Author: Ally Lanasa

Julia Patterson, an incoming senior at Marysville High School, will attend the week-long program, American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation July 24-31 in Washington D.C. after participating in Buckeye Girls State in Ohio last month. (Photo submitted) Julia Patterson, an incoming senior at Marysville High School, is one of two participants selected and sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary of Ohio to attend American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Girls Nation July 24-31 in Washington D.C. “I am super honored to be one of the two selected. I’m just super excited,” Patterson said. “This is kind of what I want to do when…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines for school settings on July 9, but North Union Local Schools Superintendent Richard Baird told the North Union Board of Education Monday night that the guidelines do not significantly change the district continuity plan. “The key to that is the community spread is still low around here,” he explained. According to a letter from Baird dated June 29, 2021, the North Union Local School District has uploaded its continuity plan for the 2021-22 academic year to its website as well as the Ohio Department of Education’s website. This plan…

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Matt Roberson and Julie Spain organized the Marysville Plant Library on Milford Avenue, which provides community members a safe space to share plants. The plant library officially opens on Wednesday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Ally Lanasa) The Marysville Plant Library, a plant-sharing space, provides community members with the opportunity to try their hand at gardening without wasting money. The plant library officially opens Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at 663 Milford Avenue with an official stocking of plants. “We’re encouraging people not to all come through at the same time,” said Julie Spain, a life-long resident of Marysville and a local attorney,…

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Dustin Lowe, local historian and author of “The Rich Woods of Union County: A Comprehensive History of Richwood, Ohio,” is willing to donate all proceeds of his book sale in addition to $1,000 of his own money to keep the Richwood Opera House in use. As of July 9, Lowe had raised about $3,062. “The Richwood Opera House is very important to our community. It was built in 1890 because our community needed a building to meet in that was large enough to hold a few hundred people,” Lowe explained. “The building replaced the old engine house and has been…

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South Franklin Street in Richwood remains closed as crews from Underground Utilities of Monroeville dig up the base of the road as part of a multiple phase reconstruction project of both ends of Franklin Street. (Journal Tribune photo by Ally Lanasa) Underground Utilities of Monroeville resumed work on South Franklin Street in Richwood on Monday, including ripping out the base of the road and installing new curbs and sidewalks. The construction crews will build a new base of two and a half inches of compressed asphalt for the road. The crews were ahead of schedule before the fourth of July…

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According to Mayor Scott Jerew’s report during the Village of Richwood Council meeting, Village Solicitor Alison Boggs called the village’s former fiscal officer Tim Goodwin, who is required to pay nearly $20,000 in penalty fees following a report from the state auditor’s office. Goodwin will reportedly be out of town for three weeks, but he “wants to make it right with the village,” Boggs told the mayor. Goodwin wants to get an attorney to draft up an agreement for the council’s consideration. With Goodwin out of town, Boggs recommended that council give him until Aug. 9 before voting on the…

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Originally constructed in the 1830s, the Weller Cabin on the Union County Historical Society site, above, recently received a five-week exterior restoration that involved replacing the cedar shakes and chinking. Below, James “Tim” Harrington of H & S Remodeling and Painting, LLC of Marysville works on the cedar shake shingle roof of the historic Weller Cabin on May 21. The shingles were milled locally out of old cedar telephone poles. Harrington finished the exterior restoration around June 19. (Submitted photos) Tim Harrington of H & S Remodeling and Painting, LLC of Marysville recently completed a five-week exterior restoration of the…

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Laurie Eliot-Shea resigned from the Richwood Revitalization Committee, a subcommittee of the Village of Richwood Council, effective on July 9 following Village Solicitor Alison Boggs’ suggestion that a committee have a maximum of two council members as voting members. “Her logic was sound,” said Chairman Reddy Brown. “If four council members are on this committee and they make a decision in this committee and then they go to the next council meeting, unless something changes their mind, which is of course possible, but she seemed to say that’s illegal because maybe they don’t change their mind.” Brown added that three…

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Has served as judge in municipal court since 2000 In letters to Gov. Michael DeWine and Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor dated June 16, Marysville Municipal Court Judge Michael Grigsby announced his early retirement effective July 23. “I think that under today’s circumstances my docket is in good order for whoever succeeds me,” wrote Grigsby. “It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve Union County and the State of Ohio as Judge since 2000, though most of the credit for any success I have had goes to my staff, past and present.” Grigsby will turn 71 this…

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Across the country, parents are urging children to further their education because earning a college degree is not only beneficial to an individual’s financial success but a community’s economic growth as well. Recently, an analysis by media organization Stacker ranked Union County the seventh highest educated county in Ohio. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 35.5% of the population who are 25 years and over earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Individuals among that group have varying levels of education, ranging from: Less than high school diploma: 6.6% ($21,050 median earnings) High school graduate: 32% ($35,570) Some college…

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This geophysical survey map of the area of the former Brown Cemetery conducted by the Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. shows that radar and magnetics testing detected about 25 possible graves, but the rows indicate there could be more. (Map submitted) Local officials and organizations are coming together to support the preservation of the Brown Cemetery, also known as the Brown graveyard. The burial place, located near the intersection of Route 736 and Scottslawn Road in Darby Township, is found on land slated for a housing development. Representatives from Union County Veteran Services, Union County Historical Society, Union County Genealogical Society,…

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How many council members can legally represent the Village of Richwood Council on a committee or board? Village Solicitor Alison Boggs said she is researching Ohio laws and Ohio Ethics Commission opinions to determine the exact number, but it is “inappropriate” to have more than the majority of the council on one committee because of impartiality. Boggs said it becomes problematic when most of the councilmembers make a decision with the committee then are supposed to appear unbiased before the council for a vote. Additionally, Ohio Revised Code states, “a majority of the council constitutes a quorum and no action…

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Residents recall events from 1971 Fifty years ago Friday the homes of residents went dark about 7:40 p.m. when a tornado with 80 mph winds hit Marysville and most of southern Union County. The harsh winds caused a severe electrical storm and approximately four inches of rain. In her “Off the Hook” column in the June 23, 2017 issue of the Journal-Tribune, Melanie Behrens recalled that the ”wind-driven rain was just so strong, it was coming in around the windows” of the house she shared with her husband Dan Behrens, former publisher of the newspaper. A state of emergency was…

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