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  • Marysville Summer Theatre Workshop

    Sean Richardson as Bert, Emma Klaus as Mary Poppins and Gracie Kruse as Mrs. Corry rehearse for the Marysville Summer Theatre Workshop production of Mary Poppins .

    Lessons taught to attendees go beyond acting skills

    When the Marysville Summer Theatre Workshop presented its first production in 1996, its founders couldn't have known that it would become about more than just putting on a show.
  • With battles behind it, outlet mall breaks ground

    Many of the remarks offered by state, local and business officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for Delaware County’s future outlet mall touched on a common notion: just wait until next year.
    Andrew Lorms waves an American flag during the Upper Arlington Civic Association's 2014 July 4 parade in Upper Arlington.

    Independence Day

    Guide to Independence Day parades, festivals and fireworks throughout central Ohio.
  • Weather where you live

    June's off to record wet start

    My daughter asked me the other day if this was going to be a year with no summer. In her 8-year-old world, most every day since school let out has been rainy. I bet her perception of June is shared by many and for good reason. This month is on its way to set records for rainfall in many parts of Ohio.
    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.

    Farm markets

    Looking to buy local? Then check out our guide to seasonal farm markets.
  • ThisWeek News' E-Edition

    It's like reading the paper without the actual paper.
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  • Men's Tennis

    Photo courtesy of Kirk Irwin Photography
    Kevin Metka, a 2010 Worthington Kilbourne graduate, went 23-8 in singles and 31-13 in doubles in his final season at Ohio State. For his career he finished 61-18 in singles and 110-24 in doubles. He is one of eight OSU players to win at least 110 doubles matches.

    Metka finishes stellar career at OSU

    Kevin Metka made the most of an opportunity by making his mark on the Ohio State men's tennis program.
  • Athletes of the Year

    Pickerington North's Nick Gray, a senior and Ohio State recruit, helped lead the Panthers to the school's first team state title in any sport. He defended his championship in the 400 meters at the Division I state meet June 5 and 6, placed second in the 100 and 200 and ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay.

    Area's best highlight spring sports season

    Now that the school year is over and summer is upon us, it's time to announce the Athletes of the Year for the spring season. Here are the honorees:
  • Football

    Dublin Coffman quarterback Gunnar Hoak eyes a receiver during the 7-on-7 State Passing Championships on June 20 at Coffman.

    Area teams compete in soggy 7-on-7 event

    The Dublin Coffman High School football team wasn't able to defend its title in the 7-on-7 State Passing Championships on June 20, but coach Mark Crabtree was encouraged by the host Shamrocks' performance.

Alder is latest in battle over logo

One doesn't have to journey far from Ohio State on a given Friday night in the fall to hear the Buckeyes' fight song being played by a high school band.
Track & Field

Comets girls team set program mark

Central Crossing High School track and field coach Doug Boggs enjoyed most of his time at the Division I state meet, relishing the first time in the school's 13-year history that the Comets advanced multiple individuals to that level.

Divisions changing for many area squads

Since the last time the Ohio High School Athletic Association determined its football divisions based on the enrollment numbers of its member schools in May 2013, Marion-Franklin's boys enrollment dropped by 36 while Beechcroft's was unchanged.
Club Soccer

Area teams primed for Midwest Regional Cup

None of the 14 central Ohio club soccer teams that competed in the Midwest Regional Cup the past two seasons brought home a championship.
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  • Table Talk

    Patrons of Dick's Last Resort rip up their butcher-paper place settings. The Nashville-based restaurant chain opened a store Tuesday, June 23, in the Arena District.

    Shtick it to me: Dick's Last Resort dispenses with pleasantries

    The new Arena District restaurant promotes a zany environment and comfort food.
  • Jonny Lang will co-headline a show with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

    Tour finds blues guitarist in happy place

    For someone who is a modern blues master, Jonny Lang is pretty darn happy.
  • Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

    Cirque du Soleil will bring Kooza to Columbus June 4 through July 5, performing in its giant blue and yellow big-top setup on West Mound Street at the future home of the Sports Pavilion & Automotive Research Complex (the former Cooper Stadium site).

    Ibarra's risky work with wheel makes the show

    When Cirque du Soleil performer Jimmy Ibarra was asked by The Beat how he came to be an acrobat on the apparatus called the Wheel of Death, his first answer was, "it was crazy."
Merion Village

Explorers Club closes

After a four-year run on Columbus’ South Side, the Explorers Club has closed.

Fischer's Fab 10

Cincinnati's Walk the Moon is fun, fresh and vibrant, but also tuneful, hooky and smart. Sadly, it's also sold out, as in the band's scheduled June 26 show at Lifestyle Communities Pavilion. This is a bummer. So The Beat offers a double-slate of 10 Fab shows to help ease the pain.

Restaurant planned for German Heritage House

The German Heritage House will become the site of a restaurant and beer garden this fall.

Frozen confections under development on South Side

Alchemy Juice Bar + Café is working on recipes for paletas, Latin-American frozen confections.
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