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SHERIFF BEAT: Serious injuries reported in ATV crash


Lance M. Clark, 22, of Huntsville, was transported by Huntsville squad to Mary Rutan Hospital for incapacitating injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle crash early Saturday morning. 

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015

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PART III: Living Sober — Obstacles lie ahead in local sober housing debate


Nearly every day, the Bellefontaine Examiner reports on the effects of drug and alcohol addiction. Whether that is in the crime or court beats or the death notices and obituaries, drug and alcohol addiction is a ubiquitous topic in the news that affects small communities throughout America.

There is a flip side to the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction that rarely makes the news. It is the stories of those individuals who make their way out of the barrooms and drug dens back into the workforce, from defendants in child custody cases to responsible parents or from a life of criminal behavior to a life devoted to helping fellow alcoholics and addicts.

These are stories of recovery.

This is the third and final part in a series of stories published by the Examiner this week that shared one woman’s journey to recovery, investigated the local effort to get sober housing in the community and discussed the social and political climate surrounding the issue in Logan County.


A variety of recovery literature and inspirational sayings line the tables of a local 12-step meeting. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

While the House of Hope homes have faced very little opposition in the Columbus neighborhoods where they have been located, selecting a suitable location for recovery homes can be a delicate process in smaller communities.

The ongoing effort to build a recovery house in Findlay has met stiff opposition from community members while the early stages of the local effort to build a women’s sober living house in Urbana is also being met with resistance from property owners.

“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that our field has done a very good job helping people understand the problem of addiction, but we have not done as good a job helping people understand recovery,” said Precia Stuby, executive director of the Hancock County ADAMH Board. “People who don’t have or know someone in recovery but may know the horror stories of addiction don’t know what life is like on the other side of addiction.

“It’s like cancer,” she said. “If everyone you know dies of cancer, you think it is a death sentence. But when you meet a survivor, you realize there is life after cancer.”

Ms. Stuby said residents who argue their property values will be hurt or that fears of safety are a concern don’t understand the concept of a recovery house. While opening a recovery house is an issue in the public eye, active drug users buy and rent homes in residential neighborhoods every day without scrutiny, she said.

“There are typical concerns about property value, crime rates and safety, but people in recovery are, by definition, people who are not using,” Ms. Stuby said. “They are people trying to put the rest of the pieces of their life back together.

“Recovery is essential to the health of our communities and this is one key to help with that.”


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Last Updated on Sunday, 31 May 2015

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Students honored at ILMS awards program

Indian Lake Middle School recently hosted its annual Awards Program, where a number of students were recognized, including Outstanding Leadership Award recipients Ethan Cummins and Lindsay Berg  for their leadership, scholarship and citizenship. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 May 2015

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Russells Point man arrested in Bellefontaine



Russells Point Police arrested Bryant Burchett, 24, of 106 Lind Ave., after officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department located him early Thursday evening at the Comfort Inn lounge in Bellefontaine.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Serious crash reported in Russells Point


A mother and her 8-year-old daughter were flown to Columbus hospitals after being pinned inside an autobombile in this 5:54 p.m. Friday crash at the intersection of U.S. Route 33 and Sunnyside Avenue in Russells Point, officers of the Russells Point Police Department report. Jennifer Barnett, 30, of Bellefontaine, attempted to cross U.S. 33 southbound when she was struck by a westbound van driven by Frank Wranik, 53, of Buckland. After being extricated form the car, Ms. Barnett was flown to OSU Wexner Medical Center while her daughter, Maysan Barnett, 8, went to Columbus Children’s Hospital. Mr. Wranik and Rusty Booker, 25, of Bellefontaine, who was also in the Barnett car, were taken by squad to Mary Rutan Hospital. All occupants were in stable condition late Friday, Police Chief Joe Freyhof reported. Indian Lake EMS, Indian Joint Fire District, Huntsville EMS, Robinaugh EMS, and Washington Township Police Department assisted at the scene. A separate minor injury crash involving a car and a semi occurred Thursday afternoon at the same intersection. (EXAMINER PHOTO | BRADEN McGLONE)

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 May 2015

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1992 graduate, Reames returns to address BHS Class of 2015

Bellefontaine High School graduates the Class of 2015 during commencement exercises slated for 4 p.m. Sunday at AcuSport Stadium. 

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Effort under way to establish D.C. bus tour group for local veterans

For several years, World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans from Logan County have sought to participate in the Shelby County Veterans to D.C. bus tours.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Absent graduate gets ovation

CORRECTION: Jessica May Brandt was inadvertently omitted from the top 10 list in the Riverside graduation article Saturday.


The crowd roared during Riverside High School commencement exercises Friday evening when Superintendent Scott Mann announced the senior who skipped walking the stage in favor of running at the regional track meet won a high jump championship.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 June 2015

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