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  • A special guest

    Madison Butler, a first-grader at J.C. Sommer Elementary School in Grove City, hugs her father, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Chris Butler after he surprised her at school April 20. Butler, who had been stationed in Sharm El Sheikh and El Arish, Egypt, returned from his fourth deployment.

    Father makes memorable homecoming

    U.S. Army Lt. Col. Chris Butler of the Alabama National Guard wasn't sure what reaction he was going to get from his daughter, Madison, when he surprised her April 20 at J.C. Sommer Elementary School in Grove City.
  • Play ball!

    Players from 72 different teams high-five each other as they are introduced on opening day of the Little League season for Upper Arlington Bear Cub Baseball at Northam Park on Monday, April 25.ADAM CAIRNS/THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    Community turns out for opening day

    Scores of boys and girls raced onto the Field 3 outfield grass at Northam Park Monday night as their teams were announced in anticipation of the call to "Play ball!"
    Jane Jacquemin-Clarke and Kevin Clarke are pictured at Hope Hollow, their Northwest Side home that they open free of charge for short stays by cancer patients and members of their family. Jacquemin-Clarke is a former teacher at Bishop Watterson High School, whose theater department donated a show's worth of income to the organization.

    Bringing hope home

    Several programs provide out-of-town patients and their families with places to stay while receiving treatment at medical facilities in Columbus.
  • Motts Military Museum

    An architect's rendering shows the exterior of a planned 9/11 Memorial Building to be built on the grounds of Motts Military Museum in Groveport.

    9/11 exhibit to be second-largest in US

    The official kickoff of a fundraising campaign to construct a building to house 9/11 memorabilia at Motts Military Museum in Groveport is scheduled at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on May 6.
  • Weather where you live

    Pollen counts bloom early

    If you have been suffering with allergies this spring, you are not alone.
  • Veterans resource guide

    Guide to benefits, health resources and more for veterans of all eras.
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  • Girls Rugby

    Marysville Knights girls rugby assistant coach Katrina Dague (center) describes a tackling technique to Karleigh Mahood as Hannah Fluharty looks on during a practice April 25 at Lewis Park in Marysville.

    Enthusiasm strong for 'cool sport'

    Despite a limited roster, the six-player Marysville Knights girls club rugby team isn't short on enthusiasm.
  • Track & Field

    Central's Jaydan Wood hands the baton to Hannah Skinner in the 800-meter relay during the Dublin Invitational on April 16 at Dublin Coffman. Both have contributed to one of the area's best 1,600 relays.

    North's Kamara fitting in fine

    Jannie Kamara hasn't had trouble fitting in with the Pickerington High School North girls track and field team, according to coach Jim Langenderfer.
  • National Signing Day: Where they're going

    Numerous central Ohio high school athletes have made their college decision. See the latest list and check back for updates.
Delaware Hayes Roundup

Girls track team shows balance

The Delaware Hayes High School girls track and field team has displayed balance and depth this season, which bodes well for the future, according to coach Andy Graham.
Track & Field

Nash ready to display state talent

Christina Nash is ready to be turned loose.

Greyhounds battling for league title

The Grove City High School baseball team entered the week looking to take a familiar path to an OCC-Ohio Division title.
Bexley Roundup

Bruning sets record for shutouts

As a three-year starting pitcher for the Bexley High School baseball team, Tommy Bruning has experienced the satisfaction of holding opponents scoreless.
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  • Courtesy of Corso Ventures
    This rendering shows the proposed patio expansion at Standard Hall, which is set to open in June in the Short North.

    Standard hopes to set just that for service, ambience

    The buildout of the Short North continues.
  • Table Talk

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    Louie Pappas puts a plate together for customer Kris Adrian at Graze Seasonal Market Grill in the Mettler-Toledo building at 1900 Polaris Parkway.

    Graze offers custom meals for Polaris workers

    Louie Pappas has adopted the build-your-own-meal business model for his latest restaurant.
  • Table Talk

    Chef Chris Gibbs shows off "the Cowboy" April 7 at the Paddock Pub, 1005 Richardson Road, Groveport. The restaurant is located at the Links at Groveport golf course, but is open to all.

    Golf club's pub now offers homemade grub

    Scott Heimlich says although he's taken a laid-back approach with his new restaurant, he has not sacrificed quality or service.

Columbus BZA tables proposal from Rockmill Brewery

After more than two hours of discussion April 26, the Columbus Board of Zoning Adjustment tabled Rockmill Brewery's plans for German Village.
Olde Pickerington Village

Chef T's offers eclectic fare

A new restaurant in downtown Pickerington is creating a buzz for its inventive twist on traditional fare.
Jazz & Juleps and GartenMarkt

Jams, jellies, plants among items offered

Sweet Thing Gourmet has rolled out three custom jellies and jams for the Jazz & Juleps event and the GartenMarkt in German Village.
Can-do attitude

Picklesimons find niche in homemade jams

Mother and daughter team Bev and Jennifer Picklesimon began making homemade jams for family members.

Staff Q&A

Question of the week: Is seaweed the next big thing?
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