Bowling Green State University is freezing tuition next year. President Dr. Mary Ellen Mazy says the goal is to make a college education attainable for both current and future students. The cost to attend BGSU for the 2014-2015 academic year will be around 11-thousand-dollars for in-state students and nearly 18-thousand for out-of-state.
12/11/13 2:40 p.m.
Fostoria Police and Fire were called to the scene of an explosion on the north end of town. A transformer apparently blew up and caught fire shortly before noon today according to Fostoria Fire Chief Keith Loreno. The transformer was located within a substation in the 1500 block of North Main Street. AEP crews cut power to the damaged transformer so firefighters could extinguish the blaze. There were no injuries however several area locations reported power outages including Riley Elementary School. Power was restored as of 1 p.m.
12/11/13 11:55 a.m.
A Fostoria and Delphos man will serve on the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s board of trustees. Paul Harrison of Fostoria has been elected to his third term and will represent the interests of Farm Bureau members from Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot Counties. Michael Poling of Delphos will represent Farm Bureau members in Allen, Paulding, Putnam and Van Wert Counties. Harrison is a retired farmer who now assists his tenant during peak season on land he owns. Poling and his wife Bernie farms along with his father Larry and also has a cow and calf operation. Both men are longtime members of the Farm Bureau.
A Christmas party is set for next week for the area’s victims of domestic violence, and you can help make sure it’s a success. Ashley Ritz of Open Arms Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services says they could always use items for the party and gifts to give out…
The deadline to donate to a well known Christmas charity is rapidly approaching. Toys for the “Toys for Tots” campaign will be collected by the organization on December 18 and 19. But there are still plenty of chances for you to get involved…
The models can’t be given to children because they have beer and cigarette ads on them. The money raised from auctioning them off to NASCAR fans will go to buy toys for area children in need. The auction will take place at the Old Barn Saturday at 10 a.m.
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12/11/13 10:55 a.m.
Congress has approved funding to keep the Lima Tank Plant in operation for at least another year. The Lima News reports members of congress have inserted funding for the Abrams tank program into the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act. President Obama’s 2014 plans included no funding for Abrams tanks built solely at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima. U.S. Representative Mike Turner, who chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land, said not funding the program would have jeopardized its future and hundreds of jobs at JSMC.
12/11/13 10:15 a.m.
The man accused of a double murder at the Carey Conservation and Sportsman’s Association back on November 1 will plead not guilty by reason of insanity. The Daily Chief Union reports 65 year-old Richard Clark Jr. of Tiffin filed a motion for leave to enter a not guilty plea by reason of insanity back on December 2. Wyandot County Common Pleas Court Judge Kathleen Aubry accepted the plea and ordered Clark to be evaluated at the Forensic Diagnostic Center in Mansfield on December 19. Clark remains jailed on a $2 million cash bond.
Clark is accused of murdering Roger Fredritz of rural Carey and Cynthia Hawkinberry of rural Tiffin. He’s also charged with kidnapping Hawkinberry and felonious assault for hitting a bystander with a ricochet bullet.
The village of Bettsville is trying to sort through allegations of misconduct in the village police department. The Advertiser-Tribune reports officer Shawn Beckley gave a statement addressing the issues during a council meeting this week. The specific allegations were not made public, but Beckley urged councilors to address and investigate the formal complaint.
Officer Nick Baker was the acting police chief following the resignation of Don Mason, but stepped down when he and council couldn’t find common ground on personnel in the department. Councilman-elect Stan Poe was at the meeting, and said that council had overstepped its power for allegedly stipulating Baker could only be the interim chief if they could pick the department’s sergeant.
If that last shopping trip seemed like it cost a little more – or less than it should have, you might not have been imagining things. Hancock County Auditor Charity Rauschenberg says her office has been getting reports area businesses have been charging too much or too little for sales tax. Rauschenberg says she’ll send out investigators to check, but in the end the discrepancies will be settled with the State of Ohio at tax time.
Rauschenberg says there could be some confusion from businesses who are from out of Hancock County. The state sales tax was also increased on July 1 to 5.75%. The total sales tax that should be charged in Hancock County is 6.75%.
The executive director of the Arts Partnership will be leaving her post at the end of the year. The Courier reports Leigh Esper is taking a fundraising position at the University of Findlay. Esper will serve the school as the director of corporate engagement and individual giving. She had served as the director of the Arts Partnership for the last three-and-a-half years.
Esper tells the newspaper she hopes to stay involved in the Arts Partnership as well.