The Press Newspaper
In an article in the May 23 issue of The Press, it reported that Dorothy Gackstetter was recognized as the first recipient of the Community Service Senior Hall of Fame award for her contributions to county senior programs.
Among her cited contributions was designing and creating three Elliston, Ohio signs to recognize the achievements of American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox. The sign project was a collaboration with local artist Bob Poiry.
Seventy-four-year-old Oregon resident Joe Wyatt was preparing his 32-foot Allegro recreational vehicle for a cross country trip when he took a sharp blow to his head.
Two 13-year-old boys, Brock Belinske and Chase Bodeman, were passing by and came to Wyatt’s rescue.
“They were the nicest kids,” said 72-year old Fran Wyatt, Joe’s wife.
Last year, as revenue continued to plummet in Northwood, council was faced with either making more budget cuts, or finding a new revenue source to maintain its current level of services.
For months, Mayor Mark Stoner and city council debated several options, including reducing the tax credit for residents who worked outside the city, charging a fee for garbage pickup, and increasing the income tax rate. Stoner and council decided to make deep budget cuts in all city departments, including the safety services provided by the fire and police departments. Among the cuts in the fire department made by Stoner, and approved by council, were a hiring freeze, and the elimination of a two person crew who manned Station 1 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Later, council reluctantly agreed to put a .25-percent income tax increase on the November ballot, which was soundly defeated by voters.
The administration of the Genoa School District is still attempting to find a buyer of the Brunner Elementary School building and has been in talks with someone interested in the building.
Superintendent Dennis Mock walked through the building located in the Village of Genoa this week with a potential buyer.
Mock couldn’t be reached for comment but Bill Nye, district treasurer, said the person met with the superintendent Tuesday at the building.
A state agency has agreed to fund loans for the fourth phase of the Village of Genoa’s storm sewer installation plan.
The Ohio Public Works Commission recently notified village officials of the preliminary approval for the project slated to cover the northwest section of town, Village Administrator Kevin Gladden said.
The work covers Superior Street, near 17th Street, and West Street, between 15th and 17th streets.
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