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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.

A Jan. 7 fight at the Country Ridge Lounge, 3491 Latcha Rd., that resulted in a man’s death started with name calling then escalated into a heated argument, according to Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer.

“It was a verbal altercation that went horribly wrong,” the chief said. “After the argument started the men went outside to fight.”

Charges were upgraded Thursday against Kevin W. Knott, 52, Norwalk, Ohio, to involuntary manslaughter. He had been initially charged with felonious assault. His son, Kevin E. Knott, 26, also of Norwalk, has been charged with felonious assault.

Elwood Lock, Jr., 39, Lorain, Ohio, died Jan. 13 at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center where he had been transported.



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