Mary Beth Lane, The Columbus Dispatch

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The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Mary:

Amanda-Clearcreek schools face budget cuts if tax rejected

AMANDA — The Amanda-Clearcreek school district will face budget cuts if voters on Nov. 6 again reject an earned-income tax on the ballot for the seventh consecutive time, Superintendent J.B. Dick said. The cuts could include teacher layoffs in the 1,511-student district in rural southern Fairfield County. "If we're not successful in November, we will have to commence the conversations… → Read More

Somerset police chief gets 90 days for theft in office

A former Somerset police chief was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail for using the Perry County village's credit card to pay for testosterone supplements and other personal expenses.Jeremy VanDermark racked up nearly $5,737 in improper purchases, which also included meals, tires and fuel for his personal car, car washes and other purchases, Ohio Auditor Dave Yost said in a news release.Perry… → Read More

Fairfield County commissioner race pits newcomer against Pickerington Council veteran

The race for Fairfield County commissioner pits a political veteran who cites experience as his strength against a first-time candidate for office who says she would be a full-time commissioner. Republican commissioner candidate Jeff Fix, 53, vice president of business development for RDP Foodservice in Hillard, has served on the Pickerington City Council for 13 years, including five as… → Read More

Rescued horses ready to aid others at Delaware County Fair harness races

DELAWARE — It's impossible to know, of course, because horses can't talk, but Dude and Jag really do appear to understand that they were saved → Read More

Former Wolfe family retreat re-emerges as Violet Township community space

Violet Township government officials are preparing to move into the Wigwam by early next year, providing a public use for the → Read More

Walnut Township official ordered to step down after guilty plea

A Fairfield County judge has ordered the Walnut Township fiscal officer to resign by Oct. 31 for unlawfully recommending her sister for a township → Read More

Athens, Ohio University police investigating seven reported rapes

Seven reported rapes now are being investigated by the Athens and Ohio University police departments. Six reports of rape, including → Read More

Two killed in Fairfield County crash

Two people were killed and a third was injured in a crash Sunday night in Fairfield County, the State Highway Patrol said.The crash occurred about → Read More

Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival celebrates native fruit claimed to be a favorite of George Washington

ALBANY — Pawpaw is the fruit with a funny sounding name that makes you smile just to say it and hear it — and smile again → Read More

Columbus City and 16 charter schools get F's on report cards; three area districts get A's

Columbus City Schools and 16 charter schools in Franklin County were among the small group of publicly funded schools statewide to receive an overall → Read More

Buckeye Lake ready for rebirth

BUCKEYE LAKE — The Buckeye Lake waterfront is starting to transform from a construction site to a 4.1-mile scenic → Read More

Hocking County man charged in wife's shooting death

A Logan man charged with murder in the weekend shooting of his wife has been ordered held on $2 million bond.Hocking County Municipal Court → Read More

Ohio State offers incentive to dental students to work in underserved areas

Brandi Lantz already planned to return home to southeastern Ohio to practice dentistry, but now Ohio State University's College of Dentistry has → Read More

Reynoldsburg teen charged with school threat

A 14-year-old student at Reynoldsburg High School's Summit Campus faces charges related to an email threat to shoot up his school, Reynoldsburg → Read More

Teen arrested for threat to shoot up Reynoldsburg school

A 14-year-old student at Reynoldsburg High School’s Summit Campus faces charges related to an email threat to shoot up his school, Reynoldsburg → Read More

Athens County schools to add drug-prevention program

ATHENS — As the Athens County prosecutor, Keller Blackburn sees the drug-addiction crisis from the courtroom, where → Read More

Work set to begin on Buckeye Lake storm water plan

Work is expected to start soon on a drainage project to help some residents and farmers on the Fairfield County side of Buckeye → Read More

Addicts get help from Ohio counties' response teams after overdoses

A growing number of counties across Ohio have formed overdose-response teams to work with survivors of drug overdoses and their families to get them into addiction treatment and other help as soon as possible. → Read More

West Side restaurant, Westerville Family Dollar store closed for food-safety violations

Franklin County Public Health this week closed a Columbus restaurant and a Family Dollar store in Westerville after inspectors found → Read More

New medical center with emergency department opening in Perry County

SOMERSET — Medically underserved Perry County is about to get a new medical center that includes an emergency department and outpatient care.A ribbon cutting was held Wednesday for the Genesis Perry County Medical Center in Somerset, which is scheduled to open for business at 7 a.m. Monday. A community open house and tours of the facility will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The new… → Read More