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Mayer looks back on career
Will step down as Marysville chief of police  on March 6

Triad asking voters for .5-percent income tax

Kruse makes city staff decisions
Nicol will be interim police chief; Morehart will stay as head of
finance

Parents charged in connection with injuries to baby boy

Prosecutor candidates trade barbs
Boggs, Phillips outline qualifications

Voters will decide fate of library levy
Lewis family business has been vital part of community for more than 60
years
Another school for Mill Valley?
Honda Federal Credit Union dedicated
Primary ballot slim on issues, contested races
Lawmen try to ensure school bus safety
Andrews is new warden at ORW
Chase ends near  New Dover
Attorney's actions questioned
Jerome Township trustees fail to hear resolution
Triad honors young scholars
Business brings family flavor to office environment
North Union approves bids for furnishings, technology
Fairbanks learns of need for band uniforms
Milford Center tables trash measure
Candidates at odds over signs
Getting railroaded
MPD chief to retire in March
Council passes URE measure
Surveying the field
Shelter has new attitude
Cook Real Estate is small by design

Residents want choice
Talk of super centers draws applause from crowd
Richwood council sets step raises for officers
Underwoods work as a team to better the community
Local pastor screens film
Says brutal depiction of the last hours of Christ is graphic but
powerful
A question of funding
Jail, Memorial Hospital can't come to terms
Jerome trustees  discuss road resurfacing
Do we need super centers?
North Lewisburg to see water, sewer rate hike
United Way avoids cuts to member agencies
McAuliffe's Hardware has grown with Marysville
Family claims Lotto prize
Father sentenced for killing young son
Retail sales in manufacturing district discussed at Jerome
Zoning inspector blasts trustee
Lotto winner sold in Richwood
Schools hand out Good Apple Awards
Family member's struggle molds Viers' career

Mayer looks back on career
Will step down as Marysville chief of police  on March 6
By RYAN HORNS
Marysville Police Chief Eugene Mayer first became interested in law
enforcement after the funeral of his grandfather.
After 43 years associated with law enforcement, he will retire on March
6.
"I've really have enjoyed this line of work. I hate to step down. I have
mixed feelings about it, but on the other hand I think it's time to
bring in some new blood, someone younger with new ideas. After awhile
your age starts to get to you," he laughed.
Mayer said he became interested in law enforcement as a boy. While away
with his family at his grandfather's funeral, someone broke in and
robbed their home. He decided he wanted to catch the person who did it.
"I was trying to help (the deputy) solve the case," he said, "and I
followed him around."
The sheriff's deputy later invited the young Mayer to ride along in a
cruiser and join him on a patrol.
"That's kind of how I got started," Mayer said. "As it went on I wanted
to join the force."
After graduating from Ohio State University, he worked at the Scott's
Company and became an auxiliary officer for the Marysville Police
Department on the side. That decision started a relationship with law
enforcement that resulted in him named chief on Oct. 27, 2000.
"Looking back 43 years doesn't seem that long ago," Mayer said. "It's
going to be difficult to just hang up the hat and walk out. I just plan
to go out gracefully and slowly and see what comes along."
Mayer said he will stay on as an auxiliary officer and go back to
consulting businesses on lawn and athletic field care as he did for a
year after retiring from Scott's in 1999.
It will be a switch to go back to taking orders at the department
instead of giving them, he admitted, but he has no problem with it. He
said with retirement comes the freedom for experiencing other things.
Mayer said that in 43 years he has watched both the city and the
department grow. As chief, he helped organize that growth in many ways.
"I tried to restructure things for efficiency and effectiveness," he
said. "People can sometimes be resistant to change but I think we tried
to change things for the better."
His main focus as chief, he said, was to bring the department's focus
back to serving and interacting with the community. Since 2000, he said,
citizen complaints with police have been drastically reduced.
Mayer also worked hard to update division policies, redesign position
requirements, increase officer training, expand department space, create
a larger tactical team and raise standards for new officers before they
are hired.
When he started as chief the department was lacking in man power. Many
cases were backlogged. He was able to hire more officers, dispatchers
and another detective. Today there is a higher rate of cases being
solved. Another addition, he said, was hiring two police chaplains to
help officers deal with cases involving death.
In 2001 Mayer's administration was able to secure a $250,000 grant over
three years to pay for two officers to patrol the Marysville High School
and middle school.
Other grants secured by the department consisted of $10,000 for the
D.A.R.E. program in schools, $6,000 for drunk driving studies and a
grant to provide officers with the MARCS radio system which has made
communication clearer and more organized for police.
One of the most memorable cases Mayer said he was involved in during his
career was when he was asked to join a law enforcement team organized to
raid a local Mafia hangout on Route 161 in Irwin. Officers arrested
several gangsters who ran the place, which was filled with gambling
tables and drug paraphernalia.
"You wouldn't think that kind of thing would go on in a sleepy town like
Marysville," Mayer said. "But it did."
He said he was thankful to learn the business from former police chief
Dick Simpson who ran the department from the early 1960s to the
mid-1970s.
"He shaped my career" Mayer said. "He was a good police officer. I
learned a lot from him. I still respect him very much."
He said, Simpson, now 88, still comes around to the department for
visits and hangs out with officers in the break room.
Mayer said that as he prepares to leave, there is still one case he had
hoped to see solved before he left. A few years ago Honda employee Patti
Adkins was reported missing. She left behind credits cards, all of her
identification and was never seen again.
"That case is frustrating," Mayer said. "We haven't been able to find
her and we are not sure what happened to her. We have spent hours and
hours working with outside forces to solve this. It's one case I had
really hoped to see come to an end before I left."

Triad asking voters for .5-percent income tax
By CORINNE BIX
On Tuesday, the Triad school district is going to the voters asking for
support on a .5-percent income tax levy that will help the district
maintain its current level of services. The levy is for a five-year
period and would raise $462,000 per year.
Superintendent Dr. Steve Johnson explained the reasoning behind the
proposed income tax levy versus a property tax renewal levy.
"We wouldn't be gaining anything by going the property tax route because
we would have to ask for about 11 mills to generate the money we need,
in part because we are now below the state minimum," Johnson said.
A district's millage is determined by the district's overall worth,
which includes all residential properties and businesses. The state of
Ohio requires that each school district receive a minimum of 20 mills.
Each year as more properties are purchased in a district, the millage
passed in previous years will decrease to factor in the area's growth,
however, the same amount of money is generated.
Johnson explained that 15 years ago the district passed a five-year
renewal levy of 6.7 mills but as the district has grown the millage has
been reduced to 4.4 mills. If a renewal levy were passed the district
would have to ask for more than 10 mills to get above the state-required
minimum.
After meeting with the superintendent's advisory council, Johnson said
the overriding consensus was to put an income tax levy on the March
ballot. The council includes parents, community members, teachers and
one school board member who provide input to Johnson and his staff.
"We felt the income tax was more fair because it takes into account all
those who are working," Johnson said.
Johnson said he has been faced with many questions regarding the need
for more money. He said the reasons are many and a large contributor to
the bleak financial forecast is the state of Ohio.
The district was forced to borrow $1.3 million in 2002 after the
architectural firm of Blunden, Barcley and Robbie provided the district
with an incomplete assessment for the building of the new high school
and the renovation of the two existing school buildings.
The firm, which was hired by the Ohio School Facilities Commission, a
state agency, assessed properties as part of the state mandated
appraisal program. In 1999, the original assessment of $16 million was
given to the school district and dictated the amount put on the ballot
in November 1999.
After the issue was passed, the construction manager and the Triad hired
architectural firm concluded that there were many costs not addressed in
the original assessment. These added items totaling more than $5 million
included onsite sewage treatment, fire protection, a sanitary piping
upgrade, propane gas service loop and improvement of site circulation.
The Triad school board decided in January to file suit again Blunden,
Barcley and Robbie for the insufficient assessment. The suit was filed
on Jan. 14 in Champaign County. The law firm of Bricker and Eckler was
chosen to represent the school district.
In addition, overall state funding for schools has been cut and promises
of per student funding increases have not come through. "Sixty percent
of our funding comes from the state," Johnson said. "We were supposed to
get an increase of $400 per enrolled student which we never saw. With
1,075, students that would have generated approximately one half million
dollars."
Other costs plaguing the district are the increased cost of electricity
and propane as well as the rising costs for supplies, salaries and
additional staff to accommodate a growing school district.
Johnson and his staff are looking for ways to cut spending and the board
will meet in executive session Thursday to discuss personnel issues.
High school principal Dan Kaffenbarger has assembled a group of teachers
and community members to discuss ways to save money.
Johnson said that regardless of the levy passing, the district will be
making as many cuts as possible in order to balance the budget without
hurting the students
"If we had the appropriate state funding increases, we probably wouldn't
be asking the people to pay additional taxes at this time," Johnson
said. "The community has been kind enough and fortunate enough to have
excellent facilities. It is imperative in order to keep our programs to
the level we have attained that this levy pass."

Kruse makes city staff decisions
Nicol will be interim police chief; Morehart will stay as head of
finance
By RYAN HORNS
Mayor Tom Kruse made two announcments regarding his administrative staff
Thursday night.
During city council's meeting, he announced that assistant police chief
Glenn Nicol will be named temporary chief when current chief Eugene
Mayer retires on March 6. He also announced that city finance director
John Morehart will stay for the next four years.
Regarding the chief of police position, Kruse said the city has received
a significant number of applications from newspaper ads. All
applications will be looked into, he said, but he did not provide a time
frame for when an appointment will be made.
Council passed the final reading on an ordinance to cancel its services
with the Regional Income Tax Agency (R.I.T.A.). The change will go into
effect in 2005 and Morehart will be in charge of local tax collection.
Morehart said tax help sessions have been scheduled for residents from 5
to 7 p.m. March 23 and 31 and from 9 a.m. to noon April 3 in the finance
department at city hall. He said assistant finance director John Green
and council members are available to answer financial questions for
residents.
Tax collection in the city is reportedly up 6 percent from the previous
year, he said, thanks to R.I.T.A. and the city finance department's
increased efforts.
Council discussed at length the possibility for a CSX rail yard on
Scottslawn Road. Council vice president John Gore said he has heard from
many county residents about their opinion on the railyard coming to town
but has not heard from Marysville residents.
He hopes that many will come to a 6:30 p.m. March 10 meeting on the
topic at the county services building and voice their opinions. Kruse
said he has met with COTA on the issue and that the project is only in
its "feasibility and planning stages."
"There are a lot of questions to be answered," he said. "Nothing firm
has been presented to us."
Kruse plans to hear the "upsides and downsides" to the project and get a
better idea of any consequences before making his decision. The March 10
meeting could sway his decision either way.
Gore agreed with this stance and encouraged city residents to attend the
meeting.
As a member of Citizens Against the Intermodal Rail Yard, resident Phil
Shandle had another question for Kruse.
"If the city and council decide the rail yard is not good for the
community," he asked, "will the city have the power to stop it?"
Kruse said ultimately CSX and COTA have eminent domain powers.
"If they really want it and are committed to it," he said, "it will be
difficult to keep it out."
He added that the companies probably do not want to be somewhere where
they are not wanted. He said this is why it is important for all
Marysville citizens to attend the meeting on March 10.
In other business:
. Kruse reported that union negotiations with the local fire union have
been extended another month and are going well.
. Local realtor Meg Michel advised council that new housing codes are
being applied to older homes when their owners try to make improvements.
She said applying new housing codes on older and historic homes is
"physically impossible." These homes have very different ceiling, stairs
and basements designs that do not apply to new housing codes. She
requested that the city enact separate zoning codes for older homes.

Parents charged in connection with injuries to baby boy
From J-T staff reports:
The parents of a 7-month-old boy brought to Memorial Hospital of Union
County for severe injuries were arrested Thursday night in Marysville
for their alleged involvement.
According to the indictments, the child's biological father, Marcus
Troglin, 20, and biological mother, Amber Troglin, 19, were taken into
custody from their home in the 600 block of Meadows Drive.
Marcus Troglin was charged with one second-degree felony count of
felonious assault and two third-degree felony counts of child
endangering. The indictment states that on or about Jan. 16 in Union
County he knowingly caused serious physical harm and recklessly abused
the child. He allegedly shook the child, causing the injuries.
Amber Troglin was charged with one third-degree felony count of child
endangering. Her indictment states that on or about Jan. 1 through Jan.
16 in Union County, as the biological mother, she created a substantial
risk to the health or safety of the child by "violating a duty of care,
protection or support." The violation resulted in serious physical harm.

Their arraignment is scheduled for March 8 in the Union County Court of
Common Pleas.
According to Marysville Assistant Police Chief Glenn Nicol, on Jan. 16
hospital emergency room personnel notified police of a possible child
abuse victim. The child had been brought in by Amber Troglin at around
8:30 p.m. that day and remained in critical condition until he was later
Medflighted to Children's Hospital in Columbus.
The boy reportedly suffered numerous broken bones and was released from
the hospital on Jan. 23.
Marysville Chief of Police Eugene Mayer reported later in January that
the child had been taken from his parents' home and was placed in foster
care. He said the Union County Office of Jobs and Family Services
handled that aspect of the boy's case.

Prosecutor candidates trade barbs
Boggs, Phillips outline qualifications

By CINDY BRAKE
This primary race for the Republican nomination of prosecuting attorney
appears to be a repeat of the past.
Alison Boggs and David Phillips face off for a second time, except this
time Boggs is the incumbent and Phillips has four more years of
prosecutorial experience. In 2000, Boggs and Phillips were seeking the
county post after longtime prosecutor Larry Schneider stepped down.
Phillips had been an assistant prosecuting attorney in Union County for
12 years. Boggs had previously been a defense attorney.
In campaign literature, Boggs states that she has had jury trials and
convictions on aggravated murder and corrupt practices, had a part in
getting more than 102 years in prison for criminals after handling five
cases in eight and a half months, helped collect more than $5 million in
taxes, saved the veterans administration more than $35,000 demanded by
the state for PERS charges and collected a record of more than $300,000
in drug property and money in just one case. In addition, she said her
Victims of Crime staff provided services to more than 1,600 victims in
the past three years.
In addition, Boggs said her staff has aggressively tried and convicted
numerous sex cases and crimes against minors and mentally handicapped
individuals.
On his website, Phillips states that as assistant prosecuting attorney
for Hardin County he is chief of the civil division, responsible for
most civil matters including zoning, contract and nuisance litigation.
He was lead prosecutor on many successful criminal prosecutions
including prosecution of aggravated vehicular assault, robbery, rape,
theft and forgery.
Phillips has also served as special prosecuting attorney in Franklin and
Delaware counties, including the highly publicized case of State v.
Michael Hoague, and led the investigation and successful prosecution in
State v. Edward Mills, the largest "white-collar" crime ever to have
occurred in Union County. In addition, Phillips was involved in
developing and implementing the Union County Domestic Violence protocol.

In recent weeks, the race for prosecutor has heated up. Boggs said
Phillips is misleading the public. Phillips says Boggs isn't telling the
whole story.
For example, on her claims about being tough on criminals, Phillips
states, "It distresses me that Alison claims that she has convicted
serious criminals. I have had the records of these cases reviewed."
Phillips said the records show Boggs handled only three out of 20
witnesses in the Eric Jackson homicide trial, did not do the opening
statement or closing arguments. She did cross examine the defendant.
Phillips said records show the same is true in the Steven Horch rape
case. Of 14 witnesses called, Boggs handled one. She did not handle the
opening statement, closing argument or jury selection. A review of the
Sweetheart Swindler case reveals the same pattern, Phillips said.
"David Phillips continues to intentionally mislead the public,
attempting to discredit the good, solid work I have done in the last
three years. He is grasping at straws because he knows, as records go,
my trial record exceeds his patently plea-bargain style," Boggs said.
Phillips is aware of Boggs' accusations that he has attacked her
unfairly and personally.
"I do not believe that examining the prosecutor's record is either
unfair or a personal attack. How else are we to gauge the job that she
is doing in office?" Phillips asks.
"For example, on the Blaney Road death case, I have stated that Alison
made a mistake allowing the matter to be dismissed as a result of a
speedy trial violation. In that matter, an allegedly drunk driver killed
a man on Aug. 29, 2001. He was arrested and charged with aggravated
vehicular homicide. I have examined the Highway Patrol file and also
spoken to the officers who were at the scene. From that, I have learned
that in fact the matter was dismissed because of the speedy trial
violations," Phillips said.
Responding to his attacks on her record, Boggs said Phillips' statements
are false about the reason an aggravated vehicular homicide was
dismissed, as well as the dismissal of a sexual assault on a minor. She
said the case involving a sexual assault on a minor was not dismissed.
The case was transferred to Madison County and the accused was
convicted.
To statements regarding a sentence recommendation that the State made
for a DUI offender, Boggs points out that the bottom line is the
defendant went to prison, adding that all sentencing is ultimately up to
the court.
Phillips states that Boggs did not speak to a drunk driving victim,
sending a plea bargain offer on this case only 11 days after the crash.
"The plea bargain was accepted a few days later. At the time, the victim
was still undergoing multiple surgeries. No one spoke to the victim
regarding the plea bargain or his injuries. It wasn't until May 1, 2003,
after the victim and I demanded an explanation of why his rights were
ignored, that a prosecutor finally met with Mr. Belli," Phillips said.
Another issue is the collection of delinquent taxes.
"Mr. Phillips makes the bold claim that we did not file one foreclosure
in three years and we are not doing our job to collect delinquent taxes,
and he is just wrong," Boggs said.
Boggs points out that she helped collect delinquent taxes in two cases
alone in 2001 that totaled more than $50,000.
As a comparison, Boggs said the previous prosecutor's administration, of
which Phillips was part, collected roughly $9,000 from two foreclosure
cases in three years and five other foreclosure cases appear to have
been dismissed.
"This is the best estimate we can determine because the foreclosure
files were destroyed before I took office," Boggs said.
Boggs agrees that he has said Boggs has failed to file tax foreclosure.
"While Alison claims to have helped to collect between $3 and $5.1
million in taxes, that is not the point. The Union County Treasurer is
the client of the Union County prosecutor. It is the function of the
prosecutor to serve the public official. If the treasurer desires that
tax foreclosures be filed against property owners who refuse to pay
taxes, tax foreclosures should be filed. The records clearly reflect
that Alison has filed only one tax foreclosure in three years. That is
not what the county treasurer wanted," Phillips said.
Concerning Phillips' endorsement by the Fraternal Order of Police, Boggs
said the endorsement was decided by a minority of the membership who
were present at the January meeting.
"It does not necessarily reflect the position of every member of the
organization," she said. "I have received words of support and
encouragement from individual members of law enforcement since the FOP
endorsement was announced."
Phillips counters that the FOP endorsement, as well as that of
commissioner Jim Mitchell, victim's advocates, Lt. Floyd Golden and his
colleagues reflect the quality of his job performance.
"My qualifications as a lawyer and prosecutor and dedication to Union
County speak for themselves. If elected to this position, I promise I
will serve with distinction, honor and professionalism so that Union
County voters can be proud of their prosecutor," Phillips said.
Concerning the criticism, Boggs said she believes she had done the job
voters asked of her.
"I believe I've done my job for all elected officials and realize I've
rendered some unpopular decisions," Boggs said.
The position of prosecutor pays $94,438 a year.
No Democrats are on the ballot. Independent candidates must file by 4
p.m. Monday and the deadline for filing by write-in candidates is Sept.
13 at 4 p.m

Voters will decide fate of library levy
The Marysville Public Library is trying again to pass a 1-mill operating
levy after a similar move was defeated in the November election. The new
levy will be for a 5-year period as opposed to the permanent levy asked
for at the last election.
Levy committee chairman Bob Whitman said two factors in the levy's
defeat in November were ballot wording and the request for a permanent
levy.
Library supporters believe the confusing ballot language led many voters
to think the levy was for the school district because of the words
"school district public library." The Marysville library system is a
school district library but that simply means that the school district
is the library's taxing agent. Neither entity is financially connected
to the other.
The ballot language for the March election is "proposed tax levy
(additional) Marysville Public Library." Whitman said it took a few
phone calls to the Ohio Attorney General's Office to get the language
changed.
The library board, after the defeat in November, decided to go back on
the ballot with a five-year levy as opposed to a permanent levy to
demonstrate to the public that they will use the funds efficiently and
effectively.
The levy would generate $633,520 annually, according to the Union County
Auditor's Office, and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $31
per year. It would be the first levy for operating money that the
library has had.
In the past, all operating funds came from the state's Library and Local
Government Support Fund (LLGSF), with a small amount provided by fines
and donations. That state funding, however, has decreased at a time when
the population is growing and making more demands on library services.
In 2001 the library received $1,037,566 from the state and by 2003, that
figure had dropped to just over $800,000. The 2004 library budget is
$782,000, the amount allocated from LLGSF, which has frozen all library
funds at the current level.
In 2000, Marysville's population was just over 9,000 people and today is
it almost double that. Library users numbered 7,100  then and the
current number is 17,000. More than 700 people use the libraries each
day. Since 2000, a technology center has been installed at the main
library, computers were added in both buildings and material levels and
programming were increased in all areas. Staff positions were filled
with library professionals.
When funding decreased, cost cuts were put into place and the library
was able to break even in 2002 only by transferring $90,000 from the
building fund. With the failure of the levy in November, $140,000 was
cut from the budget by reducing staff, eliminating some positions,
cutting hours at both libraries and eliminating programs. Another
$30,000 was cut by reducing facilities and maintenance costs.
The additional money from the levy would bring the library's income to
$1.4 million, or $400,000 more than it received in 2001. The additional
funds would allow the library to restore programs, increase materials
purchasing, bring personnel back and plan for inflation and increased
programming and costs over the next five years.
If the levy passes, the money would not be collected until 2005, but the
library can borrow up to $500,000 to implement immediate changes.
The Marysville Public Library includes the main library in Marysville
and the Raymond Branch Library.


Lewis family business has been vital part of community for more than 60
years
In the late 1930s, Ray Harold Lewis Sr. moved his family from
Newcomerstown to Marysville to work for a company now known as Eljer
Manufacturing.
Ray continued to work there until his son, Harold, returned from the
Navy following World War II. Together they started a tool and die shop
in a garage behind their house at 233 W. Seventh St., which became known
as R.H. Lewis & Son.
Feeling growing pains, they built a Quonset building on their current
location at 916 Delaware Ave. in 1951, renaming the business Ray Lewis &
Son. In the early years the business expanded its zinc diecasting
operations to supply the plumbing industry, adding to the building which
now totals 75,000 square feet and employs more than 50 people.
In the past decade, the company's customer base has changed from 100
percent plumbing manufacturing sales to 45 percent plumbing sales,
initiating a more diversified zinc product line. In 2003, RL & Son
achieved ISO 9001 registration, enabling them to pursue new customers
who demand this type of manufacturing certification.
Both Ray and Harold remained active in the family business until their
deaths, Ray in 1971 and Harold in 1979. Robert Lewis became involved in
the operation of RL & Son in 1972 and is currently CEO.
Ray Lewis & Son became the springboard for several other businesses,
including the construction and operation of Marysville Mobile Home Park,
built in 1960 and sold in the early 1980s. Other businesses include
Grove Complex, a company for commercial rental space, Tuffco Sand &
Gravel, an aggregate business in Plain City, Timberview Golf Club, an
18-hole golf course in Marysville, and Timberview Development Company, a
real estate development company. Harold's other son, Charles, and Bob's
sons, Ben and Nathan, all work and manage the operations of these most
recent companies.
Bob Lewis said he learned two important lessons from his father Harold.
The first lesson is that in order to be successful, always "surround
yourself with people smarter than you." This is evidenced by the fine
group of people at RL & Son, many of whom presently and subsequently
retired after 25 to 50 years of service, contributing to its success.
The second important lesson is "give back to the community what it has
given to you." Over the years, the family has made significant
contributions to this community. Some of them include the purchase and
donation of the old Marysville High School football field as a permanent
Ray Lewis Park at the corner of Grove Street and Collins Avenue and the
donation of the land to the Union County YMCA and Harold Lewis Center
where their facilities are built. Other contributions have been made to
the Union County Foundation, Union County Humane Society, American
Legion and First English Lutheran Church and the preparation of the
meals for the past 12 years on Christmas Day for the Mobile Meals
program and others in Union County who may need a meal.

Another school for Mill Valley?
Zimmerman says no end in sight to population boom
By JUDY BOEHLER
The Marysville Board of Education discussed growth in the community in
the school district at Monday's regular meeting.
Superintendent Larry Zimmerman told the board that student population
projections show a need for a new elementary school, probably in Mill
Valley, by the beginning of the 2006 school year, as well as a new
intermediate building or expansion of the present building.
He said that the following year, more space will be needed at the high
school and this can be done by adding a classrooms and changing school
schedules or by building a freshman wing or separate freshman building.
Before 2007, he said, the middle school will be over capacity. That
situation could be remedied by adapting the old vo ag area to four or
five classrooms, by building a new wing or by building a new middle
school and converting the building to an intermediate school.
He asked the board for their ideas and opinions for further discussion.
The board also heard about the autism preschool and elementary program
from special education coordinator Ellen Traucht, autism coordinator
Mary Anne Dimitry, speech pathologist Suzanne Fike and autism
specialists Cindy Gordon and Ryan Young.
The program was developed because many autistic children were being sent
out of the district for half-day services at a cost of $15,000 to
$20,000 per year plus transportation costs. The Marysville program
provides full-day classes. It is housed at Mill Valley Elementary School
but one classroom will be set up at Edgewood next year. Partial funding
comes from a $50,000 state grant for training and equipment.
In other business, the board:
. Heard from high school student Terri Spurlock about her trip to
Washington, D.C., to the National Leadership Conference as part of the
Jobs for Ohio Graduates program.
. Presented the December and January Employee of the Month awards to
Cindy Beil, Creekview Intermediate School aide, and Jeff Wargo, head of
maintenance, respectively.
. Approved the creation of the John Kauffman East Children's Fund, an
expendable trust fund in memory of Patricia Kauffman's father. Patricia
Kauffman is OT/PT therapist at East Elementary School.
. Approved a draft copy of preschool program policies and procedures
pending final board approval.
 . Approved the adoption of the textbook, "Ohio," for social studies.
 . Approved a May 15 trip to Kings Island for the seventh and eighth
grade choirs to participate in a performance competition.
In personnel issues, the board:
 . Accepted the resignations of Edwin Starling and Richard Weiskircher
for purposes of retirement and requests to be re-employed subject to the
outcome of a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. April 26.
 . Approved employment of substitute teachers Kever Maxwell, Denise
Nicol, Vanessa Orahood, Krista Place and Elesha Robinson.
 . Approved Linda Allen, Carla Baker and Megan Orr as After School Study
Session supervisors.
 . Approved a supplemental contract for Chris Hoehn as middle school
summer school director.
 . Approved Stephanie Gereluk to provide transportation services for
special education students placed out of the district.


Honda Federal Credit Union dedicated
From J-T staff reports:
The Honda Federal Credit Union, Marysville Community Branch on Echo
Drive, slated to open in mid-March, was officially dedicated with a
ribbon cutting ceremony Friday.
More than 500 people toured the facility during Saturday's open house.
This is the eighth office to open. It will employ approximately 30
associates, said Don Hensley of company communications.
Membership now stands at 44,500 worldwide with assets approaching $400
million. Honda Federal Credit Union began in 1966 in Gardena, Calif.
Board of directors include Carl Coe, chairman; Tim Degitz, vice
chairman; Sheri Bullock, treasurer; Sandy Morris, secretary; and
directors Paul Brumfield, Allison Dunlap, John Petas and Michael
Sierawski.
"While our primary mission is to provide financial services to our
valued members, over the years we have become more than that," said Coe
during Friday's ceremony. "We also provide valuable services to the
Honda companies. And we are actively seeking ways to help Honda achieve
its corporate goals."
Services include Visa Business Cars for corporate travel, automated
expense reimbursement, corporate deposit accounts, Honda Cash programs
at cafeterias at American Honda, Honda Transmission Manufacturing, Honda
R&D Americas and Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, payroll origination for
Honda Access America, Visa gift cards for associate Christmas gifts at
Honda Power, disbursement of workers compensation payments for Honda of
America Manufacturing and rewards points on both Visa Business and Gold
cards.
Coe said the credit union is evaluating the possibility of providing
membership to members of the Honda Riders Club of America, as well as
motorcycle dealerships and negotiating with the Canadian government to
provide credit union services to Honda of Canada in Alliston, Ontario.
Friday's program included opening remarks by John Updike, president and
CEO of Honda Federal Credit Union. Marysville Mayor Tom Kruse was the
honored speaker.

Primary ballot slim on issues, contested races
Editor's note: This is the first of a four-day series of stories
highlighting issues before Union County voters on the March 2 primary
ballot. Today's installment will provide a roundup of county issues and
candidates which will not be featured in their own stories. Over the
next few days stories will feature the Marysville library levy, the
Triad school levy, the Union County Commissioner's race and the Union

County Prosecutor's race.
From J-T staff reports:
Several issues and candidates will appear before voters on the March 2
primary election.
Issues:
The village of Richwood will see a pair of levies up for renewal. A
3.2-mill, five year operating levy will appear before voters, as well as
a 1-mill, five-year renewal levy. The levies were originally put on as
replacements but the village council opted to keep them as renewals. If
passed, the levies will not result in an increase in residents' tax
bills.
The Union County MR/DD is putting a 2.4 mill, six-year levy before
voters. The issue was narrowly defeated in November.
If it passes, the levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home $73.50 a
year, an increase of $27.54 per year.
The North Union School district is seeking the renewal of a 1.9 mill,
5-year emergency levy. If passed, the levy would not increase the tax
bill of school district residents.
The Buck Ridge Golf Course, 17483 Robinson Road, has an issue on the
ballot in the Darby North A precinct to allow Sunday liquor sales
between 10 a.m. and midnight.
Candidates:
Although the Union County Commissioner's seat vacated by Jim Mitchell
will see three challengers, incumbent Republican Tom McCarthy is running
unopposed.
Incumbent Republican Paula Pyers Warner is running for clerk of common
pleas court.
Recently-appointed sheriff Rocky Nelson is seeking to retain his
position.
Teresa L. Markham is running for county recorder, a position being
vacated by longtime incumbent Beth Temple.
Incumbent Republican Tamara K. Low is running unopposed to retain her
seat as county treasurer while Steve A. Stolte, another Republican
incumbent, is running unopposed for county engineer.
Republican incumbent David T. Applegate II will also be running
unopposed for county coroner.

 

Lawmen try to ensure school bus safety
By RYAN HORNS
In a program that started earlier this month, aggressive drivers
speeding around school buses will have to watch for police in the sky.
Lt. Marla Gaskill of the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway
Patrol said it is the third year local law enforcement has cracked down
on drivers going too fast and driving too close and impatient drivers
ignoring bus stop signs as children get off on their stops.
She said they have recently received a large volume of complaints from
residents and drivers worried about child safety.
"We thought this year we would step it up by adding a plane," Gaskill
said.
On the afternoon of Feb. 11 OSP troopers, Union County sheriff's
deputies and local Marysville police met at the Union County Airport. An
OSP airplane later took off on the runway to follow buses from the air.
Law enforcement officers will be riding buses from the Marysville school
district again this year. But this year they will be aided by the
airplane. Officers following behind buses in patrol cars will be able to
stop aggressive drivers spotted from the air.
The plane will ensure sheriff's deputies will be able to keep an eye on
school buses throughout the county over a larger space at one time.
Gaskill said on Thursday that after one day in the air, a total of 12
drivers were stopped for speeding, one was stopped for ignoring a bus
stop sign, two for following too closely to a bus and one more for
improperly passing a bus.
Not all were given tickets, Gaskill said, but it gives law enforcement a
good idea of how many people are driving aggressively near buses on a
daily basis.
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson defined aggressive driving violations
as excessive speeding, improperly passing, following too close behind
other vehicles and passing stopped school buses.
"One just happened last week," bus driver Renae Sabins said about
dealing with aggressive drivers. "I was driving on Route 36. I went to
stop and had four cars behind me. I had my red lights activated and I
could see the traffic trying to stop. One car went right on through."
Gaskill said it is one more way in which local officers are working
toward reducing the number of serious injury and fatal crashes that are
occurring in Union County. The goal of one fatality per 100 million
vehicle miles traveled by 2008 is a strategy that is being developed
nationally with the United States Department of Transportation.

Andrews is new warden at ORW
By RYAN HORNS
Once known as "The Farm," the Ohio Reformatory for Women opened in 1916
as a place for 34 female inmates to grow crops while serving their time.

Today, recently appointed warden Patricia Andrews said she has a lot of
plans for the local prison, now holding a population of around 1,800
inmates.
"I always had the aspiration to come and be warden at ORW," Andrews
said. "I was really excited. There is really a lot of history and
tradition here."
Andrews spent the past 24 years involved in corrections and in November
she brought that experience to the ORW. After three months, she has
begun to define her role as the head of the largest women's prison in
Ohio.
The challenge for her administration, she said, is keeping tradition
intact at the prison while progressing into the 21st century.
"We have a total of 17 different capital projects in the works," Andrews
explained.
The prison recently completed construction of a water tower and a new
power generator to make ORW more self-sufficient. The list of future
improvements, she said, includes two inmate dorms and updates on the
sewage and drain system.
She hopes the changes will help keep ORW "a good neighbor" in
Marysville.
Andrews admits that she fell into her trade by accident. After earning a
degree in social service from Bowling Green University in 1979 she
applied for a job in her field. During the interview she discovered the
position was at a Columbus prison.
Skeptical at first, Andrews took the job anyway after they offered her
the position several days later. Since then she has worked her way from
social worker to parole officer to jail auditor to deputy warden before
becoming warden of The Franklin County Pre-release Center in Columbus in
1998.
The experience running the prison made her an excellent candidate when
the position of warden opened up late last year in Marysville.
"It's like running a little city," Andrews said about ORW. "We do a
little bit of about everything. It's actually kind of neat."
Running a female prison is different from running other prisons, she
said. Unlike many male-oriented facilities, the ORW has gender-specific
programs that cater to each inmate. They provide everything from
education, rehabilitation, business, horticulture, culinary arts,
business classes, office work and even dog grooming and cosmetology
skills.
"We try to replicate what would go on in a community," Andrews said.
Other non-traditional programs speak specifically to women's needs, such
as domestic violence, parenting, mental health, rape education, crisis
programs, domestic violence, depression and even Girl Scout groups.
"You have so many opportunities to do things working with a female
population," Andrews said. "We want to assist women so that their
transition can be as successful and productive as possible for when they
re-enter society."
Her objective, she said, is to get inmates out and make sure they never
come back.
Another aspect that differentiates ORW from other prisons is that it
offers minimum security, medium security and maximum security wings and
has a female on death row. The prison is also unique in that it caters
to juveniles along with adult offenders. Inmates range in ages from a
teenage girl to an 86-year-old woman.
The biggest surprise she found at ORW were inmates she refers to as
"lifers," criminals serving life sentences at the prison.
"I've met women who have been here for 18 to 20 years," Andrews said. "I
had never really thought about that, but they really care about what
goes on and really want to help and improve what goes on here."
Andrews said she hopes inmates will eventually gain something from
serving time at ORW and will adapt well to life after their release. By
creating a community atmosphere inside the prison, they can work toward
being involved in a community later on.
Because of this goal, she cares deeply about a faith-based program the
ORW has become involved with.
Rachel's House in Columbus is located on the west side and is associated
with the Church of Nazarene. She said the group has done an excellent
job mentoring inmates.
The people from Rachel's House offer inmates someone to lean on while
they serve time, she said. After their release, inmates can stay at the
house and continue their transition until they learn interviewing skills
and find a job. Some inmates stay for six months to a year, working to
adapt.
  What happens, Andrews said, is that after inmates have a job and have
the start of a stable life, they often move into apartments or homes
near Rachel's House. The result is a kind of community the inmates have
created on their own, Andrews said.

Chase ends near  New Dover
From J-T staff reports:
A high speed car chase that started in Marion this morning ended with a
dozen law enforcement vehicles gathered at the scene and a very public
arrest in New Dover.
According to Marion Ohio State Patrol Lt. David Church, the chase
started in Delaware today at 8:16 a.m. and ended at 8:43 a.m. with the
arrest of Khalid N. Mahammad, 25, of Columbus.
He said little information is available on the suspect. The OSP is
reportedly investigating whether he was wanted on any previous charges
that could have caused him to flee police.
"(The suspect) was allegedly involved in some type of domestic
disturbance in the city of Marion," Church said.
He said that an OSP trooper attempted to pull Mahammad over on U.S. 23
in Marion after the disturbance when he sped away.
The chase led OSP vehicles south onto U.S. 42 into Delaware.
At that time, Church said, Delaware sheriff's deputies and local police
officers joined the chase.
"It finally ended up on U.S. 36 in Union County," Church said.
At that time Marysville police and Union County Sheriff's deputies
joined the chase and used road spikes to disable Mahammad's vehicle.
Church said the spikes blew out three of his four tires and he finally
pulled over.
"He was taken into custody after that with no further problems," he
said.
Church said the OSP will continue their investigation and plan to
release an official press release on the pursuit later today.

 

Attorney's actions questioned
Jerome Township trustees fail to hear resolution
By CINDY BRAKE
Jerome Township's Board of Trustees paid bills Tuesday and then seemed
to spend the rest of the night avoiding any official action.
Trustee Ron Rhodes attempted to present three resolutions but all three
failed for a lack of a second.
Two of the resolutions proposed refunding $1,000 each to township
residents who were incorrectly told they needed zoning hearings and a
third resolution proposed taking action against attorney Susan J. Kyte
who worked for the township as legal counsel in 2002.
For a second time, Rhodes attempted to bring a resolution to the floor
concerning Kyte. At a previous meeting, trustee Sharon Sue Wolfe denied
Rhodes the right to read a resolution concerning Kyte because she wanted
to know if it was a "legal" resolution. Rhodes returned this week and
said the prosecuting attorney's office had approved the resolution.
This time, Wolfe said she wanted a letter from the prosecuting attorney.

"I'm not going to get involved in this," Wolfe said.
Kyte made headlines twice in the past few weeks for alleged conflicts of
interest with a state office and political action committee. Rhodes'
resolution states that Kyte had a similar conflict when she was owed
monies by a political action committee that challenged township zoning
and also took money from the township to represent them on the other
side of the issue.
"In February of 2002, Susan J. Kyte accepted a position of legal counsel
for Jerome Township with a compensation of $1,500 per month and was
active counsel with the Jerome Township until Dec. 31, 2002. At the same
time one of her referendums she had written against a township zoning
amendment for the P.A.C. she represented was still active and yet to be
voted upon by the electorate," the proposed resolution states.
Rhodes also claims that Kyte did not complete her contract and failed to
turn all records over to the township.
Clerk Robert Caldwell said he did make a records request to Kyte and
believed she had returned everything to the township.
Rhodes then attempted to present a resolution to return $1,000 to Tara
Kunzelman and her husband who live on Hyland Croy Road. Mrs. Kunzelman
was present and also requested that the board refund her money.
The Kunzelmans purchased two lots in 2000 and decided in June to sell
one of the lots. Zoning inspector Norm Puntenney said they needed a
variance and that it would be a minor matter, she said. She and her
husband paid $1,000 for a hearing with the Board of Zoning Appeals and
in September were denied the variance 5-0 because the property was a
non-conforming lot and lacked frontage.
In appealing the decision, the Kunzelmans' attorney discovered that this
matter was resolved in 1983 and a hearing should never have been held.
The board of zoning appeals unanimously voted Feb. 11 for the board of
trustees to consider the Kunzelman request for a refund. In a Dec. 30
letter, Puntenney wrote to the Kunzelmans stating that property at 9860
Hyland Croy Road was a buildable lot upon which a single family
structure may be constructed. He based this opinion on a 1983 action of
the board of trustees.
Trustee Freeman May, however, said several times during the night that
the property was never split legally. He said he would "think" about
refunding the money only if the assistant prosecuting attorney comes
down and tells him to refund the money.
Wolfe said she had questions for legal counsel and that the topic would
be addressed at the March 1 meeting.
Kunzelman then told Wolfe and May that they could be personally
responsible. May said he has been sued twice and Wolfe said Kunzelman's
threats didn't bother her.
"I'll go away. I just want my money back," Kunzelman said.
The third resolution to return $1,000 to Steve Pegora also failed for
lack of a second.
In other business:
. May criticized media coverage.
. Rhodes voiced concern about an appointed employee who verbally
attacked him at the Feb. 2 meeting, noting that the employee was neither
admonished nor told he was out of order. No disciplinary action has been
taken.
. Wolfe defended her actions in threatening the removal of a citizen at
a previous meeting.
. Wolfe pointed out an administrative error in accepting the resignation
of Robert Seely.
. Wolfe suggested more extensive background checks for prospective
employees.
. A citizen asked about a Jan. 22 sheriff's report that alleged Rhodes
was extremely rude to a receptionist and the receptionist was told by
another trustee to call the authorities.
. A businessman raised concerns over the Igoe Development and improper
water drainage.

Triad honors young scholars
By CORINNE BIX
Triad School Board members congratulated and presented plaques to four
district students at Tuesday night's meeting for outstanding achievement
in the Champaign County DAR essay contest and spelling bee.
Fifth graders Tyler Wilson and Patrick Green placed first and second,
respectively, in the county DAR essay contest. Fifth grader Sidney
Martin was recognized for placing first in the county spelling bee and
Morgan Ryan, a seventh grader, was commended for placing third in the
bee.
Council president Rick Smith said, "This is the best part of the agenda
by far. These students are our future."
Jill Willams, treasurer, said she has recently revised the district's
five-year financial forecast from October and hopes to the end this
school year with $125,000 in the black.
The district is currently putting a freeze on spending and is working
with the Ohio Department of Education to approve a financial plan. The
biggest increase in the district's budget comes from fluctuating costs
such as electricity, phones and busing.
Craig Meredith, elementary school principal, reported to the board that
data regarding recent benchmarking has shown to be favorable. He said he
was pleased to see some increases in student performance.
Scott Blackburn, middle school principal, reminded the board of student
interest in a middle school soccer program. He said he has around 20
boys and girls who would like to participate and asked that the board
decide sooner rather than later if this will be an extracurricular
option for next school year.
Dan Kaffenbarger, high school principal, reported that a minor flood in
the high school's records room has been remedied. The ceiling has been
repaired and issues regarding insufficient insulation are being
submitted to the insurance company.
Superintendent Steve Johnson reminded the board of the community meeting
to be held at the high school on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. to discuss
the upcoming levy.
The next school board meeting will be held on March 15 at 7 p.m.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel and no
action was taken.
In other business, the board:
 . Accepted the resignation of Rich Kraemer as girls golf coach for the
2004-2005 school year.
 . Approved supplemental contracts for the following certified
personnel: Jason Malone, girls golf coach; Tina Campbell, head
volleyball coach and Lisa Hay, assistant volleyball coach.
 . Approved Ken Davis as substitute teacher.
 . Approved a consulting contract with Lou Lee Yen, to be paid from a
Title IIA FY04 PD grant.
 . Approved a S.T.E.P.S. grant in the amount of $4,500 for FY04 from the
West Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center.
 . Accepted the donation of an HP scan jet 5100C and HP photosmart 1000
printer donated by Rick Huffman in the amounts of $100 and $150,
respectively.
 . Approved the amended certificate of estimated resources of $102,731
increase in the general fund and appropriation increases in 200 fund,
$10,000; 300 fund, $200,000; and 432 fund, $1,000.
 . Approved a certificate of completion for ADC Alarm Systems.
 . Accepted a $100 donation from Mr. And Mrs. Phillips for the first
grade field trip.

Business brings family flavor to office environment
Earlier this month the owners of the Marysville Office Center, the
Rupert family, celebrated the 31st anniversary of the opening of the
store.
For years their business has been a fixture in the Marysville downtown
area.
The business was founded in 1973 by Norman and Betty Rupert and was
originally located in the Liggett Building on East Fifth Street. Created
to fill a need in the area for an office supply retailer, the store
initially offered a selection of office supplies and some office
furniture which they delivered to customers in an old station wagon.
Some of their early customers included Rockwell and Honda, whom they
have worked with since before the plants were built.
At the start Norman and Betty ran the store by themselves, but in 1974
their son Alan joined the staff. In 1975 the business moved to the
location on South Main Street where it is found today, 29 years later.
Chris Rupert, Norman and Betty's grandson, worked in the store during
high school and returned to the business full time in 1992 after time
away at college. Two years later, Norman and Betty retired and the store
was passed to Alan who remains the owner today.
The store has seen many changes in the office supply and furniture
business. In their 31 years in business, the Ruperts have seen the sale
of the first electronic calculators, the introduction of the electronic
typewriter, the rise of personal computers and printers for home and
business, ergonomic furniture and even innovations in writing
instruments.
Over the years the office supply field has become an increasingly
challenging environment. The store has been able to remain competitive
with the help of suppliers and the hard work and service of the
experienced staff. The business has added conveniences to help better
serve their customers such as free next-day or often same-day delivery,
free furniture assembly, business accounts and web-based ordering. The
business offers more than 35,000 items in its catalogs, giving customers
a huge selection of items that can be delivered free on the next day.
The family prides itself on the type of personal service that only 31
years of experience in the field can provide.
The Rupert family said the support of local governments, businesses and
individuals has allowed the store to thrive. The family feels that
support will translate into continued success in the area for many years
to come.
Marysville Office Center is located at 116 S. Main St. The business is
open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The store can be
contacted at 642-8893.

North Union approves bids for furnishings, technology
By CHAD WILLIAMSON
With the construction phase progressing nicely, North Union has now set
its sights on the next three pieces of its new elementary school -
staffing, furnishings and technology.
Neil Kirkpatrick of general contractor MKC Associates of Mansfield told
the North Union School Board Monday that the construction continues to
run ahead of its completion schedule and 90 percent of the project is
now under roof.
Todd Wrobleski, also of MKC, brought the board up to speed on bids
received for classroom and office furnishings and technology. He said
the bids came in favorably and will keep the project well within budget
constraints.
Of the four bids for classroom furnishings, the board accepted the bid
of Tom Sexton and Associates of Walton, Ky., for $167,192. Three bids
were received for office furnishings and the low bid of Continental
Educational Environment for $118,258 was accepted.
The bids for furnishings totaled a little more than $285,000, well below
the estimated $365,000.
Wrobleski noted that the bids for technology work at the school were
greatly varied from a high of $656,000 to a low of $514,661. The low bid
from Comm Group of Pittsburgh was approved by the board.
The board also accepted job descriptions for an assistant elementary
principal and an elementary facilities manager. With the operations of
three buildings coming under one roof next year, the supervisory
positions are needed.
In other business, the board:
. Heard a report from Bruce Hoover on the alignment of the district's
curriculum with state tests.
. Received academic content standards for visual arts, technology,
foreign language and library.
. Briefly discussed school calendars for the coming year.
. Heard Carol Young give an update on enrollment in the district. Young
said that although open enrollment hurt the district a few years ago,
the district continues to remain steady in terms of student numbers.
. Heard first reading on a series of policy revisions.
. Authorized renovations bids for Jackson Elementary. The building will
serve as the district office after the new elementary school opens.
. Authorized a contract with MKC Associates for design services for the
high school renovation and addition project and the demolition of
Claibourne-Richwood Elementary.
. Approved a service contract with Metropolitan Educational Council for
Internet services for the coming school year. The contract is for
$42,840 and a large portion of the fees are reimbursable through the
OneNet program.
. Approved the unpaid medical leave of teacher Terra Byrd-Grupe through
the end of the school year.
. Approved Joel Smith and Buddy McMahon as volunteers in the baseball
program.
. Voted to employ Terry Setser and Kristi Smith as co-assistant softball
coaches. Both are non-certificated and no certificated applicants
applied for the positions.
. Approved one-year supplemental contracts for Brent Chapman, varsity
boys track, Morgan Cotter, varsity baseball, Dawn Newell, varsity
softball, and Richard Rausch, assistant baseball. All are certificated.

Fairbanks learns of need for band uniforms
By JUDY BOEHLER
The Fairbanks Board of Education heard from band director Ben Keller
about music department needs at Monday's regular meeting.
Keller, who is in his 11th year at the school, said the marching band is
in need of uniforms and instruments because of the numbers expected next
year. He said the boosters organization raised funds for 50 uniforms
several years ago and there are 60 members expected in next year's band,
50 of them instrumentalists.
He asked the board to provide half the funding for 15 new uniforms which
must be ordered by March 1. The second half will be due when the
uniforms are delivered in August and that sum could possibly be raised
by the boosters by then.
Keller also asked for approximately $16,000 for instruments. When he
arrived at Fairbanks in 1993, he said, 85 percent of the instruments
were unusable. Over the years, investments have been made in new
instruments but the band is growing and more are needed.
The board approved Keller's request for half the cost of the uniforms
and will consider his other requests at the next meeting.
Athletics director Carleton Cotner approached the board to explain the
situation of the athletic department. He said costs are going up and
gate receipts are down and he asked the board to take over
transportation costs. He outlined the need for more coaches, proposed
hiring an athletic trainer and proposed several means to raise funds.
The board held a first reading on a policy change to allow open
enrollment beginning with the 2004-05 school year. The school will take
applications during a period in April and May. The policy is being
enacted because the district expects to lose students to the new
Dublin-Jerome High School, as well as several others in the area, and
hopes to attract students from other districts. Superintendent Jim
Craycraft said inquiries are already being made into enrolling in
Fairbanks.
Craycraft explained retirement incentives for teachers with 30 to 35
years service. Those employees could be rehired with no benefits or
replaced with teachers with less experience, thus cutting costs in the
districts.
Craycraft also presented a letter which will be sent to home school
families, explaining services the district can provide to them.
 In other business, the board:
 . Accepted donations of $3,000 for two digital video camera and $1,000
for a digital editing deck and monitor from the Athletic Boosters to the
athletic department.
 . Approved the disposal of media books.
 . Approved the acceptance of the two children of Hamidd Ossoli for the
completion of the school year and waived their tuition.
 . Approved the adoption of the high school course of study handbook.
 . Approved a list of media books.
  . Approved Paul Powers, Julia McGuire, Terry Miller, Angela Luke and
Erin LeMaster as substitute teachers.
 . Approved Jason McClelland as middle school boys track coach; and Mark
Geer as middle school Washington, D.C., trip coordinator.
The board adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel. No
action was taken.

Milford Center tables trash measure
From J-T staff reports:
Milford Center village council discussed at length a trash/recycling
ordinance during Monday's regular meeting.
Up for a second reading, a Pay As You Throw (PAYT) ordinance was tabled
due to numerous concerns until the March meeting when representatives of
the solid waste authority will be present. Ordinances require three
readings before they are enacted.
Several residents raised questions about how the program works; if it is
mandatory; and whether discounts will be available for senior citizens
or disabled residents.
Councilmen Jeff Paren and Chris Burger said PAYT will be less expensive
than private hauling.
The self-sustaining service will cost each single-family dwelling $8 a
month for weekly collection of solid waste and recyclables. In addition,
homeowners will be required to purchase PAYT bags or a sticker for trash
cans. Bags will cost 95 cents for 30-gallon and 60 cents for 12-gallon.
A village sticker will cost $3.60 for each 30-gallon can or 12 cents per
month per gallon. Bulky items will cost $5.
Charges, to be included in water bills, will be suspended automatically
whenever water usage falls below a minimum-occupied level for any
billing period.
A sheriff's representative informed council that speed limit signs along
Mill Street were changed from 25 to 35 miles per hour by the Ohio
Department of Transportation.
Corporal Matt Warden explained that the 25 mile-per-hour speed limit
signs should never have been posted because the village does not have
enough frontage in a business district to justify a reduced speed along
a state highway.
Warden also said a four-hour traffic blitz was held Feb. 4 with the Ohio
State Patrol in Milford Center and Union Township. Nine citations were
issued.

Candidates at odds over signs
One side feels court ruling is binding, other says city  ordinance
is rule
By CINDY BRAKE
The race for Union County Prosecuting Attorney is heating up over the
posting of signs in the city of Marysville.
Incumbent Alison Boggs ran a paid political ad Friday citing a
Marysville ordinance that states no temporary campaign signs shall be
posted more than 17 days before an election. According to the ordinance,
signs could not be posted before Saturday. Signs for challenger David
Phillips began appearing prior to that date.
The Marysville ordinance, however, is unconstitutional and
unenforceable, according to Marysville law director Tim Aslaner.
In a memo to zoning inspector Barbara McCoy, Aslaner states that a
practically identical ordinance to the Marysville ordinance was
challenged and the Supreme Court of Ohio ruled that this limitation on
the posting of political signs unconstitutionally limited one's freedom
of speech.
"Therefore, it i