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10/28/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Campaign spending reports show Hancock County Commissioner Mark Gazarek has raised and spent more money than his opponent. The Courier reports Mark Gazarek’s campaign brought in nearly $11,000 in contributions during the last reporting period. He spent around $7,300 on the campaign.

The challenger in the race is independent candidate William Bateson. His campaign raised around $6,600 and spent roughly $4,300 during the same time.

You can see a list of each candidate’s donors in today’s Courier.

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10/27/16 – 11:13 A.M.

Today is Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle’s last day in office. He’s leaving the post to take an appointment as Hancock County Prosecutor. During his last meeting, Riegle said working with several elected officials over the last 10 years is what he’ll remember most…

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Riegle said things like the 2007 flood and the economic recession made the job difficult at times, but for the most part he found the job enjoyable.

Riegle had some advice for whoever the GOP appoints to take his seat as a Commissioner…

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Riegle says the person appointed to the open seat should be prepared to work hard and crunch a lot of numbers.

The Hancock County Republican Party will appointment a replacement for Riegle. They’re expected to do that by the end of November.

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10/27/16 – 8:33 A.M.

The North Baltimore School District needs a new treasurer. The Courier reports the district plans to start a search for the position next week. The current treasurer is Eve Baldwin. She announced earlier this year she would retire at the end of December. Baldwin has served in the role for 26 years.

Superintendent Ryan Delaney says the goal is to have a replacement in line by December.

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10/27/16 – 7:24 A.M.

A home explosion south of Fostoria injured a Seneca County woman Wednesday night. The Review-Times reports the blast happened on State Route 587 near the U.S. 224 intersection around 8:30 p.m. Neighbors told the newspaper they heard a “loud boom” just before the fire broke out.

The woman suffered minor injuries. She was not publicly identified. A Seneca County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher told the newspaper a furnace may have caused the explosion. The State Fire Marshal’s Office will help investigate the incident.

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10/27/16 – 6:50 A.M.

An ATV crash took the life of an Ada man earlier this week. WKTN radio reports 43-year-old Jeremy Imes died in a crash in a wooded area near Ada Monday. A release from the sheriff’s office says Imes was riding an ATV on a trail in the 4500 block of State Route 701 when he hit a downed tree. The collision caused the ATV to roll on top of him.

The sheriff’s office says alcohol could be a factor in the crash. They continue to investigate the incident.

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10/27/16 – 5:32 A.M.

A Pennsylvania woman will spend more than four years in prison for stealing thousands of dollars from a Fostoria senior citizen. The Review-Times reports Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley recently sentenced 40-year-old Patricia Stuward. A jury found Stuward guilty on charges of theft from an elderly person, attempted theft from an elderly person and telecommunications fraud last month. Kelbley sentenced her to 18 months in prison on each count. Stuward will serve the sentences consecutively.

Investigators say Stuward was one of three suspects who visited an elderly woman in her home and tried to con her out of $53,000. They initially were able to steal $16,000 from the victim.

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10/27/16 – 5:22 A.M.

Farming operations in Putnam County had an international audience last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports a delegation from Central America visited three locations in the county last Friday. The tour included Glandorf Feed in Glandorf, livestock operations in Cloverdale and the Vennekotter Farm near Continental.

Brad Moffitt is the director of marketing development for Ohio Corn & Wheat. He told the newspaper international buyers like to see the grain they could potentially buy.

The group is in the U.S. for the Export Exchange 2016 show, which is in Detroit this week.

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10/27/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The Whirlpool Corporation and One Energy started construction on a wind turbine in Ottawa Wednesday. WLIO-TV reports the companies held a groundbreaking ceremony near the Whirpool freezer plant.

One Energy says the turbine will provide up to 30 percent of the Whirpool plant’s energy.

The company also built the turbines in Findlay that provide power to the Whirlpool and Ball Metal plants.

Planning for the Ottawa turbine started in May this year.

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10/27/16 – 5:00 A.M.

The Hancock Parks Foundation has honored the late Kent Hampton. The Courier reports the foundation’s board voted to recognize Hampton for his contributions toward forming the foundation. Hampton passed away July 23.

A resolution honored his “vision for the future of the Hancock Park District and his service to improving our community.”

Hampton served as legal counsel for the organization after he retired from Marathon in 1983.

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