Two management positions in Columbus were filled in 2018, a new facility honoring veterans was opened and city officials were one for two in two key business situations.

Here's a look at five of the top Columbus stories from this year:

If at first you don't succeed -- Columbus City Schools named Talisa Dixon, superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools, as its new superintendent. She is scheduled to start March 4.

The search process was interrupted after the Ohio Auditor's Office suspected the Columbus school board might have violated open-meeting laws while making decisions about the search in closed-door sessions instead of public meetings, something the school board would late acknowledge.

The school board started its search over before settling on Dixon.

Columbus Superintendent Talisa Dixon will earn more than governor

Columbus City Schools inks deal with its next superintendent

Three weeks in, Columbus schools, superintendent pick still working on contract

From sub to superintendent, Talisa Dixon ready to take on Columbus schools


So long, coach -- Urban Meyer, who led the Ohio State University Buckeyes football team to a national championship in 2014, announced he would retire after the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game against the Washington Huskies.

Meyer, suffering from an arachnoid cyst on his brain, made his decision official at a press conference Dec. 4.

Meyer also was suspended for three games for his handling of a domestic-violence claim against a former assistant coach, Zach Smith, who was fired during the summer. Meyer will be replaced by Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Day.

Ohio State trustee resigns over Urban Meyer decision

Report details allegations of longtime abuse by former Ohio State staffer Zach Smith

Press conference | Urban Meyer's retirement, Ryan Day named coach


New memorial and museum -- The National Veterans Memorial and Museum opened Oct. 27 at 300 W. Broad St.

The 53,000-square-foot building replaces the Franklin County Veterans Memorial facility that stood on the same site in Franklinton.

The $82 million project began in December 2015. The facility is full of exhibitions, artifacts, photographs, stories and films of veterans telling their own stories.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum drops admission fee for veterans

Veterans’ lives, experiences celebrated at new Ohio museum

Fanfare greets Columbus opening of National Veterans Memorial and Museum


Saving the Crew -- It appears the Columbus Crew Soccer Club is staying in central Ohio.

A groundswell of local support for the team has led Ohio entrepreneurs Pete Edwards Jr. and Jimmy and Dee Haslam to form a potential ownership group and commit $645 million toward a multiuse development that includes a new 20,000-seat stadium, 885 residences, a park and other amenities on 33 acres west of the Arena District.

Anthony Precourt -- CEO of Precourt Sports Ventures which owns the team -- was trying to move the Crew to a new stadium in Austin, Texas. His intentions created local backlash.

The city of Columbus, Franklin County and state of Ohio also have pledged money toward the project.

The Crew's current facility, Mapfre Stadium on the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair land at Interstate 270 and 17th Avenue, would be repurposed as a sports park.

Commissioners approve Franklin County’s part of Crew stadium deal

Legislature moving to kick in $15 million for new Crew stadium


No Amazon HQ2 -- Although a finalist for Amazon HQ2, Columbus didn't make the final cut.

The online retailer decided to split its second headquarters between Long Island, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia. Columbus had offered $2.8 billion in economic incentives.

Columbus makes Amazon first cut for second HQ

Amazon HQ2 at a glance | What works – and doesn’t work – in Columbus’ favor