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8/25/15 – 5:08 A.M.

The Hancock County Combined Board of Health has contracted with a Columbus firm to provide guidance through next summer. The Courier reports Strategic Health Care will continue to work with the combined Findlay and Hancock County health departments for at least another 12 months. The company was contracted by the county for consulting services in May.

An employee of the company will act as the health commissioner during the course of the contract extension. Will McHugh of Dublin was assigned to the position earlier this month. McHugh has been involved in the formation of the combined health department since it was announced.

Strategic Health Care is being paid $6,000 a month to help develop policies and procedures for the Combined Board of Health. The fee drops to $2,500 a month in January.

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8/25/15 – 4:54 A.M.

McComb officials updated residents about water quality issues Monday. The Courier reports water plant operator Tom Shoemaker said the brown water is starting to clear up. Shoemaker added steps are being taken to fix the problem. Starting Friday the village’s fire hydrants will be flushed in an attempt to clear brown water from the line. The sides and bottom of the clear well tanks at the water treatment plant will also be scrubbed.

Many McComb residents have had brown water coming from their taps this summer. The culprit is the mineral manganese, which turns water brown when it reacts with chlorine. The village is looking to see where manganese gets into the water system.

Residents at last night’s council meeting wanted to know why they haven’t been made aware of any water quality issues handed down by the EPA. Others said the poor water quality was damaging water heaters, filters, and other appliances. A few brought up concerns that manganese in the water increases cancer risks in the village.

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8/24/15 – 6:50 A.M.

After a spike in prices last week, the cost of filling up the tank is coming back down. Ohio gas prices.com reports the average price around Findlay is $2.49 a gallon today. That’s down from $2.87 last Monday, but still 12 cents higher than two weeks ago.

Ottawa drivers report paying $2.56 a gallon this morning. That’s down from $2.79 last week.

Around Ohio the average price is $2.65 a gallon, down 20 cents from last Monday, but up 24 cents from two weeks ago.

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8/24/15 – 6:42 A.M.

Passengers on a tour bus in Wyandot County had a scary experience late last week. WCMH-TV in Columbus reports the driver of the bus suffered a heart attack while driving north on U.S. 23. The bus veered off the road, through an intersection, and into the southbound lane of traffic. Two passengers were able to bring the bus under control and bring it to a stop.

Passengers were also able to perform CPR on the driver, who was taken to a Toledo hospital by medical helicopter.

The passengers were union members on their way back to Toledo after protesting Right to Work in Columbus.


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8/24/15 – 5:30 A.M.

A tornado siren that went off in Fostoria Sunday night was a false alarm. Safety Service Director Allyson Murray tells the Review Times the siren at the former Field School on Sixth Street went off around 8:50 p.m. She says neighbors in that area said there was a lightning strike just before the alarm went off.

No other sirens in the city sounded Sunday. The city electrician had to power down the siren. Murray expected repairs would be completed today.

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8/24/15 – 5:22 A.M.

A short police chase in Fostoria over the weekend led to a crash. The Review-Times reports the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. A police officer noticed 34-year-old Cory Dieter of Fostoria commit a traffic violation and attempted to pull him over. Dieter sped away, hitting a tree at 730 State Route 587 a short time later.

Dieter was taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries. He’s been charged with failure to comply, OVI and driving under suspension.

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8/24/15 – 5:15 A.M.

Two people have been arrested for allegedly breaking into a Putnam County American Legion hall. The Putnam County Sentinel reports Lima residents 77-year-old Robert Tackett and 51-year-old Roger Henry were arrested in Seneca County Sunday morning. Both are accused of breaking into the Continental American Legion building earlier this year.

Investigators say Tackett and Henry have been involved in burglaries in a six-county area.

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8/24/15 – 5:07 A.M.

The University of Findlay football team held practice Sunday in an unconventional location; prison. The Courier reports Head Coach Rob Keys took his team to the Marion Correctional Institute in Marion. Keys said he and his staff saw it as a “different way to educate players.” He added he wanted players to “see how fortunate and blessed they are. One bad mistake can put them here.”

Keys said he got the idea when he saw former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith would occasionally hold practices at prisons. He coordinated with warden Jason Bunting to make the trip happen. A few hundred inmates were allowed to watch the practice.

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8/24/15 – 4:56 A.M.

It can be difficult to get a parking spot close to your destination in downtown Findlay, but if you work there, the parking situation can be a much more serious issue. Courier reporter Lou Wilin talked to several people who wait tables at downtown restaurants, and they told him they run into some problems.

Cars have to be moved every 2 hours or get ticketed. That means waiters have to run out during a shift to move their car to another block. That might not be a problem on a slow night, but when things are busy they may not be able to get away from their tables. As a result, many get ticketed through the week.

Waiters also tell the newspaper that forgetting about the tickets can be costly. Jess Bundy, a bartender at Logan’s Irish Pub, said he paid a $225 fine for overdue fees. Anita Dosek, also an employee at Logan’s, said she once paid a $135 fine.

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8/21/2015   5:10pm

The National Tractor Pulling Championships have returned this weekend in Bowling Green. The annual event runs through Sunday at the Wood County Fairgrounds. Event Coordinator Dave Schultz says that this is the 49th year for the pulls, and each year it has gotten better. Even international teams have competed in the event.

Audio: Dave Schultz

The event will continue Saturday and Sunday, both day and night events. Tickets run $44.00 for an all-day pass and $22.00 for a night pass. Schultz said that Kroger stores are also selling tickets to fans at a discounted rate.

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