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    Munir Saed, 4, of Northland, makes a face at Eddie the donkey to the amusement of his friends Hamcza Issa (center), 5, and Makhraj Ali, 5, at the National Church Residences Center for Senior Health-North during a social held at the location July 22.

    Therapy donkey proves to be popular ambassador

    Eddie eats it up.

    Pilot Dogs trainer Steve Hoyt, left, takes a blindfolded Calista Harper around the building with a Labrador retriever in training to simulate walking with a guide dog.

    Puppy raisers fundamental to Pilot Dogs training program

    Pilot Dogs, a central Ohio nonprofit, has been serving the blind community for more than 60 years by providing guide dogs.
    Brayden Donohue, 9, will enter Ollie, a Netherlands dwarf rabbit, in the Ohio State Fair.

    Showing rabbits is family affair

    Northridge Intermediate School fourth-grader Brayden Donohue is participating at the Ohio State Fair for the first time this year, exhibiting rabbits Ollie and Mo.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University ecological researcher Jordane Faith (center) helps Delaware students Riley Sheets (left) and Bailey Decker as they use a device to measure light intensity at the forest floor during Dempsey Middle School's Summer Ecology Program.

    Students release woodlands from aliens' grip

    Students not only are eradicating invasive alien species from the Dempsey Middle School wetlands, they're also learning skills for the workplace.

Plans show apartments will be built on Olympic Pool site

When the owners of the Olympic Swim Club announced in early April that the private pool would close after the 2014 season, some residents expressed concern about losing a community asset, while others worried about what would take its place at 3450 Indianola Ave.
Groveport City Council

Community affairs will be reorganized

Groveport officials are looking to replace several part-time positions in the community affairs department with one additional program coordinator in the fall.
Planning commission

Proposed Millbrook development gets positive recommendation

The New Albany Planning Commission on July 21 voted 3-0 to make a positive recommendation to New Albany City Council regarding a zoning change for a subdivision to be built between Bevelhymer Road and the Upper Clarenton subdivision, north of Camden Drive.

AEP Ohio opens Groveport recycling facility

Groveport is now home to the first and only AEP Ohio appliance recycling facility.

Bowers indicted in theft of $67,000 of boosters' funds

Ernst Todd Bowers, 50 of 688 Citation Drive, was indicted by a Licking County Grand Jury last week on one count of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, for improperly using $67,000 of the Watkins Memorial High School Band Boosters' money.

Online retailer Zulily to add 900 jobs in Central Ohio

Popular online retailer Zulily is planning to add about 900 jobs in central Ohio as part of new tax credit deal from the state.

Pataskala council members face off in heated exchange

Pataskala City Councilwoman Pat Sagar Monday, July 21, responded to questions submitted in writing by Carl Roshong, one of the residents who initiated an Aug. 19 recall election of Sagar.

Petition seeks collective bargaining in Johnstown

A surprise citizens initiative petition from Johnstown residents may force the Village Council to place a charter amendment on the November ballot to allow village employees to collectively bargain in 2015.
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  • All-Time ThisWeek Basketball Team

    Dave Butcher enters next season as the state's all-time winningest girls basketball coach with a 700-99 record in 31 seasons leading Pickerington and Pickerington North. Since 1990 his teams have won 22 district titles and five state championships.

    It's no surprise Butcher heads list

    Over the past 25 high school girls basketball seasons, there have been 16 state championships won by Central District programs.
  • Country Club Swim League

    Zach Donley (right) and his sister, Miranda, of New Albany Country Club celebrate one of the team’s 21 victories during the CCSL meet July 14 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

    Bergmann leads New Albany to 5th straight title

    Olivia Bergmann of the New Albany Country Club swimming team didn't treat the Country Club Swim League meet like a practice, but she was relatively relaxed during the girls 11- and 12-year-old 50-yard butterfly final July 14 at Ohio State.
  • Football

    Former Ohio State and NFL linebacker Chris Spielman addresses campers at the Chris Spielman Football ProCamp on July 16 at Dublin Coffman High School.

    Intense Spielman keeps campers moving

    Never mind that this was a youth football camp. It's still football, and Chris Spielman is not about to lose his intensity.
Women's Rugby

Wilson to play for U.S. in World Cup

While schoolmates opted to participate in sports with less contact, Sarah Wilson decided to tackle one that's much more physical.
Women's Golf

Third time is charm as Petty wins County title

After finishing second the past two years in the Franklin County Women's Golf Tournament, Kasey Petty vowed to win the event this summer.

Switching sports gets Gamby back on field

Brittany Gamby probably wouldn't have guessed the means to the end, but the 2009 Pickerington High School North graduate recently left the University of North Carolina at Wilmington confident she milked the most out of her college experience.

NFL alumni swing into action for charity

Although there was just one winning team on the course in the Ohio NFL Alumni Caring For Kids Charity Golf Classic at the Medallion Club in Westerville on July 21, participants and volunteers said that children and central Ohio communities were the biggest winners.
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  • Table Talk

    Nina Hawranick and Scott Francis own the Winemaker's Shop, 3517 N. High St. in Clintonville. Home brewing was in its infancy when the shop opened 40 years ago, but now it flourishes in central Ohio.

    Shop’s owners helped brew up new hobby in Columbus

    Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Winemaker’s Shop in Clintonville helped usher in a home-brewing trend.
  • Brody Dalle will be in concert at the A&R Music Bar Friday, July 25.

    Fischer's Fab 10

    The Ohio State Fair, in all its glory, has begun, with main stage entertainment at the Celeste Center getting underway Thursday, July 24.

Entertaining 'Scoundrels' opens season

The opening show in CATCO's 30th anniversary season is one long con.

New Taj Mahal opens in University District.

The restaurant has an extensive menu of North and South Indian dishes.
Brew Ha Ha

Laughter on tap courtesy of Shadowbox Live

The sixth annual Brew Ha Ha, a veritable comedy cavalcade, will be featured Tuesday, July 29, to Aug. 1 at Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St.

Local crooner to join Boyz II Men at Ohio State Fair

Christon Gray doesn't know if he'd call himself a celebrity just yet.
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