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It has been a tough few weeks for the City of Northwood. With the loss of 185 production jobs at Hostess Brands, Inc., the city was already facing a $125,000 loss in yearly income and other tax revenue. Then word came The Andersons will close. 

For a city that has been slowly recovering from the 2008 recession, which sparked layoffs and budget cuts, the loss of The Andersons and Hostess are another setback. The city will see a cut of about $43,000 per year in income tax and other tax revenue when The Andersons closes. Combined with the planned liquidation of Hostess Brands, Inc., the city will lose a total of $168,000 annually in income and other tax revenue.

“We are going to have to cut back,” said City Administrator Bob Anderson. “Not in personnel, but other stuff. We have not discussed any personnel layoffs. This is a major issue. Not just in the number of jobs we are going to lose. Many of the employees from The Andersons and Hostess live here and spend their money here. We are concerned about how this is going to affect the other businesses.”

Forty-three people who posted messages on The Press’s Facebook page at expressed their disappointment by the news that The Andersons store in the Woodville Mall will close in February.

Some blamed city officials for not finding a way to keep the store open, while others criticized the public for not supporting local businesses. Many just expressed sadness to hear that the store, which has been located in the mall for 24 years, will close.

The Lake Township trustees are planning to approve a new health insurance package for township employees at their first meeting in December.

The trustees Tuesday received proposals for employee coverage for next year from Don Douglas, a contracted insurance broker, who recommended the township remain with Medical Mutual.

Officers from the Clay Township Police Department are offering to let you deface one of their cruisers – for a price.

From 5 to 7 p.m., Nov. 26, those who bring a new toy, canned goods and non-perishable items to The Pack a Cruiser event at the McDonald’s restaurant on Ohio 51 get a chance to sign the vehicle.

The Ottawa County prosecutor recently made a plea to county commissioners for raises for non-union workers.

The workers, including 10 full-time people in his office, have not received raises in four years. “They’ll be going on their fifth year without raises,” Prosecutor Mark Mulligan said in a telephone interview this week, reiterating what he told county commissioners Steve Arndt, Jim Sass and Mark Stahl during his office budget hearing.

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