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Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Kevin:

Full story: Variances approved for Swensons on North Hamilton Road

Swensons Drive-In continues to make inroads in central Ohio. The Northland Community Council development committee approved variances March 27 for construction of a fourth central Ohio Swensons, this one at 5720 N. Hamilton Road near Gahanna, but not before bringing up concerns from neighbors about noise pollution and nose pollution. "I don't think they necessarily objected to this as a… → Read More

Whalen quintuplets set to graduate from DeSales High School

Life with quintuplets can be, to say the least, interesting. Just ask Gina and Michael Whalen, whose family abruptly became a large one with the arrival → Read More

Officials: Trimmer Indianola Avenue doing its job

Most people would acknowledge it's tough to stick to a diet. Indianola Avenue, however, has stayed on its "road diet" for a year and half now. → Read More

Some drivers still neglect Ohio's decade-old headlights law

Most drivers remember to turn on their vehicle's headlights at dusk, but some folks forget headlights also are required when windshield wipers are flapping. It's been nearly 10 years since the law was approved by the Ohio General Assembly, but Kurt A. Looper said the message doesn't seem to have gotten across to lots of drivers. The semiretired Northland resident sees this as a safety measure… → Read More

Replacing former Kroger store HomeBuys brings its 'hunt' to Northland

Renovations are underway to transform the former Kroger store at 1630 Morse Road into the fourth location for discount retailer HomeBuys. For Karen Waldmann, who partners in HomeBuys with Brady Churches, the decision to take over the former supermarket site, which Kroger closed in 2016, was an easy one. She knows the territory. Waldmann is a Northland High School graduate who grew up in the… → Read More

Crowd shows to get answers on proposed Clintonville YMCA

B.J. White, the Clintonville Area Commission's District 9 representative, used the Dec. 18 meeting of the Sharon Heights Community Association to provide → Read More

Vaud-Villities set to make 'Spirits Bright'

Of course there are reindeer. Or, rather, women in reindeer costumes, dancing to holiday tunes. Vaud-Villities Productions will stage the eighth annual → Read More

City seeks to board up pair of Clintonville 'drug houses'

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein announced Nov. 15 his intention to shut down what he called two “drug houses” in Clintonville along with an RV. In the press release from Klein’s spokeswoman, Meredith C. Tucker, the properties in question were identified as 715 E. Weisheimer Road and 622 Garden Road. These homes “have caused multiple police runs for drug violations, overdoses, potential… → Read More

Columbus Metropolitan Library: $1,000 left in book returned to family

The question leaves Emily McPherson perplexed. McPherson, a customer-service associate at the Karl Road branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, was → Read More

Flags at Whetstone High School make every day a banner day

Students at Whetstone High School, particularly in recent years, can point to locations around the globe as the place where they or their parents came → Read More

Voters in Grandview reject green-space initiative, overturn council’s marijuana decision

With 100 percent of Grandview Heights precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections showed Grandview voters chose → Read More

Rain-garden rollout in Clintonville far from perfect, official says

Clintonville's portion of Blueprint Columbus will represent an investment of $80 million, says Leslie R. Westerfelt. The public relations specialist for → Read More

Somali culture takes center stage at festival

One of the organizers of the second annual Columbus Somali Culture Festival believes that now, more than ever, events that help people bridge their → Read More

Columbus-based Pet FBI still turning up leads 20 years after founding

A little girl's anguish after her parakeet flew away resulted decades later in her founding what is now a nationwide nonprofit organization that works to → Read More

Columbus police: Car break-ins are preventable, yet common

Some people seem to regard their cars as traveling fortresses, bank vaults on wheels into which they entrust their most prized possessions. They are an → Read More

Christopher Ray brings new energy to Whetstone High School stage

Christopher Ray appeared in his first theatrical production when he was a middle schooler in his native West Chester. "I did it to impress a girl, → Read More

Clintonville Quest has new challenges, beneficiary

The Clintonville Quest, a neighborhood-specific mashup of "The Amazing Race" and a scavenger hunt, returns for a fifth year Sunday, Sept. 30. → Read More

Clintonville native Charlotte-Ann Riffey's 'AGT' stint 'a little crazy'

A 160-voice choir might seem an unlikely choice to appear on an audience-participation talent-search show, the kind that tends to produce the occasional → Read More

Mark your calendar: Ritzy's return set Sept. 6

Hungry central Ohioans hankering for a taste of nostalgia will have to wait just a little bit longer. After a series of setbacks that delayed the → Read More

Commence drooling: Ritzy's return set Sept. 6

Hungry central Ohioans hankering for a taste of nostalgia will have to wait just a little bit longer. After a series of setbacks that delayed the → Read More