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Bluffton University Searches for New President

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees selected a search committee to find the university’s next president.


The committee includes representation from trustees, faculty, staff, a student, alumni, select church conferences, the Bluffton community and Mennonite Education Agency.


The committee will vet potential candidates and will recommend qualified individuals for the board’s consideration.


The Trustees have partnered with TBC Search Consulting from Columbus, Ohio, a qualified search consultant to assist the committee.


Current president, Dr. James Harder, will retire on June 30, 2018.



Delphos Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography


A Delphos man was charged via criminal information with possession of child pornography.


According to an FBI release, 67 year old Vernon Murray is alleged to have possessed and had access to numerous digital files containing images of children being sexually abused and exploited. This took place between 2009 and 2015, according to the criminal information.


This case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alissa M. Sterling following an investigation by the FBI.



Teenager Injured in Lima Shooting Incident


Lima Police are investigating a possible gang related incident that resulted in the shooting of a Lima teenager this week.


According to the Lima Police Department's Facebook page, officers received a 9-1-1 call about gunshots being fired in the area of Holmes and Reese Streets in the city.


A 17 year old black male was shot in the leg and was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital.


He and another male were walking in the area when two unknown suspects began shooting at them.


Anyone with information on the shooting is being asked to call the Lima Police Department or CrimeStoppers.



University of Findlay Conducting Warning Siren Tests


The University of Findlay's Office of Campus Safety and Security, in conjunction with the City of Findlay tornado warning sirens testing, also will be conducting Code Blue Phone tornado warning tests on the first Monday of each month at 10 a.m.


The sound heard will sound similar to the city's sirens. It is the University's intent to conduct the monthly tests to ensure that its system is working properly.


UF has several Code Blue phones placed throughout campus that anyone can use to summon help in emergency situations, and that can be used as a broadcast system by the University for emergency announcements.



Allen County Sheriff's Office Distributing Booklet on Drug Awareness Issues


The Allen County Sheriff's Office will be distributing a booklet answering common questions people have about heroin and other drugs.


According to the office's Facebook page, the 36 page booklet will be made available to citizens throughout Allen County.


The common questions that will be answered are: What does heroin look like?, What are the signs someone is using crack?


The booklet is made possible by support from numerous Allen County sponsors.



Coffee with a Cop Event Being Held in Findlay


The Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff's Office will be holding a Coffee with a Cop meeting tomorrow.


It will be held from 9 to 11 tomorrow morning at a coffee shop located at 330 South Main Street in Findlay.


There is no agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to the officers in Findlay and Hancock County.



Worker Injured in Construction Site Accident


A construction worker was injured in a worksite accident on State Route 53 Wednesday.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 30 year old Gregory Fortney, and employee of R and I Construction, was working at the back of a large crane when a strap apparently broke while lifting a 5000 to 6000 pound beam.


Fortney was knocked to the ground and his ankle was smashed by the beam, which also may have struck his chest causing bruising.


He was taken by helicopter to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo.



Items Stolen From Garage in Wyandot County


Several items were stolen from a garage in the 17,000 block of State Route 67 in Wyandot County.


According to the report, the residents there told deputies that someone stole several items, including a boom box and muzzleloader gun from the garage.


A suspect, who may be staying with relatives in either Dunkirk or Kenton, was listed but so far no charges have been filed.



Longtime Bellefontaine Firefighter Suffers Heart Attack


A Bellefontaine firefighter suffered a heart attack earlier this week.


WPKO Radio reported that 55 year old Dave Crissman suffered a heart attack at his residence on Tuesday and was revived by his colleagues from the Bellefontaine Fire and EMS.


He helped battle a large fire on County Road 130 the day before and was off duty when he became ill on Tuesday.


The 26 year veteran of the fire department was first taken to Mary Rutan Hospital then transferred to OSU Medical Center in Columbus where he was last reported in serious condition.



OSU Marion Enrollment Continues to Increase


For the second consecutive year, Ohio State Marion has seen significant enrollment increases from the previous year.


According to a release from the university, official autumn 2017 enrollment was 1198, an increase of 5.2% over last autumn’s enrollment of 1,139.


Full-time enrollment has increased from 979 to 1038, an increase of 6% over 2016.  


Positive gains in enrollment have been a trend for the campus since 2015, which has seen a healthy 10% increase from 2015 to 2017.


Autumn 2017 statistics indicate a trend toward increased enrollment outside of Ohio State Marion’s traditional service area, which includes Crawford, Delaware, Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Union, Wyandot, and Franklin County.



Findlay Being Considered For Chic-Fil-A Restaurant


Findlay may by in line to receive a Chic-Fil-A Restaurant.


The Findlay Courier reported that the company is planning to locate on Tiffin Avenue in the city.


The Findlay Board of Zoning Appeals will consider a request from Chic-Fil-A to build a pylon sign at the location instead of a low-profile sign.


The board is will consider that request either on October 12 or 19.



Names of Men Involved in Stabbing Incident in Findlay Released


The identities of two men who were involved in an altercation that lead to a stabbing this past Sunday in Findlay have been released.


According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, 41 year old Jason L. Turner, of Findlay, was stabbed during the incident and is currently recovering at Blanchard Valley Hospital.


32 year old Michael L. Smith, also of Findlay, was treated at the hospital following the incident which occurred in the Planet Fitness parking lot on Tiffin Avenue in the city.


Both men are expected to make a full recovery.


Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be turned over to the Hancock County Prosecutor's Office and may be heard by the Grand Jury.


Anyone witnessing the incident is encouraged to call the Findlay Police Detective’s Division at 419-424-7164.



New Recycling Facility Opens in Lima


A new recycling facility celebrated its grand opening in Lima Tuesday.


According to a release from American Electric Power, several community partners came together as Recleim opened for business.


AEP Ohio and Recleim will help to bring more than a hundred new jobs to Lima.


The city welcomed its first new manufacturing plant in several years.


To celebrate the grand opening of the facility, AEP Ohio is inviting its customers to recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers and receive a special $50 incentive through its Appliance Recycling Program. The special promotion is available beginning Oct. 1 through the end of November.  



K9 From Marion County Sheriff's Office Receives Body Armor


The Marion County Sheriff's Office K9 has received body armor.


According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, K9 Taz received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9's Incorporated.


Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 2.1 million dollars.


The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.


Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey said he was grateful for the donation.



Ben Logan Boys Golf Team Finishes 7th in Season Ending Tournament


Ben Logan boys golf finished their season Tuesday at Reid Park with a 7th place finish in sectional play.


Greenon placed 1st with a 342, Graham 350, Northwestern 351, Shawnee 352.


For the Raiders Ethan Ricketts led the team with a 87 and qualified as an individual to move on to district play. Will Kenoyer 90, Garrett Allen 91, Bryce Loomis 109, and Carter Stewart 128. The Raiders shot 377


Coach Chris Conley said, "It was a disappointing finish to an up and down year. We just didn't peak at the right time. We lose only one senior so that's encouraging however Will was our captain and low scorer most of the time. None the less we think there are brighter days ahead and we'll work to improve."



***UPDATED*** Toledo Man Dies From Stab Wounds in Lima


A Toledo man died Monday after being stabbed in an apparent domestic dispute.

According to the Lima Police Department's Facebook page, officers were dispatched to Lima West Apartments on Cole Street to investigate a report of man not breathing.

A 27 year old Stephan D. Kimble-Childress, who had been stabbed, was found unconscious in the apartment. Emergency medical personnel arrived and began lifesaving measures. He was then transported to St. Rita's Medical Center where he died.

Kimble-Childress' 19 year old girlfriend, identified as Autumn Spears, of Lima, was taken into custody and is being held at the Allen County Jail for suspicion of murder.

The argument turned physical and Spears allegedly stabbed Kimble-Childress, with a kitchen knife.

The investigation is ongoing.




Two Men Arrested Following Drug Bust in Wyandot County


Two Wyandot County men were arrested following a drug investigation in that county.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit and METRICH Enforcement Unit served a search warrant Monday at a residence in the 12,000 block of Township Highway 133 in Nevada.


Detectives recovered firearms, a large amount of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.


Roger A. Massie and Dennis Thoroughman were arrested and held in the Wyandot County Jail on felony drug charges.


The search warrant was served following a 3 month drug investigation by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the Upper Sandusky Police Department, the Carey Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the METRICH Enforcement Unit.



Woman Charged with OVI Following Traffic Stop


A Columbus woman is facing charges following a traffic stop early this morning.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, deputies stopped a car on U.S. 23 for speeding.


The driver, identified as Latrina Lavett-Edie Williams, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. A probable cause search of her vehicle found her to allegedly be in possession f marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.


She was cited for OVI, speed, no operator's license, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.



Wyandot County United Way Kick-off Scheduled This Thursday


The Wyandot County United Way 2018 Campaign Kick-off Golf Outing is scheduled for this Thursday.


The 9 hole golf scramble shotgun start is at 2 Thursday afternoon at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club. Dinner will be served at 4:30.


There are three levels of participation: Gold is $200, which includes golf, dinner and one hole sponsor, Silver for $100, which includes one hole sponsor and bronze for $100, which includes dinner.


All the proceeds benefit local agencies.


Contact 740-383-3108 or visit united way wyandot dot org for more information and registration forms.



One Man Stabbed in Altercation in Findlay on Sunday


Two people were injured in an altercation Sunday afternoon in Findlay.
According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, the incident occurred in the parking lot of Planet Fitness on Tiffin Avenue in the city.
Two Findlay men, ages 32 and 41, got into a fight when one of the men stabbed the other several times.
The stabbing victim was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. The other man transported himself to the emergency room of the hospital for treatment.
No other information, including the names of the men, is being released at this time as the incident remains under investigation.


Logan County Veterans Recently Visit Nation's Capital


Several Logan County veterans recently took a trip to Washington DC.


49 World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans made the trip.



Veterans saluting the wreath laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


They left the Bellefontaine fairgrounds after a brief ceremony and were escorted through Bellefontaine by over 50 motorcycles.


After arriving in the nation's capital, the veterans group went to Arlington Cemetery where they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.


Korean War Veterans




WWII Veterans



They also visited numerous other sites as well during the trip.



Indian Lake Fall Fest Taking Place This Weekend


The 38th Annual Fall Festival starts today and continues through the weekend at the Indian Lake State Park.


The event is co-sponsored by the Indian Lake Development Corporation.


Those attending can camp or just visit for the day.


The festival highlights many craft vendors that are set up around the park as well as food vendors and lots of activities for the kids as well.


The event is free to attend and entertainment is happening daily.


The hours are today 4-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.  



Motorists Reminded to Use Caution at Indian Lake Construction Zone


The spillway of the Indian Lake dam adjacent to Ohio Route 366 is an active construction zone.


The work area and job site construction trailer lot across the road from the spillway are closed to the public.


Boaters and anglers on or near the water should stay clear of the work site.


The spillway replacement and dam improvements project will be completed in the spring 2018.



Ben Logan Boys Finish 3rd in Golf Tournament on Thursday


The Ben Logan boys golf team finished 3rd Thursday in the Mad River Division of the CBC.


Graham won the event with a 346, followed by Urbana 354, Ben Logan 365, NW 365, Indian Lake 432.


For the Raiders Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts led the way with 83, Garrett Allen 97, Bryce Loomis and Carter Stewart both shot 102, and Gavin Clay 112. Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts both earned 1st team honors, Garrett Allen 2nd team honors, and Will Kenoyer won the Sportsmanship award.


Next up is the Sectional tournament next Tuesday at Reid Park in Springfield.



Auglaize County Man Killed in Crash in Van Wert County


An Auglaize County man was killed in a crash that occurred on US 30 Wednesday morning in Van Wert County.


According to a release from the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 63 year old Bert Helsel, of Minster, was driving west on 30 and began to slow for traffic in front of him. His car was struck from behind by a semi being operated by a Florida man. Helsel's car was then pushed into the semi in front of him.


Helsel was pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner.


The westbound lanes of US 30 were temporarily closed while the scene was being cleared.


The crash remains under investigation.



Large Fireworks Placed Inside Mailboxes in Rural Wyandot County


Fireworks were placed inside mailboxes at two locations on State Highway 37 in Wyandot County.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, the incidents were reported at houses in the 19,000 and 20,000 blocks of 37.


The report stated roman candle firecrackers were placed inside the roadside mailboxes and were detonated.


The incidents are under investigation.



Logan County Residents Report Scam Phone Calls


Some Logan County residents have been getting scam phone calls regarding jury duty.


WPKO Radio is Bellefontaine reported that the scammer is calling residents using phone numbers that appear to be from the Logan County Jail or Bellefontaine Police Department.


The caller claims there is a warrant for the residents arrest for failing to report to jury duty.


The person receiving the call is then asked to confirm personal information and meet them at the jail to pay bond.


Residents are being asked to disregard such requests and hang up.



Armed Robbery Reported in Findlay


An armed robbery was reported at a Findlay business this week.


WFIN Radio reported that two men walked into the 777 Games of Skill Internet Cafe this past Tuesday night and pulled out handguns.

A woman in the business was shoved to the floor, and the two intruders fled after taking an undisclosed amount of cash.


The investigation continues by the Findlay Police Department.



Upper Sandusky Beats Tiffin Columbian in Girls Tennis

Upper Sandusky beat Tiffin Columbian 3 to 2 Wednesday afternoon in girls tennis action.
The Rams are now 6 and 5 on the season. 
1S- Brooke Smith (C) def Sydney Schryer 6-3, 6-1
2S- Mady West (US) def Katie Smith 6-3, 6-2
3S- Casey Knutsen (C) def Emma Schoenberger 7-6(7-5), 6-2
1D- Jodi Smalley/Mara Smalley (US) def Sophie Crist/ Marina Pennycuff 6-3, 6-2
2D- Sam Fagan/ Lyndsey McQuown def Alexis Smith/ Linzi Boos 6-0, 6-0
Abby Davidson won a JV Singles match 6-2. 
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "Nice to win three in a row for a winning streak here. We played well in spots today and I fee like we won the matches we should have won. Columbian had some good singles players and a very nice first doubles team as well. The Smalley girls are kind of rolling now and have settled into a nice rhythm as a team. 
Lyndsey McQuown and Sam Fagan won their third straight 2D match today also. 
"We feel like our winning recipe is if we can get those two wins and then try and win one of the singles matches. Today it was Mady West and she played great. At this level it's a team sport and a 3-2 win is the same as a 5-0 win,"  said Coach Frazee.


10 Ohio Community Colleges Participating in State Apprenticeship Program


COLUMBUS, OHIO – September 20, 2017 – A unique partnership between ApprenticeOhio and 10 community colleges across the state is making it easier for Ohio students to pursue careers in well-paying industries that need workers.


The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium will provide tuition reimbursement to participating students for completing pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs in occupations identified by local businesses as needing workers. The programs combine classroom and on-the-job training to help apprentices learn the skills employers need, in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, computer programming, construction, health care and business services.


“Students are full-time employees from day one of their apprenticeships, and they graduate college debt-free,” said Cynthia Dungey, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which manages ApprenticeOhio. “Employers gain ready access to a stream of qualified employees, and those employees earn good wages: as much as $60,000 a year.”


“ApprenticeOhio affords students the unique opportunity to earn while they learn without accruing college debt,” said Ryan Burgess, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. “The benefit to businesses is clear – they can develop a skilled and productive workforce that meets the needs of the 21st century workplace.”


The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The following educational institutions are participating:


Columbus State Community College

Cuyahoga Community College

Edison State Community College

Lorain County Community College

Marion Technical College

North Central State College

Rhodes State College

Sinclair Community College

Stark State College

Washington State Community College


“I am pleased with the level of participation from our community colleges in this unique endeavor with ApprenticeOhio,” said Chancellor John Carey. “Partnering with businesses in different regions of the state is the best way to ensure that students are being placed in in-demand jobs, and the businesses are getting students who are prepared for a successful career.”



“It’s vital that we support student learning through work-based and apprenticeship experiences. These kinds of engaged learning experiences are powerful and support student success in further education or in the workplace – oftentimes leading to well-paying jobs,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “Enormous opportunity exists for Ohio's businesses to partner with educators in setting students up for lifelong success while developing our state's future workforce.”



Race For a Cure Scheduled Saturday in Findlay


The 5th Annual Susan G. Koman Race for a Cure is scheduled to take place this Saturday in Findlay.


The race will start at 7 Saturday morning from the Blanchard Valley Hospital campus.


The race will be held rain or shine.



University of Findlay Working to Become Tobacco-Free Campus


The University of Findlay announced that it has received a $15,500 grant from the American Cancer Society’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative.


The initiative is designed to help create the nation’s first tobacco-free generation and help reduce the number of people who get sick and die from tobacco-related disease by reducing tobacco use among college students.


The University of Findlay, which was one of 44 schools nationwide to receive funding, intends to use the money to develop a plan for the entire campus to become tobacco-free.



Hit/Skip Crash Occurred Monday in Upper Sandusky


A hit/skip crash occurred in Upper Sandusky Monday evening.

According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, a police detective witnessed the crash when a pickup operated by Bradley Sammet ran a stop sign on Hicks Street at Sandusky Avenue. The truck struck a northbound car being driven by Tiffany Gorby. Sammet then fled the scene and was followed by the detective who witnessed the incident.


The pickup eventually travelled onto the railroad tracks and was on two wheels where it almost rolled over at one point before stopping.

Sammet told officers he fled because he was scared. He was cited for an unspecified traffic violation.



Ben Logan Boys Golf Team Loses to Springfield Shawnee


Ben Logan boys golf team dropped their final 9 hole match of the year to Springfield Shawnee Monday evening 166-182.


Ohio State bound Grant Engle was the medalist with a 34.


For the Raiders Ethan Ricketts led the way with a 41, Will Kenoyer 42, Garrett Allen 43, Bryce Loomis 56, Carter Stewart 57, and Gavin Clay 64.


Next up is the CBC tournament this Thursday at Urbana Country Club.



Woman Killed in Marion County Crash Saturday


A fatal crash occurred in Marion County on Saturday according to the Ohio State Patrol.


According to the Marion Post of the State Patrol, one woman was killed in a car accident on State Route 4 in Marion County.


According to the report, Shane M. Deyo age 26 and Mildred L. Robinson were traveling eastbound on County Road 106 when their vehicle was struck by a car being driven by Jeremy W. Cox.


Robinson was taken to Grant Hospital by Medflight where she was pronounced deceased.


There are no charges filed at this time as the incident remains under investigation.



Allen County Teenager Killed in Weekend Crash in Lima


A teen in Allen County lost his life in a single car accident on Saturday according to WLIO.


A 16 year old was killed in a car accident early Saturday morning in Lima. According to WLIO the car was heading North on Slabtown Road, near Eversole Road when the car went off the left side of the road. When the driver over corrected he went off the right side of the road where he hit a ditch and the vehicle was flipped. He was pronounced dead at the scene


Authorities do not think alcohol was a factor in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.



LPD Looking for Tips to Identify Robbery Suspect



A robbery occurred in Lima this past Thursday night and the suspect is being sought.


According to information from the Lima Police Department, the robbery occurred at Duke's on N Main Street.




Tips on the female suspect are being sought. A picture from a surveillance camera of the suspect is posted above, and the suspect's vehicle is posted below.





Contact Crimestoppers or the Lima Police Department at 419-812-0059 if you have any information.



Day 4 of Wyandot County Fair Underway


Today is day number four of the Wyandot County Fair.


Lots of activities are on tap for today, including the Wyandot County Business Showcase in the Master's Building from noon until 3, the National Kiddie Tractor Puller's Association will take place outside the Master's Building at three, the Antique Tractor Pull is at 4 and the Truck Pull is scheduled for 6:30 this evening in the Grandstand.


You can also enjoy music from the Rough Country Band in the Master's Building from 8 until 11 tonight.


The fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky.



Wyandot County Sheriff Issues August Activity Report


The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office issued its activity report for the month of August.


According to the report, sheriff's deputies investigated 192 complaints. 88 prisoners were housed at the Wyandot County Jail.

7 concealed carry permits were issued and 8 were renewed.


4 injury crashes and 19 property damage crashes occurred in the county during the month of August.



Lima Police Looking For Help Identifying a Robbery Suspect


A theft at a Lima business is being investigated by the Lima Police Department.
According to information on the department's Facebook page, the theft occurred at the Grandview Drive Thru earlier this week.
Officers are asking for assistance in identifying the suspect.
You can contact the department through social media outlets or through Crimestoppers.



Numerous Tools Stolen From Construction Site in Wyandot County


Several storage and utility trailers were broken into a facility under construction in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the locks were cut off the trailers to gain entry to the trailers at Kalmbach Feeds on County Highway 44.


Numerous tools were stolen. Employees are adding up the value of the missing items today.


Footage from security cameras on the property is being examined as the investigation is underway.



High Speed Pursuit Ends With Crash in Findlay


A pursuit that started in Findlay Wednesday morning ended in a crash outside the city.


According to information on the Findlay Police Department Facebook page, a Findlay Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop in the 2500 block of North Main Street. The car stopped, but the driver sped away after contact was made.


The car travelled through yards and eventually made it back onto the roadway where it travelled onto County Road 95 reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour. Eventually the driver lost control, and the car travelled off the road and struck a culvert.


The driver, identified as Joey O'Neal Jackson, was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, operating a vehicle  while intoxicated, driving under suspension and improper display. He also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest from Hancock and Wood Counties.


There were no injuries.



Day 3 Underway at Wyandot County Fair


Today is day 3 of the 2017 Wyandot County Fair.


Lots of activities are on tap for today, which is Senior Citizen's Day.


Admission today only for seniors in $3.00, and activities are planned all day in the Master's Building.


Harness racing is featured this evening starting at 5 in the Grandstand.


The fair runs through this Sunday at the fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky.



Classic Movie Night Scheduled at Hancock County Museum


Another classic movie night is scheduled for Friday evening in Findlay.


The Hancock County Historical Museum will be showing the movie Breaking Away starting at 7 Friday.


The museum is located at 422 West Sandusky Street. The movie, popcorn and refreshments are free and the public is invited.


Historical information will be shared before the movie and discussion time will follow.



Ben Logan Boys Participate in Springfield Invitational

Ben Logan boys golf team participated in the Springfield Invitational at Springfield Country Club Wednesday. 
13 teams from mostly D-1 schools participated.
Lebanon won with a 323, followed by Xavier 325, Butler 326, Beavercreek 335, Fairmont 338, Northmont 342, Bellefontaine 352, Springfield 360, Ben Logan 364, Shawnee 366, Tipp City 369, Northwestern 370, and Middle Christian 385.
For the Raiders Will Kenoyer led the team with a 84, Garrett Allen 85, Ethan Ricketts 96, Bryce Loomis 99, and Carter Stewart 100. 
Coach Chris Conley said, "The course is one of the better courses in the area and it was a joy for the guys to get the chance to play."
The Raiders return to action Thursday at Reid Park. 


Upper Sandusky Beats Mansfield Madison in Girls Tennis

Upper Sandusky won in girls tennis at Mansfield Madison Wednesday afternoon 3-2. 
The Lady Rams are now 4-5 on the season.  We play at Bucyrus on Thursday. 
1S- Ally Marsh (M) def Sydney Schryer 7-6(9-7), 6-2
2S- Mady West (US) def Chloe Lyndsey 7-6(7-0), 6-2
3S- Dani Conigy (US) def Helena Hicks 6-4, 6-4
1D- Jodi Smalley/Mara Smalley (US) def Bailey Hill/Natalie Reynolds 6-4, 6-2
2D- Caylynn Pency/Alana Pierce (M) def Abby Davidson/Lyndsey McQuown 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Emma Schoenberger and Emma Swihart won a JV doubles match 8-0. 
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "A very competitive match against an unfamiliar opponent for us. We were pretty evenly matched up with them and we had to fight to get this win. Jodi and Mara struggled early but got stronger as the match went on and looked really good at the finish. Mady West also played very well in winning her first set tiebreaker 7-0 and then rolling in the second set. And Dani Conigy played her best match of the year in winning very quickly at third singles. She worked on some things in practice the past two days and then used those things in her match to get the win."


ODOT Holding Job Fair in Auglaize County


The Ohio Department of Transportation District 7 is holding a job fair to hire seasonal employees.


The fair will be held in Auglaize County on September 25th from 11am until 5pm.


Anyone interested in a career with ODOT should apply.


ODOT will train drivers to get a CDL and everyone on hand can complete an application and begin the hiring process the day of the job fair.


The job fair will be held at the Auglaize County ODOT Garage, 511 Commerce Drive in Wapakoneta.



Surplus Auction Scheduled in Marion County


Surplus items will be auctioned off during Marion County's auction next Wednesday September 20th starting at 4:30pm.


The auction will be held at the The Beidler Center 2820 Harding Highway.


County departments will be auctioning off surplus property, and the is open to the public.


According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, The sheriff's office will be participating and will be auctioning cars, power tools, hand tools, office furniture, computers and bicycles.



Ben Logan Splits Golf Tri-Match with Kenton and Fort Loramie


Ben Logan split a tri match Tuesday evening defeating Kenton and losing to Ft Loramie.


Ft Loramie shot a 170, Ben Logan 176, and Kenton 180.


Coach Chris Conley said, "I knew this would be competitive. We've played in tournaments with Kenton a couple times during the year and always been close. Talking with the Ft Loramie coach before the match he indicated his team’s scores were very similar to ours."


The Raiders were led by Ethan Ricketts who was also medalist with a 40. Will Kenoyer added a 42. Garrett Allen and Bryce Loomis both shot 47.Carter Stewart 50 and Gavin Clay 54.  



**UPDATE** Suspect Being Sought in Lima Armed Robbery

**UPDATE** This individual has been identified and a warrant has been issued for Aggravated Robbery. The Allen County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone for their assistance.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau is investigating an aggravated robbery that took place at Adult Mart, located at 1406 Elida Road.
The robbery occurred this past Saturday at approximately 12:01 am.
An unknown white male entered the business and brandished a knife while demanding money from the employee.
The man fled after receiving an undisclosed amount of money.
Any information regarding the crime or the identity of the male in the photograph above can be forwarded directly to Detective Ryan Ream, 419-993-1413 or submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 419-229-STOP (7867).


Wyandot County Fair Kicks Off Today


Today is the start of the 2017 Wyandot County Fair in Upper Sandusky.


The official opening is/was at 8 this morning. The flag raising ceremony takes place at 9. Today is Veteran's Day with all veterans admitted free with proof of service, and a Veteran's Day lunch will be served in the Master's Building from noon until 2 this afternoon.


The Junior Fair King and Queen Pageant will be in the Master's Building starting at 5:30 this evening. A parade begins at 6:30 and the County High School Band Show will be at the grandstand starting at 7:30.


Daily admission to the fair, which runs through Sunday, is $7.00 and a season pass is $25.



Oktoberfest Findlay Set For Later This Month


Northwest Ohio’s German Heritage will be celebrated during Oktoberfest in Findlay on Saturday September 23 from 2 until 10pm.


The festival features live German music, polka dancing, and food. A baking competition, kids activities, Oktoberfest Pageant and much more will also take place.


Admission is $5.00 for 21 and over, $3.00 for 20 and under. Children in strollers are admitted free.


The proceeds from this event will support the Hancock Historical Museum.



Graham Tops Ben Logan in Boys Golf Match Monday


The Ben Logan golf team fell to Graham Monday night at Liberty Hills 183-170.


The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts with 44's. Garrett Allen added a 47, Carter Stewart 48. Bryce Loomis 54 and Gavin Clay 58.   


Coach Chris Conley said, "It was a bit of a letdown after playing well Sat. However anyone who has ever played golf understands success one day isn't a guarantee the next. We'll tee it up tomorrow at Liberty in our final home match against Kenton and Ft. Loramie."



Ben Logan Golf Team Finishes 7th in Weekend Match

Ben Logan placed 7th this past Saturday in the David Christoph Match held at Reid Park. 
Ben Logan shot 353, Dublin Jerome won with a 320, followed by Xavier 334, Troy 337, Oakwood 340, Beavercreek and Springfield 348, BL 353, Southeastern 362, Kenton Ridge 366, Graham 367, Northwestern 370, Springfield Shawnee 377, Xenia and Bellefontaine 382, Northeastern and Catholic Central 391, Miami East 424, and Tecumseh 434
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer 83, He was followed by Ethan Ricketts 85, Bryce Loomis 89, Garrett Allen 96 and Carter Stewart 102.   
Coach Chris Conley said, "It was great to see the guys keep battling despite the difficult course. This is a nice tune up for our sectionals and we always look forward to playing here. Hopefully this will boost our confidence for the coming week."


Marion Man Indicted on Bank Robbery Charge


A Marion man was indicted on a charge of bank robbery.


According to information on the Marion Police Department's Facebook page, the Union Bank on Richland Road in Marion was robbed on August 17.


Several tips were received and following an investigation, 40 year old Todd P. Smith was arrested two days later.


Late last week, the grand jury indicted Smith on one count each of aggravated robbery and possession of cocaine.


Since it is unknown if Smith acted alone, the investigation into the bank robbery continues.



Upper Sandusky Girls Tennis Team Finishes as Runner-up in Invitational

Upper Sandusky's Girls Tennis Team finished as runner-up in the 2017 Sam Sabback Tennis Invitational at Bucyrus High School on Saturday.  
Galion took home the first place trophy and Ontario finished in third place. Other teams participating were Mansfield St. Peters, Marion Pleasant, River Valley, Bucyrus, and Clear Fork.
Sisters Jodi and Mara Smalley won first place in the First Doubles bracket of the tournament.  They defeated Ontario's duo of Workman and Doklovic in the first round by a score of 8-1 (tournament was all 8 game pro sets) before defeating the #1 seeded duo of Drollinger and McCoy of Marion Pleasant in the second round by a score of 8-2.  In the finals, the Smalleys defeated Davis and Thomas from Clear Fork 8-4.
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "A great victory for our team and for the Smalley girls! They didn't get a seed because they just hadn't played together much this year, but they really had it rolling and they just played awesome against the team from Marion Pleasant, who are 8-1 this season.  They were aggressive at the net and just were placing the balls where their opponents couldn't get to them.  I hope this kind of propels them forward as we move toward the Sectional Tournament."
In the Second Doubles bracket, Samantha Fagan and Lyndsey McQuown were playing together for the first time and finished as the runners up.  In the first round they defeated Clear Fork's Rodriguez and Salyers by a score of 8-3.  In the second round, they defeated Pleasant's Wasnik and Goebbel 8-4 before eventually falling in the finals to Ontario (Burson and Salyers) by a score of 8-0.
"A tough loss to finish the tournament for them but they really played well in their first two matches.  Lyndsey has been solid for us all year at 2nd Doubles but Sam had kind of bounced around the lineup.  So to see them work as a team and get some wins was a good thing.  Ontario had a really good duo at 2nd Doubles we would have had to have played perfect tennis to even have a chance at beating them," siad Coach Frazee.
At Third Singles, Emma Schoenberger finished as the third place finisher.  In the opening round, she defeated Fohl from River Valley by a score of 8-1.  In the second round, Emma lost to Davis of Pleasant by a score of 8-4.  She struggled with her serve at the start of this match, and that is really the best part of her game.  But she was down 3-0 before she knew what hit her.  But from that point she rallied and really played even with a really good opponent.  In the consolation match, Emma defeated Foss from Ontario by a score of 8-6.  
The coach added, "Emma's only been playing tennis for about six weeks (after coming over volleyball), so she has been a super pleasant surprise.  She has great movement on the court and an unbelievable serve for someone just starting out playing.  Going to be fun to see her get better as the season moves on. We were unable to get wins in the first and second singles brackets.  Mady West lost in the first singles bracket to Prederi from Bucyrus (8-2) in the first round.  Dani Conigy lost to Dunaway from Pleasant (8-0) in the second singles bracket.  We were asking a lot of these girls who had to play higher up the ladder than they usually would due to one of our players taking the ACT today. Even though they didn't win, they did compete and try to get some points for the team."


Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation Discovered in Wyandot County


A marijuana indoor grow operation in Wyandot County was discovered this week when a search warrant was executed near Carey.


According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, detectives with the Major Crimes Unit/METRICH Enforcement Unit executed the search warrant at a residence in the 16,000 block of State Route 103.

During a search of the residence, outbuildings and vehicles, the indoor grow operation was located.

24 marijuana plants, dry harvested marijuana, scales, paraphernalia, a large amount of grow equipment and a large sum of money were seized and will be sent to the Mansfield Lab for analysis.


The matter remains under investigation, and criminal charges are expected to be filed.


The unit was assisted at the scene by the Carey Police Department, Wyandot County Prosecutor's Office and Wyandot County Sheriff's Office.



Wyandot County Fair Set For Next Week


The 2017 Wyandot County Fair is fast approaching.


The fair starts on Tuesday September 12.


On opening night, the Jr. Fair King & Queen Pageant at Masters’ Building starts at 5:30pm, a parade at 6:30 and the County High School Band Show will be in the grandstand at 7:30.


The fair runs through Sunday the 17th at the fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky.



Upper Sandusky Girls Tennis Team Falls to Mansfield St. Pete

In girls tennis, Upper Sandusky lost at home to Mansfield St. Pete's Thursday afternoon 3-2.  
The loss brings Upper's record to 3-5, while St. Pete's improves to 5-4 on the season.
1S - Gracie Cornell (SP) def. Sydney Schryer 6-1, 6-1
2S - Alex Wasyleuski (SP) def. Mady West 6-1, 6-2
3S - Emily McCarvick (SP) def. Samantha Fagan 6-2, 6-0
1D - Jodi Smalley/Mara Smalley (US) def. Corinne Amalfitano/Ava Naumoff 6-3, 6-2
2D - Dani Conigy/Emma Schoenberger (US) def. Chloe DeMint/Alysse Wade 6-2, 6-2
JV Doubles matches were won by Abby Davidson/Lyndsey McQuown and Hannah Frey/Miriam Gutierrez
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "Another match where we just couldn't get a win on the singles side.  But most of that had to do with the quality of the opponent.  St. Pete's has three really good singles players who hit the ball hard and know what they're doing.  They are experienced and we just have trouble with those kinds of players at this point.  Our girls played hard but just couldn't overcome the problems presented to us. Both of our doubles teams played really well.  Jodi and Mara finished the match really strong and I like how they are playing.  We have bounced Jodi around between singles and doubles, and that's really kind of unfair to her.  We're going to see if we can't get her into a rhythm with Mara and maybe position them to make some noise in the tournament.  Dani Conigy and Emma Schoenberger played really well for their first time playing together as well."  
The Rams will compete in the Bucyrus Sam Sabback Invitational Tournament on Saturday. 


Wharton Man Arrested on Warrants


A Wharton man was taken into custody in Wyandot County Wednesday on two outstanding warrants.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Andrew Fredritz had a warrant through Marion City Municipal Court on a drug abuse charge. He also had a warrant out of Hardin County for child support.


Fredritz was transported to the Marion County line and turned over to officers from the Marion Police Department.



Red Cross Seeking Volunteers to Join Workforce


The American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers to join its workforce to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey and other disasters locally and across the country.


In the past week, the Ohio Buckeye Region of the Red Cross has sent 67 volunteers to Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey and more are on their way.  In addition, the Red Cross is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and is beginning preparations to get workers and supplies in place.


The Red Cross is training new volunteers to help with this upsurge of disaster relief efforts across the Ohio Buckeye Region and across the country.


Disaster relief volunteer orientations for new volunteers will be held every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the American Red Cross in Lima, located at 610 South Collett Street, in Lima.



Marathon Makes Donation to Hurricane Victims


A Findlay company is donating money for recovery efforts in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.


WFIN in Findlay reported that Marathon Petroleum is donating one million dollars to Galveston County and the Corpus Christi areas.


The company will also be matching donations made by its employees up to $100,000.



Bellefontaine Man Arrested Following Strong Arm Robbery


A Bellefontaine man was arrested this week in connection to a robbery at a store in that city.


WPKO Radio reported that 24 year old Andrew Hartford was arrested and charged with safecracking and three parole violations.


Hartford is accused of entering Village Pantry on Sandusky Avenue in Bellefontaine where he asked for change for a $20 bill.


When the register was opened, Hartford allegedly grabbed money out of it left the store with another man.


He was arrested around 90 minutes later.



Ben Logan Golf Team Wins Tri Match Wednesday

Ben Logan won a tri match Wedensday night with Lima Central Catholic and Springfield Shawnee. 
Ben Logan shot a 175, LCC 183 and  Springfield Shawnee 184. 
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer 42, He was followed by Bryce Loomis 43, Garrett Allen and Ethan Ricketts 45, Also playing were Carter Stewart 54. and Gavin Clay 61. For the JV's Carston Mccain had 58, Noah Comer 59, and Hunter Kennaw had a 62.  
Coach Chris Conley said, "It was great to see the consistency in the top 4 tonight in the cool conditions. It was also great to get wins against 2 teams that had beaten us earlier in the season. Hopefully we'll peak at the right time."
Grant Engle was medalist with a 35.


Teen Challenge Event Scheduled in Upper Sandusky Saturday


A Teen Challenge Team from Youngstown will be in Upper Sandusky this weekend.


The event will be held at the Harrison Smith Park amphitheater this Saturday from 5-7pm


Music will be featured, and food will be served for free.



10 Year Old Fostoria Boy Accused of Stealing Grandpa's Car


A Fostoria boy is accused of taking his grandfather's car back over the weekend in Fostoria.


WFIN Radio in Findlay reported that the 10 year old took the car this past Saturday night in the Hancock County town.


Police then began to get calls that they saw a boy driving a car in a reckless manner. The boy allegedly admitted to taking the car, and the case remains under investigation.



Lakeview Man Facing Drug Charges After Weekend Traffic Stop


A weekend traffic stop in Logan County led to charges against a Lakeview man.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that the Washington Township Police Department stopped the car on U.S. 33 near Lakeview for multiple lane violations.


The driver, identified as 48 year old Matthew Trent, allegedly handed officers a bag of marijuana and a marijuana pipe.


A search of the car also turned up two bags of crack cocaine.


Trent was arrested on a charge of possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.


He was transported to the Logan County Jail.



Deadline to File Petitions For Wyandot County Fair Director is Today


The deadline to file a petition for Wyandot County Fair Director is 5pm today.


There are 7 current directors whose term expires this November.


According to the fair's Facebook page, petitions have been received from four people so far.


Voting this year will be Saturday September 16 from noon until 4 in the Master's Building.


Petitions can be picked up in the Senior Fair Board Secretary's office and must be turned in again by 5 today.



Severe Storm Hits Crawford County


A severe thunderstorm rumbled through the area Monday night.


Hardin County was spared any major damage.


The same can't be said for nearby Crawford County where homes were destroyed and trees were uprooted.


According to 10TV in Columbus, the village of Crestline was hardest hit where numerous power outages occurred.

More than a dozen homes were damaged and corn fields were leveled by the storm.


No injuries have been reported.



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