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Delaware County News: Weekend

7 Mar , 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 Sunday

Hi 41º | 10% chance of precipitation

DELAWARE GAZETTE

DPHD: Delaware County coronavirus death toll now at 103

Getting accustomed to new digs

Council continues to weigh aggregation

THISWEEK NEWS

Multicultural Food Truck Festival rolling into Westerville North, offering summer camp info

Westerville Resident Survey to gauge satisfaction level with city’s services

Delaware Hayes Roundup: Pacers swimmers battled way to state meet

Big Walnut Roundup: Five Golden Eagles wrestlers advance to district tournament

OTHER

Buckeye Valley High School grad critical after alleged hazing at Bowling Green State University

History/Tourism

Zoo & Aquarium Shares Reopening Plan

7 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has extended its winter ticketing policy. Admission will continue to be half-priced, and no reservations are required until March 12. (Subject to change while capacity permits. Park capacity restriction still in effect). Due to COVID-19 and the necessity to continue to limit our in-park capacity, the Columbus Zoo will return to timed ticketing and reservations on March 13.

Beginning March 13, admission will be $5 off regular price, and timed reservations are required for Members and our day guests until 2 PM. More…

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Schools

OSU Plans For Reactivated Campuses in 2021-2022

7 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio State University announced this week that planning is underway for a reactivation of its campuses this fall to offer safe and robust in-person experiences significantly expanded from current restrictions.

Continuing to follow all appropriate measures to protect the health and well-being of the community, and with the partnership and approval of local, state and federal health authorities, the university’s plans will include increasing:

  • In-person teaching, learning and student activities
  • Students in the residence halls
  • Staff working on campus
  • In-person campus services and events
  • Fans in attendance at Ohio State football games and other athletic competitions

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Landmarks

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Hayes Mirror, OWU

7 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Just inside the main entrance to University Hall on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University sits a piece of American history.

The item is a 10 foot tall frame made of black walnut, and housing a large pier mirror. The frame was a gift to the University by a former US President and his wife, a member of the OWU Class of 1853.

It is said that Rutherford B. Hayes, a native of Delaware, proposed to Lucy Webb Hayes on the steps of OWU’s Elliott Hall. What is certain is that the Hayeses maintained  lifelong relationship with the University, and made more than one gift to the school during their lifetimes. More…

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Delaware County

County Hires A Public Defender

6 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Public Defender Commission has announced the hiring of John Cornely as the County’s first Public Defender. The Public Defender Office provides legal representation for indigent defendants in the Delaware County judicial system, who cannot afford to hire attorneys themselves.

Cornely, a resident of Lewis Center, comes to the PDO after serving as a Deputy Director in the Office of the Ohio Public Defender for the last three years. Prior to his tenure there, Cornely was the Director of Ross County’s Public Defender Office and was an Assistant Public Defender in Athens County. He is a 1993 graduate of Olentangy High School, as well as a graduate of Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

“I am excited to start the Public Defender Office,” said Cornely. “I thank the Public Defender Commission and the County Commissioners for choosing me to lead the Office.” More…

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History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Stephen Sharp House

6 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

With a setting on important routes heading to Lake Erie and freedom from Columbus, and with its known abolitionist leanings, Delaware County was on an important location for the Underground Railroad.

Many travelling along that fabled route found themselves along what is now Africa Road, which ran between Westerville and Africa.

An Ohio historic marker recounts how the settlement and the road got their names: “Samuel Patterson arrived in East Orange in 1824 and, within a few years, began to hide runaway slaves in his home. He also invited anti-slavery speakers to the pulpit of the East Orange Methodist Church, which brought Patterson and his neighbors into conflict with the bishop. Following their consciences, they became the Wesleyan Methodists and built a new church. A pro-slavery neighbor mocked them by calling their community Africa, and so East Orange was renamed. The village has disappeared but several homes owned by Patterson and his neighbors still stand in this vicinity.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

2021 Maple Fest Taking Place This Saturday, Next Saturday

6 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

As 2021 continues, we are now reaching the point where the time  annual events which were cancelled in 2020 are rolling around again.

In the case of the Maple Fest taking place at Camp Lazarus, the 2021 version is a “go.

This year’s version takes place on Saturday, March 6 and Saturday, March 13., from 9 AM to 4 PM both days.

Maple candy and a limited supply of hand-crafted, Camp Lazarus maple syrup will be for sale (while supplies last). A fan favorite, Liberty Kettle Corn is returning and the Fest is welcoming The Funnel Cake Station this year. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Rainbow Trout Release Begins Week Of April 2 In Delaware County

5 Mar , 2021  

By Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Special to 1808Delaware

Fishing opportunities will abound this spring when rainbow trout are stocked at 67 public lakes and ponds, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.

Beginning the week of March 12 at Adams Lake in Adams County, more than 81,000 of these cold-water fish will be stocked in 2021. Delaware County fishing areas will see releases beginning the first week of April.

Rainbow trout are raised at Ohio’s state fish hatcheries and measure between 10-13 inches when they are released by the Division of Wildlife. Rainbow trout releases will take place across Ohio from early March until May as long as areas are ice-free and accessible to anglers. More…

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Westerville

Bechtold Named Westerville Assistant City Manager

5 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Westerville City Manager Monica Irelan has appointed Jason Bechtold as Assistant City Manager. Bechtold will transition from his position as Westerville’s Economic Development Director on Monday, March 8.

Bechtold replaces Julie Colley, who announced her retirement last year, leaving her role in late January. Bechtold was hired by Colley in 2009, and has managed economic development for the community for 11 years.

“Jason has strong relationships in the development community and a clear vision for a future Westerville,” said Irelan. “We complement each other in work style, and his experience in Westerville and around the Columbus region are advantages for attracting and retaining jobs and protecting property values. Jason’s already an asset to our team and he will excel in this role.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Coronavirus Snapshot: DeWine Shares Plan; County Schools Case Numbers Continue To Fall

5 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Ohio and Delaware County got a double dose of encouraging news on Thursday concerning the COVID-19 pandemic.

For one thing, the weekly reported numbers of new cases for students and staff in local schools continued its drop, powered by increased teacher vaccinations and ongoing safety guidelines.

Six Delaware County schools shared news of 30 new infections, which number included 28 students and 2 staff in the following locations: More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

2021 Delaware Great Decisions

4 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Delaware’s Great Decisions sessions on U.S. foreign policy and international relations will kick off March 12 with eight virtual sessions addressing critical issues impacting the nation and world.

The community is invited to join the online Zoom discussions by registering in advance at delawaregreatdecisions.com.Each event will begin at noon and last for one hour.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link for joining the programs. Please do not share your link; instead, please share the main weblink. Those who register will receive a program link each week by email. More…

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Schools

ECOT Argues School Board’s Say Isn’t Final In Ohio Supreme Court Repayment Lawsuit

4 Mar , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Arguments about the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow have been going in multiple legal filings, and the latest debate is in the Ohio Supreme Court, who has been tasked with how to interpret the word “final.”

ECOT is fighting a decision by the Ohio Department of Education that said it owed about $80 million over two school years when it was found that enrollment numbers were inflated and the online school system was overfunded.

The Ohio Supreme Court listened to arguments Tuesday debating whether or not ECOT should be allowed to appeal the decision of the state DOE, in which they approved a report and recommendation which authorized the ODE to begin taking funding back from ECOT in order to recoup lost money. More…

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