Fond farewell

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Logan County Family Court Judge Dan Bratka, left, and Logan County Common Pleas Judge Mark S. O’Connor honored Joy Wish, center, on Monday. She is retiring as a mediator of the Common Ground family parenting program for families going through a divorce. She helped start the program 21 years ago. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

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Youth In Government representatives attend workshop

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Twelve Calvary Christian High School students recently participated in the three-day Youth Leadership Association’s “Youth In Government” weekend at the Ohio Statehouse.

Students had the opportunity to participate as judicial members, legislators, lobbyists, press, pages or members of the governor’s cabinet. This program was made up of approximately 300 students from 29 schools around the state. 

Participants included: Nathalie Thompson, governor’s cabinet; Peter Printz, Sam Jackson, Chantel Smithers, Mia Printz and Katie Thompson, bill authors; Amanda Koons, lobbyist; Maddie McGillis and Aleesha Watkins, press; and Makayla Hartley, Baylee Durnell and Sydnee Durnell, legislature.

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CCS students compete at ACSI Speech Meet

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A number of Calvary Christian School students recently were selected to compete at the Association of Christian Schools International Speech Meet.  Participants included Tanner Hurley, Brant Zell, Moriah Tiendrebeogo, Anai Quattlebaum, Kara Klingler, Colton Musser, Owen Sellars, Reid Varner, Evan Patton, Taryn Bradley, Luke Schaub, Jacob Palmer, Kari Gantz, Audrey Slemmons, Lilana Printz, Natalie Wish and Kassi Prine. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

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Swinging the Blues

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Blues musician Guy Davis of New York City sings a song he wrote about a Southern sharecropper family to Bellefontaine Intermediate School fourth-graders Thursday during an artist residency offered by LoCo Art this week at the school. He has been playing the guitar for 45 years, and he grew up listening to stories about his grandmother’s early years in Georgia and South Carolina that has influenced his music today, he said. He also performed at LoCo Art’s open house Thursday night, an event featured in a photo elsewhere on Page 1 today. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MANDY LOEHR)

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Going LoCo

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Sisters Illa Kerns, 9, and Cecilia Kerns, 5, of Kingscreek and Caleb Hudson, 4, of Bellefontaine, dance to the music of blues musician Guy Davis (also shown in a photo elsewhere on Page 1) during the Thursday evening open house for the new LoCo Art Spot for Youth in the basement of the Main Street Marketplace at 130 S. Main St. The new center is a focal point for the local nonprofit youth art organization’s efforts to keep young people engaged in arts, director Chris Westhoff told the parents, children and local art supporters who attended the event. In addition to Mr. Davis, upcoming spring resident artists include Geoff Kauffman, who will offer an environmental art and music workshop at Benjamin Logan Schools and the Kirkmont Center in connection with Earth Day, and the Alaskan Fiddling Poet Ken Waldman in May, Mr. Westhoff said. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

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