Stacy Kess

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: skess@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 740-413-0903
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Latest Stories by Stacy Kess

Stillwagon files third lawsuit

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com Jim Stillwagon announced today that he plans to file a third lawsuit against the Delaware police. In a press release sent Tuesday, Stillwagon said he sustained injuries from police using excessive force. He will file a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Delaware police officers and detectives who, he said,

Progress shown on state report cards

Staff Report The latest school district report cards have been released by the state and all four Delaware County districts showed progress from 2013. Here's a summary of how Delaware County districts performed: Delaware City Schools Delaware City Schools received high scores on the performance index and overall “value-added,” but f

By Stacy Kess
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Jim Stillwagon said he plans to file a third lawsuit against Delaware police.
In a press release sent Tuesday, Stillwagon said he sustained injuries from police using excessive force. He said he will file a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Delaware police officers and detectives who, he said, were involve

Stillwagon plans third lawsuit against police

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com Jim Stillwagon said he plans to file a third lawsuit against Delaware police. In a press release sent Tuesday, Stillwagon said he sustained injuries from police using excessive force. He said he will file a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Delaware police officers and detectives who, he said, were involve

Dempsey students Courtney Thorton, Basma Ghafoor and Charsey James say hello to a goat in the Junior Fair goat barn Saturday. Delaware City Schools students are given a day off from classes Thursday to enjoy the fair and the Little Brown Jug.
Kevin Kirschner, of Delaware, escorts his daughter Kylie, 3, on the merry-go-round Saturday.
Chris Merz,

County fair kicks off under beautiful skies

Dempsey students Courtney Thorton, Basma Ghafoor and Charsey James say hello to a goat in the Junior Fair goat barn Saturday. Delaware City Schools students are given a day off from classes Thursday to enjoy the fair and the Little Brown Jug. Kevin Kirschner, of Delaware, escorts his daughter Kylie, 3, on the merry-go-round Saturday. Chris Merz,

City schools headed for levy renewal in November

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com Voters will decide whether to renew an 3-mill levy for Delaware City Schools this November. A permanent improvement levy was first passed in 1989 and has been consistently renewed by voters since then. It was last on the ballot in 2009. “It's no increase in taxes and, in fact, it will decrease over tim

EVENTS THURSDAY, SEPT. 11 — THURSDAY, SEPT. 18

MUSIC • Otterbein Department of Music Faculty Showcase Recital, Sunday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m. at Riley Auditorium of the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park St. — The Otterbein University Department of Music will present a recital showcasing members of the music faculty. The program will feature solo and chamber music from various genres

New rules for medication drop boxes good news here

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com A coalition of agencies working to put medication collection boxes in pharmacies learned Monday that the Drug Enforcement Agency will be publishing new regulations today that will allow their work to continue. Kenton Beachy, chief operating officer of the Recover and Prevention Resources for Delaware and Morr

Motorcyclist killed Sunday had three prior OVI convictions

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com A man killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday in which alcohol was considered a likely factor was convicted of drunken driving three times between 1993 and 1998. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Keith T. Bardgill, 42, of Delaware crashed his motorcycle at 9:41 p.m. Sunday on Horseshoe Road near the intersection

Driver in 5-car crash has court date

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com The driver from a five-car crash on Interstate 71 near U.S. 36 last Wednesday has been charged with vehicular assault. Kenneth W. Burd, 57, of Columbia Station, Ohio, was also charged with reckless operation and a speeding violation after he struck the rear of a Ford Focus driven by Jonathan Rush of Gambier,

By Stacy Kess
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Volunteers spent a few hours canoeing south down the Scioto River Saturday in an effort to pull trash from the river.
Keep Delaware County Beautiful with help from nearly 60 volunteers and the Scioto River Valley Federation, Central Ohio Contractors, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Radnor Township, the

Photos: Saturday's River Sweep volunteers pull 35 tires from Scioto

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com Volunteers spent a few hours canoeing south down the Scioto River Saturday in an effort to pull trash from the river. Keep Delaware County Beautiful with help from nearly 60 volunteers and the Scioto River Valley Federation, Central Ohio Contractors, Preservation Parks of Delaware County, Radnor Township, the

By Stacy Kess
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The Aug. 20 crash at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Ohio 229 just south of the Marion County line left two dead and three injured.
It also left questions about the visibility of the stop light at the intersection.
“Prepare to Stop” signs that flashed to warn drivers of an upcoming red light at t

Safer or more dangerous?

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com The Aug. 20 crash at the intersection of U.S. 23 and Ohio 229 just south of the Marion County line left two dead and three injured. It also left questions about the visibility of the stop light at the intersection. “Prepare to Stop” signs that flashed to warn drivers of an upcoming red light at t

One critically injured in 5-vehicle accident

Staff Report SUNBURY — The Ohio State Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation into a five-vehicle collision Wednesday at the U.S. 36/Ohio 37 and Interstate 71 interchange in which one person was critically injured. I-71 north was closed between 5:20 p.m. and 6 p.m. while three injured people were transported to the hospital. All thre

By Stacy Kess
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The first time was the charm for Melissa Lee, treasurer of Delaware City Schools.
Delaware City Schools was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association in August for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – or CAFR &

Schools win award for fiscal report

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com The first time was the charm for Melissa Lee, treasurer of Delaware City Schools. Delaware City Schools was awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association in August for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – or CAFR &

Holiday weekend was safer

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com Delaware County was among the top 10 counties in Ohio for incidents reported by the Ohio State Highway Patrol over the Labor Day weekend during an increased enforcement period – part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns. The patrol released i

By Stacy Kess
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It was a promise made to himself and to customers.
When Pat Bailey returned to Delaware four years ago and opened Endangered Species – after learning the first record store he had started 29 years earlier had closed – he vowed to make the music haven “bigger and better.”
For the third

Record store moving, will be 'bigger and better'

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com It was a promise made to himself and to customers. When Pat Bailey returned to Delaware four years ago and opened Endangered Species – after learning the first record store he had started 29 years earlier had closed – he vowed to make the music haven “bigger and better.” For the third

EVENTS THURSDAY, SEPT. 4 — THURSDAY, SEPT. 11

KIDS and FAMILIES • Story Time on the Farm, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 10-11 a.m., Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Road, Delaware — Story Time on the Farm –10am-11am at Stratford Ecological Center - Join other families on the farm for a fun and educational hour of storytelling and a unique hands-on experience based on the season

Lucy and Felix are looking for new homes. Are you looking to add a furry friend to yours?
Lucy, a corgi/beagle mix, is playful. She loves toys and her human friends, but she wants a permanent home.
At 4 years old and just over 19 pounds, Lucy is the perfect housemate for older children. She has a red and white coat, is spayed and ready to go home

Pets of the Week

Lucy and Felix are looking for new homes. Are you looking to add a furry friend to yours? Lucy, a corgi/beagle mix, is playful. She loves toys and her human friends, but she wants a permanent home. At 4 years old and just over 19 pounds, Lucy is the perfect housemate for older children. She has a red and white coat, is spayed and ready to go home

By Stacy Kess
skess@civitasmedia.com
It's more than a love of books for Mary Jane Santos that makes her job as Delaware County District Library director fulfilling; it's a love of sharing books and knowledge.
“As much as I get asked what my favorite book is or what I should read, I get reading recommendations from our customers,” she

DCDL director named Ohio Librarian of the Year

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com It's more than a love of books for Mary Jane Santos that makes her job as Delaware County District Library director fulfilling; it's a love of sharing books and knowledge. “As much as I get asked what my favorite book is or what I should read, I get reading recommendations from our customers,” she

By Stacy Kess
skess@civitasmedia.com
Big Walnut Intermediate School's science team has worked hard to create a program that will engage and inspire students.
The hard work paid off: the school was among 57 Ohio schools to be awarded The Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research.
STEM – science, t

BW Intermediate recognized for science education

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com Big Walnut Intermediate School's science team has worked hard to create a program that will engage and inspire students. The hard work paid off: the school was among 57 Ohio schools to be awarded The Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research. STEM – science, t

By Stacy Kess
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Mr. Smith had been drinking nearly eight hours when he was booked at the Delaware County Jail for operating a vehicle under the influence.
He was placid at first, then became belligerent to the corrections officers as they booked him.
“It's an odd feeling when that door slams,” said jail director

OVI arrests too common

By Stacy Kess skess@civitasmedia.com Mr. Smith had been drinking nearly eight hours when he was booked at the Delaware County Jail for operating a vehicle under the influence. He was placid at first, then became belligerent to the corrections officers as they booked him. “It's an odd feeling when that door slams,” said jail director




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