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Courthouse Entrance (373 S. High Street) Closed

from Commissioners

The main County Courthouse entrance (373 S. High St.), marked by two revolving doors, will be closed indefinitely due to the renovation of the Hall of Justice building.

Entry to the County Courthouse (373 S. High St.) is available at the Pavilion Entrance (365 S. High St.) and the Common Pleas Courthouse (345 S. High St.).

The renovation of the Hall of Justice is expected to be complete this fall. The repurposed facility will feature a first floor conference facility, while the Adult Probation department will occupy floors 4-6, and the Law Library will return to the tenth floor.

General Election Sample Ballots Online

from Board of Elections

Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 general election is a few weeks away, but Franklin County voters can get a look at the candidates and issues they'll see on their ballots as of today. Sample ballots for every precinct are posted on the Franklin County Board of Elections Web site.

The link connects to a search engine where voters enter their name, house number and birth year or just their address to see the ballot they'll receive by mail or in-person when they vote in the general election. It can also give voters a heads up to possible problems with their registration. If the site produces no result or shows an old address, it may mean that the voter needs to update their information to cast a regular ballot in the election.

"This has been a popular feature on our Web site over the years and we encourage voters who've never used it to take advantage of it," board of elections Director Bill Anthony said.

"Sample ballots make voting easier, especially when voters get the chance to see complex language on tax levies and bond issues before they cast a real ballot."

"Sample ballots can be an important time saver at the polls," added Deputy Director Dana Walch. "We want voters to make informed decisions without feeling rushed and that's more likely to happen when they've already taken a look at the ballot they'll see at our early vote center or at their regular polling place on Election Day.

Voters have until Oct. 6 to register for the general election.

Children's Day Celebration at COSI

from Children Services

Franklin County Children Services is hosting its annual Children's Day celebration at COSI (333 West Broad Street) on September 26 from 5-9 p.m. Children and families involved with FCCS will receive free admission, while a reduced rate for general admission is available to the public. There will be kid-friendly performances by Arnett Howard, Bob Piascik, Mackee the Magician and The Shazzbots Duo. FCCS's Ted D. Bear will be there with local mascots to greet children. Every child that attends will also be able to participate in door prize drawings. Parenting tips and community resource guides will be available at the FCCS information table. For more information, click here or call (614) 275-2520.

Commit To Be Fit Healthy Hikes

from Metro Parks

This year's season of ten Commit To Be Fit hikes began on Sunday, August 24, 1 p.m., at Blacklick Woods.

Mosquito Season Is upon Us

from Public Health

Mosquito season is upon us. Find complete Mosquito Program facts, updates and more on the Franklin County Public Health website.

Environmental Educator Workshops

from Soil and Water Conservation District

Join naturalists, environmental educators and teachers as we explore, explain and experience the value, variety and vulnerability of our natural resources through a series of interactive workshops.

Franklin Soil and Water, together with Metro Parks and the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District, will be coordinating workshops for educators with resources and activity ideas. Each session is a complete workshop including: introduction to the program, instructor-led activities, participant-driven learning and evaluation. All curricular materials are adaptable for many age groups.

FCCS Connects e-Newsletter September Issue

from Children Services

The latest issue of FCCS Connects e-News is here. Featured articles include:

  • Issue 4 Supports Children
  • FCCS Presents Children's Day at COSI
  • The ABCs of Safe Sleep

Click here to read the September issue online.

September is National Preparedness Month

from Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) reminds residents to plan and prepare for all hazards and emergencies before they happen. Emergencies can occur anytime and anywhere without advance notice. Having a plan is vital.

This year's theme is "Be Disaster Aware: Take Action to Prepare." The campaign encourages residents, businesses and organizations to take action to prepare for all types of emergencies by following four important steps: Be informed about emergencies and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency, make a plan for what to do in an emergency, build an emergency supply kit and get involved.

More information about National Preparedness Month is available on the FCEM&HS website.

Autumn ParkScope

from Metro Parks

The autumn edition of the Metro Parks ParkScope magazine is now available in the parks. Click here to view the Autumn ParkScope online.

Registration Deadlines - General Election

from Board of Elections

Registrations to vote in the November 4th General Election must be submitted by October 6, 2014.

Registrations must be postmarked no later than thirty days before Election Day per Ohio Revised Code 3503.19. If not mailed, the registration must be at the board of elections no later than thirty days before an election.

FCCS Accent on Kids Fall 2014

from Children Services

Check out the current edition of FCCS's print publication Accent on Kids! Featured articles include:

  • Children's Day at COSI for Family Fun
  • FCCS Levy Campaign Moves Forward
  • Partnership with OSU Creates Master's Program

Click here to read the Fall issue online.

Metro Parks Nature Print Contest

from Metro Parks

The entry form and details are now available for the annual Metro Parks nature print contest. Entry deadline is October 9. All photo entries displayed.