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Even before he took the oath of office Wednesday for his new appointed position in the state legislature as representative of the 89th House District, Steve Arndt had already made up his mind he’ll be spending more time in the district than in Columbus.

Arndt, who’d served as an Ottawa County commissioner for 27 years, believes his time is best spent listening to the concerns of constituents.

His decision to submit his name to the screening panel came after several local residents and office holders expressed support for him to do so. The seat was vacated in August by Steve Kraus after he was convicted of theft.

“There was just so much encouragement from other elected officials and from the residents. The timing just seemed right,” Arndt said. “I thought if there is something I can do to give back to them I wanted to do it. That’s one thing I always enjoyed in my job is the constituency work, talking with the individuals about what’s on their minds.”

Animals taken from Tiger Ridge Exotics earlier this year have been moved out of state for their own well being, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Erica Hawkins, communications director for the ODA, said the animals were transferred from the state’s temporary holding facility in Reynoldsburg in August because the facility is only supposed to be temporary.

“They had been in Reynoldsburg since January 28 and that is a long time to be there,” Hawkins said. “That facility is only for short term care. They were all in good health and it was just better to transport them now and not wait until the snow is flying.”

A liger and a cougar were transferred to Keepers of the Wild in Valentine, Ariz. Three tigers and a leopard went to Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Fla., and three tigers and a Kodiak bear went to Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary in Spearfish, S.D.

Oregon Council on Monday authorized city officials to enter into an agreement with Jones & Henry Engineers, Ltd., of Toledo, for $191,720 to provide professional engineering services for the final design phase of sludge dewatering improvements at the wastewater treatment plant.

On July 14, 2014, council awarded a $43,280 contract to Jones & Henry to provide professional engineering services for a Biosolids Study and Preliminary Design for sludge dewatering improvements for the wastewater treatment plant. Based on the results of the preliminary design, a new biosolids or sludge dewatering facility consisting of two centrifuges, along with disposing dry sludge at a landfill, was considered to be a very cost effective alternative, especially due to the rising costs of applying liquid sludge as fertilizer to farmland.

The city was awarded a $792,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission (OPWC) and a low interest loan through the Ohio EPA’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) for the estimated $3.3 million project.

Pam Peters is a lot of things to a lot of people — a daughter, a sister, a good friend.

The American Casting Association recognizes Peters as a national champion, the best female “caster” in the United States. Peters is a professional caster – as in fishing – and has been competing since she was 23.

Peters, 50, a 1983 Clay graduate who still lives in Oregon, competed in the 2015 ACA National Championships from July 28 through Aug. 1 in Long Beach, Calif. She returned home with 13 gold medals and one silver medal.

Last year, at the same event in Tennessee, she finished first in all seven events, which involve casting accuracy and distance with different types of fishing tackle, and earned the title of Women’s National Champion. She earned a total of 13 gold medals.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a 9,000-mile bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

You can follow his blog by going to and clicking on the icon on the upper right:

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This is where it all began--on that April morning 240 years ago--on the Battle Road. Seven hundred British soldiers marched out of Boston on that morning of April 19, 1775. Seeking to confiscate supplies of arms and gun powder stored by the upstart American rebels in Concord, MA, the British regulars, clad in their bright red coats and bayonets bristling, crossed the Charles River and took the road to Concord that led through Lexington. There on Lexington Green, His Majesty’s troops encountered 77 colonial militia and Minutemen - there was a difference between the two - standing their ground . . . . until . . . the colonists saw how hopelessly outnumbered they were. Ordered to disperse by militia commander Colonel John Parker but, before they could, a shot rang out, and soon eight Americans lay dead on Lexington Green - first blood had been spilled.

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The Buffalo Bills last week hired the NFL's first female full-time coach (Kathryn Smith--special teams quality control coach). Should there be more women in coaching?
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