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10/12/15 – 5:10 A.M.

Ottawa-Glandorf High School students had a chance to learn more about manufacturing opportunities last week. The Putnam County Sentinel reports tours of the Whirlpool plant in Ottawa were given as part of National Manufacturing Day. Alan Inkrott is the Human Resource Leader at the plant. He told the newspaper the goal of the day was to inform teenagers about the opportunities in a manufacturing career.

Inkrott added that they wanted to show kids that manufacturing jobs aren’t necessarily dark and dingy jobs in unsafe places. He said many are high-tech and innovative.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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10/12/15 – 5:02 A.M.

Maintenance at midwest refineries has led to higher prices at the pump to start the week again. Ohio gas prices.com reports Findlay drivers are paying $2.47 a gallon today. That’s up 12 cents from last Monday, but down 10 cents from last Friday.

Ottawa drivers are paying $2.39 a gallon, up five cents from a week ago.

Around the state, the average price for a gallon of gas is running $2.47. That’s an eight cent increase from last Monday. A month ago the statewide average was $2.22 a gallon.

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10/12/15 – 4:55 A.M.

Road work will continue on several Findlay streets today. The most noticeable work will be on U.S. 224 through the city. Traffic will be restricted in areas from Trenton Avenue to County Road 212 once again this week. The repaving of Tiffin Avenue at Center Street is nearly complete. Work will also take place on Main Street between Center Street and Trenton Avenue over the next few days. The paving project should wrap up in the next two weeks.

Another area to watch out for is Fostoria Avenue. The eastbound lane will be closed at times to allow for the installation of new storm sewer lines.

Elsewhere road construction will be taking place on Sweetwater Road, Old Mill Drive, Madison Avenue, Woodworth Drive, Oakdale, and Sycamore Drive over the next five days.

You can get around the trouble spots caused by these projects by downloading the free Waze app on your smartphone and joining the WFIN driving team.

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10/9/15 – 7:26 A.M.

A Bluffton company will undergo an expansion. The Lima News reports Diamond Manufacturing will build a 50,000 square-foot addition onto its current facility. The expansion could include 21 new jobs added over three years. The company currently employs 85 people.

Diamond Manufacturing is getting a 10-year, 60-percent tax abatement from the state. The deal is expected to save the company around $100,000 of the course of a decade.

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10/9/15 – 6:50 A.M.

Natural gas service was restored to Risingsun residents Thursday night. A damaged transmission line cut service to the village earlier in the afternoon. The Review-Times reports Columbia Gas representatives had to go to all 233 houses in the village to reconnect service following the outage.

The lone line that serves Risingsun was damaged about a mile west of the village. It’s not known what caused the damage.

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10/5/15 – 6:37 A.M.

A vacant house that was destroyed by a fire earlier this year, caught fire again early this morning. Delaware Township firefighters were called to 18362 Hancock County Road 8 just before 2 a.m. The fire was extinguished within an hour.

The previous fire happened in July and was considered suspicious. The house had been vacant for years.

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10/9/15 – 5:20 A.M.

A Columbus Grove home was damaged by a fire yesterday. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Columbus Grove Fire Department was called to 504 South Main Street early Thursday afternoon.

The flames were contained to a carport and exterior wall of the home. No one was injured, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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10/9/15 – 5:14 A.M.

If a regional water and sewer district is going to happen in Putnam County, it won’t happen for a while. The Courier reports efforts to start the district have been pushed back until 2017 at the earliest. Putnam County Commissioner John Love says more meetings are being held with villages and townships to talk about the plan.

The goal of the proposed district is to provide, “safe, reliable, cost-effective water and sewer service to areas of the county that want it.” If created, it would be a separate government entity. That’s been a sticking point, as many people opposed to the plan have voiced concern about another level of government.

Backers of the plan say it would create savings in water and sewer service and maintenance across the county.

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10/9/15 – 5:01 A.M.

Proposed renovations for Findlay’s Dorney Plaza have been scaled back. Several city and county officials went over changes in a plan to use the area as a gathering space during a Thursday meeting. The Courier reports new plans would put memorials south of the courthouse into a straight line, and adding more benches and landscaping.

There was also talk about what to do with the parking lot west of the courthouse. Those on hand at the meeting said walking through the parking lot is dangerous for pedestrians. There was discussion about limiting it to handicap parking. Expanded greenspace would separate cars from people walking in the area.

The parking spaces lost would be offset by new spaces gained by creating a lot at 222 Broadway.

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10/8/2015 – 5:00 pm

Putnam County residents concerned about their children’s safety this Halloween can use a service which will help. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office announced that the service OffenderWatch will show the addresses of all 43 registered sex offenders in Putnam County. According to a release from Putnam County Sheriff Michael Chandler, they wanted to let the public know where these individuals lived so that they’d avoid their homes on Halloween.

The service provides a mapping and address feature provided through the sheriff’s website at www.sheriffoff.com which will be able to help parents map out their kids Trick or Treat routes. Information on the service can be found at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Website at www.sheriffoff.com or by calling the office at 419-523-3208.


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