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Black Friday Is Here

Today is the official kickoff of the shopping season and a crowd is expected. Marketing Director at Westfield Belden Village Mall, Gina Bannevich, says they are expecting more shoppers this year than they saw last year. Bannevich says the main reason they are expecting even more people this holiday season is due to the extended hours. She says however, Black Friday deals are generally where the best deals of the season are and that's why crowds are out to take advantage of the savings. 
 

Holmes County Deer Hunters Warned

State officials are encouraging hunters in Holmes County to process deer locally to minimize the risk of a rare disease detected in Ohio. Chronic wasting disease was found in October in a captive deer population at world class whitetails hunting facility in Holmes County. The disease, which hasn't been shown to infect humans, attacks the brain of the infected animal, produces lesions, and eventually kills the animal. No cases of the disease have been found in Ohio's wild deer herd, but the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the state agriculture department say the precautions are vital to preventing the spread of the disease.

Black Friday Drivers Asked to be PATIENT!

Many people have recovered from turkey dinner and are ready to shop. Jackson Township Police Chief Mark Brink says it's no surprise that traffic near the Westfield Belden Village Mall area will be slower than normal. Chief Brink says they do anticipate a large crowd and it's important that Black Friday motorists understand the traffic near the mall and other stores is only going to move so fast. 
 

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Thanksgiving Day shoppers line up for a run at bargains

For many retailers, Black Friday started on Thanksgiving this year, with the earliest store openings yet, and judging from packed parking lots and long lines across central Ohio, the earlier hours encouraged shoppers who were looking for bargains. While some had criticized the Thanksgiving Day openings as a needless infringement on a traditional family event, shoppers who stood in line yesterday seemed unfazed.

Ohio Politics Now: Lawmakers run into opposition over naming road after soldier

A move by state lawmakers to name a road after a central Ohio soldier killed in Afghanistan has run into opposition from local officials, Dispatch reporter Randy Ludlow writes.

Family reports Ohio State football player is missing

The family of senior walk-on Ohio State University football player Kosta Karageorge has reported him missing after he left his apartment early Wednesday and has not been heard from. His sister Sophia Karageorge said yesterday that Karageorge, a defensive tackle who wrestled for three years for the Buckeyes, was last seen at his apartment on E. 7th Avenue at 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Grandview looking to upgrade city facilities without new taxes

Grandview Heights has made do with older public buildings, including a city hall whose original structure marked its 90th anniversary this year and a fire station that is the oldest in central Ohio. Now, the city wants a wholesale makeover of its structures: new municipal building, fire station, swimming pool, and service department and parks department buildings.

NATIONAL NEWS

For some, location of Brown's hands irrelevant

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The word spread within minutes of Michael Brown's death — a young black man with his hands raised in surrender had just been shot by a white cop.

Ferguson protests move to retail stores

MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) — Dozens of people interrupted holiday shopping at major retailers around the St. Louis area late Thursday and early Friday to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.

Growers grateful for higher Christmas tree prices

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Christmas tree likely will cost a little more this year, and growers like John Tillman say it's about time.

Immigrants' chances tied to their state's polices

PHOENIX (AP) — If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago.

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