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A father-son owned body shop, functioning out of a residential garage in rural Oconto, WI, will pay about $3,200 in fines for improperly burning paint solvent, according to Paul Srubas, greenbaypressgazette.com.

Timothy and Travis Hanaway must each must pay $1,597.50 for improper storage and disposal of hazardous waste over the last five years, according to the state Attorney General's office. A criminal complaint stated that TNT Auto Body, located at 5505 Oconto County N, generated about five gallons of used solvent every three or four months during the course of business. The owners then disposed of it in a burn pit on the property, reported Srubas.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, hazardous waste must be stored in non-leaking containers, labeled as hazardous waste and properly disposed of through a licensed treatment storage and disposal facility.

The WI Department of Natural Resources directed the Hanaways to store and dispose of the waste properly and to hire a contractor to evaluate soils in the burn pit area, the AG's office said on December 11.

According to Srubas, the father and son have been complying with the orders.

Hollinshead Auto Body, 2935 E. Sangamon Ave., and Tobacco Direct, 2528 North Grand Ave. E., were scheduled for a hearing on December 18 at the county Zoning Board of Appeals on requests for a zoning change that would allow the businesses to apply for liquor licenses, according to Tim Landis, www.sj-r.com.

At the age of 18, it was David Freer’s dream to own a body shop, and that dream came true in 1991 when he and his brother, Tim, opened Freer Auto Body in Godfrey, IL.

From the start, Freer Auto Body contributed to Community Christmas, which was David’s favorite project.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 00:00

Ohio House Takes Up Mechanical Registration

On Dec. 9, the Ohio House of Representatives’ Committee on Commerce, Labor, and Technology reported Senate Bill 232, which recently passed the Senate by an overwhelming majority. If enacted, SB 232 would extend the jurisdiction of the Motor Vehicle Repair Board (MVRB) to include mechanical repairers.

Wrecking yards are packed with cars that are crushed like an accordion. Many of them, however, just need the time, labor and expertise of auto body repair personnel to make them look and operate like new again.

A Chevrolet Cobalt with serious body damage was donated earlier this fall to Western Nevada College’s Career and Technical Education Division with a mission — restore the vehicle as part of a community-minded philanthropy project.

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Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), a business unit of KAR Auction Services headquartered in Westchester, IL, has raised over $142,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to help raise awareness and funds in the battle against childhood cancer.