Good morning Columbus. Here’s the latest: Dog kennel decision and a picture that tells the story, Columbus North brainiacs, riverfront revitalization, the Oscars

Good morning Columbus —

You’ve certainly heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

We’ve got a photo from last night that completely gives away how the zoning appeals board voted on whether a dog breeding operation should be allowed in northern Bartholomew County.

Take a look at this picture by Carla Clark.

Attendees celebrate the denial of the Aaron and Lena Oberholtzer dog breeding facility during the Bartholomew County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting held at the Columbus Airport Terminal Building, Monday, January 22, 2018 Carla Clark | For The Republic

Study the facial expressions, arms raised, people leaping from their seats with hands clapping. Then read the body language of the people who asked for permission to breed about 100 small dogs near Hope. They are sitting at the table on the left side of the image.

It’s not hard to figure out the outcome, right?

What a terrific news photo.

Click here for the story and more photos from the meeting.

Here’s what else you need to know today —

Topics at legislative forum in Columbus: Medical marijuana, hemp, redistricting.
When a resident expressed concern that marijuana was a gateway drug, Republican State Rep. Jim Lucas said prescribed medication has proven to be a far greater threat in creating addicts. More here.

Columbus North basketball players Kenzie Patberg, from left, Jenna Borger, manager Peyton Fleetwood and Brooke Bruin study in the locker room before a game at Columbus North High School in Columbus, Ind., Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Members of the Bull Dogs varsity and junior varsity girls basketball teams met in the locker room to study before traveling to Bloomington North the their game Friday night. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

Meet the Columbus North brainiacs.
You’ve got to read about the Columbus North girls basketball team. The team is hitting the books and hitting the court. They have a combined grade point average approaching 4.0. Story here.

A revitalized riverfront in Columbus.
There’s something about the water, and that’s why so many cities, big and small, have transformed their rivers and lakes into places people can enjoy, gather, relax and have fun. Columbus is a step closer a big transformation of our riverfront. All the details here. 

Oscar nominations out. Have you seen these movies?
I can’t help but think about this sentence from writer Annie Groer in a Washington Post story about the movie “Columbus:’ “It’s a pity Hollywood has no Oscar for best supporting architecture, because Columbus would have been a contender.” Click here to find out who was nominated this morning.

In a nod to the movie and our city, here’s a throwback Instapic from actor John Cho.

john cho instagram

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