Good citizens

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Bellefontaine High School senior Tyler Jones, second from left, won the Bellefontaine Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen essay contest and earned a $100 prize and The Madonna of the Trail traveling trophy to be displayed at his school for the next year. Other participants included, from left: Ohio Hi-Point Career Center student Madison Rogan, Taylor Pooler from Benjamin Logan and Jasmine Bryant, Riverside. (PHOTO | DAR)

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Warm winter work day

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Doug Quay of the Logan County Land Trust uses a chainsaw to cut through invasive bush honeysuckle plants as volunteer Polly Barger follows along cleaning the debris and marking stumps during an unseasonably warm winter work day Saturday at the Myeerah Nature Preserve. The land trust, which helps preserve agricultural land by using public money to buy development rights, wanted to find other ways to improve Logan County’s natural landscape and saw a partnership with the city-owned nature preserve as one of several ways to do that, the organization’s president, Bob Stoll told the volunteers Saturday. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES) 

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Hi-Point health students advance to state competition

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Raiders recreate ‘Rumors’

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Benjamin Logan High School drama students present Neil Simon’s Rumors at 7 p.m. today and Saturday in the high school auditorium. Under the direction of Christy Fout and Layne Bair, the farce centers around a 10th anniversary celebration in New York where the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. Confusion and miscommunication are served up in big doses as the dinner party goes awry. Tickets are $5 at the door. (PHOTO | BLHS)

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‘Warm the Hearts’ clothing drive exceeds expectations

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Indian Lake High School sophomore Tatum Reprogle and 2015 graduate Sarah Mackesy led a Warm the Hearts Clothing Collection last month through Indian Lake Schools that resulted in a number of donations for local children and adults. 

 
A total of 108 hats, 78 pairs of gloves, 16 scarves, 86 pairs of socks, 177 pairs of pants, 83 coats, 35 sweatshirts and 90 shirts were collected, and the co-organizers spent the weekend laundering the items. The Indian Lake Key Club helped cover the cost of cleaning the clothing.
 
The 2015 ILHS graduate said most of the children’s clothing will benefit the Indian Lake Elementary School Clothes Closet, while adult items will be delivered to the Lighthouse Emergency Shelter of Logan County this week.
 
Ms. Mackesy is studying social work at The Ohio State University in Lima. She recently joined an Atlanta-based group called YouthMPowers, which encourages young people to engage in local service projects. 
 
The college student partnered with Tatum to place collection boxes at all three Indian Lake school buildings after learning in classes how difficult it is to be homeless.
 
“It’s really complex. Obviously, their main goal is to have somewhere to eat and sleep; they don’t have time to focus on finding clothes. It’s nice to have people being able to donate clothes so they can focus on other needs,” she explained.
 
Tatum also was pleased with the response to the two-week clothing drive, “I am very happy. We knew there would be a lot, but it exceeded our expectations.” 
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