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Friends, family detail Atwaters’ troubled marriage

As the investigation into the murder/suicide of an Oak Harbor family focused on the question, why, authorities uncovered a tale of a marriage that had broken down well before it turned tragically fatal.

The case of the deaths of Alan and Dawn Atwater and their three children remains under investigation, but a report released last week by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department paints a picture of desperation: Alan, 31, telling friends and family he wanted to keep the marriage intact but asking a younger man to sleep with his wife; Dawn, 30, looking to end the marriage to a domineering man who loved their children and confiding to friends he had been abusive to her.

It’s called the “Biggest Week in American Birding,” and for good reason.

The second annual event, which will be held May 5-15 at the Black Swamp Bird Observatory near Oak Harbor, will bring thousands of birding enthusiasts and millions of dollars into the BSBO and to Northwest Ohio, according to Kim Kaufman, executive director of the BSBO.

Oregon stands to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars if Gov. John Kasich’s proposed biennial budget is approved, according to Matt Szollosi, state representative from the 49th district.

“The impact to the City of Oregon through the proposed budget is a loss of $900,000 for the two year period. The big hit is in a reduction in the local government fund,” said Szollosi. “The fund would be reduced by 25-percent the first year, followed by a 50-percent cut in the second year of the biennial budget.”

Officials in the Village of Woodville say they’ll look first to enacting spending cuts in the police department if a 7.4-mill property tax levy on Tuesday’s ballot isn’t renewed.

The levy generates about $332,519 annually and is the major source of funds for the village’s general fund, according to Barb Runion, village clerk-treasurer, and costs the owner of a home with an appraised value of $100,000 about $259 a year.

Area school district in Wood, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties will be on the ballot Tuesday with revenue requests.

In Wood County, the Eastwood Local School District is seeking renewal of a 1 percent, 5-year income tax issue.

The district recently announced plans to reduce the budget by $650,000 for the 2011-12 school year. The austerity plan includes laying off employees and reducing hours.

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