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8/23/16 – 11:13 A.M.

The company responsible for putting together a flood mitigation plan for the Blanchard River has completed one part of the process. Hancock County Commissioner Phil Riegle says he was recently given an update from Stantec Consulting…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says a public meeting about possible mitigation solutions could be held within the year…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says the company is now working to put together the “unsteady-state model.” He adds that will allow engineers to see what mitigation alternatives work the best for our area.

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8/23/16 – 7:29 A.M.

The owner of a Bluffton area animal shelter could face charges after 70 animals were taken from the facility late last week. The Lima News reports Bluffton police officers and members of the Ohio SPCA & Humane Society were called to TLU Rescue at 142 Vance Street Friday night. Officers were also called to the home of the shelter’s owner, Wendy Dunlap.

Teresa Landon is the executive director of the Ohio SPCA & Humane Society. She says the shelter was more of a hoarding situation than an animal rescue. Landon said that the animals didn’t have clean food or cages. She added the ammonia levels were so high in the building that responders had to wear masks.

One of the dogs taken from the building died Friday. The other animals will be put up for adoption in Allen County once they pass veterinary tests.

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8/23/16 – 6:52 A.M.

Seneca County residents are being encouraged to look out for a scam targeting the elderly. The Review-Times reports the manager of a Rite Aid in Tiffin is being credited with stopping a woman from being conned out of $2,000 late last week. The woman had come to the store to buy a $2,000 iTunes gift card. Someone had called her and said her granddaughter was in trouble. The caller told the woman to buy the card and then call back with the gift card serial number.

According to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, this is a common type of scam. Attorney General Mike DeWine says the elderly are often targeted because they are willing to drop everything to help their grandchildren.

If you get a call from a stranger someone asking your to buy a gift card to help a family member, you should always call the family member before doing anything else. You’re also asked to report issues to the authorities.

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8/23/16 – 5:24 A.M.

Food pantries and shelters in Putnam County could get a boost in funding thanks to a grant. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the United Way of Putnam County has been awarded a more than $4,000 grant from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.

The money will be distributed between September 1 and November 30 of this year. Organizations interested in applying for funding should call (419)523-4505 for more information.

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8/23/16 – 5:07 A.M.

Plans for an outdoor skating rink in McComb this winter have been shelved for now. The Courier reports the topic was tabled during Monday’s village council meeting. The cost to install a portable ice rink in the village park was estimated to be around $6,200.

Councilman Jim Clark said he liked the ?idea, but thought the cost was too high considering the village’s other financial obligations. Council President Gordon Myers thought the would be an extra attraction to the park.

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8/23/16 – 4:59 A.M.

The Findlay City School district is facing a potential deficit over the next few years. The Courier reports budget numbers were reviewed during Monday’s school board meeting. The budget for this school year is $85.8 million. Treasurer Mike Barnhart has forecast a $2 million difference between general fund revenue and expenses.

Barnhart told the newspaper even if a 4.9 mill operating levy is renewed by voters next year there is still likely to be a deficit. He said the best way to shore up the numbers is to increase enrollment. The Findlay school district loses around $4 million every year through open enrollment. Barnhart added the district needs to, “help people understand that living in Findlay, this is the best place.”

Barhart said there are two main reasons the deficit is larger this year, and they both represent larger investments in the school system. The Plug Smart initiative is expected to help the district save money on utilities over the long term. The dark fiber installation project can be a revenue generator when other organizations sign on to use it.

The district also hired more teachers at the elementary level to decrease class size.

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Findlay Water Tower Dedicated To Area Veterans

8/22/16 – 12:01 P.M.

The water tower on Findlay’s north side was recently repainted red, white, and blue with a slogan that reads “Findlay Salutes Veterans.” The tower was officially dedicated during a ceremony Monday morning. The new look of the water tower is more than just a fresh coat of paint according to Hancock County Veterans Services director Nichole Coleman…

Audio: Nichole Coleman

Coleman also says the dedication means a lot, especially to Vietnam-era veterans…

Audio: Nichole Coleman

Despite that, Coleman said veterans from that time made sure that those who returned from Desert Storm were treated much better.

Coleman added that the new paint job on the tower also serves as a reminder to the community to look for veterans to thank them for their service. She adds it may even inspire a future generation of veterans.

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8/22/16 – 5:29 A.M.

The Ottawa-Glandorf school district is dealing with a mold issue in the high school. A post on the district’s Facebook page says the problem was discovered during a maintenance check on August 15. One wing of the building was closed to allow a contractor to mitigate the issue. Belfor Property Restoration was contracted to clean, disinfect, and repair the damage.

Five classrooms were found to have mold. They are being cleaned with HEPA filtered vacuums and disinfected. Parts of the ceiling are also being replaced.

A malfunction in the HVAC system caused the mold problem. Cold air was continuously pumped into one room, causing a humidity difference between that room and adjoining rooms.

The school year is still expected to being on time Tuesday. Arrangements have been made to move classes from the affected rooms until they are cleared for students to return.

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8/22/16 – 5:10 A.M.

Road crews will be busy repaving Findlay streets this week. The city’s engineering office reports resurfacing will take place on Marilyn Drive from Goldenrod Lane to Lilac Drive, Lilac Lane from Carlee Lane to Bittersweet Drive, and Goldenrod Lane from Carlee Lane to Bittersweet Drive.

Curb replacement continues on Osborne Avenue from Wedgewood Drive to Sandusky Street. Curb replacement is also taking place on McManness Avenue between East Main Cross and Center Street.

Waterline installation continues on the University of Findlay campus on Davis Street between Morey Avenue and Cory Street.

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8/22/16 – 5:03 A.M.

ODOT will be busy in Hancock County this week. Resurfacing continues south of Findlay on I-75. The interstate will be reduced to one lane between Hancock County Road 60 and State Route 235. The project is expected to wrap up by Labor Day.

Lane restrictions will be in place elsewhere as well. Look out for resurfacing work on State Route 235 between Hancock County Road 313 and Mount Cory as well as an area just north of McComb. There will also be restrictions on State Route 103 between Mount Blanchard and the Wyandot County line; and State Route 568 between Hancock County Road 253 and the Wyandot County line.

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