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Return of the Living Dead

Columbuser.com has returned from the netherworld, all rested up and ready to rock your world with local stories of little-to-no import, bloggy ruminations on the state of Columbus, Ohio, and post-MSM internecine warfare.

To all those who’ve asked after the proprietor (i.e., me), I’m fine- just burned out on blogging for a while. Thanks. But that’s been my modus operandi on previous blogs- write for a while until I’ve run out of the urge to spiel, then to give up blogging as various ideas and rants pile up in my head until it inspires me to write again. So now I’m inspired. Will I quit again? Or to put it nicer, go on hiatus again? No doubt. For those who need constancy, just know: possessions are fleeting.

Special thanks to Jerid for the wonderful send-off!

Important news updates since I’ve been away: Bill Todd lost that race; Marc Dann resigned.

Wikifying Ohio’s elections

Jeff Coryell at the Ohio Daily Blog had a post up a little while back on Ohio’s mayoral elections and the difficulty of finding information on them:

Bonobo at Blue Bexley has an intriguing post up today, listing the people who have pulled petitions for Bexley mayoral and city council races. Coincidentally, I spent some time yesterday visiting county party and board of elections web sites, and googling for media stories, trying to assemble a list of significant mayoral elections on the ballot in Ohio this year….

Unfortunately, I find that the info isn’t so easy to compile! The county party and BOE sites are very inconsistent and not necessarily up to date.

I’ve found that that’s frequently the case, and not just concerning elections. That’s one reason why I’ve set up OhioWiki- to be a good source of information on Ohio. One that will drill down to a much more local level than Wikipedia does.

So I’ve taken Jeff’s list and put it in a table on a page in the wiki I’ve called Ohio elections 2007. I’ve also started a page on the Columbus mayoral race- it’s bare-bones at this point.

Hopefully the wiki can be become a good place for information on Ohio’s elections. If you have something to add, go right ahead. Registration is optional.

Sorry, no posts today due to real work intervening. Why not add something to the OhioWiki instead? OhioWiki needs editors!

I did a little rekajiggering on the site yesterday. This is a new post format, the main difference between it and a regular post being the lack of a title. I found that coming up with a post title and the style of having each post in a somewhat formal box was subtly discouraging me from writing quick one-liner posts with an interesting link, especially in cases where I don’t have anything in particular to add save for “look at this”. So this is the informal “look at this” post style. If it looks weird in your browser, hit refresh or F5 to reload the stylesheet. This post should have a very light grey background. If it’s still not right, or if it’s not quite working in your feed reader, please let me know.

A new local Columbus blog

Hi! This is a blog which will cover news, politics, and life in Columbus, Ohio. There are a number of other Columbus blogs out there, a bunch of which only started in the last few months. There’s something in the air I guess. This one aims to provide a perspective that you can’t get anywhere else. We’ll see how it goes.

I’m still tinkering behind the scenes on the layout and functionality, so it may be a bit bumpy the first couple of weeks. I’m going with a soft launch. In the meantime, there’s a blogroll to fill out, static pages to write, and WordPress code to hack.

If you want to write for the blog, let me know. In the event the site eventually makes money, you’ll start getting some of it. I know- everybody says that.

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Moss and Bark Opening Downtown on Main Street

After sitting empty for the past eight years, the building that housed Ray Johnson’s Fish Market at 113 East Main Street will get a new lease....

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Apr 23, 2014 8:33 am

Drauma: Alternative Fashion Week Kicks Off

Alternative Fashion Week kicked off with a bang Saturday evening, presenting its opening runway show at Drauma. The Bluestone was alive with light....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 23, 2014 8:06 am

Morning Roundup: Columbus invited to bid for DNC, Tressel makes the cut at

The Democrats want to hear Columbus' interest in their convention, Jim Tressel in the final three for University of Akron president, White Castle....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 23, 2014 6:55 am

Eartha working with Rain Brothers at shared Franklinton HQ

When food composting startup Eartha Ltd. found available space at the Rain Brothers LLC headquarters in Franklinton, the combination was just....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 4:21 pm

Nada was no-brainer for Arena District developer Nationwide Realty

How long did it take Nationwide Realty Investors Ltd. to decide it wanted Nada in the Arena District? “I don’t even think we made it through....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 4:12 pm

‘Shark Tank’ to fish for pitches at Black Enterprise conference in Colu

Media company Black Enterprise is bringing its national  2014 Entrepreneurs Conference & Expo to Columbus for a second year based on positive....

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Apr 22, 2014 1:33 pm

AEP expects demand to fall 16% through 2024

American Electric Power Company Inc. expects electric consumption over the next decade to fall 16 percent in Ohio from 2011 levels. Federal and....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 1:26 pm

Dog care boutique for downtown gets OK despite residents’ objections

The Downtown Commission has approved a dog day care and boarding business at 113 E. Main St. in Columbus, following a 75-minute-long hearing that....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 1:24 pm

Peoples Bancorp buying another Ohio bank to fill out along I-77

Peoples Bancorp Inc. isn’t waiting long to expand in Ohio. Weeks after agreeing to acquire a bank with roots in Coshocton, the Marietta-based....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 1:20 pm

LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria Expanding from Cincinnati to Dublin

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Cincinnati-to-Columbus restaurant expansion news, another business has announced plans to enter the Central....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 22, 2014 11:49 am

Central Ohio home sales drop sharply in March

Sales of existing homes in the Columbus region and statewide took a punch in March. Central Ohio home sales fell 10.5 percent as the  statewide....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 10:59 am

Magnum Hunter ditching Canada to concentrate on Utica and Marcellus shale

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. (NYSE:MHR) is ditching its Canadian oil and gas operations to focus on its core assets in the Utica and Marcellus....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 10:41 am

Exxon CEO drops out of fracking water tower lawsuit

Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) CEO Rex Tillerson has  dropped out of a lawsuit against a proposed fracking water tower, a few months after....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 10:30 am

First Community Bank and First Defiance call off merger

The family that owns First Community Bank  won’t be handing it off as expected. The Columbus-based bank and First Defiance Financial Corp. called....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 10:08 am

LaRosa’s coming to Central Ohio with Dublin pizzeria

The LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria family now includes Central Ohio. The 60-year-old Cincinnati staple has secured Brandon Salamone as its first area....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 9:22 am

Morning Roundup: Jackets lose late, AT&T adding ultra-high-speed Internet,

Blue Jackets thrive on excitement but still lose, AT&T bringing ultra-high-speed Internet service to northeast Ohio, Direct Energy no longer looking....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 22, 2014 7:09 am

Blue Jackets Drop Game Three 4-3

The Columbus Blue Jackets let an early 2-0 lead slip away Monday night, as they drop game three 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The loss puts....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 21, 2014 10:18 pm

OSU students’ non-polluting KAir battery wins $100K from feds

A non-polluting industrial battery invented by Ohio State University students won $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy and will compete in....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 4:25 pm

Popular Cincinnati restaurant Nada coming to Arena District

With all due respect to its name, the newest Arena District restaurant is hardly nothing. Cincinnati restaurateur David Falk is bringing his ....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 3:34 pm

Cincinnati-based Nada Restaurant Opening in Arena District

Another dose of Cincinnati is coming to Columbus by way of Nada — a popular restaurant located not far from Fountain Square. Their Columbus....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 21, 2014 3:18 pm

Gahanna hoping AEP replaces jobs lost to New Albany

Gahanna is holding out hope American Electric Power Company Inc. will eventually backfill space at 700 Morrison Road following last week’s....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 1:47 pm

Adena Health swings back to black in 2013 after 2 years of losses

Adena Health System posted an $18.5 million swing in operating income in 2013 following two consecutive years of losses. The Chillicothe hospital....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 1:23 pm

Columbus SpringHill sale part of $240 million lodging portfolio deal

Some more tidbits about the recent sale of the SpringHill Suites hotel on Olentangy River Road between Ohio State University and downtown....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 1:00 pm

Columbus zoo levy about jobs, not downtown operation, CEO Stalf argues

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s proposed levy is about more than wildlife, a downtown attraction or regional politics, says CEO Tom Stalf. ....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 12:43 pm

Managing by empathy: Leadership lessons from CCAD President Denny Griffith

At 6 feet 4 inches, Denny Griffith could easily have intimidated his way to adding three buildings to the Columbus College of Art & Design campus,....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 11:41 am

Abercrombie & Fitch predicts more than 100 stores in China

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. planted a big flag in China this weekend and expects to do many, many more. The New Albany-based retailer has  talked....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 11:31 am

‘Land-grab’ approach faltering in fracking regions

The large oil and gas companies that typically buy large swaths of acreage and drill as much as possible aren’t faring as well in the current shale....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 11:09 am

Excitement building in Arena District for Blue Jackets

The doors to Nationwide Arena won’t open until 5:30 p.m. but the Arena District is already seeing a flurry of activity ahead of the Columbus Blue....

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Apr 21, 2014 10:36 am

Herb’n Brings Fine Dining to the Food Truck Scene

You may have noticed a new food truck pop up last fall toward the end of the season. Herb’n Food Truck got a late start in September, but is....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 21, 2014 10:15 am

DSW willing to watch and learn from Canada’s Town Shoes

Don’t expect the DSW brand in Canada just yet. The Columbus-based footwear and accessories retailer last week said  it is acquiring a....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 10:11 am

Design firm gives sneak peek into Edwards project downtown

Some conceptual images have been released on Edwards Cos.’ planned redevelopment along North High Street. Columbus Underground  identified....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 9:45 am

Construction Begins on SPARC Race Track Project

Demolition has officially begun at the old Cooper Stadium site, located just southwest of Downtown Columbus. Portions of the baseball stadium are....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 21, 2014 7:00 am

Chef Handke Returns to Columbus For One Night Only

For many in the city, the closing of Handke’s Cuisine in June 2009 was a blow to Columbus’ culinary scene. Led by Executive Chef Hartmut....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 21, 2014 7:00 am

Morning Roundup: Columbus primed for playoffs, Chrysler to import Jeeps, Cl

Columbus primed for the playoffs, Wendy's acquisition deal, Chrysler to import Jeeps, Gillette debuting FlexBall razor, Cincinnati bar to use....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 21, 2014 6:39 am

CAPA Announces 44th Annual Summer Movie Series

CAPA has announced the lineup for the Summer Movie Series. Billed as the longest-running movie series in America, all movies take place in the....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 20, 2014 11:30 am

New City Laws Allow Food Trucks on the Streets

After months of back and forth between the city and the Central Ohio Food Truck Association (COFTA) regarding the sites at which food trucks can....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 20, 2014 7:00 am

Crew Posts Late Goal to Tie DC United 1-1

A last minute strike from Hector Jimenez rescued a point for a frustrating Columbus Crew who had a man sent off during an ill tempered game at Crew....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 19, 2014 10:45 pm

Blue Jackets Even Series at 1-1 with 4-3 Win in 2OT

The Columbus Blue Jackets came from behind to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in double-overtime on the road Saturday night in game two of the best....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 19, 2014 10:10 pm

Domino’s Pizza Introduces Specialty Chicken

In business for over 50 years, Domino’s Pizza, the world’s leader in pizza delivery, is upping their game. Spurred on by a drive to stay....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 19, 2014 7:00 am

Edwards Companies Contemplates Infill at Gay and High

The Edwards Companies / Edwards Communities have long been a leader in Downtown development. They spearheaded much of the work in redeveloping the....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 19, 2014 7:00 am

Historic Downtown Power Plant Building May Be Redeveloped

The historic Columbus Municipal Light Plant building located at 555 West Nationwide Boulevard may soon get a new lease on life. The Columbus....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 18, 2014 3:17 pm

Denny Griffith Honored with Spirit of Columbus Award by Columbus Foundation

The Columbus Foundation announced outgoing CCAD President Denny Griffith as the winner of their second annual Spirit of Columbus Award at a reception....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 18, 2014 1:57 pm

Hall of Justice Renovation to Complete ‘County Campus’ Downtown

A hard hat tour of the Franklin County Hall of Justice held this morning showcased the ongoing renovation of the 1970′s-era building; work is....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 18, 2014 1:34 pm

Heart of Africa gives zoo visitors up-close encounters with giraffes and rh

It’s only weeks until the  new Heart of Africa exhibit opens at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. The media was invited this week to step into the....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 18, 2014 1:06 pm

Central Ohio’s largest 1Q industrial leases – COUNTDOWN

The largest industrial lease in Central Ohio in the first quarter involved a department store retailer that plans to consolidate four operations into....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 18, 2014 12:13 pm

Fracking-earthquake link may impact insurance policies

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ acknowledgement of a “probable” link between earthquakes and fracking could lead to higher....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 18, 2014 12:11 pm

Wonder Bread Lofts developer buys industrial site in Italian Village

Short North developer Kevin Lykens hopes to redevelop another industrial property in Italian Village. Lykens bought the property at 174 Detroit Ave.....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 18, 2014 11:43 am

Ohio makes $18M available for small-business lending

The Ohio Development Services Agency is ready to distribute $18.2 million to small businesses seeking loans that may not qualify for traditional....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 18, 2014 11:19 am

Hilsheimer walking away with $1.3M severance check from Scotts

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is giving former CFO Larry Hilsheimer two years’ worth of salary as severance after one year on the job. Hilsheimer ....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 18, 2014 11:08 am

Aubrey McClendon’s new venture paying Chesapeake Energy to drill for it i

Aubrey McClendon’s new venture is paying his former company to drill for it in the Utica shale play. American Energy-Utica LLC is spending between....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 18, 2014 9:29 am