Coshocton City Schools and EMS levies pass

| November 6, 2012

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton City Schools renewal levy passed by a big margin with 2,814 voters casting a “yes” vote and 1,747 saying no with 184 provisional ballots yet to be counted. Coshocton City Schools superintendent Dr. David Hire was on hand at the Board of Elections on Tuesday evening. He thanked voters, saying, “You can see a little smile on my face. We’re really again grateful and overwhelmed by the community. This is my sixth year at Coshocton and this is our fifth levy on the ballot. Three of those have been renewals and we really count on those funds. If we don’t have those it just really puts us behind. We really believe that public education is the cornerstone of our democracy and we need good, strong public schools and we’re doing the best we can to be good stewards of those funds and we’re just really grateful again. It’s bringing in $114,000 per year and we really need that to keep up our properties, work on things at the high school and we may still need to do a few things before we get into that new elementary school. Again, thank you to the Coshocton community.”

The county-wide EMS levy passed with 8,239 yes votes, or 54.15% of the votes while 6,975 voters or 45.85% said “no”. Todd Shroyer, representing Coshocton EMS, was on hand at the Board of Elections and said this to voters in Coshocton County, “We’re extremely thankful to the community for supporting us again this time. We couldn’t have done this without our committee; Retired EMT Don Carpenter was chair of the committee and Ron Bowen was the treasurer. A lot of the crew people went out and helped. The main thing we did was our door-to-door campaign. We tried to get out and tell people what we were doing and why we were doing it. With this levy we’re going back to 3 mils where we originally were, the main reason is so we can staff a fifth crew 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to reduce response time. This will be a tremendous benefit; if you’ve ever waited on an ambulance, you know that minutes seem like hours and we want to keep the response times as short as possible. Thank you to everybody that voted for us.”

In other races of local interest, Republican Josh Mandel won by a significant margin in Coshocton County, with over 50% of the vote while incumbent Sherrod Brown (D) got just over 40%. Independent Scott Rupert garnered over 1,000 votes in Coshocton County, nearly 7% of the total. Despite the success in Coshocton County, Brown will return to Washington as one of Ohio’s two senators.

In Coshocton County, Mitt Romney was the favorite, capturing over 53% of the vote tally, while President Obama got about 44%. Several other candidates for President also got votes, including write-in candidates.

All results are considered unofficial until validated by the Board of Elections.

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; www.fortunes4advocare.com. I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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