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October 16 - 29, 2022 www.columbusmessenger.com Vol. XLIII, No. 18

Trick-or-treat

•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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Rangers romp

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

Staff Writer

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

sold.”

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

city.

“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

Planned District.”

“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

any more.”

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

isn’t passed.”

Money matters

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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Journey ends short of goal

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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creatures could be

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Township.

This time of year

people become

very creative with

their frightful and

fun Halloween

yard decorations.

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and enjoy the

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at Groveport UMC

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

Holidays video seminar is for people who are grieving

a loved one’s death. The seminar is combined with support

group discussion of the video. To register call the

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OBETZ

Continued from page 1

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?”

Other news

• “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

Main St.

•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.


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Halloween in Obetz

By Rick Palsgrove

Managing Editor

Fortress Obetz is the place to be for

Halloween fun.

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

p.m.

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—

7:30 p.m.

While trick-or-treating can provide a lot

of fun, general precautions should be

taken. Some basic safety tips to follow

include:

•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

candy.

•Tell children to walk instead of run

and look both ways before crossing the

street.

•Encourage children to wear reflective

costumes or add light sticks to their costumes

to help make them more visible to

motorists.

•Be extra cautious of children crossing

the street if driving during or shortly

before or after trick-or-treat hours.

Other upcoming

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.

26.

•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

Staff Writer

The day starts early for the Hamilton

Township firefighters/paramedics.

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

Johnson.

“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

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Shirkey explained the pump side of the

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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

communities.


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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

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Franklin County jail dedicated

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deputies share space in pods with the

incarcerated persons they’re supervising.

Each pod has built-in rooms for medical

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its own area for recreation. The space will

allow for increase programing, training,

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success when they return to the community,

and the updated philosophy has been

shown to make jails safer for both inmates

and staff.

“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

long-term outcomes.”

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

in 2011.

“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

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The simple fun of trick-or-treat

Editor’s Notebook

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

from whatever

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

Halloween trick-ortreats.

As for my costumes

when I was a kid, I

remember being a

ghost a couple of times

- which was an easy

Rick

Palsgrove

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

blue jeans.”

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

Messenger Newspapers.

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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

resolution.

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

Prescription Drug

Take Back Oct. 29 at

the Diley Ridge

Medical Center, 7911

Diley Road, from 10

a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National

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Take Back Day provides

a safe, convenient,

and responsible

means of disposing of

prescription drugs.

The site is set up in a

stop and drop model,

allowing those discarding

unwanted

prescription drugs to

remain in their vehicles,

drop medications

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.

Visit www.DEATakeBack.com.

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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

different states.

During a girls-only

overnight trip to their

Dedra

Cordle

sometimes friend,

sometimes nemesis’

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

and columnist.


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Edith, 3, was found on

the streets with her kittens

and was quickly

determined to be friendly

and social. She went

to live in a foster home

with her kittens, where

she also lived with two

dogs and another resident

cats. Edith is very

sweet, laid back, and

friendly. She is always looking for a chin

scratch. She will do well in most households,

either as a single cat or a companion for existing

animals. Meet her at the Colony Cats

cage free adoption center in Dublin.

FYI: colonycats.org

Cosette is a 2-year-old

tabby girl rescued from

a life on the streets.

She is just purrfect and

would be a great addition

to any family. She

is a very sweet girl.

Cosette is spayed,

microchipped, and up

to date on vaccines. She is up for adoption

through Colony Cats and Dogs.

FYI: colonycats.org

Ivy Rose is a shy girl who is looking for someone

with a quiet home and the patience to

give her the time she needs to adjust. Ivy is

not a lap cat but can be affectionate and likes

pets of the week

to be near you. Her

favorite trick is to flop

on you when she

approaches you for

affection. She gets

along with other cats

and could potentially

be good with older children

who would understand

her shyness. Ivy Rose needs a home of

her very own to flourish in, to love a family to

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This smart girl is crate

trained, clicker trained,

and knows many commands

like sit, stay,

down, dance, and crawl. Persephone has

been waiting a year to find her perfect forever

family at the Franklin County Dog Shelter and

Adoption Center.

FYI: franklincountydogs.com

These furry friends are available for

adoption at local rescues and shelters.

Obetz City Council

The Obetz Council is made up of six

elected officials who are elected at-large

and serving staggered four-year terms

under the rules of the Charter of the

Village of Obetz. Council meets the second

and fourth Mondays of each month at 6

p.m. in the Council Chambers at 4175

Alum Creek Drive, Obetz, to review and

pass legislation and hear concerns from the

residents.

If the meeting date occurs on a holiday,

the regular meeting is held on the next

Tuesday following the holiday. Call (614)

491-1080.

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Lockbourne Council

Lockbourne Village Council meets the

second and fourth Mondays of each month

at 7 p.m. Council will meet in-person at

the Lockbourne Municipal Building, 85

Commerce St., Lockbourne.

Hamilton school board

Hamilton Local Board of Education

meetings are held at 6 p.m. at the

Hamilton Local Education Center, 775

Rathmell Road, Columbus.

For information on meeting dates visit

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Photo courtesy of Eastland-Fairfield Career Centers

On Aug. 30, the Fairfield Career Center chapter of the National Technical Honor Society was named a 2022

recipient of the Silver Star of Excellence Award by the NTHS national organization. This award is presented

to NTHS chapters that distinguish themselves through their consistent excellence in career-technical education

and is a reflection of their commitment to community service, chapter advancement, and active civic

involvement. During the past school year, Fairfield Career Center’s NTHS chapter has participated in philanthropic

food drives, donut sales, and educational activities. Their members collected approximately

3,000 boxed and canned goods for a local food pantry during the 2021 holiday season. Additionally, last

year’s members raised over $1,200 to be used for membership fees and educational field trips that will benefit

NTHS students during the 2022-23 school year.

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BLACKTOP

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Driveways & Parking Lots

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SANTIAGO’S

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CARPET SALES

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Delivery & Inst. avail.

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Block Foundations

Driveways • Sidewalks

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Hot Tub/Shed Pads,

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Sealing of new &

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CONSTRUCTION

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Lt. Hauling & Room Add.,

Block Work & Excavation

Stamp Patios,

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35 Yrs Exp - Lic & Ins.

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GUTTERS

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HAULING

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$49.95

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HVAC

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Windows & Siding

Decks, Kitchens, Baths

Room Additions,

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Family Owned

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Since 2004

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Insured - Free Est.

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