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A bill that would establish a national, but voluntary, standard for labeling of bio-engineered food products stalled Wednesday in the U.S. Senate when a cloture motion to end debate fell by one vote.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, who chairs the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, said the bill represents a “true compromise” and establishes a balance between consumers’ right to know and ensuring an even playing field in the marketplace.

Roberts’ proposal amends sections of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 and preempts any state law requiring the labeling of food or seed that is genetically engineered. That provision is significant in the eyes of food producers and consumer groups as some states have had initiatives on the ballot requiring such labeling. Vermont, for example, has approved a labeling requirement set to go into effect in July.

Voters in the Woodmore district Tuesday rejected a renewal of an emergency levy that generates $600,000 annually.

School board president Joe Liszak attributed the loss to lingering questions residents have about the district’s financial situation.

“I heard some people say the board still doesn’t know how much more money the district will get from CAUV (Current Agricultural Use Valuation) appraisals yet. And I think that was a factor,” he said. “The other thing is our financial statements are not balanced yet.”

In Sandusky County, the vote tally was 732 – against to 567 for, according to the unofficial results. In the Ottawa County portion of the district, it was closer: 554 – against to 527 for.

Oregon Council approved $633,991 in new equipment and trucks for the Oregon Fire Department and the Streets Division during its March 14 meeting.

According to City Administrator Mike Beazley, the new equipment and trucks will replace older items with new ones.

“The equipment and trucks are needed for the safety of our residents,” Beazley said. “There is a schedule that we follow to replace equipment. Everything has a shelf life. The technology has evolved and we are trying to get the best technology.”

The expenditures for the fire department include three upgraded LP15 V4 monitor/defibrillators for $113,725; three American Rescue Technology “E” Force Rescue Systems and three Genesis Rescue Systems for a total of $81,468; and one 2016 GM K205HD Pick Up Truck for $37,771.


A request by the Lake Township trustees to have street lighting installed at the intersection of State Route 795 and Pemberville Road has been rejected by the Ohio Department of Transportation.

Jeff Pettit, who chairs the board of trustees, read ODOT’s response Wednesday to the township request. The department reached its conclusion after reviewing crash patterns at the intersection from 2011-2015.

Although there were 12 crashes during that five-year period, including several injury accidents, none occurred when it was dark, according to ODOT’s analysis. The department’s review indicates there were four accidents occurring at dusk or dawn.

The Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is confronting an issue many districts face – whether to replace or renovate its buildings.

The district’s Facilities Planning Committee, chaired by Randy Genzman, Jamie Beier-Grant, Richard Thorbahn and Bill Poiry, has been meeting and discussing the district's building situation with residents.

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