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Sandusky County is among the counties to receive a loan this year from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for upgrading home septic systems.

The county has been awarded a $150,000 loan by the EPA as part of a repair/replacement project of the Ohio Department of Health for 2015.

The initiative is aimed at improving the quality of life for low-income residents and reducing bacteria run-off in the western Lake Erie basin.

According to program guidelines, the principal on the loan to the county health department is automatically forgiven. Consequently, nothing must be repaid to the state. Eligible Sandusky County homeowners will receive either 100 percent, 85 percent or 50 percent forgiveness of principal toward the cost of repairing or replacing failing home septic systems.

Three persons have been charged with drug offenses after Lake Township Police on Sept. 6 stopped an apparent mobile methamphetamine laboratory.

Angela E. Gelhar, 40, Waukegan, Ill., the driver of the vehicle, Jeffrey M. Miller, 44, also of Waukegan, and Terry L. Ellenberger, 45, of Williston, North Dakota, were each charged with possession of methamphetamine and illegal manufacture of methamphetamine – fifth and second degree felonies respectively.

After making contact with the vehicle, a tractor-trailer, police determined there was probable cause an illegal substance was in the truck and the department’s K-9 unit was brought in.

The three suspects were transported to the Wood County Justice Center and held without bond.

An agent for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation also assisted at the scene.

A hearing set for Sept. 15-16 in Geneva, Switzerland will be the latest round of a dispute in which Canada and Mexico are challenging U.S. regulations for labeling the origin of certain meat products.907MadeInUsaHeader

The World Trade Organization will conduct the arbitration hearing as Mexico and Canada inch closer to implementing retaliatory tariffs.

In June, Congress approved a bill to repeal country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken with many of the bill’s backers noting the U.S. had already lost disputes and appeals to the WTO.

During deliberations on the bill, Congressman K. Michael Conway, (R- Texas), a sponsor who chairs the House Agriculture Committee, said Canada and Mexico challenged the rule implementing COOL within months after the rule was published.

“In the fourth and final decision, released on May 18, the WTO rejected the United States’ argument and found that U.S. COOL requirements for beef and pork are unavoidably discriminatory,” he said, adding the WTO’s last ruling “kick-starts the process to determine the level of retaliatory tariffs Canada and Mexico can impose.”

The East Toledo Senior Center will be the venue for a District 3 council candidates’ forum on September 9.

Four candidates will get the opportunity to present their views on political issues, and it’s a chance for voters to get their take on each candidate. The forum will begin at 6 p.m.

District 3 candidates (East Toledo and Old South End) are Democrat Peter Ujvagi, Republican Ernest D. McCarthy and independents Robert James Worthington, and Glen Cook. The primary will be Sept. 15 with the top two vote getters vying off in the general election on Nov. 3. The winner will replace Mike Craig, who is term-limited.

Northwood City Council on Thursday will consider establishing a revitalization district as a tool for economic development.

The district would promote the development of new restaurants, and other social and entertainment establishments in properly zoned areas of the community.

“Basically, if passed by council, extra liquor licenses would be available within the district,” said City Administrator Bob Anderson. “City council is looking at different ways to encourage economic growth along Woodville Road from the Great Eastern Shopping Plaza to I-280.”

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