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For the first time in four decades, the Benton-Carroll-Salem School District is looking to build a new facility.
On Aug. 2, a special vote will be held asking for voters to approve a 4.4-mill levy for the construction of a new kindergarten through seventh grade school. It would cost $43.6 million and be paid over a 37-year period. The initiative would also pay for renovations to Oak Harbor High School.
For the owner of a $100,000 home in the district, property taxes would increase by about $11-$15 per month. The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station will pay for 38 cents of every dollar of the construction, though that number could fluctuate.
After Lake Township police officers responded to a fight in progress in the Village of Walbridge because village officers couldn’t be reached by emergency dispatchers, Mark Hummer, township police chief, is questioning the village administration’s commitment to its own police department.
According to 9-1-1 audio tapes, Wood County dispatchers tried to contact village officers several times July 21 about a fight at an apartment at 519 N. Main St. before calling for township police. A township officer can be heard responding within seconds after a dispatcher asks for an available Lake Township unit.
When township police arrived around 10 p.m., they found Nathaniel Amerson, Toledo, sitting in the parking lot of the complex and having difficulty breathing. His neck was red and there were cuts around his eyes.
Gibsonburg Mayor Steve Fought plans to continue to press for a change in a policy that limits where plots can be purchased in a relatively new section of West Union Cemetery.
Mayor Fought said last week he plans to attend the next meeting of the cemetery board to discuss the policy and other issues, including maintenance of the cemetery on W. Madison Street.
After hearing from residents and a family who wanted to bury a relative near other family members but was barred from doing so, the mayor said it’s time to revisit the policy.
Merril Hoge has endured his share of hardships.
In 1994, Hoge, then a running back for the Chicago Bears, suffered his second concussion in as many months and was forced to retire. Following the second concussion, Hoge laid on a training table in the Bears' locker room and nearly died, going into cardiac arrest and flat-lining before being resuscitated. He spent the next two days in the intensive care unit before returning home, and to this day still suffers from the effects of those concussions, sometimes experiencing headaches, pain from bright lights and concentration issues.
Oregon City Council on Monday approved unanimously a resolution supporting House Bill 579, which will provide local governments with funding for critical road maintenance and repairs.
State Representative Mike Sheehy, a former Oregon councilman whose House District includes Oregon, asked council for its support of the pending legislation that would provide state funds for road maintenance and repairs.
“As you all are aware, the Local Government Fund has been cut back substantially year after year,” Sheehy, a co-signer of HB 579, said to council.
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