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8/11/2015   4:28pm

Traffic will continue to be reduced for street improvements this week. According to a release from the Brian Thomas City Engineer, the eastbound lane of Fostoria Avenue between Tiffin Avenue and Bright Road will be closed on Wednesday while crews install a storm drain. The westbound lane will remain open during that time. City crews will be working between 7am and 7pm and access to area residences and businesses will remain open.

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8/11/15  12:52pm

The Princeton Review has named The University of Findlay as one of the nation’s best four-year Midwestern colleges for its “2016 Best Colleges Region by Region List” The listing was made possible based on data that the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region as well as surveys from the Review staff and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors.

The Review says students commented that UF has a “homey” vibe and that it provides specialized individual attention. One student was quoted as saying that “The University of Findlay is about providing a personal learning experience for each and every student.”

The Princeton Review notes excellent academics as a contributing factor and notes that The University of Findlay scored a 79 on a scale of 60-99 for academics. The Midwestern list includes 159 schools from twelve Midwestern states. Nationally, 649 schools were recognized.

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8/11/15 – 11:06 A.M.

More business development could be taking place on Findlay’s north side. While nothing is set in stone yet, the Hancock County Commissioners took action to prepare for future development during their Tuesday meeting…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Commissioner Phil Riegle says the appropriated money would be paid back through a Tax Increment Financing agreement, also known as a TIF. In this case improvements would be made in the Distribution Drive area.

Riegle says they’re not just playing a hunch…

Audio: Phil Riegle

He added there is some confidence that a project is coming, but nothing official has been announced yet.

TIF agreements allow governments to pay back debt on the installation of roads and utilities. The increase in tax amount after improvements are made to a property are used to pay for the installation of things like road and sewers.

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8/11/15 – 8:14 A.M.
Updated – 9:10 A.M.

The Wood County Sheriff’s Office has issued a missing adult alert. Authorities say 58-year-old Terri Grim was last seen around 5 a.m. in the Grand Rapids area. She suffers from dementia and is known to take long walks in no particular direction.

Grim is described as 5’9″ tall and weighs around 210 pounds. She has short, light grey hair. It’s believed she’s wearing khaki pants and a red shirt.

If you see Grim you are asked to call the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

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8/11/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Classes in the new Carey school building will start in about a year. In the meantime, the district is trying to decide what to bring from the current building. The Courier reports a “legacy committee” has been created to help that effort. The Carey school board was given an update on the process Monday.

The committee hasn’t made any decisions yet. Principal Peter Cole says the group may request funds to put some of their ideas in place. They might sell digital copies of class pictures to help offset any costs. The committee is also considering new athletic banners and which trophies might be displayed in the new building.

MORE: The Courier

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8/11/15 – 5:21 A.M.

A Fostoria factory had to halt operations for a few hours following a Monday morning fire. The Review-Times reports firefighters were called to Alpha Coating at 622 South Corporate Drive just after 8 a.m. Residue inside a spray booth caught fire, causing thick black smoke to come from the building.

The flames were quickly under control and the fire was out within the hour. The spray booth was even back in operation later in the day. Operations at the factory resumed before 11 a.m.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/11/15 – 5:14 A.M.

An Arcadia woman was injured in a two-car crash Monday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened on U.S. 68 south of Arlington around 12:30 p.m.

44-year-old Wendy Reinhart was stopped for traffic when she was hit from behind by a car driven by 25-year-old Brittany Bushong of Mount Blanchard. Reinhart was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay for treatment of neck and back injuries.

Bushong was not hurt. She was cited for failure to stop in the assured clear distance.

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8/11/15 – 5:09 A.M.

A formerly vacant factory in Fostoria has come back to life. The Review-Times reports Innovation Plastics of Cincinnati has moved into the former InterMetro Industries building. The manufacturer began operations in Fostoria three weeks ago.

The company picked Fostoria for a reason. President Chad Elam tells the newspaper, “I’ve seen that if you move into a big town, they really don’t care. I kind of enjoy going into smaller towns that need the work.” 20 people have already been hired to work in the plant. Elam hopes to have 40 people working within 90 days, and more than 100 within 12 to 18 months.

Innovation Plastics is accepting applications at 1150 State Street. Elam says they are looking for people with experience in plastics and injection molding.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/11/15 – 5:00 A.M.

McComb residents have concerns about the quality of their water. The Courier reports several people were on hand for Monday’s village council meeting, and voiced their frustration about brown water coming from their taps. Many said brown water has been an ongoing problem for many years, but that it has been worse this summer.

Water Superintendent Tom Shoemaker told the crowd manganese in the water turns brown when combined with the chlorine used to treat it. Village officials added they are still not sure how manganese is getting into the water supply.

When asked if they drink the water, some council members said they did. However Mayor Robert Schwab said residents with medical conditions should talk to their doctors about the water.

MORE: The Courier

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8/10/15 — 5:30pm

Private well water testing kits are available from the Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District. According to a release from the district, if your drinking water comes from a private well, you are responsible for your water’s safety. The Hancock Soil & Water District has test kits available until August 17th, and kits must be returned to the district office by August 18th. Results will be mailed to the individuals.

Your well has an increased likelihood of contamination if:

Your well is more than twenty years old
Your well was dug or driven rather than drilled
Your well is shallow
Your soil is sandy
A chemical spill is known to have happened nearby
Your well is near possible sources of contamination such as cropland, feedlots, landfills, and industrial sites (active or abandoned)

And even if your well fits none of these categories, you cannot know the quality of your water without testing. Contaminants may have entered the ground without your knowledge or before you lived at the site.

The test kits available are: Nitrate/Inorganic for $25.00; Pesticide Immunoassay Screens for $60.00 and metals for $75.00. Hancock SWCD will cost-share $5.00 on each test to help reduce the cost of each kit.

For more information, contact the Hancock SWCD office at 419-422-6569.

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