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11/11/14 – 5:13 A.M.

Repair work continues at the McComb wastewater treatment plant. The Courier reports sludge has been removed from the tank at the sewer plant so workers can get a better idea of the facility’s condition. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd told council on Monday that damaged gears and other mechanical issues have been discovered.

Siferd told council a new drive head had been installed. The next step in the process will be repairing electrical problems and rebuilding valves.

MORE: The Courier

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11/11/14 – 5:07 A.M.

Today is Veteran’s Day across the nation, and several people are pitching in to show their respect to those who have served. That includes local businesses and schools. Several area school districts have programs planned today, starting with breakfasts this morning. Many schools also have special assemblies scheduled for later in the day.

Area restaurants are showing their appreciation in the form of free food. Applebee’s, Max & Erma’s, Texas Roadhouse, and Bob Evan’s are just a few of the local businesses offering free items today.

School Programs:

RIVERDALE – NOVEMBER 11TH @ 10:15AM POTLUCK LUNCH FOLLOWING
ARLINGTON – NOVEMBER 11TH @ 9AM WITH A BREAKFAST @ 8AM
LINCOLN ELEMENTARY –NOVEMBER 11TH @ 1:30PM
VANLUE –NOVEMBER 11TH @ 10AM
ARCADIA –NOVEMBER 11TH @ 1:25PM LUNCH @ NOON
CORY RAWSON –NOVEMBER 11TH @ 9:30AM BREAKFAST @ 8:45AM
MCCOMB – NOVEMBER 11TH @ 1:45PM LUNCH @ 12:30PM
BIGELOW HILL –NOVEMBER 10TH @ 9:45AM
DONNELL –NOVEMBER 10TH @ 1:30PM
WILSON VANCE –NOVEMBER 11TH @ 10:40AM
CHAMBERLIN HILL NOVEMBER 11TH @ 11AM

Restauraunt Offers:

APPLEBEE’S -FREE FOOD ON SELECT MENU OPEN TO CLOSE
MAX & ERMA’S –FREE 3-COURSE COMBO OPEN TO CLOSE
FRIENDLY’S –FREE BREAKFAST, LUNCH, OR DINNER SELECT MENU
GOLDEN CORRAL- FREE MEAL 5 PM- 9PM NOVEMBER 17TH
THE OLIVE GARDEN – FREE MEAL ON SELECT MENU
LITTLE CAESARS – FREE CRAZY BREAD WITH PURCHASE OF PIZZA
TIM HORTON’S –FREE DONUT WITH A PURCHASE
BOB EVAN’S – FREE ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES
DENNY’S – FREE GRANDSLAM BREAKFAST 6AM- NOON
RED LOBSTER – FREE APPETIZER WITH PURCHASE
OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE –FREE BLOOMIN’ ONION WITH PURCHASE
TEXAS ROAD HOUSE – FREE MEAL FROM 11AM-2PM

Community Programs:

HANCOCK CO. HISTORICAL MUSEUM –NOVEMBER 9TH 1-5PM FREE ADMISSION
TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH –NOVEMBER 9TH @ 9:30AM FREE BREAKFAST
GRANDCOURT –NOVEMBER 11TH @ 9-11AM

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11/11/14 – 4:57 A.M.

A state grant will help develop Findlay’s newest industrial park. The Courier reports the city council appropriation committee accepted a grant worth more than $637,000 Monday. The money will be used to build a road leading into the park that includes the new McLane Company distribution center.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said, “We’ve pulled off something out there that’s quite miraculous with no cost to the city.” McLane paid $2.4 million for the land across from the Lowe’s distribution center on the city’s north side. The new distribution center is expected to open in 2016.

MORE: The Courier

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11/11/14 – 4:32 A.M.

Owens Community College will likely be placed in fiscal watch early next year. The move would require the college to report financial matters more frequently to the state. Owens President Mike Bower says a three-year plan to move out of fiscal watch has already been created and includes position eliminations, across the board salary cuts and voluntary furloughs. Enrollment at the college is down 38-percent over the past four years, resulting in a loss of revenue from tuition and state funding.

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11/10/14 – 10:13 A.M.
Update – 10:49 A.M.
Update – 10:55 A.M.
Update – 11:55 A.M.

The University of Findlay has expelled another football player for committing a sexual assault. A campus-wide email from Dave Emsweller, the Vice President for Student Affairs, confirms a student was removed from campus November 7. A spokesperson for the school confirms Laceem McCall was expelled and given the option to appeal. McCall is listed as a freshman from Suwanee, Georgia on the athletic department’s website.

The incident in question happened September 26 but was not reported to school authorities until November 2. The victim was not a UF student but was visiting the campus for the weekend.

Emsweller says an investigation conducted by UF officials found that a sexual assault did take place and that McCall filed an appeal as of this morning.

Last month the school expelled Alphonso Baity, a member of the basketball team, and Justin Browning, a member of the football team. UF officials said the two were involved in an incident involving a Findlay student.

Laceem McCall

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11/10/14 – 5:24 A.M.

Gas prices continue to fall in our area, and across the state. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price of a gallon of regular is $2.83 around the state today. That’s down from $2.94 a gallon at the beginning of last week and $3.09 a month ago.

Local prices are staying under the state average. The average price in Findlay was $2.79 a gallon early this morning. A month ago in Findlay we were paying around $3.05.

Prices in Ottawa are also at $2.79 this morning.

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11/10/14 – 5:14 A.M.

A one car crash killed two people in Seneca County late last week. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened on State Route 228 near Green Springs around 11:45 p.m. Friday night.

Investigators say a car driven by 31-year-old Christopher Meyer of Republic missed a curve in the road and hit a stop sign. The car overturned several times, hit a tree, and became engulfed in flames. Meyer and his passenger, 26-year-old Antony Ryon of Tiffin, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The incident remains under investigation, and alcohol is believed to have been a factor.

 

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11/10/14 – 5:08 A.M.

More details have been released about a plane crash in northwest Ohio last week. The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims of the crash as 59-year-old Michael McCarty, 65-year-old Wayne Weiss, and 62-year-old Rosalee Weiss. All three people were from Nebraska.

The FAA reports McCarty was flying to New Jersey to visit his daughter, and the Weiss’s were coming along to take a vacation. The plane was on approach to land in Findlay when it crashed in Paulding County.

Witnesses on the ground report the plane was on fire before it crashed.

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11/10/14 – 5:01 A.M.

A group of Tibetan monks will be visiting our area over the course of the week. The Blade reports the men will be in Findlay starting Wednesday, and will be here through November 15. On Wednesday, the monks will be at Coffee Amici in downtown to hold a community empowerment ceremony. That will take place at 5:30 p.m.

The group will travel to Bluffton on Thursday to make a sand mandala at Bluffton University’s Sauder Visual Arts Center. There will also be a presentation at Bluffton’s town hall.

On Friday night, there will be a Buddhist meditation session open to the public. It will start at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Blanchard Valley at 2415 North Main Street.

The monks are raising money for a monastery in India.

MORE: The Blade

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11/10/14 – 4:50 A.M.

The brisk Sunday weather didn’t stop people from coming out to honor area veterans. The annual Veterans Day parade and services were held in downtown Findlay. Several veteran’s organizations took part in the event, along with the Findlay High School marching band and the school’s drumline.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik spoke at a service following the parade. She said, “it’s great to be able to come down Main Street and see our youngest ones raising flags and waving them proudly, and obviously being able to honor those who continue to serve and have served our great country.”

The Hancock County Veteran’s Council organizes the annual event.

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