City Of Westerville Recognized for Budget

3 Jun , 2022  

The City of Westerville has earned the highest award in governmental budgeting for its Five-Year Financial Plan and Budget for fiscal years 2022-2026. In late May, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) announced that the City earned the “Distinguished Budget Presentation Award” for the first time.

This achievement marks a budget document rated as a “proficient” policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

“The City’s longstanding commitment to careful and conservative planning and management of public dollars is a cornerstone to the trust we have built within the community,” said City Manager Monica Irelan. “We are extremely proud to have earned this recognition and grateful to our Finance Department for their rigorous adherence to industry best practices that led us to this achievement.” More…

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OWU Professor Earns National Teaching Award

20 Apr , 2022  

Professor Laurel Anderson

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University professor Laurel J. Anderson is the 2022 winner of the Ecological Society of America’s Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education, the society announced earlier this week.

Anderson, Ph.D., is Ohio Wesleyan’s Morris Family Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences. She joined the university’s faculty in 2001. Anderson and all recipients of 2022 Ecological Society of America (ESA) awards will be formally recognized during the society’s annual meeting in August.

According to the Society’s news release:

“Dr. Anderson is a pioneer in transforming ecology education practices who has advocated for integrating authentic research in undergraduate education for more than a decade. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Golden Bishop Awards Honor OWU Students

18 Apr , 2022  

Award recipients include Delaware Countian

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University is honoring students with Golden Bishop Awards in recognition of their outstanding achievements in leadership, community service, and campus involvement during the current academic year.

Students recognized April 12 at an on-campus ceremony and their awards are as follows:


  • The Bridge Builder Award
    • Jeremiah Anderson of Dayton, Ohio
    • Clay Sturts of Mansfield, Ohio
  • The Sara Paullin Casto Student Humanitarian Award
    • Horizons International, which works to “enhance understanding and dialogue between international students and the broader campus community.”
  • The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award
    • Anna Fender of Sullivan, Illinois
  • The Patricia G. Young Award for Leadership in Service to Children and Youth
    • Allyson Amstutz of Orrville, Ohio


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Three Delaware Countians Receive Recognitions At OU College Of Business

14 Apr , 2022  

Students in Ohio University’s College of Business are being recognized for their outstanding achievements and contributions to their communities as part of 2022 award celebrations. The awards include success not only academic excellence, but also exemplary leadership, resilience and service in courses, student organizations, and co-curricular opportunities.

“We are extremely proud of our students,” said Jackie Rees Ulmer, dean of the College of Business. “Business Bobcats work extremely hard to pursue their educational, professional, and career goals. It’s an honor to see them succeed and recognize their accomplishments.”

Each year the college celebrates business students, alumni, faculty and staff at various events and banquets that take place throughout the spring. This year’s list of student award recipients includes three residents of Delaware County. More…


Delaware County

Delaware County Videos Bring Home National Awards

7 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware from Delaware County

Two videos produced in the last year by the Delaware County Commissioners’ Office have taken home a number of national awards. A two-minute video entitled “Delaware County: It’s Still Where You Should Be” took top honors in the Short-Form Video Category at the Government Social Media Organization’s national conference on March 30 in Dallas, Texas, while a “tour” of Delaware County’s Historic Courthouse was a finalist in the Long-Form Video Category.

Those results were reversed at the City-County Communications and Marketing Association’s national conference in St. Louis, Mo., last September, when the guided tour video took 1st place and the shorter video took second. Both conferences bring together government communications professionals from federal, state and local jurisdictions in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe.

The videos, explained the Commissioners’ Director of Communications Jane Hawes, were produced for and debuted at last year’s State of the County event. The County’s communications team worked with Outsider Video + Motion Graphics, a video-production firm based in Columbus, to create them. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware Countian Recognized With State Award For Lifesaving Action

28 Mar , 2022  

By 1808Delaware

Ronald Matley of Powell was in the right place at the right time – and, unlike what many would do under similar circumstances, Matley did the right thing as well.

On October 5, 2021, Matley was on his bicycle when he came across the scene of a pickup truck explosion. While many bystanders stayed in their cars to avoid the fire, he choose to come up to the truck, noted the driver on the front seat, and pulled the victim out of the vehicle.

Acting qickly, Matley pulled the man free from the truck and some ten to fifteen yards away from the fire. He acted knowing of the dangerous situation, and received burns on his hands and ankle. Matley stayed with the victim until the arrival of an EMS unit.

For his heroism, last week Ronald Matley received the Citizens Award from the Ohio Department of Commerce’s Division of State Fire Marshal and the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Division of EMS during the state’s 41st annual Ohio Fire Service Hall of Fame & Fire Awards ceremony. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Senior Wins Ping Award For Leadership, Service

25 Mar , 2022  

By: Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University senior Anna Fender is one of 10 students statewide being honored with a 2022 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award in recognition of her “outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning.”

Fender of Sullivan, Illinois, also is one of two 2022 Ping Award recipients selected to receive $250 Legacy Award mini-grants to be contributed to her charity of choice. The honors are bestowed annually by the Ohio Campus Compact, a nonprofit consortium of 40 colleges and universities working to strengthen the overall capacity of the schools “to educate students for civic and social responsibility and to improve community life.”

In nominating Fender for the Ping Award, Ohio Wesleyan President Rock Jones, Ph.D., said: “She is the embodiment of Ohio Wesleyan’s ideal of excellence in leadership and service. … As evidenced by her body of work, Anna is already engaged as a member of this next generation of civic leaders and problem-solvers. Her kindness, intellect, and determination will make the future better for all of us.” More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Charting A Cosmic Course: OWU Professor Named Co-Chair Of National Panel On Sciences In Space

14 Feb , 2022  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University professor Chris Wolverton, Ph.D., has a new title to add to his already impressive curriculum vitae.

In addition to being an OWU professor of Biological Sciences and a NASA-funded researcher, Wolverton is now co-chair of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s panel on Biological Sciences in Space.

The National Academies panel is one of three that makes up the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences Research in Space 2023-2032. Ultimately, the survey will “generate recommendations for a comprehensive vision and strategy for a decade of transformative science” intended to help NASA “advance scientific knowledge, meet human and robotic exploration mission needs, and provide terrestrial benefits.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Judge Hejmanowski Named President-Elect Of Ohio State Bar Foundation

14 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is pleased to welcome two new officers and three new members to its Board of Trustees. Kris Burkett will lead the OSBF Board of Trustees in 2022 as President. Judge David Hejmanowski of Delaware County will serve as President-elect.

The OSBF Board of Trustees is composed of volunteers who provide leadership for all aspects of the Foundation, including awarding of grants, selection of award recipients, and guidance in finance, membership, and fundraising. Their work supports the OSBF’s mission to educate the public, advance the rule of law and build a better justice system. In 2021, the OSBF awarded over $1M in grants to Ohio nonprofits. More…


Delaware County

County Recorder Wins State Award

22 Nov , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio Recorders Association recognized Delaware County Recorder Melissa Jordan on Tuesday night as a 2021 Gold Quill award nominee at their annual Winter Continuing Education Conference and banquet for her diligent commitment to the association and her office.

Each year, the members of the association are asked to nominate a Recorder in good standing whose commitment to the ORA includes contributing to the standardization of filing practices in offices state-wide, the exchange of ideas and experiences that elevate and improve the overall office of Ohio County Recorder, and the promotion of research, development, and preparation for legislation that develops better administration of the Ohio Recorder’s Offices while cultivating unity among the members. More…

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