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He actually cringes a little when he talks about it.

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Clayton Murphy

“I got reserve champion hog and I was showman of showmen multiple times at the county fair and I had the reserve champion carcass at the State Fair. The best pig I ever had was a Duroc. I won the class and went back for the re-weigh and was over by half a pound,” said Clayton Murphy. “I never had the champion.”

That, however, has not been the case since Murphy switched his focus from showing hogs to running track and cross country. Just since 2015, 21-year-old Murphy stood atop the podium numerous times as the 800-meter gold medalist at the Pan American Games, 2016 NCAA Indoor 800-meter champion, and the 2016 NCAA Outdoor 1,500-meter champion. Then, on July 4, the unassuming University of Akron student made some waves when he won the 800-meter race at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

A curfew for minors in Oregon will be on the General Election ballot on November 8.

Oregon City Council on Monday voted 5-2 against the curfew for a second time. On March 21, council voted 5-2 against the curfew. Councilwomen Sandy Bihn and Kathleen Pollauf voted in favor of the curfew both times.

The curfew would prohibit all minors from being in any public place between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m., with some exceptions. Anyone under the age of 18 is considered a minor. Minors who would violate the provisions of the curfew would be dealt with in accordance with Juvenile Court law and procedure. Any parent, guardian or other adult having the legal care and custody of minors violating the curfew will be fined $150 for each offense.

For the first time in four decades, the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is looking to build a new facility.

On Aug. 2, a special vote will be held asking for voters to approve a 4.4-mill levy for the construction of a new kindergarten through seventh grade school. It would cost $43.6 million and be paid over a 37-year period. The initiative would also pay for renovations to Oak Harbor High School.

For the owner of a $100,000 home in the district, property taxes would increase by about $11-$15 per month. The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station will pay for 38 cents of every dollar of the construction, though that number could fluctuate.

After Lake Township police officers responded to a fight in progress in the Village of Walbridge because village officers couldn’t be reached by emergency dispatchers, Mark Hummer, township police chief, is questioning the village administration’s commitment to its own police department.

According to 9-1-1 audio tapes, Wood County dispatchers tried to contact village officers several times July 21 about a fight at an apartment at 519 N. Main St. before calling for township police. A township officer can be heard responding within seconds after a dispatcher asks for an available Lake Township unit.

When township police arrived around 10 p.m., they found Nathaniel Amerson, Toledo, sitting in the parking lot of the complex and having difficulty breathing. His neck was red and there were cuts around his eyes.

Gibsonburg Mayor Steve Fought plans to continue to press for a change in a policy that limits where plots can be purchased in a relatively new section of West Union Cemetery.

Mayor Fought said last week he plans to attend the next meeting of the cemetery board to discuss the policy and other issues, including maintenance of the cemetery on W. Madison Street.

After hearing from residents and a family who wanted to bury a relative near other family members but was barred from doing so, the mayor said it’s time to revisit the policy.

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