Here's a snapshot of five of 2017's top stories in Grove City:
MURDERS -- The serenity of Scioto Grove Metro Park was shattered when the body of 21-year-old Ohio State University student Reagan Tokes was found Feb. 9 near the entrance of the Grove City-area park. Brian L. Golsby of Columbus was arrested two days later and charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, rape and kidnapping. His trial is scheduled for February. In November, William E. Taylor, 55, of Grove City died from injuries sustained in an assault in Franklinton. Joseph L. Williams, 51, of Columbus was arrested at the scene and charged with murder after Taylor died.
FORMER LIBRARY SITE -- About a year after the new Grove City Library opened on Broadway, the city sent out a request for proposals that could lead to the redevelopment of the old library site and adjoining city-owned property on Park Street.
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION -- South-Western City School District officials began working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission on the district's next round of projects, which would replace four older middle schools, build an addition at Jackson Middle School and renovate East Franklin Elementary School. The district is planning a November 2018 bond issue for the project.
CHARTER CHANGES -- Voters in November approved five ballot measures to amend the city charter, including increasing the number of council seats from five to seven beginning with the 2023 election. Voters also approved an amendment allowing council to go into executive session to discuss issues as permitted by state law.
BEULAH PARK -- The redevelopment of the Beulah Park site moved closer to the starting gate in December after City Council approved a preliminary development plan that features components of "new urbanism" and residential and commercial/office uses.