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State Rep. Andy Brenner says he plans to introduce controversial legislation Monday that would require nearly all Ohioans to provide photo identification at polling places before casting a ballot.
Brenner, R-Powell, said the legislation is designed to prevent voter fraud. Opponents of the legislation say voter fraud is rare and the legislation wil

Brenner to introduce voter ID bill Monday

State Rep. Andy Brenner says he plans to introduce controversial legislation Monday that would require nearly all Ohioans to provide photo identification at polling places before casting a ballot. Brenner, R-Powell, said the legislation is designed to prevent voter fraud. Opponents of the legislation say voter fraud is rare and the legislation wil

Developer sued over plans

A prominent local developer has filed a lawsuit in Delaware County Common Pleas Court, alleging another developer's claims about a planned project has cost its company millions of dollars. Schottenstein Homes, developer of the Estates at Cheshire, says that Pat Shivley, the developer behind the planned NorthGate Centre, has spread “false inf

The actions of a handful of teachers, students and law enforcement officials helped save the life of a Delaware Area Career Center student earlier this year.
Those folks were honored Thursday by Delaware County commissioners for their role in saving the life of Tristan Rowley, who on Feb. 25 suddenly became unresponsive in the classroom.
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DACC students, staff honored for heroics.

The actions of a handful of teachers, students and law enforcement officials helped save the life of a Delaware Area Career Center student earlier this year. Those folks were honored Thursday by Delaware County commissioners for their role in saving the life of Tristan Rowley, who on Feb. 25 suddenly became unresponsive in the classroom. Interven

County to begin negotiations on new courthouse

Delaware County officials plan to begin negotiations with a London-based company to serve as construction manager at-risk on a multimillion dollar project to build a new courthouse. Lend Lease Construction topped two other competitors in terms of qualifications, approach to the project and pricing, according to county facilities manager Jon Melvin

After about five hours of searching for a body in a wooded area just north of Oak Grove Cemetery, homicide investigators with the Columbus Division of Police called off the hunt just before 3 p.m. Wednesday without discovering any human remains in the area.
The search was precipitated by a tip provided by someone familiar with the Delaware area, a

Search for body turns up no remains

After about five hours of searching for a body in a wooded area just north of Oak Grove Cemetery, homicide investigators with the Columbus Division of Police called off the hunt just before 3 p.m. Wednesday without discovering any human remains in the area. The search was precipitated by a tip provided by someone familiar with the Delaware area, a

Volvo to lay off hundreds at Orange Twp. facility

Massive layoffs are planned for a major Delaware County employer. Volvo Trucks officially informed Orange Township officials last week that the company plans to lay off about 300 employees at its Lewis Center distribution facility on Highfield Drive. About 19 employees will remain at the distribution center, the company said in a Worker Adjustmen

A member of the Olentangy Board of Education who has accused his colleagues of violating Ohio's open meeting laws will have some added time to sharpen his argument for the state's high court.
Adam White has asked and received an extension to file his first brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in a case in which he alleges his fellow board members cir

White asks for short delay in case

A member of the Olentangy Board of Education who has accused his colleagues of violating Ohio's open meeting laws will have some added time to sharpen his argument for the state's high court. Adam White has asked and received an extension to file his first brief with the Ohio Supreme Court in a case in which he alleges his fellow board members cir

Berkshire Twp. racks up legal bills in JEDD vote

Berkshire Township has spent nearly $20,000 in an effort to keep a referendum on a special taxing district off the ballot next week. From early December to the end of February, the township has been billed $19,900 by Rinehart Legal Services for its efforts to keep a referendum on a Joint Economic Development District at the site of a planned outle

Old 3C project to kick off next year

Delaware County is one step closer to the start of a major road project expected to begin next year. Delaware County commissioners on Monday approved a contract modification with American Structurepoint to provide final engineering on a project that will revamp a portion of South Old 3C Highway in Genoa Township. The project, which will impact ab

County renews liability insurance

Just weeks after it came in handy following a lightning strike that took down phone systems, Delaware County has renewed its liability insurance coverage. Delaware County commissioners on Monday voted unanimously to renew its coverage with the County Risk Sharing Authority of Ohio. At $342,932, the costs dropped by 11 percent from the previous ye

Trustees not concerned by AFP opposition

Genoa Township officials say they are not concerned that conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity Ohio has decided to publicly oppose two safety service levies on the May 5 ballot. The conservative political advocacy group – whose national organization was founded and funded by Charles and David Koch – says the to

City, township officials hope to grab share of EMS funding

Officials who represent more than half of Delaware County's residents plan to renew a push to lobby the county to re-examine the way it uses a 0.5 percent sales tax to fund emergency medical services. A coalition of officials in the city of Delaware and Orange, Liberty, Genoa and Harlem townships hope to gain a share of the $17.5 million that the

A $131.6 billion state budget that includes more money for Delaware County school districts and the Delaware County Fair cleared the first of several hurdles Wednesday.
The budget was approved in a 63-36 vote, with two Democrats siding with the Republican majority to vote in favor of the two-year spending outline. Five Republicans voted against th

State budget clears House

A $131.6 billion state budget that includes more money for Delaware County school districts and the Delaware County Fair cleared the first of several hurdles Wednesday. The budget was approved in a 63-36 vote, with two Democrats siding with the Republican majority to vote in favor of the two-year spending outline. Five Republicans voted against th

Buckeye Valley North is not in the school district's future plans for elementary facilities.
With a focus on putting buildings near population centers, the reopening of the nearly 100-year-old school building that closed in 2012 due to budget constraints was not included in any of seven facility options presented to district residents Wednesday ev

BV North won't be part of plan

Buckeye Valley North is not in the school district's future plans for elementary facilities. With a focus on putting buildings near population centers, the reopening of the nearly 100-year-old school building that closed in 2012 due to budget constraints was not included in any of seven facility options presented to district residents Wednesday ev

More than 23,000 people in Delaware County are hungry for food pantry assistance.
I quoted that number in an article published recently regarding the Lutheran Social Services' “Nourish Our Neighbors” fundraiser for the Delaware County Food Pantry.
It doesn't tell the whole story of poverty in the county – or a serious issue at t

PTSD at the root of much misery

More than 23,000 people in Delaware County are hungry for food pantry assistance. I quoted that number in an article published recently regarding the Lutheran Social Services' “Nourish Our Neighbors” fundraiser for the Delaware County Food Pantry. It doesn't tell the whole story of poverty in the county – or a serious issue at t

AFP Ohio opposes Genoa levies

A group backed by politically active billionaire brothers has formally come out against two Genoa Township tax levies on the May ballot. The conservative political advocacy group Americans for Prosperity Ohio – whose national organization was founded and funded by Charles and David Koch – says the township “should explore cost-sa

County's jobless rate still lowest

Delaware County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the state, according to figures released last week. The county's unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent in March, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Mercer County in western Ohio also had a state-low unemployment rate of 3.6 percent in March. Just five

County advances road projects

A development project took another step toward fruition Monday when Delaware County commissioners approved an agreement for the property owner to cover the costs of infrastructure improvements in the area. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an agreement with the developers of Kebler Farms that will require the company to pay for $1.5 milli

Delaware County commissioners formally recognized National Crime Victims' Rights Week Monday.
The week is marked by a display of of signs representing the victims of crimes in each of the county's townships in front of the commissioners' office, the Clothesline Project, which honors the victims of domestic violence, and the seventh annual “W

County honors crime victims

Delaware County commissioners formally recognized National Crime Victims' Rights Week Monday. The week is marked by a display of of signs representing the victims of crimes in each of the county's townships in front of the commissioners' office, the Clothesline Project, which honors the victims of domestic violence, and the seventh annual “W

Third forum may be the charm

Buckeye Valley Superintendent Andy Miller hopes to have a better grasp on the direction the school district will take to address its elementary facilities after Wednesday evening. Miller hopes to pare down options on the configuration and location of elementary facilities from about seven to two or three at the third community forum on the issue.





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