HUDSON

Fireworks display Saturday

HUDSON: The city is warning residents not to be concerned when they will hear and see a large fireworks display over the community Saturday night.

American Fireworks, a family-owned company off Darrow Road, will hold a private demonstration.

“A large number of traditional fireworks will be demonstrated,” the city said on its Facebook page. “This event is not open to the public, but the fireworks will be visible from many areas of Hudson.”

MEDINA COUNTY

Head-on crash closes road

MONTVILLE TWP.: A serious head-on crash on state Route 57 in Medina County closed the road for several hours Friday morning.

The road was closed between Poe and Tower roads, and township police had warned motorists to avoid the area. It reopened around 9:15 a.m., police said.

Further details about the crash weren’t immediately available.

Free clinic gets new name

The Medina Health Ministry is changing its name, but not its mission: To provide free health care to the working poor.

People too often misunderstood the name, Dr. Kim Bowen told the Medina Gazette. So this month, they renamed the organization, which saw its first patient in 2004, to something everyone could figure out — Free Clinic of Medina County.

The clinic’s new executive director, Nancy Peacock, said the group is trying to tell more people it is there to help, the newspaper reported.

“One of the problems is that people don’t know the free clinic exists, so we are trying to reach out to companies and nonprofits that have people working for them but can’t provide benefits,” Peacock told the newspaper. “We are signing them up and giving immediate treatment for whatever needs they have.”

To get help at the clinic, you must be a Medina County resident, have a job and either have no health insurance or a high deductible, the newspaper said. People with incomes up to 250 percent of the federal poverty guideline qualify.

District updates safety plan

WADSWORTH: The Wadsworth school district is revamping policies to protect students after working with local safety officials and hearing from the public, the Medina Gazette reported.

School officials had considered installing metal detectors at all school entrances and arming staff, but the school district decided against doing either, the newspaper said.

Instead, the schools will implement more than a half-dozen measures, including adding another resource officer, relocating fire alarms to locked areas and asking all school visitors a standard list of questions before they are allowed inside schools.

OHIO LegiSLATURE

Free preschool proposed

COLUMBUS: Two Democratic state representatives want to amend the Ohio Constitution to require free, universal preschool for all 4- and 5-year-olds living in the state.

State Reps. Thomas West, D-Canton, and Teresa Fedor, D-Toledo, introduced a joint resolution Thursday.

“Early investments in early education will return a lifetime of riches for our state,” West said in a prepared statement. “As we put more money into our children on the front-end, we will be saving millions on the back-end.”

The state budget for 2018-2019 allocates $66.7 million for early childhood education. The representatives noted that the state spent $1.3 billion on prisons in 2015.

If both the Ohio House and Senate pass the resolution with a three-fifths majority, the proposal would go before voters. If approved at the ballot, the language would become part of the Ohio Constitution.

According to the National Education Association only Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma offer voluntary preschool to all 4-year-olds. Thirty-nine states have state-funded programs, but most of those only cover children from low-income families.