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Van Wert 4-H offersShooting Sports Club
The Van Wert County 4-Hprogram will offer shootingsports education through thenew Shooting Sports Clubstarting in 2011.The club is open to youthages 9-18 who enroll in the4-H program. The club willmeet frequently at the Jr. FairBuilding on the Van WertCounty Fairgrounds andintroduces safety techniquesand supervised rifle shooting.Youth will practice safety,response to range commands,learn basic shooting funda-mentals, clean and maintainequipment, learn about eyeand ear protection, developshooting skills, explore con-servation issues and competein shoots.Club advisors are certi-fied through the Ohio 4-HShooting Sports program andalso through the county vol-unteer program.Parents and youth inter-ested in joining should plan toattend a kick off meeting at 7p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Jr. FairBuilding on the Van WertCounty Fairgrounds.For more information, con-tact the club advisor RobertSherer at 419-968-2196;e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call the 4-H programat the OSU Extension officeat 419-238-1214.
AEP Ohio offersENERGY STAR
GAHANNA — AEP Ohio,a unit of American ElectricPower (NYSE: AEP), recent-ly introduced its ResidentialENERGY STAR® ApplianceProgram.In an effort to increase con-sumer awareness and encour-age the purchase of ENERGYSTAR® products, AEP Ohiois offering mail-in rebates asa way of reducing the price of ENERGY STAR® qualifiedproducts to their customers.“During the first quarterof 2011, we are offering a$50 mail-in rebate to AEPOhio residential customerswho purchase an ENERGYSTAR® clothes washer,”said Jon Williams, AEP Ohiomanager energy efficiencyand peak demand response.“By replacing older or ineffi-cient products with ENERGYSTAR® qualified products,consumers reduce energy use,save money and help reducepollution. ENERGY STAR®clothes washers also use lesswater thus helping to preservethis vital resource.”The rebate is good for pur-chases made Jan. 1 throughApril 30. A clothes washerrebate form must be complet-ed and mailed in no later thanMay 15. Rebate forms can beobtained at participating retail-ers or on-line at www.gridS-MARTOhio.com. In order totake advantage of this oppor-tunity, an individual must be acurrent AEP Ohio residentialservice customer.The AEP Ohio ResidentialENERGY STAR® ApplianceProgram is part of the gridS-MART® initiative offered bythe utility to help residentialand commercial customersuse less energy, manage theirbills and protect the environ-ment. For more informationabout AEP Ohio’s energyefficiency programs, visitwww.gridSMARTOhio.comENERGY STAR® (www.energystar.gov) is a joint pro-gram of the U.S. EnvironmentalProtection Agency and theU.S. Department of Energyworking with manufacturersto help consumers through-out the United States iden-tify, purchase and use energyefficient appliances, lighting,electronics and other products.The goals are to save energy,save money and reduce pol-lution. 2009 marked anotheryear of impressive growthand continued success for theENERGY STAR® program.Americans prevented green-house gas emissions equiva-lent to removing 30 millionvehicles from the road andsaved nearly $17 billion ontheir utility bills.AEP Ohio provides elec-tricity to nearly 1.5 millioncustomers of major AEP sub-sidiaries Columbus SouthernPower Company and OhioPower Company in Ohio, andWheeling Power Companyin the northern panhandle of West Virginia. AEP Ohiois based in Gahanna and isa unit of American ElectricPower.
Y SilverSneakers donate to local food bank
The YMCA of Van Wert County’s SilverSneakers participants recently held asocial event where participants brought food items to be donated to a local foodbank. YMCA executive director Hugh Kocab, right, and Molly Holmes and ThomasMangette, SilverSneakers participants, show a portion of the donation. The fooditems were then donated to the local food bank housed at First United MethodistChurch in Van Wert.
Leadership Classto host CornHole Tourney
The Van Wert Chamber of Commerce 2011 LeadershipClass will hold a Corn HoleTournament Fundraiser at10 a.m. on Saturday at theYWCA of Van Wert County.Registration is from 9-9:30a.m.All proceeds received willbe used toward the class proj-ect of sponsoring a presenta-tion by dynamic speaker, JoshGunderson, to educate thelocal Van Wert Middle andHigh school students on theimpact of cyber-bullying.The tournament fee is $20per team with a cash payoutand double elimination. Theevent also will include a 50/50drawing and concessions. Thisis a family friendly event. Allparticipants must be age 14 orolder to play.For more information, con-tact Executive Director StacyLooser at 419-238-6639.
House votes tocreate Kasich’sprivate job board
Ohio-based managed-care co.to pay $26M Medcaid settlement
COLUMBUS (AP) —Economic development and job creation in Ohio would beguided by a nine-member pri-vate board under a bill passedTuesday by the Republican-led state House.The legislation to set upGov. John Kasich’s nonprofitJobsOhio passed on a 59-37vote, despite some concernsfrom state lawmakers that thepanel would wield enormousinvestment and contract powerwith little transparency andoversight. The measure nowgoes to the GOP-led Senate.After a partisan debatethat lasted several hours, thepassage came on an almostparty-line vote. One Democratsaid she sided in error withRepublicans.Ohio has lost about 400,000 jobs during the past four years.Ohio’s unemployment rate was9.6 percent in December, com-pared with the national unem-ployment rate of 9.4 percent.The bill sets up a frameworkfor JobsOhio, whose boardincludes Kasich as its chair.It’s intended to eventuallyreplace the Ohio Departmentof Development.The department’s interimdirector would be requiredwithin six months to reportback to the Legislature morespecific recommendations onhow the panel will operatebased on his review of theagency’s programs.
By LISA CORNWELLThe Associated Press
CINCINNATI — AnOhio-based managed healthcare company and its corpo-rate entities will pay $26 mil-lion to resolve allegations thatthey submitted false data andreceived millions of dollarsin Medicaid reimbursementsfor health care services thatwere not provided, the JusticeDepartment said Tuesday.Dayton-based CareSource,CareSource ManagementGroup Co. and CareSourceUSA Holding Co. agreed topay the United States and thestate of Ohio to settle a whistle-blower action filed on behalf of the U.S. government by twoformer CareSource employees,the government said.“Cash-strapped Medicaidprograms such as Ohio’scan ill afford conduct suchas this, designed to improvethe company’s bottom lineat the expense of a programbenefiting the poor and dis-abled,” Tony West, assistantattorney general in the JusticeDepartment’s civil division,said in a statement.CareSource President andCEO Pamela Morris said thecompany made a financialsettlement to close the mat-ter. The company denies anywrongdoing, she said, addingthat CareSource has “alwaysdealt with our relationship withthe state of Ohio and the man-agement of Medicaid fundswith the highest integrity.”The lawsuit filed in U.S.District Court in Cincinnati in2006 claimed that CareSourceentities knowingly failed toprovide required screening,assessment and case manage-ment for children with specialcare needs and adults betweenJanuary 2001 and December2006. They subsequently sub-mitted false data to the state of Ohio so that it appeared theywere providing the requiredservices to improperly retainincentives received from OhioMedicaid and avoid penalties,the government alleged.The settlement money willbe divided among the federaland state governments andthe two former CareSourceemployees.Whistleblowers RobinHerzog and Laura Rupert willreceive a share of the settle-ment, totaling $3.1 million.Ohio will receive $10.2 mil-lion, half of which will go to theOhio Department of Job andFamily Services that adminis-ters the state’s Medicaid pro-gram, department spokesmanBenjamin Johnson said.“The allegations are a causefor concern, but we are com-fortable with the terms of thesettlement,” Johnson said.He said CareSource hasagreed to oversight by the federalInspector General’s Office and toan annual independent review.
Report: Fix Ohio probation system, save $62 million
COLUMBUS (AP) —Judges would be required toorder probation instead of pris-on for offenders convicted of low-level felony crimes such astheft and drug abuse under aplan being announced today toreduce the state’s soaring prisonpopulation and save as much as$62 million.Sentences for the most seriousoffenders would be lengthened,and judges would get more lee-way in sentences for mid-levelfelony crimes, according to thereport by the Council of StateGovernment’s Justice Center.Judges also could imposeprison terms that would makeinmates eligible for a reducedsentence if behind bars theycompleted programs aimed atkeeping them from committingnew crimes. Prosecutors wouldhave to sign off on such sen-tences.Truth-in-sentencing reformsin Ohio in the 1990s eliminatedsentence reductions for goodbehavior. But critics say thosemeasures removed a carrot thatcould help inmates improvethemselves and avoid returntrips to prison.The Justice Center’s pro-posal also would require state-wide standards for probationand other non-prison alternativesuch as halfway houses as a wayof bringing unity to the Ohio’spatchwork of 187 local, countyand state probation systems.In general, the report rec-ommends holding offendersaccountable in ways that punishthe worst criminals while ensur-ing low-level offenders are lesslikely to commit new crimes. Italso recommends making betteruse of halfway house-type pro-grams and beefing up the super-vision of offenders on probation.The state’s most powerful judge, top Republican lawmak-ers and the prisons director sup-port the general concepts behindthe proposal. The center says thereforms could save $62 millionover four years and help shrinkthe prison population by morethan 4,500 inmates.Sentencing low-level felonyoffenders to probation insteadof prison would ensure they par-ticipate in programs that wouldhelp them, the report said.“Brief prison stays for thesefirst time low-level property anddrug offenders, many of whomhave substance use or mentalhealth disorders, do little tochange the behaviors that con-tributed to their criminal activ-ity,” the report said.Exceptionswould be made for offenderswho held public office or posi-tions of trust, committed crimeswhile possessing guns or seri-ously hurt someone.A report by the Justice Centerin July found that Ohio’s proba-tion system is too fragmentedand the state cycles too manylow-risk offenders serving shortsentences through the prison sys-tem. In 2008, the state spent $189million on inmates with an aver-age sentence of just nine months.Last year’s study found thatOhio’s numerous probationagencies overlap, aren’t coordi-nated and have different trainingstandards and that there’s no use-ful information collected state-wide that could help improvethe probation system. The statespends more than $130 millionannually on programs trying tokeep people out of prison withno information on whether theprograms actually work, thereport found.Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connorsaid Ohio’s current approachessometimes make things worsefor relatively low-risk offendersby exposing them to harsherprobationary terms than theyrequire, leading to their returnsto prison.