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 The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is planning a vigil in memory of Whitney Meinke, a third grade teacher who was killed March 26 in a vehicular crash in Jerusalem Township.

 The vigil is scheduled for April 2 at 6 p.m. at R.C. Waters Elementary School, where she was a teacher since 2015.  Her parents were also killed in the crash. She is survived by a husband and two children, one of whom

attends R.C. Waters Elementary.

  For more than four hours on March 8 crews from area fire departments battled a blaze and winds of more than 40 miles per hour, but the farmhouse on N. Martin-Williston Road was reduced to rubble.

 Two weeks after the fire, Mary Pierce, two of her daughters, Samantha and Amanda, and a granddaughter, Sophia, are trying to recover from the trauma of the fire, living at a Super 8 Motel.

 “I wasn’t home at the time. My daughter Amanda said she felt a window and wall get really hot. That’s when she discovered the house was on fire. She got everybody out when she realized what was happening,” Pierce said.

 Two area state legislators are throwing their support behind nuclear power.

 Senator Randy Gardner, R- Bowling Green, and Representative Steve Arndt, R- Port Clinton, say the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear power plants in Ohio are vital to the state’s energy supply.

 “These plants provide clean and reliable power for northern Ohio. They are important to our diverse array of energy sources for residential customers and businesses,” Gardner and Arndt say in a joint statement. “Without these facilities Ohio may become an even more vulnerable importer of power from other states.”

 An increase in the number of reports of child abuse/neglect last year in Wood County can be attributed to problems families face with opiate addiction, according to Maricarol Torsok-Hrabovsky, special projects manager with Wood County Job and Family Services.

 Torsok-Hrabovsky gave a presentation Tuesday to the Lake Township trustees about the agency’s efforts to increase awareness of abuse/neglect.  In 2016, the county saw an increase of 176 reports of child abuse/neglect from the 2015 total of 718, she told the trustees.

The Oregon Planning Commission has granted a conditional use for the development of a senior residential complex on three parcels on Munding Drive.
The development backs up to I-280 to the south, according to James Gilmore, commissioner of building and zoning. The site is adjacent to the Orchard Villa nursing home.
 
The zoning on the parcel is C-2 General Commercial to the west, and R-3 multifamily on two parcels to the east. The C-2 zoned portion requires a conditional use for multi-family use.

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