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6/23/14 – 10:33 a.m.

The Putnam County Fair opens this week. The gates opened at 7 a.m. this morning and the opening ceremony was held at noon in the plaza area.

Other fair events to note for today are the king and queen crowning at 7 p.m. in the grandstands followed by the marching band spectacular at 7:15.

Wednesday evening at 6 there will be harness racing in the grandstand arena, Friday there will be a Tug-A-Truck Competition at 7 p.m. and finally on Saturday there will be a Nashville Crush concert from 9 p.m. to midnight in the entertainment tent to close out the fair.

The gates for the fair grounds will open at 7 a.m. daily and will close at 11 p.m. The fair will run today through Saturday at midnight. To see a full schedule, visit putnamcountyfair.com.

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6/23/14 – 7:15 A.M.

Part of a Fostoria building collapsed over the weekend. The Review-Times reports the incident happened at a building on the northwest corner of East Crocker and South Poplar Streets Saturday afternoon. A portion of a wall and the roof caved in. No one was hurt.

The Seneca County Auditor’s website says the building is owned by Epic Management and Holdings LLC of Tiffin.

No other information was available.


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6/23/14 – 7:06 A.M.

An Ottawa woman won big on “The Price is Right” recently. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Ruth Drerup appeared on the June 11 edition of the popular long-running game show. Drerup did quite well for herself; as she won the showcase showdown. Her prize included trips to Seattle, Portugal, and Australia.

The episode was actually taped in April, meaning Drerup and her family had to keep quiet about the win for two months. The family hosted a viewing party at the Ottawa American Legion Post 63 to finally share the news.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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6/23/14 – 6:54 A.M.

It’s been the story of the summer in Findlay – an invasion of orange construction barrels. You can look for more work today in a couple of areas. West Sandusky Street will be closed for paving work between the I-75 overpass and Western Avenue. Sixth street will also be closed for paving from Amelia Avenue to State Route 37.

Work is expected to continue until 7 p.m. Access will be maintained for people who live and work in both areas.

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6/23/14 – 6:48 A.M.

Gas prices are down across the state as we start a new week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for regular around the state is $3.71 a gallon. That’s down from $3.83 a week ago. One month ago we were paying $3.84 a gallon.

In Findlay the average price early this morning was around $3.67. In Ottawa, drivers were paying around $3.68.

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6/23/14 – 6:47 A.M.

The Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics will make its way through Findlay again tomorrow. The Torch Run is expected to arrive at the Ohio State Highway Patrol office in Findlay at 3 p.m. It will make its way to the Blanchard Valley Center sometime between 5 and 5:30 p.m.

The Hancock County Special Olympics will hold a celebration at Blanchard Valley Center. The free event will include music, a dunk tank, games, face painting and food.

The torch is making its way to Columbus for the opening of the games Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

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6/23/14 – 5:26 A.M.

The executive director for the Hancock County Veterans Service Office  has a little more on her plate these days. Nichole Coleman was recently elected as the women’s veterans representative for the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. Her duties in the role will include going to Washington D.C. to talk about concerns that female veterans have.

Coleman’s other responsibilities include staying on top of issues that impact female veterans. Those issues include, health care, disability compensation, and pension benefits.

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6/23/14 – 5:04 A.M.

A weekend crash took the life of a Wood County man. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office reports 39-year-old Jared Zernhel was killed in a crash near Bowling Green Friday night. The crash involved a pickup truck driven by Zernhel and a semi at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Sand Ridge Road.

Zernhel was driving south on South Ridge when he ran a stop sign and pulled into the path of a westbound semi. A female passenger in the pickup truck was taken to Wood County Hospital for treatment. Her name was not released.


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The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent drowning from over the weekend. A release from the department says deputies were called to a home near Ottoville at 24962 Road P around 10:30 p.m. last night. A 9-1-1 caller told a dispatcher 59-year-old Donald Burgei had been home alone, and that no one could locate him.

A little over an hour later Burgei’s body was pulled from a pond on the property. An autopsy has been ordered and the cause of death remains under investigation.

No other information was available.


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