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Eagles clip Barons

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By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comBig Walnut swept the doubles action and picked up a pivotal win at first singles to secure a thrilling 3-2 non-league win Monday in Sunbury.Golden Eagle double winners included the tandems of Erika Kessler and Abigail Friend, who teamed up to knock off Hana Hall and Alexis Poulton 6-2, 6-2 at first doubles; and Anna Faust and Katie Germann, who combined to beat Julie Sparks and JoAnn Leinenberger 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles.Freshman Macie Kercsmar sealed the deal for the Golden Eagles, handling the Barons’ Amber Green 6-0, 6-2 at first singles to help her team improve to 10-6 on the season.


Church’s annual BBQ dinner Sunday

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netIf you’re looking for a family friendly outing this weekend, there’s nothing better than the Condit Presbyterian Church annual BBQ dinner and ice cream social.The 4 to 7 p.m. event will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at the church.The Congregational Life Committee will serve pulled pork sandwiches from 62 BBQ in Johnstown, plus hot dogs and smoked sausage.Homemade sides are baked beans, potato salad,...

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HOPE’s fall dinner Oct. 11

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netHeart of Ohio Pets’ fall ham and turkey fundraiser buffet dinner has become a favorite stop for budget-conscious eastern Delaware County families.It’s not your typical, boring spaghetti dinner. The menu includes ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, green beans Almandine, corn, salads, bread and butter, beverages and desserts.HOPE’s fall fundraiser is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Satu...

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“PAWtoberfest” returns to Humane Society

Staff reportsThe Humane Society of Delaware County is inviting dog owners to bring their pooches out for “PAWtoberfest”The annual celebration of four-legged friends is 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Humane Society’s shelter, 4920 Ohio 37 East.The event combines two of the society’s most popular dog-related fundraisers: the “Mutt March” charity walk and the “Heinz-57 Classics” dog show. Proceeds from “PAWtoberfe...

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CIVIC• Candidates’ Forum, Monday, Oct. 6, at 7-9 p.m. at Delaware Area Career Center 1610 St. Rt. 521, Delaware — The League of Women Voters of Delaware County, Delaware Farm Bureau and AAUW a Candidates’ Forum. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a meet and greet session. For more information, visit

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Township alleges outside involvement in demise of mall deal

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comSunbury Mayor Tommy Hatfield said the allegation from two Berkshire Township officials that said they believe Sunbury’s decisions on land deals are affected by relationships with rival developers are baseless.Trustees Bill Holtry and Rod Myers both said they believe the developers of nearby NorthGate Centre had a major influence on the village’s decision to not partner on a deal that would include a Joint...

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Sunbury-Berkshire Township deal falls through

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comThe potential marriage between the village of Sunbury and Berkshire Township was over before it even got started.Sunbury Village Council voted unanimously to endorse a letter sent by Mayor Tom Hatfield that was critical of a proposed deal that would include a Joint Economic Development District, a New Community Authority, a Tax Increment Financing zone and an non-annexation agreement centered around an outlet mall pl...

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4-H Equestrians fair well at the Fair

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netWith horse projects, unlike other fair animals that are judged for fitness for market, equestrian judges rate how Junior Fair Horse Show exhibitors present animals during English and Western horse and pony events.Notable 2013 First Place finishes were captured by JJ’s E-Z Riders 4-H Club members Kendall McClintock, Megan Kirsop, Allison Kiger, Alexandra Abbott, Adam Hollins, and Camryn Bishop-Simpson.Members of Sun...

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Sunbury waffles on health insurance broker

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netDuring the Sept. 3 Sunbury Village Council meeting, representatives of four insurance brokerage firms were in council chambers stumping for Sunbury’s employee health care insurance business.The village’s broker for the past two years has been HR Butler, but that firm’s contract expires at the end of the calendar year. HR Butler’s Tom Hedge, who brokered the village’s United Health Care policy, would li...

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Why developers want to annex to Sunbury

To the editor:Here are some facts about Berkshire Township development.Yes, we do have development coming to Berkshire Township. Location and the opportunity to make a profit are the driving forces. The township over the years has seen this coming and has tried to plan ahead. We have a rather strict zoning code in place to create a higher scale commercial and residential area. Yes, we have two truck stops that are a thorn in our plan and that were approved in 1989. Our c...

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Heritage Day to celebrate pioneersFor more than 20 years, members of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society have held a Heritage Day Celebration to promote awareness of local history.Members of the society are completing plans for the 2014 Heritage Day Celebration to be held 1 to 4 p.m., Oct. 5, at the Myers Inn Museum.This year the Heritage Day Committee will honor descendants of local pioneers. Early Big Walnut settlers began entering the ar...

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Council says no to JEDD, annexation agreement

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netGrowth around the village of Sunbury is happening backwards, said Mayor Tommy Hatfield.During Sept. 17 Village Council meeting, Hatfield said the village has known for years that U.S. 36/Ohio 37, west of the village, and the Interstate 71 interchange would be a growth area and is the reason the village oversized its sanitary sewer plant.The problem? Officials anticipated growth would take place from the village outward. ...

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Sunbury council questions trash contract

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netMike Darling from Rumpke Waste Management was in chambers during the Sept. 17 Sunbury Village Council meeting – and he was in the hot seat again.Earlier this year, the Village of Sunbury single residential waste-hauling contract expired. In February, Darling arranged a contract extension while Genoa, Liberty and Orange townships negotiated a joint trash-hauling contract with the understanding that Sunbury would be part of tha...

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Council discusses facilities-only electric rates

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netThe Village of Sunbury Council is shopping for new rates for village facility electricity.Scott Belcastro, the Village of Sunbury’s energy broker from Trebel LLC, arranged the village residential and small business natural gas and electricity aggregation contracts with Powell-based Border Energy, and a separate village facilities-only electricity contract with Border that expires at the end of September.Belcastro w...

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Eagles prep for battle with Pacers

By Michael Richmrichdelgazette@gmail.comThe Big Walnut Golden Eagles look to snap a two game skid when the visit they Delaware Hayes Pacers on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.The Golden Eagles (2-2, 0-1 OCC Capital) are coming off a 49-7 loss to rival Olentangy (4-0, 1-0) at home last Friday night.Olentangy held a usually potent Big Walnut rushing game to just 118 yards on 41 carries. Coming into the game, the Eagles had averaged 326 yards per game on the ...

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Jackson Farms kicks off Relay with hog roast

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netThe 2014 American Cancer Society Relay For Life season is over.Relay For Life of Big Walnut teams had to complete their year’s donation totals by the end of August, but that doesn’t stop local relay teams from preparing for the 2015 Relay For Life season – and getting a jump-start on their team totals.That’s what Jackson Farms does each year when Dave and Belinda Jackson hold their ACS Relay For L...

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Mixed grades

By Lenny C. LepolaFor The GazetteIt’s that time of year again – when the Ohio Department of Education releases school district report cards.A visit to the ODE website will tell you that it’s not the familiar old report card that was introduced in 1999, the one that evolved through the years with its sometimes confusing but vaguely comfortable terms.Folks could live with the jargon because of the old report card’s one saving g...

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You must talk to your teen

It is probably not journalistically correct to mention a competing Central Ohio newspaper. The headline this past Sunday of “11 child suicides this year a record” merits pause. It was both an alarming and sad declaration of “young angst.” One death mentioned was an 11-year-old who took his own life. How can this happen? Suicide is supposed to be the domain of “grown-ups.” It seems this is no longer the case.

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