Investment Protects Ohio State Bank

On March 31, 2010, Rbancshares, Inc. finalized closing arrangements on The Ohio State Bank headquartered in Marion, Ohio. With the finalized closing, Rbancshares, Inc. (“RBS”) is providing $7 million in new capital to The Ohio State Bank.

The new capital is to be used to restore The Ohio State Bank’s regulatory capital ratios which now exceed the regulatory definition of a well-capitalized bank.

Answers Offered To Questions About Census

Have questions about completing your 2010 Census form? By now, thousands of Ohioans have received the Census in the mail, but many are uncertain how to answer some of the questions.

Ohio Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce has created a list of some common problems and answers to help residents complete the questionnaire.

Cafe To Explore Lake Erie Science

The Ohio State University at Marion invites the community to the Infinity Restaurant in the historic Harding Hotel, 267 West Center Street, downtown Marion, Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m., for a free monthly community dialogue on science entitled, Science Café.

State Warns Against Military Impersonators

Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray yesterday warned consumers to watch for scammers who impersonate military members online to swindle money.

“We have recently heard of various scenarios in which con artists claim to be deployed servicemen in order to exploit well-meaning people,” Cordray said. “The stories run the gamut, from selling non-existent cars online to using dating sites to entice women into sending money. These scams are truly despicable.”

Marion GOP Takes Sides In Commissioner Primary

Calling it a "break from tradition," the Marion County GOP has chosen sides in an upcoming primary.

In the Marion County Commissioner primary race featuring River Valley School Board President Ken Stiverson taking on former Marion County Commissioner Ken Frayer, the GOP has chosen to endorse Stiverson.

City Seeks Two New Fire Fighters

The City of Marion has announced an upcoming civil service exam for people between the ages of 18 and 30 interested in becoming a city firefighter.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED. Applicants with an honorable discharge from the US Military, with a state of Ohio Paramedic Certificate, or who have completed the 240-hour Firefighter course will get extra points.

The agility test will be presented first on May 1st. Participants must have a signed release from their doctor to take the test.

MTC, Heidelberg Sign New Partnership

Heidelberg University and Marion Technical College have sealed the deal on an agreement that they say will allow MTC students a seamless transfer to Heidelberg with a new dual admission and transfer partnership.

Administrators from both institutions gathered at Marion Technical College on Thursday to sign the articulation agreement, the fourth such partnership established between community and technical colleges and Heidelberg.

High School Jazz Bands To Take Palace Stage

The Smithsonian Museum launched Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001 as an annual event that pays tribute to jazz both as a historic and living American art form. It has since grown to include celebrations in all 50 states and 40 countries.

The Marion Palace Theatre has plans to join the celebration with “And All That Jazz,” a concert featuring performances from several area high school jazz/swing bands including Pleasant, Mt. Gilead, Colonel Crawford, River Valley, and Harding’s Stardusters.

Bill Hopes E-Books Will Save Students Money

Saying it could save more than 50 percent on the cost of textbooks, some House Democrats want to give Ohio college students the chance to trade in their piles of expensive books for laptops or other electronic readers.

Under the bill, which the Columbus Dispatch is reporting, the regents would have two years to require publishers to electronic versions of textbooks. Publishers also would be required to provide textbook formats for students with disabilities.

Textbook costs have increased an average of 6 percent per year from 1986 to 2006 and have risen 10 percent a year since.

Columbia Gas Is Offering Bill Assistance

Bill-paying assistance remains available from Columbia Gas of Ohio for households earning between 175 and 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines, according to the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel (OCC).

The funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to help Columbia Gas customers who have traditionally not had access to other state assistance programs. The OCC, Columbia Gas and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio reached an agreement to distribute refunds from an interstate pipeline supplier to assist low-income customers.