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Video: Treece Family Keeping Fair Tradition Alive

9/2/2015   4:20pm When you go out to the Hancock County Fair this year you will notice a familiar sight, the Treece Family Ring Toss booth can be found again this year near the north grandstand. Jennifer Treece said that the booth has become a popular game for fair-goers each year. Audio: Jennifer Treece The game is “fairly” simple. To win a stick cane, you pay to toss a ring around the canes. Anyone you net you will win. A harder challenge is to ring the larger canes up above and if you do, you win one of them. The booth has been in operation at the fair for the past 68 years and Treece says that family tradition and pride has kept the game at the fair from generation to generation. Audio: Jennifer Treece The Treece Family Ring Toss will continue operating throughout the rest of the fair.

Some Soybean Fields May Mature Earlier Than Expected

9/3/2015   11:00am Some Hancock County Farmers may have noticed their soybean fields maturing earlier than expected. Hancock County Agriculture Extension Educator Ed Lentz says that the rain the area experienced earlier this summer may be contributing to the early change. Audio: Ed Lentz Lentz also mentions that certain types of soybean diseases, found in Northwest Ohio can also contribute to the early maturity of soybean fields. Audio: Ed Lentz While wet weather conditions are typically outside of a farmers control, farmers are still encouraged to check their crop seed for disease information before planting each year.

Hancock, Putnam Counties See High Approval Rates For Mortgages

9/3/15 – 10:40 A.m. If you’re trying to get a mortgage, you’re more likely to be approved here than in most other places in Ohio. That’s according to the website Smart Asset.com. The site determined the places in Ohio where homebuyers were most likely to be approved for a mortgage. Hancock County ranked 9th in the state, with slightly more than 66 percent of mortgage applications getting approval. Putnam County did even better, ranking 2nd in Ohio. Nearly 69.5 percent of mortgage applications got approval in Putnam County. MORE: Smart Asset

New Plastics Manufacturer Opens In Kenton

9/3/15 – 7:38 A.M. A new manufacturing plant opened its doors in Kenton Wednesday. WLIO-TV reports Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor was on hand to help cut the ribbon at Sekisui Plastics. Production is scheduled to begin next week at the $5.2 million facility. The plant will make a variety of plastic parts for the automotive industry. Sekisui will employ around 50 people in Hardin County. MORE: WLIO

North Baltimore Fire Department Searching For Grant Money

9/3/15 – 7:25 A.M. The North Baltimore Fire Department is looking for grant money to maintain its trucks and equipment. The Courier reports Fire Chief Ted Francisco updated village council about that process this week. Francisco says they’re looking for grant money to pay for new portable radios and 32 pagers. He added they are also looking for funding to replace a fire truck that has been in service since 1984. MORE: The Courier

Seneca County Authorities Confiscate Pot From County Fields

9/3/15 – 7:18 A.M. Seneca County authorities say they took more than $250,000 worth of drugs off the streets Wednesday. The Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit reports officers from many agencies used a spotter in a helicopter to locate marijuana plants in fields and wooded areas. The eradication effort turned up 251 plants across the county. Detective Chuck Boyer says each plant had a street value of around $1,000. The plants will be held at the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office until a court order authorizes their destruction.

Hancock County Fair Enters Day Two

9/3/15 – 6:56 A.M. The Hancock County Fair rolls along today. It’s Kid’s Day, meaning $15 ride wristbands will be available starting at noon. Tonight’s headline entertainment is harness racing. The races will get started at 6 p.m. with the Susan G. Komen Harness Race for the Cure. Regular racing will follow the charity race. The always entertaining calf scramble will be at 7 p.m. in the north grandstand. Several other events and competitions will be held throughout the day. Full Schedule: All Day: Gospel Pavilion Open 7:00 AM Gates open 7:30 AM Op Class Lamb Carcass (S Show Arena) 8:00 AM Jr Fair Sheep Showmanship (S Show Arena) 8:00 AM Jr Fair Horse Show (N Grandstand) 9:00 AM Jr Fair Poultry Showmanship (Poultry Barn) 9:00 AM Op Class Antiques/Canning Judging (Grange Building) 10:00 AM Op Class Poultry, Water Fowl (Poultry Barn) 12:30 PM Jr Fair Boar Goat Show (S Show Arena) 1:00 PM Op Class Theme Bskt Judging (Grange Building ) 1:00 PM Jr Fair Draft Horse Decorating (Staging…

Ottawa And Lima Consider Water Partnership

9/3/15 – 5:28 A.M. Ottawa and Lima are considering connecting their water supplies. The Lima News reports the mayors of both towns talked about the possibility during a Wednesday press conference. Ottawa Mayor Dean Meyer told the newspaper the village has been under pressure from the Ohio EPA to expand its water supply. Meyer said a partnership with Lima would save residents money when compared to building a second reservoir. Lima Mayor David Berger said both water systems are running under capacity. He added linking the systems would ensure an adequate water supply in the long-term. MORE: Lima News