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Bluffton Lights Celebration Kicks Off This Weekend

11/25/2015 – 5:11 am A parade, a variety of food, and displays of holiday lights will be featured Saturday when the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 29th Blaze of Lights Celebration. The celebration kicks off Friday, with two free showings of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Shannon Theater downtown, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. On Saturday, downtown activities begin at 4 p.m. with an ice sculpture demonstration on Main Street by Chad Hartson, of Ice Creations of Napoleon. Also at 4 p.m., food booths will open in the downtown, and parade units will line up on Snider Road. Groups wanting to participate in the parade can contact Junior Weihrauch at 419-365-5304. At 5 p.m., the 100-unit holiday parade will begin in the downtown. Following the parade, at about 6 p.m., entertainment will be provided by the Bluffton High School show choir; by Dancers’ Elite, a Bluffton dance studio; and by Jim Boedicker. At 7 p.m., the Ream Holiday Folk Art Display, which includes thousands of lights, will…

Pandora Council Reviews Plans On Water District

11/25/2015 – 5:08 am Members of the Pandora village council heard that plans for the Black Swamp Regional Water and Sewer District continue despite the withdrawal of the county commissioners from the process. The Putnam County Sentinel reports during the Nov. 10 meeting, council members heard from Putnam County Commissioner John Love regarding the district. Love noted while he supported joining the district, his other commissioners voted against. The district, which would be formed under Ohio Revised Code 6119, involves a plan being developed by Poggemeyer Design Group Inc. which must be approved by the Putnam County Common Pleas Court. The district would supply water to users within the district and provides for the collection, treatment and disposal of waste water within the district. Other than the county, Pleasant Township has withdrawn as a petitioner. Those entities remaining include the villages of Ottawa, Continental, Leipsic, Dupont, and Miller City and the townships of Palmer, Ottawa, Monterey, Jackson, and Greensburg. More: The Putnam County Sentinel

North Baltimore Principal Granted Extended Leave

11/25/2015 – 5:07 am The North Baltimore school board Tuesday granted additional medical leave for its elementary principal. The Courier reports that medical leave for Powell Elementary School Principal Scott Lockwood was extended through January 7th by implementing his accumulated sick leave days. Lockwood may return to his duties when possible on a limited basis. Pam Van Mooy has been serving as interim elementary principal since August. Separately, a slate of supplemental contracts were accepted for the 2015-16 school year. More: The Courier

All Clear Given Following Bomb Threat At Toledo Hospital

11/24/2015 – 1:52 pm Toledo police have given an all-clear after a bomb threat this morning near Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. WTOL-TV reports that a staff member found a note inside the children’s hospital outpatient building off Cherry Street, which is across from the main hospital building. Patients and staff in the outpatient building were evacuated this morning as a precaution until the building was cleared. Hospital officials say all appointments today have been cancelled and the building will be closed for the rest of the day. More: WTOL-TV

UPDATE 2:35 pm: Kenton Credit Union Robbed

11/24/2015 – 11:53 am A branch of Quest Federal Credit Union was robbed this morning in Kenton. According to sources, the robbery happened shortly after 11 am this morning at the branch located on Jacob Parrot Blvd. in Kenton. Kenton Police and Hardin County Sheriff’s officers are on the scene. Details will be reported as they are made available. Update: 12:55 pm Local media are reporting that police identified a white male as the suspect. They describe him as around 20 years old and around six feet tall. Kenton Police say they do not know at this time if the suspect was armed. Update: 2:35 pm Pictures of the suspect are below. Anyone with information regarding this person’s identity or any information regarding the robbery should call the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office 419-673-1268 or the Kenton Police Dept. 419-673-0771

Cooper Tires To Work With Argentine Tire Producer

11/24/2015 – 11:28 am Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and Fate, the leading Argentine tire manufacturer and a global exporter, plan to work together. The Courier reports that at first, Fate will distribute Cooper-branded passenger, light truck and sport utility tires in Argentina, and over time the two companies may also work together on other potential cooperative ventures including tire production, sales, and R&D. Fate produces the three types of tires plus truck and bus radial tires at a plant in San Fernando. The plant is the largest and most modern tire factory in Argentina producing around five million tires per year. More: The Courier

County Unemployment Rates Fall In October

11/24/2015 – 11:12 am Hancock County saw a decline in the jobless rate this fall. The state reports that the county unemployment rate declined to 3.1 percent in September from 3.2 percent in September. The rate was tied for the fourth-lowest in the state, with Delaware and Auglaize counties according to the Ohio Job & Family Services Department. In our area last month, Allen County had 4 percent, Hardin County had 3.9 percent, Henry County at 3.8 percent, Putnam County had 3.2 percent, Seneca County had 3.8 percent, Wood County had 3.7 percent and Wyandot County had 3 percent. Most of the counties saw a decrease in unemployment.

Police Discover Suspected Meth Lab In Ada

11/24/2015 – 5:05 am An Ada man who was arrested for domestic violence during the weekend may also be facing drug charges. The Lima News reports that Ada Police responded to a domestic violence complaint on Main Street in Ada Saturday morning and upon investigation, officers were told of a man who was producing an unknown substance at the apartment. 31-year-old Rodrick Stevens was taken into custody in relation to the domestic violence call. Officers discovered items consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamines and quickly secured the home. Officers also contacted the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for assistance in processing the residence. Substances were sent to the BCI Lab in Bowling Green for further testing. More: The Lima News