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DCS wraps up MOCAL title

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By Ben Stroupbstroup@civitasmedia.comDelaware Christian wrapped up the outright Mid-Ohio Christian Athletic League title Tuesday, outlasting visiting Gahanna Christian in four sets to secure the crown.Had Gahanna won, the two would have shared the championship. Thanks to the hard-fought 26-24, 25-27, 25-20, 30-28 win, though, the Eagles have it all to themselves.Rachel Kirby led DCS with a solid all-around showing. She collected a team-best 39 assists to go with 15 digs and eight aces. Erin McCullough was also productive, finishing with 26 digs and 20 kills, while Abbey Evans closed with eight kills, Abbey Ruminski finished with 18 digs and Mary Kerins smoothed out the list of stat leaders with 13 kills and 12 digs.


FitzGerald admits missteps, focuses on issues

By Craig Kellyckelly@civitasmedia.comLIMA — Despite a 22-point deficit in the polls, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald is determined to continue to make his case to voters in the final weeks leading up to November’s election.Part of that effort was spent Wednesday morning at The Lima News, meeting with local editors as well as editors from other Ohio-based Civitas Media newspapers.“My philosophy in running for govern...

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Scam season seems to be in full swing

By Stacy Kessskess@civitasmedia.comReports of two different telephone scams have surfaced in central Ohio, and a third has prompted more than 50 phone calls to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.Rene Vance, a Delaware resident, said she received a voice mail from a person claiming to be from the IRS, and that more than a dozen people have told her they have received the same call.“It said it was someone who said they were an officer from...

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Non-native species can be devastating

Aliens are all around us, and I don’t mean little green men or extraterrestrials.I am referring to non-native species, those species that have been introduced or moved by humans to an area where they do not naturally occur. Some people use the words “exotic” or “alien,” but I am going to use the word “invasive” because not all non-native species are harmful. For instance, ring-necked pheasants, honeybees and apple trees have been positive a...

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Helpers can ‘Make a Difference’ Oct. 25

By Gary Budzakgbudzak@civitasmedia.comAre you able to help your neighbors for one morning later this month?Connections Volunteer Center is coordinating its seventh annual “Make a Difference Day Ohio” in Delaware County on Saturday, Oct. 25.“It’s a national service day, and a good day to encourage individuals of all ages, families and groups to come out and give back to the community and make a difference right here in Delawar...

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SUNBURY — Donna Sue McCleary, 72, of Sunbury, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, of complications from a heart condition. Family and friends will meet at the American Legion Post, 230 Otis St., Sunbury, from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5.

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2 local ‘green’ homes featured in tour

By Dustin Ensingerdensinger@civitasmedia.comTwo Delaware homes will be featured as part of the 12th annual Green Energy Ohio Tour.The homes of David and Judith Carpenter and Shelia and Chuck Lynd, both of which are equipped with solar panels to generate electricity, are just two of the stops on the three-day tour.Two years ago, the Lynds installed solar panels on the roof of their home at 1401 Curve Road, and have annually saved about $1,300 in elec...

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‘PAWtoberfest’ returns to Humane Society

Staff ReportThe Humane Society of Delaware County is inviting dog owners to bring their pooches out for “PAWtoberfest.”The annual celebration of four-legged friends will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Humane Society’s shelter, 4920 Ohio 37 East.The event combines two of the society’s most popular dog-related fundraisers: the “Mutt March” charity walk and the “Heinz-57 Classics” dog show. Proceeds from “...

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Political scientist to discuss global discord in world politics

Staff ReportDuring the 21st century, says political scientist Randall L. Schweller, “disorder will reign supreme as the world succumbs to … entropy, an irreversible process of disorganization that governs the direction of all physical changes taking place in the universe.”Schweller, a professor of political science at The Ohio State University, will discuss his theory at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Ohio Wesleyan University, when he presents “Maxwell̵...

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‘We must unite our voices’

To the editor:As a taxpayer of the Buckeye Valley Local School District and a parent of two future BV students, I have become very interested in the upcoming bond issue.While my children do not yet attend school, I have continuously heard about the amazing teachers and students who fill the classrooms of the BV elementary schools. I have also learned about the less-than-desirable conditions that the children and teachers often endure in their current facilities. I cannot...

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Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra to perform Oct. 12

Staff ReportSeveral Delaware students will be on stage when the 2014-15 Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra presents its first concert of the season Oct. 12.The orchestra is comprised of 100 students from 35 Ohio school districts.Participating Delaware musicians include: Adithya Sriram, violin; Adam Klim, violin; Sruthi Venkatachalam, violin; Cameron McDowell, cello; and Vijay Rings, trombone.

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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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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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