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    First-graders at Darby Creek Elementary School participate in the school's annual Jungle Parade on Friday, Feb. 5. Students have been studying Henri Rousseau, a French painter whose best-known works depict jungle scenes. Students selected their favorite animals and wore masks in a parade through the school's hallways.

    It's a jungle out there

  • Sexual-imposition charge

    Dena Elgeziri, 26, left, and her mother, Samia Elgeziri, attend a candlelight vigil Sunday, Jan. 31, in the parking lot of Weaver Middle School for former teacher David M. Ribar, who is facing a charge of sexual imposition. The gathering was arranged via social media to support "the positive impact (Ribar) has had on so many young people," said district resident Kerri Dever.

    Mixed reaction follows teacher's arrest

    A former coach and teacher at Weaver Middle School is slated to appear Feb. 18 in Franklin County Municipal Court to answer a charge of sexual imposition for an "inappropriate relationship" he allegedly had with a 14-year-old girl, according to Hilliard police.
  • Second-floor outdoor seating

    Jim Velio, owner of Otie's Tavern & Grill, stands behind the bar of the iconic Old Hilliard establishment he purchased in 2011. The Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission recently approved the addition of a second-floor outdoor patio and seating area on a cantilevered balcony.

    Owner aims to take Otie's to new heights

    Otie's Tavern & Grill has been a landmark in Old Hilliard since it opened at the corner of Center and Main streets in 1965.
  • Darby Creek Elementary School

    Paige Taylor, a third-grader at Darby Creek Elementary School, hugs Columbus Blue Jackets mascot Stinger at the school Jan. 14. Standing right behind her, third-grader Sebastian Penaherrera was waiting his turn to greet the mascot, who was at Darby Creek to promote Stinger’s Power Play Challenge, a Blue Jackets initiative to encourage children to exercise.

    Mascot assists on ‘healthy minds, bodies’ goal

    Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at Hilliard’s Darby Creek Elementary School had a chance to meet Stinger, the mascot for the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Jan. 14.
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