Published Sunday, June 22, 2003

The Week That Was
A chronology of news from Sunday, June 15, to Saturday, June 22, 2003

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       » The 21st annual Father's Day car show drew thousands of people to Hermitage last Sunday. The event was sponsored by the Shenango Valley Region of the Antique Car Club of America.

       » Police asked for the public's help Monday in finding Michael Anthony Rogers, 29, of Farrell. He is accused of shooting to death Elliott Andre Campbell, 27, whose last known address was 300 Orange Drive, Hermitage. The shooting occurred early Monday outside a Sharon bar.

       » Five school boards adopted 2003-04 budgets Monday night. In Sharon, taxes are going up 7.9 mills; in Greenville, up 1.5 mills; and in Grove City, up 1 mill. Mercer County residents who are part of Wilmington Area School District will see their taxes rise 4.8 mills. Commodore Perry held the line on taxes.

       » A West Salem Township man was released Wednesday from Mercer County Jail, where he'd been since Monday, for violating a township ordinance. Harry Nickels, 81, had refused to hook into the sewer system, saying to do so would "take everything I own."

       » Sharpsville Area School Board raised property taxes 6 mills Wednesday when it adopted an $11.5 million general-fund budget for 2003-04. Meanwhile, taxes went up by 4 mills in Reynolds Area School District's $14.4 million fiscal plan.

       » Sharon police believe that Michael Anthony Rogers, who's a suspect in a fatal shooting, could still be in the area, according to a story Thursday. Police Chief Thomas Burke said Rogers may be lying low until people let their guard down.

       » Yelle may be fairly new at his job on the Sharon police force, but that didn't stop him from bringing home medals from the 2003 Ohio Police and Fire Games. Yelle, an 85-pound German shepherd, and K-9 officer Jeff Brown competed in the annual games that were held in Trumbull County. The story ran Thursday.

       » Some residents of Richmond Drive told Hermitage commissioners Thursday they have safety concerns over a group home coming to their neighborhood. The clinical director for Community Counseling Center said the three clients, who will be supervised around the clock, have no criminal record and no history of violence or abuse.

       » A bounty hunter from Greenville-based Bail USA Inc.'s Hawaii office was in jail in Mexico Thursday, a victim of what chairman Harvey Childs called "a very corrupt country" that is "very protective of its sovereignty."

       » The former treasurer of the Shenango Township Volunteer Fire Department has made her first payment to Mercer County Common Pleas Court to pay back money she was accused of stealing from the department last summer. The payback is part of an agreement that will keep Jacalyn Varga, 51, of 450 Pulaski Road, Shenango Township, from being prosecuted, according to a story Friday.

       » Local Harry Potter fans anticipated the release of the boy wizard's fifth adventure, courtesy of author J.K. Rowling, with a party at a Hermitage book store preceding its midnight release Friday.


       » Giant Eagle LPGA Classic returned to Squaw Creek Country Club, Vienna, and Rachel Teske's upended the LPGA Tour's leading money winner, Annika Sorenstam. Teske emerged as the sole survivor of a 4-way deadlock after 54 holes to win the $150,000 first-place prize. A story and photos published Monday culminated The Herald's week long coverage.

       » Brian Hoover was named Sharon High's new boys' head basketball coach by an 8-0 vote of the Sharon City Schools board on Monday. The 35-year-old, a member of Kennedy Christian Highs' 1986 PIAA Class A championship team, had served as a Sharon assistant the past two seasons.

       » Greenville Business & Industry Day marked its 53rd anniversary on Tuesday, as LPGA Tour pro Natalie Gulbis, long-ball hitting tour member Tom Roskos, Greenville Country Club champion Rick Bresnan, and club pro Danny McMillen competed in am 18-hole, best-ball exhibition on the par-72 layout.

       » Marlin Jackson, the former Sharon High standout who is now a rising University of Michigan junior, was selected as the country's top collegiate cornerback according to Phil Steele's College Football 2003 Preview magazine. Also, former Farrell High standout Kennard Davis has been tabbed as a preseason NCAA Division III All-American defensive back by Street & Smith's magazine. A story was published Thursday.

       » Michael Klaric III defended his Herald-Tam O'Shanter junior golf tournament medalist status a the tourney Thursday and Friday. The 13-year-old Hermitage youngster was tied with first-round leader Brian Zipay after 35 holes of the 55th annual event, but he birdied the par-3 18th hole after his tee shot bounced off the pin and rolled in and out of the cup.

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