Briefs, April 16

Finance Committee to meet today

Tiffin City Board of Education’s Finance Committee is to meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the Administration Building, 244 S. Monroe St.

OSS special meeting Wednesday

A special meeting of the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste District board of directors is to take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at the district office in Fremont.

The meeting is to discuss personnel and budget.

CROSSWAEH board to meet

CROSSWAEH Facility Governing Board is to meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at 3055 S. SR 100.

Comprehensive plan committee to meet Wednesday

Seneca Regional Planning Commission is hosting a Joint Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meeting for Seneca County, cities of Tiffin and Fostoria and Seneca County Park District at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the County Services Building basement conference room, 71 S. Washington St.

For more information, call (419) 443-7936.

Board of Elections

to meet Thursday

Seneca County Board of Elections is to meet at noon Thursday at its office, 71 S Washington St., to discuss equipment allocation and any other business that comes before the board.

Olympian to return

Olympian Wayne Seybold is to return to Tiffin University at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to present “How the Olympics Prepared Me for Life in Politics and Business‚” in TU’s main classroom building, room 22. The public is invited.

The community also is invited to “Lunch with an Olympian” at 11:30 a.m. in the President’s Dining Room inside of Cole Dining Hall in the Gillmor Student Center.

Guests may purchase a $5.75 buffet lunch ticket upon entering the dining hall. Space is limited.

Bake sale to benefit equine rescue

Tractor Supply, Tiffin, is having a bake sale Saturday to benefit Wyandot County Horse and Pony Rescue Center.

Proceeds are to help feed and care for 50 horses and ponies and a couple of donkeys. This is the only care facility in the area for equine rescues. Donations are welcome.

For more information call Charlene Paul at (419) 455-5582.

UT biologists search rivers for grass carp

TOLEDO (AP) — University biologists in Ohio are scouring streams following tests that confirmed larvae from the invasive Asian grass carp were found for the first time in the Great Lakes watershed.

A crew from the University of Toledo working with the U.S. Geological Survey found the larvae during sampling last June in the Maumee River.

Grass carp, which have been found on the Maumee and Sandusky rivers, destructively feed on aquatic plants.

Nicole King is a University of Toledo research associate. She said the hunt for signs of spawning in other Lake Erie tributaries means more work and expense.

The Blade reported King said the fish would be easier to control if they were in just one river.

Lawmaker goes through drug

education program

COLUMBUS (AP) — A state lawmaker from Cincinnati who faced a felony charge over a pill found in his vehicle has completed a drug education program, and the charge was reduced and dismissed Monday to resolve that matter.

An Adderall pill was found when a state trooper stopped Democratic Rep. Sedrick Denson on a Columbus-area highway late last month. The 31-year-old freshman lawmaker said he isn’t prescribed that stimulant and doesn’t use it.

Denson did acknowledge having wine hours before that traffic stop. He pleaded guilty in early April to a misdemeanor charge of controlling a vehicle while under the influence.

State recoups child support from

gambling winnings

COLUMBUS (AP) — Ohio says it’s continuing efforts to recoup unpaid child support from gambling jackpot winners, with $10 million brought in over the past five years.

The Department of Job and Family Services says more than 6,300 jackpots have been intercepted involving winners at Ohio’s casinos and racinos and the Ohio Lottery.

Kimberly Hall is director of the family services agency. She said if noncustodial parents are behind on child support, gambling winnings should be used first to cover their responsibility to their children.

The department checks jackpot and prize winners against a database of noncustodial parents who owe child support. The system is a partnership with the Ohio Lottery Commission, the Ohio Casino Control Commission and Ohio’s casinos and racinos.

Lawmakers want new approach to ‘takeovers’ fix

COLUMBUS (AP) — State lawmakers pushing an overhaul of Ohio’s school-funding system say proposals to change how the state takes control of poor-performing districts shouldn’t be part of the budget debate.

Rep. John Patterson, a Democrat from Jefferson in northeastern Ohio, says lawmakers working on the issue need more time than the budget debate allows.

Rep. Robert Cupp, a Republican from Lima, says he prefers not to see big policy changes enacted through the state budget process, but rather in their own bills.

Some lawmakers propose reversing a law that shifted operational control of poor-performing Ohio school districts to state-appointed panels and unelected CEOs instead of locally elected boards.

Other lawmakers would leave such districts under state control but prevent more so-called “state takeovers” through such commissions.

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