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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.

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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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Former Giant Eagle on Neil could become the city’s latest mixed-use development

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Developer Casto is eying the former Giant Eagle location at 777 Neil Ave. as the site of a brand new mixed-use development, according to NBC4i.

Casto shared its plans with the Harrison West Society on Wednesday night. If approved, the Thurber Village shopping center on Neil Avenue would be redeveloped for residential and commercial use.

The first major hurdle the developer will need to clear is gaining the approval of CVS, which still operates a location in the site in spite of Giant Eagle's closure in 2017.

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“Save BIG money”—Hilliard Menards opening date announced

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The highly-anticipated new location of big-box megastore Menards will open Tuesday, Feb. 25, just south of Hilliard on Hilliard Rome Road, according to the company.

“Opening this new store will provide greater shopping convenience for everyone in the area,” Menards’ Ryan Neumeier said in a release.

Headquarted in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Menards is a family-owned company with more than 300 home improvement stores in 14 states. The new Menards is the fourth Central Ohio location, joining stores on Morse Road, E Broad St. and in Lewis Center.

For more information, visit Menards.com.

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Gahanna student facing prison time for triple-fatal crash near Easton

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An 18-year-old Gahanna Lincoln High School student is facing a 17-year prison sentence after causing a car crash near Easton in October that resulted in three fatalities.

Kobie Marquise Stillwell was driving an Audi A6 at 116 mph when he collided with a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Morse and Sunbury roads near Easton Town Center on October 12.

Two people in the Camry were killed: Kumari Biswakarma (driver), 40, of the Northeast Side, and her 24-year-old daughter Anju Biswakarma, reports The Dispatch. Kumari's 22-year-old daughter, Srijana Biswakarma, was hospitalized with severe injuries.

JaShawn Scott, 17, who was a passenger in the Audi 6 and Stillwell's football teammate, was pronounced dead at the hospital following the crash. A second passenger in the Audi was also injured.

Additionally an AK-47 was recovered from the Audi after the fatal accident.

A $25,000 bond was set at Stillwell's arraignment Wednesday. If convicted of the three counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault, with attached firearm specifications, he could be sentenced to 17 years in prison.

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