Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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  • Shoopman sentenced
    LIMA — A Pandora woman who pleaded guilty to two charges of felony robbery was sentenced in Allen County Common Pleas Court on Monday, July 10.
  • Ottawa records tenth highest flood
    OTTAWA — Though nothing like the cataclysmic flood that inundated the Village of Ottawa in 2007, last week’s torrential rains caused heartache and inconvenience for many on Ottawa’s west side. The Blanchard River flowed up and out of its banks, closing streets near its boundary and forcing village officials to block the intersection of State Routes 65 and 224 late Friday evening.
  • Barn razing
    Emergency responders scrambled to a barn fire Tuesday morning.
  • Carlie Crawfis named Ohio's Miss Poppy
    OTTAWA — Carlie Crawfis, daughter of Dan and Amy Crawfis, Ottawa, has been named Ohio's Miss Poppy for 2017.
  • Accelerating technology drives farmer efficiency

    PUTNAM COUNTY — We have come to that time of year when advances in farming techniques and the quickening pace of field technology can be seen with the naked eye. We all know the old phrase, ‘Knee high by the 4th of July.’ Look around though, and most of the corn growing throughout Northwest Ohio this past week was already chest high, at least, and planted closer together than ever.

  • Blanchard River crested around 9 a.m.
    OTTAWA — UPDATE 07/14/2017; 9:43 a.m. — The Blanchard River at Ottawa seems to have crested at 27.45 feet as of 9 a.m. Saturday morning. It is now projected to fall and should be below minor flood stage around 9 a.m. Monday morning. Residents can continue to track the Blanchard River's flood stage at the National Weather Service's website.
  • Kids explore grief with laughter and fun
    Similar to many summer camps that take place throughout the area, the initial activity on the first day of the Good Grief Camp is tie-dying a t-shirt. For the youngsters at this particular camp, which is designed for children and young adults who have experienced the loss of a loved one or close friend, participating in the tie-dye activity becomes an exercise in understanding. As explained by the camp’s organizer, Julie Mason of Putnam County HomeCare & Hospice, “When we tie-dye, do any two shirts come out the same? No. Colors mix differently, the knots are different. That’s the way we are as humans too.”
  • Electronic billboard back on Grove agenda
    As previously reported in the Sentinel, Giesken Outdoor Advertising has shown interest in placing an electronic billboard on Rte. 65 near the Sycamore Street intersection. During Monday night’s council meeting, Tom Giesken, the President and CEO of Giesken Outdoor Advertising spoke to council regarding the idea. He explained that his present interest is very preliminary, and that he is willing to work with council and members of the community to address any concerns.
  • Fireworks addressed by Ottawa Council

    OTTAWA — With last week’s Independence Day celebrations fresh on his mind, Dan Rieman, the village’s fire chief, voiced concerns over the use of fireworks to members of the Ottawa Village Council during their meeting on Monday.

  • Two Vehicle Crash
    A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of County Roads 16 and 78 at the extreme western side of Hancock County late Monday afternoon injured three, two of them critically.
  • Core values chart Union Bank's success

    As Union Bank's President and CEO Brian Young works to chart the course for the bank’s next chapter, having moved into its new headquarters and refocused on expanding its operations into new markets, he remains committed to recognizing the value of each individual, be they a long-time client, or a new part-time teller. He recognizes the pressure this can create, and remains unfazed, “What I’ve learned is, create the opportunity, and they will come.”

  • Equipment, OEPA top Continental Council discussions
    Continental Village Council discussed the merits of purchasing a utility vehicle and got an update on a meeting with Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) representatives during its regular meeting on June 27.
  • Fiscal issues dominate Ottawa Council discussions
    Lending their voices to a the hue and cry from municipalities across Ohio, members of the Ottawa Village Council condemned language in Ohio House Bill 49 during last week’s meeting.
  • An olympic effort
    Approximately 2,600 athletes — along with their families, supporters and fans — converged on Jesse Owens stadium at The Ohio State University in Columbus this past June 23 - 25. They came to recognize accomplishments that can only be attained through individual effort. They came to celebrate goals which can only be achieved through teamwork. They came for the joy of competing against others who, like them, have worked hard just to get there.
  • Tracking flights
    On a windy, sunny day at Glandorf Warehouse, the local fertilizer company and its owner, Leo Schroeder, was helping a research effort take flight, literally. Two wild bird researchers with Sandusky County’s Green Creek Wildlife Society, founder Tom Kashmer and project manager Lisa Rock, traveled through the area during the past week banding Purple Martins.
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