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Voters in the Eastwood and Woodmore school districts on Tuesday will see two renewal levies on the primary election ballot.

In Eastwood, voters will decide the renewal request of a 1 percent earned income tax that was originally passed in 2006.

If approved, the tax, which generates nearly $2 million annually, would be in effect for another five years.

Superintendent Brent Welker said the board of education last year let expire an emergency levy that had generated $878,000 annually.

Consequently, the income tax is the only “outside” levy for operating expenses the district has, he said. Unvoted taxes levied within a 10-mill limitation often are referred to as inside mills. Voted levies in excess of the 10-mill limitation are often called outside mills.

A committee charged with assessing the condition of buildings in the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District and compile options for what’s needed to meet the demands of the future will host its second meeting March 15 at Oak Harbor Middle School.

The committee has been gathering input from residents and will present an update of its work during the meeting, which is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., said Guy Parmigian, the district’s superintendent.

The panel of 50 or so parents, farmers, alumnae and local officials has, with the assistance of an architectural firm, compiled data on the elementary, middle and high school buildings and is expected to make a recommendation to the board of education on a master plan by this spring or early summer.

A bill establishing the authority for townships to adopt snow removal policies for property owners has been introduced in the state legislature by two area lawmakers.

Tim Brown, R- Bowling Green, and Steve Arndt, R - Port Clinton, said the bill gives townships essentially the same permissive authority as municipalities for sidewalk maintenance requirements.

“House Bill 375 is necessary because many of our children find themselves walking to the bus stop or to school in icy conditions, and are often found walking in the street because some homeowners do not shovel their sidewalks. Additionally, townships with high traffic areas around store fronts or other popular establishments also have a right to ensure reasonably safe access for all citizens,” Brown said.

Al Thompson left Northwest Ohio on August 17 on a bicycle ride around the perimeter of the United States in an effort to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and Save the Children.

Here are two excerpts from his blog, which you can follow by going to presspublications.com and clicking the icon in the upper right corner.


I’m in Wickenburg, AZ, this eve, after leaving Goodyear (Western Phoenix area) this morning.

At a town hall meeting, District 3 councilman Peter J. Ujvagi referred to Woodville Road as “the Central Avenue Strip of used car lots.”

Ujvagi was referring to used car lots in East Toledo, but they continue along the streetscape into Oregon and Northwood.

According to business websites, there are over a dozen dealerships along that strip of Woodville Road with the biggest having over 600 autos in its inventory. The next four have 535, 323, 223, and 179, and all other inventories are under 100. In all, there are well over 2,000 used cars for sale on Woodville Road in the metro Toledo area.

Two dealerships have expanded big time — Nationwide Auto Finance in Oregon, founded in 1997, merged its three dealerships into one, renovating the old Handy Andy store at 2121 Woodville Road and is now the largest on the strip. In 2013, First Choice Auto Finance, 1000 Woodville in East Toledo, purchased the property next to its existing lot, allowing it to double its inventory to 500 autos.

Summer Olympics

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