$4M so far in fundraising for proposed Jenna Parlette Running Center on Wilmington College campus


By Gary Huffenberger - ghuffenberger@wnewsj.com



Clinton County Commissioner Kerry R. Steed rounded out a year as president of the commissioners at a special session Friday. Typically, the post is rotated among the three commissioners.

Clinton County Commissioner Kerry R. Steed rounded out a year as president of the commissioners at a special session Friday. Typically, the post is rotated among the three commissioners.


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WILMINGTON — Information from the Jenna Parlette Memorial Foundation indicates $4 million has been pledged toward a proposed indoor track on the Wilmington College campus.

The dollar figure is included in a letter to State Sen. Bob Peterson (R-District 17) from Clinton County commissioners, supporting the project for consideration in Ohio’s 2018 Capital Budget.

The letter states the $4 million was raised through private donations.

From Miamisburg, Jenna Parlette was a standout cross country runner at Wilmington College despite being diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy in the sixth grade. A joy to be around, she viewed her medical conditions as “everyone has obstacles they have to deal with,” says the jennastrong.com website.

During a cross country race at Franklin, Indiana in 2013, Parlette was leading the pack with a first-place finish in reach. Just meters before the finish line she collapsed, and three days later, Jenna passed.

The commissioners’ letter states the estimated cost of the indoor track project is $12.1 million.

As reported previously, Clinton County commissioners also have talked up a proposed Blanchester Pool and Recreation Center project in connection with Ohio’s 2018 Capital Budget.

On another matter discussed at a special session in the commissioners office Friday, work continues on a proposed $300,000 no-interest loan that Clinton County commissioners have offered to the Murphy Theatre board for new seating.

Recently Clinton County Commissioner Brenda K. Woods requested information about the theater’s current financial state, such as amount owed on the first and second mortgages, as well as some revenue and expenditure numbers and an estimated carryover balance into the new year.

Clinton County Commissioners President Kerry R. Steed said Friday, “I think we’re very close on the big stuff. It’s just the little details; I think we just have to get it drawn up and look at it and get the agreements together and go from there.”

Steed also said it is wise to get the additional information regarding the theater’s finances.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768.

Clinton County Commissioner Kerry R. Steed rounded out a year as president of the commissioners at a special session Friday. Typically, the post is rotated among the three commissioners.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/12/web1_DSCF6886.jpgClinton County Commissioner Kerry R. Steed rounded out a year as president of the commissioners at a special session Friday. Typically, the post is rotated among the three commissioners. News Journal file photo

By Gary Huffenberger

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