Community Correctional Facility to open women's wing
Has been empty since
construction was completed in 2006
By RYAN HORNS
State funding may finally
allow the empty rooms of a women's wing at
West Central Community
Correctional Facility (WCCCF) to be filled.
Executive Director David Ervin
said Thursday that his facility recently
received $228,240 to help open the
wing, which has been vacant since its
groundbreaking in April 2005. The
construction wrapped up in 2006.
Despite a daunting political environment
filled with state budget cuts,
West Central Community Correctional Facility
constructed the new female
facility knowing that it would have to sit empty
until funding could be
secured through the state.
Ervin said at the time
that the decision to construct the new facility
was based largely on the
limits of time and money. The state had already
set aside construction funds
in the 2005 budget to build the female
wing, then state budget cuts reared up
and dropped funding over the next
few years. If officials had not built the
wing, inflation would have
eaten away at all the money appropriated for the
"The state budget is very tight," Ervin said. "Legislators are
very careful to make sure the funding priorities are in the
He said the main reason funding recently opened up is
recently appointed Director of Rehabilitation and Corrections,
Collins, who has interest in expanding programs such as West
across Ohio. Collins went before the state legislature to ask
funding and his request was granted in the amount of $5 million.
will then be spread out among different programs around Ohio.
were very pleased to get that funding," Ervin said. "The director
through for us."
He also gave credit to state representative Tony Core, Ohio
Larry Mumper and Union County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard
for their efforts to expand the community correctional
Ervin said these programs are important because of the reality of
overcrowding and the concern over the number of female inmates housed
the state of Ohio.
"The criminal justice system is overwhelmed," Ervin
He said the funding Collins was able to get for his facility will
used to fill 16 of 50 beds in the female wing. Ervin said he will
looking for ways to find more funding to open the entire wing.
said West Central will also use the funding to hire five resident
and two counselors. The challenge has been finding the right
people for the
job. The search started three or four months ago and
interviews are still
Ervin said the public is welcome to attend two upcoming
events at WCCCF.
On April 26 there will be a grand opening of the women's
wing at 1:30
p.m. Then on April 29 a dedication ceremony will be held at
Meeting focuses on city debt load
How much debt can a city the size of Marysville really handle?
question and more were raised at Marysville City Council's special
a water rate increase Thursday night. The agenda consisted of
funding, water needs and two public hearings for legislation.
detailed information provided by financial experts and city
support of the rate increase, issues such as debt
management and water
conservation took the forefront.
The proposed legislation would raise water
rates roughly 12 percent over
a two-year period. Based on home usage of 700
cubit feet per month,
bills for residents have gone from from $48.28 in 2005
and $50.69 in
2006 to $53.73 in 2007, and then $56.95 in 2008.
Lloyd Baker pointed out that more than 31 percent of previously
wastewater rate hikes have yet to be added to resident's bills.
He said 20
percent of that increase will be implemented in 2008.
"It seems we are in too
much debt," resident Esther Carmany said.
She said that if a $9 million water
company purchase 16 years ago has
caused such financial problems for the
city, how does it expect to pay
off the current debt? Resident Dick Noland,
an engineer for some 45
years, said the city owes as much as $180 to $200
residents placed that figure from $125 to $150
City finance director John Morehart said that as of March 2007 the
is at $125,020,000.
Numerous residents voiced their approval of
councilwoman Leah Sellers'
resolution for the city to create both a business
and land use plan as
part of the water rate increases. She was called upon to
resolution from comments raised by councilman John Marshall, Mayor
Kruse and former Union County Commissioner Don Fraser who felt
resolution and the 6 percent increase is irresponsible, in the face
the 8 percent increase originally proposed.
"The 6 percent compromise
doesn't satisfy everyone, but it does enable
us to move forward with water
supply improvements," Sellers said.
With the two-year, 6 percent increase,
she said the city can build its
reservoir and buy time to find alternative
funding options to keep the
future wastewater treatment plant projects
Kruse said that business and land use plans are already in place.
added that "wrong conclusions" have been made about the
re-financing of the city's water company bonds. The extra money the
gained through those maneuvers was not wasted. It was used on
capital items such as trucks and equipment.
He stressed that his
administration could not have done any of that
without the approval of city
council and the public, which neither
objected to at the time. He said by
refinancing of the 30-year water
company bond, its debt will still be paid
off in 30 years as originally planned.
Sellers said that Marysville's
Water Master plan and overall Union
County plans are out of date. She
reiterated that the city has not
pursued creative financing to help lift the
burden from residents and
make growth pay for growth. She said that the main
entity standing to
benefit from Marysville's reservoir and wastewater
upgrades is Jerome
Village and developments slotted for that area. The city
has not made
any effort to ask Jerome Village to pay for any part of the
and water treatment plant, and it was just assumed that the full
is Marysville's problem and the responsibility of residents.
who I represent. It is not developers or landowners outside city
limits or in
the southern part of our county. I represent the people in
Marysville and in
this room," Sellers said. "Now or in the future, I
won't ask residents to buy
something if I can't tell them what they are
buying . we have no plan or
understanding in place to tell residents
definitively what the growth in the
southern part of the county will
look like and to protect them from costly
That's what a land-use plan does. It's a shield and
Sellers said that she is not looking for "a Pulitzer Prize
document" from the city - just something that describes how they
going to manage and reduce debt and not repeat the same mistakes of
She said that some have pointed out that her resolution "lacks
She said the mayor and administration may ultimately ignore
"Unfortunately, there really is no good penalty that
council can impose
for such bad behavior, we can't fine the mayor or coerce
him or his
staff to do something. I would hope that if this passes, that the
would make a good faith effort to comply, and do what's best for
city. I think he will - if it survives a veto," Sellers said. "But
you all know, the ultimate remedy for all elected officials,
myself, if you don't think we are doing our jobs, or if you
somebody else could do a better job, is to vote us out."
spoke about numerous ramifications for passing the 6 percent
the 8 percent recommended. It would force him to abandon
treatment plant project and his plans to borrow $53
million needed for the
Trunk Interceptor Project; it will stop growth,
abandon bids for wastewater
projects making the eventual re-bids even
more costly, and stop all future
annexations because of their inability
to provide services. He said the
schools would have to pass levies to
pay their debt on three new building
projects, and the city will lose
its $3.6 million Jobs Ready Site
"These are not threats," Kruse said, which brought laughter
residents in the audience.
All second readings held Thursday night
were passed and will turn up
again at the next council meeting on April 12
for the final reading.
Councilman Mark Reams said that one way residents can
defer the rate
increase is by conserving their water usage. It is an issue
have been addressed years ago.
He said in many homes 27
percent of water is used by the toilet, so buy
one that is low flow. In other
areas, 22 percent is used in the clothes
washer, 17 percent in the shower 16
percent from faucets, and 14 percent
from leaks. He said upgrading to more
modern and efficient appliances
could offset all of these and keep
individuals water rates down.
Blankets to warm the body and soul
Group provides coverings for area
By EMILY MASTERS
Just as Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip
character, Linus, was
portrayed comforted by his blanket, some Marysville
children will be
offered that same security thanks to a motivated group of
Project Linus is an all-volunteer organization that
provides comfort and
security to seriously ill and traumatized children
through handmade blankets.
Kim Mathewson, of Marysville, is serving as
chapter coordinator for the
Marysville area. She considers her work a
In May of 2004, Mathewson lost her 16-year-old son Jason,
in a car
accident. She said one of the hardest parts in dealing with his
was that she was not able to be there to comfort him in his
"It's a mom's job to comfort a child, and I wasn't able to
do that," she said tearfully.
She remembers the impact Jason's death had
on the family and daughter, Krista.
"Krista lost her brother, she would
have been a kid to give a blanket to," she said.
Since that time Mathewson
has been looking for an organization that
works to make a difference in the
lives of children. Now, both she and
Krista are active blanketeers.
have tried to turn something bad into a positive," she said. "For
this has been good therapy, and it's a way for us to
Mathewson has heard about the impact Project Linus can have
on a community.
"My sister lives in Marion County, and they have a chapter
said. "The police actually keep the blankets in their cruisers
situations like domestic violence."
Mathewson said she hopes to work
with local police and fire departments,
hospitals, shelters, and social
service agencies in the distribution of
blankets to children.
"There are a
lot of kids who can benefit from this," she said.
"And it's not only the kids
who need the support, the parents need their
kids comforted, so this helps
comfort the parents too," said Krista.
Both ladies are kicking-off the new
chapter of Project Linus by having a
"Make a Blanket Day" on April 21, from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Calvary
Baptist Church, 17376 Route 347.
interested in making a blanket are encouraged to bring 1 1/2 yards
fabric and a pair of sharp scissors. Mathewson said she will
blanket making ideas and information on becoming a volunteer.
to Mathewson, since its inception, Project Linus has delivered
more than 1.5
million blankets to children through nearly 400 chapters
across the country,
at least 20 of those in Ohio.
More information can be obtained by contacting
Kim Mathewson at 642-5124
Parents warned of odd practices
J-T staff reports
Triad parents recently
received a letter, sent home with students,
informing them of two dangerous
practices the superintendent says have
occurred within the school district
but not on school grounds.
The first practice Superintendent Daniel
Kaffenbarger mentions in the
letter is branding.
"A piece of metal,
usually a coat hanger is bent into a desired shape
and then that shape is
heated, usually with a blowtorch or lighter and
the brand applied to the
skin, Kaffenbarger wrote.
He said he believes the practice has been occurring
since the first of the year.
"From what I understand, this comes on the
heels of the release of the
new "Jackass" movie, which something similar
occurred in that movie," he said.
The practice is considered unsafe
because of the health risks associated
with it, he said.
Kaffenbarger, there have been cases documented across the
physical complications have occurred including,
hepatitis, HIV, staph
infection, and in some extreme cases, gangrene.
Kaffenbarger said the
practice started among high school students, but
some siblings later
introduced it to middle school students.
Approximately 10 students have
participated in the act and consider it
on the same level as tattooing,
Kaffenbarger said, adding he heard the
branding is happening at the
A second practice mentioned in the letter is the
spraying of Axe Body
Spray on the genital area of the body and then setting
it on fire. This
activity is reportedly promoted on YouTube via the
Kaffenbarger states, "Although neither of these activities is
at school there is the unavoidable peer pressure occurring during
He also encouraged parents to talk with their children about
associated with these acts.
Kaffenbarger writes, "After several
concerned parents have spoken to me
about these activities, I felt it was my
responsibility to share my
concern with you as an educator and a
He also encouraged parents who have any additional information
to contact him.
Holy Week services listed
From J-T staff
The Marysville Area Ministerial Association (MAMA) will sponsor
community Good Friday service April 6 from noon to 1 p.m.
will be held at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Ken
Daft, senior pastor
at Marysville First United Methodist Church, will
Special music will be presented by the Marysville
Children's Choir under the direction of Barbara
Those interested in participating in an introit choir may show up
short rehearsal in the church choir room at 11:15 a.m.
Week activities and the churches hosting them follow:
Fellowship will hold its first Sunday service in its new
location on Palm
Sunday. The worship service will begin at 10 a.m. at
Mill Valley Elementary.
A special celebration will be held on Easter Sunday.
Church, Route 31 in Byhalia, will present "The Second
Day Drama and Concert"
on Palm Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The drama by Betsy
Carter will depict the day
after the crucification of Jesus.
Caldwell Memorial United Methodist Church,
Irwin, will hold a festival
worship on Palm Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Holy
Communion will be celebrated on
Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., and
festival worship will be held
at 9:15 a.m. Easter Sunday.
services at Calvary Baptist Church, 17376 Route 347, will be
held April 6 at
7 p.m. An Easter sunrise service will be held at 8:30
a.m., followed by
breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship at 10:45 a.m.
Cantata, "Because He Lives" will be performed Easter Sunday
Assembly Church, 1003 N. Maple St., at 10:30 a.m. It will
be preceded by a
sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. On Good Friday, a
Communion service will be held
at 7 p.m.
The adult ensemble of Emmanuel Baptist Church, 309 S. Oak St.,
present "Behold the Man: Exalting the Christ of Easter" on Easter
at 10:40 a.m. Nursery will be provided.
First Congregational United
Church of Christ will hold an Easter egg
hunt and cookout at McCarthy Park at
11 a.m. March 31. The Easter Bunny
will be special guest. Those planning to
attend should call 642-1611.
A processional will be held Palm Sunday at 10:30
a.m. It will be
preceded by Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. A Maundy Thursday
will be held April 5 at 7 p.m.
Easter Sunday activities
will include a sunrise service at Sean Doebert
Memorial Shelter at Legion
Park, a 9:30 a.m., breakfast in the church
fellowship hall, and Easter
worship at 10:30 a.m. The message will be
"The Last Enemy."
Last Words of Christ" by Theodore Dubois, will be presented
Palm Sunday at 2
p.m. at First English Lutheran Church. The ministry in
song will be presented
by the combined voices of local area church
choirs. Communion will be served
during the 10:30 a.m. worship.
On Wednesday, April 4 at 6:15 p.m., a Seder
meal will be served. A
Maundy Thursday service with Communion will be held
April 5. Communion
also will be served Good Friday at 7 p.m. An Easter vigil
will begin at
8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7.
First Presbyterian Church at
Fifth and Court streets will present "The
Red Carpet," a musical story of the
passion of Christ during 10 a.m.
worship on Palm Sunday. The story will
include narration by the Rev. Dr.
Scott L. Strohm and soloists and ensembles
directed by Scott Underwood
with accompaniment by Caroline Ohnsman.
Maundy Thursday, April 5, the 7 p.m. worship will include receiving
confirmation/commissioning class of seventh grade students into
membership and the sacrament of Holy Communion.
The Easter Sunday worship
service will be held at 10 a.m. April 8 and
will include traditional
Resurrection Day hymns with instrumental
accompaniment and a piano and organ
First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Fulton St., Richwood, will kick
Holy Week activities with a children's music program during its
a.m. Palm Sunday worship service. It will be preceded by an 8:15
early worship service and 9:30 a.m. Sunday school.
A Maundy Thursday
service with a Seder meal will be held April 5 at 6:30
p.m. A Good Friday
service will be held at noon April 6, with lunch to
follow. Holy Week
activities will conclude Easter Sunday with a 7:30
a.m. sunrise service with
breakfast to follow, 9:30 a.m. Sunday school
and a 10:30 a.m. worship service
with the choir and hand bells.
Jerome United Methodist Church, 10531 Jerome
Road, will begin Palm
Sunday with its 8:30 a.m. traditional worship and
Following at 9:30 a.m. will be fellowship time and
a.m. Christian education for all ages, and a 10:45 a.m.
On Maundy Thursday at 7:30 p.m.,
"Communion at the Cross," an
experiential contemporary worship, will be held.
The Good Friday service
will include "For Such A One As This," a music and
drama telling the
passion of Christ and featuring a chamber orchestra with a
ensemble from the Columbus Youth Symphony.
An Easter sunrise
service will be held at 7 a.m. April 8. It will be
followed by continental
breakfasts at 7:45 and 9:45 a.m., traditional
Easter worship at 8:30 a.m.,
and contemporary Easter worship at 10:45 a.m.
"Faces Around the Cross -
the Thief" will be the Palm Sunday message at
Marysville First United
Methodist Church. It will be based on Luke 23:38-43.
A Maundy Thursday
Communion service will be held April 5 at 7 p.m. in
the sanctuary. The
message will be "Falling Away." A Good Friday service
will be held April 6 at
7 p.m. in the sanctuary.
An 11th Hour Service will be held April 7 at 6 p.m.
in the Burnside
Family Life Center. An Easter Sunday sunrise service will be
held at 7
p.m. Easter worship celebrations will be held at 8:25, 9:30 and
a.m. The message will be "Faces Around the Cross - Peter," based on
Marysville Grace Brethren Church will hold an Easter egg
hunt April 7 at
Eljer Park at 11 a.m. An Easter Sunday family service will be
8 at 8:30 a.m., followed by worship at 10 a.m., with full
available for children of all ages. The church meets at Navin
Palm Sunday worship will be held at 10:30 a.m. at
Milford Center United
Methodist Church, 55 E. State St., Milford Center.
Sunday school and a
coffee hour will be held at 9:30 a.m.
On Good Friday
at 7 p.m., Stations of the Cross will be staged. An
Easter Sunday sunrise
worship at Liberty Park will begin at 7:30 a.m. If
the weather is inclement,
the event will be moved to the church. The
worship will be followed by
breakfast at 8:15 a.m., Sunday school and
coffee hour at 9:15 a.m., and
festival worship at 10:30 a.m.
New Dover United Methodist Church, 16637
Church St., New Dover, and
Unionville Center UMC, 127 W. Main St.,
Unionville Center, will hold a
combined Easter sunrise service at 8 a.m. at
the New Dover church.
Breakfast will follow.
New Dover also will hold a
Maundy Thursday service April 5 at 7 p.m.,
and an Easter egg hunt Saturday,
April 7, at 1 p.m. Easter Sunday
worship will be held at 11 a.m. April 8,
with Sunday school scheduled at 10 a.m.
Unionville Center will hold a Good
Friday service April 6 at 7 p.m. It
also will hold an Easter egg hunt April 7
at 11 a.m.
Easter Sunday worship will begin with singing April 8 at 9:15 a.m.
worship service will follow at 9:30 a.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes will
begin Holy Week services with a Saturday Mass
at 4:30 p.m. and 9 a.m. and
11:30 a.m. Masses on Palm Sunday. A Holy
Thursday Mass will be held April 5
at 7 p.m., and a Good Friday Mass at
noon on April 6.
An Easter Vigil is
scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on April 7. Easter Sunday
Masses will be held at 9
and 11:30 a.m. on April 8.
Raymond Church of Christ will observe Palm Sunday
with Communion during
its 10:30 a.m. service. An Easter sunrise service will
be held at 7:30
a.m., with breakfast to follow at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school
will be held
at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by Easter Sunday worship at
At 6 p.m., evening worship will be held.
Palm Sunday also is
Confirmation Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church,
7960 Route 38. Sunday school
and Bible study will be held at 9 a.m.
There will be no early worship service
The church will hold a Maundy Thursday worship service with
7 p.m. April 5. A reception for the confirmation class will
Good Friday service will be held April 6 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, a sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. It will be
breakfast and an egg hunt at 8 a.m., Sunday school and Bible
study at 9 a.m.,
and an Easter celebration and worship at 10 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church will
hold a palm processional on Palm Sunday,
April 1. On Wednesday, April 4, a
special healing service will be held
at 7 p.m. A Maundy Thursday service will
be held April 5 at 7 p.m. and a
Good Friday service April 6 at 7
Easter Sunday will include a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., followed by
pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. At 8 a.m., a traditional service will
held. Contemporary services will follow at 9:30 and 11 a.m.
Abuse case dismissed locally
Charges will reportedly be pursued in Clark
From J-T staff reports:
Some 63 charges against a Springfield
couple accused of committing
disturbing child abuse crimes were dismissed in
Union County this week.
Union County Prosecutor David Phillips announced
Monday that the
dismissal of the charges is temporary, as new indictments
will be sought
in Clark County.
"This case is expected to be presented to
the Clark County Grand Jury in
the near future," Phillips said.
Ferguson and his wife, Vonda, both of 1337 Northfield Court,
pleaded innocent in August 2006 to 61 counts of felonious
child abuse and endangering children for allegedly
abusing five of their
adopted children between 2000 and 2004. Vonda
Ferguson also was charged with
two counts of rape. The allegations
against the couple include burning them
with a clothing iron, severe
beatings and forcing them into scalding bath
Ferguson's attorney, Kerry Donahue, reported March 2 that such
dismissal could be coming, due to the charges being related to
"We considered our options in this matter," Phillips said,
this was the best way to proceed given the current status of the
The judge indicated that he would dismiss any crimes which occurred
Clark County at the close of the state's case. Given that many of
serious allegations of abuse were alleged to have occurred
Springfield, this would place the case in peril."
Phillips said that
keeping the cases in Union County could mean the
Fergusons would be unable to
"While we could appeal the court's ruling, we could not retry
defendants because of the double jeopardy clause of the United
Constitution," Phillips said.
Re-filing the case in Clark County,
he said, will eliminate this issue
and allow the jury to decide the case on
its own merits.
"I'd hate to see the matter decided on a technicality,"
"We want the jury to decide if the defendants are guilty of
without having the venue at issue."
The prosecutor explained that
the Ferguson cases were initially filed in
Union County under the theory that
the defendants were engaged in a
continuing course of criminal conduct. Based
on this, he said any county
the crimes occurred in could feasibly indict the
"We believe the law allowed us to charge all of the conduct in
County, under the statutes of Ohio," Phillips said. "However, the
disagreed with this theory at a recent hearing."
Phillips said that
he has been in touch with the Clark County
prosecuting attorney, Steve
Shoemaker, and the prosecution will be
conducted by the two prosecutor's
offices. Phillips said Shoemaker has
plans to appoint him as a special
prosecutor in Clark County, so that he
may continue to help try the
Richwood Council sets aside extra money for street repairs
With some village streets in desperate need of attention,
Council has set aside extra money in 2007 for repairs.
approved the final 2007 budget 5-0, with member Peg Wiley
absent, with total
appropriations of $1,658,735. Total revenue for the
year is projected at
Village council opted to place additional money in the funds for
repairs. Village financial officer Don Jolliff said the village has
aside $100,000 for repairs, $50,000 more than 2006 figures.
explained some of the extra money comes from revenues from the
Most of the tax money goes into a fund to repair village
streets, but a small
portion is set aside for state highway improvements.
The highway money has
built up over the years leaving the village with a
surplus which was
allocated for use this year.
The village also opted to use more than $25,000
which the village
secured from the sale of land at the Richwood Industrial
Park on street repairs.
Village administrator Larry Baxa said he would be
meeting with street
committee chairman Scott Jerew to determine which roads
Total village appropriations for 2007
include: General fund, $556,724;
streets, $185,578; state highway, $50,000,
parks, $41,196; sewer
construction, $96,371; building and other structures,
industrial park development, $7,500; water operating, $265,643;
operating, $308,164; water debt service, $73,422; and sewer
In other business council:
.Approved of the
safety committee's recommendation to promote Becky
Frazier to the position of
sergeant in the Richwood Village Police Department.
parking issues, in a continuation of talks at recent meetings.
that the village will begin chipping brush on April 9. The
village will also
begin picking up bags of leaves and clippings.
Richwood crews will not pick
up bags if they contain even small amounts of garbage.
.Heard that a small
portion of the storm sewer line work that was done
on North Clinton and
Blagrove streets is being adjusted by the
contractors. Apparently drainage
was not efficient after recent rains.
.Learned that a lightning strike caused
a motor in a village well pump
to burn out. The motor will be replaced and
the cost may be covered by insurance.
.Heard from mayor Bill Nibert that
the North Union School District would
like to use some of the accumulated
dirt from the Industrial Park
construction for use at future school
construction sites. Baxa said
there was no reason for the village to hold
onto the dirt.
.Set Spring Cleanup Day for May 12.
.Held an executive
session to discuss personnel.
Board of Developmental Disabilities adopts
new mission statement
From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Board of
Developmental Disabilities has adopted a new
mission statement, vision
statement, and core values as the initial
components for a revised strategic
plan. The approval of these plan
segments came after a presentation by
Superintendent Kim Miller and the
management team who had worked several
months on the project.
The new mission statement is: "The mission of the
Union County Board of
Developmental Disabilities is to ensure services and
available for eligible individuals."
The revised vision
statement is: "It is the vision of the Union County
Board of Developmental
Disabilities to be a primary community force that
ensures a consumer-driven
system and that assists eligible individuals
to become full citizens within
Board Vice President Steve Streng said, "We want to make sure
don't get away from our message that everyday we make a difference
the lives of citizens with special needs in Union County."
Jim Kouri commended the management team for "creating
functional mission and
vision statements with core values that will
drive the strategic plan." Kouri
added, "It's about all of us moving
Work on the
strategic plan will continue for the next several months.
Staff member Rachel
Hayes presented the board with a staff petition
regarding converting the
organization's logo to a five prong starfish to
align with the five core
values which are: Excellence, customer-driven,
collaboration, integrity and
The idea was generated at a recent all-staff in-service day.
that this potential change has generated "a lot of passion
and enthusiasm by staff."
"The timing for this is appropriate and
logical," said board member the
Rev. Paul Whiteford.
follow-up will occur in the next month.
The next regularly scheduled board
meeting will be April 16 at 4:30 p.m.
in the Amrine Room of the Harold Lewis
MHUC receives new CT scanner
$3 million device is one of two in Ohio
Memorial Hospital of Union County entered an elite society
it accepted delivery and installation of a state-of-the-art
64-slice CT scanner.
The Siemens scanner is one of only two in
the state and was manufactured
in Germany. The Cleveland Clinic also has
Memorial's new scanner is the cornerstone of the hospital's
renovation of the CT and MRI suite and comes with an impressive
tag. The total cost, along with renovations to the suite, was
$3.1 million dollars.
The CT scanner is being funded through community and
along with operating and capital funds.
CT stands for
computed tomography, which was formerly referred to as a
tomography scan or CAT scan.
Before the hospital only had one four-slice CT
scanner. The four-slice
unit will be replaced with an industry standard
16-slice unit in the coming months.
The hospital will then have two CT's
to meet the different needs of
patients, depending on the intricacy of their
Melanie Ziegler, director of development and communications,
that the original plan was to upgrade the four-slice with a
64-slice CT scanner.
However, with the dual source technology
becoming available last fall
following FDA approval, the hospital saw it as
an opportunity to step
out and demonstrate top-notch technology by bringing
it closer to home.
Mareva Page, director of imaging services, said the
advantage to the new
dual source scanner is that two as opposed to one x-ray
tube is used to
create a crisper more detailed image.
"The idea behind the
dual source CT is simple," Page said. "It is merely
using two x-ray sources
and two detectors at the same time, hence giving
way to better resolution,
double the speed and twice the power in less time."
A CT scan is used to
view tissues throughout the entire body which can
help avoid exploratory
surgery to find a problem.
Specifically, the advantage to the dual source is
to cardiac patients
because it eliminates the need for beta-blockers. Page
beta-blockers are often administered to cardiac patients
before a single
source CT scan can be done. The beta-blockers are a
medication used to
lower the heart rate.
"Anytime you are affecting the
heart rate, you are at greater risk for a
cardiac event," Page explained, "In
the case of the dual source, the
images can be acquired at a higher speed so
beta-blockers are unnecessary."
Simply put, it captures the image more
quickly, Page said.
Dr. Charles Muncrief, a radiologist on staff at MHUC,
said the advantage
to the dual source 64-slice CT scanner is that it is able
to do double the work.
"Above all, our top priority is the safety of our
said, "We feel that the dual source CT scanner is the
because it is able to accomplish this mission - to produce images
while protecting patients from unnecessary medication and
The new CT/MRI suite had been completely renovated to complement
cutting edge technology.
Patients enter a new a reception area where
they can check in for their procedures.
A bathroom has been added to
ensure patient privacy. Earth tones are
used throughout the
"The aim is to make it feel very soothing for the patient,"
Page said patients are scheduled for a CT or MRI scan
physician is trying to either rule out or diagnose a
disease or medical anomaly.
"This can be very stressful
and we want to put the patient in as warm
and comfortable of an environment
as we possibly can," Page said.
The actual CT scanner room will feature a
decorative backlit Plexiglas
ceiling panel. The panel will provide an
aesthetically pleasing view for
patients undergoing a scan.
source 64-slice is designed to be faster and more efficient to
patients and their doctors with more immediate results.
The hospital will
begin scanning patients with the new scanner on April
16. The plan is to
offer cardiac scanning midsummer.
The hospital is currently working on plans
to install a new MRI unit later this year.
Student admits making
bomb threat at MHS
From J-T staff reports:
The Marysville High School
student behind a recent bomb threat has been
Marysville Police Chief Glenn Nicol reported this morning that
pending through the Union County Prosecutor's Office
against student Michael
A. Tackett, 18, of 315 W. Fourth St. He said
Tackett will face charges
related to the bomb threat written on a
bathroom wall at Marysville High
School on Wednesday, March 21.
Nicol said that Tackett admitted to the
message which stated, "There is
a bomb that's going to go off at 8 a.m. Can
you find them all?"
The threat also made vague references to the bombs being
"structure points" within the school building, Nicol
Immediately after the bomb threat was reported, both police
Marysville school officials said they were not going to take it
"Following an extensive investigation, a student has admitted to
bomb threat at Marysville High School," Marysville
superintendent Larry Zimmerman reported Saturday morning in an
message. "The Marysville Police assisted in the investigation and
file charges against the Marysville High School student."
what led investigators to Tackett were not available this
charges are still pending.
The Rev. Marty Sheckler is out of his coma, back at home
and wants to
By EMILY MASTERS
It has been one week today that
the Rev. Marty Sheckler returned home
after spending eight months in
hospitals and nursing homes due to a
motorcycle accident that critically
injured him in July.
"It has been great, I get to see Julie and the kids
more," Sheckler said with a smile.
The fact that the pastor can speak at
all has been surprising, not only
to his family, but to the doctors, nurses
and therapists who have been treating him.
"I've surprised them all," he
said. "One doctor at OSU said I had the largest blood
clot he had ever
"I must have hit the road hard."
All of the bones were shattered
around his right eye, the right side of
his head was cut open, and that
"The doctor said my heart couldn't take all the damage," he said.
thought I was going to die."
Sheckler has no recollection of the
accident but has been told that he
was just minutes from his Leeper Perkins
Road home when a dog ran out in
front of him on County Home Road on July 14.
His motorcycle rolled or
skidded into the ditch. Friends say, he was at the
scene for about an
hour before some drivers found him.
of the Marysville Christian Church, had driven his
new motorcycle to church
before taking a vanload of men to a Promise
Keepers event in Columbus. At
10:15 p.m. he called his family to let
them know he was on his way home. That
was the night that would change
his life forever.
Sheckler presently is
confined to a chair, needs help getting in and out
of bed, is deaf in his
right ear, has a rash on his skin from the
pavement tearing it off, lost the
use of four nerves, one of which
controls swallowing, and his right eye is
temporarily stitched closed.
Regardless, he is upbeat and has set a
"I want to walk pretty badly, and I really believe I will," he
Just as Sheckler had to learn to talk again, he will also have to
learn to walk again.
"While I was in the coma, for four months, my muscles
got so weak, so I
will have to build them up," he said.
That process has
started with practice using parallel bars, a walker and
a tilt table which
has multiple straps to help patients stand.
According to Sheckler his
physical therapy can sometimes be painful.
Even so, he still keeps his sense
"My therapist had PT (for physical therapist) on her badge and I
her it stood for pain and torture," he laughed.
Sheckler likes to
laugh and even more so, he likes to make others laugh,
"When he carries on, I just tell people it's the medication," his
wife, Julie, said.
Sheckler said the laughing is what keeps him
"Julie says, 'I've got my Marty back,'" he said.
Not once has the
pastor questioned the accident or been angry with the
God he serves.
not angry with God, I need his help to walk again," he said.
scripture it says ?'he is our refuge and our strength.'"
Sheckler says it is
the local church community that has been a true
support system for he and his
family of five.
"I know at the rally they had for me $41,000 was raised," he
just couldn't believe it."
Julie said she learned that 80 percent
of the people who attended the
Oct. 14 rally at the Union County Fairgrounds
didn't even know her husband.
"The community has been good to me and my
church has been good to me,"
Sheckler said. "I believe the people at church
saved my life because
they prayed for me."
The pastor is now ready to give
back to his church. He says he wants to
preach in a couple of weeks.
to church, but I'm not preaching," he said. "I long for that
Although he hasn't been preaching in church, he was able to
a lot of the friends he made while recovering in the hospitals
nursing homes. Friends say Sheckler had a famous saying at the end
his services: "Let's go out and be the church."
Regardless of his
physical condition, some would say Marty Sheckler has
been doing just
For more information on Sheckler's progress, those interested may
crossing upgrade delayed
By RYAN HORNS
Residents looking forward to the
city opening up the East Fifth Street
railroad crossing may have to wait
longer than they expected.
Councilman Dan Fogt said during Thursday night's
Marysville City Council
meeting that he was not happy with recent news that
plans for the East
Fifth Street railroad crossing upgrade were
City Administrator Kathy House told council she had recently
update on the status of the crossing in an e-mail from city
engineer Phil Roush.
The subsequent upgrade work and opening have now been
several months. The process was originally set to begin in early
"I talked with Joe Reinhardt of the Ohio Rail Development
(ORDC) this morning," Roush wrote Thursday afternoon. "He believes
will issue an order in early April for the lights and gates for
crossing. The necessary agreement from CSX was received last
Roush said that ORDC funds for the order were received
September 2006 was when councilman John Gore first announced that
Ohio Rail Development Commission reported that Marysville was set
receive 100 percent of the funding needed to keep traffic
through East Fifth Street. This set in motion the process
installation of crossing lights and arms, which Mayor Tom Kruse
were essential before he would allow the opening the East Fifth
Street crossing again.
At the time, manager of the ORDC Safety Programs
Susan Kirkland said the
ORDC would fund the warning device installation at a
70 percent level
and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) will
cover 20 percent
along with assessing CSX a 10 percent share. She said Bonnie
the PUCO would initiate a contract outlining the scope and
scenario for the project.
"We are to receive a copy of the PUCO
order when it is issued. The
railroad will have one year from the date of
issuance to install the
lights and gates," Roush explained. "We have been
advised by ORDC that
they recommend we not reopen the crossing to traffic
until the lights
and gates are operational."
Kirkland said that by adding
PUCO and CSX into the funding scheme, the
project timeline would take
House told Fogt that paperwork issue with CSX seem to be the cause
for the delay.
"I'm extremely disappointed," Fogt said.
He said he
takes issue with the project taking one year from the money
instead of plans already being underway as he was led to
believe. He said he
plans to look into the issue.
Kiwanis Club designates Random Acts of
Also plans Love Thy Neighbor awards
From J-T staff
The Kiwanis Club of Marysville will once again sponsor Random Acts
Kindness Week during the week of April 22-28.
The weeklong movement
encourages kind deeds and friendly acts among the community.
since the inception of this project and throughout the years
simply been to encourage the community to put some genuine
thought and effort
into being kind." said Derric Brown, Kiwanis member
and RAOK chairman. "The
'feel- good' potential for this week is great
and if our efforts help
brighten the day of one or a few then it will have been worth it."
Kiwanis Club of Marysville has long encouraged residents to be
their gestures. Some frequent suggestions are allowing a
shopper to check out
before you, opening doors for others, buying
desserts for the table next to
you, calling an old friend, or saying
"hello" to a passerby on the street.
Individuals could also make a more
concerted effort of making someone's day
by writing a letter of thanks
to local firemen and police, visiting the
elderly, or volunteering for
your city, school, or church. Brown urges
participants be sincere, have
fun and enjoy making someone else feel
The Kiwanis Club of Marysville will also award its annual "Love
Neighbor" awards. These awards are presented to an adult and child
have selflessly given of him or herself and in whom the qualities
kindness and respect are best reflected.
Nominations must be submitted
to the Kiwanis Club of Marysville, P.O.
Box 340, Marysville, or e-mailed to
Derric Brown at
should tell why the individual is
being nominated and include your name,
address and phone number along
with the same information for the individual
Nominations must be received by April 18. Sending in a
also be considered random act of kindness.
The "Love Thy
Neighbor" awards will be presented at the April 23 Kiwanis
Club of Marysville
For more information about Random Acts of Kindness Week and the
Club of Marysville, those interested may call Derric Brown at
or e-mail questions to the above mentioned address.
Society plans kitten shower
From J-T staff reports:
In preparations for
the upcoming kitten season, the Union County Humane
Society is hosting its
first-ever kitten shower.
Similar to an ordinary baby shower, the event will
take place on Sunday
at St. John's Church on Route 736 in Marysville and will
refreshments and door prizes.
The UCHS is also registered at
Wall-Mart and Target for items urgently
needed including kitten formula and
small bottles for orphaned kittens,
blankets, litter boxes, heating pads,
toys and more.
"Last year we took in 112 cats in May alone," UCHS executive
Rachel Finney said.
In the coming months the humane society will
receive phone calls and
requests to take in hundreds of cats.
calls from concerned citizens trying to place cats every day,
but in the
early spring months, we get requests for as many as 20 to 40 cats a
Despite increasing intake of cats by 25 percent in 2006, the
isn't equipped to handle the volume of cats that need help in
"There just isn't enough space at the shelter," operations
Burnard said. "We need foster homes that are willing to provide
pregnant and nursing cats and orphaned kittens."
are provided with basic start-up supplies and keep the
kittens until they are
able to be spayed or neutered for adoption. In
most kittens, the animals can
be spayed or neutered at two pounds.
"Union County is such a supportive and
nurturing community," Finney
said. "I hope we can count on that support for
our feline neighbors and friends."
Cats available for adoption at the
Union County Humane Society are
already spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated,
microchipped for permanent
identification, have tested negative for feline
leukemia and FIV and
come with a free information DVD. Cost of adoption is
Water rate hike clears first
Companion legislation would make city create spending, land use
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville residents will soon have one last chance to
speak their minds
on water rate hikes and offer advice to city
Councilman Ed Pleasant said that the pubic is encouraged to attend
special council meeting Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in
chambers at 125 E. Sixth St. in City Hall. The purpose of the meeting
to allow residents one last chance to speak on water hikes before
issue has its final reading in April.
City council met Thursday night
and held the first reading on an
ordinance to increase water rates 6 percent
each of the next two years.
Councilman John Marshall then proposed that
council waive the third
reading on the water rate hikes. He said the
discussion has been going
on for "months and months." If a special meeting is
specifically for a public hearing, he said, then it won't be
to have the third reading.
Marshall said that it has been
difficult to arrange his work schedule to
attend these past council meetings
and he wants to be able to be there
for the final vote.
When put to vote,
Marshall's proposal to waive third reading was voted
down by the rest of
"Here we are in the 11th hour," councilman Dave Burke said. "You
want to push."
Council member Leah Sellers pointed out that council
allow public comment on the third reading if permission is
"They've had since November, Leah," Marshall said about
residents. "Here we go again."
Some residents said recently
that they were upset after council invited
and encouraged the public to speak
at the last special council meeting,
only to be told they weren't allowed
when they showed up.
Pleasant said that the March 29 meeting will have
representatives, city administrators and fact sheets all
provide the public a chance to speak.
The first reading was
also held on a resolution companion piece to the
water rate ordinance drafted
by Sellers. She said she originally voted
against increasing water rates
because of the city's lack of a business
plan and a land use plan. Both
issues are addressed in the companion resolution.
The first section states
that Marysville administration will complete a
land use plan for the city's
growth and utility service areas within one
year of the passage of the
resolution. A progress report on the land use
plan will also be presented to
council within six months.
Sellers is also calling for an update to the 1999
Comprehensive Plan regarding land use as it pertains to
asks that administration work with Marysville Planning
determine appropriate land use for different growth and utility
areas within the city.
The second section of the resolution deals with the
city creating a
Water Utility Business Plan, Sellers said. It states that
will present a plan for Marysville's water utility within
after the passage of the legislation.
The legislation states
that the goal of the business plan will be to
ensure that the water rates
culled from Marysville will be managed
properly to ensure the well-being of
residents. Specifically, any
profits and fees from the water utility will go
toward the benefit of
the water utility itself, specifically toward debt
repayment. By doing
this, city administration must ensure that any return on
toward reducing the water utility debt "as fast as possible"
implement cost saving measures within the utility.
. The first reading was held on an ordinance to borrow $53
toward the future wastewater treatment plant. Bids that came in
below what administration thought they would be. With the funding,
city can begin the pump station and force water main projects.
local American Legion requested a donation of $1,750 or more from
council to pay for the Fourth of July fireworks show.
expand sleep lab
By CORINNE BIX
Memorial Hospital of Union County (MHUC)
will begin expanding the sleep
lab within the next month.
vice president of physician relations and business
development, said the
plans are complete and the project will go out to
bid within the next
The project is expected to take three months to complete.
lab will expand the current unit from two to four beds and
will be moved to
the lower level of the Women's Health Center. The lab
is used to help
diagnose sleep disorders.
The new lab will be constructed within an existing
shell that was left
purposely unoccupied for the intent of expansion when the
Center was completed in 2004.
The new location will be
quiet and feature hotel-like amenities for
sleep lab patients.
dual-source 64-slice CT (computed tomography) scanner will be
The scanner will be one of only two available statewide.
The scanner is
part of the hospital's complete renovation of the MRI/CT
Gwen Janeczek, nurse director, presented to the board information
hospital's behavioral health unit.
The behavioral health unit is a
10-bed locked unit located off the
hospital's Morey Center.
The unit is
one of a limited number in the central Ohio region. It pulls
a large number
of patients from outside the county; however, even though
the unit accepts
admissions statewide, priority is given to Union County residents.
unit shares the same building as Consolidated Care Inc. but is not
with the outpatient counseling service.
It admits patients 18 and older who
have been determined to have a
primary Axis 1 diagnosis; for example, major
Janeczek explained that the unit is not an in-patient
chemical dependency unit.
The unit has averaged 446 admissions per year
over the last three years.
Janeczek said the average length of stay for
patients is anywhere from
three to five days.
She said the unit staffs a
registered nurse, a master prepared social
worker, a rehabilitation therapist
and nursing support.
The expected outcomes of the unit include assisting
patients to develop
coping skills and strategies. The staff also works to
patient's family and make resources readily available for after
the patient's release.
Fisher shared with board members an award presented
to the hospital
naming MHUC a Public Health Partner of the Year by the Union
County Health Department.
Fisher explained that this is the first time an
received the award rather than an individual.
elected Dennis Stone as board president, Chad Hoffman as
Bud Westlake as secretary.
The next regular board meeting will be April 26 at
In other action, the board:
.Approved the following committee
reports - operational team report,
finance committee and joint conference
.Approved the initial appointment of Dr. Scott Albright, family
- department of medicine - ER urgent care - provisional; Dr.
Clem-Badhwar, family medicine - department of medicine -
provisional; Dr. Eric Espinosa, urology - department of surgery
courtesy provisional; Jeffrey Fisher, PA, physician assistant
department of medicine - allied health provisional; Regina Massey,
nurse practitioner - department of medicine - allied health
and Dr. Karen Morrison, family medicine (adult only) -
medicine - consulting provisional.
.Approved the conclusion
of provisional status for Kathy Prendergast,
PA, physician assistant -
department of medicine - allied health; Laurie
Reiley, PA, physician
assistant - department of medicine - allied
health; and Sara Shamsali, CRNA,
nurse anesthetists - department of
surgery - allied health.
credentials manual 1.2-1 and 3.1.
.Approved resolution 03.22.05.01 to extend
a $5.5 million bond to
advance funds for outstanding bonds.
of annual board of trustee conflict of interest statements for
.Reviewed 2007 board of trustee committee appointments.
Bean there, done that
Plain City coffee shop owner goes around the world to
get quality java
By EMILY MASTERS
Few who reach for a cup of joe in the
morning realize the painstaking
labor that went into securing that jolting
Thanks to a man named Diego and a Mechanicsburg roaster, some in
County can sample a quality coffee made from specifically chosen
Paul Kurtz and his wife Grace have been roasting coffee for four
They founded Hemisphere Coffee Roasters (HCR) with a vision of making
difference in the coffee growing regions of the world.
Coffees from the beginning had a desire to learn the
business inside and out
and to do it in a way to help farmers in
different countries be more
sustainable," said Paul Kurtz.
Kurtz, through his work with Rosedale
Mennonite Missions, began
developing close relationships with many Christian
leaders in the coffee
growing regions of Central America and Kenya, East
Africa. With his
passion for coffee and the desire to help change lives as
part of his
Christian faith, Kurtz decided the best strategy was to purchase
beans directly from the farmers.
"By me going right to the farmer,
he makes twice as much," said Kurtz.
The middle man is eliminated; therefore,
both the farmer and roaster are
able to profit. Kurtz refers to this as
"It's based on an honest relationship between the
grower and the
roaster," he said. "Farmers share their production cost, and
our costs, so a fair price is established and everyone
Kurtz said he will only purchase "specialty grade" coffee
"Specialty grade coffee represents 6 percent of the coffee
world-wide," he said.
To produce this kind of coffee, altitude is
key. According to Kurtz,
coffee grows best on volcanic soil above 3,500 feet
altitude. In other
words, the higher up on the mountain the coffee grows, the
quality it is. Farmers work around-the-clock pruning, picking (by
"Coffee is everything to these people," said
Diego Chavarria of Nicaragua is a land-owner who houses nearly
families on his farm.
"It's important that he does well," said Kurtz.
"If not, that's 100
families out of jobs."
Lucky for Chavarria, the fruits
of his and his workers' labors paid off
this season. Kurtz purchased enough
coffee beans to fill a shipping
container, which will arrive in the United
States in mid-April. This
was the first time Kurtz made a purchase of such
high volume. He said it
amounts to 250 bags of coffee beans, each 150
"Diego wanted to make sure I was happy with the coffee," he said. "I
extremely happy that the 40,000 pounds of coffee I took possession
scored very high in the grading process."
Kurtz has big plans for his
newly purchased commodity.
"We are going to brand the coffee 'Cafe Diego'
since it came from
Diego's farm," he said.
Patrons can expect to see the
new brand on shelves in April. Kurtz sells
to several local retail shops and
coffee houses, including one he's part
owner of, Pioneer Coffee Company in
Plain City. Other local sellers
include Beans In Cream in Mechanicsburg,
Chet's IGA in Mechanicsburg,
and the Cheese House in Plain City.
says he roasts to order.
"Freshness is our top priority," he said.
the coffee is roasted, it produces a carbon dioxide gas. That's
said he packages the coffee in heavy bags equipped with
one-way valves and
"The valve allows the gas to escape but does not allow
oxygen to come
in, because oxygen is a killer of coffee," he said.
also recommends, after opening, storing the coffee in the freezer
to stop the
A one-pound bag of coffee costs between $10 and $12, and an
runs between $6 and $7. The price is based on single origins,
According to Kurtz, the second highest traded
commodity in the world,
next to oil, is coffee.
"The demand is there," he
said. "People all around the world love their coffee."
And with a lot of
research and experimental batches, Kurtz has found a
way to put his own
unique stamp on such a hot commodity.
A partnership, and more importantly a
friendship, between a Nicaraguan
farmer and a local roaster has brewed up a
product that truly is what
the brochure reads: Coffee with a Mission.
information can be obtained by visiting www.hemispherecoffees.com
J-T staff reports
Triad Local Schools Treasurer Maureen
Scott will step down from her position.
Scott, who has been employed with
the district since 2005, has been on
extended leave. Superintendent Dan
Kaffenbarger said in November that
Scott's absence was for personal and
Last week the board approved the employment of interim
Smith. A special board meeting was held Tuesday night to
resignation of Scott.
"It is unfortunate that Mrs. Scott
resigned," Kaffenbarger said. "The
board felt it was acting in the best
interest of the district and Mrs.
Scott brokering this separation
Smith was treasurer for the district from 1999 to 2005. She is
employed as treasurer for West Jefferson Local Schools.
will be paid at a rate of $35 per hour plus travel expenses for up
hours per week, effective immediately and until further notice.
said the district will work with the Madison-Champaign
Center (ESC) to help develop the treasurer job posting
and to assist with the
initial screening of candidates.
"We are looking for someone with a valid
treasurer license, someone who
has worked previously in a school setting and
someone with excellent
interpersonal skills and a strong financial
background," Kaffenbarger said.
Triad's next regular board meeting will be
April 19 at 7 p.m. in the
middle school library.
Masons to honor area residents
From J-T staff reports:
Rowland M. Seymour
has been named recipient of the 2007 Community
Service Award by the 1,966
Masons in Union, Logan, Marion and Morrow
Counties of the 15th Masonic
Michael A. Himes, Ohio's top Masonic officer, will present Seymour
award on Friday at a ceremony at Karen's Event Center in
Seymour, a retired worker from Eljer Plumbing Plant in
been involved in many projects that have improved life in the
of Marysville. He served as mayor of Marysville from 1964 to
After being discharged from the U.S. Army, Seymour was employed by
Eljer Company, which at that time was one of the largest producers
plumbing fixtures in the country. Soon after he retired in 1986,
Eljer Company closed the Marysville plant. The empty building
property reportedly became an environmental concern for the
The waste material from the manufacturing process was still
Seymour, although retired, continued to work
for the Eljer Company as a
property consultant. During this time, he was
instrumental in working
with the company to raze and return the property to a
condition. The reclaimed property was then "token" leased
to the city of
Marysville for use and development as a recreational park,
1998 as Eljer Park, which continues to be utilized by the
Seymour has actively served not only as a civic leader but also as
leader for all the veterans who reside in the community.
He also served
the community as Past Commander of the Disabled Veterans
currently serves on the Union County Veterans Service
Committee. He is
presently busy as the treasurer of the Union County
Committee. This memorial will be placed on the Union
County Courthouse lawn
and will recognize all veterans from the county
who have served their
country. The dedication ceremony is planned for May 19.
Himes will also
honor Thomas Ray McKinniss of LaRue, and Toni Nicole
Strauch of Marysville,
with the Excellence in Youth Award.
McKinniss, a senior at Elgin High School
and Tri-Rivers Career Center,
is the son and co-operator of McKinniss Farms
in LaRue. He is a member
of the National Honor Society and recipient of the
Elgin Varsity E
academic award throughout his four years of high school.
is vice president of the Elgin FFA chapter and has won many
He is a member of the Marion County Junior Fair board and
Outstanding Market Beef Exhibitor and First Place Beef
2006 at the Marion County Fair. He is a member of LaRue United
Church and the church youth group. He plans to pursue a degree
engineering and continue to operate the family cattle and
Strauch, an eighth grader at North Union Middle School,
is a member of
Marysville Assembly No. 145 Rainbow Girls, where she has held
offices. Her special projects include the Ronald McDonald House
placing flags at the cemetery for Memorial Day. She is a member of
Pharisburg United Methodist Church Youth Group, Girl Scouts,
marching band and volleyball. Strauch has been on the honor
throughout middle school. Through her 4-H membership, she showed
Grand Champion Goat at the 2005 and 2006 Richwood County Fair.
oversees Ohio's 116,000 Masons and more than 530 lodges. Known for
charity, the Masonic fraternity provides approximately $15 million
charitable giving annually.
This year in Ohio, Masons gave $94,000 in college
contributed $125,000 to Ohio Summer Special Olympics and funded
in free training for hundreds of Ohio school teachers to
students at non-academic risk. The Masons also provided $12 million
elderly care and helped many needy Ohio families and individuals
their charitable foundation.
Justin Kempfer earns rank of
From J-T staff reports:
Justin Andrew Kempfer of Troop 158
recently acquired the rank of Eagle
He was honored in a Court of
Honor ceremony Feb. 24 at Shiloh Chapel
Evangelical Church, where he attends
regularly, and after passing a
Board of Review for the Eagle rank on Nov.
Justin's Eagle project was to build 10 park benches for the Logan
Fairgrounds, a project which was coordinated through his
Andrew Stoner, and Uncle Keith Stoner.
Justin also has earned
26 merit badges over the course of his scouting career.
He is a junior at
Marysville High School and plans to study mechanical
graduating. Justin aspires to design automobiles. He
has worked for Simon Oh
at the Marysville Golf Club the past two years
and plans to work there again
Justin enjoys reading the Bible, attending church and spending
friends and family. He is an avid golfer.
The son of Renae and
Bob Sabins of Marysville, and Mark and Sharon
Kempfer of Ft. Wayne, Ind.,
Justin also is the grandson of Andrew and
Carolyn Stoner of
Marysville doesn't OK late start date
School district won't yield to pressure
to begin after Labor Day
By KARLYN BYERS
The Marysville School District is
not stepping on the bandwagon to begin
the school year after Labor Day.
a vote of 3-0 school board members authorized the 2007-2008 school
which has a starting day of Aug. 22, at Monday night's board
members Thomas Brower and Bill Hayes were absent.
It was a calendar chosen by
a vast majority of teachers in the school
district, said Superintendent Larry
Zimmerman, and was one of four
options submitted to the staff.
December, John Hildebrandt, vice president and general manager of
amusement park, and other amusement park operators,
legislators to delay the start of school until after
Labor Day to help
businesses that rely on tourism.
FOXNEWS.COM quoted Hildebrandt as saying,
"It makes sense
for families and tourism."
But Zimmerman said, "We would
rather have our days in early. Our (goal)
is to get as many days in by March
as we can before (proficiency) testing begins."
School districts in
Michigan now begin classes after Labor Day after
changes in that state's law
required the later start. The law has
fulfilled expectations by boosting the
state's tourism industry,
according to a Labor Day and tourism Web article
written by David Waddell.
Marysville's school calendar will feature a Dec.
20, through Jan. 2,
2008, winter break, March 28, 2008, through April 4,
2008, spring break
and Nov. 21 through 23 Thanksgiving break.
The last day
of school will be June 4, 2008, with graduation set for June 8,
"(It's) pretty much our traditional calendar," Zimmerman said.
members also heard construction updates from Emily Wieringa of
Marker Construction Company and Adam Drexel of
Drexel said construction at Northwood Elementary is
The project is mainly on schedule and there should be "some
said, adding "We are pretty happy with that."
Room 130 will
become the new temporary entrance at Marysville High
School, Drexel said, as
work progresses on the 100,000-square-foot
addition to the 16-year-old
Ruscilli is in the process of soliciting bids for $15.3 million
work and bids will be accepted on April 3.
Wieringa said despite
the weather, the new middle school/intermediate
school project along Route 4
is on schedule.
Footers are being poured and the last three contracts were
signed Monday, she said.
In other business, the board:
McGraw, fiscal support and classified payroll personnel,
as February Employee
of the Month. McGraw does "an incredible job for
us," according to Zimmerman.
She is always available for questions and
is extremely professional and
helpful when answering them, read a
resolution commending McGraw.
presentation by Rich Holton and Will Kirby, high school math
the high school Algebra and Geometry for Mastery
implementation of the University of Chicago textbook
achievement-oriented curriculums and a different approach by
scores on the Ohio mandated proficiency tests have
increased from 62 percent
in 2004 to 76.3 percent in 2005 and 84.2
percent in 2006, Holton
.Accepted the resignation of Matthew Chrispin, as assistant
and Brian Crim as teacher, and the retirements of Karen Hanson,
Streng, Kandace Taylor and Charles Easton as teachers. Chrispin
named high school principal at the Feb. 26 school board
.Granted three-year limited administrator contracts to Karen
assistant principal, Gregg Stubbs, administrative assistant, and
Anne Dimitry, low incidence coordinator, all effective Aug.
.Granted a two-year limited administrator contract to Steven
operations manager; and one-year limited contracts to Candace Sweeney
an as-needed basis as school psychologist and Alicia Goodman
executive director of food service, all effective Aug. 1. Board
Jeff Mabee said he was approving Goodman's contract "with
.Employed Sharon Berry and Ellen Crowley (certified),
and Mary Draughon,
Carrie Moffat, Robert Popovich, Steve Vannata and Sharon
(classified) as substitutes/home instructors during the 2006-2007
year on an as-needed basis.
.Awarded supplemental contracts to Eric
Puffenberger, middle school baseball.
.Approved Jeff Gafford, weight room,
as district volunteer; Heidi Cordle
and Karen Lyle as new Ohio Reads
volunteers; George Boston, Trent Hobbs,
Steve Boyer, Trent Bishop, David
Burge, Michael Butler, Joe Case, Joyce
Conner, Jeff Feucht, Brenda London,
Eric Miller, Robert Miller, Paul
Nichols, Robert Occonners, Kelly Reed, Scott
Reed, Jesse Severance,
Donald Snider, Phyllis Stevens, Christ Swanek, Chelsea
Wolfe, Jonathon Woolard, Cody Young, Jason Young, Nathan
Zell and Amy Zenquist as volunteers at East Elementary;
as a volunteer at Raymond Elementary; and Scott Akins, Jill
Joan Phillips, Dale Proshek, Becky Craig and Pam Allen as volunteer
Marysville Middle School..Approved an April 20-22 trip for the
school jazz ensemble to Chicago to rehearse with a
University College of Music professor and to listen to live jazz
cafe on the Navy Pier.
.Approved overnight trips for the FFA ag
science program to conduct
officer training at an Ohio park April 11 and 12;
Ohio FFA Camp
Muskingum for leadership and conservation training June 18-22;
in June for whitewater rafting in West Virginia; July 5-10 to attend
National FFA Washington Leadership Program in Washington, D.C.; Oct.
and 14 for leadership training and community service at Ohio FFA
Muskingum; Oct. 23-27 to attend the national FFA Convention
Indianapolis; and Jan. 6-7, 2008, for 10 students to travel to
Marriott North in Columbus and attend the Ohio FFA's Made for
program..Passed a resolution of "recognition and appreciation" for
Marysville High School wrestling team for winning the Ohio
Conference Central Division for the sixth consecutive year
distinguishing itself throughout the 2006-2007 season, and the two
Mock Trial teams for advancing to the state tournament and
seventh and 18th in the state out of more than 400 teams. The board
extended appreciation to legal advisor John Eufinger, coaches
Smith, Lurel LaFrance and Connie Strebe and volunteer Evan
.Adopted Literature: The Reader's Choice for ninth, 10th and 11th
English students, and Writer's Choice: Grammar and Composition for
and 10th grade English students.
.Approved the DVD sale of upcoming
spring activities at East Elementary
and approved the East Elementary Pizza
Hut Coupon Night. The school will
receive 20 percent of the sales if parents
bring in coupons today from 5 to 9 p.m.
.Approved Jump Rope for Heart at
Edgewood Elementary in April and a
spring fund-raiser by the Raymond
.Accepted a $1,000 donation to Edgewood from Discover
LLC; and a $1,296 donation from the Creekview Intermediate
School PTO to
support the Creekview library/media center.
officials discuss weighted grade system
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
In an effort to
encourage students to take more challenging courses,
North Union High School
is considering implementing a weighted grading system.
In reality the
proposal wouldn't change grade point averages, but would
set up a secondary
system which would rank students based not only on
grades but also on the
difficulty of the courses they took.
At Monday night's school board meeting,
high school principal Eric
Holman said he recently attended a conference with
15 to 20 other
principals in the area and found that North Union is one of
districts which does not employ some type of weighted
While many districts have shifted to a system whereby the old 4.0
system is replaced by a 5.0 scale, North Union officials were not
favor of the switch. A 5.0 scale allows additional grade points to
earned by taking advanced level classes.
Holman said the model he liked
best was one used by Upper Sandusky schools.
In that system each high
school course is assigned a value from 1 point,
for basic courses, to 1.4
points for advanced courses. Those values when
multiplied by the grade the
student receives in the course give the
student a quality point total.
quality point total and the grade point average are separate scores.
the course of a high school career the quality points earned by a
would be used to determine class rank and would determine
salutatorian for the class.
Superintendent Richard Smith said after the
meeting that maintaining the
4.0 system would not put North Union students at
a disadvantage when
applying for college. He said most colleges take grade
and determine an appropriate score on a 4.0 system, even if
attended a school which uses a 5.0 system.
Holman said the
goal of the project is to encourage students to attempt
courses, rather than take easier classes in an effort
to maintain a higher
grade point average. He said there have been
instances in past years where
students work very hard for their first
three years of high school, but then
take easier classes during their
senior years in an effort to safeguard their
Holman said he would like to iron out the details of implementing such
plan before the next board meeting in April. He was unsure if such
system should begin with a certain class of freshmen or if it could
used for students already in the middle of their high school
Holman said that once a phase-in plan is developed a parents
would be set up to explain the details of the system.
this is the best plan to challenge our kids," Smith said.
In other business,
.Heard a presentation about use of expanded expression tools that
elementary students improve descriptive writing.
financial report provided by the district treasurer.
.Approved the bid
package for abatement at the existing North Union High School.
the emergency quick reference chart developed by the North
.Authorized an agreement with the Ohio School Boards Association
based conversion service for board policy.
.Approved a list of
additions and revisions to board policy.
.Voted to approve the course
description handbook for North Union High
School for next year.
a contract with West Liberty-Salem schools for the education
of a North Union
student residing in foster care in the district.
.Voted to approve N. Carol
Insurance Company as the provider of student
school calendar for next year.
.Set fees and teacher compensation for summer
.Approved a request for an overnight trip by the high school band
May 11-12 to Cedar Point for a band/music festival.
resignation of Tyler Tingley of his supplemental duties as
head golf coach
and head boys basketball coach.
.Voted to re-employ middle school principal
Diana Martin and Holman to
three-year administrative contracts.
employ facilities manager Brian Nauman and transportation
Tidd to two-year contracts.
Jerome trustees approve paving work
J-T staff reports:
After much consideration and bid comparisons, the Jerome
Trustees decided Monday evening to use American Pavements, of
City, to repair five streets in New California Hills and six streets
New California Woods.
The work will be dependent on the weather, but
trustee Andy Thomas said
it will likely begin in June or July.
"It will be
routine maintenance, but the big factor we've taken into
letting residents know when the work will start," he said.
there will be notification postings in the township hall,
and door hangers
will be distributed to homes on the streets where the
road crews will
Thomas said the improvements are expected to give the roads
eight- to 10-year lifespan.
The cost of the road work will be
Thomas also recommended the trustees accept a bid of $11,553 from
Union County Engineer's office to use a hot mix treatment on
Court in Jerome Township. The trustees voted unanimously to accept
bid for the improvement.
Planning and Zoning Coordinator Kathleen
Crowley discussed the township
zoning map and expressed the desire for the
trustees to approve it.
Trustee Ron Rhodes said he wouldn't approve the map
the way it is,
because his property, along with a neighbor's, isn't zoned
Crowley said the trustees could still approve the map, and if
submitted evidence that his Crottinger Road property isn't
correctly, she would make the change on the map immediately.
don't want to have to hire an attorney to prove I'm right," said
"That's my problem with it."
The trustees decided to table approving the map
until the next meeting.
The trustees also discussed recent leaks in the roof
of the township
hall and garage, which are more than 20 years old, and
decided to accept
a bid by Hochstetler Buildings Inc. to make the necessary
repairs for $2,570.
MHS show choir places second in nationwide competition
Took stage at Grand
Ol' Opry; member honored as best soloist
From J-T staff reports:
Marysville High School Show Choir, Swingers Unlimited, is first
nationwide after winning top honors over the weekend in
Nashville, Tenn. MHS
was the only show choir from Ohio chosen to perform
at the national
The group performed at the Acuff Theatre on Friday and took Best
Best Instrumental Combo and Best Female Soloist went to Aashley
during the preliminary competition.
The Swingers advanced to the
finals on Saturday.
According to leaders Katie Paulson, Jeremy Alfera and
the Swingers fulfilled their dream of performing on the stage
of the Grand Ol' Opry.
The Swingers Unlimited finals performance earned
the show choir overall
Best Instrumental Combo and overall First
The Enterprise High School "Encores" from Enterprise, Ala., earned
Grand Champion title which made the day extra special, according
According to local parents who attended the competition,
Enterprise show choir students were killed in a tornado that
Enterprise High School March 1.
The Swingers Unlimited shared the
spirit of the Encores and showed its
support with a fundraiser for the
The Marysville show choir season produced three grand championships
one first runner-up which led it to the national competition.
Unlimited will perform its '07 show for the last time at the
concert May 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Traffic shift is next phase of Plain
City bypass project
Storm sewer construction begins along Route 161
J-T staff reports:
Beginning today, traffic on Route 161 through the village
of Plain City
will be shifted toward the south half of the road, allowing
construction crews to install storm sewers on the north side.
11-foot lanes of traffic - one each direction - will be maintained
U.S. 42 on the village's west side and Park Street. This new
configuration will remain in place for the duration of the storm
installation and curb construction, tentatively scheduled until
During this phase, construction and paving of Gray Street
also will be
The Ohio Department of Transportation, Plain City administrators
community leaders broke ground for the $4.1 million bypass project
May. The project will relocate 1.5 miles of U.S. 42, which will
westward in the vicinity of Rickard Road on the village's north
and then south again to intersect with Route 161 at Jefferson Avenue
the west side.
More information may be obtained by contacting Michael
Stout at (740)
Serving the central Ohio area comprised of
Delaware, Fayette, Franklin,
Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway and Union
counties, the Ohio
Department of Transportation District 6 is responsible for
maintenance, and snow and ice removal on 1,552 bridges and more
4,300 state, U.S., and interstate highway lane miles.
It's not here yet, but virus is a cat killer
vaccination for felines
By EMILY MASTERS
A local veterinarian is calling a
mutated virus, found in indoor and
outdoor cats, "catastrophic" and is
encouraging cat owners to get a
vaccine for their feline friends.
virus has been termed "killer cilici virus", the official name is
Systemic Calicivirus. It is a mutated strain of the common
calici virus that
causes mild to moderate respiratory problems.
According to Dr. Tad Sullivan
of the Marysville Animal Care Center, this
new strain is much more severe and
is fatal in 60 to 67 percent of cats
that contract the disease.
highly contagious," said Dr. Sullivan. "People can pet a cat
that has it and
then take it home to their own cat."
The virus can also be carried into homes
on clothing and shoes. Dr.
Sullivan said some veterinary offices that found
the virus, had to close
3 to 4 months to make sure the strain wouldn't be
passed on to other cats.
Symptoms in cats include sneezing, high fever,
facial swelling, painful
ulcers in the mouth, skin sores, hair loss, and
swollen, painful joints.
In some cases, Dr. Sullivan said, the cats will die
with very little
"It really is a hard way for cats to
go," he said. "It causes a lot of
pain and suffering for them."
no specific treatment for the disease; however, according to
there is a vaccine available.
"The vaccine is effective in preventing the
virus and is very safe," he said.
Dr. Sullivan said he encourages all of
his clients, who own cats, to get the vaccine.
"It's just not worth the
risk," he said. "The vaccine is relatively inexpensive."
The cost varies
in price depending on the clinic where the cat is taken,
but it can usually
be purchased for under $20.
Although there have been several documented
outbreaks since the first in
1999, none have been recorded in Ohio. According
to Dr. Sullivan, since
the strain is somewhat new, some veterinarians may not
recognize it or
even be aware of it, therefore, it may go unreported or
According to AnimalSheltering.org the noted cases have been
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Massachusetts, California, and Nevada.
think it's a definite threat although we don't have it here yet,"
Sullivan. "The bottom line is, it's easy to prevent but is
they get it."
Armed robbery reported in
By RYAN HORNS
Richwood police are investigating a Wednesday night
Richwood Police Chief Monte Asher said that at 8:15 p.m. that
man walked into the Certified Oil gas station at 25 E. Blagrove
brandishing a silver handgun. He demanded money from the clerk, but
not injure the employee or strike him in any way.
"He threw a plastic
shopping bag at him, a tan bag," Asher said. "And
told him to put the money
in the bag."
Within one minute, Asher said, the suspect had committed the
fled the store. He made off with an undetermined amount of
"It was quick," Asher said about the robbery.
The suspect ordered
the store clerk into a bathroom, then ran out of the
business, escaping on
foot. Asher said based on store security video
footage, the man is seen
running away from Certified Oil toward the east.
Delaware Sheriff's Office
deputies soon arrived and used their canine
unit to track the suspect's
location, Asher said. The dog was able to
trace a path down the alley behind
Certified Oil. He could not elaborate
on where else the dog followed the
"I don't want to say too much," Asher said. "We're still
He said the suspect they are looking for is a white male,
between 5 feet
8 or 10 inches tall, with a thin build. The man came into the
wearing a hooded dark blue shirt, with gray or white arched
across the front. What is written on the man's shirt was not
"We are following leads right now," Asher
said. "If anyone has
information they can contact me here."
The number for
the Richwood Police Department is (740) 943-2422.
Asher said investigators
immediately ruled out the store clerk's
involvement. He said seconds before
the suspect walked into the store,
the clerk was busy depositing envelopes
containing $100 each.
"If he was involved, he never would have made the
drop," Asher said.
The reason, he said, is because once the envelopes are
dropped into the
safe they cannot be retrieved.
Asher said it has been at
least five years since the last armed robbery
occurred in Richwood. An
employee of Richwood's Cardinal grocery store
was beaten with sticks by two
men outside waiting for him. When the
employee refused to give them the
money, the men became violent.
But Asher does have some advice for business
owners and residents
regarding actions they can take to prevent armed
robberies. He said if
an employee or resident has to leave a store with a
large amount of
money or feels unsafe while handling money in different
or she can always contact the Richwood Police Department and
"We'd be happy to give them a police escort," Asher
For now, he said, investigators are following numerous leads that
been called into the department.
"People want to help," Asher
Replica Vietnam Wall coming to Marysville
By EMILY MASTERS
traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington
will be on display at the Union County Fairgrounds in mid-September of
Exact dates will be announced closer to the event.
Council of the Knights of Columbus is coordinating the
four-day event. Deputy
Grand Knight Duane Lord is chairing the committee
that will oversee the
"In 2002 I saw a traveling wall in Missouri and was so touched,
stuck in my mind," said Lord. "I finally decided it wasn't going away
my mind, so I needed to do something about it."
Although Lord is not a
veteran himself, his father was a veteran of
World War II, and Lord's cousin
and two brother-in-laws served in the Vietnam War.
"Military Veterans have
a special place in my heart," he said.
According to Fred LaFrance, Trustee
for the Knights of Columbus, Lord
pursued bringing the wall to Union County
as a personal mission.
"He spearheaded and asked for support of the
organization (Knights of
Columbus), and we said 'sure, this looks like
something we would like to
do for the community,'" LaFrance
According to Lord, this is a project designed to involve the
"It's a good way for the community to say 'thank you',"
An evening ceremony, during which American, POW-MIA, and Ohio flags
be raised, will open the event. The program will include brief
by military and civilian dignitaries. Following the formal program,
memorial will be open around the clock.
"The Washington Wall is a long
over-due memorial to those soldiers who
gave their lives or are still missing
in Vietnam," said LaFrance. "Since
some Americans don't have the ability or
can't afford to travel to
Washington to see the wall, it can travel to them,
and that's why we're
trying to make it available in the county."
is a 3/5 scale of the memorial in Washington D.C. It stands six
feet tall at
the center and covers almost 300 feet from each end. It
includes more than
58,000 names which are inscribed in chronological
order, according to the
date of casualty. For the missing, their name
and the date they were reported
missing is inscribed.
Information regarding the location of specific names on
the wall will be
available during the duration of the event.
will be contacting Veterans' civic, religious, and fraternal
inviting their participation in this undertaking. Since at
least two adults
must be in attendance at the wall at all times during
its display, groups
will be encouraged to schedule an hour or two to
serve as hosts to the
Triad revises athletic eligibility policy
The Triad Local Schools Board of Education agreed to approve a
athletic policy for the 2007-2008 school year as presented
Superintendent Dan Kaffenbarger and the Triad Athletic
Specifically the policy alters an eligibility policy in light of
grading scale. For a student to be eligible, he or she must maintain
GPA of 1.67 (which is a C- or 78 percent average) and not have more
one "F" on his or her grade card.
The new policy also implements an
academic probation for any student who
does not meet these requirements,
which can be used once in a student's
career, and the student must still pass
the equivalent of five credits to remain eligible.
The Athletic Council
also repealed its stance that the interim grading
period be used as a period
of ineligibility and agreed to drug, alcohol
and tobacco policies changes
made to first, second and third offenses.
First-time offenders would be
suspended for 30 percent of the sport
season with the number of games
suspended for each season clarified. In
the event of a second offense, there
would be a one calendar year
suspension and for a third offense the student
would be denied
participation for the rest of his or her career.
a self or parent referral policy was added which states that if
a student or
a parent turns the student in for drug, alcohol or tobacco
use and agrees to
the terms listed, the student would not be punished
under the terms of the
Kaffenbarger also reported that Ohiio Superintendent of
Susan Zelman will visit the school district Tuesday.
formally invited all board members to attend an 8:15 a.m. breakfast with
Zelman will tour all three district buildings, participate in a
lunch provided by the elementary staff and conclude her visit by
with district administrators and staff.
The board also approved
the employment of interim treasurer, Jill Smith,
while current treasurer,
Maureen Scott, is on extended leave until further notice.
said in November that Scott's absence was for personal and family
Smith was treasurer for the district from 1999-2005. She is
employed as treasurer for West Jefferson Local Schools.
will be paid at a rate of $35 per hour plus travel expenses for up
hours per week, effective immediately until further notice.
Shirley and Dean
Weaver requested that the board make an exception to
its policy prohibiting
students from bringing dates over the age of 21
to the prom. The Weaver's
daughter, Amy, is a senior and would like to
attend the prom with her
Kaffenbarger explained that the policy was put into place
years ago after various incidents.
"The age was not selected
arbitrarily but with a purpose in mind because
of the ability to purchase
alcohol," Kaffenbarger said.
Kaffenbarger recommended that the board uphold
the policy so as not to
open the door to requests for future
Chris Millice, board president, told the family their request
taken under consideration.
Kyle Huffman, high school principal,
said sophomores have recently
finished up the Ohio Graduation Test
The high school provided breakfast for the test-taking students to
better prepare them for the state mandated tests.
"The kids are
taking these tests seriously," Huffman said.
Results should be available at
the end of May.
The board accepted resignations from Jack Stout, social
and Virginia Angus Hall, Spanish teacher. Both resignations
effect at the end of the 2006-2007 school year.
Stout has been
with the district for 18 years and is resigning for the
retirement. Hall has been with the district for one year.
The board approved
a motion to go into executive session to discuss the
employee discipline and employee compensation. No
action was taken.
board has tentatively scheduled a meeting on March 20 to consider
discipline/termination of an employee. They expect to take action on the
The next regular board meeting will be held April 19 at 7 p.m. in
middle school library.
In other action, the board:
awards to Kaylen Burchnell, Ashley Tilley, Molly Zeigler and
for receiving superior ratings at the OMEA Solo and
.Approved extended leave for Tina Wells through the end of the
2006-2007 school year.
.Approved extended leave for Maureen Scott from
Feb. 27 until further notice.
.Approved classified supplemental positions
for the 2006-2007 school
year - Cindy Alltop, track assistant; Matt
Alexander, track middle
school; and John Sharritts, track middle
.Approved classified supplemental positions for the 2007-2008
year - Terry Donohoe, boys basketball assistant; Harry Alltop,
grade boys basketball and football middle school; Chuck Adams,
grade boys basketball; Joe Linscott and Andy Yoder, football
assistants; Matt Alexander, football and wrestling middle school;
McKenzie, soccer head coach; and Nathan Bails, wrestling head
.Approved certified supplemental positions for the 2007-2008 school
- John Millice, boys basketball head coach and golf; Jason
football assistant and girls basketball head coach; Erick
football assistant and girls basketball assistant; Doug Miller,
country head coach; Patrick Johnson, cross country assistant;
Printz, football head coach; Mike Braun, football assistant;
Campbell, volleyball head coach; and Liz Carder, volleyball
.Approved a resolution accepting the amounts and rates as
the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies
certifying them to the county auditor.
.Approved the transportation
agreement with Kenneth Horn to transport
Samantha Horn to and from Triad
Elementary for the remainder of the
2006-2007 school year at a rate of $10
per day as transportation by
school conveyance has been deemed impractical
for this student.
.Approved the use of facilities for the following with
organizations responsible for any overtime fees for custodial
cafeteria staff: The middle school cafeteria on March 15 from 6 to
p.m. for the Triad Youth Wrestling banquet; the middle school
between 6 and 8 p.m. for the T-Bird Baseball team practice from March
to April 30.
Area resident Martha Asman to turn 100
From J-T staff reports:
Asman of Marysville, will celebrate her 100th birthday Saturday
at an open
house at First United Methodist Church's Burnside Family
Center. The event
will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.
Mrs. Asman was born March 17, 1907, at home to
Burl and Minnie Turner
Southard. She is the only survivor of five children,
John, Mary, Dorothy and Charles.
A retired school
teacher, she still lives by herself, although she has
been spending the
winter at the family cottage on Indian Lake.
Mrs. Asman married William Asman
on Sept. 7, 1929, and he died April 23,
1969. They had six children, Barbara
Brandt and Sally Swanson who are
deceased, Susan Easton of Worthington, Mary
Ann Garcia of Marysvile,
Bill Asman of Indian Lake and Nancy Prudell of
Oregon. They also have 19
grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and
Mr. Asman operated the family drug store
at 120 E. Fifth St., where the
Republican Headquarters is now housed.
omission of gifts is requested. The family suggests cards and
sent to Mrs. Asman at 9351 Breezy Way, Belle Center, OH 43310.
Marysville eyes redistricting
BY KARLYN BYERS
One thing became clear as
Marysville School District held community
meetings about proposed
redistricting: There was a lot of support for
all day, every day
"The kindergarten design has dominated conversation," said
principal at Navin Elementary.
Bower, Edgewood Principal
Colene Thomas, Mill Valley Principal Greg
Casto, and Carla Steele, district
curriculum coordinator, were among the
administrators present at a special
board of education meeting Wednesday
night at the district administrative
Also present were several parents, including Heather Dukette and
Board member Scott Johnson said he has been approached
about all day, every day kindergarten.
"The feasibility of
all day kindergarten needs to be looked at," he said.
With the opening of
Northwood Elementary this fall, elementary
boundaries will be redefined. The
redistricting also could help
facilitate changes in the school district that
are going to take place
in fall 2008 when a second intermediate/middle school
opens on the south
side of Marysville, said Superintendent Larry
Two proposals were discussed at the special meeting. The first
call for utilizing East, Edgewood, Mill Valley, Navin, Northwood
Raymond as elementaries and continuing the fourth and fifth
populations at Creekview Intermediate School, seventh and eighth
pupils at the Middle School and the traditional ninth through 12th
population at the high school.
The second would utilize East
Elementary to house all day, every day
kindergarten or as a district career
"Geographically, it probably makes as much sense as anything to put
day kindergarten at East," Zimmerman said.
Using East as career center
would save the school district about $2
million over a five-year period,
according to calculations by district
treasurer Delores Cramer.
parents who decide to enroll their children in the all day,
every day option
would be billed an estimated $250 a month.
Marysville School District is not
eligible for any state funds to
finance that kindergarten option. Those funds
are reserved for districts
which have a high poverty level or are located in
urban districts, Zimmerman said.
Steele said the school district is
looking into establishing
scholarships for families who cannot afford the
expense but who feel
their children would benefit from all day, every day
Later, Zimmerman talked about the "huge need" for additional
training at the high school level.
"It's very difficult to get
kids to Hi-Point," he said. "We know that we
aren't reaching our potential of
getting the number of kids to Hi-Point
that we should."
five-elementary and six-elementary options came with several
scenarios, with elementary numbers tweaked here and there to
each building. The different options were explained by
Zimmerman and Matt
Cropper of GIS Software, who Zimmerman said was
"looking at the issues of
redistricting" for the school district.
None of the options presented would
affect Raymond Elementary.
"In all scenarios we are not recommending that we
move any kids from
Raymond," Zimmerman said. "With Raymond being up there
it's really not
practical to shove kids from (there) to (here)."
all six elementaries would necessitate not only the hiring of
teaching and administrative staff at Northwood but also
such as art, music and physical education teachers,
speech therapists, nurses
and occupational therapy people, Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman, Cramer and
school board members also discussed the
possibility of putting an operating
levy on the August ballot.
Because of House Bill 66 and changes in school
financing it brought with
it, as well as continued enrollment increases, the
school district needs
additional money, Zimmerman and Cramer
Although the district's rate of growth has slowed from about 5
per year to 3 percent, each pupil enrolled in the district
Marysville Schools roughly $9,000 a year to educate. According
Cramer, state funds are definitely not keeping pace.
"I want to go back
to the voters as little as possible," Scott said.
Wednesday's special meeting
began at 6 p.m. About 9:20 p.m., board
members adjourned into executive
session to discuss personnel issues. No
further action was
WorkNet volunteer, sheriff's
department receive statewide awards
From J-T staff reports:
WorkNet volunteer consumer advocate, and the Union County
received statewide honors at the Ohio Public Images
luncheon held in Columbus recently.
Bowen reportedly won the "Advocate of the
Year" category and the Union
County Sheriff's Office won a special Merit
Award in the "Organization
of the Year" category for their six month special
autism project last
spring. Both were nominated by the Union County Board of
Bowen began her volunteer role as "Consumer
Advocate" four years ago and
was looking to "give back to the program and the
community after her son
had received support services. Since her involvement,
established a wide variety of social and recreational programs for
than 30 adults with developmental disabilities in Union County.
programs include The Lunch Bunch and the WorkNet Crew. She also
participated in Project Success, a summer job skills program. In
she has involved consumers in volunteer community service projects.
is a very strong advocate for herself and those around her and
has a strong
desire to improve the lives of others," Mike Heifner,
Director of WorkNet said.
"I am deeply honored to receive this recognition
and I am grateful to
the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities for
opportunities they have offered me," Bowen said.
Her future goals
include expanding the membership in Lunch Bunch and the
WorkNet Crew and
increasing opportunities for community involvement.
Union County Sheriff
Rocky Nelson said he credits his staff, under the
leadership of Lt. Jeff
Frisch, with resource assistance by Sgt. Chris
Skinner, Deputy Kim Zacharias,
Sonya Shuler and Idella Feeley for making
a special autism awareness program
He said after unsuccessfully attempting to get a grant from the
Criminal Justice System in Oct. 2006, a second application resulted in
grant award that enabled the organization to bring in a national
expert for a series of training programs in the spring of
Originally, the program was targeted just for community
responders." But once the project began, the Sheriff's
discovered the importance of the community-at-large and other
to increase their understanding of citizens with
Subsequently, Nelson said, they spearheaded an effort that involved
Marysville Exempted Village School District, the Union County Board
Developmental Disabilities and the Autism Support Group of Union
"We were able to open people's eyes in Union County and make
difference towards increasing awareness and acceptance of citizens
Union County with autism," Nelson said.
Fire levels small barn, corn crib
From J-T staff
A barn fire in Taylor Township resulted in a total loss of
Liberty Township Fire Chief Lloyd Segner reported that
to 24232 Ford Reed Road Wednesday at 5:12 p.m. after the
on the phone and looked out the window to find the small barn
"At this time the cause is unknown," Segner said.
right now is that the fire was started by electrical
problems with the cord
to a water heater in the barn, he said, but that
He said no one was injured in the fire.
Segner said for
three hours Liberty Township crews were joined by
Marysville, Leesburg and
Richwood fire crews to douse the flames.
The fire spread to a nearby corn
crib structure, about 20 feet by 24
feet in size, he said. Both the barn and
the crib were total losses.
Segner said they were able to save the fire from
spreading to a larger barn.
A different perspective
Area business leaders learn challenges of
By EMILY MASTERS
Local business leaders are learning
firsthand the challenges and
inconveniences associated with having a
Tuesday, five participants were asked to carry out their usual
functions. However, they were given "disability conditions" to
with as part of a special project by the Union County Board
March has been designated National
Developmental Disabilities Month.
Jen England, childcare director for the
YMCA, had to wear special
glasses to learn what it was like to have a visual
"It has been very difficult, because my vision is normally
England said. "I keep trying to take the glasses off, because
annoying to have this impairment, but for people who have it,
couldn't get rid of it like I can."
Lynne Whatley, executive director
of the Red Cross, experienced a
hearing impairment. Cotton was placed in her
ears to simulate the disability.
"I was in my own world not being able to
hear anything," she said. "It
didn't seem like we're too accommodating for
individuals with special needs."
Christy Clark, public relations and
tourism director for the Union
County Convention and Visitors Bureau,
with her arthritic disability.
either wanted to help and do everything, because I was
slower, or I would get
'the look'," she said. "It's extremely
interesting to see the types of
interactions with people."
Clark had limited use of her fingers, because they
were wrapped with
tape with popsicle sticks attached.
included Amy Pack, membership services representative
for Union Rural
Electric and Mitch Potterf, aquatics/wellness director for the YMCA.
had both an arthritic condition and hearing impairment, and Potterf
paralysis condition that kept him in a wheelchair.
All of the participants
involved spent at least one hour practicing a disability.
Pete Emmons, community outreach and training coordinator
for the board of DD,
it is estimated that one in 10 American families
have someone with a
"Providing citizens the opportunity to experience
disabilities from the
inside-out is something that will help further
community awareness and
acceptance of individuals in Union County with
special needs," he said.
"We welcome the chance to share our story with any
The Union County Board of DD supports and provides specialized
to more than 400 individuals and families from birth through
through its Early Infant Program, The Harold Lewis Center
U-CO Industries, WorkNet (community employment), Day
Services, and family supports and services.
Water rate increase sent to council
Committee recommends 6 percent, two-year
By RYAN HORNS
The Marysville Ad Hoc Committee will soon introduce
legislation for a
two-year, 6 percent water rate hike for City Council's
Monday night the committee met in council chambers for what ended
being its final meeting on future water rate increases. The result
the announcement of draft legislation council will have to
Committee member David Burke said the 6 percent increase should
adequate funding the city needs to start constructing a reservoir,
planning a water plant and buy more time on other related
The percentage increase only affects water rates on the city's
utility bill, Burke said. He said some residents walked out of
meeting still unsure about what the draft legislation meant.
explained that current water bills for an average home are $22.36. If
future legislation passes, the rates will go up 6 percent to $23.70
on July 1
and then go up an additional 6 percent to $25.12 on Jan.
Committee member John Gore said council does not plan to waive
readings on the water rate legislation.
Burke said this would allow
plenty of time for public discussion, which
is why the committee did not
allow public comment on the announcement at
the meeting Monday night. He said
the first reading of the draft
legislation will take place at the March 22
council meeting. The second
reading and public hearing be held during a
special council meeting,
with the water rate hike as its only agenda item.
The date for this
meeting will be announced on March 22.
to do more research since the last meeting," member Dan
Fogt explained. "We
need to do something and get it on the council agenda soon."
Gore said the
decision has been tough. He said the committee looked at
different options to
keep the rates down, including contacting
government agencies and submitting
an application for low interest rate
loans to the Ohio EPA. There are also a
few more pending leads that
could come to fruition over the next two weeks
and they will continue
working with townships to the south for a possible
joint water district.
Resident Lloyd Baker said he left feeling "very
disappointed." At the
March 8 City Council meeting he said members encouraged
the public to
attend the Monday night meeting, but then they denied them the
right to speak.
Baker said he is not sure how many people understand that
still years of rate increases scheduled to hit city wastewater
which were already approved in 2005.
He said the water rate
increase being proposed still does not address
"this whole issue of
credibility and trust" the public has toward its
city leaders after years of
apparent unmanaged spending, which put the
city in this financial situation
in the first place.
One of the main reasons there are no other options, Fogt
because the city has already put its funding into the future
treatment plant project.
"If we didn't already have that
project started, then we could have gone
in another direction," Fogt said,
referring to water rates.
Gore said council clerk Connie Patterson has agreed
to begin taking
grant-writing courses in Indiana later this month. She can
useful in helping the city pursue grants.
Committee members agreed
that an issue they have been struggling with is
how past Marysville
administrators purchased the land for the reservoir
about 10 years ago, yet
nothing has been done and they have known that
water storage was going to be
a problem as long as 20 years ago.
Gore said that the need for the reservoir
has never been disputed.
"Our main concern has been about how to pay for it
and reduce the burden
for residents," Gore said. "Our backs are against the
wall. The experts
tell us we have to get something soon. It's been really
tough. But we
need to move forward."
"This is about controlling our
future," Burke said. "We have a choice of
controlling or letting it go to
Columbus. We have to be dedicated to the cause."
Fogt said the reservoir
is not just a purchase for Marysville, the
reservoir will help benefit the
"In 20 years we can look back and say we did the right thing -
annexation" Fogt said.
JA's Canaan Middle School honored
There was standing room only at Monday night's Jonathan Alder
Numerous teachers and staff members from Canaan
Middle School joined
Principal Bobby Moore as the school was presented the
"National and Ohio
School to Watch" award.
Canaan was one of only four
schools in Ohio selected as a model for
other middle schools across the state
Deb Tully, Ohio Federation of Teachers, presented the
The Ohio Schools to Watch - Reaching for the Stars program is
through a partnership between the Ohio Department of Education, The
Middle School Association, Knowledge Works Foundation, Otterbein
and the Ohio Federation of Teachers.
"You are very lucky to have
this dedicated group of people working for
you," Tully told board members
after presenting the award to the Canaan team.
Board members were in full
agreement and congratulated Moore and all the
teachers and staff at Canaan
for the outstanding accomplishment.
Superintendent Doug Carpenter and board
members continued February's
discussion in regard to a possible "no school,
no game" policy.
At the February meeting, Carpenter said in light of the many
closings due to weather, he wanted the board to discuss how to
extra curricular events scheduled for after school when classes
been canceled for the day.
After much discussion, it was decided that
a blanket policy would be too
broad and perhaps unduly prevent activities
from occurring when school
was canceled for below zero degree temperatures or
especially when temperatures typically rise throughout the day
students wouldn't be affected when participating in
The board agreed to review a policy that would
cancel all activities in
the event school is closed to adverse road
conditions such as snow and
ice. In the event school is closed due to low
would be held at the discretion of the building
The district also may create a temperature guideline for parents
order to prepare for necessary childcare for the next school
Carpenter said they will more than likely call a school delay
cancellation in the event temperatures are forecast at either minus
degrees or minus 15 degrees wind-chill.
The board approved a resolution
to transfer four properties on
Taylor-Blair Road in London into the Jonathan
Alder School District.
In his 34 years with the district, the four properties
attended Jonathan Alder schools and have been included in
routes. Carpenter said. However, the current Madison County
discovered that the properties are actually districted to West
Schools and the property taxes from these four properties have
been paid into West Jefferson Schools.
Carpenter said because the
four families have always attended Jonathan
Alder with several Alder
graduates, it is necessary to formally transfer
the properties into the
Jonathan Alder School District as requested by
the Madison County
The board approved the Strategies for Success course for
education students, along with an honors biology course.
agreed to hold its annual goal setting meeting before the May
meeting to be held at Tolles Technical and Career Center. Goal
begin at 5 p.m., followed by a tour of Tolles at 6:30 p.m.
and the regular
board meeting at 7:30 p.m.
The board adjourned into executive session to
consider the appointment,
dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or
compensation of a public
employee. No action was taken.
The next regular
board meeting will be April 16 at 7 p.m.
In other news, the
.Approved the financial report for February 2007.
resignations for Jennifer Danner, eighth grade spelling team
coach for the
2006-2007 school year; Erica Tornik, assistant to the
department effective at the end of her 2006-2007
contract; Marilyn Hoff, high
school Spanish teacher, effective July 7.
.Approved administrative contracts
for Jim Albanese, three years; Chris
Piper, three years; Bobby Moore, five
years; Kathy Welch, five years;
Linda Keyes, five years; John Lanka, five
years; and Doug Carpenter, two years.
.Approved teachers Shannon
McConaughy, Nancy Patterson, Suzanne Lintz,
Sue Hostetler, Janel Luker and
Beth Randall as tutors.
.Approved to split Spanish club advisor stipend
between Marilyn Hoff (25
percent) and Jessica Flere (75 percent) based on
total time spent in the
position over the 2006-2007 school year.
policy of public records and request for revision of board
policy 5461 in
regard to post-secondary enrollment.
.Commended Principal Bobby Moore, Canaan
Middle School, for completing
his doctoral program.
From J-T staff reports:
The village of Milford Center is
gearing up for spring with an approved
budget for 2007 and a plan for the
annual village clean-up.
Council members met Monday evening to look through
the budget which was
submitted on new spreadsheets by the finance committee.
and appropriations discussed included the general fund;
construction, maintenance, and repair; state highway fund;
construction; water operating; sewer operating; and the
street improvement fund.
Also considered was the overall budget amount.
Council members agreed it
was important to make sure the village didn't run
out of money at the
end of the year. The budget for 2006 was $446,194, and
expenditures, according to the village's spreadsheet, ended up
$416,036. The 2007 budget proposal is $483,525.27 and takes into
a 4 percent cost of living increase, according to council.
members voted to give utility clerk Kathy McCoy a $20 per month
first raise in 10 years. McCoy previously made $400 per month
and will now
Dates were set for the annual village garage sale and clean-up.
garage sale will be held Saturday, April 28, and the clean-up day,
includes bringing in dumpsters, will be Saturday, May 5. Council said
would provide village residents with more information about the two
in the near future.
Union Township Trustees Dick Brake, Randy Poland
and Rob Thompson
stopped in briefly to ask council's permission to utilize
parking lot by the fire department for a truck that stores
solid waste. The truck, which is mandated by the EPA, provides
residents the opportunity to dispose of recyclables such as
will be available Monday, April 9, from 9 a.m. until noon and
continue two additional months on the second Monday of each.
trustees mentioned the disposal system would be a three-month
period and is something residents don't have to pay
Unionville Center deals with alley issues
Resident Rob Schaner requested action from council at the Monday
Unionville Center Village Council meeting concerning the condition
the alley that borders his property.
Traffic on the alley, which is
from Main Street to Cross Street next to
the council building, has increased
in recent years causing the bank at
the curve to slope resulting in ruts and
a mud hole. Council agreed to
install posts with reflectors to mark the
edge of the alley and will
consider grading the curve and adding
Council member Jim Weese said there are similar problems in the
behind his house, between Third and Fourth streets, with vehicles
ruts in his yard. Council decided to install posts with reflectors
in that alley as well.
Snow removal for the season has cost the village
$3,220. Snow and rain
during February caused some additional flooding south
of Railroad Street
in spite of the new storm sewer drain tie-in recently
saturated ground was given as the cause and no residents
about the situation.
Kailin Wile and her father, Mark, were
present to follow up on her
request at the December meeting for sponsorship
of her trip to England
and Scotland in June as a People to People Student
officer Tracy Rausch reported that she requested advice
from the Union
County Prosecutor regarding the legality a donation but
response. Another request will be made.
Union County Sheriff
Rocky Nelson said that golf cart policies and
procedures are still being
reviewed by the Union County Prosecutor. The
village is delaying a decision
on a golf cart ordinance until a
countywide policy is in place.
estimate of $1,000 for the Green and council lot for the
season from Whitt
Lawn Care was accepted.
Other requests for services were extended until the
April 9 meeting.
Other agreements being considered are:
.brush pick-up on
April 28 with May 5 as a rain date. Brush pick-up has
a 10 hour, one day
limit unless permission is granted for extended time
due to extenuating
.cleaning of Main Street on May 5 with a rain date of May
.cleaning the storm sewer drops on April 21 with April 28 as a
The Time-Warner Cable franchise contract was approved
Time-Warner to install and maintain cable service within the
UC Signs is planning an addition to both sides of its shop located
110 Main Street. A saw room will be added on the alley side and a
will be added on the other side. Council did approve a variance
owner Drew Youngberg to build as close as eight feet from the
rather than the standard 10 feet if approved by the
state-issued building permit.
Youngberg said he would like to keep the
addition in line with the
building that houses the Post Office and UC Signs
Council will participate in the county wide Adopt a Pot
sponsored by the Union County Master Gardeners again this year.
barrel planter on Main Street will be planted on May 26 with red
white geraniums and blue petunias.
Rausch said that the combined
statement of cash receipts, cash
disbursements and changes in fund cash
balances all governmental fund
types for 2006 is on file and available for
The next regular council meeting will be Monday, April 9 at 6:30
Present at the meeting were Mayor Denver Thompson, Rausch, and
members Ron Griffith, Mary Lou Morris, Brenda Terry, Phil Rausch,
and Peggy Williamson.
Richwood Council hears parking ticket
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Monday night Richwood Council members fielded
a complaint about the
village's decision to enforce parking
Herbert Street resident James Adkins told council members that
received a parking ticket in February for parking his vehicle facing
wrong direction in front of his home. He said he has parked facing
opposite direction of traffic for many years and does so to
stepping out into a water-filled pot hole in the street.
he moved to Richwood because of the relaxed attitude toward
minor issues such
as parking regulations. He questioned why council felt
the need to begin
enforcing parking regulations and asked why warnings
couldn't be given to
Council member Von Beal said the group was reacting to
complaints about lax traffic enforcement in the village.
solicitor Victoria Stone-Moledor said council set up the
regulations over a
three or four month process. She added that the issue
was covered and
advertised in area newspapers.
Mayor Bill Nibert added that there is an
appeals process in place and
asked Adkins if he had exercised that right.
Adkins said he simply paid the ticket.
In other business,
.Discussed a request for two-hour parking signs for a downtown
Council felt it could not approve the request.
work on the North Union Veterans Monument will begin this week.
that Park Day will be observed on Aug. 5.
.Learned that the Richwood Anglers
group would be donating money to fund
a fishing dock and historical monument
for the Richwood Lake.
.Heard that one of the police officers approved for a
cannot take the job, leaving the village with a position
.Heard that recent traffic enforcement on Route 4 has led to an
in traffic on Route 47.
.Discussed two new homes being build on
East Ottawa Street. Questions
were raised about whether the lot had been
subdivided and about water
and sewer tap-ins. Future construction in the area
was also discussed.
. Learned that phase two of the Ottawa Street storm sewer
completed as far as manholes and new piping. The construction area
be graded and seeded after rain settles the dirt.
.Heard that utility
work on North Clinton and Blagrove streets is nearly completed.
that most of the pipe for the Industrial Park lift station has
installed. Electrical work for the project remains to be
.Learned that recent flooding on George Street was caused by
yard waste and trash plugging up the storm drain.
executive session to discuss personnel.
Drowning may not have been cause of death
From J-T staff reports:
neighborhood mourns the death of its honorary "mayor" who died while
to his property over the weekend.
Initial reports stated that Hawn Road
resident Robert Scheiderer, 80,
died after drowning in a tributary Friday
night on his property near
Robinson Run. This morning Union County Sheriff's
indicate Scheiderer may have died from a heart
Sheriff's office public information officer Chris Skinner said
cause of death is still being determined by Union County Coroner
David Applegate, but that Scheiderer had a coronary condition.
p.m. Friday deputies were called to the 15000 block of Hawn Road
family member found Scheiderer deceased in a creek bed by a
field. It was
apparent he had been dead for several hours, according to sheriff's
Reports show that the family knew Scheiderer had gone out to clear
on his property earlier that day, but had become worried when he had
been seen for several hours.
Neighbors of Scheiderer said that he was
known as the honorary "mayor"
of Hawn Road because he had been involved in
giving residents a sense of
community for decades. Outside of his home, some
neighbors erected a
memorial sign showing their appreciation for
Restaurant plans City Gate location
From J-T staff reports:
new restaurant has been announced for inclusion in Marysville's City Gate
Developer Phil Connolly, of Connolly Construction, announced
that he has
signed a contract for Boston Gourmet Pizza.
Connolly was quick
to point out that, despite the focus on pizza, Boston
Pizza features numerous
types of food, from ribs to pastas, chicken,
oven-roasted salmon and grouper,
pork chops, and more. He described it
as being like a Champs style
restaurant, referring to the Columbus-based establishment.
between three and four hundred Boston Pizzas in the United
Canada," Connolly said. "This is the first one in Ohio. (The
owner) plans to
build two more in the Columbus area."
According to the restaurant's Web site
restaurant has a double focus, as it is designed to have a casual
feel, combined with a sports-themed bar. The facility is decorated
Was cutting brush in area of Robinson Run
From J-T staff
A man cutting brush along Robinson Run near Hawn Road drowned
night after falling into the tributary.
According to battalion
chief Brent Smith of the Pleasant Valley Fire
Department, an 80-year-old man
had apparently been working in the area
and fell into the water. He was found
by acquaintances at about 9:15
p.m., roughly 100 yards off Hawn Road, between
Route 736 and Robinson Road.
The man's identity was not available at press
According to police scanner reports, the man had been missing since
p.m. Acquaintances of the man pulled him from the water shortly after
p.m. and summoned medics. The person who called for medical
reported that the man had no pulse and no one was performing CPR.
Union County Sheriff's deputy arriving on the scene confirmed that the
was dead and had been in the water for some time, noting that ice
on his body.
Along with sheriff's department officials, personnel from
Valley and the Jerome Township fire departments responded to the
Students showcase imagination
Local youngsters to compete
in Destination ImagiNation tournament
By EMILY MASTERS
students will take their creativity, critical
thinking, and problem solving
skills to competition this weekend for the
regional Destination ImagiNation
tournament being held at Delaware Hayes High School.
ImagiNation is an extra curricular program and any student
through college can participate.
Fifteen teams of seven students or less will
take what they know and
what they're good at and apply those skills to solve
challenges and push
the limits of imagination while working together
The local teams will compete with teams from Marion, Licking,
Pickaway, Delaware, and Franklin counties.
The teams selected a
Challenge in the fall and now have a skit,
costumes, scenery and a technical
device to present in their 8-minute
performances. The challenge categories
include: DIrect Flight, CSI : DI,
Round About Courage, Switching TraDItions,
An example challenge from the Car-DI-ology category is
cards and glue to build a weight-bearing
According to Ellen Carter, Coordinator for Gifted Services, CSI :
been the most popular category with the teams. For this challenge,
teams must develop an original crime scene investigation story
resolution with a colorful and a shady character.
Kaeser, who attends Mill Valley Elementary, said his
team chose DIrect
"We had to build a tower that has an elevator, to launch an airplane
a certain spot," he said.
Kaeser worked with teammates Grant Martin,
A.J. Moots, and Ryley Akins.
He said he likes working on a team.
together, and it's fun to create stuff and use your mind," he said.
plans to put all of the skills he has learned to good use someday.
grow up, I want to work at an Australia zoo, because I like
animals, he said."
The winning team from the regional tournament will go on
to compete at
the state tournament April 21 in New Albany. The world
scheduled for late May in Knoxville,
Plane crashes in W. Mansfield
Delaware pilot found
dead at scene
By RYAN HORNS
A Delaware pilot died Thursday morning when
his twin-engine plane
crashed into a corn field in the West Mansfield area,
just across the
Logan County line.
The Marysville Ohio State Highway
Patrol Post reported at 11:15 a.m.
pilot Russell Sheets, 45, of Delaware,
died as a result of the crash. He
had been thrown from the wreckage.
witnesses at the nearby Heartland Egg Farm reportedly told Logan
Sheriff's dispatchers that the 1948 Cam Air Model 480 twin-engine
occupant plane sputtered in the air before suddenly spiraling to
There was also some speculation that the plane was on fire
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Dan Lay said the cause of the crash
currently unknown and remains under investigation. Sheets was the
one aboard and no one on the ground was injured.
The crash occurred
roughly in the middle of a 1,400 acre cornfield off
Route 292 at County Road
26 in West Mansfield. Area media, law
enforcement and some residents lined
the sides of the roadway looking
out across the field as medics and
investigators worked beyond their
view. Overhead, three helicopters surveyed
Lay explained that the farm property owner was not letting anyone
to the crash site. At the time Sheets' family had not been
He said Sheets' flight plan was unknown and that filing such a plan
the airfield was not necessary as many pilots often go for
As Lay spoke to media, members of the Federal Aviation
(FAA) arrived in a car at about 2:20 p.m. to begin their
into the crash. They were expected to continue their work
night. The Transportation Safety Board was also contacted to
Lay said it was possible the plane was on fire before crashing, but
determination will be made by FAA investigators. He said there was
area of ground that appeared to have been burned in the
area. The crash scene was relatively small, suggesting a sudden
only spanning an 80-yard radius.
"It looked like an angled
impact," Lay explained further. "Not so much
of a nose dive."
there were no marks on the ground to suggest the plane had
bounced or dragged
"It was not a long drawn-out crash," he said.
Larry Lloyd of West Mansfield was one of the people looking out
field. He noted that a plane crash had not happened in the area for
A volunteer Logan County Firefighter's Association official, who
to remain anonymous, said that he was initially allowed back to
crash scene to take photos for the fire department. He said the tail
of the plane was jutting into the air, which seemed to suggest the
had nose dived into the ground.
An area pilot, who did not provide
his name, said he had been getting
calls all morning from people who thought
that he might have been the
one flying the plane. He decided to come out and
see what happened for
himself, because there are only a few pilots and most
know one another.
At that time Sheets' name had not been
Water rate issue finds no resolution
By RYAN HORNS
future increase for Marysville water utility rates remains on hold, as
for another public discussion are in the works.
The Marysville City Council's
Ad Hoc Committee, assigned to study water
rate increase amounts, will meet
again on Monday at 6 p.m. in city
council chambers in City Hall, 125 E. Sixth
Numerous council members encouraged Marysville residents to come to
ad hoc meeting and take part.
At Thursday night's council meeting,
member John Gore thanked city
administration for filling out an application
to eventually apply for
available Ohio EPA funding the city could use to help
its water rate
predicament. He had raised the possibility of the funding at
the Feb. 22
council meeting, based on a discussion with an aide from
Deborah Pryce's office.
On the topic of water rates and
outstanding Marysville water company
debt, resident Lloyd Baker presented
copies to council and
administration from past Marysville Journal-Tribune
He referred specifically to a Feb. 23, 2001 article quoting then
administrator Bob Schaumleffel speaking on the reason for water
sewer rate hikes at that time. The former city official said the
was due to previous administrations use of "creative accounting"
"shielded funds" so the severity of the financial situation was
Baker wanted to know if any action was ever taken to correct
financial issues Schaumleffel was referring to.
"This wasn't a
citizen coming in off the streets," Baker said. "This was
the (former) city
Council members said they would look into the concerns Baker
that the water rate issue is expected to be discussed further at
March 22 council meeting.
In other issues, Kathy Werkmiester of the
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning
Commission, addressed council over the city's
Improvement Program (CHIP). This will be Marysville's third
applying for the funding. She reported that residents have
from the it in 2005 and 2006.
She reiterated that CHIP offers
funding for low to moderate income
families to put down payments on their
first homes, to rehabilitate
houses, or conduct drainage, electrical and
sewage upgrades and more.
Dozens of families will be up for receiving the
said, but they first need to apply by contacting
"I just want to thank you for doing this,"
councilman Dan Fogt said. "I
think this is a very good program for the
Fogt said he hopes that Marysville residents will take advantage of
Werkmiester said the 2006 CHIP program is still open and
available. Information on that can be found by calling
administration at City Hall.
In other discussions:
. Gore asked city
administration to provide an update on the status of
the East Fifth Street
railroad crossing issue. House said that the city
engineer called the Ohio
Rail Commission three weeks ago and has been
waiting for a return call.
Finance director John Morehart said that the city will again provide
tax assistance for residents. Sessions will be available on March
14 from 5
to 7 p.m.; March 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. and March 31 from 9 a.m.
Morehart also asked to place an ordinance to appropriate
$18,965 toward a
grant awarded to the Marysville Fire Department to
Economic development director Eric Phillips said that the Uptown
is applying for a grant through the Ohio Historical Society
to place a
historical marker denoting East Fifth Street as General
Beightler Way based
on the area's decorated soldier.
Drug bust nets 173 pounds of
From J-T staff reports:
A Thursday night drug bust yielded 173
pounds of marijuana.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson said this morning that
investigators worked in conjunction with Drug Enforcement Agency
Bureau of Criminal Investigations agents to confiscate the
that had a street value of more than $100,000.
Det. Mike Justice
of the Union County Sheriff's Office has been working
exclusively with the
"That collaboration helped out a lot," Nelson said.
investigation revealed the marijuana was being transported from
Indiana to Union County. At 9:30 p.m., uniformed deputies,
agents arrested three individuals at the American Inn
parking lot on U.S. 42
north of New California. The sheriff's office
K-9, Jordy, alerted to a
vehicle in the parking lot.
Charges are pending in Federal Court, Southern
District of West
Virginia, against Joseph L. Kezee, 28, and Crystal R.
Murray, 25, both
of Indiana, and Luis F. Reues, 34, from Texas. Union County
David Phillips also was present in case any state charges were to
"Since October 2006 we've assigned ... Justice to work with
a DEA task
force and it has resulted in a good working relationship with
federal agencies," Sheriff Nelson said this morning in a press
about the marijuana seizure.
Nelson also wanted to acknowledge the
Jerome Township Fire Department
for its hospitality toward agents while
conducting the arrest
Cotner resigns as FHS grid coach
Will take job
at Ben Logan
By TIM MILLER
Is he staying or is he going?
this morning, only Carlton Cotner really knew and even then,
wasn't easy to make.
Saying it was one of the most difficult professional
decisions he has
ever made, Cotner announced today that he is stepping down
High School's head football coach.
Cotner is leaving after
four years at the Panther helm to take over as
the head coach at nearby
Rumors had been circulating steadily in the area the past few
Cotner would be leaving FHS for the Raider position.
confirmed to the Journal-Tribune Thursday morning that he had been
the job Wednesday night.
However, he said he needed a little more time to
come to a decision.
"It was a very tough one to make because I love it here
Cotner, who guided the Panthers to an overall record of 18-22,
"The kids are great and I feel we were getting the program on the
After going 5-15 during his first two years at FHS, Cotner
Panthers to a 13-7 record over the 2005 and 2006 campaigns. The
just missed state playoff berths both years.
Cotner has been the
athletic director and dean of students at Fairbanks
since his arrival prior
to the 2003 season.
The desire to go into the teaching classroom was one of
the reasons that
prompted his acceptance of the Benjamin Logan job.
athletic director's job was getting to be too much for me, along
coaching," he admitted. "There wasn't the opportunity to go into
classroom here and there is at Ben Logan."
Cotner will teach social studies
at the Logan County school.
"I am so grateful to Fairbanks for the
opportunity ... grateful to the
kids and their parents," he said. "It's been
a great opportunity."
Money down the drain?
Funds from refinancing of water plant were not put
By RYAN HORNS
After 16 years of payments toward the
purchase of the Marysville water
company the debt has not gone down much,
partly due to past and present
administrations losing focus on paying it
Recently city officials have helped explain the good and the bad of
situation. One Marysville Council member has even called it a
"misuse" of tax funds.
Marysville City Finance Director John
Morehart said the city's purchase
of the Ohio Water Service Company on June
7, 1991 was for $9,585,145,
paid with a 30-year bond of $11 million to
finance it until it's paid off in 2022.
He said the $11 million bond
consisted of issuance costs of $535,000 and
the funding for a debt service
reserve account of $879,000, which was
the equivalent of one year of debt
payment. At that time, funding a
separate debt service fund was required,
which involved additional borrowing.
Morehart explained that the purchase
is akin to someone buying and
financing a home; interest is naturally going
to accumulate over such a
long period of time. A water company payment chart
he provided, states
that a total of $4,045,000 in principle payments have
been made in 16
years. This translates to $12,382,176 in total debt service
initial $9 million purchase.
Since then, Marysville past and
present administrations have been paying
roughly $800,000 a year toward
paying that off, with little results.
Although not much of a dent has been
put into the principle, officials
stopped short of calling the payments a
"No, I wouldn't say it's wasted money," city councilman Dave
explained. "What I think is a misuse of tax dollars is not paying
down the principal."
Burke explained that the problem with the water
company purchase and its
debt over the years has been a lack of consistency
between changing administrations.
"There is no policy in place to allocate
funds," he said.
Twice the city has refinanced the bond payments for a lesser
Burke said that extra money was then spent on other projects,
making larger payments toward the principle debt.
interest rates have been another issue with debt payments.
Then in 1993,
Morehart said the city refinanced the existing debt to
take advantage of
lower interest rates. The initial debt in 1991 was
issued with an interest
rate range of 5.5 to 6.7 percent. The 1993 bonds
were issued with an interest
rate range of 2.85 to 4.8 percent,
resulting in a savings of around $900,000
over the remaining life of the
bond. The 1993 bonds were issued for
$12,280,000 which included the
amount required to pay off the 1991 bonds of
$11,797,310 (including the
debt service reserve requirement) plus issuance
costs of around $480,000.
Morehart explained that in 2003, interest rates
dropped enough again to
encourage refinancing at $9,155,000 with new interest
rates that created
a savings of $1,291,386. He said as of Dec. 31, 2006 the
amount on the bonds was $8,100,000 with a maturity date of Dec.
The maturity date has not changed since the initial borrowing
purchase the water company in 1991.
Burke said that this was a good
decision, but that the money saved in
the move should have been put toward
paying off the overall water
company debt. Changing administrations lost
focus on paying that off and
he thinks this is why a policy needs to be in
place to keep that focus
consistent and relevant with new
"That is one of the reasons we have some of the highest
water rates in
the area," Burke said.
City administrator Kathy House and
Mayor Tom Kruse have both mentioned
in previous council meetings how pending
debt on the water company has
forced the city to seek rate increases, in
order to create more funding
for other projects such as the future Raymond
Young adults implicated in string of break-ins
Charges are pending against several young men responsible for a
of burglaries in Marysville.
On Wednesday, Marysville Police
Department investigators reported
solving several area business break-ins,
which occurred over the past
six to eight months.
Assistant police chief
Glenn Nicol said that the investigations
culminated with the Union County
Sheriff's Office arresting five
individuals for a specific break-in at a
business in Broadway.
He said numerous charges are expected to be sought
through the grand
jury process for breaking and entering and related crimes,
Jonathan Vandall, 21; Joshua Courtney, 18; and Justyn Ruggles, 19,
of 45 Butternut Drive; and Timothy C. Foughty, 21, of
Nicol said the crimes included break-ins at Goodies Galore,
Designs, New Me Hair Salon, Philly's Bar & Grill, Sandy's
Belltone, CPP Engineering, Interim Health Care, New Reflections,
Kmart locally, as well as a couple of locations in Logan County.
result of break-ins starting in July of 2006 through December,
been submitted for laboratory analysis, as well as various
and many hours of surveillance were also conducted
over the course of the
investigation," Nicol said. "The majority of the
break-ins occurred in August
and September of 2006."
He said the young men arrested have various levels of
each of the break-ins. Courtney was believed to be involved in
incidents and Vandall seven.
Nicol said Sandy's Bar and Grill on Mill
Creek Drive suffered the most
damage out of all the break-ins.
had customers asking about it," said Steve Montgomery, whose
family owns the
business. "But it's been a while, so we just thought
nothing was going to
come out of it. We were happy to hear something was going on."
He said the
restaurant had to recoup damages totaling $15-$20,000 and
was forced to shut
down operations for 10 days.
"They really tore the place up," Montgomery
said. "They stole a bunch of
liquor. They smashed bottles of liquor all over
the floors, broke the
beer taps, set off fire extinguishers and contaminated
cooler. We had to get rid off all the food in the cooler and get
all the liquor that was contaminated by the fire
When asked if he was surprised at the young age of the men
Montgomery said he didn't think they would be so young. But
thinking about it, he said he remembered that whoever broke in
stole the cheap liquor. They ended up smashing the expensive liquor
the floor. It could have been a sign that the suspects were too young
know the difference, he said.
Few details released on
From J-T staff reports:
Little information on a reported
carjacking was available today.
According to radio reports Wednesday, Ohio
State Highway Patrol and
Delaware County Sheriff's deputies were looking for
a suspect who beat a
man unconscious and stole his car.
reported that the crime was suspected of occurring
sometime between 2:30 and
4:20 p.m. in the area of U.S. 36 at Ostrander Road.
"The subject was
beaten," dispatchers reported to officers in the area.
They also stated that
the suspect drove off in the victim's red vehicle.
The Delaware County
Sheriff's Office confirmed this morning that the
crime had occurred, but
reportedly because of the shift change, no
report was available to provide to
Information on the male victim was not available.
N. Lewisburg needs stormwater plan
By CORINNE BIX
The village of North
Lewisburg will more than likely need to put a storm
water management and
utility plan in place soon.
Barry First, village administrator, said it will
only be a matter of
time before the Ohio EPA requires that the village
initiate a plan which
protects all streams from potential contaminants due to
storm water runoff.
Council first became aware of the need for a plan in
2005 when it was
applying for grants to help fund a wastewater treatment
First said that because of the classification of Spain's Creek as
exceptional pristine cold-water habitat, it only makes sense given
Water Quality Acts, that North Lewisburg will be required to have a
plan in place.
The total cost of a storm water management plan is
$20,000. It was originally projected that annual increases in
utilities would help fund a mandated plan.
Village council voted
in 2006 and 2007 to table a utility rate increase
given the switch from flat
utility billing to billing based on usage.
First said it is now necessary to
revisit the proposed flat $3 increase
per month per utility account to
generate funding and offset problems. A
$3 increase would generate $28,800
annually based on 800 utility accounts.
"Everyone creates storm water and
no one wants standing water," First said.
The long awaited wastewater
treatment plant is set to be completed by
June. First reported that things
are going well with all major
components delivered and on site.
vault basement portion of the plant needs major repairs to the
and the roof. It has been suggested when making the repairs
additional area be made available to store heavy duty
materials related to
the water system.
A project plan for the basement addition will be presented
at the next
regular council meeting.
The village park bathroom project
will go out to bid within the next
couple of weeks. The bathrooms will be
completely refurbished with
$27,000 received in Community Development Grant
Block (CDBG) funds. The
bathrooms are scheduled to be completed in
First told council that the village of Woodstock will be billed
for water treatment services for 2006.
Woodstock also will be
informed that when it is billed for the first
quarter of 2007 it will be
billed on usage as determined by flow meter
readings at $5.11 per 1,000
gallons used. This is the same rate North
Lewisburg residents are charged for
Council members were told to mark their calendars for the
ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for June 21 at 10:30 a.m. at
Pottersburg-Darby covered bridge on the pathway.
The event will
dedicate both the covered bridge and the Scenic Byway,
which runs from North
Lewisburg to Plain City. About 100 guests are to
be invited and the event
will feature entertainment and refreshments.
The next regular village council
meeting will be April 3 at 7 p.m.
In other news, council:
Glenn Kemp gave the Champaign County Sheriff's report for
the month of
February. It included 13 traffic citations, four warnings
issued for traffic
violations, 16 incident reports, 18 cases of
assistance give to citizens, six
arrests made, seven civil and criminal
papers served, 20 follow-up
investigations, two open doors, three
instances of juvenile contact and one
civic activity completed.
.Talked about spring the clean-up dates of May 1
.Invited council members to the Leadership Champaign County
Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. at the municipal building.
Activate Champaign County community event will be held April
14 at 10 a.m. at
the county fairgrounds.
.Approved the removal of a lost check from the 2006
financial report and
re-appropriate the same amount to Summerfield Insurance
for consulting services.
.Was informed of the mayor's participation in the
Association in Dublin on March 3 and the upcoming Ohio Municipal
Luncheon at the statehouse.
.Agreed to create an escrow fund
regarding ordinance No. 231 (fire loss
claims ordinance) to hold funds from
State Farm Insurance for 143 Abbey Lane.
Who are you giving your money
City has measures in place to monitor collection of cash on streets
When someone gives money to a charity collecting on the street,
they really know if their money is going to a good cause and not
funding a scam?
On Friday a Kentucky-based charity group was stationed in
collecting money for the New Life Church of Louisville.
residents called the Marysville Police Department to complain of a
But their fears were unfounded.
Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden
explained that he knew of the
charity group and that it is recognized on the
Kentucky Secretary of
State Web site, www.kentucky.gov, as a nonprofit
organization. New Life
Church of Louisville is listed in "active" and in
"good" standing. The
charity was founded in 2004 and its annual reports are
reading through the state site.
Zoning permits show that the
charity solicited in Marysville on March 1
and previously on April 27 and
Dec. 18 in 2006. Last week they were
limited to collecting at the
intersections of Fifth and Vine streets and
Fifth and Grove streets from
11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Golden said his main priority is that street charity
create a dangerous situation for drivers.
He said he
encountered the Kentucky-based charity group as he was
driving back into
Marysville, as they asked for donations while he
waited for a light. He spoke
with them about not harassing anyone and
generally keeping their charitable
collection safe and friendly.
The Marysville codified ordinance states that
the collectors must wear
light-colored clothing and perhaps safety vests. If
they violate any
guidelines and create a hazardous situation on the roadways,
may revoke the permit. There is also the potential of a
misdemeanor charge and a $150 fine.
Golden said even with safeguards
in place to prevent scams, the
department is limited in what it can do. He
said what is in place may
not be enough to prevent scams, but police follow
311.05, concerning, "In street charitable
"We are only limited to what the ordinance tells us to do,"
The law explains that any charitable organization must apply
permit through the director of administration. The permit will only
granted if the money raised is indeed going to a charity, clarified
an organization validated through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
has benevolent causes which it supports. The application also
expected to state when and where the charity will be in town.
said individual charities are limited to collecting in Marysville
two times a
"It used to be that there wasn't an ordinance in place," Golden
"Then (Marysville City Council) passed something that limited the
of times a group could come into town."
The law also includes
collection sites limited to no more than three
intersections within the city
per day, as long as it does not conflict
with previously issued parade or
public events. The charity must also
accept all liability and no more than
one charity is allowed to collect
at one time.
Past charities collecting
in Marysville have included Honda Gold Wing
Riders raising money for the
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation - Ride for
Kids on July 12, 2006, and the
Union County Shrine Club on May 24, 2006.
Union County to receive money
from Emergency Food and Shelter National
From J-T staff
Union County has been chosen to receive $14,306 to supplement
food and shelter programs in the county under the Emergency Food
Shelter National Board Program.
The selection was made by a national
board that is chaired by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists
of representatives from
the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish
Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of the Churches of
the USA and the United Way of America. The national board was
distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the
food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the
A local board made up of a representative of the American Red
the Salvation Army, Union County Department of Job and Family
Union County Health Department, Union County Council on Aging,
Health and Recovery Services Board, Community Action Organization,
County Commissioners and the United Way of Union County will
how the funds awarded to Union County are to be distributed
emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in
area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies
receive these funds and any additional funds available under this
phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the national
board, local agencies
chosen to receive funds must: Be private voluntary
non-profits or units
of government; have an accounting system; practice
have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food
shelter programs; and if they are a private voluntary organization,
must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies may apply.
Union County's local board distributed the Emergency Food and
of $14,903 to the Salvation Army's Homeless Prevention
Program. This program
was responsible for providing $12,495.21 in rent
assistance for 30 households
and using $2,407.79 to assist another 12
households with paying utility
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying
Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may request an application
the United Way by calling 644-8381 extension 1 or by e-mail at
must be returned to the United Way of Union County, P.O.
Box 145, Marysville,
OH 43040 on or before March 23 at noon. The local
board will meet on April 6
at 9:30 a.m. at the United Way office, 232 N.
Main St., Suite UW.
Jerome trustees discuss safety officers
By EMILY MASTERS
Trustees met with a full agenda Monday night and plenty
Trustees Bob Merkle, Ron Rhodes and Andy Thomas were present,
as well as
fiscal officer Robert Caldwell and six Jerome Township
Sheriff Rocky Nelson addressed the trustees with projections for a
through 2009 public safety program in which Jerome and
Millcreek townships share.
The 2007 cost of three public safety officers
for both Jerome and
Millcreek townships amounts to $196,565.05. In 2006, the
$186,645.41. Jerome Township pays for 75 percent of the
salaries, while Millcreek Township pays for 25 percent.
county commissioners pay nearly $200,000 for the additional costs,
the cruisers. The public safety officers are sheriffs deputies
cross-trained in fire and EMS.
In past discussions, it was brought up that
Jerome, Millcreek and Dover
townships all partner in the public safety
program; however, Nelson
mentioned he thought it would make the district too
"I would be concerned, bringing in another township just for
savings," he said. "It would only take once when the response time
was too long."
The trustees agreed that response time was of most
importance. They also
commented how valuable they feel the program
Former trustee Freeman May questioned the cost for the public
"I'm not against the public service officers, but we have
so many people
taking out of this township and not putting back into the
township," he said.
Rhodes, not sure what May meant, asked, "So you feel
should pay and the residents should not?"
"You're going to have to wake up and start running this
township like a
May took the opportunity to state that he didn't feel the land
Highland Croy Road should have been lost, had the trustees "woke up
done something about it."
Rhodes responded, "It was lost due to a
referendum, Mr. May."
The trustees stated they needed to move on to other
business and thanked
Sheriff Nelson for attending.
Scott Hudson of
American Pavements presented a proposal to the trustees
for road work that is
needed in the township. Areas mentioned included:
Kimberly Drive, Briarwood
Drive, Sierra Woods Circle, Sequoia Court,
Monteray Drive and Carmel Drive.
The trustees decided they will need
time to look through the proposal and
determine how to allocate the
$87,500 budget they have to work
Caldwell said there is an option of pulling money from the
improvements budget if needed. Rhodes said improvements must happen
New California Woods which he said hasn't been touched for nearly
years. The trustees received a quote of more than $15,000 from
county engineer's office for Hickory Ridge Road which will be taken
care of this year.
Eagle Scout Ben Karn, who also led the pledge of
allegiance at the
beginning of the meeting, presented a scout project budget
trustees. After checking prices at Carter lumber, Karn asked
trustees for $1,300 to be used for the construction of a bridge at
pond north of the township building on Industrial Parkway.
trustees approved the amount, and Karn said he plans to begin the
March 26, the first day of his spring break. Rhodes offered
to Karn for his dedication and professionalism in addressing the
Several questions were raised by May during public participation of
the clerk's report.
His list of desired explanations included: A figure of
$645 for repair
of some snow plows, a $531 expense from the fire department
carpeting, the cost for a periodical subscription belonging to
chief Scott Skeldon, the cost of truck repairs pertaining to either
fire or road division, a question about what a Citi credit card was
for, a cost pertaining to trustee Ron Rhodes' disability insurance and
figure of $500.57 for transmission work for a large truck used in
May accepted the explanations from Caldwell and Rhodes for
all of the
charges except for the charge of transmission work that had been
a township truck. He stated the trucks had been serviced when he was
office. Rhodes responded that he had been advised that
fluid needs to be changed every year or every 25,000
May questioned how many miles are actually put on the truck and
that he sees the truck sitting dormant most of the time.
reiterated his point that the fluid needs to be changed every year.
trustees then decided to move on to other business.
reported that Engine 210 had experienced an alternator
problem which was
fixed the day after it failed, at a cost of $900. He
also announced that an
equipment grant had been submitted to the state.
Skeldon said there is a need
for some of the fire department's breathing
apparatus to be replaced.
also reported on a recent symposium for new fire chiefs in which he
was a key
speaker, and he reminded everyone that daylight-saving time
which is a good time to change smoke detector batteries.
leads to arrest
After being under surveillance, suspect is chased down and
By RYAN HORNS
Police chased a burglary suspect on foot through a
residential area Monday, leading to the arrest of a teenager
numerous other daytime break-ins.
Officers rushed out of the
Marysville Police Department just after 10
a.m. when a call came into
dispatch from Detective Chad Seeberg who said
he had the burglary suspect
apprehended and held in the area of Sherwood
Avenue and Hickory
Joshua R. Wolford, 19, of 1271 Woodline Drive, was arrested on Van
Drive after Seeberg witnessed him running from behind Grove
"(Wolford) was apprehended by a police investigator who
was in the area
on surveillance of the suspect," Marysville Assistant Police
Nicol said this morning. "The suspect did not break into a
but was admittedly looking to enter a residence in the 700 block
Grove Street when he ran."
Nicol said that after further investigation,
Wolford was held on one
third-degree felony burglary charge for a home he is
hitting on Feb. 20. He said items related to recent burglaries
recovered from Wolford's residence, including two handguns stolen from
Carmel Drive residence.
Nicol said Wolford's arrest was the eventual
result of a police
investigation into several daytime residential burglaries
occurred in recent months throughout Marysville.
He said not all
details can be provided because he does not want to
investigation, but Wolford has been linked to seven
Police have been investigating for a month and a
half. The investigation
became a joint effort with the Union County
Sheriff's Office when more,
apparently related, burglaries were
discovered outside of the
Sheriff's Detective Jon Kleiber said that the first Union
burglary they began looking into occurred Oct. 31.
helped when we shared our information with the county," Nicol said.
said two burglaries took place in Greenwood Colony, two in Green
one in Mill Valley, one on West Seventh Street and two more
outside of the
city on Brookline Drive and Lunda Road.
Additional charges are expected to be
sought against Wolford through
grand jury procedures for at least eight
burglaries, Nicol said,
including the two that occurred in Union
Marysville Boy Scouts schedule events
mayor's breakfast planned
From J-T staff reports:
Local Boy Scouts have
planned a recruiting event Saturday, March 10 at
the Union County Fairgrounds
from noon to 3 p.m.
The event will be held in conjunction with "Scout Week"
Parents may bring their sons to see scout skills demonstrated
Cub Scout packs and Boy Scout troops. There also will be
to meet with leaders and learn about the full array of
opportunities in Union County.
Another Scout Week event will be a
first-ever "Mayor's Breakfast"
Wednesday at the Union County Public Service
Center at 8 a.m. The
breakfast is a popular tradition in other central Ohio
is aimed at informing business people about the program and
how they can
help support it, according to a press release announcing Scout
Local scouts and speakers will share updates on the
scouting program and
local Scoutmaster John Eufinger will be recognized for
his years of
service. Those interested in attending may call the council
Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse issued a recent
proclamation declaring this
week as "Scout Week" in Marysville. In his
proclamation, Kruse said he
would "urge everyone to recognize the North Star
District of the Simon
Kenton Council of Boy Scouts for its continuing
service to Marysville
and Union County, and its commitment to instilling the
Scouting in our community."
Marysville and Union County have a
strong tradition of Scouting. Today,
the Boy Scouts of America serve more
than 650 boys in 24 units across
the county. Nearly all of the boys in these
units have the opportunity
to participate in week-long summer camps or day
Union County has produced hundreds of Eagle Scouts, many of whom are
leaders in the community and credit the scouting program for
solid values and leadership skills.
In 2006, 12 boys received
their Eagle Scout award locally. The scouts
are hoping to top that in 2007
and see even more boys advance to Eagle.
The scouts also are looking to add
at least two units this year,
targeting strong growth in the southern part of
the county and around
new schools being built in Marysville.
around the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of
scouting this year.
Lord Robert Baden Powell began the program in 1907
with his popular
guidebook, "Scouting for Boys," and the first organized
camp out held at
Brownsea Island, off the cost of England.
Shortly thereafter, Troops of Boy
Scouts began springing up across the
United States. There have been several
active troops in Union County
dating back to the 1920s. In fact, Troop 101,
chartered to the First
United Methodist Church in Marysville, has been
for 80 years, making it the oldest active troop in the
to the press release.
Additional information about
becoming involved with scouting in Union
County or supporting local scouting
efforts may be obtained by
contacting Don Sheppard, Union County District
Executive Boy Scouts of
America, 1901 E. Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, OH
43229 (800) 433-4051.
JA student killed in crash
From J-T staff reports:
A Jonathan Alder senior
died in a Saturday car crash in Madison County.
The West Jefferson Ohio State
Highway Patrol Post reported that Sierra
Fauver, 17, of Union County was
killed after the high speed car crash in
which she was a passenger.
was a varsity volleyball team member of Jonathan Alder High
attended Tolles Career Center. She also was known for her
4-H dog and equestrian clubs in Union and Franklin
counties. Funeral services
will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Jonathan
Alder High School.
to Phil Harris, Jonathan Alder High School Principal,
available for students at the school today.
"We want to be here for the 550
some kids here," Harris said. "Her
dearest friends aren't in school today -
other students who knew her
have come but left.
"We just need to let them
go through it."
A completed report on the crash was not ready this morning,
OSP post issued a media release on the fatal crash.
reports show that Saturday at 11:54 p.m. Nicholas Jenkins, 18, of
driving on Route 38 near Blaugher Avenue, north of the
village of Newport in
"Mr. Jenkins lost control at a high rate of speed and drove
off the left
side of the roadway," reports state. "The vehicle struck a
on the passenger's side."
The collision with the pole
reportedly resulted in Fauver's death, who
was sitting in the front passenger
There were three other passengers in the rear seat, Kristen Eberle,
of Plain City, and Larryn Allen, 17, and Michelle Hostetler, 17, both
West Jefferson troopers reported that the driver and the three
passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were
to Madison County Hospital.
"The driver, Mr. Jenkins, was
wearing his seat belt at the time of the
crash. The deceased passenger was
not wearing her seat belt at the time.
Seat belt use by rear seat passengers
is unknown at this time," reports state.
The OSP reported that alcohol and
drug impairment are suspected at this
time and the crash remains under
investigation. Criminal charges are
pending consultation with the Madison
For the love of animals
Area woman runs sanctuary for unwanted
When Mindy Mallett started Sunrise Sanctuary, a non-profit
sanctuary, six years ago she knew her rural approach wasn't the norm
for Union County.
Mallett, originally from Brooklyn, New York, has always
been an animal
advocate and although growing up in the city, she is a self
"country girl." She is committed to rescuing animals, mainly
if they're not wanted or if they've been hurt. She says she wants
keep animals alive if it's in their best interest.
"Animals are unique
individuals that should be valued for what they
are," she said. "I want the
animals I rescue to be able to live on my
farm safely for the remainder of
Mallett feeds and houses a total of 50 animals on her Martin
farm including hogs, sheep, goats, llamas, chickens, ducks, dogs,
cats and a pony.
"I believe in the old-fashioned family farm," she said.
"At least on
family farms, the animals do live quality lives before being put
Mallett says she does not agree with the practices of what she
calls "factory farms."
"I offer another option for the way animals live
their lives," she said.
"I want them to be able to see the sunshine and have
open space to walk around."
She is committed to her passion, so much so,
that she works two jobs to
support the animals.
"I will work three jobs if
I have to," she said. "Somebody needs to take
that position in life for
animals, and you can't help it if that's how you feel."
Mallett hopes to
someday open her farm to the community, so people can
come and learn about
"People are always welcome to come out," she said. "I hope if
what I'm doing, they'll also want to support the cause."
says she works with local veterinarians and the humane society
to keep the
animals healthy. Although she knows it's important, the
bills do add up.
Since the sanctuary is non-profit, she can take
donations in the form of
money or even bags of feed or bales of hay.
"I'd love for someone to sponsor
an animal monthly, she said. "There's
always the cost of feed and hay, not to
mention, the cost of fencing for the animals."
She also hopes to have a
Web site designed one-day.
Mallett's friend and fellow animal-lover Kathy
Fuhrman volunteers on the
farm. Both women hope to get more volunteers and
supporters on board so
that in the future, there will always be space for
Presently, Mallett is at capacity for the amount of
animals she can afford.
She says pleasure comes from just watching her
livestock in the barn.
She has also been surprised at how all of the animals
are able to
co-exist in the same space.
"The chicks like to climb up on
the hog's back, and it's just so
precious to watch," she laughed. "I also
enjoy watching the cats eat
their food with the chickens."
of the animals have deformities and are not in perfect
"They are still wonderful companions to myself and each other
though they're not perfect, and they deserve a chance at life,"
To obtain more information about the sanctuary, those interested
write to Sunrise Sanctuary P.O. Box 105, Marysville, Ohio,
Little headway made in 16 years
purchasing the water plant in 1991 for $9 million, city still owes
By RYAN HORNS
"Deceive me once shame on you. Deceive me twice
shame on me," Marysville
resident Lloyd Baker said at a recent Marysville
City Council Ad Hoc Committee meeting.
Baker said that when it comes to
increasing utility rates, Marysville
seems to be raising rates throughout the
years, yet expecting different
results. He said water and sewer rates have
been raised twice before to
pay for the 1991 purchase of Marysville's water
company and the future
wastewater treatment plant. Now new water rate hikes
are expected. In
the process, projects never seem to be
According to a Feb. 13, 1991 Marysville Journal-Tribune article,
city purchased the water company at a price of about $9 million. Then
March 23, 2001, Journal-Tribune article states that the water and
rate hikes passed would "fund debt service on the city's purchase of
water company, which totals $1.2 million annually, as well as pay
current and future improvements, such as the construction of the
Raymond Road reservoir."
City Finance Director John Morehart said on
Thursday that after 16 years
Marysville owes about $8 million on that $9
million purchase. He said
that the reason is because the plant was purchased
on a 30-year bond and
there were initially high interest rates.
said the 2001 article on rate increases "gave a very bright
how increased rates would accommodate current as well as
future needs. He
said it seems in conflict with the city's current situation.
"I guess I
was very disturbed at the last ad hoc committee meeting when
the amount of
the (rate) changes between 2001 and 2006 were referred to
as being 'minor',"
Baker said, in regards to a comment by city engineer Phil Roush.
claims the increase in the water rates alone in 2001 was 56.7
percent and the
increase in the sewer rate was 168.6 percent, as a
result of those increases.
The total water bill, or utility bill
increased approximately 60
"I think that the pattern of these past increases leaves some
on the part of the public and what we're apt to swallow here now.
would be just a repeat of what we were asked to swallow in 1991 and
2001," Baker said.
Marysville city council's ad hoc committee met
first on Feb. 7 and again
on Monday to find ways to decrease proposed water
rates for residents
over the next few years. Committee members said that the
current plan is
to have water rate legislation ready by March 22 and perhaps
readings to move it along faster once it's before city council.
Hoc Committee member Dan Fogt said that the biggest news he learned
Monday's meeting was that Marysville has not yet borrowed the
of money approved by city council to complete its future
trunk line sewer project.
"That was to save interest money until the money
was actually needed," Fogt said.
He said the threat now is that the city
could end up building the trunk
line sewer, but not have enough funds to
connect it to the new plant.
"What I'm hearing you say is that the $55
million that we have already
borrowed for the wastewater treatment plant
won't be enough for this?"
committee member John Gore asked at the Monday
Roush said that the majority of funding has gone toward designing
engineering the plant.
Kathy House added that the decision to halt the
water rate increases
essentially halted the stability of funding coming in
for the project.
"As you know, it's been a difficult decision for council,"
chairman Dave Burke said at Monday's ad hoc meeting. "I think
getting close to finding some resolution to move this project
Burke said there is a short-term issue to deal with and then a
issue. The short term deals with keeping essential projects going.
long-term deals with a possible water crisis if they don't deal with
the issue now.
"The potential water crisis concerns me," Gore said. "It
concerns me. But I just kind of feel that there is another
besides just continuing to raise rates . You can call a rate
what you want, but it's still a tax."
Baker said that the true
root of the problem is not being addressed,
which is that the city needs a
Roush said that Marysville does have a business plan, which is
within the Water Master Study. People need to read the entire
instead of only learning bits and pieces of it from newspaper
he said. He said copies of the Water Master Plan are available
reading through the city and are at the Marysville Public
MR/DD drops Mental Retardation from name
From J-T staff
The Union County Board of Mental Retardation and
Disabilities approved a change of its organization name to "The
County Board of Developmental Disabilities" at its monthly
According to Pete Emmons, Community Outreach and Training
the move comes after a comprehensive three-month study by the
including input from a wide variety of community stakeholders.
have taken a major step towards increasing community sensitivity to
of our citizens with developmental disabilities," said
Miller. "The new name is also symbolic of our
emphasis to become a more
active partner with other community agencies."
In other business, the
board approved a one-year pilot program called
"Resource Allocation for
Families Today" which was presented by Kara
Brown, director of support
services. The program is designed to provide
respite assistance and
additional adapted equipment to families who have
an individual with a
developmental disability residing at home.
"The number one thing we need to
do is to make sure that we are
supporting families as they address unique
needs of individuals with
developmental disabilities living in the home,"
Kim Rogers of Laidlaw Educational Services reported to the board
was in full compliance with applicable state regulations regarding
screening and monitoring of transportation personnel.
approved extending the lease of Children Inc. in a section of
Lewis Center for another 23 months.
"We are eager to build upon the
collaborative efforts which began in
late summer of 2006," said Brenda
Weilbacher, executive director. "We
look forward to partnering with the Union
County Board of DD and the
Harold Lewis Center in providing quality early
which will continue to benefit the children of
Marysville and Union
County for years to come."
The board accepted news of
a payment settlement from the Ohio Department
of Mental Retardation and
Developmental Disabilities for the years 2001,
2002, and 2003 pertaining to
the former Community Alternative Funding Program.
Business Manager Cheryl
Gugel gave a report on a zero-based budget
concept which provides more fiscal
responsibility starting at the
department head level.
Miller said, "We are
looking at the most efficient means of operation to
ensure we are good
stewards of the resources provided to us by the Union
The next regularly scheduled board meeting will be March 19 at
in the Amrine Room of the Harold Lewis Center.
event is Monday
From the J-T staff reports:
The fifth annual Literacy
United BEAR Family Event will be held Monday
at the Union County Services
Building, 940 London Ave.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. A variety
of free literacy based
activities will be available for family participation,
and each child
attending will receive a free book while supplies
The "Be Excited About Reading" (BEAR) project is a fund-raiser for
Marysville Public Library and ABLE/Literacy United. Library patrons
vote for their favorite bears by dropping money into marked
under each display until Friday at 5 p.m. The top vote getters
sold Monday at the family event by auctioneer Dan Westlake, beginning
at 6:30 p.m.
Each bear is dressed as a character from an award winning
bear, "Professor Sherman," an entry from Connolly Construction
the book "The Twenty-One Balloons" by William Pene Dubois, a
Award winner, comes with 20 gift certificates to restaurants
more than $600 in value.
Absentee bids may be placed by calling
Literacy United at 644-2796 or by
e-mail at email@example.com by noon
Bears may be viewed on the Marysville Public Library Web site
www.marysvillelib.org (click on
the BEAR link).
Local woman will compete in event at Arnold Classic in
By TIM MILLER
For a number of years, the Arnold Classic has
brought athletes from
around the globe to Columbus in the hopes of placing
high in various competitions.
The annual event, which runs the first
weekend in March, features
competitions ranging from weight lifting to arm
fighting to bodybuilding and included for the first time
this year, sumo wrestling.
Another event is called the Pro Figure
International and a
Marysville-area woman will be competing for the
Julie Wallis, 37, will be among 15 competitors Friday evening
Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus.
Participants go through two
rounds of competition, one while wearing a
two-piece bathing suit and the
other in a one-piece.
"We don't do poses like they do in body building," said
competition has a lot to do with comparing physiques for
leanness and it also has a lot to do with hair and makeup as
"I guess you could call it a 'fitness-beauty pageant' and it's a lot
standing there, wearing heels.'"
While figure competitors have a
muscular physique, they do not strive
for the dense, bulky muscles of female
"Judging is very subjective," Wallis said. "Many of the judges
(up to 10
per competition) are previous body builders and they look for
muscular girls, while I have a smaller frame."
Wallis, a native of
San Antonio, Texas, first became interested in
figure competitions after
looking through some fitness magazines.
"I saw the pictures and thought
that's what I wanted to do," she said.
After working as an amateur for two
years, she joined the professional
figure circuit in 1999. She has had
several top five finishes since that time.
A holder of bachelors and
master's degrees in biology from the
University of Texas, Wallis moved to
Ohio while under the employ of a
chiropractor who worked with
She became interested in weight lifting several years earlier
enjoyed the workouts.
"Fitness became really popular in 1997 and
that's when I saw the
magazines," she said. "I really came to enjoy doing the
Wallis has appeared in numerous magazines, including
and "Muscle and Fitness."
She has also published a book
"33 Ways for 33 Days" and is working on a
fitness video. When not onstage at
the Figure International, she will
greet her fans at the Fitness Factory
booth during the fitness expo
portion of the weekend event.
workout sessions are extensive throughout the week, focusing
both on weights
and cardio-vascular exercise. She allows herself only
one day off each
Her contest training is a 12-week process. During that time she
seven meals per day but takes in only 1,100 calories. Meals consist
chicken, tuna, tilapia, egg whites and a some oatmeal.
When she's not
hard at work in the training room, she's busy in the
classroom at The Ohio
There, she is enrolled in a doctorate program in sports
exercise and science.
It's the second such program that she has
"I was enrolled in a doctorate program in neurobiology," she
adding that she didn't finish the course work.
As she is just
getting started at Ohio State, she plans to have her
doctorate in three
Wallis, who also holds a teaching assistantship in sports and
science at OSU, recently received a $5,000 grant from General Mills
search for ways to combat childhood obesity. In April, she plans
begin a study program in this area at Grant Middle School in
Over the next couple of days, though, she will focus on Friday
competition in Columbus.
It will mark the third time at the Arnold
event for the competitor who
goes by the stage name of "DJ" Wallis.
started when I was in my first doctorate program," she laughed.
"It was a
takeoff on 'Doc Julie.'"
Wallis competed in the fitness portion of the Arnold
Classic seven years
ago and placed sixth. The fitness portion of the
incorporates an athletic routine into the judging.
later, she entered the figure competition and finished fifth.
she's determined to finish even higher.
"The third time is going to be the
charm," she said. "This year, I'm
going to win it."
together through program
By EMILY MASTERS
Although their cultures and
upbringings couldn't be any more opposite,
three things brought a group of
children together Wednesday night at the
church of The Nazarene, a love for
singing, dancing and Jesus.
Fifteen children, part of World Help's "Children
of the World,
International Children's Choir," performed in English as well
native languages. Ranging in age from 8 to 11, the children
the packed church auditorium with their swing choir style
Becky Ransome, church member and hostess to two children,
she was beyond impressed.
"The children were unbelievable," she said. "My
son, Evan, is in the
Marysville show choir, Swingers Unlimited, and he
couldn't get over how
professional the children were with their singing and
The children, some of them orphans, come from desperate
They are from Brazil, India, Uganda and the
Some of their parents died from situations such as tribal wars,
cancer and farm accidents.
The choir children have been able to
come to America due to sponsorships
through World Help which ministers in
more than 58 countries. According
to the organization, each year more than 12
million children die from
preventable diseases, 1 billion live in poverty and
153 million children
under the age of 5 suffer from hunger.
she got to talk with her two host children about their home
they stayed with her family.
"These kids have seen so much," she said. "One
little girl was telling
me she walks through the jungle afraid someone will
cut off her head."
That's a world away from the environment Ransome provided
"I took the kids to COSI," she said. "There was a simulation of a
shuttle, and they had no idea what a space shuttle even was."
Ransome was making them dinner, Evan took the children, ages 8 and
outside to build a snowman.
"They loved that, because they had never done it
before and don't get to
see snow where they're from," she said.
As far as
foods they've been enjoying while in the United States,
Ransome said they
love chicken and rice.
"They do eat things like pizza, but what I really
noticed was that they
love fruit and especially strawberries," she
The children are not permitted to play video games while staying
host families, and they can only watch G-rated movies. The host
are also discouraged from giving the children gifts.
she feels the choir children notice the types of things
enjoy; however, they don't feel that they need the
same types of
"That's not their thought process at this age. They don't think
need an abundance of things," she said. "The message to the kids is
show God's love."
The children travel on a bus with chaperones, a road
crew, and their
team leaders, Josh and Jennifer Lawhorn, originally from
began the tour in August and will wrap it up in June.
morning, Ransome delivered the children back to the church, where
stay and receive schooling until taking off for their next trip.
to Jennifer Lawhorn, once the children complete the tour,
which allows them a
10-month visa, they will go back to their native countries.
able to be away from school any longer than that," she
said. "It's not
America, but for them, it's what they know."
To obtain more information on
World Help, visit www.worldhelp.net.
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