Blog Archive

Posted October 02, 2020
    Page One of Friday's Daily Record (10.2.2020) carried a Covid story that reported various facts for Wayne, Ashland, Holmes and Richland counties.     It is well worth adding some additional facts from the same Ohio Dept. of Health dashboard.     In summary, there continues to be a heavy focus...
Posted September 27, 2020
Wayne secures $1.4M to expand rural transportation Program to target rides to work, doctor, court appearances Emily Morgan The Daily Record Published 5:45 a.m. Sept. 22, 2020 WOOSTER — Wayne County will pilot a transportation program early next year to extend ride-sharing and other transit...
Posted May 28, 2020
Balance. There is a wise couple that lives not far from us. In a recent conversation the one with proven expertise in viral things summed up our conversation on the main topic these days with one word: balance. Our bodies are a battle ground of teeming microbes -- whether we are healthy or ill,...
Posted May 08, 2020
“The Living Room” – Day Center Program Proposal  [ return to Home Jesus is Calling page ] The Salvation Army – Majors Harry & Madelaine Dwier April 2020 A. Mission Summary & Statement of Need Within the City of Wooster, 16.0% of our residents are living in poverty (see attached United...
Posted May 08, 2020
Examples of God's hand: Love INC movement Study Group Nehemiah Study Group Women's Faith Halfway Home Ken Hawkins the other guy with Ken Hawkins Living Room project [ return to Home - Jesus is Calling ]
Posted May 08, 2020
We are seeing God at work in our community in so many ways -- ways that are connecting and opening doors in that can only be explained as God's hand in this. Jesus is calling us to prayer with Him ... and to mobilization of His believing Church as we join His lead to minister to the struggling. [...
Posted April 30, 2020
This is my 44th year in continuous, full-time service in elected office, eight years at the local level, but most of it in our state legislature. I only say that to tell you this:  The longer I serve, the more convinced I am that civil government is NOT going to provide us with the solutions to...
Posted March 17, 2020
Let's take a look at our situation on this primary election day, as called for in Ohio law. This is a good day to consider ways that we can "make lemonade" out of our sour situation. This election has not been called off.  It actually started 30 days ago when early voted began. While it looks as...
Posted December 28, 2019
After nearly a year and a half of work by hundreds of community members, a significant update to Wayne County’s comprehensive plan was adopted by the board of commissioners during a regular meeting held on Nov. 27. This plan proposed many objectives and specific actions to manage development,...
Posted December 28, 2019
Notes: ​ This article has been edited for clarification after first appearing in The Daily Record on April 29, 2019. County officials appreciate this Daily Record news coverage focusing on county highway needs. Edited portions appear in italics and a different type face. Two public hearings are...
Posted May 12, 2019
Notes: this article has been edited for clarification after first appearing in The Daily Record on April 29, 2019. County officials appreciate this Daily Record news coverage focusing on county highway needs. Edited portions appear in italics and a different type face. Two public hearings are...
Posted November 04, 2018
For the first time in more than a decade, Wayne County is updating its comprehensive plan. Wayne Onward is an effort to create an authentic, community-driven vision for the future of the County. This vision is in the process of  identifying qualities of our county that should be preserved,...
Posted October 31, 2016
Both adult workers and high school students are finding new opportunities to learn new skills in advanced manufacturing at our Wayne County Career Center. A crowd participated in the ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 27 as a new facility added at the Career Center comes on line. RAMTEC stands for...
Posted October 20, 2016
On Saturday, October 8 a group gathered for another in the series of awarness sessions held by SALT -- a Rittman opiate addiction task force. I had the opportunity to engage in one of the best discussions yet on this very serious issue. This article, by The Post - Northwest Wayne, contributed by...
Posted October 20, 2016
This excerpt from The Daily Record documents an increased ability to focus on bringing those from jail or prison into self sustaining work. . . State funding will allow Reentry Coalition to become a services delivery provider By DAN STARCHER Staff Writer Published:  October 20, 2016 4:00 AM WOOSTER...
Posted October 20, 2016
Our Wayne County Career Center is doing critical work to help both young people and older adults move into satisfying and well-paying jobs. Yesterday I was at neighboring Ashland-West Holmes Career Center to see students nearing certification on various construction equipment.  Here pictured with...
Posted October 16, 2016
Wooster is home to RIDGE Project Regional Office By DAN STARCHER Staff Writer Published: October 16, 2016 4:00 AM  The Daily Record WOOSTER -- Strong families produce strong children who will pass that legacy of strength to future generations. That is, in part, the belief of one of Wooster's...
Posted October 10, 2016
J.M. Smucker is into Jelly, Coffee and Pet Food! Our recent visit to the J.M. Smucker company campus in Orrville.
Posted October 08, 2016
It was a big day Friday as hundreds of students received a direct look at 14 local manufacturing companies that contribute as driving forces to our area economy. Students had the opportunity to see manufacturing job opportunities up close — everything from operating sophisticated computer...
Posted September 30, 2016
I've known for eight years that -- given voters' approval to continue serving -- that the final six months brought on by term limits would eventually arrive.  And they have. For this entire year, I've been asked two or three time a day, "So what are you going to do beyond 2016, Ron?"  My answer has...
Posted February 15, 2016
The following description of the panel discussion in Ohio was provided by the Columbus Metropolitan Club, which hosted the panel discussion: How could giving money to a poor family or helping clean-up a neighborhood do more harm than good? The unintended and harmful consequences of charity is the...
Posted June 29, 2015
SPONSOR TESTIMONY - H.J.R. 4 Senate Rules Committee  June 29, 2015 President and Chairman Faber, Vice Chair Widener, Ranking Member Schiavoni and members of the committee, thank you for this opportunity to join Representative Curtin for the purpose of introducing you to Substitute House Joint...
Posted May 13, 2015
Testing hours have more than doubled in recent years.  This bill pulls back by about 50 percent.  In addition, it takes another step to shift away from the PARCC testing that was developed independent of our state legislature and more recently somewhat co-opted by our federal government. The bill...
Posted May 12, 2015
Testimony of State Rep. Ron Amstutz Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Before the Ohio House Community and Family Advancement Committee Chairman Derickson, Ranking Member Howse, and members of the committee, I’m excited about the opportunity to join Representative Derickson to introduce you to HB 196, the...
Posted May 09, 2015
By     ERIC MCFARLAND  April 27, 2015 7:11 p.m. ET     The ghosts of Lenin and Mao might well be smirking. Communist and authoritarian nations are moving to take global leadership in, and profit from, the commercial use of nuclear power, a technology made possible by the market-driven economies of...