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8/26/15 – 9:13 P.M.

Findlay and Hancock County have no shortage of community service organizations, many focusing on the same area. A series of meetings aims to make sure those groups are working together, and getting results…

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Jack Hess is the Executive Director of the Institute for Coalition Building in Columbus, Indiana. He served as the keynote speaker for the Collective Impact Summit Wednesday night.

Hess said many times communities have plenty programs to help, but they aren’t working in sync with each other…

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Hess said the organizations will take part in training exercises Wednesday. Beyond that they’ll begin working on way that can collaborate more effectively.

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8/26/15 – 7:33 A.M.

A three-car crash injured a Bradner woman in Findlay late Tuesday afternoon. The Findlay Police Department says the collision happened at 1800 East Sandusky Street around 5:20 p.m.

33-year-old Melinda De La Rosa was driving east on the road when she was hit from behind by a car driven by 47-year-old Gregory Kuhlman of Findlay. The impact of the crash pushed De La Rosa’s car into the path of a pickup truck driven by 54-year-old Richard Riggs Jr. of Findlay.

De La Rosa was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Kuhlman was cited for causing the crash.

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8/26/15 – 7:25 A.M.

Improvements are planned at the Seneca County Airport. The Review-Times reports a grant could help pay for three projects at the facility. County Administrator Stacy Wilson told the commissioners if they receive the money, work could take place next year.

The plan calls for pavement resurfacing on taxiway A and apron B. Trees would also be removed near U.S. 224 to improve pilot visibility.

The total cost of the project is more than $196,000. If the grant is approved the county’s portion would be around $32,000.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/26/15 – 7:10 A.M.

The Fostoria City school district could all be on one campus before the end of the decade. The Review-Times reports Superintendent Andrew Sprang has been talking to people in the community about the plan this week. Sprang says a 3.5 mill, 35-year-bond issue would build a new junior/senior high school. It would also renovate the current intermediate elementary school.

The total project cost is estimated to be around $50 million. The local share of the funding would be nearly $9.5 million. The rest of the bill would be footed by the state.

Sprang says the added bonus is that taxes would actually decrease if the issue passes. That’s because current property values would be used to determine how much someone pays. The tax savings amount to between $4 and $11 per year depending on property value.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/26/15 – 6:49 A.M.

A non-profit organization hopes a new drunk-driving simulator will make people think twice before getting behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking. Safe Ride home bought the equipment, and will display it today at the First Federal Bank location at 7591 Patriot Drive in Findlay. The simulator will be demonstrated between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The machine simulates driving a car, while a pair of virtual reality goggles changes the user’s reaction times.

Safe Ride Home bought the new equipment in May.

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8/26/15 – 6:42 A.M.

An accountant will spend 40 days in jail for stealing more than $17,000 from the Kalida Band Boosters. The Lima News reports 48-year-old Jennifer Edelbrock was sentenced in the Putnam County Common Pleas Court Tuesday. Edelbrock had paid back the money in an agreement for the prosecution to recommend against jail time. However Judge Randall Basinger said the crime hurt the community and opted for a jail sentence.

Edelbrock said she had hoped to make enough money to repay what she took before anyone noticed it was missing. Basinger said he had heard many thieves say the same thing.

MORE: Lima News

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8/25/15 – 5:27 A.M.

A building leased for Putnam County emergency services could soon become property of the county. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the commissioners have approved making an offer to buy the facilities at 117 Thatye Drive in Ottawa. St. Rita’s Medical Center currently owns the building. The county pays more than $1,500 a month to use the it.

The facility houses the Office of Public Safety and ambulette services.

Commissioner Jon Love said the move would help expand services to the county. That could include increasing ambulette services and putting full-time paramedics on staff.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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8/26/15 – 5:16 A.M.

A Findlay man is accused of breaking into several businesses in the city. The Courier reports 37-year-old William Tweed faces six counts of breaking and entering. Investigators say Tweed stole money out of the businesses’ vending machines over the course of several months.

The break-ins allegedly took place in Pressed Paperboard Tech, Fabco Inc, Findlay Machine and Tool, and Werk Brau Company. The buildings were unoccupied at the time of the incidents, which started last December.

MORE: The Courier

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8/26/15 – 5:08 A.M.

Findlay-based Rowmark is expanding its footprint. Rowmark, which makes plastic sheets for signs and plaques, has bought LaserBits. The Phoenix-based company is a supplier of laserable products in the awards and engraving market.

Duane Jebbett is Rowmark’s CEO. In a release he said, “Rowmark will continue to support and strengthen its growth through our distribution channel. Our global network of distributors will continue to be our focus, and we endeavor to be the go-to source for high-quality products as well as outstanding customer service in our market segments.”

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8/26/15 – 5:01 A.M.

U.S. Senator Rob Portman will meet with Cooper Tire & Rubber employees today. The Ohio Republican is starting a nine-county tour that will span five days. Portman will meet with unionized workers at the USW 207-L union hall at 1:50 p.m. He’s expected to talk about the efforts to put tariffs on Chinese tire imports.

Over the next few days Portman will be talking about efforts fight human trafficking and drug abuse. Other topics on the tour will include job training, education, and economic development.

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