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The Press has learned that Jerusalem Township Trustee Rodney Graffis must repay the township $20,174.04 for health insurance reimbursements he illegally received for health insurance coverage, according to a 2007 state audit.

The report, released on Thursday by the Ohio State Auditor’s Office, stated Graffis was already getting health insurance coverage through his union.

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Taking advantage of a warm autumn evening, approximately 150 people stood in the parking lot near the front entrances of the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge on Tuesday hoping to catch a glimpse of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

Obama had been staying at the lodge in Oregon since Sunday, Oct. 12, to prepare for his final debate with Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Wednesday.

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Oregon Police Sgt. Kelly Thibert’s lawsuit against the city, the police division, Mayor Marge Brown, and Police Chief Richard Stager last week is the third discrimination case against the city in the last several years.

Virginia Todd sued the city in the early 1990s after she was passed over for a promotion for lieutenant, despite earning the highest score on the promotional exam. A male officer, instead, was promoted to lieutenant. Todd eventually was promoted to lieutenant after a court ruled in her favor.

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Oregon will inform the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency of its plans to drill wells in the right-of-way to monitor potential off-site contamination near Envirosafe Services of Ohio, Inc.        

The city’s Public Utilities and Environmental Committee this summer unanimously recommended to council that the city install its own monitoring wells in response to the Ohio EPA’s Notice of Violations to Envirosafe earlier this year regarding leachate levels in Cell M, Envirosafe’s only active hazardous waste cell, and the inspections of the dewatering trenches and water line trench.

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Local agencies are gearing up for what could be a very busy season as families and individuals try to figure out how to heat their homes while continuing to pay the rent, mortgage, put gas in their vehicles and feed their families.

As the economic crisis bears down on “Main Street USA,” local agencies that will be taking applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP) are getting ready to deal with what they believe will be an onslaught of people reaching out for help.

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