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8/21/14 – 5:20 A.M.

The Arcadia school board is considering upgrading the school’s windows. The Courier reports board members were given a presentation on the benefits of replacing their windows during a Wednesday meeting. Capitol Window representative Dave Burns told the group the wooden frames around the windows are warped, letting out heat in the winter.

Burns said the summer or spring would be the best time to replace the windows. But work could be done during the winter by moving kids into other classrooms.

No decision was made Wednesday.

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8/21/14 – 5:12 A.M.

A new era in education began in Seneca County Wednesday. The merger of Bettsville schools into the Old Fort School district became a reality. The Review-Times reports the merger between the once rival districts was signed on June 24.

Bettsville’s former school building now serves as the home for Old Fort’s kindergarten through sixth grade classes. The Old Fort building now houses grades seven through 12.

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8/21/14 – 5:05 A.M.

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a former Ottawa council member. The Courier reports the suit against Alan Ducey is seeking more than $50,000.

On June 6, Ducey went left of center to avoid stopped traffic on State Route 65, hitting another car in the process. 62-year-old Christine Hayden and 85-year-old Joan Beam were killed. Ducey was seriously injured.

The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities is also named in the suit. Ducey was driving for the agency when the crash happened.

The crash resulted in Ducey resigning his council seat.

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8/21/14 – 4:55 A.M.

Ottawa Village Council has asked for the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District to take over a proposed flood reduction project. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the Blanchard River Flood Mitigation Coalition has also asked the Maumee group to take the reigns.

Now both groups wait as Maumee District members decide if they want to take over leadership of the Lower Blanchard project. The plan calls for altering a the Road I-9 Bridge and a diversion channel for the river. If approved, an engineering firm could be selected to do the work.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project manager Mike Pniewski tells the newspaper the conservancy district can consider more cost benefits compared to what the Corps can do. That includes items like reductions in property value, the cost to safety services, and the expense of road closures.

Ottawa Assistant Municipal Director Jason Phillips says if the Maumee Conservancy decides to take on the plan, work on the I-9 bridge could start next year.

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William Houston, a sophomore football player at Bowling Green State University, has been indicted for one count of attempted rape by a Wood County grand jury.

The Sentinel-Tribune reports the incident happened on July 20 of this year in the 200 block of Manville Avenue in Bowling Green. Court documents say that Houston held a female down with force in her bed while attempting to engage in sexual conduct with her.

Jason Knavel, BGSU’s assistant Athletic Director said Houston is not currelty taking part in any team activites. A further hearing has not been set.

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8/20/14 – 7:25 A.M.

A new group home for adults with develpmental disibilities will be established in Findlay in October. The house at 1533 Richland Avenue was previously used as an adult daycare by the Hancock Board of develepmental disibilites.

The Courier reported that the board of disibilities can’t own or run a group home. Hancock Community Housing Inc., which creates low priced housing for adults with disibilities, will own and run the property.

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8/20/14 – 7:22 A.M.

An Ordinance meant to create and keep jobs by providing tax credits to small and large busniesses was approved by Fostoria City Council Tuesday.

The Courier reports that all types of businesses are eligible. Office, manufacturing, and distribution companies that create at minimum of 10 new jobs in a three year period will be a priority.

Each job will be offering an average wage of at least 150 percent of federal minimum wage.

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8/20/14 – 7:00 A.M.

Investigators don’t believe there was any criminal intent behind a fire at a North Baltimore business last month. The Courier reports the case has been closed as a result.

The blaze at HPJ Industries on West Broadway could be seen for miles on July 17. Investigators believe a marine flare or a Chinese lantern may have sparked the fire. North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer said all leads in the fire have been exhausted.

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8/20/14 – 5:30 A.M.

Fostoria might change the way parking tickets are handled. The Review-Times reports city council held the first reading of an ordinance that would make some big changes to current parking regulations.

If the measure is passed, parking tickets could be paid at the Fostoria Police Department. Fines would also be reduced from $50 to $75 down to around $15 for a parking ticket. Violators would have seven days to pay their fine before it increased. After 30 days of nonpayment you would be considered guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

Currently parking tickets have to be paid at the Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court.

Another reading of the ordinance will be held at the next council meeting on September 2.

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8/20/14 – 5:16 A.M.

A Putnam County school district may begin drug testing its students. The Lima News reports the Columbus Grove Board of Education talked about the issue this week. Kyle Prueter of Great Lakes Biomedical gave a presentation to the board about the benefits of random drug testing.

Superintendent Nick Verhoff tells the newspaper the district began considering drug testing around nine months ago. He said there hasn’t been increased drug use among students, so the testing would be used to keep kids from starting.

The board’s next step will be to decide if they want to move forward with a testing plan. If so, then a drug policy will have to be outlined.

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