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Wednesday morning, 11-year-old Eisenhower Middle School sixth grader Austin Takacs died after being struck by an Oregon City School bus driven by 68-year-old Rita Grivanos of Oregon.

The crash happened at 7:15 a.m. on Warner Way near Cardinal Bay, a subdivision off Pickle Road, said a statement from Oregon Police Lieutenant Hank Everitt written to dispatch and road sergeants.

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Pemberville Police Chief Richard E. Bingham wants to see his department involved in the community, and vice versa.

So, Chief Bingham asked the village to implement two new programs — a Citizens Watch Program and a Citizens Ride-Along Program.

Chief Bingham brought the programs to council, council approved them, and now he says "he's looking forward to getting them started."

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Former Press sports editor and longtime broadcaster Rick Waldron is still a busy man these days.

Waldron, 61, an ordained minister who retired as general manager of Toledo Christian radio station WPOS-FM on Sept. 10, was the station's morning drive host from 1998-2002. When Ray Turkington retired as the station's GM in February of 2002, Waldron took over that position.

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Editor’s note: The Press published an article in the Sept. 15 issue about an investigation by Gibsonburg Police Chief Michael Benton into alleged misconduct of public officials in the village. An article in the Sept. 22 issue focused on questions raised by a member of village council concerning Administrator David Johnson’s official responsibilities, which include zoning.

Although The Press offered Mr. Johnson opportunities to comment for both stories he declined to do so. On Oct. 1, Mr. Johnson issued a 4-page response through his attorney to The Press in which he addresses the allegations raised by the police probe and councilmember’s questions. The following is a partial listing of his response.

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On November 4, voters will consider renewal of a 2-mill permanent improvement levy for the Oregon City Schools District.

Voters first passed the levy in 1968, and have continued to support it since.

A permanent improvement levy can only fund capital improvement projects such as parking lots, major repairs to facilities and major equipment purchases rather than extensive renovation projects and new construction. It is not used for operational expenses or salaries.

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