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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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Girlfriend faces new felony in murder case

The girlfriend of the man accused of murder was charged with felony child endangering for her role in the events that led up to the death of 5-year-old Michael Barton.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 May 2015

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POLICE BEAT: Police seek felony charges against abusive boyfriend

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Officers plan to file felony domestic violence charges on a named man who allegedly slapped his pregnant girlfriend at Mary Rutan Hospital when she refused to go to the maternity ward Wednesday night to watch the birth of the suspect’s child with another woman.

Patricia Haas of Lakeview was bleeding from her nose and told police every time she opened her eyes, she became dizzy.

She declined to file because the suspect is the father of her child. She acknowledged there is a court order prohibiting the suspect from having contact with her.

Shoplifter charged

A theft charge was filed against Cathy J. Organ, 37, of 10206 W. State Route 47, DeGraff, after loss prevention officers at Wal-Mart, 2281 S. Main St., reported an incident at about 3 p.m. Friday.

She was reportedly seen paying for two large plastic totes and then filling them with $516.53 of other merchandise before trying to leave the store, officers report.

Three served warrants at house

Three men were served with warrants at the same residence throughout the evening Friday.

Officers went to 813 W. Williams Ave. first at 4:40 p.m. in search of Glenn R. Goble, 27, at large, who was taken into custody on a warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of possession of drug abuse instruments.

While there, they also located Kyle W. Smith, 29, at large, and served him with two warrants, one a Union County parole violation and the second a contempt of court from Logan County.

Officers went back to the same residence at about 8 p.m. and served Chase A. Brown, 24, of that address, with warrants for criminal trespassing and theft.

Motorist cited for crash

Officers cited Robert Hoyt, 28, of Bellefontaine, for failure to yield while turning after a 3 p.m. Friday crash at the intersection of Brody Drive and Gunntown Road.

He was reportedly attempting to turn eastbound onto Gunntown when he struck a car driven by Dayna Ober, 20, of Cable. Damage was minor, officers report.


Last Updated on Saturday, 30 May 2015

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Honda’s CR-V tops in compact SUV challenge

Honda reports its 2015 CR-V, America’s most popular sport utility vehicle for the past decade built locally at the East Liberty Auto Plant, has won the top spot in the TODAY/MotorWeek Compact SUV Challenge, with a panel of experts and customers choosing CR-V over six competing models.

Last Updated on Saturday, 30 May 2015

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PART II: Living Sober



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.

It is the life of recovery.

This week, the Examiner will share one woman’s journey to recovery, investigate a local effort to get sober housing in the community and discuss the social and political climate surrounding the issue in Logan County



Effort under way to get local recovery housing


One of the first and most critical lessons individuals working to overcome drug and alcohol addictions learn is that if they wish to achieve long-term recovery, they must change their “people, places and things.”


After devoting a month or more to getting sober and intensively studying the effects of substance abuse in the controlled environment of an inpatient treatment center, there comes a time individuals with drug or alcohol addictions must return to the community where they live and try to apply what they have learned in the real world.


But it can be a difficult transition if nearly everyone the addicts or alcoholics know from the most recent phase of their lives — close friends and family alike in many cases — continue to drink and use drugs.


When sitting down on the couch in their own living room carries years of memories of being high or drunk, every evening can be a reminder of using.


When nearly every recreational activity an individual enjoys involves alcohol or drugs, finding new hobbies or ways to pass the time can be frustrating.


Engaging in those same patterns of behaviors are a surefire way to land an addict seeking recovery back into active use.


The Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services Board of Logan and Champaign Counties, however, hopes to build a bridge for those with substance abuse to avoid many of those pitfalls and re-enter the community with the help of $400,000 in grant funding available through the state.


It is a concept often referred to as recovery housing or sober living. 




‘Sober housing saved my life’




Larry Reay, originally of Mt. Sterling, found his road to successful recovery began with the House of Hope recovery house in Columbus. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

In the summer of 2013, Larry Reay was leaving a drug and alcohol rehab facility for the fourth time.


He was age 43 and unlike previous attempts to break free from the heroin, alcohol and other drugs that had controlled him most of his life, he had nowhere to go.

He had lost the home in Mt. Sterling where he had spent most of his adult life and was living homeless on the streets of Columbus before seeking treatment at the drug treatment center Maryhaven.

“Once upon a time I had my life together,” Mr. Reay said. “But life happens and I got hooked on heroin and lost everything I had. When I got to Maryhaven the only thing I had was a bag of clothes.”

But when it came time to leave, his homelessness turned out to be a blessing in disguise. On his three previous attempts to get sober, counselors recommended he spend some time in a sober living house before going back out on his own.

“Every time they tried to get me to go to sober housing, but I wouldn’t do it because I had a home to go to,” Mr. Reay said. “But then a month or two later, there I was by myself and I would start using again.

“That’s why sober housing is so important.”




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Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015

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Coming attraction

New company bringing digital projection to city cineplex

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015

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RIDGEMONT BOE: Demolition of 2 buildings approved


Dedication ceremony set


Following several months of careful study, Ridgemont Board of Education members voted at their Thursday evening meeting to demolish the elementary school building in Mt. Victory and also a portion of the junior high and senior high building in Ridgeway. 

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015

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Pastor: Michael Barton was example of a ‘spotless child’

Family and friends of 5-year-old Michael Barton gathered Thursday evening in Mary Rutan Park to remember the boy they have lost and offer prayers of healing.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 May 2015

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