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4/5/16 – 12:06 P.M.

The flood mitigation project for the Blanchard River in Ottawa is moving along.  Project managers say the Road I9 bridge reconstruction project should be finished  this Spring.

There was some concern about the removal of guardrails along the road.  While the roadway no longer requires them, the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District board voted to install them anyway for safety precautions.  However, it could mean more maintenance for the berm along the newly reconstructed road because the guardrail could force water against the berm.

Plans for a diversion channel are around 60 percent complete.  No timeline on the project will be available until all the land for the channel is bought.

An update on the project was given at Tuesday’s conservancy district meeting.

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4/5/15 – 10:18 A.M.
Update – 11:57 A.M.

The Maumee Watershed Conservancy District has voted to help Hancock County refine the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study of a diversion channel for the Blanchard River. Conservancy general manager Clark Lynn Army says a study needs to be finalized in order to make key decisions…

Audio: Clark Lynn Army

Army says the scope of a general investigative study differs from the study the Corps was doing. He adds that doesn’t mean the work done up to this point has been a wasted effort…

Audio: Clark Lynn Army

Army says this does not mean the diversion channel is being built, only that a preliminary plan for a channel will be finished

The conservancy district board says it will need a Memorandum of Understanding with the Hancock County Commissioners to move forward.

There is no timeline for the completion of the study. The topic will likely be on the conservancy’s agenda for their May meeting.

While Tuesday’s meeting was open to the public, there was no public comment. Army says his door is always open to hear concerns from the Hancock County community.

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4/5/16 – 7:42 A.M.

A group of Bluffton residents trying to preserve a cemetery in the village think their efforts have hit a roadblock. The Lima News reports Ray Mumma of the Friends of Shannon Cemetery group believes village council is moving forward with original plans to turn the cemetery into a memorial park. Mumma says the current resolution doesn’t call for returning gravestones to their original locations. In February council pledged to examine a proposal that would have banned building over any known gravesites.

Mumma says the resolution, as it stands now, only makes sure funding for the cemetery is all from a donated source. The resolution had a second reading Monday night.

MORE: Lima News

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4/5/16 – 7:28 A.M.

The village of Carey is moving forward with a sidewalk construction project. The Courier reports council gave first reading to an ordinance that would allow Administrator Roy Johnson to contract for sidewalk installation on the east side of Glenn Avenue. If approved the sidewalk would be built near the new school building.

The first reading passed 4-2. Council President Armand Getz and Councilman Chad Kin voted against it. Getz says he would rather build the sidewalk on the west side of the street, which would place the sidewalk all on village property. However students would have to cross South Vance Street to get to it. The road doubles as U.S. 23 through Carey.

The 400 feet of sidewalk is estimate to cost $12,000 to install.

MORE: The Courier

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4/5/16 – 6:57 A.M.

A gas station in Bluffton was robbed early this morning. The Bluffton Police Department reports a man with a holstered gun walked into the Circle K on Commerce Lane around 4:45 a.m. and demanded money from the clerk on duty. The man was given an undisclosed amount of cash and then sped away in a waiting car. No one was injured.

The suspect is described as a white man, around 5’6″ to 5’8″ tall with a slim build. He was wearing a black Detroit Redwings hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes. He is believed to be driving a silver or gold car, possibly a Buick or GM style vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Bluffton Police Department at (419)358-2961.

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4/5/16 – 5:28 A.M.

A head-on collision in Allen County that happened late last week claimed two lives. The State Highway Patrol reports two Hardin County residents were killed in the Friday afternoon crash that happened on State Route 309 southwest of Ada.

18-year-old Sylas Daniels of Kenton was attempting to pass eastbound traffic when he hit an oncoming SUV. Daniels was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. A passenger in his car, 36-year-old Chris Wireman of Alger, passed away from his injuries Saturday. The driver of the SUV, 35-year-old Crystal Webb of Harrod, was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of her injuries.

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4/5/16 – 5:19 A.M.

The Fostoria Rotary Club honored teachers Monday. Steve Kauffman, the Fostoria band director, and Teresa Stosio, a St. Wendelin Catholic School second-grade teacher, were named Golden Apple Award winners.

Red Apple Awards were given to Lori Miller, a teacher at Fostoria Intermediate Elementary School; Barbie Curlis, a Longfellow School preschool teacher; Ryan Whipple, a Longfellow School kindergarten teacher; and Marlene Gillig, a Fostoria math teacher.

The Rotary Club received 70 nominations for 28 teachers.

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4/5/16 – 5:11 A.M.

A shelter house will be replaced in the Arlington village park this month, but there is some debate about how much electricity will be run to the building. The Courier reports plans for the building call for a 400-amp line to be connected to it. Building inspectors think that could be too much though.

Electricians say a 200-amp line could work, and still be enough to provide power to the rest of the park. Councilman Tom Blunk said he’ll get some answers and bring them back to council.

MORE: The Courier

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4/5/16 – 5:03 A.M.

The identities of a group of people accused of starting a series of fires in Wood County were released Monday. The Review-Times reports 18-year-old Nicholas Hackworth of Fostoria is charged with arson for his alleged role in the crimes. Three Port Clinton residents are also charged in the case. They include 24-year-old Todd Bollett, 21-year-old Bret Phillabaum, and 19-year-old Santana Dilberto. Five unnamed juveniles are also facing charges.

The group is accused of setting four fires north of Fostoria and in Risingsun between March 22 and March 27.

Additional charges are pending.

MORE: Review-Times

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4/5/16 – 4:53 A.M.

If you’re looking for a job in the skilled trades you might want to stop by the Findlay Whirlpool plant today. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a series of open houses will be held at the business. The sessions will be held between noon and 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Human Resource Manager Brent Funk tells the newspaper there are immediate openings for electricians, millwrights and tool and dye makers. Funk adds they also want to talk to people interested in apprenticeship programs.

The Findlay Whirlpool plant currently employs around 2,300 people.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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