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Bellefontaine Intermediate’s Lighthouse team explains rigors of membership

Anyone who has been through the stress of a job interview can appreciate the challenges of the process. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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WL-S Middle School qualifies for State Science Olympiad

The West Liberty-Salem Middle School team received fourth place at the Piqua Regional Tournament Saturday, and has qualified for the State Science Olympiad Tournament for the 10th year in a row. 

The state tournament is slated for Saturday, April 11, at The Ohio State University campus. 

At the regional event, 20 team members won awards in 15 different events, including three gold medals and four silver medals.  

At the high school level, all six team members from West Liberty-Salem won medals at the regional competition. 

Student results are as follows: 

WLS middle Sci-olymp

Middle school — Olivia Jacquemart and Lauren Fowler, Bio-Process Lab, second place; Kayla Hudson and Hailey Duncan, Disease Detective, sixth; Zach McCall and Tyler Motzko, Dynamic Planet, sixth; Cade Clerico and Tyler Motzko, fifth, and Zane Woodruff and Ryan Motzko, sixth, Elastic Launched Glider; Olivia Jacquemart and Lauren Fowler, Entomology, fifth; Cade Clerico and Sam Benedict, fourth, and Jaden Marchal and Graham Higgins, fifth, Fossils; Lauren Fowler and Kayla Hudson, Green Generation, fourth; Cade Clerico and Sam Benedict, Meteorology, second; Emily Palmer, Hailey Duncan, and Lee Ackley, Picture This, sixth; Cade Clerico and Isaac Riblet, Road Scholar, third; Lee Ackley and Hailey Duncan, Robo-Cross, second; Cade Clerico and Michael Farquharson, Simple Machines, first; Paul Kauffman and Zach McCallm, Solar System, fifth; Michael Farquharson and Zach McCall, Wheeled Vehicle, first; Lauren Fowler and Kayla Hudson, Write It/Do It, first. 


High school — Miranda Etgen and Connor Motzko, Mission Possible, first; Connor Motzko and Miranda Etgen, Bungie Drop, third; Tim McCall and Miranda Etgen, Wright Stuff, third; Rachel Hostetler and Nathaniel Benedict, Air Trajectory, fourth; Ian Higgins and Tim McCall, Disease Detective, fifth; Connor Motzko and Ian Higgins, Fossils, fifth; Ian Higgins and Nathaniel Benedict, Bridge Building, sixth. 

The high school coach is John Benedict, and middle school coaches include Cameron Spencer, Jim Naderer, Jim Hoffman, Steve McCall, Mary Benedict, John Benedict, Colin Fowler, Joe Farquharson, Jim Lemon, Hal Ackley and Lori Ackley. 



Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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Take a tractor to school day


Riverside High School FFA member Derek Strayer leaves the school parking lot Thursday on a New Holland tractor. He and fellow FFA students Robbie Strayer, in the Case IH; Wesley Kidder, on the Ford; Nick Smith on the Ferguson and Lucas Roderick, who is not pictured but brought the John Deere tractor, each came to school on tractors as part of their observance of FFA week, which they postponed from a previous date because of cold weather. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015

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Yoder takes oath



Logan County Auditor Michael E. Yoder takes an oath of office Friday flanked by his sisters, Marie Baughman, left, and Marcia Crissman, right. Logan County Family Court Judge Kim Kellogg- Martin administered the oath in the Logan County Annex office complex. This is his fifth full term in office. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)


Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2015

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West Liberty firefighters benefit from farmer’s donation


David Turner of rural Bellefontaine selected the West Liberty Fire Department to receive a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanta Fund.


Since 2010, the America’s Farmers campaign and programs have advocated on behalf of farmers and their efforts to meet society’s needs through agriculture and have donated more than $16.5 million to some 7,300 community organizations across rural America.


The donation will be used by the West Liberty Fire Department to purchase a set of turnout gear which costs around $2,500.


“We try to replace some every year,” said Conrad Hostetler, fire chief, about the bunker pants, coat, boots and helmet that comprise the set. “It is important for the 23 men that protect six different townships to be safe.”


The Monsants program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to their favorite community nonprofit organization. One winner is selected in each of the 1,324 counties in 40 states. 


To learn more, visit

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 March 2015

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With some 50 sledders taking part, a benefit snowmobile race Sunday on Indian Lake raised $1,100 for fire victims Erin Bradley and Brian Tracey, whose East Liberty residence was destroyed by fire Feb. 21. The race was organized by Lakeside MX Park officials, including Mike Schaefer and caught the attention of a number of onlookers during the snowy day. (PHOTO | BRADEN MCGLONE)


Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 March 2015

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IL SADD poster winners announced


Fourth-grade students at Indian Lake Elementary created posters inspired by high school SADD Chapter presentations throughout February encouraging students to develop healthy behaviors.  SADD members selected the winners, including Aliyah Biggs, Tia Tracey, Tori Hurley, Sage Futrell and Heidi Hoffman. The posters highlight the serious issues the SADD members talked about, including internet and cell phone safety, avoiding prescription drugs, stranger danger, bicycle safety and even limiting video game play. SADD advisor Deb Metzger says she hopes that these older students can serve as role models and influence the elementary children to make positive choices. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015

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Finally getting to ‘100’


Indian Lake Elementary kindergartners enter their pod through a giant “100” last week on the 100th day of school. Maintenance staff member Roy Basil created the 100 sign for students. First-graders made crazy crowns and necklaces from 100 pieces of cereal. The 100th Day celebrations were later than usual this year because of the number of school cancellation days due to inclement weather. (PHOTO | INDIAN LAKE SCHOOLS)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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