Special Weather Statement issued January 28 at 11:26PM EST by NWS Wilmington (details ...)
...BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS OVERNIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING... Temperatures near zero and in the single digits above zero, combined with winds up to 10 mph, will result in wind chill values in the single digits below zero. The subzero wind chills will linger through early Saturday morning. Be sure to dress in extra layers and try to limit any skin exposure and time outdoors.
Wind Chill Advisory issued January 29 at 2:37AM EST until January 29 at 10:00AM EST by NWS Wilmington (details ...)
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST THIS MORNING... * WHAT...Very cold wind chills as low as 15 below zero are expected. * WHERE...Portions of central and west central Ohio. * WHEN...through 10 AM EST Saturday. * IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
-1° -1° slight chance Sat 19° Sat 19° 10° 10° Sun 29° Sun 29°
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Area cemetery dispute ends

By Janie Southard
Butler Township trustees recently purchased the Burntwood Cemetery, ending an ownership dispute that has spanned many months.
At their Monday night meeting trustees announced they have purchased the 104-feet-by-140-feet cemetery, established in the 1860s, from local farmer Dale Schmitmeyer for $700.
Due to cloudy deed transfers and land descriptions over the past 150 years, three groups believed they owned the cemetery, according to Mercer County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society member Merl Brookhart, Butler Township, and the heirs of Elmer Barker and Schmitmeyer.
Although no one accused Schmitmeyer of wrong doing, all have said his surveyor picked up incorrect information from court house records. The society has claimed all along those old records are incorrect.
No one has ever farmed the cemetery property and it has always existed as a cemetery. What the society has championed for 19 months is that the cemetery always be kept and protected.
Now that the trustees have purchased the property, society members are satisfied.
"Yes, we're happy. This is what we've wanted all along," said Carolyn Brandon, society member. "The trustees have assured us that posts will be set at the corners and in the center line to keep the cemetery safe from (farming) equipment turns and swings," she told the newspaper after Monday night's township meeting.
"We want the cemetery to remain undisturbed," she added.
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