From a big-time Facebook "friending" to a milestone for the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day, New Albany generated plenty of banner headlines in 2017. Here are ThisWeek's picks for the top five storylines of the year:
VOTERS SAID YES -- A majority of New Albany-Plain Local School District voters -- 63 percent -- heard district leaders' plea for more funding loud and clear and approved a five-year, 1.25-mill permanent-improvements levy in November. The district isn't wasting any time addressing infrastructure needs and will begin roof renovations on New Albany High School buildings this summer.
MODELING THE FUTURE -- An 18-year-old New Albany High School graduate continued his novel approach to creating prosthetics. Aaron Westbrook, now a freshman studying ecofriendly digital fabrication at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, founded a business centered on creating 3-D-printed prosthetics from recycled materials. Last fall, he made for Tate Simmons, a fifth-grader at Worthington's Wilson Hill Elementary School, a prosthesis that allows him to play cello.
FACEBOOK 'FRIENDS' CITY -- In August, social-media bastion Facebook gave New Albany a big thumbs up. The company plans to build a $750 million, 970,000-square-foot data-center complex on 345 acres in New Albany's International Business Park near Beech Road.
NO TO DRUGS -- Although New Albany leaders were happy to have Facebook's signature blue shade featured in the city, they were not big fans of the green. City Council members in November unanimously voted to ban medical-marijuana businesses from the city because medical marijuana still is illegal under federal law.
CLASSIC TURNS 20 -- Green grass and blue skies served as a backdrop for plenty of entertainment and fun Sept. 24 at the 20th annual New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day. New Albany native Ali Wolff finished fourth in the equestrian show-jumping competition, and the festival featured a headline performance by Nick Jonas, who first played at the Classic in 2007 as a member of the Jonas Brothers. [Photo gallery]