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        A second pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for a Woodville man who’s been indicted on one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and three counts of receiving stolen property.

        The hearing for William S. Gentry, 58, W. Main Street, is scheduled for March 27 in Wood County Common Pleas Court.

        According to the indictment, Gentry was involved in the theft around July 8, 2016 of a trailer in the Village of Walbridge valued at about $4,000 with a Honda motorcycle inside valued at $400. The trailer and motorcycle were sold to an “unknowing individual” but were later recovered by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

       The Benton-Carroll-Salem school board will hold two public meetings to discuss the school system’s financial situation and the board’s decision to place two tax levies on the May 8 ballot.

        The meetings will be held Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. and March 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor High School auditorium.

        Board members cite the recent property devaluation of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station as the primary reason the district needs additional tax revenues; the resulting annual loss to the district from the devaluation is about $4.6 million, about a fourth of the B-C-S operating budget.

The Kmart on Navarre Avenue in Oregon recently closed for good, but its contents — specifically the jewelry cases — will become an asset to the Harbor View Historical Society, according to Michael Joseph, curator of the museum.

Once the area’s last remaining Kmart closed, Joseph purchased the display cases for the museum and, with the help of Musil Movers, the display cases arrived at their new home one week later.

“We worked with Kmart corporate to purchase the display cases at a greatly reduced price.  They are greatly needed at our museum for our artifacts, souvenirs, and display usage for other events like our annual craft shows,” said Joseph.  “It’s great when corporate entities work with us to find new needs for something that otherwise would just be thrown out.”

        Lucas County Commissioners recently expressed their support for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rejection last month of the Ohio EPA’s 2016 list of impaired waters in Ohio, which had failed to include the impairment designation of Ohio’s portion of the open waters of Western Lake Erie.

        “We’re gratified the U.S. EPA is enforcing the Clean Water Act and requiring the State of Ohio to follow the law,” said Commissioner Carol Contrada. “This is a significant move to protect drinking water and the health of Lake Erie. This will provide the accountability that 11 million citizens that are affected by the health of Lake Erie expect.”

        Commissioner Pet Gerken said that the Ohio EPA has received Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding since 2011 to monitor nutrient levels in the western basin.

        Oregon City Council on Monday will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. on a request for a Special Use Exception for the construction of a senior housing complex at 4436 Navarre Avenue, near the senior center.

        The applicant, Carol Keller, is seeking the Special Use in an R-1 Low Density Residential Zoning District for the purpose of constructing the multiple family senior housing development.

        Previous plans for the project had been proposed for a different location earlier last year. That development was to be on three parcels on Munding Drive near Mercy St. Charles Hospital. The site was backed up to I-280 to the south, adjacent to the Orchard Villa nursing home.

 

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