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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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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....

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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....

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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....

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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....

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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

Catch Up With: The Crest Gastropub

It’s been a year now since Crest Gastropub opened in Clintonville at 2855 Indianola Avenue. They opened last April to much anticipation, and....

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Apr 18, 2014 8:42 am

Catch Up With: The Crest Gastropub

It’s been a year now since Crest Gastropub opened in Clintonville at 2855 Indianola Avenue. They opened last April to much anticipation, and....

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Apr 18, 2014 8:42 am

Morning Roundup: Ohioans enjoying bigger tax refunds, Bengals getting new s

Ohioans getting bigger tax refunds, Bengals getting new scoreboard in real estate deal, poll finds Ohioans support drilling, Kings Island debuts....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 18, 2014 6:57 am

Six tips for structuring real estate deals to minimize tax

Real estate developers, you work in an environment where your ability to arrange deals hangs on the transaction’s tax consequence. If it can’t be....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 4:04 pm

Huntington doubling down on overdraft forgiveness, giving up $24M in annual

Huntington Bancshares Inc. is so confident in its  Fair Play initiative that it’s ready to forego another $24 million in annual revenue to expand....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 2:31 pm

Jerrie Mock, First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World, Honored with Statue

Columbus is home to an often overlooked piece of history. Today, the Columbus Foundation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Geraldine....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 17, 2014 1:39 pm

Kinder Morgan growing with continued success in Utica and Marcellus shale

Continued growth in the Utica and Marcellus shale plays has helped the largest midstream oil and gas company in North America increase its quarterly....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 1:38 pm

First quarter foreclosure activity up in Franklin County

Commercial and residential real estate foreclosure activity was up in Franklin County in the first quarter. The office of Franklin County Clerk....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 1:35 pm

Mega Spring Weekend 2014 – Vol. 5

Happy Weekend! Don’t miss your chance to dine again at one of Columbus’ best old restaurants, The Maramor. Get your tickets to Historical....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 17, 2014 1:00 pm

Honda confirms HR-V name, availability for new sport-utility vehicle

Hello HR-V. Honda Motor Co. confirmed the name of and released the first official images of the newest addition to its vehicle lineup. Its compact....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 12:52 pm

Top 25 cities with the most green buildings – COUNTDOWN

The U.S. EPA has come out with a list of cities that have the most certified green buildings and two Ohio cities made the grade to be included in the....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 12:16 pm

Dewey’s Pizza coming to Dublin for 3rd area restaurant

It took Dewey’s Pizza four years to open a second Central Ohio restaurant, but it isn’t taking that long to open its third. The Cincinnati-based....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 11:46 am

City seeking redevelopment ideas for former power plants west of Arena Dist

Columbus has put a portion of an electrical generation complex on the Olentangy riverfront off West Nationwide Boulevard out to bid for....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 11:39 am

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream getting test runs with Kroger and Roosters

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream will  begin serving from the Hills Market Downtown Friday, but that won’t be the only place you can find the historic....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 11:12 am

Finding water for fracking becoming ‘critical issue’ in Ohio

Finding vast amounts of water needed to frack in Ohio isn’t an issue yet for oil and gas drillers, but it could be a problem. “I know there is a....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 10:33 am

Hilsheimer out as CFO at Scotts

Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. is replacing Larry Hilsheimer as CFO a year after the former Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. executive joined the company. ....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 10:09 am

DSW goes back to Shopko for new CFO Mary Meixelsperger

The new CFO at DSW Inc. is Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC CFO Mary Meixelsperger, who takes over for Doug Probst at the Columbus-based footwear....

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Apr 17, 2014 9:52 am

Ford selling few CNG-powered F-150s

Only 200 CNG Ford F-150 pickup trucks have sold since sales began in December, showing the truck-buying public has yet to quickly embrace....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 9:46 am

Who is the Funniest Person in Columbus?

One study has shown that the average adult laughs just eighteen times per day. In a fast-paced, sometimes stressful modern world, this number seems....

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Apr 17, 2014 9:17 am

GCAC Presents: OHIO-WHATTA?

The 85-year old library – with a somewhat confusing name – presents its annual book festival celebrating Ohio authors. I knew I had a challenge....

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Apr 17, 2014 8:45 am

Design Digest: mode architects

Mode is a small firm with a broad portfolio that includes interior design, branding, and historic building renovations. Previously known as ON....

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Apr 17, 2014 7:36 am

Ohio’s Own: Let It Yo… (Snowville Yogurt Part II)

A little over a year ago, Snowville Creamery’s yogurt hit the market. It was offered in two flavors: plain and vanilla. True to Snowville form, the....

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Apr 17, 2014 7:00 am

Columbus Native Premiers Film at Gateway

Columbus native Michael Fitzer may be based in Louisville, but he knows where to find a good audience for an indie flick. That’s why the partner....

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Apr 17, 2014 7:00 am

Big Changes Coming to Pitablilites

Launched in 2011, Pitabilities food truck is one of Columbus’ most popular. In just three years, they have become mainstays on Ohio....

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Apr 17, 2014 7:00 am

Morning Roundup: State says beware of Uber and Lyft, Kasich and FitzGerald

Ohio warns riders about insurance implications of Uber and Lyft, poll has Kasich and FitzGerald tied in governor's race, Toyota redesigns the Camry,....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 17, 2014 6:50 am

Blue Jackets Fall 4-3 in Game One of the Playoffs

The Columbus Blue Jackets came up short against the Pittsburgh Penguins, losing 4-3 on the road in the first game of the opening round of the Stanley....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 16, 2014 10:55 pm

Pigskin Brewing Plans Taproom and Brewery at Creekside Gahanna

Last fall we featured a new startup beer brewer called Pigskin, which announced plans to renovate a warehouse space at 1400 Dublin Road to open a new....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 16, 2014 8:28 pm

Rockbridge buys historic Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit, Maine

The Rockbridge hotel investment firm has acquired the historic Cliff House Resort & Spa in Ogunquit, Maine, which overlooks the state’s south....

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Apr 16, 2014 4:40 pm

Poll finds Ohioans support renewable-energy mandates

Most Ohio voters support the state’s renewable-energy and energy-efficiency mandates, according to a poll released by Ohio Advanced Energy Economy,....

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Apr 16, 2014 4:32 pm

Sugardaddy’s Launches Firehouse Brownie

In honor of the service of the Columbus Division of Fire after last night’s fire at their Downtown location, Sugardaddy’s Sumptuous....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 16, 2014 3:38 pm

Ohio’s severe weather caused economic dip in March, Fed finds

Ohio just can’t seem to shake off the brutal winter. Severe weather held down economic activity throughout Ohio and parts of surrounding states....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 16, 2014 3:21 pm

Central Ohio’s busiest SBA lenders in 2014 – COUNTDOWN

Which lender is on pace to make the most Small Business Administration 7(a) deals in Central Ohio? That would be Huntington National Bank, for....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 16, 2014 3:10 pm

First Look: Acura TLX ready for showrooms as Honda unveils production model

The Acura TLX is almost road-ready. The production version of Honda Motor Co.’s  new Marysville-made luxury sedan was revealed Wednesday at the....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 16, 2014 2:13 pm

Craftin’ Outlaws Moves to Convention Center for Spring Fling

Alternative craft show Craftin’ Outlaws enters its tenth year with a move to a new and larger venue. The free, family-friendly event will take....

The Walker Evans Effect

Apr 16, 2014 12:45 pm

Huntington becomes country’s No. 1 SBA lender

Huntington Bancshares Inc. has long been Ohio’s leading Small Business Administration 7(a) lender, and can now lay claims to being the country’s....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 16, 2014 11:57 am

Pennsylvania not following Ohio’s lead on monitoring quakes near fracking

Several oil and gas drilling states are keeping a close eye on Ohio after regulators  issued new rules on monitoring seismic activity around....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 16, 2014 10:36 am

AEP moving 450 jobs to New Albany as transmission HQ leaves Gahanna

American Electric Power Company Inc. will relocate the headquarters of its transmission division to the New Albany Business Park after getting an....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 16, 2014 10:22 am

Top of the List: Recycling and waste management firms

The region’s largest waste management and recycling company bills itself as having been “clean and green” since before it was cool. It’s been....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 16, 2014 10:04 am

Huntington planning $250M stock buyback, dividend boost

Huntington Bancshares Inc.’s board of directors has approved plans to increase the company’s dividend and launch a $250 million buyback of....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 16, 2014 10:00 am

‘Spectacular’ Upper Arlington property being converted to 6 luxury-home

A development partnership has put a wooded, 6.5-acre property up for sale along Riverside Drive in the venerable Upper Arlington residential market....

Business First of Columbus

Apr 16, 2014 9:28 am