This year marked continued growth for New Albany, in its schools, its businesses and its village center. Change was felt on a variety of levels, from an evolving business park to the loss of a longtime council member. Here's a look back at five of the top stories of 2018:
LOCAL LEGACY – New Albany said goodbye to a man who was nearly a centenarian and gave decades of his life in service to bettering his community. A New Albany City Council member since 1993, Glyde Marsh died at age 99 on Sept. 11. The World War II veteran would have been 100 years old Sept. 13.
Kasey Kist appointed to New Albany City Council
Glyde Marsh legacy: 'A life well lived'
New Albany councilman Glyde Marsh dies two days shy of 100th birthday
Public service punctuates Glyde Marsh’s 100 years
REAL MCCOY – The Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts turned a decade old this year; its first public event was a March 15, 2008, concert with Chick Corea and Bela Fleck. Since then, dozens of diverse events have been held there. Such programs as the Jefferson Series continue to draw audiences from the city and central Ohio.
Real McCoy: New Albany’s arts center remains symbol of collaboration
ANOTHER MILESTONE – The McCoy wasn't the only institution marking a significant birthday. The New Albany International Business Park turned 20 this year and celebrated with more growth: Aetna opened a new facility; construction began on AEP's second building for its transmission headquarters campus; about 900 annexed acres were added to the park; and, most recently, city leaders made a play for a Google data center.
New Albany makes offer for Google subsidiary’s data center
Latest annexation expands New Albany business park
Aetna expansion will add tax revenue to local coffers
CONNECTING DOTS – New Albany's village center continued to evolve in 2018. The city's Rose Run project, a revitalization initiative that will connect the village center and New Albany-Plain Local School District campus and provide more accessibility to the Rose Run corridor, got underway this year. Meanwhile, new retail and residential businesses, including Freshii, Johnson's Real Ice Cream and Market and Main Apartments, opened their doors in the village center.
New Albany library’s second entrance will coincide with Rose Run project
On schedule: 127-unit Market and Main Apartments nearly finished
Kists feeling Freshii on Market
MAKING THE GRADE – The New Albany-Plain Local School District can't be left out of this year's progress report. The district opened the school year by equipping New Albany Intermediate School students with iPads as part of an initiative to outfit students in grades 1-12 with tablet computers to aid in learning -- something staff members hope to achieve by the 2022-23 school year. Other initiatives include implementing the R Factor, a popular training framework popularized by the Focus 3 organization that is based on the formula that an event and one's response to it create an outcome. The district also received an A on the state report card issued by the Ohio Department of Education, making it one of 28 school districts in Ohio to receive an overall A, according to Superintendent Michael Sawyers.
New Albany-Plain Local Schools receive A on state report card
New Albany-Plain Local ready to issue iPads to intermediate students