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WEST UNITY — Williams County Health Commissioner Jim Watkins told the Williams County Mayors Association the county saw a spike in COVID-19 cases much earlier this year than last, but the wave should calm down next month.

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Public health has a staffing problem that could be exacerbated by a potential vaccine mandate.

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The City of Bryan is fortunate to have Imagination Station, a popular, creative playground in Recreation Park. More than $135,000 was raised to build the playground and thousands of Bryan and area citizens volunteered their time and talents to put the playground together.

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A Williams County grand jury met Tuesday and returned indictments against 19 individuals. Those indicted include:

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During a press conference with reporters on Wednesday, Sen. Sherrod Brown threw his support behind the Child Suicide Prevention and Lethal Means Safety Act.

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is confident in the chances of Democrats in the 2022 Senate race.

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Everybody has bad days, and some people love to make bad days worse, but Chief Deputy Jeff Lehman and Detective Ben Baldwin of the Williams County Sheriff’s Office met with employees from every county office Wednesday to talk about de-escalating potentially violent confrontations.

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The Williams County Democratic Party is holding its Fall Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 28, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Township Park Hall, on North Defiance Street, in Stryker.

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This story has been edited to correct an error. The case has been forwarded to the City of Bowling Green Prosecutor's Office, not the City of Bryan Prosecutor's Office. The Bryan Times was provided incorrect information.

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EDGERTON — After some discussion during their meeting Tuesday, the Edgerton Village Council is beginning to lean toward having a park committee, instead of an official board.

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“Soul Surfer” Bethany Hamilton spent Tuesday meeting with students at Bryan City Schools and then spoke to the community at large Tuesday evening.

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In April 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio General Assembly enacted temporary changes to Ohio’s Open Meetings Act, effective until the end of the declared emergency, or Dec. 1, 2020. The temporary change (which was later extended through June 30, 2021) allowed municipalit…

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Electric rates will be rising for Bryan Municipal Utilities customers after BMU got approval for three straight years of rate hikes on Tuesday.

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KUNKLE — Aaron Siebenaler is dug in and ready to defend the west flank of the Ohio Turnpike no matter how bad the winter weather gets.

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• The Edon Northwest Local Schools Building, Grounds and Transportation Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. today in the superintendent’s office. The district’s Finance Committee will then meet at 3:15 p.m. in the same location.

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Sheri Oasktree's, right, makes a balloon sword for Gary Barrett, 6, center, dressed as Groot from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy film series. Also pictured are Tristian Goucher, 10, left, Kaylee Barrett, 7, right. Behind Kaylee is their mom, Genia Goucher.

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Attorney David Newcomer and Edgerton Village Administrator Dawn Fitzcharles met with county commissioners Monday morning requesting support for the Williams County Port Authority.

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Ghouls, goblins and superheroes will be out trick-or-treating at the end of the month and the Ohio State Highway Patrol wants to make sure everyone gets home safe with their treats.

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Alvordton — 6-7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30. Alvordton United Brethren Church will host a “Trunk Or Treat” event, with refreshments, at the church at that time.

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If you want to win the hearts and minds of neighborhood kids this Halloween, stock up on Blow Pops, M&M’s and Starburst.

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In addition to being one of the most labor-intensive professions, farming is also considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The hard work and exhaustive labor are tough but rushing the job to save time can be extremely dangerous — even deadly — when farming near electrical equipment.

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Not everyone likes wearing a mask and for some, being told they have to can be down right infuriating. But data from Bryan City Schools indicates wearing a mask can make a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Williams County’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program has been suspended, but it hasn’t gone away completely.

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Sgt. Patrick Tusko, a Bryan native and assistant commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Defiance Post, is Williams County’s latest “Top Cop.”

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Great early fall weather Oct. 9 contributed to what may have been the biggest and best Edgerton Cruise-In and Fall Fest in 11 years, according to Mary Juarez, co-founder of Never Let Go Ministries (NLG), the Cruise-In organizer.

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After canceling last year’s fundraiser due to COVID, NAMI Four County will hold its sixth annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Buffalo Road Reception Hall (Knights of Columbus), 1216 Buffalo Road, Bryan.

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Bethany Hamilton, professional surfer and inspirational speaker, will be in Bryan Tuesday, meeting with Bryan City Schools students and faculty throughout the day with a free and open public event at 7 p.m. in the Arts and Education Building, 325 W. High St.

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An important window of opportunity has arrived for current Medicare beneficiaries, as well as those about to enroll in the government’s health insurance program for older Americans.

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WASHINGTON — Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Montpelier Mayor Steve Yagelski came to Bryan Wednesday evening to join allies and advocates of the Williams County Domestic Violence Task Force in a candlelight vigil on the courthouse square to celebrate and honor survivors.

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) on Tuesday introduced legislation, the Stop Penalizing Working Seniors Act, to expand access to health savings accounts (HSAs) and fix a technicality prohibiting individuals who are receiving Social Security benefits from contributing to their HSA accounts.

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• The Williams County Commissioners will meet in regular session from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m., or until adjournment, today at the fourth floor of the courthouse. Listed on the agenda are: 9 a.m. general session; 9:30 a.m. meals/refreshments with Auditor Vickie Grimm; 10 a.m. Investmen…

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Montpelier police are looking for a white Chrysler 300 in connection to multiple complaints of vandalism within the village last weekend, all involving someone with a pellet gun shooting at residential windows.

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