Hillsboro Press Gazette 28 June 1974
the in and insert... cost you a has the the kWIIU ?C?f By Price Of Land Set A jury seated in Highland County Common Pleas Court returned a verdict setting the price of land appropriated appropriated for highway purposes following a two-day trial which concluded concluded Thursday afternoon. The panel fixed the price of the at a total of $16,500, including for land appropriated and $1,000 for damages to the residue. This was a long-standing case. It involved the former Etta Garen McCoppin Mill Road, but this was involved in a will contest suit which was settled in the local court just recently. Newton Cluff, who had operated the Garen farm, was the property. This cleared the way for settlement .of the highway easement case. Cluff had been offered $4,700 originally by the Ohio Department of Highways. declined the offer. The jury viewed the site. The involved is along a new road which leads off McCoppin Mill Road to lake restaurant. The jury took the case for deliberations just before noon Thursday Thursday and returned a verdict about hour later. Attorney Val Mowrey of Chillicothe represented the state and David Rogers of Columbus represented the defendant, Newton Cluff. Judge Guy Cline of Circleville heard the case 'assignment. The land was taken by the state eminent domain. The original easement case was filed Sept. 25, but a decision had been held in abeyance. The will contest involving the Garen land was settled May Jurors signing the verdict were Lloyd Naylor, Paul Young, Joe Altha Koehler, Barbara M. Weyrich, Murl Wade, Sandy Smith, Glenna Leeth, Lu Anne Holbrook, Bennie Crago, Twila J. Smith and James McNeilan.