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Budget time in Bryan.

The Bryan Board of Public Affairs is presented with the Bryan Municipal Utilities proposed budgets for 2024. On the electric side, operations and management shows a total of $21 million dollars in revenue, with $20 million of that coming from charges for service. Electric expenses are being proposed at $19.2 …

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Williams County Board of Elections certifies election results.

The Williams County Board of Elections certifies the results of this month’s election, resulting in no changes to outcomes. The board had two meetings Tuesday, one in the morning involved certifying the provisional ballots cast in the Nov. 7 General Election. Officials say…they had a total of 163 provisional ballots, …

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Backers of a proposal to change Ohio’s political mapmaking system can start gathering signatures

Backers of a proposal to change Ohio’s troubled political mapmaking system will finally be able to start gathering signatures, after clearing a second round of state approvals this week. Citizens Not Politicians now has until July 3 to collect roughly 414,000 signatures required to put its constitutional amendment before voters …

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Ohio attorney general appoints law firm to investigate a state representative.

The office of Ohio’s Republican attorney general says it has appointed an outside law firm to investigate a Democratic state representative amid claims the lawmaker engaged in a pattern of erratic and abusive behavior toward other legislators, staff and constituents for months. The investigation into Rep. Elliot Forhan, a Cleveland-area …

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Defiance woman charged with intimidation and retaliation pleads not guilty.

A Defiance woman charged with intimidation and retaliation pleads not guilty, in a Williams County courtroom at a pretrial hearing. Samantha Smith, 38, appeared via video. The court found she is indigent and appointed counsel for her defense. She was released on her own recognizance…as long as she stays at …

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Five-day jury trial is set for a Bryan man facing charges of murder, rape and kidnapping.

A five-day jury trial is set for a Bryan man facing charges of murder, rape and kidnapping. A pretrial conference for Sammy Celestine was held in Williams County Common Pleas Court. The judge set a hearing for oral arguments on all pending motions for Jan. 4th. He set aside one …

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Williams County commissioners continue 2024 budget preparations.

The Williams County commissioners continued 2024 budget preparations, by meeting with staff from OSU Extension of Williams County. Staff presented the commissioners with two different budgets, one with staff and operations as it currently is and another with a Family and Consumer Sciences educator added. The commissioners were told the …

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Fracking okayed at some state parks in Ohio.

Some state parks can be fracked in Ohio, that’s the decision made by a government commission, despite an ongoing investigation into claims of possible fraudulent support by an industry group that represents energy companies. During a raucous meeting attended by many fracking opponents, the Ohio Oil and Gas Land Management …

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Ohio man gets nearly five years in prison for storming U.S. Capitol.

An Ohio man who repeatedly attacked police officers as he joined a mob of Donald Trump supporters in storming the U.S. Capitol gets nearly five years in prison. Kenneth Thomas has acted as a “one-man misinformation machine” since the Jan. 6, 2021, riot, using his social media platforms to spread …

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Stryker man originally charged with retaliation against a Henry County judge pleads guilty to a lesser charge.

A Stryker man originally charged with retaliation against a Henry County judge pleads guilty to a lesser charge, and then is sentenced to time served. Michael Hill is accused of aggravated menacing, a misdemeanor. In pleading guilty to the lesser charge, Hill agreed to be prosecuted through a bill of …

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