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March 20, 2011

Southwest Licking

Board examines $1.8-million in cuts By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The Southwest Licking Board of Education is focusing on an expected operating budget deficit next year of $4million on the district’s total operating budget of $35-million. Superintendent Forest Yocum told the board March 17 that it should begin planning budget cuts now for the fiscal year that begins July 1, thus spreading the $4-million deficit over two years, rather than waiting until 2012 to cut the whole amount at once. “We probably will have enough

money to end in the black this coming A closer look year,” Yocum said. “But the following Among the likely cuts would be year we’re going to the principal for the kindergarten end up $4-million in program, which would require the the hole. We can wait current kindergarten center to be until then, or we can Forest Yocum eliminated and the kindergarten do $2-million now, classes returned to the elemenwhich will carry over into the followtary schools. ing year, and that means we don’t have to go and reduce $4-million the fol“You cannot make any kind of cuts lowing year.” Yocum said the district’s services without addressing programs that our would be reduced but that essentials kids have,” Yocum said. “The only way to save money in any school district is still would be delivered.

by cutting personnel. When you cut personnel, you cut opportunities kids have to be in programs.” Among the likely cuts would be the principal for the kindergarten program, which would require the current kindergarten center to be eliminated and the kindergarten classes returned to the elementary schools. That would require modular classrooms. Yocum said the modular classrooms would be paid for via a separate fund and would not affect the operating budget. “We’re not here talking about how to have opportunities for our kids,” Yocum said. “We are here talking about

how can we survive and what opportunities do we have to do away with to be fiscally solvent. One of the areas we can cut in administrative staff is the principal at the elementary kindergarten.” Through attrition and various cuts in teachers and support staff, Yocum proposed roughly $1.8-million in cuts, a portion of which would be offset by more than $200,000 in expected unemployment compensation costs. Treasurer Richard Jones said a further $800,000 in cuts still would have See CUTS, page A2

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Board continues to examine budget cuts By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers

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Damien Trace, 23, of Newark, takes advantage of the sun and warmer temperatures to ride his bike at Everett Park’s skate park in east Newark on March 17. Many people were outside as temperatures rose to the 60s Thursday and Friday.

The Licking Heights Board of Education met March 17 to continue discussing expected budget cuts in anticipation of a May property-tax levy. Treasurer Jenny Vanover said she has reviewed the state budget proposal released this week and expects the district to lose about $630,000 in revenue from the state. Because the actual budget law does not yet exist and because the Ohio General Assembly likely will make changes to the budget proposal before June, the figure is merely an estimate. Vanover said one proposal that would call for increased employee contributions to state retirement funds could save the district more than $300,000. “Right now the district pays 14 percent, and the employee pays 10 percent,” Vanover said, adding See BOE, page A2

Pataskala parks board seeks Cason retires as longtime advice on ‘eyesore’ pool’s fate ThisWeek executive editor End of an era

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Friday, March 18, marked the end of an era at ThisWeek Community Newspapers. Late that afternoon, vice president and executive editor Ben Cason shut down his computer, gathered his cell phone and coat and quietly strolled out of the newsroom the way he has every week since 1993. However, come Monday morning, for the first time in 18 years, he won’t be leading a newsroom discussion on politics or the NCAA basketball tournament. Cason announced his retirement to ThisWeek staffers March 11, concluding a career that spanned the height of the Watergate era as an editor at The Washington Post to building one of the nation’s most respected community newspaper organizations. Under Cason’s leadership, ThisWeek Community Newspapers have won hundreds of state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. More importantly, general manager Stephen Zonars said, Cason won the loyalty of hundreds of thousands of central Ohio readers. “Ben has been the heartbeat of ThisWeek Community Newspapers for 18 years, and his contributions are immeasurable,” Zonars said. “On his watch, the readership of our papers has grown by more than 200,000 people, which

may be the most honest reflection of how valuable the public finds our coverage, which is the product of Ben’s leadership in the newsroom.” Zonars said Cason’s legacy is the team of journalists he has assembled at ThisWeek. “We are indebted to Ben for attracting bright and pasBen Cason sionate reporters and editors who share his love of community news and sports, and to Ben’s high personal standards for quality, objective and, above all, accurate reporting,” he said. “No one checks more facts than Ben. Ben’s legacy will be that his brand of journalism will live on through our staff because Ben showed them the way as he coached, mentored and nurtured them. Ben leaves us in good hands.” Two of Cason’s first hires after he arrived at ThisWeek were Lee Cochran, now assistant managing editor and sports editor, and Sandy Wallace, news editor. “I came to ThisWeek from a small daily, and it took some time for me to get used to the different pace and schedule of weekly papers,” Wallace said. “But Ben’s vision for the papers was very clear. It was all about better reportSee CASON, page A2

Pataskala City Council addressed the closed municipal swimming pool during its March 14 work session. Jeni Ashbrook, parks and recreation advisory board chair, said the board had made proposals to city council for two years in a row without a response from council, and the board would like direction as to what to do with the dilapidated property. Council member Bryan Lenzo said the local trend is for municipalities to move away from operating municipal pools. “It seems like it’s been hanging out there for years,” Lenzo said. “Is there an opportunity to sell the pool to a private company that may be interested in running it? It’s my opinion for the last few years that community pools have been perennial money losers. Many communities around central Ohio are getting out of the pool business. Is this the time for Pataskala to get out of the pool business and let some other entity take it over or buy it, or fill it in with concrete

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and make a park out of it?” Mayor Steve Butcher said council owes it to the parks board to address the issue. “There’s frustration on the part of the parks that the community is choosing to put money into the town hall and the trails but the parks board evidently feels they’re being closed out,” he said. Ashbrook said the pool is a nuisance as is. “We’d like to know what to do with it,” she said. “It looks like an eyesore.” Council member Dan Hayes

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said he had examined the pool in anticipation of the workshop. “I drove around it today and, frankly, it’s ugly,” Hayes said. “It looks terrible. From the standpoint of being a resident of that area of the city, I’d love to open it back up. From the standpoint of being on council and having to make a decision about what’s best for the city as a whole, it’s a lot more difficult decision. I don’t know if that pool could compete with other pools in the area.” Among the possibilities the board is considering is to take a community survey to see whether there is support for having a pool. “We don’t know how far we’re allowed to go with it,” Ashbrook said. “As a parks board, could we put a survey together to go to the community and say, ‘Look, these are some of the options we would have, by selling family memberships to raise this amount of money, private donations.’ These are all things we’ve talked about?” Ashbrook said the board believes the breakeven level for operating the pool was $30,000 per

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BOE Continued from page A1 that the budget proposes to equalize the contributions at 12 percent each from the employer and employee. “If they do actually somehow institute that, it would generate savings to the district of $341,000,” Vanover said. Another significant state budget change is a proposal to speed up the phaseout of the tangible-personal-property-tax reimbursement, which the state provides to make up for revenue lost when the commercial activities tax was established several years ago. “The one thing that concerns me is the phaseout of the tangible-personal-property-tax reimbursement,” Vanover said. “The way the previous law was written, it phased out through 2018. Based on the budget bill put out (March 15), they are going to accelerate that phaseout.” The district could lose $265,000 in 2012 and $242,000 in 2013, Vanover said. Board member Richard Wand said it is difficult to plan a budget based on a moving target. “The whole process makes me sick,” Wand said. “I find it extremely difficult to have to make decisions like this off forecasts, guidelines, estimates, with no firm numbers.

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They won’t be firm until July or August, or even November.” Superintendent Thomas Tucker said the administrative staff in the district had agreed to a one-year salary freeze. “The district administrators, principals, assistant principals and all the supervisors and exempt folks, not part of the union, met and signed off individual letters asking the board to consider approving a one-year freeze in their salaries,” Tucker said. “I will follow suit with my salary reduction, as well.” The board also approved an application for a waiver from a state requirement for all-day kindergarten. The requirement, which was established two years ago as part of an education reform bill proposed by Gov. Ted Strickland, is expected to be repealed. Board member Matt Satterwhite said the district should seek a waiver just in case. “We’re still not sure, so we want to make sure we have all our ducks in a row and not have any violations,” Satterwhite said. The district operating budget is $27-million. An existing 8.9-mill levy that is expiring raises $4.3-million annually. The 11.9-mill emergency levy on the May ballot is projected to raise $6.2-million annually.

to be made later. Yocum also said the district would approach the teachers union to reduce the deficit. “We may have to work with the unions to see if we can have some of those concessions to make up the money we need,” he said. Board member Brad Williams said keeping salaries low might allow restoration of some staff positions. Yocum said such a measure likely would do nothing more than reduce the number of future layoffs. “I think that’s a very important part of this puzzle,” Williams said. “If we can get the unions to work with us, there is a possibility of saving positions in other areas.” “There’s probably very little potential of putting anything back, but there is a great potential of not adding any more to the list,” Yocum said.

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Continued from page A1 summer in revenue that would have to be raised to cover operations. City administrator Tim Boland said a community survey would not be enough to justify opening the pool if costs could not be covered. “Ultimately, it is going to come down to a plan that works,” Boland said. “You might get consensus that people want a pool. But would whatever product we would have be competitive enough to cover the breakeven point?” Council member Barb Triplett said council should take action soon. “Not making a decision is the same as making a decision,” Triplett said. “We need to think it through.” www.ThisWeekNews.com

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Continued from page A1 ing, better editing, better writing. For Ben, content is key, regardless of whether it’s in print or online. “It will be very strange to walk in the newsroom on March 21 and know Ben won’t be there,” she said. “We’re losing a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge — but I think I can safely say that Ben’s influence will continue to be felt for a long time.” “Ben came to ThisWeek three months before me,” Cochran said. “Soon after I started, he explained his plan for improving the papers, and it’s a vision he has followed ever since and one that will continue. The success we’ve had at ThisWeek is a credit to Ben

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and his vision. He knew what it took to be a successful newspaper and led us there. “He is a leader, a mentor and, most importantly, a friend. He will be missed by our readers and our newsroom.” After graduating from the University of Florida, Cason took a job at The St. Petersburg Times, where he met his wife, Carol. Cason was news editor at The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that eventually toppled President Richard Nixon. He said the Watergate episode was one of the most interesting times in his career. As news editor of The Post during that era, he put together many of the paper’s historic front pages. Cason said working for newspapers that were family-owned

has been important to him. “I feel fortunate to have worked for family-run operations almost my entire career — the Wolfe family in Columbus, the Graham family at The Washington Post and Nelson Poynter at The St. Petersburg Times,” Cason said. “Journalism is almost always better when it’s run by families who live in the communities than by faceless large newspaper chains.” Cason said he remains a proponent of community journalism. “I think community journalism is the future of journalism,” he said. The Casons are the parents of two sons: Alexander lives in Charlotte, N.C.; David, his wife, Julie, and their two sons live in Worthington.

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Commentary & opinion ODOT raises challenges Just Thinking to roadside biofuels project

Committee to prepare proposal by summer By MICHAEL J. MAURER ThisWeek Community Newspapers

Officials from Etna Township and the Ohio Department of Transportation met at state Route 158 and U.S. Route 40 on March 17 to discuss whether a proposed biofuels project for highway right of way would be feasible. Etna economic development committee member Mark Schaff said he was encouraged by the meeting but sees potential obstacles going forward. One setback would be that the committee had hoped existing subsidies from ODOT for highway beautification could be used to purchase seeds for the biofuels crops, but officials said it would not be allowed. “They did say there are other sources of funding,” Schaff said. “We’ll see what is available as we develop the proposal. At this point we are not worrying about funds. We’re just trying to get ODOT to buy into the concept.” A possibly more significant problem is that most highway rights of way consist of easements for highway use, and biofuels would not be considered a

A closer look A significant problem is that most highway rights of way consist of easements for highway use, and biofuels would not be considered a highway use. That means each property owner would have to give permission for the program.

highway use. That means each property owner would have to give permission for the program. “We would have to get permission from the underlying landowner in addition to ODOT,” township zoning administrator Chris Harkness said. “Interstate highway easements are the same way. That’s a potential cost, and if it becomes an actual cost, it could threaten the project.” “Right now we are focusing on the pilot test,” Schaff said. “We have a lot of work to do to get approval to run a pilot test. We have to get approval from the landowners that gave easements on state Route 158, and we have to get approval from

ODOT. And all of that is if we get approval from the trustees.” Randy Comisford, local project coordinator for ODOT District 5, said the project could be the first of its kind in Ohio. “There isn’t any going on in our district, I’m sure, and I’m not aware of any in the state,” Comisford said. Harkness said state Route 158 was a good site for a pilot project because it had been constructed partially as a divided highway, complete with ordinary road grading, but it ultimately was paved as only a twolane highway. The result is a stretch of highway easement that has no road on it that could be used as a highway test site. “We thought that was perfect because we can simulate the grades and the look, and we can see if anything will grow where it has been compacted,” Harkness said. Schaff said the committee would prepare its proposal for the trustees by June. If the trustees and ODOT approve the proposal, the pilot test could occur this year.

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Spring: Time to wash and wash and wash the dog

Ah, spring. Season of washing the dog every few minutes. Not that we look forward to this ritual. On the contrary, in this house, dog-bathing is roundly dreaded — by the dog, who attempts to wander casually away when he hears water running into the deep sink in the bathroom, and also by my husband and me, because we know that even a bestcase scenario will leave both us and the bathroom splattered with water, coated with dog hair, and reeking of whatever that is in dog shampoo. It’s not scent, I know that. Scent is something that smells good. This smells like a night in a holding center. The one positive thing about it is how thoroughly protected against mites and fleas we all feel in the hours immediately after a bath. I feel positively invulnerable, and whether that’s because I’m fortified with flea-fighting agents or because no decent flea would dream of getting close to any of us and possibly picking up that odor hardly matters. The fact is, I feel healthy and sanitized and also as if my fur is thick and shiny. Which is all very well, but if my husband and I develop even the slightest urge to go out in the yard and sniff for rabbits, we’re going to start taking the dog someplace else to be washed. That’s what my older daughter and her husband do. They drop off their dog on their way to work, and when they pick him up later, he’s clean and trim and he has a jaunty kerchief tied around his neck. Furthermore, Fritz loves the people who bathe him. Although he’s a shy dog, a dog so shy that my daughter and her husband can’t take him for a walk because if they do get him as far as the sidewalk, he’ll want to go back indoors if he sees a stranger. And I don’t mean a stranger approaching with his hand out, ready to scratch Fritz’s ears. I mean a stranger a block and a half away, a tiny, indistinct smudge that no one ex-

cept this neurotic dog would even recognize as human. But I’ve drifted from my point, MARGO which is that once Fritz BARTLETT makes friends, he keeps them, and he is friends with his groomers. He cries with happiness when he enters the business, and apparently he can’t wait to jump into the tub to be sudsed.

Our dog might learn to feel that way too, I’ve thought. He’d go eagerly off to his bath, and we’d be spared the drenching. Of course, before we can be drenched we have to find him. As far as we know our dog has had no stage experience – has never played Toto in “The Wizard of Oz,” has never been through a screen test for “101 Dalmatians,” or a remake of “Lady and the Tramp,” yet he has a sure sense of theater. When the water’s running See JUST THINKING, page A5

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Military  Army National Guard Pvt. Kyle D. Lewis has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. He is the son of Sherry Lewis of Pataskala. The training consists of basic infantry training and advanced individual training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies; weapons employment; map reading; military courtesy; military justice; physical fitness; first aid skills; and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. The advanced individual training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines; operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills. This includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area. Lewis is a 2009 graduate of Watkins Memorial High School.  Army National Guard Pfc. Peter F. Witt has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Dennis Witt of Pataskala. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values; physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills; military weapons; chemical warfare and bayonet training; drill and ceremony; marching; rifle marksmanship; armed and unarmed combat; map reading; field tactics; military courtesy; military justice system; basic first aid; foot marches; and field training exercises. Witt is a 2007 graduate of Watkins Memorial High School.

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wish I owned a gas mask. If I’m both fast and lucky, I close the doors to the stairs before he can amble through them – so casually! If he were taller, he could be Clark Gable playing Mr. Butler. After that, the game is over. I carry him — turning my head away from his neck — to the sink, plump him into the water and watch as he slowly relaxes in the warm soapiness. “You do too like baths,” I tell him as I suds and rinse, suds and rinse. He just sighs and leans his wet head against me. But I know the truth. Because after I’ve lifted him out of the sink, stood back for the big shake, and cleaned the bathroom within an inch of its life, I’m barely given time to dry out myself before he’s turned his neck into another unspeakable outdoor spot and the ritual begins again. Ah, spring. If any season resembles paradise more than another to a dog, it’s this one, when every smell is front and center, and the very best ones can be applied directly to the neck. At least the bathroom’s clean. And yes, I do see the irony in that.

into the downstairs bathroom sink, he can fake nonchalance all the way up the stairs and into the farthest corner of the farthest bedroom without once breaking character. That’s more acting than I can do as I follow along behind him, pretending I just want to see him up close. “Come on, Pip,” I say in wheedling tones that even I can see straight through. “Hey Buddy. Nothing bad’s going to happen.” Then, because I don’t like to lie to my dog, I feel compelled to acknowledge the truth. “You are, in fact, going to have a bath, but you don’t really mind baths,” I say to him, or at least at him, since he’s under the bed. Even there, though, he manages to express innocent bewilderment: “I’m just lying under the bed minding my own business” he says. It’s almost enough to make me forget the bath and take him to Hollywood instead. But I can’t, because for the second (or third or fourth) time during the first few weeks of spring, he has gone outside and rubbed his neck in something so foul, so awful and stinky and horrible that one whiff of him, even outside on Write Margo Bartlett at the porch, is enough to make me mbartlett@thisweeknews.com.

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This 3 BR, 1.5 BA, split level home is ready for a family. Includes remodeled kitchen, laminate flooring & neutral colors through out. Lower level family room w/fireplace & new carpet. New appliances & hot water tank! Great home at a great price! 346MEA

This 3 BR ranch home offers a new garage door and opener. Large fenced backyard & covered patio. Big country kitchen w/ample cabinet space. Updates include newer windows, H2O tank, fans, closet doors, and paint. Washer and dryer stay too! Hurry…won’t last long! 2941ARR

Nice 3 BR, 2.5 BA home plus a loft! Spacious master bedroom w/vaulted ceiling, walk-in closet & master bath w/tub. Open great room w/gas log fireplace & a fully applianced kitchen. Large deck is great for entertaining! Nothing to do here but move it! 3969TRA

This gorgeous 3 BR, 3 BA, condo has so much to offer. Open floor plan offers a spacious great room w/fireplace, kitchen w/ample cabinet space, two master/in-law suites, additional bedroom, sunroom & 2-car garage! Situated in a peaceful subdivision w/community pool! Great maintenance free living! 7372CHE

Many amenities attached to this 2,200 SF sprawling ranch home on almost 3/4 ac lot. Features 3 BR, 2.5 BA, vaulted ceilings in dining rm, living rm, family rm & kitchen. Room for laundry on 1st flr. Great rm in full bsmt. Screened porch, deck & patio. Master w/ full bath & walk-in closet. Newer furnace, air, roof & windows. Wood flrs in kitchen & entry. 3020WES

Shows like new in lovely established neighborhood. This 4 BR, 3 BA, home offers a first flr mother-in-law ste, 3-car side load gar, nearly 1/2 acre corner lot & over 3,000 SF. Open flr plan w/soaring ceilings, transom windows, gleaming hardwood flrs, solid 6 panel wood drs, columned dining rm, central vac, master w/whirlpool tub & much more! New roof, carpet & H2O tank too. 1310WELL

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This 5 BR, 3.5 BA home offers 2,200 SF, large eat in kitchen w/stainless steel appliance, center island & huge pantry. Spacious family rm w/woodburning fireplace. Master suite has large walk-in closet & full bath. Finished bsmt w/rec rm, 5th BR & full bath. Newer roof, furnace, air, hot water tank & siding. Deck & large fenced yard too! 6982NOC

NICE!!! Four bedroom, four level split with over 1,600 SF (auditors site incorrect). Featuring new paint, new carpeting, new ceramic flooring and remodeled bathrooms! Fenced yard, patio & newer windows. Great home in quiet subdivision! Don’t wait to call this one HOME!! 2531PAR

OWNER WILL CONSIDER ALL OFFERS! ALL NEW INSIDE! Featuring BRAND NEW APPLIANCES, decorative crown molding/chair rails, 6 panel doors, new carpet, wood flooring, upgraded woodwork/stair railing, fenced yard, 12x12 treated deck, new front entry door, all new lights...perfect for first time homebuyer! 4544PAR

Great 3 BR, 1 BA, brick ranch with functional room addition that can be used as a large master bedroom or a family room with fireplace. Newer roof. Updated bath and kitchen. Large lot. 2-car detached garage and a screened porch. 1687STR

Great floor plan. Free standing 2 bedroom ranch condo with 2 full bathrooms and a detached 2-car garage. Vaulted ceilings & patio. This home is priced to sell quickly. Hurry before it’s gone! 5508ARK

Spacious home situated on 10.5 acres with pole barn! With some TLC, this home could be beautiful! Offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, formal dining room, family room and living room. 6363LIT

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Gorgeous 1.67 acre lot! Ranch home offers 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, full basement & a 2-car attached garage. Newer roof & windows. Big country kitchen with island. Previous sale was $178,000 in 2007! Sewer assessment on taxes to be assumed by buyer. 1133ANN

Walk to the Beach at Buckeye Lake! House is seven houses from beach! Charming Cape Cod with first floor master, newer windows, roof, wood flooring, screened front porch, fenced yard and the extra room on first floor could be fourth bedroom. OWNER SAYS BRING OFFER! 1366ROS

Spacious & lovely 3 BR, 2.5 BA home features full finished basement wired for surround cell, open floor plan, large professionally landscaped fenced yard, nice deck, private master bath and fireplace to name a few. Call today for your private showing. 492WAR

Gorgeous custom built 3 BR, 2 BA home on large lot with mature trees, features beautiful hardwood floors, open floor plan, custom cabinetry, tumbled marble countertops, full finished walkout basement and so much more! 77NOR

Spacious and open 3 BR, 2.5 BA home features finished basement, large fenced yard and loft. Brand new carpet and paint too! Ready to move into! 5214ECH

Very spacious 3 BR, 2.5 BA home on a cul-de-sac, featuring a large lot w/mature trees, first floor laundry, full basement, fireplace, new roof in ’09 and a new HVAC in 2010. A lot of space for the price! 6417TAM

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Excellent buy in good condition. Historic Lancaster home w/original hardwood floors, 1st flr mstr w/full bath, big closets, huge kitchen w/ceramic flrs & newer cabinets. Claw tubs in baths, total 2,700 SF, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bath, parlor/family rm, living rm, formal dining rm, country kit, den, huge 1st flr lndry & nice woodwork/doors. WOW! 322MUL

Cute 2 bedroom, 2-story offers a spacious living room, kitchen with breakfast bar, first floor laundry, huge bathroom and a nice backyard. Priced to sell! 24JEFF

Have to see to believe. New 2-car garage & drive, 3 decks, privacy fence, granite/stone kitchen, wood floors, carpet, white woodwork, 6 panel doors, siding, windows, roof, furnace & ac, H2O tank. This home comes complete with a 9-hole putting green in back yard, separate media room, & game room with bar in finished lower level. 318KES

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Beautiful 4 BR home w/2.5 baths & partial finished bsmt. Huge kitchen w/island, extra cabinets for storage, corain countertops, ceramic title & bay window. Great room has vaulted ceilings & gas frplc. Large deck for the summer cook outs, vinyl fencing w/no maintenance, beautiful flower gardens & storage shed. 2-car garage. Move-in ready. Seller has taken care of this home! 512RIC

Move-in ready, hard to find ranch home with 3 bedrooms, remolded bath, and full finished basement. Updates include newer kitchen cabinets, appliances, refinished hardwood floors, can lights, and newer vinyl windows. Full finished basement with family room, work out room, and built in bookshelves/home office space. Large fenced yard with deck and storage shed. 3590TRE

ASSUMABLE LOAN AT APPROX. $104,000! GREAT PRICE! Well maintained condo offers 3 BR, 2.5 BA, living rm, spacious kitchen, large master w/private bath, new garage dr, energy safe thermostat, laminate flring, fenced patio area, new light fixtures, fresh paint & so much more. Located near clubhouse, pool & gym! Call for details! 8281DEE

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Johnstown-Monroe High School football coach Mike Carter has the attention of his team during a 2009 game. Coach Carter’s future with the team and the school is expected to be decided at Monday night’s board of education meeting.

Action expected Monday on Johnstown coach’s contracts Group hopes to remove 2 board members By SCOTT HENNEN ThisWeek Community Newspapers

The fate of Mike Carter will be decided Monday, March 21, but that might not be the only development involving Johnstown-Monroe Local Schools. Carter, the dean of students, athletics director, football coach and weight-room supervisor at the high school, will learn his future when the board of education holds its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Johnstown Village Council chambers, 599 S. Main St. Carter was told in December that contracts for his four positions would not be renewed by the board. He has been the school’s football coach since 2002. “Action will be taken, but I can’t talk about that until the agenda comes out, which will probably be (March 19),” said Damien Bawn, superintendent of Johnstown schools. “But I won’t comment on it then, though, because no action has been taken.” ThisWeek requested the personnel file for Carter, whose given name is William Michael Carter. There also is a Mike Carter who is district technology coordinator. In all of coach Carter’s evaluations, he was given the highest overall performance rating, whether it was “commendable” in early evaluation forms or “meets standard” in later forms. In his last four evaluations — dated March 31, 2010, and Dec. 16, 2010, and Feb. 14 and March 10 this year — all individual categories were marked “meets standard.” In the final three evaluations, which were omitted from the records supplied by the district’s administrative office, the overall performance was “exceeds job expectation.” Carter provided ThisWeek with the three latest evaluations. “(Coach Carter’s) contract is up for renewal, so I don’t have to comment on any action taken, even if no action is taken (at the board meeting),” Bawn said when asked about actions taken on an employee who has received “exceeds job expectation” on his performance evaluation. “We do not have to comment on contract decisions.” Members of a grassroots organization, originally organized in December to bring attention to Carter’s contract situation, say they have gathered signatures on a request for Licking County Commons Pleas Court to remove two of the five school board members, president John Davis and Terry Holter. According to documents provided by the Licking County Board of Elections, in order to be removed from office, an elected official must be guilty of misconduct in office for: • Willfully and flagrantly exercising authority or power not authorized by law. • Refusing or willfully neglecting to enforce the law or to perform any official duty imposed upon him by law. • Gross neglect of duty. • Gross immorality. • Drunkenness. • Misfeasance (inappropriate action or intentionally incorrect action), malfeasance (acts that are legally unjustified, harmful or contrary to law) or nonfeasance (inaction or neglect) in office. Patti Norris, a spokeswoman for the Concerned Citizens on Behalf of Johnstown School Students and District, said the signatures and request may be submitted as early as Monday, March 21. The other board members are vice president Karen Blair, Polly Moore and Jay Young. “We decided to try to remove

the two board members because they have the longest terms remaining,” Norris said. “The other three members are up for election in November.” The move is referred to as a removal, not a recall. According to Sue Penick, director of the county board of elections, a recall is for municipal employees, while a removal applies to other elected officials, in this case, school board members. “Removing someone from office is a lot more difficult than most people think,” Penick said. “You have to have the number of signatures numbering no less than 15 percent of total votes cast in the last gubernatorial election, which was last November.” In addition, she said, there must be proof that the official in question is guilty of misconduct in office. “No matter what happens to coach Carter, we plan to continue the action against the board members,” Norris said. “We have at least 550 names on the petition and they told us they needed to get 480 signatures, but we’re going to get as many names as we can.” Penick said a timeline for the removal process would be determined by the common pleas court, assuming enough of the signatures gathered by the grassroots group are verified by the court. “Normally, (the number of valid signatures is determined) by the number of school district voters

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in the last gubernatorial election, but a lot of the precincts were split (with multiple school districts) and the district lies in multiple counties, making it hard to pin down who is who in the precinct (and the number of signatures needed),” Penick said. “I have nothing that I can call up and easily determine the exact number. We talked about using the numbers from the last levy election, which I believe was in 2009, and sticking with those numbers. We think that would be the most fair and be the closest to the numbers we need. I guess it all depends on what the common pleas court wants.” Gary Walters, Licking County clerk of courts, said the removal proceedings could be decided by a judge or even a jury. “According to Ohio Revised Code 3.08, the complaint would be submitted with the appropriate signatures, which need to be verified,” Walters said. “Then the process can take as long as necessary, whether it is with a judge or possibly even through a jury.”

Community Education Program, 6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the First Floor Conference Rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. Tobacco cessation counselors Bonita Ghiloni and Patricia Wicks will discuss the dangers of tobacco use and provide tips on how to successfully quit using tobacco products. Registration required. Call (740) 348-2527. Tree Sale, sponsored by the Licking County Soil and Water Conservation District. Visit www.lickingswcd.com or call (740) 670-5330. Order deadline for bulk deciduous trees is March 25. All other orders due April 1. Relay for Life Kickoff and Cake Auction, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Watkins Middle School, 8808 Watkins Road S.W. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Call Chris Cleary at (614) 571-1591 or visit relayforlife.org/Pataskala. Pancake Breakfast, sponsored by the Licking County Aging Program, 8-11 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at Zerger Hall Senior Center, 745 E. Main St. $5 general admission and free for children 12 and younger. Live music, 50-50 drawings and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit LCAP home services. Call 345-0821. Salsa, swing and ballroom dancing are offered every Sunday evening in the Fellowship Hall at Pataskala United Methodist Church, 458 S. Main St. A beginner lesson starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by general dancing. Free. All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner, 5-7:15 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the Newark Maennerchor, 195 W. Orchard St. Dinner includes spaghetti, garlic bread, tossed salad, iced tea and coffee. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. Call (740) 323-1163.

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Anonymous, open to family and friends of people using drugs. Call Susan at (740) 344-5963. Moundbuilders Toastmasters Club, 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of the month in room 71 of Hopewell Hall at the OSU Newark Campus. Call (740) 3618727 or visit the Web site at www.lectern.us. Land of Legend Woodcarvers Club, 5 p.m. workshop, 7 p.m. meeting the first Tuesday of each month at the First Baptist Church of Newark, 1000 Granville Road. Call Harry Limings at (740) 9670660 for information. Bryn Du Governance Commission, 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Bryn Du Mansion property. Meetings are open to the public. Call 587-0707.

Caregiver Education Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, at the Carol Strawn Center, 126 W. Church St. For those who provide in-home care for people with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. Free. Call (740) 345-5190 to register. Childbirth Education Class, 6-9 p.m. Mondays,April 4 and 11, in the first floor conference rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. A childbirth educator will teach the class. Expectant mothers should bring a support partner, two pillows and a blanket. Cost is $60 per couple. To register, call (740) 348-4346. Breastfeeding Basics Class, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the First Floor Conference Rooms at Licking Memorial Hospital, 1320 W. Main St. Learn the baSupport groups sics of breastfeeding. A certified Families Anonymous, 7:30 lactation consultant will be avail- p.m. Fridays at Our Savior Lutherable for questions. Cost is $20. To an Church, 1137 Sharon Valley register, call (740) 348-4346. Road, Newark. A support group for families of those suffering from Meetings addiction. Call 587-4510. Pregnancy and Infant Loss Licking Heights Athletic Boosters meet at 6:30 p.m. the Support Group, sponsored by second Monday of the month at Licking Memorial Hospital and Licking Heights High School, Hospice of Central Ohio, 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month 4000 Mink St. Nar-Anon Family Group, 7 at Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 p.m. Wednesdays at 80 Granville Cherry Valley Road. Call (740) St. A companion to Narcotics 344-0311.

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Fit to Succeed: What Every Parent and Community Needs to Know about Fitness and Nutrition for Kids. An Evening with David Satcher, MD, PhD Thursday, March 24th, 7– 8 pm Nationwide Children’s Hospital 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus Stecker Auditorium

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Join Dr. David Satcher, Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and 16th Surgeon General of the United States, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as he discusses building community capacity to develop healthy children and what we can do to come together and make a difference for Ohio’s children. To register, visit www.NationwideChildrens.org/Edu or call (614) 355-0662.

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This Week Only INTERNATIONAL COIN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION is in Newark! Paying Cash for all Coins and Paper Money made before 1965. By KEN MCINTOSH STAFF WRITER

ICCA will be placing ads in newspapers, radio and running television spots this week asking people to bring in any old silver and gold coins made before 1965. Those that bring in their coins will be able to speak with collectors one on one and have their coins looked at with an expert set of eyes. With the help of these ICCA members, offers will be made to those that have coins made before 1965. Offers will be made based on silver or gold content and the rarity of the coins. All coins made before 1965 will be examined and purchased including gold coins, silver coins, silver dollars, all types of nickels and pennies. Those that decide to sell their coins will be paid on the spot. If you are like a lot of people you might have a few old coins or even a coffee can full lying around. If you have ever wondered what they are worth now might be your chance to find out and even sell them if you choose. They could be worth a lot according to the International Coin Collectors Association also known as ICCA. Collectors will pay a fortune for some coins and currency for their collections. If it is rare enough, one coin could be worth over $100,000 according to Eric Helms, coin collector and ICCA member. One ultra rare dime, an 1894S Barber, sold for a record $1.9 million to a collector in July of 2007. While that is an extreme example, many rare and valuable coins are stashed away in dresser drawers or lock boxes around the country. The ICCA and its collector members have organized a traveling event in search of all types of coins and currency. Even common coins can be worth a significant amount due to the high price of silver and gold, says Helms. Washington quarters and Roosevelt dimes can be worth many times their face value. Recent silver markets have driven the price up on common coins made of silver. Helms explains that all half dollars, quarters and dimes made before 1965 contain 90% silver and are sought after any time silver prices rise. Right now it’s a sellers market he said.

The rarest coins these collectors are looking for include $20, $10, $5 and $2 1/2 gold coins and any coin made before 1850. These coins always bring big premiums according to the ICCA. Silver dollars are also very sought after nowadays. Other types of items the ICCA will be purchasing during this event include U.S. currency, gold bullion, investment gold, silver bars, silver rounds, proof sets, etc. Even foreign coins are sought after and will be purchased. Also at this event anyone can sell their gold jewelry, dental gold or anything made of gold on the spot. Gold is currently trading at over $1,100.00 per ounce near an all time high. Bring anything you think might be gold and the collectors will examine, test and price it for free. If you decide to sell, you will be paid on the spot – it has been an unknown fact that coin dealers have always paid more for jewelry and scrap gold than other jewelers and pawn brokers. So whether you have one coin you think might be valuable or a large collection you recently inherited, you can talk to these collectors for free. If your’re lucky you may have a rarity worth thousands. Either way there is nothing to lose and it sounds like fun! For more information on this event visit the ICCA website at WWW.INTERNATIONALCOINCOLLECTORS.COM

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Hilliard Davidson’s Chase Delande went 46-2 this season, capped with the Division I state title at 145 pounds.

Although Chase Delande of the Hilliard Davidson High School wrestling team won the Division I state title at 145 pounds, he’s still going to be treated like the younger brother of Bo and Spencer. Both Bo Delande, a 2007 Davidson graduate, and Spencer Delande, a 2009 graduate, were state qualifiers as seniors, but neither made the kind of run the youngest Delande did at the state tournament March 3-5 at Ohio State. Chase went 4-0, defeating Massillon Perry’s Tanner Lemon 9-4 in the championship match. Although his older brothers may not have won a state title, they had an influence on Chase getting one.

times,” said Chase, who has been named captain of the 201011 ThisWeek Super 12 wrestling team. “I think that’s what helped me a lot. It made me mentally stronger. I could take a beating.” Spencer often came to the practice room this season to help train his younger brother. With Spencer having a nearly 50pound weight advantage, Chase had a difficult time trying to control his brother. And for Chase, control was what it was all about. “He’s great at turning people over,” coach Dominic DiSabato said. “He’s a strong kid even though he may not look like it. He’s tough. He’s really physical and he has that football play-

Drumm earns first-team selection for Bulldogs Heath’s Travis Drumm, a 215pounder, earned first-team Super 12 wrestling honors. Drumm upstaged teammates Dom Barlow, a four-time state placer, and Mason Robinson at the Division III state tournament as the trio concluded their careers with a combined 496 victories. Drumm was the Bulldogs’top finisher, placing fifth to finish the season with a 343 record. He had eight postseason pins and won a district title Feb. 25-26 at Coshocton, where his father, Robin, died of a heart attack following one of his matches three years ago.

“Of our three (state qualifiers), Travis was the most focused,” coach Roger Morgan said. “If Travis Drumm he didn’t think he had a legitimate shot at winning (state), he wouldn’t be here.” Drumm, a two-time state qualifier, finished with 160 career victories. He has signed to play football at Tiffin. Barlow was named honorable mention.

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‘Old Barn’ remains Young at heart We are in the final days of one of my favorite times of the year — the district and regional boys basketball tournaments in the Fairgrounds Coliseum. Over the 16 years that I have written for ThisWeek Community Newspapers and the 43 years that I have been part of the media covering these exciting games, I have talked about these special days LARRY that those of us who love LARSON these events get to spend together for three or four weeks. It is a homecoming for a group of individuals who work very hard to make these games enjoyable for the teams, coaches and fans. Of these individuals, none has worked harder for the past two decades than tournament director Ralph Young, who is retiring after the games this weekend. He has dedicated his life to the betterment of the world of education and has been a wonderful, soft-spoken leader for all of us who work this tournament. “I can honestly state that I have enjoyed coming to this tournament every day,” said Young, who was business manager for seven years before beginning his 12-year stint as tournament director, following the late Bill Alspach. “When I am asked about what I will remember most about this experience, it is real simple. It is the people that I have enjoyed most and I thank God that I can remember most of them. “It is the coaches, the officials, the kids, the workers and the fans that have made this so memorable. I have really loved every phase of the job I have been assigned to do and one of the main things I have learned along the way is that every person that works with you is unique and if you just stand back and let them do their job, what a job they will do. We haven’t really changed much over the years, but I feel that if the wheel isn’t broke, you don’t need to fix it.” Reflecting on his tenure at the Fairgrounds, Young said, “This has been such a great staff to work with and I learned so much from Bill Alspach. He taught me the importance of being a good listener. He taught me to let people talk and express their views and he told me about how much you can learn from that. It was so great to work with Bill and I miss his friendship, but my wife, Nancy,

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Clay Beckholt and the Newark Generals finished second in the Buckeye Cup after falling to fellow GCHSCHL member Northeast Storm 2-1 in the final March 13 in Canton. Beckholt scored the lone goal in a shootout to propel the Generals past Medina 4-3 in a semifinal.

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“It was an incredible game,” 11-12, awarding one point for the CHSHL, was a good start. “Taking all five points from you’d expect from two Colum- more for a game victory. Teams them in our first game was bus teams. We were clearly the split the point when a period huge,” Jennings said. “That resuperior league, and I don’t re- ended in a tie. ally put us on the path to the ally see that changing in the near The Generals were the top final.” future.” team in pool play, totaling 13.5 Four of the top six teams in The Storm captured its first out of the possible 15 points as pool play were from the Columstate title by winning all five Jackson (13) of the NCHSHL, bus league. Medina won a games in the three-day event, Northeast (12.5) and Medina tiebreaker over Hilliard, which which featured four teams each (10) of the NCHSHL also ad- had won the GCHSCHL’s Blue from the GCHSCHL, the Cleve- vanced to the semifinals. They Jackets Cup in late February. land-based North Coast High won all three of their games The Wildcats went 2-1 in pool School Hockey League and the while outscoring opponents by play and also had 10 points, but Cincinnati High School Hock- a combined 15-4, the largest goal a 4-3 loss to Jackson in their ey League. The tournament em- differential among the 12 par- second game proved costly. ployed the five-point system for ticipants. A 5-0 victory over PRPC, which had won the the pool-play games on March Lakota East, the top seed out of league’s regular-season title,

ThisWeek Community Newspapers Jennings said. “It was just what each period a team won and two

Newark coach Don Jennings doesn’t believe the Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League’s hold on the state club championship will end anytime soon. The league produced its third state champion in four years when Northeast defeated the Generals 2-1 in the final of the seventh annual Buckeye Cup on March 13 in Canton. It was the second time in three years that two GCHSCHL teams played for the title.

went 2-1 and totaled 9.5 points to finish in sixth place. “We only got one point out of our second game and that really hurt us,” PRPC coach Joe Tonello, whose team was playing without leading scorer Kyle Hyer because of a broken collarbone, said of a 3-2 loss to Mason of the CHSHL. “We had opportunities, putting 44 shots on their goaltender, but they just got one more goal than we did. “At the end of the day, though, we’re glad to see two teams from our league playing for the state See NOTES, page B2

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Stephenson defends BYU’s student honor code

Like many, Maggie Stephenson is curious to see how far the Brigham Young University men’s basketball team can advance in the NCAA tournament. The 2006 Pickerington High School Central and 2010 BYU graduate wonders how much of a run the Cougars, who played Gonzaga on March 19, can make without sophomore Brandon Davies, who has been suspended for the rest of the season. Davies, a 6-foot-9 center, was kicked off the team March 1 for violating BYU’s honor code by having premarital sex with his girlfriend. The university, located in Provo, Utah, is affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “When I first read about it, I felt bad for him,” said Stephenson, who had classes with Davies and was a student teacher at his former high school in Provo. “I See LARSON, page B3 can’t imagine how he feels.

“But when I heard all the negative things being said about BYU, it made me mad. I’ve heard people say, ‘Why would anyone want to play at BYU?’I can tell you firsthand that playing for BYU was one PAUL of the best experiences BATTERSON of my life.” Stephenson was a catcher and utility infielder for the Cougars softball team the past two years. Although she is not Mormon, she passionately defends her alma mater. And part of the reason why Stephenson, who is Catholic, said she enjoyed her time in Provo was because of BYU’s stringent honor code. Each BYU student — not just athletes — is asked to commit to nine principles. Among them: abstaining from tea, cof-

fee, alcoholic beverages, tobacco and substance abuse, observing a dress code (no shorts above the knees and no midriffrevealing shirts) and grooming standards (no beards or mustaches), participating regularly in church services and living a chaste and virtuous life. Students also must receive an “Ecclesiastical endorsement” from their religious counselor and non-LDS students must undergo an interview with the chaplain before gaining admission. No one at BYU is above the honor code. Last year, running back Harvey Unga, BYU’s all-time leading rusher with 3,455 yards, and his girlfriend, Keilani Moeaki of the Cougars women’s basketball team, were suspended for the same violation as Davies. Stephenson was sent back to her dorm from a testing center because her shorts were too short. “I never thought about the length of

my shorts before I went there. I was always in cutoffs,” Stephenson said. “But when you’re out there, you’re not just making a commitment to yourself and to your team, but you’re making one to the whole community.” Stephenson said the honor code fosters a family atmosphere. “BYU is the first campus I’ve been on where I could walk up to any student, faculty or university personnel at any time and ask for help and immediately receive it,” she said. “I never felt scared at night and always felt safe.” In a society where rules are often winked at but rarely followed, it’s comforting to know characteristics like honor and sacrifice are not only enforced but also might be making a comeback. pbatterson@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com


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Rodney Porter of Heath looks to shoot despite pressure from Columbus Academy’s Daniel Aronowitz during the Bulldogs’ 62-57 double-overtime victory March 9 in a Division III district final. Heath’s season ended with a 67-51 loss to Cincinnati Summit Country Day in a regional semifinal March 16.

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said. “We feel like we can make another run at it next year.â€? The Generals played in the state tournament for the fifth consecutive season. PRPC is the only team in any of the three participating leagues to qualify all seven times. The Ice Prowlers will return Hyer, a sophomore, but will lose one of their top defensemen in senior Sean Straker of Licking Heights and one of their top forwards in senior Jake Miller of Watkins Memorial. “It’s always tough when you lose a kid (to injury) like we did with (Hyer),â€? Tonello said. “But that was an opportunity for some other kids to step up, and they did. We’ll learn from it and move on. Our goal is to win a state title, so we’ll keep trying.â€? •BOYS BASKETBALL — Heath concluded its season with a 67-51 loss to Cincinnati Summit Country Day in a Division III regional semifinal March 16 at Kettering Fairmont. The Bulldogs, who shared the MSL-Ohio Division title with Granville and received the top seed in the district tournament, finished 18-6. The Silver Knights went on a 10-2 run to pull ahead 14-9 after the first quarter and never trailed after that. The Bulldogs, who at times got away from the inside game that had been a key all season, got 17 points and five rebounds from 6-foot4 senior Roger Gleckler. Rodney Porter, a 6-4 junior who is expected to be one of the top returnees, had 11 points and 10 rebounds. The team will lose four other seniors, including 6-4 Zach Wolfe. “We’ve got something good started,â€? secondyear coach Devin Fulk said after the Bulldogs defeated Columbus Academy 62-57 in double overtime in a district final March 9. “The thing we’ve got to do now is keep it going.â€?

championship.� In the semifinals, Newark defeated Medina 43 when Clay Beckholt scored the lone goal in a shootout and Northeast eliminated Jackson 2-1. Tyler Wickiser scored in every game for the Storm, which could disband if New Albany adds hockey as a varsity sport next season as expected. He redirected a shot from Colin Laviola to give Northeast a 1-0 lead in the final. The Generals countered with a goal from Lakewood’s Matt Congos in the second period. Kohl Fixari, whose father, Mark, is coach of the Storm, scored the decisive goal in the third period as Northeast won its fourth game by a single goal. “It was a really great weekend for our league,� Jennings said. “If we were going to lose to anyone, I’m glad it was to Northeast. They’ve got a lot of good seniors on that team and they played very strong. It’s well deserved.� The four GCHSCHL participants combined for a 10-2 record in pool play and their point total was 45.5 compared with the NCHSHL’s 34.5 and the CHSHL’s 10. During the GCHSCHL’s regular season, the Storm finished third and Newark was fourth to claim the final two state berths. The Generals won the state title in 2009 by defeating PRPC in the championship game. Athens won the league’s first state championship in 2008. Newark, which was the 12th seed in the state tournament, will lose only three seniors. One is Thornville Sheridan’s Zack George, who was the team’s top defenseman despite being sidelined late in the year with a concussion. The expected returnees include Granville’s Alex O’Neill, a sophomore forward who was the most valuable player at the GCHSCHL’s all-star game last month. kadams@thisweeknews.com “We played with very few seniors,� Jennings www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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Top performances BOYS Westerville South’s Ben Jones contributed a gamehigh 23 points off the bench in helping the Wildcats beat New Albany 69-54 in a Division I district final March 11. GIRLS Pickerington North’s Jaila Kee-Bryant scored the Panthers’ first 10 points in the fourth quarter and finished with a team-high 16 in a regional final March 11 as North beat Liberty Township Lakota East 52-40 in a Division I regional final March 11.

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tournament for the first time since 2007. Honorable Code: Maggie Stephenson, a 2006 Pickerington Central grad, defends her alma mater, Brigham Young University, in the wake of the suspension of men’s basketball player Brandon Davies for violating the school’s honor code. So Long, City League: The City League is now looking to fill a void with the retirement of two iconic coaches — Brookhaven girls coach Reggie Lee and Northland boys coach Satch Sullinger.

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LARSON Continued from page B1 and I still have Bill’s wife, Polly, to share stories with and that is a treasure to us. “Polly is just as much a fixture at the (Fairgrounds) that Bill was and we love having her with us at the games. I also am so blessed to have had Nancy right by my side through all these years. She has been such a help to me. She has shared her honest opinion on things involving the tournament and has been so great in helping me remember to get all the little things done.” Much like the things I have written about the Fairgrounds and the thrills of the games played in this historic building,Young said it is the consistency that keeps these days so enjoyable. “You come back year after year and you see the same

people in the same places,” Young said. “I have had the benefit of having guys like Dave Siess and Steve Kull working in the same position for every year. I see the same people on press row and it even goes so far that I can look at certain seats in the stands and see the same fans in those seats. Can you imagine if those seats could talk? What stories they could tell. What a history they could send to us of all the things that have happened since the first state tournament was held here in 1923. Some people call this the ‘Old Barn’ and maybe that is what it is, but this ‘Old Barn’ has been a great place for me to work for a long time.” Thanks to Ralph and Nancy Young for making the Fairgrounds a great place to be for many years. There is no doubt

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that both will always be part of the high school basketball tournament family. They earned it. Best of life always. I’ll see you at the Fairgrounds. Larry Larson is a former athletics director at Grandview High School. He can be heard as “Mr. High School Sports” on WTVN 610 AM.

Hutchins (Canal Winchester, Sr., 125), Ryan Murdock (Dublin Coffman, Jr., 112), Vince Pickett (Central Crossing, Jr., 160) and Bobby Smith (Ready, Fr., 103). For bios and pictures of all first-team selections, please visit www. ThisWeekSPORTS.com. •HONORABLE MENTION — Dom Barlow (Heath, Sr., 152), Conor Driscoll (Bradley, Jr., 145), Sufyan El-Geroushi (Hilliard Darby, Sr., heavyweight), Anthony Fosco (Olentangy, Jr., 135), Payton Gutierrez (DeSales, So., 103), Josh Hall (Ready, Sr., 112), Caleb Hetterscheidt (Olentangy, Sr., 152), Evan Jackson (Hartley, Sr., 215), Morgan Miller (Marysville, So. 189), Tyler Miller (Marysville, Jr., 152), Nathan Pressley (Canal Winchester, Sr., heavyweight), Ryan Sanders (St. Charles, Sr., 215), Dan Satterthwaite (Grandview, Sr., 215), Chris Settles (Hamilton Township, Sr. heavyweight) and Craig Thomas (Olentangy Liberty, Sr., 152). •PAST CAPTAINS — Westerville North’s Josh Demas (2009-10), North’s Jesse Dong (2008), Westerville Central’s Brendan Barlow (2007), Westerville South’s Anthony Ciraky (2006), Hamilton Township’s Nick Hackett (2005), New Albany’s Larry Reichard (2004), Westland’s T.J. Enright (2003), Hamilton Township’s Jason Hackett (2002), DeSales’ C.P. Schlatter (2000-01), Ready’s Tommy Rowlands (2000) and Pickerington’s Keaton Anderson (1999).

er mentality where he’s going to make you feel pain.” The only central Ohio wrestler to capture a state title this season, Chase Delande earned his 100th career victory in his match against Lemon. The junior finished the season 46-2. His only losses came against Mentor Lake Catholic’s Matt Fee at the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Holiday Tournament, which concluded Dec. 30. After that tournament, Delande was unbeatable. He swept through the OCC-Central Division dual matches, defeated Grove City’s Robert Coles 14-0 to win the Marysville sectional title Feb. 19 and defeated Olentangy Liberty’s Ethan Snyder 10-4 to win a district title Feb. 26. The state title gave Delande a state championship in two sports. He was a cornerback for the Davidson football team when it won the Division I state title in 2009. “In wrestling, it’s more of a thrill,” Delande said of winning a state championship. “In football, it’s a long game, two hours. In wrestling, it’s six minutes and all eyes are on you.” •OTHER FIRST-TEAMERS — Al Caserta (Olentangy, Sr., 130 pounds), Angelo DiSabato (Davidson, Jr., 145), Travis Drumm (Heath, Sr., 215), Pat Elflein (Pickerington North, Jr., heavyweight), Trevor Fiorucci (Olentangy, Jr., 119), Noah Forrider (Marysville, So., 130), Andrew Higgins (Hilliard Bradley, Sr., 152), Brady www.ThisWeekSPORTS.com

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New Albany officials are excited to welcome Bob Evans Farms to the village. The company recently announced its intention to move its headquarters to New Albany from the south side of Columbus sometime in the next two years. “It’s fantastic for the village and one of the best pieces of news we’ve had in years,” said Mayor Nancy Ferguson. “It’s such a great company in many ways and has a brand very similar to ours.” Ferguson mentioned the company’s fiscal conservativeness and compared that to the village’s fiscal operations. Margaret Standing, director of corporate communications for Bob Evans Farms, said the company outgrew its facility on South High Street and needed more room. Standing said the company considered renovations at the South High Street facilities, relocating to Texas — where the company owns land — or relocating to another central Ohio community. “The most cost-effective option was to build a new building,” she said. The company currently employs 400 people in its 130,000square-foot space. Standing could not say how large the facility in New Albany would be. The company has not yet purchased the land, she said. The company is looking at land in Franklin County, on the north side of state Route 161, south of Smith’s Mill Road. If purchased, the new facility would

tribution center. Bob Evans is expecting to receive several incentives for the move. According to a letter from New Albany village administrator Joseph Stefanov and community development director Jennifer Chrysler, the incentives could total $9.8-million in savings for Bob Evans. The expected package includes: • A 15-year, 100-percent tax abatement on real property taxes. • A 20-percent income-tax credit for five years if the company implements environmentally friendly technology on site. • A 5-percent income-tax credit for five years for health and wellness initiatives. • A $250,000 income-tax credit, repayable over two years, to help with relocation expenses. • A $1-million interest-free loan for 10 years from the village’s economic development fund. • A 25-percent credit on building inspections and fees if the company uses environmentally friendly technology on site. Abatements must be authorized by New Albany Village Council, which has not yet voted on the incentives. The incentives are based on an estimated 175,000-squarefoot building with at least 360 employees that would grow to 510 employees in four years. Employees are estimated to retain an average salary of $65,000 annually. “This will help pay the village dividends and the school district, as well,” Stefanov said. “This project is in the (New Albany-) Plain Local Schools. It

an initial investment some 10 to 11 years ago now.” The village shares a percentage of income-tax revenues from its business parks with the New Albany-Plain Local School District, Chrysler said. Bob Evans Farms also is expected to receive some state incentives, which have not yet been approved, said Bethany McCorkle, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Development. She said the job-creation tax credits and grants must be approved by two different boards. “Incentives were just one part of the equation,” Standing said. “There’s the cost of buying the land, the cost to redevelop the land and the cost of infrastructure on site. In the final analysis, New Albany was the clear winner on all those fronts.” McCorkle said the state’s job is to keep businesses within their borders, even if that means a business may move from one area to another. “We try to attract and to retain businesses in Ohio,” McCorkle said. “Since they were looking to go to Texas, our main focus was keeping them in Ohio. If a company has a particular interest, we work on where they need to be and what’s the best interest for them.” Since the buildings on South High Street will be vacated, McCorkle said the state has a program in place to use a $4,125,000 state loan to renovate that space if a new user wants to locate there. lwince@thisweeknews.com www.ThisWeekNews.com

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By JENNA GANT ThisWeek Community Newspapers Terry Priest of the Johnstown Historical Society is thinking bicentennial, and to get people to start making plans for the 2013 landmark, he has called a meeting for all residents at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the Opera House. Priest said he would like to see a village bicentennial where projects and activities happen throughout the entire year. “Two years I figured might be enough time to get a lot of this stuff done so when the bicentennial actually gets here we can have a yearlong celebration of just different events on different weekends,” Priest said. He said he’s calling the meeting to see who’s interested in “doing something historical.” “If you live here, why not learn something about it,” he said. Priest said he’s looking for residents’ help in gathering documents and old photos, as well as people who’d “probably enjoy identifying some of these people in pictures.” “I’m talking about informational things that could be put on discs or scrap books, histories that could be written,” he said. “The history of Johnstown is not just buildings, it’s also what did people do in their life for fun.”

Priest said he’d like residents to invest in the village and form projects from the pictures and historic information. “Everybody has an interest in something, so why not go back in Johnstown’s history, find out what people did here in that general area and let’s keep it recorded in some way,” he said. Besides recording its history, Priest also envisions the community working on projects to beautify Johnstown and “get them involved in making their own history.” He said that could include anything from fixing up a community park to restoring older buildings. Priest said the meeting would give community members ideas of what they could work on during the next two years. “With a little bit of direction I bet they could get a lot done in two years as far as fixing up some things that need to be fixed,” Priest said. The Johnstown community has people with lots of skills and talents who can put together a great bicentennial celebration while preserving its history for future generations. He just wants to get everyone involved to make the great commemoration happen. Residents will also be able to view the 1963 sesquicentennial parade at the bicentennial meeting.

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