Local Archived News June '10
Council discusses upcoming general fund replacement levy
Richwood Village Council members held their first reading on
replacing the expired general fund levy. The 1.5 mill levy generated
$26,500 annually. Council voted unanimously to replace the 1.5 mill
levy with a 1.2 mill levy at current property valuation. After the
third reading, council expects to have the issue put before the
voters at the November 2, 2010 General Election. If voters approve
the request, the village will receive $ 28,258 annually, beginning
January 1, 2011 for four years.
School board faces deficit spending
Faced with dipping into reserve funds this year, the North Union
School Board is looking into ways to drive down energy costs.
Local Summer Program Promotes STEM Education
Middle-school students at North Union, recently had the chance to
build their own solar-powered cars, create, build and program a mini-
SUMO robot, and take on a variety of engineering challenges and team-
building activities at a unique summer camp that exposes youth to
exciting careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The
Gateway Academy is a week-long, co-ed day camp that provides fun and
challenging projects using curriculum developed by Project Lead the
Way (PLTW), a non-profit organization that provides hands-on, project
and problem-based curriculums.
Accident on Route 4 claims two lives
According to a press release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol,
Marion Post, an accident on Route 4, north of Newmans Cardington
Road, claimed two lives late Saturday evening.
Springenfest weekend is deemed a success
Smiles were plentiful and positive comments flowed all weekend, from
those who came to the two-day Springenfest event, held at Richwood
fairgrounds. The children’s area was busy from start to finish.
Organizers had a priority of making this year’s children’s area more
enjoyable by expanding their excitement with six inflatables for
jumping, sliding, etc. Parents enjoyed the extra space of the grounds
where the children could play for hours.
Sheriff seeks to reinstate deputies
Request for money comes as part of tax budget review
The Union County Sheriff is asking the Union County Commissioners to
bring back 10 deputies laid off earlier this year.
One vehicle crash claims a life
west of York Center Monday, claimed the life of a 20 year old woman.
According to the Union County Post of the State Highway Patrol, at
approximately 8:30 a.m., troopers and EMS responded to a report of a
crash on Route 47. A black 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse was west bound on
Route 47 when the car dove off the left side of the roadway and
struck a tree. Both the driver and passenger of the vehicle were
Fireworks and fun in Prospect for Fourth of July celebration
Get ready to celebrate the nation’s freedom at the annual 4th of July
celebration in Prospect.
Couple plans “dream boat” wedding
When a young couple becomes engaged, excitement fills the air with
choosing colors, decorations, the place and time of the wedding and
reception. For Amanda Warrix and Ben Goldsmith, a majority of that
excitement is already planned. They are getting married on the
“Titanic,” Sunday, Aug. 22.
Haitian orphanage grateful for American support
Four local men, along with four Marion area men, spent 10 days in
Haiti last December, coordinating efforts with the Christian Service
International (CSI) Ministries, to build a non-denominational church
for the residents. CSI also operates an orphanage, HOPE, on the
island. In January, 2010, a devastating earthquake rocked the
country, destroying Port Au Prince, leaving thousands of people
Springenfest is a weekend of family fun and entertainment!
North Union Athletic Committee (NUAC) will see months of planning new
events, come together, inviting the public to the 33rd Annual
Springenfest. The two-day event will provide entertainment for all
ages beginning Friday, June 18 and ending Saturday evening. All
proceeds from the event will be used to provide athletic facilities
and equipment for North Union athletes.
Vandals - smile, you’re caught on camera
Newly installed video cameras at the Richwood park are already paying
Free weekly lunch available for K-5th grade children
North Union Cooperative is hoping to reach kindergarten through fifth
grade students who might qualify for free and reduced lunches and
offer free lunches on Thursdays. The event will be held in Richwood
at Richwood Park and also in Magnetic Springs at the old fire station
from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Healthy senior farmers’ market coupons are back!
Union County seniors, age 60 and older with income eligibility limits
received good news recently. The 2010 Healthy Senior Farmers’ Market
Program has raised the income limits for singles with a gross income
level of less than $1,805 per month or $2,429 for a couple per month.
These figures are before Medicare, taxes, insurance, etc. is taken
out. Proof of income will be required.
Get ready for 33rd annual Springenfest event
The third weekend of June, will soon be upon us when the annual two-
day Springenfest event hits Richwood. There’s a twist to this year’s
festival, it will be held at The Richwood Fairgrounds.
There’s a new “book” keeper in town
Richwood-North Union Public Library will have a new director July 1.
Sarah E. Moore, who is relocating from Colorado, will take over the
reins of the library.
Students honor their special influences at banquet
The second annual Academic Excellence Teacher Appreciation banquet
was held recently at North Union High School. The event was sponsored
by the N. U. H. S. National Honor Society. Students who earned a 3.3
grade point average or higher were highlighted and the students was
given a chance to honor the person that has been influential in their
success in school. Students gave a speech they had created on why
this person was special to them.
North Union Class of 2010 names Valedictorian and co-Salutatorians
Three students will serve as Valedictorian and co-Salutatorians by
the North Union Local School District for the 2009-10 school year.
Aaron Smith, son of Jovonny and Merry Smith has earned the honor of
Valedictorian and Michelle Shepherd, daughter of Jerry and Sharlene
Shepherd and Samuel Smith, son of Raymond and Cathy Miller will serve
North Union 2010 graduation June 4
Seniors will take one last walk across the stage at North Union High
School, Friday, June 4, to receive their diplomas. Ceremonies begin
at 7 p.m. in the school gynmasium.
Man charged with cruelty to animals
Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson announced last week that Billy Joe
Gregg, age 25, of Delaware County, was arrested and charged with 12
counts of Cruelty to Animals, a misdemeanor of the second degree. If
convicted, each count carries 90 days incarceration and a $750 fine.
At press time, Gregg was unable to make $100,000 bail bond and is
currently housed in the Tri County Jail in Mechanicsburg.
It’s Richwood-North Union alumni season!
It’s that time of the year again, to renew friendships with those you
graduated with from high school. The annual Richwood-North Union
Alumni Banquet is set for Saturday, June 12 at North Union High
School, 401 N. Franklin St.
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