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PIONEER WATER TANK COMING DOWN

Pio­neer Coun­cil, at their meet­ing Tues­day night, approved demo­li­tion of the old water tower. Coun­cil mem­bers said to have the old tower painted and sealed would cost more than demo­li­tion. The Bryan Times reports that coun­cil approved Rural Water Ser­vices Stor­age LLC of Cam­den, Ohio to demol­ish the tank at …

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HEALTH COMMISSIONER WILL RUN

Williams County Health Com­mis­sioner James Watkins told the County Board of Health on Tues­day that he’s con­sid­er­ing a run for president-elect of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Ohio Health Com­mis­sion­ers, pend­ing approval by the board. Board mem­bers, after a short dis­cus­sion accord­ing to the Bryan Times, encour­aged Watkins to run for the …

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WILLIAMS COMMISSIONERS FIRE DIRECTOR

Williams County Com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously last week to fire Hill­side Coun­try Liv­ing Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Terry Schollmeier after a review of atten­dance records showed that poli­cies were incon­sis­tently fol­lowed. Accord­ing to the Bryan Times, “Cer­tain employ­ees were dis­ci­plined for atten­dance issues and oth­ers are not.”The inves­ti­ga­tion was com­pleted by an inde­pen­dent …

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HARRIS ROAD CLOSED

The Defi­ance County engineer’s office has closed Har­ris Road, between Mans­field Road and the Defiance-Putnam County Line Road for sev­eral days for road­side grad­ing. The clo­sure went into effect Thurs­day. The road will not be open to either emer­gency vehi­cles or the gen­eral public.

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DEFIANCE LEVY VOTE TO BE HELD

Defi­ance city vot­ers will decide on whether to imple­ment an addi­tional 0.3 per­cent income tax for police and fire ser­vices in the Novem­ber elec­tions. Fol­low­ing a sec­ond read­ing on Tues­day, Defi­ance City Coun­cil sus­pended the rules and approved an ordi­nance levy­ing the increase and a res­o­lu­tion plac­ing the issue before …

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INTERNET CAFES BANNED BY GOV

The Gov­er­nor on Tues­day signed into law an effec­tive ban on store­front sweep­stakes par­lors that leg­is­la­tors had become con­vinced were har­bor­ing ille­gal gam­bling oper­a­tions. An imme­di­ate mora­to­rium on open­ing new Inter­net cafes is now in force until the law signed Tues­day takes effect. More than 620 Inter­net cafes oper­ate in …

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DEFIANCE AND NAPOLEON RESTAURANTS HIT WITH SEARCH WARRANTS

Offi­cials with the U.S. Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity were in Defi­ance and Napoleon Tues­day morn­ing. They served search war­rants at two local restau­rants. The U.S. Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforce­ment, spe­cial agents with Immi­gra­tion and Cus­toms Enforcement’s Home­land Secu­rity Inves­ti­ga­tions, exe­cuted fed­eral search war­rants at Azul Tequila restau­rants in Defi­ance and …

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NAPOLEON TO EXTEND GOLF SEASON

A rec­om­men­da­tion to extend the sea­son at the city’s munic­i­pal golf course was approved Mon­day by the Napoleon City Coun­cil. Coun­cil approved the parks and recre­ation board’s rec­om­men­da­tion to lengthen the sea­son from March 15 to Nov. 15. in order to increase revenues.

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Storm Cleanup Grants Available

A $15 mil­lion grant from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will help Ohio cre­ate more than 1,000 tem­po­rary jobs for efforts to clean up and recover from severe storms that bat­tered the state last sum­mer in late June and early July. The U.S. Depart­ment of Labor ini­tially announced a grant for up …

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WEST UNITY ANNOUNCES PLANNED STREET REPAIRS

The vil­lage of West Unity has announced that two street paving projects will begin in June. ODOT will mill and pave U.S. 127, both north and south of the village’s down­town limit. Gerken Paving is the sub­con­trac­tor for that job. In addi­tion, M&M Asphalt, accord­ing to the Bryan Times, will …

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