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02/21/17 – 10 :39 A.M.

There will be another round of bidding on the Hancock County Probate/Juvenile Court upgrades. The Hancock County Commissioners voted to take another look at the project. Commissioner Tim Bechtol said that they will try to scale it back.

Tim Bechtol

The project only had one bidder the last time it was offered to the public. That bid was more than 10% over the estimated cost of the project, which means the commissioners must put it out to bid again.

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02/21/17 – 8:38 A.M.

Arlington Village Council appropriated money to repair neglected ball fields at the village park. The Courier reports that the council set a limit of almost $50,000 for Dura Edge of Michigan to make some repairs. Dura Edge will repair and add top dressing to the fields. A lip of soil surrounding grass diamonds of some fields will be removed to help with water drainage.

Village workers might work on one of the fields to avoid going over the funding limit. The newspaper says that council has not kept up with field maintenance. Games and tournaments have been canceled because of the state of the fields.

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02/21/17 – 7:32 A.M.

Employees of Findlay’s own newspaper are finalists for 8 awards in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2016 newspaper contest. The Courier reports that they are competing in Division IV. This is among newspapers with a daily circulation of 19,000 to just under 60,000. The winners will be announced on May 21 at the annual Ohio APME awards banquet in Columbus.

Business reporter Lou Wilin is a finalist for Best Business writer and Best News Writer

Courier family section editor Brenna Griteman is a finalist in the Best Feature Writer category.

Videographer Kevin bean is in the Best Video Category.

Courier PhotographerRandy Roberts is in the category for Best Feature Photo

There are three finalists in the sports department. Dave Hanneman is a sports writer for the paper. He is a finalist in the Sports Enterprise Category. Sports editor Jamie Baker is a finalist for Best Sports Writer. The Courier’s sports section is among the top three for Best Sports Section.


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02/21/17 – 5:19 A.M.
Stantec will hold a public meeting to go over its findings and recommendations for a flood mitigation plan. The Courier reports the meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Winebrenner Theological Seminary at the University of Findlay.
Stantec will go over a list of options for reducing flooding on the upper Blanchard River. They will also give recommendations on what projects should be pursued. Results of the gap analysis of the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan will be released as well. Stantec says that there is a need for more hydraulic and rainfall models.
Representatives from the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District are expected to be in attendance.
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02/21/17 – 5:06 A.M.
Pancake lovers rejoice, the Fostoria Kiwanis Club Pancake Day is less than two weeks away. The Review Times reports the event will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 2 at the St. Wendelin Parish Life Center. It includes all-you-can-eat pancakes as well as sausage and refreshments.
The club is offering, curbside, carry-out, and delivery options as well. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for Golden Buckeye members, $3 for children 5-11 and free for kids under 4. For more information call President Amie Hathaway at 419-619-5002
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02/21/17 – 4:55 A.M.

The Review Times is a finalist in Division I awards in the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors’ 2016 newspaper contest. They report that staff writer Morgan Manns is among the top three finalists for best photographer. The paper is the is among the top three finalists for Best Digital Presence in Division I.

The awards will be announced at the APME annual awards banquet on May 21 in Columbus. A total of 67 daily newspapers submitted over 2,000 entries for the contest.

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02/21/17 – 4:43 A.M.

There is a public meeting tonight in Carey on ODOT’s Safe Routes to School grant tonight. The Courier reports that the meeting will be in Carey School’s Legacy Lane at 6 p.m.

Officials from the village and from Carey Exempted Village School District are gearing up to apply for the grant. The funds will range from $200,000 to $400,000 if they get approval from ODOT. They will use the money to improve sidewalks, curbing, lighting, signage, and bicycle and walking paths to the school.

They will also include access to the school through Memorial Park.

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02/20/17 – 5:04 P.M.
State Auditor David Yost stopped in Findlay to talk about a bill that pushes to put photo identification on EBT cards. Yost said that they found weaknesses in the system.
The bill seeks to attach a photo identification to make it more difficult to abuse. Yost said that adding the picture will help deter people from abusing the system.
Yost added that the photo ID’s will deter fraud in the Snap program but won’t cure it all.
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02/20/17 – 2:30 P.M.
Marathon Petroleum has been building a lot of water based assets for their facilities on the waterfronts. Marathon Executive George McAfee says that this helps cut down on other costs.
McAfee told the Findlay Rotary Club that the nation’s waterways are an invaluable resource to the company. By building and taking advantage of them he says that Marathon has become more competitive.
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