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Lima News (Newspaper) - June 28, 1998, Lima, Ohio WÉATHEIIr a-TODAY DALEÛBECâSL MONDAY .i Partlj^^unny High ir ^^ Low 70 Thundi Highà, . Low/ro y / REGION '20/20' recalls Shawnee Class of 1938 B1 SPECIAL SECTION/F Updated golf carts take to road SUNDAY JUNE 28, 1998 Newsstand 50 CENTS DAILY $1.50 SUNDAY ■ * Schools 'grades' STATE REPORT CARDS: New Knoxville continues to rate high in categories established by Department of Education. ByLYNOXYER The Lima News WAPAKONETA — Recent report cards issued by the state to grade school districts show large gaps between the districts in west central Ohio. School districts in Allen, Putnam and Auglaize covinties as well as districts in Mercer, Van Wert, Hardin, Hancock , Logan and Shelby counties- show a wide range of performance standards met. The highest nimiber of performance standards met by a district in the region was 16 out of a possible 18, which Ottoville, Miller City and New Knoxville schools attained. The lowest nimiber achieved was four by Lima schools. The highest attendance, rate in the region as well as the state was 98.2 percent met by Ottoville. The lowest attendance rate in the region was held by Lima schools with 92.7 percent. Putting the results into a state perspective, west central Ohio districts did quite well — even though officials caution against comparisons. LeeAnne Rogers, a representative for the Ohio Department of Education, said the lowest attendance rate in the state was 83.9 percent at Cleveland schools. The highest dropout rate in Ohio was 59.5 percent at Cleveland schools and the lowest was zero, which nine districts met including Jennings and New Bremen. The overall opinion of administrators in west central Ohio seems to be that the report cards are a useful tool to show districts how students are succeeding in one small area of school. "TReport cards are a good idea," Mike Richards, superintendent of Allen East schools, said. "It's a way to communicate one part, and only one Complete gr^e cards on Auglaize County schools/A8 part, of performance to the schools. A lot of positive things going on in the school system aren't reflected in 1 those report cards." I The administrators point out that while there are problems with the report cards, it is a pilot program and the state has time to fe the problems. One problem the state can't fix however, is making the report cards show the work teachers and parents perform to educate the children in each district. "The test only measures what you test," Superintendent William Kreinbrink of Miller City schools said. "You have to look at attitude, at family structure, at faculty. It's everything together. Everything has to be in harmony." Dave Sturgeon, superintendent of Kenton schools, agreed and said the report cards can't measure everything. "Things you leam in band, walking in the hallway, eating ► REP0Rr/A2 The heat of battle Tim Dotson (left) and Trent Cheney hurtle down North Shore Boulevard during the 48th annual Soap Box Derby in Lima on Saturday. The four top category winners now advance to the All-American international Soap Box-Derby in Akron from Aug. 3 to 8. WInners/BS ^Spectacxilar' ready for another big bang FESTIVALS: Fifth annual homage to patriotism and "down-home" fun has all the markings of a good time for all. ByADRIENNE McGEE The Lima News Prepare to oooh. The 1998 Star Spangled Spectacular is coming and with it a virtual logjam of activities at Fau-rot Park. The fifth annual festival wiU be held fi-om 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. "J think for a lot of people, it reminds them of the down-home Fourth of July things that they did when they were kids," said Karen Bricker, marketing director of The Lima News. "I think the event has really gained a regular reputation, which is the idea," she said. A fishing derby for children wiU be fit)m 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and fi-ee children's rides are fit)m noon to 4 p.m. Remote control car races and roller hockey tournaments for children will also be held during the afternoon. Fifteen food and drink vendors will provide concessions, and aU-day softbaU and baseball ► SPECTACULAR/A2 Map of events at Faurot Park & extended list of Star Spangled Spectacular activities/A6 □ Associated press A farmer surveys flooding to his Tuscawaras County hay fields. Ohio among states swamped by storms The Associated Press Fierce thunderstorms swamped parts of eight states early Saturday, bringing severe, sudden flooding requiring helicopter rescues. A train derailed and spilled fuel in the extreme weather that killed at least five people. Storms dumped up to 10 inches of rain in several eastern Ohio covmties, washing away bridges, forcing evacuations and leading to one death. A Carroll man whose car got tangled in downed power lines on a Fairfield Coimty road was electrocuted. The National Weather Service in Cleveland said Knox County was swamped early Saturday with 4V2 inches of rain during a three-hour stretch, meteorologist Kevin Baijen-bruch said. Muskingum County, which declared a state of emergency Saturday morning, called off tiie alert around noon when the rain stopped and flood waters receded, the patrol said. ► ST0RMS/A2 Rain eases heat's grip in Mklwest/A4 Hopeful teen drivers facing new standards NEW LAW: Graduated system places new restrictions and more practice hours necessary to get behind the wheel. ByLYNOXYER The Lima News Confusion is the order of the day for teen-agers trying to get their license. A new law takes effect Wednesday radically changing the method teen-agers use to get their license. The new method, called the graduated licensing system, allows 15V2-year-olds to get a temporary pennil^ mandates 50 extra hours of practice driving time with parents, inclucQng 10 ni^ttime hours; and outlaws driving between 1 and 5 am. by anyone under 17, except for school, work or an emergency. According to Leo Skinner, chief of public information for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the law is supposed to reduce accidents in the 16 to 20-year-old age group. He said that age group, but mostly the 16- and 17-year-ol<is, makes up only 8 percent of licensed drivers in Ohio, yet acooimt for 16 percent of all crashes and 14 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio. "Tliere's an over-involvement of that age ^up in traffic crashes," he said, "fiiey are the higjiest age group for involvement compm«d to the number of drivers." The goal of the new law is to lower the numbers of teens involved in accidents, but teen-agers and parents have to understand tJie law before they can follow it. Barbara Rope, deputy registrar of the Eastgate License Bureau in Lima, said teen-agers and parents call or come in everyday, asking what the new licensing requirements are. She agreed the requirements are confusing at first, but after attending a meeting about the new law, said she can explain them clearly. She also has bro-/ chures to pass out explaining the law. There are four thongs that are going to change Md it tells you about them,f she said of the brochure. "It's pretty black and white." There are two phases to the new law. The first phase goes into effect Wednesday. The second phase takes effect Jan. 1. The new changes break down like this: ■ Beginning Wednesday, teen-agers who are 15 Vz can, purchase a temporary permit. Any driver under the age of 16 with a temporary permit must be ac- : companied by a parent, leg^ guardian or licensed driving instructor older than 21. After a driver turns 16, he may be accompanied by anyone older than 21. ■ Teen-agers who obtain a temporary permit after Jan. 1 must hold that permit for at least six months before trying to get a driver's license. Teens who obtain a temporary permit before Jan. 1 do ► DRIVE/A2 Outfront CINCINNATI Ohio schools address security Although school is out for the summer, Ohio educators remain busy trying to improve security and keep students safe in Ught " of several deadly shooting sprees at schools across the nation. "Ohio schools have been working on security for a couple of . years," Robert Moore, assistant state school superintendent, said Friday. Mathea Falco, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Drug Strategies policy research group, said schools must establish norms against violence, aggression and bullying; increase phyg-;-ical security precautions; and train staff and teachers in recognizing and stopping at-risk behavior. BANGKOK, Thailand Elephant Day to raise concern Every March 13 will be National Elephant Day in Thailand, Bangkok newspapers reported Satiu-day. The goveniment designated the day to heigliten.^bliç »». awBCresnesB abB^^Oï^^gBiV ST'^- i the gentle giant, which has been | Thailand's national animal since 1963. Loss of habitat and exploitation by hvunans has caused the number of elephants in Thailand to decline to 6,000 from an. estimated 300,000 at the turn of the century. The animals are endangered. -'S OSLO, Norway Humorists take , jokes seriously o Put 115 jokesters together in the same room and what do you get? Not even a chuckle. t-S The humor mavens gathered this week in the west coast city of Bergen are academics, not comedians. And they're more interested in the uses and implications of jokes than telling them. "Everyone here is concerned j,; with taking humor seriously," said Sven Svebak, chairman of the 10th International Society for Humor Studies armual conference that ended Satiuday. "But there is a lot of fun during the breaks." From news services INSIDE ACTIVE TIMES..............Fl-16 AQRIBUSINESS...............C12 BOOKS............................D12 BUSINESS..................010-11 CLASSIHED..................E3-20 COIHIMENTARY................B6-7 ENTERTAINMENT............C7-9 HOME.............................Dll UFESTTLE......................Cl-6 OBITUARIES...................82-3 REQION/STATE............Bl-5, 8 SPORTS.......................Dl-10 TELEVISION.......................07 WEATHER........................All B © 1998 By Freedom Communications Inc. Published at Uma, Ohio 112 pages 9 sections Find The Lima News on the World Wide Web at: www.limanews.com 6 ...... 5 ;
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