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Members of the Woodmore school board and administration have tentatively scheduled a “walk through” of district facilities for Feb. 27 to determine what repairs or upgrades are needed.

Board member Sam Preston reported Tuesday the goal is to have a prioritized list compiled by March 8.

Major improvements totaling more than $1.1 million over the next two years are on the board’s agenda, including a new bus, textbook purchases, a new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems at the high school, computer leases, parking lot improvements and other upgrades.

Costs would be borne by permanent improvement fund revenues.

Northwood is looking at a possible ordinance that would require pawn shop owners to use an online service that would show whether or an item was stolen or not.

Residents can currently input information, such as the color, make, model and serial numbers of valuable property, into an online database called “Leads Online” at It makes it easier for police to track down stolen items more quickly.

“We know a lot of stuff surfaces at pawn shops and people didn’t have their property recorded,” said Northwood Police Chief Thomas Cairl. “With Leads Online, residents can go to this webpage and give detailed information on their property so that if it is ever stolen, the information will show it is their property. It’s a tool that has been used in police departments. This is the second year that we’ve had it.”

The wife of Better Business Bureau President Richard T. Eppstein is Chinese, so every year he finds himself taking part in the Chinese New Year celebration, just like he did last week.

So, when Eppstein spoke to 40 guests at a breakfast hosted by the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Ottawa County Improvement Corporation, he told them, “You’re the monkey.”

For the Chinese, this is the Year of the Monkey, and he wasn’t exactly calling business owners “monkeys,” but he could have. As usual, he had plenty of stories about business owners who made “monkeys of themselves” when they were cheated by scammers.

The mother of a Lake Middle School student whose fingertip was severed Monday during an in-school accident says medical records dispute claims made by the Lake administration.

Sarah Horner said Thursday that medical records show her son, Nikolas, was also treated for a concussion and was admitted Tuesday at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center.

The fingertip was re-attached, she said, but her son later experienced severe nausea before being re-admitted to the hospital overnight.

Horner has consulted with an attorney but hasn’t decided whether or not to file a lawsuit.

Mallory Rinckey, a masters of public health student at the University of Toledo, and Dr. Amy Thompson, professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo, urged Oregon City Council on Monday to support increasing the age to buy tobacco to 21 from 18.

“This is an issue that impacts our community’s health, life expectancy and health care costs,” said Rinckey. Tobacco use, she said, is the leading cause of preventable death.

“In the US, tobacco kills more than 480,000 people per year. This is more than alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.”

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