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Tight finances are forcing Oak Harbor Village Council to consider possible elimination or reduction of the village’s income tax credit.

Currently, the village collects a 1 percent income tax from village residents who live and work in the village. People who live in the village but work in communities where another tax is collected are exempt from the tax

The income tax dates back to 1971 and, last year brought in a little more than $680,000, according to tax administrator Kim Mehlow.

The village, however, continues to struggle to keep its finances in the black as major projects such as a combined overflow sewer system revamp and other utility line replacements loom. As a result, leaders are exploring a number of ways increasing revenues to offset expenses.

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Andy Rakay’s bell to be rung for fallen firefighters

When longtime International Boxing Club president Andrew Rakay passed away after suffering a stroke at age 80 in 2010, IBC founder and best friend Harry Cummins, along with the rest of the gym's family, honored their pal by retiring the sacred gold bell that Rakay used to keep time with during the gym's many amateur boxing bouts.

It will be displayed on an IBC wall for all to see and remember.

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Days after losing officer Jose Chavez to an act of violence, members of the Elmore Police Department were still trying to come to terms with the sudden death of the man known as Andy to friends and colleagues.

“I don’t think the reality has set in around here yet,” Chief George Hayes said Wednesday.

Hayes said he received a call at 3 a.m. notifying him of the shooting of the 26-year-old Chavez.

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Athletic director’s job description didn’t include this

A lot of things aren’t written into a high school athletic director’s job description.

One of them is breaking up a “disagreement” in the stands between students and/or alleged adults.

Terry Reeves, a lifelong Oregon resident who is in serving his fourth term on Oregon City Council, is in his fifth year as the athletic director at Bowsher.

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A meeting to discuss plans for the Second Chance House project will be held March 18 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ida Rupp Library in Port Clinton.

Ottawa County Common Pleas Court Judge Bruce Winters is leading the effort to improve services for men with alcohol and drug addition problems.

A group of community and religious leaders, addiction experts and criminal justice professionals has been meeting to address problems the men face.

Judge Winters said the group hopes to include more social service agencies for support and assistance in launching the program, which will be funded by local churches, civic organizations and community members.

For information call Katelyn Embry at 419 635-5366.

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