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OWU wins Battle at the Brook

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By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comSenior Kaneat Nimcharoenwan just missed nabbing medalist honors while leading Ohio Wesleyan to a first-place finish during the Battle at the Brook, hosted by OWU on Sunday and Monday at Plum Brook Country Club in Sandusky, Ohio.Nimcharoenwan, who was a standout at Buckeye Valley when the Barons made it all the way to the Division II state showcase four years ago, carded a 147. Kenyon’s Jake Fait, who was tied for 12th overall after the first day, shot a two-under-par 69 on Monday to edge Nimcharoenwan for medalist honors by a single stroke.


Council to expand historic district

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comAlthough Delaware may be losing the Elks Building, it is hopeful of preserving other county-owned historic buildings in the city.On Sept. 24, the Historic Preservation Commission is expected to see a study by city staff about expanding the boundaries of its historic district.

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Newhouse family, Watkins honored at county fair

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comA bicentennial farm family and a local agricultural educator were honored by Delaware County commissioners Monday at the county fair.The Newhouse family began farming in Scioto Township in 1814. Five generations later, owners Gary and Yvonne Newhouse and Gary’s sister, Sharon, and her husband, Brian Wade, raise wheat, corn and soybeans on the 133-acre farm.“I still do farm the property,” Gary N...

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Berkshire: Sunbury’s deadline is Friday

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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A little more ‘local control’ is lost

In today’s turbulent political environment, it’s not uncommon to hear Americans complain about the state or federal government imposing rules and regulations that take away “local control.” A popular target these days is the Common Core education curriculum that states collaborated on, but which more recently has become a target for conservative groups who lament that local control is being taken away from school districts and have called for its repeal.You ...

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Fast food and big hearts

Anyone who knows me is aware that I do not frequent “fast food” food restaurants, except for one. Burger King, Krystal, McDonald’s, Sonic, Wendy’s and White Castle – all would be long gone if they depended upon this columnist as their customer base. Give me chicken versus hamburgers any day.Samuel Truett Cathy died last week. Who is that, you might ask? Cathy was the founder of Chick-fil-A, the most successful “chicken-only” fast-food resta...

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Takacs, deMaine pay tribute to Beethoven

By Lyman LeathersFor The GazetteA good crowd was on hand for the opening event of Ohio Wesleyan’s performing arts program, as pianist Peter Takacs and cellist Robert deMaine offered a program of works by Beethoven on Sunday evening in Jemison Auditorium.Takacs teaches at Oberlin College and deMaine performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sunday night’s recital was the last of two concerts, the first of which took place on a week ago S...

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County explores Mount Carmel TIF

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comA railroad overpass on Lewis Center Road may be possible if Delaware County commissioners use a financing tool in connection with a new medical facility in Orange Township.County officials are considering the creation of a revenue-producing zone on a major development planned for Orange Township that would pay for needed infrastructure and spur further development.Commissioner Ken O’Brien has asked f...

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History and common sense are best teachers

To the editor:In Sharon Hodgson Hall’s (Sept. 2) letter, she claims to be offended by some, if not all, of the things I wrote in my last response to Mr. (Tony) Marconi’s last letter, and accuses me of breaking The Gazette’s rules for letters to the editor.

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Brenner calls for Patriot Week

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comState Rep. Andrew Brenner has introduced legislation calling for a Patriot Week to be held the week including Sept. 11 and 17.Sept. 11 is the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001, while Sept. 17 is the date the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787.“As we are now 13 years removed from the horrible tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, we are closing in on soon being...

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‘It’s a real collaborative effort’

By Gary“Historic Ashley,” a mural that’s been up for a few months along High Street in Ashley, was dedicated last week – on Sept. 11.“Every morning I drive by it, I smile when I see it,” said Buckeye Valley East Elementary School Principal Katie Karacson during the dedication. “This is something our students created and we can share in the years to come. It just makes me happy.”

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County fair kicks off under beautiful skies

Dempsey students Courtney Thorton, Basma Ghafoor and Charsey James say hello to a goat in the Junior Fair goat barn Saturday. Delaware City Schools students are given a day off from classes Thursday to enjoy the fair and the Little Brown Jug.Kevin Kirschner, of Delaware, escorts his daughter Kylie, 3, on the merry-go-round Saturday.Chris Merz, better known as The Balloon Guy, folds long balloons into animals, hats and shapes for children at the fair Saturday.T...

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Chainsaws, catalpa and carvings

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comEvery fair features craftsmen – people whose unique skills make fair-goers stop strolling to watch them work for a while. During the opening weekend of the Delaware County Fair, Mike Pace did just that – by making elaborate woodcarvings and signs.In a little over an hour on Sunday morning, Pace took a section of a log and tuned it into an eagle, over in the conservation area next to Smokey the Bear.U...

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Cepheus and the Garnet Star

I was rummaging through some old newspaper clippings the other day. I happened upon one, yellowed with age, from a USA Today issue in 1999. The front-page article discussed the things that people say they particularly loved in the 20th century and will miss in the 21st. At the time, I was both pleased and deeply saddened that “the stars” were mentioned in the article.The century has worn on for more than 14 years. Now is as good a time as any to think about how we’...

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Hatfield scores record 7th Billings Trot

By Conor GoldenFor the GazetteBud Hatfield scored his record seventh Billings Trot during Sunday’s opening-day action at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Rewrite the Rules (Dein Spriggs) and Timer (Gregg Keidel) finished second and third, respectively.Hatfield drove the 5-year old brown mare Really Really Sweet. In the opening quarter, Really Really Sweet was neck-in-neck with Rewrite the Rules timed in 0:30. At the half-mile station, Rewrite the Rules s...

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Bell Flower remains perfect, wins OBC

The two-year-old filly pacer Bell Flower remains perfect on the season as the daughter of Fly Fly Buckeye cruised to victory in the $66,734 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship in opening day action at the Delaware County Fair.When the wings of the gate folded Chris Page sent Bell Flower to the early lead, forcing Friskie Lil Devil into the second spot. Bell Flower controlled the fractions of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28.As the leading pair headed past the three-quarter pole, Wrenn...

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‘Will renovations hold up that long?’

To the editor:Regarding the upcoming Buckeye Valley bond issue, asking taxpayers to swallow the price tag of a $26.5 million renovation: I have to raise the concern as to what the long-term ramifications of spending $9 million to reopen a school in the least-populated area of the district will be.As far as I can see, the $26.5 million bond issue has a 30-year payback, meaning we will be paying for this step backwards for the district until 2045. That means the current ...

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City staff under fire on water meters

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comA Delaware City Council member has raised concerns about automated water meter readers.The concerns centered around the viability of the technology and whether council member Lisa Keller was given enough information by city staff.Keller, who asked that the readers be removed from the city’s Capital Improvement Program last year in order to get more information on their effectiveness, is now asking that the...

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