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Reynoldsburg seeks 2 volunteers for design review board

The City of Reynoldsburg Design Review Board is seeking two Reynoldsburg residents to serve on a committee to establish commercial design guidelines.

This committee will meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month in the evening.

The ideal candidate will be a design profession who is an architect, engineer, landscape architect or graphic designer dealing with sign design.

Those interested should send a brief letter stating qualifications by Oct. 12 to Lucas Haire, Planning Administrator, City of Reynoldsburg, 7232 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg 43068.

Street resurfacing to begin in Reynoldsburg

The Ohio Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing work on East Main Street in Reynoldsburg on October 1, starting with the bridge crossing Blacklick Creek.  

Over the next few weeks, ODOT will begin milling and paving work from the bridge to just east of Taylor Road. This stretch of U.S. 40 is the street most in need of resurfacing and has been on ODOT’s project list for over a year.

All work is scheduled to be done from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. although weather conditions may force some work to be done during the day. The project completion date is October 31.

The City of Reynoldsburg’s 2007 Street Program began on August 27 with work scheduled to be completed October 26. Streets are receiving spot curb and sidewalk ramp work which is required by the American Disability Act (ADA) prior to pavement resurfacing.  Streets being paved include (all or part of) Taylor Woods Drive, Kingsley Drive, Eastgreen Boulevard, Hanson Street and Farmsbury Drive.  

Traffic is being maintained on all streets except for Officeview Place and Merchants Drive where work is being done in phases to allow local business traffic.  Considering our tight budget situation, we have been able to maximize our street projects this year with nearly five miles of resurfacing thanks to assistance from the County and ODOT.  

The Licking County Engineer’s office has notified Reynoldsburg City officials that the Summit Road bridge on the northeast side of town will be replaced starting October 1.  Traffic will be detoured and construction is expected to take approximately four to six weeks. We have been working with the Licking County Engineer’s office for the past six months to resolve maintenance issues regarding the bridge, so we are happy they are undertaking the replacement in a timely manner.  

Curb and sidewalk repair work is also being  done on Main Street from Davidson Drive to Rosehill Road in compliance with the one year maintenance agreement for the Main Street Major Commercial Corridor Revitalization project.


Bowman to be inaugurated as Capital University president

 Denvy Bowman

Capital University will hold the inauguration of Denvy A. Bowman, Ph.D., as its 15th president on Oct. 7.


The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in The Capital Center Performance Arena, located on Capital’s main campus at 1 College and Main in Bexley.


It will be preceded by a morning worship service at 10:45 a.m. in Kerns Religions Life Center’s Kable Chapel. A president’s inaugural reception will be held in the field house immediately following the installation. Registration and assembly of delegates for the academic procession will begin at 1 p.m.

"The inauguration of a president is a milestone event in the life of a university. It provides an opportunity for the entire university community to take stock and to join the new president in his vision for the future of the institution," Board of Trustees Chair Roger Davis said. "The theme of this inauguration will be to honor Capital’s distinguished heritage, and to celebrate the renewal that has begun under the leadership of Dr. Bowman."

Capital University’s Board of Trustees officially elected Bowman the university’s 15th president in a unanimous vote taken March 29. Bowman had served as interim president since June 2006.

The vote was the culmination of a months-long research and interview process completed by a special, board-appointed task force and involving faculty, staff, student and alumni governing bodies, and advisory boards. The feedback made it clear Bowman’s collaborative leadership style, unwavering commitment to student- and academic-centered decision-making, and his vision have earned the collective respect and confidence of those he leads.

Bowman came to Capital in summer 2003 following a national search for dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He later was the unanimous choice for provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, following another national search.

Before coming to Capital, Bowman served as dean of the Arts and Humanities Division at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. Prior to that, he served as associate dean of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. Also at Coastal Carolina University, he served as chair of the Department of History and the director of the University Honors Program.

A lifelong Lutheran, Bowman has a doctorate in ancient history from the University of North Carolina; a master’s degree in ancient history from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Roanoke College.

Bexley school board candidate Ingrid Emch withdraws

Ingrid Emch, a candidate for Bexley school board, has announced her withdrawal from the race due to a conflict of interest.

"As a college professor, I am a member of the Columbus State Education Association, which has an affiliation with NEA, and the Bexley Education Association is also affiliated with NEA," Emch explained.  "Therefore, if elected as a board member, I would be unable to participate in any discussions related to collective bargaining."  

While she would be legally able to hold the position, Emch felt not being able to take part in contract talks would not be in the best interest of Bexley residents and parents.

"There are several fine candidates for the board positions at this time, and I am confident they will be able to represent your interests along with the current board members more completely," Emch said. "If this were not the case, I would still consider running for the board position because I believe I have much that I could contribute."

Josiah Blackmore, former Capital University president, dies at 72

 Josiah Blackmore

Josiah H. Blackmore II, Capital University’s 12th president, professor, renown legal scholar and former Law School dean, died Sept. 26 after a long illness. He was 72.

Blackmore was named president of Capital University in 1988, following a year of service as interim president at the university. He retired from the office of the president in 1998, but continued to serve as a part-time Law School faculty member. The main campus library is named for Blackmore, and his portrait hangs in the lobby.

Upon retiring from Capital in 1998, he and his wife, Joyce, moved to a farm in Blacklick, Ohio, to raise alpacas and keep bees.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children and four grandchildren: Anne Wessels-Paris, her husband, Mike, and her son, Alex, 17, of Cincinnati; son Josiah H. Blackmore III of Toronto, Canada; and Judith Dann, her husband, Mark, and their children, Emma, 10, Josiah, 6 and Grace, 3, of Homer, Ohio.

Blackmore’s affiliation with Capital began in 1969, when he served as an adjunct professor at the Law School. In 1970, he left the practice of law and joined the faculty as a full-time professor.  In 1979, he was named acting dean, followed by his appointment as dean of the Law and Graduate Center in 1980.

A recognized authority in the area of evidence, Blackmore co-authored the Ohio Evidence Law Treatise and served on the Ohio Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee. He was a recipient of the Ohio Municipal League award for service to the legal profession. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, American Law Institute and other legal and educational organizations.

Blackmore received a bachelor’s degree in government from Miami University in 1956, and a juris doctor cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1962. In 1986, he received an honorary doctor of humanities from Capital; in 1989, he received an honorary doctorate from Miami.

Blackmore received numerous honors, including recognition as Capital University Law School’s Outstanding Professor in 1977, the President’s Award from the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Columbus Bar Association Liberty Bell Award.

He was named a 1991 Golden Achievement Award recipient by Doctors Hospital and was presented with the Living Faith Award in Education from the Metropolitan Area Church Council in 1992. He received the prestigious Order of the Coif in 1962.

The Columbus Bar Foundation honored Blackmore on Nov. 10, 2005, with its Presidential Award for Lifetime Service. The award, presented by Past President Cynthia Lazarus, recognized his lifetime commitment to the Columbus legal community. President Blackmore served on both the Columbus Bar Association and Foundation boards.

In summer 2004, Blackmore was appointed by Gov. Bob Taft, under the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate, to the Ohio Ethics Commission. The commission advises on ethical issues that occur in state government.

He was past president of the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America and past chair of the Council of College Presidents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (Capital University is one of the oldest and largest schools of the ELCA.)

Blackmore served on the boards of Children’s Hospital; the Higher Education Council of Columbus; the Academy of Medicine of Columbus & Franklin County Foundation; the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges; and chair of the board of directors of the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Ohio.


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