New Director at Richland Pregnancy Services, Honored NCSC Alumnus


Richland Pregnancy Services Announces New Executive Director

The Richland Pregnancy Services Board of Directors has announced that Amy Kahl is the new executive director of the local nonprofit, replacing Amanda Clark. Kahl was previously director of organizational development. She has 14 years in nonprofit work, including 10 years in a nonprofit ministry.

Prior to Richland Pregnancy Services, Kahl held leadership positions in homeless gospel rescue missions in Chicago and Florida. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible and business administration from Kentucky Christian University. Looking to the future, Kahl said she hopes the ministry will continue to be successful in sharing the gospel, saving the lives of unborn children and building strong relationships with area churches.

RPS will continue to offer free services, including pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD tests, parenting classes, mentoring and material support.

NCSC Names Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Jeffrey S. Jones, an advanced practice nurse in psychiatry and lifelong resident of Mansfield, received the North Central State College Alumnus of the Year award. Jones received the award along with a plaque in his honor on the wall of the Byron Kee Center for Student Success during a luncheon ceremony at the Kehoe Center on October 6.

Jones graduated in 1989 from the RN program at North Central Technical College. He went on to earn nursing degrees from Ohio State University, the University of Akron, and Case Western Reserve University.

He has been recognized for his contribution to the profession, as well as for his service to the local community. Jones is one of the first nurses in Ohio to open a nurse-owned and operated practice at the mental health ward in Mansfield. He has served on the boards of Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services and Tappan Community Credit Union.

DAR scholarships available

Various local, state, and national scholarships are available through the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

The Jared Mansfield Chapter Local Scholarship is open to all students currently attending or will be attending OSU-Mansfield, NCSC, or Dwight Schar College of Nursing, Mansfield, and pursuing any field of study. Call Scholarship Chairman Joedy Studer at 419-631-1015 for more information. The completed application must be postmarked by April 15.

The Ohio Society Daughters of the American Revolution awards the “Wings of Eagles” scholarship to high school seniors in the amount of $1,000. Awards are based on academic excellence and financial need. All applicants must be sponsored by the local DAR chapter with applications to the local chapter by January 31. View OSDAR at to get an application.

The National Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) also offers scholarships in many different disciplines. The online application is available at The deadline to apply is January 31.

GOAL Digital Academy Galion Learning Lab now welcomes more than 150 students

GALION – GOAL Digital Academy expanded into Crawford County when it opened a lab in Galion in 2006. Today, the Galion Learning Lab at 366 Portland Way has 152 enrolled K-12 students and 14 staff members. GOAL offers a blended model of online and in-person learning.

The Galion GOAL laboratory is located at 366 Portland Way, Galion.

GOAL is also a school dropout prevention school serving not only Galion, but all of Crawford County and surrounding areas for K-12 students. When a student is low on credits, they can enroll in GOAL at any time during the school year to help get them back on track.

Currently, 13 students are enrolled in the Bucyrus Backpack program, which provides nutritious, balanced meals to school-aged children on weekends. GOAL Digital Academy also works with Crawford County Job and Family Services to help meet basic student and family needs. K&B Laundromat provides laundry services for the homeless student population. Seneca-Crawford Area Transportation (SCAT) is working with GOAL Digital Academy to help families overcome transportation barriers by providing transportation for students to travel to the lab to meet teachers and tutors, complete assignments, and complete status tests.

Two local churches – Grace Point Church and Saint Paul United Methodist Church – have granted permission to use their space to hold orientation and status tests for students as well as community engagement events for students and families of GOAL.

Parents or guardians interested in learning more about GOAL can call 419-468-5805 or visit

Galion Middle School elects class president at mock political convention

GALION — Students at Galion Middle School participated in a mock political convention to determine the class president and vice president. A tradition at GMS, the convention process is closely modeled on that of major US political parties in a presidential election.

The students were divided into Party A and Party B, each of which was quickly renamed by the students. Part A has become part “SHREK”, for success, helping, relaxing, excellence and kindness, and part B has become part “SLAYS”, for the top students in your school.

Student representatives from each of the 50 states were to deliver speeches and vote in front of the group. At the end of each convention, one candidate and one running mate from each party were chosen to face off in an upcoming election. Win or lose, nominees will likely serve on a Lighthouse student leadership committee in some capacity. The Lighthouse Leadership Committee is a component of the college’s Positive Behavior Interventions Support System and Leader in Me program, which focuses on developing leadership skills within the school community.

‘Sister Act: The Musical’ Returns to Renaissance

"Sister Act: The Musical" featuring local favorite Condrea Webber will be on stage at the Renaissance Theater on November 19-20 and December 3-4.

One of the most popular shows ever produced at the Renaissance Theater, “Sister Act: The Musical,” returns for a special holiday encore production in November and December as part of the Park National Bank Broadway series. The company, once again led by Condrea Webber, has new costumes, sets and lights.

“Sister Act: The Musical” premieres at 8 p.m. on November 19 with additional performances at 2:30 p.m. on November 20, 8 p.m. on December 3, and 2:30 p.m. on December 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at Renaissance box office, by phone at 419 522-2726, or by visiting

Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District Honored

NEW PHILADELPHIA — The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District was recently recognized for its achievements in marketing and advertising at the Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards at Sandusky. MWCD received awards for radio advertising, print advertising, television advertising and the annual report.

The Ohio Travel Association’s RUBY Awards recognize excellence in Ohio’s hospitality and tourism industry for its advertising, marketing and public relations efforts. In this year’s competition, the Recognizing Uncommon Brilliance Yearly (RUBY) Awards had 184 entries in 17 categories.


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