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    Pilot Dogs trainer Steve Hoyt, left, takes a blindfolded Calista Harper around the building with a Labrador retriever in training to simulate walking with a guide dog.

    Puppy raisers fundamental to Pilot Dogs training program

    Pilot Dogs, a central Ohio nonprofit, has been serving the blind community for more than 60 years by providing guide dogs.
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    Brayden Donohue, 9, will enter Ollie, a Netherlands dwarf rabbit, in the Ohio State Fair.

    Showing rabbits is family affair

    Northridge Intermediate School fourth-grader Brayden Donohue is participating at the Ohio State Fair for the first time this year, exhibiting rabbits Ollie and Mo.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University ecological researcher Jordane Faith (center) helps Delaware students Riley Sheets (left) and Bailey Decker as they use a device to measure light intensity at the forest floor during Dempsey Middle School's Summer Ecology Program.

    Students release woodlands from aliens' grip

    Students not only are eradicating invasive alien species from the Dempsey Middle School wetlands, they're also learning skills for the workplace.
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    Westerville resident Simone Armour, 14, (center) warms up during her modern dance class at BalletMet Dance Academy Summer Intensive Programs "Technique and Beyond" July 18.

    BalletMet's Intensive Program fits the name

    Dance students from all over the world give up summer jobs and vacations to go back to school for a summer dance program at BalletMet Dance Academy in Columbus.

Bowers indicted in theft of $67,000 of boosters' funds

Ernst Todd Bowers, 50 of 688 Citation Drive, was indicted by a Licking County Grand Jury last week on one count of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, for improperly using $67,000 of the Watkins Memorial High School Band Boosters' money.

Pataskala council members face off in heated exchange

Pataskala City Councilwoman Pat Sagar Monday, July 21, responded to questions submitted in writing by Carl Roshong, one of the residents who initiated an Aug. 19 recall election of Sagar.

Petition seeks collective bargaining in Johnstown

A surprise citizens initiative petition from Johnstown residents may force the Village Council to place a charter amendment on the November ballot to allow village employees to collectively bargain in 2015.

More than 200,000 expected to attend 156th Hartford Fair

The Hartford Fair is known as the "Biggest Little Fair in the World."
Monroe Township

Johnstown might have little recourse to stop cell-tower

After hearing that a cellphone tower could be erected just feet from Johnstown's boundaries, village leaders are looking into ways to stop the tower from affecting its residents.
Concealed-carry

New online system simplifies permit process

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office hopes a new online registration system will make it easier for residents to obtain or renew concealed-carry permits.

Dublin police reporting rash of thefts, break-ins

Over the past two months Dublin has seen a spike in thefts.

Fire-truck recall affects UA's Ladder 72

A possible problem with aerial devices on various models of Dublin-based Sutphen Corp.’s fire trucks has, for now, grounded a portion of Upper Arlington’s fire services.
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Sports

  • All-Time ThisWeek Basketball Team

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    Dave Butcher enters next season as the state's all-time winningest girls basketball coach with a 700-99 record in 31 seasons leading Pickerington and Pickerington North. Since 1990 his teams have won 22 district titles and five state championships.

    It's no surprise Butcher heads list

    Over the past 25 high school girls basketball seasons, there have been 16 state championships won by Central District programs.
  • Country Club Swim League

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    Zach Donley (right) and his sister, Miranda, of New Albany Country Club celebrate one of the team’s 21 victories during the CCSL meet July 14 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

    Bergmann leads New Albany to 5th straight title

    Olivia Bergmann of the New Albany Country Club swimming team didn't treat the Country Club Swim League meet like a practice, but she was relatively relaxed during the girls 11- and 12-year-old 50-yard butterfly final July 14 at Ohio State.
  • Football

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    Former Ohio State and NFL linebacker Chris Spielman addresses campers at the Chris Spielman Football ProCamp on July 16 at Dublin Coffman High School.

    Intense Spielman keeps campers moving

    Never mind that this was a youth football camp. It's still football, and Chris Spielman is not about to lose his intensity.
Women's Rugby

Wilson to play for U.S. in World Cup

While schoolmates opted to participate in sports with less contact, Sarah Wilson decided to tackle one that's much more physical.
Women's Golf

Third time is charm as Petty wins County title

After finishing second the past two years in the Franklin County Women's Golf Tournament, Kasey Petty vowed to win the event this summer.
Softball

Switching sports gets Gamby back on field

Brittany Gamby probably wouldn't have guessed the means to the end, but the 2009 Pickerington High School North graduate recently left the University of North Carolina at Wilmington confident she milked the most out of her college experience.
Golf

NFL alumni swing into action for charity

Although there was just one winning team on the course in the Ohio NFL Alumni Caring For Kids Charity Golf Classic at the Medallion Club in Westerville on July 21, participants and volunteers said that children and central Ohio communities were the biggest winners.
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Arts.Food.Fun

  • Table Talk

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    Nina Hawranick and Scott Francis own the Winemaker's Shop, 3517 N. High St. in Clintonville. Home brewing was in its infancy when the shop opened 40 years ago, but now it flourishes in central Ohio.

    Shop’s owners helped brew up new hobby in Columbus

    Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Winemaker’s Shop in Clintonville helped usher in a home-brewing trend.
  • Brody Dalle will be in concert at the A&R Music Bar Friday, July 25.

    Fischer's Fab 10

    The Ohio State Fair, in all its glory, has begun, with main stage entertainment at the Celeste Center getting underway Thursday, July 24.

Entertaining 'Scoundrels' opens season

The opening show in CATCO's 30th anniversary season is one long con.

New Taj Mahal opens in University District.

The restaurant has an extensive menu of North and South Indian dishes.
Brew Ha Ha

Laughter on tap courtesy of Shadowbox Live

The sixth annual Brew Ha Ha, a veritable comedy cavalcade, will be featured Tuesday, July 29, to Aug. 1 at Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St.

Local crooner to join Boyz II Men at Ohio State Fair

Christon Gray doesn't know if he'd call himself a celebrity just yet.
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