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Olentangy rolls past Big Walnut

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Staff reportsThe Big Walnut Golden Eagles ran into a buzzsaw on Friday night as the visiting Olentangy Braves looked as good as advertised, maybe even better, in a 49-7 win in the OCC-Capital Division opener for both teams.Jerren Williams returned the opening kickoff 100 yards to break the scoring seal … and the rout was on. Senior running back Anthony Golden rushed for a pair of first-half touchdowns, including one from nine yards out that gave Olentangy an early 14-0 lead.Big Walnut got its offense going on the next possession, using 12 plays to move the ball 80 yards in 3:41. Jordan Wall capped the scoring drive with a six-yard touchdown, but the effort was one of the Eagles’ few highlights.


Perley plays musical saw, roots rock

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comToday is not only the last day of the Delaware County Fair, but it’s also the county fair debut of a local group on the rise – Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons.“We have this song called ‘County Fair,’ and it will be cool to play that at a county fair,” Perley said Friday from her Columbus home. “This is our first county fair.”The current quartet — Perl...

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Months of work go into Junior Fair

By Michael RichFor The GazetteThe Junior Fair isn’t just a Delaware County Fair tradition. It’s part of Delaware history.Ohio started the roots of the 4-H organization and Ashley claims the first junior fair in the country at the Ashley Fair’s short run from 1923 to 1949. It didn’t take long for the Delaware County Fair to adopt a junior fair into its programming.

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Driver in fatal accident may have been asleep

By Stacy Kessskess@civitasmedia.comState troopers say they are investigating whether a driver who lost control of his car, leading to the deaths of two Marion residents Thursday, was asleep when the accident occurred.Lyman Leathers, 85, of Delaware, told both a witness and state troopers that he fell asleep at the wheel, troopers say.John Schade, 49, and Lisa Schade, 51, were thrown from their Honda motorcycle after colliding with Leathers who, troo...

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‘Smiley’ passes away at the zoo

Staff ReportThe Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is mourning the loss of Smiley, a male white-handed gibbon, who died Friday in veterinary care.Smiley lived to be 46 years old, greatly exceeding the life expectancy for this species. The median life expectancy for male white-handed gibbons in zoos is 16.6 years, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Smiley had been under veterinary care for age-related kidney and liver deterioration.

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Machine’s Greg Bice announces retirement

Staff reportsAfter 11 seasons in Major League Lacrosse, Machine defenseman and team captain Greg Bice has formally announced his retirement.“There were a lot of things that went into my decision, but the number one thing for me was my family,” Bice said. “My wife has always been really supportive throughout the years and would continue to be supportive moving forward. Having my son grow up, I want to make sure that I am there for him and that I’m ...

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OWU hopes to score Browns’ camp

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comImagine if the Cleveland Browns held their summer training camp here in Delaware. It could happen.The city of Delaware’s website announced Friday that the city would assist Ohio Wesleyan University in its bid to be the Browns’ new summer home.“It’s something we’re looking at,” said OWU spokesman Will Kopp. “It’s an interesting opportunity, and we’re exploring...

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New business plans to deliver

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comDelaware Delivery, a new restaurant delivery service, will open in Delaware on Tuesday.Lisa Encracion, who co-owns Delaware Delivery with her husband, James Encracion, said they started the business when they noticed that the only restaurant deliveries here were for pizza and Chinese food.For starters, Delaware Delivery will bring customers food orders over $10 from BW3, Chipotle, El Vaquero and Old Bag of Nails...

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Family Weekend underway at OWU

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comHundreds of parents are at Ohio Wesleyan University to take part in the university’s annual “Family Weekend,” which runs through Sunday.“We’re about a month into the academic year, so it’s a good time for families who live close to see their student and take another look at the campus,” said OWU spokesman Cole Hatcher.Although the origins of Family Weekend are obscure, H...

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Mandel: Bring back shop class

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comOhio Treasurer Josh Mandel said the state needs to put a greater emphasis on vocational training for young people during a Friday stop at V & P Hydraulic Products in Delaware.Mandel, who faces Rep. Connie Pillich, D-Montgomery, in the Nov. 4 election, said manufacturing is the backbone of the nation’s economy.“If we’re going to be strong as a country, we have to make things,” he tol...

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Galena couple sentenced in child endangerment case

By Stacy Kessskess@civitasmedia.comA Galena couple has been sentenced after being convicted of child endangering.Jessica Smith, 27, and her husband, Michael Smith II, 35, were indicted in May following a referral to Job and Family Services after Jessica Smith’s son was transported to St. Anne’s emergency room due to life-threatening injuries. The child was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus for emergency surgery due to ...

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Victims in fatal accident identified

Staff ReportState troopers have identified the victims of Thursday’s traffic accident that took the lives of two Marion residents on U.S. 23 in Delaware County.Dead are John Schade, 49, of Marion and Lisa Schade, 51, also of Marion.The accident occurred at 1:55 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 23 near Troutman Road in Troy Township.Lyman Leathers, 85, of Delaware, was driving a 2007 Toyota Prius south on U.S. 23 when he struck the median and crossed into...

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‘They feel entitled to their jobs’

To the editor:There is an alternative!Are you tired of a one-party system in Delaware County politics? I am. Please remember that there is an alternative. Those of you who have grown up always voting Republican could explore the options available in the November election. Instead of voting for Rep. Andrew Brenner and Sen. Kris Jordan, check out the qualifications of David Hogan and Neil Patel.

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Cover crops offer a variety of benefits

Ask a farmer why he would plant a crop that he doesn’t harvest and you will undoubtedly get a wide range of responses.One farmer might drop his head, look at his boot, and kick the dust, as he mutters under his breath, “Um … well … ′cause my granddad did!”The next farmer may say “Because it’s the right thing to do!” And yet another might lecture on the benefits of building soil health, reducing erosion, reducing nutr...

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Lincoln impersonator stands tall

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comIf you were at the Delaware County Fair this week, you may have had the pleasure of meeting the 16th president of United States, all dressed up in his stovepipe hat and black suit.For the last six years, John Cooper of Baltimore, Ohio, has been a professional Abraham Lincoln presenter, entertaining audiences at schools, churches and other functions. This year, Cooper made his debut as a strolling entertainer at Delaware...

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Why developers want to annex to Sunbury

To the editor:Here are some facts about Berkshire Township development.Yes, we do have development coming to Berkshire Township. Location and the opportunity to make a profit are the driving forces. The township over the years has seen this coming and has tried to plan ahead. We have a rather strict zoning code in place to create a higher scale commercial and residential area. Yes, we have two truck stops that are a thorn in our plan and that were approved in 1989. Our c...

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Pumpkin-carving contest coming up at the zoo

Staff ReportCulinary champions from around the country will meet this month at the Columbus Zoo for an event that grew so big, it needed its own weekend.Jack Hanna’s Pumpkin Carving Championship is scheduled for Sept. 27 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Among the contestants will be Dean Murray, who is a veteran of the Food Network’s “Halloween Wars” and two-time Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving champion.The competition includes profes...

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Local team helps air Jug on CBS

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comThe Little Brown Jug was televised Thursday on the CBS Sports Network, thanks to a local production company.“The way it works is we’re basically freelancers,” said technical manager Chris Vassaux. “I actually work full time for Lyon Video, but because I’ve done technical managing before, they (CBS) called me in to do the tech managing on this show.”Lyon Video, based in Columbu...

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