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A phone scam involving calls purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service has apparently made its way to Ottawa County, according to the sheriff’s department.

The callers claim to be IRS employees and tell victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debt card or wire transfer.

“Several residents have received these calls and have been subjected to threats and harassment by these scammers,” a statement Wednesday from the sheriff’s department says. “Please be aware that this is a scam and this is not how the IRS conducts business.”

J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, issued a warning earlier this year about the scam, noting his office had already received more than 20,000 complaints and was aware of thousands of victims who had collectively paid more than $1 million as a result of the scam.

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A solemn day in U.S. history marked the beginning of a new era for the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District.

More than a hundred people gathered on a chilly but clear Sept. 11 evening for the dedication of the new headquarters/station at 3155 N. Genoa-Clay Center Road. The event kicked off with a processional march serenaded by the bagpipes of the Scottish Rite of Toledo. The firefighters and officers of the district then marched in behind them in full dress attire, standing among the equipment on display in front of the building.

Officer Mike Bennett recalled that September day in lower Manhattan and across the nation 13 years ago when the downing of the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, the assault on the Pentagon and loss of a plane full of passengers who foiled the mission of terrorists aboard forever changed America.

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Leave the sewer/storm drainage rates alone and raise the cost of supplying electricity in Oak Harbor.

That was the Courtney & Associates’ recommendation offered to village council Monday after more than a six-month review of system operations.

Village officials last adjusted storm drainage rates, not sewer rates, on a phased-plan beginning in 2012. The monies accumulated are enough to cover the system responsibilities such as personnel, contracts, supplies, 3 percent inflation and debt services until 2016.

The electric service did not fare as well, according to the survey.

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Dirt track race fans are passionate. Not only about their sport, but about helping one another. They are one big family.

And when a member of the family needs help, hundreds of thousands of race fans are there to provide that support.

That family came together at Fremont Speedway over a two-day period to help combat childhood cancer in the Third Annual Fremont Speedway Kick-It fundraiser.

Along with raffles, a Kick-Bald event earlier in the year and other fundraisers, over $50,000 was raised. The Jeff Gordon Foundation will match that amount for a total over $100,000.

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A proposal to build a new elementary school in the Eastwood School District drew fervent support and opposition from residents Thursday during a town hall forum.

A spokesman for the Committee to Save our Elementaries said the group will consider legal action to have the matter placed before voters.

“The recent decision by the board has frustrated the intent of the voters regarding the central campus and denies them the ability to exercise their fundamental right to vote on the issue,” said Roger Mullholand. “The committee intends to pursue all legal remedies available to them in order to bring the issue back before the voters.”

Others, however, said the new school is needed and students aren’t being well served by the aging Pemberville and Luckey elementary schools.

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