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7/11/14 – 11:28 A.M.

The Children’s Museum of Findlay took a big step forward today. The “Little Main Street” display opened in the Findlay Village Mall, giving a sample of what organizers hopr to achieve in a future stand alone location…

Audio: Nikki Bonomo

Children’s Museum President Nikki Bonomo says a lot of people from the community volunteered their time to help build the displays…

Audio: Nikki Bonomo

Little Main Street is open Tuesdays through Sundays until 5 p.m. in the mall. It will be closed on Monday’s.

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7/11/14 – 6:51 A.M.

Fostoria Mayor Eric Keckler is now on the same page as county officials about the future of the Early Childhood Development Center. Opportunity Center Superintendent Lewis Hurst talked about the possibility of selling the building the development center is located in last month. The problem was that Keckler hadn’t been informed.

Keckler tells the Review Times he’s had a chance to meet with everyone involved now, and has a better understanding of the issue. He said he wanted to make sure the program wasn’t lost altogether.

Right now the county is only exploring the possibility of selling the building to the Wood Sandusky Ottawa Seneca Community Action Committee. If they would sell, the center could still operate from there, or find a new location in Fostoria.

MORE: Review Times

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7/11/14 – 6:42 A.M.

A Findlay woman who survived a fatal crash in Erie County this week had her condition upgraded Thursday. 68-year-old Nancy Moody-Russo is listed in serious condition at the University of Toledo Medical Center. She was critically injured in a crash that took the life of her husband, Ralph Russo.

Funeral arrangements for Russo are pending at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home. In the meantime the State Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

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7/11/14 – 5:28 A.M.

Four people were hurt in a crash east of Findlay Thursday afternoon. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office reports the accident happened around 4:30 p.m. on U.S. 224 near Township Road 255.

39-year-old Phillip Artez of Findlay was driving west in a Chevy pickup truck, hauling a skid loader on a trailer. The frame of the trailer broke, causing Artez to lose control and drift into the eastbound lane of U.S. 224. The trailer was then hit by a minivan driven by 30-year-old William Laugherty of Tiffin.

Laugherty and his three passengers including two children, suffered “non-incapacitating” injuries. They were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment. Artez and a passenger in his truck were not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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7/11/14 – 5:21 A.M.

Cooper Tire & Rubber and Apollo Tyres of India are still fighting each other in a Delaware court following the failed sale of the company last year. Cooper officials claim an agreement made by the two companies means that since Apollo didn’t complete the deal, they owe the Findlay based company $112.5 million. Apollo lawyers counter that because Cooper wasn’t in “a position to close the deal,” they can’t sue for damages.

The two sides are once again battling it out in front of Delaware Chancery Judge Sam Glasscock. Apollo wants Glasscock to rule on the issue. If he rules in their favor, they can then ask an appellate court to rule that Apollo wasn’t responsible for the deal going south.

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7/11/14 – 5:11 A.M.

Putnam County residents will vote on funding 911 services this fall. The Putnam County Sentinel reports the county’s 911 board voted to place a replacement levy on the November ballot. If approved collection on the levy would be based on current land values. It’s expected that would bring in around $928,000 a year to run the emergency line.

Board members also considered a renewal levy. It would have brought in a little more than $838,000 and would be based off of 2009 property values.

The current levy expires at the end of 2015. This is the earliest officials can put the issue back on the ballot.

MORE: Putnam County Sentinel

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7/11/14 – 6:02 A.M.

Residents in the Van Buren school district will likely see a building levy on the November ballot. The Courier reports the school board voted to send a 30-year, 6.96 mill bond issue to the county auditor. The issue would raise $28.7 million to build 34 new classrooms and a new gym. The bond issue is seven years shorter than the proposal voters rejected in November. It will also raise about half a million dollars less.

To make the issue work with the building plans, there could be about a 2 percent decrease in the size of the new buildings. The previous levy also would have covered the cost of buying property to build on. The district bought the needed land with permanent improvement funds in December.

MORE: The Courier

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7/10/14 – 12:45 P.M.

A Findlay man accused of killing his infant son appeared in court today. The Courier reports 25-year-old Jerrod Hartman changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. His attorney says the plea change concerns Hartman’s criminal responsibility, not his ability to stand trial.

Court papers filed this week say Hartman suffers from a condition that causes him to have outbursts in his sleep. He’ll undergo a court-ordered evaluation before his January 20 trial.

44-day-old James Hartman was found dead in a home at 321 Third Street in Findlay on October 28. The coroner report said the child died from blunt trauma.

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The City Mission expansion in Findlay is closer to reality. Officials for the organization spoke with the Findlay City Planning Commission today about some changes to the plan. Executive Director Phil Arnold says they’re getting closer to their building campaign goal…

Audio: Phil Arnold

Arnold says they’ll have more dorms for the area’s homeless population once the expansion is finished…

Audio: Phil Arnold

In addtion to more living area, the dining room and areas for job education will also be expanded.

If all goes according to plan, groud will be broken in March of 2015.

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7/10/14 – 12:05 P.M.

Another business is expanding its operations in Findlay. The Findlay City Planning Commission approved Rowmark’s plans to build a 78,000 square foot facility in the Tall Timbers Industrial Park. Rowmark CFO Kurt Ohlrich says the new building will give two of the company’s product lines room to grow…

Audio: Kurt Olrich

Ohlrich says they plan on being in the building next year…

Audio: Kurt Olrich

Olrich adds Rowmark is working with the state on some development items.

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