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WOSU’s Letters from Home is collecting stories from our day-to-day lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to hear reflections and thoughts from all Ohioans.

This illustration shows four white men on the banks of a river or creek, an empty horse-drawn wagon visible behind them. A wooden rowboat carrying two African American men
L.J. Bridgman / Ohio History Connection

Before the Civil War, thousands of people escaped slavery by traveling north through Ohio on the Underground Railroad, a loose system of safe "stations" where abolitionists and humanitarians gave aide and shelter to formerly enslaved people.

The Honda Marysville Auto Plant is shown, Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Marysville, Ohio.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Assembly line workers at the Honda manufacturing plant in Marysville have some new colleagues: office workers. COVID-related staffing shortages at the plant have caused the company to require some of its white-collar employees to work on the line. 

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station on Lake Erie is scheduled to shut down in 2020.
Ron Schwane / Associated Press

Story updated Thursday, July 23 at 2:20 p.m.

Gov. Mike DeWine is now calling on Ohio lawmakers to repeal and replace HB6, the sweeping bill that bailed out two nuclear power plants while slashing renewable energy efforts, following the arrest of House Speaker Larry Householder.

Photo of Ohio State's Oval
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU Public Media

WOSU's Letters from Home collects stories about day-to-day lives during the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we heard from Ohioans sharing their feelings about the impending school year, and the state's plans on how to safely reopen classes.

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder leaves the federal courthouse after an initial hearing following charges against him and four others alleging a $60 million bribery scheme Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / AP

Gov. Mike DeWine and other Ohio leaders are calling for the resignation of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who has been charged in connection to a $61 million public corruption racketeering conspiracy case. 

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder faces a federal charge of conspiracy to commit racketeering. He was arrested Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Federal officials on Tuesday unraveled details of a years-long conspiracy involving Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, who prosecutors say headed a scheme that funneled $60 million in bribes through a dark money group in order to pass a billion-dollar bailout for Ohio's nuclear power plants.

Lily Bloom was named WOSU's local favorite from the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. The band recently performed for WOSU's Broad & High.
David Holm / WOSU

Every year, NPR holds a national Tiny Desk Contest, asking unsigned musicians to submit videos performing original songs behind a desk. One winner will be chosen from thousands of entries to perform in Washington, D.C.

Before the national winner is announced, WOSU picked one entry from Central Ohio as our local favorite: Lily Bloom.

Sydney Chenetski holding her child, Finn, while having lunch with friend Ashley Boyer in downtown Lancaster.
Nick Evans

As big trucks rumble down Main Street in downtown Lancaster, Sydney Chenetski and her friend Ashley Boyer are having lunch in a park next to a large fountain. They’re both nurses, and weren’t surprised when state officials ordered face masks to be worn in Fairfield County.

Christopher Columbus statue at the Ohio Statehouse
Farnoush Amiri / AP

State officials say a statue of Christopher Columbus will not be removed from in front of the Ohio Statehouse until at least 2025.

Clinton Elementary school was closed when the Coronavirus hit. Now with schools slated to reopen in the fall, Ohioans wrote in with their thoughts.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU Public Media

WOSU's Letters from Home collects stories about day-to-day lives during the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we heard from Ohioans sharing their feelings about the impending school year, and the state's plans on how to safely reopen classes.

Gov. Mike DeWine holds up a face mask at a press conference April 6, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

In a special address from the Ohio Statehouse, Gov. Mike DeWine urged all Ohioans to wear face masks no matter where in the state they live, but declined to issue any new statewide requirements.

WOSU’s Letters from Home is collecting stories from our day-to-day lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to hear reflections and thoughts from all Ohioans.

Larry Davis at his drawing desk and card at right.
Larry Davis

WOSU's Letters from Home collects stories about day-to-day lives during the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we heard from Ohioans who shared their experiences and stories.

Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine wearing face masks on June 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine announced the Ohio Department of Health will issue a public health order requiring face masks in public in seven counties where the spread of COVID-19 is considered most severe.

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