Multiple events scheduled for this month, October

By Nick Walton -

NORTH LEWISBURG – Upcoming events in the village during this month and next month were discussed Tuesday during council’s regular meeting.

The Union County Covered Bridge Festival will take place Sept. 23-25. During the same dates the village will hold free community yard sales.

Mayor Cheryl Hollingsworth noted the Friends of the North Lewisburg Library will hold a fundraiser on Sept. 24. Vendors will be at the event and the group will also hold a raffle.

Cardinal’s Pizza owner Don Van Zant and general manager Rissa Collier discussed the third annual Celebrate Life Festival. This year’s festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 8.

Van Zant said the festival is designed to make people aware about the importance of organ donation. He added the reason for the festival is to help raise money for the Drew Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund.

“We’ve made three trips to Kentucky to present scholarships and it’s to honor Drew, who is my donor and saved the lives of six people,” Van Zant said. “It’s something that’s very near and dear to my heart.”

Later next month, Beggars Night will take place in the village on Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

County EMA provides CodeRED update

During Tuesday’s meeting Champaign County Emergency Management Agency Director Kip Michael and Deputy Director Mark Randall spoke to council about the CodeRED weather warning system.

Michael said about two and a half weeks ago a tornado warning was issued for Champaign County. The following Monday, Michael said he received voice mails from residents asking why they were not notified via the system.

Michael explained the system is linked to the National Weather Service and only sends out alerts to residents who are in the path of severe weather.

“Champaign County has a tornado warning – well if it’s in Mechanicsburg, North Lewisburg is not in the path,” Michael said. “You guys may go outside and it will look (clear) but on the other side of the county or in Christiansburg the weather may be bad. The CodeRED weather warning system is specific in who they contact when the bad weather hits.”

Michael said residents can sign up for the alert system on the EMA’s website, sheriff’s office website or by calling the EMA at (937)484-1642.

In other action:

•Village Administrator Andy Yoder said hydrant flushing is scheduled to take place between Oct. 4 and 7. He added residents should expect low pressure and discoloration but this should clear up quickly.

•According to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office monthly activity report for the month of August, the village had three traffic citations issued, 12 incident reports were taken, three arrests were made, seven follow-up investigations were completed and one auto accident reports were taken.

•Following an executive session, council approved a salary increase for village street superintendent Bart Stokes to $17 per hour.

•Hollingsworth read a proclamation declaring Sept. 17 through 24 as Constitution Week.

•The Bible Baptist Church of Marysville will hold the ninth annual hog roast and gospel concert starting at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Union County Fairgrounds.

By Nick Walton

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

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