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DELAWARE — As much as Ralph Martin focuses on the grinding, stitching, nailing and polishing, the heart of his job is meeting customers. And there’s a steady line of them these days, bringing ripped uppers, broken buckles, split soles and sometimes just simple smiles of support. Martin, 84, is recovering from a stroke suffered in February, which kept him out of his downtown shop for two months and worried his loyal clientele.
The former marching-band director and music teacher at East Knox Local Schools was indicted on Monday, accused of having sex with a student. A Knox County grand jury indicted Trever L. Rodenberger, 29, of Howard, on one count of sexual battery, a third-degree felony that could bring up to five years in prison if Rodenberger is convicted.
For the firFor the first time in 30 years, the Longaberger Co. will hold its annual convention — the Bee — in the place where it all began, Dresden, Ohio.st time in 30 years, the Longaberger Co. will hold its annual convention — the Bee — in the place where it all began, Dresden, Ohio.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich flies into Washington Tuesday to meet with a group of heavy hitters – including some of his former congressional colleagues – who have lent their names and support to the governor’s nascent bid for president. Among those included on Kasich’s “steering committee” of D.C. supporters are Reps. Pat Tiberi, R-Genoa Township, who is chairing the committee, Steve Stivers of Upper Arlington and Mike Turner of Dayton.
Left with few options after last month’s sweeping Supreme Court ruling, opponents of same-sex marriage are pursuing twin tracks to fight back in Ohio. One is yet another attempt to mitigate the impact of the 5-4 decision. State Rep. Ron Young is seeking sponsors for a bill “to protect the rights of conscience for business entities and their employees.”
A pair of black lawmakers is urging their colleagues in the Ohio Senate to pass a resolution condemning the display of the Confederate flag. As South Carolina legislators began debating today whether to take down the Confederate flag outside the Capitol in Charleston, Sens. Charleta Tavares, D-Columbus, and Cecil Thomas, D-Cincinnati, introduced a resolution.
A new report says Ohio must find ways to help prevent or delay disability among older adults as people 65 and older are expected to account for nearly 22 percent of the state’s population by 2032. The report from the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University also calls on the state to find ways to help older people with disabilities remain in their communities, including the use of technology, the encouragement of disability-friendly design standards in new construction and renovations and the recruitment and development of a caring, well-trained workforce. While Ohio’s overall population is projected to grow by 2 percent from 2010 to 2030, the population of people 60 and older is expected to increase by 47 percent and the population of people 85 and older is expected to increase by 46 percent.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Police in Cincinnati expressed confidence that the city is ready to host baseball's All-Star Game, even though a weekend melee raised questions about downtown safety.
With Gov. John Kasich’s official entrance into the presidential race just a couple weeks away, Dispatch Washington Bureau Chief Jack Torry and reporter Jessica Wehrman examine his time in Congress, specifically his opposition to the B-2 stealth bomber. “Even as Kasich loves to talk about saving taxpayers billions of dollars on the B-2, he does not mention that, just a few years earlier, he worked just as energetically to save the less-sophisticated B-1 bomber, a $286 million plane that was partly built in Columbus.”
Sen. Rob Portman raised more than $2.9 million during the second quarter of 2015, giving him more than $10 million on hand for a Senate bid that’s 16 months away. His campaign released the figures this morning for the period between April 1 and June 30. The reports are due to the Federal Election Commission July 15.
MARION, Ohio — Police are certain that Eric Creagh became a drug kingpin while under the county’s Intensive Supervision Program. And they worry that the city has become a destination for drug dealers such as Creagh in part because of its probation department and drug court. “It has turned from more of a law-enforcement program into a social-service program,” Marion Police Maj. Jay MacDonald said of the probation program and 2-year-old drug court.
MIAMI — A legal fight is brewing in Florida between the estate of Untouchables Prohibition agent Eliot Ness and an Ohio company over long-undiscovered stock that apparently belonged to Ness and might be worth more than $1 million.
The longtime director of the University of Akron band died on Saturday night after collapsing while leading a July Fourth community band performance at downtown Akron’s Lock 3 Park.
PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — The National Park Service will keep a full-time superintendent and staff at a Lake Erie island monument.
CINCINNATI — Six meerkats have made their debut in an outdoor exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.
CINCINNATI — A plan to counter surging gun violence in Cincinnati is undergoing revisions, with some changes in response to negative feedback.
The Ralph T. and Esther L. Warburton Foundation has pledged $2.27 million to Case Western Reserve University to fund scholarships for medical, dentistry and nursing students.
In February 1973, a woman gave birth to a girl on a United Airlines jet at the airport in Youngstown and tried to flush her down the toilet.
Former Wright State University medical school dean Marjorie Bowman will remain the second-highest-paid university employee for one year after stepping down in February, according to records obtained by the Dayton Daily News.
A Circleville man died from injuries suffered when a car struck his motorcycle on Rt. 56 in Pickaway County near Laurelville on Sunday afternoon.
WASHINGTON — Democrat Ron Dellums of California was working out in the U.S. House gym years ago when a brash young Republican congressman approached him and asked why he wanted to kill the B-2 stealth bomber, the most advanced bomber ever designed. Dellums’ answer resonated with the lawmaker, John Kasich: “We can’t afford it,” Dellums said, rattling off a list of reasons why the pricey bomber was unnecessary.
TOLEDO — City officials are taking another step toward buying a state-owned office tower that houses government offices in downtown Toledo.
TOLEDO — A 101-year-old World War II veteran has received long-overdue medals honoring his service during the war at a ceremony in northwestern Ohio.
Boeing will continue maintaining guidance systems for the nation’s Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile fleet, work that will be performed at the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center in Heath.
Together, Ray and Matt Lees — a longtime couple with a big, busy, suburban household — are raising eight children. “We don’t treat them as his three and my five,” Matt said. “They’re ours.” That likely will become a matter of record soon. When the Supreme Court ruled last week that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, it also provided the means for married same-sex couples such as Ray and Matt to obtain joint parental rights in Ohio.
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