Assad supporters see domino effect in Aleppo government win

AP Photo/Hassan Ammar ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government- and rebel-held sides of the divided Syrian city. But for supporters of President Bashar Assad, there is a growing sense of imminent victory. If the...

An officer and a refugee: New policeman straddles worlds

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Soon after arriving in New Hampshire as a teenager, Abdesselam Baddaoui met two fellow refugees who accidentally ended up involved in a criminal case because, after being instructed about domestic violence laws, the wife mistakenly believed she had...

S. Korea's parliament sets up presidential impeachment vote

AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s opposition-controlled parliament introduced an impeachment motion Thursday on President Park Geun-hye, setting up a likely vote Friday on whether to suspend her powers over a huge political scandal. A...

Museum shows off its nativity proclivity

By JEANNIE WILEY WOLF Staff Writer KALIDA — The annual Christmas open house at the Putnam County Museum involves more than putting up a tree and pulling out a few decorations. This year, the museum will be adorned with more than 170 nativity sets. “Crèches and Choirs” will open...

Riley Creek Christmas Tour returns

PANDORA — The second annual Riley Creek Christmas Tour will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, including four stops along the Riley Creek near Pandora. The first stop is the Bridenbaugh One-Room Schoolhouse located at 14022 Road 6. This building is on the National...

Owens toy drive underway

The Student Nurses’ Association at Owens Community College is holding its 12th annual toy drive for children in local hospitals. Toys will be collected through Monday, when the nursing students will deliver them to pediatric patients at Blanchard Valley Hospital, Wood...

‘Elf School 101’ announced

OTTAWA — “Elf School 101” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Putnam County District Library, Ottawa. Activities will include learning your elf name and elf responsibilities, playing games and making crafts. The program is cosponsored by the Friends of the...

Rawson Proud hosts Santa for Christmas in the Park

RAWSON — Rawson Proud will host its second annual Christmas in the Park on Saturday. Santa will arrive on the firetruck at 3 p.m. and will pass out gifts to young residents through 5 p.m. There will also be cookies, popcorn, hot dogs and hot chocolate available, along with...

Children’s choir prepares two holiday performances

The Hancock County Children’s Choir will present two holiday performances featuring classic Christmas songs. The choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Kiwanis Club’s Santa’s Village at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 120 W. Sandusky St.,...

Santa arrives via firetruck

BLUFFTON — Santa, aboard a Bluffton Fire Department fire truck, will arrive at the Bluffton Public Library on Tuesday to kick off the Christmas season. Santa will arrive at 6 p.m., and guests of all ages are invited to greet him, read holiday stories and create some...