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8/9/16 – 11:20 A.M.

The process of building a diversion channel for the Blanchard River in Ottawa has hit an expected bump in the road. During Tuesday’s Maumee Watershed Conservancy District meeting, members were told two property owners have not attempted to negotiate a price for their land. The conservancy voted on a measure to declare it “necessary to appropriate the land.” That means the eminent domain process will begin soon.

Notices will be sent to the landowners in question. They’ll have 28 days to respond, but can file for an extension. Negotiations for land rights can still take place during the process. Mediation is a possibility, but the cases could also land in front of a jury to determine a fair price.

The “100 percent” plans for the Ottawa diversion channel are completed. While a final price estimate wasn’t available, project manager Steve Wilson said he expects the price to be less than originally expected.

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8/9/16 – 11:04 A.M.

Members of the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District were given an update on the Blanchard River flood mitigation process Tuesday. Representatives from Stantec Consulting were on hand to detail their process so far…

Audio: Scott Peyton

Scott Peyton is with Stantec and says the gap analysis is nearing completion. Once that is finished they’ll vet the diversion channel plan laid out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to see if it the best option.

Peyton says he believes if the diversion channel is the best flood mitigation plan, it can still be constructed in time to meet ODOT’s accelerated I-75 widening schedule.

Audio: Scott Peyton

Peyton says the most important thing is to make sure the selected plan is the best solution for the community.

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8/9/16 – 6:47 A.M.

An arrest has been made in connection to the robbery of a Kenton restaurant. WKTN radio reports 25-year-old Tyler Lake of Toledo was recently arrested in Lucas County on an unrelated charge. The process of extraditing him to Hardin County has started.

Lake is accused of robbing the downtown Subway on July 23. He allegedly got away with a small amount of money.

Lake is charged with aggravated robbery.

MORE: WKTN

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8/9/16 – 6:41 A.M.

An Ada Police officer was injured in a two-car crash Monday afternoon. The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office says the collision happened around 1:45 p.m. at the intersection of East North Avenue and North Johnson Street.

Sgt. Donald Deckling was driving along North Avenue when he was hit on the passenger side of his cruiser by a car driven by Summer Miller of Lima. The impact of the crash tipped the police cruiser on its side.

Deckling was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima for treatment of his injuries. Miller was treated at the scene of the crash. Miller was also cited for failing to yield the right of way.

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8/9/16 – 5:20 A.M.

One person was killed in a two-car crash near Deshler Monday afternoon. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office reports the collision happened at the intersection of State Routes 65 and 281 around 2:15 p.m.

A preliminary report says one car may have failed to yield. A second crash victim was taken by medical helicopter to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo.

No other details were immediately available.

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8/9/16 – 5:12 A.M.

The new Carey school building is all set for the new school year but the district is facing one small issue. The Courier reports more bus drivers are needed. Superintendent Mike Wank says efforts to provide several school bus stops in the village have been delayed because they don’t have enough drivers. He adds there is also a shortage of substitute drivers.

One bus driver retired after the last school year and another will retire in early 2017. So far efforts to advertise the open positions have been unsuccessful.

MORE: The Courier

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8/9/16 – 5:05 A.M.

Fostoria has 120 days to get its budget in order. The Review-Times reports the Financial Planning and Supervision Commission will meet for the first time Tuesday. The goal of the group is to put together a plan to get the city’s general fund back into the black.

Fostoria was placed in fiscal emergency by the state earlier this year after it was revealed the city has a projected $800,000 deficit for 2016. If the commission and administration fail to come up with a plan by the 120-day deadline the city’s expenses will be adjusted to 85 percent of the previous year’s budget.

To get out of fiscal emergency status the deficit must be eliminated. The city also has to show a five-year forecast that proves the finances won’t fall back into the red.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/9/16 – 4:54 A.M.

Three area participants in the State Fair did well at the Ohio State Fair’s Sale of Champions on Sunday. Remington Price of Hancock County showed the reserve champion meat chickens at the state fair, which sold to Kroger and Gerber Poultry for $12,000.

Ashton Frey of Wyandot County showed the grand champion barrow, which sold to several companies for $36,000.

Caden Jones of Allen County exhibited the reserve champion market beef, which sold to Kroger for $33,000.

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8/9/16 – 4:44 A.M.

McComb may have an outdoor ice rink this winter. The Courier reports village administrator Kevin Siferd pitched the idea to council Monday night. If the project is approved, the rink would be installed over the basketball courts at the park during the winter months.

There are two options. The first would install a roofing-like material over the courts and then line the rink with plywood. It would cost around $9,900. A second option would see the village buy an ice rink kit for around $4,300. That price could be lowered if the village buys its own plywood.

No action was taken on the issue.

MORE: The Courier

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8/8/16 – 7:32 A.M.

The Wood County Fair wraps up in Bowling Green today. Monday is kids day on the fairgrounds, with children getting discounted ride tickets. Today will also see the large animal livestock sale in the beef show arena. The fair closes tonight with the demolition derby at 7:30 p.m.

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