Columbus Zoo Won’t Try Levy Proposal On November Ballot

Speaking about the failed May ballot issue, one board member said “We sat on our haunches hoping Jack Hanna would carry us through.”
9, 2014

The board of directors of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has voted to forego a levy request on the November ballot.

Plans To Demolish Vets Memorial Move Forward

The east facade of Veterans Memorial faces the Scioto River and downtown Columbus
8, 2014

The Franklin County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to hire a firm that will draw up plans to raze the 60 year old building.

Democratic Candidate For Governor Ed FitzGerald Appears On WOSU

Ed FitzGerald on All Sides With Ann Fisher
Democratic candidate for governor Ed FitzGerald
July 2, 2014

The democratic candidate for governor is facing sharp criticism from the camp of incumbent Republican Governor John Kasich. Candidate Ed FitzGerald appeared on WOSU’s All Sides with Ann Fisher Wednesday.

Ohio History Center Exhibit Traces Extinction Of State’s Species

The last female passenger pigeon, part of the Going, Going, Gone? exhibit
1, 2014

A new exhibit at Columbus’ Ohio History Center traces the state’s extinct species and looks at modern-day threats to other animals and plants.

Columbus’ ComFest Kicks Off At Goodale Park

27, 2014

Thousands will descend on Columbus’ Goodale Park June 27 through June 29 for the annual Comfest celebration.

Columbus City Schools Kicks Off Summer Third Grade Reading Blitz

Dr. Dan Good and colleagues
Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dan Good flanked by schools personnel and volunteers. Staff will go door to door to deliver tote bags filled with reading materials. They'll also encourage parents to enroll their children who have so far failed the third grade reading test.
24, 2014

Columbus City Schools officials say they’re launching a summer Third Grade Reading Blitz. The school system wants third graders who have so far failed the Ohio Achievement Assessment to attend summer classes or receive some other type of assistance.

Columbus City Schools Launches Third Grade Reading Blitz

Reading Blitz Poster
Columbus City Schools launching Summer Reading Blitz
24, 2014

Columbus City Schools officials are going door-to-door this week. They’re urging the families of third graders who still have not passed the state’s third grade reading assessment test to enroll their students in summer school or other help sessions.

Study Says Federal Food Aid Also Feeds Local Economy And Jobs

Bill LaFayette
Economist Bill LaFayette
19, 2014

A local economist says federal money allocated to feeding Franklin County’s poor has a significant impact on the regional economy.

Ohio Fights To Contain Measles Outbreak Among Amish

Nurse Jacqueline Fletcher prepares an Amish boy to be vaccinated against Measles
16, 2014

In a handful of counties northeast of Columbus public health officials are traveling back roads and setting up clinics in churches and town halls. They’re trying to contain a measles outbreak among the mostly unvaccinated Amish community.