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Ohio State lays down path for fraternities to end suspension | Columbus Dispatch Ohio State lays down path for fraternities to end suspension
Ohio State University’s Office of Student Life has distributed guidelines and requirements to its suspended fraternities, requiring them to identify and address high risk behaviors to move toward reinstatement.The eight-page document distributed to the fraternity chapters Friday comes after Ohio State's decision last month to indefinitely suspended activities at all 37 of the fraternities governed by its Interfraternity Council. The memo sent Friday details action [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Columbus files suit against opioid makers, distributors | Columbus Dispatch Columbus files suit against opioid makers, distributors
Columbus is suing drug manufacturers, distributors and others that city officials say are responsible for the opioid addiction crisis.The city filed the lawsuit against three distributors, including Dublin-based Cardinal Health, five manufacturers and three individuals in U.S. District Court  in Columbus on Friday afternoon. It is joining dozens of other governments around the country, including Cincinnati and Dayton, that have filed similar lawsuits.The lawsuit does not [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Own rental property in Franklin County? Register or pay up | Columbus Dispatch Own rental property in Franklin County? Register or pay up
Tired of absentee and other landlords not registering their properties, as required by law, Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo will be raising the fine for not registering to its maximum level."We are trying to induce greater compliance among rental property owners and wanting them to understand they have to register," Mingo said Thursday.The fine for not registering rental properties is $50, but Mingo is raising that to $150 — the most the [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Worthington bar where fatal shootings took place can remain open, at least for now | Columbus Dispatch Worthington bar where fatal shootings took place can remain open, at least for now
A Worthington bar can continue to sell and serve alcohol for at least another month, despite an official objection to its liquor license renewal.Monkey’s Bar and Grille’s current permit will remain in place through Feb. 1, and the business would retain its liquor licensing as-is after that date, so long as it submits the requisite renewal request to the state on time.The submission, however, would trigger a hearing through the Ohio Department of [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Struck gas line causes temporary evacuation on South Side street | Columbus Dispatch Struck gas line causes temporary evacuation on South Side street
Several houses on the 800 block of Ellsworth Avenue on the South Side were temporarily evacuated Friday evening after a gas line was struck by a crew working outside a home, Columbus Police said.The gas leak was reported at about 5:40 p.m. after a crew working to vacuum a blocked sewer line reportedly struck the gas line at 865 Ellsworth. That home, the two neighboring homes on the east side of Ellsworth and the two homes on the west side directly across from the leak were temporarily [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Collapse of Silver Bridge 50 years ago was 'eerie, eerie scene,' local man recalls | Columbus Dispatch Collapse of Silver Bridge 50 years ago was 'eerie, eerie scene,' local man recalls
POINT PLEASANT, W.VA. — Edwin Burson had just finished basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, when he and four Army buddies noticed something was missing as they drove into his hometown of Gallipolis, Ohio.The red lights that normally illuminated the nearby Silver Bridge over the Ohio River were not shining. He and his friends, wearing their dress clothes and looking forward to two weeks of leave, were about to witness the immediate aftermath of one of the worst bridge [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Controlled chaos behind the holiday mail rush | Columbus Dispatch Controlled chaos behind the holiday mail rush
The  "beep-beep" of the forklift-like vehicle interrupts the conveyor-belt drone of boxes and letters whooshing at racetrack speed throughout this massive North Side building.The lift's driver, Tyler Caldwell, expertly negotiates the blind corners and narrow aisles. He flicks his controls and glides across the floor.After six years, the machine has become an extension of his body, "almost second-nature to me," said Caldwell, [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
High school graduation rates highest in U.S. history | Columbus Dispatch High school graduation rates highest in U.S. history
For the first time in U.S. history, the proportion of Americans 25 and older who have earned their high-school diplomas has topped 90 percent, according to U.S. Census data released on Friday.Educational attainment has been increasing steadily over the decades. In 1940, 75.9 percent of U.S. adults hadn't finished high school.All racial groups have made gains, even as gaps persist. Among whites 25 years and older, 94 percent have gotten their diploma, up from 88 percent in 2000. [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Next Columbus police or fire chief could come from elsewhere | Columbus Dispatch Next Columbus police or fire chief could come from elsewhere
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther wants the ability to hire the next police and/or fire chiefs in Columbus from outside those divisions’ existing ranks.The Civil Service Commission approved changes to those job descriptions Monday that allow the city to hire from outside the divisions.Civil Service Commission Executive Director Amy DeLong said the changes were made as part of regular reviews of those positions and that the city has had a study since 2010 that recommended them. [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
News photographer sues Ohio sheriff's deputy who shot him | Columbus Dispatch News photographer sues Ohio sheriff's deputy who shot him
NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (AP) — A federal lawsuit says an Ohio county sheriff's office has withheld information and retaliated against a weekly newspaper after a deputy shot a news photographer setting up to take a photo of a traffic stop.The lawsuit filed Thursday by Andrew Grimm and KBA News Inc. against deputy Jacob Shaw, Clark County and New Carlisle claims Shaw used excessive force and violated Grimm's civil rights.Shaw said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun when [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Minister combines yoga with Christian faith | Columbus Dispatch Minister combines yoga with Christian faith
In the middle of the sanctuary at First Congregational United Church of Christ were three yoga mats, with the women using them vigorously swinging their arms back and forth.The scene is part of the Rev. Nicole Havelka's Advent yoga series. Following the themes of the weeks of Advent — the period right before Christmas — this class was on joy.Havelka, [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Man gets 25 years to life for killing ex-girlfriend | Columbus Dispatch Man gets 25 years to life for killing ex-girlfriend
Six-foot-2 Darryl Joe Lee beat 5-foot-4 Deloris D. Williams unconscious, wrapped her in a carpet and left her to suffocate in the back of his sport-utility vehicle.But he cared about Williams, his ex-girlfriend, he told a judge at his sentencing Friday."I loved her, you know, as a friend anyway," Lee told Franklin County Common Pleas Judge William H. Woods.Woods sentenced Lee, 59, to 25 1/2 years to life in prison for killing Williams, 51, whose body was discovered [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Collapse of Silver Spring Bridge 50 years ago was 'eerie, eerie scene, Collapse of Silver Spring Bridge 50 years ago was 'eerie, eerie scene," local man recalls
POINT PLEASANT, W.VA. — Edwin Burson had just finished basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, when he and four Army buddies noticed something was missing as they drove into his hometown of Gallipolis, Ohio.The red lights that normally illuminated the nearby Silver Bridge over the Ohio River were not shining. He and his friends, wearing their dress clothes and looking forward to two weeks of leave, were about to witness the immediate aftermath of one of the worst bridge [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 15, 2017
Former Grandview Mercantile building hosting Short North seasonal pop-ups | Columbus Dispatch Former Grandview Mercantile building hosting Short North seasonal pop-ups
The building previously occupied by Grandview Mercantile at 873 N. High St. is having a last long goodbye as Holiday Headquarters, the host location for pop-up shops and special events for the Short North Arts District.It's something of a first for the district, said Betsy Pandora, Short North Alliance executive director."For the last four years, we've partnered with businesses to have a pop-up shop during the Holiday Hop," Pandora said, referring to the [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
One dead, four injured in Delaware County crash | This Week Community News One dead, four injured in Delaware County crash
One person is dead and as many as four others are being treated for injuries after a crash in Delaware County this morning.
This Week Community News | December 14, 2017
Cemetery's ex-owners sentenced | This Week Community News Cemetery's ex-owners sentenced
The former owners of a Berlin Township cemetery will serve years in prison for stealing from their customers.According to a news release from the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office, Theodore L. Martin, 54, on Dec. 8 was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to 14 felony counts of theft beyond the scope of consent.On the same day, his wife, Arminda K. Martin, 47, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to 15 felony counts [...]
This Week Community News | December 14, 2017
3 separate murders in less than 24 hours | Columbus Dispatch 3 separate murders in less than 24 hours
There were between 15 and 20 people at the mint green house on East Barthman Avenue Wednesday night, attending a candlelight vigil for a man killed earlier in the week.The first shot rang out at about 9 p.m. and sounded distant, sort of like a firecracker. The next was obviously a gunshot. One witness who described the scene but asked not to be named because she feared for her safety said she was hit in the leg — a graze that didn’t stop her from running [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
Homicide 133: Man shot inside car on South Side | Columbus Dispatch Homicide 133: Man shot inside car on South Side
A man died early Thursday after he was shot inside a car on the South Side late Wednesday night, Columbus police said.Police and Columbus fire medics were initially called at 10:47 p.m. on a report of a person shot on Frebis Avenue at Lockbourne Road.  Des'Juan Shyhem Johnson, 20, was found a short time later on the side of the road on Frebis Avenue between a railroad overpass and Alum Creek Drive, several blocks to the east, police said.Johnson and an 18-year-old [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
Ohio State hides stadium beer sales total | Columbus Dispatch Ohio State hides stadium beer sales total
Ohio State University will not disclose its total beer sales at Ohio Stadium this football season, following repeated requests from The Dispatch and after offering different reasons for refusing the request.When asked for total beer sales from this season, Ohio State provided a total net revenue figure of more than $1.35 million. When asked specifically for the gross sales information, Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson said the information was not public under its contract with its [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
Feuding Union County child care agencies reach settlement | Columbus Dispatch Feuding Union County child care agencies reach settlement
A legal dispute between two growing Union County preschool programs has been settled.The World of Wonders (WOW) day care and preschool has been operating for more than 20 years in the same building as the Harold Lewis Center preschool run by the Union County Board of Developmental Disabilities.The WOW operation paid no rent, but made repairs and upgrades tailored to its needs. It serves about 120 children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years.The Harold Lewis Center serves [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
One injured after deputy-involved shooting in Madison Township | Columbus Dispatch One injured after deputy-involved shooting in Madison Township
A man was being treated at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center after a shooting at a Madison Township residence, where the officers were attempting to execute a search warrant Thursday morning.The name of the suspect and other details of the incident were not being released Thursday morning, as the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office continued its investigation of the scene at Patrick Henry Avenue, said Marc Gofstein, the department's public information officer.Gofstein [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
Recognize these guys? Police say they carjacked, beat and robbed man | Columbus Dispatch Recognize these guys? Police say they carjacked, beat and robbed man
Columbus police Robbery Unit has released ATM photos of three unknown males who carjacked a man at gunpoint, struck him with the gun, and robbed him of his ATM card and other property.The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 24, when the three unknown suspects approached the victim's car in a parking lot at Cedar Point Gardens apartments complex on the 1700 block of Shanley Dr. on the Northeast Side, police said. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun, struck the 31-year-old [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
Sheriff's office: PACT offers help during tragic times | This Week Community News Sheriff's office: PACT offers help during tragic times
At a crime or accident scene, when a victim or family member is traumatized or in pain, Franklin County sheriff's deputies will be able to turn to clergy members to help them find comfort.Seven clergy members in the first Police and Clergy Together program, or PACT, completed their training Dec. 11. They will work in Prairie, Pleasant, Jackson and Franklin townships in western and southwest Franklin County, the sheriff's-office zone that receives the most runs for violent crime. [...]
This Week Community News | December 14, 2017
Delaware's goal: Keep Crew here | This Week Community News Delaware's goal: Keep Crew here
Less than a week after Ohio's attorney general threatened legal action to keep Columbus Crew SC from leaving town, the city of Delaware joined a chorus of voices arguing against the move.Delaware City Council on Dec. 11 unanimously passed a resolution urging team owner Anthony Precourt "to keep Crew SC in Columbus."Although Mapfre Stadium sits about 25 miles south of Delaware on the grounds of the Ohio Expo Center, Councilman Chris Jones said he thinks the proposed [...]
This Week Community News | December 14, 2017
Apartments would cater to seniors | This Week Community News Apartments would cater to seniors
A developer plans to build a 92-unit apartment complex for seniors on a vacant property on Delaware's west side.Delaware City Council on Dec. 11 conducted a first reading of legislation that would approve the final development plan for Burr Oak Commons. Treplus Communities' plan calls for the construction of 25 apartment buildings and a common building on about 20 acres off state Route 37.The proposed complex would sit between the city's Lantern Chase subdivision and [...]
This Week Community News | December 14, 2017
Former prosecutor charged in false tax return scheme pleads not guilty | Columbus Dispatch Former prosecutor charged in false tax return scheme pleads not guilty
A former Athens County prosecutor has pleaded not guilty in federal court to conspiring with others to file fake tax returns in an attempt to get $900,000 worth of refund checks.Michael A. "Mickey" Prisley, 52, of Upper Arlington was an assistant county prosecutor from August 2011 to January 2014. From 2009 to September 2015 he is accused of conspiracy with Columbus resident Tawnya Writesel, 38, also known as Tawnya Rutan, and others to file 167 fictitious tax returns, according [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
One injured after SWAT-involved shooting in Madison Township | Columbus Dispatch One injured after SWAT-involved shooting in Madison Township
A man was shot by a Franklin County Sheriff's SWAT member while deputies were serving a search warrant Thursday morning in Madison Township.The search warrant was being served at a residence in the 2600 block of Patrick Henry Avenue at 8:20 a.m. Thursday.A SWAT officer fired at least once when he saw that a man showed a gun at the residence, said Marc Gofstein, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.Ronnie W. Hall, 38, was taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
Man fatally shot, 3 others injured during vigil for earlier homicide victim | Columbus Dispatch Man fatally shot, 3 others injured during vigil for earlier homicide victim
A man was fatally shot and three other people — including a nine-year-old girl — were injured in a drive-by shooting Wednesday night during a memorial vigil in front of the same South Side house where a man was killed Monday.Chaz A. Robertson, 32, was among the group of people who had gathered in the 200 block of East Barthman Avenue for a vigil in front of the green-sided home of Brandon Meeks, 29, who was shot to death inside Monday afternoon. Meeks, whom [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
Homicide 133: Man found shot inside car on South Side | Columbus Dispatch Homicide 133: Man found shot inside car on South Side
A man was died early Thursday after he was found shot inside a car on the South Side late Wednesday night, Columbus police said.Police and Columbus fire medics were initially called at 10:46 p.m. to a report of a person shot on Frebis Avenue at Lockbourne Road.  The victim was found a short time later inside a car on Frebis Avenue between a railroad overpass and Alum Creek Drive, several blocks to the east, police said.The man was shot in the upper chest/shoulder [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
Man gets 35 to life for killing East Side woman, setting her condo on fire | Columbus Dispatch Man gets 35 to life for killing East Side woman, setting her condo on fire
A judge said she didn't have a crystal ball to determine whether Jeremay M. Jones could be rehabilitated in prison."I can't tell you what the future holds," Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jennifer French told the 26-year-old Jones at his sentencing Thursday.Instead of the prosecution's request of life in prison with no chance of parole, French sentenced Jones to life with a chance at parole after 35 years for killing Anna Marie Ferriman during a robbery on March 16, 2015, [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
3 separate homicides in less than 24 hours | Columbus Dispatch 3 separate homicides in less than 24 hours
About 20 people stood at the mint green house on East Barthman Avenue on Wednesday night, holding a candlelight vigil for a man killed earlier in the week.Then gunshots shattered the calm.The first shot rang out at about 9 p.m. and sounded distant, sort of like a firecracker. The next was obviously a gunshot. One witness said she was hit in the leg — a graze that didn’t stop her from running for safety. She asked not to be named because she feared for [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 14, 2017
Fairfield County program targets opioid addiction | This Week Community News Fairfield County program targets opioid addiction
There is little debate that the opioid problem rampaging through the Ohio heartland is firmly entrenched in the Pickerington area as well, but progress is being made on the front lines.The Pickerington Police Department has responded to 81 drug overdose calls in 2017, a significant increase over the previous year, according to Pickerington Police Commander Tod Cheney.Cheney told Pickerington City Council's Safety Committee on Dec. 6 the department was called on 50 drug [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
Tesla charging stations spark little resistance | This Week Community News Tesla charging stations spark little resistance
Powell residents may get a charge out of the latest improvement planned at Village Green Park.The city's Development Committee on Dec. 5 gave the administration approval to move ahead with the installation of four electric-vehicle charging stations in the site's parking lot off Hall Street.Rocky Kambo, planner with the city's development department, said the effort to bring charging stations to Powell started uneventfully more than two years ago. Kambo said he sent a [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
Future Berlin Bears select eighth-grader's logo as best | This Week Community News Future Berlin Bears select eighth-grader's logo as best
A soon-to-be Berlin Bear's artwork will be immortalized as a logo for Olentangy's newest high school.The Olentangy Local School District on Dec. 7 announced Kali Bateman, an eighth-grader at Berkshire Middle School, had designed the winning entry in the contest to create Berlin High School's logo. The district's fourth high school is set to open for the 2018-19 school year on Berlin Station Road in Berlin Township.Berlin Principal Todd Spinner said about 15 future [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
New Hilliard K-9 has French connection | This Week Community News New Hilliard K-9 has French connection
It's all about the purple ball for the newest addition to the Hilliard Division of Police.The rubber toy is the reward for Jawaak after a job well done.Most often, that job is finding narcotics hidden in vehicles.Officer Dustin Kaiser and Jawaak, his K-9 partner, are learning more about each other every day as the pair conclude their first month on the streets, working second shift in a specially equipped Ford Explorer.The duo recently assisted the [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
Scouts inspire each other in pursuit of top rank | This Week Community News Scouts inspire each other in pursuit of top rank
When it comes to reaching the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank, a trio from southern Delaware County are three of a kind.Kennedy Franz, Max Hathaway and Kyle Manns, who have scouted together since they were in second grade, each earned the rank of Eagle Scout within weeks of one another earlier this year.Franz, an 18-year-old senior at Olentangy High School, said rising through the ranks with his friends helped inspire his efforts to become an Eagle Scout. [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
Worthington City Council: Last call on bar's monkey business | This Week Community News Worthington City Council: Last call on bar's monkey business
Worthington leaders will oppose the renewal of a liquor permit for the bar where a double homicide occurred in November.Worthington City Council voted Dec. 11 to object to the renewal, less than a month after two men reportedly shot each other outside Monkey's Bar & Grille at 6116 Huntley Road on Worthington's east side.They were Worthington's first homicides in more than two decades, according to Anne Brown, a Worthington spokeswoman.Worthington Division [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
Beulah site plan wins Grove City Council's OK | This Week Community News Beulah site plan wins Grove City Council's OK
Grove City Council has approved a preliminary development plan for Beulah Park.The plan, submitted by developer Patrick Kelley of Falco, Smith and Kelley Ltd., would divide the 213-acre former horse- racing track site into nine subareas. The development would include both residential and commercial/office uses.The concept is based on "new urbanism" with an emphasis on walkability, said Gary Schmidt, managing partner at G2 Planning & Design.Commercial and [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
Crosswoods' Bravo, Winking Lizard sites earmarked for development | This Week Community News Crosswoods' Bravo, Winking Lizard sites earmarked for development
A developer appears poised to tear down the Winking Lizard tavern and Bravo Cucina Italiana in Crosswoods to add residential rental units in the retail center.Westerville-based Metro Development is seeking to build a 168-unit "extended-stay facility" called Hayden Reserve in Crosswoods, the north Columbus commercial district off U.S Route 23, just north of Interstate 270 and Worthington.Hayden Reserve would be built on the sites occupied by Winking Lizard, 100 [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
Woman admits involvement in stabbing death of on-and-off boyfriend | Columbus Dispatch Woman admits involvement in stabbing death of on-and-off boyfriend
A 20-year-old Far East Side woman admitted Wednesday that she played a role in the stabbing death of her on-again, off-again boyfriend at his Southeast Side apartment early this year.Jasmyne N. Pritchett of Botsford Drive pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Meshach Sir King Orton, 20.She could be sent to prison for as many as three years when she is sentenced Feb. 15 by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French.Orton called 911 on the [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 13, 2017
166 cats removed from Gahanna home, including 55 dead | Columbus Dispatch 166 cats removed from Gahanna home, including 55 dead
A total of 55 dead cats and 111 live cats, many of those in "deplorable condition", were removed by Columbus Humane Wednesday morning from a Gahanna home.Gahanna police and Columbus Humane descended on the house in the 3600 block of Olde Ridenour Road around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The removal was part of an investigation conducted by Columbus Humane, which handles law enforcement complaints involving animal cruelty and neglect.Workers from Columbus Humane had to wear [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 13, 2017
Jury rejects self-defense argument, convicts Pickaway County man in slaying of 16-year-old | Columbus Dispatch Jury rejects self-defense argument, convicts Pickaway County man in slaying of 16-year-old
CIRCLEVILLE — Justin Blevins said he shot a 16-year-old to death in June because they were locked in a ferocious fight, a kill-or-be-killed scenario, a him-or-me moment.But prosecutors said the evidence showed Blevins shot Samuel "Sammy" Nicholson II at least 10 times— so many bullet holes that a county coroner couldn't get an exact count — because Blevins owed Nicholson $700 for marijuana and didn't have the money.A Pickaway County Common Pleas Court jury [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 13, 2017
Market for low-income senior housing grows in neighborhoods | Columbus Dispatch Market for low-income senior housing grows in neighborhoods
Columbus is getting older. As it ages, some seniors question whether they'll be able to afford to stay in their neighborhoods after they sell their two-story homes.Some current projects might help. The Westerville-based Woda Group on Friday opened a 42-unit, $8.6 million affordable senior complex called Wheatland Crossing, on North Wheatland Avenue in the Hilltop. And work continues on a similar project, the 54-unit Fairwood Commons, at 1774 E. Main St., on the Near East Side. [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 13, 2017
No foul play suspected in J-M stadium fire | This Week Community News No foul play suspected in J-M stadium fire
The Johnstown-Monroe Local School District will work to replace what was lost in a fire that destroyed the press box, locker room and concession stand Dec. 10.Superintendent Dale Dickson said district leaders and the community are deeply saddened by the loss of stadium facilities but very glad nobody was hurt in the blaze.Kelly Stincer, spokesperson for the state fire marshal’s office, said the fire appears to have started in [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
Tale's heroes intend to entertain | This Week Community News Tale's heroes intend to entertain
Superheroes and classic fairy tale characters may not be who they appear to be in "Super Tale," a children's show written and directed by Westerville Central High School senior Noah Martin.The public can check out the show at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at the high school, 7118 Mount Royal Ave."I wrote 'Super Tale' because Whittier (Elementary) had specifically asked us if we would perform a show for them," Martin said. "At the time, another senior and I had been writing [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
'Visionary' leadership earns honor for UA's Imhoff | This Week Community News 'Visionary' leadership earns honor for UA's Imhoff
Upper Arlington schools Superintendent Paul Imhoff has been named 2018 Superintendent of the Year by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.The association announced the award Dec. 1."Paul is a leader among leaders," said Gail Kist-Kline, superintendent of Mason City Schools and one of the people who supported Imhoff for the award."Paul is truly a visionary," Upper Arlington Board of Education President Robin Comfort said. "He understands our [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
West Jefferson police chief retires after suspension | Columbus Dispatch West Jefferson police chief retires after suspension
West Jefferson Police Chief Terry Ward retired Tuesday, ending a 33-year career with the Madison County village, five as chief.His departure also ends any investigation related to his suspension last month.There will be no going away party, presents or goodbyes to his fellow officers, he said, adding that his paid leave "was not done properly."Ward, 61, chief since 2012, was placed on administration leave Nov. 28 by Mayor Ray Martin, who would not divulge the [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 13, 2017
Franklin County water, sewer rates likely increasing | Columbus Dispatch Franklin County water, sewer rates likely increasing
Water and sewer rates likely are going up in Franklin County.Commissioners are to vote Tuesday on a proposal to increase the average combined water and sewer bill $21 annually, raising the yearly bill to about $1,375. Those rates are recommendations from Stephen Renner, director of Franklin County's Department of Sanitary Engineering.The proposed increases are the same — 1 percent increase in water rates; 2 percent for sewer — as those previously [...]
Columbus Dispatch | December 13, 2017
What is a VCSEL? | This Week Community News What is a VCSEL?
VCSELs — an acronym that is pronounced “vixels” in the tech world — are small semiconductor devices that emit light vertically and measure the depth at which that light is reflected.
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017
Santa stars at area happenings | This Week Community News Santa stars at area happenings
Area children had the chance to meet their favorite storybook characters, as well as Santa Claus, on Dec. 9, when Visit Gahanna hosted the annual Holiday Character Breakfast, sponsored by Meijer.The Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill St., also hosted Santa as Gahanna Parks and Recreation offered take-it-home crafts and its inaugural "Elf School."Beth McCollam, the recreation department's marketing coordinator, said 520 visitors came to the Herb Center Dec. 9, when 194 [...]
This Week Community News | December 13, 2017