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8/29/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The Hancock County Veterans Services Office is using the fair to reach out to veterans. Director Nichole Coleman tells the Courier they are encouraging vets to enter themselves into a database of Hancock County veterans. Coleman says she wants to use the database to communicate better with her office’s clients.

The Veterans Service Office booth is in the Merchants building on the fairgrounds. People submitting information to the database are asked to include contact info, military background, and employment background.

Those who sign up can also ask that the information be shared with the veterans representative at OhioMeansJobs, and with the Military Veterans Resource Center career counselor.

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The Hancock County Fair heads into the long holiday weekend on day three.

Today is “Beef Day” in the north show arena. Starting this morning there will be several beef classes. The events will run through out the day. The Junior Fair dairy show is also this morning in the south show arena.

Later today the University of Findlay English equestrian exhibition will take place in the north grandstands. The 4-H free style riding event will follow at 7 p.m.

Full Schedule:

9 a.m. — Open class saddle horse and pony, north grandstand.
9:30 a.m. on — “Beef day” in the north show arena: Beef feeder show, beef feeder showmanship, finished dairy steer show, finished dairy steer showmanship, Hancock County Calf Club steer show, born and raised in Hancock County finished beef show, independent steer show, open class steer show, beef showmanship, beef showman showoff, lunch break, Junior Fair beef breeding, open class beef breeding.
10 a.m. — Junior Fair dairy show, followed by open class dairy show, south show arena.
Noon to 3 p.m. — Home and garden program, Grange Building.
1 p.m. — Junior Fair goat show, south show arena.
5 p.m. — Goat obstacle course, south show arena.
5 p.m. — University of Findlay English equestrian exhibition, north grandstand.
7 p.m. — 4-H free style riding, followed by “Battle of the Barrels,” north grandstand.

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8/28/14 – 12:27 A.M.

If you’re a fan of Dietsch Brothers, chances are you’re pretty familiar with their staff. And a long time member of the Dietsch family, Dave Sharrer, retired yesterday after working for the company for 41 years.

His longevity as a manager for the east store location drew many well wishes and compliments, including one from Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson…

Audio: Brian Robertson

A retirement party was held in honor of Sharrer’s work Wednesday afternoon.

Dave Sharrer poses for a picture during his retirement party. (Photo from Dietsch Brothers Facebook page)

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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