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    Dogs enjoy their day in the Hilliard East Municipal Pool on Schirtzinger Road on Aug. 22 during A Doggie Dippin World, the Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department's swim event for canines.

    Dog days of summer

  • Gahanna's Creekside

    Doug Graf, general specialist with Environmental Services Management, tries to keep some of the rubber ducks corralled at the end of the Great Columbus Duck Race & Run at Gahanna's Creekside on Saturday, Aug. 23. See more photos online at

    Duck race brings record finish

    Webbed feet were painted on sidewalks, directing visitors to the start of the third annual Great Columbus Duck Race & Run on Aug. 23 at Gahanna's Creekside.
  • Pretty fly for a hardware guy

    Manager Alec Moore checks out a customer Aug. 20 at Nutter Hardware in Upper Arlington -- one of the coolest stores in the world, according to Ace Hardware Corp.

    Nutter Hardware among Ace's coolest stores

    A devotion to customer service and the melding of old-fashioned features with cutting-edge technology recently earned Nutter Hardware a very hip designation.
    As construction work continues behind him, Grandview Parks and Recreation Director Sean Robey poses for a photo at Wyman Woods Park. Robey says renovations at the park should wrap up by Oct. 1.

    End in sight for Wyman Woods work

    The Wyman Woods renovation project is in the homestretch.
    A long line of Reynoldsburg Education Association members and community members march to Encore Academy from Summit Road Elementary School for the Aug. 19 school board meeting.

    Firm to provide teachers, if REA strikes

    Teachers wearing red and community members wearing white packed the Aug. 19 Reynoldsburg Board of Education meeting, where members voted 4-0 to hire a company that would bring in substitute teachers if members of the Reynoldsburg Education Association go on strike.

Reynoldsburg school board OKs $210K laptop purchase

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education this week approved the purchase of 735 Chromebook laptops for $209,959.
Johnstown Community Sportsmans Club

Swappers Day enters 70th year, features more than 700 vendors

Beth Pennington can recall one of her first experiences at the popular Swappers Day in Johnstown.
Common Core

Worthington school board opposes new law's repeal

Worthington school board members say repealing the Common Core curriculum would hurt Worthington children and cost taxpayers millions of dollars in wasted expense.

Restaurateur eyes Uptown Westerville brewery-deli

Despite the city's long history with the Prohibition movement, a first-time restaurateur has decided that Uptown Westerville is the perfect place for a brewery.
Five-year plan

Dublin's capital improvements could top $202 million

Dublin could spend as much as $202.7 million in capital improvement projects over the next five years.

Another chunk of land soon could join Sunbury

Sunbury's westward expansion likely will continue with its third annexation request this year.

Potential changes to Pataskala's mayor's court: fee increase, new post

Pataskala City Council is expected to vote next month on potential changes to the city's mayor's court.
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  • Week 1 Recap

    The Canal Winchester football team celebrates its victory over Groveport 28-19, as the two teams met for the first time in 50 years.

    Canal Winchester 28, Groveport 19

    The first game between the Groveport and Canal Winchester high school football teams since 1964 went down to the wire, as the visiting Indians won 28-19 when Elijah Miller returned a botched field-goal attempt for an 83-yard touchdown with 57 seconds left.
  • Week 1 Recap

    Ziyad Rasul of Hilliard Davidson is tackled by (from left) Vennie Sapp, Tre Morgan and Xavier Moore of Grove City.

    Grove City 6, Hilliard Davidson 0

    The Grove City High School football team kicked off the Mike Lanza era by defeating visiting Hilliard Davidson 6-0 on Aug. 29.
  • Girls Cross Country

    Lindsey Ruff is one of four returnees from Davidson's top seven last season.

    Strong state meet is focus for Davidson

    Based on its performance in the Division I state meet last year, the Hilliard Davidson High School girls cross country team has elevated its expectations.
Girls Cross Country

Offseason brought out best in Kilbourne

After being diagnosed with cancer in March, Worthington Kilbourne High School girls cross country coach Melanie Williams went through months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, causing her to miss many of the team's spring and summer training sessions.
Boys Cross Country

Liberty out to maintain high level of success

Despite losing five of its top runners to graduation, the Olentangy Liberty High School boys cross country team has high expectations for this season.
Gahanna Lincoln Roundup

Volleyball team seeks consistency

Having back-to-back large senior classes benefited the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls volleyball team the past two seasons.

We have you covered for another football season

About this time every year, this question seems to pop up all the time: "Are you ready for some football?"
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  • Table Talk

    Nick Gallo (left) and David Koenig display one of the New York-style pizzas available at Gallo's Tap Room, 5019 Olentangy River Road in northwest Columbus.

    Gallo’s expands menu thanks to larger kitchen

    New York-style pizzas and hand-crafted sandwiches are part of the lineup at the Northwest Side tavern.
  • Maps & Atlases will play The Basement on Sunday, Aug. 31.

    Fischer’s Fab 10

    The much-publicized and thus R. Kelly-less Fashion Meets Music Festival is finally upon us.
  • Aug. 29-Sept. 1

    Tommy Pappas, owner of Tommy's Diner in Franklinton, poses for a portrait with a lamb burger. Pappas, is a co-chairman of the upcoming Greek Festival. The lamb burger will be among many food options that will be available during the four-day celebration.

    Greek culture, food to be celebrated at festival

    The 49th annual Greek Festival will take place Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 555 N. High St. in the Short North area.

Random notes

Each of the next two weeks, The Beat will include a look ahead at the 2014-15 performing arts seasons for central Ohio producers and presenters. The two-part arts season preview is not only a heads-up for what's coming from arts organizations but also a look inside season programming with a representative from most major organizations.

Restaurateur eyes Uptown Westerville brewery-deli

Despite the city's long history with the Prohibition movement, a first-time restaurateur has decided that Uptown Westerville is the perfect place for a brewery.

Brewery will bring block party to downtown Delaware Friday

Beer garden, local bands will highlight event that benefits Delaware women's club.
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