* Governor John R. Kasich ordered all flags to be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Monday in honor of those who lost their lives serving our country.

From the governor’s Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day resolution: “We remember the lives lost that tragic December morning and we owe all men and women of our military a debt of gratitude that we can never fully repay. I encourage all Ohioans to attend special ceremonies and remembrances honoring this event in our nation’s history.”

Flags across the state also are being flown at half-staff in honor of the lives lost in the senseless act of violence perpetrated on Dec. 2 in San Bernardino, Calif.

* Steve Hirsch of Chillicothe was re-elected president of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) during the organization’s 97th annual meeting Dec. 2-4. Hirsch holds the highest elected office in the state’s largest and most inclusive farm organization. He is the 23rd president of OFBF, which was founded in 1919.

Hirsch also is District 15 trustee, representing members in Fairfield, Hocking, Pickaway and Ross counties. He began his Farm Bureau career 22 years ago and has served on OFBF’s state board since 2001.

During his president’s address to annual meeting delegates, Hirsch talked about the results of OFBF’s $1 million Water Quality Action Plan, which showcases farmers’ commitment to protect the state’s water, and also the organization’s success in having changes made to the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) program. He also praised Executive Vice President Jack Fisher for his 20 years of service at Ohio Farm Bureau.

* The Delaware County Republican Party has formally endorsed Genoa Township Trustee Rick Carfagna for State Representative for the 68th Ohio House District. Carfagna received the majority vote of the party’s 138-member elected Central Committee at its recent meeting. Carfagna is seeking the Republican nomination in the March 2016 primary election for the seat currently held by Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl (R-Mount Vernon), who will vacate the office at the end of next year due to term limits. The district is comprised of the eastern half of Delaware County and all of Knox County.

“I’m very grateful to have earned the official endorsement of the Delaware County Republican Party for my campaign,” Carfagna said. “There is no greater honor than to be recognized and trusted by your peers, and I proudly look forward to carrying my party’s banner through the March primary and beyond.”

Carfagna’s endorsement follows a report conducted by the county party’s Candidate Screening SubCommittee, which solely recommended Carfagna for the county party’s full endorsement. That panel had vetted Carfagna and two other candidates for the position in October, conducting thorough background checks, rigorous interviews, and extensive discussion of each candidate’s potential to hold office.


Staff report