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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 County ranks in the best …

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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 from the Indi­ana State line, …

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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 come across some­thing of this …

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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 as well, but they’ll all …

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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 sav­ings over tra­di­tional laptops.

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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 a util­ity pole. Cou­ture was …

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