Connect with us

News

Op-ed: Whitehall mayor responds to recent negative press

614now Staff

Published

on

As the City of Whitehall, Ohio begins a new year and reflects on the successes of 2018, we were disappointed to see a 614 Now headline reading, “Whitehall takes top spot in ‘10 Most Dangerous Cities in Ohio’” based on a November 3, 2018 blog post on RoadSnacks.com.

We strongly disagree with some of the methodology that the study relied on in making their opinion on the level of danger in our community. The safety and well-being of our neighbors and business partners always will be our number one priority and, thanks to a number of initiatives we’ve undertaken, our community is experiencing great momentum.

Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard

BROUGHT TO YOU BY

Our Safer Whitehall initiative, which includes the establishment of a specialized narcotics unit, the hiring of additional and the enhanced training of police officers, adding four new K-9 officers and our proactive Mobile Community Watch has all led to additional arrests being made, thus we are seeing lower crime rates. In fact, since the beginning of 2017, violent crime has decreased by 48%, robberies have decreased by 47% and theft arrests have declined by 22%. These are statistics from the Whitehall police department.

This positive and significant upswing in statistics can also be attributed to our aggressive approach to rid the community of criminal activity through increased economic development and innovative training for businesses and residents on how to prevent and decrease crime.

Great things are happening here. Heartland Bank and The Wasserstrom Company have moved their headquarters to Whitehall. The Whitehall Community Park is undergoing a multi-million dollar update with a new Community Park Y. And, the $50 million Norton Crossing project is underway at the gateway to our city – the intersection of Broad and Hamilton.

We are extremely proud of our community. We invite everyone to visit our city and see the progress we are making each and every day. 

Continue Reading

News

Former Giant Eagle on Neil could become the city’s latest mixed-use development

614now Staff

Published

on

Developer Casto is eying the former Giant Eagle location at 777 Neil Ave. as the site of a brand new mixed-use development, according to NBC4i.

Casto shared its plans with the Harrison West Society on Wednesday night. If approved, the Thurber Village shopping center on Neil Avenue would be redeveloped for residential and commercial use.

The first major hurdle the developer will need to clear is gaining the approval of CVS, which still operates a location in the site in spite of Giant Eagle's closure in 2017.

Continue Reading

News

“Save BIG money”—Hilliard Menards opening date announced

614now Staff

Published

on

The highly-anticipated new location of big-box megastore Menards will open Tuesday, Feb. 25, just south of Hilliard on Hilliard Rome Road, according to the company.

“Opening this new store will provide greater shopping convenience for everyone in the area,” Menards’ Ryan Neumeier said in a release.

Headquarted in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Menards is a family-owned company with more than 300 home improvement stores in 14 states. The new Menards is the fourth Central Ohio location, joining stores on Morse Road, E Broad St. and in Lewis Center.

For more information, visit Menards.com.

Continue Reading

News

Gahanna student facing prison time for triple-fatal crash near Easton

614now Staff

Published

on

An 18-year-old Gahanna Lincoln High School student is facing a 17-year prison sentence after causing a car crash near Easton in October that resulted in three fatalities.

Kobie Marquise Stillwell was driving an Audi A6 at 116 mph when he collided with a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Morse and Sunbury roads near Easton Town Center on October 12.

Two people in the Camry were killed: Kumari Biswakarma (driver), 40, of the Northeast Side, and her 24-year-old daughter Anju Biswakarma, reports The Dispatch. Kumari's 22-year-old daughter, Srijana Biswakarma, was hospitalized with severe injuries.

JaShawn Scott, 17, who was a passenger in the Audi 6 and Stillwell's football teammate, was pronounced dead at the hospital following the crash. A second passenger in the Audi was also injured.

Additionally an AK-47 was recovered from the Audi after the fatal accident.

A $25,000 bond was set at Stillwell's arraignment Wednesday. If convicted of the three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault, with attached firearm specifications, he could be sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Continue Reading

No mo’ FOMO

Missing out sucks. That's why our daily email is so important. You'll be up-to-date on the latest happenings and things to do in Cbus + be the first to snag our daily giveaways

Shop Now!

The Magazines

X