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Unemployment numbers for West Central Ohio had little to no change from November to December. According to data released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Allen, Auglaize, and Mercer counties remained the same in the last two months of 2019. Putnam and Hardin counties jumped… More >>

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2019 is a year that most farmers would like to forget, the same goes for insurance agents that handle crop insurance. But it’s a new year and Citizens National Bank and Williamson Insurance offered local farmers the chance to learn what 2020 could bring. With a rainy spring that lasted into … More >>

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The Trump administration announced plans last week to roll back on certain school lunch standards that were originally proposed by former first lady Michelle Obama back in 2010. The new standards would allow schools more flexibility on fruit and vegetable serving sizes. Jennifer Little, who … More >>

Students at Bluffton University took a deeper look into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech Tuesday morning. Dr. LaShonda Gurley spoke with the students about different portions of Dr. King's speech and how they relate to some issues we still see today, including area… More >>

Ohio Northern University has received a donation that will help them expand an annual STEM-related event. PPG Coating Services in Lima presented the ONU College of Engineering with a check for $20,000 as part of a grant made to the school from the PPG Foundation. With that money, ONU will be… More >>

It usually is someone that they know that forces them into doing unspeakable things and January has been designated as Human Trafficking Awareness Month to bring light to the issue. In 2019, the Day One Program at Crime Victim Services served 60 human trafficking survivors and 225 since 2012… More >>

We introduced you all to the Tech Cred Program in October. This bill establishes that program, as well as two more that legislators believe, will close a workforce gap. Gov. Mike DeWine officially signed House Bill 2 on Monday. It systematically organizes the Tech Cred Program, the Individua… More >>

The Ohio Auditor’s Office found around $40 million worth of potential savings for ODOT, and they are not done yet. The Ohio General Assembly asked the Auditor’s office to do a performance audit on the Ohio Department of Transportation when the state raised the gas tax to pay for future road … More >>

We've been fortunate as of late, but being prepared for inclement weather is something that should be on your mind at the start of the new year. The Ohio State Highway Patrol says prepare before inclement weather and drive carefully when it hits. Last winter there were over 15,000 crashes in… More >>

The American Red Cross is currently in need of O blood and encouraging people everywhere to donate. Right now the American Red Cross has less than a three-day supply. They are 550 donors away from having their full five-day supply. Although they are specifically looking for O positive and ne… More >>

In case you haven't seen it circling social media, there's something you should be doing with official documents this year to avoid any fraud. The Better Business Bureau is advising a particular practice for any legal documents such as checks, income taxes and more. While writing out the dat… More >>

“Nobody should ever have to worry about feeding themselves,” said Leah Benton, the Table One Ministries president. “There’s enough to worry about in this world today.”At Table One Ministries in Kenton it is their mission to provide a place where neighbors eat and come together as one. Throug… More >>

Sad news to report as Vince Koza passed away at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus early Friday morning.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Holly, Brittany and Sarah for their loss.   More >>

A new year also means new laws in place, and the age to buy cigarettes or vaping products will be 21 across the United States. The President signed the law to raise the federal minimum age from 18 to 21 years old just before Christmas. The state of Ohio raised the minimum age to 21 back in O… More >>

Allen County judge now weighs in on the conversation about reducing some drug sentences to misdemeanors.Judge Jeffrey Reed spoke to your Hometown Stations about Senate Bill 3, which would reform sentencing laws for certain drug convictions. With the current legislation, reed says he finds mu… More >>

2020 means a pay increase for people making minimum wage in the State of Ohio. People will now make $8.70 an hour, and tipped employee's hourly rate increased 5 cents to $4.35 an hour. The increase was part of a change to the Ohio Constitution that voters approved in 2006. For Ohio businesse… More >>

As you bring in the new year you want to keep in mind safety during your celebration.Just like every new year, law enforcement are cautioning people not to fire their guns into the air. It's a great safety concern. According to the Associated Press, an Ohio boy was struck by a random gun sho… More >>

The Findlay ReStore is looking to save the environment one electronic at a time. Electronic Recycling Day brought out dozens of people looking to recycle their old electronics.TVs and computer monitors are just some of the items that people drop off to be recycled. Through this initiative re… More >>

To reach the national championship the Ohio State Buckeyes will have to go through their fourth straight ranked opponent. #2 Ohio State take on #3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. Both teams coming in undefeated as their respective conference champions.The Buckeyes have never beaten C… More >>

Distracted driving remains an issue and has prompted that to be a focus of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.Governor Mike DeWine has challenged drivers to drive without distractions. AAA is expecting record amounts of people to travel through the first of the new year. Highway patrol says it's … More >>

Ohio's Bureau of Motor Vehicles plans to begin a vehicle safety recall notification program using the state's vehicle registration renewal process. The bureau says customers will begin receiving open recall notifications beginning in January 2020. The vehicle safety recall information will b… More >>

You could be dreaming of a white Christmas, but the chances of getting one are small and we are not just talking about this year. According to the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana which covers most of West Central Ohio, since 1901 there is a 37% chance of seeing an inch or more o… More >>

With just a few hours away from Christmas, people were still out on Christmas Eve trying to make sure they complete their Christmas lists. For Rebecca Larimore and Carmen Ramirez shopping on Christmas Eve isn't a norm. But this year was a little different. More >>

We introduced you all to Senate Bill 3 back in March and there have been several discussions in Columbus since then. But it’s looking like talks about this bill will have to continue into 2020. Senate Bill 3 hopes to reform how drug offenders are sentenced in Ohio. The bi-partisan bill would… More >>

Governor Mike DeWine says it's time that distracted driving be reason enough to pull someone over. The governor said it's also time for a cultural recognition that texting or calling while driving is as dangerous as drunk driving. Distracted driving includes texting, making calls, or surfing… More >>

"Made in Ada" now means something more than the Wilson Football; it's world records too. The Guinness people have certified that their October 25, 2019 attempt of having the most people throwing an American football at the same time is now in the record books. While there wasn't a record bef… More >>

For all those shipping procrastinators out there, listen up as we have some important deadlines to tell you about. The Lima Post Office wants everyone to get their gifts to their loved ones on time so everyone has a good holiday. Here are the important deadlines you need to know so you can c… More >>

Some call it the most wonderful time of year, but it also could be the most indulgent. As the holiday parties and gatherings start to ramp up, diet and nutrition experts from Lima Memorial Health System offer a few tips to make sure your holidays stay a little more on the healthy side. One k… More >>

It's been a busy first year in office for Governor Mike DeWine as he tackled issues concerning everything from gun control to algal blooms. Looking back on 2019, Gov. DeWine says that he believes that it's been a good year for Ohio overall, though there have been things that have affected th… More >>

Some changes are coming to downtown Kenton. A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the first phase of a water and sewer renovation project, which will involve replacing those lines from the Detroit State Bridge to Ohio Street. This project is one that has been a long time coming for the city… More >>

Ohio hunters harvested more deer during the weeklong gun season than in 2018. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters registered 63,493 deer during the weeklong season. That's around 2,700 more deer than the same hunting period the year before. All local counties saw an increas… More >>

If you have White Castle burgers in your freezer - you may way to listen up. White Castle issued the voluntary recall because the burgers may be contaminated with listeria. Frozen 6 pack cheeseburgers, frozen 6 pack hamburgers, frozen 6 pack jalapeno cheeseburgers, and 16 pack hamburgers and… More >>

Holiday celebrations are getting underway, but that's no excuse to not play it safe on the roadways. The Ohio State Highway Patrol will continue to focus on impaired driving this holiday season. They're increasing patrols and putting in overtime to remove drivers under the influence. Last ye… More >>

Imagine being locked inside your own brain. That's how Steven J. Martin, the Dean of ONU College of Pharmacy, describes what it is like to have memory loss associated with dementia. Many of the residents at Vancrest suffer from different forms of memory loss, and often have a hard time commu… More >>

A holiday staple for the Lima community is getting ready to hit the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center stage this weekend for a milestone performance. This marks the 25th year for the Kewpee Holiday Spectacular and after playing to some sold-out shows in Ada, the Ohio Northern Uni… More >>

If you're looking to take part in Giving Tuesday, make sure you know who you're giving your donation to, especially if you're donating online. The Ohio Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau are reminding people there are scams out there on Giving Tuesday. As technology adv… More >>

A traffic stop in Hardin County turned into a whole lot more after drugs were found in the car.The Hardin County Sheriff says one of his deputies, pulled over a Michigan driver on U.S. route 68 North of Kenton Wednesday morning. When he was talking with the driver, the deputy saw signs of il… More >>

Something to remember this Turkey Day is where your furry friends are during the celebration. The Allen County Dog Warden said dogs are very curious and sneaky when there's lots of food around, but it could be bad for them. Turkey and vegetables are OK for them and can be a nice treat, but a… More >>

Today(11/27/19) will be the busiest travel day of the year and the Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to make sure that everyone gets to their destination safely. AAA Ohio is predicting that 2.3 million Ohioans will be traveling over this long holiday weekend, which is the highest number of tra… More >>

With the recent news about the president's impeachment hearings, politics might be a topic brought up this holiday. Spending the holidays with your family is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but for some, awkward conversations at the dinner table can turn into a nightmare. Don't dread this h… More >>

Health officials say the flu is here and it’s here to stay. They say your best bet to protect yourself from symptoms is getting a flu shot. In Allen County, there have been 14 reported hospitalizations associated with the flu. In the U.S., 3 infants have died due to influenza. The Center for… More >>

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, many people are planning the menu for their family gatherings and cooking that turkey is on the top of that list. No one wants to be responsible for the Thanksgiving feast that sends people home with foodborne illness. It’s important to follow the ins… More >>

This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Ohio and officials are stressing the importance of being ready for all types of winter weather events. There are several different types of winter weather precipitation at can occur that will make the roads slick, which will add to the commute… More >>

Already having the Wilson Football Factory and Ohio Northern Univeristy, the Village of Ada has something new to boast about. HomeSnacks.net has ranked Ada as the seventh safest city in Ohio for 2020. The website uses FBI numbers and looks at violent crimes per capita and property crimes per… More >>