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Whitehall takes top spot in “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio”

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According to a website dedicated to bringing the public “bite-sized snacks of shareable information” that not everyone wants to hear, Whitehall is the most dangerous city in Ohio.

RoadSnacks.com used “opinion based on facts” to determine that out of 247 cities in the state, Bexley’s neighbor to the east should take the top spot this year.

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“Whitehall, for those outside of the St. Louis area, is essentially a tiny St. Louis suburb,” wrote Chris Kolmar of RoadSnacks; likening Whitehall to St. Louis’ reputation for high crime.

Up from 4th last year, Whitehall beat out such big Ohio cities as Toledo, Cleveland, Dayton—actually, every single citydue to its combined property crimes per capita and violent crimes per capita FBI datasets.

“While crimes here skyrocketed in 2016, apparently, local jurisdictions have made progress, as crimes went down in 2017,” wrote Kolmar. “However, for a town of just over 18,835 people, 125 violent crimes is eye opening. Statistically, 1 in 150 residents was the victim of a rape, attack or was killed just two years ago. And that’s even lower than it was the year before, when it was double that.”

To view the full list of dangerous Ohio cities, click here.

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How to stay safe during Columbus Pride Parade, Festival

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The 38th year of the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival is also expected to be the biggest ever.

Last year’s parade attracted more than 13,000 people, up 5,000 from 2017. And this year, Stonewall is preparing for an even bigger celebration.

With large crowds comes safety concerns, which is why Stonewall is partnering with the Columbus Division of Police to make sure everyone stays safe, reports NBC4i.

During the parade on Saturday, there will be a heavy law enforcement presence in close proximity to the parade route and throughout the city, plus increased patrols to ensure safety.

The text alert system that allows festival- and parade-goers to receive safety tips from Stonewall and police will be active all weekend long.

Opt into the alerts by texting “PRIDE” to 888-777.

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Read the safety tips below from Stonewall Columbus:

  • LISTEN TO POLICE AND PRIDE SECURITY – THEY ARE THERE TO KEEP YOU SAFE
  • PACE YOURSELF
  • STAY HYDRATED
  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DRINK UNATTENDED
  • LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME
  • KEEP THE PARKS CLEAN
  • USE THE TRASH AND RECYCLING RECEPTACLES
  • PARK LEGALLY
  • BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS AT ALL TIMES
  • TAG YOUR BAG WITH YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION (Bag Tags available at the Stonewall Tent)
  • TAG YOUR CHILD WITH AN EMERGENCY CONTACT WRISTBAND (Wristbands available at the Stonewall Tent)
  • QUICKLY VACATE THE PARKS WHEN THE FESTIVAL CLOSES
  • OUTSIDE ALCOHOL AND COOLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED
  • BE RESPECTFUL

Pride Festival kicks off Friday at Bicentennial and Genoa Park from 4:00 PM- 11:00 PM. The parade will begin on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Poplar Avenue and High Street in the Short North followed by the second and final day of the festival.

Street closures:

  • Washington Blvd. (between Broad and Main) through 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 16
  • Town St/Rich St. Bridge/Rich St (between Belle St and Ludlow St)
  • Main St (between Ludlow and Belle) with Waterford Towers Condos access through 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 16
  • Civic Center Drive/Second St – (between Town and Noble – with access to 250 Civic Center) through 11:00 AM on Sunday, June 16

Click here for more information about Pride events.

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How the “wettest year in Ohio history” could affect your grocery shopping

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While the rain may be ruining your weekend plans, it’s ruining the livelihoods of farmers around the state and, potentially, your grocery list. We are currently experiencing the wettest yearlong period in Ohio history, causing the state to be the farthest behind in planting corn and soybeans compared to all states that plant the crops, according to experts from The Ohio State University and federal reports.

And the trickle-down effect may impact your grocery shopping.

“Individual shoppers looking for specific items may experience hiccups in their availability or swings in their price,” said Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science professor Matthew D. Kleinhenz, PhD.

As of June 9, only 50% of Ohio’s corn crop and 32% of its soybean crop was planted, a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows. By now, Ohio typically is 96% done with planting corn and 89% done with soybeans, reports the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.

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But, the problems aren’t over once farmers get their crops in the ground.

“The growers who have been able to plant a corn or soybean crop likely will have to contend with other challenges that come with a lot of rainfall: more weeds, pests, and diseases,” reports Ohio State.

Though consumers may have more limited or more expensive offerings in the produce section this harvest season, the impact of the rain will have little effect on your shopping experience.

In my opinion, on the whole, Central Ohio shoppers can expect little change in the availability, etc of produce,” assured Kleinhenz. “The supply of produce is very resilient thanks to farms being located in many areas, the expertise of farmers, and other factors.”

Kleinhenz also reminds shoppers to remain patient and positive when something they’re looking for is not available, and use this time to enjoy what is available from growers.

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Ohio ranked as 13th “most fun” state based on these 2 things

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Based on “Entertainment & Recreation” and “Nightlife” offerings, Ohio is the 13th “most fun” state in the U.S.

WalletHub compared all 50 states with 26 indicators including number of attractions, restaurants, weather, events, and parks. The Buckeye State ranked 18th in entertainment & recreations and 8th in nightlife.

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California claimed the top spot while poor ol’ Wild West Virginia found itself at the very bottom.

To see the complete survey results, click here.

What are some aspects of Ohio that helped it secure the 13th spot? Let us know in the comments below!

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