Local Archived News February '11
Village audit shows two areas to be corrected
By MAC CORDELL
A state audit of the village of Richwood has discovered a number of violations. Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost released the Richwood audit, which covers 2008 and 2009, last week. The audit includes a $2,710 finding for recovery, as well as several major violations and a referral to the Ohio Ethics Commission.
North Union graduate named Lt. Colonel
Former Richwood resident, Valerie Thompson Belle, a 1984 graduate of North Union High School, was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force. She is the daughter of former residents, Mike and Karen Thompson, now of Laurelville, OH.
Annual event helps families in need
Former band mates of “Acoustic Mayhem” will reunite to kick off a night of entertainment and fun with proceeds benefiting the “Rock the Wood Foundation”:Families in Need Campaign.
N.U. students give the gift of life
A bloodmobile was held at the North Union High School on Monday, Feb. 7 with 58 productive units collected.
Village council asked for support
Jim Adkins and Craig Scott addressed council members at the Monday night meeting, asking for their support in defeating an upcoming bill in Congress.
Volunteers play key roll in reading intervention program
The North Union School Board heard an update Monday night on a program furthering literacy in its elementary school.
Chamber to host business expo
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 8 and plan to attend the second annual Union County Business Expo. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Union County Services Center, located at 940 London Ave. in Marysville.
Local church to host GAP Teen Program
Teens usually recognized the initials GAP as the name of a popular clothing store. But members of the Richwood First United Methodist Church want teens to associate GAP as “God Always Present.”
American Red Cross needs you now
It has been a long, hard winter and no one knows that more than the American Red Cross. Because of the harsh winter, many bloodmobiles had been canceled and the Red Cross was unable to collect blood donations in certain parts of the country, including much of Ohio. Over 750 blood drives were unable to collect nearly 28,000 scheduled blood donations since January. As a result, blood donations are the lowest seen in a decade.
Agriculture is the root of National FFA Week
The Smith-Hughes National Vocational Education Act established vocational agriculture courses in 1917. Henry Groseclose was an agriculture teacher, trainer and former agricultural education instructor, who helped organize the Future Farmers of Virginia (FFV) for boys in ag classes. So, similar groups were established across the United States. The FFV would be used as a model for creation of the FFA in 1928.
UCBDD Board welcomes two new members, elects officers
The Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities (UCBDD) welcomed new members Mike Goddard and Kelly Morris at its monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 24. Appointed by the Union County Commissioners, Goddard and Morris fill the vacancies left by Steve Streng and Bruce Davis.
Bloodmobile drive successful
The Richwood First United Methodist Church hosted a bloodmobile on Monday, Jan. 17 collecting 50 much needed units.
Modern day treasure hunters coming to Marysville, Feb. 19
What treasures do you have lying around the house? Do you want to know more about them? What are they worth?
Ice and snow leave residents searching for salt
Last week’s two to three inches of ice caused havoc for area residents. Then add two to three inches of snow on top of the ice. Snowplows were distributing chemicals non-stop for two days, hoping to melt the ice. Residents were chipping away at ice on windshields, steps and sidewalks. To make that job easier, local businesses were scrambling for melting salt, as their supply diminished within days.
Three new members added to North Union Hall of Pride
The North Union High School Hall of Pride selection committee has announced the newest members to be inducted into an elite group of graduates. The committee recognizes former graduates from the school district who have given back to their community in athletics, business, education, humanitarian pursuits or service to school or community. They are chosen on their accomplishments, honors and recognition since their high school graduation.
Local officials dealing with drug problems
Every community in the United States worries about drug use and abuse in their schools and towns. It’s an epidemic in some areas. No city, town or village is exempt from the problem. But what are schools and law enforcement doing about the problem?
United Way releases funding allocations
United Way of Union County officials were very pleased with their recent campaign outcome and have spent many hours allocating how much and where the funds will best be used.
Ohio Benefit Bank helps with free tax service
A free tax service will be available on Saturday, Feb. 12 for those who qualify.
UCHD: February is American Heart Month
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Its victims are many and widespread. They are mothers and sisters, fathers and brothers, friends and neighbors. They live in every region and are of every social and economic background. It is our most extensive health problem as a society, and what is most dismaying is that is it is among our most preventable. During American Heart Month the Union County Health Department encourages our community and families to recommit to healthy habits and healthy lifestyles.
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