Canal Winchester news: Bender Scholarship program; also Sheriff to address opioid epidemic


Bender Scholarships
Canal Winchester City Council announced two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded in honor of the late Dr. John Bender, former city council member, educator, and coach. Graduating seniors are encouraged to review eligibility requirements and submit applications online at  Applications are also available in the guidance offices at Canal Winchester High School and Bloom Carroll High School.  The deadline for applications and completed materials is April 1.  Winners of the Dr. John Bender scholarship will be recognized at the April 17 city council meeting.

Sheriff to speak in CW about opioid epidemic
The city of Canal Winchester and the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office will host a free community education event on Jan. 25 from 6-8 p.m. at the Frances Steube Community Center, 22 S. Trine St. in Canal Winchester. The program will cover the opioid epidemic, prescription drug abuse, community awareness, and identifying illegal drug activity. Information will also be available to those interested in joining the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Community Watch program. The public is invited to join Mayor Mike Ebert, Sheriff Dave Phalen, and Commander Dennis Lowe of the Major Crimes Unit for this discussion. For information, visit


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