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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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Central Ohio’s unemployment rate falls to 4.6% for 2014

Central Ohio's unemployment rate held steady at 4 percent in December, according to a monthly report from the Ohio Department of Job and Family....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 4:38 pm

Port Columbus posts busiest year since 2011 as economy and airlines improve

Port Columbus International Airport had its busiest year since 2011 last year thanks to what local officials say is a healthier aviation industry....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 4:31 pm

Dan Tobin reaches destination on long road to becoming Chevrolet dealer

Dan Tobin's journey to becoming a Chevrolet dealer finally has reached its destination. The Columbus owner of Dan Tobin Buick GMC took a decade....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 4:18 pm

Ohio State sees big profit jump from football

Ohio State University's athletics department saw its net income jump during fall semester thanks in part to raising the price of tickets for the....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 3:53 pm

COTA sees highest ridership since 1986

The Central Ohio Transit Authority shuttled more people around Columbus and surrounding areas in 2014 than during any year since 1986, the agency....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 3:45 pm

ExpressMed Urgent Care adds New Albany on path to becoming chain

ExpressMed Urgent Care grew to three sites from a single office in 2014 and parent HealthServe LLC has plans to double the nascent Central Ohio....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 3:37 pm

Ikea facts and figures: The origin of the name, its $1.5B restaurant busine

Yes, we get how much everyone loves to shop at Ikea. But how much do you really know about the Swedish home furnishings retailer? Central Ohioans....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 2:35 pm

Mayor Coleman on Ikea: Voters’ ‘No. 1 retail wish’

With less than a year to go before stepping down as mayor, Michael Coleman apparently is ready to live the good life lounging in....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 2:27 pm

OSU Wexner Medical Center building in Kingsdale instead of leasing from Con

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center plans to start construction this summer on its fourth CarePoint multispecialty clinic at the....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 2:04 pm

Ikea scouted several sites before finding ‘just the right spot’ at Pola

Ikea did an extensive search of the Central Ohio market before deciding that the former Germain Amphitheater site at Polaris was the right fit for....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 1:27 pm

Cities that get the most bang for the buck on education spending – COUNTD

The Ohio city that has the most efficient spending on education also is home to the wealthiest school district in the state. Personal finance social....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 1:01 pm

First Marysville-made Acura ILX rolls off production line today

The Acura ILX isn't just getting a new look, it's getting a new assembly plant. Production of the entry-level luxury sedan will shift from Honda....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 12:23 pm

Huntington taking over JPMorgan branches inside Meijer stores

Huntington Bancshares Inc. will double the number of branches it operates inside Meijer stores this year as JPMorgan Chase & Co. drops 37 locations....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 10:55 am

Sintel gets financing, clearance for Staybridge Suites

The developer of a Staybridge Suites planned for 3121 Olentangy River Road has secured financing and final city design approvals. Sintel Hotel....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 10:43 am

Drake: Ohio State willing to help host Democrats in 2016

As the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee tours the three finalist cities this week before deciding which will host the 2016 convention,....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 10:33 am

OSU planning honorary degree for Obamacare advocate Kathleen Sebelius

The state's biggest university plans to honor the woman who oversaw one of the biggest changes to U.S. health-care policy. Ohio State University....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 10:25 am

Chevrolet of Dublin sold to Dan Tobin Buick GMC

The newest Chevrolet dealer in Central Ohio is already out of the market. Dallas-based Roundtree Automotive Group LLC has sold Chevrolet of....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 10:15 am

COTA Ridership at Highest Level Since 1986

In November, COTA announced that ridership had broken a decade-high level, eclipsing the peak set in 2004. Today, COTA announced even higher levels....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jan 27, 2015 9:38 am

Donatos Black Brick Bar to Feature Craft Beer and Live Music

Last September, Elford Development submitted a proposal that called for the demolition and reconstruction of the Donatos building in the Short North.....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jan 27, 2015 8:07 am

Morning Roundup: America's Most Promising Companies, church sues JPMorg

In today's roundup: Two Ohio companies named among America's Most Promising, Indiana church takes on JPMorgan Chase, third Columbus company gets B....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 6:58 am

National Roundup: Facebook denies it was hacked after outage (Video)

Facebook and Instagram suffered an outage for about an hour early this morning, which a company spokesperson attributed to "a change that....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 6:57 am

Fulcrum Creatives joins Jeni's with B Corporation certification for soc

Another Columbus company has secured "B Corporation" status, certifying it meets standards for social and environmental performance,....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 6:54 am

Print Syndicate named among America's Most Promising Companies

Print Syndicate LLC has had a very good year, and that's put the Columbus company on Forbes' radar. The magazine includes the online retailer in....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 27, 2015 6:41 am

Retail Analyst Says Columbus is Ready for IKEA

IKEA is announcing today that Columbus will be getting its very own store in 2017, and local retail Analyst Chris Boring of Boulevard Strategies says....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jan 27, 2015 5:00 am

5 for $20 Challenge: One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice

For the second leg of the 5 for $20 Challenge, I had to find a recipe that used a pound of 85% lean ground chicken.  After a fairly exhaustive....

Columbus Foodie

Jan 26, 2015 10:45 pm

IKEA Coming to Columbus in 2017

Columbus Underground readers have long discussed the desire for the world’s largest furniture retailer IKEA to set up a local store. IKEA even....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jan 26, 2015 5:43 pm

Ikea eyes Polaris for 3rd Ohio store

W hispers that trendy furniture and housewares retailer Ikea is sniffing around Central Ohio for a store site are expected to turn into reality....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 5:28 pm

Another driller pulling back spending in Utica shale

Hess Corp. spending in the Utica shale play will drop 42 percent this year, as the oil and gas giant joins the cavalcade of cautious companies....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 4:44 pm

Hockey fans full of praise for Columbus (but not the cannon)

Columbus Blue Jackets fans love the cannon blast after every home goal. Visitors, not so much. Apart from the replica Civil War cannon scaring....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 4:15 pm

OSU Wexner Medical Center set to launch Brain and Spine Institute in former

Ohio State University and Wexner Medical Center trustees will be asked this week to approve a $14.3 million specialty Brain and Spine Institute in....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 2:05 pm

CCAD launching post-production studio to get students into movie business

The Columbus College of Art & Design is bringing a digital post-production studio to campus in a move President Tom White hopes will help make CCAD a....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 1:50 pm

Vote to end Medicaid expansion could be vote to close lawmaker’s local ho

Ohio Hospital Association CEO Mike Abrams is hoping math overcomes ideology in the trade group's top lobbying issue for 2015: Keeping expanded....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 1:39 pm

Exel cutting 278 jobs at Easton warehouse, but expects to hire workers else

Exel Inc. will lay off 278 workers at an Easton-area customer service and fulfillment center operated by Thirty-One Gifts LLC, the third-party....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 1:26 pm

OSU to begin work on $59M renovation of Pomerene, Oxley halls for Big Data

A multi-year renovation of two prominent Ohio State University campus buildings is nearing a start date. Design work will begin on Pomerene and....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 1:10 pm

New Councilmember Jaiza Page Wants to Impact Columbus Neighborhoods

On January 20, Jaiza Page was sworn in as the newest Columbus City Councilmember, replacing Hearcel Craig, who was elected to the Ohio House of....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jan 26, 2015 12:41 pm

ESPN wants this year’s College Football Playoff dates moved

The College Football Playoff is under pressure from ESPN to move this year's semifinal games from New Year's Eve to a more ratings-friendly day,....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 12:16 pm

Central Ohio banking veteran Roger Blair dies at 71

Roger Blair, executive vice president of First Community Bank and a veteran of Central Ohio's banking community, passed away Jan. 25 after a....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 12:08 pm

Ohio sues federal government over Obamacare taxes

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued the Obama administration on Monday along with Warren County and four state universities over a combined $6.25....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 12:01 pm

Publisher eyeing Groveport, energy consultant considering Dublin lead slate

A New York publisher's plans to open a logistics operation in Groveport and an energy consultant considering moving to Dublin led a flurry of new....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 11:48 am

Ohio Machine Picks up Seven Players in MLL Draft

Local pro lacrosse team The Ohio Machine added seven new players on Friday in the league’s annual draft. Selected players include University....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jan 26, 2015 11:41 am

Top of the List: Central Ohio’s top residential remodelers

The No. 1 residential remodeler in Central Ohio has been perfecting its craft for more than three decades, has its own radio show on 610 WTVN and....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 11:36 am

Honda predicting record 2015 with improved Acuras, new HR-V, redesigned Pil

The question at American Honda Motor Co. isn't if the company will hit record U.S. sales in 2015 – it's by how much. Honda (NYSE:HMC) Executive....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 11:13 am

Wasting Money

Recent information about the attendance records of Ohio's charter (aka 'community schools') schools have made taxpayers upset.  It appears that....

Ohio 15th District

Jan 26, 2015 10:32 am

Bodega Sold to New Ownership

Short North bar Bodega has new ownership as of last week, though fans of the establishment should expect few changes to be made. Former co-owner....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jan 26, 2015 9:46 am

Morning Roundup: Columbus shines during All-Star Game weekend, Thirty-One G

In today's roundup: NHL All-Star Game allows Columbus to shine, Thirty-One Gifts is expanding in Canada, report says climate change poses a risk to....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 6:44 am

National Roundup: Google cell phone service could upend industry (Video)

Traditionally, a mobile-phone user subscribes to a single carrier that provides voice, text, and data service through its own infrastructure, but....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 26, 2015 6:31 am

5 for $20 Challenge: Carbonnade

The first protein we chose to use in the 5 for $20 Challenge was the package of two beef chuck tenderloin steaks. These weighed in at about 13....

Columbus Foodie

Jan 25, 2015 8:23 pm

Locals Protesting Nationwide Arena Purchase During All-Star Game

The Columbus Coalition for Responsive Government announced plans to protest the 2012 purchase of Nationwide Arena by the Franklin County Convention....

The Walker Evans Effect

Jan 25, 2015 2:46 pm

From Ashtabula to Xenia – Ohio homeowners' insurance costs vary widel

Ohio is relatively free of big natural disasters, so our homeowners' insurance policies are relatively cheap. But a new report shows those costs can....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 25, 2015 11:33 am

Climate change putting Ohio farmers and manufacturers at risk, report says

Ohio's agriculture and manufacturing industries are threatened by rising global temperatures, according to a new report by a business group....

Business First of Columbus

Jan 25, 2015 11:15 am