Ohio Department of Transportation has released the following information about construction and maintenance work on state highways in the area: ALLEN COUNTY Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County: Information at www.odotlima75.org .


"Native Plants: The History You May Not Know" will be presented from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 18 as a program at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, 29530 White Rd., Perrysburg. When Christopher Columbus stepped off the boat he was surrounded by a number of different plants that would help him, hurt him, or even kill him, according to information from the Wood County Park District that invites area residents to attend the program to learn how Native Americans and early settlers used the native plants of our area.


Southbound Interstate 75 will be closed in Wood County between U.S. 6 and Cygnet Road from 7 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday for pavement repairs, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation.


A Rutland, Ohio, man who was paralyzed in a shooting last year in the Wood County village of Custar filed a lawsuit Friday in Lucas County Common Pleas Court against the company for which he worked and the Custar man charged in the shooting. William Morris III alleges that National Field Representatives, a Claremont, N.H., company that contracted with him to perform residential inspection and preservation services, was negligent in sending him to a home in foreclosure in Custar when Thomas Boyer was still living at the property.


A Bradner man was indicted by a Wood County grand jury Wednesday in connection with a two-car, hit-skip crash that injured a Gibsonburg man. Derek Baker, 27, was indicted for aggravated vehicular assault and alternate counts of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


The Wood County Commission race was a rematch of six years ago, only this time the tables were turned and former commissioner Bob Tebay retook the seat that Wayne Dunn won from him in 2008. Tebay, a Republican, took an early lead in the counting on election night and stayed in front all evening ending the night with 12,480 votes to Dunn's 8,661 votes.


Perrysburg Schools voters approved a new levy, Lake Schools voters OK'd a levy renewal, and Rossford voters rejected an operating millage. Also in Wood County, Rossford voters have overwhelmingly decided to keep their community in the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.


Ronetta McGee casts her vote at the Warren AME Church. Lucas County officials expected voter turnout to be under the 46 percent who voted in the 2010 midterm elections.


In the only contested countywide race in Wood County, the Republican from Liberty Township defeated Democrat Andrew Newlove of Bowling Green on Tuesday by 20,661 votes to 13,045 votes. She focused her campaign on the experience she brought to the office since her appointment in 2013, the county's cost-savings efforts, job creation, and infrastructure needs.


The Wood County Commission race was a rematch of six years ago, only this time the tables were turned and former commissioner Bob Tebay retook the seat that Wayne Dunn won from him in 2008. Tebay, a Republican, took an early lead in the counting on election night and stayed in front all evening ending the night with 12,480 votes to Dunn's 8,661 votes.


Ronetta McGee casts her vote at the Warren AME Church. Lucas County officials expected voter turnout to be under the 46 percent who voted in the 2010 midterm elections.


By a narrow, unofficial margin of 982 to 950, voters in the Ottawa County seat approved Issue 6. The new ordinance will require a public vote at a general election before the city can sell, lease, or transfer parkland. The issue was closely watched in Port Clinton and championed by Citizens Organized for Responsible Development, which circulated petitions to place the question on Tuesday's ballot.


Perrysburg Schools voters approved a new levy, Lake Schools voters OK'd a levy renewal, and Rossford voters rejected an operating millage. Also in Wood County, Rossford voters have overwhelmingly decided to keep their community in the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.


Voters in Rossford have turned down the local school district's request for more operating money, while their counterparts in neighboring Perrysburg approved a new tax for school building improvements. Rossford voters rejected a 4.49-mill levy that was the district's first request for new operating funds in 12 years by a preliminary 1,983 to 1,826 vote.


A new nonprofit group is helping canines from the Wood County Dog Shelter move onward to their next phase in life. Friends of the Wood County Dog Shelter helps pay for veterinary care for the dogs, which makes them more attractive to potential adopters and rescue groups.


More than 2,400 people have died from Ebola in Liberia, and 5,000 more in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Eastwood High School graduate Ben Hemingway started working for the U.S. government as a Marine right after he graduated in 1993, but he never would have imagined back then that it would lead him into the heart of the Ebola crisis in West Africa.


The race for Wood County commissioner pits a Republican appointed to the seat nearly two years ago versus a Democratic challenger seeking his first government post. Commissioner Doris Herringshaw, 65, of Liberty Township, was selected by Republicans in 2013 to fill the vacancy created when Tim Brown won election to the Ohio House.