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Columbus middle school hosts ‘Girl Talk’ to promote peace and beauty

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Choosing peace over violence and loving yourself are two very important themes that a local organization in Central Ohio hopes to instill in kids at a young age.

Students at Johnson Park Middle School in Columbus got a few life lessons Monday; learning how to be leaders and mentors.

“It inspires us to do good and shows how much we are appreciated,” said Johnson Park Middle School 8th grader, Kyanna Rodriguez.

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Columbus gas prices continue to fall as travel begins to rise

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Gas prices in Columbus continue to trend downward, a welcome sight for the up-and-coming holiday travel period.

For the fifth week in a row and 10th time in the past 12 weeks, the average gas price in Columbus has dropped, this time by 13.8 cents to an average of $2.72 per gallon.

The current price is 45.4 cents lower than one month ago and 18.6 cents lower than this time one year ago. In Ohio, the average price of gas dropped by 12.3 cents to $2.69 per gallon, while nationally, gas prices dropped for a 13th consecutive week, this time by 8.6 cents to $3.03 per gallon, the lowest level of 2023.

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2024 Ohio State Fair dates announced; county fair dates set

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It is never too early to start planning for fair season, and you can now start marking those dates on your calendar.

Next year’s Ohio county fairs schedule is set, which also means the dates for the 2024 Ohio State Fair have been scheduled as well. The fair season will kick off on June 8 and conclude in October.

The Ohio State Fair in Columbus will take place from July 24 to Aug. 4. For information on prices and more, follow this link. Concert announcements for the Fair are expected early next year with roughly a dozen shows set to be announced.

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Columbus woman helps provide Christmas gifts for over 40 local students

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For the last 6 years, Tracey Ash has been helping provide Christmas gifts for students in need at Columbus City schools.

The boxes are filled with clothes, accessories, gift cards and toiletries. The gifts are made possible by donations from the community. This year, 40 students at Centennial High School were given a Christmas box.

Ash started the gift-giving after her son was bullied in high school.

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Columbus police help kids beat the cold this winter

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It’s about time to break out the winter coats, but many families cannot afford them.

Columbus police are giving the gift of warmth this year to help families in need.

For the last six years, Columbus policeAEP and Starfish Assignment have teamed up to ensure warmth for local children. Since starting this project, they have helped around 3,000 children stay warm.

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Taylor Swift, The Last of Us: Here are Columbus’ top Google searches of 2023

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This year, Columbus searched for Taylor Swift tickets, read up about HBO’s The Last of Us and followed soccer matches.

Google compiled its year-in-review search data for US cities over the course of 2023. Curious what folks in central Ohio were searching for this year? Here are the top searches for Columbus according to the company:

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Columbus gas prices dip another dime

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National gas prices have hit the lowest mark of 2023 and Ohio is now one of 23 states with average gas prices at $2.99 or less.

Last week in Columbus prices dropped 10.3 cents per gallon to an average of $2.86, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 500 stations in the metro area. It marks the fourth decline in a row and ninth in the previous 11 weeks after average prices dropped below $3 per gallon the previous week.

The current price is 40.2 cents lower than one month ago and 25.1 cents lower than this time one year ago. In Ohio, the average price of gas dropped by 11.7 cents to $2.81 per gallon, while nationally, gas prices dropped for a 12th consecutive week, this time by 9.6 cents to $3.11 per gallon, the lowest level of 2023.

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Columbus toddler rides around in style for her ‘Make-A-Wish’

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A 3-year-old girl from Columbus can now ride around in style after her wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation was granted at Topgolf on Sunday.

Two weeks before her first birthday, Lola was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease. According to her website, called Hope with Lo, Zellweger’s Spectrum Disorder is usually terminal in childhood and affects every system in a person’s body.

Lola’s dad Jake Kaufman said the family was feeling joyfulness and gratefulness at the event hosted by Topgolf and Make-A-Wish.

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Community members shop local at the Avant Garde Art & Craft Show

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It’s the holiday season, and local vendors and artisans want to remind you to consider shopping local for gifts this year.

Many of them were set up at the Winter Avant Garde Art & Craft Show at Hilliard’s Makoy Center on Sunday.

At the event, more than 100 local businesses were set up, selling handmade items, including textiles, woodcrafts, and jewelry. Guests could enjoy some concessions like hot cocoa while shopping as well.

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Columbus’ Ronald McDonald House expansion is helping more families than ever

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Hospital stays are no picnic for children. That’s why the Ronald McDonald House Charities has been around for generations, but one in Ohio can now help more families than ever.

The Ronald McDonald House in Columbus added 86 more rooms to accommodate more than 6,000 families. It’s now billed as the largest Ronald McDonald House in the world, supporting families like the Magyar’s.

“You know, no one expects to have something like this happen,” said Laurie Magyar.

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