A Buckland woman injured when her house caught fire early Tuesday morning is expected to be released from the hospital for Christmas.
Becky Krites, 45, wonâ€™t be able to return to the house she has called home for more than 15 years since the two-story home at 101 High St. was destroyed by the blaze, along with everything inside, including her dog, Nikka, who perished in the fire.
Krites suffered most of her injuries trying to save the golden retriever.
Two U.S. senators from Ohio say their colleagues in the House of Representatives should continue to work on a deal to reauthorize the payroll tax reduction before the end of the year.
Rebecca May Dysert, 83, 618 W. South St., St. Marys, died at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at St. Marys Living Center.
She was born August 28, 1928, in Mercer County, to Leota (Keiber) Brincefield.
Surviving are three sons, John Dysert, Roger Dysert, and Bill Dysert, all of St. Marys.
She was preceded in death by a son James Dysert Jr.; and a daughter, Gloria Holsinger.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys.
A private family burial is to take place at Resthaven Memory Gardens, near Moulton.
Michael Hoskinson, 60, of Waynesfield, died at 7:36 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at his home in Waynesfield.
He was born April 11, 1951, in Huntington, W. Va., to Irene â€śFudgeâ€ť and Jesse Hoskinson. On July 12, 1969, he married Kathy Young and she survives in Waynesfield.
Also surviving is a son, Michael Hoskinson, of Bellefontaine; and a daughter, Heather Chaney, of Harrod.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Walnut Hill Cemetery with graveside military services conducted by VFW Post 1275.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the family.
Rea M. Bowersock, 95, of rural Spencerville, died at 11:03 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born April 25, 1916, in Union Township, Mercer County, the daughter of Pearl Irelan and Isaac Shank. On Oct. 5, 1932, she married G. Harold Bowersock, who died July 2, 2008.
Surviving are two sons, William â€śBillâ€ť Bowersock, of Spencerville, and James â€śJimâ€ť Bowersock, of Spencerville; and two daughters, Carol Trice, of Van Wert, and Janet Keiber, of Fort Amanda.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Betty Lou Bowersock and Helen Louise Bowersock.
The Auglaize County Commissioners are working with educators from the local Ohio State University Extension Office as they move forward with less funding and less staffing.
Beth Miller, who has served as the countyâ€™s 4-H youth development extension educator, said those duties are keeping her busy and are to be picking up as sheâ€™s learning the responsibilities of extension director, a job she took over in September after Lois Clarkâ€™s retirement.
With recyclables earning less than in past years and expenses climbing, the city of Wapakonetaâ€™s Recycling Fund is expected to have a small deficit, according to early budget estimates.
Wapakoneta City Council 3rd Ward Councilor Bonnie Wurst, who is to assume the chairmanship of the Finance Committee in 2012, says she is not worried because additional money from the Refuse Fund will be transferred into the account to make sure the fund is balanced.
A state farm official says a possible new farm bill may cut all areas in the U.S. farm safety net.
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation President Adam Sharp, who spoke in great length at the Auglaize County Farmers breakfast on Tuesday, provided a history and the affects the farm bill would have on Ohio farmers. The current farm bill, written in 2007, is set to expire at the end of 2012. Sharp said the committee could potentially cut the entire farm bill.
â€śThere is a general belief that we are heavily subsidizing farmers and it simply isnâ€™t true,â€ť Sharp said.
COLUMBUS (AP) â€” The NCAA has hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and other penalties for a scandal that involved players taking cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia.
The university had previously offered to vacate the 2010 season, return bowl money, go on two years of NCAA probation and use five fewer football scholarships over the next three years.
A drug sweep of the area Monday by local law enforcement officers ensnared more than a dozen people on a myriad of drug-related charges.
Auglaize-Mercer Grand Lake Task Force members started early Monday arresting 13 people in Wapakoneta, St. Marys, Celina and Lima.