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A Minnesota attorney who chairs the Veterans Defense Project Board will be permitted to appear before the Ohio Supreme Court on behalf of a local veteran who’s been sentenced to prison for shooting at police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call.

The Supreme Court Monday approved a motion filed by Brockton Hunter to act as counsel for Jeffery Belew, of Oregon, who faces a 27-year prison term imposed by the Lucas Common Pleas Court and upheld by the Sixth District Court of Appeals.

Last month, a divided Supreme Court dismissed an appeal from Belew, who claimed the stress he incurred during the Iraq War was a factor when he engaged in a shootout three years ago with city police.

A showroom lighting upgrade has resulted in major savings and recognition for Samsen Furniture of Genoa.

The family-owned business was honored Tuesday with an Ambassador of Energy Efficiency designation by Efficiency Smart, a company that has worked in partnership with the Village of Genoa to offer utility savings for both residents and commercial customers.

“Just like Samsen is an over-achiever in the furniture business, Samsen is an over-achiever in the energy savings business,” said Carl Andre of Efficiency Smart. “Just to tell you how rare these are, this is only the 22nd award they’ve given out. And that’s out of the hundreds and thousands of projects we work with. That’s all we do is electrical efficiency. It’s judged by how many kilowatt hours we save.”

The Oregon school board on Thursday voted 4-1 to place a 5.9-mill emergency operating levy on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The levy, if passed, would raise $2.8 million annually for a period of five years. The levy would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $207 per year in additional taxes.

The financially strapped district has been losing millions per year due to decreases in revenue from real estate and tangible personal property taxes as well as cuts in state funding.

A resolution voicing support for Jon Waters, who was recently dismissed as director of The Ohio State University marching band, will be on the agenda of the next meeting of Elmore Village Council.

Rick Claar, a member of council, said the resolution will be presented to council at its Aug. 11 meeting.

Waters, a native of Elmore and a graduate of Woodmore High School, was fired from the director’s position after a two-month investigation by the Office of University Compliance found “serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment within the marching band.”

A sponsor of a bill in the state legislature to repeal Common Core educational standards that are set to be implemented in Ohio schools said his bill will get several hearings this month and, if passed, will allow parents and local school boards to have more say in designing standards.

House Speaker Pro Tem Matt Huffman (R- Lima) said HB 597 is an improvement over a similar bill in 2013 that didn’t offer standards to replace the Common Core standards adopted by the Ohio Department of Education in 2010.

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