The Press Newspaper
The part-time status of a new public power supervisor in Oak Harbor is under fire.
In the final weeks of 2012, the village hired Jim Smith to replace Barry Reau, who left his job of more than 10 years due to tensions with the administration, especially recently departed administrator Robert Pauley.
At last week’s village council meeting, Sue Rahm questioned when a full-time supervisor would be hired. Smith, a retired Ohio Edison worker, now makes $26 an hour for a 30-hour work week. His second in charge, Bruce Pape, makes $10 extra each week for the other 10 hours when Smith is absent.
George Decker had his prayers answered on Tuesday.
Little Bitz, his three year old Yorkie mix that’s been missing since Feb.11, was returned to him and his wife, Addie after someone recognized a photo of the dog that appeared with an article in The Press last week.
“We got her. She’s sitting right here in my lap,” George told The Press Tuesday afternoon. Decker, 80, had been inconsolable since the 10 lb. dog slipped away from him after he had opened his car door in the parking lot of Nose to Tail, a groomer at Coy and Navarre Avenue, for a 9:30 a.m. appointment.
Two state representatives from Northwest Ohio are among the legislators appointed to prepare arguments in favor of Issue 1, the state capital improvements bond issue that will be on the May 6 ballot.
Representatives Tim Brown, a Republican, and Democrat Chris Redfern were named to the pro-issue group along with Stephanie Kunze, a Republican representative, and senators Kevin Bacon and Gayle Manning, Republicans, and Democrat Eric Kearney.
George Decker, 80, has been looking for his dog, a three year old Yorkie mix, since it slipped away from him as he was taking it to the groomer’s at Coy and Navarre Avenue on Feb. 11.
Decker is desperate to find the dog, which helped him recover from a stroke last year.
“She’s my life,” said Decker, who has circulated fliers of the dog in hopes of finding it. “Next to my wife, she’s the most precious thing in my life. I raised her since she was a baby.”
The dog, called “Little Bitz,” was a present from his daughter, Carol.
Mercy invests $21 million for behavioral health
“A very exciting day,” – that’s how Mercy and Catholic Health Partners officials described the formal announcement on Feb. 17 of a new $21 million Behavioral Health Institute that will be constructed on the campus of Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon.