Author: Chad Williamson

Beginning Monday, masks will be optional for students and staff in the Marysville School District, despite the results of a parent survey that found a slim majority of families supported a continued mandate. The Marysville Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to implement Superintendent Diane Allen’s recommendation that masks become optional for students and staff in Marysville school buildings. “We firmly believe in parent choice,” Allen said after the meeting. The superintendent explained that the goal of masking was never to be a permanent solution, but rather to be a tool to mitigate virus spread. Marysville started the school…

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Editor’s note: All candidates for seats on the Marysville Board of Education were asked to submit personal information about themselves, as well as their stances on issues facing the district. The three candidates running as “Monarch Parents for Marysville School Board” chose to send a joint statement on their stances, but separate personal information. Because of this, the portion of the article about those individuals will read differently than the remaining candidates. ––– Six candidates are vying for three open seats on the Marysville Board of Education. Two of the candidates, Dick Smith and Nan Savidge, are current board of…

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North Lewisburg Village Council handled a number of routine issues at Tuesday night’s meeting. Mayor Cheryl Hollingsworth reported that the village has received a total of $153,460 in American Rescue Plan Act-Coronovirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. The money has been isolated in the general fund and Village Administrator Andy Yoder will be developing a plan for spending the money. Council also learned that the 2020 Census numbers show the village population at 1,636, up from 1,490 residents during the 2010 Census. Leaf pick-up in the village will begin the week of Oct. 25 and will continue for roughly a month.…

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There should be consumer protections in place to protect children from purchasing junk in gift shops. The knick knacks kids will purchase with the small amounts of money adults entrust them with are bizarre. If a child walks into a gift shop with $2 and the only thing available at that price is paper mache mask of Rick Flair – Wooooooo, clear a spot on the mantle. I’m not taking aim at such time tested items as refrigerator magnets, snow globes or shot glasses. Those are classics, and also staples of the Williamson family. My mom has quite an array…

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The story of Marysville’s 34-0 Friday night blowout against Dublin Jerome can be seen in the photo and two inset images above. Jerome QB Zakk Tschirhart was hammered by the Monarch defense all night, leading to just 68 yards through the air despite 17 pass attempts. In the left inset photo, Colton Powers (32) drills Tschirhart from behind as Erryl Will (40) prepares to hit him in the chest. In the main photo, Tschirhart tries to rollout to give himself time, but is run down by Will and teammate Richard Nielsen. Even when Tschirhart was able to get a pass…

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Due to a lack of beds, Memorial Hospital was forced to enact its diversion plan Wednesday afternoon. As part of the plan, non-critical EMS patients were to be taken to other area facilities. The diversion status was canceled this morning. (Journal-Tribune photo by Mac Cordell) For only the second time in recent memory, Memorial Hospital had to turn patients away overnight on Wednesday. At 3:45 p.m., the hospital alerted regional first responders that it would be going on EMS diversion. As patient volume dipped, that diversion status was canceled at 7:45 a.m. today. Under Memorial’s EMS diversion program the hospital…

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Monarch assistant coach Steve Devine and members of the Marysville football team, including Gabe Powers and Erryl Will, pray as medical professionals administer aid to a family member of one of the Marysville assistant coaches following Friday night’s overtime win against Hilliard Darby. The woman experienced a medical emergency during the on-field celebration following the game. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) The importance and irrelevance of football were both displayed for all to see at Marysville Friday night. In one instant, music soared from a Marysville scoreboard showing the Monarchs had pulled off a gritty 21-14 overtime win over Hilliard…

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Colton Powers of Marysville follows the block of older brother Gabe, left, as he scores the overtime touchdown against Hilliard Darby on Friday. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) On the field, the matchup paired to very similar squads – both aggressive and quick. Darby’s smallish, fast defensive front was a near mirror image of Marysville. “Listen man, they play our style of football,” said MHS coach Brent Johnson. As you would expect from two even teams, the matchup was a series of ebbs and flows with Marysville having the first half momentum and a 14-0 lead before Darby snatched it…

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Memorial Hospital’s frontline workers are being physically worn down by the current COVID surge and are taking an emotional beating from a portion of the community, according to CEO Chip Hubbs. “Our nurses are very focused on taking care of very sick people and debates about masks, vaccines and politics at work are distractions they cannot afford,” Hubbs said after Thursday’s Memorial Board of Trustees meeting. The increase in patient volume has led to staff members taking on additional hours or working different shifts, Hubbs said, but the interactions that do not involve direct patient care are wearing them down.…

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Griffin Johnson (22) of Marysville runs through the Westland defense Friday evening. The Monarchs rolled past the Cougars, 34-6, to remain unbeaten on the season. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) Marysville’s football coaches are learning that it’s very important to watch the pregame warmups. Friday night against Westland, the Monarchs got their first tip that the Cougars would be running some wildcat offense just before kickoff. Westland came out on its second series in the new offensive set, but it didn’t matter. As it has done all year, Marysville’s defense smothered whatever was in front of it, en route to…

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Marysville school bus driver Rick Spence, left, shakes hands with board of education member Brian Luke, right, after being honored at Thursday night’s meeting. Board president Sue Devine is shown looking on. Spence was recognized by the board for his efforts in a crash last Friday night on the way home from a football game, in which a truck ran a stop sign and hit his bus. No one, including the 45 student athletes, on Spence’s bus were injured in the crash. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) A Marysville school bus driver, credited with saving lives in a crash last…

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Pictured above is a Marysville school bus which collided with a pickup truck south of Plain City on U.S. 42 Friday night on its way back from the Hilliard Bradley football game. The 45 players and two coaches on the bus, as well as the bus driver, escaped injury in the crash. The truck driver was transported to a Columbus hospital. (Photo submitted) A bus loaded with Marysville football players and coaches returning from Friday’s game at Hilliard Bradley collided with a pickup truck that had run a stop sign just south of Plain City. According to Marysville Superintendent Diane…

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Marysville’s Erryl Will (40) holds up the ball after recovering a fumble for a touchdown at Hilliard Bradley on Friday. Also pictured for the Monarchs are Cameron Jones (4), Drew Montgomery (14) and Braden Deere (20). (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) It’s amazing to think that a high school team that has outscored its three opponents 82-13 really isn’t yet playing its best football. After Friday night’s 27-7 drubbing of Hilliard Bradley, Marysville coach Brent Johnson was very pleased with many phases of his team’s play, but noted there are still mistakes being made. Those miscues, such as Friday’s two…

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Recollections of 9/11 are nothing new. This week has been filled with the stories of any number of individuals with direct ties to Ground Zero. But everyone has their own story about where they were when the towers got hit and I’m no different. I was sitting in the exact same chair I am sitting in as I type this column. I don’t mean the same position on the company organizational chart. I mean the same Aeron Chair that I have used for 25 years at this newspaper. At that time, a small, 19-inch television on a wall of the…

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Monarch Gabe Powers (36) hauls in a 41-yard pass reception against Pickerington North on Friday. The Monarchs rolled to a 31-6 victory. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) With Pickerington North playing its first home game of the year in an early-season battle of unbeaten teams, Marysville football coach Brent Johnson knew the Panthers would be fueled by emotion at the opening kickoff. “They’re a big momentum team,” he said. Before the game, he drilled into his charges that they needed come out of the gate hot. They listened. Marysville opened the game with a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown…

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