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Although the pace of economic development has slowed as a result of the recession, Oregon this year is seeing new construction of a grocery store, apartment buildings, and an expansion of a nursing home.

A new Aldi’s grocery store, currently under construction at 3728 Navarre Avenue across from Wal-Mart, is nearly completed.

“I don’t know when it’s going to open, but I expect any day now,” said Gary Thompson, director of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

The 17,887-square-foot store is made of brick. The value of the building is $1,708,000, according to Oregon’s Building and Zoning office.

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Time Warner Cable has submitted an application for authorization to be a video service provider in Oregon as well as in other communities, according to Oregon Law Director Paul Goldberg.

Ohio Senate Bill 117, passed in 2007, gives the Ohio Department of Commerce the authority to award cable TV franchises and wire-video franchises. Prior to the bill, cable TV and wire-video companies negotiated directly with municipalities to establish or renew franchise agreements. The intent is to provide more options for video service, and lower costs. 

“Does this mean that there’s going to be competition for Buckeye CableSystem?” Councilman Mike Sheehy asked at a council meeting on Feb. 14.

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Change orders to meet new building codes, upgrade lighting systems, install a metal roof, and other items for the township administration building under construction were approved Tuesday by the Lake Township trustees.

In all, the changes total more than $177,000, including tax and other fees, but much of that will be covered by the township’s replacement insurance as well as credits, Mark Hummer, township administrator, told the trustees.

The cost of the 22-gauge mechanically seamed metal roof and gutters and trim totals $165,200 but credits for shingles, labor, and gutters reduces that to $129,764.

The change orders were submitted by Rudolph/Libbe, the general contractor for the construction project, which is scheduled for completion in May.

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BP-Husky donated $30,000 to the Oregon City Schools District for use in the areas of science and math. The school board approved the donation at a meeting on Feb. 15.

Superintendent Dr. Mike Zalar said that it has not yet been determined how the money will be spent.

“We’d like to discuss that with the district leadership team and entertain recommendations for that,” said Zalar. “My recommendation is that the elementary and middle schools could use that money to upgrade some of their equipment.”

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Soon after Brian Shotwell and wrestling coach Antony Sharples met, they wrestled.

“He’s really experienced and he’s a really good coach. We went ahead and wrestled just to see who is better. I trust that,” Shotwell said.

You have to remember they are adults — Shotwell is 31-years-old and Sharples is a 2001 Oak Harbor High School graduate. Shotwell is opening MPWA Combat Sports in a 7,600 square foot former storefront inside the Woodville Mall next month.

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