Franklin County Property Owners Contest Updated Valuations

Franklin County appraiser Eric Ebert (center) speaks with a property owner challenging his updated valuation.
2, 2014

Franklin County property owners recently received updated appraisal values. And a number of homeowners already have begun to contest the changes.

OSU Band Taskforce Surveying Current, Former Members

Ohio State Band
Ohio State University Marching Band
28, 2014

Some former and current Ohio State University band members are being asked what they think about the band’s culture.

Fired OSU Band Director Denied Appeal By University

Jonathan Waters was fired last month after an investigation that OSU officials say revealed "a culture conducive to sexual harassment."
August 28, 2014

Ohio State has rejected the latest appeal for reconsideration by fired marching band director Jonathan Waters.

Bumper Crop Means Full Silos, Potentially Lower Prices

One survey estimates a 25 percent increase in bushels of corn per acre compared to the state's three-year average.
27, 2014

Ohio farmers are looking at a potential bumper crop during the fall harvest, but that could be offset by lower prices and spoilage from some crops having to be stored outside.

Some Local Agencies Do Not Use Acquired Military Surplus

Police departments around Ohio have received similar military-surplus vehicles as this one.
26, 2014

The heavily-armored police response to Ferguson, Missouri protesters ignited a debate about the militarization of local agencies. Since 1997, local departments have been able to get free military surplus like M16s. The Afghanistan and Iraq Wars have increased the amount of excess equipment. But not all the equipment is being used.

Fired OSUMB Director Asks Board Of Trustees For Reinstatement

Ohio State Band
OSUMB members prepare for a new season under new leadership.
14, 2014

The Ohio State University Marching Band has a new roster for the 2014 season. And Thursday afternoon, some of those members, along with their interim directors, shared their thoughts about moving forward amid a scandal that cost them their director, who has requested the board of trustees reinstate him.

Waters Praised In Final Job Review; Drake Holds Firm On Firing

The Ohio State University Marching Band
13, 2014

For the first time since the decision was made in July, Ohio State University President Michael Drake answered questions about the decision to fire the band director. And he said it’s final. The statement was at Wednesday’s Columbus Metropolitan Club meeting. Drake was met by a group of protesters, former band members.

TBDBITL Tryouts Begin Following Scandal

Ohio State University Marching Band tryouts began this week, about two weeks after its director was fired following an investigation into a "sexualized" culture in the band.
12, 2014

Two-and-a-half weeks after the Ohio State University Marching Band director was fired, tryouts began for future members. Students were all business Tuesday morning as they vie for a spot on the elite squad.

OSU Researcher Studies Farm Runoff

grasses farm
The grasses planted to the right of the tree line help curb fertilizer, such as phosphorus, that could get into the stream that runs through Bret Davis' farm in Delaware. Ohio State scientists are studying runoff at 30 farms in the state.
11, 2014

Scientists believe that farm fertilizer containing the chemical phosphorus recently caused unsafe levels of toxic algae in drinking water in Toledo. One of the main sources of phosphorus is farm runoff. But phosphorus is essential to crops. Ohio State University scientists are looking for a solution.