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Holtrey, Davies vie for Republican nomination for Auditor’s seat

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Among the many issues to be decided on the May 6 ballot is the race for the Republican nomination for the Morrow County Auditor’s position. Auditor Mary Holtrey faces Development Director Patricia Davies in the May 6 Primary.Holtrey has been in her current position for 27 years and said she is running again because she loves her job.“I live three blocks from the courthouse and I don’t like staying home,” she maintains. “I have good employees and I feel I’ve done a good job in my 27 years as auditor.”


Police Calls for April 23, 2014

4/10/201412:24 A.M. The officer arrested a female subject on an active warrant out of Richland County on N. Main Street.1:03 A.M. A Sergeant with the Sheriff’s office requested that an officer respond to the 200 block of Boundary St. in reference to a 9-1-1 hang-up. The officer made contact with a female caller who advised that she had accidently called while asleep.

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Mount Gilead parents consider the importance of .25 percent levy for permanent improvements

Jodi Hayes took a few minutes last Thursday to talk about why she supports the five year ¼ percent income tax levy for permanent improvements that will be on the ballot May 6th. Hayes is the mom of three recent Mount Gilead High School graduates and she has a fourth child who is still in High School.When asked why she supports the levy she answered without hesitation, “It’s the future of our children. It’s very important to support the levy.”

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A Glance back in time from the pages of the Morrow County Independent for April 23, 2014

100 years ago, April 30, 1914:“Madison Sherman, driver for the Wilcox livery barn, had a runaway Thursday night. He had hauled a load of household goods from Bucyrus and in making a turn to go to the livery barn after unloading at the Chas. Steffey home, he was thrown out on the brick paving and badly hurt. The horse in making the turn at the R. F Chase home, upset the wagon and dragged it on its side for a square before being stopped...

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Annual Hearts for Hospice Auction gets strong support from community

Caring hearts opened generous pockets when the 21st annual Hearts for Hospice dinner and auction was held Saturday, April 12, at the Cardington-Lincoln High School.A total of $23,300 was netted following the silent and live auctions. There were 292 donors to the event this year. All funds will be used in Morrow County to aid patients here.A highlight was the presentation of the Heart of Hospice Award to Whiston Pharmacy. This award is made to a business who goes above an...

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General Grant entertains at Historical Society dinner

General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant were the guests when the Morrow County Historical Society held its annual banquet and program on Thursday, April 10, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Mt Gilead.The General (aka Doug Ebert) shared the biography of his life from the time he was born in 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio, through his education and subsequent military career up to the time when he was elected president of the United States.Ebert’s realistic portrayal ...

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Library volunteers honored

Twenty two volunteers with the Cardington Public Library were honored when the library’s annual Volunteer Cupcake Reception was held.Included among these volunteers were two staff and the six board members. Each of them received a new Library Tote.The volunteers served a total of more than 300 hours of services and these include cleaning, shelf reading, decorating, book covering and working the circulation desk.The two staff members, Mary Lou Dowalter an...

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Local dentist commemorates her one year anniversary with donation to FHF

Local dentist Dr. Leslie McDougall and her staff celebrated their one year anniversary at their Mt. Gilead location by making a $1000 donation to Flying Horse farms.Office manager Jody Rowe shared, “From the beginning, she had every intention of donating to Flying Horse Farms.”“Being in the community and giving back is just as important as the success of the office,” explained Dr. McDougall.

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It is that time of year, prom season. On Saturday, April 5, 2014, Senior’s on Center held their annual Senior’s Prom at Mt. Gilead High School.More than 40 couples danced to music provided by DJ Curtis Ashley. The music chosen was from a time when the over 50 crowd was in high school.Students of Mt. Gilead high school helped to serve the seniors with cake and punch as well as joining in on the dancing.The highlight of the evening was the crowning o...

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Former Holistic Center practitioner sentenced

Randy Justice appears in court on Friday, April 18, 2014 with his attorney Andrew Wick. Justice agreed to a plea of six counts of drug trafficking and one count of possession stemming from his March 2012 arrest. He was sentenced to three years probation and two days jail time already served.

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New Habitat home under construction

The 14th Morrow County Habitat for Humanity home is under construction at 85 South Cherry Street in Mount Gilead.The three bedroom, single story home features a full basement. It is to be completed by August 1 for Darrell and April Short, currently residing in Cardington.The couple has one son.Tom Griffith, a member of the Habitat for Humanity board, said it is hoped that with good weather, the home will be completed by the deadline. Currently the basement has...

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Chamber of Commerce Mount Gilead Student of the Month is Brianna Snow

Mount Gilead High School Principal Deb Clauss was full of enthusiasm as she introduced April Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month, Brianna Snow and her parents Dina and Brad Snow.Clauss told Chamber of Commerce members she and Brianna had just gotten back from ten days in Spain with the Mount Gilead High School Spain foreign study group. She said with a laugh that she had seen a whole great new side of Brianna on the trip.Clauss gave some highlights of Brianna’...

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Grass fires keep local fire departments busy.

Local fire departments have been responding to a number of grass fires recently. According to ODNR division of Forestry, Ohio has about 500 spring wildfires, which burn approximately 3,000 acres annually.Ohio law states open burning and prescribed fires are prohibited from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during March, April, May, October and November. Burning is limited in the spring due to the abundance of dry fuel on the ground. Spring breezes can make a seemingly safe burn quite hazardous. It ...

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Former President Bill Clinton to headline Ohio Democratic Party State Dinner

Ohio Democratic Party officials have announced the 2014 State Dinner will be headlined by Former President Bill Clinton. The annual dinner will be held in Columbus on Friday, June 13th, 2014.“We are thrilled to welcome back to Ohio President Clinton, a life-long fighter for working families and one of the greatest leaders of our time,” said Chris Redfern, Ohio Democratic Party Chair. “Just like President Obama, President Clinton won the state of Ohio twice, and re...

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Area Agency on Aging seeks nominations for Outstanding Senior Citizens and Community Service Organizations

Since 1976, the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. (AAA) has honored outstanding senior citizens from the nine county district consisting of Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca and Wyandot Counties. In addition, one organization from the nine county district is selected as the Community Service Award recipient providing continuing service to Ohio’s senior citizens.The AAA is currently accepting nominations for the Outstanding Senior Citize...

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TOPS recognizes top member weight losses

TOPS # OH 1597, which meets Monday evenings at Trinity United Methodist Church, recently celebrated member successes.TOPS stands for Take Off Pounds Sensibly. On April 14, division winners from 2013 were recognized. For recognition purposes, members are in weight divisions determined by their first weight of the year. First and second place winners in division 2 are Lorene Bush and Donna Sherman; winner in division 3 is Diana Doyle; first and second place winners in division 4 are ...

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IRS Warns of new email phishing scheme falsely claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service

WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service has warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.‪The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2...

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Subway open for business in Cardington

The official opening of the Cardington Subway was described by many as a “good day for Cardington.”The business, at 122 South Marion Street, opened officially April 5. The franchise is owned by Steve Dexter. He is assisted by his wife, Holly and son, Steve. There are a total of 16 employees.Dexter, a Marion resident, who owned a grocery and Subway in Prospect, leased this building in July, 2013.“It was the only building (in Cardington) I coul...

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