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Jim Witt, superintendent of Lake schools, used a moment in a brief presentation at Tuesday’s meeting of the Lake Township trustees to try to squelch a rumor about the school district’s finances.

Revenues from a 4.75-mill, 5-year operating levy, if passed, won’t be used to help fund the high school building currently under construction, he said.

Kenny Hetrick, the owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics, says inspectors from the United States Department of Agriculture are threatening to fine him $60,000.

Hetrick estimates he has spent $12,000 making corrections to his Stony Ridge facility that has been a home to rescued lions, tigers, bears, wolves, bobcat, lynx, mountain lion, leopards and cheetah for 37 years.

He says that doesn’t seem to be enough to please inspectors from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service.

“My side of the story is that I did every single thing that they tell me to do, and then they come back and they tell me that it is not good enough. Every time I do something, they come back with something else. So, over and over they keep doing that,” Hetrick said.

Hetrick fears the USDA is trying to put pressure on him to give up raising the exotic animals. There have also been complaints from animal rights activists.

French Voyageur fur trader Henri found himself among standing room only at the Packer-Hammersmith Center for a living history presentation earlier this month.

Henri, who wears a ring in his nose and an ostrich feather in his hat, is portrayed by Tim Kreps, a retired Sylvania Southview High School history teacher.

The Ottawa County Democratic Central Committee has selected Steve Levorchick to the post of county sheriff.


Levorchick, a former captain in the sheriff’s department, will fill the remaining term of Bob Bratton, who resigned to become the police chief in the Village of Genoa.

The committee, by a unanimous voice vote Thursday night, chose Levorchick, said Dan Laity, who chairs the county Democratic party.


Another candidate, Randy Riedmaier, a former chief deputy in the sheriff’s department, withdrew his application.

A Fremont company is recalling ready-to-eat beef and pork products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, which said the meat was produced without federal inspection.

E-Z Shop Kitchens, Inc. is recalling:
•16-ounce and 4-pound tub containers of “E-Z Shop Kitchen Seasoned Beef” with the number “EST. 19665” in the USDA inspection mark.

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