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8/4/15 – 5:02 A.M.

School starts in two weeks, and new modular units should be ready in time for use at Jefferson Primary and Chamberlin Hill Intermediate schools. The Courier reports the school board talked about the ongoing installation process during their Monday meeting. The project has faced some delays but should be finished on time.

Director of Operations Dennis McPheron told the board it took longer than expected to get electricity hooked up to the units. Furniture has been bought for the modular classrooms as well. McPheron admitted it would be a “tight” timetable for teachers to get in and get the rooms ready for students.

The modulars were bought to help reduce class sizes. Superintendent Ed Kurt said kindergarten classes were averaging 25 children. With the modulars in place that will drop to around 20.

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8/4/15 – 4:46 A.M.

A potential apartment development on Findlay’s west side has neighbors concerned. The Courier reports developers are planning a seven building complex with 92 two-bedroom suites on Thimbleberry Drive. A small housing development currently sits on the road just off of State Route 12.

Andrew Yates of YRI Properties says he’s still uncertain if the apartments will be built. That’s not easing anxiety for area neighbors, who tell the newspaper they dread the day when 180 extra cars could be using their small road.

Many wondered why the Liberty Township Trustees approved the plan for the apartments. Zoning Commission Chairman Gary Lieb said essentially they were powerless to deny the development. The plans met all the zoning requirements for the area.

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8/3/15 – 12:55 P.M.

Two area schools were ranked as some of the best “small town” colleges in the nation. Bestcolleges.com ranks Tiffin University 10th in its top 50 list. Ohio Northern ranked 45th.

The University of Findlay was featured on the website’s top 50 4-year colleges in Ohio list for 2015, coming in 12th.

The lists were compiled using each school’s acceptance rate, retention rate, graduation rate, and enrollment rate.

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8/3/15 – 12:39 P.M.

Summer is winding down, but a marquee summer event in Findlay is yet to come. The 16th annual Flag City BalloonFest is set for this weekend at Emory Adams Park. Organizers say while the balloons typically fly in the morning and evening, there’s always something going on throughout the weekend…

Audio: Rich Daugherty

Rich Daugherty said the Saturday morning 5k provides a unique view, as balloons are typically taking off and flying over the race route.

This year will also include Knocker Ball soccer and civil war demonstrations.

MORE: BallonFest Schedule

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8/3/15 – 9:43 A.M.

Marathon Petroleum is outlining its issues with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The Findlay-based company issued a release Monday morning that calls attention to a few areas.

Marathon argues the Renewable Fuel Standards create uncertainty in the industry, saying they don’t know how much biofuel they’ll be required to blend. For instance, the requirements for 2014 still haven’t been finalized. The company also says the law requires refiners to blend more biofuel into gas even if demand is decreasing. That can be an issue for cars not designed to use fuel with higher blends of biofuel.

Marathon also took aim at the proposed Clean Power Rule. The EPA is proposing rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The agency estimates it could increase utility costs for homes and businesses by 6-7 percent, and even up to 12 percent in some locations. Marathon officials say they spend $450 million on electricity in 2014, so an extra 6-12 percent would be quite costly.

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8/3/15 – 7:12 A.M.

Fair season marches on in the area this week. The Wood County Fair starts today and runs through next Monday. Today will be Veteran’s Day on the fairgrounds in Bowling Green. Opening ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. in the grandstand.

Other notable events for the week include harness racing Tuesday starting at 5 p.m., a pick-up truck & semi truck pull Thursday night, and concerts by the Oak Ridge Boys and Night Ranger Friday and Saturday night.

We have a link to the complete schedule on our website.

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8/3/15 – 6:45 A.M.

A dormant summer celebration will return to Arlington this coming weekend. The Arlington Village Festival will take place Friday and Saturday in the village park. In the past, the event had been known as the village homecoming festival.

Things will kick off on Friday night with a parade on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. 98-year-old Ruth Rinehart will serve as the grand marshal.

Saturday will play host to a 5k in the morning and a Nashville Crush concert that night.

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8/3/15 – 5:34 A.M.

Findlay drivers are reminded a railroad crossing will close part of a busy road on the city’s north side. The city’s engineering office says the CSX tracks across County Road 99 will be closed for two weeks starting today. Drivers will still be able to get to homes and businesses in the area, but won’t be able to cross the tracks at any time.

You’re asked to avoid the area between Main Street and County Road 18 if possible.

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8/3/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Gas prices are continuing to slide as we enter a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $2.29, down 20 cents from seven days ago. Prices have dropped 50 cents over the last three weeks.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.19 a gallon, a 14 cent decline from a week ago.

The statewide average continues to fall as well. Around Ohio the average is $2.31 a gallon, down 14 cents from last Monday.

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8/3/15 – 5:19 A.M.

A three-car crash on I-75 injured two people this weekend. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened around 10:15 p.m. Saturday just north of County Road 99.

23-year-old Christopher Robbins of Hudson, Michigan was was parked in the right lane of the interstate because of a blown tire. A car driven by 47-year-old Lauri Thomas veered into the left lane to try and avoid Robbins’ car. However, she hit the side of the stopped car and then hit the side of a semi driven by Jeffery Hebert.

Thomas and Bradford were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Thomas was cited for failing to maintain an assured clear distance. The accident remains under investigation.

 

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