History/Tourism

Landmarks Of Delaware County: The Felkner-Anderson House

12 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

They are called “I Houses,” and while Delaware County has several of them there is reputedly only one located in Scioto Township.

The house at 9716 Fontanelle Road dates from 1858, and was built by William Hall Felkner, replacing a log home dating from twenty years earlier built by his father Jacob. The Felkners were early settlers in western Delaware County, coming from Tennessee.

The phrase “I House” is not an official term, but it is a widely accepted way to describe houses from the early to mid 19th century across the Midwest and South that follow a particular pattern. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Olentangy Schools Parent Program Team Presents Online Forum

11 Jan , 2021  

The Parent Programs Team (PPT) of Olentangy Local Schools is presenting “Kids, Tweens and Teens: Social Media and Technology,” a virtual, interactive forum featuring Caitlain Tully and Margeretta Carrington from The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

This interactive session will explore different social media apps and relationships online. Participants will receive helpful tips and resources about communicating and guiding young people to set healthy digital boundaries, including a family media agreement. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Ohio’s Muzzleloader Season Results

11 Jan , 2021  

Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunters completed the 2021 muzzleloader season with 9,708 deer checked from Saturday, January 2 to Tuesday, January 5, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the last three years, an average of 12,695 deer were taken during the same four-day period.

During the weeklong and extra weekend of deer-gun season, 86,853 deer were checked by Ohio hunters. In total, 102,672 deer were harvested with a gun, including muzzleloaders, during the 2020-2021 gun hunting seasons. Over the last three years, hunters harvested an average of 90,722 deer during the three gun hunting seasons.

The total number of deer taken in Ohio during all 2020-2021 hunting seasons is 187,883, with one month remaining to hunt with archery equipment. That number has already surpassed last season’s final tally of 184,468. Delaware County has seen 973  during this season. More…

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Business

Bank, Convenience Store On Liberty Townshp Zoning Commission Agenda

11 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Two development projects will be considered by the Liberty Township Zoning Commission at their upcoming January 20 meeting.

The first concerns the proposed construction of a new Huntington Bank facility on 1.585 acres at 4072 West Powell Road, which would replace existing structures. This in turn would require an amendment to the Big Bear Farms Development Plan.

The second proposal is for Final Development Plan approval for a 3.558 acres site in Seldom Seen Acres. More…

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Life in Delaware County

State Rolling Out School Vaccination Plan; Teachers Union Has Concern

10 Jan , 2021  

By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal

Gov. Mike DeWine explained more of the planned roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations for schools on Thursday, and a state teachers union said the criteria involved has members concerned.

DeWine said the plan as of now is to start vaccinating school personnel in the first week of February, with a goal for schools who receive vaccinations to return to in-person instruction by March 1.

“The sole rationale of vaccinating teachers and others in schools is to open up schools,” DeWine said on Thursday. More…

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Business

Polaris Macy’s Not Closing; FieldhouseUSA Nearing Completion

10 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The rapidly changing world of retail continues to evolve locally during the winter of 2020-2021.

The Polaris area is faring better than many similar areas, retaining key anchors amidst nationwide closures and seeing new retailers and attractions near completion.

This past week, Macy’s announced the closing of 37 stores across the country, with the closures a part of three year profitability plan. Last year, 28 stores were shuttered, leaving the chain with 540 locations. The stated goal is the closing of 125 local stores. More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU President Speaks About US Capitol Assault

9 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones, Ph.D., shared this message on January 7 regarding the state of the nation and our democracy:

Unprecedented. I had hoped to leave this word behind in 2020, relegating it to describing the year that COVID-19 emerged and launched a life-changing, worldwide pandemic. Yet, less than a week into the new year, unprecedented applies again – this time in response to an attack on the U.S. Capitol and, more importantly, on American democracy itself.

In covering yesterday’s assault on Capitol Hill, OWU alumnus and ABC News’ Nightline co-anchor Byron Pitts ’82 shared his hope that the violence would create the turning point needed to help Democrats and Republicans – indeed, all Americans – begin to work together to find meaningful solutions for pressing problems. More…

History/Tourism

Delaware On The Map: The Beginning

9 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

We are re-launching our series, “Delaware On The Map,” which looks at how local history is revealed on maps — maps of the area, county, and nation.

Students of local lore will know that the city of Delaware had its origins in 1804 when Moses Byxbe came to central Ohio from Massachusetts. Four years later, he laid out a town on the east, then the west bank of the Olentangy River. More…

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Delaware

Affordable Housing Project Highlights Council Agenda

9 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Three public hearings are part of the agenda for Delaware City Council as it holds its first regular meeting of the year.

Of those, two deal with a proposed residential development while the third involves a requested alley vacation.

Delaware City Schools has requested the vacation of an alley at Conger Elementary School. This change would be part of plans to construct additional classrooms at the facility, and to change the location for parking. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware County Sees Red Again; School COVID-19 Cases Decrease Substantially

8 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

When the Ohio Public Health Advisory System was updated on Thursday afternoon, Delaware County found itself in a very familiar place.

A place, in fact, which is occupied by 83 other counties in Ohio.

Meeting only two indicators, that being that of new COVID-19 cases per capita and the seven day average of new cases, the county was at “Red” or “Level Three” for another week. There have been 1,718 new cases in the preceding two weeks, representing a total of 821.31 cases per 100,000 population. More…

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Sunbury

Safe Haven Baby Box Now Available At BST&G Fire Station

8 Jan , 2021  

BST&G Fire District has installed a Safe Haven Baby Box located on the east end of the fire station at 350 West Cherry Street in Sunbury. The Safe Haven Baby Box will be available to the public starting on Tuesday, January 5 after the Safe Haven Baby Box Community Unveiling Event at 3:00 PM. This is the 4th Safe Haven Baby Box available in Ohio and the 56th in the nation.

The Ohio Safe Haven Law allows people to surrender their unharmed newborn without fear of criminal prosecution. The Safe Haven Baby Box provides a last resort option to surrender an infant, eliminating the face to face interaction with emergency medical personnel and ensuring a safe surrender of a newborn infant. The Safe Haven Baby Box organization also staffs a 24-hour hotline (1-866-99BABY1) to give women the opportunity to talk to a trained professional as they consider safely surrendering their baby. The hotline has received over 5,000 calls from all states in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. More…

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Business

Discount Clothes Retailer Coming To Delaware

8 Jan , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

This month will see the opening of a new retailer in Delaware County.

Discount Fashion Warehouse is set to open its new 14,000 square foot-plus location at 1000 Sunbury Road in Delaware, in the former Glennwood Commons location recently vacated by OfficeMax.

Our story on the OfficeMax departure can be read here. More…

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