Thursday, April 17th, 2014



Eastside Messenger

Schools review funding for students with disabilities

By Elizabeth Goussetis Staff Writer Reynoldsburg school administrators held a public hearing April 14 to solicit comments from the public on the use of federal funds for special education. The hearing is held every year and is a mandatory requirement of the district as a condition of receiving the funding. However, this year, no one from the public...

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Firefighters seek to change fire code to help protect classrooms from attackers

By Tara Figurski Staff Writer Truro Township firefighters are advocating for a change to the statewide fire code that would make classrooms safer in the event of an active shooter situation. Truro Township Fire Department Lt. Joe Posey said current fire code prohibits schools from barricading a classroom door. A barricaded door makes it more diffic...

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Efforts being made to improve Brice Road/Livingston Avenue area

By Dustin Ensinger Staff Writer The city of Reynoldsburg’s effort to clean up the Brice Road/Livingston Avenue corridor is working well so far, according to the police officer charged with the effort. Officer Tim Kessler, assigned as a community resource officer to the southwestern part of the city since the beginning of the year, told Reynoldsburg...

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Style show celebrates American youth

By Amanda Amsel Staff Writer See the hottest fashions, while also supporting area students, at the Violet Township Women’s League fashion show. The VTWL will host its 15th annual luncheon and style show at 11 a.m. on April 26 at the Tall Timbers Banquet and Conference Center, 3831 National Road SW in Reynoldsburg. The event kicks off with the selli...

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DUI offenders in Reynoldsburg could be monitored

By Dustin Ensinger Staff Writer Repeat DUI offenders who find themselves in Reynoldsburg mayor’s court may soon be forced to take an extra step before starting their vehicles while under supervision of the court. The Reynoldsburg finance committee moved emergency legislation to full council that would establish a fund to install interlock breathaly...

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Parents express concerns about future of physical education

By Elizabeth Goussetis Staff Writer Reynoldsburg parent Shannon Collins was volunteering at her kids’ school, Slate Ridge Elementary, when she heard a rumor the school’s retiring physical education teacher might not be replaced. A former physical education teacher herself, Collins was disturbed by the idea of kids not having a gym class. At the Mar...

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Truro Township plans for the future

By Tara Figurski Staff Writer Truro Township officials started looking at a strategic plan that, if adopted, could provide guidance for the township through 2020. Truro Township Administrator Jason Nicodemus provided the trustees a draft of the strategic plan in March, asking them to study the proposed plan and give feedback “The strategic plan is...

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Easter events planned in Reynoldsburg

By Amanda Amsel Staff Writer As Easter approaches, the city of Reynoldsburg is inviting area residents to get in the spirit of the season by bringing their children to a few annual events. The Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department will host its annual Breakfast with the Bunny from 9-11 a.m. on April 19 at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center, 1520...

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Tourism generates money for Reynoldsburg

By Dustin Ensinger Staff Writer Reynoldsburg tourism is on the rise, and so is the revenue collected on each of the hotel rooms located within the city. Bed tax collections were up by 17 percent in 2012, according to Mary Hudson, executive director of the Reynoldsburg Visitors and Community Activities Bureau. Reynoldsburg’s 6 percent bed tax brough...

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“Ruffin’ it”

By Elizabeth Goussetis Staff Writer Looking back, Katy Titchell realizes there were plenty of red flags telling her family that their new puppies, Minnie and Brutus, were born in a puppy mill. “I did it wrong, exactly what I’m telling people not to do. So, I’m trying to get people not to make the same mistake I did,” said Titchell, a senior at Reyn...

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