General Groveport and Madison Township news

Store robbed
According to the Groveport Police, on Sept. 23 around 6 p.m. a white male entered the Tanz & More store, 250 Main St., Groveport, and asked an employee for change. When the worker opened the cash register the suspect approached her and demanded all the money. He then allegedly shoved her out of the way, took the cash from the register, and ran out of the front door of the store and headed west. Witnesses said the suspect fled in a white Ford sports utility type vehicle. According to the Groveport Police, the suspect allegedly took around $371 from the store. The store employee was not injured in the incident. The case remains under investigation.

Township police officers placed on paid leave
Madison Township police officers Matthew Kidwell and Josie Grashel were placed on paid administrative leave for alleged misconduct following an incident they were involved in, while they were off duty, in the parking lot of BW3 in Canal Winchester around 2 a.m. on Aug. 10.

The Madison Township trustees reviewed the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office report on the incident. A pre-disciplinary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22. Both officers remain on paid administrative leave pending the hearing.

Township officials said police protection for township residents will not suffer as the police department will continue to have a minimum two officers on duty per shift as usual. Franklin County Sheriff deputies will continue to assist in emergency situations.

Apple Butter Day shuttle
Groveport’s 46th annual Apple Butter Day will be held Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road. Enjoy bluegrass music, homemade crafts, skilled craft demonstrations, apple butter making, pony rides, great food and more. The Groveport Transportation Department will provide free shuttle service to and from the festival. The shuttle will leave Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road (lower most parking lot) every half hour at the top and bottom of the hour beginning at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. The shuttle will leave the corner of Wirt Road and Cherry Street every half hour at the quarter hour beginning at 9:15 a.m. and ending at 5:15 p.m.

Apple Butter Day 5K
Register now for the Apple Butter Day 5K and 1 Mile Walk on Oct. 12. The route will begin and end in Groveport Park, 7370 Groveport Road. All ages welcome. The 1-mile walk starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30 a.m. For on-site registrations, register no less than 20-minutes prior to the start of your event. Fee is $10 for the 1-mile and $20 for the 5K. Register through Oct. 12. Register by Oct. 4 to be guaranteed an event t-shirt. Call 614-836-1000 for information.

Accessible trick-or-treat
The fourth annual Accessible Trick or Treat will be held in the Groveport Recreation Center gym, 7370 Groveport Road on Oct. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is open to people of all ages with physical or cognitive disabilities and their family members. Enjoy trick-or-treating in the gym, eating pizza and playing games. Prizes for top costumes. No scary costumes. Fee is $3 per person. Register through Oct. 1. For information call Juli Pintz at 614-836-1000 ext. 1513 or email

Pumpkins float!
Yes, pumpkins do float! Skip the outdoor pumpkin patch and head to the Groveport Recreation Center, 7370 Groveport Road, on Oct. 27 from 3-5 p.m. and pick your pumpkin from the indoor heated swimming pool. Dress in your favorite Halloween costume and compete in the costume contest. Don’t forget your bathing suit as you will have plenty of time to swim around with your pumpkin. After you get out of the pool, stick around and paint your pumpkin and enjoy a snack. The event is for parents and their kids. Fee is $6 per person (includes pumpkin) and $2 per person (no pumpkin). Register until Oct. 25. Call 614-836-1000.

Halloween in Groveport
Trick-or-treat in Groveport will be held on Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., will serve hot dogs, popcorn and drink courtesy of the Groveport Police Department, Madison Township Fire Department and Groveport Town Hall. The annual block party begins at 7 p.m. at Main and Front streets. There will be a costume contest, Groveport Madison High School Band, Cruiserettes, doughnuts, and cider sponsored by the Groveport Lions Club. Scarecrows from the scarecrow contest will be displayed and winners announced.

Scarecrow contest
A scarecrow contest in Groveport is open for all to enter. Visit for the entry form, rules and timeline. Scarecrows will be on display at the Halloween Block Party. One $50 gift card will be awarded for most original and one $50 gift card will be awarded for most unique. Free to enter. Call 614-836-3333 for information.

Blacklick Haunted Park
Blacklick Haunted Park is back to scare you again! Blacklick Park, 770 Blacklick St. in Groveport, will be transformed on Oct. 25 and Oct. 26, from 7:30-11 p.m., into a frighteningly haunted park. It is very scary and parental discretion is advised. The event is sponsored by the city of Groveport and Groveport residents. Proceeds go to Groveport Madison Human Needs and the Groveport Food Pantry.Fee is $5 per person. For information call 614-836-3333.

Youth shot in township
According to the Madison Township Police, on Sept. 19 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Madison Township Police and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a “shots fired” call in the area of Tremaine and Rodell roads. Officers arrived within minutes and discovered that a juvenile had been shot. The juvenile was transported to an area hospital in stable condition. There are no suspects at this time, anyone with information is urged to contact the Madison Township Police Department at (614) 836-9000.

GriefShare support group
Groveport United Methodist Church, 512 Main St., will offer GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays, from 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 9. The program is a seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one’s death. It features video interviews with counselors, grief experts and others who have experienced the holidays after a death. Workbook provided. Registration is not required but helpful. Contact 614-836-5968, register online at https://www,, or email

Cruiser Theatre Company

Groveport Madison High School’s Cruiser Theatre Company’s 2019-20 performance season: “Nooses Off” – Nov. 14, 15, 16; “The Monologue Show (from Hell)” – Jan. 17, 18; Play-in-a-Day: “All I really need to Know I learned by Being in a Bad Play” – Feb. 15; and “The Addams Family” – April 2, 3, 4, 5. All shows at Groveport Madison High School, 4475 S. Hamilton Road. Visit for information.

Groveport history films
Two documentary films on the history of Groveport, produced by the Groveport Heritage Society and Midnet Media, are now available for viewing online on YouTube.

The films are: “Groveport: A Town and Its People” and “The Story of John S. Rarey and Cruiser.” The films were originally made about 15 years ago.

Cruisers on the air
The Groveport Sports Network provides live play-by-play coverage of some Groveport Madison High School athletic contests in football, boys basketball, softball, and baseball in 2019-20.

Each broadcast begins 25 minutes prior to the scheduled start time with the pre-game show. The pre-game show features interviews with the head coach, a scouting report of the opponent, the starting line-ups, and more. Tune in after the game for interviews with players and the head coach, along with a look at the final stats.

Access the free broadcasts on a computer or handheld device. Broadcasts available on demand for 30 days after the broadcast date. Rick Cooper is the play-by-announcer.

To listen live (football only):
To watch:

Games to be broadcast: Football (all 7 p.m.) – Oct. 11 vs. Canal Winchester; Oct. 18 at Newark; and Nov. 1 at New Albany (Per OHSAA rules regarding the broadcasts of high school football, all four football contests will be broadcast live with audio-only. Immediately after each football contest concludes, the game will be available with live video “on demand.” All other sports – basketball, baseball, and softball – will be broadcast with live video.)
Basketball (all 7:30 p.m.) – Dec. 3 vs. St. Charles (boys); Dec. 10 vs. Pickerington Central (boys); Dec. 13 vs. Canal Winchester (boys); Jan. 10 at Big Walnut (boys); Jan. 14 vs. Westerville Central (boys); Jan. 24 at Canal Winchester (boys); Jan. 31 vs. New Albany (boys); Feb. 4 vs. Lancaster (boys); Feb. 7 at Newark (boys); Feb. 14 vs. Big Walnut (boys);
Softball (all 5:15 p.m.) -April 8 vs. Canal Winchester; April 22 vs. Newark; April 23 at Big Walnut; April 29 at Canal Winchester; April 30 vs. New Albany; May 4 at Newark; May 6 vs. Big Walnut;
Baseball (5 p.m.) – May 8 at New Albany

Programs on the Go!
Programs on the Go! is an adult daytime arts and education program on Sept. 27. It focuses on community art, experiencing and learning new skills, discussions and exploring new forms of art and education with the benefit of transportation. The Sept. 27 trip: Canal Winchester Train Depot & School House. Meet at Groveport KidSpace at 11:30 a.m. Estimated return time 3 p.m.Participants will be picked up from Groveport KidSpace, 630 Wirt Road and will return to KidSpace after the adventure. Prices will be determined monthly based on each trip location. Space is limited. Call 614-836-3333 to register and pay by Sept. 25. $3 per person.

Messenger holiday publication schedule
The Messenger will alter its publication schedule for the upcoming holiday season. The Messenger will publish print editions of the newspaper that will be delivered to your home on three consecutive Sundays on Oct. 20, Oct. 27, and Nov. 3. The print publication and delivery dates for the remainder of 2019 will be: Nov. 17, Dec. 1, and Dec. 15. After that, print publication will resume every other week following the holidays on Jan. 12. Thank you for reading the Messenger!

South Hamilton Road warehouses
Groveport City Council approved a developer’s final plat to build two warehouses at 4450 and 4490 South Hamilton Road. One plat is for 20.9 acres and the other is for 23.5 acres.

The Pizzuti Companies plan to build the two warehouses on 44.4 acres at 4500 S. Hamilton Road. One warehouse would be 324,000 square feet and the other would be 252,000 square feet. Traffic going in and out of the development will use the traffic signal at South Hamilton Road (State Route 317) and Higgins Boulevard/Director’s Boulevard. Plans call for improvements to, and modernization of, that intersection.

Groveport Development Director Jeff Green said the properties have a 15 year property tax abatement. He said existing zoning allows for warehouses to be built on the South Hamilton Road site and that the buildings fit with the city’s Gateway Corridor Plan. He said if retail businesses were built there it could create continuous traffic all day on South Hamilton Road.

Moose leader visited
Supreme Governor of Moose International Rodney Hammond, who is head of the organization worldwide, visited Groveport Moose Lodge 1245, 220 Main St., on Sept. 26.

“His visit was quite an honor for our lodge,” said Groveport Moose Lodge 1245 Governor Dennis Smith.

Groveport trick-or-treat
Trick-or-treat in Groveport will be held on Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Townships’ trick-or-treat
Trick-or-treat in the unincorporated areas of Madison Township will be held on Oct. 31 from 5:30-7 p.m. and in the unincorporated areas of Hamilton Township on Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m.

Seeking veterans
The Groveport Madison High School class of 1973 will honor all the veterans from its class with bricks installed at the Groveport Veterans Park on Veterans Day to memorialize their service. Class members are creating a list of classmates who served in the Armed Forces. GMHS 1973 class members, classmates, or their family members and friends with information about class of 1973 veterans may call Scott Lockett at 614-804-0976.

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