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Watershed forum takes place Oct. 16

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By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comPeople interested in their local river are invited to attend the 11th annual Olentangy Watershed Forum.It will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at Del-Co Water, 6658 Olentangy River Road.“This year is different than the past, said Kristin Piper, Upper Olentangy Watershed coordinator. “Typically, it’s been an all-day forum, but this year we’re only doing a half-day, and then we’re doing the canoe tour of the Olentangy or Olentangy Indian Caverns. You can do either one or neither.”


DCS knocks off Harvest Prep in non-league clash

By Eric ClineSports WriterDelaware Christian volleyball fans are certainly not surprised to see their team sitting just one win away from a Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League title, but one day before that important tussle with second-place Gahanna Christian, the Eagles tuned up with a tough match against the Harvest Prep Warriors.Delaware Christian had a relatively easy first game, but had to fight back in the second before pulling out a three-game, 25-14, 25...

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‘Coincidence is simply hypocrisy’

Coincidence or hypocrisy?(Secretary of State) John Husted’s political ads brag about his efforts to ensure that military personnel are able to vote. He does this, he says, because they fight to protect our rights. That’s OK.At the same time, however, Husted and his party create insidious rules to make it difficult for many others to enjoy those rights – especially voting. Not surprisingly, the very citizens victimized by restrictive voting rules are the...

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South Old State Road slated for widening

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comDelaware County commissioners took another step toward a major road improvement project designed to improve safety in a busy north-south corridor.Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to reaffirm their commitment to a multi-million project to widen a section of South Old State Road.The improvement is necessary because of rapid growth in the area. From 2006 to 2009, there were 300 crashes on that stretch o...

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Donor may make Liberty Twp. park upgrade a reality

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comLiberty Township could soon become a hotbed of highly competitive softball.Thanks to the financial commitment of an anonymous donor, township officials are considering major upgrades to South Liberty Park, which will include four competition-level softball diamonds, lacrosse/football fields, open play areas, additional parking and concessions.Administrator Dave Anderson believes the park could be an econom...

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EMS to relocate, get abatement

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comDelaware has agreed to annex land and provide economic incentives to retain Engineered Material Systems Inc. in the city.EMS, which makes adhesives, conductives and encapsulents, will consolidate its current three buildings at 101 Johnson Drive, 132 Johnson Drive and 600 London Road into a single campus with an office and manufacturing building on Airport Road. The company’s total project investment is $4.5 million....

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Sexual assault is men’s problem

By Laura Finleyand Victor RomanoFor The GazetteLet us be clear: the problem of rape and sexual assault on campus is a male problem.Last week, many newspapers across the country featured an editorial by Dan K. Thomasson titled “Academia Needs to Act to Protect College Women.” Unfortunately, Thomasson’s comments served to reinforce the antiquated notion that it’s women’s responsibility to avoid getting raped. Men are over...

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Coughlin confident after St. Louis

Staff reportsJeg Coughlin Jr. took his Dodge to the No. 2 qualifying position and a semifinal finish in the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals this weekend at Gateway Motorsports Park.A loss to Jason Line in the semis ended his day early, but Coughlin held his head high after making a big step in performance on Saturday that helped him jump to No. 2 in qualifying.“We took a big swing at it Saturday, and it connected pretty good,” C...

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Liberty wins Howlett Invitational

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comLiberty’s boys golf team navigated its way through a tough course Saturday, carding a combined 319 to win the Howlett Invitational at Worthington Hills.“The course was playing nice and tough today,” Patriot coach Ryan Snivley said, “so it was a good test before sectionals. I’m really happy with how the guys persevered today.”Trey Rath led Liberty with a 78 while Cameron McClosk...

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Kreft breaks Barons’ all-time CC mark

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comZach Kreft broke the all-time Buckeye Valley school record over the weekend, posting a third-place effort of 16:31.18 to lead the Barons to a runner-up finish at Saturday’s North Union Cross Country Invitational.Kreft, just a freshman, eclipsed the old mark of 16:33 set by Aaron Iverson back in 1999. His time was a personal best by 26 seconds.

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Weekend motorcycle crash leaves one injured

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comA Radnor man is in fair condition after a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.Robert V. Jones, 44, was transported to Grant Medical Center after he crashed his motorcycle at 1:28 a.m. while traveling north on Executive Boulevard.According to law enforcement officials, Jones went left of center and hit a truck parked along the roadway.“Alcohol is suspected in the crash but it remai...

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Local squads shine at CC showcases

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comOlentangy’s boys and Liberty’s girls garnered top honors in their respective divisions Saturday, winning team titles at the always competitive Erin L. Nance Cross Country Classic in London.The Patriot girls, who outpaced Gahanna for the top spot, were propelled by senior Claire Wiles and freshman Emma Bower, who were right where they normally are at the end of races — in the top three.

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Fox gets 38 years in prison

Staff ReportLarry Fox, 45, of Lewis Center, has been sentenced to 38 years in prison.A jury found Fox guilty on Aug. 28 of two counts of rape, first-degree felonies; three counts of kidnapping, second-degree felonies; and abduction, a third-degree felony.Larry Fox and his uncle, Harry Fox, were indicted in October 2012 for the kidnapping and rape of another man. Harry Fox is currently serving 13 years in prison for his role in the crime.

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Hayes blanks Buckeye Valley

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comVisiting Delaware Hayes played one of its best games of the season Saturday, coupling a fast start with a dominant defensive performance to blank previously unbeaten Buckeye Valley 3-0.The Pacers (3-7-3) possessed the ball well early on before breaking through when Nathan Lippincott found the back of the net in the 18th minute.They added to their lead a little more than 10 minutes later. Brody Kannally beat a Bar...

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A whale of a constellation

Rising low in the southern sky this month is one of the most unusual of the old constellations. The oceans represented vastness and danger to the ancient Greek people. As they looked south into the great waters of the Mediterranean, they invented a pattern of stars that represented the awe and fear that they felt.Behold mighty Cetus, the whale, rising out of the great deep. Before midnight, you can find him spread out over a large expanse of the southeastern sky. A circlet of five ...

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‘Thumbs up’ to a wise decision

Here are this week’s “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” selections:• “Thumbs up” to Delaware City Council for insisting that at least parts of the 1961 ordinance that banned guns from city parks be kept in place. As we’ve explained here, city officials said the old ordinance had to be changed in order to comply with an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that says cities cannot have laws in conflict with the state’s conceal-carry law. Ha...

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Council approves AutoMax changes

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comDelaware City Council has approved changes to the exterior of the AutoMax business on Stratford Road.The changes will give the automobile dealership at 2815 Stratford Road more space for customers in its service area and to improve the property’s appearance.“This will allow the applicant to expand and renovate,” said planning and zoning administrator Lance Schultz.Among the changes w...

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Sisters join forces for ‘Witches Night Out’

Stacy Kessskess@civitasmedia.comWomen will come together to scare off breast cancer Thursday when Leeds Farm hosts “Witches Night Out.”The inaugural “bewitching” fundraiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiatives was the brainchild of Christy Fisher Leeds, Julie Fisher Prettyman and Sherry Fisher.Leeds, who co-owns the farm, battled breast cancer – but the event is about all women.“Part of ...

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