Flags to be lowered for Kearns

Gov. John Kasich on Thursday ordered that all flags in Clark County and at the Ohio Statehouse be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset Friday, Aug. 15 in honor of former State Senator Merle Kearns who died Saturday at 76.

“In honor of the life and service of Ohio State Representative and State Senator Merle Kearns, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Clark County and at the Ohio Statehouse from sunrise to sunset on August 15, 2014,” Kasich’s statement read.

Kearns, a Republican, served as a Clark County commissioner from 1981 to 1990. She was appointed to the Ohio Senate in 1991, serving the 10th District until 2000 where she held the role of majority whip.

Kearns later served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2001 until 2005, serving as majority floor leader where she represented Clark, Greene and Madison counties.

She then accepted a position as the director of the Ohio Department of Aging under Gov. Bob Taft. She served in that role until 2007.

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