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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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Ohio has seen dramatic job losses under the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich. With cuts to local governments, Kasich has created deep....

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Jul 28, 2014 11:11 am

Big Lots competitors Dollar Tree and Family Dollar merging

Dollar Tree Inc. is putting $8.5 billion of its dollars toward buying Family Dollar Stores Inc. Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR)....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 28, 2014 9:53 am

4 local projects up for state tax incentives

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority is scheduled to consider incentive deals for 12 companies Monday, including four looking to do projects in Central....

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Jul 28, 2014 9:39 am

Human Resources

Human Resources

Columbusite

Jul 28, 2014 8:23 am

Morning Roundup: OSU Marching Band alumni rally support for Jon Waters, Ind

OSU Marching Band alumni rally behind Jon Waters, the Cleveland Clinic is adding a Holiday Inn, the FAA is looking into a Cleveland company's use of....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 28, 2014 6:31 am

National Roundup: Obama can act alone on tax inversions, ex-Treasury offici

President Barack Obama spoke out last week against so-called "tax inversions", processes in which companies shift their headquarters overseas for....

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Jul 28, 2014 6:10 am

Photos: Urban Living Tour 2014

Columbus Underground hosted its first Urban Living Tour on Sunday, July 27th, showcasing apartments and condos located Downtown and surrounding urban....

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Jul 27, 2014 10:42 pm

Introductory Human Resource Concepts

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Jul 27, 2014 12:30 pm

Open Streets Columbus: Installment One – Rich Street

Streets use to be gathering places. They use to be places where both adults and kids would congregate. The adults would socialize and the kids would....

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Jul 27, 2014 6:40 am

Catch Up With: Hungry Soul Café

When George and Anita Keller took over the space formerly occupied by The Inn Between at 30 South Young Street, they had a clear plan for what kind....

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Jul 27, 2014 6:30 am

Crew Topples New England 2-1 in Road Game

The Columbus Crew (6-7-8, 26 points) defeated the New England Revolution (7-11-2, 23 points) at Gillette Stadium on Saturday, July 26 behind goals....

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Jul 27, 2014 5:40 am

Ohio Machine Outlasts Denver Outlaws in Overtime, 23-22

In the second overtime matchup in as many games at Selby Stadium, the Ohio Machine beat the Denver Outlaws 23-22 in the highest scoring game in club....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jul 27, 2014 5:30 am

Tides Sink Clippers 6-5 in Home Game Loss

The Columbus Clippers (57-52) were beat by the Norfolk Tides (50-58) 6-5 Saturday night. The Clippers hit three homers at Huntington Park, but the....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jul 27, 2014 5:20 am

Human Resources – Episode 1 – Talkin’ Trash

Human Resources – Episode 1 – Talkin’ Trash Premiering Friday, August 8th at 10PM on Pivot TV, Human Resources is a new reality....

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Jul 26, 2014 1:29 pm

Treat to Try: Fresh Strawberry Cake from Golden Delight Bakery

It seems like Golden Delight Bakery on Bethel Road has just always flown a sign proclaiming that it’s the home of the Fresh Strawberry Cake.....

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Jul 26, 2014 12:50 pm

Theatre Review: CATCO’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Full of Wit and Humor

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels started off Catco’s 2014-2015 season with a bang. Based on the 1988 film of the same title, and adapted into a musical....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jul 26, 2014 10:30 am

Six New Houses Planned for Corner of Second and Summit

Construction could start as soon as this fall on six new single-family houses at the corner of Summit Street and East Second Avenue in Italian....

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Jul 26, 2014 10:26 am

More Parking Meters Added to High Street Downtown

Another set of parking meters were added to High Street late last week on the west side of block between Gay Street and Long Street. The area was....

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Jul 26, 2014 10:13 am

4 Primary Payroll Options for Expatriates that All HR Departments should kn

Dealing with expatriates is tricky when it comes to payroll – and it can be an employers’ worst nightmare trying to make sure all legal....

Columbusite

Jul 25, 2014 6:33 pm

ADS closes 1st day up slightly

Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. closed its first day as a publicly traded company at $16.15 a share. The Hilliard company lauched its IPO Friday, a....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 3:22 pm

Human Resource Management Lecture Part 04 – Candidate Selection (1 of 2)

Human Resource Management Lecture Part 04 – Candidate Selection (1 of 2) During a company’s recruiting process how are the most....

Columbusite

Jul 25, 2014 3:15 pm

Ohio re-ups BlackRock as 529 savings plan manager

The Ohio Tuition Trust Authority has re-signed BlackRock Advisors LLC to a seven-year contract to manage most of the state’s tax-advantaged college....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 2:34 pm

Hackman Capital riding wave of Southeast Industrial Park sales

One last blog, if I may, on that Southeast Industrial Park deal I wrote about earlier this month and then again as the Done Deal feature in our....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 2:01 pm

Wagenbrenner on Harrison Park: ‘Made sense to pull down some chips’

Columbus developer Mark Wagenbrenner told me the sale of the Harrison Park Apartments stemmed from the torrid pace of development his company has....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 1:44 pm

Boom time for new restaurants at Polaris

It’s a good time to be hungry in the Polaris area. The bustling retail strip is always a haven for restaurant activity, but seems to be especially....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 12:34 pm

First Financial gets OK for Insight, First Bexley deals

First Financial Bancorp has earned regulatory approval for its purchases of Insight and First Bexley banks, the Cincinnati company said 40 days after....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 12:26 pm

How to succeed in business by failing: 3rd startup’s the charm for EduSou

David Comisford is living the startup mantra that failure can be the best thing to happen to an entrepreneur – but only if it leads to....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 12:22 pm

Wal-Mart: Our AEP bill is too complicated

The world’s largest company says one of the country’s biggest utilities makes its electricity bill too complicated. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. says....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 11:58 am

Astute Solutions lands private equity investment, promises expansion

Software maker Astute Solutions will expand its Columbus and overseas offices following an investment from a private equity firm. The funding from....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 11:22 am

The Market Italian Village Opens for Private Party on Sunday

Italian Village residents, rejoice! Your long-awaited The Market is launching with a private opening party this Sunday for attendees of the Columbus....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jul 25, 2014 11:21 am

Advanced Drainage Systems goes public, raising $232M

Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. completed its initial public offering Friday, but its shares commanded less than what the company had hoped. The....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 11:01 am

Cargo handler CAS to help drive exports from Rickenbacker

Rickenbacker International Airport will lease space to one of the country’s largest ground-handling companies in a development that puts....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 10:50 am

Fracking powers demand for AEP in 2Q

The fracking boom continues to drive industrial power use at American Electric Power Company Inc., especially in Ohio’s Utica shale region. The....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 10:27 am

Photo Tour: 2014 Ohio State Fair

With more than half of Ohio's land area – nearly 14 million acres – used for agricultural purposes, it's not surprising that the Ohio State....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 25, 2014 10:16 am

Our Mutual Friend: Peletonia Benefit at Park Street Patio

We share music with one another for a myriad of reasons; It can bring a tear to the eye, a dozen goosebumps down your spine or surface a memory you....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jul 25, 2014 8:33 am

Columbus Foundation Awards 375K to Charter School

Would you believe that one of the highest performing public middle schools in Franklin county is a charter school? Columbus Collegiate Academy has....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jul 25, 2014 7:31 am

Columbus Foundation Awards 375K to Charter School

Would you believe that one of the highest performing public middle schools in Franklin county is a charter school? Columbus Collegiate Academy has....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jul 25, 2014 7:31 am

First Look: Double Comfort Restaurant

Double Comfort Restaurant, the social enterprise which donates a meal to a food pantry for every meal sold, opened quietly this past Saturday, July....

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Jul 25, 2014 6:40 am

Morning Edition: OSU fires band director over culture of ‘sexual harassme

An investigation has revealed some “serious cultural issues” within Ohio State University’s marching band and its director has been fired, the....

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Jul 25, 2014 6:25 am

Spotlight: Paul Groves, Safelite Group

Paul Groves Assistant vice president, supply chain, Safelite Group Age: 42 Vitals: Bachelor of Science in business administration, Franklin....

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Jul 25, 2014 5:00 am

RealtyTrac: More than half a million Ohio residences remain 'seriously

Just over one quarter of Ohio residential properties have values well under their outstanding mortgages, a report from the RealtyTrac real estate....

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Jul 24, 2014 4:19 pm

Human Resources Video – Disciplinary Meeting

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Jul 24, 2014 3:36 pm

Ohio gathering health work force data, exploring ways to extend doctors’

Ohio may need more doctors, but what it really needs is to get doctors more help, says Dr. Ted Wymyslo, the former state health director. Involving....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 24, 2014 1:43 pm

Wagenbrenner sells Harrison Park Apartments to Nebraska investor

Columbus multifamily developer Wagenbrenner Development has sold off a recently minted apartment complex in the Short North’s Harrison West....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 24, 2014 1:24 pm

American-US Airways merger helps lift Port Columbus passenger traffic

More airline passengers traveled through Port Columbus International Airport during the first half of 2014 than in the previous year, thanks in....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 24, 2014 1:03 pm

Mega Summer Weekend 2014 – Vol. 10

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The Walker Evans Effect

Jul 24, 2014 1:00 pm

TransCanada considering 500-mile natural gas pipeline from Ohio to shores o

TransCanada Corp. wants to build a 500-mile natural gas pipeline from Monroe County to the shores of Lake Michigan that, if built, would add a lot of....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 24, 2014 12:49 pm

Stone Brewing kicks off crowd-funding campaign for projects in eastern U.S.

Stone Brewing Co. hasn’t picked a city for its operations east of the Mississippi, but it is turning to the public to speed up construction. The....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 24, 2014 12:11 pm

GCAC Presents: Sculptor Al-Hadid, Alum Essenhigh Featured In CCAD’s Summe

Series kicks off September 4, 2014. Realist/surrealist sculptures, high-gloss paintings, and installations big and small fill the Canzani Center....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jul 24, 2014 12:00 pm

First Look: Bob Evans rolling out new restaurant prototype

When a new Bob Evans opens in your town, you’re going to notice it. The New Albany-based restaurant and food products company is opening new....

Business First of Columbus

Jul 24, 2014 11:35 am