Study Shows High
Number of Leukemia in County
After nearly a year of anticipation, the Ohio Department of
Health (ODH) released its findings to the Restoration Advisory Board
Thursday in the case review of leukemia among residents of Marion County
and graduates of River Valley High School. The study included River
Valley graduates from 1963-2000 who reported having leukemia and residents
on Marion County from 1992-1999 with leukemia. ODH representative
Robert Indian told the RAB that 83 cases of leukemia were found, and 47 of
those cases were reviewed for the study, including the 9 River Valley
Indian reports that the study indicated a higher than
expected number of leukemia among women in Marion County over the age of
58 and among River Valley graduates at the average age of 29. The
study, however, was unable to attribute the cause of the leukemia to any
Indian further stated that the number of River Valley
graduates with leukemia is definitely higher than the 9 that were included
in the study as only 32% of graduates responded to the ODH
Morral Man Facing Pornography
A Morral man will be in a U.S.
District Court soon, facing charges of pornography. According to
Anchor Broadcasting, 32-year-old Bruce Clevenger has been arrested and
charged with Possession of Child Pornography. If convicted, he could
receive a sentence of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A court
date has not yet been set.
Rape Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to 99
A Marion man accused of sexually abusing 2 children
has been arraigned in the Marion County Common Pleas Court.
According to Anchor Broadcasting, 40-year-old David Fay plead not guilty
after being indicted by a Grand Jury on 99 counts of rape. Bond for
Fay has been continued at $150,000.
Fay was arrested earlier in July by the Marion Police
Department and is being held in the Multi-County Correctional
Facility. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison on each
Army Reserves Update RAB on
The Restoration Advisory
Board (RAB) for the Former Marion Engineer Depot and Scioto Ordnance Plant
got its first taste of the investigation going on at the Army Reserve site
Thursday night. Representatives from the Reserves outlined the
investigation that began in 1998 and still continues.
Representatives reported on testing that had been completed since the
beginning of the investigation and results of the testing, including
evidence that parts of the Reserve exceeded screening levels for volatile
and semi-volatile compounds, as well as dioxins, metals, and radium.
The group hopes to complete its site investigation and have its Human
Health Risk Characterization completed by May 2002.
During public comment time, Concerned River Valley
Parent Kent Krumanaker addressed Reserve representatives concerning the
current use of the Reserve property. Representatives stated that the
property is now restricted; Reserves are no longer admitted on the
property. The Army Reserves reportedly felt that it would be unsafe
for Reserves to continue to train on the property while an environmental
review was taking place.
Krumanaker then addressed the RAB, questioning the
fact that students still remain on the River Valley campus despite the
ongoing investigation going on. Jeff Steers of the Ohio
Environmental Protection Agency stated in response that the Army Reserves
had the right to make its own decision concerning the risks on its
property, and that the OEPA and the school board made its own decision
concerning the students at River Valley.
General Hospital held groundbreaking ceremonies Thursday for the
renovation of its cafeteria. The project is possible due to
fundraising efforts of TWIG 3 (pictured) and the Marion Foundation which
together raised $400,000. The project is expected to be completed by
early to mid December.
Entries Being Accepted for Festival Golf
Entries are now being accepted
for the annual Marion Popcorn Festival Golf Tournament, scheduled for
Saturday, August 18 at Whetstone Golf Course. The tournament is structured
as a 4-person scramble with a 1:30p.m. shotgun start. Co-ed teams are
welcome. The entry fee of $40, which includes a cart and Bar-B-Q dinner.
First, second, and third team prizes will be awarded, along with a number
of door prizes.
For more information, contact Rob Morgan by leaving a
message at 740/387-FEST. Entry forms are available at the Marion Chamber
of Commerce. Entry deadline to enter is August 4.
Firemen's Festival Begins
Waldo's annual Firemen's
Festival is coming up Friday and Saturday and promises to provide two days
of food and fun. Friday evening and all day Saturday, the public is
invited out to take part in the "Big Flush"; celebrities will be sitting
on the "throne" for you to flush! Musical entertainment will be
provided in the evenings. Children are invited to participate in
games, provided by the Waldo United Methodist Youth.
The Waldo United Methodist Church will again be
serving food on Friday evening, beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be
noodles, sandwiches, side dishes, cakes, pies, ice cream, and more at the
air-conditioned church located just south of the festival on Marion
Kids "Meet" Famous Artists
The Palace Theatre will be holding their "Meeting
Famous Artists" summer camp on July 30 through August 3 from 9:30am to 12
noon in the Palace Theatre True Room. Kids will learn about the works of
various famous artists, such as Van Gogh, Picasso, and Frank Stella. Each
day they will use what they have learned about the different artists
styles to create their own works of art. Registration is open up to two
weeks before the camp begins. The cost is $50 and includes all supplies
and a daily snack. Full or partial scholarships are available based on
financial needs. A minimum class size of 6 is needed to run the camp. Call
(740) 383-2101 for more information or class registration.
This is the second summer the Arts Palace has
offered a camp-type setting for children to learn about the arts. This
summer's sessions will be taught by Danielle Triplett. Danielle is an art
teacher for the Cardington Lincoln school system and has been with the
Arts Palace for two years.
MCF Grant Requests Due Friday
The Marion Community Foundation (MCF), a community foundation
dedicated to maximizing individual donations for the purpose of funding
local grants, scholarships and endowments, recently announced it is
accepting grant proposals in the area of health needs.
According to Ted M. McKinniss, chairman of
MCF's Grants Committee, organizations interested in applying must have a
501(c)(3) designation or its equivalent. He said that in order to be
eligible for funding, proposed projects must meet a health-related need
and the project must benefit residents of Marion County. Deadline for
submission of proposals is 4 p.m. July 27.
For more information, click
The AKC All-Breed Dog Show will be held from
Friday, July 27, 2001 to Sunday, July 29, 2001. Show participants include
Dan Emmett and the Marion Ohio Kennel Club. Judging begins each day at
8am, group judging at 2pm, and best in show at 4pm. For more information
call after 6pm at (740) 383-1924 or (740) 383-2483.
U.S. 30 Accident Kills One,
One person was
killed and two others injured Wednesday morning in an accident just west
of Crestline. According to Anchor Broadcasting, 29-year-old Jeffrey
Rupert of Ashland, Kentucky, died after the vehicle he was in was struck a
semi-truck. Rupert was reportedly a the back-seat passenger in a car
driven by Trevor Gallion, 20, of Ironton.
The accident occurred on U.S. 30 when Gallion
was passing traffic and struck the semi-truck head-on. Gallion was
slightly injured and was transported to Med Central in Crestline.
Another passenger in the vehicle, 22-year-old Christopher McClellan, also
of Ironton, was life-flighted to Cleveland Metro Hospital. The
driver of the semi-truck, Thomas Emerick of Bluffton, Indiana, was not
The accident remains under
Temps to Warm for
The National Weather Service said highs Friday will
be in the mid to upper 70s with comfortable nighttime lows in the 50s and
60s. The threat of rain returns to Ohio this weekend following two
days of cooler and drier weather.
Temperatures will start to warm up again on Saturday
and there's a chance of resumed showers and thunderstorms, forecasters
said. Highs will be 75-85. There is an even greater chance of storms
on Sunday, when highs will be in the 80s, the National Weather Service
Friday Fun Craft at
The Marion Public Library will be holding Friday Fun
Craft on Friday, July 27, 2001 beginning at 10am at the library. This
activity, for children ages 6 and up, will teach participants how to make
a seashell candleholder and an ice cream placemat. Call the library at
(740) 387-0992 for more information.
Harding Class of '81
Harding's Class of 1981 will hold
a reunion July 28 at Carousel Concepts and Convention Center beginning at
6pm. For more information visit their web site. Click here. If you
have any questions, call 740-389-4421 or Email
Book Signing at Mall
Former Marion man Mike Brumfield, will be at Walden
Books in the Southland Mall on Saturday, July 28, 2001 from 5-7pm.
Brumfield will be signing copies of his book "The Two Witnesses and the
St. Joseph's Church Annual
The Salem Township St. Joseph's
Church in Wyandot County will hold its annual festival 4-10 p.m. July 29.
Located at the church, on TR 103 near the CH 44 intersection, the festival
is to include games for all ages, entertainment,
bingo, a beer tent,
and food including barbeque dinners, chicken sandwiches, noodle soup, and
homemade pies and cakes. Appearing 6 p.m. -10p.m. in the beer
garden, Fritz and the Kid. More than $4,400 in cash and prizes will
raffled beginning at 10 p.m.
Marion Industrial Club Board
On July 30, 2001 at 5:15pm the
Marion Industrial Club Board of Trustees will be meeting.
Road Closings & Delays
On Monday, July 16, 2001 a
bridge on Wildcat Pike Road will be closed. the bridge between Ohio 37 and
Dry Lane Road is being resurfaced. A date has not been set for when the
bridge will be re-opened.
Street from Dennison Avenue to Evans Street will be closed from 7am
Thursday, July 26, through Friday, July 27, 2001 until 4pm. The City Sewer
Maintenance Department will be repairing a sanitary
Indiana Avenue from Reed
Avenue to Forest Lawn Boulevard will be closed to through traffic
beginning Thursday, July 12 at 7am through Friday, July 27 at 5pm. The
intersection of Reed Avenue and Indiana Avenue will be closed to all
traffic beginning Thursday, July 12 at 7am through Friday, July 27, 2001
Elite Excavating Co.,
Inc., of Mansfield, Ohio will be replacing the sanitary and storm
LaRue-Green Camp Road,
between Guthery Road and Ohio 37, will be closed Monday, July 23, 2001 for
4 months for the replacement of the bridge over Rush Creek. Wildcat Pike,
which was closed for the re-decking of a bridge, has now been
US 23 between State Route 4 and
State Route 231 is closed down to one lane in each direction while the
bridge deck over the Little Scioto River is replaced. The project is
expected to be completed by 5p.m. October 31.
project to resurface US 23 in Delaware and Marion Counties will begin July
9. The project will run from from the Delaware State Park entrance
to Ohio 98 at Waldo. During the resurfacing there will be one lane
of traffic in each direction between 7am and 7pm.