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ILMS spelling bee winners advance to county bee


Indian Lake Middle School hosted a spelling bee Jan. 9, and student Tommy Meek, right, was the winner and Ryan Braig, left, was the runner-up. They each advance to the Logan County Spelling Bee Jan. 27 at Riverside Schools.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014

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Carollyn Gantz of rural West Liberty alerted her neighbor, Pat Webb, who possesses a “good camera” to the sightings of an eagle recently along State Route 287 east of the Piatt Castles. Ms. Webb set out Tuesday morning and captured a number of photos, including this one of the eagle soaring high above the ground. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources estimated in 2013 there were 190 nesting pairs of eagles in 62 of Ohio’s counties. They lay eggs in February and March, ODNR officials state, and this is a good time to spot them. The bald eagle has been the emblem of the United States of America since June 20, 1782, and it represents freedom. (PHOTO | PAT WEBB)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 January 2014

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FFA officers create cards for nursing home residents


Benjamin Logan FFA officers Ashley Wilson and Jessica Skidmore, their adviser Lora James, and several FFA District 6 officers recently made holiday cards for the residents at Willow Brook Nursing Home in Delaware, Ohio.
While at the facility, the passed out the cards, made necklaces and socialized with some of the residents.


Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014

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Chamberlain hosts campaign kickoff event

Chamberlain kickoff

Doug Chamberlain, candidate for the 85th Ohio House District seat, speaks Thursday during a campaign kickoff event at Champaign Aviation Museum in Urbana. The 85th Ohio District covers all of Champaign, most of Logan and parts of Shelby County. (PHOTO | KIKI CHAMBERLAIN)

URBANA — Doug Chamberlain, a Republican candidate for 85th Ohio House District seat, hosted a campaign kickoff and open house event Thursday evening at Champaign Aviation Museum at Grimes Field in Urbana.

About 85 supports, including some elected officials from Champaign, Logan and Shelby counties, attended the two-hour event.

"The weather didn't stop our supporters," Mr. Chamberlain told the crowd as he presented the platform for his candidacy and laid out his qualifications to be a state representative.

"I have been fortunate to have a career that is a great combination of private sector experience, public sector experience and the experience of serving on various community boards, the Bellefontaine resident said, adding, I think that uniquely qualifies me to hold the position of a lawmaker; I understand the connection between government and the private sector.”

The former Logan County Family Court Judge and Logan County Prosecutor has held a variety of posts during a long career in the legal profession.

“For 34 years I was a private practice attorney representing families and businesses. From manufacturing to service providers to farmers, I have worked on legal issues that affect the most important industries of our district, Mr. Chamberlain said.

He also has served as village solicitor for Huntsville, DeGraff and Russells Point and worked on Logan County Area Community Improvement Corporation.

“No other candidate for this position can offer the same experience in both the private and public sectors."

Among the goals discussed by the candidate were job growth in Ohio.

"We need to lower taxes and reduce the restrictions and regulations that get in the way of job growth. A smaller less intrusive government at the state level would also benefit the food and agriculture community."

He also believes the state needs to be more supportive of local governments.

"Businesses and citizens need local government services such as police and fire protection, utilities and highways and financially sound local public schools, he said.

Cuts in local government funds and declining revenues have challenged local governments' ability to provide these needed services. The state needs to look for ways to help and support local government."

Chamberlain concluded his talk on the topic of gun ownership.

"We must be vigilant and protective of our second amendment rights."

The setting at the aviation museum was appropriate for Chamberlain who represents the second of three generations of pilots in his family.  

Light refreshments were served by Doug and Michelle Hall of the Airport Café.

Chamberlain will face three Republican opponents in the May 6 primary election.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 January 2014

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Happy Bear visits ILES


Kindergarten students at Indian Lake Elementary recently were visited by a costumed character, Happy Bear, to learn about good, bad and confusing touches through a program offered by Logan County Children’s Services. The 15-minute skit also included what to say and do if the children are approached by a stranger.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014

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Cold glow


A rising sun reflects off snow drifting across Township Road 179 near County Road 29 Monday morning. Drifting snow is a concern for road crews as they attempt to clear snow and ice. The effects of material applied to roadways by crews is minimal in sub-zero temperatures, Logan County highway crews report. As of Tuesday morning, the county remains under a level 1 snow emergency. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMTTH)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 January 2014

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Apropos movie title


Frozen is the word for today for sure with the high temperature expected to be -8. Overnight temperatures are expected to hit -14. No schools were in session today and some businesses were shuttered also as blustery winds are expected to continue throughout the day and into Tuesday, with a high of 7 expected. Frozen — the Disney movie — can be seen at 7:30 p.m. daily at Chakeres Cinema, 888 E. Sandusky. It is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and features a kingdom cast into eternal winter by a Snow Queen and the efforts of a mountain man and a reindeer who team up with a princess to break the icy spell. If only it were that easy. Wednesday’s high is to be near 25; a relative heat wave. (EXAMINER PHOTO | T.J. HUBBARD)

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014

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That does not compute


It was too cold this morning for the information board at the Logan County Health District office, 310 S. Main St., to compute the temperature along with the time, noting it was “NA” or not available. It was about -5 at that time. (EXAMINER PHOTO | T.J. HUBBARD)

Last Updated on Monday, 06 January 2014

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