Ohio Wesleyan University

Game On: OWU Hires First Esports Program Coordinator, Head Coach

20 Sep , 2021  

Kyle Jenkins is ready to power up Ohio Wesleyan University’s new esports program.

On Oct. 1, Jenkins will join the university as its first esports program coordinator and head coach. He currently is the video coordinator/esports manager and head coach at Western Colorado University. Jenkins will report to Dwayne K. Todd, Ohio Wesleyan’s vice president for student engagement and success.

“We are immensely excited to find someone with Kyle’s experience to lead our new esports program forward,” said Todd, Ph.D. “Kyle brings a high level of energy and knowledge to this role, and he has a passion for gaming that I know will be readily apparent to potential team members. His proven track record provides great promise that we will see some exciting things in our new program at OWU!” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Can Churches Help To Ease The Affordable-Housing Shortage?

20 Sep , 2021  

This recent piece in Governing is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. The original post can be read here.

By Rick Reinhard, Governing, September 9, 2021

Many houses of worship own empty and underused buildings and land. Cities and counties need properties for affordable housing. Seems like a match made in, well, heaven.

But matchmaking between houses of worship and local governments is not quite so simple. Houses of worship can be frustrating, sometimes almost impossible, to work with. Members tend to be elderly and get stuck on what their church, synagogue or other house of worship used to be, not on what it currently is. Convoluted management structures are common in the religious world, meaning that a congregation, pastor, trustees, bishop and sometimes even a regional body may need to be on board to approve a sale or redevelopment project. Cemeteries requiring perpetual care may be part of the property, and deeds may include reversionary clauses, returning the property to original owners (even from the 19th century) if the property is used for anything but religious services. More…

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Life in Delaware County

It’s Jug Week; Association Announces Delaware Coverage

19 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association (OHHA) will present “Five Days in Delaware” from Sunday, September 19 through Thursday, September 23 as part of Little Brown Jug Week at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

A full slate of programming is scheduled for the week, including coverage of all five days of racing on the OHHA Facebook page and HarnessRacingOhio.com.

The OHHA will begin each day with Trackside Live, presented by Hagemeyer Farms. Trackside Live is a half-hour interview show hosted by OHHA Outreach and Public Relations Coordinator Frank Fraas. Two shows will air each day prior to post time. Trackside Live will incorporate the traditional Speakers Series held on Wednesday and Thursday. More…

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History/Tourism

President Hayes Walking Tour On Tap

17 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Delaware County Historical Society presents a special walking tour in downtown Delaware. Titled “Young and Old Rutherford B. Hayes Walking Tour”, this event will be held on Sunday, October 3. Three identical tours will be offered – at 1pm, 2:30pm, and 4pm, and are limited to 15 people for each tour.

Tours begin at the Sulfur Spring on Ohio Wesleyan’s Campus across from Selby Stadium and will include locations related to Rutherford B. Hayes’ life. The walk will feature Society volunteers and Hayes reenactors – Devon Hardwick as young Hayes and Bill Rietz as older Hayes. Tour guides will include Brent Carson and Laurie Schaefer.

Young Hayes will describe in detail, childhood memories of what he described as “his world” around the area of West William Street and Franklin Street. Older Hayes will discuss, among other topics, his devotion to his duties as a member of Ohio Wesleyan’s Board of Trustees and in his participation in laying the cornerstone of University Hall. More…

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Life in Delaware County

New ODNR Research Vessel Makes Maiden Voyage At Alum Creek State Park

16 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Geological Survey has launched a new vessel to conduct important research on the geology of Lake Erie. Officially named Erigan before its maiden voyage at Alum Creek State Park on Tuesday, the boat is custom designed for research work and features a steel hull, making it robust enough for use on Ohio’s Great Lake.

Erigan is named after a prehistoric river theorized to have flowed between Ohio and Ontario, Canada. It will be used to help geologists better understand the sediments and rocks found on the lake bottom. Research includes analyzing the distribution of offshore sediments, measuring bathymetry (lake depth), and using side-scan sonar to identify patterns in sediments. The new boat also enables sub-bottom profiling studies that help geologists distinguish the loose top layer of sediment from the compacted materials beneath it. More…

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Delaware

New Look City Hall Open House

15 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

The community is invited to tour the renovated City Hall building on Sunday, September 26 from 1-3 PM.

City Hall, 1 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, re-opened earlier this year after being closed in 2020 for renovations and because of COVID. Renovations on the nearly 85-year-old City Hall building’s interior were the first in nearly 30 years and addressed four critical areas: safety and security; public access and customer service; mechanical systems; and workspaces.

Work began on July 6.

The updates were respectful of the building’s history. City Hall currently hosts nearly 40 employees in five departments. More…

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Life in Delaware County

Delaware Man Sentenced To 130 Months On Drug Charge

13 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1808Delaware

Darnell Reeves, 34, of Delaware was sentenced in U.S. District Court last Friday to 130 months in prison for distributing heroin and cocaine laced with fentanyl that resulted in a series of overdoses.

According to court documents, investigators traced fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine back to Reeves (also known as Bookie), after they responded to the scene of an overdose death in Ostrander, Ohio on Feb. 28, 2018. The victim was found on a couch in a shed, slumped forward with a used syringe under him.

Further investigation tied Reeves’s trafficking activity to an overdose death on Jan. 22, 2018, a nonfatal overdose on Feb.12, 2018, and a fatal overdose on March 2, 2018.

Reeves was arrested in June 2018 on a federal criminal complaint and has remained in custody since. More…

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Liberty Township, Life in Delaware County

Liberty Road Intersection Closed For Roundabout Project

13 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

A Liberty Township intersection will be closed for the next month and a half to enable construction of a new roundabout.

According to the office of the Delaware County Engineer, the Liberty Road/Salisbury Drive roundabout will include north turn lanes at the intersection of Liberty Road and Libertydale Drive/St. Joan of Arc driveway. The project will connect the existing shared use path on Salisbury Drive to the sidewalks on Libertydale Drive.

The proposed Project improvements to Liberty Road will begin approximately 500 feet south of the intersection with Libertydale Drive to approximately 750 feet north of the intersection of Salisbury Drive. More…

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Schools

Delaware County Schools Report A Doubling In COVID Infections

10 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

As the 2021-2022 school year progresses, it is clear that the rise in COVID infections in non-school settings is also taking place in Delaware County’s educational facilities.

Numbers released by the Ohio Department of Health on Thursday show that the number of reported infections in the county’s school districts and buildings more than doubled in the last seven days.

The footprint of that impact has also increased, with eight schools/buildings involved, versus six last week. More…

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Delaware

Pedestrian Crossings Being Installed As Part Of Bike Path Network

8 Sep , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

Those traveling along West Central Avenue near Lexington Avenue may well have seen some activity this week.

The City of Delaware has initiated the installation of pedestrian crossings at Lexington Boulevard and Chatham Lane. The work includes not only sidewalks, but curb ramps, pedestrian push buttons, traffic signal modifications, and rectangular rapid flashing beacons.

Work is expected to take several weeks to complete and should be finalized before the end of October. More…

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OWU

OWU Adds Job Experts in Academic Areas

8 Sep , 2021  

By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan University’s Career Connection center is expanding its “Career Communities” to include dedicated job experts this fall in seven academic areas.

The experts – known as “career catalysts” – work with students in the career communities of economics and business; education and communication; entrepreneurship; humanities and fine arts; pre-health; social impact (such as pre-law, psychology, and international studies); and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Targeted Assistance

“Within these career communities, students can engage with their specialized career catalyst, receive targeted job opportunities, participate in industry-specific events with alumni and employers, and have access to a wealth of career-specific resources,” said Leigh Mascolino, director of career development. More…

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History/Tourism

Historical Society To Receive Award

7 Sep , 2021  

The Delaware County Historical Society was recently informed they will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award given by the Ohio Local History Alliance (OLHA) in the category of History Outreach – Public Programming.’

The selected program, titled “Cultural Communities of Delaware County: Early Settlers and American Indians 1770-1850”is an entertaining and educational experience, geared for both school-age and adult audiences. Featuring costumed reenactors and produced by members of the Society’s Curriculum Support Committee, the program consists of eleven vignettes which illustrate the interactions between the Lenni Lenape (Delaware People) and early pioneers who settled Delaware County.

A narrator introduces us to historical experiences of early settlers and American Indians which are depicted through multi-media presentations incorporating re-enactment, art, dance, and music. More…

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