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The Oregon Police Division, in conjunction with the Lucas County OVI Taskforce, conducted a sobriety check in the 2800 block of State Route 2 (Navarre Ave.) on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

During the checkpoint, which was located near Kmart, 1,026 vehicles passed through the check point zones, and 1,022 were checked by officers, according to Oregon Sgt. Ed Depinet, who led the detail. Forty-seven were diverted for further inspection. Of these, one driver was arrested for OVI, and 11 drivers were cited for either having no license or a suspended license. In addition, six other citations were issued, eight arrests were made for warrants and one arrest for a drug (marijuana) violation.

Some of the citations included having expired license plates and tinted windows. Among the eight warrants was a woman who had failed to appear in a previous court case in Wood County, said Depinet.

Bills introduced recently in the state legislature would further amend Ohio’s method of taxing agricultural land.

The bills’ sponsors, Rep. Brian Hill, (R-Zanesville) and Sen. Cliff Hite, (R-Findlay), say additional changes are needed in the Current Agricultural Use Value program that allows eligible farmland to be taxed at its agricultural value instead of its market value.

The formula in recent years has drawn more scrutiny from affected landowners who’ve been questioning it when their CAUV taxes rose dramatically – more than doubling in some cases.

Sen. Bill 246, according to Sen. Hite, would prohibit certain inflation-related factors from being used in the formula and would remove disincentives to engage in some conservation practices. Land set aside for soil preservation, water quality protection and other environmental management practices would not be assessed as though producing crops.

The Oregon mayor, city administrator and members of city council bid a fond farewell to veteran Councilman Jerry Peach, whose last day on council was Monday.

Jerry Peach

Peach, who served 14 terms, was defeated for re-election on Nov. 4.

“Jerry, I’ve tried to think of something witty, something funny, but the best thing I can say to you is `Thank you’ for everything you’ve done for our community,” said Council President Dennis Walendzak. “You’ve given a lot of time, a lot of thought. You’ve probably done it better than anyone sitting at this table.”

Mayor Mike Seferian, who served several years on council before being elected mayor in 2009, recalled the years he served alongside Peach, 67. Peach was first elected in 1987, Seferian in 1989.

The Elmore Historical Society will carry on the longstanding tradition of heralding in the holidays at the annual Holiday Kick-Off Saturday, Dec. 5 from noon-3 p.m.

Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive at the Harris-Elmore library by way of fire truck for a tree-lighting ceremony 10:30 a.m. During that time, the winner of the library’s Christmas Ornament Making Contest will place the winning ornament on the tree. Kids who wish to participate in the ornament contest can get further information at the library, 328 Toledo St., or call 419-862-2482.

Following the tree lighting, Santa and Mrs. Claus will host a story time inside the library from 10:45 a.m. to noon.

Free fingerprinting cards and scavenger hunts will also be available for the kids at the library at that time.

A resolution to place an income tax issue on the ballot next year for renewal is on the agenda for the Nov. 30 meeting of the Eastwood school board.

Dave Michel, district treasurer, said the board is preparing to place the 1 percent tax on the March 2016 ballot.

The tax, which is levied only on earned income and not on Social Security benefits, pensions and similar sources of income, generates about $1.92 million annually for the Wood County school system.

Voters first approved the tax in 2006 and renewed it in 2011.

As of January 2015, income taxes were in place in 189 Ohio school districts, according to the state’s taxation department.


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