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Eagles tame Lions 3-0

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By Michael Richmrichdelgazette@gmail.comSydney Manns and the Big Walnut Golden Eagles continued their postseason push with a 3-0 Division II sectional final victory over the visiting Bexley Lions on a cold, rainy night Saturday in Sunbury.The win continues an undefeated streak of six games (4-0-2) for the Eagles.“I don’t want to say that this is a team of destiny,” Eagles coach Drew Pitzer said. “But there’s something special about this group. We were supposed to be in a rebuilding year and this group is sticking together and saying, ‘It can be our turn now and we don’t have to wait.’ So the attitude is perfect – they care about each other, they care about winning.”


Sunbury library seeks 1-mill renewal levy

By Lenny C. Lepolanewsguy@ee.netCommunity Library in Sunbury is on the Nov. 4 ballot, seeking approval of a renewal of the library’s 1-mill operating levy.Voters approved the existing levy in 2009 after state funding was reduced by 20 percent, impacting library operations, including shortened hours, reduced materials budgets and mandatory unpaid time off for library personnel. Community Library Director Chauncey Montgomery explained that over ...

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Cheryl Schell and Johnny Snyder of Delaware, a boy, Riot Snyder; born Oct. 18 at Grady Memorial Hospital.Annamarie and Daniel Greenleaf of Prospect; a girl, Hazel Greenleaf; born Oct. 14 at Grady Memorial Hospital.Alexys and Seth Stevenson of Ashley; a boy, Elliot Stevenson; born Oct. 15 at Grady Memorial Hospital.Melissa and Christian Hay of Delaware; a girl, Kendall Hay; born Oct. 15 at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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Patriots solid at states

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comJunior Cameron McCloskey fired an even 80, his second straight 80-stroke round, to lead Liberty to a sixth-place finish at Saturday’s Division I Boys State Golf Tournament at OSU’s Scarlet Course.McCloskey was the model of consistency over the course of the two-day event, firing a 39 on the front nine before finishing the back with a 41 to wrap up the showcase Saturday afternoon. Combined with the 80 he shot dur...

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Gloria adores her mom

Hello to one and all!This week I would like to introduce you to someone who means a lot to me, someone who has played one of the most important roles in my life (that is besides my husband). I have many friends who are very near and dear to me, but this particular person has probably done more for me than anyone else ever has. You guessed it! It’s my dear mother (Dorcas Raber). Little did I know or was even able to fathom what my parents have done for me until I had a child o...

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Bond issue failure would be costly

To the editor:In August 2012, the voters of the Buckeye Valley School District voted 3 to 1 against building a single mega-elementary school that would have eliminated all of our neighborhood schools.In a follow-up community survey, the residents of the school district indicated strongly that they wanted community (neighborhood) schools.In the fall of 2013, the voters overwhelming elected three new board members, who ran on the issue of saving our community sc...

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Vazquez named National Merit Commended Student

Big Walnut High School senior Kevin Vazquez has been named a “Commended Student” in the 2014-15 school year National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.4 million entrants each...

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Our ‘Teen of the Week:’ Rebecca Kovatch

Editor’s note: The Gazette today kicks off its weekly “Teen of the Week” feature, which recognizes top high school seniors from around Delaware County.Today’s “Teen of the Week” is Hayes High School senior Rebecca Kovatch, the daughter of Jane and Gery Kovatch of Delaware. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish club at Hayes, and is interested in music, and foreign cultures and languages.Here is how Reb...

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A break from depressing news

It is a daunting proposition to find “good news” during recent network news broadcasts. Between the deadly perils of Ebola and ISIS, watching nightly summations of world sickness, strife and terrorism can make the most optimistic person anything but cheery.

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‘We need the best judge for those cases’

To the editor:For many years, the Delaware County justice system has been well served by David Gormley – first, as an assistant prosecuting attorney, then as our municipal court judge. Now that public service can continue as Judge Gormley runs for the open position in the Delaware County Common Pleas Court.He brings to that position deep experience as a lawyer and as a sitting judge. He has an incredibly long and impressive list of professional accomplishments, inc...

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‘Yes vote will not increase your taxes’

To the editor:As co-chairs of the renewal Delaware City Schools levy issue that will appear on the November ballot, we are writing to express our support of this issue and to urge Delaware voters to vote “yes.”

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Braves crush Wolves to clinch share of OCC crown

By Michael Richmrichdelgazette@gmail.comIt’s now a regular occurrence for the Olentangy Braves to dominate an opponent early and finish a game with a running clock.Deeb Haber ran for three first half touchdowns and threw two more to spark another hot start by the Braves (8-0, 5-0 OCC Capital), who cruised to another ho-hum 54-21 victory over the visiting Worthington Kilbourne Wolves in OCC-Capital action Friday in Lewis Center.The only thing o...

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Barons can’t get going in 34-14 loss to Vikings

By Eric ClineSports WriterConsistency on the offensive side has been a problem throughout the season for the Buckeye Valley Barons, and after Friday night’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division game against the River Valley Vikings, the offensive consistency remained a concern.The Barons moved the ball well in spurts, but the River Valley defense forced five turnovers in the second half and the Viking offense moved the ball seemingly at will, finish...

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Fourth-quarter rally sends Pioneers past Falcons

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comRoarke Vaile-James powered in from two yards out with 58 seconds to go and Blake Skuratowicz ran in for the game-winning two-point conversion, capping a 21-point comeback as Orange rallied for a thrilling 42-41 league win over Franklin Heights Friday in Columbus.After evening things up at 20 late in the first half, the Pioneers (4-4, 2-3 OCC) found themselves in pretty bad shape early in the fourth, when Falcon (1-7, 0-5) q...

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Big Walnut stays hot with win over New Albany

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comBig Walnut continued its late-season surge, coupling solid defense with a bruising running attack to knock off host New Albany 30-14 in OCC-Capital Division action Friday night.The Golden Eagles (5-3, 3-2 OCC) blanked the Eagles (4-4, 3-2) in the second half, ballooning a 17-14 halftime lead into the eventual final margin of victory thanks to a dominant final 24 minutes of play.Christian Johnson, who finished wit...

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Pacers take sting out of Yellow Jackets

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comHayes showed just how explosive it can be Friday, using a pair of big plays to finally break free from visiting Mount Vernon and hang on for a 36-28 OCC-Capital Division win — it’s first since the opening week of the season.The Pacers, up 19-7 at halftime thanks to a one-yard touchdown run from Ethan Tucky 1:18 before the break, saw the Yellow Jackets slice into their deficit with a TD of their own early in the ...

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Durtschi’s 3 TDs lift Liberty over Hilliard Davidson

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comLiberty continued its dominance within the OCC-Central Division, blanking visiting Hilliard Davidson 21-0 Friday in Powell.After a scoreless first quarter, the Patriots (7-1, 5-0 OCC) took control with a pair of second-quarter scores. Nick Durtschi found the end zone from one yard out with 9:07 left in the quarter and sprinted in from 19 yards out less than three minutes later to give his team all the separation it would ne...

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Master Gardeners converge on Delaware County

By Stacy KessFor The GazetteGardeners from around the state toured Delaware County Friday as a fall morning chill turned into an unseasonably warm and breezy afternoon.The weather didn’t matter to these gardeners – a group certified as Master Gardeners – because agriculture, nature and gardening are a year-round passion, and that’s what the 365 attendees were celebrating Friday and Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan University.“...

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