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3/24/15 – 4:54 A.M.

The Superintendent of the Findlay City School District talked about Common Core Monday. The Courier reports Ed Kurt told the Findlay Rotary Club he’s not against Common Core standards but does have an issue with the amount of testing. During his presentation, Kurt said the amount of testing is a threat to student creativity.

There’s also an issue of timing. The results of the recent PARCC testing and another test in the spring won’t be available until next fall. Kurt said that’s a problem because students have moved onto different teachers by then.

Kurt did say he thinks there are some positives to Common Core. For instance, he thinks having national standards is a good thing.

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3/23/15 – 12:01 P.M.

Three Tennessee men were arrested following a traffic stop on I-75 in Hancock County last week. The State Highway Patrol reports more than $4,400 worth of marijuana and a loaded handgun were found during a search of a car Thursday morning.

Troopers said they detected a smell of raw marijuana after making the stop. A probable cause search warrant led to the arrests being made.

The three men are all being held in the Hancock County Jail on a variety of drug-related charges.

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3/23/15 – 11:17 A.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his infant son had a travel request denied today. Judge Joseph Niemeyer decided not to allow Jerrod Hartman to travel out of state for business. Hartman’s murder case is pending, and he is out of jail on a $250,000 bond.

Hartman’s father testified on his son’s behalf. He said his son is one of two regional sales managers for Tour de Force CRM software with in-depth product knowledge. Niemeyer said the request was not something that “guarantees the appearance of the defendant at future proceedings.”

Jerrod Hartman is accused of murdering his son on October 28 of 2013. A similar travel request was denied in February of 2014.

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3/23/15 – 11:07 A.M.

A Putnam County native serving in the Armed Forces got a special welcome home recently. Sgt. John Harris was reunited with his family during a Cleveland Cavaliers game on March 20.

The reunion came as a big surprise to Harris’ stepdaughter Maddie, who was in the arena performing with Jeanne’s Dance Studio. She was interviewed by the arena announcer, and was told her stepdad was in the audience for the entire performance. The two then shared a hug at halfcourt.

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3/23/15 – 7:22 A.M.

A crash in Hardin County killed four men from Virginia last week. KentonToday.com reports the crash happened early Friday morning on U.S. 68 south of Dunkirk. Three men were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, and the fourth man was pronounced dead at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart says it appears the car went left of center and hit a semi. He could not confirm if the men were on their way to a gun walk in Detroit. However, Homeland Security was brought in as part of the investigation. Everhart said there were items in the car that raised some concerns. He did not say what the items were.

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3/23/15 – 5:38 A.M.

Gas prices are higher as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price around Findlay is $2.29 a gallon for regular. That’s up 16 cents from last Monday, but down 10 cents from last week’s midweek price spike. Drivers in Ottawa report prices around $2.29 a gallon today, up 14 cents from a week ago.

Local prices are following statewide trends. The average price around Ohio is $2.32 a gallon. That’s up from $2.20 a gallon last Monday.

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3/23/15 – 5:28 A.M.

A two-car crash injured a teenager in Findlay over the weekend. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened at the intersection of Tiffin Avenue and H Street around 12:50 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

20-year-old Ebony Blakely of Jenera was southbound on H Street when she pulled into the path of another car on Tiffin Avenue. The second car was driven by a 16-year-old. A 17-year-old passenger was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of a possible hand injury. The teens were not publicly identified.

Blakely was cited for failure to yield.

 

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3/23/15 – 5:20 A.M.

An area Boy Scout is working to make sure local families can claim monuments to family members who served in the military. The Courier reports 16-year-old Robert Montgomery II of Deshler is helping families find crosses that once honored Hancock County’s war dead.

The crosses were removed from the Maple Grove Cemetery when a new memorial was installed in 2001. 120 of the crosses still sit in the county home on Road 140. Montgomery, along with other scouts and members of Veterans Services, organized the crosses last year. Families are urged to claim the crosses by calling (419)424-7036.

A list of crosses that are in storage is on our website.

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3/23/15 – 5:05 A.M.

A recent letter from the state auditor’s office points out areas where the Van Buren School District could better manage its finances. The Courier reports stays at a “trendy fashion-forward loft-style hotel” for four board members cost the district an average of $319 per person per night. Auditor Dave Yost called the expenses “excessive.”

The items listed in the letter didn’t rise to the level of a citation. That means the district isn’t required to follow the recommendations. Superintendent Tim Myers tells the newspaper the district will use the letter to establish better practices.

Myers said the reason the board members stayed at the hotel for the conference is because it was one of the few with vacancy near a conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

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