At a glance
Government officials to discuss council of regional governments
HOWLAND — Local government officials will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Howland administration building to discuss the development of a local council of regional governments.
A council of governments is a regional planning or organizational body that would, in this case, consist of communities in Trumbull County that would be able to share certain services or specialists.
Southington schools presented state Momentum Award
SOUTHINGTON — Southington Local Schools has earned the “Momentum Award” from the Ohio Board of Education for exceeding expectations in student growth in the 2016-17 school year.
Chalker High School Principal Robert Kujala said schools must earn straight A’s on all value-added measures on the state report card. The school or district must have at least two value-added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20 percent in achievement and students with disabilities.
The district also received the award in the 2015-16 school year.
Attorney general files suit over opioids
COLUMBUS — Ohio’s attorney general has filed a new lawsuit aimed at curbing the state’s deadly addictions epidemic, this time targeting companies that distribute drugs.
The lawsuit in Madison County court names four major drug distributors including Ohio-based Cardinal Health.
The lawsuit alleges the companies ignored a duty to ensure their drugs weren’t being diverted for improper use. The lawsuit by Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine is similar to several around the country.
DeWine, a candidate for governor, sued drugmakers in Ross County last year.
Drug companies have said in response to such lawsuits they are committed to fighting opioid abuse but have questioned the value of litigation.
A federal judge in Cleveland is trying to hammer out a national settlement with drugmakers and drug distributors.
Property struck by vehicle fifth time
SHEFFIELD — An Ohio resident says a driver has struck her property for the fifth time, injuring her mother and damaging her garage. Sarina Keffer says her 61-year-old mother was sitting near the garage door Sunday afternoon when a car drove through her home, pinning her mother against a refrigerator.
Witnesses told police the car’s 25-year-old driver was speeding in a 25 mph zone and failed to stop at a stop sign.
From staff, wire reports