TUESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 5-26


WIMA NEWS COPY TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020

>>NOLO PALLETS DESTROYED BY FIRE

(LIMA, OH) -- A LIMA WAREHOUSE BUSINESS WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING.

THE LIMA NEWS REPORTS THAT THE BUILDING HOUSED NOLO PALLETS, A BUSINESS SOLD PALLETS OF MERCHANDISE THAT WAS COMPRISED MOSTLY OF RETURNS FROM MAJOR RETAILERS.

THE BUILDING WAS NEARLY COMPLETELY DESTROYED BY THE FIRE AND IS CONSIDERED A TOTAL LOSS.

THE CAUSE OF THE BLAZE IS UNKNOWN AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

>>MORE RE-OPENINGS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- OHIO IS MOVING INTO ANOTHER PHASE OF REOPENING STARTING TODAY.

BMV FACILITIES ACROSS THE STATE WILL START TAKING IN CUSTOMERS, ALTHOUGH OFFICIALS STILL ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK THE WEB SITE TO SEE IF THE SERVICE YOU NEED IS AVAILABLE ONLINE, FIRST. SWIMMING POOLS, GYMS, MINI GOLF, BATTING CAGES, AND BOWLING ALLEYS ARE ALSO ON THE LIST TO OPEN BUT REMEMBER, JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING CAN OPEN DOESN'T MEAN IT WILL. CHECK TO SEE IF A LOCATION IS OPEN AND WHAT PRECAUTIONS THEY REQUIRE BEFORE YOU MAKE PLANS.

AS FOR GYMS AND WORKOUT FACILITIES, SOME WILL ALSO REOPEN TODAY BUT LAST WEEK A JUDGE RULED THEY COULD ACTUALLY OPEN EARLIER SO SOME HAVE ALREADY REOPENED.

DAYCARES WILL BE ALLOWED TO RE-OPEN ON SUNDAY.

>>HISTORIC UNEMPLOYMENT

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- OHIO'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE HAS HIT 16.8 PERCENT, THE HIGHEST SINCE THE STATE'S CURRENT RECORD KEEPING SYSTEM WAS DEVELOPED ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO.

THE FIGURE RELEASED FRIDAY FOLLOWS NINE WEEKS OF JOB LOSSES FOLLOWING THE DECISION TO SHUT DOWN MUCH OF OHIO'S ECONOMY TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES SAYS THE LAST TIME THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS EVEN NEAR THIS FIGURE WAS THE 14 PERCENT RECORDED IN DECEMBER 1982 AND JANUARY 1983. THE 16.8 PERCENT IS THE HIGHEST SINCE THE CURRENT STATISTICAL RECORD KEEPING BEGAN IN 1976.

>>HUSKY TO CONDUCT FIRE TRAINING

(LIMA, OH) -- YOU MAY SEE SMOKE OR FLAMES COMING FROM THE HUSKY LIMA REFINERY THIS WEEK. OFFICIALS AT THE REFINERY SAYS NOT TO WORRY AS THEY WILL BE CONDUCTING FIRE TRAINING FOR ITS EMERGENCY RESPONSE PERSONNEL THROUGH FRIDAY.

WIMA SPORTS COPY TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020

>>LIMA GETS MOTORCYCLE DOUBLEHEADER WITH NEW SCHEDULE

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL) -- AMERICAN FLAT TRACK ANNOUNCED FRIDAY A RELAUNCH OF ITS 2020 RACE SCHEDULE FEATURING DOUBLEHEADER RACE WEEKENDS BEGINNING ON JULY 17 AND 18 WITH THE VOLUSIA HALF-MILE.

THE 2020 LIMA HALF-MILE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED AS A DOUBLEHEADER JULY 31 AND AUGUST 1 AT THE ALLEN COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS. ALL GUESTS WHO HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED TICKETS MAY USE THEIR PASSES AUG. 1.

AT THIS TIME IT IS UNKNOWN IF FANS WILL BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE EVENT. AS OF NOW LARGE GATHERINGS ARE NOT PERMITTED BUT IT’S HOPED THAT RESTRICTIONS WILL BE EASED BEFORE THE END OF JULY TO ALLOW FANS IN THE GRANDSTAND AT THE FAIRGROUNDS.

>>OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES ALLOWED TO RESUME IN-PERSON TRAINING TODAY

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES ARE NOW ALLOWED TO RETURN TO IN-PERSON TRAINING BEGINNING TODAY. THE OHIO HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION SAYS SKILLS TRAINING AND CONDITIONING FOR ALL SPORTS, INCLUDING CONTACT SPORTS, MAY RESUME UNDER PROPER COVID-19 SAFETY RESTRICTIONS. SKILLS TRAINING INCLUDES WEIGHT TRAINING, AGILITY TRAINING, RUNNING, BATTING CAGES, AND OTHER TYPES OF CROSS-FIT CONDITIONING DRILLS.

>>NBA'S RETURN TO PLAY PLAN SCRAPS SEASON AND MOVES TO A 16-TEAM NON-CONFERENCE PLAYOFF

(CLEVELAND, OH) -- NBA SOURCES ARE SAYING IT APPEARS THE LEAGUE IS LOOKING TO ABANDON THE REMAINING GAMES LEFT IN THE REGULAR SEASON AND MOVE TO A 16-TEAM PLAYOFF. UNDER THE RUMORED PLAN, THE NBA WOULD ALSO END THE NORMAL EIGHT-TEAM SEEDING BRACKET BETWEEN TWO CONFERENCES AND INSTEAD PULL THE TOP 16 TEAMS FROM BOTH THE EAST AND WEST. THIS NEW PLAYOFF WOULD PIT LEBRON JAMES AND THE NUMBER TWO-SEED LAKERS AGAINST THE NUMBER 15-SEEDED BROOKLYN NETS. INSIDERS SAY IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT FOR TEAMS IN THE EAST TO APPROVE THE MOVE SINCE IT PUTS THEM AT A DISADVANTAGE OF PLAYING MORE THAN ONE STRONGER CLUB FROM THE WEST TO REACH THE TITLE.