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The Ottawa County commissioners are reminding vendors that the sales and use tax rate will increase to 6.75 percent on July 1.

The current rate is 6.5 percent.

Vendors may apply for reimbursement for the cost of adjusting their cash registers. Application forms are available on the Ohio Department of Taxation website.

The commissioners earlier this year approved the tax increase after the county budget was hit by falling revenues and the prospect of being reimbursed by the state to meet the cost of required programs and services appears to be less likely.

With the increase, the county’s share will be 1.25 percent and the state portion will be 5.5 percent.

Steve Arndt, a commissioner, said the 0.25 percent increase will be in effect for three years and then automatically end.

“State funding for many services has been dropping,” he said when the commissioners voted for the increase. “Unfortunately we are the delivery point for those services and it really puts a bind on us. We’re at the point it’s going to reach core services.”

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Temporarily, the new address for Lake High School will be 2249 Tracy Rd, Northwood, O.

The Lake Board of Education has accepted an offer to use the Owens Community College Center for Development and Training building on Tracy Road as the district’s high school for the 2010-11 school year.

Members of the Owens and Lake administrations announced the agreement last week at the 53,000-square-foot building.

More than 430 Lake High School students – grades nine through 12 - were left without a school by the June 5 tornado that swept through the Lemoyne Road campus.

The center includes 10 classrooms, three computer laboratories, 34 offices, two reception areas, and 12 learning laboratories.

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County promoting instant alerts for residents

In the wake of the June 5 tornado that hit Allen Township after sweeping through neighboring communities, Ottawa County officials are urging residents to sign up for instant alerts, which are issued for severe weather and other emergencies.

The alerts are sent by text messages, pages, or email.

The county uses Inspiron Logistics’ Wireless Emergency Notification System to provide the emergency alerts to residents. Brush Wellman, Inc. pays for the subscription service.

For information about the service contact the Ottawa County Emergency Management Agency, (419) 734-6900.

To register, residents should visit www.co.ottawa.oh.us/ottawacoema/index.html.


Brief reports
It is customary at meetings of the Lake Township trustees for department heads to give monthly reports detailing what their departments did the prior month. With the tornado destroying the township administration building and damaging the grounds, scattering many records to the winds, however, the reports for May were a little sketchy. Still, some department heads found some humor in the situation.

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In the two weeks since the tornado devastated areas of Wood and Ottawa county, individuals, businesses and organizations continue to look for ways to reach out and help the victims of the twister.

In the past week, fundraisers of all kinds – everything from garage sales, barbecues and dart tournaments – have been held throughout the region, and plans call for more efforts in the weeks ahead.

The Press would like to know of fundraising and other efforts to help tornado victims in Wood and Ottawa counties. Call 419-836-2221 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with information. 

There are also several Facebook pages devoted to helping local tornado victims, along with a page devoted to nominate Lake High School for the TV show, “Extreme Makeover, Home Edition” (search Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Lake High School).

Here is a sampling of ways to help:

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Air Force veteran John “Jack” Gallagher thought he had seen it all while in

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Vietnam. But nothing prepared him for what was going to go down as midnight approached on June 5.

Gallagher’s Trowbridge Road home was hit hard by tornadoes that crossed from Wood County over into Ottawa County that night. Gallagher, his wife, his daughter, and daughter’s boyfriend took the correct action — they went to the basement.

“It was pretty scary. I’d been watching the news on TV and saw it coming,” Gallagher said.

What many describe as sounding like a freight train, Gallagher compares the noise of an oncoming tornado to a fighter jet he knew so much about during his Air Force stint.

Once the tornado reached his home, all his family could do was sit back and listen.

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