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Jockey Ed Schimmel rode the Miracle League’s “Speedy” to a come-from-behind first place photo finish in the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce Charity Derby Horse Race Wednesday night at Oak Shade Grove.

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Laurie Durrant and Tia Meyer of Bay
Park Community Hospital with their
horse "Wot's Up Doc."

About 75 people arrived for the stick horse stakes race, which accompanied the chamber’s annual steak roast.

Along with hundreds of dollars raised through raffles and a silent auction for three other charities designated by the chamber, six horses were auction for a total of nearly $1,000. The three horses with the top auction value were entered into the derby.

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Village council is expected to approve a contractor Monday for its 2010 streets repaving project.

Genoa Village Council will review the hiring ordinance once village staff, including Village Administrator Garth Reynolds, speaks to the contractor. They were expected to do so last Thursday.

Four bids were opened and one contractor was the low bidder, coming in around $102,000, Reynolds said. The engineer’s estimate was $109,500.

Reynolds, in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon, would not name the contractor until his administrative team had a chance to talk to the principals of the company.

“They are relatively new to this,” Reynolds said of repaving work. “What they primarily were before was a sealing company. We just want to sit down and talk and make sure we are all on the same page regarding what needs to be done.”

The project involves six streets across the western Ottawa County village and an alley.

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An Elmore man faces five counts of felony charges after being arrested last week for offenses stemming from involving a minor in sexually oriented material.

Shaun Harder, 24, 19089 W. State Route 51, was arrested by Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon after being indicted by a county grand jury.

Law enforcement officials said the indictment comes after a nine-month investigation into allegations Harder engaged in “inappropriate overtures” to a minor by sending pornographic and explicit material to the alleged victim by computer and text messages.

Harder, who was fired in March from the Elmore Police Department, faces charges of:

• Two counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance. A second degree felony.

• Two counts of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. A fifth degree felony.

• Tampering with evidence. A fifth degree felony.

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Demolition of the Lake High School building could begin this week after the school board and the district’s insurer reached an agreement the building should be completely razed.

Tim Krugh, board president, Thursday said the board and Traveler’s Insurance Co. concluded negotiations that morning with the company agreeing to the full coverage limit of $19.1 million for the building.

Traveler’s had taken the position that about half of the building - mostly classroom and office space in the west end  - was salvageable and could be repaired.

“It took a little longer than we would have liked but the outcome was good,” Krugh said. “The settlement allows us to move forward in earnest with the rebuilding process.”

Negotiations between the parties stretched over three months since the June 5 tornado swept through the area.

Jim Witt, district superintendent, said preliminary work on designing a new building has begun and the board and administration are committed to having a new building open for students by the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Total damage to the building, including contents, could reach $25 million, Krugh said. In all, the district incurred losses of about $30 million, including damage to other buildings.

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The Oregon school board will slash $2 million from the district’s operating budget for the 2011-12 school year if an emergency operating levy on the November ballot fails, according to a position statement the board is considering.

Superintendent Mike Zalar said Wednesday he expected the board to approve the statement at its meeting the next day. The statement outlines what cuts will be enacted if voters don’t approve the levy.

With $2 million less for operations, a total 20 teaching and support staff positions will be eliminated.

The district will also apply for a waiver from the state to reduce the kindergarten program from all-day everyday to all-day every other day.

Zalar said a plan to close one elementary school and/or reconfigure the district would immediately be implemented and the Career and Tech program offerings would be eliminated.

The position statement also says the board will:
• Increase athletic participation fees.

• Eliminate or significantly reduce bus service for all high school students, including parochial.

• Reduce cleaning services in buildings effective January, 2011.

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