North routs Big Walnut in boys lacrosse action

The host Panthers outscored the visiting Golden Eagles.Pickerington North handed Big Walnut an 8-3 Ohio Capital Conference Central Division setback last Wednesday in Pickerington.Carter Marsch, Joey Schooley and Alex Alley accounted for the Golden Eagles’ three goals. Alley scored off a Vaughn Firmalan assist.Goal keeper Derek Herman, with 17 saves, and Alec Schnabel combined for 18 saves in the Pacer goal.In the junior varsity contest, North ...

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BWHS boys tennis serves it up for the Cranio Care Bears

BWHS Boys Tennis serves it up:For the Cranio Care BearsThis spring, member of the Big Walnut High School Boys Tennis Team are doing a service project for Craniosynotosis, a birth disease where the skull of the newborn baby does not grow properly; and the skull requires major surgery to rebuild.Craniosynotosis affects one in every 1,500 newborn children, and for members of the tennis team, the Craniosynotosis service project is...

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Big Walnut splits softball twinbill, tops Davidson 8-2, bows 6-0 to TV

Big Walnut split a non-conference doubleheader Saturday, defeating host Hilliard Davidson 8-2 after being shut out by Teays Valley 6-0 at Hilliard.Kate Petty made the pitching start against the Wildcats, going the distance with a complete-game 4-hitter, allowing two first-inning runs, both earned, on 4 singles, 2 walks and a hit batsmen while striking out five. Sara Petty led the Golden Eagles at the plate with 2 hits, a run, a run batted in and 2 stolen bases in 4 trips to the pla...

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Kilbourne’s Cash one-hits BW, 4-1

The Golden Eagles’ bats ran into a buzzsaw Friday evening.Worthington Kilbourne senior lefthander Manda Cash spun a 1-hitter while striking out 15 batters in a 4-1 Ohio Capital Conference Capital Division victory over host Big Walnut in Sunbury.Cash was in complete control over her entire seven innings which saw her throw 95 pitches, keeping Golden Eagle batters off balance with a live fastball and active breaking ball that had Big Walnut’s batters swinging a...

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Big Walnut’s girls streak ends at five in “Red” Edwards Relays

The Golden Eagles’ 5-year dominance in the “Red” Edwards Golden Eagle Relays came to an end Saturday.Bishop Watterson dethroned end Big Walnut’s run as the Eagles scored 81 points top hold off Olentangy (76) and Westerville North (72) to capture the event at Golden Eagle Stadium. Big Walnut and Newark tied for fourth with 59 points.Big Walnut recorded six top three finishes, led by the shuttle hurdle relay team of Sara Althauser, Sami Rammelsberg,...

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Galena Easter Egg Hunt set for April 19

Local children are invited to hunt Easter eggs, coins and treasure at Galena’s annual Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 19, at Ruffner Park, located at 152 Harrison Street, in Galena. The event begins at 1 p.m. sharp, rain or shine.More than 2,200 eggs will be prepared with 10,000 pieces of candy as well as pennies. The Easter Egg Hunt will be divided into age groups for infants to 4 years old, 5 to 7 years old and 8 to 10 years old. The 5-to-7 year-olds and 8-to-10 year-olds ...

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SUMC Player’s 9th season features Stealing Home

Sunbury United Methodist Church’s SUMC Players are currently in rehearsal for this year’s dinner theatre production, Stealing Home, directed by Nancy Meyer.What kind of petty crooks would burglarize a funeral home? You’ll find out in this sweet comedy about a possible long-lost son, his three unusual sisters, a woman who thinks she is a stranger’s mother, and a host of other wacky, but lovable characters.The twists and turns will delight ...

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Six summer teen volunteer opportunities offered by Community Library this summer

Parents of teenagers often encourage their children to seek summer volunteer opportunities to not only keep themselves active while school is not in session, but also to enhance future college applications; and, fortunately, Big Walnut area teens don’t have to look any further than Community Library to volunteer time in a safe and productive environment.Community Library’s Junior Friends of the Library offers a whole host of teen volunteer opportunities, but Fonda Kendr...

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2014 Big Walnut/DACC FFA Banquet honors members, families at high school

At the end of every school year, Big Walnut/DACC FFA members and their families and friends gather at Big Walnut High School for a banquet and recognition ceremony.Following this year’s dinner everyone retired to the auditorium for a student-led program, FFA Crosses the Border.FFA members welcomed School District Board members, administrators, high school staff and area business owners who support the local FFA chapter, before launching into a program filled with a...

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Souders’ Grace Gillespie named BW Student Citizen of Month

Grace Gillespie, a fourth-grade student at Hylen Souders Elementary School, was recognized as a Big Walnut School Board Student Citizen of the Month for April at last Thursday’s (April 10) Board Meeting. Grace is the daughter of Scott and Deedra Gillespie. She has two older brothers, Caleb who is a student at Big Walnut High School, and Jacob, a student at Big Walnut Intermediate School.

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GRE’s Estella Truax tapped BW Student Citizen of-Month

Estella Truax, a fourth-grade student at General Rosecrans Elementary School, was honored as a Big Walnut School Board Student Citizen of the Month for April at last Thursday’s Board Meeting. Estella is the daughter of Ron and Megan Truax and a sister to Gabby and Bella who also attend Big Walnut schools.While the name Truax is a familiar name in the Big Walnut School District, being chosen Student of The Month is an honor Estella has earned all on her own, just ask GRE fourt...

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Steve Kesler inducted into District 11 Hall of Fame

Steve Kesler, a 1973 graduate of Big Walnut High School, was inducted into the District 11 Basketball Coaches Association Hall of FameSaturday at Clover Valley Golf Course near Johnstown.Kesler was presented a plaque by Bob Shoemaker, former Big Walnut and Heath High School boy basketball coach. He was recognized with former coaches Fritz Caudle of Johnstown and Pete Liptrap of Pickerington (now Central) and North high schools.Steve began his 28-year journalis...

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Chamber Community Expo Thursday, April 24, at BWHS

The Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce and the Big Walnut Local School District are joining forces to host the Annual Chamber Community Expo. In its 16th year, the Chamber Expo will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, in the Big Walnut High School gymnasiums.The event is open to all residents of the Big Walnut community, and best of all admission is free.Browse among more than 100 tables on hand to provide information aimed at increasing c...

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GRE’s STEM initiative featured at board meeting; Program in collaboration with Community Library

A collaboration between Community Library and General Rosecrans Elementary School teacher Maggie Pharazyn’s students was featured during last Thursday (April 10) evening’s Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting. GRE’s third and fourth grade students are involved in a STEM partnership with the library.STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The central idea of STEM education initiatives is to prepare students for caree...

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Zoning gives Showa go-ahead for R&D expansion

The American Showa Research and Development building at 677 West Cherry Street in Sunbury will soon increase in size. The facility’s expansion brought five variance requests before members of the Village of Sunbury Planning & Zoning Commission during their Thursday, March 3, meeting.The R&D building’s existing 120-foot by 115-foot building will double in size from 13,800 square feet to 27,600 square feet, along with additional parking space.

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BWLSD on track with revenue, expenses

During her report to board members during last Thursday (April 10) evening’s Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting, District Treasurer Felicia Drummey presented what she called several notable revenue items. The district’s second, and final, real estate tax disbursement for the fiscal year was $8,092,000, and the district received $332,000 in tangible property tax.

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Pollock gives board 2014-15 Kindergarten update; of 171 registered so far, 93 opt for all-day sessions

During last Thursday (April 10) evening’s Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting, District Assistant Superintendent Angie Pollock announced that 171 students are already enrolled in Kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year; and 93 of those students will attend the district’s optional, fee-based all-day Kindergarten, 78 students will attend half-day sessions.Currently, the Big Walnut Local School District offers half-day Kindergarten at its three (so...

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