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8/19/14 – 10:55 A.M.

Some area small business owners could benefit from a proposal being examined by the Hancock County Commissioners. Commissioner Phil Riegle has floated the idea of bidding out the maintenance work for county vehicles…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Riegle says several vendors had asked him how they could get in on the county’s maintenance plan.

As it stands now, each county department decides how to best maintain their vehicles…

Audio: Phil Riegle

Legally the work doesn’t have to be bid out because it falls below the minimum threshold for that rule.

No action was taken on the idea today.

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8/19/14 – 9:00 A.M.

Unemployment is on the rise in the region. Numbers released today by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services show only two counties in our area are still below 5 percent joblessness. Hancock County’s unemployment rate now stands at 4.8 percent, up from 4.5 percent in June. Wyandot County now has the lowest unemployment rate in the region, at 4.7 percent. That’s no different than what the rate was in June.

While jobless rates were up for most of the state, Henry County was down. Unemployment was 5.3 percent in July, compared to 5.6 percent in June.

Elsewhere in the region, Putnam County was at 5 percent, Henry checked in at 5.3, Seneca and Wood Counties were at 5.6 percent in July, Hardin clocked in at 6, and Allen County’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.

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8/19/14 – 5:22 A.M.

Kenton police officers were forced to shoot and kill an aggressive dog Sunday afternoon. Kentontoday.com reports officers were told the dog, identified as a pit bull, was running loose in an area near St. John’s Church.

The dog’s owner was arrested. 38-year-old Julie Bloomfield is charged with failure to obey a lawful order and failure to confine a dog.

MORE: Kenton Today

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8/19/14 – 5:17 A.M.

Arlington’s village council talked about maintenance during their meeting last night. Water and Sewer Superintendent Rick Monday told council some minor cracks are being sealed in the clear well that holds finished water at the water treatment plant.

The Courier also reports the village’s swimming pool will be drained for the season Wednesday.

Village council will also apply for grants to fix fencing and dugouts at the park.

MORE: The Courier

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8/19/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Bluffton has received money from its insurance provider to help pay for repairs to the town hall building. The Courier reports an initial payment of more than $146,000 was made recently. The original claim was for more than $174,000, but that was reduced by around $26,000 because of depreciation. Another $1,000 was taken off the claim to cover the deductible.

Village Administrator James Mehaffie told the newspaper there are still outstanding invoices and estimates that have been submitted.

Bluffton’s town hall was damaged when a sprinkler head malfunctioned in May. The problem resulted in around 2,000 gallons of water getting pumped into the building before the water could be shut off.

MORE: The Courier

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8/19/14 – 5:03 A.M.

Carey officials were focused on electricity during their Monday night meeting. The Courier reports village council approved a recommendation to spend more than $1.18 million for equipment to build a new substation near Continental Structural Plastics. The bids came in below the estimated $1.25 million.

Council also gave first reading to a modified electric rate increase. The current proposal would see rates raised 4 percent next year and 2 percent the following year. That differs from the original proposal, which called for a 2 percent raise annually through 2017. The money raised from the increase will help fund upgrades to the electrical system in the village.

MORE: The Courier

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8/19/14 – 4:54 A.M.

The Fostoria City School district is adding a new bus to its fleet. The Review-Times reports the school board voted to approve buying a 77-passenger school bus during their Monday night meeting. The new bus will replace an older model. Fostoria has 19 busses in their current fleet.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang says they should receive the new bus in the next couple of weeks. The school year starts Thursday in Fostoria.

MORE: Review-Times

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8/19/14 – 4:48 A.M.

A Findlay native who served in the Iraq war will be honored with service medals today. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown will present eight medals to James Goshe at the Hancock County Veterans Service Office on East Main Cross at 4 p.m.

Goshe joined the Army in 1995 and trained as a cannon crew member. He served with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team in Iraq, and was discharged in 2005.

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8/18/14 – 5:31 A.M.

Gas prices are down as we start a new work week. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.39. That’s down from the $3.51 we were paying last Monday. It’s also eight cents less than what we were paying a month ago.

Prices in Findlay are trending higher than the state average though. The average price in the city was around $3.44 this morning. Ottawa drivers were paying $3.42.

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8/18/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A Findlay man was injured in a weekend motorcycle crash. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 6:40 a.m. Saturday on County Road 180.

Investigators say 26-year-old Sean Farrell was riding his motorcycle north on Road 180 when he lost control just south of State Route 568 in Marion Township. Farrell, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital. From there he was transported to the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus by medical helicopter.

The crash remains under investigation.

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