Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Southwest Messenger

Officers crack down on impaired drivers this St. Patrick’s Day

If you plan to get behind the wheel after too much celebrating this St. Patricks Day, Grove City law enforcement officials have some simple advice – Dont do it! Police will be out in force all day and all night in a highly visible enforcement campaign to crack down on revelers who are driving drunk. “Dont think that drinking green beer...

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Voters approve bond issue for SWCS

New school buildings are on the way. On March 6, voters approved Issue 8, a $148 million bond issue in the South-Western City Schools District. According to Franklin County Board of Elections, 62 percent of voters, were in favor of the project. Issue 8 will generate funds to replace 13 elementary schools, renovate two elementary schools and replace...

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Village trying to deal with speeders

The village of Urbancrest has been dealing with an influx of vehicles during the morning and evening rush hours. While the increase of traffic is an annoyance to village residents, they are more concerned with some of the motorists not obeying the speed limit. “They come (down the roads) so fast, said councilman S. Henry Warr at the March 6 v...

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Local athletes compete at state wrestling tourney

Messenger photos by Pat Donahue On the attack Central Crossing High School senior Vince Pickett goes after Mark Martin of Lakewood St. Edward. The 170-pound wrestlers met up in the final round of the state wrestling tournament held March 1-3 at Value City Arena. Both wrestlers entered the tournament undefeated by any other Ohio wrestler. Both wrest...

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Orchestra ranks superior for fourth time at state competition

The Grove City High School orchestra received a superior rating at the Ohio Music Education Association State Adjudicated Event, held March 2 at Granville High School. The orchestra performed in classA (the highest classification with the most difficult music) and was awarded the top mark for their technical preparation and artistic interpretation...

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City to offer rain barrel workshops

Conservation and water quality are two of the many benefits of rain water harvesting. The city of Grove City and Keep Grove City Beautiful will host two evening and two weekend Rain Barrel workshops in March and April. The dates include: •March 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Evans Center, 4330 Dudley Ave. •March 31, 9 to 11 a.m., Evans Center •...

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Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years

Messenger photo by Andrea Cordle Emma Bachman, 11, puts the finishing sash on a Girl Scout uniform from the 1970s. The piece will be part of the March exhibit at the Grove City Museum and Welcome Center. After 100 years, the Girl Scout tradition is going strong, and a group of community-minded young ladies in the southwest area want to everyone to...

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Urbancrest honors residents for Black History event

Messenger photo by Dedra Cordle After the ceremony honoring her father William Hannibal Johnson, Jermaline Coleman (left) gets a hug from a friend. Johnson was the first elected mayor of Urbancrest in 1948. The village of Urbancrest honored several leaders of the past and present during the fourth annual Black History celebration on Feb. 24. The re...

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Township debates new fire station building

Jackson Township trustees are getting close to final approval of plans for the fourth fire station in the township. Trustees and firefighters met with representatives of Mull and Weithman Architects on Feb. 28 after the architects had met with firefighters to get their input for the structure to be built on Buckeye Parkway. What remains to be decid...

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BMI program waived in SWCS

The South-Western City Schools Board of Education decided to opt out of the states body mass index (BMI) program. In order to fight childhood obesity, the Ohio Senate enacted the Healthy Choices for Healthy Children Act. The law requires school districts to increase student physical activity and ensure access to healthy foods. The senate bill also...

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