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Find out when trick-or-treat is in your neighborhood | Columbus Dispatch Find out when trick-or-treat is in your neighborhood
Most central Ohio communities have scheduled trick-or-treating for Tuesday, Oct. 31. Hours are for that day, unless noted otherwise:Franklin CountyBexley, 5:30-7 p.m.Blendon Township, 6-8 p.m.Brice, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 30Canal Winchester, 5:30-7:30 p.m.Clinton Township, 6-8 p.m.Columbus, 6-8 p.m.Dublin, 6-8 p.m.Franklin Township, 6-8 p.m. [...]
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Big Walnut back on ballot: District hopes legwork pays off | This Week Community News 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 perman
This Week Community News | October 19, 2017
Teen sentenced to 20 years in adult prison for pool-hall shooting | Columbus Dispatch Teen sentenced to 20 years in adult prison for pool-hall shooting
A juvenile who was 14 when he fatally shot one man and wounded another in a Whitehall pool hall was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in an adult prison.Erik L. Thompson Jr., now 17, had pleaded guilty in July to voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault, both with gun specifications, in the Jan. 13, 2015, shooting at Players Family Billiards, 4380 E. Main St.Jaurice Blakely, 18, was killed and Ja
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
New laws appear to be helping to reduce concussion rates in high school athletes | Columbus Dispatch New laws appear to be helping to reduce concussion rates in high school athletes
A study of more than 8,000 concussions sustained by U.S. high-school athletes indicates that traumatic brain injury laws aimed at protecting children in the aftermath of such injuries are having their intended effect.In the 11-year study of nine sports, researchers found that the rate of repeat concussions significantly declined beginning a little more than 2 1/2 years after th
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Columbus schools, NCAA team up for reading competition | Columbus Dispatch Columbus schools, NCAA team up for reading competition
Columbus City Schools is betting on some friendly competition among third-graders to be a slam dunk for their reading scores.The district is partnering with the National Collegiate Athletic Association to start the "Read to the Final Four" program, a reading competition themed after the 64-team college elimination basketball tournament in March.Between November and March 30, when Columbus hosts th
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Mormon center in Dublin vandalized | Columbus Dispatch Mormon center in Dublin vandalized
When a group of children who attend religious classes before school each day entered the Dublin Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday morning they found spray paint covering sacred paintings, walls and door knobs.Overnight, church leaders believe someone entered the building at 7135 Coffman Road in Dublin through a door left ajar and vandalized the building, w
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Suspect wanted for running a man down with an SUV caught in Pennsylvania | Columbus Dispatch Suspect wanted for running a man down with an SUV caught in Pennsylvania
A woman wanted in connection to a man's death last month was picked up in Pennsylvania Wednesday, according to Columbus police.Takecha Christine Heath, 36, of the West Side, is accused of hitting and killing 48-year-old Frederick Massie with a Chevy Tahoe on Sept. 21 in the 400 block of South Warren Avenue on the West Side.Heath and a group of people had an argument with Massie
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Documents detail Columbus' bid to lure Amazon's 2nd HQ | Columbus Dispatch Documents detail Columbus' bid to lure Amazon's 2nd HQ
Columbus has offered Amazon a package of incentives that includes property-tax abatements, income-tax refunds and a transportation plan if the online retail giant locates its second headquarters in Ohio’s capital city.The incentive package is outlined in a five-page letter that Columbus Economic Development Director Steve Schoeny sent the company as part of the region’s pitch, which wa
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Theodore Decker: Crew departure would be our loss — and Precourt's too | Columbus Dispatch Theodore Decker: Crew departure would be our loss — and Precourt's too
Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt liked to tell the story about his first game at Mapfre Stadium, the day when the team's scoreboard caught fire."There was a little bonfire to keep us all warm," he said, during the 2013 announcement that he had purchased the team.He told the story again two years later, investing it with new meaning and casting himself as the visionary owner 
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
One dead in violent crash that has closed I-270 north on Far West Side | Columbus Dispatch One dead in violent crash that has closed I-270 north on Far West Side
A driver was killed Thursday night when her car split in half in a multivehicle crash that closed Interstate 270 northbound on the Far West Side for hours.Columbus and Hilliard police, along with multiple paramedic crews, were called at 8 p.m. to the northbound lanes of Interstate 270 north of the Roberts Road exit. The driver of a Toyota Camry reportedly went off the right side of I-270 northboun
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Tiberi says he's leaving Congress | This Week Community News 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.
This Week Community News | October 19, 2017
Trick-or-treating? Here are the schedules | This Week Community News 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:
This Week Community News | October 19, 2017
Woman whose body was found in burned Columbus garage identified | Columbus Dispatch Woman whose body was found in burned Columbus garage identified
The Franklin County Coroner's office has identified a woman whose body was found days after a fire heavily damaged a North Linden garage earlier this month.The body of Kimberly Davis Tucker, 30, was found on Oct. 6, four days after Columbus firefighters battled a fire at a detached rear garage at a home in the 1600 block of Arlington Avenue.The coroner's office has not made a final determination o
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Teen boy in stable condition after East Side shooting | Columbus Dispatch Teen boy in stable condition after East Side shooting
A fight involving a group of teenagers at an East Side corner ended with the shooting of a 16-year-old boy Thursday afternoon.Columbus police and fire were called at 2:42 p.m. on the report of a shooting at Shady Lane and East Livingston Avenue.The boy was initially taken in critical condition to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, but was later upgraded to stable condition, Columbus police said
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Girl shot in the back on Columbus' Near East Side | Columbus Dispatch Girl shot in the back on Columbus' Near East Side
A girl was taken in critical condition to Nationwide Children's Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the back Thursday night on the Near East Side.Columbus police and fire medics were called at 10:12 p.m. to the area of Hildreth Avenue and Graham Street on the report of a shooting.The shooting occurred outdoors. No information was available on the girl's age.jwoods@dispatch.com@Woodsnight
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Amid code violations, out-of-state property owner to sell its Columbus homes | Columbus Dispatch Amid code violations, out-of-state property owner to sell its Columbus homes
A California-based rental property owner is selling all its Columbus properties after city officials filed code enforcement violations against 23 of them. Mt. Helix Acquisitions of Mill Valley, California, plans to liquidate its Columbus portfolio of about 40 properties, Shamika Funderburke, the company's statutory agent and property manager, told a judge during a pretrial hearing Thursday.Th
Columbus Dispatch | October 19, 2017
Iconic Caterina building in German Village sold | This Week Community News 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
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
Harvest is prime time at farm | This Week Community News 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, espe
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
SWCS board race: Candidates' opinions vary on top issues for system | This Week Community News 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 o
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
Investigation of fire marshal underway | This Week Community News 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 d
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
Students scare up travel money | This Week Community News 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
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
Creepside introduces escape rooms, treasure hunt | This Week Community News 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
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
Gahanna council race: Candidates state views on top matters | This Week Community News Gahanna council race: Candidates state views on top matters
Voters will decide contested races for Gahanna City Council in two of the city's four wards Nov. 7.In Ward 1, the candidates are challengers Malcolm M. Glasgow and Stephanie Kromer and incumbent Stephen A. Renner.In Ward 2, incumbent Michael Schnetzer is unopposed, as is incumbent Brian D. Larick in Ward 3.In Ward 4, the candidates include incumbent Jamie Leeseberg and challenger Paul Winstead.Thi
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
Agents raid Braking Point Recovery Center, owner's home | Columbus Dispatch Agents raid Braking Point Recovery Center, owner's home
Federal agents armed with search warrants raided the Whitehall offices of Braking Point Recovery Center, an addiction-treatment center, Wednesday afternoon.Agents also were at Braking Point's center in Austintown outside Youngstown and at the home of Braking Point owner Ryan Sheridan in Leetonia in Columbiana County, FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson said.Anderson said the warrant was sea
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Reward offered in Clintonville gun store robbery | Columbus Dispatch Reward offered in Clintonville gun store robbery
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and convictions of two individuals who stole 26 handguns from a Clintonville gun shop on Monday.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation — the trade association for the firearms industry — is each putting up $5,000.Thieves broke into
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice | Columbus Dispatch For ornery shelter cats, 2nd chance is a job chasing mice
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gary wasn't used to being around people. He didn't like being touched, or even looked at. If anyone came too close, he'd lash out.He was perfect for the job. Because at the "Working Cats" program, no manners is no problem.Philadelphia's Animal Care and Control Team established the program about four years ago to place unadoptable cats — the biters and the skittish,
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Group fighting rare disease carries on without founder | Columbus Dispatch Group fighting rare disease carries on without founder
The rare disease struck her spinal cord without warning, leaving an otherwise healthy 35-year-old woman suddenly disabled from the waist down.Pauline Siegel waited days for a diagnosis. When it came, it was little help. Research was scarce, because most in the medical community hadn't even heard of Transverse Myelitis in 1994.Unsurprisingly, no support group existed.So she and her husband, Sandy S
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Grand jury indicts suspect in Lawrence County quadruple slayings | Columbus Dispatch Grand jury indicts suspect in Lawrence County quadruple slayings
A Lawrence County man faces a 13-count grand jury indictment issued Wednesday in the slayings of four people last week, including an 8-year-old boy.Arron Lawson, 23, is charged with four counts of aggravated murder, along with various other charges, each carrying numerous specifications that enhance the criminal penalties.Lawrence County Prosecutor Brigham Anderson ha
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Citizen intervention saved life of girl stabbed 20-plus times, Whitehall police say | Columbus Dispatch Citizen intervention saved life of girl stabbed 20-plus times, Whitehall police say
Intervention by citizens probably saved the life of a 15-year-old girl who was stabbed more than 20 times and was going to be set on fire by her ex-boyfriend Tuesday afternoon on a street in Whitehall, police there said.Taji Kyle, 16, of the East Side, is charged with a delinquency count of attempted murder in the assault of the girl, Whitehall police said.The girl, who was not identified, was tak
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Gay minister wins partial victory for LGBTQ Methodists | Columbus Dispatch Gay minister wins partial victory for LGBTQ Methodists
A hearing Sunday led to a decision some say is a victory for LGBTQ Methodists and allies.The Rev. David Meredith, a United Methodist minister who broke church rules when he married his same-sex partner last year, appeared before the West Ohio Conference Committee on Investigation Sunday in Columbus. The committee determined that only one of three complaints against Meredith was
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
#MeToo empowers women to speak out on harassment | Columbus Dispatch #MeToo empowers women to speak out on harassment
For Sophia Fifner, typing the five letters "Me Too" felt more bold than simply telling friends, family members and public groups about being raped when she was 17."For some reason, this was a really bold statement from my perspective," Fifner said of using the now-popular hashtag on her social-media profiles. "It felt like taking ownership in my own story — it was empowering."The T
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Man killed in Southeast Side shooting | Columbus Dispatch Man killed in Southeast Side shooting
A 37-year-old man was killed and a gas line was struck when multiple gunshots were fired Tuesday night in a Southeast Side neighborhood, Columbus police said.Columbus police and fire medics were called at 8:41 p.m. to the 4900 block of Majestic Drive North, just east of Noe-Bixby Road, after a woman reported that her husband had been shot.The wounded man was rushed in critical condition to OhioHea
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Columbus schools plans to lobby the state, but must cut costs, forecast shows | Columbus Dispatch Columbus schools plans to lobby the state, but must cut costs, forecast shows
Despite having just passed a property-tax levy last November, Columbus City Schools' finances have deteriorated dramatically since just last spring.While the latest five-year financial forecast unveiled Tuesday by district Treasurer Stan Bahorek continues to show the district's bank account going into the red sometime during the 2020-21 school year, the estimated shortfall has increased from $30.6
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
New Ohio University president wants to increase diversity, help Appalachia | Columbus Dispatch New Ohio University president wants to increase diversity, help Appalachia
ATHENS — The number 21 meant more in this university town Wednesday than just an age to legally buy a beer.The number was splashed on auditorium rows, banners and a cake on Ohio University’s campus as M. Duane Nellis was invested as the school's 21st president.Although Nellis arrived in Athens in June, the 63-year-old was formally sworn in to his new role, standing before students an
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Missing hunter's body found by drone, no foul play suspected | Columbus Dispatch Missing hunter's body found by drone, no foul play suspected
A drone operated by a Franklin County Sheriff's deputy helped locate the body of a missing 52-year-old man in the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park late Tuesday night.The sheriff's office is not yet releasing the man's name, but no foul play is suspected, Marc Gofstein, a sheriff's spokesman, said Wednesday. The man did have a history of heart issues. The Franklin County coroner's office will r
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Lana Covel | 1951-2017: Bexley chef modernized kosher food | Columbus Dispatch Lana Covel | 1951-2017: Bexley chef modernized kosher food
Bexley resident Lana Covel is being remembered as a chef who helped change the perception of kosher food from staid to gourmet.Covel, who died earlier this month at the age of 65, combined detailed knowledge of classical cooking techniques with a deep understanding of Jewish dietary laws.During her childhood in northeastern Ohio in the 1950s and '60s, American Jews thought kosher cuisine was limit
Columbus Dispatch | October 18, 2017
Westerville City Council hopefuls differ in views of city matters | This Week Community News 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 ques
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
Nine candidates fill out council field | This Week Community News 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
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
Kindness in action: Fundraisers support Texas school | This Week Community News 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 g
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017
Re-enactors suit up for Heritage Day | This Week Community News 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 an
This Week Community News | October 18, 2017