Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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Girls in Gear

  By Dedra Cordle Staff Writer A day after receiving new bikes, Fatuma Mohamed and her friends Halima Omar and Fariyah Hussein were taking advantage of a rare moment of open space in the gymnasium at the Vaughn E. Hairston YMCA. Given permission to use their bikes indoors, their borrowed time was spent racing in mini-circles, practicing new tr...

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Treasurer paints positive financial picture

By Andrea Cordle Southwest Editor The South-Western City Schools District will end the year on a positive financial note. At the last board of education meeting for 2013, Treasurer Hugh Garside presented the comprehensive annual financial report. “This report is a good benchmark,” said Garside. “It is a good indicator of the financial picture of th...

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Police add some ‘SALT’ for seniors

By Dedra Cordle Staff Writer For many, it is an automatic reaction to pick up the phone when it rings, but Becky Priwer has become immune to that inclination. After years of answering the phone and listening to the person on the other end of the line pitch some scheme, the Jackson Township resident decided enough was enough. “I screen all of my cal...

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Letter to the editor – updated Dec. 18

Students should know I’m alright I want to thank the Briggs High School student who helped release me from elevator doors on Dec. 10, 2012. I was directing student not to play on the elevator and looked up to find myself lodged between the steel, yellow doors. I tried to remain calm to restrain panic or alarm in passing students or myself. Wh...

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Memories of Bolenbaugh Hardware

By Rick Palsgrove Southeast Editor Something my dad always told me was that, if you need something, you can always find it at Bolenbaugh. He was right. Every time I went to Bolenbaugh Hardware in Canal Winchester over the past decades I always found what I needed. But those days will soon be gone as the owners of Bolenbaugh Hardware are retiring an...

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CW school board considering three levy options

By Linda Dillman Staff Writer Voters will face one of three possible emergency levy options next year intended to continue collecting $5.8 million per year for Canal Winchester Local Schools. The current emergency levy and a .5-mill classroom facilities levy expire Dec. 31, 2014. The emergency designation is a legal term for a fixed dollar amount l...

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School board ponders Groveport Madison High School’s future

By Rick Palsgrove Southeast Editor What is the future of the nearly 50-year-old Groveport Madison High School building? SHP Leading Design presented three proposed options to the Groveport Madison Board of Education on what could be done with the aging high school, located at 4475 S. Hamilton Road in Groveport: •Maintain and renovate the existing b...

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Photo album: WJ Christmas in the Park 2013

By Jeff Pfeil, Messenger photographer On Dec. 13, Garrette Park once again became a winter wonderland with lights shining from high in the trees to low on the snow-covered ground.  Santa arrived to help turn on the lights, then retired to the Santa House to hear wish lists and pose for pictures with hundreds of children. Hot homemade food and drink...

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Groveport Madison considers levy for the May ballot

By Rick Palsgrove Southeast Editor Treasurer Tony Swartz said the Groveport Madison Board of Education should consider placing a $5 million operating levy on the May 2014 ballot. According to the district’s most recent five-year financial forecast prepared by Swartz, the district will have a financial deficit of $4.2 million in fiscal year 2014; $2...

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Nearly half of Groveport Madison 3rd graders struggle with state reading test

By Rick Palsgrove Southeast Editor Approximately 45 percent of all Groveport Madison third grade students scored below the state requirement for advancement to the fourth grade on the state reading test administered in October. “The results are a reflection of one of the problems districts with high transient populations face, particularly in high ...

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