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1/13/16 – 4:22 A.M.

A Michigan trucker is recovering from minor injuries suffered in a crash with a train Wood County. State troopers say Robert Brown was eastbound on U.S. Route Six near Bradner yesterday when his tractor-trailer hit a northbound CSX train. The railroad crossing gates were down and lights were flashing when the crash happened.

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1/12/2016 – 7:24 pm

The City of Findlay is planning to spend the same on road resurfacing this year that it did in 2015. Plans call for around $1.25 million dollars to be spent on road resurfacing. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that the city will resurface between 15 to 20 roads this year depending on need.

The city is looking to upgrade the intersections of Blanchard and Sixth streets, Blanchard and Sandusky streets and the West Sandusky Street and Western Avenue crossing near the Courier. One idea for the intersections is to utilize roundabouts for the intersections of Blanchard and Sixth and West Sandusky and Western Avenue, but Schmelzer indicated that would be unlikely due to costs for property acquisition to complete the project.

One of the major projects that the city is undertaking this year will be to tie into and to help fund a fiber-optic data network in partnership with Findlay Schools. Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said that the network would bring about savings to the city’s service and data fees.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Schmelzer said that the estimated return on that project would take around five to six years.

In line with other capital improvement projects, the City of Findlay is continuing to work on improvements to The Cube, and the surrounding sports facilities. Plans call for an expansion of the ice and floor space in the facility itself and the construction of handicapped-accessible restrooms for the ball fields, to be built in line with plans for the Miracle Field. Schmelzer said that around $225,000 was appropriated for the project.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Plans for the Miracle Field are on target to begin construction this spring and to have the facility open in early August.

When it comes to the overall capital plans, the City of Findlay says that it has prioritized funding for improving utilities, parks, road structure, and other capital improvements which helps in regards to economic development. With a $3.6 million carryover in the capital improvement fund from 2015, and ongoing projects slated for this year, Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer says that Findlay is, financially in a position to entice companies looking to locate in Northwest Ohio.

Audio: Paul Schmelzer

Findlay’s 2016 Capital Improvement plans call for continued work on main street revitalization, utility and road structure for the industrial parks and work on building the retail market in the community.

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1/12/2016 – 5:01 pm

Columbia Gas customers in Ohio will be paying less for service on average in January. The company announced that customers are projected to pay around $27.87 less or 22 percent less for the month. The average bill for a household buying natural gas from Columbia is projected to be $98.73 in January, down from $126.60 last year.

The rate decrease will not apply however to those who buy their natural gas on fixed-rate plans from suppliers like Direct Energy, IGS, and Integrys Energy Services. Those with a variable rate plan from an alternative supplier may however, see a rate decrease.

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1/12/2016 – 4:42 pm

A Findlay woman was taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon near the Findlay Airport. Findlay Police report that 69-year-old Pamela Shull was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital as a precaution. Shortly after 2pm Shull was driving southbound on OH 15 and was exiting onto Lima Avenue when her vehicle struck the side of a semi driven by 63-year-old Juan Escalante of Deshler, which was at the entrance ramp.

The on-ramp from eastbound Lima Avenue to southbound OH 15/US68 was blocked for a couple of hours. Shull was cited for operating without reasonable control.

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1/12/16 – 9:46 A.M.

The employees of the Old Fort Banking Company have bought a 45 percent interest in the bank. Or, more specifically, the employees’ stock and 401(k) plan bought a stake in the bank. The Courier reports the sale was initiated by the bank itself. CEO Michael Spragg says the move was made to boost employee moral. He also believes it will help keep employees.

Old Fort Bank is based in Tiffin. 10 of the 105 employees work in Findlay.

Dianne Gillmor Krumsee is the chair of the bank’s board. She cashed in part of her investment in the bank to make the sale. The move will help prevent the sale of the bank to an outside interest. The business was founded by Gillmor Krumsee’s grandfather, Howard Fry, in 1916.

MORE: The Courier

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1/12/16 – 8:47 A.M.

Two people were injured in a head-on collision near Upper Sandusky Monday night. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened on State Route 53 near County Road 4 around 7 p.m.

Aimee Scorese of Columbus was driving north on Route 53, and collided with a southbound car driven by Betty Hendricks of Upper Sandusky. Both cars were straddling the center line due to drifting snow on the road. Two passengers in Scorese’s car were taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital with what were called “non-incapacitating” injuries.

No citations were issued.

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1/12/16 – 7:41 A.M.

Two people were injured when a pickup truck slid off of Biglick Township Road 255 Monday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the crash happened just after 4:45 p.m. near the intersection with Township Road 296.

42-year-old Dwight Roebuck was driving south on Road 255 when he slid off the road, hit a mailbox, and stopped in a field. Two passengers in the truck were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Roebuck was cited for operating without reasonable control.

 

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1/12/16 – 7:17 A.M.

The new Carey school building remains under construction, but area residents can get a look at the work done so far this weekend. The Courier reports there will be public tours this Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon. The new school is being built on South Vance Street on the southern edge of town.

If you plan on going, you should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Some parts of the building will still be off limits, and the site is not handicap accessible yet.

MORE: The Courier

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1/12/16 – 5:22 A.M.

A Fostoria business is in the midst of a multi-million dollar revitalization plan. The Review-Times reports details of Mennel Milling’s plan were outlined during a Monday Rotary Club meeting. Company President Ford Mennel said the plan is to integrate all aspects of the business into one location, and to expand grain storage capacity. Mennel said the Fostoria facilities are showing their age, but the $40-50 million project will keep things in working order.

The company’s corporate office is moving into the former Seneca Wire building on Vine Street. The move will put the offices closer to the plant. It also nearly doubles the office space available. Mennel is also adding four new grain bins this year, which will double its storage capacity.

MORE: Review-Times

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