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June 30, 2003 - 6:54am
5 years 42 weeks ago
Ohio’s racetracks are planning to bypass the state legislature in getting a video slot machine proposal on the ballot. They plan a petition drive to put on next March’s ballot a proposal to install slot machines at the state’s seven racetracks. Lobbyist Neil Clark, who represents Beulah Park racetrack neat Columbus and is organizing the petition drive, says the proposal that died in a senate committee last week is still viable, as long as the state legislature is left out of it. That...
June 30, 2003 - 6:21am
5 years 42 weeks ago
Ohio’s new bingo law finally takes effect tomorrow. One change is the elimination of many storefronts that sold pull-tab instant tickets or operated bingo slots machines. It was inside these businesses that authorities say much of the illegal profit-taking occurred. The new law was aimed directly at the storefront operations by prohibiting businesses from making bingo their sold source of income. For a storefront bingo shop to exist, 50 percent of its income must come from sources other...
June 30, 2003 - 5:22am
5 years 42 weeks ago
The Ohio Super Lotto jackpot is growing to super proportions again. The game of chance has cracked the 20 million dollar mark after there was not big winner Saturday night. 18 million dollars was on the line at that time. There also was not big winner of the 100-thousand dollar kicker game.
June 29, 2003 - 9:53pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
Downtown Zanesville was alive with history Sunday as hundreds of people showed up to celebrate the arrival of Ohio’s Bicentennial Wagon Train, and the lives of those who came before us. Sister Bernadette Stlinsky road in one wagon. Stlinsky and Zanesville Mayor Jack Fenton both agreed that the privilege was overwhelming. The wagon train made several stops in Zanesville before crossing the Y-Bridge Sunday afternoon. The train stops in New Paris, Ohio on July 14th.
June 29, 2003 - 9:52pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
The state’s drunken-driving threshold will be reduced this week, just in time for the increases enforcement efforts planned by the State Highway Patrol and local police and sheriff’s departments for the July 4th weekend. Effective Tuesday, July 1st, a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08% will be considered sufficient for a drunken driving charge. The limit has been 0.10%. The legislature approved the change in March as part of the state’s Transportation Budget. The lower limit was...
June 29, 2003 - 9:50pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
Worshippers remembered an Ohio soldier killed last week in Iraq Sunday as a war hero and a man of faith. A new American flag flew at half-staff at Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church, where Kevin Ott’s parents worship. Long-time church member Lois Gibboney of Grove City says it was heart-wrenching to see the flag. She says Ott came from a good Christian family. The church will do its best to support his family.
June 29, 2003 - 9:48pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
Ohioans will pay more for just about everything beginning Tuesday, July 1st. The state sales tax is going up one penny, from 5% to 6%. That means if you’re in the market for a large purchase, you better do it Monday, or pay hundreds of dollars more than you expect. Local car dealers say consumers are buying while they can. According to Larry Good, a salesman for Hoffer Buick, customers are buying with the tax increase in mind. Lawmakers needed the increase to balance the two-year budget...
June 29, 2003 - 9:47pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
In related news, the sales tax has also been expanded to several new services not previously covered, including dry cleaning, taxis, and satellite TV. As a result, the satellite TV industry is suing Ohio over its decision to tax the service but not cable TV. Direct TV and Dish Network have filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court saying the sales tax is discriminatory. The companies say the tax gives the Cable Television industry, which won’t be taxed, an unfair competitive...
June 28, 2003 - 9:22pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
A 27-year-old Army private has been found dead in Iraq after he and another soldier apparently were kidnapped during a sandstorm. Before enlisting in the Army in January 2002, PFC Kevin Ott lived with his parents Charles and Amy Ott near Orient, Ohio. Ott was assigned to Battery-B, Third Battalion of the 18th Field Artillery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade of the 3rd Corps Artillery of Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He and Sergeant First Class Gladimir Phillippe of Linden, New Jersey, were found dead...
June 28, 2003 - 9:19pm
5 years 42 weeks ago
The Deputy Auditor of the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville was arrested when he tired to meet a 15-year-old boy he’d met over the internet for sex. The FBI says Thomas Burske drove Thursday morning to Bolivar in eastern Ohio and was intercepted by an FBI agent. Burske has been arraigned on state charges of pandering obscenity and importuning. Bond was set at $100,000. Burske began corresponding with a Bolivar boy more than a year ago. One of the boy’s parents discovered an email and...
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