Review Category : Local News

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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Farm Family Launches Online Fight Against Mitigation Plan

6/26/15 – 5:03 A.M.

An area farm family has taken their fight against the flood-mitigation plan for the Blanchard River to the internet. Members of the Wise family recently talked to the Courier about how they are trying to drum up more support for farmers who they believe will be affected by a proposed levee on Findlay’s east side. Carol Wise has produced a video that outlines how her family’s farms could be harmed. She also started a petition on for people to sign. At last check it has nearly 250 supporters.

Carol’s husband Tom tells the newspaper he doesn’t trust the numbers from the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps’ plan calls for water to rise by an extra tenth-of-a-foot in the area of a County Road 190. Tom also believes land owned by the family on County Road 172 would be affected by induced flooding. The Corps’ numbers show that it wouldn’t.

Andrew Komacki is with the Army Corps of Engineers and watched the video. He told the newspaper many of the claims were very broad. He did challenge three of the claims made though. Komacki said only 200 to 300 acres of farmland would be impacted by the mitigation plan, not 1,000 as claimed in the video. He also added that impact on Bald Eagle nests in the county or area churches has already been examined.

MORE: The Courier

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Second Annual Findlay YMCA Glow Run to be Held Friday Night

06/25/15     3:30 p.m.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Findlay YMCA’s Glow Run. The 5K fun run and walk will be Friday night at 9 p.m. at First Lutheran Church.

The entry fee for the event is $30 and will include a t-shirt and glow gear. Proceeds will support the Y’s annual campaign for youth development programs.

There will be a kid’s fest at 7:30 p.m. and an after glow after party at Alexandria’s following the race. You can register online or pick up a registration form at the Y.

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Only One Dangerous Wild Animal Still Registered In Hancock County

6/25/15 – 11:45 A.M.

Hancock County is down to one person with a registered wild animal. The Hancock County EMA’s annual update to the Dangerous Wild Animal Response Plan says a former Arlington resident who owned eight monkeys has moved out of state. That leaves a bobcat registered to a Findlay woman who lives on Township Road 96 as the only dangerous wild animal still registered in the county.

All Ohio counties are required to keep a registry of wild animals kept as pets. The law was created after a 2011 incident in southeastern Ohio that saw several animals escape a wild animal preserve.

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Local Probate Courts Prepare for Gay Marriages

06/25/15     11:43 a.m.

The Hancock County Probate Court is making preparations for gay marriages.

The court made some preliminary changes to its marriage licensure, name change and other forms. Instead of “bride and groom” the forms are now gender neutral. The new forms simply say, “applicant 1 and applicant 2″.

The U.S. Supreme Court may rule on the issue, which would allow gay marriages in Ohio, as early as this week.

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