Author: Michael Williamson

Jonathan Alder officials are juggling increasing enrollment and costs as the district moves further into its master facility planning process. School officials held the first strategic planning forum last week, introducing an outline that will carry the school through the next few years of discussions and decisions. Some of the questions involve whether the district will need to renovate buildings, build new facilities or do a combination of the two and what those costs might look like. While the question of funding will need to be answered, the earliest time to go on the ballot likely wouldn’t be until next…

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Graham, right, and his brother, Carson, left, of Ostrander, paint on a Plain City plow truck at the village’s Touch a Truck event Friday evening. Despite some afternoon showers that carried through the 5 p.m. start time, families showed up to see vehicles and equipment from the village’s agencies at Pastime Park. (Journal-Tribune photo by Michael Williamson)

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Ohio Power Siting Board staff is recommending the Richwood Solar project be denied, the first response from the state since the application was submitted in January. The staff recommendation does not guarantee denial of the final certification nor does it mean the board will vote that same way. The OPSB sent the report to county officials on Monday, a day earlier than the board anticipated. “The board will make its decision in the coming months after the hearings are complete and the case briefs are filed,” said Julie Graham-Price, community liaison with the OPSB. “The board is not bound by…

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Marysville City Council member Mark Reams sits in his seat at City Hall before the start of Monday’s regular council meeting. Supporters of Walking Distance Brewing Co., the Marysville Public Library and the LGBTQ community showed up tp the meeting and called for Reams’ resignation after his wife made disparaging comments online about the businesses and community. (Journal-Tribune photo by Michael Williamson) — Some residents and community members are asking for a Marysville City Council member to resign following an online feud that they say exposes discrimination. At Monday evening’s regular council meeting, dozens of people turned up to speak…

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Numbers from a Columbus-based strategy group show a picture of growth that may be more moderate than residents think. Eric Phillips, the economic development director for both Union County and the City of Marysville told county officials recently that data from One Columbus, an economic development organization, shows a much less substantial growth rate for the area. He said in the last 13 years, the annualized growth rate in Marysville was only 1.3% and 3.3% in the county overall. One Columbus broke the numbers down by county and city. The county overall saw its most growth between 2010 and 2023…

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According to Marysville Police Department reports: Police responded to an incident involving drug abuse in 300 block of Allenby Drive at 10:40 p.m. Thursday. Police responded to a suicide attempt in the 500 block of Mill Wood Boulevard at 9:04 p.m. Thursday. Police responded to a report of telephone harassment in the 1000 block of Delaware Avenue at 2:33 p.m. Thursday. Police responded to a report of extortion involving a juvenile in the 600 block of Rainbow Drive at 4:40 p.m. Thursday. According to Union County Sheriff’s Office reports: Deputies and units from the Ohio State Highway Patrol were dispatched…

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A Union County resident said the commissioners’ opposition to the Richwood Solar project is a “mistake.” Though the board has made its opinion known at previous meetings, the commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday that made the position official. Chuck Warner, a farmer and landowner looking to lease a portion of his property to Samsung, the company behind the project, said he thinks the decision to seek an attorney and oppose the project is the wrong decision. “It’s change and we’ve got to change with the future,” he said. “I think you’re making a mistake. I do, I really do.” Warner…

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The second half tax bills are going out and this time residents might notice an additional piece of information traveling with them in the mail. Union County Treasurer Andrew Smarra told officials this week that mail going out to residents this month will contain a pamphlet about the county’s pre-pay program. “We got the approval from the state to include a little pamphlet in with the tax bill about the pre-paid program so that people are aware that it exists,” he said. “The pre-paid program is kind of like an escrow program with mortgage companies except you’re escrowing with us.”…

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The schedule is set for the fourth annual Marysville Pride Fest this weekend at Partners Park. Event organizers released the schedule Thursday, which is put on each year by the Union County Rainbow Coalition (UCRC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Activities will include live entertainment, food trucks, art activities and vendors on Saturday in the Uptown area. The event starts at 3 p.m. and will feature a series of activities starting right away including announcing the logo contest winner and having the first guest speaker. There will be a total of four speakers at the event talking throughout the day on topics…

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Richwood Bank has been in the village for more than 150 years, shown here in its first location at 116 N. Franklin Street. The business moved to its current address at 28 N. Franklin St. in 1906. (Photo submitted) — Editor’s Note: This is the second 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. — The Richwood Banking Company has helped customers in three different centuries navigate world wars, a depression and rapidly changing times. So,…

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Emergencies crews shut down traffic to West Bigelow Avenue in Plain City Tuesday morning after responding to a fatal house fire. When firefighters arrived, they found Ben Jenkins, 45, deceased at the scene. Officials said the fire is currently under investigation but did not appear suspicious. They also said the home did not have working smoke detectors. (Journal-Tribune photo by Michael Williamson) — A Plain City man is dead following a fire at a residence early Tuesday morning. Around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, crews responded to a fire in the 300 block of West Bigelow Avenue, west of Friend Street. When…

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The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities is asking to go on the ballot this November. Superintendent Kara Brown made the request to the county commissioners Wednesday, noting the ask for new money has been a topic of discussion at the board for more than a year. The UCBDD is asking for a seven-year, 1.1-mil levy that will generate an estimated $3 million and will be the first request for a new levy in 22 years, she said. As the county grows and the demand for services increases, Brown said it has become difficult to make do with the current…

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Following a series of conversations with Union County officials, Unionville Center and Richwood will receive the majority of attention for this year’s Community Development Block Grant funding. Officials finalized project plans for state funding this week including holding the bid opening for work to be done in Unionville Center. The county received half a dozen bids ranging from $84,000 to $131,000 for a project with an estimated cost of $99,000. Representatives from Community Development Consultants (CDC) of Ohio and Choice One Engineering were at the county commissioners meeting this week for the bid opening and second hearing for project plans…

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As growth continues to be an issue at Fairbanks, district officials are working through strategies for handling increasing class sizes. Superintendent Adham Schirg told the board of education last week that the district will have some capacity issues to consider that will need strategies to fix them moving forward. He said there are really three main solutions to help deal with those issues. “The first is limit open enrollment. We have done that and we continue to do that,” he said. Over the last five years, the district has reduced open enrollment numbers from 147 students to 86 as this…

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This week Target announced it would cut prices on up to 5,000 items in stores in an effort to combat inflation’s impact on weary shoppers. Then Wendy’s said it would offer a $3 breakfast meal to do the same. Before that, McDonald’s said it would start offering a $5 meal to entice customers back to stores. Several weeks ago, Aldi said something similar about lowering prices to help shoppers strained by high costs. While I sort of consider this a victory for the consumer and the notion that we can vote with our wallets, I worry it reveals something unfortunate…

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