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The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission was one of 23 tolling agencies nationwide to see record traffic volume last year, according to a report by the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.

The IBTTA’s National Toll Facilities Usage Analysis saw an increase of 7 percent in the use of toll roads from 2014 to 2015.

Randy Cole, executive director of the Ohio Turnpike, said traffic volume on the turnpike increased by 4.1 percent during that time.

“With 53.4 million trips in 2015, compared to 51.2 million in 2014, this serves as a historic benchmark, he said.”

Request for help answered overwhelmingly
When Kurt and Corinna Bench, owners of Shared Legacy Farms, needed help assisting a family of migrant workers they found an abundance of it among the members of their Community Supported Agriculture network of customers.

Kurt had received a desperate call from Lucero Medina. On their way from Florida to the Shared Legacy Farms in Elmore for the summer’s work, Lucero, her parents, and her 2-year-old son, Aaron, had become stranded on an interstate highway near Atlanta, Georgia when their truck caught fire.

The Woodmore school board received some good financial news Tuesday from the mayor and administrator of the Village of Woodville.

The village and a consultant erred, Mayor Rich Harman told the board, in the setting of an electric meter at the new PreK-8 school building, resulting in an overcharge of about $114,000 to the school district since it opened a little more than a year ago.

The mayor and Keith Kruse, village administrator, said the district would be reimbursed for the overcharge plus interest.

The Oregon Schools Community Levy Committee and the district’s administration are “firmly committed” to honoring their pledge that revenue from a 3.95-mill operating levy passed by voters last November will “exclusively” go toward preserving Career Technical programs and extra-curricular activities, according to a post on the committee’s Facebook page last week.

The committee was formed early last year to promote passage of the levy on the November 3 ballot. The Oregon Schools Community Levy Committee Facebook comments, made by someone who later identified herself as Joy Andrews, were posted after an article appeared in the April 18 edition of The Press in which Superintendent Hal Gregory and School Board President Carol Molnar appeared to be backing away from a pledge they made to voters last October that the $1.9 million annual revenue from the levy, if passed, would exclusively go toward Career Tech and extra-curricular programs.

A bill that amends regulations of Ohio’s College Credit Plus program is drawing little opposition and may reach the floor of the House of Representatives by next month for a vote, Steve Arndt, a co-sponsor of the bill said last week.

House Bill 445 is pending before the House Education Committee.

Rep. Arndt, R- Port Clinton, said he’s heard from school administrators of several area districts, including Genoa, Benton-Carroll-Salem, Port Clinton and Woodmore, who’ve expressed concerns about components of the program.

Ohio’s College Credit Plus allows high school students to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from community colleges or universities.

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