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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.”

 

Lyme disease still prevalent despite change in season

Staff ReportThe Delaware General Health District says it has recorded a 40 percent increase in Lyme disease cases this year and wants residents to know that the return of autumn does not deter the threat of this tick-borne disease.Lyme disease is spread through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Unlike other ticks that are active only for certain portions of the year, blacklegged ticks are active year round and pose a special risk to Ohio’s hunters and other...

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Births

Chantile Fleming and Quincy Davis of Delaware; a boy, Quincy Davis Jr.; born Sept. 24 at Grady Memorial Hospital.Ashley Fabiny and Steve Szabo of Marysville; a girl, Shailynn Szabo; born Sept. 27 at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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Delaware schools take ‘real step forward’

Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series of stories that will take an in-depth look at how Delaware County school districts fared on the recent state report card.skess@civitasmedia.comDelaware City Schools received a state report card showing districtwide improvement.Delaware schools scored 101.4 out of 120 on its performance index, a measure of achievement of students – up from 100 in 2013. The PI is the highest the district has s...

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Braves, Patriots punch tickets to districts

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comOlentangy’s girls golf team fired a 366 to advance to districts for just the second time in school history and Liberty carded a 349 to move on by a single stroke during Tuesday’s Division I sectional tournaments.Both teams finished third in their respective tourneys. The Braves, who competed at Royal American, finished behind Dublin Coffman (308) and Canal Winchester (351). The Patriots, in action at Mentel Memo...

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Liberty advances with 2nd-place showing at Darby Creek

By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comLiberty’s boys golf team punched a ticket to districts and a slew of Delaware County standouts did the same as individuals during Tuesday’s trio of Division I sectional golf tournaments.The Patriots, led by Trey Rath’s medal-winning 70, fired a combined 309 to finish second at Darby Creek behind St. Charles, which carded a 298. Kyle Mitchell (78), Marshall Ruffing (80), Trevor Haas (81) and Cameron McClosk...

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New water meter readers shelved

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comIn a rare split vote, Delaware City Council has decided to shelve automated water meters.Council voted 4-3 to move a proposed automated water meter reading program to the city’s 2016-2020 capital improvement plan budget for consideration next year.The capital improvement plan is a five-year overview of the city’s infrastructure programs which council must adopt by Oct. 15.During a work ses...

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Supreme Court reverses course

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comPowell residents will have a say in who writes the city’s next comprehensive plan after all.The Ohio Supreme Court on Monday reversed course and ruled that the city must allow residents to vote on a charter amendment that would provide citizens with more power in crafting the next comprehensive plan. The court ruled last month that the measure was unconstitutional and not appropriate for the Nov. 4 ballot....

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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 JEGS.com/Mopar 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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