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10/23/2017 12:08 PM
'Over my dead body': Rain-garden rage continues
One member of the Clintonville Area Commission took issue last week with criticism leveled at the panel regarding the rain gardens being installed across the neighborhood.At the commission's Oct. 5 meeting, Mary Rauschenberg of East North Broadway accused CAC members of failing to adequately represent the community and of poor communication when it came to the scope of Blueprint Columbus. The city's "green" method of reducing pollution that reaches the Olentangy River from [...]

10/19/2017 08:49 PM
Big Walnut back on ballot: District hopes legwork pays off
With early voting well underway and only about two weeks until Election Day, Big Walnut Local School District leaders say they're "optimistic" about their ballot issue's chances.The district returns to the ballot Nov. 7 with a revised funding request 12 months after voters shot down the last ballot issue. This time, Big Walnut will ask voters to approve a 6.6-mill bond issue and a 1.25-mill permanent-improvement levy, combined on the ballot."We're optimistic," [...]

10/19/2017 06:52 PM
Trick-or-treating? Here are the schedules
Most central Ohio communities have scheduled trick-or-treating for Tuesday, Oct. 31. Hours are for that day, unless noted otherwise:

10/19/2017 12:27 PM
Tiberi says he's leaving Congress
U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Genoa Township) announced Thursday, Oct. 19, that he will be leaving Congress by the end of next January, capping 16 years representing his central Ohio congressional district.

10/18/2017 06:04 PM
Whitehall police: Residents' intervention saved girl who was stabbed many times
Whitehall police are lauding several residents as lifesavers after they intervened in the stabbing attack of a 15-year-old girl Oct. 17, detaining the suspect until police arrived."They acted as heroes, plain and simple," Deputy Chief Dan Kelso said.Kelso said the residents "sacrificed their own safety and security to stop this horrendous attack" and chased down the suspect, ultimately saving the life of a young girl while helping police remove "a dangerous criminal" [...]

10/18/2017 03:53 PM
Westerville City Council hopefuls differ in views of city matters
Westerville voters will choose from seven candidates for four Westerville City Council seats on their Nov. 7 ballots.All four incumbents -- John Bokros, Kathy Cocuzzi, Michael Heyeck and Larry Jenkins -- are running for re-election. They are joined on the ballot by challengers Valerie Cumming, Alex Heckman and Lee Alan Peters.ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion asked each candidate questions about local issues and gave them an opportunity to share [...]

10/18/2017 03:53 PM
Nine candidates fill out council field
Worthington voters will choose from among nine candidates for four Worthington City Council seats on their Nov. 7 ballots.Four incumbents – Rachael Dorothy, Scott Myers, David Norstrom and Michael Troper – face challengers Sean Demaree, Michael Farley, Beth Kowalczyk, Ian Mykel and David Robinson.The nine candidates answered ThisWeek's questions about their qualifications and local issues, including communication with residents, [...]

10/18/2017 03:46 PM
Kindness in action: Fundraisers support Texas school
Moved by the devastation wrought by a recent hurricane, Upper Arlington's Barrington Elementary School has raised more than $13,000 to help reopen a Houston-area school.Barrington teachers said they expect the tally to rise as they finalize their count from a series of fundraising activities that culminated Oct. 11 with a Helping Hands for Harvey Walk-a-Thon at Jones Middle School.The money will go to help Juan Seguin Elementary School in Richmond, Texas. It is closed [...]

10/18/2017 03:42 PM
Candidates forum scheduled Oct. 24
In a joint effort, the Franklin County Consortium for Good Government, the League of Women Voters, the Rotary Club of Dublin Worthington and the American Association of University Women's Worthington branch have scheduled a local candidates forum Tuesday, Oct. 24, at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St. in Worthington.Candidates for Worthington City Council, the Worthington school board and Sharon Township trustee have been invited.Each of the 23 candidates [...]

10/18/2017 03:22 PM
Re-enactors suit up for Heritage Day
The concussion of cannon fire shook the ground and smoke wafted through the autumn air during Heritage Day on Oct. 14 at Weaver Park, adjacent to the Franklin County Fairgrounds.The Hilliard Ohio Historical Society has held the annual event for years but last weekend was a first for the display of Civil War-era weaponry.Organizers invited the 1st Ohio Light Artillery, Battery A, Statehouse Unit and re-enactors from the 40th and 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry units to fire [...]

10/18/2017 03:22 PM
Both major parties represented in Hilliard City Council race
Uncontested fall elections have not been uncommon in recent years for an all-Republican Hilliard City Council – but 2017 is different.Four Republicans and two Democrats are running for four seats up for election on the Nov. 7 general-election ballot.Hilliard is one of a few municipalities in Franklin County to have partisan City Council seats and conduct a primary.For many years, the Republican primary has served as a de facto general election [...]

10/18/2017 03:11 PM
Scoop on Graeter's application must wait until next month
Hilliard officials are seeking more information from Graeter's Ice Cream before considering an application for the company to open a local store.Graeter's is seeking approval of a site plan and a conditional-use permit to build an ice-cream shop with a drive-thru window at the northwest corner of Scioto Darby Road and High School Drive. The shop would be few blocks south of the Dairy Queen on Main Street."We asked (Graeter's) to give us a better idea of what times and [...]

10/18/2017 02:55 PM
Public input forms groundwork for 36/37 corridor's future
In yet another effort to plan for Delaware County's rapid population growth, the county's economic-development team is considering how best to prepare the "36/37 corridor" for incoming businesses.The county, in conjunction with Columbus consulting firm NBBJ, has conducted two public meetings to ask for input about the corridor of U.S. Route 36 and state Route 37, which connects Delaware and Sunbury.The goal is to gather thoughts on what should come next for the area, [...]

10/18/2017 02:52 PM
Harvest is prime time at farm
For Circle S Farms owner Ethel Sullivan, "agritourism" is also cultural.Over the past 37 years, the 70-acre Grove City farm has offered suburbanites and city dwellers the chance to get a sense of what farm life is like."People can visit our farm and get out in the outdoors and fresh air, and get a little bit of a break from the day-to-day activity," Sullivan said. "A lot of people these days, especially children, have never spent time on a farm."I grew up on [...]

10/18/2017 02:44 PM
SWCS board race: Candidates' opinions vary on top issues for system
Voters in the South-Western City School District will be choosing from among five candidates to fill four open seats on the school board this November.Incumbents Cathy Johnson, Lee Schreiner and Robert Ragland will face first-time school board candidates Anthony Caldwell and David Donofrio. Board member Karen Dover decided not to run for re-election to her seat.Although the Franklin County Board of Elections initially ruled that Schreiner and Donofrio did not have a [...]

10/18/2017 02:41 PM
Investigation of fire marshal underway
Jackson Township Fire Marshal David Scott Burris has been placed on restricted administrative duty as fire Chief Randy Little investigates off-duty incidents that resulted in charges filed against Burris.Burris was notified on Oct. 8 he was being placed on restricted duty, according to a statement on the township's website.The restrictions stipulate that Burris will not be allowed to operate any department vehicle, his work responsibilities will be limited to [...]

10/18/2017 02:36 PM
Students scare up travel money
A disease outbreak has occurred in Gahanna and all the hospitals are full -- that's the premise of a psychological thriller Gahanna Lincoln High School thespians will produce for a haunted house.The scare takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the school"The theme is a hospital turned mental asylum for a disease outbreak that happened in Gahanna," said Sabrina Brush, a senior who will play the role of a doctor. [...]

10/18/2017 02:34 PM
Creepside introduces escape rooms, treasure hunt
Residents who attend Gahanna's Creepside are in for a scream with a few new additions this year.Organized by Gahanna's Parks & Recreation Department, the fun will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Creekside District, 117 Mill St.This year participants can experience the new feature of escape rooms created by Clintonville-based Trapped Columbus, in which attendees are "locked" in a room with friends or strangers to use their wits and the [...]

10/18/2017 02:13 PM
Iconic Caterina building in German Village sold
The property known as the Caterina Ltd. building in German Village officially is off the market.NAI Ohio Equities has sold the 4,000-square-foot building at 571 S. Third St. for $1.3 million to Third & Beck LLC, according to Philip Bird, who, with Peter Merkle, was the primary sales agent on the property. The transaction was completed Oct. 18.Believed to have been built in the 1870s, the three-story building is on the corner of East Beck and South Third streets. [...]

10/18/2017 02:01 PM
Maker spaces: Hands-on learning encouraged
The "look, don't touch" model is the opposite of what teacher librarian Erin Cassaro encourages curious students to do when exploring Dublin Scioto High School's maker space.Students often come into the high school's study center and see the 3-D printer, laser cutter and other high-tech equipment in the room just off the study center, Cassaro said.And although some students are reluctant to try using the equipment themselves, Cassaro said she urges them to push past [...]