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8/15/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Highway work continues in Putnam County this week. ODOT says State Route 189 between Road 20-S and Road 20 will be closed for culvert replacement starting today. The project should take around five days.

State Route 65 is being resurfaced between Columbus Grove and Leipsic. There will be lane restrictions on some areas of the road. The work in Ottawa has been completed though.

Another project in Columbus Grove to look out for is on State Route 12. The highway will be restricted to one lane for repaving.

State Route 696 from State Route 12 and the Allen County line will have traffic maintained while a drainage repair project continues.

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8/15/16 – 5:03 A.M.

There isn’t any new road work planned on highways in Hancock County this week, but there are still some ongoing projects to watch out for. I-75 between State Route 235 and the County Road 60 overpass will be reduced to one lane for resurfacing work. That project is expected to last through Labor Day.

U.S. 68 from U.S. 30 to the Hardin County line will be restricted to one lane again for pavement repair.

The entrance and exit ramps from U.S. 30 to State Route 37 will be closed for repair work.

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8/15/16 – 4:53 A.M.

There will be less road work in Findlay this week. The city’s engineering department says you can look for one lane to be closed in each direction on Broad Avenue. A paving project is wrapping up between Trenton Avenue and Howard Street. Davis Street remains closed between Morey Avenue and Cory Street for a waterline installation project.

Elsewhere Osborn Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Wedgewood and Sandusky streets for curb replacement.

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8/13/16 – 7:41 A.M.

The Saturday morning balloon flight for Flag City BalloonFest was cancelled.  Organizers say that much like Friday morning, winds were too strong at higher altitudes.  Events will continue in Emory Adams Park today with another flight scheduled for 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.

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8/12/16 – 2:00 P.M.

Much needed rain is in the forecast for the weekend, but unfortunately it happens to be the same weekend as Flag City BalloonFest. Todd Fisher is the weather officer for the event says the rain greatly affects the balloons, but maybe not how you would think…

Audio: Todd Fisher

Fisher says if those conditions exist within around 20 miles of where balloons are flying it’s a problem.

High winds at 500 feet caused the cancellation of Friday morning’s flights.

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8/12/16 – 11:46 A.M.

An annual guest of Flag City BalloonFest is Miss Ohio, and 2016 is no different.  Alice Magoto was on hand for Friday morning’s festivities…

Audio:  Alice Magoto

Magoto is scheduled to sing the national anthem at tonight’s opening ceremony.  She’s also promoting her cause, which is to encourage teenage girls not to buy into media stereotypes about beauty…

Audio: Alice Magoto

You can find out more about the effort at BeautyUnedited.com.

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8/12/16 – 10:13 A.M.

A boil water advisory has been issued for several homes on Concord Court in Findlay. 36 homes in the 1100, 1200, and 1300 block are affected by the notice. Repair work on a water main on Vincent Street caused the alert to be issued.

Until further notice residents in that area should boil water before using it for drinking, cooking, or bathing.

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8/12/16 – 8:45 A.M.

Authorities spent hours Thursday night searching for a missing 10-year-old boy. The Wood County Sheriff’s Office first reported Zachary Reilly missing around 3:45 p.m. in the 2100 block of Bairdstown Road near North Baltimore. He was located in the 1500 block of the same road around 11 p.m. Authorities say the boy was found unharmed and returned to his family.

Family members said the boy likes to hide in cornfields and wooded areas.

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8/12/16 – 8:33 A.M.

Hot air balloon lovers are keeping an eye on the weather this weekend, and so are the pilots. Unfortunately, the weather Friday morning meant no first flight for the annual Flag City BalloonFest…

Audio: Todd Fisher

Todd Fisher is the weather officer for BalloonFest and says the winds were a little rough for passenger balloon flights. However, they would fly under similar conditions for the competition elements of this weekend’s event.

With rain in the forecast this weekend, Fisher says they’ll be keeping a close eye on the weather.

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8/12/16 – 5:26 A.M.

A series of thefts is under investigation in Pandora. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports the incidents happened in the early morning hours of August 9. A post on the office’s Facebook page says if you’ve noticed anything missing or out of place in your home, you should report it immediately.

A security camera took pictures of a group of men at one location. You can see the pictures on our website.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Pandora Police Department at (419)384-3750.

In the meantime, you’re being reminded to take valuable items out of your car and to make sure you lock your home.

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