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County, City, Farmers' Markets Team Up to Make Produce More Affordable

A consortium of six farmers’ markets will make more affordable, fresh, local produce available for Central Ohio residents with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits through a program called Veggie SNAPS.

Funding provided by the city of Columbus and Franklin County totals $20,000 and will cover the costs for Franklin County SNAP recipients to double their dollars (up to $10) at participating famers’ markets including Bexley, Clintonville, Columbus Public Health, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Franklinton Gardens, and Pearl Market.

Struggling with Child Support? Come to Empowerment Day!

August is Child Support Awareness Month, and Franklin County wants to remind parents that “Support is Key” and making regular and timely support payments contributes to the well being of children and helps to ensure that their basic needs are being met.

If you are behind or struggling to make your child support payments, Franklin County wants to work with you to help you support your children. Join Franklin County and community partners at the 2014 Empowerment Day Resource and Job Fair on Wednesday, July 23 from 11a-4p at Veterans Memorial, located at 300 W. Broad St.

Parents will receive: Child Support Assistance, Legal Guidance, Resources for military veterans and families, a Job Fair and much more.

Commissioners, Chamber Release 2014 Retail Report

Retail employment is increasing and retail vacancy rates continue to decrease, according to the 2014 Franklin County Retail Report, which was unveiled on Friday, July 11 at the Franklin County Retail Summit.

The annual event, featuring insight from industry experts, was hosted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Columbus Chamber. 

Courthouse Entrance (373 S. High St) To Close

Beginning May 5, 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.

Watch General Session Online

Videos of the County Commissioners' General Session meetings are now online. Click on the link below to watch the most recent meeting.

Hall of Justice Renovation Project Update

Renovation of the 10-story, 237,225 square foot Hall of Justice building located at 369 S. High Street began in August 2013 and is expected to be substantially complete later this year. As of March, the renovation is 60-percent complete.

Commissioners are utilizing a pay-as-you-grow approach, only building out four of the ten floors at this time. The renovated facility will feature a first floor conference center, the Adult Probation unit will occupy the fourth and fifth floors, while the Law Library will return to the tenth floor.

Marilyn Brown President
Paula Brooks
John O'Grady