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Late last week, October’s county unemployment figures were released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services which showed that Ohio in general, and Delaware County in particular, are holding steady with relatively low rates.
While Ohio had a 5.2% unemployment rate in terms of non-seasonally adjusted numbers, Delaware County had the sixth lowest rate statewide at 3.5%.
In Delaware County, some 3,900 individuals were considered unemployed in October, based on a total available work force of 110,800 and 106,900 employed. More…
Ohio’s largest public shooting range, located at Delaware Wildlife Area in northern Delaware County, will open Friday, Dec. 4, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The shooting range was previously closed for repairs while major enhancements and renovations were completed, as well as construction of a new indoor Archery Training Center.
The $8 million range improvements include 96 total pistol and rifle shooting stations as well as upgraded backstops, making it the largest public shooting facility in Ohio. Along with a new entrance and parking lot, other additions include restroom facilities, range master building, and three new archery ranges. The renovated shotgun range features target launchers and six designated shooting stations. More…
The sights and sounds of Christmas will again inhabit the streets of downtown Delaware this year, as Home For the Holidays arrives hosted by Main Street Delaware.
Included this year are:
Come downtown to shop, dine, and enjoy the unveiling of some amazing window displays by our downtown businesses.
When $7.7 million in criminal justice agencies across Ohio was announced this week by the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), Delaware County was well represented among the recipients.
Local grants were obtained both from the Edward J. Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant and the Violence Against Women Act grant programs.
The former grant, described by OCJS as allowing “… local and state governments to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on the needs and conditions of the jurisdictions and supports multijurisdictional drug task forces, school resource officers, drug, veteran and mental health courts, corrections projects, and justice technology initiatives in Ohio,” gave funding to: More…
With the Thanksgiving holiday providing a one-day respite on reporting of COVID-19 cases, the Ohio Department of Health shared new statistics that covered both Thursday and Friday.
That two day total revealed that Ohio’s number of new cases grew by 17,065 during those two days, bringing the total to 399,908.
It is all but certain that the next update will take the state’s total over 400,000.
The total number of deaths now stands at 6,346, up 72 from Wednesday’s figure. More…
Westerville City Schools Treasurer Nicole Marshall and Superintendent Dr. John Kellogg presented testimony before the Ohio House Finance Committee earlier this month in support of the Fair School Funding plan, a new school funding formula that would reduce the state’s overreliance on local taxpayers to pay for public education and provide a more equitable state model for funding schools.
“My taxpayers are tired of our school funding system being broken,” Marshall said in her testimony in support of Substitute House Bill 305 and the Senate’s companion bill, Senate Bill 376. “They deserve better. My students deserve better. School treasurers and CFOs should not be the only people that understand how school funding is calculated.”
In her address to lawmakers, she also noted the impact of the state’s current funding model, including the funding cap that results in a $12 million fewer state dollars to the district’s budget each year. More…
Imagine finding that perfect holiday present from your living room, office, or phone — and supporting local merchants at the same time.
“How can I do that,” you ask? Make a visit to the new Online Holiday Shop presented by Main Street Delaware.
Through this new portal, links to downtown Delaware businesses are collected in one place for easy access. By visiting each link, you can learn about what a business has to offer, special holiday shopping hours, and even special promotions. More…
Are you, family members, or a friend harboring a desire to serve as a university professor?
If so, this might be an opportunity for you/them!
Ohio Wesleyan University is accepting applications now for 11 tenure-track professorships for the 2021-2022 academic year. The new faculty are being hired as a cluster with a focus on supporting the university’s ongoing work to provide a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environment.
The cluster hire is a first for Ohio Wesleyan, which in June launched a comprehensive antiracism action plan focusing on the areas of structure and policies, teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining students and employees, and campus climate. More…
Delaware native President Rutherford B. Hayes and Lucy Hayes were certainly no strangers to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Originally, Thanksgiving Day commemorations were declared on a state-by-state basis, and so varied from date to date and from one year to another. Even though President James K. Polk hosted the first such dinner at the White House, it was during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln that a national celebration was established, the President declaring in October the last Thursday in November to be that date.
The Hayes’ first Thanksgiving in the White House was celebrated on November 29, 1877. More…
This week, the City of Delaware shared a reminder that residents check that nearby gutters and drains are free of leaves and debris so the storm drains can do their job.
If you place leaves in yard waste bags or in receptacles and set at curbside on your regular trash collection day, the City will pick them up. Our curbside crews will be collecting bagged leaves or those in bins through the week of December 14.
Remember that yard waste includes lawn trimmings, leaves, vines, brush, and garden waste. Yard waste does NOT include non-biodegradable material. The City provides this service on the scheduled refuse collection day from mid-April through mid- December. More…
Imagine that you crave a new book to read, but find it difficult to get ideas without personally visiting a local bookstore or library location.
With the recent changes related to the COVID-19 pandemic, such activities are harder than they used to be. The Delaware County District Library, for instance, has again turned to curbside and drive thru service only for book access.
There is an answer via the Library, however. It’s called “Personalized Picks.” More…