October 16 - 29, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIII, No. 18
•Trick-or-treat in Obetz is Oct. 31
from 6-8 p.m.
•Trick-or-treat in Lockbourne is Oct. 30
from 4–6 p.m.
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Photos by Olivia Yocum, HTHS Yearbook Chief Senior Editor
The Hamilton Township Rangers defeated the Amanda-
Clearcreek Aces 44-21 in a varsity football game played Sept.
30 at Hamilton Township High School. Pictured, at left, celebrating
a Rangers’ touchdown are A.J. Cain-Jackson (8) and Ian
Swank (57). The Hamilton Township Ranger defense (above)
prepares to stop the Amanda-Clearcreek Aces offense.
Obetz halts short term rentals
By Katelyn Sattler
Obetz City Council voted to prohibit short-term
rental facilities, such as Vrbos or Airbnbs.
Mayor Angela Kirk said the city has had two of
these types of short-term rental facilities.
“The one left doesn’t have a driveway and was
continuing to park in the driveway of an elderly
woman’s next door,” said Kirk. “In the previous one,
there was a huge house party and ended up with a
stolen car. The police had to go out and disperse the
partiers. There were probably 15, 20 kids out there
having a huge house party. That house has now
Added Kirk, “There’s precedent set through several
other communities that do not allow them.
They can come into anyone’s neighborhood here and
buy a string of property. Let’s say the market takes
a dip and someone comes in and buys a bunch of
investment property. Now, they are all short-term
rentals or all short-term leases and now you have 20
of them in your neighborhood and we’re spending
more resources on that than is actually beneficial to
us as a community.”
She said for Obetz it means that it takes more
resources to deal with and there is no benefit to the
“They have to register, they have to be inspected,
they have to be monitored by our police department,
which then takes resources away from our police to
patrol and handle those situations,” said Kirk.
Councilman Robert Kramer clarified that shortterm
means “30 days or less.” Apartments can still
offer short-term leases of six months or less. In an
industrial area, Community Services Director
Stacey Boumis said, “It can be handled through a
“I think this kind of protects everyone’s neighborhood
and the ones that are invested and purchase
the properties,” said Kirk. “We talked about giving
them a little time to get their affairs in order to disband
the Airbnb, because we’re not accepting that
Deputy Administrator Michael Corbitt, said,
“We’ve been seeing a lot of companies wanting more
rentals and usually it’s long-term rentals. But they
could quickly turn it into short-term rentals if this
Obetz City Council approved an emergency ordinance
to make changes to the 2022 appropriations.
Corbitt listed the changes needed. One is $1,200
to cover the remaining phone charges for the police
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According to the Ohio Division of Wildlife, in August, State
Wildlife Officer Jeff Berry, assigned to Muskingum County, was
patrolling the Muskingum River near Duncan Falls when he
noticed two boats and a kayak on the side of the river. He stopped
to talk to four individuals who were there with one of the boats.
They were a family from Loudonville. They had started on the
Mohican River in Loudonville and were travelling to Baton Rouge,
La., 1,500 miles away. They were 13 days into their trip and had
traveled about110 miles. Berry assisted them in shoving off from
the shore as they departed. He checked in with the family. They
traveled 850 miles in 36 days, but their journey ended when they
had boat motor issues. Their highlights were fishing, watching
ospreys catch turtles, and hearing bald eagles chattering at night.
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The GriefShare group will host a free event on Nov.
19 from 1-3 p.m., at the Groveport United Methodist
Church, 512 Main St., Groveport. The Surviving the
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group discussion of the video. To register call the
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department and $1,500 is for the reconditioning of
youth football helmets and $10,000 to purchase new
helmets for next year.
“It’s a supply chain issue,” said Corbitt. “If we don’t
order them now, we won’t get them for next season.
That’s why this is a bigger hit here. Then, $3,000 for
employee winter wear and $5,300 for bank charges. A
lot of that has to do with inflationary issues and their
bank rates are pulling up.”
Councilman Derek Varney asked, “We shouldn’t see
that helmet charge show up next year, right?”
Corbitt responded, “Yeah. We would not budget the
$10,000 next year.”
Varney said, “I don’t want to see another hit. You
know what I mean?”
• “We have our Halloween Fright Night at the
Fortress on Oct. 28 from 6-10 p.m. in the Fortress
parking lot,” said Kirk. “We will be passing out candy
and have the Haunted Hayride like we did before back
in the woods.”
•Trick-or-treat is Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. The city is
Senior Services levy
Voters will decide on the proposed Franklin County
Senior Services levy renewal on Nov. 8. The proposed
five year tax levy renewal is for 1.75 mills, $0.175 per
$100 of valuation, commencing in 2022. Officials state
it is not a tax increase. The levy provides funding for
Franklin County Senior Options and its services
designed to help seniors remain safely at home. These
services include meals-on-wheels, transportation to
doctor appointments, and emergency response buttons.
The existing senior services levy will expire at
the end of 2022. The senior levy is the main funding
source for Senior Options programs.
following the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning
Commission’s recommendation that all communities
have trick-or-treat on the same night.
“We’ll also have officers again in the neighborhoods,”
said Kirk. “The fire department usually comes
out while the neighborhoods hand out candy. There
won’t be any Trunk-or-Treat this year. We’ll just have
the tunnel, like we have in the past.”
•Three lights were repaired on Acadia and two in
Butler Farms. Sodium bulbs are being transitioned to
LED bulbs to be more cost effective and look much better.
•Groveport will hold its Veteran’s Day ceremony on
Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Groveport Veterans Park at 421
•Police Chief Mike Confer provided his department’s
recent statistics since the last meeting. The
police had 774 calls for service, patrolled 2,929 miles,
issued 23 moving violations, one speeding violation, 22
offense reports, two domestic violence incidents. He
also said there were 17 semi-trucks in the neighborhoods.
Halloween in Obetz
By Rick Palsgrove
Fortress Obetz is the place to be for
The annual Obetz Halloween Party,
“Fortress Fright Night,”will be held at the
Fortress, 2015 Recreation Trail, Obetz, on
Oct. 28 from 6-10 p.m. More details about
the event will be available soon on the city
of Obetz’s social media and website.
In addition, trick-or-treat in Obetz will
be held on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 6-8
Trick-or-treat in other nearby areas will
be held as follows:
•Lockbourne: Oct. 30 from 4—6 p.m.
•Groveport: Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.
•Canal Winchester: Oct. 31 from 5:30—
While trick-or-treating can provide a lot
of fun, general precautions should be
taken. Some basic safety tips to follow
•Have an adult accompany children
while they trick-or-treat.
•Only let children visit houses of people
they know who have turned on an outside
light to welcome trick-or-treaters.
•Inspect all candy before eating, and
throw out any open or suspicious looking
•Tell children to walk instead of run
and look both ways before crossing the
•Encourage children to wear reflective
costumes or add light sticks to their costumes
to help make them more visible to
•Be extra cautious of children crossing
the street if driving during or shortly
before or after trick-or-treat hours.
events at the Fortress
The Fortress is home to a variety of
activities and events, including:
•Bally Sports Flag Football on Mondays
through Oct. 17.
•Barcelona Youth Soccer Camp on
Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Oct.
•Gahanna Lincoln vs. Grove City —
High School Football on Oct. 14.
•SCAA Autocross on Oct. 15.
•Bishop Ready vs. KIPP Columbus —
High School Football on Oct. 21.
•OHSAA — Middle School Cross
Country Invitational on Oct. 22.
•OHSAA — High School Cross Country
State Championships on Nov. 5.
Visit fortressobetz.com for information.
Musical Recital Showcase
Hope United Methodist Church, 83 E.
Columbus St., Canal Winchester, will host
The Otterbein University Music
Department in a Musical Recital Showcase
on Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. The free event will
be followed by refreshments and a meet
and greet. All are welcome.
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Columbus Chorus performs
Rise and shine for brunch with the
Columbus Chorus Sweet Adelines at
Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., on
Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Admission is free.
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Life as a Hamilton Township firefighter
By Katelyn Sattler
The day starts early for the Hamilton
They begin and end their 24-hour shift
at 7 a.m. with roll call. All Hamilton
Township firefighters are also paramedics.
They work a 24-hour shift, then are off for
48 hours to enjoy life. They are grouped in
three units: 1 Unit led by Capt. John
Blankenship; 2 Unit led by Capt. Tom
Ferrell; and 3 Unit led by Capt. Scott
“When we show up at fires, everybody
has an assignment,” said Blankenship. “It’s
controlled chaos. If everybody does their
job, the fire goes out and everybody goes
home. If there’s somebody trapped, we all
go and do the rescue.”
He said the ladder trucks’ job is to come
in and do a search.
“They do exposure, like to find hidden
fires in the wall and the ceiling,” said
Blankenship. “They’re helping support the
engine do their work. They also do little
things like cut the electric, disconnect the
power to it, the gas, anything like that.”
After roll call, the firefighters check and
stock the vehicles.
Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Shirkey
was the engine driver and pump operator
for Engine 171 for the day. Probationary
“Sacrifices are always made.
There have been numerous times
where I’ve missed out on family
gatherings, Christmases, holidays,
sporting events. But it just
comes with the nature of the job.”
- Steve Buzzard
recruit Zeb Liston was the engineer who
sat in the back of the truck. Liston makes
sure his tools and hose lines are set up
Shirkey explained the pump side of the
truck and the mixing of foam and water to
put out fires. He joked that the controls are
color coded to make them, “fireman-proof.”
Firefighter/Paramedic Steve Buzzard
arrived for the day after a shift as full-time
assistant fire chief at Rickenbacker Air
National Guard Fire Department.
Buzzard and Blankenship were
assigned Medic 171.
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accountability sheets where we go in and
account for everything, all the tags and
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Hamilton Township Fire Department Capt. John Blankenship (left) teaches probationary
recruit Zeb Liston some life saving techniques.
and everything,” said Buzzard. “And we
keep them under seals and all the seals are
accounted for day to day.”
When asked if anyone ever tried to steal
the necessary and life-saving drugs firefighters
keep aboard their trucks, Buzzard
said, “Oh, we’ve had a couple of times,
being on scene, where people tried to get in
here and tried to pry the doors open. That’s
why we’ve gone to more of a secure keypad
because back in the day, we had the five
punch tab or the cipher or the key lock
where people would actually try to crowbar
or try to pull and break it open. This makes
it harder to do with that.”
With many firefighters having part-time
jobs in addition to full-time work fighting
fires or helping people, “Sacrifices are
always made,” Buzzard said. “There have
been numerous times where I’ve missed
out on family gatherings, Christmases, holidays,
sporting events. But it just comes
with the nature of the job.”
It’s a dangerous job and loved ones are
supportive, but they also worry. Buzzard
said his wife does worry about him at work.
“Oh yeah,” said Buzzard. “She always
tells me, ‘Have a safe day and hopefully
things aren’t too bad.’ You plan for the best.
You always expect the worst, though,
because today, everything’s good. Later on,
we could have a big fire or somebody gets
hurt. It’s just one of those things in this
career field. You have a passion and a drive
to do it. It takes a different kind of mindset
and mainframe to do what we do.”
Buzzard said the job chose him in 1972.
“Remember the old TV show,
‘Emergency’? that’s where I began,” said
Buzzard. “My mom and dad could show you
all the stuff they bought me back then. My
mom worked at a daycare center and went
through first aid classes. She would get certified
in first aid, bandaging, or CPR. When
we went to my grandparents’ house, I
would take all the stuff I had made, med
kits and things like that. I would take a big
sack of stuffed animals, put them around
the house, and do search and rescues and
triage and all that stuff on the stuffed animals.”
Buzzard said the nature of the job
means one has to have a short-term memory.
“You kind of have to flip the switch
quick,” said Buzzard. “Once a case is over
and you get them there. Okay. Refocus to
the next one. After I get off work, I go right
to the gym. I spend like two hours there,
put the headphones on, turn the music on.
I don’t carry a phone or anything. That’s
my time just to do my thing.”
The Hamilton Township Fire
Department will conduct training fires on
the three houses on the Wilburn farm on
October 12, 13, and 14.
Anyone interested in working as a firefighter/paramedic
for Hamilton Township
Fire Department, can visit www.hamtwpfcoh.gov/htfd-employment.
The Hamilton Township Fire
Department has been providing fire and
EMS services to its residents since 1944.
The department serves Hamilton
Township, Obetz, Lockbourne, Reese,
Rickenbacker, Shadeville, and the surrounding
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The Franklin County Commissioners
and Sheriff dedicated the new James A.
Karnes Corrections Center at 2551 Fisher
Road on Columbus’ west side.
The new facility is scheduled to open
later this year and will replace the county’s
downtown jail, which was built in the
1960s. It provides 864 beds, and a second
phase of the new jail will open next year
with an additional 426 beds.
“This jail is a legacy project and one that
will serve our community for many years to
come,” said board of commissioners president,
Erica Crawley. “And the way that it
can do that most effectively is by providing
mental health services, job training and
other educational programing so that our
neighbors in the jail are able to find success
when they become our neighbors outside
of the jail.”
The county team responsible for planning
to replace the county’s jail facilities
partnered with the National Institute of
Corrections and traveled the nation to visit
the country’s most progressive and successful
jails. The James A. Karnes
Corrections Center combines all the best
features in use around the country including
mental health and detoxification centers,
accommodations for virtual visitation,
natural lighting for both inmates and
deputies, and training and programming
space to help prepare inmates for their
return to the community.
“If you want to know how a community
regards its people, you don’t have to look
any farther than its jail,” said commissioner
John O’Grady. “And with the new James
A. Karnes Corrections Center, we’ve finally
got a jail facility that’s worthy of our community
and its residents.”
The new facility is designed to accommodate
a new model of corrections focused
on Strategic Inmate Management and
Franklin County jail dedicated
Direct Supervision. It’s a model in which
deputies share space in pods with the
incarcerated persons they’re supervising.
Each pod has built-in rooms for medical
checks or other professional visitation and
its own area for recreation. The space will
allow for increase programing, training,
and education to prepare the inmates for
success when they return to the community,
and the updated philosophy has been
shown to make jails safer for both inmates
“It’s not just a jail, it’s an investment in
rehabilitation,” said commissioner Kevin
Boyce. “Bettering this infrastructure first
helps support those in a crisis situation, it
then reduces recidivism and generates positive
Jim Karnes was the longest-serving
sheriff of Franklin County, capping off a
48-year career in law enforcement. Karnes
first joined the sheriff’s office as a deputy
in the corrections division in 1963, and
served as sheriff from 1992 until his death
“We know that today’s inmate is tomorrow’s
neighbor,” said Sheriff Dallas
Baldwin. “The vast majority of people who
enter our doors will leave the facility in a
few days. The sheriff’s office is committed
to helping those individuals start down a
better path in the sincere hope they won’t
come back to jail.”
The James A. Karnes Corrections
Center encompasses nearly 430,000 square
feet and cost about $360 million to build.
The facility includes enough concrete to
build a sidewalk from Columbus to Dayton,
more than two miles of plumbing, and its
roof covers approximately four acres.
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jail facilities, visit sheriff.franklincountyohio.gov.
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The simple fun of trick-or-treat
Halloween trick-or-treat is an exciting and
special time when you are a kid.
It’s a time when you can disguise yourself
and become someone or something else for a
few hours. You get to walk around the neighborhood
streets in that twilight time when
dusk settles in and shadows can become
whatever your imagination wants them to be.
Plus there is candy, lots of candy.
As a kid growing up in the 1950s and
1960s in Groveport, I have fond memories of
trick-or-treating. I liked seeing the sidewalks
filled with other kids in costume darting
about from house to house. I was awed by the
crazed faces of jack-o-lanterns lit by the dancing
flames of candlelight that beckoned to us
trick-o-treaters to front porches. It was fun to
be out adventuring in the forbidden dark - a
time one was normally safe at home.
I recall stopping by the old fire station on
College Street (now gone) and getting hot
dogs and doughnuts. Speaking of doughnuts,
there was one house that gave out doughnuts
and they even let you pick which doughnut
you wanted! They could probably afford to do
that back then because the town was much
smaller and there weren’t as many of us kid
goblins showing up at the door.
We used paper grocery bags to collect our
treats, a haul that could include candy bars of
all kinds, as well as assorted other sugary
delights, but also popcorn balls.
In the days leading up to trick-or-treat,
our school classrooms and homes were
adorned in assorted orange and black
Halloween decorations and crepe paper.
These decorations were not cute, but instead
tended to have a scary edge to their appearance
in keeping with the other worldly spirit
of Halloween. These unusual visages were
great to look at and inspired our imaginations.
Also in those days, while some kids did
have store bought costumes, most kids, with
the help of their parents, made their own costumes
was at hand. That
being said, there are
still some kids today
who still create their
own costumes because
I have seen some great
ones at recent
As for my costumes
when I was a kid, I
remember being a
ghost a couple of times
- which was an easy
costume as evidenced by the “Peanuts” characters
in the great Halloween television
show, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie
Brown.” Probably my favorite costume was
when my mom helped me put together a Civil
War era Union Army cavalryman outfit. The
Civil War centennial was being remembered
in the mid-1960s so it was easy to find a
cheap blue, felt fabric replica Union Army
hat. My mom then stitched a stripe down the
side length of the legs of a pair of my blue
jeans. We then added a small black mask, a
blue shirt, a toy sword and toy gun and I was
set. I was proud of that outfit. I had hoped the
stripe would remain on that pair of blue jeans
after Halloween, but mom removed it the
next day because those were my good “school
So trick-or-treat is coming soon and
today’s kids will form their own memories
that they will hold onto with fondness as the
years go by. It is simple fun, which is the best
kind of fun.
Rick Palsgrove is managing editor of the
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County takes action on minimum wage
The Franklin County commissioners
passed a resolution authorizing updates to
their employee pay structure, including
raising the minimum pay of their employees
to $17 per hour ($35,360 per year).
In order to address the “wage compression”
that happens when just the lowest
pay is increased, the changes will also
include raising the minimum starting pay
in each of the commissioners’ job classifications,
and tenure raises for long-term
employees. The changes come following a
salary and wage study performed by the
national consulting firm, Clemans Nelson
& Associates, and during what continues to
be a tight labor market.
Each board of commissioners job is slotted
into one of 30 tiered pay grades. Under
the updated pay scheme, employees who
are currently paid less than $17 per hour
will see their rate raised to that new
amount. In addition, the minimum hourly
rate for each pay grade will be increased by
$2 per hour or 8 percent, whichever is
higher. Also, employees will receive raises
based on the length of time they’ve been
employed by the county.
The commissioners have long worked to
ensure that their employees are paid a fair,
living wage, first establishing an updated
minimum of $13.69 in 2016, and raising it
to $15 per hour several years later. The
county also offers what the commissioners
believe to be the best package of benefits
for any public employer in central Ohio.
The changes approved apply to nonunion
board of commissioners employees
and will go into effect in September, but
the commissioners have said that they will
work with other county agencies through
the budgeting process to allow them to
offer similar adjustments in their own pay
scales. Any change in pay for union members
(even for a higher salary) must first
receive approval from the bargaining
units, which the commissioners expect this
week. The commissioners’ own salaries are
set in Ohio law and are not affected by the
For more information on the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners, visit commissioners.franklincountyohio.gov.
Drug Take Back Day
Canal Winchester and Diley Ridge
Medical Center, in cooperation with the
Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and the
Drug Enforcement Administration, will
host a National
Take Back Oct. 29 at
the Diley Ridge
Medical Center, 7911
Diley Road, from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m.
Take Back Day provides
a safe, convenient,
means of disposing of
The site is set up in a
stop and drop model,
allowing those discarding
prescription drugs to
remain in their vehicles,
with collection agents.
Liquids (including inhalers and their
refills), as well as needles or sharps, may
not be dropped off. The service is free and
anonymous; no questions asked.
4850 Haughn Rd. Grove City
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October 22nd from 12:00pm to 6:00pm
$10.00 dinner - Fish, Fries, and Coleslaw
$7.00 - Sandwich & Fries
$5.00 - Sandwich
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Film adaptation plays it too safe
There were few bright spots to come out
of the year 2016, but one of the best was the
release of a novel called, “My Best Friend’s
Exorcism.” Although it did not immediately
shoot up the best-selling charts domestically
or internationally, the nostalgic horrorcomedy
written by Grady Hendrix quickly
amassed a small but vocal following of fans
who told every corner of the Internet that
they had to get their hands on this book.
I was one of the readers who came in a
little late to the party, but when I decided
to join, I went full-on stan for this author.
To me, Hendrix was one of those rare male
writers who actually tried to explore female
friendships and his female characters in a
way that was not exploitative or unnecessarily
catty or twee. Despite the supernatural
elements within this book and throughout
his other ventures, his writing was
spot-on and realistic, so much so that I
thought about going on his Facebook page
to ask whether his wife helped him write
his novels. (Note: I did not because I still
have boundaries on social media.)
In regard to this specific novel, however,
he was able to spin a tale about a demonic
possession into a sweet and tragic comingof-age
tale where the two ‘best friends forever’
go to battle against acne, impending
adulthood and each other as one is overtaken
by evil spirits. It was equal parts hilarious
and horrifying and utterly relatable. I
am not being facetious when I say reading
this book made me cringe, cry and laughout-loud
in the middle of the night.
Because this book was so good, and
because it has a fiercely loyal cult following,
I knew sooner-or-later it would get the
theatrical treatment. And sure enough, it
was announced it would be adapted into a
film back in 2018 but it has just now made
its way to the streaming service Amazon
Prime in time for the “spooky season.”
Much to my disappointment, I have to
relay to the book fans out there that there
is nothing genuinely “spooky” about this
adaptation — it doesn’t even have that
sense of scary fun that was such a staple
within the novel. Instead, this screen version
waters down much of the content,
making the retelling of the tragic tale of
teenage friendship between Abby and
Gretchen (aka the would-be-exorcist and
the would-be-exorcised) much softer and
safer for a general audience. Although not
a total deal breaker, it would have been
nice to see this adaptation take some risks.
Ditching the sad set up that establishes
how Abby and Gretchen (played by Elsie
Fisher and Amiah Miller) became friends
and the event that made them so ride-ordie,
the film begins with their friendship
firmly in place as teens: only pictures on
their bedroom cork board show that they
have been besties for years.
Having discovered that Gretchen’s parents
plan to move the family out-of-state at the end
of the school year, the pair decide to spend
every spare moment they have together before
their forced separation. Although they vow
that not even a work transfer can break-up
their life-long friendship, they secretly know it
is not always the case when friends move to
The Reel Deal
During a girls-only
overnight trip to their
lakeside home, they stumble into an abandoned
structure rumored to be a place
where ritual sacrifices took place. Though
skeptical of the claims, the crumbling home
is downright gross, filled with needles and
strange markings on the wall. They think
they see a pile of remains move and try to
get out of there as fast as they can. Only
Abby makes it out safely; Gretchen is found
much later, disheveled, bloodied, and missing
much of her memory.
Over the course of several weeks,
Gretchen’s behavior gets increasingly hostile
— her other friends and her parents
write it off as teenage angst but only Abby
takes it seriously. When more bizarre stuff
starts to happen, like when the immaculately
dressed Gretchen starts showing up
to school with frizzy hair and re-wearing
rumpled and smelly clothing only Abby
shows true concern.
Puzzled by what is happening to her
best friend, Abby starts to dig further and
experiences a “break-through” moment
when the normal Gretchen returns for a
brief stretch to say some force is inside of
her, controlling her actions.
Gretchen’s moods and action start to get
scarier and more violent, eventually turning
on her childhood friend and driving a
real wedge in their relationship. Despite
the cruelty that is shown towards her, Abby
makes it her mission to reach her friend
and bring her back to herself — even if it
involves hiring a meatball would-be-exorcist
named Christopher Lemon (Christian
Lowell) to provide an assist.
Possession movies of late like to focus
more on body horror rather than genuine
gore, and “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” is no
exception. There are quite a few scenes of
contorting bodies, unwieldy retching, and
long tapeworms being pulled out of a
mouth. These moments, especially the latter
scene, can invoke the creepy crawlies
but it doesn’t go too hardcore with them.
Despite its story that focuses more on
the horror elements rather than the friendship
elements — I’m still smarting because
director Damon Thomas and writer Jenna
Lamia dumped the introductory scene
where Gretchen is the only person to show
up to Abby’s E.T.-inspired birthday party —
“My Best Friend’s Exorcism” is an overall
decent film made watchable by the sweet
chemistry between Fisher and Miller. Those
two had a really great rapport and interpretation
of the ride-or-die book duo, but I just
wish the rest of the movie was on their level
of wanting to do justice to its hilarious and
horrifying page-turning counterpart.
Grade: C (P.S. Read the book.)
Dedra Cordle is a Messenger staff writer
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The Obetz Council is made up of six
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and serving staggered four-year terms
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Village of Obetz. Council meets the second
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If the meeting date occurs on a holiday,
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Lockbourne Village Council meets the
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