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Ohio’s Minimum Wage To Increase in 2023

Article Presented By Tomlinson Insurance

(Columbus) —Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase on Jan. 1, 2023, to $10.10 per hour for non-tipped employees and $5.05 per hour for tipped employees. The minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of $371,000 or more per year.

The current 2022 Ohio Minimum Wage is $9.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.65 per hour for tipped employees. The 2021 Ohio minimum wage applies to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of $342,000 or more per year.

The Constitutional Amendment (II-34a) passed by Ohio voters on in November 2006 states Ohio’s minimum wage shall increase on Jan. 1 of each year by the rate of inflation. The state minimum wage is tied to the Consumer Price index (CPI-W) for urban wage earners and clerical workers for the 12-month period prior to September. This CPI-W index increased by 8.7% percent over the 12-month period from Sept. 1, 2021 to Aug. 31, 2022. The Constitutional Amendment is available online.

For employees at smaller companies with annual gross receipts of less than $371,000 per year after Jan 1. 2023, and for 14- and 15-year-olds, the state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For these employees, the state wage is tied to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which requires an act of Congress and the President’s signature to change.

Employers can access the 2023 Minimum Wage poster for display in their places of business by visiting the Ohio Department of Commerce’s website here.

Zane Trace Wins 35-31 Thriller Over Unioto In Battle of SVC Unbeaten Teams

Article Presented By McDonald’s

In what turned out to be an instant classic in front of a capacity crowd, the Zane Trace Pioneers rallied from a 10 point deficit to beat the Unioto Shermans 35-31, in a battle of unbeaten- state ranked teams.

Coming into the game, the two evenly matched teams showed Zane Trace outscoring opponents 240-46, while Unioto outscored opponents 244-61. Friday’s game turned out to be just as evenly matched.

Scoring got underway with 5:22 in the first quarter when ZT’s Carter Langley scored on a 10 yard run, which was set up by a Unioto fumble. The PAT was good, putting Zane Trace up 7-0.

The Shermans evened the score at 7-7 with 2:37 left in the first quarter, when Newton Hoops found Maddox Fox on a 9 yard TD pass. The PAT was good to tie the game, which was the score to end the first quarter.

Unioto took a 14-7 lead at 11:56 of the second quarter when Corbin Demint ran 13 yards for the TD, followed by the PAT kick. The Pioneers evened the score at 14-14 late in the second period, scoring on a 9 yard Blake Phipps run at 1:52, followed by the PAT.

But, Unioto came storming down the field to close the first half, taking a 21-14 advantage on a Matt Griffin 2 yard run with :18 remaining. The PAT kick was good as led 21-14 at halftime.

The Shermans took their biggest lead of the game, driving for a 24-14 lead when Lucas Hanes connected on a 22 yard field goal early in the third quarter.

Zane Trace started to make their comeback at 5:50 of the third period when Carter Langley tossed a 45 yard scoring strike to Kyle Stonerock. The PAT was good, cutting Unioto’s lead to 24-21.

The Pioneers took the lead at 1:14 of the third quarter on a Blake Phillips 1 yard scoring run- set up by a pass from Langley to Nalin Robinson. The PAT was good and ZT led 28-24, which held up for the score to end the period.

Unioto grabbed the lead again at 5:40 left in the game on a Matt Griffin 1 yard run. The PAT gave the Tanks a 31-28 lead.

The winning score went to Zane Trace with 1:06 left in regulation on a Blake Phillips 13 yard TD and a PAT for the 35-31 lead.

Unioto had one last chance, driving the field for a one last gasp effort pass, which the Pioneers knocked down in the end-zone to preserve their 35-31 victory to stay perfect at (4-0/7-0). Unioto drops to (3-1/6-1). 

Unioto had 425 total yards with 227 on the ground and 17/23 passing for 198 yards. Zane Trace compiled 340 total yards, with 252 on the ground and 6/10 passing for 88 yards.

Daniel Barnhart led the Pioneers with 80 yards rushing on 10 carries. Blake Phillips added 78 yards on 16 carries, scoring 3 TD’s. Carter Langley had 94 yards on 13 carries and scored a TD. Carter Langley had 13 tables for ZT, followed by Daniel Barnhart with 11 and Stewart Lane with 10.

Carter Langley was named McDonald’s “Player of the Game.”

Newton Hoops threw 17/23 for 198 yards and 1 TD. Maddox Fox caught 7 passes for 94 yards and one TD. Blake Hoops had 6 catches for 74 yards. Corbin Demint rushed for 79 yards on 13 totes with one TD, while Matt Griffin had 72 yards on 15 carries and 2 TD’s.  

Zane Trace faces Southeastern next week while Unioto hosts SVC unbeaten Paint Valley. The Bearcats ran their conference record to (4-0) with a 38-26 win over Huntington.

Ohio Fall Colors Forecast

Article Presented By Classic Brands

(Columbus) – Cooler temperatures, earlier sunsets, and fall leaves – soon vivid reds, oranges, and yellows, will pop signifying the shift of the season. Throughout the fall color changes, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will release weekly updates letting people know where to see the best hues and what unique activities can be enjoyed under a blanket of autumn leaves.
“Ohio comes to life with the arrival of fall,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “With cooler temperatures and incredible views, this time of year is perfect for exploring the natural beauty that can be seen and felt in our state parks, nature preserves, and forests!”
Fall forecasters consider variables like sunlight, temperature, wind, and rainfall when estimating the intensity and longevity of leaf color. This year, the ODNR Division of Forestry is expecting peak color to arrive in mid-to-late October.
“The supply of water from above average rainfall this year should have the trees healthy and ready to put on a color show with brilliant oranges and blazing yellows,” said ODNR Fall Color Forester David Parrott. “It is still early in the season, but northern Ohio is already starting to see some changes in the tree canopies. Be on the lookout for black gums and buckeyes that are usually the first tree species to show their fall colors as well as poison ivy and Virginia creeper which show deep hues of red.”
Those interested in finding the most eye-catching leaves throughout the season should check out ODNR’s fall color website, the official guide to the changing colors. The website includes:

  • Weekly color updates and information to help plan a fall color adventure
  • Unique overnight accommodations at Ohio State Parks
  • Fun events happening around the state

ODNR encourages people to share fall color photos using #OhioFall22. Each week, ODNR will choose photos from those who use this hashtag to share on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more fall color photos, follow ODNROhio State Parks and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @ohiodnr@OHStateParks, and @Ohio.FindItHere.

Ohio Emergency Personnel Assist With Florida Hurricane Recovery

Article Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(Columbus) – Members of Ohio Task Force 1 (OH-TF1), as a component of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Urban and Search and Rescue (USAR) capability, have received additional activation orders for Tropical Storm Ian.

Initially activated as a Type 3 capability with 47 members from multiple disciplines, OH-TF1 has been expanded to a Type 1 capability with 82 members.  The team is skilled in the various aspects of search and rescue operations as well as HazMat, medical, logistics, safety, communications, and planning.  The team’s accompanying equipment consists of about 50 tons of specialized emergency gear and canines as well as team support items such as communications, shelters, food, water, and fuel.

“We have all watched as Hurricane Ian has cut a path of destruction across Florida, and hearts go out to those impacted by the storm,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine.  “Ohio stands ready and prepared to assist in any way we can.”

The Butler County Incident Management Team (IMT) has also been deployed through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to support a logistics staging area for the state of Florida Emergency Management Agency.

The Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA) remains engaged within the state-to-state EMAC system for requests in attempt to provide matching resources.  In addition to the IMT, Ohio is coordinating an effort to support incoming resource requests first, with an immediate need that can be fulfilled through state, county and local responders.

“Ohio EMA continues to remain in contact with our response partners and the Ohio National Guard to provide support to the states and communities impacted by Hurricane Ian,” said Ohio EMA Executive Director Sima Merick. “We have highly skilled response personnel and resources available to help the hurricane and flood-ravaged states respond, recover, and rebuild from the storms.”

For more information on OH-TF1, click HERE.