Written by Larry Limpf
February 20, 2009
Ohio law covering military veterans’ service discharge records will change in April and many of those records on file in the offices of county recorders will not be considered public record.
“These records will not be open for inspection and the public may not purchase copies of them for 75 years after they are recorded,” said Virginia Park, Ottawa County Recorder.
After April 6, only persons designated as an authorized party under Ohio Revised Code may see or copy the records. Those include the veteran, a county veterans service officer or attorney-in-fact, agent or other representative of the veteran who is the subject of the discharge form. Persons authorized by a court of record or an executor, administrator, heir, or legatee of a deceased veteran are also allowed access to the records.
Redacted copies of the records are to be made available to those not authorized under the ORC.
Currently, genealogists, historians, and family members of veterans often look at the records and purchase copies, Ms. Park said.
Hosted by arts community
State Rep. Randy Gardner (R-6th District) will be host Feb. 23 at Eastwood High School as part of Arts Day 2009.
The Ohio Citizens for the Arts Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council sponsor the annual event, which provides citizens a chance to express their support of public funding for the arts.
Participating schools host state legislators who share information about the legislative process. In turn, students and faculty present information about the school’s arts and civics programs.
On April 1, students will travel to Columbus to spend the morning with legislators and discuss the impact the arts have on their lives. In the morning, the students will attend the 2009 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and later will attend a luncheon.
Sergeant Jeff Harrison of the Elmore Police Department was successful in his grant application to the Office of Homeland Security for portable surveillance equipment. The department was notified last week the grant of $72,600 for the cameras and related wireless equipment was being awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.