Good morning Columbus. Here’s what Hope’s Grubby the Groundhog says about winter; baby couldn’t wait; East vs. North in tonight’s girls basketball sectional

Greetings Columbus —

Grubby, say it ain’t so.

The word from Hope and Grubby the Groundhog is that we’ll have six more weeks of winter.

Grubby’s rodent counterpart in Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow too, meaning you should not be packing up your winter coats and blankets.

Watch the video (Grubby gets booed!)

Here’s what else you need to know —

School mourns death of first-grader.
Counselors are at Columbus Signature Academy — Lincoln Elementary School today to help classmates struggling with the death of a student. We are following up on this story. Link here.

The Burton family is shown at Columbus Regional Hospital Thursday after Justin and Chelsea Miracle Burton delivered newborn Emelia early Thursday morning on their own at home. Big sister Alaina, 1 1/2, is shown next to her parents and little sister.

Oh baby! Emelia Burton couldn’t wait.
Bartholomew County residents Justin and Chelsea Miracle Burton have quite the story to tell their newborn daughter. The little bundle of joy came into the world Thursday morning at home — dad was on the phone calling 911 and mom was in the bathroom and caught her daughter as she was born.  Click here for the story.

Big girls basketball game tonight: Columbus vs. Columbus.
One of our sports writers picks East to win; the other picks North. Here’s what you need to know about the game: Click here.

Where the bills stand: NFL kneeling bill, beer, pot, hemp and guns
We’ve got the latest on proposals for liquor sales on Sundays, medical marijuana, industrial hemp and firearms. Link here for the status of bills in the state legislature.     

Governor played behind-the-scenes role on hate crime bill.
The AP reports: Republican Senate leader David Long of Fort Wayne said the message from Holcomb’s office was clear: “Don’t pass anything” if removing gender identity from the bill is the only way. Story here.

In Sunday’s Republic.
Winter Olympics
section … Columnist Mickey Kim writes about a proposal that “would allow restauranteurs to pool tips and use them for any purpose, as long as all of their workers are paid the minimum wage, which is $7.25/hour nationally and higher in some states or cities” … Black History Month activities in Columbus … status of demolition at former Clarion Hotel on Jonathon Moore Pike … more than $225 in coupon savings.

Have a great weekend!

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Scarlett Syse is group editor of The Republic. Contact her at ssyse@therepublic.com.