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12/18/14 – 9:02 A.M.

Residents in the North Baltimore school district will be asked to renew an income tax in the spring. The Sentinel-Tribune reports the school board approved putting a renewal levy on the ballot for the next election during their Wednesday meeting. The 1 percent income tax was first approved in 2006.

The tax raised $700,000 for the district last year. That amounts to nearly 9 percent of the school’s operating budget.

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12/18/14 – 7:22 A.M.

Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler is running for re-election. The Review-Times reports Keckler announced his re-election bid Wednesday. He tells the newspaper he wants to continue the progress made by his office over the past few years.

Keckler was first elected to the post in 2011. It was his first attempt to seek public office.

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12/18/14 – 7:08 A.M.

A budget increase for the Seneca County board of elections came as an unwelcome surprise to a few elected officials this week. The Review-Times reports the elections board requested $394,000 for 2015, up $90,000 from this year.

Commissioner Fred Zoeller raised concerns about a $40,000 increase for contract services. He said training provided to county employees was supposed to reduce that amount in 2015.

The board of elections budget also included an increase in wages paid for precinct workers. Following an executive session, the commissioners ended up approving the budget request.

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12/18/14 – 5:30 A.M.

If you want to see updated maps for the proposed Rover Pipeline project, there are plenty of places to do so. In Hancock County, the maps can be seen at The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, the Hancock County Commissioners offices, and at the Washington Township Trustees office in Arcadia.

Seneca County residents can check out the plans at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, the Kaubisch Memorial Public Library in Fostoria, and the Seneca County commissioners office. The township trustee offices in Bloom, Eden, Hopewell, Loudon, and Seneca Townships all have copies of the map as well.

In Wood County, the map is available at the Wood County District Public Library in Bowling Green, the North Baltimore Public Library, and the Wood County commissioners office. The township trustee offices in Bloom, Henry, Jackson, Milton, and Perry Townships will also have a copy on hand.

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12/18/14 – 5:30 A.M.

2014 was not the year to try and build new school facilities in Hancock County. Two local school districts approached voters with building projects, and both building levies were rejected by wide margins.

64 percent of Van Buren residents cast ballots against a building project in the district…

Audio: Tim Myers

Superintendent Tim Myers talked about the levy failure on election night. He said to fix the current facilities, the district would still need to pass a bond issue.

Liberty Benton’s bid to build a new K-8 school building also fell flat…

Audio: Jim Knable

Liberty-Benton Superintendent Jim Knable said the district would have to evaluate their options following the defeat. About 56 percent of the ballots cast went against building a new K-8 school building.

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12/18/14 – 5:16 A.M.

If you’re planning on building a home in rural Putnam County, starting next year you’ll need more land. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the County Planning Commission has voted to increase the minimum lot size to two acres. The rules only apply to lots plotted outside of existing village corporation limits.

The reason for the change has to do with new regulations from the Ohio EPA. The rules require extra space on property to meet septic tank requirements.

The current rules only require one acre of land to build a structure.

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12/18/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The legal wrangling between Cooper Tire & Rubber and Apollo Tyres of India is over. The Courier reports that both companies agreed to dismiss their claims and counterclaims Wednesday. A statement from Cooper said the two companies agreed not pursue further claims on the failed sale of Cooper to Apollo.

Cooper initially sued Apollo for not closing the sale in a timely manner last year. The claim was thrown out by Delaware Chancery Court Judge Sam Glasscock III. Glasscock also ruled that neither company could have anticipated the problems a Chinese tire factory partially owned by Cooper were going to cause. The issues ultimately led to the deal falling through.

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12/18/14 – 4:54 A.M.

Hancock County health officials are optimistic a merger will get done in 2015. County health commissioner Dr. Greg Arnette tells the Courier the plan is “finally making headway.” The potential for a merger with the city health department was discussed at Wednesday’s Hancock County Board of Health meeting.

Ed Ingold is the president of the board and says both sides are meeting to come up with a contract that works for everyone. Ingold also said that while the plan is good, they’ll know more about what they need when the two departments start working side-by-side in 2015. After that happens he thinks employees will come up with suggestions to make the merger work better.

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