Johnstown is seeking a JV Girls Soccer Coach

Coaching vacancies

• Johnstown is seeking a JV girls soccer coach. Resumes should be directed to athletic director Nick McIlwain at For details, contact McIlwain at 740-967-2721, ext. 3202.

Open dates

• Reynoldsburg is seeking two girls soccer games, home or away and including JV games, for this fall. Contact coach Matt Evans at


• Mentoring Student Athletes Foundation will sponsor ACT prep lab classes for students entering grades 9-12 from 6:30-8 p.m. beginning July 18. The test will be Sept. 28. Contact Jeffery Tarver at or at 614-284-7659.

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Little Miss Firecracker – Johnstown,Ohio

Six contestants will take center stage during a beach-themed Little Miss Firecracker pageant.

The pageant takes places at 7 p.m. June 27 at the Johnstown-Monroe High School Performing Arts Center.

The contestants are Kate Ruffle, 5, daughter of Joe and Holly Ruffle; Chaelynn Smith, 5, daughter of Rob and Lynn Smith; Sydney Smith, 5, daughter of Brian and Tiffany Smith; Mariah Coleman, 6, daughter of Julie Napper; Ava Madison, 6, daughter of Eddie and Shannon Madison; and Lillyinn Skinner, 6, daughter of Kevin and Tabitha Skinner.

The theme is “Beach Party U.S.A” and the contestants will dance to a beach themed opening number, said pageant director Joanne Schwab.

“It’s absolutely adorable to see a young girl possess such poise and talent at such an early age and be able to display that as a representative of Johnstown,” Schwab said.

For the competition, the contestants will perform an individual talent of dancing or singing. The girls also will walk the stage in a modeling segment and will participate in an individual interview.

Schwab said the contestants have been practicing for weeks getting ready for their big day.

“Rehearsals have been running smoothly,” Schwab said. “Each contestant has a very unique talent that the audience will truly enjoy. I’m very proud of the progress the girls make each week.”

Last year’s winner, Makayla Fain, will perform the cheer routine talent that helped her win the 2011 Little Miss Firecracker. Fain also will help assist the girls in this year’s pageant.

The Miss Johnstown pageant is scheduled on June 19, and the new 2012 Miss Johnstown winner will perform her talent performance at the Little Miss Firecracker pageant as well as assist in the modeling and interviewing process. She will also crown the 2012 Little Miss Firecracker winner.

Ashley Ross is the Master of Ceremonies for the pageant.

Schwab said there is no admissions fee to attend the pageant, but attendees are encouraged to bring a food or cash donation to help the Johnstown-Northridge Food Pantry.

The Johnstown Middle School and High School cheerleaders will host a bake sale at the pageant to help raise money for tumbling equipment, uniforms and cheer camp fees, Schwab said.

The Johnstown American Legion Post 254 and the 4th of July committee is sponsoring the pageant.



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National Junior Olympic Shotgun Championship

Johnstown own Rebekah Abel requires assistance to allow her to compete in the 2012 US National Junior Olympic Shotgun Championship.

This event will be held at the US Olympic training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 8. Last year she competed in the 2011 National Junior Olympic Shotgun Championship, and received a bronze medal for the women’s, 12 category.

As you may suspect, the cost of registration, travel, ammo, and targets are considerable. If you can help Rebekah called Villa pizza for more information.


Pelotonia – End Cancer

Challenge to all our current and former employees at Villa.

[alert_red]Debbie son Daniel is a former Villa employee, he left to join the Airforce. While serving he started having pain in his leg. He went to the AF Drs. and they didn’t find anything. So he finally went to a private hospital and they found the cancer. By this time it had spread to his lungs. So now he’s having radiation and chemo and living at home. There is a strong possibility he will lose his leg if he makes it at all. So what I would like to do is challenge all our current and former employees and their families to donate to Debbie for the Pelotonia either online or they can bring it to Villa. [/alert_red]

Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer. More than 10,000 supporters are expected to be a part of Pelotonia 12 on August 10-12, 2012. The ride will span two days and will cover as many as 180 miles. In its first three years, Pelotonia has attracted over 8,300 riders from 38 states, over 2,800 volunteers, hundreds of thousands of donors and raised $25.4 million for cancer research. In 2011 alone, a record $13.1 million was raised. Because operational expenses are covered by Pelotonia funding partners, 100% of every dollar raised is donated directly to life-saving cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. I am writing to ask you to help me raise funds for this incredible event. Large or small, every donation makes a difference.

> We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. One of every two American men and one of every three American women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. By supporting Pelotonia and me, you will help improve lives through innovative research with the ultimate goal of winning the war against cancer. I would love to have your support, as this is truly a unique opportunity to be a part of something special.

> When you follow the link below, you will find my personal rider profile and a simple and secure way to make any size donation you wish. I will be riding for my son Daniel Chapman, he is 21 years old, he was diagnosed in January of this year with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. He is in the US Airforce, serving for almost 3 years, working as a jet mechanic and loves what he does for our country.
> He currently is back home getting treated at Childrens Hospital and The James at OSU. Funds for the research for this awful disease is desperately needed! Thanks so much for your generous donation.

> Think of this as a donation not to me, or Pelotonia, but directly to The OSUCCC-James to fund cancer research. Please consider supporting my effort and this great cause. My rider profile can be found at the following link:


High-school baseball All-Ohio, All-Conference teams

Area first team: Catcher: Matt Smith (Johnstown). Outfield: Zach Ratcliff (Columbus Academy). Area second team: Catcher: Ronnie Thomas (Northmor). Outfield: Matt Smith (Fredericktown). Area second team: Pitcher: Jimmy Lough (Newark Catholic).
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Johnstown’s Colvin keeps her cool in taking fifth in high jump at D-II state

Johnstown’s Kendall Colvin competes in the high jump during the Division II state meet Friday at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

COLUMBUS — Cool temperatures and a steady rain during much of Friday appeared to be a bad recipe for Johnstown’s Kendall Colvin.

The junior, who often calls her mind-set her biggest hurdle, persevered during her first trip to the Division II state meet. She overcame what at times were treacherous conditions to tie for fifth in the high jump at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

“I had to adjust according to the weather. I just had to be prepared,” Colvin said. “It was all in my head. I had to keep my head straight and not let nerves take over.”

Colvin cleared 5-feet-2, tying with two others, and she finished behind two others on misses. Only two cleared 5-4.

Most of the field, including Colvin, cleared 4-10 and 5-0 without incident. The rain started at 5-2, and Colvin cleared it on her third attempt. Only eight cleared 5-2, guaranteeing Colvin a medal.

“We had a lot of talks about making sure her head was in the game, making sure she was relaxed, taking deep breaths,” Johnstown coach Brad Orr said. “I told her, ‘Let me be nervous. You just go compete.'”
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Graduation Party

Are you having a graduation party this year? You can give your high school or college graduate a party that will be the highlight of their achievement. Whether it’s a small get together or a large bash, its success is in the planning. Call our catering staff at Johnnies Villa Pizza, we can help, or visit our catering page for more information.


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Woods letter / Civil War

Saturday, July 23, 1864

Dear friend Munson, it has been a long time since I had heard from you before, but I am glad to hear from you and to hear that you was well. It found me enjoying a very good health. We are putting the shell into the Rebs this morning and now and then they give us one but we have got used to that. We don’t care no more for them than we do for a lot of little boys, they do the wildest throwing shells that I ever saw, they will get them too high or too low shells too. You wrote in your last letter that you was a shooting squirrels and you said you supposed I was shooting Rebs, you are right on that for we made a charge and then halted and laid in line of battle all day and they throw shells at us all day but didn’t do much harm. I was laying behind a pile of rails and I looked way out in a big field that I was behind in the words and I saw the weeds and brush a moving along and they got closer all the time.   (READ MORE)