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Eagles look to return to form

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By ERIC CLINESports WriterBig Walnut football had not seen a season like its 2013 campaign in 17 years, and it’s certain it doesn’t want to see another season like it for another 17 years or so.The Golden Eagles finished the 2013 season with a record of 2-8, marking the team’s first losing season since 1996 when they went 2-8 under coach Rex Sponhaltz — and that was three coaches ago. The record snapped a string of 16 consecutive seasons posting a record of .500 or better.


Student subgroups a program for Big Walnut

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series of stories that will take an in-depth look at how Delaware County school districts fared on the recent state report card.By Lenny C. LepolaFor The GazetteIt’s that time of year again – when the Ohio Department of Education releases school district report cards.A visit to the ODE website will tell you that it’s not the familiar old report card that was introduced in 199...

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Jimmy Dean and Dudley are just waiting to find their humans. Perhaps, they are waiting for you.Jimmy Dean, a 5-year-old beagle mix with a black and white mixed coat, is new to the Humane Society of Delaware County.On Sept. 11, Jimmy Dean joined the HSDC family from the dog warden’s care. At 42 pounds, Jimmy Dean is a typical beagle with lots of energy and a need to give and receive lots of love. Jimmy Dean loves kids and even enjoys some “rough housing.”...

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Staff ReportsBig Walnut’s annual district report card showed mixed grades on its 2013-14 report card released to the public last week, but overall very few changes from its 2012-13 report card.Big Walnut maintained As in overall value-added and kept its “B” – 104.6 out of 120 – on the performance index from 2013, scoring 87.1 percent both years. Students in Big Walnut Schools met 24 out of 24 performance indicators on standardized tests.

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Eagle Scout brings park vision to life

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netSeveral years ago, former Sunbury Village Council member Dan Shaw looked at the tangled mass of weeds and unkempt apple trees on the south side of East Granville Street, west of Prarie Run Creek, and had a vision.Shaw imagined a walking trail through the old orchard, maybe a picnic table or two.He called it Old Orchard Park.The plot of land is village-owned, so Shaw and other volunteers spent the odd Saturday ...

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Humane Society holds weekend garage sale

Staff reportsThe public is invited to the annual Charity Garage Sale to benefit the animals at the Humane Society of Delaware County.Donated “treasures” are for sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday during a half-off sale. The garage sale, being held again at HSDC’s shelter, raised $3600 last year for the shelter.Some of the featured items this year include a gas fireplace insert with ceramic logs, a convertible c...

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Enrollment at Big Walnut schools increases

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netEach October school districts statewide are required to report their student populations.It’s not October yet, but according to numbers discussed by Big Walnut Local School District Assistant Superintendent Angie Pollock during last Thursday evening’s board of education meeting, Big Walnut is growing.

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Friends Who Share Walkathon Oct. 12

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netThe Annual Big Walnut Friends Who Share Walkathon begins at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on Historic Sunbury Square.All proceeds from the walk benefit Friends Who Share, a non-profit charitable organization helping Big Walnut area individuals and families in financial need or crisis.The 3K walk circles Sunbury square, with a water and snack station.“Big Walnut Friends Who Share is completely funded by donations and...

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Historical Society seeks pioneers’ descendents

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netMembers of the Big Walnut Area Historical Society are looking for descendants of pioneers who settled in Eastern Delaware County before 1850.These descendents of Big Walnut’s early settlers will be honored during the Heritage Day celebration held each year on the first Sunday in October at the Myers Inn Museum.If you know you are a descendent of a Big walnut area pioneer, call committee chair Suzanne Allen at 740-2...

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Chamber moves into new building on The Square

Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netThe Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce recently purchased and moved into new digs at 39 East Granville Street in Sunbury, but like the old advertising slogan went, they’ve come a long way from some very humble beginnings.Today, the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce has 300 members: four Farmers’ Market vendors, six individual members, 30 courtesy, 57 non-profits and 203 businesses.

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Sunbury given deadline for mall deal

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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Boys SoccerSept. 11: Big Walnut 7, Gahanna Christian 0Sept. 13: Big Walnut 3, Centennial 0Sept. 16: Big Walnut 4, Mount Vernon 0Girls VolleyballSept. 11: Big Walnut def. Franklin Heights 25-6, 25-10, 25-17;Sept. 13: Big Walnut def. Hilliard Davidson 13-25, 25-18, 25-13, 21-25, 15-13;Girls TennisSept. 11: New Albany 5, Big Walnut 0Boys go...

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Area students make college dean’s listSeveral area students have been named to the dean’s list at Ohio Christian University College of Adult and Graduate Studies in Circleville for the fall 2013 semester. They include Kelly Crotty of Sunbury and Alan Feeman of Westerville.Sunbury resident earns scholarship, awardSunbury resident Lindsey L. Carpenter of Creek Road is the recipient of a $12,000 “Transfer Honor&...

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FUNDRAISERS• Humane Society Garage Sale, Friday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 a.m.-noon at the Humane Society of Delaware County, 4920 S.R. 37 E. — The annual Charity Garage Sale to benefit the animals at the Humane Society of Delaware County includes hundreds of donated treasures. HSDC is located at 4920 S.R. 37 East in Delaware, Ohio. For more information, call 740-369-7387 or vis...

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Berkshire resident objects to No Annexation Area

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netAnnexations, JEDDs, TIFs, and NCAs were not on the agenda during last Wednesday evening’s Sunbury Village Council meeting, but that didn’t stop Mary Ann Williamson, owner of Hidden Creek Farms, from getting some time at the podium to express her dissatisfaction with the commercial development on Berkshire Township’s horizon.Williamson said she is especially disturbed about news that a JEDD (Joint Economic Devel...

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Jon Self and the Big Walnut Grill hosted the 1974 OSU Football Team’s 40-year reunion Saturday. Self said about 35 of the former Buckeyes attended the afternoon event, including two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, center.A Big Walnut Grill hostess got the Buckeye keepsake of a lifetime during Saturday’s ‘74 OSU Football team’s 40th reunion, a selfie with Archie Griffin.

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Salt shortage could mean headaches for drivers

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comIt could be a dangerous winter for motorists navigating their way through Genoa Township.On the heels of one of the harshest winters in recent memory, road salt is in short supply and the township plans to make do with what it has. Township officials said this week that they will likely only be able to salt intersections and hills this winter.“We are very concerned that we are going to have to scale ...

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Genoa gets four new firefighters

Staff reportsFollowing a brief introduction by Genoa Township Fire Chief Gary Honeycutt at the start of the Sept. 4 Genoa Township Board of Trustees meeting, trustee chair Rick Carfagna swore in three new township firefighters.Adam Honeycutt was hired as a full-time firefighter paramedic. Honeycutt, no relation to chief Honeycutt, also served as a paramedic with the Worthington City Fire Department and Clinton Township Fire Department.Anthony Hahn was hired as...

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