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Two area school districts, Woodmore and Eastwood, are on the ballot next month with bond issues that will, if passed, leverage state funding for new buildings.

Voters in the Woodmore School District will decide a 6.97-mill bond levy that would fund the local share of construction costs for a new pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school to be built next to the current elementary school in Woodville.

The total estimated cost of the project is $25.9 million, with the Ohio School Facilities Commission providing about $6.4 million and the district’s share at about $15.6 million. In addition, the district will pay about $3.9 million for additional classrooms and a performing arts center not covered by the OSFC.

Woodmore voters are also being asked to approve an OSFC-required 0.5-mill levy for maintaining the building.

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The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department will conduct clinics in the Oregon City Schools District to give H1N1, or swine flu, vaccinations in the next two weeks.

The clinics will be held on Oct. 26, 27, and November 4 during school hours.

On Monday, October 26, vaccinations will be given in the library of Fassett Middle School, and in the gyms of Starr and Jerusalem elementary schools.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, vaccinations will be given in the libraries of Wynn and Coy elementary schools, and in the library of Eisenhower Middle School.

On Wednesday, November 4, vaccinations will be given in the old gym of Clay High School.

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Former Oregon Police Chief Tom Gulch told city council before a packed room on Oct. 12 that Mayor Marge Brown had tried to interfere on several occasions while he was investigating her son, Officer Jeff Brown.

Gulch spoke after council unanimously agreed to lift a clause in a separation agreement he had with the city that banned him from speaking negatively about the city administration. Councilman Bill Myers last week asked council to lift the clause after he read about it in The Press.

Gulch had wanted to comment about complaints that were made against Officer Brown, who was disciplined for various violations following an internal affairs investigation, but believed the separation agreement prohibited him from doing so.

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Former Oregon Police Chief Tom Gulch said Mayor Marge Brown asked him to resign two months after she had suggested that he promote her son, Officer Jeff Brown, to sergeant.

Gulch made the allegation at a council meeting on Oct. 12.

Gulch said he had just conducted interviews of three officers who were on a promotions list. “Jeff Brown was on that promotions list, and he was at the bottom of the list, the number three officer,” said Gulch. Mayor Brown had stopped Gulch as he passed her in the hallway of the municipal building and asked how her son had done on the interview.

Gulch said he told the mayor that Officer Brown and the other candidates had done well.

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Who voters decide will be Toledo’s next mayor may depend on whether city leaders need to think “creatively,” or if they need a “reality check.”

Those are the words said repeatedly by mayoral candidates Keith Wilkowski and Mike Bell on Thursday during a debate at The Courtyard at Navy Bistro in The Docks restaurant complex.

East Toledo voters got to hear views from both candidates as they squared off in a forum sponsored by the East Toledo Club and The Press. Bell and Wilkowski finished as the top two vote getters in September’s primary, and only one will be elected November 3 to replace current mayor Carty Finkbeiner in January.

Bell attended the University of Toledo with a concentration in business, and was a UT football co-captain and student of the year. He has more than 19 years experience as Toledo’s Fire Chief and State Fire Marshal. He was the first African-American as well as the youngest person ever to lead the Toledo Fire Department with its 500 plus employees.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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