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News Headlines from Thursday, May 21, 2020


The Ohio Expositions Commission has announced that it will cancel the 2020 Ohio State Fair, originally scheduled for July 29 August 9. Members of the Commission expressed concern for public health, as well as the financial feasibility of hosting a socially distant fair that would adhere to social distancing protocols and its impact on the long-term viability of the Ohio State Fair.  Last year, 934,925 people attended the Ohio State Fair during its 12-day run.


As of Wednesday, 179 people in Licking County have tested positive for COVID-19, 98 cases are classified as recovered and nine people have died as a result of the virus, according to the Licking County Health Department.


The Ohio Department of Health is issuing a warning about scammers who are contacting people claiming to be tracing COVID-19 contacts. While legitimate health agencies in Ohio are calling people to complete contact tracing, they will never ask for your social security or bank account information.


Today is another big day for restaurants and bars in Ohio as they can begin inside dining for customers. Some of the requirements include Patrons must be seated, there can be no open congregate areas; Restaurants must take steps to achieve safe social distancing guidelines; Limiting parties to 10 or less people as well as more frequent sanitization of the facility.


Memorial Day celebrations will look different this year.

Jim Pennybaker with the Disabled American Veterans # 23

Jim Pennybaker, commander, Robert L. Cox Memorial Disabled American Veterans # 23, said they will host a private ceremony at Cedar Hill Cemetery where the Marine Corps will conduct a three volley salute followed by the playing of Taps. At 11:00am on Memorial Day KOOL101.7/Buckeye Country will honor our nation's fallen heroes with the playing of Taps.


The Ohio Voter Rights Coalition is pressing for a number of voting reforms to make voting safer and more convenient in the November election and beyond. The group supports Senate Bill 191, which would make it possible to order an absentee ballot online. Jen Miller with the League of Women Voters Ohio says the state also should mail out an absentee ballot-application to all voters.

Jen Miller with the League of Women Voters Ohio

The group also is calling on the secretary of state to allow people to sign up to permanently receive absentee ballots, without an excuse.


Wednesday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to expand the OHSAA football playoffs from eight schools per region to 12 beginning in the 2021 season. During the first round of the playoffs, the top four seeds will have a bye. The expansion will increase the number of football playoff qualifiers from 224 to 336.


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