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A proposed FirstEnergy rate plan has drawn the support of a coalition of officials from local government, organized labor, public education and the economic development sector in Ottawa County.

The utility’s Electric Security Plan, which is pending before the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, was endorsed last week by the Ottawa County commissioners who said it would stabilize electric rates.

The commissioners hosted a press conference Monday to underscore a letter of support for the plan they submitted to the PUCO.

The Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by residents who were attempting to have the construction of a new school building in the Eastwood district decided by voters.

The appeals court ruled the residents lacked standing in their effort to have an injunction issued to stop the construction of a school for kindergarten through the fifth grade. School officials are planning for the school to open in the fall of 2017.

The district has an agreement with the Ohio School Facilities Commission for construction, with the OSFC to pay about $7 million and the district share to be about $12.5 million.

Victor and Eileen Schuerman and Karl Offerman, all of Pemberville, filed suit in Wood County Common Pleas Court in April 2015, contending the agreement between the district and OSFC circumvented state law. They noted district voters were not given a chance to approve the ballot measures necessary for the district’s portion of the project cost.

Options for the Village of Genoa to adopt a tighter operating budget are limited, Kevin Gladden, Village Administrator, said last week.

“The budget situation this year is not good,” he said, casting much of the blame on policies emanating from Columbus.

While the State of Ohio may have a balanced budget to crow about, Gladden said, “They have done it on the backs of the cities and towns.”

It’s a familiar refrain among local officials: mounting expenses and dwindling revenues.

This year Genoa's proposed budget of nearly $7 million is a reduction of well over $1 million from recent years. As a result, it will be up to village council members to determine just what cuts may have to be made to ensure that the village can meet its obligations, expenses and services for the community in the coming fiscal year.

“We’re lucky to have this an hour away. My sister wants to come the next time, and my son wants to come the next time – I’m going to have to get a van or a bus.”

Steve Rehoreg, 64, of Sheffield, Ohio, spoke enthusiastically about the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center. He, among others, is part of the growing group of Baby Boomers and beyond who are discovering a place that many didn’t even know existed, to take part in an activity that actually caters to both the young and more mature age groups: air gun shooting.

Air guns are simple to operate – with small lead pellets used as ammo and a pump or CO2 cylinder to expel the pellets downrange. There is absolutely no recoil in the light-weight guns, and the firing sound is so quiet that hearing protection is not required.

The Lake school board has amended the district’s policy for academic eligibility for student athletes, including raising the required grade point average.

In addition to current baseline requirements set by the board and the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Lake student athletes will be expected to maintain at least a 1.7 grade point average to be held in academic good standing.

Student athletes with grade point averages below 1.7 but who have at least a 1.5 will be placed on academic watch.

road construction delays

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