Briefs: Ohioans to hit the road this holiday weekend

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Record number of Ohioans expected to travel this Independence Day

COLUMBUS — More than 47.9 million Americans, including a record 2.2 million Ohioans, will travel this Independence Day holiday weekend. This is an increase of 3.7% nationally, and 3.8% for Ohio. While national travel numbers are expected to fall just shy of 2019, AAA expects Ohio travel will build on the record travel numbers set in 2021 to reach a new high this Independence Day.

Despite historically high gas prices, a record number of people are planning a holiday road trip, with 42 million Americans (nearly 2.1 million Ohioans) hitting the road this Independence Day travel period.

With so many on the road, AAA expects to respond to more than 446,000 calls for emergency roadside assistance during the Independence Day holiday weekend. AAA reminds motorists to ensure their vehicle is road-trip-ready. Also, remember to pack an emergency roadside kit just in case.

AAA predicts Independence Day holiday air travel will grow by 1.5% nationally with 3.55 million Americans flying during the holiday travel period. Ohio air travel numbers will fall 1.2% compared to last Independence Day, with just over 70,000 Ohioans flying during the five-day holiday period. Higher flight costs, recent issues with air travel and ongoing concerns of cancelations and delays may be pushing more people to drive this year.

Stand by your veteran's banner on July 2

Supporters of the Marion Military Banner campaign are asking family members and friends of veterans who are featured on the banners hanging in Marion to participate in a special tribute on Independence Day weekend. Family and friends are invited to stand by the banners featuring their loved ones from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1117 and other local volunteers worked to have the banners placed around Marion. The banners feature veterans from Marion County who were residents of Marion when they entered active duty service or who currently reside in Marion County.

Marion doctor named top dermatologist

Dr. George S. Drew of Mid Ohio Medspa has been named one of the top 150 medical dermatologists in the 20 most populous U.S. states. Newsweek and research firm Statista surveyed more than 2,200 dermatologists and other skin care professionals to compile the list.

Drew has been practicing for over 30 years. He assists in treating a wide range of skin conditions for the clients of Mid Ohio Medspa and can diagnose and treat more serious concerns.

Mid Ohio Medspa is located at 1011 Harding Memorial Parkway in Marion.

Ohio Central Bible College professor to teach seminar in Iberia

Rev. Rhett Crabtree, ThM
Rev. Rhett Crabtree, ThM

IBERIA — Ohio Central Bible College will hold a seminar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 9 at the Iberia Presbyterian Church, 8607 County Road 30 in Iberia. Rev. Rhett Crabtree of Green Camp will teach on "Christ in the Levitical Offerings."

Crabtree is a professor of religious studies at the Christian school. Tuition is $20  and a certificate of completion will be available to attendees. Visit ohiocentralbiblecollege.org for more information or send an e-mail to ohiocentral@msn.com to preregister.

This article originally appeared on Marion Star: Briefs: AAA expects record holiday travel for the July 4 weekend