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City begins to address pool pass controversy

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Recently a local same-sex couple was denied a Family Pass for use at the Heise Park Pool. While they were still allowed to use the pool at standard admission rates, the situation brought to light the ever-changing concept of what a family is — making this more than a matter of gay rights.There are numerous examples of non-traditional families, such as single-parent households, grandparents and other blood relatives being caregivers, adoptive families, blended families, and, yes, gay couples raising children.


Galion City Schools kindergarten registration and screening

A combined kindergarten registration and screening will be held for Galion City Schools at Galion Primary School, 478 Portland Way North, on Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children must be 5 years old before Aug. 1 in order to start kindergarten in the fall. When registering, the following items are needed: Child, Child’s Birth Certificate, Shot Records, Social Security Card.In case of divorce or separation, legal custody papers are required. Proof of residency (i....

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Avoid the Rush! Get Back-to-School Immunizations Now!

As children enjoy their summer break, the Galion City Health Department encourages parents to check their children’s immunization records now to make sure their children are up-to-date before the new school year begins.It may seem early, but we suggest parents avoid the long lines at health departments and physician offices in late summer for back-to-school immunizations. “Ohio law mandates that children must be up-to-date on their immunizations to begin the new school ...

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Suspected child abuse must be reported

In Ohio, state law imposes a duty on all school officers and employees – including administrators and employees of daycare centers – to report actual or suspected child abuse or neglect. That’s why a preschool teacher at the William Patrick Day Head Start Center in Cleveland notified her supervisor when she spotted the left eye of a three-old boy in her care. The incident eventually gave rise to a case that came before us – the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Other legislation, road updates during council meeting

Aside from the pool fees ordinance, Galion City Council considered three other items of legislation during its July 8 meeting.The final reading for Ord. 2014-56 passed unanimously. It amends the city ordinances to allow the discharge of firearms in Residential Estate districts located in the northeast part of the city.In past meetings, several issues were raised about the change. However, that evening Council member Steve Rowan explained the amendment would only change t...

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Polk trustees, county to come to agreement on Westmoor road paving

BUCYRUS — Polk Township Trustees Glenn Cheesman and Russ Sellmen met with county officials on July 3 to discuss paving in the Westmoor Subdivision.In 2012, the multi-million dollar sewer project for various houses within the subdivision was completed. At that time, the trustees (and residents) were unsatisfied with the condition that the project left the roadways in. While some spot paving was done, several road surfaces have remained uneven and manholes are sunk into the pav...

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James tells Sports Illustrated he’s returning to the Cavaliers

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.James told Sports Illustrated Friday that he’s decided to go home. It’s a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat.James told SI in a first-person story: “My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.&...

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This Week In Galion’s History

Galion has a colorful and lengthy past. The events noted in this column are taken from the Galion Inquirer archives from years past. The focus will be items of personal or community interest from 10, 25, 50 and 75 years ago.The week of July 12, 2004Mr. & Mrs. Jack Tucker and Mr. & Mrs. Richard Yetzer celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries.Reverend Ron Keller accepted a new position at Peace Lutheran Church. He had been an Army pastor and ...

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Galion firefighters endorse Leuthold

The Galion firefighters’ union recently endorsed Sean Leuthold as a candidate for Crawford County Common Pleas Court Judge.A letter from Clint Moneysmith, president of Galion Firefighter’s IAFF Local 435 states: “Please consider this letter as our announcement that Galion Firefighter’s IAFF Local 435 voted unanimously to endorse you as candidate for Crawford County Common Pleas Court Judge.We look forward to assisting you in this endeavor and voti...

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A message from Galion Rotary

Special thanks to Jan Meeks for donating his time and equipment for the PA system and set up for the bands during the Independence Day celebration on July 5. Also, thank you to the three bands that donated their time and talent that day: In His Name, Local Groove and Crazy Gringos.Special thanks to George Guins for helping and setting up for the 5K run at Amanns Reservoir. All proceeds went to Tigers With Special Needs at Galion Primary School.Galion Rotary Club

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Kiwanis talks cleanup and hears about Poverty Program

On July 8, Kiwanis of Galion met. Members went over a number of topics and heard from guest speakers from the Getting Ahead Crawford County program.The first topic of discussion was the recent highway cleanup last week. It was reported that six members showed up for the annual event. They covered their entire intended area of road outside of town. The group is planning on doing another highway cleanup sometime at the end of next month.

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Submitted fireworks shots

We asked our readers to submit their best shots from Galion’s fireworks show on July 5. Here are some shots that we received.

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State Rep. McClain to host district town hall event in Galion

City Council President Carl Watt has invited State Representative Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky) to come to Galion in order to speak to local government officials and citizens.In reponse to the invitation, a press release from McClain’s office states that there will be a town hall event on Tuesday, July 22 in an effort to hear from the residents of the 87th House District. It will be held at Galion City Hall (301 Harding Way East, Galion) from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.

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Pioneer to receive $1.5 million grant

SHELBY — Thanks to the efforts of Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Pioneer Career & Technology Center will receive a Straight A Fund Grant of $1.5 million that will be used to increase training in Robotics, Manufacturing and Engineering. “Tri-Rivers worked extremely hard to help Pioneer and seven other career centers receive funding so we could all become part of their RAMTEC Training efforts,” says Glenna Cannon, Pioneer Superintendent.RAMTEC is short for Robo...

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Public hearing to be held on possible closure of CSX crossing on County Road 8

CSX Transportation is seeking to close the railroad crossing on County Road 8 in Washington Township, and the true purpose of the request is a debatable subject between the railroad and Morrow County Commissioners.The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio will be holding two hearings on behalf of CSX Transportation’s petition to close the crossing. The first meeting will be held July 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. at 72 W. High Street and the second is scheduled for the same day at 6 p.m. ...

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Letter to the Editor - Derfler

There has been considerable attention for the past few years about “smart meters” that electric companies around the country are anxious to make mandatory for all personal residences. I urge anyone who would like to find out just what all this entails to visit the following website and have your eyes opened.The website is as follows: It is a real eye opener and w...

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Preparing students for what comes next

While driving around town, residents may have noticed some signs in their neighbors’ yards announcing “Congratulations, I was trained at Pioneer.” Beyond celebrating our graduates, those signs are a symbol of the future for not just our students, but our community as well. Residents will be pleased to know that Pioneer students are hitting the workforce and contributing to our local economy.

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Home Country

Slim RandlesLike a doctor removing something important, Herb Collins gently peeled the wrapper back from the root ball and tenderly placed the baby tree in the hole. Then he stood and walked around it to see which way he should align it. Actually, looks pretty good just the way it is.So he took his bucket of mixed sand and compost and began sprinkling it down onto the roots and then packing it in gently with his fist.Every few minutes he’d stop and read ...

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