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Patriots survive in shootout

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By Eric ClineSports WriterLiberty boys soccer coach Rick Collins said it best, telling his Patriots after their Division I Central District semifinal, “Thomas Worthington always gives us problems.”The visiting Cardinals did that and did it well Wednesday night at Patriot Stadium, getting the tying goal early in the second half and forcing two overtimes, but the Patriots took command in the shootout that followed, earning a 2-1 victory and a trip to another district championship.


Cute critters can cause calamity

Those darn squirrels … they can sure be fun to watch, but so blasted aggravating! They dug up my tulip bulbs — again! Each year, I say I’m not going to spend any more money buying tulip bulbs but, as I plan for the upcoming year’s landscape, I once again find myself ordering more tulip bulbs, only to entertain the squirrels.If losing tulip bulbs isn’t enough, one early spring, a skunk took up residence under my deck, mated and had her babies. Mama skun...

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‘Something has got to be done’

When will the school districts realize that renewing levies or increasing taxes is no longer an option? They don’t seem to have the best interest of the public in mind.In The Delaware Gazette on Sept. 12, Delaware City Schools Treasurer Melissa Lee was quoted as saying that the tax burden on residents is $86.34 per $100,000 of property value. The majority of the taxpayers are senior citizens living on a fixed income or they are families already struggling to make ends meet be...

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‘I question the priorities of this board’

To the editor:For the past six years, I have been a member of the finance committee for the Buckeye Valley Schools, and I would like this district to know the dire financial situation this district is facing if we vote to re-open the North elementary.

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Gahanna trips Orange in shootout

By Michael Richmrichdelgazette@gmail.comIt was a heartbreaking finish for the Olentangy Orange Pioneers, falling 1-0 in a shootout at Gahanna Lincoln on Wednesday night.The Lions outscored the Pioneers 3-2 in the shootout to advance to Saturday’s Division I district finals.Cole Popelas, Nas Chrisoff and Brad Leonard scored in the shootout period for Gahanna after all three beat the goalie to the left corner.Isaac Arefi and Jack Broo...

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County seeks to fill Comstock’s post

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comDelaware County could soon take the first step toward filling the position left vacant by former Economic Development Director Gus Comstock’s firing last month.County commissioners are debating the language of a resolution establishing an updated job description for the position.Commissioners say one of their top priorities is more collaboration between the economic development department and other c...

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Opposing sides make final pitch on BV bond issue

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comBusing costs are likely to remain the same but most travel times will decrease if voters approve a $26.5 million bond issue on Nov. 4 that will allow Buckeye Valley to reopen North Elementary, according to Superintendent Andy Miller.Just two weeks before voters decide the fate of the bond measure, Miller laid out a time line for the renovations, gave a cursory overview of how the district will be divided between thre...

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‘Generosity’ awards handed out

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comFour winners were honored at the Delaware County Foundation’s second annual “Evening of Generosity” awards presentation recently.The winners, announced Oct. 16 at the North Point Conference Center in Lewis Center, were:

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Bishops honor former stars

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comThis weekend will be a big one for Ohio Wesleyan athletics … and not just because of the homecoming football game.OWU will induct seven former standouts, each one an All-America selection at one time or another, into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday. Additionally, Jeff Coulson (‘71) will be recognized as the recipient of the Dr. Robert M. Strimer Honor Award.

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Bank robbery suspects in custody

Two men are in custody following a Tuesday evening armed robbery at the King State Employees Credit Union.Steven Grant Simpson, 27, of Ingram Drive, and Zeb Maggard, 30, of Ogburn Avenue in Winston-Salem, have been charged with arrmed robbery after a prolonged manhunt Tuesday evening.King Police Chief Paula May said the bank was robbed at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday and said King officers were assited by Forsyth and Stokes county sheriff’s deputies as well as NC Wildli...

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Body identified as missing man

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comThe body of a man found in a car submerged in an Orange Township retention pond has been positively identified as Anthony “Tony” Luzio, according to law enforcement officials.A body was found Tuesday in a 2004 Honda Civic submerged in mud and 7 feet of water at a pond at the corner of East Orange and Old State roads in Lewis Center. The car was immediately identified as Luzio’s.Forensic t...

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OWU presidents earns ‘outstanding performance’ award

Staff ReportOhio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones has earned the 2014 “Outstanding Performance as a College or University President Award” from Region IV-East of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).According to the eight-state/province organization: “This award is a special recognition presented to a college or university president/chancellor in Region IV-East who has, over a sustained period of time, advanced t...

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Heat assistance program begins Nov. 1

Staff ReportThe Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program begins Nov. 1 and will run through March 31, 2015, according to the Community Action Organization of Delaware, Madison & Union Counties Inc.The program, known as E-HEAP, provides financial assistance once per heating season to households that are: threatened with disconnection, already disconnected, or have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel, wood or coal. E-HEAP can also cover assistance to establish or tran...

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Journalist Schultz to speak here Oct. 29

Staff ReportPulitzer Prize-winning and nationally syndicated columnist Connie Schultz will speak at 4 p.m. Oct. 29 at Ohio Wesleyan University.Schultz will discuss the political landscape in Ohio during an off-year election, including how the current political climate affects the political aspirations of Gov. John Kasich, the right to vote in Ohio, and the power of journalism to induce change.Schultz will speak in Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building, 78 S. San...

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‘I can afford this plan’

To the editor:I am a longtime resident of the Buckeye Valley School District. I have always been proud to say I live here.I read in The Gazette about the mural in downtown Ashley which was created by elementary students at East Elementary. The community coming together for that dedication must have been a proud moment for them all. And I know the Ostrander Area Senior Citizens had a service project to provide 20 backpacks completely filled with school supplies for needy ...

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Next Parade of Homes at Northstar

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comThe Parade of Homes will be back in Delaware County next year – this time at the Northstar golf course community, which is just north of routes 36 and 37 near Interstate 270.“Northstar is a perfect opportunity for the parade,” said Building Industry Association of Central Ohio executive director Jim Hilz. “The parade is designed to kick off a community, and with everything that’s going to happ...

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Right to privacy? Hardly

As if enduring the routine cat calls and doing whatever we must to “protect ourselves” against the possibility of being sexually assaulted isn’t enough, now women must also take care that no one surreptitiously takes a photo of our nether regions. It would seem that if there is any such thing as a right to privacy it would cover our private areas, in particular in cases in which we have elected to cover them with shirts, skirts or dresses.Yet, according to several...

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‘Next generation of citizen leaders’

To the editor:The future of Delaware County is very bright thanks to the hard work and diligent efforts of Jacob Fathbruckner.At age 33, Fathbruckner is leading the next generation of citizen leaders of our community through his exemplary campaign for Delaware County commissioner.I hope my fellow citizens will consider three of this young man’s many outstanding qualities.First, he is a truth-teller. He tells you when he agrees and why. He tell...

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