Author: Mac Cordell

Pictured is an Ohio Department of Transportation map showing the names of public transportation services in various counties around the state. The counties in white have no form of transportation for the general public. Lancaster/Fairfield director says funding can be tricky, but benefits serve wide range of individuals For the last 12 years, Carrie Woody has served as the director of the Lancaster/Fairfield Public Transit System. The Mayor of Lancaster, David Scheffler, has called her “a rockstar in the world of public transit.” Shuttles there work as part of an on-demand service that can be scheduled in advance or as…

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The Union County Commissioners are moving forward with a plan to bring an Automotive and Mobility Innovation Center (AMIC) to Marysville’s Innovation Park. At a recent meeting, the commissioners approved hiring of the Bricker and Eckler law firm to create a joint agreement between the City of Marysville, Union County and the county port authority. The agreement would commit the groups to finish the AMIC and help fund it. The AMIC will occupy 18,000 square feet of the 84,000-square-foot Southgate building already under construction. Union County Economic Development Director Eric Phillips said the AMIC will serve as “an incubator for…

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Imagine if politicians in a state decided to pass legislation with the stated intention of increasing both election participation and integrity. As part of that effort, the bill included provisions that: -Absentee ballots will be delivered to post office boxes and in-town mail route, but not to routes outside the city. This is because it is too difficult to ensure the integrity of that ballot left in isolated mailboxes in the country. -More financial resources will be allocated to urban areas with low civic involvement. This would be done to encourage people who historically have not been part of the…

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The Ohio State University has applied for a grant that would create an on-demand public transportation service, using electric, autonomous vehicles, to connect certain middle- and lower-income neighborhoods in Marysville to the city’s commercial areas. (Photo submitted) The Ohio State University is working to provide an autonomous shuttle in Marysville. OSU has applied for a National Science Foundation grant to offer “better mobility options to solve the spatial mismatch between housing affordability and jobs.” Officials have said that when employees do not live near their jobs, it creates what they call a “spatial mismatch.” Program organizers noted that Marysville does…

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Despite more than a year of work and discussion, one city council member says he will not support Marysville’s strategic plan as it is written. At Monday night’s council work session, council member J.R. Rausch said he cannot support the list of city priorities as they are ranked. The proposed strategic plan rewrite currently ranks the city priorities one through nine respectively, as economic development, finances, community safety, traffic, road and pedestrian infrastructure, community appearance, parks and recreation, enterprise fund management, communication and branding and quality customer service. “I have a real issue if community safety is not number one,”…

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Police are asking for help in locating the man who allegedly robbed two local motels early Sunday morning. The suspect, pictured above, is described as a black man with a thin build, possibly in his 20s. (Photo submitted) Took money from Super 8 and Hampton Inn Sunday morning Marysville police are investigating a pair of armed robberies in the city and working to determine if they were part of a larger spree Sunday. According to the Marysville Division of Police, about 6:10 a.m. Sunday, a black man walked into the Super 8 Motel, located at 16510 Square Drive in Marysville.…

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The Ohio Power Siting Board is asking for public comment on the proposed Acciona solar farm project planned for northern Union County. A Spain-based company, Acciona has multiple solar farm projects, like the one above, around the world. (Photo submitted) Tenah McMahan is in favor of the proposed solar farms in northern Union County. Her farm, at the corner of Route 31 and Richwood Miller Road, is one that has been identified by Acciona Energy. The company has contracted 100 acres of her farm as well as nearly 3,400 more acres in York and Washington townships to construct a 325-megawatt…

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The Union County Council of Governments (COG) is nearing the ability to monetize its investment in fiber broadband. Aaron Story, information technology director for the City of Marysville, said he expects that within the next 30 days, the COG will have the framework of a contract to provide access to fiber so internet service providers can offer fiber-based internet access to small and midrange businesses in the community. Officials hope that within 60 days, they will have an addendum to the contract that will allow companies to install antennas on Marysville’s north and south water towers to provide wireless internet…

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A girl’s conversation with a friend has led to the indictment of a Plain City man. The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Michael Andrew Egerton, 38, of 9041 U.S. 42, Plain City, charging him with two counts of rape, three counts of gross sexual imposition and one count of sexual battery. EGERTON According to court documents, between April 2018 and April 2019, Egerton allegedly repeatedly raped a female family member. The alleged rapes began when the girl was 12 years old. Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said the girl eventually told a friend about what…

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A twice convicted child sex offender could spend the rest of his life in prison. A Union County jury recently convicted Charles Calvin York, 49, of 109 Papaya Dr., Marysville, of two counts of rape involving a child and three counts of gross sexual imposition. YORK Following four days of testimony by 18 witnesses, 16 for the prosecution and two for the defense, it took the jury of seven men and five women less than two hours to return the guilty verdict to visiting judge Mark S. O’Connor in Union County Common Pleas Court. “The victims were very pleased,” said…

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Officials from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) were busy this week constructing a temporary emergency shelter in the former Kroger building, 1095 W. Fifth St. Officials with the organization confirmed the shelter is not in response to any current investigation or need, but rather part of its on-going mission. (Journal-Tribune photo by Mac Cordell) This week, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) began constructing a temporary emergency shelter in the former Kroger building, 1095 W. Fifth St. The ASPCA confirmed it is “temporarily leasing” the building, “to provide short-term…

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This week’s Honda production shutdown will continue at least one more week. Last week Honda announced that most manufacturing plants in North America, including the Marysville Auto Plant, would be “temporarily suspending production during the week of March 22.” Honda announced Thursday that, “in addition to the production suspension during the week of March 22, in which most of our mass production auto plants in North America are impacted, some of the plants will also temporarily suspend production during the week of March 29.” Honda spokesman Chris Abbruzzese called the situation “fluid.” He said the production suspension would impact not…

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The Half Pint has announced plans to expand into the former Gates Brothers Glass Shops at the corner of Fifth and Plum streets. The building, which is connected to the current Half Pint restaurant and bar, will remain and become a bar and butcher shop. The site will also include outdoor seating and a pad for a food truck. (Photo submitted) — One of Marysville’s most visible properties could be getting a new look.The Half Pint, a bar and restaurant at 211 E. Fifth St., has announced plans to expand into the neighboring property, the former home of Gates…

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Less than two weeks after his appointment to Marysville’s Planning Commission, John Cunningham has resigned. In a Monday afternoon email to Council President Mark Reams, Cunningham resigned from the commission having never attended a meeting. The letter gave no reason for the resignation. Cunningham was appointed to the board during the March 8 council meeting. The appointment passed 4-2, with council members Aaron Carpenter and J.R. Rausch opposing it. Moments after the appointment, Carpenter called on Cunningham to resign, citing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against the former county administrator. At the time of the nomination, Boerger said he believes…

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At Monday night’s council meeting, city officials presented results from the recent customer service survey for Marysville. The 39-question survey covered areas like safety, parks and recreation, city utilities and the overall quality of life and services in the city. (Photo submitted) While Marysville presented its State of the City Address at Monday night’s city council meeting, officials also took time to listen to the residents. Human Resources Director Brian Dostanko presented the results of a recent survey on city services. “I think the best entity to tell you how your service is, is the customers themselves,” Dostanko said. The…

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