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BalloonFest lifts off Friday

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER Forty-nine hot air balloons will fill the sky with an assortment of colors and shapes when the 15th annual Flag City BalloonFest takes off Friday at Findlay’s Emory Adams Park. The festival starts at 4 p.m. and the first mass launch of balloons is...

Owner planning fundraising drive to save theater

By ERIC SCHAADT STAFF WRITER NORTH BALTIMORE — Is it “The Last Picture Show” for North Baltimore’s single-screen movie theater? The owner of the Virginia Motion Pictures theater held a public forum Wednesday inside the downtown building to announce a...

Henry County Fair kicks off Friday

NAPOLEON — The 161st Henry County Fair, with the theme “The Highlight of Summer, The Henry County Fair,” will begin Friday and run through Aug. 14 at the fairgrounds in Napoleon. Country music singer Chase Rice will be the featured grandstand entertainment this...

Council Legislation

Aug. 5, 2014 Public Attendance: 10 ORDINANCES • 2014-43, lifted from the table, third reading, rezoning Eastern Woods Office Park from C1 local commercial to O1 office institution. Ordinance approved 9-0, with 5th Ward Councilman John Harrington absent. • 2014-44,...

Ottawa to push ahead with flood project

By DENISE GRANT STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Ottawa officials said Tuesday they plan to move forward with flood-control construction in their part of the Blanchard River watershed, using state money to fund the work. Jason Phillips, Ottawa’s assistant municipal director,...

Gilboa man gets 28 years for sex crimes with minors

By RYAN DUNN STAFF WRITER OTTAWA — Gary Badertscher will likely serve the rest of his life in prison after again being convicted of committing sex crimes involving minors. Badertscher, 53, of Gilboa, was sentenced Tuesday in Putnam County Common Pleas Court to 28 years of...

Ex-Carey teacher admits sexual relationship with student

By MAX FILBY STAFF WRITER A former Carey teacher and girls basketball coach at Columbian High School in Tiffin has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old Carey student. Katie Fazekas, 32, of Tiffin, pleaded guilty Tuesday to...

City considers purchasing new fire truck

By JOY BROWN STAFF WRITER The city of Findlay may consider purchasing an aerial truck for its Fire Department to replace a combined ladder and pumper truck built in 1996. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer told City Council on Tuesday that the five-year capital plan...
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