The Ohio Expositions Commission soon will begin a nationwide search for a new director of the Ohio State Fair. Director Richard Frenette resigned Thursday. The fair’s Assistant Director Virgil Strickler, is taking over temporarily until a replacement is found. Frenette’s resignation comes two days after a state watchdog responded that companies provided Frenette and other fair employees with gifts. Frenette denied the allegations.
Four Lima teens are in critical condition Friday after consuming a toxic hallucinogenic weed. Two are on life support. Shawnee Township Police Chief Richard Kohli says the four Shawnee High School students consumed part of the Jimson weed Thursday night. The weed is poisonous and is commonly found in farm fields. It can cause hallucinations, nausea, blurred vision, convulsions, and send a person into a coma is ingested. The students, two aged 17 and two aged 18, are in Rita’s Medical...
Beginning this week, the state of Ohio is sending out 2-million Golden Buckeye Cards to seniors ages sixty and older. The cards act like a discount card, which will help cut the cost of those much needed prescription drugs. The program is sponsored by the state of Ohio, but is supported through discounts from the manufacturer. Several manufacturers are cutting their prices for seniors, which means the card will cover a variety of prescription drugs and could also bring about additional savings...
An accidental shooting in Coshocton to report. According to the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Department, the accident happened shortly before 7:00 Thursday evening at 36640 Township Road 455 in Washington Township. Sheriff Tim Rogers says upon arrival, deputies discovered that 64-year-old Donald Ripple had accidentally shot himself with a 22-caliber rifle. Ripple was reportedly squirrel hunting. Cleveland Metro Helicopter took him to OSU Medical Center.
An Ohio man who has admitted to helping Al-Qaida is asking to withdraw his guilty plea. Iyman Faris plead guilty in May to helping Al-Qaida scout sited for possible terrorist attacks, including the Brooklyn Bridge. The Pakistani-born man who lived in Columbus for several years has filed a notice of intent to withdraw his plea in U.S. District Court in Virginia. Faris faces up to 20 years in prison, and a $500,000 bond.
A new poll out Thursday finds that the race among ten Democratic candidates is close in Ohio. The University of Cincinnati’s Ohio poll surveyed 321 Democratic and Independent voters by telephone between September 4th and 19th. The margin of error was plus or minus 5 ½ percentage points. Senator Joe Liberman was favored by 22%; former Cleveland Mayor and current Representative Dennis Kucinich is at 9%. Ohio’s primary election is March 4th.
A man accused of firing a shotgun into a cornfield, killing a man, after tomatoes pelted his car, has been indicted on murder and involuntary manslaughter charges. A Holmes County Grand Jury Wednesday returned indictments against 58-year-old Marion Weaver of Benton. He’s accused of killing 23-year-old Steven Keim of Apple Creek, a family friend. Keim was in a group of young people throwing ripe tomatoes and firing paintballs at passing vehicle: an annual Amish prank.
The American Red Cross is experiencing low donation levels, that’s why they are asking for the community’s help. The Muskingum Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a special blood drive Saturday, September 27th. The drive will be held at the Colony Square Mall. While there, you can enjoy watching the Buckeyes play football. Also prizes will be given away throughout the day. If you would like further information you can contact the Red Cross at 452-2731.
Some area families who receive help from the government will soon see their funds cut off, due to the state’s budget and the overall economy. On June 9th 2003, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services implemented cost containment measures to help reduce the spending in childcare. It’s because of this that some area residents are paying the price. The new guidelines have lowered eligibility for childcare assistance from 185-percent to 150-percent of the federal poverty level. Job and...
Former Congressman James Traficant Junior is no longer considering running for president from behind bars. After two months of collection donations, the Presidential Exploratory Committee said they did not raise the $100,000 needed to qualify for federal matching funds. Traficant was convicted last year on federal racketeering, bribery and tax evasion charges. He’s serving an eight-year prison sentence at a Pennsylvania prison.