PICKERINGTON — In a classic pitching dual, Granville’s Abby Barker out dueled Big Walnut’s Kate Petty in a 1–0 Division II Central District Tournament Semifinal matchup between the fourth-seeded Blue Aces and fifth-seeded Golden Eagles Monday afternoon at Pickerington Central High School.
Granville (21–6) scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth to end the standoff between Barker and Petty. With one out, the Blue Aces loaded the bases on a Mala Peterson single down the left field line, a walk on a 3–2 count to Vega Throphilvs and a throwing error on Anna Moorhead’s sacrifice bunt attempt. On Petty’s first pitch to Silvia Simon, Simon dropped a single into short left-center to bring Peterson home with the winning tally.
“It was a tough loss,” Big Walnut head coach Jeff Hatfield said. “Kate pitched a gem, but we could not get anything going against Barker who matched Kate pitch for pitch … it was a tough game to lose.”
Members of the Big Walnut Local School District honored their own at a reception hosted by Roush Honda at Big Walnut High School on Monday, May 13, immediately preceding the Big Walnut Board of Education meeting. Recognized during the reception were the 2012–13 school year recipients of the Roush Honda/Eagle Mentor Award.
Roush Honda/Eagle Mentor Award recipients are selected through a nomination process that began in March of this year. School administrators, staff members and area residents were asked to nominate individuals they believe have made a positive impact in the life of Big Walnut students.
Criteria included involvement, support and communication for the school building and community; impacting the lives of children in a positive manner; and promoting the welfare of children at home, school or community.
A panel of volunteers and staff selected the final honorees.
May 22 2013 | Posted in Lead Story
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In 2000 President Bill Clinton issued a formal White House Memorandum asking all Americans to pause and consider the true meaning of Memorial Day.
“Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values,” President Clinton wrote. “While we should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to securing our Nation’s freedom, we should honor them especially on Memorial Day.”
Clinton went on to ask all Americans to come together to recognize how fortunate we are to live in freedom and prosperity and to observe a universal National Moment of Remembrance on each Memorial Day.
“This memorial observance represents a simple and unifying way to commemorate our history and honor the struggle to protect our freedoms,” Clinton said.
On Monday, May 27, the Village of Sunbury will usher in the summer season with its traditional Memorial Day observance, one of the village’s annual anchor events. The day comes complete with a ceremony honoring those who have served in the military services and who fought and died defending freedom both at home and abroad.
May 15 2013 | Posted in Lead Story
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When a successful fellowship’s pastor has been active both in the church and the community for many years, it’s difficult to imagine that fellowship and the community with his or her leadership. They’re anchors, they’re rocks, they’re the go-to person parishioners and even many unaffiliated community members seek out when they have a need.
But even pastors, ministers and priests retire and move on to personal pursuits, and that’s what Sunbury United Methodist Church Pastor Brian Smith is doing. He’s retiring after being a Methodist Pastor for the past 36½ years; his last day in the SUMC pulpit will be on June 16 — Father’s Day.
May 8 2013 | Posted in Lead Story
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During the April 8 Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education meeting board members accepted the resignation of assistant superintendent Gary Barber, and within a week rumors began floating around the district that Big Walnut High School principal Steve Fujii was leaving. Barber is leaving to take the superintendent’s position at Marion City Schools; Fujii has since confirmed that he will become the Delaware Area Career Center Assistant Superintendent.
Big Walnut Superintendent Steve Mazzi said when both moves became common knowledge folks started asking him what Big Walnut would do without Barber and Fujii, two key players in the school district’s success while navigating uncertain economic waters.
“I don’t get excited about key people leaving the district; I remind myself that with change comes opportunity,” Mazzi said during an interview last week. “To tell you the truth I hate to see either Gary Barber or Steve Fujii go. However I’ve never stood in the way of someone who wanted to grow in his or her career. What I do want to do is assure members of our community that while we’re filling their positions we’re going to seek out people who are going to do great things for us here at Big Walnut.”
May 1 2013 | Posted in Lead Story
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The Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce and the Big Walnut Local School District are joining forces to host the annual Chamber Expo, Business, Health, Civic & School Showcase — Living, Learning & Working in the Big Walnut Area, from 5 to 8 p.m., tonight in the Big Walnut High School Gymnasium.
Monday was Earth Day, tomorrow is Arbor Day, so there’s no better time to stop by the Forman Realty booth at the COC Expo and pick up a free White Spruce to take home and plant. Martin Forman said there would be 500 trees available; no one should have to go home without one.
Apr 24 2013 | Posted in Lead Story
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The Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce and the Big Walnut Local School District are joining forces to host the annual chamber expo, Business, Health, Civic & School Showcase — Living, Learning & Working in the Big Walnut Area, from 5 to 8 p.m., next Thursday, April 25, in the Big Walnut High School Gymnasium.
More than 100 local businesses and organizations that will be on hand to provide information aimed at increasing community awareness of the many outstanding programs, services, products and resources available locally in the Big Walnut community. In addition to local businesses showcasing their many products and services, residents will be able to receive information about a variety of issues related to health, fitness, nutrition, safety and wellness.
Apr 17 2013 | Posted in Lead Story
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Berkshire Township’s zoning board on Thursday temporarily put the brakes on a proposal to build an outlet mall just off Interstate 71.
The zoning board tabled an application to rezone 88 acres in the southeastern quadrant of the I-71/Ohio 37/ U.S. 36 interchange from its current agricultural district designation to a planned commercial and office district.
Local developer Pat Shivley and national outlet mall developer Craig Realty Group plan to build 353,000 square-foot outlet mall along with other commercial development on the property.