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08/17/2018 05:08 PM
Short North Food Hall lands offshoot of Phillip's Original Coney Island
Phillip's Kitchen, an offshoot of the departed Phillip's Original Coney Island in Franklinton, will join the lineup at Short North Food Hall by the end of August.Known for its Coney dogs, burgers and shakes, Phillip's was recast as a food truck – Phillip's on Wheels – by Nick Manus, grandson of the restaurant’s founder, Phillip Manus.The original restaurant closed in 2017 after more than 100 years in business and the food truck was up and running that [...]

08/17/2018 03:12 PM
COF Academy's big picture remains blurry
On an afternoon in May, Tracie Baugus and her son, Keith "K.J." King Jr., were walking into a Walmart in Columbus when Baugus said the pair were approached by two men.One of the men asked King if he played football. He told them that he played at Westerville North High School.According to Baugus, they asked King if he had received any college offers and what position he played.King, a senior who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 238 pounds, said he plays defensive [...]

08/17/2018 02:45 PM
Olentangy Berlin High School's Berlin Bears Marching Band
Central Ohio has a new high school marching band -- and a new school. Welcome, Olentangy's Berlin Bears Marching Band, under the direction of Michael Reeves.

08/16/2018 08:32 PM
Phase 1 nearly done at Prairie Township sports complex
The earth has all been moved at Prairie Township's new sports complex and now it's time for Mother Nature to get to work.Construction on the $1.87 million first phase of the project at 1503 Galloway Road is nearly finished and officials expect the youngest soccer players to hit the fields in fall 2019."They're finishing up grading the fields. We hope to be planting grass this fall, and it'll take about a year for the grass to take root," said James Gant, the township's [...]

08/16/2018 08:24 PM
Delaware council rebuffs developer's hotel idea
Developer Jim Manos said he expects to develop a revised plan after Delaware City Council on Aug. 13 rejected his proposal to build a 3-story hotel on West William Street that would incorporate a historic house.With a 4-3 vote, council shot down three proposed ordinances: to rezone the site to planned mixed overlay district; to grant a conditional-use permit; and to approve a preliminary development plan.Manos' initial plan called for a 3-story, 47-room addition to the [...]

08/16/2018 08:21 PM
Four Delaware churches join forces to serve
Four Delaware churches will team up for community service Aug. 26 in lieu of Sunday-morning services.They are Terra Nova Community Church, 425 S. Sandusky St. Suite 3; Highpoint Nazarene Church, 795 Pollock Road; Berachah Church, 2440 U.S. Route 23 N.; and New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 385 E. William St.Terra Nova pastor the Rev. Jason Allison said the four churches are in frequent contact and encourage each other."We've seen other churches do [...]

08/16/2018 08:14 PM
Delaware's network of bike paths continues to expand
By the time Halloween rolls around, Delaware's cyclists will be able to roll around the city a bit more easily.Work is expected to be completed Oct. 31 on the latest section of West Central Avenue's bicycle and walking path, part of what the Delaware city website says will be an eventual citywide bikeway network.The new section will run from the city limits to Houk Road.The Righter Co. Inc. began work on the path in July. Construction costs are estimated at [...]

08/16/2018 07:05 PM
Wahlberg surprises customers at car dealership
Lori Wycuff brought her car into Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet Aug. 13 for an oil change. She had no idea she'd meet the dealership's namesake and ride around in a red Silverado truck with him.Ironically, it wasn't Wycuff's first brush with the Wahlberg family."I told him I've met Donnie (Mark's brother, and a member of boy band New Kids on the Block) a few times," Wycuff said, "(Mark) said he would tell Donnie he met me."Wahlberg and Michigan car dealer Jay [...]

08/16/2018 01:07 PM
Powell Chipotle sickness cause: clostridium perfringens toxin
The culprit that made hundreds of people sick after eating at a Chipotle store in Powell late last month is Clostridium perfringens.Though food samples from the store tested negative for the bacteria, the Delaware General Health District reported Thursday morning that stool samples collected from sickened customers sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease [...]

08/16/2018 12:21 PM
Target aims to open on New Albany's doorstep in 2019
Target plans to open a new store in 2019 as part of the Hamilton Quarter mixed-use development near Hamilton Road and state Route 161 in Columbus, according to an Aug. 15 press release on behalf of the company.The project will be part of a partnership with the Casto development company, according to the release.The store will hire approximately 125 people, said Target spokeswoman Jacqueline DeBuse."We currently operate 15 stores in the Columbus area, with [...]

08/16/2018 12:07 PM
Whitehall toddler in critical condition after assault by mom's beau
A 2-year-old Whitehall boy remains in critical condition Friday afternoon, Aug. 17, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital after the boyfriend of the boy’s mother allegedly struck him, Whitehall police said.Both the mother and the boyfriend have been charged in connection with the incident.Tyreese Gray, 27, of East Broad Street is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony; J’Quanna Davis, 20, of East Broad Street is charged with endangering [...]

08/16/2018 01:01 AM
Back to school: SWCS aims to build on success
With a new school year about to begin in the South-Western City School District, a major area of focus is the Nov. 6 bond issue that would help fund construction of several buildings.Half of the core cost of the project would be covered by funds from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.That partnership "gives us a lot more bang for the buck," school board president Lee Schreiner said.The second phase of the project would continue a process "to bring [...]

08/15/2018 06:23 PM
Westerville Crossing Borders: Project's goal is to create awareness of diversity
Four education organizations that support the Westerville City Schools are partnering on a project called Westerville Crossing Borders.The goal is to create awareness, understanding, appreciation and connection around the diversity in the schools and the community, according to Colleen Moidu, executive director of the Westerville Education Foundation.The foundation is one of the core groups for the project, along with Westerville Partners for Education, Westerville [...]

08/15/2018 06:12 PM
12th Congressional District: New tallies show steeper climb for O'Connor
With the number of uncounted ballots in the tight 12th Congressional District race shrinking, the hill has become even steeper for Democrat Danny O’Connor to overtake Republican Troy Balderson.But in a press call Wednesday morning, O’Connor’s backers expressed optimism he could cut the margin enough to require a recount, mandated by Ohio law if the difference is 0.5 percent or less.Balderson led by1,534 votes after Election Day, about 0.8 percent. [...]

08/15/2018 05:37 PM
Austin council OKs term sheet with Crew SC; local officials respond
The city council of Austin, Texas, voted Wednesday to approve a term sheet between the city and Crew SC operator Precourt Sports Ventures detailing the terms of a stadium lease at the 24-acre, city-owned McKalla Place site in north Austin.The council voted 7-4 to approve an amended version of the term sheet after more than four hours of discussion.The council agreed to have city staff members "negotiate and execute" a final stadium agreement, taking final approval of [...]

08/15/2018 12:57 PM
UPDATED: Man shot in Whitehall after fight with ex-girlfriend
A 29-year-old Columbus man was shot Aug. 15 after he reportedly broke into the Beechcreek Road residence of his ex-girlfriend, Whitehall police said.Taveon Fadis, 29, of Whitehall is facing new charges of aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, and domestic violence.Fadis was wanted on warrants for aggravated burglary and domestic violence stemming from a previous incident at the same location, Whitehall Sgt. John Grebb said.Police responded to a report [...]

08/15/2018 11:57 AM
Worthington resident helps butterflies spread wings
Worthington Estates neighbors need not be alarmed if they see Susan Brown crawling around bushes near her home.She's simply trying to save the butterflies.Brown, 50, is a local pharmacist. She said she loves her job, but she has discovered her passion in raising monarch and eastern black swallowtail butterflies.Her interest in saving butterflies began a few years ago in Cincinnati. At the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, Brown watched "Flight of [...]

08/15/2018 11:53 AM
'Community' at core of Huffman's store
After six decades in the grocery business, including more than 30 years locally, Upper Arlington's proprietor of produce and more is stepping away from Huffman's Market.On July 30, owner Tim Huffman quietly completed the sale of the business he's run at 2140 Tremont Center since 1987 to Chicago businessman Raj Patel.In some ways, the transaction was in keeping with the countless out-of-the-spotlight sponsorships and donations of money and [...]

08/15/2018 11:38 AM
'Lemonade & Cookies' encourages civil discourse
A frequent attendee of Upper Arlington City Council meetings and community events, Diane Sturges likes to stay informed and participate in the democratic process.But in recent years, particularly at council meetings, she said, she became increasingly alarmed by interactions between residents on different sides of local issues, as well as with city officials conducting municipal business and making legislative decisions.So in an effort to bring people together to more [...]

08/15/2018 11:02 AM
Pickerington's 'Interactive playground
Lu device blends play with learning