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10/20/14 – 11:54 A.M.

The Findlay Digital Academy has been named one of the top charter schools in the state. The school was one of four to be named a Charter School of the Year during a conference last week. It’s the first time the online school has received the award.

There are more than 380 charter schools in Ohio.

Findlay Digital Academy is an online, dropout-recovery school sponsored by Findlay City Schools. It allows students in grades 9-12 to get their education through online instruction. The academy also employs tutors who meet with the students on an individual basis.

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10/20/14 – 11:44 A.M.

A worker for the city of Findlay was injured in a hit-and-run crash while on the job last Friday. The Findlay Police Department says the incident happened at the intersection of North Main Street and East Pine Avenue around 10 a.m.

53-year-old George Elston was setting up cones at the intersection when he was hit by a black pickup truck. The driver fled the scene.

Elston was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment and was said to have no visible injuries. The truck that him is described as a mid-90’s Chevrolet.


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10/20/14 – 10:27 A.M.

If you weren’t’ already exercising patience around school buses, this would be a good week to learn some. The State Highway Patrol is conducting an enforcement blitz around school zones and buses as part of National School Bus Safety Week. Troopers will also be riding with school kids, watching for drivers who are passing stopped buses.

Ohio law requires you to stop at least 10 feet from a bus with its red flashing lights on. More than 4,000 drivers have been cited in the state in the last three years for violating that rule while a bus was loading or unloading children.

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10/20/14 – 10:17 A.M.

The EPA is asking you to test your home for radon this week. As part of National Radon Action Week the agency says homeowners should be aware of the danger the gas presents. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers, and the Surgeon General says one in 15 American homes has high levels of the gas.

Radon test kits are cheap, and easily found in stores. The average price for the test kit is a little more than $10.

MORE: RadonWeek.org

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10/20/14 – 8:33 A.M.

Authorities in northwest Ohio were involved in a multi-county chase involving a semi Sunday evening. Media partner WTOL-11 reports the chase started in Sandusky, continued to Toledo, and eventually ended in Wood County at the interchange of I-75 and State Route 582. The State Highway Patrol says speeds of 60 to 70 mph were maintained throughout the incident.

The driver of the semi was wanted on a theft charge. No one was injured during the chase.


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10/20/14 – 8:27 A.M.

A Findlay woman suffered minor injuries in a Saturday morning crash. The Findlay Police Department reports the crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. on East Bigelow Avenue.

20-year-old Meagan Moye was driving west on the road when she was hit from behind by 21-year-old Morgan Arnold of Bloomdale. Moye was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Arnold was cited for failure to maintain a clear distance.

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10/20/14 – 7:33 A.M.

A Tiffin employer will make a major expansion. Webster Industries will spend $8.3 million to add 38,000 square feet to its Seneca County factory. The move is expected to create 65 new jobs and retain 294 existing positions. The company says the expansion is contingent upon the finalization of state and local incentives.

Webster Industries manufactures industrial conveyor chains and vibrating conveyors. The Tiffin location beat out factories in Mississippi and Alabama for the expansion dollars.

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10/20/14 – 7:26 A.M.

Findlay could change it’s panhandling laws this year. The Courier reports a proposal has been made to expand a 2006 law to outlaw the practice in public parks and recreation facilities. The current law already prohibits panhandling in several places; like within 20 feet of a bank or on private property.

The 2006 law also requires panhandlers to register with the city. However, the panhandlers often seen on Tiffin Avenue don’t actually meet the definition of a panhandler. City Law Director Don Rasmussen says if people holding signs asking for help are staying on public property, they have a first amendment right to do so.

The increased panhandling regulation

MORE: The Courier

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10/20/14 – 6:44 A.M.

A crash in Hancock County could be causing some traffic issues this morning. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports a driver went off the road and hit a power pole on State Route 37 south of County Road 172. A dispatcher says the road hasn’t officially been closed, but it’s probably a good place to avoid.

Crews are en route to repair the utility pole.

No other details were immediately available.


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10/20/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Gas prices are up from last Monday, but coming down after spiking last week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular around the state is $3.06 this morning. That’s up three cents from last Monday but down six cents from last Thursday.

In Findlay, drivers are reporting an average of $3.09 around the city. Last Monday we were paying $2.99 a gallon, but by Wednesday that had risen to $3.19. In Ottawa, the average price is back below $3 a gallon this morning.

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