Ohio is celebrating its 212th birthday with special events at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
On any given day numerous dogs can be seen running free at Goodale Park. And this has created tension between some park goers who think dogs should be on leashes and dog owners who disagree. Several neighborhood organizations have teamed up with the city to try to come to some kind of compromise.
Columbus is home to more than 80 community gardens where residents turn weed-invested city lots into bountiful crops. Franklin Park Conservatory, the city and others are encouraging the use of vacant lots to grow produce.
A new, highly sophisticated global positioning “monument” was installed this month on the grounds of the Ohio Earthquake Information Center north of Columbus. The instrument – the only one of its kind in the state – will detect minute movement in subsurface rock, helping scientists better understand the shifting of the North American landmass. It may also help them predict earthquakes in Ohio.
Ohio voters may have a chance to approve or reject expanded gambling this November. If the ballot initiative passes, it would amend the state constitution to allow slot machines at the state’s horseracing tracks plus two locations in Cleveland. Proponents are marketing the idea as free college tuition. Critics say it’s merely another plan by racetrack owners to increase profits.
A man who raped his step-daughter was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday. But the case continues. The victim’s mother is suing Columbus Public Schools for failing to report the abuse to authorities.
Frustrated by a lack of quality leads in last fall’s arson that killed ten people of Mexican descent, community and business leaders have put up 10 billboards asking for tips.
It has been 4 months since a fire swept through a west-side apartment complex and killed 10 people of Mexican heritage. Investigators have ruled it arson and the search for the person or people who set the fire continues. Progress is slow because cultural distrust continues to hamper detectives.
Franklin County Sheriff Jim Karnes applauded the life-saving efforts of seven of his deputies during the September 12th apartment fire that killed 10 people.
Family members of the ten Mexicans who died in last week’s apartment building fire say they are grateful for the community’s generosity and support. The family has received at least $26,000 in donations. Antonio Noriega, a brother of one of the men who died in the Lincoln Park West fire, said through an interpreter, that all of the money collected will go to help the family’s impoverished relatives in Mexico.
The state fire marshal’s office says a fire that killed ten people at an apartment complex near Columbus was intentionally set.