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The Oregon school board is facing some tough decisions in the wake of the defeat of a 5.9 mill emergency levy in last Tuesday’s election.
Out of 6,992 votes cast, the levy lost by 60.23 percent (4,211) to 39.77 percent (2,781), according to unofficial results by the Lucas County board of elections.
Oregon schools Superintendent Lonny Rivera said he was frustrated by the loss.
“I think there have been some black clouds over our district. Maybe some people think they are still there. I really don’t know,” he said. “We have held costs down. We aren’t doing things that normally fail levies.”
The economy may also be playing a role in the lack of support, he said. The district has close to 50 percent of students getting free and reduced lunches in our district, a reflection of families who are still struggling economically.
Oregon’s Recreation and Parks Committee will hold a meeting on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at the Oregon Municipal Building on Seaman Road to discuss senior services and options for a senior center location.
Administrator Mike Beazley said discussion will focus on specific recommendations for a senior services plan to be funded by revenue from a 0.5-mill senior levy passed by residents last November.
Voters approved the five year levy to expand senior services. The levy will generate $210,000 each year to the city. The city has already collected senior levy revenue this year.
A senior advisory committee has been meeting every couple of weeks since April to discuss the best options for distributing the levy funds, including the location of a senior center.
OK, that’s it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. The avarice of corporate power is getting personal.
I’m talking about beer, the nourishing nectar of a civilized society. Since my teen years, I’ve done extensive consumer research on the brewer’s art, from the full array of ales to the most substantial of stouts.
I weathered the depressing era when national bland beer labels like Budweiser and Miller drove a diversity of livelier regional breweries out of business. More recently, I’ve rejoiced as a flowering of craft and micro brews has spread from city to city. This trend delivered an abundance of real gusto and local flavor from coast to coast.
But beware, ye who love local beer. Don’t just sit on your duffs doing 12-ounce elbow bends, for here come the big brew bastards again. And they’re bigger and more menacing than ever.
Senior Jake Truman sat down to eat a warm breakfast with grandma Joan Truman seated at his side in the Genoa High School cafeteria.
The Monday morning buffet of French toast, scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits and gravy and cinnamon buns was an incentive event for the 234 students who achieved high grades the first nine weeks of the 2014-15 school year.
“It makes me want to do better,” said Truman who has his eyes on the arts or structural engineering as he continues his search for a college.
This is the fifth year for the incentive program, now managed in part by the Genoa Academic Committee, which in the past has included ice cream bars and pizza parties. But this is the first year that parents or family members could attend to support the students. The students’ cost for the tasty meal was underwritten by Riverside Machine and the 229 relatives paid $5 each. Because of busing and other time issues, Penta County Career Center students couldn’t partake in this event but will be included in end of the year honors.
Nearly a half century ago, a woman known as “Ginger” was one of the most notorious residents of Northwest Ohio. As the famous madam of an equally famous house of ill repute on Woodville Road, she and a small army of accomplices were facing a major federal indictment that included charges of tax evasion, gambling, white slavery and bribery.
The case captured the public's attention in 1971. It offered a trial filled with steamy testimony, revealed the sordid underbelly of the prostitution trade, and how the "Round the Clock Grille", the front for a popular bordello, was able to evade criminal prosecution for so many years.
The stunning revelations would eventually bring down the sitting Ottawa County Sheriff, James Ellenberger, for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and it would send former Ottawa County Sheriff Myron Hetrick to prison for perjury after he lied about helping to distribute the bribe money.
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