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Ottawa Man Killed In Crash

A man from Ottawa was killed in a Fri­day evening crash. 34 year old Brett Varner died when his vehi­cle crashed into the river near Cloverdale. His body wasn’t dis­cov­ered until about 8am Sat­ur­day, when a pass­ing dri­ver noticed the sub­merged car. So far, it appears that Varner was dri­ving …

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Man Burned Trying To Rescue Animals From Barn Fire

A man was hurt Sun­day morn­ing while try­ing to res­cue live­stock from a barn fire. It hap­pened on Ful­ton County Road C early Sun­day morn­ing, around 3:30am. When fire­fight­ers got there, the barn was fully engulfed in flames. Clay­ton Foor rented the prop­erty, where he tended to a herd of …

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Health Rankings Show Our Neck Of The Woods Doing Pretty Well

Coun­ties here in north­west Ohio are doing a lot bet­ter than those in other areas of the state when it comes to health. Defi­ance County res­i­dents in par­tic­u­lar, show lower rates of pre­ma­ture death and exces­sive drink­ing, and are report­ing fewer sexually-transmitted dis­eases than the statewide aver­age. But the good …

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Richard Shankster, 84

Richard T. Shankster, 84, of Hillsdale, Michigan passed away on Saturday at his home with his family surrounding him.  He was born on December 21, 1930 in Primrose, Ohio to Owen S. and E. Mildred (Moyer) Shankster.  Dick graduated from Alvordton High School in 1948.  He married Naomi Ruth Bashor and she preceded …

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Lucille Connin, 101

Lucille M. (Grime) Connin, age 101 (just 10 days short of her 102nd birthday), of Bryan, Ohio, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 4:55 P.M. Genesis Healthcare – Bryan Center. Lucille was a teacher beginning her teaching career in Ai, Ohio and later at Lincoln Elementary School in …

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Giles Williams, 58

Giles H. Williams, 58, of Bryan passed away Friday afternoon at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He was born on December 7, 1956 in Kenton, Ohio to Herman H. and Evelyn M. (Essinger) Williams.  Giles was an assembler at Quadco Rehabilitation Center in Stryker. Giles is survived by two …

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Mickey Freese, 76

Michael “Mickey” E. Freese, 76, of Montpelier passed away Friday morning at his home.  He was born on December 10, 1938 in Montpelier to Harley H. and Helen C. (Kelly) Freese. Mickey graduated from Montpelier High School in 1956.  On June 7, 1958 he married Betty Lou Duncan in rural Pioneer and …

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Bryan Police List Arrests

A busy week­end for Bryan Police… 24 year old Alex Behrman of Napoleon, was arrested for OVI early Sat­ur­day morn­ing. He was released. Also on Sat­ur­day, just after 2am, Bryan Police arrested Shane Smith-Myers of Bryan, for Pos­ses­sion of Mar­i­juana Para­pher­na­lia. He too was released. Then on Sun­day, Bryan Police …

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Williams County Re-Activating Port Authority

The Williams County Port Author­ity is being restarted, with Bill Pep­ple des­ig­nated, by the county com­mis­sion­ers, as the new Port Author­ity Chair­man. The Williams County Port Author­ity was formed back in 2007, but has not been oper­at­ing for the past sev­eral years. A Port Author­ity is a gov­ern­men­tal entity that …

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Road Work On The Schedule In Defiance County

Lots of road work is planned for this year on Defi­ance County. In fact, the total of the projects that are planned not rings up to about $3.5 mil­lion worth, with the largest being the widen­ing of Har­ris Road, between Ohio 18 and Blan­chard Road. Other plans include paving Blosser …

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