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Ag is Cool! Contest Winners Announced

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced today the winners of the 2017 “Agriculture is Cool!” visual arts contest. Ohio children enrolled in school or home schooled during the 2016-2017 academic year shared their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is “cool” for their chance to win a trip to the Ohio State Fair.

 

Twelve entries were selected as winners in their respective categories, and in our region, the 6th to 8th grade photography winner was 12 year old Abby Breece of Alvada in Hancock County.

The winners were honored by Lt. Governor Taylor, Ohio Agriculture Director Daniels and Ohio State Fair Manager Virgil Strickler at a ceremony at the Ohio State Fairgrounds.

 

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UPDATE 10:52AM: Ohio State Fair Ride Malfunction Kills One, Injures Seven

Update 10:52am:

 

WCMH-TV NBC4 reports that the Ohio State Highway Patrol has released the names of the victims in the state fair accident. 18 year old Tyler Jarrett is the identity of the man that was killed in the incedent. 

 

36 year old Tamika Dunlap (Rynoldsburg), 42 year old Russell Franks (Columbus), 19 year old Keziah Lews (Columbus), 22 year old Jacob Andrews (Pataskala), 18 year old Jennifer Lambert (Columbus), and a 14 year old boy who's name isn't being released at the request of the family, were all injured in that incedent.

 

Origional Story:

 

One person is dead and seven injured after an amusement ride accident that occurred Wednesday, at the Ohio State Fair, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

 

The Amusement ride known as the “Fire Ball” malfunctioned, ejecting eight individuals from the ride.

 

The ride is described as an “aggressive thrill” swinging riders 40 feet above the ground.

 

Ohio Governor, John Kasich ordered that all other operating amusement rides within the Ohio State Fair be shut down for further inspection. The Governor released a statement via Twitter.

 

 

 

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Smart Toys Raise Cyber Security Concerns

 

The FBI Internet Crimes Center released a bulletin late last week concerning "Smart Toys" that connect to the internet and can pose cyber security and privacy concerns for consumers.

 

These toys can potentially collect information about you and your family.

 

The bulletin notes that in some cases, toys with microphones could record and collect conversations within earshot of the device. Information such as the child’s name, school, likes and dislikes, and activities may be disclosed through normal conversation with the toy or in the surrounding environment.

 

The bulletin was issued so parents can use caution when purchasing new toys for their children.

 

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Ohio National Guard Celebrates 100th Anniversary

The Ohio National Guard will celebrate its birthday and honor the 100th anniversary of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

 

The event will be held at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Major General Robert S. Beightler Armory located at 2825 West Dublin Granville Road in Columbus.

 

The Ohio National Guard was organized on July 25, 1788 — nearly 15 years before Ohio gained statehood — in Marietta, Ohio, as the Northwest Territory Militia.

 

This year the Ohio National Guard turns 229 years old, celebrating more than two centuries of being a trusted team of Soldiers and Airmen serving their communities, state and nation.

 

Alumni and veterans of the 37th representing several eras including World War II will be in attendance.

 

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Ohio Unemployment Rate Slightly Higher in June

 

Ohio's unemployment rate was 5 percent in June, up from 4.9 percent in May.

 

According to a release from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the number of workers unemployed in Ohio in June was 291,000, up 5,000 from 286,000 in May.

 

The U.S. unemployment rate for June was 4.4 percent slightly higher than in May.

 

County unemployment rates will be released on Tuesday.

 

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Farm Bureau Teams with Nationwide on State Fair Exhibit

 

Ohio Farm Bureau and Nationwide will present the Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair.

 

The exhibit will offer visitors family fun and a connection to rural Ohio and will demonstrate agriculture's link to everyday life.

 

Visitors can participate in a variety of interactive opportunities such as playing with local rescue dogs, learning about nutrition, watching chicks come out of their shells and much more.

 

The exhibit will be in the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building during the fair which runs July 26 through August 6 in Columbus.

 

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Ohio EMA Urges Safety During Heavy Rains and Flooding

 
COLUMBUS, OH - The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Perry County until 2 p.m. today; Flash Flood Warning for Fairfield and Licking counties until 2:45 p.m. A Flood Warning has been issued for Hancock, Hardin, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties until further notice. Forecast river flooding in these areas increased from moderate to major severity. A Flash Flood Watch has also been issued for 70 Ohio counties through tomorrow (July 14).
 
The NWS also noted that a flood threat exists for all of central and southern Ohio. The NWS forecasts heaviest rain throughout tonight in northern Ohio. Major flooding is expected for Blanchard and Portage rivers, with moderate flooding expected for the Scioto and Auglaize rivers.
 
“The State of Ohio continues to monitor weather conditions and is in communication with affected county EMA offices,” said Sima Merick, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. “With the severe weather and flood advisories issued, right now is the best time to take steps to protect your flooding and home from potential flooding.”
 
.Move valuable household possessions to upper floors or to safe grounds, if time permits.
 
.Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or a local news station for the latest storm and weather information.
 
.Ensure you are covered for flood damage. There are two types of flood policies: one for building structures and one for its contents. Have good photos of your home in its pre-flood conditions. National Flood Insurance Program
 
.If instructed by local officials/authorities, turn off all utilizes at the main power source and close the main gas valve.
 
.Be prepared to evacuate.
 
.NEVER drive through flooded roadways. When approaching a flooded road, stop and do not cross. Drivers cannot always determine the depth of water or if roadbeds are washed out. 
The best advice: Turn Around, Don’t Drown.
 
Know before you go. Current road conditions, closures, accidents are available by logging onto the Ohio Department of Transportation’s www.OhGo.com. 
 
For additional flood safety and flood insurance information, visit the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness website: www.weathersafety.ohio.gov.

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ODA Sponsoring Pesticide Disposal Day

 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Aug. 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the OSU Extension Putnam County Office 1206 East 2nd Street in Ottawa.

 

The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted.  Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

 

Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987.

 

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OSU Proposes Tuition Freeze

 

The Ohio State University will propose the Ohio State Tuition Guarantee. Tuition and fees would increase 5.5 percent for incoming Ohio freshmen in August and then, under the guarantee, be frozen at that level for four years.

 

This will apply to incoming freshmen only. Tuition and fees will not change for existing in-state students, including current sophomores, juniors and seniors.

 

This would mark the fifth straight year of a tuition-and-fee freeze for existing students.

 

Concurrently, Ohio State will significantly expand aid for middle- and lower-income students.

 

The Board of Trustees will deliberate and discuss these proposed changes at a meeting on July 11.

 

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Lima Company Featured in Business Profile Program This Month

 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Thursday that the Ohio Business Profile program will feature businesses with products "Made in Ohio" throughout the month of July.

 

Companies profiled this month in our region is Gasdorf Tool and Machine Company in Lima, which has been recognized as a pacesetter in the production of precision machinery.

 

They specialize in various types of equipment ranging from simple fabrication to complete assembly machines.

 

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