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    Andrew Lorms waves an American flag during the Upper Arlington Civic Association's 2014 July 4 parade in Upper Arlington.

    Independence Day

    Guide to Independence Day parades, festivals and fireworks throughout central Ohio.
    Tate Simmons holds a gray tree frog during the Science Cafe at the Old Worthington Library.

    Library fills the gap in students' learning

    It sounds like a water-slide ride on a hot, sunny day, but the "summer slide" is not fun when it happens to school-age children -- it's more like ice cream melting down the side of a cone, as children lose reading and math skills over the summer.
    Columbus Division of Fire personnel K.R. Peters and S. Buchanan demonstrate how a decontaminating foam is used Wednesday, June 24, at Battelle's King Avenue campus.

    Battelle tests defenses against radiological attack

    Technologies that would potentially be used by emergency responders to contain and decontaminate an urban area after a radiological accident or attack were given field tests June 24 at Battelle's King Avenue campus.
  • Weather where you live

    Will real summer weather ever materialize this year?

    The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays of the year. A perfect time to visit with family, eat too much at cookouts and sit out on a blanket to watch fireworks. When I think of the Fourth ... I think of summer! But where is the real summer weather this year?
    Jane Hartman of Hilliard looks at a pepper for sale by John Evans and his son, Samuel, 7, of That's My Farmer of Galion on July 22, 2014 during the Hilliard weekly farmers market.

    Farm markets

    Looking to buy local? Then check out our guide to seasonal farm markets.
  • ThisWeek News' E-Edition

    It's like reading the paper without the actual paper.
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  • Boys Golf

    Grant Godfrey, who will be a senior at Delaware Hayes, continues to recover from an auto accident on Dec. 28, 2014, which resulted in a severe injury to his right elbow. Godfrey qualified for the Division I district tournament all three years and reached the state tournament as a sophomore.

    Accident doesn't diminsh Godfrey's focus

    The path of Grant Godfrey's golf career took an unexpected turn last winter.
  • Week 1: Honorable Mention

    The 2014 Olentangy football team enjoyed a breakthrough season, reaching a state semifinal for the first time before falling to Cincinnati LaSalle 48-13 in a Division II semifinal to finish 13-1.

    Series honors top football teams

    The numbers show that Central District high school football programs captured 13 championships during the first 18 years of the state playoffs, from 1972-89.
  • Women's Soccer

    Kinsey Propst and the Columbus Eagles FC earned their first Women's Premier Soccer League victory by beating FC Indiana 1-0 on June 21.

    Eagles FC gets first win, continues to progress

    Eryn Weber has heard more than a few fans of the Columbus Eagles FC say that for as well as the second-year amateur women's soccer team has played so far this season, it should have won more than once in its first seven games.
  • Athletes of the Year

    Pickerington North's Nick Gray, a senior and Ohio State recruit, helped lead the Panthers to the school's first team state title in any sport. He defended his championship in the 400 meters at the Division I state meet June 5 and 6, placed second in the 100 and 200 and ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay.

    Area's best highlight spring sports season

    Now that the school year is over and summer is upon us, it's time to announce the Athletes of the Year for the spring season. Here are the honorees:

Area kids delving into sport at Dublin camp

Like many young children, Vikram Srikonda has begun playing traditional sports like basketball and baseball. He plans on trying out for soccer in the fall.
Club Soccer

Central Ohio squads fall short in regional

None of the seven central Ohio club soccer teams that competed in the Midwest Regional Cup from June 20-24 in Fox Cities, Wis., captured a championship.

Alder is latest in battle over logo

One doesn't have to journey far from Ohio State on a given Friday night in the fall to hear the Buckeyes' fight song being played by a high school band.

Divisions changing for many area squads

Since the last time the Ohio High School Athletic Association determined its football divisions based on the enrollment numbers of its member schools in May 2013, Marion-Franklin's boys enrollment dropped by 36 while Beechcroft's was unchanged.
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  • Table Talk

    Some of the dishes offered at Aab's India Restaurant's new location in Bexley (clockwise from top) include: Saag Paneer, Malai Kofta, basmati rice, chicken tandoori, nan and garlic nan, chicken tikka and aloo choley.

    Aab India spices up Bexley’s restaurant scene

    Sobha Singh Dhillon, the owner of three Aab locations, has more central Ohio stores planned.
  • Amy Black, with both Sarah Borges and the Muscle Shoals Revue Band, will play Natalie's on Tuesday, July 7. Tickets are $20. Visit

    Hometown vibes inspire rootsy record

    It started with a song Amy Black wrote for her father and led to what the singer-songwriter called "an awakening."
  • Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

    Cirque du Soleil will bring Kooza to Columbus June 4 through July 5, performing in its giant blue and yellow big-top setup on West Mound Street at the future home of the Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Complex (the former Cooper Stadium site).

    Ibarra's risky work with wheel makes the show

    When Cirque du Soleil performer Jimmy Ibarra was asked by The Beat how he came to be an acrobat on the apparatus called the Wheel of Death, his first answer was, "it was crazy."
Merion Village

Explorers Club closes

After a four-year run on Columbus’ South Side, the Explorers Club has closed.

Fischer's Fab 10

Cincinnati's Walk the Moon is fun, fresh and vibrant, but also tuneful, hooky and smart. Sadly, it's also sold out, as in the band's scheduled June 26 show at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. This is a bummer. So The Beat offers a double-slate of 10 Fab shows to help ease the pain.

Restaurant planned for German Heritage House

The German Heritage House will become the site of a restaurant and beer garden this fall.

Frozen confections under development on South Side

Alchemy Juice Bar + Café is working on recipes for paletas, Latin-American frozen confections.
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