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Now and Then: 6 historical Columbus sites and what they look like today

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Progress in Columbus is happening everywhere you look. From campus to the Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch, the scenery has drastically changed.

While we can all appreciate the changes that have helped improve our city, it’s also important to take a look back and value the landscapes that made Columbus into what it is today.

Below are six scenes from yesteryear juxtaposed to how that sites looks today. Just scroll over the photos to see the full “Before” and “After” shots!

Open Air School circa 1931

The Open Air School was a facility for students afflicted with tuberculosis. Construction began August 16, 1927, during a time when specialized tuberculosis sanitariums, homes, and other facilities were increasing across the country.

Station 6—Franklinton circa 1969

Engine House #6 operated from 1880 to 1966. It was the home of Fire Department’s first emergency squad in 1934.

Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch circa 1907

An early view of the Columbus Public Library, also known as the Carnegie Library, and later known as the Main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The library was dedicated on April 4, 1907, and was built using funds donated by Andrew Carnegie.

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Mirror Lake circa 1945

A view of Mirror Lake on the campus of The Ohio State University. The first use of the name, “Mirror Lake” occurred in the spring of 1896 when both the yearbook, Makio, and newspaper, The Lantern, used the term.

Leveque Tower and the Statehouse circa 1927

Leveque Tower was formerly known as the American Insurance Union Citadel. A competition was used to determine the design of the Statehouse building. Five principle architects were involved in the project with contributions from several others. The cornerstone was laid on July 4th, 1839.

High Street in the Short North circa 1912

To the left, the Railroad YMCA at 563 N. High St., with the Columbus Savings Bank at 561 N. High St. To the right, Troy Laundering at 548 N. High St. and the Unique Theatre at 558 N. High.

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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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