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06/22/2018 10:00 AM
Podcast: It's 5 o'clock somewhere
We want a great drink that is part performance art and all deliciousness. We talked to three local panelists about where to find the best cocktails in central Ohio.Welcome to "The Great Food Debate," where we discuss the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio.This episode's panelists are:• Alex Bokeno, Beam Suntory southern Ohio territory manager• Jayme Hitchcock, community manager for Yelp [...]

06/21/2018 11:56 PM
Crowds pack new Hilliard library branch on opening night
Hundreds of people turned out for the public debut of the Hilliard branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library on June 21.Several local dignitaries spoke during a grand-opening ceremony that preceded the library's opening.Construction of the 2-story, 63,000-square-foot facility at 4500 Hickory Chase Way began last summer at the 6.8-acre site, a mixed-use [...]

06/21/2018 08:20 PM
Delaware County fair board spurns city's request on gun sales
Private gun sales will continue during flea markets at the Delaware County Fairgrounds with no interference from the fair board.The fair board June 19 approved a recommendation that rejected Delaware City Council's request that the Delaware County Agricultural Society require background checks on gun sales at the flea markets.The recommendation was written by the fair board's seven-member executive committee: "Our executive committee, in consultation with our counsel, [...]

06/21/2018 08:15 PM
Still flying high: Restored plane visits Delaware
In 1929, westbound passengers with Transcontinental Air Transport began a coast-to-coast journey with a train ride from New York City to Columbus, before heading to Wichita, Kansas, by airplane.One of two planes that made those trips was a Ford Tri-Motor named City of Wichita.Almost 90 years later, that plane still is flying.It will visit Delaware Municipal Airport, 1075 Pittsburgh Drive, from Aug. 9-12, when local passengers can board for a flight. [...]

06/21/2018 01:24 PM
Apartments might replace closed Bethel Road Winking Lizard
The vacant building on Bethel Road that most recently was home to the Winking Lizard Tavern soon could face the serious end of a wrecking ball because a developer has announced plans to build apartments on the site.Preferred Living has submitted a site plan with the city of Columbus, showing construction of 67 units on the property, 1380 Bethel Road.The project would include two 3-story buildings -- one with 32 two-bedroom units and 12 one-bedroom units -- and the other [...]

06/20/2018 07:44 PM
Update: New suspect in Upper Arlington stabbing turns self in
A man wanted in connection to a recent fatal stabbing in Upper Arlington has turned himself in, according to police.The Upper Arlington Police Division announced via a press release at 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, that Jeffrey Blaire Harrison has turned himself in and currently is being held at the Franklin County Jail.A day earlier, Harrison was named as the suspect in a June 11 fatal stabbing outside China Dynasty, 1689 W. Lane Ave. He’s accused of killing [...]

06/20/2018 07:14 PM
UA homes evacuated after gas-line break
Several Upper Arlington homes on Brandon Road were evacuated Wednesday evening, June 20, after a gas-line break, according to city officials.Upper Arlington spokeswoman Emma Speight said at 5:26 p.m. June 20 that "several homes" in the immediate area on Brandon Road, between Ridgeview and Northam roads, were evacuated because of a 10-inch gas line that had ruptured on Brandon.In addition to the evacuations, Brandon currently is closed to through traffic. [...]

06/20/2018 04:28 PM
Westerville's parks could be set smoke-free
Westerville won't be adopting a Tobacco 21 law, but the city is planning on banning smoking in its parks.Earlier this month, the city declined to vote on a smoking ban for people under 21 years of age, bucking the trend of several central Ohio communities adopting laws backed by the Tobacco 21 movement.City Council received input from staff, its own members and others on the topic of legislation inspired by Tobacco 21, an initiative spearheaded by the Columbus [...]

06/20/2018 04:28 PM
Three charged in connection with Grandview overdose
Grandview Heights police filed felony charges Wednesday, June 20, against three people in connection with a drug overdose that occurred in March at their home and resulted in the death of a 17-year-old Dublin resident.Haleah Myers died April 4 after suffering a drug overdose March 31 at 1273 Broadview Ave.Police filed warrants June 20 against William Alexander, 44, and Shirley Alexander, 67, of 1273 Broadview. William Alexander was charged with a felony count of [...]

06/20/2018 04:14 PM
Sculpture recalls Westerville's role in national prohibition debate
Westerville's recently constructed Civic Green has a new focal point that commemorates the city's unique and intense connection to Prohibition.A bronze, 14-foot-tall sculpture titled "The American Issue" was unveiled June 15 outside the city's municipal building, 21 S. State St.The sculpture depicts a wedge splitting a rock in half while being pushed down by a shattering barrel. The piece is meant to signify the divisive nature of the 18th and 21st amendments, splitting [...]

06/20/2018 03:58 PM
Shower of funds in April brings July grant awards
The Westerville Education Foundation is offering an unprecedented funding opportunity next month for innovative programming to benefit Westerville City School District students, thanks to the community's response to a fundraiser earlier this year."We are really excited about this," said Colleen Moidu, the foundation's executive director. "We have up to $10,000 available to fund projects."Because of the great response we had for (the April 5) An Artful Affair, we are [...]

06/20/2018 03:53 PM
Plan for full-time officers at Worthington high schools under consideration June 25
For Worthington high schools, the addition of a full-time police presence has been a topic of conversation for years.Worthington Schools this month unveiled a potential plan to add full-time officers known as school-resource officers at Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high schools.An officer from Worthington would be at Thomas Worthington and a Columbus officer would be at Worthington Kilbourne because of its location outside city limits.The [...]

06/20/2018 03:32 PM
Upper Arlington's star-studded route ready for July 4
The Upper Arlington Civic Association is ready for the annual July 4 celebration and Party in the Park after spending a hot Saturday morning painting stars and Golden Bears on Northwest Boulevard.Aided by a traffic-safety escort from the Upper Arlington Police Division, crews toting metal star stencils and red, white and blue paint made their way down the street June 16. It's an annual tradition headed by UACA directors who organize the celebrations, aided by junior directors who [...]

06/20/2018 03:13 PM
Township buys Wigwam compound
A historic 63-acre retreat east of Columbus that has served generations of business leaders, entertainers and politicians is in contract to be sold to Violet Township by Wolfe Enterprises, a business controlled by family members of late businessman and longtime Dispatch Publisher John F. Wolfe.The property, known as the Wigwam, will be used as community space and will house the administrative offices of the township, which employs fewer than 10 people.Amenities such as [...]

06/20/2018 03:06 PM
Hilliard library branch ready to open doors to new chapter
Books are on the shelves and a few customers have tried to trickle through the doors a little too early, but the newest and largest branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in Hilliard.Construction of the 2-story, 63,000-square-foot facility at 4500 Hickory Chase Way began last summer at the 6.8-acre site, a mixed-use development that already includes several new apartment buildings on 86 acres south of Davidson Road and east of [...]

06/20/2018 02:56 PM
Interim city manager plans to maintain status quo
Pickerington's interim City Manager Frank Wiseman said he's happy to be back to work in the community and plans to simply steady the ship for as long as he's at the helm.On May 31, Bill Vance left office following an eight-year run as Pickerington city manager. He said he left because he couldn't come to agreement with Mayor Lee Gray and City Council on a new, two-year contract.In the wake of Vance's departure, Wiseman, a former service director for Pickerington and [...]

06/20/2018 02:37 PM
Pickerington North event drums up support for percussion squad
Members of Pickerington High School North's Drumline this month will offer a sneak peak of the coming school year's show music while offering to spiff up your ride at the annual Drumathon and Car Wash.Just weeks after classes let out for summer break, members of the Marching Panthers were back at it June 14, running laps, marching and getting in tune.Whereas the work will go a long way toward preparing the musicians for the 2018-19 marching band season, the real kickoff [...]

06/20/2018 02:02 PM
Norwich firefighters surprise teen, replace his stolen bike
For the past three weeks, Alex Belhorn has been riding his father’s bicycle after his GT Timberline was stolen May 25 from Hilliard Weaver Middle School.But after learning about the theft of the $350 bicycle, the Norwich Township Fire Department’s union bought the 14-year-old a new one."It was a real surprise (and) something we never expected," said Greg Belhorn, Alex’s father.The firefighters were to deliver the bicycle on a ladder truck to [...]

06/20/2018 02:01 PM
Thank you, Hilliard
We want to express our warm appreciation for all the community members who visited with our editors, reporters and advertising representatives during the Hilliard Recreation and Park’s Department’s second Celebration at the Station concert of the season June 14 at Hilliard’s Station Park.This was our second "meet-the-press" event in Hilliard, and we couldn’t have asked for better conversation. (We also enjoyed a great performance by the Wet Bandits! [...]

06/20/2018 01:40 PM
Proposed Powell gas station: Developer backs down after outcry
It's back to the drawing board for the would-be developers of nearly 12 acres north of Home Road.More than a dozen residents spoke out during a June 13 meeting of Powell's planning and zoning commission against a proposed rezoning and annexation plan that included a gas station, commercial space and storage units at the northwest corner of Home and Steitz roads.The proposed annexation would have pushed the boundaries of Powell north of Home Road for the first time. [...]