Sunday, March 16th, 2014

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Sewer system connection on tap for township

By Michelle Dupler Staff Writer Franklin Township’s Eureka Park neighborhood soon will become the newest to connect to a sanitary sewer system instead of aging septic systems. “Replacing these old, leaking systems with modern sewer infrastructure creates good jobs and can lift the neighborhood property values,” said Franklin County Commissioner Pau...

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Pond improvements at Westgate

By Sandi Latimer Staff Writer The popular pond at Westgate Park will be getting a fresh look this summer. Jeff Anderson, a development specialist with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, shared plans with the Greater Hilltop Area Commission at its March 4 meeting. The pond, known as Harder Lake, is in for a major clean up this year. “The ...

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City and chamber to host job fair

The city of Grove City and the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce are again partnering to host the third annual Grove City Job Fair on April 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, 3950 Brookham Dr., Grove City. “We’ve heard from our chamber members and hiring qualified candidates continues to be a challenge,” said Shawn Conrad, executive di...

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Sip tea, nibble sandwiches, help library

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor Try something different for lunch and help the library at the same time. The Friends of Mount Sterling Public Library will host their third annual Victorian tea luncheon from 1 to 3 p.m. March 22 in the fellowship hall at Mount Sterling First United Methodist Church, 110 S. London St. “It’s a high afternoon tea wi...

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Groveport Madison levy/bond issue receives endorsement

On March 10, Groveport City Council and Mayor Lance Westcamp endorsed passage of Groveport Madison Schools’ levy/bond issue, which will appear on the May 6 ballot. The five year, 6.18 mill operating levy would generate $4.5 million annually. The $33.3 million, 38-year, 2.74 mill bond issue to build a new high school is coupled with a .5 mill perman...

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Groveport Madison Schools set make up day plan

By Rick Palsgrove Southeast Editor The state legislature approved a bill to allow schools an additional four calamity days to make up for school days lost due to the bad weather that wreaked havoc on schools this winter. Districts already have five calamity days available, but many districts around the state had to close for more than the allowed d...

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London proposes switch to 10-point grading scale

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor At London City Schools, a proposal is on the table to switch from a seven-point grading scale to a 10-point scale. That means, starting this fall, a score of 90 to 100 would earn an A versus a score of 93 to 100, and so on. A committee of staff, students and parents met several times over the past year to study th...

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Alder teachers comment on ‘reality’

By Sandi Latimer, Staff Writer At the March 10 school board meeting, Jonathan Alder Schools Superintendent Gary Chapman shared comments from teachers about what classrooms are like this year under cutbacks instituted after last spring’s financial problems. The district made more than $1 million in cuts after a posting error was found in the five-ye...

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Mount Sterling business expansion to create 90 jobs

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor A Mount Sterling manufacturing plant is poised for a major expansion. Keihin Thermal Technology of America (formerly Showa Aluminum) makes parts for Honda vehicles at its 75,000 square-foot facility on O’Day Harrison Road. The company plans to add another 100,000 square feet to the facility this year. On March 10,...

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Pit bull ban debate heats up in Reynoldsburg

By Dustin Ensinger Staff Writer A pit bull activist told Reynoldsburg City Council that it could face legal action or a political challenge if it does not support an effort to overturn the city’s ban on the dog breed. Lori Schwartzkopf, who has lead efforts to rescind similar laws in other communities, said a lawsuit is imminent if an ad hoc commit...

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