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12/3/2015 – 7:35 pm

The American Red Cross is always on the lookout for blood donations, but it is even more important during the holiday season. Around 44,000 donations are needed every day across the country and during the holiday season, when regular donors are traveling and are busy, donations can decrease. A single blood donation can save up to three lives.

Additionally, the American Red Cross of North Central Ohio is seeking monetary donations which can help people affected by disasters, and the Red Cross accepts donations of things like infant care kits for babies in shelters, comfort kits for wounded warriors, or water containers for use in natural disasters. If you would like to donation blood or make a monetary donation to the red cross, you can do so by calling 800-RED-CROSS or send a check to 125 Fair St. in Findlay.

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VIDEO: STEM Classes Heat Up At Findlay City Schools

12/3/2015 – 7:00 pm

Science is heating up at Findlay City Schools. The schools have received grants to help fund STEM programs. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs that students can learn throughout their education at Findlay. Mike Wilson, 7th-grade science teacher at Donnell Middle School says the grants have helped to bring teaching opportunities that students have never had at the middle school before.

Audio: Mike Wilson

STEM programs have been implemented at the middle school level, and Wilson says that the equipment and concepts used at the middle school level also translate to work students will do when they get to high school and even into college.

Audio: Mike Wilson

Wilson says that even though the equipment may change over the years, the basic concepts will remain the same, which is why it is important to give students the tools at a young age, so that they can learn, apply what they’ve learned in a real world setting, and develop an appreciation for math and science.

Audio: Mike Wilson

When it comes to students at the middle school level, Wilson says that the important thing is to make what they’re learning in class fun, interesting, and educational so they can develop and interest in STEM concepts as they continue on in school. The equipment and resources used in the STEM classes were funded in part by Marathon Petroleum.

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12/3/2015 – 4:40 pm

Marathon Petroleum Corp. today announced capital investments of $4.2 billion next year. The Courier reports that it will include $1.5 billion for its refining and marketing segment; nearly $400 million for Speedway, its retail subsidiary; and $2.2 billion for its pipeline transportation segment, which includes $1.7 billion for MPLX LP.

Marathon Petroleum’s refining and marketing operations in recent years helped to generate the vast majority of its profits.

More: The Courier

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12/3/2015 – 4:34 pm

The Findlay Income Tax Department mailed 2015 income tax filing notices to over 25,000 taxpayers in Findlay and Arlington this week. The department will no long issue tax form packages. After the first of the year, forms will be available at the Municipal Building and at the Main and Arlington branches of the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library as well as on findlaytaxforms.com

If you receive a yellow postcard notice, the tax department will expect a 2015 income tax return or a substantiated response that you are not required to file a return. Residents who have income subject to the tax are required to file annual returns even if no additional taxes are owed. Non-residents who are subject do not have to file a return if their taxes were completely and accurately withheld by their employers.

If you have any questions, you can contact the City Tax Department at 419-424-7133.

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12/3/2015 – 3:09 pm

A pedestrian was hit by a car in the Village of Columbus Grove yesterday. The Columbus Grove Police Department reports that 20-year-old Jarrod Brown was turning onto High Street from Sycamore in the village and did not see 62-year-old Vickie Doty and struck her with his vehicle.

Doty was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima by Putnam County EMS for unknown injuries. The crash itself remains under investigation by local police and it is unknown at this time if any charges will be filed.

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12/3/2015 – 2:51 pm

The Hancock County Commissioners heard an update on plans to renovate Dorney Plaza Thursday. Project Manager Don Malarky said the plans currently call for a change in parking behind the courthouse, and the repair of pavers as well as to group the monuments together in an aesthetic way. Rough initial estimates on the work come to around $1 million, and Malarky said that costs could be split between the county, city and private entities in the area and that a local contractor would be utilized to design and make the improvements. Planners are now addressing security concerns with law enforcement and the court system in Hancock County.

Audio: Don Malarky

The commissioners asked that the planners get the sheriff’s office and courts to sign off on the plan, at which time they would as well. Malarky said that they will continue to address security concerns with the plan with law enforcement.

Audio: Don Malarky

While plans are still in the early conceptional stages, Malarky said that the project could potentially begin in the Spring of 2016.

Dorney Plaza Plan Draft

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12/3/2015 – 1:45 pm

Veterans getting financial assistance in Hancock County will soon be able to get that assistance with gift cards. Nicole Coleman, Director of the Veterans Service Agency told the Hancock County Commissioners about a new program which will be in place in 2016. Previously, vouchers were distributed to veterans on financial assistance for use to purchase groceries and necessities. Coleman says that the gift cards will also allow the veterans to purchase fuel in addition to grocery items.

Commissioner Brian Robertson asked about security. For distribution, the agency is required to purchase a significant amount of cards every quarter. (Around $20,000) Robertson asked if a bulk amount could be stored in a secure site offsite of the agency building. Coleman said that would be incorporated into the plan.

To sign up for the new system will be the same as the old system. Veterans will receive financial disbursements as they do now, but they will be able to purchase fuel as well as groceries. The amount of funds issued to each person will remain the same. The cards will be issued and honored exclusively at Kroger stores. To keep track of funds, accounts will be audited on a monthly basis by random office personal, and records submitted to the Hancock County Auditors Office. Records are currently recorded in a physical ledger but on the suggestion of the commissioners, Coleman indicated that they would implement an electronic accounting system for the gift cards.

The new program will be in effect beginning in 2016.

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VIDEO: Food Pantries Get Big Donation From Great Scot

12/3/15 – 12:12 P.M.

Local food pantries got a big Christmas gift today.  Great Scot Community Markets partnered with Miller Amish Country Poultry to donate 4,600 pounds of chicken to Chopin Hall and the West Ohio Food Bank. Great Scot CEO Mike Needler Jr. said it’s important to be a good corporate citizen…

Audio: Mike Needler Jr.

Needler says Chopin Hall serves a growing need, and that he’s happy to be able to help them out.

Marti Price is the executive director for Chopin Hall and says the effort is much appreciated…

Audio: Marti Price

Price says that Chopin Hall had more than 340 people come to the organization for food on Wednesday alone.

The frozen chicken will be distributed with food boxes starting Friday.

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12/3/15 – 6:53 A.M.

A Fostoria man will spend nearly a year in prison for selling drugs. The Review-Times reports 51-year-old Dean Harmon plead guilty to two counts of trafficking in cocaine this week. He was given two 10-month sentences, which will be served concurrently.

Harmon was arrested on August 12 during a Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit drug sweep.

MORE: Review-Times

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12/3/15 – 6:45 A.M.

A chain reaction crash injured four members of a Fostoria family Wednesday morning. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports the incident happened on State Route 18 near Bascom around 7:45 a.m.

18-year-old Cody Kirian was driving west on Route 18 when he went left of center and clipped a trailer being hauled by a pickup truck driven by 56-year-old Harry Tackett of Shiloh. 45-year-old Stacie Williams of Fostoria stopped for the crash, and was rear-ended by an SUV driven by 32-year-old Stacey Walters.

Williams and her three children all suffered minor injuries. They were taken to Tiffin Mercy Hospital for treatment. No one else was hurt.

Kirian was cited for failure to maintain control. Walters was cited for failure to maintain an assured clear distance.

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