By FARNOUSH AMIRI and ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Report for America/Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Statehouse and other state buildings in downtown Columbus will be closed through Inauguration Day as police officers, National Guard members and state troopers provide security and authorities prepare for possible protests by supporters of President Donald Trump, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday.
“The sad truth is that there are people in our country who want to turn peaceful protests into an opportunity for violence,” said DeWine, a Republican, at a news briefing. “These are violent people, and their violence will not be tolerated in Ohio.” More…
by Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal
The issue of whether or not school districts should be allowed to determine firearms policies and the level of training needed comes down to grammar and the English language, according to attorneys who argued the case before the Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The state’s highest court heard arguments in a lawsuit regarding a Butler County district’s ability to allow personnel to carry guns on school property.
The focus of the lawsuit became the meaning of one sentence in Ohio law creating conditions on being armed in schools. More…
We are sure you remember the 2020 US Census, that decennial count of Americans that, for the first time in recent memory if ever, took place in the midst of a pandemic.
Now that it’s 2021, you might expect the numbers to be released soon for Ohio, Delaware County, and the county’s cities and villages. You would be mostly right. Here’s what’s up.
Just before New Year’s, the Census Bureau shared the following:
“Data collection is just one part of producing a complete and accurate 2020 Census. Since mid-October, Census Bureau experts have been hard at work on processing the data. More…
It was recently announced by the State of Ohio that John R. Page of Lewis Center has been reappointed to the Ohio Expositions Commission for a term beginning January 8, 2021, and ending December 1, 2026.
Page has served as general manager of the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center, and in 2018 was selected by his peers for his leadership and civic contributions by being included in the Most Admired Chief Operating Officers by Columbus Business First.
The Ohio Expositions Commission itself was established in 1961 when the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation creating a new governing body for the Ohio Expo Center. Prior to 1961, the State Board of Agriculture oversaw the Center. The Commission maintains and manages state property reserved for the purpose of conducting at least one Fair annually. More…
The Parent Programs Team (PPT) of Olentangy Local Schools is presenting “Kids, Tweens and Teens: Social Media and Technology,” a virtual, interactive forum featuring Caitlain Tully and Margeretta Carrington from The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
This interactive session will explore different social media apps and relationships online. Participants will receive helpful tips and resources about communicating and guiding young people to set healthy digital boundaries, including a family media agreement. More…
Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunters completed the 2021 muzzleloader season with 9,708 deer checked from Saturday, January 2 to Tuesday, January 5, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Over the last three years, an average of 12,695 deer were taken during the same four-day period.
During the weeklong and extra weekend of deer-gun season, 86,853 deer were checked by Ohio hunters. In total, 102,672 deer were harvested with a gun, including muzzleloaders, during the 2020-2021 gun hunting seasons. Over the last three years, hunters harvested an average of 90,722 deer during the three gun hunting seasons.
The total number of deer taken in Ohio during all 2020-2021 hunting seasons is 187,883, with one month remaining to hunt with archery equipment. That number has already surpassed last season’s final tally of 184,468. Delaware County has seen 973 during this season. More…
By Susan Tebben, Ohio Capital Journal
Gov. Mike DeWine explained more of the planned roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations for schools on Thursday, and a state teachers union said the criteria involved has members concerned.
DeWine said the plan as of now is to start vaccinating school personnel in the first week of February, with a goal for schools who receive vaccinations to return to in-person instruction by March 1.
“The sole rationale of vaccinating teachers and others in schools is to open up schools,” DeWine said on Thursday. More…
When the Ohio Public Health Advisory System was updated on Thursday afternoon, Delaware County found itself in a very familiar place.
A place, in fact, which is occupied by 83 other counties in Ohio.
Meeting only two indicators, that being that of new COVID-19 cases per capita and the seven day average of new cases, the county was at “Red” or “Level Three” for another week. There have been 1,718 new cases in the preceding two weeks, representing a total of 821.31 cases per 100,000 population. More…
By Cole Hatcher
The Delaware County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and Ohio Wesleyan University invite you to learn how to better promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within your area of influence during a virtual panel discussion debuting at 8:30 AM on January 18 on Facebook.
The panel, moderated by Dawn Chisebe, Ohio Wesleyan’s interim chief diversity officer, will feature local experts who will analyze civil rights issues and efforts over the past year and discuss the way forward to improve equality within their areas. The discussion marks the celebration committee’s 28th annual commemoration event. More…
By Tyler Buchanan, Ohio Capital Journal
A number of Ohio officials have condemned the violent protests Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Federal lawmakers were debating the certification of the Electoral College count when demonstrators made it past police barricades to storm the Capitol Building.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine called the events “an embarrassment to our country.”
“This must stop immediately,” the governor’s statement continued. More…
On Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor DeWine today recapped Phases 1A and 1B of Ohio’s vaccine distribution plan. Because the availability of the vaccine remains limited in Ohio and across the country, Ohio is taking a phased approach that prioritizes the most vulnerable citizens, those in the healthcare field, and school staff members.
Phase 1A, which is currently underway, includes approximately 1 million Ohioans. More…
By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine got a lot of attention Wednesday when he said that 60% of nursing home workers who were offered a coronavirus vaccine refused to take it.
But state health officials on Thursday said there’s no organized effort to track refusals among people they consider so critical that they’ve been given first crack at the scarce vaccines.
In a press conference, DeWine implored people who are eligible for the vaccine to accept it, warning that it could be a long time before they get another chance. That argument might seem pretty compelling, given that a fast-spreading variant of the virus has popped up in two states, ICU beds are filling and the two approved vaccines have trickled out at a rate far lower than the Trump administration promised. More…