Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Southwest Messenger

Scrap metal plan may get scrapped

   Messenger photo by John Matuszak  Mountains of scrap wait to be baled and shipped out from Masser Metals on Lamb Avenue. Columbus City Council is looking for a way to discourage thieves who rip off everything from manhole covers to aluminum siding, to be sold to area dealers. Owner Mark Masser and other business owners are skeptic...

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The Reel Deal: New Harry Potter flick loses magic

I cannot say I ever made it a point to see another Harry Potter movie after the first one came out in 2001. It is not that I found it horrible, but more like I could not stop comparing the movie adaptations to the books, which is grossly unfair.   As a whole, books are better than their theatrical counterparts, more so with J.K. Rowling’...

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Photos: St. Johns hosts 1st community carnival

   Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle  Four-year-old Hunter Cargould (above) masters the art of the inflatable slide at the first annual fair for St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grove City. The church held the community carnival to boost membership and let local kids just have some fun. Pictured below Sharon Love presents Maryann G...

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Photos: Fun at Franklin County Fair

   Messenger photos by Andrea Cordle  Thousands of central Ohioans flocked to the Franklin County Fair that ran from July 14 through 21 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard. This year the Hambone Express Racing Pigs was a big family hit as children watched four little piglets race one another for a small cookie. Kids even g...

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Animal Tails: Education key in keeping safe from those wily coyo

   Photo courtesy of Metro Parks  Pictured here is a lone coyote howling  at one of the Ohio Metro Parks. Coyotes live in all 88 counties in the state but encounters with humans are very rare. Ohio is not the first place you would expect to find a coyote but they are here – in all 88 counties. So do humans really have anyt...

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CPS and Big Brothers join forces

A new coalition was announced in a press conference on July 17 between Columbus Public Schools (CPS), Nationwide Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio (BBBS) at the Columbus Africentric Early College Secondary School auditorium. All three are partnering together to initiate Project Mentor, a school-centered mentoring program conne...

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FT Fire Dept. honors road worker

A long-time Franklin Township road department employee won praise from the Franklin Township Fire Department for his assistance at the scene of a fire early this month. Mike Wilcox, acting chief while Chief Rick Howard is on vacation, cited the work of Harold Aldrich who brought in a backhoe to help firefighters extinguish a blaze that had broken o...

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Grove City council approves $30,000 White Road study

Over the past several years, the increase of development and traffic on White Road has not escaped the attention of commuters, as well as city officials. At the July 16 Grove City council meeting, members of the council voted to pass an ordinance that will allow EMH&T (an engineering firm) to study the need to determine potential future widenin...

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Keeping cool in the summer heat

A cooling breeze on a stifling summer day is welcome relief when Ohio ventures into the Arizona heat spectrum, but without an air conditioner or something as simple as a fan, it can become downright deadly. Keeping people cool, to whom many consider a fan a luxury, is the goal of a LifeCare Alliance program supported by Jackson Township. Donated fa...

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Carnivores up close and personal at the Wilds

   Messenger photos by Whitney Wilson Coy  A male cheetah carries his meal away from the prying eyes of tourists at the Wilds new Mid-Size Carnivore Conservation Center in Muskingum County.    A reticulated giraffe, one of three different breeds of giraffes found at the Wilds, stops at the side of the road to check out the...

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