Extinct and Endangered Appalachian Animals

Visuals and text for a Twitter series on extinct or endangered species in Appalachia. Created for the website Expatalachians. Passenger Pigeon: Martha was the last passenger pigeon when she died at the venerable age of 29 in 1914. Just 50 years before then, passenger pigeons flocked together by the billions, at one point making up to 40 percent of the wild bird population in America. … Continue reading Extinct and Endangered Appalachian Animals

Former Mount Carmel Dr. William Husel Charged With Murder

The Franklin County Prosecutor charged Former Mount Carmel Dr. William Husel with 25 counts of murder today for ordering lethal amounts of painkillers for patients. A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Husel after a 6-month investigation found he intentionally ordered the administration of lethal fentanyl doses for 25 patients. Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Husel’s actions prematurely ended their lives, and that a few of the … Continue reading Former Mount Carmel Dr. William Husel Charged With Murder

Tornado Damage Extends To Hocking County

Tornadoes that rolled through Dayton and Celina on Monday night made national headlines and are blamed for at least one death, but people closer to Central Ohio also dealing with damage as well. The area just north of Laurelville in Hocking County was also hit by a tornado. It left behind downed trees and mangled bits of houses and barns, which were strewn all over … Continue reading Tornado Damage Extends To Hocking County

Whitehall Residents Move Out Of Condo Complex Deemed Nuisance

The final remaining residents are moving out of a long-blighted Whitehall condominium complex. The city bought the Woodcliff development and plans to tear it down after years of complaints. Dorothea Pelfrey’s family spent last weekend packing up a quarter century of memories. Pelfrey lived in the Woodcliff complex with her daughter and grandkids and planned on spending the rest of her life there. — Read … Continue reading Whitehall Residents Move Out Of Condo Complex Deemed Nuisance

Ohio Prison Sued For Failing To Stop 2017 Stabbing Attack

Two inmates stabbed while at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the prison warden and several guards and nurses. Shamieke Pugh, 29, and Maurice Lee, 27, allege that prison officials, including Warden Ronald Erdos, enabled the stabbing and failed to protect them. — Read the full story here. — Continue reading Ohio Prison Sued For Failing To Stop 2017 Stabbing Attack

African-American Cemetery May Still Sit Below Upper Arlington High School

Construction on the new Upper Arlington High School was set to start in April, but concerns over an African-American cemetery buried beneath the campus have the school district confronting the community’s past. Upper Arlington School District will study whether remains may still lie beneath the high school’s campus. Superintendent Paul Imhoff said they are working with an archaeologist and plan to conduct a scan of … Continue reading African-American Cemetery May Still Sit Below Upper Arlington High School

Columbus First Responders Receive Hepatitis A Vaccinations Amid Statewide Outbreak

As Ohio’s Hepatitis A outbreak continues, Columbus first responders received vaccinations at a clinic Wednesday, following the recommendation of public health officials. Since the beginning of 2018, the Ohio Department of Health identified more than 1,900 Hepatitis A cases, with 317 in Franklin County. In comparison, 2017 saw only 47 cases statewide. — Read the full story here. — Continue reading Columbus First Responders Receive Hepatitis A Vaccinations Amid Statewide Outbreak

Ohio Saw Opioid Prescriptions Decrease In 2018

Ohio doctors are prescribing fewer opioids while pharmacists are dispensing fewer doses, according to a state report released Monday. The total number of opioid doses dispensed in Ohio decreased by 41 percent since 2012, according to a new report by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy. Opioid prescriptions also decreased by 37 percent, with 4.6 million fewer prescriptions in 2018 than in 2012. — Read the full story … Continue reading Ohio Saw Opioid Prescriptions Decrease In 2018

Columbus And Franklin County Launch 2020 Census Committee

City of Columbus and Franklin County officials announced a new 2020 Census committee on Wednesday tasked with ensuring all residents are counted. The Complete Count Committee brings together community partners across the county, from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission to the Community Shelter Board, to make sure the upcoming census includes all populations, especially residents from typically underrepresented groups. — Read the full story here. … Continue reading Columbus And Franklin County Launch 2020 Census Committee

Talisa Dixon Begins As Columbus Schools Superintendent

New Columbus City Schools superintendent Talisa Dixon spent her first morning on the job touring two elementary schools and sharing her priorities for the future. Dixon previously served as superintendent of Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools in Cleveland, and before that as a Columbus school principal. Speaking at Trevitt Elementary in King-Lincoln, Dixon says the district’s struggle to meet achievement benchmarks keeps her up at … Continue reading Talisa Dixon Begins As Columbus Schools Superintendent