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Thomas James Knox Outdoor Hockey Rink Construction Begins

Photo Gallery – Contractors began this week leveling a field at Alum Creek Park South for the construction of the Thomas James Knox outdoor hockey rink. The rink, dedicated to the memory of 14-year-old high school student Thomas James Knox, is being built with private funds raised by his family following his death in 2015.

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Hollywood Theater Demolition Begins For New Aldi Store

Photo Gallery (follow link) as workers remove recyclables from inside the old Hollywood Studio Theaters at Glengary Shopping Center in preparation for its demolition beginning Thursday. The abandoned theater, a carwash, and old gas station will be removed to make way for a new Aldi grocery store.

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Uptown Fire Call For Burned Bacon

The Westerville Fire Department responded to an automated fire alarm in the middle of the block between State and Colleges Sunday to discover the culprit was a pan of burned bacon in an apartment on the second floor.

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South State Street Starbucks To Get New Entrance

Westerville Planning Commission approved plans for a new entrance to service customers at the Starbucks on South State Street. The changes will eliminate the bottleneck and illegal u-turns that have plagued the company since South State Street and Schrock Road were rebuilt last year.

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Human Trafficking Forum At City Hall

Westerville Police held its first Human Trafficking Forum Monday night in city council chambers. The program was led by Police Chief Joe Morbitzer. Marlene Carson, a survivor of human trafficking, was the first speaker. She used her time to detail her experience as a teenager being trapped in human trafficking and how her escape led her to help others. 

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Beer Sales Approved At Everal Barn for Music & Arts Festival

The Westerville Chamber of Commerce will be allowed to sell beer at the 45th Music and Arts Festival after city council approved Wednesday a request by Parks and Recreation Director Randy Auler to amend a 2016 ordinance that allowed distribution but not sales at Heritage Park.

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Kroger Adds Instacart Delivery Service in Westerville

Kroger began Thursday using Instacart to make deliveries in Westerville. The service offers home delivery from 55 stores in the Central Ohio region. This new offering goes hand-in-hand with Kroger’s ClickList program, which allows customers to order online and pick-up at the curb without ever having to get out of their car.

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Library Flooding Closes Youth Section

Children’s and teen sections of the Westerville Public Library were closed Friday after an overnight leak from a broken water heater flooded a large portion of the fiction section on the first floor. Programs in the children’s section for Saturday are closed. More information in full story.

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Thomas James Knox Outdoor Hockey Rink Construction Begins

Photo Gallery – Contractors began this week leveling a field at Alum Creek Park South for the construction of the Thomas James Knox outdoor hockey rink. The rink, dedicated to the memory of 14-year-old high school student Thomas James Knox, is being built with private funds raised by his family following his death in 2015.

Read More

Hollywood Theater Demolition Begins For New Aldi Store

Photo Gallery (follow link) as workers remove recyclables from inside the old Hollywood Studio Theaters at Glengary Shopping Center in preparation for its demolition beginning Thursday. The abandoned theater, a carwash, and old gas station will be removed to make way for a new Aldi grocery store.

Read More

Uptown Fire Call For Burned Bacon

The Westerville Fire Department responded to an automated fire alarm in the middle of the block between State and Colleges Sunday to discover the culprit was a pan of burned bacon in an apartment on the second floor.

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South State Street Starbucks To Get New Entrance

Westerville Planning Commission approved plans for a new entrance to service customers at the Starbucks on South State Street. The changes will eliminate the bottleneck and illegal u-turns that have plagued the company since South State Street and Schrock Road were rebuilt last year.

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Human Trafficking Forum At City Hall

Westerville Police held its first Human Trafficking Forum Monday night in city council chambers. The program was led by Police Chief Joe Morbitzer. Marlene Carson, a survivor of human trafficking, was the first speaker. She used her time to detail her experience as a teenager being trapped in human trafficking and how her escape led her to help others. 

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Beer Sales Approved At Everal Barn for Music & Arts Festival

The Westerville Chamber of Commerce will be allowed to sell beer at the 45th Music and Arts Festival after city council approved Wednesday a request by Parks and Recreation Director Randy Auler to amend a 2016 ordinance that allowed distribution but not sales at Heritage Park.

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Kroger Adds Instacart Delivery Service in Westerville

Kroger began Thursday using Instacart to make deliveries in Westerville. The service offers home delivery from 55 stores in the Central Ohio region. This new offering goes hand-in-hand with Kroger’s ClickList program, which allows customers to order online and pick-up at the curb without ever having to get out of their car.

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Library Flooding Closes Youth Section

Children’s and teen sections of the Westerville Public Library were closed Friday after an overnight leak from a broken water heater flooded a large portion of the fiction section on the first floor. Programs in the children’s section for Saturday are closed. More information in full story.

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New Aldi Coming To Upgraded Glengary Shopping Center

Blendon Township Administrator Bryan Rhoads announced in a letter released Wednesday that the Hollywood Theatre, the car wash, and the gas station at Glengary Shopping Center will be demolished to make way for a new Aldi grocery store and improvements at the shopping center.

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Uptown Building Auction For Second Time (Update)

Updates with comments on the Ohio Sheriff Sales Facebook page that the earlier auction winners failed to obtain financing after winning the auction. – The building in Uptown Westerville that houses Meza Wine Shop and Whit’s is again going on the auction block. Originally sold at auction in October 2017 it went back on the market when the auction winners, Connie Saelzler and Marcos Ferreira, failed to complete the purchase after receiving the engineering report on required repairs to the building.

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    Thomas James Knox Outdoor Hockey Rink Construction Begins
    April 19, 2018
    Photo Gallery - Contractors began this week leveling a field at Alum Creek Park...
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    Hollywood Theater Demolition Begins For New Aldi Store
    April 18, 2018
    Photo Gallery (follow link) as workers remove recyclables from inside the old Hollywood Studio...
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    Uptown Fire Call For Burned Bacon
    April 16, 2018
    The Westerville Fire Department responded to an automated fire alarm in the middle of...
  • Westerville Planning Commission approved plans for a new driveway to service customers at the Starbucks on South State Street. The changes will eliminate the bottleneck and illegal u-turns that have plagued the company since South State Street and Schrock Road were rebuilt last year.
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    South State Street Starbucks To Get New Entrance
    March 29, 2018
    Westerville Planning Commission approved plans for a new entrance to service customers at the...
  • The intersection of Cleveland Ave. with Altair Parkway and Executive Campus Drive now has its own traffic signal. The intersection with the Renaissance Hotel to the east and Starbucks to the west has been flashing yellow all directions for about a week with signs warning of the signal to become active Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
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    Cleveland Avenue's New Traffic Signal
    March 27, 2018
    The intersection of Cleveland Ave. with Altair Parkway and Executive Campus Drive now has...
  • Marlene Carson, a survivor of human trafficking, is the first speaker during the Westerville Police Department’s Human Trafficking Forum in city council chambers.
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    Human Trafficking Forum At City Hall
    March 27, 2018
    Westerville Police held its first Human Trafficking Forum Monday night in city council chambers. The program...
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    Beer Sales Approved At Everal Barn for Music & Arts Festival
    March 21, 2018
    The Westerville Chamber of Commerce will be allowed to sell beer at the 45th...
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    Kroger Adds Instacart Delivery Service in Westerville
    March 17, 2018
    Kroger began Thursday using Instacart to make deliveries in Westerville. The service offers home...
  • The entire children’s and teen sections of the Westerville Public Library were closed Friday after a water heater in the administrative offices above them failed and leaked water overnight. The damage was discovered when an employee arrived about 6:20 in the morning. A large portion of the children’s fiction section was damaged by the water. Although the section is closed children can request books from a librarian just outside the damaged are. If the book is not one of those damaged it can be checked out. A cleanup and recovery crew spent most of the day vacuuming away water and using cool drying equipment in an attempt to lessen the damage to some books. The children’s and teen section will remain closed as the damage is assessed and repaired. Programs scheduled for that section on Saturday are cancelled.  More information from the library can be found at westervillelibrary.org/damage. The Westerville Library Foundation has established a GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/rebuildwplkids for anyone interested in donating to help rebuild the library’s collection.
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    Library Flooding Closes Youth Section
    March 16, 2018
    Children's and teen sections of the Westerville Public Library were closed Friday after an...
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    New Aldi Coming To Upgraded Glengary Shopping Center
    March 16, 2018
    Blendon Township Administrator Bryan Rhoads announced in a letter released Wednesday that the Hollywood Theatre,...
  • Uptown Building Auction For Second Time
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    Uptown Building Auction For Second Time (Update)
    March 16, 2018
    Updates with comments on the Ohio Sheriff Sales Facebook page that the earlier auction...
  • Jim Bennati, whose family owns a business in Uptown Westerville speaks during the public comment portion of Tuesday's City Council meeting where it heard revised plans for rebuilding streets and sidewalks in Uptown.
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    Bumpouts Removed From Uptown Streetscape Plan
    March 14, 2018
    The latest plans for the Uptown Streetscape removes almost all the bumpouts with a...
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    282 Apartments Along Cooper Road at Braun Farm
    March 13, 2018
    Contractors began early work for the construction of a 282-apartment complex along Cooper Road...
  • Carpenters install sheathing on senior housing facility under construction on Cooper Road.
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    Senior housing on Braun Farm reaches second floor
    March 13, 2018
    Carpenters nail sheathing to the exterior walls of the senior housing facility being built...
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    New Starbucks In Town
    March 10, 2018
    Westerville now has its fifth Starbucks. It's on Cleveland Ave. near Polaris Parkway and...
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    The text of Gov. John Kasich's State of the State
    March 7, 2018
    Now, I don’t know about you, but this is one of the craziest times...
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    Kroger begins checkout-free shopping
    March 6, 2018
    The Kroger store on Schrock Road began Tuesday using the “Scan, Bag, Go” service...
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    Nathan Baker - Then and Now
    March 1, 2018
    Nathan Baker stood in the center of State Street to shoot the cover photo...
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    Police officers killed investigating 911 call - Photo Gallery
    February 11, 2018
    Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were killed Saturday when they responded to...
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    Remembering the Knights Inn - Now the Aloft
    February 8, 2018
    The Aloft Hotel opened this week on Heatherdown Drive replacing the Knights Inn which...
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    Uptown Streetscape planning timeline
    January 17, 2018
    Mike Heyeck, Chairman of the Westerville City Council, invites public participation in plans for...
  • The Boar sculpture is mounted on the wall above the kitchen at Barrel & Boar restaurant in Uptown Westerville. The restaurant, moving into the space at 8 North State that was home to 8 State Bistro, has its final inspections early in the week. It plans to open as soon as the inspections are complete and permits are issued.
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    The Boar gets mounted
    January 14, 2018
    The Boar sculpture is mounted on the wall above the kitchen at Barrel &...
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    Recalls include ham, cookies, and ice cream.
    January 11, 2018
    Among the recalls recently announced are three products that may have been distributed and...
  • Apple recall.
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    Michigan apples recalled
    December 25, 2017
    Jack Brown Produce, Inc. of Sparta, MI is recalling Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp and Golden...
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    West Main Street water leak repaired - Photo Gallery
    December 23, 2017
    A city work crew using a high-pressure water wand, a high volume vacuum, a...
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    Barrel and Boar plans January opening at 8 State in Uptown
    December 21, 2017
    Erin Cameron applies whitewash to barn siding recently installed in the entrance to the...
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    MCL Scooters Club final meeting - Photo Gallery
    December 21, 2017
    The Scooters Club has its final weekly meeting at MCL Restaurant in Westerville. The...
  • Luke Ernst, right, carries the original WC Bale Hardware sign into Westerville Antiques where it originally hung in the front of the store in 1905.
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    WC Bale sign returns to its original place
    December 21, 2017
    Luke Ernst, right, carries the original WC Bale Hardware sign into Westerville Antiques where...
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    MCL to close Wednesday
    December 16, 2017
    Signs posted on the doors of MCL Restaurant in Westerville notified diners that the...
  • Westerville Antiques’ new owner, Luke Ernst, right, stands with his mother, Tina Zahn, behind the counter on their first day operating the unique store at the corner of State and College in Uptown.
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    Everything is new at Westerville Antiques
    December 12, 2017
    Westerville Antiques’ new owner, Luke Ernst, right, stands with his mother, Tina Zahn, behind...
  • Nicole Harrison displays three of the Christmas Star tree ornaments she’s had trouble keeping in stock at Pure Roots in Uptown Westerville.
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    Christmas Star ornaments celebrate Westerville
    December 8, 2017
    Nicole Harrison displays three of the Christmas Star tree ornaments she’s had trouble keeping...
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    City Council starts with new members after election
    December 4, 2017
    The Westerville City Council meets Tuesday night in its first session after swearing in...
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    Dan the Barber and Megan Lee now open in new locations
    December 2, 2017
    Dan the Barber moved to West Schrock Road and Megan Lee Designs immediately moved...
  • Olde Mill Christmas lights are bright on one side of the street but not the other. The family that decorates their corner lot each year with peaked tunnels of lights over the sidewalks and an abundance of lit toy soldiers, snowmen, Santas, reindeer, and Christmas presents have turned on their section of the roadway.
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    Olde Mill only halfway lit on Thanksgiving
    November 24, 2017
    Olde Mill Christmas lights are bright on one side of the street but not...
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    Disassembling, demolition, and greenspace
    November 22, 2017
    Contractors remove sections of the steel structure for the old karaoke business at the...
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    Aloft Hotel easier to spot with new sign - Photo Gallery
    November 21, 2017
    The Aloft Hotel on Heatherdown Drive just west of State Street received its new...
  • Good Medicine Productions’ cast went through two dress rehearsals Saturday for “Uptown Scrooge,” a live-action walking tour of Uptown Westerville and an enlightening interpretation of the class story of Scrooge.
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    "Uptown Scrooge" rehearsal surprises shoppers
    November 19, 2017
    Good Medicine Productions’ cast went through two dress rehearsals Saturday for “Uptown Scrooge,” a...
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    Autumn days and bright colors in Westerville - Video and Photo Gallery
    November 16, 2017
    Despite the unusually warm and dry fall weather and the lack of great swaths...
  • The maple tree near the farmhouse on the Braun Farm sits nearly barren of leaves after a series of cold and windy days reinforced the feel of autumn.
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    Dreary day on the Braun Farm - Video and photos
    November 14, 2017
    The weekly visit to the Braun Farm wasn't very pleasant this week. The weather...
  • Children at Mark Twain Elementary and other veterans listen as a veteran describes his service during a Veterans Day rally at the school.
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    Veterans Day at Mark Twain Elementary - Video
    November 11, 2017
    Members of the Westerville VFW post attended a service at Mark Twain Elementary School...
  • Alex Heckman and Valerie Cumming elected to City Council. 8 State liquor option passes.
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    Heckman and Cummings elected to city council - Liquor option approved
    November 8, 2017
    Alex Heckman and Valerie Cumming elected to City Council. 8 State liquor option passes.
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    A Twist on Olives moves to North State Street in Uptown - Video and Photos
    November 3, 2017
    Twist on Olives moved its 32 varieties of olive oils and 32 types of...
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    Starbucks not part of new roadway - Video and Photo Gallery
    November 2, 2017
    Starbucks' has its own plan for a new entrance and it does not include...
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    Tagger caught on camera
    November 1, 2017
    Update: The graffiti on the side of Graeter's is gone. Using magical and mystical...
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    Uptown auction closed and sold
    October 31, 2017
    Twenty-three bidders attended the auction for 46-48 North State Street in Uptown Westerville.
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    Sheriff's sale on State Street in Uptown Westerville
    October 27, 2017
    The Charles Moon building at 46-48 North State Street is being sold at auction...
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    Dan the Barber in Uptown is moving
    October 27, 2017
    Dan (the Barber) Owen is moving his barber shop after 19 years on Haywood...
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    Braun Farm senior housing construction begins
    October 25, 2017
    Contractors began building the construction entrance to the southeast corner of the Braun Farm...
  • City workers study parking map for Uptown Westerville.
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    Uptown parking getting better defined
    October 24, 2017
    City workers study a map of parking lots in Uptown Westerville as the city...
  • Rotary Park Westerville
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    Rotary Park Phase One Renovation Complete
    October 24, 2017
    The first phase of the renovation of Rotary Park at Home and State in...

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