Morrow County, OH

Retired teachers honor grant recipients

MORROW COUNTY — The Morrow County Retired Teachers Association held an evening dinner meeting June 6 at Trinity United Methodist Church at which they hosted county classroom teacher who had received MCRTA Teacher Grants during the 2021-22 school year. President Pat Maxwell welcomed those attending and gave a preview...
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Freedom Fest Ohio coming to the fairgrounds

MOUNT GILEAD — Freedom Fest Ohio will be held July 1 and 2 at the Morrow County Fairgrounds in Mount Gilead. Nine musical groups and artists will perform at the fairgrounds with proceeds going to Mount Gilead Fire Department, Marion Fire Department and Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The lineup includes Austin French, Nate Williams, Rodney Atkins, Heath Sanders, Seph Schluester, Scott Stevens and Jess Kellie Adams.
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County Home cemetery dedicated

MOUNT GILEAD – “Headwaters History: The County Home and Cemetery Dedication” was an informative and respectful program and ceremony at Headwaters Outdoor Education Center Sunday. The day’s event included a history of Headwaters, a history of the county home, research of those who lived and were buried at the county home, and a dedication of the county home cemetery.
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Calendar items are maintained by community input. If you would like to post a meeting to the community calendar, please email the information, including where you meet, to [email protected]. July 6. MCSWD, Morrow County Soil and Water Conservation District board meeting, 8 p.m. at the Ag Credit Communnity Room.

Barracudas start summer swim season

Despite the roller coaster of early June weather, the Barracuda Summer Swim Team began practicing on June 6. Coached by Dina Snow, with assistant coaches Robin Conrad, Sammie West and Taylor Robinson, the team is a true county effort. “Cardington graciously allowed us back for a second summer since the...

Morrow County cleans up following two tornadoes

MOUNT GILEAD — The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Morrow County last week. The first tornado, an EF-1, touched down at approximately 11:11 p.m. June 13 near Chesterville and moved southeast into Knox County before breaking apart near Cochran Road. The total path of...

County native working in racing

Cardington native Reece White was back in Morrow County in mid-May as part of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course’s IMSA WeatherTeck SportsCar Championship. White works with Hardpoint Motorsports and its car that ran in the Mid-Ohio 120 race that ran in support of the IMSA WeatherTech race during the May 13-15 event. Sponsoring the car is Racing to End Alzheimer’s — a charity that White takes personally, as his grandmother, Pat Ebert, has the disease.

Grateful community says thanks

MOUNT GILEAD — Many residents were without electricity for days; and it isn’t difficult to imagine the inconvenience, in addition to the extreme heat, last week. Yet when the Sentinel shared updates on Facebook and asked readers to share their storm photos, there was an overwhelming response of, “Please thank those linemen who have been working so hard to get the power back,” so here it is: Thank you, Ohio Edison, Pennsylvania crews, Mount Gilead crews who worked approximately 16 hours a day to restore power.

Headwaters dedicates cemetery, shares history Sunday

GALION — Headwaters Outdoor Education Center is hosting “Headwaters History: County Home and Cemetery Dedication” Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m. Attendees will learn about the County Home’s history at the education center and then walk a short distance to the cemetery dedication. From maps, the...

Police chief commends response to storm/tornado

MOUNT GILEAD — The tornado that struck Mount Gilead on June 13 was devastating to our small town; but, as Mount Gilead always does, the community came together and persevered. The storm knocked out power to 100% of the village and nearly all of Morrow County. Immediately after the...

3 tornadoes impact Ohio, 2 in Morrow County

MOUNT GILEAD— Damage and the path of debris to a Chesterfield farm across from Maple Grove Cemetery is evident after two tornadoes touched down in Morrow County the night of June 13. Keith Sparks flew over Morrow County surveying the damages. The EF-1 tornadoes, with approximately 105 mph winds, touched down between 11:17 p.m., northeast of Mount Gilead, and 11:22 p.m. near Chesterville, according to the National Weather Service in Cleveland. As of Sunday night, some residents were still without power. A third tornado touched down in Richland County near Butler at approximately 11:33 p.m. All three tornadoes caused significant tree damage and some property damage. Sparks has been flying 10 years. The US Army retiree and Mount Gilead resident offers sightseeing tours. For more on last week’s storm, see coverage beginning on Page 4.

Candidate Tamie Wilson’s visit sparks action for cleanup in Chesterville

CHESTERVILLE — Candidate for United States Representative Tamie Wilson spent several hours with mayors from Chesterville and Mount Gilead Friday. Wilson came after receiving a call from Susan Grundy who lives in the Chesterville area, telling her of the need in the community following the storm and tornados that tore through Morrow County this week.

ODNR Announces Temporary Closures in Richland, Ashland, and Morrow Counties

Several trails and recreation areas in Ashland, Morrow, and Richland counties will be closed until further notice due to damage caused by recent storms, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). “In order to protect the safety of our visitors, we are temporarily closing areas that were damaged...

OHSAA announces divisional breakdowns

The OHSAA announced its divisional breakdowns for fall and winter sports recently. In football, Highland will move down to Division V, where they will play in Region 18. Cardington, Mount Gilead and Northmor all will compete in Region 23 of Division VI, with the Pirates moving up a division. The...

Greens should be part of any healthy diet. Here are some creative ways to eat your greens

Tuesday I had the pleasure of teaching a webinar with my friend and colleague Candace Heer, family and consumer sciences educator in Morrow County. As members of the Ohio State University Extension Food Preservation Team, we are teaching Savoring Ohio Produce webinars from May through September on a variety of Ohio-grown produce. I have to...

Local athletes named All-Ohio

Five Morrow County baseball and softball players earned All-Ohio recognition in those sports. Three Cardington softball players were named All-Ohio for the 2022 season. Senior Mikayla Linkous was selected to the first team in DIvision III. She was joined by senior Dana Bertke, who was named to the second team, and sophomore Genevieve Longsdorf, who earned honorable mention recognition.

ODNR announces closures in Richland, Ashland and Morrow counties due to storms

Several trails and recreation areas in Ashland, Morrow, and Richland counties will be closed until further notice due to damage caused by recent storms, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. “In order to protect the safety of our visitors, we are temporarily closing areas that were damaged by...