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7/30/15 – 10:55 A.M.

A letter sent from the Findlay auditor’s office to several Hancock County officials has caused some confusion. Assistant Prosecutor Cindy Land says the city sent out forms about political contributions to vendors…

Audio: Cindy Land

Land says the form doesn’t apply to county offices because county offices can’t contribute to political campaigns. She added she believes the letters were sent out in bulk to all vendors, including county offices. Land said she’d check to make sure that was the case.

Land told the commissioners that as an attorney she didn’t like the idea of signing a document that doesn’t apply to them, but also said she didn’t believe it would cause an issue because it doesn’t apply to the county offices.

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7/30/15 – 10:35 A.M.

Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik talked about several issues in the city during an appearance on WFIN radio Thursday. On the subject of making the Dorney Plaza area in downtown more of a public space, Mihalik said she absolutely believes it can coexist with the courts…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Courthouse officials have said they are concerned about taking unruly prisoners through the area to get them from the court back to the jail.

Downtown parking has been a sore spot for some with the ongoing Marathon Petroleum expansion project. Mihalik also addressed that issue…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik said that’s one of a few ideas being looked at. She added the city is trying to balance the need for customer parking, employee parking, and space for a growing number of apartments in the downtown area.

Mihalik says she is willing to talk to downtown business owners about their concerns.

Recent discussion about new signage requirements in Findlay have been met with mixed reviews. Mihalik says she is not in favor of forcing businesses to change their existing signs unless they are planning to make changes on their own…

Audio: Lydia Mihalik

Mihalik says that one of the reasons they want businesses to change to low-profile signs is to make the area more attractive to businesses looking for new locations. She added that the city would also encourage utilities like AEP and AT&T to put their cables underground in the Tiffin Avenue cooridor in the future.

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7/30/15 – 8:40 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum’s second-quarter numbers were down slightly compared to 2014. The company reported earnings of $826 million for April, May, and June. That’s compared to earnings of $855 million a year ago. Despite the slight decline, CEO Gary Heminger said the second-quarter numbers, “reflected a solid performance across our operating platform.”

Some of the highlights from the second quarter include a strong showing by the Speedway retail segment. The convenience store chain’s income was $127 million in the second-quarter of this year, compared to $94 million last year. Half of the more than 1,200 Hess retails stores bought last October have now been rebranded as Speedway stores.

The second-quarter also saw Marathon return $544 million of capital to shareholders, including $408 million in share repurchases. Marathon also recently announced a move that will see MPLX take over operations of MarkWest Energy Partners.

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7/30/15 – 7:20 A.M.

A second person listed as a person of interest in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Lima is on their way back to Ohio. WLIO-TV reports 27-year-old Catherine Wilson is being transported back to the area from Florida. Wilson was arrested for a traffic violation in Florida, and held on a bench warrant from Putnam County.

She was also named as a person of interest in the May 31 crash that killed Aaron Ehrnsberger. 31-year-old Robert Catlett III was also found in Florida. He has already been returned to Lima and has talked to police.

So far no charges have been filed in the case.


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7/30/15 – 6:54 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum has named a new member to the company’s board of directors. Charles Bunch will join the organization September 22. Bunch currently serves as the chairman of the board and CEO for PPG Industries. His last day with PPG will be September 1.

The election of Bunch increases the size of Marathon’s board to 11 directors.

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7/30/15 – 6:42 A.M.

A pair of railroad crossings will be closed near the Whirlpool plant north of Findlay today. The Hancock County Engineer’s office says the crossing on County Road 216 between County Road 220 and Township Road 230, and the crossing on Township Road 215 between Road 220 and Township Road 228 will be closed for repair work until August 12.

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7/30/15 – 5:27 A.M.

Continued road construction in Findlay will result in a pair of lane shifts in the city starting today. The engineering office says Lima Avenue will be shifted to the north between Western Avenue and Lake Cascades Parkway. The traffic pattern change will allow for the repair of a lift station along that stretch of road. At one point crews will have to briefly shut the road down, but there’s no timetable for when that will happen.

Another area to look out for will be the northbound lanes of Main Street between Lincoln and Hardin Streets. Lanes will be shifted in that area starting today. The traffic change is expected to last through August 13.

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7/30/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A trial date has been set for a Findlay man accused of killing a Fostoria couple in a drunk driving accident this spring. 37-year-old Daniel Betts will face a jury on November 9. Betts is facing two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Investigators say Betts was drunk when his pickup truck hit a motorcycle ridden by John and Kimberly Clark on May 14. The crash happened on Cass Township Road 215, east of County Road 236.

Betts has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bond.

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7/30/15 – 5:10 A.M.

With voters having rejected two bids to build a new k-8 building in the Liberty Benton School District, the school board is taking a hard look at what needs to be done to keep the existing building in good working condition. The Courier reports board members talked about recommendations from an architectural firm during a Wednesday meeting. The suggestions include adding eight more modular classrooms. If the board decides in favor of the plan, the rooms will start being put in place as early as December.

The cost of the new classrooms would be more than $794,000 not including plumbing and electrical costs. If approved, they could open for the 2016-2017 school year.

The plan given to the district also calls for the heating system to be replaced, and for the band and choir room to be renovated. Superintendent Jim Kanable recommended doing one major project each summer for the next three years. An electrical audit is expected to begin by the end of this week.

MORE: The Courier

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