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Separation of church and state may be the reason courts are eliminating prayer

in schools, but local athletic rivals are choosing to find time for prayer after games.

“There is a great story of how God has been closed off to the schools,” said Fellowship of Christian Athletes Northwest Ohio campus director Matt Medina.

“The total foundation of the school system has been found by Christianity and God, and all of a sudden since I was in school it sorted started to phase away. All of a sudden, we’ve got this great group of kids that just want to help bring prayer back into the sports,”

Genoa and Eastwood teams have huddled at mid-court, mid-field, or what have you, after every varsity football and basketball game. They did it again Wednesday night after a baseball game.

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Roads, rail crossings closing for repairs
The Ottawa County engineer’s office has announced the closure of roads and rail crossings for repairs.

Salem-Carroll Road, between Benton-Carroll Road and State Route 19, will be closed to through traffic starting April 26 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. until May 27.

The road will be open only to emergency traffic and buses.

Norfolk and Southern Railroad plans to close Toussaint-Portage Road, from Christiansen Road to Salem-Carroll Road and Cullman Road, from Portage South Road to State Route 19, for crossing repairs.

The closures are expected to be in effect April 26 to April 30.

The roads won’t be open to any traffic, including emergency and bus traffic.

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The Lake Township trustees have agreed to continue financial support for the Community Care-A-Van service, which provides round-trip transportation for residents to medical and related appointments.

The trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to contribute $2,000 to the program that services residents in area communities who lack transportation.

The van service area includes East Toledo, Oregon, Walbridge, Northwood, Lake Township, Millbury, and Jerusalem Township.

The program is in its seventh year.

From July, 2009 to March, 2010, the service made 1,624 trips. Almost half of those were for residents between 65 and 74 years old. In that time, almost 60 percent of users were residents of the 43605 ZIP code and 28 percent were from the 43616 ZIP code.

Women were transported on 1,064 trips and men were transported on 560 trips.

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A hearing is scheduled for April 30 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court in the case of a Woodville woman seeking to have her driving privileges re-instated after being convicted in 1993 of aggravated vehicular homicide.

The hearing is set for 8:30 a.m. before Judge Bruce Winters and could determine if Terri Camp should be re-issued a license.

She pled guilty to the aggravated vehicular homicide charge and served 10 years of a 4 to 10-year sentence that permanently revoked her driving privileges. Ronald Miller, 14, died as a result of injuries he suffered in the crash on State Route 51 in Clay Township.

State law allows motorists who’ve had their licenses suspended for life to file a motion with the sentencing court to modify or terminate the suspension after 15 years from the start of the suspension if certain requirements are met.

Camp’s case has caused a stir in the community and stimulated heated discussions on blog sites and elsewhere.

Included with her motion is a petition signed by 99 Woodville residents supporting her and noting her participation in a 12-step program called Healing, Encouraging, Abstinence, and Recovery Through Sobriety (HEARTS). She had previous drunk driving convictions.

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Humane Ohio has a grant that will allow it to spay/neuter 2,600 free-roaming cats in Toledo’s 43609 zip code for free. These cats must come from the 443609 zip code and cannot be owned.

Humane Ohio Clinic Director Lisa Hochradel says, “We are focusing our grant money on the 43609 zip code because statistics from local animal shelters and rescue groups show that the greatest number of cats surrendered to shelters come from that neighborhood. Free-roaming cats are city wide, but we believe we can make a bigger impact if we concentrate on one specific area at a time.”

The organization will work with people in the neighborhood who are already feeding stray cats. Humane Ohio will spay/neuter and vaccinate the cats against rabies for free. They also will give caregivers free cat food when available through the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank, and will offer free training sessions to teach residents about Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) and to provide helpful information and tips to caregivers.

Humane Ohio points out that cats are territorial animals and form strong bonds with the location they inhabit so they will be returned to where they were found after they recover from their spay/neuter surgery. The group says that relocating free-roaming cats – and convincing them to stay in their new territory – is a difficult, time consuming, and challenging undertaking. Trapping and killing does not solve the problem because new cats will move in and take over the food source.

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