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Cooper to lead National Turkey Federation
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014 2:47 PM

OAKWOOD – Gary Cooper, COO of Cooper Farms, was recently elected as the chairman of the National Turkey Federation at the organization’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

As chairman, Cooper will lead the NTF 2014 Executive Committee in their mission to strengthen the turkey industry and raise awareness about turkey farming.

“I am honored to be representing the turkey industry as the newly elected chairman of the National Turkey Federation,” said Cooper. “Our NTF staff is located near Capitol Hill in DC. They are very committed to and concerned about providing the best service to all members of our turkey industry. I intend to work with them closely to continually increase the positive offerings the NTF has to enhance each turkey company in the USA.”

Cooper spoke at the NTF Annual Banquet to an audience of more than 350 after becoming chairman, including many Cooper Farms team members and Cooper family members. He spoke about Cooper Farms’ 75-year history and his vision for the future of the turkey industry in the coming years.

“I am very passionate about progressing and expanding the entire turkey industry over the next year and beyond,” said Cooper. “Our American turkey industry only has about 25 turkey companies supplying the entire country its supply of great tasting and good for you turkey products. While we are a small group, we are very committed to high quality turkey, progressively better food safety, continued excellent animal care, sustainable environmental programs and proactive approaches towards efficient operations.”

Cooper, as NTF chairman, will also have the honor of raising the turkeys which will be taken to the White House and pardoned by the President just days before Thanksgiving. This is a long-standing tradition in which Cooper’s brother, Jim Cooper, participated in 1998.

 
County celebrates Ohio 4-H Week
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014 2:27 PM

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING – Staci Hiler, 4-H program assistant for Paulding County, announced at the end of last week that one of the largest numbers of enrollments in recent years will be participating in this year’s Paulding County Fair, June 9-14.

 
Church to build youth/community center
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014 2:17 PM

By DENISE GEBERS • Progress Staff Writer

 

PAULDING – It looks like the village of Paulding is in for some times of refreshing - and perhaps the wider community as well.

That’s because “The Well” is coming to Paulding in the next few years.

Still in its planning stages, The Well Community and Youth Center is going to be built on property owned by Emmanuel Baptist Church along Emerald Road north of Paulding.

 
Paulding Council reviews water leaks, online electricity auction
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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
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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
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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.

 

 
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