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A bill that would consolidate the Sandusky County Courts of Clyde and Woodville into a single municipal court has received committee approval and will go to the full Ohio House of Representatives for a vote.
 
State Representative Rex Damschroder (R- Fremont) introduced House Bill 433 in January.
 
“By consolidating the two part-time courts in Sandusky County into one single court, Sandusky County will save taxpayer dollars in their budget,” Damschroder said.
 
Warren Brown, county administrator, testified before the House Local Government Committee the consolidation is feasible.
 
Both courts, under consolidation, would continue in their locales, he said, but the two part-time judgeships would be combined into one full-time position.

Call it a "shotgun wedding."
     
When Tom and Pam Crawford got married, they didn't dress in a tuxedo and flowing wedding gown. No, they dressed in western-style clothing from the 1890s and got hitched at the Sandusky County Sportsmen's Club in Gibsonburg.

Suddenly, it seems as if there will be no shortage of historical museums on this side of town.

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Samuel J. Bonifas

The Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society is well-established at its base, Brandeville School. The National Great Lakes Maritime Museum, thanks to a $6.1 million grant from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission, is being relocated from Vermilion, Ohio to the Skyway Marina building in East Toledo’s Marina District, next to where the James M. Schoonmaker (formerly Willis Boyer) historic lake freighter museum ship will also be relocated.

The newest venture, the Harbor View Historical Society, has begun a soft opening of its museum in the former Harbor View Missionary Baptist Church at 2083 Autokee St. in Oregon. Over the past year, volunteers have started working to convert the former church into the new home of the historical society. The renovation is ongoing.

The Oregon City Schools District, which is continuing to lose revenue due mostly to lower property valuations, may want to consider a levy sooner than later, according to Jane Fruth, treasurer of the district.
 
The value of placing a levy on the ballot this year is the millage would be lower because the district would be collecting it sooner, said Fruth at a school board meeting last month.
 
 “In 2012, the district would need a 5.9-mill levy,” she said. “In 2013, it would go up to 8.3-mills for the same financial impact in our district. So that’s the only reason to consider it.”
 
The board, in deciding whether to place a levy on the ballot, would also have to consider if it would compete with other issues on the ballot, according to Superintendent Mike Zalar, such as the renewal of the permanent improvement levy.
 
“I think the board needs to consider the timing of that renewal as well as any anticipated operating levy in the future,” said Zalar.

By September, high-speed wireless Internet service should be available across the entire campus of the Genoa Area Local School District.
 
The advance in technological services will allow the western Ottawa County district to bring more innovative education to students district wide, says Tom Baker, the district’s technology coordinator.
 
The newly constructed Genoa Elementary School, which opened its doors this school year on the consolidated campus along Genoa-Clay Center Road, is already wired with Wi-Fi service. The high school and middle school do not have that Internet service available.
 
This spring, Baker is gathering information from various vendors to put together a bid package for the system. School officials hope to have the upgrade finished by the start of the 2012-13 school year.

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