Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Southwest Messenger

JT sells medic and approves tax budget

Jackson Township voted to sell an unused medic squad in exchange for air tanks the fire department will use in training. Township trustees, at their July 10 meeting, also accepted the 2008 tax budget, which give the township an idea how much money they will receive next year and help in preparing the annual budget at year’s end. Trustees pass...

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Column: Grandchild gives new meaning to life

It was exactly three years ago this month when Kyle and I first met. He was a spineless little imp that drooled a lot and had a sour disposition. I had recently turned 50-years-old and was none too happy about that. I was far too busy planning out how to spend the rest of my life as a crotchety ill tempered old man. I suppose in terms of our foul d...

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SWCS renews role in drug-free consortium

At the South-Western City School Board of Education meeting held on July 9, curriculum and training service renewals were the main topics of discussion. Board member Amy Baker requested the school district renew their participation in the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Consortium, which has been a program of the educational council since 1994. The drug...

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City shells out funds for snow removal

   Messenger photo by John Matuszak  Columbus City Councilman Andrew Ginther looks over part of the snow removal fleet with Rick Tilton, assistant director of the public services department, prior to a July 9 vote to spend $1.4 million to boost the fleet with new trucks, plows and salt spreaders. Columbus residents can expect a big s...

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Photo: Gantz gardens get buzzworthy

Messenger photo by Andrea Cordle Bee careful when you stop to smell the flowers – it’s bee season. Large bumblebees littered the garden at Gantz Farm to hunt for pollen. Pictured here is a bee near the French Lavender plant, which has a sweet scent the insects are attracted to. Bees also swarmed around the Provence Lavendin, Purple Cone...

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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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The Reel Deal: Transformers more like commercial

There is a scene in "Transformers" that made me want to burst into tears. It was not the half decapitation of fan favorite Autobot, Bumblebee, or any other various parts of the movie that were made to cause some pang of sadness. It was this scene: The Autobots, who transform into, well, automobiles, are racing down rolling roads to protec...

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New training house on southside

   Messenger photo by John Matuszak  The dirt flies at the July 2 groundbreaking for the Columbus Division of Fire’s $8.6 million training facility on South Parsons Avenue. Participants include, center, Mayor Michael Coleman, and to his right, City Council members Michael Mentel, Priscilla Tyson and Hearcel Craig. The project i...

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Getting down and dirty to help Epilepsy Foundation

There will be more than a little mud slinging when nearly 3,000 players, 200 volunteers and over 75 referees converge on Beulah Park on July 21 for the 22nd Annual MUD Tournament benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Ohio. "They come for the mud and to support what we do," says Nancy Brantner, executive director of the Epilepsy Fo...

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Grove City council discusses downtown development plan

"We have a crown jewel in the Town Center and we need to protect that jewel," said Grove City Councilman Richard "Ike" Stage at a special council meeting on June 9 to discuss a broad spectrum downtown planning process. According to Stage, the city developed a downtown development plan approximately 21 years ago that is now about...

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