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July 24 - August 6, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XL, No. 3

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The Groveport Farmer’s Market is underway for the season. The market is held every Thursday through

Sept. 8 from 4-6 p.m, at Groveport’s Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road (with the exception of Aug. 4 when the

market will be held in conjunction with First Thursday in Cruiser Park, 4677 Bixby Road). Pictured here,

Kristiauna Trelay buys some produce from Groveport’s Brian Casserly at the Farmer’s Market on July 14.

Homicide/suicide

at local warehouse

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Decision on fireworks use delayed

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport City Council has again postponed further

discussion and a vote on an ordinance regarding

the personal use of fireworks within city limits.

Because of this, as of now, the use of personal

fireworks remains banned in Groveport.

At council’s July 11 meeting, council decided to

delay more talks or action on the legislation until its

July 25 meeting because Councilman Ed Dildine

was not present at the July 11 meeting. Council

members felt all members should be present during

consideration of the fireworks legislation.

The proposed ordinance originally restricted the

personal use of consumer grade fireworks to only on

the Fourth of July within the Groveport city limits.

However, on June 27 by a 4-2 vote, council amended

the proposed ordinance to instead allow the use of

personal fireworks on 15 days, which would make it

consistent with the new state law regarding the personal

use of fireworks. (Council members Jean Ann

Hilbert and Jack Rupp opposed the amendment.)

A new Ohio law, which went into effect July 1,

allows individuals to possess consumer grade fireworks,

eliminating a requirement that purchasers

transport consumer grade fireworks out of the state

within 48 hours of purchase.

The new state law allows any person authorized

to possess consumer grade fireworks to discharge

them on their own property or on another person’s

property with permission on the following days:

New Year’s Day; Chinese New Year; Cinco de Mayo;

Memorial Day weekend; Juneteenth; July 3, 4, and

5 and the Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays preceding

and following; Labor Day weekend; Diwali; and

New Year’s Eve.

However, the law permits local governments to

restrict the dates and times when individuals may

discharge consumer grade fireworks or to impose a

complete ban on the use of consumer grade fireworks.

A motion on June 27 to pass, as an emergency

measure, Groveport’s amended ordinance that

would adhere to the new state law failed by a 3-3

vote. (Five votes are needed to pass legislation as an

emergency. Council members Ed Dildine, Scott

Lockett, and Becky Hutson voted to approve while

Jean Ann Hilbert, Jack Rupp, and Shawn Cleary

opposed.)

The amended ordinance goes on to its third reading

and a possible final vote on July 25. If it is

passed at that time it would go into effect 30 days

later and then allow the use of personal fireworks on

the days listed in the state law.

See FIREWORKS, page 3

A woman and a man are dead as the result of a murder/suicide

that occurred at a warehouse near Groveport.

According to Groveport Police, at about 5:24 a.m. on July 11,

police officers were dispatched to the SK Food Group warehouse

in the 3000 block of Toy Road on the report of an active shooter.

Upon arrival, officers learned it was a possible domestic situation

between the adult female victim and an adult male suspect, both

employees of the warehouse through a temp agency. The male suspect

approached the female in the locker area of the business and

an argument allegedly ensued. The male suspect then shot the

woman multiple times with a handgun before fleeing the building.

According to Groveport Police Detective Josh Gilbert,

Groveport Police patrol officers arrived on the scene quickly and

began conducting life saving efforts on the woman. He said the

woman was transported to Grant Hospital where she died of her

wounds.

Gilbert said the male suspect allegedly attempted to shoot himself

inside the same locker area in the building, but his gun malfunctioned.

The suspect then fled the building.

According to Gilbert, the suspect then lay down in the roadway

in an apparent suicidal effort to have vehicles run over him. When

that failed, the suspect climbed a nearby utility pole. The suspect

was found dead at the base of the pole.

According to Gilbert, it has not yet been

determined whether the suspect died from

electrocution from the power lines or from a

fall from the pole.

Gilbert said it is not known what the victim

and the suspect were arguing about.

According to the Groveport Police, no

other employees at the business were injured

as a result of this incident and there were no

shots fired by law enforcement.

“SK Food Group does a good job of safety

training and the company made sure its

employees were safe,” said Gilbert.

See HOMICIDE, page 3

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Another local church could close

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

Groveport may possibly lose another historic church

congregation.

A year ago the Groveport Presbyterian Church,

which had operated on College Street since 1853,

closed due to decreasing membership and finances.

Now, the Catholic Diocese of Columbus is considering

closing St. Mary Catholic Church, 5684 Groveport

Road, as part of its Real Presence Real Future initiative

that includes the potential consolidation of parishes.

No decision has been made yet on whether St. Mary

Catholic Church will close as the Real Presence Real

Future initiative is still in its research phase.

According to realpresencerealfuture.org, “Real

Presence, Real Future is a two-year diocesan-wide consultative

process that invites participation from clergy,

lay ecclesial ministers, parish volunteers, and all the

faithful. By listening to the needs of our people and

hearing your ideas, concerns and desires, this process

will help determine the best path forward to increase

the presence of the Church throughout the Diocese of

Columbus.”

The website states the initiative is considering people’s

needs as well as the needs of the culture.

According to Jason Mays, director of communications

with the Diocese of Columbus, more information

about the program and its potential impact on St.

Mary Catholic Church can be found at realpresencerealfuture.org

and on a video at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F5RDjWznTw&fe

ature=emb_title.

Per the video, attendance at mass in the entire diocese,

which serves a mix of 105 urban, suburban, and

rural parishes in central and southern Ohio, has

dropped from 80,000 in 2008 to 48,500 in 2021.

Information on the video indicates that decreasing

attendance leads to fewer resources. The diocese has

more priests retiring or passing away than there are

new priests to replace them. Consolidation of parishes

is one of the options the diocese is considering to

address these issues.

Per information provided in the video, attendance

at mass at St. Mary in Groveport has declined from

274 in 2019 to 192 in 2021.

One plan under consideration by the diocese is to

consolidate St. Mary with St. John XXIII, which is

located at 5170 Winchester Southern Road in Canal

Winchester. Mass attendance at St. John XXIII has

decreased as well, from 649 in 2019 to 456 in 2021.

The Real Presence, Real Future initiative is considering

a variety of options for the diocese and the review

and study of the situation is ongoing.

Recommendations are pending.

St. Mary Church member speaks

“It’s devastating,” said Kathy Frank, a member of

St. Mary Catholic Church since 1967, of the potential

closure of her church.

She said the church fulfills a vital spiritual role in

the community as well as a helping hand to those in

need.

“We do a lot of community outreach that helps both

the Groveport community and the Groveport Madison

school district,” said Frank.

She said examples of the church’s community outreach

include helping people in financial and material

need under its St. Vincent DePaul program; providing

assistance to the Groveport Food Pantry; and providing

food to a homeless shelter in Columbus.

“If we’re not here, the community loses these vital

services as well as others,” said Frank.

She said the church fosters a family, close knit

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St. Mary Catholic Church in Groveport.

A special feature at St. Mary Catholic Church is its

Stations of the Cross garden located behind the

church.

atmosphere.

“We have generations who have attended here,”

said Frank. “Our choir is small, but mighty, and it feels

like if the church closes we’ll lose our choir family and

our church family as everyone would most likely disperse

elsewhere.”

Frank said a special feature of St. Mary is the

Stations of the Cross located behind the church.

“It’s a comforting, beautiful place where people can

go to contemplate regardless of their denomination.

It’s very spiritual,” said Frank, who said the Stations

of the Cross area is open during daytime hours.

She said church members are writing letters to

Bishop Earl Fernandes in support of keeping St. Mary

open. Bishop Fernandes will also attend a special service

at the church on Aug. 15 at 5:30 p.m. that the public

is invited to attend. A reception follows the service.

“We are banding together in support of our church,”

said Frank. “We’re not going to give up.”

St. Mary first opened in 1871 in a small brick

church on the southwest corner of Blacklick and Front

streets in Groveport. The building was expanded in

1949 and the church served the community at that site

until 1977 when a new (now current) church was built

at 5684 Groveport Road.

A long time popular community event at the church

is the smorgasbord, which began in 1951. Many people

know the familiar red, white, and black sign that pops

up in town announcing the event each year.

Visit groveportstmary.org for information on the

church.


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Neighborhood security

Elmont Place subdivision

plans to install security

cameras in neighborhood

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

FIREWORKS

Residents in a Groveport neighborhood

are taking steps to improve the safety and

security there.

At Groveport City Council’s July 11

meeting, J. Scott Bumgardner, president of

the Elmont Place subdivision’s homeowners

association, said the group plans to buy

and install three security cameras to be

placed on poles at strategic spots in Elmont

Place.

He noted the Elmont Place area has

recently suffered from a couple of shootings,

speeders, and other problems.

One shooting occurred in August 2021

where a man fired 15 rounds from a rifle

inside his house in the subdivision before

police arrested him.

Then in December 2021 a suspect fired

six rounds from a .40 caliber weapon at a

house in the subdivision.

No one was injured in either of the

shooting incidents.

Bumgardner said the camera will cap-

HOMICIDE

Continued from page 1

ture the license plate numbers of vehicles

entering the subdivision and, if the technology

detects there is a warrant out on

that number, the camera’s computer will

notify the police and enable officers to

investigate.

The gathered information would be

stored on a police computer server. The

camera can also register the speed a vehicle

is traveling.

Bumgardner said the camera system

will cost the homeowners association

$7,500 per year and that the group is ready

to make the purchase, but needs council’s

approval to place the camera poles in the

right-of-way.

“We feel like this is a good idea for the

city and for Elmont Place,” said

Bumgardner.

Groveport Law Director Kevin Shannon

advised council that it can consider a

licensing agreement with the Elmont Place

homeowners association that would allow

the group to place the camera/security

poles in the right of way in the subdivision.

There would also be signage at the entryways

to the subdivision announcing that

the premises/area are monitored by security

surveillance.

Council could possibly consider entering

into the licensing agreement with the subdivision

at council’s July 25 meeting.

Gilbert said, in addition to the

Groveport Police, other responding law

enforcement and emergency agencies that

responded to the incident included the

Madison Township Police, Obetz Police,

Columbus Police, Franklin County Sheriff

deputies, Franklin County SWAT team,

Madison Township Fire Department,

Hamilton Township Fire Department, and

Columbus Fire Department.

Gilbert said the warehouses in the

Groveport area are large structures and

when there is an incident at one of them it

is not easy for officers to know the situation

immediately.

“We treat it as an active shooter and

respond accordingly until we know otherwise,”

said Gilbert. “Our officers run

toward the bullets and put their lives on

the line. Our officers are human and regular

people, but they do not hesitate to confront

danger.”

Gilbert said there has not been an

increase in violent crime in the warehouse

industrial parks in Groveport. He said the

more common crimes in the warehouse

area are property crimes, such as stolen

cars.

“This particular shooting incident

stemmed from issues outside of Groveport

brought on by people not from Groveport,”

said Gilbert. “It is an isolated incident.”

The investigation remains ongoing by

the Groveport Police.

Continued from page 1

According to Groveport City

Administrator B.J. King, under existing

Groveport law there is currently a complete

ban on the use of personal fireworks

in the city.

Council members Lockett and Dildine

have both expressed the desire that

Groveport follow the new state law that

allows the personal use of fireworks and

make changes if problems arise.

Hilbert and Rupp favor restricting the

use of personal fireworks. Both said they

are concerned about the potential injuries

brought on by the use of personal fireworks.

Groveport Police Chief Casey Adams

said individuals must be responsible when

using personal consumer grade fireworks.

He said people must ensure everyone in

and around a launch is safe and the fireworks

are launched away from others and

structures that could sustain injury or

damage when the fireworks explode and

fall to the ground. He said the negligent

use of fireworks without proper precautions

could lead to criminal charges being

filed against those responsible for the fireworks.

Groveport Police statistics

June crime statistics, according to the

Groveport Police: 13 arrests, 13 accidents,

2 assaults, 1 burglary, 5 domestic disputes,

4 domestic violence, 3 OVI and alcohol, 11

thefts/robberies, 1 stolen/unauthorized

use, 0 missing persons, 2 weapon related

calls, 0 narcotic related offense, 2 parking,

2 threats, 2 vandalism, 1 juvenile complaint,

49 traffic citations, 0 sex related

crimes, 0 Groveport Madison School

District criminal reports, 0 Groveport

Madison School District non-criminal

reports, 3 suicide/attempts.

Groveport news

July 24, 2022 - GROVEPORT MESSENGER - PAGE 3

Groveport city

income tax revenue

The city of Groveport’s income tax revenue

year-to-date as of June 30 was $10.4

million, which is 15 percent higher than

the same time in 2021, according to

Groveport Finance Director Jason Carr.

Carr noted the general fund balance was

$6.2 million as of June 30 or $1.5 million

higher than the same time last year.

Income tax revenues year-to-date comprise

54 percent of all city revenues, the largest

part of all the city’s revenues.

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They’re heading out west to the rodeo nationals

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

A pair of friends are fulfilling some

rodeo dreams this summer.

Arly Kisner of Groveport and Allie

Beerman of Columbus qualified for the

National High School Finals Rodeo in

Gillette, Wyoming, from July 17-23.

Kisner competes in team roping, breakaway

roping, goat tying, barrel racing and

pole bending events. She qualified for

Nationals in team roping, goat tying and

pole bending.

Beerman runs barrels and poles in her

rodeo events. She qualified for Nationals in

barrel racing.

Both attend Eastland Career Center.

Kathy Kisner, Arly’s mother, said Arly

started riding horses at age seven. She said

Arly and Allie are rodeo friends.

“Arly began competing in rodeo events

at age 10,” said Kathy. “She was introduced

to rodeo by family friends Kim

McCutchen and Valerie Burch.”

Arly competes in rodeos with two horses

- Yoder, a 17-year-old gelding she has

worked with for two years; and Bunny, an

11 year-old mare she has been competing

with for five years.

“Arly was named the Female Rookie of

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first year competing,” added Kathy.

Arly said she “loves the challenge of

rodeo and working towards getting faster

times in all her events.”

According to Arly, her most exciting and

memorable experience with rodeo was

when she broke the arena record for pole

bending at Crazy Woman Ranch in

Lancaster during the 2020-21 Winter

Rodeo series.

Allie’s horse’s name is Shiner.

“Allie started riding when she was nine

and participated in some small local rodeos

and at age 14 she started competing in the

Ohio high school rodeo association,” said

Allie’s mother Robin Rodgers. “She loves

competing and when she has a good run, it

makes her feel like all the hard work she

puts in with Shiner pays off. Plus she

enjoys encouraging others to excel in their

events.”

According to Allie, one of her best

moments was going to Fort Worth earlier

this year to compete at the Junior Patriot

Rodeo.

“It was a great experience,” said Allie.

Rodgers said Arly and Allie have been

friends since elementary school.

Ryan Gasser, Eastland-Fairfield Career

Center coordinator of communications and

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Arly Kisner and her horse in action.

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program at Eastland Career Center. Arly’s

home high school is Teays Valley and

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Kathy said Arly would like to go on to

college and also compete in collegiate

rodeo.

Rodgers said in the future Allie wants to

start her own welding business and continue

rodeoing.

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Back - to - School

The history of the graduation cap

Graduation ceremonies are a tradition

that dates back to the first high

schools and universities. While many

aspects of graduation ceremonies have

evolved over the years, the graduation

cap has remained a hallmark of such ceremonies.

Graduation caps are one of the most

visible aspects of graduation dress. Many

scholars believe the mortarboard style

cap graduates don was developed from

the biretta, a similar-looking Italian hat

worn by Roman Catholic clergy. In the

12th and 13th centuries, students and

teachers typically wore clerical clothing

because the church was highly influential

at this time. Medieval universities

helped inspire academic dress, including

the familiar graduation cap.

Mortarboards are shaped like a

square, perhaps to give them a scholarly appearance like a book or to

represent the shape of a quad on the campus of England’s Oxford

University, where many graduation dress customs are believed to have

originated. Others theorize that the mortarboard, which is named after

the flat board used by bricklayers and masons, represents the skill of a

master workman.

Many graduation caps were

initially black or gray. When

color photography became the

norm in the 20th century,

schools began to use gowns and

caps in different shades

because they would show up in

photographs. Schools often

coordinate caps and gowns so

their colors reflect their official

school colors.

While certain degrees warrant

different styles of gown,

cowls and hoods, mortarboard

caps are relatively standard.

In addition to the cap, there is

a single button at the top.

Tassels hang from these buttons.

At commencement, tassels

are traditionally worn on

the right side of the cap and then moved to the left once graduates

receive their diplomas.

Graduation caps are part of the larger scope of academic dress that

comprises school traditions. Millions of graduates across the globe will

don their caps and toss them into the air later in celebration of their hard

work.

Groveport

history films

Two documentary films

on the history of Groveport,

produced by the Groveport

Heritage Society and

Midnet Media, are now

available for viewing online

on YouTube.

The films are:

Groveport: A Town and Its

People” and “The Story of

John S. Rarey and Cruiser.”

Groveport

Heritage Museum

The Groveport Heritage

Museum contains photographs,

artifacts, and documents

about Groveport’s

history. The museum is

located in Groveport Town

Hall, 648 Main St., and is

open during Groveport

Town Hall’s operating

hours. Call 614-836-3333.

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Groveport Resident Day

at Motts Military Museum

City of Groveport residents will receive

free admission with a complimentary event

ticket to Motts Military Museum, 5075 S.

Hamilton Road, on Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 5

p.m. Pick up your complimentary event

ticket at Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main

St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from July 6 to

Aug. 4. Proof of residency required. Must

live within the 185 tax district. For information

call 614-836-3333.

School board meetings

The Groveport Madison Board of

Education meets the second and fourth

Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the

District Service Center, 4400 Marketing

Our Family Caring For Yours

Place, Suite B, Groveport. The board may

also schedule special meetings, as needed.

Helping youth

Dylan Knecht, a Groveport resident and

a co-owner of RE/MAX Apex in Lithopolis,

is volunteering along with two of our other

real estate agents at Camp Hamwi, a camp

in Danville, Ohio, for youths with diabetes

– put on by Lifecare Alliance/Central Ohio

Diabetes Association. Knecht is a Type 1

diabetic and attended the camp as a youth.

Southeast Library

The Southeast Branch of the Columbus

Metropolitan Library is located at 3980 S.

Hamilton Road, Groveport. For information

visit www.columbuslibrary.org or call

614-645-2275.

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5055 S. Hamilton Road

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Groveport Madison school

start and dismissal times

There is a change in the start and dismissal

times for Groveport Madison

Schools for the 2022-23 school year. To

allow for more time for teacher collaboration

and professional development opportunities,

school start and dismissal times

(bell schedules) have been modified slightly

for the upcoming school year. The times

are: high school 7:20 a.m. — 1:45 p.m.; middle

schools 8:15 a.m. — 2:45 p.m.; and elementary

schools 9:15 a.m. — 3:40 p.m.

Open house schedule

Every Groveport Madison school hosts

an open house/welcome night before the

start of the school year. Open houses help

parents and students familiarize themselves

with their school and meet our

teachers and principals. Open houses are:

Groveport Madison High School — Aug. 9,

5—8 p.m.; Middle Schools — Aug. 10, 5:30—

7:30 p.m.; Elementary Schools — Aug. 11,

4—6 p.m.; and Kindergarten (all schools) —

Aug. 16, 4:30—6:30 p.m.

School supply lists online

Groveport Madison School supply lists

are available on gocruisers.org. Having the

necessary supplies and materials for students

to meet their educational goals is a

partnership between the school district

and our families. Groveport Madison

Schools provides our schools with most of

the essential materials and supplies they

need; however, many class- and teacherspecific

supplies are also required from

families.

School supply lists for each of our elementary

and middle schools are available

on the district’s website at

gocruisers.org/backtoschool2022.aspx. The

district does not publish traditional school

supply lists at the high school level

because of the array of courses available.

Instead, the high school teachers will

inform their students of any supplies or

materials needed for specific classes once

students arrive.

Golden Cruiser Club

Groveport Madison Schools invites senior

residents of the district to attend athletic

and performing arts programs showcasing

the talents of its students. The

Golden Cruiser Club is a free program for

residents of the Groveport Madison School

District who are age 60 and older. Club

membership provides free access to all

school and district sponsored athletic contests,

plays, concerts, and other events. To

become a member of the Golden Cruiser

Club, obtain an application at

www.gocruisers.org, at any of the school

offices, or call (614) 492-2520.

The requirements for membership are

that applicants be age 60 or older and be a

resident of Groveport Madison Schools

(verified by the Franklin County Auditor’s

website).

Boy Scout Troop 71

Groveport area scouts of Boy Scout

Troop 71 meet at Groveport United

Methodist Church, 512 Main St. Cub

Scouts, boys and girls in grades K-5, meet

on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. Boy Scouts ages

11-18 meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The Girls

Troop ages 11-18 meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

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Superintendent search continues

By Rick Palsgrove

Groveport Editor

The Groveport Madison Board of

Education is reviewing its options in its

search for a new district superintendent.

At its July 13 meeting,the board heard

presentations from two organizations that

could possibly assist in the superintendent

search - Finding Leaders and the Ohio

School Board Association. However, the

board delayed making a decision on selecting

either organization.

“We are still working on what we want

to do, as a board,” said Board President

Chris Snyder. “The tight time frame is

adding some extra pressure to the decision,

but we want to make sure that we are taking

in all of the thoughts and concerns of

our board before we decide what to do. The

choosing of a search firm seemed a bit premature

(at the July 13 meeting), so we

wanted to wait a bit to really think about

the decision, and therefore we tabled the

vote (on selecting a search firm).”

The new superintendent will replace

former superintendent Garilee Ogden, who

left the district to become superintendent

of Reynoldsburg City Schools on July 1.

Ogden served as Groveport Madison

superintendent since 2018.

Snyder previously said the board hoped

to have a new superintendent starting on

Photo courtesy of the

Groveport Heritage

Museum

Groveport

School

playground

Aug. 1.

When asked what qualities and experience

the board is looking for in the new

superintendent, Snyder said, “We would

like to select someone with district knowledge

and experience. We would like to

have a superintendent who can cultivate

strong relationships with our community

leaders, and is able to work well with staff,

parents, and community members. We

would also like someone who is able to continue

our academic growth and who also

has the ability to deal with the operations

of the district.”

Groveport Madison Deputy

Superintendent Jamie Grube agreed to

serve as the district’s interim superintendent

until July 30.

New computers for schools

The board approved the purchase of 500

Dell Chromebook computers for the high

school and middle schools and 300 Dell

Chromebook for the elementaries for the

2022-23 school year from XTek Partners at

a cost of $265,000. According to district

officials, the computers will be paid for

from equipment funds in the budget.

School playground project

The board approved $126,396 in funding

for a playground equipment and

repairs project for the district’s elementary

schools.

Our Pictorial Past by Rick Palsgrove

This is a view from

1926 of the playground

at

Groveport School

(now Groveport

Elementary. Up

until the 1950s, the

school housed all

12 grades. In the background at right, part of the Elmont Hotel, which was once

next door to the school, is visible. Playground equipment in the photo includes a

set of swings and “teeter-totters.” Also, faintly visible at the left of the photo is a

pole with heavy hanging chains with stirrups that kids would hold on to and spin

around the pole. This pole with the chains was still in use up until the 1960s.

Groveport School, built in 1923, will celebrate its 100th birthday next year. The

school is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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There are many chapters to the story of

Kendall Collins, a woman shot 15 times by

her estranged husband in 2015 and left for

dead by the side of the road near the

Groveport Recreation Center.

Domestic abuse, a plea deal with a

lawyer that never should have happened,

gun violence, three months in Grant

Hospital and a series of 31 corrective surgeries

over seven years with more planned

are all a part of her life.

But Collins is the first person to tell you

that she is a survivor because of her family,

faith and fortitude.

The Lockbourne resident and her former

husband were high school sweethearts who

met in 2000.

“All throughout high school we dated

and attended two proms together,” recalled

Collins. “We had a seemingly normal relationship,

young love you could say. From

the beginning he was controlling and jealous,

but I thought that meant he loved me.

We stayed together for many years with

rough patches and many break ups.”

The couple had two children. Their relationship

continued to deteriorate, eventually

leading to multiple separations.

“In 2013 we hit a breaking point...he

locked me in my room while my children

were in the living room,” said Collins. “We

ended up getting into a fight that began

with him tackling me to the ground. I called

the police that night and he was arrested

and taken to jail for domestic violence.”

At his court hearing, he faced a felony

charge. However, Collins’ lawyer advised

her to lower the charges to a criminal mischief–a

misdemeanor instead of a felony.

“The lawyer said he would be court

ordered to attend counselling and would

have to complete anger management courses.

I agreed to lower the charges down to a

misdemeanor,” said Collins. “He attended

his counseling faithfully for the year and he

seemed to benefit from it. He seemed happier

and was less aggressive towards me

verbally and we did not have any other

physical fights during that time.”

After the year was up, Collins said he

fell back into his previous pattern of

aggression. She filed for divorce in the summer

of 2015 and on Sept. 10 of that year,

her life changed forever.

Because the domestic abuse charges

were reduced to criminal mischief, her former

husband was able to buy a gun legally

at a gun store two days before he shot

Collins eight times in her right leg, three

times in the right arm, one time in the

stomach, once in the chest, once in the

lower back and once in the pelvic bone.

“We had just had a meeting two days

before (Sept. 8) with the lawyers and had

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Kendall Collins stands not far from a field near the Groveport Recreation Center

where she was shot 15 times in the early morning hours of Sept. 10, 2015.

signed paperwork for custody of the kids

and how we would separate the assets,”

said Collins. “After church, he called and

asked if I could meet him at Arby’s on Alum

Creek to give me money for the kids. I

agreed to meet him after the kids were

asleep at my mom’s house.”

As soon as he got inside Collins’ car, she

realized the meeting was a mistake. She

said he began screaming as she turned onto

Groveport Road.

“He did not let up as we drove a little

further,” Collins recalled. “I was finally fed

up with his yelling and I told him that I

loved him, but I was no longer in love with

him. At that point he pulled out the gun

and laid it on his lap pointing it at me. I

remember how shiny it was, and it scared

me as I screamed. I remembered that there

was a cornfield beside the rec center, and I

thought that I could run and hide in the

cornfield to get away from him in the darkness

of the night.”

She was about to open her door and run

when she saw police lights coming towards

her and did not know what to do. If she ran,

she thought the police might think she was

running away from them.

It was around 2:30 a.m.

“As I came to the stop sign, the police

had their lights on my car. My (former)

husband picked up the gun and cocked it.

Without thinking I reached over to him and

said ‘Put the gun away. We can get out of

this.’ He looked at me and said, ‘I’m sorry it

has to be this way.”

Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Guiler was

responding to another call when Guiler saw

Collins’ auto in the recreation center driveway

facing southbound near a stop sign. He

watched her former husband attempt to

exit the car and then heard the distinctive

sound of a firearm hitting the pavement.

“I then pulled my service weapon out and

started to command him not to pick up the

gun,” said Guiler. “I saw him reach for the gun

and as he did, he stayed ducked down behind

the passenger door. At this point I believed he

was going to grab the gun and either come up

shooting at me or take off running.”

Guiler found what happened next unbelievable.

“I saw his back turn as if he were going

to run away from the vehicle,” said Guiler.

“He then fired two shots into the vehicle

which I believe hit Kendall Collins and ran

to the rear of Kendall’s car. I then could

see him looking through the back windshield

for her. I then made a split second

decision to fire a shot through the front

windshield towards him hoping to pin him

down. While waiting on back-up I was very

focused watching for him to come back up.

I then saw Kendall crawling from the driver

seat to the passenger side of the vehicle.

I yelled for her to stay in the car but she fell

out on the ground in the fetal position facing

him and the rear of the vehicle.”

Guiler said as soon as Kendall hit the

pavement, her former husband fired several

rounds at her, never coming up from

behind the vehicle. Guiler said he felt hopeless

at this point thinking he could not get

to her in time due to the distance between

them.

“After he shot her several times, I knew

I had to get to her,” said Guiler. “He finally

jumped up from behind the vehicle and

started running away pointing his firearm

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at me. I then fired several more rounds at him as he ran to the

cornfield. He did fire one more shot.”

Another sergeant arrived and kept watch on the cornfield.

Guiler heard Kendall yelling and moving and could not believe she

was still alive. Groveport Police Officer Danny Amabile arrived on

scene and the two used a cruiser as a barricade to get to Collins.

“She rolled over from her side and said, ‘Will you do me a favor

and get my hair out of my face?’ I couldn’t believe she was still able

to communicate with us and I did move her hair out of her face,”

said Guiler, who moved Kendall to a safe place. “She had to be

moved because the medics would not respond directly to her

because the scene was still active and we did not know his location

or if he was still a threat. As I sat her down in the grass, I could

see she was losing a lot of blood from her leg. Franklin County

deputies were able to escort the medics to her now that she was in

a safe place. They then took Kendall and were able to stabilize her

until they reached the hospital.”

Guiler said several agencies responded to the scene, including

Hilliard’s K-9 unit which helped locate Collins’ former husband in

the cornfield. He was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted

gunshot wound.

On the way to the hospital, as one of Collins’ lungs started to

collapse, she prayed to stay alive and breathe. She said she made

a silent pledge to God that if she lived, she would tell everyone He

saved her life and had given her a purpose.

She was in a medically induced coma for 18 days and spent

three months in the hospital. She then spent three months in a

rehabilitation facility learning how to walk again.

“I had to learn how to talk, walk, write and all basic things all

over again,” said Collins. “It was a long process. I was very lucky

to have my current husband Seth there with me every day. He

helped keep me motivated when I felt like giving up. Seth stayed

with me through everything. He has been my rock. Life has not

been easy for us, but we have made it together.”

For women experiencing domestic abuse, Collins urges them to

leave before the situation escalates.

“It will get worse,” Collins said. “Lean on your faith and family,

but get away from the abuser. Abusers do not change. They only

get worse when they lose that control. Protect yourself and your

children. A restraining order is only a piece of paper.”

For help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call the National

Domestic Abuse Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE); LSS Choices

Crisis Line, 614-224-4663 (HOME); or the Ohio Domestic Violence

Network, 1-800-934-9840.

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The annual Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest will be held

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The two day summer street celebration features live blues

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The city of Groveport’s Concert in the Park summer music

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Groveport’s agricultural heritage

Groveport is a town with deep agricultural

roots extending from its founding in

the early 19th century through most of the

20th century.

Editor’s Notebook

Rick

Palsgrove

Even in the rapidly

commercially developing

21st century,

some active farms

still neighbor the town.

In the late 18th and into the 19th century,

settlers were drawn to the Groveport

area by the rich land and abundant fresh

water that made for great farming. Early

county histories referred to Madison

Township as the garden spot of Franklin

County.

Businesses throughout much of

Groveport’s history were geared to serving

the many Madison Township farms that

encircled the town. These included blacksmiths,

a creamery, wagon makers, farm

implement dealers, livestock dealers, canal

shipping, grain dealers, sawmills, railroad

shipping (in 1875, five million pounds of

freight of mostly livestock and grain were

shipped by rail from Groveport), hardware

stores, and more.

An ad from 1944 for one business, the

Groveport Chickery, which operated just off

west Main Street, said it could quickly provide

farmers with young chickens and chicken

feed as well as with brooder equipment.

But one did not have to reside on a farm

to embrace the agricultural lifestyle. In

essence, throughout Groveport’s history,

everyone who lived within the town limits

was a farmer in their own way. Residents

maintained large vegetable gardens in

their big yards for their own use and sometimes

sale. Particularly in the older parts

of town the individual residential lots were

originally platted to be large to accommodate

big gardens, barns, and livestock. If

you take a walk through the alleys in historic

areas of town you can see many of

these old barns, stables, and chicken coops

still standing, though they are now used as

garages and storage buildings.

The “garden” at the Elmont Hotel, once

located on Main Street where Middle

School Central now stands, at one time featured

14 acres of potatoes and another 40

acres of tomatoes, cabbage, beets, onions,

peas, beans, asparagus, melons, apples,

plums, cherries, and strawberries.

Many town residents raised chickens and

tended hogs. People stabled horses they

used for transportation. Crops were important

enough that in the 1870s Dr. J. H.

Saylor stored wheat in the unfinished front

room of his large brick home on Main Street.

The Palsgrove farmhouse along

Shannon Road in Madison Township as

it looked in 1940. The house was built

in 1849 by William Whims.

An example of how this agrarian focus

carried on well into the 20th century is a

livestock audit of Groveport completed by

Franklin County in 1920. It revealed that

living in Groveport at that time were 14

horses, 16 cows, 4 sheep, 32 hogs, and

1,543 chickens, ducks, and geese.

Farming once boomed so much in the

Groveport area that two, grain elevators -

North Grain and the Farm Bureau - operated

along the railroad tracks near Front

Street in the 20th century.

“Gro”-veport has always been good at

growing things!

Rick Palsgrove is editor of the Groveport

Messenger.

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