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  • State tournament

    Bluffsview Elementary School fifth-graders (from left) Terra Brooks, 11, Lucy Crisafulli, 10, and Reagan Warnecke, 10, prepare their shots during archery practice Monday, March 2, at Bluffsview. Athletes from the school will compete in the state championships against more than 1,200 competitors during the Arnold Sports Festival this weekend.

    Bluffsview archers target the Arnold

    Bluffsview Elementary School's archery team soared at a state qualifying contest early in the year and is headed for the Arnold Sports Festival this week.

    The cast of "Once Upon a Mattress" rehearses a scene during dress rehearsal at the Big Walnut High School auditorium on Monday, March 2.

    Big Walnut to stage 'Once Upon a Mattress' March 5-7

    A classic twist on the story of The Princess and the Pea is on tap at Big Walnut High School this weekend in their production of "Once Upon a Mattress."
  • Arnold's Quest For Talent!

    Westerville Central High School freshman Cory Conkel, 14, will be performing on his banjo during the Arnold's Quest For Talent! competition Saturday, March 7 at the Ohio Expo Center, part of the Arnold Sports Festival taking place in Columbus this weekend.

    Talent takes center stage at Arnold Kids Expo Saturday

    Cory Conkel is a 14-year-old Eagle Scout who enjoys bluegrass music and working on cars with his dad, Gary, in their garage.
    Reitter Stucco's Jack Reitter (left), Fritz Reitter (center) and Bobby Reitter pose for a portrait Feb. 27 in the company's King Avenue offices. The brothers' great-grandfather founded the business in 1915.

    Company builds on family legacy

    For any company, reaching 100 years in business is a milestone.
  • Weather where you live

    Plan ahead for weather emergencies

    With subzero temperatures, snow and ice still on everyone's mind, it's hard to believe it's time to start thinking about thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding. But this week is Severe Weather Awareness Week and reminds us it's important to always be prepared for any kind of weather disaster.
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  • Swimming & Diving

    North's Mason Miller (right) is congratulated by Mike Pichette of Strongsville after winning the 100-yard butterfly during the Division I state meet Feb. 28 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. Miller also placed fourth in the 100 freestyle.

    Miller captures third state title

    Westerville North High School senior Mason Miller competed in three Division I state swimming and diving meets and stood atop the awards podium each time.
  • Swimming & Diving

    Grove City's Kalvin Koethke is congratulated by assistant coach Matt Long after winning the 50-yard freestyle at the Division I state meet Feb. 28 at Branin Natatorium in Canton. Koethke's title is the first in the history of the Grove City swimming and diving program.

    Koethke captures state title

    Moments after winning the first state championship in the history of the Grove City High School swimming and diving program, Kalvin Koethke dutifully took his place atop the podium and received his Division I 50-yard freestyle title medal.
  • Basketball

    Ready girls basketball coach Joe Lang is among some coaches who wonder if a "mercy rule" should be added in the second half of blowouts. "In that situation, you can't really win, and I'm not into demoralizing the other team," he said. "It's not fair to the kids."

    Adding mercy rule 'worth a conversation'

    Since taking over as Ready High School girls basketball coach in 1981, Joe Lang has won five Division III district finals and more than 450 games.
Swimming & Diving

Thatcher dominates

Cameron Thatcher felt added pressure when he saw that more than 30 friends and family members had traveled to Canton to watch him compete in the Division I state boys swimming and diving meet.

Kilbourne making another state trip

The Worthington Kilbourne High School gymnastics team is heading to the state meet for the third consecutive season and for the fifth time in six years.

Coffman repeats as district champs

The Dublin Coffman High School gymnastics team used its depth and balance to win its second district championship in a row and earn its fourth consecutive trip to the state meet.

Hall among coaches whose influence can last lifetime

With the winter sports season winding down, it's appropriate to talk about how the reputations of numerous high school coaches will end up being based on how their respective teams do in the postseason.
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  • Table Talk

    Eliza Keller stands in Nosh Columbus, which recently replaced Mata Cafe, also known as Rendezvous Cafe, 100 E. Gay St. downtown.

    Restaurateurs welcome daughter to neighborhood

    Eliza Keller, whose parents own Hungry Soul Café, is in charge of Nosh Columbus.
  • Pianist Thomas Lauderdale joins the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for concerts in the Southern Theatre Feb. 27-28.

    Fischer's Fab 10

    CSO's American Roots Festival, Nickelback, Barry Manilow and more round out the Fab 10.
  • Joe Cocker

    Shadowbox pays homage to legendary bluesman

    The recent passing of Joe Cocker touched his legion of fans worldwide, including Shadowbox Live founder/CEO/executive producer Stev Guyer, a longtime fan who, rumor has it, has performed the singer's tune in the past with his own special flair.

Parsons the future site of gastropub

The A&R Creative Group has tapped the South Side restaurant market for expansion of the Crest.

Random Notes

Darlings of America's Got Talent, the young musicians and dancers of the Willis Clan will return to Dublin for a Feb. 27 show at Dublin Scioto High School with the school's Irish Fiddle Fetish and the Otterbein University Orchestra. The concert is a fundraiser for the Scioto High School music program.

Film festival accepting entries

The Wexner Center for the Arts is accepting submissions for the Ohio Shorts 2015 juried short film and video festival, for both the Adult and Youth divisions.
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