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Ohio’s 988 lifeline has responded to nearly 340K in two years

The State of Ohio has announced that two years after its debut, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a proven safety net for thousands of Ohioans each month who face emotional distress or thoughts of suicide.

Since its launch on July 16, 2022, the service has grown steadily. In that time, Ohio’s 19 call centers – the most of any state in the nation – have responded to nearly 340,000 calls, texts, and chats: an average of more than 14,000 contacts each month.

Ohio 988’s average speed-to-answer rate is 25 seconds, compared to 36 seconds nationally, and since its launch, the average amount of calls rolling over to the national 988 network is just 2%, reflecting a workforce capacity that allows the vast majority of calls from Ohioans to be answered in-state, by individuals with knowledge of local resources that can make a difference in a crisis.


Ohio Sales Tax Holiday expanded in 2024

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Starting in 2024, the State of Ohio has expanded its sales tax holiday from a long weekend to ten full days: 12 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.

Also, more purchases are eligible. In the past, the focus was on items families need for the start of school. Now, the sales tax holiday applies to “all tangible personal property that is $500 or less except watercraft or outboard motor required to be titled pursuant to Chapter 1548. of the Revised Code, a motor vehicle, an alcoholic beverage, tobacco, a vapor product, or an item that contains marijuana.”

As a result, businesses as well as families benefit from the holiday. The new guidelines should also benefit restaurants, which will not charge sales tax on dine-in meals during the 10-day period (except for alcohol).


Field reports from ODW officers, July 2024

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two
During Ohio’s white-tailed deer gun hunting season in 2023, State Wildlife Officer Nathan Robinson, assigned to Van Wert County, and State Wildlife Officer Supervisor Troy Reimund observed a hunter carrying a shotgun who avoided the patrol vehicle.

Regional and OneOhio Recovery foundation meetings announced

OneOhio Recovery Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, charged with helping distribute Ohio’s opioid settlement funds to advance substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts, has begun holding meetings at the foundation in Columbus and in 19 regions.

Election notice for Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District

The Ohio Soil and Water Conservation Commission will cause an election of Supervisors of the Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to be held in accordance with Chapter 940 of the Ohio Revised Code.

August 17 Family Bike Program in Kenton is waitlisted

The Bike Program is FULL. Organizers will take names on a waiting list in case there are cancellations.

Kenton-Hardin Health Department will be hosting their annual Family Bike Program on August 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative.