Hanson bids goodbye to MHS
By KARLYN BYERS
Greg Hanson sees rounds of golf
in his future - and perhaps a lot of travel.
Both should be possible in a
few weeks when the longtime Marysville High
School principal begins the
retirement phase of his life.
Hanson, 60, has been the MHS principal since
its opening 17 years ago.
He will retire in late June, along with his wife,
Karen, a fourth grade
teacher at Navin. Karen Hanson has taught for 35
The two have a son, Mark, who lives in Dallas, and a daughter,
who lives in New York. Both are MHS graduates. The Hansons look
to visiting their children and possibly exploring the Pacific
And the two have a golf trip planned in 2008 that will take them
Ireland and Scotland, where Hanson hopes they can play at the famous
Andrews Golf Course.
"That is a trip I've wanted to take for a long
time," Hanson, a
self-described golf fanatic, said.
The trip is planned
with two other couples, Nancy and Jim Plant, of
Ostrander, the aunt and uncle
of Ostrander's Ben Curtis, winner of the
2003 British Open, and Mike and Judy
England of southern Delaware County.
"We're hoping to be able to plan our
trip so we're there for the British
Open in England," Hanson said.
chemistry major at Bowling Green State University, Hanson said his
plans also may include working with Ashland University to
teachers assigned to the Marysville area. He
additionally plans to work
part-time at a golf course.
"I would enjoy that," he said.
Morgan County, Hanson's career began at Elmwood Local in
County, where he taught at the junior high school in
Cygnet. He came to
Marysville in 1989 to take the principal's position
at the previous
Marysville High School - now Marysville Middle School.
The Hansons grew very
fond of Marysville and have no plans to leave the
community Greg Hanson
described as "a great place to be."
"Part of the reason we ended up here is
because I wanted my kids to have
opportunities," Hanson said of the school
district and community.
Being principal at MHS has been "a great ride,"
according to Hanson.
"I've really enjoyed being here."
"April and May are
the busiest times," he said, adding that, beginning
after spring break each
year, activities build to a fever pitch which
The really busy time begins with scheduling, which is followed
by compiling the awards and recognition lists and the awarding
academic honors, scholarships, etc. in two assemblies.
It's a very
hectic time, because a lot of information has to be gathered
and organized in
a limited amount of time. Hanson credits his secretary,
with keeping everything to a manageable level.
In fact, Hanson said a lot of
his success is because of the staff at MHS.
"Anything that has been
accomplished under my (leadership) is because of
the great people in this
building," he said.
And it is the staff he will miss most when he
"We've got some phenomenal teachers on this staff who care a lot
the kids," he said.
However, he will not miss having to inform
graduation that they have fallen short of standards set
by the Ohio
Department of Education and they will not be receiving their
Beginning with the 2007 class, students must pass all five parts of
Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in order to receive their high
diplomas. Hanson said while he feels school districts should be
accountable for educating their pupils, " ... I think every one of
legislators who mandated this (test) should have to sit in this
and talk to a kid (who has not passed). It just ruins your day."
continued, "I won't miss that, to have to talk to those kids."
A lot of good
things have come out of state-mandated testing, Hanson
said, but so have some
"not too good things."
Students who don't proficiency all five parts of the
OGT will still be
allowed to walk across the stage and participate in
activities, Hanson said - provided they have fulfilled all their
school credit requirements.
They also will be allowed to come back to
school whenever the OGT is
administered to take the component(s) they failed.
The OGT will be
administered this summer, with other tests scheduled in
March 2008, Hanson said.
He said he met personally with each
pupil who failed to meet OGT
requirements and who will not graduate. He also
tried to impress the
importance of the commencement ceremony upon those who
wanted to skip
Marysville's June 3 graduation.
Students need to walk
across that stage for their parents, he said, and
because future graduations
will never be the same as the first commencement.
Hanson said he also
won't miss all the paperwork involved in his
miss the kids - even the ones who give us a hard time - and
seeing them get
recognized for what they have accomplished," he said. "I
never cease to be
amazed at the quality of their work and what they have
after year after year."
MMS students dance their way to fitness
By RYAN HORNS
By the laughter
coming out of the Marysville Middle School gymnasium,
one might think the
students have taken over the school.
Instead, teachers stand nearby smiling
as students get a workout on the
school's new Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)
Super Nova. It is an
interactive video game, in which students follow arrows
flashed on a big
screen television, showing them how to dance to any number
of songs. The
levels go from easy to difficult.
Marysville Middle School
was able to purchase the game with money from a
three-year federal PEP grant,
earned because the district developed new
physical education curriculum. This
included conducting regular medical
and fitness assessments/plans for
students, health management regimes,
increased training for physical
education teachers, implementing fitness
into other areas of academics and
"This was a huge thing for the community and school district,"
School physical education teacher Lenard Andrews said.
He said the
guidelines were pretty strict, but the school accomplished
its goals and will
be able to make another purchase in the fall.
Because of this, students
playing the DDR in the gym Thursday afternoon
said they look forward to
someday having an entire wall filled with
other interactive games such as
tennis, bike riding, basketball and more.
"I didn't realize how much fun
the kids would have with it," Marysville
Middle School principal Kathy
McKinniss said. "And they can compete and
do it in sort of a social way. It's
really been pretty neat."
She said the goal was to help make exercise fun for
students and provide
a way for them to be active at any time during the
"Lenard's goal is to have it being used all the time," McKinniss
"The other night we had a school dance. Our school dances are
toward a lot of games and dancing, but a lot of line dancing and
communal things. And (the game) ran the entire time. The whole
hours. There were kids that rotated in and out."
"I started noticing
in some of the arcades the last few years that they
have come up with these
systems that involve exercise and that the kids
have a lot of fun playing,"
Andrews said. "The main thing we are trying
to do with it is increase the
minutes of activity throughout the day, to
combat child obesity and instill a
Andrews said a West Virginia school system launched a
program to bring
the dance game into its schools. After that, the New York
Times did an
article on the health benefits of the interactive video games
they are being incorporated into school fitness regiments. He
studies have shown the games increase brain activity, while giving
"We've had ours for about two months," he
McKinniss said she has been inspired by Andrews' passion for
physical education. Especially with so many years of
experience, she said it is impressive how he has found ways to
physical education interesting and fun for the students.
pleased with it. The kids enjoy it. They want to do it. They
do a nice job of
being respectful and working in groups together," Andrews said.
said the game enables a lot more kids to get involved in
without having to be the "superstar" athlete in the
In the gym Thursday she got the attention of a group of
currently taking a run on the DDR, and they explained the
levels of difficulty.
"Who can do difficult?" McKinniss
The students ushered ahead seventh grader Matt Roberts, considered
best in the room. He agreed to take the challenge.
"He's just a
monster at it. He's really good." student Kyle Thirkield said.
student agreed, saying when Roberts takes his turn "my eyes
can't even follow
After the song was over, Roberts finished without a mistake. A
out of breath, he said it was a pretty good exercise.
Events set for Union County Fair
By CORINNE BIX
In about 50 days the 161st
Union County Fair will kick off. This year's
fair will be held July 22
through July 29.
The fair's faithful will be at home with the traditional
those who are first-timers will find something new.
annual parade will get the week started July 23 at 5 p.m..
form at the county building parking lot.
Kay Griffith, Union County Fair
marketing director, said this is a
change from years past when the parade
used to begin at 5:30 p.m. The
parade will disband in the Marysville Middle
School parking lot across
from the fairgrounds.
It will feature various
community groups, including the fire department,
4-H clubs and
After the parade, the crowning of the fair king and queen will be
6:20 p.m. at the show arena, to be followed by swine showmanship.
6:30 p.m. on July 23 the 4-H style show will be at the pavilion.
entertainment at the grandstand throughout the week will include
racing on July 22, truck and tractor pulls on July 24 and July
bull-riding championship on July 26, and a demolition derby on July 28.
July 25 the Team Extreme Jump-Off will feature a motorcycle
"On Sunday, July 29 we are bringing back motocross,"
She explained that for the past four years the last evening of
featured mud runs, but due to popular demand motocross is
July 22 will also be Kid's Day and will offer kiddies tractor pull
kiddy tractor races, an Oreo stacking contest and baby contests in
DARE day will be July 25 and all students who are
wearing their 2007
DARE graduation shirt will be admitted to the fair for
"We usually have about a hundred kids and Papa John's provides lunch
the participants," Griffith said.
Senior Citizens Day will also be
July 25 with various activities
planned, including the senior pancake
breakfast, senior cook-off, a
quilt show and senior bingo.
The 4-H pancake
breakfast will be held July 28 from 7:30-9 a.m.
The following animal shows
are scheduled for each day in the show arena:
July 23, poultry; July 24,
rabbit and swine; July 25, goat; July 26,
lamb cook-off, guys and gals lead
and market lamb; and July 27, market
steer, heifer and dairy
Market sales will be July 28, with the first sale at 2:30 p.m. and
two at 5:30 p.m., preceded with a buyer's reception at 4 p.m.
27, the Horse Musical Fantasia will be in the horse arena at
Griffith said this is a unique competition and one that everyone
try and not miss.
The students who participate dress in costume and
perform to music while
leading their horse through an intricate obstacle
"It's wonderful and so entertaining," Griffith said.
include veterans to be honored on July 29 at the pavilion,
a flower show and
baked goods judging on July 27, a fun dog competition
on July 28 at 11 a.m.,
along with the draft horse show at 10 a.m.
On July 29, would-be teenage
singers can sign up to participate in the
Union County Fair Teen Idol
Contest. This is a brand new event sponsored
by GrayFox Audio Sensations, a
local DJ music service and the Eagle's
No. 3506 Chapter.
The contest is
open to county residents, and the winner will be awarded
Griffith said prices for entry into this year's fair will be $6
everyone 6 years and older. Week-long passes will be sold for $20
senior week passes will be $14.
More information about specific events
and times may be found in the
fair book published by the Marysville Journal
Hospital celebrates births with music
Each new baby's arrival is marked with
playing of "Brahms' Lullaby
By CORINNE BIX
Visitors at Memorial Hospital
of Union County may notice a familiar tune
floating over the paging
"Brahms' Lullaby" plays for 15 seconds throughout the main facility
the birth of a child in the hospital's Miracle Life Center.
Steiner of West Liberty got to experience the chimes firsthand
seven-pound son, Luke, was born on May 16. Steiner, who
welcomed the birth
with her husband, Scott, and an older son, said the
ringing of the lullaby
"I felt very important and very special," Steiner
During her stay at the hospital Steiner said she had the
hear the chimes upon the birth of other babies.
like I was bonding and celebrating with people I never met but I
understand what they were going through," she said.
Hospital officials said
the chime is a way to allow the entire facility
to share in the birth of a
"It's a nice way to celebrate as a hospital community with the
and families upon the birth of their child," Mary Walker, director
customer service, said. "This reminder of new life and the
moment for a family will allow us to share in the joy, even if only
for a moment."
The idea was first suggested in 2002 during the planning
stages of the
Miracle Life Center Obstetrics Unit. The birthing center
officially opened in 2004.
Walker said the hospital has a customer service
team which is always
looking for ways to improve the patient/family
experience at the hospital.
The hospital had to make some improvements to
its paging system before
the chimes could be executed this month.
Hoffman, obstetrics nurse director, said since the May 14 debut of
that the feedback has been very positive.
"Some of the nurses have said when
they hear the chimes they just can't
help but smile," Hoffman said. "It's a
reminder to us all of the circle of life."
Walker said the chimes give all
staff a chance to take a minute and
remember why they have chosen healthcare
as a profession. Hoffman said
that in the event of a stillbirth the parents
would be given the choice
as to whether or not the lullaby would be
MHUC delivered 670 babies in 2006 and averages about two births per
Board adopts new logo
From J-T staff reports
The Union County
Board of Developmental Disabilities adopted a new logo
during its regularly
scheduled board meeting recently.
The action came after a presentation by
staff logo committee members and
the firm of Kernacopia, LTD., which provided
technical design assistance.
The logo project evolved out of a program
in-service in March and was
put forth by staff.
"We wanted to make sure
that in some way our logo was tied into our five
core values of excellence,
customer-driven, collaboration, integrity and
stewardship," staff member
Rachel Hayes said. "The new logo represents a
new beginning for the
consumers, staff and programs at the Union County
Board of Developmental
The logo features a starfish reaching out with five waves
the five core values and a shoreline standing for
community-at-large. The organization tagline "Where opportunities make
difference" runs along the bottom of the logo.
In addition to the main
logo, each individual program (The Harold Lewis
Center, WorkNet, U-CO
Industries and Support Services) developed logo
variations using the starfish
to illustrate what their departments represent.
School names top scholars
From J-T staff reports
Fairbanks High School
held its awards ceremony Friday. It will hold
commencement ceremonies today
at 11 a.m. Graduation will be held
Jason Link has been named class valedictorian.
He is the son of Mike and
Patsy Link of Ostrander.
He has been a member of
the Mock Trial team all four years of high
school and served as captain in
his senior year. He is a four-year
member and president of the science club
and a three-year member of
National Honor Society.
He also has been
involved in the film, computer, writer's and
international clubs, as well as
concert band and golf. He is a 10-year
member of 4-H and president of The
He is a lifeguard at the Marysville Municipal Pool, where he is
water safety Instructor. He was awarded the OSU-Honda Math Medal
for outstanding math student in November and also was awarded
Franklin B. Walter All Scholastic Award for outstanding senior of
Link will attend The Ohio State University as a member of
program and will major in computer information
Lauren Murray is the daughter of Steve and Nancy
Murray of Irwin, and
Ellen and Thom Croyle of Milford Center.
high school she has participated in varsity volleyball and
track, FFA, FCA,
Student Council, ski club, international club, and Mock
Trial. She is vice
president of the senior class and is the chairman
for the peer tutoring
She was elected fall homecoming queen, is a Renaissance Red Card
and has been consistently on the all A's honor roll.
She has been
awarded the URE Corp Scholarship, Friends of Fairbanks
Scholarship in honor
of Ray Chappelear, and was a Voice of Democracy
winter. After graduation,
Murray will attend Ursuline College to study
business and fashion and
Stacy Alderman - $11,000 Otterbein Scholar, $2,000
Scholarship, $100 Union County 4-H
Victoria Bill - $2,700 OSU Maximus Scholarship, $1,500 Scarlet
Scholarship, $1,650 Viola Erb Scholarship.
Rachel Bisker -
$21,000 Hiriam Trustee Scholarship.
Morgan Burns - $8,500 Muskingum College
Kylie Daniel - $7,000 Otterbein Scholar, $100 Union County Jr.
Leadership Award, $100 Outstanding 4- H Member, $8,000 Ohio
Chris Davis - $800 Ohio Choice Grant.
Nathan George -
$3,000 DeVry Dean's Scholarship.
Ryan Green - $26,000 CCAD
Ben Johnson - $12,500 Wittenberg College Scholarship, $10,800
Samantha Kapp - $1,500 Muskingum College
Scholarship, $500 PIP Memorial
David Lambert -
$1,000 Cedarville Leadership Scholarship, $2,750
Scholarship, $3,700 Cedarville Grant.
Jason Link - $11,000 Otterbein
President Scholar, $19,000 ONU Trustee
Recognition Scholarship, $500 Battelle
Otterbein Finalist, $2,400 OSU
Provost Scholarship, $4,500 OSU Marion,
$11,000 Ohio Dominican
Scholarship, $2,000 Otterbein Dept. Scholar Award,
$900 Ohio Choice Grant.
Josh Litwin - $1,500 Otterbein Endowed Scholar,
$1,000 Otterbein Dean's
Scholarship, $900 Ohio Choice Grant.
- $900 Ohio Choice Grant, $1,000 Ursuline Residence Hall
Ursuline College Presidential Scholar, $500 URE Corp Scholarship.
Pankhurst - $4,200 OSU Trustees Scholarship.
Josh Pitcock - $1,000 DeVry
Dean's Scholarship, $1,000 UPS Tuition Reimbursement.
Vincent Pontius -
$7,000 Otterbein Scholar, $1,000 Otterbein Department
Scholar, $900 Ohio
Choice Grant, $5,000 Wittenberg Alumni, $12,000
$6,850 Wittenberg Board of Directors Grant,
$1,050 OSU Trustees Scholarship,
$1,500 Scarlet and Gray Scholarship,
$5,000 Otterbein Grant, $13,000 ONU Dean
Scholarship, $4,200 ONU General
Grant, $1,050 Erb Scholarship.
Powers - $14,000 Olivet Nazarene University Scholarship.
Rachel Rinehart -
$2,205 Ohio Board of Regents, $4,000 Gateway
Scholarship, $15,000 Denison
Founders Scholarship, $12,500 Transylvania
Samuel Stapp - $7,000 Bellarmine Monsignor Trustee Scholarship,
Bellarmine Institutional Grant.
Kaylann Scheiderer - $7,000
Otterbein Scholar, $1,500 Endowed Scholar,
$900 Ohio Choice Grant, $1,000
Otterbein Legacy Award, $2,000 Otterbein
Art Talent Award, $10,500 Bluffton
Brittney Troesch - $28,000 CCAD Scholarship.
Toops - $1,500 Columbus State Partnership, $1,000 Kiwanis
Katie Wilhem - $500 Ohio Quarter Horse Scholarship,
$500 Grose Family
Scholarship, Ohio High School Rodeo
Voice of Democracy - Casey Wilson, Lauren Murray,
Nicole Boerger, Justin Noland.
Friends of Fairbanks Scholarship in honor
of Ray Chappelear - Lauren Murray.
ATP Scholarship - Victoria
Richland Bank 4-H Scholarship - Morgan Burns.
Scholarship - Luke Shaffer.
Kiwanis/Sarge Chamberlain Scholarship - Kyle
Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship - Stacy
Olivia Thomas Scholarship - Stacy Alderman.
Scholarship - Lauren Murray.
Eagles Scholarship - Morgan Burns.
County Bar - Marilyn Wright.
Brian H. Nicol Memorial Scholarship - Stacey
Picklescheiderer Scholarship - Kylie Daniel.
Memorial Scholarship - Travis Powers.
DAR Writing Award - Travis
American History Medal - Robert Williams.
Senior Good Citizenship
- Tristin Pankhurst and Jason Link.
Milford Center Lions Club Scholarship -
Ali Meddles, David Lambert,
Stacy Alderman, Kylie Daniel, Rachel
U.S. Army Reserve Scholar/Athlete - Ben Johnson, Stacy
Ohio Board of Regents nominees - Jason Link, Victoria Bill,
Pontius, Rachel Rinehart, Tim Colwell.
Ohio Board of Regents
winner - Rachel Rinehart.
Denison Book Award - Marilyn Wright.
Math Medal - Jason Link.
Franklin B. Walter Award - Jason
International Club Scholarship - Morgan Burns, Cindy
Union County BBB Award for Entrepreneurship - Morgan
Elks Scholarship - Kylie Daniel.
Elks Student of the Year - Kaylann
Scheiderer, Travis Powers.
Elks Community Service Award - Tristan
John Phillips Sousa Award - Vincent Pontius.
Tenth grade, Chelsie House, Robert Williams;
11th grade, Claudia Ludi
12th grade, Kylie Daniel, Tim Colwell.
Law Day participants -
Jeremiah Bill, Krysten Dick, Kelsey Follmer,
Celeste Huffman, Sean Knaub,
Gretchen Lawrenz, Claudia Ludi, Daniel
Nicol, Sarah Redmond, Cynthia
Trivisonno, Josh Pitcock, Chris Reau, Matt
Farr, Marilyn Wright.
Griffin Sportsmanship Award - Kylie Daniel, Ryan Green.
Student Award - John Woods.
OHSAA State Award for Service - Dave
OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award - David Lambert, Rachel
National Merit Commended Student - Victoria Bill.
Award of Merit -
Stacy Alderman, Sheila Barnhardt, Ben Johnson, Victoria
Bill, Rachel Bisker,
Nicole Boerger, Morgan Burns, Sarah Cantrell, Tim
Colwell, Kylie Daniel, Matt
Farr, Elisabeth Haywood, Amy Johnson, Zach
Koehn, David Lambert, Kayla
Lindamood, Jason Link, Ali Meddles, Lauren
Murray, Tristin Pankhurst, Vincent
Pontius, Kaitlin Ricker, Rachel
Rinehart, Alicia Roberts, Kaylann Scheiderer,
Chelsey Stillings, Kyle
Toops, Katie Wilhelm.
Honor diplomas - Jason Link,
Lauren Murray, Victoria Bill, Rachel
Rinehart, David Lambert, Stacy Alderman,
Ben Johnson, Tristin Pankhurst,
Tim Colwell, Rachel Bisker, Amy Johnson, Zach
Koehn, Kylie Daniel, Kyle
Toops, Kaitlin Ricker, Morgan Burns, Kaylann
Pontius, Sara Cantrell, Matt Farr, Elisabeth Haywood ,
Valedictorian - Jason Link.
Salutatorian - Lauren
President of Student Council, Kylie Daniel; senior
Morgan Burns; class vice president, Lauren Murray; class
Stacy Alderman; senior class secretary, Nicole Boerger;
representative, Ron Burns.
Junior class president, Kristin Burns;
class vice president, Claudia
Ludi; class treasurer, Cody Rausch; class
secretary, Justin Noland;
junior class representative, Annie
Sophomore class president, Danielle Short; class vice
Brittany Greenbaum; class treasurer, Stephen DeRoads; class
Mollie McIntyre; class representative, Tyler Boerger.
class president, Margo Geer; class vice president, Hannah
treasurer, Jim Alderman; class secretary, Ellen
representative, Callie Scheiderer.
National Honor Society
Seniors - Stacy
Alderman, Sheila Barnhardt, Rachel Bisker, Morgan Burns,
Sarah Cantrell, Tim
Colwell, Kylie Daniel, Ben Johnson, Jason Link, Ali
Meddles, Lauren Murray,
Tristin Pankhurst, Josh Pitcock, Vincent
Pontius, Travis Powers, Kaitlin
Ricker, Rachel Rinehart, Kaylann
Scheiderer, Kyle Toops.
Danielle Benedict, Kristin Burns, Allison Conklin, Krysten
Grunert, Christine Hoerig, Leah Logan, Peter McCann, Grace
Nicol, Daniel Nicol, Justin Noland, Christopher Reau, Kyle
Williams, Marilyn Wright.
Sophomores - Kendra Barker, Tyler Boerger, Abby
Burns, Stephen DeRoads,
Michael Fink, Sheena Freeman, Brittany Greenbaum,
Chelsie House, Shelby
McCoy, Samantha McKean, Brooke Nicol, Ethan Nicol,
Jenna Rinehart, Megan
Ryan, Danielle Short, Jennifer Stauch, Larissa
Stauffer, Victor Fisher,
Kaylee Walk, Robert Williams, Cassandra Wilson,
Yearlong distinction honor roll
Seniors - Jessica Adams,
Sheila Barnhardt, Rachel Bisker, Tim Colwell,
Kylie Daniel, Matt Farr, Jason
Link, Lauren Murray, Tristin Pankhurst,
Travis Powers Kaitlin Ricker, Rachel
Rinehart, Chelsey Stillings.
Juniors - Jeremiah Bill, Allison Conklin,
Krysten Dick, Leah Logan,
Justin Noland, Christopher Reau, Cindy Trivisonno,
Sophomores - Nora Boerger, Tyler Boerger, Michael Fink,
Ben Lotz, Samantha McKean, Megan Ryan, Sara Schrader, Danielle
Jennifer Stauch, Larissa Stauffer, Robert Williams, Casey Wilson,
Freshmen - Heather Abdalla, James Alderman, James Barnes,
Burnside, Colleen Clark, Austin Clarridge, Melissa Fink, Margo
Alex Johnson, Sarah Lilly, Adam Mapes, Korah Morris, Elizabeth
Manuela Perez, Nicolas Reed, Justin Rhoades, Kathryn Rohrer,
Scheiderer, Callie Scheiderer, Jordan Schrader, Melissa Simms,
Stiles, Ryan Vollrath.
Yearlong merit honor roll
Seniors - Stacy
Alderman, Morgan Burns, Sarah Cantrell, Elisabeth
Haywood, Ben Johnson,
Samantha Kapp, Zach Koehn, David Lambert, Ali
Meddles, Josh Pitcock, Vincent
Pontius, Kaylann Scheiderer, Katie
Wilhelm, Michael Williamson.
Danielle Benedict, Hannah Dyer, Christine Hoerig, Celeste
Knaub, Claudia Ludi, Daniel Nicol, Grace Mullen.
Sophomores - Sarah Bardin,
Kyle Barnhardt, Kendra Barker, Abby Burns,
Laura Campbell, Stephen DeRoads,
Victor Fisher, Sheena Freeman, Diana
Hays, Kate Lucas, Shelby McCoy, Zach
Merrill, Brooke Nicol, Ethan Nicol,
Jenna Rinehart, Kaylee Walk, Cassandra
Freshmen - Ian Flagg, Marilyn Gingerich, Danielle Greenbaum,
Heifner, Katherine Ingram, Nick Koehn, Colene Knaub, Josh Long,
Nicol, Hasso Opitz, Courtney Phillips, Alyssa Reau, Emily Rogers,
Smith, Daryl Starr, Brandon Stewart, Sarah VanDyke, Mackenzie
Seniors - Jessica Adams;
Michael Fink, Victor Fisher, James Palmer, Amanda Saltzman,
Freshmen - Marilyn Gingerich, Austin Keller, Jared Smith, Evelyn
Mock Trial team list - Sara Barker, James Barnes, Rachel Bisker,
Clark, Allison Conklin, Kelsey Follmer, Eric Goeble, Jastyn
Christine Hoerig, Alex Johnson, Ben Johnson, Colene Knaub, Sean
Sarah Lilly, Jason Link, Jeff Lucas, Kate Lucas, Shelby McCoy,
McIntyre, Tristin Pankhurst, Cody Rausch, Sarah Redmond, Nick
Rachel Rinehart, Kristi Scheeler, Melissa Simms, Sarah White,
City may crack down on
Portable storage units are being left on properties
A new ordinance could put a clamp down on new portable
containers residents often use when moving from homes or
At the Thursday night Marysville City Council
meeting the first reading
was held on an ordinance regarding "temporary
recommendation from the city Planning Commission.
referred to as PODs, Planning Commission's Alan Seymour said,
a large enclosed box to store equipment, household items
materials and are able to enclose the box and lock their
for safekeeping. When the projects are completed the
storage container is
Seymour said the problem is that the PODs have been abused.
residents have rented the storage containers and have left them on
driveways or lawns for extended periods of time.
language states that a zoning permit would be required to
place PODs on
property for 14-day periods. After that time has expired,
applicants may seek
to extend the permit for an additional 14 days. Only
one extension is
permitted and the cost of that will be the same as the
The ordinance also stipulates that only one portable storage
at a time can be kept in the driveway of the property at the
accessible point from the street and should not obstruct visibility
block the sidewalk. If there is no driveway, permission may be
for its placement location.
Councilman John Gore said that if he
were a resident needing to rent one
of these, he "wouldn't dream to have to
get a zoning permit and pay a fee."
Seymour said that one example is of a
man who rented a POD for storage
and then left for more than a year. The city
realized there was no
legislation in the books to do anything about it. With
the commission will be able to take action. Without it the
remain in some places indefinitely.
Councilman John Marshall
said that it may only be an issue in Mill
Valley right now, but agreed
something should be done.
Seymour clarified that the ordinance will only
pertain to storage
buildings that are fully enclosed. The law would not
affect construction trash bins.
In other business discussed, the city
passed an ordinance to spend
$25,000 to replace the traffic light at the
corner of Amrine Mill Road
and Maple Street.
Public Service Director
Tracie Davies reported in a Tuesday memo to city
administration that the
traffic light has been hit numerous times over
the last several years. The
most recent incident happened about three weeks ago.
Davies said that the
light was recently repaired, returning its height
to about 15 feet.
three weeks later the signals have again sagged and are now
measuring 13 feet
9 inches in height," Davies wrote. "We had a
discussion internally and felt
it would be best to fix the traffic
lights the right way instead of making
She said part of the problem is a drainage issue by the
apartments. The soft ground has been a contributing factor in
signal's sagging. Steel stress poles would be used instead.
added that citizens have complained about the timing of the
especially when there are school events going on. They can use
opportunity to replace the controller and alleviate the problem.
discussion, councilman David Burke reported on the recent
Uptown Renewal Team
(URT) meeting that occurred Wednesday night. Several
issues have begun moving
forward in regard to making improvements to the
URT is looking to work with downtown business owners toward
building facades, showing them renderings, cost estimates and such.
also announced plans to have a city mural painted on an uptown
Members are still trying to determine where and what would be
well as the cost.
In other issues discussed at the URT meeting, he said the
Friday events will begin on June 15. He said this year URT will
follow-up survey after the events, to figure out how to better
pedestrian traffic to businesses.
Other topics addressed
.Questions arose over the final reading of an ordinance to amend
Traffic Control Devices, as well as chapters on some traffic
and traffic safety/equipment.
Gore said that the ordinance was
not clear and there is confusion on
whether or not anything needs to be
changed within the ordinance.
City law director Tim Aslaner said that in
order to keep within home
rule, the city needed to include the city's
director of administration into the fold.
Gore said he understood that
council and the state director of
transportation were supposed to be
consulted, which has not been
occurring. He wondered if city administration
has not been following the
Kruse said he does not mind
who is consulted for the ordinance. The city
normally did so in order to
facilitate emergency changes needed on
roadway speed limits. Each issue could
come before council, but it may
slow the process during emergencies.
ordinance was tabled for further discussion until the June 14
.Council passed the third and final reading for the proposed
Replacement Pilot Program. This means the program has officially
and residents within the Marysville Historical District are
encouraged to take part.
Hospital cool to idea of City Gate
By CORINNE BIX
Memorial Hospital of Union County (MHUC) said it
would be premature to
purchase two medical buildings proposed for the City
At Thursday night's board of trustees meeting, members were
to date on discussions with the City Gate developers.
developers approached the hospital in late 2006 to make them aware
medical buildings with an estimated 20,000 square feet each
planned for the development.
Spence Fisher, vice president of physician
relations and business
development, said the developers wanted to give the
hospital the first
opportunity to lease space in the buildings.
along with Chip Hubbs, MHUC president/CEO, told the board that
wasn't currently in a position to make that decision
because of the recent
purchase of medical buildings located at 660
London Ave. and 388 Damascus
In addition the hospital has committed to lease space in the future
Valley medical building.
The hospital is also in the process of
working with AMDC, a strategic
facility planning organization, aimed at
improving the hospital.
AMDC, along with a hospital organized planning
committee, have been
interfacing monthly for the past several months to
including improving on and rebuilding at the current site
possibly building a new facility in the future.
AMDC is set to give
its final recommendations in late summer. Hubbs said
in regard to City Gate
the hospital would be in a better position to
explore the issue later this
year once it has reviewed AMDC's proposal.
Andy Priday, manager of planning
and business development, presented to
the board information on the Urgent
Care located at the YMCA on Charles Lane.
The hospital has gathered seven
months of data on the Urgent Care, which opened Sept. 1.
hospital projected a total of 750 patients per month for
the first 12 months.
The Urgent Care has exceeded these numbers with a
spike in March of 1,250
patient visits and 900 in April.
"In general, we are very busy," Priday
The average patient visit is around 45 to 50 minutes from sign in
until leaving the facility.
Priday said this is considered to be a very
good turnaround time, based
on other urgent care facilities.
Sept. 1 through March 31, the urgent care is under
original estimated budget
costs. The hospital has taken a loss of
$25,000 on the facility; however, a
loss was expected because of managed
The hospital has
been negotiating with all the major health care
providers in order to be
considered an "in-network" urgent care facility.
Hubbs said in order to
jump-start the project, the hospital agreed to
All negotiations with managed care facilities have been resolved,
the exception of Anthem.
"The hospital will see an increase in
payments of 20 percent in managed
care agreements once the negotiations are
complete," Hubbs said.
Hubbs gave the board information on the proposed
senior levy to possibly
be on the November ballot.
The hospital has been
brought into discussions regarding the proposed
levy because of its
participation in the Mobile Meals and community
meals programs which are
significantly subsidized by the hospital, Hubbs
said this morning.
the last three years, the hospital has shouldered a $760,000
expense subsidy for the two meal programs.
The board adjourned into executive
session to consider the purchase of
property and to discuss two trade secrets
of a county hospital. No
action was taken.
The next board of trustees
meeting will be Thursday, June 28 at The Gables.
In other action, the
.Approved the finance and joint conference committee
.Approved the initial appointment of Dr. Yun You Li,
department of medicine, active provisional; Dr. Donald Simon,
department of medicine, active provisional status.
conclusion of provisional status for Marc Bowman, CRNA ?
surgery, allied health.
.Heard a presentation on Healthy Communities from
director of the health center.
.Accepted the MHUC Annual
Report as presented at the April meeting.
.Accepted the MHUC 2007 Medical
Executive Committee Conflict of Interest statements.
on the compliance committee/meeting dates and times.
Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Report.
Alleged daylight burglars
By RYAN HORNS
Thanks to an unnamed local citizen, two daylight
burglars will spend
years behind bars.
The Union County prosecutor's
office reported that Jacob Howald, 47, of
Springfield, was convicted by a
jury Wednesday on charges of burglary,
theft from an elderly person and
receiving stolen property.
Union County prosecutor Dave Phillips said that
Howald and another man,
James Quinn, also of Springfield, reportedly broke
into a home in the
southwestern corner of Union County.
conviction by the jury, Union County Common Pleas Judge
sentenced Howald to seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
said he wanted to send a message that these burglaries have
to stop. I think
the seven-year sentence sends a pretty strong message," said
Quinn, who entered a plea of guilty to the charges, is scheduled to
sentenced at a later date.
According to testimony from Quinn, the two
men had come from Springfield
to "hit some houses."
Phillips said the two
men were nabbed after they went to a home and one
of them went around to the
back yard. A female inside the home witnessed
this and did not open the door.
She called 911 and asked that deputies
be sent after the man returned from
the back yard and urinated in the
The two men left and
she watched as the pair went to her neighbor's
house and barn.
Phillips said, the men shattered the glass in the rear door
of the house and
stole a jewelry box, several hundred dollars worth of
jewelry and a gift
"The 911 caller identified the car, gave the dispatcher the
number and stayed on the line reporting what she was
Phillips said. "Two deputies were dispatched, but the men were
the house for a total of seven minutes. They were in the house and
before the deputies could get to the home."
said, the caller gave the license plate of the car
and reported the direction
in which the two men fled. Computer records
revealed the car to be registered
in Clark County, so deputies headed to
intercept the pair.
that Union County Deputy Sgt. Don Eubanks thought the two
would return to
Springfield and ended up stopping their car in Irwin. He
reported that Howald
had an active arrest warrant and records revealed
he had previously
threatened to shoot a police officer, so Union County
Deputy Eric Rose
arrived for back up.
Officers found the stolen jewelry box and jewelry in the
said. The victim in that case returned to find his home had
burglarized. The man had called 911 and told the dispatcher that
wife's jewelry had been stolen.
"The 71-year old homeowner just missed
them by minutes," Phillips said,
"He was only gone a short while. It was
fortunate that he did not return
Along with the stolen
jewelry, he said, deputies found a tire iron,
gloves and a crack
"Quinn testified that the two had smoked crack together the
before. I suspect the men went to an isolated part of the county
commit a burglary to steal something that was easily convertible to
or drugs," Phillips said.
Howald denied that he was involved in the
burglary, but according to
Phillips, the evidence proved otherwise.
was caught with the stolen jewelry in his car. He was identified in
He had a tire iron which could have been used to break the
window and he had
small particles of broken glass on his sweatshirt and
shoes. To me, the
evidence was quite clear," he said.
Phillips credited the 911 caller for
helping solve this case.
"The two men were in and out of the house and headed
out of the county.
But for this woman's willingness to watch out for her
neighbor and call
the sheriff, we would have had a much more difficult time
case," said Phillips.
Two injured in crash
Troopers from the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway
reported a serious injury two-car crash occurred Thursday in
According to OSP reports, at 10:27 p.m. a 2004 Lexus RX330
vehicle, driven by Roben J. Gantzer, 54, of Dublin, was
eastbound on Route 161.
At the same time, reports show a 1998 Mazda
Protégé sedan, driven by Ann
M. Lenhardt, 34, of Unionville Center, was
westbound on Route 161.
Gantzer reportedly struck a deer on the roadway,
crossed the center line
and struck the Mazda sedan head-on. The Mazda came to
rest off the north
side of the road and the Lexus came to rest in the center
of the road.
Lenhardt was transported to Grant Medical Hospital by MedFlight
Gantzer was transported to Riverside Methodist
Hospital by Jerome
Township medics. Both drivers were wearing their seat
belts at the time
of the crash.
The OSP reported that the Union County
Sheriff's Office assisted at the
crash scene, and the case currently remains
Triad High School recognizes top students
J-T staff reports
Triad High School will recognize students receiving
graduating in the top 10 percent of their class and those
a 3.0 GPA or higher during their high school years at its
exercises Saturday at 2 p.m.
Speakers will include Cassie
Bentley, class vice president, and faculty
member Payton Printz. Music will
be performed by the high school band and choir.
Class valedictorian will
be Chelsea Hempy, the daughter of Sharon and
William Hempy of North
Lewisburg. She will attend the Kettering College
of Medical Arts and will
major in nursing.
Amy Weaver, daughter of Shirley and Dean Weaver of Urbana,
will be class
salutatorian. She will attend Ohio Northern University to major
She has received a Presidential Scholarship and Ohio
Choice Grant from
Capital University totaling $55,600 for four years. She
the Rev. J. Peter Buschmann Award for $2,000 a year and an
Scholarship and Ohio Choice Grant from Xavier University totaling
per year. She has been awarded the dean's arts and science
distinguished scholarship, Tuition Incentive Grant,
scholarship, on campus scholarship and pep band tuition award
$14,000 per year from Tri-State University in Indiana.
received an Ohio Choice Grant, dean's scholarship and Ohio
University General Grant totaling $16,700 per year from Ohio
has received a Defiance College Grant for $2,400 pr year,
Scholarship for $10,000 per year and an Ohio Choice Grant for
$900 per year
from Defiance College.
Rachel Berry, daughter of Jon and Robin Berry of
Cable, has received a
$500 scholarship from KTH Parts Industries Inc. She
will major in
Shelby Black has received a $1,000
scholarship from The Scotts Company.
The daughter of Tamara Creviston of
Cable will major in nursing at Clark
State Community College.
Burchnell, daughter of Carol Burchnell of Urbana, has received a
scholarship for Salon Schools Group. She will major
Zachery Cauley has been awarded an $8,000 Achievement
Defiance College. The son of Donald and Joyce Cauley, he
will major in
Thomas Frost will major in engineering at
the Ohio State University. The
son of Tom and Cheryl Frost of Woodstock, he
has received a $1,200 per
year Scarlet and Gray Grant and a $750 per year
Grant from OSU.
Courtney Ferrell, daughter of Dave
and Debbie Ferrell of North
Lewisburg, has received a $1,000 scholarship from
Salon Schools Group.
She will major in cosmetology.
Lindsey Green plans to
attend Miami University and major in
marketing/pre-law. She received an
Otterbein Scholar Scholarship for
$5,000 per year, an Endowed Scholar
Scholarship for $1,500 per year, the
Premier Department Scholar Award for
$1,000 per year and an Ohio Choice
Grant for $900 per year from Otterbein
College. She also received a
$4,705 renewable Ohio Resident Scholarship and
$9,400 renewable Ohio
Leader scholarship from Miami University. She is the
daughter of Chuck
and Peg Green of Cable.
Jessica Hill, daughter of Mark
and Paula Hill of Cable, has been awarded
the Miss Cheerleader of America
title and scholarship for $1,000. She
will attend The Community Hospital
School of Nursing.
Whitney Miller has been awarded the William F. Gandert
Authority Conference Scholarship grant for $750. The daughter
December Miller of Bellefontaine, she will major in nursing at
State Community College.
Joshua Roberts, son of Mark Roberts and
Bridget Eickemeyer of Cable, has
received an Academic Distinction Scholarship
for $11,550 per year from
Bluffton University. He will major in
Zachary Watson of North Lewisburg, has been awarded an Endowed
Scholarship for $1,500 per year and an Ohio Choice Grant for $900
year from Otterbein College. The son of Amos and Jacqueline Watson,
will major in communications.
Tentative graduates for 2007 are Alex
Alltop, Dustin Alltop, Cassie
Bentley, Rachel Berry, Megan Betts, Shelby
Black, Kaylen Burchnell, Zach
Cauley, Skyler Coleman, Jessie Conley, David
Coy, Brian Crabtree, Cassie
Current, Shephen Davis, Thad Davis, Tyler Deam,
Lauren Donohoe, Miranda
Dutton, Cody Erwin, Brittni Ferguson, Courtney
Ferrell, Thomas Frost,
Tracey Frost, Wesley Funderburgh, Brian Gall, Ryan
Godshall, Jeff Good,
Lindsey Green, Nathan Hackley, Chelsea Hempy, Paige
Hill, Robert Hoover, Beth Huffman, Amber Hunt, Chris Kahler,
Brittany Keeran, Adam Lee, Michael Meredith, Whitney Miller,
Miller, Michael Millice, Andy Nawman, Skylar Noland, Ben Ober,
Orahood, Jarrin Overfield, Matt Phillips, Tyson Phillips, Joey
Josh Roberts, Kristen Ross, Travis Sanders, Meghan Shaffner,
Sowers, Sean Stoner, Jeremi Stuart, Ryan Thompson, Ashley Tilley,
Tomlin, Tara VanHoose, Michael Wagner, Zach Watson, Amy Weaver,
Yocom, Ryan Yocom and Derek Young.
UCSO rolls out new vehicle
From J-T staff reports
A new tool for the Union
County Sheriff's Office is expected to enable
deputies to have easier access
to out-of-the-way crime scenes.
"For years we have used our personally owned
ATVs for manhunts, search
and rescue, drug eradication," Union County
Sheriff's Lt. Jamie Patton
said. "Due to the liability of using our
personally owned equipment, the
sheriff felt it was time to use a department
Despite some fun on the Union County Fairgrounds Wednesday
recently acquired HPX John Deere Trail Gator is what deputies
hoping for to ease the transportation of gear and officers to
locations. The vehicle was purchased by the sheriff's office for
after a state contract bid.
Sheriff's deputies were given vehicle
training Wednesday, which
consisted of driving through an obstacle course set
up through John
Deere dealer Donnie Parrott of Richwood's Parrott Implement
and the John
Deere Company's service representative Don Morgan.
said the vehicle will also be perfect for traffic control and
patrol during the Union County Fair this summer. According
to past police
reports, the fair can be a time of increased crime.
He said the obstacle
course enables officers to familiarize themselves
with the handling of the
Gator. Other training was provided in servicing vehicle equipment.
actual vehicle purchased was outfitted with a Union County Sheriff's
is colored olive green instead of the usual John Deere green.
Patton said the
vehicle will also be available for nearby Marysville
police officers to use
in order to access crime scenes located off the
roadway, in fields or wooded
areas. As an example Patton noted a recent
suicide in which the scene could
only be accessed by crossing a large corn field.
It could also come in
handy when officers gain access to marijuana crops
during their drug
Covered bridges reopen
From J-T staff reports:
Historic covered bridges in
Union County have recently opened back up to travelers.
Engineer Steve Stolte announced that the covered bridges on
Road and Buck Run Road opened to traffic on May 16.
"Probably no Ohio County
has built two new covered bridges and renovated
a third one within a year
since the early 1900s," Stolte said.
The two bridges both span the Big Darby
Creek, a national state scenic
river. The new North Lewisburg Covered bridge
replaced the narrow
Pottersburg Covered Bridge which was moved about one mile
its original location just off Inskeep-Cratty Road. The new
accommodates two lanes of traffic with its roadway surface of 29 feet
width. The bridge is 135 feet long and was built to handle legal
including modern truck traffic.
Stolte said that the new Buck Run
Road Covered Bridge is also designed
to carry two lanes of traffic and is
officially the longest single span
timber bridge built to carry legal traffic
loads in Ohio. The bridge
spans 160 feet over Big Darby Creek.
were designed by Smollen Engineering of Jefferson and were
constructed by The
Righter Company of Columbus.
Stolte said the cost to construct the bridges
was approximately $3.2
million dollars, with 80 percent of the cost paid for
by grants from the
federal government, generated from federal gasoline
He said the Union County Commissioners contributed $307,000 toward
local share of the projects. State gas tax and license plate fees
used for the remaining local share.
According to Stolte, the
rehabilitated Pottersburg Covered Bridge, now
located at its new home on the
North Lewisburg multi-use trail, will
open in several more weeks. The Shaw
and Holter Company of Lancaster
constructed the 1.5 mile trail and
rehabilitated the bridge at a cost of
$640,000. A federal transportation
enhancement grant of $448,000 paid
for 80 percent of the cost. The village of
North Lewisburg, the Union
and Champaign county commissioners and the Union
cooperated in the sharing of the remaining cost to complete
An official dedication of the new covered bridges, the
covered bridge, the Multi-use trail and the newly state
Darby Plains Scenic Byway is planned for June.
Memorial Day activities listed
From J-T staff reports
Memorial Day it is appropriate to remember all who have fallen in
serving the United States in an unbroken line from the bridge at
Little Round Top to San Juan Hill to Chateau Thierry in Word
War I to the
cliffs overlooking Utah and Omaha beaches at Pont-du-Hoc in
World War II to
Pork Chop Hill in Korea, the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam
and the latest
battles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Memorial Day is much more than just a day
off from work. It is a special
day to celebrate the memory of our honored
dead and what they did, and
express our thanks to family members who have
mourned for them.
The names of more than 622 Union County veterans who were
action or died during wartime since the War of 1812 are engraved on
back of the Veterans Monument dedicated on Armed Forces Day this year
the Union County Courthouse lawn. Another 175 were prisoners of war.
back of the monument reminds residents that Freedom is Never
As residents remember and honor the past, it should be
many of Union County's own have been on active duty during
the past year
and many remain on active duty today. Some of them have been
more than once in the current global War on Terror. They are
defense of freedom and need support and encouragement.
personnel and their families know that freedom has a
Marysville Memorial Day activities on Monday are planned as
.9 a.m. - Ceremony on North Main Street bridge to honor the dead
sea. The Rev. Peter Miller will be the chaplain. There will be
music by Elizabeth Ward and Scott Underwood who will play the Navy
Attendees will be asked to join in singing. Residents are invited to
their respects and add their voices.
.9:30 a.m.- The parade starts on
Plum Street at Fifth and will proceed
up Fifth Street to Oakdale Cemetery. In
case of inclement weather the
route will be shortened to go to the Veterans'
Auditorium where the
ceremony will be conducted. Parade marshal will be the
Rev. Ken Daft,
First United Methodist Church.
The Marysville High School
Band will provide music in the parade and at
Oakdale. Organizations desiring
to join the parade may contact the
sponsor, VFW Post 3320. Individuals may
participate. American Legion
Post 79 members and scouts will hand out flags
to children at the parade.
.10 a.m. - Ceremonies at Oakdale Cemetery
(Veterans' Auditorium on Sixth
Street if inclement weather prevails). The
Marysville Middle School Band
will give a pre-ceremony concert at Oakdale
beginning at 9:30 a.m. and
the combined bands will play during the ceremony.
Honored guests will be
former prisoners of war, Vietnam War veterans, and
War/Anti-terrorism War veterans. Veterans will be asked to stand to
recognized during the ceremony. Lawn chairs may be needed for
The guest speaker at Oakdale will be Pastor Daft who
became the senior
pastor at First United Methodist Church in July. Daft
summer as a colonel in the Ohio National Guard where he spent
11 years as the State Chaplain. He served 30 years overall - five
on active duty and 25 in the National Guard. In September of 2005 he
the lead chaplain for the National Guard in its response to the
of Hurricane Katrina supervising 64 chaplains who cared for the
and spiritual needs of the guardsmen.
Pastor Daft has served
United Methodist churches for 32 years. He and
his wife, Linda, live in
Marysville. They are the parents of four sons,
Doug is a mortgage banker in
Cincinnati, Jason is in a graduate program
in philosophy at Ohio University,
Brian is a senior majoring in
education at the University of Cincinnati and
Jonathan has been serving
full-time in the Ohio Air National Guard.
local high school students will participate in the ceremonies.
will present Gen. Logan's orders issued in 1868, one of
the forerunners of
Memorial Day celebrations. Justin is the son of Mike
and Mitzi Noland of
Marysville. Throughout high school he has
participated in golf, basketball
and baseball. He is in the National
Honor Society and is the senior class
secretary at Fairbanks. He was the
Voice of Democracy Essay Contest Winner in
Union County sponsored by the
VFW. The topic of discussion this year was
Joshua Ingram will present Lincoln's Gettysburg
Address. He is the son
of Arthur and Pennie Ingram of Milford Center. He has
two sisters, Katie
and Lillian. He attends Fairbanks High School where he is
a junior. His
grade school education was at St. Paul's and St. John's
schools. Josh is a member of the FFA and will be the
historian. He is also involved in the science club and the drama
Wreaths will be presented to honor veterans of the major wars in
the U.S. has been involved and the VFW sponsored Honor Guard
provide military honors. Following the ceremony at Oakdale
there will be short services at the Catholic and Amrine
conducted by the VFW and American Legion.
Day Ceremonies are sponsored by the Memorial Day
representatives of American Legion Post 79, Blue Star
Mothers Chapter 41,
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 55, Hanna Emerson
Dustin Chapter of the
Daughters of the American Revolution and the
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
American Legion Post 258, North Lewisburg, will
sponsor two parades and
conduct two services on Memorial Day. The times and
locations are as follows:
8:30 a.m. - The Woodstock Parade will form on
Burnwell Street beside the
Woodstock Community Church.
9:00 a.m. - The
Woodstock Parade will then proceed west down West
Bennett Street to the
9:30 a.m. - Service at Woodstock Cemetery.
10:00 a.m. - The
North Lewisburg Parade will form on West Townsend
Street in front of Carter's
10:30 a.m. - The parade will then proceed east on Route 245 through
business section to South Gregory Street.
11:00 a.m. Service at Maple
The Triad High School Band will play and LCDR, James
Griffith, U.S. Navy
Retired, will be the speaker.
The community will
render honors (Navy 2 Bell ceremony and Legion firing
squad) to veterans who
died during the past year and military members
who gave their lives in the
War on Terrorism.
Ostrander will host its annual Memorial Day
observance at 2 p.m. Monday.
Participants will assemble at Buckeye Valley
West Elementary School on
Third Street and procession to the Veterans Board
at the center of the village.
Master of ceremonies will be Comm. James D.
Ward, Delaware County
commissioner, with Staff Sgt. Damion Warr scheduled as
The Gettysburg Address will be read by Vietnam War veteran
Music will be provided by Karen Piper and the invocation and
by Pastor Michael Norris. The Delaware County Veterans
present a rifle volley and play Taps. The colors will be
members of the Delaware Hayes High School ROTC.
The Mount Victory Community Development Association will host its
Memorial Day Antique Car Show and Petroliana Swap Meet Monday at
Mount Victory Village Park.
The nonprofit community celebration
includes many activities, such as a
non-judged car show and a large display
of gas, oil and automotive
memorabilia for show and sale.
free. At noon the William Britton Post 6817 of the VFW will
have a ceremony
at the Sportsman Building located beside the park. Food
will be served at the
Sportsman Building by Mount Victory United
Methodist Church, while the
Ridgemont Community Service Club will sell
whole hog sausage sandwiches in
This year's feature vehicle is a 1929 Ford AA truck owned by Jeff
of Florida, formerly of Kenton. The truck once belonged to
grandfather, Howard Bailey of Kenton and was used for deliveries
parades by F.H. Bailey & Sons. The truck was sold in the early
when the Kenton firm closed.
Jeff Bailey remembered the truck fondly
and actively searched for it for
several years. On a homecoming to Kenton, he
was surprised by two old
school friends, Rodney Hensel and Bryan Beaman, as
they had located the
truck for him.
The truck has recently undergone a
body-off frame total restoration that
includes the F.H. Bailey & Sons
name on the sides. Jeff's father, Don
Bailey of Kenton, has also been
involved in the restoration of his father's truck.
There is no entry fee
for auto exhibitors and registration will begin at
10 a.m. The first 250 cars
to register will receive a button showing the featured car.
Mount Victory village will participate with yard sales. The
will hold a chicken barbecue at Memorial Hall
beginning at noon. The antique
and craft shops located throughout the
village will have extended hours. Flea
market spaces are available
downtown. For further information contact Janie
Seiler at (937) 354-5531.
For further car show or Petroliana swap meet
information, contact Don
Houchin at (937) 354-5475.
Those interested may
Veterans of Foreign War Posts will conduct memorial tributes Monday
Richwood area. Below is a list of services, which are open to the
The Richwood VFW Post 870 and American Legion Post 40 will
services as follows:
. 9 a.m. - York Cemetery with Pastor Jim
Wise of the York-McKendree
United Methodist Church as speaker.
- Procession on downtown streets of Richwood, beginning at
The entourage will march to Gill Street. Those
interested in participating
can contact Sam Chapman at (740) 943-3130.
.10:30 a.m. - Services will
continue at Claibourne Cemetery. Cub Scout
Pack 109 will raise the flag,
followed by the Star Spangled Banner
presented by the North Union Marching
Band. Invocation will be given by
the Rev. Dan Grose, pastor of Advent
Christian Church in Claiborne.
Speaker for the memorial will be Jerry Belt,
a veteran of the Marine
Corp. A wreath presentation will be given by the
American Legion Post
40, VFW Post 870 and Auxiliary.
.11:30 a.m. -
Services at Price Cemetery near Essex. Speaker will be
the Rev. Bryan Lauzau,
pastor of Essex and Richwood Central UMC.
School on schedule
Northwood Elementary should be completed by July 20
Work at Marysville School District's Northwood Elementary is
well and the project should meet its "drop dead" completion date
20, according to its project superintendent.
Chuck Oler of
Ruscilli Construction Co. and the project's
superintendent, and Adam Drexel
of Ruscilli, Northwood construction
manager, led Marysville School Board
members and district administrators
on a tour of Northwood Monday evening
before the board's rescheduled
monthly meeting at the district board
The facility is designed to be energy efficient and minimize
levels, as evidenced by the curved ceilings in each room. The
will direct natural light coming into the room, as well as deaden
sound, Oler said.
Its library features flat black ceilings
interspersed with narrow oak
panels. It also features a cement riser which
creates a "stage" which
conceivably would allow the library to be used for
skits or competitions.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman
said "hours and hours" of discussion
centered around the riser.
also features epoxy floors with a granular finish in restrooms
which offer an
attractive, durable finish. Terrazzo tile would have been
said, but its installation is cost prohibitive.
The building's administrative
area is highlighted with a laminated wood exterior.
The latter, according
to Oler, "should last forever."
Ground for the 65,000 square foot building
was broken in April 2006. It
is housed on 15 acres of land donated to the
school district by Dominion
Homes and carried an estimated price tag of $10
and $11 million.
The facility is "very, very impressive," said longtime board
member Bill Hayes.
Back at the board office, school board members passed a
proceed to place a 4.75-mill, five-year operating levy on the
special election ballot.
The action follows the May 11 passage of a
resolution of necessity.
Monday night's resolution to proceed must be filed
with the Union County
Board of Elections by Thursday, Zimmerman said, to get
the issue on the
Aug. 7 ballot.
If passed, the operating levy will
generate approximately $3.3 million
per year and will cost the owner of a
$100,000 home an additional
$145.47 per year, or $2.80 per week, according to
the school district.
In other business, the board:
.Authorized the move of
Shawn Williams from his current position as high
school dean of students to
the position of high school assistant
principal, effective with the 2007-2008
.Employed the following staff - teacher Lisa Adams, speech
pathologist Angela Beeler, teachers Erin Handler, Jennifer Jones,
Maxton, Zachary Mylander, Allison Nagashima, Jeremy Pequinot,
Richards, Jodi Robertson, Mark Russell and Heather Williamson, all
a one-year limited contract; Jeanine Philpot, aide, one-year
contract; Cherie Pugh, latchkey staff, as-needed basis effective May
and through the 2006-2007 school year, Nancy Schrock, tutor assigned
Trinity Lutheran Church and paid for with auxiliary funds; Nick
Bob Arnold, Steve Fannin, Josh Hegenderfer Joe Jones, Chelsea
Amanda Lotycz, Casey Palivoda, Kylee Powers, Ben Lewis, Glen
Andrew Mott, Josh Palivoda, Mike Pilcher and James "JB" Powers,
seasonal help, all as-needed basis, all effective 2006-2007
2007-2008; Teri Heard, health care consultant, one-year
.Granted two-year limited contracts to Jeanine Philpot,
Wolf, special education aide; Jill Huffman, library aide; Stella
occupational therapist assistant; Rainie Thompson, Susan Sexton,
McCracken and Shari Bickel, all special education aides; Donna
aide; Jonathan Gibson, custodian; Matthew Murgatroyd, aide
center); Caroline Keiderling, administrative support; Jason
and Jason Jenson, network technician; Ann Leonard, food services;
Morgan, administrative assistant for transportation; Larry Carsey,
Hurt, Bart Taylor, Joseph Williams and Michele Young, all bus
and Elizabeth Fraker, Danyal Brogan and Vicky Landreth, all bus
.Awarded continuing contracts to Elizabeth DeWiggins, special
aide; Kathleen Hall and Tara Gilbert, aides; Laurie Davis,
Morris and Terri Sproull, Randy Spain and Joellen Webb, all
education aides; Valerie Davis, custodian; Debra Beany and
Anspach, health care consultants; Kelly McGraw and Debra
fiscal; Charles Jolliff, bus driver and bus aide; Susan Smith,
education transportation aide.; and Christopher Gordon, bus
.Accepted the retirement of John T. Carl as teacher, effective June
the retirement of Stephen Wilson, custodian, effective Aug. 3;
resignation of teacher Linda Casto, effective at the end of
2006-2007 school year; and the resignation of Kerry Winks,
staff, effective May 31.
.Granted unpaid leaves of absence to
Carrie Foust, effective at the end
of the 2006-2007 contract year; and the
resignation of Kerry Winks,
latchkey staff, effective May 31, anticipated
leave dates of Aug.
30-Sept. 28, and Kimberly McClincy, anticipated leave
dates of Aug.
Crash cause probed
From J-T staff
The Ohio State Highway Patrol released the names of two men killed
Monday morning plane crash in Marysville.
Pilot Evan G. Wood, 68, and
passenger Walter L. Buchholz, 73, both of
Punta Gorda, Fla. were pronounced
dead at the scene by Union County
Coroner Dr. David Applegate Monday. A
broken clock inside the airplane
told the exact moment of the crash at 8:37
The two men were flying in a 2005 RV-7A amateur built aircraft,
crashed in a cornfield, four tenths of a mile west of 14373 Weaver
less than a mile southwest of the Union County Airport.
Patrol investigative officer Brian Jordan said this morning
that they are
still trying to piece together the puzzle of where the two
headed and why the crash occurred. Some reports have
indicated they were on
their way up to Michigan to visit relatives.
Jordan said he could only add
that there is new speculation on why the
pilot may have abandoned his landing
attempt at the Union County Airport.
"Apparently as they touched down on
the runway, they were headed from
east to west. Somehow he got off the right
edge of the runway and struck
type of light for the taxi way," Jordan said.
"It was approximately a
mile after that when they crashed."
He said an OSP
pilot later discovered a plastic cover to the plane's
wheel lying on the
runway as he was taking off to investigate.
"We haven't determined what
happened," Jordan said. "We're
trying to put it together."
Aviation Administration is reportedly now investigating the
crash and the
National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.
The Union County
Sheriff's Office, Marysville Police Department and
Marysville Fire Department
assisted at the scene.
The OSP's Aviation and Crash Reconstruction sections
working with troopers on the investigation.
Jordan said the
FAA representative is expected to come out to exchange
information today and
they will continue to follow their investigation.
NU begins pandemic
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Recent natural disasters have displayed that a
lack of planning can lead
to a disorganized response.
With that in mind
the Union County Health Department is urging the
schools in the county to
plan ahead for an influenza pandemic. The North
Union School Board began its
planning Monday night as it discussed the
creation of a plan for the
A pandemic would involve a widespread virus infecting a large
the population. Such an outbreak would cause many people to miss
disrupting basic services.
Schools are likely to have a higher rate
of infection than the general
population because of the close proximity of
individuals in the classroom.
North Union district nurse Cheryl Skeins
said meetings with the health
department have led her to believe such a
pandemic will almost certainly
strike at some time, but there is no way to
tell when such an event may occur.
Skeins said the health department is
estimating such a pandemic would
result in 30 percent of the workforce
staying home and schools could
close for six to eight weeks. She said there
could possibly be two
rounds of the outbreak, doubling the
Although such an incident could be many years away, districts have
come up with a plan on how to deal with such lengthy school
Superintendent Richard Smith said it is difficult to write
for such an event because of the changing nature of education.
figure out how to educate students at home is a difficult task,
technological advances cannot be predicted.
Smith said it seems
logical to educate via home computers, but not all
homes have them. It was
also noted that something as simple as
television or even radio could be used
to get lessons into homes in the
face of such a pandemic.
Smith said that
as the district tries to put a plan in place, one
constant will remain a part
of the district's plan - it will always
follow the directive of the health
department and federal government.
The board also heard a report from
curriculum supervisor Bruce Hoover
about the district's new value added
instruction. Essentially, the
program, maintained across the state by
Battelle, tracks student development.
Rather than simply compiling test
scores, the program allows districts
and even parents to track the growth of
The program allows the students' progress to be tracked on
year-by-year basis, to see if they are gaining knowledge at
The district can then look at the data to determine
where to focus resources.
In other business, the board:
.Heard a brief
report on the 2007-08 school lunch program.
.Set the high school awards
evening for May 23 at 7 p.m. and high school
commencement for June 8 at 7
.Accepted with gratitude donations of $200 for the Kory
Scholarship Fund and $200 for the Richwood Garden Club Scholarship
.Awarded the contract for summer construction work to B.C.&G.
Construction for the amount of $234,900.
.Approved the district's
support of the Constitutional School Funding
.Revised the regular Central Office Staff Employees salary
.Voted to employ Steve Somerlot as a high school teacher on a
limited expiring contract for the next school year.
several supplemental contracts for certified and
Plane crash kills two
Pair of men from Florida killed when aircraft goes down
near Weaver Road
By RYAN HORNS
Two men were killed in a plane crash in
a field off Weaver Road in
Marysville this morning.
Union County Coroner
Dr. David Applegate said two men "of retirement
age" were killed on impact.
Both were pilots from Florida and he did not
know yet which one was piloting
Applegate said he could not release the names of the deceased
is sure their families have been notified. A full report is
expected after in the day.
He said the men were flying a hand-built
experimental aircraft. They had attempted to land at the
County Airport, when they came in too long at the runway and had
Applegate said it appears that when they tried to turn the plane
for another try, they went left and may have stalled the engine.
plane went down nose first.
He said on the scene the propeller broke
off during the crash and
embedded itself into the ground. The engine was also
ripped off and was
located nearby. He said there was no evidence of a fire
inside the plane
before it went down.
"A watch in the aircraft stopped at
8:37 a.m.," Applegate said,
pinpointing the exact moment of the crash.
witness Michelle Phipps, from Plain City, said she was driving down
Road after dropping her daughter off at a friend's house. She
said there was
a plane that suddenly went overhead. It caught her
attention because there
was a trail of dark smoke coming from the craft.
"I noticed as I was
coming around the curve, right before the airport
there, that this plane had
taken off," Phipps said. "But it was still
incredibly low and it appeared at
first to look like there was water or
something coming out of the tail end.
But I think it was smoke . I have
never seen anything like that
Phipps said the dark trail made her pay attention as the plane
out across the field near 14373 Weaver Road.
"At first I thought
it was a crop duster," she said.
The dark smoke soon dissipated, Phipps said,
and the plane appeared to
be having difficulties as it approached the
tree-line near Route 736.
"It looked like the plane was struggling to
increase its altitude," she said.
Phipps said the plane went out across
the field, seemed to clear the
woods and was then trying to turn back
"The next thing I saw was he was doing like a barrel roll," she
The plane's belly was the only thing she saw, she said, before
disappeared behind the tree line.
"I slowed down and I pulled into a
driveway to see if I could see him
again and I couldn't. Then I saw a puff of
smoke," Phipps said. "I just
thought, 'Oh my god, I think I just saw a plane
She said several farmers were in the field near the plane crash
she was still skeptical of what she saw. Then a police car
and she asked the officer if he was looking for a plane crash.
confirmed he was, she knew it had happened.
"I'll never forget
it," Phipps said.
Law enforcement crews used access of an old township road
toward Route 736 from Weaver Road. Within minutes the road was
off to public access as medics went out to the crash.
Police officers reported that the Ohio State Highway Patrol
took over the
investigation and that more information would be available
later in the day
from OSP patrol commander Rick Zwayer.
Carved into history
County Veterans Monument dedicated
By RYAN HORNS
lined Court Street in Marysville Saturday morning
to celebrate the unveiling
of the Union County Veterans Monument.
"You humble me," retired Army Maj.
Gen. Oscar Decker told the crowd.
"This makes me feel so good."
monument honors more than 1,200 U.S. veterans from Union County who
killed in action, missing in action or were prisoners of war since
Revolutionary War. All the names are listed on a 35,000 pound stone
and brick pavers, with a searchable database of more than
15,000 Union County
Veterans available to the public for research at a kiosk.
Funding for the
monument took five years to raise through efforts by the
Veterans Memorial Committee. The monument began as a simple
quest to find a
nearly forgotten World War II board of names, which once
courthouse lawn before it was lost. But that search soon
turned into a wider
scope: To remember and honor all Union County veterans.
Decker said the
achievements of all the people involved in the project
made it," Decker said. "When you go out and raise $560,000 you don't
on a street corner."
When 350 people showed up in the cold and rain for the
ceremony last year, he said he knew they had touched on
"Sometimes these things they take on a life with some
of us personally,"
Decker said. "But when they take on a life with the
what we really want."
Decker said he promised the Air
Force there would be 1,300 people at the
unveiling to justify an Air Force
fighter jet flyover.
"I think we did that and more," he said.
who Decker singled out for her efforts was committee member
whose brother was killed in action while serving in W.W.II.
"She put more
time in the project . more than anyone else," he said.
In the past week
Carmany could be seen standing outside the Union County
mornings, appreciating the monument and watching the
progress. One day she
expressed how glad she was that all the hard work
had paid off and the
memorial was finally a reality. She said it was
such a relief to her, but she
had always remained optimistic.
Throughout the week, Natural Grove
Landscaping employees cleaned the
monument and completed the last minute
details before the ceremony. Two
of which were there for the unveiling
"It has been neat to be a part of this," worker Sean Stauffer
"Once you see all the people, that's what matters," fellow worker
Forster said, looking around at the crowd.
When Decker spoke to the
crowd he gave recognition to Corp. Kevin
William Prince who lost his life in
Iraq after a roadside bomb exploded
on April 23, 2005. He introduced Prince's
mother Sue, who sat behind him
on the stage. She received a standing ovation
and applause from the audience.
"Thank you for coming," she said through
tears. "It means more to me
than you could know."
"You don't realize the
pain these people go through," Decker said.
The crowd was also entertained by
a speech made by 102 year-old veteran
Opal McAlister, the oldest living
veteran in Ohio. She joked that
nationally she is out shadowed by a 114
year-old male veteran.
"But I'm catching up with him," McAlister said.
spoke about the history of American wars and why the Union County
"It is lest we forget," she explained.
McAlister said, people will pass by the memorial and be
"liberty comes at a high price."
The weather cooperated with only occasional
winds which removed the
monument's cover several times. But after the
official unveiling, the
crowd applauded and the marching band played.
that point families were allowed to begin to find their relatives
names engraved in the wall and brick pavers. Many kissed their
touched the names of family members who died in service, from
mothers and children.
Veterans Ronnie and Marion London walked up to point
out names of their
family on the wall. Their sister Pat Stoker from Plain
City was nearby
and explained that her family had 18 children - 10 of which
the Armed Forces.
Ronnie said that it was great to see all the
people who showed up to
support the memorial.
Current Iraq war airman
Joshua Humble was also among the crowd. He
landed back in the United States
on May 11, but is expected to go back
to Iraq in early June.
"I still have
a lot of adjusting to do," Humble said about being back home.
He said it
has been the small things he has appreciated since returning,
whether it is
the smell of the air once he got off the plane in America,
or the trees and
Humble also expressed gratitude for the heart warming response he
received from the community since coming back.
"You don't realize the
level of appreciation people have until you
return home," he said. "People
come up to you and say thanks and shake
your hand. It's very humbling to me
to see the amount of people who took
their afternoon to come and support our
brothers in arms."
MHS announces academic honors for class of 2007
From J-T staff
Marysville High School seniors Jessica Gerber, Leah Christine
Ross Drake, John Cheek, Cassie Hines and Kimberly Leininger were
in two ceremonies Thursday as top scholars.
valedictorian, is the daughter of Robert and Carol Gerber.
She has been in
band all four years of high school, including marching,
pep and concert
bands. She is in National Honor Society, Leo Club and is
a member of First
English Lutheran Church.
Gerber has been a 4-H member for eight years and
served as president and
secretary of her club, the Classic Clovers. She is
the founder and
secretary/treasurer of the first Marysville High School anime
Animanga Club. She also is a peer tutor, and she volunteers at
Marysville Public Library and the Union County Clothes Closet.
plans to attend Miami University in Oxford, where she has been
the honors program. Her major is undecided.
She was named an Academic
Champion of the Classroom, National Merit
Commended Scholar, and received the
following awards: Academic Honors
Third Year Award, George Allemang Science
Award, Marguerite Williams
Latin Award, National Honor Society Senior Award,
Award and Sarah Kathryn Demchak Memorial
Hayes shares class salutatorian honors with Drake. She is the
of Mark and Rita Hayes and has been involved in many activities at
She played softball for two years, basketball for two years, soccer
three years and tennis for one year. She also has participated
National Honor Society for two years, In the Know for two years,
Trial for one year, calculator club for one year, and Student
where she holds the position of treasurer, for four years.
active in the community coaching soccer, and in Big Brothers Big
the United Way Youth Arts and Recreation. Her future plans
Carnegie Mellon University and majoring in information systems.
named an Academic Champion of the Classroom and received a
Scholarship. She also received Academic Honors Third Year Award,
Honor Society Senior Award, Nestle R&D Science Award,
Education Award, State Board of Education Award of Merit,
Senior Leadership Award and Toyota Community Scholar Award.
Drake, the son
of Stephen and Carole Drake, has been involved in the
Fellowship of Christian
Athletes for four years, National Honor Society
for two years, soccer one
year and football, one year. Outside of the
classroom he studies guitar,
volunteers at Marysville Middle School and
works at Scotts Lawn
He will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall and
major in nursing. He plans to become a Certified Nurse
Drake received the following awards: Academic Champion of the
Academic Honors Third Year Award, MacIvor Scholarship, Memorial
Medical Staff Scholarship, National Honor Society Senior
President's Education Award and State Board of Education Award of
heek, an Academic Champion of the Classroom, received an
Honors Third Year Award, DAR Americanism Essay Award, Jim
Chemistry Award, National Honor Society Senior Award,
Education Award, State Board of Education Award of Merit, Thelma
Outstanding Math Award and Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete
Hines also was named an Academic Champion of the Classroom. She
MacIvor and Nestle R&D scholarships and received an Academic
Third Year Award, and Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence, MHS
Faculty, National Honor Society Senior, Thelma Carey Outstanding
and President's Education awards, as well as the State Board
Education Award of Merit.
Leininger, Academic Champion of the
Classroom, also received the
Academic Honors Third Year Award, as well as Jim
Harmon MEA, Leo Club,
Rotary Club of Union County, Union County Retired
Teachers and Pat
Conion Memorial scholarships. She also received the
Leadership Award, National Honor Society Senior Award,
Education Award and the State Board of Education Award of
A complete list of those recognized in Thursday morning's
State Board of Education Award of Merit - Martin Ahern,
Josh Alleman, Adam Allen, Gabe Andrews, Gary Bearden,
Muriah Beeson-Kesler, Katie Bennett, Shane Blach, Zach
Tabitha Bruchett, Amber Caldwell, Lindsay Castle, Rachel
Chamblin, Sherman Charles, Jonathan Cheek, Zach Coder, Alex
Lindsey Cripe, Sean Cunningham, Jacob Decot, Stephanie Devine,
Distelhorst, Danielle Dokman, Ross Drake, Lindsay Dunbar, Matthew
(Career Technology Award of Merit), Jessie Eggleston, Jordan
Daniel English, Jessica Erickson, Mackenzie Fenchak, Kyle
Timothy Fridley, Jessica Gerber, Leah Hayes, Joshua Hegenderfer,
Hein, Cassandra Hines, Adam Hodnichak, Amanda Hoile, Sarah Hotham,
House, Rachel Hoying, Sarah Jacob, Cory James, Kayla Johnson,
Keifer, Jessica Knox, Jeremy Lange, Nathan Laslow, Leah Latham,
Leininger, Alexander Marquis, Kayla McCallister, Ericka Mobley,
Moon, Aashley Morgan, Sean Mulholland, Kyle Murdock, Ethan
Amanda Nichols, Ashton Orton, Rachaelle Penrod, Roger Pettit,
Platt, Leigh Ann Porter, Katie Powell, Kristin Preston, Mary Lou
Evan Ransome, Ashley Rausch, Cassandra Rausch, Megan Reigle,
Rider, Mary Rodenberger, Ryan Roeth, Virginia Rogers, Emma Roman,
Ryan, Hannah Salmon, Sarah Salmon, Niki Sanders, Brent Sauner,
Schaeffer, Rachel Scheiderer, Emily Schellin, Brandi Smith,
Sondles, Christine Sparks, Zackary Stillings, Anthony Taylor,
Taylor, Laurie Trout, Kevin Truitt, Grace Underwood, Hillary
Gregory White, Jacob Wilson, Derek Wyman, Travis Yoder and Bryan
President's Education Award - Martin Ahern, Leslie Albanese,
Alleman, Adam Allen, Gabe Andrews, Courtney Balch, Gary Bearden,
Beeson-Kesler, Tristan Browne, Tabitha Burchett, Jonathan Cheek,
Coder, Alex Craig, Sarah Cunningham, Stephanie Devine, Ross
Lindsay Dunbar, Jordan Eggleston, Daniel English, Mackenzie
Timothy Fridley, Jessica Gerber, Erik Gray, Leah Hayes, Ashlee
Cassandra Hines, Adam Hodnichak, Amanda Hoile, Rachel Hoying,
Jacob, Cory James, Jessica Knox, Jeremy Lange, Leah Latham,
Leininger, Alexandra Marquis, Ericka Mobley, Aashley Morgan,
Mulholland, Kyle Murdock, Ethan Newberry, Amanda Nichols, Ashton
Nick Platt, Leigh Ann Porter, Katie Powell, Kristin Preston, Mary
Ranney, Cassandra Rausch, Megan Reigle, Mary Rodenberger, Ryan
Virginia Rogers, Paul Ryan, Hannah Salmon, Brent Sauner,
Schaeffer, Rachel Scheiderer, Brandi Smith, Jeffrey Sondles,
Sparks, Zackary Stillings, Anthony Taylor, Michele Taylor, Kevin
Gregory White, Jacob Wilson, Derek Wyman, Travis Yoder and Bryan
Ohio Academic Scholarship - Mary Ranney.
National Merit Commended
Scholar - Jessica Gerber.
National Merit Finalist - Zach
Valedictorian Award - Jessica Gerber.
Salutatorian Award - Ross
Drake and Leah Hayes.
NASSP/Herff Jones Principal's Leadership Award - Kim
Academic Champion of the Classroom (presented to seniors who are
top 10 percent of their graduating class) - Leslie Albanese, Adam
Gabriel Andrews, Gary Bearden, Zachariah Braithwaite, Jonathan
Zachary Coder, Stephanie Devine, Ross Drake, Lindsay Dunbar,
Eggleston, Timothy Fridley, Jessica Gerber, Erik Gray, Leah
Ashlee Hein, Cassandra Hines, Amanda Hoile, Rachel Hoying, Sarah
Jeremy Lange, Kimberly Leininger, Alexandra Marquis, Amanda
Nicholas Platt, Katie Powell, Mary Ranney, Ryan Roeth, Virginia
Hannah Salmon, Jacob Schaeffer, Anna Rachel Scheiderer,
Stillings, Michele Taylor, Kevin Truitt and Jacob Wilson.
Corps Scholastic Excellence Award - Cassie Hines.
Prudential Spirit of
Community Service Award - David Nicol.
Toyota Community Scholar Award - Leah
DAR Good Citizenship awards - Zach Braithwaite and Kelly House.
American History Award - Jacob Decot.
DAR Americanism Essay Award - Johnny
National Honor Society Senior Awards - Leslie Albanese, Gabe
Gary Bearden, Johnny Cheek, Jacob Decot, Stephanie Devine,
Distelhorst, Ross Drake, Lindsay Dunbar, Jordan Eggleston,
Gerber, Leah Hayes, Cassie Hines, Adam Hodnichak, Amanda Hoile,
Hoying, Sarah Jacob, Jessica Knox, Jeremy Lange, Kimberly
Alexandra Marquis, Ericka Moblet, Aashley Morgan, Amanda Nichols,
Newberry, Nick Platt, Chelsea Rider, Virginia Rogers, Rachel
Zack Stillings, Greg White and Bryan Young.
Certification Awards - Derek Dillard, Cory James, Jake
Schaeffer and Tiffany
Yarborough, all accounting and finance; Grant
Bauserman, Mickey Gilbert,
Aslee Hein, Leah Latham, Borden Marshall and
Jeff Sondles, all business
accounting; Jacob Decot, Amanda Hoile, Kayla
Johnson, Jessica Knox, Kaitlin
Marshall, Kyle Murdock, Ashley Rausch,
Mary C. Rodenberger, Crystal Wilson
and Lloyd Wolfe, all business
management; and Lea Hayes, Josh Hegenderfer and
Nick Ohnsman, all
Web Tech Club - Amanda Hoile, Grant
Bauserman, Nick Ohnsman, Nick Piatt,
Josh Hegenderfer, David Nicol, Ryan
Phipps and Matt Hakola.
In The Halls - Chelsea Burns, Lindsay Castle, Hillary
Eichert, Betsy Kale, Kristina Paver, Kristin Ratliff,
Schimmoeller, Dani Steepe, Katelyn Weis, Paige Whitley and
DeKalb Award - Nick Leeper.
FFA Alumni Scholarship -
Jason Mathewson Memorial Scholarship - Zach
President's Challenge Physical Fitness Awards - Sasha
Kralik, Brandon Cruise, Brandon Lewis, Jonathan Fridley,
Cassie Rausch and Ted Cox.
OHSAA Scholar Athlete Awards -
Rachel Scheiderer and Keven Truitt.
All Sports Awards - Rachel Scheiderer and
Warren and Polly Widner Award - Sarah Hotham.
Galloway Award - Gabe Andrews.
Dispatch Scholar Athlete Award - Rachel
Scheiderer, Kevin Truitt.
Wendy's High School Heisman Award - Kevin Truitt,
Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award - Tim
Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award - Johnny Cheek and
Ohio Mock Trial Awards - Clayton Brown, Jacob Decot,
Tess Gerber, Lisa Huffman, Caitlin Readon, Katelyn Weiss,
Matt Gibson, Melissa Gilbert, Ben Hyun, Yoshi Martin, Stephanie
Krissy Paver, Brian Price, Matt Sehnert, Conner Gifford, Aaron
Mikayla Polacsek, Mary Lou, Malory Underwood, Molly Westfall,
White, Evan Zimmerman, Zach Braithwaite, Stephanie Devine, Josh
Aashley Morgan, Virginia Rogers, Zack Stillings, Shelby Howard,
Humble, Jean-Sebastien Poirier, Ryan Pratt, Jessie Spletter,
Strohm, Cara Clarridge, Casey Clarridge, Hilary Daniels, Amy
Sarah Marsh, Jenna Moulton, Kylie O'Keefe and Megan
Semper Fidelis Award - Alan Jones.
Thelma Carey Outstanding Math
Student Award - John Cheek and Cassie Hines.
Student - Oyun Ben Hyun.
Student Council Leadership - Gary Bearden, Lindsey
Cripe, Leah Hayes,
Adam Hodnichak, Rachel Hoying, Rachel Scheiderer, Zach
Outstanding English Student Award - Leslie
Margrett M. Schultz Latin Award and Marguerite Williams Latin Award
Jessica Gerber and Adam Allen.
George Allemang Award - Jessica
Nestle R&D Science Award - Leah Hayes.
Jim Kaufman Science
Award for Outstanding Performance in Chemistry - John Cheek.
Faculty Awards for Outstanding Performance in Science - Cassie
Family & Consumer Science Awards - Britney Bowland (outstanding
Gabe Andrews, Brittany Belville, Rachel Chambers, Brody Dille,
Glassmeier, Katrena Rogers, Karly Williams, Mallory Williams and
John A. Strickler Art Award - Bryant
Student Achievement Award - Billy Renftle.
Lions Leo Club
Scholarship - Kim Leininger, Ericka Moblet and David Nicol.
Jin and Gum
Hyun Scholarship - Virginia Rogers
Michael Padovano Scholarship - Kris
Corey Hoehn Memorial Scholarship - Lloyd Wolfe.
- Zach Stillings ($1,000) and Emily Rausch ($250).
Elks Student of the Year -
Marty Ahern and Aashley Morgan.
A complete list of those recognized in
Thursday evening's program includes:
Academic Honors Senior Awards -
Martin Ahern, Leslie Albanese, Joshua
Alleman, Adam Allen, Gabriel Andrews,
Courtney Balch, Gary Bearden,
Keriann Beatty, Muriah Beeson-Kesler,
Zachariah Braithwaite, Tristan
Browne, Tabitha Burchett, Rachel Chambers,
Sherman Charles, Jonathan
Cheek, Zachary Coder, Sarah Cunningham, Stephanie
Distelhorst, Ross Drake, Lindsay Dunbar, Jordan Eggleston,
English, Mackenzie Fenchak, Timothy Fridley, Jessica Gerber, Erik
Leah Hayes, Ashlee Hein, Cassandra Hines, Adam Hodnichak, Amanda
Rachel Hoying, Sarah Jacob, Cory James, Jessica Knox, Jeremy
Leah Latham, Kimberly Leininger, Alexandra Marquis, Borden
Kayla McCallister, Ericka Mobley, Aashley Morgan, Sean Mulholland,
Murdock, Ethan Newberry, Amanda Nichols, Ashton Orton, Rachaelle
Roger Pettit, Nicholas Platt, Leigh Porter, Katie Powell,
Preston, Mary Ranney, Cassandra Rausch, Megan Reigle,
Rodenberger, Ryan Roeth, Virginia Rogers, Paul Ryan, Hannah
Sarah Salmon, Niki Sanders, Brent Sauner, Jacob Schaeffer,
Scheiderer, Brian Shaffer, Brandi Smith, Jeffrey Sondles,
Sparks, Zackary Stillings, Michele Taylor, Kevin Truitt, Gregory
Jacob Wilson, Derek Wyman, Travis Yoder and Bryan Young.
Year Academic Honors Awards (3.50 and above GPA) - Bradley Annan,
Annan, Amanda Belcher, Aric Blythe, Mindy Bogardus, Christy
Boldon, Cameron Bushong, Jarisah Carl, Karisah Carl,
Nicholas Cooper, Alex Craig, Rachel Craig, Lindsey
Cripe, Sean Cunningham,
Logan Dawson, Danielle Decot, Jacob Decot, Ryan
Del Grosso, Michael DeNoewer,
Leah Drake, Matthew Earl, Lee Edwards, Amy
Factor, Richard Fetter, Rachel
Forder, Valerie Froehlich, Breanne
Gamble, Jonathan Genzman, Ashley Gonzales,
Robert Gordon, Stephen
Griffith, Alyssa Hare, Joshua Hayes, Joshua Hill,
Sierra Hodge, Oyun
Hyun, Andrew Iden, Emily Jewell, Elizabeth Kale, Justin
Kish, Krista Koontz, Kellie Kunkler, Benjamin Lake, Bethany
Matthew Milholland, Suzanne Nichols, Kathryn Owens, Elizabeth
Kristin Ratliff, Brittany Rausch, Courtney Ricker, Chelsea Rider,
Roberts, Eric Runyan, Shayla Rush, Andrea Sattler, Rebecca
Nicole Schimmoeller, Julie Seiter, Zackary Shier, Andrew Smarra,
Smith, Jared Staats, Phillip Troyer, Carly Valentino, Katelyn
Paige Wilcox, Matthew Williams, Abbey Wolfe, Erika Wortman, Tim Xie
First Year Academic Honors Awards (3.50 and above GPA) -
Frances Albanese, Jennifer Applegate, Matthew Baker, Alicia
Bennett, Megan Boissiere, Kelsey Browne, Gabrielle Campisano,
Carpenter, Cornelius Cilliers, Cara Clarridge, Dylan Cook, Ted
William Cross, Kyle Danner, Kristina Decker, Elijah Demidovich,
Devine, Samantha Doupnik, Jessie Eggleston, Gregory Elchert,
Ellis, Taylor Evans, Trevor Garrett, Tess Gerber, Kailee Gilbert,
Goins, Marissa Graham, Alexandrea Greenbaum, Michelle Gregory,
Hines, Justin House, Cassandra Jackson, Julia Judlin, Benjamin
Ellen Keck, Desirae Kierner, Nicholas Kurtz, David LaFollette,
Lahman, Sarah Marsh, Kayla Mayes, Matthew McCarthy, Hannah
Jessica Melowski, Meredith Merklin, Christian Merrill, Aisha
Brandon Nicholson, Joy Nowlin, Nathan Obakpolor, Kylie O'Keefe,
Phillips, Mikayla Polacsek, Ryan Pratt, Brian Price, Austin
Justin Rausch, Lisa Rausch, Samantha Ripley, Dakota Robinson,
Rogers, Sarah Rogers, Nicholas Rotonda, Bryant Runyon, Kenneth
Carly Sampsel, Megan Schmenk, Jessica Seiter, Neal Seymour,
Siegfried, Aaron Smith, Sarah Snook, Alisha Speaks, Zachary
Lindsay Tarbox, Ina Tolin, Lauren Tullis, Kyle Vinson, Michael
Matthew Watson, Brendan White, Daniel White, Jennifer Whitley,
Wirtz, Jenna Wolfe, Lauren Woolum, Evan Zimmerman and Kaitlin
Third Year Academic Merit Awards (3.00-3.49 GPA) - Roderick
Sarah Barker, Grant Bauserman, Katie Bennett, Clayton Benson,
Bernacchi, Britney Bowland, Ericka Bussman, Jordan Butler,
Caldwell, Rachel Camp, Lindsay Castle, Amber Chamblin, Grant
Jessica Costello, Danielle Dokman, Kyle Feucht, Brittni
Mickey Gilbert, Joshua Hegenderfer, Sarah Hotham, Briana Hurban,
Johnson, Andrew Keifer, Courtney Kerins, Annalyse Klagge,
Komula, Nathan Laslow, Courtney Mabee, Kaitlin Marshall, Eric
Danielle Moon, Stephanie Morehead, Justin Morris, David Nicol,
Noteman, Ashley Rausch, Spencer Rice, Emily Schellin, Evan Shealy,
Simpson, Tommy Smoot Jr., Laurie Trout, Grace Underwood, Molly
Carly Williams and Tiffany Yarborough.
Second Year Academic
Merit Awards (3.00-3.49 GPA) - Derrick Allen,
Michael Babyak, David Boyce,
Ashley Boyd, Zechariah Burchett, Joshua
Carte, Jamie Castle, Amber Clay,
Brandon Creagan, Deziree Cremeans,
Robert Cullman, Jordan Dillahunt, Tosha
Dillon, Andrew Ellington,
Jessica Erickson, Tyler Flick, Sarah Francis,
Megan Harriman, Christopher Hecker, Ryan Hildreth,
Kelli House, Albert
Hyun, Levi Keeran, Brandon Koehler, Nicholas Leeper,
Holly McClary, Syed
Mohiuddin, Kristina Paver, Larissa Purdy, Cassandra Reck,
Rigsby, Emma Roman, Brandon Roshon, Christopher Rubadue,
Schimmoeller, Breonna Scott, Cory Shortell, Savannah Ulsh,
Wilson and Lynnette Worstell.
First Year Academic Merit Awards
(3.00-3.49 GPA) - Joseph Acosta, Azia
Alexander, Stephen Beil, Shane Black,
Andrew Bliss, Justin Bliss,
Samantha Bollack, Katelyn Bruner, Kasi Burchett,
Erica Burkitt, Leah
Burns, Ashley Campbell, Amy Cheek, Darren Clark, Brent
Samantha Cowgill, Anna Crowder, Brian Crowder, Kayla Crowder,
Cunningham, Shannon Daniels, Nicole Disbennett, Traci Downing,
Easton, Kristina Engle, Alecia Epps, Levi Friend, Timothy Fry,
Garrett, Nicholas Gibbs, Matthew Gibson, Kane Godfrey, Jacqueline
Nathan Groehl, Lindsey Grzeskowiak, Meghann Gugel,
Guisinger, Heather Hakola, Brittany Hammond, Shanna Hare, James
Justin Hayes, Brooke Hellmann, Aaron Hembree, Ernest Heyder,
Holland, Ian Hotham, Nicole Irvine, Jeremiah Johnson, Paul Kern,
Kibler, Connie Kim, Michael Klingman, Adam Kulaga, Ian Little,
Lykins, Austin Madsen, Hayley Mantz, Jacob Matejko, Megan
Nicholas McDole, Karrie McKinney, Justin McLemore, Robert Mead,
Meredith, Alyson Mowery, Brian Mullaney, James Murray, Jesse
Zachary Nichols, Mark Norris, Stephanie Nusbaum, Rodolfo
Caitlin Price, Kristopher Reese, Nathan Rohyans, Michael Jr.
Jessica Ross, Kristin Ross, Brandon Schwyn, Braden Short,
Slee, David Smith, Jackson Smith, Eric Spaulding, Bethany
Christopher Spletter, Brittany Tackett, Carolyn Taylor, Teri
Cara Vanbrimmer, Elise Vetanovetz, Gabrielle Walsh, Kylee Watkins,
Webb, Hillary Westbrook, Katherine Weinlein, Elizabeth White,
Wickline, Scott Williams and Lakin Wilson.
Andrew Daum Memorial
Soccer Scholarship - Nick Platt.
ArtBox Scholarship - Lindsay Dunbar and
Charles W. Green Memorial Scholarship - David Nicol and
Choral Booster's Scholarship - Katie Bennett and
Jim Harmon MEA Scholarship - Stephanie Devine and Kim
Kiwanis Scholarship - Chelsea Rider.
Malcolm and Barbara
MacIvor Scholarship - Zach Braithwaite, Ross Drake,
Leah Hayes, Cassie Hines
and Rachel Scheiderer.
Memorial Hospital of Union County Medical Staff
Presidential Volunteer Award - Lori Distelhorst, Ross Drake
and Rachel Scheiderer.
MHS Alumni Scholarship - Stephanie Devine, Ashlee
Hein and Chelsea Rider.
Michael Cox Memorial Scholarship - Aashley
Monarch Athletic Scholarship - Rachel Scheiderer and Greg
Monarch Quarterback Club Scholarship - Kyle Murdoch, Borden Marshall
Nel and Gene Hoopes Scholarship - Jacob Wilson.
$&D Scholarship - Cassie Hines and Greg White.
Pat Conlon Memorial
Scholarship - Kim Leininger.
Sarah Kathryn Demchak Memorial Scholarship -
Stiffler Edwards Journalism Award - Bryant Alvarez.
County Retired Teachers Scholarship - Ashlee Hein and
United Methodist Men and Women Scholarships - Grant
Bauserman and Lori Distelhorst.
Rotary Club of Union County - Kim
4-H Richwood Bank Scholarship - Jessica
'Dames at Sea' a
Editor's note: The following review of "Dames At Sea" was
written by Kay
Liggett of the Union County Community Concerts
This well cast Broadway musical spoof has sailed into
town with some
memorable songs and nautical nonsense from three dames and
It contains lots of spoofing mixed with music and tap
hauntingly beautiful melodies - "Raining in my Heart" and "Good
are Here to Stay" - sometimes played with muted staccato trumpet
really gets to a person. The percussion at one point sounded as though
full band were marching through town!
Katie Paulson is Mona - a
talented, overbearing, obnoxious, dragon-lady
vamp (a role to kill for!).
What a voice! Her costumes are a visual
treat. She is the vocal music
director at Marysville High School - lucky
students; lucky us. (Her students
have won many grand champion titles.)
Grace Underwood, who plays Joan, is a
MHS senior planning to major in
music and theater at college this fall. What
a stage presence! She
controls the stage - really belts out the music to
rattle the rafters!
Mallory Underwood is well cast as Ruby,
a sweet innocent in this
"Broadway Trio" who hits Broadway singing with charm
and naiveté -
perfect for her role.
The men: Rick Hudgel dances and sings
his way into the hearts of the
girls and the audience. Evan Zimmerman has a
charming "boyfriend" role,
tall and handsome. The ship's captain, Michael
Cox, is the one the
leading lady hussy claims as her own. They sing a lovely
The second act stage is set with the fore end of a naval ship -
clever but a lot of work.
It's a good show with a lot of tap dancing
and dance routines that have
the mark of Marian Carson - so you know it will
The audience loved opening night, giving all a standing
"Dames At Sea" is sponsored by the Union County Community
Association. Performances will be held tonight at 7:30, Sunday at
p.m., May 23 and May 26 at 7:30 p.m. and May 28 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.
performances will be held in the Union County Veterans Auditorium
on Sixth Street.
Tickets are available at Creative Traveline, 106 N. Court
St. or one
hour prior to each performance.
Honda engine plant reaches
15 millionth engine produced
From J-T staff
Associates at the largest Honda auto engine plant in the world
celebrated the 15 millionth engine produced since Honda of America
Inc. opened the Anna Engine Plant in 1985.
As the milestone engine
was finished, a $75 million expansion project at
the plant continued toward
completion later this year.
The project will transfer connecting rod and
camshaft production from Japan to Ohio.
"Today we are not only celebrating
a production milestone, but the
efforts of our associates, past and present,
to satisfy 15 million
customers," said Dan Smith, Honda of America vice
president and plant
manager of the Anna Engine Plant.
"Engines power our
products. But people power our engines, and the
outstanding efforts of Honda
associates in Ohio are the reason we
continue to invest in the expansion of
our operations," Smith said.
The 15 millionth engine, produced on Line 2, is
a 6-cylinder motor
designed for a Honda Accord Coupe to be assembled 45 miles
to the east
at the Marysville Auto Plant. The Anna Engine Plant has three
lines and two foundries, one for aluminum and one for ferrous
The plant produces drive shafts, connecting rods, brake components
other parts, as well as all of its own engine blocks and heads.
Anna facility will serve as the engine supply source for the
Manufacturing of Indiana plant under construction in Greensburg,
Production at this new plant begins in fall 2008.
The Marysville Auto
Plant will have a celebration of its own later this
year. It was the site 25
years ago of the first Japanese car built in
America - a Honda Accord. The
anniversary coincides with the production
of an all-new Accord for the '08
The Anna Engine plant reached its milestone 22 years after it
its current production rate - 1.15 million engines annually - it
take only 13 years for Anna to build another 15 million
Engines from Anna power the Honda Accord Sedan and Coupe, Civic
Element and CR-V, and the Acura TL and RDX made in Ohio - as well as
Honda Civic Sedan, Coupe and Si, the Ridgeline and the Acura MDX and
models built at two Honda plants in Alliston, Ontario.
The Anna plant
has been expanded many times, with the current project
additional connecting rod and crankshaft business from
investment in the Anna Engine Plant now exceeds $1.4 billion.
employs more than 15,000 Ohioans, including 12,500 at Honda of
of America investment alone in Ohio totals more than
Charles W. Fairbanks Family Festival scheduled for
Family is the keyword in the Charles W. Fairbanks Family
The event will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on The Green
Unionville Center and is focused on free family entertainment.
radio personality Joe Boxer will MC the live entertainment. The
opens with Naveah, an alternative rock band, at 11 a.m. Local
Mollie McIntyre is on at noon.
Classic rock and county band 3 Wheel Drive
takes the stage at 12:45 p.m.
David Crone, a comedic magician and
ventriloquist, will entertain at 3:15 p.m.
Mollie McIntyre returns to the
stage at 4 p.m. and our headliner Arnette
Howard and Friends, with their own
style of contemporary pop with a
touch of Creole funk, begins at 4:30
The free children's play area includes a climbing wall, an
bounce and an adrenaline rush obstacle course.
There will also
be a corn hole tournament. The entry deadline is noon on
the day of the
festival. The tournament begins at 1 p.m. First, second
and third place
winnings are based on a 50/50 jackpot. There is an entry
Food vendors, exhibits, strolling entertainers and raffles
will round out the day.
For more information, those interested may visit
the Web site
fourth annual festival is named for Charles W. Fairbanks who served
vice-president of the United States under Theodore Roosevelt from
1905. He was born on a farm just outside of Unionville Center.
'He murdered our hearts'
Family wants man convicted of 1981 murder kept in
By RYAN HORNS
A group of Marysville sisters are facing the tough
future of knowing
that the man who killed their brother may soon be let out
On March 1, 1981 George Shockey was shot six times in the back
Magnum while covering a shift for another worker at the former
gas station, now the location of Advance Auto Parts on Delaware
Shockey had a newborn son, just seven days old, at the time of
Since then, the victim's surviving family said they have taken
the fact that the man responsible for the crime was securely locked
up in prison.
Sentenced to 17 years to life for the murder, Robert
has spent the past 26 years behind bars. However, on March
26 the Ohio
Parole Board will consider granting his release from the
Correctional Institution in Lima.
Shockey's five outspoken sisters
and his niece have requested a full
parole board hearing in order to keep
Strausbaugh locked up. The meeting
is scheduled for June 11 at 2:30 p.m. at
the Columbus Adult Parole
Authority building, 1030 Alum Creek Drive. They are
also asking Union
County residents to help by writing letters or calling the
The family members gathered recently to discuss the murder
and how it
has affected their lives.
"I know eventually he is going to get
out," Shockey's youngest sister,
Ann Lowe, said. "But I don't want him
anywhere near Union County."
Lowe said officials at the Franklin County jail
set Strausbaugh free
once before from a previous prison term, with the
understanding that he
would be closely supervised and could be a reliable
informant to a
critical drug investigation. Three days into that release, he
killed her brother.
"It's pretty obvious that he was not being closely
watched," Lowe said.
"So if he gets out of prison now or even later, who is
going to watch
him to make sure that he does not crush someone else's
According to reports of the murder, after shooting Shockey over a
dispute, Strausbaugh then waited on customers while his victim bled
death in the back room of the gas station. He took the money as
bought gasoline and when they left, he drove away.
though, noticed how Strausbaugh placed the cash in his
pocket instead of the
register. That set off a red flag and the man
called the Union County
Sheriff's Office. Shockey's body was found by
deputies a short time
The sheriff's office investigated the murder because at that
because the city limits did not extend to the Omega station and
considered in the county.
Therein lies the frustration of a family,
who say they have spent almost
three decades dealing with the murder. While
they know some think
Strausbaugh has served his time, they also feel a life
mean a life sentence.
"He does not deserve to be released
from prison," sister Mary Price
said. "What he did that day ruined our lives
forever. He didn't just
murder my brother, he murdered our hearts as well. No
one knows the
suffering we go through every day unless you have walked in our
How can the parole board even consider letting him out? A lot of
might think he has served his time after 26 years, but we don't. When
killed my brother, he killed each and every one of us."
was just a girl when her uncle was killed, yet talking
about the murder still
brings tears. She said what hurt the most was
learning from the coroner's
report that her uncle could have lived.
"He would have survived the third
bullet," she said, as the sisters
offered her tissues, "but then the idiot
decided to shoot him three more times."
Davidson wonders how the community
will feel about having a murderer
back in their town. She added that
Strausbaugh's potential release from
prison is set to fall on their parent's
"That's not a day to celebrate him getting out,"
Davidson said. "We
still don't feel safe with him around. We don't trust
During the newspaper's interview, an old green book sat on
a table. It
has filled over the years by Shockey's sisters with newspaper
about the murder. They took it out again to remember.
her brother has always been in her thoughts. On the wall
behind her rests a
picture of a young Shockey mounted on a wooden shelf.
It was one of the last
photos taken of him before he was killed. Other
sisters in the room talked
about his favorite coat, how he loved
fishing, loved the snow, or how much
ruckus they would all cause together.
"We are fighting to keep a murderer
in prison," Davidson said. "I would
give anything to have my uncle back. You
know, I would be happy with the
fact if George were the one in jail. At least
we would get to see him."
"We get to see my brother at the grave site. How
fair is that?" Price
said. "George never got to see his son grow up."
of the difficulty of dealing with Strausbaugh's potential release,
is that he would come right back into the same community.
With a large family
still holding a lot of anger, they worry about how
they will deal with having
him in town. They also worry about what he
may still be capable of
"Life is not the same anymore. We still are a family, but there is
hole. Our brother is gone," Rachel Miller said, Shockey's oldest
She said she sometimes forgets and wonders what her brother is
that day - then she remembers. "Oh, that's right," Miller said. "He
Union County residents may help the family by calling the Office
Victim Service at (888) 842-8464 or writing a letter to the
board. People may send their letter to: The Ohio Department
Rehabilitation, 1050 Freeway Drive, North Columbus, OH. 43229 or
them to Ann Lowe at 871 Southwood Drive in Marysville, OH. 43040.
pages must have "Robert Strausbaugh A165010 Allen Correctional
in bold text and underlined on each page.
1957 MHS grad will be speaker
at Alumni Banquet
From J-T staff reports
Edward E. Hagenlocker,
Marysville High School Class of 1957, will be the
guest speaker at the 128th
MHS Alumni Banquet.
The event will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at Marysville
Hagenlocker resides in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., with his wife,
Burnside (MHS 1957). A former executive at Ford Motor Company, he
relate memories of Marysville High School and the values that
formed during those years. He also will share thoughts on some of
forces that are changing the United States economy.
the Ford Motor Company as a research scientist in
1964. He was elected vice
president and named general manager of truck
operations in 1986, appointed
vice president of general operations for
Ford North American Automotive
Operations in 1992, and appointed
executive vice president in 1993. In 1994
he was elected president of
Ford Automotive Operations and in 1996 was named
chairman, Ford of Europe.
He served as vice chairman of Ford Motor Company
in 1996 and chairman of
Visteon Automotive Systems from 1997 until his
retirement in 1999.
Hagenlocker also is a director of Air Products and
AmeriSourceBergen Corporation, American Standard Inc. and
He will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his
The Marysville Alumni Association was formed after exercises
Marysville High School's first commencement ended on June 5, 1879.
was formed by the five new graduates and has met annually since to
old friendships, revive school-day memories, welcome new graduates
celebrate the common heritage of graduates of Marysville High
according to "Monarch Tales" alumni newsletter.
by senior citizens group
From J-T staff reports:
The Union County
Sheriff's Office was honored at the 32nd annual Central
Ohio Senior Citizens
Hall of Fame awards Wednesday at the Martin Janis
Senior Center in
Sheriff Rocky Nelson and members of his staff were on hand to
award for outstanding service to seniors. The agency was honored
implementing innovative programs that benefit Union County
"Sheriff Rocky Nelson truly cares about our seniors.," Union
Council on Aging Executive Director Dick Douglass said. "His attitude
reflected by his staff in their service to our community."
the awards program, the department was singled out for
Lifesaver ? a rapid response program that helps locate
people who wander from
caregivers because of Alzheimer's disease. The
program has been used with
success across the country but the Union
County Sheriff's Department's
Project Lifesaver was one of the first
implemented in central Ohio.
programs also lead to the award, including:
.Emergency cell phones provided
to Union County seniors free of charge.
The emergency-only phones can be used
to call 911 in an emergency.
.Senior Watch allows the sheriff's department to
check on older Union
Countians. Residents in the program receive daily phone
calls to check
on their well-being and others receive visits from sheriff's
check on their safety.
.Emergency beacons and address signs
are available to seniors in Union
County. The resident receives an adapter
for their front porch light to
signal first responders in case of emergency.
Seniors may also receive a
reflective address sign to assist in locating the
home. The materials
for this program were purchased with an Ohio Criminal
.Self-defense classes for seniors.
.Assisting with senior
functions like Senior Day at the Union County
Fair and partnering with the
Union County Council on Aging and local
religious groups to deliver Christmas
gifts to local homebound seniors.
"The sheriff's office takes a personal
interest in each senior they
serve," Douglass said. "We have a wonderful
partnership here in Union County."
Triad to purchase corrective
By CORINNE BIX
Triad schools will purchase a corrective
reading program for grades two
through 12 within the next several
Lindsay Quirk, special education teacher, and Mary Reiser,
education director, presented their recommendation to the
Quirk and Reiser explained that six total reading
comparative studies were examined before a final recommendation
for the McGraw Hill SRA (Science Research Associates)
The program will target "Tier III" students who require
resources and instruction to improve their reading skills. The
already has in place an early reading intervention program for
Dan Kaffenbarger, superintendent, said the district already
has in place
programs to help "Tier I" and "Tier II" students who need
He said it is normal to have about 5 percent of a
fall into the "Tier III" category. The district is
students to determine what category they should be placed
The program is estimated to cost about $24,000 and it is estimated
$16,000 of that cost will be grant funded.
Kaffenbarger reported that
the district would begin implementing the
Dazzle Student information system
to replace the current DOS based
system implemented in the mid-1980's.
overall conversion cost to the updated system will be $2,000.
The district is
in the process of interviewing for the elementary school
position. Kaffenbarger said he should have a recommendation
by the June
At the April meeting, Kaffenbarger said that the district would need
add back 1 1/2 positions, including a math teacher, at the high
and a library aide.
The current elementary/middle school library
aide splits her time
between the two buildings. The district would like to
hire a full time
library aide for the elementary school.
full-time elementary/middle school library aide would then
split her time
between the middle school library and as a literacy
associate. The literacy
associate position is completely grant-funded.
Wednesday night, the board
approved the transfer of Becky Creighton from
a one-seventh math and
technology coordinator position to fill the
full-time math position at the
The board accepted with regret the resignation of Mary Binge
kindergarten teacher for the purpose of retirement. Binge has taught
for 35 years.
Craig Meredith, elementary principal, said Binge would be
"Mrs. Binge is one of those teachers who is leaving with the
passion for teaching as she did when she first started," Meredith
The district is in the process of filing an insurance claim due
damage from a lighting strike earlier this month. The storm
damage to the district's transportation radio equipment, a dot
printer, diesel tank probe, computer switches and the T1 switch
The board adjourned into executive session for an
appeal of a student
expulsion. No action was taken.
The next regular board
meeting will be June 14 at 7 p.m. in the modular boardroom.
Lightning strike sparks house fire
From J-T staff reports
A home in York
Township was destroyed after being hit by a lightening
strike caused by
Tuesday night storms.
Liberty Township Fire Department reported this morning
that crews were
sent to a two-story home at 19399 Powderlick Road after
received the call at 11:52 p.m. Tuesday.
reported that the lightening strike also ruptured a
propane gas line, which
combined with the heavy winds, made
extinguishing the fire more difficult. As
a result, the house suffered
extensive damage and the second story is mostly
destroyed. The Union
County Red Cross is currently assisting the
The fire reportedly resulted in no injuries to the residents or
crews. Liberty Township indicated that two adults and a young
living in the home were able to escape and firemen also were able
save the family cat.
Fire crews were at the scene until about 4:45 a.m.
making sure the fire
was fully extinguished.
Liberty Township reported
receiving mutual aid from the city of
Marysville, Allen Township, Northern
Union County Fire District,
Leesburg Township, Perry Township and Mt.
Dedication set for Saturday
From J-T staff reports
started as a dream will become a reality when the Union County
Monument and Plaza will be dedicated Saturday, Armed Forces
Day, at 11 a.m.
on the Courthouse lawn.
After five years of planning and raising more than
committee will unveil the monument and plaza to honor all Union
veterans - past, present and future.
Attendees are encouraged to
wear red, white and blue. Veterans are
requested to wear their caps, ribbons
The program will last approximately an hour and include an Air
F-16 fly over. Guests may want to bring chairs.
Court Street between
Fifth and Sixth streets will be closed for handicap
parking. Cars with
handicap stickers should enter from Sixth Street.
Fifth Street from Maple
Street to the parking lot at First Presbyterian
Church will be
Customers will have access to Huntington National Bank and
Bank. The street closures will take place from 10 a.m. to 2
Susan Prince, formerly of Plain City, mother of Kevin William Prince
was killed in April 2005 during a tour of duty in Iraq is among
dignitaries expected. Also anticipated are Ohio House Rep. Tony Core,
representative from Deborah Pryce's Office and Timothy Espich,
of the Governor's Office of Veterans Affairs.
Eagle Scouts Matt
Williams, Troop 101, Justin Kemper, Troop 155.
Jeremiah Bill, Troop 158,
Andrew Ellington, Troop 287, Ben White, Troop
355, Nathan Brail, Troop 355,
Matt Himmler, Troop 355, Clayton Custer,
Troop 440, Andrew Custer, Zackery
Spurlock and Russell Crosthwaite, all
Troop 440, and Josh Hodnichak, Adam
Hodinchak, Jim Palmer and Greg
Elkert, all Troop 634, will participate in the
dedication. Only 4
percent of Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts.
Burchett, Gold Scout of Troop 712, Kattie Bennett, Silver Scout
of Troop 712,
Kattie Davie, Silver Scout of Troop 712 and Kattie Weiss,
Silver Scout of
Troop 712 will assist with the dedication ceremony
representing the Girl
After the dedication, individuals will be able to view the 796 names
Union County residents who have given their lives during wartime or
were prisoners of war, browse the 1,400-plus pavers and look at
computer database of those who have submitted their service
Charges filed against business
In rare move, officials
bring felony counts against local bar
By RYAN HORNS
The future of local
bar Lee Dog's Locker Room could be in jeopardy,
after hefty drug-related
fines and numerous arrests cast a shadow over
the business in
As part of recent indictments against five people accused of
drugs through the bar, the Union County Grand Jury charged the
itself with crimes that could lead up to $60,000 in fines. A
indictment against Lee Dog Inc. was also included among the
The business is charged with one fourth-degree felony
trafficking in drugs charge; one fifth-degree felony
trafficking in drugs charge; two fifth-degree felony permitting
abuse charges; and one first-degree felony engaging in a pattern
corrupt activity charge.
"Lee Dog Inc. is a corporation," Union County
Prosecutor Dave Phillips
said. "A corporation is a legal entity, which can be
charged with a crime."
Although the law permits such charges to be filed,
such filings are a rarity.
"Not very frequently," Phillips said. "It
doesn't come up very often."
He said that a corporation can be held liable
when one of its officers
or administrators commits a crime to further the
business. In this case,
he said, bar owner Lee Alderson, 37, of 18205 Harmon
Patrick Road was
indicted on one fourth-degree felony aggravated trafficking
charge; one fifth-degree felony trafficking in drugs charge;
fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse charges and one
felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity charge. He
Alderson's crimes make the corporation at fault.
In addition to
Alderson's charges, the Ohio Investigative Unit served
warrants for Sheila L.
Wyatt, 36, of 21302 Peoria Loop Road in Raymond,
for second-degree felony
trafficking in cocaine and first-degree felony
engaging in a pattern of
corrupt activity; Dennis G. Smith, 33, of 321
W. Third St., for four
fourth-degree felony trafficking in cocaine
charges, one third-degree felony
trafficking in cocaine, one
second-degree felony trafficking in cocaine
charge and one first-degree
felony engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity;
Ricia Cain (AKA Ricia
Marrs), 32, of 569 E. Tenth St., No. 141, for
trafficking in cocaine and one first-degree felony
engaging in a pattern
of corrupt activity; and Joshua S. Bradley, 23, of
Delaware for one
fourth-degree felony trafficking in cocaine and one
engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.
did not indicate which people were employees and which were
He said that the law stipulates a business entity can only be
through fines, no prison time. The repercussions for the bar could
reorganization and changing the way the business is run.
He said that
first-degree felony charges against business entities can
result in up to a
$25,000 fine. Second-degree felony offenses can result
in a $20,000 fine,
third-degree felonies up to a $15,000 fine,
fourth-degree felony offenses a
$10,000 and fifth-degree felony offenses
a $7,500 fine, he said. If found
guilty of the crimes, fines could run
consecutively - in this case up to
The business, along with its owner, staff and numerous customers
of drug trafficking, was arraigned Monday in hearings that began at
p.m. Alderson is being represented by Marion attorney J.C.
After months of investigating, law enforcement came down on
activity at Lee Dog's Locker Room in early April. The Marysville
Department worked with the Ohio Investigative Unit in an
investigation into illegal activity at the local bar and grill.
investigation resulted in numerous arrests.
"The establishment was
temporarily closed while agents conducted a
permit inspection of the premises
and the employees were arrested,"
police reported during the arrests. "The
investigation spanned several
months and was made possible with the
cooperation of the Ohio
Investigative Unit working closely with Marysville
The investigation will be continuing with additional
charges expected to
The Ohio Investigative Unit also served
Alderson, as owner of the bar,
with several civil permit violations that will
be filed with the Ohio
Phillips said he has not heard
of any updates regarding what action the
commission may take.
Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol said that despite being
closed during the
arrests, the business remains open for business.
Sewage backup near Richwood Little League field draws questions
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
Usually when a stink is raised at
the ball park it is the umpire's,
rather than village council's, job to sort
On a recent spring afternoon a gurgling mess began to back up
restroom near the ball diamonds at the Richwood Village Park.
backflow of sewage even made its way out into the parking lot,
the restrooms to be closed.
Geoff Phipps, commissioner of the
Richwood Baseball for Boys
organization, told Richwood Council Monday night
that Mayor Bill Nibert
was watching one of the games and attempted to call
village crews to
handle the problem, but being a weekend no village workers
were on duty.
Phipps said he then contracted with a private company to
clean out the
lines. He later approached village employees about the bill and
cleaning out the lines was the responsibility of the
Council did not agree. Although generally lines running under
property are the responsibility of the property owner to maintain,
lines in question run under the village owned park.
chairman George Showalter read the contract the village
has with the
organization and while it says the group must maintain the
restroom, it makes
no mention of the sewer lines running under the
structure. Showalter said he
feels the lines running under the park are
the responsibility of the village
Council agreed and voted 5-0 to pay the bill for the work.
member Jim Thompson was absent from the meeting.
Phipps added that
the lines back up frequently and he recently learned
that the lines contain a
90 degree elbow in the area of the park.
Showalter said the lines should be
dug up and replaced by 45 degree elbows.
Council also heard from Jim Ambos
on behalf of the Forest Lane
Condominium Association. Apparently, the 48-unit
structure is served by
only one water meter, for which the owners share the
Ambos said the bill, which used to be in the area of $2,500, has
climbed to $4,500. He blamed the increase on residents who use a
volume of water without concern for other residents.
Ambos said the
condominiums have the hardware for individual water
meters but the remotes
were taken from them during a remodeling project.
committee called a meeting for May 21 to discuss the issue.
.Learned from police chief Monte Asher that four unkept
the village will receive maintenance from the village and the
be assessed to the owner's property tax bill.
.Agreed to cancel
the next regularly scheduled meeting which would have
fallen on Memorial
.Learned that 18 to 20 projects will be completed within the village
Richwood as part of the United Way's Community Care Day.
the bluegill fishing tournament will be held on June 2 from
9 a.m. to noon
for children 16 and younger at the Richwood Lake.
.Acknowledged Jack Kirby
and Jim Dillon for their efforts at the recent
.Learned that the village has submitted three Community
Block Grant applications and may be submitting for State
Improvement Program funds.
.Confirmed that the village still falls
under the county guidelines for
swimming pool regulations.
purchasing a small paving roller for use on village streets.
The village may
also purchase a trailer to haul the piece of equipment.
A day for
United Way's Community Care Day tackles dozens of projects around
By CORINNE BIX
Fewer co-workers in the office today could be
due to the 250 volunteers
participating in the United Way's Community Care
"Community Care Day is a hands-on volunteer experience," said
Bezusko, campaign and public relations director for the Union
County United Way.
The event began in 1997 as part of the United Way's
campaign, which kicks off each fall.
2006, the county chapter decided to move the Community Care
Day to May
because the event was big enough to stand on its own, Bezusko said.
number of volunteers and projects completed has grown in the past
In 2003, the United Way had 140 volunteers and 74 projects.
This year the
United Way has 146 project requests.
Many of the individuals who are assisted
are elderly or handicapped.
Bezusko said the United Way recruits projects
from its member agencies
and other social service agencies in the
The event is funded in part by corporate financial support of
Projects include minor home repairs, cleaning windows,
cleaning gutters and landscaping.
The project list includes
requests from all over Union County, including
Richwood, Plain City, Marion,
Dublin and Milford Center.
Dave Cingle, Ohio Rehabilitation Services
Commission, and four
co-workers helped prepare and plant gardens at the
Richwood Civic Center.
"It's a great community service," Cingle
The Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission helps those
disabilities gain employment. Cingle said participating in the Care
is an extension of what its office does on a year-round basis.
a presence here in Union County and we want to assist further,"
explained. "We want people to know we are here."
Betty Hoile has participated
in Community Care Day from the first year
it became a county event and
coordinates volunteer and projects.
Hoile works out of the Catholic Community
Center on Care Day which
serves as "mission control."
"I help facilitate
the whole day," Hoile said.
Over the years, Hoile has brought her three
children along to help
because she has taught them in order to see change in
your community you
have to be part of the change.
"Kids can make change
and then see the impact," Hoile said.
Bezusko said the great part of
Community Care Day is it gives volunteers
the opportunity to get out and
really connect with those that they are helping.
"You get out into your
community and team up with real neighbors on a
project that helps another
real neighbor," Bezusko said. "There's real
satisfaction in knowing that the
time and energy you expended helps in
its own small way to make our community
a better place."
In addition to the project list, the Care Day volunteers
also held a
"gently-used" clothing drive for the Marysville Clothes Closet,
with collecting items for the Union County Personal Needs Pantry.
learn more about the Union County United Way and its member agencies
its Web site at http://www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org/.
makes change in physical education policy
By CORINNE BIX
Alder School Board met Monday night at the Tolles Technical
Board members had an opportunity to tour the center and learn more
its various programs.
Carl Berg, Tolles Superintendent, told the
board about upcoming
expansions to Tolles, which include the addition of a
building for dental assistant training, pre-nursing,
rehabilitation, licensed practical nurse (LPN) lab and
The career center also will be enlarging some of its science labs,
with improving its welding and RPM lab. The building project is set
be completed by fall 2008.
District high school students will now be
able to substitute
participation in sports, cheerleading and marching band
education credit beginning with the 2007-2008 school
The school board approved a new policy Monday night that will
students to use hours spent involved in various athletic
toward the physical education requirement for graduation.
change to the state-mandated graduation requirements will allow
have more time during the actual school day to take
advantage of elective
Superintendent Doug Carpenter said the option is an improvement for
Dr. John Adams, board member and team physician,
asked that a hourly
equivalent be included in the final policy to account for
suffer from injuries and can't complete the athletic
After the meeting, Carpenter said he doesn't foresee the change in
physical education requirement to negatively impact the two
education teachers employed at the high school.
they would each continue to teach physical education and
health, along with
other physical education electives to be possibly
added to the curriculum in
The board approved salary schedules at a 4 percent increase
board for certified, classified, administrative and extra
positions for the 2007-2008 school year.
In 2006, the board
approved a 1 percent raise for all employees.
Tom Miller, Plain City Library
Board president, asked the board to
formally approve a resolution which will
allow the library to put a 0.75
percent property tax on the November ballot
to be used for operating expenses.
Plain City Library is one of only a few
statewide that is chartered as
part of the school district's jurisdiction.
The Jonathan Alder Board of
Education approves the appointment of all members
to the library board;
therefore, they are considered the hierarchical
governing body over the library.
The board agreed to pass the resolution
authorizing the library to put
the levy on the ballot.
In addition, the
board approved the appointment of Cathy Kellam as
board member on the Plain
City Library Board.
Carpenter informed the school board that the water
systems will need to
be updated at Canaan Middle School and Jonathan Alder
Junior High to
comply with EPA standards in regard to arsenic levels.
project is estimated to at about $115,000 but should be credited
phase two district building project which is set to begin
within the next
The next regular meeting will be June 11 at 7 p.m.
other business, the board:
.Commended the coaches and students for their
in the Madison County Math Contest conducted on
.Commended all those who helped plan, prepare and conduct this
"Celebration of Learning" at the junior high.
all-county athletes for winter and spring sports.
.Commended Bobby Moore,
Cannan principal, for being published in
.Approved Rhonda Ary (one additional hour) and Tammy Hostetler
additional hour) for extra time to work preparing and serving
lunches in the cafeterias.
.Approved supplemental contracts for
2007-2008, including Cheryl
Manbeck, elementary music programs; Karen Dietry,
school play; Elizabeth
MacDowell, declamation coordinator; and Molly
Sperling, national board certification.
.Approved staff members for the
sixth grade camp, including Tammy
Stalnaker, Terri Stahl, Jerry Smith, Beth
Newcomer, Shannon Gavrilescu,
Jamie Punk, Cheryl Brockman and Michele
.Approved Meredith Shields as a substitute teacher for the
2006-2007 school year.
.Approved LeAnn Weeks as the one-to-one aide for
the remainder of the
2006-2007 school year.
.Approved staff for summer
intervention, including Micki Hughes,
coordinator; and Karen Dietry, Amy
Maxwell, Suzanee Lintz, Donna
McBride, Meredith Abbott, Shannon Gatsch, Beth
McConaughy, Aeja Vawter and Denise English, all
.Approved summer custodial and paint help - Tammy Robinson, Dana
Janet Yates, John Sullivan, Sharon Dulgar, Shannon McConaughy,
Robinson, Josh Bope, Jenna Walk and Zack Page.
following for employment for the 2007-2008 school year -
Spanish; Matt Gilkerson, head baseball coach; Rick
Kitchen, first aid
coordinator (as per stipend), Stacy Fredendall, fall
and winter cheerleading
advisor; and Steve Golden, class four custodian
at JAHS, effective April 18
through June 30, 2008.
.Approved John Wade for custodial help all summer at
$10.50 per hour.
.Approved Marge Haney and Kathy Kise as graders of writing
papers at $23 per hour.
.Approved joining the Ohio High School Athletic
Association for the
2007-2008 school year.
.Approved the "Getting it Right
for Ohio's Future" resolution.
.Approved a contract with the
Madison-Champaign Educational Service
Center for the 2007-2008 school
.Approved out-of-state trips for the 2007-2008 school
.Approved no school, no games or activities policy due to weather,
the only exception to activities/practices to be made at the high
level at the building principal's discretion.
By AUDREY HALL
Citing personal commitments,
clerk-treasurer Tracy Rausch submitted her
resignation effective June 12 at
Monday night's Unionville Center
Village Council meeting.
in filling the position should contact Mayor Denver
Thompson in writing at
P.O. Box 5, Unionville Center, OH 43077.
Council voted to change the date of
the regular meeting to the second
Tuesday of each month beginning in June.
The time of the meetings will remain 6:30 p.m.
Sheriff Rocky Nelson
introduced his assistant, Alicia Bosch, to council.
Nelson informed council
that Union County golf cart guidelines have been
approved by the prosecuting
Deputies that will be inspecting golf carts still need to be
Union County has been so thorough establishing the guidelines that
sheriff's office has received inquiries from other jurisdictions
for advise, .
Licensing of golf carts will be through local jurisdiction
It will be up to the village to develop an ordinance to meet or
the county guidelines. Nelson expects that the guidelines will
available to the village by the June meeting.
Charles W. Fairbanks
Family Festival Chairman Michelle Blevins reported
to council that
preparations for the May 19 festival are on track.
Radio personality Joe
Boxer will be present from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Entertainment opens at 11 a.m.
with Neveah, followed by Mollie McIntyre
at noon. Rock and country band 3
Wheel Drive takes the stage at 12:45 p.m.
Comedic ventriloquist and
magician David Crone includes audience
participation in his act which begins
at 3:15 p.m. Arnette Howard and
Friends begin at 4:30 p.m. Luke the Juggler
will be strolling through
the audience from 12:45 to 2: 45 p.m. making
balloon animals and, of course, juggling.
Registration for the single
elimination Corn Hole Tournament closes at
noon. The tournament will begin at
1 p.m. There is a $10 per person registration fee.
The Union County
Sheriff's Department will give Gator rides to children
and later in the
afternoon conduct an obstacle course for those who are 18 and older.
concessions scheduled are the Unionville Center United Methodist
Barry's Fish and More, Petty's and Frozen Concessions.
Parking will be
available at the Darby Township Building and at the
Unionville Center United
A resolution to close Main Street between Cross Street and
Road from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the festival was
Council members will plant flowers on the green this
Council members present were Ron Griffith, Mary Lou Morris,
Terry, Jim Weese and Peggy Williamson.
Ceremony will honor area lawmen
From J-T staff reports
This week is
National Peace Officer Memorial Week, and on Thursday at 7
p.m. a ceremony
will be held to honor two local officers who died in the
line of duty while
serving the community.
The Union County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony is
an annual tribute
to those who serve. The statue that stands on the north
lawn of the
Union County Courthouse and Sheriff's Office is a reminder of
sacrifice, and is the site of the ceremony.
The lives of Sgt. Roger
Beekman and Sheriff Harry Wolfe of the Union
County Sheriff's Office will be
remembered at the ceremony. Beekman died
Sept. 19, 1979, while responding to
an alarm. Wolfe was killed while he
was investigating a burglar alarm on Jan.
In 2006, five Ohio officers gave their lives in service, according
the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
This year's master
of ceremonies will be Chief Floyd Golden whose law
enforcement career has
spanned more than 36 years. Golden has served as
the Post Commander of the
Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway
Patrol, Division Commander with the
Union County Sheriff's Office and
currently represents the Marysville
Division of Police and the
Marysville community as Chief of
Vincent Pontius, a violinist at Fairbanks High School, will play
the Star Spangled Banner.
Officers from all area agencies will participate
in the ceremony as a
tribute to those who have given their lives, and also as
a testament to
their dedication for service.
The event is open to the
Area clergy to honor graduates
The Marysville Area Ministerial
Association will offer a Community
Baccalaureate Service for Marysville-area
college and high school
graduates Sunday at 4 p.m.
The service will be
held at First English Lutheran Church on London
Avenue and is open to the
It will last approximately 45 minutes, and light
refreshments will be served after.
A processional of graduates will be
part of the ceremony; those seniors
who wish to participate should arrive no
later than 3:15 p.m. In
addition, anyone who wishes to join the Community
may come to the rehearsal at 2 p.m.
"Let's take this
opportunity to come together to offer thanks to God for
achievements and to ask for God's blessings on their
future endeavors," said
the Rev. Paul Schultz, First English Lutheran Church.
information may be obtained by calling Schultz at 642-8571.
Levy on the horizon for Marysville
By KARLYN BYERS
Marysville School Board
members took the first step Friday night toward
placing an operating levy on
the Aug. 7 ballot.
Board members Bill Hayes, Jeff Mabee, Roy Fraker and Tom
a resolution of necessity to put a five-year, 4.75-mill
on the ballot. Board member Scott Johnson was absent.
raised would help manage new student growth and maintain
student-teacher ratios, extra-curricular activities and
services, according to a press release issued Friday
It will be the 14th tax issue Superintendent Larry Zimmerman
supervised in 10 years, Zimmerman said.
Marysville Schools have added
more than 2,400 pupils and built three new
elementary schools since 1993, but
have asked for one new operating levy
to help cover daily expenses since
then. That was in 2003, according to
the press release.
administrators had anticipated postponing an operating levy until
tax code changes enacted by the passage of House Bill 66 in
2005 have had a
major impact on funding, administrators have repeatedly said.
eliminated taxes on machinery, equipment and inventory throughout
Marysville Schools effectively lost $300 million dollars of
taxable value, or
roughly one-third of all taxable property in the school
Meanwhile, residential growth has continued to increase. And
to Zimmerman, residential growth "is the worse type of growth for
us to have."
Residential areas fund schools through property taxes, and
taxes don't begin to bring in enough revenue to cover the actual
educating each pupil, Zimmerman said.
Marysville Treasurer Delores
Cramer will submit Friday's resolution to
county auditor Mary Snider, who
will certify the dollar amount of
revenue that would be generated by its
City lays out repaving program
Another phase in the ongoing process to rework Marysville city
has been finalized.
Marysville City Administrator Kathy House told
city council members at
Thursday night's meeting that the list of streets to
be included in the
2007 repaving program has been drawn up. The city opened
bids on the
project Thursday and it looks like all the scheduled work will be
to be completed with the borrowed $1 million this year.
Streets to be
. Boerger Road (all except 750 feet closest to London
. McAuliffe's Place
. Milford Avenue (Stocksdale Drive to Ninth
. Charles Lane (east end)
. Scottslawn Road (city limit to rail
. Chestnut Street and Weaver Road (10th Street south to new
. Delaware Avenue (Five Points to Coleman's Crossing)
Road (Route 31 to pavement change)
. South Walnut Street
Drive (Milford Avenue to pavement change)
. Park Avenue, Parkway Drive and
Grand Avenue (concrete sections removed
and converted to asphalt)
Street (Eighth Street through Ninth Street intersection)
. Prairie Drive (Collingwood to Woodline Drive)
forward on school construction
By KARLYN BYERS
Fairbanks School Board
members passed a resolution Thursday night that
took steps toward
participation in the state's school facilities program.
The Ohio School
Facilities Commission was created in May 1997 as a
separate and distinct
state agency to oversee the rebuilding of Ohio's
public schools. Under its
auspices, North Union School District in
Richwood has constructed a new
elementary school, is making major
renovations to North Union High School and
will building a new middle school.
The two resolutions passed 4-0 Thursday
night (Board member Jaynie
Lambert was absent.) were called a Master Plan and
Scope of the Project.
They were necessary for participation in the Expedited
Program which is designed to give districts not yet
participating in the
state's Classroom Facilities Assistance Program the
opportunity to move
ahead with portions of their projects, according to an
Facilities Commission Web site.
Basically, that means the
school district is planning for its next
construction project, Fairbanks
Superintendent Jim Craycraft said.
Groundbreaking for a new elementary in the
Fairbanks School District is
imminent. The PreK-fifth grade facility will be
located on Route 38 on
ground adjacent to the current middle school/high
The school board also passed a 0.5-mill maintenance requirement to
the ELP program. The state requires a school district to pass or
the equivalent of 0.5 mills for a period of 23 years to maintain the
Fairbanks Treasurer Aaron Johnson said 0.5 mills is the
$80,000. The board voted to delay the maintenance requirement
if) it decides to participate in the Classroom Facilities
That program, according to the OSFC Web site, is the
OSFC program. From a fiscal standpoint, CFAP is the
second largest of
the commission's building programs, encompassing $5.4
projects in 154 active or completed school district projects. More
$4.39 billion in state funding has been committed to the
Fairbanks school administrators have been meeting with state
for the past four or five months while an assessment of the
growth, facilities, enrollment and future needs was made.
Facility Master Plan and the Scope of the Project were the result.
to the OCFC Web site, a district then chooses a "distinct
portion" of its
Master Plan to fund through local efforts. When the
district's turn arises in
the Classroom Facilities Assistance Program,
the money spent by the district
on the distinct portion is credited
against the local share of the entire
Master Plan projects.
The board also voted to authorize Johnson to place a
notice in the
Journal-Tribune says Gloria Werline, curriculum director, will
and seek re-employment with the school district in the same position.
public meeting on the issue of her reemployment will be held July 23
7:30 p.m. in the board office.
Craycraft said he sees no disadvantages
in rehiring Werline, and her
reemployment will cost the district no
Local man killed in crash
From J-T staff reports:
A young Marysville man
reportedly died early this morning after a
two-car crash just outside Union
The Plain City Police Department reported that driver James A
21, of Marysville died at Ohio State University Medical Center as
result of his injuries. He reportedly lost control of his vehicle
collided head-on with an oncoming car.
According to reports, at 1:14
a.m. the Plain City Police Department
responded to an injury crash on Route
161 at old Route 161.
Lt. Jim Hill said the crash investigation revealed that
a red 1991
Nissan was traveling westbound on Route 161. He said Vandre was
driver of the Nissan. At some point, Vandre reportedly lost control
went left of center, crashing head-on into a White 1995 Honda that
traveling eastbound on Route 161.
The driver of the Honda was reported
as Christopher Lustig, 24, of
Delaware. Christopher Dominach, 24, of Powell
was reportedly a passenger
in that vehicle.
Information on their condition
was not available before press time.
"They are not fatals," Hill said. "But
I'm not aware of their medical
conditions right now."
He said that Vandre
was MedFlighted to the OSU Medical Center, along
with the Honda
"The reason for the crash is still under investigation at this
time," Hill said.
Because of the early morning time of the crash, police
working with coroner officials to determine what might have
Vandre to veer into the oncoming lane.
It was unknown at press time
whether Vandre might have fallen asleep or
if there is any indication of
The Pleasant Valley Fire Department responded to the scene and
mutual aid from Jerome and Washington townships.
Garden club is community staple
By KARLYN BYERS
good for the soul and good for the community, according to
the ladies of the
Richwood Garden Club.
And they have given to the community in a variety of
ways, not the least
of which is their annual Mother's Day sale, which will be
A variety of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees will be
from 9 a.m. to noon in the lot next to the Richwood Gazette. Also
sale will be "flower pockets" to hang on the garden fence,
rhubarb, horseradish and an unusual collection of containers, most
the homes of club members.
"The people who can't get in their gardens
anymore cleaned out their
attics," said member Marilyn Coleman, a gardener
who has planted 30,000
daffodils on her rural acreage, as well as 2,500
Proceeds will benefit community beautification projects and
scholarships for North Union seniors planning to further their
The Saturday before Mother's Day was chosen so
youths can inexpensively
purchase something special for their mothers, said
Sarah Hamilton, a
club member of about 35 years.
Each item will be priced
33 to 50 percent below the cheapest price
observed at a discount or
department store, Coleman said.
The Richwood Garden Club was organized in
1952 by 20 women who wanted to
encourage an enjoyment of growing plants, to
develop an appreciation for
good design and an understanding of color
They also wanted to make the village of Richwood more
they were proud of its wide streets and large old
Their first project was to sell tulip bulbs.
"They sold like
hotcakes," reported a history of the garden club written
by Vada Grooms in
They first ordered 3,000 bulbs. Then an additional 3,500 bulbs
ordered and distributed. The following September, 5,200 were
"In the spring of 1955, we saw close to 12,000 tulips blooming in
little town in almost every yard," Mrs. Grooms wrote.
But the women
didn't stop there. They started a flower show at the
Richwood Fair. The only
place available was under the grandstand, and
the very first year a storm
blew through and tore down the canvases club
members had put up. According to
Mrs. Grooms, it ruined the show.
But still they persevered, setting up tours
of gardens and tours of
homes at Christmastime.
Now, they are faced with
declining vitality, as club members age and
younger women seem reluctant to
make the time commitment.
"We might not be as active but we really enjoy just
getting together and
talking about flowers," Hamilton, who enjoys
over-wintering geraniums, said.
"I hate to lose a good geranium," she
said, adding that she will bring
as many into her Prospect home for the
winter as she can possibly fit.
Beverly Ridge has been a club member the
longest, 38 years. Known for
her patriotic red, white and blue annual
displays, Ridge said gardening
came naturally to her. Her parents had a
greenhouse in Richwood, so she
grew up playing in the dirt.
"We depend a
lot on Beverly," said club president Ruth Webb. "Her
knowledge, strength ...
she's such a lovely person."
Pauline McKinley, 90, is the club's oldest
resident. It is McKinley who
telephones members each month to remind them of
the upcoming meetings.
"That's one thing I can do. I can still talk,"
McKinley said. "I don't
garden much anymore, but I'll stay in (the club) as
long as I can be of use."
Betty Moore is known as the club's hosta expert.
A member since 1999,
she joined after retiring from the workforce.
think hostas are probably the easiest plants in the world to grow,"
"And by the way, there are hostas which are snail-resistant."
statement was added while Moore was responding to a question
discouraging slugs from feasting on hostas.
"There isn't any foolproof way,"
she said. "Snail bait only works until
you get a couple good rains."
said sprinkling clean cat litter around the plants helps. And so
crushing egg shells around the hostas and applying chicken grit,
Master Gardener Barb Matteson said she has been gardening "forever."
distinctly remembers a photo of her taken as an 18-year-old newlywed
the first house she and her husband lived in. Matteson was
outside holding a garden hoe, one she most assuredly knew how to
The Richwood Garden Club meets the first Tuesday of each month.
are Elaine Benedict, Betty Carey, Coleman, Rebecca DeBoer, Pearle
Ruth Goedicke, Hamilton, Matteson, McKinley, Moore, Ridge,
Speicher and Webb.
Two for the road
Girls pass through
Marysville on long bike trek
By KARLYN BYERS
Life is a highway for
21-year-old Katie Wittman and 24-year-old Ginny
Sterpka, at least for the
The two cyclists are traveling from Denver to Canaan, Conn., and
in Marysville Wednesday afternoon to avoid the afternoon heat. They
the Centennial state April 17, and anticipate arriving in
within the next two weeks. The two were working at a mountain
during the winter.
On their cross-country trek, they've met a lot
of nice people - and had
a couple narrow escapes with large
"There's been times when we're riding on roads with very
shoulders that's it's gotten scary," Sterpka said.
But overall, she
said, "We've met so many nice people."
One of those people was a fellow
cyclist at Breakaway Cycling & Fitness
in Delaware, who invited the women
home and let them shower. Sterpka
said it was the first time they had done so
in eight days.
The two pack their 10- and 12-speed bikes with the bare
strapped in plastic milk crates on the back. Wittman's bike is an
Schwinn and both are heavy compared with newer bikes.
long-distance cycling experience, although both were fairly frequent
They have traveled a variety of routes, including U.S. 36. But
said most of the small towns they encountered along 36 didn't carry
supplies they needed, so they switched to routes that went
through larger towns.
They have encountered very little inclement weather
and usually rode
through what they did encounter if it wasn't too
The most interesting route they encountered was the Katy Trail
Missouri. An old railroad bed, it was a cyclist's dream.
across the Mississippi, and once in Illinois, picked up a
biker's guide that
has really been a tremendous help, Sterpka said.
Sterpka is from Canaan. She
said her mom was excited about her
cross-country trip and wished she could
have tagged along.
Wittman's family resides in Australia, although she holds
citizenship. She was born in Minnesota, where her dad grew up, and
her dad was not as enthusiastic about her trip.
"I think it's been
great," Sterpka said of their cycling experience.
"More people should get out
there and do it because you don't have to
train or anything and you don't
have to have a lot of money."
But she adds a caveat: "You do have to be
careful because there are some
strange people out there."
Two issues pass in special election
From J-T staff reports:
approved two issues in Tuesday's special election, according to
results from the Union County Board of Elections.
A five-year, 4-mill renewal
levy in Richwood passed by a 71-35 margin.
The levy will generate money for
the village's general fund, which will
finance police protection, street
maintenance and street lights.
A 3-mill, five-year renewal levy in Darby
Township passed by a 9-2 vote.
The tax will benefit all of the township
except for the Pleasant Valley
Joint Fire District.
Both issues will go
into effect Jan. 1.
The board of elections reported no problems in Tuesday's
Rabies vaccination clinics scheduled
From J-T staff
Dog and cat owners will have a chance to get their pets
against the rabies virus during this year's community rabies
20 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Clinics will be held at several locations
throughout the county,
including Nelson Auto Group and the Milford Center,
Richwood, Plain City
Fire and Raymond fire departments.
Cost for each
vaccination is $5. Only dogs and cats 4 months of age and
older will be
vaccinated. All dogs must be on a leash and under the
control of an adult.
Dog licenses will also be available for purchase at the clinics.
of the annual clinic is to protect the health of our residents
and their pets
by providing low cost rabies vaccinations," said Marcia
coordinator for the Union County Health Department.
"This clinic allows
people who don't utilize traditional veterinary
services because of expense
or other factors to still protect their
families and animals from a terrible
The community rabies clinics have been operating for more than 20
vaccinating hundreds of area animals. The clinics are made possible
the generosity of local veterinarians, humane society staff and
department staff who volunteer their time. Last year, 381 animals
"Because of community efforts like this, and responsible
community has not had a positive rabies case in more than 40
Dreiseidel said. "But that doesn't mean we're not at risk. Ohio had
wild animals test positive for rabies last year. That is why it is
vital that all cat and dog owners get their pets vaccinated."
a viral disease that affects the nervous system and is almost
It is transmitted to people when saliva from an infected
animal gets into an
open wound or mucous membrane by a bite or scratch.
Treatment is effective
only if the series of vaccine and immunoglobulin
is administered shortly
after the exposure, which is why Ohio law
requires all animal bites be
reported to the local health department
within 24 hours. Health departments
investigate the exposure situation,
quarantine the animal or arrange to have
the biting animal euthanized
and sent to the Ohio Department of Health lab
The rabies vaccination clinics are sponsored by Union
veterinarians, Union County Human Society and the Union County
Additional information may be obtained by contacting
the Union County
Health Department at 642-2053.
Crash near county line snarls traffic
Grove City man dies in four-car
accident on U.S. 33
From J-T staff reports
A crash that backed up traffic
for miles and closed parts of the east
and westbound lanes of U.S. 33 this
morning claimed the life of a Grove City man.
According to a report from
the Dublin Police Department, 37-year-old
Billy Fleenor of Grove City was
pronounced dead at the scene of the
accident, which occurred before 6
Five other victims were transported by ambulance to Riverside
Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Traffic going in
both directions between Dublin and Marysville was
brought to a standstill
while authorities conducted their investigation
and proceeded with
Commuters traveling from Dublin to Marysville were rerouted onto
Road and through Perimeter Drive to Post Road.
There, Union County
sheriff's deputies assisted Dublin police officers
Eastbound traffic from Marysville to Dublin was backed up between
and three miles on U.S. 33.
Traffic was also halted on Industrial
Parkway for those trying to get
onto Post Road or U.S. 33 into Dublin.
eastbound lanes of 33 between I-270 and Post Road remained closed
mid-morning. The westbound lanes remained closed up until press
authorities continued their investigation.
Ready to respond
St. John's has bus, trailer set to roll to disasters or
help those in
By KARLYN BYERS
Whether responding to a disaster,
assisting with mission projects or
helping local members with transportation
needs, St. John's Lutheran
Church stands at the ready.
The church on Route
736 will dedicate its new Ford bus, along with a
utility trailer, Sunday
after the regular 10:30 a.m. service.
The bus was purchased with a "generous"
donation from a member of the
congregation, said senior pastor John Fair.
Handicap accessible, it can
seat 12 or 14, and transport two wheelchair-bound
passengers. It will be
used to pick up people on Sunday mornings and special
and take them to church services.
When not transporting
church members, it can be used to transport relief
workers to disaster areas
or church work teams on mission trips.
The trailer will haul materials and
tools used on various mission
projects. Fair said the church has about six
such projects already lined
up, putting roofs on houses and installing
handicap accessible ramps.
Its inaugural trip will be May 19, when household
items and all sizes,
types and seasons of clothing will be transported to
Pleasant City in Noble County.
Part of the Southeast Appalachian Ministry,
the Pleasant City
"Giveaway," as it is called, is a project organized through
Woodward, director of Disaster Response for Lutheran Services.
John's members Marilyn Britton and Gary Jobe and St. John's
teacher Mary Marer facilitate the program locally, collecting
clean items to be transported to the less fortunate.
More than 80
dental hygiene kits - toothpaste, toothbrushes and dental
floss - also will
be transported, a gift from school children at St. John's.
wonderful. Our people at St. John's have really responded to this
While church women and youths manage the Giveaway, the church
begin various projects in the poverty stricken community, Britton
They take all the tools, supplies and equipment they will need, a
that will be made easier by the compartments installed in the side
the new trailer, she said.
Not only will the new bus and trailer allow
the church to better serve
God's people near and far, but they will offer the
opportunity to become more visible, Fair said.
us with an opportunity to help people in different
circles and those who are
disabled," he said. "These are exciting times
for the church to reach out and
express the love of Christ in practical ways."
The new bus replaces the
previous church vehicle, a 1982 Chevy, which
Fair said is "held together with
chicken wire and duct tape."
The new vehicle was purchased largely through
the efforts of Larry
Nicol, chief bus driver in the St. John's
Nicol, who has driven the previous church bus about seven or eight
said the old bus "served its purpose well but it was time for a
He said it took "about 100 e-mails" passing back and forth
himself, Midwest Transit in Illinois, Pastors Fair and Jack Heino and
separate graphics company to complete the deal.
Nicol picked the new
vehicle up in Indianapolis and brought it home.
He said it has a few more
"bells and whistles" than the bus it is
replacing and is more comfortable. It
also has air conditioning,
something the previous vehicle was sorely
Garwood attains rank of Eagle Scout
From J-T staff
David Christopher Garwood of Plain City recently received the
Scout award at a special ceremony at Cornerstone Church of Christ
Christian Union in Plain City.
Pastor Phil Conrad was the featured
speaker and presented the Eagle
Charge. Sandra Adkins, the mayor of Plain
City also was in attendance.
Garwood had the honor of being the second scout
to earn the award since
his unit, Boy Scout Troop 873 of Plain City, formed
five years ago.
He served as one of the troop's first patrol leaders, senior
leader and is currently a junior assistant scoutmaster. He was
into the Order of the Arrow and has earned a total of 35 merit
For his Eagle Scout project, Garwood led a team installing a
video projection and video recording system at the Cornerstone
The new system makes it easier to video record services and
events for shut-ins. It also eliminates cables and carts
previously posed as a tripping hazard during services.
A member of
the 2007 senior class at Fairbanks High School, Garwood
lettered in marching
band, choir and served as the film club president.
He also participated in
drama club and prayer group.
He is employed by Subway restaurant in Plain
City and plans to study
cinematography in college next
WorkNet will help brighten uptown
By EMILY MASTERS
Uptown Marysville will soon look a lot brighter with
the addition of
flowers and plants that will be maintained by a motivated
group of young people.
This spring and summer, the Uptown Renewal Team
(URT), a division of the
Union County Chamber of Commerce, will partner with
community employment arm of the Union County Board of
The chamber, working with the city of
Marysville and WorkNet, came up
with the idea of using those served by
WorkNet to solve the staffing
issue of helping the plants thrive during the
According to George Finn, the Job Developer for WorkNet, the
flower baskets and plants need a lot of care to stay attractive, so
came up with a plan for watering and fertilization.
Three days per
week, care will be provided by Union County high school
students enrolled in
WorkNet's "Success" program. The other three days,
WorkNet consumer Allison
Emmons, 24, will provide the care.
Emmons is excited about the opportunity
provided through WorkNet.
"I like it, because I don't have to be inside all
of the time," she
said. "I have been planting flowers a long
Already having some understanding of horticulture, Emmons
enthusiastic about learning more and making some money in the
"I like to earn a check," she said with a grin.
diagnosed as an infant with Tetrasomy-18p, a rare chromosomal
the 18th chromosome. According to her dad, Pete Emmons,
who is also the UCBDD
Outreach and Training coordinator, Allison's
condition was caused by a fusion
of other chromosomal material that
latched on to the 18th chromosome at the
point of conception. The
condition causes some intellectual
Allison has learned a lot through WorkNet opportunities over the
year. She previously worked at the chamber where she was assigned
fold letters and place labels and stamps on envelopes. She has
worked for an insurance company through WorkNet, doing mailings and
Mailbag, a mailing service.
Through that experience she learned the
specifics of earning a paycheck.
"I learned how to sign it and cash it
myself," she said.
Emmons said she enjoys the Marysville community, so
working in the
uptown will be pleasant for her.
"The people are friendly,"
Emmons, a friendly person herself according to her dad, says she
the staff at WorkNet.
"They're my friends," she said with a smile.
"George (Finn) looks for jobs for me."
She credits Maria Bowen for taking
her to Lunch Bunch, a program through
WorkNet, and Hope Plue for coaching her
on the job site.
According to Finn, WorkNet, which was established about 20
provides a job coach at all times to ensure training, supervision,
safety to all participants in the program.
"The workers will learn to
follow a schedule, plan ahead, be
responsible, and it just teaches them about
work in general," Finn said.
He also said he was grateful to the chamber
and the city for providing the opportunity.
"This is one more example of
community partnerships working together to
provide opportunities for all
Union County citizens," Finn said.
Police department to patrol on two
From J-T staff reports:
The Marysville Division of Police recently
obtained a motorcycle to add
to its fleet of patrol vehicles.
purchased from Marysville Honda Motorsports for approximately
$10,000 was a
new 2005 model VTX1800N. The motorcycle was purchased with
necessary emergency equipment being obtained from
The motorcycle was adapted for police work through the efforts
officer Craig Nicol, Sgt. Ron Nicol and city mechanic Mick McCoy
collectively added the necessary equipment and completed all
additional wiring for the emergency set-up.
The motorcycle was painted
by Bob Chapman Ford to match the other
division vehicles and the graphics
were purchased through Associated
Graphics in Plain City.
expects the motorcycle to be used for parades, special
events and for traffic
control and enforcement activities.
"We plan to utilize the motorcycle to
patrol city parks and to
effectively enforce speed limits in our
neighborhoods," police chief
Floyd Golden said.
With the ability of the
unit to blend into the surroundings, problem
areas will be targeted for
enforcement in an effort to promote
compliance with local speed limits to
ensure the safety of city
residents, Golden added.
Specific training for
operation of the motorcycle has been scheduled and
will be completed by
officers. Several officers within the division hold
and will be authorized to use the motorcycle.
Golden said the department is
proud to be able to display and utilize a
vehicle that was produced locally
by members of the community.
Former area pastor still missing
From J-T staff reports:
A former Milford
Center pastor and her friend who left their retirement
community in Lebanon
are being remembered throughout the day on this
National Day of
Mary Ellen Walters and Ada Wasson have been missing two weeks to
The two set out on a shopping trip to the JC Penney outlet in
Columbus but haven't been heard from since.
Ron Payne, current
part-time pastor at the Milford Center United
Methodist Church, knew Walters
well before her retirement from pastoring
five years ago.
"I always knew
her as a bright, cheerful person, she had been an
elementary school teacher,"
he said. "She just had a bright and chipper disposition."
Walters' age being 67 or 68 years old. He said it wouldn't
be out of the norm
for her to drive somewhere to go shopping; however,
she did have some
mobility problems in the form of arthritis or some
degree of degenerative
Payne said Walters' husband, Joe, was in Florida, possibly
mother, who stayed there during the winter months, ready to bring
when Walters turned up missing.
It was Walters' daughter who
discovered something wasn't right.
"They apparently had an appointment
together that she (Walters) missed," Payne said.
Numerous searches have
been underway since the women vanished.
"The whole congregation is praying
for Mary Ellen and Joe that the best
of all outcomes will be realized," Payne
Minor crash reported at local airport
From J-T staff
A plane crash at the Union County Airport that left the pilot with
minor injuries is being investigated.
According to an Ohio State
Highway Patrol report of the crash, David L.
White, 53, of Delaware was
attempting to complete his landing on the
runway Wednesday at 7:54 p.m. when
his Beech RV-6 single engine, fixed
wing aircraft went off the runway,
flipping on its top in the grass divider.
White suffered only minor
visible injuries but was taken to Memorial
Hospital of Union County to be
evaluated. Reports indicate that White
was treated and released at the
The aircraft sustained damage to the propeller, nose, fuselage and
left landing gear.
The aircraft was moved to a hangar at the local
The Marysville Fire Department and state highway patrol
According to the Marysville post of the state patrol, the FAA
contacted from the scene and did not respond.
childhood education initiative coming to Union County
Editor's note: The
following story was supplied by Dave Bezusko of
United Way of Union
Sorting clothes by color before running a load of laundry.
the ingredients necessary for a meal before preparing it. Seeing
spot a truck first while riding in the car on the way to the
These are simple, everyday activities. But they can be turned
learning experiences for young children that will help them to
when it's time for them to go to school.
That's the key message of
the Born Learning campaign, a national
initiative created by United Way of
America that is coming to Union
County. A new partnership between the Council
for Union County Families,
Honda of America Mfg. and the United Way of Union
County will allow for
Born Learning materials to be distributed throughout
The program is designed to help parents create quality
opportunities for children from birth to age 5, preparing them to
"We want parents to consider that early learning doesn't
kindergarten, it starts at birth," said Holly Zweizig, director
Childhood Behavioral Health for the Council for Union County
"But preparing your child for school doesn't have to be about
and flashcards. Parents can foster imagination, problem
creativity and language development in everyday moments in the car,
home, or even at the store."
"Especially with our son, Noah, getting
ready to go to kindergarten next
fall, we're always looking for resources
that we can use to help our
children," said Dee Brown, a Marysville mother of
While children don't come with an instruction manual when they are
parents and caregivers in Union County will soon have access to
Learning's easy-to-read materials that suggest doable activities
will enhance learning activities for young children.
A $14,000 grant
by Honda will make posters, playbooks, fliers and parent
available to parents with children from birth to age 6.
Parents can also go
to www.BornLearning.org or log onto
United Way's Web
site at www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org
to read the materials.
The information is helpful for busy, working parents
who aren't sure how
to encourage early learning or feel they don't have time
to do what it
takes to help their child succeed in school.
first-time parent of a 19-month-old myself, I'm finding dozens of
in these materials," said Dave Bezusko, Campaign and PR
Director for United
Way of Union County. "Ideas such as nutritional
tips, how to watch for
milestones at various stages in development and
games to play as he grows ...
It's very convenient for a busy, working parent."
Research shows that much
of a child's ability to transition successfully
into a kindergarten classroom
hinges on foundations established during
the formative years at home. As the
Marysville School District enrolls
children through the kindergarten
registration process this month,
officials say that children come to school
at various levels of development.
"We clearly know that the kids who enter
kindergarten who we consider
'language-rich' have been engaged in a lot of
talk at home in
conversations with peers and adults," said Carla
kindergarten-sixth grade curriculum, assessment, and
development coordinator for the Marysville Exempted Village
"They've been asked questions. They've been read to. They
of the print in their environment, such as on signs. They can
their favorite cereal in the grocery store. They know when they're
to Wal-Mart. They are aware of how books work in terms of
directionality. They're hearing sounds through stories and
games. There's a strong correlation between children's language
Born Learning promotes "Learning on the Go" ?
activities that parents
can do at anytime, anywhere, to turn ordinary daily
eye-opening experiences for a child. For example, when taking
to the grocery store, parents can talk to a child in advance about
special thing that she or he can buy at the market. They are
encouraged to look for it, like a treasure hunt. This helps a
learn to be a good observer.
"It's very difficult to find time, but
the payoff for helping these
children grow into very competent literary users
is too important,"
Steele said. "It's not just the reading and writing piece,
speaking and listening. They're all connected together as a
Created in 2005 by the United Way of America, the Born
initiative is being used in more than 350 communities in the
through the promotional efforts of local United Ways like the one
in Union County.
"I think it's a big need in our community for there to be
focus on early childhood education," Steele said. "With all of
joining hands together and bringing our expertise to the table,
very doable and very powerful. This is really exciting."
line is that the Born Learning materials help you as a
parent to relate
better to your young child," Bezusko said. "I've
observed things about my son
that I read about and it's helped me to
enhance my relationship with him.
That's something on which you can't put a price."
Fire district makes offer on N.L. building
By CORINNE BIX
Champaign County Fire District (NECCFD) has offered the
village of North
Lewisburg a lease/purchase offer of $300,000 on the
building to be paid $25,000 annually for 12 years.
Mayor Dick Willis and
Barry First, village administrator, said they were
both receptive to the
NECCFD's offer and recommended that council pass a
resolution in support of
moving forward with the lease/purchase process.
Their recommendation was
made after the April fire board meeting and was
presented to council Tuesday
Council member Steve Wilson moved that the council accept the offer
principle and the resolution passed unanimously.
In November, council
agreed to sell the village municipal building to
the NECCFD for the appraised
value of $300,000.
North Lewisburg participates along with Woodstock, Rush
Wayne Township in the NECCFD, which is a tax entity
The NECCFD currently operates out of the village municipal
pays rent on 5,286 square feet of space. The village voted in
to more than double the NECCFD's annual rent from $6,000 to
retroactive to Jan. 1, 2006, when the last contract
Village council also voted to gradually increase its annual rent
$25,000 by 2008 which averages out to $5 per square foot of space
The village found this rate to be in line with standard rental rates
There have been many debates over the past several
years between village
officials and the fire board regarding what is in the
best interest of
each entity in relation to housing the ever growing fire
First said the village will consult with its legal counsel with
intent to review a draft of the lease/purchase proposal at the May
fire board meeting.
In the event of a final agreement, the village
would need to work out an
appropriate timeline with the NECCFD until a new
became available, First reported.
Willis swore in new
council member Gwen M. Beech to the unexpired term
of Nancy Stuart, who
resigned last month.
Beech, 35, has lived in the village for the past eight
years. She lives
with her husband and two children.
"I want to give back
to the community," Beech said. "We (my family and
I) feel we've been here
long enough so it's about time."
First reported to council on water meter
usage for the village. Since
the new water meters have been implemented close
to 40 percent of
residents are at or below the 3,000 base gallons of water
First said that he is confident that either the base gallons will
to be reduced or the base rate will have to be increased in order
operate and retire the debt on the wastewater treatment plant.
rate for water and sewer is $45 per month per utility account
3,000 gallons of water. The former flat rate for water and
sewer prior to
water meters was $54.25 per utility account.
Originally council considered
using 2,000 gallons as the baseline.
However, it was later raised to
First explained that he forecasts that an adjustment will have to
made within the next six to 12 months before payments begin on the
million plant upgrade.
He explained that $2.5 million of the cost
will be financed over the
next 20 years, with $285,000 due
Council also was updated on a proposed project that would use
Development Block Grant (CDBG) money to build a walkway for
and bikes alongside the East Street Bridge.
The village is in
the process of applying for the CDBG funding. An
initial proposal for the 50
foot walkway estimated the project cost at
$93,000 with $23,000 of the
project cost to be funded locally.
First said the reasons for the high cost
were in part due to meeting
American Disabilities Act guidelines that require
the walkway to be 12
feet in width.
After the meeting, First said he saw
something eventually happening with
the project but not as a result of this
first application which is in
the process of being submitted.
have been installed in the park in anticipation of the
restroom project set
to go out to bid within the next week.
The bathrooms will be completely
refurbished with $27,000 received in
Community Development Grant Block (CDBG)
The next regular council meeting will be June 5 at 7 p.m.
.Heard information from Jason Keeran, council president, on
Water Management Workshop that he attended with Bart Stokes,
.Deputy Glenn Kemp gave the Champaign County
Sheriff's report for the
month of April. It included 10 traffic citations, 15
22 cases of assistance given to citizens, five arrests, one
criminal papers served, 48 follow-up investigations completed,
instances of juvenile contact and one auto accident.
Two issues to
appear on ballot for Tuesday's special election
From J-T staff
Voters will see two levies on the ballot for Tuesday's special
The first is a renewal of an existing tax for the village of
current operating expenses.
According to Richwood Mayor Bill
Nibert, the tax generates about $55,000
for the general fund which includes
police protection, street
maintenance, and street lights.
"The levy means
no new taxes," said Nibert. "We need everybody to vote
for it to keep this
town running the way it has been running."
With new businesses coming in to
Richwood, Nibert said it was important
to keep the town looking good while
also providing the protection it needs.
The second ballot item is for
Darby Township and is also a renewal of an
existing tax. According to
paperwork filed with the Board of Elections,
the purpose is for providing and
maintaining fire apparatus, appliances,
buildings, and sources and materials
for the water supply. The levying
tax would benefit all of Darby Township
except for the Plesant Valley
Joint Fire District. The tax rate would not
exceed three mills for each
one dollar of valuation, which amounts to
30-cents for each one hundred
dollars of valuation for five years.
polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Restaurant chains look to locate in area
By RYAN HORNS
As the recently
passed water rates open up Marysville for growth, some
chains have announced they are looking to expand into the
Columbus-based Max and Erma's recently announced the business is
to locate in Marysville. In addition, Dunkin' Donuts also has plans
open a location within Union County.
Marysville City Planner Greg
DeLong said that to date, the city has not
received business applications
from either company.
He added that a similar announcement, which has never
come to fruition,
was made from the burger chain Sonic.
Max and Erma's
officials reported that the company is "aggressively
expanding throughout the
United States." Two states benefiting from this
expansion are Ohio and West
Virginia. Marysville is expected to be a
part of the Ohio
Restaurant owner Dave Denti is reportedly spearheading this
with plans to open three new locations within the next four years.
would add to the three he currently owns.
Denti said he has worked in
the restaurant industry for 34 years. Before
becoming a Max and Erma's
multi-unit franchisee, Denti was vice
president of operations for the Long
Horn Steakhouse chain.
He became a Max and Erma's franchisee in June 2004,
opening a location
in Chillicothe. Since then, Denti has opened two other
Huntington, W. Va., and Findlay. Denti has announced plans to
Max and Erma's restaurants, opening three new locations in Ohio and
Virginia over the next four years.
"Max & Erma's is entering its
fourth decade as a leader in casual
dining. We're looking for strategic
partners who have extensive
restaurant experience and really understand and
appreciate the value of
the Max & Erma's brand and philosophy," said Rob
Lindeman, president of
Max and Erma's. "We intend to align with people who
complement our goals
for ongoing growth."
Founded in 1972, Max &
Erma's currently owns and operates 77 casual
dining full-service restaurants
and franchises 24 restaurants. Max &
Erma's is a publicly traded company
on NASDAQ under the symbol MAXE. For
more information, visit www.maxandermas.com.
announcement, Michael Misetic, speaking for Dunkin' Donuts,
said the company
has its eyes on Union County.
"Dunkin' Donuts is targeting the Columbus area
for expansion, including
Union County," Misetic said.
The company is
reportedly opening an additional 83 franchise locations
within the next five
years. It is part of a national expansion, calling
for a total of more than
15,000 nationwide locations by 2020.
He said Dunkin' Donuts is currently
seeking new franchisees with
multi-unit franchise capability and experience
to develop the local
Dunkin' Donuts network.
"Area developers with a keen
understanding and background in restaurant
operations and real estate
development are ideal," Misetic said.
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