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The Incredible Farm In Ohio Where You Can Pick Buckets Of Berries

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There’s something so grounding and glorious about a day spent on a farm. While I adore any time spent outdoors, I have a special love for farms that I trace back to childhood drives to see my mom’s family up in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Now, as a mom of four living in Southwest Ohio, I’ll take any chance I can get to visit a local farm. Happily, one of the best farms in all of Ohio is just a quick road trip from my home in Cincinnati: Blooms & Berries Farm Market. As its name suggests, this Ohio farm specializes in, well, blooms and berries, with the latter taking center stage all summer long and offering visitors the opportunity to pick buckets (and buckets) of sweet, juicy berries.

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NIMH director discusses progress, opportunities for research during visit at Ohio State

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Earlier this month, the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) spent a day at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to help kick off May’s Mental Health Awareness month.

This year, the NIMH is celebrating 75 years of providing federal funding for basic and clinical research on mental health disorders.

Researchers across the nation, including at Ohio State, tap into those funds to study better options for prevention, recovery and cure for those struggling with mental illness.

The NIMH has an annual budget of about $2.5 billion, yet only one in five studies submitted to NIMH is funded, said Joshua A. Gordon, who has led the organization since 2016.

During his visit, Gordon attended a luncheon with Medical Center leaders, Ohio State mental health researchers and local philanthropists who support Ohio State’s vision of research excellence for mental health.

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Planting progress moving ahead, but more dry weather needed

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We were able to start planting on Tuesday and we had a pretty big breakdown on our corn planter, so it took us a couple days fixing that. We were able to start planting again yesterday and got quite a bit accomplished in a short time.

There’s a bunch of people out planting now. We had a pretty fast-moving storm go through Monday and some areas got quite a bit of rain. We just missed the heaviest portion of that storm by maybe a mile, so we’re lucky. There are a few people with some farms that still aren’t ready to plant yet because of that heavy rain, but most people around here started Monday or Tuesday. I would say, in this area, planting is around 25% done, but there have been years where we’re not started at this point. It depends on the year, but it’s pretty common to still be planting now in this area. We need probably another week or week and a half to finish if we had all good days. But I think we’re supposed to be getting more rain Sunday and Monday, so hopefully that doesn’t actually hit us and we can keep going.

The few early planted crops seem to be looking pretty good, at least from what I’ve seen. There is some corn a couple inches tall and there are some beans popping through in this area.

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Roosters replaces O’Charley’s in GahannaPopular local chicken wings restaurant opening new location in former O’Charley’s

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Although it’s always sad to see a restaurant go, we think people will be pretty excited about what’s moving in at a former O’Charley’s restaurant.

Roosters Wings has confirmed that they’ve signed a lease to take over the now-closed O’Charley’s restaurant, located at 4850 Morse Rd. near Gahanna. “We’re still at the very beginning stages, but we’re looking to hopefully open during the winter season,” said Roosters.

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Roosters replaces O’Charley’s in Gahanna

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Roosters Wings, the chicken restaurant that touts itself as “a fun, casual joint,” is set to come to Gahanna.

The restaurant chain has 14 Columbus-area locations, and the new Gahanna location will make that 15. Roosters has 43 total locations, including Roosters’ mobile concessions and catering division.

The company boasts a strong rate of employee retention, with 86 employees who have been with the company for at least 20 years, according to Nicole Cox, vice president of marketing at Roosters Wings.

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Ohio law enforcement to utilize virtual reality training

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Law enforcement around the state will be utilizing “immersive virtual reality trainings,” as announced by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost in a press release.

The point of the technology is to offer officers more realistic simulations of real-life situations, allowing them to practice their response and defusing skills.

“These VR goggles are the next best thing to real-world experience because officers are immersed in split-second decision-making scenarios,” Yost said in the release. “If someone makes a mistake while using virtual reality, it doesn’t have consequences in the real world.”

A total of six “scenarios” cover the following range of topics:

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Ohio Humane Society rescues 5 cats that tested positive for leukemia; Need donations to continue quality of life

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An Ohio Humane Society recently rescued five cats that tested positive for leukemia and they now need donations to continue the quality of life for the cats.

The Belmont County Humane Society said they rescued 5 baby cats on Tuesday and they came back testing positive for leukemia.

The Belmont County Humane Society said they have a wonderful rescue that specializes in caring for positive cats but the fee is $200 per kitten to increase their quality of life.

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Groundbreaking highlights early progress at Ohio Expo Center

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On May 13, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and representatives from the Ohio Expo Center & State Fairgrounds broke ground on two buildings to revitalize the fairgrounds in Columbus, the Ohio Showcase Building and the new agriculture building.

Angela Krile, Ohio Expositions Commission chair, was on hand for the event and pleased with the progress so far.

“We had the official groundbreaking today, but we have broken ground here a while ago and there’s lots of ground being moved behind us as we speak. We are in the process of the first phase of the master plan for the Expo 2050 Task Force that the Governor commissioned to try to envision the fair of the future — a fairgrounds that could be used 365 days the year for amazing events,” Krile said. “We have three phases that we’re working on right now. One is infrastructure — the things under our feet that we don’t see but are needed to keep these fairgrounds running. The second piece is an Ohio Showcase building, which showcases the history of Ohio as well as local food vendors from around the state. The third thing, which I’m most excited about, is a new agriculture horticulture building. We don’t have an official name for it yet but it will encompass both the old agriculture/horticulture building and the Taste of Ohio Café. It will allow families to come in learn about agriculture and how food gets on their plate and then walk in and actually experience the food on their plate from our wonderful commodity partners that cook and prepare that food every day at the fair.”

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Gov. Mike DeWine signs bill that could restrict cell phones in schools

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DUBLIN, Ohio (WXIX) – As technology continues to advance and becomes more prevalent in everyone’s lives, schools are beginning to face the repercussions and effects that come with living in a digital age.

On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bipartisan bill regarding cell phones in the classroom – a problem many administrators and teachers have been trying to solve as students’ attention continues to be taken by the devices.

School administrators and teachers are hoping House Bill 250 is what they need to fix the problem.

“The research is clear. The jury is out: We know cell phones in our schools are a distraction,” Dublin City School District Superintendent Dr. John Marschhausen said. “We know cell phones in our schools and the proliferation of social media has a negative impact on the students that we serve.”

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