Tidbits from around the state:
When it comes to marketing, few do it better than minor league baseball teams.
Within hours of last Monday’s 4-plus magnitude earthquake near Cleveland, the Lake County Captains announced they were changing their name for one day to the Quake County Captains and offered earthquake-themed specials for Tuesday’s game. Those included a $4 ticket price, $4 vanilla, chocolate or strawberry milkshakes, and a $4 discount on any purchase of $25 or more, Ohio Advanced Media reported.
It also held a 50-50 drawing, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross.
A cash explosion: The Ohio Lottery Commission has already turned over more money to the state’s lottery education fund than it did all last year, the Associated Press reported. With a month left in the fiscal year, lottery games and gambling at the state’s seven lottery-regulated racinos has generated $1.1 billion for the education fund. In addition to surpassing the total for all of fiscal 2017, the lottery has topped the budgeted amount for fiscal 2018. This is before accounting for any June sales.
Reporter’s death: Jim Siegel, the highly respected Statehouse reporter for the Columbus Dispatch, died Tuesday at the age of 46. He was found unresponsive at his home after taking a morning run and was pronounced dead at Mt. Carmel East hospital.
Siegel’s name appeared at the top of many of the stories in The Lima News that come out of Columbus. With the belt-tightening at the Associated Press over the years resulting in it reporting less on the Statehouse, much of The Lima News coverage of state government now comes from the Dispatch via the Tribune Media news wire. Siegel never disappointed.
Those whom he covered said his questions were tough, but always fair. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine underscored that, noting “Jim had the gift for explaining the complexities of state government and he legislative process to all his readers. I will miss his insights and reporting.”
$2 a gallon gas: Gasoline could fall below $2 a gallon later this year, Tom Kloza, head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service, told CNN. Most of the decline is because of falling oil prices, in part thanks to booming US oil production.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.