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Williams Co. Unemployment Rate Better Than Most

Good news on the jobs front for Williams County: its 5.1 per­cent unem­ploy­ment rate in March was the best in the four-county area, though all four coun­ties saw reduc­tions in job­less­ness. Williams’ rate is a full per­cent­age point lower than in March 2014, when it stood at 6.1 per­cent. Williams …

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Williams Co. to See Ohio Turnpike Construction

Williams County is about to be part of one of the largest cap­i­tal improve­ment pro­grams in a decade. The Ohio Turn­pike and Infra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion listed two projects in the county along the Ohio Turn­pike for con­struc­tion in the com­ing months. One project would repave almost six miles of road­way start­ing …

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Meth Found in Children’s Backpack

The Noble County Sheriff’s Office is ask­ing area cit­i­zens to be cau­tious around what appear to be aban­doned children’s back­packs. Inves­ti­ga­tors recently dis­cov­ered meth and meth pre­cur­sors in a Dora the Explorer back­pack found on a road­side. These items may give of a strong chem­i­cal smell when opened. If you …

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Litchfield Residents to Weigh In on City Budget

Litch­field offi­cials got a sneak peek at the city’s pro­posed bud­get ear­lier this week. The 2015–2016 bud­get includes a two-percent pay raise for all city employ­ees to help off­set a six per­cent increase in health insur­ance costs. Res­i­dents and busi­nesses can expect a two-percent increase in water and sewer rates …

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DeKalb Students to Get Chromebooks

Ear­lier this week, DeKalb school offi­cials approved a plan that will put a Chrome­book in the hands of every stu­dent between grades 6 and 12. The school board ok’d the pro­posal to request bids for the pur­chase of over 1400 of the machines at about $215 per device, a sig­nif­i­cant …

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Falling Tree Leads to Fatal Wood Co. Wreck

A tragic acci­dent yes­ter­day after­noon in Wood County killed a dri­ver and sent the vehicle’s pas­sen­ger to the hos­pi­tal. 57-year-old Almeda Cou­ture of Toledo died when a tree fell on her SUV that was trav­el­ing south on Ton­to­gany Creek Road. The vehi­cle careened off the road­way, strik­ing a mail­box and …

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Hillsdale Approves Burn Ban Changes

Ear­lier this week, we told you about a pro­posal to change the Hill­dale city open-burning ordi­nance. The change was approved by the city coun­cil and bans all open burn­ing in the city between mid­night and 4am, mean­ing no camp­fires, open fire pits, or bon­fires. Open fires are also off-limits dur­ing …

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Liberty Center Discusses School Street Changes

The Lib­erty Cen­ter vil­lage coun­cil spent some time ear­lier this week dis­cussing changes to street align­ment related to an upcom­ing school con­struc­tion project. A report by the Ohio Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion rec­om­mended extend­ing the south drive at the school com­plex to meet up with Dam­as­cus Street, which would accom­mo­date a …

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Bryan School Groundbreaking Today

Today is the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the first phase of a mas­ter plan to unite all Bryan City Schools stu­dents on one cam­pus. The first phase will be the con­struc­tion of a com­bined middle-and-high school. The event kicks off at 10:30am, and if you can’t make it out to the …

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DeKalb Prosecutor Frustrated with Railroad

The DeKalb County Prosecutor’s Office is not happy with CSX. WANE reports that the rail­road com­pany has racked up over 40 traf­fic tick­ets in less than six months, some­thing that Deputy Pros­e­cu­tor Erik Weber says is an unac­cept­able safety haz­ard with traf­fic remain­ing blocked for extended periods–sometimes up to 14 …

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