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The eighth annual Christmas Day dinner at First Presbyterian Church draws not only those in need of a hot meal, but also those who needing companionship.
“We wanted people to have a place to come who may not have a place to go on Christmas,” said event co-chair Jennifer Beam. “Those that live alone and those that may not have the

Christmas dinner held at church

The eighth annual Christmas Day dinner at First Presbyterian Church draws not only those in need of a hot meal, but also those who needing companionship. “We wanted people to have a place to come who may not have a place to go on Christmas,” said event co-chair Jennifer Beam. “Those that live alone and those that may not have the

Homelessness is “a well-kept secret” in Delaware, says a Salvation Army official.
“Homelessness is an issue that has existed in Delaware for quite some time,” Beth Fetzer-Rice, Salvation Army of central Ohio director of housing and disaster services, told City Council on Monday. “It's a well-kept secret.”
Counc

Homeless 'a well-kept secret' here

Homelessness is “a well-kept secret” in Delaware, says a Salvation Army official. “Homelessness is an issue that has existed in Delaware for quite some time,” Beth Fetzer-Rice, Salvation Army of central Ohio director of housing and disaster services, told City Council on Monday. “It's a well-kept secret.” Counc

Council approves fee increases

Delaware City Council approved several fee increases in city services, mainly in construction, at its last meeting of the year. “All told, the fees for an average single-family home will rise approximately $450,” stated the council fact sheet. “These fees were last raised in 2004.” City staff compared similar fees in other

One gift that is always in need, especially during Christmas, is a blood donation.
“The holidays are definitely a challenging time,” said Rodney Wilson, spokesman for the central Ohio branch of the American Red Cross. “Usually the week of Christmas and New Year's, it's very difficult to get people to take time to donate blood.

Blood needed during holidays

One gift that is always in need, especially during Christmas, is a blood donation. “The holidays are definitely a challenging time,” said Rodney Wilson, spokesman for the central Ohio branch of the American Red Cross. “Usually the week of Christmas and New Year's, it's very difficult to get people to take time to donate blood.

Delaware City Council will vote on a 2015 budget, expanding two schools and the historic overlay district at its last meeting of the year on Monday.
Council has had several work sessions since the beginning of December to hammer out specific items in the $18.3 million budget. Among the issues they have discussed is updating City Hall's heating and

Budget, buildings on agenda

Delaware City Council will vote on a 2015 budget, expanding two schools and the historic overlay district at its last meeting of the year on Monday. Council has had several work sessions since the beginning of December to hammer out specific items in the $18.3 million budget. Among the issues they have discussed is updating City Hall's heating and

BBB: Ticket buyers beware

Serious about attending the Sugar Bowl? Then make sure you aren't getting suckered on your seats. “When the event is in demand, the amount of fake tickets is going to go up,” said Joan Coughlin, spokeswoman for the Central Ohio Better Business Bureau (BBB). There's two major ways sports fans get scammed when purchasing tickets. The fi

Flu is nothing to sneeze at

This is the time of year that Christmas joy is in the air. Unfortunately, that's not all that's in the air. If you read reporter Gary Budzak's story Wednesday, you already know that the flu is taking its toll on the Buckeye State this year. The state health department was reporting earlier this week that 456 people have already been hospitalized w

The Delaware Community Chorus will present its holiday concert, “The Best Time of the Year,” at 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 W. Winter St.
“The first one usually sells out,” said artistic director Daniel Hursey. “We started having two because the first one we had was packed and we had to tur

Chorus to perform twice Sunday

The Delaware Community Chorus will present its holiday concert, “The Best Time of the Year,” at 3 and 5 p.m. Sunday in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 45 W. Winter St. “The first one usually sells out,” said artistic director Daniel Hursey. “We started having two because the first one we had was packed and we had to tur

The 60th Christmas Clearing House by People In Need Inc. of Delaware County has helped 2,255 people this holiday season.
“I'm just overwhelmed with the outpouring of support we've gotten from every facet of this county,” said People In Need executive director Kevin Crowley. “It's never seen this much buy-in before.”
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60th Clearing House a success

The 60th Christmas Clearing House by People In Need Inc. of Delaware County has helped 2,255 people this holiday season. “I'm just overwhelmed with the outpouring of support we've gotten from every facet of this county,” said People In Need executive director Kevin Crowley. “It's never seen this much buy-in before.” From D

Cases of the flu in Delaware County may not be at a fever pitch, but they are on the rise.
“We have had 10 reported flu-associated hospitalizations this week, making the grand total of 13 this season,” said Delaware General Health District spokeswoman Trace Whittaker. “We had five flu-associated hospitalization this time last yea

Flu cases on the rise in county

Cases of the flu in Delaware County may not be at a fever pitch, but they are on the rise. “We have had 10 reported flu-associated hospitalizations this week, making the grand total of 13 this season,” said Delaware General Health District spokeswoman Trace Whittaker. “We had five flu-associated hospitalization this time last yea

The 10th annual Columbus-Cleveland-Northern Railway Model Train and Railroad Christmas Show this Saturday is geared towards the young and the young at heart.
“We do it for the children,” said founder Carl Nourse. “We don't do it for anybody else. They won't believe that we won't take money.”
The free show will take place f

Train show to delight tots

The 10th annual Columbus-Cleveland-Northern Railway Model Train and Railroad Christmas Show this Saturday is geared towards the young and the young at heart. “We do it for the children,” said founder Carl Nourse. “We don't do it for anybody else. They won't believe that we won't take money.” The free show will take place f

District blocks Yik Yak app

The Olentangy Local School District recently blocked a social media app called Yik Yak after seeing inappropriate posts. “Most of the posts were pretty innocuous, but there were some that were crude, rude or downright offensive,” said district spokesman Michael Straughter. Three weeks ago, Yik Yak helped the district create a geo-fenc

The Olentangy Local Board of Education spent part of its last meeting of the year listing the district's accomplishments.
“As we reflect upon 2014, there is much to be satisfied with, and much to be done,” said board President Kevin O'Brien on Thursday.
First, O'Brien cited the district's record Performance Index of 108.7 on the 2013-

Olentangy board reflects on good year

The Olentangy Local Board of Education spent part of its last meeting of the year listing the district's accomplishments. “As we reflect upon 2014, there is much to be satisfied with, and much to be done,” said board President Kevin O'Brien on Thursday. First, O'Brien cited the district's record Performance Index of 108.7 on the 2013-

A Christmas tree will be lit and awards handed out at the sold-out Council for Older Adults' “Annual Celebration” event on Wednesday.
“A lot of non-profits have an annual meeting,” said Stephanie Steinbeck, director of communications and development. “We call it our celebration because we recap what we have provided i

Annual meeting becomes celebration

A Christmas tree will be lit and awards handed out at the sold-out Council for Older Adults' “Annual Celebration” event on Wednesday. “A lot of non-profits have an annual meeting,” said Stephanie Steinbeck, director of communications and development. “We call it our celebration because we recap what we have provided i

It started as a way to say “thank you” to customers. Now it's a way to help local charities.
John Freeman's “Whatever You Think It's Worth” annual Christmas breakfast takes place Saturday from 5:30 to 11:30 a.m., or whenever the food runs out, at the Hardware Exchange, 141 S. Sandusky St.
Freeman founded the event in 1978.

Christmas breakfast helps local charities

It started as a way to say “thank you” to customers. Now it's a way to help local charities. John Freeman's “Whatever You Think It's Worth” annual Christmas breakfast takes place Saturday from 5:30 to 11:30 a.m., or whenever the food runs out, at the Hardware Exchange, 141 S. Sandusky St. Freeman founded the event in 1978.

Soldiers Circle in Oak Grove Cemetery will again be part of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at noon Saturday.
“It's going to be a nice, small ceremony,” Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said at Monday's City Council meeting. “Not nearly as many wreaths as last year, probably about 35.”
In 2013, Christmas remembrance wre

Wreath ceremony honors veterans

Soldiers Circle in Oak Grove Cemetery will again be part of the annual Wreaths Across America ceremony at noon Saturday. “It's going to be a nice, small ceremony,” Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle said at Monday's City Council meeting. “Not nearly as many wreaths as last year, probably about 35.” In 2013, Christmas remembrance wre

Delaware County AAA stores will be serving “mocktails” at “Holiday Happy Hour” events on Monday to help curb drunken driving.
“We're trying to find a way to reach out to party hosts in a fun way to encourage them to serve non-alcoholic beverages and to make sure they're keeping their guests safe,” said AAA spoke

'Mocktails' available Monday at AAAs

Delaware County AAA stores will be serving “mocktails” at “Holiday Happy Hour” events on Monday to help curb drunken driving. “We're trying to find a way to reach out to party hosts in a fun way to encourage them to serve non-alcoholic beverages and to make sure they're keeping their guests safe,” said AAA spoke

The annual “Community Messiah Sing-along” will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church, 73 W. Winter St.
“We don't rehearse, we just come and sing the Messiah choruses,” said Ruth Rabby, director of music at First Presbyterian. “We have the people who want to sing sit down in the front part of the s

Public invited to sing at 'Messiah'

The annual “Community Messiah Sing-along” will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church, 73 W. Winter St. “We don't rehearse, we just come and sing the Messiah choruses,” said Ruth Rabby, director of music at First Presbyterian. “We have the people who want to sing sit down in the front part of the s

State Auditor Dave Yost returned to City Hall on Monday to give an award to Delaware's finance director.
Dean Stelzer received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for the city during a City Council meeting.
“The award is given to those entities for what we call a clean audit,” Yost said. “That not only means the money's

Yost returns to present award

State Auditor Dave Yost returned to City Hall on Monday to give an award to Delaware's finance director. Dean Stelzer received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for the city during a City Council meeting. “The award is given to those entities for what we call a clean audit,” Yost said. “That not only means the money's

Hunters bag 422 deer in county

Hunters checked in 422 white-tailed deer in Delaware County during last week's statewide gun season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That number is up from the 393 that were bagged last year. However, the increase may be more of a reflection of this year's better weather than any other factor, said state spokeswoman Karen No





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