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“This situation is unacceptable,” ComFest makes tough decision

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With only a few weeks left until ComFest, organizers have been faced with that they call an “unacceptable situation,” and have been forced to make a tough decision.

In order for ComFest to maintain Assault & Battery coverage for the entire festival, the insurance provider required the festival to drop two bands from the schedule: Unchipped and Weed Demon. Both bands are of the metal variety and, evidently, pose an existential liability the insurance company will not tolerate.

But this ultimatum is something ComFest won’t tolerate, either.

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“This situation is unacceptable, and is not an option for us moving forward,” wrote ComFest in an official statement.

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The statement goes on to say that canceling these bands’ performances violates the grassroots community organization’s opposition to corporate abuse and that no company should be given enough power to determine how ComFest operates.

But, without the coverage, Community Festival could not go on. And so, organizers were forced to remove Unchipped and Weed Demon from the bill.

Organizers see this problem arising again in the future, so they will be working diligently to make sure festival principles and values are upheld down the road.

And with respect to the bands, ComFest has every intention of bringing them back once issues with the insurance company are resolved.

Read the full statement here.

ComFest will be held at Goodale Park June 28-30. Visit comfest.com for more information.

Do you think ComFest made the right decision? Do you understand the insurance company’s point of view? Sound off in the comments below.

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Easton loses home furnishing store

Regina Fox

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Home style enthusiasts will have one less place to shop in Easton now that Z Gallerie at 4194 Easton Gateway Dr. has permanently closed.

No reason for the closure was cited. The store specialized in fashion-forward furniture and decor ranging from traditional to bold.

The number for the Columbus location has been forwarded to the Louisville, KY store, which is now the closest Z Gallerie location to Columbus.

Dozens of other stores remain open across the United States. Z Gallerie has a strong online presence, as well. To learn more, visit zgallerie.com.

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Tee Jaye’s on Tee Vee: Fox News coming to area restaurant this week

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Biscuits and gravy with a side of political commentary? It seems that's what's on the menu this week at the Tee Jay's Country Place restaurant on Morse Road.

Following Tuesday's Democratic Presidental debate at Otterbein University on Tuesday, a reporter from the Fox News show "Fox and Friends" will be on hand at Tee Jaye's from 4am- 9am Wednesday morning to "hear what you thought of the debate and your thoughts about the next election," according to a post on Tee Jaye's Facebook page:

Are your friends and family sick and tired of your political ramblings? Try your hand at punditry over a barnyard buster this Wednesday. Just try not to leave with egg on your face!

The debate will also be covered by CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the New York Times among many, many other news organizations.

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Popular Grandview shop vandalized over the weekend

Mike Thomas

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Staff at popular Grandview shop The Butcher and Grocer were met with an upsetting scene upon arriving at work Sunday morning. The glass front door of the shop was shattered, and cash stolen from inside.

Thanks to the mess caused by the break-in—and having no cash drawer to run a register—Butcher & Baker was forced to close for business Sunday. In spite of the setback, management clearly have not lost a sense of humor:

Butcher & Baker have regrouped and are operating for their usual hours. Anyone with information about the break-in should contact Grandview police.

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