The Press Newspaper
The EF-4 tornado that swept through Wood and Ottawa counties on June 6, 2010 destroyed 100 homes, killed seven people, destroyed Lake High School, and forced families to rebuild homes.
Since that night one year ago, businesses along its route have also had to rebuild.
At least four businesses along State Route 795 suffered damage, and a Mexican restaurant sits near the rebuilt Lake Township Administration Building still looking much like it did after the tornado hit.
Northwood City Council has decided it wants the fire chief position to be full-time, reversing its previous support that the position be part time.
Council voted 6-1 to advertise for a full time fire chief at a May 26 meeting.
The Safety Committee is now recommending that the position be full-time, according to Councilman Randy Kozina, a member of the Safety Committee.
Meeting in a special session Tuesday, the Lake school board has approved a revised five-year forecast that includes more than $1 million in spending cuts for the fiscal year starting July 1.
A major portion of the spending cuts will be realized through attrition of personnel and a new contract with the Wood County Educational Service Center, which provides the district with services for its special education program.
Jeff Carpenter, district treasurer, said three teachers who are retiring won’t be replaced for the 2011-12 school year.
Three area counties realized slight increases in vehicle-train crashes last year from 2009 but are all down from several years ago, according to the Ohio Grade Crossing Statistics Report 2010 released recently by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.
There was only one crash in Ottawa County last year but it was fatal, occurring Dec. 16 on Benton-Carroll Road near the Village of Rocky Ridge.
Whether the economy has pushed women and men into entrepreneurship or more people have decided to strike out on their own, one local organization has helped many local small businesses prosper.
The Women’s Entrepreneurial Network has survived and thrived since its inception in the early 1990’s.
According to WEN President Linda Everhardt-Kardux, the organization started in the Small Business Center within the Toledo Chamber of Commerce in 1993.
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