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Putnam County law enforcement reminds motorcyclists to ‘ride sober or get pulled over’
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Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM

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OTTAWA — The warmer weather usually means that more motorcyclists will be riding the roads. Captain Brian Siefker form the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office wants motorcycle riders to know that from mid-August through Labor Day weekend, local law enforcement officers will be cracking down on drunk driving, including motorcyclists.

“Here’s the deal,” Siefker explained, “We’ve seen too many motorcycle crashes in Ohio, many of which are alcohol-related. Riding can be a thrill, but riding impaired is just plain dangerous. Motorcyclists are especially affected by drunk riding—not only because they need to be able to focus to maintain balance and control of their bike, but they are also more vulnerable in the event of a crash.”

Man sentenced for lying to judge
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Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM
A Willshire man was sent to prison on Friday after a hearing for violating his probation. Michael Speakman (right), 22, pictured above at his sentencing hearing Wednesday, had told Judge Charles D. Steele he needed work release since he worked at two jobs. Actually, Speakman is not employed at either position, so the deferred prison sentence was handed down Friday in Van Wert County Court of Common Pleas. Speakman was sentenced to nine months in prison on a charge of theft from 2012, and to 12 months in prison for telecommunications fraud. The two sentences will be served concurrently. (DHI Meida File Photo)
21 Putnam teachers earn STEM awards
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Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM


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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Academy of Science today selected 57 Ohio schools and 486 teachers to receive Governor’s Thomas Edison Awards for Excellence in STEM Education for their accomplishments during the 2013-2014 school year. Each school will receive a special Governor’s Award certificate and each teacher will receive a complementary membership to The Ohio Academy of Science.

Ottoville teachers are: Kyle Kumfer (technology/business), Judy Bosch (second grade), Jeanne Wehri (science/math), Andi Wertenberger (technology/English), Pam Hickey (Family Consumer Science), Susan Jones (science), Shelley Mumaw (technology coordinator), Diane Wurth (third grade), Alicia Haselman (social studies/language arts), Aaron Verhoff (math), Jim Hoersten (industrial tech), Kevin Blake (science), Sherri Edelbrock (third grade) and Jim Brown (math).

Those Were the Days — Aug. 23, 2014
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Friday, August 22, 2014 8:00 PM

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25 Years Ago

This week in 1989, news of the good and bad varieties dominated the baseball world. On the good side, at the age of 42 Nolan Ryan struck out Rickey Henderson on August 22 to become the only player in Major League history to strikeout 5,000 batters in a career. On the bad side, Commissioner Bart Giamatti banned Pete Rose for life for betting on baseball games. The ruling came after the release of the Dowd Report in May of that year.

Lincolnview Superintendent Charles Cooper reported the school would start as planned after he received multiple telephone calls in the previous days. The question of a delay had arisen after the teachers union, Lincolnview Local Education Association, announced the teaching staff had authorized the negotiating team to file a 10-day strike notice with the State Employment Relations Board as required by law. They also authorized the formation of a strike coordination team.

Elwer, Fritz Champion Showmen
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Thursday, August 21, 2014 8:04 PM

Kylie Fritz, above, of Delphos Livestock 4-H earned Champion Of Senior Showmanship and clubmate Troy Elwer, at right, was Champion of Junior Showmanship at the Allen County Fair. They both participated in Champion of Champions and the judge said they were a tie but because he had to pick one, Elwer was a bit more relaxed, so he went on to Showman of Showmen. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)