Delaware County

Historic Courthouse Hearing Room Renamed To Honor Judge

24 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

In a surprise ceremony on Thursday, the Delaware County Commissioners renamed the hearing room of Delaware County’s Historic Courthouse in honor of retired Common Pleas Court Judge Henry E. Shaw, Jr.

The hearing room served as the iconic building’s first courtroom from 1869 to 2017. Shaw presided over it from 1976 to 2003, and his 27 years on the bench made him Delaware County’s longest-serving General Division Common Pleas Court judge. But the honor derives just as much from Shaw’s devotion to preserving local history, the Commissioners noted in the ceremony, which they listed on their regular Thursday session agenda simply as an award-recognition event for the Historic Courthouse’s renovation that was completed in January. More…

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Business, Dublin

OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital Named To Top Hospitals List

21 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

What does it take to be great? If you ask the leadership team at OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, it’s all about team. Because of that, the hospital has landed on the IBM Watson Health national list of top hospitals in 8 of 10 years. This year however, despite all of the challenges that COVID-19 presented, Dublin Methodist Hospital was recognized as the number one mid-size hospital in the country.

This year Fortune once again joined forces with IBM Watson Health to rank the very best hospitals and health systems in the country. Crunching the numbers from Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MEDPAR) data, and data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website, IBM researchers evaluated 2,675 short-term, acute care, non-federal U.S. hospitals on various performance indicators in four main categories: clinical outcomes, operational efficiency, patient experience, and financial health. More…

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Delaware County

Delaware County Board Of Elections Given Service Award

16 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Delaware County’s Board of Elections has been recognized by the Ohio Secretary of State for outstanding service to the voters of Ohio during the 2020 Presidential Election. Director Karla Herron and Deputy Director Anthony Saadey accepted the award on behalf of the Board.

“There is not a stage big enough to hold the thousands of poll workers, seasonal employees, and volunteers who made the 2020 Presidential Election a success in Delaware County,” said Secretary of State Frank LaRose.

This is the first time a single Board of Elections has been awarded for its outstanding service.  There are 88 Boards of Elections, one for each county, in Ohio.  The award was presented by LaRose on June 8, during the annual Summer Elections Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. More…


Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware Countians Tapped For Collegiate Honor Society Membership

8 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Ohio Wesleyan University invited 19 students into its chapter of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society this spring.

Included among them are several Delaware Countians.

Phi Eta Sigma recognizes first-year students who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or better during their first semester and who also are in the upper 20 percent of their class. More…



Delaware County Students Win CAPA Marquee Awards

6 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA) is committed to celebrating, supporting, and advocating for high school musical theatre education throughout central Ohio. Through CAPA’s standing as a member of the Broadway League, Columbus is an official Regional Awards Program of The Jimmy Awards®/National High School Musical Theatre Awards®.

CAPA sponsors the prestigious national program for high school musical theatre students through its own newly created, local awards program—the CAPA Marquee Awards.

To be considered for participation in the CAPA Marquee Awards Presented by AEP Foundation, schools must submit an online application, and present a full-length musical from a list of Jimmy® Awards-approved productions between October 15, 2020 – April 18, 2021. More…

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Delaware Fire Department Earns International Accredited Status

25 May , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The City of Delaware Fire Department has earned Accredited Agency status from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program.

Delaware is one of only 289 departments worldwide to be accredited, and one of only 10 in Ohio. The accreditation was awarded May 18 and will remain valid for five years.

“One of my goals since I arrived here was to pursue accreditation,” Delaware Fire Chief John Donahue said. “This is a similar process used by hospitals, colleges and industry that validates the fire department programs and ensure that they are in alignment with the community and local government.” More…

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Ohio Wesleyan University

Passion, Vision, Commitment

29 Apr , 2021  

In nominating Grace Ison for a Charles J. Ping Student Service Award, Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones, Ph.D., praised the sophomore as a “shining example of all that is best about this new generation.”

Ison, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is one of 12 students across the state being honored with a 2021 Ping Award, presented by the Ohio Campus Compact “to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.”

Of Ison and her work, President Jones said: “Grace is the ultimate example of the coming together of service and leadership in a way that is meaningful and productive, and evidence of her work abounds on our campus and within our community. … Grace has changed the service landscape at Ohio Wesleyan. Her deep passion, her vision, and her sustained commitment are a shining example of all that is best about this new generation.” More…


Life in Delaware County

Delaware Public Health District And 16 Others To Receive Collaborative Achievement Award

23 Mar , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Congratulations to the Delaware Public Health District which, together with 16 other health departments in central Ohio, will be receiving the important William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award.

The announcement was made via social media on Monday by the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).

In making the announcement, MORPC shared, “We’re proud of our public health professionals for all they have done to keep our community healthy and informed throughout the pandemic.” More…

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Westerville Schools Qualify For Auditor Of State Award

19 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Westerville City Schools has qualified for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction following its state audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. It is the ninth consecutive year the district has received the commendation.

For the seventh consecutive year, there were no findings against the district in the FY2020 state audit. In addition, the auditor’s office didn’t find any issues that would necessitate a management letter.

State Auditor Keith Faber recognized the district and Treasurer/CFO Nicole Marshall at Monday’s school board meeting. More…


Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Provost Named One of 25 Outstanding Women in Higher Education

8 Mar , 2021  

Ohio Wesleyan University Provost Karlyn Crowley, Ph.D., is being honored as one of the nation’s top 25 outstanding women working in higher education in 2021.

The honor comes from Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine as part of its Women’s History Month edition, released this week. Those recognized “have made a difference in the academy by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills, and making a positive difference in their respective communities,” according to the magazine.

Maya Matthews Minter, Diverse’s vice president of editorial and production, said choosing each year’s list of honorees is “a tough task.”

“But we rely on the instincts and familiarities of our writers, reporters, and editorial board in deciding who will be included on the list,” said Minter, noting this is the magazine’s 10th year of honoring higher education’s outstanding women. More…

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Westerville Library Earns Certificate For Excellence In Financial Reporting

23 Feb , 2021  

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Westerville Public Library by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for 2019. This is the third year in a row that the library has received this honor.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a signficant accomplishment by a government and its management.

An Award of Financial Reporting Achivement has been awarded to the library’s fiscal officer, Erin Hill, designated by the government as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR.

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

Source: Westerville Public Library



Westerville Police Announce 2020 Awards

18 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Westerville Division of Police has announced departmental recognitions and awards for 2020.

Sergeant Dan Betts has been named WPD’s Officer of the Year for 2020. Sgt. Betts also received two Lifesaving Awards.

Officer and Civilian of the Year | Awarded to individuals who have demonstrated excellent performance, productivity, responsibility, loyalty and honesty in fulfilling the Division’s mission statement in order to serve the public with the highest possible standards of service.  They are nominated and chosen by their peers.

  • Officer of the Year | Sgt. Dan Betts, Patrol Supervisor (third-shift)
  • Civilian of the Year | Alishia Gibbs, Records Manager