Archives for March 2019

Rider Hurt In Crash

A motorcyclist is badly hurt in a crash on East Marion Street in Deshler. The bike hit a ditch. The victim was flown to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. An investigation into the crash is underway.

Dump Truck v. School Bus On 6

Two motorists and four students escape serious injury when a stopped school bus is hit by a dump truck just west of Archbold. The bus had just dropped off two students in front of Triple 6 Outdoor on U.S. 6. Seconds later, the eastbound semi, driven by Kelly Braden of Monroe failed to stop in time, hitting the left rear corner of the bus. Damage was heavy to the vehicles. The accident remains under investigation.

A Healthy Economic Number

A report shows Williams County ranks sixth in the state for counties where it makes the most sense to own a home versus renting. The HUD study found families earning $100,000 annually with a typical mortgage, yielded an average monthly payment of $549 with an average home price of $127,914. Comparatively, it found a three bedroom house rental to average a $903 monthly rental cost.

Hotel Sale Done

The Holiday Inn in Holiday City is sold for $4,285,000. The hotel will remain as it is.

DD Board Update

The Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities board reviewed superintendent applications from the Ohio Association of County Boards. Interviews are expected to begin in April.

Yost Backs ACA

Ohio’s attorney general will file a court brief, opposing a federal judge’s ruling that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, potentially leaving nearly 2 million state residents with pre-existing medical conditions without health insurance, should the decision be upheld. Attorney General Dave Yost told reporters U.S. District Judge, Reed O’Connor in December got it wrong when he struck down the health care law after Congress eliminated the individual mandate…which required people without health insurance to pay fines.

Hydrant Missing

Officers in Fulton County are looking for whoever took a fire hydrant from a County Road 2 location in Swanton. They say it was broken and a repair crew arrived to find the hydrant gone. The total value of the loss is $3,000. Anyone with information on this is asked to call the Crime Stopper hotline…there may be a reward.

Edgerton Schools Backs Away From Levy

Edgerton school officials removed the district from consideration of a measure that would have asked voters to consider a five-year levy. They say it would generate $500,000 for each district across the four-county area, to fund special education and security measures….adding such a measure would be decided by a simple majority vote across all participating districts, rather than by individual ones, which is the basis for Edgerton’s decision.

Gray Assumes Treasurer Post

Kellie Gray is the new Williams County treasurer. Gray will replace Vicki Grimm, who was elected to the treasurer position in 2017. In November, Grimm ran for and won the position of Williams County auditor. Gray is on the Millcreek-West Unity Local Schools Board of Education. She will finish Grimm’s term, which ends in 2021. The county treasurer is responsible for collections and also for the care and maintenance of the county’s investment portfolio…standing at about $33 million.

Child Info Bill Passes

The Indiana Senate unanimously approves a bill that would ban the release of details in child neglect or abuse deaths to safeguard criminal cases. The bill now goes to Gov. Holcomb. The wide-ranging legislation includes a provision that would stop the release of information from the Indiana Department of Child Services while an investigation or criminal prosecution is ongoing. Prosecutors pushed for the ban to prevent trials from being moved to other venues.