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Despite a drop in coal and iron ore exports, the number of vessels currently in the Great Lakes -Seaway system is exceeding the five-year average as producers make a final push to export grain before the St. Lawrence Seaway closes Dec. 30.

Stephen Brooks, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce, calls the 2015 shipping season a “bellwether for North American economic trends.”

“Ships are delivering cement, stone, gypsum aluminum and machinery to support an eight-year high in U.S. construction spending, along with growth in the automotive sector in Great Lake states.

However, steep declines in global consumption and pricing have largely halted coal and iron ore exports via the waterway, he added.

Oregon City Council on Monday approved ordinances as part of the relocation of Cedar Point and Dupont roads.

The city started working on the $8.9 million project with BP Husky in 2013. The project consists of two parts: Relocating a portion of Cedar Point Road approximately one quarter mile south of its current location, and relocating a portion of Dupont Road approximately one quarter mile east of its current location, both of which are located between Wynn and Otter Creek roads.

The purpose of the project is to allow BP Husky to move non-essential refining activities and personnel away from the center of refining activity without having to cross major traffic routes. Included in the project is the installation of 12” to 24” sanitary sewer along the west side of Wynn Road from Eagles Landing Drive to just south of Wynnscape Drive to meet current and future needs for sanitary sewer service.

A sheriff’s auction of the former Woodville Mall site is planned for Dec. 31.

Northwood City Administrator Bob Anderson said the minimum bid will be $200,000, or two-thirds of the assessed value of approximately $300,000.

“I don’t expect anyone to bid, really,” he said. “All the taxes would have to be paid first. There’s a lot of taxes and assessments due on the mall. If nobody bids, we might.”

If there are no takers, a second sheriff’s auction might be scheduled or the court could order an auditor’s sale, which would not require a minimum bid, said Anderson.

A coalition of environmental groups has vowed to continue opposing the Davis-Besse power station after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decision last week to renew the station’s operating license for another 20 years.

The renewed license authorizes the plant to operate through April 22, 2037. First Energy Nuclear Operating Co. filed an application in 2010 for renewal. The plant’s original license was set to expire in April 2017.

The NRC issued a safety evaluation report in September 2013 followed by a supplement in August of this year. A supplemental environmental impact statement was issued in April.

Hunters checked 73,399 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s 2015 deer-gun hunting season, Nov. 30-Dec. 6, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

By comparison, last year’s deer harvest was 65,484 deer. During the 2013 deer-gun season, 75,408 deer were checked.

As of last week for the 2015 deer hunting seasons, hunters checked 152,554 deer.

Last year at this same time, hunters had harvested a total of 148,821 deer. Given that the year-to-date harvest is only slightly higher, the significant increase in this year’s deer-gun season can most likely be attributed to better weather conditions compared to the 2014 deer-gun season, according to the ODNR.

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