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Governor Ted Strickland has appointed 10 persons to the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board – a panel created by the passage last year of an amendment to the state constitution.

The governor’s appointments include: Tony Forshey, a veterinarian with the Ohio Department of Agriculture; Leon Weaver, owner/operator of Bridgewater Dairy; Jeff Wuebker, a farm owner and president of the Ohio Soybean Association; Bobby Moser, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at the Ohio State University; Jeffrey LeJeune, associate professor of Food and Animal Health Science at the agricultural research and development center at the Ohio State University; Harold Dates, president of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Cincinnati; Jerry Lahmers, a veterinarian and family farm owner; Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks; Robert Cole, a former official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Stacey Atherton, co-owner of a farm and member of Ohio Dairy Producers and Ohio Farm Bureau.

Robert Boggs, director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, is to be chairman of the board.

The speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and president of the Ohio Senate will also each appoint someone to the 13-member board.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will delay construction of the Wales Road overpass for one year so that BP Refinery can build an electric substation that would replace overhead wires near the site.

The $14 million project, which was going to be bid this December, with construction slated next year, will now have to wait until 2012, Northwood Administrator Pat Bacon told city council at a meeting April 1.

Bacon said she was contacted by Mike Ligibel, ODOT’s district two administrator, last month to inform her of the problem.

“Mike said, `Pat, we have a problem.’ When ODOT says we have a problem, it’s usually pretty major,” said Bacon.

FirstEnergy has major lines at Wales Road that feed electricity to the BP refinery, said Bacon. To relocate these lines would require a shutdown of the plant, which would cost ODOT $1.5 million.

“And that’s a really big deal,” said Bacon. “ODOT would be responsible to pay the $1.5 million because the problem is being created by the project, so therefore that would add to the cost of the project. It would come from taxpayers’ money.”

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Owens Community College interim president Dr. Larry McDougle relies on George Pollauf to pay his mortgage, car payments and grocery bills.

So do the professors in the history, law enforcement administration, psychology, computer science, social sciences, sociology and mathematics departments.

Pollauf is Owens' payroll specialist, and he takes his job very seriously.

"I'm dealing with peoples' livelihood," he said.

Pollauf, who lives in Curtice with his wife, Sandy, and their two daughters, has missed making Owens' payroll just once since 1985.

"Except for this past Friday pay of April 2, I processed almost all of the components — the checks and the deposit files — for literally every pay date I've been here," Pollauf said. "Last Friday would have been my 646th consecutive bi-weekly payroll."

If Pollauf doesn't do OCC's payroll that means someone else has to do it. That doesn't sit well with Pollauf, 51, who on July 1 will celebrate his 25th year at Owens. Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office when Pollauf took over as the payroll specialist at what was then known as Owens Technical College.

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Hungarian Club president Michael Csizek said the late Andrew J. Rakay was always the “life of the party” and “center of attention.”

“The guy was amazing,” Csizek said. “He didn’t realize he was 80 when he died. He thought he was 16, you know, the guy had so much energy. He had a story for everything. He knew everybody in town. If you lined his friends up from any group of person there is, any ethnic group, any person, Andy was friends with them.”

This past winter while Rakay was a patient in Toledo Hospital, he had a visitor — Mike Bell. One day later, Bell was sworn in as Toledo’s mayor. Bell once served under Captain Rakay when both were with the Toledo Fire Department.

After the 80-year-old Rakay passed away on January 14, at his funeral service were Councilmen Mike Craig and George Sarantos, former mayor Donna Owens, and “just about every politician in town,” said one friend.

The evening before his funeral service, the fire department conducted last alarm services at the funeral home.

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The Wood County Sheriff’s Department has arrested six persons in connection with a string of burglaries and break-ins earlier this year in several towns.

Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said the department recently completed an investigation of drug trafficking and burglaries from January through March  in Bairdstown, Jerry City, Custar, Grand Rapids, and rural Bowling Green.

Charged with felony theft related offenses were:
• Anthony Mendoza, North Baltimore

• Nolan Decker, Whitehouse

• Dave Ingmire, Grand Rapids


Charged with drug trafficking were:
• David Ramirez, Bowling Green

• Harley Roberts, Weston

Meaghan Graber, Bowling Green, has been charged with permitting drug abuse.

Sheriff Wasylyshyn said more charges are pending against those arrested as well as other adults and juveniles.

He said search warrants executed in Bowling Green and rural Grand Rapids resulted in stolen property being recovered, including firearms, electronic equipment, archery equipment, and assorted tools as well as drug paraphernalia.