Matt Echelberry

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An accident at the electric substation on Dawsett Street sent two city linemen to the hospital and left east side residents without power Friday afternoon.
Names of the linemen were not released. Both suffered some burns, but at this point it is unclear what caused the injuries.
“Thankfully no one was hurt severely. It was not worse because

Two linemen in hospital after accident

An accident at the electric substation on Dawsett Street sent two city linemen to the hospital and left east side residents without power Friday afternoon. Names of the linemen were not released. Both suffered some burns, but at this point it is unclear what caused the injuries. “Thankfully no one was hurt severely. It was not worse because

BUCYRUS — Inside a 500,000-square-foot, brick building on South Walnut Street, light bulbs are being produced at a rapid pace.
The GE Bucyrus Lamp Plant is producing an energy efficient bulb for Walmart stores across the country, through the retail chain's new “Made in the USA” campaign.
This initiative means the plant will add

Bucyrus plant lighting the world

BUCYRUS — Inside a 500,000-square-foot, brick building on South Walnut Street, light bulbs are being produced at a rapid pace. The GE Bucyrus Lamp Plant is producing an energy efficient bulb for Walmart stores across the country, through the retail chain's new “Made in the USA” campaign. This initiative means the plant will add

The Gill House will be a busy place this month as Preserving Galion History, LLC is offering Mourning Tours and Lantern Tours, as a fund raiser for preservation efforts.
The Mourning Tours, held inside the home, will educate visitors on how death was handled during the late 19th century.
Preserving Galion History member Brian Treisch explained th

Tours of Gill House, Harding Way offered this month

The Gill House will be a busy place this month as Preserving Galion History, LLC is offering Mourning Tours and Lantern Tours, as a fund raiser for preservation efforts. The Mourning Tours, held inside the home, will educate visitors on how death was handled during the late 19th century. Preserving Galion History member Brian Treisch explained th

“It doesn't look like me,” Carol said as she flipped through pictures documenting her recent spider bite.
They showed the progression of a small, red bump on her forehead located just above her left eye, transforming the upper half of her face into a puffy mass. Within two days of the bite, her left eye was swollen shut, prompting her

Residents warn of spider bite dangers

“It doesn't look like me,” Carol said as she flipped through pictures documenting her recent spider bite. They showed the progression of a small, red bump on her forehead located just above her left eye, transforming the upper half of her face into a puffy mass. Within two days of the bite, her left eye was swollen shut, prompting her

Several days of rain have slowed down the Portland Way widening project — and created a mess for drivers.
Many Galionites have complained all summer about the inconvenience caused by the project, and city officials are frustrated as well.
Mayor Tom O'Leary said Monday that many residents have called to complain about the lack of progress. E

Tensions rise over widening project

Several days of rain have slowed down the Portland Way widening project — and created a mess for drivers. Many Galionites have complained all summer about the inconvenience caused by the project, and city officials are frustrated as well. Mayor Tom O'Leary said Monday that many residents have called to complain about the lack of progress. E

Members from the Galion Rotary Club visited Galion Primary School on Monday to hand out dictionaries, as part of Rotary's Literacy Program.
They also challenged all of the teachers to pronounce the longest word in the English language, which is 1,909 letters. No one accepted the challenge.
Galion Rotary has been providing dictionaries for at leas

Rotary makes annual dictionary donation

Members from the Galion Rotary Club visited Galion Primary School on Monday to hand out dictionaries, as part of Rotary's Literacy Program. They also challenged all of the teachers to pronounce the longest word in the English language, which is 1,909 letters. No one accepted the challenge. Galion Rotary has been providing dictionaries for at leas

Much like public education, the future of public health is in a state of change.
The Ohio Department of Health has required all public health entities to undergo a complex accreditation process, which is costly in terms of staff resources. Complicating the issue in Crawford County, there are two public health entities serving residents.
On Sept.

Local health boards discuss future, shared frustrations

Much like public education, the future of public health is in a state of change. The Ohio Department of Health has required all public health entities to undergo a complex accreditation process, which is costly in terms of staff resources. Complicating the issue in Crawford County, there are two public health entities serving residents. On Sept.

Galion LLC was visited by a variety of guests on Oct. 3.
It was Manufacturing Day, a national event that promotes today's manufacturing sector.
Mike Cedoz, president of the Galion plant, welcomed guests that included students from Pioneer Career and Technology Center and officials from North Central State College.
“We're really proud of wh

Galion LLC hosts Manufacturing Day

Galion LLC was visited by a variety of guests on Oct. 3. It was Manufacturing Day, a national event that promotes today's manufacturing sector. Mike Cedoz, president of the Galion plant, welcomed guests that included students from Pioneer Career and Technology Center and officials from North Central State College. “We're really proud of wh

Early next year, Galion's utility rates will change.
The Utilities Committee held a public forum on Oct. 1 to discuss a new electric rate study prepared by Sawvel and Associates, based in Findlay. It is an update to the study the firm conducted in 2011.
Don Gruenemeyer, president of Sawvel, explained that the purpose of the update was “to d

Discussion begins on utility rate changes

Early next year, Galion's utility rates will change. The Utilities Committee held a public forum on Oct. 1 to discuss a new electric rate study prepared by Sawvel and Associates, based in Findlay. It is an update to the study the firm conducted in 2011. Don Gruenemeyer, president of Sawvel, explained that the purpose of the update was “to d

Over 60 alumni came to Galion to speak to students on Sept. 26. It was Career Day, part of the district's Connections Weekend.
“We hope you get a feel for some of the careers of Galion alumni and find out some of your own interests,” said event organizer Nicole Workman, also a Galion alumna. “It's not too early to start thinking

Alumni share advice at Career Day

Over 60 alumni came to Galion to speak to students on Sept. 26. It was Career Day, part of the district's Connections Weekend. “We hope you get a feel for some of the careers of Galion alumni and find out some of your own interests,” said event organizer Nicole Workman, also a Galion alumna. “It's not too early to start thinking

Construction for the Portland Way widening project began in mid-May, and drivers and business owners alike have been experiencing its effects ever since.
Barring any inclement weather conditions, the entire project is scheduled to be completed by mid-December.
When finished, Portland Way will have a center turn lane running all the way through to

Businesses remain optimistic despite road construction

Construction for the Portland Way widening project began in mid-May, and drivers and business owners alike have been experiencing its effects ever since. Barring any inclement weather conditions, the entire project is scheduled to be completed by mid-December. When finished, Portland Way will have a center turn lane running all the way through to

Galion's annual Oktoberfest hit the Uptowne Sept. 25-27. There was no shortage of delicious food, rides and games, and live entertainment. (Inquirer photos/Matt Echelberry)

Galion Oktoberfest 2014 - Album 1

Galion's annual Oktoberfest hit the Uptowne Sept. 25-27. There was no shortage of delicious food, rides and games, and live entertainment. (Inquirer photos/Matt Echelberry)

With the increased traffic in town for Oktoberfest and Connections Weekend, drivers may be confused on how to navigate the detours caused by the events and ongoing road projects.
While the Portland Way bridge is closed, Hesby Drive can be used as an alternate route. Local traffic may go through Heise Park and use residential streets.
Anyone who s

City traffic expected to be tricky

With the increased traffic in town for Oktoberfest and Connections Weekend, drivers may be confused on how to navigate the detours caused by the events and ongoing road projects. While the Portland Way bridge is closed, Hesby Drive can be used as an alternate route. Local traffic may go through Heise Park and use residential streets. Anyone who s

“Tusk,” a new film from writer/director Kevin Smith, premiered Thursday — and there's a local connection.
Special effects artist Robert Kurtzman and his team at Creature Corps, a special effects studio in Crestline, did the makeup effects for the film. He was the lead supervisor for the makeup artists, which consisted of: Al Tusk

“Tusk,” a new film from writer/director Kevin Smith, premiered Thursday — and there's a local connection. Special effects artist Robert Kurtzman and his team at Creature Corps, a special effects studio in Crestline, did the makeup effects for the film. He was the lead supervisor for the makeup artists, which consisted of: Al Tusk

The public recently had an opportunity to see what Colonel Crawford's new high school will look like. The district is in the final stages of preparation to add a new wing to the northwest corner of the existing K-8 building, putting all grade levels in the same building.
At the Colonel Crawford Board of Education's Sept. 22 meeting, project archit

Crawford moves forward on high school wing

The public recently had an opportunity to see what Colonel Crawford's new high school will look like. The district is in the final stages of preparation to add a new wing to the northwest corner of the existing K-8 building, putting all grade levels in the same building. At the Colonel Crawford Board of Education's Sept. 22 meeting, project archit

Are you ready?
Galion's Oktoberfest opens Thursday and the fun continues through Saturday.
Harding Way West, from Union Street to Liberty Street, will be full of food, tunes and lots of people. The event brings an estimated 10,000-15,000 people downtown each year.
Kent Gimbel has organized the festival for the last several years. He sat down wit

Fest arrives this week

Are you ready? Galion's Oktoberfest opens Thursday and the fun continues through Saturday. Harding Way West, from Union Street to Liberty Street, will be full of food, tunes and lots of people. The event brings an estimated 10,000-15,000 people downtown each year. Kent Gimbel has organized the festival for the last several years. He sat down wit

This year's Connections Weekend opens tomorrow.
The Connections Weekend Committee wishes everyone in the Galion community to know that all of these events are open to the public, not just Galion students and alumni. It is a celebration of the school district, the community and what Galion has given to the world.
Some new activities have been adde

Celebrate Connections Weekend with traditions old and new

This year's Connections Weekend opens tomorrow. The Connections Weekend Committee wishes everyone in the Galion community to know that all of these events are open to the public, not just Galion students and alumni. It is a celebration of the school district, the community and what Galion has given to the world. Some new activities have been adde





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