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A proposal to establish a regional emergency dispatching center in northern Wood County has received a financial boost from the state.

Mark Hummer, Lake Township Police Chief, reported last week to the township trustees that a grant of $87,840 was awarded for a feasibility study of merging dispatching services for the cities of Rossford and Northwood, the Village of Walbridge, and the township.

While acknowledging it’s an improvement over the bill he vetoed last year, environmental organizations said they were disappointed with House Bill 473 that Gov. John Kasich signed last week to implement rules for putting Ohio in compliance with the Great Lakes River Basin Water Resources Compact.

A statement by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources called the bill a “common sense approach to protecting Lake Erie” that addresses all of the tenets of the compact. However, others contend it still leaves the lake and tributaries vulnerable to industrial interests.

There was a time when “lucky” would not have been the best word to describe Martin “Mike” Halka.

He never got a chance to know his mother, who died when he was 6 weeks old. The death of his father, Martin James Halka, in 1992 came as a hard blow.

The process for disciplining village employees is being restructured in Genoa.

At Monday night’s meeting, council passed an ordinance, with an emergency clause, that puts disciplining workers in the hands of the village administrator.

A pre-trial hearing for Joseph T. Bergman, Jr., who is charged with sexual battery, is scheduled for July 10 at 4 p.m. in Wood County Common Pleas Court.

Bergman, 28, was indicted May 16 by a Wood County grand jury on one count of sexual battery, a third degree felony, for an alleged incident with a Genoa High School female student in March.

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