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1/16/17 – 6:55 A.M.

Local gas prices are lower as we enter the new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price in Findlay for a gallon of regular is $2.20. That’s down 16 cents from last Monday. Prices are still around 10 cents higher than they were a month ago.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.17 per gallon today. That’s also a 16 cent decrease over the last seven days.

Local prices are below the statewide average of $2.24 per gallon of regular. The state average is 13 cents lower than last Monday.

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1/16/17 – 5:31 A.M.

Water rates are going up in Leipsic this year. The Putnam County Sentinel reports village council talked about the rates earlier this month. Village Administrator Justin Barnhart said every meter is up to three percent. He added that’s around two dollars extra on each bill.

Barnhart says the increase is part of the village’s plan to get out of fiscal emergency. The water rate increase is one of the final actions taken by the village to exit the designation. The village has also cut spending by 18 percent.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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1/16/17 – 5:21 A.M.

You might want to think twice before passing a stopped school bus in Putnam County. The Ottawa-Glandorf and Columbus Grove school districts have added cameras to the stop sign arms on some of their buses. The Putnam County Sentinel reports three cameras are in operation in the Ottawa-Glandorf District. Columbus Grove added four cameras.

Ottawa-Glandorf Superintendent Don Horstman tells the newspaper there have been a rise in the number of people illegally passing the buses. He says there have been four reported incidents since school resumed after Christmas break.

The cameras cost between $500 and $600.

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1/16/17 – 5:09 A.M.

A law that lets terminally ill patients try medicines that haven’t received full FDA approval is now in place in Ohio. The Courier reports the measure has plenty of local support. State Representative Robert Sprague co-sponsored the bill. The law gives people access to medicines that have passed Phase 1 of the Food and Drug Administration’s approval process.

The former superintendent of the Blanchard Valley Center also lobbied for the law’s passage. Connie Ament gave testimony in 2015. She testified in memory of her sister, who died from ALS in 2015. ALS is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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1/16/17 – 4:59 A.M.

The United Way of Hancock County topped last year’s fundraising number. The agency says the community has pledged more than $3.2 million for the 2016 campaign. The amount is more than $65,000 over the 2015 pledge total. Organizers say several pledges are still expected.

The money raised is now distributed to approved programs and services in the community. The United Way gives grants to agencies reviewed by local residents who serve on volunteer impact teams.

Funds are also used for United Way operations and community initiatives such as the Halt Hunger Initiative.

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1/13/17 – 7:29 A.M.

St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Fostoria is getting a new parish director. The Review-Times reports the church has appointed John Hay to the role. Hay’s job duties include being the chief steward of St. Wendelin Parish, especially in the area of operations.

Hay is a 1988 graduate of St. Wendelin High School. He will take the place of Matt Meyers. Meyers started in the position in August of 2015, but only wanted to serve in the role for a limited time.

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1/13/17 – 7:21 A.M.

A Fostoria woman accused of ramming two police cruisers last November will appear in court later this month. The Review-Times reports Jodi Ridenour has a plea hearing set for January 31. Officials have scheduled a jury trial for February 23.

Police arrested Ridenour on November 22. Officers were on their way to serve a search warrant at a home at 495 Town Street when they noticed two cars pulling away. The car driven by Ridenour allegedly rammed two cruisers before hitting a power pole.

Ridenour faces assault, obstructing official business, and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer charges.

The incident was the second time police accused Ridenour of leading them on a chase in 2016.

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1/13/17 – 6:43 A.M.

The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library will offer some tax forms and help this tax season. Library Director Jeff Winkle says that’s despite the Ohio Department of Taxation no longer distributing tax forms through libraries. Winkle says the library will print off forms on its own. Staff will be on hand to help taxpayers print forms from the internet as well.

The library is hosting the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program again. It starts February 1. You can call 2-1-1 to make an appointment through the United Way.

The state’s department of taxation isn’t sending forms to the library anymore to stop waste. The agency says people only returned around 10 percent of the forms distributed last year.

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