Clark County

The United Rehabilitation Services is helping young people with disabilities in the Clark County area gain vocational skills.  The organization is helping students get hands on training regarding the employment process.

URS has started a Summer Youth Program, which is a 6-week class serving young people with disabilities between the ages of 18 to 22. The class will teach 35 youths from Clark, Champaign, Madison and Miami Counties about job interview skills, creating cover letters and resumes, and how to fill out applications.
 

Environmental groups are working to designate 22 miles of the Mad River in Clark County as recreational space.  The process is being delayed due to controversy as to what that label will mean for  residents.

It's a win-win situation for Clark County according to Aaron Rourke, he's with the group Rivers Unlimited, that's working with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to designate the area as recreation.

That means the state agency will manage that portion of the river which Rourke says is a good thing because it will improve the landscape.

Recently, six very dedicated students became only the second class to graduate from Clark County's Project Search program. The program's graduates are all developmentally disabled students who have successfully completed a school-to-work program.

The Clark County Board of Developmental Disabilities started Project Search to help high school students with developmental disabilities receive a combination of job training and independent living skills to help them transition from school into adult life.

Ohio courts would have to report certain mental health information for inclusion in a law enforcement database under a bill headed to the governor.

The House passed the measure on a 92-0 vote Wednesday. The Senate previously passed the bill.

Courts would be required to report to law enforcement agencies those who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, or people who have been convicted of a violent offense and ordered to get mental health treatment.

The bill is named after a sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot two years ago.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for May 5, 2013 including the following stories:

- Jerry Kenney speaks with Jim Gross of Dayton Public Health about a new ad campaign geared at preventing accidental overdoses.

- Dayton's Air Improves, But Still Among Most Polluted US Cities, by Emily McCord

Wittenberg University's Concerned Black Students group held its 45th annual Walkout event this week. The event commemorates a 1969 incident when 38 of the school's 45 black students walked off campus when they alleged the university failed to address their concerns about unequal treatment.

A new Clark County public transit system was launched on Monday. The new bus service will allow riders from remote parts of the county as well as the city, to connect to destinations all over the Miami Valley area.

WestCAT is the name of the new bus service and its buses began to roll on Monday. Bus routes will run Monday through Friday from western parts of Clark County which includes New Carlisle, Enon and Mad River Township.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted paid a visit to Clark County on Thursday.

Full episode of WYSO Weekend for March 10, 2013 including the following stories:

-Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on reaction to Gov. Kasich's proposed increase on oil and natural gas drilling.

-Wayne Baker reports on Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's visit to Clark County to recognize a business that's keeping jobs in Ohio.

Plans for the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery to open a satellite operation in Springfield's Upper Valley Mall are ahead of schedule. The museum is now on pace to open in early March.

Boonshoft's vice-president of external relations Diane Farrell, says the museum received an overwhelming positive response by Clark County residents and mall management when the idea of locating at the Upper Valley Mall was proposed.

Farrell says the satellite museum will be an interactive experience designed for family fun.

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