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Local School Receives National Honor

A local elementary school is being recognized nationally. Superintendent of Plain Local Schools, Brent May, says he is proud to announce that Avondale Elementary in Canton has received the national Blue Ribbon honor.  May says they will send a teacher to Washington DC to accept the award and a flag in person. And says the blue ribbon distinction will hopefully help in terms of grant money in the future. The award is based on the school's overall academic excellence as well as progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups. 
 

One Dead in Shooting at Alliance Restaurant

A suspect in that fatal shooting in Alliance is reportedly in custody. Police were called to Blue Fig just before 2:00 Wednesday afternoon on a call of shots-fired at the restaurant on West State Street. Officials say one person was killed in the incident which apparently occurred following an argument. Few details surrounding the situation are known at this time, but officials say they believe the argument happened between two kitchen employees in which, one returned with a gun. The investigation is still ongoing. 
 

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Football prayer photo prompts new complaint against Licking Valley High School

It appears that Licking Valley High School has landed in the crosshairs of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Yesterday, Licking Valley Superintendent David Hile received his second letter in a week from the Madison, Wis.-based group.

Ohio Supreme Court reverses self, clears Powell ballot issue

The Ohio Supreme Court has overruled a decision it made last month that denied Powell voters the right to decide whether a citizens group can review the city’s development policy. The court decided 5-2 on Monday that the Powell City Council should not have stopped residents’ ballot petition. Justices did not give a reason for their reversal.

Third man faces life in prison for murder of 84-year-old veteran

A Pickaway County judge sentenced Kyle Robinson to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of 84-year-old Thomas "Shorty" Whitson.

Reynoldsburg teachers, board talking after judge orders mediation

A judge declined this morning to immediately close Reynoldsburg schools and ordered mediation for the school board, the teacher’s union and a parent who filed a lawsuit asking the court to shut down the schools because of safety concerns during the teachers strike. While all sides are behind closed doors, the teacher’s union and school board could resolve their contract dispute.

NATIONAL NEWS

Ebola patient told hospital he was from Liberia

DALLAS (AP) — The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital acknowledged Wednesday.

Ebola worries could keep some Dallas students home

DALLAS (AP) — The announcement that five Dallas schoolchildren were possibly exposed to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has some nervous parents planning to keep their kids home.

Timeline for first case of Ebola diagnosed in US

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States traveled from Liberia to Dallas, where he is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Key dates in the case, according to federal and hospital officials:

Police made tough call with UVa student missing

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Police have revealed next to nothing about the evidence they have against Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., and they won't have to for months to come.

3 Afghan soldiers who fled say they can't go home

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Three Afghan military officers who sought refuge in Canada after taking off from a military training exercise in Massachusetts said Wednesday they were trying to escape Taliban violence at home but now face the wrath of their own government as well.

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