Clark County residents honored for hard work, positive impact

Sept 11, 2018
  • By Parker Perry
  • Staff Writer

Three Clark County residents were named luminaries for their hard work and the positive impact they’ve made in the community.

Bill Berry, Chris Chilton, and Paula Crew were selected for the award by the Clark County Board of Commission. Berry said he doesn’t do it for the recognition, but it is nice.

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Berry is a local historian and is a member of many local boards and organizations, including the New Carlisle Historical Society, the New Carlisle Heritage of Flight Festival board and the Clark County Bicentennial Committee.

“It’s in my background and training by my parents that you take a job and you do it responsibly and you do it to your fullest ability that you can muster,” Berry said. “I have always tried to do that.”

He said his time as a school teacher taught him to always try to teach kids to care for those around them.

“You are trying to teach young people to be good citizens of their community,” Berry said.

He moved to New Carlisle in 1955.

Chilton is a Springfield firefighter and might be better known as DJ Chill.

“(He) is the definition of luminary: someone who spreads a bright light everywhere he goes,” Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt said. “As a firefighter and DJ, he brings a smile to others’ faces, and he has a special way of engaging in conversations about the challenging topics in our community in a kind and productive manner.”

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Crew is the superintendent at Tecumseh Local schools and is also is also active in New Carlisle Rotary, the Tecumseh Education Foundation and is a member of the New Carlisle Library Board of Directors.

She worked with the county commission earlier this year to get deputies into county schools, the commission said.

“Paula Crew saw a need in the community, not just at Tecumseh but for all of our county schools,” Commissioner Rick Lohnes said. “Her willingness to work together on a tough issue has made our school buildings safer places.”