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WORTHINGTON — The 2018 International Festival is, first and foremost, a celebration. It’s a celebration of the many cultures Worthington and the United States as a whole have to offer, and it’s also the festival’s 25th anniversary. The three-day event, which runs from July 12-14, will feature live music, dance performances, art, food and more drawn from dozens of cultures from around the world.
WORTHINGTON — Even as the Northland Mall was falling into disrepair and losing retailers prior to its demolition in 2016, people still made a point to shop for dresses at Tara’s Sewing Shop. After a few years without a clothing store and a lengthy search for a new location, Tara Kraft on Friday gleefully hosted a grand opening for her new store, Tara’s Bridal.
WORTHINGTON — Dan Krueger and Al Drost are direct competitors in the landscaping industry, but that didn’t stop the two from teaming up toward a goal of building more than 40 housing units in Worthington. Krueger, owner of Ideal Landscape and Design, and Drost, owner of Prairie Landscaping, combined their efforts to form South Lake Development LLC several years ago, and are beginning to see the results of their partnership.
WORTHINGTON — There’s nothing quite like comfort food, but for many African immigrants in Worthington, the right ingredients needed for traditional home cooking aren’t available locally. That will change starting this weekend. The World Mart — owned and operated by Worthington resident Nathalie Nkashama at 920 Diagonal Road — will open its doors Saturday, offering a variety of traditional African food items.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council on Monday took its final step to repeal the city’s local option sales tax — a required action as the tax nears its state-enforced $7.3 million collection limit. The city intends to end collections on Sept. 30. By state rules, the tax should sunset on the last day of a quarter and the city must give 90 days notice to businesses.
FULDA — The jam-packed five-day festival is back. Filled with a variety of activities ranging from tractor pulls to rock ‘n roll concerts, the 2018 Fulda Wood Duck Festival will run from Wednesday to Sunday, June 13-17.
WORTHINGTON — Members of the Worthington City Council on Wednesday decided the terms for its next local option sales tax, although the final list of projects is still in the works. Council members agreed upon a half-percent sales tax that lasts 15 years. Assuming an average annual growth in sales tax collections of five percent, council members expect to collect approximately $25 million over the life of the tax, providing bonding capacity of $20 million to spend on projects.
WORTHINGTON — Most people call it Sunset Bay. Those who have lived in Worthington for many years like to call it by its old name: Mudhole Bay. The original name is appropriate, as the bay takes in large amounts of phosphorus and sediment from Lake Okabena every year, creating a deep, thick mud floor. However, the bay is reportedly nearing the point where it will no longer be able to take in sediments, a worrying prospect for the health of Lake Okabena.
WORTHINGTON — Forbidden Barrel Brewing aims to serve its first pint in Worthington early next year. The microbrewery — owned and operated by rural Okabena's Brent Droll — will set up shop in the former Rickbeil’s building, located at the corner of Ninth Street and Third Avenue.