COLDWATER - A local teenager who knows what it means to fight for her health hopes to spread holiday cheer to other children fighting battles of their own.
Alexandria Koch, 16, founded a small nonprofit organization, AlexsAngelBlankets, through which she customizes blankets and creates care packages for hospitalized children. The charity was launched not long after Koch herself was hospitalized last summer due to anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder that nearly took her life. [More]
CELINA - Ohio Department of Agriculture officials are developing a plan to allow livestock producers to apply manure over the winter since the weather in recent months has been especially wet, according to a local ag official.
The annual manure application ban in the distressed 58,000-acre Grand Lake Watershed takes effect Saturday and runs through March 1. [More]
NEW BREMEN - Summer vacation will be a week shorter for New Bremen students as they enter their break in May.
The schedule was altered in preparation for construction of the new elementary building set to open in the fall of 2020, superintendent Jason Schrader said. He presented the school calendar for 2019-2020, which set the first day of classes on Aug. 14 and the final day on May 11. [More]
ROCKFORD - A fire engulfing an Amish home west of Rockford on Wednesday evening turned out to be a controlled burn.
Rockford firefighters responded to a call reporting the blaze at about 5:10 p.m. Fire chief Rob Belna said he believed the Amish homeowner wanted to do away with the house at 1759 Rockford West Road, "so he just set it on fire."
An Amish person at the scene said the house was more than 100 years old and was in bad shape on the inside. [More]
NEW BREMEN - Local residents Shelly Busse and Michelle Clune have teamed up to offer a space for professionals to work differently and expand their businesses.
With more people not wanting leave the cubicle and go it alone, Clune and Busse said they opened Coalesce in downtown New Bremen to be a site that's more professional than working at a noisy coffee shop or at home. [More]