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Speaker: Common Core is beneficial

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BLUFFTON — One of the goals of Common Core is to make sure students are really understanding what they learn.Linda Gojak said at Bluffton University on Tuesday that this means a student should understand and be able to explain themselves, rather than simply memorizing a formula. Students should also be able to think about how topics are related. Common Core has fewer standards with the goal of deeper understanding.Gojak is the director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education, Teaching and Technology at John Carroll University and the immediate past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


Orange County (Calif.) Register: Where are all the new businesses?

SEPT. 18, 2014 — America’s businesses are getting older and fatter, while many new businesses are dying in infancy. Regulations, bailouts and crony capitalism are choking off our economic promise.A study last month by the Brookings Institution found that the proportion of older firms has grown steadily over several decades, just as the survival rate of new companies has fallen. In addition, and in spite of popular perception, young people are starting companies at a sha...

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Doyle McManus: In Iraq, closing the gap between Obama’s goal and means

Discordant notes from the Obama administration last week were widely interpreted as a collision between a war-weary president and a gung-ho military. And it was easy to see why.President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes against Islamic State militants, but promised that no U.S. ground troops would enter the fray. “The American forces deployed to Iraq do not — and will not — have a combat mission,” he vowed.

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George Will: High stakes in Kansas

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Tacked to the wall of Greg Orman’s campaign office is a print of a John Steuart Curry painting, “Tragic Prelude,” that hangs in the capitol in Topeka. It depicts John Brown of Osawatomie, 39 miles south of here, as what he was, a deranged product of “bleeding Kansas,” the Civil War’s overture. Today, Orman, who is as calm as Brown was crazed, is emblematic of fascinating Kansas.

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Cueto wins 19th as Reds beat Brewers 3-1

CINCINNATI — With another dominating performance, Johnny Cueto kept his hopes of a 20-win season in play.Cueto allowed one run over eight innings, and Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco hit back-to-back homers on Tuesday night, sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory that pushed the Milwaukee Brewers to the verge elimination from wild card contention.Cueto (19-9) gave up four hits, including Carlos Gomez’s homer. He’ll pitch Cincinnati’s final g...

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UNOH soccer teams ranked

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics released the first men’s and women’s soccer coaches’ polls of the 2014 regular season, and both teams from the University of Northwestern Ohio have crashed the party.For the first time ever, UNOH soccer teams are ranked in the top-25, with the men ranked 23rd and the women rated #11 in the NAIA. The closest a Racer soccer team had come to the top-25 prior to Tuesday was the men’s ...

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Ohio Northern Athletic Hall of Fame to induct 6

ADA — Six members of the Ohio Northern University athletic family will be inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 3, as part of ONU’s Homecoming weekend.They will be inducted that Friday during a banquet in Ohio Northern’s McIntosh Center at 6:30 p.m. and introduced Saturday, Oct. 3, before the ONU football game at Dial-Roberson Stadium.

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Ottoville’s Markward PCL Golfer of Year

OTTOVILLE — Wesley Markward, of Ottoville, has been named the Putnam County League Golfer of the Year.He was joined on the first team by Davis Lammers (Miller City), Zach Erhart (Kalida), Alex Ellerbrock (Leipsic), Brandon Hoffman (Columbus Grove) and Collin Nartker (Kalida). Second-team players were: Trent Siebeneck (Kalida), Jeff Knueve (Kalida), Brendon Schnipke (Ottoville), Noah Lambert (Kalida), Evan Recker (Kalida), Sam Vetter (Fort Jennings).Kalida’s K...

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LCC claims Division II Sectional

CELINA — There may be no more helpless feeling in tournament golf than posting your scores and watching as the other teams come in and post theirs.“Is it good enough? Are we going to make it to district play?” These are just two of the questions going through every team’s mind.Lima Central Catholic shot its best score of the year and cruised to the Division II sectional championship Tuesday at The Fox’s Den Golf Course. The Thunderbirds scor...

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Shawnee slips past Bath for boys soccer win

SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Playing solid defense is what Shawnee boys soccer has been known for.However, what’s been the missing ingredient for this year’s squad has been a consistent offensive attack.In Tuesday’s Western Buckeye League matchup with visiting Bath, Shawnee had just enough offense to go along with its usual solid defensive play, en route to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Bath.A goal by Chase Wilder at the 29-minute, 55-second mar...

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Ada edges Shawnee in girls tennis

ADA — The host Bulldogs edged Shawnee 3-2 in girls tennis Tuesday.Mackenzie Wills, Meredith Marshall and the doubles team of Tessa Coulson and Olivia Gonder won for Ada. Nkiru Andigbogu and the doubles team of Alexis Wei and Rishika Avvari won for the Indians.Bath 5, Lima Senior 0BATH TOWNSHIP — Grayce Smith, Jordan Haller, Madsion Pauff and the doubles teams of Maddie Helmig and Dana Wieging and Nicole Slusher and Macy Flanagan all won their match...

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Buckeyes’ Washington once had hoop dreams

COLUMBUS — Ohio State defensive lineman Adolphus Washington’s first love was basketball, not football.And it wasn’t just a one-way crush. He was almost as good on a basketball court as he is on a football field.The 6-foot, 4-inch, 295-pound Washington was Co-Player of the Year in Ohio in Division III in football and basketball at Cincinnati Taft High School. Taft was state champion his junior year, and he averaged 19 points and 14 rebounds a game as a s...

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Elida grad wins national award

ATHENS — Ohio University linebacker Quentin Poling, an Elida High School graduate, has been named Nagurski Award National Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting three passes in a 36-24 win over Nevada last Saturday.Poling also had 14 tackles in the Bobcats’ win. The award is sponsored by the Football Writers of America Association.Earlier this week, Poling as also named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week, the Madne...

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Lima Senior 2nd in region

LIMA — Lima Senior (4-0) finds itself second in its region in the first release of the OHSAA Football Computer Ratings on Tuesday.The Spartans trail Cincinnati LaSalle (4-0) in Division II Region 6. The top eight teams in each region qualify for the playoffs in Divisions II through VII.Wapakoneta (4-0) is in first place in Region 10 of Division III with Celina (3-1) eighth and St. Marys (2-2) 10th. In Division IV, Kenton (2-2) is 12th in Region 12 with Wooster Triw...

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Achievement program succeeds in Lima schools

LIMA — Children need to feel like they belong, and they do when they are involved in the Closing the Achievement Gap, Andrea Guice said she found in her research.The program gives students people they can trust and go to for help. The Lima Board of Education listened to a presentation at its meeting Tuesday from Guice, who was contracted to do research about a school program that helps students improve academically and socially.“It was like a family and they ...

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Ohio Lottery Results for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

DAILY (Tuesday)Pick 3: 1-1-8 day, 3-5-6 nightPick 4: 1-9-9-7 day, 3-2-6-9 nightPick 5: 4-7-4-9-6 day, 0-4-4-6-3 nightRolling Cash 5: 1-17-24-29-30CLASSIC (Monday): 4-19-20-24-37-43KICKER: 451259Jackpot: $5.5 millionPOWERBALL (Saturday): 22-23-30-37-39Powerball: 16Power Play: 4Jackpot: $225 millionMEGA MILLIONS (Friday): 16-25-27-29-34Mega Ball: 2...

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Auglaize, Mercer seeing tourism rebound

ST. MARYS — If hotel receipts are the proper measurement to use as a gauge, the Auglaize and Mercer Counties Convention and Visitors Bureau could experience one of its best years ever.Despite continuing blue-green algae problems since 2009, tourism is showing its second consecutive year of growth. Currently it is estimated to be in the range of 10 percent to 12 percent of last year. The growth is determined by collection of hotel taxes at Auglaize-Mercer area hotels....

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Jordan, Ohio native speaks of Benghazi Committee

LIMA — In the midst of the Benghazi Select Committee’s first meeting, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan is sure to bring some of this Ohio-learned morals with him to Congress.

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