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Yoder takes oath



Logan County Auditor Michael E. Yoder takes an oath of office Friday flanked by his sisters, Marie Baughman, left, and Marcia Crissman, right. Logan County Family Court Judge Kim Kellogg- Martin administered the oath in the Logan County Annex office complex. This is his fifth full term in office. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)


Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2015

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West Liberty firefighters benefit from farmer’s donation


David Turner of rural Bellefontaine selected the West Liberty Fire Department to receive a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanta Fund.


Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture and have donated more than $16.5 million to some 7,300 community organizations across rural America.


The donation will be used by the West Liberty Fire Department to purchase a set of turnout gear which costs around $2,500.


“We try to replace some every year,” said Conrad Hostetler, fire chief, about the bunker pants, coat, boots and helmet that comprise the set. “It is important for the 23 men that protect six different townships to be safe.”


The Monsants program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to their favorite community nonprofit organization. One winner is selected in each of the 1,324 counties in 40 states. 


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Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015

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With some 50 sledders taking part, a benefit snowmobile race Sunday on Indian Lake raised $1,100 for fire victims Erin Bradley and Brian Tracey, whose East Liberty residence was destroyed by fire Feb. 21. The race was organized by Lakeside MX Park officials, including Mike Schaefer and caught the attention of a number of onlookers during the snowy day. (PHOTO | BRADEN MCGLONE)


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015

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IL SADD poster winners announced


Fourth-grade students at Indian Lake Elementary created posters inspired by high school SADD Chapter presentations throughout February encouraging students to develop healthy behaviors.  SADD members selected the winners, including Aliyah Biggs, Tia Tracey, Tori Hurley, Sage Futrell and Heidi Hoffman. The posters highlight the serious issues the SADD members talked about, including internet and cell phone safety, avoiding prescription drugs, stranger danger, bicycle safety and even limiting video game play. SADD advisor Deb Metzger says she hopes that these older students can serve as role models and influence the elementary children to make positive choices. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015

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Finally getting to ‘100’


Indian Lake Elementary kindergartners enter their pod through a giant “100” last week on the 100th day of school. Maintenance staff member Roy Basil created the 100 sign for students. First-graders made crazy crowns and necklaces from 100 pieces of cereal. The 100th Day celebrations were later than usual this year because of the number of school cancellation days due to inclement weather. (PHOTO | INDIAN LAKE SCHOOLS)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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DECA students share state conference projects with Rotarians


Bellefontaine High School DECA students shared snippets of their presentations for the group’s upcoming state conference with Bellefontaine Rotary Club members Monday.


The students spoke about their projects, which ranged from topics such as identity theft and distracted driving to DECA’s recent Logan County Bridal and Prom Expo event. 


Several local businesses and organizations assisted students with their projects. 


DECA members attending the March 13-14 conference in Columbus will be required to give 5-minute presentations based on 30-page papers they compiled. 


Katie Rychener, BHS DECA advisor, and 11 of her 49 DECA students attended the meeting. They included: Caleb Mitchell, Michaela Baker, Janay Logan, Sierra Rhoades, Javan Deslandes, Zack Cox, Jhealeen Ballesteros, Brenda Johnson, Kenzie Patton, Cayden Dement, Dean Smith, and Ms. Rychener's husband and Rotary member, Darrin "DECA Dad" Haubert.


DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.                                                                                                    


Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Lenten fishfest

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Joe Steggeman prepares fish filets to go in the oven as other Knights of Columbus organization members prep meals for some of theestimated 300 customers during St. Patrick’s Catholic Church’s first Friday evening fish fry of the Lenten season. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 February 2015

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Baird takes DAR trophy


Benjamin Logan High School senior Caitlyn Baird was the winner of the local Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen contest, taking the traveling Madonna of the Trail trophy for year-long display at her home school.


She also earned a $100 scholarship prize. Her essay also was sent on to compete at the district level.


Other seniors recognized included Connor Mason of Bellefontaine High School, Levi Stapleton of Riverside and Courtni Pippin of the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015

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