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Local choirs will ring in the holiday season at 7 p.m. Sunday for the 19th annual Delaware Area Handbell Festival in Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.
“It started 19 years ago when four churches wanted to get together and ring bells,” said Ruth Rabby, handbell choir director and music director at First Presbyterian Ch

Handbell Festival brings out ringers

Local choirs will ring in the holiday season at 7 p.m. Sunday for the 19th annual Delaware Area Handbell Festival in Gray Chapel on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus. “It started 19 years ago when four churches wanted to get together and ring bells,” said Ruth Rabby, handbell choir director and music director at First Presbyterian Ch

Delaware City Council unanimously approved the expansion of a nursing home, purchasing vehicles and funding to acquire land near the airport at its last meeting.
The Delaware Court Health Care Center at 4 New Market St. will expand from a 20,150 square-foot nursing home to 31,618 square feet. It currently has 75 nursing beds and 25 assisted-living

Nursing home expansion approved

Delaware City Council unanimously approved the expansion of a nursing home, purchasing vehicles and funding to acquire land near the airport at its last meeting. The Delaware Court Health Care Center at 4 New Market St. will expand from a 20,150 square-foot nursing home to 31,618 square feet. It currently has 75 nursing beds and 25 assisted-living

Delaware City Council will consider the city manager's proposed 2015 budget and a contract extension with the YMCA at its meeting Monday.
The balanced $18.3 million budget reflects a $792,955 increase in expenditures over the 2014 budget. It has a rainy day fund of $3.1 million.
“We maintain the standards our residents have come to expect,

Council to eye budget

Delaware City Council will consider the city manager's proposed 2015 budget and a contract extension with the YMCA at its meeting Monday. The balanced $18.3 million budget reflects a $792,955 increase in expenditures over the 2014 budget. It has a rainy day fund of $3.1 million. “We maintain the standards our residents have come to expect,

Liberty High among few to get artificial baseball turf

Olentangy Liberty will be one of the few high schools in the state to have an artificial turf baseball infield, thanks to a project funded by its athletic boosters. The Olentangy Board of Education approved the measure by a 4-1 vote at its meeting on Nov. 13. Board member Adam White, who has voted against similar measures for the district's footba

The large building looms over State Route 315 in Columbus, its white letters illuminating its full name to motorists. If they have time to read it, the sign announces it is the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University.
“It's the largest cancer hospital in the Midwest, the third largest cancer hospital in t

CEO touts new James hospital

The large building looms over State Route 315 in Columbus, its white letters illuminating its full name to motorists. If they have time to read it, the sign announces it is the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University. “It's the largest cancer hospital in the Midwest, the third largest cancer hospital in t

The Salvation Army of Delaware County is about to make a number of changes, including offering short-term housing to victims of human trafficking.
“The desire to enhance our services, particularly to those individuals law enforcement has identified as survivors of human trafficking, has really led us into the planning process,” Salvati

Trafficking victims to be housed by Salvation Army

The Salvation Army of Delaware County is about to make a number of changes, including offering short-term housing to victims of human trafficking. “The desire to enhance our services, particularly to those individuals law enforcement has identified as survivors of human trafficking, has really led us into the planning process,” Salvati

On Sunday, you can see all kinds of super heroes, along with Santa Claus, in downtown Delaware during the 28th annual Christmas parade.
“They're going a few different ways with the super-hero theme, which is exactly what we had hoped for,” said Frances Jo Hamilton, executive director of Main Street Delaware, the non-profit organization

Parade will have super-hero theme

On Sunday, you can see all kinds of super heroes, along with Santa Claus, in downtown Delaware during the 28th annual Christmas parade. “They're going a few different ways with the super-hero theme, which is exactly what we had hoped for,” said Frances Jo Hamilton, executive director of Main Street Delaware, the non-profit organization

Delaware State Park to get storm shelters

Two tornado safe rooms will be built at Delaware State Park in the next year or so. “These will be used for sheltering purposes,” said Sean Miller, director of the Delaware County Emergency Management Agency. “I would like to see them used not only for tornado warnings, but also potentially severe thunderstorm warnings, because t

Olentangy Local Schools currently has an enrollment of more than 19,000 students, and could add between 2,000 to 4,000 more students in the next decade.
“Future growth in the Olentangy Local School District community will have a significant impact on the school facilities and student population,” wrote Tracy Healy, president of FutureT

Olentangy prepping for 2K-4K more students

Olentangy Local Schools currently has an enrollment of more than 19,000 students, and could add between 2,000 to 4,000 more students in the next decade. “Future growth in the Olentangy Local School District community will have a significant impact on the school facilities and student population,” wrote Tracy Healy, president of FutureT

Farmers in Delaware County may see future taxes on their land drop, based on changes to the Current Agricultural Use Value program proposed by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
The program, in use for 40 years, taxes farmland based on its agricultural productivity instead of development value.
The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has recently recommende

Changes proposed for farm taxes

Farmers in Delaware County may see future taxes on their land drop, based on changes to the Current Agricultural Use Value program proposed by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation The program, in use for 40 years, taxes farmland based on its agricultural productivity instead of development value. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has recently recommende

The third annual “Fall Fling Vendor Fair” will take place at a new location Sunday, but will still benefit the Women's City Club of Delaware.
“Last year was huge,” said public relations director Jo Ingles. “It was so big that everyone was packed in the house like sardines.”
The event is from noon to 5 p.m. Sund

'Fall Fling' helps Women's City Club

The third annual “Fall Fling Vendor Fair” will take place at a new location Sunday, but will still benefit the Women's City Club of Delaware. “Last year was huge,” said public relations director Jo Ingles. “It was so big that everyone was packed in the house like sardines.” The event is from noon to 5 p.m. Sund

Next week, Delaware Bible Church will be collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts for needy children around the world.
“I absolutely love Operation Christmas Child,” said Marilyn Taynor, coordinator of the drive for the church. “I think the idea of passing a gift onto a child who may never in their life had a gift before is fantast

Shoebox drive starts Monday

Next week, Delaware Bible Church will be collecting shoeboxes filled with gifts for needy children around the world. “I absolutely love Operation Christmas Child,” said Marilyn Taynor, coordinator of the drive for the church. “I think the idea of passing a gift onto a child who may never in their life had a gift before is fantast

Like most people, Delaware city officials are hoping this winter will be a mild one.
“We're working through getting (plowing) equipment up to par, and we're just really hoping for no snow events before the new year,” said city Engineer and Public Works Director William Ferrigno at a recent meeting of the Public Works/Public Utilities C

City has fingers crossed on salt supplies

Like most people, Delaware city officials are hoping this winter will be a mild one. “We're working through getting (plowing) equipment up to par, and we're just really hoping for no snow events before the new year,” said city Engineer and Public Works Director William Ferrigno at a recent meeting of the Public Works/Public Utilities C

Women who are in the front line in the fight against human trafficking explained to a Delaware-area audience this week how recent legislation will help victims.
“It's modern-day slavery,” said Samantha Hudson, anti-human trafficking specialist for the Salvation Army, during a panel discussion Wednesday at the Orange branch of the Delaw

Trafficking is 'modern-day slavery'

Women who are in the front line in the fight against human trafficking explained to a Delaware-area audience this week how recent legislation will help victims. “It's modern-day slavery,” said Samantha Hudson, anti-human trafficking specialist for the Salvation Army, during a panel discussion Wednesday at the Orange branch of the Delaw

OWU celebrates annual Heritage Day

Today is Heritage Day, one of Ohio Wesleyan University's most important days. “We always try to have Heritage Day on or around Nov. 13, which would represent the first day of classes here back in 1844,” said university spokesman Cole Hatcher. “It involves faculty members who have won Ohio Wesleyan teaching awards.” Past wi

The city of Delaware is looking to update its transportation plan next year.
“In 2015, we intend to go through and update our plan,” said William Ferrigno, city engineer and director of public works, at a recent meeting of the city's Public Works/Public Utilities Committee. “I see this taking the majority of the year.”
The

Transportation plan to get update

The city of Delaware is looking to update its transportation plan next year. “In 2015, we intend to go through and update our plan,” said William Ferrigno, city engineer and director of public works, at a recent meeting of the city's Public Works/Public Utilities Committee. “I see this taking the majority of the year.” The

A liquor permit for a proposed Speedway gas station/convenience store at 2381 U.S. 23 North was unanimously approved by Delaware City Council on Monday night.
“The police department approached this like we would any other liquor background,” Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski told council. He said there were two other Speedways in Delaware,

Speedway liquor permit approved

A liquor permit for a proposed Speedway gas station/convenience store at 2381 U.S. 23 North was unanimously approved by Delaware City Council on Monday night. “The police department approached this like we would any other liquor background,” Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski told council. He said there were two other Speedways in Delaware,

Engineered Materials Systems is a step closer to moving to Innovation Court following unanimous approval by the Delaware City Planning Commission.
A plastics firm, Engineered Materials Systems is looking to consolidate its current three buildings in Delaware into a new, 70,000-square-foot headquarters at the proposed new cul-de-sac a quarter mile

Plastics firm building approved

Engineered Materials Systems is a step closer to moving to Innovation Court following unanimous approval by the Delaware City Planning Commission. A plastics firm, Engineered Materials Systems is looking to consolidate its current three buildings in Delaware into a new, 70,000-square-foot headquarters at the proposed new cul-de-sac a quarter mile

American Legion Post 457 in Sunbury has awarded their Post 457 Legionnaire of the Year Award for 2014 to Dan Shaw of Sunbury.
Shaw entered the U.S. Army National Guard in 1959 in an artillery company in London, Ohio, then transferred to a medical company in Columbus, Ohio and after basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was transferred to Ft. S

Shaw awarded by Legion

American Legion Post 457 in Sunbury has awarded their Post 457 Legionnaire of the Year Award for 2014 to Dan Shaw of Sunbury. Shaw entered the U.S. Army National Guard in 1959 in an artillery company in London, Ohio, then transferred to a medical company in Columbus, Ohio and after basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was transferred to Ft. S

Delaware City Council will consider a new liquor permit for a proposed Speedway on U.S. 23 North at its Monday meeting.
The proposed Speedway gas station/convenience store has been a concern of neighboring residents.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1 S. Sandusky St.
The liquor permit is on council's consent agenda. Liquor permits,

Speedway back on city's agenda

Delaware City Council will consider a new liquor permit for a proposed Speedway on U.S. 23 North at its Monday meeting. The proposed Speedway gas station/convenience store has been a concern of neighboring residents. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1 S. Sandusky St. The liquor permit is on council's consent agenda. Liquor permits,





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