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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced that Lucas County is one of 20 jurisdictions selected to receive a $150,000 grant to create a fairer, more effective local justice system.

The grant is a part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation’s $75 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way jails are used in the criminal justice system. Lucas County will use the grant to address factors contributing to over-incarceration and develop effective alternatives throughout the criminal justice process.

Lucas County was chosen following a highly competitive selection process that drew applications from nearly 200 jurisdictions from 45 states. The Safety and Justice Challenge competition supports jurisdictions across the country seeking to create more just and effective local justice systems that improve public safety, save taxpayer money, and yield better outcomes. The 20 jurisdictions selected will work with expert consultants to develop a plan for local justice system improvement. In 2016, as many as 10 of these jurisdictions will receive a second round of funding – between $500,000 to $2 million annually – to implement their plans over two years.

Habitat for Humanity of Wood County is looking for applicants for its upcoming home in Walbridge.

The home will be built at 121 Clinton St. on a 0.178-acre lot which the Village of Walbridge gifted land to Habitat for Humanity of Wood County. The property was donated to the village by the family of Billie Gilliam on Dec. 31. The Walbridge Council approved the donation by a unanimous vote this month.

Habitat for Humanity plans to build a new home on the land in the fall, in partnership with Penta Career Center. Construction will begin in September and continue on throughout the school year, with anticipated completion in the spring 2016.

Applicants who are seeking a homeownership opportunity with Habitat for Humanity are currently being sought. Eligible partner families purchase the home with a zero-percent or low-interest subsidized mortgage. Payments range between $400-$500 per month. Completion of a Homeowner Education program, along with sweat-equity (volunteer hours) are a requirement of the program.

For more information or to request a pre-application, call Habitat for Humanity of Wood County at 419-353-5430.

The Navarre Park Tennis Association, a community tennis association registered with the United States Tennis Association, is desperately seeking help to fund the resurfacing and repair of the Navarre Park Tennis Courts, says President Bobby Johnson.

The NPTA is beginning fundraising to raise $30,000 to cover costs of tennis court resurfacing, fence repair, court benches, and to also purchase tennis racquets and balls for its youth program and other programs promoting tennis. The NPTA is looking for sponsors and private donors to help provide a safe environment at the courts.

“The Navarre Park Tennis Association’s main focus is to provide an after school and summer activity that is safe and constructive to East Toledo’s youth. Navarre Park is also the home of Waite High School’s tennis teams, and currently has the only tennis courts on the east side of Toledo,” Johnson said.

If the Woodmore school board fills a vacant board seat during a special meeting set for May 31 it would be violating state law covering such vacancy procedures, according to opinions from the board’s legal counsel and the Ottawa County prosecutor’s office.

Board president Steve Huss set the special meeting after the board last week couldn’t agree on a replacement for the seat vacated by Grant Cummings, who resigned earlier this month.

Three persons were considered Tuesday for the vacancy but none received more than two votes from the three board members present.

Board member Julie Bowman was absent, leaving Huss, Corinna Bench and Joe Liszak to vote on the vacancy.

Lori Sodd has seen better days. In just six months, one of her three dogs ran away, her mother passed away, and her house burned to the ground.

Sodd, of East Toledo, was still grieving for her mom, who had died in January, when her house at 1306 Vinal Street caught fire on Sunday, April 26 at about 11:30 a.m.

Sodd was relaxing on her bed that day, playing a game on her cell phone, when her son Todd came into the bedroom to ask whether she had noticed the lights had flickered.

“He was thinking maybe it was the light bulb in a lamp in his bedroom,” Sodd recalled. But just moments after he left her room, she heard him scream `Our house is on fire.’”

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