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3 local news networks join forces for TV special on Chris Bradley

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Columbus’ three major news networks will be joining forces to honor the life of Chris Bradley.

The three broadcasters will be teaming up to do a TV special with Be The Match, which helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a bone marrow transplant.

The special will be called “Standing with Chris” and is intended to raise awareness of bone marrow donations and to pay tribute to Chris’ amazing legacy.

Viewers of the special can call in and speak with Be The Match volunteers.

“Chris Bradley was an inspiration to all of Central Ohio in sickness and in health. He and his family have braved twenty-one months of battling acute myeloid leukemia, a terribly aggressive illness and yet his courageous journey has touched us all,” said John Cardenas, President and General Manager of WBNS-10TV, according to NBC4i. “Chris continued to teach us that in spite all of our many differences there is good in all of us when we come together as one which is a very powerful message.”

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“Chris was not just a great meteorologist and competitor, he was also a kind, caring human being who dedicated his life to make Central Ohio a better place to live, work and play for all,” said Ken Freedman, NBC4 vice president and general manager. “The courage and bravery he displayed during his personal battle was a testament to his character; his outspoken leadership in supporting cancer awareness and organizations like Be The Match speaks volumes about his desire to continue helping others. Speaking on behalf of the women and men of NBC4, we’re proud to stand with Chris and raise awareness of this important message. We wish his family peace and love at this difficult time.”

“Chris will always be a beloved member of the ABC 6 News family, he will forever mean a lot to us and the central Ohio community”, said Tony D’Angelo, General Manager of ABC 6, FOX28, and the CW Columbus, according to NBC4i. “All of us at ABC 6 are proud to stand with Chris and continue his fight to help others who are fighting their own personal battle with cancer.”

“Standing with Chris” will air during these times:

NBC4: Monday, December 10th from 4p-7:30p

10TV: Monday, December 10th from 5p- 7:30p

ABC6: Monday, December 10th from 5p-7:30p

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Orange Barrel Hell: 5 road projects to avoid at all costs

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The ubiquitous orange construction barrel: a sign of central Ohio’s continual growth, and the stuff of traffic nightmares.

Road construction in central Ohio is a headache that may be impossible to avoid, but at least you can try. Here are five ongoing road projects to watch out for.

Watkins road at 33 – Closed indefinitely
A truck hit the 33 overpass at Watkins Rd on Thursday, leading to a closure of Watkins that could last for months, according to ODOT officials.

I-70 between I-270 and Wilson Rd – southbound Wilson closed for the weekend
I-270 to I-70 eastbound on the west side, as well as Southbound Wilson Road over I-70, will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. on Friday. The closure will last through the weekend. All lanes will reopen at 5:00 AM Monday.

I-71 South Side ‘Mega Fix’ Between Grove City and Columbus
The South Side construction project on Interstate 71 between Columbus and Grove City will add extra lanes, new bridges, and exit ramps throughout five miles of highway. The project will be under construction for at least three years, with completion targeted for the Fall of 2020.

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I-670 / I-270 Smart Lane
Construction on the Ohio’s first SmartLane has begun. The project spans seven miles miles of I-670 between downtown and John Glenn International Airport.

The new lane, called a SmartLane, will utilize state-of-the-art digital overhead signs installed every three-quarters of a mile to let motorists know if the lane is open to traffic. SmartLanes are intended to ease traffic congestion during peak rush hours.

3rd Avenue Widening near Railroad between Edgehill Road and Columbus Fire Station #25
Eastbound 3rd Avenue is detoured at Northwest Boulevard, except for local business traffic. This detour is expected to be in place for the rest of the year for a widening, reconstruction, and pedestrian path project.

What ongoing road project grinds your gears in your daily commute? Let us know in the comments.

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Video: Local church apologizes after kids spit on pastor

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Please consider this story your weekly reminder not to spit on people—even if they’re literally asking for it.

The Impact City Church in Pataskala has issued an apology over an Easter lesson gone wrong, in which youth minister Jaddeus Dempsey encouraged kids to slap him and spit on him. One student, at Dempsey’s direction, even cut the pastor’s bare back with a knife. The exercise was intended to teach students about Christ’s crucifixion.

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In a statement posted to Facebook, the church assured the public that there is a formal review and investigation of the incident under way from their Board of Directors:

While Dempsey’s future at the church is uncertain, perhaps this bizarre incident did manage to convey a simple lesson—don’t spit on people!

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There’s still hope for bigger, better Whitehall Kroger

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Two years has gone by since Kroger purchased a former Big Bear grocery store at the Town and Country Shopping Center in Whitehall, but the massive marketplace is still promising a bigger, better store for the community.

The place may just be a vacant lot right now, but according to This Week News, the 8.2-acre site at 3680 E. Broad St could become a shopping center with a drive-through pharmacy, fuel center, expanded kosher offerings, ClickLists, and other amenities.

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But ultimately, the project timeline is still being worked out.

Via a 15-year, 53% tax-increment-financing agreement Whitehall City Council approved in 2016, Kroger’s deadline to begin construction was pushed back from the end of 2018 to the end of 2021.

Kroger purchased the property for $4.2 million and is expected to shell out another $24 million to build the new store.


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