Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Westside Messenger

West athletes honor a coach

By Amanda Amsel Staff Writer A former cross country and track coach from West High School was recognized by his students at an annual banquet. Coach Bill Huckaba hosted a reunion for his former athletes on May 3 at the Hometown Buffet in west Columbus. “We have this every couple of years and try to get former runners together to catch up,” Huckaba...

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A helping hand

By Sandi Latimer Staff Writer Westside residents Deborah and Greg Peaks wanted to put up a fence so their great grandchildren would have a safe place to play when they came to visit. But after Deborah suffered a series of strokes that affected her maneuverability and speech, many home repairs were put off. In January, representatives of Rebuilding...

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Township aggregation issue to see recount

By Michelle Dupler Staff Writer A Franklin Township ballot measure asking residents to participate in a natural gas discount program is poised for a recount after the vote is certified May 22. Ben Piscitelli, spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections, said the Franklin Township natural gas aggregation question was failing by just two vot...

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Strides made for sporting complex

By Amanda Amsel Staff Writer Several public meetings were recently help in Prairie Township to get feedback from residents about the design of a new sports complex. Prairie Township and Stantec hosted special public meetings to discuss the design of the new complex with area residents and ask for their suggestions on how to improve their plans. “We...

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Prairie Township firefighters host flower sale

By Amanda Amsel Staff Writer The Prairie Township Firefighter’s Association will host its second annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale in support of the fire station. Now in its second year, the Mother’s Day Flower Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 pm. on May 9, May 10 and May 11 at Fire Station 241, 123 Inah Ave. in Columbus and Fire Station 243, 4...

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New gang a concern in township

By Amanda Amsel Staff Writer New graffiti has popped up throughout Columbus, including in Prairie Township. These tags have been linked to a new gang that is made up of children. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office addressed this issue during their report to the township trustees earlier this month. “I have seen at least a dozen separate tags, but...

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Fire department cuts back on OT

By Michelle Dupler Staff Writer On April 28, the Franklin Township Fire Department put a new overtime policy into effect that’s designed to save the department money as it faces a mounting budget shortfall. For residents, that may mean fewer township firefighter/paramedics available to respond to emergency calls — and more calls answered by neighbo...

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Residents fight code for recycling facility

By Dedra Cordle Staff Writer The Southwest Area Commissioners had two unpopular options before them at the April meeting. One was to deny a zoning request from Roof to Road and have no input as the company tries to gain compliance with the city code. The other option was to approve the zoning request and upset residents who have fought against the...

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Franklin Township residents to vote on aggregation

By Michelle Dupler Staff Writer Franklin Township voters will be asked on the May 6 ballot to reconsider an electricity and natural gas discount program that failed to garner approval in November. Township trustees for a second time authorized ballot measures on the questions of electric and natural gas aggregation — a program that essentially allo...

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Recreation director sought in Prairie Township

By Amanda Amsel Staff Writer Prairie Township is on the hunt for a director for the new community recreation center and is sparing no expense in finding the best candidate for the job. The trustees approved a motion to hire an outside agency to assist with the search for the new director. “The trustees approved paying the Ohio Recreation Associatio...

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