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10/14/14 – 4:57 A.M.

The Findlay City School district is continuing efforts to help kids who are having trouble learning to read. The Courier reports the school board was given a report from each principal in the district during last night’s meeting. The principals outlined the efforts taking place in each of their buildings.

The primary and intermediate schools in the district are using several methods to help the children. They include using paraprofessionals on an hourly basis. Most of the paraprofessionals are former teachers.

The schools are also using the accelerated reading program and the Children’s Mentoring Connection. University of Findlay students are also helping tutor students.

MORE: The Courier

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10/13/14 – 11:02 A.M.

The village of Beaverdam in Allen County is under a boil water advisory until further notice. A water sample taken by village officials came back positive for bacteria. Beaverdam residents are advised to boil water for five minutes before using it for drinking or cooking.

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10/13/14 – 5:23 A.M.

A fire safety program will take place in Ottawa tomorrow night. The Putnam County Library will host the event that focuses on fire prevention and trick-or-treat safety. The Ottawa Fire Department will be on hand with a fire truck. Kids in attendance are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

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10/13/14 – 5:20 A.M.

We’re seeing gas prices at levels we haven’t seen in quite some time today – below $3 a gallon. The average price in Findlay is $2.99 a gallon, down another 12 cents from last Monday. In Ottawa, prices have been at $2.99 a gallon since Friday. To our south prices are below $2.90 a gallon in Lima and Kenton.

The statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.03 according to Ohiogasprices.com. That’s down 13 cents from last week and down 30 cents from September 13.

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10/13/14 – 5:14 A.M.

Construction work continues on the U.S. 224 bridge over I-75 in Findlay this week. ODOT says you can expect more of the same. Lane restrictions will continue between 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. each day as the north side of the bridge is rebuilt. There will also be short-term daytime lane closures.

The driveways to some businesses in the construction zone will be closed at times. Alternate routes will be available.

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10/13/14 – 5:10 A.M.

A man seriously injured in a hit and run crash in Wood County is facing charges for allegedly driving under the influence. Investigators say 40-year-old Chad Riffle of Gibsonburg was heading south on US 23 early Sunday morning when he was hit from behind by 27-year-old Derek Baker of Bradner.

Baker allegedly fled the scene but was arrested a short time later. He was also charged with driving under the influence. Riffle, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Fostoria Hospital and later airlifted to Toledo Hospital.

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10/13/14 – 5:03 A.M.

Sad news out of Upper Sandusky today, as Wyandot County Prosecutor Jonathan Miller was apparently found dead Sunday as the result of a suicide. The Upper Sandusky Police Department says Miller was found at the city’s reservoir around 10:30 a.m. No other details were available Sunday. Additional information will be released following an investigation.

Miller was in the middle of his third term as Wyandot County Prosecutor.

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10/13/14 – 4:56 A.M.

The November election is less than a month away, and early voting started last week. With that in mind we’ll be looking at the contested races and issues you’ll be seeing on the ballot.

The Van Buren School District is once again asking voters to pass a levy to build some new facilities and renovate others. Superintendent Tim Myers says following the rejection of the most recent levy attempt in May, the school board reduced the length of the bond from 37 years to 30…

Audio: Tim Myers

Myers says to fully repair everything in the middle and high school building it would cost upward of $20 million.

Myers says he understands voter concern about paying for a bond issue for 30 years, but stresses that a “no” vote won’t save money in the long run…

Audio: Tim Myers

The bond issue on the ballot would generate 7 mills for 30 years.

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