News - ThisWeek Community News delivers up-to-the-minute news and information on the latest top stories, weather, entertainment, politics and more.

06/28/2017 04:37 PM
UA school district plans 8.92-mill levy-bond combo for fall
Upper Arlington City Schools will ask voters in November to approve a combined 8.92-mill operating levy and bond issue.The school board June 28 voted unanimously to place a 3.75-mill operating levy on the Nov. 7 ballot that would generate approximately $6.3 million in additional annual revenue for day-to-day operations, such as teacher salaries, instructional and pupil support, technology and transportation.Additionally, the board approved placing a 5.17-mill bond issue [...]

06/28/2017 03:26 PM
Columbia Gas: No service terminations, at least 'until the project is finished'
Meter relocationsColumbia Gas: No plans to terminate serviceBy GARY SEMAN JR.Columbia Gas of Ohio officials say they have no plans to terminate services at several residences in German Village, despite a claim by the local historic-preservation association.The German Village Society has asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to temporary block any such service-termination moves while Columbia Gas completes a gas-line improvement in the [...]

06/28/2017 02:36 PM
North drumline to seek support through car wash
For the Pickerington High School North percussion section, nothing says summertime like the Drumathon and Car Wash.By late June each summer, the drumline is back at work, practicing in the school's parking lot to get in shape and on time.On Saturday, July 1, the 2017-18 Panther percussionists will step up preparations for marching band season in another parking lot for their annual Drumathon and Car Wash at Peace United Methodist Church, 235 Diley Road."We've [...]

06/28/2017 02:15 PM
Traffic takes turn for better after Powell restricts lefts
Powell and Liberty Township took action last week in an attempt to relieve traffic after the closure of a segment of state Route 315 led to backups and frustration.The Ohio Department of Transportation shut down Route 315 between Jewett Road and state Route 750 earlier this month to give workers room to install a retaining wall to prevent the Olentangy River from further eroding the roadway's slope. The decision immediately led to cars flooding onto nearby streets, paralyzing [...]

06/28/2017 02:11 PM
Chance to grow family worth complications
In less than a year, a teenage boy in an Olentangy Braves T-shirt could be roaming the streets of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, on his own.A home awaits that boy just outside the city of Delaware, but the complexities of international politics could prevent him from starting a new life with his adoptive family.The Rev. Dave and Vicki Jansen of Berlin Township, who have four biological children and one adopted daughter, are in the process of adopting a sixth [...]

06/28/2017 02:03 PM
Powell says no to medical pot
The medical-marijuana industry will not be dormant in Ohio much longer, but the city of Powell does not plan to reap the rewards.Powell City Council on June 20 voted unanimously to ban businesses that grow, process or sell medical marijuana within city limits. The Ohio legislature last year approved the use of medical marijuana throughout the state but gave municipalities the right to bar marijuana-related businesses.Potential cultivation businesses have until the end [...]

06/28/2017 01:42 PM
Grove City Buddy Ball: Group's batting machine a hit with league
The phrase "batter up" has even more meaning this year in the Grove City Buddy Ball League.Players who are not able to swing a softball bat themselves are able to use a "batter up" machine built and donated to the league by the May We Help organization."It (the machine) helps make them feel connected to playing the game," said Wayne Kintz, a Buddy Ball League board member. "Thanks to this device, they are able to use a bat rather than have someone hit for them. [...]

06/28/2017 01:16 PM
Mini drivers will stage macro meet this weekend in Worthington
As central Ohio prepares to celebrate America on the Fourth of July, a group of enthusiasts in Worthington will be celebrating one of Great Britain's most famous exports.About 100 Mini Coopers will represent the British invasion from Thursday, June 29, to Sunday, July 2, at the Holiday Inn at 7007 N. High St. in Worthington.They will gather for Mini Meet East 2017, billed as the region's largest annual gathering of Mini drivers.The hotel serves as the hub for [...]

06/28/2017 01:03 PM
Mill Run theater reopens with more in store
Movies 11 at Mill Run is up and running and on its way to bigger and better things in the near future, according to one of its owners.New amenities, such as plush recliners in the dine-in theaters and expanded menu options, will be in place in the next 90 days, said Nalini Laveti, who owns Movies 11 with Praveen Goutham and Krishna Jasti.Movies 11, which will show first-run movies, replaced the Movie Tavern at 3773 Ridge Mill Drive in the retail center on Hilliard's [...]

06/28/2017 12:38 PM
Coroner IDs remains found along Lake Erie as Dublin-area teen
Remains found along the Lake Erie shore last week are those of teenager Jack R. Fleming, who was among six Liberty Township residents killed when their private plane crashed on Dec. 29, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

06/28/2017 11:52 AM
Norwich Township aids fire department that lost only truck
Problems come in all sizes.A fire department losing its only fire truck is a big one, not only for the fire department but also the community it serves.The Norwich Township Fire Department acted swiftly last week to help a department facing such a dilemma.The Norwich Township trustees, acting upon the request of fire Chief Jeff Warren, withdrew the advertisement of the township's 2000 Sutphen-manufactured engine-and-rescue vehicle and sold it for $30,000 to [...]

06/27/2017 07:05 PM
Coolers again are welcome at pool
After a brief ban, visitors to the Grandview Heights Municipal Pool can again bring coolers into the facility.The city announced June 23 that after incidents of pool visitors illegally bringing alcohol into the pool, a new rule prohibiting coolers, open containers and glass containers would be enforced."We saw a kind of broad-based reaction on social media about the new rule," Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey said June 27."We further reviewed it and [...]

06/27/2017 07:05 PM
Federal complaint alleges Reynoldsburg school board bias
In a complaint filed in April with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning accused the Reynoldsburg school district of racial and gender discrimination and retaliation.By law, a person must file a discrimination charge with the federal agency before he or she can file a job-discrimination lawsuit.In the complaint, obtained by The Columbus Dispatch, Thomas-Manning, who is a black woman, said the discrimination started [...]

06/27/2017 07:05 PM
Mayes' media entries bring in accolades
Jonathan Mayes, a 2017 graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School, gets the picture.The Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on June 16 announced its student production award recipients, which included Mayes.Mayes won a production award and two honorable mentions for his work in Gahanna's TV production class.He will be recognized officially Aug. 5 at the Ohio Valley chapter's annual Emmy Awards Gala at the Lawrenceburg [...]

06/27/2017 07:05 PM
K-12 firm to help G-J find next treasurer
The Gahanna-Jefferson school board is expected to hire an interim treasurer by June 30 and have a permanent treasurer in September.Beryl Piccolantonio, board president, said the board voted unanimously June 22 to approve a contract with K-12 Business Consulting Inc. of New Albany to conduct the search for a new treasurer at a cost of $7,900. The agreement includes finding an individual to serve as interim treasurer."We chose to work with K-12 because they have a proven [...]

06/27/2017 07:05 PM
Apartment plans scrapped: Pressure on seller factored into NCR decision
Opposition to a 100-unit apartment complex for senior citizens on the city's northeast side was strong enough to convince National Church Residences to pull its plans for the project.The company informed neighbors of the 4.6-acre site at the northeast corner of Highland Drive and Kenny Road about its decision June 22. The tentative plans called for construction of a two- and three-story apartment complex for people 62 and older.In a letter to "neighbors and partners," [...]

06/27/2017 07:05 PM
Raiff gets vote of confidence, five more years
A contract extension will keep the Olentangy Local School District's top administrator in place through the end of the 2022-23 school year.The Olentangy school board voted unanimously June 22 to approve a five-year contract extension for Superintendent Mark Raiff, who was hired to succeed Wade Lucas in summer 2015. Raiff's initial contract was set to expire after the 2017-18 school year.Raiff said he looks forward to staying put at the "best district in the state of [...]

06/27/2017 07:05 PM
Summer classes pay many dividends for time spent
About 300 Westerville City School District students are taking classes this summer for credit advancement or replacement.Scott Ebbrecht, director of assessment and alternative education, said students receiving a failing grade or a grade they want to improve have the opportunity to take summer courses, including 24 high school classes.The summer session began June 5 and continues through July 18."Kids receiving a failing grade, or a grade they want to improve [...]

06/27/2017 02:30 PM
Interviews slated for Northridge superintendent candidates
Interviews begin June 27 for the next superintendent of Northridge Local Schools.Six candidates will meet with the school board June 27 and 28.The candidates who were selected from 28 applications for the position are:• Amy Anderson, Northridge High School principal.• Scott Beery, Licking Valley Middle School principal in the Licking Valley Local Schools.• Brian Blum, Wright Elementary School principal in the Dublin City [...]

06/26/2017 09:47 PM
Eminent domain: Tacos to go? Center's businesses worry
The line of customers at Tacos Fogoncito, 51 S. Hamilton Road, stretched to the front door at lunchtime June 22, and carryout orders lined the countertop.Thursday is BOGO day at the Mexican restaurant, and customers know it."I come here every Thursday," said Colin Clute, 27, who works near the Whitehall restaurant.The transplanted Los Angeles native said authentic Mexican dishes are hard to come by in central Ohio, but Tacos Fogoncito is the exception -- and [...]