Archives for July 2016

“Real” first woman presidential candidate lived 150 years ago

Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president last night, and while she is the first woman nominated by a major political party, she technically isn’t the first. We’re talking about Victoria Claflin-Woodhull, a woman from Licking County. She lived more than 150 years ago and ran for president of the US under the “Equal Rights” party, before women even had the right to vote. Victoria was no stranger to firsts, she also become one of the country’s first female stockbrokers as well as the first woman to testify before congress. She lost to Ulysses S. Grant. It seems fitting that the first real woman candidate was from Ohio, a key swing state that is crucial for a win for the presidency. Woodhull eventually moved to England where she lived out her years.

Ft. Wayne man charged for sexual relationship with teen girl

A 21-year-old Fort Wayne man was charged with two counts of sexual misconduct in Allen Superior Court for having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl. The prosecutors office says David Reichard is accused of knowing that his sexual partner was 15 at the time the relationship was going on between January through April. The alleged victim said she and Reichard “had feelings for each other and that they had sexual intercourse approximately five times throughout their relationship.” Reichard’s bond was set at $20,000.

Man suspected of fraud in home improvement case

The Grant County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a man in connection with multiple reports of fraud. Detectives say 56-year-old James Mosely is going to homes and offering to seal driveways. He gets paid, but never does the work. Mosely is driving a late 1990s white Chevrolet two-door pickup truck that may or may not have driveway sealing equipment in it. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers in Grant County.

Judge denies access to Joughin death court records

Funeral services are Friday for Sierah Joughin, who was killed while riding her bike in Metamora. She was last seen alive on July 19th and her bike found in a corn field. Police have a suspect in custody, 57-year-old James Worley of Delta. He has been arraigned and remains in jail.

The Fulton County Common Pleas Judge overseeing the case has denied public access of the court documents. The Toledo Blade has appealed that ruling, saying the Ohio Constitution and the public records laws allow access to the info. A hearing on the matter is scheduled today at 2 p.m.

Bryan Area Foundation makes largest donation ever

The Bryan Area Foundation has donated a half-a-million dollars to the Williams County Family YMCA’s capital fundraising campaign. The executive director of the Bryan Area Foundation, Jack Brace, told the Bryan Times that this is the largest single donation the organization has made in their history. The YMCA is trying to raise $2.5 million dollars to upgrade the facilities and make them entirely accessible to all persons and be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They’re planning to add a 6,000 square foot cardio strength training fitness center, a children’s indoor play area, group exercise and wellness studio and update the locker rooms, among other major renovations. The Y has reached 97 percent of their fundraising goal.

Special Board of Ed meeting set for next week

Next week, a special board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday August 3rd at the office of the Mayor with the City Council for an update on the Fountain Grove Drive project. The City Engineer will present the latest information. Then, an executive session will be held to discuss the purchase of property for public use or the sale of property at competitive bidding.

Bryan, Paulding jobs plans get state ok

The governor has also been busy approving assistance for seven projects set to create 675 new jobs and retain 1,186 jobs statewide. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Collectively, the projects are expected to result in $30 million in new payroll, and spur more than $25 million in investment across Ohio. Here in Northwest Ohio, Alex Products, in Henry Co., City of Bryan and the Village of Paulding expects to create 100 full-time positions, generating $2.9 million in new annual payroll and retaining $26.4 million in existing payroll as a result of the company’s expansion project those areas. Alex Products manufactures automotive seat frames, tooling and automation equipment.

Local trooper recognized

From the Ohio State Highway Patrol, comes news that Trooper Alec Coil was promoted to the rank of sergeant was recognized this week by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent, during a ceremony at the Patrol’s Academy. Coil served in the Army National Guard Reserve from January 2001 to January 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served in the US Marine Corps from August 1996 to August 2000. Afterward, he began his Patrol career in May 2009 as a member of the 149th Academy Class. He earned his commission in December of that year. Sergeant Coil will transfer from his current assignment at the Van Wert Post to serve as an assistant post commander at the Swanton Post.

Governor signs two bills to help the developmentally disabled

Governor John Kasich recently signed two bills for the developmentally disabled, which removes what’s considered by some as offensive language and now uses the wording of a “person with an intellectual disability.” One of the bills moves the oversight of the Early Intervention (EI) programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities under the sole supervision of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. That allows for those just entering the system to be seamlessly cared for until adulthood.

State asking ECOT for specific log-in information

The state’s education department is asking a court to force its largest online school to hand over log-in information. But the e-school known as ECOT says it’s not ready to budge and claims the state has been mishandling their attendance audit for months. ECOT consultant Neil Clark says documents between the Ohio Department of Education and the state auditor’s office show there’s confusion over just what is expected from online charter schools during an attendance audit. The state has been asking ECOT for specific log-in information from students, something that hasn’t been required in the past.