Two major social service agencies are merging their programs and services. Officials say after about a year of work and preparation Quest Recovery & Prevention Services and Community Services of Stark County are coming together to provider faster, more in-depth care to treat the entire person in need. The merger will created a combined $16,000,000 budget and will have have the ability to serve 10,000 clients per year at 16 different sites throughout Stark and surrounding Counties. Community Services CEO, Dan Fuline, says “It is not often that two of the finest, home-town social service agencies in any community make the decision to combine their forces for the betterment of the community." The transition period will occur following the retirement of Fuline. Quest's current CEO, Keith Hochadel will take over the duties as the new CEO beginning July 1st of next year.
The Goodwill in Canton is giving away free Christmas trees to those in need. The trees were brought to the store Thursday afternoon and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. The more than 500 trees were donated by Smith Evergreen in Magnolia and come in various sizes.
About 125 people gathered last night at Gahanna Lincoln High Schoolâs football field to pray for a miracle for Bill Lewis, the Columbus city mobility engineer gravely injured on Friday when a crash sent a bus hurtling onto a Downtown sidewalk. But in a sense, a miracle has already occurred. âSurgeons are saying he is defying all the odds in his survival,â said family friend Jennifer Hansen.
There were 14 days of testimony by 43 witnesses. More than 100 exhibits were introduced into evidence. The termination hearing for former Marion-Franklin High School Principal Pamela Diggs ended yesterday, but it will be late March before the hearing officer will issue his ruling on whether Columbus City Schools should fire her for her role in the districtâs data scandal.
A man admitted yesterday that he killed and mutilated a dog in Newark on Wednesday. Harley J. Paynter, 19, of 435 Ballard Ave., pleaded guilty in Licking County Municipal Court yesterday to the animal-cruelty charge along with additional charges of drug abuse and underage alcohol consumption.
A London Correctional Institution inmate who escaped 22 years ago has been caught in Indiana and will return to complete at least five years of his sentence for grand theft, the State Highway Patrol announced yesterday. Investigators learned on Dec. 12 that Roger D. Perdue, 71, was living with a woman, possibly his wife, and preparing to leave their home in Kokomo, Ind., where he had been living under an assumed identity.