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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Updates in Columbus

The response to the Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve rapidly, day-by-day. Below is a list of news and updates relating to Columbus and the State of Ohio’s response to the pandemic. Find a general timeline of events, resources for aid, a list of cancellations and more. This list will continue to be amended as new […]

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Columbus Organizations Return to Temporary Closures, Cancel In-Person Events

Shadowbox Live has announced it will be suspending ticket sales for in-house audiences through the end of 2020, following guidance from public health officials, the theatre said on Friday, November 20 via social media. The theatre noted the advice of public health officials was both “necessary and life-saving” and added, “The show will go on.” […]

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Photos: Columbus Crew SC vs. New York Red Bulls

Columbus Crew SC’s playoff march continues onwards to the Eastern Semi-Final after a frantic 3-2 win over the visiting New York Red Bulls at MAPFRE Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Caden Clark drew first blood with the opening Red Bulls goal to stun Crew SC during a scrappy first half as neither side were able to […]

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The Confluence Cast: Cleve Ricksecker

With the threat of protests and the coronavirus raging, what’s going to happen to Downtown Columbus? On the occasion of his recent retirement, we spoke with the former executive director of the two Downtown special improvement districts, Cleve Ricksecker, about the state of Downtown, why he retired, and why Columbus needs a screamer. Shownotes for […]

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CD102.5 Returns to Local FM Airwaves as CD92.9

After just three weeks of being off the air in Central Ohio, locally-owned alternative rock station CD102.5 has returned to a different spot on the dial: CD92.9FM. The station went online-only on November 1st after failing to reach an agreement with the owner of the FCC license. “We are ecstatic to get back to the business […]

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Holiday Local Gift Guide With Many Ways to Shop Small
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This holiday, shopping local is more important than ever. If some of our local shops don’t have an amazing holiday season, they may close. Many shops are offering online orders, curbside pickup, and private shopping experiences. Over the next five weeks, you’ll find this guide packed with local gift ideas. The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide […]

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Development Roundup: November 2020 Edition

The latest installment of our ongoing Development Roundup series features news from Clintonville, Driving Park, Italian Village and more. Read on for an assortment of project updates, new proposals, and other nuggets from the world of Columbus development: Demand for the affordable senior units at The Livingston has been high, according to the project’s developer, Woda Cooper […]

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On Paper Plans New Vision for Future of Business

On Paper’s time on High Street is nearing its end, but the business will move on in new ways. As were most folks, Owner Margy Lydy-Meeker and her team were surprised by the unfurling of the pandemic. The stationery shop and custom print studio followed the initial guidelines put forth by the state, but Lydy-Meeker […]

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City Council Announces Fee Cap for Third-Party Delivery Services

Already hard-hit by the pandemic, the last week has brought more unwelcome news for the restaurant industry. Franklin County has reached a Level 4 Public Health Advisory, Governor Mike DeWine has issued a statewide curfew, and Columbus and Franklin County are about to enter a stay-at-home advisory. Likely facing a further decrease in in-person dining, […]

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Franklin County Becomes First to Reach Level 4 Public Health Advisory

For the past week, Ohio’s Public Health Advisory System indicated Franklin County was on the Level 4 health advisory watch list, which would signal severe virus exposure and spread. Now, Franklin County becomes the first in the state with the distinction. The change was announced Thursday, November 19 during one of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s […]

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The List: 7 More Fast Food Chains Some Fans Want to See in Columbus

Whenever a major fast food chain opens its first location in Central Ohio, it makes a big splash. Most recently Del Taco arrived in the region with a location in Bellefontaine and more franchises slated to pop-up in Columbus and its assorted suburbs. We decided to take a look at some of the other bigger […]

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So, What’s Streaming, Then? Plenty.

Maybe you want to stay home? For whatever reason, no judgment. If you do, well, you’re in luck because loads of movies are streaming this weekend. Some are so good, too! Sound of Metal On Amazon Prime by Hope Madden Riz Ahmed is a guy who can do anything. He can be funny (Four Lions), […]

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Business Fairness Act Passes Ohio House to Prevent Future COVID-19 Shutdowns

By Tyler Buchanan ‘All businesses are essential,’ lawmaker says A bill seeking to prevent any future COVID-19 business shutdowns as part of a pandemic response took a major step Wednesday toward reaching Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk. House Bill 621, nicknamed the Business Fairness Act, passed the Ohio House of Representatives with bipartisan support and now awaits […]

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Mega Weekend – Holiday Lights, Crafternoons, Aminah’s art & More
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Well, it’s the weekend. Please be sure to check events if they are still happening. Be mindful of the curfews. The Thurber House is asking for your help and support. Get your Thanksgiving orders in from area restaurants. Wear masks if you go out. Have a safe and fun weekend! HOLIDAY LIGHTS –Wildlights begins at the Zoo–Holiday Lights light up Columbus Commons–Easton’s […]

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Fast Forward: The Scioto Peninsula & East Franklinton

In 2017, we featured East Franklinton and the Scioto Peninsula in our “Fast Forward” series, and a lot has changed since then. The vision for the Scioto Peninsula master plan has been completely redesigned and ground has broken, while newer projects have been announced. In this update to our “Fast Forward” series, we take a look at […]

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Experts Critical of Ohio’s “Ineffective” COVID Curfew

By Jake Zuckerman Starting Thursday, Ohioans will be breaking the law if they’re out past 10 p.m. unless they’re shopping for groceries, going to work, or meet other exemptions. The porous curfew, which Gov. Mike DeWine described Tuesday as an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, came after he walked back a plan that he […]

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Shop Talk: Oakmond Design Offers High-End, Custom Furniture

Oakmond Design, owned and operated by Clay Ungashick, offers high-end, custom furniture. The company specializes in woodworking, metal ironwork and concrete. Ungashick got a hands-on education in woodworking by working alongside his grandfather in his woodshop from a young age. As his skills grew, he knew he wanted to pursue a career that would meld […]

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City, County Announce Stay at Home Advisory

Beginning Friday, November 20 at 6 p.m., Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health are advising all residents in the city and county to stay at home, in an effort to mitigate the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the region. Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus Public Health Commissioner, gave an update on […]

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Opinion: No Fracking Way

“Fracked gas, in the past. Fracked gas, in the past.” Such was the chant echoing around Ohio State’s Main Oval on October 15, as we gathered with dozens of other students to protest the building of a new power plant, designed to supply the University’s heating and energy for decades to come. And yet, the […]

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Six-Story Building Proposed for High Street Near OSU

Another mixed-use development has been proposed for North High Street near Ohio State University. This one calls for a six-story, 146-unit building with ground floor retail at the northwest corner of Eighth Avenue. An internal garage would provide parking for 129 cars. Currently occupying the site is the former Cousins Army-Navy store and its parking […]

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Thanksgiving Travel Expected to be Down Nearly 60% at CMH

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority is sharing information about the volume of travelers expected this Thanksgiving holiday season. CMH is expecting about a 59% decrease in travelers for the 2020 Thanksgiving rush. An estimated 65,000 people will depart from the airport between now, Wednesday, November 18, through Monday, November 30, compared to 160,000 passengers during a […]

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Short Order: Chicken and Biscuit from Dough Mama

In an age where restaurants are struggling to stay afloat, Clintonville’s Dough Mama expanded its operations and opened its second spot at 730 S. High St. in German Village in August. The new joint is a smallish, counter-order cafe, with a big indoor table that might be good for community seating in future, plague-free years. There’s […]

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First Look: 1487 Brewery

1487 Brewery is pouring its first beers at its new Plain City taproom, 7620 Industrial Pkwy. The German-style brewery is entering its soft opening with a lineup of eight of its own beers, including a Kölsch, Altbier, Hefeweizen, Raspberry Weiss and more. It’s a small preview of what’s to come. 1487 is loaded with 25 […]

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UPDATED: Proposal Calls For Colorful Apartment Tower in Franklinton

Editor’s note (11/18/20): This article was updated with more information from the project’s developer. A new proposal calls for a 13-story apartment building at 567-575 W. Broad St. in Franklinton. The development, which would contain 80 residential units and about 2,700 square feet of ground floor commercial space, would require the demolition of a single-story […]

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Coronavirus Update: DeWine to Issue 21-Day Curfew

Keep up with regular news updates regarding Columbus and Ohio’s response to COVID-19 here. The Numbers COVID-19 cases — In Columbus, 342 cases of COVID-19 were reported on Monday, Nov. 16. And as of Tuesday, Nov. 17, 33,242 total cases and 494 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Columbus and Worthington. In Franklin County at large, […]

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Bill in Ohio House Would Impose Harsh New Penalties on Protesters

By Marty Schladen In the wake of this summer’s massive civil-rights protests, two Republicans in the Ohio House have filed a bill that imposes harsh new penalties on certain protest-related activities. The bill even goes so far as to allow people to kill protesters if they feel threatened by them. The sponsors of the legislation say […]

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