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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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The Lake Erie Waterkeeper Group recently took more than two dozen citizens on its annual Eco Tour of the Maumee River.

This year’s tour was especially successful, in part by the rise in concern for water quality in the area due to the recent water crisis.

“People just don’t understand the magnitude of this and drinking water should really bring the issue to the top,” said Len Syrek.

“I belong to Urban Waters, Partners of Clean Stream, and I’m on the board of the Lake Erie Water Keepers,” he said. “I have an opportunity to speak to a lot of people and, for whatever reason, I do not believe that the general populous really knows how bad this is.

“I show people that (water bottle of algae from around the intake) and it’s like they don’t understand or they don’t care – but they did care for three days when they needed water,” said Syrek.

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A dedication of the new headquarters building of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

The district has closed the fire station in the Village of Clay Center and moved the equipment to the new station 2/headquarters at 3155 N. Genoa-Clay Center Road.

Tours of the 10,000-square-foot building will be conducted following the dedication until 9 p.m.

Approximately 80 persons are on the roster of the station, including command officers, volunteers and part-time and full-time personnel, said Denny Hartman, district chief.

In addition to administrative offices, the headquarters includes training and conference rooms.

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