Everyone from presidents to drag queens had a hand in shaping Delaware's memorable 2019. Here's a look back at five of the year's top stories:
BALLOT BLESSING -- May voters gave a big thumbs-up to Delaware City Schools, approving a "no new millage" bond issue that will raise $36.5 million over its lifetime to add or renovate building space at Schultz, Conger, Woodward and Carlisle elementary schools and Dempsey Middle School. Facility upgrades also will take place at Hayes High School and Smith Elementary School.
Voters in Sunbury also gave nods to a pair of ballot issues in November: a 1-mill operating levy for the Community Library and a measure that will create the village's first charter as it makes the transition to city next year.
NEW FACES -- Heidi Kegley took the reins of Delaware City Schools in August, replacing Paul Craft, who left the district to become chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Educational Technology Association.
And a new face of a different kind showed up in October in downtown Delaware as a 10-foot-tall statue of native son President Rutherford B. Hayes was installed after a lengthy fundraiser.
POINT PROGRESS -- Though it's still years away, a fix for the notorious Delaware intersection of William Street and Central Avenue known as the Point moved closer to reality in 2019 as the city held open houses over the summer to gather input. The project will see a new railroad bridge over four lanes of traffic. Work also began in the spring to add a new center left-turn lane to East William Street, from Lake Street to Foley Street. The project is expected to take a year to complete.
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."
UP IN SMOKE -- In April, Delaware said "no" to smoking in city parks. The ban on tobacco and vapes in parks took effect in May.