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Wedensday, July 24, 2013

Fair time, in Columbus.

The 160th Ohio State Fair begins its 12-day run today. Among this year’s features: six concerts, including Martina McBride, Styx and REO Speedwagon, Justin Moore, Carly Rae Jepsen, plus the Oak Ridge Boys, the Gatlin Brothers, and Crystal Gayle. Of course, there’s all sorts of food, the big butter sculpture, and the sale of champions. You can find much more information at ohiostatefair.com.

 

Voters in the Norwalk school district will decide on a new earned income tax this fall.

During last night’s special session, the Board of Education agreed to go with a tax that essentially replaces an existing half-percent income tax, with one that’s 1.25 percent. The board voted three times, at first rejecting the earned income tax, a 6-mill property tax, then approving the income tax. All three votes were 3-2. If approved, the new tax would generate $3.8 million annually.

 

The Huron County Auditor’s Office and Map Department will be closed between 10:30 and 2:30 today.

 

Employees of Fisher-Titus Medical Center have raised funds for victims of a May 20th EF-5 tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma.

More than $17,000 will be sent there to support ongoing disaster relief efforts.  Fisher-Titus matched employee contributions.

 

A 16-year-old Canton boy is facing charges of vehicular homicide and failure to yield, in connection with an Ohio Bike Week crash that killed a Sandusky woman.

The teen was driving a Jeep that turned in front of 48-year-old Kristina McGraw. She was thrown from her motorcycle, and died a short time later.

 

A disturbing discovery, in Shelby.

A mechanic working on a car found a baby’s body inside a box, in the trunk. The discovery was made, after the man noticed a strange odor. Shelby police have interviewed the infant’s mother, a 17-year-old girl. No far, no charges have been filed.

 

Once again, Huron County’s unemployment rate has come in higher than the statewide average.

New figures show the county’s June jobless rate was 9.6 percent. Ohio’s average was 7.2 percent. On the flip side, Erie County’s June unemployment rate was below the statewide average, 6.6 percent. Overall Meigs County had Ohio’s highest unemployment rate, 12.7 percent. Mercer County had the lowest rate, 4.6 percent.

 

There is day baseball today on 95.3, WLKR.

The Indians and Mariners will close out their three-game series at Safeco Field.  Indians Warm-Up begins at 3:07, with game time set for 3:40.  The Indians need a win to avoid the sweep.