Review Category : Local News

Laurita Named New University of Findlay Athletic Director

06/26/15     1:25 p.m.

The University of Findlay has selected its new Athletic Director. Brandi Laurita was named the new AD during Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Laurita has served as UF’s assistant AD and senior women’s administrator since 2008. Additionally, Laurita has been the Student Athlete Advisory Committee advisor and UF’s Title IX coordinator. She oversees athletic scholarships, chairs coach selection committees and is event manager for multiple teams.

She will take the place of Steve Rackley, who resigned earlier this year to become Alma College’s athletic director.

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Off-Duty Hancock Sheriff’s Office Employee Attacked in Their Home

06/26/15     1:14 p.m.

An employee of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was attacked in their home late Thursday night.

A report from the sheriff’s office says the corrections employee was off duty around 10:40 p.m. when Kevin Potts forced entry into the home. Potts produced a gun and a struggle ensued over the weapon. The off-duty employee suffered minor injuries.

Potts was arrested on chrages of aggravated burglary, felonious assault and using a weapon while intoxicated. He is being held in the Wood County Jail.

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Part of South Main Street to Close in Findlay Sunday for Waterline Work

06/26/15     12:54 p.m.

Weather permitting, part of South Main Street will be closed in Findlay Sunday.

South Main will be closed between Sandusky and Lincoln Streets from approximately 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The City of Findlay will be working with Marathon Petroleum to tie into the existing waterline that day and there will be no vehicular access in the process.

Detours will be posted in the area.

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Simons Pulls Out of Findlay Mayoral Race

06/26/15     12:49 p.m.

The race for the Findlay mayor’s seat is down to one. Jeffrey Lynn Simon said Friday he is pulling out of the race for mayor of Findlay because of his health.

The 71-year-old filed to run as an independent candidate on April 14. He ran for mayor as an independent in 1999 but withdrew from the race that September.

Simon is an artist who had done sculptures of Native Americans, as well as graphics.

His withdrawal means Mayor Lydia Mihalik, a Republican, will face no opposition for re-election in November.

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OVI Checkpoint Planned in Hancock County Saturday Night

6/26/15     11:03 a.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be conducting an OVI checkpoint in Hancock County this weekend.

The checkpoint will be held Saturday evening into the early hours of Sunday. OVI checkpoints are paid for with federal grant money with the goal of deterring and intercepting impaired drivers.

The location of the checkpoint will be announced Saturday.

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Bluffton Fireworks Show Postponed

6/26/15 – 6:44 A.M.

This weekend’s anticipated wet weather has put a damper on a planned fireworks display in Bluffton. The Bluffton Area of Chamber of Commerce says the fireworks show set for Saturday night has been cancelled.

A new date hasn’t been set.

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Wood County Boy Killed When Bike Hit By Train

6/26/15 – 6:37 A.M.

A 9-year-old boy was killed when the bike he was riding was hit by a train in Wood County Thursday night. The accident happened at a railroad crossing west of the intersection of Sugar and North streets in Milton Center. 9-year-old Kaleb Swartz was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Putnam County Fair Heads Into The Weekend

6/26/15 – 5:28 A.M.

The Putnam County Fair wraps up this weekend. Today is Ag Day at the fair. The large animal sale will take place this morning. Tonight brings a tug-a-truck competition to the grandstand and W.A.R. Wrestling at the arches as entertainment options.

Tomorrow will be Family Day. A demolition derby will be held in the grandstands and there will be more W.A.R. wrestling at the arches. Nashville Crush will close the fair with a concert in the entertainment tent at 9 p.m.

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GOBA Riders In Ottawa Today

6/26/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Roughly 2,000 bicyclists will descend on Ottawa today. The GOBA bike tour has ridden through several northwest Ohio communities this week, and will take part in several activities while in Putnam County today. Music and art displays will be held at locations on Main and Walnut Streets. The group will also tour the courthouse.

Ottawa-Area Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Sealts tells the Putnam County Sentinel the events are for the entire community, not just the GOBA bike riders.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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Mount Blanchard Woman Injured In Thursday Crash

6/26/15 – 5:09 A.M.

A one-car crash injured a Mount Blanchard woman Thursday night. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened just before 10:30 p.m. on Marion Township Road 234 west of the Findlay reservoirs.

22-year-old Bridgett Bushong was driving south on Road 234, north of Township Road 207, when she drove off the road and hit a tree. Bushong was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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