Congressman Ted Strickland has gotten the support of Ohio's largest education association in his bid for the governor's office.
The Ohio Education Association announced their unanimous endorsement of former OEA member Strickland on Friday.
OEA President Gary L. Allen said in a press release that Strickland shares his group's vision.
“Ted has demonstrated that he truly supports public education through his proposals for great public schools in Ohio,” Allen said.
Strickland said he was proud to receive such an enthusiastic endorsement and pledged to make sure all schools are funded fully and fairly.
“That will take intensive negotiation with the legislature, no matter which party has control after next November's elections,” Strickland said.
The OEA represents 130,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio's public schools, colleges and universities.
Police agencies get grant funds
The Scioto County Sheriff's Office and the Portsmouth Police Department were two of 180 Ohio agencies to get grants from the Office of Criminal Justice.
The SCSO was awarded $36,757 for laptop computers for their cruisers and for a wireless data system. The PPD got $18,000 for the Cops in Community and School program.
In Jackson County, the Oak Hill Police Department received $21,528.68 for the Oak Hill Youth Crime Prevention program. In Lawrence County, the prosecutor's office got a $75,000 grant for the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force and the sheriff's office got $27,551 for crime prevention.
HEAP applications are available
Home Energy Assistance Program Applications may be obtained at local banks and bank branches, United Scioto Senior Activities Inc. Scioto County Multipurpose Senior Citizens Center, the Scioto County Community Action Organization and its Senior Nutrition sites.
In-home assistance is available for those who are unable to go to a sign-up site. Call the Senior Center at (740) 354-6672 to arrange a home visit.
Emergency assistance is available only through the Scioto County Community Action Organization.
Spay Day has been set for Feb. 28
Feb. 28 has been designated as Spay Day USA, an event sponsored nationally by the Doris Day Animal Foundation. This event is being promoted locally by the Scioto Trail Animal Clinic, Shawnee Animal Clinic and the Animal Welfare League of Scioto County. The theme of this year's campaign is “Do It for Love.” Spaying or neutering pets not only cuts down on the number of unwanted animals, but is an important step in providing the pet a healthy and longer life.
To take advantage of a reduced-rate spay or neuter, a certificate must be purchased on Feb. 28. The certificate can be used anytime until the end of the year. This program is not income-based but is available to all. For more information, call Scioto Trail Animal Clinic at (740) 353-2280, Shawnee Animal Clinic at (740) 353-5758 or the Animal Welfare League at (740) 858-2446.
Pike County CAC closes Monday
The Community Action Committee of Pike County/Pike County Senior Center will be closed Monday for President's Day. This includes both congregate sites. The home delivered meal program will not be running. All programs will resume on Tuesday. For more information, call (740) 947-5555.
From PDT staff reports