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March 11, 2012
Salem News

Roses to the United Local girls basketball team. The Golden Eagles won a district title before falling to unbeaten Smithville in the regional. United?Local finished 21-4 under head coach Sam Mathias. The Golden Eagles weren't expected to be that good heading into the season. They had a first-year head coach and didn't boast a ton of varsity experience. But their season-long efforts - including a district title win over favored and perennial area power Youngstown Ursuline - proved what can be accomplished by believing in yourselves and committing to a goal. Well done, girls.

Roses to city council, we guess, for approving a final reading on an ordinance limiting the number of dogs and cats permitted in a residence to five. Sort of an arbiitrary number but, hey, if not five then what??Of course, it's the noise component that is involved here. There are plenty of single-pet owners out there whose only dog is capable of incessant nocturnal barking. Sometimes one pet is enough when it comes to nuisance noise. And there are multiple pet owners whose dogs and cats don't make a whimper. Or a bark or loud meow for that matter. It all comes down to who your neighbor is.

Roses to all area residents who are part of our agricultural community. Around here there are hundreds. National Agriculture Day was observed Thursday. It is well deserved. To all the farmers and food producers out there, thank you very much for what you provide us to eat and also for the businesses you support.

Roses to the voters of Perry Township. On Election Day Tuesday, they resoundingly supported a 1.5 continuous levy by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. The extra money will be needed due to rising costs with expenses such as medical insurance and fuel. Chief Mike Emigh and his officers do efficient work covering an expansive area. It is good to know most residents realize and appreciate that.

Roses for March Madness. And, of course, tournament bracket sheets completed and pored over strictly for entertainment, snicker, purposes only.

Thorns to idiot(s) riding dirt bikes on the lawn of the Friends Cemetery located behind the Hickory Rib.?Many don't even know that there is a cemetery there because it has been inactive for decades. But it is sacred land and it is clearly marked. Where's the reverence? Make those found guilty to pay for damage and as a community service make them help with the upkeep of the land.

Thorns to an audit issued Thursday involving the Mullins School and, indirectly, Salem Schools. Anytime the words?"findings for recovery" comes attached to a released audit it's not good news. Auditor of State Dave Yost called it the mystery of the missing money. Well, not really. Someone took it. Let the due law process run its course. Our county prosecutor and his office are good at doing such things. It's too bad this had to happen because it will reflect poorly on the Hannah Mullins School as a whole to some naysayers out there. That would be those always-at-the-ready acidic-tongued critics who load their verbal slingshots at every opportunity and blindly fire away. Which shouldn't happen because it is a wonderful facility that has well-served Salem and our area for decades. And of course the Mullins School is connected to the Salem School District which oversees its finances. It was the district which did uncover the missing money and prudently acted. Roses to the treasurer's office. The amount missing, over $23,000, is substantial. But it is bonded. This all harkens back to the Cougras school treasurer debacle from years ago. And what a mess that was.



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