Hundreds of fans of all ages attended book-release parties at Viewpoint Books at The Commons and Waldenbooks at FairOaks Mall to await author J.K. Rowling’s final novel in the Harry Potter series.


A portable incinerator used to burn trees and stumps at Mill Race Park created a noticeable odor of smoke in downtown Columbus.


Dunlap and Co. and the John C. Groub Co. of Seymour, operator of Jay C Food Stores, announced plans to develop a new shopping center in downtown North Vernon.