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Matt Echelberry

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Next summer, Galion will have a team in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League.
Aptly named the “Galion Graders,” it will be an independent entity within Galion Youth Baseball. The team will feature college-level players from Galion and the surrounding region, and possibly some from other states.
The announcement was made t

Galion Graders coming next summer

Next summer, Galion will have a team in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate Baseball League. Aptly named the “Galion Graders,” it will be an independent entity within Galion Youth Baseball. The team will feature college-level players from Galion and the surrounding region, and possibly some from other states. The announcement was made t

City closes November's books

Results for the City of Galion's November reconciliation were returned last week. This was the second month that finance officials closed the books without assistance from the State Auditor's office. A Dec. 10 email sent by the city's financial supervisor detailed some of the errors made, as the city's auditor and treasurer work through the proces

“Everyone is touched by cancer in one way or another.”
And that's exactly why Candy France said the Pink Ladies Dart League was formed in the fall.
The 18-member group plays at the Galion Owl's Club every Wednesday night with a mission to “Stick it to Cancer.” Through league fees, raffles and other fund raisers, they are d

Women's dart league sticking it to cancer

“Everyone is touched by cancer in one way or another.” And that's exactly why Candy France said the Pink Ladies Dart League was formed in the fall. The 18-member group plays at the Galion Owl's Club every Wednesday night with a mission to “Stick it to Cancer.” Through league fees, raffles and other fund raisers, they are d

Galion City Council's Dec. 9 meeting was standing room only. There was a long discussion over what to do about an unfulfilled promise.
Ord. 2014-104 was a second reading on a detachment petition submitted by seven landowners. The detachment involves a total of 177 acres located north of the U.S. 30 - Ohio-61 interchange.
Council member Steve Rowa

City discusses unfulfilled promise

Galion City Council's Dec. 9 meeting was standing room only. There was a long discussion over what to do about an unfulfilled promise. Ord. 2014-104 was a second reading on a detachment petition submitted by seven landowners. The detachment involves a total of 177 acres located north of the U.S. 30 - Ohio-61 interchange. Council member Steve Rowa

The Galion-Crestline Chamber of Commerce held its annual Holiday Open House and Auction on Dec. 4. It is a fundraiser for the Chamber's economic development and advocacy efforts.
St. Joseph Activity Center was packed with an estimated 230 people from the Galion and Crestline communities.
Over 300 items were up for bid through the silent and live

Chamber auction draws big turnout

The Galion-Crestline Chamber of Commerce held its annual Holiday Open House and Auction on Dec. 4. It is a fundraiser for the Chamber's economic development and advocacy efforts. St. Joseph Activity Center was packed with an estimated 230 people from the Galion and Crestline communities. Over 300 items were up for bid through the silent and live

The cold, wet weather which blanketed Crawford County on Saturday couldn't keep a crowd of people from attending Come Home to Galion, which was held throughout the Uptowne.
“The community really enjoyed the event,” said Rev. Paul Walter of Galion Free Methodist Church, who serves as one of the event's organizers. He estimated about 1,0

Hundreds enjoy holiday event

The cold, wet weather which blanketed Crawford County on Saturday couldn't keep a crowd of people from attending Come Home to Galion, which was held throughout the Uptowne. “The community really enjoyed the event,” said Rev. Paul Walter of Galion Free Methodist Church, who serves as one of the event's organizers. He estimated about 1,0

The same week that Galion made the final payment on a $3.5 million note, the way city financial records are being accounted for continues to be questioned.
The key issue is that the city must have at least six months of proven financial competency before the state will consider releasing it from fiscal emergency. In October, for the first time und

Galion Treasurer speaks out

The same week that Galion made the final payment on a $3.5 million note, the way city financial records are being accounted for continues to be questioned. The key issue is that the city must have at least six months of proven financial competency before the state will consider releasing it from fiscal emergency. In October, for the first time und

Galion Community Hospital hosted the annual Festival of Lights on Dec. 2. The Hospital Auxiliary has been organizing the event for more than 30 years.
The hospital's main lobby was decorated with several Christmas trees, including the “Memory Tree.”
Auxiliary member Della Kaple explained people can buy an ornament and write the name o

Festival of Lights kicks off holiday season

Galion Community Hospital hosted the annual Festival of Lights on Dec. 2. The Hospital Auxiliary has been organizing the event for more than 30 years. The hospital's main lobby was decorated with several Christmas trees, including the “Memory Tree.” Auxiliary member Della Kaple explained people can buy an ornament and write the name o

City Treasurer Paula Durbin called a press conference this morning to respond to city finance issues that have been discussed at recent meetings.
As far as the monthly reconciliation of city accounts, Durbin said the city auditor needs to provide complete and accurate figures in order for her to perform the reconciliations. She said this has been

City Treasurer speaks on finance issues

City Treasurer Paula Durbin called a press conference this morning to respond to city finance issues that have been discussed at recent meetings. As far as the monthly reconciliation of city accounts, Durbin said the city auditor needs to provide complete and accurate figures in order for her to perform the reconciliations. She said this has been

Galion made the final payment Monday on a note issued by First Federal Bank of Ohio 10 years ago, when the state declared the city to be in fiscal emergency.
Mayor Tom O'Leary, Auditor Brian Treisch and City Council President Carl Watt stopped by the bank to deliver the check. The payment was for $358,773.97.
“This effort by a local communi

Galion makes final debt payment

Galion made the final payment Monday on a note issued by First Federal Bank of Ohio 10 years ago, when the state declared the city to be in fiscal emergency. Mayor Tom O'Leary, Auditor Brian Treisch and City Council President Carl Watt stopped by the bank to deliver the check. The payment was for $358,773.97. “This effort by a local communi

Uptowne Galion will be a festive hot spot next weekend.
The annual Come Home to Galion is Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 1 p.m.
There are a variety of activities throughout the day for families to enjoy — all free of charge.
Galion Public Library will hold a holiday open house from 1-3 p.m. There will be door prizes, live entertainment and

Holiday event promises family fun

Uptowne Galion will be a festive hot spot next weekend. The annual Come Home to Galion is Saturday, Dec. 6, beginning at 1 p.m. There are a variety of activities throughout the day for families to enjoy — all free of charge. Galion Public Library will hold a holiday open house from 1-3 p.m. There will be door prizes, live entertainment and

The Shumaker ditch is set to be cleaned out this winter.
It snakes through the neighborhood of Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue, and numerous properties in that area drain into it. The ditch has not been thoroughly cleaned since 1986, which has caused chronic flooding issues for residents.
In a public meeting on Nov. 24, city and county officials

Shumaker ditch to receive drainage help

The Shumaker ditch is set to be cleaned out this winter. It snakes through the neighborhood of Seventh Avenue and Eighth Avenue, and numerous properties in that area drain into it. The ditch has not been thoroughly cleaned since 1986, which has caused chronic flooding issues for residents. In a public meeting on Nov. 24, city and county officials

Galion to gain and lose land

Galion City Council passed three items of legislation relating to a land annexation, and one item to detach from the city. During its Nov. 25 meeting, Ordinances 2014-98, 99 and 100 all passed as emergencies. They approved an Expedited 2 petition for the annexation of 5.8 acres of land on Portland Way North, between the Keep It Classy car wash an

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





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