Friday, September 22, 2017
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  • Rural high-speed internet may soon get a boost

    PUTNAM COUNTY — A bipartisan effort in the Ohio legislature led by local State Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) and Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) may soon result in a $50 million per year grant program to advance rural broadband internet access. According to media release provided to the Sentinel, funding for the grant program would come from Ohio Third Frontier bond revenue, an economic development initiative administered by the state. The measure would not require any new taxes, fees, or similar sources of revenue.

  • Sheriff deputies and local police respond to threats of violence towards Columbus Grove students

    COLUMBUS GROVE — Last evening the Sheriff office received a call from the Ohio school safety tip line about threats of violence being made on social media. These threats were directed towards students of Columbus Grove Local Schools in retaliation for remarks allegedly made by a Columbus Grove student about a student from a school district in Allen County.

  • District report cards released

    PUTNAM COUNTY — Last week, the Ohio Department of Education released its assessment of the state’s school districts. Graded on six specific components — Achievement, Gap Closing, K-3 Literacy, Progress, Graduation Rate and Prepared for Success — the state assesses an A to F rating for each individual category. As with grades assigned to students on their performance in an individual school, an A indicates above average performance, an F a failure to meet expected standards, while a C indicates average attainment. Overall, Putnam County schools, according to this particular assessment, fared modestly and in one particular area — Indicators Met, one of two factors in the state’s Achievement rating — only three districts — Kalida, Miller City-New Cleveland and Ottoville — received a passing grade.

  • Continental man sentenced in infant rape case

    OTTAWA — On Friday, a particularly heinous crime was resolved in Putnam County Common Pleas Court: the rape of an infant who was less than two years of age at the time of the offense. Shawn Budd, 39, Continental, received a sentence of 29 years to life in prison on three separate charges related to the rape of his infant step-granddaughter and the use of his now adult step-daughter in nudity oriented material involving a minor.

  • Sheriff reveals undisclosed account
    PUTNAM COUNTY — When a question was first raised regarding how monies related to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office ‘Running with the Law’ fundraiser were being spent, it centered on whether or not funds in the Sheriff’s auxiliary account are public funds. However, when the Auditor’s office followed up on the inquiry with the assistance of the Prosecutor’s office, another question soon emerged. Which auxiliary account?
  • New shelter house dedicated in Glandorf Park
    GLANDORF – Members of the Glandorf Lions Club dedicated a new shelter house on Saturday, Sept. 2, during the Glandorf Park Fest.
  • Pioneer Days: A look back at one of Ohio's oldest festivals
    KALIDA – A four-day celebration will be held in Kalida beginning this Thursday, Sept. 7. It will be the 145th year the county has observed a Pioneer celebration.
  • 21st Century tech
    PUTNAM COUNTY — With September designated as National Library Card Signup Month, the Sentinel sat down with Kelly Ward, Director of the Putnam County Library to discuss the programs provided for patrons and the changes she has seen In her near 10-years as head of the organization. When describing the biggest change in how the library is used, Ward focuses on their digital offerings, “E-books, e-magazines, everything digital. Also a push to have more activities for patrons such as ‘Maker Spaces’ (workshops where the basics of 3D printing are taught and enthusiasts can test ideas), the library as a place to do things, to come make things.”
  • County marks 30 years with CORSA

    PUTNAM COUNTY — According to the Sentinel’s archives, in May of 1987, Putnam County’s unemployment rate had recently fallen to 10.5 percent. Randall Basinger was sworn in as the county’s new Common Pleas Court Judge. And, most of the county’s operations were being conducted without any protection from liability insurance.

  • Deputies, county officials receive shooting training
    PUTNAM COUNTY — For three days last week, county deputies and corrections officers took advantage of an innovative simulated video training course. Offered through the County Risk Sharing Authority, which provides Putnam County with its liability insurance, this training module gave county deputies and corrections personnel the ability to act out common scenarios and then assess their actions. A demonstration of the training was attended with the county commissioners, with a number of different scenarios explored.
  • Keeping score
    OTTAWA — Donor recognition signs have been added to the large scoreboard at Ottawa Memorial Park.
  • Getting from here to there
    PUTNAM COUNTY – Getting from point A to point B may seem easy for most people living in the county. They just go out to their vehicle and drive to where they need to go whether it be a doctor’s appointment or a run to the grocery. For many people, though, transportation is difficult.
  • Carlie Crawfis named National Miss Poppy
    OTTAWA — Putnam County’s own Carlie Crawfis, Ottawa American Legion Auxiliary, Kerner-Slusser Unit #63’s Miss Poppy in 2016-17, recently received national accolades. At a recent national American Legion Auxiliary conference in Reno, Nevada, Crawfis was named the nation’s Miss Poppy in the 6 to 12-year old category.

  • County approves sale of Putnam Acres

    PUTNAM COUNTY — Sherri and Jim Webb, operators of Oak Haven Residential Care in Cloverdale, will no longer be leasing Putnam Acres, the location of the formerly county-owned nursing home, where the two have been operating Serenity Living Center since September of 2015. Instead, they will own the property and hope to expand the number of beds available.

  • What to do with all that greenspace

    OTTAWA — The Village of Ottawa is faced with a conundrum rare in upwardly mobile rural municipalities: what to do with a surplus of property?

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