Author: Ally Lanasa

When the pandemic began in early 2020, theaters closed and productions of current and upcoming shows were delayed or canceled. In some cases, the production shutdowns led to shorter television seasons. Streaming services saw a rise in viewership as people relied on digital, instantaneous entertainment in their homes. According to Forbes, the emergence of new streaming video services from Disney, Universal and Warner Bros., joining Netflix, Hulu and Amazon coincided with the pandemic. As a result of the pandemic, all 2021 Warner Bros. movies are releasing in theaters and on HBO Max in a one-year plan. Similarly, Disney+ has offered…

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Pictured above are various examples of the Halloween display at 503 E. Fifth St. The homeowners have rearranged the skeletons almost every day during October for the past six years. The Peake family chronicles the various poses on “The Daily George” account on Facebook. (Photos submitted) The Halloween-loving Peake family has created a favorite neighborhood tradition with their annual skeleton displays at 503 E. Fifth St. The decorations began six years ago with a simple purchase for the holiday. “In 2015, my (now) husband and daughter went shopping and bought a skeleton,” said Stasia Peake. For the amusement of their…

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Editor’s Note: The Marysville Journal-Tribune staff made multiple attempts to contact all candidates running for council in the Village of Richwood. The candidates who are featured responded by the deadline. Candidates were asked to submit personal information about themselves and their stances on issues facing the village. Submitted statements varied in length among candidates. ––– Five candidates are vying for four open seats on the Village of Richwood Council in the Nov. 2 election. Three incumbents, Patrick Morse, Von Beal and George Showalter, have terms expiring this year and are seeking reelection. Jackie Hamilton and Steven Siufanua are running as…

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Superintendent Richard Baird, pictured right, presents a #NUPride Award coin to Dr. David Dunkin, who practices family medicine. Since 1995, Dunkin has attended the Friday night football games on the sidelines to care for athletes. (Journal-Tribune photo by Ally Lanasa) The North Union Local School District had seven confirmed COVID-19 positive cases among six students and one staff member as of Monday, Superintendent Richard Baird told the school board at its meeting that evening. “That is a downward trend as you know,” he said. “We’ve had a total of 101 cases this year. There are 21 students who are actively…

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Amanda Avink, who voluntarily cleans and repairs headstones, footstones and markers at Oakdale Cemetery, rinses a headstone with water before she uses a soft nylon brush to remove moss on Wednesday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Ally Lanasa) — Many may consider a cemetery a spooky site, but one resident enjoys spending her free time there to preserve the dignity of the deceased. Amanda Avink has been cleaning and re-leveling headstones at Oakdale Cemetery, located at 1290 W Fifth St. at the intersection of Raymond Road and West Fifth Street, since the coronavirus pandemic began. The cemetery was established in 1880, which…

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Richwood Village Council agreed to release Alison Boggs from her duties as village solicitor so she can focus on the work of her private practice and hire Julie Spain to fill the role during its meeting on Monday. Boggs stated at an August council meeting that she was notified by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office about an opinion, which applies to her position with the village while maintaining a private practice. She said she cannot take any criminal cases for the village. “The attorney general’s opinion was based on who are your loyalties to? So, as the village solicitor, I…

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The Richwood Revitalization Committee decided during its meeting on Thursday not to pursue an option to own the opera house as a private entity, following advice from Union County Historical Society President Bob Parrott. Committee member Lynne Hall shared information from Parrott, who met with John Warner, a certified public accountant (CPA) in Marysville who assists the Union County Historical Society with bookkeeping. “If you’re doing the 501(c)(3), you would also apply with the Ohio Secretary of State as a nonprofit corporation. All this would assume that the group wants to be an entity separate from the village council,” Parrott…

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Richwood Banking Company president and CEO Chad Hoffman is raising concerns about a proposed plan to help the IRS better audit taxpayers. President Joe Biden’s administration proposal would require financial institutions to report the total amount of money flowing into and out of bank accounts of $600 or more. “So, for instance, if you had an account that had $700 in it, every transaction that goes through that account will eventually find its way into the IRS hands,” Hoffman said. He added that almost “all accounts are going to have either $600 in it or $600 worth of transactions that…

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Colin & Griffin’s Gang, pictured at the Columbus Marathon and Half Marathon in 2019, raise money for Nationwide Children’s Hospital every year in honor of Grace and Derek Chapman’s late sons, Colin and Griffin, who died shortly after birth in May 2017. (Photo submitted) In honor of their late sons, Grace and Derek Chapman are raising funds for Nationwide Children’s Hospital with an invitation only, family friendly block party on Saturday from 4-8 p.m. on Linden Street. The Chapmans, who share a 6-year-old son Ben, lost twin boys, Colin and Griffin, four years ago. “They were born premature at 23…

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Local attorney Julie Spain attended the Village of Richwood Council meeting on Monday to introduce herself as a candidate for village solicitor, replacing Alison Boggs. Boggs plans to resign from the position because of an opinion from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, stating there would be a conflict of interest in prosecuting criminal cases for Richwood in addition to the criminal work she does through her private practice. Spain presented her resume to the council, stating that she currently has a contract to prosecute misdemeanor cases for Richwood and Dublin. She also prosecutes cases on behalf of Marysville. Outside of…

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Union County Assistant Prosecutor Thayne Gray informs residents about the permitting process for the proposed Samsung Richwood Solar Project during the informational meeting at the Leesburg Township Fire Department on Thursday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Ally Lanasa) Representatives from Samsung C&T Corporation America and HULL emphasized that the proposed solar field near Richwood will not negatively impact farmland it may be built on or adjacent properties during an informational meeting. The preliminary meeting, held at the Leesburg Township Fire Department on Thursday evening, was arranged by township from Leesburg, Claiborne and Taylor townships. Union County Commissioner Dave Burke, Engineer Jeff Stauch…

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With the COVID-19 pandemic limiting my travel, I have discovered a new way to escape my everyday life — literature. Books allow readers to immerse in worlds of authors’ imaginations for entertainment. As American literary academic Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” I can go anywhere from the comfort of my couch through written word, as I sip on a steaming cup of coffee or tea. So far, I have trekked through western states on a horse and participated in the hard work of rural life in the early…

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In addition to COVID-19 safety protocols, the switch to mobile ticketing since the pandemic has been a controversial topic among the North Union school community. Parent Brandon Stringer approached the North Union Local Schools Board of Education during its meeting on Monday night to argue that taxpayers should not have to pay the processing fee for mobile ticketing at sporting events. “These fees range anywhere from 23-48% of ticket price. The taxpayers are being told they have to cover the costs of making it easier for the athletic department,” Stringer said. He continued that technical difficulties with mobile ticketing may…

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The Richwood Planning Commission met with Aaron Smith, planner I/GIS tech of LUC Regional Planning Commission, on Monday to review a draft of changes to the village’s official zoning map. Richwood’s current legalized zoning map is from December 1979. Subsequently, other maps were created in 2002 and 2004 and revised in 2011. However, those updated maps are just representations and not official zoning maps for the village because they have not been legally signed by the mayor and village clerk. The current map is missing the North Union Fire Department and other properties incorporated in the village in recent years.…

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The Richwood Revitalization Committee has begun the application process for T-Mobile’s Hometown Grant Program. The T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program will provide funds for projects “to build, rebuild or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections.” Through the program, T-Mobile is committing $25 million to small town grants over the next five years. According to T-Mobile’s website, towns will be selected by a panel consisting of members from nonprofits SmartGrowth America and Main Street America. Grants will be allocated up to $50,000 per town. At its meeting on Thursday, the committee discussed applying for the grant to fix the trusses…

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