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BW presents Common Core standards to community

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By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netBig Walnut High School hosted a CCSS event July 15 to show parents and community members how the school district has joined the Common Core State Standards together with Ohio’s revised state standards, while still adhering to the district’s traditional mission statement.The new Common Core State Standards have received a lot of media attention lately, but the standards have been transitioning into place to a greater and lesser degree during the past four years in the 43 states adopting them.


Hall resigns as BW Chamber director

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netCindy Hall, the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce Director since 2010, submitted her resignation last week.Hall worked for the chamber as an administrator since 2002.Chamber president Marc Hogenbirk said Hall’s 12 years of dedication and hard work had been much appreciated and that she was on board through critical years as the chamber grew from a small club of local business leaders to a fully functio...

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Hartford Independent Fair starts 156th year

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netThe 156th Annual Hartford Independent Fair opens Aug. 3 and runs Aug. 9.For the uninitiated, the Hartford Fair is one of seven independent fairs in Ohio. Billed as “The BIGGEST Little Fair in the World,” year after year the event draws record crowds.The Hartford Independent Agricultural Society, also known as the Hartford Fair, is located in the northwest corner of Licking County. It’s a unique fair ...

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Twenty-five teams participate in annual Lehman Volleyball Tournament

The 15th Annual Corey Lehman Memorial Scholarship Fund Volleyball Tournament, held each year on Independence Day at Big Walnut High School in memory of Corey Lehman and Steve Morgenstern and in honor of Erin Smith, took place in near perfect weather.The tournament opened with Christine Livingston announcing. Livingston was a high school classmate and friend to Corey and Steve. The four recipients of this year’s $1,500 scholarships — Brooke Hatfield, Leah Shaw, Grant Bur...

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Horses help riders heal, grow

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netHidden away at the end of a gravel lane in Brown Township is a unique equine facility run by Leah Alikpala Russell serving clients with a variety of disabilities.Equi-Valent Riding Center had been in existence for four years at a different location. Russell worked for the riding center’s owners who were going to close the facility and move out of state. They asked Russell if she would like to take over the business. She ac...

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Myers Inn Museum displays Galena senior composites

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netHigh school senior composites, with a photo of each member in a senior class on a single page, were once more popular than they are today.Big Walnut High School has racks of composites dating back to the 1950s hanging in the school’s media center atrium. But with consolidation of school districts in the 1950s, many school districts evaporated and senior class composites that once held a place of honor in older school build...

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Big Walnut student gets NSHSS membership

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netHonors are not always conferred on students at the local level.Sometimes national and international organizations recognize the achievements of local students. That’s what happened with Big Walnut High School student Richard Pletcher, who was recently notified of his selection to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.The NSHSS recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding le...

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Solid Rock to perform tonight at Sunbury Christian

Big Walnut High School student Mackenzie Swank, who has appeared in several high school drama department performances, is rehearsing this week with 40 other students from six different states, preparing to go on tour as Solid Rock 2014.The auditioned group of singers, musicians, actors and dancers, sponsored by Cincinnati Christian University, will tour through Ohio, Indiana, New York and Kentucky presenting a high-energy program with a variety of music, choreography and drama....

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Vineyard Church offers group to help those grieving from loss

Many people have experienced the death of a loved one, whether a spouse, parent, sibling, extended relative or friend. Whatever the relationship or the depth of the relationship, loss stirs up a range of emotions.The various facets in this grief process can become overwhelming. What does one do with this emotion? Where does one start? Who does one turn to?

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Pets of the Week

Buck, a a 5-year-old Vizsla and Doberman Pinscher Mix, and Bentley, a domestic short hair kitten, are this week’s Cat and Dog of The Week from the Humane Society of Delaware County (HSDC), 4920 S.R. 37 E., just east of Delaware.Buck, who has a beautiful red coat and weighs about 65 pounds, came to HSDC after he lost his best canine friend at his first home.Buck’s family found he wasn’t ...

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Community Open Table seeks volunteers, donations

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netCommunity Open Table, an outreach of Sunbury United Methodist Church, is typically held on the first Friday of every month when members of the church and other volunteers host a dinner for anyone who is struggling with poverty that needs a hot, nutritious meal.The August 1 COT will be held in the SUMC Fellowship Hall Dining Room. Fellowship and appetizers are at 5 p.m. with dinner served at 5:30. Dinner is typically over at 7 p....

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Bishops’ White receives NABC honors

Ohio Wesleyan senior guard Dre White was named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court, it was recently announced by the NABC.The recognition stems from his all-around solid showing as a student-athlete as one must be a junior or senior and a varsity men’s basketball player, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher at the close of the 2013-14 academic year, have matriculated at least one year at their current institution and atten...

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Dan McGinnis Named OHSAA Director of Officiating Development for Baseball McGinnis joins 11 other individuals who serve as DOD’s for OHSAA’s officiating department

Five-time state baseball tournament umpire Dan McGinnis was named the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s new Director of Officiating Development for baseballOHSAA Assistant Commissioner Beau Rugg has announced McGinnis’ new position. McGinnis takes over for the retired Kyle McNeely, who held the post since 2009.A native of Columbus, McGinnis was named Ohio’s 2013 Baseball Official of the Year. He is a past president of the Central Ohio Baseball Ump...

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Library thrives despite loss of state funding

By Chauncey MontgomeryCommunity Library DirectorOne would think that as Ohio recovers from its recent economic challenges that the state would begin to increase or at least maintain its support of public libraries. Nevertheless, Ohio’s libraries continue to see state support erode.Like other local governments, public libraries in Ohio receive state support through a special fund called the Public Library Fund (PLF). Until 2009, Community Library received...

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PIN food donations accepted at Tri Township Fire Department

By Stacy Kessskess@civitasmedia.comThe Tri Township Fire Department is asking for non-perishable food donations this week to benefit the Delaware County non-profit organization, People In Need.Station 331, 495 Sunbury Rd., will collect unopened food items, toiletries such as bar soap and household items such as laundry detergent through Saturday. The station will also continue its summer collection of new box fans for PIN, an effort stations around the county ...

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Delaware County Alzheimer’s walk planned for October

By Stacy Kessskess@civitasmedia.comThe Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, is planning another Delaware walk in October.The 2013 Delaware Walk to End Alzheimer’s raised $40,000, said Special Events and Marketing Manager Jennifer Monroe-Sega. This year, the walk will return to downtown Delaware and Ohio Wesleyan University Oct. 26 with a $40,000 goal and a new route looping around downtown, Monroe-Sega said.“It’s an...

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By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comThe Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Zoombezi Bay and Safari Golf Club, all Delaware County-based businesses, are seeking seasonal employees, or as they like to call them, “Zooper” employees.The positions, listed on the Zoo’s website,, include retail, food and beverage, maintenance, guest assistants and ride attendants.“We’re looking for multiple openings on each of th...

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County moves forward on wastewater plant

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comDelaware County removed yet another roadblock to its plans to build a wastewater treatment plant that will discharge into Alum Creek.The Delaware County commissioners voted 2-1 July 17 in favor of an agreement to allow the City of Westerville to increase its sewer capacity in the Polaris area. In exchange, the City of Westerville will not oppose the wastewater treatment plant.The measure will modify a 2002...

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