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A coalition of organizations continues to raise another $110,000 to build two new homes for Lake Township families who saw their homes destroyed by a tornado in June.

Calvary Lutheran Church Pastor Bob Noble, Hope Builds Campaign spokesman, told The Press $150,000 is needed for materials. Noble said about $40,000 has been raised.

The Genoa Banking Company is one of the business partners of the campaign, created last year to oversee the project.

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Lake Township residents will see the benefits of additional revenue for road repairs, according to Melanie Bowen, a township trustee, who says the number of road projects will increase this year.

The trustees Tuesday approved annual appropriations for 2011 totaling approximately $5.4 million, including $1.2 million for the general fund and $377,500 for the road improvement fund.

Township voters in November replaced a 1.5-mill property tax levy for road improvements and approved an additional 1-mill levy. Both taxes will be levied on current property values.

“The number of roads we do this year will be up,” Bowen said.

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The Oregon Police Department may be without a new police chief for at least the foreseeable future.

According to Mayor Mike Seferian, the search for a chief may not even begin until summer.

“We want to get a feel for what the people in the department want to see happen,” Seferian said. “This is going to take a little time. It could be mid to late summer before we fill the position.”

Assistant Police Chief Paul Magditch has assumed the responsibilities of the position vacated by former Police Chief Richard Stager. Stager, along with Lieutenant Brian Andrzejewski, retired in January.

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Eastwood’s first annual Pin 2 Win event raised $1,600 for the American Cancer Society and the fight against prostate cancer.

The Eastwood wrestlers, along with their families and supporters, held the fundraising event in conjunction with the Clair Simpson Duals. Numerous prizes were raffled and the team sold Pin 2 Win t-shirts, bracelets, and lanyards.

According to Jody Eaton, who oversaw the project, the team exceeded its goal for the fundraiser and she hopes to continue the project in the future.

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Kindergarten mandate to end
Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a bill that relieves school districts of a requirement to offer all-day kindergarten and allows districts with existing kindergarten programs funded by tuition fees to continue charging the fees.

State Representative Randy Gardner, a sponsor of the bill, said it represents millions of dollars of savings for school systems by ending unfunded mandates.

It won passage in the Senate Tuesday by a voter of 25-8 and in the House Wednesday with a vote of 59-38.

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