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City begins to address pool pass controversy

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Recently a local same-sex couple was denied a Family Pass for use at the Heise Park Pool. While they were still allowed to use the pool at standard admission rates, the situation brought to light the ever-changing concept of what a family is — making this more than a matter of gay rights.There are numerous examples of non-traditional families, such as single-parent households, grandparents and other blood relatives being caregivers, adoptive families, blended families, and, yes, gay couples raising children.


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Slim RandlesLike a doctor removing something important, Herb Collins gently peeled the wrapper back from the root ball and tenderly placed the baby tree in the hole. Then he stood and walked around it to see which way he should align it. Actually, looks pretty good just the way it is.So he took his bucket of mixed sand and compost and began sprinkling it down onto the roots and then packing it in gently with his fist.Every few minutes he’d stop and read ...

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Savvy Senior: Alternative Lodging Options for Retirees Who Travel

Dear Savvy Senior,Since retiring, my husband and I love to travel but hotel costs eat up our budget so fast we can’t stay as long, or go as often as we’d like to. I’ve heard that there are alternative lodging options like short-term apartment rentals or even house sitting that offer a much cheaper way to travel. How can we find these?Retired TravelersDear Travelers,If you’re willing to do a little research and preplanning, th...

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Troubled Josh Gordon charged with DWI

Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble, and it may cost him his NFL career.Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver was arrested early Saturday morning in Raleigh, N.C., and charged with driving while impaired. It’s the latest off-field incident for the ultra-talented player who faced a possible indefinite suspension from the NFL even before the arrest.Gordon was pulled over just before 3 a.m. for going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone, Raleigh Police Department spokesman Ji...

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Clippers sale hangs in balance as trial begins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the potentially record-breaking $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers hanging in the balance, a trial beginning Monday will focus on whether Donald Sterling’s estranged wife had the authority under terms of a family trust to unilaterally negotiate the deal.Shelly Sterling struck a deal to sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to ...

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NCAA suggests contact limits for football practice

The NCAA is suggesting that football teams hold no more than two contact practices per week during the season in guidelines that grew out of a safety and concussion summit early this year.Practice limits were among several recommendations released Monday by the NCAA, which called them guidelines that could change “in real time” rather than rules passed through legislation.The practice guidelines also recommend four contact practices per week during the presea...

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Movie Review: “Tammy”

“Tammy” is a movie where we’re supposed to laugh at bad things happening to a pathetic character. Tammy (Melissa McCarthy) is responsible for a lot of the bad things about her life, but the world keeps piling problems upon her anyway. She is not likeable or resilient enough to us to root for her, but not heinous enough for us to root for her misfortune and comeuppance. We’re not rooting for anything except for the movie to be over.

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Attorney General DeWine Certifies Petition for Ohio Clean Energy Initiative Amendment

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today certified the petition for the proposed Ohio Clean Energy Initiative amendment to the Ohio Constitution. The initiative certified today is the fourth such-titled submission to the Attorney General since 2012.On June 26th, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled “The Ohio Clean Energy Initiative,” from the committee Yes for Ohio’s Energy Fu...

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Upcoming car show to honor Galion man

Gospel Baptist Church’s 15th Annual Cruise-In Car Show is Saturday, July 19. The show is held on the third Saturday of July each year, but what makes this year different is that the event is in memory of Bob Godby, who was a vital part of the show.Godby, a Galion resident, passed away in April. He and his wife, Terri, had been members of the church for nine years. Bob ran the car show for the last four years, and in his absence, Terri decided to lead the organization effort....

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Three more hired at Galion, treasurer leaving

Administrators at Galion City Schools have continued the interview process to get numerous vacant positions filled, after an influx of retirements. The Board of Education held a special meeting on July 7 to approve three new staff members.Superintendent Mark Stefanik explained the employment recommendations needed to be approved by July 10 so the hirees could give resignation notices to their respective districts and be ready for the upcoming school year.

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Legislative Luncheon with Gov. Kasich next Tuesday

BELLVILLE — Ohio Governor John Kasich will be in Bellville on Tuesday, July 15 for a Legislative Luncheon at the Deer Ridge Golf Club & The Sand Wedge Grill, 900 Comfort Plaza Drive. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a speech and Q&A session. The event is sponsored by a Regional Chamber Partnership including the Ashland Area, Bucyrus Area, Clear Fork Valley, Galion-Crestline and Richland Area Chambers of Commerce.Cost to attend is $20 for Chamber members, $40 for non-...

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Codified Ordinances updated

The City of Galion’s codified ordinances have been updated.During a recent City Council meeting, Law Director Thomas Palmer made the announcement. He explained the ordinances received a large-scale revision to reflect the statutory form of government and to remove references to the now abolished City Charter.Recently created sections like the revised sign ordinance were added, and the ordinances were reviewed by department heads to check for necessary updates....

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Galion fireworks well attended

Heise Park was full of people and cars for Galion’s fireworks show on Saturday night. Throughout town, residents congregated on lawns and in parking lots as well.The show lasted about 20 minutes and had plenty of colors to rouse “ooh’s and ah’s” from the spectators.On the Inquirer Facebook page, Tara Rupp commented: “Display was awesome!!”Linda Miller said via Facebook: “The Galion fireworks was one of the best t...

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Firelands Federal Credit Union named one of 2014 Best Employers in Ohio

Firelands Federal Credit Union was recently named #9 in the Small/Medium Company category of the 2014 Best Employers in Ohio. The annual list of the Best Employers in Ohio was created by the Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Ohio, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The 2014 Best Employers in Ohio list is made up of 40 companies...

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Crawford County Farm Bureau offering family-friendly fair activities

Crawford County Farm Bureau is expanding its presence at the Crawford County Fair.In 2014, the Whetstone Building will be revitalized to provide an interactive agricultural education area. Farm Bureau aims to reach fair guests with a positive message about agriculture in our community, state, and nation.

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Rutgers holds party to celebrate joining Big Ten

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers marked its first day in the Big Ten with a party at its football stadium.Tuesday’s celebration attracted a crowd of about 2,000 fans, who listened to music from a cover band and watched as fireworks went off at the end of the night. There also were big inflatable houses for the kids.“I think today is going to be like an anniversary,” Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood said. “Whether it’s a wedding anniver...

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Howard’s best not enough to save US World Cup run

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — Tim Howard kept the ball out of the net with slides, with dives and with leaps.He couldn’t do it forever.With the United States trying to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002, he saved 12 of Belgium’s shots in regulation to keep the game scoreless.But Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 93rd minute and Romelu Lukaku in the 105th to build a two-goal lead for the Red Devils, who hung on for a 2-1 win...

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Cavaliers meet with agent for James

CLEVELAND (AP) — Four years after their messy breakup, the Cavaliers and LeBron James are at least talking about a reunion.Cavs officials met with James’ agent, Rich Paul, this week about the free-agent superstar’s possible return. The sides visited as James continued his family vacation.It was not immediately clear if owner Dan Gilbert was at the meeting.James recently opted out of the final two years of his contract in Miami. The two-time N...

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