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  • Earth Day events

    Kossuth Street Garden founder and director Michael Doody takes a break at the garden Thursday, April 10. An Earth Day celebration event Saturday, April 19, at the garden will include gardening tips and fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Community garden volunteers sought for April 19

    The founder of a neighborhood garden in the German Village area is recruiting volunteers for an Earth Day event, slated for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19.
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    Rag Tag Worship Team members Matt Warren and Kara Pickett, both of Powell, sing during the April 6 worship service at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville.

    Rag Tag strikes chord with inmates

    Although they're imprisoned at Marysville's Ohio Reformatory for Women, about 400 inmates recently had their spirits lifted by central Ohio's Rag Tag Worship Team.
    The Sterling Theater board of directors is expected Monday, April 21, to present plans to Pataskala City Council for installing an elevator and restrooms at the theater on the second floor of the building at 430 Main St. in Pataskala.

    Theater renovation plans take shape

    The Sterling Theater board of directors is expected Monday, April 21, to present plans to Pataskala City Council for installing an elevator and restrooms at the theater.
    Olde Sawmill Elementary School fifth-graders (from left) Adam Karmi, Gavin Smith, Andrew Berkebile, Elijiah Montgomery, Garrett Mielke, Rachel Spoelestra, Morgan Hoover, and Khalia Simmons, celebrate after winning a match during the Dublin City School District's annual Dodgeball Championship at Dublin Scioto High School Friday, April 4. The annual tournament is a fundraiser for charitable causes and scholarships.


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.

Teachers' pay freeze comes to an end with three-year deal

Teachers in Whitehall will receive a pay increase for the first time in three years following approval of a new pay agreement by school board members last week.

City will renegotiate contract for police service

Canal Winchester City Council agreed April 7 to follow a recommendation from the finance director and renegotiate a contract with the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office to provide police service.
Meters on Main

Proposal would give meters a 90-day trial

Bexley City Council continues to debate the pros and cons of installing parking meters on East Main Street and other thoroughfares to raise revenue and control traffic flow.

Thousands of people wake up without power Tuesday

UPDATE: Power restored to 9,800 AEP customers in Franklin & Licking Counties after a 2:30 a.m. outage.

Rt. 62 repaving planned from near Johnstown to Knox County

Despite a major resurfacing project set to begin on U.S. Route 62 on Monday, April 14, area leaders aren't panicking about travel disruptions on the road throughout the spring and summer.

Southwest Licking begins achievement tests April 28

Southwest Licking third-graders are ready for the Ohio Achievement Assessments, Assistant Superintendent Kasey Rathburn-Perkins told the school board last month.

Hayes will cut lunch periods to two after facelift

The growing student body at Hayes High School could have necessitated five daily lunch periods next school year.
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  • DeSales Roundup

    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

    Pickerington High School Central boys basketball coach Jerry Francis holds up the Division I championship trophy after the Tigers defeated Toldeo Whitmer 45-40 on March 24, 2012 at Ohio State.

    Francis resigns as Pickerington Central coach

    The Pickerington High School Central boys basketball team played most of this past season without head coach Jerry Francis, and now the Tigers will go forward with someone else leading the program.
  • Baseball

    Coffman baseball coach Tim Saunders displays championship rings he earned during his coaching career. Saunders, who has coached the Shamrocks since 1988, was inducted into the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Dec. 2, 2012.

    Coffman's Saunders picks up 500th win

    Dublin Coffman High School baseball coach Tim Saunders has reached a milestone, earning his 500th career win with his team's 10-4 victory over host Hilliard Davidson on April 10.

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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    The Burning of Rome will play the Newport Music Hall Sunday, April 13.

    Fischer's Fab 5

    Of course Byron Stripling would pick the trumpet to feature in something called "summit." The Columbus Jazz Orchestra music director plays one for crying out loud.
  • Freekbass will take the WFreekbass will take the Woodlands Tavern stage for a gig Sunday, April 13, sharing the evening with Particle. Tickets are $15. oodlands Tavern stage for a gig Sunday, April 13, sharing the evening with Particle. Tickets are $15. Visit

    Bridging gaps musically a fine job for Freekbass

    Groove-y bass master Freekbass celebrates the release of his new CD, Everybody's Feelin' Real, with a Sunday, April 13, gig at Woodlands Tavern. The Cincinnati resident is a bassist first, and a baseball fan only slightly second. He was kind enough to provide a few A's for a few Q's from The Beat.
  • Fourth-generation businesses

    James Peck hand-stirs melted caramel in a copper pot at Eagle Family Candy, 4590 N. High St. The shop's new partnership will see its candy sold at Weiland's Market.

    Eagle Family Candy shop, Weiland's forge new partnership

    Fourth generation owners Dee Dee Eagle (Eagle Family Candy Co.) and Jennifer Williams (Weiland's Market), are joining forces.

Random Notes

A couple weeks back we wrote a little about the 30th anniversary of PromoWest Productions, the local booking/management firm that runs Lifestyle Communities Pavilion, the A&R Music Bar, The Basement and, of course, the Newport Music Hall.
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.

Eastmoor Civic Association sets April 12 wine tasting

The eighth Eastmoor Civic Association Winetasting-Auction is set for 7 p.m. April 12, at Wing's Restaurant, 2801 E. Main St.
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