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An agreement reached last week by the Oregon City School District and teachers’ union will save the district about $375,000 and allow it to restore seven teaching positions that had been recently cut as part of an extensive austerity measure.

The Oregon City Federation of Teachers agreed to an increase in members’ contribution to their medical insurance plan. The increase goes into effect Aug. 1.

The school board last month had approved cutting seven teachers as the district prepares to go to the polls Aug. 4 and decide a 5.95-mill emergency operating levy.

Superintendent Michael Zalar said he was pleased the union agreed to voluntarily restructure its medical benefit plan.

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Like most young boys his age, A.J. LaCourse had his vices.

"He liked baseball and football," said A.J's father, Alan LaCourse. "He liked baseball cards and video games, and he loved to play golf. We have three acres in our back yard and I had some clubs cut down, and he and his older sister Ashlea would always play golf."

A.J. never had the chance to become the next Tiger Woods. He died of a brain aneurism on May 7, 2003. He was 12 years old.

"He died on my wife, Kathleen, and I's anniversary, but we kept him alive one more day," Alan LaCourse said. "They wanted to run another test on him, but he was brain dead. We didn't hesitate...We donated four of his organs."

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Economic development and flooding problems are among the top issues in Northwood, according to five Northwood City Council candidates vying for four council seats this November.

“The economy will get better,” said Councilman Dave Gallaher, who is seeking a fifth term on council. “Businesses may not be spending the money right this minute. But you have to believe they are going to spend money either by building new businesses, or by growing. What we want to do is get the word out there and let people know what kind of place Northwood is, let them know all we have going for us and what we have to offer, so that when that money becomes available and they’re ready to invest in the community, we have things in line to attract those businesses.”

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Three suspects in the case of an elderly rural Gibsonburg couple who were beaten and robbed in their home will likely face a special grand jury this week, according to the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Department.

Ronald Ruby, Jr., 32, Toledo; Paul Biddwell, 32, Fostoria, and Jimmy Houston, 33, Woodville, have each been charged with attempted aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, theft, and kidnapping during the commission of a felony.

Detective James Consolo said additional charges may be filed but no other arrests are anticipated.

The three were arrested July 22 in connection with the July 2 break-in of the State Route 600 home of James and Mary Kohler.

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St. Charles Mercy Hospital plans to upgrade its substation and run a new set of power lines to increase its supply of electricity.

But the city requires new electric lines in residential subdivisions be underground.

FirstEnergy, which owns Toledo Edison, has insisted that the lines have to be above ground because they are high voltage, Mayor Marge Brown told city council last week.

Brown, public service director Paul Roman, Administrator Ken Filipiak, and Law Director Paul Goldberg met with Edison officials last week “to show our side of the equation,” said Brown.

“They are telling us they cannot bury the wires, they have to be above ground. These are 90 foot wires you will see when you come off I-280 to Navarre,” said Brown.

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$15 Hourly wage

The "Fight for $15" campaign proposes a $15/hour wage for fast food workers. Do you agree?
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