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8/28/14 – 5:29 A.M.

A bridge over I-75 just south of Bowling Green will be closed the rest of the year. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the Gypsy Lane Road Bridge was damaged when a semi crashed on I-75 and damaged the bridge supports earlier this summer. Construction crews can’t fix the bridge right now because of a conflict with the I-75 widening project going on in that area.

ODOT officials tell the newspaper they won’t be able to start repair work until sometime in November. It should take about a month to fix once work begins.

MORE: Sentinel-Tribune

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8/28/14 – 5:22 A.M.

A bus driver in the Tiffin school district is under investigation after a parent complained that children weren’t allowed to put bus windows down Tuesday. Jodi Roszman tells media partner WTOL 11 that the bus driver wouldn’t let kids put the windows down as a punishment for not putting them back up the day before. Roszman said she became aware of the issue when her son got off the bus drenched in sweat and feeling sick.

Temperatures were near 90 Tuesday.

Representatives for the Tiffin City School District say the situation is being looked into. The driver is still on the job because she didn’t break any rules.

MORE: WTOL 11

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8/28/14 – 5:14 A.M.

An agricultural program aimed at women is coming to Putnam County. The Lima News reports the program, known as “Annie’s Project,” helps women get the tools they need to improve their farm and risk management skills. It also helps farm women network, and teaches how to organize critical information.

Annie’s Project will be offered through the Putnam County OSU Extension Office. It runs September 22 through October 27.

MORE: Lima News

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8/28/14 – 5:08 A.M.

A Fostoria man was found guilty of a sex crime this week. The Review-Times reports a jury found 51-year-old William Pritt guilty of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. The verdict came at the end of a two day trial.

Pritt was indicted in March. The indictment said Pritt recorded a child in his care in a state of nudity last August for the purposes of sexual gratification.

He’ll be sentenced at a later date.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/28/14 – 5:02 A.M.

The second day of the Hancock County Fair will be a busy day for both the junior and senior fair. Junior Fair events include the sheep and horse shows this morning, with the goat show this afternoon. In the Senior Fair the antiques and canning judging will take place.

Other events will include harness racing in the south grandstand starting at 5:30 p.m. and a calf scramble tonight in the north grandstand.

Full Schedule:

7:30 a.m. — Open class lamb carcass, south show arena.
8 a.m. — Junior Fair sheep show, south show arena.
8 a.m. — Junior Fair horse show, north grandstand.
9 a.m. — Poultry showmanship, poultry barn.
9 a.m. — Judging of antiques and canning, Grange Building.
10 a.m. — Open class poultry and waterfowl, poultry barn.
12:30 p.m. — Dairy feeder show, north show arena.
1 p.m. — Theme basket, Grange Building.
1 p.m. — Junior Fair draft horse decorating, staging area, followed by Junior Fair draft horse show, north grandstand.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Home and garden program, Grange Building.
2 p.m. — Junior Fair goat show, south show arena.
3 p.m. — Pie eating contest, mini park.
5 p.m. — Open class rabbits, north show arena.
5:30 p.m. — Harness racing, south grandstand.
8 p.m. — Calf scramble, north grandstand.

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8/27/14 – 12:20 P.M.

To the naked eye, mornings at the Hancock County Fair can seem pretty slow. Rides aren’t running, games are closed, and the food vendors are just prepping for the day.

However, Junior Fair participants know that’s not the real story. Area kids are getting up early…

Audio: Junior Fair members talk about what time they get started…

…and taking care of their animals…

Audio: Junior Fair members talk about the work they do…

Junior Fair events run through out the day. Many of the county schools are off for the week so that their students can participate in the fair events.

Gallery:

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8/27/14 – 8:12 A.M.

If you had problems, or are having problems with your internet service today, you’re not alone. The website Mashable.com reports Time Warner Cable is suffering a nationwide outage. The company’s customer service Twitter account said there is no estimated time of restoration.

An outage map shows a large portion of Ohio is affected. The biggest trouble spots appear to be in northeast and southwest Ohio. However, parts of our listening area are on the fringes of the outage region.

The east coast, North Carolina, and Los Angeles all appear to be affected as well.

MORE: Mashable

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8/26/14 – 5:09 A.M.

The Hancock County Fair opens today. Some of the featured events will include a parade in honor of the Old Millstream Fairgrounds 75th anniversary. That will take place on the south part of the fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m., and will be followed by the opening ceremonies and the crowning of the Junior Fair king and queen.

In other events a horseshoe pitching contest for Hancock County residents will take place at 10 a.m. There will also be a baked goods auction in the Grange Building at 5 p.m.

Admission will be $2 for senior citizens and veterans today.

Full Schedule:

7 a.m. to 9 a.m. — Gates open for livestock.
8 a.m. — Junior Fair horse show, north grandstand.
9 a.m. on — Open class judging in Grange Building: farm products, horticulture, woodworking, domestic arts and crafts, hobbies and collections, Granges, and baking department.
9 a.m. — Junior Fair booth judging, youth building.
9 a.m. — Judging of Junior Fair FFA and home economics, education building.
9:30 a.m. — Junior Fair swine show, south show arena.
10 a.m. — Junior Fair poultry judging, poultry barn.
10 a.m. — Junior Fair rabbit showmanship, north show arena.
10 a.m. — Horseshoe pitching for Hancock County residents only.
10 a.m. — Junior Fair dog show, show tent.
1 p.m. — Junior Fair duke and duchess coronation, mini park.
1 p.m. — Open special draft horse show, north grandstand.
2 p.m. — Weigh-in, Junior Fair market lambs.
2 p.m. — 4-H in Action, youth building.
5 p.m. — Baked goods auction, Grange Building.
5:30 p.m. — 75th anniversary parade, followed by opening ceremonies, Junior Fair king and queen coronation, and county band show.
6 p.m. — Photography judging.

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8/27/14 – 4:59 A.M.

Hancock County Fair officials are proposing the construction of a new building at the Old Millstream Fairgrounds. On Tuesday, Fair Board President Tom Warren and Operations Manager Dave Thomas unveiled a sketch of what could be a new Junior Fair Pavillion. The building would cost $500,000 and would be funded through donations.

The new building would house things like the Junior Fair booths and would also be a meeting place for youth gatherings during other times of the year. The new building would replace two old, narrow wooden structures that date back to the 1930′s.

Drawings of the proposed building will be on display in the fair office this week.

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