The Press News editor Kelly J. Kaczala, reporter and sports editor Pat Eaken, and freelance reporter Melissa Burden won first place from the Ohio Newspaper Association’s 2009 Osman C. Hooper Newspaper Show for in-depth coverage of financial issues involving Jerusalem Township last year.
Kaczala, Eaken and Burden covered township meetings that raised questions on government officials’ use of credit cards, personal use of township cell phones, and township reimbursement of health insurance premiums for Trustee Rodney Graffis. State Auditor Mary Taylor later found during an audit that Graffis illegally received health insurance premiums for health insurance coverage, and ordered him to repay the township over $20,000.
The judges commented: “This is a complex story that developed over time and required reportorial persistence and very deft diplomatic investigative interviews with bitterly opposed sources as well as with other public officials. It is a story that clearly served legitimate public interests in a transparency of public finances showing good appreciation of due process and successfully demonstrated to its readers the reasons for concern.”
John Szozda, columnist and general manager, won third place in column writing for three columns including one entitled “Man fights for citizen soldiers after military service called obstacle.” The column depicted the personal plight of a citizen-soldier from Oregon fighting to retain his job and his subsequent efforts to help fellow reservists who also lost their jobs while serving their country.
The Press competes in the category for the largest weekly newspapers in the state.
After receiving a recall notice from their supplier of chocolate covered peanuts, Toft’s has issued a voluntary recall on half-gallon cartons of Tin Roof Sundae ice cream. The ice cream contains roasted peanuts supplied by Peanut Corporation of America.
The UPC product code is 19473-00732 and the code date is 01.06.10. Tin Roof Sundae in half-gallon cartons is the only item in the voluntary recall. No other Toft’s products are affected.
Toft, a Sandusky company, has not received any reports of consumer illnesses associated with the recall. To receive a refund, send the end flap of your carton with the proper code date to Tin Roof Sundae, Toft Dairy, P.O. Box 2558, Sandusky, OH 44870.
For the fourth consecutive year Luckey Farmers has been awarded The Distinguished Service Award from the Oak Harbor-Penta FFA Chapter. The award recognizes the firm for its ongoing support of supplying seeds, crop spraying and fertilizer.
The club also bestowed honorary degree awards to supporters Robert Mackey, Jim Henline and Wistinghausen Florist.
Certificates of appreciation were awarded to the following businesses, organizations and individuals: Penta Career Center, Moore Orchard, Oak Harbor Hardware, Mrs. Val Damschroder, Norm Witt, Oak Harbor Auto Parts, Keith Thorbahn, Ron Pfeiffer, Tank’s Meats, Dr. Michael Stone, Oak Harbor Young Farmers Chapter, Tim Tank and Ohio Signature Beef.
Up the ladder
Kevin Clingaman has been promoted to vice president with Key Investment Services in Monroe.
Clingaman joined Key Investment Services in 2006 as a financial advisor, working with clients on retirement planning, estate planning and income generation for retirees. He is a graduate of Ohio University and serves as president of the Ohio University Alumni Association, Greater Toledo Chapter.
Clingaman is an Oregon resident.
At the clubs
Warren Henry from the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments will speak to the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Noon at the clubhouse at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon. RSVP at 419-693-5580.
The Oregon Economic Development Foundation will host An Evening With the City of Oregon Thursday, 4:00-7:00 pm at Oak Shade Grove. Members are invited to spend an evening with Mayor Marge Brown and leaders of each city department. Call Linda at 419-693-9999.