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1/27/15 – 10:55 A.M.

Emergency service operations was a topic of conversation at today’s Hancock County Commissioners meeting. The commissioners approved two resolutions to make sure emergency services are maintained.

The first resolution authorizes the Hancock County EMA to spend $4,000 on emergency siren maintenance. The cost breaks down to $400 per siren maintained by the county.

The second resolution reapproved an agreement with the county and its various political subdivisions. The agreement states the county will provide EMA services at a cost of 45 cents per capita of population . The rate is unchanged from the previous agreement, which was signed in 2013.

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1/27/15 – 9:01 A.M.

Unemployment was up slightly in the region last month. Numbers released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show Hancock County ticked up to 3.4 percent unemployment in December, from 3.3 in November. Putnam County also saw an increase in jobless numbers, going from 3.5 to 3.7 percent joblessness.

Every county in our region saw an increase in unemployment in December. Hardin and Wyandot Counties checked in at 3.9 percent, Wood County was at 4.2, while Allen and Seneca Counties saw unemployment at 4.5 percent. Henry County has the highest jobless rate in the area at 4.9 percent.

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1/27/15 – 6:53 A.M.

The good news is that we’re paying around $1.20 less a gallon less for gas than we were a year ago. The bad news is that prices are on the way back up. Ohiogasprices.com has issued a price hike alert for the state. The average across Ohio was $1.89 a gallon Monday. By the end of today it could be around $2.15.

Prices started jumping in our area yesterday. By Monday afternoon most Findlay stations were selling gas for $2.15 a gallon, after starting the day around $1.91. Prices in Ottawa jumped 20 cents over the course of the day.

 

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1/27/15 – 5:27 A.M.

The mayor of Carey gave the annual “state of the village” address Monday. The Courier reports Steve Smalley highlighted progress on the new school and upgrades to the village’s electrical system as high points of the year.

Smalley also talked about the development of the Arrowhead Commerce Park and expansion of Continental Structural Plastics during his presentation.

The annual “state of the village” was held during the 21st annual Carey Area Chamber of Commerce dinner.

MORE: The Courier

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1/27/15 – 5:20 A.M.

Dog owners in Seneca and Wood Counties have an extra day to get their dogs registered this year. The Review-Times reports the deadline to buy tags is February 2 instead of January 31. The change was made because January 31 falls on a Saturday this year.

In Fostoria, licenses can be bought between 12 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday on the second floor of the Municipal Building.

Seneca County charges $15 for a license. Wood County residents pay $14. Owners can also opt for three-year or permanent registrations as well.

MORE: Review-Times

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1/27/15 – 5:11 A.M.

Three Hancock County municipalities could form a joint fire district. The Courier reports McComb, Pleasant Township, and Portage Township are considering the idea. McComb’s village council will talk about the issue more at an informal committee of the whole meeting on February 23 at 5:30 p.m. Township officials will also be on hand.

Village officials say an advantage of being part of a fire district would be the ability to use joint levies to fund operations.

The two townships currently negotiate with McComb for fire protection.

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1/27/16 – 5:03 A.M.

Progress continues toward a new water tower in McComb. The Courier reports welding has been completed on the new tower. Plumbing, painting, and electrical work still need to take place. Village Council was informed the new tower should be in operation by mid-June. Once that happens the old water tower will be torn down.

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Gas prices are steady across the area today. In Findlay, the average price for a gallon of regular is $1.91 according to Ohiogasprices.com. That’s right around what prices were at the end of last week and over the weekend, but down six cents from last Monday.

Prices in Ottawa are steady as well at $1.89 a gallon

Across the state, the average price continues to fall. The statewide average for regular is $1.88. That’s down from $1.99 last Monday.

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1/26/15 – 6:48 A.M.

A Saturday fire in rural Seneca County killed one person. The Blade reports the blaze was reported at 6224 North State Route 53 around 8 p.m. Saturday.

A woman was taken from the house to Mercy Tiffin Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

So far there’s no word on what caused the fire. The name of the victim has not been made public.

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1/26/15 – 5:30 A.M.

Two Carey residents were arrested on drug trafficking charges late last week. The Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies served warrants at two mobile homes in the Carey Mobile Home Park .

29-year-old Cody Lykins was arrested on charges of complicity to trafficking in drugs and intimidation of a witness. 23-year-old Heather Shuff was also arrested on a drug trafficking charge at the same residence. Deputies found two other adult males and an infant in the home.

In a separate home, deputies collected drug related evidence. A man, woman, and three juveniles were at home at the time. No arrests were made at the second location.

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