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This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Many people who worked alongside Glyde Marsh in New Albany remember him as someone who spent his 99 years dedicated to his community and country.The New Albany City Council member died in his sleep Sept. 11, according to a press release from the city. He would have been 100 years old Sept. 13.Marsh ...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
The city of Groveport is seeking a $1.6 million Ohio Public Works Commission grant and loan to help fund an estimated $2.9 million project to widen a half-mile section of Toy Road and build a cul-de-sac near Swisher Road that would block through traffic on Toy Road east of Swisher.The project would ...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
The organization that supposedly funded Columbus’ Christians of Faith Academy now says it never has had any affiliation with the upstart school or its football program.COF Academy made a splash this summer when it unveiled a high-school football schedule that included Ohio powers such as Huber...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Construction timelines for two age-restricted developments along the state Route 605 corridor in New Albany have yet to be announced, but developers have indicated that information soon should be available.Construction on an age-restricted development in New Albany could begin as early as this fall ...
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
Twelve Ohio Army National Guard soldiers will leave Columbus in a convoy at noon today, bringing manpower and supplies to the Hurricane Florence-battered region of North Carolina.Gov. John Kasich authorized the deployment this morning as part of a pact between states that allows for shared emergency...
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
Pablo Duran Ramirez, 50, faces up to 10 years in prison on counts of encouraging the illegal entry of Guatemalan nationals for financial gain.
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
The Franklin County commissioners OK’d contracts totaling nearly $6 million Tuesday for roads, walkways, landscaping and outdoor lighting at the new West Side jail.George J. Igel & Co. Inc., based on Columbus' Southeast Side, will be paid up to $5.5 million for landscaping, "vegetate...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Their phones could ring any minute of the day or night.The four detectives of the Whitehall Division of Police's narcotics unit expect it.A call usually means they soon will observe two or more people trafficking drugs in the far recesses of a parking lot.Sometimes they make an arrest on the spot bu...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Some people who live in what is often referred to as northwest Columbus don't want to anymore.And yet they have no plans to move so much as a stick of furniture or borrow even a single box.What several longtime residents active in the neighborhood are contemplating is relocation through re-branding....
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Carriage Place shopping center, a 25-year-old property at Bethel and Sawmill roads, has been purchased for $45 million by New Jersey-based First National Realty Partners.First National Realty Partners paid $45 million for the 280,000-square-foot center anchored by Walmart and Cinemark Theatres.Colum...
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
Twelve Ohio Army National Guard soldiers won't be headed from Columbus to the Hurricane Florence-battered region of North Carolina after all.Gov. John Kasich had authorized the deployment this morning as part of a pact between states that allows for shared emergency-management resources during disas...
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
Tree of Life Christian Schools lost its latest appeal Tuesday in an eight-year legal battle against the city of Upper Arlington.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a 2014 ruling that the city did not discriminate against the Christian school system when it refused the system's req...
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
The union representing Central Ohio Transit Authority bus drivers is launching a statewide campaign against driverless vehicles, calling them dangerous and a threat to jobs.Meanwhile, Smart Columbus will announce Wednesday the provider of the low-speed driverless shuttle that will begin operating al...
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
As an advocate for parents in Franklin County Family Recovery Court and a foster parent for more than 100 children over the years, Babette Feibel said she keeps working to fill the gaps. Even at 81, Feibel continues to volunteer in some of the toughest jobs her community has to offer,...
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
A Fairfield County judge has ordered the Walnut Township fiscal officer to resign by Oct. 31 for unlawfully recommending her sister for a township job.Common Pleas Judge David A. Trimmer sentenced Lynn Kraner to 60 days in jail, suspended for one year on probation, after she pleaded guilty Tues...
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
Responding to public feedback, the Greater Columbus Arts Council says venues of 400 seats or less and events costing $10 or less would not have to pay the proposed 7 percent fee.
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
Two people died at the Lost Lands Music Festival at Legend Valley Music Center over the weekend.The four-day festival drew an estimated 40,000 people to the music venue in southeastern Licking County.Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said medics responded to a report of an unresponsive male Saturda...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Award-winning journalist and author Wil Haygood, a Columbus native, will take the stage of Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre this weekend to discuss his new book, "Tigerland: 1968-1969: A City Divided, a Nation Torn Apart, and a Magical Season of Healing."The Bexley Public Library will pres...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
A rezoning request to allow an apartment complex to be built on Taylor Road near East Main Street will be back before a Reynoldsburg City Council committee Sept. 24 -- and could go on for a final vote by the full council that same evening.Council's public service and transportation committee will co...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Anyone who's watched children at play knows they're natural improvisers."Children are always using their imaginations to take their play into unexpected directions," April Olt said.Olt, who has served the past seven years as director of Grandview Heights High School's fall play and spring musical, i...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Gahanna residents are being urged to follow three pieces of advice: lock vehicles, don't leave valuables inside of cars and follow the adage "if you see something, say something."That's the word from Gahanna police Chief Jeff Spence and safety director Mark Thomas following an increase in vehicle th...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Mary Struble is right and her family members are wrong.Yogurt containers don't belong in the recycling bin.The 90-year-old Clintonville woman, however, said visiting relatives believe they do and place them there when they are at her home.Struble, a member of the Village in the Ville program of the ...
This Week Community News | September 18, 2018
Homecoming is a pretty big deal at high schools around the country.At Whetstone High School, homecoming is a really big deal where it has evolved to become more than a football game with a spiffy halftime show by the marching band. It now includes a major parade and festival that provides a financia...
Columbus Dispatch | September 18, 2018
An Ohio University real-estate deal with an alumna, donor and local businessman for a home for its former university president in 2015 had the appearance of impropriety, the Ohio Inspector General’s office has found after a three-year investigation.The investigation had been ongoing since the...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
The Columbus Board of Education is hosting a series of meetings this week to introduce the three superintendent finalists to the community.Board members narrowed the list of candidates last week and scheduled the meet-and-greet sessions, all of which will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m.:• Mond...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
Moshe Kobre closed his eyes and swayed slightly back and forth Monday as he sang the Aramaic words in a deep baritone.The 29-year-old Kobre traveled from his home in Israel two weeks ago to pray at the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany for the Jewish High Holy Days.This year's high holi...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
There were no eyewitnesses, blood or DNA samples or other conclusive evidence linking Joseph L. Williams to the November beating death of a man in Franklinton.But a Franklin County jury found enough reason to convict 51-year-old Williams, of the Northwest Side, of murdering William E. Taylor, 55, on...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
Columbus will borrow about $400 million to make street repairs, build new recreation centers, prevent erosion near waterways and complete other capital projects.The Columbus City Council voted Monday on a package of bonds totaling about $400 million, funding a portion of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther ...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
NEWARK — Licking County Commissioner Tim Bubb compared renovating the county courthouse in downtown Newark to putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.With no original blueprints for the 140-year-old building, a team of contractors and architects had to work backwards to figure out how ...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
Seven reported rapes now are being investigated by the Athens and Ohio University police departments.Six reports of rape, including on campus and off campus, have been filed with the two police departments since the fall semester began in late August. Athens police repo...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
Delaware County officials scrambled last month to extend a computer services contract to Orange Township that would bypass the township's fiscal officer, whom the county said it could not work with.The solution would maintain the county's discounted services to the township, except for the fiscal of...
This Week Community News | September 17, 2018
Worthington Schools received an overall grade of B on the state’s latest measure of accountability.The Ohio Department of Education on Sept. 13 released state report cards for all of Ohio’s approximately 610 public school districts for 2017-18.For the first time, districts and schools wi...
This Week Community News | September 17, 2018
Snow cones still are a popular summer treat -- sweet and cold and easy to eat. But some nontraditional flavors might deserve a try.
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
The meet-and-greet was supposed to feature a candidate for Columbus City Schools superintendent from Virginia. It didn't.It was supposed to last from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. It didn't.And all residents and employees of Ohio's largest school district were invited to attend. But they didn't - only abou...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
The Ohio Department of Medicaid says it is working on a proposal to the federal government to allow the health-insurance program to cover some of the care at Brigid's Path, the state's only standalone recovery center for drug-exposed infants.The nonprofit center opened in December ...
This Week Community News | September 17, 2018
Robert Burr of Delaware is an 87-year-old Korean War veteran who saw battle on both Bloody Ridge and Heartbreak Ridge.Just before joining the U.S. Army in 1951, Burr was quarreling with his girlfriend and didn't like his job, he said. He had intended to join the U.S. Air Force, he said, but the recr...
This Week Community News | September 17, 2018
A Westerville couple want Ohio to recognize that their late daughter and other stillborn babies were here and -- they mattered to their families.Justin Welliver and his wife, Heather Johnston Welliver, delivered that message to state lawmakers earlier this year in an effort to gain support for House...
This Week Community News | September 17, 2018
Columbus City Schools unveiled a $100,000 apple-slicing machine Sept. 11 that district leaders believe will increase the 3 million Ohio apples a year it buys from small orchards across the state.The new machine, which slices two apples at a time in a mechanical chamber, will help make healthful eati...
This Week Community News | September 17, 2018
I envy people who can enjoy the moment.By the moment, I mean right now, halfway through September, when pumpkin spice lattes, yogurt, muffins, pancakes, doughnuts and tea are making their seasonal appearances, along with plastic pumpkins and ghosts, ceramic pumpkins and ghosts and clay chimeneas in ...
This Week Community News | September 17, 2018
Columbus as a state capital literally was carved from the forest as the War of 1812 raged across America. The site of Columbus was primeval "old-growth forest," with giant hardwood trees 30 feet in diameter and 100 feet tall. It took enormous effort just to clear an original 10 acres for Statehouse ...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
Franklin County Sheriff's Office deputies called to the New Rome Motel in Prairie Township on Sept. 11 noticed the smell of marijuana coming from a yard nearby.As deputies were working the unrelated call, they were able to track the smell to a neighboring yard on Buena Vista Avenue.A large number of...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
A former Ohio State University wrestler saw his chances for early release wiped out last week because of some ill-advised phone calls from the jail.Anthony J. Agazarm, 22, of Delaware had been sentenced in June  to 180 days in jail and three years of probation for a felonious assault ...
This Week Community News | September 17, 2018
L Brands CEO Leslie H. Wexner told a small audience that he is fed up and has quit the Republican Party.
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
As his younger brother Tynan recovered from liver-transplant surgery on Monday, Max Krakoff made a request."When you're out of the hospital, you owe me ice cream," he said. "I'll take cookie dough in a waffle cone please."That was what Max asked in return for giving his brother Tynan about half...
Columbus Dispatch | September 17, 2018
Ohio State University investigatory records show fraternities that were dealt some of the harshest punishments in recent months broke numerous rules relating to alcohol consumption, hazing and endangering behavior, including in the months after the university implemented a temporary blanket suspensi...
This Week Community News | September 17, 2018
At the developer’s request, Worthington City Council on Sept. 17 tabled plans for a proposed 32-unit apartment complex on a vacant 2-acre lot at 181 E. Wilson Bridge Road.Developer Don Kenney Jr. and his attorney, David Hodge, asked council to wait until all members were present before voting....
Columbus Dispatch | September 16, 2018
As Congress heads into its last few days in session this month, some fear an act that funds services for hundreds of thousands of domestic violence and sexual assault victims won't be reauthorized before it expires on Sept. 30.In total, 17 agencies in Ohio shared more than $10.5 ...
Columbus Dispatch | September 16, 2018
Columbus arts leaders say their ticket-tax proposal is the best solution to fill a gap in public funding for the arts, even as other cities use different models and a coalition of event organizers stands against it.The Greater Columbus Arts Council will propose a 7 percent tax on admission to most s...
Columbus Dispatch | September 16, 2018
Late in the evening of Sept. 4, a 40-year-old Columbus man was found fatally shot in a Southeast Side parking lot.Now, police and the man's family are asking anyone with knowledge of the crime to come forward and help police solve it.Police were called to the 2300 block of Hamilton Avenue at 11:39 p...
Columbus Dispatch | September 16, 2018
When news broke that a prominent Pelotonia rider was accused of faking cancer and keeping donations intended for the charity, it was both a shocking story and a familiar one.Unscrupulous fundraisers have exploited the generosity of others for personal gain in the past. In fact, a different Pelotonia...