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Columbus named a “best city to live in right now”

614now Staff



Columbus can now add another trophy to its shelf of national mentions.

Recently, Travel + Leisure put together a list of the “Best U.S. Citites to Live in Right Now” with Columbus coming in at #10.

“Columbus is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.—and in the Midwest—with a population increase of nearly 11% in the past eight years and job growth of 14% in roughly the same period,” wrote Travel + Leisure.

The article called attention to the city’s biggest employer, Ohio State University, for its “vibrant culture” and stellar football program.

Thurman Cafe’s double-patty Thurmanator, COSI, and the Columbus Museum of Art also got mentions.

Austin, Texas came in at #1, which doesn’t hurt as badly now knowing they didn’t steal Columbus Crew SC away from us!

The methodology included factors like diversity, average family income, median home price, projected job growth, population, cost of living, public education, crime, ease of living, and amenities.

To read the entire article, click here.

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VIDEO: “Bumbling criminals” break into Gahanna security store

Regina Fox



A local security system shop is recovering after thieves made off with several hundred dollars worth of merchandise over the weekend, but not without some blundering.

According to NBC4i, two men backed a white pickup truck through the rear door of Southwest Automated Security located on Claycraft Road in Gahanna around 3am Sunday. The impact of the truck hitting the garage door, and the forklift parked just inside, sent dust and debris flying through the warehouse, which can be seen on the surveillance video.

The men can be seen exiting the vehicle and making their way through the warehouse, one tripping and almost falling into a pile of boxes.

“The video is kind of comical,” branch manager Ryan Hanna told NBC4i. “It does stink we got broke into, but these guys, just the way they did it, they were just bumbling criminals.”

After aimlessly running through the front of the store, the thieves were caught on camera grabbing boxes from the warehouse. It's estimated they stole anywhere from $500- $1,200 worth of merchandise.

So far, police have not made any arrests.

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Thank you for your service! 34 deals and steals for Veterans Day

Regina Fox



Today is dedicated to the men and women in uniform who have shown great bravery and sacrifice in order to protect our country. Today, many local business across Central Ohio are showing their appreciation with special offers and discounts.

With some help from 10TV, we've put together a list of exclusive deals members of the military can take advantage of today. Thank you all for your service. Now go out and treat yourself!


Veterans, active-duty troops, and Guard and Reserve members can get a one-year Amazon Prime membership for $79 (a $40 discount). If already a member, military members can renew their Prime membership at a lower rate.

AMC Theatres

Active and retired military members can enjoy a free large popcorn with the purchase of a movie ticket.


Free meal from a special menu to all active military members and veterans.


Free bowl to all Veterans and Active Duty Military.

16-Bit Bar + Arcade

15% off booze to active and retired military and free koozie with purchase of a canned beer.

BJ's Restaurants and Brewhouse

Free entrée up to $14.95 and a free Dr. Pepper beverage to all current and former military.

Bob Evans

Free meal from a special menu to veterans and active duty military who show proof of military service.

Bonefish Grill

Complimentary appetizer for active and retired military members.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Free small order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries. Proof of service required.

Carrabba's Italian Grill

Free order of calamari with any purchase for veterans, active military members, police officers, and firefighters on Veterans Day weekend.


Free meal from a special menu to veterans and active military members.


BOGO entrees for all active duty military, reserves, national guard, military spouses, retired military with a valid U.S. military ID and veterans with ID.

City Barbeque

Free meal (sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage) to all veterans and U.S. military.

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Both past and present military personnel and their immediate family can enjoy free admission to the zoo for the day (parking is $10).

Condado Tacos

Condado Tacos is offering two free tacos for military veterans + active military with military ID (no purchase necessary). From here on out, Condado will offer one free taco with food purchase to veterans + active military with military ID, valid year round!


Free fares the entire day for veterans and active military on Nov. 11.

Cracker Barrel

Free Pumpkin Pie Latte or a slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake to all U.S. military veterans and active duty military.

Dunkin' Donuts

Free donut of their choice to veterans and active duty military.


Active military members and veterans get a free coffee, cappuccino, or fountain drink.

Golden Corral

Free dinner buffet for any person who has served in the U.S. military.

Jets Pizza

50% off menu-priced pizza when they show their military ID on Nov. 11.

Johnson’s Real Ice Cream

Free single scoop with valid military ID.


30% off in-store discount for active military, veterans, retirees, and their immediate family members.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Columbus

Free admission to all veterans and active duty personnel on Nov. 11, 2019. Friends and family of military personnel can visit the attraction with their veteran for a reduced admission at $10 per guest.

Little Caesars

Free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo between 11am- 2pm to all veteran or active members of the United States military.

Logan's Roadhouse

Free American Roadhouse Meal between 3pm- 6pm to all veterans and active military.

Lynd Fruit Farm

The orchard is thanking military members for their service with a free half peck of Trail Blazer apples.

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Veterans and their families will receive free admission into the National Veterans Memorial and Museum courtesy of USAA.


Free meal from the "Veterans Thank You Menu" at participating locations to all active or retired military members who show a military ID.

Red Lobster

Free appetizer or dessert from a special menu to veterans, active duty military, and reservists.

Red Robin

Free Tavern Double Burger with Bottomless Steak Fries to veterans and active military.

Roosters Wings

$10 Roosters Buck on Nov. 11 for those who show a military ID, NBG55, NGB22 orDD214 Form E.

Texas Roadhouse

Free lunch from a special menu between 11am- 4pm to all veterans and active U.S. service members.

White Castle

Free Combo Meal or Breakfast Combo Meal to all veterans and active military members on Nov. 11.

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“Fastest-growing Midwestern city,” WSJ highlights Columbus real estate boom

614now Staff



It seems the outside world is taking note of a situation that would-be homebuyers in Columbus have been aware of for some time: the Central Ohio housing market is increasingly cutthroat.

A piece published Friday in the Wall Street Journal highlights the harsh reality faced by Columbus newcomers who thought they'd have no trouble scoring a deal on a house here. In one case highlighted in the piece, prospective homebuyers who were relocating from California had to adjust their budget by $500,000 to land a house in German Village.

Full of statistical data and anecdotal stories from across the city, the WSJ piece takes a broad view of the local real estate scene in this fast-growing Columbus market—which is now the 14th largest city in the nation. Read the full story here.

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