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Tessa Schweigert

Dozens of supporters clad in orange and black showed up Tuesday night for a school board decision that was quick and unanimous: Cindi Smith will no longer coach the Powell High School volleyball team.

Singing students packed the Powell High School auditorium throughout the holiday season, but at the end of December, the auditorium was filled with scaffolding.

Going into the 2015 legislative session with a new state superintendent at the helm, education leaders are hopeful after recent years of controversy.

As the new year begins, Theresa Pike hopes she will soon be home.

“My parents are looking forward to getting back to Powell and having their lives return back to normal,” said Erin Pike, her daughter. “If you ask my mom, all she wants is for my brother to get married and have everyone together again.”

In the months leading up to their son’s birth, Larisa and Jim Barth heard his strong heartbeat, felt him kick and chose his name: Asher Finn.

But on the morning of his due date — Oct. 9, 2011 — Asher was born in silence. He did not cry or take a breath of air.

With just one week until Christmas, the holiday season is in full swing. For some, it means checking off shopping lists, baking, wrapping gifts and preparing for relatives to arrive. For many, it’s a season of quiet reflection and sacred celebrations of a savior.

With each movement of his head or light in his eyes, Aaron Horner makes progress — and gives his family and friends reason to hope as the new year soon begins.

In recent years, schools across the nation have ramped up anti-bullying efforts. Instead of focusing only on combatting negative behavior, it’s also important to encourage a positive culture in a school, said Lisa Fitzgerald, a counselor at Powell Middle School.

On a hot summer day in a crowded barn, dozens of local businesses bought hogs, lambs, goats, rabbits and steers raised by local youth. In some cases, sales totaled thousands of dollars.

Nov. 14 was the day Dustin Pike had looked forward to and planned for months: It was to be his wedding day.

Family and friends had gathered at a resort in Cancun, Mexico, to witness and celebrate the occasion. But as the groom prepared his wedding vows that morning, he received terrible news: His mother, Theresa Pike of Powell, had fallen in the resort’s lobby and hit her head. An ambulance was en route.

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