The Press Newspaper
The Press Newspapers won three awards from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists for publications with a circulation of fewer than 75,000.
Managing Editor John Szozda won second place in the best columnist category. Szozda, News Editor Larry Limpf, Sports Editor Pat Eaken, Features Editor Tammy Walro and Photographer Ken Grosjean won second place in social issues reporting for the special section “Housing in East Toledo: Downward Spiral or Opportunity, which looked at the precipitous decline in housing values, what contributed to that decline, the emergence of absentee landlords and what is being done to rekindle the American dream of owning a home.
Kelly J. Kaczala and Melissa A. Burden won second place in public records use for their story, "Questions raised over the need for senior levy,” which uncovered information on whether voters were given accurate information on the need for a new senior services levy that would be on the November 2013 ballot in Oregon.
The Eastwood school board plans to remove a bond issue request from the November ballot.
Brent Welker, school superintendent, said the board intends to make the decision for removing the issue during its meeting Tuesday (Aug. 26).
The board in June agreed to place a levy on the ballot to help fund a new elementary school on the central campus.
Since then, the district has received its first payment reflecting a revised valuation of a Troy Energy facility, Welker said, and school officials say they have more options for the district’s share of construction costs.
Oregon council on Monday approved a contract with ARCADIS, US Inc., for additional design engineering services for raw water treatment improvements for the water treatment plant for $295,000.
“Our water treatment plant certainly is a priority to ensure the safety of our drinking water and I believe council has felt strongly about this also,” said Mayor Mike Seferian.
He met with Administrator Mike Beazley, Public Service Director Paul Roman, and Doug Wagner, superintendent of water treatment, and decided that using ozone ultraviolet light in the pretreatment process would reduce the chance of having potential problems in the future.
Tabatha Gerathy got the call she was waiting for.
Gerathy had been looking for her dog, Tikaani, since it wandered from her home on Pickle Road in Oregon on July 26. She distributed fliers about the eight month old husky throughout Oregon and East Toledo with no success.
Her luck changed on Sunday, Aug. 10 after an article and photo about the dog appeared in The Press. Gerathy received an anonymous tip about the location of the white husky with ice blue eyes.
“Someone had recognized the photo in The Press,” said Gerathy. The tipster believed a couple in Northwood had her.
Gerathy’s search began on July 26 after her husband let Tikaani outside and turned his back for a second before he realized she was gone.
The Ohio Farmers Union is advising its members to brace for a sizeable increase in the taxable value of their land.
Ted Finnarn, a Darke County attorney who represents the OFU on an advisory committee for the Ohio Department of Taxation, said the Current Agricultural Use Valuations will “increase substantially” for tax year 2014, effective for taxes to be paid in 2015.
For property tax purposes, farmland devoted to commercial agriculture may be valued according to its current use rather than its “highest and best” potential use. By permitting values to be set below market values, the CAUV normally results in a lower tax bill for working farmers.
The formula to calculate CAUVs uses a five-year average of crop prices and production costs and factors in soil types and interest rates. The result gives a valuation per acre for different soil types.
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