Archives for September 2012

mandel limits

The Republican challenger in Ohio’s Senate race says changes are needed in Washington to push action on the budget deficit and national debt. State Treasurer Josh Mandel told a small gathering of supporters that his proposals for term limits, halting congressional pay if a budget hasn’t been passed, and stopping pensions for those who become lobbyists after leaving Congress would make politicians from both parties more accountable.

nurse fired

The union representing a former UTMC nurse has filed a grievance saying she wants her job back. Melanie Lemay was fired after a botched kidney transplant last month. A document from the nurse’s union says the hospital is making an example of Lemay. According to internal e-mails and letters obtained by a Toledo television station, a lunch break mix up led one nurse to throw out a kidney which had been placed inside what’s called a slush machine.

state report card

School performance data delayed by a statewide attendance-tampering investigation is headed to Ohio districts. The Ohio Department of Education released the partial report card results Wednesday. The attendance rate, performance index and overall rating were omitted. Because a host of funding and programming decisions hinges on the data, the state board later voted to release portions of the report card.

commissioner charged

Henry County Commissioner Richard Myers has been indicted by a grand jury on a felony charge of having an illegal interest in a public contract. Myers, a commissioner since 2007, allegedly “unlawfully caused” $300,000 in public funds to be paid to a Decatur, Ind. specialty car company. According to a news release from the State Audito, Myers also loaned personal funds to the project, signed a note for repayment, and arranged for other private investors, all while serving as a county commissioner on matters relating to the project.

sheriff’s candidate charged

Daniel Hughes, an independent candidate running for Williams County Sheriff, is facing a state charge for allegedly prohibiting county employees from running for election while in county office. Prosecutors say Hughes was serving as Stryker Senior Center’s site manager at the time he filed for candidacy for county sheriff. The Senior Center position is part-time. Hughes currently serves as mayor of Stryker. Hughes’ initial court appearance is Oct. 15. If found guilty, the maximum sentence would be a $500 fine and the possibility of a six-month jail term.

potato harvest

Church members from northwest Ohio helped to harvest 11 tons of potatoes that are to be shipped to Toledo. Twin Oaks Methodist Church organized the event. The spuds will be distributed to the needy by Toledo Seagate Food Bank of Northwest Ohio. The local potato planting project is part of the national Society of St. Andrew. It’s a faith-based, hunger relief, non profit organization. The drought this past summer produced smaller potatoes than last year, but volunteers said it didn’t affect production.

pension funds

Governor John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has signed a package of bills aimed at shoring up the state’s five public pension funds. Kasich says the measures make serious progress in attempts to stabilize the funds covering close to 1.8 million people.

romney in toledo

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney brought his campaign to Toledo on Wednesday to wrap up a three-day bus tour aimed at winning over the battleground state, braving rainy skies. Mr. Romney seemed to click with the crowd in the SeaGate Convention Centre, many of whom stood in the rain for a chance to get inside to see the former Massachusetts governor. Some recent polls show the president holding a lead over Romney in Ohio.

area jobs

Owens-Illinois Inc. will spend $35 million to build a research and development facility at its suburban Toledo headquarters. The company said yesterday the 18,000-square-foot facility will be funded in part by a $3 million grant from the Ohio Third Frontier Commission that was announced in June. At the time, O-I said the grant would help create 45 jobs with an average salary of $75,000 a year, plus 55 contract jobs that could lead to full-time employment. O-I said the facility’s centerpiece will be a research-and-development center capable of melting and forming glass in a small-scale manufacturing environment. The company plans to break ground before the end of the year and expects completion in late 2013.

lawsuit

Last week, a civil suit against Manor House Assisted Living Ltd. and several other entities was continued until November after a flurry of filings by attorneys. A trial has bbeen delayed until November in Paulding County. Antwerp Holdings LLC of Antwerp/Angola filed suit last September against TDM3 Ltd. of Defiance/Fort Wayne, and Louis and Mary Lengacher, both of Harlan, Ind., who operate Manor House Assisted Living and The Essen House restaurant in Antwerp. It alleges the defendants have failed to comply with contractual agreements, including payments.