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8/2/16 – 7:14 A.M.

A surcharge on water and sewer fees in Bluffton is causing some controversy in the village. The Courier reports around 300 residents had signed a petition to place a referendum about the surcharge on the ballot, but it was thrown out on a technicality. Village Solicitor Stephen Chamberlain said the petition didn’t include a copy of the ordinance being challenged, as required by law.

The minimum increase is $19 per customer . The fee will begin with the August water bill.

The surcharge was approved as a way to make the water and sewer funds self-supporting, instead of relying on support from the general fund.

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8/2/16 – 6:51 A.M.

A malfunction at a sewage treatment plant over the past weekend caused a large fish kill in the Auglaize River in parts of Allen and Putnam Counties. The Lima News reports the problem happened at the Delphos lift station and caused raw sewage to flow into the river. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says that depleted oxygen levels in the water, killing hundreds of fish.

The malfunction affected the river from Delphos to near Fort Jennings in Putnam County. ODNR officials didn’t have an official number on the number of fish killed in the incident, but one witness told the newspaper it was likely in the thousands.

In the meantime, a pump at the lift station has been repaired. A faulty alarm system is also being addressed. Delphos officials say they are working to mitigate issues in the river caused by the overflow.

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8/2/16 – 5:25 A.M.

The process of buying a new fire truck for the village of Carey is moving forward. The Courier reports the village is looking for a grant and a loan to buy a new ladder truck for the fire department. The grant amount has increased to a little more than $104,000. That means the village would borrow around $868,800.

Village Administrator Roy Johnson says officials are looking at more ways to offset the cost. He told council Monday, “Now we can devote more time to contribution requests and letters to our legislators”

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8/2/16 – 5:17 A.M.

Findlay’s post office officially became the “Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building” Monday. President Barack Obama signed a bill that names the Findlay office after Oxley, who served in Congress for 25 years. The bill had been proposed by Fifth District Representative Bob Latta.

A ceremony to celebrate the renaming of the office will be held at a later date.

Oxley passed away in January.

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8/2/16 – 5:10 A.M.

An Ada man was killed while he was walking along the side of an Allen County road over the weekend. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened around 3:20 a.m. Sunday in the 9900 block of Reservoir Road.

25-year-old Robert Burdette Weyer was hit by a car driven by 19-year-old Hunter Allen of Ada.

The investigation into the incident continues.

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8/2/16 – 5:04 A.M.

Arlington residents will see a levy on the ballot this fall. The Courier reports village council voted Monday to put a five-year, 2-mill levy for park and pool projects in front of voters in November. If approved, the levy would generate around $41,400 a year to help pay for repairs at the swimming pool and upgrades at the village park.

Council voted 4-1 in favor of the measure. Terry Huffman voted against it, saying they should have sought a continuing levy. Huffman said, “I don’t think the bills are going away.”

Councilman Brian Essinger was absent from Monday’s meeting.

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8/2/16 – 4:52 A.M.

A child drowned in a pond near Bluffton over the weekend. The Allen County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened Sunday afternoon at 6803 North Dixie Highway around 1:30 p.m. A 5-year-old boy was swimming in the pond with several other children during a birthday party when he got stuck under a trampoline in the pond.

The boy was later identified as Haiven Hale of Ada.

There was adult supervision and Hale was wearing a life jacket.

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08/01/16 – 4:51 P.M.

The Wood County Fair opened today and tonight there will be some events happening in the grandstand. At 6:15 pm there will be Post Everlasting followed by the opening ceremony at 7 pm. Then the Wood County Youth Parade will come by at 7:30 pm.

The fair will start tomorrow off with a tractor operator contest in the track infield at 9 am. At that same time, the Junior Fair rabbit judging will be held in the rabbit/poultry barn.

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8/01/16 – 3:24 P.M.

The Findlay Rotary Club met today and got a lesson in bourbon. Dave Spridgeon, co-owner of the Bourbon Affair in downtown Findlay presented to the club  and explained that getting it’s 1930’s look was a lot of work.

Audio:{ZZ-Dave Spridgeon}           :8.9          OUT: some pretty good stuff

The Bourbon Affair strives to appear like it is from the 1930’s because the owners believe that was the time people showed a lot of respect for the country. You can also experience a bourbon taste testing the last Tuesday of every month.

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VIDEO: “Back The Blue” Day Celebrated In Findlay

8/1/16 – 3:03 P.M.

The community stepped up to say thanks to Hancock County Sheriff’s Deputies and Findlay Police officers today. Area businesses and community members pitched in to give gift bags to local officers as part of the “Back the Blue” campaign…

Audio: Kendra Brunswick

Kendra Brunswick says she was more than happy to help the effort when she was approached by Kayla Brooks.

In a short amount of time, they were able to gather enough donated items to make gift bags for every local police officer and deputy sheriff.

Brooks and Brunswick took the effort personally, as both of their husbands serve as Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies…

Audio: Kayla Brooks

The effort was part of the nationwide “Back the Blue” day effort. The day has been set aside to show appreciation to those who put their lives on the line every day.

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