Thursday, October 31, 2013 11:09 AM
COLUMBUS – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined the Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday to thank members of the public who disposed of their unneeded and unwanted prescription drugs during last Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Ohio residents discarded a total of 11.8 tons (23,678 pounds) of pills at 238 drop off sites in the state on Oct. 26.
"We are grateful that so many Ohioans are actively taking part in the effort to prevent prescription drug abuse," said DeWine. "Each and every pill disposed of on Saturday is a pill that will not contribute towards addiction."
"The unused medications in our homes create a public heath and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse and abuse," said DEA Columbus Group Supervisor Mark McHugh. "We thank the community members who took part in Saturday's event, as well as the federal, state, and local law enforcement partners who worked together to successfully collect the pills."
Kentucky collected 4.5 tons (9,135 pounds) of pills and Michigan residents disposed of approximately 5.6 tons (11,362 pounds) of unwanted medications.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Those who are still in possession of unneeded prescription drugs can drop them off at one of several prescription drug drop box locations across the state. Among them is the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office in Paulding.
A list of locations of prescription drug drop boxes provided by the Ohio Attorney General's Office, Ohio Department of Health, and Drug Free Action Alliance is available on the Ohio Attorney General's website.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:42 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will increase by 1.5 percent in 2014, benefiting nearly 63 million Americans.
Following the announcement, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) offered the following statement:
“More than two million Ohioans will see their Social Security benefits increase next year, but many seniors are still struggling to make ends meet,” Brown said. “Seniors have spent a lifetime paying into Social Security. As the cost of living continues to rise, and the budgets of many seniors already stretched to the breaking point, we should continue to ensure that seniors receive the benefits they have earned. Congress needs to do more to ensure that our seniors can continue to retire with dignity.”
The cost of living adjustment (COLA) of 1.5 percent will be applied to benefits received by more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries starting on Jan. 14. More than 8 million beneficiaries will see payments beginning Dec. 31 of this year.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 3:22 PM
COLUMBUS – State Representative Tony Burkley (R-Payne) today announced that House Bill 199 has passed out of the Ohio House.
The bill allows drivers who have hit and killed a wild turkey, wild boar or feral hog to take and keep the animal.
Much like the procedure of taking possession of deer, once the animal is struck and killed by the motor vehicle, the driver has 24 hours to report the accident to a wildlife officer or other law enforcement. The officer will then investigate and issue a certificate for legal ownership.
House Bill 199 also adds feral hogs to the game list, placing them under the same definition as animals like cottontail rabbits, white-tailed deer, wild boar, black bears and several types of squirrel.
“As a legislator with a heavily rural population, we feel the need to extend this to include these further species. There are constituents throughout Ohio, who once they unfortunately kill a deer on our roads, they can take possession and properly process the animal for consumption,” said Burkley, who jointly sponsored the legislation with Rep. Bob Hackett (R-London).
HB 199 will now be sent to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:51 AM
Each fall, it is the goal of Neighbors in Need to provide assistance to 23 local food pantries in Defiance, Paulding and Williams counties in northwest Ohio.
Radio station 105.7 The Bull kicked off the 2013 campaign on Friday, Oct. 25, and will be collecting donations through Friday, Dec. 6.
In addition to all of the live drive locations, collection barrels can be found throughout the campaign at the Chief Supermarket locations in Defiance, Bryan and Paulding.
Additionally, there are collection cans in businesses all over northwest Ohio in which to make monetary donations.
There are many individuals and families around the community that use local food pantries on a regular basis to put a meal on their table. The collection of nonperishable food items and monetary donations goes directly into local food pantries. One hundred percent of donations stays local.
Please look at the live drive schedule and make time to donate to the local food pantries:
• Nov. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Williamson Insurance, Payne.
• Nov. 6, 3-6 p.m., downtown Paulding.
• Nov. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Chief Supermarket, Paulding.
• Nov. 27, 3-5 p.m., First Federal, Paulding.
Pantry needs list includes:
• canned soups
• canned veggies
• canned fruits
• canned tuna
• canned beans
• canned meat
• boxed dinners
• boxed crackers
• jams and jellies
• peanut butter
• vegetable oil
• canned baby foods
• baby diapers
• bar or liquid soap
• toilet tissue
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:49 AM
By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent
OAKWOOD – Oakwood Councilwoman Melissa Figert displayed the new village corporation signs at the council meeting on Monday, Oct. 28.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 10:44 AM
PAULDING – United Way of Paulding County (UWPC) held a fundraiser Oct. 26 at the Paulding Eagles Lodge.
“The United Way Special Events Committee and board members sponsored the fourth United Way Halloween Party. United Way raised $3,589, which will go towards the 2013-2014 campaign,” said Pam Miller, vice president.
The day began with United Way members assisting the Lion’s Club with the Halloween parade. Following costume judging, many went to the Paulding Eagles where Sheriff Jason Landers, Captain Dyson, Deputy Dyson, Deputy Mendez, and Deputy Deitrick were set up with the fingerprinting ID kits for kids.
A very special thank you was given to the Eagles Lodge in Paulding for a cash donation and for its continuing support.
UWPC also extended a special thanks to Dennis Price, Anna Lee Adams, Ebel’s Butcher Shop, Country Times Market, Baughman Tile, and S&P Miller Excavating for all the donated items for the raffle.
The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Don E. Adams. Other winners included: a Thanksgiving dinner basket donated by S&P Miller Excavating, Ruben Gill; a gas card donated by Country Times Market, Jessica Acosta; and Brandy Highwarden won a Baughman Tile jacket.
To assist UWPC in its efforts, contact the office at 419-399-8240. More information about United Way is accessible on the website at http://unitedwayofpauldingcounty.org or “like” them on Facebook.