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SEVERE COLD WARNING

IT’s cold out there! Very Cold! As of 7:45 Sun­day evening, Williams County was placed under a Level 3 snow emer­gency. That means only essen­tial per­son­nel should be on the road­ways. State and local offi­cials on Sun­day warned that the severe win­ter weather and extreme cold could poten­tially be deadly …

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WATCH PETS IN COLD

Res­i­dents are being reminded not to for­get their four legged friends in this bit­ter cold. With the tem­per­a­tures out­side dip­ping well below freez­ing, peo­ple need to make sure their pets are warm and safe. Out­door pets should also be checked to ensure they have ade­quate shel­ter, food and water. If …

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BLOOD DRIVE SET

The Amer­i­can Red Cross will have a blood drive from 2–6 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Pauld­ing VFW Post, 214 N. Water St. The drive will be held in honor of Don Egnor. To donate, call 800–733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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NEW POLICE DOGS

Two local county sheriff’s deputies grad­u­ated from K9 unit train­ing Fri­day. Defi­ance County Sheriff’s deputy Adam Shafer and Pauld­ing County Sheriff’s deputy Gary Deitrick each com­pleted the 14-week class in Fort Wayne. Shafer is the han­dler for Boomer, and Deitrick is the han­dler for Jano (pro­nounced Ya-no). Both are Ger­man …

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MINIMUM WAGE CHANGES

As of New Years Day, Ohio became one of more than a dozen states which raised the min­i­mum wage. Most work­ers on min­i­mum wage will see an increase from $7.85 to $7.95 per hour for non-tipped employ­ees, and from $3.93 to $3.98 per hour for tipped employ­ees. But the increase …

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EVERYWHERE TODAY

Peo­ple all over the region are shov­el­ing out of one snow storm today as they get set for the next one. Accord­ing to the National Weather Ser­vice, most of our area received about two to three inches on New Year’s Day. Another two to three inches fell through most of …

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CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL SITED

The city of Defi­ance plans to have its waste removal dri­vers watch for Christ­mas trees next week. A truck will then be sent out to pick them up. Each year, the trees are col­lected and taken out to the Ottawa River Bea­gle Club on Christy Road, where they are used …

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3 FATALITIES LISTED OVER HOLIDAY PERIOD

The Ohio State High­way Patrol reports that three peo­ple were killed on Ohio’s road­ways dur­ing this New Year’s Hol­i­day report­ing period of Mid­night, Tues­day, Decem­ber 31, 2013 through 11:59 p.m., Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 1, 2013. Last year six peo­ple were killed dur­ing the same two-day hol­i­day report­ing period. Dur­ing the report­ing …

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SNOW SUPPLIES FLYING OFF THE SHELVES LOCALLY

The lat­est win­ter weather wal­lop in our area sent many res­i­dents to the clos­est stores to get sup­plies. Some area stores said they already had to reorder salt and snow blow­ers because of the grow­ing demand. Many folks say the last two rel­a­tively mild win­ters have left them unpre­pared for …

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FLAMES IN DEFIANCE

A home in Defi­ance was dam­aged by flames Wednes­day evening. The blaze is under inves­ti­ga­tion by the state fire marshal’s office. Defi­ance fire­fight­ers were called to the Fred Con­nor res­i­dence on Jef­fer­son Ave. Fire­fight­ers were also back to the scene when the fire rekin­dled in the attic. There was exten­sive …

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