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Vol. 23, No. 46 November 19, 2014 www.oakwoodregister.com Winter Walk Up to four inches of snow blanketed Oakwood as students made their way to class Monday morning. Among those scrambling for their boots and gloves before heading off to school were Mason, above left, and Eric, pictured walking to Smith Elementary. Before the winter weather arrived, Katie Gottesman snapped a picture, left, of the American flags lining Lonsdale in remembrance of Veterans Day. Residents along the 100 and 200 blocks of Lonsdale honored veterans by displaying flags along both sides of the street. The effort was led by Tom Williams, and several neighbors assist in placing and removing the flags on patriotic holidays. Butler denied GOP leadership bid for speaker at Ohio statehouse With the departure of Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder, R-Medina, Republican representatives on Nov. 12 elected Clinton County Rep. Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) to the post, denying Rep. Jim Butler (R-41) of Oakwood his bid for a leadership role at the statehouse. The 33-year-old Rosenberger, who will lead the 65-member Republican majority in the Ohio statehouse, faced both Butler and Rep. Ron Amstutz of Wooster in vying for House speaker. Republicans last week elected Amstutz speaker pro tempore of the 99-member Ohio House. Batchelder, who is leaving the House because of term limitations, had been criticized by some in his own party in the months leading up to last week's vote for attempting to orchestrate a hand-picked succes- sion, which some charge excluded Butler in what staunch conservatives termed a "stacked" race. Prior to last week's caucus vote, Batchelder summoned both Rosenberger and Amstutz to a closed-door meeting, reportedly to find common ground between the two candidates. House Assistant Majority Floor Leader Rep. John Adams (R-Sidney) was among those who voiced con- cerns about Batchelder's handling of the succession. "Only two of the three contenders were invited to meet with the speaker," Adams wrote in an opinion piece for the Ohio Conservative Review. "Some believe that the speaker was attempt- ing to handpick his replacement." Butler expressed support for Rosenberger after the ballot, telling reporters "We're in alliance. We may disagree at times, but we're always going to stick together." Butler won re-election to his Ohio House seat in the Nov. 4 mid-term election.

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