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08/17/2017 07:45 PM
City leaders lovin' McDonald's overhaul
McDonald's plans to raze its restaurant on Delaware's north side and replace it with a new building with "custom traits" selected to represent the city.Delaware City Council on Aug. 14 approved McDonald's Real Estate Group's plan to demolish the 4,700-square-foot restaurant at 2091 U.S. Route 23 N. The company plans to build a new 3,900-square-foot building to replace the existing structure, which was built in 1985, according to city records.David Efland, the city's [...]

08/17/2017 07:01 PM
UPDATE: Worthington man faces new charge for crime involving children
The Columbus Division of Police has charged Jonathan Ringel, 25, of Annagladys Court in Worthington with a fourth-degree felony count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, according to court documents from the Franklin County Municipal Court.Ringel was charged while he was in the custody of the Worthington Division of Police. Columbus police could not be reached immediately for comment, but the department's Twitter account confirmed the charges. [...]

08/16/2017 03:04 PM
Andes trip challenged UA teacher
After 10 years of teaching Spanish to high school and middle school students, Becky Searls had pretty much honed her classroom lesson plans to a science.But when she took a four-week trip to Ecuador and Peru this summer to learn about cultures and languages in the Andes Mountain region, she realized her standard practices might not be the most effective way to reach her sixth- and seventh-grade students at Jones Middle School."The longer you're in any profession, the [...]

08/16/2017 02:04 PM
In 'Amazing Race' fashion, icebreaker unites North faculty, staff
Just days before the start of classes for the 2017-18 school year, teachers and staff members at Pickerington High School North were put through a series of physical and mental challenges designed to build teamwork and trust for the school year ahead.Brought together Aug. 11 for what they thought would be some form of professional development training, things quickly took a turn for the PHS North staff, which this year includes 26 new faces.Principal Mark Ulbrich [...]

08/16/2017 12:48 PM
Challengers abound in local races on Nov. 7 ballot
Local voters will have a packed Nov. 7 general-election ballot for city, school and township races.Seven candidates are running for three seats on the Worthington Schools board, nine candidates are running for four seats on Worthington City Council, three candidates are running for two seats on the Perry Township board of trustees and eight candidates are running for two seats on the Sharon Township board of trustees.City Council President Bonnie Michael, who was re- [...]

08/16/2017 12:43 PM
Sharon Township seeking 4-mill police levy
Sharon Township leaders are asking residents for a permanent levy to help fund the township's police department.The deadline to file a ballot issue or petition for candidacy with the Franklin County Board of Elections was Aug. 9. Issues and candidates should be certified Aug. 21, according to board of elections spokesman Aaron Sellers.If certified, the township's 4-mill levy on the Nov. 7 ballot would be expected to raise about $250,000 a year to help supplement the [...]

08/16/2017 11:48 AM
Bridge Park: 8-story hotel expected to open Sept. 1
After a year of construction, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin in Bridge Park is ready to open its doors Sept. 1.The eight-story, 100,628-square-foot hotel is capped by a rooftop bar that will serve lunch and dinner and offer a full drink menu.The Vaso rooftop bar -- which will open about two to four weeks later than the rest of the hotel -- features an elevator that allows guests to access the area without entering the hotel, said General Manager Orcun Turkay. The outdoor [...]

08/16/2017 10:34 AM
Davidson grad has Memorial experience
Hilliard City Schools alumnus Abdallah Aljacksy completed an internship at the middle school under construction in his home district.

08/16/2017 10:28 AM
Hilliard students return to class Aug. 21
Approximately 16,500 students will return to classrooms Monday, Aug. 21, at Hilliard's 14 elementary schools, two sixth-grade buildings, three middle schools, three high schools, one preschool and the McVey Innovative Learning Center."We are excited to get our students back in the classroom, Superintendent John Marsch-hausen said. " Our goal is simple: to inspire students to make a difference every day as they pursue excellence in all they do."The district prepares for [...]

08/16/2017 10:20 AM
Union, city avoid mediation for police contract
The city of Hilliard and the Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge No. 9 avoided mediation after Hilliard Division of Police officers approved a three-year contract in a reconsideration vote that concluded Aug. 11.The city's patrol officers voted 32-8 in favor of the contract, law director Tracy Bradford said.Voting began Aug. 8.City leaders will present legislation to Hilliard City Council on Aug. 28 to accept the new contract, Bradford said. [...]

08/16/2017 10:19 AM
Hilliard Schools Connection: 'Balance' should stabilize students, district leaders
As we prepare for the beginning of another school year, our students have a myriad of opportunities for extended learning outside of the classroom.Research clearly demonstrates that students who are involved in co- and extracurricular activities outperform their peers on every indicator of success. From GPA to ACT scores, from disciplinary referrals to attendance data, students on athletics teams, in music groups and in arts programs are better prepared for success. Students who [...]

08/15/2017 07:05 PM
Police chase: Driver jailed in Pickaway County
A driver who led Grove City and Groveport police on a chase Aug. 9 was apprehended by Pickaway County sheriff's deputies at a gas station in Circleville on Aug. 11.Harold L. Brown, 52, 1 Cyrus St., Commercial Point, is being held in the Pickaway County jail.According to Grove City police reports, Brown was driving a pickup truck that Groveport police and U.S. marshals tried to stop in a parking lot in the 3900 block of Hoover road at 11:20 p.m. Aug. 9.Brown [...]

08/15/2017 07:05 PM
Pickerington police chief: 'Need is dire' for more officers
As the population and a corresponding uptick in crimes rise in the city of Pickerington, police department officials say the increased demand for services also is stretching the current staffing level.Such was the topic at the Pickerington City Council safety committee meeting Aug. 2, when police Chief Michael Taylor advised committee members "the need is dire" for at least three more officers to immediately join his force.Taylor pointed to a recent shooting in the [...]

08/15/2017 07:05 PM
What'll it be, Berlin? Bears? Bison? Eagles? Other?
After reviewing about 2,500 survey responses, Olentangy Local School District officials have selected finalists for Berlin High School's colors and mascot.Berlin Principal Todd Spinner conducted two sessions Aug. 12 with future Berlin students to gather feedback on the school's potential colors and mascot. The students reviewed suggestions submitted by residents through an online survey in July.At the meeting, students reviewed 10 finalists for the school's mascot. They [...]

08/15/2017 04:16 PM
Pelotonia's over, but local team isn't squeezing brakes
The 2017 version of Pelotonia may be history, but there's still time to support riders from Grandview and Marble Cliff.Residents will have two opportunities to raise funds for the local peloton while raising a glass Aug. 26.All proceeds from the fourth annual Columbus Craft Beer Alliance Summer Session will benefit the Pelotonia team and Ohio State University's James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.The event will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 [...]

08/15/2017 04:01 PM
Back to School Expo
Columbus Parent and ThisWeek Community News held the second Back to School Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 5 along Fenlon Street at Easton.

08/15/2017 03:05 PM
Mother-daughter team inspires at conference
Although she adores teaching, Kristi Jump said she never tried to encourage any of her five children to walk in her footsteps."(My husband) Jason and I just wanted them to follow wherever their passion led them," said Jump, who is starting her seventh year as the media specialist at Stevenson Elementary School and Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School.Nevertheless, her daughter, Spencer, became a teacher and is starting her third year teaching second grade at J.W. [...]

08/15/2017 02:55 PM
Data center is Facebook official
Facebook officially announced its plan to build its first Ohio data center in New Albany.The 970,000-square-foot facility will be built on 345 acres in New Albany’s International Business Park on the east side of Beech Road and south of the state Route 161 interchange.The complex will be powered completely by renewable energy, officials said.Facebook will begin construction within the next couple weeks, said Rachel Peterson, director of data center [...]

08/15/2017 01:09 PM
UPDATE: Worthington police arrest man who allegedly tried to lure girls into car
Worthington Division of Police officers have arrested a man who allegedly approached a pair of girls Aug. 13 and attempted to entice them into his car.Police made the arrest Aug. 14, thanks to "concerned residents" who gave descriptions of man, said Sgt. Jim Moran.At ThisWeek’s press time Aug. 15, police were not releasing the man’s name because "the investigation into this incident and other suspected incidents are still active," he said.The man [...]

08/14/2017 09:05 PM
Campus life: District's idea gets first test
When kindergarten students begin their school year Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Kae Avenue Elementary School, it will represent a benchmark for students and the district.That day, every kindergarten student in Whitehall schools will attend class in the same building.All kindergarten and first-grade students in the Whitehall City School District will go to Kae Avenue this year. Students in grades 2-5, who returned to class Aug. 16, attend either Beechwood or Etna Road [...]