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  • OSBA award-winner

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    Joanne Morbitzer, food service director for the Marysville Exempted Village School District, chats with students while working during lunch Thursday, Oct. 23, at Marysville High School. Morbitzer was recently awarded the Exemplary School District Employee award from the Ohio School Boards Association.

    Keeping students healthy a driving force for Morbitzer

    Every day about 3,000 Marysville students depend on Joanne Morbitzer to provide tasty and nutritional meals.
  • RYAN M.L. YOUNG/THISWEEKNEWS
    Fourth-grader Farithat Shinaba builds with Lego blocks Oct. 22 during the annual Block Kids Building Competition sponsored by the Columbus chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. The event was at Licking Heights South Elementary School in Pataskala.

    Students build creativity with blocks

    Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton found himself surrounded by many tools of destruction the morning of Oct. 22.
  • LORRIE CECIL/THISWEEKNEWS
    One of the clowns in the Dead Clown Hall of Fame, part of Rib's 3D Funhouse at ScareAtorium, was photographed though 3D glasses. ScareAtorium is located in the former PharMor store at Northland Plaza, 2605 Northland Plaza Drive, Columbus. It is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Oct. 16 through Nov. 1, with "lights on" tours offered on Sundays.

    Halloween 2014

    From the spooky to the downright terrifying, we have you covered when it comes to Halloween. Trick-or-Treat times, fall festivals, Halloween parties, pumpkin parades and more.
  • 2014 General Election coverage

    Check out ThisWeek's coverage on issues and races, read letters to the editor and try our interactive guide to what's on the ballot before you vote.
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    Gabriella Leach (right), a second-grader at Hoffman Trails Elementary School, holds up a sign to honor veterans participating in the Hilliard Veterans Day Parade on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. She was joined by classmate Shayne Lintz (left). Hoffman Trails principal Shelli Miller and first-grade teacher Renee Hammersmith worked with parents to organize students attending the parade.

    Veterans Day 2014

    Veterans Day is Tuesday, Nov. 11. Many communities are planning ceremonies and other events to commemerate the day. Also, if you are a veteran check out our guide to free meals, travel, hotels and more on or around Veterans Day.
  • Weather where you live

    Enter ThisWeek-10TV coloring contest; winner will join me on-air

    With this column, we introduce the first ever ThisWeek Community News-10TV News coloring contest.
RITA report

Council members displeased that subpoenas rattled residents

After receiving several complaints from residents, Pataskala City Council members on Oct. 20 questioned officials from the Regional Income Tax Agency, which collects income taxes for Pataskala and other municipalities in central Ohio.
Collective-bargaining ballot measure

Sides differ on police staffing, scheduling

As a vote on Johnstown's collective-bargaining issue approaches, the root of the problem is thought by many to be a disconnect between village leaders and the Johnstown Police Department.

Board approves free all-day, every-day kindergarten

Parents and teachers erupted into applause Oct. 23 when the Marysville Exempted Village School District Board of Education voted to implement free all-day, every-day kindergarten next school year.

Drivers rave about revamped U.S. Route 42 crossroads

A busy intersection just southwest of the city of Delaware reopened fully Monday, Oct. 20, after the completion of $725,000 worth of improvements.

Law enforcement seeks edge in fight vs. 'chemists'

Continuous tweaking of chemical recipes for synthetic marijuana has led to a seemingly never-ending struggle pitting so-called "chemists" against law enforcement officials and legislators.
Westerville Public Library

Longtime employee arrested for embezzling

Westerville police arrested a deputy fiscal officer of the Westerville Public Library Wednesday, Oct. 22, on charges of embezzling library funds, a fourth-degree felony.

Health officials launch coordinated Ebola-preparedness procedures

Local health officials want to assure a nervous public they are prepared for an Ebola outbreak in central Ohio.

Olentangy board member wants Supreme Court’s take on open-meetings laws

Adam White has taken his legal fight against his fellow Olentangy school board members to the Ohio Supreme Court.
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Sports

  • Soccer

    JOSHUA A. BICKEL/THISWEEKSPORTS
    Grove City High School junior Ben Swanson speaks to members of the Crew Juniors U-9 Gold boys team before signing his professional contract with the Crew on Oct. 16 at Thompson Park in New Albany.

    Swanson signing fulfills dream

    Shortly after the ceremony Oct. 16 to announce Ben Swanson's signing with the Columbus Crew, his mother, Beth, received a hug from coach Gregg Berhalter.
  • Boys Golf

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    Troy Taylor of South follows a tee shot during the Division I state tournament Oct. 18 at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Taylor, a freshman, shot 164 over two days to tie for 21st place among 72 golfers.

    Taylor gets boost from OSU greats

    Troy Taylor of the Westerville South High School boys golf team kept a poker face after his worst round of the year, an 86 on the first day of the Division I state tournament Oct. 17 on Ohio State's Scarlet Course.
  • Girls Tennis

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    Upper Arlington's Audrey Berger (left) and Kyra Jung hug coach Shaun Stamps after winning the Division I state title Oct. 18.

    Berger, Jung earn state championship

    Scattered showers blew through central Ohio early on the morning of Oct. 18, prompting the Ohio High School Athletic Association to move the Division I state girls tennis tournament indoors to Elysium Tennis Center from Hilliard Davidson.
  • Girls Golf

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    Members of the Jerome girls golf program celebrate Oct. 18 at Ohio State's Gray Course after the Celtics captured their fourth consecutive state title. From left are coach C.D. Butcher, Reagan Dilorio, Taby Robinson, Abby Kiefer, Mariana Erana, Maite Erana, Sybil Robinson and assistant Fred Seely.

    Jerome wins fourth consecutive title

    As his team was soaking in another state championship Oct. 18 on Ohio State's Gray Course, Dublin Jerome High School girls golf coach C.D. Butcher said he couldn't think of two players more worthy of making history than seniors Maite Erana and Sybil Robinson.
Diving

Rubadue competes at world event

Competing in her second international meet, Worthington Kilbourne High School senior Rachel Rubadue placed in the top six in both of her women's diving events in the Pan American Olympic Festival held last month in Mexico City.
Upper Arlington Roundup

Girls water polo team wins 14th state title

According to Upper Arlington High School girls water polo coach Dan Peterkoski, the Golden Bears' ability to come at opponents like a hockey team was key to regaining the state title after a one-year lull.
Girls Tennis

Celtics again capture OTCA

As the only senior on the Dublin Jerome High School girls tennis team, Rhiannon James was determined to end her career on a high note when the Celtics competed in the Division I OTCA state tournament Oct. 19 at Reynoldsburg.
Boys Golf

Patriots' McCloskey earns all-state honors

Cameron McCloskey capped a breakthrough season for the Olentangy Liberty High School boys golf team.
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Arts.Food.Fun

  • Table Talk

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    Melissa Saunders, general manager of Blazing Saddles Saloon, is seen here with the Burger Buster. Those who can finish the entire plate within 30 minutes on Saturdays get it free and receive a T-shirt. Blazing Saddles is located at 121 E. Campus View Blvd.

    Saloon offers modern take on bygone era

    Blazing Saddles, modeled after an 1800s saloon, has opened in Crosswoods.
  • PHOTO COURTESY BALLETMET COLUMBUS/JENNIFER ZMUDA
    Choreographer Gustavo Ramirez Sansano rehearses his piece for Innovations, titled Lovely Together , with BalletMet Columbus dancers. The performance will run Oct. 24 through Nov. 8 in the BalletMet Performance Space. Tickets start at $25. Visit balletmet.org.

    'Innovations' details dance as craft

    Three world-premiere works by three of the top choreographers of modern and contemporary dance await audiences in the intimate BalletMet Performance Space as BalletMet Columbus presents Innovations, opening this weekend.
  • Carly Thomas Smith joins the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for concerts Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 23-26, in the Southern Theatre.

    Fischer's Fab Five

    Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Meat Puppets, Mary Lambert, Peppino D'Agostino and The Smokers Club Tour round out this week's Fab Five.

New owner, same recipes at reopened Pizza Mart

Pizza Mart on Sinclair Road is back in business after a fire nearly a year ago threatened to close the venerable establishment for good.

Random Notes

Dance Party 2014, set for Friday, Oct. 24, at Villa Milano, is the fourth annual event celebrating the rock 'n' roll dance parties of the 1960s, not to mention some of Columbus top rock 'n' roll acts of the time, The Dantes and The Fifth Order.

'Have some fun' at restaurateur's latest local venture

Local Cantina, to open Oct. 31, new spot for man who's quite familiar with Clintonville restaurant scene.
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