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Jan. 2003

Scotts announces plans for coming year
Survey of city needs nearly finalized
Inmate indicted for scamming the elderly
Schools ask city to reconsider stance
Vacating of street discussed in Richwood
'Sports are my life' says NU's Davis
Group discusses plans
for veterans memorial
Ninth grade proficiency test
results released
Council drops hiring freeze
Sting nabs kiddie porn purveyor
Age no issue for couple who met in nursing home
Union County greeted with a chill
Avoiding cold weather dangers
Trustees not sharing information
Richwood VFW planning veterans memorial
J.A. band director  teaches music as a process
Area schools get grade cards Marysville, Fairbanks rated effective, N.U. stays at continuous improvement
County stable in stormy budget climate
Doctor rescinds offer
School bus driver cited
Marysville school bus crash results in several minor injuries
Dr. John Linscott tapped as interim health commissioner
Committee on city needs gets crash course in finance
Green elected president of Fairbanks board
Marysville School Board holds organizational meeting
Jerome trustees hand out pay raises
Richwood P.D. eyes advertising on cruisers
Missing man found dead in crashed car
Missing man found dead in crashed car
Recovered vehicle believed linked to missing Cable man
MHS Senior learning the ropes of restaurant business
Hiring freeze heads to committee
Mayor's State of the City address
Kiser appeals ruling
Council will consider hiring freeze
MHS show choir kicks off season
JA grad reflects on championship
Watching nurses work shaped career path for Inskeep
McKinley to take 24 years of memories with him
The price of being a Buckeye fan

Scotts announces plans for coming year
Europe may be expecting greener grass in 2003.
The Scotts Company president and CEO James Hagedorn began his first
official day as chairman following company's annual shareholder's
meeting Thursday morning at the Scottslawn Road headquarters.
His predecessor and mentor, Chuck Berger, recently retired from the
During his speech to the shareholders, Hagedorn reported that one goal
for Scotts in 2003 is to expand its services and marketing on a global
"Scotts will invest in the first year of a three-year growth and
integration program in Europe. From 2003 to 2005, Scotts will invest $50
to $60 million in the project, which will be comprised of capital
expenditures, restructuring charges and operating expense," Hagedorn
said. "Our future prospects at Scotts are outstanding."
"By the end of 2005 we will have more than doubled our business there,"
Hagedorn said.
In 2002 the company saw sales fall just below expectations, Hagedorn
said, adding that he anticipates Scotts will see a 7 to 9 percent sales
growth in 2003.
Advertising is another aspect to change in the new year.
"Because advertising is key to our growth and our relationship with
consumers, media spending is expected to increase 20 percent in 2003 and
remain focused on television and radio," he said.
"We will continue to focus on prime time TV and our advertising copy
will be more competitive than ever," Hagedorn said. "Our advertising has
not been aggressive in the past but it will be an important part of the
Commercials will offer comparisons to Scotts competition in the field of
lawn and gardening.
Scotts will also be investing in parts of the lawn and garden industry
such as pottery, watering equipment and garden tools.
Hagedorn also spoke of two longtime employees of Scotts who retired this
 "Chuck Berger brought the science of marketing to Scotts," he said
about the former CEO. Berger's influence shifted the focus of the
company away from a chemical company to one geared toward the consumer.
He also implemented a worldwide growth strategy.
Retiring Scotts board member John Kenlon was one of the first employees
of Miracle-Gro. Kenlon reportedly helped build the product into one of
the most successful American consumer brands.
Hagedorn said Kenlon was the architect of a business model that allowed
Miracle-Gro to flourish and ultimately allowed the company to complete a
successful merger with Scotts.
A special guest of the shareholders meeting was Hagedorn's father and
living founder of Miracle-Gro, Horace Hagedorn.
James said his father recently told him it may be the last shareholders
meeting he may ever attend.
Horace Hagedorn took the podium with the aid of a cane and said "We
didn't have shareholders when I came around."
"That's because it was only you," someone joked.
Horace spoke of how small the company started and how large it
eventually became, with relatively small investments such as $2,000 that
paved the way for progress.
He also spoke about how at one point True Value Hardware had refused to
sell Miracle-Gro after Scotts requested the store exclusively sell its
product. He said he was more than a little worried Scotts would suffer
for it.
"They held out for one year," he said.
But in 1987 True Value announced it would begin carrying Miracle-Gro
"We had fun," Horace said. "There is nothing like the fun of success and
doing a good job with good people around."
"I hope I'll be around next year and I'll tell you some more," he
laughed and received a standing ovation as he returned to his seat.

Survey of city needs nearly finalized
Marysville residents are going to get a chance to tell officials exactly
what the priorities of the city should be
Tuesday night the committee to determine city needs organized by city
council met again to finalize a survey designed to find out just what
Marysville residents would like fixed in their city.
"We want to give the public an opportunity to prioritize capital needs,"
council member and committee chair Ed Pleasant said.
Although committee member attendance dropped from 17 at the last meeting
to nine on Tuesday, those present were able to establish the final
framework of the survey. It will be run on-line through a link at the
Marysville city web site, www.marysvilleohio.org.
Residents will also be able to pick up paper copies of the survey at
city hall, the library and the police and fire departments. The survey
will also be printed in the Marysville Journal-Tribune.
Pleasant said he would have liked to mail the survey to every home in
the city. Although it would be the most efficient means to get public
input, he said, it would cost around $2-4,000.
"The intent of this committee is not to spend more money," Pleasant
said. "We will do the best we can with the dollars we have available."
Two members of the committee knowledgeable in Internet web page design
and production volunteered their services.
The number of questions on the questionnaire will be between 21 and 26
and it will be another two weeks before it can be placed online for the
Once available, the survey will be up for two weeks, allowing residents
to voice their opinions on whether the city should focus on topics like
city streets, improving storm water drainage, improvimproving parks and
recreation facilities, updating the police and fire departments and many
other topics.
Committee member Deborah Groat said the process is geared to see what
the public, as a community, will support if faced with a future levy on
city needs.
After a proposed tax increase was trounced at the polls in November,
city administration and council realized they needed more community
input and formed the committee.
Questions regarding the accuracy of the survey were raised during the
discussion process. Because of this, the survey may be designed to
prohibit residents from completing the survey more than once.
Other changes to the survey resulting from Tuesday night's meeting
involve changing it from a yes or no answer to a five-tier response in
which residents can choose in a range from "strongly agree" to "strongly
The results of the survey will be made available electronically to city
council and the needs committee as well as to residents. The
questionnaire is completely anonymous.
Also as a result of the Tuesday night meeting, questions will include
short descriptions of topics. Some committee members wondered if
residents would be informed enough to know that the proposed Justice
Center building was to house the city's municipal court, city facilities
and administrative offices. The topic of storm water drainage will now
also include a description that it refers to city detention basins, town
run and storm sewers.
The group determined that there was not much that could be done to
explain every topic and bring every resident up to date on the issues,
especially if they had not been following them. Tacking small
descriptions to the questions was considered the best route.
"There's no way you can get everybody educated. That would be
impossible," member Pete Griffin said.
The next city needs meeting will be held March 4 at 7 p.m.

Inmate indicted for scamming the elderly
Inside her Ohio Reformatory for Women prison cell, the "Sweetheart
Swindler" has allegedly struck again.
A warrant for Tonya Weiss, 58, was served Friday by the Union County
Sheriff's Department for three separate offenses she committed from
prison. She reportedly used her charm through the written word to steal
money from the elderly. Her victims have described her as a good actor
who was able to get what she wanted.
The charges stem from actions which occurred sometime between January
and May, when Weiss reportedly cheated Union County resident Luther
Hilton, 81, out of almost $3,000. She was charged with fourth degree
felony theft from an elderly person for this incident.
The second charge stemmed from an incident which occurred sometime
between March and August in which Weiss reportedly stole more than
$25,000 from Paul Shelton, 84, who lives in Morrow County.
Other similar incidents between January and August of 2002 had Weiss
allegedly conducting a pattern of corrupt activities. She was charged
with an additional first degree felony in Union County for this.
The Ohio State Patrol, Ross and Union County prosecutor's offices and
the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections were involved.
Attorney General Jim Petro praised the law enforcement officials
involved in her investigation for bringing justice to a woman who preyed
on the elderly.
"Swindling the elderly is one of the most vile forms of crime," Petro
said. "I'm proud of the combined efforts of a number of agencies working
together have put an end to this woman's predatory ways."
Petro said Weiss has a long history of preying on the elderly,
particularly those men who recently lost a spouse. Petro said some of
her victims lost thousands of dollars and one was talked into buying a
car for Weiss' daughter.
His office was called in during the investigation because of its
experience in handling criminal fraud cases and members of his staff
testified before the Union County Grand Jury.
According to court files, Weiss has been committing similar crimes for
the past six years. She allegedly answered personal ads of older men
from her cell in Marysville and convinced them she needed monetary help
for her family.
Keeping inmates from committing similar crimes by mail or phone is not
an easy task according to Maralene Sines, administrative assistant to
the warden at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, because they are allowed
to call anyone they wish while incarcerated. She said the prison can
issue a cease and desist order if an offender is calling someone outside
the prison and that person files a complaint.
"But (prisoners) are allowed to receive funds from anyone on their
list," Sines said.
If a prisoner tells someone to send money under a family member's name,
she said, there would be no way of knowing who actually sent it.
In 2001, Weiss was convicted in Ross County after she victimized a
75-year-old Ross County man. She received an 18-month prison term for
that offense.
Weiss has been in the prison a total of four times. She was set for post
release control, a version of probation, on July 21, but violated her
parole conditions and was sent back on Oct. 9.
Police discovered it was while waiting out this sentence at the ORW that
Weiss answered personal ads in a Columbus newspaper and met her next
Weiss was scheduled to be released on Feb. 8, but will not be because of
the charges. Her arraignment will be held Feb. 5 in Union County.

Schools ask city to reconsider stance
District does not want funding for crossing guards eliminated

The Marysville Board of Education authorized a resolution Monday night
requesting that the city of Marysville reconsider the elimination of
crossing guards for the next school year.
This action was requested by superintendent Larry Zimmerman and was
brought about by the fact that the Marysville city budget for 2003 does
not contain funds for crossing guards.
Zimmerman was informed of the cuts by Police Chief Eugene Mayer when he
heard that the crossing guard program, budgeted for $47,000, would be
cut to $11,000 for the rest of the school year and would not be
continued in the fall.
Zimmerman said he has not yet been officially notified by the city
The police department pays people to serve as crossing guards and they
typically work three hours a day. Currently, there are four crossing
guards, one for East Elementary School, two for Edgewood and one for
Mill Valley.
Zimmerman pointed out that the police department has operated the
crossing guard program for many years but there was no dialogue between
the city and the schools before the decision to discontinue it was made.
He contends that since the children being served are crossing busy city
streets, is the city's function to provide guards. He also called the
elimination of the crossing guard function a tax shift.
Zimmerman said he hopes to meet with city officials soon to talk about
the matter.
In other matters, the board:
. Presented Employee of the Month awards to Lorena Newcome for November
and Gail Fannin in December.
. Heard a presentation from Becky Gala, Jan Smith and Lynn Blackburn on
the high school evening school program.
. Approved contracts for substitute teachers McKenzie Bumgarner, John
Carder, Michelle Jones, Christina Kaufman, Monica Kok, Erin Kuhns,
Connie Martin, Daryl Miller, Sarah Stevens and Ronald Walsmith; and for
home instructors Brian Counts, Candy Parke and Jyl Secrest.
 . Accepted a donation of $50 from the Marysville Cashland Store; a
donation of $1,490 to Edgewood Elementary School from the Edgewood PTO
for computer equipment; and donations of $100 from the United Methodist
Women for special needs and $150 from Kelly Wehrle of the Scotts Company
for the holiday musical luncheon.
 . Approved a trip to a competition at Cedar Point May 10  for the
eighth grade band; and a trip to a competition in Waynesville and at
Kings Island May 17 by the seventh and eighth grade choirs.
 . Approved a trip for the third grade at Navin Elementary School to
spend the night at the Columbus Zoo May 5.
 . Approved a trip to France for foreign language department students in
June, at their own expense.

Vacating of street discussed in Richwood
Is there a Hastings Street in Richwood or not?
That is the question put before Richwood Village Council Monday night in
regard to a street that may or may not have been vacated in 1970.
At a council meeting earlier this month a prospective home buyer on
Hastings Street raised some concerns. The road is recorded as a village
street but is being used as personal property by two homeowners. The
home in question would be on a lot to which Hastings is the only access
street and the road is apparently blocked with numerous items.
The couple wanted the assistance of council to clear the street so it
could be used.
That plan apparently hit a snag recently when village zoning
administrator Jim Thompson talked with the homeowners using the street
and found that they had documentation of a motion approved by council in
1970 which vacated the street.
Thompson also noted, however, that there are several issues that may
affect the validity of the motion.
The paperwork abandoning the alley was never filed with the county and
as a result the street still shows up on county maps. Also, neither of
the property owners who has taken ownership of the streets have paid
increased taxes because of the increased lot sizes.
Perhaps the biggest problem with vacating the street is that there are
lots to which the only access is Hastings Street. Thompson said it is
against state law to landlock a developed property.
Thompson said he is unsure if the village would have grounds to reverse
the 1970 council action but noted that the matter would be worth
investigation by village solicitor Rick Rodger.
In other business, council:
. Discussed an incident in which a privately-owned underground power
line was cut while a contractor installed a fire hydrant in the downtown
area. There is a question as to who is to pay for the damage.
. Approved a $213 purchase of exercise equipment for the village police
. Heard from council member George Showalter that he is contacting Ohio
Edison about the possibility of installing two more security lights at
Richwood Park.
. Learned from village administrator Ron Polen that a property owner on
Lynn Street is seeking compensation because of sewer problems.
. Heard an update on water and sewer projects from Polen and also
learned of a comp time problem with employees.
. Voted 4-0 to approve transfers to the water and sewer debt replacement
funds. Council members Arlene Blue and Peg Wiley were absent from the
. Held an executive session to discuss personnel.

'Sports are my life' says NU's Davis
North Union senior Alison Davis has been playing softball since she was
6 years old.
"Sports are my life," she said.
Davis said her love for sports came after watching her uncle's softball
games as a kid.
"My family is very active in fast pitch and it rubbed off on me," Davis
It was at age 9 that she started to concentrate on pitching.
Davis has lived in Richwood her entire life. She lives with her parents
Bruce and Marsha and with her younger siblings, Emily and Timothy.
Her uncle spotted her pitching potential early on. Davis said the
combination of her long fingers and overall body coordination made her a
prime candidate for pitching.
To hone her skills Davis began working one on one with Chuck McNamee.
McNamee has coached around 50 pitchers over the last 15 years.
"I have been her pitching coach ever since she was big enough to hold a
softball," McNamee said.
In the beginning Davis went to McNamee's house once or twice a week to
practice for an hour or less. It was in late middle school when Davis
knew she was committed for the long haul.
"That's when I knew I wanted to extend my career - go into college and
play," Davis said.
>From that point on she began to practice three to four times a week,
throwing between 75 and100 pitches at each practice.
In addition to throwing pitches, Davis also does around 50 push-ups a
day. She is careful when working out her upper body.
"I don't want to bulk up my shoulders because that slows everything
(pitching) down," she said.
Along with playing varsity all four years of high school, Davis has
participated on traveling teams since she was 10 years old. Davis is a
member of the Ohio Swarm and she and her teammates played 30 games last
The team draws girls from North Union, Marysville, Buckeye Valley and
Big Walnut. Last year they traveled to Raleigh, N.C., after qualifying
for the Pony World Series. The group also attended a tournament in
Kentucky, not to mention extensive traveling across the state of Ohio.
Davis has racked up quite a few awards as a Lady Wildcat. She was named
second team all district as a sophomore. In her sophomore and junior
years she was named first team MOAC league. During her junior year she
received first team all district, first team all state, central district
player of the year and second team all metro.
After high school Davis wants to go to Muskingum College and play
"I like their coach, they have a good reputation and I have met and like
the girls on the team," she said.
Davis would like to major in education and someday coach.
"Alison has as much ability as anyone I've ever worked with," McNamee
said, "She is a very dedicated worker and I think she will be one of the
top pitchers in the state."
Davis also plays basketball for North Union and is involved with FFA and

Group discusses plans
for veterans memorial

>From J-T staff reports:
A meeting was held in Richwood Thursday to begin a project to build a
veterans memorial in the village.
Land at the corner of Veterans way and Lynn Street has been donated by
Mr. and Mrs. John Hoskins for the monument which will honor eligible
veterans from the North Union School District. The initial plan is to
bricks engraved with veterans' names incorporated into the monument.
Several committees were established. The Veterans Board will be chaired
by Gail DeGood-Guy and Hoskins will lead the Memorial/Park Design
committee. Tom Guy will head the finance committee. Advertising,
commemorative and maintenance and upkeep committees will be established
in the future.
The Veterans Board will authenticate the records of veterans who are
nominated for the monument. Nominees must be honorably discharged from
active, reserve or national guard duty in the Air Force, Army, Navy,
Marines or Coast Guard or be a recognized member of the Merchant
The Veterans Board will require proof of a veteran's status. That
veteran must have served during peace or war time and must have been
born, lived or enlisted within the confines of the North Union School
District's geographical boundaries. In addition to discharge papers,
birth or death certificates may be used to establish eligibility.
The board will keep the public informed of the group's progress. It will
announce when a veteran's name will be taken for consideration and
inform the public of the cost of a brick when that decision is made.
Anyone with questions about the memorial or who would like to volunteer
to serve on a committee may contact DeGood-Guy at (740) 943-3604.
The next meeting of all committees will be held at 7 p.m. March 4 at
Richwood VFW Post 870.

Ninth grade proficiency test
results released
The results of the ninth grade proficiency tests administered in October
were released by the Ohio Department of Education Friday.
The ninth grade test, consisting of sections in writing, reading, math
and citizenship and science, is first administered in the eighth grade.
Students who do not pass all five sections then have several chances
each year of retaking the tests they did not pass, through May of their
senior year.
Although the test was named the ninth grade proficiency test when it was
first developed, it is really a graduation test which is first
administered in the freshman year.
This year's freshmen, the class of 2006, are the last class required to
pass the ninth grade proficiency test to earn a high school diploma. The
test will be replaced by the new Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). The reading
and math sections of the new test will be given March 17-21 to this
year's sophomores but passing those sections is not a graduation
requirement for those students.
This year's eighth graders, the class of 2007, will be the first
required to pass the OGT for a diploma. They will take the tests for the
first time as 10th graders in the spring of 2005.
The most crucial passing rates are for seniors.
At Marysville High School, 27 seniors still needed to take one or more
parts of the test. After their results came back, the cumulative passing
rates for the class are 99 percent, writing; 99 percent, reading; 95
percent, math; 98 percent, citizenship; and 96 percent, science.
At Fairbanks, five students took the October tests and the cumulative
rates are 99 percent, writing; 99 percent, reading; 97 percent, math; 97
percent, citizenship; and 96 percent science.
North Union's rates are 98 percent writing; 99 percent, reading; 95
percent, math; 98 percent, citizenship; and 96 percent, science.
The test will be administered to seniors again in March and May.
At Marysville High School, the cumulative number of all freshmen passing
after the October test is 86 percent in both the writing and reading
tests; 74 percent, math; 83 percent, citizenship; and 72 percent,
The cumulative number passing at Fairbanks High School is 95 percent,
writing; 91 percent, reading; 81 percent, math; 84 percent, citizenship;
and 82 percent, science.
North Union's cumulative percentage of passing is 84 percent, writing;
76 percent, reading; 74 percent, math; 67 percent, citizenship; and 64
percent science.
Sophomore cumulative passing rates at MHS are 93 percent, writing; 94
percent, reading; 82 percent, math; 91 percent, citizenship; and 85
percent, science.
At FHS, the sophomore passing rate are 99 percent, writing; 98 percent;
reading; 91 percent, math; 93 percent, citizenship; and 87 percent,
North Union's sophomore rates are 95 percent, writing; 95 percent,
reading; 74 percent math; 90 percent, citizenship; and 81 percent
Junior cumulative passing rates at Marysville are 96 percent, writing;
98 percent reading; 89 percent, math; 98 percent, citizenship; and 90
percent, science.
Junior rates at Fairbanks are 97 percent, writing; 97 percent, reading;
94 percent, math; 96 percent, citizenship; and 96 percent, science.
Junior rates at North Union are 98 percent, writing; 97 percent,
reading; 90 percent, math; 94 percent, citizenship; and 89 percent,

Council drops hiring freeze
An ordinance implementing a temporary hiring freeze in Marysville has
been tabled indefinitely.
During Thursday night's council meeting, councilman Nevin Taylor
reported on a committee meeting on the hiring freeze last week. Taylor
said the committee met with public service director Tracie Davies and
human resources director Brian Dostanko.
"We talked about the question of new employees," Taylor said, adding
that Davies said she was not looking to hire another water plant
operator anymore to cut the increase in overtime hours.
Instead, he said, the employees will be organized differently in order
to solve the overtime problem with the existing staff.
Councilman Dan Fogt, who sponsored the hiring freeze ordinance, said at
the Jan. 9 council meeting that he was mainly concerned about the
proposed plant operator hiring and if the position was handled
internally within the department he may withdraw the ordinance.
With the subzero weather sweeping across the state, Davies also reported
that the city's salt supply may become a problem.
Last weekend, she said, the city spent $9,500 spreading salt during a
four-day period because of the snowfall. The city street department has
$25,000 remaining for salting for the rest of the year.
Because of this, Davies said, she may have to come before council asking
for more money if snows continue.
Davies also reported that the city's salt storage shelter is starting to
fall apart. Wood from the ceiling rafters has been falling into the salt
and as a result the wood jams in the spreaders and has to be removed by
the drivers.
In its present state, the structure is too small for its purpose and may
need to be replaced.
She did not specify when this should be done.
Fogt commented he thought the city has been doing a great job of keeping
the streets free of snow and ice.
In other discussions, superintendent of parks and recreation Steve
Conley reported that the Frozen Nose four-mile run was held over the
weekend and it was considered a success.
"There were about 68 runners who competed in the race," Conley said. He
said runners came from as far as Ann Arbor and West Virginia for the
Conley also thanked councilman Mark Reams for taking part in the race.
Reams had issued a challenge before the race, stating he would pay $5 to
the Parkland Development Fund for every runner who finished ahead of
him. Reams presented a $35 check to Conley after placing eighth.
"I just wanted to help raise some attention for the race," Reams said.
"I didn't anticipate winning."
City planning director Kathy Leidich reported on several zoning issues.
The first reading was held for a resolution submitting a Community
Housing Improvement Strategy (CHIS) to the Ohio Department of
Development (ODOD) and to withdraw from inclusion in the Union County
Community Housing Improvement Strategy.
Leidich said city officials did this in order to take the city out of
the county's housing strategy because it was written in a way which
excludes the city of Marysville. Now the city must create its own
Other topics discussed:
. Council president John Gore reported that council will hold off on
appointing the 2003 council committee liaisons. He said members of
council already involved in such committees as Shade Tree and Parks and
Recreation are happy where they are and he wants to investigate to see
if there is a way they can remain in those positions. The issue will be
addressed again at the next council meeting.
. Council member Ed Pleasant reported that the city needs committee will
meet again to finalize the city survey Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Sting nabs kiddie porn purveyor
Trap is sprung on area man when he tries to set up encounter with
fictitious 14-year-old
A Plain City man found out the hard way that the sexually explicit
e-mails he allegedly thought were going to a 14-year-old girl were
actually going straight into the hands of  police.
James R. Hamilton, 47, of 7310 Wells Road in Plain City was charged Dec.
4 with 23 felony counts, including pandering sexually oriented matter
involving a minor, importuning and attempted unlawful sexual conduct.
According to Union County Court of Common Pleas court files, ages of the
girls and boys featured in Hamilton's images were reportedly as young as
elementary school children. He was also charged in connection with an
attempt to set up a sexual encounter with a girl he thought was 14.
Hamilton's attorney Frederick Johnson originally entered a plea of not
guilty Nov. 27. That was later changed to guilty Jan. 15 after a plea
bargain was reached.
By pleading guilty, Hamilton was not prosecuted for 15 additional counts
of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, four charges of
importuning from the Brookville Police Department, four charges of
importuning from the Kettering Police Department, two charges of
importuning from the Xenia Police Department and two pandering charges.
Detective Don Duncan of the Brookville Police Department in Montgomery
County said he came across Hamilton over an Internet service. The
officer had set up a profile indicating he was the father of two teenage
daughters and Hamilton was interested in them for sexual reasons.
Duncan, part of an Internet task force, was involved in the case with
the Xenia and Kettering Police Departments. The task force had been
monitoring Hamilton for some time.
"He was always in the child pornography chat rooms," Duncan said. "He
virtually lived there. That was his life."
Hamilton is divorced and lived in Plain City with a 21-year-old son and
several renters who reportedly had no knowledge of his behavior.
Duncan said Hamilton had suggested trading drugs in order to have sexual
relations with Duncan's fictitious14-year-old daughter. Duncan then
created another AOL address in order to talk as Hamilton's fictitious
daughter. Between May and October Hamilton suggested and solicited
sexual activity in numerous e-mails to the girl. Then he began sending
child pornography as well.
"That is a major no-no," Duncan said.Hamilton also allegedly attempted
to engage in sexual activity with two sites he believed were being used
by 15-year-old female and a 13-year-old females. Both e-mail addresses
were actually being monitored by the Xenia and Kettering police
It wasn't until Hamilton sent his address to Duncan that police were
able to act on the offenses.
As a result of the new information, Duncan said he then began working
with the Union County Sheriff's Department and Det. Mike Coutts.
Duncan, wearing a recorder, went to meet Hamilton at his home on Oct.
"He invited me in and the next thing I know he is downloading child
pornography right next to me," Duncan said.
During the encounter Duncan was able to confirm that Hamilton was
operating the e-mail address that the police had been dealing with.
Hamilton also reportedly made statements indicating his intent to engage
in sexual contact with Duncan's fictitious 14-year-old daughter.
Police were unsure of how many people would be at Hamilton's home so
their plan was to lure him to a nearby store where they said the girl
would be. When Duncan arrived with Hamilton, the arrest was made by the
Union County Sheriff's Department.
Deputies confiscated computer equipment Nov. 26 from Hamilton's home and
found numerous other images of child pornography saved to his hard
"This was a major pedophile we were getting off the streets," Duncan
Hamilton reportedly confessed to everything after his arrest.
Duncan said Hamilton is like many other pedophiles who use the Internet.
They always save the pornography they collect.
"Ultimately that is their downfall," he said.
Hamilton faces a possible sentence of five years, and10 months, however,
under the plea agreement prosecutors have stated that they will not
oppose judicial release after serving a minimum of four years.
He waits in the Tri-County Regional jail in Mechanicsburg for his
sentencing on March 5.

Age no issue for couple who met in nursing home
One couple's match may have been made in heaven, but their marriage was
in a nursing home.
Love blossomed at Spring Meadows Care Center in Woodstock for residents
Elizabeth Ann Rittenhouse and John E. Hannigan this past year, leading
to their exchanging wedding vows Dec. 22.
"Life doesn't stop when you come into this setting," said Holly Lingo,
the center's administrator.
The new Mrs. Hannigan, 45, moved to the Woodstock care center three
years ago, while her new husband, 63, had been a resident since November
1999. She is developmentally disabled. He suffers from the effects of a
She said they had known each other and said hello in passing for a
couple years, but their love began a year ago after he began sitting
beside her on the couch while watching television. Before she knew it,
he had given her a ring and they have been going together ever since.
"We just found each other," she said. "He's so kind and gentle and
caring. He's so sweet."
She calls him rascal and even had the nickname inscribed on the inside
of his wedding band.
Mrs. Hanigan said that when her younger brother Keith heard the news,
his response was "no way."
"I said, 'yes way,'" she said.
Mr. Hanigan's four children were very supportive of their father's
decision. Family members of the couple purchased their wedding rings for
Wedding plans began in earnest the week before Thanksgiving with the
help of office manager Lisa Donahue, activities director Mindy Bailey,
restorative aide Marge Vaughn, dietary manager Mary Fulk and Lingo. They
assisted with flowers, music, the bride's hair and nails, the wedding
attire and the reception. Even the flower girl and ring bearer were
family members of employees.
The bride's dress was borrowed from a former employee. The ring pillow
was old, the garter and jewelry were new and her under garments were
About 100 people attended the ceremony in the center's dining room with
pastor Roger Wicks of the New Life Christian Church officiating.
The couple celebrated their honeymoon at the center.
"It's true love," Lingo said.


Union County greeted with a chill
Brrrrrrr....... it's cold out there.
Union County residents might be yearning for warmer temperatures such as
the 71 degree reading in 1906. The temperature today, however, hovered
at 1 degree Fahrenheit at 6:55 a.m. with a wind chill of -6, Union
County Risk Manager Randy Riffle said. The wind chill is expected to
drop throughout the day to between -15 to -20 degrees as the wind picks
Those factors led Marysville school superintendent Larry Zimmerman to
cancel school for the day. Classes were also canceled by the Fairbanks
School District and the start of classes was delayed two hours at North
Zimmerman said the district has a rule of thumb in these situations.
When a day begins cold and is expected to stay cold, the district opts
to close the schools because it is dangerous for children who stand at
bus stops or walk to school. He said their weather sources indicate that
the wind chill factor will be close to -20 degrees by dismissal time.
Zimmerman said these weather conditions are also dangerous for those
driving to school should a breakdown occur.
There are no facility problems at the schools and Zimmerman knows of
none with the buses. He said the decision to close school was made
without even trying to start the buses.
All extracurricular activities at the middle school have been canceled.
As for the high school, a decision will be made later in the day whether
or not to cancel activities. Zimmerman said the location of the
activities, whether they are local or away from home, will play a part
in that decision.
Zimmerman said the same decision could be made tomorrow morning
depending upon early weather conditions and forecasts.
Marysville Fire Department Chief Gary Johnson said the extreme cold can
also create some unique safety problems for his crews.
Moisture can make breathing masks inoperable and frostbite is a huge
issue, as well as safety when water freezes on surfaces, Johnson said.
To keep water pumps from freezing, a heater is kept on one of the fire
Marysville Building and Grounds Superintendent Lane Stillings said his
department is trying to keep employees out of the cold as much as
possible and has had no cold-related problems.
Marysville Water Superintendent Terry Anderson said there have been the
usual water main and service line breaks. The cold, Anderson explained,
is not a problem. It is when temperatures begin warming up that breaks
usually occur.
Residents can take heart. Some forecasters are expecting slightly warmer
temperatures on Friday, far from the -16 reading registered in 1936.

Avoiding cold weather dangers
The Union County Health Department has provided information on cold
weather problems and how to handle them.
The windchill temperature is an indicator of how cold people and animals
feel when they are outside. Windchill is based on the rate of heat loss
from exposed skin caused by wind and cold.
As the wind increases, it draws heat from the body, driving down skin
temperature and eventually the internal body temperature, therefore, the
wind makes it feel much colder.
If the temperature is 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind is blowing at 15
mph, the windchill is -19 degrees. If the temperature is 15 degrees
above zero and the wind is blowing at 10 mph, the windchill is 3
The only effect wind chill has on inanimate objects such as car
radiators and water pipes is to shorten the amount of time for the
object to cool. Inanimate objects will not cool below the actual air
Extremely cold temperatures can be dangerous. Fifty percent of injuries
related to cold happen to people over the age of 60. About 20 percent
occur in the home.
Frostbite, damage to body tissue, is one common winter problem. It
causes a loss of feeling and a white appearance in the extremities. If
those symptoms develop, the person should seek medical help immediately.
The affected areas should be warmed slowly.
Hypothermia develops when the body temperature drops to less than 95
degrees. Medical care should be sought immediately and the body core,
not the extremities, should be warmed immediately.
Many cold weather problems can be solved by dressing properly. Clothing
should be put on in layers so warm air trapped between the layers can
warm the body. Most of the body's heat is lost through the head, hands
and feet so those parts should be well covered.

Trustees not sharing information
In Jerome Township it appears that one trustee doesn't want another to
know what he is doing.
Trustee Freeman May admitted at Monday's regular meeting that he had
instructed mechanics to withhold information from fellow trustee Ron
"It's none of your business," May said. "I'm in charge of the road
Rhodes explained that earlier in the day he had contacted Williams
Detroit Diesel in Hilliard about a township truck that appears to have
been vandalized. Rhodes said the business told him they were "under
orders to give no information" to him.
A week ago May announced at a regular meeting that sand had been found
in the township's truck transmission. The 2000 Ford truck valued at
$70,000 allegedly started making noises in early December.
Last night May said he kept running the vehicle because he believed the
damage was already done when it first made a noise. May also said he
took the truck in as soon as possible, however, Rhodes produced time
sheets showing days when there was time to investigate the truck problem
throughout the month of December.
Rhodes said he was never made aware of the problem until Jan. 9 when a
township employee told him and it was only then that the repair work was
"That's not the way we do business in this township," Rhodes said later
in the meeting. "We're all involved or we're not."
"We could have kept you in the dark all along," May said when Rhodes
questioned him. Later in the meeting he said, "I don't like him
(Rhodes), but I would work with him."
Rhodes suggested that all the township's equipment be checked for
possible vandalism.
May then said he was unaware of any vehicle maintenance record. Going
into the adjoining garage area, Rhodes returned with a notebook
recording past maintenance on all the township equipment. The last entry
was on Dec. 17.
May reported that a reconditioned transmission will cost the township
$7,965 and a new transmission will cost $11,060. The trustees
unanimously agreed to replace the damaged equipment with a new
transmission. It is uncertain what, if any, cost will be covered by
May said two garage door openers on the maintenance garage will cost
$1,000. The trustees tabled any action until May obtained a formal
May also stated that he believed cemetery fees should remain the same.
"We've got to have money to keep up that cemetery," May said.
The cemetery fund had a beginning balance of $33,700 this year. Expenses
for 2002 totaled $3,390 for a well. Maintenance costs are paid out of a
general fund account. No action was taken.
May recommended two standards for appointing individuals to township
boards. He said eligible individuals should be registered voters and
township residents. Rhodes suggested that the trustees look at
suggestions they hired attorney Sue Kyte to prepare concerning this
matter. No action was taken.
May proposed opening negotiations with Kyte to represent the township on
an as-needed basis. Kyte was hired last year as an administrative
attorney for the township. The agreement stated she would be paid $1,500
a month for 15 hours of work. During 2002 the township paid her $15,000.
May said he would contact Kyte to see if she is interested.
In other business:
. A tri-board meeting is planned between members of the trustees, zoning
and zoning appeals. The purpose of the meeting is unknown, said trustee
Sharon Sue Wolfe. No date has been set for the meeting.
. Trustee pay is increasing from $49.52 to $50.16 with a maximum of 200
days, reported clerk Robert Caldwell. The increase is effective for any
trustee elected after Dec. 8, 2000.
. Zoning inspector Norm Puntenney said he will be bringing one or more
litigation matters to the trustees for the prosecutor.

Richwood VFW planning veterans memorial
Richwood VFW Post 870 is seeking community involvement in the planning
stages for the veterans memorial to be constructed at Richwood Lake. The
memorial will be dedicated to veterans from the North Union district.
North Union High School students, teachers township trustees, community
and business leaders, park board members, non-veterans, the general
public and, especially, all veterans are invited to the first planning
meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at VFW Post 870.
The purpose of the meeting is to establish specific committees and
designate committee chairmen. Committees will include memorial and
landscape design, fund raising, financial management, veteran data
gathering, advertising, brick contractor liaisons, the Veterans Service
Commission and others.
Richwood VFW Post 870 and Richwood American Legion Post 40 invite
everyone in the North Union district to be a part of the project to
establish a commemorative landmark to honor the men and women from the
community who served their country.
Gail DeGood-Guy, project manager, can be reached at (740) 943-3604.

J.A. band director  teaches music as a process
You could say the students in Paul Brunner's band march to the beat of a
different director.
Brunner, the band director for the Jonathan Alder school district, has a
unique teaching philosophy that he shares with his students.
"I want the students to enjoy the process of making the music rather
than always focusing on the end performance," Brunner said. "You can't
say the whole thing is ruined because a mistake happens at the final
Brunner, 30, serves as band director with no assistants. He majored in
music education at The Ohio State University and played trombone in the
university's famous marching band. Before coming to Jonathan Alder, he
taught music in Cleveland for two years.
As director of all the bands in district, Brunner has the unique
opportunity to work with students from fifth through 12th grade. He is
in his sixth year of teaching at Jonathan Alder. Brunner explained that
the students who were seventh graders during his first year are now
"It's really unique and kind of special because you really get to
develop a special relationship with students," he said.
Mandy Cheeseman is one of Brunner's seniors.
"He makes band more fun," Cheeseman said.
She said before Brunner took over the program, she was unsure about
continuing to play trumpet.
"Mr. Brunner taught me how to read music," Cheeseman said. "He talks to
the students on their level and is overall very pro-student."
Brunner works with his band students on a daily basis. He meets with the
middle school groups in the morning. On alternating days he instructs
the fifth graders and every afternoon he directs the high school
In the fall the focus at the high school is on marching band and in the
winter and spring the students participate in concert band. Brunner said
with marching band the goal is to entertain the crowd, while the goal of
concert band is to improve and challenge musical skills.
Last fall, the marching band had the opportunity to showcase its talent
on the radio. The group was featured on CD101 in October and they played
"Sweet Child of Mine." This spurred another performance in November at
Channel 4. The band performed live at the studio during the Football
Friday Night show.
This winter will bring continued excitement with the concert band. The
annual cookie concert will be in February. The fifth to seventh grade
groups will perform at the middle school Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. The eighth
grade and high school concert will be Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the high
school. Both concerts are open to the public and cookies will be served
after each performance.
Brunner said he is excited about continuing with a tradition started
last year, an exchange concert with Beechcroft High School in March. The
exchange concert consists of two consecutive evening performances, one
at Beechcroft, one at Jonathan Alder, where the two bands play together.

Brunner said the response from students last year was positive.
"The students found that music is the same everywhere," Brunner said.
He added that it is good for his musicians to experience playing under a
different director, not to mention getting a glimpse at urban high
school life.
Cheeseman enjoyed last year's exchange concert and is looking forward to
this year's performance.
 "I think it was one of the best things that we did last year," she
said. The back-to-back concerts will be held March 12 and 13 with each
night's location to be announced.
Brunner said he enjoys his job. His goal for his students is three-fold.

"I want to see all of my students progress, for everyone to do their
part and for every day to have music be a part of their lives."
Brunner lives in Columbus with his wife Roberta. He also directs the
Jonathan Alder High School jazz band and pep bands.

Area schools get grade cards
Marysville, Fairbanks rated effective, N.U. stays at
continuous improvement

The state grade cards are in and all three Union County school districts
are showing improvement.
The yearly report cards known as the Ohio Performance Ratings are a
process by which the Ohio Department of Education rates school
districts. The department has set 22 performance standards and schools
pass when 75 percent of their students reach each standard.
Twenty of the performance standards are based on state proficiency test
scores. Those include citizenship, math, reading, writing and science
test for the fourth and sixth grade; citizenship, math, reading and
writing for sophomores taking the parts of the ninth grade test which
they haven't passed; and sophomores taking the 10th grade science test.
The other two standards are student attendance and graduation rates.
The rating categories are Excellent = 21-22 standards passed; Effective
=17-20; Continuous Improvement =11-16; Academic Watch = 7-10; and
Academic Emergency = 0-6.
The Fairbanks school district improved its performance enough to move
form Continuous Improvement to Effective over the past year, while
Marysville remained at the Effective level and North Union stayed in the
Continuous Improvement category.
The Marysville schools met 17 of the standards. The student attendance
rate was 95.1 percent, down from 95.7 percent last year, and the
graduate rate of 93.5 percent was up from 90.0 percent in 2001.
Fairbanks schools met 17 standards. The attendance rate stayed basically
the same at about 95 percent while the graduation rate was up from 91.1
to 93.4.
North Union met 11 standards. Student attendance was up to 95.1 from
94.7 and the graduation rate jumped from 77.8 to 98.2 percent.
North Union superintendent Carol Young said she is very pleased with the
increase in passing rates in the district.
Young said she credited the guidance staff for their programs in
bringing the scores up, especially in the area of graduation rates. She
said a dropout intervention collaborative has been developed.
"We tell them they can't leave," she said. "It's not allowed."
Statewide, 109 schools are rated Excellent; 191, Effective; 157
Continuous Improvement; 33, Academic Watch; and 18, Academic Emergency.
It is difficult to compare report card outcomes from year to year
because the standards change almost yearly.
Last year, there were 27 standards but this year the five standards
related to the senior proficiency test, which is no longer given, were
In the next few years, the fourth grade and ninth grade proficiency
tests will be discontinued and the 10th grade test is being phased in.
Marysville curriculum coordinator Yvonne Boyd said she hopes people
understand that the grade cards are based on different standards each

Woman found dead in vehicle
According to the Plain City Police Department, a woman was found dead in
a car near her home Thursday.
At 8 a.m. police found Angela O. Watts, 42, 201 North Ave., in her car
in the parking lot of her apartment complex.
"There were no obvious signs of trauma," Plain City Police Chief Steven
Hilbert reported today, "Although I know she apparently had a lot of
serious health problems."
He could not comment as to the extent of those health issues.
Hilbert also reported that Watts was married and had two children, ages
12 and 5.
Franklin County Coroner Brad Lewis will be conducting the autopsy today,
although his office reported this morning that no new information on the
cause of her death can be expected until later this afternoon.

County stable in stormy budget climate
A temporary county budget is in place, with the general fund totaling
$14.3 million.
Union County appears to be holding its own with this year's temporary
general fund increasing approximately $200,000 from the 2002 general
fund approved in March.
"Our county has been blessed," said Union County Commissioner Tom
McCarthy Monday when discussing the temporary budget.
While other counties and even the state of Ohio struggle to meet
expenses in the coming year by cutting budgets, Union County's
commissioners suggested office holders maintain flat budgets and provide
pay raises of 3 percent. The commissioners said most of the county's
office holders adhered to their recommendation.
The most significant changes were seen in funding to the insurance on
persons, agriculture, capital improvements, law library and county parks
and recreation.
The cost of health insurance is expected to drain the county's coffers
an additional $400,000. In 2002 the line item for insurance/persons
totaled $1.3 million. The temporary budget sets aside $1.7 million to
cover health insurance costs.
The jump in the agriculture fund comes because the county has decided to
absorb the costs of services once provided by grants, as well as new
programs. Because the state grant is no longer available, the county is
continuing to fund the services for a wildlife specialist. Additional
services now under the agriculture umbrella include a ditch maintenance
specialist, homesite inspections and watershed coordinators.
The capital improvements fund has dropped because the county is planning
no major construction projects. The bulk of this year's money  -
$450,000 - will go to the Union County Engineer for road and bridge
McCarthy explained that the commissioners approved Union County Common
Pleas Judge Richard Parrott's wishes to realign funds into the law
library fund that had previously been in his court fund. As a result,
the common pleas fund decreased by approximately $8,000 and the law
library fund increased by $30,500. The increase in the law library is
for two salaries, the law librarian and treasurer. Both salaries had
previously been included in the common pleas fund.
The parks and recreation budget decreased for the second year in a row.
McCarthy explained that two years ago this line item funded not only the
county's portion to operate the Joint Recreation Park along County Home
Road but also a Community Improvement Economic Development Grant. During
the past two years money in the fund also assisted in paying for a
concession building and light poles at the park. The county no longer is
funding the grant program and no special improvements are planned at the
Joint Recreation Park, so the coming budget reflects only operating
funds requested by the park's board.
Newly-elected Union County Commissioner Gary Lee said that if the
projected revenue holds steady the county should continue to maintain
its $2 million carryover as in past years.
The general fund is supported by numerous sources, with the largest
amount coming from the county sales tax ($5.7 million in 2002); general
property tax ($3.2 million in 2002); fees and revenues ($1.2 million in
2002); and the local government tax ($900,000 in 2002). Other sources of
funding include property transfers, depository interest, refunds and
reimbursements, grants, other and transfers.Temporary general fund
budgets for 2003 are listed below with the 2002 actual budgets listed in
Commissioners - $418,099 ($409,419)
Environmental Engineer - $40,800 ($39,999)
Auditor - $334,834 ($327,925)
Assessing Personal - $42,745 ($41,500)
Treasurer - $143,178 ($140,890)
Prosecuting Attorney - $347,805 ($348,190)
Board of Revision - $200 ($200)
Bureau of Inspection - $62,000 ($57,500)
County Planning - $10,858 ($10,236)
Data Processing - $201,800 ($247,200)
Economic Development - $102,977 ($94,760)
Risk Management/EMA - $133,743 ($132,508)
Court of Appeals - $14,200 ($14,200)
Common Pleas - $366,064 ($373,983)
Jury Commission - $820 ($970)
Juvenile Court - $312,617 ($286,548)
Juvenile Probation - $46,140 ($40,336)
Detention Home - $316,660 ($351,677)
Probate Court - $141,143 ($106,621)
Clerk of Courts - $215,553 ($195,604)
Coroner - $85,708 ($77,624)
County Court - $67,000 ($81,000)
Election Board - $183,384 ($180,167)
Capital Improvement - $500,000 ($943,227)
Maintenance and Operation - $1,234,500 ($1,232,035)
Airport Operating - $55,752 ($55,752)
Sheriff - $244,800 ($241,044)
Sheriff/Law Enforcement - $1,835,846 ($1,902,939)
Sheriff/Communications - $184,910 ($186,223)
Sheriff/Jail - $1,150,265 ($1,288,893)
Recorder - $158,484 ($149,685)
Humane Society - $40,000 ($40,000)
Agriculture - $419,165 ($377,690)
Tuberculosis - $1,000 ($750)
Reg. Vital Statistics - $1,000 ($1,000)
Other Health - $90,391 ($87,669)
Senior Link - $62,156 ($62,156)
Soldiers Relief - $474,000 ($410,150)
Public Assistance - $511,074 ($511,074)
Engineer - $105,300 ($100,605)
Law Library - $31,000 ($500)
Historical Society - $18,500 ($18,500)
Board of Education - $10,000 ($10,000)
Co. Parks & Recreation - $30,000 ($80,000)
Endowments - $505,200 ($510,200)
Insurance/Property - $227,490 ($206,000)
Insurance/Persons - $1,755,150 ($1,379,346)
Miscellaneous - $15,000 ($15,000)
Attorney Fee/Indigent - $265,400 ($258,398)
Equipment - $400,000 ($400,000)

Doctor rescinds offer
Dr. John Linscott, who was approved as interim health commissioner at
Wednesday's board of health meeting, has reconsidered and decided not to
accept the position.
Linscott issued a statement today:
"After further careful consideration, I have decided not to accept the
position of interim health commissioner. My main thrust here is my
practice. Any job requiring time and thought would be a distraction from
treating my patients.
"Both Gary McDowell and Dee Dee Houdashelt have been forthright and
honest and very understanding. I appreciate their considering me."
Houdashelt, the health department's director of nursing, said today that
she cannot say where the board will go from here.
The interim commissioner will fill in until the board of health can
advertise for a new commissioner, interview applicants and hire a new
commissioner, probably in April.

School bus driver cited
>From J-T staff reports:
The driver behind the wheel of the Marysville school bus involved in an
accident Wednesday was cited by police.
William Pitt, 63, 17189 Glen Ellyn Drive, was cited for failure to yield
from a private drive.
According to sources, Pitt will be removed from bus driving duties until
a district review of the accident is complete.
Marysville school superintendent Larry Zimmerman, reportedly defended
the driver as an excellent driver who was a favorite among the students.

According to the Ohio State Patrol, the accident was caused after Pitt
pulled out of a private drive at 14600 Route 4 while attempting to turn
left southbound. His bus was then struck by an oncoming vehicle driven
by Kellie Bruner, 40, 15788 Hillview Road. The bus went off the left
side of the road, hitting a guardrail and heading nose first into a
Bruner was transported by Jerome medics to Memorial Hospital of Union
County for minor injuries and was later released.
Pitt and the five children on the bus were injured. Evan Kelley, 8, 575
Millwood Blvd.; Nicole Brecht, 7, 1679 Bay Laurel Drive; Morgan
Thompson, 6, 1670 Valley Drive; Jacob Hoffman, 10, 16148 Hunter's Run;
and Jacob Bresnahan, 8, 575 Millwood Blvd., were transported for minor
injuries. Kelly and Brecht were taken by Richwood medics to Memorial
Hospital, while the remaining three were transported there by Marysville
All were treated and released Wednesday and the children were all taken
home by their parents


Marysville school bus crash results in several minor injuries
Five students, two drivers taken to hospital
>From J-T staff reports:
Five Mill Valley elementary students and their bus driver took an
unexpected detour into a ditch this morning on the way to school
following a two-vehicle accident.
Specific details of the crash were unavailable at presstime.
All the children were transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County
with minor injuries. By late morning all had been united with their
parents, according to Marysville schools superintendent Larry Zimmerman.

Two adults, the bus driver and the driver of the other vehicle, were
also transported to the hospital with minor injuries, said Marysville
Fire Chief Gary Johnson. He said the bus driver appeared to have a minor
head injury, which will be evaluated at the hospital.
While details on the accident were sketchy by presstime, Zimmerman said
the bus had just left Navin Elementary School on its way to Mill Valley
Elementary. After traveling on County Home Road, the bus made its way
onto a service road from the Union County Engineer's Maintenance
Facility. Union County Engineer Steve Stolte allows buses to use the
service driveway as a means to avoid the County Home Road intersection
at Route 4, which can be difficult to navigate.
 The bus driver was turning south onto Route 4 at 8:50 a.m. when the
accident occurred, Johnson said.
Responding to the scene were emergency personnel from Marysville, Jerome
Township and the Northern Union County Fire District.
Zimmerman commended the bus driver and driver of the other vehicle for
reacting to the accident and making the best of a bad situation.
The Ohio State Patrol is expected to release further details of the
accident later this morning. Ages of the students transported will be
included in the report.

Dr. John Linscott tapped as interim health commissioner
>From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Board of Health appointed Dr. John Linscott as interim
health commissioner at its regular meeting today.
The position has been vacant since the first of the year when the
contract of former commissioner Anne Davy expired. Davy and the board
could not come to terms on a new contract.
Linscott, who has practiced medicine in Marysville for many years, will
hold the position until a new health commissioner is selected, putting
in about 20 hours a month for a stipend of $1,500 a month.
"They asked me to help out and I said I would," Linscott said.
He added that he won't know exactly what to expect until he talks
further with health department nursing director Dee Houdashelt and
board of health chairman Gary McDowell.
McDowell said at the meeting that Linscott will be expected to attend
senior staff meetings and board meetings during the duration of the
Paul Pryor, director of environmental health, said the fact that
Linscott's son, Dr. Joe Linscott, is medical director for the board will
not constitute a conflict of interest.
Dr. Carol Karrer, a member of the search committee, said the group is
working on a job description and will soon have it posted on numerous
public health websites as well as in newsletters and newspapers. The
committee hopes to have applications in by March 1 and will then narrow
the candidates down to three. Karrer said she hoped a new commissioner
will be chosen by April 1.

Committee on city needs gets crash course in finance
Marysville City Councilman Dan Fogt conducted a city needs meeting
Tuesday night at City Hall with more than 30 committee members
It was decided during the December meeting that in order for the
committee members to make informed decisions on city needs they needed
to fully grasp all governmental operations and funding in Marysville.
The difference between the enterprise and general funds was one point of
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel told the group that the general fund
is the city's general operating account. It handles all Marysville's
financial resources, except those specifically designated for another
fund. Its balance is available to the city for any purpose, with
council's approval.
Fifty-four percent of the general fund is from income tax collections;
12 percent is from property taxes; 10 percent is from one-time estate
tax distributions; 9 percent is from charges for city services; and the
remaining percentages are divided among fines and forfeitures, fees for
licenses and permits, investment earnings and contributions.
The majority of this revenue goes toward running city departments such
as the administration, council and the safety forces.
The enterprise fund, Schaumleffel said, handles fees paid to the city
for goods and services. The fund consists of the sanitation fund, the
sewer fund, the sewer replacement fund, sewer system reserve fund, sewer
construction fund, the water fund, the water replacement and improvement
fund and the water system reserve fund.
Eighty-four percent of the enterprise fund revenue consists of service
charges and the remaining are capacity and miscellaneous fees.
Shaumleffel reported that to date RITA has collected 12.82 percent more
in income tax for 2002 over the previous year. He reported a 101 percent
increase in individual collections.
However, Shaumleffel said, corporate filings were reportedly down.
Ormeroid asked why those numbers were down.
Corporate filings went from collecting $308,342 in 1999; $222,661 in
2000; $244,478 in 2001; and then dropped significantly to $133,270 in
City finance director said the city has lost a number of small
employers. He said the decrease in corporate revenue may also be from
companies being taxed by other entities because of their subsidiary
Schaumleffel said many companies have staff specifically geared to
reducing their taxes.
"The reduction didn't surprise me," Morehart said. He added that in 2003
he expects the figures to rise as companies start doing better
financially in the future economy.
In other discussions, committee member Bob Gugel said he had read Mayor
Steve Lowe's state of the city address and wondered what issues are
expected to be completed this year. He referred to Lowe's mention of
moving forward and wondered specifically how the plans for the new
reservoir could be completed that soon.
Schaumleffel explained that in 2003 the city is preparing for work that
will start in 2004. The 100 percent rate increases on city services
enacted in 2001 will be funding the project.
A web site will be constructed by members of the committee to allow
Marysville residents to raise issues they feel are the most important. A
survey is being prepared for posting on the web site and the committee
will use the survey to find the three main issues as voiced by
residents. At that point, they will begin to handle the issues one by
Paper copies of the survey will be available at City Hall after it is
The committee will meet again Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.


Green elected president of Fairbanks board
>From J-T staff reports:
The Fairbanks Board of Education held its organizational meeting Monday
night. Kevin Green was elected as board president for 2003 and Chris
Polley will serve as vice president. The board will continue to meet at
7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month and compensation for members
was set at $80 per meeting.
The board appointed the superintendent as district purchasing agent and
authorized him to employ staff on an interim basis pending approval by
the board at the next board meeting. The board authorized the treasurer
to request advances of property taxes from the Union County Auditor,
invest interim funds, pay bills within the limits of the appropriations
resolution and maintain and operate all accounts.
Jaynie Lambert was named as legislative liaison and the board voted to
renew the contract with the Ohio School Boards Association for legal
assistance consultant services and to approve the revenue estimates for
the 2003-2004 school year.
Moving into regular session, the board heard a presentation from
principal Rich Peterson and guidance counselor Barbara Croft on the high
school course offering book, which the board adopted later in the
meeting. Most of the changes involved bringing the curriculum more in
line with the Ohio Graduation Test which will first be given next year.
In other business, the board:
. Approved the revenue estimates for the 2003-2004 fiscal year.
. Approved Briana Crum, Erin Bale, Doug Campbell and Christian Hayes as
substitute teachers.
 . Approved supplemental contracts for Rebecca Nutter, middle school
intervention assistant team coordinator and, Elizabeth Hudak, IAT team
 . Approved a list of books for the elementary school media center.
 . Approved the function of the Athletic Boosters, Music Boosters and
Touchdown Club as adult organized groups that function for support of
official school programs.
 . Approved the participation of the Ohio School Boards Association 2003
Workers Compensation group rating program.

Marysville School Board holds organizational meeting
The Marysville Board of Education held its organizational meeting
Monday, with the first order of business being the approval of the
revenue estimates for the certificate of resources.
Mike Guthrie was elected as board president for 2003 and Bill Hayes will
serve as vice president. The board will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on
the fourth Monday of the month and compensation for members was set at
$125 per meeting, with a limit of 12 meetings per year. The rate of
compensation was raised by the State Legislature late in 2002 and
pertains only to newly-elected school board, thus, present board members
will continue to be paid the current $80 per meeting.
The board voted to employ Dolores Cramer as district treasurer under a
four-year contract from Jan. 13 through the organizational meeting in
January 2007. Cramer's salary for 2003 is $79,562 and she will be bonded
in the amount of $50,000.
The board service fund was set at $7,500 and the Marysville
Journal-Tribune was designated for notification of board meetings.
Members were assigned to various standing committees and other
The board appointed the superintendent as district purchasing agent and
authorized him to employ staff on an interim basis pending approval by
the board at the next board meeting. The superintendent was designated
as district hearing officer for suspensions unless the suspension is
issued by the superintendent, in which case the board will hear the
The board authorized the treasurer to request advances of property taxes
from the Union County Auditor, to invest interim funds within the
prescribed limits of the Ohio Revised Code and to pay bills as
authorized by board appropriation.
The law firms of Means, Bichimer, Burkholder and Baker of Columbus and
Britton, Smith, Peters and Kalail of Cleveland were approved to handle
legal matters facing the school district in matters not handled locally
by the prosecuting attorney. Rhodes and Associates will be consulted on
matters pertaining to employee insurance benefits matters.
The board renewed memberships in the Ohio School Boards Association, the
OSBA Legal Assistance Fund, the Union County Chamber of Commerce and the
Metropolitan Education Council for cooperative purchasing.
The board named the assistant superintendent to the position of acting
superintendent when the superintendent is out of the district.
Faithful performance bonds for the superintendent, five board members,
business manager and assistant superintendent will be renewed for three
years through the Ohio School Boards Association and Travelers Insurance
Company in the amount of $20,000 each at a total premium of $816.
The board authorized the treasurer to submit the fiscal year 2003-2004
tax budget to the county auditor and set the 2004 organizational meeting
for 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 2004.
The board adjourned into executive session for the purpose of discussing
personnel. No action was taken.

Jerome trustees hand out pay raises
One of Jerome Township's newest employees has received a 50 percent
raise after fewer than 50 days on the job.
During Monday's regular meeting, Jerome Township Trustee Ron Rhodes said
he was "very concerned" and "stupefied" that the wages of part-time
maintenance worker James Medvec of Powell were increased from $10 an
hour to $15 an hour at a special meeting held Jan. 7.
Rhodes said the raise followed a letter from Medvec. The letter made
salary demands and a threat that he would quit. Rhodes also pointed out
that Medvec failed to fit the job's description. He did not hold a CDL A
license when he was hired, which had originally been a requirement for
the position.
Medvec and two other road maintenance employees were hired Nov. 19 to
work for $10 an hour and after a 90-day probationary period the rate was
to increase to $12 an hour. No benefits were to be provided, except for
vacation after the 12-month anniversary date.
The two other new hires - John Kindall of Marysville and Edward Willing
of Grove City - saw their hourly wages increase from $10 to $13.
Trustee Freeman May responded to Rhodes' comments by saying that Medvec
was doing the work of three men.
The new employees wages became a point of discussion Monday night when
the board considered wages for the township's other non-contract
part-time employees.
Rhodes suggested the two employees' receive a 5 percent pay raise, which
is what the township's firefighters received. Under consideration were
fire safety prevention officer Michael Gibbons who works approximately
12 to 14 hours a week and currently earns $12 an hour and secretary
Chris McDowell who works 16 hours a week and earns $16.50 an hour.
Gibbons was hired in 1999 and McDowell was hired in 1997.
May said he could agree with a 3 percent raise while trustee Sharon Sue
Wolfe said she had heard from township employees that McDowell was "way
overpaid." Eventually, all three trustees agreed to a 50 cent an hour
raise for both Gibbons and McDowell.
All other part-time employees received a 50 cent an hour raise, bringing
their pay to $8.50 an hour.
Concerning another matter, May said sand has been found in the township
truck's transmission. The matter has been referred to the Union County
Sheriff's office and is under investigation.
May said the truck started making noises in early December and he had
just had it checked. He had no idea how long the vehicle will be out of
service. Estimated repair costs range from $2,000 to $7,000. May has
talked to the Union County Engineer about borrowing a truck.May again
brought up the question of businesses operating retail sales in M-1
districts. He presented a list of six businesses that are possibly in
violation and a letter. Wolfe suggested that the Union County
Prosecutor's office be contacted before any action is taken by the
township zoning inspector.
During Monday's organization meeting, Wolfe and May were re-elected
respectively president and vice president of the township board.
Meetings for the coming year will be held every first and third Monday
of the month at 7:30 p.m.
Joe Sullivan was reappointed to the zoning board and Jeanette Harrington
was reappointed with a split vote to the zoning appeals board. Rhodes
had nominated Nancy Medlin to the position and questioned Harrington's
capacity to serve.
Norm Puntenney was reappointed zoning inspector with May and Wolfe
voting in favor and Rhodes abstaining because of pending litigation
which he did not elaborate on. Puntenney will continue to receive
$10,000 a year plus one week's paid reimbursement. In addition, May and
Wolfe agreed to pay the inspector $40 to attend meetings. Rhodes
objected, saying this was part of his regular duties and that no other
township employee is compensated to attend meetings. Wolfe said this
amounts to an additional $1,440 if the inspector attends 36 meetings.
The board agreed to review cemetery fees and fees for the recreation
center. All other fees will remain the same.
The trustees also agreed to table a discussion on how alternates will be
appointed to boards.

Richwood P.D. eyes advertising on cruisers
And idea sprung from race cars could eventually pay dividends for a
local police department.
Richwood police could someday be patrolling the village streets in new
cruisers, complete with advertising space.
Richwood Police Chief Rick Asher told village council Monday night that
he has contacted a company, Government Acquisitions of Charlotte, N.C.,
about the possibility of securing two cruisers with advertising but has
not heard from the company yet. Asher said the cruiser are a perfect fit
for the cash strapped village because they can be had for next to
nothing. Asher said the cost to lease the fully-outfitted cruisers is $1
per year.
In the department's $350,000 per year operating budget, there is little
room in the coffers to purchase new cruisers.
"It would work perfect for us," Asher said.
Asher said he has already contact a company about the cruisers and has
applied to receive two. He has heard nothing back from the company yet.
Council member Mike Dew questioned the nature of the ads, noting that
some types would be inappropriate. No tobacco, alcohol, gambling or gun
ads or any other type of company deemed inappropriate would appear on
the cruisers.
Asher also noted that the company would attempt to solicit local
advertisers for the cruisers first, before looking outside the area.
Asher said he realizes advertisements on the cruisers would look less
professional. He said that is the reason the nature of the advertisement
is so important.
The chief also noted that there is an upside to the ads - the cruisers
would catch the eye of motorists. Any time people notice officers, they
are more mindful of their actions, he said.
One snag could be on the horizon, however.
Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien has recently found wording in the
state constitution which states that government agencies cannot raise
money for any business. Advertising on cruisers could be seen as a way
for companies to make money at the expense of government.
The state attorney general's office is said to be looking into the idea
and preparing an opinion. The decision should be rendered in a month.
In other business, council:
. Ensured local builder Jeff Wills that water and sewer hookups for a
new home on Dudley Circle would begin shortly. Council approved the
hookup at a recent meeting.
. Elected Peg Wiley council president.
. Looked over engineering plans for phase II of the village water line
improvement project.
. Heard chief Rick Asher receive a $100 donation and commendation from
Larry Nibert on behalf of VFW 870 for officer Adam Haycox for his
lifesaving efforts during an accident on Route 4. The organization gives
out such awards to policemen, firemen and medics who show excellence in
the line of duty.
. Heard from a homebuyer in the area of Hastings Street who is having a
problem with a little used street being blocked by debris.
. Heard Dew commend village street crews for their snow removal efforts
so far this winter.
. Heard an update on village park projects from George Showalter,
including the new ball diamond at the Richwood Park which is scheduled
to be completed in May.
. Received the annual year-end crime reports from Asher.
. Heard from mayor Bill Nibert that village administrator Ron Polen may
begin looking into replacing a village truck which is in need of
numerous repairs.

Missing man found dead in crashed car
Preliminary cause of death not yet established
The search for a missing Cable area man ended in tragedy for his family
and friends after his body was located Monday morning in a vehicle found
crashed into a shallow creek.
Union County Coroner David Applegate confirmed Monday that the body
inside the vehicle was that of the missing Steve Jackson, 48, of Cable.
Ohio State Patrol aviation troopers located the missing dark blue 1995
Honda Civic Jackson had been driving in Treacle Creek, just off Route 4,
between Irwin and Milford Center. The vehicle was partially submerged in
almost three feet of water and was not visible from the roadway.
Jackson's father allegedly had walked that area during a search on
Sunday but had not seen the car.
Authorities identified Jackson after both a tow truck and small tractor
were able to pull the vehicle up the embankment from the creek.
According to the OSP, Applegate had not reported preliminary cause of
death as of this morning. As a result, questions still remain from
family members and friends of Jackson as to how the accident occurred.
The OSP report states Jackson was allegedly driving southbound on Route
4 when his vehicle went off the left side of the road and into the creek
Numerous family and friends of Jackson stood across Route 4 Monday
watching as authorities towed the Honda out of the water and wondered
out loud if Jackson had fallen asleep or had possibly suffered a health
ailment which caused the crash.
State and local law enforcement were notified Sunday at approximately
noon that Jackson and his dark blue Honda Civic company car were
missing. Authorities as well as family and friends of Jackson searched
for the vehicle but were unable to locate it.
A search party had gathered at around 8 a.m. Monday morning to begin day
two of the search of possible routes Jackson may have taken. The vehicle
was located about 20 minutes after the North Lewisburg Fire Department
requested assistance from State Patrol aviation at 9 a.m.
Jackson's stepson Mike Byrd said that the family had received word at
around 7 p.m. Sunday night that his father may have traveled the route
past Treacle Creek. The darkness may have prevented them from locating
the vehicle, although Byrd and his sister Jennifer both insist something
was wrong.
"We checked that area and there was no car there," Jennifer Byrd said
Monday at the scene of the crash.
Assisting at the scene Monday were the Union County Sheriff's
Department, Union County Coroner, Union County Prosecutor, Champaign
County Sheriff's Department, West Jefferson Police Department, Logan
County Sheriff's Department and Union Township Fire Department.
Jackson was last seen Saturday night at 10:30 p.m. after he left the
East Liberty Honda auto plant on his way back to his employer in Madison
County. He has been employed at Jefferson Industries Corporation (JIC)
since July of 1999. The company stamps and welds parts for Honda's
vehicle manufacturing operations in Ohio.
As part of his job, Jackson went to Honda for business purposes that
included checking the quality of parts. It was after one of these visits
that he disappeared.
"Many Honda associates knew Mr. Jackson well," Tim Garrett, vice
president of administration at Honda of America Mfg., said. "This is a
very sad day for all of us."
"Steve was highly regarded by everyone he worked with," Steve Yoder,
vice president and plant manager of JIC, said. "He will be missed by the
associates at JIC. We extend our deepest sympathy to Steve's family."
Jackson was also a volunteer fireman for the North Lewisburg Fire
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information regarding
this crash is asked to contact the Marysville Patrol Post at 644-8811.


Recovered vehicle believed linked to missing Cable man
The search for a missing North Lewisburg volunteer fireman may have
ended late this morning with the discovery of a wrecked car near Route 4
and Connor Road.
The Ohio State Highway patrol reported this morning at 9:25 a.m. that
the body of a man was found in a dark blue Honda Civic under a bridge on
Route 4 at Connor Road. State patrol helicopters spotted the vehicle off
the road.
The vehicle matches the description of a car driven by missing volunteer
fireman Steve Jackson, 46, of Cable.
The OSP and the Union County Coroner were not able to confirm prior to
presstime that the body inside the vehicle was that of Jackson's.
However, Jackson's family and friends were gathered nearby as tow trucks
attempted to haul the vehicle out of the stream below the bridge. Many
of them were visibly upset.
North Lewisburg fire officials, family members and law enforcement
officials had gathered this morning at around 8 a.m. to begin the second
day of the search for the missing man.
Jackson had reportedly been missing since 10:30 p.m. Saturday. He was
last seen at the East Liberty Honda Plant.
A volunteer fireman for the North Lewisburg Fire Department for the past
20 years, Jackson's disappearance came as a surprise to his family and
those who knew him. Mike Byrd, his father was not the kind of person to
just take off without a word to anyone. His wife and four stepchildren
were at the fire department this morning to prepare for their second day
of searching.
Byrd said fire officials and family members went out Sunday from 7 a.m.
to 8 p.m. trying to follow his daily route to and from Honda.
He said they had checked the area on Connor Road in their search Sunday
but had not seen the vehicle.
"I didn't know until 7 p.m. that night that he even might have taken
that route," Byrd said about Jackson's possible location.
A parts contractor at Jefferson Industries, Jackson is reportedly a man
of routine who took the same route from his office in West Jefferson to
Honda Parkway in order to inspect and supply parts for the two Honda
plants. It wasn't until his company vehicle was reported missing by his
office that law enforcement officers became involved in the search.
They were looking for the 1995 Dark Blue Honda four-door Civic with the
license plate BP56CS.
Richard Prickett, who is contracted to handle security for Honda, was
helping to organize the search party routes.
"There are a hundred different scenarios that could have happened here,"
Prickett said.
Assistant North Lewsiburg Fire Chief Richard Bishop reported that the
party was searching back roads, ditches, culverts and fields on any
number of routes Jackson may have taken between his office and Honda
Some believe Jackson had been involved in a car accident and was waiting
to be found. Others believed he may have suffered health problems on the
drive home and his car would be wrecked somewhere.
"There are all kinds of ideas," Jackson's stepdaughter Jennifer Byrd
said before the vehicle was found this morning. "We don't care about
that. We just want him back."
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was covering West Jefferson to U.S. 33.
MedFlight helicopters searched Honda Parkway to Route 4. The area was
checked Sunday but was again searched today.
"He's the kind of guy who would help anybody," Bishop said.
"Unfortunately, people like that sometimes get taken advantage of."

MHS Senior learning the ropes of restaurant business
The Hi-Point Inn restaurant is a student-operated restaurant at Hi-Point
Career Center and one local student is adding some flavor to the
Derick Hazelwood, a senior at Marysville High School, began attending
Hi-Point last school year. He chose to study restaurant management for a
couple of reasons.
"My mom has worked in restaurants all of her life and I am a people
person," Hazelwood explained.
Joetta Spain is the instructor for the restaurant management program.
"It's a two-year vocational program." Spain said. "The program helps the
students learn the fundamentals of running a restaurant from top to
Each year the senior class chooses the uniforms for the restaurant
employees. This year all students are outfitted in black and white
checkered pants. Juniors wear coordinating shirts and seniors wear black
shirts with chef coats and hats.
Spain said students learn everything from cooking, serving, cleaning up
and menu planning to cost control. Hazelwood said he enjoys waiting on
tables the best.
After Hi-Point Hazelwood hopes to further his career in restaurant
"I plan on going to Columbus State Community College and majoring in
restaurant and hotel management," he said.
Upon obtaining his associate degree, he wants to begin working and push
toward his ultimate goal.
"I want to own my own restaurant." Hazelwood said, "It would be a family
He said he would hope to open up in Northwest Columbus and eventually
franchise here in Marysville.
Spain said she feels Hazelwood has what it takes to realizehis dream.
"He's very honest, outgoing and willing to learn and take on new
challenges," Spain said.
She added that he is a well-rounded individual with a very supportive
Hazelwood has similar accolades for his teacher.
"She's basically a second mom to all of us and very nice teacher to
have," he said.
Along with serving as president of his senior class at Hi-Point,
Hazelwood is also president of restaurant operations at the career
center. He is a member of the Hi-Point Interclub, or student council,
and he was named senior of the month for October at Hi-Point.
Hazelwood is very positive about his Hi-Point experience.
"I like meeting different students from different schools," he said.
He compares the career center to a college setting and feels the smaller
classes are more conducive to learning.
The Hi-Point Inn is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:45 a.m.
to 12:45 p.m. Hazelwood also works at Frisch's Big Boy in Marysville.

Hiring freeze heads to committee
A proposed six-month hiring freeze, combined with the discussion of the
Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District, made for a city council meeting
full of debate Thursday.
Councilman Dan Fogt led the first reading on the temporary hiring freeze
ordinance. It was quickly amended by council member Ed Pleasant to
include city police and fire personnel to preserve uniformity within the
Fogt said he had only recently been convinced to agree. The section was
ammended unanimously by council, adding the safety forces to the freeze.

Mayor Steve Lowe, however, was not in favor of the ordinance. He said it
essentially places council into a branch of government it was not
elected for.
"This is not something council should be doing," Lowe said. "The mayor
is elected to be responsible for that."
In the case of the high turnover rate for city dispatchers, he said, the
ordinance would be cumbersome.
"It would take the process (to fill the position) up to six weeks under
the best circumstances," he said. "We have to have these people."
Lowe said money was already appropriated for new employees and that
council had approved it during the budget process and now they are going
against that.
"Work with us, not against us," Lowe said. "This ordinance is not going
to help anybody."
Fogt said he has made no secret of the fact that he disapproved of the
city hiring another water plant operator. A sixth operator was scheduled
to be hired this year to help reduce the $20,000 in overtime expenses at
the plant.
"I see no reason to spend $40,000 in order to save $20,000," Fogt said.
However, public service director Tracie Davies reported that the sixth
operator will not be hired. She said she has organized the water plant
schedule to fix the problem, although overtime will still be an issue.
She also added that an operator will be retiring soon and said she has a
concern about having only four operators.
Fogt said the main reason for the proposed ordinance was to prevent the
hiring of the sixth operator.
Council ultimately declared the ordinance an emergency, with Barbara
Bushong voting against the move.
During the process of waiving the second reading, Bushong requested that
council look further into the need for the ordinance. The issue was
finally referred to the public affairs committee for review and that
committee will report back at the next council meeting on Jan. 23 with
their findings.
Another hot topic came on the heels of planning director Kathy Leidich's
presentation of the proposed Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District
(NC). The district would set design standards on new commercial
construction within Marysville, requiring new buildings to fit in more
with their surrounding neighborhoods.
The plan is intended to enhance a community identity.
The process is intended to prevent strip mall structures, consisting of
nothing more than box structures with doors that offer no aesthetic
value to the city.
Joe Duke, president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce, told
council he is not happy with the plan. He said the NC district
discourages new businesses from coming to Marysville.
Critics at the meeting said the NC district issue should be tabled due
to its lack of design standards listed in section 1139.25 which refers
to location of structures, as well as their style, size, scale, exterior
lighting and exterior materials. All would be up for review by the
planning commission.
Area contractor Darek Issacs told council he is worried because it means
the design process is highly subjective without any set plans and the
commission would have too much leverage.
"I'm not sure how I would approach a planning commission faced with
this," he said.
Duke said it is too vague and too open to opinion. He said he once tried
to get a stone sign put up at the insurance office but was turned down
by a planning commission member after meeting all the requirements.
"Maybe it was because he didn't like me," he said. "It happens in a
small town."
John Cunningham, chairman of the planning commission, said the
commission spent a lot of time on the NC district plans. He said the
members chose to leave restrictions off due to changing technology. He
said if they could make contractors build with stone, then it would
prevent the use of fake stone which has become remarkably similar in
look and feel.
Michael Sartka of the planning commission said, "If we don't have
certain things in place then someone can come in and build a big
building with a door and that's it."
"We don't need to be in a hurry to do this today. I just really want to
make sure we do this right,"council president John Gore said.
Council decided unanimously to table the three ordinances related to the
NC district and referred them to the Public Works Committee. The
committee will report any changes to council Feb. 20.

Mayor's State of the City address
Editor's note: The following is the full text of Marysville Mayor Steve
Lowe's State of the City Address delivered at Thursday's council
It would not be appropriate to begin the New Year without recognizing
the people who make Marysville a better place to live. The men and women
who work for the City of Marysville have done an outstanding job for the
citizens of Marysville. Without these workers' willingness to meet the
challenges that arise daily, Marysville citizens could not enjoy the
quality of life that they now do.
City employees have accomplished much this year. City parks and city
properties have never looked better. Improvements have been made in
signalization and signage. Improvements made to the water plant have
increased its pumping capacity and have made it possible to apply to the
EPA for a higher capacity rating. New water lines were installed and old
lines were maintained. The wastewater treatment headworks project to
help control odors was completed and a program to dispose of sludge was
instituted. Services to the public were provided efficiently and with
courtesy. Remodeling of space on the first floor of the city building
created a more convenient location for citizens to pay their service
The Police and Fire departments raised their professionalism to a new
level through training programs and higher qualification standards for
new recruits. Marysville's city employees have served with pride and
accomplished much this year.
Many new projects will commence in 2003. Construction of the reservoir
will begin in the fall. A decision about expansion of the Waste Water
Treatment Plant at the current site or relocation to a new plant outside
the City is on this year's agenda. So, too, will be the creation of a
storm water district so that the City can finance the improvements
needed in the storm water collection system.
Marysville continues to grow. In the 2000 census Marysville had
approximately 16,000 residents. Since that time, the City has added
2,000 citizens. As a result of this rapid growth, the City is
experiencing growing pains. Chief among those pains is that revenue has
fallen behind the needs of the City. The demand for new and better
services continues to outstrip increases in revenue.
The City's financial woes did not begin yesterday. During the last two
decades the City found itself without the funds to start a street
resurfacing program that was badly needed. The decision was made to
borrow the necessary funds to repair our streets. Later it was decided
that instead of asking for an income tax increase to solve our financial
problems, we would borrow money to pay for trucks, police cruisers and
other needed equipment. We continued this practice until 2000. Today, we
are still paying for streets that again need repaving and for equipment
purchased years ago that no longer has any value to the City.
With the exception of the industrial flex nonresidential development
prototype, every type of development creates a deficit situation for the
City's General Fund. Because of this deficit situation, the City's
general fund capital program has been extremely neglected during the
course of the last two decades, and remains virtually unfunded for the
2003 budget cycle despite identification of over $60 million in needed
projects. The City's safety forces, parks, and street maintenance
programs are all funded by the General Fund, so it is no surprise that
these are the areas of City service that are lagging in capital funding.
Ignoring the general fund and capital project development deficits, as
some in the community have advocated, provides a false sense of what the
actual cost of development is to the City. Our current General Fund
capital program consists mostly of covering existing debt service for
past purchases and projects, not for new  purchases and projects.
Certainly, there are community-wide benefits of development that should
be considered when reviewing proposals for new development, but the
impact on the fiscal health of the City's General Fund should be one of
the primary considerations until the General Fund has been made healthy
with the reserve situation being improved to 30 percent from its current
8 percent, and a significant number of the identified capital projects
have been completed.
The bottom line is that a financial plan should be developed to address
the City's capital needs and to shore up the General Fund. Without both
of these components, any plan will be unsuccessful in restoring the
City's  fiscal health and providing the level of services that residents
will continue to demand.
Many steps have been taken in the last three years to improve the City's
fiscal health by identifying the true costs of city services, and then
affixing the appropriate charges for those services. While not popular
with all, responsible citizens know and understand that services cannot
be maintained at yesterday's prices in today's economy. Those charges
and taxes that the citizens pay for city services affect them more
directly than any other governmental charges they pay because this is
the community where they live.
Water and Sewer utility fees were increased in 2001, which restored the
enterprise funds and provided revenue to fund projects for our water and
sewer plants. General Fund monies were used in the past to supplement
the Enterprise funds. These increases will eliminate this practice in
the future and free General Fund monies for funding of capital projects.

Capacity fees for water and sewer were increased in 2001 in order to
provide capital funds for replacement and/or future expansion. However,
since money generated in an Enterprise Fund cannot be used for General
Fund expenses, we must solve our funding issues in the General Fund
through other revenue sources.
The City has spent the last three years converting the City's debt from
notes to bonds so that we can have a set amount to pay each year to
eliminate the debt. In 2003 the City will pay more than $115,000 toward
retiring notes and we will be paying down $1,400,000 on our existing
long-term debt (Bonds). The debt service for the General Fund is almost
1 million dollars a year. I have refused to borrow any money unless a
revenue source can be identified to service any new debt.
The City has taken steps in the past three years to enhance our revenue
stream. Effective Jan. 1, 2002, the city went to mandatory income tax
filing. All residents were required to file an income tax return
annually. The City increased income tax revenue by 12.6 percent.
In 2001 the Parkland fee for City parks was increased from $200 to
$1,000 per lot for all new residential development. This revenue is used
for capital related expenditures in the parks and will be paid by the
Developer, not the existing residents. The Parkland Improvement Fund
money cannot be used to subsidize the General Fund.
One of the major changes involved reviewing and revising all development
fees for the City in an effort to require the city's new development to
be more self-supporting. These fee increases will require the Developer
to be more proactive in financing the development instead of relying on
the existing city residents. The updated user fees will increase general
fund revenue, eliminating or reducing the financial impact for the city
residents in subsidizing new development. The land use fiscal analysis
done by Tischler and Associates points out the need to do more in this
The Cemetery fees were increased in 2001, reducing the financial burden
on the General Fund to pay for Cemetery expenses. Even with the fee
increases, the General Fund continues to subsidize the operation of the
The user fees for sanitation services were recently increased. This
increase was badly needed, considering the Sanitation Fund has been
operating in the red for the last three years. The additional revenue
will be used for capital and operational expenses.
An Economic Vision for the City of Marysville is needed to guide us
through the challenges that the City faces. Part of that Vision is a
balanced economic base with no dependence on a single industry. This
would help during economic downturns. To accomplish this Marysville
needs to build a new industrial park that will attract 21st Century
businesses and  industries. Marysville needs to attract more jobs in
research and the City needs to create more white-collar jobs for
citizens to have options in their choice of careers. Marysville needs to
expand workforce development opportunities with college and or
vocational education. A local campus with possibly a community center
attached needs to be established.
Marysville needs controlled growth, not growth for the sake of growth.
The City needs growth that pays for itself and is beneficial to the
City,  quality development that adds value to the community. Likewise,
the health of the General Fund could be improved by using impact fees to
ensure that future development comes closer to paying for itself and/or
increasing the income tax. The other less appealing option is reducing
City services, which will make it all the more difficult to attract the
higher-end housing and corporate clients that are critical to the City's
future success as a community.
Marysville's challenges are many. It will take a lot of hard work and
many sacrifices, but the City will prevail if the People of Marysville
want to continue to live in one of the best communities in Central Ohio.

Hyder earns rank of Eagle Scout
Mitch Hyder, son of Tammy and David Hyder, will receive his Eagle Scout
Rank at a Court of Honor on March 12.
Hyder is a member of Boy Scout Troop 101 of the Marysville First United
Methodist Church. He achieved the rank by showing leadership among
younger scouts and earning the required 21 merit badges, as well as four
more. He also earned his fifth-year Pipestone Award from Seven Ranges
Scout Reservation and received the Ordeal rank in the Order of the
Hyder completed more than 100 hours of community service with the
support of community officials, friends, family members and member of
Troop 101. His Eagle service project involved landscaping the restroom
building and sidewalks at McCarthy Park on Cherry Street.
Other Eagle Scouts from the troop are Jeremy Keesee, Brent Daugherty,
Matt Vollrath, Ben Vollrath, Mike Connolly and Jarrod Zimmerman.

Kiser appeals ruling
Former Marysville Police Chief Rollin Kiser has appealed the Federal
District Court decision made in November which found against him in his
case of wrongful termination against the city.
Wednesday afternoon Kiser's attorney Dave Phillips reported that an
appeal was filed Dec. 4 in the Sixth Circuit United States Court of
Appeals in Cincinnati.
The ruling of the United States District Court for the Southern District
of the Ohio Eastern Division currently being appealed, granted summary
judgment for Marysville Mayor Steve Lowe, the City of Marysville and the
individual members of council in office at the time of Kiser's
termination. Federal District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley filed his
summary judgment in favor of the city with the clerk of courts on Nov. 9
in Columbus.
A summary judgment is rendered, according to the court, "if the
pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on
file, together with the affidavits, if any, show there is no genuine
issue as to any material fact and the moving party (the mayor, city and
council members) is entitled to judgment as a matter of law."
Phillips reported in November that he would begin reviewing the judge's
opinion and would start evaluating the option for appeal.
He commented Wednesday that the appeal process has only just begun and
that no dates have been set for hearings. The judge for the appeal has
yet to be named.
Jeff Turner of the Dayton law firm Jenks Surdyk will again be
representing the city. He was unavailable for comment today. Marysville
city law director Tim Aslaner acted as co-council during the initial
case, although he reported that to his knowledge he will not be involved
in the appeal process.
Lowe was also unavailable for comment.
Kiser began his job as police chief on May 19, 1997, and was terminated
on Aug. 24, 2000, by Lowe. Council's consent was given at a special
meeting held Sept. 6, 2000.
Kiser sued the city, claiming that he had not had a chance to clear his
name and answer the allegations against him and that Lowe and the city
had violated Ohio's Sunshine Law in the process. In addition, Kiser
alleged that he had been slandered and that there were public policy
The federal district court ruled that Kiser was not protected by the
Ohio Revised Code from his termination. In addition, the court said that
Kiser "had no constitutional right to either a notice or a hearing
before his termination from employment."
Marbley's ruling also stated, "The court recognizes that the Charter
provision at issue is drafted in a somewhat unclear manner, and leads to
an arguable illogical result. The Marysville Charter may be a poorly
drafted (charter); but rewriting it is a job for (the Marysville
legislative body) if it is so inclined, and not for this court."
Regarding Kiser's claims that he was deprived of his civil rights
because he was not entitled to a chance to clear his name, the court
also ruled against him in November. He was not able to prove the five
required factors used to establish that he was deprived of clearing his
name, although some did weigh in his favor.
In the claim that Lowe violated Ohio's Sunshine Laws when city
administration and council met to discuss his termination in executive
session, the court ruled that Kiser failed to request a public hearing
be held on the matter. Instead he had asked to be included in on the
executive session and was denied.
The court also ruled that "Kiser's slander claim must fail because the
record is devoid of evidence that mayor Lowe acted with actual malice
(and) has presented no evidence tending to show that Mayor Lowe doubted
the truth of his statement."
Finally, under Kiser's claims of public policy violations, the court
ruled that because he is not subject to the protections granted by the
Ohio Revised Code, his claim must fail.
Phillips would not comment on whether his case would focus on what Judge
Marbley referred to as arguably "unclear" aspects of the Marysville city
charter, or on the civil rights claims Kiser cited.
Phillips contended that throughout the course of the lawsuit, Lowe had
no facts to support the allegation that Kiser encouraged questionable
traffic stops and that the reasons for his firing were minor. He felt
that if council had allowed both sides of the story to have been told,
the lawsuit could have been avoided.
"We have some issues we think are grounds for appeal," he said today.
However, he would not comment further.

Council will consider hiring freeze
Police and fire departments would be exempt
Marysville City Council will consider enacting a temporary hiring freeze
Based on the financial outlook for the city, council member Dan Fogt is
sponsoring an ordinance proposing a six-month freeze.
"The city is presently without available funds to pay the salary of any
newly-hired employees and it is city council's desire to implement a
temporary hiring freeze," the ordinance language states.
The legislation would have two major functions. The primary power of the
ordinance would be to ban the creation of any new job positions within
the city. A second function would require the approval of council before
vacancies within the city could be filled.
The ordinance, however, gives the police and fire departments an
exemption from the freeze.
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said the city administration is not
against the hiring freeze but questions its specifics.
Excluding police and fire personnel from the proposed hiring freeze is
one point of contention, Schaumleffel said. If there were to be a freeze
on hiring, it might as well be across the board, he said.
"To exclude 50 percent of the city's personnel is silly," he said.
Fogt, however, felt those two departments should not be affected by the
freeze for safety reasons.
Schaumleffel also questioned how the ordinance would affect employees
changing titles. He also worried that council's involvement could bog
down the process of filling vacancies created by retirements or
Fogt said that in many of these cases, administration would have to go
before council anyway. The ordinance will simply ensure that any new
hiring will be better documented.
The legislation, if approved, would be challenged quickly, as the 2003
city budget includes creating another position in the water utilities
Fogt said he disagrees with the idea of creating the position, given the
current state of city finances.
Schaumleffel said a rise in overtime occurring at the city water plant
led the administration to deem the hiring of another plant operator
necessary. Sharing the work load would save money due to costly
overtime, he said.
"We weren't going to hire anyone," Schaumleffel said, "except for that
one position."
Schaumleffel added that the plant operator position was to be paid for
out of the enterprise fund, rather than the general fund. He said the
city increased its utility rates last year to increase this fund,
therefore, it would not affect the general fund.
Fogt said the financial situation of the city has already led city
administrators to hint about possible layoffs. Schaumleffel said the
city has already drastically cut its capital, training and supplies
expenditures and if a shortfall still occurs the city will be faced with
some hard decisions.
"There is no other place else to go than personnel," he said. "The last
thing we want is to let anybody go."
Considering that Marysville is not a well-staffed operation, layoffs
would hurt because some departments have only one employee, Schaumleffel
City officials are counting on $430,000 in new funds to come in from the
new EMS billing system council enacted. If that revenue is not
forthcoming, layoffs could occur.
"I will be checking that on a monthly basis," he said.
The hiring freeze ordinance will be brought as an emergency and would
take effect immediately upon its adoption.
Fogt said the ordinance is designed as a six-month test period to see
how it effects the city's financial status.
"Who knows," Fogt explained, "three to four months into the year we may
decide the hiring freeze isn't needed anymore."

MHS show choir kicks off season
Journal-Tribune intern
Marysville High School's show choir, Swingers Unlimited, will host a
competition in the school's auditorium Saturday.
The direction of the choir changed hands this year to Katie Paulson who
graduated from Ohio State University last spring with a degree in music
education. Paulson was in her high school's show choir in Solon for four
years. She said she has wanted to be a teacher since fifth grade and
never once changed her mind.
"Everyone is positive and supportive," she said. "This is a great place
to get started."
Along with Paulson, Jeremy Alfera is responsible for this year's show.
Alfera arranged the music to fit the choir and choreographed the dance
moves. He was active in his high school show choir and is a senior at
OSU majoring in music education.
Added to the team is Armando Delahostria, assistant choreographer. Show
choir is a hobby for Delahostria and he volunteers a lot of his time to
the Swinger's program. He is a senior at OSU and is an engineering
"We share a similar passion ? the performers, parents and directors love
show choir," Paulson said. "It's a great place to be."
The Swingers began preparation for their winter season last year with
auditions held in the spring. Try-outs consisted of singing a song,
performing a dance and completing an interview with the advisors about
leadership and motivation. Other aspects the advisors look at are
student behavior in the classrooms, grades and any existing discipline
According to Paulson, this year there are 32 singers and dancers, 11
instrumentalists and five stage crew members in the group.
In August before school started, the members attended a three-day
workshop to learn the basics of the show. The three-hour practices every
Monday and Thursday since the beginning of the school year have enabled
the Swingers to polish the show and work on their singing and dancing.
"We run the show at practices to clean the singing and dancing for
perfection," Paulson said.
This year's show is about 20 minutes and consists of five songs. The
winter season starts Saturday with the Swingers hosting the first
competition. Fifteen choirs are coming to compete from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Swingers performance will be at 5 p.m. but because they are hosting
the competition, they will not be competing with the other teams.
The remainder of the season will be traveling to eight competitions in
Ohio, West Virginia and Indiana. According to Paulson, almost every
winter weekend will be spent with the Swingers competing.
"The kids really, really like to be challenged," Paulson said. "They are
a hard working group. Everyone is extremely motivated. They want to rise
to the top. I try to enforce performing successfully opposed to winning
grand champion every competition."

JA grad reflects on championship
As a four-year starter Nickey has seen peaks and valleys
While many so-called college football "experts" felt Ohio State's 31-24
victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl was a huge upset, there was
another group of people pretty close to the situation who knew the
Buckeyes had what it took to win the national championship.
"We talked about the national championship at the start of the season,"
said Jonathan Alder High School graduate Donnie Nickey.
Nickey, OSU's co-captain and starting free safety, talked with the
Journal-Tribune late Monday evening from Oakland, Calif.
After helping the Buckeyes to the Fiesta Bowl victory last Friday,
Nickey stayed on the West Coast to prepare for this weekend's East-West
Shrine Game that will be played at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco.
"We knew what type of talent we had on this year's team," said Nickey.
"There was such an unselfish nature to this team... a great chemistry.
We all believed we could win the national championship and it worked out
The 2002 regular season provided plenty of challenges, with the Buckeyes
winning six of 13 games by a total of 31 points.
The Fiesta Bowl was another in a series of season-long nail-biters as
the Buckeyes beat the Hurricanes in double overtime.
Nickey, though, said those down-to-the-wire regular season battles
helped the Buckeyes prepare for what they faced in Tempe.
"We were in a lot of close games this season," Nickey agreed. "The
overtime win against Illinois (by a 23-16 count) was especially good
preparation for Miami. We knew not to panic and to just keep playing. We
were comfortable having already played in overtime this year."
The national championship was a joyous conclusion to Nickey's OSU
career, especially since his sophomore and junior seasons ended in
heartbreak, both with losses to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl.
It has been said, however, that a silver lining can be found in any
adversity. It was that way for Nickey and company after the back-to-back
bowl losses, one of which cost coach John Cooper his job.
"Losing those two games was in the back of our minds all season," Nickey
said. "The transition to a new coach (to Jim Tressel in 2001) was also
tough but we worked through it."
"Last year's Outback loss propelled us during the off-season workouts,"
he added. "The memory of it also helped us win a lot of games this
Nickey's 2002-2003 season will continue for one final game with this
weekend's all-star contest.
"Late in the regular season, I was invited to play and I accepted right
away," he said.
During the week-long game preparation, athletes will be interviewed by
pro scouts who are on the lookout for draft material.
Next month, Nickey will also attend the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
There, he and other eligible players will be put through drills to
determine their worth in the upcoming draft.
Once he's through that experience, Nickey will return to OSU for the
spring quarter. He'll finish three classes he needs in order to earn his
degree in business administration in June.
He'll also keep his eye on the NFL draft, which is scheduled for April
Nickey is fairly certain he'll go somewhere in the yearly roundup of
collegiate talent.
It will not only decide his future career but will also be a nice gift.
"The draft is the day after my 23rd birthday," he said. "The draft will
be a nice present."

Watching nurses work shaped career path for Inskeep
Lanette Inskeep knows firsthand how powerful the role of a nurse can be
and that  realization has shaped her future.
As a child, she watched her grandfather fight kidney disease and undergo
two transplants. Watching the nurses work has led Inskeep to look into a
career in the field.
"I never felt scared when I was in a hospital," Inskeep said.
Inskeep, a senior at Triad High School, can remember visiting her
grandfather in the hospital and the way the nursing staff befriended the
"I like the way the nurses were able to interact and work with my
grandpa even when he wasn't happy," Inskeep explained.
As a result of her experiences, Inskeep decided she wanted to be a
Her grandfather went through his first kidney transplant in 1985 when
Inskeep was only a year old.
Winnie Brelsford, Inskeep's grandmother, said the nursing staff at Ohio
State University Hospital worked hard to make her grandchildren feel
"I think it is good for children to know what is going on; it makes them
less afraid of the hospital," Brelsford explained.
"The transplant unit at O.S.U. was like one big family," Brelsford said,
"We got to know the people very well."
Brelsford said her husband was in and out of the hospital for more than
20 years until he passed away in 2001.
In December 1993, Grandpa Noel Brelsford needed another transplant.
Members of the immediate family were tested and no one was compatible.
To be thorough, Brelsford's wife Winnie was also tested. She became her
husband's second donor and his "perfect match."
In the seventh grade, Inskeep chose her grandmother as her hero for
being an organ donor. Grandma Brelsford is happy about her
granddaughter's decision to become a nurse.
"I would have loved to have been a nurse," Brelsford said. She explained
that by watching her husband battle kidney disease she learned more
about the medical field than the average person.
This past summer Inskeep was able to set up a six-week internship at
Urbana Mercy Memorial Hospital.
"Each week I got to shadow a different kind of nursing profession,"
Inskeep said. She interned for a total of 80 hours.
Inskeep had the chance to see nurses in action in radiology,
occupational health, emergency, cardio-pulmonary and in-patient.
 "I enjoyed radiology the best," Inskeep said, "I liked all the new
technology and the ultrasounds."
This fall Inskeep took the next step in realizing her dream. She applied
to the Capital University Nursing program and was chosen as one of 65
people to start in the fall of 2003.
"I feel like I really fit at Capital," Inskeep explained, "It seems like
the right thing for me."
 She plans to live on campus and likes the small school setting. Inskeep
said the average graduating class at Capital is around 1,900.
Although she is looking forward to moving out she has some reservations.

"It's kind of scary, especially being an only child and having to dorm
with someone else," Inskeep said.
She said she knows college will be fun and she is very excited about the
nursing program. She likes the fact that nursing students at Capital
take nursing classes from the start. Inskeep explained that some
universities require that you complete certain core classes before
beginning your major classes of study.
Inskeep is a member of Student Congress and National Honor Society. She
enjoys spending time with her parents Kirk and Beth and her grandmother
who lives a mile down the road. Winnie Brelsford serves as the program
assistant for the O.S.U. extension office of Champaign County.

McKinley to take 24 years of memories with him
He will step down in February after long run as Union County Probate and
Juvenile Judge

Being Union County Probate and Juvenile Judge is like being the Maytag
repair man.
"The Probate and Juvenile Judge is the most lonely guy in the county,"
said Union County Probate and Juvenile Judge Gary McKinley because he
can't talk about his business with anyone except his spouse and other
All that is about to change for him.
After 24 years on the bench, McKinley, Union County's longest-serving
probate and juvenile court judge, is retiring in February. He is looking
forward to spending more time with his wife, traveling and taking
assignments from the chief justice.
"I like to keep my mind active," he said.
One of the highlights of his four terms in office has been the 513
adoptions he has overseen. Another reward has been meeting people years
after they were in his juvenile court and finding that they now have
functioning adult lives.
"I love this job," McKinley said.
However, he admits that the position is like a double-edged sword. As
judge, McKinley has helped people who can't help themselves and made
tough decisions when faced with abuse and neglect. As both clerk and
judge of the probate and juvenile division, he also carries sole
responsibility for the court operations.
"If we make a mistake in filing, we're on the hook," McKinley said. "The
ultimate responsibility lies on the judge."
McKinley said two separate cases stand out in his memory.
A few years ago after returning from a vacation, McKinley learned that
33 people didn't know if they were married.
A Milford Center pastor had failed to obtain a new license from the
state after transferring churches. McKinley said his office was
bombarded with questions but his hands were tied to make a ruling until
one of the couples requested a declaratory judgment. Eventually a case
was filed and after a lot of research, McKinley found that marriage is a
contract and that all the marriages were valid. Since that landmark
decision, McKinley said, he has received calls from other judges
throughout the state.
Another significant decision came earlier when a question arose about
issuing marriage licenses to women at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.
McKinley ruled that the women are not residents of Union County and thus
his office is not responsible for issuing marriage licenses. A secondary
result of this decision is that children born by incarcerated
individuals are not residents of Union County either but are residents
of their mother's county.
Under McKinley's guidance the county's probate and juvenile courts have
literally expanded in space and staff, as well as programs.
When he took office in February 1979 the probate and juvenile courts
were located in one corner of the first floor of the courthouse and
operated with five employees who used typewriters and carbon paper.
Today, the courts fill the complete first floor, as well as basement
space, with a staff of 15 that includes two magistrates, plus the use of
mediation services. And the typewriters have been replaced with
"Things have changed a lot," McKinley said, crediting past county
commissioner's Ernie Bumgarner, Max Robinson and Glenn Irwin for their
decision to remodel the county courthouse. "This is a great environment
to work in."
With the additional help, McKinley said he has been able to devote more
time to probate matters of which he's been seeing more challenging
cases. His magistrates, in turn, have taken over more of the juvenile
matters, however, with one of his magistrates expecting her third child
soon, McKinley said he will be going out of office much like he came in
by handling both juvenile and probate matters again.
People are also a big part of McKinley's past and present.
He recalls when he took office and received "golden nuggets of wisdom"
from his predecessor, Judge Robert Allen. Other mentors include judges
Gwynn Sanders, Joe Grigsby and Richard Parrott. McKinley said Sanders
taught him a lot about tough love and he credits Grigsby as one of the
top legal scholars in the state and country, while he and Parrott have
worked together on common issues.
"They are the guys that taught me a lot," McKinley said.
McKinley has shared his wisdom with many over the years and is leaving a
legacy of his own.
He was the first president of the Union County Council for Families in
1992. The council brings together heads of local agencies into one room
so they can collaborate and cooperate on common matters of local
individuals and families in need of help. Troubled by expensive and
increasing out-of-county placings for troubled juveniles, McKinley took
a leading role in the establishment of a multi-systemic therapy program.
Now therapists go into a youth's home to work with the youth, family
members, peers and neighborhood.
"We're taking care of our own and it's cheaper," McKinley said.
To the question of whether this generation of youth is worse than those
of the past, McKinley gives a resounding no.
"I don't think kids themselves are worse. There are just more risky
situations today that are more dangerous." he said. "Society has become
less tolerant of these things."
He reasons that there are just more things open to the youth of today
than there were to older generations but the desire of the young to take
more risks never changes.
"I was a kid once. If you haven't been there, you can't judge," McKinley
said, as he recalled the years he was a youth growing up in Richwood.
McKinley said he never set out to be a judge.
"All I knew was I didn't want to work on the railroad," he said. His
father was a trackman and his mother was a store clerk.
After graduating from Otterbein College, he went on to study economics
at The Ohio State University. He completed all the course work but
didn't write a thesis before deciding to study law at Ohio Northern
In 1966 he went to Washington, D.C., and worked as a legal assistant in
civil rights. During that time, he recalls living out of a suitcase
while traveling to Mississippi and Louisiana to assist school boards and
boards of election with integration.
"It was a great time," he said. "I met a lot of interesting people."
He eventually returned to Richwood and joined the law practice of Lloyd
George Kerns before joining the firm of Bill Coleman. Coleman is the
father of Charlotte Coleman Eufinger, who was elected to McKinley's seat
in November.
"I learned a lot from him," McKinley said of his time with Coleman.
He eventually went out on his own to practice law before being hired as
assistant prosecuting attorney by Parrott, who was then the county's
prosecuting attorney. McKinley served as prosecuting attorney until he
became the county's 15th juvenile and probate judge.

The price of being a Buckeye fan
Local residents spare no expense to watch big game
Journal-Tribune intern
There seems to be no limit to the lengths local Buckeye fans will go in
order to attend the Fiesta Bowl.
Fans are willing to throw down a couple of thousand dollars to be a part
of the national championship game atmosphere.
"It's a big game," Carol Drake manager of Creative Travel said. "A lot
of people are willing to do whatever it takes to get there."
Drake added the travel agency has had many inquiries and sold numerous
"This game is unique because OSU was playing in the same bowl game (the
Outback during the last two years)," said Mike Leininger, owner of
Departures Travel Agency. "This one has a different location."
Leininger said there is no doubt that the Fiesta Bowl has gained more
interest and people have bought more tickets to this bowl game than any
other in recent Ohio State football history. That is no doubt because
the winner of the OSU-Miami game will be declared college football's
national champion.
By the beginning of November, 18 local people were already on a waiting
list for a ticket package to get to the Fiesta Bowl in case Ohio State
qualified for the national championship contest. Those who signed up
prior to determining in which bowl the Buckeyes would play were assured
tickets by Departures. The ticket packages started at about $1,800.
On Nov. 24, the Sunday after the Michigan game, more than 25 area
residents called Departures to inquire about game packages.
At that time, the package was approximately $2,000 per person and rates
increased $75 to $150 a day. The package with Departures is a four-day
trip which includes airfare, hotel, a ticket to the game and
transportation to and from the game and the preview show.
Departures also offered a land tour, which is a weeklong bus trip
including hotel, ticket and stopping at spots of interest for
approximately $1,500.
Through last week, people called inquiring about airline tickets.
However, the availability of game tickets was scarce.
Leininger said that airline tickets were sold to people who do not yet
have tickets to the game, apparently hoping to use scalpers to find a
seat for the contest.
Joe Ohler of Marysville is a member of the OSU President's Club, which
consists of individuals who donate to the school's scholarship fund. The
President's Club had tickets available to members and Ohler was lucky
enough to qualify.
Ohler booked his trip before the Michigan game. He said the risk he took
in scheduling the trip before he knew if the Buckeyes would play in the
Fiesta Bowl was just a matter of having confidence in the team. Ohler
and his entire family are graduates of OSU and he is a regular season
ticket holder. He has attended three other bowl games but said that this
year's game is a pretty big deal.
"We wish the Buckeyes luck and hope they win," Ohler said. "That's why
we go out there."
Eric Phillips will be putting aside his duties as executive director of
the Union County Economic Development Office for a few days to attend
the game. He has been a diehard OSU fan his whole life and the first
game he went to was in 1984 against Iowa. Since then he has attended
more than 100 games.
"When I was 10 years old I was inside listening to Ohio State on the
radio instead of being outside playing with my friends," Phillips said.
Phillips also signed up for his Fiesta Bowl tickets the Sunday after the
victory over Michigan.
"This game is huge ? it makes me more proud to be a Buckeye fan,"
Phillips said.
A chance discussion at a wedding led to the journey west for several
local men.
"A few days later one of the guys called me and asked if I wanted to
go," Fritz Rausch said.
Rausch, Walter Adkins, Jim Kaufman and Kaufman's brother Rick called for
a package to the Fiesta Bowl a few days after the Michigan game.
"I like to watch good sports and this was a great opportunity," Rausch
said. "The last national title (for the Buckeyes) was in 1968 and I want
to be a part of this one."
According to Jim Kaufman, everybody who lives in central Ohio is a
Buckeye fan. This will be the first bowl game he has been able to
attend. That's because he had been busy as Marysville High School's
varsity boys basketball coach.
Kaufman retired as coach last spring and now has the time to attend the
bowl game.
"It all comes down to playing one game, one day," Kaufman said. "You
like seeing teams like this have success."

Feb. 03

Winter snowfall  brings heaps of overtime
Taking time to help Lola
Piled snow means no mail for some residents
Marysville setting up cyber school
Debate over vacated Richwood street continues
J.A.'s Coates has full plate as class president
Suspect in North Lewisburg murder enters insanity plea
18 in running for health  commissioner
City crews look for places to haul snow
Grant allows setup of youth mentoring program
Staying busy is just the ticket for Vollrath
Thompson, Fetty, Schoening are Eagle Scouts
McClain receives scouting award
Couple selected for Bicentennial wedding
Plans for new wastewater plant get underway
Marysville schools to try for levy
Survey on city needs available
Winds blow across county
Early morning crash kills Springfield woman
Milford Center setting Bicentennial plans
Going strong at 90: Memorial Hospital honors volunteers
Man dies trying to save animals in barn blaze
Zoo program is a perfect fit for Fairbanks' Lawson
Severe weather continues to deplete Marysville's resources
Child Passenger Safety Week
Local students embrace healthy eating program
Plans laid for progress at park meeting
'Sweetheart Swindler' enters not guilty plea
Expert blasts television violence
Shuttle tragedy has personal meaning for local woman
Jerome Trustees appoint alternates to boards
Marysville schools hand out Good Apple awards
Morning crash injures two
Frost feels cheerleading experience will transfer over to teaching talent
Speaker to address youth violence

Winter snowfall  brings heaps of overtime
The winter brought the snow and the snow brought the overtime.
At Marysville's city council meeting Thursday night public service
director Tracie Davies introduced an ordinance to appropriate $18,526
from the general fund into the street fund to pay for snow removal
Davies said the city is close to being in the hole for overtime in that
fund. Council waived two readings and the ordinance was passed as an
The chamber was packed with residents who turned out to hear the first
reading of three ordinances pertaining to the Neighborhood Commercial
(NC) Zoning District.
The district was set up to provide greater commercial variety within the
city. Controversy and debate were voiced by residents at past meetings
due to what seemed to be vague requirements.
The three ordinances would include the new NC district within the rules
already listed in the planning and zoning code. The first ordinance
seeks to required the installation of sidewalks on both sides of all new
streets in the NC district including business residential and office
residential districts. It would also enforce lighting requirements and
structure compatibility to surrounding areas.
The second ordinance seeks to include amendments enforcing design review
by the planning commission and the third ordinance concerns business
Council tabled the three ordinances. Councilman Ed Pleasant, who also
serves on the planning commission, said issues concerning the proposed
ordinances needed to be worked out.
Three resolutions concerning the annexing of 144 acres along County Home
Road were also tabled on third reading. The first resolution seeks to
apply buffering, the second states that city services are to be provided
and the third details road care and maintenance.
Schaumleffel said the resolutions were being tabled due to differences
that have not been resolved between the Union County Commissioners and
First reading was held on a resolution to accept the 2003 Marysville
Ohio Interim Community Housing Improvement Strategy (CHIS) as prepared
by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. The CHIS helps low and
moderate income families with low interest loans and grants for home
The deadline for the city needs survey was Tuesday. Pleasant said survey
results will be discussed at the next city needs meeting Tuesday.
Councilman Dan Fogt reported that Union County's Ohio Bicentennial
celebration will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Union County Veterans
Memorial Auditorium on Sixth Street.

Taking time to help Lola
Lola Happ is a simple soul who has been hurt too many times by the
people hired to help her.
While abuse and neglect of persons with disabilities has been rare in
Union County, it has happened, said local MR/DD superintendent Jerry L.
Buerger. Currently the local MR/DD lacks authority to help people like
Lola and laws must change before that can happen.
Lola has had more than $3,000 stolen from her, as well as clothing, and
long distance calls have been made on her phone. The thief was a person
hired to help her.
"Lola is a very trusting person ... such a good soul," said Debbie
Bevington, who befriended Lola five years ago. "People have done awful
things to Lola because they can talk her into anything."
Lola knows what it is like to be verbally, physically and sexually
abused. A native of Minnesota, she ran away from home as a youth and
hitchhiked until a truck driver dropped her off on U.S. 33 almost 20
years ago. She walked into Marysville with no identification, no Social
Security card and no birth certificate.
When Bevington met her, Lola was at survival mode.
"She carried everything in her purse," said Bevington. "She literally
had no food."
Describing herself as a "furious tax payer," Bevington said she realized
quickly that Lola's problems were far more complex than the alcoholic
label she had been tagged with. Bevington called MR/DD and after a
three-minute test their staff agreed.
After being hurt and taken advantage of by so many people for so many
years, Bevington said it took some convincing to get Lola to accept help
and trust people. People made big promises and took advantage of her,
Bevington said.
"Lola likes to be independent.... She wanted to do everything herself."
Bevington convinced Lola by explaining that the help was being paid for
by tax payers and Bevington's money was being wasted if Lola didn't
accept the help She added that if Lola cared about Bevington, she would
use this help.
"We pay an unbelievable amount of taxes," Bevington said, "and should
get our money's worth. There should be no one living in need."
She encourages everyone to "get furious and do something."
Her one telephone call to MR/DD set off a chain of events that has
helped Lola.
Lola now works at U-Co Industries, has her own apartment and gets help
in paying bills, menu planning and taking her medication. She enjoys
bowling, line dancing, exercising, going to the movies and eating out.
She also dreams about the future. She would like to be able to drive a
car again, take a trip to Florida and buy a new bedroom set.
"Life gets better every year, a little bit at a time for Lola,"
Bevington said.
Bevington hopes that laws will change to prevent caregivers from harming
people like Lola in the first place. Buerger agrees.
"Families look to their county MR/DD boards to make sure abuse and
neglect do not occur. We encourage the state to continue to give us all
the tools we need to protect the people we serve by implementing the
Victims of Crime Task Force recommendation and taking similar preventive
measures to protect vulnerable citizens. If criminal activity happens
because we were prevented from getting a potentially abusive caregiver
out of a person's house, then the system has failed the victim, the
family and the community," Buerger states in a press release.
Currently the state of Ohio has only 20 people assigned to investigate
cases of potential abuse and neglect and our county boards have several
hundred people permanently assigned to oversee service quality and
investigate problems as they arise, Buerger said. The Union County Board
of MR/DD employs one person who has the responsibility to work with
local law enforcement agencies and the community to investigate
"MR/DD boards are located in the community and at least three of our
board members are family members of people with disabilities. We have a
personal stake in this issue," Buerger said. "County boards are in a
better position to care for the health and safety of their friends,
neighbors and family members and we have more resources to dedicate to
this issue than the state does."
Several national experts concluded that the best conservative estimate
is that people with MR/DD are generally four to 10 times more likely to
be victims of crime than individuals without disabilities, states the
Victims of Crime Task Force.
Dr. Joan Petersilia, a professor of criminal law and society at the
University of California, said individuals with MR/DD are 11 times more
likely to be sexually assaulted and 13 times more likely to be robbed.
She estimates there are 5 million crimes committed against individuals
with MR/DD annually. That number exceeds the number of hate crimes
(8,000), elder abuse (1 million), spousal abuse (1 million) and child
abuse (1.4 million) combined.
For more information about the Victims of Crime Task Force report go to
odmrdd.state.oh.us. On the home page click on the County Board
information icon and then go to odmrdd Victims of Crime Task Force

Piled snow means no mail for some residents
If Mother Nature had a phone number, she would be getting a lot of calls
from Mill Valley home owners.
Some residents in that subdivision have been feeling a bit out of touch
because recent snowstorms have been keeping the mail from their boxes.
Mill Valley resident Debbie Coe said people in her neighborhood have not
been too happy with the lull in delivery.
"It really perturbed me how they didn't leave any notice or any way to
let you know," she said.
Coe said she spent Monday morning breaking off the ice around her
mailbox with a metal dirt shovel. As a stay-at-home mother, she said,
she has the time to clear off her mailbox.
"What happens if you are 70 or 80-years-old and you are relying on your
checks in the mail to pay for your food?" she asked.
"Well, the problem is that if they could leave a notice then they would
be able to deliver the mail as well," Greg Bayes, officer in charge at
the Marysville Post Office, said.
He said that mail delivery problems have been ongoing since the first
heavy snow hit just over a week ago. Since then the majority of calls
about mail delivery have come from Mill Valley.
A Catch-22 situation started, Bayes said, after Marysville street crews
plowed down the middle of the roads in Mill Valley, pushing piles of
snow to the sides of the roads and blocking mailboxes in the process.
While the plows made travel easier for residents, it also stalled mail
Bayes said that because Mill Valley is zoned rural by the post office,
his employees are not allowed to get out of their vehicles if they can't
reach the mail boxes. He said this is a union rule to prevent workers
from putting themselves in dangerous situations.
Another reason the deliverers can't get out to deliver the mail, Bayes
said, is because it would take too long. He said mailmen are scheduled
for eight to eight and a half hour routes and if they get out of their
vehicles at every house, they wouldn't be able to finish their routes.
Marysville Public Service Director Tracie Davies said the plows can only
plow so close to the curb. If they tried to get closer, the volume of
snow would knock over the mailboxes. Because of this, she said,
residents need to dig out their mail boxes to provide room for the mail
"I've had people call asking for us to come and dig out their mail
boxes." Davies said. "Maybe if we had 100 more workers we could."
"I really feel for the people," Bayes said. "I thought about going out
there and delivering the mail myself, but then if I don't get to
everyone people may complain about how other people got their mail and
they didn't. So I have to stick to the policy."
He said there are two options for mail-deprived residents.
First, homeowners should shovel the snow away from their mail boxes.
Bayes cautioned that the snow should be shoveled onto their lawns, not
into the roadway.
Bayes said residents can stop at the Marysville post office and pick up
their mail. That would be helpful, he said, because each time the
deliverers head out for the day they lug the entire amount of mail that
hasn't been delivered in case they can reach the boxes.
Bayes said elderly residents who have trouble with either option may
call the post office and request their mail and he will deliver it to
their homes.
The post office telephone number is 642-1961.

Marysville setting up cyber school
The Marysville schools will offer another educational option next fall ?
cyber school.
At Monday night's regular meeting, the board approved a preliminary
agreement with the Tri-Rivers Educational Computer Association (TRECA)
to create the Marysville Digital Academy. TRECA is a data acquisition
firm in Marion which provides the school system with its payroll
software, transmits student information to the state and provides other
The academy, for students from kindergarten through grade 12, will be
overseen by a board consisting of superintendent Larry Zimmerman,
assistant superintendent Neal Handler, Raymond principal Becky Heimlich,
retired math teacher Jerry Colette and TRECA superintendent Mike Carder.

There is no charge for students who wish to participate.
Marysville High School Dean of Students Becky Gala said the program is
another attempt to intercept those students who may be considering
dropping out because of pregnancy, work obiligations or some other
Gala said she expects some home-schooled students to take advantage of
the opportunity also. One reason for that, she said, is that a good home
school curriculum can cost from $1,000 to $2,000 and the digital academy
will be free. Another motivation might be that students completing high
school at the academy will receive a transcript and a diploma, while in
most cases, home-schooled students do not.
There is a monetary advantage for the school district, too, in that
home-schooled students enrolled in the academy will bring state money to
the Marysville district. The state pays just less than $5,000 to the
district for each student enrolled but home-schooled students bring in
no money to the district.
Under the TRECA agreement, half of the foundation money will go to TRECA
and half will go to the Marysville schools. If the academy is
successful, it will become independent after two years and all
foundation money will go to the schools.
Under the agreement with TRECA, the Marysville schools will pay $25,000
to provide equipment, curriculum and teachers for students who wish to
enroll in the program. A state grant will provide $20,000 of that fee
and superintendent Larry Zimmerman said federal money is also available.

Those who apply will be evaluated to establish their capabilities, grade
level and curriculum. If they are accepted, they will attend an
orientation in Marion during which they will take several tests. The
students will be issued a computer, scanner and printer for their home
use. Students will be in contact with teachers throughout their
coursework and will be evaluated regularly.
Academy students will not be eligible for extracurricular activities and
special education students who are accepted will not be provided with
the services they now receive from the schools.
In other business, the board:
 . Approved the school calendar for 2003-04.
 . Accepted donations of $5,516 worth of educational materials from
Brenda Zimmerman; $200 for Edgewood Elementary from Honda of America's
volunteer recognition program for volunteer hours provided by Van and
Beth Johnson; a Tanita scale and body fat analyzer from Lenard Andrews
and Sue Norris for Marysville Middle School.
 . Approved an April 11 trip to the Columbus Zoo for East Elementary
third graders; a National Honor Society cruise March 20-23; and a ski
trip to Ellicottville, N.Y., March 6 to 8 for the high school Ski Club.
In personnel matters, the board:
 . Approved as substitute teachers Anita Alexander, Kimberly Burris,
Matt Edwards, Ben Esthus, Teresa Henn, Angelita Leach, Dan Rice, Kelly
Theis and Karen Woolum; and as home instructors Brian Counts and Judy
 . Approved supplement contracts for middle school teachers Janet Dunn
and Nancy Weiskircher, variety show directors; Jesse Miller, Adam
Kunkle, Cheri Barker and Gordon Kunkler, MMS track; Dwight Lowry, Alena
Lowry, Andrea Wolfe and Angie Peak, MMS softball; Chris Hoehn, Matt
Edwards, Ken Parrish and Ryan Young, MMS baseball; and Amy Sines, high
school softball

Debate over vacated Richwood street continues
In 1970 the Richwood Village Council voted to vacate Hastings Street.
The problem is, somewhere along the way after that the ball got dropped.

The issue has come into question at recent council meetings because
Jackie and John Levingston are prepared to put a modular home on a piece
of ground off Hastings Street. But if the street was vacated, the couple
will have no access to the home.
Village solicitor Rick Rodger reported to council Monday night that he
had found a three-decade old ordinance in which the vacation of the
street was approved. After approval, however, the paperwork never made
its way to the Union County Recorder to make it official.
Rodger reported that the two property owners who absorbed the additional
footage have never paid taxes on the property and the street is still
listed on Union County Engineer maps.
Despite that, the homeowners on either side of the street believe they
own the ground and have been using it as their own property.
Bernard Wygant, one of those property owners, was on hand at the meeting
and provided council with what he believed was documentation that the
street was vacated. He provided council with a letter from former mayor
Adam Shuman which confirmed that in 1970 council voted to vacate the
Rodger said passage of the ordinance is not in question. The problem
lies in that the action was never properly filed with the county.
Wygant was also prepared with a survey which showed his property
containing the additional ground. After looking at the document, Rodger
said he is unsure where the survey company got their dimensions for the
property because the paperwork does not reflect what the county has on
file. He said it is possible that the company assumed that half of the
street did in fact belong to Wygant because of the 1970 ordinance.
Wygant also had documentation of an ordinance passed after the 1970
motion which affected the street. Rodger said he had not researched that
ordinance and needed more time to do so.
Bryan Lawrence, general manager of Freedom Homes in Marion, which is
working with the couple to erect the home, said the couple has been
waiting six weeks to begin construction on the home as council tries to
clear up this issue. He said if Hastings Street is not owned by the
city, not only will the Levingstons be out of luck, but other lots
nearby will be landlocked as well.
Council member Arlene Blue asked Wygant if he had a problem allowing
access to the property. He said he parks vehicles on the property and a
fence and garden are located on the property as well.
Roger said the council has two directions it can travel. It can either
retain Hastings as a street or choose to honor the ordinance vacating
it. That decision will be made at a special council meeting which has
yet to be scheduled.
Mayor Bill Nibert also reported that the village is going to be
experiencing some unforeseen expenditure after a lift station on Gill
Street quit working. A new motor for the lift station could cost $7,000.

Village administrator Ron Polen reported that the village could see
additional costs as a company must be paid to pump the sewage to the
wastewater treatment plant.
In other business, council:
. Learned that Rodger will be checking to see if Richwood's compensation
from Time Warner is in line with what other villages get.
. Voted 4-0 to change the income tax subpoena program from a yearly
occurrence to a biennial event. Council members Jim Ford and Peg Wiley
were absent from the meeting.
. Learned that the new village zoning books will be completed and ready
for review by the next council meeting.
. Voted 4-0 to update the village pay ordinance to reflect the 3 percent
pay raises given to village employees. Elected officials did not receive
a raise.
. Approved a transfer of $25,000 from the COPS grant fund into the
general fund to reimburse the police department fund.
. Heard an update on efforts to get additional lighting at the village
park from council member George Showalter.

J.A.'s Coates has full plate as class president
Josiah Coates has raised the bar for future senior class presidents at
Jonathan Alder High School. He has worked hard to provide the best year
ever for his fellow seniors.
This school year marked the first for Coates as a class officer. He
served on student council in junior high but chose not to run for high
school office until last spring.
Coates decided to step back into the student government arena upon
hearing about the open election. He was elected as the class president
for what some consider to be the most important year in a high school
student's career.
"I've always been involved in everything," Coates said, "I've always
liked leading and working with people."
He hit the ground running last summer by organizing car washes to
increase class funds.
He campaigned on a pro-student platform, promising classmates more
senior cookouts and less cost to students for other senior events.
"Senior cookouts are a Jonathan Alder tradition," Coates said. JA
Principal Phil Harris mans the grill for the seniors during their lunch
Coates compared the cookouts to a big picnic, complete with pasta salad,
hot dogs and burgers.
"It's a way to bring the senior class together to relax and have fun,"
he said.
This year Coates has helped organize two cookouts with a third in the
works. Past senior classes have held a maximum of two cookouts for the
entire school year.
"Josiah has done a great job as senior class president," senior class
advisor Sharon Pigott said. "The students are very satisfied with his
work and he received a round of applause at a recent class officer
Coates' second big project has been organizing and distributing the
senior T-shirt, nicknamed the "attitude shirt."
It features a slogan on the back which reads "Graduation 2003 ? End of a
12-year depression." It is illustrated with a ball, chain and broken leg
In past years, the T-shirt sale has been used as a fund-raiser. Coates
worked to lower the overall cost of the shirts to keep them at a base
The second T-shirt will feature signatures from all 136 senior class
members. Those shirts are expected to go on sale by the beginning of
March. Coates said they will be cheaper than the "attitude" shirts
because he was able to shop around for a less expensive vendor.
Coates said there is even talk about a third T-shirt to be designed by a
student. Students are currently turning in artwork to be considered.
The senior class trip will take place in late spring. The class will
travel on coach buses to Cedar Point and spend the day. Coates was again
able to keep the costs down.
Pigott said Coates is both a responsible young man and a pleasure to
work with.
Coates lives in Plain City with his parents and two sisters. In addition
to senior class president he plays football and baseball and is a member
of the art club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Suspect in North Lewisburg murder enters insanity plea
The North Lewisburg woman indicted for the murder of her adopted mother
has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
The plea for Jennifer Furrow, 21, was filed by her attorney Richard Nau
before the Champaign County Common Pleas Court Feb. 12. A psychological
evaluation will determine the woman's competency to stand trial. She is
incarcerated at the Tri-County Regional Jail.
The body of Sandra Jean Furrow, 59, of North Lewisburg was found in her
home at 12:32 a.m. Nov. 14 with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Jennifer Furrow was indicted by a grand jury in December on one count of
aggravated murder, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of
abuse of a corpse. The aggravated murder charge includes purposely
causing the death of another with prior calculation and design.
If convicted, Furrow would face life in prison with parole eligibility
after 20 years. A firearm specification attached to that count carries
an additional three-year mandatory prison term. Abuse of a corpse is a
misdemeanor of the second degree carrying a sentence of 90 days in a
county jail and a $750 fine.
Daniel Parker, 51, of Delaware, was also indicted in connection with the
homicide for one count of complicity to aggravated murder, one count of
tampering with evidence and two counts of having weapons under
The charge of complicity to aggravated murder carries the penalty as
aggravated murder. Champaign County Prosecuting Attorney Nick Selvaggio
has not specified how Parker provided assistance.
The other counts against Parker are fourth degree felonies, punishable
by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Parker has entered a plea of not guilty through his attorney, Edwin
Dougherty. Parker is also being held in the Tri-County Jail.
Both suspects are being held on $500,000 bonds and are scheduled for
trial in early March.


City crews look for places to haul snow
>From J-T staff reports:
While the snow has subsided, a new problem exists as Marysville city
street department worker continue to plow snow.
According to Joe Tracey, street department superintendent, the city will
begin clearing parking areas as residents move their cars from in front
of their homes into their driveways.
Tracey explained that street crews are running out of places to put the
snow and mail delivery may become a problem if something isn't done.
"City crews have pushed the snow as far as possible without causing
damage to mail boxes and closing in driveways," he said. "Homeowners are
encouraged to shovel snow up into their lawn areas, away from mail boxes
and not into the streets. Any snow piled into the streets only adds to
the problem."
Streets were hit in two 12-hour shifts from Friday through Monday. The
remainder of street maintenance will be conducted during regular work
"I feel that snow removal went very well over the weekend," Tracey said,
" and I would like to thank residents and motorists as well for their
patience and cooperation."
Red Anderson of the street department reported that road crews will
clear snow from Main Street early Thursday morning and from Fifth Street
on Friday morning. The snow will be pushed into the street and removed
between the hours of midnight and 8 a.m.
Snow removal priorities, he explained, are conducted in the following
Priority one - U.S. 33 bypass area, main routes and school zones.
Priority two - Residential areas.
Priority three - Cul-de-sacs, dead ends and alleys
Priority four - City parking lots and other city-owned properties.

18 in running for health  commissioner
>From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Board of Health continues its search for a health
commissioner. Eighteen resumes were handed over to the search committee
at the end of today's regular board meeting.
Those resumes came from Ohio, other states and other countries, said
Paul Pryor, director of environmental health. The committee will begin
interviews about March 1, he said.
In the meantime, Dr. Mary Applegate is serving as interim health
commissioner. Applegate has been in that position since Jan. 31. The
board approved a retroactive contract at a rate of $1,500 per month for
20 hours each month.
The board approved a contract to employ Catherine Darr of Columbus as an
epidemiologist. This position came about under a public infrastructure
grant from the Ohio Department of Health to the health departments of
Union, Hardin, Logan and Marion counties and the city of Marion.
The grant came in about six months ago, Pryor said, and because of the
failure of the five entities to come to an agreement about filling the
position, the Union County department decided to go ahead and hire Darr
and contract her services out to the other departments.
Union County will provide office space and equipment and the other
departments' grant money will provide Darr's salary of $20.86 per hour
at 40 hours a week.
Darr holds a master of public health degree in epidemiology from Ohio
State University. She will, among other things, oversee disease
surveying and reporting. Her duties will begin Thursday.

Grant allows setup of youth mentoring program
Those looking for a way to give back to the community might consider
becoming an adult mentor for the VOICE of Union County?.
"The purpose of VOICE is to engage youth in the planning process for
their community through youth-centered activities," John Merriman said.
Merriman serves as the coordinator for the VOICE program.
Merriman, who also serves as the coordinator of student services for the
Marysville schools, became involved with the group because he had an
interest in seeing the youth of Union County come together and have a
voice in their community.
The VOICE concept was born out of grant money awarded to the Council for
Union County Families from the state of Ohio in the fall of 2001.
"This is a very fitting project for the Council for Union County
families because for us, families and children are paramount," said Ann
Drabczyk, executive director for the council.
Drabczyk said a group of local stakeholders met at the end of 2001 to
discuss the best use for the grant monies.
"The general consensus was that our priority should be our youth,"
Drabczyk said.
>From there the VOICE began to be heard.
"There are a lot of exciting spinoffs from this initial grant and it was
the springboard that started the evolution of what is now the VOICE,"
Drabczyk said.
A panel of high school students was assembled in January of 2002 to give
additional insight into the program and the students agreed with the
"They wanted more time with adults as mentors," Drabczyk said.
The VOICE format would include an eight-member student advisory board
under the guidance of adult mentors at each of the participating
schools. The purpose of the group is to provide youth with a forum for
getting their opinions, concerns and issues before a body of community
members, Drabczyk said.
Union County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Skinner is the student resource
officer and an adult mentor at Fairbanks High School. Skinner said he
became involved in the group because he felt it was important to show
students that an adult would commit and encourage the group to grow and
mature as a whole.
"I was invited to the summer leadership training session and I was
impressed by the hard work that the young people were willing to do,"
Skinner said.
Skinner said he became an adult mentor because he feels teenagers have a
lot to offer.
"They have real problems and stresses but they don't yet have all the
tools to handle them," Skinner said. "I enjoy being in the position to
empower them to solve their problems."
Last fall, the group was awarded a second grant from the Ohio State
University which resulted in a student workshop. A forum was held at the
YMCA in December.
Twenty-four students from Marysville, North Union and Fairbanks high
schools, Christian Academy and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center attended the
workshop. In addition, five adult mentors and staff from OSU were also
in attendance.
"The high school youth was truly empowered that someone would listen to
them," Drabczyk said.
During the workshop, students acted out a role-play. The high schoolers
took on community roles, including business owners, school officials and
law enforcement, to work out issues.
"One issue explored was what would the youth like to see in Union County
that would draw them back to the area as adults," Merriman said.
"Student solutions included opportunities for advancement in business."
Drabczyk said now that the VOICE has spoken, it time to take action.
"We are in the process of planning events that will foster adult/teenage
relationships," she said. The first event is scheduled to take place in
early spring. Initial plans include a kickoff party at the YMCA.
For more information about VOICE, upcoming events or becoming an adult
mentor, those interested may contact John Merriman at 642-7801 or Ann
Drabczyk at 642-8990.

Staying busy is just the ticket for Vollrath
Ben Vollrath is about as involved as you can be for a high school
senior. The Marysville High School student's desire to volunteer and
give back to the community has been instilled by his parents and his own
relationship with Christ.
 "My parents have had an incredible impact on my life," Vollrath said,
"They have shaped me into someone who wants to serve and help others."
 And serve he does. Vollrath is an Eagle Scout, president of National
Honor Society, peer counselor, member of Fellowship for Christian
Athletes, student council treasurer, an athlete and an active church
"I've been in Boy Scouts since fifth grade," Vollrath said.
In 2000, he was made an Eagle Scout at age 16. Vollrath's Eagle Scout
project was very extensive.
"My job was to go around Union County and gather war memorabilia to be
displayed in the Veteran's memorial auditorium while it was being
renovated," Vollrath explained.
The second part of the project involved photographing more than 20 war
memorials around Union County. Vollrath's mother and grandfather helped
with the task.
Grandpa Gene Vollrath is a World War II veteran.
Vollrath became involved in the project after the veteran's committee
had originally approached his older brother, Matt, to handle the
"Matt was unavailable at the time so it kind of fell into my lap,"
Vollrath said.
However, the project that fell into his lap became a mission to preserve
the history of those who have served in the armed forces for future
"I have a huge appreciation for the war veterans," Vollrath said, "I
most admire their patience, generosity and work ethic."
Patience, generosity and a strong work ethic have all been instilled in
Ben and his brother, Matt, by their parents, Jane and Dave. Jane
considers being a mother to her sons to be the greatest thrill and
privilege of her life.
 "I believe it's the parents' job to share their values and beliefs with
their children," Jane said. Vollrath's parents credit themselves with
providing the necessary tools to secure their son's successes.
Dave Vollrath, a third-generation family business owner, points to the
former family business as a model. He explained that it takes the
support of the whole family to make everything work together toward a
common goal.
"Jane and I both feel very strongly that family influence is important
and we need to support each other through both the tough and celebratory
times," Dave said.
Jane and Dave are very ministry oriented and have always modeled the
need to serve to their children. However, both point to many influences
that have helped to shape their son's accomplishments.
"Ben has a very special and personal relationship with Christ and has
had the opportunity to be involved in so many different and healthy
activities that encourage service," Jane said.
As NHS president, Vollrath works as a peer tutor every morning at the
high school. He primarily helps other students with math.
His favorite activity is his work with Fellowship for Christian
Athletes. Members meet weekly for fellowship, Bible study and small
group prayer. They are currently holding a clothes drive and helped last
fall by raking leaves around the community.
Vollrath has a very simple key to success. He accepts Jesus Christ as
his Lord and Savior and is thankful to have been raised in a
Christ-centered home.
Vollrath hopes to attend Wheaton College in Chicago next fall. In
addition to volunteering, he works every day after school for Liberty
Tech as a computer support rep for the Marysville school district.

Thompson, Fetty, Schoening are Eagle Scouts
>From J-T staff reports:
An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held at the First Methodist Church of
Marysville Jan. 12. Kyle Thompson, Christopher Fetty and Bret Schoening
from Troop 125, sponsored by the Unionville Center United Methodist
Church, were honored.
Chris Fetty has served at patrol leader and assistant patrol leader. His
Eagle project was to refurbish and upgrade the courtyard at Fairbanks
High School. He and a large group of Scouts and friends trimmed trees
and shrubs, tilled and mulched flower beds, weeded and raked. They
cleared the brick paths, mulched the low areas, repaired benches and
built six picnic tables.
Fetty also upgraded the Fairbanks logo garden on the front lawn.
Bret Schoening has been den chief, assistant patrol leader, assistant
senior patrol leader and troop guide. He is an Ordeal member of the
Order of the Arrow, and participated in wilderness canoe trips and the
Camp Falling Rock Foxfire program for three years.
He holds awards in BSA snorkeling and lifeguard, along with the God and
Country Award and 50 Mile Award for land and water, Motawk - CFR and
Junior Leader Workshop and was assistant director of First Class
Emphasis in 2001.
For his Eagle project, Schoening conducted an education and awareness
program on Lyme disease, training Scouts in more than a dozen troops how
to recognize symptoms, seek treatment and avoid ticks. He provided a
tick flagging kit to survey an area for ticks and collect them for
mailing to testing sites. The project was coordinated with the Vector
Disease Unit and the Lyme Disease Association of Ohio.
Kyle Thompson has been a patrol leader and troop guide. He took part in
Motawk and Camp Falling Rock and wilderness canoe trips in 1998 and
2002. He holds the 50 Mile Award on land and water.
Thompson's project was to erect a new flagpole at the Keckley Family
Life Center on Bear Swamp Road to benefit youth groups in Union County.
Thompson coordinated the efforts and recruited volunteers and materials
for the project. He and his helpers poured a concrete pad over the
foundation for the pole.

McClain receives scouting award
>From J-T staff reports:
Marysville resident John McClain was awarded the Silver Beaver Boy Scout
Award Feb. 8 at the State Capitol Building in Columbus.
This award is given to adults who have exemplified a lifelong dedication
to youth through the Boy Scouts of America. Recipients are nominated by
their scouting peers.
McClain is a member of the advisory committee of Troop 355 sponsored by
the First United Presbyterian Church of Marysville. As Scoutmaster of
the troop for 10 years, he used his knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to
lead. A former Eagle Scout, McClain led the Scouts on trips to the Big 3
high adventure bases at Philmont, N.M., Sea Base in the Florida Keys and
the Northern Tier Canoe Base in Minnesota.
Seven Scouts earned their Eagle rank under McClain's direction.
He has served as Explore advisor and district executive, serves on
several committees at the church and has been chairman of the Marysville
Clothes Closet.
In attendance at the Feb. 8 ceremony were past recipients of the Silver
Beaver Award, Bob Wentz, Rick Weis and John Eufinger.

Couple selected for Bicentennial wedding
A year ago today - Valentine's Day - Nicholas Jay Briggs asked Laura
Michelle Chamberlain to be his wife and she accepted.
Little did they guess their wedding ceremony would be a step back in
time and a unique event open to all of Union County. On Jan. 28 Briggs
and Chamberlain learned that they had been selected as the Union County
Bicentennial couple.
"We're excited," Chamberlain said about the one-of-a-kind ceremony to be
held Sept. 13 at the American Legion Park.
"Weddings are already such an exciting event, and the fact that we'd be
traveling back in time to the 1800s to take part in a public ceremony is
unmatched. This is an opportunity that no one else today can say they've
take part in," wrote Chamberlain in a submitted application.
Their ceremony will not only be the beginning of a new life together,
but will also honor the state's 200th birthday. It will attempt to
capture what a wedding in the early 1800s, when the state was founded,
would have been like.
The wedding party will wear period clothing. Decorations and invitations
will be true to the time period, as well as verbiage, said Kathy
Chapman, chairman of the Union County's Ohio Bicentennial Wedding
Ron Schilling has agreed to provide the couple with a carriage ride,
while Natural Accents will provide flowers and the Broderick House has
donated a free night to the couple with a candlelight breakfast. Union
County's official Bicentennial videographer Bret Atkins will document
the event for the wedding party.
Chapman said the committee is researching details about weddings of that
period and welcomes any other contributions for the special event. The
couple, along with committee members, will be attending a candlelight
dinner at the Ohio Historical Society Saturday to learn more traditions
and customs that would make the ceremony more true to the period.
Chamberlain said she is already looking for an antique bridal gown and
is thinking the wedding may follow a sunflower or prairie theme with
fall colors. Jokingly, she thinks the bridegroom should wear knickers.
Grinning, Briggs prefers a top hat and tails with the groomsmen carrying
Chapman said the committee was looking for a couple with Union County
roots. Briggs and Chamberlain were selected from among five interested
applicants. Selection was based upon an informal interview, the
submitted application, the couple's and their family's interest and the
couple's willingness to work with the committee.
The couple has dated for about seven years and plans to move into
Brigg's childhood home in Marysville after the ceremony.
"We knew we were ready to be married to each other when we realized we
were content with just the small things in life," Chamberlain wrote.
"We're just happy being with each other and there are no questions about
whether or not we should get married. We just knew it was meant to be."
Both are graduates of Fairbanks High School, where they met at a
homecoming football game in 1994. He is a Honda associate and will
graduate in business administration from Franklin University in
September. She is a botany/sociology graduate at Ohio Wesleyan
University and is employed as a greenhouse research associate for The
Scotts Company.
"This Bicentennial wedding is definitely an event not soon to be
forgotten by anyone, and we would love to be able to share our special
day with the community. We have a strong family connection to Union
County, and this would enable everyone to take park," Chamberlain wrote.

Plans for new wastewater plant get underway
Plans for the expansion and possible relocation of the Marysville
wastewater treatment plant will finally get underway.
The current treatment plant will have to expand or else become the focus
of the EPA, Lowe said because Marysville is adding 250 additional homes
a year.
"We don't have 10 to 20 years to do something," Lowe said. "We are very
near capacity and under the best of circumstances an expansion or
relocation will take five years to complete."
Mayor Steve Lowe announced at Thursday's city council meeting that URS,
a Columbus engineering company, has completed its long-awaited study of
the water treatment facility.
Copies of the study will be available for reading at city hall and will
later be available there for purchase.
Lowe reported that the city administration will hold meetings for public
input during morning meetings at the Public Service Center and evening
meetings in council chambers on March 11 and March 20. The planning
process is expected to be completed by May 22 when Lowe and city council
will make a final decision and write up the legislation to begin the
bidding and construction process.
Council member Dan Fogt asked administration if the broken digester at
the plant has been repaired. City engineer Phil Roush reported that
bidding will open on March 11. He said the repair process has taken
longer than expected.
With a possible freezing rainstorm expected to hit the region over the
weekend, discussion centered on the city's shrinking salt supply.
The first reading was held on an ordinance to provide an additional
$50,000 for the city's street fund to pay for more salt.
Councilman Mark Reams questioned the expenditure. He said that despite
the recent policy of salting main arteries first, he has noticed that
some residential areas have been salted twice in one night.
He added that $50,000 was a major amount of money for a city low on
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said he received a letter from an
anonymous person who felt that the roads should be salted more in
residential areas for the safety of bus drivers and their loads of
"Everyone's got an opinion whether it's too much or not enough,"
Schaumleffel said.
Reams proposed amending the figure to $20,000.
However, councilman John Marshall said that the actual figure is
irrelevant because the street department uses only what is needed for
weather conditions.
Schaumleffel said that whatever is left from the $50,000 after the
season will be transferred back into the unappropriated funds. After
some debate, the ordinance was amended to transfer $30,000 into the
street fund by a majority vote.
In other topics discussed:
. City finance director John Morehart announced that the city will hold
sessions to assist residents with their income tax filing.
. Judge Michael Grigsby gave his 2002 report of the Marysville Municipal
court. He said that the clerk of court collected and disbursed $1,7
million in criminal and traffic fines, costs and deposits, civil action
costs, judgment payments and deposits.
. The third reading was passed on an ordinance to appropriate $60,525
for expenses associated with the Assistance to Firefighters Grant. The
actual expense to the city will be $6,000, which is about 10 percent.
. Councilman Ed Pleasant reported that the city needs survey is up and
running on the city web site.

Marysville schools to try for levy
New operating levy will appear on the ballot with two renewals
>From J-T staff reports:
Monday's special meeting of the Marysville School Board resulted in a
resolution to place three levies on the May 6 ballot.
The first will be the renewal of an 8.9-mill operating levy which was
originally passed in 1993 and was the last new operating levy passed for
the school district. It was renewed in 1997 and is due to expire at the
end of this year. It is currently being collected at 6.6 mills.
The second is the renewal of a 5-mill permanent improvement levy which
was passed in 1997 and will expire in 2003. It is currently being
collected at 3.7 mills.
The third is a new 5-mill continuing levy for operating expenses.
The first two levies generate about $6.5 million or 25 percent of the
operating budget for the schools. The third is being proposed as new
millage because it would take advantage of a larger portion of the
industrial tax base.
The renewals will not generate extra taxes and the new levy will cost
the owner of a $100,000 home between $150 and $175 a year in new taxes.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said the levies are needed for operating
costs for the districts. Zimmerman said that if these three levies are
passed, the school district will be able to stay in the black for about
five years.
According to figures submitted by a consultant, the school district's
student population will continue to grow at a 5 to 7 percent rate.
Enrollment for this school year is 4,684 as compared to 3,669 five years
ago. Projections are that there will be almost 6,000 student enrolled
for the 2008-09 school year.
Zimmerman said that means there will be a need for a construction levy
for a new intermediate building and/or freshman building and remodeling
of current buildings in the next few years.
Zimmerman also told the board that Gov. Bob Taft's recent cuts to school
aid will result in a $300,000 loss to the school districts. He said the
school principals are working on cutting $400,000 from the budget this
Zimmerman, district treasurer Dee Cramer, school board president Mike
Guthrie and the school attorney will write the ballot language for the
levies for presentation to the board of elections by Feb. 20

Survey on city needs available
So what is it? The sewers? The streets? Nothing at all?
Local residents are being asked to give the city 20 minutes of their
time to tell the city what is most important to them by completing a
survey. The questionnaire was created by the city needs committee which
formed early this year.
The questionnaire went on-line Tuesday at www.marysvilleohio.org. Paper
copies will also be made available at Lambert Jewelers, Dean Cook
Insurance, Monarch Sports, the Marysville Public Library and the city of
Marysville Water Utility office at 221 S. Plum St.
A copy of the survey is also included on page 7 of today's newspaper.
Results will help city council decide on future Marysville capital
Residents may return the surveys to the same location where it was
picked up or send the forms to City Hall, 125 E. Sixth St. According to
council member and city needs chairman Ed Pleasant, surveys will be
collected from Feb. 11-25.
The committee, comprised of city officials and local citizens, has been
preparing the survey for several weeks.
According to Pleasant, the purpose of the survey is to gather
information regarding what a large cross section of Marysville residents
feel are  concerns that financially impact the community. Residents can
complete the questionnaire and their opinions will be completely
Pleasant said the hope is to have as many people as possible complete
the survey.
The committee, which has been meeting twice a month since December, was
developed to determine if what the city council and administration feel
are important issues coincide with what the residents deem to be
Although money constraints kept the survey from reaching everyone in the
city via mail, Pleasant said he hopes to get at least get 30 percent of
city residents to respond.
The surveys will be collected from their business locations on a daily
basis, he said. After that the committee will use the information to
refine its scope.
"The committee will get back together . and hopefully come out with some
decisions," Pleasant said.
The format of the questionnaire was changed at the Jan. 28 city needs
committee, from a "yes" or "no" style to a five tiered response geared
to balance out opinions. Answers will span from "strongly agree" to
"strongly disagree." The change was enacted in order to be sure the
survey would not end up with a 50/50 conclusion.
"If there are a couple items that are neck and neck," Pleasant said,
"Then hopefully we can put enough separation between them."
Once the survey ends, he said, the results will be taken back to the
city needs committee on March 4.
>From there the committee will focus on two or three of the top capital
needs for Marysville and will approach city council with the final
As far as a time-line for when the committee will bring its plans to
council, Pleasant said, the plan is not to move too soon on a decision.
"The idea is not to go so fast we don't do a good job," he said.

Winds blow across county
>From J-T staff reports:
The strong winds that swept across Union County early this morning did
little damage, but kept more than a few people awake.
Brad Gilbert of the Union County Emergency Management Agency reported
winds reached as high as 56 mph in the county. The speed was recorded in
Marysville at the Union County Sheriff's Department recording location.
Gilbert reported there were no calls into the EMA for wind damage,
although the same could not be said of reports on the city level.
The Marysville Fire Department was kept busy this morning with calls of
a power line down on First Street and a propane heater which toppled
over causing minor fire damage on Scottsfarm Boulevard.
The Marysville Police Department investigated a report of a flash
followed by loud noise on West Eighth Street but were unable to find any
Sgt. Terry Basinger reported security alarms, which can be triggered by
high winds, kept officers busy overnight
"Doors and windows can shake and set them off," Basinger said.
Lt. Marla Gaskill, commander of the Ohio State Patrol Marysville Post,
reported her troopers had a full night responding to at least 10 motor
vehicle accidents in the area caused by the combination of high winds
and slippery road conditions.
Only two of the accidents resulted in injuries.

Early morning crash kills Springfield woman
>From J-T staff reports:
A three-car accident early this morning resulted in the death of a
Springfield woman.
According to Ohio State Highway Patrol reports, Brandi N. Graham, 26, of
Springfield was pronounced dead at the scene of the U.S. 36 crash by
Union County Coroner David Applegate.
Graham was a passenger in a pickup truck which lost control on the road
this morning, after snow swept through central Ohio Monday night and
made conditions dangerously icy.
The crash happened  at 2:11 a.m. today just south of Milford Center.
Reports indicate a 2002 Kia Spectra driven by Pamela West, 47, of
Springfield was  southbound on U.S. 36, followed by a black 1988 Toyota
pickup truck driven by Bryan A. Patton, 28, also of Springfield.
West reportedly lost control of her car on the icy roadway and slid off
the right side of the road into a field and was uninjured.
Patton lost control of his pickup on the same spot, slid left of center
and was struck in the passenger side by a 1999 Kenworth dump truck
driven by Jerry A. Snyder, 43, of Springfield.
Graham was reportedly killed as a result of the impact. Patton was
transported by MedFlight to Grant Medical Hospital where he remains in
serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit. Snyder was not
injured in the accident.
The crash remains under investigation.
U.S. 36  was reportedly closed for an extended period of time as rescue
and cleanup efforts were carried out.

Milford Center setting Bicentennial plans
Preparations are in full swing in Milford Center for the state
Bicentennial celebration.
At Monday's regular meeting, the village council approved the purchase
of a Bicentennial flag that will be on display at Liberty Park and three
state Bicentennial banners with brackets to be on display at the town
Leroy Holt said that, weather permitting, the county's oldest Civil War
monument should be returned to the Union Township cemetery within the
next two weeks after months of restoration work in Columbus.
"It's just beautiful," Holt said as he distributed several pictures of
the restored Civil War monument.
Council member Roger Geer said the three memorial stones the village is
sponsoring are expected to be completed this week. The stones will list
all names of township residents who served in the Civil War and be
located around the historical monument.
Council member Ron Payne pointed out that council in approving the
construction of a miniature log cabin at a previous meeting had failed
to approve funding the project. He estimated the cost to be $3,000. The
moveable cabin, to be located in Liberty Park, will be a replica of the
county's first courthouse which stood in Milford Center.
The village is planning a Bicentennial celebration the Sunday before
Memorial Day.
Union County Economic Development Director Eric Phillips spoke to
council about creating a Community Reinvestment Area. A CRA allows the
village to offer abatements on buildings and improvements.
Phillips explained that CRAs are tools to encourage investment and
create jobs.
He recommended that the entire village be included in a CRA and
explained that the first step in creating a CRA is to conduct a housing
survey. Several documents were distributed and council said they would
contact him after they had reviewed the information.
In other business:
. Josh Combs was re-elected council president
. Committee appointments will remain the same.
. Temporary appropriations were approved with the second and third
readings waived, as well as the amounts and rates as certified by the
Union County Auditor.
. Holt as the village zoning inspector was named as the village
representative to the Logan Union Champaign planning commission.
. Council approved updating the village zoning map to reflect recent
. Payne presented a sample of a public information brochure he would
like to distribute to residents. Payne asked council to review the
document and make recommendations.
. Council went into executive session to discuss personnel at 8:40 p.m.
and the meeting adjourned at 9 p.m. with no action taken.

Going strong at 90: Memorial Hospital honors volunteers
A group of dedicated volunteers was honored at Memorial Hospital of
Union County Friday at an open house complete with balloons, flowers and
Six longtime volunteers over the age of 90, whose combined years of
service total 152, were present at the event. When their volunteer hours
are added up, the total was 41,310. They have worked at the hospital
reception desk and gift shop and with Community Meals.
Bertha Scheiderer, who has volunteered the longest, said the late
Matilda Nicol first got her into the volunteer program. She said that at
that time she had no idea how much time or how many years she would
devote to the program.
When Debbie George of the hospital volunteer department told the crowd
that Scheiderer had been volunteering 27 years, Scheiderer said "Has it
been that long?"
Scheiderer, who will be 90 in July, works at the gift shop and reception
desk and has 6,392 volunteer hours.
Larry Brubaker, 94, has accrued 7,395 hours over 14 years. He worked at
the Morey Center front desk and in the gift shop. Helen Edwards
volunteered 2,939 hours with Windsor Community Meals beginning in 1985
and will soon be 92. Hazel Graham, 94, has put in 1,990 hours with
Richwood Community Meals and is one of the original volunteers there.
She also works at the desk at the Civic Center.
Avis "Al" Converse, 92, was one of the original volunteers with Richwood
Community Meals in 1985 and has chalked up 3,916 hours.
"I retired and wanted something to do," he said.
Converse carries trays in and out of the dining room. His wife also
volunteers at the Civic Center and Converse said they are bored on the
weekends when they don't work at the meal site.
Pauline Little, 90, has been volunteering since 1988 in the gift shop
and at Windsor Community Meals and has logged 3,097 volunteer hours. Her
daughter and son-in-law also volunteer for the hospital. Hazel Kennedy,
92, does sewing at The Gables at Green Pastures and has put in 2,488
hours in 10 years.
Ada Hughes, 94, began volunteering at Windsor Community Meals in 1985
and had accumulated 7,541 hours by the time she retired in 2002. Berdena
Fogle, 93, logged 5,552 hours with Windsor Community Meals between 1985
and 2001 when she retired.
Hospital employees, medical staff, family members, friends and other
volunteers gathered in the Village and Civic rooms to show their
appreciation to the volunteers.
Three of the honorees, Ada Hughes, Berdena Fogle and Hazel
Kennedy,           were unable to attend.

Man dies trying to save animals in barn blaze
>From J-T staff reports:
A West Mansfield man died early Saturday in a barn fire as he attempted
to free his animals.
James A Cummings, 52, of 25663 Storms Road allegedly received a phone
call from a friend that his barn was on fire just after midnight Friday.
Sgt. Eric Yoakam of the Union County Sheriff's Office reported Cummings
had told a female friend to call the fire department and said he was
going into the barn to free the goats, horses and llamas inside.
"He never came out," said Dave Thomas, assistant fire chief of the
Liberty Township Fire Department in Raymond.
Yoakam said Cummings probably died several minutes after entering the
barn as the fire surged out of control. He said that after making the
initial 9-1-1 call the woman went outside and saw the barn had become
completely covered in flames. Cummings did not answer to her repeated
Thomas reported Cummings' body was found in the center of the barn near
a work bench, adding that four horses, four llamas and other animals
also died in the fire.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. The State Fire Marshall
and Union County Sheriff's Department are completing the investigation,
Thomas said.
Although the investigation continues, Yoakam said, authorities believed
there were no signs of foul play.
"He may have been overcome by the smoke or perhaps the structure may
have fallen on him," Yoakam.
Assisting Liberty Township Fire Department were approximately 40 units
from seven other departments, Allen Township, Leesburg Township,
Northern Union County/Richwood, Northeast Champaign County/North
Lewisburg and Perry Township in Logan County, the Union County EMA and
Union County Sheriff's Department.
Liberty Township received the call at 12:20 a.m. and was on the scene
from 12:27 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Thomas said the 5-degree temperature was a factor in battling the fire
as water froze up and man power had to be rotated. He added that water
had to be shuttled from a local pond.

Zoo program is a perfect fit for Fairbanks' Lawson
Kathryn Lawson is one of only 28 students selected from Union, Delaware
and Franklin counties to take part in the zoo school at the Columbus Zoo
and Aquarium.
Lawson, a junior at Fairbanks High School, was chosen last year. Area
guidance counselors were contacted and asked to recommend top science
students for the unique opportunity.
"I'm the only student from Union County," Lawson said.
She attends zoo school every day from 12:30-3 p.m. after attending
Fairbanks in the morning.
Barbara Croft, guidance counselor at Fairbanks, recommended Lawson to
the zoo school program.
"Kathryn showed an interest in the program and wanted to be involved,"
Croft said, "I think it offers an opportunity for some extended learning
in science and gives them the chance to use the zoo as a resource."
The zoo school curriculum is very hands on and students help direct the
learning process. Instructor Ron Jones said he develops his lessons
based on student need in addition to teaching the zoology curriculum.
The students choose projects to research and develop.
They have access to lap top computers, video equipment and an on-site
library to help with research.
"The students are extremely focused," Jones said.
Lawson said she is in awe of the overall experience.
"This class is excellent," she said.
Each day begins with a 30-minute lecture by Jones. Afterward, students
disperse to on-site projects. Lawson just finished a project with the
petting zoo.
"I made petting zoo identification booklets for the petting zoo
docents," she explained.
Next, Lawson is expecting to work with the turtle exhibit at the Jackson
Aquatic Center.
Jones said Lawson is very determined and her progress has been
"Kathryn is the first student in the program to complete a project," he
Lawson said students are hard at work in every section of the zoo. In
addition to the zoo school class, participants are also involved with an
outreach program, which works to educate children about the zoo and its
Overall, Lawson is very pleased with the experience and is already
looking forward to next year. The zoo school is open to high school
juniors and seniors but there are plans to create a whole high school.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance," Lawson said, "I feel extremely
Lawson said it is impossible to choose her favorite animal exhibit
because each one offers a different opportunity for learning.
She said she likes attending Fairbanks every morning so she is able to
keep up with friends and every afternoon she is able to meet students
from across central Ohio.
"I have 30 extra friends that I didn't have before," Lawson said.
Over the summer, Lawson plans to work in the zoo concessions as she did
last summer and wants to return to zoo school next fall as a senior.
She said she is looking forward to turning 18 in 2004 because students
must be legal adults in order to work directly with the animals. Lawson
knows that by next summer, with two years of zoo-related experience, she
will have an edge on other applicants.
Lawson lives in Ostrander with her parents Barbara and Kevin Lawson.

Severe weather continues to deplete Marysville's resources
From J-T staff reports:
Like many other central Ohio communities, Marysville is paying the price
to keep roadways safe from snow and cold temperatures this winter.
Street superintendent Joe Tracy reported that keeping roads safe is more
difficult this year, with increased snow. Tracy said that during the
month of January a total of 955 tons of salt was used, compared to 375
tons used from January to March last year.
According to Marysville Public Service Director Tracie Davies, there
have been no cuts concerning road treatments for 2003 in spite of city
budget cuts.
Regarding the city's supply of salt, equipment and workers, Davies said
things were fine through December but going into February the
department's budget is melting away.
Tracy said the overtime budget is being depleted along with the
materials account. He said that in order to help control that cost, some
low-priority areas may be treated only during regular work hours Monday
though Friday. Tracy said crews concentrate on high traffic areas and
streets that have higher recorded accident rates. Davies said U.S. 33 is
another high priority area because accidents seem to be drawn to the
Aside from long hours and continually depleting budgets, Tracy said,
snow removal operations are running well.
One problem that continues to plague the snow removal operation, he
stressed, is snow being blown out onto the streets. He asks homeowners
who use snow blowers to turn the chutes discharging snow toward their
"We know that this has been a continual chore to get rid of the snow and
that it is a very tiring process for Marysville residents, but working
together we will get past the season and spring will be here before we
know it," Tracy said.

Child Passenger Safety Week
slated Feb. 9-16

The Marysville Police Department and the Union County Sheriff's Office
will be conducting an overtime enforcement blitz to remind drivers to
slow down, buckle up and to keep their children safe by having them
properly restrained.
National Child Passenger Safety Week, held between Feb. 9 and 16,
focuses on programs which attempt to insure that all children in Union
County are properly restrained while riding.
Ohio law regulates restraints for children under four years of age and
40 pounds regardless of seat position in the car. Neglecting child
safety restraint use is a primary offense.
"It means that an officer may pull you over if they notice a violation .
in fact, law enforcement across the country are making passenger safety
a priority," said Amy Reinhard, Safe Communities/Safe Kids coordinator
for the Union County Health Department.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration agrees that the
proper use of a child safety seat can prevent serious injury and death
in 7 out of 10 car crashes.
To determine if car seats are being properly used, trained child safety
seat technicians will be available Saturday at the Marysville Fire
Department from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This service is free and no
appointment is needed.
For more information, those interested may call the Union County Health
Department's Safe Communities/Safe Kids program at 642-2053.

Local students embrace healthy eating program
Journal-Tribune intern
Grants provided to the Mill Valley Elementary School are allowing
students to focus on healthy eating.
Funds from a $500 mini-grant from the health department are going to
offering healthy foods at lunchtime, expanding the menu and getting
students' input.
"Got Fruit?" is this week's theme for lunch.
School nurse Hollie Moots said that at lunch, students can eat three of
the five fruits they should have each day. To emphasize this week's
focus on fruit, Moots dressed as a banana during lunch Wednesday to
encourage students to eat healthy.
Mill Valley Elementary also received a $55,000 grant from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture in October to provide fresh fruits and
vegetables to the students as snacks during the day.
Moots wrote a proposal for the grant in August. Mill Valley Elementary
was one of the 100 schools chosen out of 800 applicants from five states
to receive funding.
The objective of the pilot program is to teach school-age children that
healthy snacks lead to healthy lifestyles. This program is aimed at the
problem of overweight and obese children.
Moots has been in charge of distributing snacks in the morning to first
through fourth graders. She, with the help of staff and parent
volunteers, begins preparing fruits and vegetables for the students at 9
a.m. for distribution an hour later. The students also get a lesson on
the snack or nutrition. The only USDA restriction on the food is that it
must be domestic and cannot be canned or frozen.
"I never thought kids would be so excited about veggies and dip," Moots
said. "It's pretty cool."
She added that the students love the snacks and are open to trying new
foods. One morning snack was guacamole dip with pretzels and the
students were taught about avocados, which are a fruit. Another big hit
were banana and peanut butter sandwiches that many parents now receive
requests from their children to make.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are also provided for classes as a treat for
a student with a birthday. Fruit juice shakes, fruit and vegetable trays
and jello crowns are favorite birthday treats. Students who want to have
snacks in their class for their birthday can sign up for them. Moots
will have a sign up paper at the upcoming parent-teacher conferences.
The importance of eating healthy has also been introduced in gym class
this week. After completing Jump Rope for Heart, the students were given
orange juice. In a library program, fruit and nutrition books are used
while teaching students the Dewey Decimal System.
The pilot program is also useful for the fourth graders who will soon
begin a nutrition lesson about the food guide pyramid and nutrition
labels, topics which are on the fourth grade proficiency test.
Moots reports to the USDA monthly as to what foods were distributed to
the students, any changes in the distribution and the number of servings
of snacks. An evaluation was turned in to the government in November and
another one is due this month. The reports cover two weeks assessed in
each of the months to focus on current nutritional statistics, compared
to last year.
"The hope is to show Congress this pilot program of fruits and
vegetables to school-aged children is a success," Moots said.

Plans laid for progress at park meeting
More soccer fields, improved ball fields, increased parking and a
fully-functioning concession stand are all part of the future at the
Joint Recreation Park along County Home Road.
The Joint Rec Park Board met Wednesday with officials from the city,
county and Paris Township to discuss the park's potential.
Board members shared numerous projects that need to be completed to
enable the 52-acre facility to handle top-notch, high-profile
tournaments that would provide a source of income to the park.
Board president John Merriman said the board needs approximately $10,000
to complete the concession stand and restrooms, plus $12,000 to complete
the building's upstairs for record storage and meeting space.
Board member Bob Feucht estimates that $6,000 could correct drainage
problems which limit the amount of games that can be played on the
park's four fields. Currently he said the fields are operating at 50
percent. The park also lacks a scoreboard and additional temporary
"Things are coming along, but slow," Feucht said.
Doug Moormann, a board member representing the soccer interests, said
there is a need for more fields, goals and parking.
He estimates that if 10 fields are added there is a need for at least
250 additional parking spaces that would cost approximately $40,000.
All agreed that parking affects every event and a second entrance to the
facility is also needed.
With so much potential, all admitted they were frustrated by budget
Originally the park agreement stated that the city and county would each
contribute $30,000 annually for operating costs, while Paris Township
would contribute $10,000 annually for maintenance costs. As the park has
been developed the board has often shifted operating funds to pay for
capital improvements, thus limiting the operating money.
"Right now, we're struggling to maintain," said board president John
Merriman. "You build a ball diamond. It needs to be maintained. You
build a walking trail. It needs to be maintained."
Congratulating the board for their vision, city and county officials
explained that tight budgets will limit them from providing more
financial support. Instead, elected officials encouraged board members
to seek financial support for capital improvements from service clubs.
All agreed to assist with inkind services.
"We need to develop a greater vision," said Paris Township Trustee John
Eufinger. "What the board has now is the seed ... and we need to deal
with the perennial problems of maintenance costs."
Marysville City Councilman Nevin Taylor said he would bring the matter
back to council about assisting the board in a contract problem, as well
as providing water and sewer usage costs.
"We believe in what you're doing," Taylor said.
Union County Commissioners Tom McCarthy and Gary Lee agreed.
"Tonight's a start," Lee said. "I know money is an issue, but we made
progress tonight."
The group agreed to meet again in 60 days.

'Sweetheart Swindler' enters not guilty plea
>From J-T staff reports:
A woman dubbed "The Sweetheart Swindler" by authorities was arraigned in
Union County Common Pleas Court Wednesday afternoon.
Tonya Weiss, 58, was charged Jan. 24 by the Union County Sheriff's
Department for three offenses she allegedly committed while in prison.
The incidents involve her conning elderly men out of money.
Weiss was transferred from Marysville's Ohio Reformatory for Women
Wednesday morning to the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg. She
appeared in court before Judge Richard Parrott via video arraignment.
Weiss has acquired the legal services of Circleville attorney James R.
Kingsley who was appointed by the court. He entered a plea of not guilty
for his client.
Weiss is accused of taking advantage of good-natured men in their 80s,
some who recently had lost a spouse, through their personal ads and
persuaded them from prison to give her a combined amount of about
$28,000. What made the acts worse in the eyes of the authorities is that
Weiss has been in and out of prison for the past six years for similar
During the arraignment Weiss was informed that the count of theft from
an elderly person, a fourth degree felony, could result in an
additional  prison term of six to 18 months in prison and a maximum fine
of $5,000. Another count of theft from an elderly person, a second
degree felony, could result in two to eight years additional time and a
maximum fine of up to $15,000. The final count of engaging in a pattern
of corrupt activity, a first degree felony, could result in three to 10
years more prison time and a maximum fine of up to $20,000.
According to court reports, Weiss may be placed on probation for up to
five years after her release. If she violates those probationary terms
she may be subject to 50 percent of her original prison term and go back
to prison.
Kingsley said a scheduling conference has been set for March 17 at 4:30
p.m. He also reported that bond was set at $200,000.
Weiss was also ordered not to have contact with any of her victims.
Another stipulation of her arraignment was that Weiss is to have no
contact with anyone over 65 years of age.
Weiss had been scheduled to be released from prison Saturday.
She was already serving a 17-month sentence for similar crimes she had
committed in Ross County. If convicted, Weiss could find herself in jail
for another 19 years.

Expert blasts television violence
Says jump in juvenile violent crime is linked  to programs
Jonesboro. Littleton. Paducah. Springfield.
To some people these cities bring memories of places lived or places
driven through while going somewhere else. To others they may not
conjure any thoughts at all.
To Lt. Col. David Grossman, however, these cities represent a new trend
of childhood violence that is only getting worse. These cities represent
places where children snapped, brought guns to school and massacred
fellow students.
Tuesday night at the Vets Auditorium Grossman spoke to Marysville law
enforcement officers, students and residents about how this new trend of
violence started and how it can be stopped.
Simply enough, he said, all it takes is turning off the television.
Grossman is a West Point psychology professor, professor of military
science, nationally acclaimed writer and an Army Ranger who has combined
his experiences to become the founder of a new field of scientific study
which he has termed "killology."
He studies and teaches the understanding of killing in war, how to kill,
the psychological costs of war, the root causes of the current "virus"
of violent crime that is raging around the world and the process of
healing the victims of violence in war and peace.
 He has served as an expert witness and consultant in state and federal
courts, including United States vs. Timothy McVeigh. He helped train
mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school shootings and he
was involved in counseling or court cases in the aftermath of the
Paducah, Springfield and Littleton school shootings. Grossman has
testified before U.S. Senate and Congressional committees and numerous
state legislatures and his research has been cited by the president.
But Grossman speaks as a man who grew up in a little town called
Jonesboro, Ark., and was there when two 11- and 13-year-old boys brought
guns to school and killed or injured 16 children in the hallways.
"The murder rate does not accurately represent our situation," he said.
"Murder has been held down by the development of ever more sophisticated
life saving skills and techniques."
Grossman said that a better indicator of the problem is the aggravated
assault rate - the rate at which human beings are attempting to kill one
another. And that has gone up from around 60 per 100,000 in 1957, to
over 440 per 100,000 by the mid-1990s.
"This has never happened before in human history," Grossman said,
speaking of child violence. "In Littleton the primary weapon used was a
12-gauge pump action shotgun. It has been made for centuries . the kid
is new."
Grossman said it is a trend that is happening all over the world. An
explosion of violence in modern society began in the 50s and is only
increasing, he said, and it all stems from the introduction of
television and the violence that has become popular to watch.
Studies have proven that violence in India doubled when television,
featuring primarily American shows, was introduced during the 1970s.
Grossman said Stanford and Harvard University studies promoted by the
surgeon general have proved that television is addictive in terms of
chemical changes to the brain, a tolerance that is developed to the
violence and even withdrawal symptoms.
Grossman said many factors contribute to violence in human nature, such
as poverty and unemployment, but what is occurring is a cultural
acceptance of violence.
A study conducted on veterans discovered that only 15-20 percent of
World War II soldiers actually fired their weapons if they weren't
ordered to do so.
However, by Vietnam that number had increased to 95 percent. In
training, soldiers were taught to react on a conditional reflex to the
human figure. This same reflex is being placed in the minds of children
from watching violence on television and through video games.
However, soldiers are given the safeguard of discipline, he said.
Children being conditioned to violence on television are not taught the
discipline to control those urges.
"The one thing all of the teenage killers had in common was that every
one had dropped out of life," Grossman said. "None took part in any
disciplined activity."
Instead, he said, they closed themselves out of life and became
infatuated with media violence.
"We are living in the most violent time in peacetime history," Grossman
Children are faced with bullies and close themselves off from fear, he
said. Some get over it and some get worse.
The forebrain is literally becoming underdeveloped in children, he said,
which is causing a rise in the ADD personality.
Grossman is speaking at several county schools today. He is hoping that
by word of mouth parents will start focusing more on what their children
watch on television.

Shuttle tragedy has personal meaning for local woman
>From J-T staff reports:
The recent space shuttle disaster was very personal for one Marysville
Several years ago while living in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Mary Scheiderer,
518 W. Ninth St., was employed at the Vehicle Assembly Building at Cape
Kennedy as a secretary for the Boeing Company.
"It was a dream," Scheiderer said about that time in her life and the
opportunity to be part of the space program.
She recalls walking from her job site to the Launch Complex Control and
knowing astronauts personally.
"It is a great thrill each time a rocket lifts off its pad," she writes
about those years from 1966 to 1970. "To know that I was a part of this
program is very exciting. You cannot realize unless you are connected
with the Space Program, as I am, the importance that this program
carries to the United States of America. The possibilities are
unlimited. The possibilities of future homes in our already over
populated world and the possibility of new minerals and products to
furnish us with new types of living conditions."
One of her proudest possessions is a pin she wears in the shape of the
Apollo 8 cone, the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon in 1968.
She also received a certificate signifying her participation.
Scheiderer said she was working on her computer Saturday morning when
her daughter, Sandy, living in Las Vegas, called to tell her the
Columbia blew up.
"I sat there and cried," Scheiderer said. "I was so sad."

Jerome Trustees appoint alternates to boards
In Jerome Township, it appears that one board appointment, at least, is
all in the family.
During Monday's regular board of trustees meeting, trustee Freeman May
nominated and voted to appoint his son-in-law, Kent Anders, as an
alternate to the zoning board. Trustee Sharon Sue Wolfe also voted in
favor of the appointment, while trustee Ron Rhodes abstained because he
was "concerned about the integrity of the township."
For months the board has debated about creating two alternate positions
to the board of zoning and zoning appeals. They even hired Columbus
attorney Sue Kyte to create a list of suggestions on how to appoint
However, in the end, May and Wolfe decided to pick four names from the
seven individuals who said they were interested in the positions. No
reason was given for their choices or information provided about any of
the candidates. Wolfe listed the following names prior to the vote:
Lonnie Craft, Nancy Medland, Tracey Guerin, Robert Seeley, Anders, Clara
Jane Smith and Sharon Clark Smiley. May said Smiley was no longer
Wolfe refused to release copies of resumes or information about the
candidates after the meeting. Calls to the township office today
revealed no resume or information on file for Anders or Guerin, who was
also appointed as an alternate to the zoning board. Seeley and Smith
were appointed alternates to the zoning appeals board. May said he would
provide information in 72 hours on Anders and Guerin.
In their rush to appoint, the board overlooked setting the length of the
term or compensation for the posts until an individual from the audience
asked about the two points.
Wolfe suggested the terms be for two years, beginning Feb. 10 and ending
Feb. 9, 2005, with pay to be at the same rate as a sitting board member,
but only paid when the individual is required to attend. Rhodes
suggested the terms be made uniform with other appointments, however,
May and Wolfe were not in favor of simplifying the appointment dates.
Much of Monday's meeting was like a game of Mother, May I, with Rhodes
seeking permission to speak from board president Wolfe. After each
request, Wolfe, in turn, appeared to consider the request before
granting him permission. The board established rules of conduct last
year which have been relatively ignored by all trustees, however in a
Jan. 21 memo, Wolfe stated "it (the code of conduct) means that the
president of the board controls this meeting not another trustee" and "
no member of this board will speak unless or until he or she has been
granted the floor by the presiding officer."
At times, she warned and directed Rhodes on what he could talk about.
After Wolfe had interrupted him numerous times, Rhodes finally reminded
her that the code of conduct applied to her as well. In a Jan. 21
three-page memo, Wolfe stated that "the chair will not entertain a
trustee interrupting another trustee while that trustee has the floor."
Minutes for a Jan. 7 special meeting were finally approved with an
amendment. Wolfe wanted to strike out information saying that the
minutes do not have to include everything that occurred.
Rhodes questioned "censoring" the minutes and voted against the motion,
while May and Wolfe voted in favor.
At the Jan. 7 meeting, Wolfe and May voted to suspend a 90-day
probationary period for road maintenance employees and increase wages to
$15 an hour for James Medvic and $13 an hour for other employees. At
that meeting May said Medvic had another job offer. Rhodes abstained
from voting because he considered the meeting improper.
The purchase of new garage doors for the township building was delayed
again when May was unable to provide information about whether the
township needs a permit and if the township employee is a qualified
electrician. A decision had been tabled from the previous meeting when
May failed to provide a written estimate for the purchase.
When asked about the status of attorney Kyte's affiliation with the
township, May declined to answer. He said it will be brought up at the
tri-board meeting with the trustees, zoning and zoning appeals board.
This meeting has not been scheduled.
Rhodes also questioned why May, who oversees the road division, had
failed to have the township's existing equipment inspected after it was
discovered that a truck had been vandalized with sand in the
transmission. Wolfe instructed May to have the work completed before the
next township meeting.
The trustees discussed cemetery fees and reduced only the cost of
burying cremation remains to $150.
May and Wolfe thought the current fees were "in line." Rhodes, on the
other hand, called them unfair and unreasonable with no justification
for the exorbitant increase.
Wolfe added that the additional funds were needed because the Ohio
Revised Code requires townships to enclose cemeteries with fences.
However, when the code was read it stated only that funds may be used to
construct fences.
In other business:
. Consulting engineer Mark Cameron said a public meeting is slated for
Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. for the Ketch Road replacement and ditch
improvement. The trustees approved spending an additional $2,500 for
consulting work to expand right-of-way easements from 40 feet to 60 feet
. A filing fee was approved for a zoning complaint against Adam Cameron,
9540 Warner Road. Zoning inspector Norm Puntenney said Cameron is
conducting a salt and landscaping business without a conditional use
. No action was taken against American Power Sweeper, 7350B Industrial
Parkway, until Puntenney determines whose property has trash blowing
over it.
. Sheriff's representative Rocky Nelson said a senior watch program is
being created and names are sought of individuals who would like to have
a deputy stop by the house or have a computer generated call.
. Glenn Hochstetler, president of the Industrial Parkway Association,
said businesses were pleased with recent snow removal. He invited the
trustees to the Feb. 13 association meeting.

Marysville schools hand out Good Apple awards
Each school building in the Marysville school system selects a volunteer
to receive the Good Apple award each year. The awards were given out at
the Friday night basketball game at MHS. This year's recipients are
listed below.
East Elementary
Brenda Reedy is this year's Good Apple Award winner for East Elementary.
She has earned this award by coordinating events and being a tutor for
the Ohio Reads program. She is co-president of the PTO and organizes
monthly district wide PTO meetings. Reedy also was the assistant
coordinator of the Secret Santa Winter Carnival.
Edgewood Elementary
Serving as PTO president at Edgewood Elementary, Lori Wagner is that
school's Good Apple Award winner. Her qualities of leadership, strong
communication skills and interest in the children have promoted positive
experiences for students, staff and parents.
Mill Valley Elementary
Grant Kearns and Holli Brown are co-recipients of the Good Apple Award
at Mill Valley Elementary.
Kearns took charge of the planning, planting and mulching around the
elementary school this fall, supervising workers from the West Central
Community Corrections Facility who worked on the project.
Brown has been in PTO for three years and is the vice president. She has
volunteered time in planning and organizing many activities for the
students and staff of the school. She also works with area businesses to
encourage partnering that supports the school.
Navin Elementary
The Navin Elementary Good Apple Award was presented to Julie Kalinicou.
As president of Navin's PTO, she has been involved with many of the
school's community activities. She also donated her time preparing meals
for the teachers on conference nights.
Raymond Elementary
By making donations to Raymond Elementary, Monarch Sports Owners Gloyd
Ayers and Charlie Easton are recipients of the Good Apple Award from
Raymond Elementary. Over the last nine years, Monarch Sports has
supplied hundreds of shirts for the school and Ayers and Easton have
engraved plates for plaques and printed hundreds of hats.
Creekview Intermediate
Lisa McKillen is the recipient of Creekview Intermediate's Good Apple
Award. She has been a major part of the school's PTO since before the
school was up and running and has volunteered her time in many
activities. She also runs the school store.
Marysville Middle School
The Good Apple Award co-recipients for Marysville Middle School are Paul
Palivoda and Mike Witzky.
Palivoda has served as a wrestling coach for MMS for the past three
years and is a role model for the athletes and fellow coaches. His
wrestling teams have been among the best in central Ohio. He has also
volunteered as assistant football coach for the school.
Witzky, a health care professional, began volunteering two years after
the school tragically lost a student. He continued work by offering
advice and running a depression group last year. He has set up and
provided counseling to students at MMS this year.
Marysville High School
Her support of Marysville High School has earned Wilma Miller this
year's Good Apple Award. She is a longtime 4-H advisor and officer of
the MHS Alumni Association. Miller is been a 30-year member of the
Family Consumer Science Advisory Board.

Each school building in the Marysville school system selects a volunteer
to receive the Good Apple award each year. The awards were given out at
the Friday night basketball game at MHS. This year's recipients are
listed below.
East Elementary
Brenda Reedy is this year's Good Apple Award winner for East Elementary.
She has earned this award by coordinating events and being a tutor for
the Ohio Reads program. She is co-president of the PTO and organizes
monthly district wide PTO meetings. Reedy also was the assistant
coordinator of the Secret Santa Winter Carnival.
Edgewood Elementary
Serving as PTO president at Edgewood Elementary, Lori Wagner is that
school's Good Apple Award winner. Her qualities of leadership, strong
communication skills and interest in the children have promoted positive
experiences for students, staff and parents.
Mill Valley Elementary
Grant Kearns and Holli Brown are co-recipients of the Good Apple Award
at Mill Valley Elementary.
Kearns took charge of the planning, planting and mulching around the
elementary school this fall, supervising workers from the West Central
Community Corrections Facility who worked on the project.
Brown has been in PTO for three years and is the vice president. She has
volunteered time in planning and organizing many activities for the
students and staff of the school. She also works with area businesses to
encourage partnering that supports the school.
Navin Elementary
The Navin Elementary Good Apple Award was presented to Julie Kalinicou.
As president of Navin's PTO, she has been involved with many of the
school's community activities. She also donated her time preparing meals
for the teachers on conference nights.
Raymond Elementary
By making donations to Raymond Elementary, Monarch Sports Owners Gloyd
Ayers and Charlie Easton are recipients of the Good Apple Award from
Raymond Elementary. Over the last nine years, Monarch Sports has
supplied hundreds of shirts for the school and Ayers and Easton have
engraved plates for plaques and printed hundreds of hats.
Creekview Intermediate
Lisa McKillen is the recipient of Creekview Intermediate's Good Apple
Award. She has been a major part of the school's PTO since before the
school was up and running and has volunteered her time in many
activities. She also runs the school store.
Marysville Middle School
The Good Apple Award co-recipients for Marysville Middle School are Paul
Palivoda and Mike Witzky.
Palivoda has served as a wrestling coach for MMS for the past three
years and is a role model for the athletes and fellow coaches. His
wrestling teams have been among the best in central Ohio. He has also
volunteered as assistant football coach for the school.
Witzky, a health care professional, began volunteering two years after
the school tragically lost a student. He continued work by offering
advice and running a depression group last year. He has set up and
provided counseling to students at MMS this year.
Marysville High School
Her support of Marysville High School has earned Wilma Miller this
year's Good Apple Award. She is a longtime 4-H advisor and officer of
the MHS Alumni Association. Miller is been a 30-year member of the
Family Consumer Science Advisory Board.

Morning crash injures two
>From J-T staff reports:
A mother and her young son were injured this morning after the mother
lost control of the vehicle and was struck by an oncoming semi-truck on
U.S. 33.
According to Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer, at around 8 a.m. the
eastbound Ford Windstar minivan veered off the left side of the road
near Marysville High School. The vehicle went into the median and
entered the oncoming westbound lanes.
A semi truck veered to avoid a collision, although the Ford struck its
back end.
Names of the mother and child were not available at presstime. The young
boy, believed to be around 7 years old, was ejected after the impact.
Both he and the mother were conscious after the accident.
Mayer said it is unknown how the woman lost control.The semi truck
driver was not injured. The van was demolished and debris from the
accident was littered over a 100-yard stretch of the road.
Don Schultz, a truck driver who stopped his vehicle to help, said when
he arrived the mother was trying to find her son. He said they soon
located the boy in the grass. He appeared to have been launched across
the westbound lane.
An orange road cone marked where Marysville Fire medics had retrieved
"He was sitting on his knees in the grass," Schultz said. "He had a cut
on his head . We were afraid to move him in case we caused him more
Schultz and another driver who stopped to help had put a blanket over
the boy to keep him warm. They said the boy was in shock at first and
after they asked if he was all right, he began to cry.
Schultz praised the driver of the truck for keeping control after the
collision. If the truck had flipped over, he said, it could have crossed
the median and into the oncoming lanes.
Marysville fire and medics responded to the accident, along with the
Marysville Police Department and the Union County Sheriff's Department.
The accident is under investigation.
The mother and child were each transported to area hospitals. Their
conditions were unknown at presstime.
The accident backed up traffic on U.S. 33 for a good part of the

Frost feels cheerleading experience
will transfer over to teaching talent

As a cheerleader, Triad senior Tonya Frost is used to encouraging
others, a trait that will serve her well in her prospective career as a
Frost has been a cheerleader at Triad High School for the past four
years. She began cheering in middle school. Her goal after graduation is
to pursue a degree in elementary education.
As co-captain, Frost feels cheerleading has taught her many things
including how to direct a group, encourage others and step out of her
otherwise shy personality. She said all of these things will be helpful
in  running a classroom.
"All my life, I have heard that I have all the characteristics of a
teacher," Frost said.
She is the eldest of four children which she feels has helped to nurture
her motherly instinct.
In addition to helping out at home, Frost has always enjoyed
"I love kids," she said.
Frost has been babysitting for as long as she has been cheering.  She
said she has always enjoyed the job and looks forward to planning
activities with children.
"I play games with the little ones and color pictures or bake cookies
with the older kids," Frost said, "It's fun for them to hang up their
work on the refrigerator and show mom and dad what they did."
Mary Benge is the cheerleading advisor for Triad and a kindergarten
teacher. In past years, Frost has helped in Benge's classroom.
"I have seen Tonya work with children," Benge said. "She has a natural
way with kids.
"She can sense when someone needs help or needs to  be calmed down. She
has a real feel for it."
Benge uses adjectives like fun loving and cooperative when describing
"Tonya is always pleasant with adults and children and people just like
her because of that," Benge said.
Along with assisting in Benge's classroom, Frost had the opportunity as
a freshman to shadow a second grade teacher and has also helped with
kindergarten screenings for the Triad school district.
Ultimately her hope is to teach second graders, for two reasons. Frost
likes the fact that second graders are more physically independent, but
at the  same time still need to be nurtured emotionally and mentally in
the classroom.
So far Frost has applied to the early childhood education program at
Miami University in Oxford. She is a little apprehensive about leaving
"It will be very different this fall to be away because we are a really
close family," Frost said.
She said she enjoys helping her siblings with homework and can even
remember teaching her younger sister Tara how to ride a bike.
When she becomes a teacher, Frost plans to take this mantra with her.
Frost said she has always appreciated her parents' support and wants to
encourage that in the parents of her future students.
As far as her future in the classroom she sees her cheerleading
experience to be a great asset.
"I want to make school fun and have my kids express their creativity,"
Frost said.
Benge said Frost is very organized and helps out with planning for the
squad which will come in handy when she becomes a teacher.
"She's a really great kid," Benge said.
Frost is also involved with National Honor Society, student congress and

Speaker to address youth violence
>From J-T staff reports:
Do television, movies and video games make children more aggressive?
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, a Pulitzer Prize nominee and former Army Ranger,
will have the answer to that question and many more about adolescent
violence Tuesday evening during a free community lecture at the Union
County Veterans Auditorium in Marysville. The program begins at 7 p.m.
Fairbanks School Resource Training Officer Chris Skinner, who has heard
Grossman speak on the topic, said people can expect a 90-minute
interactive presentation that should be "very entertaining."
"He's going to have some answers," Skinner said about the nationwide
problem. "Aggressive behavior is occurring in children at a younger and
younger age. The increase in aggressive behavbehavior is among student
to student and student to adult."
In addition to Tuesday's evening presentation, Grossman will speak to
students at Marysville and Fairbanks high schools on Wednesday.
Grossman's topic is titled "Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill."
He is retired from the U.S. Army and is a West Point psychology
professor, as well as professor of military science.
Grossman is an internationally acclaimed author, world-renowned speaker
and expert witness for the United States Government.


Hard work equals huge improvements for MHS' Lemaster
Commercial Zoning District issue again tabled
MPI breaks ground on cardiac diagnostic center
Court of Appeals to convene in Union County
Most deputies will stay even after grant funds dry up
The origins of Marysville
Book lets people record memories
Committee on city needs has completed its objective
Woman gets five years for sexual battery
School board updated on intervention program
Richwood council rescinds ordinance which closed street
Local bulb company opens retail greenhouse
Filling in the branches of the family tree
Plain City area man sentenced after child pornography sting
Random Acts of Kindness Week will be held in April
Former MPD officer arrested on felonies
Triad's Funderburgh sees farming in his future
Settlement reached after fish kill
Police officers learning first aid
through fire department colleagues
Farm has been in family for more than 200 years
Family proud to support troops
Covered bridges give county an identity
Estimated price of Marysville reservoir jumps
Dover residents don't want treatment plant
Meeting to review reservoir plans
Study will look at expanding U.S. 33
Milford Center passes appropriations ordinance
Richwood street issue still not decided
Dunkin will earn rank of Eagle Scout
Meetings to focus on wastewater problems
Fairbanks' Cramer plans to pursue career in flight
Local Lt. Colonel mobilized
Champaign County to pay back jail funds
Union County could see rash of cash for roads
House dedicated to honor man
who touched so many
Church group lends a hand in storm ravaged southern Ohio
Union County has long list of firsts
Residents list streets as top priority
Murder suspect ruled competent
Second psychiatric evaluation ordered
Kent State wrestler, MHS grad called to active duty
Controversy remains over Jerome road crew
Triad district in middle of contractors' lawsuit
Family commitments brought North Union's Crosthwaite to teaching
Local yoga program catches on

Hard work equals huge improvements for MHS' Lemaster
The next time you pick up a pen to jot down a quick note, stop and think
about how many muscles and movements are involved in that one single
For Jared Lemaster, along with his family and teachers at Marysville
High School, that one single act has become a miracle in the making. He
has had to relearn how to move every muscle after a severe brain injury
left him paralyzed and without the use of his right side.
After being hit by a car while riding his bicycle, Lemaster remained in
a vegetative state for three months. The doctors told his parents, Terri
and Brad, and his sister, Allison, that all they could expect were small
improvements. They were told that he might never be able to communicate
or understand language.
Since coming out of his coma in September 2001, Lemaster has been
determined to prove the doctors wrong and he has made huge improvements.

After spending the first half of last year regaining some of his
strengths as The Gables at Green Pastures in Marysville, Lemaster
returned to Marysville High School at the beginning of this school year.

Lemaster turned 18 on March 14 and attends school for two hours every
"He loves going to school," Terri Lemaster said.
Lemaster arrives at school around 9:30 a.m. and is greeted by his
teacher, Laura Stackhouse. Stackhouse is the multiple-handicapped
teacher in the special education department at the high school.
"We work on communication mostly," Stackhouse said.
She said she works with Lemaster on letter recognition and writing.
Stackhouse said that despite Lemaster's inability to talk, he has a
wonderful way of communicating with those around him through his sense
of humor and playful spirit.
She said each morning begins with the "name tag" game. Stackhouse will
lean in for a hug and Lemaster pulls her name badge off.
Terri Lemaster said Stackhouse has been great with Jared.
"She is the perfect teacher for him because she appreciates and works
with his ornery spirit," she said.
In addition to working with Stackhouse, Lemaster also meets with three
therapists during the school week. Once weekly he meets with a speech
therapist who works with him on sign language a physical therapist who
helps him with movement.
Lemaster has gone from learning to wiggle each individual finger to
working on turning his hands over to palms up. Terri Lemaster said
watching her son reclaim his small motor skills has been amazing.
"Every movement is so very precious," she said.
His mother works with Jared on range of motion exercises each morning
before he leaves for school.
Twice weekly Lemaster meets with registered occupational therapist
Patricia Kauffman who works with him on daily living skills. They have
worked on navigating around the school, along with creating a book to
help him communicate.
The picture symbol book has pages dealing with everything from how
Lemaster might be feeling to what games he would like to play. The book
gives him a way to communicate and express his emotions.
Kauffman said that when she first met Lemaster she wasn't sure what to
expect due to his lack of communication and lack of hand movement. In
less than a year that has all changed.
"Every time I set a goal for him he has surpassed it by 10 times,"
Kauffman said.
Kauffman and Stackhouse work with Lemaster on guided drawings. Before
his accident he was an accomplished artist and student at the Columbus
School of Art and Design.
"He could draw anything," Terri Lemaster said. "His goal was to become a
video game designer."
His favorite medium was pencil and he enjoyed doing medieval-themed
Lemaster is working with a special laptop computer which was donated to
the family by The Scotts Company. The laptop will eventually be able to
speak for Lemaster after he selects a picture showing what he would like
to say.
Lemaster's mother and teachers talk about how they genuinely enjoy his
"He is so much fun," Kauffman said.
Stackhouse said that Lemaster brightens everyone's day.
"He is so much more aware of everybody in the classroom, people around
him and the things we ask him to do," Stackhouse said.
Given his great strides in the last year, Lemaster is expected to
increase his time at the high school after spring break. He will
continue to attend school until age 22.

Commercial Zoning District issue again tabled
Opponents of the Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District design
guidelines may be starting to feel a bit left out.
At Marysville City Council Thursday night, several ordinances dealing
with design standards, requirements for lighting and signs new
businesses are allowed to erect were tabled for the second time.
Council president John Gore apologized to the packed room of citizens
who were sent home the last time the ordinances came before council.
City planner Kathy Leidich recommended that the ordinances return to
council at the April 24 meeting so the planning commission and other
interested parties have time to smooth out the rough edges upsetting
business owners and Chamber of Commerce officials. A total of three
resolutions and three ordinances regarding city planning were tabled.
John Cunningham, chair of the planning commission, said an absence of
the review process would mean citizens would have no say regarding
businesses moving in next door.
He said he is against economic development for the sake of economic
development. He also warned council that planning commission laws can be
changed in the future but once a disruptive business goes up there is
nothing anyone can do.
Chris Schmenk, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, told council that
businesses have been very vocal against the design guidelines. She said
that they did not have enough input and want to have the opportunity to
sit down with the commission and set standards everyone can live within.

In other discussions, council member Dan Fogt asked city engineer Phil
Roush about the status of the traffic light at the intersection of
London Avenue and Ninth Street and of blind crossing devices that
charitable donations paid for. Roush said the bids had been awarded to
Black and White Technology and both would be taken care of at the same
time in May.
The second reading was held on an ordinance appropriating $11,100 from
unappropriated general funds for the replacement of two dry pipe valves
in the City hall sprinkler system. Another ordinance regarding the first
reading for an appropriation of $112,375 from unappropriated sewer
replacement and improvement funds for the purchase of needed vehicles
for the Wastewater Department was read.
Fogt asked administration if everything was being done to reduce items
in the budget concerning the use of unappropriated funds and Mayor Steve
Lowe said everything that could be chopped out already had been. Fogt
replied that council had recommended several items such as training and
conferences be cut out and noted that some of those were not cut. Fogt
also reported that trees and landscaping items council recommended be
cut remained in the budget as well.
Other topics:
. City administrator Bob Schaumleffel reported that Marysville Assistant
Police Chief Glen Nicol has been chosen to attend the F.B.I. Academy.
Nicol will be leaving on April 6 for the 10-week training period.
. Cathy Workmeister of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission spoke
to council about the organization's collaboration with Marysville. The
city joined in with MORPC in 2001. Workmeister reported there is a
$500,000 federal grant for programs to promote home ownership and home
rehabilitation designated for Ohio. She said the grant will be available
in the fall.
. Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Steve Conley reported that a
newsletter concerning park activities will be mailed out to residents
who have participated in past park activities. He said the publication
is set to go out to around 1,000 households. For residents wishing to be
added to the mailing list, call 642-0116 to register.
. A resolution was passed accepting the 2003 Marysville Interim
Community Housing Improvement Strategy (CHIS).

MPI breaks ground on cardiac diagnostic center
>From J-T staff reports:
Memorial Physicians Inc. broke ground Friday at 660 London Ave. on a
$750,000 cardiac diagnostic center.
TheHeartCenter at Marysville is a cooperative effort between MPI and the
OSU Cardiology Division and the funding for the facility is being
provided by MPI.
OSU has two roles in TheHeartCenter: management and clinical expertise.
The primary source of the expertise will be Dr. Douglas Magorien.
TheHeartCenter, due to be open this fall, will offer nuclear stress
testing, stress echo and echo testing. Nuclear and echo testing are only
available in a few Marysville locations.
Services that might be added to the center are venous duplex studies and
carotid doppler studies.
Despite the fact that the Memorial Hospital offers cardio testing, they
are supporting the venture. Memorial Hospital is a 50 percent owner of
Carl Swart, MPI administrator, said that The HeartCenter is expecting to
provide approximately 80 nuclear tests and roughly the same number for
echo tests a month.
"There is a significant amount of demand in town that currently receive
services out of town," Swart said.

Court of Appeals to convene in Union County
 Third District Court of Appeals will travel to Union County to hear
oral arguments in two cases pending before the court on Tuesday at 10
In an effort to allow the public to attend and view their justice system
at work, the Court of Appeals is planning to hear oral arguments in all
17 counties in its district. The on-site visits began last August.
The Court of Appeals invites the public to attend and view these
proceedings being held in the Common Pleas Courtroom on the second floor
of the courthouse in Marysville.
Those interested in attending should arrive a few minutes before 10 a.m.
The two sets of oral arguments will last approximately an hour.
Following the oral arguments, the three-judge panel consisting of Judge
Thomas F. Bryant, Judge Stephen R. Shaw and Judge Sumner E. Walters will
conduct a question and answer session. The court's fourth judge is
Robert R. Cupp.
Scheduled argument sessions, to be attended by area high school students
and instructors, are an opportunity for a three-judge panel to ask
questions to the attorneys representing the parties about the issues on
appeal. Written briefs have already been filed by each side in each
case. The attorneys for each side will be given 15 mintues to present
their arguments.
Following the court session, the Union County Bar Association is hosting
a luncheon for the Court of Appeals judges and staff.


Most deputies will stay even after grant funds dry up
Union County Sheriff John Overly said that the Union County townships
have seen the benefits Public Safety Officers have given to their areas.

However, 2003 marks a year of decision for the townships involved in the
COPS grant program. Some townships may find that funds needed to pick up
the costs of the depreciating grants will not be easy to come by.
The Clinton administration placed more than 100,000 new police officers
on American streets by providing $7 billion in grants to local
departments since 1994. Funding for COPS grants has been reduced to $164
million in the next federal budget.
The Union County Sheriff's Department received $825,000 in 1997 to
implement its new officers.
According to Overly, the COPS program has made a significant difference
in the county because officers have been cross-trained as Public Safety
Officers to administer fire, medical and police services to the public.
Paid for by three-year decreasing grants, the position costs are covered
by the grants 75 percent the first year, 50 percent the second year and
25-30 percent the third year. On the fourth year the costs are taken on
by the county if there are funds available.
In a partnership between the township trustees and the sheriff, funding
is split. Overly's department provides the equipment and vehicles, while
the townships pay for the salaries.
Allen and Jerome townships were the first to become involved in the
program. Township trustees and fire chiefs around the county soon began
the initiative to bring in more.
As a result, five districts were eventually formed in Union County so
townships could share in the cost of a local PSO officer. The districts
consist of:
 1. Jerome, Allen and Millcreek formed in June 1998
 2. Union, Darby and Milford Center formed in Sept. 1999
 3. Liberty, Taylor and York formed in Jan. 2000
 4. Leesburg, Dover and Paris formed in Feb. 2000
 5. Claibourne, Washington, Richwood, and Jackson formed in Nov. 2000
These districts now have to decide if they can afford the program after
the three-year contracts expire.
The salaries of the PSOs who began in 1998 and 1999 have been absorbed
by the townships, Overly said. The district of Jerome, Allen and
Millcreek brought in its second PSO in Aug. 1999 and a third in April
Most townships who joined in 2000 are willing to take up the costs
associated with keeping the program going, Overly said, however, some
townships might not be able to afford it.
Trustee John Oates said York Township officials decided to discontinue
the program after their contract expired because of lack of funds.
Leesburg Township Trustee William Lowe said his area, which includes
Dover and Paris townships, is like many others facing the problem of
keeping their PSOs after the end of the year. He said a new tax levy for
fire services will be on the ballot in November and part of the PSO cost
could come from that levy.
Townships involved in the district plan to meet with Overly to discuss
how they can keep the service. Overly said larger districts may be
formed to spread the costs.
While York Township has opted to bow out of the program, Overly believes
that on a county level there is a good chance the PSOs will be secure if
the townships continue working together to keep the program running.
Ultimately, he said, the decision is up to the individual townships to
set aside the funding.

The origins of Marysville
"When I came to Marysville to live in February, 1824, there were but
four familes living on the town plat; it was literally in the woods."
? George Snodgrass, the oldest living resident of Union County in a
letter dated at Urbana Dec. 18, 1882
The first cabin on the site of Marysville is said to have been built by
a Quaker named Jonathan Summers about 1816. The first settlers after the
town was platted were Matthias Collins, Samuel Miller and John Leeper.
The exact date when Marysville was incorporated is not known, but is
thought to have occurred in 1840.
Marysville was sometimes called the Shaded City even in the 1800s
because of maple trees shading the streets. It was platted by Samuel W.
Culberson and named after his daughter, Mary. Culberson never saw the
land he platted.
Fire protection
Ladders were purchased by the village in 1845 for use in case of fires.
A hook and ladder company was formed but was in existence for a short
The most serious fire occurred July 22, 1855, causing a loss of $15,000
and burning the Cassil Block and several other buildings.
In 1865 a hand fire engine was purchased in Dayton for a cost of $1,200.
That same year the county commissioners granted a petition for the
citizens of Marysville to build an engine house. The engine house was
built in 1866.
Town Hall
In August 1864 the town council purchased property at the corner of Main
and South streets to build a city hall and engine room. In 1877 it was
decided by vote to build a hall for city use. Plans were drawn up and
exhibited at McCloud's drug store. Total cost of the building was
$13,191. It contained a public hall, mayor's office or council room,
public library, fire department rooms and city prison.
The first election was for Justice of the Peace in 1821. Thirteen votes
were cast. William Wilmuth received nine and Mathias Collins received
Post Office
The first Post Office in Marysville was established in March 28, 1823.

Book lets people record memories
Beth Sanders of Marysville knows that everybody has a story to tell.
"There is no time like the present and no better gift to the future,"
said Sanders about her mission to help everyone tell their life
She has even gone so far as to create a free online memory and photo
album. And for those who prefer good old-fashioned paper to record their
memories, she made a Memory Journal that includes the same questions as
those online.
She recommends a good place to start is with one question a day.
The idea of LifeBio was inspired in 1993 when Sanders took the time to
interview her 85-year-old maternal grandmother, Grandma Stitzinger, who
lived in Erie, Pa.
Sanders remembers her grandmother's smile as she sat in a little orange
chair and talked about childhood memories: the first time she saw an
airplane and ate Jello, how she started a preschool, raised a family and
was active in church. Stitzinger shared a story about the night her
grandmother died when she was 5 years old. These memories would all have
been lost today if Sanders hadn't taken the time to record her
grandmother's life before she died in 2000.
Sanders admits she stuck the audio tapes of her grandmother in a closet
and didn't think much more about documenting life stories until six
years later.
A writer at heart, Sanders, who works in the computer industry, was
determined to get back to the English/journalism degree she earned from
Otterbein College and start her own business. Then the idea came to her
about helping others document their life histories. Originally, she
considered video and audio recordings, but soon discarded this idea
because of the expense to individuals. She said professional video and
audio recordings can cost from $1,000 to $3,000. She wanted to create a
way for anyone to tell his life story at little cost.
With progamming help from her computer-savvy husband, Jeff, a website
was launched two years later and now anyone anywhere in the world can
use her questions as an interviewing tool. Currently her website has
2,000 members.
Sanders said stories have much deeper meaning and can show family
The LifeBio Memory Journal has four sections. Section I begins with
questions about the people who shaped the author's life. Section II
focuses on memories. Section III is titled "the real world" and section
IV is called bringing it all together. The in-depth, pointed and unique
questions range from "When you die, what will happen?", "Why were you
named what you were named?" to "How would you describe your mother to
someone who has never met her?"
She is even prepared to refute the top three objections to writing a
To those who say their life isn't interesting, she said that is not
"Your family and friends want to know more about your life, even your
average life," she writes in the journal. "Daily life experiences are
meaningful and they teach your children about you and your values."
To those who think writing their life would be embarrassing, she writes,
"Some people feel that they will appear self centered or proud.... On
the contrary, taking the time to create a LifeBio is a perfect way to
give of yourself. You are recalling not just your own life, but also the
lives of other loved ones - people that younger generations never knew."

To those who say they will do it later, Sanders writes, "Life is short.
Don't put it off - this is the day to begin. It's time to tell your
Sanders website is located at www.LifeBio.com or she can be reached at

Committee on city needs
has completed its objective
Members feel citizens' wishes have been gathered; another committee
needs to plan for improvements

Marysville's special committee of city council had a job to do and that
job has been completed.
The committee's mission was to complete a survey to discover what
Marysville residents wanted in capital improvements. While not as many
residents filled out the surveys as Marysville city council or
administration would have liked, those who did placed fixing the
condition of city streets as top priority. Fixing the flooding issues
associated with sewer conditions came a close second.
Committee chair Ed Pleasant said the problem now is to continue
educating the public on the two issues. The next stage, Pleasant said,
is to start a small focused committee to see if the city can tighten its
belt anymore.
Council president John Gore said he felt the only way the city would get
public support for issues such as streets and sewer repairs would be to
present them with a clear price tag and a defined ending date.
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel gave a financial presentation of his
wish list for street repairs for the committee. He said that if the
issue is passed by council, the repairs would have an estimated $2
million price tag. This means the city would have $160,000 in debt
service to pay back annually. Additional funds needed for annual
maintenance would be $840,000.
The figures add up to a total of $1 million for taxpayers, he said, when
adding an extra 10 percent to beef up additional general fund reserves.
Schaumleffel said that a five-year income tax hike of .5 percent would
be enough to cover these costs. He said the figures provided were based
on estimates only.
The current 1 percent income tax base figures for 2002 collections are
at $5,774,243, Schaumleffel said. Based on this figure, city finance
director John Morehart said that for every .10 percent income tax
increase an additional $577,243.
Schaumleffel said the city would plan on doing repairs block by block to
avoid problems with water and sewer lines. He said a lot of streets have
little to no curbs after years of repaving and general weathering.
Asking voters to hand out money for several utility rate changes, as
well as hitting them with a proposed income tax increase might be
"It is unique to have to deal with all this at one time," Schaumleffel
Member Steve Ormeroid also reminded the committee that Marysville
schools will have several issues on the ballot in May. This means
citizens will have even more choices of where they want their money to
Members of the committee also highlighted what appeared to be a conflict
of opinion in the city needs survey. According to the results, 64
percent of responders thought the current income tax rate was enough for
the city. However, 58 percent of responders said they didn't feel they
knew enough about the city's financial needs.
Pleasant said this will be one of the issues the new smaller committee
would take on.
Member Debbie Groat said fixing the storm sewer problem in the city is a
health issue and should be considered more important than street
problems. Member Jim Wimmers Jr. reminded the committee that houses are
Schaumleffel pointed out that streets concern everybody. Only a few
neighborhoods in the city have flooding problems and that is why the
survey results placed the issue second.
No meeting has been scheduled for the proposed smaller committee, which
will consist of five to six members of the current committee.

Woman gets five years for sexual battery
A Bellefontaine woman received the maximum sentence allowed by law
Monday morning for a sex act she performed with a young male relative
which was caught on videotape.
Union County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott sentenced Lara
L. Horch, 32, to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000 for the
crime. Horch was arrested on Sept. 9, 2002 for one count of sexual
battery, a third-degree felony, and one count of rape, a first-degree
Before the trial could get past opening statements, Horch changed her
plea to guilty to one count of sexual battery in an arrangement with
The rape charge was dismissed because prosecutors said the exact date
the act was taped could not be proven. This made it difficult to
estimate the age of the juvenile victim, since prosecution must prove
the victim was younger than 13 at the time. The charge could have left
her in prison for 10 years.
The Bill of Particulars of the case stated that on Dec. 8, 2000, Horch
allegedly performed oral sex on a juvenile male family member, who was
reportedly 11 years old at the time. Horch claimed she was not aware the
act had been videotaped. She claimed that when she found out about the
tape she destroyed what she hoped was the only copy. The crime took
place at her former home on Whitestone Road in Marysville.
Horch was represented by attorneys Donald Jillisky and Michael Streng
who recommended a four-year sentence. Assistant Union County Prosecutor
John Heinkel prosecuted the case.Streng explained in court that Horch
was involved in an abusive relationship with her ex-husband. Horch
claimed he threatened her with beatings if she refused his sexual
requests. The two were divorced on April 5, 2002.
Court files indicated the defense was planning to claim Horch suffered
from Battered Wife Syndrome as a result of the domestic abuse. Horch
also claimed in court files that her ex-husband was obsessed with sex
and would force her to engage in sexual acts with other people.
During the sentence hearing, Horch spoke tearfully before the court and
apologized to her family, saying she hoped they could all put it behind
them. Parrott was not moved by the defendant's words and said he saw no
genuine remorse in her actions. He pointed out that she still believed
someone else was responsible for the crime. Parrott reported his ruling
for the maximum sentence was influenced by the age of the victim and the
fact that it was a sex offense.
Horch was transported to the Ohio Reformatory for Women. According to
her sentence conditions, she may appeal the results of her case after 30
days. She is available for early release after 180 days in jail,
however, Parrott indicated that this would be unlikely.
Heinkel indicated Monday that prosecutors are now looking at additional
charges against the person who made the videotape.

School board updated on intervention program
The Marysville Board of Education heard about the middle school TRAILs
program at Monday night's meeting.
TRAILs (Teaching Responsibility and Individualized Learning) is an
intervention program aimed at students who have experienced academic,
attendance and social problems, do not fall into any special education
category but need individual attention. Most of the students are on
Teacher Penny Stires, whose background is in special ed, oversees the
program. She said the purpose of the program is to integrate the
students back into regular classes by improving attendance, academic
work and behavioral and social skills.
Stires said students take notebooks home every day, detailing the day's
work, homework, problems and successes and parents must sign off on the
report. She said the parents are cooperative and the outside agencies
which oversee the children are helpful.
A seventh grade student talked about his experience in the program and
gave examples of his improvement in grades and behavior.
There are plans to expand the program to Creekview Intermediate School
next year.
In other matters, the board:
. Heard a presentation on the fresh fruit and vegetable snack program
grant at Mill Valley Elementary School.
. Approved a resolution of recognition and appreciation for the
Marysville High School wrestling team and coach Lenard Andrews for their
outstanding season.
 . Approved the adoption of the textbook "Consumer Education and
Economics" for the family and consumer science department.
 . Accepted the donation of an otoscope valued at $200 from Dr. Perry
Mostov for the Mill Valley clinic.
In personnel matters, the board:
 . Accepted the resignation of assistant superintendent Neal Handler for
purposes of retirement effective July 1 and approved his re-employment
under a three-year contract
 . Approved three-year limited administrator contracts for Greg Casto,
Mill Valley principal; Trent Bowers as Navin principal; Maryann Sweeney,
middle school principal; Rebecca Gala, high school dean of students;
Denise Dapps, Linda Versluis, Sarah Tannert and Candace Sweeney, school
psychologists; and John Merriman, school support coordinator.
 . Approved a two-year administrative contract for Michael White as
director of business services.
 . Approved Janice Smith as Evening School teacher on an as need basis.
 . Approved Kenny Chaffin as high school intervention specialist.
 . Approved as summer school directors Karen Netto, elementary; Chris
Hoehn, middle school; and Susan Koukis, high school.
 . Approved as substitute teachers for the 2002-03 school year Linda
Curry, Ben Fogt, Mary Kay Love, Philip Powers, Linda Schwyn, Sheila
Sullivan-Passwaters and Clint Wagner.
 . Approved supplemental contracts for the 2002-03 school year for Chris
Terzis, high school assistant boys track; Jim Kaufman, high school
faculty manager; Cory Thrush and Christina Hochstettler, middle school
cheerleading; Randy Ianni and Chuck Gould, high school varsity baseball
assistant; and John Carder, high school freshman baseball.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel. No
action was taken.

Richwood council rescinds ordinance which closed street
Hastings Street is open again - not that it was actually ever closed.
Council voted 4-1 Monday night to rescind an ordinance passed in the 70s
that vacated Hastings Street. The ordinance was never filed properly,
however, and the street continued to be listed on county maps.
The issue has been the main draw at recent council meetings as
individuals on both sides of the issue brought valid points and
documentation before council.
The issue began a few months ago when Heather McCurdy of Buckeye
Builders approached council on behalf of Jackie and John Levingston who
wanted to erect a home on a piece of ground on Hastings Street.
McCurdy told council of the couple's plans and noted that the street is
shown as a thoroughfare on county maps. She went on to say, however,
that the two property owners on either side of the street were using the
land as their own property.
One of those property owners, Bernard Wygant, had attended previous
council meetings and brought documentation of the ordinance which closed
the street. He also had a letter from a previous mayor of the village
confirming that the street was vacated.
Despite that, the vacating of the street was never filed and the
property owners have never paid additional taxes on the ground.
Without Hastings Street there would be no access to the lot the
Levingstons wished to build on.
Village solicitor Rick Rodger said Monday that council has two choices:
It could either rescind the old ordinance or choose to uphold the old
decision and file the appropriate paperwork to vacate the street.
Council member Peg Wiley brought a motion before the group to rescind
the old ordinance, meaning the street would remain village property. The
issue passed with councilman Jim Ford voting no and councilwoman Arlene
Blue abstaining.
Council also moved forward with a plan to restrict residences in the
downtown area.
The issue apparently arose when a downtown business closed and the
building was divided into apartments. Some council members said they
fear such a fate could befall other downtown buildings and the village
needs to get a handle on such changes.
Councilman George Showalter made a motion to change all of the downtown
area from B3 zoning to B1. B3 allows businesses and residences while B1
allows only businesses in the area.
All of the existing homes in the downtown area would be grandfathered
under the zoning that applied when they were built.
In other action, council:
. Approved the transfer of $7,500 to help offset higher than expected
natural gas bills to heat the sewer plant.
. Approved continuing the agreement with Memorial Hospital of Union
County to lease the village administration building for $1 a year.
. Learned from councilman Mike Dew that a list of streets in need of
chip/seal repairs has been submitted to Union County Engineer Steve
Stolte for cost estimates.
. Heard from village administrator Ron Polen on issues dealing with
storm water. Polen said he has some concerns with runoff from an
expansion at the library, as well the storm water coming off the planned
school building.
. Learned from Polen that he would like to hire a part-time summer
worker to assist with reading water meters.
. Heard Showalter remind residents that those wishing to hold yard sales
must purchase a $1 permit and are restricted to two sales per year.
. Discussed the dilemma of the softball for girls diamond at Richwood
Park. It was finally agreed after much discussion that the high school
girls J.V. softball team could schedule games on the field, despite a
restriction that was believed to have been put on the diamond.
. Voted 5-1 to close the downtown streets on Jun 19-21 for the annual
Springenfest. Blue cast the no vote.

Local bulb company opens retail greenhouse
Area residents will no longer have to wait for the Berbee Bulb Co.
semi-annual warehouse sales. Starting in April the company will offer a
full service greenhouse just 50 feet away from their original building
on Route 4.
Owner Henk Berbee said the warehouse sales began about three years ago
and they were so well received that the greenhouse was developed.
The Dutch Mill Greenhouse will open in late April. Berbee said that the
new retail division of the company will offer everything consumers will
need to beautify their yards this spring and summer.
Berbee and his wife Marianne moved from the Netherlands to start their
family-owned company in Marysville in 1974. Berbee said they chose
Marysville for several reasons.
"In 1974 Ohio was the number one state in horticulture," Berbee said.
 The couple chose Marysville because of its proximity to Columbus for
the trucking, storing and distribution of flower bulbs.
Berbee said they had looked at about 10 sites around central Ohio and
found the perfect-sized building on Route 4 just north of U.S. 33.
In their first year of business the company averaged a total of 2.5 to 3
million bulbs and in the last few years the company has distributed
around 20 million flower bulbs.
The original building has grown seven times in size and the addition of
the 12,500-square-foot greenhouse is the next step for future
generations, including the two adult Berbee children, Marjolein and Bob.

"Each generation of my family has developed the business one more step,"
Berbee said.
Berbee's grandfather started with bulb production while his father
expanded by including flower production. From there distribution and now
retail sales have been incorporated.
The difference consumers will find at the Dutch Mill Greenhouse is
choice. Customers will be able to decide how they want to cultivate
their plants.
"If you are a gardener you would probably buy the bare root from us
because you want to grow it completely yourself," Berbee said, "However,
if you are a 'yardener' you would probably buy the larger plant."
He explained that those who choose to buy the bare root will save a
considerable amount of money over those who would prefer to start with
the traditional established larger plant.
Greenhouse patrons will also be able to take advantage of the
complimentary potting table. Those who purchase goods will be able to
bring their own empty pots and fill up on professional soil in the
company's potting shed.
Some of the plants to be carried at the greenhouse include:
 . Perennials - hosta, day lily, sedum, bleeding hearts, lily of the
valley, etc.
 . Vines - clematis and honeysuckle
 . Bulbs/Corms/Tubers - gladiolus, lilies, dahlias and cannas
 . Fruits and Veggies - strawberries, rhubarb, onions, asparagus,
tomato, broccoli, lettuce
  . Potting needs - soil, mulches and terracotta pottery
  . Various Annuals including three different sizes of hanging baskets
  . Trees and shrubs
The Dutch Mill Greenhouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 6:55 p.m. Monday
through Saturday from April 23 to July 4. Store hours form July through
November will be announced. For more information call 642-0511.

Filling in the branches of the family tree
Minnesota woman visits area to  piece together family history
About 100 years ago, a 17-year-old girl from Pharisburg set her cap for
a farmhand in spite of her father's objections.
Last week, that girl's great-granddaughter came to Union County from
Minnesota to find out more about the story. Stephanie Hedlin has been
researching her family's history for two years. When her younger brother
died, she said, she began to think of the importance of family, both in
the present and in the past.
Her father's photo album provided pictures of the family going back a
number of years and she decided to fill in the blanks. Starting with the
Internet, she looked for information on the Patch and Easterday families
in Union County. After a while, she ran out of sources and began
searching on her mother's side of the family.
Last December, she contacted the Marysville Public Library and suddenly
she was off and running again. Circulation assistant Lisa Katka and
adult services librarian Julie Perdue used local genealogist Margaret
Bouic's indexed lists to give Hedlin more information on her ancestors.
That is how Hedlin found her great-grandparents' story.
According to a newspaper story on Oct. 4, 1904, Jennie Easterday had run
off with another man, not the farmhand of her dreams. This move was
apparently to ruin her reputation so her father would let her marry
Matthew Patch, the farmhand. When her father found out where she was, he
told Patch that if he could get her, he could keep her. Matthew Patch
and Jennie Easterday were married shortly afterward.
They stayed in Union County until 1912 when, with three children, they
headed west. They settled in Shotley, Minn., where Matthew farmed and
cut timber. Jennie had six more children and worked as a cook in logging
Hedlin has spent the last few months working over the phone with Katka,
Perdue and Angie Beaver, a newly-discovered third cousin who works with
Bouic. The Marysville library receives many e-mail requests for
genealogy searches and staff members work with the Union County
Genealogical Society to provide information to those who request it,
Perdue said.
On March 15, Hedlin arrived in Marysville and the next day went out with
Beaver to visit Oakdale, Claibourne and Maskill cemeteries and Brush
Ridge Cemetery in Marion County. They took pictures of every grave they
could find that marked the final resting place of a Patch or Easterday.
Hedlin spent many hours at the library, researching and photocopying
materials relating to her family. She found that her
great-great-grandfather, Harman Patch, who lived in Jerome Township and
was an early county settler, is buried in the GAR Circle at Oakdale
Cemetery. She also found a link that places the Patch name in Somerset,
England, in 1515 and in Massachusetts in 1666.
Hedlin, an admitted night owl, said she goes online about 8 p.m. after
her three daughters are in bed and sometimes works through the night on
her genealogical quest. She and her husband live close to her parents
and other members of her family in Blackduck, Minn.
She is heading back to Minnesota today.

Plain City area man sentenced after child pornography sting
The Plain City man arrested in a child pornography sting was sentenced
in Union County Common Pleas Court Tuesday.
James R. Hamilton, 47, of 7310 Wells Road in Plain City was sentenced to
five and 11 months in prison by Judge Richard Parrott as a result of a
joint investigation by the Union County Sheriff's Office, Brookville
Police Department and Kettering Police Department.
"I am very sorry for any embarrassment or shame I put my family
through," Hamilton told the court before his sentencing. "I'm also sorry
for any victims who were hurt by my actions."
Parrott was not moved by his speech. He commented that he would keep in
mind that Hamilton said he was "instructed to say he was sorry, instead
of really saying he was sorry."
He was sentenced on three counts of pandering sexually-oriented matter
involving a minor, each a felony of the second degree; 16 counts of
pandering sexually-oriented matter involving a minor, each a felony in
the fourth degree; three counts of importuning, each a felony of the
fifth degree; and one count of attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a
minor, a felony of the fifth degree.
Hamilton, who was represented by attorney Frederick Johnson, was also
fined $9,000 plus the cost of prosecution.
Detective Mike Coutts of the Union County Sheriff's Department took the
stand at the sentencing. He reported that during October and November
2002 he was involved in a criminal investigation involving child
pornography on the Internet.
He said that on Oct. 22 he received a phone call from the Brookville
Police Department in Montgomery County and the two departments began
working together after they realized they had both been investigating
Hamilton's actions on-line.
Detectives posed on the Internet as a 15-year-old girl whose father was
trying to set up a sexual encounter in child pornography chat rooms.
A Brookville Police officer went to Hamilton's home during the sting and
observed Hamilton using the Internet for illegal activity. When
detectives brought Hamilton to meet with the fictitious girl at a gas
station on U.S. 42, he was arrested.
Parrott ruled Hamilton as a sexual predator in a hearing before his
sentencing. This means he will have to register no more than seven days
after his release from prison and failure to register would result in
Although Hamilton had not been convicted of previous sexual offenses, he
had been convicted for alcohol-related misdemeanors.

Random Acts of Kindness Week will be held in April
Random Acts of Kindness Week in Union County is April 21 to 27. The
Kiwanis Club of Marysville is the sponsor of the program which
encourages kind deeds and friendly actions among the citizens of the
In its third year, the week's simple goal is to focus attention on the
lasting importance of being nice to others.
"Our lives have such a ripple effect on others," said Derric Brown,
Kiwanis member and RAOK chairman. "Before you know it, we have our
epidemic of kindness running wild in the county."
Kiwanis encourages residents to be thoughtful and original in their
gestures. Some simple suggestions are allowing a shopper to check out
before you, opening doors for others, buying desserts for the table next
to you, calling an old friend or greeting people on the street. One
could write a thank-you letter to firemen and police, visit the elderly
or volunteer for the city, school or church.
Kiwanis will award the annual Love Thy Neighbor awards at the Kiwanis
noon meeting on April 21. They are presented to an adult and child who
have selflessly given of themselves and in whom the qualities of
kindness and respect are reflected.
Nominations must be submitted by April 17 to Kiwanis, P.O. Box 340,
Marysville. A description of why the individual is being nominated must
be included with the nominators name, address and phone number along
with the same information for the individual being nominated.
For more information about Random Acts of Kindness Week, those
interested may call Brown at 642-1751.

Former MPD officer arrested on felonies
Had been fired locally for dishonesty
A man previously fired from the Marysville Police Department was
arrested Saturday night for impersonating an officer and other charges.
Sgt. Richard Curry of the Columbus Police Department confirmed this
morning that Chris M. Morgan, 36, of Sunbury was arrested with 10 others
at the Dockside Dolls strip club on Route 161 in Columbus.
Morgan was charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of carrying a
concealed weapon inside a liquor establishment and one third-degree
felony count of impersonating a police officer.
Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer said Morgan has not been a
Marysville Police Officer since January 2002. Morgan was fired from his
position for dishonesty on the job, Mayer said.
He said his department contacted the Columbus Police Department to
investigate the truth of a report that Morgan had been working in
Columbus at Dockside Dolls, falsely representing himself as a Marysville
police officer.
The Columbus police investigated the report for four weeks, Curry said,
and during that time Morgan told undercover officers he was a Marysville
police officer.
Morgan was carrying a gold badge, which is the color of those worn by
the Marysville Chief of Police and that of the Assistant Chief.
"We had a badge stolen and have been unable to locate it," Mayer said.
Morgan was suspected of having the badge, although it was not on him at
the time of his arrest. The badge Morgan was using was one from Powell
where he worked as an officer from 1996-1998.
Mayer reported that the Powell Police Department was unaware that the
badge was missing.
"We suspect he may have others," Mayer said.
Curry reported that Morgan was arrested Friday at around 11:15 p.m.
The raid on the bar was conducted, Curry said, because there were
reports of people selling cocaine.
During a two-month period, he said, police had been working undercover
observing reported drug activity at Dockside Dolls. He said a raid on
the establishment was scheduled for Saturday night. They decided to
arrest Morgan on Friday night to make sure he was not around in order to
avoid complications.
"He was seen carrying a firearm into the bar," Curry said, "which is
against the Ohio Revised Code. So we arrested him."
On Saturday night Columbus police raided the bar and made arrests,
including the bar manager Vincent "Jim" Terwilliger, 33, of Columbus for
drug trafficking.
Four dancers and four club patrons were charged with drug trafficking,
possession of drugs and prostitution during the raid.
Morgan had been working part time at Dockside Dolls as a parking lot
security officer for almost five months on Thursdays, Fridays and
"The good news is that he is not a Marysville police officer," Mayer

Triad's Funderburgh sees farming in his future
Some of Dustin Funderburgh's earliest memories include spending time on
the family farm with his father.
Funderburgh, now a senior at Triad High School, wants to share similar
memories with his children as he plans to continue in the family
He can remember being only 3 or 4 years old and helping his dad, Ed,
with farm chores.
Funderburgh's family owns Funwood Farm in Woodstock. The farm was
started in the early 1980s and boasts 1,300 acres of corn and soybeans
along with 750 hogs.
"When I was younger, I can remember going up with my dad to the farm to
help sort hogs and ride on the tractor during spring planting and fall
harvesting," he said.
Today, Funderburgh earns 10 percent of the hog profit and owns 120 acres
of the land, however, with a lot of land and stock comes a lot of hard
"It's taken me a long time to learn about the different chemicals and
the new seed technology," Funderburgh explained. "I started out with 20
acres and slowly built up from there."
In addition to being a full-time student, Funderburgh works between
25-40 hours a week on the family farm. He explained that he is dismissed
early from school in the fall and spring when farm work is the busiest.
His hours on the farm are counted as credit for his ag business class.
"I live for the fall and the spring," he said.
Funderburgh said he has always enjoyed the life of a farmer. His perfect
day is waking up early on a cool spring morning, doing his morning
chores with the hogs and then heading out to plant.
Funderburgh plans to attend the Ohio State University in the fall where
he will major in agricultural engineering.
"One of my goals is to someday work with my cousin Matt to bring the two
family farms together," Funderburgh said.
Funderburgh's uncle Mike owns Darby Pine Farms in North Lewisburg.
Funderburgh's cousin Matt is a junior at OSU majoring in animal science.

Funderburgh said the combination of their degrees along with their love
of agriculture would be a nice balance.
Funderburgh is very active at Triad. He is a three-sport athlete along
with serving as president of FFA. He is also involved in National Honor
Society and 4-H.
After college Funderburgh is unsure whether or not he will return
immediately to farming. He has considered starting out working at a farm
equipment dealership before realizing his dream to farm with his cousin.

Funderburgh has been saving his money for several years in order to pay
for the majority of his college education. He will continue to return
home on weekends next school year to help with the family business.
Funderburgh is the oldest of five children. He lives with his parents Ed
and Terri on McCarty road, one mile away from the family farm.



Settlement reached after fish kill
>From J-T staff reports:
The Ohio EPA has reached a settlement with Hill View Farms Inc., a beef
cattle operation located at 18761 Route 31, for water quality violations
associated with a discharge of manure into an unnamed tributary of Mill
Creek. the settlement includes a $10,000 civil penalty.
In August 2001, Ohio EPA with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
determined that a manure discharge from Hill View Farms had made its way
to the unanmed tributary via a six-inch field tile at the facility. The
discharge was the result of over-application of the manure and
excessively dry field conditions.
ODNR calculated that approximately 4,867 fish and 14,028 minnows and
crawfish in the unnamed tributoary and Mill Creek died because of the
In addition to the civil penalty, Hill View must comply with its
certified waste management plan. Also, Hill View must submit an annual
report to Ohio EPA detailing the total volume of manure applied, total
number of acres applied to, average manure application rates, the
results of the manure analysis and the results of a soil analysis from
February 2003 until February 2004.
Arrangements to review the settlement and related materials can be made
by calling Ohio EPA's central office at (614) 644-2001.
Equal portions of the $10,000 penalty will be used to benefit the Ohio
Environmental Education Fund and administer water pollution control

Police officers learning first aid
through fire department colleagues
The Marysville police and fire departments have been working together to
train police officers in first aid.
Police officers are often the first help on the scene of injury
accidents or crime victim emergencies, Marysville Police Department
Chief Eugene Mayer said. As a result, keeping his staff up to date on
CPR and basic life-saving skills is paramount.
Assistant Fire Chief Jonnie Meyers said 12 officers were trained last
year through a First Responder training course conducted by fire
department instructors and this year 12 more are being trained.
Mayer said that after this second dozen officers receive their training,
another eight to 12 officers will go through the course in the fall and
by the end of the year, every officer will be trained. Auxiliary
officers will also be involved in the classes, he said.
The classes refresh what officers have already been taught in CPR and
give them up-to-date training in injury and medical situations.
Mayer said he has noted a change in the relationship between medics and
police officers on the scene of injury situations since the first 12
policemen were trained.
"We understand what they are doing more and conversely, they know what
our role is, too," Mayer said.
Prior to the training with the EMS instructors, he said, the relay of
emergency information was hit or miss. Now the two entities are able to
ask each other questions about how officers can relay quick and
efficient medical information and medics can understand what they should
do in situations involving crime.
Mayer explained that in some situations medics can be tied up with other
calls and the police officer training will come in handy.
The two-week course began March 3 and consists of 40 hours of classroom
training focusing on the first level of EMS instruction. The officers
are instructed on beginner levels of keeping victims alive through
C-spine containment and clearing airways. Their CPR skills are also
Mayer said the fire department started the First Responder program after
three firemen were trained as EMS instructors over the last five years.
There is now one EMS instructor on the job for each shift.
Having the crew members trained to become instructors has saved the city
money in the long term, Meyers said, because previously instructors had
to be brought in. The Marysville Fire Department is now a certified site
for EMS training.
Prior to the new program, the police department sought training from the
local Red Cross or Memorial Hospital of Union County.

Farm has been in family for more than 200 years
Before Ohio was a state, Elmwood Place, a working farm along Route 161,
was in Susan Pierce's family.
This week the Pierce family was one of 13 families recognized by the
Ohio Department of Agriculture for owning their property for 200 or more
Every generation has left its mark on Elmwood Place which is located
east of Irwin and originally included 2,000 acres.
To the best of her knowledge, Mrs. Pierce said, Elmwood Place came into
her family through a Virginia Military Land Grant in 1798 to George
Fullington, her great-great-grandfather.
She believes his son and her great-grandfather, James, built the
Georgian-style brick home in 1861. She said it took four years to build
the expansive home that includes four fireplaces on the first floor and
one in the basement. One of the most interesting and at the same time
luxurious features is the shower upstairs. Running water was not
available, so a 200-gallon lead tank was fastened to the ceiling above
the tub. Rainwater from the roof filled the tank.
A six-hole golf course was constructed in the front yard and a boxing
ring was installed in the home's basement. Across the road, a
neighborhood park served as a place for townspeople to congregate for
picnics and games. There was also a racetrack for social horse racing
and a baseball diamond where a traveling squad for the Cincinnati Red
Stockings once played an exhibition game against the local team. The
baseball diamond was eliminated after a baseball bat slipped out of a
batter's grip mid-swing and hit Susan's grandfather, James Conroy, in
the head.
Susan's father, Glen McIlroy, was born at Elmwood Place, lived his whole
life there and his funeral was held at the home.
After attending The Ohio State University, he returned home in 1908 and
planted the first field of soybeans in the area. During the Depression,
when banks were foreclosing on many farms in the area, Glen founded a
farm management company that put the farmers back to work on the bank's
land. Eventually, this idea was expanded to help absentee landowners and
nonfarmers have their farms managed efficiently. His ideas were later
implemented in other farm management companies across the country.
Glen was also an early president of the National Soybean Association and
was honored in the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame.
The family's sense of caring for the land has continued with Susan and
her husband, Henry, inheriting the farm in 1963. She is a Master
Gardener and her husband is actively involved with his political and
environmental interests.
The other bicentennial farms recognized this week are in Adams,
Fairfield, Hamilton, Pickaway, Ross and Summit counties.


Family proud to support troops
With four sons in military, Baileys encourage others to show pride
A white flag flies high along Rausch Road with four blue stars inside a
red rectangle surrounded by the words "We Honor Those Who Serve."
Each star symbolizes one of the four Bailey brothers now serving in the
military, explains their mother Marge.
Mrs. Bailey is encouraging everyone, regardless of their opinion about
war, to support the American soldiers.
"There are varied opinions, and for the most part, we are all well aware
that there are grave consequences to whatever our response," Mrs. Bailey
said. "My focus and responsibility is specifically to support 'my'
troops and, on a broader scale, all the troops in the service of our
country and encourage their families."
She flies her service flag for three reasons - to honor our troops and
specifically "my troops," to encourage other military family members and
as a "thank you" for sustained support of friends  and community.
The Blue Star Banner flying at the Bailey home was originally designed
and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Capt. Robert L. Queissner of
the 5th Ohio Infantry. The red-bordered banners with a blue or gold star
in the field of white are displayed in the homes of service members'
During World War I and II, the banners were a common sight in homes. The
American Legion is rejuvenating the Blue Star Banner program following
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"911 happened - life changed," notes Mrs. Bailey.
The banners, along with flags and decals, are available by calling (888)
453-4466, going online at www.emblem.legion.org and also from the Flag
Lady in Clintonville, said Mrs. Bailey.
For people who want to support the troops, but have no family members
serving, Mrs. Bailey said the city of Chillicothe has created a yellow
flag in support of troops for everyone to fly.
"I really have a passion for supporting our troops," said Mrs. Bailey.
Her support of the troops began more than 30 years ago when her husband,
Don, was in the Army and fought in Vietnam. He is now retired from the
Their son Shaun is a major in the Army and has served 10 years. He is
now in Kuwait where he is a Medevac helicopter pilot.
Kevin is a major in the Air Force stationed in San Antonio, but now
deployed to Saudia Arabia where he is a surgeon. He has served in the
military for four years.
Youngest brother Michael will be leaving Ohio this month after being
alerted that he is being activated for Operation Enduring Freedom. He
enlisted two days before 9/11 and is a specialist in the Army Reserve.
He expects to assist in humanitarian affairs and could be called into
service for up to two years.
Patrick, a first lieutenant in the Army Reserve, is the only brother who
hasn't been mobilized. His father is hoping that Patrick will be
available to help with the spring planting.
With her third son soon to leave, Mrs. Bailey said she will continue to
pray a lot and bake cookies. Weekly she sends care packages to her sons
who are activated.
"Military service implies a call for the ultimate sacrifice if needed.
Therefore, we have an obligation to honor our troops," said Mrs. Bailey.
"We appreciate the public resolve to support our troops in the midst of
the controversy."

Covered bridges give county an identity
>From J-T staff reports:
Historic bridges dot the Union County landscape.
Covered bridges span Big Darby Creek, Spain Creek, Treacle Creek and
Little Darby Creek, while a steel truss bridge crosses Big Darby Creek.
Union County's four historic covered bridges were built in the late
1860s or 1870s and all are still in use as part of the county highway
A fifth structure, the longest covered bridge, known as the Reed Bridge
was built in 1884. It collapsed Aug. 19, 1993.
All of the remaining bridges in Union County were designed and built by
Reuben L. Partridge (1823-1900) and are based on a design patented by
him in 1872. Partridge lived in Marysville from 1836 until he died as
the result of a fall from a bridge he was building north of Marysville.
The four Union County bridges and one in Franklin County are the only
remaining bridges built from Patridge's patented design.
The Union County covered bridges all have windows cut into the siding.
This is not original. It was done with the advent of automobile traffic
to increase visibility. These windows have roofs or awnings to further
protect the trusses from the weather.
The Bigelow Bridge is located on Axe Handle Road and the Culbertson
Bridge is on Winget Road. Pottersburg Bridge is located on the North
Lewisburg Road and the Spain Creek Bridge is located on Inskeep Cratty
Road. The Reed Bridge was located near Burns Road and Route 38.
(Information provided by the Union County Engineer's Office).

Estimated price of Marysville reservoir jumps
An update from engineers Wednesday provided Marysville City Council
members with cost estimates on the reservoir project.
About 15 residents from the Raymond Road area, where the reservoir will
be constructed, attended the meeting. Council was informed that the cost
of the reservoir has increased significantly.
Mitch Weber from Gannett Fleming Engineering of Westerville and Steve
Loskota of BBC&M Engineering of Dublin gave the presentations. They said
the ground in the area primarily consists of clay, which is a good base
for water retention and that the location site for the project is ideal
for a reservoir.
A total of 210 acres were purchased for the construction. The funds for
the project have been in the city budget since the 1990s when the city
purchased the land.
Gore said residents questioned the drainage of the water and the need
for a fence that could possibly surround the reservoir.
Consultants assured the Raymond Road residents that drainage would not
be a problem for the land surrounding the reservoir but if it ever
occurs, the EPA should be notified.
Marysville engineer Phil Roush reported that due to Homeland Security
measures taken since 9/11, the federal government may force the
construction of fencing around city reservoirs to make sure no one has
access to them.
"We don't like it, either," Gore said. He said the construction costs of
such a fence would be $200,000 to $300,000.
The two engineering consultants proposed to council and administration
four alternatives for the water works project. The new estimated cost
for the construction is several million dollars  higher than the
original $8 to $9 million price tag. New estimates range from $15
million to $16 million.
The four alternatives essentially estimate that the reservoir
construction itself will cost $8 million. The proposals differ on the
costs of a pump station, transmission lines, and whether to include a
dam in the project. Estimates for the pump station range from $4.88 to
$5.34 million. Costs for the transmission lines have been set between
$1.59 and $3.32 million. Two of the alternative proposals did not
include a proposed dam, whereas the other two suggested a dam at a cost
of $0.55 million.
Roush said city administrator Bob Schaumleffel reported that the new
cost will fit into the current budget for the project. However, in 2005
the city may have to sit down and study the utility rates again. Instead
of raising the monthly fees for residents during that time, he said, the
city will more than likely look into raising the connection fees for new
The concept of turning the reservoir into a recreational area was
scrapped, Gore said. He said that in order for the city to make the spot
recreational they would need to purchase more land and the cost would
The reservoir will be a 1.4-billion-gallon body of water on the west
side of Raymond Road, north of U.S. 33. An inflatable dam may or may not
be constructed on Mill Creek. The dam could rise above the water line
and go back underneath to control flow.
The timeline of the reservoir project has construction starting in the
summer of 2004 and a completion date in early 2006.
Gore said it is now up to city council to take a look at the four
reservoir proposals and make a final decision. The next stage will be to
submit the plan to the EPA sometime in the fall.

Dover residents don't want treatment plant
Residents from Dover Township who packed council chambers had a few
words for Marysville administration at the Tuesday night public meeting
on the Wastewater Treatment Plant Master Study.
Marysville engineer Phil Roush, administrator Bob Schaumleffel, public
service director Tracie Davies and wastewater superintendent Tom Gault
fielded a flurry of questions about the possibility of the current
Wastewater Treatment Plant relocating outside the city, possibly in
Dover Township. Almost 50 people attended the meeting.
"A lot of us are here because we are concerned," one female attendee
Others expressed their worry of living outside of the city and not
having voting rights on the issue.
One man asked what his monthly sewer bill would be. Schaumleffel replied
that the administration first needs to know the size of the plant, the
location and the debt service it will take to pay for it in a reasonable
amount of time.
"Then I can have that dialogue with you," he said.
Two public meetings were held, one Tuesday morning and one later that
night for Marysville administration to answer questions on the study
completed by URS Engineering of Columbus. In the study, the firm
recommended two sites for relocation. Site one is located on the south
side of Hinton Mill Road, east of Myers Road and west of Springdale
Road. Site two is located on the west side of Myers Road, north of
Hinton Mill Road and south of U.S. 36. URS prefers site one.
Schaumleffel said the current wastewater facility is quickly approaching
full capacity and its technology is outdated. He said that once a
facility reaches 75 percent capacity something should already be
underway to solve that problem. The current facility is at close to 90
percent capacity.
The current plant was designed to treat 4 million gallons per day of
waste and last week the plant was averaging close to 6 million gallons
due to rain and melting snow.
The conundrum of whether the city should start construction before the
population and the EPA force the situation or wait until the current
plant is too full for service was part of the two-hour dialogue.
"Expansion is unstoppable," Schaumleffel said.
Since 1990, Marysville has grown 60 percent in population and is the
third fastest growing city in Ohio. If the population continues to
increase, the EPA will put a stop to new construction because of the
plant's inability to handle the waste.
URS has recommended that the city build a new treatment plant and make
repairs to the current plant in order to sustain its loads for the seven
years it will take to build a new one.
Audience members from Dover Township were more interested in keeping the
plant where it is rather than having it near their homes.
Residents pointed out some mistakes in the URS report. One is that
engineers may not be aware of the flooding in the proposed site
Other audience members asked administration about the areas outside of
Marysville being served by the plant. Should the city serve itself and
not areas such as Jerome and other parts of the county, they asked.
Many felt that the solution should be expansion and upgrade of the
current plant.
"We can't keep patching things up," Gault said. "There is old equipment
that is starting to fall apart."
The new plant would be state of the art technology.
Roush said the new plant would be built to handle 12 million gallons per
day which should be sufficient for projected growth.
Gault said sludge treatment processes would switch from Class B to Class
A. Class A destroys the pathogens that cause the majority of odors,
whereas Class B results in land application and is the cause of
Marysville's odor.
Davies said that the sludge from Class A treatment can be packaged and
sold for landscaping purposes.
Schaumleffel said adding on to the current site location would result in
updating a 60-year-old facility.
"Sometimes it can be more expensive to remodel an older house than build
a new one," Schaumleffel explained.
He reported that the ideal spot for the future site must be on Mill
Creek because it is the only regional waterway which could handle the
Schaumleffel said that no action has been taken to acquire land. The
city is simply reporting what the URS study has recommended.
"Nothing has been cast in stone yet," he said. "We are just looking in
that area . sites could change."
Council members John Gore and Dan Fogt were in attendance. Gore reported
that council received the URS results during the Feb. 13 council meeting
and no discussions have yet been held.
Fogt said he is interested in looking at sites closer to the city. His
statement was met with applause.
"I'm not making any promises," he said after the response, "but we
should look into it."
Schaumleffel said the decision would be important because they will have
only one opportunity to fix the waste problems. With a cost estimated
around $55 million, the new plant is one of the largest projects a city
can take on.
The timeline states the administration could select alternative plans to
pursue in May and will focus on legislation authorizing the project in
Monday city administrators will meet with Dover Township trustees to
address the same issues.
Audience members from Dover said they would see them there.
"The only thing I ask is that you don't bring rotten tomatoes,"
Schaumleffel joked.

Meeting to review reservoir plans
>From J-T staff reports:
Marysville city council will be given an update on the city's proposed
Water Supply Reservoir tonight.
According to city engineer Phil Roush, the meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in
city hall is open to the public.
He said the meeting will consist of consultants from Gannett Fleming
Engineering out of Westerville and BBC&M Engineering out of Dublin who
will brief Marysville city council on the future water reserve project.
"In the 1990s the city bought the land for the reservoir," Roush said.
"It has been in the budget since then."
He said the cost of the project was first estimated around $8 to 9
million, although this could change based on the engineers report
"We will be showing council what the footprint of the reservoir will
look like," Marysville Public Service Director Tracie Davies said.
The reservoir project will be located on Raymond Road. A total of 210
acres were purchased for the construction set to begin in the fall.
Roush said that in the past several years the city engineering
department has been working with the Water Division and the Ohio EPA to
assure their compliance with all components of the existing water supply
system. In 2002 the city worked to ensure the reservoir project adhered
to EPA requirements.
Regarding the site location, Roush explained that 180 acres will be used
specifically for the project. The remaining acres could be used for
recreational purposes.
He said signs have been posted on Raymond Road stating the location of
the future reservoir. The engineering consultants are expected to go
over the location with council and will include explaining the general
layout site, the final design work, and the location of water lines
around Mill Creek.
"We are at the point now that we're working with the EPA for approval,"
Roush said.
A wetlands study has been completed which will also be discussed.

Study will look at expanding U.S. 33
>From J-T staff reports:
A $2 million study will look at expanding U.S. 33 from four to six
Union County Engineer Steve Stolte asked the county's three
commissioners Thursday to authorize him to sign a partner contract for
Union County to participate in the Major Investment Study (MIS).
The study will look at expanding U.S. 33 by two lanes from Route 42 to
Interstate 270 and expanding Interstate 270 from U.S. 33 to Interstate
70 by two lanes. The study will also consider existing interchanges as
well as future interchanges and additional roadway corridors and
interchanges. Stolte said the actual highway expansion could be 10 to 20
years away.
Stolte explained that the study is the preliminary step to getting
federal funding.
Union County will contribute approximately $20,000 toward the study, and
the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and the city of Columbus will
be the largest contributors with $800,000 each, Stolte said. Other
communities participating in the study are the cities of Dublin and
Hilliard, Franklin County and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Stolte estimates the study will take approximately 18 months and
probably be completed in 2004.
Improvements at the Post Road/U.S. 33 interchange are on hold until the
study is complete, Stolte said, and could be delayed until the lane
widenings occur.

Milford Center passes appropriations ordinance
The Milford Center village council approved permanent appropriations
during Monday's regular meeting.
Council member Roger Geer explained that the finance committee made a
few changes from the temporary appropriations. Specifically, the land
and improvements fund was increased to $25,000 to allow for more tree
removals in the coming year and the street, sidewalk and highway fund
was increased to $25,000 for sidewalk improvements.
The sewer operating fund was increased to $45,000 to cover the cost of
services to the city of Marysville. This amount, all agreed, would not
be sufficient to cover the year because the village bill is running from
$4,000 to $5,000 a month. Money, however, is available in another fund
to get the village through the year without a fee increase, although
Geer voiced concern that Marysville would increase their fees in light
of discussions to build a new wastewater treatment plant.
"We're at the mercy of the other entity," Geer said.
Geer again questioned the legalities of tap-ins to the sewer force main.
He again referred to a June 1992 agreement that stated access to the
force main was subject to the village of Milford Center. Solicitor John
Eufinger and Mayor Cheryl DeMatteo were unable to provide an update.
"I'm totally disgusted by the whole thing," Geer said.
Josh Combs reported that priority street projects this year include a
new storm sewer and repaving at Railroad and Center streets, and
replacing and rehabbing Center Street between Mill and Railroad streets.

Council informed DeMatteo that it wanted to keep the village Issue II
priority list the same as last year. The first priority is building a
dike around the village lift station. The second priority is improving
State Street. Issue II applications are due in July.
Council discussed extensively a bookkeeping problem that occurred five
to six years ago under another clerk/treasurer and how the matter can be
resolved. Funds for water/sewer capacity, paid by new development, were
not placed in the correct fund and now money is not available for
expansion of services. In fact, no one is certain exactly where the
money is and if it has been spent. The amount of missing money has never
been discussed.
In other business:
. Council passed a resolution requiring the clerk/treasurer to have
regular meeting minutes mailed to council within 10 days of the meeting.

. Council passed a resolution to remove flags at Liberty Park because of
their weathered condition and replace them with new flags.
. Tony Smith and Carolyn Detlor were appointed to the Shade Tree
Commission. Two openings on the commission remain.
. Geer will represent the village on the Union County Chamber of
. Plans for the May 25 bicentennial celebration in Milford Center will
include a parade.
. May is clean-up month
. DeMatteo thanked all the residents and non-residents who helped with
snow removal and kept their cars off the streets so village employees
could clear the snow.
. Council discussed re-establishing tree lawns, specifically on West
Avenue where individuals are parking.
. A 20-minute executive session was held to discuss the investigation of
a public official. No action was taken upon returning to open session,
except to adjourn the regular meeting.

Richwood street issue still not decided
The debate over Hastings Street will continues for at least another week
or two in the village of Richwood.
Richwood Village Council has found itself in the middle of a property
dispute, apparently created by a previous council. In 1970, council
voted to vacate Hastings Street and the land was absorbed by the two
adjacent property owners.
The proper paperwork, however, was never filed with the Union County
Recorder meaning the closure of the road was never finalized. The
property owners were reportedly never taxed for the additional ground
and the street is still listed on county maps.
A family is now looking to erect a home on the backside of Hastings
Street and its plans have been put on hold for a couple of months as the
issue gets worked out. Following the Feb. 24 meeting, council had
decided to hold a special meeting to resolve the issue prior to Monday's
meeting, but the session was never scheduled.
At Monday's meeting, Bernard Wygant, one of the property owners claiming
rights to Hastings Street, said he has checked with a title company who
dealt with the property and was advised that because the vacation of the
road was approved by council, he has a legal claim to the property.
He said he would take legal action if the council opted to ignore the
1970 ordinance.
Bryan Lawrence, general manager of Freedom Homes, which is working with
the family to erect the house, said the fault lies with Wygant's title
company for not doing the proper research.
Council chose to discuss the matter in executive session, closing the
meetings on the grounds of pending litigation on the matter.
No decision was reached on the matter.
In other business, council:
. Discussed the use of the girls softball diamond at the Richwood Park.
Some members felt that all girls 18 or younger should be able to use the
field. Other members recalled that a settlement agreement from a lawsuit
stipulated that only girls 14-and-under were allowed to use the field.
Village solicitor Rick Rodger said he would double check the wording of
the settlement.
. Heard and update on village projects from Ed Bischoff of Bischoff and
. Heard Eric Phillips, CEO of the Union County Economic Development
Office, discuss the services his office has provided for the village.
Phillips noted that a prospective business for the village industrial
park has delayed a decision due to the recent economic downturn. He also
noted that a federal grant the village applied for to perform work at
the industrial would not be considered unless an archeological study is
performed on the park by the Ohio Historical Society. Apparently the
$5,000 procedure would determine if any American Indian remains were
located at the site.
. Received the rough draft of the updated village zoning codes from
. Voted 6-0 to maintain the current franchise agreement with Time Warner
. Learned from village administrator Ron Polen that there are some
repairs needed on two village trucks.

Dunkin will earn rank of Eagle Scout
>From J-T staff reports:
An Eagle Court of Honor will be held at 11 a.m. March 22 at the First
United Methodist Church of Marysville in honor of James Dunkin.
Dunkin, the son of Dave and Carolyn Dunkin, is a member of Troop 634
sponsored by Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. He joined the Boy
Scouts as a Wolf Cub Scout in the second grade, advanced through the
Bear and Webelo levels and earned the God and Country religious award
and the Arrow of Light. He joined Troop 634 at the age of 11 and has
been an active member for the last four years.
Dunkin has served as troop quartermaster, patrol leader, assistant
patrol leader and troop guide and has attended summer camps at Camp
Falling Rock, Seven Ranges and Camp Berry. He takes part in the ODOT
Adopt a Highway program and cleaned up the fairgrounds and American
Legion Park. Dunkin has earned 29 merit badges and while earning the
hiking badge he hiked the 21-mile Historic Logan Trail in Tar Hollow.
His Eagle project combined service to the community and his leadership
skills. Dunkin researched the benefits of bats in the reduction of
insects, particularly mosquitoes, as a natural method of disease
control. He acquired materials for constructing 15 bat houses according
to plans developed by the national Bat Conservatory. Webelo Scouts from
Pack 634 put together and primed the bat boxes and city of Marysville
workers helped in the placement and mounting of the boxes throughout the
Dunkin is home schooled and is involved in the Ski Club and Student
Council He has been a Student Ambassador with People to People,
traveling to Australia in 2001 and Europe in 2002. He volunteers with
the MOPS program at the Methodist Church, the library at Edgewood
Elementary School and the Marysville Public Library.
He is a member of the First United Methodist Church where he
participates in the handbell choir, Sunday School and the United
Methodist Youth Fellowship. He has had a Marysville Journal-Tribune
paper route since June 2001.

Meetings to focus on wastewater problems
Marysville residents are invited on Tuesday to have their say about
expanding and relocating the wastewater treatment plant .
Tuesday's 10:30 a.m. meeting is at the Public Service Center and a 7
p.m. meeting is in Council Chambers. Two other public meetings are
planned for March 20 A final decision is planned for May 22.
A 60-page wastewater master plan lists the following conclusions and
states that the existing plant is surrounded by residential and
commercial development and is a major generator of odors.
"These odors are negatively affecting further land use and development
around the plant. A need has been identified for the expansion of the
existing wastewater treatment plant. As an alternative to expansion at
the existing plant site, a proposed new site and wastewater treatment
processes for the new plant have been evaluated," states the master
The city's average daily flow for the past three years has been 3.2
million gallons per day and in the first five months of 2002 the average
daily flow was around 4.1 million gallons per day. The current plant was
originally constructed in 1939 and has been upgraded numerous times. It
is permitted to treat 4 million gallons per day.
Three alternatives were evaluated to improve the existing facility.
1. Continue operating the existing plant with upgrades to accommodate 12
million gallons per day capacity. Projected cost is $55 million.
2. Construct a new 12-million-gallon-per-day plant along the south side
of Hinton Mill Road. Projected cost is $59.5 million. A second proposed
site is along the west side of Myers Road.
3. Construct a new 8-million-gallon-per-day plant along the south side
of Hinton Mill Road. Projected cost is $49 million.
Alternatives 2 and 3 are the recommended options.
Alternatives 2 and 3 would reduce odor problems, eliminate several lift
stations on the east side of Marysville, place the plant downstream of
the city, allow gravity flow for almost all of the service area and
locate the plant in the area most likely to see increased development.
The Hinton Mill location would also provide acreage for the land
application of biosolids.
Whatever decision is made, it is expected to take a minimum of five to
seven years before the completion of construction and initiation of

Fairbanks' Cramer plans to pursue career in flight
Eric Cramer plans on flying high after graduation as a member of the
United States Air Force.
Cramer, a senior at Fairbanks, will leave in June to attend basic
training in San Antonio, Texas. He is following through on his dream to
become a pilot.
"Ever since I can remember my dad has flown and he would take us all
around," Cramer said. His father and grandfather both served in the
armed forces, which gave him the idea to join the military.
As a sophomore, Cramer joined the Civil Air Patrol at the Beightler
Armory in Columbus. As a member of the group he attends weekly meetings.

The focus of the air patrol is leadership, aerospace and emergency
services. Members advance in rank by passing tests in these three areas.

As an airman, Cramer helps train younger cadets and teaches them how to
In addition to his three years with the Civil Air Patrol, Cramer has his
student pilot's license. He started logging hours at age 15,
accompanying his older brother on various flights including trips to
Lexington, Ky. and Put-In-Bay.
"My brother, Jason, would let me take off and navigate the plane and
then step in if I ran into any problems," Cramer said.
Cramer recently began working at the Union County Airport. His brother
works the day shift at the airport and put in a good word for his
younger sibling.
"I had wanted the job since I was 16," he said.
Cramer works a 40-hour week Monday through Friday. His duties include
helping to refuel aircrafts, stacking the hangar by pushing the planes
back into place each night and helping the mechanics.
His favorite job is testing the avionics on his nightly routine check.
"I flip the master switch on each of the planes to make sure everything
is working and nothing is cracked or damaged," Cramer said.Cramer is
currently taking one class this semester to finish up his high school
requirements before graduation. He helps out in the Fairbanks High
School office every day.
"I help answer phones, run errands and make copies," Cramer said.
He assists principal Rich Peterson, dean of students Jeff Pica and
school secretary Melanie Reed.
"Eric is very dependable," Reed said "He is always willing to help and
when asked to do something, does it correctly the first time."
Cramer said he will miss his family when he's in the service but is
looking forward to all the opportunities the military offers. He plans
to earn a bachelor's degree in aviation while cross training in flying
while he's in the Air Force.
Cramer said he worries about the probability of war but feels it is a
chance he must take. Part of his desire to join the armed forces was a
reaction to 9/11.
"It's a great streak of pride that I can now stand up for my country,"
Cramer said.
He has signed a six-year contract and said he will reevaluate his future
with the military at the end of his contract and possibly re-up. He
plans to spend as much time as he can with his family before he leaves
for basic training.
Cramer lives in Marysville with his parents Mark and Vicki



Local Lt. Colonel mobilized
>From J-T staff reports:
Army Reservist Lt. Col. Mike Young of Marysville has been mobilized as
commander of the 384th Military Police Battalion in support of Operation
Enduring Freedom.
The battalion trains to conduct internment and resettlement operations
and has the mission of handling enemy prisoners of war.
Young is vice president and manager of information technology services
for Huntington National Bank. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in
international relations and a master of arts degree in military history
from The Ohio State University and a master of science degree in
strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College. He is also
a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College.
Prior to his employment with Huntington Bank, Young served for 15 years
as a career Army officer. His tours of duty included an enlisted tour as
an infantryman with the 8th Infantry Division in Mainz, Germany from
1973 to 1976. He was commissioned in 1982 and served two tours of duty
on jump status at Fort Bragg, N.C., with the 82nd Airborne Division and
the 5th Special Forces Group. After a year in Washington, D.C., Col.
Young returned to Germany with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment,
serving along the East-West German Border.
In 1991, he deployed to Kuwait as a company commander in support of
Operation Desert Storm. Before leaving active duty and moving to
Marysville in 1994, Young was an assistant professor in the Department
of History at the United States Air Force Academy.
Young has held various positions in the Army Reserve with assignments to
U.S. Atlantic Command, U.S. Southern Command and most recently, as
commander of the 3427th Military Intelligence Detachment, National
Ground Intelligence Center. As a military parachutist, he most recently
trained and jumped with Dutch airborne forces in the Netherlands and has
earned foreign airborne wings from Egypt, Kenya and South Africa.
Young said his battalion will remain deployed for more than a year. He
said the lengthy separation can be eased by the support of the military
community, local communities and officials and neighbors.
Young and his family live in Mill Valley. His wife, Geli, is an editor
with Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Publishing. His son Adrian is a junior and
Marysville High School and his daughter Ally is a freshman.

Champaign County to pay back jail funds
Inmate overages at the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg may
soon end up putting a substantial amount of money into the hands of
Union County.
According to Union County commissioner Gary Lee, a total of $111,989
will given back to Union County mostly because of inmate overages on the
part of Champaign County.
"That will be paid in the next month," Lee said.
The original Tri-County Regional Jail agreement between Union, Madison
and Champaign counties requires the counties to pay for up to 52 bed
spaces per day.
For every space a county goes over that figure, the county is charged a
fee of $45 per day for that space. Those charges are then put into an
overage fund. At the end of the year, that fund is distributed to
counties who did not go over their bed space.
Records show that Champaign County consistently went significantly over
its inmate numbers.
Lee reported that the Union County Commissioners, along with Union
County Sheriff John Overly and Union County Judge Richard Parrott, have
worked together to keep their overage amounts down through alternative
sentencing such as community service.
Lee said that the 2001 to 2002 money paid from the overages has not yet
been disbursed because the three counties are waiting to clear the funds
through their auditors. He said that after the first yearly payment is
made, the payments will be made on a quarterly basis in three month
The jail board decided to switch from yearly to quarterly payments in
order to lessen the blow to Champaign as well as to their own counties
as future populations change the balance.
At the monthly board meeting held Thursday afternoon at the jail,
commissioners and judges from the three counties discussed ways to ease
the effect of overages on the jail itself.
"In the past month and a half, for two weekends, we have gone way over,"
Tri-County Regional Jail Director Dan Bratka said.
He explained that 172 inmates were jailed during the bad weather, 12
more than the 160 inmates allotted.
"We literally threw mattresses on the floor," Bratka said.
He spoke with the state inspector about the inmate overflow and was told
that the jail needs to take steps to ensure that it's not a habit or
else look into expanding the jail.
One aspect of controlling the overages was discussed.
Every time the Madison County municipal court sentences a person to
Tri-County for a crimes such as not paying child support, it schedules
that person's arrival.
Bratka said if other counties followed this procedure, the unexpected
inmate overflow at the end of the week would be eliminated. He said
these types of reporting inmates often choose to serve their three to
five day sentences on the weekends.
Union County Sheriff John Overly agreed and said this was done in the
past and could continue.
He said the current status of overages is fine, with only Champaign
going four or five inmates over its amount.

Union County could see rash of cash for roads
Union County could be getting some help from the state for road
Local governments in Union County could receive nearly $1.7 million in
new revenues if Gov. Bob Taft's two-pronged proposal to provide
additional revenues for local roads and bridges is approved later this
month, Union County Engineer Steve Stolte said Thursday during his
annual "State of Our Roads" meeting.
That would mean $1.2 million to Union County; $289,872 to the city of
Marysville; $66,371 to the village of Plain City; $44,100 to each
township; $37,571 to the village of Richwood; $15,735 to the village of
Milford Center; $4,986 to Magnetic Springs and $4,648 to the village of
Unionville Center.
On an average dollar-per-mile that amounts to $4,010 for townships,
$3,200 for the city of Marysville and$2,603 for the county.
"Counties, townships and municipalities statewide have been saying for
years that revenues for road and street improvements have not been
sufficient to meet the many needs of their transportation networks,"
Stolte said, adding that Union County is in the same position.
He estimates that the Union County's unmet needs on the road system are
$2.4 million per year. The governor's proposal would generate half of
that amount.
Union County has 50 bridges that are more than 50 years old and 311
miles of roads that are less than 20 feet wide, the recommended state
minimum. Twenty-eight bridges are posted with load limits and one bridge
is closed until it can be replaced. Union County's infrastructure
includes 469 miles of county roads, 1,100 acres of pavement, 321
bridges, 1,810 culverts, 8,500 signs, 22 miles of guardrail and 940
miles of roadsides.
The governor's plan is to increase the gas tax by six cents over three
years with 25 percent of the increase going to local governments and to
take the highway patrol off the gas tax fund. This would provide $180
million to local governments.
Stolte reports that the county has spent more than $200,000 to keep
county roads clear this winter, about twice what an average year costs
the county.
"That will likely have an impact on the amount of money we have to spend
on other projects," said Stolte.
Stolte hopes that the recent spike in the cost of fuel will not require
further adjustments to the work program.
"We receive bids for our resurfacing programs in the next several weeks.
When the cost of gasoline goes up, the cost of asphalt also goes up,"
Stolte said.
2003 projected work program
Hot mix resurfacing is scheduled for Taylor and Robinson roads which are
to be widened and resurfaced. Watkins-California, Weaver, Unionville,
Middleburg Plain City, Watkins roads and Northwest Parkway are to be
Funding includes $800,000 from the county Surface Transportation Program
(federal), $430,000 from State Capital Improvement Program (state) and
$615,000 local.
Cold mix resurfacing is scheduled for Woodstock, Dover County Line and
Wilbur roads which are to be widened and resurfaced. Funding includes
$250,000 from local.
Various roads will be chip sealed and striped. Funding includes $325,000
local for chip seal and $35,000 for striping.
Small bridges/culverts to be replaced are on Watkins, Blues Creek,
Boundary and Yoakum roads. Funding includes $142,800 local.
Bridge deck overlays are contracted for Taylor, Treaty Line and Orchard
roads. Funding includes $90,000 local.
Large bridge replacements are contracted for Converse, Wheeler Green and
Ford Reed roads. Funding is $1.35 million from the Local Bridge
Replacement Program (federal).
A new roof will be placed on a bridge along Axe Handle Road. Funding
includes $38,000 local.
Long-range road improvements
Stolte said Thursday that plans for a Plain City outerbelt continue to
be discussed by the Ohio Department of Transportation, but construction
is not expected to begin until 2006. To date, preliminary engineering
and environmental studies has been completed. He said new road projects
that require federal funds take from seven to 10 years.
Improvements at the Industrial Parkway/Route 161 intersection are also
under discussion. Stolte said work could begin next year.
He said ODOT has studied the County Home Road/Route 4 intersection north
of Marysville and found that a signal is not warranted.
Stolte states in his annual report that he expects the amount available
for capital improvements to decrease with bridge replacements and miles
of road widening and resurfacing to diminish.
"I expect to begin seeing that trend in 2004," Stolte said.
In the past 18 years, Union County has obtained $10.7 million in state
and federal funds.
"However, we won't be as successful in the future as we have been in the
past. There is more competition now than there used to be and the
available federal and state grants aren't increasing."
2002 completed projects
The Union County Engineer widened two roads for a total length of 4.7
miles and approximately 17 miles of county roads were resurfaced. During
2002, eight bridges were replaced including the entire floor on one of
the remaining steel truss bridges in order to keep the bridge open until
2005 when it is scheduled to be replaced.

House dedicated to honor man
who touched so many

"If you were a friend of the program (Alcoholics Anonymous) you were
family to Jim Hudson."
- Don, a recovering alcoholic from Union County
Jim Hudson was honored posthumously Friday evening when a Fourth Street
house was dedicated in his honor. Coincidentally, Hudson was born in the
house, which now serves as a haven for individuals attempting to
overcome alcoholism. The dedication was held one year after his death.
Hudson was more than a friend to recovering alcoholics. He was one of
He knew what it was like to drink until he was oblivious, to wake up and
not remember driving home, to still be drunk in the morning. He
remembered getting up in the morning and not knowing if he was putting
his shoes on or taking them off. He often joked that he shouldn't have
any teeth or living relatives because of the number of times he called
into work with the excuse that he was getting a tooth pulled or that a
family member died, said Hudson's widow, Nancy. They were married April
27, 1978, after he had begun his recovery. He had three children and she
had four. As of today they have together 17 grandchildren.
Even with his co-workers covering for him at times, Hudson's performance
at work went down until he was finally told to do something or lose his
job. He went to a 30-day inpatient rehab, but did it for the wrong
"You can't do it for someone else," Nancy Hudson said. "You have to do
it for yourself."
He was back in the hospital within a year and knew this time that he was
in trouble. He had lost his first wife, his children and his house. The
day he didn't show up for work, a co-worker and friend, R.L. Coons of
Marysville, went to look for him and drove Hudson to the hospital.
"This time he was ready to listen. He had reached the bottom," Nancy
Hudson said.
A changed man, Hudson immediately began attending Alcoholics Anonymous.
He changed friends, never had alcohol in his home and avoided
restaurants with bars. He even avoided mouthwashes and cough syrup that
had alcohol in them.
Hudson took his last drink on July 17, 1975.
Nancy Hudson said she was never surprised to return home from work to
find several men drinking coffee and having a mini meeting in their
garage or workshop. Hudson was on a list at the sheriff and police
department as someone to call anytime a prisoner wanted to talk about
his drinking.
"He was always ready to talk AA with anyone," she said.
Hudson never believed an alcoholic could not turn his life around. He
never gave up on anyone, said Nancy Hudson.
Ralph Simpson, a friend of Hudson's since childhood, said Jim literally
saved the life of a personal friend.
"His drinking was so bad his wife and three children were sleeping in
their car in the winter time because he had drank up all their money. He
said if it hadn't been for Jim Hudson he would have lost his job, his
wife and his children. I don't think I ever really realized what an
impact Jim had on so many lives."
The Hudson House is a place for recovering alcoholics who need stable
housing, said Mike Witzky, executive director of the Mental Health and
Recovery Board.
Residents are required to be active in AA, stay sober, stay in treatment
and get a job within a month to begin paying rent.
When Hudson began attending AA meetings there was one held weekly in
Union County. Now there are meetings every day of the week, organized in
large part through Hudson's efforts.

The impact Hudson made on the life of others is perhaps best told by
those he helped. Below are statements made during Friday's dedication
"My friend Jim taught me more than how to stay sober. He taught me how
to live life."
- Don
"He would say that people used to see him stumble out of a bar and now
they would see him walk into an AA meeting, dressed at times to the 10s
or at least 9+. He was always ready for a good debate no matter where
... meeting room, Waffle House, Frisch's or his workshop. It didn't make
any difference. He liked to talk, but more importantly he knew the talk
and walked the walk."
- Don
"He talked to and helped a lot of people in his 25 years of sobriety and
12-step service work. I am one of those people Jim helped."
- Sandy S.
Meetings are:
. Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1033 W. Fifth
. Monday at 7:30 p.m., Timberview Golf Club, 1107 London Ave.
. Tuesday at 8:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Fifth St.
. Wednesday at 8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 207 S. Court St.
. Thursday at 8 p.m., First Congregational Church of Christ, 124 W.
Sixth St.
. Friday at 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1033 W. Fifth
. Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Plain City Methodist Church, 202 N.
Chillicothe St., Plain City
Open meetings are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Discussion meetings are Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Speaker meetings where an AA member shares experiences, strength and
hope are Tuesday and Saturday. The Wednesday and Friday meetings are
closed, meaning that attendance indicates you have a problem with
alcohol. The Thursday meeting is for women only.
A Narcotics Anonymous meeting is held Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes.
It is an open/discussion meeting.
For more information about AA services in Union County contact 642-1212.


Church group lends a hand in storm ravaged southern Ohio
From J-T staff reports:
Marilyn Britton received a phone call Feb. 19 from Lutheran Social
Services of Southeast Ohio asking for help from St. John's Lutheran
Britton is chairman of the Members mission Outreach Ministry at the
church. The Red Cross Disaster Response Center in Chillicothe called her
for help that weekend handing out food, blankets and other supplies to
people who were affected by the ice storms of Valentine's Day weekend.
Britton arranged for nine people to travel to Chillicothe Feb. 22. Then
a second phone call informed her that the group would not be working at
the center but would be needed for disaster assessment of homes in
Scioto County.
By the time the group left, 30 blankets, including four new quilts, had
been gathered, along with three winter jackets. Britton said many of her
neighbors in the Emmaus Road area contributed blankets, along with three
women's groups at St. John's and other individuals.
St. John's members Gary and Mary Jobe spent Feb. 21 at the Chillicothe
center, contacting emergency response teams in the seven-county area for
an assessment of damages and resources.
When the group arrived in Chillicothe they received a half-hour course
in damage assessment from Orlando Reyes, a trained Red Cross volunteer.
Britton said the course was condensed from the usual four hours.
Don and Sharon Werling, Bill Nicol and the Rev. Lloyd Nicol and Paul and
Rose Nicol and Trudy Kilfian made up three assessment teams, while Gary
Jobe remained at the center assisting Reyes with the phones and
Britton set out with a Red Cross worker and they spent the day driving
around their assigned section of Portsmouth, giving properties a rating
of no damage, moderate damage or severe damage.
The job was daunting, she said, because their estimates will be used for
insurance claim settlements.
The St. John's group returned to Marysville the same evening.

Union County has long list of firsts
Editor's note: In recognition of the state's bicentennial celebration
which officially began March 1, the Marysville Journal-Tribune will run
a weekly column beginning today that features historical highlights
about Union County. Today's column looks at firsts in Union County
according to a W. H. Beers & Co. written history of the county.
North Liberty was laid out by Lucas Sullivant in what is now Darby
Township on the south side of Darby Creek.
Brothers James and Joshua Ewing arrived in North Liberty in 1797.
Joshua was the first commissioner in Madison County but when Union
County was formed, he discovered that his farm was in Union County.
James brought four sheep, thought to be the first seen in the county. In
1812 he became postmaster of the county's first post office at Darby
Creek. He was a director of the Franklin Bank at Franklinton and issued
a style of currency over his signature.
"It was not long after the Ewings had made their home in Darby Township
before arrivals were noted, and the chain of settlements extended along
Big Darby Creek, in what are now the townships of Jerome, Darby and
"The Mitchells, Robinsons, Reeds, Sagers, McCulloughs and others ...
long after the southern portion of the county was settled, the northern
part was a wilderness."
That portion north of the Greenville Treaty Line was not in a condition
to be settled until 1819 and it was a number of years later than that in
some townships before the cabin of the pioneer was seen in the small
clearing in the midst of the heavy forest.
Tract Sold
Samuel Reed of Fayette County, Pa., purchased 500 acres from Lucas
Sullivant of Franklinton, then Ross County, for $1,150 at a rate of
$2.30 an acre. The deed was carried to and recorded in Chillicothe
because Union County was in the territory of Ross County.
Death of a white person
Samuel McCullough settled on the northeast side of the Big Darby Creek
at the mouth of Buck Run in what is now Darby Township at the locality
known as Bridgeport. He died in the spring of 1800 and is considered to
be the first white person to die in Union County.
At the time of McCullough's death the county's only carpenter, Samuel
Robinson, was absent to procure a load of salt and the closest lumber to
make a coffin was 80 miles away in Chillicothe. The remains were kept
until Robinson returned, then he and his brother, James, cut down a
walnut tree, split some slabs and made a coffin out of them. McCullough
was buried at the Mitchell Graveyard with no marker.
Births of white child
Jesse Mitchell was born in the latter part of 1799 and died in 1880 or
1881 at his home in Jerome Township. He is believed to be the first
white child born in Union County and was the seventh child of David and
Martha Black Mitchell. The Mitchell family came from Pennsylvania and
settled in what is now Darby Township with the families of Samuel
McCullough and Samuel Kirkpatrick.
Eliza M. Ewing, the daughter of Joshua Ewing, was born May 23, 1800. Her
parents lived a short distance above Plain City. She never married and
lived many years in Fontanelle, Iowa.
Robert Snodgrass was the third white child to be born in Union County
and first to be born in Union Township. He was born Dec. 2, 1800, in a
log cabin near the north bank of Darby Creek opposite the village of
Milford Center. He played with Indian children and was described as "an
earnest reader and deep thinker."
Elizabeth Mitchell is the second white female to be born in Union
County. She was born in Darby Township in May 1803.
Documented marriage
The marriage of Thomas Reed to Jane Snodgrass was the first of 11
marriages documented in 1820 when the county was organized. The
following year eight marriages were recorded and in 1822 there were 24.
The first election within the limits of Union County occurred in 1803
for a congressman to be elected from the state. A total of 18 votes were
cast at the home of Judge David Mitchell.
Brick house
The first brick house in Union County was built in 1818 or 1819 by
Samuel Robinson in Darby Township. Benjamin and Noah Tinkham
manufactured the brick and laid the walls.
The first mill of any importance was built by Frederick Sager in Jerome
Township on the north bank of the Big Darby Creek about one mile above
Plain City. The mill was used to grind wheat, buckwheat and corn.
The George Reed log mill was erected in 1810 or 1812 on the Big Darby at
Milford Center.
The Presbyterians of Upper Liberty built the first church in the county
in 1820.
"It was a plain, primitive building of hewn logs, 24 square feet. All
the materials and mechanical labor were supplied by membership. It was
not necessary to consult an architect and get up plans and
specifications and give out the contract to the lowest bidder, and then,
when dedication day came, report a few thousand as a debt to be removed
before the Lord could get the building."
The building was not heated and was located 1 1/2 miles east of Milford
Center. During the winter the congregation would meet in the school or
in private dwellings. An 18-foot addition was installed in 1822-23 and a
brick structure was built in 1834 in Milford Center.
Alexander Robinson taught the first school in Union County in 1812 or
1813. It was in a private dwelling near the Mitchell Cemetery.
The county's first courthouse/jail was located in Milford Center, which
was the county seat, from 1820 to 1822. When the seat of government was
moved to Marysville, the building stood empty for about half a century
before it was moved to the Union County Fairgrounds. By 1940 it was such
a hazard it had to be torn down. The dominant feature of this building
was a large stone fireplace at one.
The second courthouse was a small frame building, two stories high and
about 20 by 40 feet on the ground. It was located on the south side of
East Center Street (now East Fifth Street) along the east side of the
Guy Dickey bought the first television set in Marysville on June 24,
1948, according to a column written by F.T. Gaumer for the
Dickey was an amateur radio enthusiast and had quite a set-up in his
home on West Third Street before getting into TV. He eventually became
the first television service man in Marysville.
On Nov. 15, 1867, the Marysville Literary and Library Association was
organized. Founding officers were Franklin Wood, president; W.S.
Johnson, vice president; A.J. Sterling, treasurer; and S.W. Dolbear,
secretary. Leonidas Piper was the first librarian.
In 1874 the organization's name was changed to the Marysville Library
Association with stock issued at $25 per share. Each member was charged
$2.50 at the outset with dues of $2 per year. It was housed at the
corner of Sixth and Main streets. In the 1880s, money ran out and the
stockholders turned their books over to the Odd Fellows Lodge to be
added to that group's library, which lasted until 1895. The Odd Fellows'
Library was closed that year and for about 2 1/2 years there was no
library in Marysville.
On May 22, 1897, the Woman's Parliament took over the project and
reestablished a membership library in two rooms at the City Hall. They
took back the books from the Odd Fellows.
There were many donations including a book from President McKinley and a
gift of $100 from Andrew Carnegie, whose later gift of $10,000 made a
library possible. The Carnegie grant came in 1909 and the Court Street
Library was completed in 1910.
The one restriction placed upon the Marysville Library Trustees by the
Carnegie Foundation was that it was to be free to all residents of the
The first tavern in Marysville was kept by Matthias Collins. It was a
log building which stood north of the public square on the west side of
Main Street.

Residents list streets as top priority
Studying the results of the Marysville city survey on capital needs was
interesting according to the president of the committee which developed
A total of 377 responses to the survey was collected for the city's
needs survey according to Ed Pleasant, chairman of the city council's
special committee. More than a dozen members of the special committee
who gathered Tuesday night read over the results with comments and
decided where they will go next.
Pleasant said Marysville citizens decided that the top five needs are:
 1. Streets
 2. Sewers/storm water
 3. Fire Department
 4. Police Department
 5. Parks and Recreation
Pleasant said that while the number of responses wasn't very high, the
information provided came from a decent cross section of citizens.
The fear that a handful of individuals could vote repeatedly and skew
the results was unfounded, Pleasant said. For every 100 responses there
were deemed unusable, such as citizens answering "no" to every question
or those who didn't complete the entire survey. Some residents even used
the comment sections provided to vent their opinions on city topics
unrelated to capital needs.
According to the results, citizens want to place the focus on damage
control, rather than new construction. The majority obviously felt that
fixing sewer and storm water problems was essential, as well as fixing
the streets.
"Basically, the surveys appeared to have been done sincerely," Pleasant
On some areas of the survey, feelings were strong. The opinions on the
question of resurfacing and repairing the streets resulted in 209 people
vote that they "strongly agree" something should be done, with only
seven votes stating "strongly disagree." The same could be said on
improving the storm water draining system, with 267 voting in agreement
and 29 voting against the project.
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said that building a new waste water
treatment plant as well as fixing the sewers are some of the biggest
expenditures for any community to take on. He added that he would be
able to bring financial figures on both to the next meeting.
Pleasant said there were some contradictory results seen in the answers.

"People want services but they don't want to increase funds," he said.
Pleasant said the next committee meeting should begin focusing on how
and if the city can fund the top three projects listed by residents.
Another topic for future meetings is that communication with the public
has to be top priority.
Committee member Deborah Groat said a separation exists between areas of
Marysville. The city needs to start finding ways to develop a community
feeling. Committee member Jim Wimmers Jr. said he thinks some residents
think of Marysville only as an address.
One suggestion for getting the public involved and educated was
televising city council meetings.
Schaumleffel said that in other cities he has worked with, the council
meetings have been televised and were very well received.
Groat suggested having students televise the meetings.
"People want to be involved from the comfort of their living rooms," she
said. The meetings could be taped and broadcast over the city's
television channel a few times a week.
Schaumleffel said council and the administration will have to approve
the project.
Committee members agreed that the public has a lot of questions about
why the city is short on money and that only through communication will
they start getting any answers.
"Some people I talked to didn't even know there was a survey," committee
member Jennifer Weikart said.
The next special committee meeting will be held on March 25 at 7 p.m. in
council chambers at city hall. The focus of the meeting will go to the
next stage, including discussions on financing the projects and comments
residents made in the survey.

Murder suspect ruled competent
Second psychiatric evaluation ordered

>From J-T staff reports:
A psychiatric evaluation has been completed for Eric A. Jackson, 29, the
Marysville man who allegedly shot his mother outside a nursing home in
"He found that Jackson was competent to assist in defense," Union County
Prosecuting Attorney Alison Boggs said. "With a reasonable degree of
scientific certainty, he believed he didn't find him mentally deficient
to stand trial."
Copies of that report were sent to Boggs and Jackson's attorney, Jeff
Holtschulte, on Feb. 24.
Jackson of Riverwind Drive has been incarcerated since Oct. 15 after he
allegedly shot his mother, Donna Levan, 56, outside Heartland of
Marysville with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun. The slug went through
Levan's hand and into her abdomen and she died from her wounds on Oct.
Jackson was arrested for the crime and was charged with first degree
felony aggravated murder and fifth degree felony unlawful possession of
dangerous ordnance. On Nov. 15 Holtschulte filed a not guilty by reason
of insanity plea. He also filed a motion the same day to determine the
competency of his client in trial.
Judge Richard Parrott ordered Jackson to undergo a mental evaluation on
Nov. 22 by the NetCare Forensic Psychiatric Center in Columbus.
"A report has been filed by Dr. Chris Khellaf, which is not supportive
of the defendant's plea," Holtschulte said in a statement filed with the
In response to the finding, Holtschulte filed a motion to appoint a
second psychiatric examiner for his client. Parrott allowed the second
Ohio law allows a court to order one or more psychiatric evaluations at
public expense.
Parrott allowed Holtschulte to select the second psychiatrist and he
chose Dr. Alvin Pelt, a Marysville psychiatrist. Court files state that
Pelt was treating Jackson prior to the alleged murder and has held one
or more treatment sessions with him since his incarceration.
Holtschulte explained to the court in his motion for a second evaluation
that he considers Pelt critical to Jackson's defense, but did not go
into further detail.
Parrot has ordered Pelt to submit a psychiatric evaluation within 30
Jackson remains at the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg.

Kent State wrestler, MHS grad called to active duty
>From J-T staff reports:
The prospect of war has hit home for Marysville High School graduate Ben
Rings, a Kent State University sophomore wrestler.
The Golden Flashes' starter at 197 pounds, Rings has been activated by
the U.S. Army and will report as a specialist Saturday. Saturday is also
the first day of the 2003 Mid-American Conference championships in Mount
Pleasant, Michigan.
"I'm not that nervous," Rings said, according to a press release from
the university. "But I'm upset that I won't get to wrestle in the MAC
Tournament. I've been working toward that all year and now I have to
report on the first day of the tournament."
Rings, who received his notice on Monday, already has withdrawn from the
university and was scheduled to return to Marysville today before
heading to his armory post in Mansfield Saturday. His unit will train
there and then move to a base in New Jersey on March 14, where they will
await further orders.
Rings' activation did not come out of the blue. He had been anticipating
the call for several weeks. He knew it was imminent when his military
gear was packed for transport at the armory last week, according to the
press release. Still, getting the phone call on Monday wasn't something
he could prepare for.
"When I got the call from my commanding officer that said I was being
mobilized, I was like, 'Oh,'" Rings said.
A native of Marysville, Rings anticipates being on active duty for a
minimum of six months. It could be longer, depending on the escalation
of tensions in the Middle East.
"On average, my unit has been deployed every six years and its been six
and a half since they were sent to Bosnia," Rings said, referring to the
Eastern Europe upheaval of the late 1990s.
Because Rings' withdrawal from KSU is military related, he will not lose
any credits this semester. He also will not forfeit any athletic
eligibility, regardless of how long he remains on active duty.
Rings signed up with the Army at the age of 17, after his junior year of
high school. He was so young that his mother, Stephanie Gereluk, had to
co-sign his enlistment papers. According to the release, he was turned
on to military service by his stepbrother, Kyle Potts.
Rings is one of approximately 50 Kent State students to withdraw during
the current semester due to military obligations.
He has reported for duty one weekend a month and two weeks in the
summer. He has two years remaining on his original enlistment, which
will be followed by two additional years as an inactive ready reserve.
Rings compiled a remarkable list of accomplishments at MHS before
graduating in 2000.
As a lineman, he helped the Monarch football team earn a playoff spot
and he also played baseball and track. But it was on the wrestling mat
that he truly excelled.
Wrestling at 189, Rings holds three season records for MHS, including
most wins with 42 as a junior. He also holds three Monarch career marks,
including 116 wins.
Rings was runner-up in the state tournament as a junior, then culminated
his career with a Division I state title as a senior.
This season Rings posted a record of 19-16. More importantly, he helped
the 24th-ranked Golden Flashes clinch a share of the MAC regular season
title, the program's first conference crown since 1990.
After his active service is complete, Rings plans to return to Kent
State and continue toward his bachelor's degree in education.
"I definitely want to finish school and continue wrestling" he said.
After graduation, Rings would like to be a teacher and a coach and then
earn a master's degree in athletic administration.

Controversy remains over Jerome road crew
And then there was one - one permanent road maintenance worker in Jerome
Questions continued to swirl around road and cemetery operations in
Jerome Township during Monday's regular board of trustees meeting.
The verbal resignation of Edward Willing from the road maintenance crew
was accepted. He is the second of three employees to resign since
January. Trustee Freeman May noted that Willing had been dropped from
the township's insurance.
The reasons for his resignation were spelled out by trustee Susie Wolfe
in a memo dated Jan. 23. Wolfe wrote that she had called Willing to come
to work and he said "he didn't want to work here anymore ... He said he
didn't understand the insurance thing and that he didn't need Mr. Rhodes
calling him about putting the truck in the ditch when he did not put a
truck in the ditch. Edward said that he just did not need that kind of
stuff going on."
At a special meeting held Feb. 21 the trustees accepted the resignation
of road maintenance employee John Kindall effective Jan. 8. May noted
that Kindall resigned over pay issues.
Two days after the special meeting an emergency snow meeting was called.
The trustees agreed to a list of 11 names who could be called during an
emergency and set the pay at $13 an hour. The individuals on the list
were to have Class A or B commercial driver's licenses. May called to
confirm if the individuals were interested and during Monday's meeting
he read names of those who said they were. May admitted that he had
added two names to the list.
Trustees have struggled since August to maintain a permanent road
maintenance department after the resignation of three employees who had
more than 30 years of service to the township. The township was without
a road crew for two months and then trustees voted to hire three
employees in November on a 90-day probationary period for $10 an hour.
Less than two months later, on Jan. 7 during a special meeting, May and
Wolfe increased one employee's wages to $15 an hour and the two others'
wages to $13 an hour. Since then the two employees who were earning $13
an hour have resigned.
During his trustee's report, May said there was a problem at the
May said former trustee Ed Kauffman, who left office in January 2002,
sold a lot in April 2002. May also accused the former trustee of digging
and pouring a footer after being told not to do it. Kauffman then
submitted a bill for reimbursement of costs and the trustees approved
the bill. May has told the township clerk not to pay the bill.
"The buck stops here," May said.
"This should not be an issue," Rhodes said, explaining that at the time
the township had no staff to do the work and Kauffman had taken care of
the cemetery for years. He added that Kauffman had only gotten involved
because lifelong township resident John Andrews claimed to have a  a
personality conflict with May.  The problem was referred to Union County
Prosecutor Alison Boggs, who was present at the meeting.
In other business, the trustees:
. Approved purchasing overhead garage door openers at a cost of $1,045.
. Discussed, but took no action, about hours worked by the zoning clerk.
Rhodes said the trustees have no control over the position except to
fund it and it is the responsibility of the Board of Zoning Appeals and
Zoning Board to establish the clerk's hours.
. Discussed a request to remove a fence on Mitchell Dewitt Road. "We
don't need to get into the fence removing business," Wolfe said, while
May said, "that's his (the property owner's) problem." Rhodes asked how
much it would cost. The prosecutor then raised the question of whether
the fence is in the township right of way. The matter was referred to
the prosecutor.
. Set a public hearing for March 24 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss a rezoning
request from Alan Shepherd for .69 acres located 620 feet from the
northeast intersection of U.S. 42 and Industrial Parkway from rural to
heavy retail.
. Approved the installation of a mailbox for the township building with
the clerk to retrieve the mail and disperse it.
. Discussed and tabled any action against American Power Sweeper, 7350B
Industrial Parkway, concerning rubbish falling on the ground
. Announced a meeting of the trustees, zoning board and zoning appeals
board will be held March 22 at 9 a.m.
. Met in executive session for 1 1/2 hours to discuss pending and
imminent litigation discussed at the Feb. 21 special meeting. No action
was taken.
The deadline has been extended to Friday for individuals who want to be
considered for a steering committee to work with an outside consulting
firm to develop a comprehensive land use plan and to review the zoning
resolution book for the township.

Triad district in middle of contractors' lawsuit
The Triad School District has been pulled into a lawsuit that it wants
nothing to do with.
Treasurer Jill Williams reported to the board on Monday night that the
district has been brought into a lawsuit between Badger Excavating and
Chem Cote Asphalt.
Both Badger and Chem Cote were contractors hired by Triad schools for
the recent renovations and construction of school facilities. Williams
said she has turned all correspondence in regard to the lawsuit over to
legal counsel for the school district.
Board vice president Jim Reid told Williams to make Badger Excavating
aware that they will be responsible for any legal fees incurred by the
school district in regard to the suit.
Elementary school principal Craig Meredith reported that proficiency
tests went well Monday morning. The PTO served the students breakfast
before the test.
Students at the elementary school may have an opportunity on April 12 to
participate in the Shrine Circus and the Urbana Heart Walk. Meredith
plans to get more details to share with students and staff in the
upcoming weeks.
Middle school principal Scott Blackburn said he is awaiting
certification for the school's elevator. High school principal Dan
Kaffenbarger reported that several things were still in the process of
being corrected on the new high school building including the sound
system for the auditorium. It should be completed by the end of the
Superintendent Steve Johnson echoed new building and renovation concerns
in his report to the board.
"There are a lot of little things left to be done," Johnson said.
Johnson explained the two-hour delay on Feb. 25. He said the schools
lost power the night before and the furnaces had gone out. The school
parking lots were also very icy, he said, and he decided to delay school
to allow the buildings to properly warm up and the ice to melt.
In other business:
. The following students were honored by the school board for receiving
superior ratings at the district solo and ensemble competition: Sara
Bollack, Luke Carpenter, Leslie Coleman and Beth Williams.
. The following supplemental certified personnel were approved for the
2003-2004 school year: Bill McDaniel, athletic director; Paula Hill,
varsity football cheerleading; Mary Benge, middle school football
cheerleading; Mike Edwards, cross country head coach; Doug Miller, cross
country assistant; Payton Printz, football head coach; Mike Braun,
football assistant; Will Nichols, middle school football coach; Bruce
Schlabach, boys golf head coach; Richard Kraemer, Girls Golf Head Coach;
Lisa Askew, eighth grade volleyball; Tina Campbell, seventh grade
volleyball coach; and Erin Andrews, head volleyball coach.
. The following supplemental and classified personnel were approved for
the 2003-2004 school year: Justin Louck, football assistant coach; Joe
Linscott, football assistant volunteer coach; Drue Staffan, middle
school football coach; and Rick Wilkins, assistant softball coach.
. The board approved the resignation of art teacher Brian Bower at the
end of the school year.
. The board approved the calendar for the 2003-2004 school year.
. An equity tech grant in the amount of $11,547.52 was approved.
. The school board approved a policy to highly recommend and prefer but
not to require that administrative personnel move into the school
The board adjourned and reconvened to meet in executive session to
discuss evaluation of personnel.
The next school board meeting will be held on April 15 at 7 p.m.


Family commitments brought North Union's Crosthwaite to teaching
Diane Crosthwaite believes in making science relevant to her students'
lives in order to successfully convey classroom concepts.
Crosthwaite will celebrate a decade with North Union High School this
year as a biology teacher and staff advisor for the In the Know team and
the Envirothon team.
"Education is a second career," Crosthwaite said.
She started off in microbiology after receiving her bachelor of science
degree from the Ohio State University in 1975.
After graduation, Crosthwaite worked for three years in the microbiology
lab at OSU, specializing in cancer research. It was then time to start a
Crosthwaite and her husband, Kevin, have five children between the ages
of 17 and 25. She her choice to take time off to raise her family was an
important one.  Her desire to be a mother and put family first began to
shape her future career choices.
Crosthwaite worked on and off while raising her children when it fit the
family schedule. She worked for several years in the medical lab at
Memorial Hospital.
While raising her family, she saw an opportunity to combine her love of
kids with her love of science.
"It's so fun to do science with kids," Crosthwaite said.
She started off by exploring the field of education through substitute
teaching.  From there, Crosthwaite worked simultaneously on her
certification and master's degree in education from the University of
In 1993, Crosthwaite began teaching at North Union. She said one of her
approaches to teaching is grabbing her students' attention by showing
them how powerful and prevalent biology is in their day-to-day lives.
"The unit on microbiology is my favorite, dealing with bacteria and
organisms," Crosthwaite said.
She introduces this unit by sharing with the students an excerpt from a
non-fiction book detailing an Ebola outbreak that took place in a
primate facility in Virginia.
"The passage I read is pretty detailed and it tends to get their
attention," Crosthwaite said. "It's interesting to see in the weeks
following how I start to see the books I have shared in class in the
students' stack of books."
Crosthwaite said her goal is to give her class a foundation in biology
that they can take with them.
"I do try to stress the relevance," she said. "I want them to be
prepared to ask questions in regard to their own medical care and
consider second opinions."
Crosthwaite explains to her biology classes that ultimately as adults
they are responsible for their own medical care and, if they become
parents, the medical care of their children.
During the microbiology unit, the students take part in a hand-washing
experiment. Crosthwaite uses a product called Glo Germ to show the
students under a black light what is missed if hands are not washed
"I want my student's to be scientifically literate," Crosthwaite said.
She added her that hope is they will leave her class unafraid of
scientific articles in magazines and newspapers.
"I want them to be objective and see how the information that they are
reading affects their lives," she said.
In addition to her science classes, Crosthwaite is the staff advisor for
In the Know, the school's academic competition team. She said her
involvement with the group feels like a natural progression because she
competed with a similar group when she was in high school.
"This year has been a building year," Crosthwaite said.
She had only four returning players. The team has participated in two
invitationals and they plan to attend the league tournaments in early
Crosthwaite also coaches the North Union Envirothon team. Students
compete in teams of five and are tested in five areas including current
environmental issues, soil, aquatics, plant life/forestry and wildlife.
"In the last few years we have come very close to qualifying for the
state competition," Crosthwaite said.
She is currently consulting with agriculture teachers at North Union as
well as reviewing her own students for prospects for this year's
"I can take two teams of five," she said, "I have a team of returning
juniors and I am working on creating a team of sophomores."
The Envirothon will be held in May.
Crosthwaite lives with her family in Marysville.

Local yoga program catches on
Mary Beth Merklin does it to relax. Cheryl Leeds began doing it after
she suffered a herniated disc. Kay Olson does it because of chronic
muscle pain. And the kindergartners at Edgewood Elementary School do it
because it is fun.
It is yoga.
Yoga is an age-old set of exercises that increases efficiency of the
heart, slows the respiratory rate, improves fitness, lowers blood
pressure, promotes relaxation and reduces stress. When done properly
yoga is not stressful or tiring and any stiffness should be short lived
and minor.
"Yoga is for everyone," said Jeannene Henault, a certified instructor at
the Union County YMCA and member of the American Aerobics and Fitness
Association of America.
Rooted in Hindu religious principles some 5,000 years old, yoga is not a
religion, Henault said, but rather focuses on deep relaxation.
Henault said participation in yoga in the United States is up 20 percent
over last year and has been increasing consistently over the past 10
She said Americans are looking for a way to relieve stress which does
not put added demands on their bodies.
"It's a sort of spiritual mind and body connection," she said.
A devout non-exerciser, Merklin of Marysville began yoga classes at the
encouragement of a neighbor. With three children under the age of 12,
including one that is a special needs child, Merklin said her life has
really turned upside down in the past few years. She came to yoga
looking for a mental break and relaxation.
Cheryl Leeds of Milford Center is a mother of four and former
marathoner. A herniated disc this past summer slowed her down and she
was unable to enjoy her regular exercise routine of high impact
Leeds said yoga is relaxing and is not for wimps.
"It is a great overall workout," Leeds said. "I really love it."
Kay Olson of Marysville said a car accident four years ago has caused
her chronic muscle pain.
Unlike lifting weights and running on a treadmill, yoga provides her a
chance to completely forget about everything going on in her life as
well as provide relief from her pain.
Olson has taken her interest in yoga to a new level and attended a
YogaFit training class. She now is leading an animal yoga center in her
daughter Maggie's kindergarten class at Edgewood Elementary on Mondays
and Wednesdays.
While the adult yoga classroom is unlit with quiet music in the
background, Olson said her animal yoga class encourages the children to
make animal sounds when they get in the lion, turtle, cow or cat
Throughout the one-hour adult class participants move through a series
of positions followed by rests, Henault encourages her 9:30 a.m. class
of women to move at their own pace, to listen to their body breathing,
to accept that we are all different and unique and to open up to
positive energy and leave negative thoughts outside the door. Before the
class ends, Henault encourages the group to daydream as they cool down.
"You might not have time like this again today," she said.
Yoga classes are available Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays
and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m

April 03

Band excited to play at big game
North Lewisburg plans Bicentennial events
United Way salutes volunteers
Marysville board accepts resignations
Injury leads to renewed faith for FHS' Weese
Date set for show featuring local structure
New health department head named
Commercial Zoning District ordinances officially tabled
Health care costs for inmates jump Commissioners want to cut down on amount of treatment funded by Tri-County Jail
The Underground Railroad was active in Marysville
Raymond to celebrate milestone
Former Richwood Police Chief in hot water again
Fukui named to lead Honda
N.U.'s Crosthwaite believes in clean body and mind
Horch enters not guilty plea
Honda receives award for work with schools 
Man sentenced for role in fatal accident
Acid cloud injures workers
Union County was home to gentle giant
Triad approves new superintendent
Police urge residents to  lock doors
Missing pet has business owner shell shocked
M.C. officials hear plans for water tower
Richwood cannot fund village  clean-up day
Hundreds turn out for rally
Parenting expert to speak at MHS
City council approves water, sewer tap rate hike
Occupations Health Center turns 20
Library to host series for those seeking jobs
New federal regulations will change newsgathering|
City eyes increase to  water, sewer tap fees
The history of Darby Plains
Holy Week services listed
County answers sewer plant
Vineyard Church has new home for congregation
Delaware County Bank at center of sale, merger talk
Liberty Township officials take action on property cleanup
Troop support rally planned
Charges filed in connection with sexual act caught on video
Locals relieved  by change
Comedic performance was a welcome relief
Senior Watch offers sense of security
Plain City bypass moves forward

The legend of Jonathan Alder

Guilty  pleas entered in North Lewisburg  murder

One killed in accident on U.S. 33
Court of Appeals holds local session
April is Child Abuse Awareness month

Pooch refuses to be caught


Band excited to play at big game
From J-T staff reports:
The Marysville High School Marching Band will perform at the
Championship Game in the Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans Jan. 4.
Band director Bill Thissen received the invitation last week. He was
able to accept immediately because the band had applied and been
accepted for the Sugar Bowl parade in January 2002, although they did
not go because of the costs involved.
"This is the trip of a lifetime," Thissen said.
The band will perform as part of the Sugar Bowl pregame show and during
halftime as part of a band of more than 1,000 musicians. Members will
practice in the Sugar Bowl twice. Sheet music and flag corps routines
will be sent so the band can practice ahead of time.
At the game, band members will sit near field level directly behind one
of the football teams and while in New Orleans, they will have several
opportunities to take in the sights.
Thissen said the invitation is due in part to the excellent reputation
the band has for its performances in such places as Disney World and the
Outback Bowl and at festivals in Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach and
A sub sandwich sale is being held to defray costs and other fund raising
activities will be planned.

North Lewisburg plans Bicentennial events
From J-T staff reports:
North Lewisburg's Heritage Days, to be held Sept. 13 and 14 at the North
Lewisburg Park, will celebrate the Ohio Bicentennial.
One of the main attractions will be an 1845-style match game between the
Ohio Village Muffins and a North Lewisburg team played according to the
rules first written by the New York Knickerbockers.
Another highlight of the weekend will be a Civil War re-enactment and
encampment. The Mountain Men unit provide displays of life in the early
1800s. A blacksmith and medicine man will be on hand and
hatchet-throwing will be demonstrated.
Plans are in progress with Frontier Resources, a traveling museum that
would supplement Heritage Days with period-correct animals such as oxen
and horses. Children will be permitted to drive the oxen, make rope,
play the  games of the era and weave on a primitive loom.
Musical groups include the Muleskinners and the trio Elixir. Kettle
beans and cornbread, fresh-pressed apple cider and other foods of the
time will be served both days.
To help defray the cost of the event the committee is sponsoring a
spaghetti supper which will be held May 3 at the Village Municipal
Building from 5 to 7 p.m. Along with the spaghetti, the supper includes
tossed salad, homemade desserts and drinks. Donations will be accepted.

Marysville board accepts resignations
High school assistant principal, dean of students to retire
The Marysville Board of Education accepted the resignations of two
longtime administrators at Monday's regular board meeting.
Joe Gala, assistant high school principal, and Becky Gala, high school
dean of students, will retire at the end of the school year. Both had
taken advantage of the state retirement program which allowed them to
retire three years ago and be rehired.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman informed the board that the Marysville
High school Marching Band has been invited to perform at the National
Championship football game in New Orleans in January.
In other business, the board:
 . Named Jill Sements as employee of the month for January, Robert
Fraker for February and Karen Brown for March.
 . Approved the amended identification plan for gifted students.
 . Approved 2003-04 classroom fees for Creekview and elementary
 . Approved adoption of two textbooks, "World History to 1800" and
"Modern World History."
 . Approved the sixth grade camp for September at Templed Hills Camp and
Nature Center in Belleville.
In personnel issues, the board:
 . Accepted the resignations of Joseph Gala as high school assistant
principal; Rebecca Gala as high school dean of students; Laura
Stackhouse and Scott Stackhouse, high school intervention specialists;
Loren Traucht, high school family and consumer sciences teacher; Sandra
Jones, middle school music teacher; and Gina Kisor, Edgewood Elementary
 . Non-renewed all supplemental and extended time contracts.
 . Approved Austin Bingman, Derric Brown, Carleton Cotner, Chad Harrison
and Elizabeth Humble as substitute teachers for the 2002-03 school year.

 . Approved a one-year probationary contract for Martha Manee,
 . Approved as summer school teachers Judi Green, Holli Dewitt, Stacy
Boster, Catherine Boylan, Stephanie Hoehn, Kenny Chaffin, Matt Gerdeman
and Joe McSwords, high school; Linda Coder and Carrie Cook, middle
school; Hillary Weiser, Anda Smith, Carrie Maag, Lacie Wrenn, Tiffanie
Brandenburg, Laurie Will, Tammy Milesky, Linda Murdock, Heidi Wollard,
Greg Rohrs, Dannielle Taylor, Nancy Esthus, Cory Thrush, Bethann Morey,
Lisa Cotner, Angie Adkins, Regina Taylor, Brandi Haefner, Ruth Shortell,
Tamara Mason, Amber Halvorsen, Lisa Long, Molly Ratliff, Kathryn Ivory,
Christian Hochstettler, Kelly Magnuson, Lisa Muller, Amey Fregeolle, Deb
Johnston, Amy Smith, Casi Mathews, Craig Haese, John Boggs, Mary Jo
Browning and Krista Rocazella, grade school.
 . Approved one-year limited certificated contracts for the 2003-04
school year: Elementary - Janet Benedick, phys ed; Alisha Coe, Craig
Haese, David Hensinger, Deborah Johnston, Carrie Maag, Jennifer Stacey,
Rebecca Trefz, Laurie Will, Angela Baird, Tiffany Brandenburg, Martha
Clark, Stephanie Coler, Lynn Ellis, Janice Good, Amanda Griffith, Brian
House, Gina Kisor, Tamara Mason, Casie Mathews, Elizabeth Ratliff,
Jennifer Ridgway, Christen Vollrath, Ryan Ferriman, Cindy Gordon, Judy
Petkevicius, Amy Smith, Amey Fregeolle, Brandi Haefner, Michelle
Jenkins, Heather Pryor, Jenna Stuebs, Regina Taylor, Lacie Wrenn,
Kathleen Boreman, Brigit Nicol and Betsy Reminder, teachers; Jessica
Compton, Bryan Counts, Tammy Milesky, Angela Adkins, Anne Annan, Linda
Murdock, Ryan Young, Tracie House and Stephanie Spiegel, intervention
specialists; Douglas Weller and Betsy Reminder, art; Maureen Handler,
Reading Recovery; Catherine Hutchinson, gifted; Michelle Shinaberry,
guidance; Donald Shoemaker, Matthew Keller and Janet Porter, phys ed;
and Kristen Porter, music/intervention.
Intermediate - Brian Ash, music; Jennifer Baratie, speech therapist;
Abigail Helmuth, music/chorus; Lindsay Cole, Trisha Dearwester, Kathryn
Ivory, Krista Rocazella and Christopher Terzis; and Mary Elizabeth
Davis, Matthew Robinson, William Romine and Christine Todd, intervention
Middle school - Shelley Costello, librarian; Aaron Cook, Adam Kunkle,
Jesse Miller and Nicole Noteman, teachers; and Amber Halvorsen, Carrie
Romine and Janine Wiese, intervention specialists.
High school - Stacy Boster, Corrie Ferryman, Matt Gerdeman, Stephanie
Hoehn, Donna Moss, Victoria Parker and Stephen Scherer, teachers; Holli
DeWitt, WTP; Judith Green, at risk coordinator, Katherine Paulson,
music/choir; Alice Ahlers, E.S.L. tutor; and Rachel Juergens and Rachel
Meyer, intervention specialists.
 . Approved four-year limited certificated contracts for: Elementary -
Deborah Ehlers, Amy Seeberger, Courtney Potts, Lisa Melish, Becky
Yurasek and Beth Ann Moore, teachers; Marcia Easton, speech therapist;
Kelly Rock, art; and Rene Bushong and Renee Roth, intervention
Intermediate - Natalie Askew, John Boggs, Lisa Cotner, Lori Hicks and
Kari Ketter-Matter, teachers; and Lisa Muller and Greg Rohrs,
intervention specialists.
Middle school - Cheryl Barker, David Lewis and Thomas Powers, teachers.
High school - Kelly Gallmeyer, intervention specialist; Linda Proehl,
guidance; and Dave Herrmann, Dennis McKee, Amber Powers and Stephanie
Schupp, teachers.
 . Approved continuing certificated contracts for: Elementary - Lara
Cordell, teacher; and Machelle Sharrock (1/2), music.
Intermediate - Moplly Ratliff, guidance; and Kristin Allen and <Bethany
Schellin, intervention specialists.
Middle school - Carrie Cook and Marc Kirsch, teachers; and Christina
Gruenbaum and Penny Stires, intervention specialists.
High school - Denise Castner, Nicole Fuller, Rebecca Shellhouse and
Beverly Staley, teachers.
Because of the Memorial Day holiday, the May board meeting will be held
May 19 instead of May 26.

United Way salutes volunteers
>From J-T staff reports:
This is United Way's 30th annual National Volunteer Week, a time to
salute the 1,700 people who contribute time and talents to United Way
and its member agencies.
United Way member agencies benefit from more than 20,000 hours of
community service each year and a conservative estimate of $331,272 in
hourly wages they don't have to pay, allowing them to provide necessary
services to those in need.
Hazel Graham, 94 years old, has been a 30-year volunteer for the
Richwood Civic Center and the Memorial Meals program. She staffs the
registration desk in the center's dining room and makes crafts in her
apartment upstairs. Her handiwork is sold in the center's gift shop to
benefit the organization's operating fund.
John "Turk" Michel is the campaign chair for the United Way of Union
County. He is also the assistant manager of manufacturing new model
development at Honda of America's Marysville Motorcycle Plant.
"You have to make time for the things that are important to you," Michel
said. "The main thing you can control is how organized you are and the
speed and proficiency at which you do things.
Michel said people have to have a challenging spirit and lots of
determination to make a difference on a consistent basis. He said United
Way became a priority to him after learning about the positive impact it
makes not only in helping people through hard times but in teaching
others how to help themselves become valuable to the community.
Tanner Chapman, a sophomore at Marysville High School, visits Navin
Elementary once a week to tutor and mentor a third grader as part of the
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program.
Chapman said that just 30 minutes makes a difference and that it is
rewarding to help other people.
"When I was a third grader, I looked up to high schoolers with a good
attitude who were nice to little kids," he said. "I like being that kind
of high schooler and seeing how excited they get when we come."
There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities available for people of
every age, ability and educational background. For more information
about becoming a volunteer for the United Way or one of its member
agencies call 644-8381.

Injury leads to renewed faith for FHS' Weese
After a sports injury caused Fairbanks junior Kori Weese to reflect on
her faith, she became part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
and currently serves as the group's president.
Weese injured her knee before her eighth grade basketball season.
"It was really hard because I thought I wouldn't be able to do sports
anymore," she said.
In one year Weese had three surgeries on her knee. When she entered high
school, her track coach encouraged her to attend an FCA meeting.
"It was a great experience to be around other Christians and to be able
to freely express my faith," Weese explained.
Weese has grown up attending services with her family at St. John's
Lutheran Church. She also went to preschool and grade school at St.
John's but she feels that before high school she had taken her faith for
"I have learned so many lessons from difficult experiences," Weese said.

Over the past six months, she has watched three of her grandparents deal
with serious medical issues. Weese said it has been her love of Christ
and the support of family, friends and teachers that has helped her
through hard times.
"I pray a lot more," she said. "I've come to the conclusion that there
is a God out there who is taking care of things."
This past year Weese became president of the FCA, combining her faith
and love of athletics.
Weese is a runner in addition to playing soccer and  basketball. She has
been playing sports since she was in third grade. Currently, she is
throwing shot and discus for the school's track team.
Friday Weese helped organize the first Fairbanks FCA lock-in at St.
John's Lutheran church. The lock-in began at 7 p.m. and wrapped up on
Saturday morning.
There was something planned for every hour, Weese said. The  overnight
events included games, a live band, movies and a lot of food.
The attendance for the group was estimated at 50 students with 20 adult
chaperones. Weese said the hope is to expand the event next year to
include other area FCA groups.
 "I called a lot of parents to help and make sure things went
smoothly," she said.
 Weese is a member of the school's yearbook staff and serves as
secretary for Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).She
works at Frisch's Big Boy in Marysville and helps with childcare at the
YMCA. Weese plans to attend Malone College after high school. She hopes
to someday teach and coach basketball.

Date set for show featuring local structure
>From J-T staff reports:
The Henderson House, 318 E. Fifth St., will be featured on the Home and
Garden television network May 4 at 10:30 p.m.
"If Walls Could Talk" will feature the brick structure along with its
history and the Braun Building on the square of downtown Marysville.
HGTV's main interest points from the Henderson House are the time
capsule items found during the restoration by former owners Barry and
Susan Cordell. Also featured will be the hidden room in the basement
which is part of the original log cabin that once stood on the site.
The home features late Victorian Italianate architectural design of the
1880s era.
Last year, the HGTV network contacted libraries in the Columbus area,
looking to film five homes in Ohio which had significant history or
hidden treasures found. A total of 15 properties were submitted from the
areas of Norwalk, Marysville, Kenton, Columbus and Belleville.
The Marysville property was submitted by Gahanna Librarian Mary Ellen
George, who knew of the building's recent acceptance to The National
Registry of Historic Places.
High Noon Productions from Denver, Colo., which films for HGTV,
contacted the Cordells with questionnaires about the property. The
network selects stories from the information submitted. Filming took 9
1/2 hours.
The home has recently been sold to Robert and Elizabeth Meeder, who are
operating it as an antiques and gift shop.

New health department head named
>From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Board of Health met in special session Thursday and
adopted a resolution to accept a proposed contract with Martin J.
Tremmel, J.D., M.P.A. as Union County Health Commissioner.
Tremmel has been health commissioner in Huron County for seven years and
before that, served as commissioner in Seneca County for three year.
>From 1989 to 1992 he coordinated the infectious diseases department in
Huron County.
He received his bachelor of science degree in 1986 from the Ohio State
University, earned his master of public administration degree in 1991
and received a juris doctor in 1996. He is a registered sanatarian.
Tremmel is active in professional organizations and serves on the Ohio
Retail Food Safety Advisory Committee. He is a past president of the
Ohio Association of Health Commissioners.
"The search committee spent several months considering applicants and
the Board of Health is very pleased with our choice," said board
president Gary McDowell.
Tremmel will officially join the health department at the beginning of

Commercial Zoning District
ordinances officially tabled
>From J-T staff reports:
Three ordinances pertaining to lighting, signage and design zoning codes
for the Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District were tabled at
Marysville City Council Thursday.
Marysville Planning Director Kathy Leidich told council members that the
April 14 joint meeting between the Marysville Planning Commission and
the Marysville Public Works Committee "went rather well."
The ordinances were amendments to zoning codes for new construction
within the city, structured to ensure that new development will fit
aesthetically with its surrounding commercial or residential neighbors.
Council member and president of the public works committee Ed Pleasant
said the business community seemed happy with compromises made to rework
the design review zoning codes. He said the committee spent a lot of
time gathering information and accomplishing a fair resolution.
Leidich said the groups will discuss the topic in more detail at the May
5 planning commission meeting and the reformed ordinances should be
ready by the May 24 council meeting.
Council president John Gore joked that as a reward for their efforts in
resolving the zoning issue, the public works committee will be asked to
review the recent URS study regarding the future site location of the
Marysville Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Gore said he recently asked city administrators for a list of city-owned
properties. He asked them to look into any properties which could be put
on the market to help fund city project.
Other topics discussed:
. Marysville Superintendent of Parks and Recreation Steve Conley
reported that he is working with resident Randy Fox to make a skateboard
park for the city. Conley said several seldom-used city basketball
courts could be available.
 Conley also reported that the parks and recreation department received
a $5,000 Caring Hearts grant which can be used to provide free city pool
passes to needy children. The vouchers will be sent to Marysville
schools and their recommendations will be referred to him.
Conley said Paris Township recently donated $40,000 to the parks and
recreation department to construct a parking lot for Mill Valley Park.
He said the township trustees generated the money from taxes.
. Spring Clean-up starts Saturday at 620 N. Main St. Residents are asked
to call 642-0116 for more information on the drop-off dates and times,
as well as what items the city will not take.

Health care costs for inmates jump
Commissioners want to cut down on amount of treatment funded by
Tri-County Jail

Inmate medical costs and overages drew discussion when commissioners
from Union, Madison and Champaign counties met with Tri-County Regional
Jail Director Dan Bratka Thursday afternoon.
Commissioners expressed their worries about where a jail can draw the
line on emergency health care for inmates.
"How many people are getting routine health care on us?" Union County
Commissioner Tom McCarthy asked.
"We've got a half million dollar problem here between the three
(counties)," Champaign County Commissioner Bob Corbett said.
Bratka said he is trying to find ways to put an end to unnecessary
health care but the process is difficult.
The jail currently provides emergency coverage 24 hours a day for its
inmates. If an inmate is taken to the hospital, a corrections officer
has to be on paid assignment to watch him the entire time. He said
X-rays alone can cost up to $225 each and medical transport from the
jail to Mercy Hospital in Urbana can cost $700.
Bratka said he has looked into Memorial Hospital of Union County and
others locations for cheaper transport services, however, Mercy Hospital
is closer.
The jail's head nurse is looking into having a mobile X-ray unit come to
the jail every Wednesday which could save the jail $150 per use. He also
transports inmates by jail van when possible.
"We are dealing with people who rarely go to a doctor," Bratka said.
He explained that an inmate may take full advantage of free health costs
in jail, when outside they could never afford a doctor. It is also
difficult to prove an inmate is faking in order to get the change in
scenery a hospital can bring.
He said another problem is that letting an inmate's existing health
condition worsen in jail may cause further costs during their stay. One
inmate developed an abscessed tooth and had to have it removed. Bratka
said he transported the inmate himselfto a dentist. He said it was
easier to have the tooth pulled because it might have caused numerous
other health problems.
Bratka said he leaves the decisions of whether to provide emergency care
up to the doctor and two nurses he employs. The explanation of what
emergency care is has not clearly been defined and ultimately must be
left up to his staff.
The discussion of medical expenses led into inmate overages from the
three counties. Madison County commissioner David Dhume said eliminating
the problem of over-capacity may solve some problems such as medical
costs for the jail.
Bratka reported that for April the jail has been set at 152-155 inmates
on a daily basis. However, there was a run of around six days when
capacity went over 160. The jail can easily hold up to 160 inmates and
each county is allotted 52 beds. He said overage problems still stem
from small-time criminals choosing to serve their short sentences on the
weekends. It was also reported that Champaign County continues to have
considerable overages and Madison and Union Counties are catching up
McCarthy said commissioners should  speak to municipal court judges
about watching how they sentence criminals for lesser crimes. He
recommended the commissioners look into judges who continually make
peculiar sentences and see what can be done about lessening overages.
The issues of medical costs and overages will be delved into further
with additional updates at the next Tri-County Corrections Commission
meeting on May 1.

The Underground Railroad was active in Marysville
From J-T staff reports:
The Underground Railroad was active in Marysville from about 1830 until
the beginning of the Civil War, according to a book by Wilbur Henry
Siebert's research at the Ohio Historical Society Museum in Columbus
states that slaves came along three routes traveling 18 miles from
Mechanicsburg, 10 miles from North Lewisburg and 25 miles from West
One of the chief operators was Deacon Samuel A. Cherry who built a brick
house on West Fifth Street in 1843, however, local histories place the
house on West Sixth Street near Ash Street.
Cherry and his wife housed fugitives in a room on the ground floor and
if pursuit was close, the visitors were moved into the closet at the
back of the hall and down through a trap door into a cellar room. The
flour barrel was then put back on the trap door.
Cherry and Aaron Skinner usually went with their parties six miles on
foot to the home of John Cratty which was located just west of the
Scioto River on the Delaware Road. From there they were moved on to the
farm of William Cratty. Cherry also made trips 20 miles southeast to
Dublin and delivered his wards to a member of a Negro settlement.
Aaron Skinner also sheltered runaways in his home. Quakers passing
through Marysville to attend quarterly meetings often transported
fugutives to a Quaker station in covered wagons and carriages.
In 1848, Old Unk Joe Mayo, a Negro well digger, moved to a cabin just
west of Marysville. Over the years, he purportedly helped more than 250
slaves who came from West Liberty and Mechanicsburg. One story claims
that a slave owner offered $200 in gold for a slave but Mayo maintained
his ignorance of the matter.
Other Marysville railroad operators were George Cherry, Herman Ferris,
Dr. F.S. Kinney, Cyprian and William Lee, Dr. Charles Rathbun, Lathrop
and William Skinner, Alexander Doty and Judge William A. Woods.
According to local information, there were 16 Underground Railroad stops
in Marysville and five in New Dover.
(This information is reprinted from a 1998 article that appeared in the
Marysville Journal-Tribune when Cathy Nelson, a Columbus teacher and
founder of the Friends of Freedom Society, spoke to a group in


Raymond to celebrate milestone
A birthday party is being held Friday night at Raymond Elementary School
to celebrate 150 years of education at that site.
In 1853, the first Liberty Township Board of Education meeting was held
in a one-room log building on the site of the present school in Newton,
the original name of the village of Raymond. At that time, there were 12
township districts run by three directors. The number of students listed
was 578 and their ages ranged from 5 to 21.
The board determined that the schools were to be in session for a period
not to exceed six months. The school day ran from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with
a one-hour lunch period and two 10-minute recesses. Male teachers were
responsible for building fires to make the schools comfortable by 8 a.m.

One of the rules set at that first meeting reads "If good order is not
maintained, dismissal of the teacher can be made when two of the local
directors agree."
Books approved for use throughout the district were McGuffy's Reading
and Spelling, Webster's Dictionary, Ray's Arithmetic, Kirkham's Grammar,
Comstock Philosophy and Davis Algebra.
In 1880 a two-story brick school was built on the same site. At that
time, the average wage paid to male teachers was $41 per month and
female teachers were paid $27 a month. School was in session 28 weeks.
 In 1902 rooms were added to accommodate high school students. The first
class, six students, graduated in 1905. In 1914, a new brick building
was dedicated as a centralized school and all outlying one-room schools
were closed.
The students were taken to school by horse and wagon and the building
was heated by a coal furnace with a circulation fan operated by a
gasoline engine. The water system was also gasoline powered. The old
school building was sold, half of it being moved next door to serve as
the VFW Hall.
In 1931, a gynasium/auditorium was built and a 1938 bond issue provided
funds for an addition and renovations in the 1914 structure. The added
space provided a lab for general science, vocational agriculture and
farm shop, home economics rooms, study hall, library, cafeteria,
commercial department, lockers and showers.
Eight years later, a new auditorium and more classrooms were added.
Since then, two more additions and extensive renovations have taken
place at what is now Raymond Elementary School.
In 1951, Liberty Township High School became Northwestern High School by
consolidating with portions of Liberty, Taylor, Allen and York
townships. The district was annexed to Marysville in 1963.
Friday night's celebration will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The public
is invited to attend.

Former Richwood Police Chief in hot water again
A former Richwood Police Chief who once faced scandal in Union County
was recently arrested in Erie County on drug and weapons charges.
Lee "Buddy" C. Cox, 50, of Norwalk was pulled over April 10 by the
Perkins Township Police for a seat belt violation and not using a turn
Perkins police chief Tim McClung would not return phone calls requesting
a report of the arrest, however, a story in the Sandusky Register
reported that police allegedly smelled marijuana in Cox's car which
prompted a search of the vehicle. Officers allegedly found a marijuana
cigarette in his pocket, two plastic bags with white residue, a
.25-caliber handgun in the glovebox and a double-edged boot knife under
one of the seats.
Erica Davis, deputy clerk of the Sandusky Municipal Court, reported that
Cox faces a fifth degree felony charge of possession of cocaine, first
degree misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana, fourth degree
felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon, for the gun, a first
degree misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon, for the knife,
and having a weapon under disability, which is a fifth degree felony. A
person may be charged with having a weapon under disability if they have
been convicted of a crime that would make them legally ineligible to
possess a weapon. Perkins police reportedly would not say what Cox was
previously convicted of.
Cox was reportedly released from the Erie County Jail the night of his
arrest on $20,200 bond. Davis said Cox pleaded not guilty to the charges
Thursday morning at a Sandusky Municipal Court arraignment hearing.
Cox was chief of the Richwood Police Department in the late 1980s. In
May 1990 he resigned from the department in order to join the Union
County Sheriff's Department as a deputy. Before he was hired, Cox was
implicated in a scandal accusing him of abusing his position as Richwood
chief by reportedly illegally purchasing assault rifles for the personal
use of his officers.
An investigation conducted by the sheriff's department unearthed the
misconduct after deputies learned that the Logan County Sheriff's
Department had been investigating a similar situation in its
jurisdiction and found that Richwood officers might also be guilty of
the offense. The same gun vendor was allegedly involved in both
Because of the situation, Union County Sheriff John Overly did not hire
Before Cox joined the Richwood Police Department, he had been chief of
the Put-in-Bay Police Department from 1983-85. In July 1985, Cox
reportedly resigned as chief of Put-in-Bay police to take a job as
manager of South Bass Island State Park with the Ohio Department of
Natural Resources.
It is unknown under what circumstances he left the Put-in-Bay Police
Department, although the Sandusky Register states Cox was evasive when
questioned about his resignation. He reportedly told reporters there
were a few local problems and that his new job as South Bass Island
State Park manager had a better future.
Cox reportedly worked as park manager for one year before becoming chief
in Richwood.

Fukui named to lead Honda
The new president and CEO of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. once ran Honda of
America operations in Union County, as did his predecessor.
Honda Motor Co. Ltd. announced this week that Takeo Fukui will become
the company's sixth president and chief executive officer effective in
late June.
Fukui, 58, currently a senior managing and representative director, will
succeed Hiroyuki Yoshino, 63, who will assume the post of director and
advisor to Honda Motor Co. This management succession will occur
following the final decision of the Honda Motor Board of Directors after
the company's annual shareholders meeting in late June.
Like current Honda Motor Co. president Hiroyuki Yoshino, Takeo Fukui has
Ohio connections, having spent four years as president of Honda of
America Mfg. from 1994 to 1998.
Fukui was chosen because of his experience in engineering and building
brands. Yoshino said at a news conference that Fukui is personally tough
in both body and mind, as well as possessing decisiveness.
Ron Lietzke, Honda spokesman, said Fukui is credited with the 1998
launch of the first Honda Accord built entirely for the U.S. market.
Prior to that the vehicle was developed and made in Japan.
Fukui brings 34 years of experience with Honda to his new role,
including expertise in research and development, engineering,
environmental technology, racing activities and the manufacturing of
automobiles, motorcycles and power products.
Fukui joined Honda in 1969 after graduating from Waseda University with
a bachelor of science in applied chemistry. He started his career at
Honda as a member of the Honda project team that developed the Honda
CVCC (Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion) engine, which made the
Honda Civic the first car to meet the strict emissions standards set by
the U.S. Clean Air Act. In 1978, Fukui was transferred to the area of
motorcycle racing, where he devoted almost a decade to Honda's racing
success, including in the World Grand Prix 500cc class where Honda won
the championship for the first time in 1983.
After 19 years with Honda R&D Co., including serving as managing
director as well as president of Honda Racing Corp., Fukui was appointed
to the board of directors of Honda Motor Co. in 1988.
As managing director and later as senior managing director of Honda R&D
Co., Fukui assumed the entire responsibility for motorcycle development
from 1987 to 1992. In 1992, he became general manager of the Hamamatsu
Factory ? a production facility with one of the most complex product
mixes of any Honda factory in the world, including motorcycles, power
products and auto transmissions.
>From 1994 to 1998, he served as executive vice president and later as
president of Honda of America Mfg. Inc. in Ohio, where production volume
significantly expanded under his tenure in order to meet increasing
customer demand for Honda products in the North American market.
In 1998, Fukui was named President of Honda R&D Co., his current post,
and promoted to Senior Managing Director of Honda Motor Co. in 1999 with
the additional responsibility for Honda's motorsports activities,
including Formula One Grand Prix racing.
Honda is one of the world's leading producers of mobility products
including its lineup of motorcycles, automobiles and power products.
This diverse product lineup has made Honda the world's preeminent
engine-maker, with production of more than 15 million engines globally
in 2002

N.U.'s Crosthwaite believes in clean body and mind
Russ Crosthwaite believes that in order to succeed you need to have a
clear mind, body and spirit.
He has proven this motto as a successful student, athlete and D.A.R.E.
(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) mentor.
Crosthwaite, a senior at North Union High School, maintains a 3.75
G.P.A. while staying involved with numerous extracurricular activities.
This winter he was chosen as one of eight 12th grade mentors for the
fifth graders at Leesburg-Magnetic Elementary School.
"I can remember thinking about being a D.A.R.E. role model when I was in
elementary school," Crosthwaite said.
He and the other 12th grade mentors began meeting with fifth graders in
December. Crosthwaite said all the mentors had an opportunity to meet
with all the younger students by rotating between classrooms.
The next two visits were dedicated to a question-and-answer period. The
elementary students asked Crosthwaite about the demands of high school
and what they should expect.
"I told them you need to get your work done, then have fun with your
friends because the time in high school flies by," he said. "I also told
them if you start doing drugs and you are involved in sports it is going
to affect your performance."
Being involved in sports is something Crosthwaite can give a lot of
advice on. As a member of the high school football, basketball, track
and baseball teams, he knows the importance of contributing to an
organized sport.
Crosthwaite told the fifth graders that by getting involved in a lot of
different activities they will not be as likely to be tempted by drugs
and alcohol.
Earlier this year, he had the opportunity to attend the D.A.R.E.
graduation at Leesburg-Magnetic. Unable to give a speech due to a cold,
Crosthwaite enjoyed watching the younger students get their
"My friends often joke that I make my body a temple by not putting
anything bad in it," Crosthwaite said.
Despite the teasing, Crosthwaite has proven time and time again that his
philosophy works for him. In football, he was named first team all
league and all district his junior and senior years. Crosthwaite was
also named second team all Ohio his junior and senior year and received
the Chris Spielman award from ONN (Ohio News Network) as a junior.
"I want to see how far I can go with football after high school," he
He is currently deciding between the Ohio State University and the
University of Akron to play football. Crosthwaite plans to major in
engineering physics.
Crosthwaite lives with his parents, Diane and Kevin, on Route 347. He
has four siblings.

Horch enters not guilty plea
Court files offer more insight into an alleged incident of child
pornography and rape in Union County.
Steven L. Horch, 35, of 17516 Whitestone Road pleaded not guilty in the
Union County Common Pleas Court to 10 felony counts for his involvement
in an illegal videotape showing his now ex-wife engaged in sexual
contact with a family member under the age of 13. He is represented by
Columbus defense attorney Phillip Lon Allen.
Horch faces three counts of rape, all first degree felonies; one count
of complicity as it relates to rape, a first degree felony; two charges
of pandering obscenity involving a minor, both second degree felonies;
one charge of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth degree
felony; two charges of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a
minor, both second degree felonies; and one count of pandering
sexually-oriented material involving a minor, a fourth degree felony.
If convicted, Union County Prosecutor Alison Boggs said, Horch could
serve 34 years to 25 years in prison.
His ex-wife, Lara Horch, 32, is already serving five years in the Ohio
Reformatory for Women for her involvement.
She was arrested on Sept. 9 on one count of sexual battery, a
third-degree felony. A first-degree felony rape charge was dismissed in
an arrangement with the prosecution.
Court files state seven of the charges against Steven Horch stem from
criminal activities which took place between Dec. 8 and Dec. 13, 2000,
in Union County. Files state that he allegedly threatened to kill both
his wife and the juvenile if she refused to have sexual contact with the
boy. The film was recorded on an 8mm cartridge and he later had it
reproduced onto a VHS tape. He is also charged with scripting out what
she was to say on film and directing her in the video. Horch allegedly
kept the tape for more than a year in his home.
The three rape charges reportedly stem from incidents which took place
between October 1991 and May 1992 when Horch allegedly engaged in sexual
contact with a juvenile family member.
When initially questioned, Horch said his ex-wife would often have sex
with her previous ex-husband behind his back while they were married.
One night she asked him to go to the grocery store and he suspected she
was planning to meet him again.
In his defense, Steven Horch claims he returned home one night to find
his wife and the juvenile engaged in the act. He said he videotaped the
incident as proof that it occurred and to use as leverage to convince
his ex-wife to seek counseling.
Horch has been ordered to have no contact with his ex-wife, as well as
the victims until the case has been resolved.
His jury trial is scheduled for June 24 in Union County Common Pleas

Honda receives award for work with schools 
From J-T staff reports:
Honda of America in partnership with Marysville Schools has been awarded
the Ohio Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Best
Practice Award for 2002-03. The award comes from the Ohio Association
for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
The award is designed to recognize the best practices, which are student
centered, grounded in research and applicable to a variety of learning
contexts, of members in the field.
Teachers and administrators from the Marysville schools have
participated in extensive training provided by Honda. The training helps
staff improve learning and behavior by teaching students to set goals
and track day-to-day progress. Performance data is collected and
analyzed using the tools that Honda work teams use to measure quality.
Administrators use the quality tools process to develop improvement
plans and provide efficient means for managing district operations.
Marysville superintendent Larry Zimmerman wrote in his nomination:
"Honda, in partnership with the schools, has begun implementation of the
use of the quality tools process to not only improve the efficiency and
processes at the district and building level through training of
administrators, but more importantly for the purpose of improved student
performance in the classroom."
"As a result, students are taking ownership of their education and are
performing at higher levels as evidenced by improved scores on both
local and state assessments," Zimmerman said. "Honda of America has
provided multiple resources toward the implementation of this program."


Man sentenced for role in fatal accident

The final chapter into a 15-month investigation of a fatal traffic
accident ended Friday with an East Liberty man receiving a four-year
prison sentence.
Tyson C. Bodey, 28, of East Liberty was sentenced Friday for aggravated
vehicular homicide, a second degree felony, by visiting Judge Patrick J.
Foley of Dayton.
The case stems from a Jan. 16, 2002 accident, which occurred on Route
736 and which claimed the life of Torrie Griffith, 22, also of East
Reports from the Ohio State Highway Patrol indicate that Bodey and
Griffith, had allegedly been drinking at the Plain City Pub that
evening. After leaving the establishment, Griffith's truck went out of
control and struck a tree. Griffith was  killed at the scene, according
to OSP reports.
Patrol investigators indicated that Bodey was driving Griffith's truck,
a charge that Bodey disputed. He entered not guilty pleas to a pair of
aggravated vehicular homicide charges - one of which was a first degree
felony and the other of which was a second degree felony.
Bodey was later charged with one count of witness intimidation, which
reportedly was connected with the investigation.
That charge, plus the first degree felony of vehicular homicide, was
eventually dismissed.
A jury trial got under way last month. On the final day of the
proceeding, Bodey admitted to the court that  he was the driver and
switched his plea to guilty.
On Friday, Foley heard witness impact statements as well as statements
from the prosecution and defense as part of the sentencing proceeding.
A letter from Griffith's widow was read in court by her mother. The
correspondence described a woman who is trying to put the past behind
her but also one who is tired of having to prove to bill collectors on a
daily basis that her husband has died. She also wrote about the sadness
she feels when her two-year-old daughter asks where her father went.
"If only Tyson would have told the truth 15 months ago. It might have
made the situation better than it is now," the letter said. "Hopefully
justice will be served."
A letter from Griffith's father was also read by a court appointed
victim's advocate. That letter addressed Bodey personally, stating that
it was time for Bodey to take responsibility for Griffith's death.
"You deserve prison for what you did," Griffith's father wrote. "You
have been given multiple chances."
The letter referred to the results of Bodey's application to be sent for
rehabilitation at the West Central Correctional Facility's CVCF instead
of state prison.
Attornies for both the prosecution and defense had both agreed that
Bodey might benefit more from in-patient rehabilitation rather than
prison time.
During the application interview, Bodey reportedly became
confrontational, loud and hostile toward the CVCF interviewer. As a
result, his rehab application was denied and the only remaining option
was a prison sentence.
Assistant prosecuting attorney John Heinkel recommended a four-year term
of incarceration. He cited Bodey's alleged behavior and what he claimed
was a general lack of remorse on the part of the defendant.
Heinkel also requested the court to grant Griffith's family $6,300 in
restitution for funeral expenses and the cost of repairing the vehicle
wrecked during the accident.
Defense attorney Louis Williams of Columbus spoke for Bodey and said he
has known his client for almost 10 months. Since that time, Williams
said he has come to know Bodey as a good person. He said Bodey is
supported by many friends, some of whom have known him since the second
grade, and also has had the love and support of his family.
"He (Bodey) loved Torrie Griffith . he did not intentionally do anything
to make this happen," Williams said. "It could have happened to anyone
at any time."
Foley said he had hoped to extend the recommended sentence of
rehabilitation for Bodey. He said he has seen rehabilitation have a very
positive impact on criminals.
"The motor vehicle accident has caused an insurmountable damage to a lot
of people." Foley said, noting that questions remain about Bodey's
general remorse for the crime and his negative attitude.
"I believe this has to be a turning point in the life of Mr. Bodey,"
Foley said. "You have got to become a decent citizen . it is hard to do,
but you must in order to be productive in life and in your community."
Foley said he would openly consider an early judicial release, which
means Bodey could be up for probation six months into his incarceration.
Upon his eventual release, Bodey will be under probation for up to three
Bodey will be taken to the Correctional Receiving Center in Orient. From
there, he will be assigned to one of the state's correctional


Acid cloud injures workers
>From J-T staff reports:
A cloud of acidic gas reportedly injured several employees at the
Buckeye Egg Farm on County Road 245, just outside of Mount Victory in
Hardin County Wednesday.
At about 4 p.m. Northern Union Fire Department medics transported six
victims for decontamination and respiratory problems to Hardin Memorial
Hospital. The hospital would not release information regarding the
current condition of the victims today due to the recently enacted HIPAA
privacy guidelines.
None of the injuries were thought to be serious. Names of the injured
were not available.
According to Hardin County Emergency Management Agency Director James
Bostater, an employee mistakenly mixed a combination of acid and
chlorine. All employees were evacuated from the building before
emergency crews arrived.
HAZMAT crews were called to the scene to remove the chemical mixture,
which was contained in a 10-gallon bucket.
Bostater said mutual aid from Boke's Creek, Marysville, Northern Union
County and southeast Hardin County responded, along with Hardin County
Sheriff's deputies and EMA personnel.
He said officials of Buckeye Egg Farm did a good job of evacuating
employees as well as identifying the chemicals involved. Their activity
saved emergency crews time assessing the situation.

Union County was home to gentle giant
>From J-T staff reports:
Born in 1834 in Sodom in Darby Township, Noah Orr was reportedly the
largest person who had ever lived in the state of Ohio.
He weighed 550 pounds and stood well over 7 feet tall. He was described
as a handsome, intelligent, friendly, perfectly-formed man who led an
active life.
At the age of 17 he was persuaded by an agent of P.T. Barnum to join the
"Greatest Show on Earth" which traveled throughout the country with
several appearances in the town Orr loved - Marysville. His home was on
West Sixth Street, now owned by Shearer Banks Insurance.
When it became known that the Gentle Giant wanted and needed a big
comfortable chair, the children whom he had met while traveling and whom
he loved so dearly began sending him pennies. He was so touched he had
cherub heads carved on the arms and back of the chair. The chair
traveled with him wherever he went and is now on display at the Union
County Historical Society.
Orr died July 1, 1882, at the age of 48 after a three-month illness due
to complications of a rheumatic heart. His casket was made to order in
Springfield and because it was too large for a hearse, had to be taken
to the Oakdale Cemetery on a town dray. The vault in which it was placed
measured 8 feet and 2 inches long; 3 feet and 2 inches wide; and two
feet and 5 inches high.
(Information provided from the 1883 Union County History and Journal
Tribune Sesquicentennial Edition printed in 1969.)

Triad approves new superintendent
Board votes to put Kaffenbarger  in charge of district
Triad Schools will have a new superintendent in January.
Current high school principal, Dr. Daniel  Kaffenbarger, will be
succeeding Dr. Steve Johnson as approved by the Triad Board of Education
on Tuesday night.
Johnson shared with the group a letter from the National Honor Society
advisor raising issue with action taken at the February school board
 At that time, concerns were raised after 15 students did not receive
admission into NHS despite excellent academic and activity records.
Parents and students faulted the NHS selection procedure, which included
a faculty committee selection.
In February, the board  approved a new procedure, stating that the
section on faculty committee selection would be deleted to make the
process completely objective beginning with the next group of NHS
inductees to be considered this fall.
 The NHS advisor raised concerns in the letter to the board regarding
eliminating the faculty committee selection. The board supported
Kaffenbarger's proposal to assemble a committee to reevaluate all
concerns and work for an amicable resolution.
Treasurer Jill Williams reported to the board that the school district
is no longer involved with a lawsuit earlier this year between Badger
Excavating and Chem Cote Asphalt.
 Williams explained that Badger did not dispute owing Chem Cote money.
The school district paid Chem Cote directly with money owed to Badger.
 The district will seek reimbursement for legal fees. The board approved
a resolution ratifying the settlement agreement with Chem Cote.
Williams listed the totals owed to various contractors. Board members
debated over how much money to hold back due to unfinished work in the
district. Johnson said the district has its share of contracting woes
but cited the various completed projects, including the district sound
Elementary school principal Craig Meredith reported that just fewer than
50 children have signed up for kindergarten screenings. He expects
around 20 more before the end of the year.
Scott Blackburn, middle school principal, shared with the board a recent
award granted by the Ohio Middle School Association. Triad Middle School
was given the outstanding component award in the area of teaming.
Blackburn said the award was well received by the school's staff and
encouraged overall morale.
 In other business, the board:
 - Recognized Michelle Issacs, Brittany May, Shana McCoy, Meighan
Masters and Kayla Price for earning the Power of One at district
- Recognized John Crowder and Dustin Funderburgh for receiving the State
FFA award.
- Recognized Levi Wyant and presented him with a plaque for the state
wrestling championship.
- Approved three overnight  trips for the high school wrestling team for
the 2003-2004 school year.
-  Approved a trip to the FFA National Convention trip to Lousville,
Ky., from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2.
- Approved the 2003-2004 elementary student handbook.
- Approved a change to the athletic council constitution, adding the
middle school principal as a member.
 - Approved membership fees in the amount of $713.75 to SOITA, which
provides library resources
- Approved a peer-tutoring grant from the Champaign County Public
Schools Foundation in the amount of $375.95.
- Accepted a  donation of $500 for the Harriet West scholarship.
In personnel matters, the board:
- Accepted resignations from Janet Rucker as high school physical
education teacher, Jane Runyan as elementary special needs teacher and
Jodi Unger as second grade teacher.
- Approved Betsy Reminder as art teacher for grades one through eight
and Rebecca Carpenter as second grade teacher for the 2003-04 school
- Approved contracts to Mike Braun, Jan Ferryman, Holly Hall, Jason
Malone, Jennifer Reminder, Melanie Reno and Tamara Walls, one-year
contracts; Vonda Fairchild,  Mark Hunt, Richard Kaffenbarger, Debra
McKenzie, Darlene Rice, Stella Rogan, Cheryl Sampson, two years; Erin
Andrews, Shawna Cardoza, Alicia Daugherty, Tim Lacy, Meredith Massy, Amy
Traylor and Amy Yoder, three years; JoAnne Aburto, Lisa Askew, Ken Ford,
Kyle Huffman, Carrie Mason and John Millice, five years; Cindy Alltop,
Marian Baumgardner, Cheryl Coleman and Sharon Hempy, continuing.
- Approved a  three-year contract renewal for Harry Alltop as technology
assistant with a 4 percent increase in salary.
-Approved contracts for Tim Lacy, boys basketball head coach; Bruce
Schlabach, girls basketball head coach; John Millice, girls basketball
assistant coach; Vincent Spirko, boys eighth grade basketball coach;
Mary Benge, varsity basketball cheerleading coach, Mark Smith, boys
basketball assistant coach; Harry Alltop, seventh grade boys basketball
coach; Kim Herron, reserve basketball cheerleading coach; Alan
Hiltibran, wrestling head coach; Chuck Wyant, assistant wrestling coach;
and Tim Deady, middle school wrestling coach.
- Approved Connie Martin as substitute teacher for the 2002-2003 school
- Approved the following kindergarten through fourth grade staff for the
2003 summer school sessions: Carol Nance, supervisor/teacher; Lisa
Hawley, Erica Boone, Brooke Knotts and Meghan Bruggeman, teachers.
The board adjourned into executive session. No action was taken.
 The next school board  meeting will be held on May 19 at 7 p.m.

Police urge residents to  lock doors
>From J-T staff reports:
Marysville police officers have put out a notice to city residents to
lock doors on homes and cars to deter thefts.
According to Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol, the warning
is not intended to scare residents but instead keepthem informed and
He said thefts reported around the city have mostly been from unlocked
cars and homes. Four months into 2003, there have been 23 incidents of
breaking and entering in commercial and residential buildings and 15
reports of theft from unlocked motor vehicles.
Nicol said the figures are right on a par with last year. Residents can
expect a general rise in crime throughout the city as the weather warms
Nicol said if anything appears out of the ordinary residents should not
feel they are burdening the police department by reporting what they
The department offers a Vacation Watch so vacant homes are watched while
families are away on vacation. Contact the Marysville Police Department
at 644-9176 for more information.

Missing pet has business owner shell shocked
Fears that turtle taken from store could die
There's a missing 9-year-old in Marysville and finding her could be a
matter of life or death.
A turtle's life and death.
Claw, a 9-year-old box turtle, has disappeared from The Bookmark at 103
N. Main St. and could literally die if not immersed in water.
Box turtles like Claw do not drink water or go the bathroom unless they
are immersed in water. Claw also eats a special diet of meal worms,
corn, broccoli, peas and tomatoes, said owner Jaynie Lambert.
Lambert believes someone walked off with Claw on April 4 and is
concerned that they might not know how to care for her.
Claw isn't an average pet.
Before she disappeared, Claw lived in the book store by Chipper, a
cockatiel, and had frequent visitors like Emma Rich and Brock Schick.
Lambert said that 4-year-old Rich told her one of the things she wanted
to do over spring break was come to the store and feed Claw.
In fact, Claw's disappearance was first discovered by visitors who had
stopped by the store to see her.
Lambert said they have searched and searched the store, but found no
evidence of the turtle which is about five-inches in diameter and
eight-inches long. Lambert said Claw has a brownish humped shell, long
claws especially in the back, orange scale legs and brown eyes. Lambert
said Claw moves quickly for a turtle and has no natural instincts to
protect herself from other animals like a wild turtle does.
The Lamberts purchased Claw nine years ago for their son, David. Since
then, Claw has lived at school where she helped students with math.
Because she would lose weight in the winter, students weighed her
regularly to determine what she had lost. Occasionally visited church
when children were learning about Noah's ark. Claw has even been to the
Union County Fair, where she competed in an animal dress-up contest.
Lambert's daughter strapped a miniature saddle on the turtle and set up
horse jumps. The turtle knocked the jumps down and won the contest.
Claw did occasionally escape from her enclosed area and wander around
the store at nights, but she has never disappeared.
"She has never disappeared like this," Lambert said.
Lambert said Claw was a "cool thing, unique" and asks that whoever took
her would return her.
"No questions asked," Lambert said.
If anyone has information about Claw they can contact Lambert at

M.C. officials hear plans for water tower
A new water tower will be rising above the village of Milford Center
During Monday's regular meeting, consulting engineer Gary Silcott said
steel should arrive within two week. Construction should take two weeks
and painting will take two weeks.
"Six weeks from now it should be complete," Silcott said.
The water tower will be cream colored with the village name in green.
Village administrator Keith Watson said the village saved $300 a letter
by eliminating "the village of" from the tower.
Permits have been issued for ATP to construct a new building on the
south side of the existing business. Zoning inspector LeRoy Holt said
the building will be 125 feet long and 50 feet wide. It will include a
loading dock, warehousing area and customer service area.
Jack Kessler's "free" property along Route 4 has generated interest from
developers. Before construction can begin, Holt said, the village needs
to locate four easements on the property for water and sewer lines so
building will not be constructed over them. Holt explained that exact
easement lines are now unknown after 15 feet of fill dirt was added to
the sloping property.
One of Kessler's buildings, located on the northwest corner of Mill and
State streets and adjacent to the "free" property, will be demolished
and apartments built, Holt said, although Kessler has not applied for
any permits.
The village audit of financial records for 2000 and 2001 has been
completed, with the village receiving the best recommendation, said
clerk Tammy Hardy.
"We issued an unqualified opinion on the financial statements for the
years ended Dec. 31, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2000. We did not find any
material errors, fraud or other illegal acts during our audit and we did
not encounter any serious difficulties in performing the audit. We noted
significant improved compliance with certain provisions of laws,
regulations, contracts and grants and improvement in internal controls,"
said Hardy from a memo by Holbrook & Manter, CPA, of Marysville. "In May
of 2000 a new clerk began and has significantly improved the compliance
reporting and internal controls of the village. We recommend the village
continue to monitor and improve the compliance and internal controls of
the village."
Hardy said another income tax audit of individuals who are delinquent or
nonpayers will be conducted soon.
Watson said village hydrants will be painted and streets cleaned before
Memorial Day. He will be seeking bids for restriping of village
Mayor Cheryl DeMatteo said she had received questions about why the
village does not have American flags displayed to show support for the
U.S. troops. Watson said most of the village flags are worn but he found
four to display on the main square. He added that the village's
Christmas flags are also showing some wear. Councilman Ron Payne said he
did not think council should be bothered with details about replacing
worn flags.
Four new American flags were donated to the village by Union Post 79
American Legion, American Veterans of Union County, Blue Star Mothers,
VFW Post 3320 Marysville, VFW Post 9909 Raymond and Vietnam Veterans of
America. These flags will replace those at Liberty Park.
In other business:
. Council will sponsor the Yard of the Month contest from May through
September with the Rainbow Garden Club serving as judges and The Scotts
Company donating prizes.
. Hydrant flushing and valve testing is slated for Thursday and Friday.
. Village clean-up day is May 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
. Prior to the May 12 regular meeting council will meet at 6:30 p.m. to
tour two properties which zoning inspector Holt said are in violation of
Ordinance 2003-0-6, which allows the village to order the removal and
repair of unsafe structures.

Richwood cannot fund village  clean-up day
By Chad Williamson
In tough economic times some services have to be sacrificed and Richwood
residents are going to feel the pinch.
For several years the village has absorbed the cost of a clean-up day in
which residents can drop off garbage and junk at a location to be hauled
away for free. Many residents take advantage of the opportunity to
dispose of large items that can not be set out by the curb.
But with a price tag of $3,000 for last year's event, the village
decided to save the money this year. Because of diminished funds this
year, the money for the clean-up day was left out of Richwood's 2003
"Sometimes things have to be let go," councilwoman Peg Wiley said.
Council member George Showalter asked if the village could keep the
clean-up day but charge a fee to residents who drop off items. Village
administrator Ron Polen said the company contracted to haul the items
charges by the pound and it would be difficult to implement such a fee
scale for the public.
Mayor Bill Nibert noted that the village did not eliminate the
collection of yard waste and tree limbs. Council member Arlene Blue said
most waste haulers will pick up large items if residents call to notify
the company that the items are being left.
In other business, council:
. Learned from Nibert that he received a letter from an attorney about
the recent situation of reopening Hastings Street.
. Fielded a few questions from resident Dan Anderson about proposed
changes in the downtown zoning codes.
. Learned that the Richwood Garden Club donated eight silver maple trees
to Richwood Park.
. Heard an update on construction of a new concession stand at the park
by the boys baseball organization.
. Learned from Showalter that the two docks at Richwood Lake were
destroyed by vandals.
. Heard that Polen has received copies of Union County's subdivision
guidelines. The village may be looking to install similar guidelines in
the future.
. Learned that Polen is working on getting federal money to assist with
the cost of this winter's snow removal.
. Heard that the Richwood Emergency Assistance Program is looking for a
room it could use in village hall. Officials noted that there is no
spare room available.
. Heard councilman Jim Ford question whether a junkyard on Bomford
Street was allowed to have its junk vehicles stored outside the fence
around the property. Richwood Police Chief Rick Asher said he would talk
to the owner of the business about the problem.
. Heard from councilman Mike Dew that the street committee has
determined that village alleys are in need of grading work. That work
will be carried out early next month.

Hundreds turn out for rally
As tens of thousands of people in New York rallied for and against the
American troops fighting in Iraq, Marysville offered its own voice to
the war.
At Union County's Rally for Our Troops Thursday, only one stance was
voiced ? Support the troops.
Local police officers stood among Union County residents and commented
that not one anti-war protester showed up to the event. They estimated
up to 500 county residents in attendance.
For the people filling up the Fifth and Main Street square in
Marysville, the cold was the only thing negative aspect. Many stood
huddling in the streets with blankets, coats and gloves, waving flags or
posters of their loved ones who are off fighting the war against Iraq.
The Marysville and Jonathon Alder High school bands played patriotic
songs and Chamber of Commerce CEO and director of economic development
Eric Phillips, who helped organize the event, led the crowd in chants
and cheers for the troops.
The tone changed from joy to melancholy while a list was read of more
than 50 names of Union County men and women who are serving. At times,
cheers went up from individual families when their loved one's name was
The tone of the evening was summed up by Retired Maj. Gen. Oscar Decker,
who served in both World War II and the Vietnam War. He began his speech
by asking everyone to remember that the color red in the flag represents
blood that has been let for the United States. He said remembering those
families in the country who are mourning the loss of loved ones who gave
their lives is essential. The flag represents a free country and the
blood of many people who have helped to keep it free.
"We owe a special debt to them" he said. "The good Lord gave us a
wonderful place to live and our people have been working to defend it."
Decker said support for the troops and the war itself has been difficult
for some people. He said demonstrations against the war have been all
over the news lately and while he does not blame people for being
against the war, he admitted he doesn't like it.
Decker made reference to an Ohio college refusing to allow students to
fly the United States flag in support of the country because they were
afraid it might hurt someone's feelings.
"They were afraid that someone might think that they support the current
war," he said. "If flying our flag in our own country hurts somebody's
feelings then you know what they can do."
He also referred to the Columbia University professor who told 3,000
students that anyone who can find a way to defeat the U.S. troops in
Iraq is a hero.
Decker said the troops need to know that their country supports them and
that is why the rally was being held. He said every interview he has
read with a soldier has made him proud. The crowd cheered when he
mentioned seeing local Marysville soldier John Paul Kruse giving water
to an Iraqi prisoner in the papers.
He also referred to soldiers who filled a 500-gallon water tank and
drove it into an Iraqi village to help the people.
"They are doing it in our name and the name of the flag," Decker said.
"Pray for them every day and pray for those that are left over there."
Decker pointed to a young girl holding a poster of her absent family
member and said that is what it is all about.
"We need to make these families know that Union County supports them,"
he shouted.
Decker said American Legion has organized the Union County Military
Family Support Group. He called for volunteers because "there are more
tasks than volunteers."
After Decker's speech, Phillips told the crowd to pose for a picture. He
said the Chamber of Commerce planned to give copies of the picture to
every family who has someone serving overseas.
"We're going to take that picture and send it to their families and
we're going to send a picture to the president to say that Union County
support our troops," he said.
Phillips reported today that families who want a copy of the picture
should contact him at the Union County Chamber of Commerce at 642-6279.
He also noted that buttons, pins and T-shirts sold at the rally are
still available through the chamber, with proceeds going toward care
The Rev. John Groat, who helped organize the rally, thanked the crowd
for supporting the troops.
"I wish you all could have been up here and seen what we saw here
today," he said.

Parenting expert to speak at MHS
>From J-T staff reports:
North Carolina family psychologist John Rosemond will be speaking in
Marysville Saturday at the Marysville High School auditorium.
The topics by the nationally known author and parenting expert will be
"Assuming the Power of Parenthood" and "Parenting the Strong-Willed
Child." The first session begins at 10 a.m. and the second starts at 1
Rosemond is the director of The Center For Affirmative Parenting based
in Gastonia, N.C. From 1980 to 1990, he was in full-time practice as a
family psychologist. In 1991, he retired from the practice of psychology
and has since devoted his time to speaking and writing.
He has a syndicated column that is in approximately 200 newspapers
nationwide and has written nine books on parenting. He has also made
numerous television appearances.
Tickets for both seminars are free and available at the Memorial
Hospital Gift Shop and Health Center and the Union County YMCA, as well
as at the door.
Saturday's event is sponsored by the Community Relations Committee of
the Development Council of Memorial Hospital of Union County.
"We know that parenting offers daily challenges and we're happy to be
able to bring such a well-known and professional speaker to Marysville,"
said Deb. Stubbs, event committee member.

City council approves water, sewer tap rate hike
Marysville builders will have to tell their customers that the price for
tapping into the city's sewer and water just went up.
Marysville City Council unanimously passed an ordinance raising water
and sewer tap-in fees for new development in the city.
The increase in capacity fees is considered necessary by council and
administration to partially fund future water plant repairs, potential
wastewater treatment plant projects and the reservoir project scheduled
for construction soon.
The current tap in rate is $2,212 for water services per house with a
5/8-inch meter size was raised to $3,000. The sanitary sewer connection
rate was $1,825 and has now been raised to $5,900 based on a 5/8-inch
meter size. The increase also applies to larger commercial meter sizes,
ranging from 3/4-inch to 8-inch, adding thousands of dollars to the bill
for new development.
Local realtor Meg Michel said it would have been nice to have had time
to inform her customers of the raise in their tap-in costs. The
ordinance was apparently a surprise to those in the business community
who were at the meeting.
Michel said the ordinance should have been allowed to follow the normal
process of three readings to give developers some warning. She said for
some already signed contracts it is too late to triple their tap-in
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel asked council to waive the second
and third readings to speed the process. The ordinance had already been
declared an emergency to become effective immediately upon adoption.
Many in attendance said they had not heard about the proposed ordinance
until Thursday morning.
Michel asked if council had considered asking for an increase in
property tax  instead of the capacity hike.
"I'd rather pay $200 to $300 a year taxes on property," she said. "At
least I can write it off."
Councilman John Marshall added that with the way residents defeated the
income tax levy, he does not expect many will be on board for another.
Schaumleffel said that a fiscal analysis showed that every new house
built under the current water and sewer rates costs the city money.
"We can't continue with growth the way it is," he said.
Schaumleffel said between 1990 and 2000 around $10 million was probably
lost from capital funds due to the current rates. He said that the only
options are either to raise monthly utility rates for everyone in the
city or raise the fees for only new development.
"One of the two groups is going to have to pay for it," Schaumleffel
said. "Council will have to decide which one is more beneficial."
He said it is time for new development to step up and pay its fair
Schaumleffel said the Links subdivision at routes 38 and 736 is expected
to bring in more than 130 homes, more development at  Mill Valley could
bring in more than 800 new homes and another on Milford Avenue could add
80 more.
He said money is lost every day building permits are issued and the city
waits to add on to the tap-in rates.
Councilman Dan Fogt said the ordinance will not pay the full bill for
capital improvements. He said he is against raising fees for all
Marysville residents and does not want to let the Ohio EPA halt growth
in the city by doing nothing.
"I see this is as probably the best of four bad choices," Fogt said,
drawing laughter from the crowd.

Occupations Health Center turns 20
When Sheila Taylor's wrists began going numb and pain was shooting up
her arms, she found help at the Occupational Health Center at Memorial
Hospital of Union County.
She not only found relief from the pain, but a doctor's office like no
"They are like family," Taylor said. "I love the occupational health
center. Everyone is so nice ... They look out for me."
The center, dedicated to meeting the health needs of employees in
businesses and industries, has been a valuable resource for employers
and employees alike for 20 years. The Occupational Health Center at
Memorial Hospital will celebrate its 20th anniversary April 15.
Besides providing physicals, screenings and injury care, the staff is
experienced in treating Worker's Compensation claims.
"They do everything," Taylor said. "I have never experienced a doctor's
office like that."
Taylor, a 13-year employee of the Honda Auto plant in Marysville, said
her employer sent her to the center 10 years ago when ice and Advil
wouldn't provide relief for her health problems.
Taylor said she wanted to avoid surgery and was glad when the center's
medical doctor, Dr. Peter Hoy, tried to get the problem under control by
first putting her on restrictions. After several months of treatment,
though, Taylor said surgery was the only solution.
Four years later when she was putting a glass in a door, Taylor said,
something popped in her right shoulder. Honda immediately sent her to
the center. Taylor learned she had torn her right rotator cuff.
She continued to work in a sling, underwent physical therapy and
received cortisone shots but the problem just got worse.
"We tried everything," Taylor said.
She has since undergone two surgeries and is now on disability awaiting
a third surgery. Meanwhile, she visits the center every three weeks.
Throughout her health problems, Taylor said she has yet to receive a
"They are so in touch with Honda," Taylor said.
Honda is only one of five local industries who were instrumental in the
center's creation 20 years ago. Other founding members include Denison,
Goodyear, The Scotts Company and Nestle.
"The physicians, nurses and staff of the OHC have provided excellent
services to Goodyear employees for the past 20 years," said Goodyear
spokesman Cheryl McCreary. "A venture taken by by five local industries
into the unknown has proven to be a valuable asset to the industrial
community, as well as the community as a whole. We wish the OHC
continued success and a happy 20th anniversary."
Center director Debbie Shelton said the facility's focus is dedicated to
workplace medicine.
"We help people through the process," Shelton said. "Everyone involved
is working to get the employee healthy and back to work."
Serving Union County and neighboring county businesses, Shelton said the
center has approximately 300 active contracts serving 600 employees each
In 2000 and 2001, the Union County center ranked third and second,
respectively, in number of patient visits, according to Business First,
Shelton said. In 2000 the center treated 13,508 patients and in 2001,
14,098 patients were serviced.
The center staff includes one full-time and two part-time doctors, a
certified occupational health nurse, health and lab technicians and
office staff.
"Serving the needs of business in our community is critical to the
welfare and growth of Union County. Memorial Hospital of Union County
views this activity as one of the cornerstones of our continued
success," said Danny Boggs, hospital CEO.
Center staff is celebrating the anniversary throughout the month with
numerous activities including a Business after Business event April 15
when the founding members will be honored.

Library to host series for those seeking jobs
>From J-T staff reports:
The Work Investment Network and Marysville Public Library are joining
forces to offer an educational series designed to help clients find a
job. The Career Series is a three-week course at the library from 10
a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Thursday from April 15 to May 1.
The series will demonstrate the use of the Internet and other sources to
target job opportunities, write a winning resume, apply for jobs,
interview effectively and follow up on applications and interviews.
Week 1 will address self evaluation to examine the client's personal and
career past, present needs and future career choices, along with a
guided tour of web-based job-seeking tools to identify strengths,
interests and personality type.
Week 2's Tuesday session will focus on expanding and understanding
job-search avenues and Thursday's session will give a broad overview of
using the Internet to find a job.sion will demonstrate resume writing.
Tim Schilling, owner of HR Concepts-Employment Specialists, will teach
the Tuesday sessions. He holds a bachelor of marketing degree from Ohio
State University and provides professional recruiting services, resume
and interview skills, development training and managed services
He is director of the non-profit Workforce Investment Network that works
with county and state level agencies to provide job placement, skill
development and career counseling for the underserved.
Sue Banks, director of the Marysville Public Library, will conduct the
Thursday classes. Banks has taught computer classes for the general
public in libraries, higher education and arts organizations since 1994.
She developed the Business Readiness Training Program at the
Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library in West Jefferson in 1998 which brought
together professional recruiters, trainers and underserved job seekers
for an intensive 28-session program in workplace and computer skills and
job search strategies.
There is no charge for the course and those interested are expected to
attend all sessions. Registration may be made by calling 642-876 or
e-mailing www.marysville.lib.oh.us.
The third Tuesday session will cover interview techniques and Thursday's

New federal regulations will change newsgathering
New federal patient privacy standards about to go into place are going
to have an affect on the way news is covered.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996
set limits on the kind of information hospitals and other agencies in
the health field can disclose regarding patients.
The Department of Health and Human Services made a final decision on
what information is protected in 2000, put the limits into effect in
2001 and mandated that hospitals and other agencies within the health
field must be in compliance with the standards by April 14 of this year.

HIPAA limits the amount of information the media and other members of
the public will have access to.
Hospitals must now present patients with a form listing their rights to
have their medical information protected. If the patient chooses to
exercise those rights, members of the media will be given no information
regarding the patient and, in fact, the hospital cannot even verify if a
person is a patient at the facility.
If the individual does not exercise his rights, members of the media
will be able to get a condition report if the reporter knows the
patient's name. Reporters are not allowed to simply ask for the name and
condition of victims of certain incidents.
If a patient is unconscious or unable to be advised of his right to
privacy, the hospital must use its own discretion on whether to release
the information.
The penalties for violation of HIPAA rules are stiff, with some
violations pulling a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison. Because of
this, local agencies and facilities will be in compliance with the rules
on April 14.
Memorial Hospital of Union County has spent thousands of dollars
adjusting policies and preparing for the new rules. On April 14,
directory information such as births, deaths, admissions and discharges
will not be released.
Marysville Fire Chief Gary Johnson said that his department will no
longer be able to release the names of individuals transported by the
emergency squad after April 14. The list of squad activity will contain
only the number of medics responding, vehicles driven and time spent on
the call.
While the new privacy standards protect records created by members of
the medical community, the rules apparently do not apply to law
enforcement personnel.
Sgt. Robin Schmutz, spokesperson for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said
there are no plans for her agency to change its policies. She said
accident reports will not change and the information contained on them
would remain available to the public.
Assistant Chief Glenn Nicol of the Marysville Police Department said his
agency looked at HIPAA guidelines closely. He said that while the
department is still finalizing its course, no major changes are planned.

He said department officials are discussing how to deal with the release
of 911 tapes, but other than that public information kept at the
department will not change. He said accident reports and criminal
reports, including those which involve individuals being injured, will
continue to be released to the public.
The Union County Sheriff's Department also plans to continue releasing
information as it has in the past with one exception. Lt. Tom Morgan
said the sheriff's public safety officers could find some information
they collect to be protected under HIPAA rules.
Public safety officers are cross trained as law enforcement officers and
medics. Because of this, information regarding any treatment they
administer a victim is covered under the federal statute.
While the new rules are very restrictive as currently written, some
believe that the rules will not remain in their present form. Johnson
said he believes the rules will eventually be reworked to loosen their
grip on agencies working in the health field.

City eyes increase to  water, sewer tap fees

>From J-T staff reports:
An ordinance increasing capacity fees may reach into the pockets of
future Marysville residents.
The first reading of an ordinance increasing water and sewer capacity
fees for new development will be held at tonight's regular city council
meeting. The meeting begins at 8:15 p.m. after the city's Rally for the
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said the increase in water and sewer
capacity fees is necessary to partially fund future water plant repairs,
potential wastewater treatment plant projects and the reservoir project
which is scheduled to begin soon. Capacity fees pay for capital projects
within the city associated with utilities.
The current tap in rate is $2,212 for water services per house with a
5/8-inch meter size. The ordinance proposes raising the fee to $3,000.
The current sanitary sewer connection rate is $1,825 and the ordinance
would raise it to $5,900 based on a 5/8-inch meter size.
Fees will also be adjusted for larger commercial meter sizes. The water
service rate for a 3/4-inch meter size would be raised from $3,318 to
$4,500. For a 1-inch meter size, the fee would be raised from $5,530 to
$7,500. Similarly, the sewer connection rate for a 3/4 inch meter size
would be raised from $2,738 to $8,850 and would be raised from $4,563 to
$14,750 for a 1- inch meter size.
Schaumleffel said the increases in water and sewer rates completed in
2001 are not providing enough money to fund needed capital projects.
He said that under the proposed ordinance, the fees would affect only
new development. He said that if the ordinance does not pass, sewer and
water rates would have to be raised for all residents instead of just
affecting new development.If the ordinance is passed by council, two
enterprise funds will be created to receive the proceeds. The increased
fees for water services will be placed in a Water Capacity Fee Fund and
the increased fees for wastewater services will be placed in a
Wastewater Capacity Fee Fund.
The ordinance language states that the capital projects are necessary
due to growth and additional demands on these utilities.
The topic of how the fee increase will affect future Marysville
development is expected to be discussed at tonight's meeting.

The history of Darby Plains
>From J-T staff reports:
South of the Big Darby Creek in Darby Township lies the land which is
known as the Darby Plains.
Extending south into Madison County, the plains were named because they
were sparsely wooded, unlike the rest of the county. They were, in fact,
the eastern-most edge of the Great Plains.
The soil was black and rich and the land was wet and low but the grass
was so thick that the plains were thought suitable for nothing but
pasture land.
During 1822-23, an epidemic swept across the plains, leaving few
families untouched. The ordinary business of life almost ceased and
those who were not stricken wore themselves out taking care of those who
The cause of the disease was thought to be the decomposition of the
luxuriant grasses on the plains, whose wet decaying masses bred disease.

Methods of draining the soil were established and to this day, the Darby
Plains remain some of the most fertile lands in the Midwest.
Several small patches of the untouched Darby Plains remain today. They
are an area along an abandoned railroad right-of-way on Connor Road off
Route 4 south of Milford Center and the Bigelow and Smith cemeteries
south of Route 161 in Madison County.

Holy Week services listed
>From J-T staff reports:
Area churches have planned special services for Holy Week which runs
from Palm Sunday, April 13, through Easter Sunday, April 20. The
newspaper is pleased to list those services.
The Community Good Friday service will be held at the First United
Methodist Church of Marysville, 207 S. Court St., at noon. The public is
invited to attend.
Marysville First United Methodist Church will hold worship at 8:20, 9:30
and 10:45 p.m. Sunday. Maundy Thursday services will be held at 7 p.m.
and Good Friday worship will begin at 7 p.m. Worship on Easter will
begin at 8:20, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.
The Jerome United Methodist Church will hold Palm Sunday services at
8:45 and 10:45 a.m. with special music and at 6 p.m. Sunday School
classes will meet at 9:45 a.m. A Seder meal will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Maundy Thursday and traditional and contemporary communion services will
begin at 7:30 p.m. The Easter sunrise service will begin at 7 a.m.,
followed by breakfast at 7:45 a.m. Worship services will be held at 8:45
and 10:45 a.m. and at 6 p.m. An intergenerational Christian education
program at 10 a.m. will add to the experience of a living Easter. The
church is located at 10531 Jerome Road.
The Essex and Central United Methodist churches will hold combined
Maundy Thursday services at 7 p.m. at Essex. A combined Easter Sunday
early service will be held at 7:30 a.m. followed by breakfast at
Central. Both churches will also hold their regularly scheduled services
Easter Sunday. Essex Methodist Church is located at 32697 Route 37 in
Essex and the Richwood First United Methodist Church is located at 18 S.
Fulton St..
The Milford Center United Methodist Church, 55 E. State St., will hold
worship at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Maundy Thursday services will include a
Love Feast at 6 p.m. followed by communion and a Tenebrae service. On
Easter, the sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. at Liberty Park, the
Easter breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. and Easter worship begins at 10:30
Unionville Center United Methodist Church and the New Dover United
Methodist Church will hold combined services on Holy Thursday at the
Unionville Center church at 7 p.m. The Good Friday worship will be at
New Dover at 7 p.m. On Easter, the Unionville Center praise service will
begin at 9:15 a.m. followed by a drama, "Jesus Was, Jesus Is," at 9:30
a.m.. The New Dover Easter service will begin at 11 a.m. and the drama
will be performed again. The Unionville Center church is located at 127
Main St. and the New Dover Church is at 16637 Church St.
Palm Sunday Masses at 9 and 11:30 a.m. will feature the distribution of
palms at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 1033 W. Fifth St. A 7 p.m.
Mass will be celebrated Tuesday and the Holy Thursday Mass of the Last
Supper will begin at 7 p.m. Good Friday services will be held at 1 and 7
p.m. and the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 8
p.m. Easter Sunday Masses will begin at 9 and 11:30 a.m.
Palm Sunday worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. at First English Lutheran
Church, 687 London Ave. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services are at
7:30 p.m. An Easter vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Easter
breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. and the Easter celebration service
will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 311 E. Sixth St., will hold Palm Sunday
services with communion at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Maundy Thursday
traditional communion services when new communicants will receive their
first communion will be held at 4:30 p.m. Contemporary services will
begin at 7 p.m. Good Friday worship will be held at 7 p.m. An Easter
service with communion will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Easter
Sunday services will be at 8, 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Confirmation services with communion will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 79960 Route 38, Chuckery. It will be preceded
by Sunday School and Bible Class at 9 a.m. Maundy Thursday communion
services will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the Good Friday service will be
held at 7:30 p.m. The first Easter morning service will be a 7 a.m.
sunrise service with communion, followed by an 8 a.m. breakfast and an
8:30 a.m. Easter egg hunt. Sunday School and Bible classes will begin at
9 a.m. and Easter worship with communion will be held at 10 a.m.
Maundy Thursday services will be held at 4 and 7 p.m. at St. John's
Lutheran Church, 12809 Route 736. Good Friday services will be held at
1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Easter worship will begin at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Trinity Chapel Church of Christ in Christian Union, 77 W. Center St.,
Milford Center, will hold Palm Sunday and Easter services at 10:30 a.m.
The Ostrander Presbyterian Church, 117 W. North St., and Ostrander
United Methodist Church, 177 W. North St., will share services during
Holy Week with music by the combined choirs at all services. The
Presbyterian church will hold a Palm Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. The
Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. at the Methodist church
and Good Friday worship will be at the Presbyterian church. Easter
Sunday sunrise services and breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. at the
Methodist church. Easter worship at the Presbyterian church will be held
at 10:30.
Special music by the LOGOS Choir at the First Presbyterian Church, 210
W. Fifth St. will be featured at Palm Sunday services at 8:30 and 10:45
a.m. and at the Maundy Thursday communion service at 7:30 p.m. The
Easter Vigil will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Members will gather in
Kennedy Hall to light the Pascal Candle, then proceed to the sanctuary
to light their own candles and recite the Exultet, the oldest known
creed. After the service of the Word in which passages from the Old
Testament will be shared, the confirmation class will be welcomed into
the church and members will reaffirm their baptismal vows. Easter
worship with communion will be held at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. and Easter
breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m.
The communicants class of the New California United Presbyterian Church,
10089 Industrial Parkway, will join the church at the 10:30 a.m. service
Palm Sunday and the children of the church will take their banks for the
One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Maundy Thursday communion services
at 7:45 p.m. will feature a dramatic presentation of the Last Supper.
The Easter sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. will be followed by an 8 a.m.
breakfast, followed by an egg hunt and viewing of the movie "Jonah."
Sunday School will begin at 9:30 a.m. and a traditional  worship service
will be held at 10:30 a.m.
The Plain City Presbyterian Church, 231 E. Main St., will celebrate Palm
Sunday at 10 a.m. Maundy Thursday services begin with an early Christian
meal at 6:30 a.m. and followed by worship and communion. Community Good
Friday services are at 7 p.m. at the Plain City United Methodist Church.
Easter Sunrise services will begin at 7 a.m. at the Pastime Park cattle
building. A continental breakfast will follow and Easter worship starts
at 10 a.m.
The Easter celebration for the Allen Center Baptist Church will begin
with a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast following. An egg
hunt will be held at 9 a.m. and Sunday School will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Easter worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Allen Center Baptist Church
is located at 17124 Allen Center Pottersburg Road.
The holy week services for Calvary Baptist Church, 17376 Route 347, will
begin at 7 p.m. Thursday with a community-wide service sponsored by
Richwood Area Ministerial Association. Good Friday services will be held
at 7 p.m. Worship on Easter will begin with a 8 a.m. sunrise service
followed by breakfast at 8:45 a.m. Sunday school will be held at 9:30
a.m. and the Easter worship celebration will be at 10:30 a.m.
Springdale Baptist Church, 18881 Springdale Road, will hold a service at
7:30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday. The Easter sunrise service will be held at
6:30 a.m. Sunday school will begin at 9:30 a.m. and Easter worship will
begin at 10:30 a.m.
Easter services at New Horizons Baptist Church, 17939 Paver Barnes Road,
will begin with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Easter worship at 10:45 a.m.
will include music by the adult and children's choir and a short drama
by the teens. An egg hunt will follow the service.
Christian Assembly Church, 1003 N. Maple St., will hold a Good Friday
communion and choir presentation of the drama, "A.D.," beginning at 7
p.m. Easter worship will begin at 6:30 a.m. with the sunrise service
followed by a 7:30 a.m. breakfast and a presentation of the drama at 10
The Vineyard Church has a new location at 931 W. Fifth St. The worship
services for Holy Week will be held at 10 a.m. on Palm Sunday and Easter
Sunday. Communion will be offered at home groups during the week.

County answers sewer plant
Two weeks after being asked what they are going to do about the city's
Waste Water Treatment master plan, Union County's three commissioners
have an answer.
Nothing - until the city agrees to renegotiate an existing 30-year
The way the commissioners see it, the county is just a customer like
Scotts, Honda and Goodyear. It pays the same rates for tap fees and
monthly services as any other user.
"We just get bills sent to us," said Union County Commissioner Tom
"We are being charged retail rates. Retail rates are expected to pay all
the costs. If the county is expected to provide capital dollars, the
agreement has to offer a wholesale look," commissioner Jim Mitchell
On top of those retail rates, the county, unlike regular users, is
required to pay for the maintenance and updates of lines they use. This
is after the county has invested approximately $1 million for half of a
water tower along Industrial Parkway and $300,000 of lines within the
city's corporation limits.
The WWT master plan, released by the city in March, is a 60-page
document that states that the city's Main Street waste water treatment
plant is operating near its 4-million-gallon per day capacity. Three
alternatives are suggested by the consultants:
. Continue operating the existing plant with upgrades to 12 million
gallons per day capacity at a cost of $55 million
. Construct a new 12-million-gallon-per-day plant along Hinton Mill Road
at a cost of $59.5 million
. Construct a new 8-million-gallon-per-day plant along Hinton Mill Road
at a cost $49 million.
Alternatives two and three are the recommended options of the
In their letter dated March 31 to Marysville City Mayor Steve Lowe, the
commissioners write that the study creates as many questions as its
answers - how will the city pay for the plan, why triple the capacity
and what will the city do for the next five to seven years until a new
facility could be put online?
Marysville City Administrator Bob Schaumleffel said questions about
financing and what to do during the interim have yet to be answered.
Instead, he said the central issue between the city and county is
capacity, referring to a rumored large development pending south of
Marysville in Jerome and Millcreek Townships that could include 8,000
households and the needs of Raymond and Peoria residents, who are
already in violation of Environmental Protection Agency standards.
"If the county wants more capacity they will have to come to the table
and contribute to it," Schaumleffel said.
Union County Commissioner Tom McCarthy points out that the county is not
asking for more capacity. Currently, the county is using 130,000 gallons
a day of the 600,000 gallons it contracts from the city..
"We're not the reason the city has a sewer problem," McCarthy said.
The county has been working independently to build a small wastewater
treatment plant to service Raymond and Peoria after the city of
Marysville said they would not service that area. As for the rumored
development south of Marysville, county officials say this area would be
better served by Franklin County because of the natural slope of the
In addition, county officials said development in the county is out of
their hands because zoning lies in the hands of townships. The
commissioners said that because of zoning they are in no position to
make large commitments to the city for capacity.
"Whatever we do, we're going to do right," said commissioner Gary Lee
while meeting Monday with Michael S. Gallaway of the Ohio Environmental
Protection Agency.
Gallaway explained that the city's current waste water treatment plant
is essentially two plants designed differently and operated differently.

One thing everyone seems to agree on is that this is the city's decision
to make.
"Ultimately, it's up to Marysville to make the decision that is right
for them." Gallaway said.
"This is the city's project," Schaumleffel said.

Vineyard Church has new home for congregation
>From J-T staff reports:
Vineyard Church of Marysville has a new home at 931 W. Fifth Street and
the first service in that new home will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The congregation has been meeting at Mill Valley Elementary School since
January of 2002. Before that, members met in home groups. Pastor Steve
Wood said the church was "planted" in September 2000, sponsored by the
Columbus Vineyard association.
Wood said Vineyard Church grew out of the Jesus movement of the 1970s in
southern California. Starting with seven or eight churches, it grew to
become an association of churches in 1984. Now there are 1,200 Vineyard
churches worldwide and about 600 in the United States.
"We believe in the authority of every believer to be a minister of God,"
Wood said.
He said the church provides contemporary worship with a focus on home
groups designed to allow people to get to know each other better. The
Marysville church has about 120 worshippers on Sundays.
Wood said the church was able to come up with the funds for purchasing
the former Church of Christ because meeting in homes and at Mill Valley
has kept expenses down. He said the members' tithes provided the down
payment on the building.
Wood, a Union County native and a graduate of Fairbanks High School,
graduated from Circleville Bible College in 1982 and earned his master's
degree from the Ashland Theological Seminary in 1989. He pastored
Trinity Chapel Church of Christ in Christian Union in Milford Center for
12 years.
Wood and his wife Colleen have been married 27 years and their daughter
Angela will graduate from Ohio Northern University this year.
Sunday services include a contemporary praise and worship led by
musicians and vocalists, a relevant Bible teaching and an opportunity
for individualized prayer at the close of the service. Children's
services are held at the same time.

Delaware County Bank at center of sale, merger talk
Shareholder leads push to change ownership after years of decline
Some shareholders of the Delaware County Bank Financial Corporation
won't rest until the company has either merged with a larger banking
company or is placed up for sale.
The situation could affect the future of the Delaware County Bank
satellite office in Marysville.
DCBF shareholder Wallace "Eddie" Edwards, an attorney in Portsmouth,
placed a proposal on the bank's annual shareholders ballot last week. He

requested that the company hire an investment banker to analyze its
financial situation.
If the proposal is approved at the May 21 DCBF annual shareholder's
meeting it could result in the sale or merger of the company.
Edwards, a shareholder with the company since 1989, said DCBF has seen
six straight years of declining equity. He said the bank has
consistently kept spending high during periods when the income was not
surging and has not kept pace with the growing population of Delaware
County or other Ohio banking companies.
"The bank is moving in the wrong direction," Edwards said. "I'm
disgusted by the way things are being run."
Delaware County Bank vice president Don Blackburn said reports of the
sale or merger of the company have been misleading.
"We plan on remaining a viable institution," Blackburn said.
He said this also pertains to satellite offices like those in
DCBF is the holding company for Delaware County Bank and Trust Company,
a full service community bank that operates 16 banking centers in
Delaware, Franklin and Union counties.
A DCBF statement to shareholders explained that a sale would have
"serious negative consequences" such as employee layoffs, the closing of

satellite offices and increased prices for services.
Blackburn said any shareholder of the company has the right to place a
proposal of his choice on the ballot. He said bank officials have urged
shareholders to vote against Edwards' and Davis' proposals.
Edwards reported the company was so against his proposal that they
attempted to have their lawyers remove it from the voting agenda. He
said the bank did so by claiming it could not find his name on the
shareholders list, even though he owns 2,850 shares.
Blackburn said  DCBF lawyers simply objected to the wording of his
proposal. The SEC agreed and had Edwards make the necessary changes.
"I'm not going to go away," Edwards said. "How much shareholder money
did they spend to keep me off the ballot?"
"The shareholders are the owners of CDBF and are entitled to make
decisions concerning its sale," Edwards wrote in his resolution. "The
board serves at the will of shareholders and for their benefit, and thus

has a duty to act in the best interests of the shareholders. If another
five years pass with a return of only $1.39 on a $100 investment, will
the shareholders feel that their best interests have been served if
offers to acquire DCBF have gone uninvited, unexplored or undisclosed?"
Blackburn said customers and the general public should not assume the
bank is up for sale.
Blackburn said even if shareholders do pass the two proposals and an
investment banker conducts a financial analysis of DCBF,  the results
could go either way.

Liberty Township officials take
action on property cleanup

Spring cleaning started in Liberty Township Monday when the township
trustees voted to take action against a Raymond property the fire chief
declared a hazard.
Fire Chief Lloyd Segner declared 21561 Main St. a hazard. The three
trustees voted unanimously to inform the property owner, Larry Giles,
that he has 30 days to clean it up or the township will tear the
building down. Costs will be added to the property's taxes.
Zoning inspector Don Russell said the property has been an eyesore for
as long as he can remember, even before Giles owned the property.
Trustee Pam Jones said Giles is running an unlicensed business.
Giles, however, was unable to say what kind of business he is running on

the B2 property located across from an elementary school, township
building and church. In response to numerous comments about the
building's deteriorating condition, Giles said the building is not open
to the public and that a hole in the roof is over a porch.
"It's gone beyond the business," said Jones. "There is not another
business in this town that looks like yours."
Prior to the vote, several of the approximately 30 people present spoke
of their frustration over several properties violating zoning standards.

Zoning inspector Russell said there is a list of six other properties
which the township plans to pursue in court. These addresses are 21468
Route 347, 21225 Titus Road, 20973 Route 347, 23725 Patrick Brush Run
Road, 20312 Hoover Bault Road and 22520 Hoover Bault Road.
Jones explained that the procedure to pursue zoning violations starts
with a citizen complaint. Then letters are sent to the property owner
before court action. To file a complaint, citizens can call 246-0264.
"You have to start somewhere and this is where we're going to start,"
Jones said. "This is the first one to go to court. It won't be the
Union County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Heinkel said Liberty
Township is doing a lot more than other townships as far as zoning
violations. At the end of February, Heinkel and one trustee spent two
hours touring the township.
"No township has done this," Heinkel said.
In other business:
. Trash day is May 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 17 from 6:30 a.m. to

noon with dumpsters at the northeast entrance of Raymond Cemetery.
. Trustees said they have met with the LUC about creating a
comprehensive plan for the township. Jones said the process will take a
year to develop and include several public meetings. Cost is estimated
to be $15,000, considerably less than hiring a consultant.
. Union County Engineer Steve Stolte said a sewage system is slated to
be in place in the village by 2006.
. Trustees decided to repair the southwest end of Benton Road at a cost
of $12,300. The road would remain closed to through traffic.
. Work is to begin on the Wheeler Green Road bridge and will be
completed in 150 days, Stolte reported.
. Jones promised a resident she would get him an answer about a broken
tile problem within the week.
. Residents voiced concern about excessive traffic and the need for a
traffic light.

Troop support rally planned

>From J-T staff reports:
A rally to support the troops is slated for Thursday.
Citizens are encouraged to meet and register at the Union County
Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, 233 W. Sixth St., at 6:30 p.m. and bring
flags, banners and signs in support of the troops.
At 6:45 p.m. local bands and citizens will march from the auditorium to
the Marysville square at Main and Fifth streets for a brief program
beginning at 7 p.m. The program will include patriotic music, speakers
and presentations to families of service people.
A limited number of flags and yellow ribbons will be distributed.
Patriotic T-shirts and other products will be available for purchase.
Proceeds will be given to the local support group for the families of
service men and women.
A previously planned rally by the Heroes From the Heartland for Saturday
has been cancelled, with the group joining efforts for the Thursday

Charges filed in connection with sexual act caught on video
The man who allegedly made the film of his wife engaging in sexual
contact with a juvenile male family member now faces charges of his own.

Steven L. Horch, 35, of 17516 Whitestone Road, was charged with 10
felony counts by the Union County Sheriff's Department for criminal
activities that occurred since October 1991. Charges were filed Thursday
in the Union County Court of Common Pleas.
Horch faces three counts of rape, all first degree felonies; one count
of complicity as it relates to rape, a first degree felony; two charges
of pandering obscenity involving a minor, both second degree felonies;
one charge of pandering obscenity involving a minor, a fourth degree
felony; two charges of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a
minor, both second degree felonies; and one count of pandering
sexually-oriented material involving a minor, a fourth degree felony.
Court files state seven of the charges stem from criminal activities
which took place between Dec. 8 and Dec. 13, 2000, in Union County.
During that time, Horch allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a
juvenile female under the age of 13. The charges also relate to Horch
allegedly creating or reproducing sexually-oriented material involving a
minor engaging in sexual contact. The three remaining rape charges
reportedly occurred between October 1991 and May 1992 in which Horch
allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with a juvenile female under the age
of 13.
Union County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott recently
sentenced Horch's ex-wife Lara L. Horch, 32, of Bellefontaine to five
years in prison and a fine of $10,000 for a sexual crime documented on
video tape. She pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery in an
arrangement with prosecution. The charge of rape against her was
dismissed because prosecutors said the exact date of the video-taped act
could not be proven.
Court files state that the video allegedly showed Lara Horch performing
oral sex on a juvenile male family member, who was reportedly 11 years
old at the time the incident was filmed. The alleged crime took place at
the home she used to maintain with Horch on Whitestone Road. The two
have since divorced.
Lara Horch's defense attorney Michael Streng explained to the  court
that she was involved in an abusive relationship with Steven Horch. Lara
Horch claimed Horch threatened her with beatings if she refused his
sexual requests and testified that Horch had video-taped numerous sexual
After Lara Horch's sentencing, Union County prosecuting attorney Alison
Boggs said the next focus for prosecution was to file charges against
the man who allegedly filmed the crime.
Steven Horch's arraignment has been scheduled for April 14 at 9 a.m. at
the Union County Court of Common Pleas.

Locals relieved  by change
>From J-T staff reports:
The threat of losing all its state funding hung like a dark pall over
the Marysville Public Library Friday morning.
Friday afternoon, however, the pall was lifted ? at least for the time
The State Legislature has been discussing the budget and it appeared
Thursday that the House was favoring a move to effectively end state
funding for local governments and libraries.
Sue Banks, Marysville library director, said such a move would close
almost all of Ohio's public libraries which rely on state funds because
they are by law not able to raise taxes by themselves.
In 2002, the Marysville library spent just under $800,000. More than
$751,000 came from the Libraries and Local Government Support Fund
(LLGSF), the same fund the House was planning to cut.
Friday afternoon, the House Substitute Budget Bill was released,
indicating that there will be no cuts to local government funds,
including the LLGSF, beyond what the governor proposed in his version of
the budget.
Lynda Murray, director of the Ohio Library Council, said it appears that
the rally held last week at the state house, along with phone calls,
e-mails and press stories have been successful in making House members
reconsider their proposed cuts.
The House will vote on the substitute bill Wednesday. After a two-week
Easter break, the Senate will begin to consider the budget bill.

Comedic performance was a welcome relief
Editor's note: This review of the Thursday night's Community Concert was
submitted by Kay Liggett, a member of the concert committee.
Robert Post's comic one-man theater performance last night was a hoot.
The audience laughed through 10 skits in this remarkable, ingenious
comedian's repertoire. He has been 27 years honing his skill on street
corners, in schools, theaters and TV commercials, on riverboats and with
symphony orchestras.
He is one of us ? an Ohio State graduate.
He's a mime, a skilled actor, a juggler, a ventriloquist, a genius. A
man of 1000 disguises who uses body language, masks, music to create
unforgettable hilarious characters.
In his "Post Child: Ballet 101" he turns the top of his head into the
face of the child, then bends over and uses his hands as legs and feet
to portray Marcia, a young ballet student. His dance with a pair of red
long johns as a partner was worth the ticket price.
In the English manor house murder mystery, he plays all the zany
characters, using a table-sized board as a prop for the house.
Pasquale's Kitchen is a takeoff on televised cooking shows. With metal
bowls, salt and pepper shakers and big sharp knives, it is almost a
musical presentation.
We needed this show. We needed to laugh and forget television ? for just
one evening. You were lucky if you made it there last night.
Now your Community Concert Association will be looking for what we feel
our community will enjoy for next year's concert series.
The Postman Delivers will be presented to Marysville, North Union and
Fairbanks fifth grade students April 28 at Marysville High School.

Senior Watch offers sense of security
Eleanor "Jean" Congrove is full of energy. Playing cards and going out
to eat Chinese food with her family are some of the ways she passes the
But Congrove used to sit awake at night, worrying about the many
directions her health could go overnight. The 87-year-old has been a
resident of the Windsor Manor Hi-Rise senior center for the past four
years. She stays indoors more because she periodically has to breathe
straight oxygen after years of smoking.
"I used to get very nervous," Congrove said. "Sometimes I used to be
scared I wouldn't live through the night."
She was so worried about her health that staying the night in the care
of Memorial Hospital of Union County was the only way to calm her
"One day I asked myself 'Isn't there something people can do for this?'"
Congrove said.
Because of that question, the Union County Sheriff's Department started
its newly implemented Senior Watch Program. According to sheriff John
Overly, the program has been under development for the last year and is
now available to Union County residents free of charge. Congrove was the
first to volunteer and has been involved for more than a year.
"We really try and take care of the seniors and keep watch over them,"
Overly said, "because they are still a valuable part of the community."
"A lot of older people live alone," Congrove said, "There are days that
go by when nobody checks on them."
She said that every day the sheriff's department computer calls her home
at 10 a.m. Immediately after the call, she dials up two elderly friends
to check on them.
"Sometimes when you help somebody else, you are really helping yourself
because it makes you feel better," she explained.
Congrove has a daughter in California and another daughter and son who
live in this area. All of them are nearing the age of 60.
While her family calls virtually every day, Congrove said, sometimes
long work hours can prevent them from checking on her. In this way, the
program also helps to ease the worry of family members who can't visit
as much as they would like.
Overly explained that the program has different options. Families who
would like to participate can request the telephone service or have a
deputy stop by to check on their family members. The telephone option
involves the use of a computer-generated telephone call which dials up
the participants. The pre-set dates and times of the calls allow
participants to choose the time of day which best fits their schedule.
Deputy Kim Zacharias, who helps run the program, said the phone call
consists of a deputy's recorded voice asking if everything is all right.
If the resident is having no problems, they can push a button and the
computer lets the communication officers at the sheriff's office know
everything is fine.
If the resident does not push the correct button or does not answer, the
computer contacts a designated family member or key holder to the home
and asks someone to check on the participant. A uniformed deputy is also
sent to the home.
The second option for the Senior Watch program involves a deputy
stopping by the residence at designated times to check on the
participant. The deputy can also assist with such chores as making sure
the furnace or air conditioning are working properly.
Since joining the program, Congrove said, her nervous calls to
Marysville EMS crews have ended.
"If the good Lord sees fit to take me tonight, at least I know they will
find me tomorrow," she said.
Congrove said some seniors her age and older don't drive and can't get
out much. The Senior Watch program lets older people stay in and enjoy
being at home longer without the fear of being alone.
"Even if someone were to fall they would have the relief of knowing they
might as well just relax because someone will be there to help them in
the morning," Congrove said.
Union County residents who would like to participate in the Senior Watch
program may contact Sonya Shuler at the Union County Sheriff's
Department to set up an appointment by calling 645-4102 and selecting
option five on the menu. A deputy will visit with the family to explain
the program.

Plain City bypass moves forward

>From J-T staff reports:
The Plain City bypass is moving one step closer to reality with the
hiring of a consultant to complete preliminary work and design.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has selected Resource
International Inc. to design a new alignment for U.S. 42 to the
northwest side of Plain City.
The project involves construction of approximately one mile of new
roadway (roughly three lanes wide plus shoulders) between the existing
intersection of U.S. 42 and Route 161 west of the village and extending
northeast to an intersection with the existing U.S. 42 about one mile
north of the village.
According to published reports the preliminary work includes contacting
utility companies and sending out a letter to residents. Aerial
photography has been completed and mapping is ready to begin.
The project is slated to be completed in 2007.
The state budget crunch will have no impact on the project because funds
have already been appropriated and funding does not come from the
state's general fund.

The legend of Jonathan Alder
>From J-T staff reports:
One day in 1782, Jonathan Alder and his younger brother, who were
searching for a mare and her colt, were surprised by a party of Indians.
His brother was killed but Alder was taken from southwest Virginia to a
Mingo village near Chillicothe.
Because of his black hair, he was adopted by a Mingo warrior and his
Shawnee wife to replace a son they had lost. They treated him very well
and he learned the Indian language, became a hunter and witnessed
battles with whites and other Indians.
In 1796, he was living in what is now Jerome County. He was farming and
trading on the Big Darby and was tiring of the Indian life. He and his
Indian wife parted and Alder traveled back to Virginia to find his white
family. He found them in 1805, married a white woman and eventually
settled in Pleasant Valley near present day Plain City.
Alder was credited with using his influence to keep the Indians neutral
during the War of 1812. He served as a captain and directed defense
against Indians, building a block house on Mill Creek about three miles
above Marysville.
Alder lived in Madison County for many years and a high school was
dedicated in his honor April 28, 1957.

Guilty  pleas entered in North Lewisburg  murder
>From J-T staff reports:
The North Lewisburg woman facing charges associated with the murder of
her mother pleaded guilty this morning.
According to Champaign County Prosecutor Nick Selvaggio, Jennifer
Furrow, 21, and her attorney Richard Nau withdrew her not guilty by
reason of insanity plea and entered a plea of guilty today at a
Champaign County Common Pleas Court hearing.
Furrow was arrested on Nov. 14, the same day Sandra Furrow, 59, was
found dead in her home by Champaign County Sheriff's deputies.
The change in plea came as a surprise after Nau reported to Judge Roger
Wilson at a March 26 hearing in that he had not decided how to proceed
with motions regarding Furrow's mental status. Wilson had asked Furrow's
attorney to make a decision on his next steps by  a hearing Thursday but
Nau had not made headway after discussions with Selvaggio. Wilson
granted Nau more time, prompting today's hearing.
Selvaggio reported that Nau agreed today to accept the mental evaluation
report which determined that Furrow was competent to stand trial on the
charges of aggravated murder, tampering with evidence and abuse of a
Furrow now faces up to 18 years to life in prison. Selvaggio said she
faces 15 years for the first degree felony charge of aggravated murder.
A firearm specification could tack an additional 3 years onto the term.
She also stands to face up to five years for the charge of tampering
with evidence, a third degree felony, and could face 90 days for the
second degree misdemeanor charge of abuse of a corpse, which by law must
be served concurrently with the more severe charges.
Furrow's is scheduled to be sentenced May 6 at 2 p.m.
Codefendant Daniel Parker, 51, of Delaware also pleaded guilty this
morning to his charges, including tampering with evidence, a third
degree felony, two counts of carrying a weapon while under disability, a
fifth degree felony, and attempted obstruction of justice, a fourth
degree felony. He faces up to seven years in prison for the combined
His sentencing is scheduled for May 16 at 9 a.m.

One killed in accident on U.S. 33
The Marysville Post of the  Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a
one-vehicle fatal crash that happened Tuesday afternoon.
According to reports, at approximately 4:20 p.m.  Thomas E. Hughes, 26,
of Columbus was northeast bound on U.S. 33 when he failed to negotiate a
curve. The car slid off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and
overturned several times, ejecting the driver. Hughes was alone in the
Hughes was pronounced dead at the scene by the Logan County Coroner and
was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine. The crash
remains under investigation.

Court of Appeals holds local session
North Union High School students received a lesson in reality Tuesday
when the Third District Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the
Union County Common Pleas Court.
An appeals case doesn't offer the glamour seen on television, said Judge
Stephen R. Shaw. Judge Sumner E. Walters explained that "the trial is
over" when a matter comes to the appeals court and there are no jury or
"Questions of the law are our business," said presiding Judge Thomas F.
Bryant. "We review trials to determine whether the law has been followed
in arriving at the truth."
In an effort to allow the public to attend and view their justice system
at work, three of the court's four judges came to Marysville to hear
oral arguments. The court is hearing cases in all 17 counties in its
district. The court is based in Lima and has more than 600 cases filed a
Bryant said the three-judge panel generally hears oral arguments for
nine to 12 cases every Tuesday.
Hours are spent by the court in preparation prior to the attorneys'
15-minute oral arguments which can be interrupted with questions by the
judges. Bryant estimated that for Tuesday's two hearings he spent four
hours in preparation, while his law clerk spent even more time. After
oral arguments are heard, Bryant said, the judges deliberate in private.

"The arguments are not public and sometimes not pretty," he said.
Bryant said that on the average, the Third District Court of Appeals
reverses about 20 percent of the cases it considers every year.
In answer to questions asked by the students after the oral arguments,
Shaw categorized the cases heard before the court as "exciting,
interesting and important." He estimated that 60 percent of the cases
concern criminal matters.
The court's opinions are published on a web site
(www.third.courts.state.oh.us) usually within 60 days of the oral
arguments, although the court has taken up to a year to decide some
Bryant said the Third District Court of Appeals oversees the work of 70
courts and 60 judges.

April is Child Abuse Awareness month
>From J-T staff reports:
A Kids Day, books, blue ribbons and classes are reminders to everyone
during April that there is no excuse for child abuse.
Healthy Kids Day will be held at the YMCA Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2
The special day includes open swimming for any child age 12 and younger
and free healthy snacks, gifts and games from the more than 18 agencies
and businesses setting up booths.
The Union County Prosecutor's Office, Victims of Crime Assistance
Program and Union County Department of Job and Family Services are
encouraging everyone to check out the local library for books on child
abuse and neglect, tips on parenting and more.
Blue ribbons were tied in downtown Marysville, Richwood and Plain City
Tuesday to kick-off the month of awareness. Ribbons are available from
all law enforcement agencies, county courts, county libraries, any
social service agency, the Union County Department of Job and Family
Services and the Union County Prosecutor's Office.
Four parenting classes for children will be held on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
by the Child Assault Prevention Project. Classes are open to children
age 11 and older. To sign-up call 642-6404.
Union County Victims Rights Week is slated for Monday through April 12.
For more information on this event call Union County VOCA at 645-4190.

Pooch refuses to be caught
Mastiff eludes dog warden; has spent last month on the run in Marysville

A mystery mastiff has Union County Dog Warden Joab Scott scratching his
In the past four weeks Scott has received at least 20 calls about a
large dog running loose in southwest Marysville. The black-masked dog
has been seen on Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and 10th streets, Hickory Drive,
London Avenue and in the Barr Haven and Greenwood Colony neighborhoods,
Scott said.
The problem, Scott said, is that when anyone attempts to get close to
the dog, he barks and trots off. Armed with nothing more than a leash,
Scott said, he has had no luck in corralling the dog into fenced yards.
Scott said he has even considered using a tranquilizer gun because the
dog is too large for a trap gun but found out it is illegal for him to
carry the tranquilizers.
Mary Jane Dasher said she and her husband, Dale, have seen the dog about
three times a week near their home at 650 W. Sixth St. They've even
thrown snacks and treats to him but he will not come close. The last
time they saw him was on Saturday when her husband tried to set out a
pan of dog food to entice the dog closer.
"It's a beautiful dog. He acts like he's lost," Mrs. Dasher said. "He's
very gentle."
He's also very big.
Tom McCarthy, who lives on Hickory Drive, said he was taking a walk last
week near his home and decided to cross the street when he saw the
massive animal standing alone on the same side of the street. Scott
estimates the dog stands about 30 inches high at the shoulder.
Scott said he has checked with every mastiff owner that has a license in
Union County and none is missing a dog.
A chance conversation Friday with Scott and the Marion County dog warden
suggests that the dog may be from Morrow County.
Marion County Dog Warden Jane Watts said she laughed when Scott told her
about the mastiff because the dog not only eluded her staff but dog
wardens in Morrow and Delaware counties. She added that no one is
missing a mastiff in Marion County.
Watts said she had talked to retired Morrow County Dog Warden Don Cain
and learned that this dog had been seen earlier in the Candlewood Lake
area numerous times and was finally chased out of the city into the area
where Morrow, Delaware and Marion counties intersect. Her office
received one call in February from a property owner on Prospect Mount
Vernon Road East and staff members saw the dog from afar before he took
off across a plowed field into Delaware County.
Kevin Williams of Delaware County said his county dog warden received
one call and responded but never located the animal.
"It made a nice journey, but we weren't able to catch up with it in
Delaware County," Williams said.
Considering the dog's past travels, Union County Dog Warden Scott jests
that it is about time for this homeless canine to head to Champaign

May 03

Health Dept. head to make more than predecessor
Tremmel's salary more than $20,000 higher than Davy's
John Gore plans to run for mayor
Richwood sets Bicentennial plans
JDC to change name, focus
'Sweetheart Swindler' gets eight years
Prosecution was seeking 19 years
Three from Richwood become Eagle Scouts
Richwood zones out downtown, first floor apartments
Darby moves on comprehensive plan
20-acre lot size draws most discussion
Golden named acting sheriff
Triad's Cox turns lessons
of 4-H into potential career
Fairbanks announces academic award winners
MHS announces academic award winners
City opposing House Bill 114
Needs of  seniors is focus of meeting
Mobile dentists program visits elementaries
Honor Guard pays respect to vets
Accomplice sentenced for role
in murder in North Lewisburg murder
Area communities list Memorial Day activities
Planned development draws neighbor complaints
Granges came to county in 1870s
Teen leads lawmen on chase
Triad board discusses curriculum, soccer program
FHS announces top graduates
Committee to pick Overly's successor
Marysville to come back with five-year levy
Taylor Township racetrack gets conditional use permit
North Union board fails to pass busing policy change
Would have allowed pick ups at day care providers' homes that are not on
existing routes
Local library will seek operating levy
Overly to head Ohio's  Homeland Security Dept.
Zimmerman does it all for love of his country
Marysville High School names top scholars
Police draw attention to D.A.R.E. solicitors
Motorcross has township buzzing
County services center gets first tenants
Crime fighting network
Local deputies get computers in cruisers
Replica courthouse construction halted
Honda awards local dealership
Dealer with ties to Cincinnati, Columbus gets contract
Stats point to  challenges for local children
Union County's native American roots
Triad High School announces top graduating seniors
Skatepark plans roll forward
Money remains the key issue
Plain City second grader honored for handwriting
Scotts donation will bring new books to schools
Council discusses downtown  apartment conversions
Some Richwood storefronts are being replaced  by residences
Milford Center council told of 2006 bridge replacement
Love of horses drives Jonathan Alder's Warner
Mt. Victory  murder suspect sentenced
Sheriff's department cashes in
New health commissioner to run   'friendly' department
Rains flood streets, basements
Woman gets 22 years for role  in mother's murder
County once dotted by small villages
Marysville gets 2- of- 3
Allen fire issue passes
Sheriff, schools team up to promote safe driving near buses
MHS student finds night school classes a perfect fit
(Non) Pay-Per-View
Local sculptor puts works on display

Health Dept. head to make more than predecessor
Tremmel's salary more than $20,000 higher than Davy's

The salary for the Union County Health Commissioner in 2002 - $58,000
The salary for a new health commissioner in 2003 - $80,000
Staying silent about the reason for the increase - priceless.
Members of the Union County Board of Health have been advised by legal
counsel not to comment about why the salary for the new health
commissioner is $20,000 more than that of his predecessor.
The board signed a contract for $80,000 with Martin Tremmel in May -
five months after contract negotiations failed with former health
commissioner Anne Davy. Davy had been Union County's health commissioner
for six years and earned $58,000 annually. Last year, the board offered
Davy a $2,000 raise, but she was seeking a $5,000 increase. Of concern
to Davy at the time of her negotiations was the fact that she was
supervising an employees earning more than $60,000.
Davy rejected the board's offer in December and the board unanimously
voted to withdraw the offer of $60,000. The two sides were also at odds
over vacation time and a termination clause.
Gary McDowell, president of the seven-member board of health, said in
December, "It is unfortunate and regretful that we find ourselves in
this position."
Six months later, the board was faced with setting a salary for Davy's
replacement, although no one is talking about the decision.
McDowell said that he has been advised by the Union County Prosecuting
Attorney's office to not comment on the contract extended to the new
health commissioner. He added that Tremmel, who goes on the payroll
Monday, took a "significant" pay cut in accepting the Union County
Tremmel's contract with the board, signed May 27, extends to Dec. 31,
2005 and includes a $3,000 raise in 2005. He comes to the job with 15
days of paid vacation and on Jan. 1 of each year will receive 30 days of
paid vacation. He is not required to live in the county.
Tremmel comes from Huron County where he was a health commissioner for
seven years. He holds a master's degree in health care administration
and a law degree. He was also a health commissioner in Seneca County.
Davy is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Nursing
master's program in community health. In 2002 she was elected
president-elect of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners. She
spent 25 years in pediatric nursing, prior to completing her master's
degree in 1996. She was hired as the Union County Health Commissioner in
Members of the Union County Board of Health include Mike Brake, James
"Al" Channell, Dr. Carol Karrer, Dr. Anita Wantz, Marge Myers, Eric
Milholland and McDowell.

John Gore plans to run for mayor
>From J-T staff reports:
Marysville City Council President John Gore has announced his decision
to seek the Marysville mayoral seat in the upcoming November election.
Gore has been a member of the Marysville City Council for three years,
serving the past two years as Council President.
The belief that public officials are in office to safeguard and carry
out the wishes of the people they serve is the driving force behind
Gore's decision to seek the mayoral position. Gore announced his
intention to seek the seat Thursday, saying that it is time to give the
city back to the residents of Marysville.
Gore's said his efforts to involve residents who are most directly
affected by the actions of the mayor and council was evident when he,
along with input from other Council members, appointed a citizens
committee to assess the needs of the city. The committee is also charged
with prioritizing needs and identifying ways to fund projects in support
of new initiatives.
During Gore's tenure with city council, he has been a proponent of
citizen input and involvement in determining the direction in which the
city should be led. He said he strongly believes that if the city is to
maintain a healthy position while exhibiting fiscal accountability,
elected officials and the administration must recognize that they work
for the people - the taxpayers.
"All of us are in the customer service business - and whether we realize
it or not, we work for the people," Gore said.
Gore said he plans to continue to be approachable and will continue to
strive to make government available to everyone.
If elected, Gore said he is anxious to explore expanding the mayor's
office hours to at least one Saturday each month.
Gore's family includes his wife, Cathy, and their four children.

Richwood sets Bicentennial plans
>From J-T staff reports:
Richwood will celebrate Ohio's Bicentennial at Richwood Park June 22.
Activities will begin at noon with a performance by the Rag Time
Strutters, followed by a flag raising ceremony by American Legion Post
40, VFW Post 870 and area Boy Scouts. Steph France will lead the singing
of "God Bless America" and other music will be provided by the Homespun
Band and Notes From the Past.
The Marionaires will sing "Happy Birthday" and the members of the
Richwood Garden Club will serve the Bicentennial cake at 2 p.m. A
recognition service will be led by the Rev. Fred Cheney and Robert
Sements at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Union County Bicentennial Choir at
3 p.m. The Marion Steppin' Seniors clog dancers will perform at 3:30
Exhibits to be set up in the park will include a blacksmith, horse drawn
machinery, spinning, wood carvers, needlework, clothing, basket weaving,
the Erie Railroad, a Union Soil and Water Conservation wildlife habitat
display, quilters, plants and herbs, weaving, Marion memorabilia and a
bake sale.
Throughout the day, children's activities such as games, sand art and
face painting, will be supervised by Marysville Girl Scouts and the
Union County Family YMCA.
Barbecued rib dinners will be provided by Country Caterers and All
Occasion will serve pork sandwiches.
Games will include horseshoe pitching lessons, a 3 on 3 basketball
tournament, tennis, oldtime softball and canoe racing. Those interested
in participating may call Dick Kale at (740) 943-2598 or Charles Warner
at (740) 943-2080 for horseshoes; Pat Hamilton at (740) 943-3263 for
softball; John Merriman at 642-4154 for tennis; Troy Ransome at 358-2278
for 3 on 3; and (740) 943-2775 for canoe racing.

JDC to change name, focus
A new state law has made it possible for juvenile detention centers to
start making a greater impact on the lives of their inmates and the
local Joint Juvenile Detention Center is following suit.
The center is initiating plans to change part of its direction when
dealing with juvenile crime - starting with its name.
According to JDC superintendent Vicki Jordan, starting on Aug. 4 the
facility will be known as the Central Ohio Youth Center (COYC) and will
begin implementing new programs geared towards rehabilitation of
juvenile criminals.
After state legislators enacted House Bill 400 on April 2, juvenile
probate judges were given the power to send juvenile criminals away for
90 days, instead of the standard five-to-10-day sentences previously
handed out for misdemeanor crimes. A juvenile had to commit a felony
before judges could sentence them for terms up to six months or a year
and were usually transported out of the county to serve the time.
"Up until that law we were never faced with kids being here for 90
days," Jordan said. "Usually it was just a few days."
The extended period of time for misdemeanors has opened up a door for
COYC to start placing inmates into Extended Detention Unit counseling
programs and has given them the time to make a difference.
Recently Jordan sat down with county judges and area chief probation
officers involved in the COYC and asked if they would take advantage of
the longer terms. She discovered that if counseling programs were
enacted locally they would utilize the center to a greater extent.
"The judges and probation officers have been very supportive," Jordan
said. "They said, 'Now I don't have to scratch my head and wait for them
to come back on felony charges'."
According to Union County Juvenile and Probate Judge Charlotte Eufinger,
state laws have allowed incarceration for observation and evaluation
before, but HB 400 provided the opportunity to add this time toward
their sentences.
She said in many cases juveniles are sent out of county to serve their
time and may have been helped by programs in jail. The problem is that
when they are released, they inevitably fall right back into the same
criminal patterns because of difficult family situations or friends they
associate with.
Future COYC programs will teach local juvenile criminals how to
positively take control of their own lives after their release.
Anger management, substance abuse, independent living, family relations
and victim awareness training as well as gender-specific groups such as
bullying for males and self-esteem or victimization counseling for
females will be stressed in the new focus.
Jordan said education will move forward by including science, history
and GED preparation classes, along with the math, language and reading
classes already in place. Grant money will pay for certified teachers
from the Marysville School District to come in and tutor the juveniles.
"In the past we have not done a good job of reporting class hours to the
school so they can get credit," Jordan said.
She discussed with Marysville schools superintendent Larry Zimmerman how
they can communicate better to help inmates receive class credit during
their incarceration. As a result, the COYC will begin documenting the
amount of direct contact hours the inmates have with tutors as well as
report cards of their achievements in each subject.
Changes are also set for probation terms, Jordan said. Youth Level of
Service Inventories will begin rating juvenile future criminal risk
levels as high risk, moderate, and low.
The inventory rates such areas as substance abuse, education, peer and
family relations programs and how leisure time is spent. Progress
reports will be compiled halfway through their sentence and then two
weeks prior to their release.
The COYC is funded by Union, Champaign, Madison and Delaware counties.
Logan County pulled out of the center in Sept. 2001 and started its own
center. Since then the center has reportedly been struggling to make up
a 33 percent budget loss by spreading its cost among the remaining

'Sweetheart Swindler' gets eight years
Prosecution was seeking 19 years

While members of the court audience stifled their cheers, the woman
known by authorities as the "Sweetheart Swindler" will go back to the
Ohio Reformatory for Women for another eight years for allegedly
cheating almost $30,000 from two elderly men.
Union County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott told
58-year-old Tonya Weiss that by the time she is released, she herself
will be an elderly person.
"If you can make it to 65 and be elderly yourself," he said. "I hope you
will abandon any attempts to break the law."
After a four-day trial and four-hour deliberation by jurors, Weiss
received 17 months for the first charge of theft from an elderly person
and eight years for the second higher charge of theft from an elderly
person. For the first degree felony charge of engaging in a pattern of
corrupt activity, Weiss was given another eight years in prison.
Parrott said the time is to be served concurrently. She will have five
years of post-release probation and no fines would be ruled for her
retribution because she had no money to give.
A total of 115 days jail credit was provided since she had been locked
up since Feb. 5.
Weiss allegedly committed the crimes while serving a 17-month felony
theft sentence inside the ORW, by responding to lonely personal ads
82-year-old Luther Hilton and 84-year-old Paul Shelton placed in
newspapers. She reportedly told both men they were her "angels" and that
after her release she intended to live in their homes and take care of
the men for the rest of their lives.
Union County Assistant Prosecutor John Heinkel reported this may have
been believable if she wasn't telling the two oblivious men the same
story, while already married. He said her promises were like "dangling a
carrot" as bait for two lonely little old men.
After her release, Weiss reportedly visited Hilton twice - once to pick
up a car he bought her and then again to give it back after Shelton
promised her a more expensive car.
Defense attorney William Mooney, of the Ohio Public Defender's Office,
said he agreed the case was disturbing but only because the two men felt
the need to place personal ads in newspapers.
"Both men were desperately seeking some sort of social contact," he
said. "Each was lonely and looking for companionship."
He said both had control over their pen-pal relationships with Weiss and
could have stopped writing her at any time.
Mooney compared the situation to a woman saying yes to marriage and then
changing her mind at the alter.
"Did she tell a lie?" he asked. Can she be labeled a criminal and be
forced to pay back the cost of the ring, the reception and the priest?
Mooney said both men simply wanted to buy themselves a companion and did
not care about the details.
Union County Prosecutor Alison Boggs recommended Weiss receive a
sentence totaling 19 years and six months in prison.
Heinkel said Weiss has a prison record starting in 1968 when she was
convicted for writing bad checks in Piqua. Her last three convictions
all occurred within the last three years, one for stealing more than
$100,000 from an elderly man in Florida.
A more significant window into her criminal past, he said, occurred when
she allegedly "forged a judge's document and got someone released from
prison. This person then went out and killed somebody."
While Weiss' victims and their supporters were vocally happy to see her
return to prison, they said eight years was not enough.
"I think they were too easy on her," Pamela Plowman said. "They should
have laid it on her."
Plowman traveled down from Chillicothe with several others as a member
of Seniors And Lawmen Together. The group was organized in 1999 to
reduce crime and the unwanted fears placed on the elderly community.
Parrott said there are different theories to go by when handing out a
criminal sentence, which include punishment, protection of the public,
and rehabilitation. He said while he did not believe Weiss was capable
of rehabilitation, the maximum sentence would have ended up being a life
sentence at her age.

Golden named acting sheriff
Central committee will continue to search for full-time replacement for
John Overly
The man some believed may have been next in line as Union County Sheriff
was named as acting sheriff Tuesday morning.
Starting Monday at 4 p.m. Lt. Floyd Golden will take over the day-to-day
activities as sheriff while the Union County Republican Central
Committee goes through the process of choosing the replacement for
current sheriff John Overly.
On Tuesday Overly, who has served as sheriff since January 1982,
officially takes over as coordinator of Ohio's Homeland Security
Department. The state appointment was announced May 19 by Gov. Bob Taft.
Overly's new duties will include the direction of operational activities
for the State of Ohio Security Task Force (SOSTF).
Golden is currently the support services commander for the department.
His duties include handling community service programs such as school
resource and D.A.R.E. officers, as well as department communications
such as 911 coordination and dispatching.
Previously Golden served in the Ohio State Patrol for 26 years,
including serving as commander of the Marysville post, before retiring
and joining the sheriff's department more than six years ago.
"My main goal is to ensure a smooth transition in Overly's office until
the next person takes over," Golden said.
He said he will oversee the normal day-to-day activities as sheriff for
as long as it takes the committee to select a full-time replacement,
which could be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
"Obviously I won't be taking on any long-term projects," he joked.
Applicants for sheriff must be fingerprinted and their information sent
to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for security precautions.
Overly said the selection process is the same as it was when he was
named acting sheriff in 1982, after sheriff Harry L. Wolfe responded to
a residential burglary alarm near Plain City and was killed in the line
of duty. Overly, as chief deputy was appointed acting sheriff by the
county commissioners and was appointed to the position full time by the
Union County Central Republican Committee a month later.
Overly said that by law if an acting sheriff is not chosen, the Union
County Coroner is automatically named.
"Since we have time," Overly said, "we wanted to put in a person who is
not going after the actual position."
He said Golden is a good match for the job because he lives in Delaware
and therefore does not meet the residency requirement to serve as
full-time sheriff.
"I consider it an honor to be selected for it," Golden said. "I look
forward to this assignment."

Darby moves on comprehensive plan
20-acre lot size draws most discussion

With much reservation, some hesitation and a bit of frustration, the
Zoning Commission of Darby Township unanimously adopted a landmark
comprehensive plan Tuesday night.
The comprehensive plan, the first approved by Darby Township officials,
is the first step in updating the township's zoning regulations.
Creating the most concern were recommendations to create minimum 20-acre
lots in agricultural/rural districts and a conservation subdivision.
Nearly all of the more than 30 residents present and three of the five
commission members voiced opposition to the plan.
"I thought this was supposed to be a free country," said Watson Boggs,
about the 20-acre idea. Boggs said he had lived in the township 52 years
and owns 54 acres.
His concern was echoed time and again by many present at the meeting who
thought the idea would penalize farmers. The only individuals to speak
in support of the plan were three who had been on the steering
Commission chairman David Gruenbaum, who had been a member of the
steering committee, explained that the 20-acre lot idea was not meant to
penalize farmers but to discourage large landowners from selling off
their road frontage and to preserve the township's rural character.
Gruenbaum added that the plan was not set in stone but is only a
starting point that offers lots of options in updating the township's
zoning book. He added that changes can be made to the plan and that the
20-acre idea came from Madison County.
Madison County, however, has countywide zoning. Each township in Union
County has its own zoning regulations and none have a 20-acre minimum.
"I disagree with 20 acres....It's a waste.... We're going the wrong way
to preserve farm land," said commission member Ron Scheiderer. "Five
acres is too much."
Commission member Tom Zimmerman agreed with Scheiderer.
"I'm not in favor of 20 acres personally," Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman and Scheiderer noted that many property owners who own
five-acre lots generally have a large portion of the property growing up
in weeds. Zimmerman added that most farm machinery is too large to
maneuver in 18-acre parcels.
"These guys are right," said Rose Morris, a Robinson Road resident. "One
acre is a nice home site."
On the other side of the issue was zoning inspector Jim Butler, who said
he would like to see 50-acre lots.
"People need to decide if they want to live in Columbus or here. People
have to make a commitment," Butler said.
In addition to the 20-acre idea, individuals voiced concerned with how
vague the plan is.
Sherman Nicol pointed out that the plan talks about a farm dwelling and
non-farm dwelling, but fails to define them. John Ward pointed out that
the plan fails to define a conservation subdivision. He also pointed out
that the township needs to address their 3 to 1 rule which requires a
certain amount of road frontage for each lot.
Ward speculated that no one could sell off any lots if the 20-acre idea
and 3 to 1 rule were enforced.
Commission member David Boerger said he was troubled to vote on
Before taking a vote, Scheiderer said there seems to be more confusion
now after the township spent $25,000 and a year to produce the plan.
Eventually, Zimmerman voiced a motion for the commission "to accept the
comprehensive plan with the understanding that the board will change it
as they see fit before adopting zoning regulations." He eventually
withdrew the motion and placed a motion before the commission "to adopt
the comprehensive plan" but added that the commission can make changes.
The plan now moves to the Darby Township Trustees for adoption. Their
next meeting is June 9.

Richwood zones out downtown, first floor apartments
While Richwood is billed as the town where the Clock Strikes
Hospitality, village council doesn't necessarily want to see welcome
mats along the downtown sidewalks.
Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to prohibit first floor
residences in the business district after one downtown business was
recently converted to apartments. Council waived the three reading rule
on the issue.
Under current zoning, structures in the downtown area were allowed to
house businesses and apartments. The idea behind such zoning was to
allow businesses to rent upstairs apartments.
Recently, however, a former attorney's office at 13 N. Franklin St. was
renovated and now contains first floor apartments.
Members of the public have echoed the sentiments of council at past
meetings in opposing the move. Apparently some residents of the
apartments are sitting on downtown sidewalks and doing other things that
are acceptable in neighborhoods but not in business districts.
"I don't think it's conducive to bringing businesses into Richwood,"
council member Arlene Blue said.
Council had been waiting to make the change during an ongoing zoning
makeover being performed by village solicitor Rick Rodger and council
members. Blue brought up the issue Tuesday saying council needs to move
quickly before more businesses are renovated.
Apparently there are also some homes on the fringe areas of the business
district which would not be affected, due to being grandfathered under
the old regulations.
Council also discussed an immediate need to get a submission to the
county commissioners for Community Development Block Grant funds. The
village could get up to $30,000 but needs to determine a project and
apply for funds in the next two weeks.
The money must be used to benefit low to moderate income families.
"We've got to get something in," Richwood Mayor Bill Nibert said.
After brief discussions about playground equipment, street repairs and
sewer improvements, council sounded as if it was leaning toward putting
in sidewalks on Grove Street leading to the site of the new elementary
Village administrator Ron Polen said he would look into costs of such a
project and would make sure the project met the criteria for the grant.
In other business, council:
. Discussed purchasing a plaque for noting the donation of park land by
John Hoskins.
. Approved several transfers within the village budget.
. Learned that Marion residents who can call Richwood without long
distance charges have signed up for an extended calling plan also
available to Richwood residents. Some residents had felt Marion callers
were afforded an service that Richwood callers were not given.
. Heard an update on park upkeep projects from council member George
. Learned from Showalter that the merry-go-round at the park was broken.
He questioned whether putting it back in service is feasible because
some children have been injured on the ride. Other members of council
felt the benefits of the ride were greater than the potential for
. Heard Nibert urge Polen to get signs for the girls softball diamond
noting that boys are not allowed on the field.
. Learned from Polen that there is a problem with downtown residents not
moving their cars on the assigned times so the streets may be cleaned.
. Decided to move forward with getting a historical marker for the
Village Hall.
. Discussed the problems of juveniles loitering on downtown streets

Three from Richwood become Eagle Scouts
>From J-T staff reports:
Since its organization in 1991, Boy Scout Troop 440 in Richwood has
produced seven Eagle Scouts.
The most recent are Clayton Custer, Brian Matteson and Caleb Delp.
Custer was awarded his Eagle rank in August. He earned 21 merit badges
and his service project was creating a memorial garden at the Pharisburg
United Methodist Church. He is the son of Tom and Kathy Custer of
Matteson, the son of Tim Matteson of Richwood and the late Donna
Matteson, earned his award in December. His project included design and
improvements in North Union High School's courtyard. He earned 21 merit
Delp, the son of Jeff and Nejila Delp or Richwood, was awarded his Eagle
rank in December. He earned 30 merit badges and his project involved
creating and installing identification markers for the trees in Richwood
Park, along with resurfacing the parking lot at Monroe Field.
All three Scouts credited their success to assistance from other Scouts,
parents and friends who helped develop their leadership skills.

Triad's Cox turns lessons
of 4-H into potential career
Amber Cox has been an active member of 4-H since she was in the third
grade and plans to pursue agricultural education at The Ohio State
University this fall.
Cox, a senior at Triad, began raising hogs in elementary school after
being encouraged to join 4-H by her mother.
"I love hogs," Cox said, "and I like taking care of them."
Cox said she currently has four hogs at her family home on Cable Road in
Cable. She is raising three market hogs for 4-H and one breeding  gilt
for FFA.
This is her first year as a member of Triad's FFA. She said that as a
member of both agricultural groups, it is a requirement to keep separate
animals between the two organizations.
 "They want you to have the opportunity to learn more," Cox  said.
She begins to raise her hogs in May before showing them at the Champaign
County Fair in early August.
Each morning Cox begins her day by watering her animals. After school
each day she waters and feeds the hogs. She also walks the animals for
about an hour a day until fair time.
As a youngster raising animals for market, she used to have a hard time
after the fair.
"I now realize the concept of it," Cox said.
 Cox's experience with 4-H has been extremely positive and has helped
direct her future plans.
She wants to become a 4-H extension agent. Every county has at least one
agent who runs the area 4-H program.
Cox has chosen to attend OSU because she feels they have the best
program and best professors for agricultural education.
"I have been set on OSU for quite awhile," Cox said.
She said the value of 4-H in her life has been immense.
"4-H  teaches you a lot of responsibility, how to work as a team, how to
get along with people, how to be a leader and how to meet new people,"
Cox said. "I have learned skills that I will take with me thorough out
my whole life."
Cox is the vice president of National Honor Society and is a  majorette
for the marching Cardinals.

Fairbanks announces academic award winners
Many seniors were awarded scholarships and grants at the colleges of
their choice.
Valedictorian Melanie Nicol - Ohio Northern University Dean's
Scholarship, $14,500
Salutatorian Aaron Crosser - OSU Presidential Scholarship, $17,229
Angie Bushong - Phil Kozel Memorial, Union County Farm Bureau
Scholarship, JD Equipment Scholarship and WVI Blue and Gold Waiver
Lindsey Carfrey - Junior Miss Award
Kristen Carl - Denison Heritage Scholarship, $12,565, Denison Grant,
Denison Bookstore Grant
Jesse Combs - UT Blue and Gold Award
Nancy Dellinger - Ohio Wesleyan Faculty Scholarship, $12,540, OWU
Recognition Fund, Ohio Choice Grant, Union County Jr. Miss Scholarship,
Lutheran Heritage Grant, Ohio Synod Endowed Scholarship, Lutheran
Brotherhood Awards
Joey Drumm - Columbus State Partnership Award
Jessica DuPuis - Capital University Trustee Scholarship, $7,000, Capital
University Grant in Aid, Lutheran Heritage Grant, Ohio Choice Grant,
Ohio Instructional Grant, Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grant
Shannon Fox - Otterbein Scholar Award, $6,000, Otterbein Presidential
Award, Ohio Choice Grant, Otterbein Departmental Award
Justin George - Mount Union College Grant
Gastin Green - Rio Grande Trustee Award, Haning Assistance Award
Kara Gunderson - UT Blue and Gold Award
Brian Halterman - UT Pride Scholarship
David Johnson - National Merit Scholarship, Distinguished Merit
Scholarship, $9,974, Walter H. Kidd Engineering Scholarship, Ohio Board
of Regents Scholarship
Rachel Kaple - Otterbein Scholar Award, Otterbein Endowed Scholar Award,
Ohio Choice Grant
Greg Likens - Urbana Academic Scholarship
Josh Link - Ohio State University Trustee Scholrship
Stephanie Martin - OSU University Scholar Award, OSU Scarlet and Gray
Chad Miller - St. Xavier of Chicago Scholarship
Miriam Renner - Valparaiso Presidential Scholarship, $9,000, Valparaiso
Lutheran Heritage Award, Pell Grant
Josh Short, WVU Gold and Blue Waiver
Melanie Ward - Ohio Northern General Grant, $8,600, ONU Equity Grant
Other awards given out today include:
Voice of Democracy - Shannon Fox, Melanie Nicol and Amanda Stillings
Americanism Test - Joe Drumm, senior; Amanda Meddle and John Williams,
junior; and Chris Grunert and Ryan Conklin, sophomore
Law Day Participants - Greg Likens, josh Link, Konstantine Jendrikowski,
Miriam Renner, Melanie Ward, Gastin Green, Melanie Nicol, Blake Sauner,
Jessica DuPuis, Andrew Walsh and Kristen Carl
Coca Cola Scholarship Recognition - Shannon Fox
Kyle Bowman Scholarship - Jesse Combs
R. Kenneth Koltenbah Scholarship - Brian Halterman
DAR Citizenship Award - Kristen Carl
American History Medal - Alex Bisker
Senior Good Citizenship Award - Kristen Carl and Andrew Walsh
Phillip Ferryman Scholarship - Abby Stillings
Art Box Scholarship - Blake Sauner
Richwood Bank 4-H Scholarship - Melanie Nicol
Ohio Board of Regents Award - Aaron Crosser, Melanie Nicol and Stephanie
Retired Teachers Association Scholarship - Jessica Dupuis and Gastin
FEA Scholarship - Miriam Renner
Milford Center Lions Club Scholarship - Amanda Risner, Melanie Nicol,
Amanda Stillings, Jessica DuPuis and Angela Bushong
Ninth Bomber Veteran Bomber Association Scholarship - Angel Bushong
HOBY Leadership Winner - Michelle LeGrande
Starr Trophy Scholarship - Jessica DuPuis
Medical Staff of Memorial Hospital Scholarship - Nancy Dellinger
Elks Scholarship - Aaron Crosser, Melanie Nicol, Jessica DuPuis and
Angela Bushong
Elks Student of the Year - Kristen Carl and Jared Owen
Flora Burns Memorial Scholarship - Justin George
Union County Bar Association Award - Aaron Crosser
ATP Scholarship - Angela Bushong
AAL Scholarship - Nancy Dellinger and Melanie Nicol
Sam Walton Scholarship - Jessica DuPuis
Sargent V. Chamberlain Scholarship - Lindsey Carfrey
Rotary A+ for Effort Award - Braden Lewis
Music Scholarship - Reba Alfrey and Amanda Risner
John Philip Sousa Award - Reba Alfrey
Board of Education Scholarship - Angela Bushong and Melanie Nicol
Champaign County Bowling Association Scholarship - Jared Owen
Ohio High School Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association Award - Jessica
DuPuis, Kristen Carl, Amanda Risner and Melanie Nicol
Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award - Michael Yotive and Melanie Nicol
OHSAA State Award for Service - Betty Stillings
OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award - Aaron Crosser
Perfect Attendance - Erin Burns, junior, and Andrea Heistand, senior
Senior Scholar Athletes - Sarah Albanese, Angela Bushong, Aaron Crosser,
Caitlin Chapman, Kristen Carl, Jessica DuPuis, Justin Davis Gastin
Green, Justin George, Maloes Goyarts, Ben Harris, Konstantin
Jendrikowski, Greg Likens, Chad Miller, Melanie Nicol, Jared Owen,
Amanda Risner, Miriam Renner, Abby Stillings, Amanda Stillings, Joshua
Short, Andrew Walsh, Melanie Ward and Michael Yotive.
National Honor Society - Seniors: Angie Bushong, Kristen Carl, Aaron
Crosser, Nancy Dellinger, Jessica DuPuis, Shannon Fox, Brian Halterman,
Amie Holland, Rachel Kaple, Josh Link, Chad Miller, Melanie Nicol,
Rachel Pennington, Miriam Renner, Amanda Risner, Abby Stillings, Amanda
Stillings, Melanie Ward and Mike Yotive; Juniors: Kelly Alfrey, Erin
Burns, Amy Ciminello, Christy Doss, Justin George, Whitney Gorton,
Heather Hamilton, Daniel Hutson, Danielle Irvine, Ashley Jordan, Mallory
Koehn, Amanda Meddles, Nathan Reed, Laura Scheiderer, Nancy Taylor, John
Williams and Stephanie Wright; Sophomores: David Abfall, Alex Bisker,
Brent Chandler, Ryan Conklin, Katie Greiner, Chris Grunert, Hannah
Hackett, Brittany Lambert, Amanda Lotycz, Adam Masters, Andrew Nicol,
Amanda Shrader, Kendra Supplee, Amanda Vollrath, Julie Whittenburg and
Brian Wood.
Honor Diplomas - Melanie Nicol, Aaron Crosser, Stephanie Martin, Amanda
Stillings, Nancy Dellinger, Shannon Fox, Josh Link, Miriam Renner,
Jessica Dupuis, Angela Bushong, Abby Stillings, Amanda Risner, Kristen
Carl, Rachel Kaple, Josh Short, Chad Miller, Joanne Willer, Andrew Walsh
and Sarah Garrett
Five-year Distinction Honor Roll - Freshmen: Rachel Adkins, Mandy
Crosser, Marcus Geer, Jennifer Halterman, Alicia McCarty, Emilie Noland,
Koriann Reed, Melody Stauffer, Megan Swaney, Julie Vandre and Michelle
Watkins; Sophomores: David Abfall, Alex Bisker, Chris Grunert, Hannah
Hackett, Britanny Lambert, Amanda Lotycz, Amanda Schrader, Julie
Whittenburg and Brian Wood; Juniors: Erin Burns, Huston Byers, Christy
Doss, Whitney Gorton, Heather Hamilton, Rachel Harbold, Daniel Hutson,
Danielle Irvine, Mallory Koehn, Amanda Meddles, Laura Scheiderer, Nancy
Taylor, Troy Toops, John Williams and Stephanie Wright; Seniors: Angie
Bushong, Kristen Carl, Aaron Crosser, Nancy Dellinger, Laura Dreyer,
Josh Link, Stephanie Martin, Melanie Nicol, Amanda Stillings, Andrew
Walsh and Jacob Winning
Five-year Merit Honor Roll - Freshmen: Josh Clarridge, Seth Eickhoff,
Aaron Fancey, Cassie Locke, Amanda Mapes, Ryan Picklesimer and Helene
Skoog; Sophomores: Zach Carder, Ryan Conklin, Jenny Fite, Katie Greiner,
Darin Hurst, Chelsey Mabry, Adam Masters, Lindsey Rooney, Kendra
Supplee, Amanda Vollrath and Whitney Walls; Juniors: Bailey Burns, Amy
Ciminello, Shauna Gabel, Abby Huber, Ashley Jordan, Greg Lawrenz, Trey
Locke, Margaret Mullen and Nathan Reed: Seniors:Lindsey Carfrey, Jessica
DuPuis, Shannon Fox, Konstantin Jendrikowski, Rachel Kaple, Chad Miller,
Jared Owen, Abby Stillings and Joanne Willer.


MHS announces academic award winners
>From J-T staff reports:
Marysville High School held its awards and recognitions programs
Thursday morning and evening in the high school auditorium.
Ryan Ruffing earned awards the Valedictorian, Academic Champion of the
Classroom, Academic Honors Award, Mock Trial, National Honor Society and
Yearbook Editor awards. He was named an Elks Student of the Month and
earned the President's Award for Educational Excellence and State Board
of Education Award of Merit.
 Jamie Chambers earned the Salutatorian Award and the President's Award
for Educational Excellence. She also earned the Academic Champion of the
Classroom, Academic Honors, National Honor Society and Wendy's High
School Heisman awards and received a State Board of Education Award of
Ben Vollrath was named the Elks Student of the Year and an Elks Student
of the Month. He received the Kiwanis, LEO Club, MHS Alumni and United
Methodist Men scholarships, the President's Award for Educational
Excellence and the State Board of Education Award of Merit. He also
earned the Academic Champion of the Classroom, Academic Honors, National
Honor Society, OASSA Scholar Athlete, Student Council Leadership and
NAASP/Herff Jones Principal's Leadership awards.
Faith Kelley received the Marguerite Williams Latin, DAR American
History and Outstanding English Student awards, the President's Award
for Educational Excellence and the State Board of Education Award of
Merit. She also earned Academic Champion of the Classroom, Academic
Honors, Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence, Mock Trial and National
Honor Society awards.
Ashley Greenbaum was named an Elks Student of the Month and received the
Elks, Charles C. Green Memorial, Nationwide Foundation, Union County
Farm Bureau and Our Lady of Lourdes scholarships. She earned Academic
Honors, FFA Outstanding Leadership and National Honor Society awards.
Jerry Tsai received the State Board of Education Award of Merit,
President's Award for Educational Excellence, LEO Club Scholarship, MHS
Alumni Scholarship and UBS Paine Webber Most Likely to Succeed Award. He
was named an Elks Student of the Month and earned Academic Champion of
the Classroom, Academic Honors, National Honor Society, Student Council
Leadership, Mock Trial, Yearbook Editor and In The Halls awards.
Other awards given at the Marysville High School awards and recognition
ceremonies Thursday are:
National Merit Commended Scholar - Cheri Francis
National Merit Finalist - Rob Kinsey
Outstanding Business Student Award - Tequila Rausch
DeKalb Award - Ambre McCreary
FFA Alumni Scholarship - Staci Smith
DAR Good Citizenship Awards - Nick Moss and Marge Warnament
OHSAA Scholar Athlete Award - Marge Warnament
All Sports Award - Kristen Farley and Nick Feucht
Polly Widner Award - Lindsay Monk
Barney Galloway Award - Jay Sowers
Dispatch Scholar Athlete Award - Brittany Rausch and Jay Sowers
Army Scholar Athlete Award - Geoff Lane and Kara McElroy
Wendy's High School Heisman Award - Nick Feucht
Marine Corps Scholar Athlete Award - Neil Rausch, Jenna Tullis
Semper Fidelis Award - John Dillahunt
AMC Award - Lyndsay Rush and Johannes Cilliers
Thelma Carey Outstanding Math Student Award - David Johnstone
Outstanding Government Student - Aaron Rausch
Margaret M. Schultz Latin Award - Jennifer Seymour
National Latin Exam Award - Lyndsey Craig, Danielle Tompkins and Adrian
George Allemang Award - Nick Heeb
Nestle R&D Science Award - Johannes Cilliers
John A. Strickler Art Award - Megan Hughes
Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award - James Sowers
Lions LEO Club Scholarship - Angela Higdon and Jessica Yunker
Michael Padavano Scholarship - John Welty
Rotary Club A+ for Effort Award - David Rager
Union County Farm Bureau Scholarship - Christopher Jewell
Jin and Gum Hyun Scholarship - Jay Sowers
Saved by the Belt Award - Chad Beecher and Wes Edgar
Artbox Scholarship - Abby Jarrell
Choral Boosters Scholarship - Katie Minken
First English Lutheran Church Scholarship - Colleen English
Holiday Inn Scholarship - Heather McKinley
Jim Harmon MEA Scholarship - Katie Minken
Jobs for Ohio Graduates Scholarship - Sabrina Braden, Stephanie Drake,
Catherine Hayes, Derick Hazelwood and Angel Ogden
Memorial Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship - Jennifer Hogue
MHS Alumni Scholarship - Hope Garrard
Nel and Gene Hoopes Scholarship - Andrew Erickson
Nestle R&D Scholarship - Rob Kinsey and Jennifer Seymour
Our Lady of Lourdes Scholarship - Jessica Yunker
Striffler Edwards Journalism Scholarship - Leah Winkler
Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Scholarship - Juliana Bonilla
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Scholarship - Hope Garrard
United Methodist Women Scholarship - Joey Secrest
United Steelworkers Local 843-Goodyear Scholarship - Chelsea Van Scyoc
Richwood Bank 4-H Scholarship - Amy Jewell
In The Halls Award - Crystal Clemans, Geoff Lane, Emily Nicol, Natasha
Schimmoeller, Jay Sowers and Jenna Yoder
Student Council Leadership Award - A.J. Byus, Don Hunter, Kelly
Luzenski, Katie Minken, Ashrae Scott, Leah Winkler
Elks Student of the Month Award - Aaron Brown, Hope Garrard, Don Hunter,
Rob Kinsey and Gretchen White
Family and Consumer Science - Tonya Ford (Outstanding Senior),
Francheska Brust, Chastity Dellinger, Shellie Dye, Jessica Falk, Amy
Hammond, Jessica Krantz, Tiffany Smith and John Wimmers
American Citizenship Award - Jillian Bellville, Stephanie Drake,
Catherine Hayes, Jenna Lemaster, Larsa Ramsini, Aaron Rausch, Chelsea
Sheldon, Jay Sowers and Jessica Yunker
Vocal Music Award - Luke Ahern, Tim Allen, Jessica Brown, Tyler DeWalt,
Sarah Harr, Joey Lawson, Kelsey Magers, Megan McCarthy, Sean McKitrick,
Katie Minken, Katey Rowland, Jennifer Russ, Ashrae Scott and Erin Young
President's Education Award - Dale Albanese, Aaron Broyles, Johannes
Cilliers, Tyler Drake, Andrew Erickson, Cheri Francis, Christopher
Guthrie, Nicolas Heeb, Donald Hunter, Robert Kinsey and Jennifer Seymour

JOG Award - Amber Arnold, Ryan Arthur, Mike Boysel, Sabrina Braden,
Francheska Brust, Patrick Brust, Amanda Clark, Stephanie Drake, Derick
Hazelwood, Randi Hecker, Tye Janetzke, Rob Kinsey, Mitch Mabee, Krystal
May, John Morrow, Danielle Nelson, Angel Ogden, Georgie Organ, Kristy
Phillips, Chantelle Ponte, Jerrica Potter, Chris Preece, Matt Ricker,
Joey Shreve, Will Smith, Laura Smith, Tiffany Smith, Laura Smith, Kacie
Snyder, Terri Spurlock, Mindie White and Amanda Yanka
Vocational-Technical Award of Merit - Chelsea Van Scoyc
President's Challenge Physical Fitness Award - Zack Andrews, Cody Balch,
Will Burns, Megan Bushong, TJ Daniel, Anthony Ellis, Katie Frisch,
Kelsey Heyob, Jessica Hites, Jaymee Hoffman, Dustin Hott, Brett Kennedy,
Alex Neil, Kylee Powers, Kara Rouse, Danielle Ruivivar, Alicia Schumutz,
Lindsay Sondles, Kelcee Story, Kim Sullivan and Alexandra Young
Mock Trial Award - Kelsey Baird, Amber Baker, Bruce Beil, Lauren Brake,
Allison Bruner, Sarah Burns, Christine Chongson, Johannes Cilliers,
Kathy Connolly, Alasun Cunningham, Andrea Elliott, Colleen English,
Katie Frisch, Daphney Goree, Rachel Haake, Don Hunter, Hannah Kelley,
Teresa Kim, Alison Lemaster, Katelin Mantey, Alicia Mantz, Kayti
McCarthy, Megan McLurg, Larsa Ramsini, Aaron Rausch, Eric Rohrs, Joey
Secrest, Jamie Shanklin, Kacie Snider, Julie Snyder, Caleb Speicher,
Tiffany Stein, Andrew Torka, Grant Underwood, Dan Vetanovetz, Angela
White and Andrew Zacharias
Academic Champions of the Classroom - Dale Albanese, Karissa Benson,
Johannes Cilliers, Diana Dafler, Stephanie Doupnik, Tyler Drake, Andrew
Erickson, Nicholas Feucht, Tonya Ford, Christopher Guthrie, Nicholas
Heeb, Jennifer Hogue, Gregory House, Donald Hunter, Amy Jewell, David
Johnstone, Michael King, Robert Kinsey, Geoff Lane, Paul Lundstrom,
Kelly Luzenski, Lindsay Monk, Jennifer Seymour, James Sowers, Joseph
Sweeney, Jessica Taulbee, Gretchen White, Katherine White and Jessica
National Honor Society Senior Award - Dale Albanese, Bethany Billington,
Julianna Bonilla, Nick Bowsher, Aaron Brown, Derek Brown, Lindsey Brown,
Aaron Broyles, Alisha Byus, Seth Carroll, Johannes Cilliers, Jarred
Converse, Diana Dafler, Stephanie Doupnik, Tyler Drake, Shellie Dye,
Megan Eastridge, Andrew Erickson, Kristen Farley, Nicholas Feucht, Cheri
Francis, Hope Garrard, Chris Guthrie, Robert Hager, Don Hunter, Amy
Jewell, David Johnstone, Rob Kinsey, Geoff Lane, Rachael Lininger, Kelly
Luzenski, Gwen Mannasmith, Kara McElroy, Katherine Minken, Lindsay Monk,
Maria Palumbo, Carmen Rausch, Christina Regifo, Elizabeth Roshon, Joey
Secrest, Jennifer Seymour, Cara Sotirakis, James Sowers, Courtney
Stevenson, Leah Story, Joe Sweeney, Melanie Sweeney, Jessica Taulbee,
Jenna Tullis, Marjorie Warnement, John Welty, Gretchen White, Alex
Williams, Kate Wilmoth and Jessica Yunker
State Board of Education Award of Merit, College Preparatory Curriculum
- Andrew Ayers, Lauren Babyak, Chandra Bayes, Karissa Bensen, Nicholas
Bowsher, Derek Brown, Lindsay Brown, Aaron Broyles, Alisha Byus, Seth
Carroll, Christine Chongson, Johannes Cilliers, Crystal Clemans, Jarred
Converse, Dianna Dafler, John Dillahunt, Stephanie Doupnik, Tyler Drake,
Megan Eastridge, Colleen English, Andrew Erickson, Leandra Evans,
Kristen Farley, Cheri Francis, Christopher Guthrie, Nicholas Heeb, John
Heinkel, Jennifer Hogue, Gregory House, Donald Hunter, Amy Jewell, David
Johnstone, Michael King, Robert Kinsey, Jessica Krantz, Geoff Lane, Paul
Lundstrom, Kelly Luzenski, Kara McElroy, Sara Mesi, Matt Meyer, Elissa
Moe, Lindsay Monk, Jennifer Nelson, Maria Palumbo, Brittany Rausch,
Carmen Rausch, Christina Rengifo, Elizabeth Roshon, Joey Secrest,
Jennifer Seymour, Cara Sotirakis, James Sowers, Nicole Spain, Joseph
Sweeney, Melanie Sweeney, Jessica Taulbee, Megan Taylor, Jenna Tullis,
Aya Walraven, Marjorie Warnement, Troy Watson, Amy Whelan, Gretchen
White, Katherine Wilmouth, Anthony Wimmers and Leah Winkler.

City opposing House Bill 114
Would waive  residency requirements for some officials
Marysville may join more than 130 other Ohio cities and villages in
opposing House Bill 114 if a new resolution is passed.
The bill has been introduced in the 125th General Assembly and would
prohibit all municipalities from imposing residency restrictions on city
"It is part of the erosion of home rule," Mayor Steve Lowe said.
He explained that Marysville was built upon city charters voted on by
its citizens and that the bill attempts to substitute the General
Assembly's judgment for the judgment of city voters. The bill also
violates the home rule powers which have been in place within the Ohio
Constitution since 1912.
The resolution states that residency restrictions, specifically relating
to such positions as safety officers or fire and police chiefs, are
necessary to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Marysville.
Their proximity is considered important in order to serve the city in
the event of an emergency.
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said the residency restrictions are
a minor aspect of the city's complaint about House Bill 114. He said the
bill would be "another layer stripped away from local government."
He said the bill originated from firemen in Cleveland hoping to reverse
residency restrictions in their city.
The resolution specifically requests that every legislator in the Ohio
General Assembly vote against the bill so municipalities may continue to
exercise their constitutional right to determine what employee residency
requirements are in the best interest of each municipality.
Lowe reported that he and council member Ed Pleasant went to the recent
Central Ohio Municipal Alliance meeting in order to discuss House Bill
114 with legislators. He said the legislators often hear from lobbyists
but don't often hear from government officials voicing their disapproval
of the bill.
Pleasant reported that he would like to see the resolution passed to
send a message. He spoke with Ohio senator Larry Mumper, who seemed very
interested in wanting to be involved.
"I was pleased with the openness of the discussion," Pleasant said.
In other discussions, first reading was held on a resolution amending
planning and zoning codes regarding the paving of parking lots and
driveways. The resolution is intended to clear up the current zoning
According to city administrator Bob Schaumleffel, gravel parking lots
were only intended for residential properties. As a result, he said,
some businesses have been making gravel lots instead of paving.
If passed, the amended planning and zoning code would state that
driveways, aisles and other circulation areas should be "graded for
proper drainage and surfaced with concrete, asphaltic concrete, premixed
asphalt pavement, black top, or brick so as to provide a durable and
dustless surface."
In instances of driveways more than 200 feet long, a surface including
washed gravel may be continued after a minimum of 30 feet of pavement
from the edge of the public roadway to prevent gravel from going into
streets or storm water drains.
Schaumleffel said part of the problem is that the Board of Zoning
Appeals has been hearing numerous appeals on allowing gravel lots and
would like the codes clarified.
If passed, the proposed amendment will be sent to the Planning
Commission, which will have 60 days to forward its recommendation on the
amendment to council.
Other topics addressed:
. A public hearing was held on an ordinance establishing wards of equal
population following the 2000 census. According to the Census Bureau,
while the 1,600 convicts in the Ohio Reformatory for Women do not have
voting rights they are still counted in the ward precincts.
"It is crazy to understand," Schaumleffel said.
Council passed the ordinance under emergency as members have until June
7 to meet the 150-day deadline to have wards ready for November

Needs of  seniors is focus of meeting
What do the 6,958 older adults in Union County need and how can they get
Those were the two primary questions before more than 30 individuals
Thursday afternoon who met at the request of the Union County
Commissioners. The group included seniors, elected officials and
representatives of agencies which provide senior services, including the
hospital, nursing centers and senior centers.
Talk quickly turned to the need for a levy to support senior services.
Whatever the needs, local residents will have to finance the programs,
said Cindy Farson, executive director of the Central Ohio Area Agency on
"Ohio has washed its' hands of the non-Medicaid population. Counties
without levies are going to be on short services," Farson said.
Fifty of Ohio's 88 counties have levies to support senior services.
Union County's three commissioners have looked to the east and west as
they consider going to voters for a senior levy.
Delaware County, to the east, appears to be a model of excellence that
is program based. To the west, Madison County has a .8-mill levy that
pays for a multi-purpose senior center with little left for outlying
One county is doing it right. One isn't, said Paul Gibson of the
Pleasant Valley Senior Center in Plain City. He said the Madison County
levy does nothing for Plain City seniors.
"All the money pays for is the mortgage," Gibson said.
On the flip side, Bob Horrocks, executive director of the Delaware
county senior council, said his county's .7-mill levy does not put a lot
of money into buildings.
"We serve people in every township, every village," he said.
The Council for Older Adults of Delaware County lists a staff of 30 that
includes care consultant, meal driver, social work supervisor, outreach
coordinator, insurance specialist and adult protective services
The council's mission is to "improve the quality of life of the older
population of Delaware County by being a catalyst to develop, sustain
and continually improve a comprehensive, coordinated community-based
system of effective services and opportunities," states their annual
Horrocks added that the council has 25 contracts and 18 grants to
provide services.
The Union County Commissioners made it clear that if the county were to
have a levy for seniors, it would support all ends of the county,
including the Plain City and Richwood centers.
"We need to deliver services where they are needed," said commissioner
Gary Lee.
Opinions of what is needed vary.
Avanelle Oberlin, a representative of the newly-formed Community and
Seasoned Citizens group, said her group's goal is a center. The Seasoned
Citizens have voiced interest in obtaining space in a community training
center to be built by the Ohio National Guard.
"There is a need for seniors to have fun together," Oberlin said.
George Freeman, another member of the Seasoned Citizens, said Union
County seniors need a central location to avoid duplicating services. He
envisions the centralized center in Marysville to include an activity
director, adult day care, therapy, podiatrist and swimming.
Susan Strutner of Milcrest Nursing Center agreed there is a need for
adult day services.
Joanne Stillings, president of the Richwood Civic Center's board, said a
center suggested by the Seasoned Citizens would be "icing on the cake,"
however, she said her center provides "a very vital part of the Richwood
area" which includes Magnetic Springs, York Center and Raymond seniors.
"We want to continue to provide these services," she said.
Suzanne Patterson, director of the Richwood Civic Center, said
transportation is their most critical need.
"So many people are relying on us," she said.
Union County Commissioner Tom McCarthy said Thursday's meeting was the
beginning of a year-long effort and invited everyone to join the effort.

Mobile dentists program visits elementaries
>From J-T staff reports:
Mobile Dentists, an in-school dental prevention program, visited four
Marysville elementary schools last week.
Mobile Dentists is a nonprofit grant-funded foundation, funded in part
by the Children's Dental Health Foundation and created in conjunction
with the Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Surgeon General
guidelines. The group is dedicated to improving the oral health of
This is the first year the Marysville schools have had this service,
which is at no cost to the schools or the participating families. All
children are eligible and all insurances are accepted. Co-pays are
covered and grant assistance is available.
Dentists provide dental examinations, cleanings, radiographs, sealants,
fluoride and referrals. Health and science teaching materials are
available to the schools upon request and free toothbrushes are given to
the children.
Mary Ann Minken, school health consultant, said Mobile Dentists
contacted the schools about bringing their services to the Marysville.
About 30 students each from Navin, East, Edgewood and Raymond elementary
schools participated in the program. According to Mobile Dentists,
children across the country miss about 52 million hours of school per
year due to oral health problems.
The group reported that nearly 63 percent of children do not see a
dentist every year. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends in-school dental
outreach programs as an effective means of reaching children.
"Sometimes people don't have dental insurance and it's not a priority to
see a dentist if they don't have the means," Minken said.

Honor Guard pays respect to vets
Each year in Union County, veterans die.
At the funeral, after prayers are offered and scriptures are read, the
Union County Military Honor Guard performs a ceremony that brings solace
to the family.
The American flag that is draped over the casket is folded and presented
to the family. A 21-gun salute is fired. The veteran is gone but not
A group of dedicated veterans perform this service many times a year.
About 25 years ago, members of Millcreek VFW Post 3320 decided to form
that honor guard to present military salutes at the funerals of
For a number of years, they have extended that courtesy at the families'
request at many funerals. Three years ago, members of the American
Legion, Amvets, and DAV joined because it was becoming difficult to find
enough men to fill out the honor guard at each funeral.
At a typical funeral, eight men fire their guns, two fold the flag and
one plays "Taps." The riflemen are called an honor guard, not a firing
squad. Currently, there are 16 men available to do the honors.
In 2002, they served at 30 funerals and this year, they have attended 15
so far. At the funeral, the family is presented with the flag and the
empty rifle shells.
All the men are veterans and their military drill training enables them
to do the job.
"These men are very well-trained," Joe Dodge said. "They are very
concise. They do it for the families."
"You should see the looks on the families' faces," he said.
Dodge said the guard will serve at the funerals of veterans of any
branch and any rank
He said the Marysville veterans associations help other veterans groups
in the county because their numbers have dwindled.
The honor guard does not ask for any kind of payment but will accept
donations if they are offered. Several members said area funeral homes
have been generous in contributing to outfitting the group and helping
with the small costs they have.
"We don't do this for money," Dodge said.
"The honor is in the honor guard," Rick Priday said.
Members of the Military Honor Guard are:
 . Jack Bishop who served in the Army from 1950-52 and is a member of
the VFW, American Legion and DAV.
 . Herman Blumenschein, former POW, Army, 1942-45, VFW and American
 . Roy Blumenschein, Army, February 1945 to December 1946, VFW and
American Legion.
 . Chuck Connolly, Air Force, Korea, VFW.
 . Melissa Cook, Marines, 1989-90, American Legion and Amvets
 . Bill Coughenour, Army, 1966-72, Vietnam, VFW and American Legion
 . Joe Dodge, Marines, World War II, VFW and American Legion
 . Arlie Ferguson, Army, 1949-58, VFW and American Legion
 . Jack Groat - Army, Korea, VFW
 . Roger Marshall, Army, post-Korea, VFW
 . Clair Norris, Army, August 1952 to May 1954, VFW, American Legion and
 . Rick Priday, Air Force, 1955-58, VFW
 . Don Seitz, Air Force, 1961-69, VFW and American Legion
 . Reese Toddhunter, Air Force, 1947-59, VFW and American Legion
 . Ray Veley, former POW, Army, 1943-44, VFW and American Legion
 . Dick Way, Army, January 1952 to December 1953, VFW and American

Accomplice sentenced for role
in murder in North Lewisburg murder

>From J-T staff reports:
The man who allegedly talked 22-year-old Jennifer Furrow into killing
her adoptive mother, received an eight-year, three-month sentence by the
Champaign County Common Pleas Court on May 17.
Daniel Parker, 52, of Delaware pleaded guilty to tampering with
evidence, two counts of weapons under disability and a bill of
information for attempted obstruction of justice on April 1. A count of
complicity to aggravated murder was dismissed as part of the plea.
Parker was sentenced to five years for the tampering with evidence
count, 11 months each for the weapons under disability counts and 17
months for attempted obstruction of justice, all to be served
consecutively. He was also fined a total of $1,350 and ordered to repay
all his court-appointed attorney fees.
Parker and Furrow were arrested in connection with the Nov. 10 murder of
Sandra Jean Furrow, 59, in her North Lewisburg home.
Jennifer Furrow was sentenced in early May to 15 years to life in prison
for allegedly shooting her mother in the chest with a shotgun. She was
arrested on Nov. 14, the same day Sandra Furrow's body was found in
their North Lewisburg home.
Furrow's attorney Richard Nau said Parker and Furrow became romantically
involved and it was a relationship her mother vocally disapproved of. He
said Parker allegedly convinced Furrow that if she killed her mother the
two "could live together forever and she could have his baby."
During Furrow's sentencing, Nau told the court she shot her mother in
order to continue the relationship with Parker and his influence ruined
"This would not have happened if not for Daniel Parker," Nau said.
According to Champaign County Prosecutor Nick Selvaggio, the two spent
the night before the murder planning to kill the mother.
Parker's attorney, Ed Dougherty of Bellefontaine, denied that his client
even knew the crime was taking place. Parker reportedly said in court
Furrow did it on her own and the murder had nothing to do with him.
However, Champaign County Common Pleas Judge Roger Wilson was convinced
enough by Parker's previous criminal history and the nature of the crime
to impose a sentence just three months from the maximum.

Teen leads lawmen on chase
Pursuit ends in crash at intersection of U.S. 36 and Collins Avenue
>From J-T staff reports:
A teenager reportedly led police in a car chase Wednesday at speeds
exceeding 100 mph, resulting in a muddy crash near Collins Avenue.
According to Lt. Tom Morgan of the Union County Sheriff's Department,
deputies attempted to stop Dustin Harmon, 18, of Belle Center after he
failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Streng and
Middleburg Plain City roads.
Reports state that Harmon, driving a brown Honda Civic, failed to stop
for the deputy and a pursuit began at 2:35 p.m. which left Union County
and entered Champaign County at high speeds as area schools let out.
One sheriff's deputy reported that Harmon's four-door vehicle was just a
gray streak when it passed his cruiser.
The vehicle then entered back into Union County on Route 245 and the
chase continued until officers from the Marysville Police Department
threw down road spikes at the intersection of U.S. 36 and Collins Road.
The driver swerved to avoid the spikes and the vehicle crashed into a
ditch and rolled over, coming to a stop on its wheels.
According to Morgan, the driver had visible injuries to the head and arm
and was transported to Memorial Hospital of Union County by Marysville
Fire Department medical units.
A deputy reported at the scene that Harmon said he is a high school
senior and is supposed to graduate next week.
The Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating
the crash and the sheriff's office is investigating the pursuit.
Officers from the sheriff's office, state highway patrol and the
Marysville police were involved in the chase.
According to hospital public relations staff, Harmon was treated and
released Wednesday.
Investigators are uncertain why Harmon fled. Charges are pending in
connection with the accident

Granges came to county in 1870s
>From J-T staff reports:
The grange movement began just after the Civil War for the purpose of
advancing farming through social, education and material means. Granges
spread across the country and into Canada, Great Britain and Europe.
In Union County, granges were formed in Millcreek, Dover, Allen and York
townships in late 1873. The following year, there were granges in
Leesburg, Paris, Liberty, Claibourne, Jerome and Darby townships and in
Rush Creek, Claibourne, Byhalia and Broadway. Pomona Grange was a
countywide group that stressed education. Grange halls were built
throughout the county.
One of the innovations of granges was the admission of women to full
membership. Through education, the granges helped lessen the burdens of
women in country households and afforded occasions and facilities for
social events.
Farmers were offered education in their chosen way of life and improved
farming methods were stressed. Granges were instrumental in encouraging
the building of gravel roads, something that had in the past been
strenuously resisted.
The groups were not political but rather offered opportunities to
discuss public policy.
Eventually, as farmers gained access to the same modernizations
available in cities, the grange movement began to wane. Today, there are
no active granges in Union County.

Planned development draws neighbor complaints
A new development for southwest Marysville, planned for empty nesters,
has some affluent neighboring residents voicing their disapproval.
According to Marysville Planning Director Kathy Leidich, the original
layout of the Village at Timberlake condominium development outlined 80
single homes on 24.7 acres between Milford and Wedgewood Avenues.
Developer and property owner John Bland said the development is
structured as a private community in which middle-aged residents can own
their own homes in a controlled environment but not have to care about
lawn maintenance.
Originally, the condominium units were designed to look the same, with
identical floor plans and architecture. Landscape buffering was minimal,
no sidewalks or curbs were included and one road led in and out of the
The project is part of Planned Urban Development zoning, or PUD, which
is geared toward creating different concepts for residential living.
Planning commission chairman Allen Seymour explained that a PUD must
follow sewer and water guidelines and is provided police and fire
services. However, the city does not have to care for the streets and
sidewalks are not required. Another Marysville PUD is the area of Green
Pastures off Emmaus Road.
In March the Village at Timberlake was proposed at a planning commission
hearing and surrounding neighbors expressed their disapproval to Bland.
Several Timberview homeowners feared the value of their homes would
decrease if condominiums valued at $140,000 - $160,000 were built next
"Basically, nobody around here wants it," Milford Avenue resident
Michael Powers said. "It is not for the best of Marysville and that is
what it is all about."
More than one person said the original plan resembled rows of army
Bland said his firm went back to the drawing board and came up with a
design more in line with the changes residents, planning commission and
city officials suggested.
The new design outlines 80 single units, 22 two double units and 21
triple units on 53.73 acres. The acreage was almost doubled and the
condominiums were spaced out in a variety of styles and landscape
"This is a 180-degree proposal from when it first came here," Leidich
said. "It is a night and day difference."
Two entrance roads were added from Milford Avenue, as well as an
emergency entrance from Timberview that will be closed off with
removable barriers. A sidewalk was also added along Milford Avenue to
connect with the walking trails.
The layout was further changed from a stark grid design to one in which
streets curve in a kidney shape. Almost 21 acres of open space will
exist, along with tree-line buffering and retention ponds.
"I think it will be creating something that hasn't been created before
in the city," Leidich said. "I think it's a project that really is going
to help this area."
Powers said he and other residents near the proposed development still
aren't convinced.
"It's the same thing," Powers said. "It just has a few more trees.
"It is still low-income housing. I've been in law enforcement all my
life and I can tell you that low-income housing only brings trouble."
Increased crime, traffic problems on Milford Avenue and possibly
increased drainage problems for the residential areas around the
development will be the result of Timberlake, Powers said.
Seymour said the planning commission does not consider $140,000 to
$160,000 homes to be low-income housing. He said it is unlikely the
planning commission will vote on the new design at the June 2 meeting.
Instead, members hope to gather more public input. If the Village at
Timberlake is approved in July, developers could begin construction by
the end of the summer.

Area communities list Memorial Day activities
>From J-T staff reports:
In honor of all veterans, living and dead, Memorial Day services will be
held throughout the area Monday.
The Darby Township Trustees and Clerk and the Unionville Center Village
Council and Clerk will host Memorial day Services Monday.
The parade will line up at the Darby Township Hall at 9:20 a.m. and
services will be held at 10 a.m. at the Unionville Center Methodist
Church. John Crabb will be the speaker.
Memorial Day services in the village of Ostrander will begin with a 2
p.m. parade from Buckeye Valley West Elementary School to the town
square. Parade staging will begin at 1 p.m.
A missing man formation fly-by will be performed by the Ohio Air
National Guard.
Delaware County Commissioner James Ward will act as master of ceremonies
and the Delaware Hayes ROTC will conduct the flag raising ceremony.
Various residents and guests will take part in the afternoon's
Special deputy Sam Andretti will escort a procession to the cemetery to
honor the graves of veterans.
American Legion Post 258 will sponsor parades and conduct services on
Memorial Day in both locations.
The Woodstock parade will form at 8:30 a.m. beside the Woodstock
Community church and proceed at 9 a.m. west on West Bennett Street to
the cemetery for a 9:30 a.m. ceremony.
The North Lewisburg parade will form in front of Carter's Garage at 10
a.m. and march east at 10:30 a.m. on Route 245 to South Gregory Street.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery.
The Triad High School band will play and retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cdr.
James Griffith will be the guest speaker. Griffith served with both Navy
and Marine units during his career.
Local veterans who died and all members of the military who gave their
lives during combat during the past year will be special honorees.
In honor of Ohio's Bicentennial year and the rededication of the Civil
War monument, the Milford Center Memorial Day celebration will take on
an 1873 flavor.
A Civil War-style church service will be held at the Methodist Church at
10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at the Lions Club. A non-mechanized parade
will leave the elementary school at 1:30 p.m., proceed through town and
end at the cemetery.
The rededication program will duplicate the original monument dedication
in 1873. Invited guests will be honored and speakers will be featured.
A highlight of the exhibits will be Battery A, 1st Ohio Statehouse Light
Artillery, which performs living history demonstrations at the Ohio
Statehouse. The original Battery A fought at Shiloh, Stone's River and
Chickamauga in the Army of the Cumberland and in the Atlanta campaign at
Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Nashville and Atlanta.
The Union County Historical Society will display Civil War artifacts and
Civil War encampments will be set up by enactors of the 121st Ohio
Volunteer Infantry and 6th Ohio O.V.I.
Services will be held at 9 a.m. Memorial Day at the York Cemetery, with
the Rev. David Clark of the Bethel United Methodist Church as guest
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Mills Chevrolet and proceed through
the business district to Gill Street. Anyone wishing to join can meet at
9:30 a.m.
A flag raising ceremony will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. at the
Claibourne Cemetery with music supplied by the North Union bad. The Rev.
Dan Grose of Advent Christian Church will deliver the invocation and
benediction and Leo Speicher Jr., president of the Union County Veterans
Service, will speak. Veterans will present wreaths and a gunfire salute.

The Rev. Bryan Lauzau of the Essex and Richwood Central United Methodist
Churches will preside at the Price Cemetery. Veterans from the William
Britton VFW Post in Mount Victory will hold services at 9:45 a.m. at the
Byhalia Cemetery, 10:30 a.m. at the Ridgeway Cemetery and 11 a.m. at the
Hale Township CemeCemetery. A noon flag raising ceremony will be held in
Mount Victory.
Marysville Memorial Day activities will begin with a ceremony on the
North Main Street bridge to honor the dead lost at sea. The Rev. Peter
Miller of First Baptist Church, an Air Force veteran, will be chaplain
and Elizabeth Ward and Scott Underwood will provide music.
The parade will begin at 9:30 p.m. at Plum and Fifth streets and will
proceed on Fifth Street to Oakdale Cemetery. The Marysville High School
band will furnish parade music. Anyone wishing to take part in the
parade may contact VFW Post 3320. In case of rain, the ceremony will be
held at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
Marysville Mayor Steve Lowe, an Army veteran and Legionnaire, will be
the parade marshal. Scouts will hand out flags to children, courtesy of
the American Legion. The Marysville Middle School band will perform at
9:30 a.m. at the site of the ceremony.
Honored guests will be former POWS, Pacific Theater veterans, Cold War
veterans, Blue Star Mothers, who are marking the 60th anniversary of
their group, and the Union County Honor Guard.
Lowe, the guest speaker, served as an Army officer on active duty and in
the Army Reserve from 1971-78. He is a past commander of American Legion
Post 79 and is active in the Buckeye Boys State program as a trustee and
6th District chairman. Lowe taught social studies and senior government
at Fairbanks from 1971-00, coached varsity football, track and
basketball and was high school athletic direct for seven years. He
served on Marysville City Council for 14 years, was president of council
for three years and was elected mayor in 2000. He was a downtown
businessman for three years and is president of the Union County Council
for Families and Central Ohio Municipal Alliance.
Marysville High School senior Ben Vollrath was selected to present Gen.
John Logan's Order of 1868 establishing Decoration Day, the forerunner
of Memorial Day. Vollrath is the son of David and Jane Vollrath. He has
played four years of soccer and was co-captain this year, is president
of the national Honor Society and is a four-year member and treasurer of
the Student Council. He has been a member of the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes, is an active member of his church youth group and has worked
as a peer tutor. He has earned many citizenship awards and attained the
rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15.
Shannon Fox, daughter of William and Teresa Fox and a senior at
Fairbanks High School, was chosen to read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
She was a Voice of Democracy speaker and is a member of Student Council,
FFA, marching band, Parliamentary Procedure Team and National Honor
Society. Her community activities include tutoring at the elementary and
middle schools, assisting with the Red Cross bloodmobile and helping to
organize the annual Children's Hospital pancake breakfast. She is editor
of the Fairbanks Panther Pause and has been a 4-H member for eight
After the ceremonies at Oakdale, short services will be conducted at the
Catholic and Amrine ceremonies.
Marysville Memorial Day services are sponsored by the Memorial Day
Committee which is composed of representatives of American Leon Post 79,
Amvets Post 28, Blue Star Mothers Chapter 41, Disabled American Veterans
Chapter 55, Hannah Emerson Dustin Chapter of Daughters of the American
Revolution, VFW post 3320 and the Veterans Service Office.

Two inducted into Seniors  Hall of Fame
>From J-T staff reports:
May is Senior Citizens Month and this week is Senior Citizens Week. Each
year, the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging honors central Ohio seniors
who have made significant contributions to their communities. Today, two
Union County residents were inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall
of Fame in ceremonies held at  the Martin Janis Senior Center on the
Ohio State Fairgrounds.
George Freeman of Raymond is a driving force in the community, known for
his energy, enthusiasm and wonderful sense of humor. He was nominated by
Mary Scheiderer and Cathy Phillips for his amazing dedication to serving
Freeman was born in Magnetic Springs, the eldest son of Edgar and
Ernestine and brother to three siblings. A good student and outstanding
athlete, he joined the U.S. Army shortly after graduation from Leesburg
Magnetic High School.
In 1976, Freeman retired from the U.S. Army with full honors after
serving with the Occupational Forces in Japan, three tours of duty in
Korea (including the war) and two in Germany and in the Vietnam War. He
received the Bronze Star, the Commendation Medal and the Combat Infantry
During his non-military years, he was involved in many occupations and
with diverse interests, however, helping holder adults has been a
reoccurring theme. He and his wife owned and operated a nursing home in
Magnetic Springs from 1965 to 1968. Later he owned and operated a motel
in Hebron in the mid-1980s.
While he earned a bachelor's degree in business at Urbana University,
Freeman was also busy supporting his wife, three sons and three
daughters. He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in
2000. They share their love with their big family and enjoy every
opportunity to spoil 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Freeman continues to be an active advocate for older adults. He is
member of the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, the
Mobile Meals board and the Memorial Hospital Community Relations board.
He is past vice president of the Windsor Community and Senior Citizens
board. Freeman is also a trustee of the newly formed Community and
Seasoned Citizens board. He has worked relentlessly for the development
of a senior center in this community.
In his free time, he delivers meals to homebound older adults for Mobile
Meals. He drives neighbors to their dialysis treatments and makes
regular visits to residents of area nursing homes, shut-ins and patients
in the hospital. Freeman is readily recognized by his friendly smile and
words of encouragement. He also is active in the Senior Outreach
Program. Just for fun, he entertains in area nursing homes and schools
as a member of the Windsor Singers.
Freeman is a lifetime member of the VFW, the DAV, the American Legion
and the Union County Historical Society. He is also a member of the
Moose Family Center and the Fraternal Order of Eagles where he has
volunteered for many special projects to serve the community. As an AARP
volunteer, he graduated in the first class of the Impact Analysis
Volunteer Training Program and was recognized at the AARP Impact
Alliance/Community Service Event at the Ohio Statehouse earlier this
Freeman's leadership is an invaluable asset to the community. He knows
how to make things happen in Union County and central Ohio.
The Union County Commissioners nominated Roberta Simpson for her many
years of community leadership. She is a one-woman wonder when she sets
out to help others. In her words, she's always doing something and
doesn't like to sit still.
For most of her adult life, she was a stay-at-home mother, active in her
church and volunteering. She dedicated thousands of hours to Memorial
Hospital of Union County, the United Way campaigns and school
In the 1960s, the school superintendent approached her about working as
a school secretary on a part-time temporary basis. Reluctantly she
agreed. Before she could resign and go back to her planned activities,
the school system asked her to stay and she did, for more than 20 years.
Simpson was the middle school secretary to whom students turned because
of her warm smile and demeanor. She also volunteered with the Union
County Health Department to provide hearing screenings throughout the
county school systems during those years.
Simpson and her husband are lifelong residents of Union County and
active longtime members of Christian Assembly Church and the American
Legion, as well as being involved in the VFW. A former police chief for
the city of Marysville, her husband is a World War II veteran who was
wounded on the beaches of Normandy. He assists his wife in her volunteer
efforts on a daily basis to the best of his ability. Together, they
cherish big family gatherings with their two sons, their daughter, five
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
While Simpson has made worthwhile contributions in many organizations,
her work in founding and running the Marysville Food Pantry continuously
since 1982 truly sets her apart. Marysville was in an economic downturn
with many residents underemployed or unemployed. Because she knew
government cutbacks meant less help, she created the first organized
food pantry in the community. Without any government funding, she
organized volunteers in a community-wide effort to fill the Marysville
Food Pantry through donations from churches, Boy Scout troops and
In a few years, the Marysville Food Pantry had outgrown the basement of
the Congregational Church. A fortunate affiliation and a rent-free
location allowed them to double the pantry space. Five years later, the
pantry again outgrew its quarters. The Union County Commissioners made
available the basement of the old Seventh Street School Building, where
the pantry continues to operate.
Simpson has worked with the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and been a persistent
campaigner for free subsidies and food from Kroger, Panera Bread, Mrs.
Renison's Doughnuts, local restaurants, Pizza Hut and other chains.
Daily, she makes her rounds collecting food to be redistributed through
the Marysville Food Pantry. On average, the pantry has provided food to
more 1,300 people in 300 families each month.
This incredible mission run by a woman in her 80s has no paid staff.
Each week Simpson coordinates the efforts of a dozen volunteers who each
spend about 10 to 15 hours per week working in the pantry. There never
has been an organized campaign to raise funds for the pantry but
through countless hours of networking, she has secured financial support
from the Ministerial Association, churches, schools and individuals to
continually feed those in need.
The people of Union County have benefited from the vision, drive and
commitment of Simpson for more than 20 years. She is a delightful lady
with a kind word and a smile for everyone but a great reluctance for any
recognition. For her, the work is an opportunity to live her faith.

Fairbanks seeks room for music teacher
>From J-T staff reports:
Fairbanks Elementary School Principal Mark Lotycz talked to the board
about the need for accommodation of the music teacher at the school.
Currently, the teacher travels from classroom to classroom.
He gave the board several options which include getting a modular
classroom, using a room which is vacant from 10:30 a.m. on each day or
renting space in a church or school.
Lotycz also told the board that because there will be three kindergarten
classes in the fall, a new schedule has been devised. Two classes will
meet for a half day every day and the third class will attend all day
every day. He said there will be 18 to 20 children in each class.
In other business, the board:
 . Accepted the donation from the Fairbanks Touchdown Club to the
Fairbanks Athletic Department of two squat racks, military press bench,
utility bench, three straight bars, two dead lift bars, three rubber
mats and one set each of 55-pound, 65-pound, 70-pound and 75-pound
 . Approved fees for the F.E.E.D. summer program.
 . Approved the revised athletic handbook
 . Approved membership in the Ohio High school Athletic Association for
the 2003-04 school year.
 . Approved participation in the projects of the Central Ohio Special
Education Regional Resource Center from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2004.
 . Approved a senior class trip to Chicago May 28.
 . Approved the following textbooks: "Math Thematics, Books 2 and 3,"
"Pre-Algebra," middle school; "Pre-Algebra," middle school; Algebra I:
Equations, Graphs & Applications," "Geometry: Reasoning, Measuring &
Applying," Algebra 2: Equations, Graphs & Applications," "Advanced
mathematical Concepts: Precalculus with Applications" "Calculus:
Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic: and "Middle School Math, Course 3."
In personnel matters, the board:
 . Approved one-year contracts for Dena Komula, high school English; and
Carleton Cotner, Dean of Students/Athletic Director.
 . Approved John Finney and Kara Pinkerton as summer school intervention
teachers for the Ninth Grade Proficiency Test.
 . Approved extended service contracts for Bonnie Ayars, Barbara Croft,
Ben Keller, Robe Riddle, Nevin Taylor and Carleton Cotner.
 . Accepted resignations for the 2002-03 school year from John Moore,
assistant athletic director, and Jeff Pica, spring weight room
 . Approved athletic contracts for Carleton Cotner as head football
coach for the 2003-04 school year; and Dave Reinhardt as spring weight
room coordinator effective April 22 and summer 2003.

Triad board discusses curriculum, soccer program
Triad school board members were asked to adopt the new education
standards put out by the state board of education for next school year.
Linda Stallsmith, curriculum coordinator, shared with board members
curriculum information for grades K-12. The state board has standards
available for math, language arts, science and social studies.
Stallsmith explained that curriculums will be available in the future in
music/drama, visual arts, technology and world languages.
Board members will study the comprehensive language arts curriculum
between now and the next board meeting to familiarize themselves with
the new standards. Stallsmith said she recommends the adoption to better
prepare students for state mandated tests now and in the future.
In the past, courses of education were developed locally before the
onset of state mandated proficiency tests. Therefore, some of the
locally developed curriculums, which although based on national
standards, did not always correlate with state designed testing.
 Stallsmith explained to the board that current eighth graders will be
required to pass the Ohio graduation test given in the 10th grade.
"We need to change how we are teaching," Stallsmith said.
 She said steps are being taken throughout the district to better
prepare students for proficiency testing.
Stallsmith will return next month to answer questions from board
Many parents attended the meeting to express their hope for a high
school soccer program as early as next  year.
 One parent said Triad is only one of three conference schools that
don't have a soccer program.
Board president Rick Smith said the board would look into the
possibility of a soccer program as early as this fall, however, funding
and a playable field would have to be discussed in  detail.
Superintendent Steve Johnson said the proposed soccer field between the
high school and the woods is very rocky and parents suggested that
interested students and their families could remove the rocks.
Board members asked for additional information from high school
principal Dan Kaffenbarger in regard to costs for a soccer program
including coaches, busing and field preparation. Kaffenbarger and board
member Jeff Graves also said they would look into the possibility of
using soccer fields at adjacent school districts until a playable field
could be built.
Johnson told the parents that the district's first priority is
completing the already started baseball and softball diamonds.
Treasurer Jill Williams told the board that the district's legal counsel
has sent a letter dated May 13 to Badger Excavating to recoup legal fees
incurred after Triad was pulled into a lawsuit between Badger and Chem
Cote Asphalt this winter. Legal fees are estimated at $15,000.00 and the
district has been billed for $13,000.00.
 The board also discussed participating in the Conservation Reserve
Program (CRP) which pays money for acreage that is kept  undeveloped for
a period of 10-15 years. The district has 72 acres of land which would
be eligible  for the program.
Board members asked Kaffenbarger to check with the high school FFA and
cross-country programs about possible use of a portion of the  acreage
for their programs before entering into a contract with the CRP.
In other business, the board:
- Approved a tentative list of 2003 graduating seniors.
- Approved three days of early release for class of 2003.
- Approved fund raising calendar for the 2003-2004 school year.
- Approved changes and additions to the 2003-2004 high school fee list.
- Adopted the Model of Procedures for the Education of Children with
- Approved certification of completion contracts for sprinkler systems
and Applied Mechanical Systems (AMS).
- Accepted the donation of an automatic defibrillator from the Mary
Rutan Foundation at a cost of $3,900.00.
- Accepted the donation of a portable stage from the Triad Boosters in
the amount of $3,776.20.
- Approved 2003-2004 membership in the Ohio High School Athletic
- Approved five extended days for Bill McDaniel, athletic director
- Approved one-day extensions for Bruce Schlabach, Jacque Henson, Mike
Edwards, Shawna Cardoza, Jan Ferryman, Meredith Massy and Roxie Nauman.
- Approved Leslie Shonkwiler as tutor and substitute teacher for the
2003-2004 school year.
- Approved the following middle school staff for the 2003 summer
session: Barb McDaniel, fifth grade language arts/math; Meredith Massy,
sixth grade language arts/math; Deb Hayslip, seventh and eighth grade
language arts; Lisa Askew, seventh eighth grade math.
The next school board meeting will be held on June 16 at 7  p.m.

FHS announces top graduates
>From J-T staff reports:
Melanie Nicol, daughter of Larry and Janet Nicol of Chuckery, is the
valedictorian of the Fairbanks High School class of 2003.
Nicol is president of the Fairbanks National Honor Society, has served
as FFA reporter and played basketball and volleyball for four years. She
is an active participant of the St. Paul Lutheran Youth Fellowship,
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drama Club, high school chorus and her
church choir. She served as her 4-H club president and received the
Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year for her activities and services.
Nicol has taken piano lessons for 13 years and uses her musical talents
with her guitar to lead contemporary worship services at St. Paul
Lutheran Church. She participated in the NHS Nursing Home Program for
which she received the National Elks Service Award and is a middle
school tutor. Nicol also has helped out St. Paul Lutheran School by
volunteering for the Christian Education Association.
She was awarded the Ohio Northern University Dean Scholarship of $14,500
and will study pharmacy.
Aaron Crosser is salutatorian for this year's class. He is the son of
Blaine and Gail Crosser of Marysville.
He played basketball for four years, is a member of National Honor
Society, was FFA vice president and sings in the high school choir.
Outside of school, he is active in 4-H with dairy cattle and woodworking
projects and is president of the Union County Junior Fair Board.
Crosser is a member of the Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. He will
study finance at The Ohio State University as a Presidential scholar.

Committee to pick Overly's successor
Commissioners may appoint acting    sheriff, but Central Committee
will   name replacement
The Union County Board of Commissioners may appoint an acting sheriff,
but the Union County Republican Central Committee will elect a permanent
replacement to fill out the term of Union County Sheriff John Overly.
Overly announced Monday morning that he has accepted a position as
coordinator of Ohio's Homeland Security Department. His term as sheriff
ends Dec. 31, 2004. For the appointee to continue in office, he must run
as a candidate in the next election.
Jim Westfall, chairman of the central committee, said this morning that
the six-member executive committee will meet today at 11:30 a.m. to
"strategize how to approach the vacancy and look for the best qualified
"We want to find someone equal to the task," Westfall said.
He added that the committee will look far and wide for the most
qualified and electable candidate.
"This is an important position," he said, adding that he recalled voting
as a committee member in 1982 to appoint Overly after the death of
Sheriff Harry Wolfe.
The central committee includes representatives of the county's 47
precincts. Westfall said that currently 43 of the seats are filled.
The Ohio Revised Code states that the central committee of the political
party with which the last occupant of the office was affiliated shall
appoint a person. Overly was Republican, thus the Union County
Republican Central Committee will appoint his successor.
According to state law, the committee must meet within five to 45 days
after the vacancy occurs. Each committee member is to receive written
notice of the meeting no fewer than four days before the meeting and a
majority of the members present may make the appointment.
In addition, not everyone can be sheriff. The Ohio Revised Code lists
nine specific requirements.
The candidate must:
. Be a citizen of the United States
. Be a resident of the county in which he is appointed/elected for at
least one year immediately prior to the qualification date.
. Be an elector and comply with all election laws.
. Have a high school diploma or equivalency.
. Not be convicted of or have pleaded guilty to a felony or misdemeanor
of the first degree.
. Be fingerprinted.
. Have prepared a complete history of residence for six years
immediately preceding the qualification date.
. Obtain or hold a valid basic peace officer certificate of training and
been employed as a peace officer.
. Have at least two years of supervisory experience as a peace officer
at the rank of corporal or above or completed at least two years of
post-secondary education.

Marysville to come back with five-year levy
District had  tried to secure   permanent money
The Marysville Board of Education will go back to the polls in a special
election Aug. 5 but with a changed agenda.
In the May 6 election, two renewal levies passed as continuing levies
with no problem but the board's third proposal, a 5-mill continuing
operating levy was voted down. At last night's meeting, the board passed
a resolution to proceed with placing the levy on the August ballot as a
five-year levy.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said changing the length of the levy from
permanent to five years will give voters one less objection to it. He
said the decision to hold a special August election was made to give the
levy an extra chance to pass. If it is voted down then, it will be
placed on the ballot in November.
Board president Mike Guthrie said the board feels that voters are
uncomfortable with a continuing levy and perhaps want to see proof of
fiscal responsibility with limited time levies.
The levy will generate $3.13 million per year and cost the owner of a
$100,000 home $153.56 per year.
Even if the levy passes in August, Zimmerman said, some operating cuts
will be made prior to the beginning of the school year. Zimmerman gave
board members a list of possible operational reductions ranging from
hiring to classroom fees to transportation cutbacks to increases in pay
for play and asked them to consider which would be most feasible. He
will provide more information such as dollar amounts to be saved by each
measure at the June meeting.
In other business, the board:
 . Heard presentations from East Elementary fourth graders and the MHS
Student Council.
 . Named middle school special education aide Jennifer Weikart Employee
of the Month for April.
 . Accepted a donation of $25,000 from The Scott Company for the
purchase of books and a donation of 500 golf balls for the high school
program from Mike Henderson.
 . Authorized the renewal of membership in the Ohio High School Athletic
 . Approved the textbook "Human Heritage ? A World History" for seventh
grade social studies.
 . Approved the parent student and faculty handbooks for the high school
for 2003-04 and the elementary/intermediate student handbook.
In personnel matters, the board:
 . Accepted resignations from Shirley Tornberg, Mill Valley, for
retirement; Jennifer Davis, MMS intervention specialist; Jessica
Compton, East intervention specialist; Deborah Ehlers, East teacher.
 . Approved a one-year limited contract with Kristen Urmson as high
school family and consumer science teacher.
 . Approved Candy Parke, Jennifer Watts, Stephanie Hoehn, Amber Powers
and Peter Kain as summer proficiency tutors on an as need basis.
 . Approved Cindy Gordon, Ryan Young and Anna Wilson as summer school
teachers/aides on an as need basis.

Taylor Township racetrack gets conditional use permit
Let the races begin in Taylor Township.
After 40 minutes of private deliberations Monday night, four members of
the Taylor Township Board of Zoning Appeals unanimously approved a
conditional use permit that will allow a permanent motorcross race track
on Yearsley Road.
Matt and Amy Eastman and Don and Barb Eastman constructed the Eastman
CUP, a motorcross course, at 24400 Yearsley Road and held a meet April
19 in which 450 people attended. A website lists eight other races
planned through Oct. 18.
The Eastmans, however, had failed to obtain the proper zoning for their
agricultural land. Zoning requires that they have a conditional use
permit to build a course and operate a commercial or recreational
The Taylor Township BZA held two meetings to consider the after-the-fact
application before voting Monday.
The permit, allowing the business, came with several conditions.
Specifically, six races can be held during a calendar year and no more
than one a month. Races are to be held between 9:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. A
10-foot high dirt mound with trees is to be constructed along Yearsley
Road as a buffer. Speakers are to be pointed away from residential
property. Sanitation and refuse are to conform with county and state
laws. No lights or races are permitted after dusk. No additional tracks
or structures other than those on the original application are allowed.
An EMT is to be on site during all practices and races. One food vendor
and one parts vendor are allowed. Signs are to comply with the township
zoning regulations. No commercial billboards or signs advertising
anything other than the races are to be visible from the roadway.
Unanimously approving the conditional use permit were Jack Marshall,
Ruth Giles, Pat Laird and Dave Baird.
The board acknowledged citizen concerns about noise, fumes, smoke and
odors but found that the permitted use would have no detrimental impact
on the community as long as conditions are followed, said Laird before
the vote.
After the meeting, Baird, who is chairman of the BZA, explained the
procedure if there are violations of the conditions. Races cannot be
shut down without a court order.
In the case of violations, the zoning inspector is to be contacted and
he will contact either the township trustees or legal counsel. A judge
is then informed and if the complaint is found valid, he must sign an
order directing the sheriff to stop the event.
A small and silent group that is opposing the conditional use were
present at the meeting with an attorney. After the board's decision,
they went into another room and made no comment on the board's decision.
Approximately 25 people attended the meeting

North Union board fails to pass busing policy change
Would have allowed pick ups at day care providers' homes that are not on
existing routes
A change in board policy which has drawn much public interest over the
past year was voted down by the North Union School Board Monday.
The issue in question concerns children who would be picked up and
dropped off at the homes of daycare providers. Currently the board will
pick up students only from providers who live along existing bus routes.

In other instances the district has worked out compromises with
families, such as the day care provider driving the children to a spot
on the nearest route.
By law the school district is obligated to pick up and drop off students
only at their homes.
The issue has seen day care providers and parents voice opposition to
the policy at past school board meetings. The policy changes proposed at
Monday's meeting would have allowed transportation to and from the homes
of licensed day care providers if there is not a capacity problem on the
Board president Andy Middlesworth said he felt the issue had come to the
board prematurely because there was no agreement on the issue within the
policy committee, where policy changes typically originate. He also
noted that because of space constraints some students at day care would
still be turned away.
North Union Superintendent Carol Young said there is also an issue of
routes becoming too long.
Board member Kevin Crosthwaite said he did not feel student would have
to be turned away if the district bumps the number of bus routes from 12
to 13.
Jon Hall said he didn't agree with that logic, primarily because the
funds for an additional bus and driver have not been set aside. The
board member said it would cost more than $100,000 to put another route
on and with the current budget crunch he could not see the expenditure.
"The problem I have is putting $100,000 in busing when we can put it
into the classroom," Hall said.
Hall said his stance was backed up even more by the fact that the change
in busing policy would affect fewer than 10 students. He also noted that
the district is not insensitive to day care situations and has made
efforts to reach compromises.
Crosthwaite said the board needs to be responsive to public input. He
said the board must meet the needs of the entire NU district, not just
the village of Richwood.
The issue was called to a vote and the measure was defeated 3-2 with
Hall, Middlesworth and Marcy Elliott voting no and Crosthwaite and
Steven Goodwin voting yes.
In other items, the board:
. Held a short contest between the high school In-the-Know team and the
school board. The board staged a late rally and won 10-8.
. Heard an update on the building project from Neil Kirkpatrick of MKC
. Presented certificates to school volunteers Jim Mayers and Gale
Perkins for their hours spent helping out within the schools.
. Approved revisions to the student-parent handbook as recommended by
the policy committee.
. Approved a participation agreement with the Fairbanks School District
for a student with disabilities to attend Claibourne-Richwood Elementary
for next school year. The home district will reimburse all costs.
. Approved a resolution authorizing membership in the Ohio High School
Athletic Association for the middle and high schools for the coming
school year.
. Renewed enrollment in the Ohio School Boards Association Worker
Compensation Group for the coming school year.
. Accepted the resignation due to retirement of teacher Mary Thomas and
bus driver Ronald Monroe.
. Approved the limited supplemental contract of Margo Shipp as summer
literacy coordinator for the OhioReads grant program.
. Voted to employ Susan Wickline on a one-year limited teaching contract
for high school French.
. Voted to employ the following certificated individuals on limited,
expiring extended time contracts for the coming school year: Luanne
Dunham, district librarian, 10 days; Kurt Grunert, industrial
technologies, 10 days; Kathy Johnson, middle school guidance, 10 days;
Tom Jolliff, high school agriculture, 60 days; Kevin Kehn, middle school
attendance officer, five days; Ivan Leavitt, marching band instructor,
20 days; Doug Lichtenberger, elementary guidance, five days; Marcia
Livingston, work and family life, 10 days; James Pearson, O.W.E.
instructor, 15 days; Nevin Smith, high school agriculture, 60 days;
Steve Somerlot, athletic director, 40 days; Jennifer Willis, high school
guidance, 10 days.
. Voted to approve Brooke Bumgarner and Kathy Goddard as volunteers
working with the softball program during the 2003 season.
. Voted to approve Judy Monroe as a substitute custodian for the summer
of 2003.
. Held an executive session to discuss personnel.

Local library will seek operating levy
>From J-T staff reports:
Members of the library board were present at the Marysville Board of
Education meeting Monday to request that the board of education place a
1-mill library operating levy on the November ballot. That levy would
generate about $650,000 per year.
Many Ohio libraries are termed school district libraries but the only
connection between them is that the school boards appoint library board
trustees and are the instruments by which the libraries place levies on
Library director Sue Banks said this is the first time the Marysville
Public Library has asked for operating money.
Banks said the request is for operating expenses only and that the
library cannot and will not pursue a building project at this time.
"The only responsible way to grow our facilities is by growing our
services first, responding to changing needs and increasing our public
value to the community," she said.
A bond issue was passed when the new library was built in the mid-1980s
but in the institution's 95-year histohistory, it has never gone to the
public for operating funds. Public libraries in Ohio are funded by the
Library and Local Government Fund which was reduced sharply in the
budget this year.
Banks said the library will not be able to operate at its current level
through the end of the year, even with expenses already lowered by
cutting back on library hours and staff hours.
The board of education will pass a resolution at the June meeting to
apply to the county auditor for the rates for the levy, then accept
those rates in July to take to the board of elections for the November

Overly to head Ohio's  Homeland Security Dept.
Will step down as Union County Sheriff
John Overly has spent the better part of the 48 years of his life as an
employee of the Union County Sheriff's Office.
That factor alone, he says, makes it all the more difficult to say
History will come to an end in Union County next month when Overly, who
has served as sheriff since January of 1982, takes over his new duties
as coordinator of Ohio's Homeland Security Department.
Overly joined the sheriff's office as an 18-year-old dispatcher and rose
through the ranks of deputy. He is the longest-serving chief law
enforcement officer in county history, having surpassed the 16-year
stint of the late Ed Amrine (1956-1972).
Overly's state appointment was announced today by Gov. Bob Taft. His new
duties will include the direction of operational activities for the
State of Ohio Security Task Force (SOSTF).
"Sheriff Overly brings a wealth of experience in law enforcement and
community relations to help Ohio continue to strengthen our defenses and
preparedness," Taft said. "He will be a great addition to the Department
of Public Safety as we continue our work in ensuring the citizens of
Ohio are safe."
The SOSTF was created by Taft in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001
terrorists attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. It is an ad-hoc
committee that advises the governor on Homeland Security issues.
In his new role, Overly will work closely with Ohio Public Safety
Director Kenneth Morckel, who chairs the task force and who is the
state's point of contact with Secretary Tom Ridge in the federal
Department of Homeland Security.
Overly will provide technical input in decision making for program
development, analysis, policies and procedures as related to Homeland
"I was called some time ago by Kenneth Morckel and asked to submit a
resume for the new position the state was creating," said Overly. "It
seemed exciting and challenging, so I did."
Overly said he is not sure how many people applied for the position but
said that he underwent a series of interviews over the last 21/2 months.
Last week, Morckel called and offered him the position.
Since Overly has spent the last 31 years at the sheriff's office and is
into his 22nd year as the county's chief law enforcement officer, the
decision to leave was difficult to make.
"It's going to be hard to walk away and I don't think it's hit me yet,"
Overly admitted. "What makes it especially difficult is the fact that we
have such a great staff at the office."
During his career, Overly has helped oversee many changes in the local
law enforcement landscape, from the demolition of the old jail to the
construction of the new sheriff's office, the implementation of the
D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. programs for school-age youngsters and advanced
"The biggest change has been in technology," he said, "what with the
9-1-1 system and now the MARCS (Multi-Agency Regional Communications
System) system, which will allow state emergency response agencies to
communicate with each other. We also have wireless communication between
our dispatchers and deputies and we've put laptop computers in
Those changes are a far cry from the "old days" when Overly first became
a deputy. During the 1970s, it was not uncommon for only one officer to
be on patrol in the county at any given time.
Over the years, manpower increased to current levels where many
townships have their own deputy-public safety officer on duty.
It was the demolition of the old jail, which had stood since the 1800s
that Overly recalled as one of the saddest days of his career.
"You figure that I served as sheriff in that building longer than anyone
else," he said. "Still, you have to accept change and growth and the new
office is like a breath of fresh air. I'm just thankful to the county
commissioners for their leadership in constructing the new office."
Prisoners are no longer housed at the West Fifth Street location. The
old jail was closed down in the spring of 1995 due to safety regulations
and the sheriff's office was demolished a few years later.
Prisoners are now taken to the Tri-County Jail in Mechanicsburg.
Overly said he will take many positive memories with him but one that
stands out the most is the day that propelled him to his current job.
It was a cold, icy day on Jan. 21, 1982, when Sheriff Harry L. Wolfe
responded to a residential burglary alarm near Plain City. Moments
later, gunshots rang out and Overly's life was changed forever.
Wolfe was gunned down in the line of duty and Overly, as chief deputy,
was appointed acting sheriff by the county commissioners. He was
appointed to the position full time by the Union County Central
Republican Committee a month later and has won election every four years
since that time.
"Harry was very instrumental in my law enforcement career," said Overly.
"He is still greatly missed."
When asked about his own possible successor, Overly said he couldn't
venture a guess.
"We have many capable people in this county who would make a good
sheriff," he said. "It will be up to the commissioners to appoint an
acting sheriff and then the Central Committee to name that person full
time, just like they did with me."
Whoever is named the new full-time sheriff will serve at least the
remainder of Overly's term, which expires Dec. 31, 2004.
 According to Overly, the Union County Commissioners have the authority
to appoint a temporary sheriff. The Republican Central Committee must
then meet within five to 15 days after receiving written notice of the
vacancy to appoint an interim sheriff, said Union County Commissioner
Gary Lee.
This morning, Cindy McCreary of the Union County Sheriff's Department
told other office holders that Overly is suggesting the temporary
sheriff be someone from his staff. The candidate must also be a resident
of the county for at least a year. Names suggested were Rocky Nelson,
Jamie Patton and Tom Morgan. Chief Deputy Floyd Golden is second  in
command in the office, however he is not a resident of the county.

Zimmerman does it all for love of his country
Jonathan Zimmerman celebrates his love for his country on the baseball
diamond and as a soon-to-be Army Reserves recruit.
The senior has pitched for North Union all four years of high school. He
will leave for Fort Sill, Okla., for basic training in August. He is
delaying going to college for a year.
Zimmerman began to think about joining the military after the tragedy of
Sept. 11, 2001.
"I love this country," Zimmerman explained.
Military patriotism runs in the Zimmerman family. Both of his
grandfathers served in World War II and his older brother is in the
National Guard.
"I want to do my part in protecting the future," Zimmerman said.
He added that he wants to guarantee the same freedoms he has enjoyed for
his children and grandchildren.
One of his freedoms would include the ability to enjoy and participate
in baseball.
"I've always loved the game," he said.
Zimmerman credits supportive and kind Little League coaches who provided
him with the foundation in the sport.
Zimmerman has gone on to prove his talents on the field and in the
classroom. Last year he was named an MOAC scholar athlete. He said his
decision to delay going to college one year was guided by his faith in
Zimmerman quotes a bible verse from Jeremiah 29:11.
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to
prosper you, not to harm you and plans to give you hope and a future."
He said it is to God he owes all the glories of his academic and
athletic triumphs.
"When I was trying to decide where to go after high school it was my
faith that lead me to my decision to enlist," Zimmerman said. "The Bible
verse means to me that God plans to give me faith and there is a reason
why things are happening."
Brian Knurek is Zimmerman's youth pastor at Marysville Church of the
Nazarene. Knurek has talked to Zimmerman about his decision to join the
"Jonathan feels it is his civic and Christian duty to serve his country
and I think that is very admirable," Knurek said.
Knurek added that Zimmerman is one of the hardest working and most
genuine students that he has had the opportunity to work with.
"He's very intuitive when it comes to others' needs," Knurek explained.
After completing his basic training, Zimmerman will head to Aberdeen,
Md., for 16 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
"Jonathan fits the military profile perfectly," Knurek said. "He thinks
independently but also responds well to leadership."
Upon entering Mount Vernon Nazarene College in the fall of 2004, he
plans to explore possible majors including theology and business.
Zimmerman lives on Route 347 with his parents Raymond and Leslie. He has
three older siblings and works at McAuliffe's Ace Hardware in the rental


Crime fighting network
Local deputies get computers in cruisers
Technology is making law enforcement more efficient and the Union County
Sheriff's Department is taking full advantage of it.
Federal COPS grants applied for two years ago have recently provided
Mobile Data Terminals, or MDT laptop computers, for cruisers.
The grant provided more than $253,000 to fund the project and has
enabled the department to create a complete separate radio
infrastructure for deputies to communicate with each other as well as
"It was quite a bit to work with," sheriff John Overly said.
He said the money paid for research, officer training, mounting
equipment in the cruisers, modems, antennas and interchangeable touch
screen laptop computers.
The MDT terminals have been placed in 15 cruisers and Overly said the
benefits have already become noticeable.
Deputy Scott Robinson, who has been involved with the MDT testing
process, explained that the new technology allows for direct
communication with dispatchers without cluttering up radio waves.
"It speeds up his services and relieves the dispatchers' work loads,"
Overly said.
Robinson said a "silent dispatcher" can forward a 911 call directly to a
deputy out in the field. When it arrives at the computer a telephone
bell sound goes off and the deputy will get a message describing the
incident and can then hit a button acknowledging whether he is
responding to the scene. Chat capabilities allow the deputy to ask
further questions directly to the dispatcher or communicate with other
officers. Robinson said he can get a response in minutes.
Overly said the MDTs also provide a "virtual roll call" in which
deputies can snap their laptops into their cruiser at the beginning of
the day,  read their assignments and updates on cases and post their
Deputies can enter report information on the scene. At the end of the
day, Robinson said, he uploads all of his reports into the department's
network and he is done. Before, each report had to be filled out by hand
or re-typed into an office computer by clerks.
"The main goal is to keep the deputies out in the field more and spend
less time in the office writing reports," Overly said.
He said the increased visibility of the deputies showing their presence
on the streets may reduce crime in the county.
Over time, Overly said, his goal is to update the MDTs to scan drivers
licenses or fingerprints, print out tickets and tap into the county
mapping system provided through the county engineer and auditor.

County services center gets first tenants
>From J-T staff reports:
All programs of the Union County Health Department will soon be under
one roof for the first time in 10 years.
Today, department employees are beginning their move into the new county
building at 940 London Avenue.
In 1993, the health department outgrew its original building on South
Plum Street. Environmental heath moved to a building on West Fifth
Street and was joined a few years later by health education. When that
building was torn down in 2001 to make room for the new Justice Center,
those two departments moved to the County Office Building.
In the meantime, some employees moved into the basement of the Mental
Health Board building, then to 232 N. Main St. when Help Me Grow was
Early this year the health department signed a lease with the county
commissioners for space in the new county building. Nursing,
administration, Help Me Grow, the Office of Recycling and Litter
Prevention, Safe Communities, vital statistics, environment health,
health education will be housed in the new building. All phone numbers
will remain the same.

Motorcross has township buzzing
Track has some  residents upset; zoning issues   discussed
Four Taylor Township property owners appear to have put the cart before
the horse and now township officials must decide what to do with the
Matt and Amy Eastman and Don and Barb Eastman constructed the Eastman
CUP, a motorcross course, at 24400 Yearsley Road and held a meet April
19 which 450 people attended. A website lists eight other races planned
through Oct. 18.
The problem is the Eastman ground is zoned agricultural with a rural
house and they needed a conditional use permit to build a course and
operate a commercial or recreational business.
The Taylor Township Board of Zoning Appeals has held two public meetings
and is planning a third Monday to decide whether the Eastmans should
receive a conditional use permit. A vote is expected.
The track was built in March, but an application was not submitted until
The application is for a 3/4-mile permanent track over four acres on a
134-acre tract of land, said David Baird, chairman of the Taylor
Township Board of Zoning Appeals. A 1,260-foot gravel driveway extends
from Yearsley Road to a grassy parking area by the course.
Not everyone is happy about the Eastmans turning a farm field into a
motorcross track.
"This is all about nuisance, noise and abiding by the zoning resolutions
for Taylor Township," said Crystal Rausch, who lives directly across the
road from the property.
She is one among several neighbors concerned about what a permanent
motorcross track would mean to their community and the zoning process.
Zoning resolutions state that the BZA must review the facts and find
that evidence meets the definitions of harmonious before a conditional
use is permitted. Section 563 on page 23 of the manual speaks
specifically to the need for a conditional use activity to be harmonious
and appropriate in appearance with the existing or intended character of
the general vicinity.
After experiencing one motorcross event, Rausch said, it was anything
but harmonious and appropriate.
She was awakened at 4:25 a.m. Saturday, April 19, when recreational
vehicles, campers, trailers, big trucks and other vehicles began
arriving at the Eastman CUP. The noise didn't stop until 6 p.m.
"It interrupted our life, like someone butting into a conversation,"
said her husband, David.
Another concern is the unanswered questions about health issues,
specifically sanitation, noise, odor, fumes and water, as well as the
permanency of a conditional use permit.
"These things need to be addressed," Mrs. Rausch said. "When it's in,
it's in forever."
She adds, "there are a lot of unknowns."
The Eastmans were contacted for this story, but did not respond.

Police draw attention to D.A.R.E. solicitors
Only 25 percent of donations go to     program; that money is sent to

Marysville residents trying to do the right thing by donating money to a
door-to-door D.A.R.E. campaign over the past two weeks may have been
Several residents recently called and complained to the Marysville
Police Department after wondering if the solicitors were actually
representative of the drug and alcohol resistance program. The group is
legitimate, but not totally on the level.
The company collecting the money has all the proper registration and is
a "for profit" group supported by the national D.A.R.E. America
headquarters in California. But Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer
said many people were surprised to find that only 25 percent of what
they donated went to the D.A.R.E. organization.
"There is very little, if any money, which is donated locally," Mayer
He said the 25 percent primarily goes to the D.A.R.E. national
headquarters, located in Los Angeles, Calif.
Mayer said after investigating the legitimacy of the solicitors, he
discovered it was conducted by Playmaker Promotional Group, a
Worthington-based, privately-owned marketing agency specializing in
community-oriented awareness, advertising and campaigns.
He contacted Thomas Briscoe, Jr., a statutory agent with Playmaker, to
find out how much is donated to the Marysville chapter.
"He said he would call me back," Mayer said.He had not heard from
Briscoe at press time.
Reportedly the solicitors have been going door-to-door with scratch
sheets in hand and wearing D.A.R.E. identification cards. A resident
scratches a box and it reveals the amount of money they are asked to
donate. In return they are offered several coupons for area businesses.
Mayer said that while the company is legitimate, he feels the company
may be using its ties with D.A.R.E. to create more profit.
"I do not support it," Mayer said.
He said if residents would like to donate to D.A.R.E. and help prevent
drug and alcohol abuse among young people they can call the Marysville
Police Department at 644-9176 to donate locally and 100 percent of their
funds will go to the program. The Union County Sheriff's Department also
operates a D.A.R.E. program.
Playmaker Promotional Group has not reported where its remaining 75
percent profits go.

Replica courthouse construction halted
>From J-T staff reports:
Building the county's first courthouse was probably a lot simpler 200
years ago when there weren't any building inspectors.
Milford Center officials learned earlier this month that building a
replica of the county's first courthouse isn't going to be as simple as
they first thought.
In preparation for the state's Bicentennial celebration, the Milford
Center Village Council got into the historic spirit and decided several
months ago to fund the building of a replica of Union County's first
courthouse which was located in the village. They searched for
photographs to determine what it looked like. They decided where to put
it. They purchased wood and even began nailing some boards together.
The only thing they didn't do was to contact the Union County Building
The department, however, left a reminder of its presence May 2 when it
posted a stop work order after receiving a verbal complaint. Building
official Sonny Montgomery said all structures, especially public
buildings, are required to meet the state building code for safety
Montgomery explained that when his inspector checked out the complaint,
he found a building under construction and didn't know who it belonged
to or what it was and no paperwork had been filed.
Montgomery said he talked to the village's zoning inspector May 8 and
explained that the building could be exempt from the state code if the
village verifies that it will not be inhabited and presents a stamped
engineered drawing. He explained that the drawing verifies that the
building is structurally sound and will not blow over.
"It's fairly simple," Montgomery said.
He hasn't heard from the village yet and said no permit has been issued
for the building.
The first courthouse was a frame building. It sat on the south side of
East Center Street, on the east side of the alley, and was in use from
1822 to 1835. It also served as a jail.

Marysville High School names top scholars
>From J-T staff reports:
Ryan Ruffing is the valedictorian for the Marysville High School class
of 2003. He is the son of Steve and Faye Ruffing.
Ruffing has been involved in show choir where he participated in many
successful competitions and shows and in his senior year, he was elected
one of two dance captains. He participated in Mock Trial and was awarded
many outstanding attorney awards, served as co-editor-in-chief of the
yearbook and was in symphonic choir for four years. He appeared in the
school musical and was a member of the Calculator Club, National Honor
Society and Leo Club.
During high school, Ruffing as been involved in many volunteer projects,
including the Community Care Train, Personal Needs Pantry, Marysville
public Library and projects at the middle school.
He will attend Kenyon College to study political science.
Salutatorian Jamie Kate Chambers, daughter of Jeff and Leslie Chambers,
is the salutatorian for the class of 2003.
She played soccer for four years and was a member of the 2003 OCC
championship team. She played basketball for three years and was a
member of National Honor Society for two years, Leo Club for two years
and show choir for one year.
She has been a guidance office aide and teacher aide and tutors a second
grade class twice a week.
Chambers will enter the Honors Program at Wright State University to
major in English or Spanish.

Honda awards local dealership
Dealer with ties to Cincinnati, Columbus gets contract

A Honda dealership is expected to open in Marysville in the spring of
"We will build a Honda dealership in Marysville and hopefully it will be
open next year," said Mike Dever of Performance Automotive Network which
is home to six automotive dealerships in Cincinnati and two in Columbus.

Pointing out that Honda sales in Ohio have increased 20 percent over the
past year, Andy Boyd, manager of corporate public relations for American
Honda Motor Co. Honda Care Sales Division in California, said today that
the decision to establish a dealership in Union County was based on
customer demand and population growth.
"It reflects our optimism," he said.
The Union County dealership will be called Honda Marysville and will be
a new image dealer representing the future look of Honda dealerships in
America. New image dealerships follow a standard look and process for
customer continuity, Boyd explained.
No site has been finalized, however, three possible locations have been
mentioned, two on the east side of the city and one on the north side.
Dever said he expects to purchase five acres and build a
24,000-square-foot building. He expects to employ a staff of 50. The
dealership will include new and used car sales, service and parts.
"This is a great addition to have a Honda dealer in Union County and for
it to be a potential flagship," said Union County Economic Development
Director Eric Phillips.
Phillips noted that there have been rumors about a dealership possibly
locating in Union County for the past two years. Initially, 20 to 30
dealers voiced interest and the list was narrowed through three
screenings until Dever and his partner, Bruce Daniels, were selected.
Dever said Daniels will be general manager for Marysville Honda.
Honda spokesman Ron Litzky said associates were informed today that a
letter of intent has been signed to establish a Honda dealership in
Marysville and added that the Honda of America service center located at
the Marysville complex on Honda Parkway would not be impacted by the new
The winner of numerous top quality awards, Performance Automotive
includes two Lexus dealerships, two Mitsubishi dealerships, a Honda and
Toyota dealership in Cincinnati, a Toyota dealership in northeast
Columbus and a new Mazda dealership in Columbus, said Dever, who has
been in the automotive business for 30 years.

Stats point to  challenges for local children
Youth living in Union County have some distinct advantages and
challenges, as compared to other central Ohio Counties.
A report by KidsOhio.org lists three significant advantages for children
in Union County - second highest growth in family median incomes, a high
percentage are living in two-parent homes and those parents are well
The challenges include the highest percentage of working mothers with
children under the age of 6 years, the highest rate of growth for births
out of wedlock and the second highest rate of growth for children living
in single parent homes.
Mark Real, president and CEO of KidsOhio.org, said Tuesday that these
numbers are benchmarks for communities to compare themselves.
The report states that central Ohio children are generally better off
and communities better able to provide for their needs than they were a
decade ago. However, no part of central Ohio is immune from the fact
that half of divorces and dissolutions involve children; births to
unmarried parents are in double digits in all counties; and all counties
are home to disadvantaged children and students who don't complete their
high school education.
Categories of comparison and how Union County ranks are listed below:
. Increase in the number of children under age 18 living with a single
parent, 1990 to 2000 - Union County, 49.7 percent. Delaware was the
highest at 73.1 percent. Licking County was lowest at 30.1 percent.
. Children under age 18 living with a single parent - Union, in 1990
there were 1,175 or 13.8 percent and in 2000 there were 1,759 children
or 15.6 percent. The central Ohio average was 24.3 percent in 1990 and
27.6 percent in 2000. The Ohio average was 23.5 percent in 1990 and 27.1
percent in 2000. Franklin County has the greatest number and percentage
of children (65,849 or 27.8 percent in 1990 and 86,184 or 32.1 percent
in 2000). Union County has the lowest number of children, although
Delaware had the lowest percentages.
. Minority children under age 18 - Union had 1.6 percent in 1990 and 3.3
percent or 376 in 2000. Franklin County had the largest percentage and
number of children, while Union County had the lowest number and
. Children under age 18 who speak a language other than English at home
- Union County had 3.1 percent in 1990 and 2.4 percent or 194 in 2000.
Franklin County had the highest percentage and numbers in 2000 (8.1
percentage or 15,385). Delaware had the highest percentage (5.7 percent)
in 1999.
. Parents living with children under 18 in 2000 - Union County had 81.2
percent married couples, 13 percent single females and 5.8 percent
single male. The state average was 70.3 percent married couple; 23.1
percent single female; and 6.6 percent single male. Delaware County had
the highest percentage (85.3 percent) of married couples. Franklin
County had the highest percentage (27.2 percent) of single female.
Pickaway and Madison counties had the highest percentage (7.2 percent)
of single male.
. Out of wedlock births - Union County had 63 or 13.8 percent in 1990
and 134 or 21.2 percent in 2000 for the highest percentage change in
rate over the 10-year span. The central Ohio average was 27.7 percent in
1990 and 32.3 percent in 2000. Union County had the lowest numbers and
percentages in 1990. Delaware was the lowest percentage in 2000 with 12
percent, while Union County had the lowest actual numbers.
. Babies born to mothers who are high school graduates - In Union
County, 87 percent in 1990 and 91 percent in 2001. Delaware County had
the highest percentage (95 percent) in 2001 and (89 percent) in 1990.
The central Ohio average is 82 percent in 1990 and 85 percent in 2001.
. Percent of children under age 6 with working mothers - Union County
has the highest percentage (65). The state average is 56.2 percent.
Franklin County ranked the lowest at 56.8 percent.
Union County was the only county in central Ohio where all three school
districts achieved a 90 percent graduation rate to meet the state's
graduation standard on the Ohio Department of Education's Local Report
KidsOhio.org was created a year ago by Abigail Wexner and lobbyist Mark
Real, who had led the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio for more than 20

Union County's native American roots
>From J-T staff reports:
When Ohio became a state in 1803, the Treaty of Greenville had been in
effect for eight years. That treaty was between the United States and
the tribes of Indians called from the Wyandots, Delawares, Shawnees,
Ottawas, Chippewas, Pattawatimas, Miamis, Eel Rivers, Weas, Kickapoos,
Piankeshaws and Kaskaskias. Some of the chiefs signing for the Indian
nations were Tarhe for the Wyandotte, Blue Jacket and Black Hoof for the
Shawnees, Little Turtle for the Miamis and Buckongehela and Capt. Pipe
for the Delawares.
Treaty Line and Boundary roads in northern Union County mark the
Greenville Treaty Line. Washington and Jackson Townships were a part of
the Old Indian Territory. Settlers could not take up land north of the
line and Indians could not inhabit land south of the line, however, the
Indians continued to travel north and south in hunting parties.
One of their camping sites in Union County was still referred to in the
late 1800s as the Indian Fields. It was located on the banks of the Big
Darby Creek in Allen Township about two miles north of Milford Center on
the land of Nathan Howard.
In 1812 a block house was erected by the settlers in the southern part
of Union County as a defense against threatened Indian attacks from the
Located on the west bank of Mill Creek, in the path of the north and
south Indian trail, it was made of hewn logs and measured 15 by 24 feet.
It was two stories in height and on all sides were small portholes about
four inches square.
No hostile Indians ever appeared in the vicinity and the block house was
later occupied as a dwelling.
The last Indians were seen in Jerome Township in March 1817.
Sugar Run in Jerome Township wound its way through a small valley shaded
by burr oak and black walnut trees and was surrounded by good hunting
and fishing lands and was a favorite place for Indians. The old Indian
Trace ran along Sugar Run through a small valley which were good hunting
and fishing lands. Indians continued to travel the road even after there
was a settlement there.
In the spring of 1817, four Indians camped at the Sugar Run Falls for a
few days. They visited Col. James Curry then left the area, two going
north and two going southwest. Several days later, two of the Indians
returned with a pony and when their companions did not arrive, they
marked a tree with directions and went north.
Two days later, the other two Indians arrived, stayed overnight and then
headed north. No others were ever seen in the township.
(This information was taken from the Beers 1883 History of Union

Triad High School announces top graduating seniors
>From J-T staff reports:
Triad High School will hold its annual commencement exercises at 2 p.m.
June 7 in the high school gymnasium.
Speakers will include valedictorian Andrea Boggs, salutatorian Lisa
Knox, class president Clayton Toth and social studies teacher Richard
Kraemer. Music will be performed by the high school band and choir.
The Rev. Larry Poling of the Mechanicsburg united Methodist Church will
deliver the invocation and the Rev. Kathy Reiff of the North Lewisburg
United Methodist Church will present the benediction.
Recognition will be given to students receiving scholarships, those
graduating in the top 10 percent of the class and those who have
maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher during their high school career.
Boggs, daughter of Charles and Barbara Boggs of Cable, has received a
board of directors grant for $2,150 per year, a $1,002 per year Ohio
Choice Grant and a Wittenberg University Scholar Award for $12,474 per
year. She also received a $9,000 per year President Scholar Award and a
$1,002 per year Ohio Choice Grant from Otterbein College where she plans
to major in education.
Knox has received a Salutatorian Academic Performance Scholarship for
Wright State University totaling $14,000 for four years, a $2,900
Academic Scholarship from Urbana University and a President's
Achievement Scholarship for $2,000 per year from Bowling Green State
University. She will major in business at Wright State. She is the
daughter of Terri and Darlene Knox of Cable.
Amy Jo Briggs, daughter of Albert and Elaine Briggs of Cable, received a
$1,000 per year President's Scholarship from the University of Dayton, a
$3,500 per year Senator Richard G. Lugar Academic Recognition Award and
a $1,500 per year State Alliance Grant from the University of
Amber Cox, daughter of Leonard and Diana Cox, has received a financial
package totaling $4,909 per year from The Ohio State University where
she will major in agriculture business.
Jennifer Goodman has received a financial package totaling $5,047 per
year from The Ohio State University where she will major in pre-med. She
is the daughter of Thomas and Anita Goodman of North Lewisburg.
Lynette Inskeep, daughter of Kirk and Beth Inskeep of Cable, has been
awarded a Capital University Trustees Scholarship valued at $2,000 per
year and an Ohio Choice Grant for $501 per year to pursue a degree in
Leslie Bahan, daughter of Ronald and Sandra Bahan of North Lewisburg,
has received a $500 KTH Scholarship.

Skatepark plans roll forward
Money remains the key issue

Ever since the infamous "Build a Park" graffiti was spray painted by
vandals on a wall behind a local video store, Marysville has been trying
to find a place for its skateboarders.
Last Thursday, Marysville Parks and Recreation Superintendent Steve
Conley met with Union County Commissioner Gary Lee, city council
president John Gore, Union County Sheriff John Overly and concerned
residents Tim Garrett and Barbara Beecher. The group came to the
conclusion that the project will never be completed unless supportive
residents and parents of skaters help out financially.
Nearby, Bellefontaine is currently three months into a fundraising
process for a skate park. Bellefontaine Parks and Recreation Director
Biff Roberts said the only way he could fund it was through community
fundraising efforts.
Like Marysville, he said, the biggest problem he faced was where to get
the $50,000 to fund the project and where to put the park.
"We're all in the same boat," Roberts said. "Budgets are tight
everywhere right now"
Although no figures have been presented on the cost of a skate park,
Conley said his parks and recreation budget is already stretched too
thin from citywide budget cuts.
The Marysville temporary park location has centered upon a basketball
court at McCarthy Park because of its low usage and location closer to
neighborhoods. The court may be extended with gravel to provide room for
a large half-pipe and leave the remaining areas for items such as street
spines, embankments, stairs, ramps, a concrete ledge and grinding rails
for skaters.
The hope some residents had that the YMCA would reopen its skate park
and take up the costs was resolved during the meeting.
Executive director Bob Cummings Jr. said the YMCA is not the place for a
skatepark anymore. He explained that when he came to work for the YMCA
in September of 2001 the skatepark existed with the former director's
enthusiastic support.
He said that after YMCA expansion construction began, the skate park had
to be closed. He found out during the association's recent insurance
renewal process that the cost to include a skate park in its insurance
coverage was just not financially worth it.
Cummings explained that the park also would not be a great fit for the
YMCA because of its location. Skaters would have a hard time getting to
the park on their own and would have to pay to use it.
As for the skatepark equipment currently sitting unused at the YMCA,
Cummings said, most of the ramps are structurally in good condition.
Damage has been limited to the surfaces and can be repaired before being
moved to McCarthy Park.
Overly reported that the Tony Hawk Foundation offers $25,000 grants for
skatepark projects and he will look into applying for one.
Beecher said a booster group will need to be organized so parents can
get involved.
"If this is going to happen it is going to take the support of the kids,
parents and the community," Garrett said.
Gore said he hopes the skate park is a good fit with the neighborhoods
in the area.
"I don't want anyone to feel uncomfortable or surprised," Gore said
about neighbors to McCarthy Park.
He said residents may fear the unknown aspects of a skate park,
believing that it may attract graffiti or become ground zero for
juvenile misbehavior.
Conley said he discovered during research on the project that skaters
who use the parks develop a sense of self-policing behavior. Graffiti
can often be found everywhere in some cities, except for on the skate
Currently no sanctioned areas exist for skaters in the city and some are
getting trouble skating in areas forbidden by the police.
 "I'd rather pay for a ramp then pay for a ticket in court," Garrett
Another skate park committee meeting is scheduled Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
at the Public Service Center on Maple Street and it is open to the

Plain City second grader honored for handwriting
J-T intern
Benjamin Yoder, a second grade student at Plain City Elementary School,
was named national champion of the Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting
Eight students, grades one through eight, have been named national
champions in their grade level. Approximately 100,500 students
nationwide competed.
 Yoder's handwriting was judged to be the best among all second graders
in the nation. His work will now be judged against the other seven
According to Georganna Harvey, national product manager for
Zaner-Bloser, 7,550 second grade students competed for the award.
Tuesday, Zaner-Bloser presented Yoder with a medal, pen set and plaque.
"He has always enjoyed drawing and working with pencil and paper," said
Lisa Yoder, the champion's mother.
The award was a surprise to Yoder, whose handwriting sample was chosen
at the state level to advance and be reviewed by Clinton Hackney, master
penman, for national champion.
"Since it had been a long time since I won state level, I didn't think I
won," said Yoder.
However, Sue Hostetler, Yoder's second grade teacher, was not at all
surprised by his achievements.
"He's a highly motivated student in all areas," she said.
The contest is in its 13th year and was established by Zaner-Bloser, the
leading publisher of handwriting materials in the United States. The
objective of the contest is to emphasize the importance of mastering
handwriting skills early in a student's education.
"Once a child learns to form their letters, they are better able to
focus on the message they're trying to convey," said Harvey. "The result
is a stronger ability to communicate thoughts and study results show
higher scores in proficiency testing."
As a national grade level champion, Yoder received a $500 U.S. savings
bond and other gifts with a total value of more than $1,000. The school
also wins a Zaner-Bloser gift certificate. If selected as the grand
national champion, Yoder will be awarded additional prizes totaling more
than $500. The champion's school will also receive another Zaner-Bloser
gift certificate.
Zaner-Bloser, founded in 1988, is the nation's leading publisher of
handwriting programs for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The company also publishes spelling, reading and language arts texts and
teaching materials.

Council discusses downtown  apartment conversions
Some Richwood storefronts are being replaced  by residences

Richwood Council needs to get "nasty."
That was the term used by council member Arlene Blue when describing
property owners trying to skirt zoning regulations.
Whether it be high grass, trash or lawn chairs on the downtown
sidewalks, Blue said, residents have to start taking pride in their
village. And if they won't it's time for council to do something about
it, she said.
The issue came up when downtown property owner Scott Mitchum approached
council with a complaint. He said he owned a piece of property next door
to the building formerly occupied by attorney Mary Kerns on North
Franklin Street.
Kerns' old office has since been turned into apartments, drawing concern
from council members and downtown property owners. Many of the downtown
buildings have second-floor apartments but the first-floor dwellings are
something new.
The area is currently zoned B-3 which allows business and residential
Mitchum said he did not buy his building thinking there would be
apartments on the ground floor next to him. He said it will be difficult
to get any new business to locate in the area if such dwellings continue
to occupy downtown storefronts.
Blue said the fact that the tenants sit in front of the buildings in
lawnchairs also detracts from the downtown.
She said zoning regulations mandate that dwellings must have a minimum
of 500 square feet of floor space. She was not sure if the new
apartments met that regulation.
She also noted that any change in the use of a structure is supposed to
be cleared through the village zoning inspector. Such clearance for
Kerns' old building was never sought, according to Blue.
Village solicitor Rick Rodger said if no permission for the change of
use of the building was granted, the village may have grounds to cite
the property owner.
Councilman George Showalter noted that the village needs to get moving
on changing the existing zoning in the downtown area. At past meetings
council has discussed changing the zoning to B-1 which would allow only
businesses in the downtown area, although existing apartments would be
allowed to remain.
Council discussed the possibility of passing such a zoning change at the
next meeting as an emergency, meaning the three-reading rule would be
In other business, council:
. Heard an update on village projects from Ed Bischoff of Bischoff and
. Voted 6-0 to name the new ball field under construction at the
Richwood Park Veterans Memorial Field.
. Learned from village administrator Ron Polen that $3,000 in regulators
were purchased for the sewer plant.
. Polen also noted that street sweeping will resume in the village
Tuesday with streets running east and west being swept from 2-5 a.m. on
Tuesdays and north and south streets being swept on Thursdays from 2-5
a.m. Parking restrictions are to be enforced during those hours.
. Set the next meeting for May 27 because of the Memorial Day holiday.
. Held an executive session to discuss personnel.
. Learned from police chief Rick Asher that the department is losing an
officer to the Union County Sheriff's Department.
. Learned from Blue that the first floor renovation project at the
village hall is in the initial planning phases.

Milford Center council told of 2006 bridge replacement
Traffic will be re-routed for about 60 days

The Milford Center Village Council heard details about the Route 4
bridge rehab during its monthly meeting Monday.
Four representatives of the Ohio Department of Transportation, District
Six, informed village officials that the nearly 50-year-old bridge is
scheduled to be "rehabbed" in spring 2006 at a cost of $371,000. The
bridge will not be widened.
The rehab will include replacing the deck with concrete, replacing the
guard rail and upgrading the sidewalks, signage and drainage. The
existing rail does not meet federal crash standards.
Council asked the engineers to incorporate, if possible, the current
rails into the design of the new bridge. Council members were asked for
their opinion on paint color and lighting.
Full traffic closure is expected for 60 days when work begins on the
bridge built in 1954. It is reportedly 200 feet wide and 1,600 feet
long. An average of 5,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily.
After viewing three properties, council unanimously passed a resolution
concurring with zoning inspector Leroy Holt to condemn a property at 95
Pleasant St. Estimates are being sought for the building's demolition.
Two other properties at 118 Reed St. and 21 First St. will be referred
to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Council passed a resolution prohibiting parking on State, Center and
Railroad streets between Center and State on May 25 for the Memorial Day
parade between 12:30 p.m. and the conclusion of the parade. Cars will be
towed at the owner's expense and a $75 fine will be levied.
The sewer plant flooded Friday with water pressure blowing bolts off a
lid in the plant. Village administrator Keith Watson said the costs are
not covered by insurance. Council directed Watson to contact the city of
Marysville about inspecting the village lines with a video camera to
look for problems.
Council once again discussed the need for flood protection at the lift
station which was built in the flood plain. A concrete retaining wall is
estimated to cost $87,500 and is the first item on the village's
application for Issue II funds. Another option is to construct an
earthen dike. No cost estimate was available for this type of structure.

Solicitor John Eufinger said a committee reviewing and updating village
ordinances is considering a "radical approach." The common practice is
for most communities to adopt the state code and then customize certain
sections. The committee instead is proposing "wholesale pruning" of the
current ordinances.
"Less is more," Eufinger said about the plan.
Examples of chapters that would be eliminated include those concerning
judiciary or mayor courts, police and fire protection. He added that if
in the future the council sees a need for such services within the
village, the chapters could be added.
"Start trimming," said village mayor Cheryl DeMatteo.
Council unanimously voted to hire Water Quality Management Inc. to read
meters monthly at a cost of $150. Village Administrator Keith Watson has
read the meters in the past at an approximate cost of $60 a month.
In other business:
. Village Clean Up day cost $2,920. A total of 2 1/3 containers of yard
waste were removed and six 30-yard containers for debris.
. Flowers will be planted Saturday at Liberty Park.
. Quotes are being sought to repair catch basins on Railroad and Center
. Councilman Ron Payne said he was misquoted in an April news article
and did not say he thought "council should not be bothered with details
about replacing worn flags." The reporter defended the statement.
. Zoning Inspector Holt said he is getting calls daily from developers.
One in particular was from a builder looking for land to build an
apartment with 10 to 12 units.
. Payne voiced the need to activate the planning commission and
volunteered to chair it.

Scotts donation will bring new books to schools
>From J-T staff reports:
The Scotts Company has once again stepped up to help the Marysville
schools. Monday, company officials presented checks for $5,000 to each
elementary school principal to purchase books for their libraries.
East Elementary Principal Missy Hackett said that last summer she worked
with Dianna Keller, who is in community relations at Scotts, about
providing reading mentors for the OhioReads program. During this school
year, 40 Scotts employees visited the school weekly to work with
children needing help with their reading.
"It's been a fabulous, fabulous experience," said Keller, who is a
mentor herself. She said she will be recruiting again this summer for
next school year.
Hackett said Keller asked what else Scotts can do for the schools and
Hackett told her there is always a need for books. She said teachers
encourage children to take books home to share with their families but
the wear and tear on those books is great.
Monday, Keller, Chris Schmenk and executive vice-president and general
counsel Dave Aronowitz visited East Elementary to present $5,000 checks
to each elementary school principal.


Love of horses drives Jonathan Alder's Warner
Daniel Warner hopes to continue indulging in his hobbies of art and
horses while attending Ohio Wesleyan University next fall.
Warner, 18, lives in Plain City with his parents, Chris and Cyndy, and
attends Jonathan Alder High School.
Warner draws great inspiration from the farm of his grandparents.
Several times a week he visits the farm to go horseback riding and paint
pictures inspired by the farm.
"I usually do landscapes and I have quite a few pictures of horses,"
Warner said.
His grandfather, John Wolfe, has four horses and has been encouraging
Warner to ride since he was in middle school. Warner explained that his
grandfather has been training and riding horses for most of his life.
Wolfe said there are five generations of horsemen in the family.
"It's kind of in the blood," Wolfe said.
Wolfe trains and works with racehorses for pleasure but is unable to ride any more 
due to a back injury.
Warner's older brother works with his grandfather, training standard bred racehorses.
"My favorite horse is a 2-year-old paint horse named Splash," Warner said.
Warner has been competing in horse shows since he was in the seventh
grade. He sees horseback riding as a relaxing pastime that serves as a
stress reliever.
"When I am riding them, they seem to calm me," he explained. "I would
love to someday have the chance to ride on a beach on the east coast."
Warner said the greatest lesson his grandfather has passed down to him
in regard to working with horses is to stay as calm as you can because
the horses pick up on your energy.
"It's good to have kids learn responsibility from working with animals,"
Wolfe said.
In addition to riding, Warner likes to in paint. He began exploring his
artistic abilities after attending an art class at the Plain City
Library. Upon entering high school he began enrolling in art classes.
"One of my favorite paintings is a memorial painting of a horse that we
lost after being hit by a truck," Warner said.
He said he hopes that in the future his children will have the opportunity to work with horses.
He chose Ohio Wesleyan for several reasons, including its smaller
classes, allowing for more one-on-one for students and professors.
Warner also is choosing to commute from home for his freshman year.
"I decided to not stay on campus my first year because I'm not quite
ready for that," he said. Wolfe is pleased with his grandson's decision.
"We have missed having him around as much this year due to all his
senior activities," Wolfe said. "We are glad he will be here in the
fall."Warner is also involved in Art Club, National Honor Society and track.

Mt. Victory  murder suspect sentenced
Residents of Mount Victory finally found some resolution to the brutal
murder of a beloved local 71-year-old council woman.
On Thursday murder suspect Scott D. Mosbacker, 31, of Mount Victory
pleaded guilty to strangling Evangeline Bealer to death with a rope.
Hardin County Common Pleas Judge David C. Faulkner sentenced Mosbacker
to 15 years to life in prison for the murder, which will be served
consecutively with a three year prison term he earned for fleeing from
officers of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Trotwood Police
Department and Dayton Police Department.
Additionally, Mosbacker pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated
robbery; receiving stolen property, from his involvement in stealing
Bealer's van; possession of heroin, and nine counts of forgery.
Mosbacker will reportedly serve a minimum of 18 years to life in prison.

Neighbors of Bealer reportedly went to her West Taylor Street home on
Oct. 24, 2002 to check on her after she had been missing for several
days. It was then that they discovered her body.
Mosbacker, who lived in an upstairs bedroom of Bealer's home, was soon
discovered to be missing. He and his girlfriend, Robin Gibson, 27, of
Dayton were arrested the following day after a brief vehicle to foot
police pursuit, ending in Montgomery County. They were  driving Bealer's
Mosbacker had reportedly stayed in Bealer's home while she was away in
Union County caring for a dying friend. After the friend died, Bealer
returned and agreed to let Mosbacker stay in the home to help her around
the house.
Friends of the deceased woman described her as the unofficial town
historian and an asset to the community, who often helped downtrodden
people like Mosbacker.
According to Hardin County Prosecuting Attorney Terry Hord, the
investigation of Bealer's homicide was a combined effort of the Hardin
County Sheriff's Office, the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office, the
Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, the Union County
Sheriff's Office, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, the Dayton
Police Department, the Trotwood Police Department and the Hardin County
and Montgomery County Coroner's Offices.
Hord also reported that neighbors and friends of Bealer, as well as
other citizens, assisted law enforcement in the investigation.
"Notably the entire community of Mount Victory should be recognized for
their assistance in the collecting of information and willingness to
respond to law enforcement inquiries," a joint press release from Hord
and Hardin County Sheriff Craig Leeth stated.

Sheriff's department cashes in
Agency finally given cash from 2000 drug bust
The Union County Sheriff's Department has recently begun reaping the
benefits of nabbing a local drug trafficker.
In November 2000 deputy Mike Coutts responded to a domestic violence
call at 11316 Watkins Road and accidentally stumbled upon the largest
local cash seizure of drug money in the department's history.
According to Lt. Jamie Patton, during questioning of the suspects, a
strong odor of marijuana was detected in the home. He said multiple
search warrants later that day unearthed over $289,000 in cash, hidden
inside plumbing fixtures, in false floors, false drawer bottoms and even
inside a shoe box underneath the basement stairwell.
Along with the cash, he said, almost 6 oz. of cocaine, more than a pound
of marijuana, and numerous drug paraphernalia items such as scales and
cocaine grinders were also seized.
The homeowner Mark Noonan, 48, was arrested on drug tracking charges and
on Sept. 27, 2002 was sentenced to one year at the West Central
Community Corrections Facility.
Union County Sheriff John Overly said the highest price criminals like
Noonan don't realize is that laws allow law enforcement authorities to
seize property acquired through drug dealing. Because of this law, he
said, Noonan not only lost his position as local drug dealer, but also
lost his home and the two Mercedes vehicles he had parked in the garage.

"(Noonan) had a hard time explaining the cash . It can be a tremendous
loss," Overly said. "A lot of people don't realize you can have all your
property taken away."
During such seizures, Overly said, the property is auctioned off and the
money is redirected into new equipment, training and programs for area
law enforcement. His department recently received 80 percent of the cash
seized from Noonan's arrest. The remaining 20 percent reportedly went to
the Union County Prosecutor's office.
Sometime in the spring, Overly said, Noonan's home and vehicles will be
auctioned off in Marysville and the money will supplement the

New health commissioner to run   'friendly' department
Union County's first male health commissioner Martin J. Tremmel
describes himself as a "small-town farm kid" who is concerned about
helping the public meet their health needs.
Tremmel replaces Anne Davy whose contract expired Dec. 31. His salary is
not yet available because he is not on the county payroll.
A native of Norwalk, he was a 4-Her with livestock projects and even met
his wife in a sheep barn, while his father and grandfather were both
"ditch diggers" and in the sewer construction business.
Tremmel recalls being the "bottom man in the ditch" when he was 11 years
old and shoveling a lot of gravel as he helped his grandfather put in a
lot of sewer systems. The job also included visiting the health
department to get permits. He still recalls how troubled his grandfather
was when he had to go to sewer school. That early experience has made
him more determined than ever to make sure that the public realizes the
health department is here to help.
"I want the health department to be the most customer friendly
department the public visits," Tremmel said. "I want to be
Tremmel is scheduled to officially start working for Union County in
June. His first objective is to help the department get through the
physical move to the London Avenue Government Building.
He also plans to help the department "learn to get along" with each
other and other county employees, as well as develop trust to tackle
difficult issues that can be dispensed with early.
Originally, Tremmel said he considered being a large animal veterinarian
and even earned a bachelor of science degree in agriculture. Intrigued
by a genetics class about the HIV/AIDs virus, which was relatively new
at that time, he eventually joined the Erie County Health Department as
a public education officer.
He said the 21/2 years in this position made him rethink a lot of things
and made him more compassionate and openminded.
He then earned a master's degree in health care administration with the
goal of some day becoming a health commissioner. Within six weeks of
earning his degree, he was hired as the Seneca County Health
Commissioner and also accepted into law school.
Originally, he had considered law school as an opportunity he could fall
back onto if a commissioner position didn't work out, but now believes
the training has enhanced his skills as a commissioner by giving him the
refinement to see the other side of issues and the comfort to deal with
problems of a legal nature.
Tremmel has been health commissioner in Huron County for seven years and
is especially proud of four showcase programs during his tenure. The
programs focused on tobacco cessation, especially for prenatal patients;
creating a tri-county health alliance focusing on cardiovascular health;
teen pregnancy prevention; and a young women's mentoring program.
"I really love the job," Tremmel said about public health.

Rains flood streets, basements
Council says it is working as fast as it can to fix drainage problems
Marysville City Council and administrators expressed optimism about how
heavy rains this week have reportedly not flooded basements around the
That was before this morning.
A fresh 1.5 inches of rain flooded basements and covered streets as
residents headed for work this morning.
"There have been no reports of flooded basements," city engineer Phil
Roush reported Thursday night. "There have been no calls from Barhaven
residents . all we can do is pray a lot and keep our fingers crossed."
The picture is different this morning. Calls to the newspaper reported
flooded basements on the west side of town.
Roush said the weekend rains were going into dry ground, which may have
explained why no problems had occurred.
According to the Union County Emergency Management Agency, a total of
about 5.06 inches of rain have been recorded since Friday in Marysville.

Wastewater superintendent Tom Gault later said the plant was indeed
being hit pretty hard from the new rains. He said wastewater flows since
the weekend have been a problem, but not as much as today.
"We've had a lot of reports of streets flooding and we've had calls on a
couple basements flooding as well," Gault said.
The current plant was designed to treat 4 million gallons of wastewater
per day  and recent flows have far surpassed that mark.
At 8:30 a.m. he said the plant flow was recorded at 17.8 million gallons
and that four water flow bypasses were already underway. He told council
last night that each bypass must be reported to the Ohio EPA.
At council Gault said the plant's incoming flow reached 16.3 million
gallons on Monday and by Tuesday two water flow bypasses had to be
reported to the Ohio EPA.
By Wednesday morning, he said, plant flow was recorded at 15.5 million
Gault also reported that the retention pond near the Ohio Reformatory
for Women had overflowed earlier this week.
Brad Gilbert of the Union County EMA said other than a few downed tree
limbs, no damage had been caused by the rains today. He noted that
today's storms started at around 5:30 a.m.
Gilbert said he was informed streets were covered with water near the
Union County Fairgrounds and that high water signs had been placed out
in various areas by city road crews.
Regarding the activity underway to fix flooding issues in Marysville,
council member Ed Pleasant reported last night that the Marysville
Public Works Committee had been given a "hefty agenda" but that the
members have been very aggressive at coming to some conclusions for a
location of the new plant.
He said the committee will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the second floor
conference room at City Hall, 125 E. Sixth St. The focus of the meeting
will be to review and discuss the wastewater study completed by URS
Engineering of Columbus. In the study, the firm recommended two sites
for relocation. Site one is located on the south side of Hinton Mill
Road, east of Myers Road and west of Springdale Road. Site two is
located on the west side of Myers Road, north of Hinton Mill Road and
south of U.S. 36. URS prefers site one.
After residents in Dover Township voiced their disapproval of the plan,
council referred the decision for review by the public works committee.
Pleasant said the group will look at lists of every city-owned property
and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each site and Monday
they hope to make some decisions.
Other topics addressed at Thursday's council meeting:
. Councilman Dan Fogt inquired about the status of the visually impaired
devices for city intersections. Plans for the project began during
winter 2001. Mayor Steve Lowe reported that the delay in installing the
devices is due to Black and White Technologies, which won the bid for
the construction.
"They are dragging their feet on this," he said. "We're very


Woman gets 22 years for role  in mother's murder
After pleading guilty to killing her mother with a shotgun, a North
Lewisburg woman was sentenced Tuesday to a total of 22 years in the Ohio
Reformatory for Women.
Champaign County Common Pleas Court Judge Roger Wilson sentenced
Jennifer Furrow, 22, to 15 years to life for a first degree felony
charge of aggravated murder, three years on a firearm specification,
four years for a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence
and 90 days for a second degree misdemeanor charge of abuse of a corpse
in the murder of her mother Sandra Furrow, 59.
By law, the felony sentences are to be served consecutively, while the
misdemeanor sentence is to run concurrent to the other prison time.
In court, Furrow apologized to the court and her family and friends for
killing her mother. The body of Sandra Furrow was found in her home at
151 Audas St. by deputies after a co-worker contacted the sheriff's
office to check on her well being after she had not been to work all
that week. The deputies discovered she had been shot in the chest.
Jennifer Furrow was arrested on Nov. 14, the same day her mother was
found by Champaign County Sheriff's deputies. She had allegedly sprayed
her mother's body with perfume to mask the odor.
In April, Furrow and her attorney Richard Nau withdrew her not guilty by
reason of insanity plea and entered a plea of guilty at a Champaign
County Common Pleas Court hearing. A mental evaluation report had
determined that Furrow was competent to stand trial on the charges she
Her apology to the court on Tuesday was overshadowed by Champaign County
Prosecutor Nick Selvaggio, who reported that her aggressive behavior had
been mounting over a period of time before the murder.
Selvaggio said that in the week prior to the murder, Furrow admitted to
shooting a B.B. gun at small animals for sacrificial reasons. He said
the murder of her mother was not a spontaneous incident. It was behavior
which had evolved over time to satisfy her craving for violence.
However, defense attorney Richard Nau described Furrow as a troubled and
mentally disabled woman, whose biological parents were arrested for
sexually abusing her as a child. After their arrest she was adopted by
Sandra Furrow.
Nau said Furrow had a long history of being ridiculed by her fellow
students and neighbors for her mental retardation and a speech
"As a result, she was essentially friendless," Nau said. He said the
trauma of never being accepted made her vulnerable and easily
influenced. She soon became involved with a group of friends who she
believed had finally come to accept her.
Selvaggio said in court those friends were allegedly involved in satanic
rituals and Furrow soon followed suit.
Nau said this involvement with Satanism was portrayed by the prosecution
into something bigger than it was. He said the deciding factor in
Furrow's decline came when she met codefendant Daniel Parker, a
51-year-old convicted sex offender from Delaware.
Parker pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, a third degree felony,
two counts of carrying a weapon while under disability, a fifth degree
felony, and attempted obstruction of justice, a fourth degree felony. He
faces more than eight years in prison for the combined charges. His
sentencing is scheduled for May 16 at 9 a.m.
Nau said Parker and Furrow became romantically involved and it was a
relationship her mother vocally disapproved of. He said Parker allegedly
convinced Furrow that if she killed her mother the two "could live
together forever and she could have his baby."
He told the court Furrow committed the crime in order to continue the
relationship with Parker and his influence ruined her.
"This would not have happened if not for Daniel Parker," Nau said.

County once dotted by small villages
>From J-T staff reports:
Once Union County was formed and its townships created, towns and
village sprouted up. Most of them are still active communities but
several were platted and never developed or once bustled and have since
The information in this article is taken from the 1883 Beers History of
Union County.
Allen Township ? The town of Pottersburg was founded in February 1869 by
Andrew Mowry. It contained 24 lots, one main street and four cross
streets. In October 1872 Thomas Cowgill added 14 lots. In 1883 the town
consisted of 100 residences, a church, school, black smith, post office,
sawmill and tile factory.
Darby Township ? The first town platted in Union County was North
Liberty. In 1797 Lucas Sullivant laid out a town with several hundred
lots and spacious streets in the extreme southeast part of the county on
the south side of Big Darby Creek. Shortly thereafter, he abandoned the
plan and moved east to found the town of Franklinton. No more than three
cabins were built on the site.
Union Township ? Homer was platted in 1834 for Elisha Reynolds. At one
time the town had a sawmill, general store, cheese factory, furniture
factory, blacksmith shop, woolen and carding mill and wagon and carriage
shop. By 1883 nothing was left but four or five dilapidated houses.
A group known as the "WanWandering Pilgrims" settled in Ricetown along
Teacle's Creek the winter of 1816. Described as a band of fanatics, the
group included 36 to 40 men, women and children. The men were unshaven,
uncombed and unwashed.
Taylor Township ? In December 1863, four men arranged for a tract of
land to be laid out with streets and alleys for a town called Union
Centre. Apparently, not much building was ever done there and soon
after, the village of Broadway was laid out about a mile to the west.
Some maps show other towns that no longer exist: Allen Center, Lunda,
Arbela, Dipple, Bridgeport and West Jackson. Anyone having information
about these towns is asked to contact the newspaper.

Marysville gets 2- of- 3
While most central Ohio school levies failed in yesterday's election,
Marysville voters passed two renewal levies but rejected a new operating
levy by a vote of 1,775 to 2,187.
A 8.9-mill general operating levy which was originally passed in 1993
and was renewed in 1997 was approved by a vote of 2,358 to 1,590. That
levy will continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 house $203.94 a year
and is estimated to collect $4.76 million per year.
The second levy approved is a 5-mill permanent improvement levy which
was first passed in 1997. Voters approved that levy by a vote of 2,311
to 1,611. It will continue to cost the owner of a $100,000 home $114.56
per year and is estimated to generate $2.7 million per year.
The two levies bring in about 25 percent of the district's annual
budget. With passage Tuesday they became permanent levies and will
continue to generate funds without further renewals.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said passage of those levies is a very
positive sign.
"We got the message across that there is a continuing need for money
already passed," he said.
Zimmerman said the failure of the proposed new continuing 5-mill
operating levy is a disappointment. He said it has been 10 years since
new operating millage has been passed and the district has done an
incredible job of maintaining quality education.
Zimmerman said the district is operating on 1998 dollars, referring to
the 1998 renewal of the 8.9-mill levy, and there are 800 more children
in the district than there were then. Also since then, two new schools
and an addition to the high school have been built.
The new levy would have generated $3.13 million dollars a year and cost
the owner of a $100,000 home $153.56 a year.
"We'll be back on the ballot in August," Zimmerman said.
Because of the lack of new money, some cuts will have to be made before
schools starts in August, Zimmerman said. Class sizes will be increased
in some cases because there will be 200 new students coming into the
system but no new teachers will be hired. Zimmerman said the district
cannot hire new personnel unless a source for new money is assured.
Some extracurricular activities will be cut back, especially at the
middle school where there are two teams for several sports and,
Zimmerman said, it is possible that more children will have to walk to
school because of crowded buses.

Allen fire issue passes
Tuesday at the voting booths, Allen Township residents showed support
for their struggling local fire department.
After the polls closed and the results were counted, nearly 70 percent
of Allen Township residents agreed to pay for an additional 4-mill levy
for the Allen Township Fire Department. A total of 509 votes were cast -
352 for the levy and 157 against.
According to Allen Township Fire Chief Rod Goddard, the passage of the
levy means his station can continue providing emergency services on a
full-time basis.
The levy is expected to generate an additional $630,400 annually for the
department and will cost the owner of a $100,000 property $122.50 per
"That means so much. I'd like to thank the residents for showing their
support to the department and for trusting us," Goddard said. "I promise
we will not betray that trust."
The vote came as a surprise to many because many Allen Township voters
were forced to decide on three Marysville school levies along with the
fire levy.
"It was a bit concerning," Goddard said. "But I'm not a political guy or
a strategist. I just knew that we needed this levy to gain security for
the (firemen) and security for the department . It's going to be
business as normal."
However, Goddard said, it is going to take the passage of an existing 4
mill renewal levy in November to officially secure the department's
financial status.
The renewal will not increase property taxes and is expected to keep
$588,000 coming into the department. It currently costs $70 per year to
the owner of a $100,000 home.
Financial figures predicted a $150,000 shortfall this year for the
department if the levy failed, a number expected to increase to $300,000
next year.
If both levies pass, Goddard said, the department will generate around
$1.188 million and will have an additional $100,000 in its budget to
ensure that the public will not be asked to approve another levy for
another four to eight years.
"We've told the residents from the beginning that our future depends on
both of these levies," Goddard said. "Now we're looking towards the
renewal levy in November in order to get out of the hole."
Financial problems arose for the Allen Township Fire Department last
November when it sought a replacement levy to change its 1-mill levy to
4 mills and was turned down by voters. Goddard said after losing that
levy, the department had kept running by depleting its reserve funds. At
the end of the year, those funds would have been gone.
"The residents have shown confidence in us and have stabilized our
future and we appreciate it," Goddard said.

Sheriff, schools team up to promote safe driving near buses
>From J-T staff reports:
One more passenger has been riding on county school buses and he isn't
throwing paper airplanes.
The Union County Sheriff's Department has again initiated its Deputy
Ride-a-Long program, a cooperative effort between the sheriff's office
and the Union County school districts.
School districts participating in the program this year include:
Marysville, North Union, Fairbanks, Triad, Dublin City and Jonathan
Alder, along with the Harold Lewis School
Deputies have been riding on buses from time to time since October.
Union County Sheriff John Overly explained that school bus
transportation coordinators identify routes which have repeatedly
experienced problems with motorists not obeying traffic laws.
Overly said some of those violations include drivers passing when buses
are stopped, speeding or driving recklessly near buses.
The program places a deputy on board the bus and a cruiser is stationed
nearby. If the deputy on the bus witnesses a violation, he contacts the
cruiser with a description of the offending vehicle and driver. The
violator will then be stopped and issued a citation.
As a result of the program, Overly said, this year there have been three
citations issued to impatient or reckless drivers.
During one situation, he said, a driver was found to be driving drunk
while being issued a citation and was also charged with OMVI. Overly
said the program is designed to put an end to drivers placing children
in potentially dangerous situations.
"Transportation coordinators and school district officials have
responded very favorably to the program," Overly said.
The Sheriff's Office has conducted this type of safety campaign for
three consecutive years. In 2002, a total of nine citations were issued
as a result of officers being on buses.
"This type of proactive approach is a great example of community
policing at its best," Overly said. "The cooperative efforts of my
office and the school districts can only benefit the students and the
community that we serve."

MHS student finds night school classes a perfect fit
Duran Sword plans for his future after making the decision to graduate
from high school early and embark on a career as an electrician.
He graduated from Marysville High School at the beginning of April.
Sword, 17, transferred from Olentangy high school in Powell to
Marysville during his freshman year.
"It didn't work out there and I got into a lot of fights and trouble,"
he said.
The move to Marysville proved successful because Sword managed to stay
out of trouble for the majority of his freshman and sophomore  years.
However, during his junior year, things became more difficult.
"I was frustrated with an old girlfriend, and I took it out on others
including students and teachers," Sword said. "I was ready to drop out."

Dean of students Becky Gala suggested that he try the night school
"Mrs. Gala basically saved my life," Sword said. "She put graduation to
where I could see it whereas everyone in the past put graduation only
where they saw it."
Sword began the night school curriculum and was at home in the less
traditional atmosphere. He said the experience was wonderful and he
enjoyed the teaching styles of his instructors.
In March Sword found out about a position as an electrician's assistant
with Martin Custom Electric. In order to get the job, Sword had to have
a high school diploma and time was of the essence.
"I had four days to fulfill my last geography credit," he said.
He proceeded to finish 17 chapters in less than a week.
Sword turned all the necessary paperwork in on a Monday evening and was
hired on the spot Tuesday morning.
He is working with his cousin, Bob Brumlow, to learn the tools of the
 "He's a hard go-at-it kid," Brumlow said. "Duran really wants to learn
so I'm going to teach him."
Sword isn't a stranger to working hard. He has worked on and off since
he was 11 years old. As he put it, nothing has been handed to him in
life. Sword has done everything from mowing lawns and working in
restaurants including Herschels and Arby's in Marysville.
Brumlow said Sword is an excellent worker and won't even take  breaks.
"In five years I see myself working as a lead electrician with my own
company truck," Sword said. "I would like to be engaged with a first
house built where I put my own electric in it."
Sword said he looks to his mother, Gala and Brumlow as his  inspirations
for reaching his goals. He plans on using his first paycheck to buy his
first electrician's tools.

(Non) Pay-Per-View
Union County Sheriff's deputies have been making house calls to several
homes receiving satellite television illegally.
According to Union County Sheriff John Overly, a confidential tip led
detectives to the underground pirating of illegally programmed satellite
receiver cards from both the Dish Network and DirecTV. He said the
activity has been occurring throughout the county.
The scam involves individuals who reprogram satellite service cards
through illegal software installed in their home computers. The cards
can pick up any satellite television channel, from Pay-Per-View events
to various movie channels, and are sold for a one-time fee.
Overly said a six-week investigation resulted in six search warrants
executed within the county and 13 individuals identified as having
possession of the cards.
Residences on East Sixth Street, Weaver Road and Cottonwood Drive in
Marysville were searched, as well as residences on Liberty West Road in
Raymond and Buck Run Road in Milford Center.
Overly said the main programmer's residence on County Home Road was also
In total, 19 satellite receivers, 29 access cards, three large screen
televisions, three table top televisions, three lap top computers, one
personal computer, two stolen ATV four wheelers, two stolen shotguns and
other miscellaneous documents were seized as evidence. The stolen items
were found coincidentally during the execution of the search warrants.
While no arrests have been made, Overly said, the cases are pending
grand jury review for potential charges ranging from unauthorized use of
property, possession or sale of a cable television device, unlawful use
of a telecommunication device, possession of criminal tools and
telecommunications fraud. Additional charges are reportedly pending
further investigation.
According to the satellite television companies, the average loss of
services for an illegal card is estimated at $2,400 per year. Due to the
price tag, the crimes are listed as felonies.
Lt. Jamie Patton of the sheriff's department said satellite companies
have already initiated a response to the illegal activity by conducting
"hits" through their satellite television waves. He said random signals
which disable illegal cards in use are sent daily, weekly or monthly.
However, Patton said, these customers are able to take those disabled
cards back to the illegal provider and have them reformatted for another
fee. Some customers have several cards in rotation and while one is
being reprogrammed, another is used to keep the services.
"This is the first investigation of this kind in our department," Overly
said. "We'll probably be seeing more of this in the future."
Overly said his department was aided in the investigation by the
Marysville Police Department.
He said any satellite customers who have been approached with services
based on a one-time or yearly fee should contact the sheriff's
department. In a legitimate payment schedule, monthly payments are
Due to the information obtained from the search warrants, Overly said,
other pirated cards are being identified. The sheriff's office is asking
residents who may have reprogrammed cards in their possession to contact
Detective Mike Justice or Lt. Jamie Patton at the Union County Sheriff's
Office at 645-4101.

Local sculptor puts works on display
J-T intern
The artistic works of sculptor Rodolfo Perez of Marysville will be on
display at the Marysville Public Library through the month of May.
The exhibit, titled "Mother and Child," features 12 sculptures in wood,
metal and clay, along with copper artwork for hanging. Perez is from
Costa Rica and his work is highly valued there and in South America
where it is exhibited in museums.
"I'm moving to a more realistic style," Perez said. "If you see media
and newspapers that sadden you, you forget to see happiness and what a
relationship between a mother and a child is."
Perez has covered two of the sculptures with newsprint to illustrate the
fact that there is beauty behind the bad news which seems so prevalent
in the world.
"When people see my work I want them to think 'good, beautiful,
amazing'," he said.
Library visitors can take a self-guided tour of the exhibit during
normal library hours.
Perez is planning to return to work on lifesize sculptures, which he
gave up because of frequent moving.
"I'll try to use people that live here because there is more diversity,"
he said.
Perez has been sculpting professionally since 1984 and studied sculpture
and fine arts at Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica, from 1984
to 1988. At the university he studied many forms of expression including
drawing, painting, etching and engraving, but the courses emphasized on
sculpting. He said that as a child he enjoyed the arts and frequently
won awards for his work.
In 1995 Perez and his family moved to Iowa because his wife received a
scholarship from Iowa State University. Perez lived in Iowa for four
years until his wife graduated from the university.
The family relocated to Marysville in 2000 when Perez' wife took a job
with Nestle R&D. Perez is involved in helping the Marysville High School
Boys Soccer team and is a substitute teacher when he is not sculpting.
His two children, Juliana,15, and Rodolfo, 11, attend Marysville
Perez visits his mother, father and mother-in-law in Costa Rica and they
plan to visit this country soon.
The Friends of the Library will host a reception for Perez at the
library from 6 to 8 p.m. May 29. Perez will give a pictorial overview of
his sculptures and describe his sculpting process and the sources of his
inspiration. The public is invited to attend.

June 03

Jackson takes stand for defense

Local judge favors jurors' right to question

Prosecution lays out case
Marysville board OKs cuts
Triad board approves soccer program
Richwood to re-bid water line project
Two bids received are not acceptable
A weekend to remember
Wagon train,  Bicentennial celebrations give county residents time to
Man injuried when horses are spooked
Murder trial to begin Tuesday
Sheriff alerts residents to scam
Sheriff wants to bond with community
Campaign finance reports finalized
Citizens question school officials
Turnout for  Q&A session is fairly light
Fairbanks relative to be grand marshal
Fairbanks gets new principal
Trustees disagree on street sweeping contract
Worker shocked by lines
Union County Fair has full slate for 2003
Moratorium handed to Public Works
Marysville lists cost saving plan
Wagon train will depart from Pastime Park
Sewer plant location recommended
Committee  will suggest  Industrial Parkway site to Marysville City
Personal Needs Pantry provides books for patrons
Construction moratorium considered
Marysville council may choose to halt residential growth
Group rebuilds leveled home
New Richwood codes include
restrictions on adult businesses
MRDD to seek replacement levy
Homerun headaches for homeowner
Milford Center eyes purchase of land
Rocky Nelson appointed sheriff
Marysville Pool open for business
Local girl featured in Wendy's commercial
Experienced lawmen up for sheriff
Contract nears between jail, union
Richwood gears up for annual Springenfest
Blind get help at crossings
Unionville sets Bicentennial plans
Ohhhhhh, my aching hooves
Jerome Twp.  trustees table signage issue
Shriners' efforts special to local fireman
Murder suspect caught
LeGrande plans to pursue culinary career
Health Dept. head to make more than predecessor
Tremmel's salary more than $20,000 higher than Davy's
John Gore plans to run for mayor

Richwood sets Bicentennial plans|
JDC to change name, focus

Jackson takes stand for defense
Says he intended to say goodbye to mother, commit suicide on day she was

Accused murderer Eric Jackson took the stand Wednesday, closed his eyes
and led the Union County Common Pleas jury through his side of the
shooting of his mother, Donna Levan.
Jackson, 29, spoke slowly Wednesday afternoon as he described the
incidents of Oct. 14 and 15. Those incidents led to Jackson being
charged with aggravated murder and possession of a dangerous ordnance.
The charges could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Jackson
has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Levan was allegedly shot by Jackson with a sawed-off shotgun Oct. 15
outside Heartland of Marysville where she worked. She died nine days
later from her wounds.
Jackson was the only one to take the stand for attorney Jeffrey
Holtschulte's defense.
On the stand, Jackson explained that after he was fired from Honda he
had been unable to work since 2000 because of his physical condition.
Not being able to provide for his family was foremost on his mind. His
bills were late and his family was stuck in a financial hole. He was
reportedly on several medications for pain and had made prior suicide
The morning of the shooting, Jackson said he was getting ready to sweep
the floor at 9 a.m. when a Union Rural Electric representative showed up
wanting payment for Jackson's electric bill. The power to his home was
soon disconnected.
He said he thought his children were going to be taken away from him
because he couldn't provide for them, just as he had been put into
foster care as a child.
Because of this he started formulating a plan to sell his lawn equipment
for money. However, when he went to take a shower he flicked the
bathroom light switch and remembered the power was off. He said his rage
shot to a point where he blacked out. What followed were sporadic
moments when he would come to and find himself in different areas of
He recalled going to the New Dover home of his mother and stepfather,
Millard Levan and using their shed to saw the gun in sections, reasoning
he could render it useless and keep from harming himself or anyone else.

However, Jackson said, because of his back pain he couldn't use the dull
saw to accomplish his goal. Even trying to waste his five remaining deer
slugs by firing them off proved too painful. He took the pieces he sawed
off the shot gun and threw them near the barn, then hid the rest of the
gun inside a wall in the shed, planning to destroy the gun later.
Jackson then reportedly mowed the lawn of the Levan property because he
wanted to help them out. The jury submitted a question asking how
Jackson could mow the lawn when he was already in so much pain. He
replied that it was a riding mower and he set it at a low speed.
Union County Assistant Prosecutor John Heinkel later pointed out holes
in Jackson's story about Oct. 14 during his cross-examination. Earlier
that week Jackson reportedly gave away all his guns to his estranged
brother - except for the shotgun.
Heinkel also wondered why Jackson didn't simply smash the shotgun on a
tree stump. Why didn't he just saw off the bolt and damage the gun in
one section, instead of three or four?
"Couldn't you have gotten rid of the shotgun shells?" Heinkel said. "Why
didn't you just throw them out or turn them in to law enforcement?"
After making calls from the Levan home and retrieving his gun, Jackson
ended up at Heartland with a shotgun he thought was empty to say goodbye
to his mother before he killed himself.
Jackson said he and his mother started arguing about his choice to end
his life. He decided he would go to the Mills Center nearby for help.
When he drove off, he said, in the rear view mirror he saw his mother
"I thought she had a heart attack because of our argument," Jackson told
Heinkel. Then he said she stood up and was holding her stomach.
"Then I thought she was laughing at me . I thought she was having a
belly laugh," Jackson said.
"Kind of like Santa Claus - 'Ho Ho Ho'?" Heinkel asked. "Do you still
think she was laughing?"
Heinkel also wondered if Jackson noticed the blood and tissue of his
mother on his car when he left. Jackson said he had no recollection.
Jackson said he headed toward Scottslawn Road to say goodbye to Millard
Levan at his work and then pulled over as Union County Sheriff's deputy
Lonnie Elmore approached him from behind in his cruiser. He said he
figured his mother had called the police to report he was going to
commit suicide. He said he does not remember admitting anything to
"I have no memory whatsoever of my confession," he said. He said his
blackout continued until he woke up the next day at 3:30 p.m. thinking
he was in custody for psychiatric treatment.
Before the trial, Jackson underwent two psychological evaluations by
doctors Chris Khellaf and Alvin Pelt.
Khellaf testified that Jackson's blackouts were not entirely real and
that it is likely he knew the nature of his actions.
"This is not a true amnesia," Khellaf said. "It is selective forgetting
. It's a fake amnesia."
Missing on Wednesday was the testimony of Pelt, Jackson's physician. The
results of his evaluation have never been released.
The strongest testimonies on behalf of the prosecution came from
Heartland employees Carla Reece and Alicia Davis.
Reece tearfully told the court what she witnessed the morning of Oct.
15. She said she ran to the parking lot to find Levan on the ground with
a man applying a tourniquet to her arm and a woman applying pressure to
her stomach wound.
"She just kept saying, 'Oh, it hurts so bad'," Reece said. "She said,
'Oh my god, I can't believe he would do this.' I asked her who and she
said, 'My son, Eric'."
"Even working at an ER," Reece said, "nothing could have prepared me for
what I had seen that day."
Davis testified she witnessed Levan go outside and become involved in a
loud argument with a man in a vehicle. The man grabbed her shirt and
Reece feared what might happen. She went inside and told her
administrator to call the police. Later she heard from other employees
that a gun had been fired.
Both prosecution and defense rested their cases after the testimony.
Closing arguments began today  at 10 a.m. The jury is then expected to
deliberate on the verdict.

Local judge favors jurors' right to question
The process of jurors questioning witnesses in trial courts has now been
accepted by the Ohio Supreme Court, but a local judge was ahead of the
The top Ohio court ruled June 11, allowing the process in most courts at
judges' discretion. The result could take away vagueness in the legal
process and the tighten the relationship between juries and attorneys.
 "I have been allowing juror questions in most cases, both civil and
criminal, for two years and have done so in three jurisdictions around
the state, with never an appeal based upon improper questions being
given from the jury nor, for that matter, an appeal on any jury
procedure used," Union County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Parrott
In March Parrott and Union County Commissioner Tom McCarthy participated
in the Supreme Court of Ohio Task Force on Jury Service Pilot Project.
The task force was organized to discuss many of the issues addressing
increased juror involvement and their understanding of court cases.
Suggestions include using plain English for jury instructions during
trials instead of attorney jargon; providing jurors with notebooks
during the trial; permitting jurors to take notes; providing jurors
written instructions; using the "strike method" during vire dire;
post-verdict meeting by the judge with jurors and counsel; suggestions
for jurors in conducting deliberations; final jury instructions prior to
closing argument; responding to juror questions regarding final
instructions; mini-opening statements and inter commentary by trial
counsel; preliminary instructions on the law and procedure; debriefing
jurors after stressful trials; and allowing jurors to submit questions
to witnesses.
Parrott said using these methods allows a jury to better understand a
case without dealing with legal jargon and can save attorney and jury
"Allowing jurors to ask questions helps fill in unintentional gaps in
the evidence being presented, allows the attorneys to know what may be a
hang-up with some of the jurors if the question is not answered or more
information is not supplied," Parrott said.
    A trial judge may accept written questions from jurors and pass them
on to witnesses without infringing on defendants' rights. Five states
ban the practice: Georgia, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska and Texas.
Parrott reported that some courts feel that a jury can become too
wrapped up in taking notes that they could miss important information
taking place during a trial.
The Colorado Supreme Court adopted the rule changes in February to allow
jurors to ask questions during criminal trials and Massachusetts,
Hawaii, Oklahoma and Virginia also have upheld the practice.
The court recommends that the jury submit questions in writing and make
sure jurors don't discuss their questions until they are read in court.
The court should also give attorneys on both sides the opportunity to
object to a question without jurors present and that the judge should
instruct jurors not to be influenced by the court's refusal to allow
certain questions. Attorneys should be permitted to follow up questions
Last week, the ruling came in a case in which a man was found guilty of
assault after jurors were allowed to ask witnesses more than a dozen
questions. The court's decision resolved 11 other cases that had been
appealed on the same basis.
 "I do feel strongly that the lay persons who give of their time and
efforts to come to a fair decision should be given the most tools to
help them with their task," Parrott said. "The pilot program allows this
to be done."
He added that he has begun submitting exit questionnaires to the jurors
regarding the innovations from the supreme court ruling and said there
have been no adverse comments from their answers.

Prosecution lays out case
Target practice, confession are key elements  in murder trial

A whirlwind tour of 13 witnesses took the stand to testify before a
Union County jury Tuesday morning on what happened the day a Marysville
man reportedly shot his mother outside Heartland of Marysville.
Eric A. Jackson of Marysville is charged with the aggravated murder of
his mother Donna Levan, 56, of New Dover and unlawful possession of a
dangerous ordnance. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
Jackson allegedly shot his mother with a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun on
Oct. 15 at 11:50 a.m. The bullet caused injuries to Levan's hand and
abdomen before it exited her body. She died nine days later from
internal injuries caused by blood loss and infection from a ruptured
Union County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Parrott told the jury
there would be no death specifications in this case. This means that if
Jackson is convicted, he could be sentenced up to life in prison.
The first day of the trial may have included only prosecution witnesses
but attorney Jeffrey Holtschulte presented the side of the defense in
his opening statements to the jury.
"The state has a tremendous amount of evidence," he said.
Holtschulte advised jurors to be open to what they hear. He said Jackson
had been facing unemployment, excruciating back pain and serious bouts
of suicidal depression.
Holtschulte also said Jackson will take the stand to tell his side of
the story.
On the morning of Oct. 15, he said, Jackson was contemplating committing
suicide with the shotgun. Instead he decided to saw off the stock and
the butt end in order to prevent that happening. He also began shooting
at a tree stump in his mother's yard to use up his ammunition.
Ultimately, Holtschulte said, suicidal thoughts took over. He left a
suicide note with his wife.
"He had planned on going to his father's grave and commit suicide," he
But first Jackson had issues with his mother he wanted to resolve and
arranged to meet her outside Heartland.
"He recalls everything but why he fired that weapon," Holtschulte said,
adding that Jackson recalled seeing his mother stumbling and falling in
his rearview mirror as he drove away and wondering if she might have had
a heart attack.
"He remembers waking up the next day in a jail cell and he thought he
was in a mental ward," Holtschulte said.
During the trial, Jackson sat next to Holtschulte with his head down,
wearing a green polo shirt and jeans instead of the prison issue jump
Union County Prosecuting Attorney Allison Boggs and assistant prosecutor
John Heinkel gave their opening statements about the incidents
surrounding the shooting.
Heinkel told the jury that the prosecution will attempt to prove that at
11:45 a.m. Jackson called the center to meet his mother outside in the
parking lot. When he arrived, the two became involved in an argument
which escalated. At that point, Jackson reportedly shot his mother and
drove away. Several minutes later he was apprehended by a Union County
Sheriff's deputy on Scottslawn Road at U.S. 33, who observed him throw
an object out of his car. Jackson then admitted he shot his mother.
The prosecution also stated that Jackson committed the crime with prior
calculation, sawing off the barrel and stock of the gun, using a tree
stump as target practice the morning of the murder and calling Heartland
twice to have his mother meet him in the parking lot.
Sheriff's deputy Lonnie Elmore testified that he apprehended Jackson
almost by accident on Industrial Parkway. He said that while he was
responding to the dispatch call on the shooting without his lights on, a
silver Chevy Cavalier pulled over on the side of the road for no reason.
He said he witnessed an object, appearing to be a piece of wood, being
thrown out the window. The car stopped so fast he had to pass it in
order to pull over. He said he had a strong feeling the driver was the
shooter so he drew his weapon and investigated.
Elmore testified that Jackson told him twice, "I'm the one you're
looking for. I'm the one who did it . I threw the weapon in the grass."
"He said 'I shot her' and I said 'Who?' and he said 'My mother'," Elmore
Marysville police officers Don McGlenn, Phillip Doyle, Chad Seeberg,
Corey Tompkins, Doug Ropp and chief Eugene Mayer all spoke of their
involvement in the investigation. Their testimony reported finding body
tissue on Jackson's vehicle and the crime scene.
Levan's husband, Millard Levan of New Dover, testified that the morning
of Oct. 15 was just like any other at his home. He and his wife woke up
just after 5 a.m. to get ready for work. He said she left earlier than
he did so he watched the news while she dressed. Then, as they always
did, they told each other they loved one another and left for work.
The only difference, he said, was that at 11:55 a.m. he got a call at
work informing him that his wife was shot.
Heartland employee Jada Kitchen testified that the tone of Jackson's
voice on the phone that morning as he attempted to leave a message with
his mother alarmed her. She even told Levan her concerns about his
Kitchen later became overcome with emotion and had to stop her testimony
as she tried to describe finding Levan on the pavement while Heartland
employees performed CPR on her.
Wednesday will find more witnesses giving their testimony in the case,
including Jackson's psychiatric physicians. The trial is expected to
last until Thursday.

Marysville board OKs cuts
The ongoing question of where to cut the budget was addressed at the
Marysville Board of Education meeting Monday night.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman presented a list of possible cuts and
fees to offset a $1.5-million deficit in June 2004 if a 5-mill five-year
operating levy does not pass in August. Even if the levy passes, some of
the cuts will remain in place because it will be too close to the
beginning of the school year to remove them.
The largest proposed, $600,000 savings, will be realized by not
purchasing materials such as textbooks and not providing as many staff
development programs. Zimmerman said no current programs will be
Board members also recommended to Zimmerman that he go ahead with:
. Increasing fees for building usage which is expected to bring in about
. Increasing the transportation radius to two miles, saving $40,000.
Zimmerman's first list of cuts contained a savings of $85,000 by taking
the transportation radius from one mile to two miles, but that option
was reduced by $45,000 to ensure that children who cannot safely walk
two miles to school will still be bussed.
. Increasing pay to participate and travel use fees which are expected
to generate $225,000.
. Not hiring as many new staff as originally planned will save $600,000.

One earlier proposal was to change kindergarten to all day every other
day to save the midday bus trips. Board members did not agree with that
measure because of probable child care conflicts for parents.
Zimmerman said more cuts might be necessary because of further cuts from
the state. He said the state, in an effort to ease taxes on business and
industry, is speeding up the phaseout of an inventory tax which the
schools receive and will no longer reimburse the schools for personal
property tax exemptions. In addition, school bus reimbursement has been
cut in half. These three proposals will cost the school district about
$100,000.In addition, Zimmerman said, school aid as proposed in the
state budget which went to Gov. Taft Friday was cut back from figures
sent to schools late last year. The first cut came in March when the
state informed the school district that they were cutting $300,000 from
Marysville's aid.
The final budget, which was scheduled to show an increase of 2.8
percent, allows only a 2.2 percent raise. Marysville expected to receive
$5,088 per student next year and will receive $5,038. Zimmerman said it
is difficult to balance a budget when the income keeps decreasing.
In other business, the board:
. Passed a resolution to apply to the county auditor for rates for a
1-mill operating levy for the Marysville Public Library. The board will
accept the rates at the July meeting and take the levy to the board of
elections. The levy is expected to raise about $650,000 a year and go
before the voters in November.
. Approved the student fee lists for the high school and middle school.
. Approved the middle school student handbook.
. Authorized the Metropolitan Education Council to advertise and receive
bids on behalf of the Marysville schools for the purchase of two or more
72-passenger buses and one or more 72-passenger handicap buses.
. Accepted donations of packing boxes from Alpha Container of
Marysville; slate to the East Elementary art department from Michaelene
Moledor; money for the Marysville Middle and High school bands for
participation in the Memorial Day ceremonies; $1,500 from The Scott's
Company for disaster services preparedness; $5,000 from Nestle's for
author visits at the elementary schools in the 2003-04 school year; and
a cordless microphone for the Raymond Elementary gym/auditorium.
 . Approved an overnight trip for the high school cheerleaders to
Denison University from July 10-13 and for the high school band to the
BCS National Championship game in New Orleans Jan. 4.

Triad board approves soccer program
The Triad school district added high school soccer for the coming school
In a 4-1 vote, the board approved an away game schedule allowing time
for a playable field to be created. Middle school principal Scott
Blackburn suggested delaying the implementation of a junior high program
because it would pull participants away from community leagues.
A 4-percent salary increase was approved for administrative staff and
the district will pay 10 percent of the teacher and employee retirement
Progress updates were given on the following construction projects by
superintendent Steve Johnson:
. The high school sound system in the auditoria still needs improvement.

. Training is needed on the phones and security systems at all three
. A grant is being pursued to help with the funding of the dugouts and
fences on the baseball and softball fields.
The school's dress code was discussed following a letter from a
concerned community member. Triad's policy allows each building
principal the power to deem certain clothing inappropriate and
detrimental to the learning process.
In other business, the board approved:
. Lindsay Quirk as intervention specialist at the elementary.
. The voluntary transfer of Joy Tavenner from intervention specialist to
physical education teacher.
. Contracts for Richard Kraemer, eighth grade tour organizer, academic
quiz bowl advisor, senior class advisor, National Honor Society advisor
and SADD advisor; Ken Ford, freshman class advisor; Kyle Huffman,
sophomore class advisor, mock trial assistant advisor, department
chairman for social studies, assistant director of plays; Alicia
Daugherty, junior class advisor and newspaper advisor; Lee Claypool,
director of plays and vocal music director; Jacqueline Henson, ecology
club advisor; John Sharritts, instrumental and pep band music director;
Jack Detling, chair for band, choir, art and industrial arts; JoAnne
Aburto, chair for English and foreign language and Spanish Club advisor;
Doug Kitchen, chair for guidance, business and work and family life and
high school student council advisor; Payton Printz, chair for physical
education, health and athletics and weightlifting coach; Bruce
Schlabach, chair for science, math and agriculture science; Nancy
Instine, chair for special education; Amy Hibbs, high school yearbook
advisor; Shari Dixon, softball head coach and girl's basketball
assistant; Jason Malone, eighth grade girl's basketball; Will Nichols,
baseball head coach; Mike Edwards, track head coach; Tim Lacy, assistant
track coach; Doug Miller, assistant middle school track coach; Amanda
Morehart, auxiliary instructor; Ben Moore, assistant instrumental music
director; Nancy House, chair for classified staff; and Cindy Alltop,
assistant middle school track
. Workbook fees.
. Student and staff handbooks.
. Jackie Watson as Ohio School Board Association delegate and Jim Graves
as the alternate.
. Annette Watson as a substitute teacher.
. Christina Savill as an intervention specialist.
. Open enrollment students.
The meeting ended with an executive session to discuss the employment of
personnel. No action was taken before the board adjourned.
The next meeting is July 23.

Richwood to re-bid water line project
Two bids received are not acceptable
Richwood received only two bids for phase two of its water line
improvement project and neither was acceptable according to the
village's engineering firm.
At Richwood Village Council Monday night, Ed Bischoff of Bischoff and
Associates told council that the two bids that were opened recently were
for $363,000 and $371,000. Bischoff's estimate for the project had been
While both bids were within acceptable range of the estimate, there were
problems with both which made them unattractive. Bischoff noted some
examples, such as costs for 8-inch pipe being extremely low while some
costs for fitting were more than double what they should be.
The project involves installing 12- and 8-inch lines in the area of
Ottawa, Pearl, Bomford, Fulton and Gray streets. No village money is
being used for the project as it is being covered by a combination of
Ohio Public Works and Community Development Block grants.
Bischoff said he is recommending to the Union County Commissioners that
both bids be rejected. The county is responsible for the release of some
of the grant money and therefore oversees the project.
Bischoff said the project will now have to be re-bid. To ensure that
more bids are received the bid period will be lengthened and some
alternates will be included in the specifications.
Council also approved the wording to be used on a memorial marker to be
placed outside the village hall. Council member George Showalter said
the $1,500 price tag is being divided three ways between the village,
the Richwood Business Association and the Union County Historical
The marker will note the history of the Richwood Opera House and Town
Hall. It states "Erected in 1890 at a cost of $10,000, the Richwood City
Building was built as a community center to meet the needs of a growing
town. Designed to house the town council chambers, fire department, jail
and opera house, the building served Richwood in all these capacities
for nearly 75 years. In the early years, the Opera House saw many
minstrel shows, concerts, lecture courses, revivals, farmers'
institutes, commencements and community meetings. The gymnasium on the
top floor was used for a men's independent basketball league, dance
classes and as a teen center after World War II. With the construction
of the Richwood and Magnetic Springs interurban line in 1906, visitors
from the resort town of Magnetic Springs came to be entertained at the
Opera House, which later became the Union Theatre. The theatre was
closed in the 1960s and the space used to meet the growing needs of the
municipal government. A Seth Thomas #1197 clock sits atop the tower."
In other business, council:
. Learned that Memorial Hospital of Union County has signed the lease
for the village municipal building and the village must now sign it. The
former doctor's office is leased for $1 per year.
. Heard second reading on the new village codes.
. Learned from village financial officer Don Jolliff that the village is
losing about $1,000 per month in decreased state funding.
. Heard a cost estimate Showalter solicited for a tree trimming project
at the village park.
. Heard from council member Arlene Blue that the village needs to move
forward with checking uptown buildings to make sure they meet zoning
. Learned from village administrator Ron Polen that he has hired Raymond
Miller to fill a vacancy on the village water and sewer department.
. Heard from Polen that village residents must fill out applications and
get approved for water and sewer tap-ins before proceeding with work.
Fees must also be paid.
. Heard Blue mention that mosquito spraying must be done as often as
possible in light of the recent wet weather.
. Learned from Polen that the village fire hydrants will be flushed and
pressure tested in the coming weeks. The process could result in some
rust in the water. Excessive rust problems should be called to the
attention of the village water department.
. Heard from mayor Bill Nibert that the village's Bicentennial
Celebration Sunday was a great event for Richwood and was well attended.
He commended Ruth Cowgill and her committee for organizing the event.
. Learned that Showalter is working on updating the Richwood Village
Park rules.

A weekend to remember
Wagon train,  Bicentennial celebrations give county residents time to

Covered wagons, buggies, horses and about 100 people trekked north this
weekend through Union County to celebrate the state's Bicentennial
Seasoned wagoneers from as far as Morrow County joined Union County
horsemen on the two-day trail that slowly and steadily traveled from
Plain City with stops in Unionville Center and Marysville before ending
Sunday in Magnetic Springs.
"It blesses me," said Bill Stewart of Marysville about the wagon train.
He was joined on the trip by his son, Mark, of Westerville and 10
year-old grandson, Marcus.
Stewart said the 26.8 mile journey was the longest trip his Haflingers,
Doc and Joe, had been on to date.
It was hard to tell that Phillip Clemans of Milford Center, at age 75,
was one of the oldest riders Saturday. On his 32-year-old Pasafino named
Sapileto, there was no holding back Clemans, a great-grandfather who has
had a stroke. He and his horse sped through the line of approximately 40
horses and riders throughout the day to visit with and share stories.
Often, Clemans and Sapileto took a quick detour from the trail to visit
with spectators waiting on the roadside. Along the way, Clemans also
shared historical details such as where the village of Sodom once stood.

The oldest driver of a wagon was Russell Kempton of Chesterville who
turns 80 on Sunday. He remembers when standing behind horses wasn't as
much fun. He recalled taking time off from school to help his dad plow
fields with horses.
This weekend, however, was just fun for the seasoned horseman and his
wife, Zelda. They said they joined the Union County wagon train because
it is "just fun" and they had been invited. They, along with three other
team drivers who joined the train, are founders of the Central Ohio
Wagoneers which was started more than 20 years ago.
Kempton's covered wagon was pulled by Nick and Ned, two Haflingers.
One of the youngest members of the wagon train was 3 1/2 year-old Hunter
Tuel, son of Tim and Tori Tuel of Raymond.
He made himself at home in a box wagon with his tin Spiderman lunch box
filled with toys and Bob the Builder sleeping bag for occasional naps.
Pulling the wagon were roan Belgians Queen and Prince with Hunter's
father, Tim, and best friend, Papa Tim Kibbey, at the reins.
Occasionally Hunter would ride up front, but seemed to enjoy hanging out
in back where he threw out kernels of grain on the road while shouting
at the pony and driver behind him.
By far the most popular wagon on the train was a three-horse hitch
pulled by Haflingers Bobby, Ace and Anthony with Ron and Linda Schilling
of Raymond at the reins. Their wagon was the last in line and hid a
flush port-a-john equipped with shower and sink under the canvas cover.
Schilling estimates he had at least 1,000 visitors over the two days. He
had borrowed the customized rig from a friend in Medina.
A 4-H advisor with the Scotch Bottom and Braids 4-H Club, Schilling said
his club had four 4-H'ers and six advisors on the wagon train.
Bill and Alice VanHorn of Mount Gilead jested that they had a "cadillac"
covered wagon with their cushioned bucket seats, carpet and rear-view
mirror. Belgians Mike and Ike were pulling their wagon.
The VanHorns are veterans of wagon trains, often traveling in five to
six a year.
"We love the fellowship," said Mrs. VanHorn.
The wagon train was truly a family event with most wagons carrying two
and three generations of families, along with friends.
Teresa Freshcorn of Marysville rode the first half of the train with a
friend on her "mutt" of a horse named Clara, while her 10-year-old
daughter, Jessika, sat on a buddy seat behind her on the second day.
The Freshcorns brought a bit of early American heritage to the train
since Jessika can trace her roots to the native American tribes of
Shawnee and Cherokee Indians in Ohio. Her mother, on the other hand, is
a fourth-generation Ohioan with ancestors who were German Dutch and
Pinky Sheets of Delaware, who dubbed himself a "professional liar" and
his team of mules named Jody and Rhody were joined on the wagon train
with his wife, Marilyn, son, Thad Ray who is a farrier and 9-year-old
granddaughter Hayley Shaw. Sheets said he placed third a couple years
ago at the Mule Days liar contest in Columbia, Tenn.
Bicentennial celebrations will continue in Union County with the casting
of Union County's Bicentennial Bell at the Union County Fair and a
Bicentennial wedding in September.

Man injuried when horses are spooked
>From J-T staff reports:
An elderly man was injured Saturday at the Union County fairgrounds
after two horses became spooked and trampled him during the bicentennial
wagon train.
Harold Hedrick, 69, of Rushsylvania was transported to Memorial Hospital
of Union County just after 6 p.m. He was reportedly MedFlighted to Grant
Medical Center.
Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer said Marysville Fire Department
medics responded to the scene and transported Hedrick to the hospital.
Because of HIPPA health care guidelines, information from Grant Medical
Hospital on Hedrick's injuries was not available.
According to Mayer, Hedrick was leading a team of two horses and his
homemade covered wagon.
"He was in between two barns at the fairgrounds," Mayer said. "Somehow
the two horses became spooked and I'm not sure how. He couldn't control
them and fell down and the horses ran over him."
Mayer said the horses dragged the wagon over Hedrick as he lay on the
ground. Betty Hedrick, who is thought to be his wife, was riding on the
The horses reportedly ran off with the wagon toward a parked car.
Mayer said when they came to the car, the two horses ran off in opposite
directions. As a result, the wagon hitch smashed into the back window,
causing severe damage to the vehicle.

Murder trial to begin Tuesday
Next Tuesday the Marysville man who allegedly shot his own mother
outside a local health care facility will stand trial in the Union
County Court of Common Pleas.
Eric A. Jackson, 29, of Riverwind Drive was charged with one count of
aggravated murder with a firearm specification and one count of unlawful
possession of a dangerous ordnance. Aggravated murder is a felony of the
first degree with a possible penalty of life in prison. Unlawful
possession of a dangerous ordnance is a felony of the fifth degree with
a possible penalty of 12 months in prison.
Jackson reportedly fired one deer slug from a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun
from inside his vehicle at approximately 11:50 a.m. on Oct. 15 outside
Heartland of Marysville. The victim was his mother, Donna Levan, 56, of
New Dover who died nine days later from wounds to her hand and abdomen.
She had been an employee of the center for more than 18 years.
Jackson fled from the scene but was apprehended within minutes through
teamwork between the Marysville Police Department and the Union County
Sheriff's Office. A sheriff's deputy took Jackson into custody without
incident after noticing a vehicle matching witness descriptions on
Industrial Parkway.
Jackson is being held in the Tri-County Jail in Mechanicsburg.
Union County Prosecuting Attorney Allison Boggs said she could not
provide details on her angle for the case before the trial.
According to Marysville police and court reports, Levan was allegedly
able to inform police her son was the shooter prior to being transported
by medics. There were also several witnesses who reported Jackson had
called the health center asking for his mother to meet him outside. He
and his mother were then seen arguing in the parking lot before the shot
was fired.
Court files suggest Jackson's instability allegedly stemmed from a
combination of possible mental health issues and drug use. Compounding
this, his family was suffering financial hardship after Jackson was
reportedly fired from Honda for altering a doctor's slip.
Court files also report that Jackson had tried to commit suicide over
the weekend prior to Oct. 15. His stomach had reportedly been pumped at
Memorial Hospital emergency room for an overdose of drugs.
Court files report that a week prior to the overdose Jackson had
contacted his brother, Steve Jackson, whom he allegedly rarely spoke to,
and presented him with pictures of their biological father who had died
16 years earlier in Florida. Jackson reportedly had guns with him during
the visit.
Police investigations revealed evidence that Jackson had been practicing
with the shotgun at the residence. He had also made statements as to
wanting to kill his mother, although court files do not specify who
Jackson made the statements to or when.
Medical reports contained in the court files report he has a history of
depression and suicidal thoughts. Court documents state Jackson had been
receiving treatment for mental health issues, such as rage management.
He also suffers from a degenerative disc disease which reportedly causes
him extensive neck and back pain.
According to Jackson's physician, combined medical problems often send
Jackson on a "cycle of pain and rage."
His attorney, Jeffrey Holtschulte, will attempt to prove his client was
clinically insane when he pulled the trigger. He filed a plea of not
guilty by reason of insanity on Oct. 25.
Two mental evaluations have been conducted to determine Jackson's
competency to stand trial. The first was done by NetCare of Columbus and
it reportedly found Jackson competent to stand trial. The second was
conducted by Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Alvin Pelt. Results of
this evaluation have not been reported.
By presstime Holtschulte had not returned calls left at his law firm
about the status of Jackson's insanity plea.

Sheriff alerts residents to scam
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson is warning residents of home
improvement fraud in the county.
"With warm weather here, beware of potential scam artists," a recent
release stated. "If you are offered a deal that sounds too good to be
true, chances are that is just the case. It is probably a con game or
Reports have taken place when money is handed out for home improvement
work and the job is never even started. Many times the contractor
disappears without a trace - along with the check or cash.
Nelson reported that most people think they would not get tricked into
handing over their money for phony deals. However, con artists are
experts in human psychology and behavior. They know how to gain your
confidence with smooth talk and self-assured manner. The hustlers often
prey on victims, such as the elderly, who are not used to making
decisions about home repairs.
Sever tips Nelson has for residents to be more aware:
. Always get several estimates for a repair or home improvement job and
compare prices and terms. Check to see if there is a charge for
. Ask your friends for recommendations. Ask the firm for references and
check them. Check to see if they are listed inn the yellow pages
business directory.
. Be suspicious of high-pressure sales tactics.
. Pay by check, never with cash, so you can stop payment if
dissatisfied. Arrange to make payments in installments: One third at the
beginning, one-third when the work is nearly done and the remainder when
the job is finished.
. Get a guarantee on any work that is done.
The type of home improvement fraud can vary from paved driveways, barn
painting, lightening rod installation, and repairs to various areas of a
"We have had cases in the past where con artists will make the sale of
services, request to be paid on the spot, receive the check and are at
the bank cashing the check when the worker's are moving in to start the
work," Nelson wrote. "As the consumer, always insist on a written
contract; ask questions, if they are legitimate they will not have a
problem answering your questions."

New organization lends support to parenting teens
Marysville High School has added a new organization aimed to lend added
support to pregnant and parenting teens enrolled in the school's GRADS
program and to ensure graduation.
Teen PARENTS became an official organization of Marysville High School
in May. The program has been implemented in the high school for several
years but had been sponsored by outside non-profit groups in the past.
The group has operated largely on funds donated by area churches and
"We have been very blessed to have members of the community give of
themselves to help these young people," said Nancy Decker, GRADS Teacher
and Teen PARENTS advisor.
The support group was moved under the high school umbrella with
academics as the main focus. Its continued goal centers on all
participants graduating, along with providing the tools necessary for
life after high school.
"The GRADS program objectives include graduation, realities of pregnancy
and parenting while in school," Decker said.
She said other goals are to have a healthy baby, learn dual-role skills
and set goals.
GRADS participants meet with Decker on a weekly basis to share ideas,
gain confidence and support and increase the likelihood that they will
remain in school with the least possible interruption until graduation.
Teen PARENTS meets twice a month. Teen PARENTS stands for Providing,
Assistance, Resources & Encouragement Needed To Succeed.
Decker and several adult volunteers lead the group.
Rachel Jones, a wife and mother of two, has volunteered with the group
for the past two years and is planning to return next school year.
"I feel that being a mother and sharing what my experiences have been
like will help these young girls out in some way," Jones said. "It is
also very rewarding for me when the girls say how nice it is to have
someone treat them kindly and not judge them even though they are teen
Decker said Teen PARENTS makes a seamless fit with the GRADS program
because the girls and boys have an opportunity to share with each other
and benefit from experienced mothers and fathers.
Teen PARENTS offers speakers dealing with pertinent topics, an
encouraging support system and basic life skills, Decker said. Meeting
topics have included literacy, time management, photography and
immunization information.
Goals for next year include increasing reading awareness, child
development, family planning and developing a scholarship program as an
increased incentive for graduation.
"Marysville High School is very fortunate to have this unique program
available to their students," Decker said. "This program has increased
the graduation rate for these students and the academic success in the
classroom by providing a support for young parents who are just learning
the joys and frustrations of parenting."
Jones said she looks forward to spending another year with the teens and
their children involved in the group.
"We have such loving Moms and Dads in our group and it is wonderful for
them to have a place to share and ask questions," Jones said.

Sheriff wants to bond with community
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson joked that he prefers being known as
the husband of a Union Rural Electric engineer's clerk.
"I think a great deal of my wife and family," he said.
In order to highlight his wife's support he decided to switch roles and
prevent her from simply being known as "Mrs. Sheriff."
Nelson said his family has always been important to him in terms of
motivation and encouragement.
When it comes to the public, he wants the symbol of his new role to
extend in similar ways and be a symbol of community relations.
"I want the public to know that I care," he said. "I really get a kick
out of it. I really enjoy meeting with the public and going to township
meetings and council meetings. It's the only way to pick up on what's
going on."
In the past Nelson has been involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of
Union County, the Dover Township Board of Zoning Appeals and the
American Heart Association and has coached a little league T-ball team.
One of Nelson's biggest passions is the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
of the United States and the Ride for Kids event at Honda of America.
Nelson said the foundation is important to him. He used to take a week
off from work in order to focus all his attention on the Ride for Kids
event. Now that he is sheriff, he said, he may have to find some more
people willing to help him continue his dedication to the foundation.
"I enjoy being out in the public," he said. "I put a lot of stock in
community relations."
Making a smooth transition between administrations is among his top
priorities. He was selected by the Union County Republican Central
Committee this month to take over the remainder of former sheriff John
Overly's term which will last until Dec. 31, 2004.
Nelson said he owes it to his staff to make it an easy transition.
"I appreciate what they do and want them to be comfortable," he said.
Overly stepped down from office earlier this month to become coordinator
of the Ohio Homeland Security Task Force, ending a career as sheriff
that began in 1982.
To bridge his own leadership with Overly's, Nelson plans to continue
several projects which are already in the works. One of those is a
program near and dear to his heart.
"I want to continue the (Public Safety Officer) program and make sure it
remains in the county," he said.
Nelson was appointed as public safety liaison officer in 2000, serving
as a first responder, protecting and enforcing the laws of Union County
and working with police, fire and local governments. As such, he
understands how important it is to have 24-hour protection in the rural
areas of the county.
However, townships such as York have had to pull out of the program
because they can't afford the service.
"Ultimately it comes down to a money issue," Nelson said.
In order to figure out how townships can afford to continue with the PSO
program, he will have to sit down with township trustees and find out
whether they will need to redistrict the participating areas in order to
spread out the program cost.
Other projects which will have continued importance are the MARCS
communication system and adding Mobile Data Terminal laptops in deputy
cruisers. Both are projects Overly initiated toward aiding and
protecting deputies, while keeping a stronger presence of law
enforcement on the streets, instead of in the office.
Nelson said programs of his own he plans to pursue include expanding the
canine drug enforcement unit at the department.
He said fighting drugs in the communities outside of Columbus is a job
that will only grow over the years. Dealers come down I-71, U.S. 23 or
I-75 on their way from Detroit to Columbus. If criminals know they could
find increased law enforcement on the main roads, they ultimately take
Route 31 and U.S 33 as alternate routes.
Nelson initially came to the sheriff's department to work undercover
more than 17 years ago.
He said his ties to law enforcement began at an early age.
"My dad was a deputy sheriff," he said. "I've always had an interest in
law enforcement."
While working his way through the sheriff's department ranks, Nelson
believes he has come to a good understanding of how the office works. He
also understands that Union County and its growing pains from an
expanding population will need to have more attention in the future.

Campaign finance reports finalized
>From J-T staff reports:
Final campaign finance reports filed last week for two May 6 levies list
expenditures and contributors.
A report filed by the Citizens for Schools Committee states that $6,250
was received in contributions and $6,234.86 in expenditures.
Contributors giving more than $100 were:
Thomas and Marker Construction Co. of Bellefontaine - $1,500; Dominion
Homes of Dublin - $1,000; Marysville Education Association - $750; Navin
PTO - $300; Gudenkauf Corp. of Columbus - $250; Edgewood PTO, Raymond
PTO and MKC Associates Inc. of New Philadelphia - all $200 each.
In addition, 56 individual donations were received that ranged from $100
to $5.
Expenditures were for brochures ($2,709), advertising ($1,916.40), yard
signs ($1,298), radio ($295), pizza ($68) and badges ($48.40).
The Residents Supporting Allen Township Fire Department Committee
reports contributions of $1,410 in the pre report and $495.56 in the
post report.
Contributions of more than $100 were received from Allen Township
Firefighters Association of Marysville ($600), William D. Bowen of
Marysville ($200), Deborah Zimmerman of Milford Center ($175) and
Roberta Uniforms of Columbus ($160).
In addition, a total of 22 individual contributions were received
ranging from $20 to $100.
Expenses were for signs ($625.40), advertising ($543.40), Marysville
Mailbag ($457.33) and Copy Source ($151.50).

Citizens question school officials
Turnout for  Q&A session is fairly light
When superintendent Larry Zimmerman opened the floor to questions at
last night's town hall meeting at the Marysville High School auditorium,
he asked the crowd of about 70 school district residents to treat him
The meeting had been set to discuss the 5-mill five-year operating levy
that is on the ballot in August and possible cuts in school services if
it does not pass. The cuts to transportation and material purchases and
the addition of pay to play fees were expected to cause a bit of a stir
among parents but they were barely discussed.
In fact, one resident recommended further cuts: getting rid of all
extracurricular activities and using all the school's income for
education. Zimmerman said children are active and extracurriculars keep
them busy. He said that even if they were all discontinued, the money
saved wouldn't come anywhere near to making up the $1.4 million deficit
the school would face a year from now if the levy doesn't pass.
That same resident referred to the brick facade of the high school and
the marble floor.
"You don't need those things," he said, asking Zimmerman if the district
took the lowest bid when the school was built.
Zimmerman said he is required by law to accept the lowest bid.
Resident Norman Jones said he would like to support the levy but would
not do so until the district "takes some of the fat out." He said it is
unfair that people who own their own homes pay a higher percentage of
school taxes than those who live in apartments. He blamed the city for
allowing so many apartments to be built.
"I don't disagree with you," Zimmerman said, adding that the percentage
of school taxes paid by industry has declined from 70 percent in 1990 to
53 percent now.
"We need more industry here," he said. "The worst enemy of a
superintendent is residential growth because we lose money with each
house built."
Earlier, he had said he is in favor of a proposed moratorium on new
residential building in Marysville, explaining that new houses produce
an average of $2,000 in school taxes but bring in students who are
educated at a cost of $7,000 a year.
A woman said she has been going to city planning commission meetings and
recommended that more people attend and let the city know how they feel
about restricting residential expansion and lessening the burden on the
school system and taxpayers.
Jones agreed with her. He said people just don't care, referring to the
small number of people in attendance at the meeting and the small voter
turnout in May when one of three levies failed. He recommended cutting
back special education services.
 Zimmerman said he dislikes the idea of instituting cuts but he can't
count on the levy passing in August. In answer to a question from the
audience, he said if the levy passes, some of them won't be necessary.
The list of cuts will be presented to the school board at Monday night's
7:30 p.m. meeting at Navin Elementary School.
Resident Doug Golden pointed out to Zimmerman that he had not included
on the handout material the cost of the levy to homeowners. Zimmerman
said it would be about $150 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home.
"That's $6 a week," Golden said.
Later in the meeting, Jones said, "The best thing that came of tonight
for me is what he (Golden) said. "Six dollars a week. Can I afford that?

Fairbanks relative to be grand marshal
Wagon train prepared to weave its way through county
Julia R. Yoder of Marysville never met her famous cousin that was vice
president of the United States of America.
A native of Unionville Center,  Charles Warren Fairbanks served as vice
president of the United States of America from 1905 to 1909 during the
presidency of Theodore Roosevelt.
The town of Fairbanks, Alaska, was named after him as is Fairbanks High
School near Milford Center. The doors of the Union County Historical
Society were originally on the front of the Fairbanks home along
Robinson Road.
"It was just family," said Mrs. Yoder about her connection to a vice
president. "It's nice to know."
With a direct link to the Fairbanks family, Yoder and her three siblings
will serve as grand marshals for the Union County Bicentennial Wagon
Train as it enters Unionville Center Saturday morning. Her siblings
include Nellie Ann Fry Rausch Sidle, Hubert H. Fry of Richwood and Mary
Jane Chapman of Marysville. They trace their Fairbanks lineage through
their mother, Nellie Ernestine Fairbanks Fry.
Mrs. Yoder plans to be dressed in an antique black taffeta skirt trimmed
in satin that dates back to her great aunt. She also was involved in
creating a bicentennial quilt that will be on display at the Unionville
Center council building on Cross Street.
Riding in a horse-drawn vehicle is definitely nothing new to her.
Mrs. Yoder remembers as a child riding in a horse-drawn buggy to Arnold
along U.S. 42 to catch a train into Columbus when her grandmother had
cataract surgery and helping her father break teams of horses to work in
the field. She and her husband, Clylea, even started farming with
horses. She recalls that he was very happy when they purchased their
first tractor.
This weekend's ride, however, is all about remembering Union County's
past and celebrating the founding of Ohio 200 years ago.
The wagon train begins Friday in Plain City with horses, wagons, drivers
and riders are expected to arrive after noon. More than 25 horse-drawn
vehicles and horses, plus more than 40 horseback riders are expected.
The Plain City celebration in Pastime Park includes a circuit rider
reenactment, music and historical reenactment, as well as a campfire.
The wagon train is scheduled to hit the road at 9 a.m. with Roman Miller
serving as grand marshall.
The wagon train is expected to arrive in Unionville Center at  11 a.m.
for a hog roast and homemade ice cream and then depart at 12:30 p.m.
Saturday afternoon the wagon train will enter Marysville with Police
Chief Eugene Mayer and Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson serving as
grand marshals. Bluegrass music and square dancing are planned at the
Union County Fairgrounds. Entertainment begins at 5 p.m.
Sunday the wagon train will continue north at 9 a.m. to deliver a
historical marker to Magnetic Springs.
The wagon train will route starts in the south of the county and travels
north through several areas of historic significance. The route is as
Saturday - leave Pastime Park at Route 42 entrance, right on North
Chillicothe Street, right at traffic light, right at Middleburg Plain
City Road; stop in Unionville Center then right on Cross Street, left on
Robinson Road passing the Big Darby Creek and site were Vice President
Fairbanks was born then passing through the area known as the German
Settlement first settled in the 1830s, right on Route 736, left on
Scottslawn Road, left on Weaver Road; arrive in Marysville on Chestnut
Street, left on Sixth Street, right on Main Street, left at Route 4
entrance of Union County Fairgrounds.
Sunday - leave Union County Fairgrounds turning left on Route 4, right
on County Home Road, left on Whitestone Road, right on Lowe Road, left
on Springdale Road, right on Hall Road, left on Jackson Road, right on
Route 347, left on Route 37; arrive in Magnetic Springs, the home of
famous mineral springs and bathhouses from 1879 through World War II,
stopping on Fountain Street at the fire department.

Fairbanks gets new principal
The Fairbanks Board of Education accepted the resignation of Rich
Peterson as high school principal at Monday's meeting.
Peterson has been at the school three years and is moving to California.
He will be replaced by John Rathburn who comes from Hamilton Local High
School where he has been assistant principal since 2000.
In other personnel matters, the board accepted the resignation of Ed
Rebmann as media director and Bonnie Ayars as family and consumer
science teacher and approved a one-year leave of absence for Rebecca
Nutter for the 2003-04 school year.
One-year contracts were approved for Jennifer Waddle, family consumer
science teacher; Paula "Jeanie" Mooney, K-12 intervention specialist;
June Smith, elementary literacy coordinator; and Jason McClelland as
seventh and eighth grade science teacher.
Several teachers were approved as summer school teachers for the July 7
to July 25 session. They are Michelle Scheiderer, Amy Sines, Ruth Nicol,
Pam Graber, Tony Hammond, John Finney and Heidi Pearson, coordinator.
Supplemental contracts were approved for Janet Nicol, high school swing
choir; Gail Crosser, assistant Drama Club director; T.J. Kohler,
assistant football coach and reserve baseball coach; David Reinhart and
Joe Newell, assistant high school football coach; and Joe Patterson,
middle school football coach.
In other business, the board:
 . Agreed to membership in the Ohio School Boards Association Workers
Compensation Pooling Program and the OSBA Risk Management and Workers
Compensation Group Rating Program.
 . Approved the purchase of a 71-passenger school bus from Center City
International Trucks Inc. for $54,805.
 . Approved a contract with the Delaware/Union ESC for special education
services in the amount of $188,119.
 . Approved a policy for children of full-time district employees living
outside the district to attend school tuition free.
 . Approved school fees, lunch prices and school handbooks for the
2003-04 school year.
 . Approved a trip to Salt Fork State Park in Cambridge for the boys
golf team July 13 and 14.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel. No
action was taken.

Trustees disagree on street sweeping contract
Jerome Township trustee Freeman May didn't want to talk about cleaning
streets or repairing Weldon Road Monday night during the regular board
of trustees meeting.
"As far as I'm concerned it's a dead issue. We're not going to deal with
it," May said after trustee Ron Rhodes attempted to present a citizen's
concern about a street cleaning agreement with Tartan Fields.
Rhodes said a street cleaning agreement was created several years ago
when the Tartan Fields neighborhood was annexed and the township agreed
to pay the cost of sweeping streets twice a year and split costs with
Concord Township.
The citizen had requested that the streets be cleaned prior to July 4.
Rhodes explained that he informed her the township would not be able to
get the streets cleaned and suggested the resident association perform
this cleaning and  the township would begin the process of meeting their
Instead, May was more concerned with how Rhodes received the citizen's
comments, saying repeatedly that it should have gone to the clerk or
trustee Sharon Sue Wolfe, who was absent. Clerk Robert Caldwell told May
the information's cover letter was addressed to Rhodes. This still did
not appease May, who threatened to end the meeting if Rhodes didn't stop
talking about street cleaning.
Later in the meeting, Rhodes attempted to present a second citizen's
concern about Weldon Road needing repairs after recent utility work.
May said Weldon Road was a dead-end abandoned road and the township was
not going to spend a lot of money. May then reminded Rhodes that Rhodes
did not control the board.
Rhodes came under attack again when he mentioned that a flag pole light
needed replacing. When Rhodes was questioned about bringing the topic
up, his wife, Earline, spoke up to explain how the matter had come to
her husband's attention. She said a citizen had called their home and
she had received the call Friday morning. She told the caller to contact
May, who is in charge of the road maintenance department. Mrs. Rhodes
said the caller told her that they would not call May. She then
volunteered to call the township office and spoke to the zoning
inspector who told the road maintenance employee. The employee said the
light was fixed by the end of the Friday work day.
Rhodes then explained his reason for raising the issue. He said he just
wanted to know if the matter had been resolved and had not been informed
prior to the meeting by either May or the employee.
Rhodes and May did find a few things to agree about during the meeting,
including  agreeing not to discuss pay increases and cemetery rules. May
suggested that all three trustees should be present and Rhodes agreed.
Rhodes and May also agreed to contact the Union County Engineer about
installing a speed limit sign and children at play sign on El Camino
Drive, although May voiced reservations.
Saying that he was not against the signs, May said, "I don't see any use
of it."
At a previous meeting May had said he didn't see a need for more signs.
He said he had driven in the neighborhood and there are speed limit
signs at the subdivision's entrances.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson told the citizen who presented a
petition for the signs that his department could not do anything about
noise complaints.
May then reminded the township resident that "this is country, ma'am."
Both trustees also agreed to return a $240 payment for a cemetery footer
to the monument company because the township did not do the work.
Caldwell said the township could create a website for approximately
$1,500. Rhodes voiced concern that the contract might include hidden
costs and suggested that the county prosecutor review it.
Answering a question that arose at a previous meeting, Caldwell said the
township recieves a 14 percent discount on fuel from a local supplier.
Consulting engineer Mark Cameron said the township needs to obtain seven
easements before Ketch Road and storm improvements can begin. He then
presented a tentative schedule that listed completing the easements by
Friday, opening bids July 25, construction beginning Aug. 11 and work
completed Nov. 14.
Fire chief Scott Skeldon said the local department will participate in
an upcoming Goodyear Safety Week.

Worker shocked by lines
>From J-T staff reports:
A Union Rural Electric sub-contractor was reportedly shocked by power
lines while clearing trees Monday afternoon
Barry L. Bloomfield of Kenton was reportedly transported to Memorial
Hospital of Union County by Allen Township medics at around 4:30 p.m.
Bloomfield was working as a sub-contractor for Union Rural Electric
trimming tree limbs around power lines in the 22000 block of Northwest
Parkway. He is an employee of the Rahrig Tree Company, Inc.
According to reports, he had climbed a tree in order to saw the limbs
with a chainsaw when one fell on a power line. When he attempted to
remove the limb he was shocked by the lines.
MedFlight was called to the scene but was later canceled. Bloomfield was
later treated and released according to a hospital spokesperson.

Union County Fair has full slate for 2003
Union County's 157th fair promises a lot of traditional favorites with
several new surprises.
Activities unofficially begin Sunday, July 20, with free admission for
harness racing starting at 1 p.m. and Junior Fair animals will arrive
throughout the day. The annual fair's official run is from July 21-27,
Monday through Sunday.
"Saturday is our big new day," said Kay Griffith, marketing director of
the Union County Fair. "I am so excited about this fair."
New activities for Saturday include food, dogs, traditional dancing and
dancing of a different kind, as well as some trucks playing in the mud.
The day will begin with an "all-you-can-eat" pancake breakfast to
benefit 4-H in the Pavilion from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. A fun dog show
is planned for 11 a.m. and local dance studios will provide exhibitions
at 4 p.m., while a tractor square dance is planned for 6:30 p.m. Mud
runs are set to start at 8 p.m. and are open to four-wheel drive trucks
that will drive through a mud pit.
Returning this year on Saturday are lawn mower races, beginning at noon.

Another new event that will be on hand for Sunday is the Buckeye
Championship Sports Tour, a mobile exhibit developed on behalf of The
Ohio State University athletic department, from noon to 8 p.m. Fairgoers
may try their hand at the interactive football toss, hockey slap-shot or
baseball throw. Souvenir photos with "virtual" Jim Tressel holding the
Championship Trophy are also available. Individuals can also register to
win an autographed Jim Tressel football or bobble-head doll, plus pick
up various OSU sports schedules and premium items.
Bicentennial events celebrating the founding of Ohio are planned
Wednesday and Thursday.
Throughout the fair a Pioneer Living Hands Museum will be available, as
well as a fire truck.
Highlights of each day are listed below:
July 21, Monday
. Rides open at 5:30 p.m. per inspection. Kissell Brothers will again
provide rides for all ages. Griffith said Kissell Brothers has provided
rides since 1995 in Union County and is considered one of the safest
ride companies in the state.
. Junior fair animal weigh-ins begin Sunday and continue Monday.
. A fun horse show and horseless games start at 10 a.m.
. Harness racing begins at 5 p.m.
. Parade begins in downtown Marysville at the County Office Building on
Sixth Street at 6 p.m. and ends at the fairgrounds with all in the
parade entering the fair free.
July 22, Tuesday
. Cloverbud Day includes a lot of special events for pre 4-H age
children beginning at 10 a.m. in the Pavilion.
. Rides begin at noon every day.
. Horse judging contest at 10 a.m., draft/driving fun show at 11 a.m.
and Junior Fair performance classes at 6 p.m.
. Swine showmanship is in the show arena.
. Motorcross practice starts at 6 p.m. in front of the Grandstand with
races beginning at 7:30 p.m.
. The fair queen will be crowned at 7:15 p.m. followed by the Junior
Fair style show at 7:30 p.m.
July 23, Wednesday
. Senior Citizen Day includes free admission for anyone 62 years of age
and older. Light refreshments are planned with Bingo for Bucks from 2 to
4 p.m.
. DARE Day offers free admission and ride passes to all 2003 DARE
graduates who wear their shirts to the fair. The passes will be
available at the DARE display in Merchants Building II.
. Horse shows include production, versatility and pattern class.
. A demolition derby starts at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Grandstand.
. Junior Fair swine show starts at 6 p.m. in the Show Arena.
. Music by local band Flashback kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Pavilion
featuring tunes from the 1950s and 1960s.
July 24, Thursday
. Sheep Improvement Day includes an open show, followed by a Celebrity
Cookoff, Guys and Gals Lead and Junior Fair show in the Show Arena.
. Horse clinic, potluck and recognition program.
. The New River Whiskey Band performs at 7 p.m. in the Pavilion.
. Bull riding returns this year at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Grandstand.

July 25, Friday
. Junior Fair horse show begins at 8 a.m.
. Cattle show competition
. Flower and bake sale contests
. An expanded pulling contest starts at 7 p.m. in front of the
Grandstand and now includes pick-up and semi trucks plus tractors.
. The Open Class bake sale is in the Pavilion at 7 p.m.
. J.R. Hunter Band will perform at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in the Pavilion
with a break for the Honda light parade.
July 26, Saturday
. All you can eat pancake breakfast in the Pavilion to benefit 4-H from
7:30 to 9:30 a.m. with the awards program to follow.
. Stick horse show and ground roping/goat tying, open draft horse and
pony show.
. Fun dog show at 11 a.m.
. Lawn mower race at noon.
. Dance studio exhibitions in the Pavilion from 4-6 p.m.
. Tractor square dancing at 6:30 p.m.
. Livestock Sale
. Mud runs at 8 p.m.
July 27, Sunday
. Veterans Day enables all veterans to enter the fair free. Lunch will
be served to all veterans with music
. The Buckeye Championship Sports Tour
. Kiddie Pulls start at 1 p.m. in the Show Arena
. Kid games have a new feature with the addition of the COSI bubble
. Open horse show
. Evening activities include line dancing in the Pavilion and a
demolition derby at the Grandstand.
Discount season passes are now available for the fair until July 4 when
the cost increases. Season passes include admission to the grounds, as
well as free parking and entrance into the Grandstand.

Moratorium handed to Public Works
The first reading on an ordinance recommending that Marysville impose a
moratorium on all new residential development was held at Thursday's
city council meeting.
Councilman Dan Fogt reiterated for council that the moratorium will
allow for planning of the improvement of the wastewater treatment and
storm water drainage systems. He emphasized that the moratorium is not
intended for commercial growth.
Mayor Steve Lowe said that if the city imposes the moratorium,
wastewater capacity would essentially be at the mercy of areas like
Jerome and Milford Center who are tied in to city wastewater lines.
"You can't put it on the city and force development outside of the
city," Lowe said.
He said Jerome and Milford Center are prime targets for new development.
If residential construction halts in the city, builders would just head
there instead. The city would have no control over the houses going up
and no control over the possible effect on the wastewater situation.
"I don't think that's right," Lowe said. "It's got to be everybody or
Council member Barbara Bushong also said imposing the moratorium on the
city would not take care of the problem. She suggested working with the
City administrator Bob Schaumleffel said residential development is not
the only thing affecting the growing wastewater volume. A three to five
year supply of existing lots is lined up for future construction.
Several commercial projects are already pending.
Schaumleffel said he initially supported the idea of a moratorium but
wonders if revising the building density requirements might be another
idea to consider.
"There are many, many lots already approved which the current
administration will not prohibit the building on those lots," Fogt said.
"If this legislation is approved, it will not allow new residential
plans to be submitted until April 1, 2004 and the slow-down will not be
seen until then."
An amendment was also accepted to change the ordinance language
addressing the deadline to allow for an earlier resolution if council
and administration arrive at one.
As a result, council president John Gore referred the issue to the
Public Works Committee. The issue will come back to council on July 10
and the ordinance will have its public hearing.
Commission chairman Allen Seymour addressed council about an ordinance
amending paving regulations in the Marysville Planning and Commission
The ordinance is meant to address the issue of the number of gravel lots
and driveways in the city and the disagreement between the Board of
Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission on how to handle them.
Seymour said dealing with new development is easy but dealing with
existing homes and businesses with gravel lots is difficult.
City planner Kathy Leidich reported the rules on paving have been
established since 1978 and stipulates "durable" and "dust-free"
surfaces. The interpretation has been that they must be paved, however,
some homes have had gravel drives since the 1940s.
The issue is whether or not to grandfather existing gravel drives or to
only grandfather drives in place since 1978. Because of the grandfather
issue, the ordinance was tabled by council and will be postponed until
July 24. This will give council time to meet with the Planning
Commission and ask the BZA members about their opinion.
David Creviston addressed council on a possible flaw in the recent ward
organization process. The wards are re-drawn every 10 years to address
population growth.
According to the Marysville city charter, Creviston said, the
organization of the current ward system may be in non-compliance.
He said if council redrew the city's fastest-growing wards with lower
numbers to account for future growth wards, which is against the city
The charter states, "After each recurring Federal census and after the
report of the Secretary of State of the population of the city, council
shall by ordinance divide the city into four wards of substantially
equal population and as substantially compact and contiguous territory."

He said council added an additional 2,000 people to Ward 1 and another
330 to Ward 3 for anticipated development in those areas.
Creviston's reading of the charter stipulates that the wards must be
drawn according to federal census numbers, not future projections.
"It's based on population, not speculation," he said.
Unless council wants to lose public trust, he said, they will go back
and draw the wards correctly.
Council president John Gore said council had consulted with city law
director Tim Aslaner on the matter prior to any action and had been
given his blessing concerning the numbers.
"I don't think we did anything wrong," Gore said, "and so we'll get on
with the rest of city business."

Marysville lists cost saving plan
>From J-T staff reports:
A proposed new levy for the Marysville schools would keep the system out
of a $1.4-million deficit situation if it is passed at the August
special election. The five-year 5-mill operating levy would generate
about $3.13 million per year.
Since the levy's fate is unknown and state law requires a balanced
budget, administrators have made proposals to save the district $1.8
million by cutting costs and increasing fees.
The proposed cost-saving measures include:
 . Reducing spending on materials such as textbooks and equipment in the
amount of $500,000.
 . Reducing transportation services by establishing a two-mile radius
for buses, eliminating mid-day transportation by going to full day/every
other day kindergarten and charging usage fees for school-sponsored
trips at a savings of $500,000
 . Raising pay-to-participate fees in the amount of $600,000, the amount
the district currently spends on coaches and advisors for
extracurricular activities.
Examples of proposed pay-to-play fees are $560 for high school football,
$93 for high school band, $344 for middle school baseball and softball,
$27 for middle school swing choir and $174 for Mock Trial.
In addition, hiring of new staff members will be cut back.A public
meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium to
review the recommendations and answer questions.
A final proposal will be presented to the board of education at the
regular June 23 meeting.

Wagon train will depart from Pastime Park
>From J-T staff reports:
The Union County Wagon Train, an 1880s style wagon procession will
organize and camp at Plain City's Pastime Park June 20 and 21 to
commemorate Ohio's Bicentennial.
Approximately 20 wagon teams and 35 horseback riders in period costume
with authentic wagons and gear will arrive throughout the day on June
20. Food will be provided by the Plain City Little League, senior
citizens, Methodist Church and the Daily Grind Coffee House, with an
old-fashioned ice cream social sponsored by the Plain City Presbyterian
A reenactment of a circuit rider worship service will be conducted in
the grandstand by the Rev. Price of the Methodist church at 7 p.m. and
the Front Porch Players and Bill Purk and Friends will provide
entertainment. Bicentennial souvenirs will be available and the Plain
City Public Library will register people of all ages the the summer
reading program between 5 and 7 p.m.
A worship service will be conducted at 8 a.m. June 21 and the Plain City
Lion's Club will serve breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
The wagon train will depart at 9 a.m. for Unionville Center, Marysville
and Magnetic Springs.
Also on Saturday, the Isaac Bigelow Memorial will be dedicated off Route
161 at McKitrick Park at 10 a.m. Bigelow founded Plain City, at that
time called Westminster, in 1818.
T-shirts to commemorate the event can be ordered at the Plain City
Druggist and Daily Grind Coffee House.
Funds raised will be used by the Plain City Business Association to
sponsor community events and nonprofit organizations.

Sewer plant location recommended
Committee  will suggest  Industrial Parkway site to Marysville City

The Marysville Public Works Committee was given the hefty charge of
finding a location for the future waste water treatment plant. Today the
committee will report its results to Marysville City Council.
According to committee chairman Ed Pleasant, the top choice was a
location east of the Rockwell Plant on the south side of Industrial
Parkway. He said this site will be the only one proposed to council out
of a total of six locations.
The committee wrapped up its final meeting on Monday after months of
discussions and will now leave council to pursue future legislation
toward officially choosing the site. Committee members included chairman
Ed Pleasant, councilmen Dan Fogt and Mark Reams, city administrator Bob
Schaumleffel, public service director Tracie Davies, wastewater
superintendent Tom Gault and city engineer Phil Roush. Several residents
also attended meetings for comment.
Pleasant said the Industrial Parkway site met the majority of criteria
points used to rate the six locations. The nearest location in the
rating scale was reportedly 20 percent behind.
The locations were:
1. Industrial Parkway
2. Near ATF Transmission
3. The existing site
4. Hinton Mill Road
5. The Darling property on U.S. 36
6. Meyers Road
The committee began rating plant locations with a list of 13 evaluation
topics: Locations for the least amount of transmission lines needed;
eliminating pump stations; weighing cost sharing opportunities; making
easy access for construction; minimizing the impact on flood plains;
proximity to water sources; minimizing the number of property owners
needed to acquire acreage; the cost to install lines; easements needed;
neighborhood concern; whether or not to keep the plant inside city
limits; the amount of acreage needed and the size of the plant; and the
impact the plant location will have on its surroundings.
The city had originally proposed constructing the future waste water
plant in Dover Township on a recommendation from a hired Columbus
engineering firm. Residents in the township were not happy about the
idea and showed up at meetings in droves to complain. City council then
switched gears and charged the Public Works Committee to weigh all the
factors and come up with a site recommendation.
Tom Compton is an operator with the Delaware Waste Water Treatment plant
and lives on Meyers Road. He was at the majority of the committee
meetings because he feared the site would end up near his neighborhood.
He commented at a meeting on May 29 that the members could be in over
their heads.
Compton felt that having the committee rate locations was a viable way
to go through the decision process. However, he said, for the size and
scope of this $60,000,000 project they needed to seek outside help.
"This is too critical and too much money to be based on estimates,"
Compton said.
City Administrator Bob Schaumleffel said the committee's intention at
this point is not to get into the details of how to construct the site.
 "We're still dealing with policy issues," Schaumleffel said. "The next
step is technical issues."
Ultimately, Compton said, he was impressed with the efforts of city
council members to understand the issue and come to a final decision. He

Planning and construction of the new plant are expected to take the next
seven years.
Pleasant said the Public Works Committee was also charged with compiling
a list of city-owned properties for possible sale. The money generated
from the sales would be placed into capital needs funds for the city. He
said one option for the money would be to help support street repairs.
The sales could also help generate money for the purchase of the
wastewater site property.
Pleasant said the former Penn Oil gas station site near Memorial
Hospital of Union County is one location which could go up for sale. He
preferred not to comment on the additional city-owned sites, as he said
council may discuss the future of those properties in executive session
this week.

Personal Needs Pantry provides books for patrons
Those in need will now be able to enjoy the gift of reading when
visiting the Union County Personal Needs Pantry.
The Friends of the Library has partnered with the Personal Needs Pantry
to implement a program to give those in need access to books for all
The Personal Needs Pantry was started in 2000 by Trinity Lutheran
Church. The group's mission statement is to serve members of the
community to help them meet their basic needs.
Barb Snodgres helps run the pantry and serves as the buyer and
accountant for the organization.
"We provide things for people in need to make for a better quality of
life," Snodgres explained.
Food stamp recipients are permitted to buy only food, therefore,
non-edible personal hygiene items do not qualify under the food stamp
program, Snodgres said.
The pantry provides hygienic products including items such as toilet
paper, deodorant, feminine products, toothbrushes and diapers.
Denise Birkoff is a Friends of the Library board member. Birkoff read
about a program in Illinois that accessed their local personal needs
pantry to provide books to those in need.
"Thousands of books are donated to the library each year," Birkoff said,
"Some are sold at periodic book sales but now hundreds of them will be
readily available to those who otherwise may not be able to afford to
own their own books."
Snodgres said the bookcase at the pantry has been restocked three times
since the program's inception in March.
"The program has been really well received because this is something
that these people don't have access to," Snodgres said.
Birkoff said she keeps the bookcase full of reading material for all
ages but the most popular books are children's picture books.
"We don't have many children's books left in our book sale room so we
would appreciate any donations," Birkoff said.
The Personal Needs Pantry serves more than 200 families a month. The
pantry operates on funds from the United Way, area church contributions
and individual donations.
"The more resources that we can give these people the better," Snodgres
The Personal Needs Pantry is open on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. and on
Saturday from 9-12 p.m. It is located at 209 S. Oak St. behind Trinity
Lutheran Church.
For more information on the pantry contact Barb Snodgres at Trinity
Lutheran Church at 642-1616. To donate books contact the Marysville
Public Library at 642-1876.

Construction moratorium considered
Marysville council may choose to halt residential growth

An ordinance coming before Marysville City Council this week could lead
to a temporary halt on all new residential development in the city.
Councilman Dan Fogt has sponsored an ordinance implementing a temporary
moratorium on rezoning for new residential construction and the
acceptance of preliminary plats for new residential construction. The
ordinance will have its first reading during Thursday's council meeting.

City administrators have warned in the past that a moratorium on new
development could be on the horizon. With wastewater treatment plant
levels rising above capacity with every storm, the Ohio EPA would have
the right to enforce a moratorium in order to restrict rising sewage
Fogt is proposing a self-imposed moratorium.
The ordinance language states that the moratorium is needed because the
city is experiencing increasing development pressures. The intention is
not to halt commercial and industrial growth because of the revenue it
brings to the city.
"If OEPA would declare a moratorium for Marysville, it would most
probably include commercial and industrial growth." Fogt said. "The City
of Marysville depends heavily on revenues from business and industry and
we should not discourage good companies from locating here."
Fogt believes a temporary city-wide zoning moratorium on new residential
construction will allow for planning of the improvement of the
wastewater treatment system and the storm water drainage system.
The ordinance asks that council and the planning commission stop new
residential construction until April 1 or until the sewer plant issues
have been addressed.
The oridinance states "the infrastructure improvements needed for
development throughout the city will have major fiscal impacts on the
city's capital improvements budget and the wastewater treatment system
is near capacity and is in need of major expansion and the storm water
drainage system is in need of major improvements."
"Administration actually suggested the same thing a couple years ago but
council unanimously turned it down," Mayor Steve Lowe said.
He said questions need to be answered concerning the moratorium. For
example, how will this ordinance affect city sewer contracts with
Milford Center and Union County? If new residential development is
halted within Marysville, does that mean it will also have to be halted
in those areas?
Lowe said the ordinance will do no good if the development doesn't stop
in outside areas and their sewage increases.
He also wondered if council intends to waive readings and pass the
ordinance during Thursday's meeting because the ordinance language
declares it an emergency. He said he would like to have a few questions
answered before that happens.
"I do not expect to waive all readings," Fogt said. "I would like for
there to be opportunity for discussion at two or more meetings."
He also added that the ordinance would not affect sewer contracts with
Milford Center and Union County/Jerome Township ties.
Fogt said any resident who would like to speak to council on either
first or third readings should call clerk of council Connie Patterson at
645-1027 prior to the meeting. Second reading does not require advance
"If someone has a better way to approach these problems, please share it
with us," Fogt said.
The moratorium would not apply to properties currently undergoing the
zoning process for residential development. It would not affect any
complete rezoning application or preliminary plat for new residential
construction purposes, which was properly submitted to the city for
approval prior to the effective date of the ordinance passing council.
The moratorium would also not prohibit the repair or rebuilding of a
residence that is damaged by fire, storm or other accidental
occurrences; prohibit the renovation of existing structures and
rebuilding of a structure due to demolition according to existing zoning

Group rebuilds leveled home
J-T intern
Tim and Stacy Penhorwood are receiving relief from Friends Disaster
Services (FDS) after a tornado destroyed their home in northern Union
County on Nov. 10.
The Penhorwood house that was located at 21444 Route 47 was completely
destroyed, a barn was leveled and the grass was flattened from the wind.
The Penhorwoods lost everything and had no insurance.
Mr. Penhorwood said that Dean Johnson, national coordinator of FDS, was
traveling around after the tornado hit and talked with the Penhorwoods
and asked if they'd be interested in receiving their services.
"We like to help people who can't help themselves," said Johnson.
Johnson said FDS is an outreach and service arm of the Friends Church.
They respond to disaster situations by helping victims who get caught
without insurance, who are handicapped, elderly or have a low income.
The mission of FDS is to exemplify God's love and bring hope and
encouragement to victims of disasters by providing them with volunteer
cleanup and rebuild assistance.
Members of FDS are helping the Penhorwoods build a new house this week
across the street from their old one. FDS does not provide land or
materials when building houses, but tries to give guidance by providing
labor and expertise.
The organization scheduled the project with the Penhorwoods about six
months ago. Tim Penhorwood said that about 10 people came to Union
County and began the foundation of their new home late last week. The
goal is to have the house finished and electrical work and air installed
by Friday. An estimated 50 people came this week from Iowa, Michigan,
Kansas, Indiana, Virginia and all over Ohio and are working together to
build the house. The volunteers from FDS are scheduled to leave Friday
or Saturday.
"I used to build, but I'll have a huge jump start now," Mr. Penhorwood
said. "I'll come and work on the house during the summer. This saves us
a lot of money and labor."
The Penhorwoods have been renting a home from Mr. Penhorwood's sister.
The volunteers from FDS stay in churches or community centers when they
are working on a project. They are staying at Camp Union near York
Center this week. The Red Cross is supplying food for workers and they
opened an account for the FDS volunteers at a store in West Mansfield.
Meals are often donated by churches or individuals for FDS.
FDS, which has been in existence for 29 years, is almost entirely funded
by donations. It is a member of National Volunteer Organizations Active
in Disaster and networks with other national disaster relief
"It's not for us," Johnson said. "It's for people who have a disaster."
For more information on FDS, those interested may call (330) 650-4975.

New Richwood codes include
restrictions on adult businesses

Richwood Village Council members received their first copy of the
village's new zoning codes at Monday's meeting.
Included in those new codes are regulations to limit the places where an
adult business could locate in Richwood. In essence, there may not be
anywhere such a business could operate.
Village solicitor Rick Rodger said the new zoning code for such a
business states that it cannot be located within 1,000 feet of a home or
1,500 feet of a church, school or park. Additionally it cannot be
located within 2,000 feet of another adult business.
The code also states that no advertising is allowed and windows must be
covered so residents can not see in the establishment. Loudspeakers at
such businesses are also prohibited.
Rodger said it is doubtful any such business would attempt to locate in
Richwood but it is good to have such codes on the books just in case.
Council voted 6-0 to pass the new zoning codes on first reading.
Rodger added that a list of subdivision codes will be created in the
Council also heard a lengthy presentation by Dave Phillips of Phillips
Excavating of Forest, which provided some of the work on a water line
improvement for the village.
Apparently there have been some leaking problems with the lines. Some of
the fittings in the lines are apparently corroding prematurely, causing
the leaks. Phillips said he has no idea what is causing the problems and
assured council that such a problem has never surfaced in the 35-year
history of his company.
The year warranty on the lines has now run out, meaning the village will
be responsible for fixing future leaks.
Phillips said he does not believe the situation has anything to do with
the installation of the pipes and he does not feel his company is
responsible for the problems. He said numerous outside factors could
cause such corrosion.
He said he believes there was electricity being fed into the ground in
the area, but he had no proof for the theory.
In other business, council:
. Finalized plans to apply for Community Development Block Grant money
to put in a sidewalk in the area of the new elementary school.
. Learned that police chief Rick Asher will be on the lookout for
residents in violation of the village trash can ordinance. Asher also
advised that he has sent out certified letters for residents in
violation of the weed and junk motor vehicle ordinances.
. Learned from village administrator Ron Polen that some residents are
abusing the village service of brush pickup. He said some residents are
taking down entire trees and putting them by the curb.
. Heard an update from Ed Bischoff of Bischoff and Associates about
village projects.

MRDD to seek replacement levy
Voters may be asked in November to replace a 2.4-mill levy for the Union
County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
Board members and employees asked the Union County Commissioners
Thursday for their support of a six-year replacement levy expected to
generate $2,556,495 annually, approximately $491,949 more than a renewal
"A replacement levy means no new taxes and increased costs to taxpayers
and a renewal levy means no new taxes and no increased costs to
taxpayers," states information presented to the three county
The additional monies will pay for increased service needs and
enrollment increases, as well as the continuation and expansion of
existing services, said MR/DD superintendent Jerry Berger.
Berger said the community's supportive reputation is attracting families
with special needs.
He told the commissioners that his staff had recently received a call
from a family in Wisconsin with a "severely served" child. The father
has taken a job in Franklin County and when the mother contacted
Franklin County about services for their child, she was recommended to
contact Union County.
In 1990 the local enrollee census was 120. In 2003, the board has 404
enrollees or a growth of more than 330 percent. The board anticipates no
funding increases from state or federal governmental entities.
Sources for the 2002 budget comes from 86 percent local funds, 2.45
percent ODE state funds, 1.49 ODMR/DD state funds, 5.23 percent federal
funds and 3.41 percent other funds.
The local board has a projected revenue of $9.3 million in 2003 with
projected expenditures of $6.8 million.
Historically, MR/DD has had ending cash balances totaling more than $2
million. In 2002 MR/DD had a carryover of $2.8 million. The carryover is
expected to drop to $2.4 million this year.
Employees explain that this the carryover is needed to cover program
costs until taxes are collected.
The mission of MR/DD, established in 1967, is to increase opportunities
for a quality life, community membership and personal achievement for
people with developmental disabilities. Mental retardation refers to
significant sub-average general intellectual functioning and is not an
emotional problem. It is one example of a developmental disability.
Developmental disabilities mean a severe chronic disability attributable
to mental or physical impairment that originates prior to age 22.
Commissioners Jim Mitchell, Gary Lee and Tom McCarthy unanimously passed
a motion in support of the proposed MR/DD 2.4-mill levy to be placed on
the November ballot.

Homerun headaches for homeowner
Play ball - for now!
Richwood Village Council voted Monday to open up a ball field at
Richwood Park to player of all ages and sexes, a move that could draw
On numerous occasions over the past several years, council has opted to
stand fast on limitations placed on the field. The controversy surrounds
the proximity of an outfield fence to a large metal garage at 247 N.
Franklin St.
In years past the owners of the garage, Jim and Marlene Reece, have
voiced opposition to balls from the field striking the garage. The
owners of the garage, which was in place before the field was
constructed, and village nearly wound up in court over the issue in 1995
before a settlement agreement was reached.
As part of that agreement a 30-foot high fence was constructed in front
of the garage. The agreement also obligated the village to pay $1,350 to
the Reeces for damages to the building.
But the fence apparently did not stop balls from hitting the structure.
What has been contended in recent years is the type of players who may
use the field. It has been said at past council meetings that a large
coed tournament which used to take place on the field was the primary
problem, with men hitting the ball over the 30-foot high fence and onto
the garage. Home plate lies roughly 270 feet from the outfield fence.
Council decided earlier this year that the field was designed for girls
softball and therefore no men or even teenage boys should use the field.
That decision was allegedly strictly enforced by the Reeces.
Bruce Davis, president of the North Union Softball for Girls program
which uses the field, said his organization is responsible for upkeep of
the field. He said girls in his organization do not hit balls far enough
to strike the garage.
But he also said he felt the field was for all the residents of Richwood
and as a result he does not like to see the use limited.
He cited recent incidents when the Richwood Police were called to remove
a church group from the field and another time when a father and his two
children met a similar fate.
Attempts to contact the Reeces this morning were unsuccessful.
Council member Arlene Blue said the field was intended to be used for
girls softball only. She also noted that the village agreed not to allow
men to use it.
But a copy of the agreement does not show this stipulation. The
agreement does note that male players and men's leagues were not
permitted on the field until the fence was constructed.
Village solicitor Rick Rodger said the village has met the terms of the
1995 agreement. He said that does not mean the village could not face
further litigation.
Davis said he understands the liability issues the village is facing,
but he feels eliminating the coed tournament dealt with a majority of
the problems.
"I'm not sure how you can hold ball fields hostage," he said.
He said the village cannot eliminate all situations where the garage
could get hit. He said people who are trying to strike the barn on
purpose will find a way to do it.
Blue said all members of the public may want to use the fields but
ultimately it is the village which will face a lawsuit. She also alluded
to a threatened suit that had just surfaced Monday but it was unclear if
that suit centered around the garage.
George Showalter said the park is for the people and all people should
be able to use its facilities. He said if push comes to shove, the
village will be taken to court and the judge can make a final decision
on the issue.
Council held an executive session to discuss pending litigation and came
out to vote on the issue. Council voted 5-1 to open to field to all
Blue cast the dissenting vote.

Milford Center eyes purchase of land
Milford Center Village Council considered appraisals for land in
executive session Monday night during their regular meeting, but took no
A special meeting is set for June 23 at 6 p.m. to further consider
property acquisition for construction of a dike around the village's
lift station. Two committee meetings are also planned for June 23.
Councilman Roger Geer requested a 5 p.m. meeting to discuss a safety
issue with the village solicitor and the safety, finance and labor
committee. The ordinance committee will then meet after the council's
special meeting.
During Monday's routine business the general discussion stopped and all
applauded when newly-appointed Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson joined
the meeting. Nelson has routinely attended the monthly council meetings
as a liaison between the sheriff's department and the community. He
continued those duties on his first day as the county's sheriff. Nelson
said he was not certain who would be the community liaison in the future
but he would come as often as he is available. Council wished him good
luck with his new position.
Councilman Ron Payne informed council that a replica of the original
county courthouse which stood in Milford Center is nearing completion.
Gloria Richardson, Jan Payne and Roger Geer were recognized for their
work at Liberty Park and council commented on the recent Memorial Day
Councilman Geer said he submitted three proposals to the county for
Community Development Block Grants.
Zoning inspector LeRoy Holt said a property at 95 Pleasant St. cannot be
torn down because it is in bankruptcy. He asked for permission to mow
the grass. Council authorized solicitor John Eufinger to investigate the
proper procedure and then direct Holt. Village officials informed Holt
of two other zoning concerns.
Holt challenged council to purchase street cleaning equipment. He also
asked the village to pay for lighting costs at the township monument.
The cost would be approximately $15 a month.
Council learned through a letter from the Ohio Department of
Transportation that the current railing on the Route 4 bridge over Big
Darby Creek cannot be reused when the bridge is refurbished. The cost
for light poles will be $25,000 for two or $30,000 for three.
Mayor Cheryl DeMatteo said she and clerk Tammy Hardy will be
re-evaluating the village's telephone lines.

Rocky Nelson appointed sheriff
Rocky Nelson was sworn in today at 8:07 a.m. as Union County's 38th
sheriff by Union County Common Pleas Judge Richard Parrott.
Nelson was selected Saturday morning by a majority of the Union County
Republican Committee from a pool of four candidates.
The need for a new sheriff arose when John Overly announced plans in May
to accept a position as coordinator of Ohio's Homeland Security
Department. His term as sheriff ends Jan. 2, 2005.
Nelson said today that he appreciated the confidence of the Republican
Central Committee and was proud to have his family and friends present
at the early morning oath of office in the court chambers.
Nelson added that  "never in his wildest dreams" did he envision Judge
Parrott swearing him into office as sheriff. He then recalled many early
mornings having to awaken Parrott as municipal court judge to swear in
Nelson's children, Chance and Riley, held their great-grandmother's
Bible as he swore to support the constitution and faithfully and
impartially impart the law as the Union County Sheriff. On hand for the
event today were Nelson's wife, Hedy; parents, Ruth and Walt Nelson;
grandmother, Ruth Nelson; brother, Craig Nelson; and father-in-law and
mother-in-law, Clare and Bob Gilbert. The Union County Commissioners,
several employees of the sheriff's department and friends also gathered
in the courtroom.
Jim Westfall, chairman of the central committee, said today that the
process of electing a new sheriff was "done democratically and
Westfall said 42 ballots were cast for the four candidates with no one
receiving a majority in the first vote. A second vote was then held with
the top two candidates, Nelson and Malcom James Patton. The actual vote
was not released by the committee.
Nelson has been a Union County Sheriff's deputy since 1986 after
graduating from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.
Prior to his appointment, Nelson was a public safety liaison officer,
certified as an EMT and firefighter and serving as a first responder
protecting and enforcing the laws of the county. He also acted as a
liaison to the community on behalf of the sheriff's office to
communicate with police, fire and local governments.
During his career, Nelson has been a traffic officer, investigator,
patrol division shift supervisor, patrol officer and corrections
The annual salary for the position of sheriff in Union County is

Marysville Pool open for business
J-T intern
Despite the colder, rainy weather, the Marysville Municipal Pool has
opened full-time for the rest of the summer.
With recent cool temperatures, resident may not have known the pool
opened, but it will allow swimmers unless the water temperature drops to
65 degrees or colder.
According to Chris Terzis, swim lesson coordinator, the pool has sold
about 250 memberships for the summer. Assistant manager Jackie Underwood
said that membership sales are a little low this year, probably due to
the inclement weather.
"We are hoping the weather will warm up and cooperate," Underwood said.
A season pass to the pool for a resident family is $115 and a
non-resident family will pay $135.
The pool opened a little earlier than normal this year. Ann Rausch, swim
coach, said the pool normally doesn't open full-time until school is
out. Prior to the end of the school year the pool is normally open on
some weekends.
The pool is open from noon to 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 1
to 8 p.m. on Sundays. The last 15 minutes of each hour will be an adult
swim. Minors will be prohibited from being in or around the pool except
those infants who are held by parents.
Swim lesson sign-ups are to be held at the pool through June 12. There
will be two swim lesson sessions this year Monday through Friday.
The first session will be June 16-27 and the second, July 7-18. Each
lesson will last for 30 minutes. The first morning session will begin at
9:30 a.m. and evening lessons will start at 7:30 p.m. The classes are
taught by American Red Cross water safety instructors and will be aided
by American Red Cross lifeguards. During lessons the pool will close at
7:30 p.m.
In preparation for the summer, there has been painting around pool. The
grounds and landscaping were changed and the concession stand is fully
stocked. There are 25 lifeguards employed for the summer.
The baby pool sanitation and filtration system has been separated from
the main pool. With this improvement, the occasional low chlorine level
problems that have occurred in the past will no longer be a concern.
Parks and Recreation Coordinator Steve Conley said that he is not
concerned with the possibility of the new indoor pool addition at the
Union County Family YMCA taking swimmers from the pool.
"The city and the Y try to work together," he said. "The indoor pool
will be great for someone elderly or with special needs. If it takes
away a little bit (of business) it won't be a big deal."

Local girl featured in Wendy's commercial
J-T intern
Kendall Brown, a local 4-year-old girl, is appearing in a commercial for
Wendy's new southwestern chicken caesar salad, although she revealed to
the director that her favorite fast food is McDonald's cheeseburgers.
"It was a true miracle she got in this," said Holli Brown, Kendall's
In addition to Kendall's announcing her preference for McDonald's, she
also had a black eye at the time of filming. Mrs. Brown tried to
disguise her daughter's eye with make-up before the filming.
The commercial featuring Kendall went nationwide Sunday and Monday.
Kendall and her brother Logan, 8, auditioned for commercials promoting
the new salad in September. The families of Wendy's employees and
residents of Dublin were all eligible to audition. Kendall's father,
Daren Brown, is a manager of quality insurance at Wendy's International.

According to Mrs. Brown, her daughter was called back twice and met with
the director the second time. The filming was shot over a period of a
week and Kendall was filmed for a full day.
The star said that she had fun and would do it again if she had the
"I had to sit on the front porch with old women sitting beside me,
drinking," she said.
Kendall added that it was a very hot day and that she had to wear a
thick sweater. The footage was filmed at a home in downtown Dublin and
Kendall appears in the commercial with her tongue sticking out.
Logan's role was to play with a toy truck and then walk into a door. He
said that he had to go through it about five times for the camera.
Mrs. Brown said that Wendy's will hold the footage of Logan for about 18
months and may or may not use it in a commercial.
Being on television isn't the only reward to Kendall for sitting in the
hot sun all day. Every time the commercial runs she gets residuals. If
the salad becomes popular, the commercial may be chosen to air more
often and Kendall will earn more money.
Mrs. Brown said the money from the commercial is going to Kendall's
college fund.
If Logan's footage is used in a commercial, then he will also receive
the same residuals.
Mrs. Brown added that at first it was a thrill having her daughter be in
a commercial, but once it started airing and people began to recognize
her, it was scary realizing that complete strangers were seeing her

Experienced lawmen up for sheriff

Four men want to be Union County's next sheriff. One is expected to be
named by noon Saturday.
Veteran officers John Collier, Jeff Groat, Rocky Nelson and Malcum James
Patton are scheduled to meet with the Union County Republican Central
Committee beginning at 8 a.m. for interviews.
The task of selecting Union County's sheriff fell to the 43-member
committee after Sheriff John Overly announced plans in May to accept a
position as coordinator of Ohio's Homeland Security Department. His term
as sheriff ends Jan. 2, 2005. For the appointee to continue in office,
he must run as a candidate in the next primary election which is March
2, 2004 and the filing date is Jan. 2, 2004.
The candidates vying for the permanent position submitted the following
information to the central committee.
John K. Collier
Collier has been a deputy with the Union County Sheriff's department for
19 years and is a sergeant, having successfully worked in every division
including communications, corrections, investigations and patrol.
Currently he is a deputy commander of the Community Services Bureau,
acting as a sheriff's liaison with schools, overseeing and supervising
community service personnel and assisting with the development of
policies and procedures.
"I believe that as sheriff I can bring to the table a complete and
pertinent mix of job knowledge, people skills and work ethic. I have
consistently and effectively shown the ability to lead others while at
the same time treat people with dignity and respect. I have also
demonstrated a desire to improve my abilities as a law enforcement
officer by continuing my training so that I can competently and
proficiently serve the residents of Union County," Collier wrote.
He has received numerous honors and recognitions from local, state and
national organizations.
He is a lifetime Union County resident, a 1984 graduate of Marysville
High School and a graduate of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, the
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and Sirchie Laboratories Crime
Scene Investigation School as well numerous specialized training
Collier is also a Peace Officer Training Academy instructor certified by
the Ohio Attorney General's Office and successfully trained officers for
more than 50 agencies as part of the National Training Team for the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
He is also a board member and trustee of Trinity Chapel Church in
Milford Center.
Jeff M. Groat
Groat has been employed with the Marysville Division of Police since
1987. Currently he is a patrol division sergeant and communications
division supervisor.
He lists the following accomplishments during his tenure with the
Marysville Division of Police: Development and supervision of the patrol
officer field-training program; development and implementation of a
formalized roll call; primary hostage negotiator; Ohio Labor Council
Labor/FOP Associate representing sergeants in labor issues and contract
negotiations with the city of Marysville; and authored and received
grant award for the Division School Resource Officer program valued at
Groat said from 1978 to 1987 he was employed with the Union County
Sheriff's Department. From 1983 to 1987 as chief deputy/captain, Groat
said he operated as the acting sheriff in the absence of the sheriff. He
also handled most personnel matters during this tenure. Other positions
held include patrol sergeant, patrol officer, corrections officer and
communications officer.
Groat is currently enrolled with the University of Phoenix majoring in
criminal justice. He has also attended the Ohio State University
majoring in criminal justice, Franklin University majoring in business
administration and Bowling Green State University in business
administration. He also holds numerous certificates of training in
He is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church where he has
been a past trustee and ordained deacon, and a member of the Fraternal
Order of Police where he is a past secretary/treasurer and Palestine
Lodge #158 of Free and Accepted Masons.
Rocky W. Nelson
Nelson has been a Union County Sheriff's deputy since 1986 after
graduating from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.
"As a 17-year veteran of the Union County Sheriff's Office, I am willing
to accept the challenge and honor of the position of Union County
Sheriff. I am ready to dedicate my experience, training and knowledge if
appointed to fulfill the remaining term of Sheriff John Overly," Nelson
Currently he is a public safety liaison officer. Certified as an EMT and
firefighter, he serves as a first responder, protecting and enforcing
the laws of the county, as well as a liaison to the community on behalf
of the sheriff's office to communicate with police, fire and local
During his career, Nelson has also been a traffic officer, investigator,
patrol division shift supervisor, patrol officer and corrections
He has studied law enforcement and general education courses at Columbus
State Community College and has more than 1,000 of police training and
enforcement exercises at the Peace Officers Training Academy.
Nelson lists the following law enforcement specialties: Ohio Organized
Crime Investigations Commission, Ohio Attorney General Task Force
Investigator; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Undercover
Investigative Techniques Program; National Intelligence Academy; U.S.
Secret Service, presidential detail, local law enforcement agent; and
U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Nelson is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, the Dover Township
Board of Zoning Appeals, Rotary Club of Union County, Fraternal Order of
Police Lodge #171, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Union County, American
Heart Association, Little League T-ball coach and Pediatric Brain Tumor
Foundation of the U.S. (Ride for Kids).
Malcum James Patton
As commander of the criminal investigations division, Patton holds one
of the three top management positions in the current sheriff's
"I am familiar with not only currently established programs and those in
various stages of completion, but in addition have my own nirvana in the
protection of and service to the Union County residents," Patton wrote.
Lt. Patton has been a certified peace officer for 14 years and has been
with the Union County Sheriff's Office for more than 11 years where he
has worked as a detective deputy sheriff and deputy sheriff patrol
division. He also was employed two years with the Hardin County
Sheriff's communication and corrections divisions prior to joining Union
He lists numerous specialized training and courses concerning terrorism
awareness, evaluating personnel, death investigations, forensic
training, media/public relations, sexual harassment, child abuse, drug
investigation and identification, informants, insurance fraud, homicide
and criminal investigations.
Patton has studied at the Northwestern University Center for Public
Safety School of Police Staff and Command, Ohio State Highway Patrol
Academy, Hancock County Correctional Academy, Owens Technical College
and earned an Ohio Peace Officer Training Certificate from
Shawnee-Apollo Basic Police Academy at Apollo Career Center.
He is a member of St. Joseph's Parish in LaRue, a member of the Buckeye
State Sheriff's Association, the Republican Century Club, Northwestern
University Alumni and the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers

Members of the Union County Republican Central Committee are Sue Irwin,
GeorgeAnn Charles, Esther Ann Bugg, Jeffrey Lee Evans, Larry Glen
Mannasmith, Roger D. Nicol, Brian A. Wade, Walter M. Burns, Marvin C.
Gilbert, Bethel L. Temple, Belva M. Latham, Bob Fry, James C. Mitchell,
John R. Woerner, Kermit Morse III, John E. Berend, Malcolm Manville, Max
E. Robinson, Donald G. Russell, Bruce Andrew Tillman, Ernest Bumgarner,
John G. Overly, Scott Underwood, Carl Coe, Don M. Howard, Phyllis J.
Scheiderer, John Heinkel, James D. Westfall, Albert H. Wolstenholme,
Robert W. Parrott, Marilyn C. Botkin, Nanciann Sawyer, William
Rutherford, Wanda Gwilliams, Gary J. Lee, Stephen J. Yurasek, Dean Cook,
James W. Shaw, Roger L. Geer, Mary Lou Ryan, William F. Gorton, Wayne H.
Rickard and Dallas W. Dowell.
The Ohio Revised Code states that the committee of the political party
with which the last occupant of the office was affiliated shall appoint
a person. Overly was a Republican, thus the Union County Republican
Central Committee will appoint his successor.
According to state law, the committee must meet within five to 45 days
after the vacancy occurs.
Saturday's interviews will be determined by lottery and held in
executive session with each candidate given 25 minutes.
Committee chairman Jim Westfall said the committee members will then
vote by secret ballot. A candidate will be selected by a majority vote.


Contract nears between jail, union
Negotiations between the Tri-County Regional Jail board and union
workers are approaching a final agreements.
On Wednesday members of the board met in executive session at the
regular jail meeting to discuss contract negotiations at length with the
Ohio Civil Service Employee Association union negotiator Mark Fishell.
After the executive session, the jail board approved a proposal to
settle negotiations with the union. Contract talks have been going on
ever since the union was voted in last October.
Union County Commissioner Gary Lee said contracts talks focused on
uniforms, overtime, sick leave, holiday pay, discipline procedures, and
Lee said a three percent wage increase was approved across the board for
union members. He said at the beginning of the year a two percent
increase was given to non-union members during the jail budget
The board will now wait to see if the union agrees to accept the
proposal, Lee said, in order to bring a resolution to the nine-month
negotiation process.
 However, a few board members expressed their qualms with the proposal
after public session resumed.
One topic concerning negotiations discussed was the issue of fair share,
in which new members have the option of paying a certain percentage less
in union dues and would then receive everything regular members receive,
except for legal representation in the event of a dispute and voting
rights. The difference in dues reportedly ends up equaling around $2.
"I think it is a misnomer," Judge Roger Wilson said about fair share.
"But I think overall it appears to be a very fair contract."
Wilson said he offered his support for the contract "with extreme
Lee added his misgivings but also agreed to support the contract
Fishell reported that he expected union negotiators to see the value in
the proposal and will report back to the board.
In other discussions:
. Members welcomed acting Union County Sheriff Floyd Golden who is
replacing former sheriff John Overly who started his new position as
Ohio Homeland Security Advisor June 2. A letter was read from Overly in
which he gave his thanks to the members for being able to work with them
since the inception of the board.
. Tri-County Regional Jail Director Dan Bratka reported that he did not
hire a replacement employee after two employees were called back to
active duty in the armed forces. The first is expected back in August
and the second in September. Because their arrival will be sooner than
expected, he said the hire would not be needed.
. Daily overages at the jail were reported down. Bratka said only
Champaign County had overages this time around, although the overages
for other counties is increasing.

Richwood gears up for annual Springenfest
>From J-T staff reports:
Springenfest 2003 will bring its unique brand of Octoberfest style food,
games and fun to the Richwood streets June 20-21.
Event proceeds benefit the North Union Athletic Complex formed in 1977
to provide athletic complexes for the high school.
Through the years Springenfest profits have paid for a new football
field, press box, bleachers, all-weather running track, a softball
diamond, basketball courts by the middle school and numerous smaller
items like weights, desks and whirlpools.
One of the most impressive purchases was the construction of a
multipurpose facility near the football field which houses a weightroom,
wrestling practice room, training rooms, showers, restrooms, dressing
rooms and a concession area.
Popular Springenfest attractions of past years will return to the
downtown area.
Mainstage entertainment will be J.R. Hunter and Crossfire on Friday and
Noonan on Saturday. Music both nights begins at 8 p.m.
On Friday at 6:30 p.m. the annual Sun Run and Sun Walk will navigate
runners through a three mile-loop in the village. Walkers will travel a
two-mile course.
A fee is charged for both events. Prizes will be awarded to individual
age groups of men and women.
The Dan Kyle Memorial/Springenfest Golf Outing slated for June 16 at the
Marion Country Club is actually the kickoff event.
The Springenfest Hole-In-One Shootout will also return to give golfers a
shot at $125,000. Beginning June 14 and running through the week golfers
will be able to qualify for the semifinals by hitting balls into a
12-foot circle from 60 yards out at the corner of Hoskins Road and Route
On June 21 at 11:30 p.m. the semifinals will pit all those who qualify.
The 15 closest to the pin will then move on to the finals where a
hole-in-one would net $125,000 for the entrant and $125,000 for NUAC.
Lesser cash prizes are awarded if no hole-in-one is recorded.
A three-on-three basketball competition will be held with playoffs
beginning June 19-20 and finals to be held June 21.
Bingo will be held at the library annex both days and young people can
try attractions such as the basketball shoot, moonwalk and miniature
On June 21 the Grand Auction will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. with
auctioneer Johnny Regula. The top item this year is expected to be a
football autographed by members of the National Champion Ohio State
football team.
A raffle for a John Deere riding lawn mower will also be held.
One of the main attractions to the event is the food and this year's
menu stays mostly the same as in years past. Chicken sandwiches, brats,
Bahama Mamas, hot dogs, hamburgers, pork tenderloin sandwiches, fried
bologna sandwiches and fries join the popular creme puffs on the menu.

Blind get help at crossings
Devices give audible signal when it is safe to cross the street
"You may now cross Fifth Street."
It's been almost a year and a half in the making, but local resident
Chris Beckley's fight for blind crossing devices in Marysville ended
last week with the sound of those words offering an audible version of
the pedestrian walk sign.
In the winter of 2001, Beckley, who is visually impaired, stood before
Marysville City Council and said he feared for his life when crossing
the Five Points intersection near his home. He said drivers just didn't
seem to be paying attention to him in the marked cross walks and cars
were coming too close for comfort.
In the wake of his appearance before council, the Union County
Foundation started the Vision Intersection Safety Fund and was able to
raise $3,700 in donations which was then handed over to the city to
initiate the project.
Those donations came from anonymous residents, the Moose Family Lodge
and the Lions Club.
The first crossing device went up at East Fifth and North Cherry Streets
of the Five Points intersection.
The installation marks a first for the area, as similar crossings have
not been established outside of Columbus in this region.
Vollrath said the blind crossing fund was a unique situation in which a
resident worked alongside city administration to initiate a project.
Marysville City Council passed ordinances in the fall of 2002 accepting
the $3,700 raised by the Union County Foundation to join $1,000 set
aside for the project by the city.
Marysville city engineer Phil Roush said since then it has taken longer
than expected to get the devices installed. The devices were to be
installed on new light poles which were not delivered when expected.
Beckley said in the 17-month wait for the devices, close calls with
traffic at Five Points had started to become an everyday occurrence.
"I lost count," Beckley said about near collisions at the busy
The devices are programmed with a computerized voice indicating when a
visually-impaired person may cross. Roush said the volume of the devices
needs to be corrected in order to be heard over traffic noise and that
adjustment will be made.
Beckley said another such device could be used on Raymond Road, where a
young blind girl lives. While he learned the hard way how to get around
Marysville with a visual handicap, he said the devices will be there for
other blind residents.
He said he is grateful for the efforts of the city and the groups
involved in the fundraiser who made the devices possible. He said having
the devices has really made a difference.
"I don't have to second guess that it's safe anymore," Beckley said.

Unionville sets Bicentennial plans
>From J-T staff reports:
Unionville Center's Ohio Bicentennial celebration is set for June 21,
the day the Union County Bicentennial Wagon Train arrives at the
A flag raising and Founders Memorial Dedication are planned for 10:30
a.m. at "The Green" at the intersection of Main and Cross streets. Ben
Adler of Boy Scout Troop 125 is installing a flagpole at the site as his
Eagle Scout project.
The wagon train will arrive at about 11 a.m. and park at the former
school property. Guests will have an opportunity to view the wagons
before they continue to the Union County Fairgrounds.
Pioneer crafts of quilting, rug hooking, basket weaving and spinning
will be demonstrated and Indian artifacts, quilts and old photos will be
on display. Hayrides, games, horse and pony rides, horseshoes, Texas
horseshoes and a cross cut sawing contest are among the activities
planned, with entertainment provided all afternoon.
Food will include a hog roast, homemade ice cream and other items.
Parking will be available at the Darby Township Hall and the Unionville
Center United Methodist Church and a shuttle will be available to The
A special cancellation stamp will be available at the Unionville Center
Post Office until 1:45 p.m. The pictorial cancellation stamp will be
available only on that day for mail canceled over the counter at the
window. Hand-back service will be given for envelopes, postal cards or
other items which bear uncanceled postage at the first class rate. The
items do not need to be addressed.
Mail-back service will be available for 30 days after June 21. Customers
can supply self-addressed stamped envelopes to protect the items
receiving the pictorial cancellation from being damaged. The
cancellation stamp will be retired at the conclusion of the mail-back
service period.
Postmaster Ruth Reed suggested and designed the cancellation stamp which
depicts a covered wagon with the words, "Ohio Bicentennial Station."
Reed requested the stamp which was reviewed by the district manager,
then the program manager of pictorial cancellations at Postal
Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Final approval was given by the Postal
Bulletin editor. This is the first time that the Unionville Center Post
Office has had a special cancellation stamp.
Information about the cancellation stamps may be obtained by calling the
post office at (614) 873-5153.

Ohhhhhh, my aching hooves
Goodyear helps  two-ton rhino with sore feet
Sore feet create discomfort, but imagine you're a 4,700-pound rhinoceros
with hoof problems and only a concrete surface to trod.
Enter Goodyear's Flexsteel conveyor belt. Designed for coal transport,
it is being used at the Buffalo Zoo in a stall for Henry the Rhino, an
endangered Indian rhino. The belt's rubber cover cushions the concrete
surface, while its steel reinforcement stands up to the ground pressure
of a two-ton animal.
Goodyear, maker of the world's first steel-cable belt in 1942, was
contacted by zoo veterinarians needing help for the 12-year-old
 Due to Henry's weight, cracks developed on his back three-toed hooves,
building up scar tissue, according to veterinarian Frank Ridgley. Sixty
percent of U.S. captive male Indian rhinos suffer from the same
Ridgley prescribed a three-quarter-inch steel-reinforced belt with an
operating tension of more than 2,000 pounds-per-inch of width. Goodyear
donated the 48-inch wide belt which was made in Marysville. The belt was
cut into 21-foot sections - the length of Henry's stall.
"The only way to alleviate Henry's arthritic-type pain is to operate,"
said Ridgley. "The conveyor belt provides relief prior to surgery and
during recovery."
Buffalo-based Belt Maintenance Group, a Goodyear splice network member,
helped install the belt.
"I actually think I saw Henry smile when he first walked onto his new
cushioned floor," BMG's Branch Manager Joe Hooley said.
Maintaining a captive population to guard against extinction of the wild
population is essential to the Indian rhinoceros' survival. The animals
are threatened by habitat loss and poaching
"It's an unusual use for our belts," said Ray Paquin, manager of
Goodyear's Marysville plant. "But it's not the first time we've aided a
suffering member of the animal kingdom."
A 350-pound sea turtle once received a fabric-reinforced rubber flipper
designed and made by Goodyear using a conveyor belt rubber compound.
And today, recycled Goodyear conveyor belts cushion livestock stall
Goodyear, in addition to being a global producer of heavy-duty and
lightweight conveyor belts, is a leading industrial hose and power
transmission products manufacturer.
 For additional information, those interested may visit
www.goodyearcvb.com, www.beltmaintenance.com, and www.buffalozoo.org.

Jerome Twp.  trustees table signage issue
More than 35 people are petitioning Jerome Township's Board of Trustees
to post a speed limit sign on El Camino Drive.
Two of the three trustees Monday night, however, decided to table the
request even after they were told that 15 children under the age of six
live on one side of the street that is heavily traveled by construction
trucks traveling more than 40 miles an hour. Trustee Ron Rhodes said he
thought the board should take action on the petition and pass it to the
Freeman May and Sharon Sue Wolfe, however, voted to table the petition.
May said he didn't see a need for more signs. He said he had driven in
the neighborhood and there are speed limit signs at the subdivision's
entrances on Santa Barbara Drive.
One of the residents present, Kathy Beam, said it is not uncommon to see
three vehicles a minute pass her subdivision side street. Beam said the
sheriff's and engineer's departments have been contacted, as well as the
local contractor whose vehicles appear to be the biggest offenders.
"We don't know what to do," said Kathy Beam.
The one-page petition requests that a 25 mile-per-hour speed limit sign
and a "Children At Play" sign be placed on El Camino Drive in the New
California Hills subdivision.
"Due to the number of small children on our street and the danger that
speeders present, many requests have been placed with the Union County
Sheriff's office to enforce the speed limit on our street. They have
informed us that they cannot enforce the speed limit without a posted
speed limit sign. Subsequently, we have contacted the Union County
Engineer's office with this request. They stated that since it is a
township road ... they would need to receive the request from the
township to proceed. We are asking the township trustees to make this
request on our behalf," states the petition that includes 36 names.
A township's request for signage is a first step and does not
necessarily mean a sign will be posted. After a request is made by a
township, a study must be completed and then passed onto the Ohio
Department of Transportation which ultimately makes the decision.
Jeff Stauch, assistant county engineer, explained that a traffic study
looks at traffic, number of drives and condition and geometrics of the
road. He added that the request for signage is not uncommon.
Acting Union County Sheriff Floyd Golden said today that he is checking
into the problem.
Under new business, trustee Rhodes questioned Wolfe about a private
meeting she held with chairmen of the zoning board and zoning appeals
board to discuss increasing the pay of board members from $40 to $60 a
meeting. Wolfe said she had no obligation to inform him of the
"administrative meeting."
Calling the fee increase "exorbitant," Rhodes then read a letter from
Andy Thomas, chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals which states he is
opposed to the increase.
"After hearing the suggestion to raise from $40 to $60; I felt and
stated then that this was too much. We take these appointments not for
the money, but the service to the community. I do feel we need some
raise, I suggested $50 and feel that would be a sizable increase.
Whereas, in the past the raises have been $5 a meeting," read Rhodes.
Rhodes than asked if board members and the zoning inspector receive the
fee twice if two meetings are held in one evening.
In answer to his question, Wolfe said, "We don't have a policy."
Neither Wolfe or May appeared to want to discuss the rate increase. Both
informed Rhodes that the matter was not on the agenda.
May voiced concern about fuel purchases, questioning the price and
accessibility. He suggested that the township consider purchasing fuel
from Marysville or Dublin distributors. The fire chief explained that
the local distributor offers a substantial discount to the fire
department, saving the township a couple of hundred dollars a month. A
road employee then proposed that the township install a tank. No action
was taken.
Prior to the regular meeting, a hearing was held to rezone 2.623 acres
at 8100 Corporate Center from M1 to SR2 as requested by Integrity
Gymnastics and Pure Power Cheerleading. The rezoning was approved

Shriners' efforts special to local fireman
As fundraising efforts gear up for Shriners Hospital burn units, one
Marysville fireman has a vested interest.
When Nate Weirick was three years old, a short in a kitchen stove
started a fire in his family's home while he slept only a wall away. The
flames never made it beyond the kitchen, he said, but the heat and
intensity of the fire caused third degree burns over 80 percent of his
For the next 15 years Weirick was in and out of the Cincinnati Shriners
Hospital for Children's burn unit while doctors repaired his damaged
skin through therapy and multiple skin grafts.
The Shrine Club of Union County will hold its annual tabloid sales
Friday and Saturday in Marysville and Richwood. Proceeds from the sales
go to burn units in Ohio children's hospitals which have helped people
like Weirick receive top medical care for free. Last year the tabloid
sales raised $6,575 locally.
Once again, Wendy's will help raise funds. Mary Penry, manager of the
West Fifth Street Wendy's, said her store will donate 10 percent of its
sales between Thursday and Sunday.
The Shriners' history of giving runs deep. In 2002 the Union County
Shrine Club donated to Memorial Hospital of Union County and the
Children's Hospital burn unit and was able to help the Marysville Fire
Department purchase a imaging camera used to check heat levels in homes.
According to Cans for Kids chairman Bill Bumgarner, his chapter has
raised more than $50,000 in the past three years for area hospitals in
aluminum can donations alone.
Union County Shrine president Harry McMannis said this year the
organization has applied to donate money to Memorial Hospital children's
programs and Children's Hospital burn units. He said there are at least
15 children from Union County being helped at Shriners hospitals.
Starting in the 1960s, the Shrine of North America international
fraternity opened pediatric burn hospitals in Texas, Ohio and
Massachusetts. A fourth Shriners Hospital specializing in burn care was
opened in California in 1997. Each hospital treats children with severe
burns at no cost to patients., conducts burn research and trains medical
personnel in the treatment of burn injuries.
The hospitals are supported through fundraising conducted by Shrine
When Weirick was contacted by the Union County Shrine chapter to help
the same hospitals that helped him as a child with fundraising efforts
this year, he was ready to do what he could.
Weirick recalled one Shrine member went out of his way to make his
recovery as smooth as possible after the fire. Member Walter Larrimore
drove from Mansfield to take Weirick and his mother to various check ups
and skin graph appointments in Cincinnati. The act of kindness always
stuck with Weirick.
"He didn't have to do that." he said. "But he did it for several years."

Weirick is now involved in speaking at fire safety schools, local high
schools and hospital burn units on the topic of fire prevention. Being
both a firefighter and victim has given him an insight into helping
children, as well as how to better inform victims and their families of
what to do after their lives have been changed by fire.
"I talk with the kids about fire prevention or with kids who played with
fire in the past," he said. "The fact that they can see the burns and
see what can happen definitely makes them pay attention and listen
Weirick said he recently spoke at the same Cincinnati burn unit where he
was treated and that he met with a nurse who watched over him during his
He said that in the past parents could help children through the healing
process only from the other side of a glass window but because of
improvements in infection control parents can now interact with their
child and be involved with removing bandages. He said that change has
helped the families of fire victims understand the day-to-day process of
healing and how they can help their child deal with the rigors of
emotional recovery.

Murder suspect caught
>From J-T staff reports:
A Columbus murder suspect received an early morning wake-up call  from
Marysville Police Department today.
At around 5 a.m. police arrested Larry Lee Catron, 35, of 62 Spruce
Drive who was wanted by Columbus authorities for the murder of Greg
Ross, 33, of Columbus.
According to the Columbus homicide division, Catron allegedly stabbed
Ross to death on March 4 in Columbus. He was thought to be a Marysville
resident. Further information about the motive and circumstances of the
murder were unavailable.
Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer said Catron is currently in police
custody in Columbus. He said 5 a.m. is a good time to serve such
warrants as the suspects are usually asleep in bed.
"There were no problems. We took our tactical unit in to serve the
warrant and there was no resistance," Mayer said. "He didn't have a
According to the Columbus Municipal Court, Catron will be arraigned
Tuesday morning.

LeGrande plans to pursue culinary career
Michelle LeGrande intends to take the art of cooking outside of her own
kitchen and someday share it with the world.
LeGrande is a sophomore at Fairbanks high school and an avid  chef. She
hopes to one day open her own restaurant in New York City.
"I love to bake," LeGrande said.
LeGrande said her mother recounts how her daughter was  creating kitchen
masterpieces at the age of three.
"My mom said I would grab anything I could get my hands on and start
mixing," she said. "When I was a little older, I would pretend to host a
TV show in the kitchen with my friends."
Today, one of LeGrande's signature desserts is a triple layer chocolate
cake with chocolate pieces on top. LeGrande is a member of the high
school's FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America). This spring
she took her Focus on Children project to compete at the regional level
for the group. The project focused on baking gingerbread houses with
needy kids.
Recently, LeGrande had the opportunity to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth
(HOBY) Leadership Seminar at Denison University.
The seminar took place over the third weekend in May and included
sophomores from around Ohio and surrounding states. The Marysville
Kiwanis group sponsored LeGrande.
 The seminar taught leadership skills for life, LeGrande  said. It
included workshops on self-esteem building and improving communication
skills.The speakers at the seminar included an Olympic silver medallist
and several TV news anchors.
"It was a very rewarding experience," LeGrande said.
 She said that since she tends to be shy, she enjoyed the opportunity to
meet many different people.
 After high school, LeGrande plans to attend the top culinary school in
the United States, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
"I want to get my bachelor's in both pastry and culinary  arts,"
LeGrande said.
She said she dreams of one day becoming the next Sara Lee.
LeGrande is also involved in 4-H, yearbook and Science Club. She lives
on Route 736 in Plain City with her parents, Paul and Karen and has two
older sisters.

Health Dept. head to make more than predecessor
Tremmel's salary more than $20,000 higher than Davy's

The salary for the Union County Health Commissioner in 2002 - $58,000
The salary for a new health commissioner in 2003 - $80,000
Staying silent about the reason for the increase - priceless.
Members of the Union County Board of Health have been advised by legal
counsel not to comment about why the salary for the new health
commissioner is $20,000 more than that of his predecessor.
The board signed a contract for $80,000 with Martin Tremmel in May -
five months after contract negotiations failed with former health
commissioner Anne Davy. Davy had been Union County's health commissioner
for six years and earned $58,000 annually. Last year, the board offered
Davy a $2,000 raise, but she was seeking a $5,000 increase. Of concern
to Davy at the time of her negotiations was the fact that she was
supervising an employees earning more than $60,000.
Davy rejected the board's offer in December and the board unanimously
voted to withdraw the offer of $60,000. The two sides were also at odds
over vacation time and a termination clause.
Gary McDowell, president of the seven-member board of health, said in
December, "It is unfortunate and regretful that we find ourselves in
this position."
Six months later, the board was faced with setting a salary for Davy's
replacement, although no one is talking about the decision.
McDowell said that he has been advised by the Union County Prosecuting
Attorney's office to not comment on the contract extended to the new
health commissioner. He added that Tremmel, who goes on the payroll
Monday, took a "significant" pay cut in accepting the Union County
Tremmel's contract with the board, signed May 27, extends to Dec. 31,
2005 and includes a $3,000 raise in 2005. He comes to the job with 15
days of paid vacation and on Jan. 1 of each year will receive 30 days of
paid vacation. He is not required to live in the county.
Tremmel comes from Huron County where he was a health commissioner for
seven years. He holds a master's degree in health care administration
and a law degree. He was also a health commissioner in Seneca County.
Davy is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Nursing
master's program in community health. In 2002 she was elected
president-elect of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners. She
spent 25 years in pediatric nursing, prior to completing her master's
degree in 1996. She was hired as the Union County Health Commissioner in
Members of the Union County Board of Health include Mike Brake, James
"Al" Channell, Dr. Carol Karrer, Dr. Anita Wantz, Marge Myers, Eric
Milholland and McDowell.

John Gore plans to run for mayor
>From J-T staff reports:
Marysville City Council President John Gore has announced his decision
to seek the Marysville mayoral seat in the upcoming November election.
Gore has been a member of the Marysville City Council for three years,
serving the past two years as Council President.
The belief that public officials are in office to safeguard and carry
out the wishes of the people they serve is the driving force behind
Gore's decision to seek the mayoral position. Gore announced his
intention to seek the seat Thursday, saying that it is time to give the
city back to the residents of Marysville.
Gore's said his efforts to involve residents who are most directly
affected by the actions of the mayor and council was evident when he,
along with input from other Council members, appointed a citizens
committee to assess the needs of the city. The committee is also charged
with prioritizing needs and identifying ways to fund projects in support
of new initiatives.
During Gore's tenure with city council, he has been a proponent of
citizen input and involvement in determining the direction in which the
city should be led. He said he strongly believes that if the city is to
maintain a healthy position while exhibiting fiscal accountability,
elected officials and the administration must recognize that they work
for the people - the taxpayers.
"All of us are in the customer service business - and whether we realize
it or not, we work for the people," Gore said.
Gore said he plans to continue to be approachable and will continue to
strive to make government available to everyone.
If elected, Gore said he is anxious to explore expanding the mayor's
office hours to at least one Saturday each month.
Gore's family includes his wife, Cathy, and their four children.

Richwood sets Bicentennial plans
>From J-T staff reports:
Richwood will celebrate Ohio's Bicentennial at Richwood Park June 22.
Activities will begin at noon with a performance by the Rag Time
Strutters, followed by a flag raising ceremony by American Legion Post
40, VFW Post 870 and area Boy Scouts. Steph France will lead the singing
of "God Bless America" and other music will be provided by the Homespun
Band and Notes From the Past.
The Marionaires will sing "Happy Birthday" and the members of the
Richwood Garden Club will serve the Bicentennial cake at 2 p.m. A
recognition service will be led by the Rev. Fred Cheney and Robert
Sements at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Union County Bicentennial Choir at
3 p.m. The Marion Steppin' Seniors clog dancers will perform at 3:30
Exhibits to be set up in the park will include a blacksmith, horse drawn
machinery, spinning, wood carvers, needlework, clothing, basket weaving,
the Erie Railroad, a Union Soil and Water Conservation wildlife habitat
display, quilters, plants and herbs, weaving, Marion memorabilia and a
bake sale.
Throughout the day, children's activities such as games, sand art and
face painting, will be supervised by Marysville Girl Scouts and the
Union County Family YMCA.
Barbecued rib dinners will be provided by Country Caterers and All
Occasion will serve pork sandwiches.
Games will include horseshoe pitching lessons, a 3 on 3 basketball
tournament, tennis, oldtime softball and canoe racing. Those interested
in participating may call Dick Kale at (740) 943-2598 or Charles Warner
at (740) 943-2080 for horseshoes; Pat Hamilton at (740) 943-3263 for
softball; John Merriman at 642-4154 for tennis; Troy Ransome at 358-2278
for 3 on 3; and (740) 943-2775 for canoe racing.

JDC to change name, focus
A new state law has made it possible for juvenile detention centers to
start making a greater impact on the lives of their inmates and the
local Joint Juvenile Detention Center is following suit.
The center is initiating plans to change part of its direction when
dealing with juvenile crime - starting with its name.
According to JDC superintendent Vicki Jordan, starting on Aug. 4 the
facility will be known as the Central Ohio Youth Center (COYC) and will
begin implementing new programs geared towards rehabilitation of
juvenile criminals.
After state legislators enacted House Bill 400 on April 2, juvenile
probate judges were given the power to send juvenile criminals away for
90 days, instead of the standard five-to-10-day sentences previously
handed out for misdemeanor crimes. A juvenile had to commit a felony
before judges could sentence them for terms up to six months or a year
and were usually transported out of the county to serve the time.
"Up until that law we were never faced with kids being here for 90
days," Jordan said. "Usually it was just a few days."
The extended period of time for misdemeanors has opened up a door for
COYC to start placing inmates into Extended Detention Unit counseling
programs and has given them the time to make a difference.
Recently Jordan sat down with county judges and area chief probation
officers involved in the COYC and asked if they would take advantage of
the longer terms. She discovered that if counseling programs were
enacted locally they would utilize the center to a greater extent.
"The judges and probation officers have been very supportive," Jordan
said. "They said, 'Now I don't have to scratch my head and wait for them
to come back on felony charges'."
According to Union County Juvenile and Probate Judge Charlotte Eufinger,
state laws have allowed incarceration for observation and evaluation
before, but HB 400 provided the opportunity to add this time toward
their sentences.
She said in many cases juveniles are sent out of county to serve their
time and may have been helped by programs in jail. The problem is that
when they are released, they inevitably fall right back into the same
criminal patterns because of difficult family situations or friends they
associate with.
Future COYC programs will teach local juvenile criminals how to
positively take control of their own lives after their release.
Anger management, substance abuse, independent living, family relations
and victim awareness training as well as gender-specific groups such as
bullying for males and self-esteem or victimization counseling for
females will be stressed in the new focus.
Jordan said education will move forward by including science, history
and GED preparation classes, along with the math, language and reading
classes already in place. Grant money will pay for certified teachers
from the Marysville School District to come in and tutor the juveniles.
"In the past we have not done a good job of reporting class hours to the
school so they can get credit," Jordan said.
She discussed with Marysville schools superintendent Larry Zimmerman how
they can communicate better to help inmates receive class credit during
their incarceration. As a result, the COYC will begin documenting the
amount of direct contact hours the inmates have with tutors as well as
report cards of their achievements in each subject.
Changes are also set for probation terms, Jordan said. Youth Level of
Service Inventories will begin rating juvenile future criminal risk
levels as high risk, moderate, and low.
The inventory rates such areas as substance abuse, education, peer and
family relations programs and how leisure time is spent. Progress
reports will be compiled halfway through their sentence and then two
weeks prior to their release.
The COYC is funded by Union, Champaign, Madison and Delaware counties.
Logan County pulled out of the center in Sept. 2001 and started its own
center. Since then the center has reportedly been struggling to make up
a 33 percent budget loss by spreading its cost among the remaining

July 03

Voters to decide fate of school levy Tuesday
Schools to city: Control the growth
Letter details how exploding home development is negatively impacting
Man recalls storm that ripped apart bar
Shooting shakes up quiet Burg
Records fall at Livestock sale
Marysville Ride for  Kids raises $101,000
Council tables building ban
Bicentennial Bell dedicated
Riders try to break record
MHS grad is series regular on General Hospital
Fair exhibit reveals how life was like for pioneers
Molten memories
City eyes another sewer study
Price tag: $100,000
Honda Homecoming means
big bucks for Union County

MHUC extends deadline for dumping UnitedHealthcare
Triad changes process for NHS induction
A glimpse of fairs past
Korean armistice to be celebrated
It's unfair to call fair food fair
Turmoil the rule at Jerome Township
North Union board hears building update
Fairbanks hires another high school principal
Couples keep relationships full of steam
Memorial Hospital CEO leaving
Marysville man kills girlfriend, himself in Kalida
Ohio Agricultural Council to induct Foust into Hall of Fame
Newspaper will off Bicentennial Bells at the fair
Rail yard could come to county
Local officer returns from FBI training
Origins of the county poorhouse
Plans set for bell casting
Veterans, children have role in events
Man OK after shooting self in leg
Richwood going after past due income tax
Milford Center Council on  the hunt for trash ordinance
Some recall that codes were put on the books but none can be found
One injured in mishap at shooting range
Man shot in leg during Marysville P.D. training
Council gets an earful
Hospital  terminates contract with   insurer
Recent arrests show problem of juvenile crime
Stormwater talks to draw crowd
Steam Threshers event prepares for 54th year
Day in the Park event planned
Storms sweep across county
Hundreds left without power
Juveniles suspected in burglaries
Town and Country Garden Tour is Sunday
Coroner: Baby born alive
Body apparently found on banks of Treacle Creek
Former health commissioner files lawsuit
Anne Davy is claiming sexual discrimination
Body of baby found in woods
Trial begins in case of taped  sexual act
Steven Horch is facing eight felony counts


Voters to decide fate of school levy Tuesday
>From J-T staff reports:
Tuesday's special election will have only one issue on the ballot ? a
new five-year 5-mill operating levy for the Marysville schools.
The issue was placed on the ballot in May as a continuing levy but did
not pass.
The new levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $153 a year.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said no new operating money through new
taxes has been asked for in the past 10 years. During that period, three
new buildings have been added and renovations and additions have been
made at almost all the district's buildings.
Recent cuts in school funding in the state budget have reduced funds
which the district expected to be coming into the schools, Zimmerman
said. Although the district will receive more money next year from the
state than it did this year, it is not the amount that was used in the
five-year forecast the district prepared.
Faced with the possibility that the levy might not pass in August,
Zimmerman prepared a list of cost-cutting measures and fees to be
instituted and presented it at a town meeting in June. The measures
include cutting back on supplies and materials, increasing fees for
building usage, increasing the transportation radius, increasing pay to
participate and travel use fees and reducing the number of additional
staff members hired. Zimmerman said there were plans to hire 17
additional staff members for the 2003-04 school year but that number has
been reduced to seven or eight. If the levy fails, the board will have
to approve those cuts.
According to figures submitted by a consultant, the school district's
student population will continue to grow at a 5 to 7 percent rate. The
student population in the Marysville schools 10 years ago was 3,023.
Enrollment for the 2002-03 school year was 4,684.
Projections are that there will be almost 6,000 students enrolled for
the 2008-09 school year.

Schools to city: Control the growth
Letter details how exploding home development is negatively impacting
At the Marysville Board of Education meeting Monday, superintendent
Larry Zimmerman presented a position statement on growth to be sent to
the city of Marysville and the Union County Commissioners.
Zimmerman said the schools do not control growth but they do have to
react to it and growth in the city is straining the school system. He
said there are approved plans for about 2,500 new homes in the school
district. The 800 houses planned for the north part of Mill Valley alone
will require another school, he said, and as the other planned
developments go forward, other schools will be needed and the school
board will have to go back to the voters again and again.
In the position statement, Zimmerman points out that in 1990, 73 percent
of tax support for the schools came from a commercial tax base and now
that figure is 50 percent due to residential growth.
"More commercial growth in the district is desperately needed to offset
residential growth, especially commercial growth without tax abatements
that often negatively impact school tax base," the statement reads.
The statement suggests that local government agencies should partner
with the schools so the schools can have a voice in local growth. It
suggests that impact studies from developers be made available to the
schools and that developers need to contribute more to the schools since
the buildings are being built to accommodate growth brought in by the
The statement also suggests that new residential development should be
limited to lower density.
The board passed a resolution that the position statement be sent to the
city of Marysville administration and council, Union County
Commissioners, Marysville Planning Commission and Marysville Zoning
Zimmerman told the board that he had received a letter from the
Marysville Police Department stating that they will not reconsider their
earlier decision to no longer provide crossing guards for the schools.
That decision was made in the spring and school officials had hoped the
city would continue the program. Zimmerman said there are seven or eight
crossing guards and the cost to the schools would be about $35,000 if
the program is continued.
The board approved a resolution to proceed with the public library tax
levy for the November election. The proposed 1-mill continuing levy will
provide $650,000 per year for the operation of the library and will cost
the owner of a $100,000 home about $31 per year.
The levy is being proposed by the school district because the library is
a school district library and cannot levy taxes on its own. The library
board of trustees asked the school district to place the levy on the
ballot because of cuts in state funding over the past two years.
In other matters, the board:
 . Approved the continuation of a contract with Memorial Hospital to
provide the Marysville schools with an athletic trainer.
 . Approved the 2003-04 substitute and other hourly rate schedule.
 . Approved a contract with Harcum-Hyre Insurance Agency and the Hyland
Group for liability insurance in the amount of $1 million per
occurrence; $3 million annual aggregate on general liability exposures
and $1 million per occurrence; and $2 million annual aggregate on
education legal liability for an annual premium of $4,884.
 . Accepted a donation from the Quarterback Club to be used to hire two
assistant football coaches.
 . Approved lunch prices at $2 for grades one to four and $2.25 for
grades five to 12.
In personnel matters, the board:
 . Accepted resignations of Kathleen Stidhem, high school intervention
specialist; Kari Ketter-Matter, Creekview teacher; Janine Wiese and
Penny Stires, middle school intervention specialists; Nicole Fuller,
high school teacher; Sharon Heaps, middle school teacher; and Mark
Meyers, middle school in-school suspension coordinator.
 . Approved one-year contracts for Heidi Young, East intervention
specialist; Tara Wise, East teacher; Marguerite Hall, Creekview teacher;
Melissa Bailey, high school intervention specialist; Amanda Chivington,
middle school teacher; Shawn Andrews, Trails Program (at risk students)
coordinator; Joshua Montgomery, middle school intervention specialist;
and Amy McCarthy, district health consultant.
 . Adjusted the contract of high school counselor Linda Proehl from a
four-year contract to a continuing contract.
 . Employed as substitute teachers Joyce Beaver, Melanie Behrens, Paul
Black, Andrea Bradley, Kim Burris, Karen Creviston, Linda Curry, Susan
Edwards, Franklin Elwood, Bonnie Goodwin, Paden Green, Terra Byrd-Grupe,
Kathy Hall, Lynn Heath, Teresa Henn, Martha Jeanne Huffman, Elizabeth
Humble, Anna Johnson, Suzanne Kienbaum, John Koki, Angela Leach, Kelly
Magnuson, Susan Hatch Miller, Michelle Page, Sue Powell, Dan Rice, Betty
Rupert, Micki Sawyer, Linda Schwyn, Peter Scovill, Trina Soller, Gina
Tangeman, Karen Woolum, Brooke Yoder, Randy Williams and Andrea Wolfe.
 . Approved a contract with Robyn Fillman to provide instruction
services and brailled and adapted materials in mathematics for a blind
student on an as need basis.

Man recalls storm that ripped apart barn
Once Jerry Meyer saw the patio furniture fly off his back porch, he knew
it might be a bad storm.
As soon as he saw his barn lift off its foundation and fly away, he knew
it was time to seek cover.
"It was in the air," Meyers said. "It was like nothing I've ever seen
before . The weather really hit up here."
Meyer said his family was sitting down for dinner just as on any other
night when he saw how bad the winds were getting.
"I said 'there goes the garage' . I knew it was time to take the family
and head for the basement," Meyers said.
The barn had been his garage before the storm. Now its contents are
littered around his property. He said he may find some of his missing
tools by walking through the fields or the wetlands area nearby. The
garage door floated nearby in his pond, which is also scattered with
several more of his belongings.
Meyer motioned out to the field and said he saw his pliers somewhere out
there. The remnants of his 150-piece tool set were scattered by the
By the time the storm was over, he said, his family found their barn
garage leveled, patio equipment scattered, a flat bed trailer turned
over and trees on their property twisted like tops. He said shingles
were torn from one neighbor's roof and another neighbor across Rapp Dean
Road had to replace a flagpole that had bent to the ground from the
Meyer said he watched a tornado slide right past his barn before it
leveled homes on Lunda Road last year. He said he's thinking about
rebuilding the barn closer to the house. It sat in a gradual dip in the
land and he is starting to believe that the lower grade may attract
strong winds.
He spent all day Monday tearing the barn apart to burn or salvage and
eventually start over on a new one.
"It's just amazing the damage that was done and how quick it happened,"
he said.
By 4 p.m. on Monday the National Weather Service had not been by to
investigate the damages. There is some speculation that the barn may
have been hit by either a small tornado or a micro burst gust of wind
that shoots straight down from the sky.
Union County Emergency Management Agency Director Brad Gilbert said his
preliminary investigation leads him to believe that it was a micro burst
because the wind patterns on the grass and trees did not have a
spiraling pattern associated with tornados.
Meyer said large trees had been twisted in the wetlands nearby and he is
waiting for another opinion from the NWS.

Shooting shakes up quiet Burg
Two hours of violence in Mechanicsburg Monday morning left one man dead,
another in critical condition and a traumatized 17-year-old in the
Monday morning at 8:52 a.m. the Champaign County Sheriff's Office
received a 911 call saying that Josh Moore, 24, had been shot by Paul
Bailey, 21, at 109 E. Sandusky St. in Mechanicsburg.
According to Mechanicsburg Police Chief Tim Bostic, Bailey shot Moore
once in the chest with a small caliber pistol. He said investigators
believe his violence may be the result of the jealousy and rage he
harbored after his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend began dating Moore.
Bostic said today that Moore and a co-worker were headed to Columbus
Monday morning where they worked for a landscaping company. They had
stopped by the home of Moore's current girlfriend on East Sandusky
Street. The girl was Bailey's ex-girlfriend. The three reportedly went
inside the house and were talking.
According to the girl's family, Bostic said, she had dated Bailey for
several years and the two had broken up several months ago before she
began dating Moore.
According to witnesses, Bostic said, at some point Bailey showed up at
the house. He may have found his way inside through an unlocked door. An
argument started among the three and continued outside to the driveway.
Shoving and pushing allegedly followed and during the fight with Moore,
Bailey pulled out a small gun from his waistband and fired it at Moore.
"Then he placed the gun to the girl's head and dragged her towards the
back of the house to a wooded area," Bostic said. Bailey put the girl in
his pickup truck, which was parked on a side street, and drove off.
Sheriff's officers and the Mechanicsburg police officers who were
dispatched to the scene learned that Bailey was heading south on Route
29. Police believed he was heading for his home five miles outside
Mechanicsburg at 7506 Hunt Clymer Road.
Bostic said Bailey reportedly passed a deputy's cruiser and slowed down
and drove the car into a ditch around 100 yards from his home. At that
point the girl was able to open the car door and run away. The deputy
later saw her walking on the road and placed her inside his cruiser.
Officers learned that Bailey might be inside his home. Special Response
Team officers were called in from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the
sheriff's department, along with Catawba squads to contain the scene.
Bailey's mother and deputies made several attempts to make contact with
anyone inside the home by phone and loudspeaker but there was no
response. Neighbors were evacuated from their homes. Then a body was
found on the ground in the yard south of 7544 Hunt Clymer Road.
Coroner Dr. Josh Richards arrived at 11:04 a.m. and pronounced Bailey
dead at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. The gun
used to shoot Moore was found next to his body.
Richards has reportedly ordered an autopsy and the case remains under
investigation by the Champaign County Sheriff's Office.
Bostic said the 17-year-old girl was unharmed throughout the incident.
"She was very very emotionally upset last night," he said. "This was
really something for her."
What made it worse, Bostic said, was that no one saw it coming. While
Bailey had been asked to stop calling the girl at her home by the
parents and had been accused of slashing her tires after the breakup,
there were no signs he would become violent.
Moore remains in intensive care at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
Bostic said violence like this is not the norm in Mechanicsburg.
The last time a similar act of violence occurred in the city, he said,
was 10 years ago when a husband and wife were involved in a domestic
dispute during a pending divorce and the husband shot and killed his
wife before killing himself.
"In the 23 years I've been involved with the department we've had about
four shootings," Bostic said. "It's a small town. Everybody knows
everybody . Some of the younger officers got a dose of reality about the
danger that can come with doing this job."

Records fall at Livestock sale
In her last year of 4-H and as the last child in her family to compete
in the junior fair, Melanie Ward did something her brothers never could
do by showing the grand champion steer last week at the Union County
Ward's 1,265-pound steer sold for a record-setting price of $8 a pound
at Saturday's junior livestock sale. The previous record was $6.25 a
pound and was set in 1997.
The record-setting price was largely responsible to the Phelps family,
who have created a dynasty of award-winning steers for decades in Union
County. In the past eight years the Phelps family has had six grand
champions and one reserve champion, while their cousins, the Smiths,
have had one grand champion and three reserve champions.
After his son failed to capture the top honors this year, Alan Phelps of
Milford Center began making telephone calls before the sale to enlist
support from nine other businesses to purchase the champion.
The buyers include Sissler & Phelps Building Supply of Mineral Springs,
W. Va.; HER Realty of Powell; E&J Hay of Plain City; Wayne Homes of
Sunbury; Burns Feed Lots of Milford Center; Walton Agri Service of Upper
Sandusky; Richwood Banking Company; Phelps Farm of Milford Center; Eger
& Son Excavating of Plain City and Scheiderer Transport of Plain City.
The Union County business community came out in full force Saturday to
support the annual auction that benefits local youth showing livestock.
At least 136 local businesses paid more than $188,000, which was $11,000
over last year's total. Numerous records were either matched, set or
broken in various categories.
The grand champion wether, shown by Josh Westlake, was purchased for a
record setting $21 a pound by Glenn Hochstetler of Hochstetler
Buildings. Last year was the first time the sheep competition was
divided into wether and ewe categories. The 2002 grand champion market
wether sold for $8.50 a pound and the reserve champion sold for $11,
while past records for grand champion market lamb were $17 a pound in
1988 and $14 a pound for the reserve champion market lamb in 1997.
Rolly Alvarez of First Monarch Mortgage paid a record price of $5.50
for Hal Jackson's reserve champion barrow. The previous record, set in
2001, was $5.25.
The grand champion heifer of Austin Burns sold for $1.80 a pound to Sky
Bank, Champaign Landmark and Kale Marketing. The reserve champion heifer
of Jimmy Vandre sold for $1.50 a pound to North Main Motors. Both of
these set the standard because last year was the first year a grand and
reserve champion market heifer were selected and neither was sold.
Hinderer Honda matched the previous record of $7 a pound for the grand
champion ewe and Parrott Implement Company set the standard for the
reserve ewe by paying $7 a pound.
Tying a previous record of $1,000 for the pen of four meat chickens was
Short Excavating.
Record prices were paid for both the grand and reserve champion turkeys.

Delaware Meats paid $1,100 for Jamie Smith's grand champion turkey. The
previous record was $925 and was set in 2000. Michelle LeGrande's
reserve champion was purchased by Richard Boerger of Boerger Med Alert
for $825. The previous record was $775 and was set in 1998.
The reserve champion goat was purchased by Conrad Leibold and Maxheimer
and Buck Ridge Golf Course for $11 a pound, which set a record price of
$858. The previous record was $850 a pound.
Other businesses purchasing champions or reserve animals and the prices
paid are listed below:
Nelson Auto Group, reserve champion wether, $6 a pound; reserve champion
gilt, $4.50 a pound; grand champion dairy feeder, $2.35 a pound.
Hinderer Honda, grand champion barrow, $5.25.
North Main Motors, grand champion gilt, $4 a pound.
Parrott Implement Company of Richwood, reserve champion steer, $2.60 a
Bob Chapman Ford, grand champion goat, $14 a pound; reserve champion pen
of three rabbits, $625.
Holbrook & Manter and Shearer Banks Insurance, grand champion pen of
three rabbits, $675.
By George Plumbing of Raymond, pen of four meat chickens, $700.
Woodside Veterinary Hospital, Champaign Landmark Feed, attorney Alan
Yurasek, Dr. Jim Himler, Minute Lube, Dutch Mill Greenhouse and Dean
Cook Insurance, Union County Dairy exhibitors basket, $1,200.
Jackson Collision and Guy's Cleaning Service, reserve champion dairy
feeder, $2.35 a pound.
A special fair insert will be published Friday and include more
information about junior and senior fair competition winners.

Marysville Ride for  Kids raises $101,000
Motorcyclists raised $101,000 for the 12th annual Marysville Ride for
Kids event Saturday to continue the fight against the number one cancer
killer of children, pediatric brain tumors.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ride for Kids charity events
sponsored by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBRF). The Marysville
ride, held in conjunction with the Honda HomeComing at Honda of America
Mfg., is one of 26 events across the country. American Honda Motor Co.
has been the presenting sponsor for Ride for Kids since 1991.
Approximately 525 motorcyclists and volunteers took part in the event,
including many first-time participants, said Pete terHorst, PBTF
executive director. When the newcomers meet the kids who are
courageously battling this terrible disease, they become steadfast
supporters of the mission to end childhood brain tumors, he said. That
proved true for Carol and Ken Denman from Marysville.
 "We raised about $1,000 for our first Ride for Kids event nine years
ago," Ken Denman said. "Then we met the kids. We thought about how they
could be our kids or grandkids and we decided this was a cause to work
even harder for."
Denman now takes a week vacation just before the Marysville ride to ask
fellow workers at the Scotts Co. for donations. He and his wife also
stand on street corners in downtown Marysville collecting funds in their
motorcycle helmets. This year, they were the top individual fundraisers
with $8,360.
Attending the event were four Columbus-area children who have survived
brain tumors. Among them was 17-year-old Joy Bechtol. Diagnosed with a
brain tumor in 1997, she underwent surgery and therapy in 1997. Today,
she was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Foundation to pursue her
college education at The Ohio State University.
"Having a brain tumor removed is not like surgery that you have one day
and six weeks later you are back to normal," said Barb, Joy's mother.
"The disease changes you and your family for a lifetime. We are grateful
to all the people involved with Ride for Kids for their support through
the years and especially now as Joy looks forward to the future."
Further reflecting the generosity of the Central and West Central Ohio
area, Honda associates contributed $26,274, including a company match of
50 percent. The Honda Task Force Team was led by LouAnn McKeen.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson brought in $16,262 from several
fundraising events in Union County. The top club/chapter was Gold Wing
Road Rider Association, Chapter D3, from Marysville with $10,462 and the
top dealer was Competition Accessories from Springfield with $9,410.
Richard Silva from Cleveland won the drawing for a Honda 250 Rebel.
The 90-minute ride was led by Nelson and his deputies with assistance
from sheriff's departments in Champaign and Logan counties and the West
Liberty Police.

Council tables building ban
The Marysville business community let out a collective sigh of relief
after council voted to table a temporary moratorium on rezoning and the
acceptance of preliminary plats for new residential construction in the
Councilman Dan Fogt, who sponsored the issue, said he thought long and
hard before deciding that there may be other ways to address the speed
of residential growth in Marysville.
"I still see urgency to do something," Fogt said. "There may be other
ways to do the same thing."
He said 1,300 to 1,400 residential lots are already approved and
construction will continue for the next six years despite the
Fogt believes the issue could be handled more effectively through
planning commission. By addressing the density of zoning and plat
approval for development, growth may be better controlled.
Setting a tone for the night, however, councilman Mark Reams disagreed
and said it was a mistake to table the moratorium. He voted against the
issue as he did with several other issues that were on the agenda.
"We tried the same thing two years ago," he said. "We tried this and it
hasn't worked. Planning commission has not had time . We've got to stop
the bleeding."
"That's correct," planning commission chairman Alan Seymour said. "We
have a busy agenda."
Council members Ed Pleasant and Barbara Bushong declared their support
of tabling the moratorium after Reams voiced his opinion. They believed
there would be a negative long-term impact if it was passed.
"The negatives outweigh the positives," member John Marshal said. He
said if the moratorium passed, residents would still witness homes going
up right and left and might wonder what is going on.
Council president John Gore said he has had more response from city
residents on this issue than any others council has faced, from e-mails,
calling or just people walking up to him on the street. He said Fogt
deserves respect for stepping forward and keeping the issue of growth on
the surface. He added that Fogt met with anyone who agreed to meet with
him in order to understand how to best solve the problem.
"It was a bold approach," Gore said. "It took a lot of guts and a lot of
nerve to bring up this issue."
In another big issue facing council, come November Marysville residents
will be asked to vote on paying five years of more income taxes.
During city council's meeting last night members voted 4-1 to place a
five-year additional .4 percent income tax levy on the November ballot.
The levy will be used to fund streets and fire and police department
Not much discussion was held on the topic at this point, as members have
already expressed their opinions on the matter. Gore said Mayor Steve
Lowe had asked to speak on the issue but Lowe was absent.
Reams has complained in the past that the five-year time period will not
help long-term needs of police and fire operations and that a permanent
situation should be pursued.
The levy is a direct result of numerous public works committee meetings
held over the past several months. Pleasant, who is public works
chairman, has said the hope was to get the city rolling with needed
funds and then to prove to the public that council and administration
can make something positive come of that money in the five years the
levy provides. Council members hope Marysville residents will then trust
them to renew the levy.
Finally, council voted to table an ordinance to appropriate $100,000 for
a new wastewater treatment plant geological study.
Gore pointed out that there appears to be a pattern of waste in
administrative decisions.
First city administrators authorized paying $12,000 for an employee
manual that had to be completely re-write, then administrators paid
$45,000 for a wastewater study and another $25,000 on a stormwater study
that has also received numerous complaints. Now they want to spend
another $100,000 to study land that hasn't been purchased or even chosen
Gore said if something could be done to save taxpayers money they should
pursue it and the best way was to wait on the possibility of a regional
wastewater district with Union County.
Reams took the opposing side, asking that council at least wait for the
next two meetings before tabling the issue.
"Let's wait a month to meet with the commissioners before we stop the
process," he said. "Let's keep that moving."
The ordinance was tabled nonetheless, with Bushong and Reams voting

Bicentennial Bell dedicated
Tony Core helps break mold,  Hope Taft  presents bell  to Union County
As members of the Ohio Bicentennial Bell Commission passed out posters,
small flags and Frisbees Thursday, the audience waited to watch the
breaking of the mold on Union County's bell.
At 12:30 p.m., state Rep. Tony Core climbed onto the bed of the truck
where the bell, encased in 2,200 pounds of sand and resin, waited. He
picked up a 16-pound gold-colored sledge hammer and on the count of
three, landed a blow, making a dent in and sending a crack up the mold.
Marysville wrestling coach Len Andrews, North Union coach Don Wasserbeck
and Fairbanks coach Bob Williams followed suit, each causing further
damage to the mold.
Dave Verdin of the company that cast the bell explained that the mold
was reinforced with rebar so there is no way any of them could have
broken it completely.
"But I have to tell you," he said, "Hope Taft, Ohio's first lady, broke
a mold with one swing."
One of the three bell casters then brought out a small jack hammer and
began breaking the sand up as the other two pulled it away. In a few
minutes, the bell was visible.
"We have a bell," said Bill Lowe, commission coordinator. "No runs, no
drips, no errors."
The bell casters spent the afternoon sand blasting, polishing and
cleaning the bell in preparation for the final ceremony at 5:30 p.m. at
which Taft, dedicated the bell to Union County.
Before the ceremony, Taft spoke of having attended almost every
Bicentennial event in the state but had attended only three or four bell
dedications. She broke the cast of a bell at one and was the first to
ring the statehood bell in Chillicothe. Taft said she was happy to be
able to make it to Marysville for the Union County bell dedication.
During the ceremony, Taft spoke of the significance of bells in our
lives and talked about a trip to Gettysburg where she was reminded of
the cost of freedom. She then dedicated the bell to the Union County
World War II veteran Walter Herd of Marysville was chosen to ring the
bell first. In his remarks, he said, "Let us remember that we have
inherited the greatest nation with all it's freedom in the world. Let us
remember all veterans who defended it, the fine citizens who supported
He rang the bell four times, followed by members of the Union County
Honor Guard, other county veterans and members of the public.
The bell was transferred to a holder made by Larry Ohnsman and Jim
Mitchell. It will be part of the sheriff's office display at the fair
for the rest of the week, then will be moved to its permanent location
in the rotunda of the Union County Office Building. Commissioner Gary
Lee said the bell will be available for events throughout the county if
transportation is available.

Riders try to break record
Journal-Tribune intern
Honda Homecoming: It isn't just for Goldwings anymore.
Today, the Valkyrie Rider Cruiser Club (VRCC) took a shot at breaking a
record for a model-specific ride. Riders gathered in the Big Bear
parking lot beginning at 8 a.m. today and departed for the Honda plant
at 10 a.m.
Organizers hoped to have at least 1,000 bikes. Anyone stuck in traffic
as the lineup snaked down Fourth Street on its way out of town would be
inclined to believe they were close.
Valkyrie riders set the old  model specific record with 600 riders,
according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Many of the riders  attended the Valkyrie Rally on Wednesday in
Zanesville, called Inzane III. The Valkyrie riders came to Marysville
today to be a part of the Honda Homecoming festivities.
"This event is open to anybody who rides a Valkyrie motorcycle," said
Foyil "Crash" Harris, a founder of VRCC. "There's no telling how many
will show up."
Harris, of Arizona, arrived Monday after a two and a half day ride. He
said that he has covered more than 1,000 miles in one day.
"When the Valkyrie came out in 1996, a '97 model, it was the biggest
cruiser on the market," Harris said. "It is the biggest, baddest,
meanest bike. It was named the Cruiser of the Decade."
Harris said there is no other bike that compares to the Valkyrie.
"The Valkyrie is distinctive, not a wannabe," Harris said. "It's unique,
if you will. No Harley can stand up to it, that's for sure."
VRCC began as a website,         http://www.f6rider.com, by Gale "Oz"
Scalzi, CEO of VRCC, and another founder. He said he began the site as
an informational base for Valkyries.
"The site ended up forming a club of 20,000 members," Scalzi said.
"During riding season we gain 150 to 300 new riders a month."
Gary and Julie Conserva of New Jersey took vacation from work to travel
more than 1,000 miles in two days. The couple has been a part of bike
rallies in New York and South Dakota as well.
"Vendors are set up and everybody gets their bike spruced up," Mrs.
Conserva said.
Ron and Mary Vankeulen, members of VRCC, came from Toronto for the third
consecutive year to attend Honda Homecoming.
"We came to see the new Valkyrie Rune," Mr. Vankeulen said. "It's an
awesome ride. I've had a deposit on one since last fall when they were
first introduced."
The Vankeulens said Valkyries are such great bikes because of their
"They don't break down, leak oil or stink," he said.
While some riders will be able get a peek at the Rune this weekend,
don't expect to see any rolling down the streets.
"It's not out yet," said LouAnn McKeen, project leader for Honda
Homecoming. "They are on order and coming out fairly soon. They are all

MHS grad is series regular on General Hospital
It turns out that the story about the small town girl who became a
Hollywood actress isn't just an urban legend.
J. Robin Miller, a 1990 graduate of Marysville High School, is a series
regular on ABC's General Hospital. She has also founded her own acting
school outside of Los Angeles.
Miller, who went by her first name Jennifer while in Marysville, took
over the part of Lydia Keranin on the soap opera in July. In addition,
she just celebrated her one-year anniversary as the founder of Lights,
Camera, Acting, an acting school which employs working actors to share
their craft with acting hopefuls.
Born in Findlay, Miller's early years were spent in Mount Blanchard,
about an hour north of Marysville. When she was a child, her family
moved around central Ohio and spent some time in Chicago before settling
in Marysville when Miller was 15.
Miller's parents, Bob and Peggy, chose Marysville for its rural
"All of my relatives are farmers," Miller said.
The Miller, her parents and two sisters lived in Timber Trails.
"My father owned his own business so he could work out of the home,
allowing our family to live where we wanted," she said.
Miller has fond memories of living in Union County.
"I was so impressed by the community and how quickly I was accepted by
friends," she said, "Everyone was very supportive of one another."
As a Monarch, Miller was involved in track, cross-country, National
Honor Society and Mock Trial. She also starred as the lead in the
school's production of the play "The Lottery."
Miller said it was during her senior year as she was applying for
college scholarships that her career began to take shape. She decided to
participate in the Junior Miss scholarship program.
Miller said she felt comfortable participating in the competition,
having had experience as a model with a Columbus modeling agency.
"I did local print work and some commercials," Miller said.
After winning the Union County Junior Miss title, Miller went on to
compete at the state level and became Union County's first Ohio Junior
Miss winner.
"I went on to compete at nationals in Alabama," Miller said. "I got the
opportunity to spend two weeks getting to know 50 different women from
across the country."
She credits Marysville for her involvement in the competition along with
former dance studio owner, Miriam Carson. Carson helped Miller prepare
for the interview process.
"Ms. Carson was very helpful and coached me for the state level," Miller
said. "I would say a lot of my success at the state level was due to
After high school, Miller went on to Ohio University to major in
broadcast journalism. She felt it was a perfect way to combine her love
of writing and acting.
However, her professors censured her for being "too creative" and "too
sensational" in her work.
Miller knew journalism wasn't a good fit and changed her major to film
and television production.
"I went out to L.A. over the summers and took classes as USC, UCLA and
at the Groundlings, an improvisational comedy school," Miller said.
At the Groundlings, she had the opportunity to take classes from
accomplished actress/comedian Kathy Griffin of "Suddenly Susan."
"I was able to study the performances of Cheri O'Teri and Will Farrell
who were at the time performing in the Groundlings junior company before
they became series regulars on Saturday Night Live," Miller said.
Once again Miller was faced with another life-changing decision. As much
as she enjoyed the production end of films, she had a desire to be in
front of the camera, not just behind it.
"I decided to go for it," she said.
After graduating from OU, Miller moved to California in January of 1995
and within a year had landed her first guest-starring role on
Her credits continued from there and included a recurring role on
"Beverly Hills 90210" along with guest spots on "Charmed," "Buffy the
Vampire Slayer," "Just Shoot Me" and "CSI."
During the last year, Miller's career has begun to take off with the
success of her own business and her new role on "General Hospital."
Miller started her business as a sideline to help supplement her income.
She said her first few years in L.A. were very successful as she
continued to meet her career goals but then the jobs became more hit and
"The hard part about acting is even after you put so much work into it
you might eventually get to a point in the business where you aren't
guaranteed employment," Miller said.
She said by owning and teaching at her own school she could control her
hours and maintain a steady income. Miller said she looked to her father
for support and encouragement in becoming a small business owner.
"Teaching people how to work as an actor helped to clarify to me how I
work as an actor," Miller said.
Miller teaches alongside four other working actors including Devon
Odessa ("My So Called Life") and Cari Shayne ("Party of Five").
She said that along with teaching, her new role as Lydia on General
Hospital has been very exciting.
"I had tested for other parts on GH but nothing was ever a right fit
before Lydia," Miller said.
Miller's days can begin as early as 5:30 a.m. when she works on set
until late afternoon. She spends her evenings learning lines.
"Working on a soap is so much different than prime time," Miller said.
"On a soap opera you get the opportunity every day to work on your craft
as an actor."
When asked to recall her favorite celebrity moment since moving to L.A.,
Miller talks about an audition where Sally Field was the director. As
Miller began to audition for the scene, Field acted out the other part.
"To be able to have that moment with Sally Field was very rewarding as
an actress," Miller said.
General Hospital airs locally at 3 p.m. on ABC. To learn more about
"Lights, Camera, Acting" those interested may visit

Fair exhibit reveals how life was like for pioneers
Terry Hess is a man who doesn't sweat and who will let you know that in
the pioneer days women scrubbed their clothes in a wash tub until their
knuckles bled.
He said these days children may not understand the weight of those words
until they actually get the chance to try their hand at a real life
pioneer washing machine.
Visitors stopping into the Pioneer Living, a traveling hands-on museum
tent at the Union County Fair, didn't let the heat get in the way of
learning about the gadgets their ancestors used for daily life. Through
it all, Hess sits dry and clean in a wool pioneer hat, long-sleeved
shirt and pants, offering information on how life used to be.
The Pioneer Living Museum began with a man named Henry Hess who traveled
the Oregon Trail with early America settlers. In 1989 Hess started the
museum and is proud to be the great-great-grandson of that early
Hess told one story which described his passion for history. When he was
a young boy living in Albany, Ore., he was getting an education every
other day at a one-room schoolhouse. One day the teacher sent him home
sick with the mumps and immediately after the teacher dropped him off at
his house, he took off for a nearby river and went rafting for the rest
of the day.
Later, he said, his teacher called his mother to find out how he was. Of
course, his mother had no idea.
"I grew up wanting to be Tom Sawyer," he said.
Today Hess lives with his family in Lyle, Wash., which lies just outside
Portland, Ore. He travels around the country hosting the living history
museum for school assemblies and fairs in 32 states. Last year he
visited more than 950 schools.
"We show people a lifestyle of living off the land . No matter where a
person lives, whether it's in Ohio, Washington or New York," Hess said,
"at some point the people there were all self-sufficient. Some people
still live like this today."
Even as he describes the museum Hess can't escape the present. He was
interrupted for a moment by his cell phone ringing. He laughed and said
it was just his wife checking up on him.
The museum began after Hess was forced to stop traveling from school to
school, showcasing a pioneer apple cider press. He charged $50 to
demonstrate the cider process for classrooms.
Unfortunately, he said, the acid from the apples began reacting with his
hands and he had to call it quits for his hands' sake. It was at that
point, 13 years ago, that he decided to expand his original idea and he
put together an entire traveling museum.
Through demonstrations and hands-on learning, the program gives children
and adults an opportunity to experience a brief hint at life in the
1800s. Six learning centers with exhibits and activities are provided to
create a field trip for students or fair patrons.
A Child's Learning Center gives them the chance to play with wooden folk
toys or read schoolhouse books from the 1800s. A Kitchen Learning Center
lets people grind wheat and sift it into flour and then knead and roll
out bread dough. Children can read in the Little House on the Prairie
books how it took the family hours just to grind enough wheat to make
one loaf of bread and can get a good idea of how different life was back
Other activities include the Ma and Pa Learning Center, demonstrating
how families washed and dried clothes or how men shaved with a lather
brush or pumped water out of a rain barrel. The Clothing Learning Center
details how pioneers made clothes by spinning wool. The Crafts Learning
Center lets children learn the process of making jewelry with beads.
Hess said the Gold Rush Learning Center seems to be the favorite with
the kids. It gives patrons a feel for panning gold as it was done during
the 1800s.
He said his museum is headed back for Oregon after the Union County Fair
ends, but he will be back in Ohio for the Wayne County Bicentennial bell
casting event in Wooster.
The Pioneer Living Museum has been being featured at the Union County
Fair every afternoon and will run through Sunday.

Molten memories
Union County's Bicentennial Bell is cast
Accompanied by music, patriotic activities and a few speeches, Union
County's Bicentennial Bell was cast Wednesday at the Union County Fair.
As Dave Verdin of the Verdin Bell Company of Cincinnati explained the
process, about 40 4-H children passed brass ingots to the three bell
casters who deposited them in a furnace for melting. Next, three sand
and resin cores, weighing more than 2,200 pounds, were carefully placed
around the mold, leaving a space for the molten bronze to be poured
later in the day. The mold and sand cores were then placed in a mold box
to await the pouring process.
Verdin explained that every care must be taken to keep water and
dampness away from the mold and cores to prevent pockmarks and other
imperfections. The butane furnace was lit and the melting process began.

At 8 p.m., the furnace temperature reached 2,200 degrees F and the
molten bronze was transferred into a ladle which was moved by a crane to
the mold box and poured. Because of the heat of the bronze, the three
bell casters wore helmets, goggles and Kevlar suits.
Today, the mold was to be broken by state Rep. Tony Core and county
wrestling coaches Bob Williams, Don Wasserbeck and Len Andrews. During
the afternoon, the Verdin bell casters will clean, polish and sandblast
the bell, At 5:30 p.m., Ohio's first lady, Hope Taft, will present the
bell to the county and World War II veteran Walter Herd will be the
first to ring the Union County bell, followed by other veterans.
The bell casting was done on the bed of a semi truck which was
especially built for the Verdin company to cast the Ohio Bicentennial
bells and transport the equipment from county to county. The company
cast seven bells in the fall of 2001, 40 in 2002 and will finish the
last bell in October.
Each piece of equipment, including the semi truck, was made in Ohio by
Ohioans and most of the material involved in the bell casting is from
Ohio, according to Bill Lowe, bell project coordinator for the
bicentennial commission.
The Ohio Bicentennial bells are two feet tall and weigh about 250
pounds. The thickness ranges from 3/8 inch to 3 inches at the striking
area. The 12 bronze ingots melted for the bells are made up of 80
percent copper and 20 percent tin and each weighs 12 pounds. Since a bit
of the bronze from the previous bell is used in each new bell, the Union
County bell will contain bronze from the previous 65 bells. Each bell
chimes the note E.
The Verdin Bell Company is the world's largest supplier of bells,
carillons and clocks. The sixth generation of the family now runs the
company which has been in existence since 1842.

City eyes another sewer study
Price tag: $100,000

After spending $45,000 for one study and several months of committee
meetings for a future wastewater treatment plant, Marysville City
Council is being asked to spend an additional $100,000 for yet another
At first glance, the ordinance sponsored by Mayor Steve Lowe, appears to
be starting the selection process over again. City council's public
works committee has already met for several months to choose a
wastewater treatment plant site and an engineering study by the
Columbus-based URS Engineering has already been conducted.
City engineer Phil Roush said the new study will focus on the six sites
outlined by the public works committee. The locations are:
1. Industrial Parkway
2. Near ATS Transmission along U.S. 36
3. The existing site within the city along Main Street
4. Hinton Mill Road
5. The Darling property on U.S. 36
6. Myers Road
The committee chose Industrial Parkway as the top site, however, neither
council nor administration has confirmed the location.
Roush said a new study will be looking at these locations for the
geotechnical study.
"It picks up from there," Roush said. "It's to provide assurance that a
site is workable . It's the beginning of the actual design process."
He said the purpose of the ordinance is to get the city moving toward
City council, however, is currently talking about creating a wastewater
district with the county. If that scenario becomes reality it would put
Lowe's ordinance on hold. On the other hand, Lowe maintains that the
county doesn't want to join the city in a regional effort.
City council president John Gore said he met recently with Union
County's board of commissioners and asked them himself if they were
interested in a regional plant. Union County Commissioner Tom McCarthy
said today that the county is interested in discussing what alternatives
may be available.
"We are looking at all alternatives, including those with the city of
Marysville," said McCarthy.
This morning Gore said he was already invited by city administrator Bob
Schaumleffel to attend a future meeting with administration and two OEPA
officials to pursue a regional wastewater plant.
Public service director Tracie Davies confirmed that a joint meeting is
in the works, but a date has not been set as they are still coordinating
a time with county commissioners.
Neither Schaumleffel nor Lowe returned calls to explain further details
on the ordinance.
Lowe said the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has ordered
construction to begin on a new Wastewater Treatment Plant by Aug. 1,
2007, as part of the Marysville National Pollution Discharge Elimination
System permit.
Lowe reported the OEPA stipulated that the new plant must be in
operation by Oct. 1, 2009, and that preliminary engineering studies are
necessary to determine potential sites and negotiations must be
undertaken to secure an option for a feasible site. He recommended the
city appropriate $100,000 from unappropriated Sewer Replacement and
Improvement funds to conduct that study for geotechnical explorations
and land acquisition services.
"We're under the gun from EPA," Roush explained.
After Aug. 1 the OEPA has ordered Marysville to begin construction on
the new site within 48 months.
Roush said the next step, after the approval of the ordinance, would be
to start negotiations toward purchasing the prospective site from the
property owner and then to begin the engineering and architectural
designs for construction.
Other factors could weigh against the administrative ordinance.
Tom Compton, a wastewater treatment operator in Delaware, has been one
of the most outspoken of residents trying to determine where the site
will be built. He has noted his interest lies in the fact that he has
experience from being involved in the process of constructing a
wastewater plant in Delaware and because he lives near a possible site
location on Myers Road.
Compton believes the city should have a definite site already determined
before the geotechnical exploration survey can begin. He said the city
could be wasting taxpayers' money by not narrowing in on a site.
Geotechnical workers have to dig hundreds of well-sized holes around a
location site and study the soil to determine if the land can sustain a
treatment plant. Instances of underground water or shifting layers of
land stratification will not only determine the location but also the
final construction cost.
"(The study) should be more specific than that," Compton said.
Council will hold first reading on the ordinance today at its 7 p.m.
meeting at city hall, 125 E. Sixth St.

Honda Homecoming means
big bucks for Union County

Editor's note: The following information is supplied by Eric Phillips,
C.E.O. and Director of Economic Development for the Union County Chamber
of Commerce.
Besides being the largest employer in the county, Honda also hosts an
annual motorcycle homecoming event that brings both day trippers and
overnight extended stay tourists by the thousands to Union County.
Honda Homecoming 2003 is begins today and runs through Saturday with the
Rendezvous Motorcycle Rally in uptown Marysville on Friday. Various
activities and events are scheduled for this tourism-filled weekend.
Area residents and visiting motorcyclists alike can come out and support
local organizations and businesses.
More than 8,000 visitors attended Honda Homecoming in 2002, which
translates into almost $850,000 in "tourism dollars," to businesses and
the community. Based on State of Ohio Division of Tourism equation data,
the Honda Homecoming overnight travelers generated nearly $230,000,
while the day trippers generated nearly $615,000. Overnight travelers
utilize local accommodations, while both the overnight and day trippers
visit restaurants, shops and commercial businesses in the area.
The Rendezvous Motorcycle Rally in uptown Marysville generates other
monies for various non-profit and for-profit organizations.  The theory
is "if they leave with some change in their pockets, it is money that
could have been spent in our community."  The goal is to create an
environment for tourists to spend dollars when they visit.
Although Honda Homecoming is the biggest event in the county each year,
other events such as the Union County and Richwood fairs, All-Ohio
Balloon Festival, Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show and Reunion,
Festifair and Springenfest all generate tourism dollars that benefit
businesses and community residents. One of the fastest growing tourism
events in Union County are 4-H Horse Shows which run two to three days
in length.
It is estimated that these horse shows bring in more than $60,000 into
the local economy each time they are held at one of our fairgrounds.
Events and festivals held by local communities and organizations benefit
the local economy financially and enrich lives. The community's
involvement and participation in these events and festivals insures
success and will in turn bring more tourists into the community next
If tourists leave without spending the average quota as established by
the State, then that means  the hosting city, village or county needs to
strategize ways to get the traveler to spend their money while they are
in the area.
For more information on upcoming events or advice on how to capture
tourism dollars, those interested may contact Kerry Donahue at the
convention and visitors bureau. 642-4314 or (877) 473-4314.

MHUC extends deadline for dumping UnitedHealthcare
Memorial Hospital of Union County in Marysville has extended its
contract with UnitedHealthcare 60 days, moving the possible termination
date to Oct. 13 at midnight.
Last week the hospital announced plans to terminate the insurer's
contract effective Aug. 12. After that date the county hospital will be
considered out of network and individuals insured through
UnitedHealthcare would pay a higher rate of services.
"UnitedHealthcare has reconciled the money they owe for services already
rendered," said Jeff Ehlers, vice president of finance and information
services at Memorial. "We are optimistic with the resolution of our
first concern and therefore have extended our contract in hopes that the
others will result in the same."
While no exact figure was given for the payment, it was said to be a few
hundred thousand dollars.
The 92-bed hospital has been in the process of negotiations with the
insurer since April 14 to resolve three issues:
. Receive payment for the money Memorial was due as a result of
underpayment by UnitedHealthcare over the past few years.
. Make the contract more simple to monitor.
. Change the rate structure and bring it more in line with other payers.

Ehlers said the hospital will continue to work with the insurer to
resolve the other two concerns.
"It is our preference to continue our contract with UnitedHealthcare
long into the future for the benefit of local employers, employees and
patients we serve," Ehlers said.
Services provided by the area's network physicians were never in
jeopardy. The hospital's contract dealt only with in-hospital services.
UnitedHealthcare is one of approximately 30 payer contracts the hospital
has and it is not the largest, Ehlers said.
The hospital had originally contacted 15 local employers about the
impending deadline. Three of the county's larger employers who offer
insurance through UnitedHealthcare include the county, Nestle and
Union County Commissioner Gary Lee said the county is discussing options
with the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, while spokesmen from
Nestle and Goodyear said they are considering other options.
Memorial Hospital began an internal audit in March of paid claims from
UnitedHealthcare after learning that Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware
and Fairfield Medical Center had terminated their contracts with the
insurance provider.
The audit revealed that UnitedHealthcare had consistently been
underpaying Memorial for several years. Ehlers estimated that the
underpayment is several hundred thousand dollars.
"A few hundred thousand dollars is very significant to a small hospital
like ourselves," he said.
Ehlers and hospital president/CEO Danny Boggs made the decision to
terminate the contract April 14. UnitedHealthcare was then given a
120-day notice.

Triad changes process for NHS induction
The Triad School Board accepted a new and improved procedure for
membership in the National Honor Society at Wednesday night's meeting.
In February, the board approved an amended procedure, stating that the
section on faculty committee selection would be deleted to make the NHS
admission process completely objective beginning with the next group of
NHS inductees to be considered in the fall.
This action came as a result to concerns raised after 15 students were
not accepted into NHS despite excellent academic and activity records.
Parents and students faulted the NHS selection procedure, which included
a faculty committee selection.
In April, the NHS advisor raised concerns about the amended procedure
passed in February. He felt that by deleting the faculty committee
selection portion of the admission process, the board had voted in a
procedure that also deleted any way to measure and factor in a student's
character and leadership qualities.
The proposal voted in Wednesday night includes a new section of the
selection process that eliminates the majority of the subjectivity
caused by the original faculty committee selection portion of the
admission process. The amended section reads as follows:
"The faculty will now be asked to rate each NHS candidate in 21
categories within the areas of character and leadership on a scale of
1-5 in each category. A rubric will be applied to the evaluations and a
target score of 70 will be reached in order for the candidate to be
granted NHS membership. Comments WILL NOT be included on the faculty
evaluation form."
The NHS advisor also added that only teachers who have had a student in
class or in an extracurricular activity will be permitted to rate the
Treasurer Jill Williams presented the financial report to the board. She
gave a detailed breakdown of revenues and expenditures for the past year
and projections for the coming school year.
After the meeting, Williams said it will be important for the district
to watch the budget closely. "We need to tighten up some areas that we
can control to keep in the black."
Williams named supplies, equipment and purchase services as places were
money can be saved.
Overall, the school district's revenues have increased 5 percent from
2002 to 2003. Williams is projecting a 4.4 percent increase for this
year. Expenditures increased to over 11 from from 2002 to 2003 and
Williams is making a very conservative projection of only a 3.8 percent
increase in expenditures for this school year.
Superintendent Steve Johnson reported on the baseball field progress.
Issues have been brought up about the size of the diamonds and drainage.

Elementary School Principal Craig Meredith had good news to report to
the board. A study conducted by two of the first grade teachers found
that the majority of the first graders studied from September to May of
last year were reading above the first grade level. One student was
found to be reading at a fourth grade level.
In other business, the board:
 . Accepted the resignations of Melanie Stender as English teacher and
Michael Edwards as science teacher, head cross country coach and head
track coach, both effective at the end of the 2002-2003 contract
. Approved the following contracts: Denise Detling, junior high
basketball and cheerleading coach; Phil Packsman, boys volunteer soccer
coach; Matt Alexander, football volunteer; Donnie Coleman, football
volunteer and Kevin Franke, football assistant
. Approved renewal membership in the Ohio Coalition for Equity and
Adequacy for FY04 in the amount of .50 x Oct. 2002 ADM.
. Approved the following grants for FY04: Title V Innovative for
$5,750.68; Part B  Idla for $114,959.05; Title I for $68,483.00; Title
IV-A Drug Free for $4,408.40; Title II-A Improving Teacher Quality for
$53,270.10 and Title 11-D Technology for $1,472.50

A glimpse of fairs past
Editor's note: The information for this bicentennial story came from a
book provided by Ron Ebright of Springfield, Tenn. Ebright is a Union
County native who served on the fair board in the 1980s. The information
came from a book published by the Ohio State Board of Agriculture in
The tenth annual fair was held on the fair ground at Marysville on the
16th and 17th of October last.
The number of entries in all the classes of horses was 145; of cattle in
all the classes was 68, and other classes in proportion, making over 500
The exhibition of horses and cattle excelled our most sanguine
expectations, and might well challenge comparison with the county fairs
of the State.
The number of members of the society is 215. The amount of money
received from members is - $215.00. The amount from other resources at
the fair - $290.81. Total receipts - $505.81. The treasurer paid out -
$411.11. Balance in his hands - $94.70.
The principal kinds of products of this county are wheat, corn, oats,
hay, grass, cattle, cheese, hogs, horses, etc.
The usual product of wheat is about 15 bushels to the acre. This year
the quality is more than an average, but the quantity less, say thirteen
bushels to the acre.
The usual quantity of corn to the acre may be put down at 40 bushels.
The drouth in May and June, taken with the frosts in August and
September, has made the crop less than an average, both in quantity and
quality. The average this year will not vary much from 30 bushels.
The oats crop, usually large, proved almost a failure this year, on
account of the drouth in June.
The root crops are usually very abundant and of the quality; this year
scarcely an average.
Our people have taken much pains to cultivate the best quality of
fruits, and their efforts seem to have proved abundantly successful; the
severe cold however, of last winter cut off most of the peach trees and
grape vines, and some varieties of cherries and plums, but many of them
are sprouting from the roots and will yield abundantly in a few years.
The soil of our county is peculiarly adapted to grazing, being
principally level in surface and of rich, moist quality. The farmers are
yearly giving more attention to the breeding of stock, which is
abundantly manifest from the quantity and quality exhibited at our fairs
and shipped for other markets.
The short horn Durham cattle and French and Morgan horses for draft and
saddle purposes, cannot be excelled in quality, and are respectable in
The number of sheep bred in this county seems to be diminishing, and
must continue until the profit of wool growing shall become equal to
that of other stock.
Large numbers of stock and fat hogs are shipped and taken away every
year from this county.
The principal part of the corn and other grains are fed out to stock in
the county, but there are considerable quantities annually shipped at
the stations on the railroads in this county, at Marysville, Milford
Centre, Unionville Centre and Dover.
The average price of wheat during the past year was about $1.20; corn 30
cents; oats 22 cents per bushel.
The price of land varies with the situation and improvements, from $5 an
acre upwards; but good farms with comfortable improvements, with road
conveniences etc., may be bought from $16 to $25 an acre. Indeed, we
think there are few counties in the state in which land of good quality
and equal conveniences, can be bought on as fair terms as in Union
The society held its annual meeting November 8th, 1856, and elected its
officers for the ensuring year, as follows: President - E. Burnham; Vice
President - Jas. A. Henderson; Treasurer - John Barbour; Secretary -
Jas. W. Robinson; Managers - Joshua Judy, James Fullington, Jas. R.
Galloway, Thos. W. Miller, B.F. Kelsey, James B. Richey and Isaac
Respectfully submitted,
James W. Robinson, Secretary
November 28th, 1856

Korean armistice to be celebrated
Area veterans will be honored at the Union County Fair in several ways.
Veterans will be the first to ring the Union County Bicentennial Bell at
a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Sunday is Veterans Day at the fair.
All veterans will be admitted free and they and their spouses will be
served lunch in the pavilion.
Among those veterans are men who served in the Korean War for which an
armistice was signed July 27, 1953. Gail DeGood-Guy, director of the
Union County Veterans Services Office, submitted the following history
of that war.
On July 27, 1953, Lt. Gen. Nam Il of North Korea and Lt. Gen. William
Harrison of the United States signed the Korean War Armistice. The Union
County Veterans Service Office is recognizing the contributions made by
our county's Armed Forces personnel who fought, were wounded or died in
Korea between 1950 and 1953.
After Japan was defeated in 1945, United States and Soviet Union allies
divided Korea, one of Japan's occupied territories, at the 38th
parallel. The communist People's Republic of Korea was established in
the north and a democratic government, the Republic of Korea was formed
in the south. Only a fragile thread of land separated the two countries.

By 1948, as the threat of communism increased, tensions escalated not
only between North and South Korea but also the USSR and United States,
which broke all alliances. The Soviets sought to extend their control by
backing North Korea's militant stance in gaining control over South
On June 25, 1950, the North Koreans crossed the 38th parallel, augmented
by communist Chinese troops and supplied by the USSR. The unprepared
South Korean soldiers panicked and the North Korean troops poured into
the south, confident of a quick and decisive victory.
Five days later, President Harry S. Truman ordered American ground
forces into Korea. The 24th Infantry Division arrived in July under the
charge of Gen. William Dean, however, they could not prevent Seoul,
South Korea's capital, from falling.
Truman authorized the U.S. Air Force to bomb targets in North Korea and
offered a naval blockade of the entire Korean coast, then deployed
thousands more American ground units to Korea. Forces from 21 other
countries joined the U.S. and during the first 18 months of the war,
U.S. and U.N. troops fought seesaw battles, capturing positions, losing
them and recapturing them.
Several top level American military leaders were either killed or
replaced, weakening the chain of command and preventing the allies from
advancing beyond the 38th parallel and stalemating any chance for peace
treaty talks.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was elected president in 1952 and in seeking an
armistice, he made it clear that he intended to end the conflict by
whatever means he had to use. Peace talks began but stalled over the
voluntary repatriation of prisoners of war.
In March 1953, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin died. Georgi Malenkov, the
new premier, renewed peace talks and the armistice was signed in July.
It is important to realize that the end of hostilities was not a peace
treaty and that, to this day, North and South Korea are still at war.
More than 1.8 million U.S. armed services personnel were sent to Korea.
Almost 34,000 were killed in action, 92,000 were wounded, 7,000 were
made prisoners of war and 8,176 are still missing in action.
Battles and expressions associated with the war include the Home by
Christmas offense, the Frozen Chosen, Operation Thunderbolt, Bloody
Ridge, Heartbreak Ridge, Old Baldy and Pork Chop Hill. Union count
veterans were involved in those battles.
The Korean War flag is comprised of blue and white stripes through the
center to signify the United Nations battle streamer and the 22 stars
represent the allied nations. The flag's words and dates are in English
and Korean, with a Tae Guk symbol portraying peace and harmony and the
words Freedom Is Not Free at the bottom of the flag. The flag is
displayed at the Veterans Service Office.
As a national salute to Korean War Veterans, a wreath-laying ceremony
will be held at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery
July 26 and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will host a
ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial July 27.
The Department of Defense Korean War website is www.korea50.mil

It's unfair to call fair food fair
The car is parked - in a dry space - the children are rarin' to go and
mom and dad are ready. It's off to the midway!
What's that smell? It's popcorn, funnel cakes, french fries, hamburgers,
all of the above. It's fair food!
"Daddy, I want a candy apple." "Mommy, can I have french fries?"
What to do? It's only 10 a.m. Breakfast is only an hour past. But the
SMELLS. They're absolutely provocative.
Let's face it: Fair food is special.We find it at the fair, at amusement
parks, at the Balloon Festival. It's almost always greasy, almost always
expensive, almost always unhealthy and almost always irresistible.
Let's start with the corn dog, that scrumptious treat made up of a hot
dog dipped in cornbread batter, deep fried and best eaten with mustard.
There's a display in the Agriculture Education building called "How To
Grow a Corn Dog." What does that mean? Corn dogs aren't gr