Tyler Buchanan
Aug 11, 2022 - Business

Tourism spending dollars down due to lack of overnight travelers

A crowd at the 2017 Rock on the Range concert. Columbus is looking to boost overnight tourism via major concerts, events and conferences. Photo: Jason Squires/Getty Images

More and more tourists are visiting Columbus when the sun's out.

  • If only we could just convince them to stay the night.
Tyler Buchanan
Aug 10, 2022 - News

Dolly Parton celebrates her Imagination Library program

Dolly Parton reading her book, "Coat of Many Colors."
Dolly Parton during a 2018 celebration of Imagination Library's 100 millionth donated book. Photo: Shannon Finney/Getty Images

Dolly Parton never imagined her book giveaway program would amount to much more than helping children in her native Sevier County, Tennessee, learn to read.

  • But over the past 27 years, millions of young children across the globe have enjoyed a free "Dolly book" every month.

Ohio monkeypox vaccine clinics see overwhelming demand

Illustration of a small syringe casting a large shadow.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Central Ohio's first monkeypox (MPV) vaccine clinics have filled every available appointment as demand for the shots continues to outweigh supply.

  • Columbus Public Health distributed 850 total shots Thursday and Monday, a spokesperson tells Axios.

The kids aren't alright

Data: Annie E. Casey Foundation; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

The percentage of Ohio children diagnosed with anxiety or depression jumped higher than most other states at the onset of the pandemic, per a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Why it matters: The mental health crisis among children and teens is considered a national emergency by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

πŸ™ Inside the plan to revitalize downtown

Data: 2022 Downtown Strategic Plan draft; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Columbus has ambitious plans to develop a greener, more livable and vibrant downtown over the coming decades.

Why it matters: Success would help solve the worsening housing crisis, elevate Columbus as a prime destination for tourists and improve the quality of life in an area facing occupancy shortages.

Ohio (somehow) not named the most Midwestern state

An Toledo Walleye hockey team ice crew member holds two frozen walleye fish in the air
A crew member for the Toledo Walleye hockey team carries frozen walleye that a fan threw onto the ice. The Washington Post dubbed the freshwater fish "the most Midwestern thing on Earth." Photo: Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Ope, this can't be right.

Driving the news: Using descriptions from local Airbnb listings, the Washington Post recently ranked the "most Midwestern" states in an effort to better define "America's vaguest region."

🌑️ The great thermostat debate

Illustration of the sun with a thermostat dial on it.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Don't touch that dial.

  • Amid another heat wave, we recently asked you to weigh in on your standard summer thermostat settings. Thanks for participating in our very unscientific email survey!

Back-to-school shopping blues

Illustration of a pencil with a price that moves up to $9 instead of the number 2.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Many families are already facing a math problem before the school year begins:Β how to make dollars stretch as far as they once did.

Driving the news: Ohio's tax-free weekend β€” when shoppers don't pay state or county sales tax on clothing items ($75 or less) and school supplies ($20 or less) β€” begins Friday.


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