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    Anthony Klein, who works at the Home Depot store in Lewis Center, paints what will be the library at the Second Ward Community Initiative's community center, 50 Ross St. Home Depot donated supplies and employees volunteered to improve the center Thursday, April 17.

    Makeover for future Second Ward hub

    When the city of Delaware bought the vacant building at 50 Ross St. in 2004, officials had hopes of improving the site to benefit the neighborhood.
  • I-270 at US 23

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    Aerial view of the U.S. 23- I-270 interchange. ODOT will start building the “trench," which consists of two lanes under the surface roads beginning in mid-May and continuing for two years. Traffic will be re-routed around this phase of the North Side Fix.

    Major lane shift to begin so crews can trench street

    As construction on the Interstate 270-U.S. Route 23 interchange moves into high gear, northbound motorists might need to shift into low gear.
  • LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKNEWS
    Gina Perry leads a group in a painting class called the Paint Mixer, held Monday, April 14, at the Garden Cafe, 4057 Broadway, Grove City. Participants gather to paint and have fun with no artistic experience necessary. The Garden Cafe's next Paint Mixer is set for April 28.

    'Paint Mixers' brush off hustle-bustle

    Gina Perry has returned to her geographic and artistic roots.
  • Maria's Message

    Dom Tiberi and his daughter, Maria, who was killed in an auto accident Sept. 17. Tiberi is visiting area schools to talk to students about the dangers of distracted driving.

    Tiberi taking distracted driving program to schools

    Distractions are everywhere.

Outlet-mall annexation gets county leaders' nod

The race to build an outlet-mall complex in Berkshire Township continued last week as county commissioners approved a key annexation for one of two proposed developments.

School board will vote on 2 tax incentives

The Marysville Board of Education will consider two economic incentive packages for local businesses when it meets next month.

Committee reviews 17 administrator applicants

Pataskala's ad-hoc search committee met Friday, April 18, to review 17 applicants for the city administrator's position.

SWL asking again for $66.5M bond

For the second time in less than a year, Southwest Licking voters will decide May 6 if the school district should undertake a large-scale facility construction and renovation project.

Johnstown looks to leverage partnership with MORPC

The village of Johnstown is poised to join a central Ohio consortium in hopes of helping village officials secure grants.
Johnstown-Monroe

Superintendent search narrowed to three finalists

The Johnstown-Monroe Board of Education has narrowed its superintendent search to three finalists.

Columbus residents with septic tanks may face thousands of dollars in fees

Many Columbus property owners with septic tanks could face thousands of dollars in fees and construction costs after being required to tap into the city’s sanitary-sewer lines.
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Sports

  • Softball

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    Alyson Shaw of the Gahanna Lincoln softball team waits for a pitch during a 10-0 victory over visiting Reynoldsburg on April 11. Shaw, a junior shortstop and the Lions' leadoff hitter, has been a key defensive component this season.

    Gahanna's Shaw excelling in field

    After playing second base throughout her youth and in her freshman season, Gahanna Lincoln High School softball player Alyson Shaw was asked to switch to shortstop a year ago.
  • DeSales Roundup

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    Senior midfielder Ali Cargin of the DeSales girls lacrosse team maneuvers past Watterson's Torie Sullivan during a 22-14 victory in the opener March 28. Cargin has scored a team-high 28 goals in leading the Stallions to a 6-1 start.

    Cargin leads by example for Stallions

    Their conversation might take place five minutes after a game, or even the next day, but Ali Cargin of the DeSales High School girls lacrosse team always ends up reviewing the Stallions' play with coach Joe Finotti.
  • Boys Basketball

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    Jerry Francis, choosing to step back to concentrate on his health and family, resigned his boys basketball coaching position April 4. Francis guided Central to the 2012 Division I state championship as well as OCC-Ohio Division championships and district titles each of the past three years.

    Francis resigns coaching post

    After a stroke and back surgery prevented him from coaching the Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team for the second half of this past season, Jerry Francis stayed away, monitoring the Tigers' progress and keeping touch via calls, texts and the media.
Commentary

Venue change could boost interest in football finals

Considering his team has lost three state semifinals since 2009, it's not surprising what Marion-Franklin High School football coach Brian Haffele thinks about holding the championship games in Columbus the next two seasons.
Boys Basketball

Riggs steps down as Canal Winchester coach

Kent Riggs has resigned from his job as coach of the Canal Winchester High School boys basketball team.
Boys Basketball

Longtime coach Miller resigns from Thomas post

Bob Miller’s long and storied coaching career came to an end April 10 when he resigned as coach of the Thomas Worthington High School boys basketball team.
City Notes

Eastmoor Academy sprints to track forefront

Again this season, Eastmoor Academy is a safe place to start when determining where the City League's best sprint corps will reside.
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Arts.Food.Fun

  • Table Talk

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    A morning crowd gathers in the German Village Coffee Shop. For more than three decades, the diner at 193 Thurman Ave has been feeding hungry patrons.

    German Village Coffee Shop relishes old-school status

    The breakfast-and-lunch spot has been serving up big portions and low prices for more 30 years.
  • Cirque du Soleil

    Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: The Immortal will stop at the Schottenstein Center Friday and Saturday, April 18-19. Tickets start at $48. Visit cirquedusoleil.com.

    Locals bring back King of Pop from behind scenes

    A Cirque du Soleil tour is a massive undertaking, and its partnership with the estate of Michael Jackson on Michael Jackson: The Immortal is no exception. It takes a small city of people to put on a show, many of those people doing their work before the show even begins or behind the scenes.
  • The Midland Theatre welcomes songwriter Brandy Clark Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22-23.

    Fischer's Fab 5

    Leave it to a young girl from Nebraska studying at Boston’s Berklee College of Music to become a YouTube sensation covering the urban and hip-hop stylings of artists like Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. Partner her with a budding professional trombonist and you naturally get dance floor- and radio-friendly tunefulness the Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan – collectively Karmin – like to call swag-pop.

Random Notes

A few weeks ago, The Beat gave you a heads-up that there would be a big announcement forthcoming from the Wexner Center for the Arts, associated with the center’s 25th anniversary celebration. More recently you may have heard the announcement that the center will host an “unprecedented exhibition of the personal collection of Leslie and Abigail Wexner” this fall.
Table Talk

McAlister's Deli plans May opening in Sawmill Road

A new deli will be opening on the city's Northwest Side in May.
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