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Joshua Morrison/News Central Ohio Joint Fire District Chief Joe Porter, left, is retiring after 34 years with the department. He will hand over the leadership duties to Mark McCann, right, on April 19.

Porter’s career started on a whim

Thirty-four years ago, Joe Porter was working as an aide at a nursing home when he saw an ad that said Hilliar Township/Centerburg Fire Department was looking for volunteer firefighters.

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Downtown proposals run into roadblocks

City Council will clearly need more time to reach a consensus on endorsing the downtown facelift proposal presented over the last three meetings by Area Development Foundation Vice President Jeff Gottke and it is also clear council is not yet ready to vote on a proposed vacant buildings ordinance.

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