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When Lake Township resident Jon Hockenberry decided last month to scatter his beloved dog’s ashes in a pond behind his home at Bradner Road and SR. 163, he paused briefly and decided he wasn’t ready to part with his best pal just yet. The dog, named Woody Hayes, after the legendary Ohio State football coach, was his constant companion. 
 
“Woody went everywhere with me,” Hockenberry said of his Labrador retriever. “He went to soccer practice, baseball practice — everywhere.” 

 More than a hundred students, staff and community members in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District took time Sunday to remember a well-liked third grade teacher who lost her life March 26 in a car crash.

 Although Whitney Meinke had only taught at R.C. Waters Elementary School since 2015, she made a lasting impact on those who knew her, school officials said.  

By Yaneek Smith

Press Contributing Writer

 For the last four years, the Village of Oak Harbor has had to tighten its belt while using a greater share of general fund revenues to help keep the police department operating at normal levels.  Village officials attribute the spending adjustments to reductions in local government funds from the state and other revenue losses.

 But with the passage of a police levy in November, that will not be as much of a problem this year. The new annual revenue the levy will generate - about $118,000 - can only be used for police department expenses.

 By late spring or early summer equipment will be moving onto the former Brush Beryllium plant site near the Village of Luckey to begin what will be a multi-year remediation project.

 Stephen Buechi, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday he expects actual work to remove contaminated soil and debris to start by late summer.  

Oregon City Council Monday approved a resolution opposing a state proposal to transfer the collection of municipal business taxes from local governments to the Ohio Department of Taxation. 
 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed in his 2017-18 budget a requirement for centralized collection of municipal business taxes by the Ohio Department of Taxation. If passed, it becomes effective on January 1, 2018.

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