THE LONG-AWAITED and much anticipated Buckeye Local School District auctions will unfold Tuesday.
The district is ridding itself of two now-closed schools.
The former NorthWest Elementary School in Smithfield will go on the auction block at noon that day while two hours later the former Buckeye South Elementary School in Yorkville will go to the highest bidder.
The NorthWest building encompasses 30,000 square feet and sits on more than 5 acres. The Yorkville building is some 40,000 square feet and sits on 1.7 acres.
Each building is open today for an open house from 1-4 p.m.
Auctioning the buildings will give Buckeye Local an opportunity to gain an influx of revenue while also reducing its operating costs.
It will also end any divisive debate within the district of restructuring as has often been the case. Each school year often spawns debate on which schools will stay open, what buildings will close and where students elementary and middle school students will be transported.
The auctions are a healthy step forward for Buckeye Local.
URBAN MEYER continues to put together an outstanding grid staff.
One of his most recent selections brings with him some Eastern Ohio flavor.
Highly regarded Ed Warinner is leaving Notre Dame to join Meyer. He is a superb football aide. He is a 1979 Strasburg High grad who has cultivated an impressive coaching resume.
Prior to his two years at Notre Dame, he served at Air Force, Illinois and Kansas among his stops during his 29-year career. He is regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the business. His Air Force teams led the nation in rushing while his Illini ranked second. He was offensive coordinator at Kansas.
His Eastern Ohio roots go deeper than just being a Strasburg native.
Warinner went on to become a standout football and baseball player at Mount Union, where he befriended Martins Ferrian Mark Litten.
The two became college roommates and have maintained a close relationship ever since. Mark is now thriving in the business community in Northeast Ohio. He remains one of the state's premier high school officials.
Mark's dad -- Ed -- still resides in Martins Ferry and is as avid Ohio State fan as there is.
Warinner's youngest son, Michael, is employed at Ohio State as assistant director of compliance.
A BELLAIRE town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. in the basement of the library. It is designed as an open forum for Bellaire residents to exchange ideas and come up with solutions that will benefit the village. Communication is a good thing and meetings of this nature cannot but help yield positive results.
OVER THE holidays, I had a chance to take in the Sherlock Holmes flick, featuring Robert Downey Jr. I am no fan of Downey Jr. but the film is exceptional, albeit lengthy.
WITH THE recent death of North Korean leader Kim Jong II, there is much talk, speculation and hope of a reunification with South Korea. I cannot ever see that happening, although it would be beneficial to U.S. interests. There are just way too many ideological differences between North and South Korea to mesh seamlessly.
THE CITY of Martins Ferry is seeking candidates for the unexpired term of city treasurer, beginning Jan. 1, 2012 through Dec. 31, 2013. Due to the recent resignation of the current treasurer, citizens are asked to send a letter of intent to: Martins Ferry Democrat Committee, Phil Wallace, treasurer, 801 Spring Haven Drive, Martins Ferry, OH 43935.
THE COLLEGE football season comes to a close Monday night with the BCS title game rematch. It is a game, as I have stated repeatedly, should NOT pit Alabama and LSU. The Tigers have already beaten the Tide in the regular season at Tuscaloosa. A rematch is quite unfair for LSU. With that said, it is tough to beat Nick Saban once let alone twice in the same season. My call, Bama 17, LSU 16.
THE GROWING shale drilling business means countless new jobs and an improved economic climate. It also will mean increased generosity. Case in point: DPS Penn. The Pennsylvania-based firm with local offices stepped up huge pre-Christmas. As a result, one of the area's most prolific charitable organizations has new life. The Coat Closet of Belmont County, based in Bellaire, was about to cease to exist last month. A call to DPS Penn yielded a $5,000 donation. The coat closet has given out 746 coats this year, and 954 the previous year. I am certain these drilling companies setting up shop locally will continue to support charitable causes.
THE BELLAIRE Chamber of Commerce is selling 2012 calendars, featuring old pictures of the All-American Town. Cost is $10 and the calendars may be secured at Hughes Xerographic, the municipal building or the chamber of commerce office. Tom Sable donated many of the classic photos.
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