Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Additional Ohio guard troops headed for Iraq
Ohio will send additional national guard troops overseas. 86 members of the 416th engineer group will be deployed to support operation enduring freedom. The group is based in the northwestern Ohio town of Walbridge. They are scheduled to leave in mid-September. A spokesman for the guard says this is the unit’s first overseas deployment. The members will oversee construction and rebuilding operations in Iraq. In all, there are 1,600 Ohio National Guard troops serving on active duty.