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8/16/16 – 5:15 A.M.

An effort to freshen up the look of downtown Fostoria continues. The Review-Times reports the Community Improvement Corporation has awarded more than $10,000 this year to four businesses. The money is being used to improve their exteriors. The grant offers up to 50 percent reimbursements on projects up to $3,000 per property.

Renee Smith is the chair of the CIC. She said that combined with the work done in 2015 through the program, nearly $60,000 has been spent on improving the exterior of businesses downtown.

So far this year the Fostoria Historical Society, United Way of Fostoria, Second Wind Music Center, and Motte and Bailey Assets LLC have all received grants. More money is available. Interested business owners should call (419)435-7789 for more information.

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8/16/16 – 5:01 A.M.

Arlington officials want to look into the village’s contract with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. The Courier reports Arlington pays the sheriff’s office $34,000 a year to patrol 20 hours a week. At Monday’s council meeting, some council members expressed “great respect” for the work done by sheriff’s deputies. They also wondered if they were getting the most for their money.

Council members said in the past deputies have checked to make sure doors are locked at area businesses and at the school. Councilman Terry Huffman asked if the money would be better spent in other ways. He asked for the topic to be brought up again next month.

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8/16/16 – 4:53 A.M.

A new program for people looking for work in Hancock County will kick off today. Ohio Means Jobs-Hancock County will hold a series of “Getting Ready for Employment Workshops” over the next several weeks. The program is held at the Ohio Means Jobs Office at 7746 County Road 140 every Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m.

The sessions will help you work on resume writing, interview skills, and training needs among other topics. The workshops are free. You can find out more information by calling (419)429-8083.

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8/15/16 – 7:21 A.M.

Construction on a new bike path in Bluffton will start soon. The Courier reports The Bluffton Lions Foundation presented a check to village council for more than $16,000 last month to help pay for the path. In total, the organization donated more than $24,000 to the $244,000 project.

The path will connect Augsberger Road to the Riverbend residential housing subdivision, the Maple Crest retirement community, and Bluffton University’s nature center.

The new path should be finished by late October.

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8/15/16 – 6:51 A.M.

Local gas prices are down to start the new work week. OhioGasPrices.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular in Findlay is $1.95 a gallon today. That’s down 12 cents from last Monday.

Prices in Ottawa are down 10 cents, falling from $2.09 last Monday to $1.99 today.

The statewide average is still above $2. Around Ohio, the average price is $2.08 per gallon, a seven cent drop over the last seven days.

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8/15/16 – 5:31 A.M.

A fatal crash in Allen County has claimed a second victim. The Lima News reports 16-year-old Drew Duhlebohn of Elida was pronounced dead over the weekend at St. Rita’s Medical Center. The crash on Elida Road near Lima happened Friday afternoon. 15-year-old Jakob Sexton was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

Four other teenagers were also involved in the one-car accident. Duhlebohn, Sexton, and three of the others hurt in the crash were all listed on the Elida football roster for 2016.

The high school was open to students and parents Sunday night to offer support.

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8/15/16 – 5:20 A.M.

The Seneca County Community Emergency Response Team is looking for more volunteers in the Fostoria area. The Courier reports the organization is hoping to bolster its numbers during an upcoming training session. Right now there are only 15 active members for the group that assists local safety forces during times of an emergency.

CERT coordinator Suzanne Black says the group also helps out at non-emergencies, like traffic control for large events.

A nine-week training session will start on September 15 in Fostoria. For more information, you can call Black at (419)937-5599.

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8/15/16 – 5:11 A.M.

Highway work continues in Putnam County this week. ODOT says State Route 189 between Road 20-S and Road 20 will be closed for culvert replacement starting today. The project should take around five days.

State Route 65 is being resurfaced between Columbus Grove and Leipsic. There will be lane restrictions on some areas of the road. The work in Ottawa has been completed though.

Another project in Columbus Grove to look out for is on State Route 12. The highway will be restricted to one lane for repaving.

State Route 696 from State Route 12 and the Allen County line will have traffic maintained while a drainage repair project continues.

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8/15/16 – 5:03 A.M.

There isn’t any new road work planned on highways in Hancock County this week, but there are still some ongoing projects to watch out for. I-75 between State Route 235 and the County Road 60 overpass will be reduced to one lane for resurfacing work. That project is expected to last through Labor Day.

U.S. 68 from U.S. 30 to the Hardin County line will be restricted to one lane again for pavement repair.

The entrance and exit ramps from U.S. 30 to State Route 37 will be closed for repair work.

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8/15/16 – 4:53 A.M.

There will be less road work in Findlay this week. The city’s engineering department says you can look for one lane to be closed in each direction on Broad Avenue. A paving project is wrapping up between Trenton Avenue and Howard Street. Davis Street remains closed between Morey Avenue and Cory Street for a waterline installation project.

Elsewhere Osborn Avenue will be closed to through traffic between Wedgewood and Sandusky streets for curb replacement.

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