Author: Kayleen Petrovia

The map above illustrates the locations and coverage of tornado sirens in and near Union County. Each dark red dot represents the site of a siren, while the concentric, lighter red circle shows the one-mile radius of its sound. The majority of sirens in Union County are concentrated in the Marysville city limits, where there are 12. (Graphic submitted) — Jerome Township officials approved the purchase of two more tornado sirens as part of a years-long plan to increase siren coverage in the area. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved up to $80,000 to be spent on the purchase of…

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The site of the second phase of the Jerome Grand multi-family, residential development is depicted above. The first phase of the apartment development is adjacent to U.S. 33, at left, a site to the south planned to become a Kia dealership and Glacier Ridge Metro Park to the north. (Graphic submitted) — At least 100 new apartment units will be added in Jerome Township after the trustees unanimously approved a rezoning request that will pave the way for a second phase of the Jerome Grand development. The Board of Trustees voted 3-0 during their most recent meeting to approve the…

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The Village of Plain City recently purchased a 1949 Chesapeake and Ohio Railway caboose, pictured above, from Mr. Tree Christmas Tree Farm in Blacklick. The caboose will be added to the Public Square project currently underway, joining an 1880s train depot the village purchased earlier this year. (Photo submitted) — The historic train at the center of the Plain City’s Public Square project will be getting a little longer, after the village purchased a caboose to join the depot. Officials from the village recently announced the purchase of a 1949 Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Railway caboose from Mr. Tree Christmas…

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Dane Flynn, Ohio’s Mini-Master Model Builder, is pictured with his creation for the North American national competition. The Lego creation, built on the Ohio flag, includes some of his favorite things from Ohio: the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Wright Brothers’ airplane, a rocket ship to represent the large number of Ohioan astronauts, the Millennium Force rollercoaster from Cedar Point and instruments to represent the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Photo submitted) — It wasn’t gallons of Gatorade but buckets of Legos that were poured over Edgewood Elementary student Dane Flynn’s head after his statewide victory. “It felt…

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As the one year mark since the death of Madison Baby Doe approaches, Plain City Police Department officials are optimistic that answers surrounding her passing are within reach. “We have made a lot of progress and we are continuing to make progress,” PCPD Chief Dale McKee said. “We are working on this daily.” On June 15, 2023, a garbage collector working in the 100 block of Bluestem Lane called PCPD after the body of a female baby was found in the back of a garbage truck. Later that month, community members came together to host a formal funeral for the…

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Officials at the Union County Health Department are working toward a restructure of the agency’s leadership in hope of retaining staff members more easily. “The workforce we’re dealing with now is radically different than the workforce we’ve dealt with for the past 20 years,” Health Commissioner Jason Orcena said. In the past, Orcena said, staff members generally only left the health department to pursue leadership positions elsewhere. He said employees rarely left for a lateral shift or career change. The health commissioner said UCHD now sees employees that are seeking a “quick succession” and will “leave the minute they stop.”…

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Although Plain City officials prepared for the village to become a city four years ago, it looks like it will have to wait until 2030. At their meeting on Monday, council members discussed options to reevaluate the village’s population following unexpected results of the 2020 census that purported that Plain City shrunk in the decade prior. The 2020 U.S. Census indicated Plain City’s population was 4,065, compared to the 2010 results of 4,225. Municipalities with a population of 5,000 or above are considered cities rather that villages, which led to the creation of a charter commission in 2020 in preparation…

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Jim and Diane Walter purchased the village bowling alley in 1972. In more than 50 years of family ownership, Plain City Lanes has undergone changes including an addition, but always worked to maintain its strong ties to the community. (Photo submitted) — Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories celebrating multi-generational family-owned businesses in the community. The stories will run each Thursday leading up to an Aug. 1 special edition highlighting the Marysville Journal-Tribune’s 175th anniversary. ––– Through more than 50 years, the Walter family has always kept giving back to the community at the forefront…

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It’s funny how certain aspects of the American public school experience seem to transcend location or era. Still, I think it’s my specific generation that has one gym class experience burned into their psyches: the FitnessGram Pacer Test. The FitnessGram is the first student fitness report card, developed by The Cooper Institute (founded by Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, the “Father of Aerobics”) in the 1980s. Instead of typical school subjects, this report card includes aerobic capacity, body composition, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance. I vaguely remember some of the other tests, like needing to do a certain number of…

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Plain City Council members are taking a big picture approach as they set goals that will guide next year’s budget. “The time is better spent presenting your guys’ ideas and strategic vision” than reviewing the budget line by line, Council President Michael Terry told staff Wednesday. During council’s most recent work session, the group reviewed progress on its annual goals and heard from Village Administrator Haley Lupton which larger projects Plain City will undertake next year. At the start of the year, council set five overarching goals for 2024: – Increase village-wide connectivity; – Focus on improving and expanding public…

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An associate at the Performance Manufacturing Center works on the new, 2025 Honda CR-V e:FCEV. The car is the only fuel cell electric vehicle made in America, combining a hydrogen fuel cell with plug-in EV charging capability. (Journal-Tribune photo by Kayleen Petrovia) — Marysville is now home to the only hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle made in the United States. On Wednesday, Honda celebrated the start of production at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) of the 2025 Honda CR-V e:FCEV, a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that also has plug-in electric vehicle charging capability. Joe Mazzocchi, the engineering project lead, said…

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Jerome Township’s first annual Community Car Show was a hit and officials are already planning for an even more successful event next year. “It’s just going to get bigger and better,” Township Administrator Brandon Standley told the trustees during their most recent meeting. The Community Car Show, held June 1, raised approximately $11,000 for The Fallen 15, a Columbus-based nonprofit that honors fallen service members. Part of the organization’s mission is to allow family members to tell the stories of their loved one and promote healing. Standley said he was particularly proud of the car show revolving around highlighting the…

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Megan, a woman incarcerated at the Ohio Reformatory for Women, is pictured at right leading fellow ASL interpreters performing during the second annual Sunflower Arts and Music Festival. Megan has been signing since she was 15 and began leading ASL choirs at ORW in 2007. Through her involvement with the Harmony Project’s Prison Arts program, she teaches other women ASL interpretations of a variety of songs performed both in singing and signing. (Journal-Tribune photo by Kayleen Petrovia) — The Sunflower Arts and Music Festival at the Ohio Reformatory for Women is marked by the sounds heard throughout the day. Feet…

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Tamisha Matus, health planner with the Union County Health Department, is convinced that a small group of motivated people can make a big difference. After learning the northern portion of the county will receive a nearly $2 million grant to improve pedestrian walkways thanks to the efforts of a local group, she’s sure of it. “It just takes the right person, in the right place, at the right time,” Matus said. Following a meeting with local community members and officials, the Ohio Department of Transportation will spend $1,934,772 to improve walkways in Broadway, Raymond, Irwin and Milford Center. Matus said…

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Triad students and parents will recognize several new administrators at the district next school year. At the Board of Education meeting Thursday, the board voted unanimously to approve voluntary transfers of Elementary Principal Lee Claypool to director of student services and Director of Academic Programs Patrick Johnson to elementary principal. The Board also approved the resignation of High School Social Studies Teacher Jason Malone, who immediately received a two-year contract as the district’s athletic director/dean of students. The shifts follow the resignations of Director of Student Services Erin Webb, who is leaving the district after several years, and Athletic Director/Dean…

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