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For Keith Walker, owner of Walker Funeral Homes, the increase in both heroin and opioid related deaths has not been a boon to his business. In fact, it has sickened him.

“We have had 22 overdose related deaths here in the last 12 months and I am tired of seeing it,” Walker said. “I have had friends, friends' children, a nephew of a friend of mine, and young people who were all lost way too soon. Something has to be done to help stop this epidemic.”

Walker said he has seen an uptick in the number of heroin and opioid related deaths in the last three years. Prior to that, he maybe saw three such deaths a year.

The Oregon Planning Commission on Tuesday will hear a request to change zoning on 15 acres of land owned by the St. Kateri Schools, which plans to develop athletic fields at the site.

The Planning Commission will vote on whether to approve the request to change zoning from residential to parkland.

The public meeting is at 5 p.m. in City Council chambers on Seaman Road.

Last September, St. Kateri removed most of the trees on the property, an area bounded by Coy, Pickle, Schmidlin and Worden roads. Many residents who live nearby are opposed, mainly out of concern that noise from the athletic fields will disrupt their neighborhood’s peace and quiet.

Disappointed with a recent decision by the U.S. Sixth District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati regarding the permitting procedures in the Clean Water Act for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, Larry and Vickie Askins, of Cygnet, Ohio, say they are considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Vickie Askins last week said she feels their case had merit but was decided on a technicality.

The former Fun Spot, in Oregon, re-opened Sunday with new owners and a new purpose that will allow area adults to just have fun.

Now named Skyway Recreation Center, owner Jesse Spier, said calls are already coming in for information about the facility as well as those seeking to make reservations for parties.

“The building was purchased in December and we are starting to run sports leagues on Sunday,” Spier said. “It still needs a little polishing, but we are up and running.”

Following Jon Fickert's resignation last month, Oak Harbor Village Council needed to fill an open seat.

Enter Andy Haley.

The police officer, who can be seen at local sporting events working as an auxiliary officer for the village, narrowly defeated Ken Priddy and Michelle Ish to claim the open council seat in a special meeting last week.

Of nine candidates, the five council members narrowed it down to Haley, Priddy and Ish. Three votes were taken, and each time, there were two votes apiece for Haley and Priddy and one for Ish. After Ish was removed from the ballot, Haley won by a 3-2 vote.

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