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Columbus Hotel earns “2018 Hotel of the Year” honors

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As a leader in the hotel industry in Columbus, Le Meridien, The Joseph has been awarded the designation of “2018 Hotel of the Year” in the Distinctive Premium Brand category by Marriott International.

According to a press release from Marriott, this distinction is awarded annually to a property that, “best executes on the brand promise while driving an overall balanced scorecard.”

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A number of factors are considered in giving this award, including financial metrics, online feedback, community involvement, and hotel culture. Of over 350 Distinctive Premium hotels in North America, Marriott designated 14 as 2018 Hotel of the Year, including Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph.

“The team has given tangible meaning to the brand theme of ‘destination unlocked’ by providing authentic and indigenous [sic] experiences to our guests,” said Jason Mack, General Manager of the hotel. “I am so proud to work with such passionate and engaged associates. They are truly the best hospitality professionals in the industry.”

Since opening in January 2015, Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph has worked to cultivate local partnerships and create brand awareness to the community through various programming efforts.

Congrats on the recognition, Le Meridien, The Joseph! We know where we’re going for our next staycation.

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Friday Feel Good: Watch soldier surprise his family at CBJ game

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Grab the tissues because you'll be crying happy tears after this video of a local soldier surprising his family after deployment.

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During Military Appreciation Night at Nationwide Arena on Thursday, Dale Burke and her kids Katie, Leo, and Aubrey were playing an in-game contest. They were tasked with choosing a mystery prize behind the curtain or $100 in cash. They chose the mystery prize.

The stakes were raised when they were offered $200 in cash or the mystery prize. The Burke's stuck with the unknown, which turned out to be the best choice ever.

The curtain was pulled to reveal Army National Guard Sgt. Leonard Burke, returning home to his wife and kids after an 11-month deployment in Kuwait.

The Blue Jackets win was the cherry on top of an amazing night at Nationwide Arena.

Thank you, Sgt. Burke, and all the other men and women in uniform for your sacrifice and service.

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Body discovered at Ohio State University construction site

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A body was discovered at a construction site on Ohio State University’s campus Friday morning.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio State University Police were first called the area of Neil Avenue and 11th Avenue near the dorm Mack Hall around 6:30am.

The university said there is no ongoing threat.

No additional details were released as the investigation continues.

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Officer bitten by coyote in east Columbus

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Police are investigating an incident in which officers shot and killed a wild coyote after one officer was bitten by the animal.

According to 10TV, the officer was assisting a stranded driver on I-70 eastbound near Hamilton Road when the animal approached and attacked a state road worker, who was also attempting to help the stranded driver.

The coyote then bit the officer, who punched the animal, causing it to flee. When more officers arrived at the scene, the coyote returned and began acting aggressively.

After employing everything from mace to a taser on the coyote to no avail, officers at the scene shot and killed the aggravated canine. The officer who was bitten was taken to the hospital in stable condition and is expected to recover.

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