Fox, wolfdog rescue, football playoffs among Granville’s best stories


The past year saw a one-of-a-kind animal rescue spread to Granville and a historic success for the Granville high school football team. But throughout the year, downtown businesses closed and students had to wear masks as COVID-19 continued to impact the village.

Here are some of the most important news from Granville in 2021.

The fox and wolf dog sanctuary lands in Granville

Walking Wild Rescue, a non-profit organization that rescues and provides a safe haven for captive-bred foxes and wolfdogs, has settled in the community of Granville.

The Chatham Road area facility is currently the subject of a fundraising campaign of $ 900,000 to finance the construction of two barns. Rescue held a groundbreaking ceremony in June for an approximately half a million dollar, 7,000 square foot fox facility. The air-conditioned fox barn, capable of accommodating over 60 foxes, will feature 20,000 square feet of play yards, an adjoining kitchen for food preparation, a veterinary clinic, storage space and an information center.

The adjacent 4,200 square foot wolfdog barn on their 20-acre sanctuary site will have 32,000 square feet of outdoor habitat.

Walking Wild aims to save foxes trapped in the fur trade, as well as foxes and wolfhounds that people bring home as pets only to realize that exotic animals are not easy to care for.

Granville athletes shone

It has been a year to remember for sports at Granville High School.

Related:# 9 2021 story: Licking County sports shone on the state stage

It all started with wrestler Douglas Terry ending a brilliant career, winning his second runner-up medal, this one at 152.

The Granville boys’ track and field team won a national indoor title with the quartets of Nathan Newsom, Jacob Kreger, Keshawn Bonner and Max King winning the 800 relay and Kreger, King, Dylan Christian and Ian Law winning the 1 relay 600.

The Blue Aces’ team of competition cheers matched them, winning a state championship.

The Granville women’s cross-country team continued their dominance in the fall. The Blue Aces won their second Division II second place finish in three years, finishing just three points behind Minerva for the crown.

The fall lasted until November thanks to the heroism of the Granville football team.

Granville won the program’s first Division III regional title and led an unbeaten season to the state semifinals. The blue aces won a savage shootout against Western Brown before falling to Hamilton Badin.

The reshuffle of restaurants in Granville

The past year has seen restaurants come and go in downtown Granville.

Following:The table is being set for the move of the restaurant from Granville

Construction is underway at the former Granville Township Fire Department on the new location of the Mai Chau Kitchen and Three Tigers Brewery.

Whit’s Frozen Custard is moving from its long-standing location at 138 E. Broadway just a few doors down at 266 E. Broadway.

Hashi, specializing in sushi, Korean dishes and fresh seafood, open in september at the old Moe’s Original BBQ place on East Broadway.

the Granville Donatos location permanently closed on October 29 for many reasons, including COVID-19, the inability to find workers and rising rents.

After nearly five years in downtown Granville, SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches closed definitely the doors of his Prospect Street restaurant in December.

Outside the city center, Ray Ray’s Meat + Three BBQ Pit launched their first sit-down restaurant, located at 1256 Columbus Road in the Township of Granville.

Compulsory masking in Granville schools

After starting the school year without a mask mandate in place, Granville Exempt Village Schools masks compulsory in September to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On September 20, Superintendent Jeff Brown was unanimously authorized by the Board of Education to implement the mandate “in K-6 grades until a vaccine is available and implemented.” .

After the Ohio Department of Health updated its masking policy on October 25 to allow students to stay in class after school exposure to COVID-19 if they wear a mask for 14 days, Granville Superintendent Jeff Brown said at the district’s Nov. 15 board of directors. Knowing that masking is now optional for all students in Granville.

Following:Granville schools switch to optional mask policy

“Our current status of the mask is that we strongly recommend that K-12 students remain masked,” Brown said. “However, the mask is optional, so parents have the option of making that decision.”

But the district has put in place at least a temporary mask warrant in specific classrooms when needed.

The end-of-year celebrations are back

Granville’s holiday traditions returned in 2021 after being drastically curtailed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In July, elephant ears, lemon shake-ups, dodge cars and a Ferris wheel were all back on Broadway for the village feast. annual 4th of july celebration.

Fireworks rained over Granville’s Wildwood Park and families lined up on Broadway for the annual parade on July 5.

But it was not the only event to return to the pre-pandemic state. The 36th Annual Granville Christmas Candlelight Walking Tour, organized by the Granville Region Chamber of Commerce, reverted to its traditional one-day format on December 4.

Families from Granville and beyond visited the village between 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. to see 76 Christmas trees lit up along Broadway and Main Street, enjoyed the business activities, sampled the delicious food local restaurants, watched performances of local churches and much more.

Related:Guest column: Keep Christmas well!

Reporter-lawyer Kurt Snyder contributed to this report.

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