TUESDAY MORNING NEWS AND SPORTS 6-2


WIMA NEWS COPY TUESDAY JUNE 2, 2020

>>CRUNCH TIME FOR COUNTY FAIRS

(UNDATED) -- WITH CONTRADICTING GUIDELINES FROM COLUMBUS, THE FATES OF COUNTY FAIRS FOR 2020 HANGS IN THE BALANCE. THE LIMA NEWS REPORTS THAT THE PUTNAM COUNTY FAIR WILL DECIDE TONIGHT WHETHER TO HOLD THIS YEAR’S FAIR WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 22-27.

MEANWHILE, THE AUGLAIZE COUNTY FAIR, SET FOR AUGUST 2-8, IS TRYING TO GAUGE THE WILLINGNESS OF FAIR GOERS TO ATTEND WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS. IN ORDER TO DO THAT THEY HAVE CREATED A SURVEY THAT CAN BE ACCESSED AT THEIR WEBSITE, AUGLAIZE COUNTY FAIR DOT ORG.

>>FARMER’S MARKET MAKES 2020 DEBUT

(LIMA, OH) -- THE DOWNTOWN LIMA FARMERS MARKET MAKES ITS 2020 DEBUT TODAY FROM 2:30 TO 5:30. THIS YEARS IT WILL NOT BE HELD ON THE SQUARE BUT RATHER AT THE FUTURE SITE OF THE COMMUNITY AMPHITHEATER AT THE INTERSECTION OF SPRING AND UNION STREETS.

>>MUNICIPAL COURT RESUMES TRIALS

(LIMA, OH) -- AS THINGS SLOWLY RETURN TO NORMAL IN SOCIETY, ANOTHER ASPECT OF IT RESUMED YESTERDAY IN LIMA AS THE MUNICIPAL COURT BEGAN HOLDING CIVIL AND CRIMINAL TRIALS AGAIN. SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE AND ALL APPEARANCES FOR CRIMINAL AND TRAFFIC CASES ARE LIMITED TO DEFENDANTS, PRIMARY OFFICERS, VICTIMS AND SUBPOENAED PARTIES.

>>MONDAY PROTESTS

(COLUMBUS, OH) -- A FIFTH DAY OF PROTESTS IN OHIO'S CAPITAL CITY WAS LARGELY PEACEFUL THROUGHOUT THE DAY, BUT STUDENT PROTESTS LAST NIGHT WERE BROKEN UP WITH PEPPER SPRAY BY OFFICERS IN RIOT GEAR.

PROTESTERS GATHERED AROUND THE STATEHOUSE ONCE MORE ON MONDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON, ONCE AGAIN SPEAKING OUT AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD IN MINNEAPOLIS. THE DAY'S PEACEFUL RALLY WAS CONTRASTED BY THE PROTESTS HELD NEAR THE CAMPUS OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY LAST NIGHT. O-S-U'S STUDENT NEWSPAPER, THE LANTERN, WAS THE FIRST OF MULTIPLE OUTLETS TO REPORT THAT PROTESTERS - AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE NEWS MEDIA - WERE DISPERSED WITH PEPPER SPRAY AFTER THE CITYWIDE CURFEW CAME INTO EFFECT.

WIMA SPORTS COPY TUESDAY JUNE 2, 2020

>>MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL RELEASES NEW 50 TO 60-GAME SEASON PLAN WITH PRO-RATED SALARIES

(NEW YORK, NY) -- MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IS MAKING A LAST-DITCH EFFORT TO SAVE THE 2020 SEASON WITH A NEW PROPOSAL TO PLAYERS. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, OWNERS ARE HOPING TO SHORTEN THE SEASON TO 50- TO 60-GAMES, DOWN FROM THE 114-GAME SCHEDULE THE PLAYERS UNION SUGGESTED. THE PLAN ALSO CALLS FOR PRO-RATED PLAYER SALARIES WITH A 31 PERCENT PAYOUT INSTEAD OF THE PREVIOUSLY OFFERED SLIDING SCALE REDUCTIONS. MLB WANTS TO START THE SEASON IN JULY BUT STILL NEED TO WORK OUT PLAYER SAFETY MEASURES AND COVID-19 TESTING PROTOCOLS.

>>GRAGSON WINS AT BRISTOL

(BRISTOL, TN) -- NOAH GRAGSON SQUEEZED PAST JR MOTORSPORTS TEAMMATE JUSTIN ALLGAIER WITH FOUR LAPS LEFT, A MOVE THAT CAUSED ALLGAIER TO CRASH, AND GRAGSON HELD ON AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY FOR HIS SECOND WIN OF THE SEASON. GRAGSON'S VICTORY WAS SET UP BY A CAUTION WITH 13 LAPS REMAINING THAT WIPED AWAY ALLGAIER'S LEAD. GRAGSON HAD TO RACE CHASE BRISCOE AND BRANDON JONES IN A TWO-LAP OVERTIME FINISH BUT BEAT THEM BOTH TO CLAIM THE CHECKERED FLAG. GRAGSON JOINED BRISCOE AS THE ONLY DRIVERS WITH TWO XFINITY SERIES WINS THIS YEAR.