As with most central Ohio communities, 2017 brought many headlines for Worthington. Here are ThisWeek's picks for the top five storylines from the past year:
HIGH-PROFILE CRIMES — When two men reportedly shot each other Nov. 15 outside Monkey's Bar & Grille at 6116 Huntley Road, it marked the first homicides in Worthington since November 1995, according to city officials. The shooting was the last straw for local leaders, who are opposing renewal of the bar's liquor permit in 2018.
Meanwhile, in August resident Jonathan Ringel allegedly attempted to lure children into his vehicle. An initial charge of child enticement was dropped because of an Ohio Supreme Court ruling. (He later was charged with other related crimes.) That led Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) to push for an overhaul of the state's child-enticement laws.
A GOOD SAMARITAN — Worthington resident Jake Bowers faced a life-altering decision when he and his family found a bag full of money April 8 on East Wilson Bridge Road -- should he keep it or do the right thing and try to find the owner?
Bowers gave the bag to Worthington police and said he didn't hesitate much. "There wasn't really much discussion about it," he said.
The bag contained $14,000 police said was withdrawn by a man planning to buy a car.
MISSING MAIL — Throughout the year, Worthington police received dozens of reports of missing mail, culminating in a federal grand jury indictment of 13 Ohio residents who allegedly had been stealing mail from boxes from around central Ohio.
Despite the indictments in October, officers said they continue to see thefts of mail.
DORA'S DEBUT — The city adopted a Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area – known as a DORA – in June to establish boundaries for patrons to walk around Old Worthinton with open containers of alcoholic beverages during specified times or events.
The DORA covers a stretch of High Street and has been used for such events as Picnic with the Partnership and Market Day.
FACILITIES PLANNED — Worthington Schools leaders say the district has three pressing needs that must be addressed: aging facilities, unbalanced high school enrollments and capacity in buildings. [Related story.]
District spokeswoman Vicki Gnezda said the school board is expected to make decisions on facilities-related topics by February.