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    Volunteer Jessie Cooper helps paint the new mural inside the pedestrian tunnel under Dublin Road at Brandonway Drive on Friday, July 24.

    Mural forges community bond

    Dublin's latest mural may be underground, but it's got its eye on the sky.
    Claire Schamp, 16, starts a cheer with her friend, Sydney Wyngarden (right), 14, before competing with her horse, Romeo, during a fun show Tuesday, July 21, at the Franklin County Fair in Hilliard. Schamp, like most 4-H'ers, keeps a busy schedule through the summer and fair season. The Darby High School junior also sold a market pig in addition to showing her horse several times and caring for both animals during the eight-day county fair.

    Busy 4-H'ers still find time to flourish

    Summer is a season for relaxation for many teens, but for those in 4-H youth organizations, it represents the culmination of a year's worth of planning, practice and perseverance.
    Westerville summer worker Kevin Heltz paints one of the city's fire hydrants near the corner of Otterbein Avenue and County Line Road on Tuesday, July 28. Heltz and three other city workers will repaint about 600 of the formerly white and yellow hydrants this summer, in year one of a four-year program to repaint all 2,400 hydrants in the city bright red.

    White out, red in for city fire hydrants

    Westerville residents might notice a teenager painting over city property this summer.
    Olivia Bump (left) of Clintonville, who attends both Whetstone High School and the Ohio State School for the Blind, rehearses Friday, July 24, as a member of the All-Ohio State Youth Choir. The choir will perform up to eight times a day during the state fair.

    Teen hits right notes in state choir

    Olivia Bump has perfect pitch, which is practically perfect for being a member of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir.
    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.

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  • Weather where you live

    'When thunder roars, go indoors'

    Lightning strike fatalities are up nearly 50 percent this year and are on pace to be the highest in a decade.
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  • Week 5: Nos. 6-10

    Dublin Coffman wide receiver Jake Stoneburner eludes Pickerington Central's Eisen Hardey during their Division I regional semifinal in 2007. Stoneburner, who later played at Ohio State, finished with 74 catches and 15 touchdowns as the Shamrocks went 13-1, losing to Cincinnati St. Xavier 10-7 in a state semifinal.

    Greatness doesn't hinge on title

    Over the last 25 seasons, three central Ohio high school football teams in Division I, two in Division II, five in Division III, one in Division IV, two in Division V and one in Division VI attained their ultimate goal of winning a state championship.
  • Football

    South receiver Abu Daramy (left) breaks a tackle from Hilliard Bradley's Demias Herd during a game last season. Daramy, a Yale recruit, often thinks about his father, Abu-Bakarr Daramy, who was killed during the civil war in Sierra Leone in West Africa in 1996 -- less than four months before Abu Daramy was born.

    Father continues to inspire Daramy

    Lining up at wide receiver or kick returner for the Westerville South High School football team, Abu Daramy often would think about his father, Abu-Bakarr Daramy.
  • Tri-County Aquatics League

    Jamie Zang and the Pickerington Tiger Sharks were second in Division III with 146 points.

    Chevington Woods shines at championships

    The Chevington Woods Kingfish finished first in 31 of 77 events during the 11-team Tri-County Aquatic League championships held July 23 and 24 at the Canal Winchester Municipal Pool.
  • Surburban East Swim League

    Eastmoor's Tyler Mansfield won the 50-yard butterfly, 100 freestyle and 100 breaststroke in the girls 15-18 division of the SESL Championships on July 23 at Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club.

    Eastmoor secures varsity championship

    The Eastmoor Swordfish set Suburban East Swim League meet records in five events en route to winning their third consecutive Varsity Division championship July 23 at Gahanna Swim and Racquet Club.
North-East-West Swim League

Dublin Arctic edges Pacific for title

Moments after it was announced that the Dublin Arctic swimming team had won the North-East-West (NEW) league championship July 20 at Dublin Community Pool North, coach Katie Mathews used the word "shocked" to describe how she and her athletes felt about the title.

Weather hampers new turf project at Newark's White Field

The true summer weather that arrived last week was welcomed not only by sunbathers, but also by Newark High School.

Cooper does it all in first year for Bobcats

Mikayla Cooper knew she would have an opportunity to play as a freshman on the Ohio University softball team.

Spielman camp mixes instruction, fun

Chase Ungerott said he didn't know who Chris Spielman was before participating in the Chris Spielman Football ProCamp on July 14 and 15 at Dublin Coffman High School.
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  • Table Talk

    Artisan sausage-maker hopes to be innovator

    David Lesgold is the owner of Salumi Couture in the Columbus Food Hub on the Near East Side.
  • James Cotton will perform Friday, July 24, as part of the Rhythm on the River concert series.

    Fischer's Fab 10

    Bluesman James Cotton isn't called "Superharp" just because.

Ohio State Fair: Music as varied as food

The Ohio State Fair, in all its glory, an event so grand that a Critic Crony once dubbed it "the biggest (adjective deleted) fair in the world," opens next week.
First Draft

Breakfast stout is soft, smooth and luxurious

When most people think of warm-weather beers, they think of patio pilsners, lawn-mowing lagers and backyard blonde ales. Dark beer is a mere afterthought during the summer months.

Question of the week: Are paletas the next big thing?

Some ThisWeek staffers say yes, others no. Still others ask, "What's a paleta?"

Restaurateurs: Liquor will flow again at Corbin's

After serving as the flagship home of Prohibition, Westerville doesn't have many historic alcohol-related locations.
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