Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
The Columbus Blue Jackets and their fans are reacting to the announcement that the National Hockey League season is over. Players and owners were not able to reach an agreement in their labor dispute.
Spectators will have to find their own vantage points if they want to watch officials demolish three smokestacks in Columbus this morning. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and others are expected to help detonate charges on each of the 272-foot-tall smokestacks at 10:00 am.
A trio of smokestacks have been turned to rubble today as crews began the demolition of a trash-burning power plant on the south side of Columbus.
At least 5 Ohio cities including Columbus are considering installing red light cameras at intersections prone to red light violations. But a State Representative from Cincinnati introduced legislation today that would ban the use of cameras for enforcement.
Mayor Michael Coleman calls the city of Columbus’s recycling efforts pitiful. Just 3% of households participate in the city’s current curbside recycling program. The mayor is planning a new pilot recycling program to boost participation, but some warn it may be trouble.
Voters in the South-Western City Schools have again rejected a proposed property tax. The 9.7 mill levy lost by 721 votes in Tuesday’s balloting and it will mean deep cuts in the school district budget.
A record 63 school money issues are on the ballot tomorrow in Ohio. The South-Western City Schools in Grove City want voters to approve a 9.7 mill levy that, if passed, would add about $300 in additional taxes on a home valued at $100-thousand. South -Western District officials approved $13-million in budget cuts after voters rejected a levy in November.
Columbus mayor Michael Coleman has announced he is a candidate for Ohio governor in 2006. Coleman made his announcement Tuesday in front of his East Columbus home.
The city of Columbus Smoking Ban went into effect yesterday. City health officials say they’ve received a few complaints, but generally they say people seem to be following the law. Sprinkled throughout the city of Columbus, there are several small township islands and in these townships, businesses are not required to ban smoking. WOSU’s Tamara Keith has a profile of one of these businesses. Stan’s restaurant in Blendon Township.