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OWU wins Battle at the Brook

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By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comSenior Kaneat Nimcharoenwan just missed nabbing medalist honors while leading Ohio Wesleyan to a first-place finish during the Battle at the Brook, hosted by OWU on Sunday and Monday at Plum Brook Country Club in Sandusky, Ohio.Nimcharoenwan, who was a standout at Buckeye Valley when the Barons made it all the way to the Division II state showcase four years ago, carded a 147. Kenyon’s Jake Fait, who was tied for 12th overall after the first day, shot a two-under-par 69 on Monday to edge Nimcharoenwan for medalist honors by a single stroke.

 

Progress shown on state report cards

Staff ReportThe latest school district report cards have been released by the state and all four Delaware County districts showed progress from 2013.Here’s a summary of how Delaware County districts performed:Delaware City SchoolsDelaware City Schools received high scores on the performance index and overall “value-added,” but fell short on value-added for gifted students.Delaware school...

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Stillwagon files third lawsuit

By Stacy Kessskess@civitasmedia.comJim Stillwagon announced today that he plans to file a third lawsuit against the Delaware police.In a press release sent Tuesday, Stillwagon said he sustained injuries from police using excessive force. He will file a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Delaware police officers and detectives who, he said, were involved in his case.Stillwagon, a former Ohio State football standout, was tried in 2013 for felonious ...

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‘Creating Patriotism Week doesn’t make us patriotic’

I commend State Rep. Andy Brenner for his interest in patriotism. However, if he’s serious about promoting it, his proposed legislation must provide real substance to prompt significant results.There’s nothing terribly wrong with his plan to declare a special week to remember 9/11, but it denies Americans’ ability to do so on their own. By its sheer enormity, those dastardly, cowardly attacks require no contrived celebration to help people remember.

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Columbus Zoo welcomes baby bonobo

Staff ReportThe Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s bonobo family got a little bigger on Sunday with the birth of a baby.The baby, whose sex is still unknown, is the 14th bonobo born at the zoo in Powell since it received its first bonobos in 1990 in conjunction with the Species Survival Plan for this endangered ape.This is the fourth baby for mother “Ana Neema” who is caring for the newborn in the company of the other bonobos in her group. Bonobos l...

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Let’s wait and see about ISIS plan

To the editor:We’ll see! After much pressure from Congress and the citizens he has pledged to protect, President Barack Obama appears to understand what all of us have known for months: The vicious killers ISIS must be exterminated.His last speech sounded aggressive and bold. We’ll have to wait and see if his actions match his rhetoric.I believe it’s more than appropriate to pray for the president to follow through on his promises....

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Fair is an economic boon for county

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comThe Delaware County Fair and its marquee event – the famed Little Brown Jug – are an economic boon for Delaware County.Over the course of the eight-day fair, the event will generate more than $4.1 million in expenditures in Delaware County, according to a 2008 study conducted by Ohio Wesleyan University.“We bring a lot of people into Delaware from out of town,” said fair manager Bil...

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Council to expand historic district

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comAlthough Delaware may be losing the Elks Building, it is hopeful of preserving other county-owned historic buildings in the city.On Sept. 24, the Historic Preservation Commission is expected to see a study by city staff about expanding the boundaries of its historic district.

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Newhouse family, Watkins honored at county fair

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comA bicentennial farm family and a local agricultural educator were honored by Delaware County commissioners Monday at the county fair.The Newhouse family began farming in Scioto Township in 1814. Five generations later, owners Gary and Yvonne Newhouse and Gary’s sister, Sharon, and her husband, Brian Wade, raise wheat, corn and soybeans on the 133-acre farm.“I still do farm the property,” Gary N...

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Berkshire: Sunbury’s deadline is Friday

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comBerkshire Township officials say they have given the village of Sunbury a Friday deadline to come to terms on a deal in connection with a proposed outlet mall – or Sunbury could be cut out of the deal entirely.If Sunbury officials do not agree to a deal on the proposed Berkshire Township outlet mall property – that includes a Joint Economic Development District, a New Community Authority, a Tax Increment ...

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A little more ‘local control’ is lost

In today’s turbulent political environment, it’s not uncommon to hear Americans complain about the state or federal government imposing rules and regulations that take away “local control.” A popular target these days is the Common Core education curriculum that states collaborated on, but which more recently has become a target for conservative groups who lament that local control is being taken away from school districts and have called for its repeal.You ...

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Fast food and big hearts

Anyone who knows me is aware that I do not frequent “fast food” food restaurants, except for one. Burger King, Krystal, McDonald’s, Sonic, Wendy’s and White Castle – all would be long gone if they depended upon this columnist as their customer base. Give me chicken versus hamburgers any day.Samuel Truett Cathy died last week. Who is that, you might ask? Cathy was the founder of Chick-fil-A, the most successful “chicken-only” fast-food resta...

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Takacs, deMaine pay tribute to Beethoven

By Lyman LeathersFor The GazetteA good crowd was on hand for the opening event of Ohio Wesleyan’s performing arts program, as pianist Peter Takacs and cellist Robert deMaine offered a program of works by Beethoven on Sunday evening in Jemison Auditorium.Takacs teaches at Oberlin College and deMaine performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sunday night’s recital was the last of two concerts, the first of which took place on a week ago S...

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County explores Mount Carmel TIF

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comA railroad overpass on Lewis Center Road may be possible if Delaware County commissioners use a financing tool in connection with a new medical facility in Orange Township.County officials are considering the creation of a revenue-producing zone on a major development planned for Orange Township that would pay for needed infrastructure and spur further development.Commissioner Ken O’Brien has asked f...

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History and common sense are best teachers

To the editor:In Sharon Hodgson Hall’s (Sept. 2) letter, she claims to be offended by some, if not all, of the things I wrote in my last response to Mr. (Tony) Marconi’s last letter, and accuses me of breaking The Gazette’s rules for letters to the editor.

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Brenner calls for Patriot Week

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comState Rep. Andrew Brenner has introduced legislation calling for a Patriot Week to be held the week including Sept. 11 and 17.Sept. 11 is the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, while Sept. 17 is the date the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787.“As we are now 13 years removed from the horrible tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, we are closing in on soon being...

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‘It’s a real collaborative effort’

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.com“Historic Ashley,” a mural that’s been up for a few months along High Street in Ashley, was dedicated last week – on Sept. 11.“Every morning I drive by it, I smile when I see it,” said Buckeye Valley East Elementary School Principal Katie Karacson during the dedication. “This is something our students created and we can share in the years to come. It just makes me happy.”

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County fair kicks off under beautiful skies

Dempsey students Courtney Thorton, Basma Ghafoor and Charsey James say hello to a goat in the Junior Fair goat barn Saturday. Delaware City Schools students are given a day off from classes Thursday to enjoy the fair and the Little Brown Jug.Kevin Kirschner, of Delaware, escorts his daughter Kylie, 3, on the merry-go-round Saturday.Chris Merz, better known as The Balloon Guy, folds long balloons into animals, hats and shapes for children at the fair Saturday.T...

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