October 19, 2009

Ohio offering college grads homebuying help!!!!

Ohio is seeking to keep more natives in the Buckeye State after college with a new program that lightens the load for home-buying graduates.

The Ohio Housing Finance Agency on Monday opened up the Grants for Grads program, an initiative that gives any graduate of an Ohio high school a 2.5 percent break on the purchase price of a home within 18 months of graduating from college. Grads don’t receive the full benefit of the break, which helps with down-payment and closing costs, unless they stay in the house for at least five years.

The program got a final legislative OK as a part of the two-year budget Gov. Ted Strickland signed in July. Erin Biehl, a spokeswoman for the agency, said $1 million initially has been set aside for the program but officials hope it will eventually become self-sustaining.

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October 9, 2009


Here is the recent and all-time history between Ohio State and Wisconsin, and a few other tidbits:

Ohio State leads the all-time head-to-head series (52-17-5).• Ohio State is 12-7-1 vs. Wisconsin in the last 20 meetings (dating back to 1985).

The last Ohio State loss at home to Wisconsin was in 2004 by a score of 24-13 (That year, Wisconsin was 9-3 and Ohio State was 8-4).

Jim Tressel is 3-3 (1-2 at home) vs. Wisconsin, outscoring them 117-109, or an average game score of 20-18.

Ohio State is currently 4-1 and their 2009 opponents have all been FBS teams with a combined W/L record of 14-10.•

Wisconsin is 5-0 and their 2009 opponents include one FCS opponent and four FBS opponents with a combined W/L record of 10-14.

Ohio State is 4-1 and their 2009 opponents have all been FBS teams with a combined W/L record of 14-10• Bret Bielema is 0-2 vs. Ohio State since taking over the Badgers in 2006.

Wisconsin's last Big Ten title was in 1999.

October 3, 2009

Life can be a cabaret

NEWARK — Tables of four clustered together, dim lights and the performer so close you can hear him whisper. It is the hip, nightclub atmosphere audiences might expect to have to drive to Columbus to experience -- except it is right here at the Midland Theatre.

Several times a year the historic theater sheds its more formal airs and transforms into a casual setting for its Stage Door Cabaret Series. Approximately 100 music lovers sit on stage with the performer, enjoying music, conversation and a cash bar.

"While we're not the only theater presenting a cabaret series, we were among the first and in the distinct minority," said Midland executive director Mike Morris.