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ILES takes grandparents ‘around the world’


Indian Lake Elementary School’s Grandparents Day program Friday took the audience on an educational experience all around the world.

Students sang songs from Mexico, Ireland, France, Israel and points further. After the show, hundreds of grandparents spent the morning exploring classrooms, shopping at the book fair and receiving specially made gifts.

Music teachers Tracey Notestine and Pamela Thayer directed the show, while nearly every ILES staff member helped organize the annual event.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

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ILHS senior band members honored


The Indian Lake Music Department honored five long-time band members during the end of the year All Bands Concert Thursday evening. 

Senior Alayna Hanson received the U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis Award for leadership in music, and senior Annie Gentis received the John Philip Sousa Award for Instrumental Music. 

Seniors Annalyn Wilson, Bailey Dickerson and Kasandera Knief were also recognized. 

The concert featured performances from the fifth-grade band, sixth-grade band, seventh- and eighth- grade band and the Indian Lake High School symphonic band. The finale of the show included songs performed by the all the bands together. The fifth- and sixth-grade bands are directed by Morrisa Sweeney. The seventh- and eighth-grade band and symphonic bands are directed by Jason Fauley.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

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Belle Center Poppy Queen


Willard Stout Post 266 American Legion Auxiliary of Belle Center has selected Haidyn Bruce as the 2015 Poppy Queen. Haidyn, 7, is a daughter of Meagan Johnson of Bellefontaine and Ashton Bruce of Lorain, and granddaughter of Tracy Daniels of Belle Center. She is a first-grader at Bellefontaine Elementary School. She will be out in the village along with other volunteers Saturday in conjunction with the auxiliary’s poppy drive, the proceeds of which benefit veterans. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

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Art buddies


Members of the Mad River Theater Works acting troupe finished up their fifth annual residency program at the Benjamin Logan Elementary School with five performances of the mini play Art Buddies. Third-grade students of art teacher Darrin Reese developed a play with sets and costumes, which they performed for other classes on Friday and Monday. The residency was made possible by a grant through LoCo Art, the National Art Education Association and the Ohio Arts Council, Mr. Reese said. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)


Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 May 2015

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Conditions were ideal just before sunrise Thursday morning for this image of the Milky Way galaxy above Indian Lake to be captured by local photographer Braden McGlone. More of Mr. McGlone’s photos can be viewed on Instagram @bradenmcglone. (PHOTO | BRADEN McGLONE)


Last Updated on Friday, 15 May 2015

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Award winners announced at All City Strings Concert


Several Bellefontaine City Schools students received awards at the 17th annual All City Strings Concert Wednesday evening.  The concert featured BCS orchestra students in grades 3- 12. Most Improved Awards were presented to Emma Smith, Breanna Kennedy and Michael Coakley. Josh Robbins received the Director’s Award, and Sakura Kawakami received the National Orchestra Award. (PHOTOS SUBMITTED)


Last Updated on Thursday, 14 May 2015

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Mushroom discovery


Wayce Varian, left, and Slayde Wilcoxon of Bellefontaine show the 25 pounds of morel mushrooms they found recently in Logan County. (PHOTO |SUBMITTED) 


Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 May 2015

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Kids Learning Place students help to ‘christen’ new buses


Kids Learning Place recently added five new buses to its fleet, and local pupils helped to “christen” the buses during a ceremony to launch the buses into service. 

The buses were purchased with funds from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start. 

Kids Learning Place now has open enrollment for the fall Head Start program in Logan County for income-eligible families.

For more information, visit, call (866) 627-4557 or contact the local center in Bellefontaine at 599-6710.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 May 2015

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