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Senior Jake Truman sat down to eat a warm breakfast with grandma Joan Truman seated at his side in the Genoa High School cafeteria.

The Monday morning buffet of French toast, scrambled eggs, home fries, biscuits and gravy and cinnamon buns was an incentive event for the 234 students who achieved high grades the first nine weeks of the 2014-15 school year.

“It makes me want to do better,” said Truman who has his eyes on the arts or structural engineering as he continues his search for a college.

This is the fifth year for the incentive program, now managed in part by the Genoa Academic Committee, which in the past has included ice cream bars and pizza parties. But this is the first year that parents or family members could attend to support the students. The students’ cost for the tasty meal was underwritten by Riverside Machine and the 229 relatives paid $5 each. Because of busing and other time issues, Penta County Career Center students couldn’t partake in this event but will be included in end of the year honors.

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Nearly a half century ago, a woman known as “Ginger” was one of the most notorious residents of Northwest Ohio. As the famous madam of an equally famous house of ill repute on Woodville Road, she and a small army of accomplices were facing a major federal indictment that included charges of tax evasion, gambling, white slavery and bribery.

The case captured the public's attention in 1971. It offered a trial filled with steamy testimony, revealed the sordid underbelly of the prostitution trade, and how the "Round the Clock Grille", the front for a popular bordello, was able to evade criminal prosecution for so many years.

The stunning revelations would eventually bring down the sitting Ottawa County Sheriff, James Ellenberger, for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and it would send former Ottawa County Sheriff Myron Hetrick to prison for perjury after he lied about helping to distribute the bribe money.

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For the last several months, there have been increasing reports of counterfeit bills circulating throughout Oregon.

Although it stretches back from earlier this year, recent police reports state that the phony greenbacks have made their way to merchants, particularly Walmart at 3721 Navarre Avenue.

Among the reports:
• On Oct. 9, a $20 bill was used to make a purchase at Walmart, according to police. “The suspect made a purchase from register No. 9 and paid in cash,” states the police report. “The suspect gave the clerk a $20 bill, which was turned in with the clerk’s drawer to the counting room.” An employee found the bill as she was counting the money from the drawer.

• On Oct. 6, a $5 bill was detected in a cash drawer in Walmart, likely received between Noon and Midnight, according to the police report.

• On Sept. 28, a woman found pieces of counterfeit $10 bills in the Walmart parking lot after she was exiting the store at 3721 Navarre Ave., between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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With a $50,000 health insurance increase looming for 2015, Oak Harbor Village Council agreed it must make a concerted effort to stabilize costs.

The village’s estimated 14 percent increase falls in line with the trend nationwide, according to councilwoman Jackie Macko, who chairs the committee overseeing the village’s medical and health insurance plan that covers 24 employees. She recently met with the Ashley Group to discuss upcoming plan changes and has a meeting Nov. 10 with the local administrator, the Druckenmiller Agency.

“Basically, it’s a $50,000 increase but there is little change to the policy,” Mayor Bill Eberle said.

The hefty rate increase punctuates the need for village council to dig in and really sift through a slate of program options that’ll help offset future costs, Macko insisted.

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State and Wood County officials said they’ve been unable to verify recent reports of black bear sightings.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said his department has received two reports – the most recent one last month outside of the Village of Luckey – but it hasn’t been verified by his staff.

“I believe we had two bear reports but neither one has been confirmed by a deputy,” he said Tuesday.

Likewise John Windau, of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources office in Findlay, who said his office has received sighting reports in two local counties.

“We have received reports of black bears this year in Wood and Lucas counties, but none of them were able to be verified,” he said.

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