Union Local BOE strikes (out) again

NO BOARD of education in the Ohio Valley is more dysfunctional in dealing with coaching personnel than Union Local.

Such decision-making futility dates back several years ago when the UL board attempted to remove football coaching legend Jake Olsavsky. That misguided attempt went up in flames.

The UL board later failed to renew a head football coach after one year. The board did save face on that move by hiring one of the best in the business in Mark Cisar.

There was also rumblings by at least two board members a year ago to remove Drew Greenwood as head girls’ hoop coach. That after Greenwood, one of the premier coaches in the Ohio Valley, led the Lady Jets from nowhere to an OVAC title while garnering numerous coach-of-the-year honors.

The latest board faux pas surfaces in regards to the baseball program. The district’s athletic committee is on record as being against rehiring Rich Mercer as head baseball coach. At Thursday’s board of education meeting, Mercer’s status came to the forefront.

The likable coach was the recipient of an outpouring of support from people in the audience, as well he should. Mercer, during his 17 years with the Jets, has built a solid baseball program, doing so in class fashion. He is a credit to his school and an ideal role model for his players.

The Union Local board failed to take definitive action on Mercer’s fate Thursday night. Thus, the board left him twisting in the wind. He deserves better treatment.

I consider Union Local Superintendent of Schools Kirk Glasgow a friend and a quality school chief. I cannot say the same about UL’s board members.



A FORMER Bridgeport High basketball great is moving up the corporate ladder.

Wilson (Pooge) Adams has joined Indianapolis-based Forethought Financial Group as the director of business development. Adams most recently served as the general sales manager and part owner of the Prearrangement Center of Central Indiana. he has 30 years of sales leadership experience.

Pooge is the son of Wilson and Carol Adams of Colerain. Pooge graduated Bridgeport High in 1976, playing for the legendary Frank Baxter. The all-Ohioan hoopster netted more than 1,000 points in his Bulldog career.

His daughter Jessica graduated St. John Central in 2000. She helped the Lady Irish hoopsters to a 19-1 mark and an OVAC title. She also starred in track for SJC.


THE FRACTURING of the West Virginia Conference came as a shock, with no advance notice or inkling. It makes sense to have a football-driven conference. But, unfortunately, it leaves Wheeling Jesuit University out in the cold. Geographically, the WVC did yield some 4-hour trips, but it is much more travel friendly then possible options for WJU. Hopefully, the Cardinals and West Liberty will retain a basketball rivalry.

TO SAY Aetnaville has been crazy due to the gas wars would be a major understatement. The rapidly dropping gas prices yielded traffic congestion and flaring tempers. But the beauty of starting work at 4:45 in the morning (as I do) is cruising into one of those gas stations and filling up at $2.91 with no on else at the pumps.

THE NCAA is getting it right. The four-team football playoff is a good move. It will remove a lot of doubt who is the best team in the country, while also preserving the bowl structure. It will also be the cash cow of cash cows.

CONGRATULATIONS ARE in order for Craig Porter II of Cadiz. The 23-year-old was sworn in Friday as a state wildlife officer for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Porter was one of 11 new wildlife officers, selected out of a pool of 650 applicants. He was assigned to Jefferson County.

Wildlife officers have statewide jurisdiction to enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property and make arrests.

THE BUCKEYE LOCAL Board of Education is pondering placing another levy on the ballot. I talked to board member Joe Zelek at length last week. He believes such a move is premature. Zelek feels the board should wait until it sees what the district realizes in oil and gas drilling money. It could be a sizable sum. I agree with Mr. Zelek. A levy can wait.

THE FEDERAL Communications Commission has levied a $6,500 fine against Bethany College radio station WVBC-FM for remaining off the air without commission authorization for a period of more than 30 days and failing to timely file a license renewal application. WVBC-FM’s licensee’s renewal application was due on June 1, 2011, four months prior to the Oct. 1, 2011, expiration date. The station did not file the application until Sept. 30, 2011, one day before expiration, and provided no explanation for the delay in filing of the renewal application.

ROBERT “MOOSE” Moose Dodrill resigned recently as zoning board chairman in Bellaire. It was due to work commitments. Moose, also a member of the Octoberfest Committee, said the fall fest will have a special guest in Bobby Dale Earnhardt, oldest grandson of Dale Earnhardt. He will be signing autographs in Bellaire Oct. 6.

Kapral may be reached at bkapral@timesleaderonline.com