Although Grove City saw adversity in 2018 after a tornado struck the southern portion of the city in April, the year also offered a look ahead to new additions to the community. Here's a brief look at some of Grove City's top stories in 2018.
2050 PLAN -- In the first month of 2018, Grove City Council adopted a strategic plan designed to be a blueprint for how the city can manage its growth. The GroveCity2050 document included several guiding principles and recommended target industries the city should seek to attract, including health-care services, tech-flex districts, education and training and distribution logistics.
GroveCity2050: Group turns attention to plan’s use
NO ORDINARY STORM -- A tornado with maximum winds measured at 105 mph struck Grove City on April 3, damaging about 450 houses. The National Weather Service reported the tornado touched down just south of Orders Road and moved northeast, crossing Hoover Road, before lifting just north of White Road and south of Stringtown Road. There were no injuries.
Support, action bring calm to Grove City after storm
WELCOME ABOARD -- When Grove City police Chief Jeff Pearson announced he would retire at the end of July, the city tapped Rick Butsko, a 26-year veteran of the force, for the post effective July 27. Jackson Township replaced township administrator Mike Lilly, who retired in December 2017, hiring Shane Farnsworth in September.
Butsko takes over as Grove City police chief
Jackson Township welcomes Shane Farnsworth as administrator
HEALTHY OUTLOOK -- OhioHealth's Grove City Methodist Hospital opened for patient care on Oct. 3 at 1375 Stringtown Road. It is adjacent to the outpatient surgery center OhioHealth opened in April 2018. Grove City will get a second hospital early in 2019, when Mount Carmel will open its 210-bed facility on North Meadows Drive.
Grove City Methodist Hospital: 26-bed facility to open Oct. 3
LUCKY NO. 7 -- Voters in the South-Western City School District approved Issue 7, a $93.4 million bond issue, on Nov. 6. It will provide the local share of costs for the second phase of the district's Ohio Facilities Construction Commission project, which will include new buildings at four middle school sites and some renovations. Construction is expected to begin in 2020.
South-Western City Schools: Bond issue’s win to start earnest plans