July 22, 2014

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Elida voters to see school levy on ballot
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:07 PM


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ELIDA — The Elida Board of Education met in its regular monthly session on Tuesday evening and declared its intent to place a levy for the purpose of providing the emergency requirements of the Elida School District on the November ballot.

The levy will raise $2,096,616 a year for five years. If passed, the levy will begin in 2015.

Superintendent Tony Cox presented his report for the latter half of the school year for hazing and bullying as required by state policy. There were two incidents in the high school, 10 for the middle school and 15 reported for the elementary school.

Resignations were accepted from the following staff members: Administrative — Brad Mendenhall, high school principal effective Aug. 1; and Michelle Knodell, high school English, effective Aug. 21; Certified — Marcia Koch, middle school band director, effective Aug. 21; Non-certified — Jennifer Olson, elementary library aide, effective Aug. 21; and Supplemental — Nikki Adcock, Tuesday school monitor.

Jennings OKs electrical aggregation ordinance
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:06 PM


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FORT JENNINGS — Fort Jennings Council members discussed and bypassed the three-reading rule and passed on emergency the ordinance authorizing the village to put the electricity aggregation on the Nov. 4 ballot during the meeting Tuesday night.

Mayor Jim Smith said the residents will be able to vote whether they want the village to act on their behalf by putting the village’s electricity costs out for bid and choosing the contract length. He said the aggregation program is also being considered by Ottoville and the two communities — if each approve the aggregation program — may be able to combine and use the same agent giving both villages a better utility rate.

“This gives us the ability to negotiate with a vendor,” Smith said. “We will have two public hearings which we will hold at 6 p.m. before council meetings on the third Tuesday in September and October.”

In addition, Smith will send residents the information on the aggregation in a future mailing.

Park Board Vice President Kari Amstutz updated council as to how plans are proceeding with Fort Fest events.

“Registration for Kid’s Camp Day is July 31 and registration forms can be downloaded online from fortjenningspark.com,” Amstutz said.

Man on ‘One Nation Ride’ across country
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:03 PM
Samuel Hopkins-Hubbard, cousin of Delphos resident John Schrader, is on a quest to complete his “One Nation Ride” stretching from Milton-Freewater, Oregon, to Washington, D.C. His journey across the nation celebrates the United States of America - One Nation of free people (Americans), standing for truth, justice, honor and unity. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)


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DELPHOS — Samuel Hopkins-Hubbard is colorblind and has no party affiliation. He’s just a man on a horse carrying an American flag from Milton-Freewater, Oregon, to Washington, D.C. True to the old saying, Sam says the journey is more important than the destination.

“This is my patriot ride to reach out to citizens from this country to remind them who we are,” Sam said. “This country has never belonged to the politicians. It’s always belonged to the people. The politicians keep us busy fighting with each other so they can do what they want.”

Sam’s “One Nation Ride” was spurred by his own situation. The owner of a market, city councilman and captain of his local fire crew, the father of three looked around and saw so much discouragement and hopelessness, he decided to do something about it.

McClurg outlines $511K grant; contract signed with teachers
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:00 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:12 PM )
Missy McClurg talked with Delphos City Schools Board Monday about the grant she applied for and received. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)


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DELPHOS — When at first you don’t succeed, try again. That’s what teacher and Special Educational Office Missy McClurg did and the second time was the charm. McClurg brought home a $511,000 Ohio Straight A Fund grant for Delphos City Schools on June 26.

“My application was turned down the first time and when Gov. John Kasich announced a second round of grants, I looked at what other schools had submitted and changed my focus,” McClurg said after Monday’s school board meeting.

McClurg’s second effort was named “Let’s BRAG (Bring Robust Achievement Gains) about our schools!”

The Straight A Fund is awarded to schools with ideas to solve problems, new ways to serve students and creative solutions that save money while improving service, according to the Ohio Department of Education website.

Through the grant, the district will receive 620 touchscreen Chromebooks for all pupils in grades 6-12, 12 Google Nexus tablets with optional keyboards and styluses and more broadband to handle the increased usage now and in the future.

Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause
Monday, July 14, 2014 8:06 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:38 PM )


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CHICAGO — Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.

Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash in an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital, according to a report in Monday's Pediatrics.