Barber to resign from Marion




Marion City Schools Superintendent Gary Barber recently said he will resign July 31 to take a similar position at Tiffin City Schools in northwest Ohio.

Barber was a former assistant superintendent for 6 years in the Big Walnut district. For the past 4 years, he was superintendent in Marion, where graduation rates rose from 76 to 89 percent during that time.

“It’s time for me to move on to another district that can use my talent to effect change,” Barber told Marion’s Board of Education.

Poverty, drug abuse discussed tonight

The Delaware County League of Women Voters and United Way of Delaware County will hold a free public program, Pressure Points: Delaware County Responds to Poverty and Drug Abuse, at 7 to 9 p.m. March 30 in the auditorium of the Delaware Area Career Center North Campus, 1610 SR 521.

The program will focus on areas impacted by the drug abuse epidemic and compounded by poverty. Local panelists will present information about social services available in Delaware County, with an emphasis on current strains on public resources.

The moderator is David Hejmanowski, Delaware County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge. Topics and panelists include: Food insecurity: Brandon Feller, President, United Way; Drug abuse epidemic: Russell Martin, Delaware County Sheriff; Homeless youth: Melissa Humbert, Salvation Army Regional Housing Director; and Teen moms: Courtnie Howell, Stable Cradle Advocate, Maryhaven.


Voter registration deadline

The deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration ahead of the May 2nd Primary and Special Election is on April 3rd (30 days before the election). For the first time, Ohio voters may go to in order to register online or update an existing registration. Voter registration forms can also be printed from or obtained from a local library or board of elections office.

In Delaware County, the only issue on the ballot is the B.S.T. & G. Joint Fire District Renewal Levy.

PERI Chapter to Meet April 3rd

Public Employee Retirees Inc.’s Delaware County Chapter #36 will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 3rd, at SourcePoint, 800 Cheshire Rd.

The speaker will be Geoff Hetrick, President and CEO of PERI. Bonnie Mitchell, District Representative, will attend. Annual dues ($5) can be paid. For more information, call Bill Friend at 740-369-2802.

Preservation Parks briefs

Registration is not required for the following free programs. For more information on parks and programs, visit Those with questions may call 740-524-8600, or email

* Saturday, April 8, 10 a.m. Busting Bulbs. Join the Delaware County Master Gardeners to discover the difference between a bulb, corm, rhizome and tuber. Though different, they all result in dazzling flowers and plants in your garden. All ages. Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road.

* Sunday, April 9, 1 p.m. Bugs, Bricks & Blooms. Help us freshen up the pollinator garden. We’ll weed and add new plants, and spruce up the insect hotel. Explore the native plants and insects that call the garden home, while lending a helping hand. All ages. Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road.

* Monday, April 10, 6 p.m. Hound Hike. Bring your canine friend for a walk with a naturalist. Dogs must be licensed and up-to-date on vaccinations. All ages. Shale Hollow Park, 6320 Artesian Run.

Genoa Twp. meeting

The Genoa Township Board of Trustees will be meeting in Special Session on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Genoa Township Conference Room, 5111 South Old 3C Highway, Westerville, Ohio 43082.

The purpose of this meeting is to hold an Executive Session to consider the appointment of public officials. The Trustees plan to interview candidates for open positions on the Genoa Township Zoning Commission in this Executive Session.

Now Accepting Nominations

It’s time to nominate properties for Preservation Ohio’s 2017 list of Most Endangered Historic Sites — places that represent the best of Ohio’s past and are in danger of slipping away. Deadline for nominations is April 14, 2017.

Several properties on last year’s list have been saved due to advocacy efforts and increased awareness of their threatened status. We want to identify endangered sites as early as possible to save as much of our heritage as we can.

Your efforts do make a difference. Please go to and make one or more nominations for the 2017 list to help us ensure that future generations can enjoy these treasured places.

Upcoming Book Sale

The Friends of the Delaware County District Library will host their Bargain Book Sale to be held at the Orange Branch located at: 7171 Gooding Blvd. Delaware, Ohio 43015. The dates for this event are:

  • Friday, April 21 – 5-8 p.m. (No longer a members-only night, everyone is welcome, discount this night only for Friends members)
  • Saturday, April 22 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 23 — noon-3 p.m.

Bring a Friends of the Library Bag and fill it with books for $8. Buy a Friends of the Library Bag and fill it with books for $12. All proceeds go back to the Delaware County District Library. Support the Friends, support the library.