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Friends, family detail Atwaters’ troubled marriage

As the investigation into the murder/suicide of an Oak Harbor family focused on the question, why, authorities uncovered a tale of a marriage that had broken down well before it turned tragically fatal.

The case of the deaths of Alan and Dawn Atwater and their three children remains under investigation, but a report released last week by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department paints a picture of desperation: Alan, 31, telling friends and family he wanted to keep the marriage intact but asking a younger man to sleep with his wife; Dawn, 30, looking to end the marriage to a domineering man who loved their children and confiding to friends he had been abusive to her.

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Officials in the Village of Woodville say they’ll look first to enacting spending cuts in the police department if a 7.4-mill property tax levy on Tuesday’s ballot isn’t renewed.

The levy generates about $332,519 annually and is the major source of funds for the village’s general fund, according to Barb Runion, village clerk-treasurer, and costs the owner of a home with an appraised value of $100,000 about $259 a year.

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It’s called the “Biggest Week in American Birding,” and for good reason.

The second annual event, which will be held May 5-15 at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory near Oak Harbor, will bring thousands of birding enthusiasts and millions of dollars into the BSBO and to Northwest Ohio, according to Kim Kaufman, executive director of the BSBO.

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Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian has tabled a proposed agreement with Law Director Paul Goldberg that would rehire him at a reduced salary following his retirement from the position on April 30.

Some on council at a meeting on April 25 wanted to review the details of the agreement before voting on it.

The deal calls for the city to pay Goldberg an annual salary of $49,000 for two years. Council has already approved his retirement at a previous meeting in April, which becomes effective on April 30. After that date, Goldberg would have to stop working for the city for 60 days, then would be re-employed by the city as law director under the new terms of his contract.

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Oregon stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars if Gov. John Kasich’s proposed biennial budget is approved, according to Matt Szollosi, state representative from the 49th district.

“The impact to the City of Oregon through the proposed budget is a loss of $900,000 for the two year period. The big hit is in a reduction in the local government fund,” said Szollosi. “The fund would be reduced by 25-percent the first year, followed by a 50-percent cut in the second year of the biennial budget.”

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