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Blue, silver and gold pinwheels are on display in front of Logan County’s Carnegie Building throughout April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention month. According to the Logan County Children’s Services, there were 375 cases of abuse or neglect investigated locally last year. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014

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Mary Rutan Hospital donates to Suicide Prevention Coalition

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Mary Rutan Hospital continued its support of local suicide prevention efforts with a $300 donation to the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Logan/Champaign Counties in conjunction with an upcoming “Suicide Sucks” benefit.

The event is slated for May 17 at the Mad River Farm Market, when area resident Amanda Stidam will be running her own personal fourth marathon in honor of her mother lost to suicide.

The community is invited to help cheer on Ms. Stidam as she crosses the finish line and celebrate with live entertainment provided by Honey Compass. There also will be a 50/50 drawing and raffle of many donated items.

This is the second year that Ms. Stidam has run on behalf of the Suicide Prevention Coalition, and this year, she also runs for the Here for Hope Coalition of Union County. Visit for more information.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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D.A.R.E. grads


The Bellefontaine Police Department hosted a D.A.R.E. graduation  ceremony Monday evening for Calvary Christian School fifth-grade students. Pictured are, from the left, first row: students Chloe Brown, Kaitlyn Angus, Juliene Myers and Nate Aldo; and second row: Lt. Rick Herring, D.A.R.E. instructor and Police Officer Andy Kennedy and Chief Brandon Standley. Other pupils who were absent from the ceremony but will receive graduation certificates include Ella Studebaker, Montgomery Leach and Issac Dillon. The  D.A.R.E. program, also taught at Bellefontaine City Schools by Officer Kennedy, promotes students making good choices with friends and other issues that might arise in school and in their community. (PHOTO | CALVARYCHRISTIAN SCHOOL)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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Tractor power


Several Riverside High School FFA members drove tractors to school Thursday for Drive Your Tractor to School Day during Ag Week. (PHOTO | RIVERSIDE SCHOOLS)

Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014

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CCS students host music/art festival


Calvary Christian School students in grades 4-10 hosted their second annual music/art festival Thursday evening.
Under the direction of Aaron Eberly, the grades 4-6 choir, middle school and high school choirs and the middle school and high school bands performed different musical selections revolving around theme of the grace and blessings of God.
Student artwork also was exhibited throughout the school, under the direction of Linda Kerns and  Melissa Printz.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014

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Cast members from West Liberty-Salem’s performance of Annie Get Your Gun perform a final dress rehearsal Wednesday. The production is presented at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and at 1 p.m. Saturday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014

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Puppy pull


Steven Armstrong of Bellefontaine is pulled by his dog Blue through the skate park on a sunny afternoon Tuesday at Blue Jacket Park as fellow skater Quintin Myers, 13, watches from the bleachers. Temperatures were in the mid-50s Tuesday and residents were out enjoying the outdoors again after a taxing winter. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Quintin Myers, 13, performs a jump on a sunny afternoon Tuesday at Blue Jacket Park as fellow skater Steven Armstrong watches. Temperatures were in the mid-50s Tuesday and residents were out enjoying the outdoors again after a taxing winter. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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WL-S Science Olympiad Team advances to state tournament


The West Liberty-Salem Science Olympiad Team will advance to the State Science Olympiad Tournament April 26 at The Ohio State University following their third-place finish at the Piqua Regional Tournament.

The state competition will include the top 40 middle school teams and the top 40 high school teams from around Ohio.

West Liberty-Salem’s team consists of 26 students in grades 6-9, who have been working after school since November on 23 separate projects that cover various areas of science. Several events such as Boomilever, Wheeled Vehicle, Rotor Egg Drop and Robo-Cross require a device that must be built and tested ahead of time.

At the regional tournament, 22 WL-S team members won medals in 15 of the 23 events, including four gold, three silver, and six bronze.

In total, about 273 teams competed in eight Science Olympiad Regional Tournaments in Ohio. Nationally, more than 350,000 students are involved in the Science Olympiad program.

West Liberty-Salem student participants include ninth-graders Nathaniel Benedict and Connor Motzko; eighth-graders Tyler Gardner, Troyer Hostetler, Olivia Jacquemart, Michael Price and Raajih Roland; seventh-graders Hailey Duncan, Lauren Fowler, Peter Gelatt, Jacob Harmon, Kayla Hudson, Zach McCall, Tyler Motzko, Lauren Scott, Chloe Spencer, Emma Will, Zane Woodruff and Mikayla Wyandt; and sixth-graders Lee Ackley, Sam Benedict, Cade Clerico, Lizzy Davis, Michael Farquharson, Sebastian Furrow and Paul Kauffman.

The head coach is Cameron Spencer, and event coaches include Jim Naderer, John Hance, Jim Hoffman, Steve McCall, John Benedict, Mary Benedict, Colin Fowler, Jessica Kaiser, Jim Lemon and Joe Farquharson.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014

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