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04/18/2018 04:35 PM
Worker killed in elevator shaft at Mount Carmel Grove City hospital site
Police are investigating after a man was killed in an elevator shaft at a Grove City construction site.

04/18/2018 02:58 PM
The big short: Districts lament funding cap
For Julie Wagner Feasel, a longtime member of the Olentangy school board, the question is simple."If you don't have enough money to fund the formula, why do you even have the formula?" she said.Growing school districts -- rich, poor and anywhere in between -- often do not see the amount of funding the state's formula prescribes. Instead, they run into a cap imposed by the Ohio General Assembly that limits the amount of money a district can receive from the state per [...]

04/18/2018 02:58 PM
District leaders respond to funding-cap questions
ThisWeek asked central Ohio school-district leaders six questions about the state's funding cap and how it affects their districts. Here's what they told us:How much revenue did your district lose this school year because of the cap on increased state funding to growing districts?Canal Winchester Local School District Superintendent Jim Sotlar: We lost roughly $1.8 million in revenue because of the cap ($20.5 million [...]

04/18/2018 02:57 PM
Ohio EPA sets session on Otterbein's Kilgore site plan
As Otterbein University attempts to turn contaminated land into a usable space, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold a public meeting to inform residents about the project and its steps.The issue focuses on a 40-acre plot that remains from a 110-acre gift made in the 1960s.The university -- designated a college at the time -- received the land at 600 N. Spring Road from Kilgore Inc., who produced manufacture explosive and incendiary materials for the U.S. [...]

04/18/2018 02:49 PM
Westerville school district entering next facility phase
The Westerville City School District is moving forward with plans to renovate Westerville South High School and fund districtwide safety and security initiatives.The district's school board unanimously approved a motion on April 9 to proceed with the development of design options for Westerville South.Voting in favor of proceeding were Richard Bird, Gerrie Cotter, Tracy Davidson, Nancy Nestor-Baker and Rick Vilardo.Superintendent John Kellogg said South's [...]

04/18/2018 02:35 PM
New police officers in training
Two months after the deaths of two Westerville Division of Police officers, the department is working to get back to full strength.Officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, died of wounds sustained in a shooting after they responded to a 911 hang-up call and a possible domestic-violence situation in the 300 block of Cross Wind Drive on Feb. 10.Quentin Lamar Smith, 30, of Cross Wind Drive has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the case. [...]

04/18/2018 02:27 PM
Upper Arlington BearBots team turns attention to fundraising
After qualifying as the top first-year team at a recent regional competition, an Upper Arlington High School robotics team is trying to raise $13,000 to continue its inaugural season at a world championship in Detroit.In March, the UAHS BearBots won the Rookie All-Star Award at the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Cleveland.The victory not only was welcome recognition for a 21-person team that launched its program this school year but also qualified them [...]

04/18/2018 02:20 PM
Hoops for a Cure: UA schools take on cancer fight
The annual battle between teachers at two Upper Arlington middle schools will return April 27, with organizers hoping to further the fight against cancer.Teachers from Hastings and Jones middle schools will lace up their sneakers for the 11th time – and possibly adorn themselves with pink wigs or other accessories – for the Hoops for a Cure basketball game.The game, which also features students from both schools who spell teachers for playing time, will take [...]

04/18/2018 01:43 PM
'Sewellabration' to raise money for Roses float
Friends and family of Mike Sewell, the late former Pickerington band director, will be host to a celebration of his life this weekend that also will kick off a major fundraising campaign for a float for the 2019 Tournament of Roses Parade.Almost a year after her husband died April 15, 2017, Karen Sewell said she still has difficult days and she expects she always will.But even more abundant than her sadness is her memory and reminders of the impact her husband had on [...]

04/18/2018 01:40 PM
Burglary suspect in crime alert arrested in Reynoldsburg
The subject of a recent Fairfield County crime alert who is accused of breaking into a Violet Township home and wanted for questioning about a fatal house fire was arrested April 15.Raeqwan Hancock, 21, was arrested by Reynoldsburg police nine days after he allegedly was discovered by occupants of a residence in the 13100 block of Toll Gate Road at 10:30 p.m., wearing some of the occupants' clothing and eating their food.Hancock, who's last known addresses were listed [...]

04/18/2018 01:22 PM
Destination Tesla: Program to put charging stations at Village Green
Four electric vehicle charging stations at Powell's Village Green, 47 Hall St., will put the city on the map of the most popular-selling models.Tesla is donating four charging stations: two Tesla-specific models and two "generic" J1772 models that fit most other types of e-vehicles (EVs) like the Nissan LEAF and the Chevrolet Volt. EVs are models that run, at least partially, on an electric battery that must be plugged in and recharged.There will be no cost to the [...]

04/18/2018 01:14 PM
Worthington leaders welcome UMCH buzz
The involvement of a potential developer for the United Methodist Children's Home site in Worthington presents a "fresh new look" and would represent a step in the right direction, according to several city leaders and a prominent community group.Worthington announced via the city website last week there was "ongoing dialogue taking place to determine the future" of the 42-acre UMCH site, 1033 High St.The conversations reportedly involved Yaromir Steiner, the CEO of [...]

04/18/2018 01:00 PM
Dublin jewelry store owner indicted
A Franklin County grand jury April 16 indicted Charles "Mike" Hush, 64, on 36 counts of theft and one count of engaging in corrupt activity, according to a release from the city of Dublin.Hush was the owner of the Jewelry Refinery, which was at 12 E. Bridge St. but closed in 2016.According to the release, multiple victims said Hush had taken their jewelry on consignment and either failed to pay them sale proceeds or didn't return their jewelry.According to [...]

04/18/2018 12:48 PM
Worthington could raise tobacco-buying age to 21
Worthington City Council members are poised to consider an ordinance that would enact a "Tobacco 21" law that would mirror legislation in Columbus and would be implemented by Columbus Public Health.City leaders have been looking into the potential for a tobacco-related law change since September, when Ethan Barnhardt, an intern in the city manager's office, was tasked with heading the project.When Barnhardt presented the idea to City Council in September, he was met [...]

04/18/2018 12:48 PM
Recovery mode brings warning
It wasn't too long after the storm clouds had cleared in Grove City after the April 3 tornado that the signs started going up."The contractors started putting up signs the first day -- 'Call us. We'll fix your house,'" said Don Walters, Grove City's community relations officer."You'll see it whenever there's a storm or some other natural disaster that causes a lot of property damage," said Judy Dollison, vice president of marketing and communications with the Better [...]

04/18/2018 12:33 PM
Young entrepreneurs show business sense at Hilliard fair
Legos so often littered the floor of the family home in Dublin that Tarah Carr sought to teach her sons, Noah and Jonah, a lesson by encasing the colorful blocks in bars of soap."I kept stepping on Legos, so while they were at school one day, I put their Legos in a soap mold," she said.But an action meant to be punitive (and also compel the boys to wash their hands when the flu was making its rounds) instead profited charity and provided Noah and Jonah an opportunity to [...]

04/18/2018 12:25 PM
School's resource rally entertains, educates
During the day, the teachers and staff at Holt Crossing Intermediate School educate their fifth- and sixth-grade students.On the evening of April 5, the school served as an educational resource for families.Holt Crossing held a community-resource rally that evening, with representatives from about 30 central Ohio agencies on hand to answer questions and provide information about their services."There will be programs held to provide information and assistance [...]

04/18/2018 11:51 AM
New parking lot would add 56 spaces in Old Hilliard
Construction of a 56-space parking lot at the corner of Madison and Wayne streets in Old Hilliard is expected to begin next month if Hilliard City Council approves a contract Monday, April 23.The city postponed the project last year because all three bids the city received in September exceeded the Franklin County Engineer's Office's estimate of $212,300 by more than 10 percent, said Clark Rausch, Hilliard's deputy engineer."We rebid the project and have an awardable [...]

04/18/2018 11:47 AM
Hilliard Schools Connection: 'Whole-child' approach leads to achievement, results
At the annual State of the Schools event in October, Hilliard City Schools leaders shared details about the district's "whole-child" initiative.Our district leaders embrace the responsibility to provide more than an academic foundation for the students in our classrooms. We know – we believe in our core – that to truly live our mission to ensure that every student is "ready for tomorrow," we must educate the whole child.America's public schools [...]

04/18/2018 11:43 AM
Cast set to test 'Theory' in front of audiences
The Columbus Academy Upper School Theatre Program will present a show that hasn't been performed by many high schools -- "The Theory of Relativity" -- Thursday, April 19, through Saturday, April 21.Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Schoedinger Theatre at the school, 4300 Cherry Bottom Road."This is a different kind of show," said Stefan Farrenkopf, the show's director and an English teacher at the school."It was [...]