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  • FNL Band Edition: Pickerington HS North

    Our band of the week is the Pickerington HS North Marching Panthers. The band is hard at work putting the final touches on their competition show of a variety of musical styles based on music composed by Leonard Bernstein.
  • Heroin has become a local epidemic. No longer an inner-city problem, it pervades every central Ohio suburb. It's a community problem. Young people are getting hooked in increasing numbers. For some, there is hope through rehabilitation and treatment. For others, the story ends tragically in death.

    Heroin Hits Home

    In this three-week series, ThisWeek Community News talks to law enforcement, school officials, treatment professionals and addicts about the extremely addictive drug and what can be done to solve the problem. Week one looks at the faces of addiction.
    The new COTA park-and-ride facility on Forest Drive is one component of SmartRide New Albany, a new initiative which includes shuttle service to and from companies in area business parks.

    SmartRide part of plan to add amenities

    The Central Ohio Transit Authority's park-and-ride facility and SmartRide New Albany shuttle service to New Albany's business parks have been up and running since Sept. 2.
Teacher strike in place

District: Some subs still need to be hired

As 360 Reynoldsburg teachers prepare to hit the picket lines at their schools Friday morning, schools will stay open.
$1.3 million eminent domain case

No decision announced on whether city will appeal

After more than a month of silence, Westerville officials have yet to determine whether they will appeal a case that could cost the city more than $1.3 million.
Snow House

Apartments plan tabled to allow time to scrutinize

The Snow House Apartments proposal was tabled by the Architectural Review Board/Municipal Planning Commission on Sept. 11 but only to allow more time to study the details.

PLSD superintendent: Disciplinary action possible for Butcher

The all-time winningest high school girls basketball coach in Ohio history pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and might face disciplinary action from the Pickerington Local School District.

Rife’s Market to close this fall after 78 years near Grandview

Columbus Dispatch: Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, Mary Kay Rife spends the holidays providing pies, meals and other details for hundreds of central Ohio families. Not this year. Not ever again.

Council again delays beekeeping legislation

Discussion on beekeeping legislation in Grove City is going to keep buzzing for now.
Extraordinary People Luncheon

Goodwill celebrates achievements, 75th year

Goodwill Columbus will honor three participants in its program for their high level of achievement as part of the 26th Annual Extraordinary People Luncheon.
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  • Football

    North football coach Tom Phillips is on a path back to health after being diagnosed with stage one colon cancer in late April.

    Phillips on road back to health

    During Tom Phillips' tenure as Pickerington High School North football coach, the Panthers have gone from a team that went on a seven-game losing streak the year before he took over to one that has made three playoff appearances in the past five seasons.
  • Soccer

    Madison Costner hangs out with her Jerome teammates during a recent practice. The senior suffered a torn ACL while playing for her club team during the summer and will miss the entire season.

    Costner gains new perspective

    Having earned first-team all-state honors in Division I last season, Madison Costner aspired to lead the Dublin Jerome High School girls soccer team deep into the postseason this fall.

Prep football mercy rule has its share of detractors

There were several rules changes implemented by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for football this season, with the most notable being the addition of a mercy rule.
Boys Golf

Jerome completes perfect run to OCC title

The Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team clinched its 11th league championship in as many years of existence.
Watterson Roundup

Girls golf team wins 12th straight MOGGL title

The Watterson High School girls golf team had more than twice as many opponents to contend with in the MOGGL this season after the league decided to no longer divide its 12 teams into two six-team divisions.
Girls Tennis

Pickerington Central wins seventh straight league championship

With the OCC-Ohio Division championship secured, Pickerington High School Central girls tennis coach Kelli Rings is confident the Tigers are ready to tackle the next phase of their season.
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  • Table Talk

    Jenso Soto poses for a portrait at the newly opened Mezcal on Hard Road.

    Chef takes different approach to Mexican at Mezcal

    The new restaurant on the Northwest Side puts a spin on several classic dishes.
    BalletMet Columbus dancer Courtney Muscroft, Columbus Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jean-Sebastian Roy and Opera Columbus singer Katherine Rohrer represent the three arts companies that will present Twisted Sept. 25-28 in the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $10. Visit

    'Twisted' marks landmark collaborative artistic effort

    If you combined Opera Columbus, BalletMet Columbus and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra all in the same program -- and on stage simultaneously -- things could get pretty twisted.

Orchestra transforms Carpenter's tunes

Songs From the Movie is a record that Mary Chapin Carpenter had wanted to make for some time.

Fischer's Fab Five

Really, it's enough to say the Columbus Jazz Orchestra will be joined by singer Mary Wilson. Columbus' own big-time big band joined by as big-time a female singer as there is? Yeah, that's enough.
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