Statehouse candidate Kelly Wicks of Bowling Green has been pummeled for weeks by TV ads supporting his opponent, Theresa Gavarone, saying he doesn't pay his taxes. Now, Democrats are claiming Ms.

Longtime Bowling Green City Prosecutor Matthew Reger and lawyer Steve Long are on the ballot Nov. 8 for a job that rarely has an opening - judge of Wood County Common Pleas Court. The bench that's been filled by Judge Robert Pollex since 1998 will be vacated at the end of the year as Judge Pollex chose not to seek re-election.

A North Baltimore man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop Thursday afternoon on Interstate 75 near Bowling Green.

A Perrysburg High School student who posted a threat on social media warning students not to go to school was given a suspended sentence Thursday - along with homework. The 15-year-old was ordered by Wood County Juvenile Court Judge David Woessner to perform 40 hours of community service, write a letter of apology to Perrysburg Schools, and produce a three-minute video on the positive aspects of school and why education is important.

With the election less than a month away, Mike Bell announced Thursday the issues that will be top priorities if he is elected Lucas County commissioner. Mr. Bell, a former Toledo mayor who failed twice to win back the office, chose the Maumee side of the state-owned bridge between Mau- mee and Perrysburg, to lay out his campaign platform.

Judge Robert Pollex ruled that Kinder Morgan's plan to pipe ethane from the Utica shale region in eastern Ohio to a chemical company in Windsor, Ont., is not necessary and not for a public use, and thus the company cannot use eminent domain to force Wood County landowners to give easements on their property. Kinder Morgan, North America's largest energy-infrastructure company, has been negotiating with landowners in 14 Ohio counties to build the 12-inch pipeline, which would transport the ethane - used in the production of plastics - to a pipeline in Michigan that then heads to Canada.

Early voting begins Wednesday and the Lucas County Board of Elections says the early vote center at the corner of Monroe and 13th Street in Toledo is ready to go. The Director of the Lucas County Board of Elections, Gina Kaczala, is expecting large crowds for early voting.

By JIM MAURER STAFF WRITER Republican Mark Gazarek of Findlay, who is completing his first four-year term as a Hancock County commissioner, faces a Nov. 8 challenge from William Bateson of rural Arlington, a registered Republican who is running as an independent candidate.

Republicans may have hit a high-water mark in their control of the General Assembly, but they are still looking at Democratic seats in hopes of adding to their super-majorities. It would take several election cycles for Democrats to climb out of the holes of 65-44 in the House and 23-10 in the Senate, but they hope to at least start that climb on Nov. 8. Just two northwest Ohio House seats, both held by Republicans, are seen as in play - the 3rd in Wood County and the 89th covering Ottawa and Erie.

Two women were injured in a single-vehicle crash on southbound I-75 in this Wood County community early today, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. About 12:09 a.m., Nastassja Armstrong, 30, of Delaware, Ohio, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway about a mile and a half north of Wooster Street.

Ohio State Rep. Teresa Fedor, and others, state their opposition to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, during a news conference at the UA Local 50 union hall today in Northwood. Members of the local Democratic and labor communities blasted Indiana governor and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence for his opposition to the auto industry rescue ahead of his visit to Rossford later today, calling him a threat to the working class.

The Wood County Engineer's office displayed plans and took questions for a roundabout at the intersection of Hull Prairie and Roachton roads on Thursday during a meeting at Perrysburg City Hall. The area in question rests at the intersection of Middleton Township, Perrysburg Township and the city of Perrysburg.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for vice president, will make a stop in northwest Ohio on Friday when he visits the Rossford Recreation Center, Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon told The Blade. The Trump/Pence campaign website was updated this afternoon to show Pence's Rossford event will begin at 5:30 p.m..

A traffic shift overnight on I-75 that closed the Berdan Avenue entrance to the southbound freeway permanently was just the beginning of a series of new ramp closings and other changes expected to continue into mid-November between I-475 and I-280. An overnight lane closing between Lagrange Street and I-475 and closing of the southbound I-75 exit to I-475 at the "Jeep Split" both were scheduled to end at 6 a.m. today.

The Cousino Group, a Perrysburg-based restoration company, will receive two tax incentives from the city as a measure to keep the company within the city. Perrysburg City Council unanimously approved a 75 percent property tax abatement for the company's new corporate headquarters, along with about $22,500 in annual income tax incentives based on new income brought to Perrysburg by the expansion.

A Bowling Green woman died after a crash Sunday afternoon on U.S. 6 in Wood County, the Wood County Sheriff's Office reported. Megan Massey, 26, died in Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, to which she was flown after the crash in Center Township.

A Perrysburg man guilty of planting marijuana on a Rossford Middle School teacher in 2014 was sentenced to 90 days in jail Monday in Wood County Common Pleas Court. Todd Long, 42, admitted at his trial in August he framed Todd Eckel in an attempt to break up his relationship.