10/9/2015 – 3:16 pm Firefighters responded to a crash involving a combine early this afternoon. The Courier reports that the crash happened before 2 pm on County Road 23 near the Lecomte Reservoir by Fostoria. According to reports, at least one injury occurred in the crash but that person said they would be seeking medical attention on their own. Further details will be reported as they are made available. More: The Courier
10/9/2015 – 12:16 pm There will be some changes this year to the PSAT tests which will help students better prepare for the SAT’s and college. Wendell Hall, Senior Director at College Board spoke on WFIN Radio and said that while traditionally the PSAT was thought of to be a practice exam, the changes will make the test more significant. Audio: Wendell Hall Hall says that many of the changes students can expect to see will reflect real world applications. Audio: Wendell Hall Additionally, the tests will be able to help students determine what classes they should be focusing on in high school, as well as provide them with scholarship opportunities. Audio: Wendell Hall High school students will be taking the PSAT’s this fall. If you would like more information about the tests, you can check out their website at College Board.org.
10/9/2015 – 11:36 am Members of the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force searched a residence in Mt. Blanchard this morning. According to a release from the unit, officers obtained a search warrant for the residence at 16305 TR 150 near Mt. Blanchard. Upon investigation, detectives found cash, drug paraphernalia, and many items and chemicals commonly used to make methamphetamine. No immediate arrests were made however charges are expected pending lab results. The Ohio BCI&I Drug Unit is assisting in the investigation.
10/9/15 – 7:26 A.M. A Bluffton company will undergo an expansion. The Lima News reports Diamond Manufacturing will build a 50,000 square-foot addition onto its current facility. The expansion could include 21 new jobs added over three years. The company currently employs 85 people. Diamond Manufacturing is getting a 10-year, 60-percent tax abatement from the state. The deal is expected to save the company around $100,000 of the course of a decade. MORE: Lima News
10/9/15 – 6:50 A.M. Natural gas service was restored to Risingsun residents Thursday night. A damaged transmission line cut service to the village earlier in the afternoon. The Review-Times reports Columbia Gas representatives had to go to all 233 houses in the village to reconnect service following the outage. The lone line that serves Risingsun was damaged about a mile west of the village. It’s not known what caused the damage. MORE: Review-Times
10/5/15 – 6:37 A.M. A vacant house that was destroyed by a fire earlier this year, caught fire again early this morning. Delaware Township firefighters were called to 18362 Hancock County Road 8 just before 2 a.m. The fire was extinguished within an hour. The previous fire happened in July and was considered suspicious. The house had been vacant for years.
10/9/15 – 5:20 A.M. A Columbus Grove home was damaged by a fire yesterday. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Columbus Grove Fire Department was called to 504 South Main Street early Thursday afternoon. The flames were contained to a carport and exterior wall of the home. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation. MORE: Putnam County Sentinel
10/9/15 – 5:14 A.M. If a regional water and sewer district is going to happen in Putnam County, it won’t happen for a while. The Courier reports efforts to start the district have been pushed back until 2017 at the earliest. Putnam County Commissioner John Love says more meetings are being held with villages and townships to talk about the plan. The goal of the proposed district is to provide, “safe, reliable, cost-effective water and sewer service to areas of the county that want it.” If created, it would be a separate government entity. That’s been a sticking point, as many people opposed to the plan have voiced concern about another level of government. Backers of the plan say it would create savings in water and sewer service and maintenance across the county. MORE: The Courier