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Two communities rally on behalf of Kaylee, Carly

Imagine being born with a genetic illness that causes you to age eight to ten years for every year that you are alive.

There is such a disorder and it is called Pound Progeria.

Eastwood fifth grader Kaylee Halko lives with Pound Progeria. So does four-year-old Carly Kudzia of Whitehouse.

They are the only two children in Ohio diagnosed with Progeria, and combined represent 13 percent of all the children in the United States diagnosed with Progeria.

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R.C. Waters Elementary School Is one of 14 Ohio schools named a National Blue Ribbon School Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

“We are just thrilled, and proud, and excited about the news,” said Guy Parmigian, Benton-Carroll-Salem School District superintendent, Tuesday afternoon shortly after learning the news. “It is a tribute the effort of our staff and all the others who have worked to improve the school.”.

R.C. Waters Elementary, overseen by Principal Karen Gruber, is the only Ottawa County school to make the list.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Dashing Pacific Group, Ltd. in its lease feud involving two properties at The Docks in East Toledo.

The Supreme Court Tuesday determined Dashing Pacific had a right to appeal a contempt of court order issued against the development company by the Lucas County Common Pleas Court.

The case stems from a 2011 agreement between Dashing Pacific and The Docks Venture, LLC, for The Docks Venture to lease two properties from Dashing Pacific. The leases required Dashing Pacific to install separate meters for gas, electricity and water at each property.

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The Oregon City Schools District is seeking support for a 5.9-mill emergency operating levy that will be 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 over the years 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.

Oregon Schools Superintendent Lonny Rivera said the district has been working on finding alternative ways to fund schools to reduce the burden on taxpayers.

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The Oregon school board recently approved a $53.8 million budget for the next fiscal year. The general fund represented the largest share, at $40.7 million, consisting of about 76 percent of the total, according to Treasurer Jane Fruth.

The general fund is projected to increase by 2 percent.

The bond fund, which is the debt for buildings, and the Permanent Improvement fund, generated from a levy passed last year for building improvements, were also a large part of the budget, she said. The bond fund represents $3 million in the budget, and the PI fund is $3.4 million.

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