Review Category : Local News

Lenhart Named New Putnam County Engineer

05/21/15     12:10 p.m.

Putnam County officially has a new county engineer.

The Lima News reports Mike Lenhart was named to the position by the Putnam County Republican party Wednesday and was officially announced as engineer Thursday morning.

Lenhart replaces Terrance Recker, who stepped down following an investigation into the engineer’s office hiring his two sons.

More: The Lima News

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Paving to Reduce Western and Broad Avenues to One Lane in Findlay

05/21/15     10:35 a.m.

Crews will continue paving work on Western Avenue in Findlay today and tomorrow.

A release from the city says resurfacing will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday between Lima and West Main Cross Streets. Western and Broad Avenues will be reduced to one lane during work hours as a result.

Drivers are asked to avoid this block if possible as short delays are expected over the next couple days.

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Winner Declared In Kenton Mayoral Primary Race

5/21/15 – 7:22 A.M.

Kenton residents now know who won the Republican primary in the city’s mayoral race. reports Randy Manns defeated challenger Tom Taylor by one vote. The two were tied on May 5, but a recount and provisional ballots gave Manns a one vote edge. The final tally was 207 votes for Manns and 206 for Taylor.

Manns is expected to be challenged in the fall. John Alexander was disqualified from running as a non-party candidate. He has indicated he’ll run as a write-in candidate.


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Upper Sandusky Man Killed In Wednesday Crash

5/21/15 – 6:49 A.M.

An early morning crash Wednesday killed an Upper Sandusky man. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened near 13400 Salem Township Highway 49.

33-year-old Ryan Rettig failed to negotiate a curve and went off the road. His car then hit a tree before overturning several times in a field. Rettig was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Mazza Museum Completes Expansion

5/21/15 – 5:30 A.M.

An expansion to the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum has been completed. The 325 square foot addition will feature children’s books that feature pop-ups, fold-outs, and other three dimensional art.

Construction was completed earlier in the spring. Gallery workers are deciding how best to display the new exhibits.

The Mazza Museum has been recognized as the world’s largest collection of original art from children’s books.

The expansion was made possible from a donation from Ginny and Rikhard Laiho.

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Residents In Putnam County Village Report Thefts From Unlocked Cars

5/21/15 – 5:23 A.M.

Residents of a Putnam County village are being reminded to lock their cars. A post on the Putnam County Sheriff’s Facebook page says there has been a rash of thefts from vehicles in Ottoville. Suspects have been taking money and valuables from unlocked cars there.

Residents are reminded to report anything suspicious by calling (419)453-3208.

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Arcadia Names New High School Principal

5/21/15 – 5:10 A.M.

A new high school principal has been named in the Arcadia school district. The Courier reports the school board hired Bill Dobbins for the job. He’s currently the Hopewell-Loudon High School principal and will begin his new job in August. Dobbins received a two-year contract worth $82,500 a year.

The board vote was 4-1. Board member Cory Boes was the lone no vote. He said his no vote was, “best for the students of Arcadia schools.”

Dobbins will replace Cathy Scroll who is retiring.

MORE: The Courier

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Putnam County Courthouse To Upgrade Security

5/21/15 – 5:04 A.M.

The Putnam County Courthouse will see increased security measures soon. The Putnam County Sentinel reports members of the building’s security committee met earlier this month to talk about how they could increase safety in the building.

Eight new cameras with monitoring stations will be installed. Three additional panic buttons will also be added to the courthouse. Money from a Supreme Court grant will pay for the installation.

Current courthouse security includes a deputy on duty during office hours. There are also several cameras in the building and metal detectors outside of the two courtrooms.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Township Trustees Talk About Mitigation Plan Opposition

5/21/15 – 4:56 A.M.

Trustees for two Hancock County townships are voicing their concerns about proposed flood mitigation for the Blanchard River. The Courier reports David Bower of Eagle Township and Herb Stump of Liberty Township spoke about the issue recently.

Bower tells the newspaper he doesn’t like the plan to close several township roads for a diversion channel. He adds the plan creates an inconvenience for a “flood that happens maybe once every 10 years.”

Stump is also concerned about road closures. He said with some roads closed it could add time to emergency response in the county. He added that the townships haven’t been involved in the planning much.

According to Bower, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to keep Eagle Township Road 49 open to provide access to the Spring Lake subdivision.

MORE: The Courier

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Survey Shows BG Annoyed By Mosquitoes

5/21/15 – 4:29 A.M.

A northwest Ohio city is coming in near the top of a list of cities where mosquitoes raise a ruckus. Terminix ranks Bowling Green third on its list of cities that are most annoyed by the buzzing bloodsuckers, citing high percentage of mosquito-related posts on Twitter. The pest control company says, per capita, small towns make more noise about the bugs than the bugs themselves.

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