Matt Echelberry

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School focuses on communication

The Galion school board met on Nov. 20 and heard an update on its new communications program. Chris Stone, president of Rock Solid Media, started on Oct. 27 to lead the public relations effort. His responsibilities include sending press releases to the media and Chamber of Commerce, updating the district website and the marquee at the campus entra

The Galion Finance Committee held a work session on Nov. 19 to review the city's 2015 budget and financial recovery plan.
The General Fund showed a balance of $5.58 million at the beginning of next year. City Auditor Brian Treisch said revenue is expected to be relatively flat over next five years.
However, one major change is that $500,000 from

2015 budget reviewed

The Galion Finance Committee held a work session on Nov. 19 to review the city's 2015 budget and financial recovery plan. The General Fund showed a balance of $5.58 million at the beginning of next year. City Auditor Brian Treisch said revenue is expected to be relatively flat over next five years. However, one major change is that $500,000 from

The health boards from Crawford County's two health departments agreed to move forward with a merger during a joint meeting at Galion Community Hospital on Nov. 18.
Jerry Morasko, CEO of Avita Health System, facilitated the meeting.
He opened the discussion by having the group list the strengths of staying separate versus merging, as well as the

Crawford health boards to merge

The health boards from Crawford County's two health departments agreed to move forward with a merger during a joint meeting at Galion Community Hospital on Nov. 18. Jerry Morasko, CEO of Avita Health System, facilitated the meeting. He opened the discussion by having the group list the strengths of staying separate versus merging, as well as the

A Tuesday evening fire resulted in the deaths of a Galion man and his two young children.
Jordan Stewart, 23, his son Connor, 5, and his daughter Elizabeth, 3, were all inside when their mobile home at 354 Second Avenue caught fire just before 6 p.m.
The Galion Fire Department responded, and Fire Chief Phil Jackson reported on Wednesday that Jord

Three dead in Galion trailer fire

A Tuesday evening fire resulted in the deaths of a Galion man and his two young children. Jordan Stewart, 23, his son Connor, 5, and his daughter Elizabeth, 3, were all inside when their mobile home at 354 Second Avenue caught fire just before 6 p.m. The Galion Fire Department responded, and Fire Chief Phil Jackson reported on Wednesday that Jord

Galion Health Department to consider merger

The Board of Health continues to look at options for the Galion Health Department. “We need a partner,” Health Commissioner Stephanie Zmuda told the Board this morning, leading into a discussion on the possibility of merging with another health agency. She cited a lack of staffing and funding, as well as requirements for state accredi

There were several local activities on Veterans Day this year.
At Heise Park, local veterans held the annual flag raising ceremony at the Veterans Memorial. Many city officials and residents joined them.
At Galion High School, several veterans spoke to students about their experiences serving their country.
Capt. Brett Green, a 2002 GHS graduate

Vets Day celebrated around town

There were several local activities on Veterans Day this year. At Heise Park, local veterans held the annual flag raising ceremony at the Veterans Memorial. Many city officials and residents joined them. At Galion High School, several veterans spoke to students about their experiences serving their country. Capt. Brett Green, a 2002 GHS graduate

Dozens of business leaders gathered at Galion Alliance Church today to talk about electric rates.
The Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the meeting to inform businesses of how proposed changes to the electric rate structure will affect them.
Chamber President/CEO Joe Kleinknecht explained that, in particular, the demand charge in t

Energy demand discussed with business leaders

Dozens of business leaders gathered at Galion Alliance Church today to talk about electric rates. The Galion-Crestline Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the meeting to inform businesses of how proposed changes to the electric rate structure will affect them. Chamber President/CEO Joe Kleinknecht explained that, in particular, the demand charge in t

Twelve new trees were planted at Amanns Reservoir earlier this week.
The park is used for local cross country meets, including the annual Cross Country Festival — which draws teams from throughout the state.
The aesthetics changed in early 2012, when dozens of trees were cut down, including several markers for the cross country course.
Saf

New trees planted at Amanns

Twelve new trees were planted at Amanns Reservoir earlier this week. The park is used for local cross country meets, including the annual Cross Country Festival — which draws teams from throughout the state. The aesthetics changed in early 2012, when dozens of trees were cut down, including several markers for the cross country course. Saf

Galion Community Theatre opens its 31st season with “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” this weekend.
In this comedy, long-time actress Myra Marlowe (Nancy Green) takes a year off from acting in order to write her autobiography.
She moves to a small Vermont town called Beaver Haven (which does not actually have beavers), looking for a quiet pla

Veteran cast opens GCT's 31st season

Galion Community Theatre opens its 31st season with “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” this weekend. In this comedy, long-time actress Myra Marlowe (Nancy Green) takes a year off from acting in order to write her autobiography. She moves to a small Vermont town called Beaver Haven (which does not actually have beavers), looking for a quiet pla

“Sometimes a house is just born bad.”
Four strangers learn that the hard way in the play performed at Galion High School over the weekend.
GHS Performing Arts presented “The Haunting of Hill House,” a production adapted by F. Andrew Leslie from a 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson. It was directed by Drama Advisor Cheri' Laughb

GHS fall drama goes to Hill House

“Sometimes a house is just born bad.” Four strangers learn that the hard way in the play performed at Galion High School over the weekend. GHS Performing Arts presented “The Haunting of Hill House,” a production adapted by F. Andrew Leslie from a 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson. It was directed by Drama Advisor Cheri' Laughb

As city officials continue to review and tweak a proposal for new electric rates, the Utility Committee held a public hearing on Nov. 6.
Committee Chair Mike Richart explained they are trying to match up revenues with the costing of operations, and then also give relief to citizens and businesses.
As explained by representatives from Sawvel and A

Officials eye rate changes in 2015

As city officials continue to review and tweak a proposal for new electric rates, the Utility Committee held a public hearing on Nov. 6. Committee Chair Mike Richart explained they are trying to match up revenues with the costing of operations, and then also give relief to citizens and businesses. As explained by representatives from Sawvel and A

The Galion office of Firelands Federal Credit Union has changed.
The business opened its new location at 1222 State Route 598 (between The Women's Clinic and the Masonic Lodge) last week, after breaking ground in the spring.
“We're looking forward to serving our members more efficiently,” Branch Manager Angie Owens said.
She explaine

Firelands opens new Galion location

The Galion office of Firelands Federal Credit Union has changed. The business opened its new location at 1222 State Route 598 (between The Women's Clinic and the Masonic Lodge) last week, after breaking ground in the spring. “We're looking forward to serving our members more efficiently,” Branch Manager Angie Owens said. She explaine

At the previous two City Council meetings, City Treasurer Paula Durbin has stated she has limited access to the financial accounting system, and therefore cannot reconcile payroll or view reports.
“And I found out today when I was doing some stuff with Software Solutions Inc. on the VIP program that there is a function that I need to have ac

State responds to financial access concerns

At the previous two City Council meetings, City Treasurer Paula Durbin has stated she has limited access to the financial accounting system, and therefore cannot reconcile payroll or view reports. “And I found out today when I was doing some stuff with Software Solutions Inc. on the VIP program that there is a function that I need to have ac

Voters support local levies

BUCYRUS — Crawford County's unofficial, final results for the Nov. 4 election came in just after 11 p.m. on Tuesday night. It was early, considering a power outage at Galion's polling center threatened to put the Board of Elections behind with counting ballots. The outage caused the last hour of voting at Galion High School to be conducted b

Colonel Crawford moving forward with abatement and demo work

The Colonel Crawford Board of Education approved a resolution to sole source certain materials for its new high school wing, which will begin construction early next year. Items that will be sole sourced include door locks, fire alarms, the computer network and other materials in which the same companies must be used who supplied materials for the

BUCYRUS — A good indicator of a growing economy is a lower unemployment rate.
According to a report from the Ohio Bureau of Labor Statistics, Crawford County's unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent in September, compared to 8 percent at the beginning of the year. Richland County's rate was slightly higher at 5.4 percent and Morrow County

More jobs available in county

BUCYRUS — A good indicator of a growing economy is a lower unemployment rate. According to a report from the Ohio Bureau of Labor Statistics, Crawford County's unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent in September, compared to 8 percent at the beginning of the year. Richland County's rate was slightly higher at 5.4 percent and Morrow County

At its Oct. 28 meeting, Galion City Council authorized three applications of grant funds totaling more than $74,000.
The first application will benefit the Police Department in the amount of $20,000 (including a local match of $2,000).
According to Police Chief Brian Saterfield, the grant will be used to purchase body cameras for each officer. If

Council approves potential grant funds

At its Oct. 28 meeting, Galion City Council authorized three applications of grant funds totaling more than $74,000. The first application will benefit the Police Department in the amount of $20,000 (including a local match of $2,000). According to Police Chief Brian Saterfield, the grant will be used to purchase body cameras for each officer. If

With the cold air moving into north central Ohio, there is limited time for the road widening project to be completed. Karvo Paving (the project contractor) had four crews working on Thursday.
On the north end of the project, work flipped to the east side of the roadway on Oct. 11.
ODOT officials who were on site explained the crew is now testing

​Crews busy on widening project

With the cold air moving into north central Ohio, there is limited time for the road widening project to be completed. Karvo Paving (the project contractor) had four crews working on Thursday. On the north end of the project, work flipped to the east side of the roadway on Oct. 11. ODOT officials who were on site explained the crew is now testing

Despite her campaign being outspent and continuing to be behind in polling, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor Sharen Neuhardt remains confident when it comes to the chances her running mate, Ed FitzGerald, upending Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Nov. 4 election.
“Yes, absolutely,” she said during an interview Monday afternoon in

Democratic Lt. Governor nominee confident

Despite her campaign being outspent and continuing to be behind in polling, Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor Sharen Neuhardt remains confident when it comes to the chances her running mate, Ed FitzGerald, upending Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the Nov. 4 election. “Yes, absolutely,” she said during an interview Monday afternoon in

“Opportunity” was a popular word Monday morning inside the future Crawford Connection Center.
Many education and business leaders attended a construction kickoff for the facility, which will serve the higher education and job training needs of the area. Those involved in making it a reality spoke during the event, but the person who re

Connection Center to offer variety of opportunities

“Opportunity” was a popular word Monday morning inside the future Crawford Connection Center. Many education and business leaders attended a construction kickoff for the facility, which will serve the higher education and job training needs of the area. Those involved in making it a reality spoke during the event, but the person who re





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