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Oregon schools: Support rises for cuts and a levy in November
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Friday, 14 May 2010 08:19

Public feedback at a community forum for the Oregon City Schools District held earlier this month showed some support for putting an operating levy on the November ballot so long as there are also more budget cuts.
 
School officials held the forum to help the school board decide on whether there was support to put another levy on the ballot this fall, or to make more cuts.
 
The school board has already made $6.9 million in budget cuts in the last few years. “During the last three years, we cut approximately 20 percent from the budget,” said Diane Karoly, a member of the school board. “There really isn’t too much more that we can cut. It’s going to be tough.”
 
In fact, the board is bracing for more bad news, including less funding from the state, said Karoly.

 
Stony Ridge - Protest against foreclosures draws national attention
Written by J. Patrick Eaken and Larry Limpf   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 13:41

For long time Stony Ridge resident Keith Sadler, barricading himself when the

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Wood County sheriff arrived for eviction was not just about keeping his home.

It didn't last long, though. The sheriff returned this morning and removed Sadler from his former residence, and Sadler and protesters were arrested. 

 

Sadler says there are two stories here. One is his personal story. The other paints a much broader picture.

Sadler purchased his home at 5947 Fremont Pike on March 10, 1998 for $77,000 from his father, Billy D. Sadler, after living with his father for nearly 10 years.

In recent years, Sadler struggled to make mortgage payments after working through injuries, having surgery in July of 2008, going from job to job, and being laid off from factory work.

“Things were really tight. I had gotten behind on some payments, but I was staying about a month behind. Right around the time I had surgery I got a certified letter in the mail saying I had to catch up on my payments. I was four months behind. They started the proceedings and I quit making payments then,” Sadler said.

 
Lucas County foreclosures down, auto sales up
Written by Kelly Kaczala   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 13:33

Mortgage foreclosures have dipped and auto sales have climbed for the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, according to a recent audit by the Lucas County Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas.

The audit showed that mortgage foreclosure case filings in Lucas County dropped by 227 in the first quarter of this year compared to the first quarter of 2009.

Through the first quarter of 2009, there were 1,680 mortgage foreclosure actions filed with the Lucas County Clerk of Courts compared to 1,435 cases filed through the first quarter of this year.

During January, February and March, foreclosure case filings dropped in January, February and March, with March showing the biggest decline in comparison to the same time of 2009.

“This is a significant drop,” said Larry Loutzenhiser, public information officer for J. Bernie Quilter, the Lucas County Clerk of Common Pleas.

“Ohio and Michigan are always slow compared to the rest of the country to recover economically,” he said. “But those numbers indicate we’re moving in the right direction. We hope it will continue.”

 
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