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        Calling the Ohio statehouse his “second home” for more than 33 years, Sen. Randy Gardner, said he was looking forward to his next position – Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

        Governor-elect Mike DeWine announced Gardner’s nomination for the post on Thursday.

        A group of environmental activists is asking the Northwest Ohio Building and Construction Trades Council why it has taken a stand against a ballot initiative known as the Lake Erie Bill of Rights.

        Advocates for a Clean Lake Erie said it sent a letter to Shaun Enright, executive secretary of the council, asking why the coalition of skilled building trades unions opposes the initiative and proposed a joint effort with the environmentalists to protect the lake and create jobs.

        The letter contends the council has opposed the ballot initiative on three occasions with legal motions and joined with “a dozen corporate lobby groups” in asking the Ohio Supreme Court to keep it off the Lucas County ballot.

        An appeals court has denied a request by former state representative Steve Kraus for post-conviction relief from his theft conviction in 2015.

        In denying his request, the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court that dismissed his petition for relief.

        Kraus was convicted of one count of theft from an elderly person on July 27, 2015 and the lower courts ordered him to two years of community control and pay a $2,500 fine.

        After opening in 2013, the Stony Ridge office of Community Health Services has realized an increase in demand for service and is adding a pediatrician, Dr. Mary Grist, to its staff this month.

        The current staff at Stony Ridge includes Dr. Todd Meredith, who specializes in family medicine; Dr. Yasmin Pirzada, who specializes in adult care internal medicine and infectious disease; and Bridget Faricy-Beredo, family practice nurse practitioner.

        Oregon City Council recently approved its 2019 municipal budget.

        City Administrator Mike Beazley at a council meeting on Dec. 17 thanked city officials for their work on the budget.

        “We made a statement of priorities for the year,” he said of the budget. “We recognize that a budget is just a plan and an estimate, and that it changes from month to month through the year. But it’s good for us to go through the process.”

        Beazley said Oregon, like most communities, spends the vast majority of the general fund on public safety, police, fire and courts.

        “The budget is spent on making the community work. Overall, our capital investment focuses on maintaining our roads, and on our water and sewer infrastructure,” said Beazley. “We feel good about that process. We have things to resolve during the year. We’re excited about the projects that council has identified for us to work on. We’ll look forward to continue to explore those together during the coming year.”


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