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1/5/2015 – 3:50 pm

In summing up the life and impact of Congressman Mike Oxley, his successor Bob Latta says that Oxley spent a career in public service working to achieve things for people in Findlay, Hancock County, Northwest Ohio and the United States. Many times, Latta says that work required Oxley to work with congressmen from the other side of the political spectrum.

Audio: Congressman Bob Latta

Latta cited the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in response to business practices as well as the funding to complete the US 30 highway as major projects that Oxley was able to achieve during his time in Congress. And Latta notes that there is a difference between a politician and a public servant, and counts Oxley among the best public servants.

Audio: Congressman Bob Latta

A local service for Congressman Mike Oxley will be held in Findlay at a later date.

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1/5/2015 – 11:55 am

The United Way Campaign continues. John Urbanski, CEO of the Hancock United Way said that this month the organization will hold the annual Celebrity Server Events, in which local businesses and non-profits work with area restaurants to have celebrity servers. Urbanski said that tips from the event will go to support the United Way.

Audio: John Urbanski

The events will be held this month and various locations throughout Findlay, and for a complete rundown of locations and celebrity servers, you can go to Live United Hancock County.org.

Now that 2016 is here, tax season is starting to begin. Urbanski said that qualified individuals can receive help filing their taxes through United Way programs.

Audio: John Urbanski

Urbanski said that these services will be offered at several places around Findlay this tax season, and for a complete listing of the different locations, you can visit Live United Hancock County.org.

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1/5/16 – 4:49 A.M.
Update – 11:14 A.M.

A local memorial service for former Congressman Mike Oxley is being planned, however the date and time still need to be determined. The ceremony will likely

be held at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the campus of the University of Findlay in the near future.

UF President Dr. Katherine Fell says the family wants to take more time to plan the service.

A funeral mass for Oxley will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in McLean, Virginia.

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1/5/16 – 9:15 A.M.

Area residents are again being reminded to take valuables out of their cars. Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman says deputies were called to the Dold subdivision west of Findlay around 4 a.m. after a report that cars were broken into. Officers searched the area for suspects but were unable to locate anyone.

Heldman says at least one car was damaged in the course of a break-in. Other unlocked cars were also broken into as well.

If you have any information on the case, or saw anything suspicious, you’re asked to call the sheriff’s office at (419)424-7097.

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1/5/16 – 6:38 A.M.

Bluffton village council is looking for candidates to fill an empty seat. The Courier reports any resident interested in the two-year position needs to submit a letter of interest by January 19. Council has until February 3 to decide who will fill the vacant seat.

The position was previously filled by Mayor Judy Augsburger.

MORE: The Courier

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1/6/15 – 5:23 A.M.

The Upper Sandusky Police Department is looking for the person responsible for vandalizing property at the high school. A post on the department’s Facebook page says someone drove a vehicle through a grassy area near the school’s baseball diamond. The person also rutted a gravel parking lot and ran into bleachers, causing significant damage.

If you have any information about the incident you’re urged to call the police department at (419)294-2324.

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1/5/16 – 5:16 A.M.

A car dealership in Carey is planning to expand its operations. The Courier reports village council heard from Nikki Wagner Matheny of Wagner Ford Monday. She said they planned to build a new dealership on South Vance Street near the U.S 23 / State Route 15 interchange. The current location on East Findlay Street is landlocked.

Wagner Matheny said the $2 million project would retain 13 jobs, and allow the dealership to add eight full-time and four part-time jobs.

The dealership is asking council to consider a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement to help make the construction project more affordable. Councilman Bob Styer said a panel recommended either a 5-year, 100 percent abatement; or a 10-year, 50 percent abatement. No action was taken on the matter.

MORE: The Courier

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1/5/16 – 5:05 A.M.

The Lima Mall is losing an anchor store. The owner of Elder-Beerman, Bon-Ton Stores, says the Lima location will close on January 31. Around 51 employees will be affected by the move. The Findlay store will remain open.

Elder-Beerman stores are also closing in Huntington, West Virginia and Syracuse, New York.

A statement from CEO Kathryn Bufano said, “We actively review our store portfolio to ensure efficient asset utilization.” She added the decision to close stores is not taken lightly.

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1/5/16 – 4:56 A.M.

Ed Solt is once again the mayor of Arlington; although getting there was an interesting trip. The Courier reports Solt was appointed to the post at Monday’s village council meeting. Solt had intended to run for the position, but a wrong date on his filing petitions kept his name off the ballot last year. No one else ran for mayor.

Normally, the council president would then be appointed mayor. But Thad Dempter didn’t want to be mayor and resigned from council. Solt was appointed to his council seat, and then appointed mayor. Council then appointed Dempster back to his old council seat.

MORE: The Courier

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