Author: Michael Williamson

Mary Ferrito of Jonathan Alder goes up for a shot in this file photo. Ferrito tallied 24 points during a win over Tecumseh. She is 14 points shy of reaching the 1,000 mark for her career. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) — Macy Miller and Elaina Lahmers combined for 30 points on Saturday as the Lady Panthers rolled to a 55-38 verdict over Greeneview. Fairbanks led 12-11 at the end of the opening period and took a 24-14 margin at halftime. FHS (which will host Southeastern on Wednesday) climbed to a 39-21 advantage by the end of the third quarter.…

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Ohio seniors are growing in numbers according to the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA), the agency that administers programs and services to older Ohioans. Not only does Ohio have 2.5 million residents over the age of 60, but the 60-plus population is growing more than 20 times faster than the state’s overall population, according to data collected in 2019. Despite the state trend, researchers say Union County is going in the opposite direction. The state plan, created by ODA to account for issues that arise with an aging population, shows that Union County ranks among the top ten counties in…

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Paperwork referencing unemployment benefits are showing up in mailboxes to the surprise of residents of Union County and individuals across the country. The forms above were sent to a Marysville resident who did not file any unemployment claims. Portions of the image divulging personal information have been purposely obscured. Scammers took advantage of the rush for aid created by the pandemic to make fraudulent claims. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) Union County residents are on a long list of people nationwide falling prey to the recent and widespread reports of tax fraud. Since the first of the year, dozens of…

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It wasn’t a super week of selections for the Pigskin Pickers. Publisher Kevin Behrens posted the best record at 4-2. Everyone else was .500 or below. Managing editor Chad Williamson, however, has regained a one-game edge on sports editor Tim Miller. Williamson posted a 3-3 record and stands at 61-15 for the season. Miller had an absolutely putrid week of picking. He got only two of the six games correct and is 60-16 for the year. Reporter Mac Cordell matched Miller’s futility with a 2-4 record. However, he’s only a game behind Miller at 59-17. Cordell, known as the falling…

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In this file photo from the D-III district semifinals match, NU’s Kaitlyn DeLauter follows through on a hit as a defender attempts to block the ball. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon) — The North Union volleyball team hopes to keep its Division III tournament run alive. The Lady Cats will roll into the regional semifinals against Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy today at Kettering Fairmount High School. The first serve is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. NU Alexis Maenz said her squad will have to bring a strong mental game to its first contest on the road in the tournament. “I…

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JA’s Ava Francis blasts a kill over the net during a 2020 match. Francis has been named the Central Buckeye Conference’s Kenton Trail Division player of the year. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) — Emma Shepherd sends the ball over the net during a match earlier in the 2020 season. Shepherd has been named to the Central Buckeye Conference’s first team in the Kenton Trail Division. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon) — Journey Blevins of North Union (right) is the Central Buckeye Conference’s player of the year in the Mad River Division. (Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon) — North…

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According to Marysville Police Department reports: Austin Tyler Crain, 27, of W. Fourth Street was arrested for menacing in the 700 block of W. Fourth Street at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday. Reports indicate the arrest stemmed from an incident on Tuesday in which a female reported being threatened by Crain. Police responded to a report of criminal damaging/endangering in the 900 block of Coleman’s Crossing Blvd. at 8:08 a.m. Wednesday. Reports indicate a local business was vandalized. Police responded to a report of identity theft in the 1200 block of Sassafras Lane at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday. The reporting person indicated she…

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Fairbanks’ Riordin Stauffer can’t get a handle on this pass attempt Saturday evening at Fort Recovery. The Panthers fell, 63-7, during the Division VI playoff game. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller) — Someone once joked the community of Fort Recovery, Ohio wasn’t at the end of the earth from the central portion of the state, but that you “could see it (the end) from there.” What wasn’t a laughing matter, however, was what the town’s football team (located near the Ohio-Indiana line) did to end the Fairbanks Panthers’ playoff hopes on Saturday evening. The Indians, who had won only twice…

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Organizers of the Community Care Train have been forced to implement changes in the event this year due to constraints created by the pandemic. The annual Care Train Auction, such as the one pictured above, normally held on a Saturday, will be moved to Friday, Dec. 11, so as not to overlap the Ohio State-Michigan football game. (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson) Event moved to Friday evening to avoid OSU-Michigan football game The Care Train of Union County is preparing for the upcoming holiday season and like many businesses and organizations around the country, it has been forced to make…

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Todd Kaufman, a 1993 Marysville High School graduate, founded Test Double in 2011. The consulting firm quickly grew to 60 employees and recently Kaufman and his partner sold to company back to its employees. (Photo submitted) When Todd Kaufman graduated college, he entered the world of software development with no particular plan. Twenty years later, his software company is thriving and setting standards for how companies can operate. Kaufman, a Marysville High School graduate, is the president and CEO of Test Double, a software development consulting firm based in Westerville. He formed the company with his friend and business partner,…

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On Saturday, July 25, Bob Keating and Mike Erdelsky met for an early morning run outside their Dublin neighborhood–something the friends and Honda co-workers have done numerous times over the years. The run was cut short, however, when Erdelsky collapsed near the end of the run from a near-fatal heart attack. More than six weeks later, Erdelsky is back on his feet, thanks to Keating’s quick thinking and decisive action. “There have been a lot of scary moments and all that didn’t dissipate until I finally heard his voice and I was overwhelmed with joy,” said Keating. “I just did…

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A tent was set up for students in the Fairbanks High School Marching Band this summer. Because of wind instruments, area bands were forced to only rehearse outside due to COVID-19 concerns. (Photo submitted) High school sports have been given the greenlight to play this fall, but uncertainty still remains surrounding the involvement of school marching bands. Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced that high school sports could move forward with a limited season, audience restrictions and a reduced schedule. Audience restrictions, including limiting the number of spectators to mostly family members, has left students and faculty in the…

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As area schools look for the best course of action for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, vocational and technical schools have a unique challenge: how to teach hands-on learning during a national pandemic under social distancing guidelines. Union County districts are serviced by three career tech schools in neighboring counties: Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Logan County, Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion County and Tolles Career and Technical Center in Madison County. In addition to reworking safety and sanitation protocols, superintendents at each school have had to navigate communication with a variety of health officials in multiple counties…

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Melissa Burns, a Union County resident and farmer, performs a brick-laying challenge as a contestant on the show “Tough as Nails” which premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS. (Photo submitted) Union County residents tuning into CBS tonight might see a familiar face in the primetime programming lineup. Marysville resident and third generation farmer, Melissa Burns, will be appearing as a contestant on the new CBS show, “Tough as Nails.” Burns, originally from Ostrander and a 2010 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School in Delaware, said the show was an amazing experience but, for her, its great strength is in…

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A cornfield south of Marysville is looking healthy and full this year. Last year, farmers around the county experienced delayed planting or no planting at all due to heavy and constant rains. (Journal-Tribune photo by Michael Williamson) Union County farmers are having an easier time getting crops in the ground this year compared to last year. Wayne Dellinger, ag extension educator for Union County, said this planting season farmers have seen “variable” rainfall but overall, the county is in “decent shape” compared to last year’s season. “Last year was a historic year for rain and some farmers didn’t even get…

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