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        A farm organization is venting its frustration with Gov. John Kasich’s executive order adopting more aggressive action by state agencies to reduce runoff from watersheds in Lake Erie’s western basin.

        Runoff from agricultural fertilizer applications is considered a contributor to harmful algal blooms in the lake, the governor noted in signing the order Wednesday.

        Exelon Corp., in a July 9 filing with the Securities Exchange Commission, has informed the commission it has entered into an agreement to purchase the power business of FirstEnergy Solutions for $140 million.

        The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018 but is conditional on Exelon being the winning bidder after a bankruptcy auction and the subsequent approval of the purchase agreement by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

        A motion to suspend the mowing of grass next year on a portion of Riverbend Park in Elmore and to develop walking trails is expected to be on the agenda of next week’s meeting of village council, Rick Claar, council president, said.

        The proposal was discussed during a recent meeting of council’s committee of the whole, Claar said, and members of the planning and environment, properties committee offered to introduce a motion during council’s regular meeting on July 23.

       The Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld the 2017 conviction of a man for the theft of jewelry and other merchandise from the Meijer store in Oregon.

        Rico L. Wright, who had agreed to plea guilty to one count of petty theft after being indicted for grand theft, challenged the trial court’s order to pay $29,549 in restitution to Meijer.

        Recent sampling in the Sandusky and Maumee rivers by various state agencies indicate grass carp populations are low, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

        Crews of fisheries biologists collected adult and juvenile carp June 12-14; 27 from the Sandusky River and three from the Maumee River.

        “Although present in the system, grass carp populations are considered to be low, and this week’s action reinforces this conclusion,” the ODNR said in a prepared statement.




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