After four months of drawings, the Queen of Hearts game at Garrettsville's SkyLanes bowling alley has been making an extended impact on Portage County.
The April 9 drawing resulted in the winner, who wasn't present, receiving half of 15 percent, or $24,942. The jackpot total dropped to a starting point of $307,608.
With the jackpot expected to grow as the weather heats up, SkyLanes owner Aaron King said he is looking to host the drawings in different communities.
Raffles have generated more than $525,000 for charities and organizations.
The April 9 50/50 drawing benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Portage County, plus Songfest, the annual Greek life charity event at Kent State University which is slated for April 22.
Pete Mahoney, community relations director for Family & Community Service, has been helping King find organizations that could benefit from the 50/50 funds. At the bowling alley April 9 to receive the funds were Amber Hydash and Albert Smith, members of Greek life organizations at KSU.
Coming in May, the festival-like Queen drawings, including live bands and alcohol tents, likely will be hosted in Kent and Ravenna.
"We realize for all the good it did for our town and local charities, there are some fallbacks for our neighboring businesses," King said. "We respect their right to operate without parking problems that come with large crowds, and appreciate the opportunity to still host one drawing a month here."
The next drawing is set for May 14 at SkyLanes.
KSU, Camp Ravenna get state funds
The Ohio Controlling Board recently released more than $4.2 million for building projects at Kent State University's main campus and KSU-Geauga.
Close to $3.8 million will be used to replace failing heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems in Bowman Hall, a large classroom and administrative building that was constructed in 1962 and houses KSU's College of Arts and Sciences.
Also, lawmakers OK'd nearly $109,000 for laboratory updates in Moulton Hall to accommodate an expansion of KSU's College of Public Health, and more than $364,000 for a roof replacement for the main classroom building at KSU's Geauga County campus. Tusing Builders of Monroeville will handle the work.
In other business, the Controlling Board released $58,575 for the demolition of the key and scale shop building at Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center in Portage County, plus a $27,000-plus contract with the Davey Resources Group to conduct stream and wetland mitigation monitoring at Camp Ravenna.
-- Marc Kovac, statehouse bureau