🏈 Football Refs Get Long-Overdue Raise + Monster Truck Record Set

Happy Dolly Parton Day, Ohio! You could probably write a country song from some of today’s stories β€” we’ve got football, monster trucks and beer news, for starters.

  • Refs won’t boycott high school football now that they are getting a raise
  • Make your Oktoberfest plans
  • Ohio set a monster truck speed record

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Your High School Football Refs Are Getting A Raise

Thumbs up for referee pay raises in the coming years. (Shutterstock photo)

1) High school football referees in Northeast Ohio will get their first pay raise in 20 years, ending the likelihood of a referee work stoppage as varsity football season nears. The refs will be paid $80 a game β€” a $10 increase from last year’s rate. The pay rises to $90 a game next season and $100 a game the year after that.

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2) Oktoberfest is returning to Greater Cleveland in September at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Middleburg Heights. The fun takes place over two weekends β€” Sept. 2-5 and Sept. 9-10 β€” and features wiener dog races, a live glockenspiel, a Bavarian village, polka music, fireworks, and of course vendor a variety of beers. Tickets cost $16.


3) Joe Sylvester, driving “Bad Habit,” broke a Guinness monster-truck world speed record in Cleveland, topping out at almost 102 miles per hour at Summit MotorSports Park. “We always just want to try to keep pushing the limits of the vehicle and of the sport, and keep on giving people a good show,” Sylvester said. Sylvester and Bad Habit are based out of Boardman, Ohio.

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Vic Huff

4) A 47-year-old Lakewood man missing since Aug. 2 was found shot to death in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood, wrapped in a tarp. Vic Huff β€” who worked as an electrician and before that a bricklayer β€” was remembered by friends as an avid snowboarder, enthusiastic musician and all-around fun guy to be with. His black Silverado truck was found with bullet holes not far from where his body was discovered. Cleveland police are investigating.

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5) Cleveland EMS has doubled its rates for ambulance runs β€” the first fee hike since 2004. Insurers are being billed between $750 and $1,300 as of July 1. Previously, the range for ambulance service was $350 to $500. The city estimates a revenue increase of more than $1.2 million. The union representing EMS workers flagged the low rates as a missed opportunity to adequately fund rescue services.


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7 Things To Do

  • Feast of the Assumption, Holy Rosary Church in Little Italy, Cleveland, Aug. 12-15 | Details
  • Backyard Nature Bash, West Creek Reservation, Parma, Aug. 13 | Details
  • Cleveland Guardians vs. Detroit Tigers, Progressive Field, Aug. 15-17 | Details
  • Asian Lantern Festival, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, through Aug. 17 | Details
  • Taste of Black Cleveland: Food Showcase 4.0, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 18 | Details
  • Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles, FirstEnergy Stadium, Aug. 20 | Details
  • Cleveland Adult Prom, Aug. 20 | Details

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Cleveland Chatter

  • Mustard has been sent down to the minors: “BREAKING NEWS: After much consulting and toiling internally, we have made a difficult roster move that we believe is in the best interest of our organization. #ForTheLand” (Cleveland Guardians via Instagram)
  • “One liver from a deceased donor saved two women in need of a life-saving transplant. The first time these split-liver sisters meet is a beautiful thing. Link in bio for more on Maria and Monica’s story. https://cle. clinic/3cR8NTS” (Cleveland Clinic via Instagram)
  • “Koko is a 4-year-old 55 lb. lab mix. She came to the Cleveland APL with a very serious skin condition, but with proper medication she has begun to thrive! Koko has a huge heart, a happy nature, and adores people.” (Cleveland Animal Protective League via Facebook)
  • “Looking for a unique class? Join us on Saturday, August 20th, 10am – noon for Fond of Fronds: Fernatics Ferns are often overlooked, but they add texture and shape to a classic shade garden.” (Cleveland Botanical Garden via Facebook)

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