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9/29/15 – 5:03 A.M.

A two-year long legal battle between a former Liberty-Benton teacher and the district officially came to an end Monday. The Courier reports the school board unanimously approved a settlement with Mark Badertscher. After deductions, the settlement amounted to nearly $52,000. That includes back pay and non-wage benefits.

Before the deductions the back pay amounted to more than $101,000. Badertscher told the newspaper the district had offered reinstatement as part of the settlement, but he turned that down. As it stands now, Badertscher is one of seven candidates running for two spots on the school board.

The legal saga between the school district and Badertscher began in 2013 when he was fired after a student choked out another student in Badertscher’s classroom. Badertscher appealed the firing and won, but the school board appealed. The reinstatement was upheld by the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima.

MORE: The Courier

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9/28/15 – 12:00 P.M.

September is Suicide Awareness Month, and this week we’re talking to local officials about at-risk demographics, and how they can find help.

Nancy Stephani is an Emergency Service Coordinator with Century Health, and says there are a variety of reasons why adult men don’t seek help…

Audio: Nancy Stephani

Stephani says that divorce can also trigger depression in working-age men.

Stephani adds often times it’s a loved one who reaches out to help men in this demographic…

Audio: Nancy Stephani

Stephani adds when it comes to working-age men, sometimes you have to have a hard conversation with a friend or loved one if you are concerned about them…

Audio: Nancy Stephani

While men in this demographic may have trouble reaching out; they often find exercise is a big help once they do get into treatment…

Audio: Nancy Stephani

Stephani adds if you have concerns about a friend of loved one, she recommends calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800)273-8255. Stephani says there is a wealth of local resources as well.

Full Interview:


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Man Therapy™

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9/28/15 – 9:19 A.M.

Three days after a threat caused the evacuation of Liberty-Benton school buildings, law enforcement is talking about the process of protecting kids in a potential crisis situation. Hancock County School Resource Officer Tim Saltzman says he knows the event scared some kids, and parents should let the school know if that was the case…

Audio: Tim Saltzman

Saltzman says LB’s participation in planning for threats helped officers quickly examine the buildings…

Audio: Tim Saltzman

Saltzman added open lines of communication between the school and law enforcement also made assessing the situation easier.

In the meantime local and state authorities are continuing to look into the threat, which was one of several made to schools across Ohio Friday.

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9/28/15 – 6:46 A.M.

A Marion County crash injured two Kenton men over the weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the incident happened just before 6 a.m. Saturday on State Route 37.

32-year-old Andrew Kissling was driving eastbound on Wildcat Pike when he failed to yield to a semi on State Route 37. The collision hospitalized Kissling and his passenger, 25-year-old Erik Rickenbacher. The driver of the semi, 60-year-old Phillip Tong of Carey, was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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9/28/15 – 6:36 A.M.

Three Putnam County communities could enter aggregation agreements this year. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the issue will appear on the November ballots in Kalida, Pandora, and Riley Township. If passed, the communities would enter into agreements with RFP suppliers to find opportunities for electrical savings.

Public meetings on the subject are set for next month. Voters in Pandora and Riley Township can attend a meeting October 5 at 7 p.m. at the Arthur-Lugibihl Community Center at 301 North Jefferson Street in Pandora. The Kalida meeting will be held October 21 at 7 p.m. in the village’s town hall.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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9/28/15 – 5:33 A.M.

Gas prices jumped over the weekend, and as a result we’re paying more at the pump as we head back to work today. Ohio gas prices.com reports prices in Findlay are around $2.39 a gallon today, up four cents from last Monday. However, that’s a 27 cent jump from Friday morning.

Ottawa drivers are paying around $2.35 a gallon, a six cent increase from last week, but up 26 cents from Friday.

The statewide average is $2.34 for a gallon of regular. That’s a five cent increase from last Monday.

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9/28/15 – 5:26 A.M.

Road construction is the name of the game in Findlay again this week. The U.S 224 resurfacing project is currently taking place on the east side of the city. Occasional lane closures are expected in the work area. Asphalt work is taking place between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m. Lane striping is happening between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

While the work is mostly taking place on Tiffin Avenue right now, it’s expected to spread to Main Street between Center Street and Trenton Avenue this week.

Elsewhere in the city; road work will continue to affect several Findlay streets this week. The city’s engineering office says you can expect to see closures and lane reductions on Sweetwater Road, Knollwood Drive, Candlewick Drive, Lexington Avenue, and Old Mill Road.

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9/28/15 – 5:16 A.M.

Plans to start a regional water and sewer district in Putnam County appear to have hit a wall. The Putnam County Sentinel reports three public meetings on the subject have been largely negative. One of the big issues brought up has been fear of another level of government without elected members on the board that would govern the district.

Putnam County Commissioners Vince Schroeder and Travis Jerwers have both come out against the plan. Shroeder said he believed townships and villages could work together to get grants for water systems without joining a new district.

Five villages and four townships had signed on to be petitioners for the district. Commissioner John Love said another meeting should be held with them, because they might not be on board if the entire county isn’t going to join a district.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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9/28/15 – 5:00 A.M.

A one-car crash injured a Rawson man Saturday morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened north of Mount Cory, on County Road 54 near County Road 37.

Around 6:30 a.m. 25-year-old Anthony Ferguson was driving north on Road 54 when he went off the road and hit a tree. Ferguson had to be extricated from his car by emergency responders. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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