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  • CHRIS PARKER/THISWEEKNEWS
    Parent volunteer Mark Wilson puts his crossing-guard training to the test with other volunteers after their training class Friday, Dec. 12. The training was among the actions district leaders are undertaking to prepare for imminent reductions in busing.

    District's busing cuts earn residents' ire

    About 80 people attended the New Albany-Plain Local School District's public meeting Dec. 11 about the elimination of busing for students who live within two miles of the school they attend.
  • JOSHUA A. BICKEL/THISWEEKNEWS
    Eighth-grader Manasa Akella, 13, looks to the white board for the dimensions of a sheet of wood while working on a project Nov. 20 in the New Albany-Plain Local Fab Lab.

    Students of all ages using Fab Lab

    Students from New Albany and other districts are learning how products are made through the New Albany-Plain Local Fab Lab, an MIT fabrication laboratory that opened at the high school this fall.
  • JOSHUA A. BICKEL/THISWEEKNEWS
    Frankie Moorhead, 9, of Granville, pets Rocky, a 12-year-old haflinger draft horse, while Dottie Kluesener, an equine specialist, supervises during an open house Oct. 5 at PBJ Connections in Pataskala. PBJ Connections is an equine-assisted therapy program for kids and young adults.

    Therapy horse Rocky's road leads to Pataskala farm

    Rocky might not look like a therapist, with his big brown eyes and long blond hair, but the 12-year-old horse has been helping PBJ Connections of Pataskala diagnose children's mental-health issues for the past four years.
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