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  • Heroin has become a local epidemic. No longer an inner-city problem, it pervades every central Ohio suburb. It's a community problem. Young people are getting hooked in increasing numbers. For some, there is hope through rehabilitation and treatment. For others, the story ends tragically in death.

    Heroin Hits Home

    In this three-week series, ThisWeek Community News talks to law enforcement, school officials, treatment professionals and addicts about the extremely addictive drug and what can be done to solve the problem. Week one looks at the faces of addiction.
    The new COTA park-and-ride facility on Forest Drive is one component of SmartRide New Albany, a new initiative which includes shuttle service to and from companies in area business parks.

    SmartRide part of plan to add amenities

    The Central Ohio Transit Authority's park-and-ride facility and SmartRide New Albany shuttle service to New Albany's business parks have been up and running since Sept. 2.
  • Open Streets Columbus will feature activities such as these seen from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, on Rich Street between High and Starling streets. The street will be closed to automobile traffic during that time.

    Leave car at home for first Open Streets Columbus

    Bring your bikes, skateboards, razor scooters and in-line skates -- (remember those?) -- but leave the cars at home.
    Taylor Boveine places a freshly printed T-shirt on a dryer while working at Traxler Custom Printing Sept. 9 in Clintonville. The local printing company, which does everything from screen-printing to embroidery, will move to a larger location on Silver Drive to accommodate its expanding business.

    T-shirt and custom printer will move to XXL location

    Zachary Traxler didn't enjoy the corporate world. He didn't feel he fit in while working for a multimillion-dollar business information website.

Schools, Reynoldsburg Education Association will meet Sept. 18 with mediator

In a last-minute effort to avoid a teachers strike, the Reynoldsburg school district and the Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) will meet in another bargaining session with a federal mediator at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.
New Albany Community Authority

$7M released to city for L Brands expansion projects

The New Albany Community Authority on Sept. 11 voted 5-0 to forward $7 million to New Albany from the economic-development fund to pay for projects associated with L Brands' expansion in the International Personal Care and Beauty Campus.

Pool-site developers postpone gathering

A hoped-for community meeting to help clear the air about the proposed redevelopment of the Olympic Swim Club site will not take place Tuesday, Sept. 23, as had tentatively been planned.

Spike in price for road salt has cities scrambling

Between an increased demand for road salt and the fact that many Ohio waterways froze, preventing new shipments of salt making it to port, last winter posed a significant challenge for municipalities.
Groveport Madison schools

On attorneys' advice, busing cut for daycare centers

Groveport Madison School District busing is back up and running, but not for some daycare students.

Car2Go service has green light to operate in Bexley

Despite concerns that a car rental service may deprive the city of revenue, Bexley City Council unanimously approved legislation Sept. 9 enabling Car2Go to station its vehicles within the city.

Local fest gives fragile fruit its day in the sun

It's nearly time for the third annual Pawpaw Festival.
Lewis Center

Olentangy Local to lease OSU's former Delaware Center building

The block “O” logo that once represented Ohio State University on a Lewis Center building now stands for Olentangy schools.
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  • Scores

    Area scores (Week 3)

  • 50th Anniversary Football Season

    Central coach Jay Sharrett (left) has led the program since the school district split into two high schools in 2003 when Pickerington became Pickerington Central. The Tigers are celebrating their 50th season of football this fall.

    Tigers savor community ties

    Since joining the OCC in 1981, the Pickerington High School Central football program has helped set the standard for the most popular prep sport in the area's largest league.
    Riley Steiner, a senior who competes in cross country and lacrosse for Coffman, poses with parents Mollie (upper left) and Dave and sister Abby and twin brother Jack. Riley was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on July 8.

    Community rallies behind Riley

    The Dublin Coffman High School community has rallied to support one of its student-athletes.
  • Football

    Central quarterback Nate Jackowski looks to elude New Albany safety Tristan Hollis during a 43-13 rout of the host Eagles on Sept. 5. The Warhawks will play host to Independence on Thursday, Sept. 11.

    Warhawks' Jackowski perseveres

    After an emotional offseason, Westerville Central High School's Nate Jackowski is glad to be back on the football field.
  • Canal Winchester Roundup

    Canal Winchester senior Bryce Carroll is competing for the Indians' cross country team after missing most of the squad's summer workouts while taking part in basic training in a U.S. Army boot camp.

    Basic training paces Carroll

    Canal Winchester High School cross country coach Jeff Kline figured Bryce Carroll wouldn't be a key runner for the boys team in the first half of the season after missing all but two weeks of summer training and the opening meet while undergoing basic training in a U.S. Army boot camp.
Upper Arlington Roundup

Golfers strive to be 'legendary'

Although he remembered virtually every detail of an impressive stretch for his team in late August, Upper Arlington High School boys golf coach Ron Mautz still smiled as he flipped through his scorebook.

Depth key for state-ranked Liberty girls

The Olentangy Liberty High School girls soccer team's four four-year starters have seen plenty of each other on the field during their careers, but the Patriots' program is to the point where they're not sure when they might play together.
Watterson Roundup

Patton back on court to help lead volleyball team

Just as Mary Patton felt like she was beginning to peak as a volleyball player last spring, she began to experience pain in her lower back.

Jerome's Hundley to step down after season

Mark Hundley, the only coach in the 11-year history of the Dublin Jerome High School football team, has announced that he plans on stepping down at the end of the season.
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  • Table Talk

    Chef Brian O'Connor works in the kitchen at the El Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille, 515 S. High St. in the Brewery District.

    New restaurant gives Brewery District Latin flavor

    El Arepazo Tapas Bar Grille opens on High Street in the former Buffalo Wild Wings location.
  • Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds will play Ace of Cups on Saturday, Sept. 13.

    Fischer’s Fab Five

    Despite boasting no fewer than 40 No. 1 songs on the country charts, Ronnie Milsap might be one of country music's lowest-profile legends.
Arts season preview, Part II

Organizations look at new artists, venues

Part II of The Beat's annual arts season preview offers a look at what arts "presenters" have planned for 2014-15.
Arts season preview, Part I

Area's 'producers' branch out for 2014-15

Part I of The Beat's annual arts season preview offers a look at what arts "producers" have in store for 2014-15. Next week, Part II will focus on arts "presenters."
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