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Three days after the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio modified a rate plan filed by utility companies of FirstEnergy Corp., the companies announced they are withdrawing their application for the plan.
 
The Electric Security Plan (ESP), filed by Toledo Edison, Ohio Edison, and the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co., was approved and modified by the PUCO Dec. 19.
 
Under the plan, total customer rates – covering generation, transmission, and distribution charges – would have increased by an average of 5.3 percent this year, 4 percent in 2010, and 6 percent in 2011, according to FirstEnergy.

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Nathan Lord didn't get flustered when people standing behind him mistook him for a girl because of his long hair.

"I just turned around and laughed," he said. "Sometimes I'd tell them I'm a boy and they would say, 'Oh, I'm so sorry.' "

Lord, 11, the son of Ed and Brandy Lord of Northwood, has two brothers ages 14 and 8 who have normal-length hair for a boy. Nathan, however, was growing his for a good cause.
The 4-foot-4, 76-pound fifth-grader, who played safety and backup running back for the Northwood Little Rangers football team last fall, donated his boyhood mane to the Locks of Love program as a Christmas gift to kids in need.

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The Ottawa County board of commissioners at a recent meeting approved three agreements providing services for senior citizens in 2009.
 
The board approved an agreement with Grace Evangelical Church in Elmore for the church to continue as a senior nutrition meals program site at a cost of $63 per day of use.
 
The agreement will be in effect Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2009 and will be renewed for another year with the consent of both parties.

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Oregon could tap undefined contingency funds this year to conduct a study for wind and solar energy.
 
Council discussed the matter last month during a debate over reducing undefined contingency funds earmarked for the 2009 budget.
 
Oregon City Councilman Jerry Peach had requested a reduction in the fund to $25,000 from $50,000.
 
Peach said the city appropriated and used far less in its undefined contingency fund in the past.

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The Genoa school board Tuesday approved an agreement to contract with the architectural firm Buehrer Group, Maumee, for designing a new elementary school that will be funded with state and local money.
 
Details of the service contract will be discussed at a Jan. 11 meeting with the Ohio School Facilities Commission, said Dennis Mock, superintendent of Genoa schools.
 
The Genoa board and administration are tentatively scheduling to have soil tests conducted at the construction site in February and to have preliminary work begin in the spring for the new school, which will house kindergarten through fifth grade classes and will be built at the middle school/high school campus on Genoa-Clay Center Road.

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Ebola outbreak

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