Staff Reports

Morrow Bible Church 2017 Resurrection Services

Morrow Bible Church invites the community to the following services to remember Christ’s death and resurrection.

A Good Friday Service will be held on April 14, at 7 p.m. Dr. Ron Williams will preach. He is Director of Hephzibah House in Winona Lake, Indiana.

Resurrection Sunday (April 16) will begin with a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. at the Bloomfield Cemetery (C.R. 204, just south of St. Rt. 656). Breakfast will be served at the church immediately following this service. Dr. Williams will also speak on Easter Sunday.

Sunday School will be at 9:30 a.m., and the Morning Resurrection Worship Service at 10:45 a.m.

In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, a special film will be shown in the Evening Service at 6:30 p.m. The 1983 BBC film Martin Luther: Heretic is a dramatic summary of the reformer’s life.

Morrow Bible Church is located at 423 County Road 204 (near the intersection of CR 204 and CR 15, 2.5 miles Southwest of Sparta). For transportation or additional information, call Pastor Stephen Howard at 740-625-5542 or email Please visit for more information about Morrow Bible Church.

Chamber News

AFTER HOURS GRAND OPENING EVENT! Berkshire Hathaway Home Services is now on the Square! (50 S. Vernon St. – food, refreshments & live music provided – Friday, April 14th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) Hope to see you there!

BWMS 2nd Annual Service Day – SUPPORT & PROMOTE OUR STUDENTS IN SERVICE! (Friday, 4/21/17, 8 a.m.-noon; if you’d like to participate, see contact info. on event page)

​COMMUNITY EXPO & JOB FAIR – (Thursday, 4/27/17, 5-8 p.m. @ BW High School) Table spots still available! Register online for a table at the Expo and spend 3 hours networking with other businesses and members of the community!

AFTER HOURS Event – A Night of Beauty with Sunbury Point Dental! (Thursday, 5/4/17, 4-7 p.m.) Free consultations, enter to win a 55” HD TV, gift vouchers and more!

QUARTERLY MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST – STUDENT RECOGNITION – (Friday, 5/5/17, 7:30 – 9 a.m.) Join us at beautiful Northstar Golf Club as we celebrate the accomplishments of some of our local high school students! Register online.

HOMEGROWN & HANDMADE! Join us for the Sunbury Farmers’ Market on the scenic Sunbury Square each Saturday, beginning May 20th and running through October 14th – (register online on event page if interested in being a vendor)

June – FIRST FRIDAY Building Business over Breakfast – AN UPDATE ON HEALTHCARE REFORM w/guest speaker Rick Amato of Strategic Business Services, a representative of Anthem. (Fri., 6/2/17)

JOINT AFTER HOURS WITH THE DELAWARE CHAMBER @ Tanger Mall (Thursday, 6/22/17, 5- 6:30 p.m.) Bring your business cards & expand your networking opportunities! (Register online)


Special Programs Being Hosted at Community Library for Preservation Month

April is National Preservation Month and this year Community Library in Sunbury has two special programs planned for the public.

Monday, April 17 from 6:30-8 p.m., Andrea Wigal from the Delaware County Recorder’s Office will present “How to Research the History of Your House” using the computers and ledgers available at the County Recorder’s Office. The

Recorder’s Office is also responsible for maintaining Delaware County’s Veterans Graves Information Database, and Andrea will talk about that service as well and be prepared to make Veteran ID cards for veterans who attend at the end of the program.

On Monday, April 24 from 6:30-8 p.m., Andrew Richmond, President and CEO of Wipiak Consulting and Appraisals in Sunbury, will present “The History of Ohio’s First 100 Years in 10 Objects,” after which he will appraise the value of an item that participants are welcome to bring from home.

Both programs are free to the public but require registration. Register at or call Community Library at 740-965-3901.

Olentangy updates

Please note the School Advocacy Meeting scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017 has been cancelled.

Starting April 24, 2017 ~ please update your address book and send all mailings to:

ATTN: Superintendent’s Office

Olentangy Local Schools

7840 Graphics Way

Lewis Center, OH 43035

Wooster Hosting B-WISER Summer Science Camp for Girls June 11-16

WOOSTER, Ohio – The Buckeye Women in Science, Engineering, and Research (B-WISER) summer camp for girls, hosted by The College of Wooster, will take place June 11-16 this year. The annual camp features team-taught, hands-on science experiments and is a week-long residential experience for girls who will complete seventh grade this academic year.

Dedicated to enhancing girls’ interest in science, research, and engineering, B-WISER attendees will participate in labs featuring the fields of earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, model robotics, Lego® robotics, and more during the day. And in the evening, noted scientists will share their enthusiasm in areas such as word engineering, energy conservation, and even boomerangs.

The cost is $475 with scholarships available for students in the reduced-lunch program and the deadline for applications is April 20. For more information, visit, email Mary Kilpatrick, or call 330-263-2101.

B-WISER was founded in 1990 by Lois Cook and the late Ted Williams, a visionary who tirelessly promoted careers in science and engineering for women and minorities and was nationally recognized for his efforts.

Delaware update

The city’s April 20th Airport Commission Meeting has been canceled.

ODOT update

Upcoming Work In Franklin County


Interstate 270 (Southeast Side) – (NEW) I-270 will be reduced to two lane in each direction between US 33 and Alum Creek Drive from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. for pavement repairs.

Interstate 71 (South Side) – (NEW) I-71 south will be reduced to one lane between Stringtown Road and SR 665 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for road work.


Interstate 71 & State Route 665 – (NEW) At 8 p.m., I-71 south will be reduced to one lane and the following ramps will be closed:

I-71 south to SR 665- Detour is I-71 south to US 62 west to I-71 north.

SR 665 east to I-71 south- Detour is I-71 north to I-270 west to I-71 south.

SR 665 west to I-71 south- Detour is SR 665 west to US 62 west to I-71 south

By 7 a.m. Saturday, all lanes and ramps will be open but there will be a new traffic pattern on the ramps. Traffic will be moved over onto the new temporary pavement so the contractor can begin work on the other half of the ramps.

Upcoming Work In Delaware County


State Route 315 – (NEW) Beginning at 9 a.m., SR 315 will be closed in each direction between Hyatts Road and Home Road for culvert replacement. The detour for SR 315 south to Hyatts Road east to US 23 south to Home Road west to SR 315 south or reverse.

Completion: April 21st at 3 p.m.


Worthington Road/Polaris Parkway – (NEW) Northbound Worthington Road will be reduced to one lane between Polaris Parkway and Olde Worthington Road from 9 AM to 4 PM for signal work. One of the two left turn lanes from eastbound Polaris Parkway onto Worthington Road will also be closed.


Ikea Way – (NEW) Ikea Way will be reduced to one lane westbound between E. Powell Road and Orion Place from 9 AM Thursday to 7 AM Friday for drainage and pavement work.

Ikea Way – (NEW) Ikea Way will be reduced to one lane eastbound between Orion Place and E. Powell Road from 9 AM to 4 PM daily for landscaping.

Polaris Parkway – (NEW) The right lane of Polaris Parkway will be closed at Worthington Road from 9 AM to 4 PM daily for sidewalk work.

Upcoming Work In Morrow County


State Route 97 – (NEW) Beginning at 7 a.m., SR 97 will be closed in both directions between at Bowers Road for culvert replacement. The detour will be SR 97 west to SR 314 south to US 42 north to SR 97 or reverse. Completion: April 24th at 5 p.m.

Big Walnut Softball Alumni Game

1st Annual Big Walnut Alumni Softball Game, Saturday, April 22, 2017 (May 6, 2017 rain date), Big Walnut High School Varsity Softball Field @ 3 PM, $20.00 includes a t-shirt.

On-Line Registration Available Now until April 21 @ Noon. Hard copy registration forms are available in the High School Athletic Office.

​Questions contact Dawna Coletta at

Poor Folks dinner

The Sunbury American Legion Post 457 Presents Their annual “Poor Folks” dinner consisting mostly of corn bread and all you can eat beans. The dinner will be held at the Legion Post, under the Blue Water Tower, on April 22, 2017 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Advance tickets are $4; $5 at the door, $5.00 for all you can eat beans. Tickets are available from any Legion member. Proceeds go to the various “Community Service Projects” of the Legion.

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

• Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Earth Day Fun for Everyone. Celebrate Earth Day in the parks. Plant trees, assist with a park clean-up, explore the wetlands and make a craft. The day will include a walk with a naturalist at 1 p.m. Free; all ages. Deer Haven Park, 4183 Liberty Road.

• Monday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. Delaware County Bird Club: The Birds of Hocking Hills. Anyone who is interested in birds may attend this free program. The doors open at 6:30, and the program begins at 7 p.m. Deer Haven Park.

• Friday, April 28, 3-6 p.m. Arbor Day at the Farm. Bring the kids to plant trees and celebrate the 145th anniversary of Arbor Day. Free; all ages. Gallant Farm, 2150 Buttermilk Hill Road.

YPCO Auditions

The Youth Philharmonic of Central Ohio (YPCO) is hearing auditions for advanced musicians, grades 8-12 for violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba and percussion. Auditions will be held in Battelle Hall, 170 W Park Street Westerville, on the Otterbein University campus from 4-7 PM Sunday April 30th, 6-9 PM Monday, May 1st and 6-9 PM Monday, May 8th. Please visit our website, for application and audition requirements. For further information or questions please email

Genoa Twp. meeting

The Genoa Township Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Genoa Township Community Hall, 5111 S. Old 3C Hwy., Westerville, Ohio 43082 to hear the following:


The petition can be viewed at the Administration and Zoning Office during regular business hours or online at Questions may be directed to Paul Wise, Genoa Township Administrator, at 614-895-1126 or

2017 Big Walnut Boys’ Basketball Camp

May 31st – June 2nd. Who? Any boy interested in the game of basketball who is entering grades 3-9. What? A 3-day instructional skills camp directed by Varsity Head Coach Brett Bartlett. Where? Big Walnut High School gym. When? 9-11:30 a.m. (grades 3-5) & Noon-2:30 pm (grades 6-9). Cost? $60 per camper- Includes T-Shirt! Questions? Contact Coach Brett Bartlett

Oil Prices Surge as U.S. Launches Missile Attack on Syria

Oil prices were trading sharply higher after the United States launched a missile attack on Syria Thursday night. Oil rose in usually quiet after-hours trade by a dollar per barrel to $52.70 after news spread of roughly 50 Tomahawk missiles being launched from two U.S. warships in the Mediterranean Sea.

“As we’ve seen in the past, oil prices hate turmoil. Tonight’s surge in prices comes as questions remain about military action in Syria moving future. Geopolitical tensions have surged tonight between some of the world’s largest oil producers, and the market, with concern abounding, will likely send oil prices higher,” said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. “It is too early to know how severe or how long the impact to oil prices may be.”

Noonan named to Dean’s List

ROCK ISLAND, IL (04/07/2017)— Meghan Noonan, a junior majoring in Communication Sciences & Disorders from Galena, OH, was among the students named to Augustana College’s 2016-17 winter term Dean’s List.

Ohio Law Enforcement Officer Receives Award

New York, N.Y. — The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced the recipients of the second annual ASPCA “Champion for Animals” award, honoring individuals who have shown dedication to end dog fighting in their communities. The announcement comes in advance of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day on April 8, a day created to highlight the brutality and pervasiveness of dog fighting in America.

The recipients included: Major Case Agent Elysse Rathbone with the Capital Area Humane Society for her 15-month investigation of a dog fighting ring in Columbus, Ohio. Working closely with the Columbus Division of Police Gang Unit, Agent Rathbone conducted an investigation that culminated in the removal of 45 dogs and the arrest of five men on felony dog fighting charges in April 2016. She continues to work with the ASPCA on other animal fighting cases in the Columbus area.

Trustees extend Drake’s contract

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees approved the Comprehensive Energy Management Project, a public-private partnership that promises to modernize the university’s Columbus campus, create substantial academic benefits and establish a major center for energy research and technology commercialization.

The board approved a 50-year agreement with Ohio State Energy Partners, which consists of energy company ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure, an investment firm. The partnership is valued at $1.165 billion, which includes a $1.015 billion upfront payment to the university and a $150 million commitment to support academics, including financial aid and compensation for faculty and staff. It is the largest single investment in Ohio State’s academic mission.

Trustees also voted to extend President Michael V. Drake’s contract until June 30, 2021, a two-year extension of his original five-year agreement. It is the first time the board has extended a presidential contract before the final year of the agreement.

Watson helps choreograph at BW

BEREA, OH (04/10/2017)— Olivia Watson of Westerville (43082) was among a talented group of student choreographers and dancers who produced Baldwin Wallace University’s “fyoo zh en ‘17: Liars in Fur Coats” this spring. Directed by dance professor Sara Whale, this year’s “fyoo zh en” dance concert paired choreographers from BW’s dance program with composer and BW alumnus Sean Ellis Hussey. Together they created new works inspired by assistant professor of biology Dr. Karen Munroe’s research on the social and mating behaviors of squirrels. Watson, a graduate of Worthington Christian High School majoring in public relations, performed the role of Nutsy and was a choreographer for the production.

Jersey Mike’s Raises 69k for 2nd and 7

Jersey Mike’s would like to thank its outstanding customers, franchise owners and team members for their generous support during this year’s record-breaking jump from $4 million raised in 2016 to more than $5.5 million nationwide during Month of Giving! In the Columbus area alone, $68,824 was raised for 2nd and 7.

City Barbeque to donate $12,500 to support veterans

COLUMBUS, OH—Throughout March, National Brain Injury Awareness month, City Barbeque restaurants raised $12,500 to benefit veterans living with traumatic brain injury. These funds, which represent 200% of profits from sales of a limited-edition drink tumbler, will be donated to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

Ashland University Kappa Delta Pi Chapter

ASHLAND, OH (04/10/2017)— The following students are members of the Kappa Delta Pi chapter of Ashland University.

  • Matthew Bernsdorf of Westerville (43081) Bernsdorf is majoring in intervention specialist. Bernsdorf is a 2015 graduate of Westerville North High School.
  • Emma Dumford of Westerville (43081) Dumford is majoring in middle grades education. Dumford is a 2013 graduate of Westerville North High School.

Staff Reports