Home Improvement Hits An Historical ‘roadblock’ – The Hutchinson News: Local/state News

And on Thursday, the Landmarks Commission, citing its mandate to make sure that exterior remodeling projects dont damage or destroy the historic character of a structure, rejected the Biggers application because the proposed materials dont match the original wood clapboard siding and wood windows. Even so, several members of the Landmarks Commission openly acknowledged that the Biggers can appeal their decision to the City Council and that they fully expect the council to overturn the ruling. I think they will get everything they want, Commission Member Linda Schmitt said. Back in April, Darla Bigger said, their home owners insurance company notified them that it was going to discontinue their coverage in June because of the condition of the house, which has badly peeling paint, some cracked and rotting siding and damage to the soffits and cornices and windows. The Biggers managed to get insurance through another company, but the experience got them moving on a long-considered plan to put vinyl siding on the house so they wouldnt have to continue to worry about painting and maintenance of the exterior. They got a home improvement loan, ordered vinyl siding and plunked down $3,000, half the cost of nine vinyl windows, which are now sitting in Starks warehouse and cant be returned to the manufacturer because they are non-standard sizes.
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Repeat offenders pose difficulties for Lucas County justice system – Toledo Blade

‘‍I realized if I didn’t get help sometime I wasn’t going to be here long,’ Toledo’s Eddie Butler said. Butler has been booked in the Lucas County jail 297 times since 1987. His problems with with law began with an arrest for check forging at age 9 in Mississippi.

It traces its origins to an agricultural and livestock business started by his father, Harry Greenberg, in the early 1900s. Last year, the family had a purchase and sales agreement with Leader Home Centers, which has five other locations, including one in Brattleboro, but both sides were not able to come to an agreement on the property itself. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
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Home improvement business closing after 65 years – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

We call it a life sentence on the installment plan, a little bit each month. According to Kevin Helminski, the sheriffs director of finance and operations, the process of evaluating offenders when they are booked and, if needed, turning them over to medical staff means that it is much more expensive to check someone into the jail than to supervise them once they are there. It costs $149 for the booking process, even if it is completed in an hour, and a per-minute charge that adds up to a taxpayer burden of $144 for each of the following days of incarceration. Early signs of trouble Butlers trouble with the law started early, when he was a child in Mississippi. I realized if I didnt get help sometime I wasnt going to be here long, Toledos Eddie Butler said. Butler has been booked in the Lucas County jail 297 times since 1987.
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