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ODOT has already picked up 89K bags of trash in 2024

CORRECTION ODOT has picked up 89K bags of trash so far in 2024.

COLUMBUS__It’s spring, it’s Earth Day, and it’s all happy – until you see litter, and you’re reminded of the human problem that haunts us all.


April 16 reports from the Ohio Division of Wildlife

Field reports from Ohio Division of Wildlife Officers

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two
In April, State Wildlife Officer Nathan Kaufmann, assigned to Richland County, K-9 Officer May, Wildlife Officer Supervisor Kevin Russell, and Wildlife District Two staff participated in a Junior Achievement Inspire event at the Richland County Fairgrounds.


Lima Symphony Orchestra announces 2024-2025 season

UPDATE: Family concert is Sunday, February 2, 2025 at 3:00 PM

The Lima Symphony Orchestra has announced details of the 2024-2025 season. High-profile guest artists and conductors, new music, symphonic arrangements of pop and rock hits, and favorite repertoire classics will be part of the upcoming season, which begins in October.

Season subscriptions are on sale; tickets for individual concerts will be available August 1.

Electric Love - Saturday, October 19, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Featuring Tracy Silverman, electric violin

This event offers a fusion of progressive rock ‘n’ roll and classical music through Silverman’s own avant-garde, yet lyrical compositions. Fall in love again with the romantic Romeo and Juliet Suite by Prokofiev, this time with a happy ending. 

Brahms and Water Music - Friday, November 8, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Featuring the Lima Symphony Chorus



ODOT kicks off 2024 construction season

Work zone safety emphasized; 43 ODOT crews struck so far in 2024

LIMA__The Ohio Department of Transportation officially kicked off highway construction season in northwest Ohio with a media event held at the County Road 99-Interstate 75 interchange in Findlay, where a diverging diamond interchange (DDI) will be constructed. The project will begin early this spring and conclude in 2026.

Notable highway projects in the Icon readership area:

  • U.S. 68/State Route 15 interchange ramp relocation and roundabout construction, Hancock County
  • U.S. 30 resurfacing between U.S. 68 and State Route 37, Hancock County


So far this year, 43 ODOT crews have been struck while working. This compares to 56 ODOT crews hit all of last year. 14 ODOT workers and nine contractors were injured in work zone crashes in 2023. Sadly, one contractor was killed. 


Napoleon Rd. paving, April 22-23

The Allen County Engineer has announced that Napoleon Road, between Dixie Hwy and Sandusky Road, will be closed April 22-23 from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. for asphalt paving.


Ohio didn't see major eclipse gridlock

COLUMBUS__The message from state officials was clear: Come early, stay late for last week’s solar eclipse. New data shows that most people did just that, avoiding the post-eclipse gridlock other states experienced.