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12/2/16 – 4:59 A.M.

The University of Findlay, United Way of Hancock County, and Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation are teaming up for an effort to drive civic engagement. The organizations will make an announcement about a new Center for Civic Engagement next Wednesday.

The goal of the center is to foster collaboration between community agencies to address things like hunger, literacy, substance abuse and mental health.

The center will set up shop in the new Center for Student Life and College of Business on the UF campus. The university expects the building to open next summer.

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12/1/16 – 7:27 A.M.

Cooper Tire and Rubber is expanding its presence in China. The company says it has bought a 65 percent stake in the Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber Company, also known as GRT. GRT makes truck and bus radial tires. Cooper says it will make tires for North American and Asian markets.

GRT’s plant in China is one-million-square-feet. Cooper says the factory has room for expansion.

A statement from Cooper CEO Brad Hughes says “Our partnership with GRT is an important step in Cooper’s strategic plan as it diversifies our TBR tire supply beyond a single source.”

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12/1/16 – 7:17 A.M.

The deer-gun hunting season got off to a slower start earlier this week. Numbers reported by the Ohio Department of Natural resources show Hancock County hunters tagged 95 deer on Monday. That’s compared to 135 in 2015. Hunters in Putnam County checked 60 deer on the first day of the season, down from 90 the year before.

Numbers are down across the state. The ODNR says hunters tagged nearly 3,400 less deer Monday. Deer-gun season runs through Sunday.

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12/1/16 – 5:35 A.M.

The 14th annual “Christmas in Carey” celebration is set for Friday in the village. The event includes food, entertainment, and other activities in downtown between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Things kick off when Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in town on a village fire truck at 5 p.m. in the John Carey Park gazebo. The community Christmas Tree lighting takes place soon after.

The complete list of events is in today’s edition of the Courier.

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12/1/16 – 5:27 A.M.

Carey village council members are set for pay raises in the future. The Courier reports council approved $2,000 pay raises for councilors during a special meeting Monday night. The raises don’t take effect until the next term for each seat. Four council seats are up for election in 2017. The final two seats don’t come up for reelection again until 2019.

Council also voted to remove health insurance coverage for several administrators. The ordinance removes the mayor, law director and fiscal officer from eligibility for medical insurance coverage through the village.

MORE: The Courier

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12/1/16 – 5:19 A.M.

The Christmas season rolls into Fostoria this weekend. The Courier reports “Christmas in Fosterville” takes place Saturday in the city. The event gets underway with an 11 a.m. showing of the Dr. Seuss film “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Kaubisch Memorial Public Library.

The Fostoria Rotary Club Christmas Parade starts at 1:30 p.m. It features floats, emergency vehicles, local bands and community members. You can still enter a parade float. Call (419)435-6641 for more information.

A full list of events is in today’s edition of the Courier.

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12/1/16 – 5:13 A.M.

A former Ottawa council member talked about employee compensation concerns this week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Gene Hovest told council he’s worried about the impact of raising shared insurance costs. Hovest believes suggested changes could lead to qualified employees looking elsewhere for work.

Ottawa village employees don’t pay up-front costs for insurance coverage. In October, Councilman Jeff Ducey suggested raising the amount to 20 percent.

Council took no official action on the issue Monday.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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