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Delaware County News: Friday

15 Jan , 2021  

Each day, 1808Delaware collects and shares the best writing and most important stories from local and other media covering Delaware County. For tweets from over 100 local sources, visit Delaware County Tweets (left sidebar on desktop, scroll down on mobile).

Weather for Friday

Hi 42º | 90% chance of precipitation

DELAWARE GAZETTE

Husak named new planning director in Powell

Local vaccine distribution details released

THISWEEK NEWS

Sheetz’ first central Ohio store to open April 6 in Delaware

Powell’s Karla Woolley looks forward to opening Locust Table restaurant

Olentangy Schools survey asks: What should 16th elementary school be called?

Genjigo touts fresh, convenient hibachi bowls at Westerville Square

New Westerville City Manager Monica Irelan says job was ‘opportunity I couldn’t pass up’

Business, Powell/Lewis Center

Powell Commission Approves Extension For OSU Wexner Ambulatory Care Center

15 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt in many corners, including in the medical and educational communities. This is no more true than with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which had hoped to break ground on a new Ambulatory Care Facility in Powell in a timely manner.

As we shared back in January 2019, the Powell Planning & Zoning Commission had then approved a Final Development Plan for the facility, noting:

“The new facility at 3315 Royal Belfast Boulevard will sit on approximately 36 acres northeast of the intersection of Sawmill Parkway and Home Road and across the road from Olentangy Liberty High School. The first phase of the project including the center and office building will bring approximately 200,000 square feet of health care services space and will result in approximately 500 jobs with “substantial average salaries” and a payroll approaching $50 million… More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Statehouse, State Offices To Close Amid Protest Threat

15 Jan , 2021  

By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Statehouse and other state buildings in downtown Columbus will be closed through Inauguration Day as police officers, National Guard members and state troopers provide security and authorities prepare for possible protests by supporters of President Donald Trump, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday.

“The sad truth is that there are people in our country who want to turn peaceful protests into an opportunity for violence,” said DeWine, a Republican, at a news briefing. “These are violent people, and their violence will not be tolerated in Ohio.” More…

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Business

Polaris Fashion Place Likely To Lose Women’s Clothing Retailer

15 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A national chain with a location in Delaware County is the most recent in a string of retailers to shut down in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christopher & Banks, a national retailer of women’s clothing, has filed for bankruptcy on Thursday in New Jersey and is expected to close most if not all of its locations.

The company recently announced third quarter sales that resulted in a $10.8 million loss. In a press release, the company said,

“Despite the tremendous advancements we have made in executing our strategic plan, due to the financial distress resulting from the pandemic and its ongoing impact, we elected to initiate this process and pursue a potential sale of the business in whole or in part to position the Company for the future.” More…

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Genoa Township

Rumpke Expands Plastic Recycling In Genoa Township

14 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Beginning last week, yogurt and fruit cups, and sour cream and butter tubs were added to Rumpke’s expanding accepted materials list.

Maybe you have always attempted to recycle yogurt and butter containers, but until now, those items were considered “contamination.” Contamination is the industry term for non-recyclable materials deposited in recycling collection programs.

These materials must be separated and taken to the landfill, making operations less efficient. In fact, plastic bags and Christmas lights jam conveyor belts halting work and requiring repairs to specialized sorting equipment. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Armed Teachers Case

14 Jan , 2021  

by Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

The issue of whether or not school districts should be allowed to determine firearms policies and the level of training needed comes down to grammar and the English language, according to attorneys who argued the case before the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday.

The state’s highest court heard arguments in a lawsuit regarding a Butler County district’s ability to allow personnel to carry guns on school property.

The focus of the lawsuit became the meaning of one sentence in Ohio law creating conditions on being armed in schools. More…

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History/Tourism

It’s Time To Take The Columbus Ale Trail

14 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware, Experience Columbus

With more than 50 unique craft breweries in the region, including in Delaware County, Columbus’ beer scene is an adventure waiting for you to explore. Pick up your free copy of the Columbus Ale Trail Volume 6 books at any participating Central Ohio brewery and launch your own journey of exploration.

Use the guide to learn about Central Ohio’s craft breweries, get rewarded for trying new brews and make great memories along the way.

This year’s edition features a new Delaware County addition, Spires Social Brewing Company, 8757 Sancus Boulevard, in addition to other participating breweries in Powell, Lewis Center, Westerville, and Delaware. More…

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Delaware

City Of Delaware Receives Ohio Auditor Award With Distinction

13 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Good record keeping has qualified the City of Delaware for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for its 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

This award is presented for excellence in financial reporting and compliance with all applicable laws for the fiscal year ended in 2019.

“Your exemplary reporting serves as the standard for clean, accountable government, representing the highest level of service to Ohioans,” Auditor Keith Faber said. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Remember The Census? Here’s A Bit Of A Release Timetable

13 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We are sure you remember the 2020 US Census, that decennial count of Americans that, for the first time in recent memory if ever, took place in the midst of a pandemic.

Now that it’s 2021, you might expect the numbers to be released soon for Ohio, Delaware County, and the county’s cities and villages. You would be mostly right. Here’s what’s up.

Just before New Year’s, the Census Bureau shared the following:

“Data collection is just one part of producing a complete and accurate 2020 Census. Since mid-October, Census Bureau experts have been hard at work on processing the data. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Stylish Scribe: OWU Professor Becomes Columnist For National Publication

13 Jan , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University professor David Caplan is well-suited for his new role. Literally.

After writing his first article for the Ivy Style website in October, Caplan, Ph.D., this month was named a regular columnist for the online publication. Launched in 2008, Ivy Style celebrates what is considered by some as the most enduring clothing style of the 20th century.

Caplan’s new column, “Office Hours,” is expected to appear every two or three weeks. In announcing their newest columnist, Ivy Style’s editors said: “Professor David Caplan’s recent articles were met with a warm reception, and so Ivy Style is honored to kick off the new year with a regular column for the tweedy professor. … Caplan will use it to continue exploring the intersection between traditional clothing and American culture past and present.” More…

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Powell/Lewis Center

Powell Moving Forward With Wellness Center Study

12 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Last week, Powell City Council unanimously approved a contract with Integrated Wellness Partners and Signet Enterprises to conduct a feasibility study for a potential health and wellness center in the city of Powell.

The proposal undertakes a 90-120 day feasibility process that will provide an evaluation and recommendations for key project factors, including a needs assessment, market study, core program identification, operations and staffing plans and a project narrative for medical fitness.

“In the 2015 City of Powell Comprehensive Plan, one of the recommended components of implementation is to explore options for the creation of a community recreation center,” said City Manager Andrew White. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware Countian Reappointed To Ohio Expositions Commission

12 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

It was recently announced by the State of Ohio that John R. Page of Lewis Center has been reappointed to the Ohio Expositions Commission for a term beginning January 8, 2021, and ending December 1, 2026.

Page has served as general manager of the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center, and in 2018 was selected by his peers for his leadership and civic contributions by being included in the Most Admired Chief Operating Officers by Columbus Business First.

The Ohio Expositions Commission itself was established in 1961 when the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation creating a new governing body for the Ohio Expo Center. Prior to 1961, the State Board of Agriculture oversaw the Center. The Commission maintains and manages state property reserved for the purpose of conducting at least one Fair annually. More…