Author: Mac Cordell

I have, on multiple occasions throughout the years, written in this space about my vacations. I have written about traveling, about planning, about activities I have done or not done. I have talked about the food I like. On one occasion I even wrote about the fallout of a vacation my wife took that I wasn’t able to go on. If you know me or even follow the column, you probably know that I don’t dread my vacations, but I don’t look forward to them either. I just don’t relax well. This year my family took a two-week vacation. We…

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The New Albany Company is looking to rezone 591 acres on the city’s south side. The development, Marysville South, will likely resemble the company’s innovation park proposed for the Marysville East development. (Photo submitted) — At its meeting this month, the Marysville Planning Commission approved a pair of sketch plans — one to annex and develop 244 acres in the Marysville East development and the other to rezone 591 acres for the Marysville South development. Both plans were brought forward by officials from the New Albany Company, which has been active annexing land into the city’s east side for development.…

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Meg Michel and her daughters are continuing the family tradition of real estate sales in Union County. Michel, right, and her daughters, Andrea White, left, and Katie Crocco, center, work as agents with RE/MAX Winners in Marysville. (Photo submitted) — Editor’s note: This is the fourth 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. ––– Meg Michel sees herself as a problem solver. “I always looked at it as problem solving,” Michel said. “Somebody comes in…

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A Bellefontaine man could be facing more than three decades in prison after allegedly putting a gun to his ex-wife’s head. The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Joshua Glen Perdue, 43, charging him with two counts of felonious assault and one count each of kidnapping, domestic violence, aggravated menacing, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle under the influence. Several of the charges have a specification that they were allegedly committed using a firearm, which enhances the charge and carries additional and mandatory prison time. According to court documents, at about 5:57 p.m., June 2,…

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The Marysville School Board has approved an agreement related to a highly anticipated proposed, multi-use project in the city’s Uptown. At its recent meeting the school board approved the agreement with the city and Connect Real Estate for The Silos at Marysville. The Silos project will redevelop about 16.6 acres at the city’s former water treatment plant, the Heritage silo site and several other commercial properties on North Main Street. The developer, Connect Real Estate LLC, says it will invest about $100 million into the project that is expected to include about 220 total apartments and various businesses creating about…

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A newly formed group made its presence known at Tuesday’s meeting of the Marysville City Council. During the hearing of citizens portion of the meeting, resident Amy Potter Grimm informed council of the newly formed SMART coalition and its intent to file a pair of petitions to amend the city charter. Potter Grimm explained that SMART stands for “Supporting Marysville Amending Referendums and TIFs.” Potter Grimm, who does not live in the city but lives inside the school district, said the committee is made up of “residents, parents, grandparents, alumni, teachers and concerned citizens all working together.” “Our goal is…

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In its 104-year history, McAuliffe’s hardware store has been located in a variety of locations throughout the community. For many years the business was located in the shopping center at 232 N. Main St., shown in the 1964 photo above. (Photo submitted) — Editor’s note: This is the first 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. — “I think our story is one of a business that always adapted to try to meet the needs…

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A trio of local men has been indicted for allegedly running a cocaine trafficking ring. The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Ryan William Shuster, Eric Edward Mills and Dylan Michael Goen, charging them a variety of drug offenses. Shuster, 41, of 13934 Watkins Rd., is charged with one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, illegal manufacture of drugs, possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine and corrupting another with drugs. Mills, 36, of 13690 Hinton Mill Rd., is charged with one count each of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, illegal manufacture of drugs, possession…

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More than two years after he was indicted, Justin A. Michel is headed to prison. Michel was recently sentenced to 18 years in prison. In May of 2022, a Union County Grand Jury indicted Michel on one count of rape and five counts of gross sexual imposition. In March, just days before a trial was to begin, prosecutors amended the rape charge to gross sexual imposition and Michel pleaded guilty to all six counts. Because the rape allegation involved a child under the age of 10, Michel could have faced a sentence of life in prison if convicted. At his…

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An appeals court reversed multiple convictions, including rapes, against Timothy Bruce, left. He recently pleaded guilty to a series of lesser charges and was released on time served as part of an agreed upon sentence. Attorney Perry Parsons, right, represented Bruce at the new sentencing hearing. (Photo submitted) — Originally sentenced to four consecutive life sentences, plus an additional 17 and half years in prison, a Marysville man is now a free man. At a recent hearing, Timothy Allen Bruce, 54, of 413 Parkway Drive, pleaded guilty to one count each of disseminating matter harmful to children, importuning and gross…

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My son Jonah is a week away from graduating. Thanks to the state’s College Credit Plus program, by the time he goes to Ohio State in the fall, he will be entering his junior year. He will be a political science major. He gets good grades, though not as good as he could earn if he fully applied himself. He also works nearly 30 hours a week at Sheetz, helps mow lawns for older individuals in our neighborhood and is generally good with little kids. As he prepares to graduate, he has been given a lot of advice, some of…

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A bill for ambulance services at Marysville High School’s upcoming graduation prompted a philosophical debate at Marysville City Council. During his comment period at Monday night’s meeting, Council President Donald Boerger discussed the possibility of waiving fees the school is being asked to pay for certain city services. Last autumn, city council approved a series of fee increases for a variety of city services and facilities including things like pool rental, cemetery rates, reserving the city community room or pavilion. Also included was the implementation of a special event fee structure for the Fire Department for medic apparatus, $450 for…

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Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) can be used to fund a variety of projects benefitting low- and moderate-income households. Officials want to use some of the funding to repair the east side of South Walnut Street, pictured above, where the sidewalk is deteriorating and has become hazardous. (Photo submitted) — City Council Monday approved emergency legislation that will allow the city to apply for money to improve sidewalks in two areas of the city. Council approved legislation authorizing City Manager Terry Emery to apply for $150,000 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to improve the sidewalks along East Fourth and…

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A Richwood man could be facing more than a decade in prison after allegedly headbutting a pair of police officers. The Union County Grand Jury has indicted James Nathan Hughes, 45, of 111 E. Ottawa St., Richwood, charging him with one count each of felonious assault and assault. According to court documents, on April 18, police were called to Hughes’ home. “He was too intoxicated to care for himself and he was creating a disturbance in the village by yelling at people,” Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said. Additionally, Phillips said, Hughes was allegedly becoming argumentative with an individual who…

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A Marysville man has been indicted after allegedly putting a gun to his girlfriend’s head and threatening her. The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Cade Michael Hatcher, 25, of 221 Buerger St., charging him with one count each of felonious assault, abduction, domestic violence and using weapons while intoxicated. According to court documents, on April 30, Hatcher had been drinking. At about 10 p.m. that night, Hatcher went home, at that time 15587 Valleyview Drive. While there, he was talking to his live-in girlfriend of two years. Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips said the two began to argue about…

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