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3/25/15 – 5:23 A.M.

A celebration of Lincoln Elementary School will take place in Findlay this week. The school is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Two celebrations will take place Friday. The first will be at 9:15 a.m. for kindergarten through second grade. Another celebration will take place at 10:15 a.m. for the rest of the school. The celebrations are open to the public.

When the school first opened it housed grades one through nine. Today it’s home to kindergarten through ?fifth-grade students.

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3/25/15 – 5:10 A.M.

The Hancock County road work budget has been set for the year. Nearly nine miles of roads will be resurfaced for around $1.3 million. An extra $604,500 will be spent on replacing five bridges. $444,500 of that money spent on bridges will come from local dollars

The bridges to be replaced are on Portage Township Road 98; Madison Township Road 148; Amanda Township Road 167; Portage Township Road 112; and Madison Township Road 177.

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3/25/15 – 4:59 A.M.

Hancock County’s drug court held its first session Tuesday. The Courier reports two people have agreed to take on the intensive requirements the program offers to avoid jail time.

46-year-old Wendy Martinez and 30-year-old Daniel Kirk made appearances in front of Judge Joseph Niemeyer. Martinez has pleaded guilty to a felonious assault charge. Kirk was found eligible after he was allegedly found with heroin last March. The pair will take part in cognitive behavior group intervention followed by aftercare, and regular contact with a sponsor and case manager. Alcoholic Anonymous meetings, substance abuse counseling, meeting with a nurse practitioner, probation compliance, and attendance at all court sessions are also part of the plan.

The sentences will last 12 to 18 months. Failure to comply can result in being removed from the program.

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3/24/15 – 11:38 A.M.

Three men from our region will be ordained deacons of the Catholic Church this weekend. A release from the Toledo Diocese says the Rite of Ordination will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey.

28-year-old David Kidd of Lima, 28-year-old Jeffery Smith of Tiffin, and 26-year-old Austin Ammanniti will all be ordained. Bishop Daniel Thomas will perform the ceremony.

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3/24/15 – 11:11 A.M.

Hancock County’s landfill has been nationally recognized for its methane disposal system.  Sanitary Engineer Steve Wilson says the EPA has taken notice of the methane to energy conversion system operating at the landfill…

Audio: Steve Wilson

Wilson says the EPA’s methane outreach program encourages beneficial reuse of methane generated from landfills.

Audio: Steve Wilson

Methane gas generated by landfills has been an issue for generations.  It smells and can be explosive if not mitigated the right way.

The facility in Hancock County has been in operation since last fall.

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3/24/15 – 10:36 A.M.

After a post-holiday jump in unemployment rates, joblessness dropped in the region in February. Every area county saw a decrease in unemployment last month. The lowest rate in the area was in Hancock County at 4 percent. Wyandot and Putnam Counties were also below 5 percent unemployment, at 4.3 percent and 4.6 percent respectively.

Elsewhere in the area, Wood County was at 5 percent unemployment, Allen County checked in a 5.4, and Seneca was at 5.7 percent. Henry County’s jobless rate was at 7.2 percent in February.

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3/24/15 – 7:19 A.M.

If you’re a young, single woman Lima is the place to be. The Lima News reports the city was named as one of the best 19 small cities for single millennial women by the dating website datingadvice.com. The reason behind the selection was fairly straightforward; there are 2,056 more single men than women in the city.

The website’s article used data from the Jonathan Soma’s 2013 Interactive Singles Map to get its information.

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3/24/15 – 6:40 A.M.

A one-car crash on I-75 near Bluffton injured a Michigan woman Monday night. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened in the northbound lanes of the interstate near the State Route 103 exit around 8:20 p.m.

62-year-old Janet Knepper of Saginaw, Michigan, lost control of her van and overturned in the median. A passenger, 29-year-old Katherine Knepper, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Knepper was cited for failure to control.

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3/24/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Work continues towards creating a joint fire district between Portage and Pleasant Townships along with McComb. The Courier reports the McComb village council discussed the plan during their Monday meeting. Township representatives along with members of the McComb Police, Fire and Safety Committee also met before the regular meeting.

Cost estimates are being put together. No final decisions have been made, but everyone involved agreed to look into the financial aspects of the plan.

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