Toast Norwalk's Clarence Poole, who recently was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Club International Federation the highest form of recognition conferred by the foundation. Jones was the founder of Lions Club International, which strives to meet humanitarian needs in communities worldwide. The Lions are well known, among other things, for trying to improve the sight of visually handicapped children. Poole, 79, has been volunteering his entire life. The retired railroader and Sheller-Globe employee works a couple of part-time jobs while volunteering his services whenever he can. "Clarence works hard all of the time," Lions Club treasurer Gregg Maxwell said. "He's good person as well as a good Lions member." Congratulations, Clarence.
Roast the companies and inspectors involved in the highway bridge painting scandal in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Transportation is suing 35 contractors who the state alleges cut corners on highway bridge painting projects and bribed inspectors with cash and gifts. The department hopes to recoup the money needed to repaint close to 200 bridges statewide now bleeding rust just years after they were painted, said Catherine Perkins, the department's chief legal counsel. To preserve the long-term safety of the structures, the bridges must be repainted at a cost two to three times the $30 million spent on the defective jobs. Steel bridges may rust and deteriorate without a proper paint job. So far, the agency has recouped $2.1 million, with court judgments for another $10 million. Eight inspectors and seven contractors in northern Ohio have been convicted of giving inspectors cash and trips to Las Vegas and Florida. One contractor and one inspector were sentenced to prison. The corruption was primarily concentrated in Cuyahoga and Lake counties, although the shoddy work and bribes were found across the state.