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A measure to hire a former Delaware County economic development director to fill the same role in Morrow County was put on hold Monday.
Morrow County commissioners tabled a resolution to hire Gus Comstock to replace current Economic Development Director Pat Davies.
Comstock did not return multiple phone calls seeking comment.
Morrow County offic

Comstock turns down Morrow County post

A measure to hire a former Delaware County economic development director to fill the same role in Morrow County was put on hold Monday. Morrow County commissioners tabled a resolution to hire Gus Comstock to replace current Economic Development Director Pat Davies. Comstock did not return multiple phone calls seeking comment. Morrow County offic

Another medical facility planned

Orange Township appears to be a hotbed for the development of medical facilities. Nationwide Children's Hospital and OhioHealth are partnering on plans to build a 70,000-square-foot healthcare facility on five acres just off U.S. 23 in the Lewis Center area. Mount Carmel Health Systems broke ground on a 130,000-square-foot facility in the townshi

County paramedics get 3-year contract

Delaware County's unionized paramedics will receive raises of more than 2 percent for the next three years. Delaware County commissioners have unanimously approved a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the union that represents the county's paramedics. The contract, which expires Oct. 31, 2017, will provide paramedics with raises of 2

BV officials, residents discuss way forward

After last month's defeat of a ballot measure to upgrade Buckeye Valley elementary schools, school officials vowed to take their time and get input from the community before going back to voters. Nearly 160 community members turned out Wednesday to take the first step in that process. Teachers, administrators, parents, grandparents and interested

Powell responds to lawsuit

The city of Powell wants a court to advise it on how to proceed with a charter amendment passed by voters last month. The city has asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio for “guidance regarding the application and enforcement of (a) charter amendment” designed to prevent high-density development. The city has

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Gazette staff has been reviewing local events of the past year and chosen its Top Ten Stories of 2014. Today, we continue our series of stories reviewing the 10 local news events of the past year that we thought were the most newsworthy and significant. Here's No. 8:
By Dustin Ensinger
densinger@civitasmedia.com
Nearly a decad

Elks Lodge had county, city at odds

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Gazette staff has been reviewing local events of the past year and chosen its Top Ten Stories of 2014. Today, we continue our series of stories reviewing the 10 local news events of the past year that we thought were the most newsworthy and significant. Here's No. 8: By Dustin Ensinger densinger@civitasmedia.com Nearly a decad

Adult-only hotel put on hold

The developer of a planned adult-only hotel in southern Delaware County is terminating his purchase agreement with the property owner, according to an Orange Township official. Orange Township Zoning Inspector Tom Farahay said in a Dec. 9 email to other township officials that John Kranjec, owner of Belamere Suites just outside of Toledo, will not

Candidates emptied war chests for state posts

Candidates vying to represent Delaware County in the Ohio Legislature, for the most part, emptied their campaign war chests in the days leading up to the Nov. 4 election. Just one of the seven candidates in the race for three seats has a significant amount of money stored away for a future election, according to post-general election campaign fina

Bill to add county judge stalls in Senate

An attempt to attach an amendment granting pay raises to judges across the state was enough to prevent the passage of a bill to add a judicial position in Delaware County. The bill – which would create a new domestic relations division judgeship in Delaware County Common Pleas Court – cleared the Ohio House unanimously and made it thro

BV bond issue rejected by voters

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Gazette staff has been reviewing local events of the past year and chosen its Top Ten Stories of 2014. Today, we continue our series of stories reviewing the 10 local news events of the past year that we thought were the most newsworthy and significant. Here's No. 9: By Dustin Ensinger densinger@civitasmedia.com For the 15th t

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Gazette staff has been reviewing local events of the past year and chosen its Top Ten Stories of 2014. Today, we kick off our series of stories reviewing the 10 local news events of the past year that we thought were the most newsworthy and significant. Here's No. 10:
By Dustin Ensinger
densinger@civitasmedia.com
Gus Comstock

Official's firing one of 2014's top stories

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Gazette staff has been reviewing local events of the past year and chosen its Top Ten Stories of 2014. Today, we kick off our series of stories reviewing the 10 local news events of the past year that we thought were the most newsworthy and significant. Here's No. 10: By Dustin Ensinger densinger@civitasmedia.com Gus Comstock

Fair's financial woes carry into 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Gazette staff has been reviewing local events of the past year and chosen its Top Ten Stories of 2014. Today, we continue our series of stories reviewing the 10 local news events of the past year that we thought were the most newsworthy and significant. Here's No. 5: By Dustin Ensinger densinger@civitasmedia.com County officia

A measure to stop work on the Sawmill Parkway extension project has again been shelved.
Delaware County Commissioner Ken O'Brien on Monday asked for the resolution to be put on hold until the end of January. It is the second time he has asked for the measure to tabled for later consideration.
The resolution would have suspended all work on the $5

City, districts expected to strike Sawmill deal

A measure to stop work on the Sawmill Parkway extension project has again been shelved. Delaware County Commissioner Ken O'Brien on Monday asked for the resolution to be put on hold until the end of January. It is the second time he has asked for the measure to tabled for later consideration. The resolution would have suspended all work on the $5

GOP candidates top spending

In the Nov. 4 election to replace retiring Delaware County Common Pleas Judge Duncan Whitney, the Republican candidate outspent his Democratic opponent by more than a four-to-one margin. Delaware Municipal Court Judge David Gormley, who easily won the race, outspent opponent Emmanuel Olawale $13,953 to $3,625, according to post-general election ca

911 center workers have new contract

Delaware County has reached an agreement with one of its collective bargaining units that will provide about two dozen employees with raises over the next three years and save the county money. County commissioners have voted unanimously in favor of approving a three-year contract with the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. The contract wil

The prosecutor in the infamous Steubenville rape case is the leading candidate to replace Delaware Municipal Court Judge David Gormley.
Marianne Hemmeter will receive the ranking of “most recommended” – the highest ranking of the six candidates who sought the position – when the Delaware County Republican Party Central Comm

GOP narrows list of candidates to replace Gormley

The prosecutor in the infamous Steubenville rape case is the leading candidate to replace Delaware Municipal Court Judge David Gormley. Marianne Hemmeter will receive the ranking of “most recommended” – the highest ranking of the six candidates who sought the position – when the Delaware County Republican Party Central Comm

No Sawmill delay for now

A measure that would have directed Delaware County officials to halt work on the Sawmill Parkway extension project has been put on hold, at least temporarily. The resolution, placed on the agenda for consideration Thursday by Delaware County Commissioner Ken O'Brien, would have suspended all work on the $56 million project. O'Brien said he is con

County, state nail down mall details

Delaware County and the Ohio Department of Transportation have nailed down specifics on an agreement that will allow for millions of dollars worth of infrastructure improvements near a planned Berkshire Township outlet-store shopping mall. County commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved an addendum to an intergovernmental agreement that lays

'5 of 8' change moves forward

In a move that some fear will deprive students of opportunities in specialized educational fields, the Ohio Board of Education Tuesday took a step toward eliminating a requirement that ensures all of the state's elementary students receive a well-rounded education. The board voted 14-5 in favor of eliminating the so-called “5 of 8” rul

Study of U.S. 42 planned

While all eyes are on the Ohio 37-U.S. 36 corridor and the soon-to-be extended Sawmill Parkway as areas ripe for development, the Ohio Department of Transportation is taking an even longer view. The transportation agency has plans to conduct an access management study on the U.S. 42 corridor, “because of the potential that exists” for





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