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Northwood City Council, following months of debate, approved a lower salary for the city’s planning, zoning, and economic development coordinator, Kimberly Grames, at a meeting Sept. 10.

Grames became the city’s interim zoning inspector after former zoning inspector Heather Sayler accepted a job with the City of Bowling Green last year.

Grames had been earning an annual salary of $43,394, which was the same salary as Sayler. But some on council thought Grames’s salary should be less at $39,970 as a result of the poor economy.

“I still don’t fully understand this,” said Councilman Dave Gallaher at a meeting Sept. 3. Gallaher and Councilman Dean Edwards voted against reducing Grames’s salary.

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Job attraction and retention will be the focus of a business/local government summit to be hosted by the Lake Township trustees.

The summit, which is open to the public, will be held Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the township administration building.

“The board will be inviting a diverse group of Lake Township business owners, property owners, and residents to discuss job attraction and job retention in our township,” Richard Welling, a trustee said.

In addition, topics such as marketing strategies for the township, identifying regional resources and  corridors poised for growth, streamlining governmental processes to assist development, and procuring grants will be up for discussion, he said, adding the summit will be “the first of many demonstrating the partnership of business and Lake Township.”

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A former member of the Oregon school board has been appointed to fill the seat left vacant by the recent death of Betty Carstensen.

The board Wednesday appointed Sheron Baumgartner to fill the unexpired term of Carstensen, 85, who died Sept. 5, but was planning to run for re-election in the Nov. 3 election.

The board selected Baumgartner from a host of other potential candidates based upon her experience and knowledge of the district, said board president Jeff Ziviski.

Baumgartner served previously on the school board from 1982-1993.  She is a graduate of Clay High School and Bowling Green State University.  Mrs. Baumgartner worked at St. Charles Hospital in a supervisory capacity prior to her retirement there after 35 years.  She is a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and has served as a member of the bard of trustees.

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A mangled, dark green Ford Thunderbird LX sits in front of Cardinal Stritch High School, and it looks as if the driver could have been injured in it.

No worry, the driver is fine, although she received minor injuries in a recent accident. Now, her car is being used to send a message--Do not text while driving.

The 17-year-old girl who drove the car was texting while driving in a parking lot when she lost control and her car rolled over.

The driver’s side is virtually spared, fortunately for the driver, but there is glass throughout the automobile and the passenger side is destroyed with the top of the car virtually smashed in so that anyone sitting there would have suffered injuries.

The driver is a client of Dan R’s Automotive on Navarre Avenue in Oregon. When Cathy Reichow, an owner there, saw the damage, she had an idea.

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The school board this week will appoint someone to fill the vacant seat previously held by Betty Carstensen, who died Sept. 5 following a stroke.

Carstensen, 85, was finishing her fourth term on the board when she died. She was running for re-election on the Nov. 3 ballot.

“We rescheduled our regularly scheduled meeting last Wednesday to Sept. 16,” said School Board President Jeff Ziviski.

“The law requires the board to act to fill the vacancy at its next regular meeting, which is held at least 10 days after the vacancy occurs,” said Ziviski.

The person who is appointed to the seat will fill the remainder of Carstensen’s term, which is through December 31, he said.

“Essentially, it’s a three-and-a-half month appointment,” he said.

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