Here are some of today's headlines from around the area, including stories like "Hang On Sloopy" may officially become the rock song of the state (it wasn't before?), Phil Robertson of "Duck Dynasty" fame to visit Youngstown and yet another earthquake in Mahoning Valley this week.
EARTHQUAKES: According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 2.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Poland Township just after 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, the smallest of five earthquakes recorded in Mahoning County since Monday, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. ODNR ordered Hilcorp Energy Co., which owns seven wells at the Carbon Limestone Landfill, to close while it investigates the cause of the earthquakes. The first earthquake, the epicenter of which was located almost directly below Hilcorp's well pads, occurred at 2:26 a.m. and was a magnitude 3.0. The second earthquake occurred 16 minutes later to the west and registered at a magnitude of 2.4, and the third and fourth earthquakes followed in the east between 11 and noon registered at 2.2 and 2.6 magnitudes, respectively. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
GAS CHAMBER: Those who make a donation to the Medina County SPCA will have the opportunity to take a sledgehammer to the SPCA gas chamber that Medina County commissioners originally voted to auction off online but was sold for $1 back to the SPCA to be destroyed for scrap metal, according to the Medina Gazette. The demolition party will begin at 1 p.m. on March 22, and the SPCA will also have adoption specials on cats. Though the county originally voted to auction off the gas chamber online, an anonymous donor offered to donate $10,000 under the condition that the gas chamber be destroyed rather than auctioned, and the money is to be used to expand and an enhance the county cat program. Click here to read more at medinagazette.northcoastnow.com.
DUCK DYNASTY: Phil Robertson, founder of Duck Commander Co. and head of the Robertson family of "Duck Dynasty" fame, will speak at the Men's Rally in the Valley on May 3 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, according to the Youngstown Vindicator. The rally, which was started in 2010, is designed to bring Christian men closer together and build their relationship with Jesus. Robertson will speak on the topic of "No Compromise, No Retreat," based on the rally's theme of "No Compromise… No Retreat… Standing on the Truth" from the book of Daniel. Rally organizer and founder Walter "Bing" Newton invited Robertson by vacationing to West Monroe, La., in September and attending Robertson's church. Robertson will be introduced at the rally by his oldest son, Alan. Click here to read more at vindy.com.
HIT-AND-RUN BUS DRIVER: The Cleveland school district has agreed to pay $1.4 million to Taylor Price, a former James Ford Rhodes High School student who was hit by a district school bus in 2009, suffering eye damage, punctured lungs and broken leg and collarbone, according to the Plain Dealer. Price, who was a 15-year-old sophomore at the time, was riding his bike to school when he was hit by district driver Cheryl Hill, who did not stop because she thought she hit a pot hole, according to what she told officers. Hill was later charged with vehicular assault, not stopping after an accident and tampering with evidence and was sentenced to two years probation, 150 hours of community service, a $2,500 fine and had her driver's license suspended for three years. Click here to read more at cleveland.com.
"HANG ON SLOOPY": While most Ohioans treat the McCoys' "Hang On Sloopy" as the official rock song of Ohio, but apparently the designation was never codified in the Ohio Revised Code, according to The Daily Record. House Bill 283, which was introduced in its first hearing before the State and Local Government Committee Tuesday, would remedy that oversight to make sure "Sloopy" remains the official rock song until a future statute would indicate otherwise. The song, which is about a woman from the Steubenville area and made famous by the McCoys from Dayton, was named the state's official rock song in a resolution nearly three decades ago but never made it into the Ohio Revised Code. Click here to read more at the-daily-record.com.