Ohio briefs

By Melody Vallieu

February 9, 2014

State proposes bag limits for deer hunters

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio wildlife officials have proposed hunting policies that would reduce the bag limit for deer for most of the state’s counties.

The Department of Natural Resources says its Division of Wildlife has proposed reducing the bag limit in 44 counties, keeping it the same in 39 and increasing it in five counties.

A department release says the proposals reflect the reduced deer population in many counties.

The public can comment on the Division of Wildlife proposals at public meetings March 1 and online at through March 2. A statewide hearing on all of the proposed rules will be held at the Division of Wildlife’s District One office in Columbus on March 6.

The Ohio Wildlife Council will vote on the proposed policies in April after considering public input.

Police, fire sports competition in June

BATAVIA — This year’s Ohio Police and Fire Games will be held in June in Clermont County just east of Cincinnati.

Organizers say registration has begun for the Olympic-style competition that will have 40 events for first responders from across Ohio and elsewhere. They include shooting competitions, track and field, wrestling, weightlifting, softball and other team sports.

Besides supporting fitness and camaraderie, the games generate proceeds to benefit several charities. A raffle and silent auction also will raise funds.

Organizers say the 2014 games June 8-13 will be the 37th consecutive year for the event in Ohio. Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg and his office are hosting this year’s games.

Nominations sought for Senior Hall of Fame

COLUMBUS — Do you know a “Golden Buckeye” who really shines? The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting nominations for the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

The department says nominees will be evaluated on the impact of their contributions in such areas as the arts, business, education, science, health, and community activism.

Department director Bonnie Burman says the goal is honor the vital roles played by older Ohioans, while promoting the benefits of active, productive and purposeful living at all stages of life.

Nominees must be at least 60 years old and are native-born Ohioans or residents who have lived in the state at least 10 years.

More than 350 older Ohioans have been inducted since 1978.

Cartoon museum gets Dick Tracy comic strips

COLUMBUS The family of cartoonist Chester Gould has donated a collection of Gould’s original Dick Tracy comic strips and related materials to a cartoon library and museum in Ohio

Gould died in 1985. He wrote and drew the Dick Tracy newspaper comic strips from 1931 until retiring in 1977. His daughter and two grandchildren gave a collection of his work to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University.

Ohio State says the collection consists of more than 850 original Dick Tracy comic strips along with 64 original Sunday strips. Highlights include the original art for the first 30 days of the strip and Gould’s drawing board on which he created the comic strip.

The collection will be catalogued and made available to researchers in the coming months.