The Columbus Italian Festival Board announced Tuesday the Taste of Italy and the Columbus Italian Festival have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Taste of Italy was set to take place on October 5 and the 41st annual Columbus Italian Festival was scheduled for October 9-11. "The safety of our neighbors, guests, volunteers, staff, participants,...

The cost to remove and store the Christopher Columbus statue formerly outside City Hall on July 1 has cost taxpayers $90,000 to date, according to an ordinance approved by the City Council Monday evening. But the statue’s whereabouts remains secret, with the city continuing to say only that the 65-year-old gift from the city of Genoa, Italy, was ta...

Twentieth-century American businessman, author and philanthropist W. Clement Stone coined the phrase “You are a product of your environment, therefore choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective.” He also encouraged the masses to “Analyze your life in terms of its environment by evaluating the things around you and deter...

St. Louis, St. Paul, Richmond, Boston — cities across the country have dismantled, torn down or removed their statues honoring the explorer Christopher Columbus. One of the more recent and more surprising additions to that list is his namesake: Columbus, Ohio. The city once had three Christopher Columbus statues. Construction crews recently dismant...

Standing in a light rain at City Hall, U.S. Sen. John Bricker marveled at the 20-foot bronze figure unveiled in a city which bears its likeness’ name. It reminded Bricker of the harbor in New York City. He predicted the new statue of Christopher Columbus would be viewed in Ohio as a “symbol of friendship,” akin to what the Statue of Liberty represe...

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Thursday the Christopher Columbus statue gifted to the city from Genoa, Italy in 1955 will be taken down from City Hall. One man has now filed a lawsuit following the announcement. Michael Young is asking there to be "proper legislation" in order for the statue to be removed. He, like some others, are upset i...

The status of a Christopher Columbus statue outside the Ohio State Capitol is likely to come up at a future meeting of the agency that manages the Statehouse grounds, after support has grown in Columbus to remove the city’s other prominent statues of the Italian explorer. Laura Battocletti, executive director of the Capitol Square Review and Adviso...

Columbus State Community College will remove the statute of Columbus that has stood on the grounds since 1988.  In a open letter on their website board of trustees president Anthony Joseph wrote: “We do not seek to erase history, but to make an intentional shift in what we visibly honor and celebrate as an institution. This is the first of many ste...

With the current global pandemic, we are all facing, it is safe to say the restaurant industry may have been hit the hardest. With restaurant dining rooms being closed to patrons, owners have been forced to get creative with sales. From offering takeout and delivery services to make-your-own pizza kits, restaurants are doing all they can to keep th...

Ten local contestants will put their culinary skills to the test in the Columbus Pesto Championship at Columbus State Community College. The 2020 Columbus Pesto Championship will be held on January 26 at Columbus State's Mitchell Hall. The ten contestants are David Applegett, Carmine Catullo, Reese Flowers, Charlotte Hickcox, Tyler Kendall, Liz Mar...