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    People line up for elephant rides during a 2014 circus held in Reynoldsburg. Similar events that employ "wild or exotic animals" likely will be banned in Delaware.

    Pachyderms sent packing?

    The next time a traveling circus comes to town with exotic or wild animals, Delaware City Council may tell them to keep moving.
    Grandview Heights City School District Chief Academic Officer Jamie Lusher checks on the greens growing in the Tower Garden inside her office. The garden is one of nine in the district; students not only use them to grow food for the cafeterias, but to learn about everything from biology to design.

    Lessons grow in vertical gardens

    Some of the vegetables served in the Grandview Heights City School District's cafeterias are more than just farm fresh -- they're classroom fresh.
  • Pataskala Division of Police

    Braxton Long, who is battling brain cancer, shows off his police uniform to his mom, Brittany, after he is sworn in as an honorary officer Dec. 21 at Pataskala City Hall.

    8-year-old's dream comes true

    Eight-year-old Braxton Long had already become a prominent figure in his Licking County community, and he had already made a habit of looking out for others.
  • Weather where you live

    Area sidesteps winter storms

    Snow has fallen across central Ohio this winter, but so far we have dodged the big storms, with the largest 24-hour snowfall at only 3 inches. When can snow lovers expect more snow, and will we see a major winter storm this year?
  • Marching Orders

    Check out ThisWeek's new special section devoted to the U.S. Armed Forces, with videos, stories, military notes, links and a veterans resource guide.
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  • Johnstown-Monroe Roundup

    Johnstown-Monroe's Sammy Edwards looks to make a pass as Hallie Martin of Northridge defends during a 43-18 victory over the visiting Vikings on Jan. 10.

    Hard work defines girls team's Edwards

    Sammy Edwards was eager to get home.
  • Marysville Roundup

    Kathleen Kennedy performs her floor routine during a meet at home on Jan. 4. Kennedy, in her first season with the gymnastics squad, hopes to help lead the Monarchs to their first state meet berth as a team.

    Kennedy shining in gymnastics

    Whether she is soaring through the air in gymnastics or in the pole vault in girls track and field, senior Kathleen Kennedy is leaving her mark on the Marysville High School athletics program.
  • Basketball

    Sean Taylor (left) has had a successful career coaching boys basketball at Eastmoor and Northland while his daughter, junior Kennedy Taylor, is the starting point guard for the Hartley girls basketball team.

    Sport brings Taylors together

    With her team trailing by eight points midway through the fourth quarter of its CCL matchup Jan. 5 at Watterson, Hartley High School junior girls basketball player Kennedy Taylor kicked things into high gear.
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    No. 1: Cam’Ron Culver (left), Adam Cone, Blaine Barringer and Nick Dawes celebrate Hartley’s 24-21 win over Steubenville in the Division IV state title game Dec. 2 at Ohio State. The Hawks repeated as state champions.

    Hartley's repeat receives top billing

    As we begin 2017, we take a look back at the highlights of central Ohio high school sports for 2016.
County Roundup

Newark boys, girls earning accolades

As perfect seasons continued into the new year for both the Newark High School boys and girls basketball teams, the accolades have started to roll in.
Girls Soccer -- Updated 10 p.m. Jan. 14

Thomas resumes coaching search after Dempsey withdraws

After being recommended for the position earlier this week, Scott Dempsey has withdrawn from consideration as Thomas Worthington High School girls soccer coach, athletics director Scott Dorne said Jan. 13.
Central Roundup

Whitehead, Wallace building chemistry

Whether Kyla Whitehead's girls basketball career at Pickerington High School Central lives up to her two prep seasons at Huntsville (Alabama) remains to be seen.
Upper Arlington Roundup

CBJ's Clarkson happy to help hockey squad

Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully's final message to fans after his 67th and final season with the Los Angeles Dodgers boiled down to a theme he had repeated several times during his farewell tour.
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    Ken Chen expanded Sushi.Com's dining room and menu by moving the restaurant a few doors down at Dublin's Shops on Muirfield.

    Short move expands Sushi.Com's dining room, menu

    After a strip-mall shuffle, Sushi.Com has settled into new digs in Dublin.
    Joe Kahn prepares barebecued pulled jackfruit at Condado, 132 S. High St., in Columbus. Kahn said jackfruit is an ingredient that is growing in popularity. "It mimics a lot of flavors, particularly pulled pork," making it great for vegetarian dishes, he said.

    Chefs: Asian herbs, foraging, microgreens trending

    Many restaurant observers say 2017 likely won't stray too far from what was popular in 2016: bowls, wraps and salads, locally sourced produce and hormone-free, antibiotic-free meats and poultry.
    Michelle Allen and Paul Freeth have opened Mmelo Boutique Confections, an artisan candy shop at 445. N. High St. near the North Market. All of the sweets, such as the tea cookies in the photograph, are made from scratch with organic ingredients that are locally sourced, when possible.

    Mmelo candy shop raises bar on artisan confections

    Mmelo Boutique Confections is a candy shop where handmade treats are made with organic ingredients, locally culled when possible and without the use of high-fructose corn syrup.
Same name, same spot, different business

Seventh Son to open Brewery District taproom as Antiques on High

Locally based Seventh Son Brewing Co. will create a taproom inside the vacant Brewery District property at 716 S. High St.

Restaurant switch requires parking variance

A planned switch from a drive-thru to a sit-down restaurant at 6181 Sawmill Road was nearly blocked by parking regulations.
Northwest Civic Association

Brewery approval hinges on parking

Northwest Civic Association trustees tentatively gave their support last week for variances needed so a microbrewery can open in a former carpet store at 2365 W. Dublin-Granville Road.

Hot Chicken Takeover on its way to Clintonville

Hot Chicken Takeover is making good on its name.

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