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Matt Echelberry

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Yesterday's threat of a tornado couldn't stop the Northside Farmers Market from making its return.
Six vendors showed for the first market of the year, including Bill's Bakery, Fairview Orchard and Heavenly Suds.
Markets will be held in Heise Park this year, in the grass field by Frank's Shelter. Organizers changed the venue to allow more space f

Northside Market returns, adds to park activity

Yesterday's threat of a tornado couldn't stop the Northside Farmers Market from making its return. Six vendors showed for the first market of the year, including Bill's Bakery, Fairview Orchard and Heavenly Suds. Markets will be held in Heise Park this year, in the grass field by Frank's Shelter. Organizers changed the venue to allow more space f

An overnight fire at 561 Laughbaum Drive in Galion killed two.
According to Fire Chief Phil Jackson, the department received a call at 12:58 this morning regarding a structure fire and found a two-story house with a heavy fire on the second story.
Two victims, one male and one female were trapped in the fire and died on scene.
At 9:35 a.m., they

UPDATED - 2 die in Galion fire

An overnight fire at 561 Laughbaum Drive in Galion killed two. According to Fire Chief Phil Jackson, the department received a call at 12:58 this morning regarding a structure fire and found a two-story house with a heavy fire on the second story. Two victims, one male and one female were trapped in the fire and died on scene. At 9:35 a.m., they

For the last several months, community leaders have discussed the possibility of creating a county-wide tourism and visitors bureau. On May 4, the Galion Area Betterment Commission hosted a panel discussion about tourism and its importance to the area.
Doug Leuthold, a board member of the Bucyrus Tourism and Visitors Bureau, said the board recentl

Community leaders discuss tourism possibilities

For the last several months, community leaders have discussed the possibility of creating a county-wide tourism and visitors bureau. On May 4, the Galion Area Betterment Commission hosted a panel discussion about tourism and its importance to the area. Doug Leuthold, a board member of the Bucyrus Tourism and Visitors Bureau, said the board recentl

Ohio Means Jobs Crawford County hosted a spring hiring fair yesterday at the Crawford County fairgrounds.
Jobs Supervisor Angela Neef said 33 area employers, staffing agencies and educational institutions were on hand to speak to job seekers.
In Galion,Tramec Sloan (Crawford Machine) is looking for experienced machinists. The company made headlin

Spring hiring fair light on job seekers

Ohio Means Jobs Crawford County hosted a spring hiring fair yesterday at the Crawford County fairgrounds. Jobs Supervisor Angela Neef said 33 area employers, staffing agencies and educational institutions were on hand to speak to job seekers. In Galion,Tramec Sloan (Crawford Machine) is looking for experienced machinists. The company made headlin

An art gallery is coming to Galion next week.
The local Brush & Palette Art Club will run the non-profit, artist co-op, where affordable art and handmade jewelry created by local artists will be displayed and made available for purchase.
Club members explained it has taken two months of planning to prepare for the opening, after the vacant bu

Brush & Palette to open art gallery

An art gallery is coming to Galion next week. The local Brush & Palette Art Club will run the non-profit, artist co-op, where affordable art and handmade jewelry created by local artists will be displayed and made available for purchase. Club members explained it has taken two months of planning to prepare for the opening, after the vacant bu

United Way of Crawford County raised $280,000 through its 2014 campaign. The organization held its annual meeting at Bucyrus Community Hospital on April 27 to explain where that money goes and to recognize all those who contributed.
UWCC Board member Eric Young explained that the Investment Committee decides how to divide up the money each year.

United Way raises $280,000 to benefit 25 programs

United Way of Crawford County raised $280,000 through its 2014 campaign. The organization held its annual meeting at Bucyrus Community Hospital on April 27 to explain where that money goes and to recognize all those who contributed. UWCC Board member Eric Young explained that the Investment Committee decides how to divide up the money each year.

Busy night for Galion Council

UPDATED April 29, 10:44 a.m. Galion City Council had 12 items of legislation on its Tuesday agenda. An ordinance outlining new requirements for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in rental properties was back on the table after undergoing revisions. In particular, tenant responsibilities were added including a required signature on a s

NORTH ROBINSON — Colonel Crawford Local Schools is moving forward with selling the land where Sulphur Springs Elementary once stood. At its April 27 meeting, the school board approved the sale of the property to Liberty Township.
Superintendent Todd Martin explained the district previously auctioned the land but it did not sell. Under Ohio R

Crawford to sell Sulphur Springs property

NORTH ROBINSON — Colonel Crawford Local Schools is moving forward with selling the land where Sulphur Springs Elementary once stood. At its April 27 meeting, the school board approved the sale of the property to Liberty Township. Superintendent Todd Martin explained the district previously auctioned the land but it did not sell. Under Ohio R

The Colonel Crawford All-Sports Boosters had another successful Corvette Raffle. On Friday morning, the prize — a restored 1956 Corvette Convertible — was delivered.
Boosters member Mark Teynor organizes the raffle, now in its 14th year. “We sold about 8,700 tickets at $25 each. We're still adding up the total money raised,”

Michigan couple wins Corvette raffle

The Colonel Crawford All-Sports Boosters had another successful Corvette Raffle. On Friday morning, the prize — a restored 1956 Corvette Convertible — was delivered. Boosters member Mark Teynor organizes the raffle, now in its 14th year. “We sold about 8,700 tickets at $25 each. We're still adding up the total money raised,”

Progress but no promises for fiscal emergency release

The city continues to make progress toward being released from fiscal emergency, but an exact time frame has not been established. During the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission's April 22 meeting, Financial Supervisor Belinda Miller gave a positive report on the city's finances. “Streamlining the financial reporting over the last

Cycling Sports Center brings a new type of business to Uptowne Galion. The bike shop quietly opened five months ago, and business has picked up as spring made its slow return.
It is owned and operated by Troy Chipka and his parents, Bob and Lisa.
The family is from Wooster. Chipka explained they decided to locate the store in Galion because they

Bike shop rolls into Galion

Cycling Sports Center brings a new type of business to Uptowne Galion. The bike shop quietly opened five months ago, and business has picked up as spring made its slow return. It is owned and operated by Troy Chipka and his parents, Bob and Lisa. The family is from Wooster. Chipka explained they decided to locate the store in Galion because they

Two Galion veterans recently took part in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.
Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. Top priority is given to senior veterans or those who may be terminally ill.
They left for Columbus on April 18 in the early morning, boarded a plane and flew

2 Galion vets take Honor Flight

Two Galion veterans recently took part in the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. Top priority is given to senior veterans or those who may be terminally ill. They left for Columbus on April 18 in the early morning, boarded a plane and flew

Are you between the ages of 16 and 24 and looking for a job?
OhioMeansJobs-Crawford County and Goodwill Industries will once again be running a Summer Jobs Program for Crawford County youth. Eligible youth will be matched with local jobs where they will learn and apply workplace skills, at no cost to employers.
Julie McCracken, JFS employment ser

Jobs office recruiting youth for summer work program

Are you between the ages of 16 and 24 and looking for a job? OhioMeansJobs-Crawford County and Goodwill Industries will once again be running a Summer Jobs Program for Crawford County youth. Eligible youth will be matched with local jobs where they will learn and apply workplace skills, at no cost to employers. Julie McCracken, JFS employment ser

For most of us, walking is easy. For Ronnie Bachman, it has been a lifelong challenge.
His legs were amputated when he was four years old and he has spent his entire life coping. Riding on a custom-built motorized scooter he calls “Amigo,” Bachman shared his story and message with Galion Middle School on April 16.
While his speaking t

Galion students learn to walk in different way

For most of us, walking is easy. For Ronnie Bachman, it has been a lifelong challenge. His legs were amputated when he was four years old and he has spent his entire life coping. Riding on a custom-built motorized scooter he calls “Amigo,” Bachman shared his story and message with Galion Middle School on April 16. While his speaking t

Jack B. Arlen, an influential music teacher and band director at Galion City Schools from 1966 to 1987, passed away April 2 at the age of 79.
His legacy will continue for years to come. During his career, Arlen transitioned Galion's band into an all-brass band — an unusual feat for a high school at the time. He also established the Galion Al

Galion music legend left legacy

Jack B. Arlen, an influential music teacher and band director at Galion City Schools from 1966 to 1987, passed away April 2 at the age of 79. His legacy will continue for years to come. During his career, Arlen transitioned Galion's band into an all-brass band — an unusual feat for a high school at the time. He also established the Galion Al

Union urges Galion Schools for deal

A group of teachers returned to Galion School Board's April 16 meeting to state their case for a new contract deal. “We're here tonight simply to remind you of our strong desire for a resolution to this contract negotiation,” Kim Chandler, spokesperson for the Galion Education Association (GEA), said in a brief statement. The GEA and

The Galion Health Department released its 2014 annual report on Tuesday.
“The past year has brought several significant challenges for us including discussions regarding the long-term objectives for public health in Galion, and staff turnover in leadership positions,” Health Commissioner Trish Factor said in the report. “These ch

Health Department releases annual report

The Galion Health Department released its 2014 annual report on Tuesday. “The past year has brought several significant challenges for us including discussions regarding the long-term objectives for public health in Galion, and staff turnover in leadership positions,” Health Commissioner Trish Factor said in the report. “These ch

“We need to rethink who we are,” Library Director Vicki Eckenrod told the Galion Public Library Association Monday night during its 114th annual meeting. She explained that people visit now primarily to use the Internet — not to read.
Eckenrod said Internet usage has become a major selling point to keep public libraries open. Peo

Library looks to changes in services

“We need to rethink who we are,” Library Director Vicki Eckenrod told the Galion Public Library Association Monday night during its 114th annual meeting. She explained that people visit now primarily to use the Internet — not to read. Eckenrod said Internet usage has become a major selling point to keep public libraries open. Peo

Galion City Council authorized bidding for the Church Street overpass project during its April 14 meeting.
The project includes repairs to the surface deck and curbing of the 40-year-old overpass, as well as replacement of the asphalt overlay and approach slabs.
The estimated cost is $254,441, which will be split between the city and the Ohio Pub

Church Street overpass to be repaired

Galion City Council authorized bidding for the Church Street overpass project during its April 14 meeting. The project includes repairs to the surface deck and curbing of the 40-year-old overpass, as well as replacement of the asphalt overlay and approach slabs. The estimated cost is $254,441, which will be split between the city and the Ohio Pub

A former Galion City Schools teacher recently had his teaching license suspended.
John S. Williams, 43, listed with a Mount Vernon address, entered into a consent agreement with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) on Feb. 18. His license was suspended and he was prohibited from performing any educational activities, coaching or other duties. As

Former Galion teacher has license suspended

A former Galion City Schools teacher recently had his teaching license suspended. John S. Williams, 43, listed with a Mount Vernon address, entered into a consent agreement with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) on Feb. 18. His license was suspended and he was prohibited from performing any educational activities, coaching or other duties. As





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