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An invoice for about $2 million being sent to the Ohio Department of Education by the Lake school board will never be paid.

Lake board members and the administration contend the funds would have better served taxpayers by not being diverted to charter schools.

Lake Erie Waterkeeper Sandy Bihn, as moderator of the Lake Erie Improvement’s Association forum on Lake Erie, introduced a guest who was not a scheduled speaker — State Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green).

In 2015, Gardner co-sponsored Senate Bill One, which banned the application of manure and fertilizer on frozen ground.

Eastwood FFA members Kirsten Ameling, Josh Isaacson, Lane Kemner, and Garrett Tuck received the American FFA Degree.

All the degree recipients are 2014 graduates of Eastwood High School.

The American Degree is the highest achievement in FFA, and less than one percent of FFA members earn the degree.

In order to achieve the American FFA Degree, FFA members must be at least 12 months removed from high school, must have completed numerous FFA and community service activities, and must have earned a minimum of $10,000 from their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects.

Ameling’s SAE projects consisted of raising and marketing beef cattle.

Oregon will be asking voters in the March primary to make Oregon’s temporary 2 ¼ percent income tax rate permanent.

The ballot measure would keep the income tax rate the same as it has been since 1982, except it would no longer be called a temporary tax.

“I think that after more than 30 years our residents understand that our income tax isn’t a temporary measure,” said Mayor Mike Seferian. “It is essential to meeting the service needs of our community.”

Income tax revenue provides police, fire, streets, recreation and other essential services to the city.

“Oregon residents expect a high level of services, such as well maintained roads, outstanding police and fire, and full service refuse and recycling programs. As other communities look to increase their tax rates, we think this approach emphasizes our commitment to live within the tax rate that has been on the books for over 30 years,” he said.

The Woodmore school board has approved an agreement with the union representing teachers but one board member says he’s frustrated the board didn’t have copies of the contract to review when it voted.

Joe Liszak cast the only “no” vote on the two-year contract Tuesday while Steve Huss, board president, Corinna Bench, Julie Bowman and Dan Hoppe approved it.

Liszak said Wednesday he expected the matter to be tabled when board members hadn’t received copies prior to the board’s meeting.

“This is astonishing,” Liszak said. “They could have passed it on to the next board even if they knew what might be in it.”

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