such an early hour the fire unfortunately had a head
No one was awake to catch it before it spread to the rest of the
Fire investigators determined that the cooker on the back porch had
going for 12 consecutive hours when it spread outside its
Pinney said that the family's property loss has been taken care of
their insurance and the husband and wife currently have another place
The Pleasant Valley Fire Department was assisted at the scene by
Washington, Norwich, Union and Prairie township fire departments.
Union County Emergency Management Agency also responded to help
Shuster attains rank of Eagle Scout
From J-T staff
Ashton DiMorgan Shuster has received the Boy Scouts of America
rank of Eagle Scout.
He is a member of Troop 119 chartered by the
Church of Christ, 18077
Route 31. He also has been elected into Tecumseh
Chapter of the Order of the Arrow, BSA's Honor Campers
Tapped out to receive Order of the Arrow's highest rank of
Shuster is active in the chapter as vice chief and serves on the
team and dances on the Native American Dance team. He serves as
and safety chairman in the lodge.
During his affiliation with
scouting, Shuster has earned 33 merit
badges, worked at Cub Scout Day Camp
four years, worked at Camp Berry
Summer Camp (Findlay) as chief scout in the
Black Swamp Spirit Society
two years, served as a den chief to Cub Scout
Packs 119, 604 and 644,
held many offices in his troop and attended Eagle
His Eagle Scout project was building
shooting benches and designing an
archery range at the Richwood Gun and Game
Club which has opened its
doors to help train youths in 4-H, Boy Scouts and
Shuster has volunteered more than 3,500 hours to the
including working at three local food pantries, training service
and visiting long-term and elder care facilities and hospitals. He
trained with the American Red Cross to respond to emergencies.
active in 4-H as a member of two clubs, PSI Union County Shooting
Pawsitive Pals Dog Club. He is a member of Venturing Crews 8
and 490, and a
trained National Rifle Association apprentice in rifle,
shotgun and pistol.
He is active in Safety First youth training.
Shuster is in the ninth grade.
He is home schooled and takes classes at
The Ohio State
System will keep citizens
From J-T staff reports:
Union County residents may now sign up to
be kept in the loop when it
comes to emergencies in the community.
service called CodeRED has been in the works for the past year in
create a way for law enforcement and emergency officials to
by telephone about critical community alerts. It is
capable of delivering
thousands of messages per hour.
The Marysville Police Department has already
seen some positive results
from the new mode of telephone communication. On
April 25, officers
responded to a report of a missing 3-year-old female from
complex in the 400 block of Windmill Drive. Officers searched
and were unable to find the girl. After using the phone
system, word spread and a local bus driver later reported the
According to Marysville city officials, for those
increased and random calls tying up their phone lines, CodeRED
be used during emergencies. Residents only hear from the service
emergency situations in their area, such as tornados, severe
floods, water main breaks, alerts concerning missing children or
road closings, traffic alerts, law enforcement emergencies, or
"If power goes out, you may not be able to
depend upon radio and TV," a
city release stated. "However, because telephone
lines are self-powered,
we can continue to keep you informed through messages
The city reported that the service does not cost
anything extra for
residents and is "entirely paid for by Union County/City
at a cost of less than 40 cents per resident per year." That
taken out of taxes.
On June 1 the home pages of the Union
County and City of Marysville Web
sites (www.co.union.oh.us or www.marysvilleohio.org) will have links
a CodeRED Residential Data Collection Form to be filled out
Residents without Internet access, can fill out a paper form that
be available at any Union County or city government office. This form
a duplicate of the online form. Residents may also call the Union
Sheriff's Office at (937)-645-4110 or the City of Marysville
switchboard telephone number at 642-6015 and staff will
Hundreds of homes lose power
From J-T staff reports
transformer explosion in Marysville on Thursday left hundreds of
The Marysville Fire Department responded to 743 Kenny Lane
residents at an apartment complex discovered a power line down and
fire at approximately 2:20 p.m.
Children were playing in the area,
although none were injured.
While firefighters were on the scene for
approximately 20 minutes
extinguishing the blaze, reports show that Dayton
Power and Light
officials spent the next hour dealing with power outages
city caused by the explosion.
Dayton Power & Light
customer service officials reported this morning
that the transformer blast
left 775 homes without power. It took utility
workers a little more than an
hour to restore service.
The power outage also disabled some city traffic
lights, which may have
resulted in an injury accident that occurred at the
Fifth and Maple streets at 4:44 p.m. A woman riding a bicycle
by a man driving a pick-up truck.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd
Golden said the crash remains under
investigation. He said after the traffic
lights stopped functioning,
police placed temporary stop signs at the
intersection. When the lights
began working again the stop signs were still
in place, which may have
caused some confusion to drivers.
state that driver Ian Aristotle Jacob Higginbotham, 16,
of 20847 Westlake Lee
Road was eastbound on West Fifth Street as
Michaelene A. Vincent, 57, of 253
Residence Drive was riding her bike
south on the Maple Street
Vincent attempted to cross the intersection and was struck
Higginbotham's vehicle. She was injured in the collision and
transported by Marysville medics to Memorial Hospital of Union
Pool to cool summer swelter
By CORINNE BIX
School is out and the pool is
The Marysville Municipal Swimming Pool officially opened for the
season on May 26, and this year adults and families can take
of some special evening swim times.
Steve Conley, Marysville
Parks and Recreation superintendent, said new
this year the pool will feature
two Saturday evening adult swims and two
Saturday evening family swims from
8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The adult only swims will be held on July 7 and Aug. 4.
wishes to attend must be a minimum of 18 years of age. An ID may
The family swims will be on June 16 and July 21 and a parent
must accompany all children under 18.
"We are just trying to
give families and adults special times beyond the
normal swim hours to get
together," Conley said.
The cost per person for both the adult and family
swims will be $2.
Patrons with a pool membership will be admitted for
Conley said at this point no other activities are planned for
special evenings. The pool will close on these Saturdays at the
time, 8 p.m. and then reopen at 8:15 p.m.
"We are trying to give
people some more opportunities to participate in
some good wholesome
recreational activities," Conley said.
Regular pool hours throughout the
summer will be Monday-Saturday from
noon to 8 p.m. Sunday hours will be from
1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The pool will close early at 4:30 p.m. on June 13, June 20
and June 27
for home swim meets.
The annual "A Day in the Park" event is
scheduled for Saturday, July 14.
Residents may visit the American Legion Park
and enjoy live
entertainment, free food, drinks, ice cream and free swimming
Municipal pool until 4 p.m.
The pool will again offer "Learn to
Scuba Dive" classes from July 16
through July 19. The Underwater Connection,
a PADI certified facility,
will instruct the classes from 6 to 9 p.m. For
more information about
the program, including cost, contact the Parks and
Conley reminds pool visitors about the weather
"When lightning or thunder is seen or heard, the pool will be
for 20 minutes," Conley said. "After each reoccurrence of thunder
lightning, the 20 minutes will begin again."
He added that if the
weather is questionable, patrons may call the pool
at 642-1046 to find out
the current status.
"It's very important for the patrons to know that safety
is number one
and the pool rules were developed with their safety in mind,"
said. "Please listen to the lifeguards; they are there to protect
keep you and your families safe."
The Concerts in the Park program
will begin Sunday at 6:30 p.m. with the
local Mo Jo Road band. Concerts will
be held throughout the summer on
the following Sunday evenings: June 24, July
8, 14 and 22, Aug. 12 and
26, and Sept. 9 and 23.
Conley said full
descriptions of each band along with other parks and
will be available on the division page on the Web
site at www.marysvillohio.org or by contacting
the parks and recreation
superintendent's office at 642-0116.
Markets to begin
From J-T staff reports
The Union County Farmer's Market
will begin its 22nd year this weekend.
The event is scheduled to begin
Saturday in the Marysville city parking
lot at the corner of Sixth and Main
streets. Seasonal fruits and
vegetables, baked goods, jams and jellies,
honey, herbs and fresh
flowers will be available throughout the summer and
According to a recent market news release, expansion of the market
two other locations showcases the abundance of offerings from
growers and vendors within the county.
Those locations and days are
Tuesdays at Mill Valley at Cobblestone Way
from 4 to 7 p.m. starting on June
12, and Thursdays at Green Pastures at
Connolly Construction and the WECO
Credit Union Parking lot starting on
New this year will be the
Farmer's Market Festival on Aug. 11 from 8
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city parking
lots at Sixth Street, between Main
and Plum streets
N. Lewisburg eyes storm water fee
By CORINNE BIX
North Lewisburg will look
into holding a public hearing to discuss
implementing a storm water utility
The fee would be added onto resident water bills at a rate of $1 to
per month with all money generated to be kept in a storm water
fund intended to head off storm water runoff problems.
Kestella, 20 Alma Lane, spoke to council regarding recent repairs
made to his
home due to standing water underneath the foundation.
Kestella owns one of
eight homes in the Weaver and Castle Addition NO. 1
built in the late
He said his home is one of seven that collect water on a
Kestella advocates a storm water utility to be added to help
storm water runoff issues.
Barry First, village administrator,
said such a program would be
pre-hazardous in that a system and funding would
be in place to help
alleviate future problems due to storm
"Everyone creates storm water, everyone is part of the problem"
A public hearing on the topic is expected to be announced
sometime this summer.
Council passed a resolution in opposition to House
Bill 154, which would
abolish mayor's courts in municipalities with
populations under 1,600
based on 2000 census numbers.
As of the 2000
census, the village had 1,588 total residents. It is
estimated that the
village now has 1,700.
If mayors' courts were abolished, the county seat's
handle all matters, which would be Urbana in the case of
First reported that the village would lose approximately
$30,000 if the
mayor's court were shut down. Total cost for policing and
courts in the
village is $130,000.
The $30,000 gleaned from mayor's court
pays for computers, equipment,
vehicles and radios for the police division.
All other policing costs
such as personnel and staffing are paid for through
the general fund.
It was learned all but 10 water meters are in place within
Water bills based on usage will begin in July.
customers who didn't receive two preview bills will only pay the
base rate of
$45 per month for the months of July and August.
The base rate for water and
sewer includes 3,000 gallons of water. The
former flat rate for water and
sewer prior to water meters was $54 per
treatment plant is 70 percent completed and is expected
to be finished at the
end of July.
The park restroom project will not be completed until later this
It was anticipated that the restrooms would be done for the July
The grant-funded project will feature a heated building
with hot water
so that the restrooms can be accessed year round.
reported that the village was awarded $8,984 in funding from the
Department of Natural Resources - Natureworks grant to be used
playground equipment. The local contribution is around $3,000.
also is looking into eventually constructing a shelter house
and obtaining a
caboose to be positioned at the north side of Spain's
Creek near the
multi-use path entrance.
Initial plans would include restroom facilities
within the caboose along
with a lunch table.
The opening and dedication of
the multi-use path, The Big Darby Plains
Scenic Byway, the new Buck Run
Covered Bridge, the new North Lewisburg
Covered Bridge, and the rehabilitated
Pottersburg covered bridge will be June 21.
re-negotiating the village lighting agreement with
Dayton Power and Light.
DPL has asked the village to sign a four-year
contract with fixed rates
whereas council would prefer a two-year
contract with no fixed rates.
next regular council meeting will be July 3 at 7 p.m.
In other business,
.Heard the reading of a proclamation thanking former council
Nancy Stuart for nine years of service to the village. Stuart
down earlier this year and Gwen Beech was sworn in last month to
.The village was declined federal funding through a
FEMA grant to be
used towards a pre-mitigation plan to include an emergency
center for residents in Champaign County. The village will re-apply
.The Champaign County household waste and collection day will be
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Champaign County Engineer's parking
.Approved the annual request from the Triad Junior Baseball league
$1,000 to be used for July Fourth fireworks.
.Heard Deputy Glenn Kemp
give the Champaign County Sheriff's report for
the month of May. It included
19 traffic citations, nine warnings issued
for traffic violations, 15
incident reports, 35 cases of assistance
given to citizens, 11 arrests, two
civil and criminal papers served, 41
follow-up investigations completed, two
open doors, seven instances of
juvenile contact, one civic activity and two
Crash details released
Report of six injured was
incorrect; four were transported from the scene
From J-T staff
Emergency services cleared up misinformation regarding
resulting from Tuesday morning's serious crash in Darby
The Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol explained
troopers were initially told that six people were involved in
two-car crash that occurred at 8:53 a.m. at the intersection
Middleburg-Plain City Road.
This morning the OSP reported that since
then they have discovered there
were a total of four people injured.
reports explain that driver Jin Hae Park, 39, of Dublin was
traveling west on
Middleburg-Plain City Road in a black four-door 2003 Saab.
entered the intersection, he was struck in the left side by a
3500 pickup truck driven by Daniel P. Vollrath, 38, of
Milford Center. He was
headed northbound on Route 38.
Both vehicles collided and spun off the
northwest side of the
intersection and came to a rest down an embankment and
into a grassy area.
Daniel Vollrath was ejected from the vehicle after the
impact and was
transported with serious injuries to Grant Medical Center by
helicopter. His passenger, Samuel M. Vollrath, 6, was transported
Memorial Hospital of Union County with minor visible injuries.
reported that Park had to be extricated by medical personnel using
cutting equipment at the scene. They were forced to rip the top
vehicle to ensure his safety.
Park and a passenger Sang Sun Han, 37, of
Dublin were both transported
by medical helicopters to Grant Medical Center
with serious injuries.
The OSP reported that the intersection where the crash
posted with stop signs on Middleburg-Plain City Road in both
and eastbound locations. Route 38 does not have stop signs posted
north or southbound traffic.
OSP officials said that it has not been
determined if Park ran the stop
signs. That part of the crash will reportedly
remain under investigation
for the next several days.
The Union County
Sheriff's Office, Marysville Fire and EMS, Jerome
Township EMS, Pleasant
Township EMS, Life Flight EMS and MedFlight EMS
all assisted at the
State director visits U.C. Board of Developmental
J-T staff reports
Ohio Department of Mental
Retardation and Developmental Disabilities
Director John Martin visited the
Union County Board of Developmental
Disabilities Tuesday and lauded the local
program on its excellent
quality of services.
"The number one thing I'm
really impressed with your program is the
creativity and enthusiasm of
staff," Martin said in comments to the
staff and community. "You have the two
elements that can accomplish
great things. You have a lot to be proud of in
In addition, he cited local efforts in "establishing a county
advisory committee as being an incredible planning asset."
his visit, Martin toured the Harold Lewis Center, U-CO
WorkNet and was given an in depth overview of the entire program.
was shown the exterior of the future site of U-CO Industries at
Drive and made remarks at a luncheon hosted by the program.
director also offered comments on current efforts underway at
of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities and noted:
first few months focus was made on the whole budget process;
is looking at the amount of new dollars in the budget
first and the Medicaid
.A new department staffing team has been put in place
meet challenges in the system statewide;
.A "Future Study
Commission" is set to provide planning and priorities
for the first few
.The department is looking at increasing "flexibility in our
especially as it relates to waivers"
.The biggest current
challenge faced is " finding adequate resources to
meet significant unmet
Additional information on the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation
Developmental Disabilities may be obtained at www.MRDD.Ohio.Gov.
the Union County Board of Developmental
Disabilities may be addressed to
Superintendent Kim Miller at 645-6733.
North Union High School honors
From J-T staff reports
North Union High School will hold its
commencement ceremony Friday at 7
p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Valedictorian and salutatorian of the
2007 class will be Chelsea Anne Foos
and Kelsey Rachelle Smith respectively.
Foos is the daughter of Mitch and
Carol Foos and Sue and Randy Thacker.
She will attend the Ohio State
University Marion branch and plans to
major in early childhood
Her academic honors include earning all A's during four years of
school; honor roll all four years; academic letters, nine; bar 10,
11; perfect attendance, nine, 10, 11; National Honor Society, 11, 12
historian, 12; scholastic gold medals, English, geometry,
physical science, all nine; Algebra II, biology and Spanish I,
English III, Chemistry I and advanced math, 11; silver medals in
history, nine; English II, 10; Spanish II, 11; bronze medals in
skills and Word, both nine.
She also received McElheney book awards,
science nine, history 10,
advanced math 11; MOAC Scholar Athlete, nine, 10;
Buckeye Girls State
Her extra curricular activities during
her high school years include
being a member of the Mock Trial team, nine,
10, 11, 12; Student Council
representative, nine, 10, 11, 12 and as
secretary/treasurer, 10 and 11;
history club, nine; track, lettered nine, 10,
11, 12; National Student
Athlete, nine, 10, 11; art club, 11, 12, president
12; Spanish club, 11,
12, historian 12; newspaper, 11; drama, 11 and
Community activities include working as a volunteer during
drives all four years; REAP Food Pantry Drive, 10; North Union
Drive, 10, 11, 12; recycling day, 11; Adopt a Highway, 11
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 11 and 10.
Foos also was active in
observing students at North Union Elementary,
Forest Lane Daycare and
baby-sitting at her church.
Smith is the daughter of Nevin and Jean Smith.
She will be attending
Capital University in the fall, majoring in nursing and
playing on the
Smith's academic accomplishments include
being on honor roll and having
straight A's during her high school career;
academic letters, nine, 10,
11, 12; academic gold medals, Algebra 1, nine,
Art 1, 10, American world
history 11; silver medals in keyboarding nine,
agriculture science 10;
Spanish 10, 11; biology 10; chemistry 11; bronze
medal in Spanish, nine.
She also was a Scholar Athlete nine and 10 and
National Student Athlete
nine. She is also a member of the National Honor
Extra curricular activities include being a member of the FFA, nine,
11, 12; Green Hand Award nine; Green Hand Degree nine; FFA
Achievement nine; Chapter Degree 10; volleyball all four years,
letter, 10, 11, 12; MOAC First Team 11, 12; Second Team 10;
First Team 11, 12; basketball all four years, varsity letters all
years; MOAC First Team 12; MOAC Honorable Mention 9; MOAC Second
10; varsity letters in track nine, 10, 11; MOAC 12-point award, 10
MOAC 30-point award, 12; and Who's Who Among America's Athletes
Smith was active in community activities helping 4-H
recycling nine, 10;
Richwood Fair clean-up nine, 10, 11, 12; Springenfest
set-up nine, 10,
11, 12; club volleyball 9, 10, 11, 12; Junior Fair Board
10, 11, 12; United Way Day 11 and Beef Expo clean-up nine, 10.
has been a Memorial Hospital Junior Volunteer, working 48 hours
The following North Union High School students received
accolades for their hard work in the classroom at a recent
ceremony held at the school:
Ohio Academic Scholarship, Luke Brill,
The Ohio State University.
Kinney Scholarships, Adam Conrad, Nikki
Erwin-Jolliff, Gus Jerew and
Alumni Scholarships, Olivia Britton, Jeff Gallant,
Amber Hellwarth and
Burnside-Imbody Scholarships, Emily Davis, Nathan Dunham,
Erwin-Jolliff, Kelsey Smith and Casey Retterer.
Donald D. and
Dorothy Parrott Family Scholarship, Casey Retterer and
Byhalia-York Alumni Scholarship, Jeff Gallant.
Class of 2007
Scholarship, Emily Buettner, Britney Colwell, Jacob
Dunnington and Joe
Richwood Police Under-dog Scholarship, Gus Jerew.
Memorial Scholarship, Sam Rees.
Wildcat Challenge Grant, Rachel
Karen Neel-Babbini Scholarship, Cierra Mathys.
Grandstaff Eubanks Scholarship, Rachel Miller.
Dan B. Kyle Memorial
Scholarships, Olivia Britton, Adam Conrad, Emily
Davis, Kelsey Smith and
Kevin Smith Scholarships, Jeffrey Gallant, Shannon Jones and
NUEA Scholarship, Chelsea Foos.
Richwood Bank/4-H, Emily
North Union Band Boosters, Molly Foreman.
Union County Bar
Association (Savings Bond, top government student,
selected by Brian
Terrell), Holly Sheets (class of 2008).
Mt. Carmel Free Masons (Bixler
Scholarship), Emily Davis.
North Union High School Student Council
Scholarship, Casey Retterer.
Marysville Elks Association, Luke Brill, Most
Valuable Student Scholarship.
Union County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding
Career Passport, Casey
Retterer and Kelsey Smith.
Union County Farm Bureau
Scholarship, Nikki Erwin-Jolliff.
Richwood Garden Club Scholarship, Luke
Brill and Adam Conrad.
Brittany Crabtree Memorial Scholarship, Kelsey
North Union Wildcat Arts and Music Scholarship, Cierra
Union County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship, Alicia
VFW Auxiliary Scholarship, Emily Davis and Emily Buettner.
Investing in our Future Scholarship, Casey Retterer.
Marion Area Phi-Kappa
Delta Scholarship, Casey Retterer.
Erin Y. James Memorial Scholarship, Tyler
Kory Keigley Memorial Scholarship, Blake McElroy.
Hospital of Union County Medical Staff Award: Kelsey Smith.
Senior Leadership, Casey Retterer; Senior Service, Emily Davis;
Dependability, Emily Rasey; Senior Sportsmanship, Kelsey Smith
Blaine Wilson; DAR American History Medal, Jessica Tolliver; DAR
Citizenship Award, Gus Jerew and Kelsey Smith; Marysville
Outstanding Male Student, Blake McElroy; Marysville Elks
Female Student, Olivia Britton; Marysville Elks Student of the
Year, Cierra Mathys.
Not being presented at the assembly:
Foreman Scholarship (FFA). Luke Brill; North Union FFA
Conrad, Nikki Erwin-Jolliff, Kelsey Smith, Cierra
Mathys; North Union Farmers
Scholarship, Blake McElroy; Northwest
(Raymond) Lions Club Foundation
Scholarship (FFA), Tyler Patton and
Emily Davis; Wal-Mart Community
Foundation Scholarship, Adam Conrad;
Fred Ryan Memorial Scholarship
(Tri-Rivers), Zach Gibson; Tri-Rivers
Alumni Asso-ciation Scholarship,
Cassandra Goodrich; Tri-Rivers
Director's Award for Career-Technical
Excellence, Kyle Holbrook and Amy
Ishler; Tri-Rivers Outstanding Junior
Award, Jordan Speakman (class of 2008).
Brill, Ohio State University Trustees Scholarship; Ohio State
College of Food, Agricultural and Environ-mental Sciences
Emily Buettner, Marion Technical College President's
Emily Davis, University of Dayton President's
Nathan Dunham, Valparaiso University Presidential
Molly Foreman, Ohio State University Marion Campus
Zachary Gibson, Marion Technical College Tech Prep
Renee Goins, Marion Technical College Tech Prep
Cierra Mathys, Bluffton University Tuition Equalization
Rachel Miller, MedCentral College of Nursing Dean's
Alicia Moore, Capital University Presidential Scholarship and
CAP Grant Award.
Robert Organ, University of Findlay - Findlay
Brandon Reiser, Marion Technical College Tech Prep
Casey Retterer, Ohio State University Marion Campus
Joshua Sands, Marion Technical College Tech Prep
Kelsey Smith, Capital University Presidential
Marybeth Stoltzfus, Marion Technical College President's
Elliott Toland, Marion Technical College Tech Prep
Joe Wasserbeck, Ashland University Football Award.
Wilson, Otterbein College - Scholar Award and University of
Six injured in crash
Three medical helicopters called to scene
A half dozen victims suffered serious injuries as the result of
two-car crash this morning in Darby Township.
Just after 8:45 a.m.,
Union County Sheriff's deputies, Ohio State
Highway Patrol troopers and three
MedFlight helicopters responded to the
intersection of Middleburg-Plain City
Road and Route 38 when a car and
pickup truck collided just south of
Fairbanks High School and Big Darby Creek.
Details and names of the
victims were unavailable at press time.
Upon their arrival on the scene,
medical crews and law enforcement
officials worked to extract the victims
from the wreckage. Three males
were eventually evacuated from the scene by
MedFlight, with one
helicopter responding from as far away as Toledo.
Rick Zwayer, commander of the Marysville post of the Ohio State
Patrol, said a black Saab, which contained four persons, was
on Middleburg-Plain City Road.
A red Chevy pickup truck was headed north on
Route 38 at the same time.
Zwayer said it appears the Saab was struck in the
driver side door as
the result of the collision.
"There is a trail of
evidence that leads up to the crash," Zwayer said,
pointing toward the tire
marks on the roadway and the broken glass
He said the
momentum of the impact forced both vehicles off the
roadside, down an
embankment and into a farm field. The truck was left
on its side and the Saab
was left pointed toward the roadway.
Within the first 30 minutes, the male
driver of the pickup truck and his
young male passenger were taken from the
scene by medical helicopters
and a third was waiting for the Toledo MedFlight
Crews from different counties cut the Saab roof top to extricate
Zwayer said the young male victim was under the age
Union County deputies cut off traffic feeding into the
causing a small backup of traffic in each direction.
personnel and medics responded from Pleasant Valley, Union
Township and Marysville.
More information on the crash is expected to be
released later today.
On the main stage
Christian concert promoters
call Marysville home
By RYAN HORNS
"There's an old saying in this
business: We're lucky to be doing what
we're doing," Marysville's Cliff
Almost 10 years ago he left a job as vice president of marketing
Columbus Convention Center, in order to start his own company:
Concerts. The company specializes in promoting Christian-based
concerts across the country.
Reiser is happy to say that he has
built his life on the prospect of
risk and a passion for doing what he loves.
Leaving behind a career of
15 years and having to start from scratch was
risky. But the move paid
off and his Marysville-based company has since risen
to become the
second-largest promoter of Christian music in the country and
reached Pollstar's top 20 of promotion companies
Sitting in his office off of Square Drive on Friday with his son
business partner Jake, Reiser said promotion isn't risky if it
something you enjoy doing.
"Our offices are here because we live here.
Jake went to school in
Marysville, my wife and I live here. I doesn't matter
where we locate.
We just have to be near an airport and have Internet access.
fortunate to be able to do what we like. But most important, I get
work with my son. He's part of the business and will take it over.
just the independence of working for yourself that's part of it
too," Reiser said.
Together the two have watched a burgeoning Christian
music industry grow
and have worked hard to get ahead.
"It was very scary
at first when you leave a position like I had at the
convention center and
start a new business, when you really don't know
how well it's going to do
and especially the costs associated with it,"
Reiser said. "I did all
mainstream concerts from John Cougar Mellencamp
to whoever. But because they
knew I was a Christian, I also did
Christian shows. We were doing great
business there with the shows we
had, four or five thousand people sometimes.
At that point I decided I
gotta do this before I get too old. It's a passion
Reiser and his son left behind the mainstream market of
promotion, in favor of getting into the Christian Rock market
"Years ago people wouldn't play that kind of music because they
say, 'that's Jesus music,'" Reiser said. "But in those days,
in 1990, there weren't very many acts."
By 1997 the Christian
music scene had grown and Reiser said the music
groups had become too good
for people to ignore.
"The art got better," Reiser said. "I mean 15 years ago
it was simply
someone singing about their faith and they'd get up with their
and everybody was overwhelmed. Now (the bands) have three semi
trucks out back."
During this time he said Rush Concerts started small,
over a dozen shows a year. His son had not graduated from
and Reiser worked alone from an empty office, organizing 15 to 20
a year. That figure has since risen to 100 shows a year and is
into new markets every year.
Reiser said being a concert promoter
is "kind of like the baseball
player song, we'd do this for free."
that feeling continues on with everyone who works in the
business, down to
those who volunteer to work shows simply because they
Currently Rush Concerts is attempting to organize one-days festivals
Columbus, as well as hold its new Faith Night tours - Christian
at minor league baseball games. Those shows will kick off in July.
fall the two are also planning a tour for bands Switchfoot and
Reiser said the two bands started out as Christian acts but
last four years have crossed over into the mainstream. The bands
not been selling any dates to Christian music promoters, but
recently come back. He said they are realizing that Christian
can really do a better job at getting them out there toward their
For more information on Rush Concerts visit them online
Two area students attain rank of Eagle Scout
From J-T staff reports:
scouts Greg Elchert and Jim Palmer will be awarded the Eagle Scout
10 in a 1 p.m. court of honor at Our Lady of Lourdes
Elchert, a sophomore at Marysville High School, is the
son of Jim and Becky Elchert.
Palmer is a sophomore at Fairbanks High
School and the son of Jim Jr.
and Julie Palmer.
Both 16 year olds are
members of Troop No. 634 which meets at Our Lady
of Lourdes and which is
under Scoutmaster Jim Hodnichak.
Elchert's scouting honors include Order of
the Arrow and the
conservation award. Leadership positions he has held
leader, scribe, den chief and quartermaster.
attended Boy Scout summer camps at Camp Berry, Camp Falling Rock
Woodland Trails. He has hiked at Zaleski State Forest, Mohican
the Ohio and Erie Canal Trail and completed a 20-mile hike
on the Logan
He assisted at the Veterans Monument dedication May 19 and will
honored at the Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner June 7 at the
Shrine Center in Columbus as a member of the Boy Scouts of America
Scout Class of 2006.
Elchert is an honor student and a member of the
marching band, jazz
ensemble, "In the Halls" staff and WALK youth group. He
Extraordinary Minister at Our Lady of Lourdes and has studied piano
for nine years.
He also has received the President's Education Award, MHS
Honors Award and OMEA Solo and Ensemble Superior Rating for
performance. He has been accepted to attend Baldwin-Wallace College
summer to study entrepreneurship.
His Eagle project was the
renovation of the large storage shed at the
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic
Cemetery. He raised more than $400 from
individuals and area businesses,
purchased the needed materials and
supplies and enlisted more than 20
volunteers for the work day.
Volunteers waterproofed the metal roof,
completely rebuilt the door and
one wall of the shed, hung new rain gutters
and downspouts, made
necessary repairs and painted the shed, foundation and
Palmer moved and landscaped a memorial for the unborn
children at Our
Lady of Lourdes. He added seating, a brick sidewalk and the
to create a meditative outdoor sanctuary.
He started Cub
Scouts in September 1998 as a Wolf Scout of Pack 634. He
received his Arrow
of Light in January 2002 and bridged to Boy Scout
Troop 634 in February 2002.
Palmer made Tenderfoot rank in May 2002,
second class and first class rank in
August 2002, Star Scout rank in
August 2003 and Life Scout rank in September
2004. He joined Order of
the Arrow in July 2003 and became brotherhood
member in July 2005.
He has helped out at Cub Scout day camp every year since
joining Boy Scouts.
A recipient of 26 merit badges, Palmer attended Eagle
Leadership training course in 2004. He has been a patrol
leader at Troop
634, assistant senior patrol leader two years and a senior
leader. As part of a scouting day camp staff, he has been
senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.
He has been in
marching band three years at FHS, pep band four years,
concert band two
years, and competed on the track and cross country teams.
MHS grad gets a kick out of cartooning
By CORINNE BIX
Kelly Croy couldn't
And, given that others, including presidential hopeful Sen.
Clinton, are getting a kick out of his artwork only makes life that
Croy, a 1987 Marysville High School graduate, is the official
cartoonist for the Ohio Democratic Party.
"I always wanted to be
a cartoonist," Croy said.
Croy, who will turn 38 in July, reminisces about
growing up on Walnut
Street and enjoying the Sunday comics.
Richard and Pat Croy, said they aren't surprised that art
has found its way
back into their son's life.
"I knew sooner or later he would get into his
passion for art," Pat Croy
said. "He always looked at the comics and loved to
sketch his own characters."
Kelly Croy said for many years his art was a
hobby that he only
entertained in his spare time.
college, getting married and starting a family, the art
supplies soon found
themselves put away in a closet.
However, in December of 2005, Croy was
inspired by a story he saw on
MSNBC news and the next thing he knew one of
his "pop art" cartoons
gained him national attention after he put the cartoon
up for auction on eBay.
Croy created a cartoon of the stolen cinnamon bun
or "Nun Bun" bearing
the likeness of Mother Teresa. He put it up on eBay as a
entertain family and friends.
The "Nun Bun" was stolen in 2005
from a Nashville coffee shop where it
had been on display for almost 10
Croy titled his cartoon "Thou shall not steal" and the response from
eBay auction was amazing, including 6,980 hits and a selling price
Almost immediately Croy found himself using his art a lot
Within the last 18 months, Croy's art is no longer a secret passion,
he now has a small studio set up in the corner of his northwest
Since January of this year, Croy has been submitting cartoons
Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) which are featured on its Web site.
opportunity came about after having dinner with Chris Redfern, ODP
and state representative.
Redfern asked Croy about his dream job.
responded that he hoped to someday be a syndicated political
before he knew it, Croy was hired on as the official ODP cartoonist.
teacher and coach from Oak Harbor, said he finds inspiration
"I look at things in the newspaper that jump off the page,"
After he sketches out his ideas, he chooses his favorites to ink
then scans the drawings into the computer.
Croy actually uses the
computer to color in the majority of his cartoons.
He said he is currently
working on developing his own unique style and
sense of humor.
recently had the opportunity to present some of his artwork to Sen.
at the ODP dinner in May.
Croy did a cartoon portraying Clinton as Rosie the
Riveter. The piece is
currently hanging in Sen. Clinton's campaign
"The week I met Hillary I was on top of the world," Croy
He also had the opportunity to meet and present his work to Gov.
However, with every praise comes critique. Croy said the
attending the ODP dinner he got constructive criticism from a
established cartoonist encouraging Croy to work on developing his
Overall, Croy has received positive feedback but he knows
the road to
become a syndicated cartoonist won't be easy.
difficult career to break into," Croy said.
He expresses gratitude to Redfern
and the ODP for the great exposure.
"I'm an unknown and he (Redfern) gave me
an opportunity," Croy said.
In addition to cartooning, Croy is a performance
chalk artist. He also
teaches middle school language arts and is an assistant
He lives with his wife, Lorrain, and their
Boerger leaving St. Paul after 24 years
Longtime St. Paul Lutheran School Principal and teacher Karen
Boerger is retiring.
She will turn in her keys July 13, officially ending
an education career of 24 years.
Teacher of fifth, sixth and seventh
graders at the Chuckery school,
Boerger has held that position since 1992,
the same year she became
principal. She said she is retiring to spend more
time with her grandchildren.
"I want to be part of their lives ... it's
hard to let go but the family
and the grandchildren are kind of tugging at my
heartstrings," Boerger said.
A Dublin native, Boerger knew in high school
that she wanted to teach,
but a lack of money forced her to attend Franklin
University to train as
a secretary. She had hoped to earn the funds to pursue
however, that didn't happen until after her marriage to Marvin
now a retired farmer, and after raising their three children to
Boerger, who taught piano and organ, decided she would like to
music. She attended Wittenberg University, where music education
had to observe non-music classrooms as well as those where music
taught. It was then that Boerger decided she really wanted to
her dream of being a teacher.
She earned a bachelor's degree in
education in four years, even while
caring for her growing family. A master's
degree in leadership from
Wright State University was added while she was
teaching at Trinity
She taught sixth grade at Trinity,
where she stayed for eight years
before accepting the positions at St. Paul.
She also taught in the
Marysville School System, where she taught one-half
year at Edgewood and
the other half at the middle school.
Boerger said the
highlight of her teaching career has been the students.
"They make you
laugh and give you joy. It has been a very fun
occupation," she said.
said it's been "neat" being a teacher and a principal.
She also worries that
children may be too active, too involved in
extracurricular activities. Even
when they are not actively engaged in
sports, etc., they are playing with
electronic games or on the computer.
That leaves them little time for reading
or quiet times, she said.
Boerger and her husband plan to visit their son
Warren, who works for
Syngenta and is now based in Switzerland, and his wife
Pam and their
children, Haley and Jordan.
Their other son, John, and his
wife, Dawn, and their children, Grace and
Thomas, operate the family farm
Crystal, their daughter, followed in her mother's footsteps
and is a
teacher. She lives in Indiana with her husband, Dean Castleman,
their two children, Caleb and Joshua.
Boerger recommends teaching as a
career, despite what others may see as
"I think it's been
a very rewarding endeavor ... it's a great occupation
to be in because it's
new and fresh everyday. There's nothing boring
about this job," she
Power company offers summer tips
Editor's note: The following
information is supplied by Dayton Power
and patio living - summer in Marysville means that
people spend time either
enjoying or trying to avoid the warm
temperatures. Dayton Power and Light
offers some tips on staying cool
and staying safe this summer.
. Watch for overhead power lines when performing home maintenance
as roof and gutter repair, tree trimming, house painting, or
activity that involves using a ladder. Keep tools, equipment,
yourself at least 10 feet away from power lines. Don't use power
while the ground is wet or while standing in water.
. When planning
to build a deck, plant trees or shrubs, or any other
activity that involves
digging, be sure to have underground lines
marked. Call the Ohio Utilities
Protection Service (OUPS) at
1-800-362-2764 at least 48 hours before you
begin your project, and they
will contact DP&L to have electric lines
marked at your home.
. Remember to never touch an electrical appliance while
in a pool or hot tub.
. Make sure that outdoor electrical outlets are
protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) to
from electrical shock.
Staying cool in your home
thermostat to the highest temperature that is comfortable for
you to stay
cool. The higher the temperature setting, the more money you
will save on
your electric bill. You can reduce your cooling bill by 2
percent just by
raising your thermostat by 1 degree.
. If you have a programmable thermostat,
program it to start cooling
your home about one hour before you arrive home
from work in the
evening. Then have the thermostat raise the temperature
after you leave
the house in the morning.
. Make sure air conditioning
units are clean and well-maintained to
ensure the most efficient use of
. Keep blinds and drapes closed on windows during the day.
safe during a storm-related power outage
. Keep handy an emergency kit with
flashlights, batteries, and a
. Call 1-877-4OUTAGE
(1-877-468-8243) to notify DP&L that your home is
without power. This
helps the company direct resources effectively and efficiently.
refrigerator and freezer doors closed to keep food cold as long
If you keep the doors closed, a full freezer should stay
approximately 48 hours, a half-full freezer for 24 hours, and a
for 2 hours.
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