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Paulding Council reviews water leaks, online electricity auction
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 9:04 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council had a full agenda Monday, March 3, discussing the pending online auction for an energy supplier, water leak repairs, a community income survey, and getting ready for the start of spring.

 
2.7 million working-age Ohioans report difficulties with technology in workplace
Friday, February 28, 2014 3:43 PM

COLUMBUS – According to Connect Ohio’s recently published report, Training Ohio’s Workforce—Bringing Digital Skills to the Workplace, more than 2.7 million working-age Ohio adults say they would have difficulty completing computer-related tasks required by most employers, while two-thirds of Ohio businesses (67%) use broadband and need employees who can use it effectively.

Nationally, 70% of businesses consider it “important” or “very important” for employees to have some Internet skills. Many Ohio adults lack the digital skills that employers are seeking — one in eight Ohio households that do not subscribe to broadband cite a lack of digital literacy skills as a main reason for not subscribing.

“In Columbus, we don’t have a problem creating jobs. We have a problem filling jobs,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “We must train our people to give them skills that will allow them to participate in our economic success.”

Of the 7.2 million Ohio adults below retirement age, 38% say they would have difficulty completing at least one of the following tasks:

Creating or editing a spreadsheet (33%)

Going online using a mobile device (14%)

Using word processing software (13%)

Sending or receiving an e-mail (7%) without assistance.

That represents more than 2.7 million working-age Ohio adults who would have difficulty in performing at least one of these tasks.

“Providing Ohioans with basic digital literacy training and connecting them to the Internet delivers the opportunity needed to bridge the ‘digital divide’ and allows for Ohioans to compete on a national and global level,” said Stu Johnson, executive director of Connect Ohio. “Technical skills in the workplace have already become a requirement and the trend towards a virtual workplace has taken off and will only continue to grow. The proper technical skills can provide anyone, regardless of location, a wealth of endless career opportunities.”

Additional key findings from this report include:

Nationally, 70% of businesses consider it “important” or “very important” for employees to have some Internet related skills, yet 40% report that they have a difficult time finding employees with the necessary technical skills.

Many Ohio adults lack the digital skills that employers are seeking — one in eight Ohio households that do not subscribe to broadband cite a lack of digital literacy skills as their main reasons for not subscribing.

More than 2.7 million working-age Ohio adults would have difficulty completing computer-related tasks that many employers require.

One in three working-age Ohio adults (33% of adults age 18-64) say it would be “difficult” or “very difficult” for them to use a computer to create or edit a spreadsheet without assistance from someone else.

 
Ohio concealed carry: Record number of licenses issued in 2013
Friday, February 28, 2014 2:58 PM

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today issued a report indicating that more than 145,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2013, the largest number since licenses were first issued in 2004.

According to statistics reported to the attorney general’s office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 96,972 new licenses and 48,370 renewal licenses in 2013, or 145,342 total licenses. The number of licenses is also the largest in a single year since licenses were first issued in 2004.

The previous record for new licenses issued and total licenses issued was in 2012, when 64,650 new licenses and 76,810 total licenses were issued. The previous record for renewal licenses was in 2008, the first year licenses could be renewed, when 31,139 licenses were renewed.

The attorney general’s office compiles an annual report as required by law about the number of licenses issued each year. Each sheriff must report concealed handgun license statistics quarterly to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission within the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

To learn more about Ohio’s concealed carry laws, please visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/ConcealedCarry.

 

 
Schools add make-up days to calendar
Thursday, February 27, 2014 5:04 PM

By JOE SHOUSE • Progress Correspondent

There is a saying we hear that goes something like this, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute, and it will change.” And since we have turned the calendar over to 2014, local residents have experienced change after change.

A blizzard, ice, high gusty winds, small 5-inch snows overnight, ice on top of snow on top of ice, not to mention bitter cold temperatures and severe wind chills, and yes, even fog. All this adds up to decision making on behalf of Paulding County school superintendents when it comes to delaying the start of school or to cancel altogether. These decisions have come far too often for the district leaders who represent Wayne Trace, Paulding, and Antwerp schools.

 
Livestock building fundraiser PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:53 PM

The Paulding County Senior Fair Board recently held a Livestock Building Project fundraiser, consisting of a chicken dinner and auction, at the Paulding County Extension Center. Through the efforts of many, the evening was a huge success.

The Livestock Building Fund will be used to construct three livestock barns on the Paulding County Fairgrounds.

Here, Dan Howell, senior fair board president, presents a check for $6,352.75 to Lisa McClure, executive director of Paulding County Area Foundation, which administers the funds.

 
Snowy owls in Paulding County PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:43 PM

According to the Ohio Ornithological Society, usually rare sightings of snowy owls are on the increase in Ohio this winter. Evidence of the fact has shown up in Paulding County.

Earlier this month, these pictures of snowy owl were taken in Emerald and Paulding townships. The first was taken Feb. 11 on Road 224 outside of Cecil at the Eugene Strable residence. His daughter, Melody Hurtig, got this picture as the raptor hung out in a tree from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The second picture was taken by Mary Molitor at her mother’s home on Ohio 111 west of Paulding on the roof of an outbuilding.

Generally arctic residents, these owls are “massive” and hunt during the day. Most years their presence is found in the Lake Erie area, but this year the OOS says sightings have been made in over 40 Ohio counties. An Ohio Department of Natural Resources publication about owls states in a typical year, only a dozen snowy owls would be seen in Ohio; most would be first-year females.

 
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