Author: Mac Cordell

A pair of incumbents and a pair of newcomers are vying for two positions on the Jonathan Alder Board of Education. Shannon R. Foust and Mary Jo Boyd are looking to retain their seats on the board while Erica Detweiler and Sonia T. Walker are hoping to win seats.  Erica Detweiler Erica Detweiler has spent years volunteering in classrooms, on field trips and helping with fundraisers. Now the mother of three is looking to serve the schools in another way — on the board of education. “The most important thing people should know about me is that my first priority…

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Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate what started as an apparent domestic altercation and ended in a gun allegedly being brandished. According to reports from the Union County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday morning, a Plain City man and his wife got into a dispute. The woman called for an Uber to take her from her home to work. UCSO Chief Deputy Tom Morgan said that when the woman left, the husband, driving a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck, began to follow the Uber, a black Volkswagen Jetta. Morgan said there was “a road rage incident.” “There is a statement…

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With the Marysville budget books set to be sent to council today, city officials know there is still work to be done. At Monday night’s finance committee meeting, Finance Director Brad Lutz presented the budget as it will be given to council members later today. “The numbers are more or less the same (as the first look last month),” said Lutz. He called it “a very exciting budget.” He said often residents do not see what is happening with their money. This year’s budget is full of “things that people are going to notice.” Lutz said the budget has “a…

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The Union County Commissioners are meeting with solar farm developers to discuss finances and tax incentives. Officials with Invenergy, the company hoping to develop the Cadence Solar project, recently asked the Union County Commissioners to consider approving the facility’s application as a qualified energy project. That approval would allow the project to make an annual payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT). The Cadence Solar project is a proposed 275-megawatt solar-powered electric generation facility. The majority of the land is south of Route 47, between Yearsly and Storms roads and north of Route 347. Officials said they expect to begin construction…

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Unseasonably warm weather has been helpful as work continues on West Fifth Street in Marysville. Above, Zach Tehan, in orange, and Robert Smith, in green, wait Tuesday as Jason Horne uses a skid steer to sprinkle asphalt into the trench where a new water line was laid. Officials say they hope to have the street fully open later this week. (Journal-Tribune photo by Mac Cordell)

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A Worthington man was found dead Monday at the Honda Research and Development facility near Raymond. Lance Emberling, investigator with the Union County Coroner’s Office, said Michael Narazaki, 53, of Worthington was found dead inside the Honda Auto Development Center, also known as Honda R&D, 21001 Route 739. Narazaki had worked at the facility for more than 20 years. Emberling said Narazaki had hours that were different than many in the facility because he was working with a team in Japan. Narazaki clocked into the facility at 12:38 a.m. Monday. He is seen on video tape at that time. Emberling…

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City Council has approved a first tenant for Marysville’s Innovation Park. At Monday night’s city council meeting, Savannah Allen, development project coordinator for Union County Economic Development Partnership, said the “shell” of the 84,000-square foot Southgate Building in the Marysville’s Innovation Park is nearly complete. She said there are a couple of inspections that need done, but hopes they will be finalized this week. Allen said the building will remain a shell until specific tenants are identified. At the meeting, council gave final approval for the city to sign a joint governmental agreement with the Union County Port Authority and…

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A Marysville man could be facing as many as 12 years in prison for allegedly sending a series of sexually explicit texts to a local girl. The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Marvin Neer, 35, of 207 Windsor Drive, charging him with one count of importuning, which, as charged, is using a phone to try to get a minor “to engage in sexual activity with the offender.” According to court documents, on Sept. 25, Marysville police were sent to the Windsor Drive address on a report of a sex offense. When police arrived, they met with Neer, who said…

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A West Mansfield man could be facing life in prison, charged with repeatedly raping a child. The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Zachary Lee Edwards, 23, of 140 S. Main St., W. Mansfield, charging him with nine counts of rape, all felonies of the first degree. Because Edwards used force, or the threat of force, and because the victim was only 12 years old at the time of many of the acts, Edwards could face multiple life sentences in prison. Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said the victim was a relative of Edwards’ wife. He said Edwards had “frequent…

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Union County officials have found more than 130 log jams in the 33 miles of Mill Creek in Union County. Officials say the log jams are damming up the creek and causing it to flood around the county. Pictured above is a closeup look at one section of the logjam. Below, is an aerial photo showing the various sections of Mill Creek which are blocked by fallen trees. (Photo submitted) Local officials are preparing a plan to deal with flooding in the area. Jeremy Burrey, drainage maintenance supervisor for the Union County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and staff…

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Fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard are in skies above the area today as part of a controlled training mission. Officials said they don’t want people to be alarmed if they see the activity, which they admit can make people nervous. (Photo submitted) Union County residents who saw fighter jets in the area today should not be alarmed. “It is part of a controlled training mission,” said Senior Master Sgt. Beth Holliker, with the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard. Holliker said fighter jets from the 180th Fighter Wing will…

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With daytime, snow emergency and street sweeping parking regulations finally settled, Marysville City Council hopes the enforcement mechanism will be in place soon. City officials are hopeful a new parking app and system will be public later this month. In July, officials from Fybr, an electronic parking platform, installed in-ground parking sensors on nearly 200 of the city’s two-hour parking spaces. Since then, city officials have been working with the company to construct an customized app that will help those inside the city and those coming to the Uptown know where parking is available. “We are still making sure the…

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The state has awarded Marysville a grant to help pay for improvements to Elwood Avenue. The project will include new pavement, new curbs, new storm sewers and new sidewalks. (Journal-Tribune photo by Mac Cordell) The City of Marysville will get about a half million dollars to deal with one of its streets. At Monday night’s city council meeting, City Engineer Kyle Hoyng announced he was recently notified that Marysville has been awarded about $500,000 to help pay for the Elwood Avenue reconstruction project. He said the avenue, which connects North Main Street to North Maple Street, will get new pavement,…

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A former Ohio Reformatory for Women inmate is facing additional time behind bars after having a shank at the prison. Earlier this year, Sonya Hawkins pleaded guilty to possession of a deadly weapon while under detention, a felony of the first degree. In exchange, prosecutors dropped an attempted aggravated murder charge. Tuesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Don Fraser sentenced the woman to four to six years in prison, to run consecutive to her current prison term. “It is always a goal to make certain we don’t have weapons inside the Ohio Reformatory for Women,” Assistant Union County Prosecutor Kelly Hamilton…

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Marysville Police Chief Tony Brooks is taking steps to “help the police department more align with my vision of what Marysville Police Department is going to be moving forward.” At Monday night’s meeting, city council heard details of a plan to create two captain positions — one to oversee the special services and one to oversee support services — as part of the police department. “This alignment will allow us to be in a position to handle the growth that is coming to the community and to the police department,” Brooks said. In the past, Marysville has had two deputy…

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