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Farewell Clark ... Apr 23, 2017

New Boston said good-bye to longtime Police Chief Darrold Clark who retired after 47 years of service.

The farm boy from Lewis Co., Ky., Clark he grew up looking up to large men wearing a badge. When he was a teenager, in order to make some money to help out, he got a job in Wheelersburg. He had a neighbor who worked at the steel mill and would drive Clark over. The young boy was working as a ring boy at the auction house, showing cattle, horses and other livestock. Afterwards, the boys would go over the bar for a bite to eat, where Clark was the hot dog eating champion. He remembers being about 15 or 16 and seeing quite an impressive figure for a kid that young.

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“This huge man came tromping through there,” Clark said.

The man looked down at the boys and asked how they were. It was the police chief. As a kid, Clark felt a bit intimidated. This man would not be the only large chief in his life.

Years later, Clark got a job working at the old general hospital in Portsmouth, which eventually became Scioto Memorial. Former Police Chief Russ Imes’ wife was in the hospital at the time.

“I was taking care of her,” Clark remembered. “He was sitting by her bed, and I stepped on his foot accidentally. He was a big man. And, he said, ‘Oh, that’s alright son. No problem.’ His wife looked up at me and said, ‘You know, not everybody could step on the police chief’s foot and get by with it. That got me started thinking about police work.”

With the help of Imes and the mayor, who was Vern Riffe at the time, Clark joined the police force.

“I always enjoyed being a police officer,” he stated.

Imes became quite a mentor to Clark.

“Russ was a big man, but he was all heart. He just didn’t want anyone to know it,” Clark commented. “He taught me a lot. He told me that no matter how much training you have, you must always have common sense. I’ve tried to obey that order.”

Clark remembers many times that he has worked closely with the community.

“During the ‘97 flood, people I had arrested and put in jail, they were out there shoveling mud and helping out,” he explained.

Clark has lived in the community for close to 50 years. In that time, he and his wife have raised two daughters and a son. Though he has had some difficult and even dangerous times on the job, he says that those are few and do not change his love of the community that he has served.

“It’s as close to Mayberry as you can get, and I don’t see anything wrong with Mayberry,” the retiring chief stated. “I’ve been halfway around the world, met people from the other half and have never found anywhere better than New Boston.”

Now in retirement, Clark says he is excited to have time to spend doing little other than working on birdhouses, a favored hobby.

The also Army medical corps veteran concluded, “I spent six years in the military and 47 years as a law enforcement officer married to a hillbilly. That’s the extend of my life.”

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930.

PUBLIC NOTICE – Village of New Boston ... Apr 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

The Village of New Boston operates a sewage collections system comprised of sanitary sewers and combined sewers.  Sanitary sewage is collected during dry weather and pumped to the City of Portsmouth for treatment and discharge.  The Village of New Boston has just become aware of connections in our collections system that allow sanitary sewage to discharge to the Ohio River during dry weather.  During completion of the Village’s Phase 5 dye testing project, sewer connectivity was checked in the western half of the Village.  The Village has identified sanitary sewer laterals that connect to a sewer on Stanton Avenue, which in turn is connected to our West Avenue outfall sewer that discharges to the Ohio River.  Sewage from approximately 29 buildings, including commercial, retail, and industrial properties and apartment buildings, is currently discharging tot he Ohio River without treatment.  

The Village is providing this public notice to forward citizens of the likely contamination of a portion of the Ohio River along the Ohio bank downstream from West Avenue.  The contamination is not likely to affect any downstream drinking water intakes, since the next water intake is located in Maysville, Kentucky, approximately 55 miles downstream.  The drinking water intake for the Portsmouth water treatment plant is upstream of this sanitary sewerage discharge and is not affected.  There are no known beaches that provide the opportunity for citizens to recreate in the contaminated water.  Citizens are cautioned to avoid contact with the Ohio River for several miles downstream of the Village.

The Village is already working on a short-term and long-term solutions to this problem. The short-term solutions will take several weeks to implement.  The long-term correction will be included in the Village’s Phase 6 CSO improvements project scheduled for construction in 2018.

The Village has communicated this situation to the Ohio EPA, federal EPA Region 5, and the Scioto County Health Department.  Any questions from concerned citizens should be directed to Steve Hamilton, Village Administrator at (740) 456-4106.

Steve Hamilton, Village Administrator

Clark retires from NB police ... Apr 18, 2017

New Boston Police Chief Darrold Clark believes when you retire – you retire.

“I take everything for granted,” Clark said. “When it says ‘retired’ it means retired. Don’t have to work and don’t have to take orders from anybody.”

His plans, when he left his office for the last time Tuesday, were not many.

“My wife’s got a lot of plans for me,” Clark said. “I’ll probably build some bird houses and fiddle around and raise a garden again. I don’t plan on doing a whole lot.”

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New Boston Mayor Junior Williams (left) presents a proclamation from New Boston Village Counsel to retiring Police Chief Darrold Clark.

 

Clark has been with the New Boston Police Department for 47 years, the last 18 years as chief. He was hired by Vernal G. Riffe, Sr. and served under six mayors over the years.

The New Boston Village Council issued a proclamation for Clark’s retirement which read, in part, “Whereas these years of service have genuinely been dedicated to and valued by our entire village, and whereas Darrold will be missed both personally and professionally, and has always displayed the highest level of character, ethics and morals…”

What’s it going to feel like not coming in in the morning?

“I think I can get used to it,” Clark said. “I’ll miss it. It has been in my blood for years, but I’ll find some way to survive.”

Clark would leave and the end of the day Tuesday with no more work waiting for him on his desk.

“I’m going to the council meeting tonight and that’s the end of it,” Clark said. Not quite – Clark had one more duty to perform. His plans were to put the name of Captain Steve Goins into consideration to be his replacement.

“I can’t think of a better man for the job,” Clark said. “He has been great. He’s intelligent and he’s always there when somebody needs him. He’s always there. When he gets wind of any kind of a problem, he keeps going until he gets it solved. That’s what I like about him.”

Goins has been with the NBPD for 33 years, working with Clark the entire time.

“He has always been someone you could count on and he has helped me out tremendously through my years here,” Goins said. “We’ve been friends. His friendship to me means a lot. He’s been a good chief and a caring chief, and I hate to see him go. Not too many people last 47 in law enforcement.”

The actual process seemed to be more of a formality than an actual process.

“Tonight (Tuesday) we’ll accept the resignation which is procedural,” Village Councilman Mike Payton said. “After that, the mayor will make a recommendation that we hire Goins, and then council will vote on that tonight and it is decided by the majority, and he’s (Goins) the police chief.”

Clark has been married to Sharon Lee Clark for over 50 years and they have three adult children and around 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Daily Times attempted to reach Mayor Junior Williams for comment on Tuesday, but was unable to make contact with him.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewisPDT.

New Boston host Eagles ... Apr 12, 2017

Eagles members came from far and wide for the Central Zone Spring Conference held for the first time at the New Boston Eagles Aerie 2271. In Ohio, there are five zones. New Boston is located in the Central Zone. The conference attracted 75 members including national ranking members that came from as far away as Minnesota.

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Bill Hanley, 2271 secretary, explained that the event started Friday night and lasted through the weekend. Entertainment included a karaoke contest and live musical performance. Saturday’s events even brought out some local celebrities. Village Administrator Steve Hamilton read a proclamation issued by Mayor William Williams Jr. recognizing Fraternal Order of the Eagles members for their “dedication, commitment and contribution in making our community, our state and our great nation ’ under God’ a much better place to live, grow and prosper.” Appellate Judge Marie Hoover and New Boston Police Captain Steve Goins also joined in the festivities, helping to judge students participating in the God, Flag & Country program.

“It was beautiful,” Hanley stated.

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God, Flag & Country is a program that start in 1967. Through the program, Eagle Clubs ask students ages 10-15 to present a three minute speech explaining what God, the flag and their country mean to them. Six students, three from Zanesville and three from Chillicothe, gave speeches on Saturday that were judges worthy to go on to the state level. Winners from the state competition will continue on to nationals in Reno, Nev.

“This is a great program,” Hanley commented.

2271 started Oct. 8, 1937 with 61 members in the old Lyric Theater, which is now part of Pauley Plumbing. Among founding members was late Mayor Jim Warren Jr.’s father Jim Warren Sr. Both were members of the Eagles during their lives. 2271 will be celebrating its 80th birthday this fall.

They now have more than 600 members.

The Eagles motto is “People helping people,” and the group has certainly lived up to it. Nationally, the Eagles have given more than $1 million. In 2015, 2271 gave $76,213.95 to local charities including Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Counseling Center, Potter’s House Ministries and The Southern Ohio Sexual Assault Treatment Center. Money is raised through Eagles fundraising events, legal gaming activities and membership dues.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1930

Ted’s Towing Expands to New Boston ... Apr 10, 2017

It’s a pleasure to welcome Ted’s Towing to New Boston. Initially being set up as a dispatch center, Ted’s Towing will continue to provide critical services to the Scioto County area, while also maintaining its original location.  Another locally owned business proving again the American Dream is real if you choose to pursue it!

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In photo:  Mike Payton and Teddy Scalf

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NBPD receives certification ... Apr 2, 2017

NB_CertificationThe New Boston Police Department has adopted and implemented state standards established by the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board as part of the state’s efforts to strengthen community and police relations.

“It helps show our community here that their police department is trying to do the right thing,” New Boston Police Captain Steve Goins said. “We have policies and procedures that are in place for our officers to follow and we have demonstrated that our officers follow those policies and procedures.”

Gov. John R. Kasich established the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory board to oversee implementation of recommendations from the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations. The community-law enforcement advisory panel developed – for the first time in Ohio history – state standards on use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring on Aug. 28, 2015.

“In particular, what this certification details is use of force and deadly force policies and the hiring and recruiting policies that we have,” Goins said. “It shows that we implement these things and we follow them.”

More than 500 agencies employing over 27,000 officers (in all 88 counties, representing 79 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio and most of Ohio’s metropolitan departments) are either certified or in the process of becoming certified by meeting standards for the use of force, including deadly force, and agency recruitment and hiring.

The state has partnered with the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association and the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to help certify Ohio’s nearly 960 law enforcement agencies on a process to ensure that they are in compliance with Ohio’s new standards.

“Our officers are good officers. They try to do the best they can every day and it’s demonstrated,” Goins said. “I just think it’s a good thing for our department to be able to be certified in those things.”

For more information on the Ohio Collaborative, the certification process for law enforcement and the complete list of agencies who have been certified, please visit: httD://www.ocis.ohio.aov/ohiocollaborative/

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.


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