There has long been talk of updating the way Ohio grades its schools. The current report cards rely on a complicated evaluation system that many say is imperfect. But, yesterday the Ohio House approved a bill that would simplify and toughen that report card system.
After years of playing metal and punk, Chris McFadden (mandolin/vocals) and Josh Dillon (guitar/vocals) decided to explore something different and began playing the more acoustic Bluegrass-influenced music that would become the signature of Stillwater Riverband. The band has grown to two members to four and spent the first part of 2012 performing many live gigs in the Dayton area. The band is now recording their first album and stopped by the WYSO studio for some live songs.
Stillwater Riverband will release its debut album in early 2013.
Environmental activists and consumer advocates are breathing a sigh of relief. Ohio lawmakers apparently are NOT going to change the state’s energy efficiency program during the last days of the current legislative session.
The program requires electric companies to lower overall power usage by giving money to people and businesses that buy energy-saving appliances and equipment. To fund the program, all electricity customers pay a surcharge on their monthly electric bills.