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Ridgemont NHS induction


Ridgemont High School’s National Honor Society Chapter recently inducted the following new members, from the left, first row: Grace Richardson, Taylor Cronley, Sara McFadden, Nashley Robinson, Taylor Hardin, Katie Marshall, Nicole Sutherland and Brooke Stewart; and second row: Ryan Johnson, Wayne Geissinger, Hanna Organ, Wyatt James, Alyssa Whitaker, Alex Robinson, May Parker and Dakota McLane. (PHOTO | RIDGEMONT SCHOOLS)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 April 2015

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Author to sign books at Saturday’s 5K Run/Walk


The Logan County Youth Leadership organization is hosting a Leaders of Hope 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in downtown Bellefontaine, to raise funds for the Be Like Brit Foundation in Haiti. The non-profit organization Be Like Brit was formed in the memory of U.S. college student Britney Gengel, who died in the January 2010 earthquake that struck the island nation. Through the foundation, an orphanage has been established in Grand Goave, Haiti.  Britney’s mother, Cherylann Gengel, will be available at the start/finish line of the race to sign books, Heartache and Hope in Haiti, which she co-authored with Britney’s father, Len.  Indian Lake Youth Leadership students are also helping the cause by selling Haitian-made bracelets at lunch for $1 Pre-register for the race at, call 599-5195 ext. 5506 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The registration fee is $30 for adults, or $25 for students. 


Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

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ILMS students fare well at OMEA competition


Several Indian Lake Middle School students earned high marks at the Ohio Music Education Association District 11 Solo and Ensemble Adjudicated Junior High Event on April 11 at Fairlawn Schools. 
Receiving Superior ratings for instrumental solos were: Jade McConnell (flute), Deanna Fry (piano) and Alli Knapp (piano).
Earning Excellent ratings for instrumental solos were: Nikita Schiefle (alto saxophone) and Caleb Knief (piano).
Superior ratings for vocal solos went to: Belle Elliott, Caitlyn Young, Colin Powers, Jacob Zarnosky, Caleb Taylor, Andrew Broseke and Xandri Huynh.
Excellent ratings for vocal solos were awarded to: Laura Downey, Kristen Young, and Isabelle Young.
Receiving a rating of Good for vocal solo was McKenzie Lewis. 
A Superior rating for vocal ensemble was given to: Caitlyn Young, McKenzie Lewis, Belle Elliott, Laura Downey, Isabelle Young, Macey Taylor, Alli Knapp, Xandri Huynh and Kierstin Messner. 
Receiving an Excellent rating for vocal ensemble were: Sierra Kerns, Zolena Franklin, Arden Miller, Haley Chamberlain and Haley Stidham.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

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Laker Zone Awards presented


Nearly 150 Indian Lake Elementary students were recognized for perfect attendance in the third grading period during a special assembly. 

Third-grader Jackson Young and first grader Jocelyn Messer were picked as the lucky winners of bicycles to honor their commitment to being at school.
Indian Lake Elementary staff also awarded Laker Zone T-shirts to dozens of students. Those receiving T-shirts included: kindergartners Grace Johnson, Aiden Smith, Lilly Lazo, Brynna Avila, Tori Irish, Peyton True and Tyler Tidwell; first-graders Noah McCoy, Joe Cummins, Kadin Howard, Janelle Messer, Riley Shaner, Evan Wagoner, Evie Wagner and Aleah Lowe; second-graders Jayden Martin, Elissa Bump, Kahne Ferguson, Lindsey Thompson, McKenzie Dixon, Kylie Adams and Logan Gammell; third-graders Chase McMillen, Morgan Dague, Savannah Hill, Isaac Meyers, Massie Romanowski, Devin Charles, and Robbie Ferguson; fourth-graders Lauren Barhorst, Isabella Fauley, Paige Mefford, Austin Davis, Destiny Crumley, Marah Reames, and Gary Mackell; and students honored for good behavior on the school bus: Rylynn Matthews, Stephanie Altstaetter, Harley Griffith, Trey Barnes, Autumn Miller, Grayce Evans, Lucy Buscher, Emily Beech, Summer Korn, Evie Peterman and Christian Smith-Dearwester. 
The Laker Zone is a long-time grant program that encourages students to help others, resist bullying and be hard workers in the classroom. (PHOTOS SUBMITTED)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015

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Jumping rope for heart


Indian Lake Elementary physical education students raised more than $3,500 for the American Heart Association through the Jump Rope for Heart program during March.  A total of 110 students participated, and more than tripled their goal of raising $1,000.  The top eight students who brought in donations were: Jackson Young, Keaton Snipes, Carlie Nickel, Autumn Roberts, Harley Kinninger, Frank Davis, Allison Shepherd and Jalan Martin.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015

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Jordon Houchins of Bellefontaine waits for his son Blake, 5, to reach the top of a jungle gym at Mary Rutan Park on Wednesday afternoon after heavy rains earlier in the day gave way to clear skies and balmy weather ideal for a father-son trip to the park. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015

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Wet Wednesday


Boys sit on the railing Wednesday afternoon as the Possum Run Creek rushes through a new drainage tile in Mary Rutan Park. Heavy rains in early April have caused water levels to rise in creeks like Possum Run, but no significant flooding has yet been reported. There is a chance of thunderstorms tonight and into early Friday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 April 2015

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Bowl benefit


Freshman Nakiah Dague paints a design on one of dozens of bowls designed by Indian Lake High School art students for a fundraising ice cream social from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the art room at the high school. Buy a bowl for $5 and fill it with ice cream and toppings. Proceeds go to Our Daily Bread of Indian Lake. The ceramics class project was made possible in part by a $500 Logan County Education Foundation grant, with which art teacher Erin Miller purchased an additional pottery wheel for the classroom. (EXAMINER PHOTO | RICK PITTS)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015

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