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12/8/16 – 5:06 A.M.

Hancock County hunters tagged less deer during the week-long deer-gun hunting season than they did in 2015. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hunters killed 454 deer this year, down 32 from a year ago. Putnam County hunters tagged 274 deer this year. That’s down from 304 compared to 2015.

Numbers increased in two area counties. Seneca County saw 835 deer killed, up from 779 last year. Hunters tagged 716 deer in Wyandot County, an increase of 20 compared to 2015.

Across the state, numbers were down for the year. Hunters claimed around 6,600 less deer in 2016.

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12/8/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Residents on two Findlay streets are under a boil water advisory today. The city’s water distribution department says 10 homes in the 1300 block of Fishlock Avenue and two homes in the 1600 block of Blanchard Avenue are under the advisory.

You can see the full list of addresses on our website.

You’re urged to boil water for at least one minute before using it for drinking or cooking.

Water main repair work caused the city to issue the alert.

Affected Addresses:

Fishlock Ave – 1300, 1301, 1305, 1306, 1307, 1312, 1313, 1315, 1316, and 1321
Blanchard Ave – 1624 and 1625

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12/7/16 – 11:14 A.M.

Recognizing the impact drugs have on the workforce, several community groups and businesses are joining an effort to address the issue. Zach Thomas is the director of Wellness and Education for the Hancock County ADAMHS Board. He says one of the goals is to help area businesses set good policies…

Audio: Zach Thomas

Thomas adds a large part of the initiative is to prevent drug addiction issues before they start.

Despite that, Thomas says most drug users have jobs…

Audio: Zach Thomas

Thomas says he hopes one outcome of the program is finding solutions for people who can’t get jobs because of positive drug tests…

Audio: Zach Thomas

Thomas says the goal is to have at least five businesses put in place new workplace drug programs by next September.

The first stakeholders meeting takes place Monday.

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12/7/16 – 7:29 A.M.

North Baltimore officials are growing more frustrated with an effort to reach an EMS agreement with Henry Township. The Courier reports council members are pushing for another meeting with Henry Township trustees. The dispute stems from how much money Henry Township should pay for EMT services.

Council considered sending a letter to residents living outside of the village, saying they could suspend EMT service to the township if a financial agreement isn’t reached. Council members decided against that Tuesday.

The newspaper says Henry Township trustees have said they are considering funding options.

MORE: The Courier

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12/7/16 – 5:34 A.M.

Fostoria residents have some decisions to make about the city’s financial future. The Courier reports city council approved a financial recovery plan during their Tuesday meeting. The plan includes two tax levies. The first is a 6-mill property tax increase. The second is for an extra quarter-percent income tax. The plan projects Fostoria will get out of the red by 2019 and have a positive general fund balance of more than $918,000 in 2021 – if voters pass the levy.

Council also voted to end an income tax credit for residents who live in Fostoria but work somewhere else. The state auditor’s office estimates that will generate an extra $500,000 per year for the general fund.

Other parts of the plan include eliminating local police and fire dispatching. The departments will contract with a local county to provide those services. The plan also calls for adding personnel in the fire division to reduce overtime costs.

MORE: The Courier

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12/7/16 – 5:21 A.M.

A former Hancock County Commissioner is returning to public life. The Courier reports Ed Ingold will fill an opening on the Hancock Park Board of Commissioners. Judge Kristen Johnson appointed Ingold to fill the unexpired term of Barbara Deerhake. The term runs through the end of 2018.

Ingold has been a member of a group that financially supports the district. He resigned his role on the Hancock Parks Foundation Board of Trustees after getting the appointment to the park board.

MORE: The Courier

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12/7/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Findlay City Council will now get updates on how many people and businesses are delaying payment of estimated taxes. The Courier reports council approved an ordinance that requires the tax administrator to report the number of approved deferments each month. The report will include the number of missed payments as well.

Auditor Jim Stashiak argued the legislation has a loophole. Staschiak says if a business doesn’t file a declaration of estimated taxes then it’s up to the tax administrator to decide whether to include it in the monthly report. Andrew Thomas is the tax administrator for Findlay. He says he follows up on missing declarations. Thomas adds there are other ways to determine the estimates.

City council approved rules in 2009 that allow businesses to defer paying estimated taxes. The goal was to reduce the amount of refunds given due to overpayment.

MORE: The Courier

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12/7/16 – 4:24 A.M.

A northwest Ohio police chief and his wife are back home after escaping the Tennessee wildfires. Green Springs Chief Charlie Horne tells WTOL-TV they had spent a weekend hiking near Gatlinburg last month before being evacuated when high winds swept the fire near their condominium. Horne says he still has a cough from inhaling the heavy smoke and his wife’s car still smells like the fire, but they’re fortunate to be alive.

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12/6/16 – 7:18 A.M.

A one-car crash injured an Upper Sandusky man on U.S. 23 Sunday afternoon. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office says 78-year-old James Racheter was driving north on the highway around 4:45 p.m. when he lost control on the State Route 199 exit ramp. His pickup truck went off the road and went airborne before hitting a fence.

Wyandot EMS took Racheter to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries. Deputies cited Racheter for failure to control.

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12/6/16 – 5:33 A.M.

Carey village council approved issuing bonds to pay for a new fire truck during a Monday meeting. The Courier reports council issued more than $868,000 in bonds for the new truck. The village expects to get the fire truck by the end of next year.

Carey was able to lock in a lower than expected interest rate. The village is paying a little more than 2.3 percent interest on the amount borrowed. Initially estimates set the interest rate at 2.75 percent. Village Administrator Roy Johnson says that means a yearly savings of around $4,500.

The repayment plan calls for a nearly $50,000 payment twice a year for 10 years.

MORE: The Courier

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