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Unemployment rates drop in Hancock County, neighboring counties in April

Hancock County’s unemployment rate dropped to 4 percent in April from 4.7 percent in March, the State Job and Family Services Department reported. Jobless rates declined in all of Ohio’s 88 counties last month. But Hancock County’s rate is the sixth lowest in the state. Mercer...

2 Sisters Killed In Central Ohio Crash

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say two sisters have been killed in a head-on crash in central Ohio. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says 65-year-old Mary Harris and 53-year-old Carole Johnson were dead at the scene after Harris’ Ford Fusion...
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Nationals tie it ninth, lose to Reds 4-3 in 15

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Ross Detwiler, center, walks in the dugout after giving up a two-run homer during the 15th inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park, Monday, May 19, 2014, in Washington. The Reds won 4-3 in 15 innings. (AP...
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Oregon ruling marks 13th gay marriage win in a row

Julia Fraser, left, and Jessica Rohrbacher get married by Holly Pruett at the Melody Ballroom in Portland, Ore. on Monday, May. 19, 2014. Federal Judge Michael McShane released an opinion Monday on Oregon’s Marriage Equality lawsuit that grants gay and lesbian couples the...
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Pistorius to start mental evaluation next week

Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe) Oscar Pistorius leaves the high court in...

Prisoners

Finally found time to watch “Prisoners,” a dark, absorbing tale involving missing children. This film from 2013 stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a harried detective investigating the abduction of two girls who go missing on Thanksgiving. Hugh Jackman plays one father who is,...

On Deck: Area sectional softball action

There are five sectional softball tournament games on the local sports schedule today and we’ll have the latest on all of the action tonight here at The Courier. Bluffton will travel to Columbus Grove for the big game of the day. Courier writer Brian Lester will be on hand to...

Former Kalida teacher resentenced for sex crimes with students

OTTAWA — Jeremy Stober returned today to Putnam County Common Pleas Court to once again receive his 10-and-a-half year prison sentence. The 3rd District Court of Appeals, Lima, unanimously ruled last month that a Putnam County judge did not explicitly say why he imposed a maximum...

Findlay High School students protest tank top policy

Findlay High School students on Tuesday protested a portion of the school’s dress code that prohibits tank tops, something they called “sleevery.” Male and female students protested by wearing sleeveless shirts to school on a day they titled “Tank Top Tuesday.” Organizers said...