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02/20/2018 05:19 PM
POLL: Schools still coping with gun incidents, protests, threats
Student shoots self in Ohio; North Carolina students walk out; Florida school locked down; officials propose solutions

02/20/2018 04:07 PM
Opening date set for Reynoldsburg Winking Lizard
Central Ohio’s newest Winking Lizard Tavern is expected to open at 4 p.m. sharp Tuesday, Feb. 27.The Reynoldsburg location, 7995 E. Broad St., will have a familiar look: 32 high-definition TVs, a large dining room that seats 170 and an expansive patio complete with a firepit and garage doors leading to the bar, according to beverage manager Sean Avren.Winking Lizard will not disappoint with its beer selections, for which the Cleveland-based chain is known, with 35 [...]

02/20/2018 04:07 PM
Boutique hotel planned for Easton
A new boutique hotel could add to the lodging options at Easton Town Center.Aloft Hotels has proposed building a 136-unit facility for 4190 Alston St. at the northeast corner of Alston and Easton Loop East, south of Worth Avenue.The five-story, 109,000-square-foot hotel would require a parking variance, according to documents filed with the city of Columbus. The Columbus Board of Zoning Adjustment is expected to consider the request Tuesday, Feb. 27.Aloft is [...]

02/20/2018 04:07 PM
Gahanna council's split vote nixes senior-living proposal
A 3-3 split vote by Gahanna City Council means no senior-living facility on Taylor Road.Council’s Feb. 19 vote, which required a simple majority for approval, is the answer to a request by applicant Ross Oberhausen of Kentucky-based DMK Development Group regarding 5.7 acres at 748 and 760 Taylor Road. The site is zoned single-family residential, and DMK had asked council to rezone it to suburban office to allow a 115-unit senior-living facility.DMK, in partnership [...]

02/20/2018 03:31 PM
Ohio middle schooler takes gun to school, shoots himself in bathroom
Police Chief Mark Brink said he did not know if the shooting was accidental or intentional. When asked if others were involved, Brink said, “Not that we know of at this point, but that investigation is ongoing.”

02/20/2018 12:33 PM
District 'family' unites for 'Shrek'
Grandview Heights High School's spring musical is a show for all ages -- on the stage, behind the scenes and in the audience.The cast and crew of "Shrek the Musical" includes students from every Grandview school building, said director April Olt."It's a larger show than we usually do," she said. "There are so many parts in this musical; some students are playing multiple roles. We have an elementary student playing Young Fiona and middle school students playing Young [...]

02/19/2018 08:19 PM
FIRST-world problem: collecting 'power cubes'
This year's FIRST robotics competition is in some ways a game within a game.In the premise of this year's competition, dubbed "Power Up," the robots built by high school teams are video-game characters trapped with their human operators in an arcade game.In each match, the alliances -- composed of three FIRST teams -- work together to defeat the boss in order to escape.Robots are designed to complete a series of tasks, including collecting and placing "power [...]

02/19/2018 08:14 PM
Book clubs encouraging youth readers
The Pickerington Public Library is closing in on completion of another year of working to enhance youth reading skills and enjoyment of literature through its book club program.On Feb. 15, eight second- and third-graders from Pickerington elementary schools gathered around a table in the meeting room of the Pickerington Public Library's main branch to discuss chapters from Jeff Brown's "Flat Stanley" and "Stanley and the Magic Lamp."In addition to recounting their [...]

02/19/2018 08:05 PM
Recycling message sinks in at Whitehall-Yearling
Students in Whitehall-Yearling High School teacher Jamie Williams' classroom didn't think much of her pro-environment message at first, but her continuing effort's impact is apparent now with the expansion of the school's recycling program.Williams teaches biology and environmental sciences at Whitehall-Yearling High School. She said her students have taken notice of her lessons, encouraging their classmates and family members to recycle.Patrick Danko also teaches [...]

02/19/2018 08:01 PM
TRACS gets businesses involved in foiling crime
The Whitehall Division of Police is putting would-be thieves on notice: Those wearing badges aren't the only ones watching.Through the Safer Whitehall initiative, Whitehall police Chief Mike Crispen and the department's officers are giving business owners and residents a crash course in thwarting crime -- particularly retail theft and identity fraud.About 10 business owners met Feb. 15 with Crispen at the police station, 360 S. Yearling Road, for Theft Reduction and [...]

02/19/2018 07:21 PM
Bees 'under attack': Keepers say code change goes too far
Beekeepers are buzzing with complaints over proposed changes to a Canal Winchester city code change that would establish regulations for keeping bees, goats, chickens, rabbits and other small animals.The ordinance authorizing the changes related to keeping agricultural animals in nonagricultural districts was scheduled for the second of three readings at City Council's Feb. 20 meeting.Residents with at least 1 acre of property would be permitted to have beehives, with [...]

02/19/2018 07:15 PM
Groveport Madison: No decision on search for superintendent
The Groveport Madison Board of Education hasn't decided yet whether or how to conduct a search for a new superintendent, but it did proceed as expected last week and named John Hurd the district's interim superintendent.Hurd will also continue his duties as deputy superintendent.His appointment as interim head of the district will continue through July 31.Former superintendent Bruce Hoover resigned unexpectedly Feb. 7 citing family considerations; his last [...]

02/19/2018 06:05 PM
Police follow-up Investigation: No crime committed; no charges filed
After an investigation of what appeared to be an attempt to abduct a child at a local Sunoco station, Reynoldsburg police detectives determined "no crime had been committed" and no charges would be filed.The investigation also found that the man's account of what happened Jan. 26 at the Sunoco station at Brice Road and East Livingston Avenue did not agree with what the child's mother told officers that afternoon."The man was not charged and the case is closed," [...]

02/19/2018 06:03 PM
AR-15 auctions, school shooting threats continue debate over gun control
Nearly a week after a school shooting in Parkland, Fla., killed 17 people, gun control remains a leading topic of conversation across the nation.

02/19/2018 03:43 PM
Body pulled from Scioto River in NW Columbus
Columbus police have pulled a body from the Scioto River near Hayden Run Falls Park in northwest Columbus.Police arrived at the park about noon.The body has not been identified, and authorities weren’t immediately releasing more details. The Franklin County coroner’s office will help determine the identity.The park is where the car of a missing 17-year-old, Payton Young, was found. Young was last seen Jan. 21.mferench@dispatch. [...]

02/19/2018 09:24 AM
Gahanna students hold vigil to remember Hoying
Gahanna Lincoln High School students packed Friendship Park on Sunday evening, Feb. 18, to share memories of teacher Andrew Hoying.Hoying, 28, was a business teacher and soccer coach at the school.The Gahanna-Jefferson school district released a media statement late Feb. 16 from Superintendent Steve Barrett, saying the district was made aware of Hoying’s death [...]

02/16/2018 01:51 PM
Gahanna high school teacher dies
Members of the Gahanna community are taking to social media to pay tribute to Lincoln High School business teacher Andrew Hoying.The Gahanna-Jefferson schools released a media statement late Friday, Feb. 16, from Superintendent Steve Barrett, saying the district was made aware of Hoying’s death Feb. 15."The entire Gahanna-Jefferson school community is deeply saddened by the passing of Mr. Andrew Hoying, one of our high school teachers from the business department, [...]

02/16/2018 08:30 AM
If you were Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, where would HQ2 go?
Play GateHouse Media's online game to pick Amazon's second headquarters.

02/15/2018 07:00 PM
Report: Russia sparked fear at Missouri during 2015 protests
Air Force officer’s article: Twitter account spread fake news in warm-up for 2016 election meddling

02/15/2018 03:32 PM
South Carolina student charged after threatening 'round two of Florida'
Student posted a Snapchat photo with the caption ‘the words of round two of Florida tomorrow’