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9/1/16 – 7:33 A.M.

If you’re going to be on the University of Findlay campus today, you’ll want to avoid Davis Street. The school says 100-foot trusses will be delivered to the construction site for the Center for Student Life and College of Business. As a result, Davis Street will be closed between North Cory Street and Morey Avenue for much of the day.

Access to the Davis Street building on campus will be maintained from the east and north sides of the facility.

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9/1/16 – 7:23 A.M.

Support for a water and sewer district in Putnam County has been wavering, and another village could be dropping out. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Pandora’s village council tabled a motion to drop out of the petitioning group at their last meeting. The measure could come up again at the September 13 meeting.

Critics of the sewer district say they don’t want another level of government, or to lose control of their existing water systems. Those in favor of the district say there has been a lot of misinformation about the program spread through the community. They add it would be a way to deal with ever-increasing regulations from the EPA.

Besides Pandora, only Miller City and Palmer Townships remain on board as petitioners for the district.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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9/1/16 – 5:39 A.M.

McComb’s community recycling bin could be on the chopping blocks. The Courier reports people have been putting household trash in or near the bins, and village residents are not happy about the mess. Village Administrator Kevin Siferd says, “Certain residents who are continuing to deposit their garbage at the site will have a negative impact and ruin this recycling service for everyone in the whole village.”

There are no other plans for recycling in McComb if the bin is removed.

According to McComb officials, the Hancock County Commissioners have asked for information about the recycling bins placed around the county from Litter Landing. The information they get back could determine the future of the recycling bin.

MORE: The Courier

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9/1/16 – 5:30 A.M.

Members of the Putnam County Board of Elections are concerned about their 2017 budget. The Putnam County Sentinel reports there is a roughly $70,000 gap between what the board believes it will need for next year and the anticipated budget. Board of Elections Director Karen Lammers told the commissioners the gap could grow if there is a need for a special election.

Commissioner Vincent Schroeder told elections board members the estimate was based on 2015 numbers. He added 2017 should be similar since it is an off-election year. Commissioner John Love stressed the 2017 budget was only an estimate, as the budget for next year won’t be approved until later in the year.

The estimated budget from the commissioners is around $264,000. The board believes it will need as much as $333,000 to run the office and hold elections next year.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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9/1/16 – 5:18 A.M.

The second day of the Hancock County Fair will be full of activity. Both grandstands will be in use today. Harness racing will take place at the south grandstand starting at 5 p.m. The calf scramble takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the north grandstand.

Junior fair activities include horse shows, sheep showmanship, and poultry judging. The open class themed baskets and rabbit competitions are also on the agenda for the day.

MORE: Fair Schedule

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9/1/16 – 5:09 A.M.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is reminding you to keep an eye on your kids while you’re at the county fair this year. Deputy Shane Leeth tells the Courier it’s a bad idea to simply drop young kids off at the fair for the day. Crime Prevention Specialist Beth Baker adds that you should decide on a place to meet if someone becomes lost.

Other suggestions for keeping track of your kids at the fair include writing your phone number on your child’s arm with a liquid bandage or nail polish. Child identification cards are also available at the sheriff’s building. Children can always look for help from a deputy if they get separated from their family as well.

The Hancock County Fair kicked off Wednesday. The sheriff’s office says there haven’t been any serious problems.

MORE: The Courier

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9/1/16 – 4:40 A.M.

The search is underway for more school bus drivers in Bowling Green. District officials say the shortage of drivers is forcing delays in getting students to and from school and extracurricular activities. People interested in becoming a Bowling Green school bus driver need only a good driving record to get started. More information is online at www.bgcs.k12.oh.us.

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8/31/16 – 9:02 A.M.

A Tiffin man was injured when his car was hit by a semi at the intersection of U.S. 224 and State Route 587 Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol reports 29-year-old Brent Reese of Swanton was driving his semi west on U.S. 224 around 1:30 p.m. when he tried to turn left onto Route 587. He ended up hitting 53-year-old Randall Eckert’s car.

It took rescue crews about an hour to get Eckert out of the car. He was taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo by medical helicopter for treatment of serious injuries.

Reese was cited for failure to yield while making a left turn.

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8/31/16 – 8:53 A.M.

A pair of Kentucky residents accused of stealing a car in Hancock County and leading police on a chase on I-75 in Allen and Auglaize counties appeared in court Tuesday. The Lima News reports 21-year-old Kaylee Herman pleaded guilty to a charge of stolen property of a motor vehicle. A separate grand theft charge was dropped as a result. She could spend up to 18 months in prison.

22-year-old Shawn Gregory also appeared in court. He waived his right to a speedy trial. Prosecutors say he was the driver during the June 16 chase. Gregory is charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, grand theft of a motor vehicle, attempted vehicular assault, and receiving stolen property. He could spend nine years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Police say the couple was committing crimes in Hancock County when they stole a running car from a Findlay gas station. Troopers tried to pull over the car near Beaverdam a short time later, but Gregory sped away. He led officers on a southbound chase that entered the northbound lanes and finally ended near Cridersville when troopers intentionally hit the car to disable it.

MORE: Lima News

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8/31/16 – 8:31 A.M.

A Fostoria home was damaged by a fire Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters were called to 502 College Avenue around 12:35 p.m. Three people were inside at the time but were able to escape safely. When firefighters arrived at the home they were greeted by heavy smoke pouring out of the building.

It took about 15 minutes to put out the flames, but damage to the house was extensive. The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined, but investigators say it started near a washer and dryer.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family that lived in the home.

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