Oldest barbershop to close its doors


Oldest barbershop to close its doors

ORRVILLE

Ohio’s oldest barbershop hung up its clippers this weekend after more than 2 centuries in operation.

Ron’s Barber Shop in Orrville opened in 1870 and stands as the oldest continuous barbershop in the state. The Wooster Daily Record reported current owner Judy Laurene planned to give the final haircut Saturday to former owner Ron Contini, who owned the business for 43 years.

Jerry Demlow, the owner of Jerry’s Cafe next door to the barbershop, purchased the barbershop to expand his restaurant.

Laurene says she tried to donate the building to the local historical society, but the building itself would collapse if it was moved. She will continue cutting hair two days a week at another barbershop.

9 apply for medical marijuana lab testing licenses in Ohio

COLUMBUS

Nine public and private entities in Ohio have applied for licenses to test the quality and potency of medical marijuana, with three of the applicants focusing on locations in central Ohio.

According to the Ohio Department of Commerce, Central State University in Wilberforce and Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville were the only two public colleges to apply. Cleveland.com reported the state’s medical marijuana law requires marijuana to be tested by a lab independent from cultivators and dispensaries.

The records released earlier this month included the proposed testing lab location and primary contact for each but did not include information about others who own or have a stake in the companies.

There is no limit to the number of testing lab licenses the department can award.

Ohio minimum wage set to rise by 15 cents an hour in 2018

COLUMBUS

Ohio’s hourly minimum wage is about to rise again, with the rate going up by 15 cents an hour today from $8.15 to $8.30.

Workers who receive tips will get a wage increase from $4.08 an hour to $4.15.

Policy Matters Ohio, a liberal leaning think tank, estimates 150,000 Ohio workers will benefit from the increase. The organization also says nearly 500,000 workers earning slightly more than the minimum wage could also receive boosts in 2018 as employers adjust their pay rates.

A Policy Matters Ohio researcher told Cleveland.com that the wage hikes will help boost the state’s economy.

Ohio is one of 18 states raising the minimum wage in 2018. The federal wage rate of $7.25 an hour will remain in effect next year.

Ohio town replaces New Year’s walleye with a high-tech fish

PORT CLINTON

An Ohio town along Lake Erie that celebrates New Year’s Eve with an annual walleye drop will ring in 2018 with a new high-tech fish.

Organizers in Port Clinton said the 600-pound walleye made of fiberglass will have LED lights that can show off a variety of effects.

The designer of the new walleye told The Blade newspaper in Toledo it also has an expandable control system that can accommodate new technologies in the future.

The quirky event where organizers lower the big fish from a three-story-tall crane first began in 1996. It has become a tradition in the city east of Toledo.

A few years ago, the walleye drop got air time on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Associated Press

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