Here are the top five stories of 2019 in Canal Winchester, Groveport and Madison Township:

PUT DOWN THE PHONE -- Canal Winchester imposed a ban on cellphone use while driving, a law that takes effect April 1, 2020. That means law-enforcement officers could pull over a driver and issue a citation for using a cellphone while driving. Violators will be charged with a minor misdemeanor. -- Scott Gerfen

NEW CITY HALL? -- The former Bob McDorman Museum on East Waterloo Street could be the future hub of city operations for Canal Winchester. Mayor Mike Ebert is seeking permission from City Council to purchase the 24,000-square-foot building for $2.4 million. If approved, the building would be redesigned to house administration offices, City Council chambers and the community center. -- Scott Gerfen

FOR THE SCHOOLS -- Voters in both the Canal Winchester and Groveport Madison schools approved levy issues. In Canal Winchester, a five-year, 12.59-mill operating levy that will generate $6.2 million for the schools was approved in May. Groveport Madison voters approved a 6.68-mill levy in November after rejecting a similar request in May. -- Jack McLaughlin

HALL LEAVES -- After eight years on the job, plus service in other communities as a council member, mayor and administrator Marsha Hall retired Nov. 22 as Groveport's city administrator. Mayor Lance Westcamp and other city officials have interviewed six finalists for the job, with the expectation of hiring a new administrator in January. -- Scott Gerfen

CONSTRUCTION BEGINS -- A $27.1 million project (with the state covering $19.1 million) will see 48,000 square feet added to Canal Winchester High School. The project will include new learning centers, an additional gymnasium and a media center. The updates are scheduled to be completed before the start of the 2020 school year. -- Jack McLaughlin

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