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Eagles look to return to form

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By ERIC CLINESports WriterBig Walnut football had not seen a season like its 2013 campaign in 17 years, and it’s certain it doesn’t want to see another season like it for another 17 years or so.The Golden Eagles finished the 2013 season with a record of 2-8, marking the team’s first losing season since 1996 when they went 2-8 under coach Rex Sponhaltz — and that was three coaches ago. The record snapped a string of 16 consecutive seasons posting a record of .500 or better.


Common Core repeal could be costly and confusing, lawmakers and educators say

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comAn effort in the Ohio Legislature to repeal recently implemented educational standards is not being received warmly among Delaware County lawmakers and education officials.The legislation, House Bill 597, would repeal Common Core learning standards in the state. But those involved in implementing the new standards say a repeal would be costly and foolhardy.“Our teachers have spent countless hours hel...

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Humane Society hosts ‘End of Summer’ picnic The Humane Society of Delaware County would like to thank the community for its support during the three-month-long “ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge” by holding a picnic from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the society’s shelter. The “End of Summer Picnic” celebrates the ending of a great summer and marks the end of “The Challenge” as well. There will be hot dogs...

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OVI arrests too common

By Stacy Kessskess@civitasmedia.comMr. Smith had been drinking nearly eight hours when he was booked at the Delaware County Jail for operating a vehicle under the influence.He was placid at first, then became belligerent to the corrections officers as they booked him.“It’s an odd feeling when that door slams,” said jail director Ron Krueger. “We would think Friday and Saturday night would be our busy night. But every night is...

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COA board seeks nominations

Staff reportsThe Board of Directors of the Council for Older Adults is seeking interested candidates to serve on the organization’s governing board beginning in 2015.COA helps older people in Delaware County live safely in their own homes and stay healthy as they age. The local non-profit organization is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and providing services for older adults, their families and caregivers.COAs volunteer board of direct...

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Fourth Dos Festivals a success

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netSunbury Sizzle & Sounds and Galena Summerfest were a near disaster four years ago when a scheduling mistake resulted in the two end-of-summer festivals in villages two miles apart on the same day.That scheduling conflict turned into a happy accident when Teresa Dronsfield and Jane White put their heads together and joined the festivals with a free shuttle service to create Dos Festivals.Attendance early in the day app...

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Home economists celebrate 50th anniversary

Staff reportsThe Delaware County Home Economists organization is hosting an anniversary reception to celebrate 50 years in the community Sept. 9.A reception is being held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Summit Room at Willow Brook West, 100 Delaware Crossing West, Delaware. Eight of the Founding Members are still active in the organization and will receive special recognition.Since 1964, a group of Home Economics professionals have been meeting in Delaware County to e...

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Lions Club Ox Roast on the horizon

Monday is Labor Day, and it’s time for the Sunbury Lions Ox Roast – with a new twist.It’s now The Sunbury Lions Ox Roast and Community Festival, featuring a festival atmosphere, with more events for children like bounce houses, crafts for kids and face painting and more arts, crafts, and activities andIt’s still the same ox roast, with pit-cooked roast beef, potato salad, beans and a soft beverage.Early birds can purchase breakfast sand...

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The Sunbury Galena Rotary Club launched their 5th annual Duck Race in Big Walnut Creek Aug. 24 from Rufner Park in Galena.Approximately 320 little ducks floated their hearts out while reaching speeds of snails and caterpillars. When the bugs cleared at the finish line Olivia St. Amant’s duck won the $1,000 first prize. Allison Martin’s duck finished second and won $300. Third place and $100 went to Mary Beth Slater. Fourth place and $100 went to Fran Veverka....

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O’Brien calls sewer deal a bad precedent

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comAn agreement between the developer of a residential property in Berlin Township and Delaware County sets a bad precedent that will ultimately cost taxpayers in the end, according to one county commissioner.Commissioner Ken O’Brien was highly critical of a deal approved Thursday in a 2-1 vote that he says will lead to higher taxes, increased sewer fees or reduced service.O’Brien cast the lone vo...

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Symphony announces season schedule

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comThe Central Ohio Symphony this week announced its slate of concerts for its 36th season.This year’s schedule, which kicks off in October, features five performances and several premiers. Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos will be in his 12th year leading the Central Ohio Symphony.“It’s going to be a year that has lots of musical landmarks,” said Executive Director Warren Hyer.

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Sunbury hears another annexation request

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netWhen Sunbury Council members held a first reading of Resolution 2014-08 Aug. 20 – a services availability resolution for an Expedited Type II Annexation request to bring an additional 247.471 acres into the village – the only comment before a vote was Sunbury Solicitor David Brehm saying the language was similar to the Walker/Dye Annexation Services Resolution.

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Harlem denies knowledge of dump

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netEarlier this year, Mike Lotz was making improvements to his property on Center Village Road in Harlem Township when he discovered compacted refuse.Lotz asked a neighbor, Randy McDermot, if he had any knowledge about the property’s history. McDermot, who has only lived in the township for 10 years, said he had heard from neighbors, relatives of township trustees, members of the previous Harlem Grange and current members of ...

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BW Intermediate recognized for science education

By Stacy Kessskess@civitasmedia.comBig Walnut Intermediate School’s science team has worked hard to create a program that will engage and inspire students.The hard work paid off: the school was among 57 Ohio schools to be awarded The Governor’s Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research.STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – is now the focus of the present and future of educat...

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Village buys Martindale property, plans demolition

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netThe unsightly structure at the southwest corner of the Columbus Street and Cherry Street in Sunbury will soon be history.Over a year ago the village began exploring the purchasing the deteriorating structure, but because of historical environmental concerns – its history as a gas station – the wheels of government turned slowly.During the Aug. 20 Sunbury Village Council meeting, council members approved Or...

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Fallen Heroes celebrated Sept. 6

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netOn Sept. 6, the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial will hold its 9th Annual Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial Ceremony and Gold Star Family Reception honoring all Ohio service members killed in the War on Terror and their Gold Star families left behind.The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial was established in 2005 on East Cherry Street in Sunbury through the efforts of veterans, Gold Star families and other patriotic Ohioans who wanted to create a ...

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Youth golf outing in jeopardy

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comThe 40th annual Little Brown Jug Junior Golf Classic could be the last.Organizers fear that low participation could put an end to the annual event for local youth golfers. A little more than three weeks before the scheduled Sept. 20 event, just 20 kids have signed up, according to organizer Dave Wilson.“In order to continue the tradition and have a 41st event next year, the organizers are trying to g...

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BW tennis meets Marion Pleasant

Big Walnut met Marion Pleasant for its first tennis match, with a final score of Pleasant 3-Big Walnut 2.1st Singles: Kercsmar (BW) def. Dean: 6-0, 6-12nd Singles: Kessler (BW) def. Goulet: 6-1, 6-23rd Singles: Kantzer (MP) def. Friend: 7-6, 7-61st Doubles: Sims/Lemon (MP) def. Faust/ Pahl: 7-6, 3-6, 6-02nd Doubles: Curtiss/ Rodriguez (MP) def. Kirkpatrick/ Mexicott: 6-4, 6-3

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