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Homeowners and Scarecrow builders
receive awards

It was a “full house” as the Oakwood City Council met on Monday, Nov. 3 with Vice Mayor Carlo McGinnis absent but excused. Citizens, children and Cub Scouts in uniform were in attendance for two occasions: the awarding of the Scarecrow Row winners and the Oakwood Beautification Award winners for the year 2008.

Council member Steve Byington gave an update on the Sugar Camp/Pointe Oakwood development, reporting that a group of eight citizens have been meeting concerning the Master Plan for landscaping and development of the site. According to Byington, the group has asked that more native species of plants and trees be used in the landscaping of the site.

The votes are in for the
2nd Annual People’s Choice Award
for Scarecrow Row in Oakwood

And the winners are:

First place is “yIKEs” located at Peach Orchard and Shafor. The creation was constructed by the Oakwood Environmental Committee headed by Carol Collins.

Second place went to: “The Legend of Greenmount Hollow” located at the intersection of Greenmount and Shafor. This scarecrow was created by the Fowler and McGinnis families.

Third place is a tie and goes to: “ScAbbey Road” at the corner of Telford and Shafor, put together by a group of three Beatles fans headed up by Pamela Penchoff. Also in third place was “First in Fright” located at the corner of Shafor and Aberdeen. It was constructed by “The Aberdeen 400” headed by Christy Harrison. First in Fright was also the first place winner in the City of Oakwood contest.

Mayor Judy Cook handed out Scarecrow trophies to all the winners. Thanks to all who voted and participated in making all the wonderful scarecrows this year.

Congratulations to
all the winners!

The Oakwood Beautification Awards were also handed out. Before the ceremony, a video showcasing the yards of each awardee was shown to the audience, followed by Mayor Cook handing out award plaques with the owners name, address and picture of their home depicted.

2008 Beautification Award Winners >

After the awards were handed out, one of the awardees came to the microphone
and announced that she represented an organization entitled Friends of the Library, a support and advocacy group. She announced that a public meeting will be held at the Wright Library on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. to discuss issues concerning the library.

Public Works Director Kevin Weaver gave a report on the various projects going on around the city. The roadway into the soccer fields has been preliminarily graded and will be ready for asphalt in the future. The new parking lot on the first block of Orchard Drive has been completed and is awaiting electric lighting to complete the job.

City Manager Norbert Klopsch mentioned that there have been two meetings – one in September and one in October – concerning what to do with recreation space in Oakwood. Both meetings drew about 40 citizens and a number of proposals and options were discussed, among them the possibility of a dog park, a teen center, an indoor basketball court, an enclosed swimming pool, and a multiplex sports/athletic arena. Klopsch assured the attendees that the city is giving much thought to the options.

Klopsch also announced that the total cost of cleanup after the September windstorm was over $350,000 but the city will be receiving federal reimbursement for the damages incurred.

The next formal meeting of the Oakwood City Council will be Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. 

Jacks advance to 2nd round playoffs

Photo by Leon Chuck

Junior Ben Raichle sacks the Pirates QB.

The Lumberjacks won an exciting first round playoff at Jonathan Alders. The final score was 12-10.  Oakwood tied the score 3-3 on senior David Miller’s field goal in the second quarter.

Seconds before half time, Oakwood went ahead 6-3 when the Jacks offense got close enough for a successful 35 yard field goal by Miller.

In the third quarter, sophomore QB Matt Carpenter connected with a juggling over the shoulder catch by sophomore WR Connor Charbat in the end zone.  The PAT failed and the Jacks led 12-3.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Jack’s margin was cut to 12-10 after a Pirates TD.  After recovering an onside kick, the Jacks offense ran out some time before punting the ball away with less than 24 seconds left in the game.  The Pirates offense got the ball back with 13.8 seconds left and no time outs. Time expired as the Pirates QB was tackled from behind by junior Greg Ambrose to allow the Jacks to advance to the next playoff game.

Oakwood doctor receives 19 count drug charge

An Oakwood physician has been charged with nineteen counts related to the bust of a “large scale” multi-state prescription drug ring. Warren County officials announced that 10 people from southwest Ohio, Kentucky and Florida have been arrested so far.
Dr. Richard Sievers, 53, of Oakwood, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he conspired with others to illegally distribute controlled substances by writing prescriptions with no legitimate medical purpose. Sievers was arrested and charged on Oct. 31.

The 19-count indictment alleges that between January 2007 and January 2008, Sievers with others to distribute OxyContin (oxycodone), Vicodin ES (hydrocodone), Xanax (alprazolam) and Methadone (methadose).

According to Warren County authorities, Sievers faces up to 20 years in prison on a conspiracy charge and was also indicted on five counts of illegally distributing methadose and one count of illegally distributing oxycodone, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Sievers has a detention hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 4 according to a press release from the Warren County Drug Task Force. The county’s Drug Task Force and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio will be holding a press conference and providing further updates.



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