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Ottoville School Board soft on speed limit support letter
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:52 PM


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OTTOVILLE —A letter in support of the efforts of a local developer to have the speed limit reduced in front of Ottoville Schools may be drafted but if Wednesday’s response from school board members is any indication of the outcome of a vote at the next meeting, the proposal will have to move forward without the board’s support.

John Schimmoeller and Greg Bockrath, a civil engineer with Bockrath and Associates — working on Schimmoeller’s behalf — approached the school board for the third time Wednesday to garner the letter in support of reducing the speed limit in front of the school to 35 mph with the exception of during school hours (7 a.m. to 4 p.m.), when it would be 20 mph.

The speed limit in that area is currently 55 mph except during school hours.

22 officers complete advanced emergency vehicle operations training
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:47 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:49 PM )

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LEXINGTON — Twenty-two officers from 10 agencies completed advanced emergency vehicle operations training Tuesday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Law enforcement officers from around the state were able to put their skills to the test at Mid-Ohio’s premier 2.4-mile, 15-turn road race course.

Local officers included Shawn Feldner, Nate Music and Scott Patterson from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.

Fair Board announces new scholarship fund
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:46 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:48 PM )

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VAN WERT — The Van Wert County Agricultural Society has established a new scholarship fund for county students pursuing post-secondary education to obtain a degree in an agricultural major. The new fund is for those students who have participated in the Van Wert County Junior Fair.

On Feb. 24, the Van Wert Agricultural Society set up the “Future Ag Leader Scholarship Fund” with The Van Wert County Foundation.

The new fund is also receiving a generous donation from a local resident, Bob Motycka from Meadow Lane Farm. He will plant a tree at the fairgrounds for each donation given to the new scholarship fund through the Foundation.

Sheriff to dispose of residents’ unwanted prescription drugs
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:45 PM

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VAN WERT — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has announced his office will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 26.

The Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency to give Van Wert County residents their eighth opportunity in the last three years to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs while also helping prevent pill abuse and theft.

Residents can bring their pills or patches for disposal to the office at 113 N. Market St. on April 26 at any time. This is a free service and residents can remain anonymous when dropping off medications, no questions asked.

Chief’s to hold 6th annual Good Neighbor Day
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:44 PM | Updated ( Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:48 PM )

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DEFIANCE — The effects of the downturn in our economy are being felt in West Central and Northwest Ohio, where the number of families needing assistance to keep nutritious food on the table is on the rise. In response to this critical need, Chief Supermarket is sponsoring Good Neighbor Day at all store locations on Tuesday. This is the sixth annual Good Neighbor Day at Chief. More than $190,000 has been donated to local food pantries since 2009.

On Tuesday, Chief will donate a percentage of sales to support local food pantries. Customers can also choose to donate $1, $3 or $5 when they check out at the register. Suggested non-perishable food items will be displayed just before the registers for customers who would like to purchase and donate food directly to the pantries.