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Columbus Dispatch | July 15, 2018
France was favored to win the World Cup on Sunday, but many at Fado Irish Pub were rooting for the “little guy,” Croatia.“Everybody loves an underdog,” said Bert Peters, from Gahanna. “Rooting for France is like rooting for the Yankees in baseball.”Croatia h...
Columbus Dispatch | July 15, 2018
In the early hours, before the morning sun climbs over the horizon and evaporates the mist blanketing the ground, an Ohio Department of Transportation crew gathers around the tailgate of a truck parked in the Brownsville outpost garage in Licking County.The crew talks about safety. The day carries t...
Columbus Dispatch | July 15, 2018
In January 2017, Columbus police, responding to a report of a man trying to set a car on fire on the West Side, found the bodies of local rapper Jawuan Lamont Wade Reynolds and his best friend, Caleb Jordan Killen.Both men were shot in the head.Investigators are now asking for the public’s he...
Columbus Dispatch | July 15, 2018
A workshop that pulled together central Ohio dentists and orthopedic surgeons to discuss responsible antibiotic use is being hailed by a federal expert as a positive step toward preventing the sometimes deadly consequences that come from unnecessarily prescribing the drugs.Dr. Lauri Hicks, director ...
Columbus Dispatch | July 15, 2018
Newspapers have a long tradition of community involvement, and for The Dispatch that includes sponsoring or hosting community events — everything from political debates to the annual Dispatch Home & Garden Show, which has been popular here for more than 60 years.The events are a ...
Columbus Dispatch | July 15, 2018
While poverty and food insecurity might seem to some like inner-city issues, data from the census shows they aren't. Since 2010, the poverty rate has increased in more affluent Columbus neighborhoods and 20 surrounding suburbs from 16.9 percent to 17.7 percent.In Bexley, the poverty rate increased m...
Columbus Dispatch | July 15, 2018
LANCASTER — Lancaster streets are starting to sport wheeled trash carts on garbage pickup days, not the heaped trash bags that used to line curbs.The city of nearly 40,000 residents is shifting to a trash-collection system similar to what Columbus and other communitie...
Columbus Dispatch | July 15, 2018
The Franklin County fair opened in Hilliard Saturday with a big "yee haw" from 2017 Fair King Carson Fulks.As it celebrates its 101st anniversary, the event is laden with its folksy traditions. But its organizers say it's changing to stay relevant."It's a lot of fun to be a part of it and to keep th...
Columbus Dispatch | July 15, 2018
Loretta Ash can't get out of bed on her own because of a debilitating knee injury. But every morning, the 68-year-old knows help is on the way when she sees her favorite nurse's aide.With a smile, Jenniffer Ross, 35, of Whitehall, helps Ash get cleaned up and comfortable in her wheelchair. She has t...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
A man who was attempting to rob a Shell station in Obetz with a handgun has been surrounded by Franklin County sheriff's deputies and a standoff has ensued.The incident began about 11:10 p.m. when a passerby flagged down a sheriff's deputy and reported someone was robbing the Shell station at 4425 A...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
CINCINNATI (AP) — The punishment for teenagers caught sharing sexually explicit images could be lessened in Ohio.A House bill would allow first-time offenders who are 18 or younger a chance to have their charges dismissed upon completion of a program that explains the impact of sexting.Through...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
A man with a handgun who was attempting to rob a Shell convenience store gas station in Obetz late Friday night was arrested following about a half-hour standoff with Franklin County sheriff's deputies and SWAT officers.The incident began about 11:10 p.m. when a passerby flagged down a sheriff's dep...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
Only 30 minutes after one of the greatest moments in Tomi Matanovic's life, he learned that another one was on the way.At Endeavor Brewing Co. on Wednesday afternoon, Matanovic — surrounded by a tightknit group of his countrymen and -women in their adopted home of Columbus — sat watchi...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
Mildred Blumenfeld's youngest child was about to head to kindergarten when she learned that his developmental problems were unlikely to improve with time. Back then, few families acknowledged having a son or daughter with intellectual disabilities, and doctors often advised parents to opt for an ins...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
Religion was woven throughout Kayla and Will Caldes' wedding ceremony, but their guests weren't seated in pews.The couple got married at Strongwater Food and Spirits in Franklinton, a space they chose for its "vibe and aesthetic," Kayla Caldes said.Both were raised as religious, but they don't ...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
Wanted: polite, clear-minded multitaskers willing to work overnight and weekends for one of the most lucrative jobs in Columbus city government.City officials say they are struggling to hire and retain enough call-takers and dispatchers to fully staff the 911 emergency communication center, leading ...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
NEWARK — Matt Dole and Michael Gruber don’t see eye to eye on political matters.Get the two central Ohio men into a debate about policy or campaigns and things could get spirited."We all have strongly held beliefs," said Gruber, who lives in the Hilliard area. He added jokingly, "Matt&...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
NEWARK — A gazebo that was removed from the grounds of the Licking County Courthouse last year, prompting an outcry from some residents, should be in place at its new home on East Main Street in the coming weeks.The pavilion is being rebuilt, with private donations and volunteer labor, at the...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
A teen was found shot in a car Friday afternoon on the 1500 block of Watkins Road in the South Side, Columbus police said.Marquaze Conley, 17, was shot shortly after 5 p.m. and taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he was reported in critical but stable condition.Conley was shot several ti...
Columbus Dispatch | July 14, 2018
A man was found shot in a car Friday afternoon on the 1500 block of Watkins Road in the South Side, Columbus police said.Marquaze Conley, 17, was shot shortly after 5 p.m. and taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he was reported in critical but stable condition.Conley was shot several tim...
Columbus Dispatch | July 13, 2018
NEWARK — The short-time police chief for the village of Kirkersville died of an accidental drug overdose in May, according to an autopsy report released Friday afternoon.The Franklin County Coroner’s Office determined that James Hughes Jr., 35 and on the job for about two months, had f...
Columbus Dispatch | July 13, 2018
Women are hugely underrepresented in computer science careers. That's something Lena Furci and the Columbus School for Girls aim to change.Starting in the 2018-19 school year, H.E.R. Academy (Her Education Revolution), which Furci leads, will be working with the all-girls private school in Bexley to...
Columbus Dispatch | July 13, 2018
The Big Darby Accord has restricted development in the Franklin County part of the Big Darby Creek watershed for more than a decade. But homebuilders are now looking at land in the watershed in and around Plain City in Madison and Union counties.That concerns environmentalists, who believe the build...
Columbus Dispatch | July 13, 2018
A bump-stock ban Columbus enacted earlier this year is unconstitutional, a Franklin County judge ruled, but its ordinance making it a misdemeanor to carry a weapon while under disability can be enforced.In a split decision issued Friday, Franklin County Judge David E. Cain wrote that the bump-stock ...
This Week Community News | July 13, 2018
We're spending some time in the great outdoors during this week's episode of "The Great Food Debate," a podcast about the best food, drinks and specialties found in central Ohio. But this week's topic aligns with our summer series thus far of barbecue and [...]
Columbus Dispatch | July 13, 2018
A man was shot Friday afternoon at Watkins Road and Rhodes Avenue in the South Side, Columbus police said.He was shot shortly after 5 p.m. and taken to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he was reported in critical but stable condition.No further information about the incident was immediately av...
This Week Community News | July 13, 2018
The official word is that Kollektiv will replace Max & Erma’s in German Village.The new concept, featuring offices on the top two floors and co-working/tavern space in the main dining room, is expected to open this fall, said Katie Murray, co-founder of Kollektiv, which is owned by a priva...
Columbus Dispatch | July 13, 2018
A bump-stock ban Columbus enacted this year is unconstitutional, a Franklin County judge ruled, but its ordinance making it a misdemeanor to carry a weapon while under disability can be enforced.In a split decision issued Friday, Franklin County Judge David E. Cain wrote that the bump stock clearly ...
Columbus Dispatch | July 13, 2018
Porn star turned media fixture Stormy Daniels did not let an early Thursday morning arrest by the Columbus Police Department stop her from performing at a packed nightclub just hours after being released.Her second appearance in Columbus took on a whole new meaning following her arrest at Sirens str...
This Week Community News | July 13, 2018
Whitehall City Schools administrators will need to name two assistant principals at Whitehall-Yearling High School after the resignations of Mark Bobo and Donita Hampton.Their resignations are effective July 31 after being accepted July 12 by the Whitehall school board.Bobo has accepted an administr...
This Week Community News | July 13, 2018
Whitehall City School District voters will be asked in November to consider a ballot issue that would provide for an addition to Rosemore Middle School and renovations at Whitehall-Yearling High School.Board members voted 5-0 on July 12 to place a 3.41-mill combined permanent-improvements levy and b...
Columbus Dispatch | July 13, 2018
The eastbound lanes of Route 33 in Union County near Route 42 are open again after they were briefly closed due to a car crash.Few details were available on the crash, which was reported around 6:45 a.m.The Ohio Department of Transportation reported at 7:50 a.m. that the roadway had reopened.Another...
Columbus Dispatch | July 13, 2018
With his place on the bench hanging in the balance, Franklin County Appeals Court Judge Tim Horton defended himself Friday against allegations of judicial misconduct brought by the Ohio Supreme Court's disciplinary counsel.Horton, 48, was the first witness to face questioning before a three-mem...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
The westbound lanes of Interstate 670 are closed on the Near East Side Thursday morning because of a car fire.The fire was reported around 8:30 a.m. between I-71 and the Leonard Avenue exit, a Columbus police dispatcher said.Few details were available Thursday morning. The dispatcher said that at le...
This Week Community News | July 12, 2018
Whitehall voters will be asked this fall to consider three charter amendments, including one that would extend the maximum number of consecutive terms an elected official may serve from two to three.Whitehall City Council on July 10 approved legislation 6-0 for the placement of three city charter am...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
With her three children drifting to sleep in their cribs and toddler bed, Jessica Hollins sat in a rocking chair in the youngsters' shared nursery, wanting them to feel her presence.By the glow of night lights and with soft music playing, she knitted a blanket for the little ones. It was in that mom...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
A man who admitted his role in a fatal shooting outside a South Side duplex was allowed to remain on the streets for five months while awaiting sentencing so he could deal with a medical condition that could cost him his right foot.On Thursday, he wanted the Franklin County judge who granted th...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
A local summer jobs program gives young people who have spent a large part of their lives in places such as Nepal and Ethiopia the opportunity to get acclimated to the U.S. workforce through internships.Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services (ETSS) is operating a Summer Youth Employment Program that off...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
If you are planning to go to John Glenn Columbus International Airport tonight, ODOT is urging you to plan ahead.The ramp from Interstate 670 eastbound to the exit for the gateway to John Glenn Columbus International Airport will close from 8 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday to allow for construction ...
This Week Community News | July 12, 2018
The construction of a 3-story hotel addition to a 19th-century house on West William Street again was debated before Delaware City Council on July 9.The plan had been scheduled for its third reading, after which council ordinarily casts a vote, but the vote was delayed by Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle, b...
This Week Community News | July 12, 2018
Delaware City Council on July 9 heard a proposal to ban smoking, vaping and use of tobacco products in city parks.Abbey Trimble of the Delaware General Health District and Allyson Lash, chairwoman of the City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, spoke to council and cited instances of adults smoking...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
The Madison Press will stop publishing a printed newspaper and go to a digital format only beginning next week.The London-based newspaper announced Wednesday that it will become a weekly, paid digital publication. For the remainder of July, it will be available for viewing free of charge. After that...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
It's not typical to spot a diver, in flippers and full helmet, plunging into the Scioto River.But on Thursday, some amused kayakers and joggers on a nearby bike trail caught sight of a commercially licensed diver swimming below the surface to inspect the Fishinger Road bridge on the Northwest side.F...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
The man who played a key role in coordinating the harrowing rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach from an 18-day ordeal inside the Tham Luang cave complex in Thailand is an Ohio State University graduate.Narongsak Osottanakorn, 57, is the governor of Chiang Rai, a northern province of T...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
A Detroit man who admitted his role in a fatal shooting outside a Columbus South Side duplex was allowed to remain on the streets for five months while awaiting sentencing so he could deal with a medical condition that could cost him his right foot.On Thursday, he wanted the Franklin County jud...
Columbus Dispatch | July 12, 2018
Several ramps on Interstate 270 on the West Side will be temporarily closed Friday evening into Saturday morning because of continuing construction.Northbound traffic will be moved to new pavement as crews complete construction on outside lanes.• At 7 p.m. Friday, the ramps from northbound I-...
This Week Community News | July 11, 2018
Powell could take advantage of a state law that allows open containers of alcohol in certain areas during special events or specific times.The city's development committee is considering a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, called a DORA.Middletown became the first city in the state to enact a DOR...
This Week Community News | July 11, 2018
It's official.The South-Western City School District Board of Education voted unanimously July 9 to place a 1.86-mill bond issue on the Nov. 6 ballot.The action followed the board's vote June 11, declaring the necessity of the bond issue. According to the resolution, the bonds would be issued in the...
This Week Community News | July 11, 2018
Students and families at Annehurst Elementary School will welcome a new principal this fall, while Fouse, McVay and Pointview elementary schools will share a new assistant principal.Tabatha Wilburn has been hired as the new principal at Annehurst, and Jason Fullen will serve as assistant principal f...
This Week Community News | July 11, 2018
Smokers who visit Westerville's public parks soon will be required to extinguish their cigarettes and put away their vape pens.Westerville City Council agreed to ban smoking in the suburb's public parks July 2, joining Columbus and a growing number of surrounding cities. In recent years, more than a...