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ACLU and FFRF file lawsuit against Jackson City Schools
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JACKSON— On Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio and the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) ﬁled a
Religious belief, or the lack thereof, is often a very private and very closely held family tradition. The government has no place interfering in these matters by promoting one specific set of beliefs in a school that children are legally required to attend. James Hardiman ACLU of Ohio Legal Director
Annual Heart Fair held at Holzer’s Jackson Medical Center Holzer Health System’s Jackson Medical Center held their annual heart fair on Thursday, Feb. 7. Community Health and Wellness Nurse Charity McDermott is pictured doing a series of complimentary health screenings on Jackson County Times-Journal Multimedia Reporter Jeremiah Shaver. McDermott tested Shaver’s glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and hemoglobin. Other screenings that were available at the event were pulmonary function, body fat and bone density testing. The event was held in recognition of February being American Heart Month. Information was available for those in attendance on how to keep your heart healthy and happy. For more on “American Heart Month” and Holzer Health System visit jacksoncountydaily. com.
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Holzer Health System representatives were on hand to read a resoluSee Heart, Page A2 tion naming February as American Heart Health Month.
Reported hostage situation ends without incident gunpoint at that location. The caller indicated that Joshua Roach, 26, of that same address was JACKSON— A reported hostage situ- holding his mother, father and girlfriend, inside the home. ation Thursday evening, ended without Sheriff’s Deputies and officers from incident when the suspect turned himself the Oak Hill Police Department respondover to the authorities. The call went in to the Jackson Coun- ed to the scene, and through a series of phone conversations and text messages ty Sheriff’s Office at 9:55 p.m. when a female who had just left the 262 Walker with Roach were able to diffuse the situation. Road address in Oak Hill reported that A deputy that had prior dealings with a male may be holding his family at
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Roach was then able to talk him into coming outside where the officers prevented him from returning to the inside of the home. Roach was then taken into custody without incident. Roach was charged with inducing panic, a first degree misdemeanor. The officers were able to learn later that Roach and his girlfriend had split
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Support needed for first Wellston Neighborhood Revitalization meeting
WELLSTON— The City of Wellston has an opportunity to receive a grant that could be used to do improvements in a target area of the city, but the involvement of the Wellston community will be key to the success or failure of obtaining the grant. Tami Phillips with “Making Wellston Beautiful” spoke about the grant at a recent Wellston City Council meeting. “The City of Wellston has got an opportunity to receive a $300,000 Neighborhood Revitalization Grant,” said Phillips. “This money could go a long way toward making visible improvements in the southeast area of the city, all the way from Broadway Street to Jenkins Memorial Road.” Phillips added, “Some projects that are being considered are replacing water lines, repaving streets, replacing street signs and sidewalks, installing ADA-curb cuts, and making park improvements.” She explained, “In order to improve our chances of getting the grant, we need to show major support from our Wellston residents. If we show enough interest and get this grant, not only will it be renewable, but it will also open the door to other grants to use in other parts of the city.” Phillips went on to say, “part of the requirements for receiving this grant are to have five community meetings. We also have to go door to door in the target area of Wellston with a petition.” She stated the petition will then go to the Office of Community Development who decides, which projects get chosen for that target area. “I want to stress that community involvement is key in getting this grant and without community involvement we will not get it,” stated Wellston Mayor Connie Pelletier. “They are going to take into account the amount of signatures and attendance at the community meetings so that’s why it’s important that we get the word out,” said Phillips.
Commissioners proclaim February Heart Health Month JACKSON— The Jackson County Commissioners have proclaimed February to be American Heart Health Month as a way to help the community be more aware of what it takes to deal with heart disease. The resolution said that every minute an American will die from a coronary attack, and on average, every 40 seconds, someone will have a stroke. The resolution goes on to say that among an estimated 45 million people with functional disabilities in the U.S., heart disease, stroke and hypertension are among the 15 leading conditions causing those disabilities.
lawsuit against the Jackson City School District, seeking the removal of a religious portrait currently on display in Jackson Middle School. FFRF sent an initial letter of complaint on Jan. 2 to Jackson City School District Superintendent Phil Howard demanding that the portrait of Jesus Christ come down. That initial complaint from FFRF brought almost a whole community together in support of keeping the portrait where it is. The See Jesus, Page A2
FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH