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11/10/16 – 5:01 A.M.

You’ll be able to look up Findlay’s finances on a state website soon. The Courier reports City Auditor Jim Staschiak submitted data to OhioCheckBook.com in late September. The records submitted to the site are currently under review. Staschiak says he is waiting on a guarantee from the state that only information submitted from his office will appear on the site.

Staschiak says a software representative added information to Findlay’s test page that wasn’t vetted. He added, “This final step is important because the Ohio Checkbook site requires a written confirmation from me that our data is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge, so I want to make sure it is only uploaded by me.”

Nearly 900 entities are on the site. There is no cost to post data to it.

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11/10/16 – 4:23 A.M.

State transportation officials and the state highway patrol are trying to do something about a spike in crashes along I-75 in Wood County. Signs that record drivers’ speeds are going up today at State Route 582 after 26 wrecks in the past month. The latest happened yesterday morning when a trucker died after going off the highway and slamming into an overpass. Troopers say high speeds are to blame in most of the crashes at the location.

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11/9/16 – 7:34 A.M.

The State Highway Patrol says several crashes have closed I-75 northbound in Findlay. The crashes happened between State Route 12 and U.S. 224.

Area Waze users are reporting the backup stretches past the U.S. 68 interchange. Waze users also report backups on U.S. 68 northbound at the interchange.

We’ll have more details as they become available.

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11/9/16 – 7:15 A.M.

Voters in Hardin County also approved a 1-mill renewal levy in support of the Ada Public Library. 75 percent of voters who live in the library district voted in favor of the measure. The levy generates more than $93,000 per year for the facility.

Elsewhere Forest voters rejected a 3.4-mill, 20-year bond issue to build a splash pad water park and swimming pond in the village. 58 percent of voters in the village voted against the measure.

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11/9/16 – 6:53 A.M.

Randall Rogers will continue to serve as a Hardin County Commissioner. Hardin County voters cast 73 percent of the votes cast in one county commissioners race in favor of the incumbent Republican. Democrat Joseph Hord ran against Rogers.

A second county commissioners race in Hardin County saw Bob Carder take the victory. He took 45 percent of the ballots cast in a three-way race with James Bostater and Roger Crowe.

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11/9/16 – 6:42 A.M.

Linda Haycock will represent the area on the Ohio Board of Education. Haycock took 37 percent of the vote in a four-way race for the District 1 Ohio school board seat Tuesday. Haycock is the president of the Shawnee Board of Education.

During her campaign Haycock said she wanted to return control of education to local school districts.

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11/9/16 – 5:25 A.M.

Tuesday’s election results saw Shelby County Probate/Juvenile Judge William Zimmerman elected to a seat on the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima. Zimmerman took 63 percent of the more than 268,000 ballots cast in the race. Zimmerman defeated Putnam County Common Pleas Judge Randall Basinger for the position.

Zimmerman won every county in the 3rd District except for Putnam County. 73 percent of the ballots cast in Basinger’s home county went his way.

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11/9/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Voters in Seneca County passed a levy in support of the Seneca County Park District Tuesday. 54 percent of the ballots cast were in favor of the 0.5-mill, 10-year-levy. The measure will generate around $575,000 per year for the district. 43 percent of the money raised is for hiring three full-time employees. 49 percent goes toward maintenance, capital improvements, equipment, vehicles, and supplies.

The remaining eight percent is for competitive grants for other Seneca County townships, villages, and cities.

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