Delaware County

Commissioners Approve $113 Million Budget For 2019

22 Dec , 2018  

On Thursday, the Delaware County Board of Commissioners approved its budget for 2019. The $113,275,365 figure approved for General Fund expenditures increases operating expenditures by 4.3 percent over 2018 levels. This increase will allow for some modest increases in staffing and a 3.0 percent raise in salaries for non-union employees.

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Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Theory-to-Practice Grants Fuel Research, Internships, And Careers

21 Dec , 2018  

From completing community mapping work in Costa Rica to comparing life expectancies in Italy and the United States, Ohio Wesleyan University students are receiving nearly $49,000 in new university-funded grants to support academic, research, and internship experiences. Ohio Wesleyan today announced it is awarding seven new Theory-to-Practice grants to enable 12 students and four faculty and staff mentors to complete OWU Connection experiences on campus; in Columbus; and abroad in Costa Rica, Italy, Morocco, and Northern Ireland.

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Delaware

Delaware City Council To Consider Financial, Development Measures

20 Dec , 2018  

On Thursday evening, Delaware City Council will meet for the final time in 2018. On the agenda are several measures, many of which deal with typical year-end financial matters.

Also included on the agenda are ordinances concerning conditional use approvals and plan approvals for projects by Fahey Bank and Blue Sky Car Wash.

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Life in Delaware County

Awards Given For Keeping County Beautiful

18 Dec , 2018  

Several community members, leaders, schools and groups received recognition at the annual Keep Delaware County Beautiful Awards that occurred on December 13 at Stratford Ecological Center.

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Business, Life in Delaware County

State Of The Region Date Announced

18 Dec , 2018  

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, better known as “MORPC,” has announced that the date for its annual main event has been set.

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Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Appoints Alumna As Executive Director Of New University Initiative

17 Dec , 2018  

To lead its new OWU Career Connection Center, Ohio Wesleyan University conducted a national search to find “a creative and visionary leader” who would serve as “an energetic, engaging and passionate advocate” for students preparing for a lifetime of fulfilling work.

It turns out the ideal candidate already was working on the Ohio Wesleyan campus and exemplifying all of the qualities she will help to develop in current and future OWU students. The university has announced that the appointment of 2005 alumna Megan R. Sanders Ellis as executive director of the new OWU Career Connection Center. She currently is serving as administrative director of Ohio Wesleyan’s Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship.

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Delaware

Delaware Street Turning Into Pedestrian Only Area

16 Dec , 2018  

Work has begun to convert Marshall Court in Delaware to a pedestrian-only area.

The short roadway, which runs from North Sandusky Street to North Union Street, separates the Delaware County Courthouse and the Rutherford B. Hayes Administrative Building. The project is part of ongoing improvements to the County government’s facilities.

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Life in Delaware County, Powell/Lewis Center

Christmas Movie Filmed In Powell To Air This Weekend

15 Dec , 2018  

Christmas is clearly in the air in southern Delaware County –even in the middle of the summer!

The City of Powell has shared the news that a movie filmed in Powell this past summer, “Country Christmas Album,” is making its cable TV debut this weekend. The film will be shown on the ION Channel (Spectrum Channel 231 in Powell) at 9 PM on Saturday.

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Life in Delaware County

Soaring Sounds Of The Season This Sunday

12 Dec , 2018  

Enjoy incredible music performed by local voices and orchestra this Sunday as the Delaware Community Chorus performs the “Magnificat” of English composer John Rutter.

This holiday performance will include this piece, exquisite carols by Rutter, and delightful songs of the season.

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Life in Delaware County, Ohio Wesleyan University

Register Today For Winter Community Day 2019

11 Dec , 2018  

The Bishop Backers invite you to save the date for Winter Community Day 2019, a countywide celebration of Delaware that includes free admission to an Ohio Wesleyan University men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader and a Delaware Expo that showcases local nonprofit organizations and businesses.

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Schools

Work Underway On Olentangy District Elementary Buildings

10 Dec , 2018  

Work to expand three of the Olentangy Local School District’s elementary schools is now underway. The three schools – Alum Creek Elementary, Arrowhead Elementary and Wyandot Run Elementary – each will receive six additional classrooms for a total of 18 new elementary classrooms to be completed in time for the 2019-20 school year.

The additions are needed to ease crowding and accommodate for continued growth.Enrollment projections show the district will run out of available elementary classroom space by the 2020-21 school year. Enrollment in Pre-K through fifth grade has increased by more than 700 students since the district built its last elementary school in 2012. The district’s enrollment projections also show Olentangy growing by another 2,498 elementary students over the next 10 years.Those numbers mean that, in addition to the 18 new classrooms, the district will also need to build new elementary schools in the near future to keep up with enrollment.

The additions are being funded with a previously approved bond issue for construction of an elementary school. That school was not built and the bond debt was never collected. The district is working closely with the construction crews to ensure that the work does not impact student education.

The following FAQ provides additional information on the process.

How will the district ensure construction employees do not have access to students? 

The construction site will be self-contained with portable restrooms for the crew. The construction company will be required to meet our safety standards, pass background checks, etc. Our director of safety and preparedness will establish specific safety plans with each school principal during the construction phase later this fall.

Will the Delaware County Sheriff have increased visibility during construction? 

School resource officers will continue to make regular visits to each impacted elementary school.

How will the district handle any increase in noise/disruption to learning?

Construction events that are known to be particularly loud will be scheduled around student attendance to avoid disruptions. These events and dates will be arranged in advance.

Should anyone associated with the construction process need access to the building during school hours?

This is not likely, but if so, they will be escorted. No construction employee will be unescorted in the building space.

Source: Olentangy Local Schools

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Business, Sports

New Crew Stadium, Community Sports Park Announced

9 Dec , 2018  

One of the perks of living in central Ohio is that not only do we have wonderful shopping, attractions, and amenities close to home – particularly here in Delaware County – but that we are also in short driving distance to experiences with world class cultural and entertainment options.

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Ohio Wesleyan University

OWU Moot Court Teams Excel At Regional Competitions

7 Dec , 2018  

During regional competitions this fall, five of eight Ohio Wesleyan University moot court teams advanced to the final day of regional competition, and three students earned individual recognition for their skills in arguing Constitutional issues before panels of judges and lawyers. More…

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Life in Delaware County

December’s First Friday Has A Cooking Theme

6 Dec , 2018  

Cold temperatures are the among the many reasons why staying home and shopping local makes incredible sense this holiday season.

And with its dozens of retailers, Downtown Delaware is the perfect place to get “that” present for “that” person. More…

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History/Tourism, Life in Delaware County

Holiday Home Tour Celebrates History

5 Dec , 2018  

The Northwest Neighborhood of Delaware, several square blocks of wonderful nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture, will be hosting its biennial Holiday Home Tour this weekend.

The 2018 edition will occur on Saturday, December 8 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. More…

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