Commissioner Column: High-Speed Internet Access Bill a must for Ashtabula County

This week I wanted to take a moment to highlight an important issue that impacts thousands of residents throughout Ashtabula County and that is access to high-speed internet. While Ashtabula County is fortunate to be the largest county in the State of Ohio in terms of the overall geographic size, of which there are many positive aspects to being such a large county, there are challenges that come with being so big in the state.

Patterson’s bipartisan school safety bill passes Ohio House

COLUMBUS—State Reps. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) and Sarah LaTourette (R-Chesterland) today announced the House passage of House Bill (HB) 318, their bipartisan legislation to outline the duties of school resource officers (SRO) and provide funding to train officers, purchase school safety equipment and provide educational and mental health resources to Ohio schools.

Commissioner column: April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Wow - it is already April! March is over, but I must note that it was Social Worker Appreciation Month. So, I will begin by thanking all of the Social Workers who work tirelessly for the children and families in our community. Their job is not an easy one and as the drug epidemic continues, their job gets harder. Thank you for what you do and for the sacrifices you make to protect our children.