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Raiders recreate ‘Rumors’


Benjamin Logan High School drama students present Neil Simon’s Rumors at 7 p.m. today and Saturday in the high school auditorium. Under the direction of Christy Fout and Layne Bair, the farce centers around a 10th anniversary celebration in New York where the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. Confusion and miscommunication are served up in big doses as the dinner party goes awry. Tickets are $5 at the door. (PHOTO | BLHS)

Last Updated on Friday, 12 February 2016

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‘Warm the Hearts’ clothing drive exceeds expectations



Indian Lake High School sophomore Tatum Reprogle and 2015 graduate Sarah Mackesy led a Warm the Hearts Clothing Collection last month through Indian Lake Schools that resulted in a number of donations for local children and adults. 

A total of 108 hats, 78 pairs of gloves, 16 scarves, 86 pairs of socks, 177 pairs of pants, 83 coats, 35 sweatshirts and 90 shirts were collected, and the co-organizers spent the weekend laundering the items. The Indian Lake Key Club helped cover the cost of cleaning the clothing.
The 2015 ILHS graduate said most of the children’s clothing will benefit the Indian Lake Elementary School Clothes Closet, while adult items will be delivered to the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter of Logan County this week.
Ms. Mackesy is studying social work at The Ohio State University in Lima. She recently joined an Atlanta-based group called YouthMPowers, which encourages young people to engage in local service projects. 
The college student partnered with Tatum to place collection boxes at all three Indian Lake school buildings after learning in classes how difficult it is to be homeless.
“It’s really complex. Obviously, their main goal is to have somewhere to eat and sleep; they don’t have time to focus on finding clothes. It’s nice to have people being able to donate clothes so they can focus on other needs,” she explained.
Tatum also was pleased with the response to the two-week clothing drive, “I am very happy. We knew there would be a lot, but it exceeded our expectations.” 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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WL-S team wins Science Olympiad invitational



West Liberty Salem Middle School Science Olympiad’s Orange Team were named the winners of the recent Sylvania Science Olympiad Invitational after they received 19 medals at the competition. 


In addition, the WL-S Middle School Black Team won six medals, and the WLS High School Team won two medals and placed in the top third of 30 teams in their events.


Middle school results: Bottle Rockets — first place, Isaac Riblet, Lizzy Davis; third place, Logan Tompkins, Graham Higgins; Bridge Building — first, Olivia Neer, Ashlie Spencer; Elastic Launched Gliders — first, Tyler Motzko, Lauren Fowler; third, Ryan Motzko, Jaden Marchal; Fossils — first, Sam Benedict, Cade Clerico; second, Graham Higgins, Maria Henderson; Meteorology — first, Sam Benedict, Cade Clerico; Mission Possible — first, Zack Wooley, Lee Ackley; Road Scholar — first, Isaac Riblet, Cade Clerico; Scrambler — first, Devin Marchal, Michael Farquharson; Wind Power — first, Michael Farquharson, Paul Kauffman; second, Logan Tompkins, Michael Farquharson; Crave the Wave — second, Cade Clerico, Michael Farquharson; Dynamic Planet — second, Tyler Motzko, Cade Clerico; Green Generation — third, Olivia Neer, Graham Higgins; Invasive Species — third, Lauren Fowler, Tyler Motzko; Experimental Design — third, Devin Marchal, Tyler Motzko; Food Science — third, Lee Ackley, Lauren Fowler; Write It Do It — third, Matthew Schuster, Devin Marchal; Air Trajectory — fourth, Michael Farquharson, Paul Kauffman; Anatomy/Physiology — fourth, Hailey Duncan, Lizzy Davis; Disease Detectives — fifth, Lizzy Davis, Hailey Duncan; Reach for the Stars — fifth, Zach McCall, Paul Kauffman; Bio-Process Lab — sixth, Lauren Fowler, Hailey Duncan. 


High school results: Fossils — first, Ian Higgins, Connor Motzko; Wright Stuff — third, Miranda Etgen, Connor Motzko; Air Trajectory — eighth, Olivia Jacquemart, Nathaniel Benedict; Bridge Building — eighth, Savannah Redden, Ian Higgins; Dynamic Planet — ninth, Nathaniel Benedict, Connor Motzko; Geologic Mapping —10th, Nathaniel Benedict.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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Healthy hearts



Indian Lake Elementary School fifth-grader Kameron Shepherd, foreground, and fourth grader Ava Huffman, to his right, show off their individual skills during the Leapin’ Lakers performance at the Jump Rope for Heart Kickoff Monday at the school. Throughout February, ILES students are learning that simple exercises can save a heart during Heart Health Awareness Month and they will have the chance to participate in jump rope challenges during gym class. Physical education teachers Dan Young and Kristen Altstaetter hosted the kickoff to introduce the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in conjunction with the American Heart Association. Outside of school, students can collect donations from friends and family. Last year’s Jump Rope for Heart garnered $3,500, and this year’s goal is $5,000. The Leapin’ Lakers Jump Rope Club is made up of more than 50 Indian Lake third- through sixth-graders. (PHOTO | INDIAN LAKE SCHOOLS)


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016

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ILHS snowball court named



Colton Wilson, center first row, is king of the Indian Lake High School Snowball Court, which includes, clockwise from the bottom left, junior Steven Polley, freshman Jacob Zarnosky, sophomore Kendryc Blackwell and senior Kyle Shoffner. The semi-formal annual dance begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in the ILHS cafeteria. Tickets are $5 at the door. (PHOTO | IL SCHOOL)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 February 2016

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BHS honor band performs at OMEA event




Fourteen students from Bellefontaine High School participated in the OMEA District 11 Honor Band performance at Troy High School. Participants included Megan Blankemeyer, Katie Allen, Kelly Coakley, Molly Schulz, clarinet; Carrie Robb, Nick Holoman, alto saxophone; Monica Chriscoe, Heather Johnson, Ryoma Kawakami, Derek McCracken, trumpet; Jenna Champion, Marshall Verbsky, horn; Ryan Penny, baritone; and Griffin Mason, trombone. Students were selected for the honor band by submitting an audition. The BHS band is under the direction of Jeremy Karg.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2016

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Laker Zone Awards presented, bicycles given away


Indian Lake Elementary School fourth-grader Eli-Hughes and third-grader Breannah Sawmiller were the winners of new bicycles during a Laker Zone Award drawing, which recognized 190 students for perfect attendance. 
In addition, each teacher selected a Laker Zone winner from his or her class. Good behavior in specials classes and on the bus is also rewarded. This long-time program at ILES has been successful in helping students maintain good behavior at school. 
The Laker Zone winners from this quarter are: kindergarten — Heidi Wolf, Cale Buchenroth, Anara Shroyer, Gabe Steinman, Landen True, Grant Wickline and Cruz Parker; first-grade — Aiden Smith, Alivia Wallace, Summer Champ, Jaxon Snipes, Alyssa Gammon, Alexis Wauben and Fancy Parker; second-grade — Emma Wagler, Avrianna Arthur, Dakota Brown, Riley Ross, Kora Fulkerson, Dakota Peckam, Dakota Gambrel and Tyson Ramirez; third-grade — Jayden Martin, Cameron Freyhof, Drew Stroud, Grace Strong, Drake Cosby, Frank Davis and Ricky Burden; fourth-grade — Taylor Karbowiak, Abby Sanabria, Isaac Meyers, Thomas Elliott, Gabby McClure, Kaylee Overbey and Annie Braig; bus — Macie Flescher, Dylan Valerio, Ava Huffman, Peyton True and Hailey Blackburn. 

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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Gym offers weekly workouts for Logan County Braves


The Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities is expanding its “FANs Network” through a new partnership with Mad River CrossFit, which has started offering weekly workout sessions for Logan County Braves Special Olympics members. 
 In December, the Bellefontaine gym at 121 W. Chillicothe Ave. hosted its third Christmas Charity Ugly Sweater Throwdown, which generated $245 for the Logan County Braves. Participants paid an entry fee and also donated personal hygiene items, which will benefit the Ohio Veterans Home.
It was during the “throwdown” event that CrossFit co-owners Cale and Molly Marker decided to start the weekly workouts at 1 p.m. Wednesdays. The gym also is open to its regular members during that time. 
Last week, several members of the Braves gathered at Mad River CrossFit for their first specialized workout. Mr. Marker led the group in a warm-up, stretches, several relay races to get hearts pumping and a cool down.
Kelli Bader coordinates the FANs, or Friend, Allies and Neighbors, Network for the LCBDD, which is made up individuals and groups are committed to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities who lives and work in Logan County.
“Not only will this partnership help our Braves team members become more fit, it also offers a unique integration opportunity in the community,” she said. “We are so thankful for their interest.”

Last Updated on Friday, 22 January 2016

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