By DENISE GRANT Staff Writer The Army Corps of Engineers' recommendation to build diversion channels at both Findlay and Ottawa has met with some public opposition, but the idea of using ditches to control water in northwestern Ohio is nothing new, said Michael Pniewski, project manager for the corps.

Wood County Assessor Rich Shaffer said the number of homestead applications has been increasing slightly over the past few years. "We had 646 new applications filed last year compared to 638 in 2013 and 622 the year prior to that," Shaffer said.

A man with only a ring buoy was rescued Wednesday night from the high and fast Maumee River nearly 40 minutes after he was first spotted near Isaac Ludwig Mill at Providence Metropark. The man was taken to ProMedica St. Luke's Hospital in Maumee, authorities said.

Whether or not the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Eastwood school board have legal standing in the case is one of the first issues being addressed in the suit filed in April. Wood County Common Pleas Court Judge Alan Mayberry is expected to rule soon on the matter, Andrew Mayle, attorney for Victor and Eileen Schuerman and Karl Offerman, all of Pemberville, said last week.

The Northwestern Water and Sewer District has received a grant to study the feasibility of establishing an emergency water connection link to service customers in the event of a consumption ban like that issued by the City of Toledo last August. During the ban, district personnel discussed how to construct an emergency link from the City of Perrysburg's water system, which receives water from Toledo, to the Bowling Green system.

A northwest Ohio man is scheduled to go trial in September on a murder charge in the 1982 death of a Toledo woman. Fifty-six-year-old Russell Adkins of Whitehouse was charged in February in the killing of 19-year-old Dana Rosendale.

City of Toledo road crews work on patching portions of the north-bound Anthony Wayne Trail Tuesday in South Toledo. Weather has delayed repairs to the road.

State budget deliberations were under way when Ohio Rep. Tim Brown learned the U.S. Supreme Court had legalized same-sex marriage across the country. The Republican from Bowling Green marked the occasion by sharing the moment with Ohio's only other openly gay legislator, Rep. Nickie Antonio .

Same-sex couples across northwestern Ohio have begun to receive marriage licenses from county courts, including Hancock County, where a Findlay couple was married this afternoon.

Sheriff's deputies say a 9-year-old boy has died after he was struck by a train while riding his bike in northwest Ohio.

A CSX freight train struck and killed a boy riding a bicycle Thursday night in the Wood County village of Milton Center, the sheriff's office reported.

A Wood County exotic-animal owner is again asking the courts to order the immediate return of his animals from state custody. Kenny Hetrick, owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics off Fremont Pike in Stony Ridge, filed an emergency motion in Wood County Common Pleas Court this week claiming the Ohio Department of Agriculture is not caring for his animals properly.

Wood County Common Pleas Judge Reeve Kelsey has denied a request to exhume the body of a homicide victim filed by defense attorneys for a Whitehouse man charged with murder in the Toledo woman's 1982 death. Following hearings on the motion, Judge Kelsey concluded that evidence presented by attorneys for Russell Adkins did "not support the conclusion that there is a strong probability that exhumation will reveal significant exculpatory evidence," which is evidence that tends to show a defendant is not guilty or has no criminal intent.

Wood County health officials said today they are "cautiously optimistic" that the salmonella outbreak that sickened 18 residents at Heritage Corner Health Campus assisted living facility in Bowling Green has run its course. The last person that tested positive for salmonella was on June 10 which means the outbreak is likely under control, Ms.

Health officials in northwest Ohio are investigating a salmonella outbreak they say has sickened 18 people at an assisted living facility. The Wood County Health District and the Ohio Department of Health began investigating the outbreak at Heritage Corner Health Care Campus in Bowling Green last week.

Perrysburg police and Wood County Crime Stoppers are working on a case involving the theft of an original 1963 picture of The Beatles, signed by each of the Beatles. Money can't buy him love, but a Perrysburg man hopes it can buy the return of an autographed photograph of The Beatles.

Perrysburg Police and the Wood County Crime Stoppers are working on a case involving the theft of an original picture of The Beatles., The photograph was signed by each member of the iconic band. A cash reward of $2,500 is being offered for its return.