It’s no urban legend.
Urban Meyer, undefeated this season as head football coach of Ohio State University, really did grow up in Ashtabula and new signs at various entrances to the city attest to the fact.
“They just started going up Monday,” City Manager James Timonere said Wednesday. “We got them in (last) Thursday or Friday.”
“They were designed by Chamber of Commerce President Jessica Forsythe. She’s a graphic artist and came up with the design and we really liked it,” Timonere said.
The red signs with white lettering welcome people to Ashtabula, calling Meyer “Buckeye Born, Buckeye Proud!” and lists Meyer’s big accomplishment as “BCS Championship Head Coach.”
Meyer won two Bowl Championship Series honors while head coach of the University of Florida.
While the signs state Ashtabula is his home town, he was actually born in Toledo, but grew up here and graduated from St. John High School.
He was first head coach at Bowling Green University in 2001 before moving to the University of Utah, then tackling the University of Florida.
His record at OSU this season was 12-0.
Timonere said the city obtained the signs from the same firm it gets all its traffic signs. Public Works has been installing them when it has time in all areas where there were previously corporate limits signs.
“We bought eight and will have a couple left over in case some get damaged,” he said.
“It gives Coach Meyer the respect he deserves from his home town. A couple of people have already noticed the signs, including Coach Meyer’s former classmate, who texted me and said it looked good,” Timonere said.
“The idea for the signs came up to council about a year or two ago, but interest sort of died until the idea was brought back by (Ward 2 Councilman August) Pugliese,” Timonere said.
Meyer frequently returns to the city, most recently speaking at the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club banquet in December.
It’s no urban legend.
- Local News
Local vineyards will star in Vintage Ohio Wine Festival
The Vintage Ohio Wine Festival is set to begin on Friday. The festival, held at Lake Metroparks Farmpark, is celebrating its 20th year.
Author Jim Royster to speak at WTLC
Author and speaker James (Jim) Royster has just published his book “Have This Mind; Supreme Happiness, Ultimate Realization, and the Four Great Religions - An Integral Adventure.”
Multi-Cultural Festival celebrates the diversity of Ashtabula
Customs from around the world were celebrated on Saturday afternoon as the Multi-Cultural Festival got under way along Main Avenue and West 44th Street.
Motorcyclists raise money for Ashtabula Red Cross
More than 30 people participated in a motorcycle run to benefit the Ashtabula County Chapter of the American Red Cross on Saturday morning.
Conneaut Harbor is alive with a variety of events
A day of fun in Conneaut Harbor began early Saturday morning as preparations for Dockfest and other events kicked into high gear.
Sheffield Township crash sends five to hospital
Five people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Sheffield Township, according to reports.
Man shot and killed on Ashtabula street
A Cleveland man was shot and killed while driving on Fern Avenue early Friday, according to the Ashtabula County Coroner’s Office and Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell.
Community addresses violence by reaching out
Ten area man, previously convicted of violent crimes, got a loud warning and the offer of a helping hand at a special program Friday afternoon in Ashtabula Municipal Court.
Ashtabula woman urges an end to gun violence
A grandmother hoping to end the cycle of violence gave her heartfelt words of wisdom to 10 area men who have been involved in violent acts on Friday in Ashtabula Municipal Court.
Stranger’s generosity stuns Kingsville vet
A stranger’s unexpected show of appreciation last weekend still has Vietnam War veteran David A. Tobias shaking his head.
- More Local News Headlines
- Local vineyards will star in Vintage Ohio Wine Festival