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6/25/14 – 5:05 A.M.

The Seneca County Commissioners have been asked to sell the building that houses the Early Childhood Development Center in Fostoria. The Courier reports the Superintendent of the Seneca County Opportunity Center, Lewis Hurst, made the request Tuesday. Hurst says the service’s provided by the agency would continue in Fostoria even if the building is sold.

The Opportunity Center pays $18,000 a year to rent two classrooms for the Development Center. Those classrooms are not used fulltime. Hurst says the center could be located in another public space to continue providing services to Fostoria.

The Early Childhood Development Center offers services to children from birth to age three.

MORE: The Courier

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6/25/14 – 4:51 A.M.

The former industrial arts teacher at a Putnam County school will have to pay more than $750,000 to the person he sexually abused. The Lima News reports the victim filed the lawsuit against 56-year-old Jeffery Perry earlier this year. Perry formerly worked in the Continental School District.

Perry is currently serving time in a federal prison on child pornography charges. He’ll eventually be transferred to an Ohio correctional facility to serve the remainder of a 75-year sentence for rape.

The crimes happened between 1995 and 2011. The victim in the case was between 6 and 14 at the time.

MORE: Lima News

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6/24/14 – 12:36 P.M.

Downtown Findlay is getting an Ohio Historic Preservation tax credit for $325,000.

The former the Davis and Knights of Columbus buildings will be renovated into six apartments and office space. David Goodman is the director of the Ohio Development Services Agency, and outlined what made the project attractive for a grant…

Audio: David Goodman

Goodman said the buildings’ historical nature was an obvious draw as well. The buildings were constructed in the early 1800′s.

The buildings were set to be torn down last year. Hancock County Commissioner Brian Robertson says it took a cooperation between the public and private sectors to bring the buildings back from the brink…

Audio: Brian Robertson

The Development Services Agency awarded $37.7 million today to rehabilitate 35 historic buildings across Ohio.

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6/24/14 – 7:28 A.M.

It will be a little while longer before Carey fills a vacant spot on its village council. A special meeting set for June 30 to address the issue has been cancelled. Four council members were available to cast a vote, but Mayor Steve Smalley can’t make it to the meeting to break a tie if need be.

Councilman Chad Kin will abstain from voting, since his mother, Linda, is seeking the appointment. Lois Kurtz has also thrown her hat into the ring.

The position came open when John Green stepped down on May 31.

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6/24/14 – 7:27 A.M.

Home sales are continuing a downward trend in our area. Numbers released by the Ohio Association of Realtors for May show sales in the Hancock County region were down 18.6 percent compared to the same time in 2013. The silver lining for people looking to sell their homes is that the average sale price is higher. In May the average sale price was nearly $128,000. That’s up just over 4.1 percent from 2013.

So far for the entire year there has been a 19.1 percent drop in home sales in our region. That’s the second largest drop in the state

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6/24/14 – 7:24 A.M.

The widening of Road 5 in Putnam County was a hotly contested issue in 2012 and 2013. The project was finished last year, but now an appeals court is saying perhaps it shouldn’t have been. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Third Appellate District Court of Appeals of Ohio overturned a ruling by the Putnam County Court of Common Pleas related to the widening. The ruling overturns an a lower court ruling against an injunction request filed by property owners along the road.

The denial of the injunction allowed work to continue.

The appeals court ruled that the Putnam County Commissioners did not proceed “in the statutory manner” and began buying property for the expansion before passing a resolution passing the project. The court also said the case raises a question of what the proper solution is.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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6/24/14 – 7:22 A.M.

The Findlay City School District is looking at ways to reduce energy costs. The Courier reports the school board heard from a Dallas, Texas based energy conservation company last night. Cenergistic representatives estimated the district could save more than $107,000 in the first 16 months of a new energy plan.

Cenergistic would take its payment from part of the school’s energy savings for the first five years. If the savings goal isn’t met, the company would then cut the district a check for the difference. No decision has been made yet.

Superintendent Dean Wittwer says Cenergistic would hire a local person to manage the district’s energy policy.

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6/24/14 – 7:21 A.M.

Findlay residents heard more about the fight against prescription drug abuse Monday. State Representative Robert Sprague talked to the Findlay Rotary Club about recently passed legislation designed to combat the problem. Sprague said the legislation touches on three fronts.

First, doctors must now check a patient prescription database before offering painkillers. Second, hospices have to destroy narcotics of deceased patients. Finally, the law requires doctors to notify parents before prescribing opioids to minors.

Sprague said the state is facing a pain killer crisis. He added an average of five people die a day in Ohio as a result of drug overdoses.

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6/24/14 – 7:16 A.M.

Repaving is taking place on North Main Street in Findlay today. Crews will be working between Bigelow Avenue and County Road 99. You can expect land restrictions in that area until around 7 p.m.

The Findlay Engineering Office also says there will be minor delays at times at the intersection of North Main Street and Bigelow.

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