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  • Dublin Irish Festival

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    Alan Curran (left), 20, and Luke Jacobs, 16, play the bagpipes during a Dublin Irish Festival kickoff event at the Dublin Giant Eagle Market District store Friday, July 25. Brian Ferrier, regional director of operations for Giant Eagle Inc., is the 2014 Dublin Irish Festival honorary chairman. The festival will run Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3, on 40 acres in Dublin’s Coffman Park.

    All things Irish will fill Coffman Park Aug. 1-3

    The Dublin Irish Festival will fill Coffman Park offering music, dancing, culture and other Emerald Isle activities Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3.
    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.

Chief deputy: Staffing at county fair cost about $18K

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office spent about 60 percent less on personnel costs in staffing the 2014 Franklin County Fair than it did in 2013, according to Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert.
State reading mandate

'Guarantee' holds back 119 SWCS third-graders

A total of 119 South-Western students have yet to reach the benchmark set by the state's Third-Grade Reading Guarantee and will not officially be moving on to fourth grade when the new school year begins Sept. 2.
New Albany-Plain Local levies

District putting combined 8.9 mills on November ballot

The New Albany-Plain Local school board on July 28 unanimously approved a resolution of necessity to put a permanent 6.9-mill operating levy and a permanent 2-mill permanent-improvements levy on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Beekeeping dispute buzzes its way to Grove City Council

A dispute between next-door neighbors has led Grove City to draft legislation regulating beekeeping.

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.
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.

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

    Bruce Howard led Brookhaven to three consecutive Division I state tournaments from 2001-03, including a championship in 2002.

    Impressive group topped by Howard

    Among the boys coaches on the "All-Time ThisWeek Basketball Team," three who made the top 10 and five who made honorable mention had tenures of 20 years or longer.

Wells ready to roll in world tourney

Mary Wells' bowling achievements have enabled her to travel the world.

Athletes enjoy opportunity at Top Gun camp

Eating at a White Castle was just one of several wish-list events Ryan Hicks was able to check off after traveling from his hometown of Sacramento, Calif., to central Ohio.
Legion Baseball

Post 283 cruises to state tourney

The Pickerington Post 283 American Legion baseball team defeated Athens Post 29 11-2 on July 22 to capture its fourth consecutive District 8 championship.
Track & Field

Rispress, Austin excel for Buckeyes

Armand Austin and Jordan Rispress had different vantage points when they competed for the Ohio State men's track and field team at the NCAA Division I outdoor championships.
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  • Table Talk

    Nick Vlasidis stands outside Krispy Krunchy Chicken, his new quick-serve eatery at 700 E. North Broadway on the eastern edge of Clintonville.

    Latest fried-chicken spot touts private recipe, good service

    Krispy Krunchy Chicken, a new quick-serve eatery, has opened at North Broadway and Interstate 71.
  • The Iguanas will be in concert at Natalie's Coal-Fired Pizza Tuesday, Aug. 5.

    Fischer's Fab Five

    Cornmeal, Caravan of Thieves, The Iguanas, Eric Johnson and Sarah Clanton Schaffer round out this week's Fab Five.
Dublin Irish Festival

Irish-American band Solas blessed by longevity

Fiddler Winifred Horan, a founding member of Irish-American band Solas, never considered the possibility the band would be around for 15 years.

Random Notes

PromoWest Productions and the Greater Columbus Arts Council have announced the four artists selected as winners in the 30th Anniversary Exhibition, marking PromoWest's 30th anniversary.

Entertaining 'Scoundrels' opens season

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