Archives for January 2017

Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities holds its 2017 organizational meeting

The Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently held its 2017 organizational meeting, re-electing Neil Oberlin as president and Mark Tipton as vice president, and electing Diane Peters as secretary.Peters and Tipton were also both sworn in for their second terms on the Board. Board member Robin Kurtz was appointed as the Ohio Association of County Boards advocacy chair. The board also opted to continue meeting at 11:30 a.m. on the third Monday of each month with exceptions in July and December. The February meeting will be held on the fourth Monday in observation of Presidents Day.

Water main break within the Wal-Mart plaza causes water discoloration

A water main break within the Wal-Mart plaza on S. Main St. Monday evening discolored tap water in adjacent residences and kept the store closed Tuesday. Bryan Municipal Utilities Water Superintendent Norm Echler said Wal-Mart had the break in their main system. BMU received multiple reports of discolored tap water after the break but, “That’s typical when we get an unexpected high flow.

Public meeting will be held Thursday in Defiance to discuss a planned riverbank project in Pontiac Park

A public meeting will be held Thursday in Defiance to discuss a planned riverbank project in Pontiac Park. The meeting is scheduled from 5:30-7 p.m. in the community room of the city service building, 631 Perry St. The purpose is to seek input on a riverbank stabilization project planned as early as May at Pontiac, a park owned by the Defiance County Metro Parks Board but maintained by the city. The city, working with the metro parks board, has been awarded a $400,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant through the Ohio EPA. The GLRI is a federally-funded program to improve water quality in the Great Lakes.

Napolean teacher arraigned in Henry County Court of Common Pleas on 13 sex-related charges

In a follow up on a story we brought you last week, 28 year old Brian Kressbach has been arraigned in Henry County Court of Common Pleas on 13 sex-related charges. Kressbach, a Napoleon teacher, is now being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, rural Stryker, on a $250,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed. His pre-trial is set for Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. Kressbach is reportedly on leave from St. Paul Lutheran School on Glenwood Ave., following his arrest by Napoleon Police Department on a sex complaint. The Henry County Grand Jury filed a 13-count indictment with the court which includes one count gross sexual imposition; four counts of sexual battery; and eight counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

New state budget being reviewed by lawmakers

Lawmakers are now sifting through the latest budget proposal from Gov. John Kasich. His nearly $144 billion plan features an income tax cut and a broader sales tax. Kasich’s budget includes another income tax cut through restructured brackets and rates along with increased income tax exemptions. However, Kasich is once again pushing for a broader sales tax that expands to services such as cable TV, landscaping and elective plastic surgery. Kasich says, besides balancing a federal budget, achieving tax reform is the hardest sell.

Another successful Blizzard Auction is in the books

The numbers are in and it was another successful Blizzard Auction Saturday and will help put shoes on the feet of children all across the county. The event, hosted on the air at WBNO-WQCT, auctioned off around 350 items in 13 different blocks throughout the day, raising around $11,500 for Montpelier H.U.G.S. (Help Us Give Shoes), according to Jaimi Geren, mother of Montpelier H.U.G.S.’s founder, 12-year-old Jade Scott. There are still raffle tickets and some leftover items. For more information you can call Geren at 419-212-4679.

Edon Northwest Local Schools Superintendent Dr. John Granger retiring at end of school year

The retirement clock is ticking for Edon Northwest Local Schools Superintendent Dr. John Granger. Granger is set to call it a career at the end of the school year. The Wright State University and Miami University graduate having served almost 40 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent in various parts of Ohio, including a term as superintendent at Edgerton in the early 1990s. Granger plans on retiring to his farm in Edgerton, just one mile outside the Edon school district. He says he plans to take up plenty of hunting, fishing and spending time with family.

Plans are in the works to completely repave County Road D

Williams County Engineer Todd Roth says that County Road D between Ohio 576 and County Road 6 can be a bumpy ride with long stretches of broken and uneven pavement interrupted by numerous potholes. Plans are in the works to completely repave the roadway. The good news is Roth will have the state pay for it. It could happen as soon as this summer, but it might not be until 2018 or 2019 at the very latest. He told commissioners he applied to the state for funds to repair County Road D in 2014, shortly after he became county engineer. According to Roth, the amount that has been committed, $693,000 may be enough to not only finish all of D between Ohio 576 and County Road 6, but also pave County Road 6 from D south to U.S. 6.

Williams County commissioners not happy with Governor Kasich’s pending biannul budget

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to unveil the state’s biannual budget today, just weeks after saying the state was heading into a recession and the budget “won’t be pretty.” Kasich’s regional liaison Lu Cooke, told the Williams County Commissioners Thursday that while “there will be money where there needs to be,” the budget will be “lean and mean.” The news did not bode well with Williams County commissioners who have been faced with ongoing budget pressures due partly to the state’s elimination of the Estate Tax and Local Government Fund and partly to ongoing drops in the county’s investment revenue.

WBNO/WQCT Sales Executive Cindra Keeler named 2017 president of the Bryan Area COC

Here at WBNO/WQCT we would like to congratulate one of our own…Sales Executive Cindra Keeler has been named the 2017 president of the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce at the chamber’s annual banquet and meeting Thursday. Keeler, who served as vice president last year, takes over for 2016 President Russ Davies. She is just the sixth woman to serve as president of the chamber since its founding in 1947. Keeler said she has definite ideas for what she hopes to accomplish during her term, one of which is putting added emphasis on the Buy Bryan 10 Project, and keep that going strong.