Sports Editor Steve Stout is also featured in the episode.
“To have NFL Films do a piece on such great athletes as Paul Warfield and Dick LeBeau at Urbana Country Club was an honor for us to be a part of,” said UCC Director of Operations William Unger III. “It was exciting for us to host these gentlemen, the crew from NFL Films, along with the fundraising event that was held for the United Way (on July 21). I know our members and guests who were part of the experience really enjoyed it and had nothing but great things to say about having that up-close interaction with everyone involved. I hope we have the privilege of hosting events like this in the future.”
LeBeau and Warfield are both Ohio natives and both played football at Ohio State, though not at the same time.
The episode focuses on the special bond LeBeau and Warfield had on and off the field beginning in the early 1960s. At that time, LeBeau was a defensive back for the Detroit Lions and Warfield a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns.
Warfield was recently named one of the top 10 receivers on the NFL 100 All-Time Team.
“I’m pleased and appreciative that we could capture the story of this unique relationship, especially in this NFL 100 season when so much of the game’s history is being celebrated,” said NFL Films Senior Producer Paul Camarata.
LeBeau, who grew up in nearby London, Ohio, has played rounds of golf at Urbana Country Club for over 60 years.
He was in attendance for the first Jack Nicklaus- Sam Snead exhibition match held at UCC in 1956.
Urbana Country Club is known as the Dye Original course since its first nine holes were designed and built in 1922 by “Pink” Dye, father of worldrenowned golf course designer Pete Dye; the second nine was designed by P.B. Dye — who is Pete’s son — and opened in 1993.
This past fall, P.B.’s front nine underwent some renovations including new sand for the bunkers and the third and sixth greens were reworked.
Pete Dye died on Thursday at the age of 94.
“To have NFL Films do a piece on such great athletes as Paul Warfield and Dick LeBeau at Urbana Country Club was an honor for us to be a part of.”
— William Unger III,
UCC director of operations
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Open house today seeks feedback ahead of commissioners’ vote.
By Hasan Karim, Springfield News-Sun Staff Writer
Preservation of farmland, promoting agriculture through public education and tourism events as well as stimulating economic growth through existing businesses in Champaign County are a few goals in a proposed update to its comprehensive plan.
The long-term strategic planning effort focuses on future economic growth and development in the county while setting forward goals that can be followed by community leaders over the next five to 10 years.
HOW TO GO
What: Open house for draft of Champaign County comprehensive plan
Where: County Building, 1512 S. U.S. Hwy 68
When: 4 to 8 p.m. today
More info: www.lucplanning.com
The plan, last updated in 2004, looks at the local economy and demographics in the county as well as technological and public policy conditions. Using preexisting data, the updated plan will serve as a guideline for municipalities throughout the county.
It is based on trends that will likely occur in the county over the next decade. Champaign County commissioners are expected to vote on whether to approve the updated plan in February, according to Bradley Bodenmiller, the director of the Logan-Union- Champaign Regional Planning Commission.
The most recent update to the county’s comprehensive plan is being conducted with the help of his organization and it released a draft of the plan in December. The process started in 2018 and cost approximately $40,000 to complete and uses a mixture of funding from Champaign County, the city of Urbana as well as most of the villages and townships in the county.
“These comprehensive plans are meant to serve as guidance for counties. They are not mandates,” Bodenmiller said.
As part of the update, a public survey was conducted in 2018 that included over 700 responses. In addition to that, around two dozen interviews were conducted with local community leaders, Bodenmiller added.
Copies of a draft of the plan have been sent to libraries in Mechanicsburg, North Lewisburg, St. Paris, and Urbana.
An open house is scheduled today at the County Building in order to allow residents to submit feedback on the proposed update.
The plan, which is currently 185 pages, when finalized will not be a legally binding document, but can be used as a planning and zoning document by different local boards.
“For most counties in the state, if you want to have zoning it has to be based on a comprehensive plan,”
“It serves as the guiding document that helps assist people when they make legislative changes,” he added.
As part of a questionnaire given to community groups in the county, some questions focused on whether current zoning in the county still made sense based on current economic trends.
The update to the county’s comprehensive plan, which builds upon the one first established in 1970, aims to take into account that land use opportunities, such as housing, have changed over the decades.
Bodenmiller said goals and objectives outlined in the plan can be used as a guideline for communities across the county when looking at zoning codes and regulations.
It can also identify areas that would be more efficient for public transportation opportunities or where school buses can pick up and drop off students. It also identifies areas in the county that may have more population density, including housing clusters, as well as infrastructure that can be added to those areas, such as a bike path.
One area the updated plan will focus on is the “preservation of the county’s rural character and development of the majority of residential, commercial, and industrial in areas where public services are already available or nearby.”
Another component includes focusing on tourism, with an agricultural focus, that will bring more people and dollars into the county. Those opportunities include potential wineries or specialty restaurants.
A draft of the updated plan is available online at www.lucplanning.com.
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Public meeting set for Jan. 9
With the recent publication of the draft South Main Street Corridor Plan, a public meeting (open house) has been scheduled to allow interested parties to learn more about the draft plan. This meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the upstairs training room of the Urbana Municipal Building at 205 S. Main St. ADA access is available to the training room via a chairlift.
The draft plan also is viewable by visiting www.burtonplanning.com/urbana_mainplan.
Comments will be accepted at the upcoming meeting in written format. In addition, comments can be submitted online through the plan’s website. The deadline to submit public comments about the draft plan is Friday, Jan. 31.
As part of the planning process, the consultant collected information on the natural and built environments to understand strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the planning area. This SWOT analysis closely reviewed biological and ecological factors, land use, transportation facilities, housing conditions, economic conditions and demographics.
The SWOT analysis, stakeholder interviews and a public opinion survey were used as the basis for a future development and implementation plan within the draft South Main Street Corridor Plan.
After the public feedback portion of the planning process, adoption of the plan will be the final step in this planning process, with the short-term goal of having this plan adopted by the Urbana Planning Commission, Urbana City Council and the Urbana Township Board of Trustees.
An implementation strategy for the goals and strategies outlined within the plan includes potential timelines. The timing of the implementation strategies are defined as immediate (within six months of plan adoption), near-term (within two years of plan adoption), mid-term (within five years of plan adoption), and long-term (five or more years after plan adoption).
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Traditionally, JobsOhio – the state’s private development arm — has spent about $150 million in grants and loans from profits drawn from state liquor enterprise sales, its main funding source. That number will approximately double in the future, J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio’s president and chief investment officer, said at a recent JobsOhio board meeting in Youngstown.
“We’ll be roughly doubling that on an annual basis, from $150 million to $300 million a year,” Nauseef said.
JobsOhio contracts with the Division of Liquor Control to run day-to-day liquor sales. Net profits from that are used for economic development work.
Details of that approach should be revealed in the next year or so, a JobsOhio spokesman said.
And Nauseef emphasized that JobsOhio will also focus anew on an area of large concern to Dayton, federal military installations.
The Dayton area is home of one of the nation’s largest Air Force bases, Wright-Patterson, where much of the Air Force’s research and logistics work is anchored.
Said Nauseef: “We’re going to build a stateside program to drive federal missions, workforce retention and expansion and attractive.”
“These strategies, we’re going to start working on some now. But we’re always willing to listen and learn and evolve and make them better,” he added.
The goal is make Ohio “the top state in the nation” for military installations and missions, families and veterans.
That work will add up to 10,000 new federal jobs in Ohio in the next five years, at a cost of about $3 million to $5 million a year, Nauseef said.
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By Jenna Lawson, Staff Writer at Springfield News- Sun
The last bit of needed funding has been secured to push forward the ‘Legacy Place’ senior housing project in Urbana.
Sourcing all of the funding has been a tedious multi-year task undertaken by several different parties — but soon residents will start to see the fruits of labor.
“This is going to be a reality,” said Champaign Economic Development Director Marcia Bailey. “It’s not just sketches on a piece of paper. It’s going to be a reality.”
In August, the developers of the project — Flaherty & Collins Properties — applied for a grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati with the help of community partners.
Moving forward with the project was contingent on whether that money was secured.
In late November, the developer was awarded $700,000 to tie up the funding.
“Elated was the word I thought of — and relief,” said City of Urbana Community Development Manager Doug Crabill. “I don’t know where we would have gone if we had that $700,000 gap.”
Prior to November the developers secured nearly $10 million in tax credits and shortly after the announcement of the FHLB Cincinnati grant award, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency also approved a loan for the project for $1.25 million.
Flaherty & Collins Vice President of Community & Asset Management Duane Miller said now his focus is on due diligence — tying down equity and working through legal documents.
He expects to close in late February 2020, but construction planning has been going on in the background while the funding was being secured — so residents won’t have to wait long after the closing date to see changes.
“We’re about 95 percent done with all the architecture and engineering (plans) so far,” Miller said. “(I’m) looking forward to it. It’ll be quite an impact.”
The project will convert the Douglas Hotel, as well as the former North and South Elementary Schools in Urbana, into affordable senior apartments.
A total of 51 housing units will be available to residents 55 and older. Of those units, 20 would be in the Douglas Hotel on Monument Square with retail on the first floor and the rest of the units would be housed in the elementary schools — on Russell Street and Main Street respectively.
Community partners say not only will the project create new housing for those who move into the new units, but it will also draw more people to Urbana to fill larger homes that become available as older residents downsize.
Although the project includes three separate properties, arguably one of the biggest benefits to come from it will be the renovation of the Douglas, which takes up nearly an entire quadrant of Urbana’s main square.
The former hotel has sat vacant for 16 years and needs its fair share of TLC.
“It is an eyesore as it stands,” said Bailey. “But having it occupied with residents living in it, having the street level occupied with retail possibly — it just gives a whole new essence to the downtown.”
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Columbia Gas contractors will work street by street to install new main lines and service lines to each customer’s home or building.
Gas service will not be impacted until it is time for Columbia Gas to connect the customer to the new gas system at the meter. For most customers, gas service will be interrupted approximately two to four hours. Customers will get advance notice of this service interruption.
If the gas meter is currently inside, it will be moved outside.
Any surface that has to be disturbed will be repaired by Columbia Gas. This includes sidewalks, driveways, lawns and landscaping.
Once this work is complete, customers will have a gas system with state of the art safety features.
The work and clean-up are expected to be completed during spring of 2020.
Columbia Gas of Ohio has invested more than $1.5 billion in communities around the state to replace aging gas lines over the last decade. This is paying off in safety, with leaks reduced by almost 40 percent.
Residents can contact Luka Papalko, external affairs specialist for Columbia Gas of Ohio, with questions or concerns at 614-420-1376 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.columbiagasohio.com/replacement for more information on the construction process.
Submitted by Columbia Gas of Ohio.
Big Willie's Smokehouse is giving back to the community! They are hosting a FREE Thanskgiving Dinner on November 23 from 11AM - 5PM. Located at 23 Monument Sq.
Donations are accepted but there is no requirement to attend.
Lincoln’s promise in the legislation was “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan …” The nonprofit American Veterans Heritage Center, in partnership with the Lincoln Society of Dayton, seeks to raise $379,000 to establish a 100-foot by 100-foot park next to the library on the Dayton VA campus to honor Lincoln.
The park will feature a bronze sculpture of Lincoln now being created by Urbana artist Mike Major in his downtown Urbana studio. Fifteen feet high, the statue will be of a seated Lincoln, pen in one hand and the 1865 legislation in the other, gazing toward the VA Medical Center structures.
“(The park) will not only welcome people to the Campus while honoring Lincoln, but it will provide a place for solitude, reflection and healing,” according to the American Veterans Heritage Center website. “It will also stimulate teaching and learning opportunities, while creating a significant tourist destination point.”
Major’s 2nd Lincoln statue for Dayton
In 2016, a Lincoln sculpture created by Major was unveiled at Dayton’s Courthouse Square at the corner of Third and Main streets.
Located by the old courthouse where Lincoln campaigned with an antislavery speech in 1859, the 11-foot bronze figure of a standing Lincoln was commissioned by the Lincoln Society of Dayton.
“He didn’t have a beard when he was campaigning, so the last sculpture was a beardless Lincoln,” Major said of the Courthouse Square figure. Of the new sculpture, he said, “This is an older Lincoln. He’s been through the Civil War, the stress of that. The difference is experience and wear and tear.”
Major said he’s created more likenesses of Lincoln than of anyone else and has read extensively about him.
“Lincoln has had impact worldwide because of his vision and his ability to stay on point in the face of extreme pressure,” Major said, noting that Lincoln sculptures and statues can be found around the world, including in China and Cuba.
He describes Lincoln as a man who told entertaining stories and quoted Shakespeare and as a man of courage and grit.
“The Emancipation Proclamation took a lot of courage and proper timing,” he said, adding, “and he could be extremely powerful with his ‘team of rivals’ that he put together to run the nation.”
Of Lincoln’s legislation to care for ailing veterans, Major said, “It was his promise to the Civil War soldiers that he would take care of them … A lot were seriously injured and unable to work. He wanted to follow through with his promise.”
Major said planning for the project started two years ago and work on the sculpture started early this year with a model about 38 inches tall.
“I always do a model first, make any mistakes small,” he said. “Once everyone’s satisfied, I can enlarge it with the confidence that we won’t have expensive changes.” As of last week, the sculpture was in two parts, one part being the chair on which Lincoln will sit.
“He’ll be sitting on a likeness of a chair he took from his (Springfield, Illinois) home to Washington, D.C., because it fit him,” Major said, adding that some wanted the likeness to be of a fancier chair. Major said that wouldn’t have suited Lincoln, “his humble beginnings, more down to Earth.” He added, “He did a lot of work in that chair.”
The sculpture is scheduled to go to a Zanesville foundry in December, be completed March 2020 and ready for a park dedication next spring.
Architect Sarah Mackert (SJM Studio, Columbus), Major’s daughter, donated her time to design the Lincoln park, which will include a rippled ground.
“It’s symbolic of a large event, creating a ripple effect,” Major said.
A tribute to Lincoln, a thankyou to Dayton “The project was exciting for me because this was the last document he signed before he was assassinated, the document that created the Soldiers Home Administration,” Major said. “When we place the monument, Lincoln will hold the document and will be looking at the result of that document.
“I admire so much about his character,” he added. “Especially in these days of turmoil, it’s refreshing to see that kind of character and leadership.”
Major said he also is pleased to be a part of the project as a thank-you to the city of Dayton.
He attended a Pleasant Hill school without art classes, but for six years, starting in the 6th grade, he was driven every Saturday to art lessons at the Dayton Art Institute by his father, a farmer and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employee.
“To be able to do something for that city where I gained so much in the arts was an honor and it continues to be an honor to do these projects for them,” he said.
Some of the information in this article was found on the American Veterans Heritage Center website (www.AmericanVeteransHeritage.org) and the Lincoln Society of Dayton website (LincolnSocietyDayton.com). Visit these websites for more information about the Lincoln park project and how to make donations.
Kathy Fox can be reached at 937-652-1331, ext. 1773.
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