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Past articles by Maria:

Ohio man accused of running an illegal funeral home stopped by state troopers

What started out as a simple traffic stop for state troopers ended with Shawnte Hardin in handcuffs. A trooper in Wood County pulled over the SUV. Inside, the driver, a woman, and in the back seat Hardin. In the dashcam video, you can hear the trooper throughout the conversation frustrated. The driver was not clear on where he was going and the trooper couldn't get an answer as to who was… → Read More

Where are they now? Catching Up with Football Legend Archie Griffin

Treveyon Henderson's moves on the field last Saturday certainly give Buckeye fans reason to cheer, but there's one fan who truly knows what it's like to make the moves. "Watching him run and the long runs he broke, I figured he had to be well over two hundred yards," said former Buckeye Archie Griffin. The Buckeye great was in the stadium, watching the game when Henderson broke his single-game… → Read More

Ohio school districts having difficulty finding substitute teachers

They may not be in the classroom every day, but their role in teaching your child is vital. "Substitute teachers are critical to the success of our schools and our students," said Ohio Education Association President, Scott DiMauro. But finding enough substitute teachers is a challenge. Both nationwide and here in Central Ohio. → Read More

Travel woes at John Glenn International Airport as Spirit flights canceled

With flights grounded, Spirit Airlines is once again canceling hundreds of flights. "I'm frustrated, irritated, all of that good stuff," said traveler Courtney Talbert. She and her husband are trying to get to Las Vegas. They're hoping to celebrate his 30th birthday, but it doesn't look good. "It was canceled by three this morning. We were trying to get here, get a new flight and figure it out,"… → Read More

Columbus area restaurants looking to fill various open positions

Restaurants and food services were some of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic. According to the Ohio Restaurant Association, more than 110,000 restaurants and food service locations across the U. S. closed. As the U. S. recovers, the restaurant industry is trying to get back on its feet. But it's been a struggle for many of them. → Read More

"Put the guns down," best friend of teen killed at Bicentennial Park speaks out

Video shows 16-year-old Ran'Da'Sa Walker with her best friend Olivia Kurtz dancing at work. The two teenagers worked together at Donatos. "We grew up together," Walker said. The young girl smiles as she talks about the friend she lost to gun violence. "She was just like me. She was innocent, quiet. We connected with each other," she said. Caption: "Put the guns down," best friend of teen killed… → Read More

Several companies in Central Ohio looking to hire new employees this week

From the service industry to the trucking industry, the help wanted signs are up as many businesses looking to hire. And this week more companies are hoping to fill those positions. "This new job market is very hot. Companies want to hire you. As companies are opening up again, we have seen companies want to hire and really in large volumes, " said John Miraglia the marketing manager with… → Read More

Columbus businesses adjust to safely reopen for indoor activities

Melody Reed with Glass Axis excited to open the doors and showcase their artists and instructors. And now she wants people to know they're open for classes. "We have a huge facility," she said. She says they have made some changes including limiting class size and only certain types of art classes are allowed. → Read More

Columbus businesses adjust to safely reopen for indoor activities

Melody Reed with Glass Axis excited to open the doors and showcase their artists and instructors. And now she wants people to know they're open for classes. "We have a huge facility," she said. She says they have made some changes including limiting class size and only certain types of art classes are allowed. → Read More

Restaurants and other businesses can start applying for 'revitalization fund'

Over the past year, Ohio's restaurant industry has been shattered by the pandemic. Now, these small businesses are slowly making a comeback. And there's new relief on the way with nearly $29 billion up for grabs. Terry Bolden, the acting district director for the Small Business Administration office in Columbus, says the 'Restaurant Revitalization Fund' is aimed at helping small businesses.… → Read More

Ohio vaccinations plateau as OSU Wexner Medical Center vaccinates its 200,000th patient

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical center hit a major milestone Thursday, vaccinating its 200,000th person. 20-year-old Jeremias Iribarren was one of those rolled up his sleeve Thursday. "It's just the fact that I wanted everything to go back to normal. If this is what it takes, I'm okay with doing it," Iribarren said. OSU started administering the first doses of the COVID vaccine last… → Read More

Ohio vaccinations plateau as OSU Wexner Medical Center vaccinates its 200,000th patient

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical center hit a major milestone Thursday, vaccinating its 200,000th person. 20-year-old Jeremias Iribarren was one of those rolled up his sleeve Thursday. "It's just the fact that I wanted everything to go back to normal. If this is what it takes, I'm okay with doing it," Iribarren said. OSU started administering the first doses of the COVID vaccine last… → Read More

Swag bags for Hollywood's elite also give back to communities

It's a goody bag for Hollywood's elite. Swanky and full of $205,000 worth of products. For the 19th year in a row, Lash Fary, founder of 'Distinctive Assets', has put together these special treats for Oscar nominees. "My favorite part of putting together the 'Everyone Wins Gift Bag' for the top nominees is that I get to share with them the products I genuinely love and use in my own life," said… → Read More

Swag bags for Hollywood's elite also give back to communities

It's a goody bag for Hollywood's elite. Swanky and full of $205,000 worth of products. For the 19th year in a row, Lash Fary, founder of 'Distinctive Assets', has put together these special treats for Oscar nominees. "My favorite part of putting together the 'Everyone Wins Gift Bag' for the top nominees is that I get to share with them the products I genuinely love and use in my own life," said… → Read More

Workplace COVID-19 clinics can start this week in Ohio

This week, vaccine providers can start making it easier for some of you to get your COVID-19 shot. Starting Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine is allowing vaccine providers the opportunity to help local businesses and labor unions vaccinate their employees. MORE:More than 4 million Ohioans have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Providers can use up to 25% of their vaccine allocation for this purpose. → Read More

Workplace COVID-19 clinics can start this week in Ohio

This week, vaccine providers can start making it easier for some of you to get your COVID-19 shot. Starting Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine is allowing vaccine providers the opportunity to help local businesses and labor unions vaccinate their employees. MORE:More than 4 million Ohioans have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Providers can use up to 25% of their vaccine allocation for this purpose. → Read More

Family member heard the blast at paint factory that killed his cousin

The blast at the Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation shook the northeast side. The blast jolting Angela Pope-Hancock from a sound sleep. Caption: At least eight people hurt, one worker killed after a paint plant explosion in northeast Columbus Thursday April 8, 2021. The explosion was caught on this surveillance camera. (WSYX) "I woke up to what was a bomb or maybe a plane hitting something," she… → Read More

Family member heard the blast at paint factory that killed his cousin

The blast at the Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corporation shook the northeast side. The blast jolting Angela Pope-Hancock from a sound sleep. Caption: At least eight people hurt, one worker killed after a paint plant explosion in northeast Columbus Thursday April 8, 2021. The explosion was caught on this surveillance camera. (WSYX) "I woke up to what was a bomb or maybe a plane hitting something," she… → Read More

Rally planned at Bicentennial Park to support Asian American Community

The local Asian Community will be gathering Saturday for a rally in support of the victims in Atlanta and to remember the lives lost. Organizers said they are also pushing for an end to racism and the attacks against Asian Americans. The organizers said it's about all communities coming together to stop the violence and to stop hate. "We don't want to wait. → Read More

Rally planned at Bicentennial Park to support Asian American Community

The local Asian Community will be gathering Saturday for a rally in support of the victims in Atlanta and to remember the lives lost. Organizers said they are also pushing for an end to racism and the attacks against Asian Americans. The organizers said it's about all communities coming together to stop the violence and to stop hate. "We don't want to wait. → Read More