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Alexis Taylor would have turned 17-years-old next February. She was on course to graduate from Woodmore High School four months later, and from there the world was her oyster.

But that all ended on Nov. 10, 2009, when Alexis died unexpectedly. Her mother, Gibsonburg resident Consie Rickard-Taylor, is joining with her family and Woodmore to set up two Alexis Taylor Memorial Scholarships for Woodmore students.

“We are in the baby stages of setting them up,” Rickard-Taylor said. “We have to set up applications, and we haven't filed everything with the school. We want to have two scholarships with the school. They are both going to be Alexis Taylor Memorial Scholarships. We're trying to encompass everything Alexis was into.”

Rickard-Taylor, who also has a son, Ian, 12, said many people saw Alexis as her mother's twin.

“A lot of people said she was my clone,” Rickard-Taylor said. “She was about 5-foot-6, medium build, strong legs, brown eyes and brown hair. She was an honor student. She was an athlete. She was also into photography, arts, and ceramics. She loved to read and she loved soccer. She played ever since the first grade.”

Rickard-Taylor said one Alexis Taylor Memorial Scholarship will go to a Woodmore student based on grade-point average and financial need.

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A Lucas County Court of Common Pleas jury recently found several Oregon City officials retaliated against a female police sergeant for her testimony in a previous sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by a female police officer against the city.

The jury awarded Oregon Police Sgt. Kelly Thibert $25,000 in damages.

In addition, the city paid Thibert $85,000 in legal fees.

Thibert’s lawsuit, filed in 2008, accused the Oregon police department, ex-Mayor Marge Brown, and Police Chief Richard Stager of alleged sex discrimination and retaliation after she testified on behalf of former Oregon police officer Candace Elliott, who had filed a lawsuit against the city for sexual discrimination in 2004.

While the jury agreed that Thibert was retaliated against, it did not find Brown and Stager's conduct can be considered sexual discrimination.

Thibert, who has been an Oregon police officer since March, 1993, had alleged that Stager and Brown “acted with reckless disregard” for her rights. “These actions were motivated by Sgt. Thibert’s sex, her participation in prior proceedings concerning allegations of discrimination, and her good-faith reports of discriminatory conduct,” stated the lawsuit.

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The 2010 Lake High School Homecoming Dance came to a grinding halt last Saturday night – or rather, it came to a “no-grinding halt.”

By around 9 p.m., well before the dance was scheduled to end, a number of students had left in protest of a recently instituted “no-grinding” policy that prohibited the popular form of dancing that school officials feel is sexually provocative and a little too “up-close-and-personal” for a school setting.

Sophomore Dakota Jakey said he feels it wasn’t just the policy, but the timing of the announcement that grinding would be prohibited at the dance added to the students’ frustration.

“When we heard the announcement Friday morning, we were mad,” he said. “People had already bought their tickets to the dance. This type of dancing had been allowed in previous years, so why not announce the policy earlier so we could decide whether or not we even wanted to go?”

Though Jakey admitted it may be “awkward” to describe grinding, he said many students enjoy the dance style.  “The principal said they were issuing a no-grinding policy because they didn’t want students’ genitals rubbing against one another,” he said. “That made some kids laugh, but many of us were upset that our choice of how to dance was taken away.”

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Lake equestrian team coach Connie Workman knew just what to say to her eight-member squad last Sunday at the Ohio Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (OIHA) state meet at Vail Meadows.

“A couple of them were nervous,” she said. “I just said, 'do what you've been doing for the last three weeks.' This was the first time any of them made it that far and they were excited.”

Workman's brief pep talk worked, because Lake took first place in District II, Division II. Lake scored 98 points in its division to outscore Anthony Wayne (89 points) and Tinora.

“It was exciting because it was real close,” Workman said. “Our other meets weren't that close. They pulled together and they're all good showmen. They just continued what they did the last three weeks. They are very devoted and I have great parents, and they are really into it. They've done a good job and really earned their way.”

Workman's daughter, Jenna, is a senior at Lake and a member of the equestrian team. Other team members who attend Lake are junior Morgan Collins, sophomore Ashley Landers and freshmen Ellen Johns and Alissa Knieriem. Lake's squad also includes Riley Herman, a sophomore at Woodmore, Northwood senior Holly Slater and Gibsonburg junior Demitrius Ernsberger.

Lake clinched its first appearance in the state meet after taking first place at District II's final show event, on Sept. 26 at the Wood Country Fairgrounds in Bowling Green.

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