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  • LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKNEWS
    Shelbi Rhein works on one of the computers at the Whetstone branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Behind her is a traveling exhibit of photos of the Mural on Main, on display through April. The project was a joint effort by ADAMH, ALTernative and Community for New Direction.

    Artistic message of hope adorns library

    A mural commissioned on the Near East Side last summer by ADAMH was so successful in bringing home the message, "Treatment Works, Recovery Happens," that officials have turned photos of the project into a traveling exhibit.
  • CHRIS PARKER/THISWEEKNEWS
    Gary Emmit and other cast members rehearse for S.S. Vaud-Villities , to be presented April 24-27 at the Northland Performing Arts Center, 4411 Tamarack Blvd., Columbus. Information about tickets is available online at vvproductions.com or by calling 614-262-7469.

    Vaud-Villities spring show sets sail April 24-27

    Audience members at the 72nd annual production of Vaud-Villities will not be attending as much as they will be setting sail.
  • DEBORAH M. DUNLAP/THISWEEKNEWS
    Whitehall-Yearling High School senior Damian Williams (right) shows sophomores Carol Barajas, Erin Brown, Becca Thomas and Jackie Bravo his well-worn marching-band uniform, which has been through around 350 performances over the past 18 years. School board members this month approved new uniforms for the group; they'll arrive in time for the 2014-15 season.

    New look for marching Rams

    After 18 years and more than 350 performances, Whitehall-Yearling High School's marching-band uniforms soon will retire.
  • LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKNEWS
    Anthony Klein, who works at the Home Depot store in Lewis Center, paints what will be the library at the Second Ward Community Initiative's community center, 50 Ross St. Home Depot donated supplies and employees volunteered to improve the center Thursday, April 17.

    Makeover for future Second Ward hub

    When the city of Delaware bought the vacant building at 50 Ross St. in 2004, officials had hopes of improving the site to benefit the neighborhood.

Judge sides with Upper Arlington in Tree of Life lawsuit

U.S. District Court Judge George C. Smith has ruled that Upper Arlington did not discriminate against a religious organization that wants open a school in the city’s largest office building.

Culp wins job as Grandview Heights superintendent

The Grandview Heights school board has selected Andrew Culp as the district’s next superintendent.
Transmission headquarters

AEP will move facility to New Albany

American Electric Power is moving its transmission headquarters to New Albany, next door to its central operations center on Smith's Mill Road.

CAC's letter futile; Clinton Annex soon will be razed

People hoping to preserve the Clinton Annex are pinning what would seem their last faint hopes on a letter from the Clintonville Area Commission asking members of the Columbus school board to "stay all efforts to demolish the building."
Morse Road corridor study

OSU students suggest greenways, 'Northland hubs'

The final step in fine-tuning a plan to further help redevelop the Morse Road corridor is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30.

Council OKs release of funds for water plant

After several setbacks, Groveport will be moving forward with the construction of a new water treatment facility, likely to be completed by the summer of 2015.

Outlet-mall annexation gets county leaders' nod

The race to build an outlet-mall complex in Berkshire Township continued last week as county commissioners approved a key annexation for one of two proposed developments.

SWL asking again for $66.5M bond

For the second time in less than a year, Southwest Licking voters will decide May 6 if the school district should undertake a large-scale facility construction and renovation project.
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Sports

  • Softball

    JOHN HULKENBERG/THISWEEKSPORTS
    Whitehall's Madison Pharo believes it's important not to dwell on her medical issues. "I have been raised that it's not an option to feel like that." Pharo was diagnosed with stage 5 renal cell cancer at age 2 and has been in remission since age 4. She sees specialists every three to six months.

    Keeping a positive attitude

    Whitehall-Yearling High School senior Madison Pharo always has been a fighter.
  • Boys Basketball

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    Kent Riggs (kneeling) resigned last week after leading the Canal Winchester boys basketball program for 27 seasons, compiling a 422-194 record with seven league titles, five district championships and one regional title.

    Riggs steps down after 27 seasons

    The most successful era in the history of the Canal Winchester High School boys basketball team has ended.
  • Boys Basketball

    JOHN HULKENBERG/THISWEEKSPORTS
    Bob Miller coached 31 of his 41 seasons at Thomas, finishing with a career record of 573-323. His teams won 12 league and three district championships.

    Miller era comes to close at Thomas

    When Bob Miller announced his retirement as coach of the Thomas Worthington High School boys basketball team earlier this month, it ended one of the most enduring and winningest coaching careers in Ohio.
  • Boys Tennis

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    Reynoldsburg's Yosef Maher hits a return during the visiting Raiders' 3-2 loss to Gahanna on April 17. Reynoldsburg was 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Pickerington North on April 22.

    Raiders' duo one and the same

    Because Reynoldsburg High School seniors Isaac Khan and Yosef Maher already are taking classes at Ohio State University, they often end up car-pooling.
Football

Area players excited for North-South Classic

During his senior year, running back Jordan Jarrell led the Pickerington High School Central football team to the 2006 OCC-Ohio Division championship and scored on a 70-yard run to help the South all-stars win the 2007 Ohio North-South All-Star Classic 50-7.
Commentary

Latest competitive balance proposal most fair to date

To the best of anyone's knowledge, no athletics directors, coaches or Ohio High School Athletic Association officials have confessed to waking in the night, shuddering from competitive balance-induced nightmares.
Track & Field

Coffman's Fries close to return after freak injury

The decision to partake in a child's game changed the course of Julia Fries' running career.
Track & Field

Grove City girls roll at Best of South-West

Micaila Mountain and Sydney Smith's domination of the 1,600 meters and 3,200 for the Grove City High School girls track and field team is nothing new this season.
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Arts.Food.Fun

  • Table Talk

    Sausage and broccolini pizza from Pizza Cucinova, which recently opened a location at 1187 Olentangy River Road.

    Neapolitan-style pies the specialty at Pizza Cucinova

    The second local quick-serve artisan pie shop recently opened at 1187 Olentangy River Road.
  • VIDEO

    The Indigo Girls join the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Saturday, April 26, in the Ohio Theatre.

    Fischer's Fab 10

    BalletMet Columbus closes its season, artistic director Edwaard Liang's first, with a dazzling program of works new to Columbus and, in one case, totally new.
  • Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas play the Rumba Cafe Friday, April 25. Hey Hercules opens. Tickets are $8. Visit columbusrumbacafe.com.

    Self-taught songwriter happy with road she's taken

    Jessica Hernandez, who heads up the Detroit garage-soul outfit Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, admits that when she was getting her start writing songs, she didn't know what she was doing.

'Other Desert Cities' to be presented

Gallery Players will stage the Central Ohio premiere of Other Desert Cities, a 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama finalist, May 3-18 in its Roth/Resler Theater at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, 1125 College Ave.
Table Talk

McAlister's Deli plans May opening in Sawmill Road

A new deli will be opening on the city's Northwest Side in May.
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