A Christmas party is set for next week for the area’s victims of domestic violence, and you can help make sure it’s a success. Ashley Ritz of Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services says they could always use items for the party and gifts to give out…
The deadline to donate to a well known Christmas charity is rapidly approaching. Toys for the “Toys for Tots” campaign will be collected by the organization on December 18 and 19. But there are still plenty of chances for you to get involved…
The models can’t be given to children because they have beer and cigarette ads on them. The money raised from auctioning them off to NASCAR fans will go to buy toys for area children in need. The auction will take place at the Old Barn Saturday at 10 a.m.
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The village of Bettsville is trying to sort through allegations of misconduct in the village police department. The Advertiser-Tribune reports officer Shawn Beckley gave a statement addressing the issues during a council meeting this week. The specific allegations were not made public, but Beckley urged councilors to address and investigate the formal complaint.
Officer Nick Baker was the acting police chief following the resignation of Don Mason, but stepped down when he and council couldn’t find common ground on personnel in the department. Councilman-elect Stan Poe was at the meeting, and said that council had overstepped its power for allegedly stipulating Baker could only be the interim chief if they could pick the department’s sergeant.
If that last shopping trip seemed like it cost a little more – or less than it should have, you might not have been imagining things. Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says her office has been getting reports area businesses have been charging too much or too little for sales tax. Rauschenberg says she’ll send out investigators to check, but in the end the discrepancies will be settled with the State of Ohio at tax time.
Rauschenberg says there could be some confusion from businesses who are from out of Hancock County. The state sales tax was also increased on July 1 to 5.75%. The total sales tax that should be charged in Hancock County is 6.75%.
The executive director of the Arts Partnership will be leaving her post at the end of the year. The Courier reports Leigh Esper is taking a fundraising position at the University of Findlay. Esper will serve the school as the director of corporate engagement and individual giving. She had served as the director of the Arts Partnership for the last three-and-a-half years.
Esper tells the newspaper she hopes to stay involved in the Arts Partnership as well.
You can make an entire family’s Christmas this year. Kevin Rogers of Friends of Santa says several area businesses have Christmas trees with the wish lists of families in need this year. He’s asking you to bring back the items on those lists, and says they’re not expensive items…
The village of McComb’s police department has a new website. The Courier reports the new site will help residents contact police, file an incident report online and even keep an eye on developing situations in the town. Officials have been working on mccombpoliceohio.com for five months to make it operational.
Other features on the site allow people to sign up for the Nixle Law Enforcement Alert System, request house checks, download forms, and contact officers via email.
A crash reported on I-75 north of Bowling Green has traffic backed up this morning. Media Partner WTOL-11 reports a rollover crash happened in the southbound lanes of the interstate. ODOT’s website has shown slower traffic in that area from State Route 582 south to an area near Bowling Green. So far there have been no reports of any injuries.
Residents in the Carey school district will be asked to renew a levy this spring. The school board has voted to place the 1%, five-year income tax on the May ballot. The tax was first approved in 2004, and was renewed in November of 2008. The tax generated around $1.13 million this year for day-to-day expenses.
Unpleasant odors from the Sunny Farms Landfill near Fostoria may be curbed as the facility is expanded. The Courier reports the facility will be expanded starting in February. Ohio EPA Spokesperson Dina Pierce, talked to the newspaper about the odors that have been reported at the landfill recently, and said they are a direct result of preparing for the new expansion. Pierce says a flare designed to burn off methane gas has to be shut off from time-to-time during the construction process, allowing more methane into the air instead of being burnt off.
Another odor issue has been caused by capping off the existing landfill. Pierce says workers have been scraping off the temporary cover to add more garbage before making the final grade.