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2/18/15 – 5:17 A.M.

The Fostoria City School District is looking for a new transportation director. The Courier reports Brian Whitta is stepping down from the post at the end of the month. Whitta, who had held the position since 2013, is taking a job in real estate.

Superintendent Andrew Sprang told the school board a replacement has not been lined up yet. He added the district is working on options.

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2/18/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Fostoria’s general fund balance ended in the red last year, but officials say it’s not a big cause for concern. The Courier reports City Auditor Steve Garner gave a 2014 year-in-review presentation to the city council Tuesday night. Garner said timing was the big issue. Reimbursement funds from a few grants arrived late, which led to the fund ending the year in the red. He added that if the funds had arrived sooner, everything would have balanced at the end of the year.

The general fund was a little more than $285,000 in the red when all was said and done.

General fund revenue was $6.2 million last year, down from $6.5 million in 2013. Expenses were up 6 percent from 2013’s $6.4 million.

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2/18/15 – 4:54 A.M.

A Pandora preschool now has eight iPads to help teach children. The Lima News reports Hilty Preschool and Child Care recently was given a $1,500 grant to pay for the equipment.

The Midwest Electric Community Connections Fund awarded the grant. The school was able to stretch the money after Begonia Computer Services gave a big discount on the iPads.

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2/17/15 – 11:30 A.M.

Part of a Findlay road will be closed today and tomorrow. The city engineering department reports Greendale Avenue will be shut down between Sutton Place and Bristol Drive until 5:30 p.m. today and between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday for sewer line repair work.

If you use Greendale east of Bristol to access Wilson-Vance, you’ll need to use other neighboring streets to get through.

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2/17/15 – 11:07 A.M.

The ongoing debate over the location of a recovery home in Findlay took center stage at the Hancock County Commissioners meeting today. Commissioner Brian Robertson moved for a line item in a purchase order for ADAMHS be tabled until the ADAMHS board makes a decision on where to locate the home…

Audio: Brian Robertson

Commissioners Mark Gazarek and Phil Riegle did not second the motion, so it was not approved. However, the commissioners did pull the purchase order from today’s vote, meaning it could come up for a vote again on Thursday.

According to Robertson, the line item for a little more than $49,000 would pay for managers to run a recovery home at the Glendale Avenue location.

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2/17/15 – 7:15 A.M.

A Marion man was arrested in Kenton recently for an alleged incident of domestic violence. Kentontoday.com reports police officers were called to an apartment complex to look into a complaint. They found the victim had marks around her throat, bite marks on her wrist and finger, and her thigh was swollen from being hit with a shower rod.

26-year-old Nicholas Griffith was arrested. Charges are pending in the case.

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2/17/15 – 6:51 A.M.

A new apartment building is planned for Bluffton. The Courier reports village council gave first reading to a rezoning ordinance that would clear the way for the new housing units. The land in question is near the intersection of State Route 103 and Road 15 in the village. Stanley Clemens has asked council to change the zoning from residential to commercial.

Clemens owns an adjoining commercial property that already houses an apartment complex.

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2/17/15 – 5:31 A.M.

Employees of the village of Arlington will see a little more in their paychecks. The Courier reports council approved a 1.5 percent pay increase for municipal workers at their Monday meeting. The raises will be retroactive to the first of the year.

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2/17/15 – 5:25 A.M.

The library at Ottawa Elementary School was damaged by a broken sprinkler head Monday. The Lima News reports a maintenance worker discovered the issues around 6:45 a.m. Superintendent Don Horstman tells the newspaper that teachers and staff quickly moved books and equipment out of harm’s way. A restoration service was at the school to assess the damage by 10 a.m.

The library is closed to students for the time being. It’s not known how long it will take to get everything fixed, but Horstman says they are already putting things back together.

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2/17/15 – 5:13 A.M.

A man was injured while cutting down a tree in Putnam County Monday afternoon. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports a call for help came from a wooded area behind the Catholic church in Cloverdale around 2 p.m.

53-year-old Willam Charles Rayle suffered a leg injury after a tree fell on him. He was able to free himself, but unable to move further. Heavy rescue equipment was brought in from Kalida because of the rough terrain of the area where Rayle was.

No other details have been released.

 

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