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Are rule changes proposed by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency placing the state’s streams and waterways in peril?

The Ohio Environmental Council took the agency to task in recent testimony for what the OEC sees as an abandonment of oversight responsibilities over oil and gas pipelines and coal mining operations.

Nathan Johnson, an attorney for the OEC, accused the agency of favoring coal and fracking interests and applying a “rubber stamp process” intended only for very small projects and improperly applying it to large-scale interstate pipelines and coal mining operations.

Citing an OEPA email from February 2014, Johnson testified the coal industry’s “apparent influence over the drafting of the proposed modifications” is evident.

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Oregon City Council on Monday accepted bids to install a walkway for the South Recreation Complex and to replace and repair sidewalks and curbs in parts of the city.

Council accepted the $53,439 bid of Smith Paving & Excavating, Norwalk, Ohio, for the South Recreation Complex walkway, and a $121,605 bid from Quinn Concrete Construction for sidewalk and curb replacement. Both companies submitted the lowest bids. Bihn Construction Service, Oregon, submitted bids that were higher for both projects - $122,380 for the walkway, and $59,790.02 for the sidewalk and curb replacement.

“All the bidders met our best bid criteria, and have bid on a lot of concrete work in past years,” said Public Service Director Paul Roman.

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Saying it wanted to clarify its priorities, Oak Harbor Village Council indefinitely tucked away a private organization’s newest proposal for downtown revitalization.

Legislation for a Downtown Revitalization Riverfront Overlay District came before council for a second reading at Monday’s regular meeting. But after a lengthy - and often heated - discussion, council voted 4-2 to table the issue. The district is an amendment to current zoning regulations that would open doors to private business owners’ expansion plans downtown, especially along the banks of the Portage River. The legislation paves the way for things such as gazebos, outdoor seating, bait shops, river walkways and even an amphitheater.

But the district’s introduction took a troubling turn in recent weeks as the public confused the role of the village in future downtown development.

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Convicted child molester Danny Wyatt Newton has filed a writ to have his conviction and sentence reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Former Air Force
Staff Sergeant
Danny Wyatt Newton.

Airman Basic Newton was found guilty by a jury of enlisted military personnel of attempted sodomy upon a child under 12 years of age, conspiracy to obstruct justice, indecent liberties, and sodomy upon a child under 12 years of age during a general court martial proceeding convened at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, on December 21, 2010. The victim was his then-eight-year-old stepdaughter.

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After receiving official notice the City of Rossford will be ending its contract with Lake Township for emergency dispatching service at the end of year, township officials say they plan to re-assess the dispatching system before making any decisions on how to proceed.

The township has been providing dispatching service for Rossford and the villages of Walbridge and Millbury, but Rossford has accepted a proposal from the Wood County Sheriff’s Department for the service and notified township trustees Aug. 29 of its intent to terminate its current contract on Dec. 31.

“City council has determined the best alternative going forward is to secure these services through the Wood County Sheriff’s Office,” the letter, signed by Mayor Neil MacKinnon, III, and Edward Ciecka, city administrator, says.

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