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3/11/15 – 7:19 A.M.

Officials in Seneca County continue to move forward with plans to build a new justice center. The Review-Times reports the Seneca County Commissioners reviewed a flow chart designed to assist with the project during their Tuesday meeting. The commissioners have agreed that the former courthouse property in Tiffin is where they want to build the new facility. Now they are working on putting plans in place to make that happen.

The North Central Ohio Educational Service Center Council of Governments has offered to create a steering committee to develop an organizational chart. The council has received a $500,000 state grant to assist with planning.

MORE: Review-Times

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3/11/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A settlement has been reached between the former Mayor of Rawson and the Ohio Ethics Commission. Corey Miracle has admitted he violated ethics laws when he approved village payments made to him for Rawson improvement projects. Under the agreement, Miracle accepts a public reprimand but no further prosecution will be sought.

Between 2008 and 2011 Miracle was paid $7,400 to serve as the village representative on improvement projects. Miracle signed four resolutions approving payments to himself. Because Miracle performed the work and filled positions needed by the village, no further prosecution was deemed necessary.

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3/11/15 – 5:28 A.M.

One person was injured when their car nearly hit a bank drive through in Findlay Tuesday evening. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened around 6:30 p.m. at the Chase Bank drive through at 1700 Western Avenue.

67-year-old Ricka Baltz of Findlay was driving west on Lake Cascades Parkway when her car travelled through the Western Avenue intersection and hit a curb on the Chase Bank property. Her car also hit a light pole and a decorative bush before coming to a rest.

Ricka was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. She was not cited because the crash happened on private property.

 

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3/11/15 – 5:16 A.M.

Boat launches will be built along the Blanchard River this year. The Hancock Park District approved funding for the launches during their Tuesday meeting. The project will cost nearly $77,000.

A grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will pay for concrete launches at Liberty Landing and Blanchard Landing. The park district is providing the initial funding but will be reimbursed by the state.

The launches should be finished by this fall.

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3/11/15 – 5:09 A.M.

You can expect to see plenty of road work in Findlay this year. The Courier reports the City Appropriations Committee has suggested spending $1.3 million to resurface 13 more roads. The recommendation is pending full city council approval.

Council has already approved $1.2 million for a repaving project on Bright Road and several other areas of the city. Findlay is also paying more than $802,000 toward a state project to repave U.S. 224 and State Route 568 in the city. Curbs will be replaced along those routes as well.

Roads to be worked on following Tuesday’s meeting: Candlewick Drive from Melrose Avenue to 19th Street; Knollwood Drive from Melrose Avenue to Candlewick Drive; Edgar Avenue from Main Street to Emory Adams Park; Cory Street from Main Cross Street to Washington Street; Washington Street from Cory Street to the railroad tracks; Bernard Avenue from Crystal Avenue to a dead end; Center Street from Blanchard Street to Tiffin Avenue; East Pearl Street from Main Street to Washington Avenue; Hancock Street from Main Street to Eagle Creek Park; Broadway; Madison Avenue; Lexington Avenue; and Old Mill Road.

Roads already slated for work: Bright Road, from Production Drive to Hancock County 212; Lima Avenue, from Main Street to Lake Cascades Parkway; Western Avenue, from Lima Street to River Street; and Broad Avenue, from River to Howard streets.

MORE: The Courier

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3/10/15 – 11:20 A.M.

A comment made in the newspaper last week was a sticking point between Hancock County Commissioners Mark Gazarek and Brian Robertson today. During the commissioner’s meeting Gazarek asked Robertson to clarify comments that saving $2 million on the county garage allowed the county to stay under its borrowing cap, and invest $2 million more into the Ohio Logistics Business Park…

Audio: Mark Gazarek

Robertson said he thought Gazarek was splitting hairs on the issue…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Robertson added the focus should be on the progress Hancock County has made. He also said he hasn’t nitpicked his fellow commissioners.

MORE: Courier Article from March 5

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3/10/15 – 9:05 A.M.

Unemployment was up in every area county in the first month of the year. January unemployment numbers were released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services today, and show a spike in joblessness. Unemployment claims typically go up when temporary holiday jobs come to an end.

Only Hancock and Wyandot Counties remain under 5 percent unemployment. Hancock County was up from 3.5 to 4.6 percent. Wyandot jumped from 3.6 to 4.8.

Elsewhere in the region Putnam County saw 5.2 percent joblessness, Wood County checked in at 5.5, Allen was at 6.1 and Seneca county was at 6.5 percent. Henry County had the highest unemployment at 7.5 percent in January.

 

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3/10/15 – 6:44 A.M.

It looks like a greenhouse for the new Carey school building won’t cost as much as originally expected. The Courier reports the school board discussed the issue during their Monday meeting. Superintendent Mike Wank told the board a new greenhouse, bigger than the current facility would only cost around $30,000. Previous estimates from the state had pegged the cost at $150,000.

Vocational Agriculture teacher Donna Hohman said the new greenhouse would be located on the north side of the new building. Students and community members could help with the construction because the state will not be helping fund the project.

Wank said the building could also be used for fundraising activities and community outreach.

MORE: The Courier

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3/10/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Things are starting to warm up, and with plenty of snow left on the ground many people are once again keeping an eye on the Blanchard River. Fortunately, it looks like the river will stay within its banks as the snow continues to melt. While the river is rising a little faster than anticipated, no flooding is projected in either Findlay or Ottawa.

At 4 a.m. today the river was at a little over 3.2 feet and rising in Findlay. Flood stage doesn’t start until 11 feet.

In Ottawa, the river was just over 13 feet and rising. However, that’s still 10 feet below flood stage.

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3/10/15 – 5:21 A.M.

A new State Wildlife Officer is taking the reigns in Hancock County. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says Eric VonAlmen has been hired to fill the role. VonAlmen is originally from the area. He’s a 2004 graduate of Columbus Grove High School and has been a wildlife officer in Lucas County since 2012.

VonAlmen will enforce wildlife regulations, investigate allegations of waterway pollution, protect state property, and make arrests when necessary. He’ll also put together educational programs, perform fish and wildlife management duties and advise landowners on how to deal with wildlife on their property.

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