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Enlow will not run for another term as judge
Portage County Common Pleas Judge John Enlow has announced he will not run for a fourth term when his term ends at the end of 2014.
“I have enjoyed being a judge, it’s a great job. I appreciate being elected all those times,” Enlow said.
Enlow said he will be 69 when his current term ends, and so could run again. In Ohio, a judge must be less than age 70 to run for office.
While he has decided to not seek re-election, Enlow said he would be available to serve as a visiting judge, to fill in for other judges as assigned by the Ohio Supreme Court.
He is the second common pleas court judge not seeking re-election. Judge Thomas Carnes, probate and juvenile court judge, announced Nov. 7 he would not run again.
Enlow said he plans to spend more time with family. “I want to travel, do some volunteer work and hunt and fish,” Enlow said. Enlow’s wife, Lois, was director of the Portage County Board of Elections before her retirement several years ago.
When he completes his current term, he will have served 36 years in the county courts — 18 years each on municipal and common pleas benches.
— Mike Sever, Record-Courier
Portage OKs coverage
for elections panelists
Portage County Commissioners have again split on a vote to include new county elections board members in the county health plan.
Commissioners Kathleen Chandler and Maureen Frederick voted recently to rescind a year-old resolution that covered current board members during their terms but eliminated coverage for new members.
Commissioner Tommie Jo Marsilio opposed the change. The resolution was replaced with a one that continues to offer health coverage to new members with terms starting in 2014.
Marsilio said she voted against the measure “because it’s a bad idea, it’s just wrong” to offer coverage when the budget was underfunded in other areas. She said the sheriff’s office, computer services and domestic relations court all got less money than they asked for.
Marsilio said she believed it to be wrong “to vote for an additional perk for the politically elite when you don’t have the money to give everyday employees what they need.”
Health insurance for the four board members could cost the county a total of $24,000 annually if all four members take the coverage.
—Mike Sever, Record-Courier

Postage stamp going
up 3 cents on Jan. 26
Mailing a letter is about to get a little more expensive.
Regulators on Tuesday approved a temporary price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter in an effort to help the Postal Service recover from severe mail decreases brought on by the 2008 economic downturn.
Many consumers won’t feel the price increase immediately. Forever stamps, good for first-class postage whatever the future rate, can be purchased at the lower price until the new rate is effective Jan. 26. The higher rate will last no more than two years, allowing the Postal Service to recoup $2.8 billion in losses.
By a 2-1 vote, the independent Postal Regulatory Commission rejected a request to make the price hike permanent, though inflation over the next 24 months may make it so.
The surcharge “will last just long enough to recover the loss,” commission chairman Ruth Y. Goldway said.
Bulk mail, periodicals and package service rates will rise 6 percent, a decision that drew immediate consternation from the mail industry.
—The Associated Press

Attempted drowning
brings 4 years in jail
A former Suffield woman who pleaded guilty to a felony charge for attempting to drown her daughter in a bathtub in their home in May recently was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to a lesser charge.
Julie K. Jenkins, 48, with a last known address in Akron, was sentenced by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman. She pleaded guilty to one count of endangering children, a second-degree felony, in September. She faced a sentence of between two and eight years in prison.
Jenkins planned to kill the child by drowning her in a bathtub in their home on Martin Road in Suffield on May 26, according to the Portage County sheriff’s office. She then planned to kill herself, detective Lt. Greg Johnson said.
Jenkins was indicted by a Portage County grand jury on four charges including attempted murder, a first-degree felony.
UW donations lagging
United Way of Portage County’s 2013-14 campaign has reached $349,580, or 31.8 percent, of its $1.1 million goal.
Economic challenges at area workplaces have had an impact on this year’s campaign. More than 43 programs rely on United Way funding each year.
For information about the fund, call 330-297-1424.

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