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Oregon City Council recently passed a resolution in support of designating a zoning overlay as the first step in creating a downtown area that contains retail, residential, an entertainment district, and open green space along Navarre Avenue.
 
The Planning Commission will study properties in the designated area to determine a recommendation to council for the zoning overlay. After it is reviewed by the commission, it will go before council for approval, then be discussed at a public hearing scheduled for May 22 at 8 p.m. in council chambers, according to Jim Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning.

Oregon and Lucas County will file a combined application under the Community Housing Impact & Preservation (CHIP) program for financial assistance for various housing needs of low and moderate income residents.
 
The state provides funds to local governments under the CHIP program. The city has participated in CHIP for several years.

When Lake Township resident Jon Hockenberry decided last month to scatter his beloved dog’s ashes in a pond behind his home at Bradner Road and SR. 163, he paused briefly and decided he wasn’t ready to part with his best pal just yet. The dog, named Woody Hayes, after the legendary Ohio State football coach, was his constant companion. 
 
“Woody went everywhere with me,” Hockenberry said of his Labrador retriever. “He went to soccer practice, baseball practice — everywhere.” 

 More than a hundred students, staff and community members in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District took time Sunday to remember a well-liked third grade teacher who lost her life March 26 in a car crash.

 Although Whitney Meinke had only taught at R.C. Waters Elementary School since 2015, she made a lasting impact on those who knew her, school officials said.  

By Yaneek Smith

Press Contributing Writer

 For the last four years, the Village of Oak Harbor has had to tighten its belt while using a greater share of general fund revenues to help keep the police department operating at normal levels.  Village officials attribute the spending adjustments to reductions in local government funds from the state and other revenue losses.

 But with the passage of a police levy in November, that will not be as much of a problem this year. The new annual revenue the levy will generate - about $118,000 - can only be used for police department expenses.

 
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