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Animal Abuser Sentenced; Hospitality Training; Gas Dips Again

Animal Abuser Sentenced

Preston Hancock was sentenced to 10 days in jail, 2 years probation and 5 years of not being allowed companion animals after pleading No Contest to animal abuse charges in Florence.  Hancock was initially arrested in November of 2018 after he was seen abusing his 7 year old pit mix along highway 101.  The dog, named Tink, was turned over to the Oregon Coast Humane Society and has been in their care since.  Mark Curan, the executive director of the OCHS said in a press release that “animal abuse is a serious crime and must not be ignored.”  According to the release “Tink was severely underweight and head shy.  “tink” was fostered out and has settled in to her new home.  She was adopted by her foster family after the conclusion of the court case against Hancock.

Hospitality Training

A Hospitality Workforce Training is being considered for businesses and individuals who are working, or considering working in the hospitality field.  Classes for restaurant servers, front desk personnel, food handlers and guest room attendant as well as basic customer service training is being made available through the Oregon Coast Visitors Association.  An online survey is available for persons interested in the classes available.  Survey Link:

Gas Dips Again

We just reported on fuel prices yesterday, but in the past 24 hours several Florence stations have dropped their prices another 10 cents a gallon.  This drop takes the savings to .57 cents since the end of May.  The price drop comes just in time for the 4th of July holiday.  Gas stockpiles have increased over a million barrels since last week to 235 million barrels and consumption is strong at 9.877 million barrels which is the 6th highest demand on record.  Oregon still remains in the top 6 spaces for highest price per gallon at $3.28.