Donna Smith-Rovan


1. Jackson School Officials address crisis management procedures after Studer's arrest



On Wednesday, November 14th, the Jackson community was shocked to hear about the arrest of freshman basketball coach Scott Studer. Studer was accused of hiding a video camera in the shower area of the boy's locker room in Jackson High School. Parents of the boys were understandably concerned. Superintendent, Chris DiLoreto addressed a group of parents and students at the board meeting on Tuesday, November 20th telling them that he would respond to all emails and phone calls. He would also meet with any parent who had questions. DiLoreto also reminded the community that Jackson Schools would not let any one person define them. Over 110 students have been identified on the recordings. Studer was sentenced to 15 years in prison and must pay a $5000 fine. He must also register as a sex offender for the next 25 years.



2. Jackson Township parks and road maintenance levy fails



Issue 29, also known as the parks and road levy was of crucial importance to the township. Trustees held meetings both private and open to the public. Flyers were mailed to all residents and there were plenty of signs along township roads. Trustees told residents that without the passing of the levy, there would be major changes to the parks and highway departments. On Tuesday, November 6th, the people spoke and voted 55 percent against the levy. Failure of the levy has resulted in all parks closing at dusk with no lights. The Fulton Road yard waste center has shortened their hours and there may be some concern over road maintenance such as snow removal and construction. Residents have attended trustee meetings asking if people may be allowed in the parks after dark, however trustee board president, James Walters said that the answer was no and that the park hours will be strictly enforced. Trustees hope to put a stand alone levy on the next ballot.



3. Patrolling Jackson Township: A typical day of a police officer



In order to get a better idea of what a police officer has to deal with during a typical day, I took a ride with Officer John Angelo. During the day, Angelo stopped speeders, checked on empty homes in the township, and addressed some concerns by residents. The day was routine for Angelo, but he said that all police officers must be prepared for anything to happen. Officer Angelo has been a Jackson Township police officer for 28 years and continues to do his job every day and truly protect the community.



4. Local Radio Host Interviews President Obama



Most of the news of 2012 was about the election. Would President Obama receive votes for a second term or would Romney take his place? Many residents focused on election coverage and tried to educate themselves on who was the better candidate. WHLO 640 AM radio host, Jim Albright had the oppurtunity to interview the president by phone on his talk show program located here in Jackson township. I was lucky enough to be invited into Albright's booth and talk to him about the interview. Albright said that he was nervous and had never talked to a standing president in all his career. Even though the interview only lasted a few minutes, Albright felt that his listeners learned a few things about President Obama's stand on certain issues focusing on Ohio. As we know, President Obama won the election and Albright continues to offer his listeners a chance to rant, give advice, and offer their opinion each morning.



5. Huge crowd shows up for Jackson's Haunted Hayride



2012 brought us many tragedies, such as the Denver movie shooting, superstorm Sandy, and most recently, the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. So, it was nice to take a moment to partake in an annual, happy event that is a tradition for many Jackson residents. At least 3000 people showed up for the annual haunted hayride at Jackson's South Park. There were refreshments, crafts, and 3 huge wagons that took visitors through a scary maze. Highschool students volunteered their time to dress up as creepy characters. Visitors to the event were having a good time and enjoying the festive Halloween atmosphere. It was nice to see the community working together to make sure that this annual event stays a tradition in Jackson Township.