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State Rep. Bob Cupp says that the school funding plan he helped to develop will not be appearing in the upcoming state budget. The funding plan will now be its own standalone bill, House Bill 305. More >>

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is looking into an industrial accident that killed the president of the company over the weekend. 53-year-old Darren Langhals from Columbus Grove was pronounced dead Saturday morning at Colonial Surface Solutions. According to official… More >>

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One of the most common questions we get asked is; what kind of antenna should I get to watch WLIO and WOHL over the air? Antenna physics and theory has not changed in many decades. There are a lot of antennas people sell which are not good!! If they look cool, or if they state a number of st… More >>

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An update on the severe weather that rolled through our area earlier Wednesday evening. Video shot by a viewer in the area of Spencerville showing a tree caught on fire after hitting a power line. The storms started rolling into the region, around 6:30 bringing with them some gusty winds, ha… More >>

The Better Business Bureau is now warning people to be cautious about a new scam that could jeopardize your social security number and finances. This new phone scam is luring people in by convincing them that they owe back taxes or that their social security has been suspended. They then thr… More >>

It's summer in Ohio and that means that more workers will be out on the roads. The Ohio Department of Transportation and LECET want to remind drivers to move over. Districts one and two of ODOT as well as the Laborers-Employers Cooperation Education Trust, or LECET, held a special press conf… More >>

Following a difficult Fourth of July week for blood and platelet donations and ongoing challenges finding new blood donors, the American Red Cross now faces a blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and prevent delays in medical… More >>

12 died from a dozen road crashes this Fourth of July period. The Ohio State Highway Patrol suspect that impairment was a factor in at least three of the crashes. There were also 709 arrests for impaired driving and 507 for drug-related charges. The patrol responded to 809 crashes, had more … More >>

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We are getting closer to flipping the switch on our new transmitter site. The second antenna, that's used for our ABC and CBS stations, was installed on top of the antenna installed yesterday for our NBC and FOX stations. Both antennas together weigh around 13,000 pounds. Crews still have a … More >>

To say that this growing season has been a challenging one for farmers would be an understatement. The massive amounts of rain and varying weather temps haven't given farmers much ground to stand on when planting. Typically, by this time of the year, corn is at shoulder height, but many fiel… More >>

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is hosting a job fair on July 12 – 13, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Ohio Public Safety Department building in Columbus to fill positions relating to disaster recovery work in Ohio and other locations across the country. T… More >>

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The WLIO antenna was put into place on the top of the new tower, located on Lima's NE side.   The antenna was designed by WLIO's Chief Engineer, and Donald Everest, Broadcast Consultant in Washington DC, and built by E.R.I. from Southern Indiana.  The new antenna weighs 10,400 pounds, and is… More >>

Discussions about a merger between Midwest Electric and Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative (PPEC) will no longer move forward. The original concept was to reduce operating costs by streamlining the two organizations into one. After both boards reviewed the full study results, it was decide… More >>

The main event at many 4th of July celebrations are the fireworks and you won't be disappointed with the professional displays around the region this holiday weekend. The night skies will light up with plenty of pyrotechnics this 4th of July holiday for your enjoyment. You can get an early s… More >>

Many are wondering how a recent Supreme Court decision on gerrymandering will affect Ohio. Katy Rossiter of Ohio Northern University said the highest court's decision to not rule on congressional district drawing and leaving it to the state has reset things. The ruling by three federal judge… More >>

With the continuing heat wave, the risk of heat illness still looms. A doctor at Lima Memorial Health System warns of the possibility of heat exhaustion. Signs of heat exhaustion are fatigue, an altered mental state, and you may or may not sweat. How long it takes to set in is different from… More >>

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is continuing a focus on impaired driving through the upcoming holiday weekend. Through the first five months of the year, the state highway patrol has made more than 10,000 arrests for impaired driving. Sergeant Alec Coil said the amount of drivers is compounde… More >>

Golfers in Putnam County took advantage of a great day to hit the links to help raise money for a local mentoring program.This is the 8th year for the Putnam County Big Brothers Big Sisters "Golf for Kids Sake" outing at the Pike Run Golf Course.  The golf outing is one of two major fund rai… More >>

Time is almost up to bid on items at the annual Putnam County Fair silent auctions. The silent auctions have been open in the junior fair building since Monday. People and business from the area have donated a wide variety of baskets and gift certificates, as well as other items to help make… More >>

The large livestock at the fair have all been sold off but local businesses had the opportunity to reward kids for the hard work they put in while raising their projects. Although the animals have already been sold off, the auctions act as a way for businesses to further reward the 4-H membe… More >>

Those 4-Hers who competed in small animal categories found out how much their hard work paid off in the Main Show Arena on Thursday. After a week of being on display at the fairgrounds, goats, rabbits, and sheep were auctioned off to the highest bidders. For the 4-H members who raised them, … More >>

The next couple of days are expected to be hot and sunny as we round out the Putnam County Fair. While that makes for great fair weather, the people and the animals are going to have a challenge ahead of trying to keep cool in the heat. During fair week, a variety of livestock like cows, goa… More >>

The Firefighter Show at the Putnam County Fair not only teaches children about fire safety, but it allows children to see firsthand what it's like to put out fires. Throughout each demonstration, kids get to dress up in a firefighter jacket and helmet and put out simulated fires. They also g… More >>

While the fair is fun for people of all ages, Wednesday was an extra special day for seniors at the Putnam County Fair. People ages 62 and up were welcomed into the fair for free all day, with live music and information for seniors available in the entertainment tent. Many of the older fairg… More >>

A night after the fair king and queen were crowned, some more royalty is named at the Putnam County Fair. The Little Miss and Mister Putnam County Fair is an annual tradition at the fair. The competition is open to any child ages 4 to 8 who lives in Putnam County. 21 contestants took the sta… More >>

Home cooks around Putnam County are gearing up for another year of the cooking challenge competitions. The competition week kicked off with something that a lot of people like to eat first, the dessert. The Putnam County Dairy Services Unit and the Dairy Farmers of America challenged cooks t… More >>

Unemployment numbers take a slight increase for most counties for the month of May. According to the Ohio Job and Family Services, all but one local county saw an increase in the unemployment numbers for last month. Putnam County as the lone county in West Central Ohio to drop to 2.4%. That … More >>

As always, fairgoers are excited to try some fair food and our Eran Hami was on the fairgrounds taking a look at how you can shop local even at the county fair. Putnam County tries to bring in local vendors who bring their unique food items and their proceeds may end up going right back into… More >>

Kids visiting the Putnam County Fair had a little extra fun Tuesday. From bungee jumping to carnival rides to arts and crafts, there were dozens of activities available for youngsters at the Putnam County Fair's Kids Day. There were also a number of ride specials and activities that were ava… More >>

In light of recent events in New Hampshire, local law enforcement is asking drivers to be more vigilant this summer. The 23-year-old driver of a pickup truck was arraigned on Monday, after plowing into a group of motorcyclists killing seven and injuring three last Friday. Ohio State Highway … More >>

Monday morning the Putnam County Fair officially opened for this year. The fair kicked off as it does every year with the opening ceremony, which featured speakers from state officials as well as local leaders, and of course, the ringing of the bell. With the difficult spring this year, it's… More >>

On Sunday afternoon the Swiss Community Historical Society of Bluffton and Pandora hosted its annual Swiss Day event at the Ebenezer Mennonite Church, drawing in more than a hundred people.German dumplings, shoo fly pie, and meatballs were just some of the food at today's potluck. There were… More >>

People in Ottawa got a head start on their fair week Saturday. The Putnam County fair held their annual parade through downtown Ottawa. Businesses and organizations from all over the county came together to take part in the event. To the fair board, it's another way to get the community invo… More >>

The recent rain in our area is causing headaches for farmer's wallets, but it could also be affecting their mental health. Poor weather and the potential financial strain as a result of it are two things farmers are dealing with right now. According to the Prevention Awareness Support Servic… More >>

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) says he is doing what he can to ease the financial burden on farmers affected by the rain. Portman plans on making a formal request to the department of agriculture to have the rural Ohio areas affected by heavy rain and flooded a disaster. He is hoping it will ease t… More >>

COLUMBUS—State Senator Rob McColley (R-Napoleon) yesterday presented four Senate resolutions to high school state champions from across the 1st Senate District. "I never cease to be amazed by the incredibly talented students that we have in northwest Ohio," said Senator McColley. "The fact t… More >>

There were sirens blasting all over Leipsic this weekend, but not because of an emergency, but to have some fun. The Northwestern Ohio Volunteer Firemen’s Association is holding their 145th annual convention in the village this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Around 270 different volunteer fir… More >>

A jury trial has been scheduled for July for a Fort Jennings woman accused of contributing to the death of her son. According to Putnam County Court Records, Judge Keith Schierloh set aside three days for the trial of 26 year old Jessica McClure.  McClure is facing one count of Involuntary M… More >>

The Buckeye Bus made a stop in Putnam County today. Ohio State University hosted luncheon at the Red Pig Inn in Ottawa for alumni and current students. OSU cheerleaders were joined by Brutus, the marching band drum major and university president Michael Drake to hang out with Ottawa-area Buc… More >>

As school years wrap up, Lima Memorial Health System is rewarding some of those hard working students.Both the Lima Memorial Auxiliary and Lima Memorial School of Nursing Alumnae handed out scholarships to students who plan to pursue a career in the medical field. Four students in total rece… More >>

Seventy-five years after Allied troops carried out one of the most ambitious military campaigns in history, the men that played a role in the effort are reflecting on their experiences. On June 6, 1944, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy, France to take … More >>