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7/1/14 – 5:02 A.M.

Two painters who worked on the Glenwood Middle School project have been paid for their work, after going unpaid for more than a year. Joseph Edinger, the parent of one of the painters, tells the Courier his son and the other painter were, “paid what they claimed they were owed.” The painters signed a non disclosure agreement and can’t talk about the deal.

The problems stemmed from a company subcontracted to do painting work while the new middle school was being built. The painters worked for Global Contracting, which was eventually dropped by ACI, the general contractor on the project. ACI claimed Global couldn’t keep up with the work load, and replaced the company. As a result, they never paid Global. In turn, Global said that it did not have enough money to pay the painters.

MORE: The Courier

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7/1/14 – 4:50 A.M.

Ottawa has a new village councilman. The Putnam County Sentinel reports council heard from five people interested in taking a spot vacated by Jeff Ducey at their Monday meeting, and appointed Dave Michel to the post.

Gene Ruhe, Mark Schmiedebusch, Joe Laudick and Bill Krouse also applied for the job.

Ducey stepped down last month after being involved in a serious car accident.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/1/14 – 4:42 A.M.

A Bowling Green man was arrested late Monday afternoon following a manhunt in Wood County. 26-year-old Matthew Stoughton is accused of robbing a pharmacy on the campus of Wood County Hospital. Sheriff’s deputies found Stoughton in the area of Kahler and Bradner Roads just before 6 p.m. The Sentinel-Tribune reports an area resident helped find the man, after they reported seeing a shirtless man in a ditch in that area.

Stoughton was known as a regular at the pharmacy. Police located his car at his home following the incident Monday morning. While they were waiting on a search warrant, Stoughton took off in his car. He eventually crashed and fled into a cornfield in the area where he ended up being found.

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6/30/14    4:30 p.m.

The holiday weekend is bringing a lot of activity to the Findlay area.

On top of the typical fireworks Thursday at dark and the parade Friday at 11 a.m., there will be some unique events taking place.

Dionne Neubauer, director of the Findlay Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, says there is a lot of opportunity for keeping busy.

Audio: Dionne Neubauer

Some events to look forward to this weekend are a vintage wedding dress exhibit at the Historical Museum and fireworks the third, a parade the fourth, the farmers market the fifth and the Flag City Firecracker Girls Fastpitch Softball Tournament the fourth through the sixth.

For a full list of area events, see the event calendar on visitfindlay.com.

Full interview: Dionne Neubauer

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6/30/14 – 7:19 A.M.

Police in Kenton are investigating a shortage in revenue at an Ohio Lottery location. Kentontoday.com reports the district manager of the Rite Aid in the city told police the store was short more than $19,000 in revenue from scratch off tickets.

Investigators think an employee ordered tickets from the Ohio Lottery, but never sold them. Winning tickets from the orders in question were cashed in at another Kenton business.

So far no charges have been filed. The case remains under investigation.

MORE: Kentontoday.com

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6/30/14 – 7:14 A.M.

If you’re planning on getting out of town for the upcoming Independence Day weekend, you might think about filling up the gas tank today. Ohiogasprices.com reports the average price for regular around the state was $3.61 this morning. That’s down 10 cents from last week, and more than 30 cents cheaper than it was a month ago.

In Findlay drivers were paying $3.56 a gallon this morning. Prices were at $3.49 in Ottawa and $3.55 in Fostoria.

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6/30/14 – 6:54 A.M.

A new megachurch has announced it’s opening date in Findlay. The Courier reports Cedarcreek Church is set to hold its first services the weekend of September 20 and 21. The church has been busy renovating the former movie theater in the Findlay Village Mall.

Some of the work has included knocking down walls to make an auditorium that will hold 500 seats. The new church will also have 23,000 square feet for activities and other gatherings.

CedarCreek first opened as a nondenominational church in Perrysburg in 1995.

MORE: The Courier

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6/30/14 – 6:45 A.M.

Paving work will continue in Findlay today. Crews will be working on South Main Street from Woodley Avenue to the southern edge of the city. As a result there will be lane restrictions until around 5 p.m. this afternoon.

You’re urged to find another route around that are if possible. Access will be maintained to local homes and businesses.

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6/30/14 – 6:34 A.M.

It looks like more people are on their way to becoming future University of Findlay Oilers. The school’s board of trustees were informed Friday that summer enrollment was up 10 percent. The college says international students played a big part in the increase. The international student population this summer is 295, compared to 150 last year.

UF also expects an increase in enrollment for the fall semester.

The university’s retention rate is also up. 85 percent of of last year’s freshman class is coming back for their second year. That’s up from 79 percent the year before.

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6/30/14 – 5:25 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a weekend motorcycle crash. The Findlay Police Department reports the accident happened in the 800 block of Tiffin Avenue around 1:15 p.m. Saturday.

21-year-old Alexander Howard was driving a Mercury Grand Marquis south on Carnahan Avenue when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Tiffin Avenue. Howard’s car pulled into the path of a motorcycle ridden by 44-year-old Albert Minjarez.

Minjarez was ejected from his motorcycle. He was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Howard suffered minor injuries from broken glass. He was cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

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