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  • FNL Band Edition: Pickerington HS North

    Our band of the week is the Pickerington HS North Marching Panthers. The band is hard at work putting the final touches on their competition show of a variety of musical styles based on music composed by Leonard Bernstein.
  • 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.
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    Steve Byus in his dress whites with the Naval Reserve.

    Navy Reservist killed in Afghanistan

    Columbus Dispatch: A Reynoldsburg man who was on his third tour of combat duty was among three coalition troops killed when a suicide car bomber struck in Afghanistan yesterday.

Pickerington North coach pleads guilty to OVI

The all-time winningest high school girls coach in Ohio history pleaded guilty today (Sept. 17) to driving under the influence stemming from a recent arrest.

Board of health gives Northland-area grocery store one more chance

Saraga International Grocery in the Northland area has been given a month to clean up its act.

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.
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  • Football

    North football coach Tom Phillips is on a path back to health after being diagnosed with stage one colon cancer in late April.

    Phillips on road back to health

    During Tom Phillips' tenure as Pickerington High School North football coach, the Panthers have gone from a team that went on a seven-game losing streak the year before he took over to one that has made three playoff appearances in the past five seasons.
  • Soccer

    Madison Costner hangs out with her Jerome teammates during a recent practice. The senior suffered a torn ACL while playing for her club team during the summer and will miss the entire season.

    Costner gains new perspective

    Having earned first-team all-state honors in Division I last season, Madison Costner aspired to lead the Dublin Jerome High School girls soccer team deep into the postseason this fall.

Prep football mercy rule has its share of detractors

There were several rules changes implemented by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for football this season, with the most notable being the addition of a mercy rule.
Boys Golf

Jerome completes perfect run to OCC title

The Dublin Jerome High School boys golf team clinched its 11th league championship in as many years of existence.
Watterson Roundup

Girls golf team wins 12th straight MOGGL title

The Watterson High School girls golf team had more than twice as many opponents to contend with in the MOGGL this season after the league decided to no longer divide its 12 teams into two six-team divisions.
Girls Tennis

Pickerington Central wins seventh straight league championship

With the OCC-Ohio Division championship secured, Pickerington High School Central girls tennis coach Kelli Rings is confident the Tigers are ready to tackle the next phase of their season.
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  • Table Talk

    Jenso Soto poses for a portrait at the newly opened Mezcal on Hard Road.

    Chef takes different approach to Mexican at Mezcal

    The new restaurant on the Northwest Side puts a spin on several classic dishes.
    BalletMet Columbus dancer Courtney Muscroft, Columbus Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Jean-Sebastian Roy and Opera Columbus singer Katherine Rohrer represent the three arts companies that will present Twisted Sept. 25-28 in the Ohio Theatre. Tickets start at $10. Visit

    'Twisted' marks landmark collaborative artistic effort

    If you combined Opera Columbus, BalletMet Columbus and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra all in the same program -- and on stage simultaneously -- things could get pretty twisted.

Orchestra transforms Carpenter's tunes

Songs From the Movie is a record that Mary Chapin Carpenter had wanted to make for some time.

Fischer's Fab Five

Really, it's enough to say the Columbus Jazz Orchestra will be joined by singer Mary Wilson. Columbus' own big-time big band joined by as big-time a female singer as there is? Yeah, that's enough.
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