Ohio readies first $88M in school innovation grants
Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH, AP Statehouse Correspondent   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 07:54

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — If approved next week, Ohio's first round of education innovation grants will go to foster careers in manufacturing and the drilling industry and early college and specialty programs tailored to Appalachia, Amish Country and the Great Lakes.

A vote scheduled Monday would clear the way for the first $88 million of Republican Gov. John Kasich's new Straight A Fund to be spent.

About a quarter of Straight A grant requests before the Ohio Controlling Board tie in some way to fostering Ohio's growing oil and gas drilling industry — an economic driver that Kasich wants to see continue to flourish and create jobs.

Kasich launched the $250 million fund in September, including it in the $62 billion, two-year state operating budget. The grant program was pitched as a way to reward creative ideas that significantly boost student achievement, reduce spending or target an impressive share of resources into the classroom. Its critics have said it gave the governor control over a chunk of money that should have been evenly divided among Ohio's cash-strapped school districts.

Miama U helps Miami tribe preserve its history
Written by LISA CORNWELL, Associated Press   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 07:53

CINCINNATI (AP) — A southwestern Ohio university is working to preserve 19th century land grant documents recently recovered by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma that mark the tribe's transition from collectively-held land to individual ownership as it tried — and mostly failed — to avoid government relocation.

Miami University's preservation work on the eight land grants — one signed in 1823 by President James Monroe and seven signed in 1843 by President John Tyler — stems from a long collaborative relationship between the tribe and university. That relationship led to the creation several years ago of the university's Myaamia Center, which helps the tribe with research needs.

Tribe member George Ironstrack, the center's assistant director, says the grants found in storage at a Catholic diocese in Indiana are historically important because they show tribe members trying to secure a land base for their families. He says the grants were promised in treaties that increasingly required the tribe to give up large amounts of land sought by the government and others.

Longtime Ohio State football manager dead at 88
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 07:48

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Bozick, Ohio State's longtime football equipment manager throughout the tenures of Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce, died Friday. He was 88.

Ohio State officials confirmed the death.

During his decades of service and long after his retirement, Bozick remained a fixture around the team's practice facility. He was a friend and a foil of Hayes' during the coach's 28 years in charge of the Buckeyes (1951-78).

For years Bozick hung around Ohio State athletes, coaches and reporters, telling colorful stories about Hayes, who died in 1987.

Bozick is one of only 17 non-athletes honored in Ohio State's men's athletic hall of fame.

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Ohio police say 1 killed in I-71 Columbus crash
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 07:51

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police say a 61-year-old tractor-trailer driver has been killed after a crash with a car on northbound Interstate 71 in Columbus.

Columbus police say the semi and a Mustang were both heading north when they hit, and the semi ran off the right side of the highway and into a guardrail and concrete sound barrier. The accident was at 6:14 a.m. EST near Gemini Place.

Police say Daniel Eisnaugle of Newark, Ohio, was dead at the scene. The Mustang driver was treated at the scene for a minor injury.

Police were still investigating the accident, which caused northbound lanes to close for hours Saturday. Traffic was reportedly moving very slowly through the area Saturday afternoon.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 15 December 2013 07:52
Victims identified in SW Ohio fire
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 14 December 2013 06:55

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a house fire killed a woman, her two young sons and her 76-year-old father in southwest Ohio.

A spokeswoman with the Montgomery County coroner's office says 4-yr-old Shaun Mobley Jr., 2-year-old Jacob Mobley, and 36-yr-old Alicia Mobley died in the fire Thursday at their home in the Dayton suburb of Kettering.

The coroner's office earlier identified the fourth victim as Forrest Carroll. Kettering police confirmed Friday that Carroll was Alicia Mobley's father.

The state fire marshal's office says investigators indicated three people escaped, one of them with injuries. Officials did not immediately release details on the injured.

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