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Communities get head start with pre-Easter egg hunts

dispatch.com — 'Tis the season - no, not that season - where holiday colors of red and green give way to pastels. In both seasons, though, children make out like bandits. Easter isn't until April 5, but plenty of communities and organizations are hosting egg hunts this weekend. Here are a few, presented in chronological order.

Columbus singer Blaze Johnson loses his 'Voice' battle

dispatch.com — Columbus singer Blaze Johnson finished his journey on The Voice Tuesday night, losing his knockout round match to Deanna Johnson. Johnson sang "You Found Me" by The Fray, and drew compliments from the judges before the decision was announced.

Reynoldsburg's Blaze Johnson's journey to 'The Voice' just divine

dispatch.com — Three years ago, when God spoke to Blaze Johnson, he was specific. "I was sitting on a couch, working on some music with a friend," said Johnson, of Reynoldsburg, " and God was like 'One day you're going to work with Adam Levine.' And I was like 'I'm all down for it, God; let's do it.'??"

Importance of nurses highlighted at Columbus Museum of Art

dispatch.com — On a stroll three years ago through the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Judy Kimchi-Woods admired pictures of presidents, politicians and plenty of everyday people. Her profession, though, seemed noticeably underrepresented among the thousands of portraits showcased throughout the venue - dedicated to those who have helped shape American culture and history.

Birds not shy about putting on dramatic annual mating show

dispatch.com — Metro Parks naturalists will do their best to ensure that a species of bird will have no privacy during the mating season. From Friday evening to Sunday evening, four parks will hold programs centered on woodcocks - small, brown long-billed birds that spend most of their time well-camouflaged against the leaf litter of forest floors.

Filming of Travolta flick 'I Am Wrath' underway in Columbus

dispatch.com — On the west steps of the Statehouse this afternoon, the governor touted his record on crime and addressed a group of protesters. But John Kasich wasn't the politician attracting all the attention; actor Patrick St. Esprit was. St. Esprit was portraying Joe Meserve, the fictional governor in the film "I Am Wrath," currently filming in Columbus.

Westerville nonprofit helps children with disabilities become cyclists

dispatch.com — Hannah Layne could once watch only in frustration as her cousins sped away happily on their bicycles.?Born 10 years ago with cerebral palsy, Hannah lacks the coordination in her legs and feet to pedal a conventional bike.?Her parents - Doug and Cara, of rural Pickaway County - didn't have the money ($1,000 or more) to buy an adaptive bike.

Artifacts of famous U-2 pilot enhance COSI exhibit on espionage

dispatch.com — In a quest to add realism to an upcoming exhibit on spying, COSI Columbus officials joined forces with the son of one of the most famous American spies. Francis Gary Powers was piloting a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union in 1960 when he was shot down by a Soviet missile.

Chris Jamison seeking to further ‘Voice’ rise

dispatch.com — A year ago, Chris Jamison had his life all figured out. At the time, as a sophomore at Capital University in Bexley, he thought his future was set, he said. "I was going to go to school for four years, graduate, get a job and play music on weekends."

Making customized motorcycle engines becomes ‘labor of love’

dispatch.com — Twenty years ago, Aniket Vardhan fell in love at first sound. As a college student in his native Delhi, India, he spotted a Harley-Davidson motorcycle parked on a street. At the time, with bikes in India mostly mopeds or very small motorcycles, spotting a Harley, he said, was akin to "seeing an alien from another planet."
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Mar 26, 2015

RT @JerodNBC4: Amazing. Dean was the best. RT @BruceFeldmanCFB: Such a sweet gesture by the great Dean Smith> twitter.com/chestpassdemps…

Mar 25, 2015

The Voice run ended last night for Reynoldsburg's Blaze Johnson: bit.ly/19PAZRJ

Mar 24, 2015

Blaze Johnson from Reynoldsburg (bit.ly/1OrLGcV) will appear tonight on The Voice, NBC says. 8 p.m. start.

Mar 24, 2015

RT @614Magazine: Where in the (614) is John Travolta? MT @katzingers: I heard that I AM WRATH is shooting nearby...

Mar 23, 2015

This young man from Reynoldsburg passed up a football scholarship for a music career. Now he's on The Voice: bit.ly/1OrLGcV

Mar 22, 2015

RT @brdispatch: The ultimate pro, @BBaptistHoops, wrote his last basketball game story before retiring. Dispatch readers, you've been blessed w his coverage

Mar 20, 2015

This male Harris's hawk interviewed me for a story it is writing :) Dude gave me a serious death stare. #lovemyjob pic.twitter.com/gyFAfYf1na

Mar 20, 2015

Check out a new exhibit of nurses in art @columbusmuseum - nurses touch our lives from birth to death, yes? bit.ly/1C5JL8y

Mar 19, 2015

@5bigal They are pretty secretive, because they don't want crowds hanging around, for security reasons.

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