In January, someone who said a drag queen would be at the center of one of 2019's biggest stories in the Olentangy Valley might not have been believed, but it happened -- in a year that also featured a monthslong maelstrom in Liberty Township and a dish that landed a few middle schoolers in hot water.
Here's a look back at the top five stories of the year:
ONE FOR THE BOOKS -- It was a newsworthy year for the Delaware County District Library, to say the least. In March, the library selected a development at Home and Steitz roads for its new, larger Powell branch, fulfilling last year's Election Day promise. Then in May, the library made nationwide headlines when it scheduled Drag 101, a class to teach teens the basics of drag. The class ultimately was canceled after the library received "veiled threats."
TOWNSHIP TUMULT -- Controversy stuck around all year long in Liberty Township, thanks to trustees' proposal to replace the township's emergency medical services with Delaware County's EMS. Frustrated residents packed meeting halls for months, and Save Our Services led an aborted attempt to oust trustees Melanie Leneghan and Mike Gemperline.
I'LL DRINK TO THAT -- After more than a year's worth of consideration, Powell City Council approved a DORA in October. The law will allow those attending certain events in downtown Powell to carry and enjoy alcoholic beverages outdoors when purchased from one of 17 businesses within the designated area.
CREPES AND VAPES -- Bad behavior brought attention to Olentangy's Hyatts Middle School in May when eight students were accused of putting urine or semen into crepes served to teachers. Six of the students were sentenced in September. In the district's high schools, both students and leaders took measures to cut down on another bad behavior -- vaping -- with efforts ranging from a student anti-vaping campaign in January to the September purchase of vape sensors to be installed in restrooms.
NO LEFT IS ALL RIGHT -- Getting through Powell's notorious Four Corners intersection (theoretically) became easier in August when city leaders expanded left-turn bans to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The decision was the culmination of years of discussion by leaders, feedback from the public and ticket-writing blitzes by the city's police force.